Sakura-Con 2011, Seattle, April 22-24

Blueacre SeafoodFresh catch. What's for dinner? Twelve kinds of oysters (harvested from South Puget Sound and other sources), mouth-delighting scallops, "angry" whole Maine lobsters and simple Alaskan salmon at Blueacre Seafood. Quirky sandwiches include crispy Pacific oyster loaf and the "BLC" with Dungeness crab. Book through OpenTable ( (206) 659-0737;

Le PanierMarket watch. Everyone must go to Pike's Place Market when in Seattle, and not just to see fish tossed around. Seattle Magazine's Eat and Drink blog ( recently raved about the baguettes (and other delights, pictured here) at Le Panier, but if bread and pastry are not your thing, shop for antiques, artisanal cheeses, books, chocolates, coffee, crafts, jewelry, local honey, tea, wine and much more.

the Big Picture

Bijou deluxe. First-rate movies get special treatment at the Big Picture, an 88-seat screening room. Patrons must be 21 and over -- not because of the nature of the films, but the night-out atmosphere. Cocktails are delivered to your plush lounger, and white-cheddar popcorn is served in champagne buckets.


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Hip Hops. Fans of "liquid bread" (aka beer) can take tours of the Pike Brewing Co., maker of choice suds such as Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale. Read more about the city's beer culture at



Find a drink: The Seattle Cocktail Compass, available at the Apple Store (, soon to be available on Android phones), finds the nearest happy hour. If you reach your limit, press a button to call a cab.