Noodle Adventures

Noodle Adventures
March in Seattle announced its looming arrival like an unruly beast. We got hit with thunder snow and a subsequent traffic apocalypse that made those commuting in and out of the city question their slowly diminishing sanity. We’re all ready for spring…But I’m not expecting it anytime soon. On the bright side, Seattle’s March food scene is as hot as a steaming bowl noodles. Noodle joints are popping up to warm you up, and there are always events focused on eating and drinking. Enjoy! Newish Sen Noodle Bar Wontons stuffed with pork, garlic and giner, build-your-own noodle bowls, and authentic Thai omelets served over rice. There’s a little something for everyone no matter what you’re craving. Budget friendly bowls of items garlic pork rice are only $5. The Nook This West Seattle cocktail bar features everything from classic craft cocktails...
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Drink like you’re in New Orleans

Drink like you’re in New Orleans
Experiencing an authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras is a spectacle unlike anything else—a true lesson in all-out revelry that spans weeks—not just a single day. Far from the tourist flooded streets of Bourbon, Mardi Gras season means neighborhoods are lined with families, new friends and old, tailgating evening parades while dressed in purple, green, and gold… and undoubtedly boozing hard. Think you can booze like a New Orleanian on February 27th? Show Seattle how it’s done by indulging in the true spirit of Mardi Gras with one (or five) of these historic New Orleans cocktails. Sazerac According to lore, the Haitian born New Orleans transplant, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, set up his own drugstore in the early 19th century slangin’ the cognac Sazerac de Forge et Fils and Peychaud’s bitters to his ailing customers. The concoction was later popularized at the...
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Eat your Heart Out: Food News Valentine’s Day Edition

Eat your Heart Out: Food News Valentine’s Day Edition
News: the influx of new Seattle restaurants is on a temporary pause and so this edition of Food News focuses on an epic day to wine and dine—Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner, want to rally friends for an extravagant party, or just decide to binge on beer and chocolate, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Channel your extreme romantic with these Valentine’s Day menus: Goldfinch Enjoy a four course dinner experience paired with Dolcetta chocolates and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir champagne. Course highlights include Black Cod Croquettes with tarragon aioli and King Crab & Scallop, with leek purée, herb Salad and black truffle. Accepting reservations for Feb. 10 — 11th, & Feb. 14th at $95. Serafina   Eastlake’s Old World Italian staple is offering a five course tasting menu with plenty of options. From beef...
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Shots in the Dark: 4 Dive-y Bars with Cocktails

Shots in the Dark: 4 Dive-y Bars with Cocktails
The rain is beating down on your frozen Seattle soul and you’re one of the people that refuses to carry an umbrella. The bus is late or full. This winter feels colder than last year. Your heating bill has skyrocketed even though you swear you’ve barely touched the thermostat. If these aren’t reasons to hide in a dark bar and sip a cocktail while waiting out the storm, I don’t know what is. Forget it's winter with these dimly lit places for boozy concoctions. The Octopus Bar Ahoy, it’s a pirate ship turned shadowy booze paradise laden with treasure from breakfast flatbreads to Swedish fish cocktail garnishes. Set sail for this neighborhood oasis and be prepared to drink too many Shipwreck Molly (vodka, pineapple, orange, Blue Curaco, and soda) then return to cure your hangover with their acclaimed Bloody Marys....
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January Food News: Openings in Fremont & Cap Hill, CoffeeCon & More

January Food News: Openings in Fremont & Cap Hill, CoffeeCon & More
Looking back on a year filled with awesome food, it seems like Seattle's restaurant game hit new strides and in 2017, there will be no shortage of new places to try. For those resolving to learn to cook this month, utilize in-season ingredients from leafy greens like kale, roots like beets and radishes, plus leeks, and citrus. Regardless of where your food goals fall in the New Year, here’s the rundown of the latest from the Seattle food scene, including what’s new, what’s closing, and where you can have your next foodie adventure. Newish Bar Charlie Seaplane themed bar swoops in on Stone Way in Fremont. The relaxed neighborhood spot aims to maintain a chill vibe where people can get together and enjoy good food and drinks. Menu items include Hatch Chili Baked Mac and Cheese with Beecher’s Flagship, Poutine...
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Southern Hospitality at Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen

Southern Hospitality at Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
Every once in a while I desperately miss the southern flavors of life in New Orleans. And not just the food—the slower pace and the charming hospitality. Thankfully, Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen in Ballard comes pretty close to achieving everything that makes southern dining great with plenty of lively, country ambiance. Beware: It’s not fussy. It’s a place to have a fun, kick-back and enjoy. It’s the kind of place where everything on the menu just sounds good. From the Creole BBQ Shrimp with Worcestershire to the Chicken Pot Pie soup, Butcher Shop Burger with pimento, and variety of BBQ it’s hard to make a choice about what will satisfy your cravings for southern comfort the best. Check out the favorites and find some new ones of your own. Fried Green Tomatoes Before coming back to Seattle, I would routinely...
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Seattle's Pizza Party

Seattle's Pizza Party
It’s hard to find the right words to give pizza the recognition it deserves. Pizza is its own food group. It’s timeless. It’s worldly. The topping combinations are endless. It’s a late night snack and then its grab-and-go breakfast on the way to work. And the Seattle dining scene can't get enough of it. With new places like Southpaw and China Pie coming soon, the pizza party is packed. So what if we're mid-way through National Pizza Month; there’s still time to eat as a much pizza as humanly possible. Check out this hot, crispy, doughy, cheesy short list and grab a slice of the action. Bar del Corso The Beacon Hill crowd can’t stop raving about Bar del Corso. This dimly lit neighborhood spot opened in 2011 and five years later there’s still a wait to enjoy the Neapolitan-style...
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October 2016 Seattle Food News

October 2016 Seattle Food News
It’s fall harvest time. Apples, leeks, squash, and cranberries are all coming into season. Get the most out of this exciting month for foodies by following our notable food news including what’s new, what’s closing, and where you can have your next foodie adventure. There’s lots of upcoming openings slated for October, too so stay tuned! Newish: Asadero Sinaloa in Ballard The smartest foodies know to dine at Asadero Sinaloa in Kent before a Thunderbirds game. Now, Seattle residents don’t need to journey South for this authentic favorite for all-out-incredible carne asada and soft homemade tortillas. The second location is now open in Ballard with soft opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 5:00pm – 10:00 pm. White Swan Public House SLU has another addition to their growing restaurant scene. White Swan opened late last month next to the well-loved summer walk-up...
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3 Ways to get Buzzed on National Coffee Day

3 Ways to get Buzzed on National Coffee Day
If you’re from Seattle, you’re pretty much obligated to celebrate National Coffee Day. Think of everything that coffee has done for you. I have a lot of fond coffee memories from the first taste of Stumptown in Portland, lines out the door at the Starbucks in New Orleans, espresso at the train station in Rome and many hours with my laptop at Urban Coffee Lounge. Seattle has so many incredible local roasters that are changing the way we drink coffee. From Victrola to Zoka , Herkimer and Elm , there's no shortage of places to drink good coffee. Honor your own coffee memories with a celebratory spike, and cheers to getting buzzed with a beverage that’s been there through it all. E Smith Mercantile Tucked away behind an all American mercantile with apothecary items, bulk teas, coffee, and candy, is...
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Getting Happy at Seattle's Happy Hours

Getting Happy at Seattle's Happy Hours
Winter is coming. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is here. But don’t fret because the weather is changing. It’s time to get happy with some of the best happy hours in Seattle. Elevate your mood, social life, and bank account with these top of the chart menus. Palomino Happy Hour: 3 pm – close Long hours and cheap eats from $1.95 sprinkled with truffle oil. What’s not to be happy about? Brave the Bellevue bustle and wind down in the dimly lit Palomino lounge. Wine from $5.50 and cocktails from $5.95. Get the Gluten Free Wild Mushroom Ravioli with gorgonzola cream, roasted mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, and truffle oil for $6.95. Ballard Pizza Company SLU Happy Hour: 4 – 8 pm Pizza lovers rejoice because Ethan Stowell does fast casual right. Hit the courtyard patio for a fat slice of pie and...
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September Seattle Food News

September Seattle Food News
As summer comes to a close this edition of food news covers late summer and early fall. Get the most notable food news on the Seattle food scene including what’s new, what’s closing, and where you can have your next foodie adventure. Newish: Vestal Vestal opened on Westlake in South Lake Union on 8/23. The latest Josh Henderson project is shrouded in deep mahogany wood décor and decorated with delicate succulent accents. The food will undoubtedly be thoughtful with rich Northwest-inspired ingredients. The connected space Cantine has recently opened it's doors and is already busy servicing the Amazon crowd and Poulet Galore are slated to open early fall. The Butcher’s Table Another Westlake charmer opened earlier this summer and has already started to reign in the Amazon crowd with the sleek interior and floor to ceiling windows. The Butchers Table...
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Cider Week in Seattle: How ‘bout them Apples?

Cider Week in Seattle: How ‘bout them Apples?
The iconic Washington apple gets a turn in the limelight this week as the Cider Summit Seattle kicks off the sixth annual Washington Cider Week in South Lake Union on September 8th. With fall fast approaching, there are plenty of reasons to soak up the last rays with a crisp cider. Cider festivities affiliated with Seattle Cider Week will be held around the Seattle area from September 8 – 18th. Beneficiaries of the event include the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. , Northwest Cider Association , and Seattle Humane . Be on the look-out for some of the local favorites and whether you try them in your backyard, in the tap room, or at the Washington Cider Week make sure to enjoy with company that is just as refreshing as this orchard elixir. Locust No additives – just...
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Opa! It’s Omega Ouzeri

Opa! It’s Omega Ouzeri
Feast your senses on the subtly exotic temptations of Greece on Cap Hill. Once you step into Omega Ouzeri, you’ll know what I mean. On a warm day, there’s a gentle breeze coming through the open air window. Light from a window reflection floods the dining room. Blue and white décor somehow captures a postcard you’ve seen of Santorini. The hospitality makes it feel like you’re with family rather than on Capitol Hill. On a Thursday summer evening, the dining room is full of people enjoying life. Among them is Omega Ouzeri owner Thomas Soukakos. “Have you ever been to Greece?” Soukakos asks. You’ll be ready to start packing your bags before the entrée even comes out. Soukakos has been on the Seattle Greek food scene since 1993 but conceptually, Omega features the most modern take on Greek food. With...
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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Citrus Cocktail

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Citrus Cocktail
Fresh juices, infused brews, and a hefty squeeze of a fresh-off-the-branch citrus; summer almost demands these must-have additions to your cocktail regime. Even though I am loyal to the plain and simple vodka with fresh squeezed lemonade, sometimes that combo can leave something to be desired. Don’t risk basic bitch status and quench your thirst for the flavors of summer with these citrus brews, cocktails, and spirits that elevate beyond your normal go-to. Orange Rosemary Sidecar Ciudad Georgetown strikes again with the newly opened Ciudad featuring a Mediterranean influenced that highlights grilled meat. The cocktail menu is equally as juicy as the cuts of marinated lamb and the fresh citrus pairs perfectly with whatever is hot off the grill. Try the Orange Rosemary Sidecar with brandy, citrus liqueur, made in-house orange juice and rosemary. So Fresh and So Clean Elysian...
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Dinner with Friends at Bar Vacilando

Dinner with Friends at Bar Vacilando
If you have ever traveled before then you know that there is something about being on the road that makes it easier to immerse completely in new people and new things – on the road, the stars shine brighter, the air smells sweeter, and the music is just easier to sing to. Such is life on the tropically white-washed and garden-clad patio, under the twinkling string lights at Bar Vacilando . The concept of the new gastropub on Capitol Hill is loosely inspired by this very idea; the limitless joys of world travel.  As such, the menu items at Bar Vacilando are pulled from the owners’ travel experiences, but they aren’t pointed toward one style or influence – it’s not a menu of monochromatic flavors, trends, or themes. Instead, the menu reads like a collaboration of travel stories including highlights...
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Feeling the Love From National Oyster Day

Feeling the Love From National Oyster Day
I developed a love for oysters when I lived in New Orleans. Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico never leave the menu in New Orleans. These oysters are meaty, and mild because of the fresh water from the Mississippi. From the famed Oysters Rockefeller to free oyster Fridays at Le Bon Temps Roule, New Orleans is a good place to kick off an oyster obsession. But being back in Seattle has taught me a thing or two about how lucky oyster lovers are here in the Pacific Northwest. Not sure where to start your own journey through the vast sea of oyster choices? Have no fear – you can still feel the love from National Oyster Day. Check out these Seattle favorites for Pacific Northwest oysters to get you started. And remember, you might just find a pearl. Happy shucking!...
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Raise the Roof: Best Seattle Rooftops

Raise the Roof: Best Seattle Rooftops
I think it’s safe to say that summer is dragging its heels this year which makes the rare Seattle rooftop time even more coveted. From the ever-popular Frolik, the tried and true Hard Rock Café, and the super sleek new hot spot, The Nest at the Thompson Hotel, Seattle is elevating the rooftop game. Get your rooftop rotation locked and loaded so that when the rays peek out from behind the July clouds… you’ll be lookin’ down on the suckers on the sidewalk. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails Frolik’s hip urban rooftop bar is almost always packed. With a metropolitan modern aesthetic, fun cocktails, and gourmet bites, Frolik is the all-around go-to in Seattle rooftops. From the glow of the outdoor fires to the ambient décor, the vibe is a perfect fit for casual after work drinks or a date night...
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Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room’s Summer Menu

Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room’s Summer Menu
First Hill’s Hotel Sorrento has been on our radar since before the Space Needle. Built in 1909, the building was named a landmark in 2012. It's caught attention for everything from its luxurious rooms, popular event programs and haunted 4th floor. Amongst these Hotel Sorrento gems: The Dunbar Room. The Dunbar Room has revamped its menu to reflect fresh seasonal summer ingredients. The classy ambiance, dim lighting, and sophisticated vibe will stay the same. The new summer menu is ideal for a warm summer night on the front terrace of the hotel where the coal fire pit will burn well into the night – especially Thursday – Saturday with featured live music. While I didn’t get to try the famed burger (Chihuly swears by it), the new, subtly Italian-inspired menu is still worth writing home about. Elegant dishes with a...
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Savoring España in Seattle

Savoring España in Seattle
Get whisked away by the warm flavors of summer in Spain. From sharable tapas, fresh seafood and traditionally prepared meats, the cuisine of Spain has a rich culture of regional cuisines. Treat your palate to authentic slow-cooked paella, rich Asturian cheeses, and salty bacalao (cod) without stepping foot outside of Seattle. Tarsan I Jane Tarsan I Jane is a newly opened Fremont spot specializing in regional Spanish fare. Chef Perfecto Rocher grew up in Villalonga and Tarsan I Jane will appropriately specialize in wood-fired Valencian and Catalan cuisine. Sundays are "El dia de les Paelles” and guests can enjoy Chef Rocher’s perspective through a 5 course family-style meal. Try the Botifarra – all natural house-made blood sausage with chickpeas. The llangonissa is exclusive to the patio and is served on coques with caramelized onions and tomato based sabitxada sauce. Tip:...
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Chicken & Champagne at Bok a Bok Fried Chicken

Chicken & Champagne at Bok a Bok Fried Chicken
Meet Bok a Bok: a Korean fried chicken joint and newly opened toast of the town in South Seattle. The fast casual concept by Chef Brian O’Conner (previously of Roux and Skillet) is just in time for summer – aka the season delicious spicy fried perfection. Stop in for a quick lunch with a Sake back or grab a 100 piece wings for your inaugural Hawks pre-season, game day party. The important part is you can get damn good chicken fast – plus a premium beverage to cool down. The Chicken: Before I dive into Chef O’Connor’s menu, let it be known that the chicken at Bok a Bok is not your ordinary fried chicken. This is the Cristal of chicken with a fiery Korean twist. Bite into a moist juicy boneless thigh coated in fluffy batter with an audible...
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