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July 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Renaming kaffir lime leaves: ‘Hate speech doesn’t belong in the produce department’

File photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

File photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Instead of looking for kaffir lime leaves when cooking Southeast Asian or Indian recipes, try just asking for lime leaves.

That’s how the ingredient is now classified at PCC Natural Markets, just days after staffers saw an article on racist connotations behind the original name. “The k-word is akin to the n-word in South Africa and some other African countries,” reporter Mia Stainsby wrote in The Vancouver Sun, noting a social media campaign to use the less common term “makrut lime” instead.

PCC now refers to them simply as “lime leaves,” a term approved by the Oxford Companion to Food, said PCC food writer Jill Lightner, who saw the original article and worked on the changes.

Why take such drastic steps?

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Comments | Topics: Jill Lightner, kaffir lime leaves, Meeru Dhalwala

June 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Brad’s Swingside Cafe counting down its final months

Start the countdown to say goodbye to another longtime Seattle restaurant, and the “famous” aglio e olio and memories that went with it. Brad Inserra, owner of the 24-year-old Brad’s Swingside Cafe in Fremont, said he is in the final stages of selling the building. He plans to close his cozy Italian hangout in February, though…

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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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Comments | Topics: cupcakes, Frost donuts, Mill Creek

April 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Rainy days can lower a restaurant’s online ratings. Watch out Seattle eateries!

Bad news for restaurant owners in rainy Seattle: Online reviews get more negative when the weather is bad. That was one of the findings of a scholarly study on restaurant reviews released Wednesday. Reviews from days with moderate weather were more likely to be favorable than those written during extreme cold or hot temperatures, researchers…

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Comments | Topics: Online reviews, Rebekah Denn, Saeideh Bakhshi

April 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Goodbye to a stalwart Seattle pizzeria

After 32 years, Piecora’s Pizza will serve its last slices. The restaurant, a landmark for New York-style pizza and a link to Seattle’s past, will close on April 15. “(Owners) Deb and Danny Piecora are retiring, and they sold the property,” said longtime assistant manager Tim DiJulio. Staffers heard the news Tuesday, he said, and it…

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Comments | Topics: Deb and Danny Piecora, Mike McCready, Piecora's

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