Fashion + Style Friday: News from Sway & Cake, plus the Blackbird brand expands- twice

The Field House interior
The pioneer spirit prevails: The Field House is expanding

This was a week of exciting expansions, remodels and moves for some of our favorite boutiques: As Karen Johnson reported on Wednesday, Blackbird is jumping on the Portlandia bandwagon and will open the first Blackbird enterprise outside of Ballard in PDX this summer. (Great news for us Oregon natives often stuck in the Portland I-5 slog; from now on find me hanging out at the Bird between 5-7 p.m. taking a break from the haul to Eugene). Read more »

The Perfect V-Day Night In: Local Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings Takes on the Supercomputer

UPDATE: Looks like the computer crushed Jennings last night. Tune in this evening to see how our local Jeopardy! champ fairs in round two! Read more »

Noir City, a V-Day Treat, Jonathan Evison and More Weekly To-do's

Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan and a gigantic pair of scissors star in Beware My Lovely (1952), screening at SIFF's Noir City

Must Taste
Deathcake Royale
Through 2/14 -
Cupcake Royale's lovingly lethal Valentine's Day treat, the Deathcake Royale ($6.65) is back. Made with Theo Chocolate, Stumptown espresso ganache and a decadent chocolate cake, this deadly concoction (which weighs about a thousand pounds) is the perfect sinful gift for your sweetie (or yourself!). Available at all four Cupcake Royale locations (Capitol Hill, Ballard, Madrona and West Seattle; online at through February 14. Read more »

Revisiting Pike Place Market: Tulip Time and My Favorite Baguette

Last weekend we took the kids down to Pike Place Market and we browsed around. I worked at the Market for years in my early 20s, and used to go down on my days off, too. But I don't get down there as much anymore.  Read more »

Cookus Interruptus: Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons

Steve friends an old flame

Steve reminisces while making this heavenly flour-free dessert. Coconut, honey, egg white and baking chocolate are all you need.  For printable recipe, click here.

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Fashion + Style Friday: An Epic Super Bowl Sale, Plus Bright Springtime Nail Polish

I walk to work most mornings, and today I was peeling layers block by block. Off came the mittens, then the scarf and finally the outer jacket. Dare I say it? It felt like spring and it’s just in time for the happy, springtime hues popping up in stores. Here are a few bright ideas for your wallet, nails, wrists and table (respectively): Read more »

Zippy's Giant Burgers is Relocating to White Center

Zippy's Giant Burgers

Great news, burger fanatics. The owners of Zippy's have been in tough talks with landlords who are out to triple the burger joint's rent. In a recession, that's the kind of hardball that just won't fly. Read more »

DIY Valentines, Kelley Moore's Nate Berkus Appearance and Other Weekly Musts

A crafty Valentine's Day project form Assemble.

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Cookus Interruptus Video: Cynthia Lair Cooks Up Fresh Ground Spice Chai

Cody Bay
fresh ground spice chai

Take whole spices like star anise, black peppercorns, cardamom pods and whole cloves, buzz them in a small grinder to release flavor, simmer with fresh ginger and serve with honey and milk – you’ll throw back your head and guffaw at the lame liquid you pay $3.50 for at your favorite coffee shop.  Ha!  This is the real deal.  Let Jane show you how. Printable recipe hereRead more »


Tilth Shows Us How to Save Winter Rains to Water Summer Gardens

Roddy Scheer
Seattle Tilth
Learn how to make this winter's water irrigate next summer's garden with Seattle Tilth.

Join Seattle Tilth master organic gardeners this Saturday Feb 5 from 10 am to Noon to learn how you can store and use all the water falling from the sky to help your yard and garden survive the dry spell that comes around every year in July or so. Tilth experts will cover everything from cisterns and rain barrels to swales and rain gardens, as well as mulching techniques and green roofs. The class will consist of an indoor lecture and an outdoor tour, so participants should dress for the weather. Read more »


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