Scoop Blog Archive / August 2012

Local Group Launches Toward YouTube Fame with Mars Rover Parody

King 5 reports on this funny YouTube parody, "We're NASA and We Know It." It was made by a local group, Satire, who promise to release more videos on Wednesdays.

Crane, lower that rover.


Essex Opens with a Host of Homemade Ingredients and Craft Cocktails

A.J. Rathbun
Essex's sparkling citrus cocktail, H.M.S Theodore Roosevelt

The much-anticipated craft cocktail bar Essex has finally opened its doors, and I (and anyone who desires more great cocktail options) couldn’t be happier.

For those who don’t know, Essex sits right next to Ballard’s supreme pizza parlor, Delancey, and is owned by the same folks: Brandon Petit and Molly Wizenberg.

Essex is not an expansive space, but is remarkably well-planned, with barstools cuddled up to the L-shaped bar and a row of marble-topped tables available comfortably across the aisle. Read more »


Hike to a Waterfall, Try Ballard's New BBQ and Other Weekend Musts

The baby back ribs are cookin' at Kickin' Boot

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
The folks who brought you the The Matador present a new addition to Ballard’s bevy of barbecue restaurants. Kickin’ Boot will serve house-smoked meats, Southern barbecue and lots and lots of whiskey. Read Cody Bay’s full preview to learn more about the menu offerings, including something she describes as “a terrifying meat extravaganza.” Read more »


Great News Cocktail Fans! Sambar Open Another Month

Leslie Kelly
An evening spent at Sambar in Ballard feels a world away

Sambar is back from the brink!

The beloved cocktail oasis behind the now-defunct Le Gourmand will remain open until the end of September, chef-owner Bruce Natafly told fans in a mass e-mail blast earlier this week.

“Sara and I are keeping SAMBAR open through the summer, and we are at the stove cooking the food ourselves! SAMBAR will close Saturday, September 29, so there is not much time left to come and enjoy the wonderful cocktails, food and the most beautiful garden in which to spend a summer evening,” Bruce wrote. Read more »


Celebrate Julia Child's 100th: Try this Burger

Leslie Kelly

Food-thusiasts everywhere are celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday today (Aug.15) with French Chef viewing marathons, a video remix guaranteed to make you grin and all sorts of lavish tribute dinners around the globe.

I’m going to mark the centennial by wolfing down a burger at Brave Horse Tavern.

Say what? Read more »