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The Picture Gets Bigger at Henry and Oscar's

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Cody Bay

“I’m bringing back the two-martini lunch.”

So says Mark Stern, founder of the Big Picture movie theater, of his new venture, Henry and Oscar’s. He’s harkening back to a time when men were men, women were women, and going out meant a big steak, high heels and the owner of your favorite establishment might have been named Vinnie and nicknamed “Knuckles.” Read more »


5 Food & Wine Events Not to Miss

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Cody Bay

The summer is winding down, but the food scene is heating up again with that new-season vigor. Here are a few upcoming events that will make the departure of the summer bounty not nearly as depressing. 

Sunday, September 18: BLEND Read more »


Sneak Peek: Jamie Boudreau's Canon, Opening Later This Week!

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Cody Bay

Jamie Boudreau finally gets to eat his cake.

A Canadian who escaped a far more sober life as a would-be physiotherapist, he has established himself as one of the Northwest's most respected bartenders, with stints at Tini Bigs, Vessel (now defunct), his own cocktail show on the Small Screen Network, and a standing reputation as one of the world's great molecular mixologists. All this, it seems, has been leading to this moment: the imminent opening of his own bar. Read more »


Orcas Landing Livens Up Hillman City

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Cody Bay

The glue to any good neighborhood is, of course, its neighborhood bar. Green Lake has The Latona, Phinney Ridge has The Park Pub, South Park would be lost without Loretta's, and the epicenter of Columbia City is Lottie's. Read more »


3 Don't Miss Food Events This Weekend

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Cody Bay
Pike Place Market Sunset Supper

Friday: Sunset Supper at the Market Read more »


Infused Water Cocktails Quench Summer Thirst

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Cody Bay
H20 Cocktails

It's almost just a cruel and torturous thing to start enjoying these now, when the summer dresses have already been replaced by fall arrivals on the racks and we're trying to face facts that we're in the final sunny stretches of summer already. But I'm going to milk it for every last drop of Vitamin D I can get before being forced to take it in capsule form, and even then you can bet I'll be washing them down with these: Summer cocktails made with infused waters. Read more »


The Bourbon Buzz: How to Score the New Dry Fly

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Cody Bay

There's a whole lot of to-do about this Saturday's Seattle release of Dry Fly Bourbon, which is being billed as "the first-ever commercially produced bourbon in Washington State." Half of the limited-release production of 480 bottles hit the streets last week in Spokane, where Dry Fly is based. Dry Fly distiller Patrick Donovan tells me that when he showed up for work that morning at 6 a.m., there was already a line of 200 people at the door and every $65 bottle was gone within two hours. Read more »


Eat Rural at Local Farm Dinners

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Cody Bay
Red Rabbit's Farm to Table Dinners

My ultimate dream of living off five acres of lush organically-farmed land (preferably in southern France) surrounded by happy farm animals who are all friends and adore me even though I'm going to someday eat them has yet to become a reality. So until then, I'm just going to have to invite myself over to other people's farms for dinner, where they'll show me around and share fascinating tidbits about their crops and growing seasons as I turn green with envy and tune out the parts about how much hard work it actually is. Read more »


Where to Eat on Bastille Day

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Cody Bay
And the food wasn't even that good in there.

Backyard barbecues on America's Independence Day are great, but how dang lucky are we to live in an internationally-minded city that's home to lots of nice French folks where we get to celebrate (and by that I mean EAT) the joys of Bastille Day as well?

Our local Franco-foodie scene is going gangbusters for the 14th, so if eating well is your priority, I would really try to squeeze one of these fêtes in:

Bastille Cafe & Bar (Ballard) Read more »


Ba Bar Opens Today on Capitol Hill

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Cody Bay
Ba Bar
Ba Bar: Don't you dare hype those noodles.

Eric Banh doesn't want anyone making a big deal out of Ba Bar. “I don't want the hype,” he said last night at a soft opening preview. “This is street food done simple.” Read more »


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