Roll with Robbie: Where to Eat in Seattle

Whenever I ask my husband Mark where he wants to eat for lunch, he inevitably says – “Let’s go to Robbie’s!” He’s referring to Robbie McGrath, the lunch time bartender ...

New Year’s Resolution: Continue Eating My Face Off

I’ve never made a New Year’s Resolution. It’s not that I  have anything against goal setting but I’ve never adhered to tradition or rituals: I eat soup for breakfast, I give ...

Hitchcock and Beacon, That’s What’s Up in Seattle’s Southend

I’m always taking flak from my friends who live in the Southend for infrequently making it out to lunch beyond Capitol Hill or Pioneer Square, but I’ve taken note and ...


Sorry For Your Loss Seattle

At approximately 12:02pm, my phone was vibrating so much in my pocket I thought I was having a butt seizure. The text messages (I received eight within a five minute window) went something like this: “Paseo closed?” “Paseo…..WTF” “What the F*** happened to Paseo?” “Where am I gonna get a Caribbean Bowl now?” To understand […]

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Seattle’s New Spots and Upcoming Events

Lately people have been asking me about my favorite spots in town. I know they’re waiting for me to spew out some secret new gem, one with an unassuming or downright crummy looking facade that’s only accessible via a non-descript hard to see door. When you open the door, it’s MAGIC. You’re greeted with low […]

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Portland City Guide

Is Portland really the young person’s utopia and where they go to retire? I dunno, but this piece from the New York Times explores the topic. Here’s an excerpt: “The city has nearly all the perks that economists suggest lead to a high quality of life — coastlines, mountains, mild winters and summers, restaurants, cultural […]

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Orcas Island is not in Puerto Rico

When I first moved to Seattle and people affectionately talked about the San Juan Islands, I wondered why so many Seattleites made weekend trips to a city in Puerto Rico. I’ve since learned the San Juans are located in the beautiful Evergreen State and  only a ~2 hour drive and a picturesque one hour ferry ride away. […]

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Leavenworth: Cheesy Bavarian Knockoff or Natural Wonder?

Let’s answer these questions immediately: Yes, and absolutely. Leavenworth is indeed a faux-German town with no real ties to Germany or German settlers. The rebranding of Leavenworth was the byproduct of a brilliant marketing scheme to boost Leavenworth’s depressed economy after the Great North Railroad moved its headquarters to Wenatchee. The gas station, bank and […]

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Fabriken Furillen: Luxury Lodging in a Swedish Mine

At first glance, Fabriken Furillen doesn’t strike you as a hotel. It looks more like a deserted mine than a luxury design hotel. That’s because it was a mine. As you start looking around, you quickly notice you’ve stumbled onto a luxury retreat quite unlike the standard luxury brands of a Ritz Carlton or  Four […]

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Stockholm: Eating Crayfish the Swedish Way in the Land of the Blondes

My friend Sam, who had a Swedish girlfriend in the 90s and made several trips out there to visit her, shared his thoughts with me on this Scandinavian country that’s roughly the size of California: “It’s an interesting culture over there. It’s hard to describe. Everything is neat in its box.” I chime in: “Like […]

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Barjot, Capitol Hill’s New Neighborhood Coffee Spot

The only thing missing when I lived on the corner of  Bellevue/East Thomas in Capitol Hill 12 years ago was that cozy neighborhood cafe; one that spends as much energy on the food menu as crafting the perfect espresso.   Cafe Barjot, that neighborhood spot I always wanted, is now here (unlike the swimming pool […]

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Walden, the Underground Wine Bar Located in a Pioneer Square Thai Restaurant

What happens when two trained lawyers with a background in library science and a sommelier open up a weekend wine bar pop-up in a Pioneer Square Thai restaurant? As a postcard I picked up on my international travels once read (with a rabbit eyeing a carrot), “I feel something good happen to me.” The pop-up, affectionately […]

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Montana, Home to Much More Than Just Frito Pies

I’m often lured by global vacation destinations, but my recent trip to Montana reminds me there is much to be desired within the good ol US of A. An hour flight from Seattle into the quaint airport of Kalispell (where the bathroom, rental car and baggage claim are all within 100 feet) followed by a […]

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