Enjoy a collection of content from Chef Howie and members of his team.


Hamburgers! A Brief History

By | May 3, 2019

Hamburgers did not originate in the United States. But this nation has always been its spiritual home. More than 50 million burgers are eaten by Americans every single year. In spite of health warnings, anti fast-food propaganda and endless calorie analyses, the burger remains America’s favorite food choice. To commemorate May – the National Burger…


Inside Wildwood Spirits — The Only Chef And Sommelier-Owned Distillery In The Country

By | March 30, 2019

When a partnership is divinely guided, there is very little man – or this case, Erik Liedholm — can do to change the course of its destiny. It was 2001, and the sommelier was happily working at his job with the Hyatt in downtown Seattle, when Chef John Howie practically railroaded him into coming on…


Wildwood Spirits Announces Old 830 – The Micro Distillery’s First Irish Whisky

By | March 16, 2019

First, it was their amazing, award-winning success with a vodka (Stark Vatten) and a gin (Kur) that spoke richly of seasonal and hyper-local botanicals. Then came Dark Door, an inspirational, handcrafted bourbon. Now, there’s more big news coming from Wildwood Spirits. The micro distillery in Bothell, Washington — one of the few establishments left in America that still…


John Howie Steak: A Dining Destination For Whiskey Lovers!

By | March 8, 2019

Four years ago, Chef John Howie put his General Manager to a test. “Make me the best whiskey list in the Pacific Northwest,” he said. GM Tim Lodahl gamely took up the challenge, and 650-700 bottles later, it is now safe to say the premier steakhouse in Bellevue offers a very impressive selection of some…


Vegan Sushi? That’s Right! Healthy, Tasty And Now Being Served By Chef Wayne Taniguchi At Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar

By | February 24, 2019

Meet Wayne Taniguchi, the sushi chef at Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar. As one of Bellevue’s premier seafood eateries, you’d expect a lot of fresh catches from the sea in Wayne’s sushis, but vegan sushis are all the rage right now and he has 15 vegan versions on custom order, plus one (a Tempura fried…


Oysters At Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar — And Two Wines To Pair With Them

By | February 6, 2019

It’s always oyster season at Seastar Restaurant And Raw Bar in Bellevue, WA. You don’t have to wait for the months with an `R’ in them (September to April) because the summer break in wild oyster harvesting to let them spawn doesn’t apply to commercially raised oysters that are strictly regulated for both safety and…


Truffles: 4 Reasons Why These Mega Aromatic Fungi Have Taken The World Of Modern Gastronomy By Storm

By | January 23, 2019

So what’s going on? How did the world suddenly fall so in love with truffles? True, these fungi, or tuber, are an experience like no other. Their aroma is so deeply complex, and so indescribably sensuous, that comparisons are often made between the earthy scent of truffles and sex. It’s a musky, mysterious sort of…


Are Oysters Really An Aphrodisiac? Or Is It Just A Shucking Myth?

By | January 21, 2019

“We sucked them [oysters] in, one by one, after placing them on each other’s tongue. Voluptuous reader, try it, and tell me whether it is not the nectar of the Gods!” That’s a quote from the diary of Casanova, the famous Italian playboy who left a trail of love and heartbreak as he hopped from…


Bloody Mary: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About One Of The World’s Most Fascinating Cocktails

By | January 15, 2019

# 1: The Classic Bloody Mary Recipe  Ingredients – Lemon Juice: ½ tsp – Vodka: 2 oz – Tomato Juice: 4 oz – Tabasco: 2 dashes – Horseradish: 2 tsps – Worcestershire Sauce: 2 dashes – Celery Salt: 1 pinch – Pepper: 1 pinch – Paprika: 1 pinch   Method – Add ingredients in an ice-filled…


New Dessert Wine Menu At John Howie Steak – From Heady To The Sublime

By | December 16, 2018

Most restaurants don’t sell a lot of dessert wines, but at John Howie Steak, we know how dessert wines are the perfect way to finish off a meal. Dessert wines are sweet but often they tend to be lower in alcohol, and you’ll enjoy drinking it in a small amount. Like a kiss at the…