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Celebrity Chef Tour Offers Reasons to Be Thankful

Every year or two, the Celebrity Chef Tour rolls through Seattle. The event typically pairs a well-known chef from outside the area with a local one; for example, in 2010, Trellis‘ Brian Scheehser worked with Top Chef contestant Richard Blais. The Celebrity Chef Tour benefits…
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Passport to Pleasure: Two Idyllic Nights in the Yakima Valley

I reported previously about travel to the Yakima Valley, which is a fun escape from Seattle, albeit a bit restaurant-challenged. If you’re searching for something special, something romantic, you’ll need to go beyond Yakima and get into the countryside. Oh, there are decent places to…
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Tennis Champions Play in Seattle (and Pick Their Favorite Foods)

The 2011 Champions Series rolled into town last night. As part of the 12-city tour, the city of Seattle got a rare glimpse of live, professional (or former professional) tennis. Featuring tennis icons like Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, and Jimmy Connors (who was playing in…
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Food, Fabulous Food, in the Week Ahead

Hungry? Hang on, as it’s a big week of eating ahead. Saturday, October 15 (from 1:30 to 3:00pm) will be Sushi Sampling to the Northwest Nikkei Museum. Sponsored by the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, this free event will feature sushi demonstrations, samplings,…
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Passport to Pleasure: Onshore at Orcas (Part 2)

After a fun first day on Orcas Island, you’ll find that waking up on the island brings a further sense of relaxation. And a desire for exploration, at whatever pace you’d like. Enjoy a slow, well-deserved morning with your loved one, lingering over breakfast at…
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Passport to Pleasure: Onshore at Orcas (Part 1)

Tickled by the notion of overnights after last week’s Passport to Pleasure at Hotel 1000, it’s time to embark on a series of more distant trips. Let’s start with Orcas Island, the largest and most rugged of the San Juan Islands. So close, and yet…
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Passport to Pleasure: Happy Hours and Happy Times During a 1st Avenue Overnight at Downtown’s Hotel 1000

How about golf, a spa, a comfortable room with scenic views, and a wide variety of interesting dining options—right in or outside your hotel on 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle? There’s also a world of restaurants right outside the door. If I was visiting Seattle…
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A Slimy Meal at Maneki with Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern

So far this week, there have been Andrew Zimmern sightings at The Walrus and the Carpenter, Fu Lin (not a place I’d recommend for ramen), and Marination Mobile, a few of the places he’s visiting while shooting a Seattle-area episode of Bizarre Foods. Perhaps most…
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Passport to Pleasure: See the Views and Enjoy Some Chews in Ballard

Not long ago, the main thing to love about Ballard was lutefisk. But Ballard has changed. There’s much to do in this popular neighborhood—so much, that we’ll be revisiting for future reports. For now, let’s focus on what to do when you bring your love…
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Andrew Zimmern Bringing His Bizarre Food Beat to Seattle

So just where will Zimmern find freaky food in Seattle? Early word is that he’ll be hitting eateries old and new. In the middle of the week on a day that begins with a “W,” look for Zimmern to be munching on SPAM musubi at Marination Mobile (and maybe checking out other food trucks), and then sucking down ika no shiokara (fermented squid guts) and more delicious delights at Maneki.
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