This Year in Tacos and Other Things, Too

This year was filled with tacos (both Americanized and authentically Mexican), island vacations (Lummi, Sri Lanka, Lummi again, Hawaii, Whidbey, Hawaii again, and San Juan), and some of the highest highs and lowest lows I’ve ever experienced. I won’t deny it’s easier to deal with tough times while sipping a cocktail out of a pineapple on Kauai, but I’ll also tell you that if it weren’t for my wedding in May, I could just as easily have skipped this entire year. Thrown out the many hours I spent in and out of hospitals on both coasts (for myself and for family) like they were rotten … [Read more...]

Little Nibbles: Spring Food and Spring Events

Spring has, as they say, sprung. It sprung in 65 degree days (hey, that's warm here), in crowds walking around Green Lake, and of course, in the form of bounty at the farmers markets. Here's a round up of what spring looks like in my kitchen, my city, and across the interwebs. In my kitchen: I had bought these lovely lamb shoulder pieces to remake an incredible yogurt curry. I had made it the first time in late evening and by the time it was done I was hungry and the light was gone. It was Seattle, I was sure there'd be more time to make curry and photograph it for the blog. A few days … [Read more...]

My Year in Food, 2011

Normal is not what I do best. Thus my end-of-year top-ten list will be anything but. For starters, it's not ten items. Instead, this is a peek inside my brain, where cooking and reading and small creatures in the night all crawl about, mingling and mixing into a delightful stew of tasty tidbits. It's December, and while I'm more likely to look forward to the next year than backwards on the last, here's a few things that stuck in my maw, reminding me why the life of good eating is so wonderful. Best non-cookbook: Grant Achatz's Life, on the Line This is not the best written book ever, … [Read more...]

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...]

Dear Seattle Restaurants: A Chicken and Waffles Challenge

 This picture, folks, is the ultimate in chicken and waffle cuisine. Not familiar? Neither was I. I was dubious, to say the least, as all of my friends urged me to try Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles while I was on vacation in Los Angeles. I like fried chicken as much as the next person, and well, who can dislike a waffle, right? But together...I narrowed my eyes in wary judgment. How wrong I was! Now, I'm reduced to chasing this delicacy up the coastline, in search of the same succulence. Seattle restaurant owners, I issue you this challenge: Make a chicken and waffle dish that rivals … [Read more...]

[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...]

Wordless Wednesday: Hitchcock Restaurant on Bainbridge Island

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Ben Bishop Jeopardy Update from the Big Sis…

Okay, lots of people asking, so a quick update on Ben's Jeopardy winnings. As of the Friday show he has won $114,800. He won on Friday and will be back on Monday's show. Combined, his winnings so far make him the biggest money winner on Jeopardy for the year 2008. He will be returning to the show for the Tournament of Champions, which airs in Mid-March. Not bad, kiddo, not bad... Other random Jeopardy related musings, since I've been asked a few times: -This show was taped in early October. They did not limit Ben on who he could tell, but he refrained from telling anyone outside the … [Read more...]

My Little Bro’s a Jeopardy Rock Star!

Okay, I was going to try to food relate this in some way, but unfortunately I'll be at pub trivia (it runs in the family) tonight and will have to watch the Tivo version and won't be able to put up a post, but my little brother is on Jeopardy again tonight! His name is Ben Bishop, so look for him and root for him because he is awesome! Last night he was on and won $25,000 so he is back for a second try tonight. … [Read more...]