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July 16, 2014 at 6:15 AM

8 tips for doing the Bite of Seattle right

Bite file photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times

Bite file photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times

Heading to the Bite of Seattle July 18-20? Here are our tips for doing it right:

1. Bring cash.

File photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

File photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

2. Don’t miss the Alley, particularly on Saturday, including charred Monterey Bay squid salad from Crush, Din Tai Fung wontons, poached prawns from Salty’s and Skillet’s “fried chicken sammy.” Dessert is a Pinkabella cupcake.

3. Check out the cooking demonstrations. We’d aim for seeing Meeru Dhalwala at 1 p.m. Friday, or Rob Sevcik of Loulay at 3 p.m. Friday and again at 1 p.m. Sunday.

File photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times

File photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times

4. See the Reptile Man (6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday in the Armory.) No, you can’t eat his alligators or snakes, but he puts on an interesting and kid-friendly show.

5. Take this opportunity to try Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, which opened last year at Pike Place Market and is selling “walk around” yogurt cups at the Bite.

6. Food trucks are already accustomed to cooking in tight quarters away from restaurant kitchens; we’re guessing they’ll be well-equipped for the Bite format. Trucks include My Chef Lynn, Ezell’s Express and newcomers People of the Chubbs (with burgers, flautas and a poke salad.)

7. Three words: Biringer Strawberry Shortcake. It’s been around for decades, but some things are classic for a reason.

8. Stretch your donation dollars: Give $100 to Food Lifeline at the Alley, and get back $30 in “Bite Bucks” good toward food and nonalcoholic beverages at the event.

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