August 2014

Best of the Coast

Make the Most of the Coast
Best Northwest places to kick back, hang ten, savor seafood and build sandcastles

From this Issue

The messenger angel in Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America makes a famously big entrance when she first appears—crashing through the roof of an apartment building to convey her prophecy to a gay man struggling with AIDS in 1980s Manhattan.

For coastal camaraderie, nothing beats a beach fire. Follow these steps and spark a blaze to create a cozy mood—and cook a few marshmallows, too! For coastal getaway ideas, read our Best of the Northwest Coast story here.

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From the rugged and wild tip of Cape Flattery, Washington, to the undulating dunes of Bandon, Oregon, the Northwest coastline has lured wanderers for centuries—some of them straight into the rocks (one reason this stretch is dotted by dozens of picturesque lighthouses).

This intense, rustic grape is a late ripener, and traditionally used in the Bordeaux region of France to add color, tannin and fruit to red wines. Its name (“little green”) comes from the fact that if the weather isn’t right during flowering, the cluster doesn’t ripen evenly, leaving undeveloped grapes.

For more award-winning Washington wines, read our complete 2014 Washington Wine Awards coverage, including the Best Emerging Winery, Sommelier of the Year, White Wine Winners and more, right

With more than a dozen sparkling wine producers in the state, this open submission category was exciting to taste.

For more award-winning Washington wines, read our complete 2014 Washington Wine Awards coverage, including the Best Emerging Winery, Sommelier of the Year, Red Wine Winners and more, right

For the past nine years, the Seattle magazine Washington Wine Awards have taken the measure of Washington’s wine industry as it has matured from upstart on the national scene to a world player.

It looks like the revolving door of restaurants at this Madrona address may be standing still awhile.

In 2012, then Seattle-based graphic designer Dave Battjes set a design challenge for himself to create a logo for every one of the more than 400 parks in the city of Seattle—at the ambitious rate of one a day. “Most of Seattle’s parks have interesting beginnings or rich histories tying them to the Olmsted brothers or trolley systems.

Back in the late ’90s, Cassis was the “it” place to be. Flourishing on Capitol Hill, the intimate French bistro was known for its mussels, fish soup and steak frites. And then in 2004, despite popular vote, owner Jef Fike closed the place. Fast-forward to 2014. Cassis resurfaces on Alki of all places. Fike couldn’t stay away from the business. Will the same be true for diners?

Having given The neighborhood an extreme makeover, Paul Allen’s development company, Vulcan Real Estate, is making a concerted effort to enrich upscale South Lake Union with art. Since 2003, Vulcan has commissioned 18 public installations for the area, with more on the docket.

For oenophiles: The recently renovated Hotel Vintage downtown (1100 Fifth Ave.; 206.624.8000;

When August finally arrives in Seattle, owning a boat seems like a genius idea. Imagine it: tooling around Lake Washington every weekend, sailing up to the San Juans or just buzzing over to Bainbridge. The sun shines, the water sparkles…unfortunately, for most of the year the boat sits at the dock, racking up marina fees.

Maxime Bilet simmers with excitement—and reveals a slight French accent—when he speaks about his love of food and his belief in its ability to bring human beings together. “Food is clearly the most important connection we have amongst generations and cultures,” he says.

It makes sense that the most intriguing local product to hit liquor store shelves this year comes from the same folks who gave us Bete, the award-winning spirit distilled from beets. But as good as that earthy wonder is, Sidetrack Distillery’s lemon verbena liqueur tops it.

New Pioneer Square gallery Martyr Sauce (122 S Washington St.; is the size of a stairwell…because it is a stairwell, leading to the apartment where curator and painter Tariqa Waters lives with her husband and kids.

Along with Bar Cotto and Anchovies & Olives across the street, Le Zinc (1449 E Pine St., but enter on 15th, around the corner; 206.257.4151; fits nicely into this Euro


Parklets are miniature parks, funded, designed, built and maintained by the applicant (often a neighboring business) or community volunteers, so there’s no cost to taxpayers.

Where: Jetty Island, just off the Everett waterfront. Why: This kid and kiteboarder paradise promises real sand, warm shallows and all manner of adventures. What: Two miles long and narrow, Jetty Island sits low in Puget Sound, its wide shores and driftwood piles perfect for picnics, sandcastles and protected wildlife.

Admit it. You kinda missed them last year. When the U.S. Navy announced that the 2013 Blue Angels air show would be canceled due to federal budget cuts, many Seattleites rejoiced. (No freaked-out dogs! No expensive, extraneous exhibitions of military might!) But when Seafair weekend came around, it was just so…quiet.

It’s our 11th wedding anniversary. We want a restaurant close to home and delicious, so we try Mkt., one of the most recent in a swath of Ethan Stowell openings and, my hairdresser swore, the chef’s best.

A face shield and eye goggles aren’t common kitchen tools, unless you’re executive chef Jacky Lo, who, along with his team of cooks at Wild Ginger, gears up each summer with a full-on production line—cooking with more than 3,000 pounds of chiles—to prepare sambal.

“Bow ties really reflect an individual’s pride and attention to detail,” says Erin McCoy, owner of Hank’s Haberdashery, a snappy line of dapper bow ties ($40) and pocket squares ($20) available on Etsy.

In South Seattle, a forested green space The Seattle Times once called “Walden Pond in urbania” is now a battleground between mountain bikers seeking to bring the sport back to Seattle parks and advocates for undeveloped natural areas that protect wildlife and wetlands.

Nominations for this year’s Washington Wine Awards were solicited via a survey of Washington wine and food professionals. The top vote-getters in the wineries, winemaker, vineyard and sommelier awards were selected as winners.

Nominations for this year’s Washington Wine Awards were solicited via survey from a panel of Washington wine and food professionals. Read more about how we determined the winners.

In his poem “Bubbs Creek Haircut,” Beat poet Gary Snyder drew on impressions from a trip through Seattle in the mid-1950s:

If you think of chewy, deep-fried rings with a side of dipping sauce when you hear the word “calamari,” get ready to have your mind blown. RockCreek has fried calamari on its menu, but it’s more of a squid dish than your typical appetizer. Technically, it’s called point judith calamari “Kari-Out,” but what it really should be called is crack in a box.

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!--paging_filter--pRecent Seattle Pacific University apparel program graduate Reina Acab is a rare breed of designer. She’s interested in pushing boundaries with her garments, but mindful of the needs of her audience, which, with her new line, Même, happens to be the 1- to 7-year-old set.