• Give Unique this Holiday Season with Ethnic Seattle 12.17.15

    Are you looking for last minute gift ideas? Need something unique for your holiday giving? is just what you’re looking for! They’ve procured some of the most unique gift ideas in the city, all from local, ethnic-owned businesses. Beautiful scarves from Tuesday Scarves in the International District, Fresh baked cookies for hostess gifts (or your own indulging) from Salvadorean Bakery in White Center, Ethiopian Coffee Set from Amy’s Merkato in the Central District and more for the Trendsetter, Beauty+ Fitness , Food Lover, Coffee + Tea Drinker, Little Tikes, Home Décor and Experience.

    Watch’s own Taylor Hoang showcase some of these items and more on KING 5’s New Day Northwest!



    Support amazing ethnic owned businesses and give unique this holiday season.

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  • Celebrate Hanukkah at Golden Beetle! 11.30.15

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    James Beard Award-winning Chef Maria Hines is at it again—using her culinary skills to thoughtfully craft traditional Hanukkah dishes with exceptional flair. The special menu is a great way to enjoy beautiful, local, winter ingredients, including parsnip, rutabaga, apples and persimmon! Never forgetting the importance of liquid libations to enjoy during mealtime, Golden Beetle is also bringing in kosher wines for Hanukkah.

    Visit Golden Beetle anytime during Hanukkah, December 6-14, to enjoy these special dishes starting at $5:

    Potato Latkes with house made apple sauce, crème fraiche and green onion

    Matzo Ball Soup with smoked chicken, carrot and parsley

    Roasted Root Vegetables with parsnip, rutabaga and fingerling potato

    Stuffed Donuts with persimmon filling and powdered sugar

    Kosher Wines: Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon and Barkan Chardonnay

    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle. For more information, visit the website.

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  • Seattle’s Best Restaurants Serve Up Thanksgiving! 11.17.15

    As much as we all enjoy sitting around the table with our closest friends and family, hosting a holiday meal is stressful. Why not take a little edge off and let a professional take care of the cooking (and cleaning) duties this year? Several of our favorite Seattle restaurants will be open and serving delicious Thanksgiving dinners on Thursday, November 26.

    Menus range from traditional American holiday dishes, including turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, to delicious turkey day alternatives, such as smoked salmon, shepherd’s pie and specialty pastas. Restaurants will offer kid-friendly menus, gluten free options, hearty vegan dishes and more! Hurry and make your reservations today before they’re gone!

    Ray's Smoked Salmon

    Tradition turned up with fresh seafood at Ray’s Boathouse and Café
    Ray’s Boathouse offers an elegant four-course Thanksgiving dinner including traditional favorites and seafood specialties. Start with Butternut Squash Soup with fried sage and crème fraiche, Fall Chicory Salad or Dungeness Crab Cocktail with butter lettuce, roasted tomato and cocktail sauce. For the main course there’s Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut-herb stuffing, cranberries, green beans and gravy; Grilled King Salmon with house made butternut squash ravioli and porcini and chanterelle mushrooms; Pan Seared Halibut with Dungeness crab crust and parsnip puree; or Beef Prime Rib. And for dessert there is Pumpkin Pie with Olympic Mountain vanilla ice cream. The four-course menu is $45 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 5 to 11, children under 5 are free.

    Ray’s Café is offering its signature Thanksgiving buffet for $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 11, children under 5 are free. With plenty of items to choose from, you can create just about any type of Thanksgiving feast you desire. Noteworthy seafood options include fresh shucked Half Shell Oysters with mignonette and cocktail sauces, Peel & Eat Prawns, Alaskan Snow Crab, Penn Cove Mussels in coconut curry broth, Oregon Bay Shrimp Salad with cucumber, tomato, lemon and herbs, and House Smoked NW Salmon with apple-pear chutney. Also available will be Oven Roasted Turkey with cranberry-orange chutney; Spice Rubbed Beef Prime Rib served with horseradish cream and demi glace; Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes with currants and marshmallow; a multitude of housemade seasonal desserts, and much more.

    You can find full menus for Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe here. Reservations are required for both restaurants and are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Café and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Boathouse. Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or online here. Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or online by clicking here. The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu. The Café Bar will be closed. For more information, visit Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

    Cafe Flora Pumpkin Tart

    Gorgeous, seasonally inspired vegetarian dinner at Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora’s annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving offers a thoughtfully crafted, four-course vegetarian meal for $65 for adults and $25 for children with plenty of gluten free options. The adult menu includes Jerusalem Artichoke Blini with Tieton Farm sheep camembert, date and bramley apple chutney (available vegan/gf) and Roasted Grapes, Heirloom Carrots, Baby Fennel, Frisee Salad citrus buerre blanc and crispy hominy (vegan/gf) as the first two courses. Then, for the main course, you may choose between Wild Mushroom and Chestnut Bread Pudding porcini cream sauce, red onion marmalade, roasted parsnip, cabbage mashed potatoes, or Delicata Squash Medallions with Cauliflower Walnut Pate with Satsuma cranberry chutney, Brussels sprout pecan gratin, sweet potato mash and bordelaise sauce (vegan/gf). Finally, for dessert, you have a choice of Booth Canyon Pear and Ricotta Cheesecake with port gastrique, Pumpkin Pie with caramel whipped cream (vegan/gf), or Dark Chocolate Tart with candied cranberries (available vegan).

    Cafe Flora also offers a great kids menu that is completely vegan and gluten free with fun dishes such as Fried Cauliflower Bites with herbed dipping sauce; Romaine Cups filled grapes, apple and celery and topped with poppy seed dressing; Mini Shepherds Pie filled with peas, carrots and squash winter vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon gold mashed potato, and served with green beans and crispy onions, and cranberry sauce; and Pumpkin Pie for dessert!

    Thanksgiving meals are by reservation only, with seating from 1 to 7:30 p.m. To reserve, call 206.325.9100 ext. 3 and for more information, visit Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle.

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    Celebrate Italian-style at Agrodolce
    Agrodolce provides a family-style, three-course feast that mixes favorite seasonal ingredients with traditional Sicilian dishes. Start off with fresh from the oven House made Focaccia; Bitter Greens Salad with cranberries, blood orange and roasted walnuts; or creamy Pugliese Style Burrata with grilled pear, citrus almond crumble and pomegranate molasses. Continue with one of three Sicilian twists on the traditional Thanksgiving main course: Sous Vide Turkey Breast Involtini, a turkey breast that is slowly cooked in a water bath then rolled with provolone picante and speck; House Made Mafalde with melted leeks and wild mushrooms; or Seared Brussels Sprouts with currants, pine nuts and anchovy vinaigrette. Finish with Sweet Potato Panna Cotta, the Italian alternative to sweet potato pie, with candied pecan and toasted marshmallow. You can also make each course extra appetizing with a special wine pairing for $35. Check out the full menu online here.

    Dinner is $65 per person and is served from 3 to 8 p.m. To reserve, visit or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle.

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    Mediterranean-inspired classics at Golden Beetle
    Golden Beetle cooks up several holiday favorites this year, but with a special Eastern Mediterranean twist. The four-course meal for $55 starts with a choice of comforting Roasted Butternut Squash Soup made with pomegranate seeds and greek yogurt, or Carrot and Kale Salad in a harissa ginger vinaigrette. Then get adventurous with some Sweet Potato Briouats, an extra sweet Moroccan-style treat. Third course options include Wood Fired Turkey Breast, Pan Seared Black Cod, or, for nonmeat eaters, Roasted Root Vegetable Ragout, all served with cornbread dressing, orange-cranberry sauce, and the most beloved mashed potatoes and gravy. Finish your feast with smooth Pumpkin Sorbet with spiced pepitas, cherry syrup and crispy sage, or the more traditional Pecan Pie with vanilla, orange and nutmeg flavors. A specially selected four-course wine pairing is also available for $30. View the full menu here.

    Seating is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 Northwest Market Street, Seattle.

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    Keep it local with Thanksgiving brunch and dinner at Local 360 Café and Bar
    Local 360 Café and Bar knows brunch is a local favorite and this year they’re offering guests a menu of brunch favorites on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Brunch offerings include the Farmer’s Breakfast of eggs, your choice of meat, homefries and a biscuit; buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy; and fried Chicken and Waffles with maple pepper jelly.

    The deliciousness doesn’t end there. Local 360 will be open at 10 a.m. serving classic holiday dishes made with local, sustainable ingredients. Their specially crafted Turkey Plate is just $29 and combines Thanksgiving favorites such as Cider Brined Free Range Turkey, Buttermilk Mashers, Gravy, House Cranberries, Pole Beans, Cornbread and Pumpkin Pie with spiced whip. Still hungry? You can add more to your meal with comforting side dishes, such as Herbed Brioche Stuffing, Bacon and Apple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Fries for just $5 each. Local 360 will also offer select regular menu favorites, including the Butcher’s Grind House Burger and 16 oz. Ribeye with bone marrow butter.

    Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and their Thanksgiving menu is available from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 206.650.2577 or visit The full menu is available here. Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.

    B+W Duck Leg

    Thanksgiving favorites with Old World flare at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge specializes in making 10th century Norman cuisine for the modern palate and they’ve pulled out all the stops for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. For locals looking for something besides the classic turkey, Bell + Whete is offering a special Duck Dinner for four for $130. This specially prepared meal comes with a crispy Pomegranate Glazed Whole Rotisserie Duck with Smashed Red Rose Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Curried Cauliflower with smoked onion, Roasted Yams with brown sugar butter, and Bannock. There is a limited availability for the Duck Dinner and reservations are required in advance. Be sure to specify that you would like the duck when making a reservation.

    In addition, Bell + Whete will serve their Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner for just $28 per person. This meal includes Spice Brined Slow Roasted Turkey, Smashed Red Rose Potatoes, Gravy, Haricot Verts and Curried Cauliflower with smoked onion, House Cranberry Sauce, Bannock, and Pumpkin Pie with almond whip for dessert. Additional sides are also available, including Jenny’s Sausage and Bacon Stuffing and Roasted Yams with brown sugar butter, as well as several Bell + Whete favorites such as Caramelized Pork Belly, Black Cod with black lentils and preserved tomatoes, and New York Strip with bleu cheese brûlée.

    Bell + Whete is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are highly recommended and are required for the Duck Dinner. For more information or to reserve, call 206.538.0180 or visit A full menu is available here. Bell + Whete is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.

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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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