I drank this on Capitol Hill: The Speckled and Grape at the Speckled and Drake

Michael started about six months after Speckled and Drake opened on the west edge of Capitol Hill in 2013. The oldest cocktail on Speckled and Drake’s menu is a regular customer’s original favorite that became so popular, they put it on the menu and gave it a name. The Speckled and Grape is a classic mix of Three Olives Grape Vodka, Redbull, and Welch’s grape juice, served over ice. It’s sweet, and tangy, and can set you up for an epic night or complete disaster. That’s on you.

I drank this on Capitol Hill is a semiregular photographic tour of some of Capitol HIll’s best cocktails and libations. Have a suggestion for something we should drink? Let us know in comments.

Capitol Hill Pets | Goober and Rusty, the well behaved Capitol Hill newbies

Goober, a nine-year-old Chihuahua, and Rusty, a three-year-old Dachshund, are both rescues and new members to the Capitol Hill community. Jason, human, lives a few blocks away from the E Olive Way Starbucks and walk the Hill most mornings. While they may appear well trained, Jason assures us he’s done absolutely nothing, and they’re just good dogs. Continue reading

I drank this *in the Central District*: Paper Plane at The Neighbor Lady

The bartender at E Union’s The Neighbor Lady, Tom, let CHS know it wasn’t a fancy cocktail bar, before he made us a fancy cocktail. He did not waste his time informing us that we were in the Central District for an episode of “I drank this on Capitol Hill.” Continue reading

The story of the Trick or Treat House of Montlake

What started as a Pumpkin Witch conversing with a scarecrow belonging to two children across the street, has morphed over 18 years into a low key Halloween block party in James Sutherland’s Montlake front yard. This is the story of the Trick or Treat House of Montlake.

Sutherland has lived in his home since 1996 and noticed over the early years how few kids showed up to his house on Halloween.

“I love Halloween” James said, “ever since I was a kid. When I grew up and moved here, it didn’t seem like there was a lot of Halloween happening. I ended up in a cute little house in a sweet neighborhood and it seems like there should be kids knocking at the door.”

18 years of decorating later, Sutherland and his husband Don now expect 800 to 900 kids this year.

“This is the 18th Trick or Treat House Anniversary,” Sutherland tells CHS on a visit to the Montlake Hauntlake neighborhood. “It started with 20, then 50 to 75, then the elementary school found out about it and so, it became a couple hundred and stayed there for a while. I think word got out elsewhere because we see van loads of people parking and coming to trick or treat on our street.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Ada Ninkasi, the collie goddess of boop, headed to Volunteer Park

We found Ada and Suzi walking down 17th at Olive headed to Volunteer Park. Ada Ninkasi, — the Sumerian goddess of beer — is a four-year-old “red and white” Border Collie. Suzi, her human, has had her since she was 10 months old. A very agile pup, Ada can jump for a frisbee, boop it with her nose, leap again, and catch it. Give her a watch if you see her jumping around the park.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

I drank this on Capitol Hill: Gun Smoke at Captain Blacks

Having a drink at Captain Blacks on the patio is a real Capitol Hill summer tradition. On a slow, sunny afternoon, Matty the bartender — and drummer in the band Cat Toy, playing their first show October 19th at the Belltown Yacht Club — made a Gun Smoke, a concoction of his own design. Made with lime juice, a sugar cube, mezcal, Aperol, and muddled jalapeño, Matty calls the drink “spicy, bitter, sweet.” While peppery, the spice only hangs out for a second. A solid cocktail for a hot day.

I drank this on Capitol Hill is a semiregular photographic tour of some of Capitol HIll’s best cocktails and libations. Have a suggestion for something we should drink? Let us know in comments.

Capitol Hill Pets | Linus vs. the Cal Anderson Water Mountain

Brooke was enjoying the fountain at Cal Anderson with her Yorkie Poodle mix Linus when CHS stopped by for a chat. Brooke and Linus, a seven-year-old YorkiePoo, are Capitol Hill locals who visit Cal Anderson regularly. He loves running up and down in the fountain chasing water, so if you see them out, get ready for a show.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

I drank this on Capitol Hill: The Paulownia at Bar Vacilando

Jack was at the counter of Bar Vacilando as a ray of sunlight streaming in from the skylight, beckoned CHS inside. An avid hiker, backpacker, and long distance cycler, Jack just returned from Vesper Peak in the North Cascades. The chosen drink was the Paulownia, named for the large tree on the patio. Botanical Gin, shaken with Green Chartreuse, muddled lime, and agave is strained into a highball and topped with a touch of soda, a mint leaf, and lime wedge. Refreshing as a vesper breeze. Continue reading