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Tini Bigs Celebrates 15 Years of Really Big Martinis

Long before the Canons and the Bathtub Gins, the Liberty Bars and the Oliver's Twists, Seattle had Tini Bigs. Back when we were a town of beer snobs but not cocktail snobs, it opened on a Lower Queen Anne corner in 1996. Those were blissfully ignorant times when you could go right ahead and slap a "tini" onto the name of any drink served in a triangle-shaped glass and virtually no one would cry martini foul, and Tini Bigs did it with gratuitous gusto. Read more »

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Meet Me at the Burger Brawl

Stuffed with beautiful pictures of giant burgers, shimmering with cheese- and bacon-covered goodness, our January Best Burgers issue makes me want a burger so bad, sometimes it hurts.  

I don’t think I’m alone. The tireless Seattle mag event staff has kicked it into high gear and organized a creative new event called the Burger Brawl, going down January 26 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66. Read more »

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Downton Abbey: An Antidote to Our Confused, Crass Times

PBS’ Masterpiece hit series returned this Sunday and proved itself more than worth the money I, inexplicably, shelled out for local TV in the meantime.

WHAT IT IS:

The best thing to further confuse and distort Americans' perceptions of historical events since Mad Men.

NO, REALLY, WHAT IS IT?

An all around well-made British drama set on a nobleman’s estate at the onset of World War I, where the problems of servants and socialites get equal screen time.

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The week’s best local sales: Sweet frocks at SPUN, Clementine’s shoe sale and 75% off wares at Sur La Table

If there is still any room left in the budget after paying off those holiday credit card bills, here are three local spots to stop by this week for killer sales deals of up to 75% off (hey, it’s never too early to shop for next Christmas, is it?): Read more »

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Reader, I Ate An Entire Cow

Indulge me as I complain about my job, just this once.

I know, I realize that it's not easy to imagine how eating for a living could be anything but a glamorous, caviar-studded chimera wherein breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of splendid gastronomic fairyland moments of bliss.

It really is that, most of the time. But I'm here to set you straight: while working on January's awesome Burger issue, I am convinced that I ate a cow. Maybe more than one cow. I likely took out a herd of cattle, people. Read more »

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Four fun facts about the floating-bridge commute

520 refugees, don't you miss your lovely bridge?

Things are settling down a bit for us cross-lake commuters, but it's hard to say if next week will be better or worse.

On the one hand, according to WSDOT, people are still deciding what their commute will be as tolling continues for the next 45 years. Some who tried to outwit the toll monsters by crapping up my commute are rethinking. That $7 a day is starting to look pretty tasty right about now. I say this with love at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. Read more »

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Recommended Reading Inspired by The Off Hours

If you missed the latest installment of The Off Hours reading series at Sole Repair last night, you missed several special moments: Read more »

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Fashion + Style Friday: New downtown blow-dry bar, Suzabelle’s spring collection and darling locally made daypacks

Now that we are all back from the holidays (well, physically at least, my brain might still be on vacation) it’s time to welcome back our weekly round-up of all things related to shopping and style: Read more »

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A Chat with Mario Campos, Chef of The Publican

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Cody Bay

Fremont beer temple Brouwer's opened its sibling bar/restaurant, The Publican, in Greenlake's Tangletown neighborhood last week, revamping the former Bandolero space into an upscale neighborhood pub. For Mario Campos, Brouwer's former sous-chef, it's his opportunity to finally run his own show.  Read more »

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The Must List: Delicious Pho, Downton Abbey and Smash Putt!

MUST TASTE
Pho at Pho Bac Read more »

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