Sensual, island-sourced cuisine is just a ferry trip away.

There is a long weekend ahead and you are tired of the same old Independence Day festivities. How much red, white and blue jello salad can one person eat before they turn into a gelatinous hot mess capable of nothing greater than blowing up the neighbor’s mailbox with Roman Candles clandestinely purchased from a nearby fireworks stand?

An interview with the author of “Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle.”

A fresh-off-the-press book landed in my lap this week that I have to share with you. It contains secrets within that will spice up an ailing love life — or possibly even get you laid — through the glorious means of food. It’s called the “Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle” and the author is Keren Brown, a woman Martha Stewart herself calls a “doer.”