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Seattle Lamb Jam 2013: A View from the Judging Table

In the “it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it” spirit, I joined a group of my food writing colleagues at the judging table to pick winners in four categories—Ground Lamb, Leg, Shank, and Shoulder—as well as an overall Best in Show winner.
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Taking a First Bite at Snack/Bar

“Many of us grew up on crappy food, but with fond memories of it. So why not make a better version?” So says Forrest Brunton, when asked his vision of Snack/Bar’s mission. From Haute Pockets to Pudding Pops, here's a look.
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A Narrow Miss of the Mark at Marrow in Tacoma

The “marrow” part of the menu flashed some tempting dishes: alligator chowder, Cajun-grilled frog legs, and, yes, roasted bone marrow. But then something on the chalkboard of specials caught my eye.
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Cuochi (Including Cuoco’s) Return for Seattle Restaurant Week

“Cuoco” is the Italian word for “cook.” Right now, at any given time during Seattle Restaurant Week, there are over 160 cuochi at the ready to try to please your palate during the promotion. You actually have a little more than a week to participate,…
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Sugar Rush: Ebelskivers at Seattle’s Skillet Diner

When Skillet Diner announced its newest outlet in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, I had a hunch they’d make a nod toward the Scandinavian heritage of the community. Swedish meatballs, herring, and even lutefisk came to mind, but the release of the menu revealed something…
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Exploring Asian Sweets in the ID: How to learn to love—or at least try—Asian desserts

As a non-Asian who’s slowly come to appreciate many, but not yet all, Asian sweets, I’ve often wondered what makes them less appealing to Westerners. What better way to figure it out than to sample a good swath of sweets from Seattle’s International District?
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An Evening With Stumptown Coffee (and Cocktails, and Wine)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters may not have been roasting green beans in Seattle last Sunday night, but its equipment made for a magnificent backdrop at a special pop-up dinner in the roasting facility—the first of its kind at the site. Despite the lack of roasting, there…
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The Sandwich and the Setting Are Special at Wilensky’s in Montreal

On an unassuming corner in the Mile End district of Montreal sits an institution called Wilensky’s Light Lunch. Famed for a sandwich called the Wilensky Special (more on that in just a minute), Wilensky’s has a history worth revisiting. Moe Wilensky opened the shop in…
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First Look: Pigging Out at Le Petit Cochon in Seattle

Cauliflower Bisque ($13) My main memory of a small, second floor space in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is Showa and specifically its rich, porky tonkotsu ramen. That restaurant has closed (and, sadly, the former chef’s Showa Ramen at Bloom restaurant is nowhere as good…
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Sugar Rush: A Different Kind of Club Sandwich at Chez L’Épicier in Montreal

The chef at this witty and whimsical restaurant in Old Montreal has many surprises up his sleeve, including a "Club Sandwich" that's definitely not made with tomatoes and bread.
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