Food critic Bethany Jean Clement gives thanks for her neighborhood Thai place

Seattle is home to countless Thai restaurants, and everybody who likes Thai food — and who doesn’t? — has their neighborhood favorite. Getting takeout is something taken for granted. You order the same thing every time, maybe with one or two variations, depending on mood or season. It’s easy weeknight eating, perhaps accompanied by Netflix, hitting pause to get seconds.

Then, in the middle of the pandemic, when “weeknight” had lost all meaning, both nothing and everything somehow seemed special. Just to be alive could feel like a lightning bolt of luck, while the sameness of shutdown days wove

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The Chef Who Led a Global Dining Empire Sets Out on His Own in San Francisco’s Chinatown

Before it became known as a nightlife brand associated with globetrotting DJs and elaborate bottle-service presentations, Hakkasan was a global pioneer of contemporary Asian food. Ho Chee Boon, who was Hakkasan’s international executive chef, opened restaurants for the high-end hospitality group in London, Moscow, Bangkok, New York, San Francisco and beyond. Under Ho’s leadership, Hakkasan restaurants earned Michelin stars in both London and New York.

Now in 2021, a year that’s seen hospitality behemoth Tao Group acquire Hakkasan (which closed its New York and San Francisco restaurants in 2020), the Malaysian-born Ho is writing his own path at a new

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Coronavirus Origins: China-Appeasing Column Insists Lab-Leak Theory Is ‘Garbage’

Health workers wear protective gear inside a locked-down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus in Hong Kong, China, January 23, 2021. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

On the menu today: A Los Angeles Times columnist decrees the lab-leak theory to be “garbage” and says the real lesson of the pandemic is that the United States needs to “cooperate with China” more; a “3.6 Roentgen reading” of a jobs report; a Chinese-government spokesman suffers a bitter defeat; and an appreciation for some kind words.

Even Now, the Usual Suspects Demand We ‘Cooperate with China’

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15 Popular Restaurant Dishes You Can Find in the Freezer Section

Blake Lively’s Chicken And Leek Pie

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Eating out at a restaurant can be a luxury in the best of times, but over this past year, many of us have found ourselves dining at home more often — either due to restaurant closures or a pressing need to trim the household budget. That doesn’t mean you have to cook everything from scratch, though, as many popular restaurant chains offer frozen versions of their signature dishes. Here are some you can find in most grocery stores.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

Related: Copycat Recipes You Can Now Make at Home

PF Chang’s General Chang’s Chicken

Walmart

Price: $7

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