May 2018

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Pacific Northwest Morels Are Worth the Hunt

Unlike burn morels, ‘naturals’ pop up year after year, making them a reliable springtime treat

This article appears in print in the May 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe. Local morel hunters are looking forward to a bumper haul this spring. That’s because 2017 was another record year for forest fires in the Pacific Northwest, and the vast majority of the morel mushroom harvest comes from our scorched mountain forests, where several species…

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Seattle’s Fanciest New Laptop Table Also Makes the Perfect TV Dinner Tray

A simple, wooden tray for all your work-from-home needs

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The Seattle Home Decor Item that Turns Any Vessel Into a Vase

A new home shop stocks fun, functional and affordable goods

These steel-and-cork toppers turn even a wine glass into a vase

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Hotel Theodore’s Chic New Restaurant Walks the Line Between Old and New Seattle

Rider combines a love of fire and sea

Rider's Argentine-style grill gives many dishes a kiss of fire (like the steelhead plated below), but the cold seafood platters are just as nice

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The Bellevue Bar Mixing Up Asian-Inspired Craft Cocktails

This invigorating drink’s Asian legacy and intriguing flavors make it a Bellevue gem

Bellevue’s Peony bar manager Joe Budharaksa helped craft the fruit-forward Song at Midnight cocktail

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A University of Washington Professor Is Sharing the True Stories of ‘Real Black Grandmothers’

With the Real Black Grandmothers website, University of Washington assistant professor of American ethnic studies LaShawnDa Pittman archives the experience of a vital member of the black community

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A New Animal-Inspired Capitol Hill Gallery and Boutique Is a Walk on the Wild Side

Creatura House is the latest project from Kirsten Anderson, who ran pop art gallery Roq La Rue

This article appears in print in the May 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe. Fans of Kirsten Anderson’s long-running pop art gallery Roq La Rue (which closed in 2016 after 18 years) will find an updated twist at her new exhibit space, Creatura House (Capitol Hill, 705 E Pike), an animal-inspired art gallery and boutique. The shop offers…

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For Generations, Seattle’s Innovators Have Called Dexter and Westlake Home

Change is the only constant, they say, and it’s happening all over Seattle— no place more so than along a stretch of Dexter and Westlake where yesterday’s innovators settled and today’s dreamers are also finding a home

This article appears in print in the May 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe. White-haired Claude N. Nelson, an 86-year-old retired Boeing technical illustrator, takes two buses to get to the Friday lunch of Swedish meatballs at the Swedish Club, housed in an early 1960s-era building perched above Lake Union on Dexter Avenue. Nelson grew up on the…

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The New Fremont Spot With the Bowl to Beat in 2018

Fremont Bowl's great chirashi is a food we love

This article appears in print in the May 2018 issue. Click here to subscribe. Last year’s poke craze has left many of us unexcited about yet another new restaurant serving bowls of raw fish. Yet Fremont Bowl (where Suga and, before that, Dot’s Delicatessen were located) manages to delight with simple Japanese-style rice bowls, or donburi, that feature…

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The New Rooftop Deck of This 100-Year-Old Leschi House Combines Tech and Creativity

Take a look around this decked out remodel

An ambitious remodel led by Tred Architecture + Design resulted in this welcoming, functional rooftop deck, which shares space with 22 Washington-made solar panels

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Why Ancient Lakes is Washington’s Most Exciting New Wine Region

A relatively new wine-growing region is producing sippable whites with high acidity and minerality

field trip Cave B, in the heart of the Ancient Lakes AVA, grows Chardonnay on site and turns it into a charming blanc de blanc sparkling wine

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Two Seattle Companies Have Built the Smart Home of the Future

This Eastlake home is smarter than most

Though it looks like a standard home, the gadgets that control many elements (from the blinds to the heating and cooling system to the exhaust fan) speak to one another, enabling the house, in many ways, to take care of itself

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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…

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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…