CLICKBAIT TITLE: Poopy childhood memories

Years ago, I was watching one of those mainstream food competition TV shows on the where competitors are given an ingredient they must incorporate into a certain course. One of these courses was dessert and the ingredient was corn. An Asian competitor mixed caramel corn into pastry (choux, if I remember correctly) and piped it into this…

Beef satay pho at MeeKong Bar

“I have this four times a week,” the server said as he set my beef satay pho down. This was only the best-looking pho I’ve ever had. Actually consuming it after eagerly snapping photos was fun too. The rice noodles had thoughtfully been pre-cut into bite-sized pieces, making this a pho one could actually eat…

Sea day

Which European nation’s countryside is this? It’s not southern Europe; it’s Vashon Island, WA. Vashon Island is a gorgeous, bucolic escape not frequented by tourists but by Washington residents, because there isn’t really anything to do except relax. For walk-on passengers, the ferry fare is not much more than a bus fare. There’s a small…

Crave’n Burgers and Brews

Maple Falls, WA is a tiny enclave around the Mt. Baker Ski area. How small? With a population of under 350, you can just stand in the middle of the road and spin around and see all the businesses Maple Falls is home to. This includes a marijuana dispensary – I’m not sure if I…

Cupcake Royale

After yesterday’s grossly offensive cupcakes from FROST, here’s something from Cupcake Royale to clear the bad taste. Cupcake Royale is a beloved Seattle institution for its interesting and fun flavors, such as lavender, blueberry Brown Betty, peach cobbler, blackberry brown butter, and raspberry Pavlova. Cupcakes are under $4. I got raspberry pavlova and my friend Rose…

FROST cupcakes are grossly offensive

Is this a review? No, it’s a call-out post because eating here was an unforgivable, appalling, all-around BAD experience. Let’s start with the good things. Spoiler alert: these only involve appearances. Located at the upmarket Lincoln Square of The Bellevue Collection, it’s the first thing you see when walking into its particular building, a sleek open…

What I ate in Vancouver pt. 2

This could alternately be titled What Jenna insisted we eat after she was traumatized when we ended up going to a vegan restaurant that served remarkably good-looking imitations when she wanted meat. Vancouver is a very walkable city, so we headed to Robson St., a street that has tons of commercial activity. Of the hundreds…

MeeT in Gastown

I went up to Vancouver to visit my friend Jenna. I met Jenna this spring during the semester I spent at NYU Paris. In Europe, I ate very nice-looking food in extreme quantities, which I uploaded to social media, which she saw. Jenna messaged me one day. I don’t remember the exact words but it was…

Jianbing guozi at home

Jianbing guozi is one of China’s best street foods. Only sold for breakfast, it is a crisp, savory crepe (jianbing, referring to the dough product) filled and folded into a tall, chewy packet to be bitten into like a burrito (guozi, meaning wrapped). In Beijing, one runs for around 30 cents. Each made-to-order jianbing guozi,…