It goes without saying that the best meals of the year aren't just about what was eaten. That's important, no doubt. But great food doesn't equal a great meal.
What makes a meal is having good food, good atmosphere, good service plus the presence of best sort of company. People you adore. A great meal happens when everyone at the table is jazzed to be sitting and breaking bread with everyone else at the table. I just said jazzed! But you get the idea.
Alongside presents, mistletoe, getting a few days off work, and the bottles Santa might put in your stocking, the finest part of the holidays is getting to catch up with family. And, of course, the best place to catch up is a great bar. However, it can be a challenge to pick a suitable watering hole for the right vacationing relative—which is why I’ve put together a little tailored guide to help smooth out your holiday season, matching specific relative types with specific bars.
I woke up hungry at 5:34 this morning, but instead of being annoyed by the Dark O’Clock beginning of my day, I replayed the sweet, sweet dream that stirred me from slumber. There was a pile of perfectly lovely pasta on my brain.
Since supping at a hosted, soft opening dinner earlier this week at Maria Hines’ brand new Agrodolce in Fremont, I had been thinking about the hand cut tagliarini.
A candlelight vigil will be held in West Seattle this weekend to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT, according to the West Seattle Herald.
Speakers will include violence survivors, including Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe, board members of Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims organization and executive director of Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims, Marge Martin.
Trending in Seattle theater in 2012: “Bad guys” played so well, we had to love them.
But just how “bad” were they?A totally subjective rating system:1 star = Trickster. Buries your keys to teach you a lesson.2 stars = Morally questionable. You hide their Facebook posts.3 stars = Despicable. Deplorable. Below-par hygiene.4 stars = Haunts your dreams and days ever after.
In no particular order...
MUST TASTEHomemade eggnog Monday (12/24–12/25) — It’s become a holiday ritual for Sun Liquor bartender Erik Chapman, who mixes up a batch of irresistible homemade eggnog to serve to customers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It makes for a perfect family bonding strategy...or a way to escape the relatives. Either way, Cheers!
Here’s a cool thing going on this week in the holiday shopping scene:
Underwood Stables (formerly known as Horses Cut Shop) at 4306 Fremont Avenue N (next door to Uneeda Burger) is opening up their (formerly super secret) space for two sales this pre-Christmas week.
It’s that time of year, when pundits of all disciplines, from movies to books to boozes, are making their picks for those "Best" and "Most" end-of-year lists. I thought it’d be a good balance to let the people have their own say. So I asked five folks about their favorite cocktails and watering holes. Here's what they had to say:
What's your all-time favorite cocktail?A rye Manhattan.
If you haven't been for a while, Loft will surprise you. This holiday, they're putting on the bling with sequins, feathers and bright colors—in all the right proportions—and perfect for our unique casual-chic lifestyle here in Seattle.
The holiday season has put me in the mood for some green red wine.
Nope, that’s not a new varietal. I’ve got a hankering for wine that’s made with grapes that are grown using the latest in Old World sustainable practices. That’s such a hot button word in the world of food that we’ve kind of tuned it out, but it really hasn’t made a big splash on the Washington state wine landscape.
For the first time, we asked readers to answer our annual Readers' Choice poll with their neighborhoods in minds.
Of the many questions we pose every year (What's your favorite restaurant, bar, takeout, etc.), "Who is your neighborhood hero," was a new addition to the mix.
Here are the results in that category.
Sorry, neighborhoods yielding an insufficient number of votes not included in the results. Want to see your 'hood represented better in our magazine? Vote in our current Best Restaurants poll.
You can recognize him by his over-worn denim (but not the stylish kind) and by how his eyes dart towards the nearest exit when you mention the “s-word.” Yes, he’s one of those men afraid of shopping. Maybe he hates crowds, or is overwhelmed by the choices, or dreads the laser eye of the shopkeeper, but he’ll avoid replacing those jeans until the last possible moment.