September 2016

Where to Get the Best Burgers and Beer in Seattle

Our town is full of delicious burger joints upping their game with artisanal ingredients. Discover where to find that next great burger, and the perfect beer to pair it with

A hot, juicy hamburger is as classic—and American—as apple pie, yet it straddles several current food trends, including the rise of comfort food and the desire for a fast, affordable meal that is made with integrity—a game we’re always upping in Seattle, especially when it comes to creativity. Here in our city, entire restaurants are…

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Where to Find the Best Looks for Fall

Grunge goes glam at The Paramount Theatre. The '90s music scene returns to rock on for fall fashion

September marks 25 years since Nirvana’s second studio album Nevermind crashed onto the music scene, defining grunge and solidifying Seattle as ground zero for the moody rock movement. Fall ready-to-wear collections seem to be streaming a similar soundtrack, with ’90s references evident throughout. We headed to The Paramount Theatre to celebrate the anniversary of this…

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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Displays New Solo Exhibition

Barbara Earl Thomas brings blood and fire to Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Painter, author and essayist Barbara Earl Thomas is among Seattle’s most emotionally evocative and socially engaged artists. Over the years, she has run the Northwest African American Museum, steered the Seattle Arts Commission and given countless spirited talks and lectures. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2016 Artists Trust…

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Poke Bar Opens Inside Wallingford Convenience Store

Find the traditional and tasty fish bowls in an unlikely location

Poke bars are popping up everywhere, but it was still surprising to find the ultimate bowl of the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad inside a Wallingford convenience store (former home of The Erotic Bakery). Co-owner John Chung is the brains behind the unlikely gem that is 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar, where you…

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Your Handy Guide to the Best Burgers and Beer in Seattle

Loretta's Northwesterner at Deluxe Tavern

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Cooking Classes to Spice Up Your Kitchen

Learn how to add excitement to your at-home meals

“The best thing in the world is when someone makes you dinner,” says Bonny Giardina, studio manager at Hipcooks, a cooking school in South Lake Union. And she’s right. We devote many pages in this magazine to discussions of what the city’s chefs might cook us for dinner, but the (less exciting) truth is that…

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Rum, Flames and a Cool Downtown Bar

A hot new twist on an icy island favorite

The Cocktail: Masa y Aceite // The Bartender: Cara Stuber DRINK HISTORYThe origin of this cocktail, which translates as “corn and oil,” is hard to determine, but it can be traced back to the island of Barbados. It’s traditionally made with thick, dark, blackstrap rum, or another type of well-aged island rum. You’ll see a…

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Hunting for Majestic Porcini Mushrooms

How to use these meaty mushrooms found in the woods

To the English, they’re “penny buns.” French speakers know them as cèpes, Germans say steinpilz. Here, in mushroom-hunting circles, we commonly call them kings, short for king boletes. On restaurant menus you’re more apt to see the Italian word for them, porcini (meaning “little pigs”), since this is the term of commerce for this mushroom…

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Exploring the Woodworking Talents of the Pacific Northwest

Furniture designer Seth Rolland and artist Laura Yeats take inspiration from Washington's trees

Formfitting Wood furniture designer Seth Rolland is originally from New York, but feels most at home in the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. “There are traces of life and history in wood, which is why we humans relate so well to it,” says Rolland, who moved to Port Townsend 14 years ago from Taos,…

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Hotspot Fire Pits Amp Up Outdoor Gatherings

Welder Tim Odell's fire pits and detachable grills are great for evenings outside

You could say welder Tim Odell’s Hotspot fire pits and detachable grills were inspired by the way the wind was blowing. “I live in the Methow Valley, and in the spring, the wind would blow from one side of my house and in the fall, from the other,” he says. Tired of gusts extinguishing his…

Fall Arts Preview 2016: Readings/Talks

Events to get you thinking

(Poetry) Megan Snyder-Camp9/1 Seattle-based poet Megan Snyder-Camp celebrates the release of two new collections of poetry: Wintering and The Gunnywolf. The former concerns the historic legacy of Lewis and Clark, while the latter concerns the author’s reckoning with her own white privilege. 7 p.m. Free. Hugo House, First Hill, 1021 Columbia St.; 206.322.7030; hugohouse.org   (Poetry)…

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Fall Arts Preview 2016: Music

Sounds to fit anyone's fancy

Music-ability – Mindie Lind The tradition of American singers who first found their calling at church and continue to draw on their early experiences at places of worship, is as old as America itself. Whether the faith is maintained or lost, the language of higher love and the promise of redemption remain. Here in the…

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Arts: Stevie Shao

The Seattle muralist and illustrator understands the power of public art

Stevie Shao is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   When the Covid-19 pandemic started, Stevie Shao had never painted a mural. By the time Washington state lifted its lockdown order 15 months later, Shao had become one of the most in-demand public artists and illustrators in Seattle.  What started as…

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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…