Big Fish Grill

This is just one of those places where the pictures can do all the talking. I went to Big Fish Grill’s Kirkland location with my parents, where I got the Big Fish Seafood Marinara Fettucine ($18) – Scallops, prawns, clams, mushrooms, peppers, onion, feta cheese and Parmesan cheese. The portion was enough for four people…

Chowder Chronicles: Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Ivar’s Acres of Clams is a well-known member of the Ivar’s seafood restaurants family, which has been around since 1938. Ivar’s Acres of Clams is located along the Seattle Waterfront. While there is a full-service restaurant attached to this particular location, most people, including me, come for the casual counter-service outdoors element. With eccentric “trivia”…

The Alley recap at the Groupon Bite of Seattle

The Groupon Bite of Seattle is Seattle’s largest food festival (free admission), attracting attendees on a scale similar to Seattle’s other huge annual events Northwest Folklife Festival and Pride. Hundreds of thousands descend upon the Seattle Center grounds without any purpose besides finding something new to eat. Obviously, I’m one of these people. The best…

Chowder Chronicles: Pike Place Chowder

Pike Place Chowder is another Seattle chowder institution. Their story, which is worth reading, talks about how they overcame assumptions that only New EnglandersĀ could create authentic, top-quality chowder – assumptions harmful when applied to any kind of food, no matter what. The best ________ may often come from that food’s region of origin, but it…

Food consumption in the USA’s largest voting precinct, WW2 1944

The small agricultural community of Hanford, Washington is home to a very unique tourist attraction: a decommissioned nuclear production complex. This complex, including the first large-scale nuclear reactor, the B Reactor, was rapidly built during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. Plutonium produced here was used in Fat Man, the second nuclear…

A slice of Americana in the middle of nowhere

When I was heading from Roswell, New Mexico, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I stopped for gas in a very small town called Vaughn whose aesthetic can be summed up as “ghost town.” Standing out against the abandoned motels and dry, dusty landscape is a gleaming silver beacon set on the only healthy-looking green in…

Trying, semi-successfully, to eat like George R. R. Martin

I didn’t expect Santa Fe, New Mexico, to be as small as it is – at least, not the touristy areas. Although the adobe buildings are crammed with people and arts and crafts that are a blend of Native American, Mexican, and cultural fetishization, this shopping area lasts for just a few blocks before it…

Out-of-this-world experiences in Roswell, UFO city

I spent 4th of July weekend in New Mexico, visiting several cities. The first of these cities was Roswell, known for the Roswell UFO incident, when a local found a crashed object at a ranch. Interest flared in this being an alien craft harboring extraterrestrials, but the unidentified flying object turned out to be a…

Chowder Chronicles: Duke’s Chowder House

It’s really easy to turn clam chowder disgusting. Maybe it’s my East Asian heritage speaking here, but come on – you’re cooking dairy in large quantities over heat. And some of that cooked dairy gets canned for mass consumption! Gloop gloop. As expected for a coastal city, however, Seattle is lucky enough to be filled…