Seattle Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Championship

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photo credit: Seattle Sounders FC Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that our very own Seattle Sounders won the MLS Cup last year and this year they are well on their way to the MLS Cup Championship once again. Earlier this month the Sounders clutched a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, granting them a guaranteed spot in the Western Conference Championship. They will play against the Houston Dynamo who defeated the Portland Timbers just a few days after Whitecaps match. The Sounders have already faced Houston twice this year with the first match resulting in a loss and the second in a victory.  The Western Conference Championship will be a two-game aggregate-goal series, first taking place in Houston on Tuesday, November 21st and then in Seattle on Thursday, November 30th.  Sounders fans will be...
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#SquashGoals

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Pumpkin is easily the most popular fall flavor, we find it in lattes, muffins, patches and even skincare. Aside from being trendy, pumpkin is actually super good for you. Pumpkin is low in calories and packed with fiber which helps you feel fuller longer so adding this tasty member of the squash family to your oatmeal, smoothies or even soup is a great healthy choice. They are also packed with vitamin C to help you fight that fall cold and full of beta carotene and antioxidants to help lower blood pressure and even improve eyesight.> Give this delicious smoothie a try the next time you want a pumpkin drink, it’s vegan, gluten free and full of fiber and vitamins. For an extra boost add your favorite plant based protein powder. Perfect Pumpkin Smoothie ½ cup pumpkin puree ½ banana ⅓...
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November Food News: Giving Thanks for Dumplings & Whisky

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November is finally here which means we are swiftly approaching an entire holiday devoted to eating—and I couldn’t be more excited. This year I’ll be trading in the turkey for Sake and Sushi (read more about my research here). New tradition? Maybe. No matter what you choose to gorge on this month, remember to give thanks for great food and even better company. Newish Joli Amy Beaumier (previously of Local 360 and Bell and Whete) opened Joli last month. Nestled between Greenwood and Ballard, this cocktail bar has been a long time coming (almost two years to be exact). Neighborhood patrons can expect a monthly rotating menu with items like Delicata Squash & Burrata with apple, ground cherry, brown butter, and sherry and Mushroom Flatbread with kale, sauce mornay, cured egg yolk, and chili oil. Happy Grillmore What started as...
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Five of the Best Halloween Happenings in Seattle

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Halloween is just around the corner. Do you embrace this holiday with spectacular costumes and decorations or are you the kind of person who decides to be a cat for the 3rd year in a row and passes out toothbrushes to trick-or-treaters? Whether you are obsessed with Halloween or completely indifferent, these five events in Seattle featuring cocktails, Dracula, zombies and much more are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. Burke NiteLife: Creepy-Crawly Cocktails On October 20th, head to the Burke Museum for an up close and personal look at their massive collection of bugs, reptiles and more, all while chasing your fears and fascinations with delicious cocktails. Observe a variety of deceased critters preserved in jars as well as live ones that crawl and slither. Plenty of experts will be on-site to answer all your questions regarding...
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Fashion and Beauty Products in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many brands have created pink products to continue supporting the cause. This month let’s continue coming together to help find a cure. During your fall shopping excursions, keep in mind that your purchases can also make an impact and raise money for many different breast cancer organizations. It’s easy to contribute; simply change the products you normally purchase for one that supports Breast Cancer. You can choose from hair products, beauty essentials, jewelry, clothing, and even sportswear to show off your pink. A percentage of the sales from the special packaged products will go back to various organizations including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Susan G Komen Foundation, and more. Missoni – Key to the Cure Tee $35 This crew neck, chevron print tee can we worn countless ways. The colors are fall...
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5 Best IKEA Hacks

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Whether it’s the $9.99 side table or the Billy bookcase, IKEA has budget-friendly staples for every home. Sometimes, though, you want something a little more unique, personal, and let’s be honest, expensive looking. Luckily, the Swedish superstore’s products are versatile and easy(ish) to modify, and with a little DIY magic, those mass-produced, assembly nightmare projects can become one-of-a-kind focal pieces that will make even Pottery Barn snobs envious. I’ve scoured the web and collected the 5 best IKEA hacks to make all of your home décor dreams come true. There’s something about mid-century design that is epically classy. This bookcase turned entertainment stand/sideboard would easily fit in Don Drapper’s office. Or your living room. Get the directions on IKEA Hackers . Classic white with a touch of gold make this campaign dresser extra glamorous. Check out how to build it...
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True Love on World Sake Day

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My interest in saké  blossomed at Umi Sake House where a date indulged me in my first ever sake flight. Two years and plenty of saké later, I’m excited to experience this iconic beverage on vacation in Tokyo with the same date who is now my fiancé. But before all that, I invite you to join me in raising an ochoko to National Saké Day. If you’ve never tried it, or only tried it once—I promise a true love is just a flight away. Kanpai! Saké 101 Saké is often referred to as Japanese rice wine and is made with only four all-natural ingredients: rice, water, yeast, and koji. The process starts when the rice gets polished to remove the bran so that it can be soaked and steamed. The more rice grain that gets polished away, the smoother the saké. After steaming,...
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Make Your Own Protein Bars

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We all lead pretty busy lives, and eating healthy on the go can be challenging. Things like meal prep and having healthy snacks on the fly can make this a lot easier. Unfortunately, a lot of protein or energy bars are pretty expensive if you make them a staple in your diet. Making your own protein bars at home can be an easy and delicious alternative and be much better for your waistline and your wallet. Here are some great alternatives to store-bought bars if you want to try your hand at making your own batch. If you like KIND Bars: Oat & Nut Bars 1 cup oats 2 cups almonds ⅓ cup dried cherries ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1 tablespoon chia seeds ½ cup honey or maple syrup 2 tablespoons coconut oil - Combine dry ingredients in bowl....
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Five Fall TV Favorites

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photo credit: NBC Summer is finally coming to an end and fall is upon us. I hope you had plenty of time in the sun because it looks like the rain is finally back. Here are five fantastic returning shows you can cuddle up with during these cooler days and nights. So grab some snacks, blankets and your PSL or pumpkin beer and enjoy some quality television. This Is Us Break out your Kleenex because This Is Us is back on NBC September 26th. Last year, The Pearsons and the Big Three nestled their way into our hearts and did not let go. There are plenty of highs, lows, smiles and tears throughout the amazing story of this beautiful family. Season two is meant to pick up the morning after season one’s cliffhanger ending. I’m sure we can expect to...
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September Food News: Prost!

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photo credit: Alabastro Photography l Fremont Oktoberfest 2016 As summer winds down and so does the steady stream of new restaurants—at least for now.  Getting ready for fall means being basic with PSLs, grilling fresh corn from the farmer’s market, and warming up with hearty soups from Marmite. And enjoying the final days of sunshine means finally trying out one of Seattle’s new restaurants of getting out to enjoy your neighborhood’s Oktoberfest celebration.  Newish The Halal Guys This world renowned spot opened their Pioneer Square location last month serving up either a sandwich or platter with choice of chicken, gyro meat, or falafel. Avoid the lines and get it delivered or try swinging by for an evening snack—they’re open until 10 pm. Commonwealth Nestled in the alley between 3rd and 4th is the new bar from the team behind Pintxo and...
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One on One with Sofi Tukker

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photo credit: Bumbershoot 2017 Sofi Tukker consists of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. They made big waves with their first single “Drinkee” and the release of their 2016 EP, Soft Animals. Their sound is a unique blend of electronic, rock and more that makes for an exciting and engaging performance making them a perfect fit to join the North American leg of ODESZA’s A Moment Apart tour. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sophie and Tucker to hear their thoughts on being part of the tour and their views of Seattle. First of all, welcome to Seattle! You two played the Crocodile earlier this year in April. Besides this show have you spent much time in Seattle? Sophie: We as a band have only done that one show but I used to live in Victoria so I’ve come...
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Bumbershoot 2017: Die Antwoord, The Roots and Solange Reign Supreme

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Since I was a child, Bumbershoot has been there for me. Whether it was George Clinton in 1995, Rise Against in 2004, Blue Scholars and Kanye West back to back in 2006 or Tame Impala in 2016, every Bumbershoot I’ve attended is special to me. This year is no different.  For 2017, Die Antwoord, The Roots and Solange have all the glory. Honorable mentions include Chicano Batman, Sofi Tukker, The New Respects, Smokey Brights and ODESZA.  Day one started with Chicano Batman at The Mural stage. This band had been on my radar since I watched their KEXP live performance a few months back. Their bright organ fueled Chicano psychedelia sound teamed with their ever positive lyrics immediately roped me in.  On stage, they exploded with spirit and charisma. They left it all at The Mural and it was great...
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Four Tips for Flying Cheap

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I have a love/hate relationship with booking airline tickets. I love traveling, but hate fluctuating prices and the stress of finding the best deal. There are some general rules that are helpful – don’t book on a Friday (business trip bookings raise prices), fly on a weekday, and purchase a ticket more than two weeks in advance. However, if you really want to find a steal, simply follow these four tips to flying cheap. Search multiple airlines with the flexible date function. There are tons of search engines that allow you to compare airline prices at once. My favorite is Google Flights – it has a calendar view that shows you the cheapest day to travel on all the major airlines (except Southwest, which doesn’t allow automatic search engines to monitor its fares so you'll need to go to their...
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10 Must See Exhibits in the Seattle Area

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If your life seems to be lacking some creativity lately, a trip to one of Seattle’s amazing museums could be just the thing you need. Here are 10 incredible exhibits now available for viewing in the Seattle area. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors , June 30th - September 10th @ Seattle Art Museum photo credit : Seattle Art Museum (pictured above) Infinity Mirrors includes 5 Infinity Mirror Rooms, The Obliteration Room , where visitors can decorate the room’s furnishings with multi-colored stickers, and other fascinating works all by the creative genius Yayoi Kusama. The gorgeous colors and lights that encompass this exhibit will make you wish you could stay forever. On site tickets are still available on a first come, first serve basis. Electric Coffin: Future Machine , February 3rd - September 10th @ Bellevue Art Museum photo credit: Emilie Smith With...
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10 Signs You Are A Winter Person Stuck In Summer

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It’s safe to say that the majority of people look forward to summer. Especially here in Washington where all we get is rain, rain, and more rain ten months out of the year. Summer has many amazing features. If you’re a student or a teacher, you get three months off. Everyone gets a tan, you can wear shorts, and there are hundreds of fun activities to do outside. What is not to love? Well, if you’re like me, you are just not a summer person. I am a fall/winter gal. I love the cold weather, how crisp the air is, and how perfectly picturesque everything looks with a fresh coat of snow. Don’t even get me started on the music, lights, and football. Being able to wear oversized, comfy sweaters and boots is easily more me than wearing a crop...
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High Need for Sleep

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Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Today, one-third of Americans are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep (7 hours per night). In Washington state, it’s 31.2% to be exact. Whether you get the hours or not, you still may be part of the 87% of Americans that have a hard time falling asleep. Even waking up throughout the night can cause you to be tired all day long. So why the increase in lack of ZZZ’s? Most is due to anxiety or stress that keeps your mind running all night long, surfing the web, scrolling through social media, may suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea, or studies have shown those with higher intelligence or creative talent have a hard time falling asleep at night. As work demands, technology, and fast paced lives increase – the lack of...
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Actively Dating

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If you’re like me dinner and drinks can be nice when dating, but having a challenge or working up a sweat can be a great time in more ways than one. Li ving in Seattle we have tons of incredible stuff to do, and these date ideas are perfect for active people or anyone who wants to move their body, stay healthy and have fun while finding love. Drinks and dinner afterward totally optional. Ain't No Mountain High Enough We are surrounded by mountains and so lucky to live within 30-40 minutes of a wealth of hikes. This is a nice opportunity to unplug, break a sweat and work towards an epic view with someone you care about. Pack a picnic lunch to nosh on at the top and you have the makings for a great, fit date. Check out...
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The Power of Your Birthstone

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There are significant ties for when we are born in relation to “who” we are – may it be by the minute, day, week, month or year. Perhaps the most recognized association is that of the zodiac - when people ask you what's your sign. But in earlier times one’s birthstone was just as significant. Even though early integration of the birthstone is unclear, the power and value over gemstones dates back to ancient times. Birthstones were spoken of in the book of Exodus in the Bible. Zodiac birthstones were written about in the 1st century. The idea of the modern birthstone – a person wearing a gemstone in relation to their birth month - traces back to Poland when Jewish gem traders arrived in the country during the 18th century. The current list of the modern birthstone was set...
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Metallica Rocks Seattle

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(photo credit: Kjell Redal/The Seattle Times ) Metallica arrived in Seattle this past Wednesday, August 9th to perform at Centurylink Field as part of their 2017 WorldWired tour. It's been 9 years since Metallica rocked this city and Seattle fans were drooling at the bits to experience their heavy metal hits lining up before noon in hopes to see 36 year old band members walk by.  I consider myself a true "Metallica head" being a loyal fan since their first time they began. Wednesday was my 5th time experiencing the  WorldWired  tour.  I've seen them in East Rutherford, Uniondale, Detroit, Montreal. Every show has blown me away and it was exactly the same at CenturyLink Field. The show kicked off with a played track of “Ecstasy of Gold” that transition into Lars Ulrich fast drum thrashing beats to introduce "Hardwired." Once...
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S’more to Love on National S’mores Day

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Epic camping tradition; warm, indulgent dessert; iconic pop tart flavor; decadent milkshake made better with Kahlua. What’s not to love about s’mores. The best thing about s’mores is that, like any social tradition, they’re best enjoyed with friends or family and usually invoke some kind of nostalgic memory. Sure, things have been a bit smoky around here, but whether there’s a fire ban, coal ban, or any other kind of ban hindering your last month of summer, there’s still time to make s’more memories with these Seattle spots and recipe ideas. Urban Camping @ Shelter Lounge Head to Ballard to enjoy the complimentary s’mores set up at Shelter Lounge . Even in inclement (or highly smoky weather) the indoor fire pits lend a convenient spot to camp out with your squad and get down on summer’s best free dessert. Have...
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