Yokohama Yankee: An Ex-Pat’s Story about Life in Japan
Seattle Business magazine editor Leslie Helm pens a family history of mixed heritage.
When reporter Leslie Helm (editor of Seattle mag’s sister publication, Seattle Business) began the process of adopting a Japanese baby in 1991, he had no idea that his quest to have children would lead to an intimate acquaintance with his forebears. In his new book, Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan…
Cream of the Flock
Happy goats make award-winning cheese at Mountain Lodge Farm.
A short drive from Eatonville, Washington, dozens of certifiably adorable La Mancha and Nigerian dwarf goats browse on fir, thistle, blackberry brambles and salal—all watched over by a pair of llamas and Mount Rainier. On this quaint 20-acre farmstead creamery, Sherwin Ferguson, a former nurse practitioner in Tacoma, and Meghan McKenna, a former cheesemonger at…
Empanadas: Warm Pockets of Heaven
Where to find the best examples of these tasty, portable treats in Seattle.
With ancient roots winding from the Iberian Peninsula through most of Latin America, these warm and gooey combinations of meat, cheese, veggies and/or fruit in a fried or baked dough pocket have long been favored by laborers, travelers and traders—and now Seattleites—for their tasty portability. Maria Luisa EmpanadasLa boca, with seared ground beef, onions, peppers, raisins…
Dining Guide: Our Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants
Gather for a meal and stay awhile at these delicious, welcoming neighborhood restaurants.
Bainbridge IslandRestaurant Marché Bainbridge [ Northwest ] We’re smitten with former Canlis chef, cookbook author and longtime Bainbridge Islander Greg Atkinson’s Northwest-inspired bistro on Bainbridge Island. Here, locals drop in for perfectly cooked steaks and salmon paired with carefully considered sides, and sublime French onion soup. More pluses: friendly service and a stylish dining room….
Foraging for Miner’s Lettuce
Prospecting for a plateful of wild lettuce with Langdon Cook.
A millworker’s discovery of shiny trace metals in the Sierra foothills set off the California Gold Rush in 1848. Within a year, the territory was crawling with wildcat gold miners known as forty-niners. Although few prospectors struck it rich, the many frontier hardships didn’t discourage tens of thousands of immigrants, loners and misfits from stampeding…
Bless This Mess: Corned Beef, Pastrami and Rye at Delicatus
A perfect St. Patrick's Day treat.
I like to use St. Patrick’s Day as my annual excuse to eat corned beef with abandon. I braise my own every year, with plenty of cabbage and extra pickle spice. But if that sounds like too much work, may I recommend the aptly named Mountain Sandwich from Delicatus. Thin slices of tender corned beef…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: Photography
Photography shows this season have us seeing in black and white.
In this age of Instagram and countless other image enhancers, spend some time celebrating the sheer power of black-and-white photography Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows The story is nothing short of incredible. A nanny who lived in New York City and Chicago, Vivian Maier was also a devoted shutterbug who took captivating street shots…
Spring Arts Preview 2013: Editor’s Picks
Arts editor Brangien Davis found two themes connecting the best shows to see in Seattle this spring.
Risky BusinessThis season is packed with strong leading women who take big chances. See for yourself, and decide if you’d rather follow their lead or learn from their mistakes. Get NakedUntitled Feminist Show Pullman-raised Young Jean Lee has made a name for herself the world over by creating edgy and innovative performance art. Proven adept…
Explore Snow Country on Fat Bikes
Experience nature’s wintry glory threaded with the childhood joy of biking in the snow.
While we wait (and wait) for spring to arrive, Seattleites head east for blue vistas and shimmering snowfields; plunging into all that mood-lifting whiteness on sleds, snowshoes, skis and, now, on so-called fat bicycles. While bikes with wide, snow-gripping tires have been plying frozen stretches of Alaska for years, this is the first time any…
Seattle’s Own Cat Rescuer
Dan Kraus reunites tree-stranded cats with grateful owners.
You could say Dan Kraus takes his extracurricular pursuits above and beyond. Roughly twice a week, the Everett-based arborist dons a harness and climbs way up—as high as 120 feet—in trees from SeaTac to Sultan, saving terrified cats that have far exceeded their comfort zone. A 2005 International Tree Climbing Competition champion, Kraus has been…
Does South Lake Union Have a Soul?
Does South Lake Union have what it takes to be a real neighborhood?
To walk the streets of South Lake Union (SLU) is to be bathed in the thrilling glimmer of new construction and the hum of global biotech and software engines, interspersed with echoes of its maritime past. But does the neighborhood have a soul? It’s a question that stems, in part, from grumbling members of Seattle’s…
Northwest Home: The Past Perfected
An architect’s update of a mid-century mod home and more from the latest Northwest Home magazine.
In this issue of Northwest Home, we turn our focus to storage-smart furnishings—including a hiding-something coffee table—that will help put houses of any size into stylish order. Plus, our Home of the Month (tour it, 3/17), an elegant update of a mid-century mod waterfront home in West Seattle, boasts some inspiration-worthy custom casework. Finally, columnist…
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Sea-Tac drops in latest J.D. Power survey
Airport rankings fall from last year
A friend who recently flew out of Sea-Tac International Airport told tales of long lines, unhappy fellow passengers, and an unfortunate bag mix-up. He literally had to buy a new suit for a business meeting once he reached his destination. I heard a similar story from another friend whose family flew internationally on vacation this…
What a (Pickleball) Racket
Seattle pickleball fans, rejoice. New courts open.
I love pickleball. My mother-in-law plays five times a week. A work colleague has a court in his backyard. My neighbor even gave up tennis for the sport, which was founded in Washington state decades ago. Now, Seattle is serving up more options for the sport’s growing legion of fans. Two permanent, bright purple pickleball…