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Bellevue’s Dough Zone Makes Me a Fan of Strip Mall Dining

As much as I want to punch a strip mall in the face, I dutifully cross the 520 bridge into Eastside land to eat at Dough Zone in Crossroads mall. Before you west side elitists start knocking me, I’m telling you – Heading to Bellevue for Chinese food is worth it (and while you’re at […]

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Roll with Robbie: Where to Eat in Seattle

Whenever I ask my husband Mark where he wants to eat for lunch, he inevitably says – “Let’s go to Robbie’s!” He’s referring to Robbie McGrath, the lunch time bartender at Matt’s in the Market. Matt’s in the Market, with its view of the iconic red Pike Place Market sign overlooking the water, is one […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Continue Eating My Face Off

I’ve never made a New Year’s Resolution. It’s not that I  have anything against goal setting but I’ve never adhered to tradition or rituals: I eat soup for breakfast, I give out holiday presents in January and I still haven’t learned how to apply eye makeup. But I figure why not set a resolution for this […]

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Hitchcock and Beacon, That’s What’s Up in Seattle’s Southend

I’m always taking flak from my friends who live in the Southend for infrequently making it out to lunch beyond Capitol Hill or Pioneer Square, but I’ve taken note and am focusing my attention on two lunch spots my friends who live down south have been raving about:   Reasons to hit up Hitchcock Georgetown:  1) […]

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Sorry For Your Loss Seattle

At approximately 12:02pm, my phone was vibrating so much in my pocket I thought I was having a butt seizure. The text messages (I received eight within a five minute window) went something like this: “Paseo closed?” “Paseo…..WTF” “What the F*** happened to Paseo?” “Where am I gonna get a Caribbean Bowl now?” To understand […]

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Seattle’s New Spots and Upcoming Events

Lately people have been asking me about my favorite spots in town. I know they’re waiting for me to spew out some secret new gem, one with an unassuming or downright crummy looking facade that’s only accessible via a non-descript hard to see door. When you open the door, it’s MAGIC. You’re greeted with low […]

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Portland City Guide

Is Portland really the young person’s utopia and where they go to retire? I dunno, but this piece from the New York Times explores the topic. Here’s an excerpt: “The city has nearly all the perks that economists suggest lead to a high quality of life — coastlines, mountains, mild winters and summers, restaurants, cultural […]

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Orcas Island is not in Puerto Rico

When I first moved to Seattle and people affectionately talked about the San Juan Islands, I wondered why so many Seattleites made weekend trips to a city in Puerto Rico. I’ve since learned the San Juans are located in the beautiful Evergreen State and  only a ~2 hour drive and a picturesque one hour ferry ride away. […]

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Stockholm: Eating Crayfish the Swedish Way in the Land of the Blondes

My friend Sam, who had a Swedish girlfriend in the 90s and made several trips out there to visit her, shared his thoughts with me on this Scandinavian country that’s roughly the size of California: “It’s an interesting culture over there. It’s hard to describe. Everything is neat in its box.” I chime in: “Like […]

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Barjot, Capitol Hill’s New Neighborhood Coffee Spot

The only thing missing when I lived on the corner of  Bellevue/East Thomas in Capitol Hill 12 years ago was that cozy neighborhood cafe; one that spends as much energy on the food menu as crafting the perfect espresso.   Cafe Barjot, that neighborhood spot I always wanted, is now here (unlike the swimming pool […]

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