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Okay, Sure, It Takes a Village

But when it comes to teens and alcohol and sex, how meddlesome do the villagers have to be?

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Joule’s Steak House Makeover

East-West fusion sparkles in a Fremont do-over.

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Belgianfest Is February’s Hottest Beer Ticket

One of the year’s biggest beer festivals offers a break from heavy-handed hoppery.

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Marx Foods Opens in Queen Anne

A wholesaler opens an emporium of exotic and rare salts, sauces, sweets, and meats.

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Milstead and Co.’s Brave New Coffee Model

A small league of coffee shops has developed a new model for serving some of the best coffee in the world; and one Fremont cafe is doing it bigger—and better—than anyone else.

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Chandeliers to Warm the Cold Winter Nights

Bold, artful lighting for the home.

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Food for Thor, A Vote for Poppy, and McGinn’s Challengers

Letters to Seattle Met

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Fish Tale

An oceanful of good reasons to enjoy Northwest seafood.

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Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack Fights for Women in Tech

The cofounder of LadyCoders wants to even the playing field for female programmers.

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Consider the Pit Bull

Seattle loves its dogs. But one group of breeds—lethal to some, adored by others—divides us.

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How a West Seattle Woman Took on Papa John’s

She slapped the pizza purveyor with a lawsuit for sending unwanted text messages.

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SideCar Connects Riders in Need with Drivers, Indeed

The mobile app is part ride-share program and part conservationist compromise with our car-based culture.

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David Shields and Three Northwesterners Who Saved His Life

The author namechecks locals in How Literature Saved My Life.

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Inside Gabe Newell’s Downloadable Software Empire

As Valve Software’s cofounder is inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences hall of fame, we look back at how he changed the way everyone consumes media.

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Perfect Party

Here’s who we’d invite if we could entertain this month’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

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‘Community’ Star Joel McHale on One of His Earliest Roles

He played a spider in a Microsoft video. Really.

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Blumenstein Audio Makes Some of the Best Speakers You’ve Never Heard

An annotated look inside the West Seattle garage where the magic happens.

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Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian Is Still One Smooth Space Rogue

A Q&A with Billy Dee Williams, who will appear at Emerald City Comicon.

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Weed Won’t Show Up in Restaurants Anytime Soon

Why pastry chefs aren’t high on pot as an ingredient.

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How to Date a Living Girl When You’re Dead

With Seattle author Isaac Marion’s book Warm Bodies, about a zombie who falls in love with a living girl, hitting theaters this February, we offer this dating advice for the undead.

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Snowboard and Skiing Must-Haves

Our favorite local goodies, gear, and gadgets.

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New Work by Akio Takamori

The celebrated Seattle artist shows new figurative ceramics at James Harris Gallery.

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The Girls of Grunge

New play These Streets spotlights the songs and stories of Seattle’s hard-rocking women of the ’90s.

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Top Vets 2013

207 of the best veterinarians in the Seattle Metropolitan area.

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How a Steelhead Trout Goes from the Hoh River to the Entree Menu

Tracing a steelhead on its journey to the plate from the sea.

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5 Seafood Shopping Tips

How to bring home the best possible salmon, oysters, and other local seafood.

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Seattle’s Best Seafood

Where to find the most flavorful, sustainable fish in Seafood City, USA.

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Seattle Fish House Giants

Ivar’s and Anthony’s set the standard for seafood chain restaurants.

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A Guide to Seattle’s Oyster Bars

A primer on the establishments dedicated to Seattle’s heroes on a half shell.

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More Oyster Options

Technically these aren’t oyster bars, but they are sure bets for a good shuck.

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Seafood Road Trips

Three seafood restaurants worth the drive.

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2013 Seafood Lovers Calendar

From an oyster picnic to a geoduck festival, seven occasions not to miss.

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The Top Things to Do in February 2013

Is it 2013 or 1988? Patti Smith, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and the Sonics rock Seattle this month.

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Video: Seafood How-Tos

Seafood experts demonstrate how to shuck, bone, and crack your favorite fish.

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Pet Star Search 2013

Seattle Met readers share favorite photos of their prized pets.