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The Blog is Dead, Long Live the Blog?

Keep up with my food writing by subscribing to my newsletter Given that I've written on this blog at the snailish pace of one post a year for the last couple, it shouldn't be so hard to admit the thing is dead. But since I became a full-time … [Read More...]

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"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...]

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...]

The Time I Went to Adult Summer Camp

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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

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

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Love at First Sight: Yummy Mammy

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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...]

The French Laundry on Yelp: A Zero Star Review

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