September 2013

Where to Shop Now

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!--paging_filter--pEven interior designers can be surprised when it comes to home design. For instance, I continue to be amazed by how often the very basic element of flooring is routinely overlooked.

Northwest sushi pioneer Shiro Kashiba livens up the ferry ride to Bainbridge Island by talking about his memoir, Shiro, as part of Kitsap Regional Library's new on-board Ferry Tales program. Upon landing, take the 10-minute walk to Intentional Table in Winslow for a sushi tasting directed by Shiro himself. Ferry departs Seattle at 3 p.m. on September 28.

For Ruri Yampolsky, 1 measly percent means the difference between bland urban terrain and a cityscape that sparks creativity.

Witness the Hitchcockian spectacle of 20,000 Vaux’s swifts dive-bombing down a narrow chimney as they make a temporary roost in Monroe before heading to points south. While the show can last as long as a few weeks, Swift Night Out brings bird lovers together with food and drink to witness this crazy natural phenomenon and send our feathered friends off in style. 5 p.m.–dark. Free.

Not since 2001, when the Mariners turned western Washington into Brigadoon, has Seattle been this jazzed. Expectations for the 2013 Seahawks are so giddily off the charts that Russell Wilson will be elected mayor of Seattle as soon as he authorizes the write-in campaign. Last year, Wilson proved that he’s the real deal among NFL quarterbacks.

Jim Willett has never smoked pot.

His teenage sons think he’s a square. A former Navy pilot, he spent a year doing drug interdiction flights along the Washington coast, checking for ships carrying bales of marijuana. For the graying retiree, voting against the state’s legalization of recreational weed (Initiative 502) was pretty much a given.

Seattle artists of all stripes are creating the most exciting and artful 5K ever experienced for the third annual NEPO art walk on Saturday, September 7. Follow silly and sublime installations and performances wending from Hing Hay Park through the Chinatown–International District and up to NEPO House on Beacon Hill, where finishers are rewarded with music by the local band Pollens.

As the residents of the West Seattle Nickelsville encampment pack up their sleeping bags and tents this month, homelessness in Seattle gets a rare close-up.

Born and raised in Seattle, Roger Shimomura has been living in the Midwest for the last 40 years, but says he is still regularly asked what part of Japan he’s from and how long he’s been in the U.S.

You might not consider Mercer Island a go-to spot for kids’ shoes, but you’d be missing out on Hennie McPennie. Opened last January by John and Theresa Keith, former telecom execs, the shop is a result of three years of footwear research, with the goal of providing high-quality footwear to the island’s smallest residents.

When the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle closed The Giving Tree wooden toy workshop four years ago, Leslie Conti and Urs Berger, owners of Eurostyle Your Life, then in Fremont, decided to buy the business, tools and all, and move into its prime South Lake Union location on Westlake Avenue.

People have been “doing the Puyallup” since 1900, and though this year the name has been changed to the more staid Washington State Fair (, more than 1 million visitors are expected to attend the rural extravaganza of blue-ribbon food, breathtaking rides and rodeo broncs.

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“We’re Mercer Island’s best-kept secret,” said the guy behind the counter at Freshy’s Seafood Market’s little walk-up window on the west side of Mercer Island (2411 76th Ave. SE; 206.232.3028; Facebook: “Freshy’s Seafood Market”).

Opened by Keisuke Kobayashi last November in the space that once housed Joule (before Joule moved to the Fremont Collective), 4649 is sparsely decorated, modern and well lit, with a menu focusing on the traditional foods of Hokkaido, the large northern Japanese island from which the chef hails.

Owners Dave Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse, two Seattle nightlife titans (Lajeunesse is co-owner of Neumos and the Capitol Hill Block Party; Meinert’s management company oversees bands such as Blue Scholars and Hey Marseilles), did a bang-up job turning the notorious former locale of Basic Plumbi

For a classic take on CAPRESE SALAD, head straight to CAFE FLORA, where Billy’s Organic Farm heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and a vibrant mix of lemon and Italian basil from Local Roots Farm are combined for a supreme summer salad. $10.

From the portholes in the front door to the fishing nets and floats, it’s obvious Anchors Down (Ballard, 2016 NW Market St.; 206.789.1396; Facebook: “Anchors Down”) is dedicated to its theme.

WHERE: Downtown Portland, Oregon WHY: For the second annual Feast Portland (9/19–9/22. $10 for speaker presentations [all ages]; $45–$175 for demos and tastings, 21 and older only.

COFFEE DATE: Visual artist Diem Chau (, known for the tiny likenesses she carves into Crayola crayons, and whose show of new work at G. Gibson Gallery runs 8/30–10/5 (

Seattle’s own Gala Bent paints and draws tiny, otherworldly, watercolor scenes in The Ether and the Mantle, a show of intriguing new work. 8/30–10/5. Times vary. Free. G. Gibson Gallery.

Having nothing better to do on Mount Olympus, the Greek muse Clio descends to 1980s Venice Beach in the form of an Australian roller girl to help a struggling artist open a roller disco. (Like you do.) A surprise hit on Broadway, Xanadu skates into Issaquah’s Village Theatre, promising high camp and big laughs. 9/12–10/20. Times and prices vary.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST The theme of this year’s Seattle Design Festival is “Design in Health”—which, thankfully, has been interpreted loosely for the featured film screenings. The lineup includes recent documentaries on such diverse topics as a 1960s commune, a wind-powered home and the first park built exclusively for parkour.

A CAPPELLA  Experimental vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth earns automatic points for its excellent name. In addition, the group combines Tuvan throat singing with yodeling and pop-style belting, and one of the members is composer Caroline Shaw, who took home the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music. We call that a win-win-win. 9/19. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Town Hall.

Choreographers always seem to see life from a different angle, and that’s nowhere more apparent than in this fall’s lineup of dance performances. In Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s “Emergence” (11/8–11/17.

The best part about art—be it a painting, dance, play, book, film or rock show—is that it has the power to change your perspective, maybe on something small, such as earthworm mating rituals, or maybe something conceptually huge, such as what sort of bodies make for excellent dancers. Free your mind and let the season’s wave of arts offerings wash over you.

As Ivar’s marks 75 strange and successful years bringing seafood, marketing mania and fishy wordplay to Seattle, we reel in a few delicious bits of trivia (do you know which one isn't quite true?) from the just released Ivar’s Seafood Cookbook: The O-fish-al Guide to Cooking the Northwest Catch (Sasqu

While clothes can make the woman, it’s what’s underneath that can make her feel great.

Aromatherapy is a proven component of feeling good, as is self-pampering in the form of scented soaps, fragrant lotions and soothing candles. Ted Kennedy Watson has been a purveyor of such simple extravagances since he opened his first store, Watson Kennedy Fine Living, near Pike Place Market in 1998.

This month, Gray Matters takes up the subject of gray areas. Seattle is a tidy city for the most part, without the huge slums and decay of some older cities. But for all our Scando-Asian embrace of neatness, it is not so much our sense of order that defines us but rather along our messy edges, where creativity flourishes, trends are set, and necessity becomes the mother of invention.

Wide open and airy, teensy Chico Madrid is such a happy place that it’s hard to know where to begin. With the tuna bocadillo on Columbia City ficelle (like baguettes, but narrower; $8), with its singing high notes of preserved lemon and its creamy house-made aioli? Or the sangria ($6), punchy, citrusy and just right, served over ice in a pint glass?

There are two broad schools of thought when it comes to modern cookery. On the one hand are the modernist cooks, whose use of molecular gastronomy techniques and equipment—immersion circulators, sous vide machines, agar-agar and so on—can make diners feel like they’ve been rocketed into outer space. That plate dotted with what looks like blackberry jam?

Discovering a new (to you) shop is like being a tourist in your own city. The excitement that comes from finding a store that has gone undetected by your retail radar means that a whole world of wardrobe possibilities is ripe for the buying.

Whether you’re into brand-new, modern style or love the heavy patina of vintage pieces, Seattle and its environs have plenty of stores to help kit out your pad.

Dance performances are often loosely described as “entrancing,” the word implying something akin to “compelling.” But viewers watching the work of Seattle choreographer Kate Wallich often actually feel as if they are going into a trance. “I hear that a lot,” says Wallich, 24.

1 cup celery root, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup parsnip, cut into rounds and half-rounds
1 loose cup salt pork, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 leek, white part only, diced
1 lb wild mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup mascarpone
1 tbsp butter
1 cup shredded chard
1 tbsp fresh thyme
fresh nutmeg

The golden chanterelle just may be the favorite foraged food of Pacific Northwesterners. Our forests are loaded with chanterelles, and even the indoors crowd is motivated to get outside and stray from the safety of marked trails in search of this signature delicacy.

Writer Peter Mountford has a bone to pick with American literature. The Ballard-based father of two young girls, whose debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, won the 2012 Washington State Book Award, is baffled by the fact that one subject remains taboo in fiction writing: money.

You could say Lacey Leavitt is OK with getting hit from all angles—especially since the shy and steady Ballard-based filmmaker has spent time as a local roller derby skater for the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds and Rat City Rollergirls.

Klara Glosova makes ceramic sculptures that look like tube socks. She flattens clay with a rolling pin from her kitchen, cuts it into sock shapes and fires it in the kiln in the basement studio of her Beacon Hill home, then precisely paints the forms in colors that look straight off a soccer field.

On a sweltering day in June, Jerick Hoffer is carefully stretching a second pair of nude-colored dance tights from his toes up to his waist. The Portland-raised, First Hill–based drag performer customarily wears four pairs of these thick pantyhose on stage, plus a couple of Spanx undergarments to make his form more feminine.

Gin and Tonic
A perfect G&T on the veranda as the sun sinks is a true pleasure. But to get there, you need four things: good ice, good tonic, good gin and a fresh, ripe lime.
Ice cubes, you need decently sized ice cubes here, not cracked or tiny things

It’s summertime, and that means families are busier than ever. When you don’t have time to cook, take the family to dinner at these kid- and parent-pleasing restaurants.


Red Mountain is full of interesting sights. Like movie-star-handsome Christophe Hedges, stripped to the waist, heaving huge stones into their proper place at the French country farmhouse he’s building near his family’s winery, Hedges Family Estate. The stone house already looks ancient, like it grew organically from the rocky soil.

Baby & Co.
Owner Jill Donnelly shows no mercy at her annual summer sale, slashing prices by as much as 30 to 70 percent off retail and filling baskets with $25 and $50 scores.

Barneys New York

Sure, jeans can be expensive, but finding a pair that fits well is worth its weight in gold. Beyond that, having a good experience while shopping for jeans is priceless.

Ever since the tweaks in the liquor laws made distilling in Washington state legal, we’ve seen a pretty wide assortment of spirit and liqueur selections become available. But the highest concentration has been of gin and vodka. The latter is understandable—vodka is the most basic of spirits and can be made easily from pretty much everything. Gin, though, is a bit more peculiar.

This light-filled 2-year-old shop on Main Street in Old Bellevue is a one-stop shop for the modern family.