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Taste This, Seattle: The Fish Toast at Analog Coffee's B-Side Is One of the City's Best Eggless Breakfasts

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by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue

Party Mountain's majestic fish mountain.
Party Mountain's majestic fish mountain. B-Side Foods

Hello, eaters of Slog, and welcome to The Stranger's latest food column: Taste This, Seattle.

The theme here is to highlight individual dishes or beverages that really knocked my socks off over the past week. These aren’t full restaurant reviews, but they also aren’t mere “content.” The goal here is to provide you with an antidote to both via completely honest, unfiltered selections from my culinary wanderings. As a food writer, I probably eat out too much, but I frequently find myself discovering tastes that are so revelatory and wonderful I want everyone to know about them. Because after all, the best thing about food is sharing it with other people.

First stop: fish toast. Analog Coffee recently launched B-Side, a cafe that will soon inhabit the former Resto space below Analog. For now, you place your order at Analog, and go around the corner to wait at a small window for your food. B-Side offers three toast options—egg, fish, or sweet (all $6)—as well as meat/veg breakfast sandwiches ($7) and some sort of healthy bowl ($9). The breakfast sandwiches are quite good, but the thing you want is the fish toast.

The fish in question is delightfully flaky smoked trout, and they are quite generous with it. If you are one of those people who sneers at $6 toast, this cavalcade of protein will wipe that sneer off your face. Indeed, the whole affair begins with a small but intimidating mountain of trout. This is applied on top of a layer of tangy herbed yogurt, then topped with a lattice of pickled and fresh mandolined onions. The cold, zesty yogurt—it is the first thing that hits your tongue, after the toast itself—provides the perfect counterpoint to the pleasantly pliant mound of fish, and the acid of the onions is there to wrap the whole thing up for you with a nice, tidy bow. Flavorwise, I found it to be perfectly integrated.

This glorious symphony is all composed upon a slab of buttered rye with exactly the right amount of char. Yes, the toast is clearly insufficient to support the mountain of flaky goodness tamped down upon it, but that’s why they serve it in a paper boat and give you plenty of napkins. Anyone who claims they’ve never eaten the meat that falls out the back of an overloaded taco is lying to you. And for what reason? Shame should never factor into any dining experience (with the possible exception of Man vs. Food), and you should be similarly unashamed to to pinch the stray bits that accumulate in the boat between your fingertips and savor every single perfect bite.

Leave your sense of decorum elsewhere, take your toast and coffee down to the nearby Thomas St. Mini Park, and enjoy a quiet, personal moment with one of the finest eggless breakfast items our city has to offer. Just don’t forget those napkins.

B-Side is open weekends from 8am-1pm ("for now").

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Alvaro Fernandez on his emotional exit from Seattle Sounders

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“Without a doubt, this is the most important team I was a part of because it was where I felt at home despite being so far away”

It was first noted by Univision’s Diego Arrioja after the Houston match that Alvaro Fernandez had said he was playing his last match at CenturyLink Field that night. There was some speculation about whether or not that was true, but general manager Garth Lagerwey basically confirmed last week that Flaco would be leaving the club soon. Luckily for the fans and the player himself, Flaco made a substitute appearance at Starfire on Tuesday in the win against the Portland Timbers. When he entered the match for Zach Mathers in the 72nd minute, it was to a thunderous ovation by the home supporters.

Flaco arrived in Seattle for his second stint with the club last summer, and it’s understood that he played a significant role in convincing his close friend Nicolas Lodeiro to join the club. He had 23 appearances in MLS since arriving in 2016, with one goal and one assist.

Niko Moreno of La Afición NW/Somos Sounders spoke on the phone with Flaco after the match, and he graciously provided Sounder at Heart a translated transcript of their conversation. In the best interest of the player’s intent, his full answers are provided below, with only light editing for clarity.

How he said goodbye to the team:

“Well yeah, the truth is that it was a very emotional day for me because it was the last time I was going to be in Starfire. Prior to the start of practice, the coach said some very nice words about me; they gave me a present, a ball and a jersey signed by all my teammates. After that when it was my turn talk, just to sum it up, more than anything I thanked them for letting me be a part of this team and that I wished them nothing but the best for their upcoming future.”

How he felt getting a standing ovation during the Timbers match:

“Truly that was the loveliest part because as I entered the field, the people’s ovation was very nice but the reality is that I did not want the game to ever to end, I wanted to play some more time because I knew those were going to be my last minutes as part of the team. Beyond that I tried to do the best I could to win the derby against Portland last night, luckily everything went well, we won and I was very happy but at the same time I was a little emotional because I knew it would be the last time that I would wear this jersey.”

On the decision and negotiation to leave the club:

“I had a talk with Garth about two months ago and well there didn’t seem to be any interest to continue here, you know when you are having a conversation and it’s positive or negative. The only thing I asked was if I could go back to Uruguay for few days because obviously I have to think about my family, also look for a team so...nothing. I had a contract until the 31st but we made the decision and thanks to Garth and Brian’s willingness, I was able to leave a few days before. In reality, there was never anything sure enough to go on, that conversation we had earlier was in no way positive and well, sometimes you have to make decisions based more on your family than on yourself.”

On if he left in good terms with the club and staff:

“Yes, yes, yes, with everybody, With Garth, with Brian, with my teammates, with the fans, with the city, with Adrian. The truth is that I am very grateful for every one of them. Obviously, this team has become a very special part of my life. Without a doubt, this is the most important team I was a part of because it was where I felt at home despite being so far away and it is where I was able to win three titles in three years and that is no small thing. Therefore, the truth is that this team will forever have a mark on me and I will always wish them the best in the future.”

On what’s next:

“I really do not know where I will be playing as of today. If you were to ask me where I want to, I would say yes, I would like to go back and play in Uruguay because I would be in my country, with all my family a little bit closer, it would also be good for my girls but well, this is soccer and you never know what is going to happen. I never close the door on anything but it would be ideal to be in Uruguay or at least nearby.”

On this being the best way to finish his time in MLS:

“Yes without a doubt, I came here with that idea, coming back to the team that I loved dearly, that I very much liked. Coming back to Seattle Sounders and in less than five months reaching an MLS title for the first time in history, truthfully was spectacular, the truth is that it was a very good choice to return and I am just happy for making that decision to come back.”

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Alvaro Fernandez said he’s leaving Sounders

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Sounders midfielder gave an ominous interview to Univision Seattle, but timeline is unclear.

It would appear that Alvaro Fernandez is preparing for his departure from the Seattle Sounders. There’s been no official word from the team, but the Uruguayan apparently told a reporter with Seattle Univision that he had played his final game at CenturyLink Field.

While there’s no reason to doubt the basic reporting on this -- Fernandez is a pretty good source when it comes to the future of Alvaro Fernandez — there are several important questions that need to be answered.

The first and arguably most important is whether this was Fernandez’s final Sounders match or just the last one he played at CenturyLink Field?

The Sounders don’t play another game at CenturyLink Field until June 21, which means Fernandez could potentially be sticking around until then. That would allow him to play in the upcoming U.S. Open Cup game against the Portland Timbers on Tuesday and even the road game against New York City FC on June 17.

It’s also possible he’s just REALLY planning ahead, doesn’t expect to feature in the June 21 home match against Orlando City when the Sounders should be at pretty much full strength and will be sticking around until the Gold Cup break. That would mean he’d be available for road matches against the Timbers (June 25) and Colorado Rapids (July 4), when he’s more likely to be needed.

Weird as that may sound, it does make a certain amount of sense from a contractual standpoint. Fernandez officially joined the Sounders on July 28 and it’s entirely possible he signed a one-year deal that is simply getting ready to run out with no plan to re-sign him.

The extreme flip side to this is a little harder to square.

If Fernandez is actually saying that Sunday’s game was his last one as a Sounder, it leaves the Sounders very short-handed without any obvious contract relief. Barring some unknown loophole in MLS contract rules that allow for a player to be bought out this late into the season, this would imply that the Sounders cut Fernandez or have agreed to transfer him at an odd time. That would leave them with only 24 players under contract, as many as six of whom are away on international duty and three more of whom missed the last game with injury. Considering three of their available and healthy bodies are goalkeepers, it would leave them with as few as 12 outfield players available for selection in the Open Cup game.

To call the decision to cut Fernandez now strange would be a dramatic understatement, especially since he’s coming off two of his better performances of the season.

Barring an unexpected official word from the team, this is probably all the information we’ll have until the Sounders return to training on Friday and head coach Brian Schmetzer can be asked about it.


UPDATE: After watching the video of the interview, our resident Spanish translator matlatzinca was able to provide this translation: “Really we needed this win, it is with our fans so we couldn’t let them down. And also today was a very special game for me. It is likely to be my last game at Century Link so I had a lot of emotions and it was great to have won the game.” The key phrase in this is “seguramente” which can be translated as “it is likely,” “assuredly,” or “in all likelihood.” Either way, it suggests his departure isn’t quite so imminent.

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Esto fue lo que me dijo el 'Flaco' al terminar el juego ante Houston Dynamo!

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"...it would leave them with as few as 12 outfield players available for selection in the Open Cup game."
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Capitol Hill Community Post | 11 PM Paid Parking Survey

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Capitol Hill parking project area

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Do you go to the Broadway or Pike/Pine areas of Capitol Hill? If so, we want to hear from you!

As Seattle keeps growing, so does the demand for access and parking in the City’s busiest areas. Parking data collected along Broadway and Pike/Pine business corridors show that in the Capitol Hill project area, streets with paid parking were almost 100% full between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

To improve access for visitors during these late-night hours, we’ll extend paid parking hours to end at 11 p.m., compared to 8 p.m. like they do today. This change to 11 p.m. is expected in fall 2017.

SDOT has developed three parking options for late night paid parking hours along Broadway and Pike/Pine. We’d like to hear your feedback! Please complete our survey by Friday, May 12. Your feedback will help us implement a project that works for the community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Catherine Snyder at latenightparking@seattle.gov.

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Relevant to some people I know, I imagine.
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The Best Sierra Adventure Game

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I was only partially raised by my parents. They taught me some things: tying shoelaces, manners, the gentlemen’s sport of cricket. But growing up alongside Sierra adventure games, they taught me pretty much everything else, from asinine grammar to correct police procedure to the very alarming fact that almost…

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Hula Hula announces ‘grand re-opening’ Friday on Capitol Hill

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Like we said, CHS will occasionally kick into action for vitally important news. Like this. Hula Hula, after a “tiki the shit” out of it overhaul of the old Clever Dunne’s space — will officially open Friday and begin its new life on Capitol Hill, owner Keith Robbins has announced.

“People love gathering at Hula Hula for karaoke and cocktails and we’ve been at it for 10 years strong,” Robbins says in the announcement, below. “Capitol Hill, specifically the Olive Way corridor, is the perfect neighborhood to continue the tiki bar tradition.”

HULA HULA REOPENS FRIDAY AT ITS NEW CAPITOL HILL OASIS
Same tiki-fabulous swagger and nightly karaoke; vibrant, new party-centric spot

SEATTLE—April 18, 2017—Seattle’s legendary Tiki-Karaoke bar, Hula Hula, will be back in action Friday after breezing its way across town (1.6 miles due east) to settle into its new festive digs at 1501 East Olive Way (at the corner of E. Howell). Open 365 days per year, hours will be daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“People love gathering at Hula Hula for karaoke and cocktails and we’ve been at it for 10 years strong,” Robbins said. “Capitol Hill, specifically the Olive Way corridor, is the perfect neighborhood to continue the tiki bar tradition.”

General Manager Joe Zara and the same Hula Hula team from Queen Anne will welcome revelers to the new spot. Look forward to oversize flaming “bowl” libations, fun tikified drinks, and traditional beer, wine, and cocktails. Island-theme bites, such as Hawaiian corn dogs, loco moco, and Sriracha honey shrimp, will be available all the way up until midnight.

Easy to spot from the street with its electric aqua blue exterior, the interior is a virtual luau for the eyes: Thatched fronds framing booths, a karaoke stage and a semi-private, raised seating area; dark bamboo wainscoting throughout, an entry accent wall checkered in old Hawaiian and tiki album covers, and the familiar bamboo bar, whose counter is awash in tiki ephemera while dangling, illuminated pufferfish overhead provide mood lighting. The Bali Hai Room is flanked with the 25-foot black light black velvet painting. Carved tiki statues, huge faux stage palms, a mounted Koa wood platter collection and mounted fish round out some of the fun accents. Even the restrooms pipe in tiki music independent of the bar’s karaoke jams (look up in the women’s restroom ceiling to spot an upside-down flock of pink flamingo statues).

Perennial karaoke, offered 365 days per year starting at 9 p.m., is how Hula Hula earned its reputation for consistent, come-as-you-are crooning. At its previous location, it ran more than 2,000 consecutive days before ending the streak to relocate. Karaoke is hosted by self-proclaimed “karaoke geek” Mikey Valentine. Already endowed with a thumping sound system, owner Keith Robbins said that Hula Hula strives to provide one of the best karaoke experiences in the city. From 4-9 p.m., early private karaoke rents for $125 per hour (2-hour min.), giving parties total control of the stage. The stage is also equipped with a dropdown 106” screen for presentations aimed at private parties and daytime buyouts.

For those daring to go beyond the umbrella-staked stylings of the pina colada, mai tai, or blue Hawaiian, consider theZombie Bowl, a bigger version of the classic (all of the tiki cocktails use fresh juices, spices and house-made falernum), or the Volcano Bowl, served on fire! Happy Hour will be offered every day from 4-6 p.m., featuring $4 well drinks, $4 tap beers (spouting from 12 tiki-fied taps), $4 Off ALL tiki menu drinks and $5 bites. A special weekly Aloha Friday Happy Hour(Friday 4-6 p.m.) will also include half off Sailor Jerry and half off Kona beers.

Learn more at hulahula.org.

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