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A Coffee Makeover Makes Mornings Magical

What would it take to improve my coffee ritual? Could I, a Seattleite who'd ignored the rise of Starbucks and the appearance of small-batch roasters in town, become a coffee obsessive?
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Victoria: A Third Time for Feasting on Food

Victoria has gone from being “one time only” to a place I can’t get enough of—for food. You don’t need a car, so Victoria’s easy to reach via Victoria Clipper or Kenmore Air. Once there, go beyond the tourist spots and you’ll discover, as I…
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Passport to Pleasure: Feeling Good in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Last year’s trip to Orcas Island whetted my appetite to return to the San Juan Islands. And what better stop than the namesake of the island chain? Less than ninety miles north of Seattle, you board a ferry in Anacortes, and in an hour’s time…
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Feast Portland, a Week Later: Reflecting on a Bounty of Food and Philosophy

It’s been a week since returning from the four-day festival/feeding frenzy known as Feast Portland, and I find myself reflecting on the easily lost words that followed the colon in the title: “A Celebration of Oregon Bounty.” The program guide described Portland and Oregon as…
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What to Eat in Friday Harbor, on Washington’s San Juan Island

I recently toured San Juan Island, peeking into as many places as possible. Foregoing tourist-oriented fish and chips, here are nine lower-cost food experiences—from pickled bull kelp to Thai lettuce wraps—I recommend for you in Friday Harbor.
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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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Serious Eats: Hakata-Style Yakitori at Tokyo’s Hachibei

Tokyo is loaded with yakitori restaurants, most notably in Yakitori Alley near Shinjuku Station where the smoke-filled, sake and beer-stained holes-in-the-wall rumble with each passing train. Make your way to upscale Roppongi Hills, though, and you'll find an altogether different yakitori experience.
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Passport to Pleasure: Seeking Highs in the Salt Lake City Area

With Delta Airlines flight credit in hand and only a handful of days to use it, I wanted flights to the closest available destination that didn’t require a layover. That meant Salt Lake City. For a food writer and sex educator, this raised question marks.…
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Serious Eats: Nagi Golden Gai

Charged recently with the responsibility of finding one unique ramen restaurant out of thousands in Tokyo, my research led me to Nagi Golden Gai. It was the style of ramen and the location that attracted me.
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Serious Eats: Tokyo Ramen Street

Eight of the best were invited to open at Tokyo Ramen Street, and the response has been stunning. Here's a look at the food and the overall scene.
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