Food news roundup: cider celebration, Chinatown food walk, fishy fish


  • I learned from the Washington Beer Blog that on Saturday, Port Townsend will host a Summer Cider Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fort Worden.
  • Seattle’s Chinatown/International District’s Dragon Fest this year will include a food walk with $2 tastes from restaurants like Sea Garden, Fuji Bakery, Fu-lin Ramen House and Dim Sum King. Try four tastes and get a card punched to be entered for a drawing.


For the local beer lovers out there: Valhöll Brewing in Poulsbo has two new brews, a Poulsbo Pale Ale and a Belgian ale infused with lavender. Sound Brewery announced that it’s Monk’s Indiscretion, a Belgian ale, won a gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championships. And Slippery Pig started work recently on a Nasturtium Saison with herbs.

Cooking Club

A group of professional and amateur chefs in West Seattle takes their love of cooking social with a regular recipe-sharing potluck. Read more about it in the West Seattle Blog. I’ve heard of a similar group in Kitsap, and I’m told that members of the Kitsap Mycological Society regularly share ways to cook up those freshly hunted mushrooms. I’d love to hear of any other local examples.

Fishy fish:

According to a UW Tacoma study by biology students, that wild Pacific salmon you order in a restaurant may not be what it claims to be. According to a (Tacoma) News Tribune story, “More than 38 percent of restaurant samples tested by students in the UWT’s introductory biology classes were mislabeled.” Most of those restaurants were in Pierce County.


The Accidental Hedonist blogger offered a lovely little ode to the aroma of coffee that then forced me to go pour myself a cup.