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October 10th, 2008

Our grandmother was the queen of comfort food—fried chicken, biscuits, goulash, pies, jam—the list goes on and on. Mom was the princess. But we never had the time for learning how to bake grandma’s famous pies or take cooking lessons from mom. We made do with grilled cheese sandwiches, breakfast for dinner, and when we were feeling ambitious, plain old grilled chicken and steamed broccoli. However, now that we are cohabitating with the signif O, we have to expand the options or he may realize we aren’t quite the cook we claimed to be.

So mom, start photocopying those recipes and clear your schedule on Sunday afternoons—we need some cooking lessons, stat. Food Network, here we come!

p.s. You know what goes good with food? Wine—lots of it. Forward this issue of Seattle Picks to 5 friends and CC, and you could win a free pass to a Wine 101 class at The Local Vine!


Seattle Picks:


One for You, One for Me

Over the past month, it seems that everyone we know had a birthday, a baby or bought a house—which means that we’ve been busying buying gifts for each occasion. We’ve got a unique and eclectic group of friends, but they all have one thing in common—they’re really hard to shop for! Lucky for us, we know the perfect something-for-everyone shop: Fremont’s Portage Bay Goods.

This hip storefront houses a wide variety of wares, from quirky, offbeat action figures, Squibnocket greeting cards, Ugly Dolls and Knock Knock notepads to lovely jewelry by local artists like Kristin Ford, body products by Dr. Dandelion, and Mill Valley candles. We found something for every person on our list, and even a little something extra for ourselves—an Emile Sloan waterproof tote.

Whether you are shopping for gifts or looking for a funky new find for yourself, Portage Bay Goods is sure to delight and deliver. Check ’em out, and be sure to tell them Seattle Picks sent you!

Portage Bay Goods
706 N. 34th St.
Seattle, WA 98103


All Mixed Up
Our excitement at the onslaught of fall—and the accompanying wardrobe additions—was overshadowed this week by the unexpected addition of a cold. Normally, we would call in sick and curl up on the couch with some old 90210 reruns, but this week it wasn’t an option. In any case, we could barely get our head out of the cloud long enough to pick out an outfit for work, let alone make sense of spreadsheets and emails.

So, after a torturous week of zoning out in front of our screen, we treated ourselves to a little R&R in the form of a trip to Brunette Mix—a charming salon and boutique. After feeling icky for so long, a trim to our locks was definitely the cure for what ailed us. We also filled a prescription for reed diffusers from Botanicus, and we self-medicated a bit with a hot red clutch. To top it off, we gave in to a bottle of rich body lotion from Lothantique, to soothe us into a good night’s sleep. 

All in all, it was just what the doctor ordered.

Brunette Mix

4306 SW Oregon St.
Seattle, WA 98116


Wonder Years

The other day, we ran into a girl we went to high school with, and we were amazed at how quickly the time had gone. Looking at old pictures, we couldn’t believe how young and tiny we looked! And remembering how much, and what, we used to eat, sent us into shock. When we got home, we couldn’t believe how much we’ve changed over the years (we’re talking personality and pants size).

The sad realization that we will never be the same size as we were in high school sent us over the edge, and right over to Fish Fry, for some down-home comfort eating. And comfort it did. We’d never eaten a fried lemon before, but the thin and crispy slices went amazingly well with the battered and fried Cod we had. The Spanish Fries with their Sweet and Spicy Chili sauce were flawlessly coupled with the smoked chili mayo, and the fish of the day, a grilled Albacore skewer, was perfectly peppered—and snapped us right out of our funk.

We left feeling full and satisfied—and prepared to do an extra 10 minutes on the treadmill tomorrow.

Fish Fry
925 E. Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

  Chick Picks:  

I Think I Love You

It seems like every season there is a new “It” bag that we are just dying for. This fall, our bag crush is the large Morgan tote (in buttery soft Italian leather) from Elezar Handbags.

We are fools for its clean lines and luscious functionality, as well as the wealth of pockets, both inside and out. Plus, with celebrity fans like Natalie Portman and Rachel Bilson, we are in good company in our love for these chic totes.


You’ve Got Mail

This past week, one of our dearest friends got engaged. We meant to send a cute card immediately, but then life got in the way—leaving no time to pick out a card and mail it.

GreetQ to the rescue! You can select and personalize paper greeting cards, schedule a delivery date, and then they mail them for you. With cards for every occasion, we set up a queue of cards we wanted mailed, and skipped the post office altogether. Genius.


C’mon Baby Light My Fire

Our new dining room has one of those generic chandeliers—you know the ones. They have the fake candle-like bulbs with the boring white candle-cover sleeves—a total snooze. We love the chandelier and the vibe it gives the room, but the candle sleeves—ick.

Imagine our excitement when we found these decorative replacement candle sleeves from kaarkoker. They come in prints like houndstooth and stripes, a multitude of colors, and allowed us to customize our chandelier. With Halloween coming up, we picked the skull and crossbones.

Hip Happenings:


Celebrate the Season

Suncadia is hosting a Harvest Festival to celebrate the arrival of fall! It happens over two weekends, and includes live entertainment, wagon rides, pie-eating contests, a pumpkin catapult, fun run and canine costume contest. Yep, this festival covers it all. Don’t miss the Brewfest and a chance to have a real autumn experience in the mountains.

What: Suncadia Harvest Festival 2008
When: Oct. 10–12 and Oct. 17–19
Where: Historic Nelson Dairy Farm at Suncadia, 3320 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum
Call: 1.800.667.1828


Tease Me, Please Me

The popular Columbia City Cabaret is back with a special Halloween Haunt show. This vaudeville-style variety show entertains with classic burlesque performances, belly dancers and a trapeze striptease. It’s classy with a hint of naughty style, and a great way to do Halloween a little differently this year.

What: Columbia City Cabaret’s Halloween Haunt
When: Saturday, Oct. 25, 6 pm
Where: Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $20 at, or $25 at the door


Treasure Hunt

The Closet Treasures Sale, benefiting Dress for Success Seattle, is back – with deals and steals for all. Quality designer clothing and accessories, gently used, are on sale here at a fraction of the price – most under $50 – including Jimmy Choo shoes! Be the first to access the treasures by attending the Preview Sale on Friday night.

What: Closet Treasures Sale benefiting Dress for Success
When: Preview Sale: Friday, Oct. 17, 5–8 pm
             Sale: Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 am–3 pm
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center,
104 17th Ave. S
Cost: $35 at the door for the Preview Sale, actual sale is
free of charge


Yoga in the Lodge

Ladies, this one’s for you—a weekend of Hatha yoga and time to relax, read, hike, craft, cook and socialize—no guys allowed! Julee’s Gorge Tours is offering a women’s yoga retreat at the Mt. Adams Lodge. You’ll share potluck meals, relax in the hot tub, hike in the beautiful area and enjoy yoga twice a day! Carpools will be coordinated.

What: Women’s Yoga Retreat
When: Friday–Sunday, Nov. 14–16
Where: The Mt. Adams Lodge (4 hours from Seattle)
Cost: $115 per person
RSVP: 509.364.3488 or
Visit: and


Feliz Aniversario!

Encanto Barcelona is celebrating their 4th Anniversary by hosting a big sale—the best way to celebrate an anniversary if you ask us. There will be a 20% discount on everything in the store—men’s and women’s—including brands like Preloved, Replay, Fluxus and Lois Jeans. Don’t miss this chance to add some European style to your wardrobe!

What: Encanto Barcelona Sale
When: Friday, Oct. 10, 10 am–8 pm; Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 am–
8 pm; Sunday, Oct. 12, 11 am–7 pm
Where: 1406 1st Ave.
Call: 206.621.1941


If you’re like us, it’s never too early to begin the Holiday shopping (which is why we started in April). Take our advice and check out It will come in handy when you’re wondering where to find all the fixins for a good man-gift.

And, if you know of something that would make a great gift, let us know—our Holiday Gift Guide isn’t far off and we would love to include you!


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