Indulge me as I complain about my job, just this once.
I know, I realize that it's not easy to imagine how eating for a living could be anything but a glamorous, caviar-studded chimera wherein breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of splendid gastronomic fairyland moments of bliss.
It really is that, most of the time. But I'm here to set you straight: while working on January's awesome Burger issue, I am convinced that I ate a cow. Maybe more than one cow. I likely took out a herd of cattle, people.
Things are settling down a bit for us cross-lake commuters, but it's hard to say if next week will be better or worse.
On the one hand, according to WSDOT, people are still deciding what their commute will be as tolling continues for the next 45 years. Some who tried to outwit the toll monsters by crapping up my commute are rethinking. That $7 a day is starting to look pretty tasty right about now. I say this with love at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon.
Fremont beer temple Brouwer's opened its sibling bar/restaurant, The Publican, in Greenlake's Tangletown neighborhood last week, revamping the former Bandolero space into an upscale neighborhood pub. For Mario Campos, Brouwer's former sous-chef, it's his opportunity to finally run his own show.
If you're an east-west driver, you've already grappled with this one: Is it worth the price of two lattes to breeze across the lake? With peak tolls running $3.50 each way ($5 if you don't have a "Good to Go" pass; $200 a month, people!), that 520 bridge is now a serious budget item for some folks. And it shows; people are diverting by the hundreds to cross the I90 bridge instead, and who can blame 'em?
When Tiffany Lowry, one of our favorite local beauty and makeup experts (see: her appearance in our Best of 2011 issue), got rained out of yet another photoshoot this fall, she decided it was high time to have a dedicated (non-drippy) place to create glorious hair and makeup styles.
Do not call it a “bucket list.” Since neither death nor apocalypse seem more imminent than usual (fingers crossed!)—I’ll call this a “sand pail” list: obvious things to do and see locally that will be top priority in 2012, lest the tides of time snatch away the opportunity and I spend all future social gatherings awkwardly avoiding any shame around said topics.
Let’s begin at the rear:
Weekends were made for sleeping in, and nothing tops off a late morning like brunch with the family. RedTri.com asked Seattle moms and friends to share with us their favorite and most beloved brunch restaurants, and we've got all the juicy, mouthwatering details below, from gluten-free pancakes to biscuits and gravy, these places are so much more than green eggs and ham!
The pie is long gone, the stuffing but a memory, and now you’re paying the price for indulgence: too-tight pants and a lingering laziness. How to snap out of it? How about a nearly painless stroll through the woods?
The amped-up oxygen in the air, the gently rolling slopes and spectacular views will elevate you out of your holiday lethargy and put you on the path—literally—to feeling good about yourself again.
Here is a pair of close-in, not-too-muddy, mellow hikes to ease you back in:
Like so many in the community, the staff here at Seattle mag was shocked at the news that local chef and former owner of the now-closed restaurant Nettletown, Christina Choi died yesterday (December 28) from complications caused by a brain aneurysm. She was only 34.
MUST SING ALONGLeRoy Bell and His Only FriendsThis former Tacoma postal worker-turned-songwriter for Elton John has been playing intimate live shows in Seattle for years, but since being a finalist on TV’s The X Factor last fall, he’s landed a gig at The Moore for a special New Year’s Eve concert. Expect soulful covers, chilled-out rock and LeRoy’s signature sultry, soft whisper.
12/31, 8pm. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 877-784-4849; stgpresents.org