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The interesting and diverse charcuterie plates at The Shambles are a highlight of an already exciting menu. People around the city are responding, and the restaurant remains packed nearly every night,
Photo by Ryan Murray The interesting and diverse charcuterie plates at The Shambles are a highlight of an already exciting menu. People around the city are responding, and the restaurant remains packed nearly every night,
Sunday, February 18, 2018 11:56 AM
Meat’s on the menu at Maple Leaf’s instant hit The Shambles.
  • 5 Tips for a Great Season of Winter Sports

    It’s time to enjoy all your favorite winter sports. Whether you are traveling afar to hit the slopes or enjoying a close-to-home day of sledding and snow ball fights, it’s important to keep in mind that outdoor adventure in cooler weather requires preparation.

    Here are five tips to help you best enjoy the season.
    1. Dress for Warmth. Going on a ski weekend? Ice skating? To avoid exposure, ensure your clothes and accessories will stand up to the elements. They should be waterproof, windproof and durable, for maximize comfort, warmth and safety.

  • Seattle City Council to consider SR 520 O&M agreement

    SDOT is asking the Seattle City Council to approve an operations and maintenance agreement that lays out the future roles of the city and state following completion of the State Route 520 West Approach Bridge South replacement that will come with added public amenities.

  • Top-3 healthy habits for 2019

    Resolutions don’t work. New habits, however, work like a charm! If you haven’t read the book, “Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, and you’re looking to form some new (good) habits, or break old habits, I would highly recommend it.

    Now that it’s already 2019, it’s time we used our habit-forming ability for our own good — and it isn’t as hard as you might think. The hardest part about starting a healthy habit is just starting, so I’ve outlined what I think to be the three most important habits you can develop in 2019, and a few simple ways you can start doing them.

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  • HeartBeet Cafe offers raw-food options in Queen Anne
    Monika Kinsman’s HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe is keeping it raw and healthy after opening in Queen Anne at the beginning of the month.
    HeartBeet operated in Roosevelt for a decade, and Kinsman had been eyeing Queen Anne for a second location. With the loss of parking and other access challenges created by construction of the Roosevelt light rail station, she decided to close shop there, she said.
  • The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors voted unanimously on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to approve an expansion that will make Seattle home to the 32nd NHL franchise team beginning in the 2021-22 season.
    “Seattle, the NHL is thrilled to welcome you,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during a Tuesday news conference. “I know, obviously, that those words are words that the passionate and patient fans in Seattle have longed to hear.”
    The Seattle team, which still lacks a name, will play in the NHL’s Pacific Division, the board also voting Tuesday to move the Arizona Coyotes into the Central Division.
  • ‘Annie’ brings out the sun
    How many adjectives are you allowed when you praise a musical? Unlimited, if you’re writing about 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of the vintage Broadway musical, “Annie,” which is happily nestled in the theatre’s Christmas show slot.
    “Annie” is one of the best musical theater productions this critic has seen in Seattle. Thanks to the talented director, Billie Wildrick, everything about it works perfectly. The cast is fantastic, and the music, scenery and costumes are marvelous. The choreography is terrific. And, as an added bonus, you can hear and understand every word.
  • Thunderpussy ringing in new year at the Showbox
    Thunderpussy lead vocalist Molly Sides found out the Showbox was slated to come down when she saw an article about it in the paper.
    “I immediately was like, ‘F*** no. No, no,” she said.
    The Seattle rock band, which put out its self-titled debut album earlier this year through Stardog Records/Republic Records, got its start at The Showbox and other iconic music venues in the city.
    Sides said Thunderpussy reached out to the Showbox crew.
    “And immediately I was like, ‘We will chain ourselves to the tree outside; we will not let go,’” Sides said.
  • Van Gogh’s life told with tortured sincerity in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’
    Many have struggled to get inside Vincent Van Gogh’s mind.
    The painter — who famously suffered from mental health problems, never sold a painting during his life, and has become one of the most influential artists of all time — is something of an enigma. A short artistic period that involved even more curious events than those surrounding his untimely death.
    Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate” starts with a relatively straightforward idea of his character: “I want to be one of them,” Van Gogh says in a voiceover at the beginning. That philosophy extends to nearly everywhere Van Gogh goes; for the artists collective he sits near but does not participate in, or the townspeople who ostracize him for his peculiar takes on the nature that surrounds them.
    It’s from this place, this tortured sincerity that drives Willem Dafoe’s Van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate.” That portrayal colors the entire world of the film, both literally — sometimes we see the world tinged with yellow, as if emulating his “yellow bias” in his paintings — and metaphorically. When Van Gogh is upset, audio loops back, creating a sort of round effect with different enunciation and delivery, as if to highlight the disconnect between reality and the memories forming in his mind.

    Seattle’s MVPs behind the KeyArena’s clearance for an $850 million expansion broke ground on the two-year project on Wednesday, Dec. 5, a day after hockey fans learned the city will once again be home to an NHL team.

    The iconic roof to the KeyArena will be raised and preserved during construction, as developer Oak View Group expands the arena from 400,000 square feet to 750,000, which involves going an additional 15 feet down.

  • (StatePoint) Did you know that the choices your local grocery store makes can have a global impact on the environment? From the types and brands of seafood sold to the way foods are packaged and carried out of the store, oceans worldwide are affected by the operations of grocers near you.
    Fortunately, supermarkets across the country have made significant progress over the last 10 years when it comes to providing sustainable seafood options to customers, according to a new Greenpeace report, “Carting Away the Oceans.” From advocacy and transparency initiatives to addressing illegal fishing, many major retailers nationwide are improving. Overall, 90 percent of the retailers profiled in the report received passing scores, 10 years after every single retailer failed Greenpeace’s first assessment. However, experts say that the momentum of this positive trend should be applied to other areas of sustainability, too.
  • Locals roll out first Cinnaholic in Washington

    Cinnamon rolls are a sweet treat mostly associated with breakfast. The fully customizable spirals coming out of Cinnaholic in Capitol Hill have late-night fans too.

    “And everybody takes pictures of their rolls,” said Maysaa Abouhamze.

    Abouhamze and Trieva Katsandres opened the first Cinnaholic plant-based bakery franchise in Washington, at the corner of Broadway and East Pike Street, in late October.

  • Sound Transit  board clears RapidRide improvement project to proceed

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors last Thursday approved a project to improve RapidRide C and D routes ahead of construction of the West Seattle and Ballard Link light rail extensions, as well as amending the 2018 budget to cover the costs of a preliminary engineering phase.

    The RapidRide C route runs from Westwood Village to South Lake Union, while RapideRide D runs from Crown Hill to Downtown, with stops in Ballard and Uptown.

  • Venom, more than expected

    In 1984 Todd McFarland and David Michelinite created the iconic and sleek black “Alien Costume” for Marvel Comics’ “The Amazing Spider-Man #252,” and I went crazy. I remember being a kid and looking at Spider-Man and thinking, “This is the coolest thing ever.” Then, in May of 1988, when Venom stepped onto the scene as Spider-Man’s new, big, bad rival in Issue 300, I lost my mind.

    The character made his first screen appearance in “Spider-Man 3,” played by Topher Grace, and it was a huge letdown. Bad writing and bad casting of one my childhood favorite comic book villains was a big disappointment for fans like me.

  • Tom Nissley is hopeful he can open Madison Books in Madison Park by November, filling a void felt in the neighborhood for more than a decade.

    “We just get that there’s this hunger for having this store right in the middle of everything,” said Nissley, who has owned Phinney Books in Phinney Ridge since 2014.
    The bookstore wasn’t his idea, but that of longtime resident Susan Moseley, who spent some time reaching out to potential partners before tapping Nissley.

  • Final EIS released on $700M KeyArena renovation
    The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has published the final environmental impact statement for the $700 million KeyArena renovation project that could start construction this fall.
  • Seattle could have ended up looking a lot different, and transit advocates would have a lot more to worry about, if a coalition of concerned residents hadn’t stepped up 50 years ago.
  • Sometimes, people bring fears with them into the kitchen. 
    It’s something Hsiao-Ching Chou has seen first hand, both in her time as a food editor and a cooking instructor.
  • Seattle neighborhoods have options for emergency preparedness
  • New Seasons Market, a Portland-based grocery store chain, invited neighbors and community members to join the opening day and “Bread Breaking” celebrations to mark the opening of its newest store in the Ballard neighborhood.

    The “friendliest store in town,” located at 951 NW Ballard Way, marks the second Puget Sound location for Portland-based New Seasons Market.

  • Stampede Cocktail Club not afraid of fun
    Out in Fremont for a late night? Not sure where you can get some dumplings, an inventive cocktail and an Instagram photo of a dinosaur head?
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