Dumplings on a Seder Plate: The Closing of Green Village Restaurant

“You’ll tell them, right?” Wendy asked toward the end of the evening. She motioned toward the outside world, as if to remind us that there were still other people out there. We were the only guests in the tiny Chinese restaurant tonight. She looked out the window at another customer pulling at the locked door. “I don’t have the heart.” We nodded, reassuringly; we’d tell the world—the Internet—that Green Village was no more. Let people read what Wendy wouldn’t or couldn’t say to their face, what she shared with us tonight inside the restaurant: Green Village, the restaurant that had been her … [Read more...]

Beat the Heat: Where to Eat

Can't think. Must type blog deliriously in heat. Must babble top 5 things to eat (and how to eat them) in Seattle during ridiculous heat invasion! 1) Sichuan Boiled Fish from Sichuanese Cuisine (or anywhere else that serves this awesome dish: 7 Stars, Chiang's, many more). Hot, spicy peppers, soft flaky fish, this dish is delicious anytime of the year, but in the hot weather it feels especially good to sweat out the heat--it is your body's natural cooling system anyways. Sichuanese Cuisine on Superpages.com 2) Ezell's Fried Chicken because nothing says a picnic on the beach like fried … [Read more...]

A Few Upcoming and Kind of Awesome Events

I don't normally devote much space to events, despite the constant influx of emails telling me about them, mostly because I don't believe in promoting events that I wouldn't myself attend or be attending. And then sometimes I am scared they'll sell out before I get my ticket. But there does seem to be quite a few things coming up that I'm excited about, so I wanted to give my readers a heads up, two of which I'll be at and one of which I'm sad to say, I'll miss out on by being out of town. First off is this Sunday's Oyster Roast for the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. They had me when they … [Read more...]

The Joy of a new (restaurant) Love: Bamboo Grill–Update: Closed

It's the rush of adrenaline that comes as you push open the door of an untested restaurant, the thrill of finding that it is not a dud. From first bite to the last wave at our waitress, I knew that the Bamboo Grill would be a new favorite for us. Bamboo Grill is a Vietnamese restaurant, but not a hole in the wall pho place like Pho Bac or Than Brothers. Nor is it a shiny beacon of culinary fancies as are Greenleaf and Tamarind Tree. No, Bamboo Grill is what it is, a corner restaurant in my neighborhood serving up a small, precise menu of delicious specialties from Vietnam. As the only people … [Read more...]

Am I Fooling Myself about New World Seafood?

I'm hesitant to post my feelings about New World Seafood, the new dim sum place I have found next to Seven Stars Pepper in the ID. Sometimes I wonder if I project my high hopes for a new dim sum restaurant onto the place and that is why I like it. I loved the food at Tea Garden at first, and that panned out okay, but not quite where I wanted it. Though I did know right away that Duk Li was bad news. Yet, while I thought the food was excellent at New World, I'm worried that as the shiny newness fades, I'll realize that it is just another decent dim sum place, nothing special. I could hold my … [Read more...]

The Magic Words at Lemongrass (Restaurant Review)

Near my house is an area known as "Little Saigon". I call it the best corner of eating in the city. It houses two amazing Sichuanese restaurants, arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant, an unbelievably good Malaysian restaurant, a beautiful MiW (Meat in Window) chinese barbecue place and at least 7 permutations of the name "Saigon Deli" all of which serve a mean bahn mi. However, last friday night we were looking for something cheap and simple, and it was late. Late meant bahn mi was out, simple meant we didn't want to tempt ourselves with fancy Vietnamese and the concept that there would … [Read more...]

Seattle’s Chinatown Night Market

I had only heard of the night markets of China and Southeast Asia, seen them on TV, heard of the delicious meats on sticks being purveyed in the hours after the sun goes down. So last year, upon hearing that the International District right here in Seattle would do their best to imitate this great tradition, I was devastated to realize that I wasn't able to go on the two nights that it would be happening. Consecutive Saturday nights in August, a tough time to find me hanging around my fine city. Luckily, this year, with the addition of a third Saturday, I could make it. I was pleased to see … [Read more...]

Losing the Advantage at Duk Li Dim Sum

The advantage of not using carts at dim sum, as I've mentioned in some of my Vancouver dim sum posts, is that when you order, dishes can be steamed or fried to order. So when I heard that Duk Li, a new dim sum place in the ID was using the checklist order form, I was psyched. I had actually set out to try Szechuan Noodle Bowl, but that is closed on monday, and this was right down the street. Unfortunately for me, while Duk Li has you order off the sheet, everything is premade and precooked. I ordered a good variety of stuff. The pork and egg congee  was definetly old, missing the glutinous … [Read more...]

Best Food Deals: Pork Belly at Maekawa–$5 (11/6/07)

Sometimes a dish just makes you wonder how it can be so delicious and yet still fit into your budget. This my first of what will hopefully become a series of the best cheap eats in and around the city. We were at the bar at Maekawa, when my eye was instantly drawn away from conversation. These eyes don't miss pork belly. Nor does this nose or tummy. It was flying by and I caught barely a glimpse, accompanied by a hard boiled egg. Searching the menu desperately for pork belly, I found this entry: Kakuni: Chunks of pork stewed with hard boiled egg. Hardly sounding appealing on the menu, I … [Read more...]

When White Girls go to Dim Sum: Tea Garden: (7/16/07)

If you live anywhere besides in the International District, Dim Sum has just gotten a little bit easier to get to. Located at the corner of Ranier and Dearborn, Tea Garden is a mere block off the freeway and has its own parking lot, making access easy for those of us coming from the north. Despite the difficulty of getting to dim sum in other areas with a bad hangover, I have had dim sum many a time. We always joke that they treat non-asians differently, giving us lots of water, or offering us a fork, but I have never felt like I was treated so differently until Tea Garden. Unfortunately, like … [Read more...]