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Sexy Feast: Deep Inside Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Wasn’t frozen yogurt an eighties thing? (I vaguely remember something called Frogurt…) Well, it’s back, with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt among many vying for world domination. I watch as kids and adults alike flock to the Queen Anne store, where the “mix, weigh and pay” self-serve…
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Sexy Feast: Trellis, Flan, and a Stimulus for Sex Education

Trellis probably tops my list of the most underrated restaurants in the Seattle area. It’s low-key, it’s in a hotel (the Heathman), and it’s in Kirkland. No wonder I’m always answering the “Trellis…never heard of it…where is it?” question. This is a gem of a…
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Sexy Feast: New York Cupcakes Lead to Good Vibes and Two-Way Pleasure

I remain admittedly ambivalent about cupcakes. When they’re really good they can be a guilty pleasure, but when you’re paying about three dollars a pop for a dollop of frosting on a sometimes forgettable base of cake, I’d rather put that money toward a banh…
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Sexy Feast: McCracken and Tough Spur Oral Delight

brown butter sponge. cider. ice cream. Perhaps you recognize the format (three supporting ingredients. all lower case. all followed by a period.) and know that this week’s Sexy Feast is about to feature Spur Gastropub. The dish is an “Apples & Caramel” dessert, and like…
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My 2010 Picks for USA Today, and More

2010 was a big year for food writing for me. Book-wise, I was pleased to be a co-editor/author for the Fearless Critic Seattle Restaurant Guide. Magazine-wise, I’ve brought my worlds of food and sex together in writing the regular “Hot Plate” feature for Edible Seattle.…
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Sexy Feast: Peeking Behind the Fig Leaf at Fran’s Chocolates

This is the season of lists, and when people ask me what a food writer recommends as a great gift, I think of Fran’s Chocolates. While Fran Bigelow’s gray and smoked salted caramels get much of the (well-deserved) attention, her double chocolate figs have me…
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Sexy Feast: A Prostitute Named Pistachio at D’Ambrosio

Everywhere I go these days, people are talking about a new palace of pleasure that’s opened in Ballard. So I went. And I swear: Going to D’Ambrosio Gelato is like paying a visit to a popular brothel. A very popular brothel. What I’d heard was…
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Dessert done right at Mistral Kitchen

With Seattle Restaurant Week starting today, I’ve been thinking about why three courses for $25 ($15 for places doing a lunch deal) is attractive to most people, but somewhat unappealing to me. Part of it is that I’m eating out all the time, and a…
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Mont Blanc in the Shadow of Mount Rainier

Many will be mystified when they see this mass of “string” in the bakery. Some think it looks like a little mop head, absentmindedly shoved in the showcase. I, admittedly, was mistaken the first time I saw a Mont Blanc. It was at a Tokyo…
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Crepes, waffles, and a battle of batters

In some ways, this is a downtown battle of batters and preparation. But in a bigger sense, this is a battle between Le Mont Saint-Michel and Liege, as we compare Mobatta’s crepes and Sweet Iron’s waffles. Everyone loves crepes, or so it seems in Seattle.…
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