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Great News Cocktail Fans! Sambar Open Another Month

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Leslie Kelly
An evening spent at Sambar in Ballard feels a world away

Sambar is back from the brink!

The beloved cocktail oasis behind the now-defunct Le Gourmand will remain open until the end of September, chef-owner Bruce Natafly told fans in a mass e-mail blast earlier this week.

“Sara and I are keeping SAMBAR open through the summer, and we are at the stove cooking the food ourselves! SAMBAR will close Saturday, September 29, so there is not much time left to come and enjoy the wonderful cocktails, food and the most beautiful garden in which to spend a summer evening,” Bruce wrote. Read more »

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Celebrate Julia Child's 100th: Try this Burger

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Leslie Kelly

Food-thusiasts everywhere are celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday today (Aug.15) with French Chef viewing marathons, a video remix guaranteed to make you grin and all sorts of lavish tribute dinners around the globe.

I’m going to mark the centennial by wolfing down a burger at Brave Horse Tavern.

Say what? Read more »

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Hoppy 25th Anniversary, Latona Pub

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Leslie Kelly

Pop quiz: Which came first, the still-going-strong Northwest handcrafted beer movement or Latona Pub?

That might be a chicken-or-the-egg kind of conundrum, but it’s safe to say Latona near Green Lake helped create legions of microbrew fans since it first opened under current ownership 25 years ago. (The watering hole's history dates back much further, to the Prohibition era. Oh, if only those bar stools could talk, the tales they'd tell!) Read more »

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Holy Cocktail Napkins, Batman! Cool Foodie Events and Tastings on This Week

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Leslie Kelly
Chef Dezi Boznow of Palace Kitchen and Serafina's Josh Green go head-to-head at U-District Farmers Market this weekend

This week's ripe with super-fun and mostly affordable eating and drinking dates, whether it involves watching chefs duke it out at the farmers market or sipping some swell suds at a neighborhood brewfest. Read more »


Craving Some Soda Fountain Cool in Seattle

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Leslie Kelly
Customers seated at a Horluck's ice cream and soda fountain, Seattle. Date unknown.

On National Root Beer Float Day, I cannot help feeling a little bummed. Getting in the car to drive to A&W just isn’t going to cut it.

As far as I can tell, the nearest old-fashioned soda fountain is 260 miles away, at Lincoln County Pharmacy in Davenport, one of those sleepy towns on Highway 2.

When classic goodies like pie and cupcakes have become so retro cool, why hasn’t anybody seized on updating the soda fountain? Read more »

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