This statement probably comes as little surprise given our occupations, but the Seattle mag edit staff is full of paper geeks. We heart old-school letterpress, still believe in hand-written thank you notes and nothing delights us more than picking up our Ilee desktop calendars every December. Sure, we all spend our days hammering out words on a keyboard, but there is something imminently thoughtful and intimate about a paper gift from these local crafters- we’re betting your friends and family will agree.
Top o’ the morning! We’re kicking off this week’s lineup of our holiday gift guide with oh-so-Northwest books written by Seattle magazine friends including forager Langdon Cook and spirits expert A.J. Rathbun. Stay tuned this week for more local gift ideas (jewelry, easy-to-grab-hostess favors and booze-inspired gifts will all debut by Friday!) as we offer new suggestions each weekday through December 23.
Our “12 Days of Christmas” gift guide continues today with a special class of kiddo-themed gifts, those that may be just as much fun for parents, too. In others words, please both parties with one grand-slam gift:
A sad day for us blue-eyed blondes: The 2012 color of the year, according to the experts at Pantone, is "tangerine tango." Tonight when I go home I have to toss out all of my "honeysuckle" clothing–the acrylic sweaters, the bobbly ponchos–and update my Santa list. Honeysuckle is so last year.
Following the grand tradition set by ye ol’ “12 Days of Christmas” carol, we’re winding up the holiday shopping season with a handy 12-day guide to the best locally-made gifts, from today’s foodie-filled post to the best stocking stuffers on December 23. If you are still on the hunt for gifts for teachers, mother-in-laws or maybe for hard-to-buy-for husbands who won’t say what they want outside of socks (was that too obvious I was really talking about my own problems? Probably huh?), stay tuned each workday as we dish out our favorite finds.
Seattle mag's editors just got a private hard-hat tour of the new Chihuly Garden and Glass museum at the Seattle Center, and a peek into the nondescript warehouse in Ballard where a huge fiery glass installation is being assembled.
Seattle's first sushi chef, Shiro, whose new memoir we excerpted in our December issue, offers several helpful tips in the book for consuming sushi like a pro.
Over the years, the sushi bar has developed its own special jargon, including its very own way of counting, which allows the chef to bark out the total for a meal to the cashier without appearing rude. Here are a few of the words used by those in the know:
Long before James Beard Award-winning chefs began taking it to the streets, food trucks were feeding L.A. on the fast and cheap for decades, with immigrants serving primarily Mexican staples like tacos, tinga and offal, or the classics of Asia: steamed buns, fried noodles and boiled peanuts.
The beloved, long lived Marco's Supperclub, where I first tasted fried sage leaves (remember when those babies were all the rage?), has now been reborn as The Innkeeper. The chef Chris Linker gets credit for the name, which is inspired by his favorite book, Don Quixote:
"If, sir cabellero, you’re looking for somewhere to stay the night, you’ll find plenty of everything you need here - all except a bed that is, we haven’t got any of those."
Got questions about the massive deep-bore tunnel project? Do you like your tranpo info delivered in the form of cool animation, touch-screen simulations, and adorable soundbites with children? WSDOT's ambitious new "project info center" opened today in Pioneer Square with all that and more, clearly the labor of love of a handful of dedicated WSDOT employees.
Be sure to put this one on your must-do list of kid-friendly holiday events. Beloved by natives and newbies alike, the Christmas Ship Festival is a tried and true Northwest family tradition dating back to 1949. Running through December 23, the ship parade route covers over 45 different waterfront communities around Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
Lord knows we like to talk about our food here—and the well-educated and literate city we are, we sure can talk about it well. I think the gentle folks at KCTS might find themselves with their hands awfully full starting, oh—today. That’s when they begin accepting applications to appear on the PBS series Check, Please!, which will begin airing here in March.