Jessica Baxter

JESSICA dips her toes in many entertainment-related waters. In addition to her work with Not For Tourists, she reviews movies at Hammer to Nail, and blogs at her site, Effed By the Wind. She’s written & directed several award-winning short films, including the horror-comedy, “Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day”. Each day, she must also keep two tiny humans amused. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, karaoke, and Seattle’s many amazing restaurants.

Green Lake / RooseveltSeattle

10 NFT Questions:
My Day Job:
     The unconventional joys of freelancing.
What I'm listening to:
     Rediscovering Janis Ian
What I'm reading:
     "The Underland Chronicles" by Suzanne Collins.
What I've just seen:
     "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". I see movies pretty late these days.
What I believe in:
     Douglas Adams' view of the Universe.
What pisses me off:
     Driving in Seattle, social injustice.
What I really think of NFT:
     It's the most liberating job I've ever had.
The question I really wanted to answer was:
     Q: What is your favorite mythical beast?
    A: So hard to choose. Either the dragon or the fawn.
Further contact info:,
What sanctifies me:
     A so-bad-it's-good horror film; A Bob Fosse musical number.

Jessica's Photos

Jessica's Features
The NFT Guide To Recreational Weed
In 2014, Washington made history as one of the first states (along with Colorado) to end marijuana prohibition. The journey from legalization to retail has been a lengthy and grueling process . . .   

Road Dog's Brewery Tours
Where we're going, we need roads.   

A (Karaoke) Place to Call Home
Eight years ago Jessica Baxter walked into an empty bar in Seattle to "sing" Daydream Believer in front of 3 friends and 6 wasted, possibly dangerous strangers. She wanted more. Now she's a bona fide karaoke expert.   

Custom Mapguides
New York Trip 2012
My Seattle

Favorite Local Services
Name: Levi @ Derby Salon   
Phone: 206-526-1470
Street Address: 6315 Roosevelt Way
Cross Street: NE 63rd St
Somehow, this bald man knows exactly what to do with the difficult, straight hair of a woman. He also gives the best head massages and has a great sense of humor to boot!

Jessica Baxter's Reviews & Comments
Toronado 3/31/2015
Do you love beer, but find yourself let down by the paltry 10-12 options you usually find at a bar? The California-originated Toronado has your back with 40 rotating taps and a giant LCD menu that’s just begging for you to make a night of it. View the live beer board on their website so you’re not so overwhelmed once you get there. They’ve got equally massive lists of bourbon, whiskey, scotch and tequila for the more spirited folks. Somehow, they also find time to maintain a farm-to-table menu full of decadent sandwiches and charcuterie plates. Or just get a plate of bacon for $10.
Burgundian 3/31/2015
The Burgundian isn’t Seattle’s only destination for chicken and waffles. But the malt batter and bourbon maple syrup makes it one of the best. The classic pairing is only one of numerous reasons to become a brunch regular. The wood-laden, 21+ establishment gives discerning grownups a comfortable place to recharge on a late weekend morning. Dishes like the veggie-laden winter hash, bruleed oranges, or fruit-filled steel cut oatmeal prove you don’t need a grease-bomb to satisfyingly soak up the previous night’s indulgences. Bread accompaniment options include brioche or a biscuit. Enjoy your meal with a hair-of-the-dog cocktail or a flawless latte.
The Cozy Nut Tavern 3/31/2015
Greenwood’s aptly named joint delightfully evokes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Thanks to the reclaimed wood interior and soft lamplight you’ll feel like you are enjoying your cocktails or streamlined selection of local and imported brews inside the nicest damned tree trunk imaginable. Every minute spent there is a pure joy from their adorable anthropomorphic forest creature silhouettes to their build-your-own charcuterie plates. The delightfully toothsome texture of their warm, house made corn nuts (complimentary with every drink order) shatteringly transcend the commercial variety. Even the taxidermy seems pleased to be part of it all. Bring a deck of cards and settle in with friends.
Sushi Kanpai 2/26/2015
What’s better than an awesome happy hour? How about a happy hour that lasts all weekend and features what is practically a dinner-sized menu at low prices? Order more traditional sushi rolls or YOLO with the Heart Attack (basically a Japanese jalapeno popper). Don’t miss the tempura or the gyoza. The catch is a one-drink per person minimum, which means you can’t share that Saki unless you get a beer back. It’s a convenient spitting distance from Town Hall, so you get your buzz on and fill your belly before catching a reading by that author you heard on NPR. Of course, you can always order from their regular menu, where the food gets fancy but the prices stay reasonable. Kanpai!
Vittles Neighborhood Bistro & Bar 2/25/2015
This up-and-coming bistro in Belltown is poised for stardom. The soft brown décor makes it ideal for dates and parents alike. The classed-up comfort food and thoughtfully crafted cocktails have something for everyone. For me, the star attraction is the generously portioned Crispy Green Beans with Broccoli, tempura breaded with a truffle aioli drizzle for dipping. Make a meal out of one or two apps or share the love. Also notable: Crab and Corn Beignets and the House Poutine, which uses a cheesy sauce in lieu of traditional toppings. For even heartier fare, venture into the surf and turf laden entrees. The service is just how I like it – attentively laid-back. Things get even cheaper at happy hour.

Jessica Baxter's Radars The Cozy Nut Tavern
Greenwood's Cozy Nut
4/1/2015 Nightlife, Greenwood / Phinney Ridge — Greenwood's aptly named joint delightfully evokes Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Thanks...

Burgundian Brunch
4/1/2015 Nightlife, Green Lake / Roosevelt — The Burgundian isn't Seattle's only destination for chicken and waffles. But the malt batter and bou...

Toronado's 40 Rotating Taps
4/1/2015 Nightlife, Green Lake / Roosevelt — Do you love beer, but find yourself let down by the paltry 10-12 options you usually find at a bar?...

Sushi Kanpai
Everybody's Sushi For The Weekend
2/27/2015 Restaurants, First Hill / Pike / Pine — What's better than an awesome happy hour? How about a happy hour that lasts all weekend and features...

Vittles Neighborhood Bistro & Bar
Vittles in Belltown
2/25/2015 Nightlife, Belltown — This up-and-coming bistro in Belltown is poised for stardom. The soft brown décor makes it ideal for...

Submitted Listings

101 Restaurant & Lounge Emphasis on the word "lounge."
11th Ave Inn Flawless B&B with a shockingly low price tag.
148th Ave Coffee Shop Spacious non-chain option.
1Hundred Bistro & Bar A little bit of Bellevue in South Lake Union.
3.14 Bakery You don't have to be a math wiz to guess their specialty.

Other Cities
Street Treats The neighborhood ice cream truck just got schooled.

Darcelle XV Showplace The classiest group of ladies with penises you will ever meet.
Jupiter Hotel Spend the night in the swingin' '60s...The 2060s.
Magic Gardens Time seems to stop in this tiny, surreal Chinatown skin joint.
McMenamins Kennedy School Former elementary school turned hipster hotel. As rad as it sounds.
McMenamins Kennedy School First-rate, second-run theater with grownup drinks and couches!