TMA Mondays: Slow and Steady

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TMA'ed while singing along to Hide Away by Daya

This year is off to a slow start. Well, at least in the food world. Everything is happening so slowly it seems stationary. There are so many the restaurants that have announced plans to open with no date commitments. For example, the expansion of Cherry Street Coffee House for a new arts concept won't be underway for another year. Chipotle seems to still be in a constant state of despair with their recent criminal charges and their stock prices dropping . On the other hand, a change in owners of the beloved Coastal Kitchen happened quickly and quietly overnight.

At least, the Seahawks won their first playoff game!

Our Pick of the Week

Restaurant

Momiji, Capitol Hill - This is now my go to sushi place. I love sitting at the sushi bar so I can watch the chefs prepare the sushi. As soon as the weather gets warmer, I'll probably switch it up and sit in the kyoto style courtyard they have in the back.

Ingredient

Avocado - They say you should eat a lot of greens, so does eating a lot of avocado count? I hope so, because it’s one of my favorite ingredients to use in a snack.  This recipe by acozykitchen is how I plan on getting a little bit of orange with my greens.

 

New Sh*t in Town

Anar, South Lake Union - Mamnoon owners must really like Amazon employees as customers because their new venture into the juice business will be right next to the Amazon building on 6th Ave. The juice shop will not only have anar (pomegranate in Farsi) juice, but also Turkish iced coffee, tea and Mediterranean vegetarian dishes

Upper Bar Ferd'nand, Capitol Hill - Although the original isn't too far, this second location recently opened up in Capitol Hill's Chophouse Row. It's bigger and comes with a wood fired oven. There will be bread, pizza, plates of cured meats, pickled vegetables and smoked seafood. Yes there will also wine, but my kind of happy hour is one where food is the main act.

Pizzeria 88, Capitol Hill - The restaurant Corretto was apparently a little too Italian for the Broadway Ave scene, so it is getting replaced for a pizzeria early next month. The pizzeria is named after a nightclub Enza Sorrentino, the new owner's mama, used to run before she joined her son in Seattle.

 

Seattle, What's Happening

Shellfest, 1/4 - 1/31 -  Ray's Café is offering a variety of specially prepared shellfish for the rest of the month and dubbing it as Shellfest. If you are a novice shellfish eater, this is the perfect time and place for you to try something new and become an expert.

Sushi Making + Sake Tasting, 1/17 - Have you ever dreamed of making sushi? Or seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix and wanted to try making it for yourself? This class will teach you how to roll five different sushi rolls, eat them with 3 different sakes, and take home a guide with recipes.

Pike Chocofest, 1/31 - We mentioned this event last week, but it's worth mentioning again. Over 65 of the best Puget Sound bakers, breweries, and chocolatiers will all be in one place and who knows if there will be another opportunity like this again.

Is your week as slow as the Seattle food industry right now? Did we miss anything? We'd love to hear your feedback!

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Sources: Seattle Met, Eater, Facebook, Puget Sound Business Journal