Book Bindery’s New Chef and Shaun McCrain’s Next Chapter

Julien Perry
Book Bindery announces new chef
McCrain (left), Borzee (right)

Come end of June, Book Bindery in *Queen Anne will be closing for good, re-emerging in August with a new name and a new chef.

By way of press release, the owners behind the winery-adjacent restaurant along the Ship Canal announced that Nico Borzee, most recently of Artusi, will be stepping into the role being vacated by chef Shaun McCrain, who has been with the Book Bindery since it opened in 2010. Read more »

W Seattle's Wear Wednesdays: Jewelry Showcase

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Pieces from Joanna Morgan's Talisman Collection

June's Wear Wednesdays at the W Seattle (5 to 7 p.m. on June 4) is a jewelry showcase featuring two great local designers, Joanna Morgan Designs and Masha Osoianu. Read more »

New York Up-and-Comer Ji Oh at Butch Blum

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A look from New York-based designer Ji Oh's Fall/Winter 2014 collection

Kay Smith-Blum has been buying clothing for Butch Blum for 40 years and definitely has the eye for it—given the shop’s continued success. During a recent buying trip to New York, Smith-Blum journeyed way past Canal St. on Broadway in the rain, dodging pothole and mud-flying from taxi-cab wheels, to visit designer Ji Oh’s showroom. “So Ji starts to show me the collection and after about five fabulous pieces I realize this is special,” say Smith-Blum. Read more »

Restaurant Openings, Closings & More

Julien Perry

Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage.

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Meet The Saint’s New Chef and the Story Behind His Amazing Tacos

Julien Perry
Sitka & Spruce's Álvaro Candela new chef at The Saint
Clockwise: trucha tacos; longaniza quesos fundidos, cochinita pibil tacos; so much good stuff inside!

Taco lovers, listen up. Two words why you need to get to The Saint as soon as possible: Álvaro Candela. He's the guy behind the wildly popular Monday taco nights at Matt Dillon's Sitka & Spruce that ended last month when Candela accepted the job as executive chef at Capitol Hill's "tequila salvation" on the corner of Olive and Howell. Read more »

PNB Performs 'Giselle,' a Jazz Festival in Bellevue and Music Video Madness at EMP

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Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carrie Imler as Myrtha, queen of the Wilis, with company dancers in PNB's 2011 world premiere staging of Giselle.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Closes the Season with Giselle

(5/30 to 6/8, times vary) — Giselle—everyone’s favorite jilted-bride ghost—returns to Pacific Northwest Ballet, this time with all new sets and costumes created by acclaimed French designer Jerome Kaplan. Principal dancer Kaori Nakamura takes lead in this season ender, which also happens to be her last run before retirement. Read more »


Velouria Moving to Pioneer Square

Detail of the Dark Star dress by Feral Childe, $252

Velouria, Ballard’s stalwart supporter of local and indie designers is joining the effort to revitalize Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square and plans to open in the new Stadium Place building on September 1 next to the second location of Cone & Steiner, also reportedly opening in the building.

The Ballard shop will be open until late July/early August and we’ll report back on any grand opening news we receive.

4 Drinks to Have While Missing the Sonics

A.J. Rathbun
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Missing the Seattle Sonics in the NBA playoffs? Have a drink

We’re nearly to the NBA finals, which makes it both an exciting and torturous time for local basketball fans. I’m not gonna lie–I love the sport enough that I’m still watching. But as we end yet another season sans SuperSonics (and after the agony from last year's Sacramento Kings debacle), I certainly could use a drink in hand. If you're like me and are missing the SuperSonics after nearly every play, try making one of the four beverages below to help ease the pain. Read more »


Crosscut Contest: Submit Your Ideas for its First-Ever Community Idea Lab is launching its first-ever Community Idea Lab, a project that focuses on a new way of doing journalism through community problem solving. The first thing it's tackling? The San Francisco tech boom and the polarization it has created between the tech and social services communities. Read more »


The Outtakes: My Review of La Bodega

Julien Perry
La Bodega

For the June issue of Seattle Magazine I reviewed La Bodega, which is easily one of my favorite write-ups I’ve done since taking over the role of Food and Dining Editor back in February. Professionally, the story behind La Bodega is one of passion, which always makes for a good read. Personally, I’ve known owner Manu Alfau since he worked at Tavolata way back when. Read more »

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