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'Mr. Kirkland' wants to Celebrate his Bday w/You!

Chuck98(2) Chuck Morgan, aka "Mr. Kirkland", will be celebrating his 98th birthday on Saturday September 5th from 5-7pm at Merrill Gardens and you are invited.

He's back in town, so put on a party hat and go congratulate him! I can tell from the red boa (photo left) that this man is a lot of fun. :-)
Chuck is a local icon and longtime community activist.  He was the owner/publisher of the Eastside Journal and helped create the Kirkland Performance Center.  He also helped with the construction of projects such as Evergreen Hospital and the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and has served on many committees. Chuck's history and love for Kirkland since he came here in 1946 has been our gain.  Happy Birthday Chuck!  ~j


Third Floor Fish Cafe: A Longstanding Kirkland Fave

FishCafe 001 Lately we've been watching many restaurants come and go in downtown Kirkland, but you should be sure to remember one of our favorite deliciously-reliable local spots,  The Third Floor Fish Cafe on Lake Street.  Always a solid choice.  With sweeping views, fabulous food and impeccable service, there's a reason they have been there so long.  Steve and I have always been fans of their happy hour (4-6 and 9-close) where you can score half price drinks and food, but recently experienced their NEW menu in the dining room where we had a refreshing reminder of what a dining gem we have right in downtown.

There are some cornerstones of the menu that we'll always find like the seared Alaskan sea scallops (which are to die for! ) and the grilled heart of romaine salad (an all-time favorite for me).  But we also got to taste some new things such as the Oregon shrimp tostada that was a tasty new discovery that I would highly recommend. It's on the 'little bites' menu which is all under $5. 

FishCafe 004 Here's another one you need to try- the carrot soup ($7).  I know it sounds kind of crazy, because it's not something I'd typically order either, but it was DELICIOUS.  Fresh and flavorful and really smooth with the side benefit of improving my eyesight.  Is that true? The roasted beets with brown butter are definitely not the canned beets my mom used to make me eat.  They were earthy and sweet. We both really enjoy the ahi tuna as well.  And I know it sometimes seems like sacrilege to order meat in a seafood restaurant, but if you're going to swing that way- do it at Third Floor and go for the Beef Tenderloin.  It was perfectly prepared and tender with a fabulous port wine butter.  Although I haven't tried it yet, I've also heard everyone raving about the "Joshinator" burger which is a famous staple of the happy hour menu and was inspired by Executive Chef Greg Campbell's son, Josh (photo left of the duo).  

When we were there on a Thursday night with a hot pink sunset, it wasn't over-crowded and had a nice constant hum of guests.    I think these are the people that realize sometimes you just have to 'go with what you know.'  And you know you'll always find a great experience at Third Floor. ~j


The Best $25 I've Spent...

GoldenTouch 005 After a fun evening of cocktails, happy hour and appetizers with friends we suddenly noticed the new Golden Touch herbal foot massage shop was open right next to VoVina ( 15 Lake St. Mall Ste 104).  Perfect timing!  I could use a $25 one hour massage any day.  As Steve says, "that's only four lattes!"

Even though we arrived at 10pm which is their closing time, they still welcomed us to four open massage chairs. Your clothes stay on and you're in an open space with other clients. It's dimly lit with relaxing music and after your menu selection, they bring out a giant vat of hot tea/herbs for your feet to soak in (which is why the place smells like tea, I presume).  This may be marketed as a foot massage, but you actually get much more than that.  My guy started with my Nastyfeet forehead, temples and eventually covered all of my limbs and back/shoulders, and lots of time on my feet.  He even did some stretching for me which my old bones appreciated.  Because we were there after hours, eventually, the loud thumping of the DJ from the bar above was a bit distracting but it helped keep me from snoring aloud.  The massage is a great overall relaxing rub (not deep-tissue, fyi) and it seems even longer than an hour because they cover so many areas. And anybody that is willing to touch my husband's feet (left) deserves some praise!

As we left with our friends we were all just delighted with this unexpected find of the evening.  OK,  there were also a few jokes about the skin-slapping noises that are inevitable. But that's the best $25 I've spent this week for sure.  This must be the new craze, as there's also one at Kirkland Park Place that seems to generate quite a bit of traffic.  I'm all for it. You can bet we'll be back.  Here's their number: 425-889-0100 ~j


Fire in Juanita!

ChampagnePtFIRE 002 ChampagnePtFIRE 003 About 15 mins ago my kids said they saw fire and lots of smoke.  So, as I began freaking out and searching our house, they then informed me that it was out the window.  If you live on the water in Juanita (north of Woodland Cove, but still visible to Juanita Bay) it might be a good idea to leave work early today.  Appears to be on the front part of the dock.  I thanked my kids for their assist and called 911.  Luckily, the rain picked up right when it started raging.    I took these pics- one is through our scope (rt)-I was surprised this actually worked. ~j


It's 2nd Thursday on Park Lane this week!

Get ready for the fun this Thursday night when the merchants of Park Lane host another "Second Thursday" celebration.  This means you should head on down there between 6-9pm for live music, artists, sidewalk sales and late-night shopping.  Park Lane closes to thru-traffic, so no cruising- park your car, get on out and take in some of the featured artists at Simplicity Decor (Diane Ahern, Bjorck Design, Global Daughter, A is For), Parklane Gallery with their exhibits ("The Wide, Wide West" and "Colors of Nature") and Lakeshore Gallery with Mary Gibbs's paintings of cats (%of proceeds benefit MEOW cat rescue in Houghton  Village).  Go ahead, please help fuel our local economy :-). ~j


Kirkland has a Winner!

Melissafoodnetwork Hats off to Kirkland's newest resident, Melissa D'Arabian, for taking the crown on "The Next Food Network Star."  Besides being the number one rated show on cable TV this past Sunday night with 4.7 million viewers,it was also the highest-rated most-watched telecast in food network history. Melissa won it all and will start her new show THIS Sunday August 9th at 12:30pm ET/PT: Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa D'Arabian.  She's on the fast track now (love the Kirkland shout-out )!  I've heard from a handful of people that have seen her around town so be sure to congratulate her if you see her . Don't worry, bubbly blondes with four small children are easy to spot.  Way to go, Melissa. BTW, can you bring your 4 kids over to play with my 3 kids and I'll help you make a $20 dinner?  ~j