commented on Machiavelli: Is It Really So Good or Just a Capitol Hill Nostalgia Trip?
@3 Yes exactly I wrote a piece about how I find Machiavelli to be comfortingly familiar in hopes of getting it shut down and replaced with yet another soulless ramen joint. You got me! Check my tax returns, I own stock in so many developers. All the developers, actually.
@6 I'm looking to be the guy who writes up the food exactly as I experience it, which is exactly what I did, thank you very much. Also, if you're smart you just eat at the bar so you don't have to wait. No grit required.
Nov 28, 2016
commented on Food News: All of Your Old Favorites Are Slowly Disappearing But at Least You Can Comfort Yourself with Dumplings and Vegan Ice Cream
@1 I do not promote, merely report the opening of for those who are curious. Personally, I like my ice cream to actually involve cream. Or twee.
@2 and @3 I'm not 25, and I'm a native, but don't you look so knowing and jaded on the internet. Also, I think you may be missing the point of those subheads. They're not intended to bemoan a sepia-tinted vison of "Auld Seattle" so much as to offer a reflection on the endless cycles of development that a city goes through, and the endless complaint they inspire. Do I wax nostalgic about doing laundry at the old Five Point, where it was actually dirty and scary and you had to sit in front of the closed circuit TV to make sure a crackhead didn't steal your clothes? Of course I do. Do I recognize that its update was a natural and inevitable part of the neighborhood's evolution? Duh.
Certainly any city is a Ship of Theseus, but who are you to deny those who have loved Seattle's longer lasting planks a moment to rue their replacement? Also, the places that closed had character, which tends to be loosely correlated with longevity. However, they are by no means handcuffed to one another. There are plenty of dinosaurs that are thankfully now extinct, just as there are plenty of brand spanking new places that already feel classic. To reduce my reasoning to "old = good" is, well, reductive.
Oct 20, 2016
commented on Vashon Island Has a New BBQ Joint Called Gravy
@1 Belabor: "attack or assault physically or verbally." Which, in an abstract sense (aka exactly the sense I was using it in), is exactly what my mother has done to her knees over a lifetime of mountain climbing. Thanks for taking the time to be a high school English teacher about it though. Hope it was the most fulfilling self-righteous internet commenting experience of your life.
Also, BJC reviewed May'd years ago and loved it. I'll let that stand. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/the-b…