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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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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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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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SNEAK PREVIEW: Le Petit Cochon – Here, Piggy Piggy

If you consider yourself a carnivorous adventurer who craves some fun when you eat out, then Derek Ronspies’ 2nd floor Fremont nose to tail restaurant, Le Petit Cochon, is for you. But let’s be clear. We are not talking about satiating the appetites of simpleton beefcakes whose idea of a superb meal is pounding six […]

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Umami is…

Trying to describe umami is like trying to explain how a punch in the face feels. The concept of umami is somewhat abstract until you taste it and then BOOM, it hits you. “Think savory, aged cheese, shrimp paste, fermented fish, mushrooms.” It’s the fifth flavor, after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. After explaining it, […]

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In Search of the Endless Summer

Weather guru Cliff Mass is touting this summer as the best we Seattleites have had in half a century. Instead of waving the white flag signaling the end of shorts and flip-flop weather, I spit on those Fall clothing sales in search of the endless summer. 1) No other food quite screams summer as much […]

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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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