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Best Grilling Tips from Around the Neighborhood

It’s grilling season!  With the sunny warm weather, there is no better way to cook than grilling outside, enjoying the summer. Grilling can be tricky, which is why we asked the experts in meats and grilling from around our neighborhood to share with us (and you!) everything they know so we may, too, become experts in the art of grilling.

Step one: Where to get your meat

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Source: Starvingphotographer.com

To get the best meat for grilling, skip the grocery store and go straight to the butcher. Getting quality meat means knowing where it came from, and that is what William von Schneidau did when he started BB Ranch Butcher Shop, he found the best farms in the area. His full butcher shop is well known in Pike Place Market, as they do everything themselves and can do any cut you want on the spot.

Knowing what cut or kind of meat to get for grilling can be tricky, but William recommends some of his best: 943244_576192952401723_1027134085_n

  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Santa Maria Tri Tip (uniquely to BB Ranch with the most amazing rub you’ll ever taste)
  • BB Ranch hand made burgers (or sausages), such as buffalo, blue cheese, bacon and lamb sliders.
  • Red Steaks

William suggests to always tell your butcher about your plans; what you’re cooking with the meat, how many people you’ll be feeding, what you’ll be drinking, etc. That will help them point you to the best meat catered to your needs.

If going with red steak seems a bit threatening to grill,  William suggests to go with something the butcher prepared instead. Whether that’s their hand made burgers or their Lime Jalapeno Chicken Wings (they suggest to pair it with Margaritas and Coronas), all you’ll have to do is listen carefully to the butcher’s cooking time directions and you’ll have a perfect meal. If it’s your first time grilling, but you want steak, William’s go-to is a boneless Rib eye steak from their dry-aged locker, he assures us it’s fool-proof.BBRanch2

The best part of BB Ranch being in Pike Place Market is that it is your one-time stop. You can get everything you need for your BBQ there.  All businesses at Pike Place know each other so the people from the veggie stand will know exactly what to suggest to go along with your BB Ranch meat and vice versa.

Step two: Know the grilling basics

  • Get it hot: Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.oil_grill_tip5
  • Oil it up: Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.
  • Dry it off: Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Let it rest: When the meat has reached your desire done-ness, let it rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle.
  • Use it: Grill pans are great for giving vegetables and fruits the smoky flavor we all love, without having them fall through the rack.

Step three: Recipes

You have your meat and basic grilling tips, all you need now is a few recipes (if you didn’t buy prepared meat from BB Ranch) for your meat to make your BBQ perfect. Here are five of our favorites.

  1. Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs
  2. Beer Marinated Grilled Steak
  3. Grilled Cilantro Lime BBQ Wings
  4. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Carrot, Mushroom and Peppers
  5. Chipotle Baby Back Ribsbabyback-ribs-5

Looking for more summer and barbecuing recipes? Follow our Pinterest Board!

What are your plans for Independence Day? Do you have any grilling tips or secrets? Share them with us in the comments!

An Evening on The Rooftop with Chihuly Garden and Glass Collections Café

Summer is still over a couple of weeks away, but we are lucky to be enjoying some  beautiful sunshine-filled days here in Seattle!

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It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to hang out on our rooftop all day long. And so we did! We couldn’t have chosen a better Saturday last month to host our resident event, Evening on the Rooftop, sponsored by our neighbors the Chihuly Garden and Glass Collections Café.100_0614

The Collections Café brought their best chefs on board, fired up our grills and got cooking! As we poured some wine, our residents found their way to the rooftop drawn by the mouthwatering smell and lively music.

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We were thrilled to have the Collections Café prepare a full menu just for us, on our very own grills! The menu included roasted spring vegetables, wild mushroom ravioli, fresh fruit salads and a mini burger bar—as well as some delicious desserts. Again—mouthwatering, right?food

We love our neighbors! We enjoy taking advantage of everything that our neighborhood has to offer and we love it even more when we are able to partner with our neighbors to bring delicious food, great company and a fabulous time for our residents.

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It was a special treat to see what the Collections Café has to offer and we hear some of our residents even went to the Café for brunch the next day!

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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities to Get your Green On

St. Patrick’s Day is always a very festive day around Puget Sound.  Everyone wants to get their green on with parades, bar crawls and of course, beer!

Looking for your best option for celebrating?  We’ve got ya covered!

  • Lucky 2015: The biggest Spring Festival is right next door! Filled with St. Patrick’s décor, visited by magical creatures and celebrated with a little luck of the Irish—it is the luckiest adventure of the year! Full details here.
    • When: Friday March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Over 20 artists including Zed Dead.
    • For tickets click here.

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  • Irish Festival and Parade: Don’t miss the best place to get your green on with non-stop Irish music, dancing, workshops and cultural displays. For more info, click here.
    • When: March 14 and 15; Saturday and Sunday
    • Cost: FREE, all ages.
    • Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    • Location: Starting on 4th Ave and Jefferson.
Photo by Paul Swortz
Photo by Paul Swortz
  • St. Patty’s Day at Seattle Children Museum: Get ready to explore this green-filled day with fun activities for kids. For full details click here.
    • When: Tuesday March 17.
    • Activities:
      • 11:30 a.m. – Exploration: Celtic Harp.
      • 12 p.m. St. – Patrick’s Day Story Time.
      • 1 p.m. – Art: Leprechaun Houses.
      • 2 p.m. – Math: Leprechaun Graphing.
Source: Seattle Children's Museum
Source: Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Leprechaun Pub Crawl: With a ‘Going Green’ theme, and over ten local bars to crawl to, it is sure to be a Saturday night to remember. For full details click here.
    • When: Saturday March 14 at 3 p.m.
    • Cost: $10 per person.
    • Location: Pub crawl begins at Kells Irish Pub.
Source: Water Way Cruises
Source: Water Way Cruises
  • St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Get ready for the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash filled with a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults! For full details, click here.
    • When: Sunday March 15.
    • Time: 8 a.m. Start times vary depending on the activity you chose.
    • Location: Seattle Center
    • Price: $35 individual registration. And $12 for ages 10 and under.
    • To register, click here.

Mayor of Limerick John Gilligan announced that 26 year old bubbly children's TV Presenter Emma O'Driscoll is to lead Limericks Saint Patricks Day. The theme of the Saint Patricks Day parade is Go Green and festival organisers are hoping that a spectacle of colour and sound will fill the streets of Limerick.  Picture Seán Curtin Press 22.

Know of any other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities in town? Share them with us on the comments below!

 

Getting Ready for Super Bowl Day!

We’re assuming all you can think about this week is the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday—that’s all we can think about, too!

Let us indulge in this Hawks fever together with every other living person in the city!

 

Let’s talk party! Whether you are hosting your own party, going to a friend’s party or going out to celebrate with all other 12s, we have the best food, drinks and places to guarantee you’ll enjoy the Super Bowl!

Source: SeattlePI.com
Source: SeattlePI.com

Impress your friends by making one of these for your Super Bowl party, or bring it to your friend’s party—they’re crowd pleasers!

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Source: MyNorthwest.com

Don’t forget the Seahawks-themed snacks!

Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons

Oh, and be sure to make a Russells Sprouts Cheese Dip—get it?

Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons

What better way to support the Hawks than with Seattle-made drinks!

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Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons
Source: Queen Bee Coupons

For those of you going out—our team recommends this hopping bar in our neighborhood!

Or just stay home to watch it on the big screen in our media room!

And remember, ANYTHING is possible. GO HAWKS!

Where Did the Name “The Century” Originate?

Walk outside the doors of The Century and look straight up. You will probably notice that you are standing in the shadow of the Space Needle. But did you know how its history plays into the name of your home?

If you’ve lived in Seattle a long time, you’ve heard the story of how the Space Needle was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair. But what most people don’t know is that the official name of the event was The Century 21 Exposition.

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Source: http://pauldorpat.com/2011/06/04/seattle-now-then-we-come-in-peace/

See the similarities in the logo and the unfinished Needle?
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A Little History
The Century 21 Exposition was held between April 21 and October 21, 1962 and drew almost 10 million visitors. A 28-acre parcel of city-owned land near Queen Anne Hill was eventually chosen for the site of the Fair over larger and more nominally attractive sites such as Fort Lawton (800 acres) and Sand Point Naval Air Station (350 acres).

Space Needle and Surrounding Exhibits

The site’s proximity to the downtown area, as well as the interest in converting the Exposition’s permanent facilities into a Civic Center after the fair made this location attractive to the planners. (Source: Seattle.gov)

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Source: http://www.seattle.gov/Images/CityArchive/DDL/WorldsFair/165664.jpg

The US Government, wanted to demonstrate country’s scientific prowess to the world, and committed over $9 million to the fair, chiefly to build the NASA-themed United States Science Exhibit (now the Pacific Science Center). An (at the time) ultra-modern Monorail line was also developed to ferry tourists from downtown Seattle to the fairgrounds.

Source: http://www.washington.edu/uwired/outreach/cspn/Website/Classroom%20Materials/Pacific%20Northwest%20History/Lessons/Lesson%2025/25.html
Source: http://www.washington.edu/uwired/outreach/cspn/Website/Classroom%20Materials/Pacific%20Northwest%20History/Lessons/Lesson%2025/25.html

But the visual centerpiece would be the Space Needle, so construction began. By the time it was completed, it came in at 605-feet, cost $6.5 million and had a rotating restaurant. It was considered a risky investment because of its grandiose dimensions and spectacular design, but became wildly popular. (Source: Seattle.gov)

Source: http://pauldorpat.com/2011/06/04/seattle-now-then-we-come-in-peace/
Source: http://pauldorpat.com/2011/06/04/seattle-now-then-we-come-in-peace/

Other Interesting Tidbits About the Fair

  • The ‘King of Rock and Roll,’ Elvis Presley, shot a film here, “It Happened at the World’s Fair.”
  • A number of celebrities came to the Exposition as tourists, including Vice-President Lyndon Johnson, Walt Disney, and Prince Phillip of Great Britain.
  • By the close of the fair on October 21, a total of 9,609,969 people officially visited.
  • Nearly half of its surface area was occupied by the state’s own circular exhibit “Century 21—The Threshold and the Threat”, also known as the “World of Tomorrow” exhibit, billed as a “21-minute tour of the future”. The building also housed exhibits by France, Pan American World Airways (Pan Am), General Motors (GM), the American Library Association (ALA), and RCA, as well as a Washington state tourist center.
  • In “The Threshold and the Threat”, visitors rode a “Bubbleator” into the “world of tomorrow”. Music “from another world” and a shifting pattern of lights accompanied them on a 40-second upward journey to a starry space bathed in golden light. Then they were faced briefly with an image of a desperate family in a fallout shelter, which vanished and was replaced by a series of images reflecting the sweep of history, starting with the Acropolis and ending with an image of Marilyn Monroe (but, again, including a mushroom cloud).

Read more about the Century 21 Exposition