Issue

January 2014

Best Breakfasts

Best breakfasts, plus the freshest oyster and raw bars.

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Anyone who feels hosting a party is too much work should take a page from Heather Christo’s playbook.

!--paging_filter--pFrom formal solariums in grand homes to small atrium add-ons, sunrooms are Seattle’s answer to the Southern-style screened-in porch.

!--paging_filter--pstrongKimchi Bloody Mary at Revel ($8) /strongbrThere’s nothing like it (pictured above).

!--paging_filter--pstrongDungeness Benedict at Tilikum Place Cafe/strongbrThis is Washington translated into brunch: impeccably poached eggs nestled in sweet Dungeness crab with warm spinach on a toasted English muffin, topped with chef Ba Culbert’s luscious hollandaise sauce (about $15, depending on availability and market prices). You won’t taste anything like it anywhere else.

!--paging_filter--pstrongspan style="color: #ff0000;"[scrambles]/span/strongbrWhen people complain that there aren’t any hidden food finds in Seattle, we send them to Icebox Grocery, the little grocery/café where extra care goes into everything, from the outstanding mushroom soup with sherry ($4.75–$5.75) to the chewy butterscotch chip cookies ($1.25 each).

!--paging_filter--pWith the start of a new year, many of us vow to better our lives. We resolve to act with more kindness, to live more mindfully, to take action to improve our communities. And, the real toughie: to eat well. Making a regular stop for lunch at LECT’s, the lunchbox-size house (look for the soup pot on the roof) in Georgetown, offers a “two birds with one stone” solution.

!--paging_filter--p"It was horrible."brAlmost every time I would cook, I would say out loud: ‘I hate this kitchen. I hate this kitchen,’” recalls Lisa Richmond.

!--paging_filter--pOpenness has its limits, or should have. It’s as true for strangers conducting cell phone chats on the street as for architects designing a kitchen.brbrSo when the owners of a 1905 house in Leschi decided to start fresh with a new home, they called Thomas Schaer of SHED Architecture Design.

!--paging_filter--pOnly a few months old, Westward already feels lived in, like it’s been here forever.

Seattle magazine’s early-rising team of food experts tout their favorite spots for the most important meal of the day (and the weekend).

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!--paging_filter--pAnyone who has admired a richly painted room in a design magazine has likely come across the name Farrow Ball. Established in Dorset, England, in 1946, this esteemed line of 132 high-quality and lushly pigmented paint colors is now available at Bellevue’s Table Top and Home, much to the delight of local décor addicts. “Farrow Ball is unmatched,” says store owner Keva Dodd.

!--paging_filter--pGeorgetown-based Shannon Koszyk, best known for her eponymous line of religious iconographic jewelry beloved by rock stars and starlets alike (Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara are fans), is about to see (or make) her name in lights.

Most people wouldn’t call Seattle a prime location for growing plants native to South America. But try telling that to the leafy tamarillo tree (sometimes called a “tree tomato”) reaching up toward the glass roof of Carrie Rhodes’ pretty blue-and-green backyard greenhouse in Sand Point. The plant, with its egg-shaped red fruit, reminds Rhodes of her time spent working as a nurse in Ecuador.

!--paging_filter--pstrongPeasant memories:nbsp;/strong When California native Gei Chan was in fashion school in the Bay Area in the late ’60s, she had no idea that her inherent relaxed design inclination would have a lasting impact on the world of style.

!--paging_filter--p“I’m not afraid of the dark,” says photographer Rafael Soldi. He’s talking about the deep gray color he painted the kitchen and dining nook of his Squire Park apartment, but his assertion also applies to the black-and-white photographs he collects and displays in every room and hallway.

!--paging_filter--pIt’s a statement uttered by many people while staring into the closet: “I have nothing to wear.” It’s also a sentiment that Barbara Malone and Julienne Kuttel, proprietors of closet-organization and personal-style consulting company Closet Rx (Capitol Hill, 501 E Pike St.; 206.660.3456; a href="http://www.closetrx.com" target="_blank"clos

!--paging_filter--pDoes watching Seattle’s master shuckers inspire you to try your hand at fresh oysters at home? If so, zip over to one of the neighborhood seafood markets peppered throughout our city, where friendly, knowledgeable crews offer the season’s best-tasting oysters from the waters of our beloved Hood Canal and Puget Sound, California and British Columbia.

!--paging_filter--p“What do black men have in common?” “Who are you and what is your purpose?” “Do you really feel free?” In emQuestion Bridge: Black Males/em, the new video installation at Photo Center Northwest (PCNW), African-American men pose such questions, and African-American men answer, in straight-on, close-up, unadorned video recordings.

!--paging_filter--pRemember all the talk ofnbsp; “sequestration” that dominated the headlines last year? Concerns over the dire impact of governmental spending cuts had everyone up in arms, but attention faded as the reductions took effect. The reality seemed more like nips and tucks than radical surgery.

!--paging_filter--pSeattle’s many teahouses have long been sweet on the red bush tea known as rooibos (pronounced “ROY-bus”), but a new entry in the field is offering a fresh take: rooibos espresso. Open since July, Cederberg Tea House on Queen Anne (1417 Queen Anne Ave.

!--paging_filter--pAda’s Technical Books and Café (Capitol Hill, 425 15th Ave. E; 206.322.1058; a href="http://www.seattletechnicalbooks.com" target="_blank"seattletechnicalbooks.com/a) invites browsers to touch, inspect and discover—just as a scientist might.

!--paging_filter--pThe Central District of Seattle isn’t quite a pizza desert, but it’s close. So when Brian Solazzi set up two shipping containers and an outdoor pizza oven on his corner property at Rainier Avenue S and Weller Street, you could almost hear the collective neighborhood cheer.

Kim Fu, 26, grew up in Canada as the only writer in a family of scientists and engineers. Perhaps that experience is what enabled her to so vividly capture the feeling of being an outsider in one’s own family in her powerful, timely debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $23).

!--paging_filter--pJanuary is all about refreshing your outlook, which might just involve a new skin care line. Robyn Bradley and her husband, Tyler Moore, built their La Connor business, Pepperjack Home (106 First St., Suite D; 425.330.0204;a href="http://www.pepperjackhome.com" target="_blank" pepperjackhome.com/a), on eco-sensitivity.

!--paging_filter--pstrongWHERE:/strong Port Townsend, for the 10th annual Strange Brewfest (1/24–1/25 $30 for both days; 21 and older. American Legion Marvin G. Shields Post 26, 209 Monroe St.; a href="http://www.strangebrewfestpt.com" target="_blank"strangebrewfestpt.com/a).

!--paging_filter--pFeaturing such excellent local bands as Hey Marseilles, Telekinesis, The Lonely Forest, The Moondoggies and Cataldo, the first-ever Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival in Leavenworth is the chillier counterpart to summertime’s Timber! Outdoor Music Festival. If dancing doesn’t warm you up enough, there’s always the hot toddy garden. 1/10–1/11.

!--paging_filter--pIn calm seas off the west side of San Juan Island, my kayak bobs gently in a kelp bed. In the water about a quarter-mile distance from me, orcas mill and frolic, most likely hunting their favorite chinook salmon. I drop my hydrophone (an underwater microphone) into the water to listen to their distinct calls.brbrA low clanging—whang, whang, whang—fills my headphones.

!--paging_filter--pAlong the western shore of San Juan Island, across Haro Strait, the view that most people observe when the killer whales are present is generally a placid one: The only noises are the sounds of the currents rushing, the “koosh” of the whales as they surface and blow plumes into the air—although at times, the calm is broken by the engines of the boats, sometimes 30 vessels at

!--paging_filter--pAcclaimed director John Langs has a long history of working in the Seattle theater world, and in 2012, he moved here permanently to become ACT Theatre’s associate artistic director.

!--paging_filter--pTucked into a tree-lined block on Seattle’s First Hill, the English Tudor Stimson-Green Mansion (First Hill, 1204 Minor Ave.; 206.624.0474;a href="http://www.stimsongreen.com" target="_blank" stimsongreen.com/a) graces its neighborhood with a decidedly Downton Abbey-like style.

!--paging_filter--pIt’s easy to heap praise on special-occasion restaurants that pamper and impress us. And we love discovering a place that’s cheap, yet makes craveable food. But the depth and breadth of Seattle’s restaurant scene is best judged by the quality of our everyday bistros, our corner eateries, the places we frequent so often we sometimes don’t give them quite enough thought.

!--paging_filter--pThe best thing about Seattle winter is that unlike frostier cities such as, say, Chicago, you can actually sit outdoors at night without freezing your face off. The experience is even better if you’re sitting next to a toasty fire pit with a drink in hand—and, of course, if it isn’t raining.

!--paging_filter--pAcross the street from a QFC and surrounded by a host of restaurants and shops on the northerly end of Capitol Hill, Witness (410 Broadway E; 206.329.0248; a href="http://www.witnessbar.com" target="_blank"witnessbar.com/a) drops a large dollop of Southern style, hospitality and taste into the Broadway rumpus.brbrOwner Gregg Holcomb (a

“Jane Fonda hugged me.” Columbia City–based writer, performer and activist Lindy West still can’t quite believe she got a squeeze from one of her idols, but there is video evidence from the Women’s Media Awards, held in October in New York City.

!--paging_filter--pstrongBreakfast Sammies at Dahlia Bakery/strongbrWhen a warm, easilya href="http://www.seattlemag.com/article/breakfast-sandwiches-dahlia-bakery" target="_blank" portable breakfast sandwich is needed/a, look no farther.

!--paging_filter--pEarn your "cold badge of courage" at the annual Matthews Beach Polar Bear Plunge. Noon. Free. At the corner of 93rd Street and Sand Point Way NE;a href="http://www.seattle.gov/parks" target="_blank" seattle.gov/parks/a/p

Whether it’s a Native American–inspired pattern hand-painted on terra-cotta or a simple rounded-edge ceramic style, tile is a smart way to add personality and flair to virtually any room.

!--paging_filter--pSeattle should start the new year by looking back in order to look forward. One hundred and fifty years ago, our sawmill town on Elliott Bay saw events that portended huge changes. In May 1864, a “cargo of brides” called the Mercer Girls arrived as potential mates for the male settlers, so the city could become self-propagating.

!--paging_filter--p3/4 pound paneer, cut into cubesbr 1 large onionbr 3 to 4 cloves garlicbr 1 4-inch thumb of ginger, peeledbr 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, plus extra for frying paneerbr 3 to 4 cardamom pods, crushedbr 1/2 teaspoon cumin seedsbr 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamonbr 1/8 teaspoon ground clovesbr 1 to 2 plum tomatoes, dicedbr 20 ounces boiled nettles, drainedbr 1/2 teaspoon turmericbr

!--paging_filter--pIn the spirit of another new year (and that endless drumbeat of time), I offer a few resolutions for the would-be wild-food forager (and anyone who wants to feel rejuvenated without buying $90 facial creams on late-night cable).brbrMake this the year you turn over rocks like you did when you were a kid. It’s never too late to rediscover the charms of the outdoors.

Our cold winter months mean it’s oyster season. Slurp some down at Seattle's oyster and raw bars.

!--paging_filter--pNew wineries launch in Washington all the time. Many fail. Some succeed. And a select few succeed so meteorically that they achieve cult-wine status, with filled mailing lists whose members wait with breathless anticipation of new releases.

!--paging_filter--pForget Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s 50 shades of OMBRE TIGHTS from SoDo-based BZR that will keep you warm, toasty and excited this winter. Crafted by Parsons School of Design graduate Tiffany Ju, 28, each pair of nylon tights is hand-dyed and available in mood-boosting colors, ranging from splashy fuchsia and teal to coal gray and navy.