The All Things Summer in Seattle Edition


What’s Not to Love?
Seattle Times news artist, Gabriel Campanario, said it all in his July 9 Seattle Sketcher column: “Summer’s too nice to spend anywhere else”.
In his column, Campanario was singing the praises of “staycation” ideas for those of us living in the Puget Sound region who really need not look further than our own proverbial back yards to enjoy the best the season has to offer for family fun.
“In every city I’ve lived before, I looked forward to summer travel somewhere else.  Here, summers are just too precious to miss,” he effused.
Amen to that (and special thanks to this artiste extraordinaire for his awesome sketches that grace the pages of the Seattle Times’ Saturday local news sections–a feast for the eyes!)  Visit: for more on his work, or pick up a copy of his 32-page paperback: The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World.
The Essence of Summer?
spicy tequila drink
And, just in case you happen to find yourself with some extra leisure time on your hands this summer, try chilling-out with this libation, recipe compliments of Lewis Barbeque in Charleston, SC,  Beverage Director R.H. Weaver:
Spicy Tequila and Watermelon Fresca
2 oz.    watermelon juice
1/2 oz.    jalapeno agave syrup*
1/2 oz.    fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila
black salt, for garnish
watermelon wedge, for garnish
Combine watermelon juice, jalapeno agave syrup, lime juice, and tequila in cocktail shaker with ice and shake.  Strain into glass with ice, and garnish with watermelon wedge sprinkled with black salt.
* To make the jalapeno agave syrup, bring 12 ounces of water to a boil in a medium pot-high heat.  Add 1 jalapeno and 24 ounces of agave syrup.  Remove from heat and stir to combine.  Once cool, remove jalapeno and reserve syrup.
Revisiting Geoducks*
That’s “goo-wee“, not “gee-oh” ducks, for readers unfamiliar with the proper pronunciation of the burrowing saltwater bivalve found in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canadian coast.
Blame the confusion on Europeans who reinterpreted the local native American Nisqually tribe’s name for the massive mollusk: gewduc.  (Turns out the early settlers messed up a lot of other pronunciations back in the day (including Seattle’s namesake Chief Sealth), but that’s another story…)
Those intrigued with learning more about these uniquely phallic creatures, go to for Lina Tran’s July 17 “Everything You Need to Know About Geoducks” tribute to the “love mussel”…
* See the April 15, 2014 Seattle Outsider Musings edition featuring Bizarre Food’s Andrew Zimmern.
That’s it for now, dear reader.  Enjoy your summer, wherever you may be spending it!
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