Category Archives: Jean’s Schemes

'The Elephant and the Owl' by Pineola

Whether or not you attended our (Another) Rogues’ Christmas show, there’s still time to grab a wonderful stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life.

Yep, it’s Pineola’s latest CD, The Elephant and the Owl, comprised of songs written for and inspired by the stories told at Short Stories Live at Town Hall this past Sunday. A truly remarkable collection we most highly recommend. Available for purchase or download at the Pineola website.

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)