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Well, sort of. While we have had to eschew the pleasures of such neighborhood hangouts as the Prost, Teachers Lounge, 74th St. Ale House and so many other bars that cannhttp://www.oliverstwistseattle.com/ot generate enough income to be partially open, one neighborhood landmark has pivoted to stay afloat.

Oliver’s Twist is known for its blue cheese and bacon-stuffed dates, truffled popcorn, Moscow Mules and summer jazz wafting into the neighborhood, among other things. That menu and ethos were created by former owners Sarah Hughes-Giles and Dan Braun who sold the business to Karuna Long in 2017.

While Karuna has continued the culinary ethos that has made Oliver’s Twist so popular, he hails from Cambodian roots and his love of that cuisine has led to a new fare available to the PhinneyWood community (you can see the menu by going to their website and clicking “see menu and order”).

As my family has worked our way through the neighborhood to (gleefully) support the restaurants, we found our way to Karuna’s new menu last week. It did not disappoint.

We started with one order each of the Seared Ahi Tuna and Chicken Spring Rolls. They did not disappoint – the tapioca wrappers had just the right amount of chew with no gumminess, the basil fresh and flavorful, meats done to perfection, and the family recipe fish dipping sauce was to die for. I deeply regret not having the beautiful Ahi Roll in the picture above.

Entrees were the Chicken Curry and Chicken Bobun, and both dishes took me back to one of my favorite dining experiences many years ago at a restaurant named Pho 84 in Oakland, CA. Prior to eating there, pho (the ubiquitous Vietnamese rice noodle soup) was my complete and total view of Vietnamese cuisine. Pho 84 was a dazzling display of fresh herbs, sprouts, crunchy vegetables, and intricate flavors that turned my world view upside-down.

Karuna’s Cambodian menu made me recall that experience, as the entrees and rolls all burst with herbs, traditional spicing, and high-integrity ingredients prepared perfectly. No word as to whether this menu will continue when and if things get back to normal, so you might want to consider giving it a try next time you’re supporting our local restaurants for dinner. Additionally, they have been offering to-go cocktails the “second it was announced legal.”

River Run Farm‘s Organic CSA runs for 23 weeks from June 10 – November 11, with a pick-up site right in Phinney (and several other Seattle neighborhoods) as well as home delivery options! Shares of conscientiously grown, fresh-from-the-farm produce are delivered weekly, to pick-up sites on Tuesdays or homes on Wednesdays.

The farmshare costs about $33 per weekly box of vegetables with payment plans available. Joining a farmshare means buying into a local, ecologically sound food system that promotes community health and soil health simultaneously. River Run Farm is excited to offer delicious produce and a process that is better for you, your family’s health, and our environment.

Visit http://www.riverrun.farm/whattoexpect for more info on the CSA and how to sign up.

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

When takeout cocktails were given the green light last week, Oliver’s Twist was ready to go almost instantly. Seattle Met was quick to notice and listed them as one of the “5 Places to Get Takeout Cocktails in Seattle This Weekend” last weekend. Place orders via their website today!

Starting today, Teacher’s Lounge will be open for takeout grilled cheese and cocktails from 4-8pm Wednesday through Saturday. Their menu of sandwich options can be found here and cocktails here. Place your orders by calling 206-706-2880.

Gainsbourg is now offering their full cocktail menu along with their already available food menu for takeout. They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 4-9 pm and can be reached at 206-783-4004.  Check out their Facebook page for specials, expanded hours and days, and all of the latest and greatest Gainsbourg has to offer.

In addition to curbside food pickup, Thaiku now offers a selection of their house infused cocktails to-go as well! Food and drink orders can be placed after 4:30pm by calling 206-706-7807. Thaiku is open 7 days a week from 5-8pm.

We also have a big birthday shout-out to Ken Giles of Ken’s Market fame who turned 90 this past Monday. Happy Birthday Ken!

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

As 11am today, Red Mill Burgers is back! If you’ve been craving one of the best burgers in Seattle, place your to go orders via their website. They will be open from 11-3 today, and will resume their usual schedule (11-8 Tues-Sat and 12-8 Sunday’s, closed on Monday) on Wednesday. For more information, visit their website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

This Friday, May 15th, Luna Azul will be providing hot meals for those in need from 1-3pm as part of the H1GHR Food Drive. More information is available on the Luna Azul Facebook page. The drive also takes place this Thursday from 12-2pm at KC’s Seafood Restaurant in Pioneer Square.

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

After a couple weeks off to make kitchen improvements and give employees a much deserved break, the Barking Dog is back open for business starting tomorrow, May 12th. They will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-8pm for takeout and delivery will be available after 4pm. Their new menu will be posted soon, so keep an eye out on their website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

Place orders now for Tokara‘s monthly sweets box sale! Reservations for boxes can be placed by calling 206-782-1853. Purchases can be picked up on Saturday, May 16th at Fresh Flours from 1-5pm. For more information on products and ordering, you can visit their website here.

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

Photo: Karaage Bento from Kozmo Kitchen

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

Looking for some last-minute Mother’s Day desserts? Setsuko Pastry has strawberry mochi boxes (box of 6) and 8-inch strawberry vanilla rolls. Orders must be placed via email at setsuko.pastry@gmail.com by 10am Friday, May 8th. Pickup is this Saturday and Sunday at Modern Japanese Cuisine.

For those of you looking for more fun crafts, Seattle ReCreative has reopened its Craft Concierge program. Orders can be placed here for pickup or delivery. Check out their website for more information.

Interested in learning how to make amazing croissants at home? Coyle’s Bakeshop is having an Online Croissant Class starting next week on May 13th. It will be comprised of 4 pre-recorded sessions and posted to Instagram TV and YouTube. The class is free, all you need is the ingredients! Visit the croissant class page for details, and if you need help getting the ingredients you can do so here.

Craving authentic Bento? Kozmo Kitchen offers traditional Japanese meals and products for delivery or pickup in Wallingford. You can place orders for meals and catering from their online shop. Learn more about their food, classes, recipes, and catering here.

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

Seattle Met recently posted an article about local, women-owned consignment stores and gave a shout-out to PhinneyWood favorite Labels. While Labels is currently closed, you can still support this neighborhood gem via their Instagram site. They offer local delivery and no-contact pick up! Gift certificates and store credit are also available. If interested, DM them trough Instagram or contact them here.

While Phinney Books remains closed to customers, they are offering “curbside pickup” if you place an order by phone (206-297-2665) or email. Visit the table in the doorway from 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday (they are closed Sunday) and they will have your order bagged up and ready to go!  They also offer home delivery within the neighborhood if needed. For more info on how to place orders in advance, click here.

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

Several community members have reached out to me to remind us all this is Teacher Appreciation Week and an excellent way to show appreciation while supporting our neighborhood business district is by way of gift certificates. While these may normally seem impersonal, it should be well understood that getting revenue to our struggling businesses is a vital action of support in these times. You can view many of our businesses who offer gift cards on the PhinneyWood Community Connections page.

Since 1984, National PTA has designated the week of May 4th – May 8th as “Teacher Appreciation Week.” This week is a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

With the abrupt end to the physical school year, teachers have done even more to continue education with virtual classrooms and learning at home lessons, all to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.

It’s in these challenging times that we truly recognize and appreciate how our nation’s educators play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.

Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day. Their immense work impacts our children’s future, especially during this unforeseen pandemic.

It’s hard to thank a teacher in person due to COVID-19, but you can always email them, create a video message or even upload a throwback picture of you with one of your favorite teachers who might have inspired you in your life.

This message is courtesy of Jeremy Justice. Jeremy is a content creator for Mountain-Top Media. His background includes editing video content, recording/mixing music, and anything involving audio and video production.

Adorn, our neighborhood’s longtime home furnishings and interior designer shop, have set up a full-scale mask production in their storefront at 7002 Greenwood Ave N. Owner Renate Ruby has procured donations from friends and colleagues and are offering these masks free of charge to community members who come by the shop and ask for one.

There is a table outside and fabric patterns in the window for people to select from. You can fill out a request form, drop it into the mailbox, and Adorn will contact you to pick them up when they are finished, using curbside pick-up as allowed in Phase 1 of Governor Inslee’s plan.

Hours for this will generally be Monday-Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Renate recommends that people call or text to confirm we are here if they are driving over. 206.499.6220. If you’re in the neighborhood, just drop by! You can learn more here, as well as view fabrics and the request form.

These are not masks for medical use – they are a supplement to social distancing and an added barrier for us all to use just in case we are a carrier of the virus.

Adorn will steam iron every mask before putting into a new sandwich bag, ready for pick up. It is recommended you use a steam iron on your mask every time you come home. It may not be realistic to wash masks every time they are worn, but a good steaming from an iron set to high heat should sterilize the mask and make it ready to use again. Workplaces can also set up an iron and ironing board to be used to sterilize fabric masks throughout the day as a precaution.