Are you a Cornhole Champion?

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Of course you are! Who isn't a Cornhole Superstar in the making?! I'm super excited for this event, not only because it is the City of Kirkland's first in-person adult program in a very long time, but it's just silly good-hearted all-inclusive fun. My registration is complete, so watch out and register for the Cornhole Classic Tournament that will take place at Lee Johnson Field on May 8th at 6:30pm.    $20 for your team of 4. Don't forget your masks! The bags and gloves are provided.  You can register online (it's class 10422) and find the rules here.


Get Mooooovin' Down to Deja Moo

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Business openings make me happy these days.  Well, any day really, but especially now.  When the owners of Brix closed their Juanita Village wine bar (9749 NE 119th Way), they knew they wanted to re-purpose their space (when Covid allowed) to be more like their other restaurant concept, Tipsy Cow.  And now Deja Moo has arrived!  If you're a Tipsy fan, you'll recognize the multi-font menu and killer burgers in Tipsy's "more casual little sister."  The footprint is the same but you can find a big TV on the hamburger wallpapered wall, and the previous wine bar has transformed into a food line for ordering ala carte menu items.   When you're a business born in a pandemic, you have a separate take-out desk to keep online orders quick, easy and efficient (w/a pickup parking spot out front!).  You are also able to provide beer, wine, and canned cocktails, and of course, outdoor seating.  They are excited that almost all of their staff are coming back too.

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Go check out Deja Moo's new 'elevated fast casual' dining experience.  All of the food is delish, their signature Moo sauce has a little kick,  and burgers start around $9. I think you'll be glad to see a friendly, local family spot that has a little something for everybody that is open every day for lunch and dinner from 11-8.  Are you still sticking close to home? No problem, do a pickup order directly from their website

In case you needed even more good news, Brix will be opening in Woodinville in mid-May!


Lynn's Bistro Moves Next Door

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This lady has got some serious grit, and you know I love that!  Meet Lynn Tran who owns Lynn's Bistro and Lilac Cafe and has been a mainstay in Kirkland for 20 years.  She has one of a small handful of downtown restaurants that have been here longer than I have.   This pandemic has been tough on business, but she's still paying her full rent every month and relying heavily on take-out orders since Lynn's can only seat 6 people at 25% capacity. Still holding on and cooking up her delightful dishes, she has recently made the decision to move Lynn's Bistro into her Lilac Cafe space next door at 212 Central Way.  This will allow for more guests as things open up from 25% to 50% capacity and she will also have a few tables on the patio for outdoor dining.  You should expect the menu to be mainly Lynn's Bistro items with a few Lilac favorites mixed in, although the menu will remain abbreviated right now to prevent extra food waste.

She's currently OPEN, although the signs out front haven't changed yet.  Despite current struggles, I admire her determination and self-sacrifice in saying,"Be safe. We have been hanging around for one year already, let's just keep going a little while longer so we can all stay safe."  Dinner is Tues-Sat 5-9pm, and she will eventually add Sundays back in. For anyone that has been to Lynn's before, you know she is often multi-tasking and doing it all, so the preference is for you to call in your orders to 425-889-2808.  Her French Onion soup is pretty darn spectacular...and don't forget to bring her soup bowl back next time! You can't get that amazing melt-over on cardboard.   Be sure to visit this local woman-owned business in her new/consolidated location for your next take-out or dine-in meal. She'd really love to see you.


Good Things Like Kindness. And beer.

All good news here folks.  First, Wilde Rover is re-opening as of 3/6 and plans to be seeing your gorgeous masked faces on Wednesdays thru Sundays from 3-11 until they get fully re-staffed. Just in time for an outdoor socially distanced St. Patty's Day brew perhaps? Woot!

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Kirkland Urban has designated March as "KU Kindness Month." 

From paying for the person behind you in line to donating to local nonprofit Food Lifeline, this month is all about paying it forward and spreading kindness. On select Mondays, families can find a #MondayMotivation note near Fountain Court while supplies last. Every Wednesday, Kirkland Urban will be sharing the love and giving away a gift basket from a local business on its Instagram page. Each Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Food Lifeline will have a donation station at Fountain Court near QFC.

Kirkland Urban is also asking folks to thank workers in the community who have been performing essential duties amidst the pandemic by writing a letter of appreciation. Families can drop off their letters in the Kindness mailbox located in front of 400 Urban Plaza (photo). Letters may be shared on Kirkland Urban’s social media pages.

Folks who participate in the month of kindness are encouraged to post about their experiences on social media using the hashtag #KUKindness.

Spread the love, Kirkland!


Outdoor Weekend Frolics and Hunts

Here are some ideas for a few safe outdoor activities that are just around the corner for kids, teens, and adults. We can still have fun with masks and distance! Thanks for keeping it creative Kirkland. 

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Eye on the Prize Scavenger Hunt

Calling all Teens - get off your screens and get downtown! This event is March 5th-7th and your 14-18-year-olds need to register by March 4th. Join the hunt through downtown Kirkland, solve the clues, find the hidden pictures, decode the cipher, and submit your final answer for a chance to win a gift card for coffee, food, and treats from these local merchants and more! Donors include: Ben & Jerry's, Sirena Gelato, Thruline Coffee, The Shake Shack, Coffee and Cone, Just Poke, Zeeks Pizza, Cafe Ladro, and The French Bakery.   Sign up for the Eye on the Prize teen scavenger hunt for a chance to win!  Thank you to Lake Washington High School PTSA for your partnership with this event.  Register for free at kirklandparks.net (course 10993)

 

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Pot of Gold Nugget Hunt
(how can you not attend something that uses the word nugget?)

You don’t need the luck of the Irish to participate in this event, just your peepers!  All kids between the ages of 4-8, join in the hunt for gold nuggets starting March 13-16 at McAuliffe Park.   Make sure you are in the main park located on the east side of 106th Ave.  Find a gold nugget, turn it over to see if you won a prize. Snap a photo and send to: Jvandiver@kirklandwa.gov to claim your prize.  Only one prize per person.  This event is free.  Remember to take your nugget with you!  The contest ends March 16th.  Register to participate now for event #11053 at kirklandparks.net.

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Orca Running and Lake WA Physical Therapy's Kirkland Shamrock Adventure Run Hosted by Kirkland Urban (say that 3 times fast?!)

Shopping, living and dining center Kirkland Urban is home to the 2021 Kirkland Shamrock Adventure Run on Saturday, March 13 from 10-1:30.  Orca Running and Lake Washington Physical Therapy have partnered to bring back this race in the hopes the community can get outside and have fun while staying socially distant. Runners will visit local Kirkland retailers in the downtown Kirkland/Houghton areas for a family-friendly "choose your own adventure" fun-run and scavenger hunt. 

Runners will start and end at Kirkland Urban’s Urban Plaza Way. They will have one hour to collect as many tickets as possible from local participating retailers around downtown Kirkland, including Dough Zone, Power Hour 360 and Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy. Runners will return to the finish line to submit their tickets and collect their medal. Tickets will be used for a prize drawing that will take place at a later date. 

Prizes will be gift cards donated by local Kirkland retailers that will be mailed to winners after the race.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Participants will receive their bib and a special collectors’ map in the mail before the race. For those with dogs, there is a special doggy registration add-on available for $10.

When participants register, they will sign up for a time slot to start the run. Groups of ten people will start every five minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to ensure there is no crowding. Registration is limited to 300 participants this year per social distancing guidelines.

Online pre-registration closes the day before the race at 8:00 p.m. For more information and registration, visit https://www.orcarunning.com/kirklandshamrockrun/.

Retailer specials for race participants include:

 


Talk to Me

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For some reason, random people talk to me every time I wear my puffy gold metallic coat. It is a bit of a talking piece itself but I like to believe it has superpowers that repel the infamous 'Seattle Freeze.' I love it because its magic reminds me of normal days, pre-2020, when interacting with friendly Kirklanders was easy and every day.    Before we all fell mysteriously silenced and anonymous behind our masks.  I chatted with someone at the avocados at Costco (which are perfect right now btw) and then a lady even asked me where I thought she could find the dish soap.  Some small talk with the person behind me at the register topped off a stellar trip.  Eye contact.  Laughter. You have to take the wins and relative normalcy where you can.

In other puffy coat news, you should know that there is a "Puffy Jacket Pop-Up Dining Series" across the PNW (clearly I'm ready!). Columbia Hospitality announced the Feb 19th kickoff of six weeks of rustic food and drinks in a welcoming outdoor ambiance at 14 different hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Our very own Heathman Hotel is participating along with this list of great places to try around our region.

I also have some updates from Kirkland Urban and Totem Village to share.  So go put on your symbolic gold coat (and mask) and talk to some distanced strangers at some of these places.  They need your business. And know that you're making people smile. :-)

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Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland Downtown Association: moved in Jan 4th

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Levue Nails & Spa
- just opened!

Coming Soon: Plantiful Superfoods plant-based restaurant, Vinason Pho & Grill, Dough Zone

Power Hour 360: one free month w/membership purchase + 2 free workout classes

Shake Shack: 3 new Korean-style items on the menu now thru 4/5 and a new Sugar Vanilla Shake.

Tutta Bella: unveiling their new Take n' Bake pizza (10-12 mins) and available anytime in the deli grab/go section.

Chainline Brewing: Happy Hour! Mon-Fri 12-5pm includes $1 off tap beers, pizza and pretzels. Tented outdoor seating welcomes kids and dogs.

 

Village at Totem Lake-

NEW stuff:

Don't Yell at Me (Q1 2021) - Boba Tea

Mayweather <--sadly that's not me in the ring
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness
(Q1 2021)- Become a champion for 45 mins a day learning from Floyd's techniques

Bok a Bok Fried Chicken (Q2 2021)- air-dried, hand-dipped, double-fried chicken (Lord help us!)

Sleep Number (Q2 2021)- Beds, pillow-top, and memory foam mattresses

Madison Reed (Q2 2021)- Luxurious hair color (yes, you hear all of their commercials on your podcasts). Their first "color bar" in WA State- services and product.

Things we knew about w/updated timelines:

  • Cinemark                                                   Q1 2021 (opening at limited capacity)
  • Silverlake Ramen                                            Q1 2021
  • Stack 571 Burger and Whiskey Bar™         Q2 2021
  • ShabuGen                                                  Q2 2021
  • Yuan Spa                                                     Q3 2021

Places you can currently wear your puffy coat and talk to strangers at The Village:

  • 203°F Coffee Co.
  • Chipotle
  • Dué Cucina
  • Joe’s Burgers
  • MOD Pizza
  • Panda Express
  • Salt & Straw
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods Market
  • All The Best Pet Care  
  • Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa
  • Athleta
  • AutoZone
  • Evereve
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • lululemon
  • Ross Dress For Less
  • Sephora
  • Sweet Serenity
  • ULTA Beauty
  • Urban Tread
  • Zumiez
  • AT&T
  • HSBC Bank 
  • KeyBank
  • T-Mobile
  • Verizon
  • Vida Integrated Health
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xfinity

 

 

 

 

  


Kirkland Pho House Moving Downtown

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The Kirkland Pho House, on 85th near Petco, is a reliable go-to on a chilly day to grab a big bowl of brothy deliciousness that can warm you from the inside out.  I always start with a fresh spring roll and then work my way to the chicken pho, delighting in the ritual of throwing in my own squirt of lime, bean sprouts, and sprigs of basil.  New store signs that go up in these times can create a panic, but never fear.  The Pho House is just gearing up to move to downtown Kirkland (110 Central Way) since their current shopping center is slated to be torn down.  They are currently still open in their location on 85th, but looking forward to continuing to see our (covered) faces downtown in their new spot in March or April. 


How Does Cupid Work During Covid?

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Don't let a pandemic drag down your Valentine's Day! Shop Local for your sweetie and remember that a fabulous meal can be the gateway to winning over a heart.  Looking for a Valentine's Meal in Kirkland? Check these options out, whether you prefer indoor, outdoor or take-out, don't procrastinate.

Hearth- Valentine's Dinner at Hearth ($75/pp) short rib/scallops/oysters 5-9pm 2/13 and 14. Or Pie on the Fly Valentine special ($65 for two) takeout available with salad side and chocolate strawberry truffle. Submit by 2/11 for 13 or 14 pickup.

Le Grand Bistro @Carillon Point-another great outdoor patio! And of course, a special Valentine's take-out menu that is a 4-course meal for 2 ($150) on 2/12, 13, 14. Get your order in by 2/9 @ 8pm unless it sells out before then.

Cafe Juanita- Well some of you were clearly thinking ahead because they are already booked for 2/12-13 with a rest for their team afterward and a continuation of amazing pickup options moving forward.

DeRU- Order by 2/8, pickup 2/13 after 12 pm.  A la carte menu and, of course, don't forget their AMAZING slices of cake.

Lynn's- Order 24 hrs in advance, pick up on Sunday 12-5, 3 courses $45 or a $35 prix fixe menu (a fantastic value!)

Volterra- $60 per person limited indoor seating on 2/14 with a very temptingly delicious looking menu.

Lizzy Kate Teas- Valentine's Tea & Truffle Pairing Set- 4 favorite teas to pair with four different flavored chocolate truffles. Pickup, drop on a doorstep or chip locally or nationally. 

Lady Yum- Valentine's Day Gift Packs. These will bring a smile to any human's face. 

Feast and Bottle & Bull are still working on their Valentine's Menu, so check back on their website in the next few days! 

Sweet Cloud Gifts- special chocolates for your special person starting at $8. Hello heart-shaped truffles!

The BeachHouse Bar & Grill- planning to offer some Valentine dinner special that wkend along with their regular menu.

Ristorante Paradiso- regular menu with some extra Valentine's specials that are still in the works.