February 2016


The Man Behind Seattle’s Great Wheel Light Displays

Gerry Hall’s LED designs are a glowing success

While it’s only been open for three short years, Seattle’s Great Wheel has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline—as have the 175-foot-tall attraction’s light displays, designed by Gerry Hall. “It was a void in the job that needed to be done, so I volunteered,” says the wheel’s general manager. “If I can make…


Hawaiian Fusion at Super Six in Columbia City

Marination’s new, auto-inspired Super Six serves up polished Asian-Hawaiian in a former garage

With Super Six, Marination co-owner Kamala Saxton has fulfilled her dream of opening a brick-and-mortar place in Columbia City, her home since moving from Hawaii to Seattle nearly 20 years ago. The two-story restaurant, named for a slick, female-designed 1948 Hudson Motor Car Company roadster, is housed inside a former automotive garage and features a…


How to Shop Asian Markets for the Chinese New Year

Navigating the uninitiated through the aisles of our plentiful Asian markets

I was born in Taipei, but I grew up in small-town Missouri, where my name and culture triggered many conversations among my classmates. That experience may, in part, be at the root of my pathological instinct to help non-Asians who look lost or overwhelmed while shopping at an Asian grocery—especially around Chinese New Year. For…


‘Julia’ Debuts this Month at On the Boards

Christiane Jatahy drives a new take on the Strindberg classic

Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie, a dialogue between a young countess and her father’s valet, set in the kitchen of her family’s estate, remains a potent and complex drama in which the powerful relationships of class difference, sexual desire and gender roles are negotiated, with tragic results. Rio de Janeiro–based author and…


Why Chef Lisa Nakamura Loves White Truffle Oil

How truffle oil, the luxe kitchen staple of the '90s, never went away for chef Lisa Nakamura

At a fraction of the cost of fresh, foraged truffles (which can run up to hundreds of dollars per ounce), white truffle oil quickly became the wonder ingredient of the ’90s. Chefs drizzled it over hamburgers and into sauces, and tossed it with popcorn for an affordable cheat to gourmet snacking. Chef Lisa Nakamura of…


Digital Stylist Brenna Lyden on Street Style Staples and More

Digital stylist Brenna Lyden breaks down dress code via skype

Major Declared Brenna Lyden started her fashion blog, Chic Street Style (chicstreetstyle.me), as a college freshman snapping selfies in her dorm room. Now 22 years old and less than a year out of school, Lyden, whose signature aesthetic pairs polished staples with popular trends (think tweed blazers with boyfriend jeans), gets 100,000 views on her site…


Great Winter Wines from Washington

The first of a series, Paul Zitarelli recommends the best wines for cool-weather sipping

Winter is woven into the fabric of our beings as Seattleites. The ceaseless drizzle. The cloud layer a mere 14 feet off the ground. The onset of twilight in early afternoon. Some of us gripe about winter while nurturing a secret fondness. Some openly embrace it, while the rest move to some other, certainly sunnier,…


6 Small-Batch Coffee Roasters We Love

Small-batch coffee roasters take an artisanal approach to Seattle’s favorite beverage

In this coffee mecca, where you can’t throw a bag of Pike Place Roast without hitting a Starbucks, we’ve moved well beyond the third wave. The growing trend among Seattle’s coffee cognoscenti is roasting in small batches. What does that mean for your morning cup? Lighter, brighter roasts that preserve more of the bean’s natural,…


Where to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Channel your inner Fire Monkey at the sixth annual Lunar New Year Celebration

It’s time to celebrate another new year, in lunar style. The Chinese New Year begins in February, and it is the Year of the Fire Monkey—a zodiac sign that only occurs once every 60 years. The character is usually regarded as clever, witty sociable and surrounded by lots of friends. Channel your inner Fire Monkey…


Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctors 2016

The 413 best physicians in the Puget Sound region, as chosen by their peers

We value few things in life more than our health. We remind ourselves of this every time we offer a celebratory toast, every time we greet a friend with a simple “How are you?” and most of all, each time we fall ill—and need someone whom we can trust to help us heal.   That’s…


Seattle Wine Blog Releases First Book

Local wine blogger Madeline Puckette marries wine with design

Wine blogger Madeline Puckette is a visual learner. A sommelier and graphic designer by training, Puckette, an Oregon native, first taught herself about wine—specifically, how to identify its flavors and aromas—by doodling on note cards. Champagne may have inspired a sketch of butter and a knobby truffle; Pinot Noir, a stem of chocolate-dipped cherries. Those…


Enjoy a New Wine-based Cocktail From Liberty

Drink in the freedom with this new twist on a wine cocktail

The Cocktail: The Red October  Wine cocktails (drinks made with wine as their base and the addition of other ingredients) have been around since our first brave drinking ancestors added herbs and spices to their cup. A hit for years, these drinks dropped out of favor for the most part for much of the last…

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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…

Photography by Alex Cayley.

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…