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Al Fresco Dining in Seattle; Vikram Vij's New Restaurant

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SEATTLE—Whether or not the sun comes out this long holiday weekend, if you're going to eat in the Emerald City, you're covered. Check out a brand new al fresco drinking map chosen by readers. And if you have to be indoors, head to any of these eight marketplaces and other not-to-miss restaurant diversions. [-ESA-]

VANCOUVER— One of the city's most anticipated openings, TV chef Vikram Vij's new Indian restaurant My Shanti, should be finally opening its doors this weekend. Sure, you'll have to go all the way out to South Surrey but this culinary tour around Vikram's favorite places in India — and beyond — should be worth it. The other big news this week is the opening of Richmond's night market: Thousands made their way there to check out this year's Magical Candyland Theme and snap up this summer's must-eat Puffy Crunch Corn Ice-Canes. [EVAN]

VANCOUVER—For those days when you don't plan to sink a whole bottle but just want the perfect glass of wine, Eater Vancouver presents a carefully curated map of 11 excellent value wine-by-the-glass winners across Vancouver. And if you need something to read while you sip, try this: A chef's manifesto from ex-Top Chef Canada contestant Curtis Luk, from the all-vegetarian Parker restaurant. [EVAN]

SEATTLE—"When we finally got the phone call, I ran back into the lab. It was a Friday night, Friday at 4:45, something like that. And I quit!" What happens when an environmental consultant living on the East Coast has a mid-life crisis? Read how Ballard's award-winning brewery Stoup was born in Eater Seattle's latest Up-And-Comers feature. [-ESEA-]

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