The best thing about Seattle winter is that unlike frostier cities such as, say, Chicago, you can actually sit outdoors at night without freezing your face off. The experience is even better if you’re sitting next to a toasty fire pit with a drink in hand—and, of course, if it isn’t raining. Several (but not enough!) local restaurants have clued in to the prehistoric appeal of a fire pit, and to the fact that it tends to lure diners like moths to a you-know-what.
“Jane Fonda hugged me.” Columbia City–based writer, performer and activist Lindy West still can’t quite believe she got a squeeze from one of her idols, but there is video evidence from the Women’s Media Awards, held in October in New York City.
Seattle promises New Year’s Eve celebrations aplenty, everything from classy multi-coursed feasts to fireworks to sparkling parties brimming with bubbly and live music. Slip on your finest party shoes, grab a noise-maker and prep the vocal chords for a little “Auld Lang Syne,” then opt for one of these festive neighborhood NYE events.
MUST GLUGSun Liquor’s Exquisite Eggnog (Plus a Recipe to Make Your Own)Sneak out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (starting at 7 p.m.) to sip the delicious made-from-scratch eggnog at Capitol Hill’s Sun Liquor. Or make your own with this surefire recipe.
Seattle should start the new year by looking back in order to look forward. One hundred and fifty years ago, our sawmill town on Elliott Bay saw events that portended huge changes. In May 1864, a “cargo of brides” called the Mercer Girls arrived as potential mates for the male settlers, so the city could become self-propagating. In October of that year, Western Union—the Comcast of its time—brought the telegraph to Seattle, connecting us with the newly wired world.
Must SeeStroll Down Bellevue Square’s Snowflake Lane(Through 12/31, 7 p.m.) — ‘Tis the season at Bellevue Square’s ever-popular Snowflake Lane, where live toy soldiers march to festive music, a dazzling light show brightens the dark sky and snowflakes fall nightly.
The idea for SwopBoard (swopboard.com) was born out of necessity last January. “My daughter and I were transitioning her room from a little girl’s room to a big girl’s room, and we were left with an enormous dollhouse that my daughter no longer wanted,” says Magnolia mom and business owner Natalie Angelillo.
Must ShopUrban Craft Uprising(12/7 to 12/8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Shop the local, artisanal, indie offerings—including funky bags by Alchemy Goods, bodacious belts by Steel Toe Studios and lovely prints by Frida Clements—at this ultra-crafty two-day fest at the Seattle Center.
Must LaughThe Habit Comedy Show(12/1, 8 p.m.) — Seattle sketch comedy group The Habit is back with a new live show at The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Bonus: Read Habit cast member John Osebold’s tips on upping your own comedic ante in our November issue.Must Kill the Mouse KingPNB’s The Nutcracker
When my husband and I moved to Seattle from Louisville, Kentucky, eight years ago, we were quickly given the scoop on the city’s culture. “It will be hard to find friends,” we were told (the Seattle freeze is real), people drink a lot of coffee, and depending on who you’re talking to, it may or may not rain all the time.
Edited by Lisa Wogan, Research by GMA Research and Niki Stojnic with Sunny Parsons and Sarai Dominguez
We are in the midst of the biggest change to health care since the creation of Medicare in 1965. Millions of Americans will have access to coverage and free preventive care for the first time. At the center of this sweeping transformation are the doctors, who are being asked to stretch in new directions to find ways to do more with less, to shift from fee-for-service care to accountable care that ties reimbursements to quality- and cost-control metrics, and to work more than ever before in multidisciplinary teams—while all along the way still delivering the expertise and skills for which we seek them out in the first place. It is in this new and changing landscape that we launched our 13th annual Top Doctors survey.We asked thousands of local doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? And more than 4,500 doctors submitted nearly 15,000 nominations. These are the doctors to whom other doctors turn when they or their families need care. Along with the Top Doctors list, we also take this opportunity to survey the impact of the Affordable Care Act (passed in 2010) in terms of what matters to you—from insurance coverage to what might change in the care you receive. Even with the promise of better access to care and the expansion of Medicaid in the state, there will continue to be those among us who need a helping hand. To reach these underserved populations, health care practitioners volunteer their time, staff clinics, launch programs and more. This year, we honor five individuals whose work—whether in the lab, at a desk or in the field—is having a far-reaching, profound effect. Their efforts, like those of our Top Doctors, save lives—and all of their stories inspire. Read on to get to the full list. View our Top Doctors Advisory Panel here. Read about how we conducted our Top Doctors survey or view the 6 doctors to avoid.
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On a concrete slab in a warehouse in SoDo squats a contraption worthy of Professor Potts: a stainless steel barrel, wrapped in insulation like a diaper and topped by two long copper pipes, tubes sprawling this way and that. But don’t be fooled. This humble, even ugly, apparatus is the work of Mike McCaw, whose stills boil and steam some of the region’s hottest local moonshine at 2bar Spirits in SoDo, Oola Distillery in Capitol Hill and several other distilleries in Portland.