Scoop Blog Archive / November 2012

Get the Best Cupcake, Envision a New Waterfront and Other Weekend Musts

Cupcakes from Cupcake Royale were just a few of the contenders in our ultimate cupcake challenge.

Seattle’s Best Cupcake
Before we reveal the best cupcake of 2012, you should know that this was no arbitrary declaration. We purchased just about as many cupcakes as would fit in the office kitchen and asked local dessert experts to taste and evaluate each one—while blindfolded. Rebekah Denn reports on the judges’ findings, some of which may surprise you...

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Holiday Cooking & Cocktail Classes You Really Shouldn't Miss

Bruce Naftaly at Le Gourmand, where he's no longer cooking dinner but *is* teaching classes

There may be no better pre-holiday gift than a spot at Bruce Naftaly's (sure-to-sell-out-in-a-hot-minute!) cooking classes at Le Gourmand. In fact, several years ago I sent my parents to one of Naftaly's classes, and though I have yet to see demi-glace grace the old Austin table during a holiday dinner, George and Nancy sure enjoyed sipping wine and watching chef Naftaly's expert cooking, and then tasting the delicious meal he cooked for them. They still talk about it nearly ten years later. Read more »

Gifts for Men

Cairo Screen-print Vintage Tie
With funky design motifs that include cassette decks, Polaroid cameras and bicycles, these screen-printed vintage ties—made on Capitol Hill—also defy boring office attire. $18, available at NuBe Green


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Marx Foods Debuts Retail Store! Plus: Justin Marx Shares His Fave Food Finds

Marx Foods
Justin Marx and a few of his favorite eat

When I found out that Marx Foods, the online specialty food retailer that supplies restaurants like Alinea and recently caught the attention of Food & Wine magazine, would be opening a brick-and-mortar space, it piqued my interest. There's still plenty of demand for specialty food stores in Seattle, and Marx Foods, which opened yesterday, sounds distinctive. Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide: Books

One-size-fits-all gifts that look good on any shelf. Read more »