May 2015


Seattle Children’s Farmers Market Salad

Ingredients For the salad: · 1 lb English cucumbers, half moon slices · 1 lb. haricots vert, stems trimmed and blanched · 1/2 lb. Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, quartered · 3 ripe avocados, diced (add immediately before serving) · ½ lb Quinoa, cooked · 1 lb. baby arugula · 1 lb. baby kale · ½ lb….


Order Up! Fresh Food for Seattle Children’s Patients, Families and Guests

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…


Coping With Cancer, A to Z

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. Host Rose Ibarra interviews cancer patients, survivors, doctors and other experts in episodes that have thus far…


The Doctor is Always In

Urgent care clinics fill after-hours health needs and help you avoid the ER

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…


Artist Dons a Sea Cucumber Costume for ‘Manifesto’

A local performance artist finds inspiration at the aquarium

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. At least that’s the route Ilvs Strauss (pronounced “Elvis”) chose to go, using a sleeping bag as the basis for the California red sea cucumber outfit she dons in her funny and…


What Piece of Workout Gear Motivates Doctors to Get Moving?

We asked doctors what piece of equipment they never leave home without

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…


Technological Advancements Make Orthodontia Less About Pain, More About Gain

Adult orthodontia isn't as scary as it once used to be

“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. After a…


Former Whole Foods Chef Hired To Revamp Hospital Meals

Seattle Children's Hospital hires chef Ryan Garcia to improve quality of patient meals

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…


Studies Show Not All Fats Are Created Equal

Contrary to popular belief, not everything low-fat and "light" is good for you

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. Birch, a family nurse practitioner at Swedish Weight Loss Services’ First Hill and Issaquah campuses who…


The Best Places to Camp in the Northwest

From deluxe tents in a vineyard to charming cabins on a lake, we’ve got camping spots for everyone

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 LifePlunge into the serene outdoors at Ross Lake in North Cascades National…


Korean Fusion Restaurant Tray Kitchen Makes Waves in Seattle

A mashup of unique flavors sets this modern dining experience apart

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. Owner…


The Top Home Shops in and Around Seattle

Where to find great goods for every room in the house

BallardYou’ll find everything for a contemporary home at 8-year-old Camelion Design (5330 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.783.7125; Owner Nicole Vandermeulen has a knack for displays, creating inspiring vignettes easy to visualize in your own home, and she and her crack team offer design services to make them a reality. A colorful spring store rejuvenation has…

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The Art of Weathering Winter: What “Self-Care” Really Is (and Isn’t)

How to cultivate more community, according to author Angela Garbes & State Representative Darya Farivar

The term “self-care” has become so overused that its meaning can be bent to almost any purpose. Is it indulging in a cocktail or abstaining from booze? Is it splurging on a skincare product or making peace with fine lines? Some have begun to use the term “community care” to refer to a commitment toward…

Photography by Alex Cayley.

Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…