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October 23, 2014 at 6:15 AM

What is Palestinian couscous?

I’ve eaten a lot of couscous over the years, both locally and overseas. One term I’d never seen until Providence Cicero’s recent review of Eva restaurant, though, was “Palestinian couscous.” She described it as “larger, rounder, sturdier pearls of wheat” than the fregola sarda accompanying another dish, serving with salsa verde as a “dynamic…

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Comments | Topics: Eva, Israeli couscous, Ottolenghi

October 10, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Bill the Butcher closes, In-N-Out gets closer, and more of the week’s food news

If you read the food section regularly, you know about our profile on restaurateur Renee Erickson, our new weekly cookbook feature, and assorted other food news. Here’s a roundup of the best of the rest from other sections and sources: Bill the Butcher closed its six Seattle-area stores, a few days after mattress queen…

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Comments | Topics: Bill the Butcher, Gluten-Free Girl, John Owen

October 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Seattle cocktail bar named one of the world’s best

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Co owner and bar manager Jamie Boudreau is responsible for the acclaimed whiskey collection at Canon. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

 

(Update. 1:22 p.m.  Canon ranked No. 6 on the list of World’s Best 50 Bars. And for the third year in a row, Artesian in London was named Best Bar in the World. See ranking below. )

As if Canon  wasn’t hard enough to get in to on a Saturday night – now comes news that Seattle’s favorite cocktail den has been anointed one of the World’s Best Bars.

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Comments | More in Awards and Contests, cocktails, Food news | Topics: Canon, Jamie Boudreau, Tan Vinh

September 12, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Refrigerated tomatoes, Toronado Seattle & the week’s tastiest food news

Happy Friday! It’s been an interesting week in food news. If you follow our Twitter accounts you know some of the food & drink features Times reporters have been reading, writing and sharing over the week. If not, here’s a handy roundup: 1. Got too many tomatoes to use immediately? Daniel Gritzer at…

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Comments | Topics: Ashley Rodriguez, Big Chickie, Mandalay Cafe

August 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM

World’s most expensive hot dog is made in Seattle

What does it take to make the world’s most expensive hot dog? The entrepreneurs at Seattle’s Tokyo Dog food truck have snagged the Guinness World Records title for the $169 “Juuni Ban” bratwurst topped with Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, and caviar. The Guinness assessment was that “the ingredients list for…

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Comments | Topics: Eugene Woo, Guinness record, hot dog

June 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Desserts go beyond doughnuts at new Frost; take the doughnut poll

Seattle has no shortage of excellent doughnuts, but the rotating flavors at Frost have made the Mill Creek shop a destination drive nonetheless. Now Frost has gone beyond the doughnut, opening an expanded “dessert lounge” at Mill Creek Town Center serving everything from a dozen daily cupcake flavors to macarons and galettes and wines…

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Comments | Topics: cupcakes, Frost donuts, Mill Creek

April 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Lime shortage puts the squeeze on local bars and restaurants

A lime garnish? You won't see that anymore on your cocktail with this lime shortage. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times

A lime garnish? You won’t see that anymore on your cocktail with this lime shortage. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times

You may not be familiar with “limepocalypse” but if you eat out, and especially if you drink out, you felt it – through your wallet or through your taste buds. Something doesn’t taste right.

There is a  lime crisis, with bad weather and a disease killing citrus trees, which has  caused a shortage in Mexico, the world’s largest lime producer and exporter.

A case (175 limes) goes for around $110-$130, three times higher than what it cost in February.  And to make matters worse, bartenders complain that  due to the poor crop, the lime produces only a half-ounce of juice. (It’s an ounce per lime in a good year.)

In recent months, the price of limes has skyrocketed. In a story that’s stranger than fiction, the Mexican drug cartels now are hijacking lime trucks and selling limes on the black market.

If you don’t think this affects you, check your favorite watering hole or your local Mexican and Vietnamese restaurants. Some taco trucks now serve a wedge of lemon with carnitas tacos.

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Comments | Topics: Ba Bar, Brass Tacks, limepocalypse

April 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Elysian hires Murray Stenson for its new cocktail bar

 

Murray Stenson returns to the cocktail scene to the Elysian bar in downtown, set to open in May

Murray Stenson returns to the cocktail scene to the Elysian bar in downtown, set to open in May

 

 

Murray Stenson fans, you just have to wait one more month before you see the living legend behind the bar again.

In May, Stenson will be a part of what is  arguably the biggest cocktail bar opening in Seattle in 2014 –  The Elysian Bar at 1516 2nd Ave. (between Pike and Pine) in downtown.

The Elysian Brewing Co , one of the largest breweries in the state, is making a foray into craft cocktails. It’s late to this game, but they’re sparing no expense to play catch up, making some splashy hires.

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Comments | Topics: Elysian, Murray Stenson, Tan Vinh

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