Between the covers of all vintage magazine collections, there lies historical perspective, fond memories, and old pieces of squished lunch meat turned to jerky. Start a meat-curing collection with the help of today's Groupon: for $8, you get a one-year subscription (six issues) to 425 magazine (a $16 value) plus a bonus gift card to Pearl Bar & Dining in Bellevue. Your gift card is good for either $10 worth of lunch fare or $15 worth of dinner fare.
The award-winning 425 magazine focuses on Eastside living, with content covering home and garden, design, and dining. Subscribers will sink their teeth into six glossy paper sandwiches filled with colorful spreads on local designers, writers, celebrities, and entrepreneurs. Frequent restaurant reviews include vivid color photography that can be cut out, pasted to cardboard, and arranged on the dining table for an elegant pretend-meal at home. Recent features include a piece about fashion with a Seattle Seahawks player and a close look at The Barking Frog, a hotel restaurant.
Pearl Bar & Dining features modern fine dining with a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients, with dishes showcasing Northwest seafood, prime steaks, local vegetables, and seasonal berries. Share small plates such as steamed Penn cove mussels with salumi sopressata, fresh herbs, and garlic-wine broth ($10). The Perfect Pearl martini (shaken or stirred with Crater Lake Vodka or Cascade Mountain gin, $11) provides a worthy foil to the house specialty of Snake River Farms wagyu sirloin (served with blue cheese fritters, Yukon gold potatoes, and fresh herbs, $30). The moody décor filled with diaphanous black curtains, dark leather banquettes, and dramatic picture windows creates a space as modern and sleek as an iPod covered in motor oil.