Seattle, United States
Chris, 29
Marketing & Communications Manager
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in marketing and communications at a university. Higher education has great potential to improve lives and advance society; it's my privilege to work for an institution that has this vision.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Bill Evans on jazz piano to soak in the sad – Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" to bring me back up.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

The Office, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development. Netflix is a comedy goldmine.

Name some spots in Seattle that are good for a Tinder date.

I've haven't been single since before Tinder started – but there's no better place than one of Seattle's several great wine bars for a casual first date: Bottlehouse, Vif, Bar Ferdinand, or The Tasting Room.

Who’s your hero and where in Seattle would you take them out for a serious hang?

Jimmy Fallon is a class act. We'd see a baseball game – Mariners VS. Red Socks – on one of the field's "Bark at the Park" days and we'd bring our dogs.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Blue Owl Workshop is my go-to (mens clothing only). High quality brands from Canada, Japan, and the USA.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The University District is gross – even for a college neighborhood. A few good spots but hardly worth the trouble.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Seattle's lakes – Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Green Lake – are heaven but I never have the chance to sail or swim.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Seattle and where did you get it?

Hot Cakes' molten chocolate cakes are insane. Served with ice cream, caramel sauce, and tiny toffee bits. Next-level stuff.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Seattle that you particularly like?

Bathtub Gin is in the middle of the city but it's not an easy find. Great cocktail bar with secretive, speakeasy vibe.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Seattle? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Not usually a crazy spender but I'd blow it all on sushi!

What restaurant in Seattle looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Little Ting's Dumplings: Nothing fancy and it's easy to miss, plus the hours are rough. But these handmade dumplings are as authentic as they come.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Seattle? Which one do you like?

The menu at Liberty Bar is expansive and adventurous. The bartenders are masterful and do particularly well with herbs (e.g., charred rosemary) and coffee.

Where would you take your partner in Seattle if you wanted to really pamper them?

My girl likes a simple mani-pedi: Juniper, natural nail salon in Ballard.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

We produce a fantastic variety of beer: try as many as possible.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Seattle?

Seafood restaurants — across the board. Yes, we live by the water. Doesn't mean we can only eat fish or even that we know how to prepare it well.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Seattle?

Burgermaster is a divey, often forgotten, drive-in. It also happens to make my favorite burger in town, with great local ingredients and absolutely no frills.

What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Kerry Park offers the best view of the city, featuring the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, and the entire skyline. It's the most memorable sight, by far.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Seattle. How do you spend it?

Coffee, brunch, burgers, drinks – and all five of my favorite viewpoints in between.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Los Angeles, for all of the great food, vibrant culture, and endless sunshine.

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