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Some Candy with your Wine?

Brachscandycornweb1 Candy and wine! Two staples of my diet which will be served up together at all three locations of Purple Cafe in honor of Halloween from October 27th thru November 3rd.  Pastry chef Natalie West has created a flight of house-made candy corn, peanut butter cups and pumpkin-shaped jellies ($8)to be complimented by Sommelier Chris Horn's carefully selected flight of wine ($12).  Sounds just curious enough to go check it out. Then on Oct 18th, they kickoff their new seasonal dessert menu with some delectables such as: Irish Creme Truffles, Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee, Chai Bread Pudding, Molasses Stout Cake and Mulled Apple Cider Sorbet, just to name a few. **The new diet doesn't need to start until Jan 1st.      ~Janis

Market Street Cafe -- Exclusive!

Market_st_cafe_005 The Market Street Cafe is almost open!   While we can't give you an exact date for the grand opening we can say it's a week or two away--keep your fingers crossed.  If you go to their website they are starting to take reservations on OpenTable.com (starting with reservations on November 2, 2007).   The Market Street Cafe is located in the former location of the Vine Grotto on Market Street close to downtown Kirkland.   

Soon we will do a more detailed post about the Market Street Cafe and profile Chef Sasha!  For now we have the exclusive first look at their menus:

Janis and I took a tour of the restaurant recently which is looks amazing inside!  They have totally remodeled the the space and added more square footage.  We plan to be one of their first customers  so stay tuned to the blog for more on the Market Street Cafe (more pics, review, profile of Chef Sasha, etc.).    Steve 

Annexation: Last 2 Public Forums this Week!

Do you have something to say about annexation before our City Council makes the decision to pursue it or not?  Bring your questions and learn more from the city and King County regarding zoning/permitting, infrastructure assessments, financial impacts and police/other services.  Steve and I will be there Thursday night (should make for a fun date night!)-see you there?

Public forums are:

October 23, Tuesday
St. John Vianney Church
12600 84th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
7:00-9:00 p.m.

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October 25, Thursday
Kirkland Jr. High
430 18th NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
7:00-9:00 p.m.

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PACE Race: Sunday Nov 4, 2007

2004_pace_21 Don't forget to sign-up for the PACE Race, Kirkland's Prostate Cancer 5K Run/Walk.  I should really get my butt in gear for this one! I can't run but I DO know how to walk. It starts at Marina Park at 9am on 11/4/07 (registration/packet pickup from 7-8:30am) and there are lots of other fun festivities planned, including a post party at Wilde Rover.  This race helps raise the awareness of prostate cancer--what a great cause.  And here's a good info nugget: 60% of men screened for prostate cancer say their wife, girlfriend or daughter encouraged them to make an appt--so speak up for your men, ladies!  (apparently they can't do laundry OR make doctor appts by themselves ;-)

You can register for the race online at www.pacerace.org, in stores (check the website for local locations such as Everyday Athlete in Kirkland), or good old fashioned snail mail: PACE RACE, 1300 W. Nickerson St. Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98119.  Entry fees range from $15-35 depending on when you register and which package you select.  See you on the pavement!  ~Janis

Mama Lucia Loses her Mama and Finds a New Vibe

Mamalucia Mama Lucia, the well-loved, cozy, old world Italian restaurant in Kirkland Park Place, closed its doors in August to embark on a major overhaul.  The seats were always full and the crowd is fiercely loyal to this family owned business of twenty years.  So, it's exciting to see the place getting a facelift and major expansion into what used to be the retail space next door (Articles). 

Lucia_004 Mike Halter, a 28 yr old hottie Kirkland native, has always been involved in his family's restaurant businesses (there are 5 total) and stepped it up a notch when he bought out his brother seven months ago and moved here from L.A.  Having previously run this location, you'll recognize him as a familiar face with a vibrance that makes you feel like an old friend (photo left).  He's dropped the Mama and has big plans for "Lucia" , pronounced 'Lou-Chia' which will be opening in late October/early November. 

Lucia_001He's added over 2000 square feet to his space and has a contemporary look coupled with some rustic Italian charm intended to create a feel that will be warm and mix both the old and the new.  There's a big stairway up the side that is dark chunky wood with cable wire railings that leads up to a private dining room that can hold 60 people.  There will also be a bar/lounge area and live music to attract the happy hour crowd.    Mike wants to maintain the foundation, and value, by keeping some previous menu items (don't worry, they're not changing the CSR dressing!!) and offering up some different dishes as well.  Lucia will be open for lunch and dinner. Hours will be 11-11 and you'll make reservations at 425-889-0200.  Let's keep our eyes on this one! ~j

The Heathman is (Finally) OPEN !!!

Last Tuesday, on Oct 2nd, the much awaited opening of the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland took place.  The hotel does have availability (425-284-5800) and there is even a special rate at the moment for $249/nt and it goes on up to $3K for a suite.   The spa opened on Saturday.  When we drove by on Saturday night the restaurant, Trellis ,looked like it was pretty busy.  Anybody been?  Dying to hear your review.  We'll give you ours soon........j

132nd Square Park: Totem Lake does it Right

Brix_011 Seems like any time I'm in North Kirkland and looking for a park to run the kids, I end up heading back to the usual suspects of the downtown Kirkland area.  Then I discovered 132nd Square Park sitting on the corner of NE 132nd St and 132nd Ave NE (why do we use numbers as all the streets around here? That's crazy).  You enter the park from NE 132nd Street.

Brix_012 This park is GIANT.  Baseball fields, soccer fields, plenty of parking, walkways, picnic benches, bathrooms, lots of grass and brand new play structures for the little people.  There are plenty of big trees so you can choose whether you prefer the shade or sunshine.  SUNSHINE?! Huh? There are two play structures, one geared towards ages 3-5 and the other bigger one is for ages 5-12.  Of course, my 2 year old wants to play on the big one, so you need to keep a close eye here b/c it's really designed for the bigger kids.  There's one part that looks like a giant rolling pin that even I thought looked like fun.   I can do this, I thought, in a gerbil-on-a-wheel sort of way.  After multiple attempts (you didn't see me did you?) I cannot recommend that wheel for 35 year olds. 

Anyway- you should check this one out.  Many improvements were recently made in a collaboration between the Totem Lake Neighborhood Association, King County Parks and the North County Parks Coalition.  Bonus: the play structures have been pretty empty each time we're there, so you can get the place to yourself.  It's expansive with a good feel, and it's all nicely tucked far away from the roadways.  If the parks dept would put a trash can over near the entry/exit to the park (by the bathrooms) it would be almost perfect!  ~Janis