TMA Mondays: Back to Business


TMA'ed while listening to Steady 1234 by Vice, Skizzy Mars, Jasmine Thompson

Things are finally back to normal around here. My vacation blues have finally worn off, Seattle is back to being its cloudy self and the new quarter has begun in full swing. Things are also picking up in the food biz. Windy City Pie has found a new kitchen in Interbay after their previous commissary kitchen closed. With their new home, they expect to deliver an even more superior product and increase production! Also trying to return to normal, is Gorditos who recently reopened, five months after the Greenwood gas explosion. Ezell's is also expanding their chicken empire to Wallingford. 

In other news, Seattle's UNCF Cooking Classes are back. For just $35, which is cheap in cooking class world, you can learn from some great Seattle chefs such as Chef Matt Lewis of Restaurant Roux, and Chef Makini Howell of Plum Bistro to name a few. Call 206-292-8859 to get a spot in a class.


Our Pick of the Week

Espresso Vivace, South Lake Union -  I am slowly acquiring my favorite coffee shops in my surrounding neighborhoods. Espresso Vivace is my chosen one for SLU.  They have some great coffee, lots of space, reliable internet and they're open till 11 pm on weekends. 

Ramen - In the 90 degree heat of Japan, ramen always felt like a good idea. Now that I'm back to Seattle with its cloud and rain, ramen seems like an even better idea. If you're like me and have no idea where to begin with homemade ramen, try this recipe for homemade spicy ramen with tofu by PinchofYum.


New Sh*t in Town

Poulet Galore & Cantine Bar and Bottle Shop, South Lake Union - Josh Henderson and the Huxley Wallace collective have been busy this year. In the last year alone, he has opened over 6 dining establishments including his new comers Poulet Galore and Cantine Bar and Bottle Shop. Poulet Galore is a walk-up establishment that serves rotisserie chicken M-F at lunch time only. You can decide to eat your chicken in Cantine Bar which is next door. They have beer on tap, sports on TV and beer-nerd worthy bottles for sale. 

China Pie, Fremont - Expected to open sometime in October, China Pie will be where food worlds collide. It is owned by chef Voung Loc of Pomerol and he plans on serving wood-fired pizzas with an Asian twist (think pork belly, fish sauce toppings) as well as other distinctly Asian foods like dumplings.

The Sovereign, Pioneer Square - The basements of Pioneer's Square seem to be filled with hidden treasures. The Sovereign, a recently added underground treasure in the basement of the Maynard building, serves a cocktail and food menu inspired by the tropical aspects of Art Deco and Art Nouveau.  You should check it out cause I know I will be.


Seattle, What's Happening?

Feast at the Market, 10/04 - Want an opportunity to give back while feasting on some of Pike Place's best restaurants? If your answer is yes, then Feast at the Market is what you need. You'll be supporting Neighbor Care Health at the Pike Market Clinic which has been the 'leading provider of comprehensive healthcare to low-income and uninsured people in downtown Seattle'.  You'll also get a chance to enjoy a progressive dinner that includes favorites such as Radiator Whiskey, Matt's in the Market and many more.

Pike Place Evening Market, 10/12 - This is the last pike place evening market for the season. Get a chance to visit some of your favorite vendors between 5 pm and 8pm. There'll also be fun family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, zucchini car races, hands-on cooking demos and more.

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Sources: Seattle Eater, Seattle Met, Seattle Times, The Stranger