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Food fight

My first experience judging a food contest at the Puyallup Fair left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Innocently, or rather stupidly, in 2004 I agreed to judge the parent-child gingerbread house contest.  I received a free ticket into the Fair, a parking pass, a nametag and enough angst

Food fight

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Food fight

My first experience judging a food contest at the Puyallup Fair left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Innocently, or rather stupidly, in 2004 I agreed to judge the parent-child gingerbread house contest.  I received a free ticket into the Fair, a parking pass, a nametag and enough angst

Guilty pleasures

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Guilty pleasures

Spiritualists tell us that the emotions and words we attach to food determine in many ways the effects they reap on our bodies. It’s not “you are what you eat,” but rather, “you are the names you call your food.” Case in point. On your drive home tonight you hit a

Guilty pleasures

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Guilty pleasures

Spiritualists tell us that the emotions and words we attach to food determine in many ways the effects they reap on our bodies. It’s not “you are what you eat,” but rather, “you are the names you call your food.” Case in point. On your drive home tonight you hit a

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21-sandwich salute

Last spring, in a state of psychosis, I e-mailed everyone in my address book and asked each person to send me his or her top recommendation for the best sandwich in the South Sound. I told them I would eat every suggestion and then pick the best 21 on the

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21-sandwich salute

 Last spring, in a state of psychosis, I e-mailed everyone in my address book and asked each person to send me his or her top recommendation for the best sandwich in the South Sound. I told them I would eat every suggestion and then pick the best 21 on the

I heart meat

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I heart meat

“Closest to the bone Sweeter is the meat Last slice of Virginia ham Is the best that you can eat Don’t talk about my baby She’s slender but she’s sweet Closest to the bone And sweeter is the meat.” — Louis Jones If you think about it, seduction and meat go hand in hand (pardon the pun). As described

I heart meat

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I heart meat

“Closest to the bone Sweeter is the meat Last slice of Virginia ham Is the best that you can eat Don’t talk about my baby She’s slender but she’s sweet Closest to the bone And sweeter is the meat.” — Louis Jones If you think about it, seduction and meat go hand in hand (pardon the pun). As described

Naked spa dining

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Naked spa dining

Developing topics on Korean food, I recently sent out e-mails to local organizations and people I thought could help me with their insights. Imagine my surprise when Sunnie at the Olympus Spa in Lakewood returned my message inviting me to meet with her chef, Hyekgoung Simpkins. The Olympus spa is

Naked spa dining

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Naked spa dining

Developing topics on Korean food, I recently sent out e-mails to local organizations and people I thought could help me with their insights. Imagine my surprise when Sunnie at the Olympus Spa in Lakewood returned my message inviting me to meet with her chef, Hyekgoung Simpkins. The Olympus spa is

Bishop's return

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Bishop's return

A theme arises when talking to chefs about how they originally felt drawn to cooking. Many credit their love of food and craft not to a favorite restaurant experience or a celebrity chef but instead to good ol’ mom. Namely, warm memories of sitting, playing, and helping in the kitchen

Bishop’s return

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Bishop’s return

A theme arises when talking to chefs about how they originally felt drawn to cooking. Many credit their love of food and craft not to a favorite restaurant experience or a celebrity chef but instead to good ol’ mom. Namely, warm memories of sitting, playing, and helping in the kitchen

A chef's salad

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A chef's salad

Chef Gordon Naccarato recently received a complaint from a diner frustrated with Naccarato’s potato pancake. “(The customer) grumbled that it was like a McDonald’s hash brown,” Naccarato, chef and owner of Tacoma’s Pacific Grill, says. No sooner did Naccarato finish the statement then a smile spread across his

A chef's salad

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A chef's salad

Chef Gordon Naccarato recently received a complaint from a diner frustrated with Naccarato’s potato pancake. “(The customer) grumbled that it was like a McDonald’s hash brown,” Naccarato, chef and owner of Tacoma’s Pacific Grill, says. No sooner did Naccarato finish the statement then a smile spread across his

Get spammed

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Get spammed

In these days of economic woe, one breakfast meat stands ready to feed America on the cheap: Spam. As reported in May, Spam sales have risen above the laughter as folks stretched to their budgetary limits turn to the pig in a can (at least I think that’s what it is)

Get spammed

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Get spammed

In these days of economic woe, one breakfast meat stands ready to feed America on the cheap: Spam. As reported in May, Spam sales have risen above the laughter as folks stretched to their budgetary limits turn to the pig in a can (at least I think that’s what it is)

Apocalyptic eating

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Apocalyptic eating

“The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the man that hath the spirit is mad, for the abundance of thine iniquity, and because the enmity is great.” (Hosea 9:7, The Bible, American Standard Version). At the time

Apocalyptic eating

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Apocalyptic eating

“The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the man that hath the spirit is mad, for the abundance of thine iniquity, and because the enmity is great.” (Hosea 9:7, The Bible, American Standard Version). At the time

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The little business district that does not

Any enthusiastic traveler visiting a country in the tropics appreciates the sultry, sexy feel of air stifled by heat, sweat, garbage, and curry. Such areas operate slowly yet harbor a vibrant, steamy energy one takes in through the pores of the skin. Strange foods, people close in your face, livestock

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The little business district that doesn’t

Any enthusiastic traveler visiting a country in the tropics appreciates the sultry, sexy feel of air stifled by heat, sweat, garbage, and curry. Such areas operate slowly yet harbor a vibrant, steamy energy one takes in through the pores of the skin. Strange foods, people close in your face, livestock

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