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December 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Step aside, Cherry Garcia. Full Tilt Ice Cream has developed an ice cream flavor for storied grunge band Mudhoney, and the band — fresh off a 25th anniversary show with Pearl Jam — will play at the indie shop’s flagship branch in White Center on Wednesday.
Justin Cline and Ann Magyar, co-owners of the hangout known for creative local flavors and pinball games, are longtime Mudhoney fans. Cline said he had a friend at Sub Pop Records who helped him get in touch with frontman Mark Arm to see if band members would be into having their own dessert. He brought down some samples, band members picked the favorite, and they wound up doing honey cinnamon with a fudge swirl. “We use Shipwreck honey, which is a hyper local honey producer here in West Seattle,” Cline said.
More or less as a joke, Cline said, he then told band members that if they ever wanted to play an ice cream shop to let him know.
November 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Finally, Dinette will be hitting the big-time — at least in size. Chef-owner Melissa Nyffeler plans to close the restaurant’s doors at 1514 E. Olive Way after dinner service on Dec. 23, and to move the restaurant to a yet-to-be-determined larger space.
Dinette has been loved in its 8 years on Capitol Hill, but always seemed under-appreciated, only rarely getting national attention along the lines of this August article in the Boston Globe. (Looking around for recent Dinette mentions, in fact, the most prominent is on a list of the nation’s most underrated restaurants. Hmmm.) From “toasts” to tagines, salads to snacks, it’s been called “ridiculously charming” but with fully thought-out food, and “comfortably at home between homey and haute.” Nyffeler and her crew accomplished all those things working on nothing but a four-burner electric range and a toaster.
Nyffeler expects to re-open Dinette in 2014, looking for a place with a similar ambience, but more space inside the kitchen and out. She’s looking around Capitol Hill, but open to real estate in other walkable neighborhoods.
There will be three more of Nyffeler’s family-style Sunday suppers at the old address – Dec. 8 (Yucatan), Dec. 15 (Southern French, featuring cassoulet) and Dec. 22 (Spanish tapas.) Those dinners, which were inspired by the ones Nyffeler used to throw in her own apartment, are limited to 36 guests apiece, with reservations required. Cost: $40 per person, not including cocktails, wine, beer or dessert. Also, on the final dinner in the old space Dec. 23, look for Champagne and “toasts of both the wine and bread varieties.” Keep track of them in the interim on their Facebook page over here.
November 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM
It’s not a cronut. It’s not a Cronut™. At this point, it’s not even a croughnut.
However, a hybrid croissant-donut is back on the weekend menu at Bar Bar, after a hiatus caused partly by a new pastry chef and partly by a cease-and-desist letter from the New York creators of the original trademarked treat. Now the dessert is known as Double Happiness, “a long-established Chinese notion of doubling joy.”
Ba Bar ran a “Pastry That Must Not Be Named” Facebook contest to rename what was formerly known as its “croughnut,” drawing some 140 entries, including candidates Fauxssant, Croughbar, Pas Nom, and Le Donut, say the Ba Bar folks. (They’re not the only ones who have been instructed to change the name.) You may remember that at Meander’s Kitchen they’re known as Meanderthals, Frost Donuts calls them Froissants, and they’re “Cro-Doughs” at Lost Lake Cafe and The Five Point. The Ba Bar contest winner was supposed to receive 100 pastries, but since the final name came from within the company, 100 were donated to Children’s Hospital instead.
The pastries are normally $3.50 apiece when they’re offered on Saturdays and Sundays, but they’ll be free, while supplies last (one per customer) to anyone who comes by (550 12th Ave.) between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 and mentions the Facebook contest. By any name, that sounds good.
November 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM
They’re always contenders for the best chef, the best service, the best atmosphere… so sure, why not the best bathroom? Canlis has topped The Daily Meal’s list of the best restaurant bathrooms in the U.S. The “Zen-themed, spa-like” women’s bathroom took first place in a group judged on “overall design, the “coolness” factor, uniqueness, the use of funky gizmos and gadgets (you’ll see), and ease of use.”
Ned Ludd in Portland ranked #9 for a bathroom where, if you removed the sink and toilet, “you might as well be in a well-curated art gallery.” That is a big if.
In a Canlis vs. Canon showdown when Eater ran a similar contest a few years back (yes, there’s been more than one of these lists — even more than two), owners of both finalists agreed that the loser would clean the winner’s bathroom. Here are the results of that one.
As for Canlis, we had a lot of kind words for the place in Providence Cicero’s 3.5-star review last month, but we used our space talking about things like the canapés and like servers who “appear to communicate with each other telepathically.” Here’s that piece. And remember, if the prices are too dear, you get to use the bathroom and eat “relative bargains” if you stop by the bar, which also does pretty well in the design department.
November 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Care for some vitamin D along with that venti? A splash of light therapy in the latte? Check out Hotwire Coffeehouse in West Seattle, a well-loved community cafe that has set up a “Helios Bar” of full spectrum light boxes meant to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder by imitating outdoor light. Light therapy, as well as computer access, is now available with a coffee purchase. Hotwire owner Lora Swift told KOMO she saw the idea in a Portland night club and thought it would be a good feature during the Seattle gloom. (Here’s a basic overview of S.A.D., a serious issue in these parts.)
In Portland, they’ve got dancing and cocktails along with the heliotherapy. Here, we get coffee. Good thing caffeine alone can make a dark morning brighter.
November 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM
In a world full of celebrity cookbooks, a physician tinkering with a homemade bread recipe and a pastry chef with no national recognition were unlikely candidates as breakthrough authors. But fate and skill were both in Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois’s favor when a book agent heard Jeff call The Splendid Table radio show asking about prospects for the intriguing bread-making process they’d developed. The resulting 2007 book, “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,” became a hit with more than a half-million copies in print. The beginner-friendly setup is something like the next step after no-knead bread, quickly assembling large batches of a high-moisture dough that can be baked in individual loaves as needed. The authors figured out how to make the convenient process work not just for crusty boules, but for sandwich loaves and rich brioches as well. (Here’s a story I wrote about it when the book first came out, with the basic recipe.)
The pair (who met in their children’s preschool music class) went on to publish two other books in the series (a fourth is in the works), and the publisher just issued their completely revised and expanded version of the original book. It’s got lots of photos (an advantage you get as a proven success rather than an unknown,) a better index, new recipes, and some fundamental changes. Here’s what I found talking with Hertzberg and Francois about what they’ve learned about bread baking and home bakers over the past 6 busy years:
October 31, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Fatburger has opened its first branch in Seattle, with a new restaurant and full bar in West Seattle at 2378 Alki Ave. S.W.
The California-based international chain — other recent store openings have been in Qatar and Istanbul — recently closed its Bellevue franchise (saying it was due to lease issues), but also has Washington outlets in Issaquah, Lynnwood, Redmond, Federal Way, and Spokane.
News of the Alki branch, which shares space with the wings-focused Buffalo Cafe, drew more than 150 comments when the West Seattle Blog first found it was in the works, with plenty along the lines of commenter #5, “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!”
Early Yelpers, though, said the new place, which opened Monday, needs time to get settled.
October 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Wish your favorite restaurant delivered? Maybe it does now, via online company Caviar, which specializes in home or business deliveries from highly-rated restaurants — both budget and premium places — that don’t otherwise offer the service.
Caviar went live in Seattle a few weeks ago, after starting up in San Francisco last year and then spreading to Manhattan. The initial 16 Seattle restaurants on board include Cafe Lago and Skillet Counter, Root Table and Senor Moose, Wild Ginger and Gorditos. No cash changes hands; all the money is dealt with online, and there’s a $9.99 flat fee for orders, which includes tip. The delivery area map is here (no West Seattle and no Rainier Valley, though cofounder Jason Wang said the company may expand the boundaries and may also take it to the Eastside.)
Seattle already has online ordering with Grubhub and some restaurant delivery (generally with a lot of advance notice, and requiring you to reheat or reassemble food) via Amazon Fresh, plus food delivery options from courier service Postmates, but Caviar has unique features.
October 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM
Thanks for participating in our Restaurant Week contest surveying readers on their favorite Seattle restaurants!
Here are the winners, whose answers to our questions drew the most ‘likes’ on our Seattle Times Facebook page. Each will get a $50 gift certificate to a participating restaurant. The final tally:
Seattle’s most kid-friendly restaurant: Jintana Lityouvong won for — do you even need to look? – Vios on Capitol Hill.
Seattle’s most romantic restaurant: Jasmine K. Park took the prize for nominating Purple Cafe.
Seattle’s best service in a restaurant: Jeremy Dean won for saying you’ll find it at Tutta Bella.
Seattle’s best cheap eats: Although we expected to see more support for standard favorite Paseo, Jasmine Molina Dean got a ton of ‘likes’ and the winning nomination for the happy hour at Fogon.
Agree? Disagree? It’s too late for the contest, but you can always put your ideas in the comments below.
October 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM
One of the answers: “Paseo.” Paseo? I love the place, but doesn’t everyone?
Pho Bac, another place I already think of as a big name, also made the list. Some of the other answers were lesser-known or arguably underrated, though. Pho Viet Anh got the plug that “in a city famous for pho, this little place in Lower Queen Anne makes the best pho in the city hands down.” Ben Thanh in Columbia City does look like it deserves a wider audience. Instead of Tat’s, one commenter suggested, seek out the older and crowd-free Philadelphia Fevre for “tasty tasty tasty” fare (and never even mind the Kakes!). El Camion and Pike Street Fish Fry were there too.
We’ll give a $50 gift certificate to a participating restaurant to the person with the answer that gets the most “likes.” Add your opinions and entries here.
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