Le Reve pastry chef competes on Food Network’s Chopped this week

Le Reve ChoppedThis Thursday, Jasmin Bell, manager and pastry chef at Le Reve Bakery, will be featured on Chopped, competing against three other pastry chefs. The show airs on Food Network this week, and filming is wrapped… so who won?

There are two ways to find out how Jasmin fared in the competition: tune in to Food Network this Thursday, December 3rd or stop by Le Reve for a special viewing party at 7pm the same day and cheer her on.

According to Le Reve owner Andrea Nakata:

“She is a new upcoming talent in this industry and she has a lot going for her because she is not only a talented baker but she is also very artistic so with this combination she was able to create some amazing desserts for the show. She is also a very hard working young lady who is quite driven and is very passionate about her craft. So, I have no doubt that she will go far in this business!”

Both Nakata and the entire Le Reve team are proud of Jasmin, and pulling for her to win the $10,000 grand prize. A show segment, Jasmin’s personal profile, was filmed at Le Reve (photo is from the shoot), so you’ll recognize some familiar sights in Thursday’s episode.

Check out Chopped this Thursday at 8pm or join the viewing party at Le Reve at 7pm, and congratulations to Jasmin for hitting the national spotlight!

Traffic Alert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Seattle Marathon will impact traffic this weekend

Two traffic alerts for today and tomorrow – Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at Key Arena today, Saturday, for performances at 4pm and 8pm. The city estimates 10,000 people will attend each of the shows (20,000 total), so expect traffic around Key Arena this afternoon and evening.

The bigger impact will likely be from the Seattle Marathon, which is tomorrow, Sunday, November 29th. The organizers cite the Seattle Marathon as the “largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the US” – what does that mean? 15,000 participants + thousands of spectators, and road closures around the Seattle Center, where the race starts and finishes.

The race map with street closures is below. For some reason, the Seattle Marathon organizers have once again decided to produce a West-oriented map, instead of the standard North-oriented view. So, it may look a bit odd, but note that 5th Ave near the Seattle Center will be closed 5:30am-9am, and one side of Mercer will be closed 8:45am-4pm.

Click the map for a larger image:

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And, just to make things a bit more complicated, traffic-wise, the Seahawks are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink tomorrow (Sunday), with kickoff at 1:25pm.

Once Upon a Time staying open with a new Queen Anne owner

Once Upon a Time signAbout 10 days ago, we broke the news that the owner of Once Upon a Child was retiring and the shop was up for sale. A local Queen Anne resident read the post and jumped on the opportunity to own a small business on Queen Anne. That means the shop will have a new owner starting Monday, and it’ll stay the same shop that residents know and love.

New owner Liz Heinlein grew up on Queen Anne and she’s raising two kids in the neighborhood. Her kids were a key reason for purchasing Once Upon a Child – she’s now gone from loyal customer to business owner.

According to Liz:

“We are beyond excited to be a part of Queen Anne’s local business community now too! …Once Upon a Time doors will remain open as the very same children’s store Queen Anne knows and loves!”

Once Upon a Time info signThe only change to the long-time shop will be its days and hours. Starting December 1st, Once Upon a Time will be open 7 days a week, Mondays – Saturdays 10am – 7pm, and Sundays 11am – 6pm. Otherwise, you can expect the same great merchandise and focus on unique children’s clothes, toys, and more.

The shop will be open next Friday for the annual Holiday Magic event, so if you have little ones on your holiday list, stop by as you stroll down Queen Anne Ave N before the tree lighting ceremony.

Be sure to stop by the shop at 1622 Queen Anne Ave N and say hello to a new era of Once Upon a Time!

Indies First! Celebrate independent bookstores & authors at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

Indies First 2015In 2013, Queen Anne Book Company teamed up with author Sherman Alexie for the inaurgural Indies First, an event that celebrates independent bookstores that is now in its 3rd year.

This Saturday, stop by Queen Anne Book Company between 10am and 4pm to support our local bookstore and meet the local authors that will be guest booksellers for the day.

Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, so two reasons to shop locally at Queen Anne Book Company and other local Queen Anne shops. Local Seattle and Pacific Northwest authors will at Queen Anne Book Company to not only help sell books, but also to celebrate independent bookstores and recommend your next read.

Here are the authors slated to be at QABC:

– 10am: Sanae Ishida, author of the children’s book Little Kunoichi
– 11am: Allison Stieger, Queen Anne resident, author, and first person to reverse showroom Amazon Books
– 12pm: Sarah Adler, author of the health and lifestyle cookbook Simply Real Health
– 1pm: Lala Rukh, author of the cookbook Ooh Lala, a Pakistani-American cookbook
– 1pm: Children’s authors/illustrators Elizabeth Rose Stanton, author of Henny, and Toni Yuly, author of Night Owl
– 2pm: Sherman Alexie, author of many prize-winning books
– 3pm: Erin Malone, Queen Anne resident and author of Hover, a poetry collection
– 3pm: Jessixa Bagley, author/illustrator of children’s book Boats for Papa

Remember to shop small and locally all year round, and stop by Queen Anne Book Company at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N on Saturday to celebrate independent bookstores. Happy reading!

Holiday Magic is next Friday with Santa, tree lighting, and more

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 7.33.19 PMThe annual Upper Queen Anne merchant holiday extravaganza, Holiday Magic, is happening next Friday, December 4th. This year, in addition to the deals at local shops and Santa’s annual appearance at HomeStreet Bank, don’t miss the new tradition of the Queen Anne Holiday Tree Lighting!

Holiday Magic runs from 4pm to 8pm, and the countdown to the tree lighting is at 6:30pm in the Towne Center plaza (outside Trader Joe’s). At the tree lighting, you can enjoy hot beverages from Storyville and tasty bites from Aegis Living, while listening to holiday music and counting down to the lighting.

Here’s the list of merchants with special events & deals during Holiday Magic – note, more businesses will likely join in as next Friday draws closer, and the spirit of Holiday Magic is to shop small and local, in our very own neighborhood:

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave North
Roll a dice for 1-20% OFF.

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave North
Warm up by the fire and enjoy a free drink with the purchase of a gift certificate. Available from 8:30am – 6pm.

El Diablo Coffee, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off a Theo Hot Chocolate plus a raffle for a coffee package including a punch card for free drinks and whole bean coffee.

Hauteyoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $65 (save $20)

HomeStreet Bank, Queen Anne Branch, 1835 Queen Anne Ave North
4-7pm – Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider.

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North
30% off all Winter Coats. 40% off all Jeans.

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave North
Draw your discount from our Holiday Stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase! 3rd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by Children’s books, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place.

Pharmaca, 1900 Queen Anne Ave North
In-store Educational Events: Get $5 off your next $20 purchase when you attend these events! Ask a Team Member for details.

Pistil Design, 1422 Queen Anne Ave North
Flowers and gifts. Cider and Treats for Holiday Magic. 20% discount for any preordered Holiday Centerpiece.

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
Celebrate the Season at Queen Anne Book Company with Holiday Magic Savings! 25% Discount on All Sales!

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave West
Dec 4-6: 7th Annual Holiday Antiques and Collectibles Sale to raise Scholarship Fund money for Youth classes and Camp Scholarships. Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave North
Stop by for hot cider & cookies. Festive and fun gifts, jewelry and scarves. Great photo frames. 10% off all our gifts tonight.

Queen Anne Olive Oil Company, 1629 Queen Anne Ave North
Savory and sweet treats made with olive oil and balsamic. 15% off Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

Sonic City Acupuncture, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North, #204
“Acupuncture Happy Hour” Free relaxation treatments, and hot chocolate.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave North
Please enjoy 10% off everything storewide! Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs with our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave North
Come and warm up by the fireplace with $1 hot chocolate and Christmas tree cookie combo, as well as 20% off dessert cakes and pretzels.

Swissa Jewelers, 1905 Queen Anne Ave North
Enjoy a glass of wine and take advantage of our Anniversary Sale, 25-50% off store wide.

The Language Link/La Casita Feliz Spanish Immersion Preschool, 1507 Queen Anne Ave N
4:30-6:30pm – Traditional Hot Chocolate from Latin America and Música! Kids come learn how to prepare traditional hot chocolate   from scratch. Warm up with a free cup of Latin American hot chocolate and tortilla!

Seattle Center Winterfest kicks off this Friday

Winterfest 2015Winterfest, the annual celebration of all things winter and holiday, starts this Friday, November 27th and runs all the way up to New Year’s Eve. The family-friendly event is really many events under one umbrella, from the popular Winterfest Ice Rink to the Winter train to ongoing performances and entertainment.

In addition to the indoor Ice Rink and Armory entertainment, outside the Seattle Center grounds will sparkle with lights and outdoor activities. And, the whole season wraps on New Year’s Eve with a celebration and fireworks at the Space Needle.

Here’s the Winterfest schedule – unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place at the Seattle Center Armory and are free:

Winter Train & Village
Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25

Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3, 2016
Sunday – Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday – Saturday 11am-10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm, Dec. 31
Fisher Pavilion
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Student Showcases (over 100 performances)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 20, various times

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE

The Dickens Carolers
Friday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 29
11am – 12 noon
Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
Friday, Nov. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm

3rd Shift Dance
Friday, Nov. 27
2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show
Saturday, Nov. 28
11am – 12 noon

SANCA Cirrus Circus
Saturday, Nov. 28
12:30pm – 1:30pm

SANCA IMPulse Circus Collective
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 – Nov. 29
2pm – 3pm

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team
Sunday, Nov. 29
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Global Heat
Saturday, Dec. 5
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices
Sunday, Dec. 6
1pm – 2pm

Garfield Jazz Band
Saturday, Dec. 12
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 13
2pm – 3pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 17
5pm – 8pm

XMAS Maximus
Saturday, Dec. 19
12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Bobs
Sunday, Dec. 20
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce
Saturday, Dec. 26
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Datina Folkloric Ensemble
Sunday, Dec. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 31
8pm – 11:45pm
Armory, Seattle Center grounds, FREE

Happy Winter!

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