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                      Page 7                                                                                                                                                             lectures under
                                                                                                                                                                                           his sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                     “Seeps of Winter”
                                                                                                                                                                                     at Suyama Space.
 Louie Raffloer

     Condo Non-Hate: 3 Parenting One’s Parent: 4 Historical Garb: 5 Road to Nirvana: 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Louie Raffloer
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                                     an ongoing video project that tells
                                     Ayrn’s story.”

                                        The Crocodile Cafe, Belltown’s
                                                                                       clude Monopoly, Scrabble, Candy

                                                                                       Land, and the locally-invented
                                                                                       Magic: The Gathering.
                                                                                                                             their 78-rpm record collection. A
                                                                                                                             release party occurs Friday, Feb.

                                                                                                                             1, 7-9 p.m., at Wall of Sound, 315
                                                                                                                             E. Pine St.
                                                                                                                                                                    combine fishing for clues and
                                                                                                                                                                    fishnets in “Peep Show” at the
                                                                                                                                                                    Can Can, in the basement at the
                                                                                                                                                                    northwest corner of First and
                                     premier live rock venue for 17 years                 First Chapters: Deja Vu is open-                                          Pike, 10:30 p.m. Fridays through
                                     until its sudden December closing,                ing Seattle’s first new strip club        Comedy nights have commenced        March 28.

     irst, some additional info      may have found a savior. Groupee,                 in almost two decades. It’s in the    Tuesdays in Cafe Amore’s VIP              Combine experimental modern
     about the photo that accom-     Inc., a Belltown-based “entertain-                Fantasy (un)Limited building on       Room, 2301 5th Ave. Each show          dance with live heavy-metal mu-
     panied last month’s Fodder.     ment-focused social network/new                   Westlake. Yes, that’s just off the    offers five comics for five bucks, cu-   sic and you get “Buttrock Suites...
The woman to the left at the Punk    media company,” has applied to                    (unofficially named) South Lake        rated by comedienne Jen Seaman.        Live!,” a collaboration of choreog-
                                     the Liquor Board to take over the                 Union Trolley.                        “There will be no chickens cross-      raphers, dancers, and musicians.
Jamie Eby

                                     space. Their plans for it are still                  Kress Market, greater down-        ing the road here,” Seaman vows.       It occurs Saturday, Feb. 2 at the
                                     unknown, but Groupee’s Web site                   town’s first real supermarket,         “This is alternative comedy.”          Triple Door, 216 Union St.
                                     promises “real-world venues to                    opens on Third south of Pike this        Elsewhere in performance-land,         Tickets are at or

                                     interact with fellow fans and, of
                                     course, the artists themselves.”

                                        M. Coy Books is shuttering, af-
                                                                                       month, or next month, or when-

                                                                                       ever. At least there’s construction
                                                                                       activity in the space now.
                                                                                                                             a spy-themed burlesque/music
                                                                                                                             group called the Heavenly Spies
                                                                                                                                                                    at 206-838-4333. ◆

                                     ter 18 years on Pine Street. The                     ART BEAT: The Messenger’s own
Rock Flea Market is Gina Genius,     last non-chain, general-topics,                   fashion maven Megan Lee displays
part of the electro hiphop dance     new-book store in the downtown                    acrylic and multimedia paintings
group Team Gina. To her right is     retail district has indeed lost its               opening Feb. 2 at Local Color,
Aryn, who was selling original T-    lease, and the two Michaels who                   1606 Pike Place. The exhibit also
shirts at the event.                 run it have decided the business is               includes jewelry by Angela Fava,
   Born with a heart defect, she’s   too marginal to relocate.                         collages by Sue Robertson, oils
recently become physically inca-        The Virginia Inn’s current incar-              by Joy Mattox Bezanis, and pho-
pable of holding a regular job. As   nation closed Jan. 13. It will re-                tographs by Ron Kenny.
Ayrn’s friend Matthew Hals tells     open in an expanded “double wide”                    McLeod Residence, 2009 2nd
it, “Ayrn is sick. And she’s pay-    format, including a full kitchen,                 Ave., features Encausticated, a
ing her medical bills with custom,   in March.                                         group exhibit of encaustic paint-
                                                                                       ings and mixed-media works cu-
                                                                                       rated by Megan Woo; plus photos
                                                                      Clark Humphrey

                                                                                       by local youth-mentoring program
                                                                                       Community for Youth and roller-
                                                                                       derby paintings by Cait Willis. All
                                                                                       exhibitions open Friday, Feb. 8, 6-
                                                                                       9 p.m. with a performance by local
                                                                                       musician Levi Fuller.
                                                                                          The same evening, Form/Space
                                                                                       Atelier, 2407 1st Ave., offers
                                                                                       “A Place to Call Your Own,”

                                                                                       large-scale paintings by Ryan Mo-

                                                                                          Rob Millis and Jeffery Taylor
                         A Day in Whoville: 16                                         of the improvisational band Cli-
                                                                                       max Golden Twins (frequent per-
                                                                                       formers at the Rendezvous) have
one-of-a-kind T-shirts; homemade        And Cranium, the local board-                  compiled Victrola Favorites, a
crafts; and various other sun-       game enterprise that got big with                 clothbound color picture book com-
dries. is her online    a deal to sell games at Starbucks,                piling sleeves, ads, and ephemera
store where she sells clothes that   is selling out to toy mega-monster                relating to early 20th century mu-
double as art. It’s accompanied by   Hasbro. The latter’s brands in-                   sic, plus two CDs compiled from
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                                                                                                    Delicious Belltown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Daisy Hill Puppy Farm
                                                                                he second issue of our quar-          we’re just a few scrofulous rabble-             cious Belltown?,” to be shown on
                                                                                terly food magazine project,          rousers rolling low and slow, pro-     or or
                                                                                Delicious City, was set to be         viding Downtowners with material                even the Seattle Channel? I look
                                                                         distributed city-wide (in the Queen          that the mainstream corporate rags              forward to hearing from folks with
                                                                         Anne News and other papers) until            would love to print, if only they had           quality, Hollywood-style ideas. ◆
                                                                         last week, when lack of advertiser           the nerve.
                                                                         interest forced us to down-morph                Great Seattle food coverage can
                                                                         it into a Belltown-only insert. So           be had on a weekly basis from the
                                                                         our circulation plummets from                P-I, the Times, the Stranger/Weekly;
                                                                                                                      and monthly in the greasy-slick
                                                                         “We’re just a few                            glossies Seattle Metropolitan and
                                                                                                                      Seattle Magazine; fans of quarter-
                                                                                                                                                                       #52 g February 2008 e Circ 7000
   Belltown Neighborhood
          Directory                                                      scrofulous rabble-                           lies will find it in Edible Seattle,
                                                                                                                                                                          EDITOR Clark Humphrey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rousers rolling                             debuting in April; and there’s the
                                                                                                                      blogosphere and all that.                                   WRITERS
                                                                           low and slow.”                                You’ll find Delicious City (#2,
                                                                                                                      Winter 2008) inserted in this very
                                                                                                                                                                                 Mollie Bradley-Martin
                                                                                                                                                                            Gillian G. Gaar, Ronald Holden
                                                                         60,000 to 7,000. This is good                issue of the Messenger. Have fun                       Megan Lee, Jennifer Morales
                                                                         news for neighborhood foodies:               with it! And remember that I do                        Bob Oswald, Mary Lou Sanelli
                                                                         we’ll turn a negative into a posi-           a food blog on                    CITY DESK Megan Lee
                                                                         tive and declare Delicious City              where I dish up some playful sass.        
                                                                         to be a Downtown-focused rag,                Say ... I just might increase that                FILM EDITOR Gillian G. Gaar
                                                                         for now. The Messenger strives to            sass now that Delicious City has          
                                                                         “Document Downtown Seattle,”                 found its footing!                                     RESTAURANT
                                                                         after all.                                      I think some day Delicious                       REVIEWS Ronald Holden
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      N THE YEARS before pay-per-
      view cable channels, champi-
      onship boxing matches used to
be telecast exclusively on closed-
circuit feeds to movie theaters
and arenas. For home audiences,
the promoters would license one
TV or radio network to broadcast
a studio-based show, in which an
announcer would read round-by-
round descriptions of the action
transmitted by teletype from the
fight venue.
    This is the closest precedent I
can think of for “live blogging.”
    One of the chief live-blogged
events every year is Steve Jobs’s
keynote address at the Macworld
Expo, Apple’s chief vehicle for an-
nouncing new products.
    Yes: An event that’s all about
the latest, greatest, and shiniest
                electronic media de-
                vices gets its first
                communication       to
                the outside world by
                the modern equiva-
                lent of telegraph-era
                technology.      Guys
 Clark Humphrey with WiFi-equipped
                laptops sit in the au-
dience and type out brief descrip-
tions of what they hear and see.
    So, like thousands of the Mac
faithful, I went to Mac news sites
to read about what Jobs was say-
ing while he was saying it.               writer) gave helpful tips each                                                                                           ized me as “a condo-hating anti-
    Jobs announced a thin laptop          month to kids learning the game.                                                                                         growthnik with strongly nostalgic
computer, online movie rentals               Then, in 1972, Fischer became                                                                                         feelings towards his home turf.”
(some in hi-def!), and software up-       a full-fledged media manipulator.                                                                                            I don’t hate condos. I lived in
dates to the iPhone, iPod Touch,          He took all the tricks of the era’s                                                                                      one (a high-rise, even!) for nearly
and Apple TV. There’s also a new          alpha-male rebel gods and applied                                                                                        five years. I like urbanity. I like
wireless external hard drive. All         them to one of the world’s most                                                                                          excitement. I like density. I like
the live bloggers gushed in insta-        staid, insular pastimes. He pro-                                                                                         walkable neighborhoods full of at-
print over all the stuff.                 moted a made-for-TV match with                                                                                           tractions. I like prosperity.
    But they disagreed with the           Russian champ Boris Spassky in                                                                                              It’s just that I also like small
show’s closing entertainment.             exotic Iceland. Then he declared                                                                                         businesses, DIY arts, indie music,
Jobs trotted out one of his celeb         he couldn’t perform with the film                                                                                         affordable homes, all-nite diners,
pals, Randy Newman. He per-               cameras whirring, and demanded                                                                                           and public displays of whimsy.
formed “A Few Words in Defense            to play the match’s remaining                                                                                               I say we can grow WITH all
                                          games in a more private setting.                                                                                         these things intact, not as pre-

                                             Up to this point, Fischer had                                                                                         served memories but as living,
                                          followed all the “breaking all the                                                                                       breathing parts of our daily life.
                                          rules” rules.                                                                                                               Does anybody really enjoy the
                                             Then he really belied all expec-                                                                                      lifestyle of stolid, joyless “luxury”
                                          tations.                                                                                                                 touted in all the condo ads as late
                by                           He retired, not just from chess
                                                                                  VIRGINIA INN CO-OWNER Patrice Demombynes thanks a loyal clientele on the bar’s
                                                                                                                                                                   as last year? Anybody at all? I’d
                                                                                  last night before closing to remodel.
  Clark Humphrey                          but from public life. He became                                                                                          like to meet ‘em if they exist.
                                          a jet-set hermit, living alone in a        FOR THE FIRST TIME in I              work harder at in my other forum.           Otherwise, let’s instead have
                                          succession of Eastern Hemisphere        don’t know how long, my work is           Have I got answers to the ongo-        buildings that look good, are well
of Our Country,” his return to his        locales. He occasionally emerged        the subject of serious criticism.       ing disappearance of living-wage         built, and offer value (even “added
old snide singer-songwriter act           to spout bizarre, often anti-Semitic    My erstwhile Stranger colleague         jobs, affordable housing, artist         value”) for their prices.
after several years of toiling in         conspiracy theories (he was half        Charles Mudede wrote a nuanced,         spaces, and the Crocodile? No, at           Let’s have more living-wage jobs
the family business of soundtrack         Jewish himself).                        lucid review of Seattle’s Belltown.     least not any good ones, at least        and homes, here and in the nation
composing.                                   In retrospect, Fischer had obvi-        Mudede seems to like the             not right now.                           at large.
   One live-blogger, Jason Snell,         ously retreated into his own head,      book for what it is, but wishes it        MEANWHILE, THE WEEK-                      Let’s have more fun, dammit.
was apparently only used to New-          into a world of ideas that made         had more. That, I’ve learned, is        LY’S BLURB about the Belltown               And, in the immortal words of L.
man’s movie songs. Here are some          perfect rational sense to him, no       a common response to Arcadia            book (by Brian Miller) character-        Barry, Keep It Funky God. ◆
of Snell’s comments:                      matter what anybody else said.          Publishing’s slim photo-history
   “Randy’s singing a song about             SOUTH BY NORHWEST: One               tomes. Arcadia’s formula of many
America, the president, and com-          recent night, I finally saw the lo-      pictures and few words has prov-
                                          cal Spanish-language newscast           en very commercially successful,
   “I don’t hate                          on KUNS-TV, Fisher Communica-           here and around the country. But
                                          tions’ Univision affiliate. The same     many aspects of any place’s story
 condos. I lived in                       program also airs in Portland on        will necessarily get left out by this
 one (a high-rise,                        KUNP, also Fisher-owned.
                                             As you might expect, the broad-
                                                                                  broad-strokes approach. Some
                                                                                  readers would like more oral-his-
 even!) for nearly                        cast redubs footage from Fisher’s       tory material. Some would like
                                          KOMO and KATU. But it also has          more anecdotes. Some would like
    five years.”                           original stories aimed at the Uni-      longer passages about specific
                                          vision audience (immigration, citi-     people and places.
paring them to Hitler and Stalin.         zenship, farm workers, etc.)               Mudede specifically wishes
USA! USA! USA!!!!!                           The sports segment that Friday       Seattle’s Belltown included more
   “‘It pisses me off a little that the   included a lot of Latin American        of “a sense of horror or sadness
Supreme Court is going to outlive         soccer highlights before it pre-        or wonder at the great and rapid
me.’ What the crap is he singing          viewed the NFL playoffs.                sequence of events that shaped
about? We have no idea. We think             An in-studio interview with a        Belltown.”
he’s gone nuts.                           lady painter, featuring cutaway            And he’d like the book to have a

   “Holy crap. Who knew Randy             shots of her works, included two        stronger sense of advocacy. After
Newman, the guy who makes the             langourous, uncensored nudes.           all, he notes, the neighborhood’s
songs your kids play over and             That’s a rare sign of a station’s re-   an “explosive battleground of
over and over again, would sing           spect for its audience’s maturity.      competing land use and architec-
such crazy crap about our govern-            Then there were the commer-          tural ideas, of private and cultural
ment?”                                    cials. They featured, besides           capital, and a variety of class is-
   My question is different: Who          redubbed versions of familiar An-       sues. Even in a book as small as
knew such impolite but lucid talk         glophone spots, two categories you      this, one wants the writer to take
about the end of the American em-         normally don’t see on local news-       a stronger position on these press-
pire would find an outlet at a For-        casts—Christian music CDs and           ing matters, presenting not only
tune 500 company’s PR show?               class-action lawsuit attorneys.         conclusions but also solutions.”
   BOBBY FISCHER, RIP: I first                The Univision audience, at least        These are all good things to
heard about the troubled chess            around here, is thus perceived by       yearn for, and not just in books.
master in a column in Boys’ Life          its sponsors to be both pro-Jesus          It’s a level of discourse beyond
magazine. This would have been            and anti-corporate.                     Arcadia’s format. (They are trying
circa 1969-70. Fischer was depict-           Political types who wish to reach    to move units through Costco and
ed as the teen genius he had been         the nation’s growing Latino seg-        Walgreen’s.)                            AN ANONYMOUS snark attack decorates a stoplight-control box at Second
a decade before. He (or his ghost         ment might wish to ponder this.            But it’s certainly something I can   and Blanchard.
4   HEALTH & WELLNESS                                  BELLTOWN MESSENGER #52                        • February 2008                                  Documenting Downtown Seattle

                                                                                                                          continue to reap the benefits of the         Work out harder and train less.
PJ GLASSEY wants you to keep a-dietin’ and excercisin’                                                                    process.                                    High-intensity training is the

Keeping That Resolution
                                                                                                                             A cleanse is a great way to start     best way to build muscle and burn
                                                                                                                          healthy eating, but the intestines       fat. Strength training to complete
                                                                                                                          will rapidly repopulate with the         muscle failure is the best way to
                                                                                                                          bad flora if you go back to poor nu-      build muscle and increase your
                                                                                                                          trition habits, and then you have        metabolism. This metabolic in-

            ost people make the same     brain really is the main reason for    lose some fat today.” They might          lost all the benefits of what you         crease helps you burn more fat
            fitness resolutions ev-       failure. Only if you think of your-    sound the same, but they are very         accomplished with the cleanse. It        even, when you sleep, so muscle
            ery year, just to repeat a   self a certain way, will you become    different.                                takes three to four weeks to get         really is the key.
very discouraging failure. They          that way. The body always follows         Consider a cleanse routine to          rid of the bad flora, but less than a        This doesn’t mean you have
tell themselves, “This time it will      the mind; changing your mind will      get started right.                        week to get it back!                     to bulk up. It just means a little
be different because I really mean       change your body.                         This process is meant to detox-           I don’t recommend any par-            tone and shape will go a long way
                it”, but then the same      Thin people stay that way be-       ify the body of harmful chemicals         ticular cleanse system because           towards burning the fat off and
                thing happens and        cause they think of themselves         stored in the digestive system and        they are all pretty much a waste         keeping it off. Pound for pound,
                no one can figure out     that way. The same goes for fat        organs. It is also meant to clean         of money. If you want a cleanse          muscle takes up about half the
                why. Recent research     people. This is also why poor          out the intestines of harmful flora        that actually works, eat only these
                in exercise science
                and psychology has
                                         people quickly become poor again
                                         after winning the lottery. They
                                                                                                                          things for three weeks:
                                                                                                                             Wild fish
                                                                                                                                                                   “Rewire your brain
                uncovered the real
  P.J. Glassey reason for these re-
                                         never changed their mindset, and                                                    Organic Chicken (no skin or             for permanent
                                         because they thought of them-                                                    spices)
                peated failures and it   selves a certain way, they made                                                     Organic soymilk and 100% nat-          physical change.”
can all be summed up in the fol-         conscious and unconscious deci-                                                  ural MRM brand protein powder
lowing three step plan:                  sions every day to make sure that                                                   Organic broccoli, spinach, kale       space as fat so trading muscle for
   Rewire your brain for permanent       happened.                                                                        and collard greens                       fat will make you smaller and im-
physical change.                            The way you think of yourself                                                    1 gallon of water per day             prove your shape, even if the scale
   The fundamental reason people         can be changed. It has to be a                                                      Take a probiotic every day and        doesn’t show anything!
yo-yo with their weight or fail in       daily exercise to make this change                                               continue it after you are done with         The same high intensity prin-
their New Year’s fitness resolu-          permanent, and to form new nerve                                                 the cleanse. You can get a good          ciple goes for your cardio exercise.
tions is because they never change       pathways that change your brain                                                  one at Super Supplements, but            Interval sprint training is the way
their mind’s eye. The weight might       wiring. This rewiring process will                                               don’t let them talk you into their       to go for the best combination of
come off, but they still think of        make sure your brain is ready to                                                 cleanse systems.                         fat burning and cardio fitness im-
themselves the same way, so it           stay thin when you become thin,                                                     This is better than any cleanse       provement. This workout only
                                                                                Antoine Wiertz

comes right back on.                     and that will control your body                                                  out there and will prevent the           takes 20 minutes, so it is a great
   Recent science has found the          and actions to make sure that hap-                                               muscle loss cleanses often cause         time saver as well.
                                         pens.                                                                            as well. Get a deep tissue massage          A new mind’s eye, a cleanse rou-
                                            Visualize how you want to look.                                               two to three times a week and take       tine followed by continued good
                                         See yourself in that body and prac-                                              an Epsom salt bath every night on        nutrition, and high-intensity exer-
                                         tice it daily. Once you become that                                              massage days.                            cise is a sure-fire way to reach the
                                         person, you will already be com-                                                    After your cleanse, continue to       resolution goals that have eluded
                                         fortable with it, and will be able                                               eat organic and emphasize lots of        you for so many years by doing
                                         to stay that way because you have      that prevent you from absorbing           dark greens, lean meats and wa-          things the hard way and the wrong
                                         already formed your new identity.      key nutrients.                            ter as your first priority. Make this     way.
                                            Change your self-talk by phras-       It is important to remember that        your new lifestyle habit and adopt          Ben Franklin once said, “The
                                         ing everything in a positive way       once you have done your cleanse,          it permanently. Make your resolu-        definition of insanity is doing the
                                         and emphasize your goal the same       you are starting over with a clean        tion for life, not just for this year.   same thing over and over and ex-
                                         way. A good example of this is to      digestive system and proper in-           Think of each change you make as         pecting different results.” This
                                         say, “I’m going to get leaner today”   testinal flora, so stick with your         a new permanent step to your new         year it is time to try something dif-
                                         instead of saying, “I’m going to       new and good nutrition habits to          permanent you.                           ferent that actually works. ◆

                                         MARY LOU SANELLI becomes her caretakers’ caretaker

                                         If You Are Anything Like Me...
                                             f you are anything like me, the    er to my father, caregiver instead        you. You feel like the worst son or      back yard, I can see the house her
                                             last time you went home to vis-    of a totally independent daughter?        daughter ever born. Which is only        mother lives in ever since Bon
                                             it your parents you were more         Then, likely, right on top of the      fair. You certainly act like it when     moved her from Minnesota to right
                                         than a little worried. Suddenly they   selfishness, guilt set in: I’ve been       you ask your mom are you taking          next door.
                                         were more like old people playing      working too much, living my own           your vitamins, getting enough ex-           “I’m in awe of you,” I told her.
                                         dress-up in your parents’ clothing.    life, not paying attention. And                                                    “How much you give of yourself.
                                         Their faces were too thin, their                        then, adding another       “How can I turn                        I’m more selfish.”
                                         bodies too frail, and their fingers
                                         incapable of agility.
                                                                                                 black mark to your
                                                                                                 conscience; Wait, I        my full and busy                          But I didn’t mean “selfish.” I
                                                                                                                                                                   mean unwilling, scared, resistant
                                            And you wanted to be good com-
                                         pany, positive and encouraging,
                                                                                                 don’t want to do this,
                                                                                                 be parent to my par-
                                                                                                                             life around?”                         to say I’m too ambitious to become
                                                                                                                                                                   a care giver because at certain
                                         but while drawing one troubled                          ents!                    ercise? exposing your desperation.       times and especially in certain
 Perfectly Coordinated, Newest Trends    breath after another, certain self-                       But you do it any-     But desperation is powerful, it          circles, I still apologize for ambi-
    6th & Union inside                   ish thoughts kept intervening: Oh      Mary Lou Sanelli way, you become the      tries hard, too hard, in a self-satis-   tion in a way men rarely feel the
US Bank Centre Across from               my God, how will they take care                         guardian, the pro-       fied way that is part love, part fear,    need to.
                                         of themselves? How will I handle       tector. In the same way you must          and part hopelessness because you           Because no one knows better
      Sheraton Hotel                     this? How can I turn my full and       breathe.                                  know there is no cure for decline.       than me how ambition works as a
                                         busy life around in order to have         You begin by cleaning out their           Last week I went to visit one of      window and a shade, allowing me
                                         time to be mom to my mom, moth-        three-bedroom home of a zillion           best friends, Bonnie. Sitting in her     to see into all the possibilities of
                                                                                possessions and innumerous                                                         my work, which brings a high level
                                                                                memories. You find a smaller place                                                  of satisfaction, while it screens ev-
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                                                                                are part of the most self-indulged                                                 world of mothers and daughters,
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                                                                                about the future in relation to your                                               which adds up to a great big stack
                                                                                own fulfillment, not with respect                                                   of nothing, really, I should be visit-
                                                                                to what your folks need to survive,                                                ing my mom.
                                                                                you find a retirement home in com-                                                     And, for the life of me, and just
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                                                                                larger home with a separate room                                                   is, I still can’t bring myself to think
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MEGAN LEE dresses up through
the centuries

History a la Mode
        he one constant about fash-       Elizabeth I of England and Cath-
        ion is it is always chang-     erine de Medici of France hit the
        ing. We’ve mentioned this      scene, heavily influencing fashion.
before, but does the modern fash-      They popularized the bell silhou-
ionista realize just how deep these    ette, with farthingales. At the time
roots of style, dressing and “look-    of her death, Elizabeth I boasted
ing of the next best thing” go? Do     a collection of 3,000 dresses. She
trendsetters (and of course the        affected the cartwheel farthin-
followers) know they are trotting      gale, a tall-crowned bonnet with
along a path that has been beaten      small brim and (due to the loss
down and altered for centuries?        of her hair) popularized wigs.
   The modern sense of style is a      Medici, who boasted a sixteen-
cyclical phenomena that begun          inch waist, added padding to her
long, long ago. It probably be-        hops and sleeves to emphasize her
gan turning before the invention       wasp waist. Her style inspired the
of the wheel. Some Neanderthal         medici collar, a lace ruff revealing
wrapped his or her fur garment         much cleavage.
around just so, and then another          During the sixteenth century,
one saw it and applied their meth-     menswear began to take on the ap-
od... or added something new, like     pearance of modern menswear. The
a stone accessory, and so on. Then     pourpoint, a forerunner of today’s      ants complained that the use of          Then the hobble skirt was born          and one half yards of fabric per
the Cro-Magnons expounded on           standard shirt, was introduced. It      so much flour reduced the food            (and killed by WWI). Then came          garment, and no metal closures
this and fashioned this notion for     featured a high standing collar, set    supply. Head lice was common,            the flapper/jazz era and the more        because those were needed for the
themselves. Obviously, this stage      in sleeve, center-front closure and     because hairstyles would stay in         known fashion eras of the twen-         war.” Women’s clothes reflected a
of the style cycle was much more       a short full peploin. Men’s hosiery     place for weeks, sometimes just          tieth century; ever-changing and        uniform look of the times. After the
utilitarian than what we see on the    changed; upper hose became more         slit and cleaned.                        heavily influenced by war, media         war ended the fashion houses were
runways these days, but it was a       padded and lower hose were now             The post-revolutionary reorgani-      and popular culture, from Davy          reopened. Dior introduced a style
thing.                                 knitted and close fitting. Pumpkin       zation of classes changed fashion,       Crockett to Jackie O. to James          called “The New Look,” with a nat-
   By the fifteenth century, queens     breeches are a typical example of       creating a middle class and allow-       Dean to Diane Von Furstenberg to        ural shoulder, a smaller waistline,
of various lands were communi-         “upper hose” of the time. In Venice,    ing all classes to dress similarly.      Annie Hall to Saturday Night Fe-        and a longer, fuller skirt. (This is
cating the nuances of their embla-                                             During this time England took over       ver to Jessica McClintock.              the only time in history hemlines
zoned self-ornamentation through
court dolls, aka “fashion babies.”
                                         The “Sun King”                        as head of textile production. The          All this goes to prove fashion
                                                                                                                        is an engrained part of culture. It
                                                                                                                                                                literally changed overnight.)
                                                                                                                                                                   Suntans—An early 1950s term
                                                                               English displayed their fine cutting
They were dressed precisely like           established                         and tailoring techniques, beautiful      isn’t some vapid, senseless noth-       given to what we now call khaki
the queen, so other queens could
behold their costumery. This was          France as the                        fabrics, and sense of grooming,
                                                                               creating what was known the age
                                                                                                                        ing. It is a tangible and important
                                                                                                                        part of society, a mirror in a way.
                                                                                                                                                                   Mini/Midi/Maxi—the selec-
also the century when evidence of
fashion extremes begins to arise:
                                         world’s fashion                       of the dandies.
                                                                                  In 1800, the first ready-to-wear
                                                                                                                           Here’s a curtailed glossary of re-
                                                                                                                        lated and interesting terms:
                                                                                                                                                                tion of “new” skirts offered in the
                                                                                                                                                                1960s, as a result of Mary Quant’s
Women began shaving their eye-               leader.                           shops opened in the U.S., begin-            Cotehardie—The usual costume         1962 creation of the miniskirt.
brows and hairline so no hair would                                            ning the decline of the tailor. In       of fourteenth-century women, a             A-line—a silhouette aka the tra-
be visible beneath the hennin hat      Italy, centians were introduced, re-    1840 the first fashion publica-           one-piece dress with a well fitted       peze dress or H-line dress invented
(think Mary Queen of Scots and         sembling modern knickers.               tion, Godey’s Lady Book, was             bodice, flared skirt, and long, tight    by Dior in the 1950s.
royalty of the era); women also ap-       In the mid-seventeenth century,      introduced. In 1864 the sewing           sleeves. A sideless surcoat gown           And yes, there will be a test
plied leeches to make themselves       two things set apart French and         machine was invented enabling            (similar to the men’s cyclas, tunic-    next month.
lose blood, making them look pale.     English fashion: Louis XIV took         more and more people to see and          like garments) was worn over the           Let me know if you have any ques-
Oddly enough, around this time it      France, while England was flooded        create (and afford) fashion. In the      cotehardie. The church deemed           tions: megan@belltownmessenger.
was fashionable of women of all        with plagues and fires. The “Sun         1850s Napoleon II’s wife Empress         these armholes “The Windows of          com. ◆
ages to look pregnant. “Pregnan-       King” established France as the         Eugine set many fashion trends           Hell,” the side-boob sightings in
cy pillows” were stuffed into the      world’s fashion leader. Attendees       (the bolero jacket, the felt hat, and    effect shortening the life of the
robe garments. Women walked            at the lavish parties thrown at Ver-    Scottish tartans) with the help of       look.                                      An Abridged Fashion
with arched backs and stomachs         sailles determined le mode. Lace        her designer Charles Worth, ush-            Hennin—A hat worn during                     Time Line
protruding (think Dr. Seuss’s          became an important addition to         ering in the era of the designer.        the 1400s, which took a variety         1100 AD        “The Crusades” begin sending the folk out
Sneetches).                            men’s fashion; in general, men’s                                                 of shapes. The most popular was         and about to see what others are doing and bring back new
   Eccentricity and extremism also     fashion blossomed to be more                                                     cone-shaped; scholars say it re-        ideas. Renaissance begins and filters into fashion.

effected men’s fashion. The basic      feminine. Louis’ hard-working                                                    flected the architectural advance-       1300 AD        Gothic Architecture inspires fashion; Coat of
              garment was a called     tailors developed rhinegroves, bet-                                              ments of the Gothic Cathedrals. To      Arms big; Beaver most popular pelt in Europe.
              a jerkin, a short        ter known as petticoats, billowing                                               compete for status, women would         1400 AD        Footwear becomes an issue, thick soles
              skirted, sleeveless      breeches which resembled skirts.                                                 lengthen their hennins until it was     protect from dirty streets, height becomes competition,
              garment with deeply      Louis also lost his hair and talc-                                               necessary to have a servant hold        servants hold women upright. Tunics standard for men.
                                                                                                                                                                Proximately female.
              rounded      armholes    powdered wigs become fashion-                                                    the hennin from behind with a
              and a dagged hem.        able for blokes. By 1620 women                                                   pitchfork-like apparatus.               1500 AD         “Fashion Babies,” or court dolls, introduced.
                                                                                                                                                                Dolls representing fashions of the queen were sent to
              Man-corsets      were    became disenchanted with hoops                                                      Jobot—A frilly extension under       neighboring courts, to compare. Women shave eyebrows, use
  Megan Lee   worn underneath. A       and rolls, the waistline back to                                                 the collar with the cravat, in the      leeches to look pale. Basic female garment a long robe with
              man’s hosiery was        the natural waist. Led by Madame                                                 eighteen century.                       changeable sleeves, corset.
another important element: First,      Fonlange, a mistress of Louis XIV,                                                  Pannier—An        undergarment,      1620 AD           Women become disenchanted with hoops and
the hose were two separate pieces      woman began slashing the fronts                                                  tied to the woman’s waist, which        rolls, for the first time in 100 years. Fabric fell naturally from
of fabric held up by garters and       of outer skirts to display the col-                                              supported the skirt on the sides        the waist to the hem. Men wear cod piece/hosiery.
attached to other garments. Even-      ors of the inner garments. This                                                  and created the desired effect          1665 AD         The Sun King Louis XIV hits (and reinvents)
tually decorative and exagger-         became known as the Fonlange                                                     without the need for hoops. A pro-      the scene. Men’s clothes begin to become more feminine,
ated codpieces were added (think       Silhouette.                                                                      curer to the bustle.                    women’s frocks go through the roof: Grand design & big
Shakespeare). Codpieces were              Leading up to the French Revo-                                                   Watteau neckline—A look in
stuffed with fabric and used to        lution brought even more outland-                                                which a woman’s gown exhibited          1789 AD          The French Revolution spurs outlandish fash-
                                                                                                                                                                ion. England (having more domestic strife (plague, etc) can’t
carry coins.                           ish frockery, reflecting the unrest                                               a full, flowering train falling from     keep up. France emerges as fashion leader: Incroyables &
   Then came the Renaissance. Ex-      of the times. The popular red              Also at this time, Amelia Bloom-      black shoulder lines, recreating        Merveilleuses mock the Louis XIV lifestyle with exaggerated
ploration of the new world brought     coat became so tight it didn’t fas-     er, editor of a feminist newspaper,      interest in the garments silhou-        ensembles. Madame de Pompadour, an art lover, brought
new wealth as well as new fabrics,     ten; long tails were added in the       started the trend of bloomers, op-       ette. French painter Jean Antione       bows, frills and flowers in the hair.
stones, furs, and laces. This is the   back, a high, turnover collar and       posed by many for being a “mas-          Watteau influenced these courtly         1796 AD         Beau Brummel introduces “Dandyism,” his
era when clothing (especially for      lapel were popular, and a button        culine look.” This led to the 1869       gowns through his painting and          polished look leads the fashion world 1796-1816. (He died of
females) began to be uncomfort-        was added in the double-breasted        reemergence of the bustle. The           the innovation was attributed to        syphilis.)
able. Introduced were vasquines,       style. At this time young men           ideal female figure became the            him.                                    1800 AD         First Ready-to-Wear shop opens in US.
corset-like iron cages held to-        were called Incroyables and young       hourglass, via the widening of the          Hobble skirt—Introduced by           1840 AD          Godey’s “Lady Book,” the first fashion maga-
gether by bolts to give a breast-      women were called Merveilleuses.        sleeves and tightening of the waist      French designer Paul Poiret in          zine is introduced.
less look; the stomacher, a long       Protesting the Louis lifestyle, the     corset. To maintain a small waist,       the 1910s, named because it was         1870 AD         Men’s print shirts introduced. Sports & leisure
pointed apparatus worn under           Incroyables wore exaggerated            many women had ribs surgically           so tight the wearer could not walk      become important, influences fashion. Feminist newspaper
the vasquine to flatten the stom-       clothing in mockery of the king’s       removed. Painter Charles Dana            and had to hobble. It disappeared       editor, Amelia Bloomer, begins masculine “bloomer” trend,
                                                                                                                                                                bustle returns.
ach; and the farthingale, a metal,     court; garments were wrinkly giv-       Gibson immortalized this fashion-        after WWI.
cone-shaped article worn under         ing a slept-in look, cravats tied       conscious women of the era with             Harder-Chief hemline—A time          1890 AD        Bustle gets smaller, female figure becomes
                                                                                                                                                                hourglass: wide sleeves, tightened corset. S-shaped silhou-
the skirt. The ruff, or exaggerated    carelessly, overlarge trousers too-     his “Gibson Girl.”                       during the Great Depression when        ette makes appearance, the dust coat was invented to ride in
face-framing collar, began to grow.    long and loose (created a style            At the beginning of the 1900s,        the hemlines became longer. Wom-        automobiles.
The starched surroundings be-          called culottes, relating to the rev-   women’s garments evolved to be           en could not afford to buy gar-         1900s          WWI, WWII, law L-85, new fibers, pop culture
came so large wearers had to use       olution) and Spencer jackets.           more tailored with the bustline          ments, so they relied heavily on        influences fashion (movies, invention of TV), “the new look,”
special elongated utensils to get         Stories from this era mirror         continuing to protrude down to the       home sewing/modification.                youth and the women’s movement. Cyclical fashion patterns
food into their mouths. Scholars       the fashion and visa versa. Under       waistline, which was controlled             Law L-85—Passed in 1942 by           evolve.
say this is where the term “white      the influence of Marie Antoinette        by a corset. This stance became          the U.S. Government, it set the         1962 AD          English designer Mary Quant creates the
collar worker” originates from;        women’s hair again became high          known as the S-shape. Next was           standard for female garment man-        miniskirt, they shifts from the bosom to the legs.
only higher classes could wore the     and powdered. A flour paste was          the automobile and infiltration of        ufacturing: “No patch pockets, two      1968 AD          Yves Saint Laurent introduces women’s tai-
ruff.                                  added to give whiteness; peas-          sports and leisure into fashion.         in hems, no cuff on pants, three        lored pant suit.                              WHAT IS NEXT?
6   FEATURE                  BELLTOWN MESSENGER #52                      • February 2008                                                               

                 Louie Raf

finds business is
picking up

Work Will
Make You Busy
          y people are from Germa-     writer is to “google” the things I        the subject of my vague-yet-quib-       or had blatant substance abuse is-      signed community service. There
          ny and they came to this     am too busy or lazy to “google” in        bling feelings, and be listened to by   sues]. They accompany and assist        were three of them having lunch,
          country a long time ago      person (another part is to not use        the Philistines, dammit.                with the community service; they        a smaller crowd than the usual
and found fulfilling careers in the     “google” as a verb). Here we go:             The milieu of the Millionair’s       are not guards. Tschida attributes      six-to-fifteen. The Americorps vol-
Anthracite coal mines of northern      the idea behind Community Court           Club at lunchtime is pretty much        much of the program’s success at        unteers helped me hand-pick an
Pennsylvania. And that was work        is that when someone commits a            what you’d expect: a lot of hun-        getting community service assign-       interviewee who spoke English.
for them, twelve hours a day, six      minor, nonviolent crime, it is bet-       gry people, not exactly the latté       ees to return after their first day of      Look, people who are larger than
days a week—they mined coal,           ter to have them do something             and Powerbook crowd. This is            freedom to the Americorps mem-          me are intimidating to me. People
and mining coal was about all they     constructive for a couple of days         where the community service as-         bers’ ability to build relationships    who are younger (or older) than
did (although they did find time to     than it is to lock them up for a          signees meet each day to receive        and make the process of helping         me are intimidating to me. People
nurse a fierce and somewhat inex-       few weeks. The first Community             their tasks. A standard, first of-       others enjoyable: “We couldn’t do       who have tattoos on their knuckles
plicable hatred of the Irish).When     Court program began in 1983 in            fense charge that would carry a         it without them.”                       are intimidating to me. People who
doing dangerous and backbreaking       New York; there are a handful of          sentence of about 5 days generally         Community Court in Seattle has       commit crimes — crimes different
labor for paltry compensation be-      cities with similar programs now.         translates into 16 hours of service;    been successful beyond expecta-         than the ones I regularly commit
came passé, the Oswalds went to        The specifics vary, but most of the        a second offense, 32 hours. I sat       tions since its inception in March      — are intimidating to me. The guy
the assembly line, and my grand-       people you’ll see wearing orange          down with Tschida to talk about         2005. Initially serving only the        in the orange vest smiles like a
father and father and every other      vests in Belltown have been con-          the program over lunch, and I men-      west precinct, the success of the       hungry giant. I’m intimidated. His
male in my family did their time in    victed of petty theft, trespassing,       tioned I was interested in the fact     program on this small scale led         story:
the factories of Eastman Kodak.        or (in a few cases) prostitution.         that the penalties didn’t scale up      to quick growth, and in March of           “I had 48 hours to do, and I
As for me, I’ve aimed for variety,     If they qualify, they’re referred to      exponentially — a certain amount        2007 Community Court went city-         was greeted very happily on the
and although I have been able to       Community Court, where they can           of jail time consistently equals        wide. The program in Belltown was       first day. We spent most of the
use my searing talent as a writer      be assigned community service             a certain amount of community           a part of this expansion, aided by      first morning sorting clothes for
(honestly, it’s so hot it’s painful)   hours instead of jail time; they’re       service (also that the referrals to     the Belltown Community Council.         the homeless; then we drew some
to make money, I’ve done a little      also referred to public services          treatment, et cetera, are merely        Projects range from litter pickup       pictures for a calendar. The Amer-
real work here and there, too. You     like drug or alcohol rehab, housing                                               to tree-planting in traffic circles.     icorps people are all really posi-
know the story: working, sweat-        agencies, and the like. The Seattle          “Community                           Another skeptical thought: how          tive.” He pauses a moment, trying
ing, earning bread. I sometimes        program cuts the average jail time                                                valuable are these projects to the      to find words to sum up his experi-
wonder if work is tedious-but-ul-      for a defendant from 14 days to 3.         Court in Seattle                       community at large? Tschida says        ence. “Just keeping busy,” he says
timately-redeeming, in some kind
of Studs Terkel we’re-all-build-
                                          Sounds good, right? I mean,
                                       when I was con ... I mean, if I were      has been success-                       that “it’s not the process, but the
                                                                                                                         project.” But local businesses
                                                                                                                                                                    The other two workers, the ones
ing-America way ... or if it’s just
plain tedious, but we have not yet
                                       ever in a similar position, I’d want
                                       the option of community service
                                                                                   ful beyond ex-                        have been cooperative: coffee-
                                                                                                                         shops have offered the workers ac-
                                                                                                                                                                 who didn’t speak much English,
                                                                                                                                                                 were laughing and cracking jokes
invented robots smart enough to        instead of jail time. Keep nonvio-         pectations since                       cess to their bathrooms, that kind      with the Americorps team as I left.
do it all for us. You know, to sweep   lent offenders from draining the                                                  of thing. Since I can’t even get into   Tschida reminded them:
the sidewalks, read from scripts       resources of an already strained           its inception in                       a restroom downtown without pay-           “One more day and you’re done.
at tech-support call centers, and
engineer corporate restructuring
                                       criminal justice system? I’m al-
                                       ready with you. But here’s what
                                                                                   March 2005.”                          ing twelve bucks for a soy latté, I
                                                                                                                         guess business owners must view
                                                                                                                                                                 You come back here tomorrow and
                                                                                                                                                                 you’re done, OK?”
plans that will destroy the lives      furrows my brow: what’s with the          referrals: the defendants have to       the program as worthwhile. I also          The guys smiled agreeably, nod-
of thousands of working class ro-      logic that says that community            make contact with, but do not have      guess I’m just a contrarian jerk.       ding their heads with that look we
bots while enriching a few robot       service work like this is somehow         to make use of, any of these ser-          Although I’m not sure I ever         all get when trying to parse an un-
elite. The future ... just one word:   valuable for the offender? It kind        vices). She quickly explained that      caught the reason why, Judge Ron        familiar language or read a David
robots.                                of smacks of the way we walk              the program was based on the con-       Mamiya was also at lunch, so I          Foster Wallace book — the look
   Right now I work in an office        by a liquor-soaked schizophrenic          cept of “restorative justice,” which    asked him for his thoughts on the       that says, “OK, I’m pretty sure I
doing things with databases, files,     mumbling vague imprecations               aims to hold people accountable         program.                                kind of understand what you may
databases that contain files, and,      into a gutter outside of Dick’s on        for their actions without the re-          “It changed me as a judge,” he       or may not mean.” Judge Mamiya
occasionally, files that contain       Broadway and say, “If only he’d           criminations that the criminal jus-     said.                                   said a few words to them and got
databases. There are robots that       get a job.” Work is powerful juju         tice system has a reputation for.          Wow.                                 them laughing again, and Tschida
can do my job, but I’m cheaper.        in America, but does the idea of          “When we look at the defendants,”          I’d always thought that “judge”      whispered to me conspiratorially:
One day I decided to bail on all of    work-as-redemption mask an es-            she said, “we try to consider them      was one of the few jobs we had             “They don’t know he’s a judge.”
that and go downtown to check          sential carelessness on our part?         for their possibility, rather than      been able to build robots to per-          At a party like this, I’m not
out the Seattle Community Court        There’s a kind of self-righteous-         their past.”                            form. Based on my research              sure they would have cared. The
Program’s presence in Belltown         ness about working that seems to             So I felt kind of stupid asking      (which included watching shows          guy with the knuckle tattoos and
— you know, the guys with or-          be a tributary of our status-orient-      about whether making people             on several different channels),         one of the Americorps volunteers
ange vests. You must have seen         ed mainstream culture: since my           work for their freedom was some         these guys know everything about        are clearing plates from the table,
them working down there: picking       sense of self worth is based entirely     kind of psychological defense           the law and courtroom procedure,        and watching them is like looking
up trash, planting trees, sweep-       on my miserable job, people who           mechanism on the part of the gain-      they’re totally inflexible, and their    through the Pacific gloaming of my
ing sidewalks. I got in touch with     don’t have miserable jobs are threat-     fully employed. Apparently better       job consists mostly of yelling at       own past, to when, a decade ago, I
Stephanie Tschida, Grant Manager       ening to me (because their existence      minds than mine put some thought        people and asking the bailiff to re-    began my working life by coming
for the program, and she invited       proves that there are other options       into this thing before I came along.    move them.                              to this city. All of the time that
me down to the Millionair’s Club       and I may be suffering needlessly) ...    Well, good. I was just checking.           “It’s helped me look for underly-    passes, all of the things that we
to have lunch with her staff and       so if they’re sleeping in Denny Park         The community service aspect         ing reasons for their behavior,” the    do, constructive or otherwise ...
some of the program participants.      after 11, let’s make ‘em learn a little   of the program is administered by       judge explained, “and think about       years of life, years of work. Maybe
Better than hanging out at my day      responsibility! I’m not saying I dis-     Americorps volunteers [full disclo-     ways we can create accountability       there is something ennobling in
job thinking about databases.          agree with anything about Com-            sure: in my younger days, I spent       in the short term, with a sense of      the sheer minute-by-minute endur-
   ... freelance writers have day      munity Court or the idea of service       a year as an Americorps VISTA,          immediacy. It’s been an incredible      ance of working ... maybe even in
jobs???                                over jail, I’m just interested in the     and the committed young idealists       experience.”                            the changes our work makes in
   Community Court. That’s some-       slightly circuitous logic that may        who run the community service              Well, I’m kind of sold.              the living world. Not much time
thing like Drug Court ... but more     underlie one of its premises. And         duly reminded me of myself when I          I spoke with one more person at      to think about it, though, because
communal? Less psychedelic?            since I have a degree in literature,      was younger, despite the fact that      the Millionair’s Club that day: one     I’ve got databases to file. Just
No worries: part of my job as a        I feel entitled to write at length on     none of them seethed self-loathing      of the defendants who’d been as-        keeping busy. ◆
Restaurants reviewed; foods tasted and described; what tastes good and why. Without the baloney.                                                                                                                              ISSUE 2 • WINTER 2008

                         DELICIOUSCITY                    N AV I G AT I N G S E AT T L E’S FA B ULOU S F O O D C U LT U R E

Let Us Eat Cake
One woman’s cool obsession with cakefood
                                                                                                 BY AMY HALLORAN                       page 4

                                                                                                                                                             RONALD HOLDEN wolfs down
                                                                                                                                                             local delicacies     page 3

                                                                                                                                                               Food Curmudgeon
                                                                                                                                                               My Armageddon Meal Mix-up page 2

Recommended Belltown Restaurants                                         For a complete list, see                            Vegan Garden is mmrph(crunch)rmph
AMORE Live weekend jazz and casual                 CAUSELITA’S CARIBBEAN CAFE Conch frit-               LOLA Greek-influenced Tom Douglas place.
dining from chef Sean Langan. 2301 5th Ave.        ters and plantains in “North Belltown.” 81 Vine      2000 4th Ave. - 443-6000
- 770-0606                                         St. - 770-0155
                                                                                                        MACRINA BAKERY & CAFE Baked goods,
ANTHONY’S FISH BAR High volume seafood             CHAMPION WINE CELLARS Belltown’s best                old-world style. Especially popular on Sunday
on the waterfront, nicely done. 2201 Alaskan       wine selections. 108 Denny Way - 284-8306            mornings. 2408 1st Ave. - 448-4032
Way - 448-6688
                                                   THE CHEESE CELLAR A wide selection of                MAMA’S MEXICAN KITCHEN 34 years at 2nd
ARTISAN CAFE Formerly the Alligator Pear.          gourmet artisan cheeses. 100 4th Ave. N. (at         & Bell in Belltown. 2234 2nd Ave. - 728-6262
A favorite lunch spot for the locals. 2523 Fifth   Fisher Plaza) - 404-2743
                                                                                                        MARCO’S SUPPER CLUB Belltown’s longtime
Avenue - 441-8885
                                                   CUCINA DE-RA Overlooking the Olympic                 Italian place with twists. A Messenger fave.
ASSAGGIO RISTORANTE Central and Northern           Sculpture Park. 2801 Western Ave. Suite E            2510 1st Ave - 441-7801
Italian dining. 2010 4th Ave. - 441-1399           - 728-9600
                                                                                                        MARJORIE Great food, great cozy courtyard.
THE ATHENIAN A classic Market diner. 1517          CUTTERS BAYHOUSE “Globally inspired                  One of our favorite Belltown restaurants. 2331
Pike Place Market - 624-7166                       Northwest cuisine.” 2001 Western Ave. -              2nd Ave. - 441-9842
BAMBINOS EAST COAST PIZZERIA East                                                                       MARRAKESH MOROCCAN Flavors from the
Coast pizza West Coast style. 401 Cedar St.        CYCLOPS Comfy booths. Look for the giant             foot of the Atlas Mountains. 2334 2nd Ave.
- 269-2222                                         eyeball on their sign. 2421 1st Ave. - 441-1677      - 956-0500
BELLINO COFFEE If you tunneled through             DAHLIA LOUNGE Uncommon Tom Douglas                   MISTRAL Prix fixe fine European dining. Nice...
the building (Belltown Court) you’d reach          favorites! 2001 4th Ave. - 682-4142                  113 Blanchard St. - 770-7799
Starbucks. 2421 2nd Ave. - 956-4237
                                                   DAN’S BELLTOWN GROCERY Belltown’s #1                 NOODLE RANCH Curry, udon, Westernized

BEBA’S DELI Lunch action for local workers.        quality grocery store. 2221 3rd Ave. - 441-0220      Asian fusion. 2228 2nd Ave. - 728-0463
2301 5th Ave. #103 - 770-9595
                                                   EL GAUCHO Seattle’s top steakhouse. 2505             OHANA Fun sushi and cocktails with a dash of
BELLTOWN BISTRO Great seafood, nightlife           1st Ave. - 728 1337                                  weekend cocktail culture. It’s a tiki bar, really.
after dinner. 2322 1st Ave. - 728-2000                                                                  2207 1st Ave. - 956-9329
                                                   ETTA’S SEAFOOD Fine seafood at the Market
BELLTOWN PIZZA Dark and cozy pizza spot            from Tom Douglas. 2020 Western Ave. - 443-6000       PALACE KITCHEN Nightly rotisserie specials.
that comes alive for cocktailers at night. 2422                                                         2030 5th Ave. - 448-2001
                                                   FISH CLUB BY TODD ENGLISH A high-end
1st Ave. - 441-2653
                                                   chain, kind of like the “Ruth’s Chris” of seafood.
                                                                                                        PESOS KITCHEN & LOUNGE Family Mexican
BLACK BOTTLE One of Messenger food critic          2100 Alaskan Way - 256-1040
Ronald Holden’s favorite neighborhood places.
                                                   FIVE POINT CAFE Breakfast and cocktails
                                                                                                        with great breakfast happy hour. 605 Queen
                                                                                                        Anne Ave. N. - 283-9353
                                                                                                                                                                                                        by Bob Oswald page 5
1st and Vine - 441-1500
                                                   here every morning (!) as the rock-n roll-blares.
BRASA Consistently voted one of the best           415 Cedar St. - 448-9993                             PINK DOOR Funky longtime Market classic.
                                                                                                                                                             SHALLOTS Cozy Asian bistro at 4th & Vine. Call   THE LOCAL VINE “Divine pairings a sure bet”
restaurants in the State by various foodie VIPs.                                                        Fun! 1919 Post Alley - 443-3241
                                                   FLYING FISH Belltown’s pan-Pacific seafood                                                                 ‘em for delivery. 2525 4th Ave. - 728-1888       —Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2520 2nd Ave.
2107 3rd Ave. - 728-4220                                                                                QUBE Contemporary Asian restaurant and                                                                - 441-6000
                                                   institution and world-class destination. 2234                                                             SHIRO’S The finest sushi from Mr. Shiro. 2401
BUDDHA THAI Highly regarded noodle dishes          1st Ave. - 728-8595                                  lounge with a French twist. 1901 2nd Ave.                                                             TWO BELLS TAVERN Great burgers, beer.
                                                                                                                                                             2nd Ave. - 443-9844
(the chef lady is Thai) and some electrofan-                                                            - 770-5888                                                                                            Brainy crowd. A neighborhood classic forever.
                                                   FRONTIER ROOM Belltown’s best BBQ, and                                                                    SHILLA Korean & Japanese delicacies for
tastic music and cabaret in the evening-time.                                                           QUEEN CITY GRILL Longtime Belltown salmon                                                             2313 4th Ave. - 441-3050
                                                   cocktails. 2203 1st Ave. - 956-RIBS (7427)                                                                three decades. 2300 8th Ave. (and Denny)
2222 2nd Ave. - 441-4449                                                                                stop with a thriving late night bar scene. 2201
                                                   GOLDEN SINGHA Thai food right near the                                                                    - 623-9996 (delivery: 443-8646)                  TXORI Sensational new tapas bar. San
BUENOS AIRES GRILL Great steaks, says                                                                   1st Ave. - 443-0975                                                                                   Sebastian-style pintxos. 2207 2nd Ave. - 204-
                                                   Space Needle. 425 Cedar St. - 728-1532                                                                    SPITFIRE Belltown’s best sports-bar with mas-
Clark, who lives next door and frequently                                                               RENDEZVOUS Our favorite bar since 1990.                                                               9771
savors the aromas. 220 Virginia St. - 441-7076     IL BISTRO Romantic Italian at the Market. 93-                                                             sive HDTVs and great Latin fusion cuisine.
                                                                                                        Food, too. Plus plays, movies and music in                                                            UMI SAKE HOUSE Izakaya-style informal din-
                                                   A Pike St. - 682-3049                                                                                     2219 4th Ave. - 441-7966
BUFFALO DELI Wholesome, tasty soups and                                                                 the historic Jewel Box Theatre. 2320 2nd Ave.                                                         ing. Authentic. 2230 1st Ave. - 374-8717
sandwiches at this favorite for lunching local     KYO Sushi and all the trimmings. 2801 1st Ave.       - 441-5823                                           SUITE 410 Cocktail perfection. 410 Stewart
                                                   - 441-5188                                                                                                St. - 624-9911                                   VIRGINIA INN A beloved neighborhood water-
workers. 2123 1st Ave. - 728-8759
                                                                                                        ROCKIN BURRITO Lunch-time taco joint with                                                             ing-hole. 1937 1st Ave. - 728-1937
CJ’S EATERY Great breakfast and lunch place        LA FONTANA RISTORANTE Sicilian style,                many followers. 2501 4th Ave. - 728-1333             SUSHI WAVE Waves of sushi flavor. 2904 1st
                                                   with festive Italian waiters. 120 Blanchard St.                                                           Ave. - 441-4348                                  WANN JAPANESE IZAKAYA New Belltown
now open for dinner, too. American food done
                                                   - 441-1045                                           SAITO’S JAPANESE CAFE The best sushi                                                                  Izakaya! 2020 2nd Ave. - 441-5637
right. 2619 1st Ave. - 728-1648                                                                                                                              TACO DEL MAR A Seattle chain of “Mexican”
                                                                                                        lunch in Belltown. 2122 2nd Ave. - 443-0976
                                                   LA VITA E’ BELLA PIZZERIA Pizza, cannoli,                                                                 restaurants. Fast, decent and cheap. 2136 1st    WASABI BISTRO High-end sushi, open late!
CAFE CASBAH Most excellent espresso (&
                                                   espresso. 2411 2nd Ave. - 441-5322                   SEATTLE CELLARS Great deals on great                 Ave. - 448-8877                                  2311 2nd Ave. - 441-6044
falafel, too). 2219 2nd Ave. - 728-1771
                                                                                                        wines. 2505 2nd Ave. - 256-0850                                                                       ZOE Elegant bistro. Affordable & tasty. A clas-
CAMPAGNE Fancy French fare near the                LAMPREIA A world-class Belltown restaurant.                                                               TASTE CAFE At the Olympic Sculpture Park
                                                   2400 1st Ave. - 443-3301                             SEE SOUND LOUNGE 115 Blanchard St. - 374-3733        2901 Western Ave. - 654-3190                     sic. 2137 2nd Ave. - 256-2060
Market. 86 Pine St. - 728-2800
CASCADIA RESTAURANT World Class. 2328              LE PICHET Popular and eggsellent French              SERIOUS PIE Crisp, crunchy rectangular pizza         TAVOLATA “Fabulous” —Seattle Post-
1st Ave. - 448-8884                                bistro. 1933 1st Ave. - 256-1499                     from a serious oven. 2001 4th Ave. - 682-4142        Intelligencer. 2323 2nd Ave. - 838-8008             WINTER 2008 — DELICIOUSCITY 1

                                          Panamanian Food: No Mas!
  Delicious City will celebrate
  Seattle’s remarkable food
  culture. And we’ll do so in
  a manner that respects the              But we had a great time while not eating                                                                                                  BY BILL FENIMORE

  intelligence and sensibilities                                                                                                             his fall the NY Times recommended Panama as a nice travel
  of a readership that has come
                                                                                                                                             destination, so my sweetie and I chucked our Costa Rica plans
  to expect good and better
                                                                                                                                             and arrived in Panama City with our Lonely Planet Guide and
  things from our gustatory
  landscape and those who                                                                                                            not much else to inform our expectations. Most winters we travel in
  opine about it.                                                                                                                    Mexico, but this year was to be a break from the pattern. In Mexico
                                                                                                                                     we have almost always found great local food and bad cops. In
  “Food culture” is a nicely                                                                                                         Panama things are reversed: Panamanian police will get in your car
  ambiguous term. Within its                                                                                                         not to extort a bribe but rather to guide you to your destination.
  ambit lie our restaurants,                                                                                                            In the two short weeks that we were in country, we tried but failed
  wineries, and food fairs;                                                                                                          to find the delicious indigenous cuisine of Panama. We had some
  our culinary passions, the                                                                                                         good meals – Cuban, Spanish, Italian, Chinese – but the closer we
  lifestyles that embrace such                                                                                                       got to Panamanian home-style cooking the more we encountered the
  as organic, locally-grown
                                                                                                                                     odd and inedible. We tried thin gruel, greasy fry-bread, bad ceviche
  and artisan foods; the
                                                                                                                                     and overcooked cafeteria mystery-meat (steam tables are big in
  personalities, whose tireless,
  loving alchemy makes it                                                                                                            Panama). I couldn’t quite bring myself to try the spiral cut hot dog
  all possible; the culinary                                                                                                         on a stick, even though hot sauce was provided; under most condi-
  macrocosm, of foreign-born                                                                                                         tions hot sauce on street food compensates for anything.
  spices and delectables that                                                                                                           My main impression is that Panama is a busy international cross-
  find their dauntless way to                                                                                                        roads and most of the folks who open restaurants there bring their
  our shores and stores.                                                                                                             recipes with them from someplace else (to a significant degree, that
                                                                                                                                     might also be said of Seattle).
  That’s plenty. We’ll cover it                                                                                                         I came back home with my suitcase stuffed with Panamanian rum
  all with integrity, care and                                                                                                       and a bunch of hot sauce bottles labeled “Congo.” DC
  a rigorous sense of humor.
  And our writers and editorial
  staff will be asked to comport
  their prose to a style-sheet                                                                                                       STREET FOOD in El Valle
  elegant in its simplicity: do                                                                                                      de Anton, including hot
                                          PHOTOS BY BILL

                                                                                                                                     dogs on a stick. No dogs
  not use the word “eclectic”;
                                                                                                                                     were harmed.
  at all times defy convention
  and occasionally treat it
  to a little rough handling;                                                                                                               TROUT AT A BISTRO
  approach the common                                                                                                                         in Boquete, a gold
                                                                                                                                         rush town full of North
  cheeseburger with the                                                                                                                  Americans buying land,
  same respect and reverence                                                                                                                     not much trout.
  accorded the fresh Pacific

  Restaurants reviewed; foods
  tasted and described; what
  tastes good and why.
                                                                                                                   Food Curmudgeon
  Without the baloney.

                                                             My Armageddon Meal Mix-up
  Ronald Holden                                 T    he Union of Concerned
                                                                Scientists, Biblical proph-
                                                           ecy and some friends of mine
                                                                                                                                     was starting to seem like this
                                                                                                                                     food project was too complex
                                                                                                                                     for them.
                                                                                                                                                                            DAY 3: WILD DOG EXHIBIT
                                                                                                                                                                            I asked an attendant what
                                                                                                                                                                        the wild dogs were fed. He said
                                                           are predicting Armageddon                                                                                    they were fed carrion: squir-
  Amy Halloran
                                                           again coming up here pretty                                                      DAY 2: PETTING ZOO          rels, raccoons and possums
  Bob Oswald
                                                                            soon. Now, I                                                 Do not touch the animals       accidentally run over by zoo
  J. Dan Whacho
                                                                            know that’s a lot                                        in the petting zoo. All day long   vehicles.
  ARTISTS                                                                   of superstitious                                         they are petted by children,           Hmm. Vehicles would be in
  Nikki Bell, Rex Lameray                                                   hogwash, but it                                          whose little hands are major       short supply after Armageddon.
                                                                            did get me won-                                          disease vectors. Mumps,            So I assumed I would have to
  CONSULTANTS                                                               dering: what do                                          chicken pox, croup. After
  George Clark                                                              you eat during                                           Armageddon, the plague. It’s a
  Bill Fenimore                                                             Armageddon?         my hard-earned capital-gains         wonder the animals don’t just
                                                             BY J. DAN
  Mike Dillon                                                               Food would be       taxes. The animals would not         keel over.
                                                                            in short sup-       be able to stop me because               I looked in their food
  Blue Beagle Design                                       ply during those difficult end-       they’re caged. So now you’re
                                                           times. The Bible was no help. I      probably wondering: what do
                                                           lost a lot of sleep.                 animals eat?
  Alex R. Mayer
                                                              But then I remembered:                                                                                    provide my own. I went home
                                                           hey, we’ve got a great food                 DAY 1: REPTILE AREA                                              and rented a Vespa and ran
                                                           resource right here in town.             Turns out reptiles eat                                              over a squirrel. I had to run
  DELICIOUS CITY                                           The zoo.                             insects. Hmm. Nope, not eating                                          over it several times. I took
  P.O. Box 61370                                              No, no, I wouldn’t eat the        bugs. I have dignity. But wait:      trough. Millet, alfalfa, chaff.    it to the zoo, stole it -- stole
  Seattle, WA 98141                                                                             reptiles don’t have personali-       When the animals were dis-         it twice, actually, for practice                                                                             ties, so it’s okay to kill and eat   tracted by the children I stole    -- took it home and ate it. Not
                                                                                                them. Example: an armadillo. I                                          only did it make me ill, but you
                                                                                                hunted up an armadillo recipe.                                          know what it tasted like? Yup.
                                                                                                It starts out like this:                                                It tasted like squirrel.
            DELICIOUS CITY IS                                                                       1 armadillo, cleaned
            PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION                                                                1 fresh tomato                                                           DAY 4: TO HELL WITH IT
            WITH PACIFIC PUBLISHING CO.                                                                                                                                    Some days I’m glad I’m not
                                                                                                    And I’m immediately going:                                          an animal. Bugs, grains, car-
 ADVERTISING                                                                                    hold on. It’s Armageddon, for                                           rion. Awful. Attention, people
 Melanie Hendricks,                                                                             chrissakes. There are no more                                           who run the zoo: I demand
 Sheri “Max” Maxwell,                                                                           fresh tomatoes. Thanks, Betty        some, took it home, cooked it      that you provide better food.
 Rocky Regan, Laura Cruikshank                             animals. Animals have rights,        Crocker Cookbook. About as           and ate it. It made me ill, but    Until then, you have lost my
 ADVERTISING DIRECTOR                                      even zoo animals. No, I would        helpful as the Bible.                it kept me alive for another       patronage. DC
 Diana Lull                                                just steal their food. After             Anyway, they don’t have          day. And that’s the whole idea
 206-461-1293                                              all, that food is paid for by        any armadillos at the zoo. It        of food.                      

2 DELICIOUSCITY — WINTER 2008                                                                                                                                                     
                    RONALD HOLDEN savors local treasures

                  Oyster, My Oyster
                                                                                             kidding. Oh frabjous day, oh frab-
                                                                                              jous night!

                                                                                                You know how sometimes it
                                                                                              seems like you read about the
                                                                                              same damn thing every time you
                                                                                              turn around? Like Britney. Or Ron
                                                                                              Paul. Or the Sonics. It’s going to            Beach-Grown Oysters and Clams
                                                                                              happen again this week, and the
                                                                                              name you’ll be hearing is Txori.
                                                                                              (Think “chirp,” like a birdie.) It’s
                                                                                              the new Basque café (more ac-
                                                                                              curately, a pintxos bar) in Bell-
                                                                                                                                          smoked salmon and oysters,
                                                                                              town owned by Joseba Jimenez                           live crab
                                                                                              de Jimenez and his wife, Carolin
                                                                                              Messier de Jimenez, the couple                      pickled oysters
                                                                              Ronald Holden   who own Harvest Vine in Madison
                                                                                              Park. Well, this is their week.                 plus locally-produced
                                                                                                The Seattle P-I had a review on      cheeses, organic greens, and ice cream
                                                                                              Friday. The Stranger ran a review
                                                                                              in Thursday’s edition, and Gour-
                                                                                     launched its new website
                                                                                                                                                                                    – Store:
                                                                                                                                                                          Visit our Farm
                                                                                              with a review on Wednesday. The
                                                                                              Seattle Times already did a piece           35846 N US Hwy 101• Lilliwaup WA 98555
                                                                                              (Small Places) and a mention                            888-877-5844
                                                                                              (Best Bites). Belltown Messenger?                       Or mail order:
AHH ... SHUCKS. Totten Inlet oysters open wide to reveal their treasures.
                                                                                              We were there weeks and weeks
                                                                                              ago (“Most Welcome Newcomer,”           

       here they were, perched at           sugar content and tell him every-                 last issue.)
       the counter at Steelhead             thing he needs to know about the                    Ah, the relentless calendar.
       Diner, enjoying a glass of           plant, whether it’s a blackberry or               Feast of Donostia (that’s San Se-

                                                                                                                      Sausages from around the
                                                                                                             The BestThe Best Sausagesfrom around
bubbly and gossiping with the               a peach.                                          bastian in the local dialect) com-
chef: Jon Rowley and his wife,                And speaking of blackberries,                   ing up on the weekend.

                                                                                                                                      The Best Sausages from around the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WWW.ULISFAMOUSSAUSAGE.COM • WHOLESALE - RETAIL - SHIPPING
Kate McDermott, quietly cel-                that’s Kate’s blackberry pie in the                             Continued on page 6

                                                                                                                                       world at the Pike Place Market:
ebrating their appearance in the
new issue of Saveur. The least os-
tentatious of Seattle’s food stars,                       
                                            upper right-hand corner of the
                                            magazine cover.                                                   world at theyears, 100% Seattle Marke
                                                                                                                                Pike Place
                                                                                                                      world at the Pike Place Market:

                                                                                                                                           100 years, 100% Seattle
                                                                                                                  100 years, 100% Seattle
               Rowley is probably                      The time has come,
               the most influential.                      said Cornichon,
               He’s the oyster guru,               For bivalves on the beach:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uli Lengenberg
                                                        The moon is full,

               the peach guru, and
               above all the salmon                    the tide is out ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       GERMAN MASTER BUTCHER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1511 PIKE PLACE MARKET
               guru. No one in town                We’ll have an oyster feast!
               has done more to                Okay, so it doesn’t quite rhyme.
 Ronald Holden change the way we            And you have to know your Al-                                                             The Best Sausages from around the
               eat, or the way our          ice Through the Looking Glass to
farmers and fishers think about              remember that “The Walrus and                                                                        the Pike Place
                                                                                                                                       world at Uli LengenbergMarket:
the food they grow or catch.                the Carpenter” is a Lewis Carroll                                                                     GERMAN 100% Seattle
                                                                                                                                           100 years, MASTER BUTCHER
   Saveur names Rowley to its               nonsense poem about two unlikely                                                                                                 1511 PIKE PLACE MARKET
Top 100 list for 2008. (Most                buddies who invite a bunch of oys-
of the entries aren’t people but            ters to their midnight picnic ... and                                                                                          206-839-1000
food trends and restaurants.) His           eat them.                                                                                   WWW.ULISFAMOUSSAUSAGE.COM • WHOLESALE - RETAIL - SHIPPING
500-word biographical sketch is ti-            But it’s not nonsense at all, a
tled Disciple of Flavor. “We admire         couple of nights ago, as Rowley
the passion that’s sustained him in         leads an expedition of intrepid
his pursuits, which, in hindsight,
more closely resemble a quest
                                            foodies from Seattle to the Taylor
                                            Shellfish oyster beds on Totten In-                                                                     Uli Lengenberg
than a career.”                             let in the South Sound. Full moon,                                                                                    Uli Lengenberg
                                            extreme low tide, f-f-f-reezing tem-                                                                               GERMAN MASTERBUTCHER
                                                                                                                                                                     GERMAN MASTER
                                            peratures, and all the oysters one                                                                                       1511 PLACE MARKET
                                                                                                                                                               1511 PIKEPIKE PLACE MARKET
                                            could gather, shuck and eat. A bon-
                                            fire to keep body and soul togeth-
                                            er. Fresh-off-the-beach bivalves,                                                             WWW.ULISFAMOUSSAUSAGE.COM • WHOLESALE - RETAIL - SHIPPING
                                            notably Totten Inlet Pacificas and
                                            the thumbnail-size Olympias. Oys-
                                            ter-friendly wines, too, notably the
                                                                                                                WWW.ULISFAMOUSSAUSAGE.COM • WHOLESALE - RETAIL - SHI
                                            Geyser Peak sauvignon blanc.
                                               “The best oysters you’ll ever
KATE MCDERMOTT AND JON ROWLEY               taste,” Rowley had promised. “A                   SORRENTINO’S ENZA prepares a savory,
celebrate fish, pie, life.                   benchmark oyster experience.” No                  mussel-bound lunchtime special.

   The quest is never-ending.
“Rowley is acutely curious about
what makes a particular food taste
good. Environmental factors are
crucial, he’s discovered, whether
it’s the unique blend of local al-
gae and minerals that allows the
Virginica oysters of Totten Inlet,
in Washington’s Puget Sound, to
grow incomparably plump and
sweet, or the precise proportions
of water and compost that beget
the perfect blackberry.” Rowley
carries a refractometer to measure

                                                                                                                                                                                          WINTER 2008 — DELICIOUSCITY 3

Let Us Eat Cake                                                                                               BY AMY HALLORAN

Cake is
too serious
a business
to be
to the

    don’t know when I fell in love
    with cake. In a family picture,
    I stare at the lit candles on my
birthday cake while my grand-
mother smiles at me. Was I wear-                                                                                              my oven mitts. I was a big girl,       out. I bake bread and I cook
ing a crown? Or was the cake the                                                                                              so I thought I could finally let        meals for my family and friends
crown, the shining candles play-                                                                                              someone else handle the cake.          daily, but I mostly put work into

                                                                                                                 NIKKI BELL
ing the part of jewels? Whatever                                                                                              Besides, I wanted a big party for      those efforts, not a lot of heart-
the case, I’m sure I was already                                                                                              family and friends, so I let my sis-   felt thinking. I put my heart and
long captivated by cake, held in                                                                                              ter buy the cake from Debbie’s         soul into cake. I don’t think I
the shine of icing even when it                                                                                               Kitchen, a great sandwich and          could give that much of myself
arrived at the table candle-free,                                                                                             sweet shop in Albany, New York. I      to food every day, which brings
no celebration attached.                                                                                                      talked to Debbie myself, describ-      me back to the conundrum of my
   Eventually, I became the                                                                                                   ing an almond pasty pound cake         birthday cake.
family baker and baked cook-                                                                                                  affair with a thin chocolate coat-        How can I put my heart into
ies and cakes for snacks and                                                                                                  ing. I love Debbie’s baked goods       my own cake? Perhaps this is
school lunches. I moped when                                                                                                  and figured that she could deliv-       related to low self-esteem, and
my father wouldn’t buy me an                                                                                                  er the taste of love I wanted.         I should spend the rest of the
Easy-Bake Oven at a garage sale,                                                                                              Then my aunt died and her wake         year examining my motivations
even though I used the real oven                                                                                              was the night of the party, so         on a pricey sofa. Or maybe the
all the time. The boxes of cake                                                                                               we cancelled.                          issue is simpler. On birthdays we
at my friend’s house fascinat-                                                                                                   Now I’m about to be forty-one.      are supposed to absorb the love
ed me. The cake mixes seemed                                                                                                  I think I want to re-schedule the      other people feel for us. And
like magic, more magic than the                                                                                               party and of course I’m tempted        maybe my need to bake my own
cakes I made from big boxes at                                                                                                to make the cake. But there is a       cake is related to big fat intimacy
home. I loved to watch the little                                                                                             problem in making my own cake,         issues. Could it be that I can’t
puffs rise in the oven. It was                                                                                                more than the grudging feeling of      let people show how much they
disappointing, however, when                                                                                                  working for my own celebration.        love me? Ah, enough specula-
the promise of the cake was so                                                                                                Throughout my life I’ve courted        tion. It is time to bake, and eat, a
quickly gone.                                                                                                                 people with cake. In anticipation      lot of cake. DC
   Though I made most of my                                                                                                   of certain friends’ birthdays, I

cookies from scratch, I didn’t                                                                                                read cookbooks for weeks, think-
make a cake from scratch until I                                                                                              ing of which recipes I could alter
joined 4-H. It was a domestic sci-                                                                                            and combine to best honor the
ences club, rather than an animal                                                                                             salutee. I wanted the cake to be
sciences club, and the first cake                                                                                              a material expression of my con-
we, the 4-H Clovers, made as a
group was a German Chocolate
                                                                                                                              nection to this person. Cake bak-
                                                                                                                              ing is almost like church to me, I           Butter Cake
Cake. The first cake I made at
home was a Bonnie Butter Cake
                                                                                                                              suppose, and the cake becomes
                                                                                                                              like communion. This is heavy-         H    ere is my favorite butter cake
                                                                                                                                                                          these days. I made it for my
                                                                                                                                                                     son’s birthday a few years ago,
from Betty Crocker’s red cook-                                                                                                duty baggage to set on a bunch
book, a premium I bought with                                                                                                 of sugar, flour and fat.                doubling the butter by mistake.
some family cash and a bunch                                                                                                     I was raised Catholic, but the      I only realized my mistake when
of pieces of box tops. I could not                                                                                            church I went to was very Vatican      the cake took longer to bake.
believe the difference between                                                                                                II. Very hippie. We sang Happy
that cake, so velvety in crumb,                                                                                               Birthday to Jesus on Christmas         This recipe is adulterated from
and the mixes! The magic of the                                                                                               and had a big cake with candles.        the King Arthur Flour Baker’s
boxes, big or small, appealed to                                                                                              I made my first communion at a                    Companion.
me no more; the magic of butter,                                                                                              wedding, and didn’t get the hint       3 sticks butter
creamed with sugar and puffed                                                                                                 that I was eating Jesus’ body          1 3/4 cups sugar
                                                                                                                                                                     3/4 tsp salt
with eggs, did.                                                                                                               FOR REAL until I read Flannery
                                                                                                                                                                     2 1/2 tsp baking powder
   My love for cake, for the idea      STAFF ARTIST NIKKI BELL prepares a vegan cake from foam, plaster and caulk.            O’Connor. I thought the unleav-        2 tsp vanilla
of it and the transformative                                                                                                  ened bread we broke was just           5 eggs
                                       how that cake did not meet my          cial and household responsi-                                                           2 3/4 cups flour
promise of the whole thing and                                                                                                bread we shared, a symbol of the
                                                                                                                                                                     1/2 cup milk, buttermilk or yogurt
each bite, has developed over          expectations.                          bilities to rejoice in the fact of              Last Supper and Jesus’ wishes
the years. By the time I was             And yet, baking my own birth-        being alive. That week should                   that we share things together          Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and
                                       day cake is not satisfying either.     not include cake baking, but I                                                         flour two 8 or 9 inch rounds, or one 13
in my twenties, I couldn’t bear                                                                                               and all be friends. I had no clue
                                                                                                                                                                     x 9 inch pan.
to have someone else bake my           Birthdays are high holidays. I         hate bought cakes. I feel like                  that communion was meant to
birthday cake. I was too invested      think the birthday girl or boy         a drudge, and a bit of a com-                   be Communion, some kind of             Cream butter and sugar with an elec-
                                       should get a week off from finan-       pulsive maniac, making my own                                                          tric mixer. Add salt, baking powder
in my hope for what it should                                                                                                 strange and impossible connec-
                                                                                                                                                                     and vanilla and cream for five minutes.
taste like to entrust that hope                                               cake. Each year I consider the                  tion to the body that went up on       Add eggs one at a time, mixing between
to someone else. I remember
the year someone convinced
                                         “I remember                          bakers and bakeries I know and
                                                                              wonder who might be able to
                                                                                                                              the cross lo those many years
                                                                                                                                                                     additions. Add one third of the flour
                                                                                                                                                                     into the mixture, then half the milk,

                                       the keen short-
                                                                                                                                                                     alternating with flour and milk until
me to let her buy a white cake                                                meet my demands. And I remem-                      But at the risk of offending        all the ingredients are in the batter.
with whipped cream frosting for                                               ber the keen short-fallings of                  anyone who believes the facts
my birthday. The cake itself was       fallings of past                       past birthday cakes, and go to                  I missed, I think I almost feel        Pour batter into pans. Bake the cakes
                                                                                                                                                                     at least 45 minutes. Cake is done when
too light, and too sweet, and                                                 the kitchen.                                    this way about cake. When I
the whipped cream had way too          birthday cakes”                          Last year, when I turned forty,               bake cake, I bake love. It’s a
                                                                                                                                                                     it pulls away from the edges of the pan
                                                                                                                                                                     and a fingerprint made in the center
much sugar, too. I can still taste                                            I was about ready to hand in                    way for people to eat my heart         springs back.

4 DELICIOUSCITY — WINTER 2008                                                                                                                                                   

The Mystery of General Tso’s Balls
A Review of Vegan Garden                                             BY BOB OSWALD

                                                                               the place was nearly empty. As
                                                                               we ate, the dinner crowd from
                                                                               the football game trickled in. A
                                                                               vegan dinner crowd from a foot-
                                                                               ball game? Still, the place didn’t
                                                                               get overly full, and the wait-
                                                                               ers were courteous and helpful
                                                                               without seeming aggressive. I
                                                                               don’t like stalker-waiters, except
                                                                               at Ballet Restaurant where
VEGAN GARDEN’S “Shredded Tofu Rolls” rool.
                                                                               they’re cute.
                                                                                  Now, the food. It is still some-

    always want to go into that         not sure if it’s the spicy, syrupy,    what of a novelty for me to be
    Museum of the Mysteries on          multi-purpose sauce (seriously,        paid for my writing, compen-
    Broadway, check out Bigfoot’s       no difference between “hot”            sated for the cost of the food
prints and huff some O2 at the          and “mild”) or the flaky-crusted,       I’m reviewing. It doesn’t really
oxygen bar, but no one will go          chewy-centered balls of what           make sense to me, but neither          EXPRESS YOUR CONTEMPT for meat with their vegan-style “Mongolian Beef.”
with me ‘cause they think it’s          appears to be soy protein that         does paying for my own food.
dumb. My friends are lame: they         sub in for the chicken, but there is   Ordering on someone else’s tab,        “bring me another” situation in        Dream. I ate the fortune cookie
just don’t appreciate mysteries         something about the simple dish        we got summer rolls as appetiz-        which an unwitting diner, unfa-        without thinking, but it turns
(or oxygen). Well, I’ve got one for     that makes it more than the sum        ers, an order of some kind of stir     miliar with the General and his        out that at Vegan Garden the
you that doesn’t have anything          of its parts. I wanted to see if the   fried noodle and vegetable thing,      clever traps, takes on more than       prophetic little delicacies really
to do with Bigfoot or dissatisfied       same was true at Vegan Garden,         and, of course, the General’s fin-      he is capable of and ends up           are vegan, unlike those at anoth-
spirits or that guy who jacked          which I knew also offered the          est. We planned on dessert, too.       with a severely damaged diges-         er Garden I know of (I’m told
a plane and jumped out with             hungry traveler a heaping pile of         The summer rolls were excel-        tive system and, quite possibly,       Bamboo has difficulty sourc-
200 grand. It’s the mystery, or, I      sweet, saucy balls (OK, last time,     lent, stuffed with fresh greens and    psyche. Still trying to force that     ing kosher vegan fortune cook-
should say, a cluster of myster-        I promise). I enlisted a dining        that fried, dried up tofu which        last little globe, dripping with       ies; not sure if Vegan Garden is
ies, surrounding one General Tso        companion, hereafter known as          crunches kind of like bacon bits       sauce, into his mouth ...              100% kosher). My fortune was
and the flavorful balls that bear        Dining Companion, and went to          — you know what I mean. Dining            No one knows how or when            something about enduring pain
his name.                               check it out.                          Companion tried her noodly             Tso’s name became associated           and becoming enlightened, so
   Vegan Garden is the latest proj-        General Tso (aka Zuo Zongtáng,      stir fry and proclaimed it good;       with the dish. Hailing from the        I chucked it, because both of
ect of the owners of Moonlight          aka General Gao), born 1812,           it was a little heavy, but it tasted   province of Hunan, Tso would           those things sounded difficult.
Garden, another favorite veg-           was a civil servant and military       like it should have, if it could be    have been familiar with thick,            We got out of there for under
etarian (though not strictly:           officer who began his illustrious       said that anything should taste        savory sauces, not the sweet           forty bucks, including appe-
meat dishes are served there            career by failing the civil exam       like anything.                         and tangy goop that normally           tizers, food, desserts, and tip.
too) spot. As I am a veteran of         seven times. I used to adminis-           And then there were the balls.      coats a big plate of balls here in     Not bad, even with someone
Bamboo Garden in Lower Queen            ter exams like this here in our        Slightly smaller than those            the states. Apparently the dish        else’s money. But the mystery
Anne (oily meat substitutes so          own time and country, and if           at Bamboo, and lacking their           was invented by refugees from          remained. The world may never
delicious you have to eat them          they are anything alike, it goes       counterparts’ flaky crust, the          the Chinese civil war in Taiwan        know how General Tso found
all + big, sweet, strong drinks =       to show that Gen. Tso was not,         “chicken” balls that made up           and was first served in New             his good name entwined with a
well, you know), my interest was        as they say, high-functioning.         the majority of the dish were          York, perhaps in the late ‘50s,        chicken dish he likely never ate
not immediately piqued. How             Tso retired — I wasn’t aware           dense, saturated in sauce, and         by a chef named Peng Chang-            or heard of, that later carried
many kosher-vegan-pan-Asian             that retiring was an option in         absolutely fun to stuff in your        kuei. But enough with the names        over to the spicy, chewy, protein
joints can one city carry ... even      your twenties — and took up            mouth. Longtime “heads” know           ... neither you nor I knew who         golfballs served by the premier
a kosher, vegan, pan-Asian city         the simple, country life. It wasn’t    there aren’t many psychoac-            General Tso was at the beginning       vegan restaurants of Seattle. But
like Seattle? I piqued up a little at   until the Taipei rebellion that he     tive substances that are truly         of this thing and maybe we still       here is what I think about the
the chance to write a little review     rose to prominence and became          addictive, in the strict sense,        don’t. Immortality is an impossi-      good General and his chicken:
of the place, though, because           known for his military prowess.        but there are many things in           ble project. If you’re even hoping     when called upon, Tso turned
we write to find out what we             For the rest of his life, Tso was      the world that provoke obses-          to make your name last, forget         around a proven record of fail-
are writing about, and I wanted         a soldier, and was appointed to        sive thoughts and compulsive           success, fame, wealth, art ... bet-    ure and triumphed. Sort of. Like
to know something about the             the Grand Council in 1880. OK,         behaviors in otherwise normal          ter get some food named after          veganism as a cultural concept,
dish Bamboo- and Vegan- Garden          so obviously when I looked all         people. General Tso’s balls are        you, and fast.                         he was a late bloomer. And now
goers know as General Tso’s             this up on Wikipedia I learned         one of them. I have seen fights            We finished off with a piece         Tso is a household name, but
“chicken.”                              a lot about Tso, as well as some       break out across tables, spilling      of vegan chocolate cake, which         only due to something entirely
   The mysteries: who is the            interesting minutiae about Star        out into aisles, and out the door      was, as far as vegan cakes go,         ancillary to what he would have
eponymous General Tso and               Trek and minor characters on           for a cigarette, simply because        perfect. There was only a hint         considered his greatest accom-
how does a military man rise            The Simpsons, but there’s one          an odd number of diners had            of that weird dense, dry texture       plishments. I see some parallels
to such a level of proficiency           problem.                               the misfortune of drawing an           that most no-egg baked goods           to my own life. Will there one
in creating tangy sauces suit-             None of this has to do with         even number of balls. The balls        seem to share. This was a seri-        day be a Bob Oswald’s canned-
able for chicken or its soy-based       chicken. When and where did            at Vegan Garden are perhaps            ous vegan cake, and we had it          beans-and-leftover-spinach? And
substitutes? How is it possible         this triumphant warrior’s name         more dangerous than those at           with a nondairy ice cream on the       hey, why are they always ball
for a tangible, earthly object to       become connected with the              Bamboo, because they are lean-         side, which Dining Companion,          shaped? Some questions cannot
taste so good without breaking          eponymous dish of mangled              er and lighter in the stomach; I       who is a connoisseur of these          be answered; some mysteries
any laws of physics? Why do             poultry in a savory sauce, usu-        can envision a Bukowskiesque           things, informed me was Soy            beget only more mysteries. DC
so many vegan restaurants fol-          ally served over broccoli?
low the naming convention “__              Dining Companion and I drove
_____ Garden?” And finally, why          up to the Garden. I was deter-
does the aforementioned mock            mined to find answers. And, I
“chicken” always come in the            was hungry.
shape of slightly oblong spher-            Parking is available at Vegan
oids ... i.e. balls?                    Garden, though the lot is small
   For the sake of readability,         and shared by several other
                                                                                                                                                                                                RALPH HADAC

let’s just assume I’ve already          businesses. The stalls reserved
made every clever joke about            for the restaurant are labeled
that particular aspect of the dish      “Vegan,” which made me feel like
and move on. Also, it should be         a rock star or at least an employee
noted here that I do not intend         of the month. The décor is, well,
to solve the aforementioned             pretty much décor. The seating
mysteries. I was just initiating        area is large and L-shaped, not
a dialog.                               highly decorated. The place is                                                                                                    Vegan Garden
   For ages, the lowdown in             clean, bright, and comfortable.                                                                                                   1226 South Jackson
Seattle’s hip vegan circles has            Dining Companion noted that
                                                                                                                                                                          Seattle, WA 98144
been that #87, General Tso’s            the table was a little sticky, but
Chicken, is the must-have item
                                        she’s a big whiner anyway.             TOFU AND PINEAPPLE WERE HARMED in the production of these tofu rolls with
on Bamboo Garden’s menu. I’m               We are at the Garden early and      pineapple sauce.
                                                                                                                                                               WINTER 2008 — DELICIOUSCITY 5

This Bird Has Flown                                                                                                Hemingway once put it: the beer
                                                                                                                   was beer. It was cold and carbon-
                                                                                                                   ated and it was beer. You drank
                                                                                                                                                           who got a take-home box.
                                                                                                                                                              Then we went for a walk down
                                                                                                                                                           to the waterfront, and we decid-

A Review of Shallots
                                                                                                                   it and you didn’t get drunk, but        ed to go to the Olympic sculpture
                                                      BY BOB OSWALD                                                then you drank some more of             park, but we couldn’t remem-
                                                                                                                   it and you did get drunk. It was        ber where it was, and I followed

         f course, I support myself   occasionally a publication will       ible, I picked the Garden Bird’s       cold and carbonated and you             Allie’s directions and they were
         entirely by plying the       pitch you a few gift certificates      Nest, with a Widmer Hefeweizen         drank it. It was beer.                  wrong, because she is a girl. The
         noble trade of the written   for a local business, in the hopes    to accompany. My dining com-              But the capstone of the night        amount of food in my body must
word. When I’m not smoking the        that you will go there and write      panion Allie selected a roasted        was the Bird’s Nest. Have you           have changed the flow of blood
rarest brands of caviar or sipping    a review of their services for a      eggplant dish I’ve forgotten the       ever seen one of these things?          to my brain, because I was having
the rarest vintage wines directly     mere pittance (or a paltry pit-       name of, because I am an awful         Holy cow, it’s like a plate of lo       all these psychedelic thoughts
from their boxes, though, I have      tance, which is less). That’s how     writer and I don’t care about          mein in peanut sauce, and on            about the water and the docks
a day job as a paper pusher at        I wound up at Shallot’s the night     anyone or anything.                    top of that is this fried pota-         and the bird at the beginning of
an admittedly flaky alternative                                                                                     to-taro nest, like those potato         the universe. I kept thinking of
school. Just for booze and bail                                                                                    sticks they used to give you at         “Norwegian Wood,” not because
money, you understand. As part                                                                                     summer camp instead of lunch.           I particularly like the song but
of my training, I had to go to this                                                                                And inside the nest - thankfully        because of the subtitle “This Bird
pastels workshop where admin-                                                                                      the bird wasn’t around - is a           Has Flown.” In that instant, that
istrative types from all over the                                                                                  WHOLE MESS of tofu and veg-             phrase meant something to me; it
                                      RONALD HOLDEN

Pacific Northwest were learning                                                                                     gies, also well-sauced. This thing      meant everything, but something
to create crude representational                                                                                   was an honest-to-god-work-              very specific as well. But that’s
images; one of the early hall-                                                                                     of-freaking-art. And, much like         not the kind of thing one can
marks of human introspection,                                                                                      Van Gogh’s “View of the Sea at          communicate in words: you’ve
a vital skill for bureaucrats to                                                                                   Scheveningen,” I ate it, and ate        got to go to the beginning of the
learn. I went into the class one      THE BACON-WRAPPED SCALLOPS made our reviewer’s veganism feel                 it, and ate it.                         universe, and get into that bird’s
day and the teacher, an acid          profoundly wrong.                                                               Shallots = win. Good food, wait-     nest yourself. DC
casualty who I think was actually     after I drew my bird-at-the-begin-      Verdict on the eggplant: hearty      staff who were really friendly
hit by friendly fire, said “At the     ning-of-the-universe. T h a n k s ,   and satisfying. “I think every-        without being annoying (I wish
beginning of time, the wind and       Belltown Messenger!                   thing in this except for the toma-     I had left a better tip, so if you                    Shallots
the sun danced with one another          OK, so the price range at          toes is deep fried,” said Allie. But   go, do it for me, OK?), the                           2525 4th Ave.
for what seemed like an eternity.     Shallots is a little above my nor-    honestly, who cares? Let’s move        Mariners game on a big TV.                            Seattle, WA 98144
Then one day the wind broke           mal level; not enough to turn me      on to what Bob Oswald had to           I finished the entire Bird’s Nest                      206-728-1888
free and began to become a bird,      away, but with entrees running        say about the food that Bob            and all of the faux avian detritus
and the sun was so gladdened          $8.95 to $12.95, Shallots is, on      Oswald got!                            around it, much to the shock and
by this that it became the bird’s     a writer’s salary, a special occa-      As for the beer, it’s as             horror of my dining companion,
plumage. Now. Draw that bird.”        sion (regular occasion: digging
   All of this stuff is vital back-   through the dumpster outside

                                                                            Oyster, My Oyster
ground information that you           Than Brothers). But not when
must understand before I tell you     you’ve got the golden ticket gift
                                                                                                                                                           yogurt, the company’s stock price
what I thought about Shallots.        certificate! Because I have a pref-
                                                                                                                                                           dropped by half. Not good for an
   But first. Another financial         erence for food that is cleverly      Continued from page 3                  show it to them and all ends well.      outfit that claims to be the world’s
benefit of being a writer is that      disguised as something ined-                                                    Unlike the opera, in which An-       most popular retailer. Worse, cus-
                                                                               Folklore has it that the San Se-    tonello’s character, Canio (as the      tomers started complaining.
                                                                            bastian’s cooks joined the drum-       hapless clown, Pagliacci) stabs            Okay, with tens of thousands
                                                                            mers of the regiment protecting        Nuccia’s character, his unfaithful      of employees, most of them part-
                                                                            the city from imminent invasion        wife, Nedda, in a jealous rage. The     timers, responsible for customer
                                                                            by the British. History requires ac-   singers leave the restaurant in         satisfaction, you can’t get it right
                                                                            tion! Joseba and Carolin organize      good spirits, with the high drama       every time. But the premium cof-
                                                                            a high school marching band to         and the immortal curtain line (“La      fee biz that Starbucks created has

                                                                            parade around Belltown, thump-         commedia è finita”) still to come.       become competitive as hell, and
                                                                            ing drums, pots, pans. The Brits          Picture a small town in the          those customers have plenty of

                                                                            retreat. So do the crackheads, at
                                                                            least for one night.

                                                                               When we’re not writing about
                                                                                                                   south (southern Italy in the 1950s,
                                                                                                                   as it happens) where people talk
                                                                                                                   slow and not much happens until
                                                                                                                   the sun goes down and the church
                                                                                                                                                           choices. Schultzie decided that his
                                                                                                                                                           hand-picked successor as compa-
                                                                                                                                                           ny prez, Jim Donald, wasn’t pay-
                                                                                                                                                           ing enough attention.
                                                                            food, wine and opera, they let us      bells ring. (Think Faulkner, Song          (Not that Schultzie’s been all
                                                                            work as the sommelier at Sorren-       of the South, Porgy and Bess.) Then     that responsive himself, sell-
                                                                            tino atop Queen Anne. (Keeps us        a traveling circus comes to town,       ing off the Sonics to a bunch of
                                                                            out of the bars, don’t you know.)      a whole troupe of clowns (those         right-wing investors from Oklaho-
                                                                               So a couple of weeks ago, who       irrepressible pagliacci), squeezed      ma. What kind of hometown loy-
                                                                            comes in but a devoted Seattle         into a real clown car, a tiny black     alty does that show your Seattle
                                                                            Opera volunteer shepherding so-        Fiat 500. You can guess what hap-       customers?)
                                                                            prano Nuccia Focile and tenor          pens next: sex, jealousy, violence         Now, there are plenty of heart-
                                                                            Antonello Palombi (with wife and       and death.                              warming Starbucks stories, none
                                                                            adorable kids). Since they weren’t        The lecherous Tonio, whose           more uplifting than Michael Gates
                                                                            drinking anything alcoholic other      advances Nedda spurns, over-            Gill’s How Starbucks Saved My Life.
                                                                            than a glass of Prosecco, we didn’t    hears the two lovers planning to        But that’s beside the point. The
                                                                            spend much time at their table.        run away together and reports           800-pound gorilla of fast-food re-
                                                                            Took a while for the coin to drop,     the news to Canio, knowing that         tailing, McDonald’s, is about to get
                                                                            but then we overheard someone          Canio’s jealousy will provoke di-       serious about the coffee game, hir-
                                                                            say “Pagliacci” and we said, yes,      saster. As he suits up for the play     ing and training hundreds of baris-
                                                                            we were going to attend the Sun-       (singing Vesti la giubba, whose re-     tas to staff new espresso bars.
                                                                            day matinée.                           cording by Caruso became the first          Gulp! One thing’s for sure:
                                                                               Sunday? (Mock) outrage! But         opera disc to sell a million copies),   Schultzie ain’t lovin’ it.
                                                                            the Sunday performance has the         Canio expresses the clown’s clas-          Most recent gossip: Starbucks
                                                                            alternate cast, not Nuccia and An-     sic anguish: to make people laugh       starts selling $1 cups of coffee
                                                                            tonello !! (Now it hits us who they
                                                                            are ... )
                                                                               Gee, we stammer, the Saturday
                                                                            opening night press tickets were
                                                                                                                   even as his own heart is breaking.
                                                                                                                      By the time the curtain falls, on
                                                                                                                   the line (spoken by Tonio in this
                                                                                                                   production), La commedia è finita,
                                                                                                                                                           in “test” locations. Drip, drip, drip.

                                                                                                                                                              Ronald Holden, dubbed “Bell-
                                                                            all gone ... Maybe we can ask for      Canio is a mental wreck, having         town’s Boulevardier” by Seattle
                                                                            tickets to your performance later      stabbed both Nedda and Silvio.          Magazine, welcomes news and
                                                                            in the run, we say in our halting
                                                                            Italian ... what do you think?
                                                                               We happened to have the lap-
                                                                            top along and had just received an
                                                                                                                   edy at all.
                                                                                                                   Show’s over, folks. Wasn’t a com-

                                                                                                                     Schultzie’s back! In the year
                                                                                                                                                           comments from foodies and feed-
                                                                                                                                                           ers (write to ronald@inyourglass.
                                                                                                                                                           com). His blog,, was
                                                                                                                                                           named “Best at covering Seattle’s
                                                                            email from the opera’s PR depart-      since Uncle Howard stepped              restaurant scene” by Seattle Spin
                                                                            ment with rehearsal photos and         aside from his day job (running         and one of the Internet’s “Top Ten
                                                                            a link to a new rehearsal video        Starbucks) to spend time on sexy        Food Blogs” by
                                                                            ... which they hadn’t seen, so we      stuff like movies and music and

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       want to start with a few lo-        To Nirvana will tumble onto ex-         seen when Norman Mailer (author

       cal plugs. You may have read        pectant bookshelves, penned by          of Oswald’s Tale) talks about how
       elsewhere in these pages that       yours truly. Rough Guides began         he tried his darndest to find evi-
our esteemed editor has a new              as travel guides, but they have         dence of a conspiracy and was ter-
book out, in Arcadia’s “Images Of
America” series: Seattle’s Belltown.
                                           long since expanded into other ref-
                                           erence realms, with Rough Guides
                                                                                   ribly disappointed he was unable
                                                                                   to, conspiracies being more inter-
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Having worked in Belltown during           available on subjects from the arts     esting of course. It’s all meshed
                                                                                                                                                                                   • NOTARY
my tenure at The Rocket and hav-           to science. I haven’t yet obtained      together in a lyrical, seductive,
ing partaken in numerous cultural          a copy of The Rough Guide To The        fashion, like a dream that keeps
events in the neighborhood, it was         Brain, but I do have the Film Mu-       circling back in on itself. The DVD
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                  about the area’s his-    Noir (Alexander Ballinger, Danny        cluding a featurette with rapid-fire                                                             • FREIGHT
                                                                                                                                                                                                            WE SHIP IT
                  tory, and the pictures   Graydon) Rough Guides. They’re          Dealey Plaza tour guide, a look
                  of places no lon-        great compendiums on their re-          at the famous Zapruder film, and
                  ger with us evoked       spective subjects, running around       an interview with director Robert                                                               • COLOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                          WE MOVE IT
                  a strong nostalgia       300 pages each. The books follow        Stone (no relation to Oliver!).
                  in me. In a sign of      a similar format: There’s a History        And speaking of high profile                                                                  • PACKAGING
  Gillian G. Gaar how fast things can      section, the Canon (here’s where        crimes... was pleased to receive
                  change, there’s a        it gets fun, as you debate the          the two-disc, director’s cut edi-
pic of the Crocodile Café, which           wisdom of what’s been included,         tion of Zodiac, about the infamous                                                                     FREE PARKING
was open when this book was
published. While strolling down
                                           and what isn’t; how could Sunset
                                           Boulevard not have made the Noir
                                                                                   “Zodiac Killer,” whose identity
                                                                                   was never discovered. The film                                                                     The UPS Store
Broadway, I noted that Clark’s
Vanishing Seattle made the Top 10
                                           canon??), Icons, and various trivia
                                           sections (the address of Barbara
                                                                                   itself came out last year, and ap-
                                                                                   parently only grossed $33 million
of Bailey/Coy’s 2007 Best Sellers,         Stanwyck’s home in Double Indem-        in the US (not a good take, by big                                                                24 Roy St. 410 Broadway E 1037 NE 65th St
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by the way.                                nity). Both books are tailor-made       studio standards). Maybe that’s                                                                 206-282-2888        206-860-0818         206-528-7447
   Another terrific book from Ar-           for hours of browsing, like all the     due to the fact that it’s an unde-                                                              1st Ave N. & Roy St Across Brdway Mkt Next to “Whole Foods”

cadia is Peter Blecha’s Music In           Rough Guides are (including, I          niably thoughtful thriller, as much
Washington: Seattle and Beyond.            hope, my own effort).                   of a contradiction as that may
Pete’s the perfect man for a book             They just screened Oswald’s          sound. There are no car chases,
like this, as he knows the Pacific          Ghost on PBS, and the show’s al-        no gunfire battles, no explosions,
Northwest music scene inside out,          ready available on DVD. It’s worth      and even the murders (we’re only
and, in keeping with his prodigious        checking out if you’re interested       shown three of the killer’s crimes)
research skills, goes well beyond          in the subject. I rather wish I’d       are relatively discreet. It’s more
covering the obvious. The first pic-        had it on hand when I reviewed          along the lines of a police proce-
ture, for example, dates from 1853,        Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming His-      dural, bringing to mind the earliest
a shot of a log cookhouse at First         tory (check our October ’07 issue).     Prime Suspect miniseries.
and Yesler, the city’s first perform-       Bugliosi’s book, he’ll be thrilled to      A subplot concerns the San
ing venue. There’s a shot of the           learn, has made me more anti-con-       Francisco Chronicle’s political car-
original Parker’s, which opened            spiracy, and I do wonder what he        toonist Robert Graysmith (played
in 1930, an promo still of a young         would have to say about Oswald’s        by Jake Gyllenhaal), who becomes
Ray Charles, a flyer for Seattle’s          Ghost. It’s neither pro- or anti-con-   obsessed with the case; he wrote
own Trips Festival (I didn’t even          spiracy, as folks with both views       the books upon which this film
know we’d had one), and much               get to have their say, and while        is based. There are many extras,
more (though I, of course, wanted          much of the footage is iconically       including in-depth looks on mak-
more pics of females artists from          familiar (e.g. Oswald being shot by     ing the film, and the real life story
the ’80s and ’90s).                        Jack Ruby), sequences frequently        rounding out this creepy story that
   And I have news of another              run longer than the brief clips you     will have you thinking twice before
book to report; my own! At some            get in other docs. A key reason         you go out at night. ◆
point this year, The Rough Guide           why conspiracies live on is readily

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CLARK HUMPHREY gets willingly tourist-trapped                                                                         Of course, there’s always the           Dr. Seuss’s Whoville, a frail dust
                                                                                                                    matter of paying one’s living ex-         speck on a pretty flower, existing

A Day in Whoville
                                                                                                                    penses in a place where day jobs          at the whim of destructive forces.
                                                                                                                    are finite. That’s a big reason why           That leads to another reason
                                                                                                                    the Whoville locals loved the tem-        to bring back the Seattle-Port
                                                                                                                    porary Seattle ferry, and why they        Townsend ferry.
                                                                                                                    want it back.                                A steadier throughput of ambi-

     ’ve long referred to Port         chain-store-banning burg, even        “SVHs”) didn’t. I can identify with      But there’s a bigger problem            tious Seattleites would help Port
     Townsend as “Whoville.” It’s      the leading industrial firm is an      a mill town in a way I can’t with      with the whole idea of heaven-            Townsenders sell more arty goods
     a complicated joke. (Port         independent.) It filed for Chapter     a town of scenic oil painters and      on-earth.                                 and services. And it would bring a
Townsend, Pete Townshend... ah,        11 reorganization a year ago, but     nature poets.                            If you’ve defined a place as per-        steadier flow of new ideas to en-
forget it.)                            still churns out recyclable grocery      Ex-Seattleite Rick Moody wrote      fect, then any significant change          rich the artists’ works.
   I’ve also not been there in sev-    bags and other products.              a book called Seattle and the De-      to it is, by definition, a change for         Meanwhile, a steadier through-
eral years, until last month. I took      Messenger writer Mary Lou          mons of Ambition. Those demons         the worse. That makes it hard to          put of unhurried Port Townsenders
advantage of Washington State          Sanelli used to live in Port          fled Pt. Townsend decades ago.          build the local economy, even with        could encourage ambition-hooked
Ferries’ temporary passenger           Townsend. She’s written about         The mill people and the art peo-       relatively eco-friendly businesses        Seattleites to slow down a little bit
boats from Seattle. Some folks are     it, in her book Falling Awake and     ple (and, now, a growing cadre of      such as new tourist attractions.          and enjoy life a little more. ◆
trying to get it resumed; the state    elsewhere. In one piece, she said     retired people) have settled into      Such a town becomes more like
says there’s no money to do so.        the town’s art colonists and new-     a life defined by stability, by
   Without the direct ferry, it’s a    agers preferred to ignore the         the old-hippie quest for the “Last

                                                                                                                              Graduate From
place you have to really want to       paper mill, its aromas, and its       Best Place.”
go to. Isolated on the northeast tip   ashy emissions.                          For a generation of poets, writ-
of the Olympic Peninsula, yet de-         I wouldn’t ignore the mill. I’d    ers, painters, sculptors, angel-

                                                                                                                              Thinking Like
pendent on attracting tourists and     praise it. As a creator of works on   channelers, small-press publish-
art-gallery customers, the town’s      paper, I approve of the making of     ers, alternative healers, etc., it’s
economy is uncertain even when         paper. (Though it should be done      been a Utopia—a self-contained lit-
times are good.
   Times have not been good,
at least not for the town’s lead-
                                       more sustainably.)
                                          Besides, I hail from Snohom-
                                       ish County, where paper mills
                                                                             tle corner of the world, with SVHs
                                                                             and old brick commercial buildings
                                                                             surrounded by sea and forest, a
                                                                                                                              Everyone Else.
ing year-round employer, Port          once teemed but stately Victorian     place inhabited exclusively by the
Townsend Paper. (Yes, in this          homes (hereafter referred to as       wise and the enlightened.

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