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Seattle’s indie perfumers bottle nature’s mysterious, sexy scents

NICOLE MILLER and Aaron Way, the masterminds behind Seattle’s Blackbird brand of edgy perfumes and incense, work in an atmosphere redolent of beautiful gloom. Approaching the black bungalow that serves as the headquarters for the online business and as company founder Miller’s actual home, exotic smells wrap around you like a stranger’s embrace. The scent...

Know your wine bottle: What’s up with the different shapes, sizes

WHEN GAZING at a wall of wine at your favorite wine shop, you might begin to wonder why bottles come in different shapes and whether this is by design. Generally speaking, there are four types of bottles, each for a different kind of wine from a specific region of the Old World. Bordeaux: Traditionally used...

Taiko drumming: It’s loud, it’s fun and, yes, it’s a workout

MY INNER music nerd was delighted. Banging on a loud drum was one of my childhood musical dreams. Add physical choreography and an emphasis on body position and core strength to simple rhythms, and I was beaming. The source of my happiness was taiko, a style of Japanese drumming. A reader wrote in recommending I...

2015 brings 30 more Great Plant Picks for your garden

AFTER 14 YEARS, at least 30 committee meetings, and 955 plants awarded Great Plant Pick status, what’s left for 2015? Plenty, it turns out, with 30 new plants added to the roster of Great Plant Picks, and a poster celebrating plants that best stand up to springtime weather in our corner of the country. The...

On the trail of Seattle’s little adobe hut, ca. 1938

WITH THIS WEEK’S “Now and Then” Jean Sherrard and I have conspired, perhaps, to confuse you, although not for long. It is evident that in the 76 years that separate our “then” from our “now,” an adobe hut at the corner of South Main Street and the Second Avenue South Extension has endured. However, it...

Sore arm persists weeks after flu shot

Q: It has been seven weeks since I had my annual flu shot, and my arm is still sore at the injection site. I do not think I have a Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) from having the vaccine injected into the wrong area. Nonetheless, the shoulder feels like I received the shot...

Copycat wedding booking has bride mulling separation — from friend

Dear Carolyn Adapted from a recent online discussion. DEAR CAROLYN: I did some research and found my perfect wedding venue: not expensive, halfway between his family and mine, lodging on site, in the woods ... I got all excited about it and told a girlfriend of mine. She has been engaged for over a year,...

Cassoulet in 3 hours, from start to eat

I LOVE cassoulet, the celebrated pork-and-bean stew of southwestern France, but have never attempted to make it. Pages of instructions? Days of preparation? Daunting, to say the least. So when I saw cassoulet on the class roster at Paris Eastside, Muriel-Marguerite Foucher’s charming Capitol Hill shop and cooking school, I couldn’t fathom how she had...