Children + Fine Dining = Oxymoron

by Coltrane

Most adults are convinced that the food they ate as kids wasn’t well made or of high quality.

I think I’ve figured one element of it. But first, a story..

Last night I had dinner with friends in a neighborhood pub. The place was packed with locals. The crowd included a high proportion […]

Top Chef Masters - An Update

By Iron Chef Leftovers

If you are watching Top Chef Masters and haven’t caught up, look away now.

A few months ago, I made this prediction about the final 4 on Top Chef Masters – My picks for the finals – Rick Tramonto, Marcus Samuelsson, Jon Waxman and Mark Peel. Well, I am 50% on […]

The only real subsititute for Parmigiano Reggiano is...

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Parmigiano Reggiano. It is the undisputed king of cheeses (hence the Reggiano) and nothing really compares to its grassy, nutty flavor. Cook’s Illustrated did a taste test (sorry, no link, it is subscriber only) and nothing came close. This question was printed in the Seattle Times and the answer, given by […]

Beer Leagues and Major Leagues

by Coltrane

In his New Historical Baseball Abstract (2001), Bill James lists 16 indicators that he believes can used to determine the quality of play in Major League Baseball.   He calls these “Peripheral Quality Indicia”, or “PQL for short.”  (An acronym that didn’t catch on, go figure.)  Using Bob Lemon as an example, James writes about the fact that […]

Goodbye, Brasa

By Iron Chef Leftovers

In case you were a fan, long time Seattle restaurant, Brasa, in Belltown has shut its doors. Normally I am sad to see places that have been around for 10 years close, but Brasa was the site of my single worst dining experience in Seattle (If I can find my review […]

Laurelhurst Market - A Review

By Iron Chef Leftovers

I really like the concept – a restaurant and a butcher shop and why not? There isn’t really any reason why a place that makes it’s own cured meats shouldn’t sell them retail. Laurelhurst Market, it the Laurelhurst section of Portland is such a place. There is a small butcher counter […]

Destination Unknown

by Coltrane

The chart below shows the ages of the “rotation” players (19+ minutes per game) of three teams I think Lebron is most likely to go to, listed by order of playing time.  I don’t think he’s going to the Knicks or Nets.   (The Knicks don’t have the second star to play with, or […]

The PBA: 'The Bar Is So Low!'

by Coltrane

As you may or may not be aware — Kelly Kulick won a PBA event in January, drawing the praise of Billy Jean King.

On Sunday a 12 year-old won $400 at a PBA Regional Tournament in Georgia.

What’s next? Obviously, if there are players that are too young to legally drive […]

Mike Sweeney and Scooping USS Mariner

By Blaidd Drwg

This post on USS Mariner sums up Mike Sweeney’s At-Bat against Fernando Rodney the other night.

I also would like to point out that I scooped USS Mariner on their story about the pitch selection that Griffey is seeing this season – by almost 2 weeks. I would like to think they […]

Breaking News From The Mariners

By Blaidd Drwg

The M’s have fired Alan Cockrell as hitting coach and replaced him with Alonzo Powell.

I have a couple of issues with Cockrell taking the blame for the terrible offense – he has done a nice job at getting the team to be more patient this season and this is a veteran […]