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Image of Eastmoreland Market courtesy GoodStuffNW
TV food star, cookbook author, and former restaurateur Caprial Pence's latest SE Ankeny Street venture — Caprial + John — is a couple's affair. Pence and her husband John teach cooking and team-building classes, offer catering services, and throw an interactive supper club a couple times a month where they both do their share of the cooking. But when they're not working, these two love nothing better than "to do lunch." Here is what Caprial has to say about one of her favorite spots to take a break during a busy day.
When our kids were little and we owned the restaurant John and I would slip away to lunch just to be able to spend a bit of time together... Even though our kids are now grown and we closed the bistro two years ago, going out to lunch is still our favorite time to spend out together. Right now one of our favorite places for lunch is tucked away in the neighborhood right next to ours. The Eastmoreland Market has been in a fixture in the neighborhood for decades and... it still remains a great little gem of a market. But it has added a small kitchen that puts out some of the best sandwiches in the city. I love a good Reuben and will go a long way to get a good one. Eastmoreland Market makes one of the best. Stacked high with pastrami, they add a house-made vegetable relish to the sandwich, which as a sauerkraut and pickle lover, makes me very happy: Cheesy with just the right amount of sauce, I don't even want for a chip or a fry. John and I both love the fact that tucked on this tree lined street in a residential neighborhood we can buy Spanish specialty food items or a warm Arancini, crispy on the outside and tender and cheese filled on the inside. Every neighborhood should be so lucky.