Culture Dose: Weekend Football Viewing Prep

Photo courtesy Rhein Haus

We hear buzz of a big game this weekend for Seahawks fans, so we thought we’d offer some tips—whether you’re into the action or simply along for the good food and people that often accompany viewing parties.

It promises to be an exciting game, no matter who you’re rooting for on Sunday (you can look up the odds here, or simply trust that your favorite team will pull through). We’ve gathered a few unexpected offerings, in addition to suggesting some Seattle staples for football-watching fun; think Buckley’s in Belltown or Queen Anne, Pioneer Square’s Quality Athletics (with a special Seahawks Brunch menu), Fremont’s LTD Bar and Grill and The Hawks Nest near the stadiums.

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Fuel up for the game at Uneeda Burger, where Chef Scott Staples has added some warm and delicious menu items ideal for game-day festivities. For example, try their Vegetarian Chili (served with cheddar and a dollop of sour cream, with the option to add spicy ground beef, too), the delightful Mushroom Burger with truffle aioli, Rockfish Po’Boy, Buffalo Chicken Sammy (with Franks red hot, romaine, celery, pickled onion and blue cheese/ranch dressing) or the Cauliflower Tempura.

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This Sunday, from 2 p.m. till the end of the game, Rhein Haus hosts a Seattle’s Seahawks Divisional Playoff Party featuring Blitz, Boom, Seahawks dancers, Blue Thunder and DJ Supa Sam. You’ll find tons of activities for the whole family (face painting and a kids area), free giveaways, meet-and-greets with Seahawks Legends and more at this all-ages fiesta.  Guests also have a chance to win player-autographed items and a full collection of the new Seahawks Gameday Poster Series, with all proceeds donated to Plymouth Housing. (Guests can RSVP on the Facebook page here. Note: Seating is first-come, first-serve; RSVPs don’t guarantee a seat. *Parking is limited.)

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Football fans of any team—in any location—can enjoy sweet treats from Seattle Chocolate on game day. Note that this local, woman-owned and women-led confections company ships nationwide. Try the football-themed Seattle Sea Salt Truffle Bar ($4.50/bar), or feed your whole team with the Football Truffle Bag ($19)—an assortment of Seattle Chocolate’s signature dark chocolate and mint melt-away truffles wrapped in blue-and-green, compostable wrappers.

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While there are plenty of delicious local brews to “cheers” with this season, here are a few ideas if you’re participating in Dry January (or beyond). First, check out our brand-new favorite flavor of Brew Dr. Kombucha—Vanilla Oak—or try culinary-inspired sparkling sodas from Seattle’s DRY Soda Company. These beverages—lightly sweet, non-alcoholic and made with balanced botanical flavors—contain only four ingredients and about half the sugar of traditional sodas. Flavors include Lavender, Ginger, Vanilla, Fuji Apple and Cucumber.

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If beer is more your thing, Elysian Brewing now boosts the hazy beer category with the launch of Contact Haze; use their locator tool here. “Inspired by the eclectic worlds of 1950s science fiction which upended social and narrative norms, Elysian is set to push the boundaries of hazy, flavor-forward IPAs.” Hazy IPAs, which are unfiltered and unpasteurized, were invented in New England more than a decade ago and have now caught on with consumers craving pleasant, less bitter beers. At 6% ABV, this hazy IPA is said to have a lighter composition and be more approachable than most other IPAs.

No matter how you celebrate the sports-filled weekend ahead, we say, “Cheers,” and may the best team win!

*Also, on the topic of sports, the Seattle Seawolves (founding members of men’s Major League Rugby, with many victories already under their belts) kick off their season next week on January 16. For something totally different, attend one of their spirited, packed matches at Starfire Stadium (in Tukwila).