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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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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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Fremont “Upstairs” Has Arrived

When do you know a neighborhood has “made” it? I polled a few people and the answers vary: ” When it’s got a bar, convenience store, and a greasy diner all within a few hundred yards. ” “When all the lawns look nice and people don’t litter them with Miller beer cans.” “When parking becomes […]

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Port Townsend: The All-Weather Weekend Getaway

I’ve heard Port Townsend referred to as the Paris of the Pacific Northwest. Now, that may be an overreach, but after spending a few days in this charming Victorian-era town on the Olympic Peninsula, I can see why Seattleites tout Port Townsend as the perfect year-round weekend destination spot. With an extensive network of biking and […]

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San Francisco: Primer on Rolling Casual

There are so many outstanding places to eat in San Francisco that in order to keep myself from getting overwhelmed by all the choices, I choose a theme, then planning commences from there. Previous themes that have served me well: Street food, Mission District dining, Michelin-starred restaurants. This time, with the exception of a side […]

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Part 1 of 2: Victoria, BC a.k.a. “Portland North”

I’ve been hearing rumors Victoria is undergoing a bit of a culinary/coffee/craft brewing renaissance.  I set out on a long weekend to determine if Victoria is more than that cute little town on Vancouver island only worthy of a day long visit to walk around the inner harbor, hit up Butchart Gardens and high tea […]

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Pop-up Picnic Chef Spotlights: Il Corvo and Aragona

You have just over a week to purchase your tickets for Seattle’s first pop-up picnic. The One Night Only event is going down on August 10th at Cal Anderson Park. It is all about people grubbing on street food made from 12 of Seattle’s finest chefs. Get your arse in gear and grab a ticket so you […]

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The Good Food Tour

Media events aren’t always my thing, but when General Motors approached me with an opportunity to spend an evening with the culinary masterminds behind ChefSteps, Canlis, and Spur, my vibe (or was it my greedy stomach?) urged me to go. Here are the highlights from an evening of being chauffeured around in GM’s electric car […]

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Galiano Island, BC: Forget I Ever Told You About This Paradise

I ask the owner of the bookstore on Galiano Island what type of people live on the island. He responds: “50% freaks, 50% rednecks. So, I reckon, just like the States.” Kidding aside (or was he?), the driest gem of the Gulf Islands in BC is a mere 40 minute ferry ride from the Vancouver […]

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Smoking Snoop Dogg out of His Cave: Cave B Inn and Spa

Perhaps Snoop Dogg stayed at Cave B solely because he simply needed a place to crash after performing at the Gorge Amphitheater.  Or maybe he just needed some down time with his homies? Or was he tempted by the prospect of picking fleshy semillon grapes right off the vines on the premises? When I was […]

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