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1308 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
The 5th Avenue Theatre began as a vaudeville stage in 1924 and evolved over the decades into a movie palace. When the original theater closed down in 1978, a group of local businesses formed the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association and raised...
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600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
One of the country's largest Asian markets, this massive complex has anchored the International District since 1928—and contains a Japanese bookstore, a 12-station food court, and a Taiwanese hot-pot hot spot: The Boiling Point. Its shelves...
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1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
A neighborhood bar with Italian flair, Bar Cotto offers a carefully edited menu of pizza, vegetables, bruschetta, and local and imported cured meats. The Corona bean and cauliflower salad with currants and rosemary is a must-try, while the creamy...
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1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
The Center for Wooden Boats is a great place to learn about Seattle's maritime history. Free boat rides on Sundays, sailing classes for adults and children as well as boat rentals and a center full of knowledgable and enthusiastic people! Open...
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1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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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501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
There’s nothing fancy about Ezell’s, a hole-in-the-wall fried chicken joint in Seattle's Central District—there isn’t even seating. But that’s not the point. You don’t go to Ezell’s for the ambience; you go for the crispy, batter-fried drumsticks,...
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2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum is a lesser-known Seattle gem. It features a large botanical garden, a Japanese garden, a fragrance garden, and a waterfront walking trail. There are bike trails,...
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316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Serious Pie is one of local celebrity chef Tom Douglas’s restaurants—and his take on a pizza parlor. The pies are rustic, free-form creations with unusual ingredient combinations; the best way to experience them is to order several and share. The...
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2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Sonic Boom Records is a large, dog-friendly independent music store on Ballard’s main shopping stretch. They have new and used CDs and vinyl for the collectors, and the knowledgeable staff is happy to help you find whatever you’re looking for....
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601 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
If there’s such a thing as a single “Seattle style” for women, it’s probably epitomized by the charmingly craftsy, slightly bohemian, shabby-chic goods for sale at Burnt Sugar. From knitted hat to knee-high Frye boot, with all kinds of...
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1333 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Centrally located, but in a quiet commercial building, Origin is one downtown restaurant where it's easy to walk in and get a table even during the lunch rush — or, better yet, an outside spot on their large, sunny patio. Origin offers a wide,...
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1009 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
When a restaurant’s logo consists of bulbs of garlic, you can consider yourself warned. Mediterranean Kitchen uses liberal amounts of the stuff in their delectably aromatic Middle Eastern dishes. Their meals are a great value, since they include a...
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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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1419 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
chocolate mounds, chocolate mountains, chocolate rockies, chocolate apples - need I go on? one of the best Sunday afternoon desserts.
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3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
I'm so glad that my long time friend that had just moved to Seattle, decided to take me here for our reunion dinner. It's the first restaurant from husband and wife cooking ensemble Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi and it's a part of the cool Fremont...
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5408 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Venue combines work studio spaces for some artists and designers with a consignment boutique for even more. You’ll find local art, notecards, hand-thrown ceramics, photography, jewelry, bags and small gift items from over 40 Seattle artists. With...
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200 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Benaroya Hall is the home of the Seattle Symphony, but even if you don’t consider yourself a lover of classical music, there’s a wide variety of performances for all tastes. In 2014, the Seattle Speakers series will feature National Geographic...
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3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
The Whale Wins is the latest restaurant from award winning chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale-and it will completely steal both your heart and your taste buds. The venue is truly the 'lively, light filled, cottage-like...
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1005 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Caffe Vita is an independently owned Seattle coffee company that's been roasting coffee locally since 1995. The Capitol Hill location isn't the original store (that's in Queen Anne), but it is one of the nicest — a large, two-story place with...
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419 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Banh mi shops inspire fierce loyalty among their fans, and Sub Sand has a strong following. They’re a little more expensive than some of the other Vietnamese delis in the neighborhood, but their subs are almost all under $5; the lemongrass chicken...
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2100 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
A piece of cinematic history, Seattle’s Cinerama is one of only three movie theaters in the world still capable of showing three-strip Cinerama films (as well as 35/70mm films). Recently remodeled, the large theater is full of old-time glamour,...
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2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Part restaurant and part performance venue, the Rendezvous is a full night out in one cozy spot. The restaurant has typical bar food (burgers, salads, deep-fried snacks) that's basic but good; happy hour goes from 3-6 pm daily with food specials....
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1532 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market is a spacious, sunlit, vintagey-looking indoor market with a variety of artisanal and locally made foods: Rain Shadow Meats, Calf & Kid cheese, the Marigold & Mint flower shop, and Taylor Shellfish. There are also a...
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1400 S Lane St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
The Dearborn Goodwill store is the biggest in Seattle, so try not to get overwhelmed when you walk into this roughly Costco-sized warehouse. Everything from men's and women's clothing and shoes, housewares, furniture, toys and games, and oddball...
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124 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
My goal is to experience something new and out of the ordinary every time I travel, and that is exactly what happened when I stepped into my first Bar Method class while looking for my best serendipitous moment in Seattle Before8. Bar Method...
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Westlake, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Tuesday nights from May till September. Sailboats in the city.
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3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
The sun sets over the snow-capped mountains of the Olympics and the Puget Sound from the Seattle waterfront.
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424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Dim sum lines can get painfully long on weekends and Jade Garden is no exception, but they have a large dining room and seem to turn over tables faster than other places, so the wait usually isn’t too bad. If it’s busy and you’re willing to share...
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92 Pike St # B, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Pike Place Market isn’t just fish-throwing and flower bouquets: it’s also home to Left Bank Books, a collectively owned and operated anarchist bookstore that sells primarily political and philosophical nonfiction, but also literary...
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216 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Someday I hope to go here -- you can apply (1500 people apply for 40 spots each year) and if accepted, you go for FREE and you get delicious food, beautiful surroundings, your own cottage, and what they call "radical hospitality," which is...
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1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Located near Seattle University, Café Presse is a little taste of Paris at a student-friendly budget. The welcoming, spacious café features Caffe Vita coffee and house-made pastries, French wines, a full bar, and a small but tasty menu of casual...
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Bellevue, WA, USA
If you’re ready to take your love of macarons to the next level, who better than a Parisienne to teach you how to bake them? At Paris Eastside, you’ll learn the fundamentals, enjoy a glass of perfectly paired wine, and make sweet and savory...
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100 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Before there was Whole Foods, there was Metropolitan Market in Seattle, Washington. It's the place where I can always find more than three brands of kombucha tea, organic yogurt from all around the world, and a great selection of microbrews and...
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85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Walk, cycle or people-watch along the shores of Elliott Bay, a downtown stretch known for its circusy flair and spectacular vistas. You can ride the Great Wheel or visit the beloved Seattle Aquarium, home to wolf eels, sea otters, and the world's...
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214 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
This section of the Pioneer Square area has been designated by the city as a place where local artists can display their work. It's a lively place to enjoy a latte or go on a walk.
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145 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Walking into Velouria is like stepping right inside the handmade and vintage web marketplace, Etsy. Located in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, it's filled with carefully crafted dresses, swimwear with vintage flair, and all sorts of accessories.
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4306 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
For a great selection of art, jewelry, apparel, and decor from local Northwest artists, it’s hard to beat Twilight Gallery & Boutique. Their spacious West Seattle gallery/shop at the Alaska Junction carries leather goods, modern jewelry, quirky...
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5344 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
A little gem of a store located on a cobbled brick side street in Ballard, Horseshoe has a fun, casual hipster-boho-chic aesthetic and beautiful clothes and jewelry, whether you’re shopping for a professional work look or a wedding outfit. Their...
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4110, 4553 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Not to be confused with Pegasus Pizza (also in West Seattle) or Pegasus Coffee Bar, Pegasus Book Exchange is one of several used bookstores in the Alaska Junction. Trade in your old books and get store credit towards new-to-you ones. They...
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4516 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Like many antique stores, the Antique Mall of West Seattle somehow seems bigger on the inside than on the outside. Step through the narrow entryway and you’ll be confronted with stacks, piles, mountains of treasures from yesteryear — everything...
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4455 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
A West Seattle institution, Funky Jane’s has been around for over 20 years (as you might infer from the name). Sellers can bring in their unwanted women’s clothing, clean and in good condition, to be sold for store credit or cash; buyers get...
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4537 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Just down the street from Pegasus Book Exchange, the Alaska Junction’s other used bookstore, Merryweather Books, is a small but friendly shop with a long history; it’s the new incarnation of Leisure Books, which was around for over 20...
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608 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Chinatown, aka the International District, isn’t all souvenir stores and dim sum; there are museums, galleries, and indie boutiques like Tuesday Scarves. Owner/designer Rian Robison's tiny shop is brightly decorated with long, looped infinity...
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4733 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Even if you can’t draw a straight line, you’ll enjoy Northwest Art & Frame’s impressive selection of notecards and stationery, travel-friendly handbags, party supplies, candles and soaps, and kids’ toys and games. Half of the large store is...
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2220 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Called “one of the five best music stores in America” by the Wall Street Journal, Bop Street is a vinyl collector’s paradise, with a genre-ranging inventory of over half a million titles. The store has been around for nearly 30 years and is still...
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3504 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
It’s basically a universally acknowledged truth that a true Seattle used bookstore must have a resident cat, and Ophelia's Books, in Fremont, is no exception. Well-organized and eclectic, they carry out-of-print and one-of-a-kind treasures....
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7 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
In case the unthinkable happens and you run out of reading material while visiting Seattle, there’s an inexpensive solution at hand: Mercer Street Books. Located in Lower Queen Anne, this little used bookstore offers a general selection of...
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5408 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Venue Studios & Boutique is a combination of work studio spaces for artists and designers, and a consignment boutique for over 40 Seattle artists and designers. You’ll find local art, notecards, hand-thrown ceramics, photography, jewelry, bags,...
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1535 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
It should come as no surprise that Seattle has an umbrella boutique downtown. What might be a surprise is the fact that you can rent umbrellas by the day (and that a single day’s rental might be what you were expecting to pay to purchase one...
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1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Don’t be discouraged when you see the long line winding through the store, out onto the sidewalk, and back into the building — it moves surprisingly fast, and Piroshky Piroshky is worth it. Plus, the wait will give you time to peruse the glass...
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1400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Japonessa is a “sushi cocina” that blends traditional sushi techniques with south-of-the-border ingredients like jalapeno, cilantro, and mango. It also has one of downtown’s best sushi happy hours — if you can get in. Happy hour is every day from...
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301 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” has been a beloved Northwest holiday tradition for years. For the 2015 holiday season, the ballet has retired the old Maurice Sendak-designed sets in favor of a brand-new set designed by children’s...
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1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
If the ice cream truck is the original food truck, Street Treats is going back to its roots with homemade, custom ice cream sandwiches. The cookies come in flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter, molasses, and snickerdoodle, filled with...
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1318 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Created by the owners of Quinn’s Pub (another Capitol Hill foodie spot), Restaurant Zoe’s goal is to be an energetic urban bistro known for good food and service. Dinner fare favors the carnivorous, and includes steak tartare, black cod, and spicy...
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1501 Pike Pl #322, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
B L M F Literary Saloon is proof that there are treasures to be found for the patient visitor who wanders down to the less-frequented lower levels of Pike Place Market. For more than 17 years, J.B. Johnson has owned this cozy, lovingly curated...
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1807 42nd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Madison Park is just five minutes from downtown Seattle. Located on Lake Washington, it's a great place to view the mountains and get into nature. Just off the main drag inside a little house you'll find Cafe Parco. The chef-owner has created an...
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4536 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
As you might guess from the name, Fleurt began as a flower shop, but the West Seattle boutique also carries an extensive selection of fancy soaps, candles, jewelry, home decor, and handmade items from local artists and crafters. They create custom...
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1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
When the snowglobes and novelty-shaped pasta souvenirs just won’t cut it, a quick trip to the SAM Shop (located at the Seattle Art Museum downtown) should take care of your gift-giving needs. In addition to catalogs and trinkets inspired by the...
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2044 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Ballard’s Majestic Bay Theater is the best of both worlds: it looks classic and old-timey on the outside (including a lovely neon marquee and box office), but it’s modern and well-maintained inside, with stadium seating, comfy seats, and a lobby...
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Westlake Center, 400 Pine St #224, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Across the street from the Uwajimaya Japanese market in the International District, Daiso is a small, densely packed five-and-dime where almost everything is $1.50 (including the pictured cupcake mugs). You can find stationery sets, bento boxes,...
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4709 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Half Price Books isn’t an independent bookstore, but any place that sells used books is worth digging through for bargains—plus this store also carries calendars, music, DVDs, games, and gift items. The inventory rotates pretty...
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1010 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Architecture and design buffs will enjoy these architectural walking tours of Seattle. The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s themed tours range from Architecture 101 to animal design details to Northwest Art Deco style. Tour guides are volunteers...
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1510 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Looking for some unique postcards to send home? Pike St. Press is a letterpress studio and gift shop where you can choose from letterpress cards and paper, pens and pencils, notebooks and art prints, or commission your own custom business cards or...
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105 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Inexpensive accommodations in downtown Seattle can be tough to find, but the Green Tortoise Hostel is just steps away from Pike Place Market and extremely affordable. Beds start at $31, if you’re willing to make some new friends in a multi-bed...
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4541 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Not to be confused with the nearby Aladdin Gyro-cery, Aladdin Falafel Corner (in the University District) is a hole-in-the-wall favorite with thrifty students and anyone who loves a juicy, heaping gyro. Nothing on the menu is over $10, and a gyro...
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4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Not just a wonderfully large bookstore—although it is that—the University Bookstore is also a café and a fantastic gift shop. The two-level bookstore has a textbook section for students and general fiction and nonfiction for the...
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1501 17th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
This is a little neighborhood cafe in one of the prettiest districts we drove through. After going to Volunteer Park, we were looking for a snack nearby and this was the cutest place ever. Though quite the locals scene, we did find a sidewalk...
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8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
Golden Gardens (near the Ballard neighborhood) is the perfect place to relax during summers in Seattle. Kite flying, bonfire pits, volleyball, hotdog stands, a playground for kids and a sandy beach to lay on after you've taken a dip in the chilly...
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1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Taking just the 'right' wrong turn on a visit to Pike Place Market can land you in Post Alley, where spearmint, wild cherry, and tropical punch bubble gum drizzles down the window panes and grape, peppermint, and lemon ice gum-cicles form from...
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5105 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Avid sports spectators generally don't enjoy having me around for Gametime. My commentary includes: "Who in their right mind picked a purple and yellow color combination for a football team?" "Who's the black and gold team? I want them to win. The...
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1825 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Take a trip away from the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market to Queen Anne, a cute neighborhood with hidden parks, excellent book stores, and El Diablo's killer cuban coffee. Don't miss the Cafe Con Leche and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
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4150, 1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Skillet started life as a food truck, and you’ll still see their mobile kitchen popping up around Seattle throughout the week (check their website for location info). But sometimes it’s easier to head to one of their permanent diners, where you...
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704 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Dick's culinary journey in PDX is an exacting evolution. After his venture with the successful Laughing Planet, he took his passion for healthy, locally sourced food into the Kitchen to deliver an instant classic. Hip, innovative, fresh. It's all...