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Attack of the Foodie Tours, The Sequel

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Cody Bay
Gnocchi at Cantinetta
You might get to try the gnocchi with lamb sausage and peaches at Cantinetta on the White Moustache tour. Or not.

Recently I profiled a couple of new local food tours that have popped up this season. Being that I don't get to take many vacations, I'm a pretty rabid fan of these when they're in my hometown. Most of the time I run around Seattle acting like a huge know-it-all; changing my perspective for an afternoon and treating the city I grew up in as an unfamiliar place is a remarkably refreshing way to feel like you've actually been on vacation, if only for a couple of hours. Read more »

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Five Food Events You Don't Want to Miss

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Cody Bay
Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company

I'm not calling these “foodie” events because I don't think you need to know the difference between celery and celeriac to enjoy most of them: just an enthusiasm for great cooking and eating, and in a couple of cases, helping out the local community. There is so much gastronomic action on the horizon, just thinking about it is already putting me in a food coma.

 Polynesian Patio Party at Ponti Seafood Grill Sunday, June 26, 1-4 p.m. Read more »

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Sneak Peek: RN74 Opens the Dinner Car Tonight

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Cody Bay
RN74 lounge
The laid-back lounge of RN74, flanked by traffic lights salvaged from European train stations

I'm pretty sure someone asked me every single day over the last week if I'm “going to the RN74 party tonight.” Yes, the Michael Mina machine has been firing on all cylinders in the week leading up to the launch of its full service, hosting private parties left and right and beginning daytime lunch service on Monday to get its feet wet before going all in with dinner tonight. Read more »

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Sneak Peek: Bar del Corso Oven Arrives, Breaks Sidewalk

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Cody Bay
Bar del Corso Oven
A forklift hoists Bar del Corso's new oven

After making a five-week journey from Italy by boat across the Atlantic and by truck from New York, the custom-built Neapolitan pizza oven Jerry Corso (Harvest Vine, Betty) and partner Gina Tolentino have been waiting for finally reached Beacon Hill's Bar del Corso this morning at 10 a.m. When I arrived I swear the pounding of their nervous hearts was actually audible as a forklift unloaded it from the truck and prepared to maneuver it through the back window. 

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Attack of the Foodie Tours

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Cody Bay
Seattle Food Tours' Belltown Restaurant Tour
Seattle Food Tours founder Michael Rogers, left, leads a group on a culinary trip through Belltown.

Now that it's almost summer, spring is finally here. That means a new season of food tours that incorporate walking, eating, learning stuff, eating, more walking, and more eating. Read more »

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Go Shopping with the Chef during 7 Days of ART

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Cody Bay
ART chef Jelle Vandenbrouke
Chef Jelle Vandenbroucke puts the finishing touches on a few of his new menu creations.

Spotting one of Seattle's master chefs prowling amid the vibrantly-colored ruffage of Pike Place Market is kind of like catching a lion stalking its prey: you don't want to make a peep lest you interrupt his deep concentration; one false move and the epiphany surrounding the preparation of a fiddlehead fern might get spooked and fly away. Read more »

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Poquitos on Capitol Hill Is a "Little Bit" Awesome

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Cody Bay
Poquitos
The sign that started it all: Scoring the decades-old Poquitos sign in a Sodo salvage shop was the inspiration for building a Mexican restaurant.

"Poquitos" is about as fitting a name for Capitol Hill's new Mexi-palace as “Tiny” is for a 300-pound man. I got the chance to soak it all in at the pre-opening party on Friday, and nothing owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann (the powerhouse duo behind Bastille Cafe & Bar) have done with their latest project is small. Read more »

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