Monthly Archives: September 2010

What does Eastlake look like from a seaplane? Take a ride in this video

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. A video of Monica and Jason’s seaplane ride has been added.

If you live in Eastlake on the shores of Lake Union, you know that not only is the lake a recreational body of water, it’s also an airport of sorts.

Kenmore Air flies numerous flights ever day from their base at the south end of the lake. Their seaplanes race up the lake and take off over the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge. And, of course, the planes also land here.

If you’ve ever wondered what the view of the lake and neighborhood looks like from Kenmore Air’s planes, Eastlake resident Monica Guzman has a photo. Monica and her husband, Jason Preston, returned from a weekend away on a Kenmore Air flight this evening. As they landed on the lake, Monica snapped a photo.

Check her post at to see her stunning image taken over I-5 and the University Bridge. Cool!

UPDATE TUESDAY: Monica added a YouTube video of her flight:

Want to adopt a walking fish? Here’s how

The Eastlake walking fish decorating contest was a fun part of the community celebration on Aug. 14 at Wards Cove.

Alas, several of the fish haven’t been claimed by their owners. Kathleen Warren, Wards Cove’s PR person, says they don’t want to throw them out and they’d like to find all the fish good homes.

Creators would have first dibs on their fish. If they don’t want them, then they’re up for grabs.

To adopt a fish, call Joel Blair at Wards Cove at 206-323-3200.

The fish, an Eastlake icon, first appeared in the 1990s. They were a way to draw attention to the neighborhood’s Lake Union shoreline and to help promote the creation of more water access. 

Lane closure on University Bridge; NE 45 viaduct to reopen; Huskies in town

Here are three traffic-related items that will affect Eastlake on Friday and Saturday:

  • SDOT reports that the southbound, curb lane of the University Bridge will be closed on Friday (Sept. 10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Repair crews will be fixing an expansion joint. The sidewalk and bike lane will remain open.
  • Also on Friday, the NE 45th Street viaduct will reopen. The new west approach will open at 8:45 a.m. The new approach replaced a timber structure built in 1939. Having the viaduct open again should help relieve traffic congestion in Montlake.
  • The UW Huskies football team will be town this Saturday, so be ready for traffic snarls in Montlake and other areas around the stadium and the University District. Game time is 4 p.m. For the rest of the season’s football schedule, check the Huskie’s website.

This week’s Eastlake crime report: narcotics activity, car prowls and rowdy neighbors

A report of narcotics activity highlights this week’s Eastlake crime report:

  • Sept. 2: Disturbance, 2500 block of Eastlake Ave E., 12:23 a.m.
  • Sept. 2: Noise disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:39 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Property damage, non-residential, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1 a.m.
  • Sept. 3: Car prowl, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1 a.m.
  • Sept. 3: Disturbance, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:26 p.m.
  • Sept. 3: Car prowl, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Disturbance, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 3:36 a.m.
  • Sept. 4: Disturbance, 2400 block of Minor Ave. E., 6:03 a.m.
  • Sept. 4: Car prowl, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 10:45 p.m.
  • Sept. 5: Disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:13 a.m.
  • Sept. 5: Disturbance, 200 block of E. Lynn St., 3:42 a.m.
  • Sept. 5: Narcotics activity, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:27 a.m.
  • Sept. 5: Noise disturbance, 2000 block of Yale E., 1 a.m.
  • Sept. 5: Burglary, no forced entry, 2700 block of Boylston E., 3:07 p.m.
  • Sept. 5: Car prowl, 1600 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4 p.m.

To see the crime report map, go to

Step aboard a houseboat during Floating Homes Tour on Sept. 12

UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 7: The Floating Homes Association reports on its Facebook page this evening that Sunday’s tour is almost sold out. Better jump quick if you want those tickets!

Even if you don’t live on an Eastlake houseboat, you’ve probably bragged about these unique abodes to your friends and wished you really were living on one.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, you can partly fulfill that fantasy by touring a dozen houseboats on the Eastlake and Westlake waterfronts during the 2010 Seattle Floating Homes Tour.

The tour is from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available from or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. Or, you can purchase them in person at 220 Nickerson St. in Fremont (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday). If there are tickets left on Sunday, you can purchase them at the staging area at E. Newton St. and Fairview Ave. E.

Tickets include shuttle bus transportation from Eastlake to Westlake. You can also cross the lake on an electric boat. Free espresso and restrooms will be provided.

The tour is self-guiding. You will be walking up stairs and on slippery docks so wear good shoes, the Floating Homes Association advises. The tour goes on rain or shine.

Proceeds benefit the Floating Homes Association.

Highlights of this year’s tour include:

  • On the Eastlake side, three homes on the Log Foundation Co-Op dock will be featured, including a 1930′s era houseboat with a swim-up margarita bar and the famous cement-hulled home with a below-water room, underwater view window and wine cellar.
  • A home on the Tenas Chuck co-op dock, also on the Eastlake side, will be featured. Tenas Chuck is on the national Heritage Historic District because of the many classic old-style houseboats there.
  • And, in a first, a home at Roanoke Reef on the Eastlake shore will be included. This newly remodeled home features a great city view from the roof-top deck.
  • On Westlake, homes on display include a houseboat built in the 1800s that has its original antique bathroom, a modern three-level home built in the last two years and a former lumber-mill bunkhouse built over 100 years ago.
  • Also on the tour will be the Westlake home of Dave and Betsy Chappelle (see photos). The Chapelles moved in to their home last summer, downsizing from a 6,000-square-foot house to 1,450 square feet and one bathroom. The Floating Homes Association says the Chapelle’s five children love to gather there and their golden retriever, Solo, even has her own ladder for accessing the lake.

If you have questions about the tour, call 206-323-3489, e-mail or visit the Floating Homes Association’s website.

Serafina and Cicchetti Introducing Cooking Classes!

Join Executive Chef Dylan Giordan for a delicious and educational afternoon in the kitchen. Chef Dylan will provide hands-on instruction and take you on a culinary adventure through Italy and the Mediterranean. Come with an empty belly and an eagerness to learn! 

Grape Harvest in Umbria,  October 2nd 1pm at Cicchetti

Grape harvest is a time anticipated all year long in Umbria, which is located in the heartland of Italy. Prepare and sample classic recipes using grapes and wine, as well asdishes traditionally served to the grape pickers themselves.  No grape stomping required!

Autumn in Piemonte,  November 6th1pm at Cicchetti

Autumn in Piemonte, Italy’s northwest corner, brings to mind the hearty, warming dishes the region is known for. Learn traditional recipes featuring regional Piemontese delicacies.

Italian Holiday Recipes,  December 4th 1pm at Cicchetti

Italy’s holiday food traditions are as plentiful and unique as snowflakes themselves.  Connect with your inner “Nonna” while learning and tasting the best dishes Italy’s Christmas celebration has to offer.

 All classes are $65 per person and exclude tax and gratuity, reservations required.



Eastlake Labor Day: What’s open, bus times, trash pickup and more

Labor Day is Monday and many Eastlake businesses will be open. The list is below. At the bottom of the post is information on bus schedules and trash collection:


  • Azteca, 1823 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., website:
  • Eastlake Bar and Grill, 2947 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.,
  • Eastlake Zoo, 2301 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 2 p.m.-2 a.m., website:
  • 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Kristos Eastlake Restaurant and Bar, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 2 p.m.-midnight,
  • Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, 2379 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: brunch from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., website:
  • Pazzo’s on Eastlake, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight.
  • Romio’s Pizza, 3242 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., website:
  • Serafina, 2043 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: lunch is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Happy Hour is 4-6 p.m.; dinner is 5-10 p.m., 10-midnight for late night; bar until 2 a.m.; website:
  • Starbucks, 2344 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 5 a.m.-7 p.m., website:
  • Voxx Coffee, 2245 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., website:


  • Bagünca Boutique/Jaxx Boutique, 2345 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Flower Lady, 3230 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. or maybe later. website:
  • Hamlin Market, 2729 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pete’s Wine Shop, 58 E. Lynn St., Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m., website:
  • Video Quest, 2234 Eastlake Ave. E., Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., website:

Did I miss your business? Let me know: curtmilton (at)

The Seattle Times has a list of what’s open elsewhere in town.

Garbage, food and yard waste will be on their regular schedules and will be collected on Monday. If you’re working around your home and need to dispose of trash, the North Recycling and Disposal Station, 1350 N. 34th St., will be open its regular hours of 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Metro Transit will be on a Sunday schedule. If your route doesn’t run on Sundays, it won’t run on Labor Day. If you aren’t sure, go to Metro’s Trip Planner to find out about bus schedules.