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Where to Go for a Memorable New Year's Eve

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Cody Bay

Chances are, if they're open on New Year's Eve, they're trying to lure you in with promises of bubbly and revelry and invocations of Prince songs which shall not be named. It's a little overwhelming trying to filter through the barrage sent out over the last week, so I've tried to boil it down to a roundup of best bets, depending on where your priorities lie, with a few equally-worthy back-up options in case you can't get that reservation.

If you want to remember the food:

 Book Bindery Read more »


Update! Skillet May Join Seattle Center House Redesign

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Cody Bay

Update: Skillet may join Center House redesign

Josh Henderson says that Skillet Street Food could be one of the first vendors to set up permanent shop< Read more »


PBS's 'Check, Please!' Wants to Know Where You Love to Eat

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Cody Bay

Lord knows we like to talk about our food here—and the well-educated and literate city we are, we sure can talk about it well. I think the gentle folks at KCTS might find themselves with their hands awfully full starting, oh—today. That’s when they begin accepting applications to appear on the PBS series Check, Please!, which will begin airing here in March. Read more »


A Dessert Diva Shines at the Tulalip Casino

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Cody Bay
The Taste of Tulalip Dessert Lab

Nikol Nakamura has been able to do things a lot of pastry chefs would like to do: she cut her teeth at The Herbfarm, got her longtime wish of apprenticing under her idol, acclaimed San Francisco pastry chef Donald Wressell, and served miniature works of sugary art at Seattle’s former Four Seasons hotel (now the Fairmont) as well as intimate, white-tablecloth joints in L.A. But it’s now that the Pasadena, Calif. Read more »


November Food Events Not to Miss

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Cody Bay
Farmstead Meatsmith

Apples, pork, booze with character and baked goods with substance... I love the autumn calm before the holiday storm, when food is comforting and uber-seasonal without being too over the top. Here are a few of my favorite November eating events that tread the perfect line between reasonable human behavior and coming wonderfully unhinged. 

Will Bake for Food Bake Sale

Saturday, November 12; 11am-2pm
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St. Dames, Patron Saint of 'This Is Vegetarian?'

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Cody Bay
St. Dames

I'm reluctant to even say the “V” word here, let alone the “G” word. As someone who eats and adores meat, I'll be the first to admit that I'm apt to stop reading a profile of a vegetarian, or even—god forbid—a vegan or gluten-free restaurant after the second paragraph. Read more »


Who Were Those Liquor-Loving Ladies? LUPEC, That's Who

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Cody Bay

As Ken Burns recently illuminated for us, women were at the forefront of the two most significant developments in our country's history of drinking: the enactment of Prohibition, and then its repeal. And when ladies' thirst roared in with the '20s, it wasn't pink cosmos they were drinking.  Read more »


Check In: The Sorrento Hotel

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Cody Bay

This week I checked in on what's going on at The Sorrento this fall, as fall is such a perfect time to drop in to Pill Hill's iconic historic hotel. Fireplaces, books, fantastic brown liquor drinks and good old-fashioned hauntings -- what more does a cloud-plagued, sun-deprived Seattleite need?  Read more »


Pie Takes the Cake Again

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Cody Bay

Cake versus pie? Judging from the responses I've gotten since finding out that I would have the privilege of judging the epic rematch of last year's Cake vs. Pie competition last night, people are not wishy-washy on this matter. I've heard many a definitive statement to the effect of “Pie. Duh”; or “Clearly pie.” And truth be told, most folks who have weighed in to me have come out loud and clear on the side of Team Pie. Read more »


Restaurant Preview: Momiji is Really, Really Pretty. And it Has Pretty Food, Too.

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Cody Bay

Every detail in the pristine space that is now Momiji (the magnum opus of Steven Han's Japanese restaurants) -- from the tables, hand-carved by master woodworker Craig Yamamoto, to the ethereal, cloud-like lighting fixtures woven from traditional Japanese paper fibers by artist Yuri Kinoshita -- has been masterfully planned by Han's dream team of artisans.

Even the trees in the beautiful, zen-like courtyard were planted at an angle just-so, so that they would climb toward the light at calculated angles. Read more »


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