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  • Q+A with Megan Sevcik of Honey Skin Spa 10.04.16



    Meet Megan Sevcik owner of Honey Skin Spa in Madison Valley! Honey offers the best in local skin care with organic, plant-based products and is the only spa in the state with the ECHO II Oxygen treatment, which infuses the skin with pure oxygen, enzymes and vitamins to revitalize and repair. Learn more about Honey below and book an unforgettable facial today!

    Why did you choose to open Honey Skin Spa in Madison Valley?

    I was specifically looking for a neighborhood with a close-knit community. I first discovered the neighborhood through City People’s and it was my dream to open a business here. It reminds me of an upscale but quaint European village, and I love that all of the shops and business here are independently owned, many by local women, which was a big draw for me.

    What do you love about the neighborhood?

    I love all of the restaurants and shops, especially Jarbo and Alice!! I spent most of my first year getting to know other business owners and participating in community events organized by the extraordinary Lindy Wishard! Madison Valley is a really supportive and caring community and the business owners are so kind and generous. Annie at Annie Fischer Hair Salon is a dear friend and mentor to me. Madison Valley has everything within walking distance; once you are here you don’t need a car to get around. It’s perfect!

    What sets Honey Skin Spa apart from other skin spas?

    It is really the amount of love, time and compassion that we put into everything we do. We have the same clients as we did when we opened five years ago because they feel cared for, comfortable and a part of the Honey family. There is nothing we won’t do for our clients. We stay late, come in early, help them with a plan for aftercare, we have dropped products off at their homes, whatever they need and whatever it takes!

    We always strive for exceptional service and intentionally do not overbook our appointments so that nobody is rushed and we can spend as much time as needed with guests. Skin is your largest organ and it’s connected to so many other functions of the body. We take great care in learning about each guests lifestyle and skin goals, and we make recommendations for supplements, eating, products and more based on this and their needs.

    We also built Honey using the highest quality design and products, from the paint on our walls to the skin care products in our services, to the heated beds in our treatment rooms; all to create a beautiful, tranquil setting.

    Honey has been known to be the best-kept secret in skin care, why do guests say this?

    Our clients say to us all the time that they don’t want to tell people about Honey because they are afraid of us getting too busy and overbooked. Which makes us laugh and we assure them that they will always be able to get in with us!

    Our clients trust us so much and know that we have their best interest at heart. I give them the same caring and advice that I give to my mom and sisters.

    There is also no pressure at Honey, we don’t answer to a corporate office with sales goals or tactic to book appointments back to back. I didn’t want anyone telling me which products to sell and how fast to get through services. These are some of the reasons that I wanted to open my own spa with my own culture and values. We simply want to help people achieve their best skin ever and want everyone to leave feeling like they had the best facial of their life.

    Tell us about your signature Illuminating Oxygen Facial and why it’s so effective?

    Our Oxygen Treatment brings all of the inflammation down to create healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. Creating great skin is all about controlling inflammation, when you are not inflamed your skin doesn’t age, it’s happy. It might sound too good to be true but its why our guests come back again and again for this treatment, as they can see and feel the differences right away.

    Nothing we do is superficial; everything has a purpose that changes the way your cells behave in your dermis, which controls all of your cell metabolic functions. This is how skin is improved and regains its natural glow and luster.

    Our new LED Therapy Facial also offers some amazing benefits using gentle, non-toxic LED red and blue lights that penetrate the skin to repair and heal a variety of issues like killing acne bacteria, minimizing fine lines, repairing scarring, sun damage, and more.

    Honey is going to be adding microneedling to our services this October, so stay tuned for more details at www.honeyskinspa.com!

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  • Dining options in Seattle add another degree to summer 05.03.16

    Summer is fast approaching and restaurants are busy preparing their patios, creating delicious menus with seasonal summer ingredients and making innovative beverages. The vast multitude of outdoor dining options around Seattle means locals can enjoy the summer sun, from a light snack to a sunset dinner.

     

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    Agrodolce

    Experience a taste of Italy while relaxing and absorbing Seattle’s summer sun on the beautiful and casual patio at Agrodolce. Based in Freemont, the restaurant re-creates Italy’s coastal cuisine with the best organic ingredients in the area.

     

    The menu at Agrodolce comprises of many beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with exciting colors and presentations that scream summer. Some summer-inspired beverages include: Campari & Soda, Aperol Spritz and Vodka Dolce.

     

    Guests at Agrodolce can also enjoy a happy hour menu starting at $4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily that includes Mini Lamb Burger & Polenta Fries, Vegetable Fritto Misto and the Antipasti Plate.

     

    For reservations visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th St., Seattle.

     

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    Golden Beetle

    Drawing from Turkey, Israel and Egypt, Golden Beetle is the perfect place to explore the wonders of the Mediterranean during the summer months, while relaxing in the shade or enjoying the sun on the restaurant’s newly refinished patio.

     

    Golden Beetle’s delicious seasonal cocktails are fashioned with house made bitters, tinctures, sodas, garnishes and infusions to create unique flavors. Notable cocktails and beverages include the Paradiso Cooler, The Duneagle and the Rosemary Margarita. There are also non-alcoholic options including the House-made Orange Vanilla Chamomile Soda.

     

    Golden Beetle is well known for happy hour, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Starting at $3, options include Spicy Hummus & Pita Chips, long-time guest favorite Savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew or light, fresh and spicy Carrot and Kale Salad.

     

    For more information, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St., Seattle.

     

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    Tilth

    Be treated like family, savor the summer weather and dine on New American cuisine on the garden patio at Tilth. With 8 wooden tables and rows of greenery, the patio is the perfect place to enjoy brunch, a cocktail, or dinner on a beautiful summer night. There is also an indoor sunroom for those seeking the view of the outdoors with the comfort of an indoor atmosphere.

     

    The restaurant takes pride in the beverages it serves. Cocktails include Limonada Romero, Ernest on the Beach and Bonny Prince Charming. The seasonal dinner menu, starting at $9, includes House Made Gnocchi, Skagit River Ranch Pork Loin and Pan Seared Weathervane Scallop

     

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N. 45th St., Seattle.

     

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    Altstadt

    Experience German culture, history and cuisine during the summer at Altstadt, located in Pioneer Square. While the indoor bierhalle has plenty of seating, the sidewalk patio fronting 1st Avenue promises great people watching, especially on game days just steps from the stadiums.

     

    The restaurant serves a range of German dishes created with a Northwest pantry, including happy hour items starting at $5. Served 3-6 p.m. daily, except game days, guests can enjoy Obazta, a camembert and cream cheese ball, or a Brat slider served on a pretzel bun, both house-made.

     

    Cocktails are enjoyed in Seattle and at Altstadt, it’s no exception. While beer is the big draw, cocktails such as Französisch (Bertina elderflower liqueur, gin, grapefruit, Maisel & Friends Pale Ale) and Rhabarber Collins (Blanco tequila, lime, agave and rhubarb) won’t disappoint.

     

    For more information, visit altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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    Volterra

    Guests will be transported from Ballard to the beautiful Tuscan sun on the patio at Volterra. Noted for its relaxing garden-like appeal, it’s the perfect place to enjoy house-made Italian cuisine.

     

    The Tuscan-inspired menu puts together a combination of imported and local ingredients that create a variety of unique and seasonal dishes. It includes a number of excellent summer-inspired beverages including Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop, Grapefruit Negroni #2 and Clementine Sparkle.

     

    Volterra’s happy hour menu starting at $4, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends includes Pan Seared Scallop, Polenta and Wild Mushroom and Super Smoked Chicken Wings.

     

    Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Ave. NW., Seattle. Reservations can be made at volterraballard.com or by calling 206.789.5100.

     

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Boasting amazing views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Boathouse and Café is the place to be during the summer.

     

    Ray’s Café features a large outdoor patio where guests can enjoy the warm weather and the view, while dining on seasonal dishes and drinking a selection of summer-inspired cocktails, and 20 microbrews on tap. Other notable beverages include the non-alcoholic Sunset Cooler, and fruity cocktails such as the Rosemary Grapefruit Drop and White Peach Cosmo.

     

    Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, with dishes starting at $5, include Penn Cove Mussels Marinara, Salmon Sliders and Blackened Ahi Tostada.

     

    Downstairs in the Boathouse, take in stunning floor to ceiling views of the Sound, sip on handcrafted cocktails like the Champs-Élysées and Jungle Bird, as well as an excellent local wine list. Guests can compliment their beverage with seasonal items on the Boathouse happy hour menu from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. including Little Skookum Clam Dip, Steamed Manila Clams and Puget Sound Mediterranean Mussels, starting at $7.

     

    For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle.

     

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events

    The large sidewalk patio at Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events in Belltown is the perfect place to enjoy Seattle’s sun while consuming excellent dishes like house-made sausages or drinking a cold one from their 66 taps. The patio features large roll-up doors around the perimeter of the restaurant, bringing the outdoors in for those sitting inside. Guests can also make use of the patio’s overhang and relax in some shade.

     

    Bell + Whete serves brunch and dinner as well as a seasonal happy hour outdoors. Happy hour, starting at $4 and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. includes options like Red Harissa Mussels, House Ground Steak Burger and Cod Brandade. Guests can compliment their meal with the restaurant’s vast selection of beverages such as whiskey, fine gins and seasonal cocktails. Notable summer cocktails include Fresa Diabla, Rose Royale and Lady Eleanor.

     

    Reservations can be made at bellandwhete.com or by calling 206.538.0180. Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is located at 200 Bell St, Seattle

     

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    Cafe Flora

    Seattle’s best vegetarian restaurant offers delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus to enjoy al fresco in the summer months. Guests can dine while sitting in Cafe Flora’s outdoor patio, located in a quant and welcoming garden. The patio features outdoor lights, an herb garden and more that Cafe Flora plants and harvests for their summer menus.

     

    Meals can be complimented with an assortment of beverages like local wine, beer and cider, as well as seasonal cocktails like Flower Child, Oxacan Sand and house-made Fizzes with seasonal summer fruits and herbs.

     

    Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle. Visit cafeflora.com for more information.

     

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    Local 360 Café & Bar

    At Local 360 Café & Bar, downtown diners can enjoy food and beverages made from ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Their sidewalk patio provides a front row seat to First Avenue and Bell Street, just blocks from Pike Place Market. While relaxing in the sun, diners can enjoy the most comprehensive, locally sourced spirits collection in Washington State, local beer, wine and seasonal cocktails with names highlighting the city. Notable cocktails include Seattle’s Seasonal Shrub, Sage in the City and Jet Stream.

     

    Guests can have lunch, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch on the patio. Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily includes Oysters on the Half Shell for $1 each, Poutine with Lamb Neck Gravy, Chilled Beets and Bacon Deviled Eggs.

     

    Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Ave., Seattle. Reservations can be made at local360.org or by calling 206.441.9460.

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  • Bell + Whete Launches Stein Society! 08.07.15

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    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge in Belltown has just launched a beer club called Stein Society! Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or just a loving fan of the sudsy brew and want to be apart of a beer-loving community, Bell + Whete invites you to join the Stein Society.

    Bell + Whete offers 60+ local and international beers on tap as well as hard to find bottled beers. Stein Society opens the door for local beer fans, connoisseurs and novices to get together to talk beer, share a mug, and learn more about new, interesting and international beers. By joining, you will be the first to try new varieties, discover old favorites and explore up and coming beer trends.

    Receive a personalized stein with your name, $1 off all beers, special event invites, and more when you sign up!

    Membership Details
    Pay a one-time fee of $49.99 and receive:

    – Personalized 17oz. stein with  name and mug number printed on it. Bell + Whete will store steins safely inside the bar for you to use and enjoy every time you come in.
    – $1 off any beer purchase using the mug.
    – First rights to Bell + Whete events and promotions.
    – Special Stein Society parties.
    – Exclusive brewmaster dinners.
    – Discounts on regular Bell + Whete beer events + dinners.
    – First tastes of unique and/or new beers.

    Full membership details online here.

    Membership is limited to the first 75 members so make sure to stop by Bell + Whete to secure yours! Located at 200 Bell Street in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Visit today and follow along on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to learn more!

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  • New Year, New You! Pure Barre Burn ’15 12.31.14


    The New Year is about setting personal goals in life, career, relationships and of course health and wellness. Do your body a favor in 2015 and sign up for Pure Barre’s New Year Challenge to keep you on track with developing positive health and fitness habits in 2015. Pure Barre’s community of teachers will motivate and inspire you to reach your goals!

    Participate in Pure Barre’s “Pure Burn ’15” challenge and complete 50 classes in 60 days. Classes are suited for people of all ages and fitness levels. Pure Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates, and weights into a high-energy, low-impact total body workout that targets hard-to-tone areas like thighs, abs, arms and seat.

    What’s the reward for completing the challenge? A stronger, fitter, more flexible you! As well as a Pure Barre 10 class punch card. If that’s not enough motivation, throughout the challenge you will have access to numerous in-studio health & wellness workshops and 15% off Jujubeet’s fresh pressed juices and salads.**

    Challengers must sign up by Tuesday, January 6 and the challenge begins January 10. Email seattle@purebarre.com to sign up. Challenge offered at Pure Barre Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Green Lake, Queen Anne, Redmond and University District.

    Challenge Events:
    Jan 11th: Holistic Goal Setting Workshop w/ Camille Paterson
    Jan 24th: 90 Min Total Body Burn Intensive w/ Sami
    Jan 25th: 90 Min Total Body Burn Intensive w/ Sami
    Feb 7th: Acupuncture w/ Ben
    Feb 13th: Bring on the Men
    Feb 14th: Love Your Body Event
    Feb 21st: Eating for Balanced Hormones w/ Wellbelly
    Feb 28th: Foam Rolling and Recovery w/ Trilogy Chiropractic
    March 7th: Lifted Seat Intensive w/ Sami
    March 7th: Clean Eating and Book Signing w/ Sarah Adler
    March 8th: Lifted Seat Intensive w/ Sami
    March 8th: Clean Eating & Book Signing w/ Sarah Adler

    **15% off 3 day cleanses, 15% off 5 punch card for juice+salad combo, 15% off 10 punch card for smoothies at Jujubeet.

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  • Holiday Gift Packages from Shanik + Fonté Coffee! 11.25.14

    It’s time for holiday shopping and gifting! Save time and impress your loved ones with unique, local gift sets, pre-prepackaged for you. Shanik Restaurant and Fonté Coffee Roaster have the perfect gift packages for family and friends this holiday season.

    Short on time? Gift cards are also available at the following restaurants and retailers! Local 360 Cafe & Bar, Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge, Cafe Flora, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, Pure Barre Seattle & Eastside, and Diaper Stork.

    Fonté Coffee Roaster Holiday Blend + Coffee Mug



    Fonté Coffee Roaster is gearing up for the holidays with a new blend and an opportunity to give back to children in the community. This year marks the 22nd annual Fonté Holiday Blend and the micro-roaster will once again donate all profits from the sale of Holiday Blend to the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.

    The Holiday Blend is a roasted combination of a honey process Sumatra, semi-washed El Salvador, and fully washed Sulawesi. It is heavy bodied with notes of candied fruit, bright apple and mango and long lean chocolate finish. Purchase the blend as a gift package complete with a 12oz bag and a sleek, black Fonté Kleen Kanteen for only $35. The Holiday Blend gift package is available for purchase online or at Fonté Café, located at 1321 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.

    All profits from the sale of Fonté’s Holiday Blend will be donated to Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s nutrition programs. It is their mission to make quality child care and family support accessible to families of all income levels. PMCCP’s on-site nutrition program meets more than 70% of the student’s daily nutritional needs providing breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks. All meals are cooked on-site, from scratch, with whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. Learn more about their program here.

    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set with Turkish Wine
    Spice it up this holiday season and gift family and friends the opportunity to cook with Shanik’s housemade spices, drink fine Turkish wine, and serve up a delicious, healthy side dish.

    Chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik is combining three special items for Shanik’s holiday gift package this year: a Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and a Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a staple in every Indian household. Shanik hand-sifts, roasts, and grinds the spices in-house. The traditional spice set includes Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    Meeru is excited to include a special Turkish wine with her gift sets this year: a 2011 Diren Karmena Red Blend. The Karmena Red blend consists of five different grapes, indigenous to Turkey and international variety. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot make up the balanced and delicious Red Blend, giving it body, spiciness and supple character.

    Rounding out the package is an exceptional recipe from Shanik’s kitchen, Cauliflower Potato Purée. The recipe is a perfect substitute for rice, bread, or plain mashed potatoes. Shanik serves its Cauliflower Potato Purée with many of their grilled or seared meats.

    The complete gift package with Masala Dhaba spice set, Diren Karmena Red Blend wine, and Cauliflower Potato Purée recipe is $50, and is available at Shanik’s Market, next door to the restaurant. Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

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  • Book Your 2014 Holiday Party! 11.20.14

    With December just around the corner it’s the perfect time to start booking your holiday parties! Seattle’s best restaurants and caterers are ready to host you and your crew this holiday season and each offers a plethora of dining, beverage and set up options. Whether you’re planning a casual or formal work party, family event, or fun get-together with friends, we have the perfect fit for you. Read on for inspiration and book today!

    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge



    Bell + Whete, Belltown’s best new restaurant and lounge, has a large, yet intimate event space that can seat parties of up to 45 guests (50 reception style). Their private dining room is secluded and offers an intimate setting for family, friends, and coworkers. Rent the venue for your holiday party and Bell + Whete’s event specialist will work with you to create a custom menu, a la carte options, and special drink menus to ensure your party is a success.

    Bell + Whete’s expansive bar has nearly seventy international beers and ciders on tap, bottled beer, wines, and an extensive gin and whiskey inventory. Choose beverage options for your group, from a specific cocktail list, open bar, or signature drinks.

    To learn more or to book your event at Bell + Whete contact Heather Chambers at reservations@bellandwhete.com or visit bellandwhete.com/private-dining.

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    The Loft

    The Loft is a private event room located above the restaurant and is perfect for family style dining or intimate dinner parties. Your guests are sure to love the space, complete with its own private bar and communal table with seating up to 30.

    The Chef’s Table

    Local 360’s Chef’s Table is like having your own private restaurant. The large, spacious room, adorned with farmhouse elegance, is complete with a private kitchen, bar, and country farm table, seating up to parties of 55 guests (70 as a reception space). Specialty menus, a la carte options, or all-inclusive creations are available. Feel right at home during the holidays in their charming, country-style accommodation.

    To book your event at either of Local 360’s private spaces, visit local360.org/private-dining.

    Fonté Cafe



    Fonté Café’s beautifully appointed downtown Seattle cafe and outstanding menu by Executive Chef Kristofer Kalinczok provide the perfect setting for an exclusive holiday party. Event formats include small, intimate get-togethers, traditional cocktail parties, formal coursed seated dinners, thematic cooking classes, wine-pairing activities, and even pig roasts! The options are endless and Fonté will accommodate your out-of-the-box ideas.

    Fonté Café’s world-class wine list, craft cocktails, and master-roasted coffees are available for all events. For top-quality sips and dining, consider Fonté for your holiday party. For more information on booking events call Travis Ulrich, 206.777.6193, and visit cafefonte.com.

    Blue Ribbon Cooking



    Blue Ribbon Cooking on Lake Union provides companies, friends, groups and families a unique and exciting array of holiday party experiences. Book an Iron Chef cooking competition and compete in teams to create the best dishes of the night, then sit down at a lakeside table to enjoy a meal together while watching the Christmas ships. Or book a Cooking For A Cause event and prepare a meal for a local shelter that Blue Ribbon delivers while guests sit down to dinner. Blue Ribbon also caters any event big or small and prepares custom, seasonal menus, cocktail competitions and more at their waterfront venue on Lake Union, or at a venue or home of the guest’s choice!

    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Avenue E. Seattle, 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Auburn, as well as provide offsite catering. Call 206.328.2442 or visit blueribboncooking.com to book an event.

    Cafe Flora



    Mix it up this holiday season and take family and friends out for an evening of hearty, seasonally sourced vegetarian and vegan dining. Cafe Flora‘s diverse Madison Valley restaurant provides the perfect, elegant setting for small or large parties. The atrium, garden room, and main dining room provide beautiful event spaces for seating ranging from 30 guests up to 125.

    Book your holiday event at Cafe Flora and their team will create a menu just for you, and customize special wine and cocktail pairings to accompany your meal. Dishes can be served in a variety of ways including plated dinners, family-style or buffet.Contact Cafe Flora’s event manager, stephanie@cafeflora.com, to learn more.

    Shanik



    If you are hosting your own holiday party at a local venue or at home, consider Shanik’s Indian catering for your event! Your whole group will enjoy delicious, flavorful Indian dishes hot and fresh from the market. Shanik is famous for their modern, Indian comfort food with popular dishes such as their mouth-watering lamb popsicles. Now you can enjoy Shanik in the luxury of your own home or event location.

    Shanik can accommodate takeout orders for up to 50 people. Orders are customizable within the limits of their menu. Call at least two days in advance, 206.486.6884.

    Golden Beetle



    Golden Beetle offers catering from James Beard award-winning Chef Maria Hines! Enjoy fresh, organic Mediterranean cuisine available for large-group take-out orders, or cooked in the comfort of your own home. If you’re hosting a private sit-down dinner, Golden Beetle will provide service staff and delicious food for parties up to 12 people. For larger holiday parties, Golden Beetle can provide hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 guests.

    From fresh dips and wood fired flat bread to braised goat tagine, let Golden Beetle cater your holiday event and enjoy the cozy, warm spices Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has to offer! Contact Skye at skye@golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977 for more information.

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  • Pure Barre Gives Back to Local Non-Profits! 09.04.14



    Pure Barre is hosting its first Pure Give Challenge! Now through September 22, Pure Barre locations across the nation are competing to raise the most funds for their chosen local charities. Help Pure Barre give back to the community and experience a beloved local workout by attending one of the Pure Give events!

    Throughout the month of the September, Seattle and Bellevue Pure Barre locations will host Pure Give Challenge events including happy hours at Manhattan and NY Pizza, themed donation classes, and more!

    Enjoy every last moment the Seattle summer sun has to offer and attend Pure Barre in the Park Sunday, September 14 at 1 p.m., to experience a full-body toning workout outdoors! Join Pure Barre owner and legendary instructor Sami Sweeney for a special workout outside at beautiful Green Lake Park.

    Do you love a good theme party? Pull out your favorite 90’s gear and attend Pure Barre’s 90’s themed class on Friday, September 19 at any of their five area Pure Barre locations. Class starts at 5:30 p.m.

    Donation classes are a minimum $10 donation with every dollar going directly to the charity of each studio’s choice. Pure Barre Seattle locations, including Capitol Hill, Green Lake, and University, are raising funds for Lifelong Aids Alliance of Seattle, while Pure Barre Bellevue is donating funds to Circle of Hope Guild. The best part? Pure Barre corporate will match the donations of the top three fundraising studios!

    Participate in the Pure Give challenge and not only will you experience an amazing workout, but more importantly you’ll give back to your community. Click here for more information about the Pure Give Challenge and check out the calendar below for local Pure Give events this September!

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  • It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Best Happy Hours in Seattle! 07.30.14

    Finally, the Seattle sun is out and there is no better time to catch up with friends or unwind after a long day of work than by enjoying a warm Seattle evening. Seattle is a haven for great happy hours and delectable bites, but which direction should you head next time you’re looking for those worthwhile deals? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summertime spots to enjoy delicious eats and a refreshing sip… or two!

    Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora, voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2014” by Seattle Magazine and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the US” by Travel + Leisure, offers beverage specials Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy a local draft beer for only $3, or selected Washington wine or rotating craft cocktail specials for $6. Pair your drink with small plates or entrees off the dinner menu. Favorite late summer dishes include heirloom tomato panzanella salad, grilled focaccia, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach, grilled sweet corn, cucumbers, red onion, fresh mozzarella, dill vinaigrette; plum pistachio pizza, pistachio pesto, plums, ricotta cheese, fresh arugula; pate platter, with lentil-pecan pate, red onion confit, olives, pickles, croccantini, fresh fruit; and zucchini fritters, with parmesan cheese and chives.

    Fonté Café

    Just getting off work downtown? Head over to Fonté Café on First Avenue any day from 3-6 p.m. to enjoy their latest happy hour menu! For just $7 or less, feast on a menu of European café fare, including Arancini with parmesan and arrabiata; housemade Meatballs with beef, pork, pine nuts, tomato sauce, house brioche; and Pappardelle Bolognese, made from housemade pasta, beef, pork and veal. In addition to European bites and signature coffee roasting, Fonté Café also offers hand-selected and carefully crafted drinks at the wine bar. Satisfy those sweet java cravings with the signature Espresso Martini with vodka, orange curacao, crème de cocoa, cream, sugar and Fonte’s own fresh espresso beans, roasted right in Georgetown. A thoughtfully curated list of summer wines featuring red, white, rose and bubbles as well as draft beers, and well drinks, are only $5 during happy hour.

    Maria Hines Restaurants
    It pays to be green, especially when it comes to organic foods at happy hour! If you’re looking for nourishing, organic, and sustainable meal options, visit one of Maria Hines’ restaurants, all organically certified by Oregon Tilth, an unaffiliated organization that promotes sustainability. Happy hour meals and drink items at Maria Hines Restaurants are all priced at an agreeable $8 or less.

    Agrodolce

    Located right in the heart of Seattle’s lively Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce offers up some of Seattle’s finest Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Stop by for happy hour daily, from 4-6 p.m. and indulge in the grass fed Mini Lamb Burger, with Dijon mustard, mostarda, and polenta fries; Crispy Sunchokes, with tuna tonnato and bacon salt; and the light and refreshing Arugula and Watercress, served with grana padano, Meyer lemon, and almond. Viva Italia, all while enjoying a certified organic meal in the bar or on the patio just off Fremont Ave.

    Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle in Ballard serves delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, and the happy hour menu is nothing short of divine. Served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily and all night in the bar and on the patio Sunday-Thursday, you’ll make Golden Beetle part of your weekly (or daily) regimen! The cocktail specials are out of this world. Sip on a Beetle Bug, not an actual bug, but a sweet, fruity concoction fashioned with vodka, fruit puree, lemon, and soda water; or on the contrary, taste the zesty flavors of the Charmoula Cocktail, made with cava, lemon, and charmoula syrup. Pair your beverage with savory food, such as the popular Fire & Honey Chicken Wings, the award-winning Spiced French Fries (fried in beef fat) or the Mini Vegetable Pizza with sunchoke puree and mama lil’s peppers. Towards the end of your meal, mix it up and grab dessert because you deserve it! Swoon over the Spiced Donuts, with honey syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon, for only $4.

    Tilth

    Enjoy organic new American cuisine from Tilth’s brand new summer happy hour menu, served daily from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Never offered before, this new happy hour menu brings flavorful and appetizing French Breakfast Radishes, with tarragon butter and San Juan sea salt; or the famed Mini Duck Burger, with housemade ketchup, fingerling potato, and mustard. Indulge in organic and sustainable Steak Tartare with grilled romaine, and French breakfast radish. You can even take your happy hour outside and enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail out on the garden patio. Sip on the refreshing Pimm’s Cup, Lillet Sparkler, or Lavender Daiquiri, just to name a few. Happy hour menu changes monthly.

    Shanik

    Head over to Seattle Mag’s “Best Indian Restaurant of 2014,” Shanik, in South Lake Union, for a happy hour comprised of modern Indian bites. Shanik’s recently installed patio provides the perfect opportunity to relax outdoors and indulge in unique and flavor-filled menu items for only $5 each. Offered Monday through Friday from 4-5:30 p.m., snack on the delicious menu of Spiced Mogo Fries, with creamy fenugreek and garlic dip; Papri-Chaat, with sprouted lentils and chutney; and Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicle (pura) with chutneys! Perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having– cool down with a draft beer, featured wine or cocktail, also for only $5. Enjoy Shanik’s appetizing happy hour out on the new patio, or inside at the bar.

    Nothing says happy hour like a Seattle summer. After a long day of work, take a moment to relax at any one of our favorites places across Seattle: Cafe Flora, Fonté Café, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, or Shanik! Each restaurant provides their own unique happy hour experience coupled with flavorful bites, sips, and unbeatable prices.

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  • Bite of Seattle Returns this Weekend – What to Check Out! Jul. 18-20! 07.18.14



    This coming weekend, today through July 20, the community-gathering, food frenzy, Bite of Seattle returns and it promises to be better than ever!

    First and foremost come big changes at the traffic-driving Alley! For the first year ever, The Alley will be hosted by Chef Jason Wilson:
    Where: Alki Courtyard
    When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday-Sunday
    What: Multi-course meals prepared by Seattle’s best restaurants (Menu changes daily)
    Price: $10 admission
    Beneficiary: Food Lifeline

    That’s right, the award-winning Miller’s Guild and Crush chef/owner Jason Wilson will be hitting the grill and coordinating his restaurant friends for delicious bites to benefit Food Lifeline as the new host of The Alley (read more in The Seattle Times)!, The Alley will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Alki Courtyard (North side of Key Arena). For only $10, you are guaranteed a multi-course meal consisting of top-notch bites from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s up and comers, including Ravish, Skillet Diner, Salty’s, Pinkabella Cupcakes, Manhattan, and more!

    The menu changes every day, but as host of the event, Chef Jason Wilson will serve up his savory Niman Ranch Beef Brisket with Washington blueberry corn mojo every day.

    All of the proceeds from The Alley will benefit Food Lifeline, a local hunger relief organization that directly feeds hungry people of Western Washington. For every $1 donated, Food Lifeline can provide a full day of food to one individual. There will also be more opportunities to donate to Food Lifeline at The Alley.

    Other events not to be missed include The Bite Cooks! with Chef Thierry Rautureau!

    The Bite Cooks!
    Where: Rooftop of Fisher Pavilion, just south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center
    When:
    Friday: Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonté Café, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Sam Crannell of LloydMartin, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    What: Live cooking entertainment showcases and recipe handouts.
    Price: Free admission

    Watch some of our favorite chefs perform in cooking demonstrations and live cook offs this weekend! This year, The Bite Cooks! is at a brand new location outdoors on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop. Come by the event for FREE to enjoy cooking demonstrations and programming segments prepared by Seattle’s finest chefs. Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik. Kristofer Kalinczok of Fonte Café, and Sam Crannell of LloydMartin are all making appearances this weekend and are ready to whip up their best dishes and tease your senses! Not to worry, they’ll be handing out recipes so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home!

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  • SNL’s Jay Pharoah Coming to Parlor Live Seattle, Jul. 17-19! 07.16.14



    Jay Pharoah is performing at Seattle’s number one comedy club this weekend! Break out of your regular weekend routine and join us at Parlor Live Seattle for what’s certain to be a hilarious performance.

    You know Jay for his brilliant Barack Obama impersonations, and for his most recent role in the comedic hit “Ride Along” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Now this “Saturday Night Live” regular is making his way to the Pacific Northwest to perform five shows in three nights!

    Also be sure to check out the killer line up Parlor Live Seattle has in store. Book your tickets for comedians such as Bryan Callen, Tony Rock, and Jon Lovitz online now. Tickets sell out fast, so purchase them early to assure yourself a seat.

    While you’re at it – check out their menu of crave-able classics that can be enjoyed before, during, or after each show.

    Ticket Price: $25-$35
    You must purchase a minimum of two tickets
    Parlor Live is 21+ facility (18+ on Thursdays only)

    Purchase your tickets online:
    https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=65f74d1e072008237b2126b5ef85d4ff

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