• For the Love of Agave! Buy Your Tickets Now for Northwest Tequila Fest, Aug. 9! 07.17.14

    Mark your calendar and prepare yourselves! The 3rd Annual Northwest Tequila Festival is returning to Seattle, August 9. The Northwest’s largest event dedicated solely to agave is taking place at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 3 to 8 p.m., with VIP access beginning at 2 p.m. Enjoy a day full of tequila and mezcal tasting (of course!), traditional Mexican bites, live entertainment, and more!

    Save $10 by purchasing your tickets online rather than at the door! GA tickets grant you a tasting cup and 8 tokens to sample agave spirits, beer and cocktails. VIP Respoda and Añejo tickets are available online only. If you’re interested in receiving a Glencairn Glass, extra tokens, early entry, or an exclusive private tasting with renowned tequila expert Clayton Szczech, consider upping to VIP! Extra tokens will be available for sale at the event. Don’t drink? Be an amazing friend and purchase designated driver tickets for $10 at the door.

    Sample tequila from over 140 brands, including tastes from last year’s “2013 Best in Show” winners: Tequila Celestial and Wahaka Mezcal. There will be live music to entertain guests throughout the event and food provided by Poquitos, Agave, and Call Restaurants. Be sure to watch out for the cocktail competition on the main stage! The city’s best bartenders put forth their agave cocktails, which have been whittled down to a few finalists who will present their spirit concoctions at the event for the chance to win a trip to Mexico.

    A portion of all ticket sales benefit the Seattle Benevolent Guild, a non-profit group committed to assisting children’s charities and support groups in the Puget Sound area. Additionally, proceeds from sales of the festival’s tax-free retail area, in which all festival products will be sold, will also benefit Seattle Benevolent Guild.

    Tickets for the festival are sold in two package levels:
    Blanco – General Admission, $45 ($55 at the door): includes a souvenir tasting cup, 8 tasting tokens to sample tequila, mezcal, beer and cocktails.

    Reposado – VIP level, $65 (presale only): includes a Glencairn tasting glass, 10 tasting tokens, and early entry (2 p.m.) the day of the festival.

    *Sold Out – Anejo – VIP level with education, $125 (Only 35 tickets available & presale only!): A must for the serious agave lover, get a Glencairn tasting glass, 12 tasting tokens, early VIP entry (2 p.m.) the day of the festival, plus an exclusive pass to a Friday, Aug. 8 VIP tasting with certified tequila expert Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila.

    Stop by the Northwest Tequila Festival and enjoy a little slice of Mexico right in the heart of Seattle!

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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:

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  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Parlor Live Seattle! 07.10.14

    Parlor Live is known for being the largest comedy-dedicated venue in Seattle, but did you know you can also dine at this new downtown restaurant and bar? Head over to Parlor Live Seattle to laugh the night away and enjoy a few of their crave-able classics.

    Located just a block away from Pacific Place, visit Parlor Live for lunch, happy hour, or dinner for a modestly priced meal right in the middle of downtown. Gone are the days of comedy club food consisting of microwaved chicken tenders or salad out of a bag. Instead, get a top-notch comedy show AND dining experience at Parlor Live Seattle!

    Satisfy your lunchtime tastes buds with filet steak medallions frites, chili dusted hand cut fries with béarnaise aioli; beef tenderloin dip sliders; dungeness crab cake; or Mezza plate, with cauliflower falafel, garlicky-cumin white bean hummus, veggies, feta, marinated olives, and a warm pita. All of their lunch menu items are conveniently priced $20 or less.

    Come by a little later for happy hour, daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 7 p.m. to close. All food items from the dinner menu, excluding entrees and sides, are 50% off! Yes, that includes the specialty blackened chicken pizza, duck sausage corn dogs, and sesame seared tuna! Treat yourself to a Parlor Tini for $6, draft beer for $4.50, or a house red, white, & sparkling wine for only $5 during happy hour.

    Settle into a booth for a full dinner experience where you can indulge in the prosciutto wrapped gulf prawns with grilled pineapple salsa and jalapeño aioli; the pan roasted marsala chicken breast, with garlic-marsala pan jus and mushroom bread pudding; or the prosciutto di parma specialty pizza, with fresh mozzarella, marinara, and fried capers. Enjoy any one of your meals in the Parlor Live Seattle restaurant, Escape Lounge, or during the show!

    View more menu items online and also be sure to check out the upcoming comedy shows. Laugh the night away with the world’s funniest comedians. Eat, drink, and be merry at Parlor Live Seattle!

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  • Purchase Bastille Bash Tickets Online by Jul. 10! 07.09.14

    Madison Valley’s third annual Bastille Bash is this Saturday, July 12 from 3-8 p.m.! The French-inspired celebration is expected to sell out so beat the lines this weekend by purchasing your tickets early. Food tickets and wine passports are available for purchase online until 12 p.m., Thursday, July 10. After that they will be available for purchase on July 12 at Bastille Bash.

    Food tickets are sold in packages of four for $10. Each restaurant offers various menu items for one, two, or three tickets. One wine passport, priced at $20, entitles you to 10 tastings of wine, beer, or spirits. Bottles of wine will be for sale to take home and all proceeds benefit Art With Heart.

    Wine and dine all along East Madison Street as local restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries serve Parisian-inspired bites and refreshments. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:

    Restaurants & Food:
    Ascona Chocolate – Handmade chocolates
    Bar Cantinetta – Meatballs, pecorino, fettunta
    Belle Epicurean – Macarons, beet salad.
    Cafe Flora – French brie and fresh tomato on baguette; Local berry bowls with fresh whipped cream.
    Crush – Bites from Chef Jason Wilson
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse – Shakerado (iced coffee drink); Cookies (shortbread or chocolate chip).
    Harvest Vine – Paella.
    Luc – Pork sausage, white beans, pickled vegetables.
    Queen Bee – Crumpets with French brie and honey poached Rainier cherries; Duck confit, whole grain mustard and rosemary aioli.
    Seattle Salads – Coconut Oil Popcorn: garlic or curry; Mini Salad Shakers in 3 varieties: Salade Nicoise, Lime Peanut Salad, Strawberry Mint Salad
    Simply Soulful – Iced tea/sweet tea; Sliders; Gumbo.
    Chef Thierry’s Dessert Booth – Yogurt bavarois, strawberries, blueberries, struesel.

    Cool down with sips from some of Washington’s best wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

    Boisset Family Estates
    Forgeron Cellars
    Garagiste Wine
    Mark Ryan Winery
    Pomum Cellars
    Smasne Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Woodhouse Wine Estates
    Zero One Vintners

    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    Sodo Spirits

    Elysian Brewing
    Ninkasi Brewing

    Guests will also enjoy live French music and entertainment, street performers, kids activities, and more. Come by this Saturday to celebrate everything French in the name of the revolution!

    For more information about the event including maps, entertainment schedules, vendors, and more details, visit the Bastille Bash website. Follow Bastille Bash on Facebook for the latest updates.

    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art With Heart. The Detleft Schrempf Foundation supports organizations that provide assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.

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  • The 3rd Annual Bastille Bash is June 12! 07.02.14

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    Bonjour! The storming of the Bastille is approaching–the storming of the “Bastille Bash” that is! Madison Valley will host their third annual “Bastille Bash” up and down East Madison Street, Saturday, July 12th from 3-8 p.m. Stop by to enjoy copious amounts of French flair provided by Madison Valley restaurants, bars, shops and more.

    Come prepared to bon appétit! Indulge in French inspired cuisine by local favorites Voila and Luc, or take a bite out of Seattle’s “Best Macaron” by beloved Parisian patisserie, Belle Epicurean. Over a dozen Madison Valley restaurants will be participating in the bash, offering enticing sweet and savory bites inspired by French cuisine.

    Although Madison Street may be far from the rolling vineyards of Bordeaux, that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy a glass of wine in the name of the revolution! Take a sip from some of Washington’s best local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and stroll down Madison colorfully decked out in red, white, and blue. Oui oui!

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    Guest will also enjoy live entertainment and music throughout the bash, which includes burlesque dancers, street performers, stilt walkers, accordion players and more.

    For more information about the event including maps, entertainment schedules, and highlights, visit the Bastille Bash website, and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

    The event is free to attend, but be sure to purchase food tickets and wine passports in advance to beat the lines!

    Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation and Art With Heart. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation supports organizations that provide assistance to children and families of the Northwest. Art with Heart is on a mission to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.

    Bastille Bash Participating Businesses:
    Restaurants & Food:
    Araya’s Place
    Ascona Chocolate
    Bar Cantinetta
    Belle Epicurean
    Cafe Flora
    Essential Baking
    Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse
    Harvest Vine
    Jae’s Asian Bistro and Sushi
    Northwest Catering
    Pagliacci Pizza
    Queen Bee
    Seattle Salads
    Simply Soulful
    The Spoon Project
    Thierry’s BBQ

    Wineries: (Bottles of wine will be for sale to take home. All proceeds benefit Art With Heart.)
    Forgeron Cellars
    Pomum Cellars
    Swiftwater Cellars
    Zero One Vintners
    Boisset Family Estates
    Mark Ryan Winery
    Smasne Cellars
    Woodhouse Wine Estates
    Garagiste Wine

    Ninkasi Brewing

    Sidetrack Distillery
    Brovo Spirits
    SoDo Spirits

    All The Best Pet Care
    Baas Framing Studio
    City People’s
    Fast Frame
    Fury Consignment
    Henrietta’s Hats
    Hoa Salon
    Honey Skin Spa
    Jarbo Design
    Kate’s Day Spa
    Lavender Heart
    Lila Yoga
    Maison Lux
    Missi Lu
    Paragon Fitness
    River Song
    Vian Hunter

    Entertainment from local artists + performers:
    Live music: Vin Voleur, Nu Klezmer Army, Isobella Bloom Duet, street buskers and more.
    Burlesque & Dance: The Shanghai Pearl, Russel Bruner, Inga Ingenue, Rainbow Fletcher, The Castaways, and Holly Pop.
    Street performers: Cherry Manhattan as Marie Antoinette, juggler Nickolai Pirak, stilt walker Babette LaFave, mime Tiny Tim, and more.

    We hope to see you at this lively celebration of fine French food, wine, music, and entertainment! Au revoir!

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  • Parlor Live Seattle Opening Weekend 06.13.14


    It’s a great weekend for a laugh, right? Parlor Live Seattle is making it easy to laugh, chuckle and smile this weekend during their grand opening! Beginning this weekend, and every weekend, Parlor Live Seattle will be bringing in urban and edgy national headline comedians to downtown Seattle. As the largest comedy-dedicated venue in Seattle, the room fits 400 people, but don’t wait to get your tickets as many shows have already sold out! Catch the lineup online and book your tickets for comedians such as Russell Peters, Jay Pharoah, Jeff Dye, John Witherspoon, Brian Posehn, Bill Bellamy and so many more!

    Add some comic relief this weekend with Kivi Rogers of “The Tonight Show” and “Everybody Loves Raymond,” performing tonight and tomorrow night. Plan ahead and get there early for a menu of craveable classics, that can be enjoyed in the Parlor Live Seattle restaurant, Escape Lounge, or even during the show.

    See what Seattle Met had to say when they previewed the space. You can also get a sneak peak of the beautifully designed space, a few menu items and the comedy room thanks to Evening Magazine, who visited just yesterday.

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  • Seize the Day in Seattle with Sosh! 03.13.14

    Looking for a new restaurant or happy hour hangout? Itching to go on a hike but not sure where to go? Ready to change up your plans for your next date night or girls night out? Well, now there’s a mobile app for that!


    Currently in San Francisco and New York, Sosh, a free mobile “concierge service” app, has made its way to Seattle! With the help of Sosh, you can peruse personalized recommendations for restaurants, bars, entertainment and a variety of other activities at your leisure. The best part about the app is it’s easy to use and navigate so you’re not left searching for hours!



    When you first join Sosh, simply select what type of activities you are most interested in. Based on your selections, your location and the time of day, the app will match you with interesting things to do. Unlike other sites, Sosh recommends specific activities not venues. For example, if you use Sosh on a Friday night, the app may recommend you to a special menu night at a local bar or pop-up restaurant. Likewise, if you open Sosh in the middle of a Wednesday, the app may suggest an open mic at a nearby café or a massage at a local spa.



    Sosh removes the hassle of scrolling through pages of possible activities from search engine results by tailoring its recommendations to your interests. As you continue to use Sosh, the app will constantly modify its suggestions to your needs based on the activities you look at and what you click on. Basically, the more you use Sosh, the more it gets to know your interests!



    Regardless of how you want to seize the day, Sosh has you covered and will ensure you never have a boring day again! Finding your next date night activity, hike, concert or exercise craze has never been easier.


    Download the free Sosh app and sign up here to start discovering Seattle! For the latest Sosh updates, follow them on Twitter: @SoshSeattle.



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