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What I learned about food in Italy

By Scott Banks A couple of months ago, my wife, sister, her husband and I visited Italy for three weeks. We learned a few things about the food, making fools of ourselves along the way. The Italians we met were nice people, most spoke English and were kind to us as we navigated the menus, […]

The best meal of my life

By Scott Banks On a tour through Prosecco country in northern Italy, I ate one of the most memorable meals of my life. That morning, we piled into a van and climbed into the foothills of the Dolomites. With the road’s twists and turns, I couldn’t find the place again if you asked me to […]

Louie’s Restaurant: An old-Alaska eatery

47 Spur View Drive Kenai, AK 907-283-3660 or 800-777-3650 Uptownmotel.com By Scott Banks Anchorage Daily Planet Food Writer Louie’s Restaurant is attached to the Uptown Motel in Kenai and features more dead animals on its walls than a natural history museum, each specimen draped with more dust than a haunted mansion. I counted ptarmigan, polar […]

Lahn Pad Thai

Lahn Pad Thai 2101 Abbott Road #7 (907) 272-8424 By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy One theory on restaurant success is that if a restaurant survives in a strip mall, then it must serve good food. Think about Jens, Villa Nova or Campobella Bistro in western midtown. It’s not as swanky as those three, but […]

Salmon season is here: Make the most of it

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Dipnetters are mending their nets, 8-weight fly rods and heavy-duty spin rods are coming out of the garage and serious fly tiers are tying their Russian River flies for the Kenai River red salmon run, that this year, is supposed to be big. The preliminary forecast for the Upper […]

Oregano Eggs: From simple to sublime

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Simple food is the new kitchen black, recipes that combine a few easily found ingredients from your pantry and refrigerator, fast preparation, quick cook times (if you cook them at all), and they turn out perfectly every time. Three-, four- and five-ingredient cookbooks populate the bookstore food sections. And […]

Time to take it outside

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy The gorgeous weather has made eating outside at restaurants a joy, but who knows how long the sunny weather will last. The good news is that El Niño might bring a spate of warm weather throughout the summer for Alaska – or not. The best advice to heed is […]

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