In her new book, Things I Want to Punch in the Face, local author and blogger Jennifer Worick gives her pet peeves a pop. Here, she trains her pugilistic eye on a few Seattle staples:
Gourmet junk food: Stop trying to take the comfort out of my food. Don’t tell me how to zest up my mac and cheese with Salumi’s hot soppressata or Beecher’s Flagship cheese. Stop sprinkling truffle oil on my popcorn and fries. And keep your mitts, not to mention your béchamel and sunnyside-up egg, off my corn dog (I’m looking at you, Unicorn).
Seattle loves pho (if you're new on the block: our dining editor explains what it is, how to pronounce it and where to get her favorite here). And Seattleites love to claim they know where to find the best pho.
Every house has one: the ugly, underperforming wall. You've seen it: 12x10 feet and bearing only a paltry letter-sized college diploma. Or worse, an over-sized novelty clock.
Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands* of works by local artists live like unemployed post-grads: perpetually hanging out in coffee houses or leaning against storage sheds.
Stop this neglect. Give local art a home.
A visit to Curtis Steiner’s store can be like stepping through the wardrobe, or falling down the rabbit hole, or entering any other parallel universe that is equally alluring, mysterious and beautiful. Steiner populates his Ballard shop with quirky, haunting ephemera for the home; true conversation starters, object d’art, amazing, meticulous, tiny hand-beaded jewelry and antiques.
A 14-foot long, scale model of the design for Seattle's new waterfront will be on display at the downtown central library, starting next week. Stop by to get a clearer sense of the multifaceted improvements planned for both Alaskan Way and the sea wall. The design has not yet undergone environmental review. Construction is currently projected to be completed in 2019.
From the press release:
MUST TASTEShots. Yes, ShotsThrowing back a shot at the bar is not a connoisseur move. Lately, however, more gourmet shots are appearing on menus. Allison Austin Scheff notes a few in our Best New Restaurants story, among other intriguing dining trends that surfaced this year. MUST SHOPNordstrom Rack
My father told me never to get into a car with a stranger.
I wonder how he'd feel about it if an app existed that knew which strangers were trustworthy, and which were, perhaps, even potential friends? And what if this app could also arrange for me (when I'm carless and in a rush) to get convenient lifts from these new friends?
As of November 2, Seattle has just such an app thanks to San Francisco-based SideCar, a ride-share service that grew quickly enough—50,000 rides so far—to inspire CEO Sunil Paul to expand it in Seattle.
Thanks to popular movies, the character of Seattle’s romantic landscape seems fixed in a few iconic images from the early ’90s: a) John Cusack broadcasting Peter Gabriel in the rain, b) Matt Dillon wearing high grunge, c) Tom Hanks on a houseboat. But we’d like to give some screen time to real singles—Seattleites in the present tense. Far from pathetic or brooding, they are adventurous, entrepreneurial and funny, much like the city itself.
Occupation: farmer, author, maker of Dinah's Cheese
Neighborhood: Vashon Island
Pets: Byron and Daisy, both dogs. I also have a herd of Jersey cows, but I wouldn’t really call them pets.
Grew up in: Seattle
Personal passion: I love great food; both growing and raising tasty fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy.
Occupation: Chef and co-owner, Boat Street Cafe, The Walrus & the Carpenter, The Whale Wins and mobile food truck The Narwhal
Pets: Puppy named Arlo; one cat, Lucca; and eight chickens
Grew up in: Woodinville, Washington
Occupation: Co-owner, Mr. Gyros
Grew up in: Bellevue
Personal mission: Work hard now, play later. My goal is to hopefully be retired before 40. I figure if I work as hard as I can now, I can enjoy life with a family later.
Occupation: Fashion designer, Bri Seeley Designs
Destined for occupation since: My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 6.
Pets: Two incredibly furry orange-and-white tabby cats
Grew up in: Northfield, Minnesota