Andrew Zimmern arrived in town recently to film a Seattle episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, but he's also made time for some local cuisine that doesn't involve an ick factor. The TV host dined at Canlis last night and tweeted an epistolary (and pictorial) tribute to the restaurant and chef Jason Franey. It looks as if Zimmern did the tasting menu, tweeting descriptions and photos of many of the courses. His 140-character conclusion" "Canlis is unique. A heritage resto with a modernist genius in Jason Franey at the steering wheel."
Zimmern, you'll recall, is at Seattle Coffee Works this afternoon sampling the shop's $100-a-pound brew.
Aside from marveling over Franey's peas and carrots and ash-and-cocoa-laced foie, Zimmern has been busy during his Washington sojourn. Not surprisingly, the week's schedule included a trip to Intellectual Ventures, the lab where Nathan Mhyrvold and his team developed Modernist Cuisine. The affable TV host called the outing "an amazing day, one of the most thrilling in years!"
He also visited Sea Breeze Farm and its restaurant La Boucherie on Vashon Island, Marination Mobile, Maneki and Taylor Shellfish Farms. And no self-respecting food media personality would pass through Seattle without a visit to Walrus & the Carpenter.
Jay Friedman, being Jay Friedman, has been writing about his own role in Zimmern's visit, and says the ep will air in January.
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[Photos: Bizarre Foods; Canlis]