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 ShanikRestaurant.com). 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 email@example.com or calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Visit MariaHinesRestaurants.com.
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 purebarre.com for class schedules and locations.
Enjoy gift giving this holiday season and remember to take time out for yourself, too!
Treat Mom to Brunch + Pampering! 05.02.13
May is here, the weather couldn’t be more promising, and spring is in full bloom! To top it off, we have plenty of ideas to treat mom to the perfect Mother’s Day. From three-course brunches to spa pampering and a little fitness to keep her young at heart, check out our Mother’s Day offerings and start booking today!
Visit Cafe Flora for their annual Mother’s Day brunch and find out why Seattle Magazine just named them one of Seattle’s “Best Brunch Spots” in their May issue! They are offering a delicious three-course seasonal vegetarian and vegan menu for $30 per person, and a kids menu for $15 per child, with gluten, nut and soy free options available. Grab your reservation now as they are almost sold out! View full menus here.
coconut whip, mint and blood orange coulis and pastry basket
Duck Egg & Root Vegetable Latke Benedict
grilled portabella, stiebrs farm poached duck egg, hollandaise. shaved asparagus, fire roasted pepper, snow pea, tarragon, preserved lemon (gluten free)
Strawberry Lavender Baked French Toast
st. germaine macerated strawberries, coconut lavender cream, whipped honey chevre (available vegan)
Wild Mushroom Spring Sopes
masa cakes, chanterelles, sherry caramelized onions, cilantro lime cashew cheese, ranchero sauce
bittersweet chocolate semifreddo, milk chocolate glaze, nibby anglaise (gluten free, nut free)
ginger rhubarb, wonderwoman tea infused pastry cream, russian tea cake, sweet strawberry wine reduction (vegan, gluten free, available nut free)
Mango Sorbet (vegan, gluten free, nut free, soy free)
Reservations are required for parties of all sizes at 206.325.9100. Brunch runs 9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.
Kids can impress mom with a delicious brunch at award-winning Tilth restaurant this Mother’s Day. Featuring clean, bright flavors from certified organic ingredients, the beautifully prepared prix-fixe menu offers three courses for just $25. Give the best for mom this Mother’s Day!
edible flowers, soft cooked egg, truffle
honey, almond, maple sugar
mint, brandied cherry, lemon
arugula, sweet onion, jalapeño
Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy
washington chicken, fried egg, preserved lemon
Soft Scrambled Eggs
english pea, wild mushroom, cauliflower
rhubarb, lovage, walnut
Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake
chocolate cookie, cocoa cream, sea salt
House Made Sourdough Waffle
espresso, candied meyer lemon, hazelnut
Prix Fixe Menu $25; Cava or Mimosa with Coffee $10.
You can also view the full menu here. Reservations are recommended by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at www.Tilthrestaurant.com. Tilth is located at 1411 N 45th St., Seattle.
Indulge mom with a variety of relaxing and healing spa services and treat yourself while you’re at it! All Mother’s Day packages include access to Yuan Spa’s hydrotherapy pools for a pre-service soak to soften and hydrate skin and increase circulation.
60 min. Yuan Signature Massage or Facial
60 min. Yuan Signature Manicure
60 min. Deluxe Revitalizing Pedicure
$199 – 4 hours ($38 savings)
Queen for the Day
50 min. Chinese Body Scrub
60 min. Swedish, Deep Tissue or Signature Massage
30 min. Classic Manicure
$209 – 3 hours 20 min ($38 savings)
Like Mother, Like Daughter
60 min. Couples Swedish, Deep Tissue or Signature Massage
60 min. Couples Signature Facial
$389 – 3 hours ($67 savings)
Appointments and gift certificates available at 425.449.8788 or online. Complimentary parking is available in the underground garage. Yuan Spa is located at 1032 106th Ave NE, Suite 125, Bellevue.
Treat mom to her favorite workout or introduce her to barre classes with Pure Barre gift cards! Perfect for new moms working to get their body back in shape. Grab a pair of their “grippe” socks and she’ll be set to lift, tuck and burn her way to a long and lean physique. And her first class is free!
Purchase gift cards online or at their Queen Anne, University District and Bellevue locations. Classes are offered daily from 6 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. Check schedules for times, as they vary by location.
We love the amazing results Pure Barre workouts offer just as much as we love learning about the dozens of weight loss success stories from brides-to-be, new moms and the everyday girl (or guy) looking to tone, lose weight and gain strength and flexibility!
With nearly three years in Seattle, Pure Barre has seen thousands of clients at their three area locations, many of whom are now working at advanced levels. But owner Sami Sweeney wanted to address her beginner students looking to better understand the workout, as well as those curious to try a barre class but who may be unsure of their fitness level and ability, and make them feel confident and excited about the workout.
To remedy this Pure Barre is offering their second “Breaking Down The Barre” class on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at Pure Barre Queen Anne, after their first class sold out quickly.
The class is free to attend and all guests must register in advance to hold their place. Sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-535-8910.
Pure Barre Queen Anne Now Open! 10.01.12
Pure Barre’s third area location is now open in Lower Queen Anne at 500 Mercer St.! We’re thrilled Pure Barre has expanded, allowing even more Seattleites experience their exceptional workout!
If you have yet to take a class, Pure Barre combines elements of ballet, Pilates and weights that work your abs, arms, seat and thigh muscles to fatigue for a full body workout. Each strength series is followed by stretching to ensure long lean muscles. Set to up beat music, the hour-long classes are fast-paced and get your heart rate up so you burn more calories throughout!
Check out Pure Barre in the news: The Seattle Times, Seattle Met, Daily Candy Seattle, Queen Anne View and Junebug Weddings!
Your first class is free and new students get their their first month unlimited for $89! Check them out in Queen Anne, University District and in Bellevue. Classes are multiple classes daily offered morning, mid-day and evening. You will feel toned, strong and fit after just a few classes and even bigger results after 10 classes!
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?!!!
Plan the perfect Mother’s Day! 05.03.12
Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, restaurants and businesses offer special menus and events to help us celebrate the women we love and appreciate the most: our mothers.
Why are we beaming with excitement? Because we have ideas that will leave mom with memories she won’t forget, while undoubtedly blowing the typical knick-knack gift out of the water. Read on to learn more!
Get mom onboard the “tucking” train and treat her to a special mother-daughter class! Toning is much more fun when done in pairs, and she will appreciate the endorphin boost and a start to swim suit season.
If Sunday isn’t the best day for your schedule, a gift card for her is a perfect alternative to take a class together on a later date. Check out the Bellevue and Seattle locations for scheduling information.
Light Spring Wines
Make reservations with Washington wineries offering special tastings, or visit local restaurants and treat mom to any of these superb lighter favorites.
Treveri Sparking Wines – Syrah Brut, Blanc de Noir, and Viogner are all sparking varieties great for brunch or dinner with mom.
Gilbert Cellars – Romance her with the 2011 Mourvedre Rosé featuring delicate rose petal aromatics.
Kiona Vineyard – Crisp, dry First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc will pair magically with a variety of foods.
Two Mountain Winery – With strawberry aromas and a hint of kiwi, their 2011 Rosé is great for moms who love their wine both fruity and dry.
Tilth – Nothing sounds more enticing than Grand Marnier French Toast as a sweet delight for mom. Pair it with a mimosa on the Tilth patio during weekend brunch to let mom know she’s special.
Golden Beetle – Jazz up brunch with the powerful flavors of a Mediterranean breakfast. From the Eggplant Scramble bursting with flavors of paprika and cumin to the more traditional Herbed Falafel with fava beans, award winning chef Maria Hines will not disappoint.
Pecado Bueno – This California-style taqueria in Fremont is inviting mom to lounge by the fire or water fall on one of three outdoor patios. Treat her to a $3 Mommy Margarita made with 100 percent agave tequila and pair it with the fresh veggies and irresistible chorizo in the Chorizo Veggie Scramble. Bueno!
Vios – Give her a taste of Greece with Vios’ weekend brunch. Mom can get a sample of their pita bread trio with three different Greek dipping sauces, or go for a heartier two-skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce. The genuine hospitality felt at Vios will leave the whole family happy.
Cafe Flora – Celebrate their 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch offering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Their special set menu features an array of options from sweet to savory.
Dine in for fresh spring dishes like their Asparagus Benedict served with morel mushroom on an herbed polenta cake, or for a sweet treat, try their Banana Brule French Toast with house made mascarpone and caramel-rum sauce.
Their brunch menu is $30 per person and $12.50 for kids, listed in full on their website. Reservations available for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100.
Mother’s Day is the one day we get to truly celebrate this very special lady. Take our advice and make sure to do it in style with some fabulous eats and sparkling wines around the city.
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Pure Barre + Victoria’s Secret! 03.21.12
Swimsuit season is just around the corner and the ladies at Pure Barre and Victoria’s Secret know that means it’s time to get in shape! Pure Barre founder Carrie Dorr joined Victoria’s Secret for a live chat last night in New York City. She shows them a few keys moves to tone your abs, arms, hips, thighs and seat for summer.
Watch here to get the scoop on Pure Barre, at about 19 minutes in. Victoria’s Secret shares hair and makeup tips, new swimsuits and tips from the models themselves. Then get yourself to Pure Barre classes in Seattle or Bellevue and let them whip you in to shape in no time!
Pure Barre is the featured barre workout in the March “Health Issue” of 425 Magazine! It’s included in “Fresh Ways To Get Fit” when you want to ditch the gym routine and try something new and challenging. Pure Barre Bellevue is located in The Elements building across from The Bravern and right off 405 for easy access; free parking included. First class is free for new students and your first month unlimited is just $100!
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Theo Chocolate, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, black truffles and raspberry cocktails… it must be Valentine’s Day! No plans yet? We’ve got you covered with dinners, cocktails, cooking and even a pre-date workout with your cutie!
Tilth’s Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake
Spend San Valentino in tidbit bistro’s cozy and rustic setting with a special Spanish and Italian influenced menu featuring five courses for $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Start with the traditional and savory Empanadillas, ground lamb turnovers topped with romesco sauce and shaved parmesan; Lobster Ravioli Alla Panna, heart-shaped lobster ravioli with creamy sauce; Prime Rib With Budino, tender rare prime rib with Yorkshire mini-pudding and porcini mushroom reduction. A special wine and cocktail pairing featuring tidbit’s signature cocktail Cuoro Matte (crazy heart), Chartreuse, vodka, cream, Gianduia is available for $35. Please find full menu attached.
Call 206.323.0840 for reservations. tidbit bistro is located at 1401 Broadway, Seattle. Complimentary parking at Harvard Market while dining at tidbit! www.tidbitbistro.com
Set the stage for romance with an enticing four course dinner at CRUSH throughout Valentine’s weekend. Lovingly prepared by Chef Jason Wilson, the menu features options such as Potato Gnocchi with Perigord Black Truffle and gruyere cream, Main Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Slow Roasted Wild Salmon and Dungeness Crab-Fennel Salad. Optional menu supplements include Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ‘Steak’ with wild huckleberries, buttermilk Belgian waffle and endive as well as a Gift of Sweets. The menu will be offered Feb 11-14 in addition to the regular CRUSH menu. The four course menu is $77 per person with an optional wine pairing for $54. Tax and gratuity not included. Please find full menu attached.
Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874. Crush is located at 2319 E. Madison Street, Seattle. www.chefjasonwilson.com
Chef Maria Hines’ Tilth offers a beautiful four course dinner on Valentine’s Day, leaving room for you and your Valentine to have something different with three options under each course. Enjoy such options as Porcini Crème Brulee, Grilled Dakota Beef Top Sirloin with truffle potato purée and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The menu is offered only on Valentine’s Day for $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50. Excluding tax and gratuity. Please find attached the full menu with three options under each course.
Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Tilth is located at 1411 N. 45th Street, Seattle. www.tilthrestaurant.com
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s bar provides the perfect start to any evening with their dark wood finishes and expert bartenders who can shake up a mean one. This Valentine’s weekend they are mixing up a vibrant new cocktail to toast with your special someone! Stay for the best steak in town or head out to your next destination! Available February 11 – 14; $14.
The Red Velvet
2 oz Lindemans Raspberry Lambic
4 oz Prosecco
.5 oz Chambord
1 each Raspberry
In a mixing glass, stir in ingredients with two ounces of ice for five seconds. Strain into Champagne flute. Squeeze lemon peel over glass and discard peel. Garnish with fresh raspberry on a pick.
Call for reservations. Morton’s Seattle is located at 1511 6th Avenue, Seattle; 206.223.0550. Morton’s Portland is located at 213 S.W. Clay Street, Portland; 503.248.2100. Valet parking available. www.mortons.com/valentines/
Impress your date this Valentine’s weekend and cook a romantic Argentinean inspired meal with Estancia Lucia’s delicious specialty foods. Their chimichurri sauce works as the perfect marinade on meat or fish and a great accompaniment to vegetables or as a dip for bread. Start your meal with their Arauco green olives, unique to Argentina, or garnish your martini or bloody mary. Finish off your pasta or meat dish with a drizzle of their San Juan Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a flavor boost and a swirl of fresh aromatics.
Estancia Lucia products can be purchased at DiLaurenti’s, The Spanish Table, Bert’s Red Apple, Pasta & Co., and more! Check out their website for more retail locations and preparation ideas. www.magicroadinternational.com
Get sweaty before your date with Pure Barre! On February 14th show your significant other what you’ve been obsessing over for months now and treat them to a FREE Pure Barre class on Valentine’s Day. Reserve your place in class by signing up online or calling the studio. Offer applies to all regularly scheduled classes held on Monday, February 14th: 6, 8:30, 9:40 a.m. and 12, 5:30 and 6:40 p.m. Don’t forget about Pure Barre Seattle’s drop-in childcare at the IPA learning center all day for $5/child. Contact Ali at IPA.
Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village. www.purebarre.com
Calling all brides-to-be! If this is your year to tie-the-knot you’re probably crossing things off your to-do list left and right. Well we’re here to tell you not to wait until the last minute to get in shape and end up crash dieting two weeks before your big day. Instead, check out a Pure Barre class now in Seattle or Bellevue to get in shape for good and achieve long, lean muscle that will have you standing taller and looking more confidant during all of your wedding pics… not to mention your first dance. Pure Barre owner, Sami Sweeney, knows how to work your arms, abs, thighs and seat to increase your strength and tone your body to perfection.
Pure Barre is featured in the new issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom as one of every bride’s “Ten Most Wanted” secret weapons to looking elegant and poised on her wedding day! Check out Pure Barre below under “Head Up.” Click on the images for a closer look.