Seattle Travel Guide
We liked Chef Charlotte Glaves the minute we sat down with her before a recent dinner at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails at Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel. The Cle Elum, Washington native is every bit as light-spirited as the name of the restaurant she works at as Chef de Cuisine.
Growing up as one of five kids to a single mom, Glaves’ culinary palette was mostly limited to tacos, spaghetti and beef stroganoff (Cream of Mushroom style, natch). She grew an interest in food, attended culinary school in Portland and went on to work at Suncadia Resort for seven years.
She recalled the first time she took her culinary school chops home and and made Roast Chicken with Mirepoix (a mixture of chopped onions, carrots, and celery) for her family. They raved about the “fancy chicken.” She later introduced them to an authentic version of Beef Stroganoff. The Cream of Mushroom soup was missed, but the dish was still a huge hit.
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We've heard of people being fired for sleeping on the job. But this is on another level. Several thousand feet higher, in fact.
One contract employee of Alaska Airlines has been banned from future work with the airline after taking a little bit of a nap on the job—and in a really bad location.
The baggage handler needed to take a quick break, and thought catching a little shuteye inside the baggage hold of the airplane was a good idea. Any guess what happened next? Bingo! The individual was trapped inside the belly of the plane as Alaska Airlines flight 448 departed from Seattle, bound for Los Angeles.
A bacon-wrapped hot dog because, why not?
The food and beverage program at Safeco Field in Seattle has always been good, but they’ve stepped up their game and gone super local this season.
Yesterday, we got to sample a sneak peek of some of the new menu items and can vouch for deliciousness. We’re headed back to watch the Seattle Mariners play on Tuesday night to see how they stack up in an actual game day scenario. We’re confident just like pitcher Felix Hernandez delivers to the plate.
What is it? Twenty-two year old Peregrine Church has taken to Emerald City sidewalks to spread positive messages (of the non-God, thank gawd, variety) via art work that only appears when it rains. Church’s 25+ positive public space messages (and counting, thanks to commissions) have included:
Don’t Quit Your Day Dream
Today’s Weather: Rain
You Have the Power to Make Anyone Smile and
The Rain Is Shining
”It's amazing to take something that makes people sad and turn it into something that makes people happy,” he told King 5. You gotta love a guy that wants to spread smiles.
Church uses “Always Dry,” a super hydrophobic coating that is environmentally safe, non-toxic and non-flammable when dry, reports King 5. Each rainwork is estimated to last four months to one year, depending upon foot traffic.
Want to know if there’s a #Rainworks near you? Check the map.
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If you find yourself in Emerald City this weekend – and thirsty – hightail it to Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. There are a handful of fancy schmancy events, but the main attraction is The Grand Tasting, which takes place Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.
The sip and bite extravaganza goes down at CenturyLink Field Event Center and features more than 200 wineries and 70 restaurants. Be sure to bring your A-game palate and wear your finest stretchy pants. Grand Tasting tickets range from $90-205, and include all food and wine samples. (Yay for no tickets or tokens!)
So, what are we most excited to check out? Walla Walla’s àMaurice Cellars, Yakima Valley’s Gilbert Cellars (we swoon for their rosé of Mourvedre, hello spring!) and Rotie Cellars’ Rhone varietals.
For foodstuffs, we’re looking forward to Jemil’s Big Easy, Purple Café and Wine Bar and Tulio from Hotel Vintage.
Sure, there are lots of fantastic small wine tasting rooms within the (206) city limits. But you won’t find this kind of variety unless you schlep two hours to Yakima or four hours to Walla Walla. And we can pinky swear promise, you won’t find these kind of food pairings if you make the trip. Gah.
[Photo: Taste Washington/Facebook]
If you’re a frequent traveler, the hotel bar is a necessity. Some are truly great (HotelChatter knows a few); others suck. We’re looking at you, 99% of airport hotel bars.
Usually it's a great place for commiseration, and the bartenders always have the best stories and fellow guests can be a rich source for the local down-low. Besides, after a long day of travel, there’s no better place to grab a nightcap and stumble back to your room.
Still, generally speaking, the hotel bar is not a big draw for local demographics. Drinks may be stiff, but tend to be overpriced and not very sophisticated. Most kitchens avoid taking risks, instead relying on standard issue bar fare and the almighty FryDaddy. Décor often best resembles a dressed-up cafeteria. It fancies itself somewhat of a Little Black Dress, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, but lacks a distinct personality and serves none of these diners, at least aesthetically, all that well. Service varies greatly.
However, Kimpton Hotels have broken that stereotype (yet again) in the Seattle market with the opening of The Palladian, and its bar, Pennyroyal. (Pennyroyal is an old snake oil ingredient.) We were already huge fans of Kimpton’s bars at Hotel Monaco and Alexis Hotel, but Belltown’s brand new (albeit housed in a historic building) addition steps up the cool factor with Pennyroyal.
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At Brimmer & Heeltap, a bistro-pub in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, they’ll mail their menu in postcard form to whomever you choose. Jot down a sweet nothing, fold it up and they’ll even pay for postage. Such a cool way to reclaim the lost art of letter-writing, right? (We live for handwritten correspondence.)
The neighborhood spot is a favorite for locals and foodies. Brimmer & Heeltap’s chef, Mike Whisenhunt hails from Revel, bringing a loyal following for his locally-sourced dishes with an Asian twist. Proprietress Jen Doak, has worked some of Seattle’s best dining rooms, and brings her warm sense of conviviality to the front of the house experience.
Jen also contributed menus collected from her travels to the restaurant’s “Wall of Menus.” It’s one of our favorite features of Brimmer & Heeltap (aside from Chef Mike’s pork shoulder with kimchi, natch). We caught up with Jen for a quick Q&A to talk food, travel and handwritten letters.
Nobody likes long layovers or flights delays. But if you’re hungry and have some time to kill, there are far worse places to get stuck than Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Even if you’re one of those super organized people that arrives at the airport with plenty of time to spare (WHO ARE YOU?!), it’s a mighty fine place to be.
Here, passengers can eat like a Seattleite at several locally-owned and operated establishments. Ready to nosh? Here are our favorite picks:
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Where to find it: Concourse C
Don’t miss: Try Beecher’s famous “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese – it was one of Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ in 2010.
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New Year’s resolutions are BS. For a few days, maybe weeks, each January, well-intentioned folks buy into wishful “new year, new me” thinking. And who doesn’t like the promise of a clean slate full of possibility?
But making goals should be a year-round endeavor, because your job may suck, jeans not fit or you want to save money – at any given time. Besides, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions by the end of the year.
So what exactly do the temporary teetotalers of Dry January, or Drynuary, hope to accomplish? Create new habits, like drinking less? Atone for excesses committed during the holidays? The season is already riddled with enough guilt and stress. It hardly seems fair to reward those who survive with a month of alcohol abstinence.
And FWIW, a recent article in New Scientist cites, “Many people who drink alcohol choose to give up for short periods, but there is no scientific evidence that this has any health benefits.”
So in the, er, spirit of moderation, we've got a round-up of favorite places to get sauced at in Seattle.
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If you can tear yourself away from watching the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer on repeat today, you can enter to win a VIP fly away trip for two to Seattle from Fifty Shades of Grey Wine.
Yes, author E L James has also created her own wines, aptly named Red Satin and White Silk, and to celebrate the upcoming movie's release, the winery is giving away a trip to Seattle, where the books and movie are set.
Last week, the airline industry descended upon Seattle for the North American side of the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo, a conference that focuses on the future of passenger experience and interior cabin design.
Not only are related issues discussed, but private companies present their products to the airlines, aimed at inventing and improving the future of air travel.
Here's some takeaways from the conference:
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Have plans for tomorrow? If not, try to make your way out to Seattle, as Alaska Airlines is hosting a scavenger hunt in and around the city. We would probably play along just for some airline swag or a t-shirt, but what they’re handing out to the winner is even better. To celebrate their order of a whole bunch of brand new Boeing 737-900ERs they are offering up a chance to drive one—at least in the simulator.
The airline will be revealing clues on both Instagram and Twitter beginning at 6am—local time—this Friday. Your job will be to use the hints to find spots in and around Seattle, and if you’re the first to arrive at each location you might just score some time in the Boeing 737 flight simulator.