Yes, behind this unassuming Ranier Valley facade hides the nation's best beef jerky. Security need be paramount. Photo via flickr/Curtis Cronn

CAPITOL HILL

Nosh on fried rice for lunch and dinner now that Justin Strand’s Lucky 8’s China House, has expanded its hours to open at 11:30am. See Lucky 8’s Facebook page for more specifics. 

GEORGETOWN

Matt Watson, former barista at All City Coffee, was fired last week after being outed as the sardonic author behind Bitter Barista—a blog of snarky faux comments to customers. The Seattle Times reveals Watson’s side of the story, which involves his alter hip-hop identity, “Spekulation,” and some newly revised career aspirations. 

KENT

Big-name (and locally based) meat curer Oberto recently nabbed the top spot in a Consumer Reports ranking of beef jerkies, beating out competition like the store brands at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Seattle Times food writer Rebekah Dunn outlines the nitty-gritties of the tasting results. 

ALL OVER

Longing for farm-fresh produce and vittles over the winter? The Seattle Times discloses all of the secret locations around town (well, some are admittedly pretty obvious) where you can continue to buy from and support local growers during the seasonal farmers market drought. 

SEATTLE VIA NEW YORK MEDIA

Artist and journalist Ben Schott of the New York Times crafted a compilation of java jargon from coffee shops around the country, including contributions from Vivace and Trabant Coffee and Chai. The next time you hear “nice shoes,” pretend you don’t know the barista thinks you’re sexy. 

New York magazine’s Grub Street blog praised West Seattle’s unsung, family owned pizza joint, Giannoni’s Pizzeria, in its recent list of 101 top American pizzas

Bon Appetit continues its love affair with The Walrus and the Carpenter. Renee Erickson's Ballard oyster bar made the magazine's list of "The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America," complete with a gorgeous photo of bar manager Anna Wallace in action.

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