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How to Make Sake Cocktails

A.J. Rathbun
Mix a little star fruit with that sake.

Take it from me: though it isn’t a regular cocktail staple, sake is a versatile and entertaining base to build drinks on.

Made from a special strain of rice—one you wouldn’t want to serve in a stir fry—the fungus Aspergillus oryzae (used during fermentation) and water, sake usually has around 15 percent alcohol by volume (and 18 to 20 percent before it’s diluted), so it’s a stitch stronger than most beer and wines. Read more »


South Lake Union to Get Mile-High Tower

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Early "vision board" sketches show the new tower dwarfing the Space Needle and lording over Lake Union.

April 1 — Seattle's booming South Lake Union is about to get taller. In anticipation of a neighborhood up-zone, a developer has dusted-off Frank Lloyd Wright's 1956 idea of a mile-high tower to handle density. The building will be more than 18 million square feet.

 As word of the 500-story skyscraper leaked, officials were quick to react. "This solves the city's density issues in one fell swoop," said city council member Richard Conlin. "If we do this in SLU, we won't have to go denser in other neighborhoods. Seattle can be Seattle." Read more »


SAM Gets a Big Screen, Spring Break Cocktails and Other Weekend Musts

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Rest that elbow, Hammering Man. Doug Aitken's permanent installation outside Seattle Art Museum is the hot thing to see this week.

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Marriage Equality Supporters to Gather in Downtown Seattle

In case anyone was trapped under a rock and didn't notice, this equal sign meme went viral on social media yesterday as Facebook users replaced their profile pictures with it to show support for marriage equality. Read more »


Seattle's Champion Grocery Bagger to Appear on Letterman

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Last month West Seattle's own Metropolitan Market grocery bagger Andrew Borracchini, 18, claimed the hotly contested title of “Best Bagger” in 23 states—along with $10,000—in a bagging competition held as part of the National Grocer’s Association convention in Las Vegas.

Tonight (Monday, March 25) at 11:35 pm,Borracchini has a chance to show off his gleaming trophy (the “Golden Grocery Bag”), and perhaps his giant novelty check, on David Letterman’s star-worn stage during an appearance on the Late Show. Read more »

See Moisture Festival, Remember a Local Fashion Icon & Other Weekend Musts

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Contortionist/Hula-Hoop Performer/Dancer/Aerialist Maria Margiyeva is coming to Moisture Fest

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Five Virgin Cocktail Recipes

A.J. Rathbun
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The Caribbean Bloom cocktail also makes a delicious mocktail.

Whether you’re the designated driver (always an honorable role), taking a break from drinking for a particular reason or no reason at all, or just don’t feel like cocktail-ing it up, it’s never bad to have a few un-alcoholic hits available. The following recipes don’t sacrifice any spirited flavor, even if they are lacking spirits. Read more »


On Our New Collaboration with Crosscut

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A sneak peek at the print version of the article by Eric Scigliano, co-produced by Seattle magazine and Photograph in spread by Stuart Isett

Alongside our signature Best Restaurants story, which hones in on the most memorable meals of the year, you'll find something totally new in the April issue of Seattle magazine: an experiment in collaboration.

We teamed up with the editors at (one of our favorite local sources for thoughtful political coverage and analysis) to co-produce a feature story on the cultural evolution of the Eastside. Read more »


Three Cocktails to Pair with St. Patrick’s Day Legends

A.J. Rathbun
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Have a "Snakebite" in Saint Patrick's honor.

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and with it comes not only an honoring of Ireland and the Irish people, but usually a whole lot of tipsy folks running around. Instead of just drinking green beer randomly, why not dig a little deeper with a few choice bits of lore and learning – and some drinks that match up with them. Read more »


Explore a Luxe Home Remodel, Michael Moss' New Book and a Pop-Up Vintage Shop

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Go inside this gorgeous West Seattle remodel.

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
Ongoing (closes 3/28 ) — The story is nothing short of incredible. A nanny who lived in New York City and Chicago, Vivian Maier was also a devoted shutterbug who took captivating street shots of everyday people—amounting to a roll of film a day from the 1950s through the ’70s. But she kept her hobby private, piling up more than 100,000 negatives in storage units, which went undiscovered until 2007. Her incisive eye is remarkable, and her story is an ode to art for art’s sake. Read more »


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