July 2012

Top Doctors

The 412 Top Doctors around Puget Sound. When a loved one needs a doctor, whom do you call? We put that question to thousands of local physicians in our annual Top Doctors survey and came up with our biggest response yet—more than 18,000 votes.

From this Issue

A sweeping glacial vista on a bluebird afternoon…an ancient rain forest, trees dripping with moss…the fecund scent of a deep mountain meadow…come July, our hearts yearn for the sweet sylvan dream that is Northwest hiking. Like nowhere else in the world, here, a short drive and an adventurous spirit are all it takes to transport you to a place of incomparable beauty.

The numbers are staggering: An estimated 3.8 million sport- and recreation-related concussions occur every year across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three Eastside tech firms have pioneered lifesaving new devices and treatments in the past year. Redmond’s Mobisante has created a MOBILE ULTRASOUND IMAGING DEVICE—the MobiUS SP1 ultrasound system—that is the first smartphone-based diagnostic device to be cleared by the FDA.

Multiple sclerosis is more prevalent in the Northwest than almost anywhere else on earth, for reasons that are largely unknown, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society—more than 12,000 people in the Northwest, Montana and Alaska have been diagnosed with the disease.

There’s a powerful new weapon in the battle against pediatric cancer, thanks to a new “smart” therapy that could one day eliminate the need for chemotherapy and radiation. The therapy harnesses the power of the immune system to recognize and fight cancer.

When Courtney Crocker found herself wide awake and cleaning her house at 4 a.m., she knew she needed a different way to manage her insomnia.

Here’s a sweet, supergreen spin on kiddie consignment: a new online marketplace that lets you buy and sell those barely used “outgrowns” within your own neighborhood.

With thousands of health-related websites and smartphone apps to choose from, finding the best can be daunting. We checked in with local doctors* to find out which sites they recommend—and use themselves.

7 Great Websites

If you’ve been pondering a jaunt to Vashon Island, this month offers the perfect reason: The annual Strawberry Festival (July 20-22; brings arts and crafts, live music, parades and carnival rides to the quaint downtown streets, which already play host to homegrown art

Based on Puccini’s La bohème, Jonathan Larson’s rock musical about starving artists living in the shadow of AIDS in New York’s East Village won the Tony, the Pulitzer and the hearts of countless audiences when it debuted in 1996.

Our city is in the midst of a multidisciplinary—dare we say postrecession—renaissance.

It’s hard to recall the time before cupcakes were considered an acceptable—and sought-after—adult dessert, but when Jody Hall founded Cupcake Royale ( in 2003 in Madrona, hers was not merely the sole cupcake shop in town, it was the only cupcake-specific bakery in America outside of New York City.

A Queen Anne dad who wanted to say goodnight to his 5-year-old daughter every night—even when away on business—looked no farther than that beddy-bye staple, the teddy bear, for his solution.

On Saturday, March 24, on a practice baseball field under a bank of clouds at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), 59-year-old Robert* packed his belongings. The unshaven man with happy eyes wore a small wooden cross around his neck, underscoring his faith that he might soon find a permanent place to live.

The Scotch Rocks

Anyone who saw Martin Scorsese’s recent movie, Hugo, understands the particular joys elicited by the silent films of Georges Méliès. The turn-of-the-century French artist’s work was groundbreaking in its use of special effects, as well as its surreal approach to visual storytelling.

Be yourself: It’s the advice we all hear repeated throughout our lives, when we’re school-age kids doing our best to fit in (or at least not to stand out for the wrong reasons), during the angst-filled first weeks at a new job and so on through the years. As I get older, it seems like “being yourself” is at once the easiest thing to do and the hardest.

Resurrected thanks to a fundraising campaign, Intiman Theatre enters its 40th year this month—but considering the many revisions to the theater’s leadership and mission, it may feel more like the first.

The neighborhood formerly known for Swedes has taken a turn toward the American South of late, with several new spots boasting grilled goodies slathered in spicy sauce. Dig in, but don’t forget your napkin.

Designer Corban Harper isn’t just on a roll, he is steamrolling: Since graduating from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tukwila last February, the 22-year-old women’s wear designer has quickly become the de rigueur attraction at local fashion shows, thanks to his graceful, feminine gowns and polished

The name might seem odd, but Kaleidoscope Vision quite aptly describes the soul of this Capitol Hill vintage clothing boutique. Owned and operated by childhood friends Ria Leigh Rabut, Mackenzie Garfield and Sophia Phillips, KV features finely tuned clothing collections, hung in organized vignettes.

Embrace your inner wild child by strapping on a neon-hued wristlet from new Capitol Hill– and Los Angeles–based brand Funboy Watches. Designed by two locally raised brothers, the waterproof silicon watchbands and faces can be combined in many color combinations (splashy purple and neon orange; patriotic red and blue; suave all white) to suit your evolving summer style.

Seattleites are nothing if not socially aware, but it can still be difficult for us to fully grasp the grave problems facing people who live a world away. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to help bridge that gap with its new visitor center, located on the organizational campus near Seattle Center.

Flip-flop days are upon us, but soon enough, it will be time to lace up those runners again. Need help getting your tot trained to tie his own shoes? Leave it to the professionals by attending a free shoe-tying lesson in the Nordstrom kids shoe department.

WHERE: Quilcene, Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula.

Sourdough Ridge Trail
Sunrise, Mount Rainier

Forget images of Lassie devotedly tugging Timmy out of an abandoned well. The iconic Seattle dog lover is a single lass who loves her pooches so much they share lattes at Starbucks.

Don’t go to a Harold Pinter play hoping for a happy ending. The British playwright, who produced work throughout the second half of the 20th century and won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, wasn’t much interested in tidy resolutions.

Mark Ryan 2009 Long Haul, $48

Washington winemakers are used to the spotlight; their industry’s spectacular growth over the past 30 years has gained them plenty of fame. But these days, you may be just as likely to hear the term “rock star” connected to the people who grow the grapes.

In a room nearly as lofty as it is deep, with polished concrete floors and light pouring in through east-facing windows, laptop jockeys and lunchers share space at a honed wood table carved out of a cross-section of a tree. Stumptown coffee is on offer, along with assorted sandwiches and salads.

Light, bright and cheerful, Ballard’s The Fat Hen (across the street from Delancey) is a gem of a find with a honeycomb-tile backsplash, whitewashed wainscoting and a glass case of irresistible, original treats.

Ten minutes into my first dinner at Mezcaleria, the Queen Anne sister restaurant to Ballard’s excellent La Carta de Oaxaca, I could no longer feel my tongue. That’s a plus in my book; spice is nice. If heat is your thing, too, Mezcaleria should be on your short list of restaurants to try.

When summer tomatoes are at their fragrant best, their acidic edge balanced by ripe sweetness—for what seems like a hot minute between July and September—it’s best to treat them as you would your other ripest fruits, your peaches and plums: Barely gild the lily. The Walrus and the Carpenter’s tomatoes with van

Like climbing Mount Rainier, fishing for steelhead or performing a microbrew pub crawl across Seattle, digging for the wily geoduck is an exercise in regional identity. Although a few of the big clams live as far south as Baja California, Puget Sound is a stronghold of abundance, and it is here where the art of geoduck clamming has been perfected.

Although he grows a mean Chinese eggplant—a rare variety not found elsewhere in the Seattle area—Westover Farm’s Darrell Westover admits he’s not the biggest eggplant fan. “I learned that it’s not what you like, but what the customer wants,” Westover says. “I’ve had enough customers tell me how good it is. I’m not bashful about selling it.”