Kukai Ramen Revisited

Whither the new ramen restaurants? Maybe we're victims of the digital age where rumors and hype of restaurant openings hit the fan so far in advance that when they finally do open, it's almost a non-event. Since last fall, Seattle rameniacs have been waiting for the opening of two high-profile restaurants—Shibumi and Jinya. We're still... Continue Reading →

Shanghai Café’s Surprise Casserole

What do you get when you blend perfectly cooked squid and shrimp, succulent chicken breast, meaty shiitake, shaves of dry cured and smoked ham reminiscent of a Smithfield, chicken meatballs and nappa cabbage, each revealing its essence in a rich chicken broth as fine as I've ever tasted? You get the Shanghai Café Tofu and Cabbage... Continue Reading →

How to Keep Cilantro Fresh Forever

Ever tire of cilantro becoming slimy and black after only a few days in the fridge? Here's a tip for keeping them fresh forever. Maybe not forever, but certainly much longer than one has a right to expect. I've successfully kept cilantro alive and fresh for two weeks until all of it was gone, an... Continue Reading →

Veggies to the Max: Bombay House

Purely vegetarian restaurants are hard to come by. Chances are better in large metropolitan areas, Seattle included. To cater to the growing numbers of vegetarians, it's small wonder that there aren't more Indian vegetarian restaurants in America since the subcontinent is generally regarded as the greatest source of vegetarian cuisine in the world. In the Seattle... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Jenny Phở

Tucked in one corner of an Issaquah parking lot that shares space with PCC, Michael's, Office Depot and Aaron Brothers is Jenny Phở. While the name suggests specialization in the popular Vietnamese noodle soup, the menu is a lot more extensive with headings for wonton soup, stir-fried noodles, fried rice, rice dishes, curries and vermicelli... Continue Reading →

Oh Poo, Is Tilapia Good for You?

I often wonder, is seafood safe to eat anymore? Out there in our waterways floats a vast stew of toxins, the worst offenders being heavy metals and chemicals from industrial pollution, not to mention dangerous amounts of radioactive isotopes from Fukushima-like disasters. Unlike soil, whatever gets dumped into the oceans spreads far and wide, only... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Zoomeboshi Tuna Sandwich

I like savory sandwiches, which you're no doubt thinking is a preference of most people. I say this only because tuna sandwiches are oftentimes too sweet, a result of a heavy hand with relish. Yet, a tuna sandwich without some relish seems a bit one-dimensional. Over the years, I've developed a recipe that suits me... Continue Reading →

Breathtaking Beauty Down Under: New Zealand

One of the most stunning places in the world to visit is New Zealand, a land of towering mountains, spectacular glaciers, turquoise lakes and volcanoes, a testament to the restlessness and creativity of immense geologic forces. It was for good reason that Peter Jackson filmed his entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now the Hobbit,... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Seven Stars Pepper

On the heels of eating at Chef Cheng Biao Yang's Uway Balatang did a friend and I have lunch at Yang's previously-owned restaurant just down the street, Seven Stars Pepper, in the Ding How Shopping Center in Little Saigon. Truth be told, this was not our first choice today but rather Lemongrass in the same... Continue Reading →

Why This Little Problem at Trader Joe’s?

I am a big fan of Trader Joe's. It's my go-to store when I go shopping. Why? Because they have great values, no sale prices to worry about, have an increasing inventory of organic foods at excellent prices, and amazing variety for a store of its size. Furthermore, very few of their products have artificial... Continue Reading →

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