Cupcake Royale Now Offering Ice Cream!

Is it summer yet? We’ve seen a glimmer here and there, but the folks at Cupcake Royale are happy with what they can get this summer, and taking the opportunity to launch ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts.

The delectable cupcake gurus are now offering flavors such as “cupcakes n cream” as their signature flavor, and will have many other unique flavors such as their “whiskey maple bacon crack” made with locally sourced Woodinville Whiskey, and Zoe’s meats bacon, “Bonanza” made with bananas homemade brownies and caramel, burnt caramel and sea salt, and red velvet cupcake; yum! The newest store front is located at 108 pine street downtown and will open this Saturday, but until then will have a food cart outside the store front serving scoops from noon-8pm. The Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue locations will have scoops, shakes cones and sundaes on their menu, and all other locations will have pints to go.

Seattle Spoke & Food Event Tonight

It may appear to be a dreary wet morning, but that shouldn’t stop any diehard Seattleite from going out tonight  for the third annual Seattle spoke & food event! Grab your raincoat and bike to one of the participating restaurants between 6-10pm tonight, and 20% of your bill will be donated to the FamilyWorks food bank and resource center. FamilyWorks is a Seattle based food bank that intends to nourish and strengthen local families by connecting them with the support, resources, and community they need.

The restaurants participating in the event tonight seem to be spread all over the major neighborhoods in Seattle, so if you live in and around the city, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one near you. Participating restaurants include Serious Pie on South Lake Union, St Clouds in Madrona, The Shelter in Ballard, Julia’s in Capitol Hill, Stumbling Goat Bistro in Phinney, Emmer & Rye in Queen Anne, and Duke’s on Green Lake among others. For a bike map of participating restaurants, or for more information click here.

Tom Douglas Receives Downtown Champion Award

Mr. Tom Douglas, the Seattle all star Restauranteur was recently awarded Downtown Seattle Association’s 2012 Downtown Champion for his continued support of the downtown Seattle restaurant scene and his community involvement in the area. For example, outside of Douglas’s restaurant realm (which includes Lola, Palace Kitchen, and Serious Pie) he also hosts events such as the Enchanted Salmon

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Met

Evenings in Victor Steinbrueck Park at the north end of the Pike Place Market. The Enchanted Salmon Evenings take place once a month during the summer with proceeds going towards the Seattle Parks Department. Read more about Douglas’s recognition as 2012 Downtown Champion here; it’s also noteworthy to mention one of Douglas’s introductions. Tom Graff, President of Commercial Real Estate of Ewing and Clark, has represented Douglas by finding space for his new restaurants. Graff gave amusing descriptions of some of these real estate transactions – including interpretive impersonations of when they were searching for new restaurant locations. A great segway to honor a deserving award winner. Congratulations Tom Douglas for your recognition as 2012 DSA Downtown Champion!

Madison Park to Leshi: The Best Restaurant Patios to Dine Outside for the Summer

Summers is upon us; or at least it is in theory and we’ve compiled a list of all the best places to dine out around Madrona and the surrounding lakefront Seattle neighborhoods. Most of the hot spots in Madrona line 34th Avenue, such as the all time favorite St Clouds establishment, which along with front patio seating, also has a hidden back patio which might be overlooked by the everyday passerby. Everyone also knows about the pint size mimosas served ice cold at the Hi Spot Cafe; perfect spot for brunch and lunch out on their open air patio which doubles the Madrona restaurant’s space in the summer. If you’re in the mood for a fun evening out, the Bottlehouse wine bar has a comforting home-like appeal; probably because it seats guests on the main floor of an old Madrona home. Their deck is a perfect place to enjoy some meats and cheeses while you drink from their wine and beer selection and your kids enjoy a root beer float.  And do not forget Cafe Soleil which offers outside dining along Union Street.  Enjoy brunch on a sunny summer Sunday.

Cactus Restaurant

The Leschi neighborhood also has a few wonderful noteworthy spots along the waterfront, such as the Blue Water Bistro, which sits on the site of the old Leschi Lake Cafe that ran successfully for an eternity. The Bistro has a cozy fireplace setting for dreary days like today, but is also favored for their beautiful waterfront setup. They even serve the ever popular “Lake Cafe Fish and Chips” a tribute to locals who were sad to see the place turn over.

Madison Park also has their share of outside dining whether it be at the Cactus, Bings, the Attic, or McGilvras to name just a few. Watch the people go to and from Madison Park beach while you sit along the sidewalk on the restaurant patios.

The Seattle summer will get here eventually and when it does you do not want to waste any of it.  Madison Park, Madrona, and Leschi all offer outside restaurant patios to enjoy the summer sun.

Pritty Boys Pizza Now has Beer To Go

Madrona BeerMadrona does love wine (Bottlehouse, Madrona Wine Merchants, etc.) but Madrona beer lovers need a place to go too….well, beyond Madrona Ale House….it is only fair!  Pritty Boy Pizza has just added beer to go starting June 1st.  So stop by 1430 34th Avenue and get your Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria Growler.  Fill it up with one of their 7 draft beers: Manny’s Pale, Chuckanut Kolsch, Chuckanut Dunkle, Pike Double IPA, Three Skulls BlackBeard Dark Lager, Fish Brewery Mudshark Porter, and New Belgium/Elysian Pink Peppercorn IPA.