The Savory 6 with Rachel Belle
Welcome to The Savory 6 – a weekly column featuring six weekly questions for one of the guests on our show. Check, Please! Northwest is all about dining out, but that’s not the only thing that happens at the table. When you put three strangers together and encourage banter, anything can happen! It’s a happy byproduct of the show and it’s one of my favorite parts – getting to know all of these food-loving folks. In this weekly article, we get to dig a little deeper into one of our guest’s culinary quirks and preferences.
This week, radio host Rachel Belle shares her Queen Anne brunch pick: Grub. Rachel got hooked on Grub when she tried their Imperial Mix-Up – a special dish that’s only on the menu every third Saturday! Find out what makes the Imperial Mix-Up so addictive tonight (7/3) at 7:30 pm on KCTS 9. Watch Rachel’s restaurant pick online now.
Meet Rachel Belle…
How often do you dine out?
I dine out so often that eating at home is a novelty. A friend invited me over for brunch last weekend and I nearly exploded with happiness. You mean, we get to eat EGGS in your HOUSE. The only thing I love more than eating is voyeurism.
Fill in the blank: If I see something with _________ on a menu, I HAVE to order it.
If my boyfriend is present, POUTINE. We could each earn a Canadian passport solely based on the number of plates of cheese curd spiked gravy fries that we've consumed this past year. Oh, and hand shaved Chinese noodles. I always need to eat those.
What is your signature dish—something you make well and consistently?
It's a dish I usually make for myself, because it's such a comfort food, and one of the few I make without a recipe: spaghetti and meatballs. I make my own sauce, with San Marzano tomatoes, and choose the meatball ingredients depending on what I'm in the mood for: beef/pork, turkey or Italian chicken sausage. But no matter the meat, I try and incorporate my mom's secret ingredient: crushed fennel seeds. Oh, and plenty of fresh grated Parmesan on top.
Do you have a morning consumption ritual & what is it?
Last week I got stuck in traffic, so to entertain myself I ate a leftover Thai chicken wing in the car. Hurrah for rogue napkins stuffed into the glove box. The three mornings before that I made fruit smoothies. Usually I don't eat anything. If randomness is considered a ritual, than yes. I do have one.
Most awesome OR annoying food trend?
I am a big fan of novelty, so it's hard for a food trend to bother me. I really wanted to try the Cronut, even though I'm not a huge pastry whore. I love that Roy Choi started the Korean taco trend and I will continue to squirt sriracha all over my food, even though it's trendiness has definitely reached its tipping point. Oh, and I just had an amazing strawberry shrub soda at Vif the other day, so I'm now in favor of this artisan soda trend thing.
If you were stuck on a deserted island and only had ONE food with you, what would it be?
A food lover's most dreaded question. My first instinct is to say nigiri, since I rarely tire of sushi and raw fish would actually be quite easy to come by on a desert island. But I am also a pretty devoted noodle slurper, so I might have to turn to the dish that has comforted me since childhood (and through many drunk/hungover nights/mornings, respectively): pasta with butter, nutmeg, fresh grated Parmesan, pepper and a sprinkle of truffle salt.
Amy Pennington is the host of Check, Please! Northwest and a well-known ingredient in Seattle’s food and restaurant scene. She’s also the author of Urban Pantry, Apartment Gardening and Apples: From Harvest to Table, and the e-book series Fresh Pantry. Read more of Amy’s work at amy-pennington.com and connect on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.