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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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Sound Food: Vashon Island Scores a New Dining Experience

Willows Inn at Lummi Island isn’t the only game in town when you’re looking for an island dinner adventure.  In the past 13 years as a Seattleite, I’ve visited Vashon Island a handful of times to bike around the island (40 miles, one loop), get my hands on some fish tacos at Zamorana, spend an […]

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French Beach: Beyond Victoria, BC

The easiest way to get to Victoria, BC  from Seattle is the Clipper, a three hour passenger only ferry departing from Pier 69. When I have a little extra time, I much prefer hopping on the good ol’ MV Coho from Port Angeles. I always find this car ferry more enjoyable; here are some reasons why: […]

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Razor Clamming 101

I have friends who have gone razor clam digging, even bringing along their kids and their dogs, so it can’t be too difficult, right? I’ve seen pictures of people strewn on the beach searching for shellfish with the same intensity as panning for gold so I figure it’s gotta be rewarding. So when I recently […]

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Exploring Japan: Bunnies, Falcons, Hot Springs, and Tsunami Aftermath

Yasuhiko Konno, owner of the 200 year old Suisen sake brewery, has always paid close attention to the water near his home and brewery in the Iwate prefecture of Northeast Japan. Water quality is one of the critical inputs to high quality sake, and Mr. Konno has spent most of his life honing his brewing […]

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Fremont “Upstairs” Has Arrived

When do you know a neighborhood has “made” it? I polled a few people and the answers vary: ” When it’s got a bar, convenience store, and a greasy diner all within a few hundred yards. ” “When all the lawns look nice and people don’t litter them with Miller beer cans.” “When parking becomes […]

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Port Townsend: The All-Weather Weekend Getaway

I’ve heard Port Townsend referred to as the Paris of the Pacific Northwest. Now, that may be an overreach, but after spending a few days in this charming Victorian-era town on the Olympic Peninsula, I can see why Seattleites tout Port Townsend as the perfect year-round weekend destination spot. With an extensive network of biking and […]

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San Francisco: Primer on Rolling Casual

There are so many outstanding places to eat in San Francisco that in order to keep myself from getting overwhelmed by all the choices, I choose a theme, then planning commences from there. Previous themes that have served me well: Street food, Mission District dining, Michelin-starred restaurants. This time, with the exception of a side […]

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Part 1 of 2: Victoria, BC a.k.a. “Portland North”

I’ve been hearing rumors Victoria is undergoing a bit of a culinary/coffee/craft brewing renaissance.  I set out on a long weekend to determine if Victoria is more than that cute little town on Vancouver island only worthy of a day long visit to walk around the inner harbor, hit up Butchart Gardens and high tea […]

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