Staff Obsessions: Where To Eat On Broadway

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Oh Broadway. It’s packed with hip and trendy boutiques, new condos, great restaurants and bars and a bunch of other spots you undoubtably have to check out. The unending allure of Broadway in Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill has since been highlighted and, arguably, enhanced by the newly-finished light rail system. So if there was ever a time to go ahead and venture over to Broadway street, it’s now. It’s easily Seattle’s most iconic street, so instead of heading straight to Pike/ Pine, check out some of the below spots on Broadway first!

Lionhead 

The dishes range from steaming bowls of buckwheat noodles to steamed buns filled with braised beef tendon, and Ma Po Doufu, a pork stew, and tofu, which means there is something for everyone to enjoy ☺ This is a Sichaun spot that Jerry Traunfeld opened right next door to Poppy. If you don’t know about Jerry, you must…

Poppy

Jerry Traunfeld is known as chef at the amazing Herbfarm in Woodinville, where he has made an art of Indian-inspired dishes using Northwest ingredients. Stop by this sweet staffed, enthusiastically colored restaurant and try one of the daily Thalis (for less than $30, will get you a half-dozen constantly changing delicacies as well as the best naan, oven-baked flatbread, in the city)!

Ha Na

Try this spot if you are craving a great fish spot with fresh sushi. It is almost always full of locals who appreciate that it’s a little cheaper than Cap Hill’s other raw seafood joints. It’s also a favorite for locals since it has been posted up in the unique Broadway Alley building forever, it includes a little piece of Seattle history as well.

Dilettante Mocha Café

Try it for a sweet treat, this cafe features a newer version of the local chocolate producer’s flagship location (which was on Broadway from 1975-2008). It features the same delicious mochas and desserts as the older places, but has added a full menu as well as a sleek martini bar, which includes a Mexican chocolate drink, hazelnut espresso, and also a version infused with cayenne pepper.

Happy exploring and, as always, happy dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

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Staff Obsessions: Seattle Spring Events, Part 2

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There are tons of fun, tasty spring events going on in the Seattle area over the next month. All are guaranteed to be delicious, fun and full of entertainment. So plan ahead, pick a festival (or a couple) from below, and set that date!

 

Taste Washington; Thursday March 31- Sunday April 3rd; CenturyLink Field 

Taste Washington, the country’s largest regional wine festival, has four days of events at CenturyLink Field. The festival highlights on that Saturday and Sunday with the Grand Tasting, (from 1-5pm) which has wines from over 225 wineries and food from over 65 restaurants. There are also VIP tickets available for the event, which includes access to the “Barrel Room”, a swag bag, and exclusive lounge.

Emerald City Comicon; Thursday April 7- Sunday April 10; Washington State Convention Center

Get a ticket before they are all gone! Visit the Northwest’s biggest “geek” extravaganza (outside San Diego) at the Washington State Convention Center. It is the premier pop culture and comic book convention featuring panels, exhibits, celebrity guests and more!

The Northwest Tequila & Agave Spirits Fest; Friday April 22-Saturday April 23; Fremont Foundry

The Fest was started in 2012, celebrating the love of tequila and mezcal. This fest has a new location and a newly expanded schedule, over 2 days is twice the fun! Plan on over 130 bottles of the best agave-based booze around. These features are unique, whether mixed in a cocktail, on the rocks or straight up.  The event is mainly indoor, but there is a courtyard and a large rooftop deck that features a VIP lounge. The party features music, nibbles from Seattle area restaurants, and seminars.

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival, Friday April 22-Saturday April 23; South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn

This festival is a unique style of brew fest featuring 50 local breweries, but only 25 collaboration beers. These beers highlight the creativity and collaborative spirit of the Washington Beer community. Enjot tastings and snack from several different food trucks, including Woodshop BBQ and Nosh.

Have fun and happy dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

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tsjustlunchseattle.co

Second Date Spring Ideas

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It is time to get creative on your dates and take advantage of the spring weather. There is so much to see and do in Seattle while getting to know your date in a fun setting. In case you missed it, last month’s spring date ideas were: bocce ball, mini golf, rooftop happy hours, watching the sun rise and take a hike, take a bike ride, or attend a sporting event. Here are some other second date spring ideas:

Go wine tasting

This is the classy way to grab a drink; you will learn a thing or two about grapes, vintages, and after a glass or two, more importantly about your date. Try Taste Washington, the country’s largest regional wine festival, with four days of events (March 31-April 3), at CenturyLink Field. The festival highlights on Saturday and Sunday the Grand Tasting, which has wines from over 225 wineries and food from over 65 restaurants.

Rent roller-skates, blades or bikes

There is a reason roller stating/ blading is still around- it is a great time! (And you may even get to hold hands). Take in the scenery at Greenlake, Alki, or Burke Gilman Trail. Explore the city a bit and then try a happy hour as your reward.

Go to the beach, watch the sunset and have a bonfire 

Yes, you may have to bundle up, but head to the beach and watch the sunset. Try Golden Gardens, get the fire pit going, sit on the beach and chat while having a cocktail. Don’t be afraid to be old school and make some s’mores! So simple and a fun date to remember.

Pick up take-out and picnic at Gas Works Park

Pick up your favorite take-out and bring your picnic and a bottle of wine to the hill at Gas Works Park. The views at sunset are just phenomenal and you can relax on the picnic blanket and get to know each other better.

Wander down to the Ballard Locks

This is a great weekend date idea, with great views of sailboats, motorboats and yachts passing through the locks. You can walk through and check out the sights, then head to the Ballard side and enjoy a happy hour or dessert.

Take a ferry ride

Enjoy the sights on a ferry ride with your date. Once you get to Colman Dock the fee is $8 to walk on and ride to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. Pack your own snacks and then find a fun restaurant once you get there.

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

ijldinnerclub.com

tsjustlunchseattle.co

Staff Obsessions: Our Favorite New Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners are ready to take on the new season in 2016. The past couple years we saw the Mariners build momentum in 2014, with an 87-win season, then in 2015, finished fourth in the American League West with 86 losses. The Mariners brought in Jerry Dipoto as General Manager, and first-time manager Scott Servais to the dugout. The team changed up management and attacked the trade market making smaller, cheaper moves rather than throwing large wads of cash at free agents.

Worst case scenario:

The Mariners offense continues its downfall as the new players are exposed in a new lineup. Scott Servais has trouble managing all of his new players, and the bullpen doesn’t click. Cano struggles and/or gets injured and his contract becomes unmovable. The Mariners lose 90 games and face a pending rebuild.

Best case scenario:

Servais doesn’t experience any bumps in the road as the Mariners offseason moves pay off, and their stagnant offense becomes a weapon instead of a hindrance. Cruz continues to mash and Cano stays consistent all year, the rotation becomes one of the best in the league and the revamped bullpen doesn’t miss a beat. Yes, the Mariners make the playoffs and finish above .500.

Realistic Prediction:

The Mariners rotation looks very good, the bullpen could be a plus and their offense looks capable! However, Seattle has a rookie manager and a ton of new players, so it may be difficult to find an early grove. The Mariners should find themselves hovering around .500, and although not too likely to make the playoffs, we will shoot for it this 2016 season!

Go Mariners!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

ijldinnerclub.com

tsjustlunchseattle.co

Staff Obsessions: Seattle’s March Spring Events You Can’t Miss

Spring is only a couple weeks away, which means not only is Seattle slowly warming up but there are also tons of fun spring events you really can’t miss! These ideas will keep you busy and get you super excited for spring dating.

Keep in mind this list only covers the first couple weeks of March- more to come later!) 

Bourbon & Bacon Fest, Saturday, March 5th at the Seattle Design Center 5701 Sixth Ave S

If you like eating bacon, or drinking bourbon, this is made for you. Huge bonus if you like both- since they go so well together! Local craft distilleries and big-carrel labels will feature brown spirits, paired with the best bacon around. What a great combo, who was the genius to think of this?

Sounders game, Sunday, March 6th at CenturyLink Field 

It’s that time again! The Sounders start their regular season against Sporting Kansas City. So don’t miss out- get dressed up, and show support and spirit for the Seattle Sounders to kick off the season!

Seattle Restaurant Week, March 6-31 at various locations

$33 for 3 courses- you can’t miss this deal! Sunday through Thursday for almost all of March, about 45 restaurants in the Seattle area feature an appetizer, main course and dessert. Another option is a two- course lunch for just $18, at most of the same spots. So set a date at that restaurant you keep meaning to try, and indulge because now is the time to!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 12th at 4th Ave. Downtown Seattle

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a couple days early. The parade starts at 12:30, at 4th and James, and about 20,000 participants are expected. So show up with your date in your best green ensemble, and have a blast showing your Irish spirit!

Seattle’s Irish Week Festival, March 12th and 13th, Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street

After the parade, hit the Irish festival to continue the St. Paddy’s Day fun. Enjoy two days of live Irish music, games, yummy drinks and snacks, and Irish and Celtic crafts for suvenerious. Such a fun date idea with lots to do and see!

Bacon, Eggs, & Kegs, Sunday March 13th, CenturyLink Field, North Plaza

Brunch time! This event is back with live music, breakfast, over 60 local beers and ciders, 30-foot-long Bloody Mary bars, Irish coffee made with brown sugar cinnamon whiskey. Also enjoy leisure activities like giant beer pong. This would be a great double date idea, and fun for all guaranteed.

Have fun and, as always, happy dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

ijldinnerclub.com

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Spring Date Ideas

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Spring is around the corner and it’s one of the best seasons to enjoy time outside with that new relationship or your significant other. There is an over-abundance of things to see and do and spring is definitely the time to go on dates, really enjoy yourself and get to know that special someone. Here are some of my favorite ideas for romantic outdoorsy outings (some are perfect for getting a head start on your summer bucket list too!).

Have a picnic while catching the sunset.

A picnic is one of the best ways to enjoy time outside, along with some great snacks. Picnics are such an easy spring date, and make for a fun and relaxing time! Make the picnic special by packing up your own favorite food and treats, but be sure to ask your date what his or her favorites are too.

Play bocce ball or go mini golfing, then have a rooftop happy hour.

Try something different- bocce ball or mini golfing, and have fun interacting with your date to create some friendly competition! You may be showing off your skills, or spend time laughing at yourself or each other. Even if you have bad aim and your hand-eye coordination isn’t great, bocce ball or mini golf will be an exciting date. Enjoy the beautiful springtime weather by grabbing happy hour on a deck after. Reserve a table so you can skip the wait and then enjoy the view!

Get an early start to your day, watch the sun rise and then take a hike.

Go to Discovery Park, Kerry Park, or if you are feeling more adventurous- try Rattlesnake Ridge (1.9-mile hike in Cedar Falls) or Mount Si (3.0-mile hike in North Bend). What is better than being able to connect with nature and the person you are on a date with? These parks offer all sorts of scenic views that are perfect for picture taking too.

Take a bike ride on Alki then grab some froyo!

You don’t have to go find extreme biking trails. Instead, rent bikes (or even better, a tandem bike!) at Alki Beach, where there are paved bike paths. It will be a great time cruising on a bike while chatting with your date, with lots of great people watching too! Treat yourself after with some frozen yogurt and walk on the beach.

Attend a sporting event.

Even if you aren’t the biggest fan, be a sport and go to an event. Wear your team’s colors and get in the spirit! Even if you don’t know what’s happening in the game, the exciting atmosphere is a great way to learn something new while you learn about someone new. We all know Mariners games are always a great time, but be open to other events too.

Some other spring ideas: Get active by kayaking, take archery lessons or try rock climbing. Check out a music festival or street fair/ farmers Market – there are plenty to choose from! Also, tour your city by ferry, boat, day cruise and a walk along the pier. 

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

ijldinnerclub.com

tsjustlunchseattle.co

Staff Obsessions: Spring Fashion Trends You’ll Want To Be A Part Of

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Spring is next month and we couldn’t be more excited for the change of weather and wardrobe. Look out for these hot spring trends and tips to change up your look and bring some fun to your spring wardrobe. Think of 90’s inspiration, bright colors, crochet pieces, soft silk, ruffles and bows, fun accessories and floral prints. With all these springy ideas to incorporate into your date outfits, you shouldn’t have any trouble wondering what to wear on your next date…

Bright Colors and Surf’s Up

We always see bright colors in summer but spring is all about the bright colors too! Think greens and blues, red and orange in both accessories and clothes. Also, designers found inspiration from luau themed pieces for spring. You will see fun floral prints, including palm trees and pineapples, mixed with springy colors.

Crochet 

A trend that comes straight from the 70’s, and we have learned to love the last couple years. Crochet will be a must- have through spring and summer, on everything from tops to skirts and swimsuits. We love layering a crochet boxy top over a fitted bright tank for a date night.

Silk

This is the material that will steal the spotlight this spring! It is both flowy and sensual, paired with leather now or a fun light spring jacket as it warms up. You will also find structured and tailored tops and jackets, as well as silky boxy dresses that will follow your curves for the perfect date night!

Angular Necklines

This spring look is flattering and fun for all! Think bare shoulders and collarbones, off-the-shoulder tops, cutout tops and dresses. The unique cut will feel fresh and new for spring. Your naked shoulders will be the focus of seduction- pair with a mid-skirt or high waist dark denim for your date night.

Bows and Ruffles 

Bows can take the place of previous embellishments details we have seen on tops the past couple years. You will see them on jackets, tops, accessories and on belts. Bows are a simple and fun way to play up your feminine and flirty side. T

The ruffles will come on tops and dresses in all different styles- some fitted, flowy and also feel free to layer them up. Good thing there are romantic ruffles everywhere, what an easy way to “dress up” without even trying. We have seen this Victorian-inspired neckline everywhere, but for this spring it is loosened up a bit and in bulkier ruffles.

Earrings and Ear Art 

Anything goes as far as earrings go- the ear lobe will be shining this spring! You will see everything from mismatched earrings to jumbo-sized, ornate versions. Put away your simple studs and have some fun trying some new accessories!

Happy dating (and shopping)!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

ijldinnerclub.com

tsjustlunchseattle.com