Little Nibbles: Chef Nordo, Mushroom Hunting and Pie. Plus Pie.

A quick round up of all things delicious, in my kitchen, in my city and around the world… Cafe Nordo Returns Savor Tomorrow is the latest dinner theater production by the folks behind Chef Nordo. They've abandoned the current time zone and boarded a plane in 1962, heading for Seattle for the World's Fair. In keeping with the Mad Men/Pan-Am trend in cocktails today, we were served a variety of delightful cocktails and 1962's 'futuristic' food. The show is interesting and as the plot unfolds the subtle digs at the food industry get better. There's nothing about theater that I don't find … [Read more...]

Where to Eat Mexican Food in the I-5 Corridor: Bellingham, WA to Salem, OR

From the Canadian border straight south to Salem, Oregon, there is Mexican food to be found right off the highway. Food, which, even if not dead-on authentic, beats the ever-loving grandma jeans, diner cleanliness and canned mushroom soup off any other road food you'll encounter. As might be expected, the food gets better the further south you go, which of course makes me want to commit to continuing this series with an episode 2: Salem to Sacramento. If only I had occasion to ever be in Sacramento. Do things happen in Sacramento? Regardless of the eventfulness of California's capitol, there … [Read more...]

Little Nibbles: Challah, Chocolate Wine, New Dim Sum

Warm up a chilly fall Monday morning with the scent of bread baking, the sound of wine pouring and the taste of dim sum on your tongue. A quick round up of all things delicious, in my kitchen, in my city and around the world... First and foremost: It's all about ME! I have a new column on the Seattle Weekly's Voracious Blog: On Monday mornings, you'll now find my recommendations for where to eat on Monday nights (when everything else is closed). Check out my first column, up today, on the Leary Traveler. Fresh Baked Challah The recent Jewish Holidays got me into a baking mode and … [Read more...]

Ballard Bike and Brew

Warning to Mom, Dad and Grandma: Read at your own risk. I really don't need a safety lecture later. Thanks. "See, the difference between driving drunk and biking drunk is that your not going to injure or kill anyone else" What happens when you get woken up by your boyfriends text message alarm repeating the line from the Big Lebowski "You don't fuck with the Jesus" then again three hours later by the alarm going out on your smoke alarm? Well if you are me, you sleep till two and then start drinking. Thus begins the adventures of the infamous Ballard Bike and Brew, complete with bar … [Read more...]

The Making of an Ethiopian Feast: Shopping at Zuma

I used to live just down the street from Zuma, but I had never been there. The non-descript store front failed to call me in, and I knew where to get good Ethiopian food, and was just as happy to drive across town for it. But as I prepared to cook my Ethiopian feast, the fact that Zuma claimed to be a grocery store as well as a restaurant turned out to serve me well. I went in just after they opened, around 10:15 in the morning, and found the place empty except for a small child playing with his toys. There were two large fridges, one filled solely with giant ziploc bags of berebere, the … [Read more...]

The Ethiopian Feast: A Preview

Okay, shameless plug and ridiculous excuse all at once: Today is a big fundraiser at all CHOW Foods restaurants, so I don't have much time, but I did make the Ethiopian feast yesterday and it was absolutely AMAZING. I'm putting up the photos now, I will try to get the recipes and reports written up in the next few days. This is the whole plate: (clockwise from upper left) Salad, Goat Wot, Gomen, lab, kitfo This is a decent shot that shows the hot red kitfo up against the cooling white cheese And a close up on the goat wot. Not really a traditional thing, but I took the traditional … [Read more...]

La Consupo: Barbacoa y Mas

The lack of "good" Mexican food in Seattle has long been lamented, but today I present to you evidence slightly in the contrary. My most vivid memory of food from my stay in Mexico was not the homemage guacamole by the Senora of the house (though that was mouth wateringly smooth and delicious), nor was it sneaking pieces of the freshly made cheese or perfectly spiced 'al pastor' meat in to my mouth while working the line at Abuelita's Pizzeria. No, it is of a Sunday morning, when we all piled in to the car and took a drive in to the mountains for a brunch of barbacoa.La Consupo, on Greenwood, … [Read more...]

74th Street Alehouse

My first shock regarding the 74th Street Alehouse was that when I walked in at 7:45 on a wednesday evening, the place was absolutely jam-packed. After getting over this initial shock, I managed to snag a small table for two from a departing couple. A waiter was over almost immediately to clear and wipe the table. I very much appreciated this, because nothing is worse than sitting at a dirty bar table full of someone else's dishes.Our drink orders were nearly immediately taken by a somewhat crazed waitres--crazed in the good, 'all over the place' kind of way, but it did take a little while to … [Read more...]

Szechuan Bistro

First I think I should admit to having ate their food twice in two days. Now I can continue.We stopped in here because we wanted something hot and spicy due to the illness contracted by the ol' bf. It advertised hot and spicy, and that wasn't really what we got. The service was quick at first (probably because we went in at 5pm) but slowed down as the phone started to ring and people came in. Most people took the food to go, which is unfortunate because I had a sizzling plate of noodles and the best part was definetly the sizzled bottom! Brett had the mongolian beef which was good, though … [Read more...]