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St. Dames, Patron Saint of 'This Is Vegetarian?'

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Cody Bay
St. Dames

I'm reluctant to even say the “V” word here, let alone the “G” word. As someone who eats and adores meat, I'll be the first to admit that I'm apt to stop reading a profile of a vegetarian, or even—god forbid—a vegan or gluten-free restaurant after the second paragraph. Read more »

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Who Were Those Liquor-Loving Ladies? LUPEC, That's Who

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Cody Bay

As Ken Burns recently illuminated for us, women were at the forefront of the two most significant developments in our country's history of drinking: the enactment of Prohibition, and then its repeal. And when ladies' thirst roared in with the '20s, it wasn't pink cosmos they were drinking.  Read more »

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Check In: The Sorrento Hotel

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Cody Bay

This week I checked in on what's going on at The Sorrento this fall, as fall is such a perfect time to drop in to Pill Hill's iconic historic hotel. Fireplaces, books, fantastic brown liquor drinks and good old-fashioned hauntings -- what more does a cloud-plagued, sun-deprived Seattleite need?  Read more »

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Pie Takes the Cake Again

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Cody Bay

Cake versus pie? Judging from the responses I've gotten since finding out that I would have the privilege of judging the epic rematch of last year's Cake vs. Pie competition last night, people are not wishy-washy on this matter. I've heard many a definitive statement to the effect of “Pie. Duh”; or “Clearly pie.” And truth be told, most folks who have weighed in to me have come out loud and clear on the side of Team Pie. Read more »

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Restaurant Preview: Momiji is Really, Really Pretty. And it Has Pretty Food, Too.

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Cody Bay

Every detail in the pristine space that is now Momiji (the magnum opus of Steven Han's Japanese restaurants) -- from the tables, hand-carved by master woodworker Craig Yamamoto, to the ethereal, cloud-like lighting fixtures woven from traditional Japanese paper fibers by artist Yuri Kinoshita -- has been masterfully planned by Han's dream team of artisans.

Even the trees in the beautiful, zen-like courtyard were planted at an angle just-so, so that they would climb toward the light at calculated angles. Read more »

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