There's nothing worse than having to move during the Super Bowl. One should remain planted and copiously fed; that's basic Super Bowl protocol. (Exceptions will be made for pit stops and trips to the keg-erator, of course). Once I've claimed my spot on the couch there's no way I'm getting up unless a toddler is bleeding or the smoke alarm goes off. So I prepare ahead of time, which means dips, chips and the sandwiches of my youth, all of which are extremely easy to prepare at home, or buy locally, depending on your pregame energy level.
Not that there's anything wrong with a great family-style supper or winemaker dinner, but let's face it, they're so commonplace these days they don't do much to catch the eye of your average food writer suffering from press release fatigue. My hat goes off, therefore, to the refreshing and creative thinking behind the following two food events. Their existence is like a cool, crisp glass of naturally-brewed ginger ale the morning after a few too many glasses of that lush Columbia Valley red.
We’ve got some buzzy news and updates to keep in mind as the weekend approaches:
Don’t forget: This Saturday and Sunday, Clementine's in West Seattle is hosting a (pretty amazing) trunk show of Sustalux’s stellar vintage attire. From the chatter I’m hearing, I’d suggest getting there Saturday to score the best deals, because it will be busy. More info on last week’s post.
KCTS 9 announced today that they have selected local food and gardening expert Amy Pennington to host the Seattle version of Check, Please!, a reality TV concept that lets everyday folks play food critic for a day.
From Cody Ellerd Bay's original post about the show:
If you’ve never seen the show, which also runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Kansas City and South Florida, it operates like this: One person nominates his or her favorite restaurant, and then two other people are sent there to review it. After their anonymous visits, the reviewers get together to discuss their meal and rate the restaurant. They cover everything from the latest hot spots with superstar chefs to the hole-in-the-wall that’s been serving you your favorite fish and chips for years.
I met Amy Pennington fairly recently at a memorable fundraiser for Seattle Central Culinary Academy (although, before my time, Seattle mag covered her gardening exploits in several issues).
She was responsible for mixing cocktails and preparing dessert at the party. Both were delicious, but what I remember most was her spunky personality and great sense of humor. I predict her presence on the show will ground the conversation of Check, Please! in territory local food lovers can really appreciate.
More about Amy, from the press release, after the jump:
Preparing the February issue was more challenging than a typical press cycle, thanks to the incessant ear-splitting, nausea-inducing piledriving going on at the construction site across the street from Seattle mag's SoDo headquarters.
Just imagine someone three cubicles down from you banging a filing cabinet with a shovel nonstop for 8 hours, and perhaps you can see where we're coming from.
This weekend Seattle filmmaker (and Seattle magazine Spotlight Award winner) Lynn Shelton presents her lovely new film, Your Sister’s Sister, at the Sundance Film Festival. Or at least, she’s trying to—according to her Facebook page, she’s currently still stuck at SeaTac and may miss her big moment altogether, which is terrible!
Whether you’ve been snowed in at home for just one, or several of what seem like eternal days, I’m betting you’re ready to get out and about this weekend. Here’s your sale 411, an important save the date for next weekend, and the salon circuit scoop as we wait for the meltdown:
Darling Kirkland boutique Promesse is making way for new spring merchandise by marking down women’s and children’s winter apparel anywhere from 20-70% off.
RedTri.com put together a list of their favorite crock pot recipes–perfect for a snow day! From taco soup to chicken verde to veggie lasagna, below are some lip-smacking good slow-cooker dishes that will leave your family deliciously satisfied.
1. Arroz Con Queso: A perfect dish for the picky eater in your family. This super easy and basic recipe is a great alternative to mac 'n cheese.
Yes, there just happens to be a giant heart-infested holiday coming right around the corner that many consider to be the biggest date night of the year. In its honor we have rounded up a short list of restaurants where the ambience is such that couples mooning across the table at each other are as much a fixture as dimmer switches and candlelight.