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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Breakout the BBQ

We’ve flown through Fourth of July and sailed through Seafair. But everyone in Seattle knows the sun will be shining another couple of months, with sunsets that stretch clear into the late evening. And what is a better way to celebrate the back half of summer, than grilling on the rooftop of your building?

You may or may not remember that you have a handy gas grill up there, with great views and plenty of room to cook for, entertain and delight your guests. So over the next two weeks, we thought we’d provide some tips and recipes to take your barbecue past the burgers and hot dog stage and into something completely memorable.

Tips from an Expert

Before we get started with some recipes and other helpful resources, let’s get some grilling advice from an expert. Andrew Brays is the owner of Pinky’s Kitchen, one of the finest places to enjoy barbecue in the Puget Sound. Pinky’s is located in a little truck in Wallingford, but the small location packs huge flavor. Pinky’s has giant smokers where they season their meats for a long period of time, but we asked Andrew for his number one tip for using a gas grill.

“Here’s a general tip to help every beginner. Keep an eye on the “hotspots” on the grill. Inevitably most non-commercial grills have hotspots and things will cook unevenly especially, when trying to sear at high temperature. Keep an eye on them and be ready to shuffle things around to get even cooking and sears. Also, when cooking steak use a internal thermometer probe (they are cheap and easily available) if you want to really be sure you are doing rare, med rare, med and well done requests. The thermometer is also great for chicken and sausages. Pull the meat immediately as soon as it hits 165 (or less if you want rarer meat) to stop it from drying out.”

Seattle Barbecue Recipes

Next, we found some Puget Sound recipes that will make you look more like Bobby Flay than Ronald McDonald. Here are some links to some great recipes from Seattle’s famous restaurateur, Tom Douglas.

For the meat eaters, we have Grilled Flank Steak with Soy Chile Glaze. And for the fish lovers, of course it has to be Salmon with Fennel and Onions.

Besides his grilling tip, Andrew provided us a recipe that’s not on his menu at Pinky’s. As a native Australian, he knows a little about Shrimp on the Barbie. Here’s his authentic Australian recipe.

Pinky's ShrimpIngredients:

  • 2lbs Easy-peel headless shrimp
  • Jar of Mama Lils Honkin Hot Peppers
  • 4 TBSP oil from the Mama Lils jar
  • 1 head cilantro
  • 15-20 medium to large Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 1 TSP salt (or to taste)
  • 4 limes halved
  • Metal or soaked wooden skewers

Instructions:

  • To make fresh whole shrimp easy peel, simply remove heads and snip open their backs using scissors down to the tail. Clean under running water if necessary. Prepping them this way enables the marinade to permeate and the shells easy to remove when eating.
  • Cut the stalks off the cilantro just under where it starts to bushel.
  • Rough chop all the ingredients EXCEPT the lime in a food processor using the pulse, or fine chop by hand. You want a consistency that is a little runny and not too combined so the ingredients still stand alone. A medium to fine chop.
  • Place prepped prawns in a zip lock and add the paste. Mix it around well by squeezing the bag to get the paste into all the nooks and crannies of the prawns.
  • Place in fridge for 2 to 4 hours. (If you are pressed for time 1/2 hour works.)
  • On a tray double skewer the prawns (don’t refer to the picture they are not single skewered). But this is VERY important because the cook time is fast and if you are dealing with hot and cold spots on your grill you want to be able to flip them and move them without them spinning. To double skewer like in the picture but you put two skewers parallel to each other through the prawn about 1/2 inch apart.
  • Heat your grill to as high as it will go. You want to char the shells before the prawns are overcooked ideally. If you can’t get it hot enough for a rapid char, don’t worry. It’s more important to just pull the shrimp off before they overcook.
  • Place skewers on grill. There should be a definite sizzle. Cook for two to three minutes a side depending on the prawn size. Flip them the first time when the colour has changed half way through and hopefully the shells have charred. You may need to shuffle them around. The prawns are cooked the minute the opaqueness is gone in the centre of the prawn.
  • While they are cooking, liberally squeeze lime juice over them.
  • When cooked, remove skewers and serve in a bowl with a bowl for shells. Grab plenty of napkins and some extra lime wedges.

Where to Get Meat

The epicureans among you will know that the best and worst chefs in the world can benefit from high quality ingredients. So we found a place in your neighborhood if you want to step up your meat and serve something really special.

Rain Shadow Meats Rain Shadow Meats/ at Melrose Market is a full service butchery featuring all local meats, house made Charcutiere, and a custom curing room. it’s located a few blocks away, on the edge of Pioneer Square. Their goal is bring back the local neighborhood butcher, and works with local farms to provide them a way to reach people like us. Not just your source for great meat and cheese, you can also learn about food at their classes, as well as get custom cuts and special orders.

Rain Season Meats
Source: SeattleBySarah.com

Get Wine

What night on a rooftop deck with a gourmet meal would be complete without the perfect bottle of wine? Again, if you want to go a class above your typical grocery store, we suggest a trip to your neighborhood wine store where you can ask the proprietor for a selection hat will go perfectly with you menu.

Vino Verite at 208 Boylston Ave N is Capitol Hill’s own wine cellar, with more tnan 1200 different wines from all over the world, with a special emphasis on Northwest and French wine. They taste and approve almost everything in the store, and try to pick out the best values for their customers.

Next week we’ll bring you some recipes for Specialty Cocktails from your local neighborhood bars. If you have a favorite recipe or BBQ tip to share with the community, tell us in the comments below.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Seafair Hydros

If you are new to Seattle, a natural reaction would be, “Man, you guys really have an irrational love for hydros.”

So for all of our new Puget Sounders, and for those young enough to not quite understand the obsession, here’s what you need to know about Seafair.

Hydro Flipping

1) How it Started
Seafair goes back to 1950, and according to Seafair.com, the first one “featured parades, boat races on Green Lake, amateur athletic events, royalty, community festivals like West Seattle Hi-Yu Days, Rainier District Pow-wow, Wallingford Pirate Days, the University District Kid’s Parade, and the Ballard Festival, and were highlighted by the nightly Aqua Follies performances. Seafair was deemed a success and the festival would grow the next summer with the addition of the unlimited hydroplane racing class on Lake Washington.”

If you’ve been to Green Lake, you will have seen an oddly placed amphitheatre situated at the south end of the lake. According to Seafair.com, “the 5,000 seat Aqua Theater (built specifically for Seafair) on the southwest shores of Green Lake was home to a dazzling “swimusical” known as the Aqua Follies.  Aqua Follies included a diving show with breathtaking high dives as well as comedy skits and diving.  The Aqua Dears, 30 female synchronized swimmers, performed ballet in the water while the Aqua Darlings, 24 dancers presented the stage ballet.  The nightly shows, including moonlight matinees that started at 11:15 p.m., were the entertainment highlight of the world’s greatest water carnival.  Bob Hope, Bert Parks and a number of Olympic divers were just some of the famous performers at this unique outdoor venue.  The Aqua Follies played a significant role in the Seafair festival between 1950 and 1965.”

So yes, not only did Bob Hope perform at Green Lake, professional swimmers actually dared enter the water at one point in time. And there was such a thing as a “swimusical” which we can’t believe doesn’t exist anymore.

Greenlake Swimmers

2) What’s the deal with the Blue Angels?
Early on, the U.S. Navy and Seafair started working together. Before the Blue Angels were the main draw, gigantic Navy ships docked in Elliot Bay, giving civilians the opportunity to tour them. So while Seattle men were touring the ships, the Navy sailors were touring Seattle and joining in the summer celebration. There are no published reports of Seattle women lodging any protests about this.

While the Blue Angels were formed in 1946, it wasn’t until 1972 that they became a fixture at Seafair. They now perform full shows on Seafair Saturday and Sunday, but also practice over Lake Washington on Thursday and Friday, giving everyone a chance to check out their maneuvers. If you are planning on crossing I-90, here are the times to avoid, since it will be closed. (Source: WSDOT)

  • Thursday, July 31: 9:45 a.m. – noon; 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Friday, Aug. 1:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 2:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 3:  12:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)

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3) So What’s The Obsession With the Hydros?
According to the SeattleP-i.com, “It’s been said that the hydroplane racing boat called Slo Mo Shun IV invented summer in Seattle. In 1950, (Stan) Sayres and the Slo Mo captured the Gold Cup at Detroit — the hydroplane equivalent of winning the Super Bowl. That brought the race out West for the first time since 1904, and started the tradition of hydroplane races in Seattle.”

So it started with civic pride in 1950. But let’s be realistic for a second. 64 years later, Seafair fans are not necessarily enthralled with the race itself. The race is simply an excuse for everyone with a boat to congregate in one general area, tie up to the log boom, and engage in one of the world’s largest cocktail parties on a lake.

Seafair Logboom

4) That sounds fun. How do I get to do that?
Every Seafair weekend, boat owners become the most popular people in the Puget Sound. If your friend lives anywhere on Lake Washington, they’ll have their pick of friends and acquaintances to invite to the party. If you really want to be part of the Seafair experience next year, it’s good to mix in a question like, “So do you like boats?” in any conversation with new potential friends.

5) So if I don’t have one of those friends, what can I do?
If you don’t have access to a boat, your best bet is to head down to Genesee Park for all the events through the weekend. There will be beer gardens, exhibits, and things for the kids. You don’t exactly get to just drive down, park and walk in the same way you would a Seahawks game, so plan accordingly. Shuttles and Light Rail run from several locations.

To wrap it all up
The bottom line is that Seafair goes back 3 generations now. Most people don’t have any idea why we love it, but it’s our tradition. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Milwaukee has Summerfest, Nevada has Burning Man, and we have Seafair.

Bob Hope, supersonic jets, crazy fast boats that flip over, a giant water based party and even crazy clowns. It’s uniquely Seattle, and couldn’t be more localicious.

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It’s Summer – Grab a Date and Explore

Summer in the Puget Sound brings all of us out hibernation. Whether we’re married, in a relationship or enjoying the single life, it’s our time to grab a partner and entertain ourselves with an unending array of interesting experiences.

So let’s forget about dinners, movies and bars for a little while and go find something a little more experimental. Here are a few “less conventional” and localicious ideas for fun dates near Capitol Hill.

Century Ballroom
915 E Pine St | Yelp Review

It’s the spot for experts and amateurs alike. The Century Ballroom caters to beginners with introductory lessons for a variety of dance styles on different nights of the month. Take a one off-class or take a series teaching the basics of Bachata, East Coast Swing, Kizomba, Lindy Hop, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Waltz, or West Coast Swing. After your 30 minute introductory lesson, the real party starts and you spend the rest the rest of the night you get to drink and dance the night away.

Century Ballroom

Japanese Garden
Washington Park Arboretum, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E | Yelp Review

Built back in 1959, the Seattle Japanese Garden was the first Japanese-style garden on the Pacific Coast constructed after World War II. Featuring Japanese maples, koi in the pond, turtles, flowers, water lilies, and plenty of foliage, it’s a perfect spot to find your zen. You can just wander around the 3.5 acres hand in hand with your date, or pick a specific event to attend, such as the Moon Viewing Festival on August 23.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer St | Yelp Review

Just a short Uber from The Lyric, you will find the most bizarre and intriguing dinner theatre experience you can imagine – or possibly can’t imagine. Teatro Zinzanni is a fun-filled, fast-paced date – part chaos, part circus, part comedy show, part cabaret and part dinner. Audience participation is not just encouraged, but expected, so you definitely want to choose someone fun to join you.

Teatro Zinzanni

Chant with the Compline Choir
St. Mark’s Cathedral 1245 10th Ave E | Yelp Review

Now here’s something completely different. Maybe you were a little too wild on Friday and Saturday and need some time to mediate and relax. Every Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. St. Mark’s Cathedral’s all-male Compline Choir leads a formal choral service that is a Seattle tradition. You may ask, “What’s a Compline Choir?” The clip below will give you some idea. The service attracts more than 500 people each week, so you definitely won’t be alone.

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Getting in Summer Shape

Summer is here, and that means shorts, swimsuits and other outfits we want to look fit in. There’s still time to sculpt our way into athletic shape, so we came up with a few recommendations in several different types of endeavors, all within walking distance.

LAB5Fitness
606 Broadway E | Yelp Profile

LAB5 Fitness is a 2,400 sq ft. boutique fitness studio offering group and individual classes utilizing Pilates principles and methods, Barre, Yoga, TRX suspension training, and Aerial Conditioning with fun high energy results orientated classes.

“I can’t say enough great things about this place!! I was out of shape for years and always struggled with sticking to any new gym or fitness routine – I’d easily get discouraged because it was so hard or I felt like I couldn’t keep up with the class.“ – Katie B.

“3 years into it and still loving Lab5. Thought I would update my review as I have bumped it up to unlimited which means I can go daily and sometimes 2 times a day.“ – Ella L.

The Grinning Yogi
345 15th Ave E | Yelp Profile

A warm, vinyasa yoga haven, The Grinning Yogi was founded with the belief that showing up not only matter – it’s exponential.

“The instructor we had today, Adrienne Kimberly, is a rock star!!  What a great time and awesome workout! Their beginner’s class is fantastic for those looking to try out yoga for the first time or for those looking to work on the fundamentals.  Highly recommended!” – Bryan Y

“I have been to so many yoga studios around the country–so when I sing praise, you know the place is good! And The Grinning Yogi is THE BOMB!” – Libby J

Foundation Cross Fit
1415 12th Ave |  Yelp Profile

Foundation CrossFit is a personal and group fitness training facility utilizing the CrossFit fitness methodology, and believing in a broad and inclusive fitness made for everyone.

“I am relatively new to crossfit, but I now completely understand why everyone says it’s a cult…it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!  I’ve been going to traditional gyms for years, but this workout method makes me feel stronger than ever and I’ve learned to do things I never thought I could do.  Every workout is full body, intense, and unique.” – Anna M.

“Foundation offers everything that makes a great CrossFit gym: experience, knowledge, non-judgement, patience, personality, and pure awesomeness! You will amplify your involvement in your own health and fitness when you join this gym and feel lucky to be moving and sweating among great trainers and people alike!” – Elle G.

And don’t forget, you can always use the exercise center in The Lyric. It’s a great way to make sure you can fit in your favorite personal daily workout.

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Happy 4th of July From The Lyric

Happy Independence Day! Before we share a few localicious ideas about how to spend the holiday, here are a few fun facts about the Declaration of Independence you can use to wow your friends.

  • One of the most widely held misconceptions about the Declaration of Independence is that it was signed on July 4, 1776. In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
  • After Jefferson wrote his first draft of the Declaration, the other members of the Declaration committee and the Continental Congress made 86 changes to Jefferson’s draft, including shortening the overall length by more than a fourth.

Source: http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fascinating-facts/

Now, on to the festivities. The Capitol Hill Blog has a full feature on how to enjoy the fireworks this year. Among their suggestions:

  • The Lake Union fireworks show is slated to begin at 10:10 PM. You can tune in to Warm 106.9 FM for a simulcast or bring your own brass band.
  • The prime Capitol Hill-connected viewing zone stretches along our northwest edge above Eastlake.
  • Lakeview Boulevard E., just north of the Belmont-Eastlake I-5 overpass is a great, crowded, and fun place to watch.
  • Do not try to park anywhere in the area. You will fail.
  • The Lakeview overpass is usually closed to cars and pedestrians during the show. This Eastlake Ave map is old (and getting older!) but it shows an overview of the streets in the area during the show.

If you are looking for something to do early in the day, head over to Cal Anderson Park for the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is proud to bring you the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic on July 4th. This event is completely free and our gift to the community.
  • Friday Noon to 5 PM at Cal Anderson Park
  • Featured throughout the day: Live music, Arts & crafts projects for kids of all ages, Pet-Human look-alike contest, the High 5 Pie Eating Contest, Hotdogs, Root beer garden, Drawings for prizes, Activities presented by local community groups, and more!

Remember, fireworks are still illegal in Seattle, so resist the urge to shoot bottle rockets out your window. Your friends and neighbors at The Lyric will thank you.

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Residents and Pets of The Lyric Enjoy the Furry 5K

Last week, we grabbed our leashes and traveled down to Seward Park to represent The Lyric at the 15th Annual Furry 5K.

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This fantastic event is a fundraiser for the Seattle Animal Shelter, which takes in approximately 6,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Because so many of these animals are in need of significant vet and behavioral care, the Seattle Animal Shelter created the Help the Animals Fund in 1977.

Two-legged and four-legged friends walked and ran together around the park, enjoying views of Lake Washington all along the way.

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Hopefully you were able to stop by the Pillar Properties tent, where Regan, Megan and Genevieve were handing out treats.

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Overall the Furry 5K was a huge success and our residents who participated not only got to support a great cause, they spent a gorgeous day outside with other animal lovers.

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If you missed the walk, but want to support the Help the Animals Fund, you still can. Just visit this donation form.

 

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Celebrate the World Cup on Capitol Hill

Maybe you’ve been counting down the days for the last three years and 11 months yourself. Or maybe your friends have been jumping around telling you how excited they are. But the most important tournament in the most popular sport in the world is finally upon us.

The World Cup is our quadrennial opportunity to exasperatingly wonder how countries like Chile, Switzerland and the Ivory Coast can possibly cultivate as much or more soccer talent from their tiny populations than the U.S. can from our 350 million people. So it’s a great time to grab a pint and belly up to the bar with other soccer fans.

For the folks who think CONCACAF is an aid organization, the World Cup is a 32 team, four week affair, which this year is being hosted in 12 cities in Brazil. For the next two weeks, there will be 3-4 games a day around 9:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm. So when your co-workers are late, take a 2 hour lunch, or leave early, they’re probably watching a match.

If you aren’t a soccer fan, don’t worry. The World Cup is the one time that even the snobbiest soccer fan will embrace a newcomer and try to introduce you to “The Beautiful Game.” But to help you out, here are a few talking points you can use that will help you out keep you from looking like a total newbie. Just memorize these, throw them out in conversation and let the others start debating.

1) You know, I think Neymar (pronounced NAY-MAR) may be better than – or at least as good as – Messi (pronounced Messy).
2) I love the Dutch, but do you think they are too old?
3) Columbia, Chile, Ecuador – I think they all have a chance. Who do you like?

If you haven’t watched a U.S. World Cup game yet, you should realize that more people than you expect will skip work for it. Remember the NFC Championship game when it was hard to find a seat for the Seahawks game? That’s probably a fair comparison. You may need multiple options for your viewing, in case one or more bars are packed to the gills long before kickoff. Here are some places we suggest trying.

AutoBattery

1009 E Union Street, Seattle, Washington 98122
Physically unlike its Capitol Hill neighbors, AutoBattery is a sports bar inside of a former auto shop.  It features a garage vibe and 9 flat-screen televisions for sports watching. It’s hard to deny its claim as “Capitol Hill’s Best Sports Bar.” Call them at 206-322-2886 to check the World Cup crowd before heading over.

AutoBattery

95 Slide
722 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 b/t Harvard Ave & Boylston Ave
It’s more of a bar with a sports theme than a true sports bar. But the team at 95 Slide is prepared for the World Cup by letting you reserve booths ahead of time.  You can call them at 206-328-7666.

Summit Public House
601 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
It’s a great neighborhood bar, and will be open for all the early games. As a bonus, you will have a chance to win soccer jerseys that they will be raffling off during the games.

SummitPublicHouse

Café Presse:
1117 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
It’s a French bar / café, not a traditional sports bar, but if you support France’s soccer team, this is the place to go.  It’s family friendly with Happy Hour pricing during every French Team Match and after Hours Happy Hour pricing during every Team USA Match. In fact, Trip Advisor named it one of the “10 Best Sports Bars in the U.S. to watch the World Cup”.

CafePresse

Photo: http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/1/107332/seattle-cafe-presse-restaurant-photos

Will you get your World Fever on?

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Join The Lyric As We Celebrate Pillar Loves Pets Month

Pillar Loves Pets Month” is our annual chance to celebrate the canines and cats that make our lives a little more fun. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting and participating in all kinds of special events for both our furry and non-furry residents. We’ll kick the month off right on June 8, participating in the Seattle Animal Shelter “Furry 5K” Fun Run and Walk around Seward Park. Join your fellow neighbors, and thousands of other Seattleites, as we run and walk with our dogs to raise money for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Ask your front desk for a special promo code that gets you $10 off registration fee. Sign up here.

Furry5K On June 9, we’ll launch the 2nd Annual Pillar Loves Pets Photo Contest. Send in a pic of your little buddy and have your friends vote on their favorite submissions. Last year, we were on adorable overload, receiving shots with everything from cute kitties to precious puppies. Follow us on Facebook to get all the details.

Pillar Loves Pets Last year, hundreds of our residents and neighbors voted, choosing Bowser and Tigger as the cutest pets in the Pacific Northwest, followed closely by Biscuit and Crackers. Like last year, winners will receive $250 and $50 gift cards, so get those photos in. Enter the contest here on June 9. Bowser and Tigger We’ll also be hosting our own benefit for the Seattle Animal Shelter. Throughout the month, look for the big collection bins in the building. Drop a few cans of dog and cat food in the box and we’ll make sure they get to the Seattle Animal Shelter. We love your pets at The Lyric. Enjoy this month as we celebrate all they bring to the community.

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Enjoying Nature on Capitol Hill

It’s official. Spring is here.

It’s time to get outside, don a short sleeve shirt, shade your eyes and check out the flowers and nature than have been hiding under the dew and raindrops for the last seven months.

Aside from all the parks and trails in the area, we suggest sauntering north about a mile to one of the hidden treasures in the area – The Volunteer Park Conservatory. A Victorian greenhouse modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, it’s a unique structure made from glass panes and wood/iron frames. Walk around the five room collection featuring bromeliad, fern, palm, seasonal, and cactus.

Volunteer Park Conservatory 2
Image Source: Yelp

“If you like flowers, this place is pretty close to paradise. The exhibits change seasonally, and are artfully arranged to take advantage of color and texture contrasts. Feels almost like it was done by an interior designer.” – Yelp

You get all this for a mere $4 suggested donation, which makes this one of the best deals in town. Then after your visit, walk back down to The Lyric and spend some of that money you saved sitting on an outdoor deck on Broadway. Or just pub crawl. Either way you can get out in the sun, see some fabulous flora and be back home for a sunny happy hour.
Volunteer Park Conservatory 1
Image Source: Yelp | Address: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112

Option 2 is a little further west, but worth the walk. The St. Mark’s Greenbelt buffers Capitol Hill from I-5 and provides wildlife habitat, dense vegetation and trails. It is adjacent to St. Mark’s Cathedral on 10th Ave E, and a steep trail through the southern part of the greenbelt is accessible from trailheads in the south and southwest portions of the St. Mark’s parking lot.

St Marks Greenbelt
Image Source: CapitolHillSeattle.com | Address: 1500 Lakeview Blvd E

Have a favorite nature spot? Let us know below.

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