Cupcake Royale Now Offering Ice Cream!

Is it summer yet? We’ve seen a glimmer here and there, but the folks at Cupcake Royale are happy with what they can get this summer, and taking the opportunity to launch ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts.

The delectable cupcake gurus are now offering flavors such as “cupcakes n cream” as their signature flavor, and will have many other unique flavors such as their “whiskey maple bacon crack” made with locally sourced Woodinville Whiskey, and Zoe’s meats bacon, “Bonanza” made with bananas homemade brownies and caramel, burnt caramel and sea salt, and red velvet cupcake; yum! The newest store front is located at 108 pine street downtown and will open this Saturday, but until then will have a food cart outside the store front serving scoops from noon-8pm. The Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue locations will have scoops, shakes cones and sundaes on their menu, and all other locations will have pints to go.

Seattle Spoke & Food Event Tonight

It may appear to be a dreary wet morning, but that shouldn’t stop any diehard Seattleite from going out tonight  for the third annual Seattle spoke & food event! Grab your raincoat and bike to one of the participating restaurants between 6-10pm tonight, and 20% of your bill will be donated to the FamilyWorks food bank and resource center. FamilyWorks is a Seattle based food bank that intends to nourish and strengthen local families by connecting them with the support, resources, and community they need.

The restaurants participating in the event tonight seem to be spread all over the major neighborhoods in Seattle, so if you live in and around the city, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one near you. Participating restaurants include Serious Pie on South Lake Union, St Clouds in Madrona, The Shelter in Ballard, Julia’s in Capitol Hill, Stumbling Goat Bistro in Phinney, Emmer & Rye in Queen Anne, and Duke’s on Green Lake among others. For a bike map of participating restaurants, or for more information click here.

Seattle Gay Pride Weekend Recap

Not only did we see the streets of Seattle filled with soaking wet Rock and Roll marathon runners this weekend, we also saw a ton of people come out yesterday for the Seattle Gay Pride Parade. The 38th annual parade began down 4th and union, and headed north with folks donned in Proud gear, with several of Seattle’s local leaders present like Pride Parade court Marshall

Photo Courtesy of King 5 News

Christine Gregoire, and Supreme Court Judge Justice Steve Gonzalez.  Although the morning was looking a little cloudy and gloomy, it cleared up halfway through the day, and folks headed to the annual Pridefest with 4 stages of performers and over 100,000 in attendance, I’d say the weekend was capped a huge success. After the parade and pride festivities came to a close, I actually followed Judge Justice Steve Gonzalez to the Crocodile Lounge yesterday evening for his campaign rally, where his cousin Ben Harper performed for a solid 2 and a half hours. Thank you to Steve for inviting his cousin out, what a wonderful way to close the weekend!

Rock n Roll Marathon To Slow Traffic This Weekend

It’s that time of year again; the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon is coming this Saturday June 23rd and it’s going to draw roughly 30,000 runners in and around the downtown area. The course is different from past years, and will cover major streets such as Mercer, Rainier Ave S and the Alaska Way Viaduct will all remain closed for sometime before and after the race.

Metro will also be rerouting several of their bus routes (roughly 40) on Saturday, beginning in the wee hours of the morning, and will continue on their regular route after roads reopen. The start and finish line this year  are both around the space needle, and will disrupt traffic in and around the city limits. Find the course map here, and a list of street closures on the Rock and Roll website. If you aren’t running in the event, it’s not a bad idea to stick to your walking shoes in the morning.

2012 Bumbershoot Lineup Is In!

September may seem far off in the distance, but the folks running the ever popular Bumbershoot Festival have just released the 2012 musical lineup. The acts for this year’s Labor Day weekend festivities range from Tony Bennet to Passion Pit; and every genre in between!

If you’ve never been to Bumbershoot, it’s Seattle’s favored music and arts festival, that’s held in the heart of Seattle Center every Labor Day weekend; this year will mark the 42nd anniversary of the festival. Since 1917, Bumbershoot has been drawing crowds to Seattle, showcasing some of the best in music, film, comedy, dance and theater. 100,000+ people join the masses each year to see some of the greatest performers of all time, and new acts to the spotlight, soon to gain stardom.  Stay tuned for the upcoming release of the performing arts and comedy lineups.