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Already home to Bombay Burger, Capitol Hill adding a new Indian restaurant with a twist: pizza

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Capitol Hill is already home to an Indian burger joint. Bombay Burger opened in May with paneer burgers and masala fries on E Madison.

Soon, the neighborhood will have an Indian pizza joint.

Pizza Twist, a pizza franchise with Indian-flavored ingredients and influences is making plans to open in the Broadway space previously home to Ammi’s Pakwan and New India Express which closed during the pandemic.

The new Pizza Twist location — apparently the first in Washington state for the Chicago-born franchise — will be operated by the same ownership who took over Broadway’s Mirch Masala last year. The new business partners were said to all be first-time restaurant owners at the time. Now they’re about to own at least two.

The new venture will explore another avenue of present-day Indian cuisine: pizza —

We specialize in bringing you appetizing yet healthy options on a pizza. We bring you the kind of pizza that is a real meal, with fresh and healthy ingredients & real value for your dollar. And if you need something a little different, we offer specialty pies that are off the beaten path, like our Butter Chicken Pizza, Tikka Masala Pizza or Curry Veggie Pizza.

In addition to familiar Indian flavors, many of the pie recipes are Halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free friendly.

“Pizza Twist serves up traditional and authentic Indian style pizza using fresh vegetables and healthy spices not seen in your typical pizza,” the company’s franchise pitch goes. “Customers say our Indian-Italian flavors fuse the best of both worlds. We are now franchising to bring our pizza with a twist to markets across the country.”

Pizza Twist currently licenses around 50 locations but is adding new cities including Berkeley, California and Pineville, North Carolina. You can also find Pizza Twist in Canada and Indonesia.

And you’ll also find it, soon, on Broadway where it will fill a bit of a hole left when Pagliacci exited its shop in 2019 after nearly 40 years on the street. That space, by the way, is being readied for a daytime counterpart to Broadway’s steak-filled Boca Restobar and Grill — the Boca Argentine Bakery and Pizzeria is hoped to open there before the end of the year.

There’s no opening date yet for the new restaurant at 213 Broadway E but you can keep track of updates on pizzatwist.com.


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OL Reign will make long-awaited Lumen Field debut

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CenturyLink Field can’t hold us | Chris Coulter - SoundersPhotos.com

Reign will host Portland Thorns in Cascadia double-header.

At long last, it’s finally happening – OL Reign will be playing a match at Lumen Field. The Aug. 29 game will be part of a doubleheader featuring two Cascadia clashes – OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns at 4:00 PM PT, followed by the Sounders vs. Portland Timbers at 7:30 PM PT. One ticket will get fans into both matches.

“This is a day soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest — including me — have waited a very long time to see happen,” said OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore in a team release. “We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with the Sounders and thank Adrian [Hanauer] and his staff for their tireless effort to make this event a reality. It will be a special moment for our players, our club, our supporters, and I hope for everybody in the Pacific Northwest. We have assembled a special group of players this season, so I am thrilled a new group of fans will be introduced to our team, and I am excited that our players will be able to experience one of the most extraordinary soccer environments in our country.”

To accommodate the move, this game has been excluded from the Reign season ticket package; current season ticket holders will receive a credit that can be used for future season tickets or other single-match OL Reign tickets at Cheney Stadium. Team representatives indicated that the logistics of identifying comparable available seats at Lumen Field, as well as the number of fans who have tickets for both teams, precluded other viable solutions. Reign season-ticket holders will receive a presale code and be able to purchase tickets at a discount for the doubleheader. More details about the presale and pricing will be released in the coming weeks.

The late-August match should see the post-Olympics return of international stars for both the Reign and Thorns, and will almost certainly break the single-game NWSL attendance record of 25,218. The Sounders have already announced plans to open the entire lower-bowl to vaccinated fans when they play their next home game on June 23 and the state of Washington is expected to remove all restrictions on outdoor gatherings by June 30, potentially clearing the way to open up the entire stadium for this game.

“Sounders FC is thrilled to come together with OL Reign to offer this exceptional day of elite competition, intense rivalry and the celebration of soccer,” said Sounders FC Majority Owner Hanauer. “As Seattle continues to make its case as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, this event provides a perfect platform to showcase the passion of the fans in the region, our amazing stadium, and the city’s position as one of the best sports sites in the country. As we look ahead to increasing stadium capacity and welcoming larger crowds back to Lumen Field as the summer progresses, I can think of no better way of doing so than by gathering together to support both OL Reign and Sounders FC on the same night.”

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ridingsloth
169 days ago
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Finally!
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169 days ago
OMFG, we're all doing this, right?
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How One Local Game Publisher Is Working to Relieve the Stress of Quarantine

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by Matt Baume
Quantum Astrophysicists Guild in more togethery times.
Quantum Astrophysicists Guild in more togethery times. QAG

Fun has changed.

“I’ve seen more of a trend toward the wholesome side of things,” says Ty Taylor, president of the Seattle-based game publisher Quantum Astrophysicists Guild. For the last few years, QAG has been helping indie developers publish cute modest games with chill vibes; their latest, Cozy Grove, has the player restoring life to a comfy island populated by friendly ghost-bears.

“The world got harder in 2020,” Taylor says. “People don’t need that in their games as much as they used to ... They want something cozy and wholesome.”

He pauses, then laughs sheepishly, “I’ve still been playing shooters though.”

Game companies like QAG and Cozy Grove’s developer Spry Fox (also Seattle-based) are in the business of making people feel good at a time when good feelings are in short supply. So, after spending the last year trying to relieve everyone else’s stress while operating under constantly stressful conditions, how are they holding up — and what lessons have they learned?

The various pivotings that 2020 called for were a mixed success, Taylor says. “We’re so fortunate that we can go remote and it’s fine. We’re not a retail shop,” he says. The team consists of seven people in Seattle, and one in Chicago who’s planning to move here as soon as things are … you know, different. Switching to remote work was doable, but not optimal.

“Everything’s so much more fluid when you’re in an office in person,” Taylor says. They’ve done their best to stay connected with periodic check-ins throughout the workday; some of his colleagues at other companies tried to replicate an in-person vibe by having everyone on the team screen-share with everyone else, which sounds like a nightmare.

Maintaining a casual, collaborative atmosphere is vital to QAG’s work. Since their first release in 2012, an Escheresque puzzle game called The Bridge, the company has worked with various developers to release games that have a general feel-good vibe: Space Otter Charlie, where cute prettily-animated otters follow humans into space; Breakpoint and #Funtime, 4/20-appropriate shooters full of bright glowing shapes; and Roundguard, an adorable dungeon-crawler. One of their next big releases is Sail Forth, a procedural sailing game that looks a bit like the boaty bits of Windwaker.

When the quarantine began, Taylor was moments away from signing an 18-month lease on office space, and was able to avoid what would probably have been a disastrous deal. (They’re hoping to find space in Madison Valley once they can return to an office.) Now the team’s hard at work on a new project: Rather than just helping other developers release indie titles, they’re producing their own game called Freshly Frosted, a factory-builder where chaotic conveyor belts fling donuts in every direction.

Their most recent release, Cozy Grove by Spry Fox, is a real pleasure — a sort of watercolor Animal Crossing, but modest in scope. I’ve been playing 15 or so minutes every morning before I get to work, shaking pears out of trees and digging twigs out of the ground while chilling to the gentle music. Looking forward to it helps me get out of bed.

Blake Dove, who manages marketing and communications at QAG, has been putting in over an hour a day on Cozy Grove since before its release, which frankly seems excessive to me, but he prefers more of a grind. During quarantimes, he’s been playing a lot of old-school shooters like Doom, Quake, and Unreal Tournament. Apocalyptic games, sure, but as comforting to him as games about tending a campfire are to me.

“That was my very first set of games,” he says. “I really want to play comfortably at home. … I’m returning to my childhood.”

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ridingsloth
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MLS to introduce “Concussion Substitute Initiative” in 2021

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Major League Soccer is participating in FIFA’s new pilot program to address concussions

Major League Soccer announced Monday that its teams will “participate in FIFA’s concussion substitute pilot program,” according to a release. Teams will be able to make up to two concussion substitutes per game, regardless of how many substitutions have already been used up until that point.

Types of substitutes

There will be three different types of substitutes in MLS play this season.

  • Normal substitutes are... well, normal. Teams will continue to have five normal substitutions available throughout the game.
  • Concussion substitutes. Each team gets two per game and can only be used to address an issue in which a player is suspected to have a concussion. Concussion assessments can take place both on and off the field. Concussion assessments can also take place after a player has already been checked out by medical staff and returned to the field.
  • Additional substitutes are the great equalizer in all of this. Should a team withdraw a player for a suspected concussion, the opposing team will be granted an additional substitute after to use after all five normal substitutes have been utilized. This also applies to a second concussion substitution.

Who decides who comes off?

Referees will continue to wield the power when it comes to halting play for head injuries and potential concussions, but referees will not be involved in any decisions regarding making substitutions.

“Medical professionals in the facility, including team athletic trainers, team doctors and the Venue Medical Director, will continue to follow policies and protocols established by the MLS Concussion Committee for on-field and off-field assessment and management,” according to the release.

Why is MLS introducing this?

MLS disclosed they are participating in FIFA’s concussion substitute pilot program, which will undergo a 20-month trial period. The trial is set to end Aug. 31, 2022.

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Finally.
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Fired by binchotan charcoal, Aki Kushiyaki brings skewered and grilled meats — and $129, two-hour set-course menu — to E Madison

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(Image: Aki Kushiyaki)

(Image: Aki Kushiyaki)

In 2020 just before the coronavirus hit, CHS reported on the plans for Aki Kushiyaki to open in new development along E Madison in what was expected to be a meaty wave of grill concepts to open around Capitol Hill.

One pandemic later, the binchotan charcoal-fired restaurant is now open with a $129 per person set menu that offers diners a two-hour experience in modern Japanese cuisine — yes, meat on sticks.

The kushiyaki experience is all about the skewers and the grill. Aki Kushiyaki’s menu includes a selection of chicken, duck, lamb, wagyu beef. Preparation is key with delicately skewered chicken thighs and bacon wrapped tomatoes.

But the most important ingredient is the charcoal. Sunny Ho, a veteran restaurateur whose other partnerships include Tukwila’s Arashi Ramen, told CHS last year the key to kushiyaki is high quality charcoal that burns extra hot.

The multi-coursed omakase restaurant is part of ongoing big changes on this part of E Madison where the Central District and Capitol Hill meet. The mixed-use Avant building it calls home replaced a former Firestone tire garage at the corner across from the neighborhood’s Safeway.

Aki Kushiyaki stands there as a bit of a fine dining island though Surrell in the former Crush house is only a block or so away.

It doesn’t stand alone in that meaty wave we waited for in 2020 though things haven’t played out exactly as planned. Meet Korean BBQ opened early last year in the former Trove space on E Pike, Shota Nakajima’s kushikatsu bar Taku has been on hiatus during COVID-19 restrictions and Nakajima’s turn on Top Chef, and Ishoni Yakiniku’s “Japanese barbecue” has been on hold despite a partly completed buildout replacing a Tex Mex joint on Broadway. Meanwhile, Japanese katsu will be the centerpiece when Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House opens soon in new construction on 15th Ave E.

Aki Kushiyaki is now open at 2106 E Madison and offering dine-in service. You can learn more at akikushiyaki.com.


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Aw hell, that's too close by
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How to Monitor Blood Pressure Without Raising It

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Does anyone actually enjoy the sensation of being squeezed by a blood pressure cuff? Well, as Mom used to say, it takes all kinds. For those who find the feeling nearly faint-inducing, take heart: researchers at UC San Diego have created a non-invasive medical wearable with a suite of sensors that can measure blood pressure and monitor multiple biochemicals at the same time.

The device is a small, flexible patch that adheres to the skin. So how does it manage to measure blood pressure without causing discomfort? The blood pressure sensor consists of eight customized piezoelectric transducers that bounce ultrasonic waves off the near and far walls of the artery. Then the sensor calculates the time of flight of the resulting echoes to gauge arterial dilation and contraction, which amounts to a blood pressure reading.

This patch also has a chemical sensor that uses a drug called pilocarpine to induce the skin to sweat, and then measures the levels of lactate, caffeine, and alcohol found within. To monitor glucose levels, a mild current stimulates the release of interstitial fluid — the stuff surrounding our cells that’s rife with glucose, salt, fatty acids, and a few minerals. This is how continuous glucose monitoring for diabetes patients works today. You can check out the team’s research paper for more details on the patch and its sensors.

In the future, the engineers are hoping to add even more sensors and develop a wireless version that doesn’t require external power. Either way, it looks much more comfortable and convenient than current methods.



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ridingsloth
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This research is rad
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