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June 16, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Paris says “Cheese, please!” at Petosa’s: Your dog’s favorite spot for treats?

Say hello to Paris and her best friend Gene Nicholson. That’s what I did last week, after the 3-year-old Rottweiler and her pal provided me with my dog-lovers’ thrill for the day.

Paris the “Garbage Dog,” smiling from the cab of Gene’s Sound Disposal truck, preparing for a hard day’s work at the Nicholson family business.

Here’s the scenario:


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January 25, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Restaurateur puts up a stink and I agree: a little dab’ll do ya

The subject line in today’s email from a Seattle restaurateur read: “Rant #19.” Actually, the guy’s written to me before, and he exaggerates: this is only the third rant I can recall him sending over the years. And as ever, I completely agree with him. Here’s what he begged me to share: “Suddenly I am experiencing…


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January 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Who was the chicken that crossed the road — in Portlandia?

Make fun of them all you want, but the folks down in Portland know how to eat. If I had to move anywhere, it would be there, where you might find me standing in line at Tasty n Sons waiting for one of the best brunches I’ve eaten anywhere. And yes, I’d likely know exactly where my food came from.

Tasty! — the provisioners list at Tasty n Sons.

Whether or not “Colin” was involved is another story. And it’s a story that’s getting lots of press on the homefront and elsewhere. The new six-episode IFC cable show “Portlandia” — staring creator Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein — premiered last Friday, poking fun at our neighbors to the south. Need a taste? Check out this video-clucker:


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November 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Looks nasty out there!

Good Monday morning to you — assuming you like rain. I’ll be back in a bit with some news you can use. Meanwhile, given the glorious day we’ve got out there, I thought you might need a laugh. So here’s a second look at last year’s fall funny. My neighbors. Gotta love ’em: always good…


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April 7, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Seattle Edible Book Festival: “Last call for edible books!”

Forget the annual Seattle Times Peeps-show (I’d be ineligible to enter): every year I promise I’m going to try my creative hand at the Seattle Edible Book Festival, entering the literary fun-fest where readers cook-up goofball ideas marrying food and books. Like this one:

“Are You Bare Bun? It’s Me, Margarine” [Nice work, Janet Fryberger, whoever you are.]

My, how time flies. I was prepubescent when Judy Blume published “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” (Drippy Norman Fishbein! Mean Nancy Wheeler! Go-Bras!), recently re-read. I loved it at 10, and even more decades later.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed I find time to make it to the festival, held Saturday April 10 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Tickets are $10, free if you enter the contest. All the info you’ll need to compete or attend is right here.


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December 8, 2009 at 5:07 AM

Guy Fieri Roadshow: Q&A with Food Network’s dive dude

It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday and Guy Fieri is on the phone. You might know him as the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” dude. The one with the spiky blond hair, the classic cars and the penchant for driving — then diving — face-first into gutbusters like the ham-and-egg-stuffed “Chinese pancake” at Seattle’s Voula’s Offshore Cafe. When we talked, he was six shows into his month-long, 21-city culinary rock ‘n roll roadshow, set to park at the Moore Theatre December 11 (ticket info here).

Guy Fieri, hitting the culinary road-tour. Photo courtesy Alan Poulin

And no, he hadn’t had enough coffee yet when I asked:

Q: Where are you?

A: In a car in L.A. going to do voice-overs for Triple D [that’s shorthand for the show that made Voula Vlahos, among other local restaurant owners, a national sensation], then it’s off to a whirlwind of attorneys — the price is right! — and I’m flying to Milwaukee.

Q: You hawked pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart as a kid. And later you studied as an exchange student in France. So I have to know: When it comes to mustard, what’s your squirt: French’s, Gulden’s or Grey Poupon?

A: As a kid, with my Awesome Pretzel business it was French’s all day long. You can’t get away from that color. For a traditional deli sandwich, you go with Gulden’s. But [after] living in France, it’s Grey Poupon. It’s impossible to choose. If you looked in my fridge you’d see maybe 12 different mustards.


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November 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

“Food for Thought Live!” on stage: Listen tonight on KPLU

Well, I’m heading out to rehearsal for tonight’s fun-filled stage-show production of “Food for Thought Live!” at the Museum of History and Industry. I’ll be performing with a cast of crazy characters — including my radio sidekick, Dick Stein (you may know him as “Jimmy Jazzoid, DJ Detective!”). Too bad the show’s sold…


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October 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Do you recognize this sassy senorita?

An Eater sent me a photo of this mural, wondering what restaurant it resides in. Thinking . . .thinking . . .thinking. . . nada. But I’d venture a guess it must be somewhere we might lift a margarita and some nachos. Anybody know?


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August 13, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Julie & Julia: she said, they said, we said — you said?

The last time French food-lovers got carried away with a feature film, it involved a cartoon rat, a spindly eggplant-loving restaurant critic and a Paris kitchen famously given the once-over by a four-star American chef. And yes, I cried at the end of “Ratatouille,” which, coincidentally, was the last movie my husband and I saw together in a theater until last weekend, when we (and what seemed like half our neighborhood) went down to the Edmonds Theater to watch “Julie & Julia.”

Mac loved it. And when the actress playing editor Judith Jones cooks Julia’s boeuf bourguignon, he leaned over and whispered, “that’s the first recipe I ever made out of `Julia Child.'” He didn’t call the famous cookbook by its rightful name — “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Nobody does. And may I mention he was 12 years old when he first schlepped “Julia” into the kitchen? (Which explains, in part, why I married him.)

Unlike Mac, my childhood TV-cooking hero was Graham Kerr, the “Galloping Gourmet.” As a pre-pubescent home cook in Philadelphia, I always envisioned him inviting me up from the audience to share a glass of wine and a taste of whatever he’d prepared that day. Who knew that one day the Galloping Gourmet and I would both end up living right here, writing about our favorite subject? But eventually, I, too, came to consider Julia Child a personal hero, whose many cookbooks line my shelves and in whose presence I once stood, in awe.

Julia, signing books at Sur la Table in 1995. Nancy, cub reporter, just behind her right shoulder waiting for an audience. (Seattle Times/Ben Benschneider)


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