April 2012

The Lasting Impact of Seattle's World's Fair Architects

The Lasting Impact of Seattle’s World’s Fair Architects

Design at the 1962 World's Fair brought its architects acclaim well beyond the Seattle Center ground

Most Seattleites walk or drive past the Space Needle and the other major buildings at Seattle Center without giving much thought to who designed them. But these structures, including KeyArena and the Pacific Science Center, are the lasting architectural legacy of the Century 21 Exposition, better known as the Seattle World’s Fair. In 1962, some…

5 Best New Washington Spirits

5 Best New Washington Spirits

Our favorite new discoveries of spirits and liqueurs available at local stores and tasting rooms.

Washington state’s spirited landscape is changing rapidly, as both new and well-established distilleries introduce a wide array of intriguing imbibables. This increased selection goes beyond staples such as vodka, gin and whiskey into a tasty range of fruit and herbal liqueurs as well as interesting international favorites, such as aquavit and shochu. Find these picks—including…

World’s Fair 50th-Anniversary Celebration Activities

World’s Fair 50th-Anniversary Celebration Activities

Six months of commemorative festivities begin on April 21. Here are our picks.

On April 21, 1962, visitors from close by and around the world streamed through the gates of the Seattle World’s Fair to witness a future they’d never before imagined. It seemed that soon we’d all live in Plywood Homes of Living Light, commute by monorail and dine at revolving restaurants in various Space Needles piercing…

The History Behind Seattle’s Food Obsession

The History Behind Seattle’s Food Obsession

The 1962 World’s Fair left behind much more than space-age architecture.

The Seattle “Century 21” World’s Fair of ’62 was about science, but what folks remembered was the food. The populist hit? Belgian waffles, first introduced to America at Century 21. Seattle loves its breakfast comfort foods (remember Dutch babies? Fisher scones?) and the thick, airy waffles, piled with strawberries and whipped cream, became a top…

Less Court, More Food at Center House's The Armory

Less Court, More Food at Center House’s The Armory

Seattle Center joins the 21st century in time for the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair.

The phrase “food court” doesn’t exactly inspire visions of culinary promise and satisfaction. Over the last few months, Seattle Center has embarked on a mission to eventually disassociate the food offerings at the Seattle Center hub, the Center House, from the image of a few bland McChoices drowned in florescent lighting. The Center House emerged…

Bar Ferd'nand's Yeasted Croissants

Bar Ferd’nand’s Yeasted Croissants

Revel in the warm glow of these perfect, buttery pastries.

I am a bit of a purist about croissants. I want to revel in the warm glow of the sweet butter softly nestled in each tender layer. I want to brush burnished crumbs from my lap. I want to pull the end and have the croissant roll and twist in my fingers. But until I…

Blind Pig Bistro Shows Promise

Blind Pig Bistro Shows Promise

The little space formerly occupied by Sitka & Spruce is once again Allison Austin Scheff's kind of j

The little space that began as a doughnut shop, then became Matt Dillon’s legendary Sitka & Spruce (which has since moved to the Melrose Market) and was later home to the sadly short-lived Nettletown, has a promising new tennant. Blind Pig, opened in the late fall by Charles Walpole (recently of Anchovies & Olives), continues…

Altura: Mostly Marvelous

Altura: Mostly Marvelous

Not quite perfection, but the food's mostly outstanding at Broadway's Altura

The early word? Phenomenal. Soaring reviews appeared in The Seattle Times and The Stranger a short couple of months after Altura opened in October. But early hype gives me pause; living up to panting accolades is always challenging, particularly for a kitchen that’s still getting its footing. My doubts multiplied when my party was whisked…

Sweet Eats on Phinney Ridge

Sweet Eats on Phinney Ridge

Across the street from Woodland Park Zoo, this "pie bar" invites you to share a slice with friends.

The cutest pie shop in town? That’s easy. It’s A la Mode’s pocket-size corner space across from the zoo on Phinney Ridge, where bar stools invite friends to belly up for a slice of Mexican chocolate pie, mousse-like in texture, topped with a cloud of whipped cream and scented with just a whisper of cinnamon…

Enjoy Southern Charm at the Sexton

Enjoy Southern Charm at the Sexton

Taking over the spot once occupied by Madame K’s, the Sexton oozes with Southern allure.

Creative cocktailsWith a long, lean space that meanders past the bar and kitchen (and a back deck that promises to be dandy), The Sexton is a place to stroll into with pals. The drink menu is full of intriguingly designed drinks and the spotlight is on bourbon, such as in the Sexton Julep, a mixture…

Pike Street Hillclimb

Pike Street Hillclimb

Explore pocket galleries, vintage shopping and tasty bites in the shadow of Pike Place Market.

Tucked away just west of our famous market, the Pike Street Hillclimb, located on Western Avenue along the sprawling staircase that leads to Alaskan Way, features dining, shopping and local art. Standbys such as the Zig Zag Café (1501 Western Ave.; 206.625.1146; zigzagseattle.com) have long attracted patrons to the ’climb, but with the arrival of…

Choreographer Donald Byrd is Flying High This Season

Choreographer Donald Byrd is Flying High This Season

At age 62, Spectrum Dance Theater's director has more moves than ever.

Donald Byrd is staging an intervention. Seattle’s renowned contemporary dance choreographer is unsettled by America’s craving for the “mythologized,” candy-coated version of love portrayed in popular movies (see: the re-release of Titanic in 3-D this month) and he wants to help curb our addiction. “I think it gets us into trouble in the real world,”…