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Oh My Gourd! 5 Ways to Cook with Squash

Spotting the fruit of the fall season in my local supermarket conjures visions of cozy winter dinners complemented by inspired autumnal table settings (which I will never set). But on rare occasions when I have taken the squash home to my kitchen, it's greatest accomplishment ended up being a cumbersome centerpiece (at least one fantasy sort of came true). Read more »

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Behind the Scenes: We're All Wrapped Up in Shiro's New Memoir

Shiro

We've just put our December issue to bed, and one of the features we're really excited about is our exclusive excerpt from a new memoir by Seattle's iconic sushi chef, Shiro Kashiba (Shiro's in Belltown is his namesake restaurant). Read more »

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My Dad Sent Me This: Two Dogs Eating at the Table

Remember when everyone used to send emails with 15 forwards intact and you had to scroll to the very bottom of the page and then it ended up being some stupid joke that wasn't worth your time anyway?

Well, my dad still sends those sometimes (a lot). But this time? My two major life loves--dogs and food--come together. So call me a sucker; I thought it was cute enough to share. For your 3pm you-weren't-getting-anything-done-anyway break, I give you Dogs Eating at the Table. Read more »

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New Local Music: A Beautiful, Sordid Romance from Elk and Boar

Stumbled across this new music video from Tacoma folk/soul band, Elk and Boar, the music project of Kirsten Wenlock (aka Elk) and Travis Barker (aka Boar). You may remember them from this year's Doe Bay Festival. 

The stop-motion style "Thief" conjures a wonderful effect similar to silent films. Be patient: it grows on you.

Also the styling is pretty fabulous. Sort of like those old west photo booths I used to long to pose in at Six Flags theme parks - except less cheesy. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Now, With 25 Percent Less Whining!

So, the world didn't end this morning in Seattle—but we're not out of the woods, yet, according to the DOT. Just because this morning's commute was "a skate" for some of us (not me!), we should still expect serious traffic problems as the week progresses, as people lured into a false sense of security go back to their bad old ways. Don't do it!

But it was a pretty impressive effort this morning, in the rain, dodging apparently first-time bike commuters wobbling into traffic lanes. Attitude is everything, and mine was greatly helped by: Read more »

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Getting Giddy Over Sushi: More Behind-the-Scenes of Best New Restaurants

Bracingly fresh fish at Sushi Kappo Tamura

For the November Best New Restaurants issue, in addition to ranking Seattle’s 10 Best New Restaurants, Food and Dining editor Allison Scheff and I wanted this issue to focus on emerging talents: the chefs, bartenders and other members of our dining and drink community who are poised to become the next big names. Read more »

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Tonight in Seattle: A Free Play Reading from New Century Theatre Co

The local theatre troupe that brought you The Adding Machine and O Lovely Glowworm continues its free Pipeline series tonight with a dramatic reading of The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, the twisted, yet talented, writer who brought you The Pillowman and In Bruges. Read more »

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ZomBcon 2011, or Why I Shared Chapstick with a Stranger

I am in line to meet True Blood’s Sam Trammell at Seattle’s second annual ZomBcon, a conference dedicated to zombie culture. Read more »

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On Saving Aimee, Kathie Lee Gifford and the Sad Fortress of Solitude

You probably already know that the new musical at 5th Avenue theatre, Saving Aimee, is written by American TV darling Kathie Lee Gifford.

Because of all the local press hovering around Gifford, however, you may not know that the musical is about the scandalous life of Aimee Semple McPherson, an infamous leader in the early twentieth century evangelist Christian movement. Read more »

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Behind the Scenes of Our November Issue: Influential Smackdown

Dan Savage

It's not called "Our Favorite People of 2011."

No, when we set out to build our "Most Influential People of 2011" list, we are looking for impact, plain and simple. Big impact, even of the negative kind, so there are sure to be a few people you wouldn't play beer pong with, even if they were buying. I give you Mayor McGinn.  Read more »

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