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Is Your Mouth Watering Yet?

August 25, 2011

If you’re a cocktail drinker and enjoy the bartender’s quirky concotion every now and again, I have a new drink for you.

Created by and featuring Seattle’s own Beechers Handmade Cheese, I introduce you to the grilled cheese martini.

Photo courtesy of Beechers

Wait! Don’t go! There’s more…

The local cheese icon is debuting a grilled cheese martini (yes, bright orange and made with actual grilled cheese sandwiches) at its newly-opened New York restaurant. Because I have yet to taste this interesting adult beverage, courtesy goes to the Seattle Times for quoting a mouth-watering description of how the drink is made and how it tastes.

  • “Into a cocktail mixer go vine-ripe tomatoes, muddled basil, tomato juice and
    a healthy  of that double-filtered grilled cheese vodka,” one blogger
    wrote. “Then there’s shaking and stirring, a martini glass is rimmed with
    house-reduced balsamic and crispy bits of Surryano prosciutto, and the entire
    concoction is poured over a giant tomato juice ice cube.”

Don’t feel left out Seattle. The signature drink is available for a limited time at Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro on Mercer Island, a sibling company of Beechers.

This drink is made with a real grilled cheese sandwich. The vodka is infused for 24 hours with a sandwich, prepared just like Beechers would for any paying customer.

Speical Screening: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

July 21, 2011

Did you know that the length of Veruca Salt’s hair becomes progressively shorter throughout the movie as the filmmakers kept burning off Julie Dawn Cole‘s split ends?

Catch a screening of this legendary flick and see what else you notice… this weekend.

The Seattle clubhouse of Gilda’s Club, a local chapter and community-based program offering social, emotional, and educational support for cancer survivors, their loved ones and friends, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special private screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Majestic Bay Theater (2044 NW Market) on Saturday, Jul 23, at 9:30 am. This is a fundraiser for the local chapter. Register here:

Your $20 ticket will entitle you to admission to the show and a delicious dark chocolate truffle Gilda’s Bar, created by Seattle Chocolates special for the anniversary.  Five bars contain a special golden ticket for a tour of Seattle Chocolate’s Factory and you may be a  winner!  Also, one lucky person who attends the screening will win a one year admission to Majestic Bay Theater.  Space is limited, so buy your tickets now! 

And who doesn’t love this imagination classic?

Rebooting Your Online Dating Life

July 15, 2011

It’s been quite a week for me and the end of it all I find myself back on the dating market. I’m pretty much always the single girl, and I’m comfortable with that… but let’s be honest – we’d all like to meet that special someone, right? But until Mr. Perfect-for-Me comes along, I’m going to have fun with my friends and enjoy my single life.

Part of enjoying my single life means dating. In all honestly, I kind of suck at dating so I think I need practice to get better. So back to online dating I go! But this time, I’m going to keep these suggestions and tips in mind. It’s a collection from my past experiences and my friends’ sage advice.

Online Dating Tips:

  • It’s a Numbers Game – It’s like applying for a new job. You don’t just apply for one position and stop, right? Online dating is the same way. You have to start many conversations and go on lots of first dates to find someone you might be interested in getting to know better. My personal philosophy is to get to the first date quickly rather than spend forever emailing back and forth. I’d rather know if we have any chemistry before I get too invested.
  • Pay Attention to Red Flags – Make sure you know what you’re looking for in a potential significant other. What values are most important to you? What are your deal-breakers? Not to sound clinical about it, but you have to have some sort of check-list in mind to know if someone is right for you. If the guy doesn’t fit what you want or he shows himself to be a jerk early on, WALK AWAY! My friends will tell you; this is my personal struggle in my dating life. Let’s just say, I’m working on it!
  • Read the OKCupid Blog – Seriously, it’s hilarious, informative and fun! You can learn about everything from the best profile pictures to graphs about sex. Even if you aren’t doing the online dating thing, it’s just fun to read!
  • Have Your Friends Write Your Profile – I work in marketing and PR, but it can still be hard to sell yourself. I recommend you have your friends help you write your profile, or at least review it for you. As another Belle mentioned before, EVERYONE says they are laid back, fun, adventurous, blah blah blah! Try to get creative and have fun with it.
  • Above all, BE YOURSELF! – The point is to have fun and to potential meet someone you want to spend time with, so be yourself! You are a rock star and a catch! The right person will see that and never let you go.

If online dating isn’t your thing, or you want another way to meet people, I recommend getting involved. Whatever activities you enjoy, find a group that likes the same things. I know plenty of couples that have met doing Seattle Works, Underdog Sports and even karaoke! Whatever your pleasure, I’m sure there is a group you can join!

Finally, if you’re on Twitter follow @TheSingleWoman and @PattiStanger. They give advice, offer perspective and make you laugh!

So, what do you think? Have you done the online dating thing? Any additional tips? Any horror stories? Let me know in the comments. Also, wish me luck!

Big Seattle Weekend!

July 14, 2011

It’s a busy weekend around Seattle so there are no excuses. So many opportunities to eat, drink, eat & drink. I’ve listed a few that I’m squeezing in amongst some other activities but even if you can only make it to just one of these, you can’t go wrong. Hopefully next week I’ll have enough energy back to give you the run down on my Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic that took place this last weekend. I will NOT be riding my bike anywhere this weekend!

Have fun and happy almost Friday!

The Bite of Seattle

What: The Bite of Seattle Brought to you by Comcast hosts over 450,000 visitors each year.  Nicknamed “the Northwest’s Premier Restaurant Showcase,” the Bite’s main focus is local culinary talents and so much more. Aside from the over 60 restaurants, visitors also enjoy nine entertainment stages, live cooking demonstrations with the city’s finest chefs, a wine tasting, family area and much more.

Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

When: Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Why: It’s the events 30th year – for a little extra fun head to The Alley  hosted by Tom Douglas for a $10 smorgasbord. Read more…

GET OUT! SAM’s Summer Program

July 13, 2011

If you are like me, you love free activities and I have just thing for you. Throughout the rest of Summer, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is hosting a bevy of fun activities for both kids and adults at the Olympic Sculpture Park. These activities run the gamut of genres, and include music, art, food, tours, yoga, zumba and other types of dance. 

Here is a peek at the upcoming FREE events in the park:

  • Thurs., July 14 – Art Activities, The Art of Jazz and Thursday Nights at the Park begins at 5:30pm
  • Sat., July 16 – Drawing in the Park, Yoga and Watercolor Painting begin at 10am; Public tours of the park at noon and 1pm; and, Zumba at 2pm

For a full list of activities, check the online calendar. Also, if you go to any of these, please send us your photos! We’ll highlight you on the blog and though our Twitter account.

Happy FREE Summertime in the Seattle! 

On a side note, don’t forget to pop over to our About Us page and meet the latest Belle, Karianne!



Guest Post: Surviving the Seattle Summers in Style

July 12, 2011

As promised last week, Anna Gilbert, the blogger behind the fashion blog What Are You Wearing?, is gracing the Belles of the Sound with a Tuesday guest post. Below you will learn how to stay comfortable and stylish during the Seattle summers. As I mentioned before, Miss Anna knows what she’s talking about. Pick up the few essentials she recommends and you’ll never waste another hour figuring out what to wear. Okay, maybe “never” was a strong statement, but I do promise the amount of time you waste will be greatly reduced. Enjoy!

Summers in Seattle are (typically) gorgeous. With all the inevitable rainfall the other 10+ months provide, there is no shortage of greener for the summer sun to shine on. Nonetheless, when the rays do hit the Pacific Northwest, there are a few things you need to make it through the best time of year:

Sandals (meant for walking and san socks, please): I love embellished, metallic, boho or gladiator-inspired varieties that provide both comfort and style during your strolls along the waterfront. Keep the height to a minimum with a flat sole or mini-wedge, and always pack band-aids in case a blister sneaks up on you…

Slouchy tee and shorts: no matter how you slice it, this combo is THE ultimate summer wardrobe go-to. Pair a pocket tee with cut-off denim or cuffed cargo shorts for aBlog Image chic, rugged look.

Sunglasses: find a shape that fits and flatters your face, and stock up on this warm weather necessity. Everyone should own a metal aviator, oversize plastic and retro-inspired frame.

Cross-body bag: Undoubtedly the most versatile and convenient handbag of the season. Find one that fits all your essentials (cell, wallet, keys, sunglasses, water bottle, camera, etc.) and go forth hands-free on all you summer adventures. I love cognac leather, canvas or lightweight suede, and a little embellishment. Also, some studs or a little fringe never hurt anyone 🙂

Bright nail polish: Well-manicured tips and toes are a must when baring it all in this season’s hottest sandals or wandering barefoot at the beach. I love neon pinks, purples and corals, bright reds, and cool shades of blue. Nudes, taupes, and flesh tones are easy to apply in a pinch, so there’s no excuse to go polish-less this summer.

H2O bottle: It’s vital to stay hydrated when the temperatures start to rise, so why not showcase your eco-friendly PNW nature with a sweet reusable water bottle? With an abundance of options available, you’re bound to find one that suits your style.

These Seattle Summer essentials, along with a tube or sunscreen and a smile will guarantee you survive the warm summer months unscathed. Now it’s time to assess the wardrobe situation and pick up any of the missing aforementioned articles before the rain comes. So hurry!

Stay tuned and always stay stylish!

Seattle Bastille Day: Sadly No One Gets Beheaded…

July 9, 2011

First, let me explain.  Several years back I went to visit a friend of mine who was living in St. Louis at the time and St. Louis, having been founded by the French has a Bastille Day festival every year in one of it’s neighborhoods.  The year I was there they marched through the streets culminating in the public beheading reenactment of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.  It’s still the best beheading reenactment I’ve ever seen.  Of course, they were not actually beheaded on Bastille Day (July 14, 1789) which commemorates the  storming of the Bastille prison and fortress in Paris. It is considered the start of the French Revolution.  They were beheaded on separate days in 1793.  However, I think it really made for a festive atmosphere.  Who doesn’t like a little fake guillotine action? Read more…

You Sexy Thang!

July 8, 2011

Life has been a bit stressful lately, so when a friend asked if I wanted to spend a day at the Olympus Spa in Lynnwood, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been to Banya 5 in South Lake Union a few times, so I sort of knew what to expect from the various soaking pools and saunas. However, the Olympus Spa is a women-only, naked spa. I must admit, that made me a bit nervous.

Like most women, I’ve struggled with body image issues in my life. While I think I’ve made great strides in accepting my body as it is, there are still times the insecurities sneak in. Walking into the Olympus Spa and stripping down to my birthday suite, I was nervous and feeling exposed.

As we got into the first soaking tub, my friend said, “Puberty would’ve been a lot easier if there was more nakedness!” Looking around the spa, there were so many different shapes and sizes. As women, we often believe we are the only ones with flaws. OF COURSE I’m the ONLY person with a few extra pounds on my belly, right? We focus so much on what we perceive to be our major flaws, we forget to see our own beauty. All around me were sparkling eyes, stunning smiles, sexy curves and some very cool tattoos. And while most of us in the spa won’t be gracing the covers of Cosmo anytime soon, we are all beautiful!

I recommend you grab your gorgeous girlfriends and head to the spa for a little relaxation and rejuvenation! And remember, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

Fantastic Reminder from Kristi Waite (

Don’t Miss West Seattle Summer Fest

July 7, 2011

Summer is expected to return tomorrow and stick around through the weekend. Don’t let today’s dreary, misty, mood get you down.

We all know that West Seattle’s Alki Beach is where it’s at in the Summer – our own little version of the California coastline – despite the popularity of the “strip” and this rollerbladers paradise, this weekend West Seattle is going to be skating to the beat of the West Seattle Summer Fest.

West Seattle Summer Fest is a FREE 3-day street fair, hosted by an organization of local area merchants, the West Seattle Junction Association. Now in it’s 29th year, West Seattle Summer Fest is host to dozens of bands, hundreds of merchants and artists, and over 30,000 attendees.


  • Friday: 10am – 10pm (Vendor sales until 6pm and food vendors until 8pm)
  • Saturday: 10am – Midnight (Vendor and food sales until 8pm)
  • Sunday 11am – 5pm (Vendor and sales until 5pm) Read more…

Seattle’s Walk Bike Ride Challenge

July 6, 2011

Last week, Seattle began it’s “Walk Bike Ride” Challenge, and it’s not to late to get involved! The idea behind the event is to encourage drivers to get out of their cars and start walking, biking or riding transit. It runs through the end of August, and there are some great prizes for participants!

By signing up, you’ll get weekly emails with tips on taking alternate transport. You can also track your progress and be entered to win the following prizes:

  • Electric bike from e-Moto
  • Apple iPad
  • Pan Pacific Hotel stay
  • Zipcar $250 gift card
  • REI $100 gift card
  • Nordstrom’s $100 gift card (supplied by Commute Seattle)
  • $100 gift card good at seven farmers’ markets

To join the ‘Walk Bike Ride’ Challenge, visit click here.

So go on, get out, help improve our city and your health!