Sauerkraut, sweet onions, a massive chicken fried steak and loads of wonderful wine. Those were just a few of the highlights from a weekend in Walla Walla.
There are more than 100 wineries in and around the city so nice they named it twice, yet I visited just two on Saturday and had two perfect experiences. Which I’ll fill you in on in a sec.
Jeweler Kimberly Baker, whose work ranges from tough to feminine, trendy to mystical, and has been worn by many a celebrity during her 15 year career, is returning to retail (her flagship Fremont shop closed earlier this year) with a new space near Green Lake. Hurrah for us all!
Plum Bistro, the family-owned and all-vegan restaurant on Capitol Hill—known for hearty meatless burgers and signature “mac ‘n’ yease” (plus incredible dishes chock-full of locally-sourced and organic ingredients)—wants to go mobile.
Owner/chef Makini Howell is using the online crowdfunding program Kickstarter to help raise the $28,000 needed to bring Seattle its first vegan food truck, which her staff hopes will “spread the vegan magic to the nonbelievers” beyond the restaurant's homebase on Capitoll Hill.
We've been telling you about Meeru Dhalwala's Shanik, the most anticipated restaurant opening of the year, for a while now. (Pick up our November Best New Restaurants issue to read our full-length preview of Vij's much-anticipated sibling restaurant!)
Jeweler Cat McCadden (whose Grace Gow line of shoulder-grazing earrings had us swooning when they hit the scene in 2010) is teaming up with business partner, Paul Mendes, on a new exciting retail venture on Capitol Hill called Style Syndicate 206. Part clothing and home goods shop (vintage and new) and part Grace Gow showroom, the space, in a dramatically rescued a deadbeat storefront on 12th Ave. near Cal Anderson Park, will also eventually host classes and events.
Madison Valley’s River Song is one of our favorite jewelry shops. Not only does owner and jeweler River Burke make the most amazing jewelry from semi-precious stones, she travels the world to find them, adding a worldly cache to everything she creates. Burke returns from her travels with equally amazing, rare and unique gifts and treasures from the countries she visits, selling them in her cozy cool shop.
If you missed the Hermès Festival of Crafts last February at The Bravern, where a traveling group of artisans set up workshop in the Bravern’s Exhibition Space and blew viewers’ minds with their skilled fine craftsmanship, now’s your chance to see something else amazing from this iconic French design house, this time with a nod to future rather than a glimpse at the past.
MORA Iced CreameryThe new Jack-o’-Lantern Ice Cream flavor from this Bainbridge Island ice creamery is a spin on MORA's own traditional Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, but with Belgian chocolate added to the mix. Don't live near one of their far flung locations? No worries, the ice cream will be available for purchase online.
MUST SEEWomen at WorkOpens Friday (10/26-12/15) - Photo Center Northwest’s new exhibit, Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afghanistan features the work of five contemporary artists, including Iran’s Shadi Ghadirian who poses friends in traditional garb while holding mundane items (see above). The show offers a fresh look at women’s roles in Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures—and the way traditions affect modern life, and vice versa.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join Julie Gralow, MD, director of WE-CAN—the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network, a collaboration with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, UW Medicine and Fred Hutch—and Elizabeth Roberts (formerly Wraphabillement) at Canopy Blue on Thursday, October 28 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Holiday Trunk Show.