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

Travel 5 Tips for making the most of your trip to Kaua’i 5 Tips for making the most of your trip to Kaua’i

For visitors, the secretive nature of Kaua’i can make it more difficult to navigate the jagged peaks, uncover the best red dirt road, and find the best Hawaiian version of ramen, called saiman. After spending a few days talking to the experts on the island, we've got the five most important things to know when planning your trip to Kaua’i.

Travel Penn Cove mussels are a Whidbey Island wonder Penn Cove mussels are a Whidbey Island wonder

Like anyone else who spent childhood summers on Whidbey Island, I believe it is a magical place where teenagers roam free, dashing through the salt air, learning to open beer bottles on the chain link fence of Fort Casey State Park.

Travel There’s more to Whistler than a mountain There’s more to Whistler than a mountain

With ski season still more than a month away and mountain bike season in the rear-view mirror, the restaurants, spas, and hotels of the Canadian resort town are desperate to bring in enough money to keep them afloat and retain their top staff during the in-between seasons. Done right, it’s a quick enough drive for an easy weekend trip, poising Seattleites to take advantage of lavish menus and luxurious spas.

Eat & Drink Drink all the pumpkins…and everything else, too Drink all the pumpkins…and everything else, too

Not to detract from something people obviously love, but the seasonality of drinks has been around far longer than the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). We ask the drinks that actually embrace the seasonal ingredients of the Northwest’s harvest come forward.

Eat & Drink In which we declare the Crisp Beef Burrito at Taco Time the greatest fast food innovation of all time In which we declare the Crisp Beef Burrito at Taco Time the greatest fast food innovation of all time

Regional fast food chains inspire surprisingly fierce loyalty: there’s no question that if Harold and Kumar were in California, they’d be going to In-n-Out, and if they were in Washington, I’m certain they’d be heading to Taco Time for the Crisp Beef Burrito--the greatest fast-food innovation of all time.

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.