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Oysters: Flapjack, Boom Stick, Otter Cove, Penn Cove, Hama Hama

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The Walrus and the Carpenter Restaurant, Ballard The Walrus and the Carpenter is located in the back of the renovated Kolstrand building from the 1900′s.  There is literally a small door with a small sign that leads you through a long hallway and into the bright, intimate space. Be warned that this place is popular [...] → Continue Reading The Walrus and the Carpenter

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Art For Food

Art For Food: Modern Techniques for the Home Kitchen I’ve had my share of cooking classes.  Many are comprised of 25+ in attendance and you’re broken up in to groups to make one course of the meal. The instructor floats around, but for the most part you and your group follow a set recipe.  At the end of [...] → Continue Reading Art For Food

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Alinea: MILK CHOCOLATE AFTER. Made by Chef Grant

Alinea Restaurant, Chicago IL

Find any “best restaurant” list or guide and you’ll find Alinea, a restaurant in Chicago, IL.  Alinea is one of those restaurants that you make reservations months in advance and expect to pay big money for several hours of culinary enjoyment. So, what’s the big deal?  Chef and owner Grant Achatz is a master of [...] → Continue Reading Alinea Restaurant, Chicago IL

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Sansaire: out of the box

Sansaire: Cooking Sous Vide

I’ve recently acquired a new kitchen toy.  It’s called Sansaire.  It’s a sous vide machine, aka an immersion circulator.   Although a quick search of the words sous vide would give you an idea of what it’s all about, I’ll give you the quick elevator speech on sous vide cooking. In a nutshell, sous vide (pronounced [...] → Continue Reading Sansaire: Cooking Sous Vide

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Copperleaf Restaurant, Tasting Menu, Amuse Bouche

Copperleaf Restaurant, Seattle WA

Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar is one of those restaurants that you just don’t hear about – and that’s such a shame. Tucked away near runway L2 of the Seattle airport lies a beautiful resort called Cedarbrook Lodge.  The restaurant is called Copperleaf.  Ok I’m exaggerating a bit, but who goes to the City of Seatac [...] → Continue Reading Copperleaf Restaurant, Seattle WA

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Red Cow Door

Red Cow

Full disclosure:  I’m an Ethan Stowell fan.  There!  I said it.  Now let’s move onto his latest restaurant opening:  Red Cow in Madrona. Madrona is one of those neighborhoods that is off the beaten path.   There isn’t much to do and unless you live in the neighborhood, you’re in and out.  Regardless, Madrona is beautiful [...] → Continue Reading Red Cow

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Suja Juice Delivered

Suja Juice, 3-Day Cleanse

I’m a juicer.  I love the taste of fresh juice. I tend to think of myself as a mixologist when it comes to juicing (or rather a kitchen sink juicer to use up produce before they end up in the garbage).  I’ve owned a juicer for over 15 years and though I’ve taken long breaks [...] → Continue Reading Suja Juice, 3-Day Cleanse

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Pastry case at Fuji Bakery Seattle WA

Fuji Bakery, Seattle WA (International District)

In Seattle’s International District (ID) on the corner of 6th and King Street lies a gem of a bakery that seems out of place.  With a fantastic selection of French pastries, you would think you were in Paris or neighborhood bakery serving up fresh baked goods.  Instead, you will find yourself at the Seattle location [...] → Continue Reading Fuji Bakery, Seattle WA (International District)

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Menu at 4649, Yoroshiku

4649, Yoroshiku in Seattle WA

With seafood so fresh in the pacific northwest, most Japanese restaurants focus on fresh fish aka, sushi.  But not Keisuke Kobayashi who opened his [not sushi] Japanese restaurant called 4649, Yoroshiku located in Wallingford.  The name of the restaurant, 4649 sounds like yoroshiku when you say each number: yon-roku-shi-ku which, according to their website translates [...] → Continue Reading 4649, Yoroshiku in Seattle WA

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Potato Lasagna With Caramelized Onions

I came across this recipe from a wonderful cookbook by Seattle area Chef John Howie titled Passion & Palate, Recipes For a Generous Table. His restaurants include Seastar (with locations in Bellevue and Seattle) and his namesake steakhouse, John Howie Steak in Bellevue.  Besides the fabulous recipes there is information on wine pairings, beautiful photos [...] → Continue Reading Potato Lasagna With Caramelized Onions

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