March 2017

45 Best Global Dishes

From this Issue

The Cocktail: Off Kilter
The Bar: Vestal
The Bartender: Ariana Vitale

You can tell a lot about a restaurant by its simplest dish. At Raccolto, the West Seattle restaurant opened by chef/owner Brian Clevenger in a new building just beyond the Junction in early November, that dish is cavatelli ($11)

Last March, Eric Donnelly and Christy Donnelly, owners of cult fave seafood eatery RockCreek, had already pushed back the opening date of their new restaurant, FlintCreek Cattle Co. Then, when they were nearly ready to open, the March 9, 2016 Greenwood explosion leveled three neighboring businesses

If you could dream up the ideal corner market for your neighborhood, what would it look like? Pantry staples—some good-quality olive oil, dried beans, pints of Ben & Jerry’s, that kind of stuff—are essential. Produce is a bonus. Wine and baguettes would be lovely

For our 17th annual report on the Puget Sound area’s most trusted physicians, we went straight to the experts—with the help of health care research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.—and asked Seattle-area doctors to recommend their peers. The list of 412 physicians, in more than 66 specialties, on the following pages is the result of those recommendations.

White paint lightens up a formerly bland kitchen and dining nook, proving that this color is anything but boring

Necessity is the mother of invention, and for Bellevue native Jack Perkins and Eric Anwar—friends who met at the University of Southern California—the necessity was power (of the electrical variety)

When it comes to sandwiches, I’m usually all about the condiments, the pickles, the cured meats, the flavor. But then I met newcomer Bar Harbor’s Connecticut-style lobster roll

Our local whiskey distillers are supplying an ever-expanding shelf bursting with intriguing choices. To start your sipping, here are five new-ish highlights covering a range of tastes. The best experience is to try these at the distilleries

Spontaneous scribbler Dozfy leaves surprise gifts of art for restaurant staffs in Seattle and parts beyond

All images by Colin Bishop

Think globally, eat locally: The best spots for world tastes in Seattle

When I first wrote about the nascent Washington distillery scene in 2011, the selection of local whiskey was very different from what it is today. It’s now a bottled wonderland, and in many ways, our state’s distillers are just getting started

Harvest the licorice fern to add a unique flavor to sauces and infusions

An app in development screens for anemia without a blood draw

From the rugged duds at Filson’s new Ballard outpost to vintage-cool bow ties, new finds are built for all mankind

Museums, a gorgeous waterfront and good eats galore: Head south to Tacoma for a quick weekend getaway

A Kirkland designer’s new coffee table book, 'Designed to be Home,' celebrates 12 Northwest home projects

It’s time to spring forward (literally this Sunday, you guys) and plan your arts calendar for the sunny (well, sunnier) season. We’ve sifted through everything that’s coming up and selected the spring shows you’ve got to see

Although pay equity for women has improved, men are still paid more for the same work. Why is the problem even worse in King County than elsewhere?

Some performers wait in the wings as understudies—some are ready to take on the entire show. Meet the 5th Avenue Theatre’s swinger for Romy and Michele

From colorful squares of Punjabi-style fudge to elegant slices of Swedish cake, these are a few of our favorite (local) international sweets

1. Thai
Kao Mun Gai
Pop Pop Thai Street Food
Thai-style boiled chicken served with chicken fat rice, meant to be eaten with a spicy, gingery soy-and-vinegar sauce. $8.95. Haller Lake, 13242 Aurora Ave. N; 206.695.2858;

As we contemplate Seattle’s Chinese(ish) joints, from one of Seattle’s oldest to one of its newest, Chelsea Lin reflects on why we love—and love to hate— Americanized Chinese food

Seattle's 45 best global dishes continues with these African specialties

Our global dining roundup here showcases Latin American and Caribbean cuisine

Our global dining round up continues with highlights from the city's Middle Eastern restaurant scene

How to mind your manners at tables around the planet, a selection of upcoming food-focused festivals and more

There’s hardly a cuisine in the world that doesn’t have its own version of meat wrapped in dough and yet, of the hundreds of different kinds, no two dumplings are quite the same. These five locally-available styles are some of our favorites

When it comes to Chinese food, Sichuan, Xi’an and Anhui all have unique culinary traditions, and Seattle is lucky enough to have restaurants that offer cuisine from each of those regions, and others

A Greenwood shop sheds light on how to enhance natural illumination, and offers specific lighting strategies for clients

Andrew Inglis, M.D., airway disorders, voice disorders, laryngeal stenosis, respiratory papillomatosis; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Otolaryngology, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle 206.987.2105; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, 1981

Anesthesiologists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and some psychiatrists practice pain medicine.

Miroslav Backonja, M.D., neuropathic pain; Center for Pain Relief at UWMC, 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, fourth floor, Seattle, 206.598.4282; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1980

Hower Kwon, M.D., autism spectrum disorders, anxiety & mood disorders, ADD/ADHD; Bellevue Child Behavior Center, 365 118th Ave. SE, Suite 118, Bellevue, 425.454.2911; Seattle Children’s Hospital; New York University School of Medicine, 1993

David C. Chang, M.D., sleep disorders, apnea; The Polyclinic Sleep Medicine Center, 1145 Broadway, second floor, Seattle, 206.860.4545; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; Indiana University, 1995

Byron D. Joyner, M.D., MPA, hydronephrosis, hypospadias, reconstructive surgery;
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Urology, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2509; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1988

These radiologists use minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in most organ systems.

Vascular surgeons treat diseases of the arteries and veins (excluding the heart) through medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction.

Internists focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases, usually long-term, comprehensive care. Internal medicine specialists and family medicine specialists serve as primary care physicians.

Janet A. Englund, M.D., vaccine-preventable diseases, infections in immunocompromised patients, cystic fibrosis infection; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Infectious Disease, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2073; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Michigan Medical School, 1980

These physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating infections.

Robert Y. Choi, M.D., HIV, infections in transplant patients; Providence Medical Group North Everett Clinic, Infectious Disease,1330 Rockefeller, Suite 520, Everett, 425.261.4905; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2002

These specialists provide medical care for people with serious illnesses, focusing on relief from related symptoms and stress.

Sarah D. Beshlian, M.D., arthritis, arthroscopic surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures; UW Medicine Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 270, Seattle, 206.368.6360; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Northwestern University, 1986

Mark B. Snowden, M.D., depression, cognitive loss in aging, mood disorders, dementia; Harborview Mental Health Services, 401 Broadway, Seattle, 206.744.9600; Harborview Medical Center; University of Washington, 1990

These specialists diagnose and treat conditions that occur in older adults, typically ages 65 and older.   

A. Carroll Haymon, M.D., dementia, palliative care, polypharmacology; Iora Primary Care, 306 23rd Ave. S, Suite 200, Seattle, 206.518.9058; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; Tufts University, 1999

Simon Horslen, MBChB liver transplant medicine, liver disease, intestinal disorders, hepatology; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Gastroenterology, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2521; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Bristol, England, 1984

These doctors diagnose and treat disorders of the stomach, intestines, bowels and other organs, such as the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, as well as the esophagus.

Family practice physicians care for the whole family, including children and the elderly.

Jeffrey Biron Cantor, M.D., preventive medicine; Pacific Medical Clinics, 19401 40th Ave. W, Suite 230, Lynnwood, 425.744.7153; Swedish Medical Center–Edmonds campus; University of California, San Diego, 1989    

Patricia Y. Fechner, M.D., sexual development disorders, Turner syndrome, growth disorders, difference in sex development; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Endocrinology and Diabetes, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2640; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; Northwestern University School of Medicine, 1986

These specialists are concerned with the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands, among others, as well as nutritional disorders, sexual disorders and problems such as diabetes and hypertension. Endocrinologists are also internal medicine specialists.

These radiologists use imaging procedures to diagnose and treat disease.

C.Z. Andersen, M.D., diagnostic radiology; Diagnostic Imaging Northwest, 11212 Sunrise Blvd. E, Suite 200, Puyallup, 253.841.4353; MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital; University of Rochester, 1974

These pediatricians focus on the treatment of developmental disabilities such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, autism spectrum disorders, attention and behavioral disorders, learning and habit disorders and more.

Dermatologists treat conditions affecting the skin. Many dermatologists also perform cosmetic dermatology procedures.

Daniel Berg, M.D., skin cancer, Mohs surgery, laser surgery; Seattle Skin Cancer Center, 1229 Madison St., Suite 1090, Seattle, 206.215.3300; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; University of Toronto, 1985

These physicians treat diseases of the intestinal tract, colon and rectum.

Radiation oncologists specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy.

K. Ray Badiozamani, M.D., testicular cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6801; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Washington, 1995

Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer with chemotherapy or other medications.

Charles W. Drescher, M.D., gynecologic cancers, robotic surgery, ovarian cancer, Pap smear abnormalities; Pacific Gynecology Specialists Seattle, 1101 Madison St., Suite 1500, Seattle, 206.965.1700; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; University of Michigan Medical School, 1984

K. Scott Baker, M.D., anemia, bone marrow transplant, bone marrow failure disorders; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1988

Hematologists treat blood diseases such as cancer, lymphoma, anemia and sickle cell disease. Oncologists and other internal medicine practitioners work in this specialty.

Surgical oncologists specialize in the removal of tumors and cancerous tissue, and perform biopsies.

Clinical geneticists focus their attention on genetically linked diseases.

This cancer therapy targets the disease with the help of the patient’s own immune system

These practitioners focus on disorders involving the immune system.

William R. Henderson Jr., M.D., asthma & allergy, food allergy, urticaria; University of Washington Medical Center, Allergy & Immunology, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4615; University of Washington Medical Center; University of California, San Francisco, 1973  

These specialists focus on the unique medical, psychological and social challenges during the transition from childhood to adulthood, typically 10–21 years of age.

This subspecialty within psychiatry focuses on diagnosing and treating substance abuse and addiction.

Steven M. Juergens, M.D.,* addiction/substance abuse, alcohol abuse, drug abuse; 11201 SE Eighth St., Suite 105, Bellevue, 425.454.0255; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; Mayo Medical School, 1979

A new app and a local doctor are empowering Seattleites to help save lives. The PulsePoint app (, developed in San Francisco, can improve cardiac arrest survival rates by engaging the community. Anyone who is proficient at cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can download the app and sign up to be notified when someone nearby is in cardiac distress.

Choosing a physician is often a tough task. Patients want a qualified doctor, but most also look for other qualities in that person: good communication skills, for example, and punctuality. How do patients find that kind of information?

When The Polyclinic needed to renovate its outpatient surgery center, rather than make changes to the existing facility, the medical center opted to team up with Swedish Medical Center to build the First Hill Surgery Center (1101 Madison St., Suite 200; 206.320.7750; At 36,000 square feet, the freestanding facility, which opened last November, is one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast. The center has 12 operating rooms; two ORs are dedicated to eye surgeries, while the rest of the ORs are used for breast, ENT, general, gynecological, orthopedic, urological and vascular surgeries, and other procedures. Surgeons will also perform minimally invasive spine surgery and total joint replacements at the center.

When it comes to medical innovations, less is often much, much more: From smaller incisions to shorter recovery times to micro-level imaging, some of the most impactful medical techniques involve thinking small. To that end, doctors at Virginia Mason Medical Center and Overlake Hospital Medical Center have recently made some big strides.

The next time you sprain an ankle or catch a bad cold, instead of calling your doctor’s office or visiting an urgent care center, you may want to walk in to your neighborhood drugstore

Awareness of transgender issues is rising, as our culture has embraced TV series like 'Transparent' and the KUOW-FM podcast 'How to Be a Girl.' But it’s still hard to find adequate health care for transgender and gender nonconforming youths

What’s the biggest misconception people have about hospice and palliative care? People assume that hospice and palliative care are the same. Hospice is interdisciplinary end-of-life care provided during the last six months of life. Palliative care is interdisciplinary care to improve quality of life that can begin right at diagnosis. It is not limited to end-of-life care. Many miss out on palliative care because of this. In fact, most of what I do is improving quality of life through symptom management.

Why did you choose this specialty? I was interested in both surgery and internal medicine. Gastroenterology is a nice amalgam of both areas—allowing for clinical diagnosis and patient interaction, along with procedure intervention. I have good hand-eye coordination, which made video games especially rewarding, and in 1989, as far as I was concerned, colonoscopy was the best video experience on the planet.

Why did you choose this specialty?
My fascination of how the human body and its different systems work together led me to medicine and specifically to endocrinology. Sometimes I feel more like a detective than a doctor. Many of my patients have troubling symptoms: unexplained weight gain or loss, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, nervousness, poor sleep, eye problems. These could have any number of causes. It’s like a puzzle, and figuring out the cause to these varied symptoms can help my patients heal.

Why did you choose to specialize in ophthalmology? I never get tired of these seven little words: “Thank you, doctor, for helping me see.” As an ophthalmologist, I am constantly rewarded for helping safeguard and improve one of the most important assets a person has, their vision. I truly have one of the best jobs in the world. My father was an ophthalmologist who touched the lives of so many people in a positive way. It undoubtedly influenced me to enter this field.

In terms of infectious disease, what should patients be paying attention to? We should all be paying attention to how emergence of antibiotic resistance has become a major threat to global health and what role we could play in turning this around. Antibiotic use in itself creates an environment that selects for resistance, and we need to stop indiscriminate antibiotic use in both human health and animal agriculture. Many times, prescribers feel pressured by patients to prescribe antibiotics for colds. Antibiotics treat bacteria, not viruses, and most colds, sore throats and coughs are caused by viruses.

Why are more and more people having joint replacement? In the hands of an experienced surgeon, both young and older patients can realize gratifying and durable improvement in their quality of life using modern joint replacement techniques.

Urologists are surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of the urinary tract, such as urinary tract infections and incontinence. They also treat cancer of the bladder, kidneys, prostate and testes.

Jeffrey Clemons, M.D., urogynecology, pelvic organ prolapse repair, urinary incontinence, robotic surgery; MultiCare Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, 1901 S Union Ave., B Building, Suite 2006, Tacoma, 253.301.5120; MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Allenmore Hospital; New York University School of Medicine, 1991 

Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D., breast cancer & surgery; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.2166; University of Washington Medical Center; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1985

Stephanie Acierno, M.D., MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, Surgical Services, 311 S. L St., third floor, Tacoma, 253.403.4613; Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital; University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Medicine, 1999

10 Years: Rosemary Agostini, M.D., primary care sports medicine; Kaiser Permanente, Bellevue Medical Center, 11511 NE 10th St., Bellevue, 425.502.3600; New York Medical College, 1981

Kristen N. Hayward, M.D., M.S., autoimmune diseases, pediatric rheumatology; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rheumatology, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2057; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of California, San Francisco, 2001

Rheumatologists treat arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments.

Practicing a surgical subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinologists address hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproduction and infertility.

Preetam Bandla, M.D., sleep disorders/apnea; Swedish Medical Center, Pediatric Pulmonology, 550 17th Ave., Suite A-20, Seattle, 206.386.4744; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill campus; JJM Medical College, India, 1999

Preetam Bandla, M.D., sleep disorders/apnea; Swedish Medical Center, Pediatric Pulmonology, 550 17th Ave., Suite A-20, Seattle, 206.386.4744; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill campus; JJM Medical College, India, 1999

Pulmonologists treat diseases of the respiratory system, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cancer and other disorders.

Jesse R. Fann, M.D., psychiatry in physical illness, psychiatry in cancer, neuro-psychiatry, depression; University of Washington Medical Center, Health Sciences Building, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.685.4280; University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center; Northwestern University, 1989 

13 Years: Kevin M. Beshlian, M.D., breast reconstruction, skin cancer, facial trauma, microsurgery; The Polyclinic, Plastic Surgery, 1229 Madison St., Suite 1600, Seattle, 206.860.5582; Swedish Medical Center–Ballard campus; University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1982     

Susan Apkon, M.D., cerebral palsy, brain injury rehabilitation, neuromuscular disorders; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Clinic, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2114; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1994

Matthew Allen, M.D., newborn care, adolescent medicine, ADD/ADHD, sports medicine; Ballard Pediatric Clinic, 7554 15th Ave. NW, Seattle, 206.783.9300; University of Washington, 1998 

12 Years: William K. Butler, M.D., allergy, asthma, immunotherapy, immune deficiency; Kaiser Permanente, Allergy & Immunology, 125 16th Ave. E, Seattle, 206.326.3000; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; Ohio State University, 1973

A pathologist examines body tissues to diagnose diseases and to determine the cause of various conditions.

Otolaryngologists diagnose and treat disorders from the shoulders up (ears, nose and throat) with the exception of the eyes and brain; among those disorders are hearing loss, tonsillitis and nasal obstructions.

Michael E. Brage, M.D., complex foot & ankle surgery, ankle replacement & revision, cartilage damage, fractures; Harborview Medical Center, Foot and Ankle Center, 908 Jefferson St., sixth floor, Seattle, 206.520.5000; Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1986

These surgical and medical specialists focus on the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

Bruce D. Cameron, M.D., glaucoma, cataract surgery, refractive surgery; Northwest Eye Surgeons, 10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 370, Seattle, 206.528.6000; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center; Baylor College of Medicine, 1991

Anita Alvestad-McIntyre, M.D., general/adolescent gynecology, high-risk pregnancy, ultrasound, menopause management; Kitsap OBGYN, 9750 Levin Road NW, Silverdale, 360.307.7202; CHI Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center; University of Washington, 1992

These practitioners deal with the use of radioactive substances in research, diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and gastrointestinal and neurological disorders.

These radiologists use imaging procedures relating to the head, neck and spinal cord.

Jeffrey G. Jarvik, M.D., MPH, spinal imaging, brain imaging; Harborview Medical Center, Radiology, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.744.3105; Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center; University of California, San Diego, 1987

15 Years: Sidney M. Gospe Jr., M.D., Ph.D., epilepsy/seizure disorders, neuromuscular disorders, neurotoxicology; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Neurology, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2078; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; Duke University, 1980 

Neurologists focus on disorders of the nervous system.

Kyra J. Becker, M.D., stroke, neuro-immunology, stroke in young adults, critical care; Harborview Stroke Clinic, 908 Jefferson Ave., Seattle, 206.744.9340; Harborview Medical Center; Duke University School of Medicine, 1989

These surgeons specialize in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.

Joseph T. Flynn, M.D., M.S., hypertension, dialysis care, chronic kidney disease, congenital kidney disease; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Nephrology, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2524; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; State University of New York Health Science Center, 1987

Nephrologists treat kidney disorders, diabetes, renal failure and other illnesses.

These specialists focus on comprehensive care for critically ill newborn and premature infants.

These obstetricians and gynecologists are high-risk pregnancy experts who focus on the management of care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Designer Luly Yang'sfirst foray into home goods—a candle dubbed Blue Citrine, scented with notes of citrus verbena and ginger—has echoes of the calm and clarity that come from a visit to her emporium

Former rocker Ron W. Bailey discovered vaudeville—and helped Seattle do the same with the Moisture Festival

On Red Mountain, a winemaking couple create a space that’s both workplace and retreat. They call it their “barn”—and the outlines of Chris and Thea Upchurch’s Red Mountain retreat does reference a farm structure.

This modern Northwest cabin on Herron Island establishes a connection to its natural surrounds with expansive windows, wraparound glass doors, plus a hidden sunken tub that gives the illusion of soaking among the trees