Shelly Najjar

Shelly is a freelance writer and registered dietitian nutritionist in Seattle. Born and raised in the Green Lake neighborhood, she loves exploring the distinct personalities of each neighborhood in the city. She celebrates fun moments big or small, highlights people's stories (everyone has one), and encourages life experiences both in and out of our comfort zones.

Is It Green Lake Or Greenlake?

Businesses, city documents, blogs… they all write it differently. So which is it? I contacted the Seattle Parks and Recreation to settle this debate once and for all. Laurie Dunlap, with the Superintendent’s Office, returned my email, saying, “It’s two words: Green Lake (the body of water), Green Lake Park, Green Lake Community Center, etc.” […]

A Delicious Layer Of Melted Cheese Tops These Foods — And Your Food Bucket List

  Imagine a wheel of semi-soft cheese, flamed until it’s deliciously bubbly, then expertly scraped off onto meat, potatoes, vegetables, sandwiches, and other foods. This is raclette (pronounced “rack-klet”) and there’s only one company in Seattle offering it regularly. Bonus: they’re nearby. Every Wednesday evening, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., this gooey treat makes […]

What To Expect When Going To A Plant-Based Burger Joint

“How is that even a thing?” asks a friend, when I tell her I’m going to a new vegan burger joint. Next Level Burger, or “NLB” as the owners and staff sometimes refer to it, is the nation’s first plant-based burger joint. Their new location in the Roosevelt Square Whole Foods is the first outside […]

Events In And Around Green Lake July 16 – 28

Before summer schedules fill, here’s a few close-to-home events that you may want to add to your calendar. Pet Blessing at Green Lake As part of their outdoor worship service, the Green Lake United Methodist Church “will include a blessing of the non-homo sapien members of your family.” Sunday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 […]

Events In And Around Green Lake July 8-15

We broke tradition this year. Usually summer starts in July, but our recent weather has given us a taste for (hopefully) a warm summer to come! July is full of fun events in Green Lake, so many, in fact, that we’ve broken them into two posts. Here’s the first of our two part series. Brewzapalooza  […]

Registration For Seafair Milk Carton Derby Ends June 23

For 45 years, children, adults, families and businesses have been building, floating, sinking, and racing milk carton watercraft across the lake during the Seafair Milk Carton Derby. If you want to participate in this year’s competition, register soon, because the deadline is June 23. The $25 registration fee per team (free for military registration) includes […]

Things to Do, Eat, And See In Green Lake This Spring Part 2

Continuing our spring events post (there’s a lot to see and do this spring in Green Lake!) Here’s whats coming up in April. Run As One ’17 – Seattle In its 6th year, the Run As One event takes place in various locations around the nation, in honor of Marine veteran Clay Hunt, an original […]

Things to Do, Eat, And See In Green Lake This Spring Part 1

We’re all familiar with the races and other fun events that pop up as a sign of spring in Green Lake. It seems that Green Lake wakes up as we come out of the gray winter weather. Here is the first part of a two part series featuring several events happening this spring right here […]

Valentine’s Date Ideas In and Near Green Lake

By Shelly Najjar Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating with your sweetie, enjoying company with friends, or treating yourself to one of the many options in the Green Lake area. Ideas for Valentine’s Day and the prior weekend are included below. “The Liar” at the […]

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