April 2016

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The Best Looks (And Where to Get Them) for Spring

Spring fashion is ready for takeoff

Spring fashion transports us back to a time when aerospace was the next frontier, when travel was luxurious and flying was the first-class way of getting where you wanted to be. The Museum of Flight cleared us for landing to celebrate Seattle’s history of aviation innovation. Let’s fly away. 1. The T. Evans Wyckoff Memorial…

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A Guide to Gratuity in the New $15-An-Hour Era

When even food writers are confused about what to do when the bill comes, help comes in handy

Sticker shock. It’s not a feeling I experience often after 17 years of working as a restaurant critic and food writer. My idea of value is likely different than most. I long ago became inured to the idea of spending a significant chunk of the rent for a blowout omakase experience at my favorite sushi…

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4 Culinary Superstars for 2016

This year's tastemakers

Jason StrattonGeneral manager and executive chef, Mamnoon Photographed February 9, 2016, at Mamnoon on Capitol HillMamnoon co-owner Wassef Haroun compares Jason Stratton’s culinary prowess to his epic karaoke chops. “He puts everything into it,” Haroun says. “When you see him perform songs, you realize he likes to do things very, very well.” It’s certainly true…

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Where do our Food Writers Really Dine?

Our food critics' choices offer a tasty peek into their eating habits

Sure, it’s their job to chase down and road-test the latest trends and hot spots, but where do our food writers really dine? What do they recommend to friends and visitors looking for a restaurant? Our food critics’ choices offer a tasty peek into their eating habits. Jessica YadegaranSeattle magazine food editor Jessica Yadegaran grew…

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Winners of our Best Restaurants Readers’ Choice Poll

We asked and you voted: Reader picks for the best in the city

Best Neighborhood RestaurantPorkchop & Co.Ballard, 5451 Leary Ave. NW; 206.257.5761; eatatporkchop.com Best Eastside RestaurantCafé Juanita Kirkland, 9702 NE 120th Place; 425.823.1505; cafejuanita.com Best Splurge RestaurantCanlis Queen Anne, 2576 Aurora Ave. N; 206.283.3313; canlis.com Best Cheap-eats PlaceDick’s Drive-In  Multiple locations; ddir.comBest BrunchSix Seven RestaurantBelltown, at The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way; 206.269.4575; edgewaterhotel.com Best Independent Coffee ShopCitizen…

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What Makes a ‘Seattle Dog’?

The cheesy story of Seattle’s signature snack

Most of us associate cream cheese with a certain mid-Atlantic city—but slather it on a frankfurter and suddenly the all-American food-cart fave becomes a “Seattle Dog.” So, what gives? Former Seattleite Hadley Long is widely credited with starting the craze in the late 1980s, when he sold bagels in Pioneer Square. “I didn’t want to…

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ChefSteps’ Cofounder Dishes on his Colorful, Accessible Wardrobe

ChefSteps cofounder shares his recipe for great style

STEP BY STEP: For the past three years, Grant Crilly, cofounder of Seattle startup ChefSteps (chefsteps.com), has whetted the appetites of more than a million followers worldwide with his company’s instructional videos, which break down the most difficult of recipes for home cooks at all levels. This attainable culinary credo has garnered ChefSteps devoted users…

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6 Seattle Restaurants with Designs that Wow

Prettiness on the plate this year is only rivaled by inventive, transporting restaurant design

Stateside Capitol Hill, 300 E Pike St.; 206.557.7273; statesideseattle.comThe breezy, tropical feel of Stateside is the work of Callie Meyer (barnardandmeyer.com), a local photo stylist who traveled through Vietnam for a month with co-owner Seth Hammond and chef/co-owner Eric Johnson. Given full control of the interiors, Meyer used places she visited in Hanoi as inspiration….

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Three New Seattle Steak Houses to Try Now

Sure, veggies are pretty, but bring on the steak

In late October, Americans got their collective panties in a twist when a meeting of experts brought together by the World Health Organization concluded that red meat “probably” causes cancer. That “probably” is a loaded one—scientists found a limited link in studies, yes, but the evidence isn’t sufficient to make us give up on steak…

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Where to Buy the Best Loaves of Bread in the City

Pricey loaves and why they’re worth it

Artisanal bread has deep roots in Seattle’s food culture; Essential Baking has been making organic hearth breads here since 1998, and Grand Central (based in Portland, Oregon) arrived to open its first Seattle bakery in 1989. But since Columbia City Bakery—maker of what many consider the best breads in Seattle—opened a decade ago, there’s been…

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The Best Restaurants in Seattle 2016

In a city of ever-changing flavors, we invite you to tuck into our tastiest year yet

The Best of Dining NowWith the rapid-fire succession of restaurant openings we’ve experienced of late comes an equally great diversity of cuisine. The days of Pacific Northwest Pan Asian fare are long gone as chefs drill down to the nichiest of foods in a culinary showcase that can only be described as fabulous. Behold, some…

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New Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Cornish College of the Arts

Unveiling the history of Cornish College of the Arts

THROUGH 5/1  David Martin, curator of the newly opened Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, may well be our region’s leading authority on Northwest art history. His extensive knowledge, which encompasses the many forgotten strains of local painters and photographers, has been put to great use in creating Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Centennial Tribute to…

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The Art of Weathering Winter: What “Self-Care” Really Is (and Isn’t)

How to cultivate more community, according to author Angela Garbes & State Representative Darya Farivar

The term “self-care” has become so overused that its meaning can be bent to almost any purpose. Is it indulging in a cocktail or abstaining from booze? Is it splurging on a skincare product or making peace with fine lines? Some have begun to use the term “community care” to refer to a commitment toward…

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Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…