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Starbucks goes gangbusters, Bluebird in Phinney introduces growlers, and Gordon Ramsay snaps photos in Ballard (and no one's impressed).

By Danielle Zorn December 5, 2012

Fill 'er up. Bluebird Microcreamery now has growlers.

While in town filming Kitchen Nightmares
, Gordon Ramsay stopped by a couple Ballard nosheries and snapped a few shots—and got a cyber spanking from Eater Seattle because of his lackluster photo skills. Stick to the yelling and cooking, Ramsay.

There's more to toddies than whisky and hot water. On Saturday, December 8 join Paul Clarke of The Cocktail Chronicles for a class on “holiday drinks that don’t suck." If interested, the class happens at Rob Roy and costs $45. E-mail Kristina at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Another local cookbook to add to your list: Cooking Against the Grain by Lark chef John Sundstrom. The recipe-rich tome is available for pre-order for $50.

Just a few weeks ago, Bluebird Microcreamery also became a microbrewery, and now shiny growlers are available for $20. Included in the purchase is a coupon good for a fill of beer such as Theo Chocolate Milk Stout or Caffe Vita Coffee Porter. For now, the jugs are only available at the Phinney Ridge location but soon all shops will stock them.

Queen Anne Avenue's annual Holiday Magic evening happens on December 7 from 4 to 8. Most, if not all shops, cafes, and restaurants are featuring sales, treats, and assorted holiday cheer. Check out Queen Anne View for a list of activities at each participating location. 

Starbucks is gearing up to take over the world for an incredibly ambitious expansion. The Mermaid has announced it will open 1,500 new stores—at least—in the U.S. over the next five years, and another 20,000 international cafes by 2014.

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