Head to Wallingford to explore wine two at a time

I had just finished reading Cork Dork and was feeling confident in my ability to taste wine like a pro last week when we visited Claret Wine Bar in Wallingford, the newest member of the Purple Cafe and Thackeray restaurant family. I had no reason to feel confident – I love wine and know which wines I like and which I don’t (Sorry white wine, you’ll never be a red. You’re dead to me), but I’m no expert.

Japanese soba noodles and much more.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Miyabi 45th, opened this spring by chef and owner, Soma Mutsuko. Soma graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle and has worked at Harvest Vine, Saito, and Chez Shea. She returned to Japan to learn the art of making traditional buckwheat Soba noodles and has brought it back to the Northwest. A cute atmosphere and fresh hand cut noodles, this may be the

A barbecue-inspired food truck rolls into Wallingford.

Parked on the corner of 45th St. and Thackeray Pl. sits Pinky’s Kitchen, a mobile food stop offering cheap sliders, macaroni and cheese and a choice of five barbecue sauces – the ultimate comfort food. A friend and I stopped in on a blistery Sunday night and were greeted with warm, smiling faces. Most people ordered their meals to go, but we were so hungry we took shelter in the tent set up next to the truck, and sunk our teeth in.

Where will you be when the Fourth of July sky starts booming?

The July 4th festivities that will commence this Monday afternoon/evening/night are a time-honored American tradition. Nothing quite says summer in the States like laying out a big blanket under the sun, flinging around a Frisbee and consuming exorbitant amounts of fried chicken, Waldorf salad and refreshing microbrew (or Miller High Life, if that’s your poison).