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Talking Wine at Restaurants on Snacky Tunes

What a treat to be on Snacky Tunes, the excellent radio show where the talk is about food and music. I was there with Wine Enthusiast Food Editor Nils Bernstein to go behind the scenes on America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2016. Snacky Tunes Episode 261 Wine Enthusiast Magazine and Startchild & The New Romantic So what do we discuss with hosts Darin and [More]

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A Return to Golden Paramount Seafood for Dim Sum in Richmond, BC

Was I ever excited for an encore visit to Golden Paramount Seafood for dim sum in Richmond, British Columbia. I was on a Chinese food adventure with other eager eaters from the world of writing courtesy of Tourism Richmond. It is no exaggeration to say: We. Ate. So. Much. For the love of noodles*, we had three (!) [More]

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Beet and Apple Mimosas at Juicebox

No offense to OJ, but the mimosa can use more sizzle. And you’ll find that at Seattle’s juicebox. I’ve taken their creative and fresh blends home and created my own mimosas, but I highly recommend visiting their charming location in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood (the place I call home) to enjoy a refreshing, fizzy delight [More]

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Guacamole with Pomegranate, Tomato, Mango Verde, Chile de Arbol, and Walnuts

I’m a guacamole purist. Over a decade ago I dated someone who had a profound influence on how this iconic dish should be made. The recipe involved three ingredients and three ONLY: Avocado, lime juice, salt. So I’m skeptical of attempts to guild the lily when it comes to my guac. Don’t be putting stuff [More]

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How Much Should Wine Matter in a Restaurant Review?

Of course when I go to a restaurant I’m hyper-tuned to pluses and minuses of the wine list. But how much weight should wine carry in the total assessment of a restaurant? What can we learn about the restaurant as a whole based on its beverage service? I am fortunate to have met Hanna Raskin, [More]

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The Corner of Thinkable and Drinkable: 3 Views of Frasca and Scarpetta

Last year I attended a very memorable lunch at Seattle’s The Coterie Room featuring the food of Frasca and the wines of Scarpetta. (Check out the recap.) Restaurant and winery owners Bobby Stuckey (the sommelier) and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (the chef) held court, both equally entertaining and inspiring. So it was with great pleasure that I recently [More]

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Too Cold or Too Warm? On the Serving Temperature of Restaurant Wines

I was asked by Seattle Times Restaurant Critic Hanna Raskin to comment on an experience at a restaurant where her red wine was served “freezer cold.” How do I handle wine served at arctic temperatures or kiln-like heights of heat? Take a look at her post on Voracious to find out. Thanks, Hanna, for letting [More]

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Coffee Cupping at Fonté in Seattle

Had the chance to head down to Fonté Micro Coffee Roaster in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood to get more acquainted with coffee beyond its live-giving sustenance. I was intrigued by all the parallels between coffee and wine, and I’ll be exploring that further in an upcoming post for Foodista. Big thanks to Steve Smith, Vice President [More]

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