If the charcoal-gray portcullis doesn't make Canterbury Ale House's medieval theme apparent, then the pub's interior removes all doubt. A decorative suit of armor dutifully stands guard. Sunlight streams through a stained glass window. Coats of arms adorn the walls. Even the pool cues have been replaced with period-authentic jousting lances. Although these details all set a distinctive tone throughout the space, the ale house isn't stuck in the Middle Ages.
More than anything, Canterbury Ale House is a neighborhood pub, with groups of regulars and passersby alike stopping in to enjoy a pint. It's lauded as "one of the best spots to open on the Hill this year," according to Tan Vinh of the Seattle Times. There's nearly 30 different draft beers to choose from, not to mention a selection of classic and signature cocktails. In between sips, patrons can entertain themselves with a quick game of darts, shuffleboard, or pool.
Much like the spirit of the ale house in general, the food menu combines traditional and contemporary cooking. The kitchen prepares familiar bar staples as well as more refined pub fare. This includes dishes such as shepherd's pie and fish and chips with house-made tartar sauce alongside kale caesar salads and charred broccolini with sides of aioli.
Now in its 34th year, the Shore Run/Walk lets legs sprint or saunter to raise funds for immunotherapy research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Opt for a 5K race starting in Leschi Park or a 10K jaunt beginning in Ferdinand Park. During each event, runners move their bodies' natural stilts through a scenic course and soak up views of Lake Washington. Though not included in this Groupon, there's also a half-mile kids' run ($10 for registration) that allows little ones to exercise muscles for a length of time directly proportionate to their attention spans and shoe size. All races begin in the morning and conclude in Madison Park with snacks, music, prizes, and high-fiving of weary feet.
In addition to serving up slices at four brick-and-mortar locations, Mad Pizza delivers its meat- and veggie-laden pies throughout Seattle. From store to store, the menu of each restaurant shares madness-themed entree names, such as the Mad pepperoni, the Maditerranean pizza—which hoists pesto, salami, and capers—and the Mad Scientist pizza, baked over a bunsen burner. They also prepare succulent Chicago–style italian beef sandwiches and meatball subs.
Founded by movie-industry veterans Scilla Andreen and Carlo Scandiuzzi, IndieFlix culls a massive collection of independent and festival-selected films from across the globe into a convenient online streaming-video library. Filmmakers can submit their comedic, dramatic, or documentary masterpieces to the site, which fairly distributes movies of all genres and lengths, with artists fully retaining their films' rights and action-figure tie-ins. Audiences delve further into IndieFlix’s arsenal of cinema gems with Film Festival in a Box game—lauded by the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Seattle magazine—which allows cineastes to display their knowledge without having to stroll through the local megaplex with a megaphone.
Students should bring: Exercise mat, bottle of water, and 3-5 pound dumbbell hand weights
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
No two classes are the same, and all classes are outdoors. We change where we meet around Green Lake each week so the scenery is different. We have a wide variation of exercises as well as trainers to keep classes interesting, intense, and keep our clients motivated to show up the next day. There is also a camaraderie [among] our smaller classes that keep everyone coming back for more.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They don't have someone to keep them accountable, whether it's meeting up with a friend to walk, a buddy to lift some weights, or the right trainer/class. When you find the right fit, you keep going back because you are motivated, you see changes, and you enjoy it! When you have someone holding you accountable, you'll get out of bed, even when you don't want to.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our classes are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6 a.m. around Green Lake.