Behind the muraled storefront that sits on a busy Seattle arterial street, Waterwheel Lounge’s paneled and dark bar harkens back to the 1970s. Bucket-seated pleather stools, an abundance of neon, the big TV in the corner and a lone pool table provide all the ambiance one could wish for. There’s plenty of beer on tap, but bottles and cans of Rainier, PBR, shots of Jägermeister, and a mix of nightly events including karaoke, pub trivia, and live music are the real draw to this unabashed dive bar – as is the outdoor seating area during summer. The menu offers pub fare – fries or tots, burgers and sandwiches, wings, nachos, the occasional taco – and on weekends, Waterwheel brings forth a brunch menu featuring chicken-fried steak, French toast, biscuits and gravy and scrambles.
Lauded by schools and music magazines, the percussion courses at Interact and Learn immerse pupils in world traditions and contemporary beats alike. Offerings range from downloadable mini-courses to group classes focusing on jazz and salsa rhythms. Both kids and adults can free their inner Ringo in drum kit lessons, while private, instrument-specific instruction narrows in on bongos and maracas.
At Harissa Lebanese Cuisine, chef Manal Sahmarani places an extra emphasis on large-portioned Lebanese mainstays. Cauldrons of vegetable stew filled with broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and potatoes simmer with fragrant spices, and skewers of marinated chicken breasts and char-grilled tomatoes and onions arrive on long rectangular plates alongside a shredded cabbage salad. All of Manal’s dishes are made fresh each morning, when the sun is too low to power the world’s microwaves.
To take the effort out of hauling home a holiday tree, TreeME selects healthy fir trees from a local family farm and delivers them to local homes. TreeME offers a wide variety of tree heights from five to nine feet, so patrons can choose the correct size tree for their home, office, or submarine. Once they receive their tree, customers can trim it with holiday decorations and lights to create a festive atmosphere complemented by the pleasing scent of evergreen forest.