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New! What’s On My Phone Wednesdays

Like many people, I take a lot of pictures with my camera phone. However, many of them rarely see the light of day. I have hundreds of photos of homemade meals, restaurants, pastries, produce, etc. that remain imprisoned on my phone.

I’m setting them free with a new feature called, “What’s On My Phone Wednesdays.” Enjoy.

I bought this hilarious cookbook for my friend Michelle for her birthday. All of the recipes are written in the style of the BDSM romance “50 Shades of Grey.” It’s an excellent parody, the recipes look pretty good, and the pictures are enticing.
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I’m not much of a beer drinker, but when I was a college student in Minnesota, I did enjoy the occasional Leinekugel’s, which is brewed in neighboring Wisconsin. I’ve never seen it for sale in Seattle and was pleasantly surprised to find it at my local Target.
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I had a unique dessert at Blind Pig Bistro that absolutely knocked my socks off–a fennel panna cotta with braised rhubarb and apples and a crunchy oat topping.
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Mobile Chowdown 5

Mobile Chowdown is back–this time with beer! The food truck extravaganza will be October 1 at the Qwest Field north parking lot from 5:00-10:00 p.m. It now costs $5 to get into the event, which is 21+ because of the alcohol factor. Pyramid Breweries is the official beer sponsor.

In addition to your favorite food trucks, there will be a live music stage featuring DJ Riz, Bandolier, Haiku-Chi and Piece.

Lines are always long at Mobile Chowdown, but here’s what I think is worth the wait:

I’d also be interested in trying food from Buns on Wheels and Street Treats and I definitely want to check out Domo Dogs from Portland.

I’ll be volunteering at Mobile Chowdown’s “Geek Row” to help promote my graduate program–the University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media program. What’s the connection? As one of my professors, Anita Verna Crofts, says, “The food truck revolution is closely tied to the social network revolution.”

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Stop what you’re doing and make this chocolate cake RIGHT NOW (it’s that good)

Photo by Patricia Heal

Photo by Patricia Heal


A few weeks ago, my friend Lynn made chocolate stout layer cake for dessert for Thursday night dinner at Ellen’s. I must admit that I was skeptical. Sure, I know that certain stout beers have a dark chocolate flavor, so a pairing of beer and chocolate isn’t that out there. But still, I was afraid that the malt flavor would overwhelm the chocolate in a cake.

Boy, was I wrong.

The cake Lynn made was easily one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had. (And I have eaten a lot of cake.) It was rich but not too dense and the beer perfectly accentuated the chocolate. Too often frosting is an afterthought, but this time it was an essential element of the cake.

Also, this cake was incredibly moist. So moist that I saved a piece from Thursday night dinner, and when I ate it on Sunday (yes, three days later), it was still as moist as when it was first made!

If you’re looking to be the star of the next potluck you attend or to curry favor with your favorite chocolate lover, look no further than this cake. Click here now to get the amazing recipe.

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