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July 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

A toast to former Seattle Times reporter E.B. White (Yeah, that E.B. White)

So, it’s E.B. White’s birthday on July 11. I propose we hoist a cocktail in honor of the most famous Seattle Times reporter. Yes, it’s true, the author of “Charlotte’s Web” and co-author of every writer’s bible, “The Elements of Style,” used to live the ink-and-paper life, tapping away on our metro desk from September 1922 to June 1923 before he was, uh, fired.

Charlotte's Web author E.B. White was a reporter at the Seattle Times from Sept. 1922 to June 1923. Photo archive

Charlotte’s Web author E.B. White was a reporter for the Seattle Times. Photo archive

White reflected on his time with the Times:

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June 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Sun must be out: many bars and bistros will show off their new patios this week

For a city with such a rainy reputation, Seattle seems to be filled with all sorts of watering holes and bistros bent on turning every nook  into a patio or sidewalk cafe. Below are some spots that are opening up new outdoor dining or drinking areas.  And if you’re looking for alfresco spots to hangout, check out our Top 10 places to drink outdoors this summer.

We’ll start with the biggest news. The most ambitious rooftop bar to open this summer will debut today (June 12).

Grab your shades. It's time for outdoor drinking. Little Water Catina on East Lake is one of our top picks for drinking this summer. PHOTO by Marcus Yam

Grab your shades. It’s time for outdoor drinking. Little Water Cantina on East Lake is one of our top picks for drinking this summer. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times

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May 19, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Nora Ephron’s favorite Tom Douglas recipe

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The late Nora Ephron.

Monday is the late Nora Ephron’s birthday. Most locals know her from “Sleepless in Seattle,”  but true Ephron fans know she’s more than just a chick-flick director and screenwriter. Of her many talents, she was also a great cook and party host.
In her honor, we’re posting her favorite party dip, which happens to be the crab recipe of Seattle’s Tom Douglas.

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April 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Lime shortage puts the squeeze on local bars and restaurants

A lime garnish? You won't see that anymore on your cocktail with this lime shortage. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times

A lime garnish? You won’t see that anymore on your cocktail with this lime shortage. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times

You may not be familiar with “limepocalypse” but if you eat out, and especially if you drink out, you felt it – through your wallet or through your taste buds. Something doesn’t taste right.

There is a  lime crisis, with bad weather and a disease killing citrus trees, which has  caused a shortage in Mexico, the world’s largest lime producer and exporter.

A case (175 limes) goes for around $110-$130, three times higher than what it cost in February.  And to make matters worse, bartenders complain that  due to the poor crop, the lime produces only a half-ounce of juice. (It’s an ounce per lime in a good year.)

In recent months, the price of limes has skyrocketed. In a story that’s stranger than fiction, the Mexican drug cartels now are hijacking lime trucks and selling limes on the black market.

If you don’t think this affects you, check your favorite watering hole or your local Mexican and Vietnamese restaurants. Some taco trucks now serve a wedge of lemon with carnitas tacos.

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Comments | Topics: Ba Bar, Brass Tacks, limepocalypse

April 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Elysian hires Murray Stenson for its new cocktail bar

Murray Stenson returns to the cocktail scene to the Elysian bar in downtown, set to open in May

Murray Stenson returns to the cocktail scene to the Elysian bar in downtown, set to open in May

 

Murray Stenson fans, you just have to wait one more month before you see the living legend behind the bar again.

In May, Stenson will be a part of what is  arguably the biggest cocktail bar opening in Seattle in 2014 –  The Elysian Bar at 1516 2nd Ave. (between Pike and Pine) in downtown.

The Elysian Brewing Co , one of the largest breweries in the state, is making a foray into craft cocktails. It’s late to this game, but they’re sparing no expense to play catch up, making some splashy hires.

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April 2, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The popular drink in Seattle bars that you can make at home

The popular Sherry Cocktail served at Canon.

The popular Sherry Cocktail served at Canon.

From the mid-to late 19th century, the Sherry Cobbler was one of the most popular cocktails  in America. It also made using  a  straw cool. This lost classic is making a comeback around Seattle. (Check out our story here.) It also happens to be very easy to make at your place.

Below is the  recipe from Bellocq in New Orleans, the bar that  helped make the Sherry Cobbler trendy two years ago.

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April 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Seattle area distilleries win big at the American Distilling Institute

Those whiskey and gin geeks from around the country are in Seattle this week, holed up at the convention center for  the 11th Annual American Distilling Institute conference. A good number of them were sober too, though many local distillers had a lot of reasons to celebrate. More than a dozen craft distilleries in Washington, from Woodinville Whiskey Co. to San Juan Island Distillery took home several medals at the award gala last night.
I was especially happy for Sidetrack Distillery in Kent, which won a gold medal for its “beet spirit.” I think it’s one of the most interesting products in our craft distillery movement. It has an earthy note, almost like tequila. You can even make a margarita with it.

Award list below. Winners from Washington state are in bold.

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March 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Who has the best croissant in the Seattle area? One acclaimed pastry chef gives his two cents

Neil Roberson, the James Beard semifinalist for "best baker" talks about his favorite croissants in the Seattle area. Photo by John Lok/ Seattle Times

Neil Robertson, the James Beard semifinalist for “Best Pastry Chef” talks about his favorite croissants in the Seattle area. Photo by John Lok/ Seattle Times

Right here, right now. I’m calling a moratorium on cronuts /croughnuts.

Our subject today: croissants, as in our bakeries have gotten really good at making them recently. Have you noticed? Who better to discuss this with then Neil Robertson of Crumble & Flake Patisserie on Capitol Hill who’s in the running for the James Beard Award for “Best Pastry Chef” in the country.

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March 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Pssst, here’s the inside scoop on where to land that Maker’s Mark Seahawks bottle

Photo courtesy of Maker's Mark

Photo courtesy of Maker’s Mark

We here at the AYCE blog like to think we provide a lot of services, but dudes, you can’t place an order for the limited edition Maker’s Mark Seahawks bottles through us. To the guy who requested three bottles and left me his credit card number, thanks, that will come in handy when I vacation in the Methow next month.

But as promised, we try to do our best. I have a source who has seen the Maker’s Mark delivery list, and your best chance of grabbing one of those Seahawks blue-and-green top bottles is at

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