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Boeing Ready For Some Football With Seahawks Paint Job

July 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The start of the NFL season is less than two months away, and although we’ll be sad to see summer go, we can’t wait for the opening kickoff. (And hopefully, the end of all the #deflategate talk.) Anyway, Boeing is ready for the season sooner than most, and once again they’re trussing up one of their birds with some football-inspired flair.

The fine folks over at USA Today are all over the new look slapped onto the side of a Boeing 747-8 freighter. This is the second time that Boeing, which long had its headquarters in Seattle, has sent an airplane into the hangar for a Seahawks-saluting paint job. The final result bears the team logo along with the number twelve on the tail; that’s a reference to the hometown crowd, which is often referred to the "twelfth man" during Seattle games.

You won’t be catching a ride on this plane anytime soon, but it does sound like Boeing has some promotional plans scheduled throughout the football season. Up first will be a flyover during the Boeing Seafair Air Show—right over Lake Washington—on August 2. After that, maybe they'll swing by the first home game at CenturyLink Field? Now that would get the twelfth man going!

[Photo: Boeing]

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Four Seasons Seattle Sparkles With New Goldfinch Tavern

Where: 99 Union Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
June 25, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Last weekend, we got a look at Chef Ethan Stowell’s new restaurant at Four Seasons Seattle, Goldfinch Tavern, and it’s a stone cold fox. Seriously, the space is a stunner.

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What Tourists Buy At Pike Place Market

June 11, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

Consider your assumptions debunked: Seattle locals do shop at Pike Place Market. Maybe less often in the summer, when parking and tourist volume is a nightmare. But most of us don’t dismiss it simply as a tourist trap. At least, not the local foodie population who appreciates the freshness and fair prices offered by most of the market’s 240 vendors. (Summers, though are off limits. Unless you’re willing to throw an elbow here or there, you’re going to get stuck behind a photo-snapping family of five who act like they’ve never seen asparagus before. Like, ever.)

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$20 Million in Clams: Here's a Progress Report on the Seattle Waterfront Transformation

Where: Seattle, WA
June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

From Pioneer Square to Belltown, Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a massive transformation. The plan is to demolish the Alaskan Way Viaduct, thread traffic through a 1.8-mile tunnel under SR 99 and rebuild the Elliott Bay Seawall. New parks, paths and access to Elliott Bay are in the works to replace the current ugly eyesore.

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Some Like It Hot at Seattle Mariners' Sriracha Night

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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.