[Contest] Where to Eat at Pike Place Market: A Local’s Perspective

Like Eloise in the Plaza, I ran about the Pike Place Market as a child; ducking into stands and around tourists. If I were lucky, there was a post-swim-lesson lunch courtesy of my parents, maybe at the Turkish deli. Other times, my friends and I would slunk about, mixing in amongst older, more experienced vagrants. We'd laugh at the tourists, posing outside the wrong (not the first) Starbucks. Today, I'm no different, no less a kid in a candy store. I sneak through the market at 8am, on my way to work, when only the useful stalls--the fish, the vegetables, are open. Pike Place Market in … [Read more...]

Cooking at Home. Alone.

Since I've been working from home (pause while I let you know I started my own business, Socialize Me) one of my favorite parts of the day is cooking myself a small, simple lunch. There are a lot of cooking lessons I'm learning from making a daily meal for one and I'm enjoying every second of my education from them. Despite everyone's wild dreams about how much I must eat out (I hear all the time about it) I cook a fair amount at home. Dinners that I cook tend to have multiple components, be adventurous, they are a way to try making dishes I normally get at a restaurant. Last night we had … [Read more...]

My First Bento

Yeah, I'm calling it now. The next big trend in America in food. Bento, the Japanese art of packing a lunch. It has already caught on a little bit, but I'm saying an explosion, here, people. The economy is down, people need to pack those lunches. They want healthy. Bento is, by definition, healthy. So I decided to get a head start and practice my bento making skill.   I tried as hard as I could to adhere to what I know about bento making. I know that it is supposed to be 3:2:1 rice:fruit/veg/protein, so you can see that I've got about half rice with little sesame seed eyes and a big hot … [Read more...]