Amber Fouts is a Seattle-based freelance commercial and editorial photographer. Her work, featured in Food and Wine, Imbibe, The New York Times, Nylon, and The Wall Street Journal, has been described as spirited, narrative, and genuine. When she’s not chasing light, you can find her gardening or making a mean cocktail.

Year in Review

Our 15 Most Read and Memorable Stories of 2021

The articles, lists, and stories that captured the essence of Seattle this year.

12/17/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

Sound Decisions

The Best Seafood in Seattle

Where to find the oysters, the crab rolls, and the sustainably sourced delicacies that define our waterbound town.

12/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

WOUND UP

Seattle’s 10 Best Toy Shops for Kids and Adults Alike

Snapdoodle’s educational toys, Archie McPhee’s grown-up-friendly gaffes, and board games as far as the eye can see.

12/13/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

From Biscuits to Bagels

A Baker’s Dozen of Exceptional Breakfast Sandwiches

From vegan to chorizo, plus bagels, waffles, and so many english muffins.

12/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

SEATTLE STYLE

25 Essential Seattle Shops

From midcentury furniture to timeless menswear to the oldest comic book store around, these are the local shops everyone should know about.

12/03/2021 By Seattle Met Staff and Zoe Sayler

Best New Restaurants 2021

Communion: Our Restaurant of the Year

Chef Kristi Brown is a force in Seattle's food scene, and her Central District restaurant is home to more than just innovative soul food.

12/02/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Field Notes

The Pastry Case's Next Chapter

A pair of Canlis alums bring new life, a cookie for the ages, and a classic bacon-egg-cheese to a neighborhood cornerstone.

11/22/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

The Buzz

The Espresso Martini: Still All That and a Bag of Chips

Has this classic ’90s cocktail ever really gone out of style? Or is it experiencing a comeback?

11/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Chefs’ Day Off

Rachel Yang’s Speedy Weeknight Hot Pot

This weeknight hot pot recipe saves this Seattle chef when time is short and hunger runs high.

10/29/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Hidden Gems

What Happened to Post Alley Pizza?

Slicing into the quiet reinvention of a Waterfront lunch joint.

10/28/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Lunch, No Rush

Seattle’s Best Lunch Spots

Our favorite sit-down lunch restaurants in Downtown, Capitol Hill, North Seattle, South Seattle, and Bellevue.

10/22/2021 Edited by Seattle Met Staff

Brunch Alert

Communion Adds Brunch and Late-Night Happy Hour

Friday night at Kristi Brown's soul food outpost means cocktails; Sunday mornings are for corn bread french toast (but also more cocktails).

10/18/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Pours & Pulls

A Dozen Destination Coffee Shops

From Espresso Vivace to Boon Boona Coffee: The second wave pioneers, multi-roaster cafes, and geographic specialists that make Seattle’s coffee scene great.

09/29/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Civic Staples

The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Seattle

Wondering where to eat Vietnamese food: Restaurants all over town serve up pho, banh mi, and many a great noodle soup in between.

09/28/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Kraken Week

Where to Eat and Drink Before a Kraken Game

Headed to a Kraken hockey game? Here’s where to meet up with friends for a beer or dinner before the puck drops.

09/27/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle’s Best New Restaurants (and Bars)

Wondering where to eat in Seattle? Check out these 19 newcomers serving pasta, Japanese barbecue, even the occasional vegan crunch wrap.

09/24/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS

9 Boutiques for the Fashionable PNW Child

From Bootyland in Capitol Hill's Chophouse Row to Village Maternity in University Village, here's where to shop for children in the Seattle area.

09/22/2021 By Zoe Sayler and Seattle Met Staff

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

Kiki Culture

Inside Passage Is Enchantment (and Cocktails) Under the Sea

The immersive bar hidden behind Rumba serves stunning cocktails in a room inspired by the bottom of the sea.

09/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants 2021

At Aki Kushiyaki, Fine Dining Means Meat on a Stick

Japanese kushiyaki restaurants inspired this tasting menu destination, which uses binchotan charcoal to grill chicken, wagyu, and more.

09/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts