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  • Chef Jason Wilson Opens The Lakehouse Restaurant and Civility & Unrest Lounge on June 15 05.12.17

    Jason Wilson, the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner behind Miller’s Guild and the former, critically acclaimed Crush, announced details about his forthcoming restaurant, The Lakehouse, a vibrant, modern Northwest farmhouse, and Civility & Unrest, a craft cocktail bar with a contemporary speakeasy vibe. Both are slated to open June 15 on two separate floors of the new W Bellevue hotel in the Lincoln Square Expansion, part of The Bellevue Collection. Anticipation is already high as Eater Seattle wrote a piece on the two restaurants this week.
     

     

    From The Lakehouse’s seasonal ingredients to its refined, personally inspired décor, the restaurant evokes a welcoming environment that is both familiar and elegant. The inspiration for The Lakehouse name and concept followed Wilson’s reflection on the area’s sense of place and evolution: early settlements, lake homes and small farms; a bedroom community once the first bridge was built; and today, a budding metropolis steeped in arts and technology.

     

    Each season’s menu puts the spotlight on the produce sourced from Wilson’s ever-evolving grower and farmer relationships. Wilson’s concept of a “Modern Northwest Farmhouse,” reflects simple, clean, and fresh craft cooking. Illustrated through the produce-driven concept at the highest level of detail and imagination, the menu is accented with local seafoods and meats, handmade pasta and a housemade larder.

     

    The menu displays a philosophy of total usage of the products and unique techniques employed by the kitchen that elevate an authentic approach of quality and flavor, rather than masking or creating something different. Embracing the Northwest through its ingredients, the menu is packed with small plates (“Forest & Garden” and “Sound Sea & Rivers”), large plates and shareable plates, all telling a story of inspiration and purpose:

     

    Maple & Moroccan Spice Roasted Carrots, goats milk labne, chiles, almonds, mint are inspired by Wilson’s fondness for root vegetables and display an approach that is both simple, yet dynamic in flavor, texture and experience.

     

    The Curry Roasted Cauliflower achieves depth in flavor and showcases the vegetable at its cleanest when prepared with green apple, herb hummus, preserved lemon, kale pesto and ver jus, the signature acid for the restaurant.

     

    Drawing the diner into a family-style experience indicative of creating memories in a home, the shareable Grilled Wild Alaska Halibut T-bone, Mustard Green pesto, smoked clam remoulade, sautéed spinach with lemon, saffron potatoes instills a distinctive Northwest spin on a classic American steak preparation.

     

    Located on the second floor of W Bellevue, The Lakehouse’s layout offers many visual areas of interest. Wilson was heavily involved in the design aspects of both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest. For the restaurant, he intended to elicit the feeling of walking into an entertainer’s lake home with vernacular ideas of a house seen through a refined and primitive interpretation. Below the massive trestles is a thoughtful division of rooms with a “living room” and “garden” entry with a communal table and lounge seating; the bar welcomes with inviting counter height marble while the “butler’s pantry” features visible work tops and shelving. Additional seating of banquettes and booths are seen throughout, as well as counter seating at the chefs counter fronting the exhibition grill and working kitchen.

     

    The semi-private “wild primitive” room features porcelain antler sconces and another optional private dining space of “wild modern” features mirrors and screens for subtle transparency at two large tables flanked by a wall of thoughtfully procured wine bottles.

     

    The area’s history is seen in the interior surface of vertical charred wood inspired by shou sugi ban, the wood used for preserving by Japanese migrant workers in the area. Pops of “Lakehouse Blue” are subtly viewed through the sophisticatedly rugged and wild space, accented by soft lighting, polished surfaces and a living column of fresh herbs utilized for food and drink.

     

     

    Civility & Unrest, located on the street level below The Lakehouse, is a plush cocktail bar inspired by a modern, underground speakeasy, where adults of all ages can retreat for a quality craft cocktail without the nightclub chaos, day or night. Small bites offered on the menu complement the Northwest-inspired craft cocktails showcasing local distillers, and the flowing Champagne and sparkling selections, which run a close second.

     

    Framed as a cocktail experience steeped in discovery, the modern speakeasy factor starts with a commissioned, hand-painted mural which guests must walk behind to access a heavily draped entrance. A long bar in the front prominently shows off craft spirits in a lively, communal space; toward the back awaits a provocative and sophisticated space that offers a mix of plush seating, including a large rounded banquette on one wall, tall tables, and bar seating with an opulent chandelier overhead. Although there is a spot for a DJ to play music, expect only ambient lounge music, leaving room for spirited conversation. Other entertainment will range from fashion shows, tattoo artists, unplugged sessions, and trunk shows, all showcasing regional artisans.

     

    Both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest are owned by Wilson and are run independently by Wilson along with his El Gaucho Hospitality partners. Wilson will also provide room service for W Bellevue’s 220 rooms and 25 suites. In partnership with Kemper Development, Wilson will soon announce a suite of programming and amenities for Two Lincoln Tower, the luxury apartments atop W Bellevue and Lincoln Square South.

     

    The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, opening June 15, are located at Lincoln Square Expansion’s new W Bellevue, off Bellevue Way at 10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue; enter through the hotel or via the Lincoln Square South main retail corridor. The Lakehouse, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, is found on the second floor and Civility & Unrest is at the street level. W Bellevue is part of The Bellevue Collection, which includes Lincoln Square, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Place. Stay up to date on developments by visiting chefjasonwilson.com, thelakehousebellevue.com and civilityandunrest.com.

     

    About Chef Jason Wilson

    Chef Jason Wilson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. Wilson is the chef-owner of the forthcoming Civility & Unrest and The Lakehouse opening in Bellevue on June 15, 2017, chef-owner of Miller’s Guild restaurant, executive chef of Coffee Flour, culinary director of El Gaucho Hospitality and runs his own culinary consultancy business. His first restaurant, critically acclaimed CRUSH, received local and national awards and positioned Wilson as a leader in Northwest cuisine and innovative techniques. Visit ChefJasonWilson.com and follow @ChefJasonWilson on Instagram.

     

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  • Celebrate Mother’s Day with Festive Brunch, Dinner, Cocktails + Cooking Classes, May 8 04.28.16

    With Mother’s day approaching, Seattle and Bellevue’s favorite food spots are gearing up to celebrate motherhood and thank moms for all they do with holiday brunch, dinner, cocktails, and cooking classes.

     

    Eden Hill

     

    Eden Hill

    This Mother’s Day, skip morning brunch and take Mom to indulge in a three-course dinner at Eden Hill, a deliciously innovative New American restaurant in Queen Anne. Chef Maximillian Petty has crafted a special prix fixe menu only for Mother’s Day for $45 per guest with an optional wine pairing for $20 per guest.

     

    With two options under each course, Eden Hill’s Mother’s Day menu includes:

    Beef Tartare with poached egg yolk, caper, pickled onion, sourdough and mustard

    Halibut Cheek with wild garlic chimichurri, lemongrass and roasted salsify

    Dark Chocolate Sorbet with orange mint marshmallow and toasted faro graham cracker

     

    The full Mother’s Day menu can be viewed online. Reservations can be made by visiting edenhillrestaurant.com or by calling 206.708.6836. Eden Hill is located at 2209 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle.

     

    Ray's Cafe-Pan Seared Alaskan Weathervane Scallops

     

    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Treat Mom to gorgeous waterfront views and fresh, flavorful fare at Ray’s Boathouse & Café. The iconic restaurant is offering plenty of options for families to choose from this year.

     

    Boathouse – Brunch and Dinner

    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Boathouse will be serving some of their best-selling appetizers, spring salads and seasonal entrées along with special a la carte brunch items. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., treat mom to the Boathouse’s excellent dinner menu with Roasted Sablefish in Sake Kasu, Sautéed Garlic Prawn Yakisoba, Butter Poached Maine Lobster, and a glass of her favorite wine.

     

    Café – Brunch and Dinner

    The Café will be offering their grand holiday buffet with an impressive selection of seasonal appetizers, salads, entrées and decadent desserts as well as Ray’s traditional Carving and Shellfish stations with options of Roasted RR Ranch Prime Rib, Snow Crab Legs, and Oysters on the half shell. There will also be breakfast and brunch items like Eggs Benedict, Brioche French toast, and Uli’s breakfast sausage. The Café Buffet starts at 9 a.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. The Buffet is $55 per guest, $25 for children ages five to 11. Children under age five dine free. From 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. guests can enjoy the traditional Café dinner menu with Grilled King Salmon, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Seared Scallops, and more.

     

    Boathouse reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 206.789.3770 or by visiting rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation.html. Café reservations are also strongly recommended and can be made by calling 206.782.0094 or by visiting rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation.html. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.

     

     

    Whisk

     

    Whisk

    Whisk, the kitchenware, bakeware, barware and unique tabletop retailer and cooking class venue, has plenty of deliciously fun classes to choose from leading up to Mother’s Day! Whether you want to treat mom to breakfast in bed or indulge her hobby of cooking with a cooking class, Whisk has several options that are a perfect fit for every mom.

     

    The Perfect Brunch, April 30- A hands-on class where students will learn techniques for creating a tasty mix of both sweet and savory dishes perfect for “wow”-ing mom on Mother’s Day. Guests can expect to learn how to create Applewood Smoked bacon and Kale Frittatas, Thyme Asiago Potato Stacks and more. The course runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $95 per person.

     

    Make Mom Breakfast (8 years+), May 1- Learn how to make Mom a breakfast she’ll never forget this Mother’s Day. Students will practice knife skills as they learn to make a Fresh Fruit Salad, Carrot and Walnut Muffins, Home-made Granola and more. The course runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $95 for one adult and one child eight years or older.

     

    Afternoon Tea- Mommy and Me (8 years+), May 8- What better way to spend Mother’s Day than learning to bake delightful old-fashioned tea party goodies? In this hands-on class, cookbook author, Gill Dey, will teach guests how to make elegant Salmon Pinwheel Sandwiches, light Fresh Cream Scones and more. The course runs from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $75 for one adult and one child eight years or older.

     

    The Mother’s Day Three-Course Dinner, May 8- Treat Mom to a cooking class at Whisk and learn to make a restaurant-quality three-course dinner together with the help of chef Aaron Tekulve, a recent contestant on Chopped . Students will learn how to create
    Chinook Salmon with baby fennel, asparagus, morels and lemon crème fraiche and more. This course runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $110 per person.

     

    Classes must be booked in advanced by visiting whiskcooks.com/classes or calling 425. 922.9575. Whisk is located at 10385 Main Street, Bellevue, 98004.

     

    Local 360 Cafe & Bar

    If only the freshest local and sustainable ingredients will do for Mom this Mother’s Day, take her to Local 360 for a brunch she’ll be talking about it for years to come. Along with their regular brunch menu, Local 360 will be offering two holiday brunch items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m:

     

    Pleasant View Farms Duck Confit with dandelion greens and tart cherry gastrique,$22.

    Dungeness Crab and Field Asparagus Biscuit Benedict, $18.

     

    To view their full brunch menu and make reservations, visit local360.org or call 206.441.9360. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

     

    Golden Beetle

    Rooted in the culinary styles of the Mediterranean and using the best organic and seasonal ingredients, Golden Beetle is a one-of-a-kind location for this year’s Mother’s Day festivities.

     

    Start the celebration early with a Garden Party Cocktail Class on Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For $75 per person, guests can enjoy their own garden-themed cocktail class with light snacks provided by Golden Beetle. Cocktails will focus on what’s fresh from the local Farmers Market this spring, such as a berry mojito, lemon verbena martini, and a rhubarb cocktail.

     

    On May 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a bright and bold three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu created by award-winning chef Maria Hines will be featured for $25 per person. Options include:

     

    House-made Yogurt with Fruit with honey, mint and walnut

    Spring Onion and Asparagus Scramble with romesco puree, white cheddar and beef-fat fried potato

    Spiced Donuts with honey syrup, cardamom and cinnamon

     

    The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations for both Mother’s Day festivities are recommended and can be made by calling 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.

     

    Cafe Flora

     

    Cafe Flora

    The whole family can celebrate Mother’s Day at Cafe Flora, Seattle’s premier spot for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a three-course, prix fixe brunch menu will be available for $40 per person along with a dedicated kids menu for $15 per child.

     

    The special menu offers hearty and healthy options including:

    -Cafe Flora’s signature House made Pastry Basket with petite croissants, strawberry ginger poppy seed scones, lemon curd and rhubarb jam.

    Spring Asparagus Benedict -Tieton Farm eggs, poached and served atop sweet potato latkes with balsamic tossed arugula, crispy smoked eggplant chips in hollandaise sauce and asparagus.

    Tres Leches Cake -vanilla sponge, toasted coconut, roasted pineapple, rum, whipped cream and strawberries.

     

    The full menu can be viewed here. Reservations are required on Mother’s Day and can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

     

    Agrodolce

    Nestled in the heart of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce features Italian coastal cuisine perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch to remember. James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has created a holiday three-course prix fixe brunch menu for $30 per person that will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

     

    The Mother’s Day brunch menu includes both sweet and savory options:

    Spring Onion Zeppoli with zucchini and preserved lemon yogurt

    Aspen Hollow Lamb Sausage Hash with asparagus, morels and a sunny-side up egg

    Limoncello Sorbetto with fennel frond and toasted hazelnut

     

    Treat mom even more with Agrodolce’s bottomless mimosas. Full menu can be viewed here. Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting agrodolcerestaurant.net or calling 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.

     

    Altstadt Seattle

     

    Altstadt

    Mom can enjoy her own little slice of Germany this Mother’s Day at Altstadt. The German-inspired bierhalle and brathaus will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner until 10 p.m.

     

    Altstadt is serving up spring Sudetenland fare, featuring new items:

    Larambraten, a beer-braised lamb dish, shredded and pressed with a pretzel crumb coating before it’s flash-fried and set atop a fresh pea and bacon salad

    Spargel, featuring white asparagus, red onion buerre blanc, house smoked trout and pea tendrils

    -Special spring cocktails, including What’s Up Bock?, built with rosemary vodka, carrot juice and Seapine Maibock

     

    The full brunch and dinner menus can be viewed at altstadtseattle.com. Reservations can be made by calling 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square at 209 1st Ave South, Seattle.

     

    Tilth

    Celebrate Mom’s special day by cozying up at Tilth, an award-winning restaurant featuring New American cuisine in an intimate house-like setting. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Maria Hines will be offering a delicious three-course holiday brunch menu for $30 per person.

     

    Mother’s Day brunch options include:

    Buttermilk Scone with quince, brown butter and Holmquist hazelnut

    Anson Mills Polenta Cake with chorizo, Hollandaise and parsley pistou

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake with a chocolate cookie, cocoa cream and sea salt

     

    Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting Tilthrestaurant.com or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

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  • Chef Jason Wilson Announces Bellevue Restaurant 11.19.15

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    For Immediate Release

    CHEF JASON WILSON ANNOUNCES BELLEVUE RESTAURANT OPENING

    New Restaurant & Bar in Lincoln Square Expansion & W Bellevue Slated for 2017

    Bellevue, WA—Chef Jason Wilson today announced an agreement with Kemper Development Company and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. to open a restaurant in the upcoming Lincoln Square expansion and forthcoming hotel, W Bellevue. The James Beard Award-winning chef, who earned national acclaim for his first restaurant, Crush, also owns Seattle’s wood-fired steakhouse, Miller’s Guild, a consultancy business, and is executive chef of Coffee Flour. Adding to his culinary repertoire, the Bellevue restaurant, yet to be named, is slated to open in summer 2017.

    The restaurant will evoke a modern take on the spirit of the Pacific Northwest farmhouse, from design to menu. Balanced and refined, the produce-driven menu will be dictated by the seasonal, local bounty of the region, reinterpreted by Chef Jason Wilson in his signature style of simple, clean and fresh cooking.

    The overall project’s contemporary Northwest concept and design also takes form in a vibrant, destination cocktail bar in W Bellevue. Speakeasy meets sophisticated playhouse, the bar will feature craft cocktails and a cocktail-driven food menu with exclusive lounge areas – the backdrop for a vibrant music and arts scene.

    Creating a concept and menu from a sense of place, Seattle-based design and architecture firm, Graham Baba, will work with Chef Jason Wilson to capture a space reminiscent of a Pacific Northwest farmhouse, with a modern approach and sensibility. The restaurant and bar will complement the hotel’s cutting-edge design. Chef Jason Wilson will work with Public Library on the restaurant’s branding.

    The restaurant will be part of Kemper Development Company’s Bellevue Collection, which draws regional residents and visitors, alike.

    “We’re thrilled to partner with Chef Jason Wilson on our upcoming expansion of Lincoln Square. He brings a culinary prowess and affinity for unique, local, forward-thinking cuisine to another level for The Bellevue Collection,” said Howard McQuaid, Vice President Leasing and Development, Kemper Development Company.

    The restaurant will reside on the second floor of W Bellevue and the bar on street level, located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 8th Streets. The restaurant will be open throughout the day and provide food and beverage service for the hotel’s 245 modern guestrooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite® (the W brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite), as well as the 231 luxury rental residences.

    About Chef Jason Wilson
    Chef Jason Wilson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. In addition to his new Bellevue restaurant slated for opening in 2017, Chef Jason Wilson is partner and executive chef of Miller’s Guild restaurant and Chef Jason Wilson Catering, executive chef of Coffee Flour, and runs his own culinary consultancy business. His first restaurant, critically acclaimed CRUSH, received local and national awards and positioned Chef Jason Wilson as a leader in Northwest cuisine with innovative techniques. Visit ChefJasonWilson.com and follow @ChefJasonWilson on Instagram.

    About The Bellevue Collection/Kemper Development Company
    Located in the heart of Bellevue, Washington, The Bellevue Collection, owned by Kemper Development Company, includes Bellevue Square, a super-regional upscale shopping center, Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property featuring the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and small boutiques and Lincoln Square, anchored by the Lincoln Square Cinemark theaters, restaurants, home furnishing stores and The Westin Bellevue hotel. With a distinctive collection of 250 of the finest shops, 30 sit-down restaurants, a 16-screen premier cinema, 1,100 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location, The Bellevue Collection is a shopping, dining and nightlife and entertainment experience unlike any other in the region. It is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Streets in downtown Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Seattle. For more information on the Lincoln Square Expansion, visit the Lincoln Square Expansion site.

    About W Hotels Worldwide
    W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 47 hotels and retreats, including 17 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. With more than 15 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 60 hotels by 2018. W Hotels have been announced for Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Amman, Jakarta, Panama, Muscat, Suzhou, Changsha, Chengdu, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Shenyang, Marrakech and Brisbane, while upcoming W Retreats include Goa, Phuket, Hainan Island and Mexico’s Riviera Maya. For more information, visit whotels.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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  • Burn Your Way to the Big Day with Pure Barre 04.22.14

     

     PB Bride-to-be

    Calling all Seattle and Eastside brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride! Pure Barre is kicking off its 90-day Bridal Challenge to trim your waistline, tone your arms and lift your seat, ensuring a flawless look as you walk down the aisle! Pure Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights into an energizing and heart pumping full body workout, great for all body types.

    Sign up for the challenge by April 25th to complete 70 Pure Barre classes by July 14 and kick your body into gear for your big day. It’s a steal at $375 for 90 days of unlimited class.

     

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    Everyone who signs up for this challenge is automatically entered to win a “Bridal Party at the Barre”, a private class for 25 taught by Pure Barre owner Sami Sweeney. On top of that, all who complete the challenge can enter to win a bridal beauty package valued at over $500 from Julep Nail Parlor, The Wax Bar, Zovo Lingerie, Seattle Sun Tan, Skoah, and a boudoir photo shoot!

    Grab your bridesmaids and sign up at any of Pure Barre’s four area locations including: Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, University District and Bellevue.

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  • Seattle Restaurant Week Hits Neighborhoods For Final Week 10.21.13

    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.

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    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).

     

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    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.

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  • Our newest clients: Pho Cyclo Cafe + Lavender Jade Catering 06.25.13



    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!

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  • 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!

    Pure Barre
    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.

    Dining
    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 in 425 Mag’s “Hot Workouts”! 03.11.11

    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!

    Fan Pure Barre Seattle and Pure Barre Bellevue on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

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  • Pure Barre in Seattle Met Bride & Groom! 01.14.11

    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.


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  • 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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