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.
With stints at Canlis, Restaurant Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon at the MGM (both in Las Vegas) on his resume, pastry chef Neil Robertson is arguably Seattle's brightest pastry star. He's spent the last two years at Mistral Kitchen
It all started back in March, when my husband and I, regretting our lazy lack of planning (and therefore with no sunshine-filled vacation in sight), felt desperate to get away. So we booked a long weekend with our kids on Orcas Island. Of course it wasn't sunny that weekend, but we did manage to hire a local babysitter so that we could have dinner--just us two--at Allium.
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.
It’s not every day that a chef hailing from the best restaurant in the world—according to this year’s prestigious S. Pellegrino awards—decides to relocate to our neck of the woods, let alone plant himself in a destination as unlikely as tiny Lummi Island.
(Phil finds feasible floor plan) The sharp sweet basil salad dressing poured over crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, blue cheese, yummy chickpeas and the reliable hard boiled egg make this chop salad win over anybody's taste buds. Vegetarian, gluten-free main dish salad. For printable recipe click here.
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.
RN74 Seattle, the local outpost of the Michael Mina wine bar concept so popular in San Francisco, debuts today on 4th and Pine Streets (for lunch) and Thursday for dinner. The restaurant held some soft-opening parties this weekend; see pictures of the place over on Eater.
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.
(Joaquin considers gardening)A jar of this sweetened lime concentrate is perfect for fish marinades, cabbage salad dressings, an icy drink and more. Excellent "boost" added to to the athlete's water bottle. Prinatble recipe? Click here.
Two recent food trend stories hit my radar within minutes:
First Food and Wine declared that the "Farm to ___(fill-in-the-blank)" construction had effectively jumped the shark with the phrase "farm to tumbler" to describe cocktails made with fresh, seasonal produce. A. Greed. I just wish there was an acronym for the Local.Sustainable.Organic.Seasonal contingent. S.O.L.S.? (Too bad those words don't all start with Z's, amIright?)
That story led me to read Eater NY's 10 Dead Food Trends story, and boy is that a study in Us vs Them.