TMA Mondays: When I Grow Up

TMA'ed while listening to Kanye by The Chainsmokers

There was a time where everyone and their mothers low-key wanted to be like Kanye. Now most of us are glad we don’t have a $53 million hole in our wallets. Unfortunately the same can't be said for Genki Sushi, who after 5 years on Broadway and Pine are not willing to stick around for the move to a $15 minimum wage. I don’t even think Pizza Hut could convince them to keep rolling sushi.

Unlike Kanye's failed attempt to take credit for Taylor Swift's fame, local chef's Dustin Ronspies (Art of the Table) and Rachel Yang & Seif Chirchi (Joule) were possibly robbed of their chance to win a James Beard award for Best Chef Northwest Category.

Not everyone is counting on a GoFundMe account like Kanye. The Grocery Manufacturers Association is feeling the heat for not disclosing the corporate donors who helped them raise $11 million in 2013 to defeat Initiative 522. The measure sought to make labeling genetically modified foods in Washington a law.


Our Pick of the week


Luc, Madison Valley - Brunch is by far the best way to start a weekend morning. If you are looking for a place that has a wide variety of heartwarming French-American options, then Luc has just that. From quiche, to brioche French toast and crepes, you name it and they probably have it.


Cornbread - I recently had pineapple coconut cornbread and since then I have been on the hunt for the best cornbread recipes. I found this simple recipe on Sally's Baking Addiction for traditional cornbread, but with optional add-ins like jalapeno or blueberries.


New Sh*t in Town

Standard Bakery, South Lake Union - The bakery has shed their old name (Pocket bakery) and their old location as a pop-up in the Fremont market. They are now settled into their new location in SLU, but still serving their famous sourdough bread.

Sansei, Downtown - On Sunday, the restaurant that is all over the Hawaiian Islands said Aloha to its first mainland location. Their menu has familiar pacific rim plates, as well as new wave sushi.

Gracia, Ballard - This central and southern Mexican centered restaurant is opening today after having a soft opening this past weekend. What makes them special? They will be making masa-in house despite the labor intensive process and, the corn for it will be straight from the motherland.


Seattle What's Happening?

Flaming Parm, 02/25 - What do you do when you have half a giant wheel of Parmesan cheese? If you are The Culture Club Cheese Bar, then you are setting it on fire and adding pasta to it. It not only sounds delicious and entertaining, but it's also only $10/plate.

Nom Nom, 02/25 - This is a one-day dining-out fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for teaching kids to grow, cook, and eat healthy. To participate all you have to do is eat at one of the 30 plus restaurants, who plan to donate a portion of their sales to organizations such as Beecher's Pure Food Kids Foundation. Also for those with kids, the restaurant world is your oyster because the chefs are creating healthy kid friendly specials for this day.

Food and Sh*t Comfort Room Pop-up, 2/22 - The creators of Food and Sh*t are expanding their menu to a la carte and moving their pop-up to Kraken Congee in Pioneer Square. There are no reservations to be made, unless you have anything against chicken wings, sautéed mussels, milk fish, or s'mores. Just show up between 5-9 pm and dig in.

What are your thoughts on restaurants slowly moving towards no tipping and a set 20% charge or increased prices to compensate for the $15 minimum wage? Do you have a favorite cornbread recipe we should try?

Sources: Delish, Facebook, Seattle Eater, Seattle Times, The Stranger, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog