Honest Biscuits is honestly amazing

Honest Biscuits is a recent addition to the oversaturation of awesome food spots at Pike Place Market, and I’m so glad I found it. This hip, bright space overlooks a quieter part of the market that I love relaxing in to escape the usual crowded din. That space is off this very well-trafficked section leading…

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…

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…

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 Englanders 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…

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…

Hits and misses at Le Fournil

I really liked my high school French classes because there was a strong emphasis on learning about Francophone culture, besides the standard vocabulary and grammar essential to any language study. We learned about life in French-speaking countries outside of France, popular songs, and movies. And of course we learned about food. I have a lot…

Good things come in small packages (especially when they’re xiaolongbao)

Washington State is on the American-Canadian border; Vancouver, British Columbia, can be reached in half a day for most residents. My parents used to regularly road trip up to Vancouver and I, not being a fan of road trips, Vancouver (it wasn’t different enough from Seattle), or Chinese food, always complained. Why is Chinese food…

The world’s oldest sandwich

The popular Chinese street food rou jia mo means “meat inside mo.” Mo is a type of flatbread traditionally baked in a clay oven that resembles an English muffin somewhat in its flatness, chewiness, and dense crumb. The meat, which is braised for hours until it’s reached the disintegration and tenderness of the best American…