The Super Bowl won’t be as exciting as it should have been this year. (If things had just gone a little differently, this post would be all about drinks nicknamed “Russell” and “Marshawn”). Alas, there are still fun game day parties to be had. And to make them more fun, can the cheap beer and serve better drinks! The first two in this list are team specific, for the Ravens and 49ers fans among us.
Those of us who love to treasure hunt at thrift shops often dream of finding a priceless score, either a long lost piece of art from an established master or a couture piece from a major designer—something that fits us perfectly or that we can sell for a huge return. Or, I guess donate to an art museum, which is exactly what Goodwill did with a beaded Native American vest donated to the store in 2006.
I was hit hard by a brutal cold this week, and the best thing to come out of it—aside from a newly found guilty TV pleasure in Nashville—I was able to catch up on The Fashion Fund*, a Hulu.com exclusive reality show that follows 10 finalists in the CFDA/Vogue contest of the same name, where struggling fashion talents vie for a grand prize of $300,000 (and two runner-up prizes of $100,000) to help their
Back in 2010 I was a judge for both the Art Institute of Seattle’s student fashion show and Seattle mag’s Seamless in Seattle emerging designer contest (details for the 2013 Seamless coming soon!) and Kent-based designer Cindy Marlatt was a winner at both of them for her flowing and ethereal creations. Another thing that made her stand out in my mind is that she's a funeral home director as a day job. That’s a creative combo you don’t often hear about.
Hey, Top Chef! How about you pack up your knives and go home?
Really, I'm over it, aren't you? This season, shot last summer in Seattle, is a big bust. It hurts my eyeballs to watch and stabs at my civic pride.
It’s not just the usual trumped up drama or the lame challenges. It’s that the producers fail to show the city at its best. You know, like when host Padma Lakshmi declared Bite of Seattle one of our preeminent food events. Sheesh.
I took my six year-old daughter, Ruby, to Seattle Opera’s rendition of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) last week and we were both totally blown away by the costumes, which were bright, bold, graphic and totally over the top.
Eating seasonally, locally and supporting farmers come deep wintertime equates to shivering trips to one of the few year-round farmers markets, where tables are piled high with a dozen varieties of potatoes, gnobbly carrots, turnips, beets and a few sorts of sturdy winter greens. It's good stuff, tasty, a welcome shift in our menus when, in November, when we're eager to embrace soft sweaters and kabocha gratin.
Like looking forward to a little special beauty prezzie in your mailbox every month? Kirkland’s Love True Natural, the American distributor of several popular lines of 100 percent natural German organic beauty products, is launching a monthly True Beauty Box, which delivers just that to customers’ mailboxes on the regular, and completely customized.
If interior design is your jam, head to The Bellevue Collection between now and February 10 for Living in Style, daily shelter inspiration courtesy of Collection shops, ranging from traditional to modern, with displays from BoConcept, Crate and Barrel, Elements Gallery, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Henredon & Schoener, JCPenny, Macy’s Home Store, Thomasville Home Furnishings & Urban Interiors and Williams-Sonoma.
In winter, hot drinks take the chill off the body and buttress the soul. And while a few hot drinks were highlighted in my Cocktail Home Remedies post recently, there are so many heated imbibable hits that I thought a full post was needed.
Hundreds of years before it became a confectionary bar, chocolate was a popular savory drink. Legend has it that Aztec emperor Montezuma flavored it with orange and chilies and used it like a pre-cursor to Red Bull, consuming up to 50 cups a day for its energizing effects.
On the Tour De Haut Chocolate tour at The Chocolate Box, your tour guide, Larry, will entertain you with fascinating tidbits such as these, ranging from Aztec lore to the chemistry of chocolate.