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This Week in Fun - July 24-30

We have curated a list of this week's best events; featuring Cider, Music, Art and even a lazer show with an open bar! your week is about to be a lot more fun!

Recommendation of the Week:

THEORY: Festival 2017 at the Pacific Science Center

Taking place on Friday, July 28th, the Pacific Science Center will go above and beyond to mix science, music, food, and drinks together for one epic event.  With great music curated by several KEXP DJs, the chance at karaoke against the backdrop of a live laser show, and access to the once in a lifetime exhibit, Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, you won’t regret throwing down $95 to attend this event.  Oh - did we mention it’s an open bar?

Events going on all Week:

Monday, July 24th

Tuesday, July 25th

Wednesday, July 26th

  • Neil Diamond, Key Arena, 8pm
  • Greenwood Seafair Parade, Greenwood Avenue, 6-8:30pm - While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by NakedCity Brewing, Chuck’s Hop Shop, or Gainsbourg for some great beers or cocktails.

Thursday, July 27th

  • Emerald City Pet Rescue’s Pet Fair, Starbucks Center Plaza, 11am-2pm
  • Tasting Flight, Woodland Park Zoo, 6-9pm - Experience the Northwest’s finest wines on the zoo’s picturesque North Meadow with Tasting Flight presented by Delta Air Lines with music from KEXP DJ, John Richards.

Friday, July 28th

Saturday, July 29th

Sunday, July 30th

-Mariah Acuff -  The World is Fun PR Coordinator and Local Fun Expert

This Week in Fun - July 17-23

It’s the third week of July and we’re back again with your weekly itinerary to make the most of it. Some highlights of the week include Bite of Seattle, The Lavender Festival, and a Muddy Run that will test more than just your speed! And that’s just the beginning. We’ve got a lot for you to choose from for this week.

You ready? So are we. Here we go!

  • Bite of Seattle: Described as the “Best Food Festival” in Seattle, Bite of Seattle features over 60 restaurants, pop-ups, beer gardens, beer and cider tastings, live cooking demonstration, cook offs and so much more. You absolutely need to come to this event! (7/21-7/23)
  • Lavender Festival: You know you love to stop and smell it, so why not go somewhere where you can do more than just smell? Taste lavender infused food, buy bouquets or lavender infused products, take lavender farm tours and more! (7/21-7/23)
  • Gladiator Rock’n’Run: Don’t just run – climb, crawl, squeeze, and dance your way through a crazy fun terrain and obstacles for this 5k race. And at the end? Treat yourself to some beer, food, and rock’n’roll (7/22)
  • Medieval Village – Saint James Faire: Ever wondered what it would be like to live in Medieval times? Wonder no more! Travel out for this event and you’ll get the chance to dress in medieval clothing, watch puppetry, archery, and sword-master demonstrations and enjoy a medieval feast with stories and music.  (7/22-7/23)
  • Renegade Craft Fair: Come down to Magnuson to see creations from numerous local artists, participate in DIY workshops, and more at this craft fair (7/22-7/23)
  • Seattle Chocolate Salon: More chocolate? Yeah, more chocolate. Don’t miss this event to sample some of the best artisan and gourmet chocolate in Seattle. (7/23)

- Chelsea Booker, The World is Fun Blog Contributor and Local Expert

 

This Week in Fun - July 3-9, 2017

Looking kick-start your July in the best way possible? Want to make sure you’re experiencing all Seattle has to offer this month? Then we’ve got good news for you. We’ve got a specially curated list of events that you can put on your calendar to guarantee a great first week of July!

What are we most looking forward to? The Seattle Night Ride, Seattle International Beerfest, and Seattle’s Shakespeare in the Park are our highlights. Check out the rest of our list to find even more events that are sure to appeal to you!

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors at Seattle Art Museum - Photo credit: Seattle Art Museum

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors at Seattle Art Museum - Photo credit: Seattle Art Museum

  •  Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors: Start off the week in the Seattle Art museum exploring Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit and be inspired. (7/3-9/10)
  • Four on the Fourth Dog Jog and Walk: Include your pooch in the fourth of July fun (or adopt one after the event!) for this run/walk 4k in Bellevue! (7/4)
  • Comedy Nest Open Mic: Looking for something a little less conventional for the fourth? Spend your night laughing during this open mic at the Grotto in the Rendezvous.  (7/4)
  • First Thursday Art Walk: Head down to Pioneer Square and take your time exploring the streets and wandering through studios displaying their new artists and exhibits for this evening. (7/6)
Try something sweet at Chocolate Happy Hour in Queen Anne on the 6th! Photo Credit: Chocolate Happy Hour

Try something sweet at Chocolate Happy Hour in Queen Anne on the 6th! Photo Credit: Chocolate Happy Hour

  • Chocolate Happy Hour: Like chocolate? (we know – what kind of question is that?) Well then why not treat yourself to a Chocolate Happy Hour in Queen Anne? Oh, the indulgence! (7/6)
  • The Royal Room Psychedelic Festival: If you’re into psychedelic music, you won’t want to miss this three-day event. And if you’re not sure if you’re into psychedelic music, this is a perfect opportunity to try it out. (7/6-7/9)
Check out some outdoor Shakespeare July 7th-23rd. Photo Credit: Heed the Hedonist

Check out some outdoor Shakespeare July 7th-23rd. Photo Credit: Heed the Hedonist

  • Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O’s Much Ado About Nothing & Pericles: Shakespeare fan? You’re in luck. Check out Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O’s rendition of Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles for their beloved Shakespeare in the park events. Bring your picnic blankets, snacks, and friends and enjoy. (7/7-7/23)
  • Seattle Night Ride: Want to enjoy a cool summer night by riding your bike through the streets of Seattle, decked out in glow in the dark attire with other like-minded individuals? Yeah, we thought so. (7/7)
  • Market to Table Tour and Cooking Class: You don’t even have to leave the market to enjoy putting those ingredients you’ve got to use! Check out the Market to Table Tour and Cooking Class hosted by Wallingford Culinary Studio at Pike Place Market and see what you can cook up. (7/7)

Photo courtesy of Parting Glass

Photo courtesy of Parting Glass

  • DANCE This: Celebrate the 19th annual Dance This event! If you enjoy watching performers share their culture through dance, then this is something you won’t want to miss! (7/7-7/8)
  • Seattle International Beerfest: Ever wanted the chance to taste 200+ beers in one place from all over the world? Here’s your chance. Seattle International Beerfest is a must for beer lovers. (7/7-7/9)
  • Hot off the Presses Book Fair: Comic book fans rejoice! This book fair will take place at Fantagraphics and you don’t want to miss it. (7/8)
  • Washington Distillers Festival: Sample, sip and buy your favorite spirits during this event. And don’t worry, they’ve got sweet and savory treats for you too. (7/8)

 

Chelsea Booker - The World is Fun Social Media Coordinator and Local Fun Expert

Your Last Minute Seattle Cinco de Mayo Celebration Guide!

Although Seattle is pretty far north of the Mexican border, that doesn’t mean we can’t or don’t have any options when it comes to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. If you want to participate in the fun, then you’re in luck! Between cultural events, delicious eats, music and dancing; Seattle still has a lot to offer when it comes to the when, where and how of celebration. And if you’re looking for some (admittedly last minute) ideas for how to spend your Friday, we’ve got just the itinerary for you!

The More You Know

Celebrate in Style! Original Photo here

Celebrate in Style! Original Photo here

The first thing you should do before you celebrate Cinco De Mayo is be sure you know the history behind the holiday. On May 5th 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza helped lead the Mexican Army to a successful victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla, despite the odds being in the French’s favor. Because of this unexpected but huge victory, this date is commemorated.

Cinco de Mayo is not to be mistaken as the Mexican Independence Day (which is actually September 16th), and unlike the Mexican Independence Day, in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated nearly as much or as widely as it is in the United States. Because of its prominence in the U.S, Cinco de Mayo has become much more of a celebration of Mexican-American heritage and culture with the largest celebration taking place in Los Angeles, California.

Local Eats

try the dishes at like Mezcaleria Oaxaca . Photo courtesy of Yelp

try the dishes at like Mezcaleria Oaxaca . Photo courtesy of Yelp

Like most holidays, one of most highly anticipated activities for Cinco de Mayo is…eating! And it makes perfect sense. With guacamole, margaritas, and tacos on the mind, we know you’ll be in search of a place to satisfy these cravings. Luckily, you can support a Mexican owned business like Fogón Cocina Mexicana on Capitol Hill or Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Queen Anne to get your Mexican food fix. Yum!

Or, if you’d rather not brave the crowds, why not try your hand at some traditional Mexican dishes in your own kitchen? Chiles en nogada, enchiladas, tortas pambazos, homemade guacamole? Don’t just drool over it, get cooking! And of course, while you’re enjoying your food, don’t pass up a chance to try this deliciously simple margarita.

Delicious dinner at Fogón Cocina Mexicana - Photo courtesy of Yelp

Delicious dinner at Fogón Cocina Mexicana - Photo courtesy of Yelp

See & Do

Join the Festivities at the Century Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Yelp

Join the Festivities at the Century Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Yelp

Now that you’ve finished your food, you’re probably wondering what to do and where to go next to make the most of your night. Well, do you want to hear a mix of Latin sounds like cha cha, bossa nova, Latin jazz, rumba, son, and salsa? You’re in luck. Alma y Azúcar will be performing in The Royal Room in Columbia City at 8:00pm (doors 6:30pm) for their Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and you won’t want to miss it!

Or are you feeling like you want to get up and move? Then hop on over to Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill for an evening of salsa. Not only do they include a dance lesson for those who may be a little less well-versed in moving their hips, but the cost of the lesson (8:30pm) also covers the charge for you to participate in the dancing afterwards. If dancing the night away sounds like something you’d like, then definitely think of spending your Cinco de Mayo night here!

Celebrate at El Centro de la Raza - original photo here

Celebrate at El Centro de la Raza - original photo here

And what better way to conclude your celebration of Cinco de Mayo than by celebrating at El Centro de la Raza at their 12th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration? There will be live music, traditional food for sale, a bazaar, a desfile cultural (cultural parade), and more! The celebration will happen on Saturday the 6th from 12-4, which means that even if you aren’t able to do everything you want to on Friday (or you did do everything and you still want more), you’ve still got more to look forward to.

However you choose to celebrate, we hope you enjoy yourself as we remember and celebrate this historic win for Puebla! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

-Chelsea Booker, The World is Fun Blog Contributor and Resident Cinco De Mayo Enthusiast

Four ways you have to try Ninkasi’s Believer Double Red Ale

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There’s nothing quite like a seasonal flavor from your favorite brewery. Even better? When it returns the next year.  Back by popular demand, Ninkasi Brewing has released its Believer Double Red Ale, available from now until April.  As an added bonus you can actually say your beer consumption makes the world a better place too, because a portion of Believer sales are going to three different nonprofits: Conscious Alliance, Team River Runner and Women Who Code.  So really, you’re doing them a favor by getting your Believer on.

Personally, I like to hoard enough to last until the next release when I can purchase more like it’s my only shot at surviving through the winter.  So if you’re anything like me, here are the best ways to enjoy your Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale for weeks to come.

1. Kick Gameday up a notch with a classic - Pizza.

While you really can’t go wrong with pizza and beer, drinking a malty beer like Believer is a great way to compliment both the acidity of tomato sauce and a salty, bready, crust.  It’s perfect for when you want to try something different without running the risk of ruining a classic combo.   

2. Try something new with your cheese plate.

Wine isn’t the only drink that goes great with cheese, Believer does too!  In addition to having malty, sweet notes, this red ale also has some earthy and floral hoppiness to it.  A bold flavor like this is best when paired with creamy options like brie or goat cheese.  So the next time you have company over, satisfy - and impress - your beer drinkers with this unique duo. 

3. Add Believer to your main course: Pork, lamb, and duck.

Yup, when it comes to a great dinner pairing you’ve got a wealth of options to choose from.  For the same reason that porkchops and applesauce pair well together, the fig and date notes in Believer also bring out the best in a lamb, duck, or pork dinner. 

4. Save the best for last and pair Believer with dessert.

One of the best parts of Believer Double Red Ale is that it also has subtle hints of caramel, toffee, and chocolate.  So which desserts do you have to try it with?  Toffee and chocolate of course!  Luckily that’s a combination that’s not only delicious but easy to find whether your dessert preference is ice cream, candy bars, or cookies.  Best of all, because of the hoppiness and fruit notes, your tastebuds won’t be overpowered by sweetness.  Instead, what you’re left with is a perfect balance.  

A beer that can literally last you from appetizers to dessert?  It’s a must try.  Plus, out of the three nonprofits Ninkasi Brewing is donating to, you actually get to vote for the organization you want to see benefit the most.  It’s a win-win for your tastebuds and for giving back.

Mariah Acuff, is a Blogger for The World is Fun and our Resident Red Ale Ambassador

Best Places to Celebtate Mardi Gras in Seattle

Beignets at Restaurant Roux. Image courtesy of their instagram

Beignets at Restaurant Roux. Image courtesy of their instagram

Ah, Mardi Gras! A time to celebrate and have a good time with all! Putting together a theme party is definitely one of our favorite things - but sometimes, having someone else to take the reins so you can just enjoy some eats is equally awesome! If you want to get a taste of Mardi Gras celebrations in Seattle, here are some great local spots that fit the mask:

Restaurant Roux in Fremont:

you might remember Restaurant Roux from Bacon Eggs and Kegs (which is coming up again next weekend!!!) -  they make a mean brunch and we can highly recommend the Hush Puppies and Biscuits and gravy!

Toulouse Petit in Queen Anne:

With Chicory Coffee and Beignets on the menu, this popular brunch spot is also a great place for Gumbo and a hurricane if the evening is more your speed.

Marcela’s Creole Cookery in Pioneer Square:

Marcela's is responsible for the best smells Pioneer Square has to offer. just around the corner from the pergola Marcela's is a hot spot for a spicy Cajun feast!

The Cajun Crawfish in Beacon Hill:

The Cajun Crawfish specializes in Viet-Cajun cuisine. With tons of amazing seafood options and an entire menu section dedicated to fried delicacies (even frog legs!)  you can't go wrong here!

Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach:

If you want to have Beau's Gumbo and your fellow diners are more of a mac-n-cheese crowd -  Jude's has you covered. With Creole classics like Gumbo and less adventurous options like burgers on the menu, this one is sure to make everyone happy!

Whether you decide to go out to one of these fabulous places, or keep it a chill at home, keep the Mardi Gras motto in mind: “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (AKA: Let the good time roll!)

- JoAnn Stein, The World is Fun Social Media Coordinator and Gumbo Enthusiast

 

 

 

A Recipe for a Dangerously Delicious Doughnut Daycation

 

July 9, 2016

Image via Top Pot Doughnuts

We could sit here and fire off our 5 favorite donuts shops and are completely prepared to do that. We could describe to you the sweetness, density, fluffiness and moistness of each maple bar tried “in the name of science.” We could share that our resident doughnut enthusiast is currently cutting carbs out of his life and couldn’t join us. We could tell you about how we chose the shops and the metrics used to compare them. We could even offer you some pretentious definition of “local shop,” but we won’t insult your intelligence.

However, I want to fan the flame that is your sense of adventure. The best local doughnut shops have more than great doughnuts. They are a community place where you can go to catch up with the neighborhood. They are places that are best when self-discovered. So, instead of giving you my favorite doughnut shops, I’m going to give you a few tips and send you out for some urban exploration.

It's Dangerous to Go Alone

While not technically true, adventures are always more fun with friends. Gather a few food and fun-loving friends on a day that you all have free. It shouldn’t be hard to convince them to go on a local doughnut shop tour (or crawl, or hop, or whatever you want to call it). After all doughnuts are inherently great.

Don't Fear the Mornings

A lot of local doughnut shops open early in the morning to accommodate for the varying travel times of their community. Because of this, many shops sell out just after noon and others close after breakfast. I’m not saying set an alarm and wander in at the crack of dawn, because that’s almost completely unnecessary. In my experience the best time to shoot for is somewhere between 7-9 am.

Linger

Grab a cup of coffee or a bottle of milk and sip it slowly (with your doughnut of course). Relax for a second and take in your surroundings. Some shops like to hang local kids’ artwork or pictures of long-time customers. The walls can tell you what the shop cares about in the community. Sample the surrounding conversations and you may learn something new about the place you live.

Get Two   

So you’ve made it to the shop and the selection is a treat for the eyes, nose and imagination. Don’t let your watering mouth get the best of you! I’d recommend getting two donuts. One being your all-time favorite and the other being the shop's specialty doughnut. If they don’t have a specialty doughnut, you can’t go wrong with the classic glazed yeast doughnut.

Y’all Come Back Now, You Hear!

You’ve finished your first tour, but you’re conflicted. You liked more than one shop and for some reason think that you should only choose one. Well, luckily there is a solution for that! You make more trips to the shops that stuck with you. If you find that you can’t choose just one, that’s good too.

Go forth my urban explorers! There are many great local shops in your area. So if you have time, grab some friends (the ones who aren't cutting carbs), run a google search and let your journey begin.

Looking for some shop ideas? Check out these handy lists from Zagat and Thrillist.

- James Leggett, Social Media Coordinator and Doughnut Czar

Top Ten Instagram-Worthy Seattle Destinations

Seattle is a hidden treasure- it really is. With lakes, parks, beaches, farmer's markets, and a beautiful skyline that can be seen from many different viewpoints. It’s a great place for your next Instagram. Here’s a list of places to check out!

1. Gasworks Park

It’s a perfect blend of what Seattle has to offer – a park, a lake, and the skyline. Enjoy the next sunny Seattle day at Gasworks.

 

2. Discovery Park

As a coastal city, Seattle is surrounded by beautiful, serene bodies of water. Follow the “light” and “discover” this beauty next!

 

3. Fremont Troll

Modeled on an old folk tale, the giant troll sculpture can be seen hiding under the 99 highway bridge in the Fremont neighborhood. Be careful not to wake him with your camera flash!

 

 

4. Chihuly Garden and Glass

Take a stroll through Chihuly Garden and Glass to see a bit of Dave Chihuly’s amazing glass sculptures.

 

5. Mariners' Game

There’s nothing like drinking cold beer on a summer night while cheering for your favorite team. Even from the nosebleeds, the view on a nice day is a grand slam!

 

6. University of Washington

UW is one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Come take a snap of the famous “Harry Potter Reading Room” at the Suzzallo Library or the cherry blossoms in the quad when they’re in full bloom.

 

7. The Gum Wall

They took down the Gum Wall earlier this year, but the people and tourists of Seattle would not have it! Go and stick your own memories on the (slowly re-building) wall!

 

8. Kerry Park

One of the most famous and popular viewpoints in the city. On a clear day, you can spot Mount Rainier.  No matter the weather Kerry Park is an ever-dependable jaw-dropping view of Seattle’s skyline.

 

9. Space Needle

The Space Needle can be spotted all over Seattle, but there’s nothing like seeing it up close and personal. Go to the Seattle Center and make your way up the elevator to get a 360-degree view of Seattle.

 

10. Pike Place Market

This is the most “Insta-ed” place in Seattle. With the colorful flower stands, delicious food, and the popular fish throwers, you can understand why it's photographed so often!

 

- Liz Wang -  TWIF Social Media Coordinator

A Sweet Seattle Ice Cream Tour

 

June 3, 2016

I scream, we all scream, let’s go get some ice cream, but where? If you missed Seattle’s Ice Cream Festival last month and eager to try some new hot spots and even tastier cool treats, check out these most popular ice cream shops in Seattle and start your summer off by trying at least one flavor from every store. These top five spots are not ranked accordingly because no one should have to pick between their two or three favorite ice cream shops when you love them all equally! Let us know if you find an awesome sweet treat spot to add to the list!

1. Full Tilt Ice Cream

Ice cream and an arcade all in one? Sounds like my kind of party! Full Tilt not only offers frozen creamy goodness, but also is packed full of your favorite vintage arcade games and pinball machines. Stores located in Ballard, White Center, U-District and Columbia City.

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You can check out Full Tilt on their site: http://fulltilticecream.com/

2. Bluebird

Bluebird Ice Cream has a cozy ice cream parlor feel with a full ice cream bar and soda fountain all made in-house. This micro creamery and brewery will make your heart (and stomach) full of all things good from fresh waffle cones to beer floats, Bluebird has it all. They have locations in Capitol Hill and Fremont.

 

You can check out Bluebird on their Facebook page

 

3. Fainting Goat Gelato

The Italian form of ice cream, gelato. If you are in search of a great gelato joint, Fainting Goat Gelato has excellent handcrafted gelato right in the heart of Seattle. The list of flavors are absolutely outstanding across the board with very unique flavored gelato. Avocado, Guinness, Tiramisu and the ultimate chocolate lovers aren’t ready for Nutella flavored gelato (jaw drops!) If gelato isn’t your thing and you want something a little bit more refreshing, Fainting Goat offers a variety of sorbets too! There is something please everyone’s palate at Fainting Goat Gelato. Fainting goat has locations in Fremont and Wallingford.

Visit Fainting goat in Wallingford or on their site: http://faintinggoatseattle.com/

4. Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

With over seven locations and dozens of flavors with added seasonal favorites, Molly Moon’s is a great shop to feed your sweet tooth craving. Their flavor list has classic favorites like vanilla bean and original strawberry to more intricate flavors like earl grey or honey lavender. Made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, Molly Moon’s is the place to be this summer in Seattle. You can fnd them in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Madrona, Queen Anne, U Village, Mercer and Redmond.

Molly Moon has lots of locations -  you can get more details on their site: http://www.mollymoon.com/

5. Snoqualmie Ice Cream Tasting Room

And of course we had to include Snoqualmie Ice Cream. While you can find all of Snoqualmie’s phenomenal flavors in most grocery stores in the area, there is a scoop shop just 30 minutes north of Seattle to take in the full ice cream experience. All-natural ice cream, custard, gelato and sorbet made in small batches in the Pacific Northwest. Also did I mention that a pint of ice cream could be delivered right to your doorstep! If I didn’t believe in an ice cream god before I sure do now! Snoqualmie Ice Cream Tasting Room is located in Snohomish.

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You can find out more and get a coupon to save a dollar on Snoqualmie's site: http://www.snoqualmieicecream.com/

If you are still looking for other great places to pick up a frozen treat and fulfill your daily dose of sugar check out these other great Seattle creameries: Parfait Ice Cream, Cupcake Royale, Old School Frozen Custard, Husky Deli, Sirena Gelato and many more!

Also check out these handy lists:

http://www.seattlemag.com/article/best-ice- cream-places- seattle

-Angel Laycock, TWIF Social Media Coordinator and Ice Cream Expert!

Day Trip: Woodinville Wine Country

 

May 24, 2016

 

With more than 100 wineries and only 30 minutes from Seattle, Woodinville Wine Country is the perfect day out for Seattleites. Woodinville is made up of three wine districts: the Hollywood District, often called the Tourist District, with big winery names like Chateau Ste Michelle; West Valley District on the west side of the Sammamish River boasting newer tasting rooms and restaurants more widely spaced out; the Warehouse District which houses boutique tasting rooms in an industrial park, including neighboring Artisan Hill, with a smaller number of artisan wineries, distilleries and a brewery.

 

You can’t possibly visit every wine making establishment in Woodinville, but you can certainly make a dent in the list. Here’s a suggested itinerary.

Brunch is the most important meal of the day and Woodinville has great restaurant options. For those who want to grab something to go, stop by Proven Bread in the Warehouse District for the biggest and tastiest scone you’ve ever had. (You may also want to stock up on baguettes while you’re there for an impromptu winery picnic later.) For those who have time, take a seat at The Commons in the Tourist District and dig into hearty portions of challah french toast and housemade chorizo egg scramble. Don’t forget to order a cinnamon roll.

 

After brunch, start at the Warehouse District. Smasne, Ambassador, and Pondera have large tasting rooms with plenty of seating. Be sure to pop across the street to Refuge & Prospect if only to check out the awesome interior (but you should probably taste the wine too.)

 

Cut across to Artisan Hill and stop at Des Voigne Cellars for an extensive wine tasting. This cozy tasting room has a speakeasy vibe to it and for those of you visiting with beer-drinking buddies, this is the place. They also have a brewery, B-Side Brewing, and offer tasting flights.

 

In the Tourist District, you will be spoiled for choice for imbibing. Be sure to stop by J. Bookwalter, Chandler Reach, Gorman, and Patterson where outdoor seating is aplenty. Local restaurants like Vivi Pizzeria will deliver wood fired pizza to your table. Or take a picnic to the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Get takeout from Ezells and sit on the deck at Castillo de Feliciana. But don’t worry if you haven’t thought ahead to BYO; food trucks are dotted around the winery districts, so there’s no need to fill up on those little oyster crackers they serve you between wine tastings.

In the summer, tasting rooms are open much later, offering wines by the glass. Walk along the main street of the Tourist District to check out the live music offerings. Finish the evening sitting outside at the fire pit at the Hollywood Tavern or enjoying a cocktail at the Fireside Lounge in Willows Lodge.

 

Wine not your thing? You’re in luck because Woodinville has just about everything. Home to the well-known Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville also has several craft breweries (check out Triplehorn and Sumerian) and an awesome cider tasting room called Locust Cider. Woodinville Whiskey Co. should not be missed. Even non-whiskey lovers will enjoy taste-testing the whiskey maple syrup.

Tip: Be sure to bring along snacks, picnic blankets, and a designated driver.

- Caitlin Huson, TWIF Blogger


 

Which Turtle Are You?

 

April 26, 2016

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After giving a lecture on the solar system, a scientist was approached by an older lady from the front row. She complimented the cleverness of the theory of planets orbiting the sun, but she knew it was wrong. The earth, in fact, rested on the back of a turtle. Curious, the scientist asked if that’s true, then what does the turtle stand on? She answered a second, larger turtle, and before the scientist could ask another question, she added: “And you can’t trick me. It’s turtles all the way down.”

I love this story when thinking about TWIF (though I’m not chucking my astronomy books anytime soon). TWIF does so many good things, but at our core TWIF is about events. Throwing fun, charitable, community-building events is how we began, what we do most, and (arguably) what we do best. And if TWIF is about awesome events, then the turtle moving the TWIF world is surely our event leaders, loveably known as Sherpas.

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And I’m not imagining any wimpy TWIF turtle. I’m picturing a green machine. Determined, unstoppable, the kind of tortoise tank who always beats the rabbit in the children’s stories (although being a Sherpa can get a bit hairy for sure).

This leads me to a donation compaign less than a week away -- GiveBig. Is it just another fundraiser? No way. First, the proceeds go directly to our Sherpa program, so if TWIF events are close to your heart, this one is for you. More Sherpas means more events and more fun. Even better, our campaign will receive stretch dollars through the Seattle Foundation, so your gift counts even more.

So, which turtle are you? If you’re lucky enough to have Sherpa’ed a group of TWIF volunteers, then woohoo! (And thanks!) But maybe that’s not your speed. If so, the good news is that now to May 3rd is your chance for the just-as-good “second turtle” option of GiveBig. It’s just as valuable. It’s your chance to Sherpa a Sherpa. After all, with a community like TWIF, it truly is turtles all the way down.

(Give Big is May 3!!)

- Contributor Gabriel Ayerza TWIF board Member, President and Super-Turtle!

Why we are not issuing a manhunt for stolen ramen.

A Guest Post from our Executive Director:

Over the past few months, several events have brought light to the state of emergency regarding Seattle’s homelessness. From the fight over moving Tent City to Ballard to nationally trending #ManInTree, everything between the mental state of our homeless and how it affects the local economy has been debated, argued and ignored. Underneath these spotlights however lurks an underlying issue that tends to be looked over as we never think it could happen in our neighborhood, food insecurity.

Over the weekend, I was boarding a flight to head back to Seattle when I received a text from my roommate to check the surveillance camera as she had come home to find three open packages on the front porch. Throughout the 5+ hour flight I was unable to check the camera and, of course, imagined even more horrible situations as we got closer to home. As soon as I landed, I checked the camera to realize that over $400 in supplies for a TWIF video shoot had been delivered early.

Upon further investigation of the video, I realized that there was not just one incident, but two. Two separate "thieves" at two separate times. One made two trips and the other just one but both took a handful of stuff each time. Even though the packages were outside my house, these men spent a considerable amount of time on my porch and methodically went through the contents of the three boxes to carefully select the items they wanted.

While I was out of town I had started preparation for TWIF's new video to cover issues that Seattle is facing such as homelessness and food insecurity. The supplies in those boxes were to demonstrate how bad the current situation is. What were the supplies that were taken by these two men? Food. Two packages of ramen and three packages of beef jerky were the only items gone from these three large boxes of much more valuable items. Additionally, they didn’t even take all the food available but left 326 packets of ramen and 240 beef jerky sticks.

In the end, I got a video that demonstrates the problem we have with food insecurity in Seattle. How can I be mad at these two men that were only trying to keep themselves alive?

The Best Rainy Day Activities in Seattle

 

March 11, 2016

Whether you were born and raised in Seattle or are just visiting for the weekend, there’s a good chance you will experience a rainy day, but instead of wallowing inside with nothing to do, why not experience the city from the indoors? Seattle knows a thing or two about rainy days so it’s no surprise there are plenty of cheap activities to enjoy sheltered from the elements. Here are 5 activities that will get you excited for that rainy day forecast and won't hurt your wallet!

1. Browse a bookstore

Elliott Bay Book Company's Capitol Hill Space http://www.elliottbaybook.com/

What’s a better way to spend indoors than getting lost in a sea of books? Elliott Bay Book Company in the heart of Capitol Hill is sure to offer something for every reader. Browse new selections or discover bargain editions of your old favorites. Each section of books also features staff recommendations on handwritten cards. Grab a cup of coffee in the adjoining cafe and you may find yourself wishing for more rainy days.

 

2. Free First Thursday

photo courtesy of EMP's website http://www.empmuseum.org

Many Seattle-area museums drop their admission fees on the first Thursday of every month. With our city's collection of museums, there is sure to be something for everyone! The Experience Music Project (EMP) is currently offering a Hello Kitty exhibit while the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) showcases new exhibits frequently as well as the standing collection.

 

3. Volunteer with TWIF

Why not spend one of your rainy days connecting with the community? The World is Fun offers numerous events throughout the month to provide fun activities you can feel good about doing! Everything from food prep and sorting to beers and bingo for a cause, there is sure to be something that peaks your interest. Check out the upcoming events we have planned and start having some fun!

4. Visit Volunteer Park Conservatory

The flowers are always in bloom at the Volunteer Park Conservatory!

Looking to experience some of Seattle’s beautiful nature but still be sheltered from the rain? Then head to the Volunteer Park Conservatory located in Capitol Hill. For only $4 a ticket you can experience the five different rooms this 100 year old attraction has to offer. Everything from orchids to the cactus room will keep you eager to see what waits around the next corner. Also located near the conservatory is a water tower which is open for everyone to climb and see a unique view of the city.

 

5. Take a Coffee Shop Tour

a sample of Cafe Allegro's lovely offerings from http://www.yelp.com

This wouldn’t be a Seattle to-do list without a mention of coffee! Do as the Seattleites do and spend the dreary days indoors with a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. Make an afternoon out of it and hold a DIY coffee walking tour. Hanging out in Capitol Hill? Walk down Broadway and stop in Espresso Vivace for a cappuccino then head to Roy St Coffee Shop and snag a plush chair if you’re lucky. Reminisce your undergrad days and head north to the University District; stop in Herkimer Coffee for a latte then wander to Cafe Allegro to enjoy a cup in a unique, homey atmosphere.

- Annie Stephenson -  TWIF blogger