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Turn Down for Brunch

February 15, 2018

Brunch is our favorite meal. Brunch is that classic feeling on a Sunday when you roll out of bed; maybe your head is a little foggy, perhaps you still have the same clothes on from last night. Here at the Bowman, we do not condone such behavior, but we don’t judge either. Do you boo. But, to get back on track, we are talking about brunch here, and below you will find some of our favorite spots to get a fantastic brunch in the city. Hangover not included.

1. Roxy’s

www.pastramisandwich.com – Fremont
Roxy’s in Fremont is a classic east coast diner with just the right amount of divyness. They have an excellent selection of east coast specialties like potato latkas and cheese blintzes. The homefries are homemade and are not to be missed. Take the 10-minute walk into Fremont to get some breakfast served all day long.

2. Fat’s Chicken and Waffles

www.fatschickenandwaffles.com – Central District
Chicken and Waffles – they go together like peanut butter and jelly, like hot fudge and vanilla ice cream, like toast and jam…Fat’s, over in the central district is the spot to go to get your chicken and waffle fix. Lunch and dinner all the time, but Saturday and Sunday this dish is on the brunch menu, along with an incredible friend chicken biscuit sandwich – bring your appetite to this spot.

3. Gather Kitchen and Bar

www.gatherkitchenandbar.com – Ballard
Brioche bread pudding french toast! Swedish pancakes with seasonal jam, whipped cream, and syrup! This place has some pretty incredible options on their brunch menu. They even have a dish called the hangover special. Ask for the eggs benny with fried green tomatoes for a real treat. The menu rotates, so there should always be something new and unique for you to try.

4. Silence Heart-Nest

www.silenceheartnest.com – Fremont
Brioche bread pudding french toast! Swedish pancakes with seasonal jam, whipped cream, and syrup! This place has some pretty incredible options on their brunch menu. They even have a dish called the hangover special. Ask for the eggs benny with fried green tomatoes for a real treat. The menu rotates, so there should always be something new and unique for you to try.

I Scream, You Scream!

January 15, 2018

Our last blog was about fitness, so it’s only fitting that this one is about ice cream. It may be a bit cold outside, but ice cream is always in season. It’s like wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, or a little black cocktail dress – Ice cream never goes out of style. Whichever variety you prefer – gelato, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, or straight up ice cream – where there is a will, there is a way. Living in the heart of the city, we are lucky to have ice cream options aplenty. Here are a few our favorites.

1. Molly Moon’s

In Seattle, Molly Moon’s is an institution. “From Kitchen to Cone” – They make everything in-house and have some deliciously creative flavors to choose from. Eight locations across Seattle and the east side, but the one closest to us, is the OG. We recommend Molly’s Favorite Sundae – “the perfect mix of salty and sweet – melted chocolate and salted caramel ice creams with hot fudge, candied hazelnuts, local, organic whipped cream and a Chukar Cherry” – Bring your elastic pants, and get ready to indulge.

2. Seattle Pops

Inspired by the traditional Mexican Paleta, Seattle Pops make popsicles. They come in 2 variety and a magnitude of flavors. You can get fruity pops, or you can get milk based (ice cream) pops. It’s a great food to grab and go…becuase it’s on a stick! duh! The fruity pops are 100% vegan (if you’re into that kinda thing), and all the pops are gluten-free. The chocolate fudge pop is like an adult version of the pudding pop. (minus creepy Bill Cosby of course). Seriously check them out soon – they are only about a 10-minute walk, right off 45th. Just POP right in…sorry we just couldn’t help ourself…

3. Bluebird

Bluebird creates amazing, ultra-smooth small-batch ice cream in a variety of flavors like chocolate pudding, Elysian stout, and snickerdoodle. They also make an array of from-scratch sodas. Think old-timey soda shop. Both are good on their own, but, like peanut butter and chocolate, they are even better together.

4. Fainting Goat Gelato

The Italian form of ice cream Gelato uses less fat, has less ice, and is creamier! At Fainting Goat, they use organic milk, sourced from a local farm out of Lynden, WA. The rotating flavors are intense. One day you might sample Guava or Bilberry, and the next you might try Nutella or Toasted Almond. Eating this gelato, you’d think you were in Rome! Give it a try today if you haven’t yet experienced a true Gelato.

5. Full Tilt Ice Cream

Homemade, small-batch ice cream + Retro video games = an amazing night. Oh yea, and they also have beer. 5 locations across Seattle including one in the U-district and Ballard, this place is a great date spot. Locally sourced ingredients and killer music on the stereo makes the night tasty to your tongue and your ears.

Get Fit this Year – Fitness near Bowman

January 03, 2018

New year, new you – right?

We think so. If you are like us, you might say this every new year, but this year we mean it…no really we do. We literally have nothing holding us back, there are a ton of options near us to get fit. Whether it’s yoga, spin, pilates, swimming – or just throwing your headphones on, and doing your own thing in our two gyms downstairs. Here are some great options for you to make 2018 the year you truly make your body, the temple that you know it is.

1. FUELhouse

More than just a gym. This facility offers group training classes with an emphasis on building a community. Similar to cross fit, but not as intense. The personal connections you will make here makes this place stand out and unique.

2. Emerald City Athletics

Upscale modern gym with lots of amenities. They have a giant weight room and plenty of cardio machines. This gym offers a ton of group classes like yoga, spin, and barre. Best of all, they are literally down the street. No need to bring a towel or a lock, because they have towel service and digital lockers. Across the street from the 7-11, grab your bag and walk there in under 5 minutes.

3. Studio45

45-minute workouts centered around the MegaFormer. An innovative workout machine that targets multiple muscles in one movement. Their high intensity, low impact workouts, guided by trainers will have you in and out, covered in sweat in 45 minutes. This studio is one block away, if it’s raining and you walk, you will barely get wet.

4. Bala Yoga

Everything you want your yoga studio to be. Peaceful, tranquil, Zen-like. This modern yoga studio is clean, bright and spacious. They offer a variety of yoga classes from the more intense Power Vinyasa to the relaxed feel of Yin Yoga. This studio has showers available and hot tea. Your first 30 days are only $40.

5. Anytime Fitness

The benefit to this gym is that you can go at any time…ok jokes aside it’s great if you have a crazy schedule. A 12 am workout might be just your style. If you are someone who travels a lot and want to be able to workout while you are on the road – this place has over 3,000 locations worldwide. According to their website, membership starts at $50 per month.

6. The Bowman Gym

To get to this gym, you don’t even have to go outside! Just a quick elevator ride to level G and you are there. Two gyms to spread out your workout. One gym has free weights, medicine balls, and weight machine. The other is focused on cardio with treadmills, bikes, elliptical, and rowing machines.

3 New Restaurants to try before 2018

December 15, 2017

It’s almost the new year, and we want to make sure you take in all that 2017 has to offer, before the ball drops. Or should we say, before the fireworks at the needle? Here are some great new restaurants that you must try before you say goodbye to 2017.

1. June Baby

Classic southern cuisine meets French cooking techniques in this restaurant. Edouardo Jordan’s second spot gained national media attention when it was featured on Thrillist’s 13 best new restaurants. Make sure you try the biscuits.

2. Aviv Hummus

“Hummus where the heart is” reads in big letters on one of the walls in this Isreali restaurant. Literally serving the best hummus around with fluffy warm pita bread to sop it up. This place is a unique find that will make you second guess any negative feelings you may have had about the garbanzo bean.

3. Opus and Co.

Small space doesn’t mean small taste. This restaurant’s specialty is meat. Leg of lamb, half chicken with vinegar caramel, and fresh caught Neah Bay Salmon. The $50 a person tasting menu is the way to go – sample it all. Make sure you make a reservation in advance, this place fills up quick.

Map of Tastiness

It’s a doggy dog world

November 30, 2017

Here at the Bowman, we love dogs! From treats in the lobby to our amazing dog run, to the designated pet washroom. It’s a perfect place to clean your furry friend after a nice walk to Gas Works Park. There is even a special internal facebook group where our dog owners share pet information and arrange play dates. If you’re looking for dog-friendly apartments in a great location, seek no further than the Bowman! It’s a doggy dog world out there, don’t let your apartment search be ruff. Come down to the Bowman and make a de-PAW-sit for your new apartment soon!

Our spacious dog run on the roof

Our dedicated petwash room

One of our many fluffy residents

Soba Noodle Spot

November 15, 2017


It’s not just any noodle spot. It’s soba noodle. What are Soba Noodles you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. Soba noodles are popular in Japan, but not as popular here…YET! They are made with buckwheat instead of traditional flour. Kamongei uses 80% buckwheat and 20% traditional flour in their noodles. That doesn’t make them gluten-free, but it makes them very low in gluten, and we know how much Seattleites hate gluten.

This new noodle house is where the old Art of the Table used to be. Famed chef Mutsuko Soma left her old position at Miyabi 45th and branched out on her own. With her famous noodle recipe in hand, she brought her skills (and a whole lot of Japanese decor) just up the street and opened up Kamongi.

The noodles are delicious, but word on the street is, the dish to try is foie gras tofu with sake-poached shrimp. It’s on the appetizer menu, and we recommend washing it down with a cup of sake from their carefully curated sake selection. So quit noodling around, and get your noodle over there!

These Costumes are pretty Punny

October 20, 2017

Who doesn’t like a good pun? If you follow us online you know how much we love puns. From Egg Puns to Chicken Puns – we make no yokes about it. These pun inspired costumes are everything…or should we say EGGrything.

#1. The Identity Theif

Dress like a burglar and put name tags all over yourself.

#2. Ceiling Fan

Wear some fan gear for your favorite team – Ceiling!

#3. Grateful Dead

Dress like a zombie with a shirt that shows you’re grateful.

#4. Pig in a Blanket

Wear a pig nose and wrap yourself in a blanket.

#5. Nickelback

Glue a bunch of nickels to the back of your shirt.

#6. Deviled Egg

You knew there was going to be some type of egg-related costume…Dress like an egg with Devil Horns!

#7. Netflix and Chill

Netflix shirt and a bucket of ice, or anything cold.

Get Scared!

October 05, 2017

Fall is the best time of the year to enjoy a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, or perhaps just take a walk through the fall foliage. Or, if you are feeling extreme, you can try to get yourself scared, frightened, or even terrified!! With the help of thescarefactor.com – we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 scariest things to do this fall.


#1. The Georgetown Morge, Haunted House

George Town, Seattle


#2. The Freight Factory, Haunted House

Buckley Washington


#3.Nile Nightmares Haunted House

Montlake Terrace, WA


#4. Haunted Forest of Maple Valley

Maple Valley, WA


#5. Stalker Farms Haunted Attractions

Snohomish, WA


Scare Map!

Breakfast Sandwiches, all day.

September 29, 2017

What is better than a good breakfast sandwich? Not much if you ask us. Picture a crisp morning, you step outside your posh apartment, and take that first deep breath. Within mere minutes, you have access to a myriad of breakfast sandwich choices. You can have a delicious bagel sandwich at Etta. Scrumptious eggs on a brioche bun at Stone Way Cafe. The classic egg cheese and meat on an English muffin at Solistico. You can get it on bagel or toast at Lama G cafe. Check out this map, with our top choices.

Rooftop Bars in Seattle

August 31, 2017

Summer is starting to wind down, but before it does, there is still time to enjoy a cocktail on a beautiful rooftop!  Here is a list of the best rooftops bars in Seattle.  Thanks to Thrillist for putting this list together, and we hope that if you’re reading this, you will go and have a drink at each and everyone of these cool spots.


Five stories above 4th Ave, in what used to be The Red Lion, this sprawling indoor/outdoor drinking destination is 4,000 square feet full of fire features, Gatorade-colored ping-pong tables, and plenty of summery cocktails — even when it doesn’t feel like summer out.

Monsoon seattle



A welcome addition to this Vietnamese mainstay on the back side of Cap Hill, Monsoon’s roof deck makes the thing they do best — brunch — even better. Enjoy steamed BBQ pork buns, and some of the city’s best pho (get the beef round/brisket version) under the morning sun, while a breeze gently blows through the trees lining 19th St below, and the frustrated curses of people looking for parking under said trees recede gently into the background.



Named after a pipe tobacco and boasting a slightly nautical theme, this neighborhood bar provides customers with a glorious array of fried foods as well as street eats from Three Keys, who are serving chicken & waffles, decadent cheesesteaks, and more from a window in the wall Monday through Thursday. Oh, and CB’s also provides the perfect place to consume all that: a rooftop deck complete with views of Seattle’s skyline.

Rooftop Brewing Company seattle



Opened in 2015, this rooftop patio equipped space down the street from their tiny, rooftop patio lacking original location features 10 taps pouring a rotating selection of at least 13 brews, including a pair of IPAs, a couple of pales (including a coffee-infused one on nitro), and an impressive variety of other styles, all of which taste just a little better each time you catch a glimpse of Salmon Bay and the Fremont Cut between the buildings across the way.

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle



Yes, it’s a Hard Rock. And yes, it’s mostly for tourists and out-of-towners who don’t know better.  BUT it does boast a pretty phenomenal astroturf topped rooftop bar, complete with cabanas, a fire pit, and commanding views of the Pike Place, and Elliott Bay behind the market’s famous neon sign.

Terra Plata terrace



Everything on this stunning, triangular-shaped restaurant’s “earth to plate”-inspired menu tastes better when you’re surrounded by an edible garden, one story above the considerable fray of the always bustling Melrose Market. Especially the water buffalo burger, or the Monday Night Paella.




MO’s second, and much more sprawling location in Pike/Pine, features a sleek, mostly black bar inside and most importantly, a vibrant lounge on the roof. In either area you can expect to be plied with an almost endless array of margaritas and seriously delicious Mexican street food, including enfrijoladas that aren’t to be missed.



Set away behind the mongers throwing fish in the Pike Place Market, it’s easy to overlook this charmingly authentic French restaurant… but it’s impossible to forget once you’re ensconced at a table overlooking the waterfront eating escargot in garlic & parsley butter.



Like the rest of the beguiling Post Alley eatery on which it sits, this most unlikely of all Seattle’s rooftop decks is reached by going down a long staircase, though a trapeze-equipped dining room (they host burlesque shows at night), and out onto the patio which is both below street level and breathtakingly above what few streets remain between it and the waterfront, giving you the sense that you’re safely hidden away, and sitting on top of the world, at the same time.

The Nest at Thompson Seattle



Perched atop the new Thompson Hotel, this 12th floor space serves a selection of snacks from the people behind Westward (skewered meats, mix-to-order poke, etc.), as well as bottled and craft cocktails poured over house-made pieces of ice, but who are we kidding? You’re there to drink in the seriously stunning views of the city and Elliott Bay, which make this a can’t-miss destination.

Mbar Seattle



Helmed by the people behind Mamnoon, this 14th-story spot is accessed through a small street-level bar/waiting room. From there an elevator takes you to a short windowed corridor strewn with neon light that opens into a sprawling 2,800sqft space — two-thirds of which is outside — where, in addition to Middle Eastern fare from noted Seattle chef Jason Stratton, you will also enjoy unparalleled views of Seattle Center and the Space Needle, Queen Anne, and Lake Union just two blocks to the north.



Despite opening in 2015, this surprisingly intimate cocktail bar and dance music destination with a polished industrial feel and a seriously good sound system has managed to fly a little bit below the radar despite consistently booking talented DJs, and boasting an after-hours roofdeck (open til 4am) that features a fireplace, multiple seating areas, and sweeping views of the skyline in the distance.