Exuberant Thai dishes from Bangkok-born chef Panurat Poladitmontri, or Chef Rut, the author of the much-loved Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook, entice eaters at the Harbor Café in Downtown Seattle. For nearby shoppers and business people alike, it’s an oasis of deliciousness, with pan-seared salmon spiked with garlic and chilies; a surfeit of spicy curry dishes; the fancifully named swimming angel, and lots of salads. Early birds swing by for decidedly non-Thai breakfast croissants, muffins and omelets, which can be eaten inside the spare, metal-chaired space, or take their bounty back to the office. The friendly café is tucked into the lobby of a beautiful 1928 Art Deco building, and is a best kept secret of nearby office workers. It’s open only for breakfast and lunch.
Located in the heart of the downtown business district, Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue’s 319 updated guest rooms and eleven suites offer stunning views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. This former bank building is a popular choice amongst corporate travelers, particularly with its offerings of updated meeting rooms and top-of-the-line business center. The fourteen-floor property’s lobby is both cozy and inviting allowing guests to warm-up around a fireplace. Guestrooms boast plush pillowtop king and queen beds with cotton sheets, 37-inch plasma flat screen TVs, alarm clocks with iPod docking stations, Keurig coffee machines, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, full-length mirror, free WiFi and large work desks with ergonomic chairs. Bathrooms feature granite counter tops, high-pressure shower heads, pure eco-friendly bath products and plush bathrobes. The hotel’s restaurant, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, offers a romantic setting with outdoor seating that overlooks downtown and Elliott Bay.
Mode Organic Salon's multitalented staff transforms visitors into beacons for compliments with its beauty-boosting expertise and arsenal of organic products enriched with natural ingredients. The salon?s hairstylists refresh locks with Davines nourishing conditioner, which is empowered by vitamins, amino acids, and essential oils. The team also resurrects graying hairs with coloring products free of commonly used harsh substances, such as ammonia, resorcinol, and lead-based house paint. The facility?s aestheticians keep skin in fine fettle with ?minence Organic Skin Care salves, and unwanted hair is kept at bay with organic waxing.
Mode Organic Salon's commitment to organic practices extends beyond its services: even its complimentary beverages and business practices are eco-friendly. Mode Organic Salon?s strong emphasis on organic standards also helped earn it a spot on Seattle magazine's Best of the Decade list.
Brookstone has thousands of practical, ingenious gadgets and games that make everyday life better. Their Big Blue live speaker uses Bluetooth to stream music or phone calls live from a smartphone, while a pocket-sized projector can be pulled out to show off the latest trip photos or funny video. That’s just the tip of the iceberg at this Pacific Place Brookstone outlet, where mini flying drones and augmented reality games are the norm – and guests can try everything out before they buy. That means sampling the classic massage chairs, checking the functionality of the wireless key finder by losing your keys in the overstocked shelves or just playing around with the latest obscure gizmo to kill a few minutes. You may not leave with something that you couldn’t have lived without, but anything you buy is sure to be fun, ingenious or downright silly.
After a wrong turn to Philadelphia led him to a transcendental encounter with a cheesesteak, Charley’s Grilled Subs’ eponymous owner opened his first sub shop on The Ohio State University's campus in the late ‘80s. More than two decades later, Charley’s slings philly steak subs and gourmet fries in more than 300 locations around the world. Classic cheesesteaks join barbecue-cheddar, sicilian, and chicken configurations on the hearty menu alongside grilled deli subs and salads topped with seared meats. Crispy golden fries invite crumbles of bacon and dollops of cheese, ranch, and other deluxe toppings, washed down with sips of lemonade freshly squeezed from lemons, kiwis, strawberries, and 1958 Edsels.
For more than five years, Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. Among its accolades, the shop earned a spot atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and for Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains.
Red Mango lives up to its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat. Each selection promotes healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. For customers looking to create their own cocktails, a toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.