August 2013

Exploring Orcas Island

Exploring Orcas Island

From farm to feast, getting away to Orcas Island

Life on the island is all about cross-pollination. On Orcas Island in the San Juans, especially, farmers and chefs, ranchers and brewers are friends, partners and cohorts in the category of “living the dream.” More and more a foodie destination, Orcas Island is doing a few things very well. There’s not a lot of cultural…

Special Varietal Spotlight: MOURVÈDRE

Special Varietal Spotlight: MOURVÈDRE

EMERGING VARIETALMourvèdreMourvèdre is the workhorse of the vineyard. It is added to Rhône blends to bring an earthy note or to create a backbone of tannin. When Mourvèdre is used in rosés for its minerality and lack of full fruit, these superlight pink, sometimes pale orange wines are stony with light fruit of rhubarb and…

2013 Washington Wine Buying List

City denotes tasting room. To download a PDF version of this list, click here. WINES OF THE YEARRed Wine of the YearAvennia 2010 Arnaut Syrah, Yakima Valley, Boushey Vineyard, $45Woodinville425.877.1639avennia.com White Wine of the YearLullaby 2010 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $35Walla Walla509.386.1324lullabywinery.com RED WINESColumbia GorgeEclectic RedMemaloose 2010 Primitivo, Columbia Gorge, Idiot’s Grace, $25Lyle360.635.2887winesofthegorge.com Columbia ValleyRed…

2013 Washington Wine Awards Methodology and Tasting Panelists

Nominations for this year’s Washington Wine Awards were solicited from a panel of Washington wine and food professionals. More than 100 wines receiving the most votes in the varietal categories qualified for a blind tasting, which took place on March 4, 2013. The tasting was conducted by a panel of 20 industry professionals, and the…

Grilled Zucchini with Cotija Cheese and Pequin Chile Recipe

Grilled Zucchini with Cotija Cheese and Pequin Chile Recipe

Serves 4 2 medium-size zucchini (about 1 pound) 1 teaspoon ground pequin chile, available at Mexican grocery stores or specialty spice merchants 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 2-ounce piece Cotija cheese, grated finely Juice of half a lime 1 tablespoon quality olive oil 2 tablespoons Mexican crema or sour cream Kosher saltFresh ground pepper Preheat a…

Cooking with Cotija Cheese

Cooking with Cotija Cheese

Poquitos chef Manny Arce adds a sprinking of authenticity to Mexican dishes with Cotija cheese

Not long ago, nearly every Mexican restaurant north of the border smothered dishes in cheddar cheese, a world away from anything ringing authentic. Fortunately, as we’ve become familiar with Brie, Manchego, pecorino and myriad stinky cheeses, the profile of queso from Mexico has been elevated, too. Poquitos chef Manny Arce is a big fan of…

'Full Rip 9.0' Explores Seattle's Earthquake Dangers

‘Full Rip 9.0’ Explores Seattle’s Earthquake Dangers

The book that cost Knute Berger a few sleepless nights

Bertha the underground tunnel-boring machine began her slow march under Seattle this summer. She’s been a long time coming. The Nisqually earthquake hit in 2001 and did enough damage to the Alaskan Way Viaduct that it needed to be replaced, but it’s taken more than a decade to just get this far. The urgency of…

Craft Cocktail Bars are Shaking Things Up

Craft Cocktail Bars are Shaking Things Up

A neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to some of Seattle's best cocktail bars

BALLARDBastille Cafe & BarThe back bar has a certain sexiness and a lovely chandelier, but I like the more ornate front bar best, even if you are surrounded by the clatter of diners seeking French bistro fare. Sample the tangily refreshing Port Salut Buck (rum, cognac, lime, ginger, seltzer, bitters; $11) off the seasonally changing…

How Garfield High Defeated the MAP Test

How Garfield High Defeated the MAP Test

How Garfield High School tipped the scales against a controversial standardized test

For students, the start of a new school year can feel like a blank slate, a chance to begin anew. This year, however, Seattle students (along with their parents and teachers) can be forgiven for experiencing a strong sense of déjà vu—the raging debate over standardized testing that dominated the 2012–2013 school year may have…

Barbecue in Style This Summer

The Incredible Egg It’s the Apple of the charcoal grill world with an entire culture unto itself—generating both popular cookbooks and festivals (Seattle’s is held in June). Fans of the Big Green Egg, known as “Eggheads,” love its ceramic domed design, based on Japanese kamado grills, that allows for maintaining very precise low and high…

Professional Tips to Help You Organize Your Kid's Space

Professional Tips to Help You Organize Your Kid’s Space

A professional organizer offers practical strategies for decluttering the kid-centric home

We do our best to keep a lid on all the stuff our kids collect, but have you taken a close gander at their play space or bedroom lately? Does it look like chaos? Given the way tiny toy parts seem to proliferate like bunnies, keeping them all in one place is a monumental Martha…

Raindrop-shaped Bangles from Baleen

Raindrop-shaped Bangles from Baleen

Creative power couple Leah Lawrence, the designer and proprietress behind swimwear and mercantile Drifting Arrows (driftingarrows.com), and Billy Bartels, the designer of jewelry line Vim Beget (vimbeget.com) launched Baleen, a new jewelry collaboration last April. The two fabricate everything in their Ballard studio, mostly out of brass (to keep prices low, Lawrence says) with the…

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Palm Springs Top Destination for Seattleites

Palm Springs Top Destination for Seattleites

Seattle Residents Look South for Vacation Homes

Heading to Palm Springs during spring break or summer vacation? You’re not alone. The California city known for its natural hot springs, restaurants, golf courses, and nearly year-round sunshine is by far the most popular destination for Seattleites who want to buy a vacation home. A study by real estate company Pacaso says 16% of…

TURNING THE OTHER PEAK

TURNING THE OTHER PEAK

SUNCADIA VACATION HOME REFLECTS FAMILY’S OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Interrupting their travels to build a vacation home from scratch was the last thing on the minds of Sherri and Ali Anissipour in 2019 when they went on an anniversary holiday to Suncadia resort, located about 90 minutes east of their Seattle home. “We wanted to travel the world,” Sherri says, “not go to the…