Saturday, 13 August 2011

GUEST BLOGGER: Alison Clancy compares the Seattle food scene to her native Boston!

My newest addition to my blog: I am having guest bloggers contribute a food-related blog post! I love meeting new people at networking events, parties, and even yoga class. I can't wait for you to read more about food from a special blogger every month.

My first guest blogger is Alison Clancy. I met Alison, through a mutual friend, and we hit it off from the start! We both love fun nights out, social media, good food, and good drinks. She is an online marketing manager for Liquid Planner (, native to Boston, new to Seattle, and overall, a very SWEET person! She also blogs for Girl Power Hour, a fun, fashion-forward, and exciting female-only networking event business. (Check her out: Alison writes her favorite food places in Seattle AND Boston.

When Kimm first asked me to write a guest post for her, my first reaction was something along the lines of, “Aw, crap.” You see, I don’t like to cook. I’ll do it if I have to, but usually only for myself and maybe for anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves in my kitchen. And I certainly try to avoid baking at all costs (I leave that kind of thing to people who are actually talented, like Miss Kimm herself). But eating? Eating I can do. I am a professional eater. I even do it every day. Also, I’m also very good at drinking, just in case you wanted to know.

Having been born and raised in Boston, the Seattle food scene has been kind to me since I moved here six months ago. A lot of people ask me how the two cities are different, a subject I could talk about for days, but the real question is: how do the food scenes compare? There’s a few things I could say. Like, how there aren’t any teriyaki places in Beantown. Seattle has the best Thai and Vietnamese places, but Boston is the obvious winner when it comes to lobster rolls and chowdah.

But hey, I’m not here to start a food war, which is why I’ve decided to name my favorite foodie related places in both Seattle AND Boston. So whether you’re a born and bread New Englander or for you, there’s no place like the Emerald City, I hope you can find a new place to try for dinner and drinks tonight:

Best Sushi

- Seattle: Ototo Sushi (Queen Anne) or Nijo Sushi Bar and Grill (Downtown)

- Boston: Symphony Sushi (Northeastern University) or Fugakyu (Brookline)

Favorite Bartenders

- Seattle: The Zoo (Eastlake)

- Boston: Flann O’Briens (Mission Hill)

Best Burger

- Seattle: Red Mill Burgers (Phinney Ridge)

- Boston: Back Bay Social Club (Back Bay)

Favorite Tequila Bar

- Seattle: Bandolero (Wallingford) or Matador (Ballard)

- Boston: Lolita’s (Back Bay)

Favorite Place In Town

- Seattle: Toulouse (Queen Anne)

- Boston: The Beehive (South End) or Grafton Street (Harvard Square)

Disagree with my choices? Let me know what you think should win for the Best in the West (and the East)!

Thanks for the post Alison!


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