!--paging_filter--pA box of chocolates is nice, of course. But truth be told, come February 14th (or any time of year, really), we’d rather have a chewy, soft, crunchy, tender, perfect cookie. And with the recent opening of Seattle’s first cookie-only bakery, Hello Robin, we felt newly inspired to investigate our city’s cookie culture.
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!--paging_filter--pWhen Anna Carson moved to Bainbridge Island from Nashville, she felt it was time to re-enter the workplace. The 41-year-old homemaker with three children, the youngest of whom is in eighth grade, wanted a part-time job with health benefits to supplement her husband’s income from his own business. “I’m in Seattle.
!--paging_filter--pIf you’re heading to Capitol Hill any time of the day or night—maybe to eat at one of the too-many-to-count restaurants in this vibrant neighborhood—you might think twice about driving your car. Parking is famously difficult to find, and it gets pricey fast.
!--paging_filter--pRemembered for his declared intent to “assassinate” established painting methods—and recognized by the playful, primary-colored paintings that resulted—influential Barcelona-born artist Joan Miró believed he could be truly radical by way of sculpture. The Picasso contemporary and compatriot began experimenting with the medium in 1941.
!--paging_filter--pBrandishing a riot-grrrls-meet-The-Go-Go’s sound, Tacocat charms fans with funny songs about waiting for the No. 8 Metro bus, fear of toxic shock syndrome and a psychic cat that predicts nursing-home deaths.
A horse-drawn sleigh pulls up, and the driver beckons us on board. My wife and kids and I are heading for dinner at Trail Creek Cabin, an outpost that’s a mile and a half through meadows and woods from the front door of the Sun Valley Lodge, our home for the weekend.
!--paging_filter--pSince 1994, homeless and low-income vendors have been selling a href="http://www.realchangenews.org/" target="_blank"emReal Change /emnewspapers /aon Seattle streets as a more secure alternative to panhandling.
!--paging_filter--pMadrona’s new men’s shop, Hammer and Awl, is the culmination of owner Erin Krohn’s 17-year obsession with retail design, shopping and fashion—especially accessories, which she calls the perfect way to “define your style and be unique.” The former interior designer opened Hammer and Awl to provide men (and women who lean toward a masculine aesthetic) with a resource for artisa
!--paging_filter--pRenee Erickson has done it again, again. Along with putting very delicious foods on plates, Erickson’s prime talent is in creating aspirational spaces, setting chic, sophisticated moods and making diners feel soigné by association.
!--paging_filter--pFinally, King Arthur and the Knights Who Say Ni have coconut-clopped into Seattle to present Spamalot, the musical version of emMonty Python and the Holy Grail/em. Runs 1/30–3/2; a href="http://www.5thavenue.org" target="_blank"5thavenue.org/abrbr/p
!--paging_filter--pFrom February 5 to 9, explore a gazillion yard ideas—and gorge on the promise of spring—at the Northwest Garden and Flower Show at the Washington State Convention Center. a href="http://www.gardenshow.com" target="_blank"gardenshow.com/a/p
!--paging_filter--pOn the first floor of the tall, brick Grand Central Building, just around the corner from Occidental Park, E. Smith Mercantile (208 First Ave.
!--paging_filter--pFor the past decade, Portland’s most exciting restaurant openings were happening east of the Willamette River, in rent-friendly neighborhoods or industrial zones where young, talented chefs on a shoestring could afford to open their own place—and bike to it from home.
!--paging_filter--pFaithful followers of a href="http://www.seattlemag.com/alhambra"Alhambra /awill remember Shakir and Serpil Kaymaz’s outlet store behind University Village in a little slip of a nabe called Union Bay.
!--paging_filter--pBefore Derek Ronspies opened Le Petit Cochon, his masculine homage to nose-to-tail cooking, he impressed me with his cooking at his brother Dustin’s place about a mile up the road, The Art of the Table. Cochon, a bit hidden in its home upstairs from Fremont’s Chiso, is a lot less formal, a whole lot more rock ’n’ roll. A first hint at Cochon’s ethos?
!--paging_filter--pOne of emSeattle /emmagazine’s 2013 Spotlight Award winners, dancer/choreographer Kate Wallich and her company, The YC, are swiftly rising stars in the contemporary dance scene. Known for creating intense, highly atmospheric works that shift from super slo-mo to fast-paced popping, Wallich builds visual worlds that resemble haute couture fashion spreads come alive.
!--paging_filter--pOnly in Seattle would taking home artisanal, fresh-draught beer in old-fashioned jugs be elevated to convenient extremes.
!--paging_filter--pWhether you’re actively boycotting the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (2/7–2/23) because of Putin’s anti-gay policies or you just can’t afford the trip, never fear, there are plenty of ways to experience the best parts of Russian culture right here in Seattle.
!--paging_filter--pThere’s no one style of ski house, although they tend toward crisp chalets and sturdy log cabins. The only real requirements for a true shredder’s retreat are that it is near enough to a resort to make catching the first run of the day no big expedition and that it is equipped with a cozy fireplace for après-ski with a hot toddy (soaking tub, a plus!).
!--paging_filter--pThe off-season is the perfect time to visit the Washington coast for several reasons: you don't have to worry about closed passes, the weather makes for dramatic sea-watching and hotel rates are at their lowest.
!--paging_filter--pIn the cover photo on her new solo EP, Mary Lambert radiates voluptuous confidence: red lips, Veronica Lake hair, a spiky ear cuff and prominent tattoo.
!--paging_filter--pLead singer for longstanding Seattle band Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA), Chris Ballew is also known as kindie rocker Caspar Babypants.
For the bold-minded, Ikea’s ornate oval Ung Drill mirror (above), $39.99, features a black, upscale antique-inspired style without the upscale antique price tag. We say, swap the basic over-the-sink mirror and make a statement with this in your master bath. 601 SW 41st St., Renton; 888.888.4532; ikea.com
!--paging_filter--pspan style="color: #ff0000;"span style="font-size: medium;"Bellevue/span/spanstrongbrLunchBox Laboratory /strongbrThe ongoing burger “experiments” here run toward the jaw-straining variety, such as the $14 Homage to the Dick’s Deluxe, a Kobe beef patty snuggled up to grilled onions and topped with American cheese, strips of bacon and secret sauce.
!--paging_filter--pDrivers complain about reckless cyclists and bristle at the idea of having to share the roads. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the number of bikers fatally hit by cars, with drivers often going unpunished even when they are at fault.
!--paging_filter--pstrongIngredients:/strongembr2 Tablespoons olive oil/emembr4 cloves of garlic, crushed/emembr8 fillets of anchovy/emembr2 Tablespoons of pomodoro concentrato, the Italian tomato paste in tubes/emembr1 teaspoon chili flakes, or more, to taste/emembr1 pound pasta/em/p
!--paging_filter--pstrongGourmondo /strongbrPanini, salmon entrées and vegan wheatberry salad, with nothing costing more than $15, are some of the hallmarks of this longtime boxed-lunch caterer. Orders must be placed by 5:30 p.m. the previous business day; avoid the $7 surcharge by ordering at least three lunches, and opt to have them delivered for free between 11 a.m.
!--paging_filter--pa href="http://www.seattlemag.com/article/dining/cheap-eats/cheap-eats-il-corvo" target="_blank"At Il Corvo/a, the small handmade-pasta place in Pioneer Square, chef/owner Mike Easton keeps a sharp focus on big, bold flavors.
!--paging_filter--pKen Hart knows his grapes. Rick Trumbull knows his dirt.
!--paging_filter--pThe idea for SwopBoard (a href="http://www.swopboard.com" target="_blank"swopboard.com/a) was born out of necessity last January.