Changing the Energy

Recently I wrote a very angry piece. It was mostly spurred on by having read the Stranger's review of a hookah bar. But some not very nice things were said. Now there's backlash and comments and commenting on the comments, and I'll be honest, it stresses me out. Two diet coke's and a Reese's later. I'm calming down. I never set out to offend anyone. I have met Ms. Leson and Mr. Kauffman before and had extended conversations with Ms. Kelly and Ms. Denn via email. All are not but the nicest people in the world. My criticism, though it might been less than kind, was more directed towards those … [Read more...]

How the Newspaper Industry Killed my Wednesdays

Unless you have been living under a rock (or don't scrutinize the food section of every paper as your wednesday morning activity, same thing, really, in my book), you may have noticed that many of the papers have been slowly killing their food sections. Each week there is less original content and more drivel or previously posted content. The papers are requiring that their food writers post on blogs. Thus the content in the paper is either reprint or nationally syndicated. I live in the Northwest. I don't care to read about artichokes in March (thank you, Los Angeles), nor do I care about … [Read more...]

An Apology

Sometimes life gets busy. No, not too busy for food (not in my life), but so busy that the important details pass you by. Last week I returned from three days of backpacking in the woods to find my camera perched on the kitchen counter, like it had just been taking blog photos while I was gone. I looked through the photos and saw that while I was eating unmentionable camping food, B had taken over blog photo duty and grilled himself a little treat. What has this got to do with being busy? As I admired the steak photos--everything's better in bacon--I realized what a great foodie man I have.I … [Read more...]

Where Would I Take Anthony?

My love of Anthony Bourdain is no secret. B gets jealous at just the sound of his voice eminating from our tv. My hatred of Uruguay, and more specifically, its cuisine, is also no secret. That said, I thought they did a poor job of representing the country. I don't want to complain here, so I decided I would make an alternate journey for him. Here's where else Anthony would go if I were the fixer: --Food: Definetly a traditional Chivito stand, like Lo de Pepe. We would get him a completa, meaning that his flank steak burger would come piled high with ham, cheese, fried egg and all the usual … [Read more...]

The Great Bag Debate: An Unintended Consequence

For those  out of the loop, or, say, the greater Seattle area, our city council is working on a proposal that you will be charged 20 cents for every plastic bag you use to carry your groceries home. Now, don't get me wrong, I TRY to bring my own bags to the store, but I am a little forgetful. I'm all for paper, except when I have a ten block walk home--even worse if it is in the rain. So I'm not a huge fan of the new rules, but whatever, they won't affect me very much. The unintended consequence that I'm so very excited about, however, is that in the last 3 months I've recieved three new tote … [Read more...]

My First Article

It's out. My first published food writing article. And you know what? They got my name wrong. Even worse? My mother was the one who pointed it out to me. In the table of contents I'm Naomi Bishop, then you go to the article and suddenly I'm Naomi Cambell. Not even spelled like the supermodel either. To add insult to injury, in the printing or editing process my accent marks got deleted and now it looks like I don't know how to spell crème fraîche. Oy. It was a little heartbreaking, I have to admit. Brett kept saying that someday it will make a funny story. My only question is will it make a … [Read more...]

My 100th Post

Really? It seems like I just started. I've been posting, under various guises--the long forgotten SeattliteSattelite and over at MetBlogs, for about a year now. A whole year of blogging about food. That adds up to about a 2 posts a week, not bad at all. But really, what is blogging, other than a self-congratulation, and who doesn't want to self congratulate all the time? No, seriously, I started blogging because I told Jonathan Kauffman over at the Weekly that I wanted to be a food writer, and this is what he told me to do. To be honest, I'd hoped for like, I dunno, a job, but what I got was … [Read more...]

A ‘Touching’ Meal

Last night I had a wonderful meal at an extremely fun restaurant. I hesitate to resort to hyperbole and compare it to Momofuku Ssam Bar in New York, but I think they share many elements, from the generous use of offal to the tendency to overdo dishes, rather than let the delicious components shine alone. Our service was impeccable, my only issue was a personal pet peeve. Don't touch me. I hate when wait staff touches me. Our waiter took an order from the table next to me and then on his way to put it in lightly brushed my shoulder and said he'd be back for our drinks. I bristled. I am not a … [Read more...]

Did ya miss me?

Okay, so it's been a little while. I'm sorry. I have committed a bloggerific sin. Terrible, I abandoned my blog to go to work for a group blog, at seattle.metblogs.com. I apologize. But now, I have decided to try my hand at balancing both activities. In the time since I last updated this, I have become far more invested in cooking than in eating out, so this new incarnation of the blog will be more of a combination of meal experiences than the previous one was. Also, I will try to keep as up to date as I can with Seattle restaurant gossip, as well as answer any questions written in about food, … [Read more...]