Dried noodles have mostly replaced homemade udon or soba in the Japanese home kitchen, but the fresh soba tradition is alive and well in Seattle at Miyabi 45th, where chef Mutsuko Soma rolls out noodles daily to make sure they are smooth enough to slurp, strong enough to dip, and subtle enough in presentation to let the quiet flavors of buckwheat whisper in each diner's mouth.
Having been to more than 30 countries in search of the best-tasting foods, I've collected many amazing souvenirs—and a few terrible ones. I've learned some lessons about where to find take-home treasures—and what to avoid.
The Mexican sandwich takes the same taco flavors and turns them up to eleven, offering a world of fluffy buns and spicy meats that no food lover should leave uneaten. Here are a few of our favorite types.
Yes, you should leave the resort if you're on a vacation to Hawaii. These 10 delicious local foods are why.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, we should really consider going turkey-free. Why would I want to eat a dried-out, chewy bird when I can let the juices flow freely out of a striking centerpiece like prime rib or leg of lamb?
If you've ever visited Argentina, ridden a bus in Bolivia, or made friends with a Venezuelan, you've probably tasted an empanada of some sort. But it would take a lifetime of non-stop empanada-eating to try all of the infinite combinations of doughs, fillings, and cooking methods around. Here's an introduction to the styles that are typical in different regions of Latin America.
If you eat your way through Seattle without entering a Vietnamese restaurant, you need to head back and try again.
Sri Lankan food is not for the timid eater: the fiery curries, sweet caramelized onion in seeni sambal (onion relish), and sour lime pickle are all powerful flavors that startle awake senses dulled by the thick, hot island air.
Fish markets offer a unique glimpse into local food culture—and if you're jetlagged, the early morning timing might even be convenient. We stopped by Dubai's seaside fish souk at 5:15 a.m. on a recent visit. Join us on a tour.
Six years ago, Seattle went crazy over its first small-batch ice cream shop. Now we're barely able to narrow our list down to eight favorite options. As we tasted our way around the city, we were most impressed with the places serving innovative flavors designed with taste in mind, not shock value.
When it's nice out, Seattle is the most beautiful place in the world. Summer might not start until July 5 (in order to guarantee rain on the fireworks, one presumes), but it sails straight through Labor Day, and everyone in Seattle, local or tourist, does their damndest to soak up as much of that sunshine as they can—which means taking all meals outdoors. Here's our guide to the best of Seattle's outdoor dining.
The legendary lines at Crumble & Flake in Seattle have died down, and now the ridiculously good smoked paprika and cheddar croissant can be yours in a matter of minutes. What else is worth ordering? We ate every single pastry to find out.
Outdoor drinking around Seattle got an upgrade over the winter. If you want to enjoy an awesome cocktail or freshly brewed pint in the sun, options are no longer limited. Here's our guide to Seattle's best new places to drink outside, along with updates on our old favorites.
Cheap eats in Seattle run from one end of the food spectrum to the other, from the elegance and indulgence of lunch at Le Pichet to the sheer amount of amazing food at El Paisano, each checking in at under $10 a meal. So where do you go in Seattle when your budget is tight? Here are our top ten picks.
At the risk of sounding like someone who just woke up from an amazing first date, it's difficult to imagine how any oyster-eating experience could improve upon the Walrus and Carpenter Low Tide Picnic (a riff on this Lewis Carroll poem. An empty beach, a 'sulkily shining' moon, such quantities of sand, and yes, that briny beach, make for a magical evening recreated for oyster enthusiasts by seafood guru Jon Rowley and Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Just because almost anything tastes good after a long day slaloming through the snow in Whistler, British Columbia, doesn't mean you have to settle for subpar supper in this mountainside resort town. Here's our cheatsheet for après ski eating, from oyster happy hour to local elk tartare.
"Hungry? Why wait?" ask Snicker's candy commercials. Cronuts, hot dogs, barbecue, oysters, and more are the answer of food lovers around the country. But what compels them (er, me) to do so? Great food? Bragging rights? Boredom? Following an epic wait for brisket at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, we talked to the experts to find out.
As leaves fall and noses get stuffy, here are the best drinks in town to get a taste of the season, a few servings of your five-a-day, and possibly fight off that nasty bug that's going around.
Every bottle of Tabasco sauce in the world passes through the company's Avery Island, Louisiana production facility, under the watchful eyes of "the family," who use a Civil War era recipe. We visited Avery Island to see exactly how it's done.
The cemita at Cemitas Poblanas in Seattle's Boulevard Park neighborhood is the poster child for the campaign against authenticity as the end-all and be-all of food criticism. It's a great sandwich, the spice and sharpness in the sauce and onion softened by the mellow avocado, soft bread, and cool cheese. It is not an authentic cemita. It is a delicious sandwich.
With some of the best chefs in the country cooking up food at Feast Portland , one might forget that there were drinks to be had as well. But a town with such a great cocktail, beer, wine, and coffee scene couldn't keep its drinks out of the spotlight for long. Here are a few of the best drinks we tried.
Chiang's Gourmet is an unlikely place to find good Chinese food, hidden in a corner just off the freeway, miles north of Chinatown, in a rootbeer-keg shaped building that was once home to an A&W. Once inside, it can still be a difficult place to find great Chinese food, thanks to the three overwhelming menus on offer at any given time. Here's a primer on what to order to make the most out of your meal.
What happens when some of the best chefs in the country are instructed to make bite-sized portions of internationally-inspired street food? Feast Portland's Night Market. One of the marquee events of Feast, the open-air festival is an opportunity for a mix of local (such as Naomi Pomery of Beast and Expatriate) and national (hello, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milkbar) restaurants to bring their take on street food to throngs of ravenous attendees.
The best dive bars are defined not by what you drink (though it's mostly beer—rarely do the mixed drinks have more than two ingredients), but by environment and patrons. At a great dive bar, the regulars look like they've been on their stools for years. The diviest bars still smell faintly of smoke, even though the smoking ban was put in place most of a decade ago. Most importantly, though, the best dive bars help you forget the stressors of the outside world.
With the bar perched right on the north shore of Lake Union, bar consultant Maggie Savarino says she and Westward bar manager Lea Fronterhouse tailored the cocktails to be what someone wants to drink while they're on the water.
The Ninja Deluxe pairs the Japanese tonkatsu-style pork (brined, panko-coated and of course, deep-fried) with the Western sandwich-enhancing superstars cheddar cheese and bacon. Forget ketchup or mustard; here you're getting Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce on your bun.