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Serious Eats: The Best Ramen in Seattle: 6 Bowls to Try

This week, Serious Eats posted my round-up of best ramen bowls in Seattle. An excerpt: Showa is a fun little izakaya with a funky little kitchen that serves up some surprisingly excellent ramen. The secret has something to do with blended pork fat that yields…
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My Cha-kaiseki Experience: A Klutz at Kaiseki

Cha-kaiseki made me realize that I’m not Japanese. Of course, I already knew that, but many of my friends have joked that I must be Japanese, as there’s so much I appreciate about the cuisine and the culture. Or so I thought, until I encountered…
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Why Seattle’s Chinese and Japanese Restaurants Give Me the Blues

I remember the first time I saw a blueberry bagel. “That’s a Christian bagel,” my dad bemoaned, adding, “Or a stale doughnut.” We both believed a bagel should be simple—either plain, seeded, or maybe onion. Me…I’m a sesame man. And I’m a New York Jew,…
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Bo Ramen Brings New Noodle Options to Seattle

On the heels of my return from Tokyo, where I restrained myself in only eating four bowls of ramen in eight days, I’m excited to see Seattle’s ramen scene on the rise. We’re not likely to see certain items like niboshi (dried sardine) broth in…
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Sexy Feast: Kisaku Will Make You Want to Swallow

I’m endlessly asked to recommend the best sushi restaurant in Seattle. Along with Sushi Kappo Tamura (featured in a previous Sexy Feast about head), I heartily recommend Kisaku in Tangletown. The fish is fabulous, there’s a neighborhood feeling, and the quality to price is probably…
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Mutsuko Soma Serves Up Soba as Part of a Pop-Up

With food trucks a-travelin’ and pop-up restaurants a-poppin’, a lot of people are talking about different dining options these days. As for me, I like the idea of kitchens cooking just about any time and any place. Preferably preparing anything interesting. Just over a month…
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Sexy Feast: Bush Garden Gives a Spiritual Lesson About Sex

The International District’s Bush Garden, approaching its sixtieth birthday, has a storied past that includes celebrity visits and sukiyaki dinners. Unfortunately, the restaurant is in decline, bolstered by karaoke nights and liquor sales more than its cuisine–which is nothing to write home about. Still, settle…
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Sexy Feast: Umai Do Takes You into the Pink

There’s been a recent profileration of Japanese pastries and confectionaries in the Seattle area. Fuji Bakery and Café de Lion are garnering rave reviews, with Fresh Flours, Fumie’s Gold, Setsuko Pastry, and Hiroki among others worth exploring. In contrast to Western cakes and candies and…
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The Mein Man: Momiji’s Little Serving of Somen

Dish: Ikura Somen Place: Momiji, Capitol Hill Price: $9.00 In the bowl: Per the menu: “house marinated ikura over salmon sashimi & thin noodles.” There’s also shiso and all-important dashi. Supporting cast/What to do: That’s the serving, so enjoy it for what it is, along…
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Sexy Feast: Moshi Moshi Serves Up Many Many Sex and Relationship Lessons

Recently, I went to Moshi Moshi in Ballard–the type of place where I typically don’t like to eat sushi, for reasons I’ll be explaining in the next issue of Seattle Dining. (Food lovers should sign up for a free subscription.) Basically, it’s about Asian cocktail…
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