• Gift Giving Ideas 12.10.13


    Thoughtful gift giving is sometimes a challenge, but in a city like Seattle, you always have a ton of options for the culinary lover on your list. This year, we have two special ones for you! A beautiful gift set from Shanik restaurant that includes a signed cookbook from Meeru Dhalwala and a Masala Dhaba spice set to tackle any Indian cooking in the kitchen. The second is a very special offering from Maria Hines Restaurants – a progressive dinner at all three of her restaurants with transportation provided! If you’re looking for a gift for the fitness buff on your list, then Pure Barre has the answer – and the multiple locations to make redeeming the gift easy!

    As if these gifts couldn’t get any better, they also make great gifts to give to the most deserving, hardest working person you know – YOU! Spoil yourself for a long, hard worked year and indulge in gift giving for all!


    Shanik’s Indian Gift Set

    This holiday season give the home cook on your list something they can really use! As recommended in Seattle magazine and The Seattle Times, chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala of Shanik (and Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, B.C.) is packaging two useful kitchen tools in one easy to give gift. The two-in-one gift profiles delicious home-cooked Indian cuisine in the form of Meeru’s award-winning cookbook and a Masala Dhaba spice set. “Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey: The Warmth and Ease of Indian Cooking” has received several accolades including the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award., Featuring vegetarian, seafood, poultry and meat dishes, “Vij’s at Home” provides stunning photographs and clear instructions for creating flavorful meals in less than 45 minutes.

    The Masala Dhaba spice set is a perfect partner to the “Vij’s at Home” cookbook. A staple in every Indian kitchen, the traditional spice set includes spices that are hand-sifted, roasted and ground in-house at Shanik restaurant. It includes spices used in the “Vij’s at Home” cookbook: Garam Masala, ground red cayenne pepper, roasted cumin seed, roasted ground cumin seed, dried fenugreek leaves and ground coriander.

    The cookbook and Masala Dhaba are packaged together for the holiday season for $85, also sold separately. It is available at Shanik’s Market, just next door from the restaurant (online soon at Shanik is located at 500 Terry Avenue North Seattle, WA 98109.

    Progressive Dinner Gift from Chef Maria Hines

    James Beard Award-winner Maria Hines is sharing the gift of culinary indulgence with a Progressive Dinner at all three of her restaurants: Tilth, Agrodolce and Golden Beetle. Enjoy a unique and relaxing three-course journey starting at Golden Beetle with craft cocktails and Eastern Mediterranean appetizers of your choice. From there, embark to Maria’s first restaurant for New American cuisine at Tilth, and enjoy 2 glasses of wine and 4 small plates. Finish the memorable night Italian-style at Agrodolce with desserts, a cheese plate and digestifs. The Progressive Dinner can be booked for self-indulgence or as a gift. Transportation is provided between restaurants. The Progressive Dinner is priced at $300 and includes tax, gratuity and transportation; expires Dec. 30, 2015.

    Progressive Dinner gift certificates can be purchased by emailing or calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Visit

    Start Your New Year’s Resolution Early at Pure Barre

    Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution by taking advantage of Pure Barre’s special December offer, perfect for those wanting to start barre classes or who can’t get enough! From Dec.10-31, Pure Barre is offering 10 classes for $150, a 25 percent discount off their regular package price. This holiday offer can be used at all locations including Bellevue, Queen Anne, University District and soon-to-open Capitol Hill. To purchase, stop by any Pure Barre location. Limit four offers per person and can be used by the purchaser.

    The Pure Barre technique employs elements of ballet, Pilates and weights for a full body workout. After just a few classes, you’ll experience increased muscle tone, flexibility and weight loss. Classes are held every day, from morning to evening. Visit for class schedules and locations.

    Enjoy gift giving this holiday season and remember to take time out for yourself, too!


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  • SRW “Eat and Seek” QR Contest! How savvy are your dining skills? 04.06.12

    As if a $28 three-course meal isn’t enticing enough, The Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and The Seattle Times is spicing up Seattle Restaurant Week with a QR code contest to win some hard to beat prizes. Don’t count yourself out for this one. All you need is an appetite, a smartphone, and some savvy seeking skills.

    Here’s how it will work – Starting April 8, participating restaurants will be hiding a QR code somewhere in their restaurant. When you arrive, the seeking begins and it’s your job to craftily seek out where the QR may be. Once you find it, scan the barcode with either an iPhone or Android smartphone. This will automatically enter you to win a variety of prizes including:

    Grand Prize:
    A hotel stay for two at Mayflower Park Hotel with parking and breakfast for two at Andaluca.
    A progressive dinner at Nell’s Restaurant, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, and Dahlia Lounge.

    First Prize:
    A $75 gift card to Flying Fish

    Second Prize:
    A $50 gift card to Tilth restaurant

    Each diner can only scan the code once within a 24-hour period. If we’re doing our math correctly, this will give you 10 days to dash around different restaurants and find their QR code. We hear you… what’s a contest without a few clues along the way, right? Leave it to SRW to make this contest even easier, with some added “umph” to your savvy competitive side. Facebook will keep you up to speed as well as following #EatnSeek, @SeattleRW and any of the participating restaurants on Twitter. Together, these platforms will be providing clues to help guide you in the right direction.

    Don’t be fooled, you don’t have to be tech savvy to win this one. After all, this may be the one and only time it becomes politically correct to whip out your cell phone during dinner…don’t miss the opportunity!

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