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So Long, and Thanks for All the Turkey Sandwiches

“Sandwich, soup, pie. Do you want anything else?” he asked briskly.

“I’m paying for his too,” I said, gesturing to my husband behind me.

“That’s not what I asked you,” he said, annoyed. “Anything else?”

“No, Jason. Nothing else.”

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The Sweet Taste of Independence: Seattle Bakery Pop-Ups

I’m celebrating independence and self-determination this 4th of July weekend by supporting some of my favorite small businesses and entrepreneurs in Seattle.

On Saturday, July 2 from 11am -5pm, Chera Amlag and the Hood Famous Bakeshop crew will hold a dessert pop-up at The Station coffee shop on Beacon Hill.

Chera is a woman after my own heart. She has combined two of my favorite things of all time: cheesecake and ube (a purple yam commonly used in Filipino desserts). Along with its classic ube cheesecake, Hood Famous will offer ube crinkle cookies, ube polvoron, and some new treats, including strawberry calamansi marshmallows and Vietnamese coffee cheesecake.

Chera’s good friend and talented chef, Tarik Abdullah, will host his own sweet pop-up on July 3 from 5pm-9pm at Refresh Frozen Desserts and Espresso on Capitol Hill. The Rose & Blossom pop-up will feature Moroccan-inspired desserts and music by Proh Mic.

Pursue some happiness this weekend by buying local sweet treats!

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Rose & Blossom

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Pecha Kucha Presents: Food Is Power (And It’s Also Delicious!)

When I was in graduate school, I had a professor who limited our presentations to 8 PowerPoint slides and 10 minutes. It was a challenge to do this, but I appreciated how it made me more disciplined about what I included in my talk. And the images had to pack a punch.

It will be interesting to see what choices the presenters make at Pecha Kucha Night on December 5.

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What’s On My Phone Wednesdays: Okonomiyaki, Eggs Benedict, and Ninjabread

The past week was full of firsts for me.

I made my first visit to Gastropod, the tiny restaurant inside the Epic Ales tasting room. Gastropod has an inventive menu with dishes like Hawaiian pizza okonomiyaki with carrot, cabbage, pineapple, lardons, and ketchup kewpie. Continue reading

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Pinterest Introduces Place Pins

I work in digital marketing, and the pace of change is so rapid, it’s easy to be blasé about new features and functionality especially when it comes to social networking sites.

But I have to say that I’m really enjoying Pinterest’s new Place Pins. Continue reading

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5 Food Writing Tips from Leslie Kelly

“Make Cornbread Not War.”

This slogan was on the T-shirt Leslie Kelly wore at the “Tasty Words” food writing workshop and represented just one of the many good pieces of advice the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer food critic offered at the event. Here are 5 more.

1. Be curious and observant.
Food has great stories to tell, but only if you notice them and are willing to dig deeper. Ask questions, and really pursue the answers.

2. Expand the ways in which you express your creativity.
Leslie mentioned that she has started participating in poetry slams. Trying different ways to be creative makes you work harder (in a good way).

3. Find a peer editor.
Writers are always too close to their writing and benefit from having someone else read their work and provide feedback.

4. Fact check your writing.
Bloggers—myself included—can be very lazy about this. Accuracy is important in terms of representing the truth, establishing your credibility as a writer, and helping the food experience come alive for readers. What’s the correct spelling of the chef’s name? Does the Chinese restaurant serve Cantonese or Szechuan cuisine? Did that dish use button mushrooms or creminis?

5. Exercise your writing muscle every day.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from National Blog Posting Month, it’s the importance of committing to creating on a daily basis.

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What’s On My Phone Wednesdays: Yakisoba Pan

“Are you eating that sandwich with chopsticks?” my co-worker asked.

I was indeed.

My lunch that day was yakisoba pan, a baguette sandwich stuffed with romaine lettuce, yakisoba noodles, and topped with grilled meat.

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Deliverance

“I need doughnuts,” my co-worker Paige whispered urgently.

I nodded. I understood that this was a serious matter and that it needed to be resolved quickly. But how? I considered our options. They all involved leaving the office and either driving or taking a cab.

Could there be another solution?

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Apply Now to be a Guest on Season 2 of “Check, Please! Northwest”

Last year I had the great pleasure of being a guest on the inaugural season of “Check, Please! Northwest,” a Seattle restaurant review show. It’s produced by KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS Station.

The show brings three strangers together to talk about their favorite restaurants. Each person recommends a restaurant, everyone goes to the three places, and then they discuss the food and their experiences.

KCTS is starting production of season 2 of the show, with episodes to air in spring of 2014. If you like to eat out, and you’re not shy about being on television, then I strongly recommend that you apply to be a guest on “Check, Please! Northwest.”

The KCTS staff will give you the star treatment, you’ll get a cool behind-the-scenes look at how a television show is made, and host Amy Pennington will make you belly laugh. (She may also give you some invaluable gardening tips if you ask nicely.)

Bakeman’s was one of the restaurants that we reviewed on my show.

Here’s what we all thought.

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The Day Oprah Talked to Me

The nice—and somewhat strange (but convenient)—thing about working at Starbucks corporate headquarters is that there is a Starbucks store inside Starbucks. This morning, I headed to the store to get a yogurt parfait and some juice.

Like most Starbucks, the Starbucks store inside Starbucks is usually very busy in the morning. But when I arrived, the line snaked down the hallway and groups of people were jammed in the seating area.

Then I remembered. Oprah was coming to visit.

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