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    32 Reasons Why Mary Lambert Stays In Seattle Even Though Everything Is In L.A.

    We still say "hella."

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    1. Pike Place Market


    "I live near Pike Place Market!! I am the luckiest girl in the world! The freshest produce known to man, beautifully cut flowers, Beecher's cheese, fresh seafood, Rachel's ginger brew (a company/store designated for ginger beer?!), and antique shops. In the winter they sell the most adorable wreaths and mistletoe. It's kind of perfect."

    2. Beth's Cafe


    "Beth's Cafe is a Seattle staple. I spent a lot of my teen years drawing pictures to hang on their walls, playing Radiohead on the jukebox and eating six-egg omelets with my friends."

    3. You can literally wear a scarf whenever you want.


    "The weather may often be cloudy, but it really just means that you can wear scarves all season long. Who doesn't like scarves?!?!"

    4. Clever Bottle

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    "Clever Bottle is the bar I used to work at. It is one of the most incredible bars. It's a craft cocktail bar. It's amazing."

    5. Same-sex marriage is totally legal.


    "It-s just so ridiculously gay-friendly. I feel really badly for all of the heteros around. Like, they must feel really outnumbered. I was there when gay marriage passed, and everyone was celebrating in the street. People were drinking champagne in the street, doing shots in the street. Cops were drinking champagne in the street! It's a city that really cares about each other."

    6. Two words: Chocolate martinis (especially from Dilettante on Broadway).

    Via Facebook: Dilettante.Broadway

    "One time I accidentally drank five in a row and didn't have enough money to pay for it. College was the best."

    7. Crush on Capitol Hill

    8. Kerry Hall at Cornish College


    "It's a music building for Cornish College, and during the evenings when the sun is setting, you can take a walk around the older brick buildings and listen to people practice. In 5 minutes you can hear a jazz trumpet, an opera singer, and a songwriter pounding out tunes. Best walk ever!"

    9. More yoga than you'll know what to do with.


    "You can do free yoga in the park. There's free yoga everywhere. Yoga for all!"

    10. Dogs everywhere, seriously.


    "There's dogs everywhere. Dogs for all!"

    12. The Alaskan Way Viaduct

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    "Pulling around the viaduct after coming home from the airport is one of my favorite things to take in. It's stunning."

    13. Happy hour at Ivar's Seafood

    14. I get my tattoos done at Under the Needle.

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    16. KEXP Radio

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    "Seattle has KEXP radio, one of the best radio stations ever that is funded by it's people, not big business."

    17. Pintxo (Spanish Tapas Bar)

    18. Drunk Sledding


    "When it snows, hella streets shut down! Which may seem like an annoyance to some, but for those of us that are awesome and live by bars, it means two words: DRUNK SLEDDING."

    19. We still say 'hella.'

    20. Rabbit Hole

    Via Facebook: The-Rabbit-Hole

    The bar scene is different in Seattle compared to Los Angeles because it's just calmer. You still have dives and stuff but not the level of artistry like there is in Seattle. I might be sounding pretentious right now. I know there are great craft cocktail bars in L.A. too, but it's just not done the way it is."

    21. We don't use umbrellas.


    "We don't use umbrellas. Umbrellas are fucking stupid unless you go here."

    22. Bathtub Gin & Co.

    Via Facebook: Bathtub-Gin-Co

    "There's a lot of local distilleries in the Pacific Northwest. Like a ton. That are just starting out and are new." The bar scene is great because "Seattle takes care of each other."

    23. Bike lanes


    "Bike lanes are the coolest. My favorite past time is flipping off cars from my bicycle. Just kidding, I'm more of a silent resentment kind of girl. I don't have a car in Seattle. I have a bike and Seattle has a car-to-go, a car-sharing program, so I take little smart cars wherever I need to go and then you can park them anywhere. It's so easy! There are one-way trips; they're like 38 cents a minute. I'm an ad right now."

    24. Rob Roy Cocktail Lounge

    25. Zig Zag Cafe

    26. Hoodies and beanies


    "Wear a hoodie. Or a beanie. Or use one of your 50 scarves to cover your head."

    27. Tavern Law Needle & Thread

    28. The music scene

    29. Wing-Wah


    "It's super super cheap. It's the best Asian food."

    30. Hiking


    Mount Si

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    Deception Pass

    "It's the best place you could possibly go to camp or hike. Mount Si is always a really fun hike to do. When I go camping, I like to go to Deception Pass."

    32. Seattle's hella beautiful landscape

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    "You can't get anything like it. It may be gray every day the way that everybody says it is, but the second the sun comes out, it beats any other city that has ever had sunshine. It's perfect."