Maple Leaf Park

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1020 NE 82nd St
(or Roosevelt Way NE at NE 82nd Street)
Seattle, WA 98115                                                                                    206.684.4075, 206.233.1509

When Homeland Security told cities that they needed to cover over open reservoirs, the Maple Leaf neighborhood in north Seattle got a beautiful gift.  The city covered the reservoir with a gorgeous 16-acre, two-level park.  This park has everything for everyone, and almost the second it was completed, it was filled with little kids, teens, their parents, their parents’ parents, dogs, bikes, roller-blades, and the wonderful sounds of people having fun.
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Whole Foods

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1026 NE 64th Street
Seattle, Washington 98115
Date of visit:  Every week

I love Whole Foods at Roosevelt Square.  I don’t know about the other Whole Foods stores in the Seattle area, but this Whole Foods is amazing.  It is beautifully laid-out, has wide aisles with no rolling hazards, and is well-lit.  It sells organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that shine so seductively, you want to eat more of them and skip the cookies.   This store’s displays have probably done more to help people eat healthily than all the diet gurus out there.

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Roosevelt Ale House

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824 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Date of visit:  January 2014

The Roosevelt Ale House is a sweet neighborhood pub with a little something for everyone:  a patio area for hot summer days, big screen TVs playing the best game available, pool tables in the pool-table area, tall chairs next to tall tables and the tall bar, and a handful of regular tables in the regular-table area.  The restaurant serves creative mixed drinks and lots of beers on tap.  The food is not fancy but always delicious.  Hamburgers, chicken strips, the house aioli, French fries, a great selection of sandwiches and fresh salads—whatever you order, you will be glad you did.  There are vegetarian and gluten free options, and the staff are gracious about requests for slight shifts in the menu. The bartender and the wait staff are cheery, attentive, and accommodating.

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622 Broadway East Seattle WA 98102
Date of visit:  December 31, 2013 – New Year’s Eve

Usually included on any “best 10 restaurants in Seattle” list, Poppy restaurant is our family’s favorite place for special celebrations.  Everything about it is welcoming.  It can easily accommodate the food needs of carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and others.  It is upscale without feeling stuffy.  It is beautiful without feeling old.  Every single taste served at Poppy is innovative and delicious—and you get to have many tastes!  The wait staff and greeters are kind, funny, knowledgeable, and professional.

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