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  • Ethnic Seattle Presents Shop Small, Shop Ethnic 11.21.16


    Building on the momentum of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development‘s “Only in Seattle Initiative,” and American Express’ “Small Business Saturday,” supporting small, local businesses, Ethnic Seattle proudly announces its second annual “Shop Small, Shop Ethnic” Holiday Pop-up Market on Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Chinatown International District. Ethnic Seattle will also host an online market of local, compelling, ethnic gift packages from members for under $100, available throughout the holiday season.

    “Ethnic Seattle is extremely excited about the opportunity to generate greater awareness of our small, minority and immigrant-owned businesses,” said Ethnic Seattle Executive Director Taylor Hoang. “We have a fantastic mix of restaurants, bakeries, personal services, museums and retailers from all over Seattle that make gift-giving fun, unique and extraordinary.”

    POP-UP MARKET
    The Ethnic Seattle Holiday Pop-up Market will be centralized at Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Avenue South, Seattle, and include seven stores, cafes and a museum within a four-block radius, presenting holiday packages, food, drink and more. Participating member retailers will be indicated by balloons and poinsettias at their storefronts. Activities include:

    Live Ice Carving, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Creative Ice will be carving a holiday sleigh from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hing Hay Park. There will be hot chocolate, maps, and information available. Shoppers are welcome to take photos on the sleigh following completion of the carving.

    Selfies with Elfies, 1–4 p.m.
    Look for roaming “elves” handing out candy canes, maps of participating shop locations and the food walk menu. Shoppers can be entered to win prizes by posting a selfie with elfies on the Ethnic Seattle Instagram page.

    Food Walk, 3–6 p.m.
    Participating restaurants in Chinatown-ID have assembled a lineup of $2-4 menu items for noshes to sustain the shopping frenzy. Items include dim sum, bites of Asian barbecue, kahlua pork, and more.

    Participating Businesses
    Similar to a holiday bazaar, businesses from ethnically diverse neighborhoods, including the Chinatown International District, Little Saigon, Rainier Valley, White Center, and the Central District will participate. Ethnic Seattle will have a collection of packages from local, minority-owned businesses at its own pop-up shop at Hing Hay Park. Packages can be taken home the day of the pop-up or shipped out.

    Weekly Prize Drawings
    Shoppers who engage with Ethnic Seattle on Facebook or Instagram will be entered to win weekly prize drawings through December 23.

    HOLIDAY PACKAGES
    The large assortment of holiday packages will include ethnic foods, unique experiences, home décor, trend-setting fashion and more. Packages will be online at ShopSmallSeattle.com beginning November 26. A sample of participating Ethnic Seattle businesses and packages include:

    Ethnic Seattle and International District Food Tour – Tickets for the International District guided food tour with stops at hidden restaurants and foodie hideaways featuring the best in ethnic cuisine ($65).

    Pho Bac Coffee Set – Vietnamese coffee set for the coffee drinker, one of 2015’s most popular gifts ($25).

    Essential Ingredients for Pho – Huong Binh’s famed pho recipe, ingredients, and gift certificate for Vietwah Supermarket for additional groceries needed to complete the recipe. ($50).

    Vital Tea Leaf Sampler Basket – Specially selected flower and herbal tea basket: lychee, coconut, rose, and mint, and a tea brewing pot ($38).

    Trichome Smells Package – Mix and match domestically produced candles from Malin and Goetz and Maak Labs, including coffee soap and tobacco reminiscent of an early morning café, energized mojito candle, and fir and cannabis smells from a crisp fall hike, and many more. The subtle but enduring notes are unique and sure to invoke memories and inspiration ($20).

    Simply Soulful & Northwest African American Museum – Museum admission for two and a $50 gift card for lunch or dinner for two at Simply Soulful ($50).

    Momo Fashion and Home – Experience an urban, Eurasian mix for body and abode with interesting and stylish personal accessories from Japanese scarves to Asian-influenced home furnishings. For this holiday, two whimsical gift packages with Japanese-inspired characters, Sumofish: 1) Sushi theme – a Sumofish Sushibot shirt and sushi tabisocks, and 2) Ramen theme – Sumofish Ramen Shark shirt and ramen tabisocks for you (about $40).

    About Ethnic Seattle
    In 2014, a group of ethnic business owners founded the nonprofit interest, Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC), in order to amplify the voices of immigrant- and minority-owned businesses in the Seattle area. Ethnicseattle.com connects businesses with locals and tourists alike who want to find out more about businesses and events in the area. Discover more by visiting ethnicseattle.com.

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  • Insider’s Food Tour of Seattle’s International District 09.05.13

    Taylor Hoang


    The International District may be one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, but it is also one of the most difficult to navigate. The various Asian cultures, stores, shops, restaurants and so on can get a bit overwhelming when trying to find the best of the best. Lucky you, we’ve got the scoop on an insider’s tour to the International District!

    Pho Cyclo Café and Lavender Jade Catering owner Taylor Hoang is hitting the streets with curious home cooks, diners and food enthusiasts alike to showcase the best (and often less traveled) places to shop for top quality Asian fruits, vegetables, curries, tofu, noodles and other Asian groceries at the best prices. She’s also dishing secrets on where to get the best cream puffs, noodle bowls, bbq pork and more. If that doesn’t sell you, the tasting samples along the way will, including a full lunch at her mother’s famed Vietnamese restaurant, Huong Binh, often voted the best Vietnamese restaurant in Seattle.

    Three tour dates this month (September 11, 14 and 18) means the spots will go fast! Taylor is also bringing back her popular cooking classes on September 10, 12, 17 and 19, which take place at the Sodo location of Pho Cyclo Cafe.

    Visit the website for more tour and class information, pricing and to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind insider’s tour to Seattle’s unique International District.

    Here are some of our tour photos!

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