Check Out Scoop Marketplace for Zero Waste Groceries

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When I was a young girl many ions ago, one of my favorite shows was "Little House on the Prairie" which featured a family and community set on a small farm in the 1800s.  When I walked into Scoop Marketplace in Juanita Village (9743 NE 119th Way), it hinted at a modern-day version of the Little House General Store. Luckily Mr. and Mrs. Olson were not there, but perhaps they were onto something back then? Food items such as flour, beans, nuts, and spices are stored in large jars so that you can take only what you need and avoid wasteful packaging.  Bring your own jar or buy a clean/inexpensive recycled one to take your goods home and then refill each time.  There is a weighing station that calculates the cost product you've selected.   

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It's not just food, though, there are also cleaning and personal products such as laundry detergent, Epsom salt, brushes, soaps, and even tree-free toxin-free toilet paper! Scoop's vision is to build a sustainable future for all and they have opened their second shop right here in Kirkland to help us embrace 'walking more gently on the planet.' Memberships are available with added perks.  Hours are 10-6 every day. You can also order online and pick up at the shop.  

Scoop Marketplace just kicked off a Crowdfunding campaign to help them grow and be able to expand offerings with purchases such as refrigerators for produce and fresh bulk foods, a tap system for bulk oils and beverages, nut butter grinders, a coffee grinder, over for fresh baked goods, and an upgraded scale system.  They are striving to bring in $32K by November 1st from those that are also passionate about embracing sustainable living and sourcing that supports ethical, small, local, and minority-owned businesses.  Link to help donate to Scoop Marketplace and their mission is here.  Suddenly our planet feels very small, doesn't it?  Thank you for caring, Scoop. 


Too Many Fun Things

There are so many new places and events swirling in my head that I can no longer remember which ones I've told you about.  But I'm not complaining. This is a way better problem to have than this time last year when we were all locked down in our houses and I was scouring this city for any uplifting content at all.  This week someone flipped the switch on summer it seems- pumpkins everywhere, chilly mornings, colorful leaves, bring it on....here we go..

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Kirkland Harvest Festival
- Oct 16th 10 am-4 pm at Juanita Beach Park. This FREE event features food trucks, live music (music vendors still needed!), artisan food, crafts, apple cider pressing, tractor-pulled wagons, photo booths, outdoor games, contests (pie eating and corn shucking, sign me up!).  There is a Kid's Korral with faux cow milking and bull roping, ring toss, horseshoes, pumpkin bowling, cookie walk, crafts, and 4-H.   Don't forget your mask! Everyone is required to wear one regardless of vaccination status.  Parking is across the street.

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Zombie Wine Crawl- Oct 22nd @6pm Heathman Hotel- Ahhh, Kirklanders...we love our wine and local businesses and friends, so what better way to stumble around than to hit the beloved local Zombie Wine Crawl?  You need to think ahead for this one though, tickets typically sell out.  They are on sale now for guests 21+ years plus for $25-35, depending on your VIP preference.

Kirkland Fall Market- Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11 10am-2pm. Shop local goodies and gifts this fall at the monthly market at Park Lane East.

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October Specials- I attended the Woodmark's Still Spa Passport Event last week (their first in-person event they've had since  COVID) and it was PURE loveliness.  The Express treatments were a 30-minute teaser to let you know what a full treatment might be like.  It was like if someone pours you a 2oz taste of wine that is delicious and you're grateful but, man, you really just want the full pour. I may have fallen in love with Yasuko that did my facial. Their product lines include Eminence, Circadian, and also custom blends from The Bubblery in Leavenworth. Go check out their October Spa Specials where there are great deals on full treatments such as  Apple & Spice 2 hr package and a 60-minute Spiced Pumpkin Mocha Facial. 

And not necessarily fall-related but things you may want to know...

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I ate at Soi and it's a really cool space in there on the second floor of Kirkland Urban.  I was pleasantly surprised.  And I think they have some cool small event spaces. Good food too, check it out!

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Totem Village just made another restaurant announcement that they are super excited about.  hanoon is part of the mama restaurant group (anar, mamnoon, mamnoon street and mbar). Construction begins soon with an opening set for late 2021/early 2022.  

 


Buzz on Over to Queen Bee

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I know you've seen those signature yellow and black awnings with the Queen Bee sign at the new Aegis Living on Lake WA Blvd and maybe wondered what it all means.  My friend told me she thought it was a hair salon where the elder residents got their beehives done.  Ha! Let me fill you in.

Queen Bee is a not-for-profit café that donates 100% of profits to a selected charity each year, and our Kirkland location's selection is the Boys & Girls Club of King County right now.   You can go enjoy food and drinks from local vendors such as Macrina or Schwartz Brothers for baked goods and Middle Fork Roasters for coffee.  They have friendly and helpful staff and the coffee smells great when you walk in the door.  My friends and I enjoyed selections such as the Lavender Vanilla latte and a Queen Bee latte (16oz $4.79).  Above you can see the photo of my simple but tasty avocado/egg toast($10.99) and the bagel/lox.  Queen Bee also has other breakfast/toast options along with crumpets, flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads.  I love their honeycomb tile backsplash and plenty of other fun bee-themed references throughout their shop.  Full menu is here.

There are 4 tables out on the patio and plenty of seating in the new and bright indoor setting. There's even an area for little kids to play! This would make a lovely quick little coffee/snack stop for all of those walkers on Lake WA Blvd.  I'm adding this to my 'come back list' because I love their sense of community and ability to give back in a unique way (and I want to try more of those coffees). Open every day from 7 am- 3 pm.    


Pop Open the Bubbles at Pop Culture Champagne Bar

I have launched two daughters off to different colleges in the past few weeks so I'm feeling excited for them, a bit exhausted, and shamefully delighted by the lack of dishes, papers, and shoes all over my house.  In between my moments of chaos, I did manage to sneak in some bubbles at Pop Culture Champagne Bar, which I figured you might be curious about as well...

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Pop Culture Champagne Bar- 42 Lakeshore Plaza (previously Athina Flora)  This new hotspot makes the most of their small space by popping with eclectic girly decor, indoor and outdoor tables, and of course plenty of bottles of bubbly.  You can order up a flight to sample different varietals or choose from a lineup of champagnes, other sparkling wines/proseccos ranging from $7-21/glass ($25-375/bottle).  There are also a few wine and beer options so that every Kirklanders' palate can be satiated.  If your love of bubbles runs deep, your savior may very well be their Culture Club Wine Club, with three different options that have varying levels of perks and imbibing. I also love their clever and whimsy play-on-words in everything they do (menu, website, marketing).  Owner Carolyn Holt is often there to answer your questions and share her love of this new Pop Culture Champagne Bar.  She has been patiently waiting, amid many obstacles, to open her dream champagne bar to share with our Kirkland community, so let's go show her the love.  "Pop" on by for a taste, hours are Weds & Thurs 2-8pm, Fri & Sat 12-9pm, and Sun 12-5.  206-300-4495. Cheers!

 

 

 


I'm Drinking at "the Q"

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Wasn't this the best sunny summer we've had in a long time? Despite a few 115 degree days and an ongoing pandemic (booo), I was loving it.  My golf handicap even dropped 5 strokes.  But now reality is punching me in the face as we launch two freshmen off to college within weeks of each other.  I'm currently an advanced college shopping/packing/decorating pro and will be adding that to my resume while promptly heading to "the Q" for Happy Hour to celebrate my almost adult children and the idea of having way fewer dirty dishes and clothes around my house.  I wasn't comfortable telling you this secret earlier in the season, because honestly, I was worried you would head over there and take all the seats, and then there would be none for me.  But now I'm ready to tell you about Happy Hour at QFC in Kirkland Urban.  Technically it is the "Q20 Public House"  but it sounds way hipper if we call it "the Q".    When a friend asked if I ever do HH at "the Q", I laughed out loud thinking they were kidding.  But this is no joke, my friends.    

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This unassuming, tiny but mighty, open-air bar allows for amazing everyday burger eating/grocery shopping people-watching, coupled with a 3-6 pm daily happy hour that gets you $1 off their already very reasonably priced wine and beer.  They have lots of beers on tap starting at $5 (depending on size).  Wines are $5-8/glass before it's even happy hour and they're not slackers either. You'll find PNW faves such as Mark Ryan 'The Vincent' Blend for $8 or an Erath Pinot Gris for $6.  You can even order a Tutta Bella Pizza at their window.  This is a great little casual inexpensive option with underground parking. The only challenge is finding a seat at the bar! There are also indoor tables for thirsty folks in the winter. 

Other quick things I think you should know:

  • Tom Douglas is not kidding around. He's opening his first Eastside location with a Serious Pie in the Village at Totem Lake.  Construction is underway (right near Cinemark) their much-anticipated opening will be early next year. 
  • See Spot Splash is a City of Kirkland event at the Peter Kirk Pool and Park where your pooch can celebrate the end of the season with some extra fun and new fluffy friends. It is Saturday 9/11 10 am-3 pm, and there are 5 sessions to choose from for different sized dogs.  You'll find food, rescue groups, vendors, a cakewalk, and even best-trick contests. Proof of rabies vaccination req'd and pre-registration is highly recommended.  Register at kirklandparks.net or 425-587-3330.
  • Only a few days left for early bird pricing on tickets to Still Spa at The Woodmark's Pumpkin Spice & Pampering is Nice event 9/28.
  • Amazon 4 Star opened at The Village at Totem Lake just across from Athleta.  Instead of simply the impulse of clicking purchases, you can now be tempted by the universe's favorite 4 star + rated products right in front of your nose.  It's a great place to pick up a gift or even just a chuckle, as we did at the book "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings." Ok, I also succumbed to the temptation of a dryer/styler hair tool I've been curious to try. 

Enough for now. This should keep you busy for a while. 

 

 

 

 

 


Pamper Yourself

The Still Spa at The Woodmark Hotel in Carillon Point has a passport event coming up on 9/28  that you won't want to miss.   Early bird tickets are selling out fast for the "Pumpkin Spice & Pampering is Nice" event, because for $109 (if you buy prior to 9/7) you will get two express treatments, complimentary wine, skincare/beauty advice, and exclusive discounts. There's even a drawing for a special prize.  And let's face it, with the year we've all had this is well-deserved.  Grab a friend and go! The good times are filling up.

Other Still Spa specials can be found here.

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Another hot ticket right now....the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Sustainable Fashion Show on Thursday Sept 9th at 11:30 am-1:15 pm for the 5th year running.  Hello plated lunch, swag bags, prizes, and a great lineup of sponsors for this always FUN event.  Tickets are $55 and you can buy them here.

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The Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle

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This cool little patio wine bar set-up at 15 Lake St that used to be Delille is now "The Blend" by Chateau Ste. Michelle.  Delille shifted focus to their new wine lounge in the old Red Hook Space in Woodinville post-pandemic and Chateau Ste. Michelle saw this as a ripe opportunity to showcase their Washington wines to the heart of downtown Kirkland (and arguably the best people-watching seats in town).  They have been open since the end of June. At first sight, you may not realize it's changed hands until you try to order a glass of D2 and get corrected.  That's ok, this is how we learn, Kirkland.

The Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle has three highlighted flights for $20 each or you can enjoy a glass of white for $14 or $20 for a glass of red.  The staff was lovely and helpful and the relaxed view seats were unbeatable.  My friend and I had a welcome taste of rosé that has a citrusy pop to it.  After a few white tastes, we decided to have a glass of the 2018 Eroica Riesling which we really enjoyed.  We said hello to passing friends and a few strangers too (how can you not?). When you sit in the 'front' seats, you are supposed to order a snack (ranging $9-14). We had the cheese plate which was alright,  and I will look forward to trying the lox spread, sundried tomato pesto, or panna cotta next time.  The inside tables look great, with a slightly different layout than before.  The Blend flights change monthly to keep you on your toes.  I love Northstar out of Walla Walla so will be sure to taste that one soon.  You can book yourself a tasting online here or just meander in when the mood strikes you.  Or you can join their wine club and drink from home!

Hours are Weds-Thurs 11-7, Fri-Sat 12-8, and Sunday 12-7. 425-588-3830, info@theblendwa.com


Do Not Miss the 'New' Beach Café


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You need to hop on Open Table and make a reservation at The Beach Café PRONTO.  Their lakefront setting at Carillon Point has always been lovely, but now there is a new Chef, Brian Doherty (photo), who has elevated the dining experience.  I have not been shy in the past about sharing my disappointment in the mediocre food and service at this restaurant, which is why I'm elated to share this delicious NEW experience with you now.  It's a true turn-around, so I want you to enjoy this spot with a fresh set of eyes.  This is no longer an overcooked burger/fries or cobb salad-type experience.

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Since the Beach Café remained closed during most of the pandemic, Chef Brian had plenty of time to carefully plan their re-launch. Seafood abounds with a daily fresh sheet which currently includes items such as salmon, ahi tuna, halibut, and trout.  But fear not carnivores, you can also find steak, chicken, and lamb.  Steve and I sat under an umbrella on the patio with sweeping views. We started with the calamari ($15) which was perfectly crispy lightly fried and paired with lemon aioli (photo).  My very favorite taste of the evening was probably the jumbo prawn watermelon salad.  Not only was it beautifully presented with a skewer-sized shrimp, the lettuce, crisp watermelon, and feta all complimented each other for a showcase summer delight. Paired with the Erath Pinot Gris ($11) and some sunshine I was definitely in my happy place. 

My entree was the Woodmark Seafood Cioppino ($40) which was an explosion of fresh crab, prawns, scallops, salmon, clams, and mussels in a rich tomato broth with some fabulous bread so you don't leave any juice behind.  Steve had the salmon ($48) and selected asparagus and some ridiculously indulgent mashed potatoes as his sides. And then just when we thought we didn't have any room left for dessert, we decided to 'taste' the creme brulee.  As you can see from the photos, this is a generous portion and we somehow managed to still lick the bowl clean. Our waitress, Cornelia, was on-point every step of the way.

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The format of the inside of the restaurant is basically the same with some fresh paint and upholstery.  Take note that this new and improved Beach Café is currently open Weds thru Sat 5-9 pm for dinner and Sunday 10-2 for brunch (closed Mon/Tues). Be sure to make reservations on Open Table.  It was funny watching Steve's eyes light up with excitement as each course arrived and it was CLEARLY not the old Beach Café (perhaps they should have changed the name??).  It was making us reminisce about the Third Floor Fish Café a little bit. He even declared this was now one of his 'Top 5" in Kirkland. Kudos to the Woodmark and Chef Brian for elevating this dining experience.  And Open Table just gave them an award for making their "Best Overall Restaurant" list on the Eastside.  We are excited to have this Beach Café as a new addition to our lineup.   Dying to know what you all think! ~j

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