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December 15, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Seattle Weekly’s new critic Jason Sheehan, comin’ over hot!

Local writers hoping to step up to the plate and take Jon Kauffman’s soon-to-be-vacated job at Seattle Weekly were surely disappointed to hear today’s announcement: they’ve hired an outtatowner to take his place. Good on them if the guy’s half as talented as the Weekly’s food dude, who arrived from the Bay Area a few years back and is set to return shortly. Today in his Voracious blog-post Kauffman introduced us to his successor Jason Sheehan, the James Beard Award-winning food writer at the Weekly’s sister-paper, the Denver Westword and author of “Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love, and Death in the Kitchen.”

After eight years of professional fork-lifting in Denver, Sheehan told his Seattle counterpart he “can’t wait for the opportunity to start causing trouble in a new time zone.” Describing his life on Mountain Standard Time, Sheehan writes: “There have been midnight pho shops and dim sum breakfasts, homebrew whiskey, Ghanaian house restaurants and a completely unreasonable number of tacos. I’ve drunk Vietnamese snake wine and hundred-year-old bourbon, eaten with gangsters, been thrown out of diners, breathed liquid nitrogen, eaten fire and seen the sun come up with smoke on my breath and barbecue sauce in my hair.”

Sounds like a guy I’d love to lift a glass of Vietnamese snake wine with over a midnight bowl of pho. But for now I’ll raise a glass of Osake Junmai Ginjo Genshu in his honor. Sheehan arrives mid-January.

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