FEAST Your Eyes on This

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Chad and Jessi Waldher (photo), owners of Bottle & Bull on Lake St and Marcy's in Walla Walla, are getting very close to sharing their latest creation with you. Many of you were sending panicked emails when their Park Lane Public House closed its doors, but have no fear, a fabulous french brasserie named Feast will be emerging in mid-February at 115 Park Lane. This is a concept they have been talking about for a while, and all of the pieces and dream team just came together now to make it happen. 

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I had a chance to sit down with the new Feast crew (photo) and their excitement is palpable. "This new concept just didn't fit in our pub setting," says Jessi, who toured me around the freshly wallpapered walls and walked me through all of their new French-themed decor.  This will be a bit closer to fine dining but without the dress code or white linens. And still family friendly, of course.  "Casual refined," says Chad with a chuckle.  Chef Rich Jimenez, previously of Chateu Des Fleurs, can't stop smiling when he talks about his classic and modern dishes with a PNW flair that will be awaiting us.  I, of course, can't spell them! Nor did I know quite what this meant.  But then he jumped back into the kitchen and whipped me up a tasting platter and the world made sense again.  

Get ready to experience vanilla bean applesauce on top of foie gras torchon, a burger with short rib Beaujolais demi gloss and pork jelly smoked onion aioli, tuna with pickled plum aoli in sesame leaf, roasted carrot with burnt honey brown butter and petit coriander, and a lyonnaise salad. Pair your meal with one of their 30 carefully selected wines by the glass or perhaps an old world bottle of beer. You'll find many new world wines that are still French in style.  Expect price points to be $12-18 for the first and second course and $20-40 for mains. Here are some sexy food photos to get you in the mood..

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(french onion soup, cod w/polenta, lyonnaise salad, mussels, mushroom risotto, roasted carrots)

The team at Feast is excited to take you on this journey with them.  "Kirkland has always been good to us.  We want to thank everyone and let them know we are eager to serve them again!" says Jessi.  Opening is targeted for the second week in Feb.  This establishment will be dinner only from  4-10 pm and they will be closed on Monday. Happy Hour in the bar 4-6pm. 


Lounge by Topgolf Opens in Kirkland Urban 1/24

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Did you know that there are 52 Top Golf locations internationally? But we, my Kirkland friends, have the very FIRST  Lounge by Top Golf opening this week in Kirkland Urban.  Standing proudly with expansive views above the new QFC, the Lounge offers a variety of virtual games for every level.  There are 4 bays for up to 8 guests each and a VIP area that can accommodate up to 22 people.  If your golf game is not up to 'par' don't stress, you can also play virtual baseball, football, hockey, soccer, carnival games or zombie dodgeball instead of one of the 80 golf courses or challenges.  

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I had the opportunity to check everything out at the preview party last week. Upon entering I was mesmerized by all of the digital screens on the ceiling that continually change color and design. I must have stared at it for 5 minutes.   Pair that with a few Moscow Mules and I was ready to swing a golf club!   Perhaps I was a little shy at first but once you get the hang of it you don't care or notice who else is watching and just embrace the goodness that comes with being able to laugh at yourself and others.  Lounge by Topgolf has a full bar and wine and locally-sourced food such as mussels, salmon and steak.  There are plenty of nibbles too- the Greek caesar and edamame hummus was delish and they also have charred cauliflower so you can say you ate some veggies too! Sorry I didn't take any food pics, I was too busy throwing my arm out  on the virtual baseball game (no joke I had to ice when I got home) .  There's plenty of room for lounging in the bar, and I love the expansive deck that wraps around the corner of the building with comfy seating, umbrellas, firepits and city/lake landscape views. Cornhole and Jenga complete the outdoor gaming challenges.

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Rates to rent a TGL bay is hourly (roughtly $50-70/hr) and varies based on day and time. Current rates are here, and of course they would love to host your private events too.  Events can handle anywhere from 6-225 people.  There will be a DJ on Saturday nights and live music with brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  After 9pm, the Lounge is 21 and over- woot woot! Hours are Mon-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 9am-1am, Sun 9am-11pm.  Happy Hour spreads its cheer from Mon-Fri 3-6pm and of course you receive 4 hours of validated parking.  It's a little tricky to find your way there the first time, so I'm going to help you out.  You can either walk up the stairs that reside to the left/east of the QFC bar and make a right at the top of the stairs to find it down on your left.  OR- if you park below, get in the elevator that is adjacent to the staircase that takes you directly into the QFC and take it to the second floor. Left off the elevator and you have arrived. 

And if you made it this far in the post, you should know the soft opening is 1/20.  I have a feeling this place is going to be a big hit, so book your bays early! 

Also a bonus, Top Golf is planning to open a 14 acre Renton location in 2021.  And a rumor that PinStripes is coming to Urban too? An entertainment mecca awaits at Urban.

 




Deals to Get Your Heart Thumping

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Kirkland has plenty of fitness options, so I did a little legwork for you! I checked in with many of the gyms around town to discover incentives that we could extend to Kirkland blog readers as you are making your exercise plans for the new year.  It's obvious we're going to be forced inside for a while, so we may as well find new ways to get energized!  

Here's what those that responded wanted to share with you:

Kutting Edge Fitness

  • Be a part of the Awesome Kutting Edge Fitness Family! Burn fat, build muscle, and have fun working out! We will be the best part of your day!
  • This link is for our Decade Reset Challenge that is 6 weeks of unlimited personal training as well as nutrition guidance.
  • This deal is open to the public but for Kirkland Blog readers we will give them 50% off and give them the challenge for $199 instead of the fragility price of $399
  • Expiration date: The regular challenge start date is 1/13/20 but for Kirkland Blog we will allow them to start the challenge anytime up until 1/31/20. 

F45 Training

  • World's Best 45 Minute HIIT Workout for All Levels.
  • 10 classes for $10 (thats $1 per class). Link for purchase here.
  • For new clients only. Especially for Kirkland Blog Readers; but everyone is welcome
  • Expiration date: 14 day expiration from day of purchase.

Power Hour 360

  •  We are a 1 hour fast paced personal group training session that implements cardio & strength endurance training!
  •  We  are doing a Founder’s Special for unlimited classes $139 with a free pair of boxing gloves & a heart rate monitor
  • Expiration date: Only for the first 50 people to sign up!

 9Round

  • 30 minute, full body workout with certified trainers that changes daily and has NO CLASS TIMES...workout on your schedule!
  • Go to here to sign up for a free 10-day pass AND $299 in savings if you become a member
  • This is a special offer for Kirkland Blog readers!
  • Expiration date - 1/31/2020

X Gym

  • Safe, time-saving workouts, requiring only 21 minutes, twice a week, offering 1:1 personal training and small group training.
  • Kirkland Blog Readers get 10% off monthly membership of personal training or group training. 
  • Expiration: Join by 2/29/2020 to get this offer.

LA Fitness

  • LA Fitness offers a wide range of amenities including state of the art equipment, group fitness classes, swimming pool and spa, personal training, kids club babysitting racquetball and basketball at most locations and a highly trained staff, we provide fun and effective workout options to family members of all ages and interests.
  • FREE 1 week guest pass
  • Expiration date – Offer expires 3/1/2020

Bassline Fitness

  • High Energy, fast paced Interval and Resitance Training for all fitness levels
  • First Time Visitors: 2 Weeks Free call us at 425-739-4444 or email contact@basslinefitness.com or just come on in.
  • New Membership special: $99 first month $159 following months (3 month minimum commitment) Book online or come on in.
  • January Referral Raffle: For each referral you will receive $5 Bassline Cash and be entered to win a 30 day membership
  • No set expiration date at this time except the referral raffle.

Columbia Athletic Clubs

  • Kirkland’s largest full service athletic club w/programming for the whole family
  • Enrollment fees discounted 50% or more through January 31st  
  • 5 day Trial Passes available too

Happy Hour by Marisa

  • All levels are welcome to fun, unique high energy classes 7 days a week!
  • 10 Classes for $50 +tax. 30 days to use the classes. New clients only
  • Expiration Date: Jan 31

Shoutouts to Fitness Together Kirkland and Kirkland CrossFit for responding to say hello even though they don't have any special offers at this time.  And thanks to my workout partner, AJ, for being an impromptu fitness model (photo above). 

Cheers to a strong and healthy 2020, Kirkland!


Miracles Can Happen

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All of the glitter, eggnog and fireball is finally put away.  Usually I start off the new year by rambling off some New Year's resolutions that I think might stick but this time, I'm not going to bother you with that.  Screw it.  I'm not striving to change everything. I'm accepting things.  Instead of vowing to workout more and eat less, I'm just realizing it's not the end of the universe if I just size up in my pants.  They look fine, and at least fit better so I can breathe easy.  Instead of resolutions, this year I am going to share a little Christmas miracle that happened in our house this holiday. Then a few Kirkland updates, of course.

Our son is 14 and our daughters are 16 now.  Those parents of little kids that still stay up late doing 'elf on the shelf' and assembling gifts- I want you to know, there is a turning point when you no longer feel like you have to do it all.  And this year was ours. The one where lightening struck and our children finally had more moments of maturity, forethought, appreciation, gratitude and unprompted kindness.    Just a few examples..first, the girls drove themselves to Nordstrom Rack and bought us well-thought out gifts with their hard-earned babysitting money.    Then on Christmas Eve, after a great meal and conversation at home, all three voluntarily popped out of their seats and cleared every item off of the table, loaded the dishwasher and hand-washed every pot, pan and serving bowl. They were laughing and chatting together the whole time.   I had to pinch myself. Was it our often questionable parenting style to credit for this?  Were we being Punk'd? Or perhaps the wine and holiday music were feeding a hallucination? Their hugs and thank you's that evening suddenly seemed to have depth, as if they could see every stocking we stuffed and ribbon we curled over the last decade.  I wish I could have bottled that feeling.   With 2020 underway, everything is back to normal with the sarcasm and procrastinating in full swing, but hopefully that magical spell is cast again next season.  

Kirkland things you might be curious about:

Which gyms have smokin' deals to help you achieve your fitness New Year's Resolutions? Summary post soon, get your gym pants ON (or just size up like me). 

Park Lane Public House is closed and will become "Feast," a french brasserie with lots of wines by the glass and a PNW flair on French food.

Top Golf Lounge is opening at Kirkland Urban on 1/24. I'm previewing this week, stay tuned!

Bailey's Shoe Repair in Rose Hill (previously in Kirkland Park Place) has closed. 


Polar Plunge 2020: Are you Ready to Brave the Cold?

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I think you are. I mean, why not? Unless you have a heart condition.  Or you're an infant. Or have pneumonia perhaps.  But aside from those few exceptions you ALL should be ready to participate in this frigidly awesome annual Kirkland tradition on Jan 1st @ 1pm in Marina Park.   The forecast looks like rain, so you'll have the advantage of being pre-moistened before you expose yourself to the rest of us in addition to the 48 degree air and 48.2 degree water.   The site with the water temp info says "this temperature is too cold to swim," (duh)- which is exactly why we do it! It feels good to be a rebel especially when you bend the rules with hundreds of your soon-to-be new friends and neighbors.  So show up.  Hang by the bonfire.  Arrive a little early with your towel, warm clothes/boots/hat, and water shoes.  Or dress like a clown! Whatever makes you happy as you start your 2020.  ~j

 


Lollicup Fresh & Eat Local: Mixing Things Up on Park Lane

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There are some exciting new reasons to stroll a little further east down Park Lane.  First, I should tell you that when I went to Asia earlier this year I developed a little bubble tea habit that I've been trying to keep under wraps.  So I definitely wasn't sad to hear that Lollicup Fresh was opening at 211 Park Lane. This is a franchise out of California and so far, Kirkland is their only location in WA.  Owners Helen and Tri (photo) have been locals for three years and are so friendly and gracious.  They offer bubble waffles ($8), ice cream, boba smoothies and fruit teas ($5-6).  Our family has tried a milk tea and a matcha tea with boba and also a Hawaiian Dance tea lemonade- all delish and I prefer that you please don't tell me how many calories might be in them.  You can customize your treats, of course, to have more or less ice or sugar or boba.  What is boba, you ask? It's those chewy black blobs at the bottom of the drink that are really spheres from partially cooked tapioca powder, which is the refined starch of the cassava plant, a starchy root like taro that is indigenous to Latin America but now grown worldwide.  The good news is that Lollicup Fresh also offers catering and fundraising help- just email them at lollicupfreshkirkland@gmail.com or call 425-307-1842. Hours are Sun-Thurs 11:30-8pm and Fri/Sat 11:30-10pm.

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A skip step from Lollicup Fresh at 205 Park Lane, you'll find Eat Local Remarkable Frozen Meals.  And they really are.   They opened on 11/8.  I wasn't expecting to walk in and feel like I was in a small grocery story with lines of coolers stocked with many many fantastically sorted thoughtfully prepared meals.  Kirkland is their 5th location, with others in Queene Anne, Capitol Hill, Burien and Mercer Island.  This company has been around for over ten years with the mission of serving convenient food with real ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Everything is created in their Burien kitchen and then blast chilled and  frozen to lock in flavor and nutrients until it gets warmed in your oven or microwave.  I was amazed at how everything is colored coded for easy selecting: Vegan, Keto, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Mediterranean, Whole 30, etc and best sellers and staff favorites are highlighted to help you narrow your choices.  Their nutrition guide explains a lot of the different popular 'diets' and what they mean, and they even offer a free nutrition consultation with one of their Registered Dietitians.  These are the same folks that carefully design the recipes to have intentional ingredients and high nutritional value.  Yes, they ARE sneaking veggies in there like your mom did. 

When we stopped by and chatted with the store manager, Lily (photo), she was warming up some samples of "Keto Creamy Chicken with Bacon & Chives" which my son decided we HAD to get for home.  He practically licked his container clean and is still talking about it.  I have to say it was pretty darn delicious, and Russell Wilson, their Brand Ambassador agrees with me.  We also bought  some chicken tikka-masala for my girls (who were impressed!) and a few others to stash in the freezer for another day.  Of course, the more we bought the more we saved.  Most items come in both a single or double-sized serving and range from  $8.99- 10.49 per serving, depending on ingredients.  For dessert they offer locally branded treats such as Acme Ice Cream, Pure Pies and Seattle Pops.  Hours are 9am-8pm daily.  They also have wine and you can dine in if you would like them to warm your food up for you.  I like that they are making us healthy fast and convenient food that we can peruse and talk about and then take home.  But if you prefer, you can also order online and they deliver (free on orders over $98 and also do Uber Eats and DoorDash.  Let me know your faves! We will definitely be back.

 


Final Days of Serendipity

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, a consignment shop at 117 Lake St., will be closing its doors on Sunday Dec 15th.  New clothes and jewelry will be 40% off until then. The building, which also houses the barber shop and pet store, has been purchased and rent was getting read to triple. Yikes.  I'm pretty sad, I've been bringing my clothes/shoes there for years and it was always a fun surprise to stop in and pick up a check and know that somebody else was going to enjoy my things too.  Then I'd spend my check on other cute finds in there! Serendipity will still have their Bellingham location.  Here is the farewell letter from Lisa Lee, the owner:

It has been an honor to be part of the Kirkland community and to have so many wonderful customers over the last 11 years.  Serendipity will be closing its doors in Kirkland December 15th, 2019. As consignors, customers, advocates and friends, you are the ones that made Serendipity successful.  Thank you so much!  I couldn’t have done it without the great employees we’ve had, many of whom have become good friends.

To our consignor customers, all December checks will be mailed at the end of the month.

For those of you still interested in consigning, one of my employees whom has been doing online sales for many years will be offering a “white glove” service. Clare will offer free pick up and drop off to your home.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact Clare Koesters at 360-325-5287 or contactclarescloset@gmail.com and visit her website clares-closet.com.

I will be in the store Saturday, December 14th from 2-6 so if you are in the area please stop by and say goodbye.

Thank you again for 11 great years. 

Warm regards, Lisa


Good Health and More Holiday Cheer

After my daughter was sick for a full 2 weeks and I *thought* I was in the clear, lightning struck and I went down in a ball of flames.  Today is the first time I have dried my hair and stepped foot outside in 3 days.  The fresh air was pretty fantastic after previously feeling like someone removed the bones from my body and boiled me in a 102 degree pot of nauseous serum.   I had all sorts of interesting Kirklandy things to tell you but my fingers didn't have the energy to type and my eyes couldn't stay open for more than 30 mins at a time. Sad story, I know, but it was good to get that out of the way early this season.  And so thankful that my clothes don't make my skin ache anymore! 

It's a good reminder of the importance of our wellness. Hopefully you all are staying healthy and remembering to take care of yourself this season?? 

Here's what I've got (from my recently pretty limited point of view)...

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Musical Holiday Lights on the CKC

Join your Kirkland neighbors on December 13th for an evening of caroling, hot cocoa, the Seahawks’ Blitz, alpacas, a photo booth, and the fifth annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor! The alpacas and photo booth will be ready starting at 5:00 p.m., and at 5:30 Mayor Penny Sweet will flip the switch to turn on a show featuring 25,000 LEDs custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. Parking is limited, so those who can are encouraged to take public transportation, bike or walk to the show.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring donations in the form of unwrapped toys for LifeWire and non-perishable food for Hopelink.

What: Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

When: Friday, December 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Photo booth opens at 5:00 p.m., lights at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Family Fitness and Play Area on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near the Google campus (Approximate address is 499 7th Ave S, Kirkland, WA 98033 - click here for directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/kWLez)

 

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Kirkland Urban is doing a Winter Festival each Saturday approaching Christmas from 2-8pm.  Family fun, arts/crafts, Santa, music and more. 

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is Sun 12/15- You can still sign up and don't worry, there's a Kids' Dash, 5K or 12K. 

 

How was the Holiday Home tour on Fri? Did you go? I had to give my ticket away so I didn't contaminate everyone.  Missing Winterfest too, darn, fill me in please if you went.