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The outdoor lounge at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

The outdoor lounge at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

Motif Seattle went through a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation. Starting with the common areas, it’s upped the ante in terms of décor, with vibrant, contemporary colors, new furniture and modern art in what was once a Red Lion Inn. The new restaurant, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, sports a gorgeous interior and inviting outdoor patio (weather permitting, that is). There is a fitness room, as well as plans to add a spa.

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A guest room at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

A guest room at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Seattle’s Pan Pacific Hotel First on West Coast to Achieve Green Globe Certification

Surrounded by the Cascade Mountains, San Juan Islands and Olympia National Forest, Seattle has long been a city of residents known for their love of nature. This passion is now reflected at the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, which has become the first hotel on the West Coast to achieve Green Globe certification. This certification is based on 41 individual sustainability criteria determined by individual accredited auditors.

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Don’t We Like Sharing?

on December 12th, 2011
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by Sophie Gayot

Today, more and more restaurants are adopting a small plates concept. And actually, I like that. First because, you get to try more dishes, so you experience more tastes and flavors. But also, because, most of the time, small plates means sharing with the people around the table. Isn’t that a great way to enjoy an evening out with your dining partners?

MEZZE restaurant
, located in the former space of Sona, is one good example — in case you don’t know, “mezze” means “sharing” in Arabic. Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Micah Wexler, a Los Angeles native who has trained and cooked at Melisse, Patina, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Craft in Los Angeles, and even in Spain and Italy. And read our review of the restaurant.

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Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue, WA near Seattle

Grand Cru Wine Bar in Bellevue, WA near Seattle

By Jeff Hoyt


They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but you can enjoy a free dinner in Bellevue, Washington, courtesy of the Grand Cru Wine Bar, even on the weekend. Make a reservation at this wine bar in Seattle’s neighbor to the east, and enjoy “Dinner on Us.” The promotion runs on Saturday nights, as well as Wednesdays.


Everyone in your party can enjoy a complimentary two-course dinner from a pre-selected menu, such as Caesar salad and Dungeness crab mac ‘n cheese, or corn and red pepper chowder followed by classic beef Stroganoff. For small parties, there’s only a small catch: an 18% gratuity will be charged based on the value of the meal. Parties greater than six must spend an additional sum of $150 on other food, dessert, or, of course, wine. See why we named this one of the Seattle-area’s top 10 wine bars, and tell them sent you!


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