Monthly Archives: September 2013

Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in October

It’s officially fall, and Halloween is nearly here! Mark your calendars for these fun, (many family-friendly) Queen Anne events coming up in October:

  1. Wednesdays in October – Whine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy dinner or a crostini plate with three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Wines by the glass are $2 off. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  2. Thursdays in October – Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Summer is in full swing, and that means the weekly Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is going on! Visit the corner of Queen Anne Avenue N and West Crockett Street each Thursday from 3 – 7:30 p.m. Then, head to Twirl Café afterward for an after party event, with $2 craft beer, ½ priced wine by the bottle, and more!
  3. October 3 – Audrey Daniels Jewelry Trunk Show at Three Birds: From 4 – 7 p.m. on October 3rd, Three Birds Home and Gifts will be hosting Audrey Daniels for a trunk show of her delightful, locally-made jewelry! Browse, buy, and imbibe on Champagne and light appetizers.
  4. Fridays in October – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  5. October 13 to 17 – Seattle Restaurant Week at Queen Anne Restaurants: The fall run of Seattle Restaurant Week is here! Three-course dinners for only $28, and many three-course lunches for $15 will be available from October 13th through 17th. Dine at restaurants around Queen Anne, including Betty Restaurant & Bar, Chinoise Café, Collections Café (lunch too!), How to Cook a Wolf, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge (lunch too!), Ponti Seafood Grill, Portage, Ten Mercer, and The Melting Pot.
  6. October 17 – Queen Anne Chamber October Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:30 p.m. on October 17th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to
  7. October 26 & 27 – Dia de Muertos at Seattle Center: Join in a Mexican celebration to remember our departed at the Seattle Center’s Dia de Muertos on October 26th and 27th. Experience Mexican culture and food, plus performances, sand paintings, activities, face painting and rituals. The event will take place in the Armory and Center House Main Floor of the Seattle Center.
  8. October 31 – Annual Queen Anne Trick-or-Treat: Each year, merchants along Queen Anne Avenue get gussied up in costume and pull out giant bowls to fill with candy for the kids in costume who roam the avenue for Halloween. The event takes place from 3 – 6 p.m. in the last week of October, and while a day has yet to be set for the event this year (at least as far as we can tell), we’re putting a placeholder on the 31st.

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August – September Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

Even with the musical ruckus that is Bumbershoot in the mix, the last month was fairly quiet on the Queen Anne crime front. While this is far from a comprehensive report, this post lists a couple of instances of crime in our neighborhood that occurred between mid-August and today. Keep reading for details on the criminal activity reported by the West Precinct blotter.

  • Restaurant Burglary Bungled: After a silent alarm went off at a restaurant in the 100 block of 1st Avenue North at about 1 a.m. on August 21st, police responded on the scene and took the burglary suspect into custody. The silent alarm told the 9-1-1 dispatchers that surveillance cameras had captured footage of someone inside. SPD arrived and set up a perimeter complete with a K-9 dog before the suspect came out of a door from the restaurant. The 25-year-old began running, but he was apprehended, taken into custody, and later booked for investigation of burglary. This incident remains under investigation.
  • SPD ‘Catch’ Fleeing House Burglar – Literally: Dispatchers received complaints of two suspicious people in the alley on the 100 block of West McGraw Street on September 10th just after 1 p.m. Minutes later, SPD got a call that a woman had broken the window of a residence in that vicinity. Shortly thereafter, the owner of the home returned to find his front door open. When the suspect inside saw him, she jumped out of an upstairs window into the SPD officer waiting below. The female suspect was promptly arrested and eventually booked into King County Jail for Burglary. SPD performed a search of the area inside and around the house, but were unable to find the other suspicious person mentioned in the 9-1-1 calls.

Stay safe, Queen Anne residents and businesses!

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Queen Anne Restaurant Spotlight: Cederberg Tea House

We reported the news on Cederberg Tea House when they opened back in July in the old Caffe Appassionato location on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and Galer Street, and now it’s time for a spotlight! The Queen Anne restaurant and tea house serves coffee, teas, hot sandwiches, South African treats and special beverages made with a South African tea called Rooibos.

Cederberg is family owned and operated by mother-daughter team Cecile Robson and Natasha Robson-Lovato. Until just days before opening the shop, Natasha had been a middle school teacher. Cecile had always wanted to open a coffee shop, but fell in love with the idea to focus on South African teas and treats, so that became the vision.

“We wanted to bring a bit of South Africa to Seattle,” Robson said.

The real push that drove Cecile and Natasha to open the teahouse came after Natasha’s wedding. She had a traditional South African reception, with high tea served in special cups that they couldn’t find to rent anywhere, so they bought over 100 of them. After the wedding, the options were to try to sell them on eBay, or use them in a business. Natasha had always loved baking and cooking, so she and her mother started a catering business out of their home to offer high teas and event catering.

“I really realized that Americans would love South African food with my husband’s picky daughters. They push most things away but they love all of the South African things I make,” Robson-Lovato said.

The catering business grew, and Cecile and Natasha decided to open up a shop on Queen Anne in the recently-vacated Caffe Appassionato space. They still do their catering services, whether you want a high tea for your event or just something a little different to add flavor to your celebration or gathering.

Cederberg specializes in Rooibos espresso, which is the Rooibos tea ground and brewed like coffee espresso and then used in lattes and cappuccinos and other typical coffee beverages. Authentic Rooibos is only grown in the Cederberg region of South Africa, and this Queen Anne restaurant gets their tea imported straight from that source. Most bagged rooibos teas and the typical rooibos sold in stores is grown elsewhere, which means it’s nowhere near as good. The tea is non-caffeinated, and is really high in antioxidants, so it is good for you in addition to being delicious.

Cederberg Tea House also offers twelve different teas that customers can enjoy by the pot, as well as espresso coffee from Camano Island Coffee Roasters, in case you’re in the mood for a good cappuccino. It’s organic and local, too!

In the way of food, “We have something for everyone,” Cecile says, but that doesn’t mean your average blueberry muffin or coffeecake! Some of their traditional South African treats include a Melktert (milk custard pastry), Malva Pudding (essentially a syrup-soaked cake), Koek Sisters (more syrup-soaking, only doughnuts this time), and Hertzog – a tart with a shortbread crust, apricot jam filling, and a coconut meringue topping. They even make some gluten-free options!

“I tried normal things like quiches and things, but it didn’t work – they didn’t sell. People seem to really want the different, new things,” Natasha said.

They have a menu of sandwiches that has breakfast classics in addition to more ‘out there’ toasted sandwich flavors like Bacon & Banana, Chicken Mayonnaise, and Jam & Cheese (apricot jam and cheddar cheese). A favorite is their Chicken Cranberry Walnut sandwich. Later into the fall, Cecile and Natasha plan to add soups and salads to the menu, too.

Cederberg is a hit with the South African community in and around Seattle. “Since we opened, every day we have met a new South African person that we didn’t know before – except for two days,” Natasha said. “We’ve met some wonderful people.” The community is very close-knit, and as soon as they heard about the teahouse, the now-Seattleites from South Africa have come for miles to enjoy tea and treats from home. “I think the farthest anyone has ever come just to visit us was from Bellingham,” she said.

The teahouse is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, they are open until 9 p.m. for Poetry workshops, and Cederberg will also begin hosting music shows once or twice a month that they will stay open late for. Coming up on the evening of October 10th, they will have a South African cellist playing, so mark your calendars!

Queen Anne News: Update on Seattle Children’s Home Location

If you’ve heard the buzz around the neighborhood, the Seattle Children’s Home location was up for sale a few weeks ago. In recent Queen Anne news, the Seattle Children’s home property has sold to the Toll Brothers – a developing company that plans to put 66 townhomes on the lot. Community members are resisting.

This sale has induced the Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee into action. LURC had already shared concerns about the dense development plan with the community and the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.

“I don’t think our neighborhood necessarily needs more density. I don’t think we need to cover every square inch,” said Ellen Monrad, chair of the Queen Anne Community Council.

According to a King 5 news report about the sale and the community’s response, a group called “Future Queen Anne” and the neighbors of the lot are concerned about the traffic and overly dense development plan for the lot.

“It sets a precedent, a precedent not only for our neighborhoods, but many other neighborhoods,” said Dan Evans, founder of the group. “Again, how we manage growth in a smart way or in a way in which we run over neighborhoods and develop in a way that’s not consistent with community character.”

Future Queen Anne is currently collecting community signatures to request a stop to the development of the plan as it stands. The City’s planning board has not yet made any decisions regarding the project, and those decisions are a few weeks away.

Click below to watch the King 5 news report:

If you want to be a part of the movement to advocate smart development and growth in Queen Anne, ‘like’ the Future Queen Anne group on Facebook. Click here to sign the petition to stop this plan for 66 townhomes on the old Seattle Children’s Home site.

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