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🍞 DUTCH BABY: Seattle historian and columnist Knute Berger describes this deep-dish pancake as “a love child between a popover and an omelette.” Dutch babies became popular in the late 1800s thanks to a Seattleite named Victor Manca who served ‘em to hungry gold prospectors at his café for 90 cents a pop.
🍎 APPLES: They’re our state fruit, and for good reason: Washington State grows the most apples in the country. Farmers harvest about 2.1 million tons of apples each year and about one in six apples eaten in the U.S. is grown in the Evergreen State. If it’s true what they say about apples keeping the doctor away, we should be golden
🍴 ONIONS: Did you know we had a state vegetable? Neither did we. While they’re not as widely celebrated as their apple-y counterparts, the Walla Walla onion reps Washington in the veggie world. They’re only in season during the summer, but you might be able to get them specially shipped to you. In the meantime, you can make an ode to our state veg by cooking up, as Seattle Times food writer Bethany Jean Clement puts it, “another, inferior sweet onion.” Fun fact: Some people are such onion fans that they slap them on to their peanut butter sandwiches.
🐟 SEAFOOD. Fishing is in Seattle’s DNA. And as a port city, we’ve got some of the best seafood around — and a sweet spot to watch salmon as they make their way to spawn. Want to make sure you’re getting the sustainable stuff to help keep our ocean ecosystems healthy? Check your grocery’s offerings against the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list, or download their handy app.
Have a holiday recipe featuring local ingredients that you think we should try? Hit reply and let us know. » Evergrey director Mónica Guzmán wants to pick a recipe to try out and report back. 😋
‘This agreement does not roll back reforms.’ That’s what Mayor Jenny Durkan Police said after our city council gave the OK to a new labor contract with our police officers. But not everyone’s buying it. The contract gives officers more competitive wages, which folks seem happy about. But a group with some sway called the Community Police Commission thinks it gives officers a little too much wiggle room when it comes to discipline and layoffs. And that, they say, could walk back police reforms the city signed off on last year. 🚓 (Crosscut)
‘We have created a culture of intolerance.’ A couple weeks ago, a local named Christopher Rufo kicked off a campaign for Mike O’Brien’s seat on the Seattle City Council. Yesterday, he said he was out. His reason? Alleged harassment against his family, including what he called “vile racist attacks” against his wife and posts on his son’s school Facebook page. Christopher considers himself a centrist, and was getting some early traction before he pulled out of the race. “Since I announced my campaign, I’ve learned that our problem here in Seattle is much deeper than the city council’s policies,” he wrote. “We have created a culture of intolerance that is deeply destructive to the common good.” (MyBallard, The Stranger)
What’s Amazon’s expansion mean for our housing market? Well it’s not going to crash anytime soon, says Seattle Times real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg. Yes, Amazon’s going to hire a lot of people in the 4 million square feet of office space it’s planning to open up in Virginia and New York. But it’s already committed to opening 4 million square feet of new office space here in the next few years, and is hiring 8,200 open positions right now in Seattle. Plus, Mike points out, local Amazonians aren’t going to find much cheaper cost of living in those new HQ2 cities out east. 🏠 (The Seattle Times)
☝️ You a cooking klutz? No worries. Seattle restaurants are here for you. Here’s a list of 20 Seattle spots — plus four in the Eastside and beyond — where you can gobble up someone else’s culinary creations this Thanksgiving. Making our mouths water a week early: the pumpkin cheesecake with cashew and coconut at Tilth in Wallingford and the deep fried turkey included in the 5 Point Cafe’s $28 dinner. (Seattle Met)
✊ Wednesday, Nov. 14: Find your purpose and let it drive you at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🎨 Tuesday, Nov. 20: Paint your own holiday ornaments while supporting kids in foster care at this Foundation workshop. (Fremont)
♥️ Wednesday Nov. 28: Fine tune your emotional intelligence at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square) 🆕
🍸 Wednesday, Nov. 28: Listen to our mayor, Jenny Durkan, reflect on her first year in office at Seattle CityClub’s final Civic Cocktail of the year (Belltown) 🆕
🎉 Thursday, Nov. 29: Celebrate The Evergrey’s second birthday with food, drinks, activities, and loads of love for the 206. (Capitol Hill) — Don’t miss it!
👔 Thursday, Nov. 29: Look good and feel good at this Men’s Fashion Workshop with Foundation and Seattle Gents (Downtown)
🛍 Steal ideas for your big day from this fake wedding show (Pioneer Square)
💡 Sip a glass of wine and learn how your DNA can solve a murder (South Lake Union)
🗣 Listen to your neighbors’ stories about unexpected gratitude (Capitol Hill)
🎟 Glam it up at Community Drag Bingo (Georgetown)
💡 Take the ferry to an actual real-life ghost conference (Port Gamble)
🎶 Watch a laser light show set to Pearl Jam tunes (Queen Anne)
🍴 Sample deliciousness from local female chefs and mixologists (Downtown)
🗣 Hear inspiring talks from your neighbors at TEDxSeattle (Queen Anne) — thanks to Berrak Sarikaya for the rec!
🏞 Join a food drive scavenger hunt by bike at Cranksgiving (SoDo)
🍴 Gobble up the goods at this rad Seattle food show (Belltown)
🍻 Look ridiculously adorable at this epic onesie bar crawl (Pioneer Square)
🎨 Mingle with authors and create your book bucket list at Holiday Bookfest (Phinney Ridge) — thanks to Jennie Shortridge for the rec!
🎈 Go Nordic for the holidays at Julefest (Ballard)
🎈 Burn off pre-holiday calories at this 5-10K run/walk (Green Lake)
🎨 Dive into the work of black Seattle artists at Pacific Northwest Afro X (Central District)
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We’ll catch you tomorrow. — The Evergrey