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Entries from July 2011

Fuji Bakery eyeing Wallingford for new location

July 28th, 2011 by master

Fuji Bakery, the Japanese pastry shop in Bellevue and the International District, is looking to open their third store, possibly in Wallingford.

Last week @fujibakery Tweeted that they’re looking at us and Ballard for store number three, which would include a retail section and cafe.

SeattleMet picked up on the story and talked to the owner Akihiro Nakamura. They write that Nakamura “says he has been scouting spots for the past three months to no avail—Ballard is “so expensive,” he laments—so his hope is fans can help reverse that trend.”

Nakamura tells SeattleMet that the third store “won’t happen ‘for a while.'”

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Garage transformed into sausage-making facility

July 26th, 2011 by master

There’s nothing unusual about David Pearlstien’s Wallingford house, until you walk into his converted garage. “The first time the USDA inspector walked in he said, ‘We are not going to use the ‘G’ word anymore, this is not a garage,'” Pearlstein says.

Pearlstein working in what used to be his garage.
It’s true. Pearlstein’s garage is now a “USDA inspected and approved meat-processing facility.”

The cocktail of spices measured for different varieties of sausage

In his “USDA inspected and approved meat-processing facility” Pearlstein makes sausage – 19 different varieties. Pearlstein is the man behind Link Lab Artisan Meats.

Pearlstein adding spices into the meat

About a year ago, Pearlstein wanted to take his sausage-making hobby and make it a business. “I knew I could make sausage but can I wrestle with the USDA regulations?” he says. There are a lot of rules and regulations that Pearlstein must follow and he is visited everyday by a USDA inspector.

Pearlstein tries to buy local whenever possible, down to the beer for his beer brats.

Back in January he got his sought-after approval and started his commercial operation. Pearlstein prides himself in using local meat. “I’m trying as hard as I can to work with farmers who go to farmers markets. The local ones that are very accessible and excited to tell you and share all of their processes,” he says. “I like to visit all the farmers, I like to understand who they are and why they care about what they’re doing.”

Everything on the label must be approved by the USDA.

Pearlstein makes sausages like chorizo, beer brats and spiced lamb and pork links, but he says they taste different than many. “The flavors, the combinations, the varieties, I think are different than you’re going to find anywhere,” he says. “But even the familiar ones, the Italian sausage, it’s that much fresher and brighter because I’m using spices that are coming from a local spice shop.”

The finishing touches.

Link Lab Meats are available at the Virginia Mason Farmers Market on Friday afternoons, Sunset Hill Green Market in Ballard and at several restaurants. Pearlstein also does a monthly trip to the Microsoft campus where he delivers pre-ordered sausage. More information on Link Lab can be found here.

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Seafair Pirates spotted at Dick's

July 26th, 2011 by master

Look who stopped in at Dick’s on Tuesday afternoon.

“Seafair Pirates invade Dick’s Drive-In on NE 45th — AARGH for a Deluxe, shake n fries!” @dicksdriveins Tweeted, along with this photo.

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Wallingford invited to Zoo 'Neighborhood Appreciation Event'

July 26th, 2011 by master

Woodland Park Zoo is inviting residents of Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and Ballard to its Neighborhood Appreciation Event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.

This will be an opportunity for you to meet fellow zoo neighbors, enjoy light refreshments and have special experiences in some of our special exhibits. Children are welcome to attend.

The event will start at the zoo’s West Entrance, located at North 55th Street and Phinney Avenue North. Parking will be free in the surrounding zoo lots for this gathering. Casual attire is encouraged.

Please RSVP by e-mailing For more information, contact Roxanne Murphy, Community Relations and Outreach Liaison at (206) 548-2462.

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Wallingford Boys & Girls Club counselor charged with sexual misconduct

July 26th, 2011 by master

A former part-time counselor at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club (1310 N 45th St.) has been charged with sexual misconduct, according to According to the news site, King County prosecutors say that 24-year-old Julian Alfred Young had sex last October with a 16-year-old girl who was attending the club. Young is not being charged with rape, but first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor and prosecutors say Young abused his position of authority.

Young, who had worked at the club since September 2009, was fired the same month these allegations came to light, Rachel Doxtater, communications director for Boys & Girls Clubs of King County told “We’ve worked closely with authorities and the safety of our kids remains our highest priority,” she said.

To read more about this case, click here.

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Seattle Parks hosting 3 day-long walks from park to park

July 21st, 2011 by master

Seattle Parks Department’s’ Lifelong Recreation Sound Steps Walking Program aims to get walkers aged 50 and over moving by hosting three full days of walks to highlight Olmsted-designed parks, on Aug. 4-6.

This walk…highlights the historic Olmsted park plan and some improvements made possible by the voter-approved 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Thursday, August 4: Meet at Seward Park’s Caffe Vita (5028 Wilson Ave. S). The walk proceeds from Seward Park to Capitol Hill by way of Genesee Park, Jefferson Park, Cheasty Blvd, Mount Baker Park, and the many other parks along Lake Washington Blvd.

Friday, August 5: Meet at Victrola Coffee (411 15th Ave. E). Walk from Capitol Hill to Ballard, by way of Volunteer Park, Interlaken Blvd., the Washington Park Arboretum, the University of Washington campus, Ravenna Park, Green Lake Park, and Woodland Park.

Saturday, August 6: Meet at Aster Coffee (5615 24th Ave. NW). Walk from Ballard to Queen Anne by way of Discovery Park, Magnolia Blvd, Kinnear Park, and Queen Anne Blvd.

Total distance for each day is between 12 and 13 miles. Each day will begin with coffee at 8:30 a.m. and will include stops for lunch, afternoon cold drinks, and an early dinner. The walk itself is free, but you’ll need to pay for your own food and beverages. Although many rest stops are included, the walk pace is moderately brisk.

People can join the walk for one, two, or all three days. It’s one way, so walkers should plan to use Metro, or have an accommodating friend or family member to deliver them each morning and pick them up later in the day.

To join the group for this unique opportunity to experience Seattle’s Olmsted parks on foot, please respond by Tuesday, August 2 to Mari Becker at or 206-684-4664.

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Big Changes Coming To Local Nightlife, Street Food & Medical Marijuana

July 20th, 2011 by master

This week, the Seattle City Council made three moves that will change the future of nightlife, street food and marijuana availability in Fremont, let alone all of Seattle.

We start with the nightlife, where Mayor McGinn’s proposal to change and/or extend bar hours in order to stagger police coverage was officially backed by the Council. The resolution let cities set their own bar-closing times, which could mean staggered schedules that make life easier for law enforcement.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned rule changes to Seattle street food vendors got the blessing of the City Council as well. Now, don’t expect a free-for-all of taco trucks to swarm Fremont. There’s going to be a lot of regulations and fees that street vendors will have to adhere to. Also, vendors will be forbidden from parking within 50 feet of food businesses, schools and building entrances. That said, expect to see a lot more street food vendors in town when the remaining questions are answered and the trucks start rolling in.

Finally, the City Council voted Monday to approve a series of regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. While still illegal on a federal level, the medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to operate locally, given that they comply with new regulations.

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Citizen group unanimously recommends transfer station reconstruction

July 19th, 2011 by master

The North Transfer Station Stakeholders Group is recommending the Concept C design (see below) for the reconstruction of the Seattle Public Utilities’ North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 N. 34th St.)

Concept C design chosen for the reconstruction of the transfer station in Wallingford. A larger image can be found here (.pdf).

The group met 13 times to go over more than a dozen program options and ultimately came to the unanimous decision to go with this option. “The stakeholder group has done a superb job of studying the alternatives, asking for data, listening to each other, and creatively establishing a win-win solution that optimizes community and environmental protection with solid waste and recycling function,” Seattle Public Utilities Director Ray Hoffman said.

From Seattle Public Utilities:

The Option C plan includes:

  • Extensive setbacks and about an acre of landscaped and publicly-accessible open space.
  • Preservation of priority views.
  • Reduced noise, dust, odors from current levels.
  • A great reduction of customer vehicle backups onto the public street.
  • Increased traffic safety inside the station.
  • Expanded recycling.
  • More flexibility to address an evolving solid waste future.
  • A facility that will meet the LEED Gold standard.
  • Additional public benefits such as crosswalk improvements, pedestrian amenities, and an educational viewing room.
  • High-quality architectural design.
  • Moving forward, SPU said it will:

  • Continue to work closely with community groups and local neighbors to refine the programming for the public open space.
  • Incorporate the Stakeholder Group’s project parameters into the documents for selecting and contracting with a project designer/constructor.
  • Work with other city departments and the City Council to address zoning issues and the vacation of a block of Carr Place North.
  • The project is expected to take two years, starting in 2014 at an estimated cost of about $52-million.

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    Hunt the 'hood Wednesday eve

    July 19th, 2011 by master

    Hunt around the neighborhood at next week’s “Hood Hunt.” The scavenger hunt is a grassroots project of free, hyperlocal, map-based hunts in various Seattle neighborhoods. The one on July 20th is the second Wallingford, another is scheduled for September 14th.

    Meet in the northwest corner of the Wallingford Playfield (4219 Wallingford Ave) at 6 p.m. on July 20th. A map and questions for 20 clues will be available here a few days before the event – make sure to print it out and bring it with you.

    There will be a social at the Blue Star Cafe (4512 Stone Way) following the hunt.

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    New Mexican restaurant coming to Wallingford

    July 18th, 2011 by master

    Just two months after Selena’s Guadalajara closed, a new Mexican restaurant will be moving in. La Casa Azul, a fixture in Shoreline, is expanding to the N 45th St and Wallingford Ave. location – 1715 N. 45th St to be specific.

    “Oaxacan cooking is incredibly labor intensive and there’s this very real ‘hands on’ quality in the preparation. In working so directly, so intimately with fresh, local ingredients the process is raised to a highly respected and satisfying craft. The results are stunning. Authentic, regional cuisine prepared with care and consummate skill,” owner Isaac Jimenez writes on the website.

    Once open, they will serve breakfast on the weekends, lunch and dinner.

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