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.