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Dreaming About Dumplings (Especially Xiao Long Bao)

Note (11/22/10): Din Tai Fung has opened in Seattle. See my challenge to them here, included updated ratings of xiao long bao. I’m distracted. I’m realizing it’s been far too long since I’ve had some good dumplings—especially xiao long bao. Xiao long bao are delicious…
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Dishin’: El Gaucho’s Steak, Bananas Foster, and…Corn?

For a first visit to El Gaucho, everything went pretty much as expected. We went right at the opening (note: during the 5 p.m.-6 p.m. “Power Hour,” food from the bar menu is half-price when you sit at the bar or in the piano lounge)…
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First Dates: Dinner Determining Your Destiny?

No fresh pasta, sea urchin, or kimchi on a first date? No shared plates? Yikes. This Guardian article on how, where, and what to eat for a first date makes a few noteworthy points (like avoiding places with mariachi bands), but it ultimately sounds more…
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Good to Go (to): An “Incredelicious” Event

On the heels of judging Guest Chef on the Waterfront and the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon, I’ll be judging an interesting cooking competition coming up this Saturday on the Eastside. INCREDELICIOUS 2008 is a fundraiser for EKAL Seattle, which works to improve literacy and to…
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“Ant On The Tree” at Sichuanese Cuisine

“Ant On The Tree.” That’s what my dining companion, minutes into his first visit to Sichuanese Cuisine, said he wanted for lunch. He didn’t know what it was, but he liked the name. Ahead of the upcoming Olympics, the Chinese government has been working to…
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Good to Go (to): Julia’s Indonesian Kitchen at Bite of Seattle

I love the idea of Bite of Seattle, but (except for The Alley, hosted by Tom Douglas) regrettably there aren’t as many real restaurants as in the past. You’ll find some fun food, but most of it is from vendors you’ll see at other fairs…
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Good to Go: Avocado-Chocolate Bubble Tea

“Wow. Wii!” That’s what we said last time we walked into Pochi Tea Station in the University District. They always had a pile of games (the low-tech Jenga being our favorite), but now there was Wii to go along with the noise of the music…
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My Life as a Food Judge: Can I Stomach It?

Imagine having what felt like forty minutes to sample about forty dishes—including the “Most Unpronounceable” and “Spell Checker Destroyer” winner, Ivar’s Brandy and Chamomile Lox Quinhagak King Salmon, Chrysanthemum, Courvoisier Creme Fraiche—and you’ll know what it was like to be a judge for last Wednesday’s…
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Tai Chin Nam Gau Gan Sach (a.k.a. #14)

Pho. Take a look at the sign, and the Vietnamese characters look like they’re asking you questions: Want a piece of me? Can you pronounce me? Do you even know what I am? This beef noodle soup is the perfect remedy for fighting a cold,…
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Dishin’: Boat Street’s Cornmeal Custard Cake

Despite early afternoon plans to consume diabetes-defying amounts of truffles and other treats at the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon (resulting in a complete chocolate coma), Seattlest remained committed to the weekly “Dishin'” review and reported to Boat Street Café for brunch yesterday. We hadn’t been…
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