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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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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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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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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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Chef Spotlight on Little Uncle and RN74: Seattle’s 1st Annual Pop-up Picnic

Seattle’s 1st annual pop-up picnic is all about people enjoying street food made from some of Seattle’s finest chefs at a summer outdoor evening picnic. If that doesn’t appeal to you, give me your address so I can deliver you a punch in the face. On August 10th, One Night Only entertainment gurus Julien Perry […]

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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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Foraging with Langdon Cook

“Let’s go foraging with Langdon Cook,” my adventurous friend Paige coaxes. “Ok, sounds good,” I reply, as I sign up for the two-day foraging and cooking class offered at The Pantry at Delancey. It was quick to sell out. Driving up to our foraging meeting spot, I turn to Paige and say, “He will probably be […]

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Moore Coffee: Of Course I Will Have A Tamale With My Bacon Latte

While most people excitedly head to 2nd/Stewart in the evening to catch a show at the Moore Theater, my favorite time is in the morning and my destination is the petite coffee shop that is situated next to the Moore Theater, not surprisingly called Moore Coffee Shop. Although this two-year old coffee shop is likely […]

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The Fantastic Mr. Pop-up Fox: Feral

Last week, a Mr. Fox caught my attention when he emailed me to tell me about his upcoming pop-up.  That same night, my eating pal Rachel and I coincidentally ended up sitting next to him at the Kraken Rice Congee pop-up at Grub in Queen Anne.  He introduced himself in person that night as Joel, […]

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