When frosting has been cleaned from tired little faces and sugar-charged playmates have been sent on their way, what remains at your house or party place is this: a small mountain of disposable paper products galore, from streamers and plates to pinatas and pizza boxes, all destined for the trash after one-time use. Before you give in to the birthday carbon footprint stomp, read on.
Well, our conference room is in it.
Set in Seattle, Safety Not Guaranteed follows aspiring journalists who work for Seattle magazine (teehee!). A writer and his interns set out to write a story about a man who thinks he has discovered time travel, and heartwarming shenanigans inevitably ensue. Several scenes from the film were shot on location in Seattle mag headquarters in SoDo. A few staffers even stood in as extras; it will be exciting see who made the final cut.
Spring Break, for many, conjures up visions of snockered college kids carrying around drinks with names that could make a sailor blush and, worse, taste of gasoline mixed with bad perfume. And while we might make fun of these scantily-clad, sandy revelers, I’ll bet many readers feel a twinge of sadness when spring break starts and southern beaches around the country begin to fill.
OK, there was no smoke. That would be illegal and/or generally frowned upon.
But for the newest installment of Seattle magazine’s Salon Dinner Series, we did find ourselves in a cozy private dining room near the back of the Capital Grille, a classic downtown steakhouse.
Our hope for these dinners is that Seattle mag can bring together bright minds and influential leaders from within particular communities or industries for candid and inspiring discussion.
Saturday, March 24 marks the 50th birthday of the Monorail, Seattle's iconic and "futuristic" train that connects Seattle Center and the downtown Westlake shopping center. For such a short and kooky ride, the Monorail evokes lots of love and nostalgia among locals. If you share these sentiments, take a minute to enjoy one of these expressions of appreciation for the train's dutiful 50 years of service:
1. Play the Monorail Video Game
Forget riding the monorail, ever dream of driving it? Evidently, 14-year-old McKaulay Kolakowski did. After hours of programming and staring at Google Street View, he designed a free computer game that puts you behind the “wheel.” Just choose between the blue or the red train and you're ready to cruise past several of the Seattle landmarks you'll see from the real train's window. An adorable interactive game that recalls the days of 8-bit Nintendo, you can travel with the train's doors closed or wrecklessly open and even honk the horn. The Mill Creek native plans to continue developing the game, adding more features and expanding his virtual monorail to new routes that go beyond its downtown track. What could possibly be a more fitting 21st century tribute to the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair? Jump on board at mckaulay.com. (Hat tip, Seattle Weekly and Daily Herald.) -Katie Joy Blanksma
2. Learn Fun Facts about the Monorail
If you have ever wondered how many adult male elephants the monorail could support, this beautifully designed video has the answer, along with several other pieces of fun Monorail trivia:
3. Read "Why the Monorail is Still the Best Ride in Town"
As part of our March issue transportation cover story, Feliks Banel reflects on the history of the monorail and why it's stuck around for so long in this nostalgic essay.
4. Go for a Joy Ride
The folks over at the Monorail have a big plans for the Monorail's 50th birthday on Saturday, March 23, including free rides granted to anyone who saved their ticket for a ride between 1962 and 2010. Full schedule after the jump:
Hard to believe it's not even Spring Break yet, but Summer Camp sign-up is in full swing!
Why do you need to sign-up now? So you (and the kiddos) don't miss out on some totally awesome summer camps, including soccer, ballet, swimming and science! Kinda makes you wish you were a kid again, doesn't it?
Hunger Games cupcakes!
Hunger Games cupcakes!
They're chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream (unless you special order them with your favorite flavor; minimum order of a dozen), and they'll be available at all Trophy Cupcakes locations through Sunday.
That is all.
[Ed's note: And may the odds be ever in your flavor...I mean favor.]
As many know, an aperitif is a drink taken before dinner. It may have been invented by the Frenchman Joseph Dubonnet in 1846, as one story goes, or, if you travel farther south through Europe, by Antonio Benedetto Carpano in 1786 when he invented sweet vermouth. I believe, though, that the practice of having a slight sip to start those gastronomic juices flowing goes back even farther.
As the team at Luly Yang Couture approaches the month-to-show mark next week, the fabulous social media manager Andrew Hoge sent me a quick recap of their week complete with a juicy peek at some fabric being used in the April 27 couture show.
Seattle mag's favorite beer expert Kendall Jones got a sneak peek at the Pine Box, scheduled to open Monday, March 26. The beer-focused bar has taken over the former funeral home which until last year, housed the Chapel. Beer nerds like Kendall are sure to be in heaven:
From Kendall's Washington Beer Blog:
At long last, the empty corner space that once housed Tilden (403 15th Ave. E) is being reborn as a Southern-tinged breakfast and lunch spot, The Wandering Goose.
Owner Heather Earnhardt was co-owner (with Erika Burke) of the warm, inviting Volunteer Park Café from 2007 until last year; fans know how down-home yummy the food is there; I've got a special weakness for the figgy maple scones.
If you've ever dropped a tire into a spine-rattling pothole, you understand why SDOT's stated goal is to "repair potholes within three business days of receiving a report." The city's three roving "Pothole Ranger" crews fill about 10,000 potholes every year. To see if your favorite local pothole is slated for repair, visit SDOT's handy pothole map.