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If you can’t beat it, Join it – 5 Can’t-Miss North Seattle Patios

Being lucky enough to have lived here several years now, I have spent a time or two on patios with a glass in my hand.  You’ll forgive me this afternoon for staying indoors with a Popsicle in hand, but my fair skin doesn’t allow much room for sunburn.  Still, when temps are moderately hot and the day is getting done, there’s nothing I love more than a local patio.  So, for those of you new to the area or just getting out for the first time, I present to you my list of favorite outdoor spaces in north Seattle:

  • Naked City’s Walrus Beer Garden.  This only just opened a little over a week ago, but is filled with picnic tables & umbrellas, a Washers game in the corner, and occasional live music.  You can see it from Greenwood Ave over a pony wall but gain access through the restaurant. Kid friendly, but not dog friendly.
  • Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden: This half indoor/half outdoor space has a variety of seating options, old wooden barrels as drink stands, and is both kid and dog friendly.  If it gets too hot outdoors, you can step inside for some shade and grab a handful of complimentary pretzels.
  • Forza Coffee in Green Lake: With a roll-up door, Forza’s patio again spills into the inside of the facility.  Why am I including a coffee joint in my list?  Because this place also carries local beer, wine on tap, and light food options.  Kid and dog friendly. As a special treat, go on a Friday or Saturday evening for live music.
  • The Yard Cafe: Also located on Greenwood Avenue, you could technically consider the entire building to be an outdoor spot.  With picnic tables in the sunshine right out front and shaded indoor seating that converts to the outdoors by lifting a plastic barrier, you’ll also love the delicious Mexican food options.
  • Ray’s Cafe: I don’t think I need to say a lot here.  You can sit on the deck of Ray’s in Ballard and watch boats and paddle boarders while eating amazing seafood.  If it gets chilly, just ask for a blanket and they’ll provide.

Green Lake: Wine, Dogs, Live Music and Charity at Forza Coffee

In the six years since I adopted North Seattle Lola, I’ve gone through three surgeries with her.  The first was to remove half a tennis ball from her small intestine.  The second was to remove a growth on her elbow that she kept cutting open.  The third was just a few months ago, when the vets at Phinney Ridge Animal Hospital gave me the bad news that a new lump was a cancerous melanoma.  That’s when it hit me – my dog is now seven years old, the age that vets consider a “senior.”  Sure, she’s got lots of life left in her, but she’s an older girl now, something I’m going to have to accept sooner or later.  But along with that realization I discover I have something that loves me unconditionally, who is now calm, wise, and mature.  Well alright, maybe not too calm.

North Seattle Lola

My point is that older dogs are incredible pets.  In a year that I spent volunteering at a local shelter, I met an unbelievable amount of older dogs who still had so much love to give.  And it amazes me that there are such good people out there who work hard to take care of these older dogs, especially when their families can no longer keep them and adoption is difficult.

Forza Coffee in Green Lake is hosting a benefit on Tuesday, May 22nd, along with Piccola Cellars and small bites from La Toscanella.  The cost is $10 per person, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Old Dog Haven, a non-profit network that provides homes for homeless senior dogs in Western Washington.  So, lets just look at the facts here:

  • $10 for a wine tasting from Piccola Cellars, who provide amazing wines on tap
  • Small bites from La Toscanella
  • Live music
  • AND you help older dogs find and keep homes

If you can find any excuse not to attend this, I dare you.  Hope to see you there!

Green Lake Forza Coffee presents “Hops for Hope” Benefit

Our newest Green Lake coffee house, Forza, is hosting “Hops for Hope” this  Saturday, April 21st from 7pm to 10pm.  The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will feature food and drink specials, plus live music from The Castaways, a ukulele rock cover band.

In addition to the food and drink specials with proceeds benefitting the charity, there will also be raffle prizes from some great neighborhood sponsors.  Some prizes include dinner and show for two from Teatro Zinzanni, Woodland Park Zoo admission tickets, and a bike tuneup from Gregg’s Cycles.

Forza Coffee is located in the Circa building at 6900 East Green Lake Way North.  They have rotating craft beer and wine selections plus an assortment of rotating foods, and feature live music every Friday and Saturday night.

New pizza, beer and coffee opening up in North Seattle

In this economy I get so excited to see new businesses opening up shop.  This month, I want to welcome three businesses to three north Seattle neighborhoods.

In Phinney Ridge, The Ridge Pizza just opened this week at 7217 Greenwood Ave N, next to the True Value.  Funny enough, The True Value is one of the styles of pizza you can order, along with other pizzas named after neighboring businesses.  The Ridge is family friendly, and brought to us from the same people who own Prost! up the street.  The Ridge is open for lunch and dinner, and serves beer, wine and full bar along with pizza and sandwiches.

In Ballard, Urban Family Public House opened its doors last night for the first time at 5329 Ballard Ave NW.  The Brewery/restaurant features 14 taps of national and international beers, and is open Monday through Friday from 4pm and weekends from 11am.   Don’t let the name confuse you, this is a 21 & over establishment (for now).

And in Green Lake, we are almost ready for more coffee, this time coming to us from Forza Coffee Company.  Forza’s newest location will be opening official on January 21st, at 8:14 a.m. to honor the four Lakewood Police officers who were killed at the Parkland Forza in 2009.  Next week, Forza will have some limited hours of “soft opening” to help train their new staff.  This particular Forza location will also serve beer and wine.  It’s located in the Circa Building at 6900 East Green Lake Way N.

Welcome to the neighborhood, new businesses, and I’ll be seeing you soon!



Roundup: New businesses coming to North Seattle

It may seem like the economy is in a national stand-still, but even so, we’ve got a few new businesses opening up shop this month in north Seattle.  Make sure you check them out and support our local spots!

Book Larder, a community cookbook store at 4252 Fremont Ave North, is opening their doors tomorrow (Wednesday, October 11th) at 11 a.m.  A friend of mine got to take a sneak peek last weekend and says it’s an amazing experience.   They’ll also have guest authors and chefs in on a regular basis.

Bluebird Microcreamery, with its main location in Capitol Hill, has two exciting new locations.  The first, in Fremont at 3515 Fremont Ave N, opened up during the last week of September.   The second location is in Phinney Ridge at 7400 Greenwood Ave North, and opens this Friday.  You may have noticed the Bluebird ice cream stand outside that space this summer, offering a sampling of what they’ll have in the store.

Ridge Pizza will be opening its doors soon, also in Phinney Ridge at 7217 Greenwood Ave North.  There isn’t an exact date yet, but they hope to be open by the end of the month.

Red Mill Totem House is opening today (October 11th) in Ballard at 3058 NW 54th St.  If you’ve ever had Red Mill at their Phinney Ridge or Interbay location, you know that Ballard is in for a real treat (just remember, Red Mill only takes cash or checks).

Forza Coffee is opening a location later this year in Green Lake, their construction is already well underway.  Stay tuned for more details on that one as we get a little closer to opening – it will occupy a space near I Love Hot Yoga in the Circa apartment building.

With all these new openings coming up (not to mention Green Lake’s Cake Envy that opened just a couple weeks ago), it’s hard not to go out and spend a good time in the ‘hood!

Another Coffee Shop coming soon to Green Lake

We’re not exactly struggling for places to get a cup of coffee in Green Lake.  In fact, we have so much good coffee that I don’t even have a favorite – I frequent them all depending on my mood.  If I’m looking to pick up something on the go I’ll generally run into Mighty-O Donuts or Irwin’s Bakery.  For a quiet place to read a book I’ll head to Zoka.  If I’m meeting friends, I’ll choose Peet’s or Starbucks. 

Now, Forza Coffee is moving into town.  They will be occupying the retail/restaurant space on the opposite side of the parking garage from I Love Hot Yoga in the Circa Building.  And to be a little different, they’re also applying for a liquor license to serve beer and wine (the liquor license is currently posted). 

Forza currently only has two other locations in Seattle, and most of the rest are in Pierce County around Tacoma, University Place, and Puyallup.  The space they’ll occupy in Circa is pretty large, so I’ll be interested to see how they set it up and what else they’ll carry.