Made in Queen Anne, Enjoyed in Queen Anne

The Parfait Artisan Ice Cream truck has been hitting the streets of Seattle—and Queen Anne—for quite some time now. What I didn’t know is that owner and chef Adria Shimada has been mixing up all her organic flavors and sweet concoctions out of a commercial kitchen right here in Lower Queen Anne!

As of this week Parfait has also added two Queen Anne stops to its regular schedule.The truck will be outside of Caffe Fiore on Galer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, and at the Queen Anne Farmers Market every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

While the idea of a mobile ice cream shop may not be exactly new, Adria says Parfait is 100 percent unique.

“I am currently the only ice cream maker in Seattle that is both made-from-scratch and all organic. I don’t purchase a pre-fab ice cream mix from Snoqualmie Gourmet. Rather, I make my own custards by hand in the Parfait kitchen using certified organic dairy, eggs, and produce that I source directly from small local farms. The base of Parfait ice cream has only four ingredients: milk, cream, sugar, and eggs. Pure and simple. There is no corn or stabilizers of any kind in my ice cream.  I also make all of my own cones, and all of the confections that go into my ice cream. Parfait is REAL food, slow food, and truly farm-to-cone! It’s also pretty delicious, if I must say so myself,” she wrote.

MyBallard visited the Parfait kitchen (a commercial kitchen for rent called Cookspace) and took video of Adria making vanilla bean ice cream. The local ice cream maker was also covered on NPR’s Weekend Edition on Sunday (listen to that here), and was featured in the July issue of Sunset Magazine as one of the West’s Best Ice Creams.

In addition to Parfait’s regular flavor offerings, it also has a few scrumptious sounding seasonal flavors, including blueberry ice cream, vegan apricot sorbet, and new brownie ice cream sandwiches.

To keep up with the latest, check Parfait’s schedule, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Vote for where to put the next Dick’s Drive In

Dick’s Drive In is a Seattle staple, yet the five-location chain hasn’t opened a new restaurant since the Lower Queen Anne location in 1974. But all of that is about to change.

For the firs time in 36 years, Dick’s is adding a new location to its ranks—it just hasn’t decided where yet. The three areas under consideration are North Seattle (south Snohomish County/Shoreline), South Seattle (West Seattle through Renton and Tukwila) or the Eastside.

The hamburger joint is putting the question to the people, with a poll in its website. Currently the race is neck-to-neck, with North Seattle at 33 percent of votes, South Seattle at 32 percent, and the Eastside leading with 34 percent.

Missing tabby cat in Lower Queen Anne

One of our readers is missing their cat. QueenAnneAbbie posted this in our forum last night:

Our short hair brown and black tabby cat has gone missing. He is a large male and should be somewhere in mid to SW lower Queen Anne. Any help is appreciated.

Call or text 206-799-8330

No word yet on his name, or if he has tags or a microchip, but keep on the lookout for a large tabby wandering the neighborhood. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Queen Anne attack leads to hate crime charges

A fight at a Lower Queen Anne 7-Eleven store has led to one man being charged with a hate crime.  Our news partners at the Seattle Times report that 35 year old Brock Stainbrook has been charged with malicious harassment and 4th degree assault.  It comes after a fight broke out at the convenience store at 362 Denny Way on August 24. 

According to court documents, Stainbrook allegedly threw change at a stranger in a turban and punched him in the head telling the man “you’re not even an American, you’re al-Qaida. Go back to your country.”

A store employee intervened and told Stainbrook to leave. Police arrested Stainbrook near the intersection of 4th and Vine.  You can read more from reporter Jennifer Sullivan here.

New sports lounge on Lower Queen Anne

If you haven’t noticed, a new sports bar has opened on Lower Queen Anne across from KeyArena.  Skybox Sports Lounge replaces KwaTay’s Restaurant and Lounge at 315 1st Ave N.  The bar was just approved to change the name on its liquor license three days ago.

Fire breaks out on Aloha Street

Fire crews were still on the scene early this afternoon after a blaze broke out at an apartment building on Lower Queen Anne. The first call for help came at 12:41am at the building on 311 Aloha Street where smoke could be seen coming from the structure.  The fire started in the kitchen of one unit and spread to the walls.  Crews managed to knock it down quickly and no one was hurt.  Damage is estimated at $35,ooo.

Library closed today through Sept. 7

Just a reminder that the Queen Anne Library (400 W. Garfield St) and all other Seattle Public Libraries are closed today and won’t reopen until Tuesday, September 7th.  Budget cuts forced the closure.  The good news is that no overdue fines will add up during this time.  For a list of things you won’t be able to do, click here.

Aurora Bridge closures continue Sunday

WSDOT’s work on the Aurora Bridge continues and drivers who plan on crossing it this Sunday could face closures, this time going both ways.

This Sunday crews will continue work to remove and replace more than 1000 rivets and bolts for the construction of a safety fence to deter suicides. Drivers can expect additional closures for rivet removal in September. Crews are working Sundays because rivet busting is too noisy to do at night. Nearby residents can expect to hear construction noise from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Aurora  Bridge illo

  • From 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29, crews working for WSDOT will close two of three northbound lanes to remove and replace rivets on the east side of the bridge.
  • From 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. all six lanes on the bridge and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will be closed while crews move construction equipment to the west side of the bridge. WSDOT scheduled this brief full closure at 1:30 p.m. to help southbound traffic heading to Sunday’s Mariners’ game.
  • At 1:45 p.m. crews will reopen all northbound lanes and one southbound lane.
  • Two southbound lanes and the southbound Fremont Way on-ramp will remain closed until midnight while crews work on the west side of the bridge.

If that’s not confusing enough, WSDOT has these suggestions on what to do to avoid closures and delays:

  • Taking southbound SR 99 across the bridge before 1:30 p.m. Another option is using southbound SR 99 after 7:30 p.m., when delays caused by the closure will be very short.
  • Taking northbound SR 99 across the bridge after 2:30 p.m. Drivers also should consider using northbound SR 99 in the morning before traffic volumes increase.
  • Checking traffic conditions before hitting the roads. Check SR 99 traffic and I-5 traffic and tune into to radio traffic reports.

It’s Dog Day at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

Today is Dog Day at the Queen Anne Farmers Market! From puppy pics, to adoption, to special doggy treats, it sounds like it’s going to be a fun time for market-goers, and their pooches! Check out the lineup:

The featured sponsor of the market this week is Metropolitan Market, and the featured nonprofit is the Seattle Humane Society.

As always, the market will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on W. Crockett Street at Queen Anne Ave N.

FOLKpark hosts Happy Hour on the Hill Saturday

This weekend Queen Anne-ers will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the neighborhood’s best eats, while supporting our own local nonprofit, FOLKpark. The volunteer organization dedicated to revitalizing Lower Kinnear Park has put together Happy Hour on the Hill event/fundraiser this Saturday, August 28 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

A $15 ticket will get you access to a bunch of ‘happy hour’ discounts at local restaurants and sweet shops. All of the proceeds will go toward helping FOLKpark reach it’s Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund requirement. The organization won the $100,000 city grant earlier this month, and needs to raise at least $50,000 to be awarded the funds, which will be used in the upcoming design development phase of the Lower Kinnear Park Enhancement Plan. (The community actively helped develop this plan last spring. See the finalized plan here).

The following Queen Anne locations are participating in Happy Hour on the Hill:

  • Betty – $8 drink and appetizer combo
  • Paragon – $5 Martinis and $7 Appetizers
  • Eat Local – Free farro salad with any purchase and get 2 bottles of Viognier for the price of one at $16.98
  • Chocolopolis – $1 Chocolopolis truffles (limit 2) & 50% of a chocolate drink
  • Wink – 15% off all cupcakes

Tickets are available at any of the participating locations, or can be purchased at the Uptown Stroll and art walk this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Counterbalance Park (at Queen Anne Ave N and W Roy St).

The fundraiser in being put on in conjunction with the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce. If you can’t make it to Happy Hour on the Hill, but would like to donate to FOLKpark, you can make a donation via PayPal on the organization’s website.

Those interested in volunteering with FOLKpark should contact Phil Prahst at