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The colorful and varied Middle Eastern spread via Yalla. Photo via Hitchcock Facebook

Thu, May 19
Happy Hour Food Walk in International District
Come hungry to this neighborhood-wide event happening from 4 to 7. It all starts at Hing Hay Park where eaters can pick up a map of the food walk, which has over 25 participating restaurants. There will be bites of dim sum, Asian barbecue, kahlua pork, and more for $2, $4, or $6 at places like Dim Sum King, Kau Kau BBQ, and Aloha Plates. You can quench any alcoholic thirst at Eastern Cafe, Four Seas, and Fort St. George where you’ll find $4 wine by the glass, beer, and well drinks. The Happy Hour Food Walk launches this Thursday and will occur every third Thursday of the month through the summer, and perhaps through the end of the year.

Free Scoop Day at Cupcake Royale
Choosing which scoop of deliciously rich ice cream you want will hopefully be the hardest decision you make this Thursday. From 2 to 7, Cupcake Royale cafes in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Downtown, and Queen Anne will be celebrating Free Scoop Day with, of course, free scoops of ice cream, while the West Seattle and Madrona cafes are giving out free ice cream sandwiches.

Sat, May 21
Crudo Class with Brian Clevenger at East Anchor Seafood
Next door to his Madrona pasta house, chef Clevenger will be talking all things crudo at, where else, but his recently opened East Anchor Seafood. From 11:30 to 2:30, nosh on food and wine while he discusses raw seafood, hamachi, oysters, local fish, butchery, and quick-cured fish. Tickets are $99 per person.

Sun, May 22
Seattle Ice Cream Festival
By now, you might’ve heard about Seattle’s new ice cream festival in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row.  This Sunday from noon to 5, delight in the frozen dessert offerings from host Kurt Timmermeister’s Kurt Farm Shop, as well as other local favorites such as Sweet Bumpas, Balleywood Creamery, Molly Moon’s, Full Tilt, Bluebird Microcreamery, and more. Admission to the sweet affair is free, but if the Seattle Ice Cream Festival event page is to be believed, thousands will be getting intimately snug in the Chophouse Row corridor; arrive early.

Mon, May 23
Li’l Woody’s Fancy-Ass Burger Night
Burgers, fancy or not, are always just so damn good. Deciding to skew fancy this Monday, Li’l Woody’s in Ballard is debuting a first-ever Fancy-Ass Burger Night at 8:30. The three-course dinner includes spicy sassafras hush puppies with honey butter, short rib burger braised with Not Your Father’s Rootbeer, and a Full Tilt–based rootbeer float. Fancy-ass beer and wine also available. Tickets are $25 per person.

Yalla Popup Dinner at Marjorie
After stints in some of Seattle’s best kitchens (MistralKitchen, Mamnoon, and the sadly shuttered La Bête, to name a few)—plus immersive learning and eating in Egypt—chef Taylor Cheney is at it again with a new Middle Eastern popup. Yalla, meaning “let’s go” in Arabic, is popping up at Marjorie in Capitol Hill. On Mondays, the usual global menu gives way to Cheney’s Middle Eastern spread. There’s a whole mess of mezze such as whipped chickpea hummus, stuffed and marinated grape leaves called wara eynab, and lamb dumplings with pinenut. Dinner is $50 per person. And for any envious Bainbridge Islanders out there, Yalla makes appearances at Hitchcock for brunch on Sundays.


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