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Two Waywards, One City Block:a U-district Vegan Restaurant Moves to Roosevelt

January 30th, 2015 by Nico Lund

The popular University District Wayward Vegan Cafe has left their University Ave. location and will now serve up delicious vegan diner-style comfort food in the Roosevelt neighborhood.

Yeah, it’s a little extra trek for u-district locals, but when you see their new space, you’ll understand why it was an awesome decision.

However, to help you deal with a little confusion that you might experience, just know that just up the block there is Wayward Coffeehouse that is a totally different business. Both Serve coffee, but the Wayward Vegan Cafe is —you guessed it– a Vegan Restaurant, and the Wayward Coffeehouse is  –you’ve got it!– a coffeehouse!

Okay, glad we have that cleared up! Both are rad establishments but with totally different vibes. It will be interesting to see how these two businesses with the same name will weather  their close proximity! I called Wayward Coffeehouse who declined to reveal their stance on the issue stating that they “don’t typically engage in media regarding topics such as this one.” Hmm? WVC say’s that they “expect to peaceably co-exist and now if someone shows up at the wrong one, they won’t have far to travel!”

Although not a vegan myself, my family and I lean towards animal friendly menu’s and have often enjoy the creative dishes at the WVC. I am excited to see how this new location with outside light streaming in, a balcony, way more seating and a new identity will improve upon WVC’s already positive standing in the north-end food community.

Loyal customer will be pleased to know that in addition to continuing to serve Rachel’s Ginger Beer on tap (and still filling growlers), they will be adding cocktails.

WVC wants their U-district regulars to know that “for vegan food you love, and not having to bus your own table and refill your coffee!” they think it’s totally worth the walk!

Here’s how you can be the first to experience the new location, see what’s new or the same on their menu, enjoy the freshness of their new green walls, or be the first to get served on their balcony (that’s what I aim to do):

Opening day at new location (801 NE 65th st.):  Saturday January 31st 9am!

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Knit & Purl in Beast Mode! Watch the Big Game, Make a Memorabilia Hat!

January 28th, 2015 by Nico Lund

Apparently Geekdom and Sports do intermix! If you are looking for that special Seahawks memorabilia, and you also love the ‘World of Knitcraft,’ this project is going to get you cheering!

Photo Courtesy of CJane Knit on Ravelry.com

Luckily, we have some great resources right here in the North End! Weaving Works,  will supply you with all you need to get your project started and even give you some guidance. Need More? Seattle North End Knitters meet-up with other knitters  at some near-by cafes and are more than willing to cheerlead you to the finishing stitches!

Here’s the deal – on Raverlry.com, a website for knitters, CJane Knit has graciously made available her design for a Seahawks Binary 12th Man Hat.

What you need to do is:
  • Go to Ravelry.com and get your free Seahawks Binary 12th Man Pattern from CJane knit.
  • Stop by The Weaving Works at their new location in the Roosevelt neighborhood
  • Check out Seattle’s Northend Knitters Ravelry page. Among some other places in town, they regularly meet at Wayward Coffee House weekly on Thursdays and The District Lounge in the Deca Hotel the 1st Tuesday of every month.
  • Their next meet-up is at Wayward Thursday Jan 29 5:30-11pm.
  • Please post in the comments any Works in Progress or Finished Caps! Happy Knitting!

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    New Protected Bike Lane on Roosevelt is in the Works

    January 26th, 2015 by Nico Lund

    Interim PBL in action south of 45th on Roosevelt Way NE

    Changes are coming to Roosevelt Way NE. To bicycle riders, this comes as a relief, although to some motorist, there will definitely have to be some adjusting!

    Hopefully, after letting go of lost parking spots, motorist will be able to appreciate this change that addresses major safety issues for bicyclists everyday. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDoT) there has been 21 collisions involving people riding bikes over the past four years.

    Right now, there is an interim Protected Bike Lane on Roosevelt Way between NE 45th Street and the north end of the University Bridge. If you are concerned, perplexed or interested in what this PBL might mean for your commute, here is some information you might find helpful.

    What You Need To Know:

    SDOT is repaving Roosevelt Way NE between Fuhrman Ave NE and NE 65th Street and adding safety improvements this fall 2015 to spring 2016.   In addition, they are adding a one-way protected bike lane (PBL) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE, transit reliability improvements and pedestrian improvements.

    What is a Protected Bike Lane (PBL)?

    PBL’s physically separate people riding bikes from people driving and are distinct from the sidewalk, adding predictability for all travelers.

    Images Courtesy of SDoT website

    Why Do we Need or Want a PBL?

    According SDoT, the goal of a PBL is to create a safer environment for bicyclists and pedestrians:

    • Safety for all travelers
      • People biking – separate bicyclists from travel lanes and parking maneuvers
      • People walking – separate bicycles from pedestrians
      • People driving – provide predictability within the street

    They also add that their goal is to:

    • Improve safety, as people are no longer riding bikes in the “door zone”
    • Add connections to a citywide bicycle network and multimodal system at:
    • Improve transit reliability by adding in-lane bus stops (transit islands)
    • Create more space for people waiting for the bus by adding transit islands
    Check out this Handy Animation from SDoT on how to park by a PBL:

    Courtesy of SDoT

    If you have some experiences with this new Bike Lane, we would love to hear about them in the comments below!

    Happy and Safe Travels Out There!

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    Share Seeds on National Seed Swap Day: Jan 31 at PNC

    January 21st, 2015 by Nico Lund

    The King County Seed Lending Library is hosting its Second Annual Seed Swap on January 31, which is National Seed Swap Day.

    In honor of the coming spring and the chance to get your edible gardening started, this event is all about sharing seeds of your favorite plants and getting inspired to grow some new varieties.

    Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center
    6532 Phinney Avenue N. in Seattle
    Rooms 6 and 7 of the Blue Building
    When: When 1-4 pm
    What to Bring: Seeds if you have them* — They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets.
    *Attendees aren’t required to bring seeds to take them, but are asked to limit what they take in order for all to enjoy

    Workshops will offer further education on saving and cleaning seeds. Speakers include:
    • KCSLL Co-director and Urban Food Warrior Caitlin Moore
    • author Bill Thorness (Edible Heirlooms, Cool Season Gardener)
    • author and educator Lisa Taylor (Your Farm in the City, Maritime Northwest Garden Guide)

    Non-profit greening groups will be on hand, and you can learn about the library’s newest branch: the Phinney Neighborhood Association!
    The PNA has agreed to host the seed collection in its popular Tool Library.
    Starting in February,seeds can be “checked out” during the Tool Library’s regular hours.
    For more information, see www.kingcoseed.org.

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan 19

    January 15th, 2015 by Nico Lund

    There’s no better way to start the new year than with a little Give Back to your community!

    January 19, you can honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  by joining a community of volunteers.

    Come support King County’s most vulnerable populations with this day-long service project.

    Each year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service inspires more than 1,000 volunteers to donate their time to nonprofit organizations. The work done on this one day benefits others for months to come.

    Join UW students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends in this annual day of service by building a team as a project leader or by registering individually for a public project.

    The MLK Day of Service is produced in partnership by the UW’s Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center and United Way of King County.

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    Fremont Bridge closed Friday and Saturday nights

    January 8th, 2015 by sarawilly

    From Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View

    If you’re heading home to Queen Anne from or via Fremont this weekend – or perhaps heading over the Fremont Bridge in the early morning hours for a run or bike ride – plan ahead. As part of the Fremont Bridge Painting Project, SDOT will be closing the bridge completely to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians on both Friday and Saturday nights. The closures will run from 11:59pm each night until 7am the following morning. During the closures, crews will be repainting the portions of the bridge that cannot otherwise be reached with traffic. Cars, trucks, and buses will be detoured between midnight and 7am both nights.

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    The Udistrict Lights Up in the Alley and has a Party

    December 5th, 2014 by Nico Lund

    Take a stroll down a University District alley and find yourself surrounded by art, music and festivities. The U-District Partnership is holding their 2nd Annual Alley Lights and Holiday Swag events all day on Dec 6.

    Alley Lights

    Join the U-district Partnership for their Second Annual Alley Activation Event: ALLEY LIGHTS- Light Installations with Special Exhibits, Live Music, Snacks  and Hot Libations

    Where: Starts in front of Café Allegra and continues between NE 45th & NE 41st.
    When: Dec 6, 4 – 7 pm\
    Contact: events@udistrictpartnership.org  / 206-547-4417 for more info

    Holiday Swag!

    Make a free Holiday Swag with at many u-district locations, including the Saturday market.

    Where: City of Seattle- Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities, University Heights Center, The U District Partnership, University District Neighborhood Farmer’s Market, University District BIA,
    When: Dec 6, 10am -1pm
    Contact: events@udistrictpartnership.org  / 206-547-4417 for more info

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    Sit on a Stranger’s Couch, Enjoy a Movie: Couch Fest 2014

    December 2nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

    This weekend, on Dec 6, check out the largest single-day shorts film festival in the world. Not only will you see awesome independent film, you might meet some really cool folks.

    In a world where the movie industry has taken over small independent theaters, Couch Fest has come to save the day with their film festival that ditches the traditional theater venue for a cozy spot on a couch at residential homes all over the city, and the world.

    What is it?

    Presenting films from such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival and more, Couch Fest is bringing neighborhoods together one couch at a time.

    The cost is $10 Film-Pass for all locations for the whole day!
    Check their website for purchasing tickets.

    Where is it?

    In addition to many North Seattle homes, including many near Greenlake and in and around Wallingford/Lake Union, Couch Fest has locations in quite a few other Seattle neighborhoods.

    How Does it Work?

    Each venue will present a unique program of short films. There is a short intermission in the middle of each program for  viewers to discuss the films and socialize. I think this makes it a very unique experience. The opportunity to interact, share and discover new films and fellow lovers of film.

    What Kind of Films will be Shown?

    The list is expansive, and you can definitely find a full list on their website, but to give you an idea of what is happening around our hood, here are some of the flavors you can experience:

    Around Greenlake

    Inappropriately Awesome

    Around Lake Union

    How Can I be Involved?

    As always, these kind of grassroots festivals run on volunteers! You can check out their website to find out more about being apart of the magic.

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    In Other News, it’s World AIDS Day Today!

    December 1st, 2014 by Nico Lund

    Take a break from the Cyber Monday Hype and focus your attention on some worthy news. Today is World AIDS day! This years theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.”

    KEXP's Wo'POP's World AIDS Day Event

    There are a number of events happening and things you can do to participate. Locally KEXP’s Wo’Pop radio program is hosting a free concert at EMP Museum.

    Wo’Pop, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Lifelong have joined together to observe World AIDS Day on Monday, December 1st at the EMP Museum. It’s a free, all ages event happening from 5-10 p.m., featuring art, snacks, educational materials, cultural elements, and musical performances from Chimurenga Rennaissance and Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited.

    Here are some other engaging ways you can take action and observe World AIDS Day?

    White House AIDS Ribbon

    The White House will host a December 1st event at noon to recognize the observance of World AIDS Day.

    There is a livestream here at noon til 2:00 p.m..

    You can also find more info about World AIDS day and current issues about AIDS here.


    Check out the  HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator .

    Find HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers

    Enter your address, city and state, or ZIP Code:

    For more information on this widget, please visit AIDS.gov.


    World AIDS Day. December 1.Read and share the Presidential Proclamation recognizing World AIDS Day 2014.

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    #Mugshot Monday #13 -Chaco Canyon Café — Where Slow ≠ Bad

    November 18th, 2014 by Nico Lund


    If You have never had the chance to visit Chaco Canyon and you have an interest in Raw, Vegan or Organic food, then b-line it straight to Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe. What you will find is an introduction to the Slow Movement, delicious food and a warm atmosphere that will satisfy any craving.

    For a lot of Seattleites, the idea of a quick cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat is something that we habitually gravitate towards. At Chaco Canyon, they go to a lot of trouble of slowing things down. For this establishment, fast ≠ good and slow ≠ Bad.

    Check out their Hot Beverage Offerings..Not your Average Cup of Joe Indeed! Click image to enlarge.

    Although, Chaco Canyon is more of an eatery than just a café, it’s still a perfectly acceptable place to get some work done. I ordered a bowl of dahl and a latte (check out their menu) and found myself a small table by one of the many windows. I felt perfectly comfortable getting my computer out and getting some writing done. I wouldn’t say that about most eatery café’s. Usually, restaurants don’t want you lingering too long. This place is different. With its southwestern decor, warmly painted colors and flavorful food smells, this is the kind of place that you want to settle into; and they seem to want you to settle in and enjoy as well.

    In addition to a whole wall dedicated to community events (it’s right in front, not hidden down the end of a hallway next to a bathroom), Chaco Canyon is extremely involved in programs to help make its establishment accessible to everyone — even people who can’t afford it. Including programs to pay-it-forward that will buy someone else a coffee to encouraging folks to donate to their community bowl program, this place not only fills your belly with goodness, but also others in need.

    Got allergies to everything? They have a lot of ways to work around your food issues and are open to helping you find a menu option to fit your diet. They also have some lovely retail items such as sprouting kits, cookbooks, chili mixes, local jewelry and more.

    Got Allergies? Fear not. Chaco wants you to feel safe!

    The bottom line here is, if you have been avoiding Chaco Canyon because you are afraid it’ll be gross hippy food in a passive-aggressive atmosphere, I assure you there is none of that pseudo-peace-y vibe here. It’s just a bunch of people who really care about the food they are serving you and want it to be just right. One of their mottos is “the best things in life are free, the next best things are organic.” Sounds like a place that cares to me!

    The only thing I recommend is, if you find yourself in a hurry this is not the place for you. Not because the service will be slow (mine was incredibly fast), but because at Chaco Canyon it’s about enjoyment, savoring, taking the time to be present. If you are craving a little time to be here now, you will love the vibe here. If waiting in line to order will make your skin crawl because you are trying to catch a bus and you’re already late for work– I would maybe skip it and come back when you have had time to breath.

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