Issue

June 2010

Summer in the City

The hottest summer neighborhoods

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Chef Scott Carsberg doesn’t breathe fire. But that’s not to say the capricious, James Beard Award–winning chef, whose eclectic Belltown restaurant Lampreia was on many food critics’ top-five lists for the better part of two decades, isn’t capable of magic. Carsberg has the skill of an alchemist, taking fresh ingredients and combining them into something elemental and complex.

Weather
No matter the forecast, in the Northwest you must be prepared for rain. That crazy nylon sheet that came with your tent—the one covered with toggles and cords and pulleys—is called a rain fly. Use it! And don’t skip the tarp under your tent; if you do, you could wake up to see your flashlight floating past.

Looking for more summer events? Check out our Festivals and Outdoor Movies guides.

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Just in time for summer, Tim Miller hits the road with the only motorcycle- and scooter-specific towing biz in Seattle

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Our top to-do's for June

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Mount Rainier makes a mighty fine backdrop for indie films

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Some girls grow up surrounded by fairy tales, but little Anais Canlis’ nursery has a more realistic narrative.

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The Marymoor Velodrome Association’s track-racing series keeps legs spinning and heads turning all summer long

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Freddy Arredondo’s culinary background informs Cave B Winery’s approach to winemaking.

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A deft hand toss is Noodle King’s crowning achievement

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Seth Caswell had spent 18 months looking for a home for Emmer&Rye when serendipity finally struck last winter. The chef, who left Stumbling Goat on Phinney Ridge in 2008, met with the owners of Julia’s restaurants, who were looking to close their Queen Anne location but were willing to remain partners in a new venture.

You know it’s summer when the lines at Molly Moon’s (1622 N 45th St.; 206.547.5105; mollymoonicecream.com) stretch around the block and fleets of kites are flying high at Gas Works Park.

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Thanks to light rail, Columbia City and Beacon Hill are just a quick, cheap, no-parking-hassle train ride away.

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The crown jewel of this residential, multi-culti neighborhood is Seward Park itself, which sits on Bailey Peninsula toward the southwest end of Lake Washington and offers spectacular views of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier.

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>>Seattle-area 2010 triathlon calendar

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Seattle’s backyard cottages gain new legal ground—and new appeal for homeowners looking to shack up

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See Spot. See Spot break the law. See if Spot’s owner actually gives a rip.

Dog Tired
My wife and I like long walks on the beach. Without dogs.

With its ongoing construction (and a major Mercer Street overhaul set to begin this summer), South Lake Union still feels as if it’s in its infancy. But as summer events attest, this baby is ready to party.

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A one-of-a-kind, Seattle-based performance group has been dazzling audiences and fostering Filipino community since 1959

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Are enough people supporting farmers’ markets to justify one in every Seattle neighborhood?

There’s nothing like spending a warm summer day in Madison Park (“the village”), with Lake Washington lapping at the shore, Mount Rainier standing tall in the distance and an endless parade of people strolling between the beach and the shops.

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The historic U District has seen ups and downs (see our story on “The Ave” ), but its location next to the water and a lively student vibe has kept it a perennial summer fave.

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Expert advice and three local hikes to prep your  knees, quads and hammies for pain-free trekking

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As Knute Berger sees it, whether by whiskey, espresso or pistol, Seattle’s Wild-West days are making a dramatic comeback

When it comes to West Seattle summer scenes, most people picture Alki Beach or splashy antics at the outdoor, saltwater Colman Pool in Lincoln Park (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW), but there are plenty of other reasons to cross the bridge.

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University Way has had its darker days, but the street everyone calls "the Ave" is nothing if not resilient

The highest of Seattle’s seven hills, Queen Anne offers spectacular views in every direction—one of many reasons to scale its heights in the summertime.

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While this hipster haven doesn’t offer beach access or swimming pools, it’s still a highly desirable summer spot, thanks to a killer park and fountain, a tangibly youthful energy, restaurants with their patio doors flung open, nightlife that keeps on going and one of summer’s most anticipated music festivals.

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Ballard continues to boom, with new restaurants, bars and shops still opening on a regular basis, a thriving art walk and farmers’ market, and, of course, the summer Seafood Fest (this year, July 10–11; seafoodfest.org), where the salmon booths pack ’em in like sardines.