Latest Posts

Making the Most of a Few Meals in Montreal

Montreal: You’ve come a long way, baby. When I lived in Vermont from 1988 to 1999, I made many trips to Montreal in desperate search for more diverse food. My typical day might include the mandatory smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz’s, dinner and grocery shopping…
Continue Reading

A Sandwich a Day: Croque Madame at La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC

You can expect a line at La Farm Bakery, a popular place for breakfast, lunch, or early dinner in North Carolina's Research Triangle. I asked line-mates what to order, and this is what they suggested.
Continue Reading

Sugar Rush: Sapote Cheesecake (and More) at Les 400 Coups, Montreal

Walking through the door into Old Montreal's Les 400 Coups is a transition from charm to elegance. Both of those traits are evident in pastry chef Patrice Demers' desserts.
Continue Reading

Sexy Feast Brief Encounter and a Lesson About Breakneck Sex

More than two years into writing the Sexy Feast column, I learned of a Bellevue cafe called Brief Encounter. Brief Encounter? I haven’t had one this easy since I spotted Big Wong restaurant in New York. Brief Encounter, open since 1957, is a popular Eastside…
Continue Reading

A Probing Look at Kancho Choco Biscuits

Okashii Okashi samples Japanese (and occasionally other Asian) snacks (okashi) that are strange and amusing (okashii). Lotte is an Asian conglomerate (despite the German-inspired name) with a bit of a complicated history. Founded in Tokyo in 1948 by a man of Korean descent, the company…
Continue Reading

The Seattle Area’s Slew of James Beard Award Nominees, Plus a Top Newbie

This week, the James Beard Foundation whittled down its list of nominees, announcing finalists for culinary distinction. For cookbook awards, locals made the list in three categories. In “Baking and Dessert,” Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance are finalists for The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in…
Continue Reading

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,…
Continue Reading

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Picnic at Olio in Richmond, VA

The bistro brims with delectable items: meats and cheeses, salads, roasted vegetables, and more in the showcases, and gourmet ingredients on the shelves to continue inspired cooking at home.
Continue Reading

Cochon 555 in Seattle: The (Pork-Filled) View from the Judging Tables

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my report on Cochon 555 in Seattle. An excerpt: This was true nose-to-tail eating, most prominent in the long-cooking broths with head parts, the ubiquitous use of lardo, the addictive chicharrones, and the appearance of pork in the desserts. Judges sometimes…
Continue Reading

9 Best Bites in Winslow, Bainbridge Island, Near Seattle, WA

This week, Serious Eats posted my report on the 9 best bites in Winslow on Bainbridge Island in Washington. An excerpt: When a tourist in Seattle asks for anything interesting to do that’s not-so-Seattle, I recommend a trip to Bainbridge Island, which is both a…
Continue Reading