Five Pockets (Fall trends, Block Party, Summer tunes, Happy Hour & a great book)

Here are five “pockets” that I thought you all might enjoy:
South Lake Union Block Party
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Save the date for the South Lake Union Block party on Friday, August 12! Enjoy live music, “best burger in SLU” competition, Brave Horse Tavern beer garden and more. Facebook event page here.

Fashion trend: Geometric Jewelry! 
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Jewelry by bonnyrabbitboutique on etsy

We still have plenty of summer to enjoy, but fall fashion trends are coming out. I’m excited to see more geometric jewelry around—a look I can’t get enough of. Fashion trend forecasts expect to see more 80s comebacks, silvers and golds, and nautical overcoats (that reminds me, I need to find a good fall coat).

Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Vietnamese Wing Happy Hour
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Legendary Portland chef (and two-time James Beard award winner) Andy Ricker (who I first was introduced to at Matt’s in the Market “Planes, Trains & Traveling Chefs” dinner) will be at Whole Foods in South Lake Union on August 5 from 5–7 pm. Enjoy Pok Pok’s sticky-sweet jumbo wings at $6 per order of three wings (first 250 orders will receive a free Pok Pok Som Soda.)
 
Summer beach playlist
This summer is all about beach days for me (mostly Madison Park Beach and Alki). Check out some great beach tunes here and add your own!
Recent Read
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I thoroughly enjoyed “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” a novel told from the perspective of different women in three generations of one family. What great books have you read lately? Check out my latest reads on Goodreads.

Review: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Theatre Review by my mom, Jeanne Deller:

The 5th Avenue Theatre scores again with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, reminiscent of so many beloved British whodunits. Seattleites can catch this romping, fast-paced musical comedy—winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical—now through July 31st.

Perfectly cast, every player in this how-to-orchestrate-multiple-murders farce charms the audience throughout the show. While the audience is immediately savvy to motive and murderer, the real mystery is in the murder methods. John Rapson’s portrayal of multiple victims is zany, highly energetic, and wildly talented, while Kevin Massey cunningly plays Monty Navarro.

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Orchestration was perfection with all voices, sound devices, amplification finely tuned. Above all other antics and songs, the number “I’ve Decided to Marry You” with Kevin Massey, Kristen Beth Williams (as Sibella), and Adrienne Eller (as Phoebe) brought the house down.

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Many lavish sets-within-a-set were beautiful, cleverly designed, and highly entertaining. Keep an eye on engaging mailboxes and other clever devices. Arrive early enough to glean detail and fun facts from The 5th’s Encore program to add another dimension to “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

Tickets here.

Photos by Joan Marcus.

 

Award winning wines featured in “Red, White & Brew” event on July 22

A firecracker of a wine event returns July 22! Seattle Magazine’s Red, White & Brew offers great sips from local wineries, breweries, and restaurants!
This event, now in its fifth year, honors the winning wineries featured in Seattle Magazine’s Washington Wine Awards (selected by a panel of top local sommeliers and wine professionals).
You’ll enjoy sips from over 40 local wineries and breweries while enjoying bites from great local restaurants. Enjoy the sunshine and view of the Space Needle & International Fountain.
This event is likely to sell out, so buy your tickets in advance.

A portion of the proceeds from Red, White and Brew benefit Northwest Harvest.

Northwest Harvest is Washington’s own statewide hunger relief agency. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State. This is an awesome Seattle organization!

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Use hashtag #RWBSea on social media.
Hope to see you there!

“The Secret Lives of Pets” movie giveaway

Yeah I’m still an 8 year old at heart sometimes. Ok, most of the time. Which means my froyo toppings are ridiculous and I love (well-written) animated movies.

From the writers & directors of Despicable Me, here comes The Secret Life of Pets. The artwork looks great. But then I found out Louis C.K (comic genius), Kevin Hart (adorable), Lake Bell (In a World…, Man Up), and Jenny Slate (Marcel the Shell -which is possibly my favorite youtube video of all time-and Obvious Child) all voice characters, so I know it’s going to be fun.

Want to win a family four pack of tickets + some awesome movie swag to see the movie on July 5 at 7pm at Regal Meridian? Yup, that’s before it opens to the public. We’re so VIP! 

Enter on Instagram and/or Facebook.

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Trailer here.

 

Free Uber Rides! You’ve never ridden in an uber like these. #MyTake5

UPDATE: I got word they added Fremont and Ballard uberREMIX zones today!

Yeah, you already know I’m a big fan of Uber. I was one of the first people who got to try the app before it launched in Seattle back in the day and was instantly hooked. I love their customer service and have been really enjoying their new uberPOOL service.

The folks at Uber let me know of a fun promotion happening in the 425 (Eastside!) and Fremont and Ballard this weekend.  It’s pretty swanky. Not only do you get a chance to take a ride in a sports car, VW bus (What?! YES PLEASE!) or other unique vehicle, your ride will be FREE! You’ve never ridden in an uber like these.

Check out all the details on their blog, here.

Uber’s teamed up with Hershey’s TAKE5 bar to provide you with these fun rides (and of course you can enjoy one of these chocolate bars during the ride). Yup, free rides (up to 20 minutes in the Eastside, Ballard, or Fremont uberREMIX zones) PLUS CHOCOLATE. Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25 from 2-8 pm in the uberREMIX zones.

A few of the cars you might get a chance to ride in:

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Seriously, how rad would it be to pull up in this?

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Can I take a nap in the back?😉
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Riding in style!

Uber explains it all (including how to request a special #MyTake5 uberREMIX ride) on their blog. Have a blast and take photos!

Disclosure: I was provided compensation for this post. Seattle Pocket readers know I only share content I’m actually interested in! If you know me personally, you know how much I rely on uber and how thrilled I am with their customer service and experience. Happy to have spread this word about this fun experience. (Seriously, if you get to ride in that van, I want to see a photo!) 

 

 

 

Special Offer: Get immersed in the Seattle International Improv Festival (this week)!

Join me for some laughs and a unique experience at “All Around You: The 20th International Festival of Improv” at Unexpected Productions in Pike Place Market!

The festival is June 22nd through June 26th. Exploring the nature of performance and space, these special improv shows will feature an immersive quality that will be more audience interactive than your regular improv performance. My pal Paul Levy is one of the cast members—I look forward to seeing him perform when I attend this Friday!

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Want to save 20% on tickets? Use code seattlepockets online.

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More about “All Around You”:

The performances from All Around You, the 20th Seattle International Festival of Improv explore the nature of performance and space. The immersive quality of the show will create an exciting interactive environment for the audience to experience the story from within the story. The performers will work with techniques to erase the “fourth wall” between the improvisers and audience, to create a show where the audience may be unknowingly performers and the performers the audience. The participants will always be respected and taken care of and often involved in active roles. This year’s Festival will feature improvisers from Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Great Britain, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Unexpected Productions’ audiences will have the unique opportunity to see these International masters of improv during evening performances throughout the week.

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Photos by Dk Reinemer. Poster art (detail) by Tony Beeman.

Giveaway: Rumba in Seattle is a true delight

Let’s get ready to….RUMBA!
Over the holidays, my friend Brady reintroduced me to the deliciousness that is Rumba on Capitol Hill! I’ve had a blast discovering new cocktails to love every time I visit, and delicious food to boot. Read on to learn about this fun restaurant and then check out the giveaway link at the bottom to enter to win a $50 gift card.
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Stepping into Rumba is akin to going on a mini-vacation…without having to leave Seattle. The turquoise accented decor is filled with just the right amount of trinkets and artwork to make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Seattle and into a classy Caribbean joint.
The drinks are top notch, with house made syrups and fresh squeezed juices. Not sure what direction to go in first? Talk to your bartender or waiter. General Manager Kate Perry, Bar Manager Jim Romdall, and the Rumba staff are incredibly knowledgeable about their menu and can direct you to something you’ll be sure to like. Also, I’ve had awesome experiences with staff every time I’ve visited. Always a sign that a restaurant is doing it right!
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As for drinks, I personally was a big fan of the “Nui Nui” with Jamaican rum, allspice dram, cinnamon and vanilla syrups, lime, and orange bitters. Their drink menu is so large: I have a lot of cocktails still to discover. I had no idea that rum was such a varied spirit. Rumba serves up over 400 sugar cane spirits to suit any taste. Don’t just call this place a tiki bar. They are so much more than that! (Check out their Instagram feed for SO many fab photos of their drinks)
Want to really delve deep and discover the variety of rums this place has to offer? Ask for a free Rum Map and start your adventure of tasting 60 different rums and “drink your way around the Caribbean.” When you complete the map, you’ll become an official member of their Rum Society (you get your name on a plaque on the wall, a Rumba DTO coin and access to the Rum of the Month). No cost to participate, just the cost of the rum. Every month, Jim and Kate source hard-to-find rare rums and offer a bottle each month at half-off for rum mappers or at-cost for rum map champions.
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Oh, and the food! The dish that has me coming back for more are their Portobello Mushroom Tacos with roasted corn salsa and their Tilapia Tacos with mango salsa—only $2 each at happy hour or $3.5 each /3 for $10 during dinner hours). I’m also a huge fan of the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Salad.  They serve their guacamole with plantain chips, which is a nice twist. Oh, and the Yuca fries. It’s easy to want one of everything on the menu. Happy hour is daily from 4-6pm. Who’s in?
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(UPDATE: Giveaway has ended. Congrats Stephanie F for the win!) Want to win a $50 gift certificate to visit Rumba? Yes, of course you do.
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Disclaimer: Rumba provided me with a dining experience, but my views are, as always, my own. I only share reviews if I truly like something, and I really, truly like Rumba! 
Photos via RumbaSeattle.