Happy Razor Clam digging day! The season opens on Washington’s coast after noon on November 15 and continues through November 20, a short run that’s a fun tradition for many. Lazy me, I rely on the kindness of friends and family to give me raw material for fritters and chowder and don’t you think it’s high time some fancy chefs took that clam in some cool, creative direction that made them as exciting as kale?
This week is jam-packed with tasty tasting possibilities, including the first-ever Seattle-centric BREW. It somehow seems fitting that the provocatively titled Wine vs. Whiskey should fall on Friday, covering all the booze bases.
So much of a restaurant’s success depends on how it measures up to what it sets out to do. A sandwich shop that nails the simple hoagie is so much more satisfying than the precious eatery that tries to do too much and falls short. This year, we find ourselves falling in love with restaurants both upscale and humble, chic, cheerful and with a distinct point of view. You’ll find several sophisticated spots for finer dining in this year’s crop of the best along with a few modest spots serving unpretentious, delicious foods. The common thread? They’re all sure things. Say hello to our top 11.
As I impatiently await the opening of Aragona, the Spanish restaurant from design-obsessed chef and owner Jason Stratton (Artusi, Spinasse), Stratton kindly sent over several pictures he took of the food and the space. Not to mention the westward view (above), which isn't too shabby, either. Here, a peek at what's on the menu, and a taste of how the place will look and feel.
Seattle Magazine’s inaugural BREW Seattle next Thursday in Pioneer Square is going to be an epic suds sip-a-thon, featuring 22 of the top Seattle-based breweries pouring more than 50 of their finest.
But what’s an ultimate tasting event without something to eat?
Local restaurants will offer savory and sweet snacks throughout the event, including a few bites not offered anywhere else.
One of the most interesting aspects of the local distillery revolution here in Washington state is how it has changed my feelings around vodka. As someone who dreams up a ton of cocktails and cocktail recipes, I've grown increasingly bored of using vodka due to its mass-market tastelessness and the lack of flavor it added to drinks. But after sipping a lot of local vodkas, that view has changed.
Seattle’s food scene is hopping, no doubt thanks to a generous and creative energy that fuels young food entrepreneurs and catapults big ideas into reality. This year, we introduce a savvy mix of Northwest tastemakers who are trailblazing in a most delicious direction, and kindling our appetites in the process. This handpicked culinary posse is diverse in its endeavors: We have cooks, craftspeople and under-the-radar players you’d never know were influencing how you dine out.
Andaluca took best of show honors at this year’s Lamb Jam, a meat-centric event celebrating the versatility of the other red meat.
Chef Sarah Lorenzen impressed judges--including me--with her Provencale-inspired sausage served on a socca, the tortilla-like pancake made from chickpea flour.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about the best drinks to have while watching monster movies. But they weren’t nearly enough to cover the complete Halloween party season, which deserves much more in the way of scary (but not in taste) libation suggestions. So below are three more excellently eerie drink ideas. But as today is the big day, you may not be up to making a new snazzy scary drink at home, so I’ve also made an excellent suggestion for drinking out in Seattle tonight.
I'm back with another entry in the Tough Life journal.
This time, I, along with the other editors of Seattle magazine, was treated to several dozen still-warm, just-baked cookies from Robin Wehl, who's opening her first cookie shop, Hello Robin, in early December on Capitol Hill's 19th Avenue.
Our Best New Restaurants 2013 feature is hitting newsstands now (look for Mackelmore on the cover!) and while I'm excited--I love the challenge of putting the top 11 in order, and this year I snuck one last restaurant in there at the last minute (can you guess which it is?)-- I'll admit to a touch of trepidation.
Americans really should eat more seafood. If everybody ate fish just twice a week, we’d be a whole lot healthier.
That’s the noble mission of a Washington D.C.-based non-profit called Seafood Nutrition Partnership, run by Linda Cornish, a go-getter, who makes regular trips to Seattle to meet with sponsors of this fairly new initiative.
The wickets were cricket on August 11 at South Lake Union Discovery Center Park during Tom Douglas’ second annual Lawn Party and Croquet Tournament to benefit Food Lifeline. The winning team, Wild Ginger’s Fragrant Ducks, went home with a trophy, received an ultimate tasting tour of the Tom Douglas dynasty of restaurants and helped raise $72,000 in support of Food Lifeline’s campaign to build the Hunger Solution Center.