Guest Posting

KnowingReality

LCFF is proud to post this article by local youth, Alanna Ramirez,  as part of our hope to provide the personal stories and observations of those who call Lake City “home”.

Title: Knowing Reality – by Alanna ramirez

“For years the beauty industry has influenced many trends and beauty secrets; whether that’s to curl your hair with soda cans, or learning how to clear a blemish overnight. This industry has become a huge platform to showcase standards of beauty among many different races and cultures. Although this can be seen as a good way to inspire and educate young individuals, the beauty world has become a blindfold to cover up the true meaning of what beauty is. Especially towards women of color being affected by the racism and fake body image standards they are expected to obtain.

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LCFF and Value Village Partner On Mural Project

Challenging Area to Get a Paint Job from Artist Andrew Miller

LCFF has had the great privilege of supporting the mural work being completed around Lake City by Mark Mendez’s, Lake City Leaders program. The person who has guided the youth and brought their visions to the walls of Toyoda Sushi, Elliott Bay Brewery and the North Helpline Food Bank is local artist Andrew Miller. Andrew has committed a great deal of his time and talents to this effort demonstrating a belief in the power of community projects and commitment to the visions of our future leaders.

Working with the Value Village in Lake City, LCFF has created the opportunity to get Andrews work up on “those brown walls” that line the parking lot of the Value Village store and the large parking area to the south. The Value Village management has been fantastic to work with and relayed to us that this was a project they had in their minds for quite some time. Store manager, Allison Hughes, was immediately receptive to the proposal and was the one who made the conceptual suggestion (dinosaurs) which Andrew quickly ran with. 

If you would like to volunteer to help fill in the mural we are having a painting party on Saturday, August 12th from 10am-4pm. Volunteers will have the opportunity to paint and fill in the design with brilliant colors, while contributing to the creative process!

 

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Youth’s Visit to Mo and Lu Pasta

“A little taste of Italy right here in Lake City.”

Here is another installment of our series where the Lake City Young Leaders Program were supported by LCFF to visit some of our local restaurants and report back on their experience.

The following is courtesy of Sata Siad  –   Sata is a high school sophomore and was a summer 2016 participant in the Lake City Young Leaders program

If you want delicious authentic Italian food that’s under $10, come to Mo & Lu Pasta Co., here in Lake City.  Their menu has a wide variety of food like the meatballs, lasagna, pasta and salads, soups, sandwiches, even cheesecakes and drinks and his unlimited bread.  Bruno Lezzi owner of Mo & Lu Pasta Co. previously worked in New York and Hawaii and incorporated some of those styles into his new restaurant which has been in business for 1 year now. This is Bruno’s sixth business and it’s located here in Lake City. And who can forget about desserts, eating his cheesecake is like heaven in your mouth!

“I always cooked for me even at a younger age, 10 years old”, says Bruno. Bruno loved cooking since he was young. He was born in Italy and came to America and started from the bottom, from washing dishes to owning a business. “Everything is housemade” Bruno said. He explains how everything is homemade – the pasta, meatballs, even the cheesecakes and his drinks.  The customer’s favorite food on the menu is the lasagna and the meatballs.

“You have to take a risk because it is a risk when you start”, is the advice Bruno gives to people who want to start their own business. The restaurant looks beautiful.  It has a vintage look, he has newspaper and paints over them that brings life into the restaurant.  Bruno also got a Seattle Times article written about how delicious his food is. A little taste of Italy right here in Lake City. It’s like traveling to Italy without being there.  One of the best Italian Restaurants here in Seattle!

Mo & Lu Pasta Co.

12518 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 362-1396

Business Hours:

Open Monday-Sunday 11a.m.-9p.m

 

Youth Leaders Visit Manila Manila

Part 2 of LC Youth with Local Businesses

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As part two of our five part series on last summers “Lake City Youth Leadership Program Visiting Local Businesses” We are featuring this story by Olivia Fox and the group’s visit to Manila Manila –  Manila Manila Facebook

“Would you like affordable and great tasting Filipino food within Lake City? Then Manila Manila would be your first choice! The owner, Mariela Fletcher, often works alone with some help from her husband to create Filipino dishes with a wide variety, from a traditional Filipino version of an egg roll named Lumpia, to Dinuguan a dish also known as “Chocolate Meat”. Manila Manila also doubles as a store selling products that can help you create your own dishes with products found only in the Philippines. Every dish that she makes is homemade. Continue reading “Youth Leaders Visit Manila Manila”