Honoring the Margarita

Honoring the Margarita
Did somebody say fiesta? Contrary to popular belief, the best date to drink Margaritas is not Cinco de Mayo, it’s actually February 22 – our country’s very own National Margarita Day. Historically speaking, National Margarita Day is one of the most widely celebrated national holidays in the US, coming second only to National Beer Day (April 7th). Sources have reported that 98.9% of National Margarita Day participants will do all or most of the following: 1. Enjoy the countless benefits of fermented agave, 2. Listen to The Champs, and 3. Eat chips with salsa. As for the 1%, we’ll call them designated drivers. Which side do you want to be on? That’s what I thought, amigo! Give your driver this official National Margarita Day itinerary then hit the silver and gold paved road to the frozen concoction that is helping...
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The Greatest Love of All: Valentine’s Day Menu Specials

The Greatest Love of All: Valentine’s Day Menu Specials
If you haven’t booked your dinner plans yet, you are late to cupid’s beautiful sap fest. But purveyors of love and good food, fear not. There are still some reservations left. Avoid getting stuck cooking chicken parm at home again and find a Valentine’s Day option that tickles your fancy. Here are my picks for foodies and fun lovers: Tilth For pairs with a conscious palate, Tilth’s Valentine’s Day pre-fixe is for you. Cuisine is prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients. Chef Maria Hines emphasizes the importance of community and the intent behind Tilth is to serve food that makes diners feel comfortable. The Valentine’s Day pre-fixe includes four courses with three different options for each course. Options include Seared St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna with maitake, fennel, blood orange and Porcini Ash-Crusted Venison with swiss chard, anson mills corn polenta,...
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Be a Foodie Tourist at Pike Place

Be a Foodie Tourist at Pike Place
We live in a part of the country where it’s easy to feel like the pine trees, the Sound, and mountain trifecta are just a stationary backdrop of the grueling, monotonous nine to five commute. It might take an out-of-towner’s mid-viaduct exclamation that “this is the most beautiful part of the country” to remember that… This IS the most beautiful part of the country. When was the last time you ventured toward the vibrancy of the local vendors at Pikes Place to taste flavors of the Pacific Northwest? I recently found myself down on Pike for what seemed like the first time – don’t miss the secret perks of your own backyard. Here’s how: 1. Rise and grind Take a journey through the abundance of places cultivating quality, locally roasted, artisan brew. From the pioneers of fair trade; Café Vita...
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Top 5 Ways to Eat your Feelings on Super Bowl XXXXX

Top 5 Ways to Eat your Feelings on Super Bowl XXXXX
The Hawks had a good run despite its tragic end. We can look back fondly on Baldwin’s one handed snag against Minnesota, Rawls’ 209-yard game against San Francisco, and Lockett’s unexpected rookie year. Does Cam Newtown’s record breaking season and smug pearly white sneer sting? Yes. But I’m here to let you know that the Hawks will fly again, the Broncos could upset the Panthers, and if all else fails, you can still eat your feelings. Here’s how: 1. Artichoke Dip @ Yard House : Who doesn’t love the Yard House? This spacious, swanky sports bar is equipped with over 100 craft and imported beers on tap plus a menu that’s stacked. Eat your feelings 101: Get the Lobster, Crab & Artichoke Dip. The creamy four cheese blend comes with chips and baked pita will halt your tears for at...
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Let Them Eat Seattle (Chocolate) Cake

Let Them Eat Seattle (Chocolate) Cake
Who doesn’t love a special occasion; a reason to celebrate? A sheet cake that says “we love you” with red frosting roses. One single candle atop of fluffy tundra of buttercream. The off tune singing ceases and what do you wish for? More cake, of course. There’s layer, bunt, fruit, cup, devil’s food, angel’s food, king, carrot, cheese, coffee, Funfetti, ice cream, and perhaps most well-loved of all: chocolate cake. Where will you be on National Chocolate Cake Day? I know what Marie Antoinette would say. The only looming question is, can you have your cake and eat it too? Check out these Seattle spots and find out for yourself. Salty's Salty’s World-Famous White Chocolate Mousse Cake w/ raspberry coulis Known for the fresh seafood and sweeping view, Salty’s on Alki is clutch for special occaisons, date nights, or just...
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4 Ways To Have A Hot Buttered Rum - Seattle Style

4 Ways To Have A Hot Buttered Rum - Seattle Style
Hot, steamy, creamy, strong, deep, and dark… yes, you guessed it, I’m talking about hot buttered rum. The centerfold of the unofficial national holiday “Hot Buttered Rum Day,” this boozy holiday tradition was celebrated on January 17th, but we decided to expand this delicious holiday. It is a perfect excuse to dodge another day of grey skies and engage in a thirsty love affair with rum. Want to make a Hot Buttered Rum extra steamy? Turn up Steve Raible and get down on these locally devoted tips: 1. Mix it up at home with Harvey’s Mix up your hot buttered rum in the plush comforts of your own kitchen. You can find plenty of recipes online, by my personal recommendation for a quick fix is Harvey’s Hot Buttered Rum Batter . Harvey Hudson first created his special butter rum batter...
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Soup for the Cold Seattle Soul

Soup for the Cold Seattle Soul
Is the Seattle freeze real? Will our cold souls ever melt? Initiate the warm-up process with a little help from National Soup Month. There are stews, bisques, purees, cups and bowls; learn about some of our favorites in this heart-melting tale of 5 soups situated across neighborhoods, cultures, and flavor palates. What they all have in common is comfort …and in the words of Oliver “Please sir, I want some more!” Tortilla Soup, Fogón The mention of Fogón makes me mouth-water no matter what’s on the menu, and I always start with the tortilla soup. What makes this tortilla soup different from all the others? One reason might be their homemade corn tortillas – this is a family owned place out of Michoacán, Mexico and the authenticity shines through. With shredded chicken breast in broth with crispy tortilla strips, onions,...
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Bust out the Bubbly: 5 of Seattle’s Champagne Cocktails

Bust out the Bubbly: 5 of Seattle’s Champagne Cocktails
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald The new year has arrived. The future is upon us with a sea of endless possibilities, and that sea has a bubbly, champagne float. As we walk willingly into the unknown, we’ll bring our glasses of champagne out on the dance floor to cheers in the spirit of health and happiness. Besides the standard André, Moët, or Dom, it's time to venture out into the unknown seeking out something more, something with liqueur, something with bitters. Join me on a quest through the Seattle craft scene for the perfect Champagne Cocktail. The typical Champagne Cocktail consists of sugar, Angostura bitters, Champagne, brandy and a cherry. Check out these Seattle spin-offs. Champagne Cocktail TRACE TRACE downtown offers a classed-up, spicy version of the Champagne...
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Seattle’s December 25th Miracle Menus

Seattle’s December 25th Miracle Menus
The holidays can be demanding; full house of guests, high tension, and too many cooks in the kitchen. Lucky for Seattleites, there are dining options to get you out of the house and into someone else’s dining room. This year consider skipping the drama and bringing the loved ones out for the gift of good service and festive holiday cheer – stress free. Trellis 220 Kirkland Ave Price per adult: $80 Create a new family ritual this year at Trellis. Trellis is home to the year-round English-inspired afternoon tea and this season there’s one more reason to stop by and enjoy the seasonal specialty of the famed Heathman Hotel. Dungeness Crab and Winter Squash Soup are intriguing ways to kick off the thoughtful 4 course meal. Palisades 2601 W Marina Pl Price per adult: $62 A Christmas Day buffet gets...
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Seattle Spirits: 3 Local Distilleries to Heat up your Holidays

Seattle Spirits: 3 Local Distilleries to Heat up your Holidays
‘Tis the season to warm up with a craft cocktail by the fireplace. With Seattle’s continued success in homegrown, grassroots spirits production, more and more bars and restaurants are making a point to incorporate hyper local ingredients. This holiday, it’s time to follow suit. Whether you’re out on the town, hosting a holiday party, or just enjoying a nightcap, look for these leaders in local. Captive Spirits Distilling 1518 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107 Established by Ben Capdevielle in 2011, Ballard’s Captive Spirits is known for their award winning Barrel Aged Big Gin and Bourbon Barreled Big Gin. Captive is exclusively focused on gin production. They have recently announced the limited release of The Peat Barreled Big Gin which will be offered by select distributors and The Barrel Reserve which is only available for a limited time for purchase...
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