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Portland Day Trip: Seattle's Calling

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If you're screening your calls down here in Portland, Ore., you probably don't pick up. It's a love/hate relationship with our northern neighbor, from where I sit in PDX. But sometimes you just have to set aside differences and respect that Seattle has more than the Seahawks going for it.
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Seattle, WA, USA
The state of Washington made a landmark decision in November 2012. Besides reelecting President Obama for a second term, the folks here in the NW corner legalized marijuana for public consumption for people 21 and older. This is potentially the...
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515 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Here I am, back at another version of the Renaissance family of hotels, this time in the outlier Emerald City. No flying monkeys bothering me at the bar. No ruby slippers. Just a really well-run establishment with great views and accommodations to...
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721 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
My date had a conference at the Seattle Convention Center next-door to the Grand Hyatt and asked me to tag along. I figured I could do some recon on the eating and drinking scene downtown. I'm not a big fan of "business hotels" like the Hyatt....
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4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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As the PDX local expert, I do try to venture north every now and again to observe how the neighbors are getting along. Roux is a wonderful wisp of fresh energy for the SEA food scene. From the striking location on Fremont to the cajun cooking with...
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2020 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
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It seems you can't turn around in Seattle these days without running into a Tom Douglas joint. Etta's is one of the unpretentious stars of this franchise, tucked in among three of his restaurants in the Pike. Of the lot, Etta's is my current...
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1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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We wandered into Plum on a recent Seattle swing looking for something different for lunch. How fortuitous to find this Capital Hill hangout with a flair for everything vegan. Being a "bacon-tarian," I need to be moderately motivated to step into...
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1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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The Tamarind Tree proves you can take the Vietnamese out of Vietnam. This place makes every effort to keep their traditional cuisine in tow. It is tucked in a corner of a Little Saigon business complex with no street signage. Having spent time all...
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2010 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
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This Seattle hangout on the edge of Pike Place Market is another installment in the Tom Douglas restaurant empire. The place exudes nautical casual with a real homeport feel. Pendleton Blankets slung over the chairs on the patio seating define...
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1700 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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There is an initial stir walking into blueacre. It's just a little too perfect. The raw bar, split seating areas, private dining room, the art, the simplicity. Maybe just a little over-thought on ticking all the design boxes. That all fades upon...
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2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
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Many consider breakfast the most important meal of the day, so it has to be big, good, or both. The innovative approach Lola takes in redefining breakfast classics manages to catapult it into the later. Something as simple as a doughnut becomes...
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1014 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
This little bakery bistro up the hill on Madison is a welcomed spot for something sweet or savory. The coffee is the first order of business in the morning, followed by a pastry treat for it to wash down. The salted caramel croissant fills the...