This list is great (“ Best Bars ,” March 2011). It includes the main staples (Zig Zag, Canlis, Sun Liquor) that still deserve recognition of being the best, since their quality and service don’t seem to ever dip. It also includes some other really important places too like MistralKitchen and Moshi Moshi, which I’m sure we’ll be seeing some exciting things from in the future. The supplemental list is a nice add, too, since you really can’t pick just 10 places and not give an honorable nod to some other fantastic spots.
A city blessed with so many cocktail heavyweights might require a top 50 list, or maybe even 100. The task to choose Seattle’s top 25 is a daunting one and I do not envy the Seattle Met team that set out to complete it (“ Best Bars ,” March 2011). I know all these bars myself. I agree that they are all deserving of praise. I’d happily stand behind the team of bartenders representing these top 10 as they take on any other city in the world.
Owner, Novo Fogo
Organic Cachacas, Bellevue
What Would Charles and Emma Do?
A huge RANT to Robin Held and the Frye Museum, and to Seattle Met as well, for promoting the bizarro art that has been on display at the Frye and the coming Degenerate group (“ Fantasy Frye-land ,” March 2011). Though described in your article as “forward thinking,” the Fryes were anything but—why did they choose not to buy French impressionist paintings when they were so available at the time they were collecting?
Longtime Frye supporters are puzzled over the strange twist of focus of the museum. I’m sure Charles and Emma are truly rolling over down there.
Let’s respect the people that funded such a sweet little museum, and try just a wee bit to honor their vision.
Man in Charge
Gee, the author makes Brad Harlow sound like he can’t make a decision without being led around (“ The Yes Man ,” March 2011). I’ve worked with him on various projects. He is very decisive and knows what he wants, even in the built environment. It’s disappointing that, even though it was prominently mentioned in the second sentence, they didn’t show any more of Alison’s artwork. Her amazing work adorns nearly every wall.
A Parent’s Duty
“Luring” someone to eat meat when they are clearly struggling with their food choices is not a kind thing to do (“ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” March 2011). A parent should respect her daughter’s wishes and let her make her own choices and come to her own conclusions.
Welcome to Motherhood
Until we can all swear we never demand that our children eat particular foods (including vegetables), we never correct their speech (no matter how grammatically incorrect or “offensive”), and we never insist they accompany us (or not) to religious services, perhaps we ought to see this article for what it is (“ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” March 2011). A mom tried to influence her daughter’s identity (as all moms do) and the daughter learned about her own choices and ideas about the world (as all children do). No moral dilemma here…just the realities of rearing little people.
Another Yoga Position
I found the description of some of the yoga studios and styles in your article inaccurate (“ Yoga for Life ,” January 2011).
If your author had interviewed vinyasa and flow instructors about the history of yoga, she would have discovered that Ashtanga was the precursor to both these forms. Troy Lucero’s classes are athletic and intense, but not “punishing.” Ashtanga is revitalizing, relaxing, and essential to helping me cope. Your article gave a very external impression of Ashtanga as being twisty and pretzely.
Denise at Yoga Arts has a real spirit of yoga and is dedicated to teaching movement and flow as well as structure and alignment. The description of Seattle Yoga Arts in no way does justice to its sangha.
Michelle Homyak, MD
Every single person who believes Amanda Knox is guilty should be made to read this (“ School of Knox ,” December 2010).
I have no connection to the family, but, after studying the case in great detail, have no doubt that Amanda is innocent.
They say Americans have never gotten the full story or are victims of a PR campaign. This is nonsense. Every aspect of the charges and evidence is out there and has been studied and refuted. Amanda will be acquitted, and the world will see who she really is. Until then my heart goes out to her courageous family.
Write Your Congressman
We were in Tuscany when the murder of Meredith Kercher occurred (“ School of Knox ,” December 2010). Everyone who cares about Amanda should be deluging their senators, congressmen, and President Obama with pleas for help.
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