Hungry & Thirsty

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What is harissa? Does the hair of the dog that bit you really cure a hangover? Where's the best place to take my estranged piano

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Hungry & Thirsty

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    What is harissa? Does the hair of the dog that bit you really cure a hangover? Where's the best place to take my estranged piano teacher to dinner? Hungry & Thirsty are back (and temporarily on this important page!) at your food-and-beverage-question service. Write to hungry&thirsty@seattleweekly.com or c/o Seattle Weekly, 1008 Western Ave, Ste. 300, Seattle, WA 98104. Dear Hungry & Thirsty, You have sorely misled Ms. or Mr. Navel-Gazer [Hungry & Thirsty, Dec. 6]. Seattle actually does have an Indian restaurant that features not only belly dancing, but also live Middle Eastern music. Even though you are correct that belly dancing is not performed in India, several West Coast cities have Indian restaurants with belly dancing, including Bellingham! Kolbeh is undergoing post-earthquake remodeling. Meanwhile, three Seattle restaurants still have belly dancing, not to mention excellent food: Pho Saigon Restaurant, in Wallingford, serves both Indian and Vietnamese food, and features belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights to the music of Naseem's Band (1719 N. 45th at Wallingford, 547-6848). Caspian Restaurant, in the U District, serves Persian food and features belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights to the music of David Saee (5517 University Way N.E., 524-3434). Aladdin Restaurant, in Pioneer Square, serves Middle Eastern food and features belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights to the music of the MB Orchestra (105 First S., 621-8585). You're welcome, Sabura (Bellydancer USA 2000) (who is performing with Naseem's Band on Sat., Dec. 22 at Pho Saigon) Hungry replies: And we do indeed thank you, though I must say that I cannot in good conscience recommend Aladdin Restaurant, having attended their opening celebration with Thirsty (who was on good behavior, though persistent in accusing the owner's wife of being Aziza, "one of the best belly dancers in the world," who was to perform later that evening) and not only been asked to pay $18 for two martinis, but this after having sent said martinis away for having olives rather than their requested twists and watched a server REACH INTO THE DRINKS with her NAKED FINGERS and remove the olives (no, they were not on toothpicks, rather free-ranging in the bottoms of the glasses) and then replace them with wedges of lemon IN THE SAME DRINKS. Horrifying. Thirsty replies: Sabura! "Bellydancer USA 2000"! What is the nature of this title? Who has dubbed you this? Do you know Aziza? I will try to come see you dance at Pho Saigon on Dec. 22 because you must be a powerful dancer of the belly dance! However, I am invited to a holiday party that night where the hostess has promised homemade marshmallows! Have you ever heard of such a thing, Sabura? It's a wonderful life, indeed! hungry&thirsty@seattleweekly.com

     
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