Category Archives: Restaurants

Places I’ve eaten in, worked in, or read about.

Pursuing the Pupusa: Salsa Roja

“Always stand in the longest food line.” In 2010, after waiting fifteen minutes under a spring sun at the Des Moines Saturday Farmers Market, we were rewarded with a hot, cheesy, crispy, juicy, pupusa with curtido and spicy red sauce. Don’t think … Continue reading

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Ya Deyni! Lebanese food from the heart: Imjudadah

If you receive this post via email, click on the post title, “Ya Deyni! Lebanese food from the heart”, to watch the video below while reading.   In third grade, I was convinced that I was adopted. Maybe I belonged … Continue reading

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The boys in the back: Sopa de Guajillo

If you receive this post by email, to listen to the video below while reading just click on the post title, “The boys in the back”.   Freddy Fender and Ry Cooder, The Borderline      “Le disparé cinco veces, … Continue reading

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Six degrees of Julia: Zucchini rice casserole

The theory that any two people on earth can be connected within six steps works in the restaurant world as well as in show biz. Using this equation, I’m connected to Julia Child by two degrees of separation. My old bosses, … Continue reading

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Quick and easy: Avocado toast, Kimchee rice, Tomato sandwich

“We may lose and we may win, but we’ll never be here again”. Here’s thinking of you, Ted. If you receive this blog via email, view the below video by clicking on this week’s blog post title. Michael Roberts, 1980s … Continue reading

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Brunch, biscuits, and batchelors: Isles’ biscuits, Pimento cheese

  Portland is mad for brunch. What could be better on a Sunday morning: sunny patio, friendly servers, a posse of friends. That rosy glow, however, may include long waits and lines that creep toward those pecan waffles and buttermilk … Continue reading

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Hooray for Hollywood: Marinated skirt steak

Speaking of Sheldon Adelson, living in Los Angeles put the Sweetie and me in the celebrity drop-in zone. Although we never became famous or never hung out with cool movie folk—heck, we never knew anyone who lived in a house … Continue reading

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On Second Thought: Spicy glass noodle salad

If you have the time, watch this Anthony Bourdain episode featuring Thailand and Pok Pok’s chef/owner, Andy Ricker. Sorry about the distorted form. Well, maybe Portland is worth the trouble, Pok Pok certainly was. If Seattle is a Puget Sound … Continue reading

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Too cool for school: Vietnamese Salad Bowl

Living twenty miles from cool, sophisticated Seattle in Tacoma (AKA “Grit City” or “the Armpit of Puget Sound”), Sweetie and I are accustomed to life outside the golden circle. Seattle has the Pike Place Market, the Gum Wall, Tom Douglas’s … Continue reading

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It was a dark and stormy night : Tater Tot Casserole

Once again, I’m the last the to know; this song was released eight years ago, I must have been dozing. Here’s my new Vimeo favorite, “The General Specific”, Band of Horses. It has nothing to do with my story. Band Of … Continue reading

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