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A Sandwich a Day: Matty Melt at Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The fontina and blue cheeses are strong and earthy, standing up strong to the horseradish and roast beef, with the onions and BBQ sauce adding sweet notes.
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Seattle Restaurant Week Returns with 160 Restaurants, including Anchovies & Olives

Seattle Restaurant Week has returned to town, this year adding even more restaurants to bring the total to over 160 participants. This week and next, Sunday through Thursday (April 7-11 and 14-18), diners can indulge in a three-course menu (appetizer, entree, and dessert) for just $28.
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A Food Lover’s Guide to a Bainbridge Ferry Ride

There are a number of old-school spots in Winslow that will suit those with more conventional palates. But if you’re willing to throw caution to the culinary winds, you’ll want to try an interesting restaurant that’s getting national acclaim for its innovative food.
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Making the Most of a Few Meals in Montreal

Montreal: You’ve come a long way, baby. When I lived in Vermont from 1988 to 1999, I made many trips to Montreal in desperate search for more diverse food. My typical day might include the mandatory smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s, dinner and grocery shopping…
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A Sandwich a Day: Croque Madame at La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC

You can expect a line at La Farm Bakery, a popular place for breakfast, lunch, or early dinner in North Carolina's Research Triangle. I asked line-mates what to order, and this is what they suggested.
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Sugar Rush: Sapote Cheesecake (and More) at Les 400 Coups, Montreal

Walking through the door into Old Montreal's Les 400 Coups is a transition from charm to elegance. Both of those traits are evident in pastry chef Patrice Demers' desserts.
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Sexy Feast Brief Encounter and a Lesson About Breakneck Sex

More than two years into writing the Sexy Feast column, I learned of a Bellevue cafe called Brief Encounter. Brief Encounter? I haven’t had one this easy since I spotted Big Wong restaurant in New York. Brief Encounter, open since 1957, is a popular Eastside…
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A Probing Look at Kancho Choco Biscuits

Okashii Okashi samples Japanese (and occasionally other Asian) snacks (okashi) that are strange and amusing (okashii). Lotte is an Asian conglomerate (despite the German-inspired name) with a bit of a complicated history. Founded in Tokyo in 1948 by a man of Korean descent, the company…
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The Seattle Area’s Slew of James Beard Award Nominees, Plus a Top Newbie

This week, the James Beard Foundation whittled down its list of nominees, announcing finalists for culinary distinction. For cookbook awards, locals made the list in three categories. In “Baking and Dessert,” Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance are finalists for The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in…
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Religion in Restaurants: Is God a Good Thing?

In this installment of Tabletop Wrestling, Jay Friedman spars with himself about the issue of religion in restaurants. Religion in Restaurants? I Stay Away. When I used to fly on Alaska Airlines, I’d always ask for the oppression-free meal. Most flight attendants would nod knowingly,…
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