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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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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

March 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Pssst, here’s the inside scoop on where to land that Maker’s Mark Seahawks bottle

Photo courtesy of Maker's Mark

Photo courtesy of Maker’s Mark

We here at the AYCE blog like to think we provide a lot of services, but dudes, you can’t place an order for the limited edition Maker’s Mark Seahawks bottles through us. To the guy who requested three bottles and left me his credit card number, thanks, that will come in handy when I vacation in the Methow next month.

But as promised, we try to do our best. I have a source who has seen the Maker’s Mark delivery list, and your best chance of grabbing one of those Seahawks blue-and-green top bottles is at

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March 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Hey, 12th Man, why is that Maker’s Mark bottle blue and green?

Photo courtesy of Maker's Mark

Photo courtesy of Maker’s Mark

Those whiskey geeks, they’re always on the prowl, always scanning the web for a rare single-malt or some obscure bourbon. Here’s the latest object of their obsession, or for a good number of those who live in Seattle anyway. It’s, wait for it, Maker’s Mark. But not the available-everywhere, crimson-topped variety. This is  the limited edition Seahawks bottles, in which the iconic red wax-bottle tops were dipped in Seahawks blue and green.

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October 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau on cooking show

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Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau on the episode of “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.” Photo courtesy of Colin Clark.

Update:  10/09. 5 p.m. We just got word from New York City that the airing of “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking” with Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau for this Thursday is not correct as they had promo. Below are  the dates of when you can catch the duo on tv.

11/08/13, 12:30 pm KCTS 9 HD
Seattle/Yakima
11/08/13, 12:30 pm KYVE 47
Yakima
11/19/13, 4:00 pm KCTS 9 CREATE
Seattle/Yakima
11/19/13, 9:30 pm KCTS 9 CREATE
Seattle/Yakima

Also, the episode with Maria Hines and Holly Smith has been moved to a later date: 12/12 at 1 p.m.

On radio, Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau always sound like they’re having a great time together. The life of the party, these two. It’s no surprise, then, that their banter translates well to television.  You can check them out on the premiere “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking,” a 13-episode series on KCTS.

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Comments | More in Chefs, Food news, Pike Place Market, Recipes | Topics: dungeness crab, Tan Vinh, Thierry Rautureau

September 22, 2013 at 12:11 AM

The return of Murray Stenson

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Legendary barman Murray Stenson will be mixing drinks now at Il Bistro, at least twice a week. PHOTO by ERIKA SCHULTZ/ THE SEATTLE TIMES, 2009

Look who’s back. The city’s most beloved bartender Murray Stenson will start working at Il Bistro next week.

He is scheduled to work Sundays and  Mondays. If you can’t wait to catch up with him, Stenson will be floating around Il Bistro in the next few days to chat with the staff and get reacquainted with this old bar at Pike Place Market. So you’ll likely see him behind the bar a few hours this week.

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