It’s no secret that Seattle is a gourmet wonderland for foodies. Emphasizing fresh local ingredients, Pacific Northwest chefs are constantly seeking creative combinations of ingredients. Although you’ll fare pretty well in Seattle eating wherever you happen to be once your stomach rumbles, there is definitely something wonderful about staying at a hotel with a restaurant good enough to be a destination itself.
The following foodie hot spots combine luxurious hospitality with gourmet prowess:
Hotel Andra & Lola
For those who love modern design, Hotel Andra is a cozy refuge filled with chic minimalist furniture and trendy design accents evocative of the Pacific Northwest. Located in Seattle’s hip Belltown district, Hotel Andra sits at the epicenter of celebrity chef Tom Douglass’ culinary empire. Tempting aromas of Greek and North African treats waft though the hotel’s sleek Scandinavian-inspired lobby from Douglass’ restaurant Lola. The perfect spot for a late night snack or cocktails, Lola also serves mouth-watering spreads like kalamata~fig and Kopanisti~pistachio all day. Across the street are Douglass’ Dahlia Lounge and Dahlia Bakery, famous for their triple coconut creme pie, and around the corner you’ll discover sizzling pizzas at Douglass’ Serious Pie.
Have you ever fantasized about a world composed entirely of sweets? Will Cotton’s delicious artwork brings that dream world to life, featuring classically painted beauties lounging on cotton candy clouds and mouthwatering landscapes filled with candy canes, chocolate, and tempting sweets that depict a sugar-fest dreamland.
Cotton begins with elaborate maquettes made from real sweets and baked goods (yum!) as a reference for his paintings. In addition to painting his luscious canvases, Cotton also art directed Katy Perry’s California Gurls music video where Katy, clad in sweets, prances through a 3-D version of one of Cotton’s painted wonderlands. Cotton also painted Katy lounging on cotton candy clouds for the album cover of Teenage Dream. Amazingly, the paper the artwork is printed on is even infused with a cotton candy fragrance, creating a wonderful treat for the senses.
“I’ve always liked sweets. Still do. It just seemed like the most apt metaphor, visually, for what I’m trying to talk about, primarily because sweets are something that’s out there for pleasure only… so that, to me, makes them exactly the right landscape situation to talk about.”
—Will Cotton via GQ.
These furry couches by Fernando and Humberto Campana are so fun! How great would a livingroom look furnished with these plush babies alongside some colorful mirrored cabinets by the talented duo? And I have to mention that their website is super creative as well and filled with interesting interactive experiences.
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These interesting futuristic dresses were designed by Amila Hrustic, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.
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Roller derby is sweeping the country by storm and derby counterculture is in turn ballooning, creating an entire empire centered upon strong, sexy women. Armed with clever names and flashy outfits, these tough all-girl squads are kicking some serious butt.
Culture Vixen’s Gayle Wheatley tracked down Sandra Frame, storyboard and animation artist by day, who moonlights as the mighty Tara Armov of the LA Derby Dolls by night. In an exclusive in-depth interview, Tara shares insight into her two passions: skating and art.
Gayle Wheatley (GW): Which came first, art or roller derby, and how did you get your start in each? Which of these two passions is closer to your heart?
Tara Armov (TA): The art definitely came first! I’ve drawn for the majority of my life. Derby came along about seven years ago.
It’s hard to say which is closer to my heart as both have had a profound effect on me in different ways but sometimes over the same issues. Being insecure yet able to express myself through either art or derby are reoccurring thoughts and feelings in my life.
GW: What inspires you as an artist? How has roller derby played a part in your art?
TA: I think both art and derby let me express emotions and feelings that I can’t do any other way. I find inspiration in vibrant colors and dynamic compositions in art, usually figurative in one form or another. Derby just boosts what I already get inspired by to begin with.
Creative scenes from artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet.
Lovin’ this “Angry Birds” cake made by Anya Richardson.
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This innovative dress is crafted from recycled newspapers folded into origami cranes! Designed by Yuliya Kyrpo, it can be found in London’s Science Museum.
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