The recipe for a “sleepy girl mocktail” is simple, and its promise is alluring: swirl a spoonful of magnesium into a fizzing glass of seltzer and tart cherry juice, take a big sip and get the best sleep of your life.
I love coffee and the precision that goes into brewing a cup of craft mud (trademark pending). It appeals to the part of my brain informed and influenced by my late father, a civil engineer. We shared a belief that perfection is attainable if you sweat every single mind-numbing detail, alienating anyone within a 25-foot radius in the process.
January has long been associated with a fresh start and a time to adopt new practices, but in recent years it’s been an especially popular period to reflect on drinking habits. For many, this has been spurred by the growing trend of participating in Dry January, a month-long commitment to abstain from booze. But just because you aren’t drinking alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t sip on something fun. There are now more alcohol-free spirits than ever, and mocktail options at bars and restaurants just keep getting better.
As 2023 draws to a close it’s time for the Greatest Values of the Year, my annual selection of a dozen wines from the year’s recommendations that cost $20 or less. These are among my favorites that I tasted throughout 2023, wines that offer excitement and quality without making a dent in our wallets.
The lights on the orange root beer barrel at Issaquah’s Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In turned off last night for perhaps the last time in the retro restaurant’s history. Owner Jose Enciso announced Wednesday that the burger joint, beloved by root beer enthusiasts and classic car lovers, would close permanently Nov. 29.
As the holidays approach and we entertain more, I look for wines that are not the same-old yet won’t strain the wallet. Here are three, including a quaffable white from Gascony and two high-altitude wines from northern Italy made from less-familiar grape varieties.
This is the year year that Brent Roberts, of Friday Harbor, decided to make the jump into winery ownership. He is joining more than 1,050 wineries licensed in Washington, most of them small. That's a lot of dreams.