ask Ryan about
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What do you do and why do you do it?
I quit my job back in May to spend the summer traveling around Europe. It was every bit the strange, unpredictable odyssey I set out for. Found my way to some fascinating places and met a whole cast of interesting, inspiring people. So currently, I'm living on a boat, doing some writing, taking some classes and generally trying to process this whole experience, then figure out my next move. With all that said, Seattle's a great place to come home to.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Twin Shadow's first album Forget is an underappreciated modern classic. The track "Slow" hits the right note when I'm feeling a lil vulnerable.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Twin Peaks, Freaks & Geeks.
Name some spots in Seattle that are good for a Tinder date.
Just go for a stroll down Pike or Pine St. in Capitol Hill or down Ballard Ave and get to know each other. If things are clicking, those streets are full of cozy spots to pop into.
Who’s your hero and where in Seattle would you take them out for a serious hang?
My fantasy hang sesh would involve getting drunk on retsina with Henry Miller, probably at the Shop Agora up on 15th on Capitol Hill.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I can't remember the last pair of jeans I didn't buy from Totokaelo on Capitol Hill.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love hanging out in West Seattle, but like all locals who don't live there, I pathetically bemoan how far away it is.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Seattle and where did you get it?
The Bone-In Extended Dry Aged Ribeye at Miller's Guild is a bucket list experience for any red-blooded meat eating American.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Seattle that you particularly like?
I enjoy knocking the pinball around every now and then, usually at Add A Ball or Shorty's.
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?
The Four Seasons and Hotel Sorrento (and especially their restaurants) are two very classy establishments. And by classy, I mean in Seattle's informal yet sophisticated sort of way.
What restaurant in Seattle looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Most of the mom and pop restaurants in the International District are what you might call 'no frills', but this is where you'll find the most authentic, sometimes best, certainly cheapest Asian food in the city.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Seattle? Which one do you like?
I can perhaps somewhat authoritatively say that Foreign National is the best cocktail bar in Seattle. I have it on good authority too that the Foreign National Cocktail is the best drink local bartending legend Adam Fortuna ever created.
Where would you take your partner in Seattle if you wanted to really pamper them?
An overnight trip up to the Willows Inn on Lummi Island is without a doubt the most pamper-worthy and worth-it experience in Western Washington.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
The Seattle Dog is certainly one of the strangest food traditions here, but locals are typically pretty enthusiastic about it. It's a hot dog...with cream cheese. Sounds terrible, tastes damn good. Especially with sautéed onions and Sriracha sauce. Especially at 2am.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Seattle?
Belltown's underrated. Or maybe it's just more appealing now that I'm 30...
What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Pike Place Market, Dick's Drive-In, The Fremont Troll
Tomorrow’s your last day in Seattle. How do you spend it?
Well, that all depends if it's raining or not... If it's sunny I'd head to Golden Gardens for a sunset cookout. If it's raining, I'd hole up in Linda's Tavern with friends and a few pitchers of Oly, for old times' sake.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
The Greek island of Crete is the most magical, beautiful and real place on Earth.