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Seattle Sound 5/08: Little Pig, Little Pig, Let Me In

Hungry Like the (Big Bad) Wolf When I told friends that this month’s Dish-Off challenge was “pork belly and beyond,” the confused looks amazed me. Doesn’t everyone know pork belly? More amazing were the endless looks of disbelief and disgust from people who happily eat…
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Seattle Sound 4/08: Izakaya Invitational (Turning to Japanese)

Izakayas are the great new import from Japan, and they’re sprouting up around Seattle. So which is the best izakaya? Well, that depends on what your definition of “iz” is. Formed from i (to remain) and sakaya (sake shop), an izakaya is a drinking establishment…
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Seattle Sound 3/08: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

In 1998, with my love of both riding and eating animals (not at the same time, nor the same animal) hitting its crescendo, I traveled to Ireland to do the Ring of Kerry on horseback and to study at the Ballymaloe Cookery School. Cooking school…
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Seattle Sound 2/08: Scenes from Italian Restaurants

A bottle of red, a bottle of white Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight I’ll meet you anytime you want In our Italian Restaurant. Yeah, yeah, yeah, so I admit it: I saw Billy Joel in concert recently. The Piano Man’s still got it.…
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Seattle Sound 1/08: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Sound goes on a quest for the comfiest of comfort foods Comfort food can be difficult to define. For me, it’s something familiar (perhaps evoking a childhood memory), simple to prepare, and usually stick-to-your ribs hearty – especially ideal in winter. Typically meaty, melty and/or…
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Coming Soon: This Year’s Seattle Sound reviews

I’m working on the year-end Dish-Off review for Seattle Sound magazine. It’s been a fun year of Iron Chef-like reviews, and I’d like to share them all with you. If all goes as planned, I’ll post one per week (typically on Thursday) for the next…
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