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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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Udon Takeout Window: Wallingford’s Monopoly on the Japanese Food Scene Lives On

Sandwiched between an auto parts store and an apartment building on the corner of Stone/45th, you wouldn’t expect to find a Japanese udon takeout window; unless you are in Wallingford, and then it all makes sense. The northern Seattle neighborhood has one of the largest concentrations of Japanese food in Seattle, and the udon takeout window […]

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Hello Robin, Goodbye Mrs. Fields

What tops a store dedicated to ice cream? A store dedicated to ice cream AND cookies. Or in this case, cookies and ice cream. Enter three-month old Hello Robin, located in the new 19th &  Mercer building across from long-standing Capitol Hill favorites, Kingfish Cafe and Monsoon. Started by Robin Wehl Martin, who has baked […]

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Brimmer & Heeltap: The Neighborhood Restaurant You Wish Were in Your Neighborhood

  As a SAMBAR loyalist, I’m ridden with skepticism and a bad attitude walking towards Brimmer & Heeltap for the first time. I’m ranting to my man: “What?! They removed the partition between the late Le Gourmand and SAMBAR? And the signature red awning is gone? This…..” I open the door and stop in mid-sentence. […]

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La Bodega: Better Than Paseo?

As the Uber driver drops me off at the address I have given him, his forehead crinkles with that parental concern as he asks, “Are you sure this is where you want me to drop you off for lunch? I don’t see nothing on this street.” Tucked in a little protective nook behind a tree […]

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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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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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