Almost every neighborhood in Seattle is offering delicious meals at amazing prices during Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW), going on now. Over 160 restaurants are participating and from this great lineup, almost 80 restaurants offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options – something for everyone!
Although the first week is over, don’t fret as there is still another four days to enjoy $28 three-course dinners and $15 three-course lunches at select restaurants, through Oct. 24. More than 25 different neighborhoods are participating in SRW this year so diners are likely to find great dining spots close by.
Hit the eclectic neighborhood of Queen Anne and savor mouth-watering Asian or French dishes. Live on the Eastside? In Bellevue and Kirkland, feast on Mexican appetizers or all-American comfort food. Treat yourself to a gluten-free dessert or authentic Greek entrees in Ballard. On Capitol Hill, 17 dining spots are offering delectable dishes for lunch or dinner. In the downtown area alone, a whopping 40 restaurants have created special menus for SRW guests, including Salty’s (pictured above) and Agrodolce (pictured below).
In addition to these delicious dining deals, 425 Magazine is holding a contest to win a $50 gift card to one of the featured restaurants during SRW. The contest closes Oct. 24 and the winner will be notified via email. Also check out SRW’s Facebook and Twitter pages for guest food reviews, entrée highlights and more $50 gift card giveaways from participating SRW restaurants.
Seattle is known for its vast number of places to find pho. We’ve had good pho, we’ve had bad pho, but it wasn’t until we listened to the experts – that’s right, local chefs – and then we realized where to get the best pho! We found it at Pho Cyclo Café, noted by many for its quality steaming hot pho, but we were equally impressed by its large menu of Vietnamese favorites. From banh mi to noodle salads, spring rolls to seasonal specials, Pho Cyclo has more Vietnamese options in one place than most of the other pho shops in town.
Chef-owner Taylor Hoang started the company years ago and it has grown to four locations in Seattle and Bellevue. She’s got the business savvy, the chef palate and the cultural background to ensure her authentic, quality restaurants are serving up Vietnamese favorites. You’ll even find her taking part in Tom Douglas’ Culinary Summer Camp next month, leading instruction on how to make Pho Ga (chicken pho) and Bo La Lot (grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf). She also runs her own cooking classes out of the Pho Cycle Café Sodo location. We’ll have more on those classes and the new summer menu items soon – we’ve sneaked a peak already and we can’t wait for more!
As if that weren’t enough to keep one woman busy, Taylor also runs Lavender Jade Catering. It’s the caterer of choice when looking for your favorite Asian cuisine, from Vietnamese to Chinese, Japanese to Thai. Beautifully prepared and cordially presented, Lavender Jade adds spice and variety to any intimate event or large gathering.
We are proud to partner with Taylor, her four Pho Cyclo Cafe locations (Sodo, Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, Bellevue) and Lavender Jade Catering as our newest clients. We hope to see you over a steaming hot bowl of pho soon!
Plan the perfect Mother’s Day! 05.03.12
Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, restaurants and businesses offer special menus and events to help us celebrate the women we love and appreciate the most: our mothers.
Why are we beaming with excitement? Because we have ideas that will leave mom with memories she won’t forget, while undoubtedly blowing the typical knick-knack gift out of the water. Read on to learn more!
Get mom onboard the “tucking” train and treat her to a special mother-daughter class! Toning is much more fun when done in pairs, and she will appreciate the endorphin boost and a start to swim suit season.
If Sunday isn’t the best day for your schedule, a gift card for her is a perfect alternative to take a class together on a later date. Check out the Bellevue and Seattle locations for scheduling information.
Light Spring Wines
Make reservations with Washington wineries offering special tastings, or visit local restaurants and treat mom to any of these superb lighter favorites.
Treveri Sparking Wines – Syrah Brut, Blanc de Noir, and Viogner are all sparking varieties great for brunch or dinner with mom.
Gilbert Cellars – Romance her with the 2011 Mourvedre Rosé featuring delicate rose petal aromatics.
Kiona Vineyard – Crisp, dry First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc will pair magically with a variety of foods.
Two Mountain Winery – With strawberry aromas and a hint of kiwi, their 2011 Rosé is great for moms who love their wine both fruity and dry.
Tilth – Nothing sounds more enticing than Grand Marnier French Toast as a sweet delight for mom. Pair it with a mimosa on the Tilth patio during weekend brunch to let mom know she’s special.
Golden Beetle – Jazz up brunch with the powerful flavors of a Mediterranean breakfast. From the Eggplant Scramble bursting with flavors of paprika and cumin to the more traditional Herbed Falafel with fava beans, award winning chef Maria Hines will not disappoint.
Pecado Bueno – This California-style taqueria in Fremont is inviting mom to lounge by the fire or water fall on one of three outdoor patios. Treat her to a $3 Mommy Margarita made with 100 percent agave tequila and pair it with the fresh veggies and irresistible chorizo in the Chorizo Veggie Scramble. Bueno!
Vios – Give her a taste of Greece with Vios’ weekend brunch. Mom can get a sample of their pita bread trio with three different Greek dipping sauces, or go for a heartier two-skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce. The genuine hospitality felt at Vios will leave the whole family happy.
Cafe Flora – Celebrate their 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch offering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Their special set menu features an array of options from sweet to savory.
Dine in for fresh spring dishes like their Asparagus Benedict served with morel mushroom on an herbed polenta cake, or for a sweet treat, try their Banana Brule French Toast with house made mascarpone and caramel-rum sauce.
Their brunch menu is $30 per person and $12.50 for kids, listed in full on their website. Reservations available for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100.
Mother’s Day is the one day we get to truly celebrate this very special lady. Take our advice and make sure to do it in style with some fabulous eats and sparkling wines around the city.
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Pure Barre is the featured barre workout in the March “Health Issue” of 425 Magazine! It’s included in “Fresh Ways To Get Fit” when you want to ditch the gym routine and try something new and challenging. Pure Barre Bellevue is located in The Elements building across from The Bravern and right off 405 for easy access; free parking included. First class is free for new students and your first month unlimited is just $100!
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Calling all brides-to-be! If this is your year to tie-the-knot you’re probably crossing things off your to-do list left and right. Well we’re here to tell you not to wait until the last minute to get in shape and end up crash dieting two weeks before your big day. Instead, check out a Pure Barre class now in Seattle or Bellevue to get in shape for good and achieve long, lean muscle that will have you standing taller and looking more confidant during all of your wedding pics… not to mention your first dance. Pure Barre owner, Sami Sweeney, knows how to work your arms, abs, thighs and seat to increase your strength and tone your body to perfection.
Pure Barre is featured in the new issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom as one of every bride’s “Ten Most Wanted” secret weapons to looking elegant and poised on her wedding day! Check out Pure Barre below under “Head Up.” Click on the images for a closer look.
Pure Barre 10-Day Challenge! 01.03.11
First off – Happy New Year!! We are excited for 2011 and a new year full of exciting partnerships and new opportunities!
But first, let’s talk about an opportunity to get in shape and stay there. We recently took the Pure Barre 10-day challenge – 10 days in a row of Pure Barre classes, 10 days of lifting, toning and burning. We know we might sound a bit crazy but we wanted walk the talk and figured if we were asking others to do it then we should too.
Was it hard, yes. Did we push ourselves, yes. But by the fourth day we found increased strength and flexibility that gave us the motivation and encouragement to keep going and that our time and effort was definitely worth it. By the end of 10 days we were stronger all over, had more energy and felt less stiff after a day of sitting at the computer. If you are new to the Pure Barre concept it is a 55-minute workout that combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights set to upbeat music, making classes fly by. You work all of your muscles, including hips, thighs, butt and stomach to fatigue, through tiny isometric movements until they burn and beg you to stop. This burning is good, it means your muscles are working and changing. Of course all of that work and burn is followed up with soothing stretches for our hard worked muscles to lengthen them while they are warm and create long, lean lines.
To the men out there… do not despair, this workout is for you too! Pure Barre and other barre based workouts have been known to whip men into prime shape and tone the muscles they may never have been able to in the weight room. There is a great article in Details magazine that we recommend checking out.
So to kick 2011 off in proper “resolution” form we are challenging you and anyone you know who is looking for a kick butt workout, to take the Pure Barre 10-day challenge! Tell us about your experience and we’ll share your success story here! And to make it even sweeter, new students get their first month of unlimited classes for just $99!
Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PURE BARRE TECHNIQUE OPENS SECOND WA LOCATION IN BELLEVUE;
WORKOUT FUSES PILATES, BALLET AND WEIGHTS
Low impact, high results workout uses small isometric movements to tone trouble areas
BELLEVUE – Pure Barre, a total body workout proven to target women’s trouble areas, is set to open its second location in Bellevue in early November. Pure Barre works to lift your seat, tone your thighs, abs, arms and burn fat in record-breaking time by fusing elements of ballet, Pilates and weights in a 55 minute intense session. Small isometric movements set to upbeat music make Pure Barre the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. This fusion workout has a huge following across the United States, largely in Southern California, and is quickly gaining popularity in the Northwest.
Sami Sweeney, owner of Pure Barre Seattle, is expanding her fitness company across the pond and introducing the workout to a brand new audience hungry to change up their boring gym routine and get in shape for good. Pure Barre Bellevue is located on the main level of The Plaza at Elements on 112th Avenue in downtown Bellevue.
“Our Seattle clients quickly learned how impactful and effective the Pure Barre workout is and their energy and enthusiasm for the technique lead to my decision to open a second location in Bellevue,” said Sweeney. “I have seen the results first-hand from my Seattle clients and know that Eastsiders, from moms to business professionals to students, will reap the benefits of this workout!”
Sweeney, a Pure Barre teacher of more than two years in Nashville, TN, opened Pure Barre Seattle after wanting to bring the Pure Barre Technique to her Northwest roots. After teaching Pure Barre for nearly a year, Sweeney became a master teacher trainer of the Southern Central region of the United States and opened Pure Barre Seattle in June 2010.
Pure Barre’s workout is accessible for all ages and fitness levels because of its low impact, high results formula. From the everyday girl who is looking for a fun way to get in great shape, lose weight and tone to the health conscience workout lover who wants a new challenge to the new mom who wants to get her pre-baby body back without jarring her system. Pure Barre students will start to see results in just 10 classes.
Pure Barre was created by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru, Carrie Rezabek in 2001 when she opened her first studio in Michigan. The workout launches a full attack on the areas of the body women struggle with: abs, hips, seat and arms. It defies gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up. Pure Barre Bellevue is located at 909 112th Ave NE, Suite 107, Bellevue, WA 98004. For class schedules, sign ups and to purchase classes call 206-935-7873 or click http://purebarre.com/WA-bellevue/index.html.
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