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This Week in Seattle Food News

Vietnamese Coffee, Hot Pot, and A Farewell to Weird Taco Time

This week, Drip Drip Coffeehouse slings Vietnamese beverages, Old Street Malatang brings a new style of hot pot to Capitol Hill, and Slim Goody hopes to be Ballard's next favorite sports bar. Plus, bid adieu to the misfit Taco Time of Wallingford and get ready for Bite of Seattle. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS & RETURNS

Drip Drip Coffeehouse
This new Vietnamese-inspired cafe opened in the Central District's Cherry Hill neighborhood earlier this month, serving coffee made with Robusta and Arabica beans sourced directly from Lam Dong, Vietnam. Menu items include concoctions like salted egg yolk coffee, tiramisu lattes, and coconut pandan matcha clouds.
Central District

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Elections 2024 Fri 3:00 PM

The Stranger Endorses Gerry Pollet

Vote Pollet for LD No. 46, Rep. Position No. 1

Writing an endorsement for State House Rep. Gerry Pollet feels a little bit like living in that meme where an army dude kneels in front of someone’s bed, shielding them from missiles as they sleep. We are the army dude putting our young, hot bodies on the line to protect a sleepy, 12-year incumbent, but not for no reason.

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Elections 2024 Fri 12:00 PM

The Stranger Endorses Suzan DelBene

Vote DelBene for United States Representative Congressional District No. 1 

If voters give Suzan DelBene a seventh term and a Democratic trifecta in the federal government, she pledges to lead the charge to expand and make permanent the Child Tax Credit, increase the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and create a more “fair” tax code that doesn’t “favor the wealthy.” Doing so would mean significantly cutting child poverty, significantly increasing the number of affordable housing units throughout the country, and, well, we don’t know what she really means by creating a more “fair” tax code because she wouldn’t get specific about which sorts of progressive taxes she’d support or which Trump tax cuts she’d let die their extremely timely deaths in 2025. Given her past life as chair of the New Democrat Coalition, a centrist caucus within the party dedicated to preventing transformational change, and given her current life as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, we’ll assume she’ll take the middle-of-the-road path she’s taken during her last 12 years in office.

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EverOut Fri 10:00 AM

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: July 19–21, 2024

Alki Art Fair, Seafair Indian Days Powwow, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

Don't let your weekend go to waste. We're beckoning you out of the house with cheap and easy events from the Alki Art Fair to the Seafair Indian Days Powwow and from the Chinatown Seafair Parade to the Seattle Latinx Pride Festival. For more ideas, check out our guide to the top events of the week.

FRIDAY

SPORTS & RECREATION

NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup
You don't have to be a fan of women's soccer to appreciate how cool it is that two of the top leagues on the planet—NWSL and LIGA MX Femenil—are partnering for a brand-new 33-match tournament featuring 20 teams. The even better news? The first match takes place right here at Lumen Field with the Reign facing the Utah Royals, and the tournament will return on July 28 for a match against Tijuana. If you're looking for a reason to take a little road trip to Portland, the Reign play the Thorns in the ultimate PNW derby on July 31. SHANNON LUBETICH
(Lumen Field, SoDo, $10-$50)

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Despite all of the promising talk about transforming commercial buildings into residential ones (a win-win), this sector is likely to crash (a win-lose) some time next year. If you pay attention to the way things are heading politically, you'll see the writing is already on the wall.

Bloomberg reports that "private equity firms want to take advantage of deep American discounts after office values fell by almost a quarter last year...." These capital vultures are looking at about $1 trillion worth of distressed commercial real estate debt. Ten percent of the CRE assets in Seattle are in this exposed position. Upon insolvency, they will be forced to transfer their properties to private equity firms at bargain-basement prices. 

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News Jul 18 6:24 PM

Mayor Bruce Harrell and Denny Blaine Donor Texted about the “Problem of Nudity” at Nude Beach

Sloan Called Beachgoers “DISGUSTING,” Mayor Said He Shared “Disgust”

Newly obtained text messages that Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell sent from his personal cell phone to millionaire philanthropist Stuart Sloan reveal that both men share a mutual “disgust” for the “nudity” at Denny Blaine Park, a long-time queer nude beach. In the texts, Sloan described the beach as attracting a “sub-group” of people from “all over” with “very different morals than most of the people in Seattle, you and me included.” Meanwhile, Harrell wrote, “I have been made aware of the fact that the problem of nudity and hazardous waste has become totally totally unacceptable at the beach.” Harrell continued, “If you are disgusted I share your disgust.” 

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Billboard charting rapper Don Toliver will embark on his Psycho tour, his biggest headline tour to date, this fall. Genre-defying gem Santigold will stop in Seattle to support her 2022 album, Spirituals. Plus, set a reminder: tickets for bedroom pop singer-songwriter Clairo are going on sale next week. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events.

ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 19

MUSIC

42 Dugg
The Crocodile (Fri Aug 30)

Alan Sparhawk's The White Roses Tour
The Crocodile (Jan 17, 2025)

BigXthaPlug: Take Care Tour
Neumos (Sun Dec 8)

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Music Jul 18 3:13 PM

A Major EDM Club Opens on Minor Avenue

VICE Seattle Promises Michelin Star Nightlife Action

"It's probably a good thing you're wearing a mask," Guy Godefroy tells me as we walk through the main room of the ambitious new Capitol Hill nightclub, VICE Seattle, which is saturated with construction dust. Four days before VICE's July 19 red carpet grand opening, workers are furiously grinding, sawing, drilling, and hammering. Consequently, we had to conduct the interview in a remote, concrete-walled stairwell. 

As the company's managing partner, Godefroy brings more than two decades of Seattle-area nightlife experience as a DJ, booker, and administrator to VICE. We chuckle after recalling that I interviewed him for The Stranger 19 years ago—right before the Pioneer Square megaclub Trinity opened; Godefroy was GM there, too. 

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Elections 2024 Jul 18 3:00 PM

The Stranger Endorses Tana Senn

Vote Senn for LD No. 41, Rep. Position No. 1

For someone who represents Mercer Island, State House Representative Tana Senn isn’t so bad. She sponsored and passed a bill to allow the Washington State Patrol to actually destroy the guns they confiscate, ending the State’s role as a gun dealer. On housing issues, she voted for rent stabilization and supports a 7% cap on rent increases. She also passed funding for electric school buses, which she highlighted as part of her passion for policies that address climate change.

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Elections 2024 Jul 18 12:00 PM

The Stranger Endorses Maria Cantwell

Vote Cantwell for United States Senator

Washington desperately needs to replace our US Senators, who have been in office for a combined 54 years, but, alas, no viable progressive challengers have stepped up to the plate. So, just as we were stuck with Senator Patty Murray in 2022, we’re stuck with Senator Maria Cantwell in 2024.

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tattooed pool babe

girl at sloop tavern a few weeks ago, you were playing pool and asked me what game i was playing (betrayal at house on the hill)! meet me for a drink?


Message on a Lid

Bubs, Thought I’d listen to you this time. Will be at bus stop waiting. See you soon.

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As the mercury continues to leap up the thermostat this summer, it's definitely way too hot for warm food. One surefire way to cool down: a refreshing repast of chilled noodles. We've compiled this list of cold, craveable dishes for your consideration, including chewy udon, dipping-style ramen, handmade soba, and icy naengmyeon. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Azuki
This Japanese gem tucked away in Madison Valley is one of the city's most underrated restaurants. During the summer, they offer a variety of cold handmade noodle specials, including umaki zaru udon shiso-dare (noodles with a broiled eel omelette, shiso, and a cherry tomato dipping sauce) and tako-ten nametake oroshi (noodles, sashimi-grade octopus tempura, braised enoki mushrooms, and grated daikon, served in a chilled soup with a hint of wasabi).
Madison Valley

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Another sunny day: Good morning, Seattle! Do we even need to check the weather at this point? You know the drill. Clear, sunny skies, and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Same goes for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend!

JOEVID-19: President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday because we cannot go a single day in this country without hitting play on the circus music. This comes hours after Biden said he would drop out of the race, as more and more of his party demands him to do, if he had a “medical condition.” I am not a religious person, but that feels like a sign, or at least a really fun plot point in a Netflix limited series.

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