Fish Markets of the World: A Photo Essay

Thank you to Blacklane for sponsoring this post. Scroll down for more info. The chaos of an early morning clamor for seafood is balm on my jet-lagged soul. The hours match up with my skewed body clock, giving me something to do besides count the flies on my hotel ceiling. Rows of freshly caught fish, stacked and ready to sell give me something besides empty roads to feast my eyes upon and the strange hours of fisherman and fishmongers mean the promise of a hearty meal at all hours. As I semi-professionally wander about the world, the fish market is often my first glimpse of a new … [Read more...]

5 Sauces that Spank Sriracha

America loves the cock. The big red bottle with the outline of the rooster on it has climbed to bacon-esque levels of zeitgeist, and to be quite frank, I'm over Sriracha. As a heat-hound, I crave spiciness in every meal, and as an educated eater, I also want flavor. In the world of over blown excitement over it, I think that the Oatmeal nailed the Sriracha problem much better than Bon Appetit's 25 ways to use Sriracha. Oatmeal understands that the powerful yet unexciting flavors of Sriracha are best used to cover for poor quality and bad technique, while Bon Appetit encourages readers to use … [Read more...]

Where to Eat in White Center

I've repeatedly explained to people that some of the best eating in Seattle is in White Center. Which technically, isn't Seattle, so perhaps that's why people are so scared to venture down there? Formerly a piece of unincorporated King County, recently annexed by the city of Burien, White Center picks up where West Seattle leaves off, at the south end of the city. Culinarily, White Center holds much of what Seattle lacks: authentic, cheap foods from all parts of the world. Having worked in West Seattle for over two years, I've spent a lot of lunches dining on the cheap tamales, the lovely … [Read more...]

What’s in your Olive Oil?

Recently the California Olive Ranch invited a few bloggers, myself included, to join them for an evening of tasting olive oils, eating delicious food, and learning about 'the future of the olive oil industry.' I am under no obligation to write, but this stuff was fascinating, so I want to share it--and the olive oil--with you, so read to the bottom. You can win some tasty olive oil and maybe learn something.     I often refer to myself as the #FoodNerd on twitter. That the phrase 'learn about the future of the olive oil industry' was so ridiculously exciting to me … [Read more...]

Book Review: Pike Place Market Recipes by Jess Thomson

As I've mentioned before, the Pike Place Market is the Plaza to my Eloise. I considered it mine long before I realized that every girl didn't have just such a place in her little life. I took the hum bao for granted, rolled my eyes at the flying fish, and assumed the rainbow of vegetables stacked higher than my head was a human right. So pardon me if I was concerned about the coming of a new book about MY market. Luckily Pike Place Market Recipes: 130 Delicious Ways to Bring Home Seattle's Famous Market* by Jess Thomson is not the same as those that have gone before. It explores the market as … [Read more...]

Little Nibbles: Spring Food and Spring Events

Spring has, as they say, sprung. It sprung in 65 degree days (hey, that's warm here), in crowds walking around Green Lake, and of course, in the form of bounty at the farmers markets. Here's a round up of what spring looks like in my kitchen, my city, and across the interwebs. In my kitchen: I had bought these lovely lamb shoulder pieces to remake an incredible yogurt curry. I had made it the first time in late evening and by the time it was done I was hungry and the light was gone. It was Seattle, I was sure there'd be more time to make curry and photograph it for the blog. A few days … [Read more...]

An Amazing Discovery: The Dong Hing Market

When I left my house yesterday to go grocery shopping, I had no idea where I was going. It was late enough I didn't feel like heading north to the American shops: QFC, Safeway, fighting the crowds of people picking up their microwave meals for the night. Uwajimaya is always an option, but I have a tendency to some how leave there with far lighter pockets than I arrived with. Viet Wah seemed the appropriate answer, but by the time I got their the shared parking lot with Tamarind Tree was already getting crushed with customers stomping on each other to get at that delicious food. Not that I can … [Read more...]