Naomi Tomky

Writer

Naomi Tomky
Naomi Tomky
Writer
Naomi Tomky is the unrelentingly enthusiastic eater, drinker, photographer, and writer behind the blog The GastroGnome.

Naomi Tomky is the unrelentingly enthusiastic eater, photographer, and writer behind The GastroGnome. Since 2006, she’s brought her (sometimes over) eager mouth to tables around the world in search of new things to shove in it. From Beijing to Texas, from un-cleaned pig intestine (it sounds worse than it is) to huckleberry ice cream, there’s an adventure on every plate she dives into. Her writing can be found in the Seattle Weekly, Serious Eats, and Eat Your World. Her food and restaurant photography have appeared in all of those, plus Edible Seattle, Food and Wine Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. She lives in Seattle with her fiancée, and muppet-like dog. By day, she is the marketing manager for a group of grocery stores. When she’s not eating food or writing about it, she’s usually trying to work it off by skiing, running, or mountain biking.

Recent stories by Naomi Tomky

Eat & Drink If you want to eat Seattle’s most innovative food, you’ll have to make it yourself If you want to eat Seattle’s most innovative food, you’ll have to make it yourself

Buried in the sub-levels of the Pike Place Market, a group of chefs are perfecting recipes for homemade Starbursts, chocolate bars composed entirely of coffee, and savory ice cream salad. Sound like something you might want to eat? Too bad. These real-life Willy Wonkas aren’t running a restaurant: if you want to taste these magical flavors, you have to make them yourself.

Eat & Drink A world of yogurt, all made in Seattle A world of yogurt, all made in Seattle

Yogurt meant just one thing when I was young: the slimy white stuff that stood between my mouth and the sugary “fruit on bottom,” described on the side of the container. Now, Seattle's experiencing something of an international yogurt revolution. French, Ethiopian, or Vietnamese, it's time to find your yogurt flavor.

Eat & Drink The burger is dead, long live the burger! The burger is dead, long live the burger!

Seattle is a stunningly good town in which to eat hamburgers. However, it’s been a tough week for Seattle’s best hamburgers with the untimely closing of the groundbreaking Katsu Burger in Georgetown and the final service of Capitol Hill’s La Bête. Rather than mourn lost beef brethren, burger-lovers of Seattle, it’s time to get out and eat more burgers!

Eat & Drink Why is Seattle so obsessed with IPA? Why is Seattle so obsessed with IPA?

IPA is popular all over, but in Seattle it enjoys a special, cult-like favoritism, dominating tap selections. Bright, citrusy beers laced with the local crop of hops created a unique category of Northwest IPAs. But what a Northwest IPA is and why it is so well-loved around town is rarely discussed.

Eat & Drink Put your garden where your glass is Put your garden where your glass is

Whether you’ve run out of ideas for what to do with the case of peaches you bought or your mint plant is threatening to swallow your garage, a new crop (pun intended) of books is ready to help you bring the same plethora of plants to your glass.

Eat & Drink Drink here now: three of Seattle’s best neighborhood bars Drink here now: three of Seattle’s best neighborhood bars

The best neighborhood bars have enough space that you’re comfortable bringing in ten of your friends when you’re sick of them destroying your house, but you also know you’ll have a stool at the bar when you just need to cry into your beer by yourself. And a great neighborhood bar doesn't even need to be in your neighborhood--here are three worth driving to right now.

Eat & Drink Six Reasons That Awesome Restaurants Close Six Reasons That Awesome Restaurants Close

People want to believe that making great-tasting food is the number one factor in building a successful restaurant, but the cold, hard, heart-breaking fact is that it’s probably barely hanging in the top ten. What causes the best-tasting restaurants to close?

Eat & Drink Get smart about Northwest ciders Get smart about Northwest ciders

This weekend, at the first ever Pacific Northwest Cider Awards, judges chose their favorite ciders from twenty local cideries, while cider fans tasted them at the accompanying Cider Festival. For those new to cider, we offer a few favorites from the event.