August 2, 2016

Tomatoes. Sauce never had it so good. Nor, for that matter, did salads or gazpacho. Especially given the beauty that is a fresh-off-the vine heirloom tomato. Take a look at the menu and it may be obvious: Chef Varin Keokitvon is a fan of tomatoes, and especially when it’s an heirloom tomato. What’s the difference?…

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July 19, 2016

When it comes to drinking white wine, many people adhere to the ABC rule—Anything But Chardonnay. That’s too bad given the fact that not only can good Chardonnay be delicious, it’s also a chameleon: Chardonnay expresses just what the winemaker wants it to. Age it in stainless steel or neutral (used) oak barrels to preserve…

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July 5, 2016

Chef Varin Keokitvon has his pots in order. His crab pots, that is, with crabbing season now open in Puget Sound. The funny thing is, Chef can’t even eat crab—he’s allergic to the shellfish. And yet, that doesn’t stop him from crabbing.   Chef Varin: I catch crab for everyone else. I just think it’s…

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June 28, 2016

At Heartwood beer has a special place. Choosing what’s on tap takes almost as much discipline and consideration as choosing what makes the wine list. Beverage Director Amanda Reed explains:   Reed: I approach the beer selection similarly to how I approach the wine, spirits, and cocktail selections. I am seeking a well-rounded selection that…

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June 21, 2016

Let’s all go for broke and throw away our paprika. After all, it’s probably so old that the only thing you taste is the color red. That’s a shame, given how incredibly good good paprika can be, especially if it’s pimenton. What’s the difference? Well, paprika typically comes from Hungary, California, South America, or Spain….

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June 14, 2016

Copper River salmon have arrived, Opening Day has come and gone, and across the Sound recreational fisherman are reading pots and buoys. Some might say these are the signs of summer, but the truth is, they’re heralding the arrival of rosé season in Seattle. For years drinking pink was practically taboo among wine enthusiasts thanks to…

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