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Last month was a fire that burned bright and high! Monkey Loft was on FIRE, and 4am came way too soon.

For August, De La Creme Soundsystem has the pleasure of hosting Uniting Souls Music and Quiver. Monkey Loft will be jumpin' with soulful, funky music to heal your heart and hurt your feet.

Soft Option August will be HEAVEN ON EARTH. The world is what you make of it... and we choose LOVE. We choose FAM. We choose HOUSE MUSIC. 

This month, WEAR WHITE and anything else that represents your own Heaven on Earth.

We get the honor of wishing Derrick a Happy Birthday, too! Be sure to give the man hugs!

One love.

~KK & MF

P.S. THEME for Soft Option: HEAVEN on EARTH. Wear white and anything that represents your Heaven on Earth. 

P.P.S. Here's the photos from last month's epic adventure: http://tinyurl.com/softoptionjuly

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Soft Option (n):
1. in a number of choices, the one considered to be easy or the easiest to do, involving the least difficulty or exertion.

Soft Option showcases the best in Seattle's musical talent and local flavor, and for De La Creme, it's the right way to do things. We look forward to hosting you. 
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Ramiro Gutierrez
Founder of Uniting Souls

In the early 90s, during his college years in San Francisco, Ramiro converged on the electronic music phenomenon that was exploding in the Bay Area. From the Wicked Full-Moons, to Freedom & The Gathering, Come-Unity, Zendada, Stompy Stomp, Kundalini, and the legendary Sunset outdoor parties, Ramiro drew inspiration. 

In 1995, with the help of friends, Ramiro began producing his own events, promoting community among an emerging group of artists & musicians, while showcasing their work. By 1997, Uniting Souls was born. As founder, Ramiro worked actively to build community through the power of house music, producing over 100 shows in SF through the late '90s, and several more in Los Angeles, quickly gaining a reputation for world-class events with incredibly good vibes.

In 2000, Ramiro served as talent coordinator and Director of ACA University during the first ACA World Sound Festival in Acapulco, Mexico, a 3-night music festival featuring 5 stages, over 80,000 attendees, and some of the world's top electronic music artists – including Moby performing live with a 10-piece band, Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, King Britt, Jazzanova, Satoshi Tomiie, Mark Farina, LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad, Ming & FS, Infected Mushroom, South African jazz legend Hugh Masakela, Latin jazz Grammy-winners Poncho Sanchez Band, and dozens of others.

Since making Seattle his new home in 2000, Ramiro has been "an inextinguishable accelerant of Seattle's house scene" (Seattle Weekly), producing and performing at over 500 events in the past decade, including all of Om Records' major tour stops and release parties in Seattle, as well as co-producing the Magnetic/Kinetic series @ the Pacific Science Center, and the annual Future Funk showcases & boat parties @ the internationally-acclaimed Decibel Festival.

Through his dj sets, Ramiro aims to uplift the dancer to a higher Spiritual realm, with a passion for forward-thinking tracks which push the boundaries of innovation, with dirty, techy, funky bass lines, and soulful, contagious good vibes!! When he's not throwin' down behind the decks, you're likely to find him on the dance floor!

Ramiro gets lots of love from the community, playing a remarkable 100 shows/year on average. His current night is Diggin' Deep, last Saturdays @ The Monkey Loft.


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Deepvibez (Derrick Gutierrez)
Uniting Souls / Mindshift
Mixes: http://www.itsmyurls.com/deepvibez
Tracks: http://www.soundcloud.com/deepvibez

Bringin' you the latest & greatest in Deep & Techy Underground House & Minimal Techno, Derrick has been keeping busy in the studio as well as alongside the greats in the underground community. He has produced and mixed a wide variety of vinyl and digital releases along the likes of Terry Francis, Nathan Coles, Eddie Richards, and Lee Burridge.

This Soft Option is Derrick's BIRTHDAY! Come bearing love and hugs for one of Seattle's kindest hearts.

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Xan Lucero
Quiver / HMANL / Flammable / De La Creme
http://www.mixcloud.com/xanlucero/flashbakkkkk-mixed-byxbl/
http://hmanl.com/mixtape/visions-of-paradise-by-xan-lucero/

Almost 20 years in the DJ booth doesn’t lie, and neither does the dance floor... which is where Xan Lucero has spent the last 2 decades playing House and Techno Music. He has spent over 2 decades traveling America exploring and driving DJ booths and experiencing its dance floors playing a global brand of Underground Dance Music; both on solo adventures as well as with his partner, Atom Bryce as The Control Freeks. Together with Atom and on his own, he has held residencies all around America, created infamous weekly and monthly parties in 6 different states, made raves, run record stores, started disco’s, helped with various record labels and has generally lived his life playing music for people that want to hear it. The man is a true slave to the dance floor and has devoted his life to the Underground culture and feels blessed to be lucky enough to be able to spread love and togetherness via the good beat. He is also an avid believer in flying saucers, frequently chases unicorns, and loves lasers.

Xan has recently relocated back to Seattle, where he originally started DJing 21 years ago and cut his teeth at his first residency at the not so innocent age of 19 and is enjoying a packed schedule of constant studio work, holding down a life changing resident DJ spot for legendary West Coast House Music institution Flammable (running almost 1000 consecutive weekly parties), founded and maintained by his big bother and personal favorite DJ god Brian Lyons,and Seattle House father Wesley Holmes, where he's been welcomed into the 36 year running seminal Seattle state appointed Historical Landmark venue ReBar.

You can catch Xan appearing on a weekly basis at Seattle Underground Dance Music venues, as well as hosting his own monthly and weekly parties, 10 year running (spanning 3 states) QUIVER, BODY LANGUAGE, and PARADISE: The Sunset Sessions, and continues to guest and tour around America.

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Karl Kamakahii: 
De La Creme Soundsystem
http://www.mixcloud.com/karl-kamakahi/

Karl Kamakahi is the founder of the De La Creme vision and has been Djing since 1989. He began experimenting with freestyle, transitioned into techno, and eventually felt the most at home with house music by 1992. Karl has lived and played all over the mid-west in places like Minneapolis, Denver, Fargo, Rapid City, Madison, St. Paul, and Bismarck.

In Seattle, he has played at numerous venues such as the Monkey Loft, Electric Tea Garden, REBAR, The Last Supper Club, Crimson, Heavens, Trinity, Merchants Cafe, Docs Underground, See Sound Lounge, EMP, Chapel and Noir in Portland. He currently leads the way with local house talents during Soft Option at Monkey Loft, first Saturdays every month.

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$10 bucks to dance and party till 4am & patio opens at 2
21+, CASH COVER, Bar accepts credit cards.
Monkey Loft 
2915 1st Ave South, Seattle, Washington 98134

Want more SOFT OPTION? Join De La Creme Soundsystem and keep up with our events.
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Photography by DaPer UvianMa DMan:
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Details TBA, but essentially the same type of event as the previous awesome swap!

Be sure you start adding to the invite list now and get your friends hip to this tip! ♥

Previous swap (Spring Edition): https://www.facebook.com/events/482196715176087/

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You may not know me yet, but know this to be true: every time I see a way I can help others, I do. Which is why I'm hoping to find others out there like me in the social network. Seeking other awesome people like you who have/had awesome jobs, incredible hobbies, phenomenal personalities, and interests similar to mine. Your feedback would be very helpful. 

I was laid off today, and would be thrilled to find a job with a great company quickly.

I'm as skilled at computers as I am with cooking, and I have a perpetually running contagious optimism (you've been warned). I enjoy time at a desk to crank out creative work, but also like being active and on my feet.

My primary focus for the last 5 years has been marketing. A particular emphasis was on social media, social networking, email, SEO (search engine optimization), Google places/adwords, referral programs, creative/ads/design. I also did years of sales (high-end, several-hour session wardrobing, etc) and customer service. Truthfully, I miss people and making that connection with others. I'm naturally a "helper," so enjoy sales jobs where I have the time to get to know someone and their needs. 

I enjoy music, management, social media, art, event planning, food/cooking (particularly cooking for different types of allergies), sales, adventures, sustainability, CrossFit, health, helping others, and long walks on the beach. Only half kidding on that last one.

I'm also a card-carrying alumna of the University of Washington English department, and an organ donor.

If you know of any employers seeking a highly motivated, fun-loving, hard-working woman, please let me know. Alternately, if you know of any companies that you think I would love to work at (but may not necessarily have an opening), I'd love to know about that, too.

Please share this post. My guess is that all the fabulous people I know also know a lot of pretty incredible people. Thank you for your time.

Love and Light,
Michelle Ferris 

P.S. My LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/michelleferris/
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I absolutely love this Seattle Vietnamese restaurant. It is delicious, cheap, fast, and holds it's own against Tamarind Tree or any other favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle. I am SO HAPPY that I found it! It's a clean establishment, the waitstaff is friendly, they have free WIFI, and the prices are very affordable.
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reviewed 3 years ago
I went on the GingerRoot Wild Foods Adventure, and can't wait to go to more. The wild plants and edible plants I learned about were not only easy to harvest and forage for, but were absolutely delicious. I have tried wild foods before, but none of the edible plants I have eaten in the Northwest were very good. But I knew that there had to be a reason people kept eating them. John Kallas walked us through the habitats of these wild edible plants (even showing us garden weeds that we could eat) and taught us how to properly identify, collect, and cook these foods. Not only did he turn wild edible plants into "normal" food for me, he gave me the tools to help me make wild foods a part of my regular diet. And I will. John Kallas is a fabulous, entertaining teacher with a vast amount of knowledge on the subject of wild plants. I also appreciate that if he doesn't know about a plant or subject, he tells you so outright so as to eliminate any possible confusion. I will definitely be taking more "Wild Food Adventures" courses, as I found that the skills I learned are a tool I can use for a lifetime. And are quite delicious.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
I figured some of these reviews had to be stuffed. There's no way an auto garage can get 5 stars. I have never been so wrong. Misha at Taskar was referred to me by my shrink (cars running soundly are good for mental health, too, in case you didn't know). I figured I would give him a try. Every quote I got for the job I needed done on my 2003 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport was a big one: blower fan was out, oil leak, head gasket replacement (I've been dreading this fix for a while now), 150K tuneup/check/belts/etc, and more. At the other shops I got quoted, it was going to run me about $2500 on the conservative side. I was horrified. But I had been saving and saving and saving to make sure I had enough cash on hand to make the repairs without going into debt. The day came that I took my car in to get fixed. He said he could get it back to me in a day, maybe a day and a half, and that the parts would cost about $800, plus $50/hr labor. What? Did you just say a day or day and a half????? And $800?????? I stared blankly at him for a while, and eventually stammered out, "o-o-ok..." I'm sure he was probably wondering why people with severe mental handicaps were being allowed to drive. Either way, I signed off on it, gave him my keys, and went about my day. I had been expecting a week or more. And expecting a $3K bill... I hope he wasn't pulling my leg! When I went to pick up my car (in a day and a half, as promised - and would have been done sooner, but to save me some money on the blower fan, had someone run to the junkyard to get a used one instead of putting in a new one - AND he showed me the receipt from the junkyard!). It was done. Everything was good to go, and he had even (without me requesting it first) saved all the parts for me so I could look them over. It's been a couple weeks now, and my car is running like a champ. I couldn't be happier. Oh, and did I mention that the total came to $1400? Yeah. $1400. A thousand or more dollars less than what I expected. O_O Misha, I think I love you, man. Next time I bake cookies, I'm totally bringing you a batch.
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Public - 4 years ago
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Charlie was a pleasure to work with, and delivered the 50K letterhead as promised, in the color promised, in the stock promised, for the price promised. Here's to keeping promises and forming long-term business partners. I am very happy with the printing services PrintWest provided, and highly suggest them for anyone seeking letterhead, envelopes, or have other commercial printing needs.
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Firstly, can I say... Every business on earth should learn customer service from these guys. Their staff is PHENOMENAL. If I could cover them all with gold star stickers, I totally would (though somehow I don't think they'd appreciate it or understand why they were being tormented so). After four visits, all with different staff (bartenders, water/bread refillers, bussers, waitresses, waiters), their service is more consistently amazing than anywhere else I have been. They are kind, friendly, humorous, fast, helpful, and very welcoming. WELL DONE! I am a customer service snob, and you guys have topped the charts! -- The Caesar is good. -- The steamed clams are very good (though it's a bit of a weird pairing with the sourdough bread - it makes the broth taste bitter). -- Their long island iced tea was REALLY good. -- The cioppino is phenomenal. -- Their chowder? Well.... it isn't called a "Chowder House" for nothing. Their chowders are amazing. I order a different one every time I go there, and each time I am both stoked at what I ordered, and sad that I can't just have all of them. I. Am. So. Impressed.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Pho is very simple. You either get it right or get it wrong - there's simply not very many components... - The broth was bland. - The noodles were squishy. - The rare beef came out cooked and the quality was poor. - The bean sprouts and basil were of fair quality, but puny quantity. - They give you one napkin. Just one. Have fun with that. - The service is fast, but not served with a smile and not table-side. You have to go up to pay. - They charge for to-go boxes. - The place is clean *enough,* but I wouldn't call it clean. At least it's cheap. But unless I was starved for pho and nothing else was open around it, I would eat at another pho place in a heartbeat before going back here.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
I hadn't been to Djan's Thai Restaurant in over five years. I used to live across the street from it, and wasn't terribly impressed with the food. However, they must have changed it up since I was there last. I left full, happy, and with my taste buds doing a happy dance. Everything was delicious. Additionally, the service was fast and courteous, and the lemon in the water was well appreciated. We started with two appetizers: Fresh Rolls and Beef salad. The Fresh Rolls were served warm and were simple, with fried tofu and fresh cabbage in the middle and a lightly sweet teriyaki-type sauce drizzled over the top. They were good, but a little heavy for what I had expected. The Beef Salad was up next on the menu, and was quite perfectly spiced and cooked. The meat was cooked thoroughly, but was tender and light, and the fish sauce vinaigrette it was tossed in was very nice. It gave it a crisp citrus bite, with a little bit of kick. This dish was both refreshing and filling. If given the opportunity (luckily I wasn't), I could have eaten several plates of this. For our main courses, we had brown rice (cooked better than any brown rice I have had previously), Scallops al Dente, and Panang Curry chicken. Both dishes were fabulous, though the scallops, having a much more delicate flavor, really needed to be eaten first. If (as my sweetie did) you start right in on the curry, it makes it difficult to distinguish the flavors of the scallop dish. The scallops were in a ginger-soy dressing, and had celery, green onion, peas, carrot, onion, slivers of ginger, and scallop. All were cooked to perfection - nothing in this dish was even a second overcooked or undercooked. I was very pleased to see that they didn't skimp on the scallops, either. Too often, when ordering scallops, I find I have overpaid horribly for the amount of seafood that was actually plated. With Djan's, I was terribly impressed. I imagined that the scallops I make at home for myself had just shaken their (metaphorical) fists at me. These were prepared better. The Panang Curry was a great thickness, and consistently creamy. The flavors were all there, though I would have liked it a little bit spicier. Our "four star" request equated to about two stars on the palate. However, given that the flavors were so well put together, I am somewhat glad it wasn't hotter. It really helped me to appreciate the flavors that were going on. The ingredients were all very fresh, and the chicken was nice and tender. Everything was very well put together, flavor and texture-wise. The service was spot on, as was the atmosphere. The prices were average to a touch high for the specials, such as the scallops ($15.50), but well worth the price. I would go back here in a heartbeat, and highly suggest you try it as well.
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago