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19 things you need to eat in Seattle right now

By The Hub team, November 16, 2016

When it comes to Seattle food, most of us think coffee and salmon. And to be fair, Seattle pretty much nails both of those. But with a citywide enthusiasm for all things edible, Seattle is making a name for itself as one of America's true culinary capitals. Here are 19 of our favorite bites in the Emerald City.

Lemon Curd Doughnut

Lemon Curd Doughnut at General Porpoise

First ingredient? Clouds. Second ingredient? Fairy dust. Seriously, we've never tasted anything like these pillowy, sugar-dusted, custard-stuffed yeast doughnuts. All the flavors are fantastic, but we especially love the contrast of the surprisingly tart lemon curd.

1020 E. Union St., 206-900-8700 or gpdoughnuts.com

Daily Special at II Corvo

The Daily Special at Il Corvo

A restaurant that's open only at lunchtime on weekdays and serves only pasta seems kind of like a recipe for failure (much as we love a good workday carb coma). But when you serve the best pasta in town (or, arguably, the country), you still get lines around the corner every day. The menu changes daily, but we've yet to get a dud.

217 James St.; 206-538-0999 or ilcorvopasta.com

Blackened Pork Noodle Bowl at Revel

Kale Noodles with Blackened Pork and Spicy Miso at Revel

Everyone raves about the short-rib dumplings at this French-Korean mash-up, and an order of those should certainly be on your table. But we really can't stop thinking about this umami-rich, pleasantly green-hued noodle bowl.

403 N. 36th St.; 206-547-2040 or revelseattle.com

Cinnamon Cardamom Braid

Cinnamon Cardamom Braid at Piroshky Piroshky

Two things will hit you as you approach this 25-year-old Pike Place Market stand: the line of tourists spilling out the door and the incredible smell of butter-rich Russian pastries. Don't let the first detract from the second. You'll want a not-too-sweet cinnamon cardamom braid for breakfast, and probably a smoked-salmon-filled piroshky (or hand-pie) for later.

Multiple locations in Seattle; 206-441-6068 or piroshkybakery.com

Alabacore Ceviche

Alabacore Ceviche at Manolin

This Chilean seafood spot is known for its ultra-fresh, creative takes on ceviche. We particularly love the albacore, which comes with toasted quinoa, almonds, habanero chiles and raspberries.

3621 Stone Way N.; 206-294-3331 or manolinseattle.com

Oysters at the Walrus & the Carpenter

Freshly Shucked Oysters at the Walrus & the Carpenter

It's much lauded as the best oyster bar in the country, and with good reason—the selection of local oysters is unparalleled, and that's not to mention the killer cocktail menu, the inspired small plates and the gorgeous marble bar itself.

4743 Ballard Ave. NW; 206-395-9227 or thewalrusbar.com

Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Triple Coconut Cream Pie at Dahlia Lounge

This outrageously decadent pie (a Seattle favorite since the '80s) is so delicious, rumor has it that even über-healthy President Obama orders a full one every time he's in town.

2001 Fourth Ave.; 206-682-4142 or dahlialounge.com

Spam Sliders, Marination Ma Kai

Spam Sliders at Marination Ma Kai

These little slaw-covered Korean-Hawaiian bites will change your feelings on canned meat forever. Plus, the waterfront views are unrivaled.

1412 Harvard Ave.; 206-325-8226 or marinationmobile.com

Gray Salt Chocolate-Chip Cookie, Delancey

Gray Salt Chocolate-Chip Cookie at Delancey

The pizza at Delancey is indeed terrific, but most locals know to battle the lines for the addictive, salty-sweet chocolate-chip cookies, too.

1415 NW 70th St.; 206-838-1960 or delanceyseattle.com

Steak at Bateau

Steak at Bateau

Chef Renee Erickson takes her steaks so seriously, she raises them on her own farm and has an in-house butcher carving each one to order.

1040 E. Union St.; 206-900-8699 or restaurantbateau.com

Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki at Nasai Teriyaki

A true Seattle classic: Chicken thighs smothered in sticky sweet teriyaki sauce and served over white rice. Add gyoza and salad to make it a lunch special—it'll still cost less than a Big Mac.

Multiple locations in Seattle; 425-869-1916 or nasaiteriyaki.com

Grilled Cheese at Beecher' s Handmade Cheese

Grilled Cheese at Beecher's Handmade Cheese

If you looked up grilled cheese in the dictionary, this would be it: Golden crust on the outside and warm, stringy melted goodness on the inside. Plus, the cheese is so fresh, you can actually pull up a stool and watch it being made as you chow down.

1600 Pike Pl.; 206-956-1964 or beechershandmadecheese.com

Bánh Mì at Q Café and Bakery

Bánh Mì at Q Café and Bakery

There are excellent Banh Mi all over Seattle, and the secret is always in the crusty baguettes, almost all of which come from one place—Q Bakery. We recommend cutting out the middleman and heading straight there for your sandwich. It doesn't get any fresher, people.

3818 S. Graham St.; 206-725-9193 or facebook.com/pages/Q-Bakery-Sandwiches

Stumptown Coffee Ice Cream

Stumptown Coffee Ice Cream at Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream

Hey, we had to get some locally roasted, organic, fair-trade coffee on this list somewhere. When it comes to coffee ice cream, trust us (and the lines that are perpetually out the door): Molly Moon's is the place.

Multiple locations in Seattle; 206-547-5105 or mollymoon.com

Market Chowder at Pike Place Chowder

Market Chowder at Pike Place Chowder

You can't go wrong with any of the standard chowders at this Pike Place Market favorite. But for the freshest possible flavors, go for the Market Chowder, which is the chef's choice of whatever was caught that day.

1530 Post Alley; 206-267-2537 or pikeplacechowder.com

Pad Thai at Little Uncle

A far cry from the gummy tangles of noodles that we're used to getting with our standard Thai takeout orders. These are the real deal—toothsome and flavorful, and served with peanuts, roasted chiles, and palm sugar, just like on the streets of Chiang Mai.

1523 E. Madison St., Ste 101; 206-549-6507 or littleuncleseattle.com

Pistachio Croissant at Amandine Bakeshop

Pistachio Croissant at Amandine Bakeshop

This sophisticated little French bakery has some of our favorite macarons (in fancy-pants flavors like yuzu and blood orange) and a perfectly crackly pistachio croissant.

1424 11th Ave.; 206-948-2097 or amandineseattle.com

Salmon Nigiri at Sushi Kashiba

Salmon Nigiri at Sushi Kashiba

As most sushi nerds know, the only way to go is ordering omakase— the chef's tasting menu. But if you're going à la carte, don't miss the nigiri made from locally caught sockeye salmon.

86 Pine St. #1, 206-441-8844 or sushikashiba.com

Canlis Salad at Canlis

Canlis Salad at Canlis

Since 1950, Canlis has been Seattle's most iconic and revered fine-dining restaurant. Set high in the hills in a gorgeous mid-century modern house (we'd kill for those views), it's a dream dinner location. For 65 years, the eight-course tasting menu has started with the same salad—romaine, bacon, oregano, Parmesan, mint, croutons and the most addictive dressing we've ever had. Swoon.

2576 Aurora Ave. N.; 206-283-3313 or canlis.com

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Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

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