Taste-offs

Pistachio gelato taste-off

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I was gleeful when I found out this weekend that my favorite gelato is now available in my neighborhood (Ravenna), at Casa d’Italia. And this reminded me that I neglected to tell you the results of our pistachio gelato taste-off. Clockwise from top-left: Bottega Italiana, D’Ambrosio, Fainting Goat, vanilla gelato from Gelatiamo (we were unable […]


The Seattle bánh mì taste-off

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

We had no idea when we held our January bánh mì taste-off that this would become the most talked about sandwich in Seattle come February. While delicious and cheap, these nondescript Vietnamese sandwiches are so commonplace here that they don’t typically get a lot of attention. But after the New York Times’ piece two weeks […]


The Seattle baguette taste-off

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

We learned our lesson from our last taste-off.  Stick to the basics, and don’t overdo it.  So what could be more basic than a baguette?  A great one eaten warm out of the oven, even plain, can be nirvana.  And baguettes are best paired with simple ingredients: a thick smear of butter, a hunk of […]


The Seattle doughnut taste-off

Monday, June 28th, 2010

We were reminiscing about our croissant taste-off last year, when a ridiculous plan was hatched and quickly spun out of control.  Doughnuts.  Let’s see where the well-known favorites stack up against Seattle’s mom and pop shops. We retrieved doughnuts from all ends of the city and convened on Father’s Day morning for a taste-off of […]


Croissant taste-off

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Eight of us were tasked with scouting the city to retrieve croissants for our taste-off this morning.  We paired up, fanned out around Seattle, and came together at Kye and Eric’s house with croissants, jam, and coffee beans (for our separate coffee taste-off) in hand. Kye secretly labeled each of the croissants with letters so […]


Stumptown vs. Zoka

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

At this weekend’s croissant smackdown event, a few of us went the extra distance and orchestrated a Stumptown vs. Zoka coffee comparison.  I’m generally an espresso/macchiato/cappuccino drinker, with Espresso Vivace providing my caffeine source at home.  But I appreciate a good French press coffee, and the coffee cuppings and classes I’ve participated in at Victrola […]


Join our brownie taste test

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

We got two kinds of bittersweet baking chocolates from Lauren Adler, owner of Chocolopolis, to try an A / B baking chocolate experiment.  I wanted to make brownies, but haven’t found a really great brownie recipe.  So I went straight to David Lebovitz’s blog to see if he had one, since every dessert he touches […]