Chuck Close at the Henry Art Gallery

This exhibition features Chuck Close’s photographic work. Chuck Close is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. He has mostly photographed friends and relatives but you can also see some nudes, flowers, and celebrities. But what I found more interesting is how he has used photographs as tools or first step to create paintings, prints, and also tapestry. This exhibitions also shows how photography has always played a fundamental role in his art.
If you like Chuck Close’s artwork, you may also have heard that in NEW YORK, the new Second Avenue Subway Line (an extension of the Q line on Upper West Side) has opened on New Year’s day and 12 works of Chuck Close adorn the brand new 86th Street station’s walls.
If you are interested, here are two New York Times Articles on this subject: Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway  and Second Avenue Subway opening 
Through April 02, 2017

— Henry Art Gallery  

University of Washington
4100 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543 2280




A cocktail with a view at The Nest

The Nest is the rooftop bar and terrasse at the top of the Thompson Hotel. Overlooking the Puget Sound, Pike market, and waterfront, this place is really all about the view. 

From 5pm to 12pm, have a drink, some bites and enjoy the sunset! And what is nicer than a sunset over the Olympics? Maybe a sunrise on the cascades.

It was a trendy place last summer and you could get stuck waiting in lines, waiting for servers… But during winter time, on a beautiful day like today, take your chance! They offer indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitted).

I can’t wait to come back on a late summer evening. In the meantime, we are going to try another rooftop place, M’Bar. I’ll keep you posted.

Have a seat,


Have a drink,


Enjoy the sunset!



The Nest at Thompson Hotel,

110 Stewart Street
Seattle, Washington 98101


Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Is Rachel’s Ginger Beer the best ginger beer in the world? I don’t know but if not, it may be close!

Rachel’s Ginger Beer (RGB) is simply handcrafted in Seattle from ginger roots, organic cane sugar, and fresh lemons. And it is super tasty!

Besides the traditional ginger beer, RGB also offers seasonal flavors like pink guava, white peach, blood orange, passion fruit… My favorite is blood orange.

There are 2 locations where you can stop by and have a Moscow Mule (you chose the ginger beer flavor for your cocktail) or a simple Ginger Beer. You can also pick up a growler of fresh ginger beer to bring back home.

At Pike Market, it can be found at the former Seattle Best Coffee’s location:

In Capitol Hill on 12th street, when the sun shines, you can enjoy your beverage outdoor.



— Pike Market:1530 Post Alley

— Captol Hill: 1610 12th Ave