Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into “other city” envy. What’s not to like about Portland’s utopian indie scene, Vancouver’s dim sum and Japanese food, Chicago’s thrilling modern cooking, New York’s delis, bagels—everything?
Almost a year ago, Jacob Wiegner left Spanish-romantic Olivar on Capitol Hill to open his own place in a revolving-door storefront at the West Seattle Junction (in four years it’s been five different restaurants).
But let’s hope, for the sake of gnocchi, this one sticks. Wiegner’s potato pasta puffs are lovely—fluffy, light and seared on one side to a caramel crust, wearing a simple Bolognese sauce made from hazelnut-finished pork. Really, really delicious.
Here are Greg's "essentials" for bike commuting:
"I was thinking about some of the "essentials" for bike commuting. It's easy to find the list of the best lights or the best jacket or the easiest panniers, but here are some of my tricks for making bike commuting routine a little easier (or I should say my tricks for not allowing myself to talk myself out of bike commuting).
Urban WalkaboutBy Arts + Culture editor Brangien Davis
Dear weather gods: Just so there’s no mistake, my perfect summer day in Seattle is sunny. When the vitamin D is finally shining down upon us, I want to soak up as much as humanly possible. My husband and I are big fans of the daylong urban walk, so we grab a backpack, fill it with just-in-case layers of clothing and head out early on a weekend morning.
School’s out this month, but for a group of local education advocates, the homework never ends. With recent leadership and budget crises fueling an environment of mistrust, protecting the interests of the more than 47,000 students served by Seattle Public Schools has never been more difficult—or more crucial. Meet the citizen watchdogs who remain vigilant year-round
It’s a sunny Saturday in early March. Nearly 150 media, tech and business professionals, academics and students are squeezed into a meeting room at Adobe’s Fremont campus. The crowd quietly sips bottles of specialty ginger beer and listens intently, many taking notes, as author Eric Liu discusses citizenship and leadership with the host of the afternoon discussion, Hanson Hosein.
NAME: Kim Beckett OCCUPATION: Seattle Gaels camogie team manager DAY JOBS: Works with retirees, both human and greyhound CAMOGIE POSITION: Defense, halfback and fullback ON THE OUTFIT: “We wear a skort on the field. It’s an old standard we’ve embraced as a team.” LINGO: Hurley = stick, sliotar = ball, pitch = field
WHERE: The North Cascades Institute’s Learning Center, which offers a plethora of educational and inspiring nature programs amid the mountains, glaciers and rivers of the North Cascades. WHY: To partake in the migration and song: spring birding weekend (6/3–6/5; $215–$455, lodging included; ncascades.org), featuring local avian experts who teach visiting bird enthusiasts about Clark’s nutcrackers, meadowlarks and Bullock’s orioles spied in the trees.
Hop on your mountain banshee, plug in your braid and fly to the Science Fiction Museum, where an extensive new exhibit offers a look behind the scenes of James Cameron’s latest fictional universe. Avatar: The Exhibit features concept models, original sketches, costumes and props from the blockbuster film, including a full-size Amplified Mobility Platform exo-suit, which looks a bit like Ripley’s power loader (from another James Cameron sci-fi movie, Aliens) if it were hopped up on steroids.
Charlie and Benita Staadecker should come with a warning label: Contact with contents may result in channeling all your discretionary income into funding artistic projects. As endearing as they are enthusiastic, the Seattle couple is out to prove that commissioning art isn’t just for Vanderbilts and Guggenheims—it’s actually within reach for “ordinary people”—and it may be the single most satisfying and lasting way to spend money. As Charlie puts it, “You can choose to buy a new car, or throw a big anniversary party, or pay for a legacy work of art.
We take pride in it: Our state regularly earns top honors as one of the most livable in the country, thanks to our old-growth forests, vast waterways, and our literary and recreational lifestyles. But Washington state also tops a few not-so-pleasant lists: We outpace the nation in debilitating, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Washington is a hot spot for multiple sclerosis, has the sixth-highest rate of melanoma skin cancer and is number 15 nationwide in tuberculosis.
It wasn’t a native tree. It wasn’t what most would call pretty. And it was so big it dwarfed the little cottage it had grown beside for the past 60 or more years. But the spiky, Seussian monkey puzzle tree that was cut down last January in Ballard by the home’s new owners had been like a fellow neighbor to many local residents. Some cried, and others got angry. Still others backed the new owners, saying that individual property rights should trump sentiment.