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Yelp: Seattle's favorite hangover eateries

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:25:30 UT

So your drunk brain wrote checks your morning self can't cash – we've all been there. Here's a list for the morning after. 

Thomas Keller shows off his sleek new French Laundry remodel

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:11:30 UT

(AP) — On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America's most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry. All of this is apparent in the chef's gleaming new workspace, a 2,000-square-foot state-of-the-art kitchen, which feels more like a sleek, modern art gallery than a cramped, hectic kitchen. Aside from the new kitchen, there's a 16,000-bottle wine cellar, extensive solar paneling, a new office annex and 9,000 square feet of new landscape design. "For weeks, I would wake up in the middle of the night and think, 'Oh my God, I ruined the French Laundry,'" said Keller, who holds three coveted Michelin stars for the restaurant, and another three for its New York counterpart Per Se. On a tour of the new kitchen and the French Laundry's lush culinary garden, Keller is vocally enthusiastic about the upgrades. The restaurant stayed open during the construction, but the culinary staff relocated to a temporary kitchen built inside four shipping containers. Gone is the stainless steel austerity of most restaurant kitchens, this one is white, spacious and sunlit by skylights and wraparound windows overlooking a garden. [...] when he's in town, he's at the restaurant, impeccably dressed in in his custom-made chef jacket, tailored black pants and shiny black clogs. During the flurry of a recent dinner service, Keller's guiding hand was at work plating caviar, making artful, final touches on dishes, instructing waiters on the details of each course and even helping out in the dishwashing area. In the span of two decades, Keller has transformed the image of the American chef and the fine dining experience in America with his innovative, playful interpretations of fine French food, says Tim Ryan, president of the Culinary Institute of America. Unlike today's celebrity chefs, he had no reality TV shows but ea

Seattle's best Thai food, according to Yelpers

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:44:14 UT

You can't throw chopsticks in this townYou can't throw chopsticks in this town without hitting a Thai restaurant. We have a lot of options, but what are diners' favorites? We turned to Yelp for an idea. without hitting a Thai restaurant.

Venezuela's socialist leaders seize bakeries in 'bread war'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:26:31 UT

[...] the downtown Caracas corner store is in the hands of die-hard socialists, and Dos Santos is at least temporarily out of a job, as a result of the latest attempt by the government to reduce the sprawling food lines that have become the symbol of Venezuela's descent into economic chaos. With cameras rolling, agents from the National Superintendent of Fair Prices raided Mansion's last week and accused the owners of hoarding scarce sacks of government-imported flour, saying the subsidized goods should have been used to make price-regulated loaves but instead was turned into more expensive croissants and sweet rolls. [...] she said she has to walk several miles (kilometers) from her home to pick her daily "canilla," a fast-fermenting, savory baguette introduced by European bread makers at the height of Venezuela's mid-20th century immigrant boom that has become a beloved staple of the local diet. The goal of what Maduro has taken to calling the "bread war" is to enforce price controls that have become increasingly unwieldy amid triple-digit inflation and widespread shortages. To earn a profit amid spiraling costs, many business owners try to reduce to a minimum what they sell under a 2014 decree setting prices for many basic goods. [...] as oil revenues have collapsed, baking industry representatives say they are bringing in only about a quarter of the 120,000 metric tons of wheat a month that the country's 10,000 bakeries need to satisfy demand.

The Latest: Food trucks, sex ed bills among 80 signed Monday

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:43:46 UT

The measure stripping the "advocacy of homosexuality" from Utah's sex education law was driven by a court challenge from LGBT-rights groups. Gov. Gary Herbert has signed 33 more bills, including a measure phasing out a tax credit for installing solar panels that legislators said was eating away at money for public schools. Herbert's office announced Monday that the Republican governor had signed off on a bill that gradually winds down the $2,000 tax credit that homeowners can receive when they install rooftop solar panels.

Chuck Berry's influence on rock 'n roll was incalculable

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:19:54 UT

Rock n' roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask. While Elvis Presley gave rock n' roll its libidinous, hip-shaking image, Berry was the auteur, setting the narrative for a generation no longer weighed down by hardship or war. " ''School Day" told of the sing-song trials of the classroom ("American history and practical math; you're studying hard, hoping to pass ...") and the liberation of rock 'n' roll once the day's final bell rang. "Roll Over Beethoven" was an anthem to rock's history-making power, while "Rock and Roll Music" was a guidebook for all bands that followed ("It's got a back beat, you can't lose it"). "Back in the U.S.A." was a black man's straight-faced tribute to his country, at a time there was no guarantee Berry would be served at the drive-ins and corner cafes he was celebrating. "Johnny B. Goode," the tale of a guitar-playing country boy whose mother tells him he'll be a star, was Berry's signature song, the archetypal narrative for would-be rockers and among the most ecstatic recordings in the music's history. Berry had meant to call Johnny a "colored boy," but changed "colored" to "country," enabling not only radio play, but musicians of any color to imagine themselves as stars. Country, pop and rock artists have recorded Berry songs, including the Beatles ("Roll Over Beethoven"), Emmylou Harris ("You Never Can Tell"), Buck Owens ("Johnny B. Goode") and AC/DC ("School Days"). Influenced by bandleader Louis Jordan and blues guitarist T-Bone Walker among others, hip to country music, novelty songs and the emerging teen audiences of the post-World War II era, Berry signed with Chicago's Chess Records in 1955 after hooking up with Johnson three years earlier. According to Berry, label owner Leonard Chess was taken by t

Downtown Seattle gets a DTF

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:24:13 UT

Dumpling hounds no longer need to trek to Bellevue or University Village to get their fill of delicious dumplings. Instead, they just need to head to the fourth floor of Pacific Place in downtown Seattle.

Celebrity Chef Michael Symon to open restaurant

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 06:28:22 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Celebrity Chef and cookbook author Michael Symon plans to open a restaurant at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this spring. Menu items include several of Symon's comfort-food favorites, including his Lola Burger and Rosemary Fries.

The Latest: Bill raising food sales tax dies before launch

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 02:55:46 UT

Speaker Greg Hughes and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser told reporters that economic models they looked at Monday afternoon showed that raising the sales tax on groceries, which people buy even in a recession, doesn't offset the volatility of collections of sales tax on other purchases, such as cars or televisions, which drop off in recessions. Legislative leaders are abandoning plans to pass a last-minute proposal raising the sales tax on food and lowering the overall sales tax rate. Legislative leaders say they plan to hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposal to raise the sales tax on food and lower the overall sales tax rate. Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says the change would help stabilize Utah's sales tax collection and ensure there's money for social service programs and other government spending even in an economic downturn.

Dick's Drive-In expansion wants your input

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 18:47:53 UT

Using the same fan voting system that brought a Dick's Drive-In to Edmonds in 2011, the local, legendary burger franchise wants your input on whether to take its newest outpost east or south of Seattle.

EU takes big step toward organic food deal with Chile

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:51:31 UT

The EU's organic food production is growing and the deal will allow it to target the Chilean market better.

Sen. Susan Collins' meatloaf recipe in cookbook

Sun, 5 Mar 2017 21:05:23 UT

Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes — From Mom's to Mario Batali's. Collins' recipe from her mother Pat in Caribou, Maine, has a few special twists: dry mustard, horseradish and a topping of barbecue sauce instead of ketchup.

Mayo, wings, butter: 'Fake milk' is the latest food fight

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 15:03:09 UT

Though soy milk and almond milk have become commonplace terms, milk's standard of identity says it is obtained by the "complete milking of one or more healthy cows." The Plant Based Foods Association, which represents companies like Tofurky and milk alternatives, says standards of identity were created to prevent companies from passing off cheaper ingredients on customers. The FDA says it takes action "in accordance with public health priorities and agency resources." The company had also noted in legal filings that the FDA said during a seminar that milk protein concentrate could be used in yogurt. In 2002, the presence of milk protein concentrate in Kraft Singles was also called out in a warning letter from the FDA, which noted it was not listed as an ingredient in the definition for "pasteurized process cheese food." "Wyngz" scored a high-profile TV appearance not long after DiGiorno launched frozen meals with pizza and the boneless chicken pieces in 2011. Colbert cited a page on the USDA's website that said the odd spelling could be used for a product that is "in the shape of a wing or a bite-size appetizer type product," but not made entirely from wing meat. In 1886, dairy producers supported a federal tax on margarine, which was dubbed "counterfeit butter" by representative William Price of Wisconsin, a major dairy state. In 1902, that law was amended to increase the tax on margarine dyed to look like butter, says Ai Hisano, a business historian at the Harvard Business School. [...] a vintage ad that declares Parkay margarine "Golden Yellow and ready to spread!" — with an asterisk noting, "in 26 states ."

Bakers take same-sex wedding cake fight to appeals court

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:54:41 UT

Bakers take same-sex wedding cake fight to appeals court Lawyers for Sweet Cakes by Melissa also said the state violated the Kleins' rights as artists to free speech, their rights to religious freedom and their rights as defendants to a due process.

Grocery showdown, delivery edition: Amazon vs. QFC vs. Safeway

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:48:58 UT

Today, we're comparing Amazon's Prime Now with QFC and Safeway. For the latter two, we shopped on Instacart.