Recently, one of our city’s own bars--the Living Room bar in the W Hotel--was named the “Best Designed Bar in America.” Designed by Skylab Architecture, which said it intended the space to have a “sonic lodge” feel, the W’s Living Room space is pretty, well, space age-y, in a 1970s vision-of-the-future meets the Northwest kind of way.
The chef’s not fooling around when it comes to serving up a “Taste of Iceland,” part of a four-day food and music festival that includes a free concert at Neumo’s on Saturday. For the tastiest part of this “Taste of Iceland,” Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson brought a bunch of intriguing ingredients from that island nation, which is roughly the same size as Kentucky.
I once overheard George Page, owner of Sea Breeze Farm, answer a question from a customer at the West Seattle farmers market, and I'll never forget what he said.
The customer walked up, briefly glanced into the coolers, and then asked Page, "so are you certified organic?" To which Page replied, "we're so far beyond organic, man." The customer walked away without buying anything, but I couldn't help but grin.
We’re so fortunate to live in a city with a booming restaurant industry, a thriving landscape where new places open so often it’s hard to keep up. (Finally had my first meal at Rock Creek, chef Eric Donnelly’s seafood resto that opened in July, and loved it!)
While diners are lining up to try the latest and possibly the greatest, what about all those oldies/goodies? The stalwarts that have been around for decades? Oh, they’re doing just fine, thanks to hordes of hungry regulars.
Our ever-expanding distillery scene has been unleashing, and will soon be unleashing, a wide variety of awesome new spirits and such, with more to come within weeks of this very writing. I think (and sure, I’m biased) that we live in the most vibrant distillery state in the country. The fact that the following list of tasty news is longish proves my point.
It's really the best when you can fight for something you believe in by eating really well. And drinking, too. With your friends.
That's the story this Thursday, October 3rd, when you can choose between two neighborhood restaurant hops (one in Ballard, the other in Capitol Hill) to raise funds to support 522, the initiative to make labeling of GMO foods the law.
So, who’s tried a cronut? The pastry hybrid smash sensation from Dominque Bakery New York City that has been causing otherwise sane people to stand in line for hours, just hoping they won’t be told: “Sorry, we’re sold out.”
No? Me neither. I’m not much for waiting around for food, a non-aerobic exercise that makes me very cranky.
Summer is officially over, but before giving into the autumn blues, get a load of all these cool events coming right up. Here are a few delicious dates you’re going to want to lock down on your calendar:
It’s been a full harvest of bar news and notes, with lots of bubbly things happening in the Seattle bar world, including special events, openings and more. While the below is not an exhaustive list (which would just get, well, exhausting) these highlights will help you set your fall drinking agenda.
Hey dude! Yes, you. The guy in shorts and T-shirt and flip flops walking through the Metropolitan Grill dining room carrying a bottle of electric blue Gatorade: Get a clue and put on a nice outfit, huh?
Seriously, the Met is one of the few places in Seattle where people dress up, especially on a Saturday night and you look as if you’re heading to a Grand Theft Auto marathon. Please!
I spent the last three days and nights ingesting a crazy amount of food and bev at FeastPDX, the Bon Appetit-sponsored food fest in the Rose City. It was the festival's second year; I attended last year as well. And while I had no complaints about last year, overall I think this year's festival was better: more events, a few free events, some very good tasting panels and speakers, and of course, the primo events: the Sandwich Invitational, Night Market and High Comfort.
Honestly, there aren’t enough hayrack rides (aka hayrides) anymore. At least I don’t think so. I grew up mainly in Kansas, and took my fair share of hayrack rides, so I could be biased. But come on! Riding around with a bunch of pals snuggled up on the back of a cart surrounded by hay bales? That’s a good time – especially if you have the right drink in a mug, flask or other beverage-holding device. If you can’t actually get on a hayrack ride this year, I suggest at least putting a couple bales in the backyard and making one of the following to honor the tradition.