Last week, street food vendors and experts from Bolivia, The Phillipines, Mexico, and India (among others) gathered in Singapore, one of the world’s street food capitals, with some of the top minds in the industry to learn, share knowledge, and, of course, eat.
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
Seattle likes to know where its food comes from: while we might not know if the chicken we are eating is named Colin (thanks, Portlandia), we can probably name the farm our carrots came from or the beach from which our oysters were plucked.
It seemed like a simple task: gather four of Seattle’s top-rated croissants, taste them, and pick a favorite. In reality, it was far more difficult.
In the past 13 years, Seattle’s Jewish population has increased by 70%, and many of those Jews will be celebrating the holiday of Passover starting this Friday night.
Stinging nettles are both an harbinger of the spring growing season, and one of the Northwest’s most easily foraged-for foods. Walking the Washington woods snipping leaves becomes both an enjoyable hike and a productive way to grab some greens for dinner.
Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the country—and Washington State is where a lot of the best bottles, cans, and barrels are coming from.
That there are enough places serving soup dumplings (xiao long bao in Chinese or xlb, for short) in Seattle to rank four worth paying for shows just how far Seattle’s Chinese cuisine has come in the last five years.
When I tell people I write about food for a living, I can almost see their imaginations building elaborate nightly feasts, free gourmet meals every day, and a caloric intake that’s impossible to outrun. In reality, only that last one is true.
Hollywood Tavern general manager David Scherling says, “You can’t overestimate how much people love a fire pit.” We sat down with him on a rather pleasant February afternoon to talk a little about what makes for a great cocktail outside.
If you’ve ever wanted to be able to give a solid answer about your favorite local wine or international wine region, learn how to butcher meat, or just eat yourself silly, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience one-day event is the affordable answer.
If you’re looking to do something different this Valentine’s Day, to not buy overpriced prix-fixe specials or tired clichés of chocolate, roses, and bubbles (ACK!), try a cuisine where you’ll eat with your hands.
Thirty new restaurants opened up last year on Capitol Hill. Fremont is home to multiple restaurants receiving national acclaim. But when someone asks about the best eating neighborhood in Seattle, it’s impossible not to bring White Center into the discussion. But where to go? We've got answers.
Where do you eat the kind of meal that doesn’t deny the incessant drizzle, but helps you to smile that it’s outside—and you’re not? Snuggle in at the these five special spots.
It’s not easy being green, not for Kermit the Frog, and not for hot sauce. But Seattle’s never been a city to let the rest of their country dictate their tastes, and three hot newcomers to the sauce scene have gone green.
If your idea of a good vacation involves either multi-course, wine-fueled tasting menus or loading up on street-side tacos, you need to get on the next plane to Mexico City.
Be it gluten-free, paleo, or low-calorie, you’ve got one thing going for your resolution: you’re doing it in the right place. In Seattle, there are restaurants that will meet all your newly-resolved needs.
2014 was a good year: the city upped its barbecue game and got a decent chicken-and-waffles restaurant, fulfilling many of my long-term goals for Seattle’s food scene. But what’s next? Here’s a list of four improvements I’d like to see happen in the Seattle food scene in 2015.
Despite not even being in the top twenty cities in the country by population size, Seattle fancies itself to be quite the dining destination, and this year it’s closer than ever to living up to that perception. Here are the four trends that made that difference this year.
It’s been six years since the last local Trader Vic’s shut its doors, and, really, only a few bars carry the tiki torch in Seattle full-time anymore. But, as the faux-Polynesian drinks regain steam around the country, Seattle bars are dedicating nights to the strong, playful flavors.
The best thing about eating and drinking is that everyone has to do it. Even your brother training for the Ironman has to get his “fuel” from somewhere. Some people are more enthusiastic about where their food came from - but the key is, food gifts are an easy answer for anyone, because everybody eats.
If you think Chera Amlag’s bright-green flan sounds strange, wait until you get a load of her purple cheesecake. “Color is intriguing,” Amlag says, attributing some of the success of her Hood Famous Bakeshop’s signature product to the purple color of ube yams that flavor it.
Thanksgiving is all about food and Black Friday is all about money. So there’s no better time than this week to put your money where your mouth is and donate to one of Seattle’s great food-related non-profit organizations.
Is your fantasy food market full of stalls serving Vietnamese bun cha (char-grilled pork), Kenyan chapati breads, and Filipino lumpia? Do you wish you could have a side of pulao rice with your ceviche? These are also the dreams of Philip Deng, the founder of MarketShare.
When cold season descends upon Seattle, its time to bring out the big guns in germ warfare—and I’m not talking about a purse large enough to hold all the tissues. Steaming bowls of soup, spicy and slurped, from the International District are just the type of Eastern medicine needed to chase away the sniffles.
Put the warhammer down, not everyone who eats brains stepped straight out of World War Z. This week might be Halloween, but there are a few Seattle restaurateurs who know that, year-round, eating brains is far more treat than trick. Instead of running screaming from the zombies, just think of them as dinner inspiration.