March 2011

Independent Pizzeria Good for Picky Eaters

Pizza purists are flocking to Madison Park for fine pies and great wines.

Madison Park, long marooned at the farthest reaches of E Madison Street with just ice cream, burgers and pub food to stave off its residents’ hunger pangs, is in the midst of a culinary rebirth. Not only has the Madison Park Conservatory been making waves in the old Sostanza space (more on that in a…

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Book Bindery Speaks Volumes

Does superstar chef Shaun McCrain live up to high expectations?

As a psychology major in college, I studied expectations. How both low and high expectations can turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. Part of my job as a restaurant critic is assessing what kind of potential a place has, and then judging whether it lives up to that potential. But there is also our expectation of a…

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Sweet Streets: Westlake Avenue North, South Lake Union

Between Mercer and Thomas streets, lies Seattle's new pearl.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE: Tech-savvy, young professionals Once mostly an area passed by commuters heading to I-5, South Lake Union now boasts some of the city’s most booming blocks of shops, restaurants and urban residences. Philanthropist/entrepreneur Paul Allen, the CEO of Vulcan Inc., has made the area his own Monopoly board, with developments including the…

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods in 2011

Seattle’s most livable, walkable destination neighborhoods. Plus, what it costs to move in now

Neighborhoods are like family members. They all have distinct personalities. Some may evince a casually cool charm, while others have a decidedly dynamic vibe. The best offer up their own compelling mix of restaurants and retail, sundries and services, daytime and nighttime diversion options. Make no mistake. We adore Ballard Avenue. Can’t get enough of…

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Editor’s Note: Street Smarts

Rachel Hart on Seattle's rich, vibrant neighborhoods, micro-neighborhoods and more.

Seattle is a city rich with vibrant neighborhoods, but what we are especially in love with lately are micro-neighborhoods, those pockets of a few blocks here and there that pop up, sporting a cute shop, a tasty bakery, a new eatery and maybe a wine shop, making you swell with pride—and hope that the real…

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Parental Guidance: Beyond Story Time, Pet Project and Mother of Invention

Dog-meet-baby orientation classes, a functional and super cute car seat cover, and new media storyte

Pet ProjectAs if there’s not enough stress with bringing the new babe home from the hospital, you also have to worry about Fido and all the canine complications that can arise (like jealousy and aggression toward the new bundle). So before the homecoming, plan for a crash course with Wallingford’s Susan Oshie, a former veterinarian…

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