20 Culinary Questions with Seattle Magazine Food + Dining Editor Julien Perry

photo Julien Perry is the Food and Dining Editor for Seattle Magazine and one of the founders of the One Night Only Project. Prior to joining the magazine, she was an editor for Eater Seattle and a restaurant reporter for KOMO news radio. Despite being a graduate of the Baking & Pastry program at the Seattle Art Institute, she  wasn’t always the gourmand she is now. “I used to be a bodybuilder and was on a strict diet for most of the mid 90s. I’m pretty sure I had more artificial sweetener coursing through my veins during my competition diets than a silo of Sweet ‘n Low,” reveals Perry, who also appears regularly on  Q13 Morning News and Evening Magazine. Still fit and fabulous, but with a much more varied and envious array of food at her fingertips, she shares her answers to our 20 dining Qs. 

1. What are some of the best qualities of the Seattle dining scene?: I’ve lived here for 20+ years, and some of the best qualities include: always incredibly fresh local produce, staggeringly good seafood, chef-driven restaurants, and a quaint neighborhood feel in a big city.

2. Any restaurants at which you’re something of a regular? Most Ethan Stowell restaurants (mkt., Bar Cotto), Corretto (across the street from my home), Rock Creek, and the bar at Canlis (until I can afford to have a real meal there).

3. The next time I’m in Seattle, where must I dine? The Whale Wins, Joule, mkt., Il Corvo, Matt’s in the Market, Le Pichet, and Rock Creek.

4. Last best restaurant(s) you dined at? I had several awesome meals at Dot’s before it abruptly closed in late June. Outside of that, I had a multi-course meal at Canlis that was unexpected. I got to be a guinea pig for chef Franey’s new tasting menu. And it was divine.

5. Restaurant you’d most like to try but have yet to — anywhere? Restaurant Marron just opened near my home on Capitol Hill. Prix fixe menus only. Intrigued!

6. Favorite city (cities) for dining outside your own? San Francisco. But I always secretly hope to move back to New York City (I lived there in 1996), where the food scene has absolutely exploded.

7. Destination dining cities you’d love to visit? Anywhere in Europe.

8. What’s your overall favorite type of cuisine? Mexican. I just love the simplicity and the flavors and the spice. Besides, what better comfort food is there than nachos?

9. Shared plates, tasting menu, or the classic app/entrée/dessert? Shared plates! I can never make up my mind. I like to order a little bit of everything and share with a friend.

10. Dish you can’t resist ordering? Sliders and frites. Guilty as charged.

11. Have you ever done a bang bang (a la Louis C.K.)? If not, what’s the greatest # of courses you’ve eaten in one restaurant siting?Continue Reading

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sriracha

srirachaAt OpenTable, we’re huge fans of sriracha. So devoted to this spicy delight are we that my colleagues (Angie! Jeremy! Tori!) went into collective mourning — and obsessive hoarding — when the popular Huy Fong Foods sriracha, or rooster sauce, factory in California was temporarily shuttered. Thankfully, the factory is back in business, bringing bottles of this coveted condiment to slavish aficionados. Sriracha is frequently feted by foodies around the globe, earning its own strip on The Oatmeal, and it is the subject of a recent documentary film. A hot sauce said to have originated in Sri Racha in Thaliand, sriracha brings heat and a fine balance of acidity, salt, and sweet to any ingredient it meets and has been embraced by chefs looking to add a twist to many a familiar dish. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about sriracha in recent OpenTable restaurant reviews.

Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.: “I tried two of the Bloody Marys and ‘Enter the Dragon’ was easily the best Bloody Mary I’ve ever tasted. It had sriracha, people! Yes, your mouth will be on fire, but it will not stop you from devouring every drop.”

Homestead on the Roof, Chicago, Illinois: “Appetizers…mmmm. Chicken skins and sriracha sauce!!!”

Linger, Denver, Colorado: “The variety of menu items is outstanding, and I always love what we order. This last visit (rooftop for lunch) included the honey sriracha duck wings (drum sticks) that are out of this world delicious.”

L&W Oyster Company, New York, New York: “I went there because I’ve heard the best lobster roll in New York is there. i was not disappointed! It’s served with arugula, sriracha aioli, and bacon. How can you go wrong?”

* Max’s Wine Dive, Fort Worth, Texas: “The ketchup for the fries was enlivened with curry and sriracha.”

Myers + Chang, Boston, Massachusetts: “My dinner companions moved on to the ‘Bloodlust Margaritas.’ They were amazing, full of flavor, and perfectly complemented by a sriracha salt rim.”

The Owl House, Rochester, New York: “My husband and I each ordered the The ‘Hot Beav Burger.’ A chickpea, white bean, and chipotle Patty with sriracha strawberry jam, mayo, and crispy onions to top it off. So many flavors and just enough heat to keep it interesting.”

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Exclusive Offer: Save 15% on All Eat Drink SF Lexus Grand Tastings, August 1-3

eat-drink-sf-blogEat Drink SF is the Bay Area’s biggest and most delicious food and drink festival, and OpenTable diners are invited to save 15% on tickets to four different grand tastings with this exclusive offer.

Friday, August 1, 6:30-10:00PM — My Big Obsession: Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop. Eatin’. For the Grand Opening celebration, the Bay Area will do what it does best as chefs showoff their latest culinary obsessions. What can you expect? An evening of unforgettably unique dishes and cocktails. Grab a glass and help us kick off another year of San Francisco’s premiere food, wine, and spirits festival! A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Golden Gate Restaurant’s Scholarship Fund. Save 15% on tickets with discount code OPEN. Purchase now.

Saturday, August 2, 12:30-4:00PM — Meet My Mentor: An HomageOn Saturday afternoon, each chef will pay homage to their roots with a signature dish inspired by their culinary mentor. While you nosh on 36+ unique dishes, you will enjoy wine, beer ,and spirits from more than 50 vendors and take in the panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. Throughout the afternoon, we will cook, mix, and play on the main stage with emcee Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco and demos from some of the City’s best chefs and beverage experts. A portion of the afternoon’s proceeds will go to Share Our Strength. Save 15% on tickets with discount code OPEN. Purchase now.

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Save $10 on Taste of Toronto Tickets, July 24-27

Taste400wOpenTable diners are invited to save as they taste extraordinary! Featuring Toronto’s most celebrated chefs and rising stars, foodie entertainment and a boutique food & drink market, Taste of Toronto is the 1st annual celebration of everything we love about food.

Taste is considered the world’s greatest restaurant festival. From just one show in London 10 years ago, Taste has rapidly grown to become part of the social season for foodies, restaurant-lovers, and chef groupies in close to 20 different cities around the globe. Wherever it is in the world, Taste represents foodie heaven: stunning food prepared by the city’s greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink, and outstanding entertainment — set in stunning outdoor surroundings. Continue Reading