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Home Cake Decorating Supply Sells Flour & All Your Baking Dream Accessories

April 7, 2020 10:41am

With flour hard to find right now, we were so happy to discover a local gem called Home Cake Decorating Supply that was fully stocked. The shop on 95th and Roosevelt Way sells flour yeast, sugar and just about anything you might need to make the cake or baking project of your dreams.

Home Cake Decorating has been in business since 1962 and was featured in The Seattle Times a few years ago.

To order, you email Dave, INFO@HOMECAKEDECORATING.COM with your order and specify if you’d like delivery or curbside pickup, which are available Monday through Saturday.

Like so many other small businesses, they are currently trying to get more of their inventory up online, but you can see some of their stock here. If you don’t find something on his inventory list that you need, ask him when you email. He calls you back (normally within 24 hours) to confirm a time for delivery or pick up and can answer any questions about availability then.

If ever there were a time for sprinkles in every color, and that fancy cake pan, it might be right about NOW.

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Restaurants Open In Green Lake: April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020 9:50pm
Photo from Shelter Lounge

Things continue to change daily with restaurants opening and closing. We are continuing to update our list of restaurants and cafes open for takeout and or delivery. And this week we were excited to hear of two restaurants that are reopening after temporary closures – Shelter Lounge and Mkt. You will find more information on those and the other restaurants open below.

Takeout (and some delivery) options:
Beth’s Cafe is open for takeaway: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with most of the menu available.
Blankspace Cafe is open 12-9 p.m. for bubble tea and dessert (206) 420-4348
Brunello Ristorante is offering dinner for takeaway with wine options. 206)-527-4778
Bongos is open for takeaway Wed – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (206) 420-8548.
Chocolati sells handcrafted artisan chocolates and espresso drinks from their walk-up window. 206-527-5467
Cocina Oaxaca available for takeout, closed Mondays 206-729-0980.
Dalongyi Hot Pot (206) 854-7707
Eight Row is offering takeaway Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $15 lunch boxes ($5 for kids) or tacos wine and pie for dinner $80 (206)294-3178.
El Naranjo the neighborhood taco truck continues to operate business as usual from the Shell parking lot on Aurora. 7215 West Greenlake Drive (253) 880-6439.
Green Lake Grill offers takeout nightly starting at 4 p.m.
Himalayan Sherpa House
Hiroki Bakery but for shortened hours W-F 12-6, S, Sun 9-5 (206) 547-4128
Little Red Hen food and beer to go and delivered (206) 522-1168.
Mighty O Donuts takeaway donuts and coffee.
Mkt. Open daily from 5-9 for a variety of takeaway meals. (206) 812-1580
Mykonos Greek Grill has their full menu available and is open 11 a.m – 9 p.m. for all takeout orders. (206)523-8929.
Nell’s is now offering a range of small and large plates and wine for takeout. 206-524-4044.
Ole Cafe is currently closed but plans to offer online Spanish lessons, stay tuned.
Revolutions Coffee is doing to-go orders from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and serves coffee as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch.
Rositas Mexican Grill is open for takeout with delivery. Takeout hours (starting tomorrow) 11:30 – 8 p.m. 206-523-3031.
Shelter Lounge Green Lake has just reopened, offering takeout prix fixe meals Wed – Sat 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For current menus head over to their Instagram, Facebook or website. Orders are taken via phone or email (206)-420-7452greenlake@shelterlounge.com
TangleTown Public House 206-466-6340
Tapas Lab Available for takeout or delivery, closed Mondays. 206-775-1744
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (206)582-1885
Urban Bakery (206) 524-7591
Zeek’s Pizza takeout or delivery 206-285-8646
Zoka Cafe

Delivery:
Champion Wine Cellars, the Greenwood wine shop, is doing free wine delivery to Seattle area residents. They are offering six packs at three different price points. Read their recent blog post to find out more about ordering.
Press Then Press the Green Lake based online cider company delivers handpicked ciders to your door and recently added a wider delivery range throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Read more about them here.
Frelard Tamales in Tangletown just launched a new delivery service – tamales to your door. Deliveries take place twice a week:
Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-9pm.
You pick your tamale flavors, pick the date and get them dropped off at your door. More info on their site here.

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Green Lake During the 1918 Influenza

March 31, 2020 9:31pm
Photo via National Archives

Recently my husband went down a weird online rabbit hole, looking up the history of the N-95 mask until he stumbled on a photo that caught his attention. That photo is above. The undated photo of the Green Lake electric trolley came with the caption: “Precautions taken in Seattle, Washington during the Spanish Influenza epidemic would not permit anyone to ride on the street cars without wearing a mask. The Red Cross made 260,000 masks. Local Identifier: 165-WW-269B-11”

It is one of many photos that were created through the American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, which have been digitized in full as part of the Wartime Films Project.

I can’t help but wonder what photos are being taken now that people will look at in 100 years. This photo and the collection of photos taken at that time are a good reminder that the world has been through this before and someday this day will pass.

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Updated: Restaurants Open In Green Lake

March 26, 2020 8:35pm

Photos by Erica Grivas

Here’s our updated list of restaurants open for either takeaway or delivery in Green Lake. Sadly this tends to change daily, so we encourage you to call first to make sure they are open and able to do to-go orders. Also, special thanks to Seattle Greenlaker contributor Erica Grivas and Julie Pond McAferty from Green Lake Guest House for contributing to this list.

Takeout (and some delivery) options:
Beth’s Cafe is open for takeaway: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with most of the menu available.
Blankspace Cafe is open 12-9 p.m. for bubble tea and dessert (206) 420-4348
Brunello Ristorante is offering dinner for takeaway with wine options. 206)-527-4778
Bongos is open for takeaway Wed – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (206) 420-8548.
Chocolati sells handcrafted artisan chocolates and espresso drinks from their walk-up window. 206-527-5467
Cocina Oaxaca available for takeout, closed Mondays 206-729-0980.
Dalongyi Hot Pot (206) 854-7707
Eight Row is offering takeaway Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $15 lunch boxes ($5 for kids) or tacos wine and pie for dinner $80 (206)294-3178.
El Naranjo the neighborhood taco truck continues to operate business as usual from the Shell parking lot on Aurora. 7215 West Greenlake Drive (253) 880-6439.
Green Lake Grill offers takeout nightly starting at 4 p.m.
Himalayan Sherpa House
Hiroki Bakery but for shortened hours W-F 12-6, S, Sun 9-5 (206) 547-4128
Little Red Hen food and beer to go and delivered (206) 522-1168.
Mighty O Donuts
Mykonos Greek Grill has their full menu available and is open 11 a.m – 9 p.m. for all takeout orders. (206)523-8929.
Nell’s is now offering a range of small and large plates and wine for takeout. 206-524-4044.
Ole Cafe is currently closed but plans to offer online Spanish lessons, stay tuned.
Revolutions Coffee is doing to-go orders from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and serves coffee as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch.
Rositas Mexican Grill is open for takeout with delivery. Takeout hours (starting tomorrow) 11:30 – 8 p.m. 206-523-3031.
Shelter Lounge Green Lake has just reopened, offering takeout prix fixe meals Wed – Sat 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For current menus head over to their Instagram, Facebook or website. Orders are taken via phone or email (206)-420-7452greenlake@shelterlounge.comTangleTown Public House 206-466-6340
Tapas Lab Available for takeout or delivery, closed Mondays. 206-775-1744
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (206)582-1885
Zeek’s Pizza takeout or delivery 206-285-8646
Zoka Cafe

Delivery:
Champion Wine Cellars, the Greenwood wine shop, is doing free wine delivery to Seattle area residents. They are offering six packs at three different price points. Read their recent blog post to find out more about ordering.
Press Then Press the Green Lake based online cider company delivers handpicked ciders to your door and recently added a wider delivery range throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Read more about them here.
Frelard Tamales in Tangletown just launched a new delivery service – tamales to your door. Deliveries take place twice a week:
Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-9pm.
You pick your tamale flavors, pick the date and get them dropped off at your door. More info on their site here.

While not from Green Lake, Collins Family Orchard is often in the neighborhood dropping off for their seasonal CSA boxes. With all of the Seattle Farmer’s Markets closed they could really use our help. They are selling 20 pound boxes of apples with free delivery. These apples have a long shelf life. Orders must be placed by Wednesday evening for their weekly Thursday or Friday delivery. They anticipate this service to exist as long as the Farmers Markets are closed. Use this form to make your order.

Rumors of Shelter Lounge opening for some takeout options next week.

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Social Distancing In Green Lake Park?

March 25, 2020 10:11pm
Photo by Erica Grivas

In an effort to encourage some social distancing, the City of Seattle has closed off 8 of the city’s most frequented parks’ parking lots, which includes Green Lake. But driving by the park today you wouldn’t know it. The park was packed. The parking lots to the south of the park near Woodland Park and the dog park were full with people waiting for spots.

While the parks are open for public use, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Police Department will continue to deploy staff to encourage social distancing. Understanding the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order, residents are encouraged to visit the 479 local neighborhood parks or to bike or walk to these destination parks, which will remain open for public use.

“We still want people to be able to enjoy our parks during this stressful time. But we have seen many of our parks have become too busy to allow folks to properly create social distance. Our hope is that closing parking lots will reduce crowds. If folks are not able to maintain six feet of space, we will need to close parks,” said Jesús Aguirre

As always, Seattle Parks and Recreation asks residents to:

  • Use social distancing: the most effective tool we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. We are asking people to abide by social distancing guidelines in Seattle Parks.
  • Do not access off limits equipment or areas: as of last week, Seattle and King County have closed all play areas and other high touch areas, such as picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor exercise equipment.
  • Do not congregate in parks: the means no pick-up games, no picnics, BBQs, parties, or bonfires.
  • Six feet for activities: Hiking, biking, walking are all great ways to enjoy parks right now, just remember to give a wide berth to your fellow residents.
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UW Cherry Blossom Viewing Canceled Available Via Web Cam

March 21, 2020 10:17pm
Photo by Erica Grivas

Visitors should avoid coming to UW campus to see cherry blossoms amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Thousands of people usually visit campus each spring to see the cherry blossoms. The university’s order is in compliance with state and local public health proclamations that prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, parking on campus to view the blossoms is discouraged.

webcam overlooking the Quad is available for viewers to enjoy the trees remotely. Over the coming weeks, the university will share progress photos and videos on the cherry blossoms’ Twitter account,@uwcherryblossom and on UW News.

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King County And City of Seattle Close playgrounds

March 21, 2020 9:34pm

We received this press release today:

King County and City of Seattle close playgrounds.
Parks and trails users directed to follow social distancing guidelines.

Help keep our parks open by enjoying parks safely. Parks should be our refuge right now, but they cannot be used as gathering spots. City staff will be out reminding people to stay off play areas and to refrain from pickup games, picnics, parties, BBQs, or other gatherings.

To follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines established by Public Health—Seattle & King County and the Washington Department of Health, King County Parks and Seattle Parks and Recreations are closing playground equipment and other active recreation areas where it could be difficult to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines.

Ballfields and playfields are open for walking and other non-team activities.

The closure includes picnic shelters, basketball and tennis courts, ballfields, and other active recreation locations. Parks, natural lands, regional trails, backcountry trails, and beaches where social distancing can be maintained remain open.

Pick-up games, picnics, and other large gatherings will not be permitted.

Restrooms within parks will continue to be open to the public, and will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.

“With schools closed and people adapting to new work habits, our parks and open spaces can provide an important break in these stressful times. It is clear, however, that we must continue to be vigilant in these places as well, and make sure all our residents put into practice Public Health directives,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Go for a hike. Take the family for a stroll. Kick a soccer ball around with your kids. But use good sense and avoid gatherings, team sports, pick-up games, and playground equipment.”

“Parks are beloved by all, but we must be smart about our behaviors during this unprecedented public health emergency. We are in a new normal. While individuals and families can bike, walk, or run, we cannot allow gatherings at Seattle’s best locations including Alki, Golden Gardens, Seward, Volunteer Park or Magnuson. Every single resident should take social distancing guidelines to heart – it could save someone’s life,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan.

“We know that parks and open space provide a critical support to our communities during this difficult time, and we want to provide these opportunities to find respite and relief in nature, but we need to be able to do so in way that does not work against our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. We encourage residents and visitors to practice social distancing and not participate in organized activities that go against Public Health guidance,” said Jesús Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “City and County employees will be reiterating this guidance to individuals who are not practicing social distancing.”

As noted by the National Recreation and Park Association, there are a number of specific recommendations for practicing safe social distancing when in parks or on trails, including:

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit public spaces if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
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It’s Grow Time!

March 18, 2020 9:09pm
Photo via Lisa Fotios

Or is it? For some plants that like a nip in the air, definitely! For frost-tender plants like basil, that’s a hard no. 

For most annual veggies and flowers, it helps to know when our last frost date will be – the exit of freezing temperatures until fall. Tags or seed catalogs regularly reference this date – “plant x weeks before last frost.”  The trouble is, nobody knows the date – until it happens, and it’s different every year.  

Our best guess is the “average last frost date” which will be right about half the time – and wrong half the time.  Plantmaps.com has Green Lake at Zone 9 April 1-10.

Washington State University says 2019’s actual was March 11, and most recent freezing temp in Seattle this year was March 15th at 30 degrees. 

The Elisabeth C. Miller Library, in answering a reader question, said “The last frost date in Seattle can be as early as March 22, but to be on the safe side, April 15-20 would be more definitive.”

The closer you are to Puget Sound or Lake Washington, the better your odds are of squeaking by without a frost after that date. In Green Lake, likewise, our walls, sidewalks and asphalt streets reflect heat, but nothing beats noticing your own yard’s microclimates – which spot do the plants leaf out first or last, or where does the soil take forever to dry out? 

So there you go. We’re all taking our best guesses. You can plant early, but it comes with some risk, especially for heat-lovers like tomato and basil. Generally they’ll catch up if you wait til it’s more dependably toasty.

You can read all the details about what to plant now in our post here: https://www.seattlegreenlaker.com/2017/03/jumpstart-your-garden-this-spring/

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Green Lake Area Delivery and Takeout Options

March 17, 2020 9:59pm
Photo via Champion Wine Cellars

I drove down Greenwood Ave today and lost count of the signs on the doors saying the businesses were closed because of Coronavirus. With dining in not an option for restaurants for at least the next two weeks, many businesses are switching to take out or delivery. We love Green Lake and want each business to survive this, so we have compiled a list of Green Lake and a few of the surrounding area restaurants and businesses doing takeout and delivery options. If you are in a position to support these local businesses we’d encourage you to. And, if you know of more, please add them in the comments below as we’d love to share the news with our community.

Delivery:
Champion Wine Cellars, the Greenwood wine shop, is doing free wine delivery to Seattle area residents. They are offering six packs at three different price points. Read their recent blog post to find out more about ordering.

Press Then Press the Green Lake based online cider company delivers handpicked ciders to your door and recently added a wider delivery range throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Read more about them here.

Frelard Tamales in Tangletown just launched a new delivery service – tamales to your door. Deliveries take place twice a week:
Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-9pm.
You pick your tamale flavors, pick the date and get them dropped off at your door. More info on their site here.

While not from Green Lake, Collins Family Orchard is often in the neighborhood dropping off for their seasonal CSA boxes. With all of the Seattle Farmer’s Markets closed they could really use our help. They are selling 20 pound boxes of apples with free delivery. These apples have a long shelf life. Orders must be placed by Wednesday evening for their weekly Thursday or Friday delivery. They anticipate this service to exist as long as the Farmers Markets are closed. Use this form to make your order.

Takeout (and some delivery) options:
Beth’s Cafe is open for takeaway: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with most of the menu available.

Bongos is open for takeaway Wed – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (206) 420-8548.

Coyle’s Bakeshop (8300 Greenwood Ave.) has a walk up window and is now on abbreviated hours from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Now you can look through the window to see what you’d like to order and order it from the window. They also sell a few selected pastries frozen so you can take them home to bake them.

Duke’s Seafood is working a rotating and abbreviated menu with takeout and delivery options available via Grubhub and Door Dash.

Eight Row is offering takeaway Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $15 lunch boxes ($5 for kids) or tacos wine and pie for dinner $80 (206)294-3178.

Mykonos Greek Grill has their full menu available and is open 11 a.m – 9 p.m. for all takeout orders. (206)523-8929.

Rositas Mexican Grill is open for takeout with delivery via Postmates. Takeout hours (starting tomorrow) 11:30 – 8 p.m. 206-523-3031.

El Naranjo the neighborhood taco truck continues to operate business as usual from the Shell parking lot on Aurora. 7215 West Greenlake Drive (253) 880-6439.

Revolutions Coffee is doing to-go orders from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and serves coffee as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch.


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Frelard Tamales Is Feeding People Who Have Lost Their Jobs During COVID-19

March 17, 2020 9:19pm

Need some good news in the midst of all of this chaos? How about this from Frelard Tamales –

Javier, Eva’s husband (Eva is our mom and the mastermind behind our tamales) and dad to one of the owners, recently lost most of his work hours due to COVID19. So, Frelard Tamales decided to temporarily hire him so he can help us provide FREE meals to our neighbors and community.

If you were sent home without pay; or if your work hours have been drastically cut; or if you have been laid off; or if you are concerned about finding a meal for your kids due to school closures; or if you have been economically affected by COVID19 in general, stop by our Greenlake shop starting on Tuesday (3/17) until Friday (3/20) during business hours to pick-up a free humble meal, nothing fancy. 

Staff will make sandwiches and a couple other goodies for you to grab and go. No purchase necessary or questions asked. Just be honest as we want this to go for those who fit the criteria above. Just stop by the window and ask for a free meal to-go. In tough times like Seattle and the country face today, we must come together and help each other out. 

Stay safe and remain optimistic. 
See you next week, Tuesday-Friday (March 17th to March 20th)
Please share so we can reach folks affected.

Sincerely,
Dennis & Osbaldo
Owners of Frelard Tamales

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