Thursday, May 8, 2008
Not having had much experience riding recently, I was a little nervous. But I have to say that I found Broadway to be pretty darn bicycle-friendly in terms of other cars. People were curteous... didn't turn in front of me, didn't race to get ahead of me, etc. I did keep a special eye out for people opening their doors in parked cars, however... I'm not that bicycle-naive.
My only qualms about my ride were that the road is uneven and crazy bumpy in some areas. And once I got to my destination (one of the Swedish buildings way south on Broadway), there were no bike racks in sight. I ended up parking in the Seattle U campus and walking a block or so.
Any other bike riders out there? What are the best bike routes on the hill?
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It's that time of year for the start of the Broadway Farmers Market!
The market is held in the lot behind the Bank of America at 10th Ave E. and E. Thomas St. and it will run every Sunday until November 23 from 11-3pm.
This is a great way to connect with local farmers and see what delicious foods are grown right here in the Puget Sound region.
"In the spring, look for beautiful lettuces and braising greens, plant starts and other early harvest offerings. As the season progresses through summer and fall, you'll find all kinds of local berries, cherries, peaches, apricots, herbs, greens, summer and winter squashes, tomatoes, peppers, root vegetables, apples, pears, wild mushrooms, and more."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Yet another reason why Capitol Hill needs a representative organization like the CHCC…
Apparently Mayor Nickels took it upon himself to install surveillance cameras in Cal Anderson Park without notifying our community. He also didn’t include the Seattle City Council on his decision, and used funds from an alternate account in order to avert a restriction the council put on purchasing surveillance cameras last year. Sneaky bastard!
I say we protest by visiting the park with paper bags over our heads. Er, um, maybe the CHCC will have a better idea…
Monday, April 21, 2008
It turns out the organization the SGN was referencing was the 43rd District Democrats, who passed a resolution against the proposed warplane art. I like the intent of the resolution. However, I'm concerned with the fact that the article implies that the 43rd District Democrats (a district that covers Capitol Hill, Fremont, Madison Park and Wallingford) are representative of our community.
That said, there hasn't been an organization that is better suited for the representative role... dot dot dot... until a few months ago, when a blogger decided to resurrect the Capitol Hill Community Council.
The CHCC has actually existed for a number of years, but went defunct a few years ago after their efforts to limit the height of new buildings on Broadway were not successful.
As it turns out, a new group of leaders are emerging within the organization. They are holding elections for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer roles in the next few months. There is a candidate forum on Thursday at the Capitol Hill Arts Center.
I think the CHCC is reconvening at a very important time for our community. And I'm looking forward to participating and supporting their efforts this year. I hope you will too!
CHCC Candidates Forum
Thursday, April 24th
Capitol Hill Arts Center (12th and Pike)
In celebration of being back, I've been eating out as often as possible. This weekend I hit the following:
- Breakfast @ Joe Bar. I ordered my standard jamon and greyere crepe and Irish breakfast tea. I also threw in large glass of AJ, which was awesome.
- Lunch/Dinner - At home.
- Breakfast @ B&O. The best meal of the weekend. My usual chorizo with ranchero scramble. Hold the potatoes and add fruit. Mocha.
- Lunch @ Bill's Off Broadway. Something was off with their crust, which soured the whole pizza experience. I'm hoping the dough just wasn't given enough time to rise, which caused it to taste flat and dry. I usually love their crispy, greasy crust!
- Dinner @ the Vegetarian Noodle Bowl. My first time here and I wasn't impressed. I ordered their tofu satay appetizer as my meal, having had a big lunch and breakfast. The tofu was tolerable, but their peanut sauce was dripping in grease. My eating companion also thought the Thai iced tea was "earthy". I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
From Neumo's email announcement:
THE CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY, 2008!
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Actually, given that ours is located in the lot of a vacant building, I’m not sure how Seattle City intended it to be used in the first place. There isn’t much of a reason to walk past it unless you’re on your way somewhere else… a somewhere else with a nicer bathroom to boot. (Note: Excluding bathrooms in bars on Pike/Pine.)
At first I was concerned that taking away this public bathroom would cause our alleys to become bathrooms instead. But then I remembered that our alleys are already bathrooms… specifically the one behind Half Price Books where I see people defecating at least once a month in broad daylight.
Maybe this will push the crime to the public toielts in Cal Anderson?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
It's all coming down. I watched them tear down the façade of Manray a few hours ago. And they’re still at it. I can’t wait for them to tear down that ugly building on the corner. I’ll be cheering for that.The end begins.
Friday, March 7, 2008
And if it hasn't already jumped out at you, think Tiffany's.
I don't know if that corner lot would be the best location for an upscale jewelry store. I hope they choose to add a second coat.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
We went to the Coastal Kitchen for last year's event. It was a packed house! I'm going to try Via Tribunali this year.
Cha Cha Lounge
The Broadway Grill
Top Pot Doughnuts
Friday, February 29, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Seattle Culinary Academy Vision Statement: We envision a world where chefs equitably impact human and environmental wellness through culinary education.
Seattle Central Community College
Hours of Operation:
Breads and Pastry@The Buzz Tu-Fri 9:30am-4:00pm
Square One Bistro & One World restaurants, offering seasonal international cuisine with a NW flare Tu-Fri 11:15-1:00pm
Chef's Express, a quick way to enjoy a gourmet meal Tu-Fri 11:15-1:00pm
Monday, February 18, 2008
At Tacos Gringos there are three taco options at $2/ea, two meat and one veggie. (I tried goat for my first time and it was great.) The tacos are on the smaller side, but that makes them perfect for a late night snack. At Amante's they had four types of slices available and I was impressed by the quality of my late night slice. After all, even though it's the wee hours of the morning, it is still nice to eat something that's delicious.
The Beautiful Stephanie has earl grey tea, a squeeze of carmel syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and steamed milk. It's much lighter than a chai tea. Loved it.
By the way, what an awesome day! I spent the afternoon strolling around Broadway with Carina. The sun was out. The people were out. It felt like a Sunday afternoon in late-May...
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Plan ahead people...
The artist chosen for the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station, who also did this amazing piece at Burning Man last year, is speaking as part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk next week.
Meet the Artist Mike Ross
Seattle Central Community College
Room BE-1110 (Entry near Broadway Performance Hall)
Tuesday, February 12th
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
- Buy some flowers at the shop on Broadway/Republican
- Play a board game and sip a hot beverage @ Vivace
- Attend Burgerama Wednesday @ Deluxe
- Pet the cats @ Twice Sold Tales
- Frame a favorite photo or print @ Frame Central
- Get a makeover @ the Hair Connection
- Get a massage @ the Massage Sanctuary
- Take a chilly walk through Cal Anderson
- Find a saucy outfit @ Crossroads
Monday, February 4, 2008
Caucuses are happening at SCCC and the Capitol Hill Library Branch... to name a few.
The Dems have this YouTube video out with more info.
You can figure out where to go here. Or just vote in the Primary... the WA Republicans allocate 49% of their delegates at the National Convention to the Primary winner.
No fancy YouTube video... but here's a PDF.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I ruled out going to All Seasons Cleaners the last time the front desk guy got mad at me for forgetting to tell him I had a coupon before they cleaned my 4 pairs of pants, instead of after as I was paying for them. It's unfounded, but it made me think that maybe they do a crappier job on orders with coupons, so they want to know beforehand. I started taking my business down the street, which was actually more convenient anyway and only slightly more expensive.
Well, I haven't been to a dry cleaner in months... I've been trying to cut down and save the enviro a bit. However, today I had 6 pairs of pants, two tops and a silk skirt that really needed to be cleaned by a pro. Knowing that the order was going to be pretty spendy, I dug up a 25% off coupon (you know they come every month in the ValPak mailers) and went back to All Seasons.
I'm not sure if they are under new management, or if the guy at the front desk was just new... but I was wowed. The service was quick and nice... somewhere between my house and the shop the coupon disappeared. He took it my word for it, and gave me the 25% off anyway. He noted how I hadn't been in in a while (from their computer records) and said he was new to town, from South Korea via Portland. Definitely a Cap-Hiller at heart. Super-duper nice and friendly.
Here's hoping they do a nice job on my stuff so I can continue using them.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I can't believe I've never done any of these things on Capitol Hill. They all seem like staples.
- Eat at the Byzantion greek restaurant
- Story Time @ Capitol Hill Library: Every Wednesday, 10:30am - 11am
- Go to the Le Faux Cabaret at Julia's
- Climb the watch tower at Volunteer Park
Hmm. Those middle two items are vastly different from one another.
Any other suggestions? What are some things that you have been neglecting to do on the hill?
p.s. Le Faux has a MySpace page.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Tread carefully during dark days: Winter sees more traffic accidents
I take offense with this headline!! Shouldn't it read: "Drive carefully during dark days"? Why is the impetus on the pedestrian?
I'm glad to hear Seattle has a really tough law where drivers who hit pedestrians can be charged with assault. In the words of our City Attorney, "I would love to deter people from actions that injure other people, like careless and overly aggressive driving. They have to know it can have consequences. I would love this to be a deterrent to get people to slow down and obey the traffic laws. I hope it becomes the law statewide."
Our Pike/Broadway intersection is listed as one of the top 5 locations for traffic accidents.
Pine Street Zigzag could see changes
This would be nice... there are some unspecified changes that are going to be made to that stretch of Pine (just above Boren) where you have to walk on the South side of the street. I personally avoid this area for that reason, opting to shoot up Pike and through the dog park and instead on my walk home from work.
Seattle police working to a new set of beats
I noticed a police officer in the parking lot of Half Price Books last night and thought it was an odd place for him to be hanging out. I thought maybe it was just a general increase in patrols given the murder on 15th, but according to this article maybe it had something to do with the new beat zoning... Either way it was a welcome sight last night as that area can be really dark.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Great forward thinking from Pacific Interiors... they opened a satellite shop on Pike this Fall to serve the growing condo community on the hill. The store is called City Home. (Beware, their website is a little weird in Firefox.)
I made my way in there last weekend.
We've been looking for a couch for about 6 months now with no luck. Multiple trips to Southcenter (the mecca of home stores) came up short and I was somewhat resigned to (a) living with our back-up futon for a while and/or (b) settling for something so-so.
Who knew we'd end up finding the couch just down the street at City Home. I'm glad we held out. It has a great design with lots of movable parts... so it can lay out fully to become a bed. Or we can tip the back down to become a serving area or just more open seating. The seats can also slide out to make more of a chaise lounge.
I'd say a lot of their merchandise offers the same thing... creative, multi-purpose pieces with simple/classic lines and nice fabrics. Perfect for condo dwellers who have limited space. They also have some fun accessories.
Their website is not an online store, so it features just a limited number pieces. It gives you a general idea of their style though, like the ottoman seen above. This NW Source Review also has some photos. And there is another review you can read at One Rainy Day.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
So it was a great feeling today to run errands on Broadway on foot.
I hit Kinkos first, but only because I had a package that had to be shipped via FedEx. It was already to go and just needed to be dropped off, so I didn't have to deal with their employees there. Otherwise, I definitely prefer the Print & Copy at Broadway and John. Better service. Local.
I don't like that Kinkos so much so that I made a second stop at UPS to ship a second package.
The bank came next. Did you know the WaMu branch on Broadway has the most transactions of any other WaMu? That's what their manager told me anyway. Unfortunately, this visit wasn't as pleasant as others I've had. Chalk it up to someone not having their morning coffee.
Noahs next for my morning coffee (lest I get grouchy like the teller at WaMu) and a bagel.
Then the post office. You see it was a morning of getting things out the door that have been nagging me for weeks... I needed to send two letters to PO Boxes, which aren't serviced by UPS. I guess I could have consolidated everything into one, but it was a good excuse for a morning stroll down Broadway.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I made my way to Kurrent in the pouring rain last night, only to find a super cold, uninviting interior all the way down to the strip of ice down the bar and on the taps. Okay, okay, it's an "ice bar". "Kurrent"="modern", I get it. But the decor was a turn off. There has to be a way to do it in a more comfortable, inviting way. It felt sterile and boring.
We camped out on the high chairs and tables, both of which were wobbly. The seats near the fire looked more fulfilling, but were unfortunately already taken. I did peak my head in the back room as well, but found it stark and didn't want to get lost in its desolation. (We were the only customers in addition to those near the fireplace.)
I ordered a lemon drop... $7 on happy hour. It came in a tall, silver metal martini glass with about 2.5oz of liquid in it. It was tasty, but most of was spilled by the tipsy table before I had a chance to drink it.
I was prepared to try their food, but couldn't figure out how I was going to balance it with my drink and the table and my chair all moving in different directions. So I passed, and went to Mama's for a slice instead.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I'm obviously saddened by the events and I can't help but look at my neighbors a little differently now. At least until the suspect is taken into custody. (Note: Comments on the Capitol Hill Seattle blog indicate that this may have happened.)
There's a community meeting being set up if you want to talk about it and get more information. (Check the CHS blog for details.) I think it's a nice way for the community to come together, even if the suspect is taken into custody before it occurs. Unfortunately I will be out of town and cannot attend.
Reading about Shannon Harps' life reminds me of the great community we have here on Capitol Hill. We live among activists, creatives, families, students, professionals... We lost someone who was obviously a great addition to the neighborhood.
That said, I was really disappointed to hear some of the criticism of our homeless population when it was speculated that it was a random homeless person who committed the murder. We live in an urban environment where having homelessness is inevitable. There are lots of resources on the hill that help this population, which I welcome and wish I knew more about. (Here's a long list of them.)
So... I have an idea that I'm not sure if I'll be brave enough to carry out. I'd like do some random interviews on Broadway of the nice people who live in (or frequent) our neighborhood... Just grab people and ask them some questions, snap a photo and send them on their way. (I'll try not to turn into the Green Peace volunteers in front of QFC... hmm, they'd be fun to interview.)
Let me know if you have any ideas for questions to ask or interesting Broadway people (you know the ones that are always popping up) to interview.
I think it's very sad that we only heard about Shannon after her death. But I'm inspired to get out there and meet my neighbors...
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
It seems like all I write about is shopping and eating. Hmm, I should break out of that rut.
But seriously, Panache is having a 50% off practically everything sale right now...
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Even with the "glitch" delaying the start, I thought the whole show was pretty uninspired. There was lots of booing from our building. And the street.
It didn't ruin my New Year's though... think jello shots.
Choco-Cherry Jello Shots
Recipe makes about 27.
Two boxes cherry Jello
1 jar maraschino cherries (without stems)
Creme de Cacao
Chocolate "Magic Shell" ice cream topping
Plastic shot glasses with lids
- Soak cherries in rum for 24 hours
- Put one cherry in each shot glass
- Make jello with 2 cups boiling water, 1 cup vodka and 2/3 cup creme de cacao
- Pour into shot glasses and chill
- After they are solidified, top each shot with the Magic Shell topping. Put the lid on them and freeze for 10 minutes (or however long you need before serving, the jello won't freeze)
- Top with whip cream and serve