I don’t know if it's because I decided (yet again) to work out more, or the wet January doldrums, but late winter is always when I get the itch to change up my look. Between the ensuing spring (please?) and the gargantuan task of clearing my closet of 7-year old collegiate attire last weekend (when apparently I had a severe love affair with American Eagle and Old Navy), this week I’m obsessed with simple beauty tricks and happy-go-lucky attire:
Each December, I settle into the comforting, yet somewhat stressful ritual of sending holiday cards – choosing the photograph and the words, not too many, not too few, that will sum up my life for my far-flung family and friends. Each year the list of recipients waxes and wanes, but I try to hang on to old friends, the ones who aren’t part of my day-to-day life anymore.
MUST IMBIBECheap Beer and Prose Thursday (1/20) - Cheap Beer and Prose (an offshoot of the popular Cheap Wine and Poetry Series), this time featuring local writers David Schmader, Emily White, Jeremy Richards and Suzanne Morrison. 7 p.m. Free. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. cheapwineandpoetry.com
MUST GIVE A HOOT Seward Park Owl Prowl
Got a question about the weather? Then Sunday may be your day, rain or shine.
About 3,900 weather geeks will descend on Seattle Sunday through Thursday (January 23–27) for the annual meting of the American Meteorological Society. As part of the gathering, the AMS is hosting its 10th annual WeatherFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center.
Prospective brides and fashion fans: Local couture gown designer Luly Yang is amping up her bridal selection, offering two new lines at the end of the month.
Ranging from full-on couture wedding gown options, to the very affordable and sophisticated Luly Blue Collection, this noteworthy addition will introduce more lucky brides to Yang’s impeccable couture detailing. Prices for gowns start at $1,500 and brides can select from a range of styles, then tack on couture elements like appliques and custom-fit.
Eric Banh's delicious take on Vietnamese-inspired food has made him a favorite since he first opened Monsoon thirteen whopping years ago (feel old reading that?). He's since expanded with an Eastside Monsoon and with a couple of Baguette Box sandwich shops.
You have to try this sassy saucy Indian dish. The tikka sauce is a pure heaven combo of tomato sauce, heavy cream and spices. Our recipe also offers a vegetarian version made with chickpeas. Everybody's happy! For printable recipe click here.
This week I'm hoping to get a peek inside of Local 360, the new Belltown market and restaurant which is open for breakfast (chicken fried steak & eggs), lunch (corned beef Reuben with beef tongue, anyone?) and dinner (pork belly & beans, short rib pot roast) in the old Flying Fish space on 1st and Bell. Marcus Charles, part-owner of the Crocodile and owner of the Juju Lounge, is the brains behind the place, and early word has been very good.
There's something enormously satisfying about "14/48," also known as the world's quickest theater festival. It's certainly creative and energetc. But that can be said about many arts endeavors around town. What makes "14/48" so wonderfully distinctive is its unbridled sense of urgency. Unlike most theater, which requires the gestation period of a small glacier, "14/18" creates 14 plays -- many of them quite good -- and some kickass music (with a live band) in the span of 48 hours.
I have a list of great sales going on this weekend, but first up, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of very lovely ladies to join the local blogging scene.
Ali Brownrigg, whom I adore sitting with at fashions shows, has started her own ode to Portland and Seattle over at Porttle. Covering both local fashion scenes, as well as can’t miss restaurants and hotels in each city, pop by for Brownrigg’s savvy sale advice, jewelry finds and all-around good eye for style!
The Kirkland Arts Center just launched a spooky-cool show by two up-and-coming East Coast artists. Alison Brady, from Washington, DC, is known for her hyper-real (and hyper-creepy) photographs. Sarah Knobel, from NYC, has made a splash with her surreal self-portraits (via photos and videos).
(Jane loses her gloves)Hands down the best comfort-food sandwich ever. The sauerkraut works magic. Use 100% rye if you're going wheat-free. Pair this with Tomato Basil Soup. Mmm-good. Printable recipe here.
Though many of us wouldn't have predicted the Seahawks improbable and spectacular journey into the playoffs this year, now that they are in the second round (they meet the Bears in Chicago on Sunday in the divisional playoff smackdown), we can't help but feel an extra dose of hometown pride this week.
What's the difference between a $15 bottle of tequila and a $300 bottle? How do you cure a tequila hangover? Matador owner Melang answers our burning agave-related questions in this Seattlemag.com piece produced by our new video intern Alex Kummerow.
Tequila 101 from Seattle magazine on Vimeo.