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September 25, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Chillin’ at Polar Bar

Since we’re in a “staycation” era, I want to share a fun way I’ve found to travel through time and space without ever leaving Seattle. It’s Polar Bar, at the recently renovated and reopened Arctic Club Hotel. It’s leather and wood and cushiness, set to a smooth soundtrack. It’s detail oriented, from the calm iciness of…



September 24, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Buffet, Cellar and Other Nouns Masquerading As Verbs

Maybe you’ve noticed this, too: A preponderance of nouns finding a second life as verbs. No longer do we win a medal at the Olympics. That’s too cumbersome. Now we just “medal.” “Michael Phelps medaled a heckuva lot.” “Gee, wish I could medal in rhythmic gymnastics.” “If getting cool tattoos were an Olympic event, chef Matt Dillon definitely would…



September 24, 2008 at 7:30 AM

Hauling Home the Haul

I’ve long loved packing and organizing. I’m one of those people who makes lists for every occasion, who appreciates well-designed luggage and adores places like The Container Store. As a kid, I’d plan for weeks how to pack my duffel bag just right before family camping trips, so I’d never want for anything but still…



September 22, 2008 at 11:04 AM

When Restaurant Service Goes South

Hope everyone out there had a wonderful weekend! I dodged Saturday’s buckets of rain by holing up in Eastlake’s Le Fournil with a good book and an almond croissant (yum). Since Nancy’s away for one more week, today we revisit one of her most-popular columns, one that addresses a perennial topic: Restaurant service. In it, she…



September 18, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Hot Diggity Dog

To revisit the topic of cheap eats, we checked in with Seattle-based Matt’s Gourmet Hot Dogs . Talk about a recession-proof business: Matt’s manages to keep an even keel whether the market is flush or flailing. SEATTLE TIMES FILE PHOTO Matt Jones. ”For the most part, I would say that we just don’t really see ups or…


Comments | Topics: chili, hamburgers, Matt's Gourmet Hot Dogs

September 17, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Blackbird Flies

After three years, West Seattle’s Blackbird Bistro is closing, and is doing so with class. Owners Eric Cozens and Peter Morse are seeking jobs for their employees (contact them at with leads or for resumes/references) and honoring Blackbird gift cards at their other space, Mission Latin Restaurant and Lounge (email them the 19-digit code on…


Comments | Topics: Blackbird Bistro, Mission Latin Restaurant and Lounge, West Seattle

September 17, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Cheap Eats in Lean Times

Can times really be that hard if Canlis is still doing brisk business on weeknights, if Quinn’s on Capitol Hill is packed to the gills, if diners still must wait to squeeze into Queen Anne’s How To Cook A Wolf? Apparently, looks can be deceiving. The state’s restaurant association president, Anthony Anton, says eateries at all…


Comments | Topics: Dining Deals, happy hour, recession

September 16, 2008 at 10:01 AM

What Eats Do You Miss From Home?

Today we’re giving one of Nancy’s most popular columns a second look. In it, she reminisces about the foods of her childhood and the tastes she craves whenever she heads back East (“real” pizza, Cherry Wishniak soda and a TastyKake cherry pie, for starters).

”It was clear from the minute I got off the plane that, for me, this vacation was not about sun (which there was), or sand (plenty of that too, once we reached the Jersey Shore), or even about showing off the kid to friends and relatives. It was all about assuaging Old Hunger. Which, loosely defined, is the longing for foods that recall who you are and where you’re from – the things you miss most when you’re years and miles from the place you once called home,” she writes.

Read the whole column here.

The Northwest is my home. But there are tastes I miss from other places I’ve lived or visited over the years, like zenzai, a Japanese dessert soup of sweet red beans topped with grilled mochi. The man in my life hails from the South and misses Peach Nehi like nobody’s business.

Where are you from, and what do you miss? What can you get there that you can’t get here?


Comments | Topics: Cherry Wishniak soda, Peach Nehi, TastyKake

September 15, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Falling Dow Equals Cheaper Lunch

The market is on the minds of many this morning, and I don’t mean the kind that sells groceries. Two major financial titans collapsed over the weekend: Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America and securities firm Lehman Brothers announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This after the government…


Comments | Topics: Bin Vivant, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Fremont

September 12, 2008 at 7:30 AM

Vegan Vittles at Tilth

I’m strangely enamored with the word “vittles.” Writing about food for a living prompts one to find as many synonyms as possible for what we eat. I’m also enamored with anyplace that offers vegan options. Not for me, but for those in my life of the anti-meatatarian persuasion (to borrow from those crazy Wendy’s ads). Tilth…



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