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Seattle Lamb Jam (and an Oyster New Year “Appetizer”) Coming in November

Got your tickets? Two events feature tasty food benefiting terrific causes.

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Pictures and Post-Event Thoughts: Feast Portland 2014

Each year, I return home to remarks of “Why isn’t Seattle home to a festival like this?” Here’s a photo-heavy look at what we’re missing.

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The Mein Man Makes Biang-Biang Noodles

I’ve obviously exhibited a lot of enthusiasm lately for hot oil-seared biang-biang noodles. They’re addictively delicious! So, I’ve wondered, why not make them myself? Here’s the start of the journey…

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Seattle Lamb Jam 2013: A View from the Judging Table

In the “it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it” spirit, I joined a group of my food writing colleagues at the judging table to pick winners in four categories—Ground Lamb, Leg, Shank, and Shoulder—as well as an overall Best in Show winner.

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The Seattle Area’s Slew of James Beard Award Nominees, Plus a Top Newbie

This week, the James Beard Foundation whittled down its list of nominees, announcing finalists for culinary distinction.
For cookbook awards, locals made the list in three categories. In “Baking and Dessert,” Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance are finalists for The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in…

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Religion in Restaurants: Is God a Good Thing?

In this installment of Tabletop Wrestling, Jay Friedman spars with himself about the issue of religion in restaurants.
Religion in Restaurants? I Stay Away.
When I used to fly on Alaska Airlines, I’d always ask for the oppression-free meal. Most flight attendants would nod knowingly,…

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Cochon 555 in Seattle: The (Pork-Filled) View from the Judging Tables

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my report on Cochon 555 in Seattle. An excerpt:
This was true nose-to-tail eating, most prominent in the long-cooking broths with head parts, the ubiquitous use of lardo, the addictive chicharrones, and the appearance of pork in the desserts. Judges sometimes…

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Find Some of America’s Best Chinese Food…in Flushing

New Year celebrations may be behind for most people, but I’m still looking forward to my favorite of the year: Chinese New Year. It’s about a month away, and as with Thanksgiving day and Christmas day, I’ll likely spend it in a Chinese restaurant in…

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2012 in Food: No Top Chef, But 26 Favorites for the Seattle Area

As the year comes to a close, seems like everyone is compiling their Top 10 restaurant lists for 2012. Meanwhile, throughout the year, people take to Twitter and Facebook to scream that “this” or “that” is the best—making your pick more like the worst.
I…

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Celebrity Chef Tour: Five Chefs, Foie Gras, Flan with Wine, and Funds for the Future

About once per year, something called the Celebrity Chef Tour makes a stop in the Seattle area. A benefit for the James Beard Foundation, it’s been held in recent years at the Columbia Tower Club, with the host chef opening up the kitchen for one…

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