The Ultimate Guide to Northwest Beaches

The Ultimate Guide to Northwest Beaches <p>In the Ultimate Northwest Beach Guide, we highlight 15 great spots to splash, paddle, hike, and hunt for treasure in the sand. Top Doctors 2009 features 347 outstanding physicians in 80 specialties and the story of a doctor who went into general practice to help people and now just wishes someone would do the same for the health care system. Plus, learn 20 ways to stop worrying and thrive in the recession with our Meltdown Survival Handbook.</p>

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


Reunited and It Feels So…Meh

During the Yankees’ four-game series at Safeco Field, Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez—the Mariners’ two biggest stars of all time—will step onto the diamond in Seattle together for the first time in a decade. A look back at the last 10 years…

07/15/2009 By Matthew Halverson


Neighborhood Watch

The vacant lot at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street transforms into an interactive art installation. The Corner: 23rd and Union is the creation of KUOW producer Jenny Asarnow and records the changing nature of the Central District neighborhood.

07/15/2009 By Steve Wiecking

On the Town

Ring Leader

Robert Spano, the internationally acclaimed music director of the Atlanta Symphony, in August leads the mighty opera The Ring, the Seattle Opera’s signature Wagner production.

07/14/2009 By Thomas May


Who’s Calling?

A woman can earn her own financial independence, be fully the agent of her own body, freely pursue her own dreams. She is more than a man’s chattel; more than his romantic ideal. She walks alongside a man as his partner. But for all of feminism’s gr

07/14/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

Eat & Drink


Recipes from Kathy Casey




Value red wines from France and Spain.



The Seattle Freeze

Bartenders at Tini Bigs, Naga Cocktail Lounge, Barrio, the new Tavern Law, and Vessel are stone-cold serious about ice.

07/17/2009 By Jessica Voelker


Fire Fries

In the past three months, residents cooking French fries have caused six Tacoma home fires. The culprit? Cooking oil.

07/15/2009 By Karen Quinn



Gooseberries are in season—find them at Schuh Farms and Grouse Mountain Farm farmers markets stands—and just right for pie, jam, and chutney. Matt Costello of the Inn at Langley shares a recipe for Gooseberry Chutney.

07/14/2009 By Jess Thomson


Street Eatin’

Street carts are where Seattle’s eating right now. Here are six mobile vendors you don’t want to miss.

07/14/2009 By Kathryn Robinson


Recipe for Success

Wallingford’s rustic Cantinetta provides a blueprint for opening a restaurant in uncertain times.

07/14/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

Editor's Note


A Note from the Editor

Cures for What Ails You

07/14/2009 By Katherine Koberg

Health & Wellness


Meltdown Survival Handbook

Sure, the recession is bad: Nearly 10 percent of Washington was out of work as of earlier this summer, and more than 55,000 Seattleites lost their jobs between May 2008 and May 2009. Now it’s time to buck up, get proactive, and start living your lif

07/15/2009 By Matthew Halverson, Laura Cassidy, and Jessica Voelker


The Doctor Is In a Fix

Seattle is a relative bright spot in the health care picture, with better-than-average care, better general health, and lower costs. Martin Cahn—the last primary care doc left in lower Fremont— went into general practice to help people and unr

07/15/2009 By Eric Scigliano

Home & Real Estate


Knock ’Em Down

To solve Seattle’s vacant-home problem the Department of Planning and Development considers easing codes for leveling lost-cause property. Plus, sales are surging just east of Federal Way. Three homes illustrate what you can find there now.

07/17/2009 By Matthew Halverson


Let It Float

For Bjarko Serra architect Chris Serra and his partner Valerie Wersinger, updating a Seward Park, Paul Kirk split-level home meant honoring an artist in transition—and keeping owner Frances Locke happy, too.

07/15/2009 By Brian J. Barr



Letters to the Editor

Letters about previous articles from the Seattle metropolitan community.


News & City Life


Twelve Things I Learned While Reporting the Election This Summer

What I learned about Seattle politics from tweeting public forums, City Council meetings, legislative district meetings, press conferences, and campaign kickoffs.

07/16/2009 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Just Charge It

In late July, Seattle landed one of only six Tesla Motors showrooms in the country. The company calls the car an investment in the future of affordable gas-free transportation, but for $109,000, it comes with some other savvy features, too.

07/16/2009 By Matthew Halverson


Nickels Reelection Watch

The August 18 primary will determine which two mayoral candidates will compete for office this fall. Greg Nickels’s chances of making it past the primary threshold are good; City Councilmember Jan Drago and former NBA player James Donaldson are the likely

07/15/2009 By Karen Quinn


Desperately Seeking Susan

Just who is Susan Hutchison, the former KIRO TV news coanchor leading the race to fill Ron Sims’s King County executive post? Her campaign runs on fame, game, connections—and a flash of indignation.

07/14/2009 By John Michael Hood

Style & Shopping


Ill-Advised Exports of the Month

Starbucks’s Barista Blade Grinder and the face-plant prone Novara Trionfo bikes from REI cause the Seattle companies to issue recalls.

07/15/2009 By Karen Quinn


Art of Craft

Turn a cultural outing into a craft fair: Explore Seattle’s best museum gift shops.

07/14/2009 By Laura Cassidy

Travel & Outdoors

Water World

Washington's 15 Best Beaches

Our state's greatest spots to splash, paddle, hike, and hunt for treasure in the sand.

07/20/2009 With Kathryn Robinson and Laura Cassidy By Matthew Halverson


To the Lake House

Spend two perfect days in Lake Tahoe biking, boating, exploring, and dining.

07/14/2009 By Paige Williams