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Food photography: My final frontier

As I watch newspapers and magazines scale back and even go belly up, I feel lucky to continue having the opportunity to write my “Dish-Off” monthly reviews for Sound magazine. It’s certainly not a gig I do for the money. If you consider the time…
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Phair Game (Sound 2/09)

Sound eggs on chefs with a white chocolate theme One restaurant replicated the old “Space Eggs” video game. Another served a white chocolate Space Needle. And a third put white chocolate in everything, including cauliflower soup and a scallop dish. And so it was when…
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Sound 1/09: Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie

Sound’s Search for a Fruitful Meal Ready or not here I come Gee that used to be such fun Apples peaches pumpkin pie… Following a “Rock ‘n’ Roll” theme to end last year’s Dish-Off competitions, here I come with more music themes in 2009. Each…
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Seattle Sound 12/08: Rock Our World

Sound‘s Search for the Year’s Top Chef The World Series, an amazing election, and now time to crown a “top chef.” The three best “Dish-Off” winners of the year were willing participants in a playoff, but what about a theme? I wanted something abstract, and…
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Seattle Sound 11/08: Some Like It Hot

Seattle chefs fulfill Sound‘s burning desire for chili peppers Pow. Zap. Bam. When it comes to heat, I’m a superhero. I love spice, from subtle to strong—even with recent reports of a man’s death from eating a plate of hot chili sauce. So for this…
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Seattle Sound 10/08: Bewitched by Bivalves

The chefs show off their shellfish As a kid, I’d comb the beach for the best shells. They were my treasures. Never did I imagine that years later I’d treasure what’s inside those shells: mussels, oysters, clams and scallops. The tastes and textures of these…
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Seattle Sound 9/06: Berries and Cherries

The weekly posting of my year’s Seattle Sound reviews continues with September’s “Berries and Cherries” challenge involving 35th Street Bistro, Canlis, and Matt’s in the Market. I published this one back in September, so please check it out here.…
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Seattle Sound 8/08: Escape from Seattle

Foraging for the Best Getaway for Fine Food and a Satisfying Stay Seattle is a fantastic food city. Okay, so it’s hard to get good dim sum or a real bagel, but we’ve got some great chefs, decent diversity, and interesting markets selling lots of…
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Seattle Sound 7/08: East Meets West

Sound enters the fusion food fight and emerges with Seattle’s best Wanna have some foodie fun? Go to Chowhound’s Pacific Northwest message board, ask for opinions about Wild Ginger, and watch a virtual food fight break out. People will passionately toss out terms like “fake…
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Seattle Sound 6/08: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Looking beyond French toast for the city’s best brunch In his gritty Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain describes brunch as “punishment block for the ‘B’-Team cooks” who salvage “old, nasty odds and ends” to create dishes that sometimes include hollandaise, which he warns “is a veritable…
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