Executive Chef Josh Colberg isn't content to just make a version of northern Italian cuisine—he wants to make his version. That's why a majority of his dishes at La Galleria contain elements made in the same kitchen, from his marinara sauce and creamy tomato bisque to gnocchi that fellow Seattle chef Tom Douglas praised as "properly airy." Classic Italian mains are canvases for the chef's reinvention, from prosciutto-wrapped beef with three-pepper seasoning to veal cooked in sage butter sauce.
Dinner is only further elevated with an accompaniment of hand-selected wines imported from Italy and sourced from Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Chandeliers and candlelight give the dining room a romantic vibe and the latest sports and spaghetti-eating competitions flicker across an HD TV in the bar area.
Chef Bruno Girardi knows his way around the globe almost as well as he knows his way around the kitchen: born in France, he studied academics in Africa and Argentina before gleaning a culinary education in Italy from his father, eventually toting his family's Milanese recipes to Girardi's Osteria. His lunch and dinner menus there speak mostly Italian—pastas tossed with roma tomatoes and marsala-soaked meats—but diners can detect French accents, such as dijon-glazed carpaccio and paninis made with baguette bread. Martinis and more than 70 wines cleanse palates between bites, and desserts and digestifs signal the denouement of meals more appropriately than having an orchestra play diners off after 45 seconds of conversation.
At SNAP Fitness 24/7's network of gyms, members can work out in the morning, the evening—or even at 4 a.m. Per the gym's name, it's always open, and stocked with top-of-the-line cardio and strength-training equipment. Its team also hosts yoga classes, Zumba dance parties, and Pilates sessions that can help build long, lean muscle. Online workout plans and meal plans complement the brick-and-mortar facilities, providing clients with customizable guidelines for how to live a healthy life.
The old slough-and-buff technique has no place at Pediworx, where licensed nail technicians trained in European methods and tools treat clients to the latest in foot- and nailcare. The spa, which doubles as both a nail salon and podiatry office, infuses modern technology with custom care to not only primp nails, but also to solve common ailments, such as ingrown nails, athlete’s foot, and Nixon-shaped calluses. Guests can relax at any of the two locations—including spots inside the Harbor Square Athletic Club and Seattle Athletic Club—as the team also treats both hands and feet to spa-like treatments topped off with shiny polish.
Based out of Edmonds, the freewheeling foodies of Here and There bestow elegant and nomadic nourishment, operating their orange food truck at a rotating lineup of Seattle-area locations. Boasting an ever-changing menu of global flavors and seasonal ingredients, chef and owner Julie Malcolm brings her cornucopia of culinary couture to downtown street corners, business parks, and boat christenings. Recent taste offerings have included spicy pulled pork ($9.95), spinach chicken salad ($8.95), and savory blue marlin tacos, flour tortillas loaded with chipotle crema, shredded cabbage, and pico de gallo with a flanking of pinto-bean soup or fries ($9.95). Mobile masticators can also enjoy lighter fare such as fresh fruit smoothies ($3.95) and sweet banana-walnut chocolate-chip cookies ($1.75 each) while not having to worry about traditional restaurant concerns like paying for valet parking or leaving your date behind in coat check.
Though lunchtime showcases classic Mexican dishes such as flautas, enchiladas, and quesadillas, Las Brisas' dinner menu features a whole new level of inspiration and taste. For more than two decades, the kitchen—under the direction of Chef Ricardo—has churned out inventive Latin-fusion cuisine that draws on flavors from the Mexican coast, as well as Spain, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. He concocts a cavalcade of entrees, ranging from swordfish enchiladas to saffron-infused Spanish paella and fresh Mediterranean salmon. Friday and Saturday nights are as special as a puppy’s first words, with his crew flooding the dining room with the smoky aromas of slow-roasted baby-back ribs and succulent Spanish prime rib. Though many of their menu items are wheat-free by nature, Las Brisas caters to dietary restrictions with a special gluten-free menu that's available upon request.