Food and Culture

Covering the food and culture scene within Burien.
Delicious Summer Recipe: Sweet and Snappy Zucchini Relish (small batch)
September 13th, 2022
Sweet and Snappy Zucchini Relish - (Small Batch)By Deb Wolf Zucchini is a type of squash from the Cucurbita family. Though it is mainly used as a vegetable, it may come as a surprise that it is classified as a fruit. Its seeds are generally inside/within, unlike a vegetable that produces a seed stalk.Its seminal habitat was from central America up through central Mexico, etc. It seems to have been...
Wake Up And Live In Burien! (Part 6)
September 9th, 2022
By Lance Leasure, owner of Town & Country Coffee.In my last post I wrote that it was in Yemen where coffee was first cultivated and from there where it began its global migration. Ultimately, our destination is your corner coffee shop or your home coffee station where it’s now possible to enjoy coffee from all over the world. Before we get there, we’ve got a lot to cover.From Yemen, coffee migrate...
Australian Pie Company - Interview With Owner Angus Wood
August 26th, 2022
By Joseph Riverson.There are two things in life that we cannot easily forget, no matter how hard we try. They are:That warm embrace we get from Mama when we need it most, andMama's hot and tasty homemade meals straight from the oven.Oh yes! When we heard her wonderful voice calling us in that loving tone: "Lunch is ready", "Breakfast is ready," or "Dinner's Ready", no matter what time of day it wa...
Wake Up And Live In Burien! (Part 5)
August 18th, 2022
While enjoying a cup of my favorite dark-roast Honduras coffee this morning, I mentioned to my lovely wife what a truly amazing time it is to be alive!  I had just read something about the dramatic advances in medicine and life expectancy as a result of genetic sequencing technology. Then, as soon as I made my remark, I realized that not everyone feels the same way and many may feel uncomfortable ...
Restaurant Review: King Wha
August 13th, 2022
Mangia Mangia with Mercuri I visited King Wha restaurant on 152nd Street with a friend the other night. This restaurant has been around since 1975 when I moved here from Spokane. The food is still as excellent as it was decades ago, though like most restaurants, the prices have gone up; however, my favorite dish was well worth every penny:  the Honey Walnut Prawns. This dinner dish was $17, but th...
Recipe: Cornbread, Orange Citrus Vinagrette, and BBQ Beans
August 5th, 2022
By Sheri Dugan As the ”Southern” cook for Gem of the Sound, it is my honor to share with you some of my favorite and most requested side dishes for the summer BBQ season. I want to give you actual recipes for my favorite cornbread and my new favorite dressing … Orange Citrus Vinaigrette. (I must at this point give a nod to a wonderful Burien restaurant B-Town Halo Grill which not only has really g...
Wake Up and Live in Burien (Part 4)
August 1st, 2022
By Lance Leasure So far we’ve covered a few of the basics of the coffee plant. We’ve discussed some of its varieties, clarified that the “beans” are actually seeds, and we introduced the region circling the globe known as the “coffee belt”.Within this zone, coffee requires ample sunshine, lots of water in well-draining and fertile volcanic soil, and little to no frost. There are a number of places...
Restaurant Review: 909 Coffee and Wine
July 22nd, 2022
Mangia Mangia with Mercuri A friend and I visited 909 Coffee and Wine on 152nd this week. This little neighborhood restaurant opened its doors in May 2007, and I must say, has consistently delivered excellent meals with the most beautiful presentation, always fit for a Kodak moment! There is dining inside, or outside on a covered patio, and also on the deck in the sunshine surrounded by absolutely...
Movie Review: Phantom of the Open
July 21st, 2022
By Don Webb“The way movies were meant to be seen: in the movie theater on the big screens.” This movie is called “The Phantom of the Open” starring Mark Rylance, Academy Award Winner, and Sally Hawkins, Academy Award Nominee.The main subject is a man who doesn't play golf but proudly announces he's going to be a Pro-golfer.The film’s opening introduces a middle-aged man who looks much older than h...
Restaurant Review: Greek House
July 19th, 2022
Mangia Mangia with Mercuri This little neighborhood restaurant has been around for a few years.  It’s  the Greek House on 153rd, right off of First Avenue. Their menu varies between Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. I chose a cozy little table by the window and was surprisingly greeted by the owner to welcome me. My favorite afternoon delight on a chilly day is a bowl of their Avgolemono Soup, whi...
Movie Review: American Underdog
July 18th, 2022
By Don Webb“The way movies were meant to be seen: in the movie theater on the big screens.”A strong recommendation to see it now, if possible, in a regular theater. A rare Five-Star rating from me!   (I have only rated three movies in the last five years “Five Stars”, and this is one of them.)You do not have to be a sports fan to love this movie. If you like rooting for the underdog, this will pul...
Restaurant Review: Burien Pizzeria
July 15th, 2022
Mangia Mangia with Mercuri I finally made it to the Burien Pizzeria last week for the first time, another great find on 152nd across Ambaum. It was fun watching the chef flip the pizza dough and making the pizzas next to our table. We started off with the bruschetta topped with burrata cheese made from mozzarella and cream, while the inside contained stracciatella and cream, topped with arugula an...
Wine Wednesday!
July 13th, 2022
Join us for Wine Wednesdays at the Three Tree Point Store.La Valle Del SolA super fresh and clean wine with notes of Peach with a touch of citrus, such an easy wine to enjoy.Grape Varietal: 100% PasserinaRegion: Offida, Le Marche, ItalyPinella PikasiThis dry farmed, organically grown, native yeast fermented bottling is made of the indigenous Slovenian grape Pinela and hails from the region of Brje...
Wake Up and Live in Burien (Part 3)
July 11th, 2022
By Lance Leasure A few years ago, I thought it would be fun to make a playlist of songs that included a reference to coffee. I poked around online and found over 21,000 references in lyrics, from 52 artists, across 50 albums! Even Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a Coffee Cantata in 1732. Suddenly, my project felt a bit more daunting. If it’s true, as some say, that music is the voice of the soul, clea...
Restaurant Review: Salmon Creek Cafe
July 8th, 2022
Mangia Mangia with MercuriBy Laurel Mercury Another little gem of the sound is located in north Burien at 116th and Ambaum, the Salmon Creek Cafe. Some of us "in the hood" have been frequenting there for at least 20 years and now… four owners later, different menu and forever fabulous food! The previous owner added a small 6-seater bar, with a large-screen TV and a small assortment of beer and win...
Restaurant Review: B-Town Halo Grill
June 30th, 2022
Mangia Mangia with MercuriBy Laurel Mercury My newest find this week was the new B-Town Halo Grill. Despite being surrounded by 6 or 8 other restaurants on the block, they do have some unique items on the menu, including rice bowls and milkshakes. They also serve breakfast which is included on their all-day menu. A very colorful paint job inside with scenes of Seattle and Washington will keep you ...
Wine Wednesday!
June 29th, 2022
Join us at the Three Tree Point store for Wine Wednesday.2020 Kind Stranger Chardonnay, Washington State 93% Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay, 7% Lawrence Vineyard RoussanneFermented with indigenous yeasts in neutral barrels then aged sur lie for 16 months. High elevation sites littered with caliche and broken basalt contribute freshness and minerality to the wine. Chardonnay does the heavy lifting, ...
Wake up and Live in Burien (Part 2)
June 29th, 2022
By Lance Leasure Coffee. What is it and what is it made of? Is it a bean, a nut, or a seed? Where does it come from? A factory in Kent, or a building in SoDo? Who discovered it, or was it invented? Did it really involve overactive goats? And the most important question of all, what’s the best way to brew and drink it? We’ll get into all of these and much more in due time. The world of coffee is at...
Restaurant Review: Dek Thai
June 23rd, 2022
By Laurel Mercury I recently visited Dek Thai, a restaurant on 152nd in Burien.  Unfortunately there was only one other table filled on a Friday night when several other restaurants we had passed were filled to the brim. Despite the sparse clientele, the food was delicious.  I ordered the wonton soup, ground pork and shrimp wrapped in wonton wrapper and spinach topped with garlic.  I have never se...
Wine Wednesday!
June 22nd, 2022
Join us for Wine Wednesdays at the Three Tree Point Store. Welcome back to Wine Wednesday! We’re celebrating the start of summer with these fabulous porch pounders from Portugal.Santola Vinho Verde, Portugal Crisp, refreshing, and spritzy this is THE quintessential, eazy-breezy, zippy summer sipper. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, and orchard fruit. Hints of white flowers additionally. Flavors of bri...