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Our neighbors up north are hosting a Poutine Festival in Vancouver, Canada this weekend. The festival is supposed to act as a grassroots way to lessen the cultural tension with Quebec and its English speaking counterparts . This just goes to show that you don’t throw a poutine festival to eat poutine, you throw one to unite a whole nation.

UK’s Long Lawson Creamery is selling a 100 gram slice of Stilton cheese for $95 or $429.50 for a pound exclusively for the holidays. The hefty price tag is from the Stilton being covered in a copious amount of gold flakes. So whether you’ve been naughty or nice, that’s still a ridiculously expensive small wedge of cheese!

Congress wants to make pizza count as a vegetable serving in school cafeterias. However, in order for it to count as a vegetable, the pizza must contain at least half a cup of tomato sauce to qualify. That’s as good as of idea when they tried to pass ketchup as a vegetable back in the 80s…

William Shatner wants to know how you’re going to keep him safe from a “turkey fryer fire” (say that five times fast) this holiday in an awesomely bad video. Spoiler alert: William Shatner whispers “where’s the dingle dangle” before he is caught on “fire.” It made us giggle a little bit.

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Jason Larkin, Hillary Clinton’s chef recently did a tasting at Treveri Cellars in Yakima, and was so tickled by the bubbly it will now be served at all holiday state dinners at the White House. This is the first time that the White House has served a non-California wine since its decision to only serve domestic sparkling wine. As a proud Washingtonian, not to too our own horn but… toot! [Seattle]

Slow Food Phoenix is hosting a contest to find its newest catch phrases in which the winner will receive their slogan on an upcoming t-shirt. The slogan must incorporate Slow Food’s current mission — “love and mission of good, clean, fair food.” Cue “and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” catch phrase. [Phoenix]

IHOP is revamping its image from the after-a-long-night-of-drinking-with-friends go-to spot to an express eatery where customers are essentially self-served. IHOP 2.0 is designed to have patrons in and out within half the time they would at a normal IHOP which means, instead of waiting for a “really long time,” you will only have to wait just a “long time.” [San Diego]

New Restaurant Openings

Bluebird Microcreamer (Fremont)
Heidelberg Haus (Ravenna)
Cactus (South Lake Union)
Ship Canal Grill (Eastlake)
Hitchcock Deli & Charcuterie (Bainbridge Island)

Restaurant Closings

Beehive Bakery (Central District)
The Mercantile at Local 360 (Belltown)
Galerias (pending fire- Capitol Hill)

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If there’s ever a foot-in-mouth moment, well here it is: While participating on Times Magazine Person of the Year panel, Mario Batali compared the bankers to “Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys.” The public (and the many bankers who often eat at Batali’s restaurants) were so quick to respond on Twitter the kerfuffle has now been dubbed #bataligate.

Drinks International recently released its list of the World’s 50 Best Bars of 2011. From New York to Dubai, it just goes to show it’s always happy hour somewhere.

A Manhattan lawyer is suing an exclusive downtown spa and gym for $500,000 because of the declining quality of the complimentary breakfast served there. Hmm, how do we put this in a couple of words? Occupy. Wall Street.

The rumors are true: Starbucks will be putting its multi-billion dollar claws on the  health and wellness industry by acquiring premium juice brand Evolution Fresh. The cost of health and wellness? $30 million… in cash!

A new study reveals that people tend to chose over-sized portions of food and drink when they feel a lack of power and status, as they equate the large portions to higher social statuses. Looks like those fearing a mid-life crisis will now be trading their red convertibles in for a Trenta coffee or a triple patty burger.

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The Seattle PI has put together a list of 40 businesses offering massive discounts, in addition to free lunches, dinners, treats, and the like to our veterans today. From everyone at Restauranteers, we thank the Veterans who served our country. [Seattle]

Phoenix is on official “Prince Harry Watch 2011″ and has listed the top 5 places to spot a prince. He will be that one red haired guy with toting a British accent with a boat load of security around him. Ah, there he is! [Phoenix]

U.S. Small Business Administration has started a tour to bring advice to the young and unemployed: stop sending out resumes and start your own business. Starting in San Diego, the SBA puts a focus to capitalize on the local food movement. #occupyrestaurants [San Diego]

Starting Monday, Nov 14th, Trophy Cupcakes will open up a pop-up shop in Pacific Place serving candy yam and chocolate candy cane-flavored cakes just for the holidays. The saying must be true– every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings a cupcake. [Seattle]

New Restaurant Openings

Pinky’s Kitchen (Food Truck – Wallingford)
Whistle Stop Co-Op (Othello)

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From a classic chicken and waffles in Portland, to a greasy chicken shack in Chicago, Food & Wine has announced the best fried chicken stops in America in a greasy slideshow that makes you go “mmmm.” With over 20 spots to stop at, it looks like there’s more than one way to fry a chicken.

Japan has another monster taking over the city (and it’s not Godzilla) but rather a 9.5 inch in diameter, pizza-sized Burger King Whopper. The Whopper will be available as a holiday promotion starting from November 11 through December 25, for roughly $21. It looks like Santa came early this year, then ordered a Whopper, and took a really long nap afterward…

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s editor-in-chief has gone on to Twitter to reveal what food words the magazine has banned from using. Some include ‘eatery,’ ‘nibble,’ ‘bite,’ and ‘yummy.’ Does that mean ‘bistro,’ ‘taste,’ ‘morsel,’ and ‘delicious’ are on the table? Thanks thesaurus.com!

A growing number of medical studies from leading universities and government laboratories suggests that fatty foods alter the brain the same way it does to those who are addicted to cocaine, nicotine and other narcotics. This might explain that line of Doritos chips I saw in the bathroom the other day…

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Top Chef Texas premiered this week and it seems Seattle cheftestants took a serious beating with three of four chefs already eliminated. We want to say we still love our Seattle chefs, congrats for even competing, and as they say, ‘fourth times the charm!’ [Seattle]

Beer Week begins today and is set to last for 10 days with over 400 events spanning from chef competitions, a beer scavenger hunt, to something, something else with lots o’ beer! Dubbed the “Napa Valley for craft beer,” San Diego is now mentioned among America’s best beer cities. Cheers! [San Diego]

The Arizona Biltmore Resort is celebrating 82 years of serving the English tradition of afternoon tea with what else, more tea! The resort will be expanding its menu and tea offerings to reflect the changing seasons. Don’t forget — pinky up!  [Phoenix]

Nutritionists say Sacramento is one of the best places to buy Natto. The Japanese bean has many health benefits and can be found fresh in a variety of Japanese markets throughout town. Although it’s known to be good for you, if you’ve ever smelled it, you may very well say no-to Natto. [Sacramento]

New Restaurant Openings

Mawadda Cafe (West Seattle)
New York Pizza and Bar (Queen Anne)
Dulces Bistro and Wine Bar (1404 Western Ave)
Highliner Pub & Grill (Magnolia)

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Marc Summers, better known for hosting Nickelodeon ’90s game show Double Dare and Food Network’s Unwrapped, has finally spilled the secret to Nickelodeon’s sauce, better known as slime. The green slime became popular for being dumped all over contestants in game challenges. Summers reveals that vanilla pudding, apple sauce, oatmeal, and green food coloring was behind the years of grossing people out or what some would just call weird pie filling. Anyone else feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when she looked behind the curtain?

Good news to everyone outside California, Utah, Nevada, and Dallas-Fort Worth hankering for an In-N-Out burger, they deliver! Thanks to a site called Midtown Row, they will ship two double-double cheeseburgers for the low, low cost of $50, that is, if you don’t mind the additional $6 shipping fee, which in that case, make ours Animal style.

Based on a bet made by Monterey restaurateur Ted Balestreri, co-owner of the Sardine Factory on Cannery Row, at a dinner party last New Year’s Eve with then-CIA Director Leon Panetta, he will now have to fork over an 1870 Chateau Lafite Rothschild worth $10,000. The wager? Balestreri said he would open that bottle if Panetta captured Osama Bin Laden.

Washington University is getting itself a butter churning club and making headlines. It is exactly what it sounds but instead of a Swiss girl in a milkmaid outfit with a bucket, it’s three college boys sitting around a table in the dorms each vigorously shaking a mason jar full of heavy cream (imagine a Shake Weight that churns out butter after three minutes).

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A visit to Capitol Hill noob and cocktail spot Canon, from our neighbors (way) up North, has stirred up an international conflict. The bar received a postcard explaining the visitors’ disbelief on the lack of Canadian representation, “I am quite sad that you Don’t respect your Home Land, Put a CAESAR ON THE MENU! Sincerely, Your Constitutional Monarchy to the North.”  We guess Canon should have put a Caesar on it. [Seattle]

Amtrak’s exhibit train has revamped its menu for its Chicago to Seattle trip, which will include dishes from the Tom Douglas arsenal, Beecher’s cheeses, and other regional plates. However, the new route from Chicago to Seattle begs the question — do people still ride the train these days?! [Seattle]

This Saturday is the Roctober BBQ Boo Bash and Halloween Fest, a national BBQ competition that will give away up to $10,000 in prizes. Over 45 barbecue teams across the states will fight to the pit for brisket and smoked glory. [Phoenix]

It’s being called the largest one-day humanitarian event in Sacramento history, the Cal Expo is set to take place November 5th in which 15,000 people-in-need will have free medical, food, and home supplies donated to them. However due to recent events, the expo is officially down 5,000 bags of groceries and is looking for donations. To help out please visit http://sacramentocoh.org/. [Sacramento]

New Restaurant Openings

Cal’s Classic American (South Seattle)
Fat Hen (Greenwood)
Bad Albert (re-opening, Ballard)
Madrona Wine Merchants (Central District)
Stuffed Cakes (West Seattle)
Full Tilt Ice Cream (Ballard)
Terra Plata (Capitol Hill)

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A restaurant scam is circulating in which a caller would place a large  to-go order to be picked up by a fake delivery service and instruct them to include a $500 tip to give to the delivery man. Our best bet is if someone calls your restaurant asking for a large to-go order to be picked up by a Mr. Al Coholic or a Mr. Seymour Butz, it’s probably a scam.

Starbucks’ internal research reveals that more than 40% of Americans enjoy coffee that doesn’t really taste like coffee  or prefer “a lighter roast.” As a result, Starbucks will be releasing a lighter roast in January dubbed Starbucks Blonde, which begs the question, do blondes really have more fun?

Paula Deen is known for many things, one of which is butter, and now thanks to an extra zero or two on that paycheck, she will be known for butter-flavored chapstick. Butter those lips and pucker up y’all!

A Colorado man is being sued for “indecent exposure” for going through a Burger King drive-through drunk and completely pantless. Maybe Burger King should also add ‘no pants’ to the “No shirts, no shoes, no service” warning.

Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen is now open for business in New Jersey. With no menu prices listed, the restaurant lets diners pay-what-they-can as a way to help the hungry find a meal outside a soup kitchen. That Bon Jovi is one cool cat.

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Kathy Lee and Hoda of the Today Show made an appearance this week, taping a live show at 4am in Pike Place Market. The two co-hosts drank Bloody Marys and Washington wines showing the rest of us that it is always happy hour somewhere (even at 4am). [Seattle]

With the Viaduct closing today, restaurants are finding ways to turn that frown upside down with special discounts. Restaurants are going the route of “closure composure” all day happy hours and serving cocktails named “gridlock” simply because nothing rhymes well with viaduct. [Seattle]

Did you know, Northern California is becoming more affordable? Restauranteers has officially made its way to Sacramento and now offering up to 40% off at local restaurants. Yes, we went there. [Sacramento]

Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla has shut down its food court through mid-November for renovation, and in the meanwhile has recruited seven locally-based food trucks to feed its shoppers. Rolling in daily will be Devilicious, Food Farm, Chop Soo-ey, Patty Melt, Operacaffe Mobile, The Gathering Spot and Sweet Treats. This makes hanging out at the mall cool again. [San Diego]

New Restaurant Openings

Pecado Bueno (Fremont)
Dick’s Drive-In (Edmonds)
Cafe Parco (Madison Park)
Lady Bug Cafe (Ballard)

Restaurant Closings

Pasta Bella (Queen Anne)
Baguette (Capitol Hill)

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Brewmaster and editor of The Oxford Companion to Beer, Garrett Oliver recently spilled his thoughts on brews across the globe, revealing that the Vietnamese beer dubbed Saigon is, in his opinion, the worst beer in the world. Well guess what second-to-worst-beer-in-the-world is having the best week ever?

If you have a peanut allergy, the bad news is that you’ll balloon up when you eat peanuts, however the good news is that Northwestern University may have found a way to block your food allergies to prevent negative reactions. Now that that problem is solved, can we find a way to keep the price of peanut butter from inflating (the price has jumped 40%!).

Eight hundred and seventy-five pounds of turkey filets were recalled from supermarkets in Arizona, California, Maryland, Ohio and Texas because they were mislabeled as “bacon-wrapped steaks.” The weir part of this is story is that the food distributor who sent out the mislabeled steaks only specializes in steak and does not offer turkey anywhere on its premises. And perhaps the even weirdest part is that people still bought them even though it was clearly turkey in the packaging… #themoreyouknow

Research shows men don’t take on to diet soda as well as women because it’s not considered “manly” enough. In attempt to attract the male demographic, Dr. Pepper’s newest diet soda, Dr. Pepper 10 and will be wrapped in grey metal packaging with silver bullets. The ad slogan reads “it’s not for women,” to which we reply, wouldn’t it be easier to just pull some girls hair and knock her down in the middle of the playground?

Paula Deen went on Dr. Oz this week to discuss her two worst habits but in the process may have revealed a third — dry mac and cheese. The chef went on the show to cook Dr. Oz the easy comfort food but the final product turned out to be a solid, dry cylinder of would-be-mac-and-cheese. Maybe she forgot to put an extra stick of butter in it or was it four sticks?

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A study by The Daily Meal suggests that Sacramento and San Diego are gluttonous cities. This result is based on the most recent data regarding the number of grocery stores per capita according to the U.S. Census Department and the per capita number of fast-food and full-service restaurants according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture along with adult obesity rate. Sacramento takes the #11 spot with San Diego in a cool ninth. Uh, woohoo? [Sacramento]

The Starbucks rumor mill is spinning as speculation has the coffee empire going into the juice business. The New York Post reports Howard Schultz has recruited a veteran in the juice industry to train staff in Seattle for the upcoming shift where the chain will split some of its locations to dual as a coffee shop and a ‘grab and go’ juice bar. A rep for Starbucks calls this just another juicy rumor. [Seattle]

Ouch — it’s a tough week for Andrew Meyer in Texas. Andrew Meyer left a waitress at the Cha Cha Lounge in Capitol Hill no tip and this message on his receipt “you could stand to loose [sic] a few pounds.” The waitress and her friends have mobbed the interwebs and Facebook posting a picture and campaign against Andrew Meyer to warn bars of his mean ways, the catch? The picture is of AN Andrew Meyer, just the wrong one, the picture posted was of a random Andrew Meyer minding his own business and living in Texas. #fail [Seattle]

New Restaurant Openings

Red Mill Totem House (Ballard)
West Seattle Fish House (West Seattle)
Bluebird Microcreamery (Phinney Ridge)
Terra Plata (Capitol Hill)
Book Larder (all culinary bookstore – Fremont)
Hilliards (Ballard)
LloydMartin (Queen Anne)

Restaurant Closings

Dolce Vita (Ballard)

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Two men were sent to the hospital after a curry eating contest at Kismot Restaurant.The men took turns eating spoonfuls of the restaurant’s “Killer” curry, each one increasingly spicier than the last and made with the hottest pepper in Edinburgh. Their symptoms — stomach pains, vomiting and acid indigestion. The men took 2nd and 5th place. Well fellas, you didn’t win but you sure took home one hell-of-a booby prize.

Kohl-Strauss Media group is under public scrutiny for discussing mass layoffs of their employees due to the economic climate while dining over a $150 tasting menu consisting of foie gras and multiple bottles of fine aged wine. Maybe next time they can solve the international hunger crisis while flying private air, drinking champagne out of golden goblets, while adjusting their diamond-encrusted monocles.

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that women consume an average of 112 less calories when they eat meals with men versus when they eat with women. So if I go out to eat with 10 men, does that mean I will consume 1120 less calories? Yes, I would like two fries, a burger, a strawberry milkshake and 10 male companions on the side, thanks!

Lunch Break: Check out this surprising video of a Chimpanzee in Japan grilling a whole fish. As the old adage goes, “give a man a fish, you feed him for a day…” and if you give a chimpanzee a fish, he will apparently light a fire, grill and flip the fish for you, and eat it with chopsticks.

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Real Mex Restaurants Inc. owner of chain restaurants Acapulco, El Torito and Chevys Fresh Mex has been approved to receive $25 million to help operations while in bankruptcy. The good news is — look at all this money they could save by switching to Geico. [San Diego]

The Pink Door is honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness month with a $10 pink lemonade and vodka cocktail whose sales will benefit the Young Survival Coalition. We’ll drink to that! [Seattle]

Seattle is in a frenzy over Canlis’ latest teaser to find keys to open its restaurant doors for one night of VIP dining on the house! Be vewy vewy quiet, we’re hunting wabbits Canlis keys… [Seattle]

The Sacramento International Airport may be the newest dining hot spot in town with the recent opening of Central Terminal B, a $1 billion project that features only local food vendors and restaurants. The new terminal is so highly coveted, people are buying tickets to just get into the terminal alone and not actually flying out. Really.[Sacramento]

New Restaurant Openings

Marché (previous Campagne space, Pike Place Market)
Altura (Broadway & E Roy)
Bako (E Broadway & E Mercer)
Momiji (12th and Pine)
Umai-Do (Central District)
Milstead & Company (Fremont)
Mezcaleria Oaxaca (Queen Anne)
Table 219 (changing its name to Americana, Capitol Hill)

Restaurant Closings

Bandolero Restaurant & Tequila Bar (Tangletown)
Seattle Burger Company (Ballard)
Bricco (Queen Anne)

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A new iPhone app is letting you eat where the best chefs in America eat. It’s called the Chef’s Feed and tracks where chefs like Michael Mina, Eric Ripert, and Wolfgang Puck like to eat, what dishes they order, and their recommended jaunts. Now you can properly stalk that chef because there’s an app for that!

The PBS documentary series on the Prohibition era debuts October 2nd and will air through October 4th. Anyone else feel like an ironic drinking game is in the works?

Who knew a “nude” photo of a whole chicken could be so offensive? PETA is in an outrage over a photo of a whole raw chicken posed in a “sexy manner” in a New York Times article about how chefs use chicken skin in their dishes. We say: please pass the salt.

Thanks to Men’s Health Magazine, the manliest restaurants in America pageant has begun. The mag  has composed a list of nine finalists which readers can now vote on to determine the single manliest restaurant in America, the winner will be announced in the mag’s December issue. Donald Trump — eat your heart out!

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What a better way to end this Indian Summer than with the StreetBeat block party? It’s a celebration of art and fine foods in Little Italy, only featuring the best of the local scene. You stay tasty San Diego. [San Diego]

If the Mobile Food Rodeo was not enough for you, the annual Mobile Chowdown is back! On Sunday, October 2 get your grub on with roughly 20 of the best street food trucks out there. First tip: order ahead on Saturday through YorderIt.com and skip the long lines! Second tip: wear stretchy-pants. [Seattle]

Dick’s burger drive-in is celebrating its new Edmonds location with a Willy-Wonka-esque “orange ticket” giveaway. Before the burger joint opens to the public a select few will have a chance to dine there before anyone else if they follow the right clues on their Facebook and Twitter page, thus earning a winning orange ticket. The schnozberries really do taste like schnozberries! [Seattle]

Let’s chalk one up for Sactown — personal chef to the (previous) Sacramento Kings and the Doobie Brothers,  a fresh, 22-year old Tyler Stone will be ‘taking it to the streets’ on this season’s Top Chef: Texas (do you think Stone would have gotten that Doobie Brother’s reference?). [Sacramento]

New Restaurant Openings

Pan Africa Grill (West Seattle)
Splash Lounge (2nd & Blanchard)
Cake Envy (Greenlake)
Two Twelve on Central Bistro & Bar (Kirkland)

Restaurant Closings

Tiger Lounge (Georgetown)

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The Restaurant: Eva

The Location: Won’t you take me to funkytown Tangletown (N 56th St).

Why Seattle Loves It: Chef and owner, Amy McCray was named “Chef To Watch” by Seattle magazine. Eva was “Best New Restaurant” on citysearch.com, has garnered three star reviews from both The Seattle Times and the Seattle PI, and has been included in Zagat’s America’s Top Restaurants.

Seattleites are not just going to Eva to get their socks charmed right off their feet by the amazing use of local ingredients, but the wine list is an international offering of rationally priced, high quality wines. You just can’t go wrong there.

Why Restauranteers Loves It: Eva is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered in Greenlake’s Tangletown district. Sophisticated yet casual, this neighborhood restaurant and wine bar boast a menu of progressive American fare making it one of the best restaurants in Seattle. Chef and owner Amy McCray, along with her husband James Hondros, have poured love into a thoughtfully imagined menu to complement Eva’s eclectic wine list.

The cuisine here appeals to the palette of the foodie looking to be enchanted by the local and organic ingredients of the Northwest. Seasonal delights also include farm to table dining offered exclusively on the weekends.

Indulge in an evening of comforting dishes like a housemade potato gnochhi with Morel mushrooms, fava beans, sweat peas, and goat cheese; an Alaskan Halibut with a potato and sweet pea curry, tomato-mint chutney, and an Indian beet salad; or end on a sweet note with a decadent chocolate cherry clafoutis with Chantilly cream.

From the whimsical lighting, to the charming staff, right down to the very first bite, a dining experience at Eva is nothing short of savory and sweet.

The Cherry on Top: Your taste buds will thank you later when you dine on delicious dishes at 20% to 30% off (including alcohol), reserve through Restauranteers.com.

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In the on-going battle of the bulge, people often feel that keeping that waistline trim means having to eat like a rabbit. And you know what rabbits eat? Carrots. They eat carrots. That’s not what foodies like to hear, especially as we enter this part of the year when the rich fall seasonal foods and holiday meals are on our minds. Having to decide between that love for great food and that love for a great figure is a decision we often toggle back and forth from, with the plumpy devil on one shoulder and the slim angel on the other.

Thanks to the creative minds at design agency, Voltier Creative has put together an infographic on Greatist.com that helps us foodies achieve our fitness goals while still being able to eat what we would like (within reason). The infographic breaks down the best time to consume that healthy portion of protein, fruit, grains, and veggies you long for while your body uses it for fuel.

Source: http://www.greatist.com/health/the-complete-guide-to-workout-nutrition/

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