• Open Wide for Seattle Restaurant Week! 10.19.14


    The area is buzzing with the onset of Seattle Restaurant Week! The broadest reaching, largest dining celebration in the area is happening now through October 30 (excluding Friday and Saturday). SRW continues to offer the best dining deals around with three-course dinners for $30 and two-course lunches for $15.
    From new participants such as Vespolina, Bell + Whete and Mkt to longtime classics such as Dahlia Lounge, Tilth and Nell’s, over 160 restaurants in King County are offering diners a delicious way to dine! A generous three-quarters of participants offer menus with vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free menu options. Many restaurants also offer optional beverage pairings and their usual kids menus, making SRW a family occasion, not just ideal for date night or group night.
    Menus overflow with fall harvest including squash, pumpkin, foraged mushrooms, artichokes, game meats and more! See the creativity of these chefs as they utilize local ingredients on the diverse menus showcasing ethnic cuisines including Indian, French, Japanese, Italian and New American.
    An ideal opportunity for locals and visitors alike, view a list of participating restaurants and menus at
    Get more of the inside scoop on Seattle Restaurant Week by visiting SRW’s Facebook and Twitter pages that highlight participating chefs, showcase seasonal ingredients common on SRW menus, and present intriguing restaurant videos. You can also win gift cards to participating restaurants online as well!
    See some of the chefs preview menus on New Day Northwest:

    Sullivan’s Steakhouse

    Le Grand Bistro Americain


    Seastar Restaurant + Raw Bar
    View the Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau, as he combs the University District Famers Market for SRW menu ingredients for LUC.


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  • Vote for the Best Of Western Washington! 10.02.14


    Ever find yourself at a loss when a guest comes to visit and you want to share the best your city has to offer, or you’re all dressed up on a Saturday night with no where to go that rivals how fabulous you feel? Look no further. Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington poll is now open, taking votes for the cream of the crop in our region from fitness to food. We are unleashing our top picks from best coffee shop to favorite gym. Help the rest of Western Washington get the inside scoop by voting for the following local businesses!

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    Fonté Café “Best Coffee Shop”
    Fonté has been roasting coffee for over 20 years in Georgetown and just this month it celebrated five years of its downtown Cafe. It’s the spot to grab a single origin coffee or award-winning blend alongside a breakfast, lunch or dinner made with ingredients from the Pike Place Market, just steps away. The micro roaster also supplies retailers, restaurants, luxury resorts and five-star properties world-wide. Vote here.


    Shanik “Best Indian”
    Washington really lucked out when renowned Vancouver, BC restauranteurs Meeru Dhalwala and Oguz Istif decided to set up shop in Seattle’s South Lake Union. Meeru crafts Indian cuisine that breaks the mold by playing with spices and flavors in a modern approach. In just a year and a half, Shanik has accumulated awards for its food and caught site of national newspapers that rave about the experience. Vote here.

    Golden Beetle Dips

    Golden Beetle “Best Mediterranean”
    Award-winning Chef Maria Hines performs alchemy taking street food from the Eastern Mediterranean and serving it up with local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Not an easy task, especially when you throw in the restaurants organic certification, but when it’s done as it is at the Golden Beetle you know there’s magic at play. Vote here.

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    Tilth “Best New American”
    Deemed one of New York Times’ Best New Restaurants in America and masterfully run by James Beard Chef Maria Hines, this one is likely to stay the best for years to come. Open eight years, you can expect to see the original favorite, duck burgers, combined with her monthly changing New American menu that features vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free a la carte and tasting menu options. Vote here.

    Agrodolce Spaghetti

    Agrodolce “Best Italian”
    Serving up Southern Italian and Sicilian fare, Agrodolce is one of the few restaurants in the country to mill its own wheat in house for housemade pastas. With a creative spin and use of local, organic ingredients, Agrodolce takes that extra step to ensure a beautiful meal with care presented in every bite. Vote here.

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    Cafe Flora “Best vegetarian”
    In a sea of restaurants now offering local, organic flare Cafe Flora stands out as a pioneer in Western Washington. Having built community and deep roots with local Washington farmers over the last 23 years you are guaranteed to find the most fresh, delicious and seasonal ingredients in their imaginative vegetarian dishes. They also offer gluten free, soy free and vegan options, pleasing palates all over the region. What more could you ask for? Vote here.

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    Pure Barre “Best Gym”
    As the first barre company to open in Seattle, Pure Barre leads the pack when it comes to offering the best barre workout for your money. Pure Barre infuses Pilates, ballet, and weights into a positive, dynamic environment with inviting instructors and upbeat music. Locals love Pure Barre’s sure-fire recipe for burning calories, toning muscle and losing inches. Spare a short hour and get the most effective full body work out you’ve ever had! Vote here.


    Sami Sweeney “Best Fitness Instructor”
    Speaking of the amazing instructors of Pure Barre, if we had to choose the best in area, Sami takes the cake. Sami has endless energy and enthusiasm for her clients and staff. She makes sure each client is working to his or her full potential and her classes are always packed! She’s got that je ne sais quoi that makes her a natural born trainer and motivator! Vote here.

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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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  • Cafe Flora Wins Best Vegetarian Restaurant 11.14.13

    Twenty-two years in business and Cafe Flora is still on fire! After receiving the honor of “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine, the Madison Valley restaurant received local recognition from its loyal customers on KING 5’s Best of Western Washington poll. Offering creative vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients, it is no wonder Cafe Flora was voted Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Western Washington!

    To recognize the restaurant’s award, Cafe Flora owner Nat Stratton-Clarke was featured on Evening Magazine’s reveal show. Watch the episode below to view the nationally recognized restaurant and the dish that’s been on the menu for nearly all 22 years! Congrats Cafe Flora!

    A reminder that Cafe Flora will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving day and serving a special four-course menu for adults and children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 206.325.9100.

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  • Jason Wilson Cooks Up “Top Chefs Kids Menu” On Evening Magazine 11.13.13

    Chef Jason Wilson may be busy with his award-winning restaurant, CRUSH, and opening a new restaurant, Miller’s Guild, next month, but he always takes time out to cook with his son.

    Evening Magazine stopped by the Wilson house to chat about wood-fired cooking at the soon-to-open Miller’s Guild — and Ferrin and Jason put on a show of their own by making “Meatballs with a Chance of Pretzels,” inspired by one of their favorite movies “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Gluten-free pretzels, and even vegetables, add to a delicious recipe that kids can make at home (with supervision). As Jason puts it “There’s really nothing like cooking for those that you are intimately in love with.”

    The recipe can be found on the Evening Magazine website.

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  • Evening Magazine Cooks with Pho Cyclo Cafe! 08.19.13

    Busy families know that dinner time is family time, so why not extend that to cooking time as well!

    Evening Magazine went into the home kitchen of Taylor Hoang, chef-owner of Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering, to see how this busy mom puts healthy, kid-pleasing dinners on the table!

    Taylor takes a traditional Vietnamese spring roll and adds a bit of the Northwest with salmon! What do you do if one kid likes salmon and the other likes meat? Do both, but cook it together so it’s easy and takes only a few minutes – Taylor has a great trick! The traditional fresh vegetables and herbs give the entire family a healthy dinner.

    Watch the video below to see how Taylor gets the entire family involved, from 20 month old Max to 4 year old Ella! It’s like building your own pizza, but much healthier! You can get the recipe on the website here, too. It really is as easy as it looks. Enjoy!

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  • Vote Now: Evening Magazine Best of Western WA! 09.12.12

    It’s time once again for Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington! With lots of thrills, spills and overall news over the past year we expect this Best of Western Washington to give us some new and exciting winners along with the old standbys that locals can’t get enough of.

    We work with people and businesses that we believe are the best of the bunch; the cream of the crop, which is why we can honestly and without hesitation recommend a few amazing, tasty and memorable businesses for you to vote for. Sitting on the edge of your seat? Okay, here’s our list – we also threw in a few of our favorites as extras:

    Cafe Flora “Best Vegetarian” – Currently leading the voting, this restaurant has been bringing vegetarian cuisine to Seattle for 20 years. They must be doing something right! Vote here.

    Golden Beetle “Best Mediterranean” – When a James Beard Award Winning Chef decides to open a second restaurant and take on a cuisine that is usually reserved for falafel and gyros at corner stores, we know diners have hit gold. Toss in the organic ingredients and you’ve really got something worth voting for! Vote here.

    Tilth “Best Fine Dining” and “Best New American” – When that same James Beard Chef boasts six years of her award-winning restaurant in the culinary oasis of Wallingford, we think that’s worth two votes! Vote here and here.

    LloydMartin “Best New Restaurant” – Turning one this October, LloydMartin won Seattle Weekly’s “Best New Restaurant” category this year and are in hot pursuit of Best New Restaurant elsewhere. Go in. Try it. Then cast your vote here.

    8oz. Burger Bar “Best Burger” – A burger made from people that specialize in burgers – we like those odds! We’re all in on 8oz. Burger Bar, whether it is beef, wild boar, kobe beef, lamb, fish, free range turkey or the housemade veggie patty. Vote here.

    Coastal Kitchen “Best Breakfast” – Serving the most important meal of the day shouldn’t be left to just anyone. We suggest heading for the experts at Coastal Kitchen where they have been poaching eggs, grilling waffles, flipping pancakes and putting out more early morning culinary delights for years! Vote here.

    Pure Barre “Best Gym” – Need to add some fun to your workouts and really tighten those hard to reach areas? Barre workouts are growing in popularity, but we suggest sticking with the original in Seattle – Pure Barre! They will make sure to lift, tone and burn your body in the most satisfying way possible. Vote here.

    Sami Sweeney “Best Fitness Instructor” – We adore Sami for her ability to make your body burn and for doing it with a smile! Sami’s training in barre workouts makes her classes some of the most highly coveted at all of the three Pure Barre locations. Her intensity, knowledge, and personal touch are what keep us going back for more! Vote here.

    A few more of our favorites:

    What childhood is complete without a visit to the zoo? Vote for Woodland Park Zoo as “Best Fun Place for Kids.” Vote here.

    When we want the men in our lives to look especially dapper, we opt for Mario’s – “Best Men’s Clothing.” Vote here.

    Having known her since she was behind the scenes at KOMO’s Northwest Afternoon, we know that Jenni Hogan is the real deal. Vote for this inspiring Aussie for “Best Local Personality on Twitter.” Vote here.

    The music scene in Seattle never has a dull moment, but we always look to The Dusty 45’s as our go-to band. Vote “Best Local Band.” Vote here.

    You have until October 12 to vote, but why not click and vote now?!!!

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  • WHY our clients deserve your vote! 09.13.10

    We know you have your favorites – we all do! With one month left for Evening Magazine’s Best Of Western Washington voting, we thought that instead of just simply asking for your votes, we’d actually give you the REASONS WHY our clients deserve your votes. From outstanding dishes, shining personalities and community involvement, here are the top 5 reasons why some of our clients should get your vote before the October 12 deadline. Place your vote now! Already voted? No problem! The good news is that you can change your vote! Giddyup!

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    Great Meals – Brunch: Tilth
    1. Accolades upon accolades – from James Beard to Food & Wine and The New York Times, Chef Hines has the cred to impress.
    2. If she can go head to head with Iron Chef Morimoto, then her cuisine (and brunch) must reign supreme.
    3. Where else can you get your organic brunch on? Tilth is one of two certified organic restaurants in the country.
    4. Hines walks the walk and talks the talk by supporting local farms in her restaurant and promoting them in her free time – She’s an active member on several boards.
    5. Tilth’s brunch will give you reason to jump out of bed on the weekends – Cheddar biscuit and smoked pulled chicken gravy, salmon hash and cardamom French toast with crème de menthe mousse are just a few of the tempting reasons.

    Great Meals – New American: Crush (so new, we haven’t even announced Jason Wilson and Crush as a new client! Stay tuned . . .)
    1. We always knew it, but now the world does – Chef Jason Wilson is the James Beard Award winner “Best Chef Northwest” 2010.
    2. Gettin’ fresh with the Tasting Menu! Crush harvests its produce and herbs just hours before it hits your plate.
    3. From sustainable seafood to local farms, culinary schools, and those less fortunate, Jason jet-sets across around the globe and works in his own backyard to support these causes and more.
    4. The menu item that diners can’t let go – Braised & Glazed Painted Hills Beef Short Ribs. We’d bet money it’s the best you’ll ever have.
    5. After dining at Crush, you’ll find that you have a new crush too!

    Great Meals – Steakhouse: Morton’s The Steakhouse
    1. Offers only USDA Prime-Aged Steak – how could you settle for anything less?! Endless options of charring, searing and cooking your steak to perfection.
    2. Get your tasting notes from the man himself, like legendary wino’s Peter Mondavi Jr., who recently hosted a wine dinner.
    3. Morton’s rocks! Classic rockers Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Jane’s Addiction) and Zakk Wylde (Black Sabbath, Black Label Society) recently paired up with Morton’s to raise over $150,000 for the Moyer Foundation.
    4. The best Cuban bartender around, Alberto, is shakin’ and stirrin’ your cocktails.
    5. Double Porterhouse, carved tableside, tempting carnivores everywhere!

    Cheap Eats – Happy Hour: McCormick’s Fish House & Bar
    1. It’s the home of the famous happy hour ½ lb. cheeseburger and fries. The one you tell your friends about.
    2. Buck a Shuck – $1 per oysters on the half shell select days of the week.
    3. This fresh fish house is still fresh as can be after 30 years.
    4. 5 for 5 – 5 drinks for $5 each featuring a rotating menu of cocktails and wine five days a week.
    5. Host of the annual Shuck & Swallow Oyster Challenge on Oct. 7 featuring firefighters and local celebrities to benefit Seattle’s Bravest Charity. 100+ oysters shucked and swallowed in 10 min. – can you beat that?

    People – Fitness Instructor: Sami Dinsmore Sweeney (Pure Barre) – just nominated so vote in a few days
    1. She’ll make you lift, tone, burn in all the right places. Bring it on, sista!
    2. As petite as a gymnast and as tough as a football player, she’ll push your muscles to fatigue and stretch you till you’re lean and limber.
    3. You’ll be thanking her the next day when you wake up and feel all of the muscles you forgot you had.
    4. A fitness pioneer! She’s the first to bring the barre workout to Seattle – a mix of pilates, ballet and weights.
    5. “Let’s get physical!” Her custom-made playlists will amp you up and push you to your workout limits better than Olivia Newton-John ever could.

    Specialty Food and Drink – Wine Shop: Pike & Western Wine Shop
    1. Local wine shop that has been finding the perfect bottle from the novice to the connoisseur for over 35 years.
    2. Make your wine cellar stellar! Offering wines from around the globe or from across the state.
    3. Good things come in pairs – Two tastings a week: Wed. limited production bottling ($5), Fri. new arrivals (free).
    4. A barrel of knowledge – Owner Michael Teer is overflowing with it – working at the store for 30 yrs. and owning it for nearly 20.
    5. Its corner location makes it the unofficial concierge to the historic Pike Place Market – they are all-knowing!

    We have favorites outside of our clients too! From fashion to beauty and entertainment, social media, and more food, here are our votes for other categories.

    1. Arts and Entertainment – Live Comedy: Parlor Live
    2. Arts and Entertainment – Museum: Seattle Art Museum (Picasso is coming!)
    3. Beauty – Hair Salon: Gene Juarez Salons & Spas
    4. Beauty – Waxing: The Wax Bar
    5. Cheap Eats – Hot Dog: Dogs-A-Foot (just nominated)
    6. Cheap Eats – Sandwich Shop: Paseo
    7. Fashion – Men’s Clothing: Mario’s
    8. Fashion – Women’s Boutique: Aprie
    9. Online and Social Media – Local Personality on Twitter: Jenni Hogan (we’ve been fans since the beginning!)
    10. Online and Social Media – Music Blog: Duff McKagan (Seattle Weekly)

    Have your own reasons why our clients should win? We’d love to hear them too!

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