It’s been rolling around town for nearly a year, but I just finally caught up with the amazing Monte Cristo truck, a tasty venture run by seasoned chef Danielle Custer.
Though I had dinner plans later, I couldn’t resist trying this mobile kitchen’s rightly famous fried cheese curds, dipping the melty bites into a tiny cup of tomato soup. That’s Custer’s favorite way of eating them.
This summer, Naked City Brewery in Greenwood decided to take advantage of our (hopefully soon) clear skies and a neighboring empty lot and create an outdoor oasis for the whole family. The Walrus Beer Garden, named in honor of The Walrus blues tavern, which was victim to arson some 30 years ago and once stood in the space where the new outdoor brew-drinking spot is located, is serving up a number of thirst-quenching craft beers, such as the Port Townsend Hop Diggidy in addition to Naked City’s full food and drink menu.
The big summer holiday is only a week away and one particularly patriotic thing to do is serve better, more celebratory, drinks at your 4th of July picnic. At least I think it’d be patriotic, especially if you serve one of the following four tasty drinks (and I think everyone can agree that having a boring fourth fête is definitely un-patriotic).
Summer’s here and, with the “sunny” season, the out-of-town visitors begin arriving. How are you going to keep Uncle Joe and the cousins entertained? How about sending them on a food/drink tour? It’s a tasty way to get acquainted with our delicious city.
Here are a few options to chew over:
A wonderful thing happened during the current cocktail revolution. While mixologists were carefully crafting, their enthusiast spirits spilled over and booze-free drinks have gotten a whole lot more interesting.
I’m pretty high on the shrubs, tonics and house-made sodas showing up on drink menus. I’m sweet on sours. And, especially this time of year, I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned lemonade.
Here are my five favorite drinks that are way too cool to be called mocktails:
We’re used to seeing chefs breaking a sweat, but it’s usually on the line in the kitchen.
Last weekend, I spotted chef Eric Donnelly doing some serious manual labor on his new restaurant, RockCreek. It’s tucked behind Uneeda Burger, which is where I was heading for a salted caramel shake. (Yes, it was every sip as good as I remember from the last few times I’ve made the trip to that ever-slammed sandwich spot on the border of Fremont and Wallingford.)
Oh, boy. Snagging an open table at Glo’s felt a little like winning the breakfast lottery. The Capitol Hill diner is tiny and there’s almost always a line out the door brimming with hungover hipsters and senior citizens and everyone else in between willing to wait for one of the best damn morning meals in Seattle.
And, sure enough, almost as soon as I sat down, the dozen tables were filled again, a lone server taking care of the whole room with utter efficiency.
Goat is No. 1, the world’s most consumed red meat, eaten by 70 percent of the planet’s population. And yet, it’s tough to find it on menus in the U.S.
Now, don’t give me that malarkey about goats are too cute to eat. (What about Porky Pig? Yes, those bacon makers are soooey adorable. And on and on about all sorts of animals we routinely find on our plates.)
No, I think the real rub against eating goat is that it’s challenging to cook. It’s extremely lean and it can taste… well… goat-y.
Hello spirit, liqueur, cocktail and local distillery lover. Flowers are blooming, the sun is (at least here and there) shining and we’ve also got a host of interesting new spirit and liqueur releases and news to share.
So, it turns out that part of the reason Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez--King Felix to his many fervent fans--decided to stay in Seattle was pancakes. That’s what a charming profile in Tuesday’s New York Times reported.
If you’re someone who likes bars and cocktails, and you live in or are visiting Seattle, there’s a new app that you must download posthaste. Drink Seattle: A Spirited Journey Through Seattle Bars and Cocktails with A.J. Rathbun (yes, A.J. is me, but trust me when I say you’ll love it) is a mere $1.99 and has more than 50 of my reviews of top cocktails spots, worthy watering holes, delicious dives, swell distilleries and a couple helpful cocktail supply stores for when you want to make drinks at home.