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Entries from December 2016

Pajama Jam at the Market

December 27th, 2016 by WK Leigh

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Who doesn’t love to laze around in their PJs on Sundays? Well, now you can stay comfy and still stroll around outside in your jammies! Start the year off right with the New Year’s Day Pajama Jam Party at Fremont Market. It takes place from 10-3 on January 1st, with a $100 cash prize for the Best Pajamas, and free Bloody Mary’s at the Red Door for the Best Ensemble Pajama Crew. To compete, check in from 11-12 at the front desk, which is an open stall on the right side of the market as you enter from Evanston Avenue. Winners will be announced at 12:14 p.m.

The Red Door, just steps away from the market, will be serving up beers on tap and Bloody Mary’s all day and into the night, regardless of whether you’re decked out in your PJs.

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The Red Door in Fremont, Seattle

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The Holidays Continue in Fremont

December 26th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Manolin on Stone Way North Spreads Out a New Year’s Eve Feast

The holidays aren’t quite over yet, everyone! New Year’s Eve is always lively here in Fremont, so head over for some fun at the string of venues, cafes and pubs in the central Fremont hub. Some super special events this year include the annual “New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball” at Ballroom on N. 36th Street, and the multi-course feast at Manolin on Stone Way North. Call for reservations!

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Holiday Troll Stroll

December 21st, 2016 by WK Leigh

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The Fremont Troll is such a part of our neighborhood that we sometimes forget what a fun and festive stroll it is under the bridge, especially during the holidays. Gather up some family or friends, fill a thermos with hot cocoa, and toss out a holiday greeting to our favorite urban dweller.

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Last Sunday Market Before Christmas!

December 18th, 2016 by WK Leigh

This is the final Sunday before Christmas, so head over to the Fremont Sunday Market for your special gifts. Unlike department stores or major retailers, these vendors don’t sell out of “the good stuff” as the gift-giving season progresses. Every week brings a fresh supply of unique treasures, from vintage collectibles to handcrafted furniture, Pashmina scarves, jewelry, local honeys and jam — it’s always a surprise. For those of you who don’t realize it, there’s an entire underground lot stuffed with repurposed, vintage and rare finds. Raining? Doesn’t matter in the slightest. Some vendors start packing up around 4:00, so head over early for the best finds.

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Board Games and Craft Beer at Red Door

December 16th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Calling all board games fans! The Red Door in Fremont is mixing up board games and craft beer on Monday night, December 19th, from 7 to 9 pm. Calling themselves a “newbie-friendly” group of old-school gamers, the folks behind this meetup are bringing back the high art of lo-tech fun.

Board games change each session and could include both modern and classics, such as Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, King of Tokyo, The Resistance, Dominion, Tokaido and 7 Wonders. If you don’t get your fill on the 19th, there’s another session on the 26th – same time and place.

Sign up beforehand by sending an RSVP to the MeetUp page. Then just show up at Red Door on Evanston Avenue, near the Fremont Market location, and take a left as you enter the building. Go all the way to the back and look for two really big round tables. With a group name like Inclusive Geekery, get ready to channel your Big Bang Theory muses.

Red Door Board Games & Beer Geeks!

Monday, Dec 19, 2016, 7:00 PM

Red Door (Fremont)
3401 Evanston Ave N Seattle, WA

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Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to learn more about craft beer? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? Come play games and drink beer with us! It is a very casual newbie-friendly group!Is there a game you wish to learn? Do you wish to teach a game you love? Leave a comment on the meetup you’re attending, so we can make…

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Help InterConnection Keep EVERYONE In Seattle Connected

December 15th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Who knew that an unassuming storefront on the revamped Stone Way North in Fremont is buzzing with high-tech promise for low-income families? InterConnection accepts donations of used computers, laptops, tablets and more; completely refurbishes them with the latest software and hardware; and offers them for very low (or no) cost to low-income individuals or nonprofit organizations.

International Rescue Committee in Seattle Gets 8 Laptops

They also provide these refurbished computers to the general public, regardless of income or need, at a higher (but still affordable) price in their retail store on Stone Way, between 34th and 35th. The proceeds are then funneled back into the programs for those who are unable to afford technology.

Does you existing computer need repairs, upgrades or data transfer? The onsite techs can help you out with that as well, for a much lower price than you’d pay elsewhere. Again, the proceeds recycle themselves into helping those in need. [Read more →]

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Lunch Break Cooking Class Today in Fremont

December 12th, 2016 by WK Leigh

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Chef Kyle Wisner

I can’t think of a better way to spend your lunch break today: local Chef Kyle Wisner is dishing on de-lish ways to cook a roast, and the results are on your plate by the end of the 60-minute class. Call to check for last-minute openings (206-397-4271) – then head over to the Book Larder on Fremont Avenue at noon today (Monday December 12) to get hands-on tips and tricks for making drool-worthy holiday roasts. Kyle’s classes typically sell out, as class size is limited to 10 people.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a spot, here’s what’ll be steaming on your plate within the noon hour: Roasted pork loin with charred leeks, potatoes, and cultured cream; Spice loaf with preserved cranberries; and green salad with seasonal greens and a tahini herb dressing.

Known as “a community cookbook store,” the Book Larder is no stranger to sharing secrets from some of the best chefs in Seattle. Their 2017 roster of chef-taught classes starts off in January with topics such as grain-free suppers, Southern-style biscuits, and a seafood extravaganza. An upcoming highlight on the evening of February 6, 2017, is seasonal Moroccan food by chef Olaiya Land, who shares her knowledge on the North African spice palette. This one is sure to fill up, so make your reservation ASAP!



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Handmade Tamales at Fremont Winter Feast

December 11th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Heading over to the Fremont Winter Feast today? With more than 20 food trucks and street stalls dishing it out over on Evanston Street, you’ll probably want to graze all day – so make sure you snag at least one handmade tamales from the los tamaleros at Frelard Tamales. Simply put, that’s “the guys making tamales.” And they do it muy bien!

The tamales are made by hand, from scratch, using a family recipe handed down for generations by co-owner Osbaldo’s family from Puerto Vallarta, 0n the west coast of Mexico. Each tamale is individually wrapped and tied in fresh corn husks.

Athough they’re a highlight of the Winter Feast this year, Osbaldo and his business partner, Denny, have a weekly spot at Fremont Market every Sunday — so don’t worry if you can’t make it over today. The duo has partnered with Sur 16, a Latin American restaurant in Capitol Hill, to create “the best tamales in town” — and I feel sure they’ve already climbed straight into that top-slot in Seattle.

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Old Time Jam at Dusty Strings

December 10th, 2016 by WK Leigh

If you’ll be out and about for the Fremont Winter Feast and Holiday Market on Sunday, December 11, wander over to Fremont Avenue and sit in on the Old Time Jam session at Dusty Strings. It’s led by Sarah Comer, known for cultivating a new generation of old-time fiddlers in Seattle.  The jam session is free, and you can come and go as you like from 1:30 to 3:30. Join in the fun with your own fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass or other acoustic instrument — or just enjoy listening. A $5 donation is appreciated.
If you’ve never been to Dusty Strings, get ready for a real slice of authentic acoustic music mania. Enter from the street level on Fremont Avenue, then curve down the stairs into the depths of the building, where you’ll enter a melodic enclave of eclectic tunes floating from hundreds of new, used, rare and vintage acoustic guitars, electric guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, harps, hammered dulcimers and more.
In addition to selling the instruments, they also offer classes and private lessons in bluegrass, old time, blues and world music by some of the best working musicians in Seattle. The Old Time Jam session with Sarah is a good initiation into this secret cubbyhole of tunemasters tucked beneath the busiest street in Fremont.

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Fremont Winter Feast at the Market This Sunday!

December 9th, 2016 by WK Leigh

It’s finally here, everybody — the Winter Feast Holiday Bazaar at Fremont Market! It’s this Sunday, December 11, at the usual market location on Evanston. At least 20 food trucks are on the roster this year, along with your favorite street food regulars. The event starts at 10 am and goes until 4 pm. There’s also at least 100 local shops decked out for the holidays, so come on over with an appetite and a shopping list.

Here’s a partial list of the food truck and street stall chefs dishing out their specialties at Fremont Winter Feast:

Fire and Scrape
Frelard Tamales
Wicked Good Grinders
The Biscuit Box
Mystery Bay Seafood Catering
Meat on a Mission

WE RECOMMEND: Check out a relative newbie on the scene at Fremont Market: The Pud. They’re cooking up real-deal traditional English Yorkshire Pudding served with roast beef, creamy mash, peas and sweet potatoes, all smothered in onion gravy. The owner and chef is actually from Yorkshire, so stop by to say hi (and hear his awesome accent!)



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