THIS WEEK NOV. 21 Why "dine another day" when you can head down to McCormick & Schmick's to celebrate the release of the new James

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THIS WEEK NOV. 21 Why "dine another day" when you can head down to McCormick & Schmick's to celebrate the release of the new James Bond picture in the company of Finlandia martinis, buxom Bond Girls, and an honest-to-goodness Bond impersonator? The whole thing sounds too hilarious to miss, so get your Bond-lovin' butt down there on the double(-oh-seven). 6-10 p.m. 1103 First Ave., 206-623-5500. DOWNTOWN One of several events honoring Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2002, Maximilien Restaurant's celebration promises "a convivial atmosphere that lights up grey November." Lord knows something needs to. Choose from a three-course dinner ($30) or a four-course wine sampler ($14) and groove to the music of French accordion collective P'tit Voyou. 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Pike Place Market, 206-682-7270. PIKE PLACE MARKET NOV. 21-24 A Rh�again, naturally: Figaro Bistro is celebrating the arrival of Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2002 with a wine-centric prix fixe menu to focus on the mighty Rh�region. $28. 11 Roy St., 206-284-6465. LOWER QUEEN ANNE NOV. 22 Two indulgences rolled into one elegant event: sip some bubbly and chow down on nori at the upcoming Champagne & Sushi shindig at Fremont Fresh Market and Wine Bar. Neighborhood favorite Chiso will supply the sushi, and Spiegelau champagne flutes will be available to take home with you—no need to smuggle them out in your purse this time. $30. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 206-633-3663. FREMONT Friends of the grape, save the date: Four Seasons Olympic Hotel will host the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival, now in its 10th year and aging like . . . well, you know. Expect assorted modes of merriment, including jazz and accordion music, tarot readers, auctions both silent and live, and an awful lot of wine. Cups will runneth over. $90. 6-9 p.m., 411 University St., 206-443-4703. DOWNTOWN NOV. 23 "Pole dancing" will take on a whole new meaning at a Polish dance party and dinner celebrating Andzejki, the pre-Advent shindig wherein all participants must get down in a major way in order to survive 40 days of Lent. The entrance donation gets you a full Polish dinner before 10 p.m. and benefits Agnieszka Marczak, a 19-year-old cancer patient. $20. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 2812 N.W. Market St. BALLARD Be thankful for vino this Thanksgiving when you head down to Arista Wine Cellars in Edmonds to sample their special holiday wines. Also be sure to check out the new Januik Red Table Wine 2000, which sounds like some sort of cyborg vintage but actually tastes like blueberries. 502 Main St., Edmonds, 425-771-7009. EDMONDS NOV. 23-24 Satisfy your craving for hot gl�/I> and tasty 梬eskiver at Yulefest, an extraordinary display of Scandinavian ingenuity, dancing, and baked goods. The annual festival will also feature a wide assortment of crafts: Pick up some heirloom sweaters and matching clogs as you snack on rmmegrt and boogie to the sweet sounds of accordion music. Ah, to be young and Nordic. $2/$1. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 12:30-5 p.m. Sun. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. BALLARD NOV. 24 Jerez, Spain, is a very romantic city. It also happens to be the place where sherry originated. Experience the romance at Seattle Caf頦 Wine Bar, where local foodie and ex-Avenue One owner Arnie Millan will walk you through "all major styles of sherry," accompanied by appetizers. $25. 1301 Post Alley, 206-749-5341. DOWNTOWN COMING UP NOV. 30 It's the last Saturday of the month; time for Au Bouchon's Cassoulet Night. Once a month, the French bistro cooks up this traditional meat dish from southwest France. It takes three days to prepare. $21. 1815 N. 45th St., 206-547-5791. WALLINGFORD DEC. 11 A hotel whose rooms are dedicated to local wineries and vineyards would be expected to put on a good show when it comes to, well, wine, and Hotel Vintage Park has held up its end of the bargain with winter wine classes. The last class of its 2002 series deals with all things bubbly, including our dear friends sparkling wine and champagne. $10. 6:15-7:00 p.m. 1101 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8000. DOWNTOWN DEC. 14 Crab. Weezer wrote a song about it, and now Cynthia Nims, author of the new cookbook Crab, is telling us how to prepare it in dozens of creative ways. Crab Benedict, beer-steamed crab with mustard butter, and chilled tomato soup with crab—these are but a few of her shellfish epiphanies. Come meet the woman herself at Sur La Table and get your crab on. 12:30-1:30 p.m. 84 Pine St., 206-448-2244. DOWNTOWN

 
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