June 2015

Best of Summer

37 in-city adventures for a picture-perfect season

From this Issue

Let’s be honest, having a good summer in Seattle doesn’t take a lot of ingenuity. It’s sunny and warm: Get outside!

Known best for his stint as the bass player for Guns N’ Roses, Seattle rock star Duff McKagan has also proven himself to be a skilled writer by way of his popular columns for Seattle Weekly and, and his memoir, It’s So Easy (And Other Lies), acclaimed for its frank self-awareness.

A couple of blocks off First Avenue in Pioneer Square, across the street from the wonderfully hidden Waterfall Park, Good Bar (240 Second Ave. S; 206.624.2337; delivers well-crafted cocktails and a hopping happy hour for neighborhood working folks.

There are so many fantastic rum cocktails that sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! You’ll find one classic below and one new cocktail, both of which pair perfectly with some of our local rums.

Kill-divil, hydra-monster, cursed liquor—with its dark monikers, rum has spent some time on the wrong side of the tracks, in the company of unsavory pirates and ruthless smugglers. It’s a curious spirit, with a fiery history and a present that conjures bikinis and tropics.

If you don’t know the story, the short version goes like this: Paseo, upper Fremont’s iconic sandwich shop, closed without warning in November after more than two decades in business. The owners filed for bankruptcy amidst accusations of wage theft and other labor abuses, and the scandal was all over the news for a week.

It’s all about the details at Tom Douglas’ new, casual taco-and-margarita spot, where reclaimed wood, simple café tables and chairs, and pops of terra-cotta orange combine for an upbeat, easygoing feel at the base of The Martin Apartments downtown.

Didn’t qualify for the U.S. Open? No problem. While the competitors show off their strokes at the tournament in nearby Chambers Bay (6/15–6/21;, you can ply your putter at one of Seattle’s miniature golf courses.

Green Lake Pitch and Putt

The surprising rise of chef Jay Blackinton, who channeled the spirit of Orcas Island’s rad farming and food culture to find something like stardom

They say your home is a reflection of your identity—and if money allows, you can reshape your house (through a new coat of paint, a kitchen remodel, a second story) to more accurately reflect the person you are, or hope to be. But what happens when the relationship goes the other way—when a house transforms a human into a particular sort of person?

Remember a superhero named The Red Bee? No? How about The Bouncer? Or The Puppeteer? Now’s your chance to get to know these (understandably) long-lost comic book stars, thanks to a new book by Redmond-based writer Jon Morris.

We’ve been traveling east all day, the late afternoon sun is golden, the sky deep blue. I’m standing on an open-air deck watching the range-country scenery outside of Kamloops, British Columbia, roll by. It’s dry cattle country—a surprising shift from the dense greenery west of the Cascades.

Akio Takamori’s ceramic work reflects a long-term interest in matters of the flesh. He often paints blushing red cheeks on his sensuous figures, giving the impression that blood has just rushed to the surface of the skin.

Manhattan Clam Chowder at Ballard Annex Oyster House   

Washington needs doctors. Actually, the whole country does. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates the country may be short between 46,000 and 90,000 doctors by 2025. In Washington, and indeed most states, the need is even more acute in rural areas. Everyone involved in medical education seems to agree that we need more doctors. How to get them is another story.

In a sense, I’m lucky that my morning commute is usually the distance between my laptop and my lap.  

1. Glass House Near La Conner
Service: Boutique Homes
Style: Architect-designed modern cabin
Rate: Starts at $300/night
Accommodations: 2 bedrooms and sleeping loft (can sleep 5); 1 bathroom
Pet friendly: No

When news broke of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa last March, it was the first time much of the public was confronted with the terrifying disease, known mostly as something strange and deadly affecting people very far away. But for Angela Rasmussen, it marked a turning point in her life’s work.

Capitol Hill’s allure as a boutique shopping destination was ratcheted up a notch on May 2 with the debut of Likelihood (1101 E Union St.; 206.226.0826;, a fashion-driven men’s shoe and accessories shop located in the newly opened Viva building.

Forget the Birkin bag. In Seattle, the preferred status symbol is the homespun tote—especially when it’s a handmade version by Such Sweet Tierney (

When Ballard-based Ryan Barrie’s restaurant gig in college left him longing for the perfect apron, he turned to brother Michael, whom he calls a true craftsman. “He’s always been able to fix or make just about anything,” Ryan says.

Seen in Daylight, the new art installation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation might easily be mistaken for an oddly placed safety net. But when night falls, it becomes an immense, iridescent jellyfish hovering above the campus and shifting in the breeze.

Those who’ve eaten at either of Thomas Soukakos’ two Vios Cafés can attest to the warm welcome and genuine family-friendly attitude of the staff.

Move over, Sriracha, there’s a new hot number in town. Harissa, a North African sauce or paste made from a blend of Moroccan peppers, preserved lemon, oil and spices, ranges from mild to fiery.

Where: Port Gamble, the tiny, historic town at the tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. Why: For the June Faire (6/6–6/7, $10 for a weekend pass; What: This medieval festival celebrates its 33rd year with creative anachronisms and costumes galore amid stunning views of Puget Sound.