Prima Taste Singaporean La Mian Instant Noodles

While browsing through T & T Supermarket in Richmond, B.C., some instant noodles caught my eye. What intrigued me was that they were manufactured in Singapore, by a company called Prima Taste. At C$2.99 each on sale, they were a better bargain when converted to US dollars (about $2.33 at the time). I would discover later when I... Continue Reading →

Breakfast at Blue Moose Café (Port Townsend, WA)

"If a messy kitchen is a happy one, this one is delirious." How can you not like a café that has the chutzpah to post that above their kitchen? How about, "The reason we're not all here is because we're not all there"? There is even a banner on a wall emblazoned with a single word: BACON! Add to... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen (Kirkland, WA)

Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen has an uncommon menu, at first glance more interesting than the run-of-the-mill Thai restaurant. The menu is limited, concentrating on what the Facebook page says are Thai comfort foods. Its name implies the regional cooking of Isan (Isarn). It does not serve, for example, phad thai during the dinner hour (though it now does for the... Continue Reading →

Cinco de Mayo at Ricardo’s Torero (Bellevue, WA)

Cinco de Mayo "celebrations" in the U. S. have largely been co-opted from a national commemoration in Mexico to an excuse for Americans to get loaded with margaritas. And who among us Americans don't like Mexican food? It wouldn't surprise me much if Cinco de Mayo were promoted by restaurants here to increase patronage. Regardless, Americans love... Continue Reading →

Traditional Korean Beef Soup (Federal Way, WA)

No, the title of this post is not a subject line but the actual name of the restaurant that serves seolleongtang, or ox-tail soup. It's an indication that the Korean dining scene, at least in Federal Way (and Lynnwood), has matured to the point where a restaurant can specialize in one or two things. K-Town in Los Angeles... Continue Reading →

Tonkotsu White at Jinya Ramen Bar (Bellevue, WA)

I was seriously thinking of not going in. I stood outside for a minute or two, but decided to give Jinya Ramen Bar a shot anyway. A little background. Our good friends ate there after it soon opened in Bellevue in March, along with so many other eager rameniacs that the two of them had to sit... Continue Reading →

Barbecue Choice at The Boar’s Nest (Seattle, WA)

It has been getting warmer in Seattle. Warm weather tends to stimulate my appetite for barbecue. Only a few blocks from my daughter's condo, maybe The Boar's Nest would fit the bill. Opened in 2011, The Boar's Nest specializes in pulled pork and ribs, though there are also chicken and links on the menu. Looking through... Continue Reading →

Happy Hour at Golden Beetle (Seattle, WA)

Maria Hines is a celebrity chef around here. She was recognized with a James Beard award (Best Chef Northwest in 2009) and had beaten out Chef Morimoto on Iron Chef. Her restaurant that she opened in 2006, Tilth, is noteworthy not only for its fine cooking but its use of mostly organic and sustainable ingredients. In... Continue Reading →

Seattle’s Restaurant Week, Monsoon’s Catfish Claypot

It was the Spring run of Restaurant Week again earlier this month. Over 130 Seattle area restaurants offered three dinner courses (a starter, main and dessert) for $30. Some restaurants also had a lunch menu for $15. Monsoon East in Bellevue (and its sister restaurant, Monsoon, in Seattle) always seems to participate in this and the similar October festivities,... Continue Reading →

Degraves Street: Melbourne’s Café Culture

We were getting weary of the “big breakfast,” as Aussies and Kiwis refer to their eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted tomato, sautéed mushrooms and hash browns combination. There’s nothing wrong with it; it's just that we wanted variety. Our hotel offered a buffet; components of the big brekkie were the extent of the savory offerings. We were going... Continue Reading →

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