Restaurant Insider Blogs

Thursday, 07/21/2011 7:24 PM
(Darrell missed the talk)Sun promised for the weekend. FInally grilling weather, eh? Sear some  zucchini, portobella mushrooms, eggplant and red pepper. Toss with fresh salad greens, feta and a mustardy sweet dressing for pleasing summer meal. Printable recipe?  Click here.
Thursday, 07/14/2011 8:01 PM
(Don't ask, don't tell)Steve mans up to sauce combining tomato, molasses, maple syrup, vinegar and HEAT (chipotle or cayenne). Slather on beans, chicken and more. Printable recipe? Click here. 
Wednesday, 07/13/2011 5:50 PM
By: Cody Bay
Backyard barbecues on America's Independence Day are great, but how dang lucky are we to live in an internationally-minded city that's home to lots of nice French folks where we get to celebrate (and by that I mean EAT) the joys of Bastille Day as well? Our local Franco-foodie scene is going gangbusters for the 14th, so if eating well is your priority, I would really try to squeeze one of these fêtes in: Bastille Cafe & Bar (Ballard)
Monday, 07/11/2011 11:40 PM
Some good news for Eastsiders: The owners of Cantinetta announced this week plans to open Mercato Stellina (10000 Main Street, Downtown Bellevue), an Italian market and sandwich shop in downtown Bellevue.We’ve been told the new shop will feature a mix of Italian specialty goods, including cheese and wine, cured meats, fresh pasta made at Cantinetta, plus dried pasta and pasta sauces, olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars, and fresh bread. And there'll be takeout sandwiches (g
Monday, 07/11/2011 4:03 PM
Summer nights call for sitting outside, smoke from a wood-fired grill in the air, a glass of rosé sweating in the heat at your fingertips. Agree? Then put a revisit to Revel on the summer to-do list.
Thursday, 07/07/2011 8:52 PM
By: Cody Bay
Ba Bar
Eric Banh doesn't want anyone making a big deal out of Ba Bar. “I don't want the hype,” he said last night at a soft opening preview. “This is street food done simple.”
Thursday, 07/07/2011 5:42 PM
(Ginger gets a bath)Impress everyone at the dinner table with these savory sweet salmon morsels. The reduced orange, honey and tamari glaze and the cool yogurt dip will help Jane regain a smile after what she's just seen. For printable recipe, click here.
Friday, 07/01/2011 11:00 PM
By: Cody Bay
Gnocchi at Cantinetta
Recently I profiled a couple of new local food tours that have popped up this season. Being that I don't get to take many vacations, I'm a pretty rabid fan of these when they're in my hometown. Most of the time I run around Seattle acting like a huge know-it-all; changing my perspective for an afternoon and treating the city I grew up in as an unfamiliar place is a remarkably refreshing way to feel like you've actually been on vacation, if only for a couple of hours.
Friday, 07/01/2011 6:10 PM
Of course, it wouldn't be the smartest move to open a restaurant on a holiday weekend, but oh-so-many are opening right after this weekend.
Wednesday, 06/29/2011 4:50 PM
With stints at Canlis, Restaurant Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon at the MGM (both in Las Vegas) on his resume, pastry chef Neil Robertson is arguably Seattle's brightest pastry star. He's spent the last two years at Mistral Kitchen
Thursday, 06/23/2011 8:08 PM
Willows Inn, Lummi Island
It all started back in March, when my husband and I, regretting our lazy lack of planning (and therefore with no sunshine-filled vacation in sight), felt desperate to get away. So we booked a long weekend with our kids on Orcas Island. Of course it wasn't sunny that weekend, but we did manage to hire a local babysitter so that we could have dinner--just us two--at Allium.
Thursday, 06/23/2011 8:51 PM
By: Cody Bay
Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company
I'm not calling these “foodie” events because I don't think you need to know the difference between celery and celeriac to enjoy most of them: just an enthusiasm for great cooking and eating, and in a couple of cases, helping out the local community. There is so much gastronomic action on the horizon, just thinking about it is already putting me in a food coma.  Polynesian Patio Party at Ponti Seafood Grill Sunday, June 26, 1-4 p.m.
Friday, 06/17/2011 4:43 PM
It's been a month of newsworthy moves. First we heard that bar legend Murray Stenson was leaving his longtime bartending home, Zig Zag, to tend bar at RN74.
Thursday, 06/16/2011 11:32 PM
(Phil finds feasible floor plan) The sharp sweet basil salad dressing poured over crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, blue cheese, yummy chickpeas and the reliable hard boiled egg make this chop salad win over anybody's taste buds.  Vegetarian, gluten-free main dish salad. For printable recipe click here.
Thursday, 06/16/2011 8:41 PM
By: Cody Bay
RN74 lounge
I'm pretty sure someone asked me every single day over the last week if I'm “going to the RN74 party tonight.” Yes, the Michael Mina machine has been firing on all cylinders in the week leading up to the launch of its full service, hosting private parties left and right and beginning daytime lunch service on Monday to get its feet wet before going all in with dinner tonight.