A friend from Durham, North Carolina, recently visited Seattle for the first time. Ate his first-ever Dungeness crab – on a BLT with some C at Seatown – and slurped for the very first time Kushi oysters. We spent a couple happy hours trolling Pike Place Market, buying stuff he’d eventually cook for friends out on Hood Canal and made a final stop at Pike and Western Wine Shop, where he made a request: Do you have any Burgundian-style Chardonnay from Washington state?
Lunchtime at the Seattle mag offices can be a little painful. We spend so much time writing about and photographing gorgeous, gourmet food; but around our SoDo HQ, lunchtime dining options are limited. More often than not, tight deadlines (and a little bit of a laziness) find us calling Jimmy John's but secretly wishing we could pay the trusty couriers extra to bring us something other than sandwiches (tasty though they are).
As the seasons get ready to turn (and soon, let's hope, 'cause I could use a bit more sun), it’s a good time to check in and see what our local bars and distillers are up to. We’re lucky to live in such a creative cocktail culture, because there’s always fun and exciting things happening, including the below.
High fives guys!!
In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys debuts Thursday, March 7, and those fish-throwing fishmongers are planning a big splash, offering sample recipes, bites from the book and plenty of access for autographs from noon until 3 p.m. at the city’s famous fish-throwing seafood shop. You know the place. Right by Rachel the Pig. Or, just look for the crowds with their camera phones pointed toward the fish-tossing action.
For those of you following my journey to train for the Seattle magazine Earth Day 5K on April 20 (my first 5K ever), or who have committed to running it with me, I have some exciting news: King 5's consumer reporter, and advocate of the people, Jesse Jones, is slated to be our Master of Ceremonies for the event. We're all really excited here at the magazine, since we're huge fans of his and all he does for the community.
I’m obsessed with Instagram, and Jenny at Far4 (@far4ing) is one of my fave local Instagramers to follow. She’s got a great eye and fantastic style and stocks her downtown store will the most amazing, unique and (sometimes) challenging jewelry, art and porcelain. If you're into Instagram, or have been thinking of signing on, now's the right now. Jenny has just announced a contest!
Mario’s, whose stores in Seattle and Portland have been keeping stylish Pacific Northwesterners sharply dressed for decades is celebrating “the cosmic coincidence that Mar 10 spells Mario” on, you guessed it, March 10. (Ok, and March 9, officially as well.)
Did you know the Burke Museum at the University of Washington is home to 15 million specimens and artifacts, including over 150,000 spiders? Did you also know that when you find a spider in your house, putting it outside can be tantamount to killing it?
If you’re a label-loving bargain huntress (or hunter), then head to the U District Goodwill on Friday, March 8 and Saturday March 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for their Designer Accessory Sale, which will include shoes, handbags and other accessories from coveted brands like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Betsy Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Steve Madden and Nine West for both women and men. Proceeds from the sale go towards the organizations free job training and education programs.
Week two of my Earth Day 5K training is almost done (one more run on Saturday before week three begins technically) and I’ve learned a lot. Mostly that my calves cramp up habitually at the outset of every run. That’s been a painful lesson that led to the lesson of perseverance, which is painful in it’s own way. Because, you know, inertia.
Hey, Big Apple! You ready for some hand-forged doughnuts?
Yup, Top Pot arrives in Manhattan later this year or early next, part of a franchise deal being worked on by the geniuses behind this now-massive operation. (This year, NYC; next year, world doughnut domination?)
No doubt about it, things are pretty sweet right now for Mark Klebeck and his brother, Michael, and their partner, Joel Radin.