Christmas approach-eth! Whether that statement throws you into fits of glee or sheer panic, we’re barreling down the home stretch towards gift-giving, family gatherings and rockin’ New Year's parties. As you head out for the last-minute touches this weekend, take note of the new shops and sales: In this month's issue, I had a minor gush-session over Regina Chang’s earthy, organic inspired jewels.
Seattle’s pop-culture image can be described in three words: rain, coffee and grunge music. Sure, we have an umbrella-named music festival (Bumbershoot) and the city seems to run on caffeine, but grunge music? You can still find flannel, but Seattle’s music scene has evolved significantly since the Doc Martens were shelved. A web-based, music film series, $5 Cover: Seattle, was created in partnership between local filmmaker Lynn Shelton and MTV.
If you wanna have a holly jolly Christmas but still haven't picked out a tree, now is the time! And why not make a day of it by driving out to a tree farm and picking and cutting your own? Some local tree farms that will let you have at their stock include: Enchanted Winds Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm (18021 Issaquah-Hobart Rd, Issaquah, WA 98027, 425.432.4573) Ronnei Christmas Tree Farm (11210 Carnation-Duvall Road NE, Carnation, WA 98014, 425.788.1705) Mountain Creek Tree Farm (6821 440th Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98085, 425.888.1770).
A little puzzled about which bubbly to serve your holiday guests this season? The Local Vine is offering a fun way to learn (and taste!) the difference between champagne and other sparkling wines this Thursday, December 16th at 6pm-8pm. A collection of over 20 bubbly wines will be poured, including bottles that range in price from $10 to over $200. Some selections offered include Grand Marque Champagne, Grower Champagne, California Sparkling, as well as other hard to find, specially produced samples from around the world.
In celebration of Tamara Murphy's new book, Tender: Farmers, Cooks, Eaters, Tamara along with Chris Curtis of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, is hosting an all-day book signing event at the newly remodeled Reading Room at the Pioneer Square Elliott Bay Cafe this Thursday from 11am to 5pm. Or join Murphy for bubbles and bites (from the cookbook, natch) from 5:30 to 8:30pm (rspv to email@example.com).
With the swirl of multiple magazine deadlines clomping around in my head this time of year, I barely have time to make a dent in my shopping list, but I had to pause and share my favorite kids' gift of the year before it got too close to the holidays for you to order them.
(Steve sells home plate) Stuffed chicken breasts sounds difficult and gourmet - not true. A fantastic way to renovate leftovers like roasted squash and extend a pound of chicken to feed a family. Very pretty morsels too! Need a printable recipe? Click here.
Why not make this the winter you explore the snowy backcountry on your own terms? It's a whole different mountain range out there when it's covered in multiple feet of the white stuff. Backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and camping don't come without risks, though. Besides needing the right warm gear, you should also be aware of avalanche dangers and prepared to deal with the worst. On Tuesday night (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m.
This past fall, Pioneer Square and the International District got a face lift, thanks to some local artists. A new art installation project, StoreFronts Seattle (made possible by nonprofit arts organization Shunpike), allows artists (including local quilt artist Luke Haynes and couple Charles and Cindy Martin who boast an impressive pinball machine collection) to showcase their work in various vacant buildings free of charge.
Searching for a classy way to fete the holidays, without messing up the kitchen or risking setting the turkey on fire? Enjoy a delicious Christmas Day meal at ART Restaurant at the Four Seasons hotel, or ring in the New Year in style with a champagne-themed dinner that'll leave you waltzing into 2011. (And in between, why not round up a few friends and indulge in their Chocolate buffet too?)