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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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I’m in a Chocolate Coma

Today was the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon. Why I chose to eat something sweet (rustic cornmeal custard cake) for brunch at the Boat Street Café immediately beforehand is beyond me. (As is any reasoning why I’m making David Lebovitz’s fresh mint ice cream as I…
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Feeling Ducky at Green Leaf

Welcome to the world of Seattle Asian Eats! What a world it is: Thai restaurants everywhere, teriyaki as the go-to fast food (with pho giving it a go as well), bubble tea for young and old alike, mediocre dim sum, and more. As I wait…
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Good to Go: Hiroki’s Sweet, But Not-Too-Sweet, Desserts

Yesterday, a busy afternoon meant missing the Queen Anne Farmers Market for the first time since it opened this year, so without seasonal berries or cherries at hand, the evening’s treat was a stop at Hiroki—the Tangletown bakery near Kisaku, one of my favorite restaurants…
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What’s Cookin’: Seattle Chocolate Salon

We’re still digesting the ample fare from FareStart’s Guest Chef on the Waterfront event, but if you’re a chocoholic (and the new Chocolopolis isn’t quite enough for you), then you might just want to attend this Sunday’s Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon. Let’s break that down.…
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I’m a Judge at Guest Chef on the Waterfront

Great food, excellent beer and wine pours, delicious jazz, music, games, and sunset at Pier 66. What more would you want for a summer night? Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 9 for some post-Independence Day fireworks of the culinary kind, as it’s once again…
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Gastrolust Blasts Off!

[2/4/12 update: Funny that I no longer write for any of the publications listed below. To see where I do write, check out my “About” page.] Welcome to Gastrolust! This first posting is one small step for the stomach, and one giant step for stomachkind.…
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