8 Ways to Make Seattle Less Appealing

Some ideas for rebooting our defense mechanisms

I have argued that Seattle should deal with growth in two ways: more housing to increase the supply side, and making ourselves less appealing to reduce demand. Some critters in nature exude chemical to make them taste bad. A few species of tropical frogs are covered in a poisonous slime to make them untouchable, and…


Pop Culture in the PNW: Books, Movies, and TV Shows Set in Seattle

Our city is the setting for some of media's most notable new stories

If you’ve been living under a rock, or perhaps don’t make a daily commute into the city, you might not have heard the buzz about the filming of scenes from the latest in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Fifty Shades Darker, which happened last month in Pioneer Square and on the Alaskan Way Viaduct….


The Must List: Folklife Festival, ‘Motown’ and Memorial Day Travel Spots

What to do this weekend in Seattle

Must FestNorthwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center(5/27 to 5/30, times vary) Memorial Day weekend brings Northwest Folklife to Seattle Center for its 45th year. The region’s demographics have changed over the years, and the festival has evolved accordingly, embracing a wider, more diverse spectrum of world music, dance and other performances, making it a…


24 Reasons We Love Seattle Right Now

The days may be darker and wetter this time of year, but there’s no shortage of ways to spend them

Clockwise from top left: Redmond Work & Western Wear; fried chicken Wednesdays at Bookstore Bar; Seattle Pinball Museum; Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park; Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar


Does Shanik Live up to the Hype?

With Shanik now open in SLU, is the legendary Vij's still worth the trip?

The anticipation began a year ago when word leaked that Meeru Dhalwala had plans to open a sibling restaurant in South Lake Union, to be called Shanik, named for the couple’s daughter. Dhalwala is chef and co-owner with Vikram Vij of Vancouver’s acclaimed Indian mecca, Vij’s, and its more casual restaurant/takeout spot next door, Rangoli….


Updated: Election Parties? We’ll Drink To That!

No matter how this election turns out, most people are ready to celebrate the end of a bitter, seemingly endless campaign season. Here are a few places to get your drink on among your fellow civic-minded citizen while votes are tabulated: The Pink Door’s pouring $1 Obamaramas (that’s the restaurant’s original concoction of fresh grape…


UPDATE: Neighborhood Farmers Markets Extend Season!

It was a miserably cool, long, neverending, agonizing spring. We’ve all recovered; those few weeks of 80 degrees were especially appreciated by kids and sprinklers alike, not to mention those of us itching to jump into Lake Washington some time in 2011. But for farmers, the slow start meant that peaches, tomatoes, eggplants and all the other…


Food Event: Catch a “Bizarre Foods” Taping in Seattle and Get a Taste of “Black Gold”

Coffee heads take note: Seattle Coffee Works is serving up FREE samples of Columbia Cup of Excellenc

Coffee heads take note: Seattle Coffee Works is serving up FREE samples of Colombia Cup of Excellence–a coffee that typically goes for $100 a pound–this Friday at 1 p.m. Why pour the good stuff for free? It might have something to do with the fact that Andrew Zimmern, the wild and hungry TV personality–with a…


Better Late Than Never: Local Summer Camps Still Waiting to be Filled

With your schedule jam-packed and your calendar exploding, we don’t blame you for missing the deadline to sign your kid up for summer camp. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of summer programs around Seattle to keep your little munchkins busy, despite your procrastination. EXPLORATIONS IN MATHMaybe math isn’t your child’s favorite subject, but…


Explore Seattle’s Urban Architectural Ruins

Eight relics of Seattle’s past are hidden in plain sight.

In this town, we spend a lot of time fretting (and arguing and voting) about what the Seattle of the future will look like. Meanwhile, physical evidence of our city’s forgotten past looms all around us. The Underground Tour is an obvious example, but while historically fascinating, it’s perhaps not where you want to be…


Dream Big: Seattle Mag Wants to Hear Your Big Idea For Improving Seattle

We want to hear what your one big dream is for Seattle. Share it and we might publish it!

What if you were in charge of Seattle—and had unlimited funds? What one single thing would you do to improve our city? Your answer can describe a project or idea that corrects a problem, rectifies a missed opportunity or creates an exciting new vision for our city. It can be as realistic (or as unrealistic!)…


Revel: Genius Food In a Silvery Sleek Space

Allison Austin Scheff gives nod to another spectacular winner from Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi.

Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into “other city” envy. What’s not to like about Portland’s utopian indie scene, Vancouver’s dim sum and Japanese food, Chicago’s thrilling modern cooking, New York’s delis, bagels—everything? But when a restaurant like Revel comes along right here at home, it’s one more notch in our belt, and the competitive food…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

Photography by Grant Hindsley

Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…