The Century’s location is truly unique from a culinary perspective. You are a short walk or Uber from the best of Lower Queen Anne, Belltown and South Lake Union. Here are a few spots you may not have thought about, but should definitely be on your list.
Some Random Bar: 2604 1st Ave
Head a few blocks southwest on foot and you will hit a fantastic place that describes itself as, “Local, fresh, seasonal “Farm to table” cuisine, perfectly poured pints and unpretentious cocktails served up with a smile.” Among the intriguing menu items are Chocolate Dipped Bacon Strips, Twice Cooked Oxtails, Chicken Fried Quail, CRab Nachos and Trotters Pork Collar.
Serious Biscuit: 401 Westlake Ave North
Pick a nice morning and walk Northeast to South Lake Union. This unique space from Tom Douglas is home to three concepts under one roof, including the only place in town to enjoy buttermilk biscuits topped with everything from fried chicken and black pepper tabasco gravy to seasonal jams and bacon butter. Make sure to check out the weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar: 124 Republican St.
If you love oysters, then take a nice stroll through Seattle Center towards Lower Queen Anne and enjoy Kusshi, Kumamoto, Shigoku, Pacific, Kumamotos and whatever else your heart desires. Taylor Shellfish owns the entire process, from hatchery to harvest to presentation. Robert H. on Yelp raves, “These were the freshest oysters I’ve ever tasted in a restaurant. Hands-down! I asked the hostess how long the oysters had been out of the ocean. Because they had tasted as if they were swimming that morning.”
There are so many places to check out around The Century. Let us know of your favorites.
Man, did summer fly by or what? All those 80 degree days seemed to make the time go faster.
But here we are, in the first days of fall, ready for the leaves – and weather – to change. One thing that won’t change – all the localicious things to do around The Century. Here are some upcoming events where you can shift your social calendar indoors.
9/26 through 1/31/15: Beaumount & Caswell in Hacienda Holiday at Teatro Zinzanni
Teatro Zinzanni is a special dinner theatre treat featuring a lavish production under a unique tent while enjoying a four-star dinner. Their newest show features favorites Beaumount and Caswell for an experience return for an adventure that will take them south of the border. The cast also features an ‘on point’ fortune teller with a sultry concoction to share, a pair of highflying poets hoping love will take them to new heights, a bad boy bartender who juggles bottles while breaking hearts, and a tango dancing couple that burn the floor (and so much more) with their sultry moves.
9/27: Elton John at Key Arena
There are only a few tickets left via Ticketmaster and StubHub, so hustle if you want the chance to walk over to Key Arena and see Elton John play this Saturday night.
9/27 6:00pm – 7:30pm: TedX Rainier Salon at Pacific Science Center Laser Dome Turn on your brain and join other people who love science for a viewing of TED talks facilitated by TEDxRainier curator Phil Klein and technologist Ramez Naam. These talks explore a wide range of science topics and will be followed by informal comments and conversation discussing the topics presented.
Opening 10/4: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! at Pacific Science Center We’ve all seen the TV show showcasing Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats. This exhibit explains the science that underlies them.
11/18: Phish at Key Arena
If Elton John isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you prefer the jams of Phish. There are plenty of tickets available, so come in out of the rain and and enjoy a Saturday night with a classic American band.
Do you know of some other interesting events coming this fall? Let us know.
If you are not a hardcore sports fan, you may not understand why your sports-minded friends are in somewhat of an apoplectic shock this week. We want to make sure you have the proper talking points when you run into one of your adrenalin-filled co-workers or fellow residents in the elevator or by the water cooler.
So here are some easy responses to throw at them based on what they seem to be wearing or want to talk about.
The low down: For the first time in enough years that we would have to look it up on Wikipedia to get the answer right, the Mariners have a shot at the playoffs. 5 teams in the Three-Division American League “make the playoffs.” Each Division winner qualifies for the 2nd round, while the two best teams that don’t win a division play each other to decide who gets the fourth spot. It’s unlikely that the Mariners win their division, but as of today they are one of 3 teams (A’s, Tigers, Mariners) within 1/2 game of each other. Two teams will Qualify.
Your key questions:
Doesn’t Rodney scare you a little?
What happens if Ackley doesn’t come back?
Is it good or bad that we have so many games against the Angels?
Your key responses:
I’ll take either Felix or Iwakuma in a one game playoff.
Cano is going to turn these guys into winners.
It’s all going to come down to the games against the Angels.
The low down: After 26 of their 34 scheduled games, the Sounders have 16 wins, 3 ties and 7 losses, which gives them the most points (51) in Major League Soccer. They are almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, but in soccer there is prestige in finishing with the best record in the league and winning what is called the “Supporters Shield.” It’s quite the accomplishment to win the Supporters Shield and then also win the Playoff Tournament. Plus, they have a chance to win a tournament called the U.S. Open Cup when they play Philadelphia on September 16.
Your key questions:
Can the defense stop the Galaxy in the playoffs?
What is the deal with Pineda? Is he still in shape to lead the team?
Can anyone stop Dempsey and Martins when they are in form?
Your key responses:
I think Marshall is the key. If he gets hurt, we’re in trouble.
I really like Neagle off the bench. I think his speed is maximized against tired players.
If we’re healthy, we’re as good as anyone.
The low down: The season just started, and in their first game the Hawks put a pretty good thwacking on the Packers. It’s too early to say that they will definitely defend their Super Bowl championship, but it’s not too early to say that they very well might.
Your key questions:
Man I can’t find a weakness with the team. What scares you?
Is there anyone on the roster who we just can’t afford to be hurt?
Who’s a bigger threat, the Cardinals or the 49’ers?
Your key responses:
Holy cow, Percy Harvin is a stud.
Oh my god, Richard Sherman is a stud.
I’ve always said, Russell Wilson is simply a stud.
By now you know that our region’s favorite team, the World Champion Seattle Seahawks, start their regular season tomorrow. Now, for those of you who either just moved to Seattle or aren’t huge football fans, we have provided answers to 12 questions that will help you take part in any office cooler conversation.
1) 12 questions? Seriously, what’s the deal with all the 12’s?
Ever since the Seahawks moved into Century Link Field in 2002, the Seahawks have honored their fans by calling them the “12th man.” This represents the idea that when other teams come to play the Hawks, the crowd is so loud and has such an impact that the opponents are essentially playing 11 on 12. Hence, the 12th man. Right before every home game, the Seahawks have someone from Seattle history represent all the 12’s and raise the “12th Man flag,” which turns an already loud stadium into utter chaos.
2) What is Beast Mode?
It was Jan 9, 2011 – Coach Pete Carroll’s first year with the team. Even though the Hawks only finished with a 7-9 record that year, it was enough for them to win their division (NFC West) and thus get to host the heavily favored New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Late in the 4th quarter, the Saints were mounting a comeback and the Seahawks were trying to hold on to the ball, up by four points. That’s when running back Marshawn Lynch took a hand-off and ran through just about everyone on the Saints defense on the way to the end zone. Lynch was said to go into “Beast Mode.”
3) What’s with the animosity between us and the 49’ers? San Francisco seems like such a friendly place.
Believe it or not, the Seahawks vs 49’ers rivalry does not go back too many years. The Seahawks switched divisions from the AFC West to the NFC West in 2002, long long long after the 49’ers dynasty of the 1980’s and 1990’s when they won five Super Bowls. But 49’ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have both recently joined their teams, Carroll in 2010 and Harbaugh in 2011. And both had coached against each other in the Pac-10, Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2010, and Carroll at USC from 2000-2009, so their NFL rivalry spilled over from college. It reached a fever pitch in the NFC Championship game last January when the Seahawks narrowly won the game to go to the Super Bowl. The 49’ers built a new stadium about 40-50 miles outside of the city this year, so a favorite insult is to refuse to call them “San Francisco” any more, and refer to them as the “Santa Clara 49’ers.”
4) Can I date Russell Wilson? He’s dreamy.
Well, Russell Wilson is single after separating from his wife in the spring. Rumors of him with a current girlfriend are sketchy at best. But keep in mind that he’s known for being in the Seahawks film room at 5:00am, being the last guy to leave the training facility and spending most of his Tuesday afternoon free time at Children’s Hospital talking to sick kids. That’s right, he’s not just an NFL star, but he’s a super nice guy to boot. So, even if you do nab him, don’t expect too much wining and dining from the gallant QB.
5) I’m going to the game. Where should I go before hand?
Oh wow, that’s a tough question. Once you are in Pioneer Square, every bar and restaurant is going to be filled with 12th men and women. Most Seahawks games are Sunday at 1:15pm, which gives you the chance to get down early for breakfast, watch most of the 10:00am NFL games, and then head over to the stadium about 12:15. You want to get to the stadium a little early so you can get settled in, and to let your ears slowly adjust to the mountain of noise that is building up towards kickoff.
6) Who is Richard Sherman and why does he bother fans of other teams?
When you are a leader of the Seahawks defensive secondary that calls itself the “Legion of Boom,” you are bound to ruffle the feathers of opposing fans. Sherman has always been known as an outspoken character, but his popularity (and anti-popularity) reached new heights at the very end of the NFC Championship game after he defended a pass that won the game. Either you think he is overly aggressive or you love his emotion. He kind of polarizes people one way or the other. If he played for Santa Clara, we probably wouldn’t be able to stand him.
7) What’s the deal with the phrase “Win Forever” and where did it come from?
This is Coach Carroll’s mantra. In fact, he has a web site and has written a book of the same rallying cry. Coach Carroll’s program for youth “develops a culture of high performance that is in a relentless pursuit of a competitive edge – for individuals and teams to become the very best they can possibly become.” He brings that same competitiveness to every Seahawks practice and game.
8) How should my friends or I get to the stadium?
Like we said above, you can meet your friends and enjoy the festive Pioneer Square pre-game environment. Just wander around, find a place that suits you, and enjoy a leisurely build up to kick-off. From The Century, it’s easy to hop in an Uber or Lyft down to Pioneer Square, although the bus is a pretty good option as well.
9) By the way, when are the games and who do we play?
Good question. Here’s a technical answer to wow your friends with. The Hawks play 16 games. 6 are against their NFC West rivals Santa Clara, Arizona and St. Louis (3 at home, 3 away.) This year, all of the teams in the NFC West will also play the 4 teams in the AFC West; Denver, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City (2 at home, 2 away) and NFC East; Washington, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Dallas (2 at home, 2 away.) The divisions they play against rotate every year. Finally, because the Seahawks were the winners of their division last year, they play last year’s winners of the 2 other divisions in their conference; Carolina and Green Bay (1 home, 1 away.) They do that on purpose to make it harder for the good teams to do as well, and easier for the bad teams to do better than the year before. Got it? Well here’s the full schedule with actual dates and times.
10) When’s the last time a team won Back to Back Super Bowls? Can we do it again?
So far there have been 48 Super Bowls, and Back to Back titles have only happened 8 times – Green Bay (1967, 1968), Miami (1973, 1974), Pittsburgh (1975, 1976 and 1979, 1980), San Francisco (1989, 1990), Dallas (1993, 1994), Denver (1998, 1999) and New England (2004, 2005). Looking at the trends, this is the longest the league has gone without a repeat champion, so it does seem like the time is right.
11) Since we won it last year, will the Super Bowl be in Seattle this year?
No, that’s not how it works, sadly. The Super Bowl location is chosen years in advance – usually in a warm weather city, unless there’s a brand new stadium the league wants to show off. This year’s Super Bowl is in Phoenix, and then the next ones are in Santa Clara (NOT San Francisco), Houston and Minneapolis.
12) I want to buy a jersey. Whose number and name should I get?
Excellent, excellent question. Good for you for your team spirit. The easy and popular choices are Russell Wilson (3), Marshawn Lynch (24) or Legion of Boom standouts Richard Sherman (25) and Earl Thomas (29). Now these are great choices, and Wilson, Sherman and Thomas will be with the team for years, so the jersey won’t be out of date for a while. If you like something less trendy and like little guys, two sophisticated choices would be wide receivers Percy Harvin (11) and Doug Baldwin (89). Less trendy choices for big guys would be the quiet but tough center Max Unger (60) or left tackle Russell Okung (76). Or maybe you want to pick someone from your college. Check out the roster here. And there’s always just the #12, which is a solid pick.
Have more questions about the Seahawks? Let us know in the comments below.
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.
See the similarities in the logo and the unfinished Needle?
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).
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)
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.
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)
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).
Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. Lower Queen Anne is home to some fantastic bartenders. So here are some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.
Note: Most of these recipes don’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.
Tini Bigs: Chill-Hooly – Tangerine Vodka, Orange Curacao, Sour mix
New York Pizza & Bar: Liberty Lush – Smirnoff Passion Fruit vodka, Captain Morgans Passion Fruit rum, Mango, Lemon Juice, Sour, White Cran
Triumph Bar: El Cartel – Tequila, Dry Vermouth, Cucumber, Lime, Black Pepper
The 5 Point Cafe: The Breakfast Paloma – Milagro Tequila with fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice and a splash of soda
Tini Bigs: Big Kahuna Bourbon – Bourbon, Fresh Basil, Pineapple & Lime Juice, Ginger Beer
The 5 Point Cafe: The Pancake Breakfast – Jameson with a flow of Butterscotch Liqeur served with a side of Orange Juice.
El Gaucho: Barrel Aged Gaucho Manhattan – Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey, Bourbon, Cherry Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters
Triumph Bar: Burning Bush – Gin, Pastis, Raspberry Shrub, cava, Lemon
El Gaucho: French – House infused cucumber gin, lemon, simple syrup, champagne, served up
Share your favorite homemade cocktail recipes with us in the comments below.
We’ve flown through Fourth of July and sailed through Seafair. But everyone in Seattle knows the sun will be shining another couple of months, with sunsets that stretch clear into the late evening. And what is a better way to celebrate the back half of summer, than grilling on the rooftop of your building?
You may or may not know that you have a handy gas grill up there, with great views and plenty of room to cook for, entertain and delight your guests. So over the next two weeks, we thought we’d provide some tips and recipes to take your barbecue past the burgers and hot dog stage and into something completely memorable.
Tips from an Expert
Before we get started with some recipes and other helpful resources, let’s get some grilling advice from an expert. Andrew Brays is the owner of Pinky’s Kitchen, one of the finest places to enjoy barbecue in the Puget Sound. Pinky’s is located in a little truck in Wallingford, but the small location packs huge flavor. Pinky’s has giant smokers where they season their meats for a long period of time, but we asked Andrew for his number one tip for using a gas grill.
“Here’s a general tip to help every beginner. Keep an eye on the “hotspots” on the grill. Inevitably most non-commercial grills have hotspots and things will cook unevenly especially, when trying to sear at high temperature. Keep an eye on them and be ready to shuffle things around to get even cooking and sears. Also, when cooking steak use a internal thermometer probe (they are cheap and easily available) if you want to really be sure you are doing rare, med rare, med and well done requests. The thermometer is also great for chicken and sausages. Pull the meat immediately as soon as it hits 165 (or less if you want rarer meat) to stop it from drying out.”
Seattle Barbecue Recipes
Next, we found some Puget Sound recipes that will make you look more like Bobby Flay than Ronald McDonald. Here are some links to some great recipes from Seattle’s famous restaurateur, Tom Douglas.
Besides his grilling tip, Andrew provided us a recipe that’s not on his menu at Pinky’s. As a native Australian, he knows a little about Shrimp on the Barbie. Here’s his authentic Australian recipe.
2lbs Easy-peel headless shrimp
Jar of Mama Lils Honkin Hot Peppers
4 TBSP oil from the Mama Lils jar
1 head cilantro
15-20 medium to large Garlic cloves
1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
1 TSP salt (or to taste)
4 limes halved
Metal or soaked wooden skewers
To make fresh whole shrimp easy peel, simply remove heads and snip open their backs using scissors down to the tail. Clean under running water if necessary. Prepping them this way enables the marinade to permeate and the shells easy to remove when eating.
Cut the stalks off the cilantro just under where it starts to bushel.
Rough chop all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime in a food processor using the pulse, or fine chop by hand. You want a consistency that is a little runny and not too combined so the ingredients still stand alone. A medium to fine chop.
Place prepped prawns in a zip lock and add the paste. Mix it around well by squeezing the bag to get the paste into all the nooks and crannies of the prawns.
Place in fridge for 2 to 4 hours. (If you are pressed for time 1/2 hour works.)
On a tray double skewer the prawns (don’t refer to the picture they are not single skewered). But this is VERY important because the cook time is fast and if you are dealing with hot and cold spots on your grill you want to be able to flip them and move them without them spinning. To double skewer like in the picture but you put two skewers parallel to each other through the prawn about 1/2 inch apart.
Heat your grill to as high as it will go. You want to char the shells before the prawns are overcooked ideally. If you can’t get it hot enough for a rapid char, don’t worry. It’s more important to just pull the shrimp off before they overcook.
Place skewers on grill. There should be a definite sizzle. Cook for two to three minutes a side depending on the prawn size. Flip them the first time when the colour has changed half way through and hopefully the shells have charred. You may need to shuffle them around. The prawns are cooked the minute the opaqueness is gone in the centre of the prawn.
While they are cooking, liberally squeeze lime juice over them.
When cooked, remove skewers and serve in a bowl with a bowl for shells. Grab plenty of napkins and some extra lime wedges.
Where to Get Meat
The epicureans among you will know that the best and worst chefs in the world can benefit from high quality ingredients. So we found a place in your neighborhood if you want to step up your meat and serve something really special.
BB Ranch in Pike’s Place MarketBB Ranch was founded to connect consumers looking for local, grass-fed beef and other meats directly with local ranchers raising animals on grass. They’re alocal butcher shop selling beef, pork, lamb, goat, chicken, duck, and eggs raised locally by farmers in Lopez Island, Bow, Duvall, Marysville, and ranchers in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties as well as Eastern Washington.
What night on a rooftop deck with a gourmet meal would be complete without the perfect bottle of wine? Again, if you want to go a class above your typical grocery store, we suggest a trip to your neighborhood wine store where you can ask the proprietor for a selection hat will go perfectly with you menu.
Champion Wine Cellars at 108 Denny Way is Lower Queen Anne’s own wine cellar, was recipient of the first retail wine license in the State of Washington. At any one time you can find some 1,500 different labels, including a broad selection of French wine. Whether you are looking for Bordeaux, Burgundies, Champagne or Rhone Valley wines, or something from California, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Australia or New Zealand, you’ll probably find it here.
Next week we’ll bring you some recipes for Specialty Cocktails from your local neighborhood bars. If you have a favorite recipe or BBQ tip to share with the community, tell us in the comments below.
The Century personifies Seattle style and living in the heart of it all gives you the chance to appreciate everything our great city has to offer! Nestled at the base of the Space Needle, in the center of the city, The Century puts Seattle in your backyard. Shop and dine in South Lake Union, take in an exhibit at the Experience Music Project or just enjoy the fountain in the sunshine at the Seattle Center. When you have explored the city, your apartment home at The Century offers you an inviting urban nest with a stunning roof top deck.