Rusty’s New York Cheesecake at St. Clouds

St CloudsYou may have never tried Rusty’s New York Cheesecake at St. Clouds (personally it is hard for me to pass up Hot Fudge Sunday), but if you have tried the cheesecake then you should.  Almost hidden at the bottom of the St. Clouds’ menu you can find the dessert that was voted the best in Western Washington by Evening Magazine‘s viewers, beating out the likes of Molly Moon’s (3rd) and Full Tilt Ice Cream (14th).  Check out the Puget Sound Business Journal to learn more about Rusty’s New York Cheesecake.

Three Reports of Shooting in Central District

It appears that crime has gone up in the Central Area this week, not too far from Madrona, with three separate shootings reported; two along the 2800 block of Cherry Street, and one near 26th & E. Yesler Way. According to the SPD Blotter, on Tuesday police had responded to three shootings, one near 26th & E. Yesler Way where a car was parked out front of a residential area with bullet holes through the windows, and blood on the seats. There were 5 bullet holes along the driver’s side, blood on the passenger’s seat, two shattered windows, and the car was missing a tire; but no one was inside the car, when found. Police were able to track some of the debris left by the car back to Colman Park, where according to 911 dispatch documents, 4-6 gunshots had been reported in the area. Officers tried to contact the car’s owner to investigate the incident, but the owner reported the car had been stolen on Sunday evening in South Seattle, around one hour before the shooting occurred.

Officers were able to get some information from a resident of the home the car was parked in front of, who after questioning admitted a woman he knew had knocked on his door, claiming she had been shot and chased by another driver. The man did not offer any information on the woman’s identity, and the car has since been impounded for investigation. At any rate, if you’re driving in or around the park, it might be smart to take extra precautions. For more information about the incident, and other crime in the area visit the SPD Blotter.

Guesthouse Moves to Madison Park

Madrona’s lovely decor studio Guesthouse has opened a new pop up store front in  the Madison Park neighborhood, right next to Ewing & Clark Real Estate and the Bank of America. Guesthouse is run by shopkeeper Kate Link, who is well noted for the shop’s custom upholstered seating, fine antiques, and gifts. Driftwood, that great little boutique consignment and art gallery which used to be across the street from Guesthouse in the teal building, has moved into the space that Guesthouse used to occupy in Madrona, and is settling into the space quite nicely.

Once we did a little research, turns out the shop might stick around in Madison Park, rather than find another space in Madrona; According to Curbed Seattle, the new Guesthouse pop up shop is going to become a permanent one, and the new flagship space. We wanted to find out for ourselves what the deal was so we popped into the new store, and found out that Guesthouse will in fact be staying in Madison Park until their lease is up in December, and then it’s still up in the air where they will reside from there. Whatever the case, the shop seems to be doing well in the Madison Park neighborhood, and if you haven’t been over to the new location, it might be worth a trip to check out their new decor.

Madrona Ale House Has Late Night Happy Hour

While Madrona Ale House is known for being one of the best kid friendly restaurants in Madrona, it’s also a good time for adults too. The kiddies will love the mac and cheese, and you can enjoy an alehouse burger, washed down with an ice cold beer. But some nights you just want to leave the kids at home with a sitter, and that’s why this restaurant is so well versed, because they also cater to the late night adults, with a late night happy hour!

I’m not quite sure how long they have had a happy hour but I’m glad we stumbled upon it, because the happy hour menu is not listed on their website, and the neighborhood should really know what they might be missing out on! From 9-10:30 pm you can come in for $4-5 deals such as mini burgers, mini nachos, or papas locos fries smothered with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, pepperonis and bacon! They also offer drink specials until 11pm, so if you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a cheap late night  snack, don’t rule this one out as just a place you take your kids for pizza.

Trees for Neighborhoods

Photo Courtesy of: reLeaf Seattle

Seattle’s reLeaf Program is giving away:

  • Free trees (up to 4 trees per household)
  • Watering bags
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • A coupon for GroCo compost
  • Ongoing care reminders and free workshops.

The program is designed to help Seattle residents plant trees around their homes and most importantly keeping Seattle Green! You must be a Seattle resident in order to apply. The trees that you receive can be planted anywhere on residential property, but they must be planted on the at the address on the application. Permits are required if you’re planting street trees. Permits are not guaranteed. Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, so apply early!

For more information and applications, visit their website!

Seattle Met Reviews Restaurant Bea’s New Chef

As of two weeks ago, when Restaurant Bea‘s favored chef Tom Black of the Barking Frog, and 35th Street Bistro in Fremont was replaced with a lesser known chef, there has been some discrepancies in the quality of food, according to a review by the Seattle Metropolitan. Have you noticed any differences in the restaurant’s service?

The review also stated that the food critic had come a little early in the chef’s transition, and still had high hopes for the restaurant overall, which has been a Madrona favorite for locals and visitors alike. If you’re in the neighborhood, you be the one to judge for yourself.

Man Charged of Killing Justin Ferrari Pleads Not Guilty

The gentleman who has recently been charged of shooting and killing  the Madrona father, Justin Ferrari pleaded not guilty to 2nd degree murder in a court hearing Monday. According to the Seattle Times, court record indicate Andrew Jermain Patterson has had an array of previous arrests from juvenile charges to residential burglary, and has never been convicted as an adult in King County.

Patterson’s next court hearing is scheduled for August 13th, and Patterson is being held in court on $2 million bail. If convicted, he could be charged with 15-23 years in prison. For more information on this trial, visit the Seattle Times.

CORRECTION:  The suspect has been charged and not convicted for the murder of Justin Ferrari.

Bastille Bash in Madison Valley Coming Soon!

If you haven’t heard the news going around Madrona or Madison Park, Madison Valley is hosting a fun neighborhood event called the Bastille Bash to support the Children’s Response Center.

The event will take place on July 14th on East Madison Street from 27th to 29th
Avenue from 3–8 p.m, and guests will enjoy an evening filled with french inspired cuisine from some of the city’s best noted restaurants, wine tasting, complimentary spa services, sidewalk sales, and much more! Tickets for the event will be sold the day of, and include small plates between $2-6, a wine passport for sipping for a $10 donation and will allow access to taste at participating local shops. If you’re bringing the kids along, there are several activities for the little ones like face painting, an art class from Thrive Art School, and childcare for $15 with french inspired activities. Participating restaurants include, but are not limited to:

Visit the Bastille Bash Facebook Page for more information on retail participants, and an expanded description of activities.

Madrona Cupcake Royale Offering Ice Cream To Go

As we raved about yesterday, Madrona really loves their ice cream, and we love Molly’s, but if you’re in the mood for something new, the folks at Cupcake Royale are launching ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts around Seattle.

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, but Madrona will simply be offering pints to go. Molly’s is still the best place to find a scoop, but if you’re getting it to go, pop into Cupcake Royale and see what they have to offer.

Madison Park Beach and Madrona Beach to Open this Weekend

Madison Park BeachTomorrow, Saturday June 23rd will hopefully bring some sunshine to Seattle (wishful thinking), as it marks the opening of several of Seattle’s wading pools and is the first day of summer that lifeguards will head to their posts at Seattle beaches 7 days a week when weather permits.

Lifeguards will be on duty noon-7pm Mondays-Fridays, and 11-am-7pm Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend through the 26th of August for Madrona Park Beach as well as various other beaches around Seattle including East & West Green Lake, and Pritchard Beach, and through Sept 3rd at Madison Park Beach and additional beaches including Mt Baker, Seward Park, and Matthews. We all know when the sun pokes out it’s not surprising to find Seattleites in their shorts and sundresses in 60 degree weather; why not join the masses this summer for some much needed vitamin D at Madison Park, Madrona Park or any other Seattle beaches.