Dine Around Seattle returns this March (3 courses for $33!)

Dine Around Seattle, Seattle’s original city wide 3 course special program returns March 1 – 31! Visit participating restaurants every Sunday – Thursday and enjoy an appetizer, entree and dessert for just $33. Some of the restaurants are also offering 3 course lunch menus for just $18!
I’m definitely going to check out Ponti Seafood Grill for dinner – I’ve heard great things about this place but still haven’t been in. Dine Around Seattle is a great excuse to try out restaurants you haven’t been to before. I’ll be sharing my review after my visit! If you’ve been there, let me know what dishes you’ve loved.

Some dishes that jump out to me from some of the restaurants involved in Dine Around Seattle:

Everything from Ponti Seafood Grill! You can pick anything from their menu for Seattle Restaurant Week!

Stinging Nettle Soup from Barking Frog.

Grilled Pear Salad from Icon Grill.

Tostada de Tinga from La Cocina Oaxaquena.

Spiced Duck Leg – 7 item thalis from Poppy.

Be sure to make reservations with the restaurant of your choice! March will be a busy time dining out in Seattle!

GIVEAWAY: MarchFourth Marching Band in Seattle 2/28!

The MarchFourth Marching Band is coming to the Showbox in the Market (one of my favorite spots in Seattle to see live music) Saturday, February 28!

Don’t forget your earplugs – this production is anything but quiet. Stilt walkers and Saxophones! Dancers and Drummers! Trombones! Acrobatics! Guitars! This wild whirl of visual and musical fun is a great reason to dress in a way you feel AWESOME and get out and dance this Saturday. Will I see you there?!

Enter to win a ticket to the show, here.

More info: http://marchfourthmarchingband.com/

Buy tickets here. 

In their own words: “MarchFourth: Steamfunk Rock-n-Roll Circus Party
Aside from the marching band-themed costumes, as well as the 5-piece percussion corps and 7-part brass section, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though they have been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). M4 is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. The show will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy sounds of eastern Europe to the streets of Brazil, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers. This genre-busting, in-your-face experience is not to be missed! What began as a Fat Tuesday party in Portland, OR. on March 4th 2003, has since become one of the nation’s best live touring acts.”

Photos and video:

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Giveaway: “Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland”

What happens when you mix some of the hottest burlesque stars with one of the most magical classics of all time? “Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland,” of course!

This magical production returns to The Triple Door April 8 – 11, 2015. Tickets and more info here. 

Enter to win tickets on the Seattle Pockets Facebook page!

Already have your tickets? RSVP on their Facebook event page, here.

Broadway at the Paramount announces their 15/16 Season!

Broadway at the Paramount has announced their 2015/2016 season:

September 20 – 26, 2015

November 3 – 8, 2015

February 2 – 7, 2016

March 8 – 13, 2016

April 26 – May 1, 2016

May 31 – June 12, 2016

Jersey Boys is one of my all-time favorite musicals so I can’t wait to take someone who hasn’t seen it yet. Disney’s Newsies is going to make a great date night with Brandon and I really want to learn more about “Motown The Musical” and “If/Then!” Bullets over Broadway – I remember loving the movie  – “Don’t Speak!” – and expect this will be fun to watch live on stage. Annie will be a perfect start to the season, hopefully with my nieces in tow! Season options include: Riverdance, Beauty and the Beast (my review from its last visit, here), The Book of Mormon and Blue Man Group.

We are so lucky to live in a town with such vibrant theatre offerings!

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January recap: Surprise Date Night, Parties, Weddings and Family

January in review. Turns out one month is a lot to fit into one post – I might have to do these 2-4 times a month going forward!
On New Year’s Eve, Brandon, Erin, Paul, Juvi and I party hopped between house parties (thanks to our fab hosts Jess, Noelle, Brad, Nora and Rusty)!  Brandon and I surprised ourselves by being in bed before 3am, which might be a record for us. We’re clearly not 23 any more. Luckily the only thing on my calendar for 1/1/15 was “Sleep in!”
We celebrated my niece Nara’s 12th birthday that weekend, with our traditional visit to the ice skating rink at Seattle Center, followed by a trip to the birthday girl’s restaurant pick: The Spaghetti Factory. Nara loves maps and geography so we gifted her the game 10 Days Across Europe, which we all have since enjoyed playing. Oma and Opa (my parents) surprised us all by coming back from California in time for the celebration. They had spent Christmas in California with my cousin Laura and her family to help welcome their third son, Bennett, into this world on New Year’s Eve!
On the 10th, my family celebrated a belated Christmas (since B and I were in Philly and Mom and Dad were in California during that time). We had a blast playing games such as 10 Days and Ticket to Ride. Mom made delicious gyros and of course we had to have my favorite guilty pleasure holiday snack – clam dip with potato chips – during game time. The six of us “kids” spent the night and played more games in the morning. Who says Christmas has to happen in December?
Alida, Erin and I had a delicious dinner at Shadowland in West Seattle on Erin’s birthday eve. I already have a trip planned to go back there soon for their mac and cheese and fried green beans! The arugula salad was simple but delicious.
Erin and I spent her birthday afternoon at Olympus Spa, enjoying the hot rooms, hot tubs and hot cast iron bowled bibimbap. Erin spent multiple five minute stretches in the cold plunge pool – a place I have yet to go in more than my ankles! She’s much more hard core than I am, clearly.
Mid-month, a group of us Seattleites made our way to San Francisco to celebrate Brian and Morgan’s wedding at the Legion of Honor. We had a fantastic weekend filled with great food and company. It was wonderful to see these two beautiful people get hitched and so special to be part of that weekend with them.
Brandon and I started our monthly “Surprise Date Nights” this month – he went first. We’re rotating each month who surprises the other for a date night. No pressure, the date can be WOW or just dinner, but it hast to be a surprise. He kicked these nights off with an awesome choice: Mimosas with Mama at The Unicorn. Part comedy, part drag routines, part recreation of a movie musical in half an hour. If you like drag, GO. Mamma Mia is their current movie musical (through the end of February). We laughed so much. We went to Grim’s afterwards, who sadly took their french dip off the menu – doubtful I’ll be back even though the food was still good. That was my main reason for going there! I still laugh thinking about the Mimosas with Mama show and do sometimes wish that I could be a drag queen. Thanks for the Surprise Date Night idea, Devin and Lindsey!
We ended the month by seeing Cirque du Soleil’s newest show “Kurios” (which is amazing – review coming soon) and celebrating our friends Rusty and Ryan at their 20s theme birthday party at the Rendezvous in Belltown (the perfect “juice joint” location). Turns out that making up fake 20s slang is a fun party game (“go tend to the garden”). “Bank’s Closed” is my favorite real-20s expression (though a reason for using it doesn’t come up much).
Other highlights:
Mexican food and margaritas with Somer
Catching up with my birth-mom Loa at happy hour
Kathryn and I treated our inner-past-selves to a fun night seeing “Dirty Dancing” at The Paramount.
Chatting with old friends and making new ones at Tom and Leah’s birthday party
Painting pottery with Levy and his girlfriend Jessica
Helping Alida & Will pack up for their move (can’t wait to see how they’ve settled in to their new place).
Puzzle and Rummikub night with Mom and Dad
Opening our 2014 Joy Jar and date night at Zhu Dang
Juvi coming over for game night
Bringing on new client: Capitol Cider!
Books I read:
The Willpower Instinct
Garden Spells
Dark Spaces
Orphan Train
Movies & shows I enjoyed:
Into the Woods
Downton Abbey Season 5
Orphan Black
Alive Inside
The Taste
The One I Love

Free Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland and Menchie’s Next Week


It’s going to be a good week :)

Originally posted on cheapbastardseattle:

My favorite freebie of the year is coming next week and thanks to a disagreement over the date, I can get two freebies in one. So can you.

National Frozen Yogurt Day is next week, but two major froyo chains disagree on the date. Yogurtland says its Monday, Menchie’s says it’s Feb. 6th. That means more free yogurt for you and me.

That’s because participating Yogurtland stores are celebrating on Monday by giving out free frozen yogurt and toppings from 4 to 7 p.m. Check with your local store because how much they give out varies from store to store.

On Friday, Feb. 6, participating Menchie’s are celebrating by giving away up to 6 ounces free per guest from 4 to 8 p.m.

Man, is this a great country or what?

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