Karen Watson

OH my Christ hon, a Baltimore girl has been let loose on Seattle where she traded in Natty Boh for Rainier. Karen Watson is a chef, freelance writer, ABBA enthusiast, and soccer fanatic. When not cooking for sorority girls, she pillages developing countries hunting for Hello Kitty merchandise. And if you don’t support Liverpool FC or the Orioles, she doesn’t even want to know you.

Neighborhood:
BallardSeattle


10 NFT Questions:
My Day Job:
     Sorority Chef
What I'm listening to:
     Divine Fits, The Weekend, Delhi2Dublin, Lady
What I'm reading:
     A Visit From the Goon Squad
What I've just seen:
     Bernie
What I believe in:
     The Orioles winning the World Series
What pisses me off:
     Rude motherf**kers

Karen's Photos


Karen's Features
Aaaaaah, For It
Little known fact: Too much coffee and very little sun can do major harm to the body. So like all Seattleites, Karen Watson deserves some pampering and primping every so often. Follow Karen on her spa quest across the city and beyond.
   
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The Beautiful Game in the Emerald City
Tripping over last night’s half-eaten take-out strewn across my bedroom floor, I stumble into the shower cursing live television. It’s Saturday, which for me and all the other obsessive fans means football. And I am not talking about the Seahawks but rather what we Americans call soccer. My love for the beautiful game is the only thing waking me from sleep this early on a weekend. Who knew it’s still dark at 6:30 am? Normally I watch the re-broadcasted games later in the day, but on this particular Saturday I am hitting several football viewing hotspots, some of which have live coverage beginning at 7 am.    
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Karen's Reviews & Comments
Saffron Grill 4/14/2013
I was skeptical about Saffron Grill because (a)it's in a building that looks like it used to be a TGI Fridays and (b)it's in the car park of a scary looking "business" hotel. But the old cliche really fits - never judge a book by it's cover. Owned by the same family that runs the U-District staple Cedars, I instantly recognized the coffee pots full of Chai going round the room. That stuff is like milky delicious Crack. The food isn't outstanding but it's definitely tasty and flavorful, especially if you're in need of a Tikka after a hard day of shopping. And the cocktail list reads like a Webster's Dictionary of exotic tropical flavors. Jai Ho!
Plaka Estiatorio 4/14/2013
I'm down with any cuisine that promotes fried cheese as a basic food group. The Haloumi at Plaka Estiatorio is off the charts and there is a very good possibility it could even give you a spontaneous food orgasim. Yes, it is that good. Tucked away from the visitng hordes that dominate Ballard on the weekend, Plaka epitomizes a casual neighborhood joint. The savoury aromas of lemon and garlic wafting from the open kitchen will lure you in better than any pied piper.
Zayda Buddy's 5/28/2012
Thank you Zayda Buddy's for bringing deep fried cheese curds and Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat beer to Seattle. But sauerkraut on pizza? No offense, but I could have lived without. And I think the last time I had Pringles was sometime in the mid-80s, although I had forgotten how strangely wonderful they really are. Thanks to ZB, mid-western comfort food has found a Seattle following. Wisconsin style beer cheese dip and tater tot casserole always helps of course. The menu is rounded out by other old school favorites like tuna casserole, fish sticks and gravy smothered french fries. The other big draw - Minnesota style pizza, which is rolled precariously thin and cut into little square pieces. You betcha, it's tasty. Oh, and ladies, say hi to the vintage Burt Reynolds poster in the bathroom.
Senor Moose 5/28/2012
I've been visiting Senor Moose for years and straight up, I am still amazed every time at how freakin' delicious the food is. Serving up comida tipica, otherwise known as Mexican comfort food, the cooks consistently dish out authentic and vibrantly flavored staples like carne asada, nopales, plantains, sopes, and of course tacos. You won't find cheddar cheese enchiladas and gloppy refried beans here. Instead they finish everything off with a dusting of Cotija cheese, real Mexican crema, and fresh avocado. The decor of sherbert colored paint, tile floors, oil cloth covered tables, and folk art combines in an assault on the senses almost making you forget that you're still in Seattle and not Veracruz. The crowds waiting to get in at prime meal times rivals those outside a Wal Mart on Black Friday. And it is oh so worth the wait.
Ride the Ducks 5/27/2012
What unsuspecting local hasn't bitched once or twice after a truckload of happily quacking tourists scared the crap out of them while passing thru downtown on a Ride the Duck tour? Annoying, yes, but the Duck tours are also undeniably quirky and irreverent. The tour guides, you also happen to be licensed Captains,who have silly names like Captain Clem Chowder and Chip Ahoy include plenty of city history along with a healthy dose of corny jokes. Their enthusiasm is infectious and trust me, by the end of the two hour voyage they will have even the most hardened Seattle native singing along to "We Will Rock You." The Ducks' amphibious capabilities allow visitors to view the city by both land and lake, a highlight of the trip is dodging the seaplanes landing on Lake Union. Ahoy, Seattle.

Karen's Radars Plaka Estiatorio
Seattle's Plaka Estiatorio
4/14/2013 Restaurants, Ballard — I'm down with any cuisine that promotes fried cheese as a basic food group. The Haloumi at Plaka Est...

Saffron Grill
Seattle's Saffron Grill
4/14/2013 Restaurants, Northwest Seattle — I was skeptical about Saffron Grill because (a) it's in a building that looks like it used to be a...

Zayda Buddy's
Seattle's Zayda Buddy's For Midwestern Comfort Food
5/30/2012 Nightlife, Ballard — Thank you Zayda Buddy's for bringing deep fried cheese curds and Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat beer to...

Senor Moose
Seattle's Senor Moose Continues To Impress
5/28/2012 Restaurants, Ballard — I've been visiting Senor Moose for years and straight up, I am still amazed every time at how freaki...

Ride the Ducks
Riding The Ducks In Seattle
5/27/2012 Landmarks, Lower Queen Anne / Seattle Center — What unsuspecting local hasn't bitched once or twice after a truckload of happily quacking tourists...

Submitted Listings

Seattle
Ann's Teriyaki Huge menu, gigantic portions, quick. And cheap!
Barrio Perfect taco truck food in a swank space.
Cactus Pretend you're in SoCal, straight chillin' with a margarita by the beach.
Eltana Wood Fired Bagel Cafe Good bagels in Seattle. Yes, we're not kidding.
Emerald City Tattoo Six talented artists, one revealing studio.