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How to Make Sake Cocktails

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A.J. Rathbun
Mix a little star fruit with that sake.

Take it from me: though it isn’t a regular cocktail staple, sake is a versatile and entertaining base to build drinks on.

Made from a special strain of rice—one you wouldn’t want to serve in a stir fry—the fungus Aspergillus oryzae (used during fermentation) and water, sake usually has around 15 percent alcohol by volume (and 18 to 20 percent before it’s diluted), so it’s a stitch stronger than most beer and wines. Read more »

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South Lake Union to Get Mile-High Tower

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Knute Berger
Early "vision board" sketches show the new tower dwarfing the Space Needle and lording over Lake Union.

April 1 — Seattle's booming South Lake Union is about to get taller. In anticipation of a neighborhood up-zone, a developer has dusted-off Frank Lloyd Wright's 1956 idea of a mile-high tower to handle density. The building will be more than 18 million square feet.

 As word of the 500-story skyscraper leaked, officials were quick to react. "This solves the city's density issues in one fell swoop," said city council member Richard Conlin. "If we do this in SLU, we won't have to go denser in other neighborhoods. Seattle can be Seattle." Read more »

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SAM Gets a Big Screen, Spring Break Cocktails and Other Weekend Musts

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Rest that elbow, Hammering Man. Doug Aitken's permanent installation outside Seattle Art Museum is the hot thing to see this week.

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Marriage Equality Supporters to Gather in Downtown Seattle

In case anyone was trapped under a rock and didn't notice, this equal sign meme went viral on social media yesterday as Facebook users replaced their profile pictures with it to show support for marriage equality. Read more »

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Seattle's Champion Grocery Bagger to Appear on Letterman

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Last month West Seattle's own Metropolitan Market grocery bagger Andrew Borracchini, 18, claimed the hotly contested title of “Best Bagger” in 23 states—along with $10,000—in a bagging competition held as part of the National Grocer’s Association convention in Las Vegas.

Tonight (Monday, March 25) at 11:35 pm,Borracchini has a chance to show off his gleaming trophy (the “Golden Grocery Bag”), and perhaps his giant novelty check, on David Letterman’s star-worn stage during an appearance on the Late Show. Read more »

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