Beer of the Week: Ninkasi Radiant Ale

By Iron Chef Leftovers

I like Ninkasi beers – they tend to be solid and drinkable, easily available and priced at a point that you won’t break the bank drinking them. A while back, I realized that there were a handful of their beers which I hadn’t tried yet, so I decided to give them […]

Sports Teams and Bookmaking

By Blaidd Drwg

I think this is the bookie that got Pete Rose in trouble. From Pearls Before Swine on 5/28.




Just a note – this is actually in the middle of an ongoing series. In case you haven’t figured it out. The baby is the bookie.


Focaccia. Simple.

by A.J. Coltrane

Making rustic breads is easy. Focaccia is even easier. The recent-high-school-graduate niece made the loaf below, with very little coaching.

This became one of two caprese sandwiches for GNOIF. (She made both breads.) Both of the breads were devoured in no time.

The ingredients are essentially the same as for the […]

Beer of the Week: Populuxe CDA

By Iron Chef Leftovers

The nice thing about Populuxe and their ever-rotating tap list is that I can drink a beer, take a couple of months to review it and it will eventually end up back on tap. This means that, unlike some of the beers that I am taking so long to post the […]

“What is wrong with the large production of animals in this country?”

By Iron Chef Leftovers

A moderated discussion between Dana Cowin, Mario Batali, Chris Cosentino and Anya Fernald took place at the Aspen Food and Wine Festival recently. During that discussion Cowin asked, “What is wrong with the large production of animals in this country?”

Batali had this response:

What’s right with it? Meat is not […]

EarthBox Update — June 23, 2013

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous week here.

The Bibb finally bolted. Four plants produced almost exactly two pounds of leaves — right around 20 servings. The Bibb wasn’t transplanted until late April, which was way too late, so I’m ok with that yield.

The tomatillos are now almost six feet tall. The shorter of the two […]

Beer of the Week: Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA

By Iron Chef Leftovers

It is always exciting to try an IPA that is not from Washington or Oregon, but that usually means California living in Seattle and in general, California usually means it is coming from San Diego. In the case of Speakeasy, we get to try one made in San Francisco. Big Daddy […]

A Tale of Two Pitchers

By Blaidd Drwg

I am convinced that there is something wrong (an injury perhaps) with both Felix Hernandez and Tom Wilhelmsen. One of the benefits of having seats behind home plate is that you get a good look at a pitcher’s delivery, and in both cases, the delivery looks off.

Felix Hernandez – He got […]

A Trip Down (Draft) Memory Lane

By Blaidd Drwg

The baseball draft has passed, and, while it will be a few years before you know how well your favorite team did, there are a ton of great “hindsight” stories that have come out of the draft. Dave Schoenfield hit on a few of them in a recent article. Here are a […]


By Iron Chef Leftovers

I have long lameted that, amid the recent explosion of breweries in Ballard, we could use a few more wineries and a distillery. Well, looks like we can cross the distillery off the list: welcome to the neighborhood Old Ballard Liquor Co. It is located on 14th and Shilshole Ave, not […]