Monthly Archives: August 2014

Welcome Back Football. 12 Answers to Your Most Pressing Seahawks Questions

By now you know that our region’s favorite team, the World Champion Seattle Seahawks, start their regular season this Thursday. Now, for those of you who either just moved to Seattle or aren’t huge football fans, we have provided answers to 12 questions that will help you be part of any office cooler conversation.

Stadium Place 12

1) 12 questions? Seriously, what’s the deal with all the 12’s?

Ever since the Seahawks moved into Century Link Field in 2002, the Seahawks have honored their fans by calling them the “12th man.” This represents the idea that when other teams come to play the Hawks, the crowd is so loud and has such an impact that the opponents are essentially playing 11 on 12.  Hence, the 12th man. Right before every home game, the Seahawks have someone from Seattle raise the “12th Man flag” which turns an already loud stadium into utter chaos.

Dilfer 12th Man Flag (Seattle p-i)

 

2) What is Beast Mode?

It was Jan 9, 2011 – Coach Pete Carroll’s first year with the team. Even though the Hawks only finished with a 7-9 record that year, it was enough for them to win their division (NFC West) and thus get to host the heavily favored New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Late in the 4th quarter, the Saints were mounting a comeback and the Seahawks were trying to hold on to the ball, up by four points. That’s when running back Marshawn Lynch took a hand-off and ran through just about everyone on the Saints defense on the way to the end zone. Lynch was said to go into “Beast Mode.”

 

3)  What’s with the animosity between us and the 49’ers? San Francisco seems like such a friendly place.

Believe it or not, the Seahawks vs 49’ers rivalry does not go back too many years. The Seahawks switched divisions from the AFC West to the NFC West in 2002, long long long after the 49’ers dynasty of the 1980’s  and 1990’s when they won five Super Bowls. But 49’ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have both recently joined their teams, Carroll in 2010 and Harbaugh in 2011. And both had coached against each other in the Pac-10, Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2010, and Carroll at USC from 2000-2009, so their NFL rivalry spilled over from college. It reached a fever pitch in the NFC Championship game last January when the Seahawks narrowly won the game to go to the Super Bowl.  The 49’ers built a new stadium about 40-50 miles outside of the city this year, so a favorite insult is to refuse to call them “San Francisco” any more, and refer to them as the “Santa Clara 49’ers.”

Via SeattleTimes.com

Via SeattleTimes.com

4)  Can I date Russell Wilson? He’s dreamy.

Well, Russell Wilson is single after separating from his wife in the spring. Rumors of him with a current girlfriend are sketchy at best. But keep in mind that he’s known for being in the Seahawks film room at 5:00am, being the last guy to leave the training facility and spending most of his Tuesday afternoon free time at Children’s Hospital talking to sick kids. That’s right, he’s not just an NFL star, but he’s a super nice guy to boot. So, even if you do nab him, don’t expect too much wining and dining from the gallant QB.

 

5)  I’m going to the game. Where should I go before hand?

Oh wow, that’s a tough question. Once you are in Pioneer Square, every bar and restaurant is going to be filled with 12th men and women. Most Seahawks games are Sunday at 1:15pm, which gives you the chance to get down early for breakfast, watch most of the 10:00am NFL games, and then head over to the stadium about 12:15. You want to get to the stadium a little early so you can get settled in, and to let your ears slowly adjust to the mountain of noise that is building up towards kickoff.

 

6)  Who is Richard Sherman and why does he bother fans of other teams?

When you are a leader of the Seahawks defensive secondary that calls itself the “Legion of Boom,” you are bound to ruffle the feathers of opposing fans. Sherman has always been known as an outspoken character, but his popularity (and anti-popularity) reached new heights at the very end of the NFC Championship game after he defended a pass that won the game. Either you think he is overly aggressive or you love his emotion. He kind of polarizes people one way or the other. If he played for Santa Clara, we probably wouldn’t be able to stand him.


 

7) What’s the deal with the phrase “Win Forever” and where did it come from?

This is Coach Carroll’s mantra. In fact, he has a web site and has written a book of the same rallying cry.  Coach Carroll’s program for youth “develops a culture of high performance that is in a relentless pursuit of a competitive edge – for individuals and teams to become the very best they can possibly become.” He brings that same competitiveness to every Seahawks practice and game.

 

8) How should my friends or I get to the stadium?

Well if you live at Stadium Place, lucky you! You live 100 yards from the stadium! Your friends can come meet you for a pre-game bash at your place, or you can met them downstairs and enjoy the festive Pioneer Square environment. Like we said above, just wander around, find a place that suits you, and enjoy a leisurely build up to kick-off.

But if you are at any of our other communities, you can choose to drive but you’ll have to pay for parking, usually at least $15 or $20. And expect a fair amount of traffic, so plan accordingly. You can also hop in an Uber or Lyft, although the bus and light rail can be pretty good options as well. Pro tip: If you park anywhere in South Lake Union you can take the Trolley into Westlake and then the bus or light rail to the International Street station.

 

9)  By the way, when are the games and who do we play?

Good question. Here’s a technical answer to wow your friends with. The Hawks play 16 games. 6 are against their NFC West rivals Santa Clara, Arizona and St. Louis (3 at home, 3 away.) This year, all of the teams in the NFC West will also play the 4 teams in the AFC West; Denver, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City (2 at home, 2 away) and NFC East; Washington, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Dallas (2 at home, 2 away.) The divisions they play against rotate every year. Finally, because the Seahawks were the winners of their division last year, they play last year’s winners of the 2 other divisions in their conference; Carolina and Green Bay (1 home, 1 away.) Got it? Well here’s the full schedule with actual dates and times.

 

10) When’s the last time a team won Back to Back Super Bowls? Can we do it again?

So far there have been 48 Super Bowls, and Back to Back titles have only happened 8 times – Green Bay (1967, 1968), Miami (1973, 1974), Pittsburgh (1975, 1976 and 1979, 1980), San Francisco (1989, 1990), Dallas (1993, 1994), Denver (1998, 1999) and New England (2004, 2005). Looking at the trends, this is the longest the league has gone without a repeat champion, so it does seem like the time is right.

 

11) Since we won it last year, will the Super Bowl be in Seattle this year?

No, that’s not how it works, sadly. The Super Bowl location is chosen years in advance – usually in a warm weather city, unless there’s a brand new stadium the league wants to show off. This year’s Super Bowl is in Phoenix, and then the next ones are in Santa Clara (NOT San Francisco), Houston and Minneapolis.

 

12) I want to buy a jersey. Whose number and name should I get?

Excellent, excellent question. Good for you for your team spirit. The easy and popular choices are Russell Wilson (3), Marshawn Lynch (24) or Legion of Boom standouts Richard Sherman (25) and Earl Thomas (29). Now these are great choices, and Wilson, Sherman and Thomas will be with the team for years, so the jersey won’t be out of date for a while. If you like something less trendy and like little guys, two sophisticated choices would be wide receivers Percy Harvin (11) and Doug Baldwin (89). Less trendy choices for big guys would be the quiet but tough center Max Unger (60) or left tackle Russell Okung (76). Or maybe you want to pick someone from your college. Check out the roster here. And there’s always just the #12 which is always a solid pick.

Via Faniq.com

Via Faniq.com

Have more questions about the Seahawks? Let us know in the comments below.

And just in case you can’t get tickets, check out the view from the roof deck of The Wave!

The Wave Roof Deck

Top Cocktails For Your BBQ

Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. The Puget Sound has some fantastic bartenders, so we rounded up some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.

Note: Most of these recipes we listed didn’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, you can start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.

Stadium Place

The Turf Monster, Blue 51 and Sodo Shaker are featured on the Stadium Place blog.

The Lyric

Witness Bar, Knee High Stocking Company, Bait Shop and Tavern Law are among the Capitol Hill bars with cocktails we suggest replicating.

The Corydon

Your usual spirits are all given their due, but the U-District bars also have some interesting Sake recipes.

The 101 Kirkland

Recipes for Beach drinks are highlighted in our dispatch from The 101 Kirkland, along with some interesting twists on the margarita.

Where to Get Food and Wine For Your BBQ

The epicureans among you will know that the best and worst chefs in the world can benefit from high quality ingredients. And there’s no better compliment to the food than a perfect bottle of wine. So we found places in your neighborhoods to help you serve something really special.

Stadium Place

Rain Shadow Meats http://www.rainshadowmeats.com/ at 404 Occidental Ave South is a full service butchery featuring all local meats, house made Charcutiere, and a custom curing room. it’s located a few blocks away, on the edge of Pioneer Square. Their goal is bring back the local neighborhood butcher, and works with local farms to provide them a way to reach people like us. Not just your source for great meat and cheese, you can also learn about food at their classes, as well as get custom cuts and special orders.

Rain Season Meats
Source: SeattleBySarah.com

Wine:
Up the street a few blocks near Pike Place (1435 1st Ave) is one of Seattle’s hidden treasures, Delaurenti. Head upstairs to find the most complete selection of Italian wines in the city. But they don’t stop in Italy, in total they offer more than 1,800 selections wines from the Northwest and around the world.

The Corydon

Bill the Butcher. Bill the Butcher at 3600 NE 45th St is trying to create an extremely short food chain, that is kind to animals, good for the consumer and rancher, safe for the environment and profitable for our stakeholders. They have a full range of grassfed meat for your eating pleasure.

Bill the Butcher

Wine:
Carrying an extensive selection of wines from around the world, McCarthy and Schiering/ at 6500 Ravenna specializes in Washington and Oregon wines. (Please, no Oregon wines at a pre-Husky party.) They also find small individual estates of France, Italy, Germany and Austria, and new world wines from California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Argentina, so you may not have heard of a lot of bottles on their shelves. Plus, they have the experience to back up their claims, recognized in 1998 by Food and Wine magazine as “retailer of the year,” named one of the “50 best Wine Stores in America” by GQ magazine in 2004, and also one of the “top 10 small specialty shops featuring wines from Piedmont and Tuscany.”

The Lyric

Just like down in Pioneer Square, Rain Shadow Meats Rain Shadow Meats/ has a place up at Melrose Market. Don’t miss out.

Wine:
Vino Verite at 208 Boylston Ave N is Capitol Hill’s own wine cellar, with more tnan 1200 different wines from all over the world, with a special emphasis on Northwest and French wine. They taste and approve almost everything in the store, and try to pick out the best values for their customers.

The 101 Kirkland

The Metropolitan Market at Kirkland 10611 NE 68th St has the highest quality meat selection in the area. You can also grab some high end appetizers and other premier ingredients.

Wine:
The 101 Kirkland has a great spot within walking distance. The Grape Choice at 9 Lakeshore Plaza Dr is both a retail wine shop and a wine bar. The “Grape” carries a wide selection of wines from all around the world and specializes in choices from the Northwest. Stop in for a drink and take some tastes before deciding on what you’ll serve your guests.

Take your BBQ to the Next Level

Summer is still going strong, and there’s plenty of time to plan a Rooftop BBQ for your friends. This week we provided some tips on how to take your grilling to the next level.

Tips from an Expert

Before we get started with some recipes and other helpful resources, let’s get some grilling advice from an expert. Andrew Brays is the owner of Pinky’s Kitchen, one of the finest places to enjoy barbecue in the Puget Sound. Pinky’s is located in a little truck in Wallingford, but the small location packs huge flavor. Pinky’s has giant smokers where they season their meats for a long period of time, but we asked Andrew for his number one tip for using a gas grill.

“Here’s a general tip to help every beginner. Keep an eye on the “hotspots” on the grill. Inevitably most non-commercial grills have hotspots and things will cook unevenly especially, when trying to sear at high temperature. Keep an eye on them and be ready to shuffle things around to get even cooking and sears. Also, when cooking steak use a internal thermometer probe (they are cheap and easily available) if you want to really be sure you are doing rare, med rare, med and well done requests. The thermometer is also great for chicken and sausages. Pull the meat immediately as soon as it hits 165 (or less if you want rarer meat) to stop it from drying out.”

Seattle Barbecue Recipes

Next, we found some Puget Sound recipes that will make you look more like Bobby Flay than Ronald McDonald. Here are some links to some great recipes from Seattle’s famous restaurateur, Tom Douglas.

For the meat eaters, we have Grilled Flank Steak with Soy Chile Glaze. And for the fish lovers, of course it has to be Salmon with Fennel and Onions.

Besides his grilling tip, Andrew provided us a recipe that’s not on his menu at Pinky’s. As a native Australian, he knows a little about Shrimp on the Barbie. Here’s his authentic Australian recipe.

Pinky's ShrimpIngredients:

  • 2lbs Easy-peel headless shrimp
  • Jar of Mama Lils Honkin Hot Peppers
  • 4 TBSP oil from the Mama Lils jar
  • 1 head cilantro
  • 15-20 medium to large Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 1 TSP salt (or to taste)
  • 4 limes halved
  • Metal or soaked wooden skewers

Instructions:

  • To make fresh whole shrimp easy peel, simply remove heads and snip open their backs using scissors down to the tail. Clean under running water if necessary. Prepping them this way enables the marinade to permeate and the shells easy to remove when eating.
  • Cut the stalks off the cilantro just under where it starts to bushel.
  • Rough chop all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime in a food processor using the pulse, or fine chop by hand. You want a consistency that is a little runny and not too combined so the ingredients still stand alone. A medium to fine chop.
  • Place prepped prawns in a zip lock and add the paste. Mix it around well by squeezing the bag to get the paste into all the nooks and crannies of the prawns.
  • Place in fridge for 2 to 4 hours. (If you are pressed for time 1/2 hour works.)
  • On a tray double skewer the prawns (don’t refer to the picture they are not single skewered). But this is VERY important because the cook time is fast and if you are dealing with hot and cold spots on your grill you want to be able to flip them and move them without them spinning. To double skewer like in the picture but you put two skewers parallel to each other through the prawn about 1/2 inch apart.
  • Heat your grill to as high as it will go. You want to char the shells before the prawns are overcooked ideally. If you can’t get it hot enough for a rapid char, don’t worry. It’s more important to just pull the shrimp off before they overcook.
  • Place skewers on grill. There should be a definite sizzle. Cook for two to three minutes a side depending on the prawn size. Flip them the first time when the colour has changed half way through and hopefully the shells have charred. You may need to shuffle them around. The prawns are cooked the minute the opaqueness is gone in the centre of the prawn.
  • While they are cooking, liberally squeeze lime juice over them.
  • When cooked, remove skewers and serve in a bowl with a bowl for shells. Grab plenty of napkins and some extra lime wedges.

Next week we’ll bring you some recipes for Specialty Cocktails from neighborhood bars. If you have a favorite recipe or BBQ tip to share with the community, tell us in the comments below.