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Rachel Belle

Seattle's beloved Erotic Bakery closes after 28 years

Seattle's Erotic Bakery opened in Wallingford in 1986, and has been serving marzipan genital topped cakes ever since. Now the owner is ready to retire, leaving bachelorette parties with a penis-cake-shaped hole in their hearts.

Health: Your zip code is more important than your genetic code

Where you live, what you eat, and your lifestyle has a stronger impact on your life expectancy than genes and health care. And urban planners can actually use design concepts to keep poor people out of wealthier neighborhoods with healthier resources.

Unschooling: When kids rule the school

Unschooling is an educational philosophy that allows kids, at home, to choose what they want to learn with no other curriculum imposed on them. Unschooled children are often taken on trips by their parents to experience what the world has to teach them.

GISHWHES: Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen

This seven day international scavenger hunt challenges participants to operate out of their comfort zones. Tasks range from impossible (getting NASA to send a message to space) to embarrassing (cover your body in whipped cream and get strangers to hug you). I interviewed members of two Seattle teams about the craziest week of their lives.

Meet hitchBot: The robot that successfully hitchhiked across Canada

Over the past three weeks, a robot named hitchBot has successfully hitchhiked all the way across Canada, from east to west, completely by itself, relying on strangers for rides. It now awaits its professorial creators in Victoria, BC.

From Car to Crockpot: the Ferndale woman who lives in a Seahawks house

A Ferndale, WA woman decided she wanted to go ALL in last season, so she painted her house in Seahawks colors, wrapped her car and decorated the entire interior with Seahawks memorabilia.

Football & funk: What the Seahawks like to listen to when they play

A huge music fan, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll likes practices and pre-games to be filled with music, funk music if he had it his way. DJ Toby Fresh has been spinning music for the team for the past 10 years, and gives an inside look into the player's favorite songs.

Dining Hall Hacks: A guide to cooking in a college dining hall

"Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks" was written by a recent Dartmouth graduate who grew tired of eating the prepared meals in her school's dining hall. The book teaches you how to create your own meals using the ingredients found in the dining hall, plus a microwave and a toaster oven.

I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault

A few weeks ago, Seattle writer, Lindy West, started the blog "I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault." The blog posts anonymous letters from people who have experienced abuse, but may not have been taken seriously or even believed.

A Day of Digging Up Clams and Oysters with a Foraging Expert

Seattle forager Langdon Cook leads daylong shellfish foraging events on a private beach belonging to clam and oyster farmers Amy and John Adams. There's learning, foraging and lots of eating and drinking.

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Ring My Belle on KIRO Radio
Tune in to KIRO Radio on Sundays at 3pm for Ring my Belle with Rachel Belle.

Who is Rachel Belle?
Rachel Belle's "Ring My Belle" segment airs Monday-Friday on The Ron & Don Show at 4:37pm and 6:37pm. You can hear "Ring My Belle Weekends" Saturdays at 5:00pm Sundays at 3:00pm. Rachel is a northern California native who loves anything and everything culinary, playing Scrabble, petting cats and performing improv.

Please send Rachel your story ideas, weekend events and taco truck tips!



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