January 2014

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Heather Christo’s Easy Party Idea: Grilled Cheese and Soup Bar

For low-maintenance fun, try a do-it-yourself grilled cheese and soup bar with all the fixings

Anyone who feels hosting a party is too much work should take a page from Heather Christo’s playbook. The Queen Anne–based culinary whiz and entertaining expert, whose eponymous website is brimming with creative recipes and tablescape ideas, has a few secrets up her sleeve when it comes to simple yet inventive ways to serve guests,…

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Homes with Stunning Sunrooms

Smart Seattle homes capture the fleeting winter light with windowed sunrooms

!–paging_filter–pFrom formal solariums in grand homes to small atrium add-ons, sunrooms are Seattle’s answer to the Southern-style screened-in porch. Set aside for everything from sleeping and dining to reading and playing, these many-windowed spaces bring the outside in and shed welcome light on the cold, damp days of January.nbsp; brbra href=”http://www.redfin.com/WA/Bainbridge-Island/10132-NE-Kitsap-St-98110/home…” target=”_blank”strongFort Ward, Bainbridge Island/strong/a…

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Breakfast Cocktails to Drink Now

Tasty morning libations with a kick

!–paging_filter–pstrongKimchi Bloody Mary at Revel ($8) /strongbrThere’s nothing like it (pictured above). The house-made base has Korean chili paste and kimchi paste; it’s spiked with Vikingfjord vodka and garnished with a togarashi rim (e.g., dried seaweed and black sesame) and garnished with house-pickled long beans, a green olive and a lime wedge.a href=”http://www.revelseattle.com” target=”_blank” revelseattle.com/a/ppstrongPike…

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Six Must-Try, Northwest-Style Eggs Benedicts

Twists on the eggy classic you’ll find only in the Northwest

!–paging_filter–pstrongDungeness Benedict at Tilikum Place Cafe/strongbrThis is Washington translated into brunch: impeccably poached eggs nestled in sweet Dungeness crab with warm spinach on a toasted English muffin, topped with chef Ba Culbert’s luscious hollandaise sauce (about $15, depending on availability and market prices). You won’t taste anything like it anywhere else. Downtown/Denny Triangle, 407 Cedar…

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The Best Weekend Brunches and Breakfasts

Leisurely weekends were made for that late-morning meal that lasts all day. Here’s who does it best

!–paging_filter–pstrongspan style=”color: #ff0000;”[scrambles]/span/strongbrWhen people complain that there aren’t any hidden food finds in Seattle, we send them to Icebox Grocery, the little grocery/café where extra care goes into everything, from the outstanding mushroom soup with sherry ($4.75–$5.75) to the chewy butterscotch chip cookies ($1.25 each). The careful kitchen crew dishes up fluffy, moist scrambles with…

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Make Georgetown Soup Spot Lect a Regular Stop for Lunch

!–paging_filter–pWith the start of a new year, many of us vow to better our lives. We resolve to act with more kindness, to live more mindfully, to take action to improve our communities. And, the real toughie: to eat well. Making a regular stop for lunch at LECT’s, the lunchbox-size house (look for the soup…

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A Dreamy Kitchen Re-Do in Mount Baker

A 1914 Mount Baker home gets a slick kitchen fit for this century

!–paging_filter–p”It was horrible.”brAlmost every time I would cook, I would say out loud: ‘I hate this kitchen. I hate this kitchen,’” recalls Lisa Richmond. “It was really closed off and tiny and chopped up and sad.” brbrThe situation was especially distressing considering that Richmond and husband Steve Burke are both avid home cooks, and Richmond…

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Organization Meets Sleek Design in this Leschi Kitchen

A Leschi kitchen sets the bar for super-organized, streamlined design

!–paging_filter–pOpenness has its limits, or should have. It’s as true for strangers conducting cell phone chats on the street as for architects designing a kitchen.brbrSo when the owners of a 1905 house in Leschi decided to start fresh with a new home, they called Thomas Schaer of SHED Architecture Design. Employing downright forensic exactitude, he…

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Why We’re Crazy for the Wallingford Seafood Spot, Westward

!–paging_filter–pOnly a few months old, Westward already feels lived in, like it’s been here forever. Outside on the gravel patio on the north shore of Lake Union, Adirondack chairs are set around ana href=”http://www.seattlemag.com/article/cozy-local-fire-pit-winter” target=”_blank” oyster-shell-faced fire pit/a, and the city stands proud and sparkly in the view south across the lake. Inside, the sporty…

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Where to Get a Great Weekday Breakfast

The best dishes to start every day of the week

Seattle magazine’s early-rising team of food experts tout their favorite spots for the most important meal of the day (and the weekend).[pancakes]If you head to one of Portage Bay Café’s three airy Seattle locations, where the servers sport T-shirts with the company’s tagline—eat like you give a damn—consider stretching beyond your usual order and don’t…

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Color Us Happy: Farrow Ball Paint at Bellevue’s Table Top and Home

!–paging_filter–pAnyone who has admired a richly painted room in a design magazine has likely come across the name Farrow Ball. Established in Dorset, England, in 1946, this esteemed line of 132 high-quality and lushly pigmented paint colors is now available at Bellevue’s Table Top and Home, much to the delight of local décor addicts. “Farrow…

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Shannon Koszyk’s Debut Lighting Collaboration Brims with Drama

!–paging_filter–pGeorgetown-based Shannon Koszyk, best known for her eponymous line of religious iconographic jewelry beloved by rock stars and starlets alike (Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara are fans), is about to see (or make) her name in lights. This October, the jeweler debuted a lighting collaboration with Atlanta-based home…

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