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- Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who occasionally dishes up restaurant recommendations, gave his nod of approval to May Thai in Wallingford. He dug the phad thai on a recent visit, posting about it on his personal Twitter account:
Dining adventures at May’s in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Their phad thai is among the best I’ve had in town. What’s your favorite? pic.twitter.com/5w1ZXC4XeG— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) November 8, 2017
- Last week a salmonella outbreak tied to Miller’s Guild closed the restaurant temporarily. There were three confirmed cases, including one that required hospitalization.
- Oof: There were also 13 cases of norovirus associated with Elliott's Oyster House after its 25th Annual Oyster New Year event last week, and two cases contracted after a meal at Rachel’s Ginger Beer/Ma’Ono Fried Chicken in the University District earlier in November.
- Bethany Jean Clement tore into Bulletproof Coffee’s new South Lake Union cafe, saying the buttered coffee leaves drinkers “with a lingering sour aftertaste akin to awakening on a very bad morning,” the breakfast burrito is “a gummy, tasteless cloud,” and a scone “crumbles to the touch, chews like damp sand, and tastes slightly less bland than everything else.” Yum.
- That recent Parts Unknown episode in which Anthony Bourdain smoked a lot of weed and ate a lot of seafood in Seattle apparently also discarded a discussion about gender discrimination in the tech industry. Yet two of the discussion’s participants, including Nikki Barron of Techbridge Girl, still show up in a lip-synching scene at the episode’s conclusion — and Barron said she wouldn’t have participated at all if show runners had informed her a VR porn startup was being featured.
Editor’s note, 11/30/17: It’s not clear that Parts Unknown producers directly replaced the gender discrimination discussion with a segment on a VR porn startup, and the story has been corrected to reflect that distinction.