May 2015

Best Places to Camp

The Best Places to Camp in the Northwest

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In 2007, chef Ryan Garcia and his wife had to spend a stressful week at Seattle Children’s Hospital as the couple’s newborn recovered from the flu. During that time, he ate a lot of the hospital’s food—suffice it to say that when the chance to be on the other side of the plate came up last year, he jumped at the opportunity to get creative.

From talking with loved ones about it to finding the right doctor to treat the disease, a cancer diagnosis brings with it many questions. Swedish’s newest podcast series, Voices of Cancer (, search “Voices of Cancer”), offers guidance.

Many of us have been there. It’s 6:15 p.m. on a Friday evening, the pediatrician’s office is closed, and you are pacing the floor. Your sweet little toddler has suddenly come down with a rash and a high fever. She’s restless and won’t drink or eat anything. A few years ago, you’d head to the emergency room.

Women who choose not to have children often channel their creative power into making other things—things such as a life-size sea cucumber costume.

Squeezing some—or any—exercise into a packed day can be a challenge. Keeping essentials on hand—running shoes under the desk or a Fitbit on your wrist—can help make the most of free moments. We asked sports medicine doctors and other active physicians for inspiration: What is the one piece of workout gear or sports equipment that you won’t leave home without?

“I had braces as a kid, but [later] needed jaw surgery to correct my bite,” says Sofia, 30, an academic librarian in Seattle. She was in her early 20s when she decided against that procedure, but last summer she bit the bullet and, with the help of her parents, paid for the surgery.

In 2007, chef Ryan Garcia and his wife had to spend a stressful week at Seattle Children’s Hospital as the couple’s newborn recovered from the flu. During that time, he ate a lot of the hospital’s food—suffice it to say that when the chance to be on the other side of the plate came up last year, he jumped at the opportunity to get creative.

It’s been all over the news: Can butter, or even bacon, be good for you? Not quite—but recent studies have upended the decades-long health message that saturated fat is evil and low-fat and “light” everything is good. Carol A.

It's the perfect time to make camp. From tepees in a vineyard and charming cabins on a lake to pup tents in meadows under star-crammed skies, here you'll find camping spots for all levels of motivation, experience and outdoor passion. Read on.

Lake Life
Plunge into the serene outdoors at Ross Lake in North Cascades National Park

In a corner space on Leary Way, midway between Fremont and Ballard, Tray Kitchen’s spare interiors hint at the modern, world-influenced food served here, dim sum style. There are polished concrete floors and muted earth tones, high ceilings and south- and west-facing windows, an open kitchen and a small bar tucked in the back.

“I’m sitting here with a busted ankle thanks to a karaoke injury last night,” says Mel Eslyn. The Seattle-based filmmaker is in LA, keeping her foot elevated and speaking via a spotty Skype connection. She’s mid-shoot for a film she’s producing called MF, the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, brother of Jason (Rushmore) and cousin to various Coppolas.

Living with volcanoes in your backyard breeds a certain nonchalance; our prominent peaks make for inspiring vistas and weather gauges, sure, but unless they’re actively rumbling, we rarely think about their explosive potential.

Adrian Burton Jovanovic knew he needed to replace the decaying roof of his 1940s house, nestled on the hillside between Queen Anne’s Kinnear Park and Elliott Bay.

Scissors—the household workhorse that we all too often take for granted until a pair comes along that inspires us to rethink the simple acts of snipping and slicing. Case in point: This ten-blade showstopper is made to mince tender herbs but is just as handy at transforming ribbon for especially lovely packages.

Nab your pair at Watson Kennedy Fine Home on First Avenue.

The ideal lunch at Slab Sandwiches & Pie—part of the new Lark conglomer-ate near the busy heart of Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor—is a brisket sandwich ($11), slathered in smoked mayo, with pickled jalapeño peppers and grilled romaine lettuce, shared with someone else.

At Burnt-Orange-hued Casco Antiguo (in the former Calozzi’s space in Pioneer Square), you can opt for family-friendly dining on the “cocina” side, where kitchen-bar seats offer a view of the busy crew grilling meats, stirring pots and toasting just-made tortillas on a griddle.

Squirreled away near the intersection of 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue, The Cozy Nut (123 N 85th St.; 206.784.2240) has an English village pub atmosphere and hosts a crowd of regulars from the neighborhood.

How do you transform an open, undefined 1,800-square-foot basement into a sophisticated space for fine wine, video games, sports, movies and music? Such was the challenge presented to designer Margaret Menter when a video game executive and his wife charged her with creating the ultimate home entertainment center in their Eastside home, located on the shores of Lake Washington.

Where: Oregon’s Willamette Valley. WHY: Because 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pinot Noir planting in the Willamette Valley, which the whole region celebrates during the annual Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country event (5/23–5/25;

Chardonnay and Riesling together make up nearly 80 percent of white wine grapes harvested each year in Washington. Include the next six varieties—Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Semillon—and the number rises to 98.7 percent. That leaves just 1.3 percent for the whole splendid mess of Earth’s other white grapes.

Chanteuse, comedienne and cabaret star Lady Rizo recently told alma mater Cornish College that she’ll know she’s truly successful when drag queens start doing impressions of her. But as a major force on the NYC singing scene and with a Grammy under her belt, Ms. Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) has already arrived.

On a Thursday evening one year ago this May, I walked into my kitchen wearing flannel pajamas. I had just driven back to my apartment in Seattle after guiding a three-day summit bid on Mount Rainier, and I could still feel the raw bite of the wind on my face. A light flashed on my phone’s glowing screen.

On sunny spring days, the petite patio in front of Cafe Barjot (the sibling restaurant to Wylie Bush’s Joe Bar, just up the hill) beckons.

Is it time to kill the death penalty in Washington?

This is the time of year when I take inventory of my friends with boats—and start buttering them up with gifts from the pantry or freezer. Here’s a side of smoked salmon just for you…no really, take this pint of pickled fiddleheads.… If I’m lucky, I might earn myself a crew position for one of the few days in May we can fish for spot shrimp in Puget Sound.

For decades, an adobe filling station sat on the corner of 34th and E Pike streets in Madrona’s tiny commercial thoroughfare.

During my early 20s, I worked in the kitchens of several Seattle restaurants. It was sweaty work, tiring but satisfying. The kitchen staff wasn’t tipped where I worked; a cook’s perks were free food, a shift drink or two, and, because we worked in closed-off kitchens, listening to whatever music the chef chose.

’Tis the season of limos and corsages, lines out The Cheesecake Factory door and reminiscing about proms past. But while memories can be tricky, and we may fudge a detail here and there, the prom photo never lies. Have a look at these Seattleites decked out in their high school best.

Hail to prom season!

While shiny new buildings crowd the Seattle skyline, local artists are moving into old forgotten spaces—and transforming them into promising new arts venues.

1. Ballard Homestead
6451 Jones Ave. NW in Ballard, built in 1923, open since March
Most recently: Church of the Nazarene

1–2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 rib celery, diced
1 small carrot, diced
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 pound shrimp, shelled (reserve the meat for later)
1 large or 2 small Dungeness crabs, cooked and cleaned (but not peeled)
2 quarts chicken stock
3 bay leaves

Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure
By Hannah Viano

For the fourth year in a row, Austin, Texas–based Modern Home Tours is bringing its road show to Seattle. A self-paced, self-driven circuit—from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2—features total access to between five and eight private Seattle-area residences chosen for their unique modern design aesthetics.

Spring arrived early in Seattle this year. Above average temperatures and dry days were the norm in February. The cherry trees at the University of Washington bloomed two weeks ahead of schedule. Tulips in the Skagit Valley popped open well before the start of the annual April tulip festival.

The fact that she wasn’t a writer was no more likely to keep Ginny Gilder from penning a memoir than the fact that she wasn’t a rower (or even an athlete) would keep her from making the U.S. Olympic rowing team five years after first stepping into a shell. The Capitol Hill–based strategic adviser knows how to make things happen.

When it comes to trendy footwear, Seattle is stepping it up with homegrown talent. Check out these local shoe manufacturers who are making that old “sandals and socks” joke sound as outdated as a pair of Buster Browns

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