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Hiroshi’s opens to serve Japanese food at 15th and Beacon

December 17th, 2013 at 12:38 am | 7 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

A new restaurant has opened at 15th and Beacon, in part of the building that was once the Beacon Hill Library. Hiroshi’s opened yesterday with a sign in the window promising “Japanese Food, Take Out, Deli, Catering,” not to mention a big blue neon sign that says “Sushi.” We haven’t been able to try it out yet and probably won’t be able to for a few days, so if you check it out, tell us what you think!

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Free harvest dinner wraps up a beany summer

October 1st, 2013 at 3:01 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by avlxyz via Flickr/Creative Commons.

By Christina Olson

Want to enjoy a free-for-fall community supper with your neighbors? Then plan on meeting at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S.) on Friday, October 11, at 6 p.m. to enjoy what many places in America do when the leaves turn color –- gather for a harvest meal.

This spring and summer the Beacon Hill Garden Club and Rockit Community Arts, with help from the Department of Neighborhoods, co-sponsored a growing project — Beacon, a Hill of Beans! — to encourage neighbors to grow some food for their plates.

You may remember the Bean Bonanza in April, with free seeds, soil, growing advice and the bean buffet. Beanheads were seen at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, and at the Beacon Hill Festival giving away seeds (where we learned the mayor is a beanhead and promised to plant our seeds). We made bean necklaces and constructed bean trellises of Beacon Hill bamboo at the June Beacon Rocks. Then there appeared the installation of demonstration gardens at El Centro (24 planters of heirloom beans) and the Jefferson Community Center (the awesome Beanhenge). Not content with single site bean fun, they then bedecked Beacon Ave storefronts into a Boulevard of Beans with pots of scarlet runners. Neighbors were seen marching around with bean-baggies, to harvest a side for dinner. The Wall of Beans at the Station coffeehouse delighted local hummingbirds—almost an excess of color and nectar!

Now it’s time for the Beanheads to close out the project, celebrate our teamwork and thank the neighbors for their support of our project (hundreds of hours of community work). Please come have supper with us! We’ll have some delicious world bean dishes, salad, cornbread and dessert. There will be seeds to share and swap (not all beans, but plenty of them) and we’ll play some rousing rounds of bingo. Unfortunately Bean-o has declined sponsorship of this event, but we feel “propelled” to carry on.

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Now open: Pippy’s Café, with salads and sandwiches

September 19th, 2013 at 5:11 am | 5 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Pippy's Cafe is open for business. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

Pippy’s Cafe is open for business. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

There’s a new place to eat on Beacon Avenue, where Pippy’s Cafe opened this week just south of the corner of Beacon Avenue South and South Stevens Street. The café’s menu features salads and sandwiches, including chicken or tofu pita sandwiches, veggie wraps, a chicken club, and more. Soup will be added to the “Simple Foods Made Fresh” menu soon.

Pippy’s is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3007 Beacon Ave. S.

This Pez collection may be seen behind the counter at Pippy's. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

This Pez collection may be seen behind the counter at Pippy’s. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

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Yum! Adobo Fest comes to The Station 8/18

August 8th, 2013 at 9:08 pm | 5 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Prizewinning adobo comes to The Station coffee shop on Sunday, August 18, from 12-5 p.m. with the first Adobo Fest, hosted by Prometheus Brown with music by DJ 100 Proof and Sabzi. For $25, you get “all you can eat and drink.” $10 gets you five tastings and one drink, and $6 gets you three tastings and one drink. The event is kid-friendly.

You are invited to submit your own adobo dish for judging. Here are the rules and the entry form.

Cash prizes and a trophy await winners in the event, and the winning adobo dish will also be featured in the Beacon Ave Sandwich “Jose Rizal” adobo sandwich.

Guest judges include:

To find out more, contact adobofestinfo@gmail.com.

The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S., across from El Centro de la Raza.

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Help plant demonstration bean garden

May 21st, 2013 at 4:49 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by energyandintensity via Creative Commons/Flickr.

ROCKit Community Arts and the Beacon Hill Garden Club invite neighbors to help plant a demonstration garden at El Centro de la Raza later this week. The garden is planned to feature 24 cedar planters with over 20 varieties of beans, creating “the neighborhood’s first free veggie u-pick.”

Planting starts on Thursday, May 23 from 4-6:30 p.m. and continues on Friday, May 24 at the same time. On Saturday, May 25, the planting party takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers should bring a trowel and gloves; everything else will be provided. El Centro de la Raza is located at 2524 16th Ave. S.

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Reacting to the Beacon Food Forest

May 1st, 2013 at 6:06 am | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Raspberries photo by Chris Gladis via Flickr/Creative Commons.

On Monday, Dan Stone of National Geographic’s Change Reaction blog featured “Seattle’s Free Food Experiment,” the Beacon Food Forest:

“Can food be free, fresh and easily accessible? That’s the bold question that the city of Seattle is hoping to answer with a new experimental farm not far from the city’s downtown that will have fruits and vegetables for anyone to harvest this fall.”

Read more at NationalGeographic.com.


Dine out in SE Seattle to help your community

April 22nd, 2013 at 6:40 pm | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

This Thursday, April 25, Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s Dining Out For Life returns to raise money to fight illness and hunger in our community. During the event, when you dine at a participating restaurant on Beacon Hill or elsewhere, a portion of your bill will be donated to Lifelong.

Restaurants in the Beacon Hill/Columbia City/Mount Baker neighborhoods that are participating include:

Besides the benefit of contributing to your community, if you dine at one of these establishments you’ll also be entered to win two domestic airline tickets from Alaska Airlines. Tweet photos of yourself participating, and you’ll have a chance to win a Dining Out For Life prize package.

See the restaurant locations in this interactive map:

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Canning Connections invites you to pickle asparagus, garlic

April 16th, 2013 at 5:36 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Asparagus photo by Wendi Dunlap.

This month’s Canning Connection session on April 23 will focus on a favorite spring vegetable. Canning Connection’s Christina Olson writes:

Having explored sweetness at last month’s Canning Connections, we do a big turn to tartness for our April 23 session.

We’ll be putting up pickled asparagus, so appreciated later on when fresh young shoots are no longer in the markets. To complement those spears, we’ll experiment with pickling garlic. Will it be the recipe for Chinese, French, Korean or another variety of pickled garlic? Both of these pickles make great gifts.

This session is open to those who have taken our beginner class, or those who have experience with water bath canning. Class is held Tuesday, April 23, 7-9 p.m. at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave S.) Cost is $15 and includes everything but your apron. Register online at www.canningconnections.com.

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Bean Bonanza kickstarts summer of bean-growing activities

April 12th, 2013 at 5:36 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Scarlet runner beans photo by Tim Olson, via Creative Commons/Flickr.

The Beacon Hill Garden Club and ROCKiT Community Arts, with help from a Department of Neighborhoods Small Sparks Grant, are kicking off a season of events focused on bean growing with a Bean Bonanza from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The series, Beacon: A Hill of Beans, will include educational, fun, and tasty activities for neighbors at all levels of gardening experience.

Those attending the Bean Bonanza event will leave with free bean seeds, a bucket, bean poles and soil. Other beany activities include a bean “teach-in” with Master Gardener Mick Duggan, a bean haiku contest, bean bag games, a bean buffet, a sale of sample packets of heirloom bean varieties, and more. Attendees will also find out details of the Beautiful Bean photo contest, demonstration gardens, and plans to decorate Beacon Avenue merchant spaces with pots of scarlet runner beans.

Bean events will continue throughout the summer with taste tests, preservation demonstrations, and an autumn bean supper.

Find out more at the website.

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Spanish language and tamale classes coming to El Centro

April 12th, 2013 at 5:12 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Tamales photo by iotae via Creative Commons/Flickr.

El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. S.) is offering Spanish language and tamale-making classes in the next few weeks. Class fees will help support the programs and services that El Centro offers.

Spanish language classes start on Tuesday, April 16, and run until June 20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. They are taught by professional native speakers in an interactive, community-based setting. Levels from beginner through intermediate are available. The tuition fee is $300. For more information, call 206-957-4605 or email execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.

The regular tamale-making class returns on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will learn how to make traditional authentic pork tamales. Tuition of $75 includes the recipe and a dozen uncooked tamales. For more information, call 206-957-4611 or email development@elcentrodelaraza.org.

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