Westside Stories: December

There’s more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington for these Seattle specialties.

Warm Up at Soi

Photo courtesy Soi Capital Hill

Looking for some respite from the cold, soggy winter weather? The khao soi soup from Chef Yuie Wiborg of Soi, 1400 10th Ave. E on Capitol Hill, might be the perfect solution. The heart of khao soi is curry paste to create a broth that is slurpable and thinner in consistency than most noodle dishes. Plans are in the works to bring another Soi to Kirkland Urban in the new year. While Soi has a focus on Thailand’s northeastern region of Issan, it also provides an exploration through food of the five different regions of Thailand. Bring on the spice. 

KING 5 + Northwest Harvest 2019

Photo courtesy King 5

KING 5 personalities will broadcast live from several Puget Sound locations at 7 a.m. on Dec. 7. as Northwest Harvest volunteers and staff spend the day collecting food and funds at its largest one-day benefit of the year.

Locations include:

Everett Safeway, 4128 Rucker Ave., Everett 

Issaquah Highlands Safeway, 1451 Highlands Drive N.E., Issaquah 

Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle 

Puyallup Safeway, 708 Shaw Road E, Puyallup 

Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond 

Tacoma Mall, 4502 S Steele St., Tacoma 

Residents can support this event through the month of December. Buy a hunger bag at your local Safeway or Albertsons store, give online, or text HOMETEAM to 41444. Missed it? No worries, You can donate online.

Frenchy’s Now Features Penelope & The Beauty Bar Treatments

Photo by John Tekerdis via Pexels

Seattle’s Penelope & The Beauty Bar, located in the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel downtown, has introduced its menu of facial and body treatments to the Madison Park neighborhood through the iconic Frenchy’s Day Spa & Beauty Boutique. Frenchy’s is offering the most popular service from Penelope & The Beauty Bar: “The Glow.” It includes a body wrap and facial, simultaneously, offering the results of both treatments in half the time. Frenchy’s, which boasts a new look, also carries products and treatments from premier European skincare companies, including MBR Medical Beauty Research, Chantecaille, Natura Bisse, and more.  

Seattle StartUp Helps You Support Diversity in Business

Photo courtesy Intentionalist

Spend at local, diverse businesses this holiday season with the help of Seattle-based startup Intentionalist. Intentionalist is an online platform connecting consumers to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. Through the platform’s directory, guides, and events, Intentionalist helps make it easier to identify and support small businesses owned by women, people of color, veterans, families, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and differently abled people. Beginning on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2 — just in time for the holidays — consumers can visit the Intentionalist website and purchase gift cards that can be used at select businesses featured on the platform.

Holiday Fun at Pacific Science Center 

Photo courtesy of Pacific Science Center

If you’re looking for fun, family-friendly events this holiday season, we recommend spending at least one day at Pacific Science Center. This year, the center is going all out. Make sure you visit on Ugly Sweater Days Dec. 21-22, and stop by the planetarium for views of a beautiful winter sky. Follow that with some gingerbread city construction in the Tinker Tank and a “snowball fight” in the Snowzone. In the evening, attend one of the special holiday-themed laser shows to finish off a jam-packed day of holiday fun. (Don’t forget to snap a photo with the Abominable Snowman). We guarantee the kiddos will be fast asleep, dreaming of sugarplums, on the car ride home.

STOMP Returns to Seattle  

Courtesy STOMP

International percussion sensation STOMP is returning to Seattle’s Moore Theatre for eight performances between Dec. 3 and 8. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP recently debuted two new numbers, “Suitcases” and “Poltergeist.”

Minecraft Comes to Life at MoPOP

Courtesy MoPop

The virtual landscape of Minecraft has come to life at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. Created in partnership with Mojang, the immersive exhibition features full-scale creatures, scenic backdrops, a day-night lighting cycle, dynamic audio effects, and a gallery score designed for players and nonplayers of all ages. On view through Sept. 7, 2020, the exhibition celebrates the game’s 10th anniversary.

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