take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • Talker's Magazine
    The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
  • The Advocate
    No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
  • Media Matters
    Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
  • Hominid Views
    "People, politics, science, and whatnot" Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
  • Jesus' General
    An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • Irrational Public Radio
    "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
  • The Maddow Blog
    Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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February 17, 2008



Some relief, here Michael from the headache of this election year. I'll have another glass of the cab.


I'm a first thyme caller, but I doubt you're better than me, I had dinner two weeks ago an t the French Laundry.


Good idea, Hood. You should go back to writing about food. You don't seem to hurt as many people that way.


foie gras, delicacy of despair. http://www.goveg.com/feat/foie/


The 'roast beef medium' line is so true. In fact, if you listen to people like Wilbur & Carlson, they often like to brag about their meat-eating prowess. However, it is as much of a mistake to politicize food as it is to politicize sex.

To help steer people away from that, I have a question for any who care to respond....I worked as a line cook some years back. The job didn't really agree w/ me, and I still have occasional bad dreams about it. Last night I dreamed that someone ordered a steak, raw. What would be the meaning? Anyone out there with dream skills?


Can anyone recommend a few really good good Thai restaurants?


I just broiled up a couple of T-bones, roasted some petite red taters served with steamed broccoli. Was feeling real good 'bout myself. Then I logged onto this.
We might just as well have eaten at Burger King. You just leave me lusting for some good grits.
This could be a fun lil' addition to your blog.


Raw steak? I love it. I used to eat raw hamburger, too, until I started worrying about e cole. I stopped.

Shades of Rosemary's baby. When I order steak in a restaurant, however, I like it cooked medium rare. But medium rare has turned into medium in most restaurants so now I ask for rare and am usually satisfied.

foie gras? I won't eat it. Can't tell me forcing food down a throat is the secret to happiness.

I wish I didn't eat meat at all but I do always try to buy the most humanely raised animals. Even turkeys when I buy them.

After hearing your menu, Michael, it's back to raw food for me.

"video of Nina Planck at Town Hall discussing her book Raw Food"

This is a great talk on food and how and what we eat. Watch it online.

Anyone else watch Iron Chef? Absolutely fascinating.


Re Thai . . . I don't care for Thai but my friends rave about a small Thai restaurant on 15th NW a block or two south of NW 85 in the Crown Hill neighborhood.

They used to have a really big benefit dinner every year - August, I think - to fund Children's Hosp. and a Thai charity of some sort. Don't know if they still do it or not.

I just looked it up: Thai Siam This site has reviews of the restaurant. I've been there twice but I always choose my food carefully because Thai food has a sweet flavor I don't care for. Maybe coconut milk? Or a peanut something? Not sure. Just know I do not like it.


Anyone know where to get a good Italian Beef/Sausage sandwich? Besides Arby's

I was back in Chicago in 2002 and my brother took me a place called Bobs or Bills. Great Italian Beef Sandwiches. $7.00 for the sandwich, fries, and pepsi. What a deal. Wutiziz, any input.


Sorry - it's REAL FOOD and not Raw Food.


for DT:
Thai food - Racha Thai on Queen Anne (very surprised to see they have multiple locations and sister restaurants!) or Buddha Ruksa in West Seattle.


WTA, thanks. I've been to Racha. Think the food is pretty good. Wanted to see if there's something out that that's better.


Buddha Ruksa kicks ass!


Wish I did Nevets, but no. Make mine dipped hehe. As far as I know, you can't even get a good gyros in this town, even at the places owned & run by Greeks.


My favorite Pan Asian is Wild Ginger in Seattle.
My asian relatives like it and my strictly carnivore relatives from the midwest enjoy themselves despite initial reservations about going to a place called 'Pan Asian.'
Best story of that place:
A few months ago on a Sat my family and I were early and standing in the waiting room. The wife recognized Gov Gregoire but she only had one security detail with her and no entourage. Just as we all got seated the fire alarm went off and all of us to include Gregoire had to go outside to the street. She was a good sport about it and very gracious to the ten or so of us standing outside.

What I would die for in Seattle is a good solid NY deli. Just an occasional Pastrami Sandwhich on Rye would make my day. You just can't find that stuff here in Seattle.

Best authentic Japanese restaurant. Believe it or not, is in Federal Way and called Koharu. My real deal Japanese friends and relatives love it.
Quick Sushi tip: never go cheap.


sushi = bait

no thank you

I remember getting pepperoni pizza at Paggliaci's and they stacked them up high like blocks. Really good.


trixie, some people use cheese to bait rat traps. In other words, cheese = bait. So I take it you don't eat cheese, either.

At the same time we're getting restaurant reviews from BM, perhaps we can be getting Swanson TV dinner reviews from Andrew.


P'ercheno .. near Greenlake, great chef .. David ..chinese guy who is self taught italian chef, speaks fluent italian. Awesome.


wutitiz: you know i have been politicizing sex and missing out for that reason, me thinks. regarding the raw steak dream, it reflects the current trend of restaurant customers ordering their food cooked in ways that take away from what the chef intended. i vote more food and restaurant talk and less blather about what is left of talk radio...dave


Back from Portland...I suppose you are only going to review Seattle restaurants, but the next time you are in Portland, go to Hubers..Portland's oldest restaurant. Very european feel, and they stand on a chair to make and pour your Spanish coffee!!

I must agree with Trixie about sushi..I dont like the texture of raw fish, let alone raw beef...the next time you want steak tartare, think of the most recent beef recall....gack!


I like sushi but only the California roll.

Musashi's in Wallingford is a good place to go. Teeny tiny and always a line out the door.


If you like Thai food, in downtown Vancouver there is a very good Thai restaurant next door to the Riverview Bank Building. It has a great Swimming Rama.

That sushi was for me an acquired taste. It's a very social food so if you have some nice alcohol, good friends, before you know it the sushi is gone.


I am not a huge fan of Thai, unless it is the kind similar to teriyaki...and there isn't enough alcohol in the world to get me to eat raw fish, no matter how charming the company. I am picky about what COOKED fish I eat...it can't smell too fishy or I don't like it. Tuna belongs in a sandwich with a lot of mayo and chopped onion and celery. Salmon is good grilled, and I like lake trout. Grilled or baked fresh snapper, cod and halibut are fine, Shrimp and clams are good, but oysters are just big ocean boogers.


I gotcha. I wasn't a raw fish kind of person until i spent 5 years in Japan so I kind of learned to live like the Romans.
Hey, that planked Salmon on the bbq is good stuff. You may not believe this, but really high end tuna sushi -with a taste of wasabi- will taste just like the best rare prime rib with horseradish.
Best part, is you won't eat as much and it actually is better for your health.
I agree with you about Oysters!


I could have written your post for you and got it exactly correct. Maybe would have added to lake trout that it must have been caught the same day.


What is high-end tuna, puts?


make sure you guys check out paseo in fremont. it was named the 3rd best sandwich in america by esquire magazine.


Favorite sushi: Umi Sake House in Seattle. Favorite cheeseburgers: Wibbley's Gourmet Hamburgers in Bellevue. Favorite Greek: Lola in Seattle. Favorite steak: The Met. Favorite clam chowder: Metropolitan Market.

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