Apples, pork, booze with character and baked goods with substance... I love the autumn calm before the holiday storm, when food is comforting and uber-seasonal without being too over the top. Here are a few of my favorite November eating events that tread the perfect line between reasonable human behavior and coming wonderfully unhinged.
Will Bake for Food Bake Sale
Saturday, November 12; 11am-2pm
Acclaimed indie artist Laura Veirs is back with a much-lauded album Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children (released November 8). Recorded by Grammy-nominated producer (and husband) Tucker Martine in their home in Portland, Oregon, it covers a wide range of American folk songs and features amazing guest artists, many of who are parents and who live in Portland.
It’s not easy being a clown.
Not the kind with frizzy hair and embarrassingly big feet. I mean that certain breed of performer that doesn’t hold as much clout in the world as it used to—the kind you may remember from Sylvain Chomet’s heartbreaking animated film The Illusionist.
I’ve been covering Seattle magazine’s society page, Flash+Talk, for over twelve years and clearly this distinction offers me some sweet perks.
Still, when publisher, John Kueber, and editorial director, Rachel Hart, recently asked if I was available to attend An Intimate Evening with Mario Batali, organized by the Seattle Art Museum Supporters (SAMS), they had my absolute attention.
I wasn’t just being tossed a bone, this was a $1000 a-person, Fred Flintstone-sized stegosaurus rib.
Oh, ballet. It's so hard to do! So gruelingly technical! And so often... flat. At least to me. I always prefer modern and contemporary dance (which are not the same thing!) to classical ballet. And I think that's because classical ballet so often feels like all technique, no emotional connection. (Indeed, sometimes contemporary dance fails precisely because does the exact opposite: exhibits tons of emotion with no real skill.)
Truth is, I loved Restaurant Zoe from the get-go. When it opened in Belltown 10-plus years ago I was writing for Citysearch and I remember that, during my two review dinners, I tasted some of the best salmon I've ever had in a restaurant. (I'm convinced that, like Dungeness crab, salmon is almost always better enjoyed at home straight off the Weber, which is what made Zoe's salmon such a standout in my memory.)
Feeling a little cocky of late, now that everything's totally back to normal down here in SoDo (the new "slow normal," that is), so today I actually took a meeting in the office, inviting an uninitated reporter to drive southbound through the SoDo Coaster to our Viaduct-adjacent office.
That was mean.
Right about meeting time, I got an email, subject line: "Got Messed Up on the Viaduct." By which she meant "Am now being funnelled helplessly to West Seattle."
If the idea of holding ten of the most venomous snakes* in the world makes your kid do somersaults, then it is imperative you head out to the Serpentarium in Monroe. Inside this unassuming warehouse sits one of the most colorful collections of reptiles, spiders and crocodiles on the West Coast.
Keep your eyes peeled for a plethora of new shopping stops and beauty spots opening in the coming weeks:
+ Get ready gents: Ward & Co., a men’s grooming retailer flush with shaving supplies, moisturizers, hair care and fragrances, will open in Rainier Square downtown on November 16.
I'm reluctant to even say the “V” word here, let alone the “G” word. As someone who eats and adores meat, I'll be the first to admit that I'm apt to stop reading a profile of a vegetarian, or even—god forbid—a vegan or gluten-free restaurant after the second paragraph.
MUST WATCHDon your tutu, develop a deranged doppelgänger and sprout unwanted epidermal plumage—the famous “Black Swan” dance from Swan Lake is taking flight, along with several other besotted ballet masterpieces, in Love Stories at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Read the rest of our preview from the November issue.