Category Archives: Jean’s Schemes

Green Lake raptor captured….

A couple of night ago, I was walking around the lake and saw a young eagle (I’m assuming it was an eagle) perched in a tree just east of the Bathhouse.

I shot the following at high speed, and have blown them up considerably to give a sense of what happened next. Click to enlarge the thumbnails for greater detail.

Here the eagle disappeared behind the trees, but dove directly into the lake and emerged with a fish.

It flew off, fish in talons, half circling the lake – then returned to its original perch for a leisurely meal.

Hillside School's 'Twelfth Night'

For nearly 30 years, Jean has taught drama at Hillside Student Community, a small private middle-through-high school on the Eastside.

Here are a few photos from his most recent production of ‘Twelfth Night’ performed by a cast of ten 5th and 6th graders. Jean set the play 400 years in the future – a future in which Viola and her brother Sebastian are shipwrecked on the planet, rather than the island, of Illyria. The use of video screens allowed several of these astonishing young actors to double their roles, and they would occasionally find themselves acting opposite….themselves!

(all of the following were taken by the amazing photog/designer Leslie Howells)

Toby, Feste, & Andrew Aguecheek in full cry
Duke Orsino and Viola watch Feste perform 'Come away, Death' in triplicate
In her garden, Olivia declares her love for Viola, disguised as a man
Malvolio in the madhouse, visited by Feste in disguise
The video priest, played by the same actor who played Sebastian
Duke Orsino confronts Antonio, a pirate

For more about Hillside, please visit the website.

Trattoria Cioppino closes….

Well, despite our best efforts, it was too little too late for this little gem of a restaurant.

Tonight’s the final night for Cioppino, about which we wrote a glowing review a few weeks ago. Last night, a small group of friends blissed out one last time, and afterwards Riccardo and his staff joined us for a photo.

L-R, 2 wait staff members, then Riccardo, Jean, Mary Hubbard, & Michael DeCourcey. Frank Corrado took the photo

I’ll be dreaming of that short rib gnocchi for years to come….

For those inclined, tonight’s their last night.

Green Lake's TRATTORIA CIOPPINO (our 1st Restaurant Review)

We interrupt our regular Sunday post of ‘Seattle Now & Then’ (found just below) to introduce a restaurant we’ve come to adore.

Owner/Chef Riccardo Simeone with his eponymous - and swooningly delicious - cioppino

Occasionally, at DorpatSherrardLomont, we come across treasures we feel compelled to share with our readers – often photographic, historical, or quirky – but this is our first culinary treasure: Trattoria Cioppino, opened since late last spring, is the real deal; an Italian jewel on Green Lake’s north end (just across Green Lake Way from the wading pool).

Trattoria Cioppino on a recent snowy evening

This lovely, welcoming little eatery boasts a mouth-watering menu with dishes that are eyes-rolled-back-in-the-head delicious. Jean has, in short order, become a regular, and finds an excuse to return for more as often as possible. To excerpt his Yelp review, the food is delicious in a way that “reaches down to some well-spring of deliciousness” combined with “gorgeous, no-nonsense preparation.”

From the spectacular calamari appetizer – tender, crisp, with a knock-out aoli for dipping (only $8 for a generous serving that satisfies four) – to mains including melt in the mouth gnocchi with succulent and tender boneless short ribs ($14); perfectly seared and savory duck breast with figs; delicate spectacular veal marsala ($17); and a cioppino that blows the roof off, mussels, clams, baby octopuses, and scallops flawlessly cooked and artfully arranged around a slab of buttery moist salmon (enough to feed two, $23).

Not to mention the desserts, all made in-house by Chef Riccardo, ranging from a mouth-watering chocolate vesuvius, to glorious cheesecake with figs, an amazing tiramisu, and a stunning creme brulee. Give me strength! In four visits so far, Jean hasn’t had a dish anything less than delightful. This is truly Italian soul food.

If it isn’t clear by now, this is a place we can recommend without reservation – although it’s wise to call ahead to make your own!

(For more about Trattoria Cioppino and Chef Simeone, click here)

Yakima Canyon in winter

Traveled part way across the state yesterday and found some lovely micro-climates, particularly the results of fog and hoarfrost.

Enjoy! (and of course, click to enlarge)

Near the Ellensberg end of the canyon. At center, fishermen catch white fish - or so they told me.
On the bluff above Roza Dam
Roza Dam is just to the right of the round hillock
Yakima end of the canyon. Selah in the distance.
Past Union Gap, fog covered everything, including this frosted spectacle
A close up

'A Rogue's Christmas' – Today at Town Hall!

"You better watch out..."

Join Jean, Paul, Frank Corrado, and Randy Hoffmeyer at Town Hall for our 6th annual Short Stories Live today at Town Hall at 4PM.

Listen to a selection of roguish and hilarious holiday tales by the likes of Damon Runyon, John Mortimer, P.G. Wodehouse, and John Cheever.

With original musical stylings by Pineola (our favorite local band).

For more info, go to Town Hall’s website.