Food & Drink

Summer Guide 2010: West Seattle

When it comes to West Seattle summer scenes, most people picture Alki Beach or splashy antics at the

When it comes to West Seattle summer scenes, most people picture Alki Beach or splashy antics at the outdoor, saltwater Colman Pool in Lincoln Park (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW), but there are plenty of other reasons to cross the bridge. Sun WorshipUpon landing at West Seattle’s Alki Beach, first-timers often exclaim, “It feels like California!”…

Unforgettable Spice at Thai Curry Simple

A no-frills Thai place that knows how to curry favor.

There’s little signage, but once you locate Thai Curry Simple you’ll never forget where it is, because it’s hard to find a good lunch for just $5 in this town. But here you can choose between tasty, slightly pan-fried pad thai (with tofu or chicken) and green curry, zippy with lemongrass, each for $5. Or…

Reviews: Flying Fish, Marjorie & Fatty’s Corner

Allison Austin Scheff reviews what's new in Seattle dining scene

Flying Fish Owner/chef Christine Keff’s Flying Fish, which opened in Belltown way back in 1995, built a reputation on great seafood but, boy, did the interior need an update. Instead of spiffing up the old girl, Keff moved her to South Lake Union in May to start over in a neighborhood with new life (and…

Tacoma Art Museum’s Glimmering Gone

Two contemporary artists prove all that glitters is not gold

Talk about ambitious art projects. Glimmering Gone, at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, pairs two esteemed artists working on different continents. Sweden’s Ingalena Klenell makes lacy landscapes of glass that resemble icicles, snowflakes and the thin crust that forms on puddles in winter. America’s Beth Lipman creates dead birds, intricate breastplate necklaces and wreaths of glass…

Hot Button: Class Struggles

In pursuit of excellence and equal opportunity, Seattle Public Schools has to convince parents that

Seattle Public Schools will reverse a longstanding tradition of allowing parents to choose their kids’ schools when it phases in a new “neighborhood school” student assignment plan in September for students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades. The district rewrote its 30-year-old boundaries and is now assigning students to schools closer to their homes. The…

Summer Guide 2010: Queen Anne & Magnolia

The highest of Seattle

The highest of Seattle’s seven hills, Queen Anne offers spectacular views in every direction—one of many reasons to scale its heights in the summertime. Dine Out(side)Sip a sublime absinthe-spiked Rye-se & Shine cocktail, snack on farro fries and people watch on the sweet sun patio of newcomer Emmer&Rye (1825 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.282.0680;….

Restaurant Review: June

A starched interior gives way to insanely good honey-cured pork chops

It’s bittersweet to see that the lovely gray wallpaper that once graced the interior of Madrona’s Cremant has come down, making way for June’s similar look of starched sophistication—matte-gray banquettes punched up with grass-green chairs and vaguely nautical lampshades. But as long as chef/owner Vuong Loc keeps that insanely good honey-cured pork chop on his…

Datebook: Burn the Floor

Skip Dancing with the Stars and experience the real deal

BURN THE FLOOR9/14–9/19 Skip Dancing with the Stars and experience the real deal. This explosive two-hour show of international ballroom dance consists of 10 dances—five Latin American and five traditional ballroom. The show unites top dancers from all over the globe who have spent a lifetime honing their craft. You’ll feel the heat when the…

Bar Hop: Olympia Pizza and Spaghetti House III

Olympia Pizza and Spaghetti House III on Capitol Hill upped its street cred in January by adding an

Olympia Pizza and Spaghetti House III on Capitol Hill upped its street cred in January by adding an inviting bar next door. In the space that once housed Sonic Boom Records, The Bar (516 15th Ave. E; 206.329.4500; brings an old-school, relaxed flavor to bustling 15th Street. The Vibe The saloon radiates charm and…

Trend: Test Drive The Tesla Sport Roadster

Seattle drivers are among the early adopters of all things green, so we took electric cars for a spi

Plug ’n’ Play To anyone who has opened up a Christmas present only to be stymied by “batteries not included,” I present the 2010 Tesla Sport roadster. Through the generosity of Tesla Motors on Westlake Avenue, I opened up a Tesla on the Alaskan Way Viaduct the other day. About 6,800 lithium batteries—the kind that…

Summer Guide 2010: Capitol Hill

While this hipster haven doesn

While this hipster haven doesn’t offer beach access or swimming pools, it’s still a highly desirable summer spot, thanks to a killer park and fountain, a tangibly youthful energy, restaurants with their patio doors flung open, nightlife that keeps on going and one of summer’s most anticipated music festivals. Capitol HillDine Out(side)Capitol Hill’s street fashion…

Food We Love: Gelato

D’Ambrosio Gelato is making small-batch gelato so good that the lines are out the door, even on not-

In the last few years, myriad frozen-treat shops have come onto the scene, so D’Ambrosio Gelato’s opening (5339 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.327.9175; registered only a tiny ripple on my radar. That was before I got my first lick of the thick, dense, velvety stuff. Owners Marco and Enzo D’Ambrosio—Enzo is a university-certified master gelataio—are…

The Foodies Calendar: Oyster Fest

The Foodies Calendar: Oyster Fest

October 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. OysterFest Mason County Fairgrounds, 751 W Fairgrounds Road, Shelton; 360.426.2021; ? Ahoy, seafood fanatics! Set sail for Shelton on the Olympic Peninsula and catch OysterFest, the 29th annual West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship and Washington State Seafood Festival. The event offers a taste of Washington’s best oceanic hors d’oeuvres,…

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