Eggslut, More Than a Fatuous Name

It's pretty much a sure thing that where there is a line out a restaurant's door, therein lies good food. The first two times I walked past Eggslut in L.A.'s Grand Central Market (GCM), the queue was astonishingly long. No other food establishment in the Market came close to being as popular. I'm not particularly keen... Continue Reading →

Wow, Vegan Ramen? You Betcha!

Any pretensions I had that a good vegetarian ramen could never be made was dashed recently. The revelation happened when my sister-in-law had me sample her OG Ramen from Ramen Hood, a completely vegan stall in Los Angeles' Grand Central Market. Visually, it looks like a 'typical' ramen, broth like milky tonkotsu, slices of chashu floating on... Continue Reading →

Antica Forma: Neapolitan Magic in Vernal (Utah)

What do dinosaurs, pizza and Israel have it common? Trick question. The city of Vernal is close to Dinosaur National Monument, located in the little visited corner of northeastern Utah, the state with the most bang for the National Park Service buck. The monument has 1,500 dinosaur bone fossils on display in situ, making it a... Continue Reading →

Northern Chinese Treats at Beijing Restaurant (San Gabriel, CA)

Exasperation sometimes ends up for the better. Along the San Gabriel Valley Asian food mecca of Valley Boulevard, I was looking for a restaurant (whose name I couldn't recall) where several of us had wonderful noodle soups many years ago. (At my age, my memory plays tricks; Kam Hong Garden is in fact in Monterey... Continue Reading →

Matt’s Chips and Dip Just Might Be the Best in Seattle

Potato chips aren't typically the subject of food posts. French fries maybe, but potato chips? What I thought would be a fun snack to munch on at Matt's in the Market is deserving of a cult following. I noticed afterward that other diners were ordering it too, so they were either as curious as me or were indulging... Continue Reading →

Biang Biang, the Winning Sounds of Xi’an Noodles

Don't let the modest place fool you. Xi'an Noodles has some of the best noodles in Seattle. It's one of the rare restaurants that specialize in one thing and do it extremely well. In this case, the specialty is the kind of noodles made in the Chinese province of Shaanxi (which touches Sichuan at its southwest corner), hand-made and pulled... Continue Reading →

Seattle’s (go)Poké Future Is Bright

Getting good poké in Seattle was like getting good ramen used to be, a challenge. Now, very good ramenya are popping up with increasing regularity. Anyone who's had ahi poké in Hawaii might agree with me that in Seattle, it's been a disappointment. The primary reason is the fish quality. There's something about tuna freshly caught off Hawaiian shores that makes it... Continue Reading →

Winter on Orcas Island

Orcas Island has been one of our favorite local spots to vacation. Our family used to camp regularly in the summers at Moran State Park, memories that our daughters still hold today. Lately, with the kids now grown and having their own families, my wife and I have been going to Orcas during off-seasons to avoid crowds.... Continue Reading →

Wok and Woe: HardWok Cafe (Bellevue, WA)

Yet another Taiwanese restaurant opened recently in Bellevue to join others in the greater Seattle metro area to cater to the significant number of Taiwanese-American residents. With Facing East, MonGa, Dough Zone and Din Tai Fung already attracting the faithful on the Eastside, it's become a bit more difficult for newbies to break in. HardWok Cafe does an... Continue Reading →

Bite of Montreal in Vancouver: Poutine and Bagels

In a city known for its international cuisine, including my personal favorites of Japanese izakaya and ramen and Chinese restaurants in nearby Richmond worthy of Hong Kong, I've come across really tasty examples of not local (i.e., Northwest) food but grub transplanted from Montreal. No doubt you've heard of poutine, the Québécois fast-food combination of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. At... Continue Reading →

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