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Time for a Food-cation: Three Upcoming Events

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Cody Bay

Spring! Creative juices really begin flowing this time of year and the enjoyment of food and beverage begins turning up in all sorts of new and wonderful places. Here are a few upcoming events that really exemplify that spirit.

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Le Gourmand Will Put Off Closing

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Cody Bay

After announcing in February that it would be closing up shop on June 2nd, Ballard's beloved bastion of fine French-Northwest dining is going to be with us a short while longer. Read more »

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Sneak Peek: Ballard Pizza Company

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Cody Bay

 My first question for Ethan Stowell at last night's media preview of his casual, late-night, pizza-by-the-slice stop-in joint was, “Ethan: Are you ready for an onslaught of drunk Ballardites?

Ethan: “Well, we'll see. That's the question. Is it going to be slow? Is it going to be busy? I have no idea. I can't make any predictions.” Read more »

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New Vietnamese-Filipino Food Truck Coming

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Cody Bay
Xplosive Mobile Food Truck
An artist's rendering of the future Explosive Mobile Food Truck

What do you get when Vietnamese food and Filipino food get married and make babies? Banh mi with chicken Adobo filling, of course!

Husband-and-wife team Cathy and Romano Basilio are rolling out their gastronomic love child, Xplosive Mobile Food Truck, sometime in late spring or early summer. In addition to Adobo, their foot-long banh mi sandwiches will also be filled with choices like lemongrass grilled pork or chicken, Filipino-style stir-fried beefsteak, tofu, and Longaniza (Filipino sweet pork sausage). Read more »

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Update! Seattle Center's Food Court Transforming into The Armory (Now with MORE Tenants!)

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Cody Bay
The Armory

February 29, 2012 update: Skillet is confirmed for Armory take-out counter

After much humming, hawing and are-they-or-aren't-they confusion, Skillet Street Food has officially signed on as an anchor tenant in the Seattle Center's newly-renovated food court, The Armory. Read more »

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24-Hour Dining Coming to Georgetown

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Cody Bay

Those who lament the lack of all-night dining options in the city will have one more option come spring: Scott Horrell, owner of the 9lb Hammer and Loretta's Northwesterner in South Park is expanding into the space next door to his Georgetown bar to open a 24-hour diner.  Read more »

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Danielle Custer's 'Lovely, Gooey & Melty' Dream

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Cody Bay

You may have heard the news that Danielle Custer, director of TASTE Restaurant, has left her post at SAM's culinary work of art to take her talents on the road in the form of (swoon!) a gourmet grilled cheese truck.

In a chat I had with Custer the other day, the chef-turned-manager-turned-consultant-turned-chef-again told me a bit more about what she envisions for her new truck, Monte Cristo, which has really been seven years in the making. Read more »

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The Only 2 Food Events You Must Know About This Week

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Cody Bay

Not that there's anything wrong with a great family-style supper or winemaker dinner, but let's face it, they're so commonplace these days they don't do much to catch the eye of your average food writer suffering from press release fatigue. My hat goes off, therefore, to the refreshing and creative thinking behind the following two food events. Their existence is like a cool, crisp glass of naturally-brewed ginger ale the morning after a few too many glasses of that lush Columbia Valley red. Read more »

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Tini Bigs Celebrates 15 Years of Really Big Martinis

Long before the Canons and the Bathtub Gins, the Liberty Bars and the Oliver's Twists, Seattle had Tini Bigs. Back when we were a town of beer snobs but not cocktail snobs, it opened on a Lower Queen Anne corner in 1996. Those were blissfully ignorant times when you could go right ahead and slap a "tini" onto the name of any drink served in a triangle-shaped glass and virtually no one would cry martini foul, and Tini Bigs did it with gratuitous gusto. Read more »

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A Chat with Mario Campos, Chef of The Publican

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Cody Bay

Fremont beer temple Brouwer's opened its sibling bar/restaurant, The Publican, in Greenlake's Tangletown neighborhood last week, revamping the former Bandolero space into an upscale neighborhood pub. For Mario Campos, Brouwer's former sous-chef, it's his opportunity to finally run his own show.  Read more »

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