Give Thanks: Downtown Restaurants Celebrating Thanksgiving

Does your idea of a festive Thanksgiving involve delicious food without the cooking? Well, good news. This year, you can skip the dinner preparation and move right to the meal. Here are some restaurants on Capitol Hill (or a short ride away) where you can gather around the table this Thursday. Now that’s something to be grateful about!

Agrodolce. Source: johnmariani.com.

Agrodolce. Source: johnmariani.com.

Agrodolce
709 N 35th St, Seattle
You can’t go wrong with their three-course meal full of decadent traditional flavors. Cost: $65 per person.

Café Flora
2901 E. Madison St, Seattle
Relax and enjoy their four-course prix fix meal, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Cost: $65 adults, $25 children.

Capital Grille
1301 4th Ave, Seattle
In addition to their regular menu, the Capital Grille will delight you with some Thanksgiving classics. Cost: $36 adults, $15 children.

Daniel’s Broiler
809 Fairview Place North, Seattle
Enjoy breath-taking views of the water while feasting on their four-course meal offerings. Cost: $55 adults, $12 children.

Did we miss anywhere in the neighborhood? Where will you be spending the holiday?

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Ways to Thwart the Cold November Rain

We’re officially into the season of November rain. But thankfully, some of the top product developers in the world have dedicated themselves to help us stay warm and dry. So when it’s hard to hold a candle, here are some places we suggest you check out.

1) Get Inspired on Pinterest
Is there anything you can’t find on Pinterest? Check out these chic outfits designed for cold wet days.

2) The Experts in Outdoor Wear
We’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you about Seattle’s home for Outdoor wear. If you need Gore-Tex, REI is the place to go. Check out their selection of waterproof jackets.

3) Rain Hacks
Perfect for the Seattle tech community, Business Insider wrote up a list of “hacks” to help with rainy days. Our favorite is a way to save your phone. Just lay it in a bowl of rice, and that should dry it out.

4) Keep Your Feet Dry
Whether you are driving, bussing or riding, or if you just end up walkin’, nothing is worse than a pair of soggy feet. Who would know better how to keep you dry than a retailer born and based in Seattle? Check out Nordstrom’s suggestions for waterproof shoes.

5) Cycling Gear
It’s no secret that the people who run Seattle would like you to bike more often to work. While it’s hard for us to ride in a downpour, the fine folks at Road.cc think we still can find a way. Check out their ideas on waterproof clothing that may be helpful when you are riding around town.

Note: You know we are living in Seattle when we don’t talk abut umbrellas. We still don’t know why, but umbrellas are for tourists. File it along with the mysteries of why China refuses to use forks and how salmon know how to swim home to spawn without using Google or Bing Maps.

If you have your own favorite way to stay dry in the cold November rain, then darlin’ don’t refrain. Let us know below.

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Pics from Our Halloween Costume Contest

It was another great turnout for our annual “Day After Halloween Costume Contest.” We had everything from super heroes and law enforcement, all the way to evil vampires and pink things…

I think we all know who had to be the winner.

See you all again next year!

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Celebrate Halloween With the Kids This Weekend

Whether you have little cousins, nieces, nephews or goblins of your own, it’s always nice to find a safe place to show off their scariest Halloween costumes.

So this weekend, head on over to Cal Anderson Park for Hilloweeen 2014, Capitol Hill’s favorite kid-friendly Halloween event.

The day is filled with all kinds of family-friendly ways to show off a costume, find some candy and share in the Halloween spirit.
12:00 – 3:30 Carnival
3:30 – 4:00 Costume Parade
4:00 – 7:00 Broadway Trick-Or-Treating
5:00 – 7:00 Pizza Party
Plus, Circus performers, face painters, balloon twisters, jugglers, and a return of Fonzi the Dog!

Let us know if you attend. We’d love to show off your pics of the event.

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Congratulations are in order!

WMFHAThe Washington Multi-Family Housing Association represents 690 Apartment Communities. Every year, the WMFHA hosts the Emerald Awards, in which outstanding individuals and communities are recognized for their excellence and achievement.

We’re excited and proud to congratulate our team members who were nominated for an Individual Emerald Award.

    Morgan Ludlow – The Lyric Leasing Team
    Ricky Burnett and Paul Hansen – The Lyric Maintenance

And we’re also thrilled to announce that The Lyric itself was nominated for two Community awards:

    Community of The Year
    Best Curb Appeal

Thanks to the WMFHA for the nominations, and congratulations to everyone who continues to make The Lyric one of the premier apartment communities in the state.

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Fall is Here. Time to Reacclimate to the Indoors

It certainly was a glorious summer. But now we’ve flipped past that Autumnal Equinox, signaling that Fall has arrived. Enjoying the latter part of the year in Seattle sometimes requires more indoor activities than outdoor, so here are some upcoming localicious events to help get you back into your inside state of mind. 

Now until Sept 27: Sketchfest
You only have a few more days to enjoy this hilarious event, which is being hosted at the Annex Theatre at 1100 East Pine. SketchFest comes to town once a year, and brings the best sketch comedians from around the world to pair up with local favorites. This year’s travelling group include comedians from New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Winnipeg. Who knew that Winnepegians, Winnepegites, Winnepeggers, er – people from Winnipeg, were so funny?

September 27 @ 10:00 AM: Seattle AIDS Walk and 5K Run
Fine, it’s not an indoor event, but you can wear your Gore-Tex and carry an umbrella if you’d like. It’s worth battling a few raindrops to take part in this 5K march of support and remembrance through the streets of Capitol Hill. Proceeds benefit Lifelong and partnering community service organizations.

October 3 – 5: SIFF Cinema Egyptian Opening Weekend
It’s the return to Capitol Hill full-time for SIFF Cinema. The theatre kicks off with an opening weekend of community screenings featuring the biggest movie hits in the history of the Egyptian, including the theatre’s longest running film (Amélie), the first movie to play at the Egyptian (Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha), and a special tribute to Bruce Lee, co-presented by the Wing Luke Museum. As a thank you to the community who helped raise money, SIFF Cinema Egyptian is offering admission to the Oct 3 – 5 screenings for $5 or FREE with a receipt from any Capitol Hill business (dated October 1 – 5, 2014).

October 9: Capitol Hill Art Walk
On the 2nd Thursday of every month, you can explore all the galleries around Capitol Hill from 5:00-8:00pm. You may be surprised to find out how many galleries there are, especially around Pike and Broadway. See this map for details.

October 11: 5th Annual Cascadia Cheese Festival
It’s cheese, cheese and more cheese at this event, entering its 5th year at the Central Co-op at 1600 East Madison Street. Celebrate local artisan cheesemakers with tastings, workshops, a grilled cheese sandwich contest, and pygmy goats.

Do you have an upcoming event in the next few weeks we should be talking about? Let us know.

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News From Capitol Hill

We love sharing news about The Lyric and providing some ideas about neighborhood spots to enjoy. But we also know that we can’t provide ALL the data about news and events in the area. So here are some suggestions for some other great sources of news.

Do you have any favorites that we missed? The smaller and more eclectic the better. Let us know in the comments below.

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What’s With All The Sports Talk This Week?

If you are not a hardcore sports fan, you not understand why your sports-minded friends are in somewhat of an apoplectic shock this week. We want to make sure you have the proper talking points when you run into one of your adrenalin-filled co-workers or fellow residents in the elevator or by the water cooler.

So here are some easy responses to throw at them based on what they seem to be wearing or want to talk about.

MARINERS

The low down: For the first time in enough years that we would have to look it up on Wikipedia to get the answer right, the Mariners have a shot at the playoffs. 5 teams in the Three-Division American League “make the playoffs.” Each Division winner qualifies for the 2nd round, while the two best teams that don’t win a division play each other to decide who gets the fourth spot. It’s unlikely that the Mariners win their division, but as of today they are one of 3 teams (A’s, Tigers, Mariners) within 1/2 game of each other. Two teams will Qualify.

Your key questions:

  • Doesn’t Rodney scare you a little?
  • What happens if Ackley doesn’t come back?
  • Is it good or bad that we have so many games against the Angels?

Your key responses:

  • I’ll take either Felix or Iwakuma in a one game playoff.
  • Cano is going to turn these guys into winners.
  • It’s all going to come down to the games against the Angels.

SOUNDERS

The low down: After 26 of their 34 scheduled games, the Sounders have 16 wins, 3 ties and 7 losses, which gives them the most points (51) in Major League Soccer. They are almost guaranteed to make the playoffs, but in soccer there is prestige in finishing with the best record in the league and winning what is called the “Supporters Shield.” It’s quite the accomplishment to win the Supporters Shield and then also win the Playoff Tournament. Plus, they have a chance to win a tournament called the U.S. Open Cup when they play Philadelphia on September 16.

Your key questions:

  • Can the defense stop the Galaxy in the playoffs?
  • What is the deal with Pineda? Is he still in shape to lead the team?
  • Can anyone stop Dempsey and Martins when they are in form?

Your key responses:

  • I think Marshall is the key. If he gets hurt, we’re in trouble.
  • I really like Neagle off the bench. I think his speed is maximized against tired players.
  • If we’re healthy, we’re as good as anyone.

SEAHAWKS

The low down: The season just started, and in their first game the Hawks put a pretty good thwacking on the Packers. It’s too early to say that they will definitely defend their Super Bowl championship, but it’s not too early to say that they very well might.

Your key questions:

  • Man I can’t find a weakness with the team. What scares you?
  • Is there anyone on the roster who we just can’t afford to be hurt?
  • Who’s a bigger threat, the Cardinals or the 49’ers?

Your key responses:

  • Holy cow, Percy Harvin is a stud.
  • Oh my god, Richard Sherman is a stud.
  • I’ve always said, Russell Wilson is simply a stud.
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12 Things Residents of The Lyric Should Know About the Seahawks This Season

By now you know that our region’s favorite team, the World Champion Seattle Seahawks, start their regular season this Thursday. Now, for those of you who either just moved to Seattle or aren’t huge football fans, we have provided answers to 12 questions that will help you take part in any office cooler conversation.

1) 12 questions? Seriously, what’s the deal with all the 12’s?

Ever since the Seahawks moved into Century Link Field in 2002, the Seahawks have honored their fans by calling them the “12th man.” This represents the idea that when other teams come to play the Hawks, the crowd is so loud and has such an impact that the opponents are essentially playing 11 on 12. Hence, the 12th man. Right before every home game, the Seahawks have someone from Seattle history represent all the 12’s and raise the “12th Man flag,” which turns an already loud stadium into utter chaos.

Dilfer 12th Man Flag (Seattle p-i)

 

2) What is Beast Mode?

It was Jan 9, 2011 – Coach Pete Carroll’s first year with the team. Even though the Hawks only finished with a 7-9 record that year, it was enough for them to win their division (NFC West) and thus get to host the heavily favored New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Late in the 4th quarter, the Saints were mounting a comeback and the Seahawks were trying to hold on to the ball, up by four points. That’s when running back Marshawn Lynch took a hand-off and ran through just about everyone on the Saints defense on the way to the end zone. Lynch was said to go into “Beast Mode.”

 

3) What’s with the animosity between us and the 49’ers? San Francisco seems like such a friendly place.

Believe it or not, the Seahawks vs 49’ers rivalry does not go back too many years. The Seahawks switched divisions from the AFC West to the NFC West in 2002, long long long after the 49’ers dynasty of the 1980’s and 1990’s when they won five Super Bowls. But 49’ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have both recently joined their teams, Carroll in 2010 and Harbaugh in 2011. And both had coached against each other in the Pac-10, Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-2010, and Carroll at USC from 2000-2009, so their NFL rivalry spilled over from college. It reached a fever pitch in the NFC Championship game last January when the Seahawks narrowly won the game to go to the Super Bowl. The 49’ers built a new stadium about 40-50 miles outside of the city this year, so a favorite insult is to refuse to call them “San Francisco” any more, and refer to them as the “Santa Clara 49’ers.”

Via SeattleTimes.com

Via SeattleTimes.com

4) Can I date Russell Wilson? He’s dreamy.

Well, Russell Wilson is single after separating from his wife in the spring. Rumors of him with a current girlfriend are sketchy at best. But keep in mind that he’s known for being in the Seahawks film room at 5:00am, being the last guy to leave the training facility and spending most of his Tuesday afternoon free time at Children’s Hospital talking to sick kids. That’s right, he’s not just an NFL star, but he’s a super nice guy to boot. So, even if you do nab him, don’t expect too much wining and dining from the gallant QB.

 

5) I’m going to the game. Where should I go before hand?

Oh wow, that’s a tough question. Once you are in Pioneer Square, every bar and restaurant is going to be filled with 12th men and women. Most Seahawks games are Sunday at 1:15pm, which gives you the chance to get down early for breakfast, watch most of the 10:00am NFL games, and then head over to the stadium about 12:15. You want to get to the stadium a little early so you can get settled in, and to let your ears slowly adjust to the mountain of noise that is building up towards kickoff.

 

6) Who is Richard Sherman and why does he bother fans of other teams?

When you are a leader of the Seahawks defensive secondary that calls itself the “Legion of Boom,” you are bound to ruffle the feathers of opposing fans. Sherman has always been known as an outspoken character, but his popularity (and anti-popularity) reached new heights at the very end of the NFC Championship game after he defended a pass that won the game. Either you think he is overly aggressive or you love his emotion. He kind of polarizes people one way or the other. If he played for Santa Clara, we probably wouldn’t be able to stand him.


 

7) What’s the deal with the phrase “Win Forever” and where did it come from?

This is Coach Carroll’s mantra. In fact, he has a web site and has written a book of the same rallying cry. Coach Carroll’s program for youth “develops a culture of high performance that is in a relentless pursuit of a competitive edge – for individuals and teams to become the very best they can possibly become.” He brings that same competitiveness to every Seahawks practice and game.

 

8) How should my friends or I get to the stadium?

You can drive, but it’s easy to hop in an Uber or Lyft down to Pioneer Square, although the bus is a pretty good option as well. Like we said above, once you get to Pioneer Square, you can meet your friends and enjoy the festive pre-game environment before walking to the stadium. Just wander around, find a place that suits you, and enjoy a leisurely build up to kick-off.

 

9) By the way, when are the games and who do we play?

Good question. Here’s a technical answer to wow your friends with. The Hawks play 16 games. 6 are against their NFC West rivals Santa Clara, Arizona and St. Louis (3 at home, 3 away.) This year, all of the teams in the NFC West will also play the 4 teams in the AFC West; Denver, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City (2 at home, 2 away) and NFC East; Washington, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Dallas (2 at home, 2 away.) The divisions they play against rotate every year. Finally, because the Seahawks were the winners of their division last year, they play last year’s winners of the 2 other divisions in their conference; Carolina and Green Bay (1 home, 1 away.) They do that on purpose to make it harder for the good teams to do as well, and easier for the bad teams to do better than the year before. Got it? Well here’s the full schedule with actual dates and times.

 

10) When’s the last time a team won Back to Back Super Bowls? Can we do it again?

So far there have been 48 Super Bowls, and Back to Back titles have only happened 8 times – Green Bay (1967, 1968), Miami (1973, 1974), Pittsburgh (1975, 1976 and 1979, 1980), San Francisco (1989, 1990), Dallas (1993, 1994), Denver (1998, 1999) and New England (2004, 2005). Looking at the trends, this is the longest the league has gone without a repeat champion, so it does seem like the time is right.

 

11) Since we won it last year, will the Super Bowl be in Seattle this year?

No, that’s not how it works, sadly. The Super Bowl location is chosen years in advance – usually in a warm weather city, unless there’s a brand new stadium the league wants to show off. This year’s Super Bowl is in Phoenix, and then the next ones are in Santa Clara (NOT San Francisco), Houston and Minneapolis.

 

12) I want to buy a jersey. Whose number and name should I get?

Excellent, excellent question. Good for you for your team spirit. The easy and popular choices are Russell Wilson (3), Marshawn Lynch (24) or Legion of Boom standouts Richard Sherman (25) and Earl Thomas (29). Now these are great choices, and Wilson, Sherman and Thomas will be with the team for years, so the jersey won’t be out of date for a while. If you like something less trendy and like little guys, two sophisticated choices would be wide receivers Percy Harvin (11) and Doug Baldwin (89). Less trendy choices for big guys would be the quiet but tough center Max Unger (60) or left tackle Russell Okung (76). Or maybe you want to pick someone from your college. Check out the roster here. And there’s always just the #12. That’s always a solid pick.

Via Faniq.com

Via Faniq.com

Have more questions about the Seahawks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Specialty Drinks for Your Summer Party

Last week we brought you some recipes to elevate your BBQ to the next level. This week, we have some suggestions for tasty libations. Capitol Hill is home to some fantastic bartenders. So here are some drinks based on each of our favorite spirits, from some of our favorite localicious neighborhood bars.

Note: Most of these recipes don’t list measurements for each ingredient. In general, start with 1.5oz of the alcohol involved, and distribute the rest to taste. You’ll probably just need a dash of things like bitters, peppers and lime juice, and a little more soda or other fillers. Most of these are meant to be served in a cocktail or martini glass, which only hold 5 – 6 oz total.

Vodka

  • Witness Bar: I’m Your Huckleberry – Huckleberry-Infused Vodka, Lemon, Simple, Huckleberry Cordial Drizzle
  • Knee High Stocking Company: Grape-Beri Knee High – Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, Lemon and Soda

Whiskey

  • Bait Shop: Lion’s Tail – Bourbon, Lime, Allspice, Bitters
  • Witness Bar: Son of a Preacher Man - Bourbon, Black Pekoe Tea, Lemon, Honey Liqueur
Son of a Preacher Man from Witness Bar

Son of a Preacher Man from Witness Bar

Tequila

  • Barrio: Mezcal Mule – Espadin Mezcal, Lime, Ginger beer, Sal de Gusano
  • Knee High Stocking Company: Sayulita – Tequila, Luxardo, Lemon, Shaken with Cucumber

Gin:

  • Bait Shop: Rosemary’s Baby – Gin, Strawberry, Rosemary and Lemon
  • Tavern Law: Garden in a Glass – 1.5 oz Oola Gin, ½ oz yellow Chartreuse, ¾ oz lime, ½ oz simple syrup, 2 dashes celery bitters, Cucumber slices, shake and serve over rocks.
Tavern Law's Garden in a Glass

Tavern Law’s Garden in a Glass (Photo via BarNotes.co)

Share your favorite homemade cocktail recipes with us in the comments below.

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