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Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at one of the following Lake Union restaurants for a special date night out!

Serious Pie: February 14
Serious Pie is offering its regular a la carte menu with the addition of special Valentine’s menu items: wood oven penn cove mussels, Alaskan scallop crudo, sunchoke soup, braised beef cheeks pizza and chocolate terrine.
Reservations: walk-ins only.

Cicchetti: February 14 | $85/person
This four-course Mediterranean meal begins with your choice of baby fennel or Dungeness crab salad, followed by spiced root vegetables or lamb carpaccio. Next is a pearl barley risotto with beets or prawns, then the main course of oven-roasted King oyster mushroom or duck breast. Finish off with a saffron panna cotta, citrus sponge cake for two or artisanal cheese.
Reservations: (206) 859-4155 or online.

McCormick & Schmicks: February 14
Enjoy a romantic, waterside Valentine’s Day dinner at McCormick & Schmicks. The regular menu will be served with a famous chocolate bag to take home at the end of your meal.
Reservations: (206) 270-9052 or online.

Mollusk: February 13-14 | $80/person
This four-course meal includes beer pairings and the option of wine pairings for $10 more. Start with baked Cherrystone clams or wild mushroom and paneer strudel, followed by pineapple jerky or Dungeness crab curry stuffed artichokes. For the main course, choose between braised lamb neck or blackmouth salmon. Top it off with your choice of red velvet fondant cake, coriander-chocolate panna cotta, or chocolate mochi ice cream.
Reservations: (206) 403-1228 or online.

Osteria Rigoletto: February 14 | $45/person
Osteria Rigoletto will be serving a three-course Valentine’s menu full of Northern Italian flavor.
Reservations: (206) 494-9225 or online.

Pasta Freska: February 14 |  $69/person
Climb aboard for a Valentine’s cruise! Pasta Freska is hosting a seven-course dinner cruise starting at noon from the restaurant, then around Lake Union. Enjoy this unique date for a Valentine’s Day to remember.
Reservations: (206) 283-1515 or online.

Sushi Kappo Tamura: February 14 | $100/person
Sushi Kappo Tamura is serving a six-course omakase meal in lieu of their regular menu for a fun date night out with your sweetie!
Reservations: (206) 547-0937 or online.

Serafina: February 14 | $95/person
Serafina’s five-course Valentine’s dinner begins with your choice of Shugoku oysters, beef carpaccio or a bruschetta trio. Next, choose between a porcini-chestnut soup, bibb lettuce salad or sweetbreads, followed by white asparagus risotto, wild boar ragu or lobster paccheri. Main course options include Double R Ranch ribeye steak for two, yellowfin tuna, or Bluebird Farms farro. Finish up with a hazelnut cake for two, chocolate tart, or artisanal cheese.
Reservations: (206) 323-0807 or online.

Featured photo via pexels.com

There are just a few precious shopping days left before Christmas is upon us, so make sure you’re crossing gifts off your list before the shopping becomes last minute!

If you’re looking for a unique present that can’t be bought in stores, be sure to check out South Lake Union’s Urban Craft Winter Market on Thursday, December 17th in Van Vorst Plaza. The pop-up shop will be set up from 11am – 7pm, giving shoppers time during lunch break or after work to search for the perfect present. There will be 25 craft booths curated by Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s largest indie craft show. Discover local, hand made items varying from jewelry and clothing to home goods, art and beyond. Enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider or mulled wine while you shop, and stop by the photo booth for some festive pictures to take home. Click here for a complete vendor list.

Urban Craft Uprising’s mission is “to build a fun, successful showcase for indie crafters and to nurture a supportive DIY crafting community.” Any purchase at the Urban Craft Winter Market is sure to be a one of a kind gift this holiday season!

Can’t make it to the market? Shop Urban Craft Uprising’s Winter 2015 goods online here!

Featured photo via Urban Craft SLU Show event.

 

fireworks.pngThe holiday season is upon us! Wether you are new to seattle or you’ve seen Lake Union’s festive celebrations for years, it’s that time again. Luckily for residents of Lake union, just about every place, besides the lake itself that is fantastic for viewing the show is just a a few minutes away from the neighborhood. If you don’t want to go too far,  Argosy Cruises plan to count down to 2016 by offering spectacular boat rides in one of the most prime locations for watching the fireworks display that happen annually at the Space Needle; on the water. Gather with loved ones and usher in the new year with city skylines and fabulous views of the sound and lake union. With a New Year’s Eve party that allows sailing and dancing the night away, you are sure to have a great night!

If you are worried about crowds or prices, there are plenty of places to view the fireworks from all over the city. With Kerry Park being a superb spot for photos and a romantic view, get there first to snag a good spot to see the amazing show. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Another top location to enjoy the night is Alki Beach where you can sit by the water. Be sure to bundle up and bring a blanket. There is sure to be a bit more room for larger parties to sit on the comfy sand and watch the display.

Though all of these areas are going to be fantastic spots to celebrate, you will find that it might be the most crowded yet the most magical — at the city’s center, the Space Needle itself. Being that close to the fireworks will get the feels going as the view of the show is right over your head. Arrive early and maybe even bring some ear plugs, still, it is safe to say this location is a top spot for a night that won’t be forgotten!

Coloring for adults, a yoga holiday party, and Christmas ships dinner cruise are a few Lake Union events coming up this month.

December 2: Koloring Night
6-8pm | 415 Westlake Ave N
Kakao Café will host a Koloring Night for adults on December 2nd and 16th, presented by Haven Paperie. The event is meant to provide a place of calm in the midst of a busy holiday season. Supplies will be provided and Haven cards will be available for purchase.

December 5: Yoga Holiday Party
8pm – 11pm | 2210 N Pacific St
Seattle Yoga News and Om Culture present the Seattle Yoga Holiday Party, a celebration with the yoga and arts community in the greater Seattle area. There will be live performances, music, dancing, prizes, food, drinks, and a Seattle yoga awards ceremony. Click here to purchase tickets.

December 8: Denny Substation Open House
5-7pm | 911 Stewart Street
Seattle City Light’s contractor will discuss construction and project updates at the Denny Substation open house at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Learn about the electrical substation and underground distribution network that is being built to improve Seattle’s electrical system.

December 20: Christmas Ships Dinner Cruise
3-6pm | Lake Union
Welcome aboard the Steamship Virginia V for the annual public Christmas Ships Dinner Cruise! Guests can enjoy a buffet dinner, beverages, and vocal performance by the Dickens Carolers while sailing to and from Lake Union Park.

December 23: Christmas Ships Grand Finale Dessert Cruise
8-10:30pm | Lake Union
Enjoy treats and beverages aboard the Steamship Virginia V during the Christmas Ships Grand Finale Dessert Cruise. The Dickens Carolers will perform at Gasworks Park to set the mood for the parade of lighted boats filling Lake Union.

 

Featured photo via virginiav.org

An early Thanksgiving feast, a visit from a famous tree, and other Lake Union events are coming up this month!

November 2: Flow Fitness Grand Opening Party
Through November 5th | 311 Terry Ave N
Flow Fitness is hosting a Grand Opening Party that will run the entire week, with specials and activities at no cost to participants. Events will include Monday Night Football with pizza and beer, free shoe shines, sample classes, treats, training advice, samples and more!

November 5: Taste of Thanksgiving
5-8pm | Whole Foods Market
Enjoy an early taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods on Thursday, November 5th and full your plate with bountiful holiday favorites for just $5. Proceeds will benefit FareStart, a culinary job training and placement program for disadvantaged people.

November 7: Fall Marine Surplus Sale
8am – 12pm | Center for Wooden Boats
The annual Center for Wooden Boats’ marine surplus sale is your chance to score a nautical treasure from the center’s warehouse. Items for sale will include boats, engine parts, tools, sails, and many boat-related items.

November 7: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Visit
10am-12pm | Lake Union Park
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will visit Lake Union Park near the MOHAI for a few hours. The tree will be en route from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  

November 28: Greet the Season
10am-8pm | Lake Union Park
Greet the Season at Lake Union Park the Saturday after Thanksgiving! There will be family-friendly activities and live music throughout the day, with the launch of the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival that evening.

Seattle’s premiere Fourth of July fireworks show was back and better than ever for 2015 with new fireworks, prime seating, and a new and improved Gas Works Park ready for spectators. This year, Seafair sold $25 seats ahead of time that provided the best view, which sold out weeks in advance. These front and center spots were blocked from the rest of the hill, which was general seating as normal.

Check out some spectator views of Lake Union lit up for America’s birthday!

Featured photo via @StantonPHunter

Your guide to everything St. Paddy’s Day in South Lake Union and beyond!

 

Friday, March 13th
Pirate’s landing of St. Patrick at South Lake Union with Special Guest, US National Boxing Champion Queen Underwood | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Way back around 400 AD, Irish raiders captured St. Patrick and brought him to Ireland. On Friday March 13th the pirates of the Emerald Isle will be bringing him back, dropping him off in South Lake Union (near MOHAI) at 6 p.m.
Join in the fun and help the Pirates by climbing aboard the Ride the Ducks’ Boat at F X McRory’s at 5 p.m. for the trip to South Lake Union. The Ride the Ducks’ boat will return back to McRory’s by 6:30 p.m. for the Green Strip Laying.
Cost: Free
Kids are welcome.
More info at: http://irishclub.org/irish-week/#

Green Strip Laying | 4th Ave, 7 p.m.
This is a mini parade to lay down the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (happening Saturday, March 14th) down 4th Ave starting at Jefferson Street at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free
Kids are welcome.

Saturday, March 14th
Irish Week Festival, Seattle Center Armory, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Ireland’s cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, Irish food and drinks, games and more. Live Irish tunes, dancing and the Irish jig will keep the energy high though out the weekend.

Irish Flag-Raising, 12:20 p.m.
Just before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off, watch as the Parade Grand Marshals join the Mayor of Seattle in raising the Irish Tricolor flag, followed by the Irish and US National Anthems played live.

St. Patrick’s Parade | 4th Ave, 12:30 p.m.
Kicking off Seattle’s 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Parade Grand Marshal and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal will lead the parade up 4th Ave.  Recognized by CNN as one of the “Five places to get your green on,” the parade will travel north from Jefferson, after passing the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park, and ends at the Seattle Center with Closing Ceremonies at 2 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl | 12:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Everyone loves some green beer on St. Patty’s, a $10 wristband gets you into all participating bars free of a cover charge.
Cost: $10 (for a pass)

Kells Irish Festival

Irish Reels Film Festival 

All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3

Saturday Screenings:
12:00 p.m. – The Irish Pub: Trailer
2 p.m. – Shorts Program
4 p.m. – Natural Grace: Trailer

Sunday, March 15th
St. Patrick’s Day Dash | 8:30 a.m.
Seattle’s largest single-distance run/walk, jog or crawl where the winners cross the finish line before the last person starts. Over 15,000 people participate creating a ribbon of green through the streets of Seattle.

Irish Week Festival | Seattle Center Armory 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Celebrate and explore Ireland’s cultural roots through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, Irish food and drinks, games and more. Live Irish tunes, dancing and the Irish jig will keep the energy high though out the weekend

Irish Reels Film Festival | All screenings in the Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
Sunday Screenings: 
12 p.m. – TBD
2 p.m. –  The Irish Pub: Trailer

 

There is perhaps no better time for dinner with a view than when said view involves fireworks. The following Lake Union restaurants are serving special New Years Eve dinners, each with a direct view or within walking distance of the Space Needle fireworks.

Flying Fish
300 Westlake Ave N
Choose between two fabulous tasting menus at Flying Fish restaurant, both influenced by fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients. Dinner option 1 is a four course “All Our Best” menu for $85 per person with a $40 wine pairing available. Choose between oysters or mussels for the first course, Cesar salad with fried oysters for the second, filet mignon and lobster tail or Alaskan king crab legs and grilled shrimp for the main course, and finish up with a warm grappa brownie or apple pie crumble for dessert.
Option 2 for dinner is a three course “Northwest Special” menu for $60 per person. To start, guests can choose between seafood chowder, coconut curry mussels, crispy calamari, or Caesar salad and fried oysters. Main course choices include Pacific Northwest salmon, cioppino, swordfish, or seared duck breast. For dessert, choose between chocolate mousse, lemon lavender crème brulee, or house cheesecake. Reservations are highly recommended.

Serafina
2043 Eastlake Avenue North
This lakeside restaurant is serving an intricate five course regional Italian pre-fixe New Years Eve menu for $95 per person. Wine and dine while enjoying views of the water, live music, and a countdown at midnight. The first course options include arancini with fresh mozzarella, shigoku oysters with Beluga caviar, or a bruschetta trio. Second course is a sunchoke soup with scallop, Cesar salad, gem lettuce salad, or seared foie gras. Third courst options are tagliatelle with white truffles, duck confit, or langoustine and Manila clams stew. The main course is your choice of beef tenderloin, Bluebird farms farro, or grilled Maine lobster and scallop involtini. For dessert, choose between toasted almond cornbread pudding, lemon curd cake, or milk chocolate mascarpone cheesecake.

Featured photo via Flying Fish Seattle

More than just houses will be adorned in bright lights this season—Seattle’s boating community is getting festive as well! The dark waters of Lake Union will be illuminated in holiday spirit during Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. This celebration has been an annual Seattle tradition since 1949, showcasing Argosy Cruise ships decked out in holiday spirit.

The boat parade sails to over 45 different Puget Sound waterfront communities each year. Every day from December 10th -23rd the parade will sail to various areas departing from South Lake Union Park. Each sailing will feature live performances from choirs of the destination area, broadcasted over loudspeakers for all to hear.

If you prefer to be part of the action on the water rather than observe from the shore, climb aboard! Reservations are available for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise and the Christmas Ship each day. The dinner boat offers a three-course dinner including a fresh Northwest buffet and live music from the house band. The Christmas Ship leads the parade, entertaining those aboard with contests, kid’s crafts, snacks, beverages, and Santa himself. On the weekends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can enjoy Santa Brunch aboard an Argosy ship. These daytime cruises feature a buffet brunch, arts and crafts for the kids, and of course, dear old Santa Claus.

Click here for a complete schedule of Christmas Ship Festival sailing destinations and entertainment.

Featured photo found here

If you prefer a nautical spin on your holiday events, the Greet the Season celebration at Lake Union Park on Saturday, November 29, is for you. This all-day event offers maritime-inspired activities for the whole family, capped off with a performance by the always-popular Argosy Christmas Ship.

Tour the historic ships docked at the park, including the Virginia V, Arthur Foss, and M/V Lotus; and wander through the exhibits at the Center for Wooden Boats (also free to enter) to learn about the influence of small boats on the culture of the Pacific Northwest. MOHAI will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the regular admission price of $17 (free for kids 14 and under), and will be offering free admission to the atrium between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Kids will have the opportunity to build toy boats, sail boats on the pond, make maritime signal flag necklaces, learn knot-tying techniques, decorate cookies, make holiday cards and ornaments, and much more. Crafts, music, and dance performances should be enough to keep them occupied all day! Though most of these activities are free, donations are greatly appreciated.

The Christmas Ship will begin its performance on Lake Union, featuring the Dickens Carolers, at 7:15 p.m., and hot beverages will be available to keep you warm through the evening. Don’t miss out on this quintessentially Seattle way to greet the holiday season!