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Pioneer Square’s Best Grilling Tips

4002Fourth of July is almost here and what better way to celebrate Independence day than with a barbecue! Which is why we asked the experts in meats and grilling from around our Pioneer Square to share with us (and you!) everything they know so we can become experts in grilling, too!

Step one: Where to get your meat

To get the best meat for grilling, skip the grocery store and go straight to the butcher. We visited the best butcher shop in Pioneer Square to get an inside scoop on the best meat to grill. But what Joe Harper, an expert butcher at Rainshadow Meats shared is much more than just meat, but also how to prepare and cook it right.

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At Rainshadow Meats, they care where their product comes from, which is why they only choose local, small farm, 100% grass-fed meat so you can get the best quality. For Joe, choosing the best cuts depends on what you’re going to do with it, because there are really no bad cuts.

  • Are you making a salad? They have the perfect flat iron skirt steak for it.
  • Do you want a show stopper? Joe suggested their big, bone-in, rib eye steak.
  • Looking for something with a marinade? Joe’s go-to is a sirloin flap because it holds the marinade really well.
  • Making Kebabs? Shoulder pieces are the best for this. Top sirloin is your best option to keep some tenderness.


Joe explained sometimes the tastiest steak can be simplest to make. By sprinkling salt and pepper and cooking right you can make a mouthwatering steak with little effort. Cooking it right is the tricky part, he says you should first and foremost make the thermometer your best friend. Trying to get the perfect medium-rare steak? Cook it until it reaches 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit then take it off the grill to rest. Joe’s rule of thumb is to let it rest half the total cooking time.

Step two: Know the grilling basics

  • Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.oil_grill_tip5
  • Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.
  • Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Grill pans are great for giving the smoky flavor to vegetables and fruits without them falling through the rack.

Step three: Recipes

You have your meat and basic grilling tips, all you need now is a few recipes for your meat to make your BBQ perfect. Here are five of our favorites.babyback-ribs-5

  1. Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs
  2. Beer Marinated Grilled Steak
  3. Grilled Cilantro Lime BBQ Wings
  4. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Carrot, Mushroom and Peppers
  5. Chipotle Baby Back Ribs

Looking for more summer and barbecuing recipes? Follow our Pinterest Board!

What are your plans for Independence Day? Do you have any grilling tips or secrets? Share them with us in the comments!

Helping Out the Hood: Pioneer Square Spring Clean

It’s Spring clean time! Or at least it was a couple of weekends ago in Pioneer Square. Something we absolutely love here at Stadium Place is being part of our neighborhood, whether that’s by partnering with local businesses, promoting local vendors or joining a good cause in the neighborhood. Which is why when we heard that Alliance for Pioneer Square was putting on their annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean, our team could not pass up the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and help out again this year!

Spring Clean Volunteers May 2015

Spring Clean Volunteers May 2015

We joined our neighbors, community leaders, and other business owners and gathered bright and early at Occidental Park to help make our neighborhood an even more beautiful place to live.

Brittany, Zenani and Sydney ready to clean!

Brittany, Zenani and Sydney ready to clean!

Our team got their hands dirty weeding, pickup up garbage and painting out graffiti.  It’s not glamorous work but it was lots of fun to be out with our neighbors making our community beautiful!


Cinco de Mayo Restaurants, food and drinks!

We love Cinco de Mayo in Seattle! That means all the great Mexican joints nearby have food and drink specials. So if you are still trying to decide, here is our favorite and what they have to offer this Cinco de Mayo:

  • Casco Antiguo



One of our absolute favorite Mexican restaurants. The best part is, they have Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials starting at 3 p.m., including $4 ceviche, $3 tacos and $6 tap margaritas!

Source: Casco Antiguo website.

Source: Casco Antiguo website.

But if you’ve decided that the rainy weather we have today in Seattle isn’t your ideal Cinco de Mayo day to go out, you can always do your own fiesta at home! Invite a couple of friends and tell your roommate to get ready because your place is going to host an epic Cinco de Mayo FIESTA and we’ll help make sure that happens.

We have the best Cinco de Mayo food and drink recipes to help you throw an unforgettable party.

It all starts with the food…

  • Best EVER pork tacos. These pork meat is so flavorful you will not have leftovers. Get the recipe here. Local tip: get the pork meat from Rainshadow Meats.
  • The SIMPLEST oven-roasted chicken fajitas. All the traditional ingredients put together in a pan in the oven and voila! Delicious fajitas with minimal work—perfect for an impromptu fiesta. Get the recipe here.

    Source: Rachel Schultz

    Source: Rachel Schultz

  • Cheesy Chicken Flautas. A quick and easy flautas recipe that everyone will love! Because who can resist cheesy chicken wrapped in a tortilla?! Get the recipe here.

    Source: Jo Cooks

    Source: Jo Cooks

  • Healthy Choice. If you’re going for more of a healthy snack kind of vibe for your get together, then try some of these 5 healthy Cinco de Mayo snacks.

And while you wait for the food to cook, don’t forget to sip on some of these Mexican beverages.

  • Best Margarita Recipe. If you like the classics, then we have the perfect margarita for you. Get the recipe here.
  • Mexican beer and soda. Try Sol, Corona or Dos equis for your beer and don’t forget the Coke or Sprite in glass bottles straight from Mexico!



  • Tequila. We can’t forget about the tequila! The good thing about REALLY good tequila is that you don’t need lime or salt. Try Espolon Blanco, Milagro, Don Julio Real or Centenario, but there are many other good ones.

    Source: Espolon

    Source: Espolon

Have a Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Best Pie in the Hood to Celebrate the Ultimate Pi Day

Happy π Day!

This year, March 14 is more special than ever because Pi= 3.1415…, and today is 3.14.15, which makes it the ultimate Pi day!

We love celebrating days like these, and there’s no better way to celebrate Pi day than with some of the most delicious pies in the neighborhood—and our team even recommended their favorite pie!

Cone and Steiner (High 5 Pie)

Dani Cone,  part owner of Cone and Steiner, also established High 5 Pies and brings to Cone and Steiner her delicious pies. Using her Grandma Molly’s pie crust recipe, High 5 Pie has a wide variety of some of the best pies in our neighborhood, and they are right in our building!

They’ve got sweet and savory pies alike, but they don’t limit it to regular 9 inch pies, they also offer a wide variety of pie options:

Pie Jar

Courtesy of High 5 Pie

Courtesy of High 5 Pie


Courtesy of High 5 Pies

Courtesy of High 5 Pies

Mini Pies and much more!

Courtesy of High 5 Pies

Courtesy of High 5 Pies

And our absolute favorite is Almond Cherry Pie!

Courtesy of High 5 Pie

Courtesy of High 5 Pie

Stop by Cone and Steiner for some of this delicious pie, you can thank us later!

Super Bowl XLIX: The Party is ON!

We’re assuming all you can think about this week is the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday—that’s all we can think about, too!

Let us indulge in this Hawks fever together with every other living person in the city!

Let’s talk party! Whether you are hosting your own party, going to a friend’s party or going out to celebrate with all other 12s, we have the best food, drinks and places to guarantee you’ll enjoy the Super Bowl!



Impress your friends by making one of these for your Super Bowl party, or bring it to your friend’s party—they’re crowd pleasers!



Don’t forget the Seahawks-themed snacks!



Oh, and be sure to make a Russells Sprouts Cheese Dip—get it?



What better way to support the Hawks than with Seattle-made drinks!





For those of you going out—our team recommends these hopping bars in our neighborhood!

Photo by Seattle Met Magazine

Photo by Seattle Met Magazine

Or just stay at home and watch on the big screen in our theater room or our rooftops!

Pre-game holiday brunch

And remember, ANYTHING is possible. GO HAWKS!

A Look Inside Cone and Steiner

The retail space at the base of Stadium Place is filled with a fantastic variety of high quality local shops. So when you need to fill your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, fermented and cured foods or even ice cream, you want to head downstairs to Cone and Steiner.

But maybe you need some dry goods instead. Something like some entertaining supplies, bar provisions, mason jars and glassware, basic hardware supplies or some greeting cards and art. In that case, we recommend a trip down to Cone and Steiner.

Ok ok. Maybe you need a night out and don’t want to cook. You just want to sit down and enjoy a community stoop to eat well, indulge on old-fashioned sweets and drink some regional and global beers and wines. Or maybe you prefer to pick up some gourmet prepared meals to-go, a growler and some fresh cut flowers. Well you probably want to head to Cone and Steiner.

Whatever you need, this “Market for the People” may have it. And you can’t beat the location. Let us know what you think about our favorite market.

Welcome to Autumn. Here Are Some Upcoming Events

Man, did summer fly by or what? All those 80 degree days seemed to make the time go faster.

But here we are, on the first days of fall, ready for the leaves to change. One thing that won’t change – all the localicious things to do around Stadium Place. Here are some things coming your way, and a few things that may have opened while you weren’t paying attention.

Already open!
Have you checked out Quality Athletics yet? Seattle Magazine did a nice piece on our new neighbor.


Every home needs an excellent pizza place within walking distance. The newest candidate for Stadium Place residents is Pizzeria Gabbiano, at 240 2nd Ave South. Check out the review from The Stranger. But note: Pizzeria Gabbiano is only open for weekday lunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is a little hard to find, across the street from the Pioneer Square fire station and waterfall.

And if you need flowers for the date you want to take to Quality Athletics or Pizzeria Gabbiano, check out Fleurt at 112 South Washington. Here’s a review from SeattleMet.

And for the art lovers among you, make sure to check out the new Seattle location of Hall Spassov Gallery. It’s been a Bellevue fixture since 2006 but opened at 319 3rd Ave S. in July. Their current exhibition features the works of Rein De Lege, a Dutch expressionist, and runs until 9/30.

Rein De Lege at Hall Spassov Gallery

Coming Soon

9/30 (maybe), 10/5, 10/6 and potentially more – Your Seattle Mariners are making a final push for the MLB playoffs. If they can make it to the Wild Card game, they *could* host it 9/30. If they would win that, they’d have some games in October. Put on those rally caps!

10/2 – October’s First Thursday Art Walk: There’s still time to find that perfect piece for your apartment at the largest concentration of art galleries in the city. It runs from 5-8pm.

10/12, 11/2, 11/9, 11/23, 12/14, 12/28 – The Seahawks will be home these days, which means you have the best spot in town to host a pre-game party.

11/1, 11/2, 11/22, 11/23, 12/7 – The Sounders are in the MLS Playoffs. We won’t know when they play at home until the rest of the season shakes out. But these dates above represent when they might be at home.

Let us know if you hear of another big event coming to Pioneer Square.

Neighborhood Blogs Worth Reading

We love sharing news about Stadium Place and providing some ideas about neighborhood spots to enjoy. But we also know that we can’t provide ALL the data about news and events in the area. So here are some suggestions for some other great sources of news.

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Have any favorites that we missed? The smaller and more eclectic the better. Let us know in the comments below.

Cocktails Worthy of Your BBQ

Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. Pioneer Square is home to some fantastic bartenders. So here are some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.

Note: Most of these recipes don’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.


  • Fuel: Turf Monster – Muddled Lemons, Blueberry Vodka, Melon Liqueur, Blue Curacao, and Lemonade, with a float of 151.
  • The Lodge Sports Grille: Peartini – Grey Goose LaPoire Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Apple Pucker; splash of sour



  • E Smith Mercantile: Black Lemonade – Vanilla Black Tea Infused Tequila, Limoncello, Lemon, Soda
  • Fuel: Blue 51 Margarita – Tequila, Triple Sec, Muddled Lime, Sour Mix and Blue Curacao



  • The Lodge Sports Grille: The Perfect Mark Fresh muddled oranges, Makers Mark Bourbon shaken with a splash of both sweet and dry vermouth and a dash of bitters
  • Seattle Magazine recommends: The Sodo Shaker – Ice cubes, 2 ounces Woodinville Whiskey Co Harvest Release Bourbon,  1/2 ounce Carpano Antica Formula,  1/4 ounce Luxardo Maraschino, 1/4 Rainer Cherry, Simple Syrup
The Sodo Shaker, via Seattle Magazine

The Sodo Shaker, via Seattle Magazine

Share your favorite homemade cocktail recipes with us in the comments below.

Get Your Grill On

We’ve flown through Fourth of July and sailed through Seafair. But everyone in Seattle knows the sun will be shining another couple of months, with sunsets that stretch clear into the late evening. And what is a better way to celebrate the back half of summer, than grilling on the rooftop of your building?

You may or may not remember that you have a handy gas grill up there, with great views and plenty of room to cook for, entertain and delight your guests. So over the next two weeks, we thought we’d provide some tips and recipes to take your barbecue past the burgers and hot dog stage and into something completely memorable.

Tips from an Expert

Before we get started with some recipes and other helpful resources, let’s get some grilling advice from an expert. Andrew Brays is the owner of Pinky’s Kitchen, one of the finest places to enjoy barbecue in the Puget Sound. Pinky’s is located in a little truck in Wallingford, but the small location packs huge flavor. Pinky’s has giant smokers where they season their meats for a long period of time, but we asked Andrew for his number one tip for using a gas grill.

“Here’s a general tip to help every beginner. Keep an eye on the “hotspots” on the grill. Inevitably most non-commercial grills have hotspots and things will cook unevenly especially, when trying to sear at high temperature. Keep an eye on them and be ready to shuffle things around to get even cooking and sears. Also, when cooking steak use a internal thermometer probe (they are cheap and easily available) if you want to really be sure you are doing rare, med rare, med and well done requests. The thermometer is also great for chicken and sausages. Pull the meat immediately as soon as it hits 165 (or less if you want rarer meat) to stop it from drying out.”

Seattle Barbecue Recipes

Next, we found some Puget Sound recipes that will make you look more like Bobby Flay than Ronald McDonald. Here are some links to some great recipes from Seattle’s famous restaurateur, Tom Douglas.

For the meat eaters, we have Grilled Flank Steak with Soy Chile Glaze. And for the fish lovers, of course it has to be Salmon with Fennel and Onions.

Besides his grilling tip, Andrew provided us a recipe that’s not on his menu at Pinky’s. As a native Australian, he knows a little about Shrimp on the Barbie. Here’s his authentic Australian recipe.

Pinky's ShrimpIngredients:

  • 2lbs Easy-peel headless shrimp
  • Jar of Mama Lils Honkin Hot Peppers
  • 4 TBSP oil from the Mama Lils jar
  • 1 head cilantro
  • 15-20 medium to large Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 1 TSP salt (or to taste)
  • 4 limes halved
  • Metal or soaked wooden skewers


  • To make fresh whole shrimp easy peel, simply remove heads and snip open their backs using scissors down to the tail. Clean under running water if necessary. Prepping them this way enables the marinade to permeate and the shells easy to remove when eating.
  • Cut the stalks off the cilantro just under where it starts to bushel.
  • Rough chop all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime in a food processor using the pulse, or fine chop by hand. You want a consistency that is a little runny and not too combined so the ingredients still stand alone. A medium to fine chop.
  • Place prepped prawns in a zip lock and add the paste. Mix it around well by squeezing the bag to get the paste into all the nooks and crannies of the prawns.
  • Place in fridge for 2 to 4 hours. (If you are pressed for time 1/2 hour works.)
  • On a tray double skewer the prawns (don’t refer to the picture they are not single skewered). But this is VERY important because the cook time is fast and if you are dealing with hot and cold spots on your grill you want to be able to flip them and move them without them spinning. To double skewer like in the picture but you put two skewers parallel to each other through the prawn about 1/2 inch apart.
  • Heat your grill to as high as it will go. You want to char the shells before the prawns are overcooked ideally. If you can’t get it hot enough for a rapid char, don’t worry. It’s more important to just pull the shrimp off before they overcook.
  • Place skewers on grill. There should be a definite sizzle. Cook for two to three minutes a side depending on the prawn size. Flip them the first time when the colour has changed half way through and hopefully the shells have charred. You may need to shuffle them around. The prawns are cooked the minute the opaqueness is gone in the centre of the prawn.
  • While they are cooking, liberally squeeze lime juice over them.
  • When cooked, remove skewers and serve in a bowl with a bowl for shells. Grab plenty of napkins and some extra lime wedges.

Where to Get Meat

The epicureans among you will know that the best and worst chefs in the world can benefit from high quality ingredients. So we found a place in your neighborhood if you want to step up your meat and serve something really special.

Rain Shadow Meats at 404 Occidental Ave South is a full service butchery featuring all local meats, house made Charcutiere, and a custom curing room. It’s located a few blocks away, on the edge of Pioneer Square. Their goal is bring back the local neighborhood butcher, and works with local farms to provide them a way to reach people like us. Not just your source for great meat and cheese, you can also learn about food at their classes, as well as get custom cuts and special orders.

Rain Season Meats

Get Wine

What night on a rooftop deck with a gourmet meal would be complete without the perfect bottle of wine? Again, if you want to go a class above your typical grocery store, we suggest a trip to your neighborhood wine store where you can ask the proprietor for a selection hat will go perfectly with you menu.

Up the street a few blocks near Pike Place (1435 1st Ave) is one of Seattle’s hidden treasures, Delaurenti. Head upstairs to find the most complete selection of Italian wines in the city. But they don’t stop in Italy, in total they offer more than 1,800 selections wines from the Northwest and around the world.

Stadium Place Deck

Next week we’ll bring you some recipes for Specialty Cocktails from your local neighborhood bars. If you have a favorite recipe or BBQ tip to share with the community, tell us in the comments below.