In the Dog Haus (Alhambra, CA)

I've been grocery shopping at the Alhambra Ralphs countless times when I've visited my wife's family in the San Gabriel Valley. (As a sign of the times, this Ralphs has officially closed and construction has begun on another 99 Ranch Market in the Valley.) Across the street is Dog Haus, which I'd never patronized. Maybe... Continue Reading →

Monitor Hot Rod Café (Wenatchee, WA)

I groan on those rare occasions when my GPS fails me. Give it an address in a small town or country road, and the probability is greater than zero that the unit will not be able to find it. We tried to find Anjou Bakery in Cashmere to have lunch and to eat its legendary marionberry pie, but no... Continue Reading →

Big Robby at Mr Burger (Christchurch, NZ)

It was a spur of the moment decision. One of those times when your intention suddenly changes as a fleeting thought goes through your mind. I was on my way to Re:START Mall to buy lunch from one of the (shipping) container food businesses until I walked past a food truck stationed just east of the Worcester... Continue Reading →

Godzilla Invades Bellevue: Katsu Burger

The reaction wasn't nearly on the same scale as Paseo's passing, but the sudden closure last August of Katsu Burger in Seattle's Georgetown district triggered waves of lamentation among followers. The word was that owner Kajime Sato was stretched too thin between the burger operation and Mashiko, his sushi restaurant in West Seattle. The concept was to add Japanese flavors to the... Continue Reading →

Cheeseburger at BUNS

It's a welcome shift in the industry that more burgerias are starting to offer grass-fed beef on their menus. I've been on the lookout for grass-fed beef burgers. I haven't found an outstanding one yet. It isn't that grass-fed beef doesn't taste good. I've used Costco's organic GFB in meat loaves with wonderful results. At the Issaquah Farmers Market over... Continue Reading →

Happy Hour at Purple Café and Wine Bar (Woodinville, WA)

Smack dab in the middle of Woodinville's "wine country" is Purple, a wine bar and café that had its start here and since expanded into three other local venues (Seattle, Kirkland and Bellevue). The dining menus are not the same among all four locations, though a few items are shared. For instance, on Wednesday nights,... Continue Reading →

Eating Solo in Ballard on Pooch Duty

While my daughter has gone out-of-town to celebrate her grandfather's birthday, I volunteered to do the dog-sitting at her (and the dog's) home. Though I like to cook, I don't always do it for myself, less so when I'm away from home. As I've written before, my daughter lives in Ballard (a neighborhood of Seattle),... Continue Reading →

Burgers at Li’l Woody’s (Seattle, WA)

Li'l Woody's has been a celebrity of sorts. It appeared on the Travel Network's Feed the Beast show, which highlights America's best late-night grub. The burger and shake restaurant opened its first operation in Capitol Hill in 2011. Its popularity was great enough that it opened a second location in Ballard two months ago. More... Continue Reading →

What’s Up with Happy Hour at Ruth’s Chris?

A meal at Ruth's Chris can be a king's ransom, as it is at many steakhouses these days. (Incidentally, where did they get that name that just doesn't roll off the tongue?) By all accounts, you can expect to pay even more dearly at the nearby John Howie Steak at the Bravern. I doubt that I'll... Continue Reading →

The Goat Tavern (Mt. Shasta, CA)

VIA magazine pointed us to a gem of a diner, Nancy's Airport Cafe, in Willows, and also highly recommended the The Goat Tavern in Mt Shasta, 150 miles north. According to the article's writer, a food critic for San Francisco magazine, "I found spiritual uplift less than a mile off the highway in a juicy... Continue Reading →

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: