Typically, when people have friends or family in town, they show off their city by cramming in as many attractions and sights as possible. The four brothers behind the Sasquatch Relay take that approach to its logical extreme, orchestrating 75- and 190-mile relay races that spotlight their native region of Puget Sound. The trek leads teams of 6 or 12 in a one- or two-day journey through the shadows of Mount Rainier and the Northwest's sea of evergreens. At a party at the finish line, runners celebrate and share their surprise over how much shorter Sasquatch looks in person.
A poorly trained barista in front of a top-notch espresso machine is like an 8-year-old behind the wheel of a car—he has no idea the power before him, nor how to use it. Enter owner Bob Burgess—a specialty-beverage entrepreneur for more than 39 years—and his team at Seattle Barista Academy. For just less than a decade, Burgess and company have taught intense hands-on training programs that focus on crafting coffee, espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and mocha drinks using advanced techniques and equipment. From learning the life cycle of a coffee bean to mastering grinding methods, extraction techniques, and latte art, students walk away with a wealth of knowledge that makes them more employable. Like deeply unpopular one-man shows, the classes consist of one-on-one attention, since class sizes are limited to no more than seven participants.
Seattle Barista Academy's staff members—all of whom have been professional baristas at some point in their careers—have up to 19 years of experience in the field. These sessions provide clients with the coffee-making and marketing knowledge they need to grow their coffee cart, kiosk, or fort built from coffee beans.
Executive Golf?s resident golf instructors proffer club-wrangling wisdom to aspiring aces from the climate-controlled Redwood Golf Center. Runaway swings gain traction in private lessons with professional golf instructors, who tailor curriculum to individual abilities and needs, helping solidify sound backswings, ball flight, and the ability to drive a ball 300 yards with a swimming noodle. Short-game lessons help shore up proficiency from within 100 yards of the green by covering pitching and putting techniques. Conducted at a nearby golf course, nine-hole playing lessons let pupils consult their golf sensei about swing mechanics as well as course-management quandaries, such as when to lay-up, when to go for the green, and how to earn the trust of territorial flagsticks. The academy augments its swing-honing advice with a bevy of club-fitting and repair services, helping players select the right equipment.
At Grand Central Fit Club, there's plenty of ways to get fit. Group classes include everything from yoga and Zumba to TurboKick and BodySculpt. For those who thrive in a more personal environment, small group training is also available. Classes are held at various times throughout the week, in a studio with gleaming hardwood floors and full-length mirrors.
The feelings a meal evokes are just as important as its taste. That?s why Trammell and Jade Woods drew on some of their warmest memories when crafting the The Quarters? offerings. The result is a menu of hearty, down-to-earth meals that reflect a Milwaukee upbringing and a southern grandmother?s cooking.
Regionally Focused Fare
Fried all-beef bologna sandwich with cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and miracle whip layered on soft, chewy bread Tender oxtails simmered in bourbon, brown sugar, fresh garlic, and ginger for 10?12 hours, then served atop grits
A Glance Inside
At first glance, The Quarters? sleek, industrial design and exposed metal ductwork exudes a modern, minimalist vibe. A closer look, however, reveals the second-oldest building in Downtown Kent and vibrant paintings of New Orleans jazz ensembles, which colorfully accent the space. In addition, the restaurant?s sidewalk seating allows diners to enjoy their meals outdoors.