Archive | November, 2011

Dine Around Seattle: Cutters Bayhouse

30 Nov

A Northwest Staple : Salmon Chowder

Rated | Cool

Revealed | Good seafood spot near Pike Place Market 

Reminds me of | “Brandy” by Looking Glass

Last week I took part in my first ever Dine Around Seattle! The chosen restaurant for the evening was Cutters Bayhouse and boy did it not disappoint.  What stands out immediately about Cutters is its close proximity to Pike Place Market and wonderful views of Puget Sound. The south facing side of the restaurant looks over the Market while the west side looks out over the water. Talk about a view to die for. Even though I went on a rainy night, I could still see the lights from West Seattle twinkling across the way. Unfortunately, along with the great location and beautiful views comes lots and lots of people. Traffic around the Market  can be a nightmare so I recommend letting Cutters validate your parking.

Besides the view, I primarily chose Cutters because of their Dine Around Seattle menu. If you know me, you know that I love  seafood so this was right up my alley. My first course was smoked salmon chowder. YUMMY! I’m no food critic but that was the bomb.com. The second course was wild northwest salmon with couscous. I really enjoyed this dish because it was prepared and presented in a new and unique way for me.  To cap off the evening, I had an ice cream sundae for dessert. 

Seeing as Dine Around Seattle is over today (11/30) you may not get a chance to get 3 courses for $30 but don’t let that stop you from visiting Cutters. If you’re looking for a deal, check out their happy hour menu where most apps range from $5-$8.50 and wine, cocktails and draft beers are only $4. With those prices you really have no excuse not to go. See you there. 

 

Dine Around Seattle is over Nov. 30th - eek!

{far4} Findings

23 Nov

Rating | Cool

Revealed | An alternative place to shop downtown Seattle

Don’t just purchase gift cards this holiday, give them something unique…

One of my favorite things in the world is a hidden gift shop with special pieces that you could never find at Westlake Shopping Center. Searching for the perfect gift is always easier with a one of a kind item that inspires and automatically reminds you of that special person.

{far4} offers just that.  Tucked away on trendy 1st Avenue in Pioneer Square is the most exquisite little gift shop. {far4} specializes in one of a kind handmade gifts and decorative accessories. The store is run by brother and sister, Yuri & Jenny. The best part about {far4} is their unique porcelain collection made by their family’s studio in Moscow, Russia (I was gifted a porcelain strawberry, which I simply adore).

Beyond their porcelain, I was immediately drawn to their jewelry selection, which features pieces by Amanda Pearl, Kimberly Baker and Gabriela Artigas. All of the pieces are uniquely selected to not only be fashionable, but artistic as well.

Shopping for someone special or for a particular event? {far4} has you covered. Their website, which offers even more products than their store, has gifts organized by every occasion!

As if shopping wasn’t enough, {far4} often has in store events that allow shoppers to meet & greet with featured artists and designers. Find out about their upcoming events and specials by liking them on facebook.

SR wants to reveal this to you because everyone deserves a little something special-something you can’t find elsewhere and will stop people in their tracks and ask you where you got it from. 

Check out some of my findings…

Amanda Pearl Gold Wood Necklace

Laurent Desgrange Bow Tie

Porcelain Studio Klimenkoff Carnation

Soul Singer Allen Stone Announces Seattle Concert

22 Nov

Tickets will sell out, get em now

Seattle's Allen Stone stole the show at CityArts Fest 2011

 If this was the Marvin Gaye days, ladies, we’d have thrown our panties on the stage…yes, he’s that good.
 
Rating | Crazy-Sexy-Cool
Revealed | A new soul experience with an old school sound
Reminds me of | The feeling I get from The Sing-Off or this epic cover of James Brown’s It’s a Man’s World
 

An on-air, in-studio performance on Seattle’s KUOW radio was more than enough inspiration to harness my inner stalker researcher and dig up info about an unfamiliar voice that soothed my ears and went straight to my soul. His name was Allen Stone. When I didn’t find future tour dates listed online, I went to the next best resource – Facebook.

“Hey Allen, just heard you on NPR. You’re dope. When’s your next show?!?” and whaddya know, he wrote me back. “I’m performing at CityArts…” I hate love social media sometimes. Sometimes.

My plan was to get tickets as soon as they went on sale. As usual, life and that pesky thing called work got in the way. With a week or two left until the show, I was making a stop at the Triple Door to go buy tickets – only to have my dreams crushed by a tweet “@SeattleRevealed Yup, sorry. The rumor is true, tickets are  sold out.” F! I spent about 5 minutes being depressed and then went into beast mode. Skipping all the meticulous details, I learned that he was doing an impromptu show at Far4, singing in a Stevie Wonder Tribute and performing as the musical guest on King5’s New Day Northwest. I struck out with the first two but you betta believe I was in the front row for New Day Northwest with my biggest groupie grin #1fan level of enthusiasm.

This young brotha, a mere 24 years old, had the entire audience enthralled by his performance. The Gen-Yers in the audience by far weren’t the only ones ready for an encore. In fact, almost as much as he impressed Conan O’Brien, he wow-ed a 70 year old couple who told him after the show that “they know music and [he] was really good.”

So, bummed as I was that Allen’s CityArts Fest Thursday performance was sold out, I was pretty damn happy about my up-close and personal in-studio performance. Icing on the cake? The Friday night headliner for CityArts Fest bailed (wah) and Allen came in and saved the day. He filled the main floor and most of the second floor at Nuemos – with ~6 hours’ notice. I even had enough time to cancel shift my dinner plans and bring my crew. The show was everything a show should be, energizing, soul-touching and thought-provoking. In a word: dope. In lieu of panty throwing, we waved our arms, jumped up and down and screamed for an encore. Don’t let the granny sweater and the Shaun White hair fool ya, Allen Stone has a captivating voice that will stop you in your tracks and subsequently give you chills.

Clearly, my friends and I had a fabulous time and quite frankly we got lucky that there was less than one day notice about the Friday show because I have no doubt the tickets would have sold out. I’m sharing this long-winded story to convey that HIS JANUARY SHOW WILL SELL OUT, he announced it last week and last I checked the tickets we half gone. He’s the real deal…if you don’t wanna take my word for it, perhaps The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, okayplayer, MTV, The Washington Post, and CNN have some insights you’d find valuable.

Remarkably still unsigned, Allen has been compared to vocal stylings of  Stevie Wonder, the sultry falsetto of a pre-“Evolution” Robin Thicke, and the southern soul of Anthony Hamilton (a personal favorite of mine). Here are my favorites song so far, enjoy!

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