Matcha Desserts, BOGO Boba, and More Seattle Food News You Can Use: November 30, 2018 Edition

Japanese import Nana’s Green Tea, which specializes in matcha-based desserts, just opened its first continental U.S. store in Seattle. Nana’s Green Tea via Facebook This week, Nana’s Green Tea brings matcha parfaits to Seattle, Filipino restaurant Archipelago opens this weekend in Hillman City, and chef Edouardo Jordan of Salare and Junebaby prepares to open his…

Matcha Desserts, BOGO Boba, and More Seattle Food News You Can Use: November 30, 2018 Edition

Japanese import

Nana’s Green Tea

, which specializes in matcha-based desserts, just opened its first continental U.S. store in Seattle.

Nana’s Green Tea via Facebook

This week,Nana’s Green Teabrings matcha parfaits to Seattle, Filipino restaurantArchipelagoopens this weekend in Hillman City, and chef Edouardo Jordan ofSalareandJunebabyprepares to openhis new restaurant. Read on for more essential food news, plus events for your weekend, like theCherry Bombe Issue #12 Celebration, the Washington Brewers Guild’sWinter Beer Festival, and a BOGO event at the newShareteaon Broadway. For more food inspiration, check out ourfood and drink calendaror ournew restaurant listings.


ArchipelagoThis high-end Filipino restaurant from chef Aaron Verzosa (formerly of Modernist Cuisine andHarvest Vine) and his wife Amber Manuguid, whichwill openin the former space ofEyman’s Pizzaon December 1, focuses on a Pacific Northwest approach to Filipino cooking, using local and seasonal ingredients, and offers a 10-12 course tasting menu, with two seatings per night. Read Kara Tiernan’s piece about the new restauranthere.

Hillman City

Bites of Bangkok
This new Thai restaurant from owners Jansri Parichat and Pranesh Sharma (bar manager atJai Thai), which recentlyopenedin the former space ofOlive Treeand had its firstYelpreview on November 25, features Thai-style tapas, cocktails, and comedy.
Capitol Hill

Corte Fino
This unique, family-owned halal Mexican restaurant, which recentlyopenedin South Seattle and received a glowing review from theSeattle Times, serves tacos, enchiladas, mole chicken, house-made chorizo, and more.
South Seattle

Mighty-O Donuts
Thelocal vegan donut shop chainjustopenedits newest location inside the Second Avenue and Madison building downtown on Monday, November 26.

Nana’s Green Tea
The popular Japanese chain Nana’s Green Tea, which specializes in high-quality matcha drinks and desserts and sources its tea from its own plantations,openedits first location in the continental U.S. in the Denny Triangle on Thursday, November 29. The menu includes items like a matcha warabi mochi parfait with matcha pudding, red bean paste, and chiffon cake.
Denny Triangle

Mr. Wish
This Taiwanese chain, which had its grand opening on November 21, specializes in drinks made with brewed tea and blended seasonal fruit.

The First Hill location of thistea shop chain, which softly opened on November 25 and will have its grand opening on December 1, serves bubble tea as well as Taiwanese desserts like “TorDa,” a tea dessert filled with boba or red bean. For thegrand opening, they’re offering a buy one get one free deal.
First Hill

Twilight Rainier
From the team who brought you the belovedTwilight Exit, this dive bar, which recentlyopenedin the former space ofUnion Barin Hillman City and had its firstYelpreview on November 13, has the same menu of burgers and a decent whiskey selection.
Hillman City


Walter’sAfter nearly 30 years of business, this longtime Sunset Hill cafe/ice cream shopshut its doorson Friday, November 23, due to being given notice to vacate the building by property owner Gibraltar Investment Property Solutions earlier this summer.According to MyBallard, owner Walter Pawelko currently has no plans to relocate.


By the Pound deli evicted after not paying rentCapitol Hill deli/speakeasyBy the Pound, which announced it was closing temporarily earlier this fall,has unexpectedly been evictedfrom its premises due to owing over $75,000 in unpaid rent, plus additional charges.

Texians BBQ coming to University District
A new barbecue restaurant calledTexians BBQserving brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and other smoked meats, as well as sides like mac and cheese and collard greens,is set to open soonin the University District. Guests will also have the option to order the meats in a burrito.

Dandylion opening a bar
The tapas barDandylionin lower Queen Anneis planning to opena speakeasy-style bar calledthe Denin its backroom on January 1 (it was originally set to open sooner, but has been delayed).

Chef Aaron Willis leaves Ciudad
Chef Aaron Willisannouncedvia Instagram that he has departedCiudad, the Georgetown restaurant where he replaced chef Nick Coffey. In the announcement, he explained it was time for him to move on, but did not reveal future plans or the reason for the move.

Dough Zone planning expansion
The wildly popular dumpling restaurant chainDough Zone, which specializes in xiao long bao, toldEater Seattlethat they are looking to expand their chain and that their goal is to open 15 restaurants in Washington State in the next five years.

together+seattle raises money for NWIRP
According to a press release, the recentchefs+togetherSEATTLE fundraiser, which included over 150 participating Seattle restaurants who donated 10% or more of their proceeds for the day to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, raised $57,230. The event was the first for +togetherSEATTLE, a new organization founded this year by a group of restaurant industry friends, and a family-friendly event is in the works for May 2019.

Edouardo Jordan prepares to open new restaurant
Chef Edouardo Jordan, who has received accolades and national attention for his Ravenna restaurantsJuneBabyandSalareand took home James Beard Awards for both in 2018,is preparingto openLucinda Grain Bar, his highly anticipated restaurant focused on heritage grains, on December 8.



Danish Christmas Beer FestIn the spirit of J-dag (Denmark’s “Christmas brew day”), warm up with Danish Christmastime beers, ciders, and aquavit (or choose from a selection of non-alcoholic beverages) while you snack on Danish Christmas treats and play games.

NOV 30-DEC 1

Winter Beer FestivalAt this tasting event, you can try unique wintry sips—ranging from “dark malty stouts” to winter warmers to barrel-aged rarities and other hard-to-find seasonal wonders—from more than 50 different Washington Brewers Guild member breweries. Local favorites like Aslan, Cloudburst, Standard, Stoup, Optimism, Lucky Envelope, Georgetown, and more will all be in attendance. Proceeds will benefit the guild.


1 Year Anniversary Party With Monkish & FriendsThe Masonry will commemorate a trip around the sun by releasing Fist Full of Meatballs, a DIPA made in collaboration with Monkish Brewing. Brunch will be available all morning.

Annual Holiday Open House
Treat yourself to caviar canapés and champagne at this holiday tasting.

Cherry Bombe Issue #12 Celebration
Started by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu in 2013, the twice-yearly feminist food magazine Cherry Bombe, which has since expanded to encompass a cookbook and a podcast calledRadio Cherry Bombe, aims to uplift women in the food industry. Christina Tosi, Ruth Reichl, Nigella Lawson, and Martha Stewart are just a few of the culinary icons who have graced its cover. Join the founders for the release of their 12th issue at Fremont’s female-owned cookbook store Book Larder. Your ticket includes snacks, drinks, and a copy of the new issue.

The Feast
Darby English of Darby Winery will provide wine pairings for a five-course Italian dinner created by chef Brian Clevenger and the Raccolto team.

Holiday Beerfest!
Come dressed in your holiday attire to taste more than 10 taps of holiday beer and cider and snack on Alaskan Dumplings. 

Holiday Candy and Confections
Learn to make six different kinds of festive holiday candies and confections like velvet fudge, chocolate bark, toffee, and more. You’ll go home with gift bags, boxes, ribbon, and paper with which to wrap up your creations for holiday gifts. 

Holiday Sour Beer Day & Free Santa Photos
Pucker up for a lineup of holiday-themed sour beers, then take a free photo with Santa for your scrapbook.

Pyramid’s 1st Annual Keg Tree Lighting
At this family-friendly event, watch Pyramid illuminate their towering, 20-foot-tall keg tree made with 236 kegs—the tallest keg tree on the West Coast—and be the first to try their Snow Cap and Super Snow Cap beers on draft. Hot cocoa and apple cider will be available for kids.

DEC 1-2

St. Nick’s Holiday Wine WeekendDuring this annual tasting event, you can visit, tour, and sample offerings from over 25 wineries and tasting rooms throughout Woodinville. There’s also a special “O Chocolate Night” tasting on Friday featuring wine and chocolate pairings, but that’s currently sold out.

DEC 1-30

Holiday Tea at Hotel SorrentoInstead of gazing at a virtual Yule log video, take your tea beside a real roaring, crackling hearth at Hotel Sorrento’s Fireside Room, a Mad Men–worthy mid-century vision in opulent ochre mahogany paneling. You can nosh on posh teatime fare—like freshly baked chocolate-filled croissants with butter and jam, cucumber and cream-cheese finger sandwiches, and chocolate espresso pots de creme with strawberries—as you sink into a squishy high-backed leather chair and enjoy the sounds of a baby grand piano. If you’re lucky, you might even spy the ghost of Alice B. Toklas, who is said to roam the halls of the hotel.


addo Themed Brunch: Grinch Who Stole ChristmasIf Whoville had five-course holiday tasting menus (who’s to say they don’t?) they might resemble Chef Eric Rivera’s brunch inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Farm to Table Dinner with De La Soil & Copperworks
Tuck into a locally sourced supper from Cody Westerfield of Delasoil and Lecosho, along with four craft cocktails from Jason Parker of Copperworks Distilling and a soundtrack from a live DJ. Farmer Shawn Miller of Tuk Tuk Farms will be present to answer questions.

Fresh In the Boat Vol. 2
Climb aboard the cheerful red Pho Bac boat and try appetizers from a variety of pop-up vendors, including Timmy Nguyen ofPho Bac Sup Shop, Miles Basbas of Yo Mama’s House, Tim Chan of Wendy’s, and Andrew Nguyen of Up Dog, along with beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic slushies.

The Glasswing Dyed & Dined Dinner
At this sustainable dinner created with the idea of reducing food waste, chef Eli Dahlin will create a seasonal, locally sourced five-course dinner attempting to make the most of each ingredient by using it in its entirety, with components like carrot top pesto, apple skin sorbet, and charred leek tops. Continuing on the sustainable theme, Tennessee textile artist Maggie Pate will display her textiles colored with natural food dyes made from the same ingredients.

Spruce Springsteen Release
Sip on a brew flavored with cinnamon, orange peel, and spruce tips to get yourself in the holiday spirit, as the Pine Box and Backwoods Brewing Company’s winter beer collaboration makes its annual return.

Waffles, Bacon, and Beer Cocktails: Sunday Brunch at Lowercase
Savor a brunch that includes waffles made with repurposed spent grain from Lowercase Brewing, maple syrup with Lowercase’s eSB (extra special bitter), bacon, orange juice, beer, beer cocktails like micheladas, cold brew coffee, and doughnuts from Side Hustle Doughnuts.


The Annual Latkeh Cook-OffSnack on cheese and taste wine as you participate in this competition as a latke chef putting your crispy fried potato pancakes to the test.

DEC 3-4

No Cookbooks Allowed Vol. 3: Filipino Kamayan with Marlene MirandaNo Cookbooks Allowed is a pop-up dinner series focused on family recipes passed on through oral tradition alone. At this event,Bar del Corsochef Melissa Miranda of the Northwest-inspired Filipino pop-up Musang will serve a traditional “kamayan” dinner—a communal meal eaten without utensils—inspired by dishes made by her mother Marlene Miranda.


Vermouth Dinner at BarnacleNeed an antidote to increasingly blustery autumn days? How about quaffing some fortified wine along with a four-course dinner at Barnacle, Renee Erickson’s adorable little “jewel box” aperitivo bar tucked away next door to the Walrus and the Carpenter? Sea Creatures executive chef Bobby Palmquist and Walrus and the Carpenter head chef BJ Bresnik will design a seasonal menu accompanied by vermouth cocktails from the Barnacle crew and vermouth pairings from Leith Shenstone of spirits and wine importer Fasel Shenstone.

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