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The Savory 6 with Rachel Roland

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, guest Rachel Roland offers her fresh perspective on dining. As a recent Seattle transplant she chose somewhere close to her home on the east side—The Commons Café. This chic little restaurant tucked into winery row at Woodinville boasts farm-y décor and a comfort food and seasonally driven menu. Tune in tonight, Thursday, 5/15, at 7:30pm on KCTS 9. Watch Rachel's breakfast pick online now.

Meet Rachel Roland

How often do you dine out?
Once a week, at least.

Fill in the blank: If I see something with _________ on a menu, I HAVE to order it.
Blue cheese.

What is your signature dish—something you make well and consistently?
Pesto. I make amazing pesto!

Do you have a morning consumption ritual & what is it?
I work out at 6am Monday through Friday, so breakfast is usually a recovery shake or an over easy egg (cooked in lots of butter) with some broccolini.

Most awesome OR annoying food trend?
The whole bacon thing. It's both awesome (I love, love, LOVE bacon) but also annoying because it's been done to death at this point.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and only had ONE food with you, what would it be?
That's a very difficult question to answer, because I love food so much! I'd have to go with eggs benedict. Not only is it my favorite breakfast, but it has all the fat, protein and carbs you can ask for in a survival situation!


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 and connect on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.