December 2013


Photographer Eirik Johnson’s Barrow Cabins Captures Modest Dwellings

Eirik Johnson’s photos reveal the human nesting instinct

!–paging_filter–pSeattle-based photographer Eirik Johnson is captivated by the most modest of dwellings: makeshift hunting shacks, remote forest campsites, animal burrows. In his show Barrow Cabins, he reveals such structures in stark relief, pairing twin shots—one taken in winter, one taken in summer—of slapdash shanties at the northernmost edge of our continent. Built by members of…


Nutcracker Peek and Other Holiday Events

Let the holiday rumpus begin

!–paging_filter–pSeasoned Nutcracker fans know exactly when to watch for it: at the top of the second act. That’s when an “Easter egg” of sorts appears in the background of the set illustrator Maurice Sendak designed specifically for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Nutcracker. All but hidden, the sneaky little Wild Thing gets a glimpse of…


Gluten-Free Holiday Snack: Simple Crisp’s Dried-Fruit ‘Crackers’

Pair up with Simple Crisp’s gluten-free dried-fruit ‘crackers’ for the holidays

!–paging_filter–pJane Yuan never thought that one day grocery and retail powerhouses Williams-Sonoma and Dean DeLuca would be selling the fruit crisps she created for friends in her Mount Baker kitchen. But when those friends, including bartenders and chefs, urged her to take her naturally gluten-free, super-thin dried-fruit wafers to market, the 33-year-old former publicist and…


To-Do List for Mayor Ed Murray

Knute Berger offers 8 priorities for the city’s new chief

!–paging_filter–pDear Mayor Murray,strongbr/strongI hate to-do lists—my mother was always thrusting them in my teenage face—but that doesn’t mean I can’t make myself obnoxious by offering you one now that the election is over. The coming four years are big ones for Seattle, with numerous huge projects coming online and posing challenges. So, here’s my modest…


Chef Rachel Yang’s Quick Pickled Persimmons

Rachel Yang of Revel and Joule shares her recipe for pickling the beloved Asian fruit

Fuyu persimmons1 cup rice wine vinegar1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar1 star anise1 cinnamon stick1 small piece of ginger 1. Peel the persimmons and slice them into 1/2-inch slices.2. Bring the rest of the ingredients to boil. 3. Stack the persimmons in a Mason jar and pour in the pickling liquid. 4. Leave it in…


Chef Rachel Yang Cooks with Persimmons

Joule’s Rachel Yang makes the most of this versatile, seasonal Asian fruit

While Rachel Yang was growing up in Korea, her family ended meals with sujeonggwa, a dried persimmon tea. “I can still remember the sweet and spicy aroma that would fill up the kitchen whenever my grandma would make the tea,” says the co-owner/chef of a Joule and Revel, who celebrates the fall and winter appearance…


Our Favorite Things: Deck the Tabletop!

Pretty placemats, glasses and more to add a special sparkle to your holiday spread

!–paging_filter–pimg src=”/sites/” alt=”Chilewich mod placemat and Manhattan tray” height=”586″ width=”440″/ppstrongPERFECT PLACEMENTbr/strongYou’ll want to slip Chilewich’s new strongMod place mats/strong ($12) composed ofnbsp;glimmering oval links beneath your holiday plates. The only questionnbsp;is which color to pick: brass, gold, gunmetal or silver? For a posh,nbsp;portable mood setting, pair these mats with the new strongManhattan tray/strongnbsp;($85), as pictured…


Our Picks for Glamorous Ornaments

Make use of traditions old and new to brighten your tree this year

!–paging_filter–pMy favorite part of Christmas has always been the tree.It’s not only the happy focus of the holiday, but, amid the beribboned bounty arranged beneath, it is a welcome bit of natural beauty.nbsp;Before the hustle of the holiday firmly takesnbsp;hold, my family gathers for our tree trimming (complete withnbsp;Nat King Cole caroling on the stereo…


Top Shelf Advice: Where the Bartenders Go to Drink

Where and what the bartenders drink, and how they recover

!–paging_filter–pstrongimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/medium_1213_andrew-at-liberty-bar-final.jpg” style=”float: left; margin: 10px;” height=”120″ width=”120″Andrew Friedman, owner, a href=”” target=”_blank”Liberty Bar /a/strongbrstrongBest bar to visit on your night off: /stronga href=”” target=”_blank”Barrio on 12th/a, especially on Monday (when it’s half-price tequila and mezcal night), Canon and anywhere Jay Kuehner (formerly of Vessel) is bartending. brstrongMost popular drink at your bar right now:/strong…


Where to Dine Out During the Holidays

The holidays are here, family is in town—celebrate at one of these special-occasion spots

!–paging_filter–pspan style=”font-size: medium;”strongDOWNTOWN/strong/spanbrstrongArt at The Four Seasons/strongbrThis creamy-hued dining room has such a knockout view of the waterfront, it might overshadow the food of a less capable chef. But the constantly evolving menu created by culinary vet Kerry Sear and his seasoned crew flat out wows. We’re mad about the crispy, golden roasted chicken and…


Healthy Eating Turned Unhealthy Obsession

When a focus on healthy food becomes a dangerous obsession

!–paging_filter–pLinda*, a 35-year-old attorney in Seattle, is the first to admit that going out for breakfast with her is rather tortured. She calls herself über-controlling, and it starts with not eating anything with fat in it. No butter on her toast (and only one piece of toast, thank you), no cream in her coffee, no…

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New auditorium, better BMX track and a greener Seattle

Casket Case Bellevue company’s product featured in Taylor Swift video Social media absolutely lost it after a casket manufactured by Bellevue-based Titan Casket was featured in American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s recent “Anti-Hero” music video. Tweets and Instagram posts from Swift’s fans about the casket have generated tens of thousands of likes and retweets, resulting in…

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Seattle Celebrates Black History Month

A guide to events happening throughout the city in February

From the Northwest African American Museum to the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle residents have an abundance of opportunities to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in February during Black History Month. The annual celebration began in the United States in 1976. Countries around the world also celebrate the month. Here’s a guide to events…