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Hey Sweetie, Serve These Cocktails on Valentine’s Day

A.J. Rathbun
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Warning: The Lover's Moon may make you sing

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let me give you a little advice garnered from my years of experience (ha!). Instead of struggling to book a last-minute restaurant or trying to wedge your way into a crowded bar, make that special someone a deliciously flirty cocktail at home. Here are five possibilities that taste scrumptious and fit the “Be Mine” mood. [Want restaurant recommendations for Valentine's Day? Check out Leslie Kelly's picks.] Read more »


Meet Congolese Dandies, Understand Coal-Trains and Other Weekend To-dos

Society of Party Revelers and Elegant Persons
Sapeurs de Bacongo, Untitled 2009

Ongoing (1/25–3/2) — Do not miss this stunning photography exhibit at M.I.A Gallery downtown, featuring the work of Baudoin Mouanda, a Congolese photographer who documents the “Society of Party Revelers and Elegant Persons,” a group of men dedicated to donning electrifyingly elegant fashion (think: dapper suits in day-glo colors) as an antidote to poverty and social stagnation.
M.I.A Gallery, 1203-A Second Ave.; 206.467.4297;
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Local Bartenders to Compete in Speed Rack

A.J. Rathbun
speed rack bartender competition
The Speed Rack logo, normally seen plastered strageically across contestants' chests.

This Sunday, Speed Rack comes to Seattle. This local iteration of the national batending competition will feature top local “mixtresses” from Seattle, Portland, Spokane and Denver competing in timed heats in which they mix cocktails picked randomly from a selection of 50 classics. Judges evaluate each drink on accuracy, taste and presentation. This rounds' judging panel features cocktail heroes: Libation Goddess Audrey Saunders, amazing cocktail writer Robert Hess, Rob Roy’s awesome Anu Apte, and bar-chef angel Kathy Casey. Read more »


Seattle Reign Owner Has Tough Words for the Sounders

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Bill Predmore in the Pop offices with a favorite work of art by Invader

Last we spoke with Seattle entrepreneur Bill Predmore, he was discussing his love of Pop and street art (if you liked the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, his personal art collection would have you drooling).

These days he's gearing up for the first season of Seattle Reign, the first professional women's soccer team in Seattle, which he owns. The team features star players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe and takes its name from the former Seattle women's basketball team. Read more »


Deathcake Ice Cream, Music Videos on the Big Screen and Other Weekend Musts

A new deadly flavor of ice cream is in town.

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5 Superb Super Bowl Party Cocktails

A.J. Rathbun
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The Frisco Cocktail: serve only among mild-mannered Seahawks fans.

The Super Bowl won’t be as exciting as it should have been this year. (If things had just gone a little differently, this post would be all about drinks nicknamed “Russell” and “Marshawn”). Alas, there are still fun game day parties to be had. And to make them more fun, can the cheap beer and serve better drinks! The first two in this list are team specific, for the Ravens and 49ers fans among us. Read more »


See Hedwig, Drink Chocolate and Other Weekend Musts

Get to the new MOHAI to see John Grade's sculpture Wawona

John Grade: Salvaging the Wawona Read more »


Five Hot Drinks for Cold Winter Nights

A.J. Rathbun
Photo copyright 2009, Harvard Common Press and Melissa Punch

In winter, hot drinks take the chill off the body and buttress the soul. And while a few hot drinks were highlighted in my Cocktail Home Remedies post recently, there are so many heated imbibable hits that I thought a full post was needed. Read more »


Seattle’s New Drinking Chocolate Tour

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The drinking chocolate from Wine Tea Chocolates in Fremont is featured in our February Chocolate issue

Hundreds of years before it became a confectionary bar, chocolate was a popular savory drink. Legend has it that Aztec emperor Montezuma flavored it with orange and chilies and used it like a pre-cursor to Red Bull, consuming up to 50 cups a day for its energizing effects.

On the Tour De Haut Chocolate tour at The Chocolate Box, your tour guide, Larry, will entertain you with fascinating tidbits such as these, ranging from Aztec lore to the chemistry of chocolate. Read more »


Cocktail Home Remedies to Cure What Ails You

A.J. Rathbun
Image from Dark Spirits, Harvard Common Press, copyright 2009, Melissa Punch

If you listen to enough old wives tales, you’ll realize quick enough that the cocktails and drinks we consider as accompaniments to fun times also double as cures for a whole heap of ailments. With this in mind – and with me admitting right from the start that no doctors have vetted these “cures” – here are five imbibeable home remedies. Read more »


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