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Pig out in Phinney Ridge today – for a cause

Do not make dinner at home tonight.  Grab the spouse, or the kids, or just yourself, and head out to eat at one of 30 Phinney-Greenwood area places today, October 9th, to benefit the PNA’s Hot Meal Program.

It’s the annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out – the one day of the year when local restaurants donate a portion of their sales to this program.  You don’t have to wait until dinner, either – there’s places to stop for lunch, or coffee, or happy hour drinks – view the full list of participating businesses here.

The Hot Meal program, produced by the Phinney Neighborhood Association and led by volunteers, provides two cooked dinners and one lunch each week to those in need.  Everyone is welcome, and with the seasons changing this is a particularly important time of year for the service.

So, eat out so that others can continue to get a nutritious meal when they need it!

Seattle Restaurant Week Returns – here’s your north Seattle hookup

I know it feels like it just happened, but Seattle Restaurant Week returns October 14th – 18th and 21st – 25th.  For those of you new to Seattle, this is one of the greatest weeks for those of us that aren’t millionaires – the week when many restaurants present a 3-course dinner for just $28 (and some also provide a 3-course lunch for $15).

And there’s no shortage of options for north Seattle dining this time around, either.  Here’s where you can go to get your fine dining fix, along with my recommendations:

In BALLARD, you can visit the Golden Beetle, Volterra, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Belle Clemantine, Bastille, Maggie Bluffs, and Anthony’s Homeport. My choice?  Ray’s Cafe.  Ray’s is about to remodel their downstairs restaurant, but the cafe is offering up some excellent Restaurant Week menu selections, including a pumpkin creme brulee for dessert.

In FREMONT, swing into the 35th Street Bistro, Chiso Sushi, or Hunger 2.0. Or one of my favorites, Via Tribunali, where you can start with some caprese arrostito.

In GREEN LAKE, which I’m quite partial to, dine at Nell’s, or try some of the best sushi in Seattle at Kisaku.  You can also dine next door at Eva.

In PHINNEY-GREENWOOD, you can go vegetarian at Carmelitas, or Mediterranean  at The Olive and Grape.  Or visit my pick: The Stumbling Goat, where you can choose between an entree of pan seared trout, pork tenderloin, duck risotto, or grass fed hangar steak.

Finally, in WALLINGFORD, don’t forget to stop by one of my absolute faves: Cantinetta – one of their entree options is a seasonal butternut squash ravioli.  Or, you can dine at Tilth or Art of the Table.

If you just feel the need to get out of north Seattle, which I won’t hold against you, you can view the full list of participating restaurants here.


PHOTOS: Phinney Greenwood Summer Streets

Tonight was Summer Streets along Greenwood Avenue, with lots of activities for  kids and adults alike.  Here’s a few photos from the night:





Soccer Tourney at Phinney-Greenwood Summer Streets – with beer, of course.

PhinneyWood Summer Streets returns next Friday, August 10th, where much of Greenwood Avenue will be closed down for a fun neighborhood block party in the evening hours (6 to 10pm, so be prepared to reroute if you’re driving).  Summer Streets features live music, dancing, activities for the kids and more.  Bring nonperishable food again this year for Seattle’s largest food can pyramid to benefit Greenwood Food Bank, and enjoy the art walk which will spill into the street.

And this year, something new: the first ever Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament.

The soccer tournament is presented by Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, The Yard Cafe, and natural energy drink Golazo (I’ve had it – it’s good).  Registration is now full for the event with 92 players divided into 16 teams and competing in two divisions – fun and pro, so if you didn’t get a chance to sign up you’ll be watching from the sidelines at this point.

A big neighborhood event like this wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity referee, so come see former Sounders player Santa Maria Rivera, now a Golazo spokesperson, ref the game.  And enjoy music with tunes spinned by DJ Dave Newman.

“Seattle is one of the greatest soccer cities in the world,” said Naked City’s general Manager Bryan Miller. “It was only a matter of time before we had our own major street soccer tournament.” He adds, “The response has been incredible.  The City of Seattle has been amazingly helpful with logistics, and The Yard and Golazo are great partners.”

Several of the players on the “pro” division are former Sounders, and there will be a cup prize for each division.  All the participating players in each division receive two complimentary beers.

What a great addition to Summer Streets!  To learn more about the other events happening at Summer Streets, visit their website here.