May 2011

From this Issue

Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into “other city” envy. What’s not to like about Portland’s utopian indie scene, Vancouver’s dim sum and Japanese food, Chicago’s thrilling modern cooking, New York’s delis, bagels—everything?

Contamination-related shutdowns at two beloved local cheese makers sparked outrage last year—but maybe not for the reasons you’d think. The most vocal protests weren’t about the reports of contamination—listeria at the Estrella Family Creamery and E. coli at Sally Jackson Cheeses—but about what some see as a draconian federal crackdown on small, local businesses.

NAME: Becky Selengut

OCCUPATION: Private chef, cooking teacher, author

ON BEING ALLERGIC TO GARLIC: “I love garlic…it just hates me!”

FAVORITE RECIPE IN THE NEW BOOK: “The scallop crudo, because of its simplicity and restraint. Made with scallop, orange, mint, good olive oil and good sea salt—it’s creamy and delicious.”

We’ve all asked (and answered) the classic vacation question: The mountains or the shore? As it happens, we feel strongly both ways. But after publishing our Ultimate Coast Guide three years ago, we knew we had created an obvious imperative. And so we present our paean to Washington’s magnificent mountains. Why?

On a damp spring day, Seattle floral designer Katherine Anderson climbs a tree in some woods south of Duvall. She clips and collects delicate fronds of licorice fern—which she’ll use as bouquet greenery at her Capitol Hill flower shop Marigold and Mint—then shinnies back down to the ground.

That whole thing about climbing a mountain because it is there? Yeah, I’ve never quite understood that philosophy—unless it’s a metaphor that applies to something like a big piece of chocolate cake that happens to be in my line of vision.

NAME: Pete Smith

OCCUPATION: Footwear sales specialist at REI

We love SIFF, but sometimes the hugeness of our local film fest can be a tad overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be cool to attend a film festival where you didn’t have to stand in line or scramble for good seats? Say, a film festival in your living room?

If you’ve been to Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, Seattle Art Museum’s show of sculptor/dancer/designer Nick Cave’s stunning “soundsuits” (through 6/5), you know it’s impossible not to be inspired by the artist’s ingeniously crafted costumes.

WHERE: The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. WHY: For the first annual Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Discovery Month (, wherein 19 arts organizations spanning the Gorge celebrate local art, music and culture.

Local salons are taking Portlandia’s “Put a Bird on It” mantra to heart (or rather, to hair) with a new, hippie-chic twist on the clip-on extension: feather extensions.

WHY WE LOVE HIS LOOK: Fashion stylist Alvin Stillwell is paid to make starlets such as Ashley Tisdale and Jamie Alexander shine, but his personal style grabs its own spotlight—a look that’s comfy yet cultured, a sun-drenched beach boy meets twee Alfalfa.

You know where to go when things get tough: the spa. Soothing music, herbal tea, fluffy towels and a massage—your favorite pamper palace sets the mood for calm and relaxation. But more and more, those bastions of serenity are located in the last place most of us go to unwind: the hospital.

The loveliness of Bistro Turkuaz—small, intimate, warm—is the sort confided only to our best friends. Those of us who adore the place want to keep it to ourselves. But sometimes a taste is so marvelous, it’s impossible not to share the news. Such is the case with chef Ugur Oskay’s dolmades ($7).

Last fall, Tenor Wines, a new super-premium brand created by the winemaker for Woodinville’s Matthews Estate to focus on top-quality reds, set up quite a challenge. It put its very first releases—2007 Malbec, 2007 Merlot and 2007 1:1 (One of One) red blend—into a double-blind tasting against three world-class wines of similar styles.

If you plot its weekly stops on a map, you’ll notice that Marination Mobile’s food truck bypasses Capitol Hill entirely, a detour owners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison say is no accident.

 “Please pass the salt” becomes a bit more complicated when sitting across the table from Leisha Jones and Lisa Trifiro.

The New York Times recently named 1022 South (1022 South J St.; 253.627.8588; in Tacoma’s Hilltop district “home to some of the most fascinating apothecary cocktail work on the West Coast.” Given such praise, we ventured outside our usual Bar Hop range to explore the 2-year-old space, which is co-owned by Chris Keil and Neil Harris, and boasts house-made mixers and an extensive c

Given the hype surrounding the Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut album in 2008, you might have thought the local band invented an entirely new music genre. Among the abundant accolades for the alt-folkies (led by Lake Washington High School grads Robin Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset) was the designation “album of the year” by Billboard magazine’s Critics’ Choice awards.

Years ago, my photograph appeared in Seattle Weekly as part of a spoof on mountain climbing. I posed in a parking lot in SoDo with an ice ax, standing in front of a building with a picture of Mount Rainier painted on the wall. Let’s just say I am not exactly the embodiment of physical conditioning, but I do have a beard. Days later, a clerk at my local QFC recognized me.

If you’re lacking a few Boy Scout badges, pave the path for your next hike with chic tools fit for a hilltop lunch break. Celebrate the breathless elation of a good climb (you’re still alive!) with an easy-to-tote lunch stashed in a sturdy canvas bag.