"Yalla," a middle-eastern food popup restaurant in the Central District has chefs Taylor Cheney, left, and Pinar Ozhal, right, busy in the kitchen of The Atlantic restaurant, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Seattle. The Middle Eastern pop-up focuses on conflict region food, with tonight emphasizing dishes from Kurdistan. (Photo by Ken Lambert for The Seattle Times.)

Seattle pop-up restaurant Yalla offers real deal in Middle Eastern cuisine

Yalla emphasizes Middle Eastern cuisine beyond the kebab.
Oct 7, 2016
Jackson's Catfish Corner has been shuttered suddenly after reopening in the past year. (Photo courtesy the South Seattle Emerald.)

Shock greets closure of Jackson’s Catfish Corner

Jackson’s Catfish Corner in South Seattle’s Brighton Neighborhood has closed suddenly.
Aug 2, 2016
An explosion destroyed several businesses and injured Seattle firefighters in the Greenwood neighborhood Wednesday. (Photo by Seattle Fire Department.)

Greenwood explosion injures Seattle firefighters, levels businesses

An explosion in the early morning hours rocked the Greenwood neighborhood Wednesday, injuring nine Seattle firefighters and leveling several businesses.
Mar 9, 2016
Boiling Point in Bellevue. (Photo by Judy Chia Hui Hsu)

A tour of Taiwanese food in Seattle

It's not a coincidence that some of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the Seattle area are Taiwanese.
Jan 5, 2015
Husband and wife team Willow and James Ly keep a family atmosphere at Caffé Zingaro in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne. (Photo by Chris Leggett)

Friends and family first at Queen Anne’s Caffé Zingaro

Technically, James and Willow Ly each spend between 60 and 70 hours a week at Caffé Zingaro, the popular Lower Queen Anne coffee establishment they’ve run together for the past eight years. Those who work the typical 40-hour week might balk at such a prospect, but the Lys’ outlook is much more positive. “The way I […]
Jun 12, 2014
My first attempt at Chapli Kabobs get the Instagram treatment. (Photo by Brett Konen)

Mastering the art of Afghan cooking (with a little help from Kabul)

Until recently I knew next to nothing about Afghanistan, except that we’ve been at war there for more than half my lifetime. From what I saw in the news I envisioned dry, desolate terrain throughout, with militants popping out from rocky outcroppings just long enough to shoot at a nameless target. I knew this wasn’t […]
Dec 5, 2012
William S. Street, former president of Fredrick & Nelson department store and promoter of the Seattle World's Fair, at a restaurant in Afghanistan during a 1966 expedition to collect mammalian specimens for the Chicago Field Museum. (Photo courtesy Kergan Street)

Pakistani immigrant finds a taste of home at ‘Afghan Cuisine’ in Federal Way

When my friend Kathleen invited me to a Afghan Cuisine and Banquet Hall in Federal Way, the first image that popped into my head was of the ubiquitous Afghan restaurants in Peshawar, Pakistan, where I lived before I came to Seattle. Millions of Afghan refugees fled to Northwest Pakistan after the Soviet War in the […]
Jun 13, 2012
Kenyan food

Strip mall secrets: Uhuru Kenyan restaurant

When Seattleites think African food, the first thing that comes to mind is probably one of our region’s umpteen Ethiopian restaurants. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the tangy, expand-in-your-stomach pleasures of injera as much as the next guy. But the craving that followed me home from a four month visit to East Africa, and […]
May 7, 2012