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The Quileute tribe's quandry

The Quileute tribe's quandry May 28th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Every time it floods in New Orleans or a hurricane wipes out a mobile home park along the coast of Florida similar questions are asked: Why do people continue to put themselves in harm's way by living in – and often rebuilding in -- places clearly threatened by natural disaster? A Native American community in the northwest corner of the country, popularized in the hit book and movie...

Nine groovy retro flight attendant uniforms

Nine groovy retro flight attendant uniforms May 23rd, 2011 at 3:30PM: Good looks never go out of style, but (thankfully, in some instances) "air hostess" uniforms do. The Los Angeles Times travel section has published this great photo gallery of swinging stews from the "Style in the Aisle" exhibit at Seattle's Museum of Flight. The exhibit, which runs through May 30th, features flight attendant uniforms from the 1930's through the '70's. Couture designers of the...

Ten iconic foods of summer, and where to find them

Ten iconic foods of summer, and where to find them May 20th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Aah, summer. A time for the beach, pool parties, lazy days...and sheep cheese? While many foods are undeniably the essence of summer--watermelon, peaches, and anything grilled come to mind--there are plenty of edibles not identified as seasonal foods. Most of my favorite things to eat just happen to peak in summer, so I decided to compile a list of both the obvious and not-so. Even the most...

Airlines offer in-flight menu items at food trucks, pop-ups

Airlines offer in-flight menu items at food trucks, pop-ups May 7th, 2011 at 12:00PM: In a marketing move best described as "ironic," a handful of airlines are now offering land-bound folk a taste of the finest of what they serve in the air. The New York Times reports that Air France, Austrian Airlines, Southwest, and Delta are trying to lure potential passengers by tempting them with samples of in-flight meals "from" celebrity-chefs. The modus operandi are primarily roving food...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

Ten great food co-ops in the western U.S.

Ten great food co-ops in the western U.S. Apr 22nd, 2011 at 1:30PM: If the concept of food cooperatives conjures up images of burning bras and withered, wormy produce, hear me out. The times they have a'changed, and today's co-ops (about 500 nationwide) can be the hometown equivalent of a certain high-end, multi-billion-dollar, national green grocery chain. As with farmers markets, all are not created equal, but when you hit upon a good one, it's easy to see why...

Junkie steals 100-year-old morphine, doesn't get high

Junkie steals 100-year-old morphine, doesn't get high Apr 21st, 2011 at 10:00AM: There's nobody quite as determined or stupid as a junkie. Maybe it's hard to buy a hit on the streets of Cashmere, Washington, or maybe this particular junkie was short of cash. In any case, someone with a craving for drugs broke into the Cashmere Historic Museum and Pioneer Village and made off with a bottle of morphine pills dating back to World War One. A doctor interviewed by the...

Chery Picks: Where to eat during the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Chery Picks: Where to eat during the National Cherry Blossom Festival Mar 26th, 2011 at 3:00PM: It's official - the National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off today. If you're visiting, you probably have one question on your mind (well, beyond where to sleep and what to do, which we've already covered) ... what do I EAT? We've made that simple - check out our favorite of the official "Cherry Picks." Consider this a guide to our favorite Washington DC restaurants offering special...

Washington DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival 2011: What you need to know

Washington DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival 2011: What you need to know Mar 25th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Cherry Blossom fans, get ready! Washington, DC's annual National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through April 10, 2011. Throughout the two-week festival, visitors will enjoy spectacular views of Washington's famed Cherry Blossoms, a parade, 10 mile race, and hundreds of special spring-themed events in the Washington, DC area. Never attended the festival before? Here's what...

Seattle's Safeco Field gets food concession with local ingredients, menus by award-winning chefs

Seattle's Safeco Field gets food concession with local ingredients, menus by award-winning chefs Mar 21st, 2011 at 4:30PM: Buh-bye, limp hot dogs in soggy buns. Baseball season starts April 1st, and Seattle's Safeco Field--go, Mariners--is celebrating its first home game on the 8th with some serious food. Centerplate, the leading hospitality provider to North America's premier sports stadiums, has developed a partnership with award-winning Seattle chef Ethan Stowell, as well as chefs Roberto Santibañez, owner...

Human-powered circumnavigator climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tanzanian school

Human-powered circumnavigator climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tanzanian school Mar 14th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Seattle-based adventurer Erden Eruç has launched the next phase in his quest to circumnavigate the world under human power, for his charitable organization, Around-n-Over (AnO). The mission of the 501(c)(3) non-profit is to assist poor communities by providing basic educational aid, resources, and facilities as a means of guiding them into self-sufficiency. Eruç will continue his...

Highway 1 in photos

Highway 1 in photos Feb 25th, 2011 at 12:00PM: My first drive down Highway 1, properly called State Route 1, was during the summer of 2007. My two best friends and I constructed a loft bed in our van and we took off driving down the coast... from the tip of Oregon and, eventually, down to San Diego. Images from the trip, in my mind and in my photo albums, have regularly sent me into a west...

In Washington state, search continues for missing skier

Feb 3rd, 2011 at 1:30PM: The search for an experienced backcountry skier missing since Tuesday afternoon has resumed in Washington state, after being postponed Wednesday night due to darkness and poor conditions. The Seattle woman was skiing alone in the Red Mountain Area of Snoqualmie National Forest, near Alpental ski resort. Seattle's King 5 News reports that after the woman failed to show up at work on...

Why your state sucks: the depressing but true map of America

Why your state sucks: the depressing but true map of America Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:00AM: The folks over at Pleated Jeans have come up with a funny yet painful new map of America. It doesn't show our cities or rivers or mountains, it shows our flaws. As you can see, each state is singled out for what they're worst at. Maps reveal a lot about the territory they cover, and this one shows more than some people may want to see. I've lived in three different states and I have to say...

Daily Pampering: Romance and a Tiffany & Co. shopping spree at Park Hyatt Washington

Daily Pampering: Romance and a Tiffany & Co. shopping spree at Park Hyatt Washington Jan 25th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Want to really wow your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? It just might take you $8,000 ... but you can do it. The Park Hyatt Washington is offering a special "Suite Romance" package that includes accommodations in its Presidential Suite, dedicated butler service, valet parking, Champagne and strawberries, an en-suite couples massage for two and a set of monogrammed robes. Wow her with a private...

Budget cuts may axe Washington historic sites

Budget cuts may axe Washington historic sites Jan 24th, 2011 at 12:00PM: As the Great Recession drags on, more and more state programs are feeling the pinch. This includes many sites of historic interest. In the latest budget announced by Washington Governor Chris Gregiore, the state's three Historical Society museums will all have to close. The State Capital Museum in the Lord Mansion in Olympia, and museums in Tacoma and Spokane, would all be affected. The...

Top 10 travel spots in the United States

Top 10 travel spots in the United States Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: So, Orbitz noted when we like to travel ... but where do we go? The top 10 destinations in the country were mostly predictable, with big tourist-magnet cities dominating the list. There were a few surprises, according to the information supplied by Orbitz: Boston, for example, didn't make the list, after having ranked ninth in 2009. Los Angeles, fifth in 2009, also fell off in 2010. New Orleans...

Gadling gear review: Outdoor Research women's Frescoe Hoody activewear

Gadling gear review: Outdoor Research women's Frescoe Hoody activewear Jan 14th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I love hoodies, and ever since I was old enough to waddle around in my brother's hand-me-downs (which unfortunately included his tighty-whiteys, until I was old enough to realize that, while my mom's thriftiness was admirable, clothing your daughter in boy's underwear was not), I've worn them. The versatility, quirky style, and marsupial-like comfort a great hoody can provide make it an unbeatable...

14 skiers get lost in ten days at Washington ski resort

14 skiers get lost in ten days at Washington ski resort Dec 23rd, 2010 at 9:00AM: Winter is finally officially upon us, and the ski season is in full swing at last. Many of the country's top resorts have been opening over the past month, and they're all dealing with the usual hiccups of launching a new season, including handling crowds on the lifts, making sure all of their equipment is running efficiently, and watching the skies for snow. But one resort in Washington has had...

American-Muslim group urges Palestinians to visit Holocaust Museum

American-Muslim group urges Palestinians to visit Holocaust Museum Dec 23rd, 2010 at 8:30AM: The Islamic Society of North America is defying Hamas and urging Palestinian youths to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Jewish news service JTA reports. A group of A-students from the Gaza Strip are to visit the nation's capital on a UN-sponsored educational visit. Their tour is to include the Holocaust Museum, but Hamas, which runs the Palestinian Authority,...

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