Darby Winery popping cork on new WS tasting room

Long time West Seattle resident Darby English is in the process of remodeling a small space just around the corner of Easy Street Records for showcasing his wines. The target date to be pouring was to coincide with the Christmas holidays but construction times may delay it a bit.

Darby is excited to open a tasting room just about 3 blocks from where he first started making wine in his garage back in early 2000’s. Since those early days, Darby’s wine will routinely score 90 plus points by Wine Spectator and others.

As he made the last tennis ball throw for his silver lab puppy, I put Darby on the spot with one of my signature hard hitting questions… “can we bring our dogs into the new tasting room?” “Heck ya, we don’t serve food!”

Cheers, see you there.


Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog




There’s black gold in them thar hills!

A local neighbor proudly shows off what his truffle snoot’n dog dug up in one of Beach Drive’s parks.

As I was on my routine dog walk (on leash w/ doo bags), a long time resident and park steward stopped me to show the latest treasure unearthed by his Golden Retriever. Apparently this isn’t the first truffle sniffed out of the woods. Rescued at 2 years old, the golden was rumored to have had truffle training before his previous owners had to give him up. Before writing this post, I was sworn to secrecy as to the exact location of the digs but guarantee to have MY dog in truffle school immediately!

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Bon Appetite,

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Talk’n Lings and Shrimp’n in the hood this week!

 Have I mentioned lately just how great this time of year is around here??? Ling cod season opened this glorious morning with boats swarming the south Alki Rock Pile or what we call “Mediation Reef” from an earlier post.

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Popular Ling Cod fishery located just off the 4800 block of Beach Drive

… and if that wasn’t enough excitement to float your boat, the short Spotted Shrimp season starts this Saturday morning! A good local shrimp hole is along the NE side of Vashon Island. Get you telescope out and check out the hundred or so boats pulling up the scrumptious booty from 250 feet below the surface. These fine crustaceans are considered some of the finest shrimp in the entire world!!

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Cleetus, an old shrimp’n Beach Drive neighbor displays his catch from 2012

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Hammerheads, Humbolt Squid and now this… Opah!

A very unusual fish was recently caught of the coast of Washington – Hawaiian Opah!

Opah is normally caught in warm Pacific Ocean waters near Hawaii.
But, this one was caught by Lou Javet while line fishing on his 42' Troller 32 miles off the Washington coast when he hooked into a sight that he had never seen before fishing here in the Pacific Northwest.  

Lou, a professional fisherman, works with Jon Daniels, owner of West Seattle's own Seattle Fish Company.   Lou is known for bringing in high quality Salmon and other local fish that Jon is interested in selling in his Fish Market, but as Jon says "After 20 years in this business, this one takes the cake!".




The Hawaiian Opah Lou caught is pictured with Darren Wilkerson, a long time West Seattle resident who works at Seattle Fish Company, located at 4435 California Ave S.W.



Seattle Fish Company has recently opened a grill for dining, but "locally caught" Hawaiian Opah has never been on the menu before – at least not until today.


But, if you want to try it – you'd better hurry !!!
Photos and article courtesy of one of our esteemed Beach Drive Blog Correspondents, Friend of Scupper


Ama Ama’s Amazing Brunch

I'm sorry it's taken us this long to visit Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill.  What a terrific restaurant.  We went with our three teens for brunch today.  I like the atmosphere and the food is even better.  

My husband and I began our brunch with a Smokin' Mary.   She's one hot mama–maybe a little too hot for me, even though I enjoy chipolte.   We requested some fresh  Amacajuneggsbenedict raw oysters on the side–it's a terrific pairing with the Bloody Marys.

I had the Creole Eggs Benedict which was delish!  Poached eggs rest on top of smoked seafood cakes and are topped with a spicy hollandaise sauce.

My hubby enjoyed the Huevos Rancheos with scrambled eggs and chorizo piled into a bowl.

Two teens had ham and cheese omletes…no complaints were heard.  One teen had to French Toast that was heavenly.  The thick slabs of bread were fluffy and light.Amahuevos

I can't wait to go back and try dinner!  Our photos do NOT do the food justice-they're via my cell phone. 

 Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill is located at 4752 California Avenue SW, Seattle.   They open daily at 4:30 pm with a Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Southwest Precinct Police Appreciation Day is TODAY

Today, from 10 am – 8 pm by the Delridge Home Depot, is your opportunity to let our local Seattle Police Officers that we appreciate their work in protecting our neighborhoods and families.    This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community for those who dedicate so much for us.   West Seattle Blog has more information here.

Don’t forget, 2008 Seattle Night Out is Tuesday, August 5.  We just a couple weeks to plan for this fun event with neighbors–who’s in?  This year, the SPD is participating with  Office of Emergency Management’s SNAP (Seattle Neighborhood Actively Prepare) to help inform us on emergency preparedness for our neighborhoods.   Watch for an email soon regarding this event.

Something Fun on the Fourth–Picnic at the Log House Museum

This message is from Marcy Johnsen, Trustee of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

SWSHS Members Annual Picnic and Fourth of July Celebration

The annual member’s picnic on the 4th of July well, that just seems to be the right way to reconnect and revitalize ourselves.

Not a member yet?  Come on over-join the Historical Society and support the Log House Museum!   Hamburgers (beef and veggie), hot dogs, and all the fixings will be provided by the SWSHS.  You bring a favorite side dish, the people, and stories you’d like to share about your life experiences.   Music, door prizes, and a raffle will round out the day’s fun.

This event is always a success because YOU make sure it does!

When:  Friday, July 4th from 12:00 noon – 3pm

Where:  Log House Museum Courtyard, Rain or Shine!

*If you’d like to volunteer to help with the picnic, please call the Log House Museum at 206-938-5293 and leave a message for Marcy.

Seattle Metropolitan’s Best New Restaurants in West Seattle

We have so many excellent dining choices in our small neck of the woods…actually we’re sort of like an island.

The November issue of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine features a couple of well known local favorites as some of the best in Seattle:

Bakery Nouveau


Pagalicci Pizza, specifically for their Agog Primo…"a legend in the making".

What are your favorite Seattle restaurants?

Sunday brunch at Blackbird Bistro

Update September 2008:  Blackbird Bistro is closed for business. 

Img_5908 Once again, we found ourselves drawn to Blackbird Bistro for a weekend brunch.   My husband stuck with his favorite Huevos Rancheros and I decided to try their breakfast burrito.   It was really tasty!  I especially liked the mole sauce and the chicken sausage.   

My husbands kids ordered the yogurt parfait and the french toast (the plain type, not the banana bread one).   I did hear some grumblings across the table that the french toast was too "soggy".    I didn’t have a bite so I can’t confirm or deny!

The service at Blackbird has been top notch.   Your coffee cup and water glass are always full.   We don’t go out all the time for brunch…Blackbird will definitely stay on our lists for good eats in West Seattle.

Fire at LaRustica today

I heard the sirens but had no idea… West Seattle Blog has the scoop.