About Jay Friedman, Gastronaut
Jay Friedman is a freelance food writer and gastronaut—global explorer of things gourmet and, well, not-so-gourmet. Born and raised in New York (and missing those back-east bagels), Jay says he came to Seattle in 1999 because “there’s great produce here.” He’s dabbled in classes at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, taken cooking classes around the world, cooked as a Vermont inn-sitter, worked as a waiter, and evolved into an omnivoracious eater.
Jay is co-editor/author of the Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide and is a regular contributor to Eater Seattle after doing extensive writing for the national Serious Eats blog. He wrote regular columns about sex and food for Edible Seattle (until…) and the Voracious blog (he also did an Asian noodle column there, earning him the nickname “The Mein Man”), and he still occasionally pens articles and contributes to “best of” features for Seattle Weekly. Back to the Asian theme, Jay covers the food scene for the Ethnic Business Coalition’s EthnicSeattle.com. He also writes about the local and global dining scene for TheSunBreak (he’s the food and travel editor) and SeattleDINING!, and served as a restaurant reviewer for Seattle’s City Arts magazine. Other freelance assignments have included USA Today, Northwest Palate, and IBUKI magazine. Further, Jay uses his food interest as a foundation for travel pieces he calls “Passport to Pleasure.” These romantic getaways are a hedonistic quest for great food and good times for two, from nibbles to naughtiness. They appear on TheSunbreak and are cross-posted here on the Gastrolust blog, which was the number one restaurant blog in the United States, per Urbanspoon, before that turned into Zomato.
When he’s not in his kitchen playing with a takoyaki grill pan, or one of his three woks and four waffle irons, Jay’s likely out searching for everything from chu-toro (well, not so much anymore, due to depletion) to chocolate. Most likely, though, he’s in a Chinese restaurant trying to order organ meats off the Chinese menu, getting ideas on how to make better xiao long bao, or slurping noodles—especially his beloved biang-biang noodles.
Also: Jay is a freelance sex educator…in case you’re wondering why there are so many posts about the connections between sex and food!
Note: Jay accepts occasional media “comps” and discounts. These are in no way in exchange for favorable reviews or lack of criticism.