Seattle Food News: Eating Your Veggies is Getting a Lot Easier, The Triumphant Return of Teriyaki, and More!

Makini Howells magnificent Travelin Thru Memphis salad.
Makini Howell's magnificent Travelin' Thru Memphis salad. TCB

Makini Howell's Chop't is Softly Open

Howell's ample vegan empire is expanding again, this time with a snazzy new salad shop next door to the original Plum Bistro. It's called Chop't. The space is home to the Plum commissary kitchen, which stocks the Plum food truck and covers catering, but there was enough space left over for a small salad counter facing the street.

Having heard rave reviews from the Stranger's two-block-radius lunch experts, Evanne Hall and Renée Krulich, I stopped by to see for myself. Good call, guys! All of the salads are inspired by her time touring with Stevie Wonder, which results in options like "Sleeping Late," "Take me on Tour," and "The Four Seasons." Sounds like she really had it rough!

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A Quarter of Seattle Drivers Are Searching for Parking

Wasting time a Pike Place Market...
Wasting time at Pike Place Market... Charles Mudede

A study conducted by University of Washington students (with funding from Microsoft and institutional support from UW and the University of British Columbia) found that 35 percent of cars moving around Seattle "are either searching for parking or are ridesharing drivers waiting for ride assignments." The latter account for 10 percent of "cruising" behaviors, as the students call it. “It translates to a lot of fuel wasted per year, lots of wasted time,” said a member of the team.

But wasting time is indeed the point. And here we must do something interesting, and recognize that wasted time is not all the same. There is wasted time that costs very little or even nothing, and wasted time that is expensive. If wasted time is dear, then it is in harmony with the kind of economy we live in. A society that wanted to make life cheaper for all would have almost nothing to do with cars, which cost lots of money to make, distribute, and maintain.

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The 25 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: August 21-27, 2017

Frankie Cosmos
"This Saturday will be at least the third time Frankie Cosmos has played in Seattle for their debut LP, and it seems likely that the next time they arrive, they'll be playing someplace bigger than the Crocodile, so tarry not," writes Sean Nelson. Matthew James-Wilson

This week, our music critics recommend everything from euphemism-wielding hard rock veterans (Diamond Head), to the latest indie pop pride of Australia (San Cisco), and from The Stranger's favorite still-gigging Scientologist (Beck) to two free festivals: TUF and Linda's. Follow the 24 links below for ticket links and music clips, and find even more options on our complete music calendar, or check out our arts critics' picks for this week.

Kevin Morby and Shannon Lay
Kevin Morby’s music has a way of sneaking up on you. After playing in buzzy NYC bands in the ’00s (Woods, the Babies), the Kansas City–raised artist went solo and has released four albums of ambling, patient songwriter material since 2013. It’s subtle, spacious music that draws from Laurel Canyon folk, early 1970s songwriter fare, and (that old standby) CSN&Y. But in the modern indie landscape, his contemporaries are artists like Cass McCombs, Kurt Vile, and Angel Olsen—songwriters whose work is easier defined through personal idiosyncrasies than genre constraints. Morby’s drawling, weary baritone and pleasantly meandering songs are the mark of an artist who doesn’t clamor for the listener’s attention, but gradually invites her in. ANDREW GOSPE

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The 32 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: August 21-27, 2017

Sean Nelson writes that, if you must pick one film to see at Cineramas 70mm Film Festival, the answer is always Lawrence of Arabia—a film that couldn’t be more timely.
Sean Nelson writes that, if you must pick one film to see at Cinerama's 70mm Film Festival, "the answer is always Lawrence of Arabia—a film that couldn’t be more timely."

It's the last full week of August, so it's time to squeeze in as many events as you can before summer comes to an end. To help you do that, our arts and culture critics have picked the best events happening this week in their areas of expertise—from several food and drink festivals (Sodo Block Party, Belltown Crush, the End of Summer Bash at Charles Smith Wines, and the Banh Mi Fest) to Velocity's Summer Bridge Project, and from the closing week of Out of Sight to the 70mm Film Festival. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

recommendedGet all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. recommended

War on the Catwalk
In the recap of the Season 9 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, Chase Burns wrote about Sasha Velour, the winner: "Truly, each of her lip syncs was among the best in all nine seasons of the show. I want to watch them over and over and over again. They are master classes in acting, drag, storytelling, gender... Ugh. But the show couldn't demonstrate Sasha's skills because the show is small and Sasha is big. Or rather, the world is small and Sasha is big. The world wants Sasha to wear a wig, and she comes bald. The world wants beauty, and she gives a unibrow. Sasha continuously showed us that in drag the highest beauty is not the illusion, but what inspires the illusion. It's not about the wig, but the imagination underneath." See Sasha alongside other contestants from Season 9—including Trinity, Shea, Aja, Farrah, and Alexis—as they perform live, in a big way, and strut down the catwalk.

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An Exclusive Interview with the Coffee That Assaulted Alex Jones

Did I do that?
Did I do that?

Last Friday, conspiracy theorist/mouth breather Alex Jones was ranting on the streets of Seattle when a local Sumatran decided to take matters into its own hands. Here's an exclusive interview with that coffee.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Cis Woman Mistaken For Trans


I'm a 42 year-old guy, and I'm married to an amazing woman. We've been together five years and we're as happy and hot for each other as we were when we started dating. We're good. My problem is with a small percentage of other people who are pieces of shit, and how best to deal with them.

My wife is gorgeous—in a way that some walking garbage piles find offensive. She's six-foot-two, and has the same strong-featured exotic look that afforded two of her aunts successful modeling careers. And like her aunts, she regularly encounters assholes who assume that she is transgender and they HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT. I never felt any embarrassment about it; from the beginning I was just too head-over-heels to care what anyone thought. Getting to know her L and G and T friends helped wash off any remaining conservative southern upbringing still clinging to me, and I realized that I wouldn't love her any less if she did have a Y chromosome. I like to think that 37 year-old me wouldn't have cared either—I can't imagine being without this incredible person in my life.

When I've witnessed scumbags harass her on the street, or overheard them talking shit about her, the rage I feel is almost uncontrollable. Fortunately she's always been able to chill me out. "I'm used to it," she'll say, "just ignore them." But she's confessed that it hurts, for the same reason that it enrages me—the sick fucks who are saying these things are trying to hurt and diminish her because of how she looks. And that brings us to my question.

How do I respond?

Obviously just returning the verbal assault or outright violence is no solution. I don't want to encourage the idea that there is something shameful about being trans. Yelling. "She's a real woman, asshole!" is not the message I want to send, but to just let it go seems wrong. I worry about my wife, about our LGBQT friends, and everyone in this country who's abused for who they are. I worry that someday someone will try to harm my wife because of how she looks and that I won't be there to help. I worry that our "president" is making bigots and talking shit-stains feel as though they can do anything they want. And I feel guilty that I didn't really see this problem until it affected people I love. How do I react so that it helps, even in just a small way, to move our society away from bigotry and hate?

Punching Assholes Not The Solution?

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Resist/Recharge: Come Talk POC Youth Empowerment With The Stranger, Langston and 21 Progress!

Our first Resist/Recharge event with SOMOS.
Our first Resist/Recharge event with SOMOS.

Free Thursday evening? Swing by St. John's Bar and Eatery on Capitol Hill for the fourth installment of Resist/Recharge, The Stranger's series of talks with community leaders and nonprofits opposed to President Trump's agenda. We've chatted with SOMOS (empowering LGBTQ Latinx youth), Northwest Harvest (feeding the hungry) and Greenpeace (protecting the environment).

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Game of Thrones Recap! What Happens "Beyond the Wall" Probably Isn't Gonna Stay There

I call it a light-saber. Hang on, HBOs lawyers are calling.
"I call it a 'light-saber.' Hang on, HBO's lawyers are calling."

Last night’s Game of Thrones was simultaneously among the most exhilarating and frustrating episodes the show has ever aired. To be clear: cool shit happened. But how that cool shit happened was… well, pretty dumb. Beloved characters transformed into gullible twerps and nervous nags before our very eyes. Carefully laid plans to save the world were proved as nonsensical and full of holes as we suspected they would be. And logic and believability were tossed out the window like so many Bran Starks, as the fundamentals of geography and physics were ignored altogether.

Maybe it’s foolish to ding a show that traffics in dragons, zombies, and flaming swords for being not realistic enough. And when we got the stuff—the good stuff—that “Beyond the Wall” gave us last night, maybe it’s enough to just sit back, shut up, and absorb the spectacle. It’s just that hard to shake the feeling that… it all could have been done a little bit better.

Nits will be picked and spoils will be spoiled.

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Lawsuit Challenges Initiative That Would Ban Safe Consumption Sites

An initiative could ban safe consumption sites for drug users in King County.
An initiative could ban safe consumption sites for drug users in King County. RICK BARRY

A new lawsuit seeks to stop an initiative banning safe consumption sites across King County from ever appearing on a King County ballot.

Protect Public Health, a new nonprofit started by "public health experts and family members who have lost loved ones to overdose," filed a lawsuit today arguing Initiative 27 goes beyond the scope of what local initiatives are allowed to do.

In a complaint filed in King County Superior Court, lawyers representing Protect Public Health argue that state law gives authority over any county public health decisions and budgeting to the King County Board of Health and the King County Council. By banning a public health effort like safe consumption sites, the initiative is trampling on the county's ability to address public health crises like the opioid crisis.

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Ugh. The Goddamn Eclipse Made Me Cry.

Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images

My dad lied a lot when I was kid. Not malicious lies, really, but he did tell me that he played banjo in the Rolling Stones and that my grandparent's dachshund was my uncle. Because kids are dumb, I believed everything he told me, and so when I reached the age of reason (30) and realized that everything I grew up believing was a lie, I consciously moved in the opposing direction. Now, I don't believe anything that I haven't see with my own two eyes, which is why I'm what you call an Everything Truther. This skepticism may be advantageous as a reporter, but it does take some of the pleasure out of life. Magic just ain't as magical when you're always looking for the strings, you know?

Because I am inclined to disbelieve, my expectations for Seattle's 92 percent eclipse were lukewarm, at best. Had I been in the path of totality, I may have been more excited, but instead, I'd be in Seattle, working. Even worse, my goddamn horrible hometown in Jackson County, North Carolina—a place I haven't wanted to visit since moving away the day I turned 18—was directly in the path of totality. My parents would see the total eclipse. My old classmates who never left home would see the total eclipse. My fucking high school would get a once-in-a-lifetime view while I'd see a measly 92 percent.

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Today's Eclipse Rocketed Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to #1 in iTunes' Chart

Bonnies back on the charts.
Bonnie's back on the charts. Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Bonnie Tyler's classic 1983 song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" has increased over 500 percent in sales over the past week because of the actual total solar eclipse today, August 21.

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Guess What? Donald Trump Looked At the Solar Eclipse Without Special Glasses

Gotta say, I did the same thing.
Gotta say, I did the same thing. Chip Somodevilla / GETTY

Despite reported counsel from a White House aide, the President appeared to buck all scientific advice and stare directly into the sun as the moon briefly usurped it in the sky:

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Bellingham Removes Name of Confederate General from a Bridge

Pickett Bridge is now just a bridge.
Pickett Bridge is now just a bridge. City of Bellingham

It was easy to miss while Seattle's Lenin statue what-about-ism raged: Last week, the city of Bellingham first covered, then removed, signs that named a local bridge for a Confederate general.

After Charlottesville, the Bellingham City Council voted last week to put the issue of renaming Pickett Bridge—named for U.S. Army officer, and subsequently Confederate general, George E. Pickett—to a committee's consideration. The city then covered the signs, according to the Bellingham Herald, but those coverings were ripped off. On Friday, the city announced that it would be removing the signs altogether.

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We Asked 11 People at Hempfest: How High Are You?

For this year's Hempfest we sent The Stranger's weed columnist, Lester Black, down to Myrtle Edwards Park to ask the question on everyone's mind: How high are you?

Big Mike "Not really very high. It takes a lot to get me high. When I get high I get normal."

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The Stranger's Highball Week Starts Today! Here Are All 15 Bars Where You Can Get $5 Cocktails


Here at The Stranger, we know just what you need, given the current state of 2017, life, the universe, and everything: You need GOOD BOOZE, and you need it NOW! So prepare yourself (and your liver) for The Stranger’s HIGHBALL WEEK, happening from August 21-27!

We’ve teamed up with 15 of the finest bars and restaurants in Seattle—along with our cocktail-lovin’ pals at Toki Whisky—to bring you this one-of-a-kind boozetacular! At each of Highball Week’s locations, you’ll find specially crafted cocktails that are available only to Highball Week participants. Even better? Each of these fantastic, sanity-saving cocktails will be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour!) and cost you a mere $5! Before you (responsibly) try as many of them as you can, please remember to drink responsibly, be patient, tip your bartenders, and order food while you're there!

Read more about the 15 drinks that are only available this week below! You can also see them all on our Highball Week calendar, which includes a map.

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