Monday, May 18, 2009

Ten for Under Ten

Courtesy of my bible, Daily Candy, here are ten options for you Seattle-ites and Atlantans to save and enjoy your city this summer.

First is for those on the left side:
1. Sip and sun with Basque Kalimotxo ($4) and a small plate (most under $4) on Txori’s outdoor patio.
2. At only $4, a dip in Olympic-size heated saltwater Colman Pool (0pens May 23) won’t break the bank.
3. Find Zen for $5 or less at the Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum with its new gate sculpted by artist Gerard Tsutakawa.
4. Paddle a canoe or rowboat around Lake Washington with a friend for $7.50/hour at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center.
5. Kick back at Shorty’s front patio with a Chicago-style dog for $4 before getting it on with Donkey Kong. Or hit the Funhouse for a game of horse on the outdoor b-ball court and a pitcher of beer.
6. Charting a boat would sink your budget but hopping on a ferry to Vashon or Bainbridge (with or without a bicycle) to take in the city lights, sunset, and ocean air comes in under ten.
7. Wheel a deal by renting a Dutch Bike Monday-Friday for $10/hour (regularly $12/hour) when you print out this e-mail.
8. Save some hard cash by planting Kentucky Colonel mint, peppermint, or sweet basil ($3.29 each at City People’s Garden Store). Then whip up some drinks for friends on a hot day.
9. Hit the cheap seats at a ball game. Mariners center-field bleachers are a sporty bargain at eight bucks or less.
10. Poco Carretto’s new pint combo offers flavors like salted butter caramel gelato and green apple sorbetto side by side. Through June 22, save $2 with this coupon for DailyCandy readers.

Now for the Right Siders:
1. Tag, you’re it, with Montana Gold spray paint and cap set from Sam Flax. This is a cheap and easy way to redecorate that room that bores you everytime you enter it.
2. Feeling lucky? Pick a peck of lotto tix. (It’s all for the kiddies.) As we say up here in NY, "Hey, you never know!"
3. Cool off with sweet tea at Park 75. Brewed iced tea cubes mean it never waters down. Nothing says southern summer like a cold sweet tea.
4. Don’t be a drip. A cup of joe at mug hub Method Coffee Bar will set you back barely five bucks. Wi-Fi doesn’t cost a thing. We all know that I love a good cup of coffee/
5. Set the scene with bright cloth place mats from Swoozie’s. The extra $5 for the monogram is worth it. Every southerner knows the value of a good monogram.
6. Lap up nuanced flavors of local honey at Harris & Clark.
7. While away the hours with a best-seller or dusty old novel from book bungalow Atlanta Book Exchange (591 North Highland Avenue; 404-681-3122‎).
8. Take a jukebox spin at Waffle House. (Livin’ la vida scattered, smothered, and covered.)
9. You wear your heart on your sleeve. Dress your baked goods accordingly with a sweetly shaped cookie press.
10. Keep papers in their place with silver initial paperweights from Festivity.

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