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Eat, Drink and Be Merry around Kirkland

Qdoba- they open this Monday Sept 26th at 107 Lake Street! The first week there will be a prize wheel, giveaways and $5 meal deal on Tues & Thurs.  425-828-4219. Here are some other cool thing they are doing this week...

    Friday 9/30- Qdoba Street Party! First 15 peeps in line get FREE BURRITOS for a year.  Get an entree/drink for $5 all day.  7-10pm the Karaoke winner gets FREE BURRITOS for a year.  My money is on Jessi Cassidy to win the karaoke contest.

    Saturday 10/1- Kids Eat Free Day!  First 15 people in line get FREE BURRITOS for a year. Kids eat free w/purchase of adult entree. 11am-2pm enjoy face painting and balloon animals by Kimmy the Clown.  I think that us and the other 25,000 children of Kirkland will plan on attending this .

    Sunday 10/2- Uniformed Workers Day! First 15 in line at opening get FREE BURRITOS for a year.  Police, fire & city officials in uniform eat for free all day.  Single ladies that love men in uniform-this may be a good hangout for you next weekend.

Lucia- Way to go! Kudos to Lucia for being featured in a 6 page spread in September's issue of national magazine, "The Food." Executive Chef, Cathy Gargalione-Shyne, even shares her signature truffle spaghetti and meatballs recipe (definitely order next time you are in, it's a delicious dish!).  Be on the lookout for some new menu items from Cathy at Lucia... taleggio cheese and wild mushroom risotto, veal scallopini w/spinach orzo pasta, and panzanella salad. 425-889-0200.

Two Twelve on Central Bistro & Bar
- Rumor has it this new tapas place is also opening this week next to Lynn's Bistro (where Raga which was perpetually on fire used to be).  I'm thinking of checking it out for date night this week..



The NEW Kirkland Market !

I'm not talking about the Weds Market, although I love that too.  Geoff Lakman of Lakeshore Corporation was sharing the scoop on the eastside's public market that will be located at 15 Lake Street (where the old Lake St Grill was).  This open feeling Kirkland Market will still have the stairs down the center but there will be 8-9 kiosks both upstairs and downstairs with vendors along the sides and open seating in the center.  You will be able to see 'through' the area, so as you walk along Lake St you'll be able to capture views of the water through the glass. 

They are still signing leases right now but I've got a sneak peek.  Sasi's Cafe (which used to be next to Calabria before that building came down) will be a great familiar face to have back in town at the market.  Also expect to see the smoke shop, a fish grill, flowers, cheeses, wine, sandwiches, ice cream, coffee (of course!) and even some artists.  This concept is one that fits well with today's economy- smaller spaces mean lower rent for the vendors.  Geoff compared the idea to the Melrose Market in Capitol Hill if you have ever been there.  So now you know what's behind all those mysterious plastic sheets in the window openings.  Expect an opening in the spring of 2012. What a fun addition to downtown Kirkland!

Kirkland Triathlon and PACE Race 2011

Triathlon <---- a little treat for the ladies, thank you MM :-)

Luckily, there's been plenty of training time for you with this sunny weather we've been having.  It's sneaking up fast- don't forget to register if you haven't already for these two fun events:

Kirkland Triathlon-Saturday 9/17

Sprint Triathlon* - .5mi Swim, 12mi Bike, 3mi Run
(8:00 am - Waves)
Tri-iT - 1/4mi Swim, 12mi Bike, 3mi Run
* (Bike & Run only) - 12mi Bike, 3mi Run (8:00 am)

You'll be starting in MARINA PARK this year and the route has changed from last year.  Now it goes by our house, so you may see our kids at their own water station. :-)  $80-90, register here

There is also a Kids Triathlon (6-12 year olds) which  is timed but not competitive (haha- tell my children that) on Sunday 9/18.  50yd Swim, 1mi Bike .25mi Run (10:00 am). register here

Set the PACE for Prostate Cancer- Sunday 10/2

Marina Park Kirkland: 10K Run (9am), 5k Run/Walk (9:10), 1 Mile Family Fitness Walk (9:15) & FREE Kids Dash (10:00). Entry is $20-40.  Register here.

Don't Forget: Flags out for 9/11

  This message is from Penny Sweet, our Deputy Mayor. It's hard to believe, but....

Next Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11.  I’m sending this message in the hope that you will join me and many of our neighbors in honoring the memory of those lost and the spirit of the incredible “coming together” that we experienced following the event by coming together again.   SHOW YOUR COLORS!  10 years ago in the days and weeks following 9/11 every neighborhood in every city in our country displayed their compassion, respect and pride by hanging the American Flag.  Let’s do that again this year.   So…  flags at home,  flags on decks of apartments and condos,  flags on businesses, flags on boats and flags on cars if you have them.  There are flags available at Fred Meyer and Michaels in Kirkland and I’m sure many other places. 

Our flag is already out in front of the house.  Ten years later and my chest still tightens and my eyes well every time someone mentions 9/11.   Love to the families and service people that were lost on this tragic day,  and to all that still makes America the greatest place on Earth.