November 2010

Outdoors: Seattleites Cyclocross

Seattleites embrace the roughest sport on two wheels

Cross BreedingSeattleites embrace the roughest sport on two wheels Small wonder that cyclocross, a bicycle racing sport that most closely resembles BMX for grownups, is big in the bike-crazy Pacific Northwest, where riders don’t mind getting dirty in the quest for ever more challenging outdoor experiences. Also known as CX or just ’cross, the sport…

Scoop: Andy Liu and David Niu the founders of BuddyTV

The founders of Seattle-based BuddyTV are intent on making TV watching social again

If anyone knows the meaning of the word “buddy,” it’s Andy Liu and David Niu, business partners, friends and each other’s so-called “work-wife” for 11 years. From 1999 to 2004 the duo ran a Seattle-based tech company, and in 2005 they founded BuddyTV (, a website that establishes fan communities based on television-watching habits. The…

Spotlight Minis: Art, Books, & Music

Local Art That Matters

Meet Your MarkerARTIST: John Sutton of local installation art trio SuttonBeresCuller SHOW: Panoptos, for which the group has raided the Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection, hung a selection of art salon style (floor to ceiling), and constructed a custom-made apparatus that holds a high-def camera and moves on an X/Y axis. Viewers operate the camera—either…

Scoop: Nerd Report: Ask a Librarian app

Scoop: Nerd Report: Ask a Librarian app

Breakthroughs and news from the local geek crew

Once upon a time, people with questions went to a library, where a trusted librarian would help dig up answers. More recently, people stayed put and called the Ask a Librarian phone line to get answers. When a question arises in the age of Google, you whip out your smartphone, open the ask-WA mobile app…

Spotlight: Port Authority

An inaugural literary series bridges Seattle and New Orleans through new writing about place

Picture a port city shaped by the ebb and flow of its maritime industry. A city where the local seafood is legendary, and the music scene is heralded for its influence and depth. Are you seeing the Emerald City, or the Big Easy? This month, the two cities—and coasts—are bridged via Bilocal (, a new,…

Scoop: Local Thanksgiving Desserts

Seattle bakeries offering seasonal pies that put a twist on traditional Thanksgiving desserts.

If you’re feeling less than thankful for the same old Thanksgiving dessert, consider the wealth of Seattle bakeries offering seasonal pies that put a twist on tradition without sacrificing holiday flavor. The best part? All you have to do is warm them up. 1. High 5 PieMade with sweet potatoes, cream, and locally milled Shepherd’s…

Tasting Notes: Jeff Smiley at Baron Brewing

Jeff Smiley of Seattle's Baron Brewing in South Park crafts one our favorite fall beers

To a beer drinker, fall can seem like a lost season. Summer’s easy-drinking, thirst-quenching hefeweizens and witbiers are still available, often colliding with the full-bodied, heavily malted beverages of winter already crowding the shelves. Aside from the traditional seasonal suspects (think pumpkin ale and Oktoberfest lager), decent autumnal offerings have a hard time getting noticed….

Scoop: Road Trip to Willamette Valley

Let's take a trip to Willamette Valley, Oregon for The 28th Annual Wine Country Thanksgiving!

WHERE: Willamette Valley, Oregon, the V-shaped region that encompasses two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. WHY: The 28th annual Wine Country Thanksgiving (November 26–28;, the perfect excuse to skip a weekend of turkey leftovers. DRINK UP: The event spans nearly 160 wineries across the winding river valley, including the popular Domaine Drouhin and…

Scoop: Good for You

Scoop: Good for You

Health Month makes getting healthy an interactive we adventure

Yes, this is the month we’re going to stop eating pizza and start going to the gym every day! Definitely. Well, probably. OK, maybe? When it comes to getting healthy, many of us have trouble with stick-to-it-iveness—largely because we assign ourselves unachievable goals. That’s where recently launched Health Month ( may help. Invented by Seattleite…

Food We Love: Butter Crunch at Honore Artisan

Honore Artisan is the only bakery in town that makes kouign amann

Pastry snobs from all over the city and beyond make regular pilgrimages to Honoré Artisan Bakery (Ballard, 1413 NW 70th St; 206.706.0435) to taste its kouign amann (pronounced KWEEN yah mahn), and with eminently good reason. I got my first taste of the round, buttery Breton pastry two years ago, when the handsome shop opened…

The Must List: November

Our Top To-Do's For November

Sway: Brandi Carlile with The Seattle SymphonyIt’s a long way from busking and playing gigs at the Tractor Tavern for homegrown country-pop icon Brandi Carlile, who returns to town as front woman for the Seattle Symphony. Carlile’s latest album, Give Up the Ghost, reveals the singer at her rawest and most honest. Come and see…

Urban Safari: Madison Park

Urban Safari: Madison Park

The best spots to Eat, Drink, Play, and Primp in Madison Park

At the foot of East Madison Street sits a tree-lined hub locals call “the village,” cherished for its family-friendly vibe and beautiful waterfront views of Lake Washington. Known for mainstays like the burgers at Bing’s, the beers at The Attic and the margaritas at Cactus, Madison Park now has a few newer spots worth heading…