Seattle Lunch Options – Kisaku Sushi

When we go to Kisaku for lunch, we always sit at the sushi bar order omakase. Then we sit down, have our bowl of salad and miso soup, and watch the chef work his magic.

First come the basics, which consists of, but not limited to: amberjack, yellow jack, bonito, gizzard shad, yellowtail, and sea scallop with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt.

Then follow the fatty fish…lots of fatty fish. They are so good, they give you this buzz that keeps you happy the rest of the day. Continue reading “Seattle Lunch Options – Kisaku Sushi”

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Christmas in Seattle

It is true I don’t write enough about Seattle. I figured everyone else has already done that. Only this past Sunday when the rain finally stopped, I decided to venture out and play tourist for a day.

First things first, a good lunch at the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen.

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Hiro Tawara Kaiseki Pop-up

As a food writer, do you have a secret place that you just want to keep to yourself? <ponder on this for a second before answering…>

Chef Hiro Tawara is a gem. His monthly kaiseiki pop-up in Pike Place Market serves up an elaborated multi-course menu, showcasing his years of experience as a kaiseiki chef in Kyoto, while incorporating local seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading “Hiro Tawara Kaiseki Pop-up”

Willows Inn

So what it’s like to dine in one of the ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride.

Exterior:

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Art of the Table

It’s not easy writing a sustainable restaurant review. First of all, restaurant scenes in Seattle are constantly evolving. Some of my favorite names Book Bindery and Spur had already closed their doors before I even picked up the pen. As for other places, even though I had a great experience the first time, it failed to impress on subsequent visits, Joule fits into that category. As a result, I had a short list of recommendations.

Art of the Table is a neighborhood restaurant in Wallingford, Seattle. With only six tables, and a chef’s counter looking over the kitchen, the space is intimate. The food centers on ingredients grown, foraged or caught in the Pacific Northwest, made from scratch. Continue reading “Art of the Table”

Seattle Lunch Options

Boat Street Kitchen

You simply can’t go wrong ordering anything at Boat Street. The food is French with seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. With entrées priced between $15-$18, it’s a bit of a splurge for lunch. But if you don’t fancy a big meal, 10 dollars get you the best tomato soup in town and a toasty Goat Cheese sandwich (Magali Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese Baguette). A portion of their menu changes often. Recently we’ve had (pictured below) a hearty Provençal beef stew, a tender juicy trout and a delicious duck breast.  Whatever you order, don’t skip the Amaretto Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Cream Sauce. It’s the best bread pudding EVER!

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Naka Kaiseki

***Even though Naka Kaiseki was closed on January 2017, chef Shota Nakajima converted the space into a more casual and cost conscious Adana (3 courses $37). You can also watch chef Nakajima compete on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet.

I have found the BEST Japanese restaurant in Seattle. And it has nothing to do with sushi. Continue reading “Naka Kaiseki”

Mamnoon

Jason Stratton is back! The former chef/owner of Cascina Spinasse, Aragona & Vespolina is now the executive chef of Mamnoon. During his absence he’s been busy in “Spain” filming Top Chef, which will be aired December 2nd and 3rd. 12239982_789893791139609_1839202792720921655_n.jpg

Mamnoon is Seattle Restaurant of the Year 2013, serving modern Lebanese and Syrian cuisine. This review is for their three year anniversary dinner. Continue reading “Mamnoon”

Taste of Iceland

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Iceland Naturally is a co-op based in New York that promotes tourism, products and the culture of Iceland to North America.  As part of their campaign, Taste of Iceland dinners are hosted once a year in several North American cities.  The schedule in 2015 includes Edmonton, Canada in April; Denver in September; Seattle in October; and Toronto, Canada in upcoming November.

Taste of Iceland landed in Seattle in 2012.  Since then, it has occurred every year around the first weekend of October. Visiting chefs change from year to year, and bring with them, local ingredients unique to their country:

2012: Hákon Már Örvarsson Bocuse d’Or recipient and World Culinary Cup winner

2013: Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon  Co-chef of Lava Restaurant in Blue Lagoon

2014: Viktor Örn Andrésson Nordic chef of the year 2013, co-chef of Lava Restaurant in Blue Lagoon

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Tom Douglas‘ Dahlia Lounge has been hosting Taste of Iceland dinners since 2013.  This year we are honored to meet chef Ylfa Helgadóttir, chef de cuisine and owner of Kopar restaurant in Reykjavik. Continue reading “Taste of Iceland”

Oysters…Oysters

I’ve been reading this book called “French women don’t get facelifts” by Mireille Guiliano .  Seriously, who wouldn’t want to know the secrets to that?

In the book, Mme. Guilliano named oysters as one of the age defying super foods.  They are packed with omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc potassium,  They are low in fat and high in protein. Great for healthy hair and skin.  Oysters are harvested year-round in the United States so we don’t necessarily have to wait for the ‘R’ months to eat them.

Several friends have asked me where is a good place to eat oysters in Seattle.  So here are a few of my favorite spots in town, along with their pricing.

Taylor Shellfish: where else to have these delicious molluscs but the farm itself.12141598_771885112940477_9076886922004799134_n

A dozen oysters at TSF (Shucker’s dozen) costs $30.  The variety changes based on season and availability.  Yesterday, I had a sample of Olympia, Shigoku, Peale Passage, Virginica, & Kumamoto (as shown above clockwise).  The Olympia oyster is a true west coast native, it has a high copper content and a concentrated metallic taste. One tiny piece costs $2.50, but it is worth every penny of it.  And did I mention, the Olys are Mark Twain’s favorite oysters back in the old days. What a fine taste he has! Continue reading “Oysters…Oysters”