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The Cult of the Cupcakes (and the People Who Write about Them)

Here in Seattle, we need another cupcake maker like we need another food blogger. (Seriously, who isn’t a food blogger these days?) I admit it: I’ve been pretty cynical about the whole cupcake scene. Apparently, I’m not the only one. When I posted to Twitter,…
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Quick bites and carts that reach new heights

Here are five quick bites, culminating with news about a national champion. Ivar’s is a Seattle institution. No doubt about that. And that institution was in the news this year, with stories about its underwater billboards. For me, the story is whether its food warrants…
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Popping into Poppy for dessert

Here’s what I like to ask my food-writing friends: “What restaurant are you embarrassed to say you’ve yet to visit?” My answer of late, until now: Poppy. I’ve heard mostly positive reviews, and I know Chef Jerry Traunfeld can cook. So what’s the hold-up? Indian…
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The Cult of the Cupcake

For you, dear readers, I sacrificed and ate far too many cupcakes. Read all about it at Seattle Dining. Between all the cupcakes and lots of samples of perhaps the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten, my sweet tooth is more than satisfied! (By…
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Zipping in to Tavolata for Zeppole

We didn’t need dessert. Really. Akiko had just taken me for a fabulous sushi dinner to celebrate my birthday, and we were quite full. Plus, at home, should the sweet tooth strike, we had homemade lemongrass ice cream, fudge-like brownies, and other treats. But as…
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Ben and Jerry’s serves up Hubby Hubby love for all

With recent commentary about Viagra ice cream and question about frozen custard, here’s something I can’t taste locally but can truly support: Ben & Jerry’s Hubby Hubby ice cream. In celebration of rights to same-sex marriage in the state of Vermont, hometown heroes Ben and…
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A peek at Peak’s Frozen Custard

I’d like to say that it’s the dog days of summer that have me posting less, but it’s actually because Gastrolust is moving its headquarters. Not far. Just a few blocks. In a few weeks. But it’s keeping me extremely busy. The new place has…
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Heat up (and stay up) with Viagra ice cream

Molly Moon, can you make me one? Baskin Robbins, is this one of your 31 flavors? Full Tilt…aw, never mind. It might not be happening here in Seattle, but across the pond in London, The Icecreamists are “liberating the world one lick at a time”…
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Local gourmet cookie maker makes it to Rachael Ray today

“I don’t like bad cookies, and I don’t like big, oversized cookies,” explained Mei-I Funtanilla. “They’re gross and disgusting.” So it’s only natural that this former pastry chef at Serafina started her own gourmet cookie company and called it Sweet Miniatures. Funtanilla, who also tends…
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Grading Old School Frozen Custard

“McDonald’s soft-serve.” Harsh words, but that’s how two of my food-writing friends described what they ate at Old School Frozen Custard, which just opened on Capitol Hill. Good timing on the opening, as the weather’s been warm and sunny—which puts so many in the mood…
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