Best Chinese Food in Seattle to Eat Right Now

Like most North American cities these days, many of Seattle’s most exciting Xi’an noodle spots and curative Yunnan soup purveyors sit in the suburbs, but the traditional home of Chinese food, the Chinatown-International District, stays relevant and still holds the highest concentration of excellent restaurants. Big-budget modern regional Chinese chain outlets share streets with old-school chop suey spots, and takeout dim-sum counters are interspersed with all-you-can-eat premium hot pot vendors. It’s a far cry from a generation ago, when most Americans outside the Chinese diaspora barely understood the difference between Americanized Chinese food and the cuisines of China.

Food writer Hsiao-Ching credits more people traveling, or even exploring other cultures from their couches. “What’s on TV, Tony Bourdain… even people on YouTube, broadcasting from wherever they are,” she says. “That has opened up the access to these regional cuisines and ingredients, created a broader demand and customer base.”

When

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How Will Americans Eat Next Year? Food Predictions for 2022

Last year at this time, optimistic trend forecasters predicted that the cork would burst from the bottle by summer. With vaccines in arms, food culture would vibrate in a robust economy. American menus would be full of innovation driven by waves of international travel, and a new generation of digital-native cooks would rewrite the rules.

Clearly, the prediction game can be a losing one. But so what if things didn’t turn out like everyone thought they would? Trying to forecast food trends is still fun, and sometimes even accurate. (Kudos to those professional prognosticators who in recent years nailed the mainstream rise of quesabirria, soufflé pancakes, delivery-only restaurants and CBD. And a special citation for those who saw early on that those ripples of veganism would become a plant-based tsunami.)

So how are things looking for 2022? Not great. The year is starting with a surge of a highly

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Where we love to take out-of-town guests to eat in L.A.

Where we take guests to eat to show them Los Angeles

There are tourist traps, critics’ choices — and then these picks: eateries where our lives actually happen. (Daniel Sulzberg / For The Times)

It’s the end of 2021, and though the restaurant industry continues to struggle under the challenges of the pandemic, many of us still harbor that undeniable desire to get together with loved ones around a table to eat some food. The feeling grows acute around the exhausting pace of the holiday season, so we asked Times Food staff and friends a simple question: Where do you take out-of-town guests to eat when you want to show them your L.A.? These choices don’t have to be your “best” — we’ve got the 101 list for that! — but rather the intimate, the convenient, the nostalgic or the most exciting culinary destinations that you keep close in the pocket for that perfect outing.

Daniel Hernandez: My secret southwest

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Ha:l squash, membrillos, Quitobaquito figs: Mission Garden’s guide to seasonal produce in Tucson | eat

There are few places as undeniably Tucson as Mission Garden. The plants that grow here, that have been cultivated to grow here, that thrive here, are the most distinctive features of our own setting, yet can be the easiest to overlook.

A leading objective of Mission Garden is to keep history alive in the heritage crops of every community that has thrived here, from the Hohokam to Chinese immigrants in the 19th century through today. But when you spend time at Mission Garden, you will viscerally react against the word “preserve”: preservation can conjure images of organs suspended in formaldehyde, sterile exhibits in museums, stagnancy, the enforcement of barriers between the organic present and artificial past, something gone that has been resurrected by human will.

Mission Garden is of the past, but an active being, the cultivation and continuing of traditions in the constant present.

I came here to write

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