February 8, 2013

Ah Valentine’s Day—the queen bee of all the pseudo-holidays. No other day can melt your very being into a puddle of sheer happiness one year and then send searing, mind-numbing jolts of pain through your heart and soul the next.

We used to dread the ol’ V-day because it always jettisoned us back to our junior-high selves, all turtle-necked-up, sportin’ the frosted jean, and permed within an inch of poodle-dom, hoping and praying that some cute boy with a side spike and fewer zits than us would declare his love. But then we decided that we weren’t going to let a bunch of card-company yahoos determine our happiness. We say love whatever or whomever you darn well want. Boyfriends, girlfriends, dogs, cats, board games, beer, cheese pizza, shoes, old reruns of “90210” —whatevs—it’s your day of love, do with it what you will!

And speaking of ….send this to 5 friends and CC Picks@SeattlePicks.com for a chance to win tickets for two to Shirley Valentine at the ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery in West Seattle (see below for more).


East Meets West

All east-coast native biases aside, one thing cannot be denied: the folks on the other side of the country know how to make some darn fine sandwiches. And lucky for us Seattleites, The Other Coast brings this town two vibrant cafes (one in Ballard, one on Capitol Hill) where an awesome sammie is pretty much a done deal. Both venues feature genial staff, a simple yet cozy ambiance and a butcher's case displaying a well-stocked supply of tempting cheeses and meats.

Hungry patrons choose between custom sandwiches or seven- and fourteen-inch pre-made options on baguettes, multi-grain, sourdough or rye. Cold items range from The Hammer (apple wood-smoked ham, carrot-jalapeno giardiniera, lettuce, cucumber and mayo) and The Captain (chicken, salami, Polish sausage, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, pesto, oil and vinegar) to The Other Coast (turkey, swiss, coleslaw and 1000 Island dressing). Hot sandwiches include the roasted veggie, homemade meatballs (topped with marinara and provolone) and a best-seller—the Rajun Cajun, a fiery mix of Cajun turkey, pepper jack cheese, tomato, onion and spicy salsa mayo.

So coast on down the next time you're craving a dose of the fresh flavors that hail from the east.

The Other Coast Cafe
5315 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107

721 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122


A Spoonful of Sugar

Who hasn’t, at one point and time, wanted to be Mary Poppins? She's practically perfect in every way! She gets around town floating under an umbrella and has a bottomless handbag full of amazing knick-knacks. Where does she shop? She’d never tell (and she never has to explain anything), but quite possibly, we just found her secret.

SugarPill Apothecary is the place to get everything we might need for our own magical handbags. At this spit-spot shop they sell medicinal and culinary herbs as well as spices, gourmet salts, and chocolates—a definite girl necessity. It also features locally produced cocktail bitters and other pantry essentials. So basically, this shop carries everything from a cure for what ails us to the fixings for our next impromptu cocktail party. A spoonful of SugarPill really does help the medicine go down in the most delightful way.

After one shopping excursion at SugarPill Apothecary Mary Poppins won't have anything on us, except for maybe that magical, flying umbrella. Now, where do we get one of those?

SugarPill Apothecary
900 E. Pine St.
Seattle WA 98122


Put a Ring on It

Our first (and only) wedding happened when we were five. We “married” the six-year-old boy across the street in a ceremony officiated by the kid who lived two doors down. The veil: a pillowcase held by a headband. The bouquet: dandelions. The ring: the groom’s great-grandmother’s wedding ring that he stole from his mom’s jewelry box—oops!

We loved that ring, but as soon as our mom saw it we were marched across the street to tearfully return it to our unhappy “mother-in-law” (you know the type), and our “hubby” got the spanking of a lifetime. We wouldn’t be shocked if 30 years later he still can’t sit right.

Though the honeymoon was short-lived, so began our love affair with fine, antique and vintage jewelry. Recently, our romantic side was revived when we stepped foot in Alexandria Rossoff Jewels and Rare Finds. Bursting with exquisite Art Deco, Edwardian, and Victorian pieces as well as antique and period jewelry, you’ll find that unique necklace or perfect heirloom engagement ring. Just remember to lock your jewelry box.

Alexandria Rossoff
Jewels and Rare Finds
402 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101


Nothing beats a night on the town in celebration of Valentine's Day, and we have the perfect one. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life.

It’s time to get SPANKED! Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, sexy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! Part Chippendales, part Second City...all in one delicious package. This unauthorized parody is set to be the sexiest, funniest, and most exciting show of the year.

Leave the guys at home and get there early for pre-show drinks, including a specialty sexy Spank cocktail, then stay after the show for a photo with the seductive star himself, and meet and greet the entire cast.

SPANK! will be at the historic Moore Theatre, February 13-17, 2013. Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased at the Paramount Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm., through Tickets.com, at the ticketing kiosks located outside the Paramount and Moore Theatres 24 hours a day, at Sonic Boom Records in Ballard, or by phone at 1-877-STG-4TIX.

For more information visit www.STGPresents.org.


Dress to Impress

Let Mario’s help you choose the perfect gift for your special someone and dress you for your Valentine’s Day date! Their favorite gift “picks” for him: AG Adriano Goldschmied colored denim, vibrant sport shirts from Eton, or a luxe new tie from Ermenegildo Zegna. If you’re dropping hints for yourself, they recommend sparkly red-soled shoes from Christian Louboutin, bright Pucci scarves, and of course—jewels like these from Toby Pomeroy. Yay! We heart Mario’s.

1513 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


A Gift That Will Make You Melt

We can’t think of anything yummier than the delicious locally made indulgent massage oil bars from Sweet Petula. These beautifully wrapped lavender and clove massage oil bars are scented only with 100% essential oils. They’re great for soothing aching muscles and relaxing your mind and helping you sleep. Massage them on yourself or your honey and watch them melt. Yummmm….like buttah.

Buy online or at their store.

Formulary 55
2612 NE 55th street
Seattle, WA 98105


Mix It Up

When we were in high school we would spend hours creating the perfect mixed tape. We made them for our boyfriend so he could listen to “our songs” when he wasn’t with us and then long for us, natch. The whole process of creating the perfect mixed tape was one of our favorite hobbies.

So guess what?! We can do it again with Milk Tape. We’re going to make one for our Valentine – and decorate it with hearts and smiley faces. Sweeet!



Girl’s Night Out

Grab the girls and go see Shirley Valentine, a witty and insightful story of a middle-aged working class Liverpool housewife who is transformed by a surprise holiday in the Greek islands. A Laurence Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy and Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Shirley Valentine is the perfect girls’ night out on the town! Runs through February 16th at ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery in West Seattle.

What: Shirley Valentine
When: Now Through February 16th
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery,
4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle
Visit: www.artswest.org

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