Edy Kizaki

PCC, Green Lake’s Natural Market

February 2, 2013 in Green Lake

PCCfrontOne could call the People’s Community Co-op a true Seattle institution.  PCC is the city’s natural, organic food co-op.  I think of it as a lot like Whole Foods and a lot different.  Being local, it is, you could say, “very Seattle.”  By that I mean community values, green values, a laid back humorous vibe and delicious ripe fresh flavor.  There are nine locations around the Seattle Metro area, this one in Green Lake being my favorite.  It’s near enough to Queen Anne, Ballard, and Wallingford and Fremont, as well as Green Lake.  There are also stores in Edmonds, Fremont, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Seward Park, View Ridge and West Seattle.  Along with the fresh natural produce and gourmet health foods and products, PCC PCCoffers a community based member-owned organization. You can shop there without being a member, to join it costs $60 and you have some discounts as a result.  There are also educational offerings, like the Gluten Free Living course and things like the Walk Talk Taste class or the PCC Cooks series on various cooking topics.  There are even some great videos on their website such as Grilled Mushroom Salad With Sesame Vinegrette, Meet Our Producers–River Valley Organics, and Pearing Up Great Flavors for example.

The deli is famous for their exquisite salads, satisfying pizza and prepared foods, and fresh hot soup.  Use the Nutrition Search feature on line to explore what the dishes are made of and what will best suit your criteria (if for example you are gluten free or avoid dairy products or meat it will tell you all you need to know) and there are recipes as well.  There’s also a seasonal produce chart that tells you when each item, be it zchunni, cherries, or purple garlic, is in season locally.  There’s an eating area in the FruitSectionGreen Lake PCC although I would not go so far as to call it a cafe.  A few high tables allow you to perch precariously in the middle of the bustling deli and consume your healthy and nutritious snacks.  If you Olivesprefer a more relaxed atmosphere the cooking classrooms upstairs are also available to eat in unless there happens to be a class going on.

Online too are blogs like “Notes from the Cellar” and one called “Stirfry” that addresses this and that, from GMOs to the top ten receipes of the year.  There are also HealthNotes and Nutrition information, and events, like the upcoming “Valentine’s Day Dash” on February 9th held at Green Lake, part of the Healthy Kids program.  It’s a free non-competitive run and kids receive a gift for participating.

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Edy Kizaki

Walking Around Green Lake – Quiet Winter Haven

February 1, 2013 in Green Lake, Parks and Beaches

GLtreesIt’s three miles around Green Lake on the walking path.  There are actually two paths next to each other, one for those on wheels and the other for those on foot.  In the summer there are boat rentals, tennis WhiteDogcourts, the kids’ playground, the community center with a swimming pool, and sunbathers on the grass.  In winter it’s a quieter scene, but just as intriguing.

One of Seattle’s favorite parks, it is hard to imagine a day any time of year when Green Lake wouldn’t have a steady stream of dog walkers, joggers, skaters (OK more of them in the summer, but…) and even bicyclists making use of the variety of paths and the road that circle the three mile path circling the lake. Want to sit and soak in the beauty? Take a seat on the strategically placed benches. Your toddler wants to mess around in the sand or climb the play equipment? Head for the playground. Basketball? It’s there. Indoor gym and pool? Inside the community center. Grass to picnic on? Yes. Rental boats? Yes. Swimming? Indeed, although that certainly takes place mainly in the summer. And always, people watching.

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In winter the air may be mighty crisp but the walkers and runners circling the lake look intent and happy all at once, if that’s possible to imagine. It’s a factor GreenLake03GreenLake5-2of the quietly stunning scenes you will never fail to encounter if it’s bright and blue or luminously glowing grey with sunset tones and translucent violets. Clean air surrounds you and seems to transport you to a timeless grace where everything is just as it should be and Green Lake is your own personal little slice of heaven.

 

 

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Edy Kizaki

6726 21st Ave SW, Seattle

December 9, 2012 in Featured Listings, Seattle Buyer's Guide, West Seattle

Multilevel home with over 2,300 sf, 3 or 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.  Granite slab kitchen counters with stainless sink and stainless appliances.  Hardwood floors in main floor and marble in entrance, kitchen and bathroom.  Master bath has granite slab and soaking tub.  Exterior entrance covered with classic tile, hardy plank siding.  A great feature is the double deck, with roomy covered deck.  Large back yard.

 

MLS #418713