Composing a week's worth of haikus out of brothy alphabet soup will leave anyone wanting a stiff drink. Today's Groupon puts libations and sea fare in the same place with $25 worth of food and drink at STIR Martini and Raw Bar for $10. The precise engineering of your meal will fill your gullet and further inspire your economic use of 17 poetic syllables.
Del Rey's chef, Derek Knudsen, infuses classic bar dishes with a gourmand's flair, offering a menu of wash-downable delights, fried yum, and Southwestern staples. After tasting the blackened ahi tuna ($13.95), truffle mac 'n’ cheese ($7.95), and churros with chocolate-Kahlua sauce ($5.95), tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics. Early feasters can enjoy Saturday- and Sunday-brunch favorites such as the vegetarian breakfast burrito ($7.95) or Kahlua French toast ($6.95), washed down with one of Del Rey's specialty Bloody Marys ($7.50–$8). Bathed in glowing red light, diners settle into intimate booths with selections from Del Rey's stocked bar. More than 100 tequilas spicy up margaritas, including the jalapeño-cucumber ($8) and the triple berry ($7.50), while the Dark N Stormy quenches the thirsts of sadistic weathermen with house-made ginger beer and dark rum ($7.50).
Chiropractic experts at The Vital Energy Center use the Myovision SEMG to detect vertebral subluxations by measuring the amount of electrical activity that muscles release when they're tense. Then they use their hands to give really good massages. Choose from three different hour-long, muscle-melting massages from Vital Energy's expert therapists (graduates of the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration and the Wellspring School for Healing Arts). Vital Energy is the only place in Seattle where you can get an AMMA massage: an atypical, Eastern medicinal rub that includes nutritional advice, herbal therapies, and other health suggestions like "pecans may or may not give you eternal life" or "you should work out in my garage when I'm not home."
Pilates on 10th's dedicated brood of trained muscle molders gently elongates spines and loosens limbs through body-harmonizing classes. With a series of movements and breaths, extremities are tightly trimmed and cores etch-a-sketched to display deep crevices and curves. Each class incorporates graceful and fluid movements to help straighten posture, increase flexibility, and bolt down balance as recovering injuries are pep talked to strength. There are four levels of mat sessions available: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and mat basics, all occurring weekly.
Sutra serves up a daily-changing menu of meat-free meals in its brightly colored Wallingford eatery Wednesday through Sunday. The supper-club-style service offers one seating time (7 p.m.) on Wednesday and Thursday, two (6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday, and one 6:30 p.m. seating on Sunday. Typically, Sutra features a four-course prix fixe meal with artsy arrangements of the best ingredients per course ($35). The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday.
Purchase, prepare, and polish off S.O.L.E. (sustainable, organic, local, and ethical) food at the local foodie soul of the city: the world-famous Pike Place Market. With today’s Groupon, $28 gets you a $45 two-hour ‘Lunch and Learn’ cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, just four blocks south of the legendary market at 1101 Post Alley ($50 with tax included).