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Some Like It Hot at Seattle Mariners' Sriracha Night

May 27, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sriracha and Major League Baseball don't have a whole lot to do with one another. Well, aside from the fact that they both boast some serious hotness. (How we’d love to run the bases with Cole Hamels!)

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Calling All Little Spoons! Cuddle Club Opens In West Seattle

Where: 6417 Fauntleroy Way NW [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98136
May 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently, cuddling has many benefits. According to Women’s Health, cuddling releases dopamine and serotonin – two hormones that help make you happy. (It also does a host of other good stuff, which you can read about here.) But would we pay for a cuddling service? West Seattle resident Lashanna Williams sure hopes so. She recently opened Seattle’s first Cuddle Club, a place to be “held” and “benefit from more meaningful human contact,” according to her site.

Here’s Williams' official announcement:

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Summer Travel PSA: Book Your Spot on the Washington State Ferries, Stat!

May 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to Washington State's picturesque San Juan Islands is half the fun. Unless you’re stuck in an endless wait for the ferry, and then it’s kind of a drag. Despite our best planning efforts, we’ve sometimes had to wait several hours to catch a ferry during summer months. (This is exactly why we keep lawn chairs in our trunk.)

The good news is that you may now reserve a spot for your vehicle on the Washington State Ferries (WSF) for travel in the San Juan Islands. After a rocky start, the WSF booking system is back up and running and taking ressies for summer travel.

Vehicle reservations are released in three tiers by the WSF:

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Restaurant Spotlight: Frolik Kitchen in Seattle

Where: 1415 Fifth Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
April 23, 2015 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Snooze News: Napping Baggage Handler Becomes Accidental Stowaway

April 20, 2015 at 10:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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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