Food blogger’s husband to open Ballard restaurant

A few days ago, we wrote that we heard rumblings that a new pizza place may be going in next door to Honore Bakery along 70th St. near 14th Ave. Now a popular Seattle food blogger is revealing the new restaurant is her husband’s enterprise, and the lease has just been signed.

“It happens, yes, that the emphasis will be on pizza, but there will also be wood-fired vegetables from local farmers, seasonal salads, charcuterie, and rustic desserts, the kind I like to make at home,” writes Molly Wizenberg, author of the nationally-known Orangette, who says she’ll be helping her husband Brandon with the menu. She says Brandon is “obsessed with pizza,” so it sounds promising. They hope to open in the spring. (Thanks Jennifer for the tip!)

‘Human spammers’ at the market

The Stranger’s Dan Savage is complaining about those folks who stand at the ends of the Ballard Farmer’s Market and ask if you want to sign a petition for this or that. “I don’t have much patience for spam in its human form,” Savage writes. One of the commenters on The Stranger’s site responds, “Dan, all you have to do is say, ‘Not interested, sorry’ and problem solved. Was that so hard?” Personally speaking, we don’t mind the folks at the market, but the almost nightly door-knocking in our neighborhood leading up to the election was a little much. (Thanks Nina for the link!)

Bumbling burglar stumped at Zesto’s

Last night, a burglar broke into Zesto’s on 65th and got away with… nothing. Well, he did get on KING 5 News (watch video). The man took 30 minutes to break through a window, standing in front of a security camera the entire time. When he finally squeezed inside, he tried unsuccessfully to remove the cash register, which finally popped open to reveal… nothing.

Zesto’s is offering a $250 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest. (Thanks Boxcar for the tip!)

Update: MyBallard reader Toudios says he spotted the suspect on Wednesday night, called police and they arrested him a short time later on Market St. We have not yet confirmed this with police.

Little Orly Candy Company moving

The company that provides carmel corn to Qwest Field and Seattle Center and carmel apples to Safeway is leaving the Ballard/Phinney area.

The Little Orly Candy Company, which is next door to Cafe Bambino on NW 65th St., has outgrown the 3,000 square foot building. Ted Wright has owned the building since 1976 and has decided to move his candy business to Rochester, WA. The brick and green building still has the Cookie Conspiracy sign hanging even though that business closed up shop a few years ago. Wright says he’s talking to a friend about moving his organic donut business to the location. (Thanks Kristen for the tip!)

Christmas tree tradition continues

Boy Scout troop 100 is getting ready for their annual fundraiser, selling Christmas trees at the St. Alphonsus Catholic church parking lot. It’s been a tradition in Ballard for more than 50 years and current Scoutmaster, Paul Hendricks, says that families have been buying trees from the scouts for years. The scouts themselves do a lot of work to make the fundraiser a success. They set up the lot, haul and tag the trees and work alongside the adults throughout the season. This is the sole fundraiser for the troop. The tree lot will be open the day after Thanksgiving through December 24th, or until the trees sell out.

Nordic holiday spirit at Yulefest 2008

The Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual Christmas festival, Yulefest 2008, was in full swing when we stopped by on Saturday evening.

The event features over a dozen music and dance groups in three locations.

In the auditorium, the Katrilli Finnish Folkdancers dazzled the crowd.

Every nook and cranny of the museum features Nordic arts and crafts.

Many of them for the holidays. There are plenty of great gift ideas and beautiful, traditional Scandinavian decorations.

Of course, there’s plenty of authentic Scandinavian food, too.

And Yulefest wouldn’t be complete without Santa! If you didn’t get a chance to come out today, Yulefest runs Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and children 13 and up, $1 for children ages 6-12. Limited parking is available for a suggested donation of $2.

Waste backs up on seafood ship

Updated: Crews on board a 300-foot fish processing vessel called the Seattle Fire Department and Coast Guard late Friday night after discovering water flowing inside. The Marine Emergency Response Team responded to the Icicle Seafood vessel, which is tied up on a dock just off the Fred Meyer parking lot.

But a short time later, firefighters told us that ship crews discovered that the water had originated from inside — from the sewer system.

Urban hikers tour library branches

18 members of the Seattle Mountaineers Club completed an urban hike today between seven branches of the Seattle Public Library, and they just finished the day at Ballard Library. Here they are crossing the street…

And posing in front of the library…

The hikers are celebrating the end of the city’s campaign to build and remodel branches of the public library. As part of the campaign, you can get “library passports,” which the Mountaineers are getting stamped at each branch.

The weekend events calendar

‘Tis the holiday season!

  • Do some holiday shopping at the Holiday bazaar and bake sale on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ballard Northwest Senior Center(5429 32nd Ave NW.)
  • Fair Trade Fair and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday at Salmon Bay School (1810 NW 65th St.) Enjoy pancakes from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $5 per person or $20 per family. The Fair Trade Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The event supports the Bridges to Understanding program that many of the 7th and 8th graders participate in yearly.
  • Yulefest 2008 at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) is Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Browse hand-crafted gifts from over 50 vendors, enjoy performances by a host of Scandinavian musical talent and feast on Nordic cuisine. Admission is $2 for adults and children 13 and up, $1 for children ages 6-12.

For live music, check out the calendars for the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, The Bit Saloon, High Dive, Conor Byrne, Egan’s Ballard Jam House and Nectar. As always, check out our events calendar. And if you have an event to add, just email us at and we’ll post it in the calendar.