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July 1, 2011

It’s summertime, baby! At least, our calendar says so. Thanks to the cloudy, overcast weather we’ve had this entire spring, we kinda procrastinated on the whole work-out-for-swimsuit-season deal. It’s July and enough is enough; it’s time to roll off the sofa, throw out the bags of extra-spicy cheese Doritos and microwavable pizza rolls, and conquer that bikini like it’s nobody’s business.

We’ve got a treat for one lucky Seattle Picks reader—a sexy Brazilian bikini by ILHA Swimwear! Tell 3 of your friends about Seattle Picks, and CC us at Picks@SeattlePicks.com, and you’ll be entered to win!

       
 

Seattle Picks:

 
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Take the Cannoli…

A girlfriend had invited us to her summer mixer, and while we were there we met a handsome transplant from the East Coast.  He commented on the weather, and the lack of good Italian food in Seattle. We brazenly told this guy that he just hadn’t found the right place.  Suddenly the challenge was on—before we could say “zabaglione” we had a date.

Here’s some background: Every so often, we catch random cooking shows on PBS; we have an idea of what “good Italian food” is (thank you, Lidia Bastianich). When we want good food that we can’t make at home, we visit Ristorante Doria, where Chef Marcello makes many of his own pastas and fluffy gnocchi bathed in a delicious cheese sauce.

Over dinner, we talked with the East-Coaster about movies and books, and when it came time for dessert, we suggested he try the delicious cannoli. He laughed and loudly quoted The Godfather. It seems our dinner wasn’t the only cheesy thing in the restaurant that night!

Ristorante Doria
4759 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.466.2380
www.ristorantedoria.com

       
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Wanderlust

We just took a weekend trip to Portland for some fun—and some non-sales-taxed shopping—and decided to go green and take the train. Loved the scenery and loved the fully stocked dining cart! Nothing’s more scenic than watching the driftwood bobble in the waves of the Puget Sound as you speed along in comfort.

Driftwood, Belltown’s newest consignment shop, is just as artistic as the scenery of the Pacific Northwest, and as eco-friendly as public transportation. Their second storefront (the first location is in Madrona) is simple and modern, featuring women’s shoes, skirts, tops, jackets and jewelry, set in what feels like a hole-in-the-wall art gallery. In this tiny shop, we spied shoes from Louboutin and Prada, and Chloe, Chanel and Gucci are regulars as well!

When we’re struttin’ the streets of Seattle, we’re pretty sure we won’t get to see deer darting across the countryside, but we will definitely see something almost as scenic to our eyes… designer duds that we got for a steal at Driftwood.

Driftwood Consignment Gallery
1130 34th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
206.941.6828
www.driftwoodconsignment.com

       
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Fiesta!

Having a birthday smack-dab in the middle of summer was always a major disadvantage as a child. All of our school buddies were on vacation during our birthday parties, which meant partying it up with mom, pops, our siblings and cousins.

But one bonus of having a summer birthday was our tradition of hitting the piñata—nothing was more fun than racing after candy after it burst into the air. And there’s a new place in Queen Anne where the fiesta is just as fun.  With quirky glass tables, a fire pit and an outdoor patio, La Luna is the perfect place to stop in for a casual bite to eat after work, as well as celebrate summer with your girlfriends. La Luna’s drinks are delectable, and the authentic-style tacos are a must. After one bite, the spicy mushroom “gravy” (salsa) makes them impossible to resist.

During happy hour the deals get even sweeter—we likened it to a “booze pinata.” Let’s get this party started!

La Luna
2 Boston St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206.282.2511
www.lalunaseattle.com

       
  Chick Picks:  
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Bikini Babe

After nine months of rain and dreary overcast, our inner sun-goddess is dying for release. Our skin is experiencing an epic Vitamin D drought, and so goes the internet search for cheap flights to Vegas and online bikini-browsing.

This summer, Ilha Swimwear has us covered (just barely) with fun, flirty colors and cuts and flattering ruching. With the perfect, sexy fit at an affordable price, Ilha features the hottest looks of the summer. They even do custom pieces!

www.Ilhaswimwear.com

       
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Reduce, Reuse, Restyle

In a thousand-square-foot space dubbed the “dream closet” of the Emerald City is Seattle’s very own styling specialist, Darcy Camden, and the team of Styled Seattle.

This is where Seattleites seeking style go for wardrobe consultation, styling tips and tricks, and to learn how to maximize shopping budgets. We recommend the Reduce, Reuse, Restyle Package. In just 2.5 hours, their style professionals will help purge your outdated pieces and reorganize your "keepers" to maximize hotness potential.

www.styledseattle.com

       
  3

The Perfect Pair

We’ve been to a few wine tastings in the past month, and we’ve developed one mean lexicon for flavor. We figure, if we know why we love the full-bodied, earthy flavor of the cabernet we’re drinking, we aren’t complete lushes.

Only thing that makes wine tasting better is when 100% of the proceeds go to charitable causes. O Wines is a women-owned business from Woodinville that helps provide educational scholarships for low-income youth, all while producing amazing, affordable vino.

www.owines.com
       
 

Hip Happenings:

 
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Ice Hot

The Nordic Heritage Museum will feature 12 emerging fashion designers in the North by Northwest fashion competition as an exciting new component of  their Nordic Fashion Biennale. Yvan Mispelaere—Creative Director at Diane von Furstenburg, previously of Chloe, and Gucci—will be one of the judges, and two lucky winners will win a trip to Iceland!

What: North by Northwest Fashion Competition
Where: Nordic Heritage Museum
When: Deadline July 25
Visit: www.nordicmuseum.org

       
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She’s a Firecracker!

Presented by Club Northwest, the 2011 Firecracker 5000 will ring in the Fourth of July with Seattle’s only midnight 5k race. Race through the streets of the Emerald City and after-party at Buco di Beppo with friends, food and festivities. Join the race and get a free subscription to Northwest Runner Magazine!

What: Firecracker 5000 5k Race
Where: Memorial Stadium
When: Sunday, July 3, 11:55 pm
Visit: www.promotionevents.com/Firecracker

       
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Sheer (Beer) Bliss

Cheers! Salud! L’chaim! Whatever! It’s time to clink glasses and celebrate the world's most legendary brewing styles and the nations that made them famous. At Seattle’s International Beerfest, you can taste more than 130 world-class beers from more than 15 countries. Admission is $20, and includes a glass and 10 beer tickets.

What: Seattle International Beerfest
When: July 1–3, noon–10 pm  
Where: Seattle Center
Visit: www.seattlebeerfest.com

       
 

Happy 4th of July, friends! We hope you enjoy the weekend of BBQs, fireworks and cheap beers—maybe if we’re lucky it’ll be bikini weather.

   
 
   
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