November 2015

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The Best Bars & Cocktails in and Around Seattle

Innovative and intriguing spots are popping up all over town, bringing with them inventive backdrops

Aristotle categorized poetry as lyric, elegiac, epic or dramatic, and until recently, our local bar scene could also be divided along similarly strict lines: beer bar, fancy cocktail bar, sports bar, restaurant bar, wine bar. But in today’s joyous cocktail and bar renaissance, these lines have been nearly smudged out as intriguing, flavorful drinks are…

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Takes a Leap with ‘The Nutcracker’

New sets and costumes will bring a fresh look to PNB's beloved holiday spectacle

When Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) announced its adieu to the Kent Stowell/Maurice Sendak version of The Nutcracker last year, many of us—and by “us” I mean those rare individuals who have lived in Seattle for more than a few years—reacted with a plaintive groan or a whiny, toddler-esque chorus of Noooo! And it wasn’t because…

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Star Seattle Bartender: Amanda Reed

Seven questions for Seattle shaker Amanda Reed

I’m going out on a tipsy limb, but I think we have the best bartenders in the world. Seattle has an abundance of bartending superheroes who are convivial, courteous (mostly!) and, most important, creators of delicious cocktails. We asked a few of our favorites about what drinks they’re serving up, where they go to unwind…

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Star Seattle Bartender: Bridget Maloney, The Sexton

Seven questions for Seattle shaker Bridget Maloney

I’m going out on a tipsy limb, but I think we have the best bartenders in the world. Seattle has an abundance of bartending superheroes who are convivial, courteous (mostly!) and, most important, creators of delicious cocktails. We asked a few of our favorites about what drinks they’re serving up, where they go to unwind…

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Star Seattle Bartender: Nik Virrey, Naka

Seven questions for Seattle shaker Nik Virrey

I’m going out on a tipsy limb, but I think we have the best bartenders in the world. Seattle has an abundance of bartending superheroes who are convivial, courteous (mostly!) and, most important, creators of delicious cocktails. We asked a few of our favorites about what drinks they’re serving up, where they go to unwind…

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How a Wine Geek Became a Member of Washington’s Winerati

The story of how wine enthusiast Paul Zitarelli's calculated risk paid off

Applied mathematician Paul Zitarelli had just graduated from business school when the economy crashed in 2009. He had two options: take the six-figure Amazon offer as a senior financial analyst, or start his dream company, an e-newsletter selling boutique Washington wines. He swears it wasn’t an easy decision. “It seemed stupid to launch a business…

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Star Seattle Bartender: Joshua Batway

Seven questions for Seattle shaker Joshua Batway

I’m going out on a tipsy limb, but I think we have the best bartenders in the world. Seattle has an abundance of bartending superheroes who are convivial, courteous (mostly!) and, most important, creators of delicious cocktails. We asked a few of our favorites about what drinks they’re serving up, where they go to unwind…

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Star Seattle Bartender: Jesse Poole, E. Smith Mercantile

Seven questions for Seattle shaker Jesse Poole

I’m going out on a tipsy limb, but I think we have the best bartenders in the world. Seattle has an abundance of bartending superheroes who are convivial, courteous (mostly!) and, most important, creators of delicious cocktails. We asked a few of our favorites about what drinks they’re serving up, where they go to unwind…

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Star Seattle Bartender: Bryn Lumsden, Damn the Weather

Seven questions for the owner and bar manager

Bryn LumsdenOwner and Bar Manager, Damn the Weather A star in the Seattle bar firmament for a fair amount of time (and named one of Seattle’s happiest happy hour bartenders by this very magazine), Bryn Lumsden is known for incredible drinks and an incredibly good nature. He opened his own bar in Pioneer Square not…

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Entertaining According to Kelley Moore

The lifestyle expert gives us a crash course in intimate entertaining at her new Montlake home

With TV appearances on shows from Ellen to The Nate Berkus Show to Rachael Ray, Tacoma native Kelley Moore has become the lifestyle industry’s go-to gal for tips on how to entertain. “I’ve loved doing this since I was 5 years old,” Moore says. “I threw my own carousel-themed birthday party. Picked out the cake,…

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Blogger Erica Strauss’ New Book is all about DIY

The Northwest Edible Life Blogger grows more than 100 fruits and vegetables

Erica Strauss is a self-proclaimed “edible plants hoarder.” The Northwest Edible Life blogger (nwedible.com) grows more than 100 fruits and vegetables; raises chickens and ducks; and makes beer, jam, and more in her Edmonds home. Strauss is also a leading voice among urban homesteaders who eschew the “just buy it” philosophy in favor of DIY….

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Where to Host your Next Party: A Distillery

The increase of distilleries in our state has brought an increase to intriguing event spaces

While the core result of our state’s distillery explosion has been the proliferation of a host of delicious locally made spirits and liqueurs, it’s also brought an increase in intriguing event spaces, with a number of well-designed distilleries being available for parties of all kinds, from weddings to corporate shindigs. Much like the distilled and…

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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…