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My 2010 Picks for USA Today, and More

2010 was a big year for food writing for me. Book-wise, I was pleased to be a co-editor/author for the Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide. Magazine-wise, I’ve brought my worlds of food and sex together in writing the regular “Hot Plate” feature for Edible Seattle.…
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Chef’s Tasting Menu Proof That This Is Not Your Father’s Canlis

So many in Seattle are atwitter with Canlis’ menu contest. And rightly so. In hiding 50 menus in 50 days (Sundays off, generally), Canlis is providing 50 lucky Seattleites the chance to dine (with a guest) at 1950s prices. It’s all part of Canlis’ 60th…
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Write It 100 Times: Blackboard Bistro Has Good Food

When I heard that Jacob Wiegner, the former sous chef at Olivar, had opened a place called Blackboard Bistro in West Seattle, I had a hunch it would be good. And a desire to quickly head over for lunch. Yes, the menu is written up…
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Toulouse Petit and its grand menu

The team at Toulouse Petit is proud of the restaurant’s 85,000 Italian mosaic tiles and 40,000 glass tiles. I’m told that Chef Eric Donnelly (formerly of Oceanaire Seafood Room) even helped install a few of them. When I first opened Toulouse’s menu, it seemed like…
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Fonté is fine anytime – for coffee, and more

Before the year-end announcement of my Top 10 food experiences of the year, I finished a surge of write-ups with a report on places perhaps best known as drinking establishments (of the alcohol variety), but also serving food. So it seems fitting to start the…
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Count the (312,120+) ways at The Counter

Following yesterday’s vegan break, we now return to our previously carnivorous ways. Step #1 of the “Build Your Own Burger” scorecard at The Counter has a vegetarian option, but I was there for the beef. Just a one-third pounder, thanks, though there are 2/3 and…
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A duck, a fish, and a view of Ventana

As a non-anonymous food writer, I occasionally get hosted by restaurants that are new and seeking publicity, or are old and, well, seeking publicity. I always explain that hosting doesn’t ensure a positive review, and I like to think that my write-ups are as objective…
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Hazy but positive memories of Sitka & Spruce

Stepping out of sequence for a moment, my write-up of Louisa’s Cafe and Bakery reminds me of a meal I had the previous month at Sitka & Spruce. First, because the restaurants are Eastlake neighbors – though Sitka & Spruce will be closing shop at…
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A little love for Louisa’s Cafe and Bakery

In this era of iPhones and Twitter and Yelp parties, there seems to be a rush to get restaurant-related news into the world. I barely have a cell phone (mine has a prepaid plan, and I barely spend $25/year on it) and I don’t do…
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Being a good Citizen and eating crepes

Citizen is a mighty cute place, cuddled up against Werner’s Crash Shop in lower Queen Anne, which is convenient if you want a crepe while you get some auto-body work done on your car. Actually, you can also get sandwiches, salads and pastries here, but…
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