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Kigo Kitchen and Kaisho: Just How Inspiring Is “Asian-Inspired” Food?

As I continue to lament the lack of high-quality Chinese food in Seattle, two new Asian-inspired restaurants recently opened in the “hip” and “happening” places known as South Lake Union and Bellevue Square. Here are my first impressions.
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Karaoke, Cosplay, and Excellent Hot Pot at Twilight 7 Near Seattle

A restaurant with waitresses in feather headbands and a booming karaoke business aimed at young people can't possibly serve good Chinese food. Can it?
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Meet Terra Cole, Purveyor of Meat and More in West Seattle

The showcase glistens with gorgeous rib-eye steaks, smoked turkey wings, and veal bratwursts plus other housemade sausages. But don't miss out on the deli side of Terra Cole, featuring some fine sandwiches and sides.
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Finding Great Desserts in Vancouver is as Easy as 1 (Pastry), 2 (Scoops of Gelato), 3 (Doughnuts)

After eating all of that incredible Asian food in the Vancouver area, if you're looking for a sweet stop, try one of these three places for tasty treats.
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Sushi and Sashimi Still Satisfy at Old Schooler Musashi’s in Seattle

This longstanding Japantown favorite serves plenty of cooked dishes, but most people are there for the fish. Affordably priced sushi, sashimi, and chirashi all aim to please, with successful results.
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Back to Bellevue for Fiery Food, Filet Mignon, a Full Body Massage, and Flaky Fun

They’re calling it the “Magic Season,” a time of wintry fun during which you can strap on some ice skates and sing along to holiday songs while snowflakes fall. Here's a look at what's happening in Bellevue during the holiday season.
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We Eat All 11 Sandwiches at Paseo, in Seattle

Paseo. Mere mention of the word gets my mouth watering. The popular Seattle restaurant, with neighborhood locations in Ballard (outdoor seating only) and Fremont, inevitably has long lines of eager diners. But even before you spot the customers, you'll likely catch a whiff of caramelized onions and roasted pork wafting down the street.
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Thai Curry Fish Custard With a Twist at Noodle Boat Near Seattle

Noodle Boat tackles a dish that I've found at only a couple of other places in the Seattle area: hor mok, traditionally a curried fish custard that's steamed in a banana leaf. Their "BKK" is stir-fried, rather than steamed, but it has a pleasantly eggy texture and a fantastic flavor, making this one dish worth the trip outside of city center.
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Must-Order Soup Dumplings and Wine Chicken at Long’s Noodle House in Vancouver

Long's Noodle House is a true hole-in-the-wall restaurant. This dingy yet delightful spot has less than 10 tables, and it's the kind of place where you look at everyone else's food, get tempted, then order whatever your neighbor is having.
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Sugar Rush: Two Terrific Desserts at The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland

Custard-like desserts rule the day at the Greenhouse Tavern, including Buttered Popcorn Pot de Crème and Rittman Sweet Melon Pie.
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