Plus: The PNW has a big presence at the Olympics.
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🚀 Jeff Bezos goes to space

By Grace Madigan

Welcome back, it’s Tuesday.

And today everyone’s “favorite” vest-wearing, bald, former CEO, has hypothetically been sent into space. Liftoff for Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket carrying Jeff Bezos was slated for 6 a.m. Pacific Time but was subject to change depending on conditions. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic launched just a few days ago; both men and their respective companies are seeking to propel space travel into a commercial enterprise. 

I for one have never had much interest in space; the existential dread it poses has stifled any desire to explore our solar system. Agree? Disagree? Feel free to share your thoughts. 

Now on to today’s other headlines. Keep reading for a story on a Ballard restaurant that did a 180 with its menu, news on the Canada-U.S. border, and a round of I Spy for Evergrey Extra members.

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4 things Seattle is talking about

😋  You’re going to want to watch this video about how one local chef completely transformed his menu during the pandemic and came out on top. Wes Yoo decided that if he and his restaurant were going down, then he would do so while cooking the food that brought him the most joy — Korean food. The Gerald used to be a Ballard gastropub, but during the pandemic, Yoo slowly shifted the spot into a full-fledged Korean restaurant with kimchi-fried rice, tteokbokki, and rice cake skewers. (Crosscut)

🏅  There are over 100 athletes headed to Tokyo with ties to the PNW. According to KUOW, at least 50 athletes have strong connections to Oregon or Washington while roughly 51 are representing foreign countries but attended a university or played professionally in the region. Some of Seattle’s athletes include Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird, and Matisse Thybulle. The opening ceremonies begin this Friday. (KUOW

🤒  An outbreak of shellfish-related food poisoning can likely be traced back to the extreme heat. The Washington State Department of Health has linked the uptick in vibriosis cases — an illness related to consuming raw or undercooked shellfish — to the recent heat, which produced conditions where vibrio bacteria can flourish. It’s estimated that around 1 billion sea creatures died along the Salish Sea during June’s heat wave.  (Eater Seattle

🍁  Fancy a trip to Canada, eh? The border will officially open to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers without mandatory quarantine on August 9. But, proof of a negative COVID-19 test will still be required. If anyone’s headed up north, your editor will mention that she has a deep love for their maple cookies and would not, not accept a box of them. 😉 ( Seattle Met)

You’re missing out on a game of I Spy

Right now, Evergrey Extra members are playing our game of I Spy — a weekly quiz that tests our members' knowledge of the city. The winner gets a special shoutout in the next newsletter and bragging rights. Sound fun? Become an Evergrey Extra member today and join in on the next round. 

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🍸  Get the lowdown on non-alcoholic drinks with author Sharelle Klaus at this Book Larder talk (Online)

📣  Girl Left Behind: Losing & Finding Jewish Identity with Judy Temes(online)


📸  Learn how to shoot the night skies and star trails with Glazer's Camera (Online)


🏘️  Tune in for our final installment of ‘Inside Plymouth Housing,’ a three-part series webinar exploring how permanent supportive housing ends homelessness (Online )

💐  Come make a beautiful floral arrangement and learn how to make the most of your bouquets (Capitol Hill )

📖  Join Elliott Bay Book Company for a conversation with Nobuko Miyamoto about her new "Not Yo' Butterfly" (Online)

🎨  Participate in a workshop with Designing in Color, envisioning how to create beautiful work with equity(Online )


🥧  Master the art of the pie crust with this baking class (Online)


🍷  Learn how to pair summer wines and summer bites with wine educator Reggie Daigneault.(Shoreline)


🍹  Grab your favorite beverage & join fellow young professionals at Sip & Learn(Online)

👐  Get, give, and gather at this community "Free Store" pop-up(Fremont)

Tuesday, July 27

📣  Discover the story of Siggi B. Wilzig’s journey from Auschwitz survivor to Wall Street legend (Online)

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One more thing …

Ballots have been sent out for the primary election, and you all have until August 3 to return them. We’ll be publishing a breakdown of some of the races in a newsletter this week.

Have any specific questions about what’s on the ballot? Let us know by replying to this email, and we’ll see if we can answer your questions.

Until tomorrow! 

— Grace at The Evergrey

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