After putting a call out via social media for votes on where the third Molly Moon’s Ice Cream shop should open (and drumming up an impressive amount of neighborhood enthusiasm in the process), Molly Moon Neitzel has decided to open not one but two new shops, one in each of the top vote-getting ‘hoods.
Crudo is an Italian dish of raw fish dressed with olive oil, citrus, and sea salt. The beauty of a good crudo lies in its ability to preserve the subtlety of the fish flavor and bring out its richness with good olive oil while simultaneously balancing it with acid—in this case, orange juice. The best crudos have a textural component: here I use chopped bits of pumpkin seed and crunchy crystals of Maldon sea salt (worth seeking out at a specialty market or online if you’ve never had it).
Serves 4 as an appetizer
½ pound sea scallops
"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.
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.
It seems that people and food come together in times of great tragedy. This week, Seattle restaurants have begun announcing various dinners and specials to help fundraise for Japan disaster relief. Here’s our roundup of local restaurants donating all or a portion of their proceeds to aid our neighbors to the East.
Blue C SushiAll six locations10% of profits to benefit the American Red Cross