Jane Kagira owns the Kenyan restaurant Safari Njema in Columbia City, host of the first Migrating Meals conversation. The scenes on the wall mainly are depictions of Kenya. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

‘Migrating Meals’ puts awkward dinner conversation on the menu

Can delicious food thaw the Seattle Freeze and get people to engage with sensitive subjects? Project Feast's new 'Migrating Meals' program aims to find out.
Sep 9, 2016
Vietnamese currency honoring Ho Chi Minh. (Photo from Flickr by David Holt)

A communist’s guide to tipping in Seattle

Look at the American custom of tipping at restaurants through Vietnamese eyes and you'll see how strange and unfair the practice really is.
May 26, 2016
Dungeness crab with tamarind and mustard seed is a highlight a menu that blends Northwest ingredients with Indian flavors at Nirmal's. (Courtesy photo)

Nirmal’s navigates a Northwest take on authentic Indian tastes

Can Nirmal's succeed where others have failed — bringing a fine dining feel to Indian food?
Oct 27, 2015
Gita Bangera, who is in the process of opening up her own restaurant, speaks on the triumphs of the past and how the Initiative will streamline the process of starting a restaurant at the launch event of the initiative. (Photo courtesy Eric Stuhaug)

Seattle restaurant program to address immigrant, minority needs

Facebook & Twitter: With the new Restaurant Success Initiative, opening a restaurant has never been this easier for immigrants.
Dec 23, 2014
Chef Aurelio Pino presents his famous empanadas wearing traditional Chilean garb. (Photo courtesy Aurelio Pino)

Secret Seattle restaurant serves up Chilean specialties

Selling food out of your home is a common way to supplement income and sustain community in Latin America. Chilean chef Aurelio Pino is carrying on the tradition from a “secret” location in South Seattle.
Jan 24, 2014
(Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Thoughts on a not-so-simple arson in the Central District

Why would someone want to burn down a beloved immigrant-owned business?
Aug 17, 2013
Somali boys on the street in Mogadishu. (Photo from flickr via ctsnow

Fond memories of Somalia manifest at South Seattle restaurant

Al Uruba restaurant on Renton Avenue serves up traditional food in the kind of peaceful setting that may finally be returning to Somalia after decades of war. 
Feb 18, 2013
Manou'she jibneh wi zaatar aka pita with cheese, spices and mint. (Photo courtesy Mamnoon)

Mamnoon brings a fresh take on Middle Eastern food to Capitol Hill

Step off Melrose Street and into Mamnoon, and you could just as well be in the trendy Gemmayzeh neighborhood of Beirut as on Capitol Hill. Mamnoon brings a hipness and class to Seattle’s sometimes tired fine Lebanese/ Syrian dining scene. They’ve got a focus on the “mezze” small plate approach and, most importantly, bread fresh-out-the-oven. […]
Dec 18, 2012

Can a Mediterranean joint revive the corner of 23rd and Union?

If you pass through the intersection of 23rd and Union (as I do every day) you will see a gas station, an empty lot with a cavernous sink hole, and a one-story building with multiple businesses including Earl’s Hair Cuts, a tax broker, and a state liquor store. And on the northeast corner you’ll find […]
Apr 20, 2012