Dinner at Din Tai Fung (Bellevue, WA)

All the times before that we've dined at Din Tai Fung, we were never able to get seated at a table right away. Always there was a wait. It is that popular. Tonight was an exception. We waltzed right in after seeing Amour at Lincoln Square Cinemas (a remarkable, unsettling, superbly acted movie, by the way).... Continue Reading →

Who’s Got Seattle’s Best Banh Mi, Seattle Deli or Saigon Deli?

We're fortunate here in the Seattle area to have several delis and bakeries that serve good bánh mì sandwiches, Vietnamese inventions that transform a version of the French baguette into a savory fusion of bread, meat (or tofu) and vegetables. Seattle is one of those lucky cities in America to have a thriving bánh mì culture,... Continue Reading →

Moonstruck Chocolate’s Critters

Here, in the Pacific Northwest, there is a vibrant chocolate culture that, while not as well known as the city's contribution to coffee drinking, is no less enthusiastic with a list of chocolatiers worthy of any important regional producer. By way of endorsement, Fran's salted caramels are reportedly President Obama's favorite chocolate. Of the local... Continue Reading →

Taquitos at La Cocina del Puerco (Bellevue, WA)—CLOSED

In the sea of cookie-cutter Mexican restaurants in the Seattle area, one on the Eastside stands out for its great food and interior decor kitschiness. When you walk through La Cocina del Puerco's doors, it's refreshing to be surrounded by piñatas hanging from the ceiling, the turquoise- and pink-painted walls, rickety metal card tables doubling... Continue Reading →

Noodle Soups at Pestle Rock (Seattle, WA)

I've eaten at Pestle Rock twice before, having come away impressed both times. The occasion of having lunch with my daughter marked my third visit. What caught my eye was a noodle soup dish called Guay Tiow Lao, which I presumed from its name was Laotian in style. How it's Laotian in influence I have no... Continue Reading →

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