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Passport to Pleasure: Flying Kites and Exotic Bites in Wallingford

As a food writer and sex educator, I’m sharing hedonistic ideas (from nibbles to “naughtiness”) for couples visiting Seattle-area neighborhoods and more distant destinations in this new Passport to Pleasure feature. Wallingford has had a reputation as a neighborhood for families. Whether you have children…
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Passport to Pleasure: Hungry Like the Wolf in Upper Queen Anne

Welcome to the first installment of my newest feature: Passport to Pleasure. As a food writer and sex educator, I’ll share hedonistic ideas for couples visiting various Seattle neighborhoods and more distant destinations. What’s ideal to a food writer and sex educator, you ask? With…
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Verdict: Everyone Wins with Lamb

For the past few years, I’ve had the honor of judging many cooking competitions. They’re usually great fun, and tend to be for good causes – like Guest Chef on the Waterfront, which will be back this Wednesday. In terms of food quality, my favorites…
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Finding Sex, Food, and Inspiration in La Figa

Over the years, I’ve had many inspiring moments in the world of sex. In Montreal, I saw Annie Sprinkle do a sex-positive solo performance called Sluts and Goddesses that included her “public cervix announcement.” After speaking at the World Congress of Sexology in Amsterdam, I…
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From the Judges’ Table: Cochon 555 and Big Pig Pictures

Productivity is probably down in Seattle this morning in the aftermath of yesterday’s pork-filled Cochon 555. There were butchers breaking down pigs, sampling from whole roasted heritage breed pigs, and even chicharrones dipped in chocoloate. All this after the opportunity to eat plates of pork…
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One Week Away: Cochon 555 Returns to Seattle

Ready to pig out? If you missed it the past two years, the good news is that Cochon 555, Taste Network’s national pig-cooking, pig-eating, and pig-educating tour, is returning to Seattle this coming Sunday. On February 20th, as in the past, five chefs will cook…
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My First Report on “Japan: Flavors of Culture” Hits Serious Eats

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the 13th Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley Campus. For only the second time in its history, the conference focused on the cuisine of a single country:…
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Iron Chefs galore at Culinary Institute’s Worlds of Flavor conference

While some are supping on sushi in Seattle, I’m down in the Napa Valley attending the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival, with this year’s theme being “Japan: Flavors of Culture.” And while I was especially amused seeing Masaharu Morimoto…
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Feeling Rich: The White Truffle Menu at Canlis

Never do I agree more with the adage that a dog is man’s best friend than when I’m eating truffles. Such was the case this past weekend when I enjoyed the special White Truffle Menu at Canlis, which will continue for a limited number of…
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Lamb Jam Celebrates Lamb with Twenty-One Dishes and More

You’re looking at the dish that won Best of Show at the second annual Lamb Jam Seattle. Chef Mark Bodinet (pictured, right) of Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge took the overall prize and also a win in the “Shoulder” category for his grilled lamb shoulder…
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