Before it became known as the International District, it was simply Chinatown. Four syllables less of a mouthful and a term the reminds me of the exciting little “trips” into Seattle I took with my family as a child. I can’t bring myself to call this urban center by it’s new name despite my intentions to be as politically correct and non-offensive as possible. And though “International” is a far more appropriate description of its culture than “Chinatown” will ever be again, it will take time for me to adjust.



Getting a lot of Thai and Asian food in lately :)


Catered Thai for lunch at the office. Tragically spoiled over here.


Green Papaya Salad at Jamjuree.


Massamunn Curry.


Pad Thai (their unique version includes an egg omelet blanket).


“Twice Cooked” (a Sichuanese specialty) fish.


Sichuan-Style Beef Noodle Soup.


The best Chinese BBQ at 663 Bistro (Tom Douglas’ favorite, too).



Pan fried salmon with crispy skin, one of my favorite’s that David makes.


Godzilla roll from J Sushi in the International District.


Katsu curry.


Pot roast dinner from Lost Lake.


Cream and jelly filled marionberry Double Happiness at Ba Bar.


 Brown rice friend with brussels sprouts and shrimp.


Pad Thai from Little Uncle was recently named as one of the best in Seattle Magazine’s annual restaurant issue.


A dark glance at my lunch from Home Remedy in Assembly Hall; aren’t pasta salads the best?



Broccolini and spicy sausage sauteed with sun dried tomatoes and olive oil. Then tossed with rigatoni. Sausage has been our go-to for cooking lately, but we make sure to buy it from the butcher at Whole Foods (in hopes that it is of a higher quality) if we are eating it more than once a week… which we are sometimes.

Salad bar from Assembly Hall.

Broccolini, Italian sausage and quinoa.

Tom’s Big Breakfast from Lola. Their latest version includes buttered kale, an assortment of beans, and baby onions. It is much more filling than variations before.

General Tsao’s Chicken from Regent Bakery on Capitol Hill. Regent makes the best Taiwanese style pastries and buns in Seattle. Please visit their Capitol Hill or Redmond location for a taste, it is so worth it. Also, (and I don’t want this information to spread too far for my own selfish reasons) the Capitol Hill location now offers some really fresh and delicious dim sum small plates as part of their weekend offering.

Soft egg tofu dish with Chinese broccoli and an assortment of proteins.

Pan fried turnip cake, my favorite dim sum dish.

Honey walnut prawns.

Noodles with Rock fish and ginger at A Piece of Cake in the International District.

Brisket and tendon beef noodle soup with wontons.