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January 28, 2015 at 5:05 AM

Seattle vs. New England in the supper bowl: how our food cultures compare

At left, Boston baked beans. We know; too easy. (Photo by Charlie Mahoney for The Boston Globe) At right, chef John Howie of Seastar restaurants serves salmon at the annual Super Bowl fundraiser to fight hunger in 2014. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times) With the big game right around the corner, we invited…


Comments | Topics: $15, Dick's Drive In, legalized marijuana

June 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Pu Pu Hot Pot: Your ‘best’ worst restaurant names?

“Have you been to my new favorite restaurant?” a friend asked a few years back, pointing to my left as we drove up Greenwood Avenue North. I made one of the fastest U-turns of my life, then pulled into the strip-mall parking lot in front of a Vietnamese pho house. One whose name might make some folks blush.


Pho Kim Vietnamese restaurant. Gone, but not forgotten. photo/Nancy Leson

Pho Kim. Gone, but not forgotten. photo/Nancy Leson


“Dinner?” asked the gentleman behind the counter.  “No, thanks, I just wanted to grab a takeout menu,” I said with feigned innocence (just like when I was a kid calling the corner drugstore to ask, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well, let him out!”).

The next day at the office, Nicole Brodeur took one look the Pho Kim menu and cracked, “That’s where all the bitter divorcees have lunch.”

Not anymore. The name — a common one, it turns out — has since changed. And what do you know? My friends and I are not the only ones laughing, as you can see right here:


Comments | Topics: Asian Restaurants, Ben Brusey, pho

April 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Where restaurant ‘kids meals’ go wrong (and right)

Photo courtesy of CSPI Chicken fingers. Mac ‘n cheese. You know the drill. But it’s still notable, if unsurprising, that 97 percent of the “kids meals” available at top restaurant chains around the country don’t meet an expert’s panel of recommended nutritional standards, according to a recent study by the Center for Science in…


Comments | Topics: Applebees, chicken fingers, CSPI report