Restaurant Reviews from around the country
If you’re looking for other great tips, techniques and advice as well as recipes for a fantastic Thanksgiving Day feast, check out the annual Seattle Times’ holiday guide written by Nancy Leson. This guide along with the recipes features a lot of tips and tricks from Seattle chefs and restauranteurs (including myself!), with all sorts of appetizers, entrees, sides and even desserts! Check it out for a d’lish read and try out some of the recipes yourself; you’ll have your guests asking for more in no time!
For the first time ever, the Emerald City will be hosting Seattle Cocktail Week 2011 from October 27th – 30th! Seattle’s finest bartenders and mixologists will be shaking a bevy of tasty cocktails during the entire event for all levels of cocktail enthusiasts! To commemorate the first annual event, there will be neighborhood pub crawls, a huge closing bash and other tasty tidbits.
I’ll be amongst a panel of judges for the Bartenders on Fire challenge on October 31st at Vito’s Restaurant & Lounge! (No bartenders will actually be on fire!) This cocktail team event will pair some of Seattle’s top barmen including Liberty Bar’s Keith Waldbauer, Vessel’s Jim Romdall and Sambar’s Jay Kuehner against other Washington barmen using Novo Fogo Cachaca and several secret ingredients. Make sure to RSVP to try out their libations!
Seattle is nothing short of a foodie haven – there are so many d’lish places to eat that you could spend all your time visiting restaurants and still not get to them all! Of course, we all have our go-to faves, and here are some of mine that were featured in the Wall Street Journal recently.
First, let’s start with Fremont’s Revel. Their urban Korean-inspired menu is uber-creative and delicious to boot. My must-have dish when I visit is their crispy Shrimp Edamame Pancake (sometimes it gets switched up seasonally – but any variety is always faboo) – I like to smear it with their bean paste hot sauce! Other faves are whatever’s on their “meat platter” of the day.
For speakeasy sipping, head to Needle & Thread (just upstairs at Tavern Law) where the bartender will craft you a custom cocktail – just name your spirit and how you like it.
Where do the locals go for fish and chips? Check out Little Chinook’s at the fisherman’s terminal – savor the flavors (and the scenery) as you wander the docks with your food in hand.
From Local 360 in Belltown, I crave the naughty but oh-so-nice molten PB&J Bon Bons served with a shot of farm-fresh milk. The perfect end to a local, sustainable and seriously delicious meal!
For a neighborhood vibe and crazy-good cocktails, stop by Capitol Hill’s Liberty Bar, featuring hand-crafted cocktails, an amazing selection of Japanese whiskies and more Washington micro-distilled spirits than you can shake a muddler at.
But for a cool downtown destination, celebrity chef Michael Mina blends French cuisine with Northwest ingredients and a dash of California flair at RN74 – stop by for a cocktail, a glass of wine or a full-on fab dinner.
If you still find yourself wondering “Where should I eat?”, Seattle’s food maven Keren Brown, the Frantic Foodie, is making it a whole lot easier to decide with her new book, Food Lover’s Guide to Seattle.
Well, those are just a few of my favorite places in this delicious city – now I want to hear some of yours! Cheers! – Kathy
Some writers have the uncanny ability to imbue their written words with their own voice. My good friend Greg Atkinson is one such writer. His words, penned or spoken, are thoughtful – measured and weighed as carefully as if he were crafting a recipe. And as the very best writers do, Greg’s words evoke powerful sense memories. His newest book, At the Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Home, is full of deeply personal stories that invite the reader to relate and connect with him. His essay on borscht calls to mind immediately my grandmother’s kitchen; I can smell the earthy beets and the simmering broth as if I were at her kitchen table awaiting a piping bowl.
Continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.
As the summer continues to heat onward, it’s never to late to enjoy a low-calorie sipper while soaking up some Vitamin D. Check out this blog post in Seattle Magazine for my Pineapple-Cilantro H2O infused-water recipe as well as the tasty hotspot Poppy, serving out herbaceous sippers.
With its ambience firmly rooted in the classic train
stations of Europe, stepping into Chef Michael Mina’s newest endeavor, RN74, is the perfect respite from the bustle of downtown Seattle. Mina has come home to Washington and his culinary roots to lead us on a gastronomic tour along ‘Route Nationale 74’, the main thoroughfare through France’s Burgundy region and the restaurant’s namesake. The bar, booths and the gentle clack of the flipping “Last Bottle” list, styled after retro train arrival and departure boards, all unite to leave you thinking your train will be arriving just as soon as you finish your glass of wine. And indeed, wine is a big part of the concept at this new hotspot; Mina has teamed up with Wine Director Rajat Parr to shine the spotlight on red and white Burgundy wines as well as local wine producers and various New World offerings. Of course, great wine needs great food and RN74 has absolutely no shortage of that. Elegant but unpretentious, Mina offers up classic French fare made with locally-sourced Northwest ingredients and his signature California flare.
Continue reading on Amazon’s Al Dente Blog.
I had the honor of being interviewed for a special weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. You can read all about my fave Seattle picks!