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Pop-up Picnic Chef Spotlights: Il Corvo and Aragona

You have just over a week to purchase your tickets for Seattle’s first pop-up picnic. The One Night Only event is going down on August 10th at Cal Anderson Park. It is all about people grubbing on street food made from 12 of Seattle’s finest chefs. Get your arse in gear and grab a ticket so you […]

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Chico Madrid Makes This Chica Muy Happy

I have always sought out that low key neighborhood restaurant, the one where I can easily step out of my door in flip flops and a ponytail with a newspaper in hand: casual, no-frills, good food sans the drama, and no reservations or hype. Well, I have finally found it, in my former neighborhood of […]

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Landa Palace and Churros: Where Kings Go to Convalesce After a Bout With Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is the pits, but having to sit the bench on the eating squad while you are in food-frenzied Spain is torture. As consolation, on our way to the vibrant university city of Salamanca, I stumble upon convalescing,  royalty-style at Landa Palace in Burgos, situated in north central Spain.  This grand 37-room structure is […]

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Ode to Iberico ham

My favorite food writers include the usual suspects:  Mark Bittman and Jonathan Gold.  But in the same vein which the Surly Gourmand makes me giggle and squirm with his candor, my friend Jorge’s food commentary always has me laughing hysterically while vehemently nodding my head in agreement. Here is what Jorge has to say about […]

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Akelare and its 3-Michelin stars

After lamenting about the fact Juan Mari’s legendary Arzak is closed for the only days we are in San Sebastian, we quickly get over it by booking a reservation at another famed 3-star Michelin restaurant in the area - Pedro Subijana’s 35 year old institution Akelare. My first thought is “gimmicky,” while my second thought is “this man knows his food […]

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San Sebastian: Sin comida

I have decided to take a two day hiatus from writing about food to focus on the scenery and the rad accommodations we have encountered along our journey through Spain so far.  Old cities like San Sebastian are impressively rich in history and simply cannot be replicated in a country as modern as the New World.  Besides, I am recovering from […]

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San Sebastian: First encounter with pinxtos

After arriving in San Sebastian on Monday night after 12 hours in the air and 6 hours of layovers, I decide the best way to combat jetlag delirium is to eat. Normally my late night options would be extremely limited on a Monday night in Seattle, but when we hit up the hotel receptionist for recommendations, she gives us a worried look […]

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