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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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Whining in West Orange

My niece’s bat mitzvah meant a family visit in the New York City area, with “family” and “area” being the operative words. I wasn’t in NYC, but in West Orange, NJ, and from a food perspective (and with family not always wanting to go far…
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Dishin’: A Soup-erman at Beàto

Last week, we described a soup-er stay at Alderbrook Resort & Spa. This week, we met Soup-erman—a chef who really loves to make soup. As we’ve turned the corner into summer and the weather is warming (at least a bit), what is it about soup…
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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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Catch-Up: Asian Food and Noodles on the Road

This should finally catch me up on my missed meals of note (or not so noteworthy) on the road. In Worcester (MA), a stop at Dalat Restaurant and a bowl of hu tieu nam vang, per the server’s recommendation. The menu promises a variety of…
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Szechuan Noodle Bowl’s Bowls of Noodles

Szechuan Noodle Bowl is one of those enduring little places that I love in the International District. When Green Leaf (one of my recent Top 5 Asian Restaurant picks) would be too crowded, I always knew I could go next door for some decent noodles.…
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New York City: Getaway Day 5, with Xiao Long Bao

After a few visits to Flushing, I’ve grown fond of the food in its various Chinatown eateries. As time allows, I’ll have to post photos and description of some dishes from Waterfront International Enterprises (some name, huh?), Spicy & Tasty, and a little bing place…
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Dishin’: The Pagliacci Slice

Sometimes we just want a slice of pizza. Not a pie. Not a square. Not a round. We’re talking a slice – one that you can grab with a hand, fold inward, and then tilt downward to watch the grease drip to the paper plate…
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A “Bad” Review: Writing (Well, Editing) Gone Awry

Horrified. Embarrassed. Upset. That’s how I felt when I opened my copy of the current (September 2008) issue of Sound magazine and turned to the monthly “Dish-Off” article I author. Dish-Off pits three restaurants in competition, a la Iron Chef, based on a common theme…
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