Megan & MHT: Rachel Yang's Ultra-Fermented Dish

Rachel Yang, chef at Seattle's Joule created an ultra-fermented dish for tonight's gala, Korean bean paste-cured and cold-smoked walu (another name for Escolar) with fennel kimchi."My mom didn't teach me to make kimchi," Yang jokes, "but I did learn from my grandmother and some other people. You can make kimchi out of anything, cabbage, fennel and apple, shiitakes." She starts her kimchi with ginger, pear, garlic, onion, and fish sauce. The pears serve a dual purpose: their sweetness balances

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Immaculate Infatuation: Next Year, Canlis

Oh well, we were really pulling for our Seattle friends at Canlis for the Outstanding Service Award. Tough competition, though.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Some Decent Music After All

Arcade Fire as background music of this National Food Conference video recap. Could be worse. Oh wow, Foster The People, too? Well done, JBFA.

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Immaculate Infatuation Approves

Love the National getting some recognition, even if it's just for the design. The pork chop ain't bad either.

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Immaculate Infatuation: New Gig?

We need to DJ this event next year. Did they just play Men at Work?

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Foodspotting: It's a Thai!

A tie between Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas) and Tyson Cole of Uchi (Austin) for "Best Chef: Southwest", that is. We asked the chefs what foods they'll be celebrating with. Smiley Saipin spoke through her translator and said she doesn't know because she's so excited, beaming the entire time. Chef Cole said he was craving chocolate. So, does he like dessert? "Only if it's chocolate," he said seriously. Only champagne in the Mercedes-Benz Victory Lane room, unfortunately... - Amy * Chaiyo is an expression of gladness in Thai. We just learned that. You're welcome.

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Foodspotting: Tattoo Stories

Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, winner of the Best Chef of NYC, when asked about her tattoos, shared a couple intimate stories with us. These are the names of her two boys, Marco and Leone, and another on her left bicep of Temple Bar years ago, thinking the bar won't be around anymore. But! It still is :) ~Fiona

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Immaculate Infatuation: America's Classics

Crook's Corner, we're coming for you. Damn.

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Foodspotting: Our hometown winner!

Best Chef: Pacific Michael Tusk of Quince in San Francisco told us he was elated that his win is happening this year when his family has gone through some hardships. Still have not had the fortune of dining at the renowned Quince, but hoping it happens very soon. ~Fiona

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Immaculate Infatuation: Some Words of Wisdom

If people could permanently shelve the word "foodie", this world would be a way better place.

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