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A Red Hot Time at the Auction of Washington Wines Picnic

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Leslie Kelly
Patrons enjoy the 2012 Auction of Washington Wines picnic in Woodinville

Talk about red hot! The whites and pinks were huge hits at the Auction of Washington Wine Picnic on Thursday evening at Chateau Ste. Michelle. One clever winemaker – Ambassador Vineyard – won over the crowd of well-dressed ladies and gents by handing out fans along with sips of their new winery’s 2009 Estate Syrah. (Which is already sold out, darn it!) Read more »

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Local Group Launches Toward YouTube Fame with Mars Rover Parody

King 5 reports on this funny YouTube parody, "We're NASA and We Know It." It was made by a local group, Satire, who promise to release more videos on Wednesdays.

Crane, lower that rover.

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Essex Opens with a Host of Homemade Ingredients and Craft Cocktails

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A.J. Rathbun
Essex's sparkling citrus cocktail, H.M.S Theodore Roosevelt

The much-anticipated craft cocktail bar Essex has finally opened its doors, and I (and anyone who desires more great cocktail options) couldn’t be happier.

For those who don’t know, Essex sits right next to Ballard’s supreme pizza parlor, Delancey, and is owned by the same folks: Brandon Petit and Molly Wizenberg.

Essex is not an expansive space, but is remarkably well-planned, with barstools cuddled up to the L-shaped bar and a row of marble-topped tables available comfortably across the aisle. Read more »

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Hike to a Waterfall, Try Ballard's New BBQ and Other Weekend Musts

The baby back ribs are cookin' at Kickin' Boot

MUST TASTE
Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
The folks who brought you the The Matador present a new addition to Ballard’s bevy of barbecue restaurants. Kickin’ Boot will serve house-smoked meats, Southern barbecue and lots and lots of whiskey. Read Cody Bay’s full preview to learn more about the menu offerings, including something she describes as “a terrifying meat extravaganza.” Read more »

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Great News Cocktail Fans! Sambar Open Another Month

By: 
Leslie Kelly
An evening spent at Sambar in Ballard feels a world away

Sambar is back from the brink!

The beloved cocktail oasis behind the now-defunct Le Gourmand will remain open until the end of September, chef-owner Bruce Natafly told fans in a mass e-mail blast earlier this week.

“Sara and I are keeping SAMBAR open through the summer, and we are at the stove cooking the food ourselves! SAMBAR will close Saturday, September 29, so there is not much time left to come and enjoy the wonderful cocktails, food and the most beautiful garden in which to spend a summer evening,” Bruce wrote. Read more »

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