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A La Mode Doubles as Pie Shop and Community Center

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Rachel Hart

In case you haven’t heard, pies are the new cupcakes. And with all the sweet shops dotting our landscape, most of them with tasty enough pies, picking the best one comes down to a couple of things for me: experience and proximity.

Check and check, ever since Chris Porter (below) opened A La Mode Pies on Phinney ridge and 59th a couple of weeks ago.

He not only gave the pie-neglected Phinney/Greenwood/east Ballard neighborhoods a much needed boost but also carved out a mini community center of sorts. Read more »

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Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 5: Cocktail Snacks

Cocktail hour is essential in my holiday happiness (Don't judge, Schick Shadel).

Luckily my inlaws are Midwestern, so instead of water they just drink Labatts starting at noon.  But still, cocktail hour comes around every day around 4pm. Read more »

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Plastic Bag Ban Floated by Seattle City Council

plastic bag ban floated in Seattle

The Seattle City Council is trying again to do away with so-called single-use plastic bags--this time, from all retail outlets (not just grocery stores) and this time, with a twist: Paper bags would still be available, but we'd be charged five cents per (the retailer keeps the money). The idea here is to gently coerce us to get our lazy butts in gear and dig the reusable grocery bags out of deep storage (read: shoved under the back seat). Read more »

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Portlandia Coming to Seattle

Fans of “Put a Bird On It!” and the adult hide-and-seek league, brace yourselves. “Portlandia: The Tour" is coming to Seattle.

In case you live under a big unfunny rock, this popular TV series, set in Portland, distills the stereotypical Northwest mindset in over-the-top comic sketches like this one about "Dumpster Divers": Read more »

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Thanksgiving Cheat Sheet, Part 4: Mushroom Pate

When we're hosting out-of-towners days before the big holiday dinner, I like to cook other things ahead of time, so that I'm not exhausted from entertaining before Thanksgiving even happens.

A day or two ahead of time, I'll throw together my favorite mushroom pate (recipe here).

I use crimini mushrooms, since otherwise, as my father-in-law likes to say, "this pate would cost $100 to make." Read more »

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