Wine & Dine at Skamania Lodge

Wine & Dine at Skamania Lodge
For the person that loves to wine and dine, the Columbia River Gorge is a perfect place to escape for a long weekend. I cashed in time-off to do just that with an extra day of full relaxation in one of the regions most renowned resorts—Skamania Lodge. In the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s wine country, Skamania Lodge provides the perfect backdrop for a gourmet getaway with sweeping views of the Columbia River, a golf course, spa, and farm-to-table dining by Executive Chef Matt Hale.  A Room with a View With so much to do in the Columbia River Gorge from hiking to touring local wineries, and exploring the riverside, you may not be planning for much time at the resort—but think again. One of my favorite parts of my stay was the rustic ambiance of Skamania. The resort sits...
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One Night Stand at Tulalip Resort & Casino

A couple months ago, I received an invitation to experience a night at Tulalip Resort & Casino . Up to that date, the only resort and casinos I stayed at were in Las Vegas at multiple spots on and off The Strip. I didn’t really think Tulalip could live up to that kind of luxury and entertainment. Sheepishly I have to admit how wrong I was. One Friday night, my boyfriend and I took the 45-minute drive to the one-night staycation. Not only did Tulalip Resort & Casino meet my expectations, but far exceeded them. From the hotel rooms to the 1AM Blazing Paddles pizza, it was an insanely fun night, and I can’t wait to find the time to go back. SLEEPING STYLE The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort offers guest rooms and specialty suites . We stayed in one of Tulalip's...
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Washington's 2018 Summer Music Festival Guide

cover photo: Ville Magazine | Chance the Rapper at Sasquatch! 2017 The warm weather and sunshine has finally arrived in the PNW.  Not only is it a sign that summer is right around the corner, but the 2018 music festival season is soon to kick off as well. The PNW has a bevy of festivals to choose from to suit the tastes of any music lover and festival goer. As exciting it would be to go to them all, it most likely won't be an option. So which do you choose? What makes one festival different from another? Here's a quick guide to help pick your preference of the biggest music festivals our region has to offer. Sasquatch! Music Festival May 25th - May 27th @ Gorge Amphitheater Headliners: Vince Staples, Lizzo, Tyler, The Creator, Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, The...
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5 Ways to Boost Flavors

Whether you’re racking your brain on what to bring to the next dinner party or tired of the same ‘ol cheese and crackers, it’s time to elevate your flavors. These versatile condiments will not only change your appetizer game but can pair with anything from pork to veggies, toast or cheese. Try out the five on our list and then spread the word about your favorites. 1. Chutney A versatile item in the traditional English kitchen, chutney is an incredibly flexible and savory condiment that contains fruit, vinegar, sugar, and spices and distinguishes dishes in just seconds. With a wide range of flavors from sweet to savory, chutney is easy to pair with any meal. The best of the best is Alabama’s Southern specialty Holmsted Fines Chutney . Use the sweet and tangy Balsamic Red Onion spread thick on brie,...
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Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future: Science

Finding a way to control the uncontrollable or uncovering the unknown through science makes a terrific movie plot. The ideas draws the audience in being so far fetched and ethically disturbing. But does fiction stop nonfiction scientific minds? Nope. Here are few movies to prove that in part 2 of Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future . Contact (1997) (photo: Jodi Foster in Contact) Set in real time, Ellie Arroway (aka Jodie Foster) listens for radio emissions from space hoping to find evidence of alien life. Spoiler alert: she hears one. A repeating signal sent from Vega 26 light years away. Containing a hidden message leads Arroway to travel through space to meet the aliens… or does she? In reality, radio emissions or fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space is actually a thing. The first recorded FRB appeared in in...
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Mixing it Up

Cocktail Mixers & Recipes
When it comes to mixing my own cocktails, I’m bad at trying new things. I have my favorite standbys—vodka La Croix and wine straight up. Obviously not very committed to a long list of ingredients; for me, it's booze + mixer. But in the spirit of spring (see what I did there)—I’ve decided to elevate my mixer game. Check out these new ideas for easy mixer + booze recipes and give ‘em a try yourself.  SIPP SPARKLING ORGANICS If you like soda as a mixer, these are for you—they’re different than anything else on the market. The organic, handcrafted soda uses all natural ingredients and agave as sweetener with only 100 calories per bottle. With flavors like Ginger Blossom with ginger, vanilla, and lime, Lemon Flower with lemon, elderflower, and tarragon, Zesty Orange with blood orange, lime, and cilantro it’s sincerely...
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Summer Lovin’: Which Dating App is Right for You?

Dating is hard. Meeting people is hard. Finding time to do both is even harder. Luckily, there’s tons of sites and apps out there that make this a little easier. Love is at your fingertips... literally. But with the plethora of options out there, which dating app is best for you? Check out the list below to find out. For the Dog Person Meet My Dog Free If your future significant other must love dogs, this app is for you. It helps you connect with nearby dog owners and lets you chat, set up doggie playdates, and see who is already in the area ready for a walk. This app does less “matchmaking” and more “socializing,” so real connections are made in person. Since it’s not made to be a dating site, those who want to find love more organically...
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Level Up: Style & Confidence Men's Mixer

When it comes to walking into a room with confidence, it takes an inner excitement and an ability to authentically express yourself. There are little details that can make a huge difference in a new situation. Wearing the right look that feels like the best version of you is one easy way to instantly stand up straighter, smile more, and have you catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. This is the person you want to be on a daily basis and especially when meeting someone for the very first time - that lasting impression is important. Today’s go-to casual style is being mistaken for not putting in an effort. With the right fit, fabrics, and outfit combination you’ll find it’s easier to figure out what to wear. You can level up your look to appear polished and still...
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March Food News: Luckily, There’s Boilermakers

photo credit: Black Cat | @photosbykaijaphotosbykaija Feeling lucky? Well you should because boilermakers are popping up on menus all over the place. Spots like Gold Bar and Black Cat are going beyond the basic beer and shot of whiskey by serving up shiny new combos. Follow the rainbow to your dining and drinking dreams with this edition of March Food News.  NEWISH Tamari Bar Cap Hill's new-style Izakaya and sister restaurant to Suika opened on Valentine's Day with a wide variety of menu items that combine Japanese pub food traditions with modern techniques and flavors. Don't miss The Rockin Marinated Waygu Beef served raw to grill on a hot stone, the Seattle Croquette, or any of the fresh sushi. For those feeling thirsty, Tamari also offers Japanese whiskey and sake flights.  Gold Bar & Oro Kitchen Gold Bar is a...
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5 Ways To Eat Less Sugar

You may or may not know that eating too much excess sugar can have health risks. The daily recommendations for added sugar is no more than 25 grams per day, and many of us get more than that from one snack or meal. Added sugar in foods contains no nutrients, can cause weight gain, raise cholesterol and cause issues with blood sugar maintenance. So what is added sugar? Added sugar is anything that’s been added to food and doesn’t include naturally occuring sugars like those in fruit, dairy and even vegetables. How to know if your food has added sugar? A good rule of thumb is to stick to whole foods, but check the label on products, if sugar is listed in the ingredients - it’s in there. Maybe you already avoid the obvious sugar culprits but you might be...
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10 Spring Cleaning Storage Ideas to Get Organized

photo credit: Jannoon028 I’m a baseboard-cleaning, hands-and-knees-scrubbing kind of gal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t accumulate dozens of hardly used spices and mentally suffer when I look under the sink at my disarrayed makeup/hair product/nail polish catch-all. Having a clean house is totally different than having a neat house – but I’m determined to have both. For optimal organization, check out these ideas and products that are sure to elevate your spring cleaning game. 1. Feeling Spicy Pretty much everything has an expiration date, including spices. And it’s harder to go through them if you keep buying cinnamon every time you decide to bake snickerdoodles. While spices don’t “go bad” per se, they do lose their potency and won’t flavor foods as well. Baking agents can also lose their leveling/rising effects. If you’ve had it for more than 4...
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Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future: Technology

Albert Einstein stated, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Without imagination, technology, space, medicine, genetics, etc wouldn't advance because we couldn't imagine the possibilities. What good would knowledge be if our imagination didn't allow us to explore it? We share our imagination through stories, art, music, and movies. Attending Comicon and watching the Academy Awards this past weekend made me realize how powerful Mr. Einstein's words are. Multiple movies have inspired and "predicted" the advancement in technology and science dating back to Metropolis in 1927. Which others have gotten it right? Find out in our Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future two-part series where we look at technology and science that has turned into reality. Blade Runner (1982) The first Blade Runner , set...
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Crank up your core workout - 6 Plank Variations to Challenge You

Having a strong core is more than just looking good in your bathing suit. Feeling strong and stabilized translates to every other exercise including weight lifting, running and spots. These plank variations are great for increasing core strength while toning up the shoulders when you're ready to take your practice to the next level. Make sure you can already complete a 1 minute regular plank before moving on to these options.  Plank Shoulder Taps Begin in a plank position on the hands. Slowly lift one hand off the ground to tap the opposite shoulder, and return to start. Continue alternating hands keeping hips and shoulders square to the ground. Repeat for 20 total reps. Plank Up and Downs Begin in a plank position on forearms, keeping your core engaged, push up onto one hand, and then the other so you are...
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February Food News: Carbs, Wine, and Truffles

There’s nothing better than the February Food News highlights to triage a month that includes way too much pink and recent rain forecasts that have undoubtedly tested everyone’s patience and SAD lamps. The closing of The Butcher and The Baker isn’t helping anything either. Here’s my proposal: wait out the rain in one of Seattle’s newest hot spots—before you know it, the sun will be out.  Newish Reckless Noodle House This haven for Vietnamese eats opened last month in the Central District. Bites like Caramelized Pork Fresh Rolls and traditional papaya salad are only $4 at happy hour which also includes $6 cocktails from the Reckless Margarita to a barrel aged negroni.  Le Messe Eastlake just got another Italian joint with Brian Clevenger’s Le Messe. As it should be, the pasta is the star of the show with tantalizing options...
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9 Natural Health Alternatives for Your Dog

In today's world, prescribed medication for dogs are just as common as humans. It seems that whatever injury or pain we may be experiencing a prescription is written, but they can take a toll on our livers and kidneys. While some may be necessary, for others there are alternatives that work just as well if not better. Below are some homeopathic options that I've personally tested and approved. However, I must stress that is very important to check with your vet before giving anything to your furbaby. I may be a dog, but not all dogs are created equal. I would never want to put my fellow canines in harm's way and there's no guarantee it will work the same for you as it does for me. Spice and Herbs TURMERIC Turmeric is a great and strong anti-inflammatory caused by...
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The Blue, the Blood, and the Super Moon

photo credit: Blood Moon from Kerry Park in Seattle l imgur In 2017, the greatest phenomenon that hit our western hemisphere sky was the fully visible solar eclipse during which millions observed. Social media feeds were flooded with pictures and comments for an observed once in a lifetime opportunity. This year, another lifetime marker is hitting our night sky on Wednesday, January 31st. A super blue lunar eclipse (or blood moon), will be fully visible especially to those living on the west coast and one you definitely don't want to miss. The Breakdown In today's times, a blue moon is defined as a second full moon in the same month that happens once every 3 years. Full moons have a designated name per month like Wolf Moon in January. When there's two, the second name goes blue. However, the moon doesn't...
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5 Musical Acts to Watch in 2018

photo: Yaeji l credit: James Emmerman Last year was a big year for music, but I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be even better. Here are five musical acts you should be listening to in 2018. Feel free to leave artists like Lil Pump and Jake Paul in 2017 where they belong. Yaeji Yaeji is a Korean-American electronic music producer who is based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, she released her first single, "New York 93", and then in 2017 she released two EPs,  Yaeji  and  EP2 . These releases helped her snag over 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Her dreamy vocals commonly drift back and forth between Korean and English while her beats walk the line between house and hip hop. Yaeji is extremely refreshing in a world of EDM bangers and sounds like the...
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Five Must Watch Shows on Netflix

photo:  Louis Hofmann in Netflix's Dark l Julia Terjung / Netflix Congratulations. We made it through the holidays! Now it is time to get back to what we do best, binge-watch Netflix . With so many shows now available, sometimes it can be difficult to find the best one for you. To save yourself from the perpetual Netflix scroll, check out these five awesome Netflix shows that you can stream right now.    Black Mirror Black Mirror is back with their fourth season that is guaranteed to scare the hell out of you. Each episode, “USS Callister”, “Arkangel”, “Crocodile“, “Hang the DJ”, “Metal Head”, and "Black Museum” focuses loosely on a form of advanced technology. Whether it is a chip inserted in your child’s brain to help you track them or a dating app that tells you how long your relationship...
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It’s Showtime at Teatro ZinZanni

photo: Teatro ZinZanni's Joe de Paul by Michael Doucett On a rainy Thursday night, an unassuming tent was lit with bright white lights, welcoming a festively dressed crowd to Teatro ZinZanni’s “Love, Chaos, and Dinner.” Previously in Queen Anne, ZinZanni’s new temporary location in Marymoor Park boasts a larger than life Moulin Rouge Spiegeltent—one of the oldest and only of its kind in the world. Previously in Queen Anne, ZinZanni’s new temporary location in Marymoor Park boasts a larger than life Moulin Rouge Spiegeltent—one of the oldest and only of its kind in the world.    Once inside the plush walls, guests are transported into a red velvet Vaudeville. In the new location, Teatro ZinZanni maintains the same high standards it did in Queen Anne with a performance that is part circus, part cabaret with music, comedy, and improv. After...
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5 Cozy Date Night Ideas

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm with bae and have fun this winter. Check out these 5 date night ideas for inspiration. 1. Glassblowing Heat things up by taking a class together at Rainier Glass Studio. There are several tiers to choose from, but some of the one-of-a-kind items you could make include an ornament, glass flower, votive, concave bowl, martini glass or vase. There’s even an option to BYOB (blow your own bong). You start with a flaming chunk of gooey, molten glass that you then dip in color and return to the furnace. After, you roll it, blow it, twist and/or turn it as a taffy-like glob hardens into your shape of choice. Master glassblowers will help you through the whole process – no artistic skills are necessary! Rainier Glass Studio ,...
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