June 2016

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Create Your Perfect Travel Itinerary with New Seattle-based Site

A new Seattle-based website helps you create an unforgettable trip

Seeing iconic landmarks and historical sites is part of the allure of travel, but often it’s the little things—the hidden gems that don’t appear in guidebooks or brochures—that make a trip unforgettable. Sharing those lucky finds and personal experiences is the inspiration behind Jrrny (jrrny.com), a website launched in February by local entrepreneur (and former…

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Health App Encourages Calling it Quits

Tech plus mindfulness helps extinguish smoking

A half-century ago, in the Marlboro Man’s heyday, nearly half of American adults smoked. Far fewer light up today, but the 20 percent who do face steep odds when they try to quit: According to the American Cancer Society, only 4–7 percent of efforts to quit smoking succeed without medicines or other assistance. Now, there’s…

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Research Alters Allergy Approach

A new study reveals more about infants and peanut allergies

The rate of developing peanut allergy in Western nations has doubled in the past decade, but Seattle-funded research holds clues to prevention. A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, designed and funded in Seattle by Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and the Immune Tolerance Network, indicates that feeding peanuts to…

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Maple Valley Native Takes on Storms, Crabs and Reality TV

Danger is all in a day’s work for this Deadliest Catch captain

Johnathan Hillstrand was practically born with sea legs. The Maple Valley resident says his earliest memory is that of being on a boat with his father at age 3. He followed in his dad’s footsteps, becoming a crab fisherman right after high school, but never expected his work would make him famous. In 2005, when…

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How Elephant Car Wash Became an Unforgettable Icon

The rotating pink neon sign is said to be one of the most photographed landmarks in Seattle

You know what they say: Washing your car is the surest way to bring on rain. If that’s the case, many of Seattle’s drizzly days must be caused by Elephant Car Wash. The business traces its roots back to the 1940s, when Richmond Beach native Eldon Anderson and his business partners opened the Five Minute…

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First Hill Welcomes New Luxury Tower

Luma condominiums build on the renewed appeal of an old Seattle neighborhood

Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, named for the first incline encountered by 19th-century pioneers as they arrived on the east shores of Elliott Bay, will bear witness to another first this summer as residents begin moving into units at Luma condominiums: the first luxury condominium tower to be built in the area since 1982. Developed by…

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Seattle-based Luxury Jets Take Travel to new Heights

Get ready for takeoff with these private plane experiences for any budget

» Up…Now celebrating its 70th anniversary, Kenmore Air (kenmoreair.com), based at the north end of Lake Washington, has long been the area’s go-to for seaplane transport and tours around the Pacific Northwest. The services have expanded over the years to include group whale-watching and adventure-sport day trips as well as private floatplane picnics, but Kenmore’s…

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Full Extension: Tariqa Waters’ Personal Art & Style

In arts and in fashion, Tariqa Waters is unapologetically herself

Hair RaisingAsk artist and Martyr Sauce gallery owner Tariqa Waters about her morning dressing routine and she’ll tell you it starts from the top. “My hair changes up everything,” she says. “When it’s in a ’fro, I like to soften things up a bit with my outfit. Go really clean-cut. But with braids, I can…

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What Seattle’s Density Problem is Doing to Your Summer Plans

Our state’s population is growing, but not the number of our state campsites

On a sunny summer weekend last year, I loaded my car with a tent, camping stove and border collie and hit the road, in hopes of finding a spot in a state campground near Deception Pass. As I drove, I was reminded of the trips with my family in our VW camper van in the…

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How the Name ‘Alaskan Way’ Came to Be (Hint: it Took Awhile)

Our revamped waterfront will need a new name. Should Seattle reconsider ‘Cosmos Quay'?’

Sometime after 2020, Seattle will wake up to a spanking new waterfront. Assuming Bertha finishes her work, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is replaced with a new street-level boulevard, the new seawall is finished, and the James Corner–designed “waterfront for all” park is completed, it will signal a massive transformation of the place where Seattle meets…

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Delicious Seafood and Drink Pairings

Our creative duos prove that odd couples can make the most interesting dinner companions

Sip and Slurp: Beer and Oysters! The essence of an oyster is rich and complex, with flavors that curiously manage to be both pungent and delicate. Almost any beer pairs well with oysters. The only rule of thumb is to avoid overwhelming the oyster’s subtle flavors with a robust beer, such as an imperial stout…

Duke’s Award Winning Clam Chowder

Ingredients: 2 cups baby red potatoes, diced medium 4 slices nitrite-free bacon ½ cup Darigold butter 2 cups onions, diced medium 2 cups celery, diced medium 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, diced small ½ cup flour or ½ cup Duke’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend*  2 tablespoons clam base 1 ½ cups clam juice 1 ½ cups milk…

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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…

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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…