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Editor's Expeditions - Jazz

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again … we love listening to live music!  We enjoy many genres, but gravitate towards jazz, blues and classic rock.  As we have gotten older though, we prefer to find venues that offer some great music with an earlier than 9 p.m. start time.

In our continuous search around the Seattle area for explorations, we discovered that the Latona Pub features live jazz music during their Friday evening happy hours (5 – 7 p.m.).  It was time to check it out. 

Located at the corner of N 65th St and Latona Avenue NE in Greenlake, the Latona Pub has been around for 30+ years.   It is definitely what you would consider a neighborhood pub with a cozy feel. 

We showed up about 15 minutes before the jazz trio started to be sure we got a table.  The place definitely started to fill up, but there was seating upstairs also so I think we would have been fine.  You could tell by many of the people coming in that the Latona Pub was a local’s hangout. We knew right away that this was our kind of place. 

As we settled in and checked out the menu, the band started to play.  The Happy Hour Jazz is touted as one of the oldest happy hours in the city.  It started in 1992 with Boots, Barrie, and Murray who played weekly.  In 2009, bassist and bandleader Phil Sparks took over. He is considered one of the best jazz players in the city.  Two or three other extraordinary musicians join Sparks each week.  It was a real treat listening to these talented musicians and an added bonus was that there was not a cover charge.

Even with the crowd, the staff was attentive and made sure we were taken care throughout the evening.  We started with the house specialty of Latona Steamers (we chose mussels) and roasted jalapeño and cheddar topped with crispy bacon and served with grilled pita.  Later on for our entrees, we enjoyed the Steak & Mushroom Salad and a Latona Burger.  Everything was fresh and delicious (and we later learned locally sourced).  It was also affordable which isn’t always easy in the city!

Overall the night was a hit and the music was really awesome.  We’ll be back!

Editor's Expeditions - Woodinville Wine

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

Since it’s the holiday season, we explored very close to home enjoying a favorite pastime of ours…wine tasting in Woodinville Wine Country (WWC).

There really couldn’t be a better place than Woodinville to try so many amazing wines within a small area geographically.  At last count, there are 118 Wineries & Tasting Rooms in Woodinville in four districts (Hollywood, West Valley, Warehouse, and Downtown).  For this exploration, we stuck to the Warehouse District that has over 50 wineries alone.  Even within this area, there are three separate areas highlighted (Warehouse, The Junction, and Artisan Hill). 

We ventured to the original Warehouse district that admittedly looks like a strip mall on the exterior marked by dozens of sandwiches boards at the entrance off 144th Avenue NE. Inside the wineries and tasting rooms, however, it is quite a different story.   The places we visited offered very warm welcomes with beautiful décor.

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Editor's Introductions - Julie Boselly

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton
Hello readers – we’ll be mixing up our Editor’s Explorations the last edition of each month with Editor’s Introductions.  We thought this would be a great way for you to get to know some of the talented staff at the Woodinville Weekly.  Enjoy this week’s column and meet Julie Boselly, our Publisher.
 
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Editor's Explorations - Oh What Fun!

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

How do two newcomers to the Seattle area get in the Christmas spirit?  They go out and do things – lots of Christmassy things!  As we discovered, there are a plethora of activities in Woodinville and around Seattle to get you in the spirit.  Our quest to find the spirit of Christmas had begun!

To kick things off, we started  with  the Woodinville Tree Lighting Ceremony and Winterfest Celebration.  After reading about the Community Tree and all of the people that helped get the new tree to its’ temporary home in DeYoung Park in time for the tree lighting, we knew we had to be there.  It was a nice night, and great to see friends and family members enjoying the evening together. 

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Editor's Expeditions - Silvertips

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

My family and I took to the ice for this exploration…the ice at Xfinity Arena to see the Everett Silvertips Hockey Club that is.  We saw the Silvertips in action against the Spokane Chiefs on November 24 to extend the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Although we scored a box suite for the occasion, there did not seem to be a bad seat in the house. The complex holds about 8,300 people, which is a really great size space to see all the action easily.  There are many food and beverage options throughout the arena, and there were many families enjoying the game. Attending a hockey game in person far exceeds the experience of watching a game on television. The speed, grace and agility of these great athletes is much more obvious seeing them in person. The Silvertips play an exciting brand of hockey, and the organization works hard to get the crowd fired up!

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