Escape to Wine Country

A field guide to today's Washington wineries. Also in this issue: some dramatic fall fashion, the city's best docs, and D.B. Cooper, 50 years later.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Growing Up Hockey

What Hockey's Diversity Problem Means for Fans Like Me

The NHL says hockey is for everyone. But can the Seattle Kraken actually make good on its diversity and inclusion promises?

09/28/2021 By Angela Cabotaje Photography by David Jaewon Oh

Talking Mysteries

Cedar Sigo's Conversational Poetics

'Guard the Mysteries ' and 'All This Time' from Wave Books both contend with the power of talk.

09/21/2021 By Stefan Milne

Shelf Lives

7 Seattle Books to Read This Fall

From Marcus Harrison Green's essay collection to a history of the 1991 Huskies by Mike Gastineau.

09/15/2021 By Stefan Milne

Cheer or Jeer?

Remembering The Wave’s Seattle Rise, 40 Years Later

In 1981, a former University of Washington yell leader propelled a controversial stadium movement.

09/01/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Eat & Drink

Noodle Envy

The Piquant Charms of Flavor Lao Bowl

A modest storefront on Aurora Avenue delivers nam khao, sausage, and noodle bowls.

09/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Just Brew It

Never Have I Ever: Had a Cup of Coffee

The most frequent advice I received on my quest to try coffee as an adult: “Just don’t go to Starbucks.”

09/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Market Daze

Never Have I Ever: Bought Groceries at Pike Place Market

Seattle's signature destination has fish tossing and plenty of tourists. But what happens when you really need some oxtail?

09/16/2021 By Angela Cabotaje

Oeno Files

Washington Wine’s Variety Show

A new crop of growers and makers have added sparkle, acidity, and even emerging tasting regions to the statewide mix. Meanwhile, the cabernet and syrah just ...

09/14/2021 By Sean P. Sullivan and Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Traci Daberko Photography by Brooke Fitts and Kelly Turso

Revolution, Baked In

How Popups Will Shape the Next Chapter of Seattle Dining

Situ Tacos, Guerilla Pizza Kitchen, and My Friend's Cookies represent a new guard of great food that's changing our city for the better.

09/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

The Beverage Lobby

The Fairmont Olympic's Remodel Gives Downtown Seattle a New Cocktail Bar

A grand remodel inserts midcentury swagger, and careful cocktails, into the lobby of downtown Seattle's historic hotel.

09/06/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Chefs’ Day Off

Recipe: Canlis Chef Aisha Ibrahim’s Off-Duty Temaki Bar

Ibrahim and her partner, Canlis research chef Samantha Beaird, show us how they set up a DIY handheld sushi bar from what they've got in the fridge.

09/01/2021 Edited by Allecia Vermillion

Health & Wellness

Top Doctors

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Medical degrees have long wooed high achievers (and won over in-laws), but they’ve never been as coveted as they are now. What you may not know about the jou...

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Alexander Mostov

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Overcoming the Burnout Blowup

Medical professionals should look in, then out, to clear career exhaustion during the Covid-19 crisis (and beyond).

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Tough Residency Pills to Swallow

Medical residency programs are notorious. Residents from Swedish Medical Center and Virginia Mason tell all.

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Abroadening the Medical School Search

The average cost of medical school is one thing. The residency matches are another. Some aspiring doctors opt for medical schools abroad.

09/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Home & Real Estate

Ikea Hacks

Ikea Kitchen Specialist Brave Element Puts the Art in Particleboard

The Seattle company puts the art in particleboard, creating built-ins, media centers, closets, cabinets, and more out of basic Ikea stock.

09/24/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

News & City Life

Enclaves

Chief Seattle Club Builds a 'Home' to Combat Indigenous Homelessness

Chief Seattle Club's ?ál?al project, a new affordable housing development, is set to open soon in Pioneer Square.

09/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Artificial Irrelevance

Could Coders Automate Away Their Own Work?

Microsoft now has a program with code that “writes itself.” A Microsoft vice president and a University of Washington data scientist weigh in.

09/20/2021 By Stefan Milne

First-Timers Club

Never Have I Ever: Seattle Edition

Essential local experiences, attempted by our own editors for the very first time.

09/16/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

First Person, Last Word

The Power of Mutual Aid Extends Beyond Collective Crisis

Writer Shin Yu Pai reflects on the past year and a half, when we’ve relied on forms of community support more than ever.

09/08/2021 By Shin Yu Pai

Style & Shopping

Obsession

Why Are We So Obsessed with Popups?

The limited-time shopping experiences are social media marketing gold—but don’t say they lack substance, especially in Seattle.

09/20/2021 By Zoe Sayler

Soft Pants Forever

Never Have I Ever: Underdressed for a Night Out

Why do Seattleites dress so casually, even for nights out? Our style editor discovers the reason behind the Seattle stereotype.

09/16/2021 By Zoe Sayler

THAT’S OUR CUE

See and Be Seen with Theatrical Fall Fashion

Performers are returning to the stage in Seattle—and the latest local fashion is also ready for an audience.

09/06/2021 Photography by Patrick Tak Edited by Zoe Sayler Styled by Morgan Dillon

Travel & Outdoors

Due South

Portland Opens Back Up to Travelers with a Few New Twists

Find the Hotel Grand Stark, the Lot at Zidell Yards, new restaurants like Oma's Hideaway, and a new vibe in a city that feels more grown up than ever.

09/24/2021 By Allison Williams

Welcome to Seattle

Never Have I Ever: Summited the Space Needle

A longtime Washington resident makes his maiden voyage to Seattle's most visible landmark.

09/16/2021 By Stefan Milne

Float On

Never Have I Ever: Traveled by Seaplane

San Juan Island travelers can avoid ferry lines and hours of traffic with a 40-minute seaplane ride from downtown Seattle on Kenmore Air.

09/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Prohibition Punch

Never Have I Ever: Had Drinks Atop Smith Tower

The former Chinese Room is now a 35th-floor speakeasy with some of the best views in Seattle.

09/16/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Tuck and Roll

Never Have I Ever: Sledded Down a City Hill

Does it snow in Seattle? Yes, it does. After a big snowstorm, Seattle's hillsides become extreme ski jumps for winter adventurers.

09/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Bicycle Diaries

Never Have I Ever: Commuted via Bike

A casual weekend bicycle enthusiast straps on a helmet and heads to work downtown.

09/16/2021 By Allison Williams

Fall Report

Northwest Travel Fall 2021: Where to Go, What to Know

From Walla Walla's Fall Release Weekend to a musical from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, chillier weather doesn't mean there's any less to do.

09/02/2021 By Allison Williams