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Kombucha: A Love Story

Certainly, I did not fall in love with kombucha because it is cute and cuddly. Mention of the fermented tea often garners the same looks as when I tell people about the time I ate uncleaned pig intestine in Laos. Commercial kombucha can often be sour … [Read More...]

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Summer in Seattle is the greatest thing ever. There's even proof now, from Seattle's own weather celebrity. Because we're just a strange enough town to have one of those. I have been doing my best to not miss a single … [Read More...]

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There’s no Food in the House! Clean-Out-the-Fridge Meals

"There's no food in the house!" Is a common refrain in my house. Brett will look over at me, eyebrow arched in doubt. "I don't believe you," he'll say, reassuring me of his supreme confidence in my ability to make … [Read More...]

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The French—They’re Just Like Us.

Here in the U.S. there’s a general feeling that France is the star of the dining scene. Sure, we’re doing our best, and we’ve come of dining age, but the real masters, with their mother sauces and generations of … [Read More...]

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The Time I Went to Adult Summer Camp

I'm going to deviate just a touch from the topic of eating food for a second...but there's still food preparation involved. Lady Camp was one of the most inspiring things I've done in a long time. I travel across … [Read More...]

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10 Things I Don’t Want to Hear My Server Say

Let's just get this straight: I was the worst server ever. On my second day as a waitress, I dropped chicken fingers on the floor of the Quito pub I worked in, and under the judging eye of both chef and co-worker, I … [Read More...]

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App Release: Unique Eats of the Northwest

“I’m having a girl!” the text came in yesterday from my best friend. I couldn’t be happier for her. THERE IS A TINY HUMAN INSIDE MY BEST FRIEND. What could be more exciting than that? Nothing. But this is my blog, not … [Read More...]

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How to Find the Best Food While Traveling

Some phrases that make my heart hurt: “We got there and we were tired, so we just ate at the hotel” “I didn’t know what anything was, so thank god there was a [PICK ONE: TGIMcFunsters/Magic Panda/Burger Sovereign] … [Read More...]

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From Pest to Plate: An Essay on Eating Bugs, Slugs, & Insects

The slug recoiled in horror, seemingly just as scared that his comfy—if crunchy—bed of green lettuce had been disturbed, as I was that he was on it. He recovered more quickly than I did, returning to slithering about, … [Read More...]

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Love at First Sight: Yummy Mammy

Yummy Mammy is the Zooey Deschanel of Chinese restaurants. It's got her quirky looks and takes hints from the way she hides behind big glasses to fool people into thinking she's not so  hot. Digging in deeper, ignoring … [Read More...]

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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, … [Read More...]