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Top 10 Seattle (and beyond) restaurant experiences of 2009

Happy New Year to everyone! As we slide into 2010, I present my Top 10 restaurant experiences of 2009 (click on photos to enlarge): 1. Most Memorable, I-Wish-I-Could-Have-One-More-Bite Dish: Local King figs at Spur. For my City Arts Dish-Off gig, I’m lucky to have local…
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A toast to the end of 2009

A few “drinking establishments” to report on, and then I’m finally caught up on my restaurant posts for most of 2009. I had a first foray into Tini Bigs (back when Jamie Boudreau was tending bar) and discovered the danger of too many compelling cocktails:…
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Alone at the Top (Sound/City Arts 12/09): Kerry Sear of ART

Chef Kerry Sear of ART Restaurant embraced the year-end Dish-Off challenge so much that he asked me to come in and experience his vision for a multi-course meal based on Pink Floyd’s album The Wall. Sear’s creative (he’s a longtime painter, and before becoming a…
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Thomas Keller storms Bastille in Seattle

The scene is the back bar at Bastille, where food groupies writers have gathered for a meet-and-greet with reknowned chef Thomas Keller. Actually, it turns out to be less of a meet-and-greet and more of a simple “eat” with Thomas Keller – if being in…
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A list of restaurant reviews by category

Many people asked, so I did it: a list of restaurant reviews by category. You can find this permanently posted in the right column. It’s a work in progress. I’ll keep it updated, but if you find any problems or have any suggestions, please let…
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Ping, Pok Pok and food aplenty in Portland

Lack of posts this week, but no lack of eating. We’ve been in Portland for five days, enjoying a real feeding frenzy. I’ll have photos and more sometime soon on our experiences at: Ping, Bluehour, Biwa, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ten 01, Departure, Andina, Broder, Nostrana,…
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Tongue-in-Cheek dinner at Monsoon East

Quickie: Over at Examiner, I posted about the upcoming Tongue-in-Cheek dinner on April 1 at Monsoon East. The menu looks fabulous!…
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Gastrolust goals for 2009

I’ve been blogging on my site for about a half year now, and as we ring in 2009, I find myself thinking about “resolutions” for the food year ahead. At some point, I’m hoping to update my site just a little bit by improving the…
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Dishin’: Getting Happy at M & S’ Happy Hour

We’ve been We were watching the price of Cascadia’s happy hour hamburgers climb steadily. They were the best bargain at a buck each, but then doubled to two and are now, what, like ten bucks each? (Sadness obscures sanity.) Walk the other way from Pike…
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Smoketown, USA

Lunchtime in Louisville. Sometimes, I’m (sadly) so busy that I’m looking for convenience as much as quality. If I can figure out my neighborhood in a strange city, I turn to Urbanspoon to see what’s recommended. I was staying between the airport and the University…
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