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Behind the Scenes of our August Issue: Don't Even Get Me Started

Seattle kayak
Wish you were here?

Finally, a second summer day, just in time to make our August "water play" issue slightly less irritating to caged-up water geeks. Sure, it was fun to dream up dozens of pages of fun water stuff for the issue—from wakeboarding to houseboat-gawking to surfing, rafting and more—but that all started in March; back then, when we were JUST SURE we'd be doing all of that and more by now. Now being the END OF JULY. Read more »

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Fashion + Style Friday: Favorite fall finds from the editor’s desk

As we finish up our fall fashion and shopping issue this week, I seem to have accumulated quite a few pretty things on my desk, which will appear throughout the September issue. And while I am going to make you wait on the other 50 finds until the issue comes out, here’s a sneak peek at four locally-made favorites currently sitting on my desk (which I am loathe to return next week!):

1. Tuesday faux-fur scarves Read more »

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Our Top To-do's for July 21 - 27

Must Geek Out
Outdoor Trek
Saturday (7/23) -
Hello Earth Productions is bringing back their ode to trekkies everywhere with another round of live performaces of classic Star Trek episodes. On this weekend’s docket is “This Side of Paradise,” an exercise which one cast member described aptly: “It's like performing Shakespeare for a group of Elizabethan-focused English Doctorates. And you're a native Russian speaker.” Free. 7 p.m. Read more »

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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Sweet Poppy seed Dressing

(Darrell missed the talk)
Sun promised for the weekend. FInally grilling weather, eh? Sear some  zucchini, portobella mushrooms, eggplant and red pepper. Toss with fresh salad greens, feta and a mustardy sweet dressing for pleasing summer meal. Printable recipe?  Click here. Read more »

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Brangien's Weekend Arts Round Up

Troy Gua's installation at Mad Homes

I'll be making my second appearance on New Day Northwest tomorrow (11 a.m. on King 5), filling in for ArtZone arts maven Nancy Guppy, and giving viewers a to-do list of arty events this weekend. It's supposed to be sunny (yeah, I'll believe it when I see it), so most of them are outdoors. Tune in to hear what I think is especially wonderful about these artful opportunities. Links to more info are below. Read more »

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Must Watch: Tour de France at Cafe Presse

Belly up to the bar at Cafe Presse to watch Tour de France coverage beginning at 7 a.m. through Saturday

If you're a Francophile or a bicyclist, you've probably spent at least some time this month watching men in spandex race their way through the French countryside. Lucky for Tour de France fans, Cafe Presse is offering up a much needed escape from bite-sized ESPN recaps. Starting at 7 a.m. Read more »

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Food News: Street Food Coup for Mobile Vendors

Seattle City Council approved a bill today that would allow local food trucks to do business on city streets (under the old rules, mobile food  vendors were required to operate from private lots). What does all of this mean for the every day diner? Here's hoping it leads to more on-the-go menus citywide.

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Overcome Your Open Water Fears

By: 
Kelly Singer
My husband helped me overcome my open water fears for my first triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. It turns out sea turtles don't bite.

Endurance sports like triathlons are the fastest growing segment of the fitness industry.  The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association study from 2010 shows that 1,208,000 Americans participated in at least one triathlon in 2009 (a 51 percent growth from 2007). While more and more people from a variety of backgrounds are participating in the sport, there are still many people hesitant to sign up because of the swimming portion of the race. Read more »

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Fashion + Style Friday: Three (other) local sales to scope out this weekend

Well, the big day has arrived: As Nordstrom devotees know, today kicks off the store’s mega Anniversary Sale (loved this tweet from Nordy’s Sanda Belaire this morning with a before and after-opening shot of the downtown store shoe department! Apparently I should have taken today off of work to join the other ladies). So as we are all in the sale huntress frame of mind today, here are three other sales to get thee to this weekend:

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Spotted in Seattle: New Trend at Shakespeare in the Park

Wooden O
Wooden O camps up "The Comedy of Errors"

Top o' my list of things I love about Seattle: Two (two!) Shakespeare companies putting on free plays in parks all over town every summer. I gorge myself on a total of four plays—for free!—usually accompanied by five or six friends, blankets and multiple baskets of food and beverages. Soaking up the weird, convoluted brilliance of Shakespeare while decanting Cabernet from a Nalgene bottle? Summer's here! Read more »

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