Walden, the Underground Wine Bar Located in a Pioneer Square Thai Restaurant

What happens when two trained lawyers with a background in library science and a sommelier open up a weekend wine bar pop-up in a Pioneer Square Thai restaurant? As a postcard ...

Montana, Home to Much More Than Just Frito Pies

I’m often lured by global vacation destinations, but my recent trip to Montana reminds me there is much to be desired within the good ol US of A. An hour ...

Sound Food: Vashon Island Scores a New Dining Experience

Willows Inn at Lummi Island isn’t the only game in town when you’re looking for an island dinner adventure.  In the past 13 years as a Seattleite, I’ve visited Vashon ...


Whidbey Wins

When I crave a weekend getaway requiring minimum effort that yields maximum satisfaction, Whidbey Island is high on my list. Whidbey is 35 miles long and the fourth longest island in the country. Here are my criteria for a low maintenance/highly enjoyable weekend: Convenience: A 25 minute drive on I-5 from Seattle to the Mukilteo ferry, […]

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Digital Hair Food

Where does one get a bite to eat while getting a digital perm? This was my main concern as I walked on the stretch of North U District on University Way to TenPachi Salon. TenPachi is apparently THE place (the only place maybe?) to get a digital perm in Seattle. Why was I thinking about food […]

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French Beach: Beyond Victoria, BC

The easiest way to get to Victoria, BC  from Seattle is the Clipper, a three hour passenger only ferry departing from Pier 69. When I have a little extra time, I much prefer hopping on the good ol’ MV Coho from Port Angeles. I always find this car ferry more enjoyable; here are some reasons why: […]

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Natural Wines, as Cool and Trendy as Vinyl Records

While I’ve been stuffing my face and writing about Promethus Brown (of Blue Scholars) and his wife Chera Amlag’s monthly Filipino pop-up,  Roll with Jen columnist Luke Wohlers has been busy drinking and writing about wine. Not long ago a friend encouraged me to buy an old-fashioned record player. He said I was missing out […]

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W.T. Vintners: A Sommelier Who’s Also a Winemaker

This article is written by Luke Wohlers, my sommelier buddy and monthly columnist for rollwithjen.com. In 2011 I volunteered for my first grape “crush” in Woodinville, Washington. Then I soon found out this was no simple candy crush. It’s actually pure cardio fitness treading around in a vat that feels like a grape version of […]

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My Focus for Spring (or Lack Thereof)

I’m buzzing around like a hummingbird these days, my mind wandering from one thought and topic to the next. As I was daydreaming during yoga, the instructor coincidentally mentioned restless energy associated with Spring which can make it hard to focus. Apparently, there’s a lot of pent up energy from the winter and something about […]

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Victoria, BC: The Locals’ Guide

Victoria BC has a population of over 300,000 people, a killer coastline, milder weather than its sister city, Vancouver and is touted as one of the most livable cities in Canada. This city located in the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island also reigns supreme as the cycling capital of Canada. That means there has to […]

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A Pioneer in Pioneer Square: Saké Nomi

Introducing an article by my sommelier buddy and monthly columnist for rollwithjen.com, Luke Wohlers. Luke has worked at top notch restaurants across the country, including stints at our very own The Herbfarm and RN74. In 2008 he was an integral part of the wine team at NYC’s Eleven Madison Park that won a James Beard Award […]

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Razor Clamming 101

I have friends who have gone razor clam digging, even bringing along their kids and their dogs, so it can’t be too difficult, right? I’ve seen pictures of people strewn on the beach searching for shellfish with the same intensity as panning for gold so I figure it’s gotta be rewarding. So when I recently […]

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Roll with Jen’s Most Frequented Restaurants

People often ask me – What are your favorite restaurants? The list is always evolving, but as we motor through Spring into Summer, I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time at these five joints. 1) London Plane: When I ran into London Plane owner Matt Dillon the other week, I guiltily confessed to him: […]

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Exploring Japan: Bunnies, Falcons, Hot Springs, and Tsunami Aftermath

Yasuhiko Konno, owner of the 200 year old Suisen sake brewery, has always paid close attention to the water near his home and brewery in the Iwate prefecture of Northeast Japan. Water quality is one of the critical inputs to high quality sake, and Mr. Konno has spent most of his life honing his brewing […]

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