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Six Tables: New Restaurant Opens in Kirkland ParcPlace

Sixtables2 You may have already been in Kirkland Parkplace and seen a little retail spot called Six Tables (between the bagel place and book store).  What isn't obvious is that Six Tables is a fine dining restaurant that serves a prix fixe, six (or seven) course menu each night--with one sitting that starts at 7:30pm.   Oh, and you probably guessed right that they only have six tables.   

But as we all know good things come in small packages.   Once you enter Six Tables you feel like you have walked into a twilight zone episode.   You go from being at a strip mall to feeling like you are in a great old mansion with grandma's best china on the table.  For the next few hours you feel like you are in a private little world (they pull all the shades down), eating fantastic food prepared by Chef Phil Halbgewachs, while proprietor Cameron Kee diligently waits on your table through each course.

Janis and I went on a  Wednesday night.  We were the only patrons there, so I told Janis (to be romantic) that I had called ahead and reserved the whole place to ourselves so we could be alone.  I just hope she doesn't read this.  We were just the only ones that night.   

We walked in and were greeted by Mr. Kee who started us off with a glass of champagne to accompany our seared scallop appetizer (all included in the price).   We selected some wine, then had some delicious lobster bisque followed by Caesar salads with Chef Phil's own salad dressing--it was amazing.  Then Cameron and Phil told us about their backgrounds and informed us of the 5 or so main course options for the evening.  It was a very personal touch that made the dining experience even more interesting.   

Then we were off.    We next had a small helping of sorbet before digging into our main courses.  Janis had the Leg of Lamb and I ordered the Striped Bass--both excellent!  After the main course we had a cheese plate, followed by desert and port wine.   

Since we were the only customers that night we asked for a tour of the kitchen and talked to Cameron and Kee for a while after the dinner was over.   They are great guys and really care about the dinning experience and quality of the food.   

So do we recommend Six Tables?  Absolutely, but it's not cheap.   The prix fixe menu was $85 a person and we ordered a $65 bottle of wine.  Even with the $40 off coupon for the wine (check your mailbox) it was still a $200+ dinner for two.   An excellent place for special events, customer meetings/entertaining, or to just have a nice/quiet dinner out.   

Overall a nice addition to the Kirkland restaurant scene!   Call for reservations! Have you been?  Please comment...Steve

Lake Washington's View of Kirkland

We all drive around Kirkland and get to take in the beautiful views and lake scenes, but many of us don't get the chance to see what Kirkland looks like from the 'other' side.  That is, from the water looking in.  I asked a friend what she thought people would be most interested in seeing from the lake and without a thought she exclaimed, "the houses!".  So, here's what the ducks see:

Recognizable spots-> Kirkland Marina, view of Rainier, Carillon Condos, Carillon Point, Hougton Park. Kirkland_marina Kirklandwater_018 Kirklandwater_030 Kirklandwater_032 Kirklandwater_035

Misc houses /neighborhoods from West of Market around the bay to Juanita/Woodland Cove/Goat Hill.Kirklandwater_022    Around_town_012_1

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Help Fight Prostate Cancer at the Kirkland PACE Race 5K Run/Walk & Post Party!

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. 

Pacestart_1 Join hundreds of runners and walkers Sunday, November 5th in downtown Kirkland to raise awareness for prostate cancer.  There’s fun for everyone with a 5K Run/Walk, a 1 Mile Fitness Walk, kids’ activities and Post Party. Post-race festivities include vendor booths, prize giveaways, survivor recognition, awards ceremony (top overall male & female finishers win roundtrip ticket on Southwest) , live broadcast on 770 KTTH, music and a Post Race Breakfast at Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant. Race begins at 9am and race day registration & packet pickup begin at 7am.

Register online, view photos of the 2005 Pace Race or share your story about how prostate cancer has affected your life at www.pacerace.org. Volunteer Opportunities also available! Email pacerace@lments.net if interested in volunteering or have any questions.

Pace5k_pack_1 Registration is also open at all area running stores including: Everyday Athlete, Foot Zone, Super Jock ‘n Jill, Road Runner Sports, Seattle Running Company, Sound Sports, Fleet Feet Bonney Lake and Running in Motion in Edmonds.

The PACE Race is part of a national series of races developed by the Prostate Cancer Education Council to educate men, their families and communities about the prevalence of prostate cancer, the importance of early detection and available treatment options.

If All of Kirkland Read the Same Book

Highesttidecover Wouldn't it be clever if we were all reading the same book?  Like back in the day when you'd be standing on line at the grocery store and just started chatting with fellow bystanders and it so happened we all had a common thread to discuss.  That's the intent of the program that was initiated by Tom Joselyn, Cluster Manager for the King County Library System.  And the first book that was chosen is "The Highest Tide," by local author Jim Lynch

I found out about this at a neighborhood association meeting I attended recently. Someone was handing out copies of the book to share to help get the word out.  This book was chosen for the program because it met all of the following criteria: available in paperback, approx 300 pages, written by a local author, and it's accessible and appealing to a large audience.    It's a story about a 13 year old boy named Miles that lives at the south end of Puget Sound and makes some amazing discoveries (a giant squid, which captures media attention) in the low-tide zone as well as some self-discovery in a coming-of-age tale.

More than 300 copies have been checked out of the library so far, so it's catching on!  There are many rave reviews for the book online, and lots of discussion groups around it.  The program runs through October, and if it's deemed successful, the committee (comprised of 15 people, such as group book discussion leaders, book store owners, etc) will choose another book to do it with next year. 

You can purchase a copy at the Park Place Bookstore in Kirkland  (or amazon.com of course) for less than $15.  And, you're right, I'm busted.  Haven't read it yet.  Just got back from Vegas and I can barely hold my eyes open, let alone type right now.  But I'm getting to it--really soon, I promise.  In the meantime, please add your comments about "The Highest Tide" or the "If All of Kirkland Read the Same Book" program here to share with others.   ~Janis