May 2013

Just when you need the most: 19 sunny getaways in the nearby Northwest.

From this Issue

As the wheels touch down in Cordova, a little fishing town on Prince William Sound in southcentral Alaska, Duke Moscrip already has his coat on and his finger on the latch of his seat belt.

According to the Seattle Doomsday Map, not even the apocalypse will change local priorities. But in this dystopian future, you have to brave the Belltown black market to get a decent espresso, and the only organic garden grows on a heavily guarded SLU rooftop.

For Toni Keene, every Thursday is pressure cooker day. But that doesn’t stress out the Macy’s executive chef, who says her job is more play than work. The spritely 68-year-old has been recommending cookware and demonstrating new kitchen products on the sixth floor of the downtown store (and its predecessor, The Bon Marché) for 24 years, and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon.

Just off airport way and nearly beneath Interstate 5, Georgetown’s Ground Control (6105 13th Ave.

The Italians call them porcini—little pigs—now the accepted term of commerce for a group of meaty, sought-after mushrooms in the bolete family. It’s an exotic word that spruces up any restaurant menu, evoking thoughts of deep forests and rich, earthy flavors.

The anticipation began a year ago when word leaked that Meeru Dhalwala had plans to open a sibling restaurant in South Lake Union, to be called Shanik, named for the couple’s daughter.

When my husband and I first moved here in August 1997, we knew of the seductive powers of the golden month’s glorious glow and warm temperatures. We had been to Seattle before—in the throes of a rainy February, natch—but in relation to the Midwest and East Coast arctic winters from which we came, Seattle winter felt downright tropical.

Among the nearly 89,000 sites selected for the National Register of Historic Places, fewer than 2,500 are classified as landscape architecture—evidence that America preserves her old buildings much more often than her parks or other built environments.

The best way to support local fashion is to buy it and wear it, and Amy Tipton, proprietress of Belltown’s Sassafras, makes that easy to do.

First it was stitch-and-bitch knitting sessions—now, sewing circles are the rage among domestic artists. To accommodate Seattle’s social seamstresses, many local fabric shops are opening sewing studios, replete with high-end machines and notions, as hubs of support and creative camaraderie.

WHERE: Wenatchee, Washington. WHY: For the grand opening of Pybus Public Market (Open daily starting 5/11. 7 N Worthen St.). WHAT: The former E.T.

Seattle dancer Ezra Dickinson has been working on his Mother’s Day gift for the last seven years—a public performance of several short solos called Mother For You I Made This—but it’s unlikely that his mother will see it. A diagnosed schizophrenic, she lives at Western State Hospital.

Despite the U.S. Women’s National Team’s impressive rep, a professional women’s soccer league has yet to find solid footing on American soil. But the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), launched by the U.S. Soccer Federation this spring, hopes to change that, and raise the profile of American women players in the way MLS launched men’s teams such as Sounders FC.

COFFEE DATE: Musician Morgan Henderson, who recently joined Seattle neo-folk rockers The Cave Singers and plays on their new album, Naomi. The band hits the Showbox at the Market this month (5/4;

When a healthy and substantial lunch is needed, I turn again and again to the Shakshuka at Eltana Bagels ($8.75). Traditionally served for breakfast in the Middle East (but available from 11 a.m.

On September 9, 1995, the Seattle Mariners took to the field at the Kingdome wearing plain white uniforms with dark blue trim. The word “Steelheads” emblazoned across the players’ chests was a complete surprise to many in the stands.

Only Brunch service hours are listed in this article. For complete restaurant info, including directions, follow links to individual listings in our comprehensive Seattle restaurant guide.


Walter Stawicki remembers exactly where he was on May 30 last year, when his wife called to say she’d just seen a surveillance photo of their son on the news: Ian was holding a gun inside Café Racer, where five people had reportedly been shot. “I was on the freeway...around Northgate,” Stawicki recalled in an interview with Seattle Community Media.

As the Mariners ramp up their annual campaign, the best and the worst of Seattle baseball will come together at Safeco Field this season.

Living in a port city means getting so used to seeing stacks of shipping containers that we hardly see them at all. But that’s not the case for Seattle artist Mary Iverson (, a graduate of both UW and Cornish College, whose work brings the colorful metal boxes to the foreground.

Fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign, Capitol Hill–based cyclist and former marketing professional Ann DeOtte aims to put performance wear on the fashion map.

1. Blush among the orchids and other tropical flora in the Volunteer Park Conservatory Palm House—kept at a hair-curling 72 degrees with 60 percent humidity. Prices vary. Capitol Hill, 1400 E Galer St.; 206.684.4743;

In the dating world, many consider the three-month mark a pivotal moment—when paramours have learned enough about each other to decide whether it’s worth going forward or cutting bait. As it turns out, that time frame makes sense for art lovers, too.

Rosé has been undergoing a metamorphosis in Washington, from afterthought to intention. The old way of thinking went something like this: “Hey, we’re bleeding a bunch of juice out of these fermenters to make our big red wines. Instead of sending that juice down the drain, why don’t we ferment it, bottle it and sell it?

In Ameen and Deep Dhillon’s backyard, the chickens do double duty—as egg layers and as models.