“Seattle Sweeties” Campaign Predictably Compares Women to Food, Detracts from Cause

I desperately wanted to like “Seattle Sweeties,” Cupcake Royale’s line of cupcakes benefiting Runway to Freedom and Mary’s Place, NPOs that work with homeless women and survivors of domestic violence to help. I love cupcakes almost as much as I love overthrowing the patriarchy. Yet the campaign’s language, in trying to empower women, only manages to reduce them to food terms, objects for consumption.

Halloween in Japan 2015: Beverages

The part of me that desperately missed Halloween and pumpkin food in Japan when I was there in the early ’10s is very pleased, but 2015!me is a little alarmed by how quickly it happened, if 10 years is “quick.” Globalization is a factor, of course, but just as much at work is Japan’s marketing of seasonal goods.

Desert Bluffs (Yakima) Road Trip

“Well, the company picnic in Mission Grove is in full swing. Everyone is exposing their teeth and moving their arms. There are signs posted showing how to move your face and body to indicate maximum fun. There are also snacks.”

A Week of Seattle Craft Beers

I didn’t end up going to Seattle Beer Week events because my parents were in town and I wanted to have our schedule semi-open for touristy things, but I did take them to some of my favorite brewpubs that had special beers on tap for Seattle Beer Week or new seasonal beers. Here are a…

Kickstarter: Amy’s Mochi (Seattle)

Update: unfortunately, Amy decided to end the Kickstarter early due to insufficient funding, but hopefully she’ll try again! I really want to eat these mochi… Look at these luscious hand-made mochi! I found this Kickstarter via Have You Nerd? and, readers, I need this in my life. Amy’s Mochi is fundraising to cover the costs…

Bainbridge Organic Distillers

After an ad in The Stranger peaked our interest for Bainbridge Organic Distillers, we finally had a chance to visit the distillery on Bainbridge Island a couple weeks ago. Up until my visit, I don’t think I had ever had vodka or gin straight and enjoyed it. “Common knowledge” holds that gin is gross on its own, and as…