100 Things To Do in Seattle Before You Die

I live in an amazing city – rich with unique parks, fabulous entertainment options, memorable restaurants and so much more.  When 7×7 contacted me to write a list of  “100 things to do in Seattle before you die,” I jumped at the chance, tapping into my personal experiences and asking Seattleites around me their advice of what makes our city truly special. We started a bit north and worked our way south. Here’s #1 – 20:

1. Support young writers by shopping at the Space Travel Supply Company. (Greenwood)
2.    Fly a kite at Gasworks Park. (Wallingford)
3.    Giggle at the kitsch at Archie McPhee’s. (Wallingford)
4.    Have a laugh at quirky Bizzarro Italian Cafe. (Wallingford)
5.    Find your favorite sweet treat: try a Trophy Cupcake. (Wallingford)
6.    Then head to Cupcake Royale to cast your vote in the great cupcake debate. (Ballard)
7.    Toss on those bike shorts and hit the Burke-Gilman Trail. (Ballard)
8.    Sample from the 64 beers on tap at Brouwer’s. (Ballard)
9.    Savor Eastern Mediterranean flavors at Golden Beetle. (Ballard)
10.    Dance to a rockabilly or bluegrass band at Tractor Tavern. (Ballard)
11.    Knock back an adult beverage at Cafe Mox over a board game from Card Kingdom. (Ballard)
12.    Start a bonfire during sunset at Golden Gardens. (Ballard)
13.    Take a free guided tour at the Arboretum. (U District)
14.    Kayak past houseboats in Portage Bay or paddle out to see the Seattle Skyline at Agua Verde Paddle Club. (U District)
15.    Get a uniquely flavored brain freeze at Full Tilt Ice Cream. (U District)
16.    Catch a show at a movie theatre built in the ’20s. (U District)
17.    Critique contemporary works at Henry Art Museum. (U District)
18.    Climb on the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge.  (Fremont)
19.    Hunt for treasures at the Sunday Fremont Market. (Fremont)
20.    Unearth  vintage threads at Deluxe Junk. (Fremont)

21. Cash in your golden ticket and take the Theo Chocolate factory tour. (Fremont)

22. Add to your vinyl collection at Jive Time Records. (Fremont)
23. Dress up for a swanky event at Fremont Studios. (Fremont)
24. Run in the International Fountain in the shadow of the Space Needle. (Seattle Center)
25. See a show at Seattle Repertory Theater and stay for a talk-back. (Seattle Center)
26. Enjoy an Erik Carlson menu and aerial performances at Teatro Zinzanni. (Seattle Center)
27. Rock out like Hendrix at EMP Museum. (Seattle Center)
28. Witness a book go from page to stage at Book-it. (Seattle Center)
29. Walk up the stairs from lower Queen Anne to snap a postcard worthy photo from the view at Kerry Park. (Queen Anne)
30. Make date night delicious with a visit to an Ethan Stowell restaurant. (Queen Anne)
31. Spoil your sweet tooth at Top Pot Doughnuts. (Queen Anne)
32. Nosh on rotating Americana themed food at  5 Spot. (Queen Anne)
33. Nurse your hangover at Peso’s. (Queen Anne)
34. Splash land in a seaplane. (South Lake Union)
35. Steam, soak and sauna at co-ed urban spa, Banya 5. (South Lake Union)
36. Climb the pinnacle at the flagship REI store. (South Lake Union)
37. Go back for seconds at Portage Bay’s Cafe‘s brunch toppings bar. (South Lake Union)
38. Snag a slice of gourmet pizza at Serious Pie. (South Lake Union)
39. Shock your taste buds with a crazy burger from Lunchbox Laboratory. (South Lake Union)
40. Dress retro and dance to soul music at The Lo-Fi. (South Lake Union)
41. Eat an enchilada in the Elvis Room at Seattle’s oldest Mexican restaurant, Mama‘s. (Belltown)
42. Have a cocktail & bucket of popcorn delivered mid-movie at The Big Picture. (Belltown)
43. Grab a beer and dog while you drop a couple quarters in the pinball machines atShorty’s. (Belltown)
44. Get your sushi happy hour on at Umi. (Belltown)
45. Delight in goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates at Pintxo. (Belltown)
46. Find a speakeasy around the corner. (Belltown)
47. Eat after the bars close at The Lucky Diner. (Belltown)
48. Marvel at the mummies, shrunken heads and other curios at Ye Old Curiosity Shop. (Waterfront)
49. Wander through the art along the Puget Sound at Olympic Sculpture Park. (Waterfront)
50. Ride a ferry to Bainbridge Island. (Waterfront)
51. Hop on the Water Taxi and dine at Salty’s. (Waterfront/West Seattle)
52. Stand under an arch of jellyfish at Seattle Aquarium. (Waterfront)
53. Dodge seagulls while snacking on fish & chips at Ivar’s. (Waterfront)
54. Find your way to a well crafted cocktail at Zig Zag. (Waterfront)
55. Munch on a salmon sandwich at Three Girls Bakery. (Pike Place Market)
56. Add a piece to the Market Theater Gum Wall on your way to an improv show. (Pike Place Market)
57. Listen to buskers perform outside the original Starbucks. (Pike Place Market)
58. Enjoy tea and crumpets. (Pike Place Market)
59. Sip some absinthe at a cabaret show at The Can Can. (Pike Place Market)
60. Catch a fish from a fishmonger. (Pike Place Market)
61. Romance a lover over Italian food and live jazz at The Pink Door. (Pike Place Market)
62. Ride up neon green escalators inside the Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas & Joshua Prince-Ramus. (Downtown)
63. Parkour up walls and over waterfalls at Freeway Park. (Downtown).
64. See a show from a half-moon booth at The Triple Door. (Downtown)
65. Smile when a tourist expects a second stop on the Monorail. (Downtown/Seattle Center)
66. Shop the half-yearly sales at the flagship Nordstrom. (Downtown)
67. Order an international wine flight and sweet potato fries at Purple. (Downtown)
68. Explore local shops (Rain City Meats, Calf & Kid, Taylor Shellfish) at Melrose Market. (Capitol Hill)
69. Cozy up in a curtained booth at Bleu Grotto over clever cocktails and Wasabi Grilled Cheese. (Capitol Hill)
70. “Spin The Bottle” – see some good, bad and great late night theater at Annex. (Capitol Hill)
71. Indulge in a souffle-like Chocolate Pot at B&O Espresso. (Capitol Hill)
72. Attend a literary event at  Richard Hugo House. (Capitol Hill)
73. Show your sporty side at Cal Anderson Park. (Capitol Hill)
74. Hang out with hipsters at Unicorn. (Capitol Hill)
75. Spin a partner around the dance floor at Century Ballroom. (Capitol Hill)
76. Take an adult class at the original Babeland store. (Capitol Hill)
77. Meditate on a Sunday evening with Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral. (Capitol Hill)
78. Buy an ingredient you’ve never seen before at Uwajimaya. (International District)
79. Fill up on Dim Sum at Harbor City. (International District)
80. Share hot pot with friends at Seven Stars Pepper. (International District)
81. Give a shout out to the ’90s and karaoke a grunge song. (International District)
82. Flash back to the 80s and pick up some retro video games at Pink Gorilla. (International District)
83. Get inspired at the First Thursday art walk. (Pioneer Square)
84. Witness the view from The Chinese Room in Smith Tower, Seattle’s first skyscraper. (Pioneer Square)
85. Delight you inner child at Magic Mouse Toys. (Pioneer Square)
86. Enjoy chilled tastings at Saké Nomi. (Pioneer Square)
87. Get a taste of Seattle’s debaucherous past with the underground Underworld Tour. (Pioneer Square)
88. Watch the visiting team beat the Mariners at Safeco Field. (SODO)
89. Rock out to a favorite band at Showbox SODO. (SODO)
90. Show off your scarf and spirit at a Sounders game. (SODO)
91. Geek out on comics at Fantagraphics. (Georgetown)
92. Fly through the air with the greatest of ease at SANCA. (Georgetown)
93. Raise a glass of Washington wine at Laurelhurst Cellars. (Georgetown)
94. Take the pilot’s seat in a WWII flight simulator at Museum of Flight. (South Seattle)
95. Share a quiet picnic at Kubota Gardens. (South Seattle)
96. Spot an eagle at Seward Park. (South Seattle)
97. Sit on the patio at Cactus and watch the sunset over the water. (West Seattle)
98. Get healthy with some vegan fare at Chaco Canyon. (West Seattle)
99. See the “Statue of Liberty” and breathtaking views at Alki Beach. (West Seattle)
100. What should #100 be? Tell me in the comments below!

I’d love to hear your feedback! How many have you done? Anything I missed? Which of your favorite things made the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

You can also check out my pal Rob Lightner’s list of 100 things to eat in Seattle before you die.

Win Tickets to 20Something Wine (Contest has ended)


My favorite wine event of the YEAR is back on November 19th: 20something Wine at Fremont Studios!

Tickets are on sale now, and here’s a chance for you to win one! ($50 value).

As you can see from the vast wine list of Washington wines that will be poured, this wine event is all about approachable wines (most are around $20, some in the $10-$15 range).  What I love about this is we taste wines all night that we later will realistically purchase after the event. These wines are perfect for a cosy night in or to bring to a house party or dinner gathering.

Some wines I’m especially excited to sip: 14 Hands, Castillo de Feliciana, Dusted Valley, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, L’Ecole No. 41, and OS Winery.  The joy of this event is every year I’m introduced to new wines I normally wouldn’t have known about.

Instead of booth after booth, 20something invites wine makers to walk around the party and share their vino with mingling guests. You get to connect directly with wine makers and sommeliers while sharing the experience with friends, rather than waiting in line to taste and then move on to the next booth. 

While the DJ spins, you also get a chance to try some amazing bites from trendy restaurants. The venue itself is beautiful as well!

Check out the 2010 20something Flickr page here. 

UPDATE: This contest has ended.
CONTEST!  I’ll pick two winners to win 1 ticket each to 20something.
You can enter both ways:

1) Post a comment on this blog (be sure to include your email address or way to contact you if you win)

2) Follow @keridwyn & @20somethingwine on twitter & tweet “I want to win the #20winecontest @keridwyn @20somethingwine http://bit.ly/vIhZId

Entries must be posted by 11:59pm Pacific Time Monday October 31.

FUBAR – Uber Rides half off 10/24 – 10/27!

Uber is a fabulous car service that came to Seattle just a few months ago.  I love them: You pull up the app on your phone (you can also text, I hear) and before you request the car it will tell you how far away your driver is! With the magic of GPS, you can watch your car come your way on the app’s map and then you get a text when it’s near and has arrived. The drivers are so professional, and you arrive at your destination in town car style!  Plus, they bill your credit card directly, including gratuity, so you don’t have to hand over cash or wait while they swipe your card.  It’s a few bucks more than a cab, but well worth it for the ease and convenience.

Today, Uber announced that if you put the promo code FUBAR into your app before calling your car, you will save 50% on your trip between 6AM Monday, October 24th and 8PM Thursday, October 27th.
For those who like to check in on Foursquare, look up “In an Uber” next time you’re riding with them!

ARTcade – First event this Thursday 10/20 in South Lake Union

ARTcade’s first event will be this Thursday, October 20th from 6pm – 9pm!  Swing by South Lake Union to experience live music, spoken word, visual art, participate in a giant jenga game and mix and mingle with Seattle neighbors! ARTcade will be a monthly event (every Third Thursday) – be one of the first to be a part of this fabulous, free Seattle arts event.

I’m most excited to check out the work that Kizha Davidson curates at Visual Art Gallery, cheer on players during Giant Jenga, and see what Dumb Eyes has up their sleeves.

10/20 Lineup:

320 Westlake Avenue North / South East corner of Westlake and Harrison
Curated by Kizha Davidson of pun(c)tuation gallery
Featuring works of:
Spencer Matthews
Curtis R. Barnes
Mike Wagner
http://www.mikewagner-arti st.com/paintings/01.html
http://www.mikewagner-arti st.com/paintings/02.html
http://www.mikewagner-arti st.com/paintings/04.html

321 Terry Avenue North / Western Half of Ground Floor Lobby
Cello by John Ames of EQLateral http://eqlateral.com/_.htm l
Strings Bass by Lamar Lofton with accompanying guitarist

310 Terry Ave N, between Thomas and Harrison, near Cuoco Restaurant.
A Flame Production offers up a stage of original music, spoken word and a beat battle extraordinaire for South Lake Union’s first-ever ARTcade. Featuring Seattle superstars performing their own and others best music and poetry, don’t miss Amber Flame and the Last of the RedHot Mamas, Elaina M. Ellis, Roma Raye, and more!
6:00 – 6:30 Roma Raye
6:40 – 7:10 Heidi McAllister
7:20 – 7:50 Elaina M. Ellis
8:00 – 8:30 Last of the RedHot Mamas
8:40 – 9:00 Sarah Freeman and Najja Morris

Boren Plaza landing by Ting MoMo Restaurant & Bravehorse Tavern
http://www.notmartha.org/a rchives/2011/07/06/giant-jenga-at-the-georgetown-carnival/

corner of Harrison & Boren Avenue North. by the David Smith & Company store 
Leif Totusek w/ “The Romales”
Mario Butkovic – guitar Leif Totusek – Will Dowd -drums

Dead end alley on the south side of 333 Boren Avenue North
Enter on north side of Harrison Avenue between Boren and Terry or through Parking Garage on Boren Plaza
landing by Ting MoMo & Bravehorse Tavern
Installation by DUMB EYES http://www.dumbeyes.com/events/

The Urban Sketchers
333 Boren Avenue North, south side of the building (west window)

Frances Nelson
333 Boren Avenue North, south side of the building (east window)

On Twitter? Use hashtag #ARTcade (and tweet @keridwyn to say hi at the event!)

Taste The Season at Wing Luke Asian Museum

11+ of Seattle’s Trendiest & Tastiest restaurants will all come together for one evening to serve their favorite Comfort Food Picks!  This is going to be a fun night of cocktails, wine, sweet treats and indulgent bites from some of Seattle’s best restaurants.

 I’m most excited to check out Staple & Fancy’s gnocchi, Bastille’s mussels with hard cider and ginger (sounds like a fantastic combo for fall!), Foodz Catering’s Brie & Truffle Mac n Cheese. Thanks to all the restaurants involved! 

Not only is this going to be a delicious event, there’s also art involved: BONUS! Taste The Season is held at Wing Luke Asian Museum, so we’ll be able to check out their exhibits during the event. Their newest exhibit, From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food will compliment this event nicely, as it investigates the cultural traditions and cooking techniques that have changed with time and generations.  It’s been years since I’ve visited this museum, so I’m so glad to have such a wonderful excuse to go back.

Hashtag: #TasteTheSeason – On twitter and going? Tweet me at @keridwyn and let’s say hi!



Mussels with RockridgeHard Cider, Young Ginger and Fennel Pollen

Pork Cheek  Pibil with Crispy Potatoes and Pickled Fresno Chiles

Staple & Fancy 
Potato Gnocchi with Lamb Ragu, Mint and Oregano
Coterie Room Rabbit Terrine

Eggplant and Stone Fruit Caponata with Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts

Corned Lamb Rueben with Sauerkraut and Green Curry Aioli 

Lamb Cassoulet 

Foodz Catering 
Brie-and-Truffle Mac and Cheese Bites and Peppadew Peppers with Feta and Pistachios

Whole Milk Ice Cream with Nitro Frozen Cereal

Pork Rib with Wild Mushroom, Harissa Jam and Foie Gras Nage

Dianne’s Delights 
Pumpkin Cake Ball with Pumpkin Pound Cake
Vanilla Bean Cake Ball
Chocolate Cake Ball

Mistral Kitchen


Golden Beetle cocktails featuring
Hendrick’s Gin
Milagro Tequila

Tavern Law cocktails featuring
The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey

Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc
Waterbrook Melange Noir

Chocolate Shop dessert wine


Pinto delivers great Thai food

A quick shout out to one of my favorite delivery restaurants in Seattle: Pinto Bistro! Their menu is full of great Thai and Sushi options. My personal favorite dish is their Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken – love their curry as well!  Their portions are impressive and we’re often left with food to enjoy the next day.

It’s hard to find delivery for anything other than pizza and this restaurant serves up a wide selection of menu options. They also have a nice selection of sushi on their menu – I’ve only tried their rolls, not their nigiri and it was good but not spectacular. With their thai items, we find that when we order no meat and no tofu, they make a point to add extra veggies to the dishes. Delightful!

Full menu: http://www.pintobistro.com/


What restaurants do you love that deliver?

Ticket Giveaway: Saving Aimee at 5th Avenue Theatre

Note: This contest has ended: Congrats to our winner: Karianne! Thanks to all who entered!

A very unique musical, Saving Aimee, performs at The 5th Avenue Theatre September 30th – October 29th and here is your chance to win a four-pack of tickets to see this show.

A local 5th Avenue Theatre production ( Broadway caliber meets Seattle talent), this show is going to look and sound like a million bucks. With a longer preview run than most shows, this production is likely to see many changes: all the more reason to see it near the beginning and end of the run to witness the differences. If you’ve never seen a 5th Avenue show that allows for changes during the run, you’re in for a treat. The artistic team welcomes audience reviews and suggestions – it’s facinating to watch what happens to a show as the weeks go by.

Carolee Carmello takes the title lead, giving what’s said to be a spectacular performance as the story tells the tale of her “spectacular fall from grace” in a real life story about the first media superstar evangelist. 

Ed Watts (5th Avenue’s 7 Brides) is back and gorgeous in ever (in person and in voice. I’m excited to see the talented Judy Kaye live on stage and one of my personal favorite performers, Billie Wildrick.  Chuck Leggett makes his 5th Avenue debut.

Check out the videos from Spotlight Night and scroll down to find out how to enter to win tickets!

How to enter to win a four-pack of tickets to see Saving Aimee (winner chooses Sept 30th 8pm, Oct 1 8pm or Oct 2 1:30pm):

You can enter both ways:

Post a comment on this blog (check back on Wednesday after 5pm to see winner’s name)



I want to win tickets to @5thavenuetheatre’s Saving Aimee from @Keridwyn http://bit.ly/qRcPg9 



ArtsCrush – enter to win free tickets to Seattle arts events

ArtsCrush is back! ArtsCrush Free Night allows you to enter to win tickets to theatre, dance, music events and more. The Enter to Win registration is now through September 29th – visit http://freenight.artscrush.org/ and click Enter To Win to register.

Increase your chances of winning by attending the Arts Crush Kick-Off Fair this Sunday, September 25th from 11am – 2pm at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall.  One of my favorite live bands, Titanium Sporkestra, will be playing at 10:45.

ArtsCrush also provides the community with “Date Night” two for one ticket offerings. 

Amateur Models Needed – Seattle Downtown Living photo shoot

The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) is in need of amateur models (no experience necessary) for a Downtown Living photo shoot on September 29th from 3-7pm. 

The shots will feature socializing in a Downtown condo – eating and drinking on balconies and kitchens.  Cheese, wine and having a bit of fun are the name of the game. 

The MID is providing a $45 stipend/person, and is looking for people between their late 20s and early 40s, male and female, and diverse. 

If interested, please email a photo (doesn’t need to be a professional headshot) to KatiD@DowntownSeattle.org by September 22nd


Seattle’s Best Wine Event is Back!


20something – The New Vintage is back November 19th! 

As many of you know, this is one of my favorite yearly Seattle events and is certainly my most favorite Washington Wine event.  Join me and 50+ Washington winemakers & as well as local restaurant chefs for this fun event. Tickets here: http://thenewvintage.org for $50 (two tickets for $90). 


 Every year, I find new wineries and reconnect with forgotten favorites. Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the fellas from Laurelhurst Wine – their Merlot is fantastic! Fremont Studios is a perfect venue for this event. There’s something special about local winemakers coming up to you throughout the event and asking if they can offer you a taste.

I can’t wait to see what wines and wineries will be pouring this year.

For the 20something Facebook Event Page, click here.