Denise Sakaki is an avid writer who’s lived in several cities east of Seattle– Bellevue/Redmond area for about 5 or 6 years, then Duvall, where she has lived for nearly seven years. She has a strong passion for photography, food and writing. You can find her spending her free time editing photos, getting caught up on articles, doing research on new things to write about and reading.
What’s your favorite thing about sharing reviews on Places?
I like being involved in the reviews because it’s a dynamic list that reminds me to visit favorite places I haven’t been to in a while, and seeing others’ lists helps me decide if I want to try something new.
Share an ultimate insider tip in Seattle.
Don’t think that if a restaurant is in a little strip mall, it’s not good. Some of the best places in and around Seattle are in old outdoor shopping centers. Fancy and expensive doesn’t always equal good.
If you could see any celebrity’s reviews on Places, who would you choose and why?
Julia and Paul Child. They were such an amazing couple beyond Julia Child’s influence in the culinary world, and it would be fun to see what they both would have listed as favorite places and what their favorite dishes were.
Do you have any secret talents?
I’m double-jointed. But that’s not talent, it’s genetics.
Finally, can you share any of your favorite Seattle places with us?
Chantanee Thai Restaurant – Best Thai food. Can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, especially Heavenly Beef. And absolutely incredible cocktails – let them decide your drinks FOR you.
The Grange Cafe – Locally sourced ingredients and such a great spot. They often have meats from Salumi!
Mediterranean Kitchen – I’m addicted to their garlic sauce. And it guarantees vampires will never attack me. You literally smell like garlic until the next day — maybe not great for first dates, unless you both love garlic!
Cafe Juanita – This is our special place. We always come here for birthday or holiday dinners. So cozy and intimate and the food is absolutely incredible.
LOT No. 3 – The cocktails are not to be missed — let them choose your drink, the bartenders know their stuff. Whiskey and bourbon drinks, especially.
Posted by Charles Koh, Seattle community manager