Sold on Seattle

photo[1] When I first moved down to L.A., I swore I would never again be a Washington resident. Six years later I broke that promise and moved back to Seattle. Returning in time for summer was a perfect transition, and I was convinced it was a great decision to come back. It also helped that I began working at Curator, and unlike most of my L.A. friends, was able to say that I loved my job.

Fall was equally as beautiful as the summer months, but then we set the clocks back and the dark coldness that is Pacific Northwest winter set in. I can handle the rain, and even the cold given the right down jacket of course, but the light is what I missed most. Those were some tough months, but thanks to the crazy holiday retail season, I kept too busy to really agonize over my lack of vitamin D.

What also helped was using the bad weather as an excuse to explore new parts of the city, checking out various restaurants, concert venues and even revisiting some of the tourist spots that I hadn’t been to since I was a kid. I realized that even though I’m “from here” I really had to relearn the city, and once I started doing that it felt like I was actually in a whole new place rather than moving “back home.” I’m now one of Seattle’s biggest fans and am slowly turning every visitor I host into one, too. It will be two years back this June, and I still feel like there’s so much I haven’t done and seen, but here are some of the things I’ve come to love about being a Seattleite:

St. Lucia at Sasquatch! Launch Party


The Music. An avid concertgoer, being in a music hub has been incredible. It’s been such an amazing surprise to find so many people here that share this passion and are always up for a random midweek show at some hole-in-the-wall venue. Because there are always so many shows happening around the city, I’ve found myself not just waiting to see my favorite artists, but rather exploring local bands and music genres I might have never thought to check out before.

The Food. I never knew Seattle was such a foodie city until I started eating my way through town. I thought LA had good sushi, but I’ve got to say Seattle might have them beat. I could eat at Umi in Belltown and Moshi Moshi in Ballard everyday. And holy pretzels! I don’t think I will ever get tired of enjoying a cold beer accompanied by a fresh pretzel and of course the amazing array of dipping sauces (the best part) at Brave Horse Tavern or Von Trapps. Hungry just thinking about it.


The Drinks. I’ve always been a big brunch fan, but these days it feels like I’m more of a happy hour person. Megan wrote a couple weeks ago about the great new app, Sosh, and let me vouch for it again; this is a killer resource for finding the best happy hour spots (and more) around town. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of the best perks of being a Washingtonian: the wine. I frequent Woodinville to go wine tasting more than I should admit, but how can you not take advantage of all the incredible wineries that are right at our fingertips! And did I mention most of them are dog friendly?


The Seahawks. It wouldn’t be right to make this list without including our Super Bowl champs! I forgot how much I love professional football. Living in L.A., I settled for college football (Go Trojans!) and really only paid attention to playoff games and of course the Super Bowl. But being able to go to the games and even just be in the city during the season is such a fun experience. While I miss basketball and hockey, I have to say that football season in Seattle takes the cake.


The Art. I’ve always loved street art. That was one of my favorite things about living so close to Venice Beach. There was something so cool about discovering new aerosol art around the city. But the more I look around Seattle, the more I see that here, too. I was just at Pike Place Market over the weekend and realized that every time I’m there I find something new.

The People. It really is true that people here have a friendliness about them that’s I think, pretty rare. At first I had some moments of road rage when someone would signal and take their sweet time to get over in traffic, and maybe still do sometimes, but I’d take that any day over the always hurried pace of other cities (traffic-related and in general). I think Seattle is unique in that as a whole the people are hardworking, but they also know how to enjoy. They enjoy their work and play, and I think that’s what makes the character of the city so kind. It’s refreshing to be around, and everyone that has visited me has commented on this so I know it’s not just me who’s noticed.


The Landscape. I’m not going to lie; I do really miss the beach. And I know technically Washington has beaches too, but nothing beats driving up the PCH from Manhattan Beach to Malibu. You just can’t. That said, I love that Seattle is surrounded by water. Growing up on the lake and then living by the beach has definitely cemented my need to always live near a body of water. There’s something so beautiful about it no matter the season. On top of that, being able to drive 20 minutes and find yourself on a hiking path up a mountain is amazing. Few cities provide the option to live in urban bliss, but offer that rural escape within minutes.

Got any Seattle must-do, must-see, must-try recommendations? Please send them my way at @c_allodi.



What an amazing thing the Seahawks have done for our NW community. How rare it is for a team and its fans to truly come together the way the 12s and Seahawks have. And even more rare for an entire region to bind together around a single entity the way we have with our Champion Seattle Seahawks. A new generation of NW sports fans — those nine- and 10-year-olds playing football at recess — can now believe they are playing in a Super Bowl… and winning.

Curator has partnered with Q13’s Bill Wixey to give back to the Seattle Seahawks directly from the 12th man. Over the next week, share your personal thank you through Instagram and tag with #thankyouseahawks. We will be gathering the images and messages from the site to create a commemorative book to be shared with the Seahawks organization and each of the players. We don’t want our appreciation for a season for the ages to go unnoticed! Download the PDF here and view your fellow 12’s #thankyouseahawks on!


The Curator News Feed: January 11, 2013

Another great week has flown by and it’s time for our Friday link roundup!

This week we are also very excited to share a new website we created with the talented folks from Cole & Weber United in celebration of our Seattle Seahawks playing in a second Playoff game this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons: The site pulls tweets and Instagrams using the hashtag #voiceofthe12thman and will be streamed live on a mobile digital billboard outside of the Hawks’ hotel and at the game in Atlanta. So, from all of us here at Curator, have a great weekend and GO HAWKS! – Scott

At Disney Parks, a Bracelet Meant to Build Loyalty (and Sales), NY Times. Disney plans to begin introducing MyMagic+, a vacation management system that will change the way Disney World guests visit the theme park. A rubber bracelet encoded with credit card information will allow guests to purchase everything from a personalized, souvenir hat to a churro with the tap of a wrist. Little to no lines, happy guests and a whole lot more spending is what Disney officials are banking on. MyMagic+ will also allow Disney to track guest behavior, for the first time, in minute detail. – Jennifer

There Are 181,000 Social Media 'Gurus,' 'Ninjas,' 'Masters,' and 'Mavens' on Twitter, AdAge. Before you spend too much time thinking up a title for yourself, consider some of the numbers cited at the link: There are 21,928 "mavens;" 18,363 "gurus;" and 21,876 "ninjas." There are also hundreds of "warriors" and "freaks," and I have no idea what any of those things mean. You know what I think is going to be the hot thing in 2013? Giving yourself a title that's straightforward and reflects what you actually do. Like "social media butler." – Paul

Your First Screen Names, Illustrated, Mashable. Remember your first screen name? It probably had nothing to do with your actual name. Neither do the ones illustrated in this article. This is perfect for a Friday laugh. – Maria

NYT Dismantles Environment, Huffington Post. Sad. Clearly, the environment is still a concern in our world and reporting on it will still be done, but the financial environment seems to have pushed the New York Times to make this decision… – Dan

#Voiceofthe12thman Tweet from Bill Wixey / Q13 Fox, Twitter. – GO HAWKS! Enough said for this week. – Annie

Crowd sourcing local knowledge, PSFK. One of the reasons I love the concept of Couch Surfing, is that it empowers the traveler by giving them direct access to local knowledge. London is a wonderful place to visit, but it’s even more amazing if you can harness the insider knowledge of a resident. Obviously, staying with strangers when you travel is not for everyone, so I love the thinking behind Rennaissance Hotels Navigator program. By tapping into the knowledge of locals, Rennaissance hopes to give its guests a memorable experience beyond the hotel doors. – Matthew

Road Trip Dining Journal, My Cooking Diary. This week I stumbled upon My Cooking Diary, a blog put together by a SF-based graphic designer, Sharon Hwang. The photography is beautiful, but what I find most interesting are the illustrations. I was mesmerized by this particular journal entry, with drawings of every single meal Sharon enjoyed during a 9-day road trip from Vancouver BC to SF. – Ann Marie