Seattle magazine's Alex Kummerow and Dylan Priest ventured out into the wilderness to spend a day with local forager and author Langdon Cook. Join as he teaches us to identify, harvest, and prepare stinging nettles.
Foraging Stinging Nettles with Langdon Cook from Seattle magazine on Vimeo.
"Poquitos" is about as fitting a name for Capitol Hill's new Mexi-palace as “Tiny” is for a 300-pound man. I got the chance to soak it all in at the pre-opening party on Friday, and nothing owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann (the powerhouse duo behind Bastille Cafe & Bar) have done with their latest project is small.
Perched on a red chair at pseudo-Mafioso bar Vito’s on First Hill last week, giraffe-legged, rock-jawed Ted Danson presented me with an environmental riddle: He does not surf. Or dive. Or even go sailing, unless someone he likes insists on it. Yet he spends most of his time on the water.
(Can't run with scissors!)Cooked white beans, fresh sage and a touch of tomato paste create the creamy base for this nourishing soup. Ribbons of kale add color, texture and major nutrients. Serve with Pumpkin Pecan Muffins or a bit slice of warm bread and butter. Who can resist? Printable recipe click here.
Learn a few tips and techniques from Seattle Tilth this spring that will make your garden the envy of the neighbors. Some of Tilth's upcoming classes that might be of interest in this regard include:
Build Unique Raised Beds (April 2, 10 am - 1 pm at Tilth's HQ at Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford; $45 for non-members / $35 for Tilth members)
Drip Irrigation Basics for the Home Gardener (April 9, 10 am - Noon; North Seattle location TBD; pricing TBD)
Every year I come at the big April Best Restaurants issue from a different, hopefully fresh angle. This year, my inspiration was former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni's farewell piece, at the end of which he argues that there is value at every price level.
There's a lot to be said for an outsider's view of things. Frankly, there's just less baggage. He/she doesn't take sides, doesn't play favorites, doesn't have a history (good or bad), so the opinions are pure. Or purer. When it comes to, oh, I don't know, a food writer from another city's take on restaurants here in Seattle? I think it's refreshing to read what they see, how they taste things. It makes me challenge my own assumptions.
In the restaurant world the ever-humble chef Grant Achatz rubs elbows with Thomas Keller, Tony Bourdain, David Chang and Eric Ripert. Last week he was in town with his new book Life, On the Line and talking with 130 Seattle fans at Tom Douglas’ and Kim Ricketts’ soiree for him at The Palace Ballroom.
Must ToastLive Tunes at Conor ByrneDitch the green beer and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Seattle style with a drink live music at Ballard's Conor Byrne. Local vocalist Erin Mcmanee takes the stage from 3-7 p.m. and the alt-country tunes of Seattle boys, the Whisky Swillers from 9 p.m.-midnight. $10. 5140 Ballard Ave NW. conorbyrnepub.com.
Must Taste Free Molly Moon’s in Madrona & Queen Anne
Chef Grant Achatz (pronounced AK-etz) is a visionary, multi-award-winning chef/owner of Chicago’s Alinea, a foodie fave and an inspiration at age 36 who lost the ability to taste – and nearly his life – from tongue cancer several years ago. His health and incredibly-tuned sense of taste are back, thanks to a progressive treatment program at the University of Chicago. He worked the kitchen through the chemo and now he’s opening a second restaurant, Next, and a lounge, Aviary, in Chicago.