Voracious News & Notes

Maria Hines, openings galore, and Eminem's beloved Lunchables.

Chef Maria Hines is already well-known around town. She kicked the crap out of Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef in August, handing him his ass in Battle Pacific Cod. Her restaurant, Tilth, one of the city's best, has been the training house for many of Seattle's most respected chefs. And early last week, word came down that she's opening a second restaurant: Golden Beetle. There's no date for the new location yet, and no actual location either, but we do know that it will feature an organic take on the cuisines of Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, and the Middle East. Elsewhere, Skillet Street Food is opening a diner, scheduled to light up by next year at 1408 E. Union St. on Capitol Hill. Also of note: Dante's Inferno Dogs is getting into the pretzel business with a roll-out at the Ballard Farmers Market and a little help from the folks at Heavenly Pastry & Cake. Cascade Garden, the Issaquah Chinese restaurant shut down by fire back in July, is back up and running again at 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd. And Skillet isn't the only local name getting into the diner business: Easy Joe's Restaurant (ex of North Bend) is opening at 2359 10th Ave. E., bringing burgers, fries, and other American classics to the former Tidbit Bistro space. Meanwhile, Starbucks was all over the news last week with the long-awaited opening of their revamped store at 1600 Olive Way. What made this so special? It came with a beer and wine license, although it's not as if there's a shortage of places to get a drink in that neighborhood. When not chasing down openings and closings, the Voracious (seattleweekly.com/voracious) staff was eating molcajete at Chuy El Mexicano; talking with Jason Wilson about his restaurant, Crush, his new garden, and his really big squash; and tracking the Canadian invasion of the KFC Double Down. The Seattle Food Geek told us all how to turn fruit juice into booze in just 48 hours—provided you're willing to put up with a few chunks in your mango wine. Food Pairing for the Modern Sophisticate discussed ways to live like a gourmand in your everyday life (one suggestion: Buy a gout stool). MasterChef season two is currently casting, and we had all the details on how to get in on the open call. We also discussed the relative merits of locally sourced food versus store-bought, in light of an experiment done by Nation's Restaurant News which showed that in terms of taste, chefs either couldn't tell the difference or actually preferred the grocery-store product. And when that didn't get a sufficient rise out of people, we turned to revealing the dirty food secrets buried in the riders of famous musicians. The best reveal? Eminem loves Lunchables.

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