Entries tagged with “East of Seattle”.


Mike Davis, former chef at the Salish Lodge, helped establish Walla Walla as a mini-Napa of the Northwest when he opened 26brix in 2004. The restaurant went through redesigns and growing pains, finally closing earlier this year. But Davis, whose food won acclaim, is now returning to the Seattle area to join the team that operates the Purple Cafe & Wine Bar and other ventures. At the Heavy Restaurant Group, Davis will oversee the kitchens of the three HRG restaurants set to open in Bellevue Towers this year: A fourth Purple Cafe branch, a second Barrio branch, and a cafe called Bliss. So, technically, I suppose he’s returning to Bellevue, not Seattle, but I suspect he’ll make it over to our side of the water too.

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The New York Times has discovered the fatty, old-style pleasures of the Mangalitsa, featuring the fascinating Hungarian pigs in a full-fledged feature. While we simply¬†flew to Spokane to discourse on the Mangalitsa’s unique qualities and conundrums last year, after sampling the meat at the University District Farmers Market, the Grey Lady reported straight from the hog’s mouth, with a reporter in Hungary. The Times also talked to Heath Putnam of Spokane’s Wooly Pigs, the Mangalitsa’s zealous American champion, and looked at how restaurants like The Herbfarm and French Laundry are using Putnam’s pigs.

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