Kirkland Waterfront Car Show 8/14

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This Sunday Aug 14th from 10 am - 4pm is the Kirkland Waterfront Car Show at the Marina Pavilion. Expect to see over 300 cars and 30 vendors to chat with about classic, antique, muscle, and high-performance vehicles.  And as you can see, I am a part-time racecar driver now, so I'm sure you will see me down there.  Vrroooooom!

Expect road closures in the downtown core from 5am to 6pm that day.  And maybe ride your bike? They are expecting over 10,000 car enthusiasts throughout the day.  This event helps raise money for the Kirkland Downtown Association, and you can donate here if you like. 


Lakeside & Fireside at the Woodmark Hotel

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Steve and I were lucky enough to attend a lakeside event last week at  The Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa in Carillon Point.  This classic Kirkland mainstay has done an amazing job reimagining its outdoor living space that shows off five custom firepits with surrounding Adirondack chairs on their sweeping waterfront lawn.  And don't forget the vino! Clearly, they know us well and have recently launched a wine program to accompany the firepits, which guests will receive information about upon check-in via QR code.  Expect to see bottles such as Treveri bubbles, Delille, Betz, and Patterson whites and reds to accompany the disposable fireside wine tumblers. Whether it's summertime views where you are watching the boats, kayaks, paddlers, and sunsets, or wintertime where you can snuggle up under one of their Pendleton blankets and watch the stars, this is an epic location to experience Lake Washington's shoreline.   The fire pits are available daily from 6-10 pm (weather permitting). 

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The Woodmark has also renovated its lobby to represent a luxurious residential comfort where guests can lounge and relax in the color palette that emulates a timeless Pacific Northwest mood.  Don't forget about this long-standing lakeside gem the next time you have an event or visitors in town that want to experience the best of Kirkland.  


Sparrow's Patio a New Fave for Locals

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See you later J-Bay Bar & Grill!  After much anticipation, Sparrow  (like the bird- Be free!) opened in their old spot about a month ago at 9736 NE 120th Pl. They have spent some time re-branding and remodeling to elevate your dining experience.  Gem, one of the owner/managers, is truly his namesake as he greets customers with a giant eye-connected smile at the front door and then continually whizzes around to each table soliciting feedback and making sure everyone is happy.  Sparrow is a great addition to Kirkland's Juanita neighborhood, and the dog-friendly patio is a bonus on these great summertime nights.  Gem was reminiscing of his younger days when he used to live up the street and was a regular with his two brothers at JBay ( he kept the riding bull for posterity) and they would joke about how they 'owned the place.'  And now they really do!  


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The interior now shows off a dark more intimate hipster feel, with lots of wood and tall private cozy booths in the dining area.  When you wisely make your reservation on OpenTable, I'd recommend getting a summer-day spot on the patio, which was lovely paired with a fresh house-made sangria (photo below).    The menu is striving to please every diner, offering a section of shareables, soups/salads, sandwiches, pastas, and entrees  (desserts too).  The food was pretty good. My friend and I shared the burrata avocado which came with 4 small crostinis ($16) that was lovely,  and the birria lamb tacos (3 for $19,) which everyone online is raving about but I found to be a bit bland and greasy.  I really want to go back and try some other menu items so I can find my go-to's.  Online reviews keep mentioning the sausage rigatoni as a fave.  


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Definitely go experience this new find, however, also be prepared that Sparrow is high-end Kirkland style pricing ...a burger is $23.   But it is a tough time to be opening a restaurant with rising food prices and a tight labor market.  I like that they are invested in this space and our community, and as my friend said when we were leaving, "They really are trying!" Sparrow has really cleaned this location up (yes, even the bathrooms are lovely now), and  I'm super excited to welcome this new concept to Kirkland.  Also notable, the drink menu is reasonable with some creative summery cocktails being offered in the $11-12 range.  They are open every day for dinner at 5pm. And you can be an 'angel' when you're here too- find the photo op on the wall out back.   Go check it out and add your comments here too! I'm looking forward to going back. 


Kirklandy Stuff

1.The Kirkland Downtown Association is putting on a free Open House event to give attendees the opportunity to step inside the Visitor Center and learn about how it can be a resource for the community and visitors (did you even know we have a Visitor Center?!). It's right on Central Way at 400 Urban Plaza Ste 135 (next to Restore).  Pop in and say hello on July 11th or July 18th from 4-6pm for light beverages, snacks, and bundtinis! You know I love a bundtini (lemon!)

2."National Night Out" is August 2nd, and is a national campaign designed to enhance the relationship between communities and first responders while promoting crime prevention, neighborhood camaraderie, and police-community partnerships. Sounds like a fun excuse to plan a block party ! If you would like to request City Council, police, corrections, and/or firefighters at your block party on private property, fill out the National Night Out First Responder Request Form. Members of City Council and first responders from the Kirkland Police and Fire Departments attend community events between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Events that include a road closure require a permit. To request a road closure, submit a National Night Out Block Party Permit Application. Block party fees will be waived for National Night Out events held on August 2, 2022. And ..remember the recent "KPD Guns for Gift Cards Exchange?" The KPD received 91 guns (including three AR-15 types, 32 handguns, 47 rifle/shotguns) and had 45 participants to which they distributed $11,375 in gift cards.  Nice work KPD! Hopefully you get lots of invites to block parties.

3.The City of Kirkland just launched an online community survey to help gauge community attitudes about the quality of life in Kirkland, satisfaction with city services, and priorities for the future.  All Kirkland community members are encouraged to take the online 2022 survey, whether they live, work, learn, or visit Kirkland.  This happens every two years, and results will be presented to the City Council in upcoming months. They use this survey to gauge community feedback and also help with the fall's 23-24 budget adoption. The survey is open until 12pm on July 20th.  Be sure to give your feedback in the survey here: www.kirklandwa.gov/communitysurvey.  


Summa Summa Summaaaa ....time! (you're supposed to sing that)

Let's go summertime! Kirkland is popping this season, so grab your calendar and fill it up with some fun outings. You know I've got you covered with a list of ideas.

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On July 13th from 5:30-8pm, Google is celebrating the expansion of Kirkland's Feriton Spur Park in the heart of Google's 6th street campus and you're invited. FREE.  This park has doubled in size, and renovations include a new 16-foot-wide paved trail, a pickleball court, an urban vegetable farm for Hopelink, bathrooms, a splash area, and an amphitheater.  there will be live music, food trucks, pickleball, lawn games, and refreshments.  Sounds magical. The photo is the new Chainline Station followed by a map of the park's layout (photo cred: SRM Development).

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Kirkland's famous Summer Evening Concerts and Kids Concerts are in full swing.  Evening concerts are Thursdays: July 7, 14, 221, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18 from 7-8:30 pm in Marina Park.  And the Kids' Concerts are Tuesdays at Juanita Beach Park July 12,19, 26, AUg 2, 9, 16 from 10-11am.  Details on performers are here.  And yes- FREE again. I expect to see you dancing as if you've been stuck in your house for 2 years.  

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The City of Kirkland is hosting an outdoor summer movie series sponsored by Ziply Fiber on July 16th on their brand new LED movie screen that will be featured at the north end of Juanita Beach Park.  First, will be a showing of "Moana" at 3pm followed by "Captain America: The First Avenger" at 6pm.  Bring your blanket or chair. F-R-E-E.  Snacks for purchase will be available.  And my girls work at the SUP rental/snack shack at Juanita Beach, so feel free to say hello and embarrass them for me. 

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You can't forget the Wednesday Market every Weds 3-7 pm thru Sept 28th at Marina Park.  Always a go-to for fresh veggies/fruits, flowers, creations, and crafts.

And the Juanita Friday Market every Friday June thru Sept 3-7pm at Juanita Beach Park. 

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Bummer, no outdoor movies at Carillon Point this summer,...BUT... the good news is the Beach Cafe is now open for lunch from 11:30-2:30 Tues-Sat. and they're also featuring a recently launched Happy Hour beverage/desserts from 2:30-4 on those same days. 

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"Village Fun Days"
  and "LIVE at The Village" at Totem Lake (sponsored by Cinemark) are a few great ways to enjoy some fun and free activities for the whole family. Village Fun Days are for ages 1-12 years (Wednesdays 11:30 am-1 pm),  and The LIVE music days (Thursdays 6pm-8 pm)  are for everyone.  Both kickoff the week of July 13th.  Check out the details on these and other events at The Village here.

OK- now go! Enjoy! 

 

 


Sand, Summerfest, and Sunsets

Our complaining worked! The sun heard us.  After months of springtime clouds and rain,  the summer sunshine has finally arrived and everyone has come out of hibernation.  I've been to CA a few times this month helping my daughters pack from their freshman year in college, and I almost didn't come back when it was still 50 degrees here.  But NOW we're ready for some Kirkland fun, and my battery has been re-charged.

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SAND- New sand will be delivered to Waverly, Marsh, Houghton, and O.O. Denny Park on Weds 6/29. Old sand gets washed away and so it's time to replenish!  This is a fun time for the kids where they conquer the huge mound dropoff and climb, play, and spread it around. Go and down and enjoy!  Kirkland Parks & Community Foundation is also organizing a small campaign to fund more sand if you'd like to contribute.

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SUMMERFEST- Who wants to volunteer with me? (or at least come buy a drink, I can be your new favorite bartender). Or if you don't feel like working, I get it. Just come down and hang-out, dance, drink, shop, and be you the weekend of July 29-31. Can you believe it's the 10th anniversary of this event? Tickets are on sale here.

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SUNSETS- The sunsets we experience here in Kirkland are pretty dang sensational.  Beautiful arrays of colors paint a different picture each day.   Our home is west-facing, and often friends start texting in the evening asking us to send them photos of the sunset from our deck.  And then I'll send them 3-4 photos because it changes so dramatically in a short time span and I can't decide which one I like best.  So Steve and I started a Facebook page of our @KirklandSunsets if you'd like to follow along. 

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And of course, we have the 4th of July around the corner! You can find info on what that day/parade looks like for Kirkland here.    And although there aren't Kirkland fireworks this year, Kirkland Patch has us covered with a nice list of who IS doing fireworks around the Seattle area/Eastside in 2022.  I also found this Latin Boat Party- How fun is that?! And,  I'd love to see our fireworks back next year...who's going to step up to organize/fundraise for '23?  

I have more Kirkland info to share, but I can't stand sitting at my desk when it's sunny outside.  More soon friends. j


Let's Wish the Rain Away and Get Ready for Some FUN

I feel we deserve better than October weather in May, so I'm going to ignore the fact that we just broke records for rain and cold temps and move right along with fun things that are happening and hope for sunshine.  Besides, it's the people, not the weather, right? 

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Kirkland Weds Market
- starts this week! June 1-Sept 28th 3-7pm.  This Weds is supposed to be 75 degrees, so a perfect welcome for the market at Marina Park where you an support local vendors

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Kirkland Senior Cruise- Sunday June 5th @7:45pm in downtown Kirkland. Come out and cheer on all of the graduating high school seniors in our Kirkland community! Adults will be cruising their grads down Lake WA Blvd and you're sure to see big proud smiles and school colors from all of our Kirkland schools.  A new community tradition that is not to be missed. 

 

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Kirklandia
is Coming!  June 10-12th at Marina Park.  This is a new Chump Change event, the Kirklandia Waterfront Festival, which will feature tasting events with 100+ wines, beers/ciders, entertainment, food trucks, and street vendors.  Buy tickets and learn more at kirklandiafest.com and/or sign up to volunteer.

 

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When the sun finally comes out, if you are working on any painting projects (like Austin Picinich ), PaintCare has a recycling program that helps divert paint from landfills and protect our environment. Drop-off sites are listed here. Easy peasy.

 

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The Village at Totem Lake is now 90% leased.  Isn't it amazing to see how our ole rundown Ross and Halloween store has blossomed into an entire shopping wonderland?

Here's the scoop:

Recently Opened

  • Mayweather Boxing + Fitness (December 2021)
  • Yuan Spa (December 2021)
  • COMPASS Real Estate (January 2022)
  • The SweetSide (January 2022)
  • Sandbox VR (April 2022)
  • Kati Vegan Thai (April 2022)
  • Premier Events Corp (April 2022)
  • DekaLash (April 2022)
  • OneMedical (May 2022)

Opening This Summer

  • Serious Pie
  • hanoon
  • LaserAway
  • Purple Mattresses
  • Rion Fine Jewelry
  • Pure Barre
  • Rudy’s
  • Umigawa Sushi

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There's a Kirkland Urban Block Party/Wine-Beer-Spirits Walk on Friday June 24th 5-8:30pm. Grab your friends and buy tickets ($35) before they sell out!

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Kirkland Urban is also hosting a Pride Celebration on Fri June 17th 3-6pm and the Urban Splash Pad is Opening Friday June 3rd!

Ps- are you following the Kirkland Blog on social media? Facebook and Insta often have early tips and juicy nuggets. Like Sparrow that will be opening where Juanita Pub used to be in early July and I CAN  HARDLY WAIT. 


The Guilt Trip You Can Look Forward to

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I know it sounds like I'm getting ready to tell you a deep dark secret, but The Guilt Trip is actually an Indian fusion restaurant that opened a few months ago in Kirkland Square (right near Nothing Bundt Cakes!).  I dropped in for dinner with a few friends and was delighted to see many of you have already discovered their tasty food.   The tables were filling up and smiling faces were gobbling up the unique flavors that are created in this family-owned business.  They started in 2013 in Redmond and are committed to fresh food, natural ingredients, no artificial coloring or preservatives, and they grind their own spices!  You will also find gluten-free and vegan options. 


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The space is larger than I expected with dark decor and white tablecloths in the open-style dining room with selfie-ring style lights around its perimeter.  The menu presents lots of tempting options, shareables/entrees/burgers/bowls/salad/soups,  that make it difficult to choose just one. The food was excellent. We tried a few different things to get a sampling of the menu. The Rangoli salad (I loved this, great crunch, and the dressing was soo good!), the vindaloo lamb sliders, the bacon butter chicken, and the chicken masala Tikki.  Each was different and delicious in its own way. I love the sauces and spices that really make the flavors compliment each other. Check out the photos. The waitstaff was plentiful, perhaps working through small newbie obstacles, but definitely helpful, pleasant, and eager to please.  The Guilt Trip also has some interesting signature cocktails that I'd like to try next time- hello tamarind date margarita!  Pricing ranges from $12-16ish for shareable plates, burgers around $20, and entrees around $24.  Definitely worth the visit at 238 Central Way.  You can call or email with questions: 425-608-8788 or contact@theguilttriprestaurant.com .  Reservations aren't required but still a pretty good idea in my opinion.