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8 Great Pan-Fried Dumplings You Should Eat in Seattle

Who doesn't love dumplings? They come in all types of international styles, and seem so tempting on the plate, like sculpted purses holding hidden treasures. Here are some of Seattle's best.
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Sexy Feast: Tokyo Dog Helps Wieners Meet Buns

A stroll through last weekend’s Dragon Fest in the Chinatown-International District gave me a first opportunity to try the Tokyo Dog food truck. Recall that last year, Gourmet Dog Japon’s takoyaki-like Kabuki dog taught us a lesson about dressed wieners. At Tokyo Dog, the common…
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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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