Senior Writer

Seattle native Kathryn Robinson, award-winning restaurant critic and senior writer at Seattle Met, has been anonymously reviewing restaurants for over 30 years—first as editor of the Best Places guidebook series, then as staff critic at Seattle Weekly and contributing critic at The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. 

Midcareer she spent a year-long sabbatical studying comparative religion as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she had been an undergrad 10 years earlier, gaining a knowledge base she now calls upon for her monthly “Back Fence” column on our collective urban existence and the meaning it holds for our personal lives. In her off hours she is a partner and a parent—which means she has no off hours.

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Plan a Unique Fall Weekend Wine Getaway in Lake Chelan

Summer might be over, but the beauty and bounty of Lake Chelan is still in full swing.

11/28/2017

Ticket Alert

Here's the Story Behind Canlis's Mysterious New Year's Eve Dance Party

On the final night of 2017, the restaurant trades in fine dining for a night of surprises, dancing, and maybe a few Dick's burgers. Hey—it's never too early to start planning your NYE.

11/28/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

100 Years of Activism

1972–74: Native Activists Fight for Their Rights to Fish

Plus: Students-turned-protestors occupy a Beacon Hill schoolhouse—known today as the El Centro de la Raza community center.

11/21/2017 By Madeline Ostrander and Valerie Schloredt

100 Years of Activism

1956–69: Seattleites Stand Up for Racial Justice

The region’s civil rights moment relied not only on African Americans, but activists from many ethnic groups.

11/21/2017 By Madeline Ostrander and Valerie Schloredt

Snap Judgment

Should Seattleites Be Allowed to Grow Their Own Marijuana?

Washington’s weed industry is growing like one, but the state bans some users from cultivating it at home. By December, the Liquor and Cannabis Board will recommend whether to change the law.

11/20/2017 By Jaime Archer

X-Mas Files

As Christmas Goes Corporate, Old-School Santas Are Getting Left Behind

“A company will hire a Santa that’s 18, 19 years old...he has to wear a fake beard, and has no experience, and sits there half asleep.”

11/20/2017 By Emily Alhadeff

Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts Scholarship Gala

Held at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Cornish College of the Arts 2017 Scholarship Gala raised $677,000 on November 11.

11/11/2017

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Another Cat Cafe Comes to Town

Plus, Italy's Princi Bakery and Cafe—the first in the U.S.—opens inside the Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill.

11/10/2017 By Diane Stephani

Shift Change

Erik Jackson Is the New Executive Chef at Vendemmia

Meanwhile, Rock Silva's moved on to help Brian Clevenger fine tune his forthcoming Eastlake restaurant.

11/09/2017 By Rosin Saez

City Council Position 8 Race

Mosqueda Will Be Seattle's Next City Council Member

Mosqueda promised to be "somebody who’s very thoughtful about policy details and will be there after the ink is dry."

11/07/2017 By Manola Secaira, Jaime Archer, and Hayat Norimine

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: November 2–5

Henry Art Gallery celebrates 20 years of its contemporary collection, Pacific Northwest Ballet unveils "Her Story,' and one last chance to see 'Ragtime' at 5th Avenue Theatre.

11/02/2017 By Darren Davis

Guest Opinion

Tenant Advocates on Why They Support Grant

"We’re supporting the ground-up candidate who has organized alongside us."

11/01/2017 With Cha'ron Stewart-Silvano, ChrisTiana ObeySumner, Evan Sugden, and Yusuf Cabdi

Habitat

How to Design a Cohesive Bookshelf

Create a home for your books and collections with a little bit of personality.

11/01/2017 By Darren Davis

Road Trip

13 Reasons to Spend a Weekend in Portland

It’s been a long time since Portland was defined by double-­decker fixie bikes and put-a-bird-on-it jokes. From breweries to bridges, here's what to see in the city next door—from a 15-year Portland veteran.

11/01/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Trick or Treat Yourself

The Top Spooky Things to Do This Halloween Weekend: October 26–31

A costume climbing party (in the dark), underwater pumpkin carving at the Seattle Aquarium, and a night of musical guilty pleasures.

10/26/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

100 Best Shops

5 Local Toy Stores for Kids and Adults Alike

Toys for both children and inner children. Simple pleasures don’t require a special occasion.

10/23/2017 By Darren Davis

100 Great Little Shops

The 28 Best Clothing Stores and Boutiques in Seattle Right Now

Rain shells. Plaid shirts. Sandals with socks. Seattle has a reputation for being fashionably aloof. But peek into these shopping destinations where style—be it funky or functional—is unmistakably on point.

10/23/2017 By Rosin Saez