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Angela Garbes became a mom in 2014, and, as a then-food writer at The Stranger (and a producer-of-food for a tiny human), she had a lot of questions.
Those inspired her to write Like A Mother, which seeks answers she couldn’t find in other baby books — touching on everything from placental research to why alcohol became equated with “maternal misbehavior.”
“My biggest hope for the book is that anyone who was born could pick this up,” she told us. “Maternal health isn’t just about moms — it’s the foundation of everyone’s health, and there’s a lot to learn.”
The Evergrey: What advice would you give anyone who might have kids?
Angela: The truth is there’s one way that you’re going to parent and it’s your way. You’re a complex person, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method.
Are there any local resources that helped you along the way?
We wanted something that spoke specifically to our needs as a mixed-race family, so we did a newborn support group through Families of Color Seattle.
Where are some fun places in Seattle to take young kids?
I look for fun, free [or low-cost] programming because if it doesn’t work out or the kids can’t handle it, then you don’t feel like you wasted time and money. There’s…
🎪 Toddler Gym: The whole place is filled with toys, vehicles, balls, and things to climb and you can sit on the sidelines and hang out.
🏊 Rainier Beach Pool: It’s super fun — there’s a lazy river and waterslides.
Your book talks about new parents’ isolation and longing to feel like an adult. Where can they go do that?
🍴 Mean Sandwich in Ballard: They give everybody playdough and a coloring book and there’s a patio with a playhouse in the back.
🍸 Bar del Corso in Beacon Hill: [Their workers] have seen me through two pregnancies and they lift my kid up and put her in a high chair — and that’s wonderful.
🍕 Clock-out Lounge: It’s got pizza, lots of room, and it’s family friendly up until 8 p.m. … If your kid loses it, it’s usually pretty loud.
Best tip for dining out with little ones?
Nothing should stop you from going places that you love.
As soon as your entrées arrive, just give the server your card. Because when you’re with kids, when it’s over, it’s over. And oftentimes you just have to ghost.
Want to hear more from Angela? Evergrey cofounder Anika Anand is interviewing her tonight at The Riveter in Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. Grab tickets here. In the meantime, check out our extended interview with Angela here.
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Take that, Portland. We did a double-take when we spotted it: A postcard image on a Facebook post from the Seattle Sounders that reads, “Seattle loves Portland, Maine.” Clicking on it took us to this, a page that looks like an endorsement of the northeastern city — complete with pics and videos of Sounders taking a stroll through town — but is actually an entire website dedicated to making endless fun of Portland, Oregon for the simple reason that the Sounders are playing the Portland Timbers on Saturday, June 30. That’s damn fine work, Sounders. ⚽ (SoundersFC.com)
Bob Ferguson is on the case. You know how federal officials are separating kids from their parents when they cross the border unlawfully, and how both Democrats and some Republicans are saying that’s an awful thing for our government to do? Our state attorney general announced yesterday that he wants to hear from Washington residents who are being asked to take care of one of these kids. The reason: His office is studying whether the state can challenge the policy in court. Know someone his staff should talk to? The state attorney general’s main office line is (360) 753-6200, or you can fill out a contact form here. P.S. Republicans in D.C. are saying they want to put an end to this practice themselves, so stay tuned. (The Seattle Times)
Oh hey, Pike Place Market. Seattle’s second most obvious tourist attraction (👋, Space Needle!) has gotten quite the recent makeover. Got folks coming in from out of town? Get a refresher with this handy guide on everything from its new restaurants heating up the food scene to how our world famous gum wall got its disgusting/delightful start. (Seattle Met)
‘Seattle’s finest moments.’ Reader and photographer Alex Farrell is one of the rad local artists you can support tonight at RAW Seattle presents Magnify, a big showcase of creative works at Club SUR in SoDo. Alex’s booth will have some dazzling pics of our city at its best. How do we know? Because Alex is one of the dozens of photographers who shares his pics with us by tagging #theevergrey on Instagram. Got your own great views of the city? We’d love to see ‘em! (RAW Seattle, AMF Photography)
Finally, a shoutout to reader Angie Herb Gerrald, who read our interview with progressive organizer Shaun Scott yesterday and passed on a detail worth noting. While Shaun is on U. S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s “staff,” as we wrote, he works on her re-election campaign, not in her elected office.
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💪 TODAY: When do you keep pushing, and when do you call it a day? Learn how to tell the difference at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🍻 Tuesday, June 26: Hang out with fellow readers of The Evergrey and Seattle magazine at Seapine Brewing Company for good beer, good company, and craft brew trivia with WashingtonBeerBlog’s Kendall Jones (SoDo)
⚡ Wednesday, June 27: Get tips on how to break through barriers in innovation at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
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💡 Get geeky about city planning with a local historian (Capitol Hill)
🎟 Laugh it up at Seattle’s International Festival of Improv — through June 24 (Downtown)
💡 Workshop a tricky kind of career decision at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
💡 Learn about the culture and science of motherhood — moderated by Evergrey cofounder Anika Anand (Capitol Hill)
🎶 Sway to global tunes on the first official day of summer (Downtown)
🎟 Blush at a “steamy oasis”-themed burlesque show — through June 24 (Downtown)
🍿 Talk tentacles at Cephalopod Movie Night (Queen Anne) — use promo code EVERGREY for a discount!
🍴 Fill up on tasty bites and check out cool art (Tacoma)
🍷 Sip vino while wandering around the East Side (Kirkland)
🌈 Kick off Pride weekend with fellow trans and non-binary Seattleites (Capitol Hill)
🏞 Ride your bike through the countryside (Carnation)
🍴 Check out the Shake Shack pop-up at Canlis (Queen Anne)
👋 Sniff your way through your neighbors’ gardens (West Seattle)
🌈 Celebrate Pride with a march, cupcakes, and “doggie drag” (Capitol Hill)
🏞 Compete in a strawberry shortcake eating contest (Bellevue)
🎈 Take the family to dance and make (or buy) local art (Shoreline)
🌈 Cheer on your neighbors marching in the Pride Parade (Downtown, Queen Anne)
🎈 Celebrate our region’s slugs at “the most unusual Northwest Festival ever” (Eatonville)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership.
Big news, y’all. The reader meetup and beer trivia night we’re doing in partnership with Seattle magazine next Tuesday isn’t just going to be at any local brewery. It’s going to be at the Brewery of the Year.
That’s right: Of our dozens of stellar Seattle breweries, Seattle magazine and Washington Beer Blog writer Kendall Jones named Seapine Brewing Company the best of the best — and the story just dropped this morning over at seattlemag.com.
RSVP’d yet? Get on it.
Oh and before we forget, reader Shelley B won a free promo spot to shout out something local and awesome in today’s newsletter (see the ad with a * above 👆) and picked the Ethiopian Community in Seattle because her daughter is from Ethiopia, and “they have welcomed us with open arms and shared their knowledge, crazily delicious food, and friendship.”
Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey