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Whale Nerds Will Unite at 'Welcome the Whales' in Langley

April 14, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you a Whale Nerd? Don't be ashamed to admit it. Instead, stand tall and proud and head to Langley, Washington this weekend to Welcome the Whales.

The super fun annual cetacean celebration welcomes the spring arrival of the Saratoga Gray whales to the Puget Sound and Salish Sea.

In early spring, the barnacled mammals start to arrive in Pacific Northwest waters, fresh from their winter migration. The 30 ton giants come to feast on the mudflats, which are rich with shrimp and worms. According to Orca Network, there are 200-300 “seasonal resident” Gray whales that spend the spring, summer and fall feeding from California to Southeast Alaska.

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Baseball Fare Has Gone Super Local at Seattle's Safeco Field

Where: 1250 1st Ave S. [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98134
April 2, 2015 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Perfect for Seattle: Street Art That Only Shows Up When It Rains

April 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you live in Seattle, you may have heard about Rainworks. The super cool concept has pretty much gone viral this past week.

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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Low Snow Pack Means You Climb Mount Rainier Earlier This Year Than Ever Before

Where: 39000 State Route 706 E (GPS Address to Nisqually Entrance) [map], Ashford, WA , United States
March 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The climate is ‘a changing. After this winter’s record high temperatures around much of the U.S., there’s not much room for argument from global warming skeptics. Nine states in the West had one of their top 10 warmest winters on record. So there’s that.

While Washington skiers bemoaned the lack of snowpack this year, hikers can rejoice that many area trails and campground are opening unseasonably early, including Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP). This year, mountain trails and passes at Mount Rainier are opening earlier than ever before due to exceptionally low snow pack.

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Seattle: So Good You Can Actually Taste It at The Taste Washington Festival This Weekend

March 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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]

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This is What People in Seattle are Freaking Out About Right Now

March 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If it’s winter, you sure wouldn’t know it this year in Seattle. February set an all-time record – the average temperature was 48.8 degrees. The warm weather has been especially tough on skiers, who’ve faced slushy snow, temporary closures and basically, useless ski passes (insert endless amounts of whining here). It’s also affected the local flower industry – specifically, Skagit Valley’s annual Tulip Festival.

The annual event attracts more than one million visitors and kicks off April 1st. This year, Mother Nature threw an unexpected wrench into event plans. Tulips will be in full blossom by March 23 – 10 days earlier than usual.

Tulips are a big business around these parts, the heart of the local farming industry. They’re also a huge tourist draw, which is why it seems every single newscaster in Seattle is FREAKING OUT about the early blooms.

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The Art of Written Correspondence is Very Much Alive at This Seattle Restaurant

Where: 425 NW Market Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98107
February 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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If You Can't Fly to Portland to Be Spanked, Maybe a 'Grey' Pillow Will Help

February 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we learned about armpit travel, now there's arm pillow travel.

Well, tie us up and spank us rosy. With the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” opening in theaters this weekend, spurring plenty of lustful fantasies over Jamie Dornan’s hot bod, one hotel is taking advantage of the mommy porn novel’s rabid following.

Raise your riding crop and salute the clever marketing minds at The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, the property that is described in luscious detail as a sexy rendezvous spot throughout the novel. The Heathman is now hawking a Shades of Grey Square Throw Pillow for $129 + $40 shipping: a grey (obvs), silky, embroidered number that is sort of like a regular pillow — except it talks dirty in your ear when you lay down on it. (Just kidding, although it really should for the amount that it costs.)

But we just love/hate how the hotel is using the pillow as an out for not actually making a trip to Portland.“Can’t make it quite yet to visit us, but still want a piece of the Heathman?” poses the hotel’s website, to which sexually frustrated women everywhere nod in assent.

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6 Places That Self-Respecting Locals Would Eat at in SEA-TAC

February 4, 2015 at 6:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Dry January? Whatever. Here are 4 Spots to Get Sauced in Seattle

January 22, 2015 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Now Makes Wine, and Wants to Fly You to Seattle

November 14, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Free Stuff Alert! Win Airfare and More with Alaska Airlines' Friday Scavenger Hunt

October 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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