Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter's work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two or even three missed practice sessions somehow will mean the difference between another year of preschool or early entrance into kindergarten.
I wanted to write a blog entry about HB 1609, the “Great Schools” bill, which was debated in Olympia this week, but failed to move out of committee. A similar bill in the Senate, SB 5399, was blocked from public hearing by Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education.
It's not just awards season in Hollywood; in the food world, nominees for two presigious food awards were announced this week.
Every year I anticipate seeing who'll be called out among Food & Wine's Top 10 Best New Chefs on the cover of the July issue. The editors almost always nail the list.
This year they've come up with a more brilliant plan: Instead of picking the winners themselves, F&W's editors have selected a list of worthy nominees in 10 regions, and we, the people, get to vote for the nominated chefs.
As you might expect, our resident stylist Hope Misterek (who styles fashion features for Seattle Bride magazine, as well as pitching at Seattle) has pretty enviable wardrobe. Lucky for us, she’s cleaning in house and will sell off her designer duds at Clementine in West Seattle over the next two weeks. Starting today, rummage through over 200 pieces from the likes of Vivienne Tam and Marc Jacobs. Prices run from $20-$200.
Must DerbyRat City Roller Girls v. Rose City Roller Girls Saturday (2/19) - Seattle’s meanest, baddest chicks on eight wheels are taken it to Key Arena for the ultimate roller derby match. The Rat City Rollergirls take on their sisters to the south, Rose City Rollers (Portland, OR) for an epic battle for Northwest supremacy. 5:30 p.m. Prices vary. Key Arena, 305 Harrison St. ratcityrollergirls.com
Must Go NativeDouglas Tallamy
(Steve & Darrell schedule a play date)We have to have these around. We need them for a quick, satisfying snack (try jumbling them with raisins and chocolate chips). People ask me to make them as a gift because they believe they are hard to make. Shhh - it's so easy. Printable recipe here.
Seattlemag.com's Dylan Priest and Alex Kummerow asked Seattle superchef Ethan Stowell and specialty-food-market veteran Kaela Farrington to show us how to prep a simple and savory meal using noodles from their new pasta line.
As part of our celebration of Seattle nerds this month, we sent seattlemag.com videographers Alex Kummerow and Dylan Priest to the home of local Star Wars megacollector Gus Lopez. Tune in and get a glimpse of Lopez’s life-size laser cannon from The Empire Strikes Back and a tour of his too-big-to-count personal collection.
If you work downtown, consider stopping by BOKA Kitchen + Bar part of your Friday routine. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays in February, the folks at Hotel 1000’s restaurant are giving out free truffle fries to anyone. Yep, that includes passersby, guests, starving college students and screamin' deal junkies. Kick start your Friday happy hour with a stop by First Avenue and Madison Street for a basket of these addictive crispy fries
This week the North Cascades Institute, which is celebrating its 25th year conserving and protecting Northwest environments through experiential outdoor education, announced an exciting slate of learning programs and field excursions as part of its 2011 schedule. This year the Institute made a special effort to bring back some of its favorite field instructors from its early years.
It's old news that chefs in this town put their fancy foot forward with their first restaurants, making a splash with more elaborate dishes, a more formal dining room approach, and a "I take my food seriously" aire. But with the second restaurant? Well that's where they have some fun.
Seattle’s beloved Intiman Theatre has announced an urgent fundraising campaign, thanks to severe financial mismanagement by former managing director Brian Colburn (who resigned suddenly in November citing personal reasons). According to Intiman Board president Kim Anderson, “Unless we are able to raise $500,000 by the end of March, an additional $250,000 by June, and $250,000 by September, we cannot continue.”
The press release includes tthe following summary of the errors leading to the emergency situation:
This was a week of exciting expansions, remodels and moves for some of our favorite boutiques: As Karen Johnson reported on Wednesday, Blackbird is jumping on the Portlandia bandwagon and will open the first Blackbird enterprise outside of Ballard in PDX this summer. (Great news for us Oregon natives often stuck in the Portland I-5 slog; from now on find me hanging out at the Bird between 5-7 p.m. taking a break from the haul to Eugene).