November 2013

2013 People of the Year

The 11 Best New Restaurants plus the Most Influential People of 2013, including Macklemore and Amazon's Jeff Bezos.

From this Issue

!--paging_filter--pSeattle sketch comedy group The Habit is back with a new live show (em11/15–12/1. 8 p.m. $19. The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake, 7312 West Greenlake Drive N; a href="" target="_blank"

!--paging_filter--pIt’s probably not a ballet dancer’s lifelong dream to be described as buggy, but in the case of Crystal Pite’s piece Emergence, it proves the highest compliment.

It all began simply enough. Marsha Olch longed for a kitchen with a view. The house, which she and her husband, Lee, had purchased in 1997, was appealingly set into a hill overlooking Leschi Park below and Lake Washington beyond.

!--paging_filter--pHaving recently returned to the Pacificnbsp;Northwest after a few years spent innbsp;that sunnier state to our south, I havenbsp;a renewed appreciation for our region’snbsp;landscape.

!--paging_filter--pIt’s going to be quite a thrill to see what Jen Doak (formerly of Agrodolce, Tilth) and Mike Whisenhunt (Revel, Joule) have done with the old Le Gourmand space in Ballard when Brimmer Heeltap opens in its place later this month (or in December).

!--paging_filter--pContemporary Seattle music isn’t all about hip-hop and beard rock. The city has a thriving and ever evolving jazz scene, exemplified by local supergroup Industrial Revelation.

!--paging_filter--pEarly in the documentary Somm, which screened to an enthusiastic wine-loving crowd at the Seattle International Film Festival this summer, there is an astonishing scene.

!--paging_filter--pIt’s easy to overlook the simpler-sounding appetizers at a href="" target="_blank"Poppy/a, what with tender pan-fried mussels with lovage and plump oysters on the half shell vying for your attention.

!--paging_filter--pTaking over the space that once held Noodle Ranch and then Dope Burger, Rocco’s em(2228 Second Ave.; 206.448.2625;a href="" target="_blank" makes a mark on Belltown’s crowded Second Avenue corridor with its easygoing elegance, creative cocktails and unpretentious service.brbrWhile the

!--paging_filter--pAs Seattleites well know, dressing in rain-repellent gear from head to hips isn’t always sufficient—some days we still show up soaked through at the thighs. But rain pants are not only cumbersome, they’re also seriously unflattering (and, let’s be honest, a little demoralizing).

!--paging_filter--pimg src="/sites/default/files/newfiles/1113_elizabeth-kiker.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right;" height="232" width="350"The country’s largest bike club is based in Seattle, and now the longstanding nonprofit—founded in 1970—has a new executive director.

!--paging_filter--pNot every little girl grows out of her tomboy phase. That’s the inspiration behind TomboyX, the clothing and accessories line specifically designed for women who want menswear-inspired clothes that are tailored for a woman’s body.

!--paging_filter--pThe taste of rejuvenation is quite literally in the air in Bellevue. German natives Annett and Matthias Riebe moved from Bavaria to Bellevue about two years ago to introduce the healing powers of salt therapy to the Northwest. Their Salt Mine Arium (Bellevue, 1850 130th Ave.

!--paging_filter--pAs “Psychic Bob” on Seattle’s long-running sketch comedy show emAlmost Live/em (which ran 1984–1999), cast member Bob Nelson played an ersatz prognosticator who could make only the most obvious predictions (“In 1998, Hooters will continue to attract a mostly male clientele”).

!--paging_filter--pstrongPersonal Chops: /strongWith a full plate as a freelance stylist for Nordstrom, emSeattle /emBride, emSeattle /emmag and a bevy of well-known local superstars, including Jinkx Monsoon, Hey Marseilles, The Maldives, Ray Dalton and man of the moment, Macklemore, Folks’ star is most definitely on the rise.

!--paging_filter--pTheir fingerprints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, the 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) who were selected as our Most Influential People of 2013 are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future.

If Paul Allen owns something like, say, a movie theater, you can bet that it’s going to be the best, most newfangled theater in all the land. Case in point: his 1960s-era, saved-from-demolition Cinerama in Belltown, which is slated to install the world’s first commercial digital laser projector in early 2014.

!--paging_filter--pstrongWHERE:/strong The Museum of Glass in Downtown Tacoma strongWHY:/strong For the rare exhibition Chihuly’s Irish Cylinders (10/26/13–9/1/14. Prices vary. Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.; a href="" target="_blank"

Redmond resident Sara Gardner always knew she was different. She graduated second in her high school class, but had very few friends. She was accepted into the National Honor Society and earned a New York State Regents scholarship, and yet was never invited to parties nor had a clue as to how she might attempt to be invited.

It's become kind of a healing ritual. With the arrival of fall, my wife and I head out to say hello to a national park. Last year, it was Glacier in northern Montana; before that, Wind Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This year, we went closer to home to Olympic on the peninsula. brbrThe idea is to escape, to go someplace beautiful and wild.

!--paging_filter--pSeattle sculptor and installation artist Todd Jannausch (a href="" target="_blank" has a new solo show, Callus, which runs 11/15–12/21 at Pioneer Square gallery Method (a href="" target="_blank"

!--paging_filter--pLongtime Seattleites remember it as a day of infamy: July 3, 2000, when the iconic neon R atop the Rainier Brewery was wrenched from its nearly-50-year perch and replaced with—egads—a neon green T, marking the building as the new home of Tully’s Coffee.

!--paging_filter--p10 ounces linguinebr 1 tablespoon olive oilbr 1/3 pound smoked pig jowl, dicedbr 1 small yellow onion, dicedbr 4–5 cloves garlic, mincedbr 1/2 large red bell pepper, dicedbr 1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakesbr 1/4 teaspoon semisweet (or sweet) smoked paprikabr salt, to tastebr 1/2 cup dry white winebr 2 dozen manila clamsbr 2 handfuls wild watercress, dandelion green

!--paging_filter--pYou’re in a trendy Seattle restaurant—or even a sleepy seaside café out in the boondocks, for that matter—and a steaming bowl of Manila clams arrives at your table. The clamshells are open, their succulent meat swimming in a broth of wine, garlic, parsley and perhaps some fennel. It’s the sort of simple yet amazingly fresh fare that the south of France is known for.

Kirkland-based children’s clothing designer Kate Quinn has teamed up with Zulily and Kenyan designer Siamanda Chege ( for With Love from Africa, a line of dresses, jumpsuits and separates for girls ages newborn to 5 years old, made by women in Kenya.

See the most recent "Best Restaurants" list here.

For about as long as wine has been made in Washington, there have been two predominent vessels for fermentation and aging: oak and stainless steel. But in recent years, influential wineries across the state have been experimenting with concrete. As concrete-raised wines—wines fermented and/or aged in concrete tanks—begin to hit the market, early experiments are yielding splendid results.

For Matthew Porter, 39, images hold incredible power. As a young boy struggling to learn to read, Porter was encouraged by an insightful tutor to draw the scenes as he listened to the stories read aloud, and he was captured by their magic. “I loved the escapism, to imagine different worlds and adventures,” says the North Seattle-based illustrator and author of eight books.