Taste of the Town

Taste of the Town: Ariana Lallone

Pacific Northest Ballet principal Ariana Lallone spins through her favorite Seattle food spots.

By Hilary Meyerson March 8, 2011

Quesadilla on the brain? Ariana Lallone from the PNB performance of Red Angels.

Photo by Angela Sterling

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Ariana Lallone has been dancing with the company for 24 years, but she’s ending her long run with PNB this June. So if you want to see the twirling beauty do her thing in Seattle, you might want to get on it.

Lallone just wrapped up a PNB production of Cinderella in which she performed the roles of both the evil stepmother and the fairy godmother. Which of the two characters does she resemble most? “Both,” says Lallone, “I’m a gemini!”

She’s also—believe it or not—a foodie. Who knew ballet dancers ate mayonnaise?

Vita, Stumptown, Starbucks?
Still Starbucks.

Favorite way to burn calories?
Class, rehearsal, or performance, and hot yoga at Urban Yoga Spa—when I have the chance to go.

Eat to live or live to eat?
I eat well to stay in shape and to have stamina for dancing, but I get very excited about food. So, I guess a little of both.

Do you use recipes or wing it?
Recipes from my ten year-plus collection of Gourmet magazines. I am also a big fan of Epicurious and Cook’s Illustrated.

What is your guilty pleasure food?
Cheese quesadilla with grilled onions from La Palma, and crispy walnut prawns from Uptown China.

Are you or have you ever been a vegan?
No…too many restrictions.

What is your desert-island condiment?
It’s a tie between mayonnaise and blue cheese dressing.

Dessert or appetizer?

Three restaurants that sum up Seattle?
Any Ethan Stowell Restaurant, Marjorie, and Boat Street Café.

*Next on the PNB schedule: Contemporary 4.

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