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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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Leavenworth: Cheesy Bavarian Knockoff or Natural Wonder?

Let’s answer these questions immediately: Yes, and absolutely. Leavenworth is indeed a faux-German town with no real ties to Germany or German settlers. The rebranding of Leavenworth was the byproduct of a brilliant marketing scheme to boost Leavenworth’s depressed economy after the Great North Railroad moved its headquarters to Wenatchee. The gas station, bank and […]

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Sound Food: Vashon Island Scores a New Dining Experience

Willows Inn at Lummi Island isn’t the only game in town when you’re looking for an island dinner adventure.  In the past 13 years as a Seattleite, I’ve visited Vashon Island a handful of times to bike around the island (40 miles, one loop), get my hands on some fish tacos at Zamorana, spend an […]

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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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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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