TMA Mondays: Hot in Here


I was shocked when Alexa told me we are going to have 90+degree days this week, but while i'm focused on the heat outside, it seems there's some heat in the kitchen.

A lot of restaurants are on the hot seat because Larry Olmsted's new book "Real Food Fake Food" is calling bullsh*t on the food that restaurants claim to serve, i.e. not serving real Japanese Kobe beef.

Kraken Congee's Chef Garrett Doherty left recently, and several fans are upset that their Fb page says they are only temporarily closed. Most people know without the chef, Kraken Congee will never be the same.

On the same day that Kraken closed so did another Southeast Asian restaurant Salted Sea. They also claim to be closed temporarily, but there is less speculation about that.

Starbucks is bringing the heat with a new lunch menu of salads and sandwiches to theirSeattle area locations. They will be serving them starting tomorrow. So now you can get your lunch and your coffee at the same time and place.

A lot of our favorite restaurant owners/chefs are planning their next ventures in the fall. For example, the owners of Phorale are planning to open Bocado a hot dog stand next to South Park's Burdick Brewery in the next 5-6 months.

They aren't the only ones, scroll down to New Sh*t in Town to see who else.


Our Pick of the Week

Nutty Squirrel, Magnolia - Want gelato to cool you down this week? We recommend Nutty Squirrel, their magnolia location has a beautiful new mural. 

Lentils - Yes it maybe hot outside, but weather doesn't dictate when I eat lentil soup. It's the best comfort food. The Kitchn has 20 ways you can make lentils that are probably better suited for the summer.


New Sh*t in Town

Indi Chocolate, Pike Place - As a part of the Pike Place Market expansion, Indi Chocolate used the space as a new way for market goers to experiences their chocolate. They opened this weekend and while looking at the production of the chocolate you can try some as well as get espresso coffee and baked goods.

Kidd Valley Burgers and Shakes, Seattle Waterfront - Alaskan way is getting a new Kidd on the block this week. This is the local burger chains 7th location.

Westman's Bagel and Coffee, Capitol Hill - Do you love New York bagels? Well so does Monica Dimas the owner of Tortas Condesa. She is teaming up with Macrina Bakery chef Molly Westman to bridge the gap between the PNW and the East Coast through bagels and coffee. They plan to start serving New Yorkers go-to morning carbs in September.

Supreme, West Seattle - Mark Fuller, the owner of Ma'Ono and New Luck Toy,  also has New York on his mind.  In October he plans to open a New York style pizza place that has 16 different variations. There will be pizza by the slice, by the pie, or even make your own. The set up will be similar to the New Luck Toy, bar style with disposable dishware, TV's and arcade games.


Seattle, What's Happening?

A Most Unusual Garden Party Extravaganza, 8/3 -  If you drink, this seems like a unique happy hour experience. There will be a dude that has a machine to slice cucumbers really fast to garnish your drinks and beyond that the rest of the night is vaguely described as a botanical garden gala with live performances and playful picnics. Tickets are only $12, so if you're looking for something out of the ordinary this might be up your alley.

Breads of Persia Pop-up bakery, 8/5 - Last month Essential baking Co. hosted Sohroosh Hashemi pop-up for Persian pastries, this month it's all about the bread. If you're gluten free, he will have some wheat-free/vegan options as well!

Jamaican Independence Day Dinner, 8/6 - 55 years ago Jamaica declared its independence from Britain and Marjorie restaurant is celebrating the best way they know how, food. All the best of Jamaican cuisine will be whipped up by Chef Isaac Hutchins and you'll definitely leave full to the brim.