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Brangien's Weekend Arts Round Up

Troy Gua's installation at Mad Homes

I'll be making my second appearance on New Day Northwest tomorrow (11 a.m. on King 5), filling in for ArtZone arts maven Nancy Guppy, and giving viewers a to-do list of arty events this weekend. It's supposed to be sunny (yeah, I'll believe it when I see it), so most of them are outdoors. Tune in to hear what I think is especially wonderful about these artful opportunities. Links to more info are below. Read more »

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Must Watch: Tour de France at Cafe Presse

Belly up to the bar at Cafe Presse to watch Tour de France coverage beginning at 7 a.m. through Saturday

If you're a Francophile or a bicyclist, you've probably spent at least some time this month watching men in spandex race their way through the French countryside. Lucky for Tour de France fans, Cafe Presse is offering up a much needed escape from bite-sized ESPN recaps. Starting at 7 a.m. Read more »

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Food News: Street Food Coup for Mobile Vendors

Seattle City Council approved a bill today that would allow local food trucks to do business on city streets (under the old rules, mobile food  vendors were required to operate from private lots). What does all of this mean for the every day diner? Here's hoping it leads to more on-the-go menus citywide.

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Overcome Your Open Water Fears

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Kelly Singer
My husband helped me overcome my open water fears for my first triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. It turns out sea turtles don't bite.

Endurance sports like triathlons are the fastest growing segment of the fitness industry.  The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association study from 2010 shows that 1,208,000 Americans participated in at least one triathlon in 2009 (a 51 percent growth from 2007). While more and more people from a variety of backgrounds are participating in the sport, there are still many people hesitant to sign up because of the swimming portion of the race. Read more »

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Fashion + Style Friday: Three (other) local sales to scope out this weekend

Well, the big day has arrived: As Nordstrom devotees know, today kicks off the store’s mega Anniversary Sale (loved this tweet from Nordy’s Sanda Belaire this morning with a before and after-opening shot of the downtown store shoe department! Apparently I should have taken today off of work to join the other ladies). So as we are all in the sale huntress frame of mind today, here are three other sales to get thee to this weekend:

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Spotted in Seattle: New Trend at Shakespeare in the Park

Wooden O
Wooden O camps up "The Comedy of Errors"

Top o' my list of things I love about Seattle: Two (two!) Shakespeare companies putting on free plays in parks all over town every summer. I gorge myself on a total of four plays—for free!—usually accompanied by five or six friends, blankets and multiple baskets of food and beverages. Soaking up the weird, convoluted brilliance of Shakespeare while decanting Cabernet from a Nalgene bottle? Summer's here! Read more »

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Turn up the Heat Molasses BBQ Sauce

(Don't ask, don't tell)
Steve mans up to sauce combining tomato, molasses, maple syrup, vinegar and HEAT (chipotle or cayenne). Slather on beans, chicken and more. Printable recipe? Click here. 

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Four Can't-miss Happenings for the Week of July 14 - 20

Artist Luke Haynes works on his Mad Homes installation. See his work for yourself this weekend.

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Mad Homes
Saturday (7/16 - 8/7) -
Five condemned Capitol Hill homes have been taken over by local artists for this temporary art exhibit that gives new meaning to the phrase, "neighborhood in transition". Visitors will have full access to four of the five homes featuring work from Troy Gua, Ryan Molenkamp and Luke Haynes. Free. Noon - 7 p.m. daily. Mad Homes, 711 Bellevue. Read more »

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Red Tricycle Recommends: Horseback Riding with the Kids

Many of us have one — they gallop around the house, they sleep in their favorite cowboy boots, and they dream about one thing…HORSES!  If you’ve got a little cowgirl or cowboy on your hands, it’s the perfect time to get them up close and personal with the animals they love. Luckily we live in an area with an abundance of options for horseback riding.  Whether it’s pony rides, birthday party locations, camps or private riding lessons you seek, we’ve got you covered with a slew of options for horseback riding in Seattle.  Giddyup!


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Where to Eat on Bastille Day

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Cody Bay
And the food wasn't even that good in there.

Backyard barbecues on America's Independence Day are great, but how dang lucky are we to live in an internationally-minded city that's home to lots of nice French folks where we get to celebrate (and by that I mean EAT) the joys of Bastille Day as well?

Our local Franco-foodie scene is going gangbusters for the 14th, so if eating well is your priority, I would really try to squeeze one of these fêtes in:

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