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July 29, 2008 11:15 AM

It's in the bag!

Posted by Nancy Leson

Well, Mayor Nickel's proposal to charge shoppers 20 cents for plastic or paper bags in Seattle grocery, drug and convenience stores has been approved by Seattle City Council. The per-bag charge will go into effect in January, as will a food-service ban on polystyrene clam-shells (among other take-out containers) like these:

Some of the city's restaurants and food-service operations have already gone green, using recyclable -- or even compostable -- tote-your-take-out ware, but why wait to be environmentally proactive? Yes! I can see us all now:

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July 29, 2008 7:29 AM

Thai-ing one on at Pen Thai

Posted by Nancy Leson

Now that Pen Thai's sister-restaurant Chantanee is closed (soon to re-open in swankier Bellevue digs) it's slammed more than usual here in charming old-town Bothell. I can certainly see why. The contemporary copper-toned design is as appealing as what's on the plate, and Pen offers everything from an expansive wine list to fancy cocktails to my finger-food favorite miang kum -- bits and bites of lime, coconut, dried shrimp, fresh ginger among them, meant to be wrapped in spinach leaves for a festival of flavors:

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