Long before the Canons and the Bathtub Gins, the Liberty Bars and the Oliver's Twists, Seattle had Tini Bigs. Back when we were a town of beer snobs but not cocktail snobs, it opened on a Lower Queen Anne corner in 1996. Those were blissfully ignorant times when you could go right ahead and slap a "tini" onto the name of any drink served in a triangle-shaped glass and virtually no one would cry martini foul, and Tini Bigs did it with gratuitous gusto.
Stuffed with beautiful pictures of giant burgers, shimmering with cheese- and bacon-covered goodness, our January Best Burgers issue makes me want a burger so bad, sometimes it hurts.
I don’t think I’m alone. The tireless Seattle mag event staff has kicked it into high gear and organized a creative new event called the Burger Brawl, going down January 26 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66.
PBS’ Masterpiece hit series returned this Sunday and proved itself more than worth the money I, inexplicably, shelled out for local TV in the meantime.
WHAT IT IS:
The best thing to further confuse and distort Americans' perceptions of historical events since Mad Men.
NO, REALLY, WHAT IS IT?
An all around well-made British drama set on a nobleman’s estate at the onset of World War I, where the problems of servants and socialites get equal screen time.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If there is still any room left in the budget after paying off those holiday credit card bills, here are three local spots to stop by this week for killer sales deals of up to 75% off (hey, it’s never too early to shop for next Christmas, is it?):
Indulge me as I complain about my job, just this once.
I know, I realize that it's not easy to imagine how eating for a living could be anything but a glamorous, caviar-studded chimera wherein breakfast, lunch and dinner consist of splendid gastronomic fairyland moments of bliss.
It really is that, most of the time. But I'm here to set you straight: while working on January's awesome Burger issue, I am convinced that I ate a cow. Maybe more than one cow. I likely took out a herd of cattle, people.
Things are settling down a bit for us cross-lake commuters, but it's hard to say if next week will be better or worse.
On the one hand, according to WSDOT, people are still deciding what their commute will be as tolling continues for the next 45 years. Some who tried to outwit the toll monsters by crapping up my commute are rethinking. That $7 a day is starting to look pretty tasty right about now. I say this with love at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon.
Fremont beer temple Brouwer's opened its sibling bar/restaurant, The Publican, in Greenlake's Tangletown neighborhood last week, revamping the former Bandolero space into an upscale neighborhood pub. For Mario Campos, Brouwer's former sous-chef, it's his opportunity to finally run his own show.
If you're an east-west driver, you've already grappled with this one: Is it worth the price of two lattes to breeze across the lake? With peak tolls running $3.50 each way ($5 if you don't have a "Good to Go" pass; $200 a month, people!), that 520 bridge is now a serious budget item for some folks. And it shows; people are diverting by the hundreds to cross the I90 bridge instead, and who can blame 'em?
When Tiffany Lowry, one of our favorite local beauty and makeup experts (see: her appearance in our Best of 2011 issue), got rained out of yet another photoshoot this fall, she decided it was high time to have a dedicated (non-drippy) place to create glorious hair and makeup styles.
Do not call it a “bucket list.” Since neither death nor apocalypse seem more imminent than usual (fingers crossed!)—I’ll call this a “sand pail” list: obvious things to do and see locally that will be top priority in 2012, lest the tides of time snatch away the opportunity and I spend all future social gatherings awkwardly avoiding any shame around said topics.
Let’s begin at the rear:
Weekends were made for sleeping in, and nothing tops off a late morning like brunch with the family. RedTri.com asked Seattle moms and friends to share with us their favorite and most beloved brunch restaurants, and we've got all the juicy, mouthwatering details below, from gluten-free pancakes to biscuits and gravy, these places are so much more than green eggs and ham!