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Beer and Seattle

Beer and Seattle: two things that go together like, well, rain and Seattle. It started back in the mid-nineteenth century (1854) when a two-year-old Seattle was graced with its first brewery, Washington Brewery, to slake the thirst of the local population of loggers. Over the next 50 years or so, many of what we would […]

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St Clouds Restaurant in Madrona

There is a restaurant in Madrona that has something pretty unique and special.  First of all, the food is really up there with the best.  The co-owner/chef, John Platt, has cooked at some great places, Coastal Kitchen and Five Spot.  When he opened St Clouds with his friend Pablo Butler, he did so with it […]

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McGilvra’s Madison Park

McGilvra’s might be your quintessential Madison Park hang out, if such a word can be applied to the understated elegance that is the order of the day in this luxe neighborhood by Lake Washington. Winters, like now, it’s cosy and has a great bar and coming in to watch the game is a natural. The food, everyone says (foodie or not!) is good. The atmosphere is relaxed yet upscale and you can be assured of a good dining experience and a strong desire to come back.

Irish Nachos? (yep, extra cheese.) A Hot Monkey Mojito? What next?

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Moonjar, Where Seattle Kids Spend, Save, and Give

Capitol Hill is known as a happening Seattle hang out neighborhood, whether you want to stroll, shop or sip.  There are more eateries, upscale, casual or edgy, than you can count on all your fingers and toes, and the fingers and toes of all your friends too, and I never get farther than half a […]

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Madrona Wine Merchants

February, wine is in the air and yes, vino is in the glass. Jim Mahoney of Madrona Wine Merchants on 34th Avenue suggests thinking about splits. These are half bottles and of course if there are only two of you and you want to pair wines with different courses of a special dinner, splits will […]

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Cookin’ in Madison Park

There is no doubt in any Seattlite’s mind that we live in a Foodie town.  We love our chefs and our trendy restaurants and have elevated comfort food to a high art.  Any time you want you can get anything you want.  It’s satisfyingly easy to try out a new place and be happily surprised.  […]

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Kingfish Cafe in Capitol Hill, Southern Food Bliss

Want somewhere timeless for lunch?  Wander over to the Kingfish Cafe on the 600 block of 19th Avenue E in Capitol Hill and get ready to have a very very happy mouth.  Especially if you love, or think you are going to love delectable Southern cooking like Crawfish and Corn Chowder, Melt-in-your-Mouth Cornbread with hot […]

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Guesthouse Interiors in Madison Park

There’s no question that Madison Park is one of the most upscale areas of Seattle.  A little village-like enclave on the western shores of Lake Washington looking east to Bellevue and north to the University of Washington, there are really no through streets in this peninsula-like neighbhorhood, adding to the privacy factor and making it […]

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The Red Wagon Toy Store in Madison Park

Never let it be said that I’m not a doting father.  After enjoying raising three strapping and boisterous boys, having a fourth child, my lovely golden haired daughter who likes princess clothes and American Girls dolls is just heart melting.  So there is a place in my life for toy stores, and any series on […]

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