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Continuation of My Coffee Education in 2015

I had good equipment and a good sense of what kind of coffee I like. But how to describe it? Stumped, I went to Stumptown, and then explored other coffee places around the continent.
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Noodle Tasting in the International District

Take the Wing Luke Museum's Twilight Noodle Slurp Tour, and you'll be tasting treats and hearing some stories behind them.
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Pictures and Post-Event Thoughts: Feast Portland 2014

Each year, I return home to remarks of “Why isn’t Seattle home to a festival like this?” Here's a photo-heavy look at what we're missing.
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The Mein Man Makes Biang-Biang Noodles

I've obviously exhibited a lot of enthusiasm lately for hot oil-seared biang-biang noodles. They're addictively delicious! So, I've wondered, why not make them myself? Here's the start of the journey...
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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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Find Some of America’s Best Chinese Food…in Flushing

New Year celebrations may be behind for most people, but I’m still looking forward to my favorite of the year: Chinese New Year. It’s about a month away, and as with Thanksgiving day and Christmas day, I’ll likely spend it in a Chinese restaurant in…
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My Cha-kaiseki Experience: A Klutz at Kaiseki

Cha-kaiseki made me realize that I’m not Japanese. Of course, I already knew that, but many of my friends have joked that I must be Japanese, as there’s so much I appreciate about the cuisine and the culture. Or so I thought, until I encountered…
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Passport to Pleasure: Two Idyllic Nights in the Yakima Valley

I reported previously about travel to the Yakima Valley, which is a fun escape from Seattle, albeit a bit restaurant-challenged. If you’re searching for something special, something romantic, you’ll need to go beyond Yakima and get into the countryside. Oh, there are decent places to…
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Passport to Pleasure: Onshore at Orcas (Part 2)

After a fun first day on Orcas Island, you’ll find that waking up on the island brings a further sense of relaxation. And a desire for exploration, at whatever pace you’d like. Enjoy a slow, well-deserved morning with your loved one, lingering over breakfast at…
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Passport to Pleasure: Onshore at Orcas (Part 1)

Tickled by the notion of overnights after last week’s Passport to Pleasure at Hotel 1000, it’s time to embark on a series of more distant trips. Let’s start with Orcas Island, the largest and most rugged of the San Juan Islands. So close, and yet…
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