Kindness During Quarantine

Share the stories that move you

While this virus is scary, one of the best things about it is that it has shown us some of the most beautiful parts of humanity. From Spaniards playing BINGO out their windows to Italians singing out theirs, celebs doing everything from hosting dance parties to reading books to children, the spirit of community is alive and well. That's not to say there's plenty of hate and hoarding, because there's that, too, but there's also a lot of connection and inspiration going on.

That's why I thought it might be nice to share the things you've witnessed here. From strangers helping elderly people get groceries to restaurants providing free meals to children who aren't in school, what kindnesses have you witnessed this week? Share them in the chat.

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Din Tai Fung

Dim sum for the win!

When it comes to dim sum, I bet I crave it every week. Where I live, there aren't a lot of choices, but I have lived in other cities where you could try a new place every week for a few months, and I sure miss that! If you haven't had the pleasure, dim sum is a type of Chinese cuisine where you choose what to eat from a bunch of small portions. You get a small container (a steamer basket or plate) for the table and share with those dining with you and it's so much fun, not to mention delicious!

In the Seattle area, Din Tai Fung is one of the best places for dim sum. Just thinking about mushroom dumplings has me craving it! Sweet and sour baby back ribs? I can't even. You will also find plenty of dishes that might be new to you, like the kurobuta pork sticky rice wrap.

Do you love dim sum? Where do you go to get it?

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PAWS Cat City

No-kill animal shelters in Seattle

Are you looking for an animal friend for life from a shelter that doesn't euthenize pets? If so, you may want to check out PAWS Cat City and Companion Animal Shelter, where you can not only get help in finding a pet, but also get help in rehabilitating a pet's negative behaviors to keep the pet in your home. 

PAWS offers many different services, from spaying and neutering to assistance with finding the specific type of pet you want. They also help people find lost pets.

Are you looking for an animal companion? What kind of pet do you want and where will you be adopting? Tell us about it in the chat!

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Keto Food Truck in Seattle

Have you tried it?

Eating ketogenic or a low-sugar diet shouldn't be as hard as it seems, and many people who eat this way already know that you can make most things low-sugar and low-carb with the right ingredients. Many chains like Blaze pizza are catching on, serving keto options for their patrons, but for the most part much of the country still needs to embrace at least cutting the sugar down.

Enter Best of Both Worlds Food Truck in Seattle, a keto food truck that has everything from keto pasta and burgers to tacos, pizza and other goodies. They use nut-free, vegan, dairy-free, and soy-free options for those with different dietary needs, and the meat they use is grass-fed. It's a great option for people who want to avoid carbs and sugar but still want the food truck experience, not to mention the yummy treats everyone else is eating.

What's your favorite keto place to eat in Seattle? Have you tried Best of Both Worlds?

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Shug's Soda Fountain

Because sometimes you just want something delicious!

One of my all-time favorite treats is a phosphate soda, and one of the best ones you can get is Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream in Seattle. All of their syrups and toppings are house-made, and they have everything from ice cream cocktails to organic coffee. You can find something there no matter what mood you're in. 

House-made soda flavors range from berry, pineapple and other fruits to favorites like vanilla, chocolate and coffee. You can definitely get a float but the Shugsicle is where it's at with its orange soda and vanilla ice cream. They also have classics like the lime rickey and egg cream.

Have you been to Shug's lately? What's your favorite thing on the menu?

Snowy Village

Yummy Korean goodness in Seattle

In the mood for some tasty Korean desserts? If so, you ought to check out Snowy Village if you haven't already. You'll find all kinds of milk-made snow, and you can get all the Traditional Bingsoo, specialty teas and French Taiyaki to your heart's content.

Everyone has been raving about the mango Bingsoo, which is an incredible towering treat! The chocolate version is also quite impressive, complete with candy rocks, and be sure to try the traditional Injeolmi flavor, which is sticky rice with a nutty flavor.

What is your favorite treat to enjoy at Snowy Village? Share it in the chat.

New Seattle Restaurants in 2020

Which ones are you hoping to visit?

While every new year sees its sad share of restaurants closing, we also get lots of new restaurant opportunities to look forward to, and there are plenty of big restaurants opening up in Seattle in 2020. The question is, which one are you looking forward to visiting the most?

Is it the new Filipino restaurant, Musang, which is supposed to feature some major comfort foods like pork sinigang, or the Osaka-honoring restaurant Taku with its lotus root and shortrib offerings? Maybe you're most excited to try the beignets at The Flour Box!

Which Seattle restaurant do you hope to visit first this year? Tell us how you liked it in the chat.

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Your Seattle Bucket List

What's your #1 thing to do this year?

A lot of bucket lists are written with enormous goals in mind that often include traveling far away, but some of the best items are often in your own backyard. Have you made a staycation bucket list yet? If so, what's on your Seattle Bucket List for 2020?

If you need some ideas to begin your list, Road Trip USA has some great ideas, from the Space Needle and Starbucks to the ever-famous Gum Wall. But maybe you want something more off the beaten path. What have you never done before, whether you've lived in Seattle all your life or just moved there recently?

Share your bucket list items in the chat!

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Seattle Concerts in 2020

Who do you plan to see?

A new year always means a new concert season, and even though it's January I'm getting pumped about all the great shows coming to town. How about you?

One of the biggest lineups for 2020 in Seattle has to be Green Day with Weezer and Fallout Boy. This July 17 show will be the talk of the summer. Wilco and Alice Cooper are coming in the spring, and there's a big rock special in the fall featuring Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and Motley Crue... but it's Green Day that I'd love to see most (not to mention Fallout Boy).

Which concerts are you looking forward to the most during the upcoming season in Seattle? Tell us which shows you're going to in the chat.

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Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique

All of your nerdy needs under one roof

Whether you're on the hunt for a specific comic issue, geeky apparel, dice or games, Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique is the place to visit. You will find everything you need and more, from candles to collectibles, as well as some items you never knew you needed.

One of the best things about Outsider Comics is that they'll subscribe to comics for you. You get a discount per comic that you subscribe to, and you get guaranteed issues to ensure that you never miss one if they're sold out. They just get pulled and held for you to pick up! They also have subscriber events if you're interested in those, too.

Do you shop at Outsider? What's your favorite thing about the shop?

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