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  • Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12



    With summer upon us, Seattle’s top-notch restaurants are progressively opening their long awaited outdoor patios for guests to further enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch. The time to dive into cold, handcrafted cocktails, up to half off menu items, and lounge in the open air with good company has arrived at last. For restaurants offering reservations, book online or call directly.

    Listed as one of Seattle’s finest, Golden Beetle is not only offering outdoor patio seating, but also $4 per plate happy hour specials daily from 5-6 p.m. Experience the spices and flavors of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with small plates of Skagit Valley Mini Burgers, Lamb Chickpea Stew, or Spiced French Fries with harissa aioli. The outdoor tables present a perfect way to unwind with happy hour specials of $3 house wines by the glass, $4 wells, $2 Rainier Draft, and exceptional cocktail specials daily for only $7.

    Tilth’s outdoor seating makes the experience of organically certified, New American cuisine even more unique during weekend brunch or nightly dinner. The menu is always evolving to capture the freshest ingredients from local farmers, with dishes such as Housemade Potato Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Sockeye Salmon, and one of the most popular menu items, Mini Duck Burgers. All plates are available in large or small portions encouraging guests to mix and match to diversify their dining experience.

    At Crush, the Modern American, award-winning menu items are all patio friendly, serving beautifully crafted dishes and tempting wines from around the world. Arouse your senses with culinary creations of Waygu Beef Carpaccio and Parisian Tartar, Ahi Tuna Crudo with Sunchoke Puree, or Sautéed Sea Scallops and Roasted Porcini. Enjoy happy hour on the patio or in the bar with all menu items under $12 and Crush’s wines by the glass poured as flights of 2 oz tasters for $12, every Sunday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.



    For a fresh new vibe of Modern American cuisine, dine at Lloyd Martin in the heart of Queen Anne (pictured above). Stop by during “Social Hour” for the perfect time to mingle and enjoy special pricing at the bar Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Using high quality ingredients to distinguish their Social Hour menu, the $5 plates become a steal of a deal. Chef-Owner Sam Crannell changes the menu daily with such items as Croque Madame, Lamb Meatballs with ramps, Foie Gras, and Housemade Fresh Mozzarella. Drink specials include $3 craft drafts, $6 wines by the glass and endless options for personalized cocktails around $8.

    Vegetarian favorite Cafe Flora is offering patio garden seating, surrounding guests with scents of fresh herbs, which they will often find garnishing their favorite dishes. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. with 50 percent off all starters, $3 drafts, $6 wines, $1 off well drinks and a rotating $6 cocktail special. Happy hour items range from Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with an ancho chile barbeque sauce, Garlic-Tamari Edamame, to a unique Pecan Lentil Pate. Check the menu board or ask your server for their daily cocktail specials, relax and soak up the sun!

    Enjoy Pecado Bueno’s signature $3, 100% agave tequila margarita and special happy hour menu now being served on all three outdoor patios from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close, daily. Dive into $5 and under small plates of Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, Spicy Black Bean & Carnitas Soup, three Soft Tacos or three Taquitos with your choice of meat. Drink specials include $5 wells, $3.50-$4.75 drafts, $5 housemade sangria, $5-$6 wines, as well as $7.50 and under festive taqueria style cocktails. The outdoor patios feature a fire pit, waterfall and more.

    For a retro style Chinese experience, Lucky 8s China House is offering weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and daily 10 p.m.-1 a.m. with $4 wines, $2 PBR, and $4 wells. The specialty food menu tempts customers with $1-$2.50 small plates featuring items such as Szechuan Rib, Pork Bao, Hot & Sour Soup, and Egg or Spring Rolls. Their signature Dragon Fire Shrimp is featured for just $6.

    Vios is welcoming guests to their outdoor patio to enjoy authentic and inspired Greek lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Enjoy authentic dips such as Babaganoush, Olive Tapenades or Hummus with warm pita bread for under $5.50, or a traditional Greek Salad to start. For heartier entrees, the Caramelized Onion Gyro Flat Iron Steak or Two-Skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce will hit the spot. Kids menu items offered as well, including traditional Mezze, Mac and Cheese or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

    Lots of options for what we are hoping is a long, sun-filled summer! Cheers to happy hour and outdoor dining season!

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  • 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!

    Pure Barre
    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.

    Dining
    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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  • Vios Cafe & Marketplace Evolves 04.24.12



    Vios Café & Marketplace, nestled on Capitol Hill’s 19th Avenue, is evolving and expanding its interior and offerings. If you walked into Vios for its inaugural brunch this past weekend you probably noticed some of the changes. As reported by The Seattle Times, the well-known kid-friendly restaurant modified its dining room to cater to various diners including large groups and couples while retaining the kids play area and family-friendly hospitality. The neighborhood favorite is also undergoing changes to its Marketplace by doubling its retail and to-go area to bring in additional local and imported products, more to-go items and wine sales. We can definitely toast to that!

    Read more about Vios’ evolution and all of its new offerings in The Seattle Times and stay tuned for additional teasers on menu items, imported Greek and European favorites, and more!

    In the meantime, read on for more about the new brunch menu. Weekend mornings in Seattle just got better!

    Vios offers spins on traditional breakfast items such as the Vios Benedict with a potato latke or Our Big Fat Greek Breakfast with sausage, scrambled eggs, scallions, kasseri and tomato. The traditional Israeli breakfast of Shakshuka, featuring Anaheim and Serrano chilies peppers and tomato sauce basted eggs, chicken or lamb Souvlaki or a trio sampler with Vios’ famed Babaganoush, Hommus and Tzatziki. Steel Cut Oatmeal and Homemade Yogurt with Semolina Waffles fall on the lighter side of brunch offerings.

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  • Greek Easter at Vios on Sunday 04.09.12


    Our traditional Easter Sunday might be over, but now’s your chance to celebrate Easter like they do in Greece! That’s right, Greek Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 15 and you can take part in the festivities at Vios Cafe & Marketplace from 1-3 p.m.

    As told by the Capitol Hill Blog and Seattle Weekly, Vios has a long tradition on Capitol Hill and in years past, chef-owner Thomas Soukakos (pictured above) has invited friends, family and neighbors to the restaurant for a private Greek Easter celebration. Now he is opening his doors for the first time for others to experience the Greek holiday and we can’t wait! The nine-course Easter lunch will include many Greek Easter traditions including a whole spit roasted lamb and mayiritsa, a traditional soup eaten at midnight on Easter morning after attending church.

    Below is a sneak peak of the tasty, traditional Greek Easter menu. Read on, lick those lips and make your reservations for Sunday by calling (206) 329-3236 or online.

    Mezze Plates
    Lamb Loukaniko with cumin and orange
    Stuffed Grape Leaves and Tzatziki
    Spinach and Feta Pie
    Fava with red onion and fried capers

    Entree
    Orzo with tomato sauce and mythithra
    Kretan Dako Salata with tomato and feta
    Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and lemon
    Spit Roasted Lamb

    Desserts
    Apricot –Pistachio Baklava with orange and cardamom
    Koulourakia –Greek Cookies

    Just $35 per person, $12 for kids over 10 years of age (under 10 can order from the regular kids menu). Only offered at the Capitol Hill location.

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  • Welcoming Vios Cafe & Marketplace as our new client! 03.23.12



    Many know Vios Café & Marketplace for its genuine hospitality, authentic and inspired Greek food, and the warm nature of chef-owner Thomas Soukakos. We are thrilled to be working with Thomas and his restaruant family at Vios! Rustic and comfortable, families with children, couples and groups feel the generous spirit and celebrated food as translated through Thomas and his culinary talents. A mainstay for Seattle families, stay tuned for celebrations, exciting news and more in the coming months! We look forward to gathering around the table with family, friends, Thomas and you at Vios!

    Check them out online and on Facebook!

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