The good news of Spinasse's expansion broke earlier this year. Chef Jason Stratton, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2010, would be doubling the seating of the current dining room, but more than that: He promised that the marble counter I so adore dining at would extend into the new space. And that they'll be adding a new pasta production room.
(Is Robert Plant organic?)Strawberry and rhubarb together make a stairway to heaven. Watch and you'll see what we mean. The oat nut topping is quite versatile; it can also be pressed into a crust. Printable recipe here.
On Monday evening I heard the very sad news that Kim Ricketts, founder of the ever-popular Kim Ricketts Book Events, had passed away. Kim had been battling AL Amyloidosis as well as a rare bone cancer since the fall.
(Steve strains the relationship)Cook nutrient-rich quinoa until it's light and fluffy, dress it with lemon juice and olive oil and then add these Mediterranean treasures: fresh mint and parsley, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese. Find printable recipe here.
I never need an excuse to go to Vancouver, but this is the best one I can think of. The Playhouse International Wine Festival takes place every year in late March, and this was my second—and favorite–visit. I stayed at the hip Opus Hotel, a sweet little gem just off the café-and-club-filled brick side streets of the Yaletown area.
Last week, Tom Douglas announced via Twitter (@TomDouglasCo) that Cuoco, the Italian pasta house that anchors his revamped brick Terry Avenue Building, was open.
At Cuoco, longtime Tom Douglas pastaiola Martha Francis will work alongside Cuoco chef Stuart Lane (who last awed us at Cafe Juanita) to create dishes like gnocchi with nettle pesto, hazelnuts and pancetta; fresh pea risotto with pea vines and ham hock; artichoke raviolie with mascarpone and Parmesan. And that's just the pasta!
Crudo is an Italian dish of raw fish dressed with olive oil, citrus, and sea salt. The beauty of a good crudo lies in its ability to preserve the subtlety of the fish flavor and bring out its richness with good olive oil while simultaneously balancing it with acid—in this case, orange juice. The best crudos have a textural component: here I use chopped bits of pumpkin seed and crunchy crystals of Maldon sea salt (worth seeking out at a specialty market or online if you’ve never had it).
Serves 4 as an appetizer
½ pound sea scallops
We highlight 15 affordable meals in this month's Best Restaurants cover story. Here's a peak at one of my favorite dishes in the section, a wonderfully authentic silken tofu stew from Korean Tofu House in the University District.
(The band gets a gig in Pasco?)Marinate wild halibut in lime ginger and garlic; reduce the remaining marinade to a nice glaze after cooking the fish and everyone at the table sing hallelujah after every bite. Printable recipe? Click here.
"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.
(Can't run with scissors!)Cooked white beans, fresh sage and a touch of tomato paste create the creamy base for this nourishing soup. Ribbons of kale add color, texture and major nutrients. Serve with Pumpkin Pecan Muffins or a bit slice of warm bread and butter. Who can resist? Printable recipe click here.