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Toll Brothers Buys Kirkland's CamWest

Last week, national luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers, based out of Pennsylvania, purchased CamWest Development for an undisclosed cash amount. Our friend Eric Campbell (photo), who started CamWest in 1989 and has built over 2800 homes in the region, will remain on board as the President of Toll's Seattle operations for at least three years. What a funny feeling it must be to start your own company and then have a boss all of a sudden! :-)

CamWest has accrued an arsenal of accolades over the years, and Toll had been shopping the Seattle market for quite some time, so it makes sense that the two found each other. CamWest's clever land acquisitions of which there are approx 1500 undeveloped lots and 15 developments where houses are under construction/for are a great fit for Toll as they make their first entry into the PNW market . Doug C. Yearley Jr., CEO of Toll Brothers stated, "We are excited to enter the Seattle market with the acquisition of CamWest. It is one of the premier luxury homebuilders in the region with a long history of delivering exceptional quality and value to its homeowners. Seattle is a high barrier-to-entry home building market with a robust employment base and a concentration of affluence. Eric Campbell and the CamWest team provide a great management platform with a strong land position and well-established relationships with local land sellers and subcontractors."

CamWest projects will be delivering 180 homes in 2011 equating to close to $90M. Welcome to Kirkland, Toll! ~j

Kirkland Holiday Guide: Dining!

There's a whole lot of eating you can do in this town, and you know we are one of Santa's favorite places.  So I've scoured the local restaurants looking for special holiday delights that you should know about.  And, of course I sprinkled some good cheer in the posts--- eyes open for the prizes and freebies my little elves!! Keep your answers in the 'comments' section below (don't email me directly please, share the fun of your answers!) And it's only fair if each person can win just once. Enjoy..


George's Place- THIS Thursday 12/8- Come visit with Santa Claus from 5-8pm (love that guy!). George's partners with HumanaturePhotography to host Santa, his elves, festive music and Froni's treats. Details are here.  A great night for the whole family.  George's is also doing the 12 days of Christmas on their Facebook page where they have a contest or fun holiday promotion each day- check it out!

I love this story about George's and the holidays: George used to always put Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread on the roof of the restaurant to decorate for the holidays.  With his thick accent he would ask his son where the "Caesarbreads" were each year. Pete would respond, "The Gingerbread men, Dad?" and George would say, "Yes, the Caesarbreads." Everyone still chuckles as they put them out on the roof every holiday season.  

**We have (2) $25 George's gift cards to give away!!  In the comments section below, tell us about your fondest memory of George's.  Santa is going to pick his two faves to win the gift cards. hohoho!

Anthony's Homeport- Take in the beautiful views and fabulous seafood at Anthony's--they are open for dinner Christmas Eve 3-8:30pm (bar open til 10pm) and New Years Eve (4pm-1am).  They also have some holiday party space you should know about- a private banquet room that holds about 50 and a semi-private space for 15-20 people. 

**Do you know where their newest location is that opened in October? Comment below to win dinner entrees for two! I also want to know what you are going to order if you win.

Argosy-Ahoy mateys- waterski season may be over (sigh..) but you can still take your dining to the waters of Lake WA on an Argosy Cruise.  Lots of fun holiday choices but they fill up fast.  There's a dinner/dance cruise with the Christmas Parade of boats, an early family buffet with the parade, and even a Santa brunch.  Don't worry, you can stay warm inside or take in the holiday lights and some crisp air on deck.  I know some little people in my house that would think this is SUPER COOL! Schedule/menus/pricing here.

Trellis-How about treating your Christmas guests a dining experience at Trellis in The Heathman Hotel? Uncle Freddie will love it- they don't have places like this back home!  Christmas dinner at Trellis will be offered 12-8pm- a 3 course line-up for $59 ($24 for 12 yrs and under). I love all the cozy comfort sounding foods on the menu-- winter squash soup, roast rack of lamb, caramel apple bread pudding.  Lots more choices too- here are full menus. Holiday hrs: Christmas Eve: dinner 4-10pm (regular menu), Christmas Day: bfast 6-10am, closed 10-12, 3 course dinner 12-8pm, New Year's Eve: 4-10pm (4 course prix fixe menu $79/pp), New Year's Day: bfast/brunch 6am-2pm, 5-10pm (regular menu)

Le Grand Bistro Americain- Fete de Noel- Beginning Dec 1 Le Grand starts celebrating the holiday season with Parisian Joy.  They will be in their warm glory with joyeaux noel seasonally inspired interior additions designed by Cathy Conner. Indulge, relax and savor items that are full of luxury but won't break the budget- foie gras, caviar, champagnes, iced oysters and of course the Noel Kir (lime, pomegranate seeds, ginger liqueur, plum bitters and bubbly). Also in Dec they kick off three-course meals for $29. They also do parties large or small- contact Holly for those 425-828-7778.

 Purple- Watch out- they are making their house-made sea salt caramels available for retail purchase! They even come gift wrapped: 3 caramels for $5 or a dozen for $18.  Purple is also sharing their wine list with the public (except for a few allocated wines), you can get 40% off list price or 50% off for a case- mixed cases are available.  And for every $50 gift card you purchase, you receive a bonus $10 card for yourself. 

Purple has also partnered with the Kirkland Performance Center for a special holiday offering. You can purchase a dinner and show packagewhich includes a $50 KPC Card (good for any show) and a $50 Purple gift card all for $75.  Great way to put together a last minute gift!

Lucia-Private space for your par-tay! Upstairs the loft accommodates 35 seated/50 standing or main dining 55 seated/80 standing. Details for private events here. Email events@iloveluciakirkland.com

**I'm going to try this again just to see who's paying attention....what was the name of Lucia when it first opened in 1988? Think people think-look back in time.  $25 gift card.  You can do it.  I am practically handing you gifts now. 

Rikki Rikki- Private dining in their Tatami Room for up to 25 people.  What is a Tatami Room you ask? Let me help you with the big words.  They also do party platters to go-with any purchase over $100, enjoy 20% off your entire order. 12 hours notice please! And there are gift cards available also- buy a $50 card, receive a free bottle of Masa's dressing. Purchase $100 gift card and you score a complimentary $25 certificate.

The Woodmark Hotel- Their 3rd annual tea is on Sat 12/10 from 1-3pm.  Tasty treats, holiday sweets and an assortment of teas and hot cocoa.  Cheryl Serio and Hans Brimmer of the KPC will be on hand to provide festive holiday music.  Kids will love the holiday cookie decorating station and of course visiting with Santa.  That guy is going to be pretty busy in town this week! ($45/adult, $20/children). 

Paws and Claus! You can also join Woody (too cute!) for pet photos with Santa from 10am-12pm on Sunday Dec 11th.  Bring the whole family to get snapped by Best of Northwest's Bailey and Banjo.  Bring your pooch dressed to impress! Suggested donation of $20 per pet will benefit the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

bin on the Lake- On Sunday 12/25 from 12-6pm there will be a three-course Christmas Menu for $55/person.  Look for items such as smoked duck confit lentil soup, Lobster Tortellini, Beef Tenderloin and Cardamom Donuts (spiced caramel apple sauce/chocolate sauce/peppermint creme anglaise- oh my!). Call for reservations: 425-803-5595.

And where to go for other sweet treats?  Don't forget to try one of these seasonal flavors at Sirena Gelato: cinnamon, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, eggnog or candy cane! Side note: I have to distract myself from constantly ordering the skinny peppermint mocha lattes everywhere I go. Darn it they're good. That's it-that's all I've got- go eat and laugh and be merry.  Next week will be the last installment of this holiday series and the topic is BEAUTY, which I know nothing about but am learning lots as I chat it up with the fun shop owners around Kirkland.  Get ready for more smokin' deals too ;-)....., j   



Kirkland Holiday Guide: Gifts!

Happy Turkey day to all my Kirkland friends! Now that you'll soon be done stuffing turkey down your gullets, I'm excited to bring you our next feature in the Kirkland Holiday Guide--gifts! That's right, now I'm stuffing you full of something else...the pressure to get your shopping done. The good news is, you needn't go far so pull on your sweats (because I know your jeans ain't fitting quit right the day after Thanksgiving) and let's get crackin'! To those of you goodie two-shoes who are finished shopping--I curse you, but for those of you who haven't, here is a little treat from me to you...a holiday wrap-up (pun totally intended) of Kirkland's finest.  No, not policeman (although I'm sure some of you wouldn't mind finding a hunky one of those in your stocking)...I'm talking about PRESENTS!

What's that? You hate shopping for presents? Well you're in luck my friend because that's just one of the many things in which POSH by Lacie Powell specializes. Take a guess at what item and store the below close-up picture comes from, and you could win three complimentary hours of service. We wrap too! Post your guess on my facebook page and on December 1st, all correct guesses (must have both item and store) will be put into a drawing to win! Good luck!




And now, what you've all been waiting for...




For the man in your life who likes to be polished. Buy a Man Card and receive twelve haircuts for the year plus 10% off product and additional services services. They carry Aveda, Jack Black and American Crew and feature fine services such as cuts, colors, waxing, grooming, and specialty shaving.





If precious came in a box, this would be it. A delightfully cozy hat and booties, this set makes the perfect gift for wee ones. It will keep them warm the whole winter through. Vist Promesse on Black Friday for 15% off all full-priced merchandise.





I can't keep a plant alive to save my life but undoubtedly you have a gardener in your life as slick as Mary Mary Quite Contrary. Give Miss Mary a special treat with a How-To Terrarium class that not only includes all the tips and tricks to get started but an entire Terrarium kit with all the trimmings!





I'm pretty sure this is literally one of the best candles I've ever smelled. It's a breath of fresh air (literally) from all the uber sweet nastiness that is packed into candles these days--its woodsy without being too overpowering. The bonus is, when you're done burning the candle, you can freeze it, chip the remaining wax out, then throw the container in the dishwasher to be used later as a vase. 





Treat that Skipper in your life to a day on the water. With all the rain we'll be getting this season, it'll be a welcome treat to dream of sunny skies and the Lake Washington wind in your hair. All Bayliners come equipped with life jackets and all the other safety gear you'll need for a day on the water. Picnic lunch not included.





The epitome of comfort and chic, this vest makes the perfect gift. It's a piece any fashion-savvy gal would hope to add to her wardrobe. It's great for layering and dressing up or down. While you're there, pick up a few stockings stuffers for the lady in your life including Butter Nail Polish and Melange Solid Perfume. Shop on Black Friday and recieve $25 off $150 and $50 off $300.





For a leg up in training or just a change of routine, consider a membership to X Gym. Their no-nonsense approach gets you the results you want, and fast. Memberships include two reserved appointments a week, body composition testing, before and after pics, and unlimited cardio machine use. Caution: Not for sissies.





Helen Hunt made Jack Nicholson want to be a better man (As Good as it Gets). Sur La Table makes me want to be a better cook. Between their friendly staff and aisles of gadgets, you'll never want to leave. Among my top picks for the chef in your house? An Epicurean Cutting Board that won't dull knives, is dishwasher safe, and doesn't harbor bacteria and a Garlic Rocker that is easy to use, easy to clean and because it's stainless steel, helps deoderize your hands!



Spa tubs


Penterra services are top notch as is The Heathman. Their Black Friday deal is to die for. Just bring in a receipt from any Black Friday purchase (dated 11/25/11) and receive 40% off of any spa service. To make your holidays even brighter, Penterra Spa will gift wrap your purchases free of charge while you are being pampered in one of Seattle’s most elegant spas.





 We can't forget our beloved furry friends this season. Instead of your pup being banished to his old towel in the laundry room, you can make naptime just that much sweeter with a comfy (yet beautiful) custom bed. Fido will have sweet dreams on one of many custom fabrics and designs. 





Believe it or not, there are people out there who are less fortunuate than yourself. For the do-gooder type who would probably forgo a gift, I suggest attending this great event where you can make a donation to one of many local, national and international non-profits in someone else's name or purchase fair trade and handmade gifts from around the world.



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Remember when your wife or daughter came home with that hideous haircut and it was all they could do not to leave the house with a paper bag over their head? Now's your chance to swoop in and be the hero. You may not get it pops but hair is a big deal to a girl. Give her the head of hair she's always wanted with these rapunzel-like locks.





If you haven't been living under a rock you know how tough kids have it these days. Gift a gift and teach  a meaningful life lesson all at the same time. A la "Whip My Hair", this book and companion plush toy encourages kids to love themselves just the way they are.





This tea comprised of dandelion root, licorice root, red clover blossoms and peppermint is meant to gently stimulate elimination organs. This makes a perfect add-on to a gift certificate for one of their many classes or a yoga package at Soul Ease or Hot Yoga of Kirkland.


There were a few other stops and shops I wanted to include but I'm afraid some were less than thrilled to share about their loot. A lady never disses and tells but to them I say, "Bah! Humbug!" 

As far as Black Friday hours go, the motto around here seems to be "We'll be open if we're busy and we'll close if we're not," I suggest calling ahead to your Kirkland shops to see if they'll be there to take your money.

AND don't forget, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! This takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving on November 26th. This is a growing movement all across the nation to support the little guy so get out there and do your part. For more information visit their site www.smallbusinesssaturday.com! Also, be the first of 100 customers to visit Simplicity Decor on Small Business Saturday and recieve a limited edition reusable bag that you can bring in on every 5th Saturday of the month to receive 20% off on anything you can fit in the bag!



Meet Lacie Powell of POSH by Lacie Powell—your expert on all things style. Lifestyle that is! Lacie’s passion is providing one-of-a-kind inspiration tailored to life’s most intimate and creative moments. POSH offers fashion, event and home styling services to the discerning clientele whose crazed "rock star" lifestyle is matched only by the desire for quality and resistance to sacrificing beauty and class just because life gets busy!  Simply put, she makes things beautiful. Join her as she explores everything from fashion to foyers to fanciful fêtes. www.poshbylaciepowell.com


Kirkland Author Honors Local Police Officers

Stacey Sanner
was looking for a way to pay tribute to the officers that were tragically murdered in late 2009.  She heartfully put together her first book, "Keeping a Blue Light On: A Citizen's Tribute to the Seattle Police Department" which not only honors the fallen, but shows support for all law enforcement.  She says, "these are the stories that don't make the news and they show the daily commitment and sacrifice all officers make to protect their community.  And for which they are rarely thanked."  Stacey was given permission to interview and photograph members of the Seattle Police Dept.  There are personal stories about experiences, events and people along with the rewards and challenges that come along with the job. It is a beautiful tabletop book with amazing photos (also by Stacey) and stories of each officer that, once your pick it up, it's hard to put down.  

The title of the book reflects the community's gesture during that sad time; putting a blue light in the window to show their support. Stacey will be doing a book signing at ParkPlace Books (348 Parkplace Center) on Weds, Nov 30th at 7pm.  She will be talking about the book, how and why she did it, taking questions and signing your copy.  Net proceeds from sales go to the Seattle Police Foundation. You can also buy her book at the Bridle Trails ACE Hardware, a local business that helped lead the sale of blue lights in '09 and donated profits to the fallen officers' families. 

With the 2 year anniversary of the murders, it seems a poignant time to say THANK YOU to our officers for all that you do (with the small exception of giving expensive tickets for expired tags that nobody told us about, but other than that you guys are awesome). Thank you. ~j

Kirkland Holiday Guide: Happy Hour!

They are putting the tree up in the center of downtown today (just tweeted this photo)!  The holidays are a great time to eat, drink and be merry.  It's always fun and easy on the wallet to celebrate at a happy hour.  Steve and I got pretty looped doing the research for this post, but it's just one of those sacrifices we're willing to make.  Our meanderings brought us through the 98033- downtown core, Carillon Point, and ParkPlace.  We ventured to a few watering holes that  a couple of married old farts like ourselves wouldn't normally go to.  Like places where my shoes would stick to the floor and I'd have a flashback of a college bar.  But it's all good-there are happy hours for every type in this town so go get happy.  Here is another compilation of our happy hours by Kirkland Tourism if you are 'thirsty' for more.  

Don't forget to always have a designated driver, or have a lonely friend on standby, or call a cab.   Eastside for Hire is pretty quick 206-453-9000. And of course, these happy hours take place in the BAR, not the dining room. I kept the descriptions short/sweet/absent of my smart-aleck remarks since this post is already a mile long. You'll find a few NEW happy hours-MIlagro and Hector's are re-vamaping. Purple  just kicked theirs off a few weeks ago.  And so Purple is throwing in a $25 gift certificate for one of our readers!  How about this......be the first person to comment with the correct weight of one of their dining room chairs (you know what I'm talking bout!) to win.   There are more fun freebies in this post so keep your eyes peeled (one win per person please)...

-323 ParkPlace, Daily 3-6pm  NEW!!!!

Daily Selection of Draft beers $4, selected white/red/sparkling wine $6.50/glass, $25/bottle

Snacks range from stuffed dates to mussels, pate to a crab cake slider, mini baked brie, bruschetta or a cheese flight $3-12.

Sea salt caramels are $1.50/ea. (happy hour dessert, ha love that!)

- 222 ParkPlace, Sun 5-10pm, Mon 3-6 & 8-10pm, Tues-Sat 3-6 & 9-11pm.

Draft beers $3, Stella $4, well drinks $5, red or white wine $4. 

Yummy food such as crab cake, stuffed mushrooms, caprese, calamari, carmelized pear and onion pizzetta are all $3-6.

**Prize Alert** (this is how I know if you are really reading this stuff or not): First reader to answer this question correctly in the COMMENTS section below wins a $25 gift certificate to Lucia. Yahoo!

--->Lucia has been owned by the same family for almost 24 years.  What was the name when they first opened in 1988?

Rikki Rikki
- 442 ParkPlace, Mon 4-CLOSE, Tues- Sat 4-6 & 9-CLOSE, Weds & Sat: Ladies get happy hr prices in lounge 6-9.

Drink Specials for $2.95 include hot and cold sakes, Sapporo, Kirini Ichiban, wines by the glass, well liquors, and sake-tini's (the original sake-tini is a favorite of mine!).

Appetizers such as edamame, caramel ginger chicken, veggie spring rolls and tuna poke range $1.95-5.95.  Sushi rolls are $3.95- 5.95.  Even the crunchy roll and spider roll that are usually $10. Score.

- 220 Kirkland Ave, Everyday 4-6pm

 They call it "Crush Hour": 1/2 price draft beer (HUB, Manny's, Scuttlebutt Amber, others), $3 of house cocktails, $3 of all glass wine pours

1/2 price food- you can never go wrong with the creations from Chef Brian Scheehser.  Always local and fresh- expect offerings such as roasted pepper & goat cheese flatbread, snails bourgogne, green globe artichoke tots, pesto shrimp, grilled flat iron or house-cured salmon. $8-26 (before discount).

- 121 Park Lane, Mon- Fri 3-6, Sat-Sun 3-5

 Selected margaritas, mojitos, sangria, cab and chard $5-6. XX Amber Beer $3.50.

$4-6/ea: spiced caesar, grilled jalapenos, nachos, camarones, quesadillas. Nothing to do with happy hr, but if you have never eaten the Sonoran Spa chicken here you need to drop what you are doing and go get an order right now. fave.

Mi Mexico
-115 Park Lane, Everyday 2-6 & 9-close

$1 off beer and margaritas, well drinks $3.50

When you buy a drink, you get $2 off any appetizer.  Some of the are super nachos, quesadillas, taquitos, camaron quesadilla. Regular prices are $5-13 before discount.

- 112 Lake St,  Mon-Fri 3-6pm & 9-close

This is a NEW Happy Hour rolling out MONDAY 11/21- look for....

Drink Specials daily.

"Chef Created Happy Hour" Specials including a pork belly salad, house made corn dogs, and sliders. $3-9 (they used to just have sliders)

Milagro Cantina
- 148 Lake StEveryday 3-6pm (entire restaurant and patio) & 9-close (bar only)

This is a  NEW happy hour program....will hopefully kick off the first week of December.

$4 drafts, $5 wines and a happy hour margarita

Several food options such as calamari, nachitos and a mexi-burger. Food offerings will range from $3-$9.  

Olive You
-89 Kirkland Ave, Tues-Sat 4-7, Sun & Mon 4-close

Wells $4, Bud Lt. $2, house red or white wine $5, $3 draft pitcher of the day

Caprese, mini chicken or beef skewers, devilish prawns, ahi tuno tropika, spanikopita, clams, mussels $4-8 range.   

Tervelli UltraLounge,  105 Lake St,  Tues-Sat 4-7pm, Sun & Mon 4- close

The drink specials and food are the same as Olive You except the featured draft beer and wines may be different.  This is a much swankier spot and you can get the deals in the bar and entire lounge (Olive You is just at the bar).

Wells $4, Bud Lt. $2, house red or white wine $5, $3 draft pitcher of the day

Caprese, mini chicken or beef skewers, devilish prawns, ahi tuno tropika, spanikopita, clams, mussels $4-8 range.

The Grape Choice
, 9 Lakeshore Plaza, Weds Winemaker Tastings 5-8pm

Every Weds for $5.  Number of tastings depend on winemaker, typically 3-5. Here's the lineup: Thanksgiving bubbles (11/23), Guardian Cellars (11/30), Bartholomew Winery (12/7), Brian Carter Cellars (12/14), Fivash Cellars (12/21).

***On Wed 12/28 from 5-10pm there is a special "Grower Champagne Tasting," where you get to taste small production champagnes along with small bites and listen to live jazz. $40. RSVP required. 425-827-7551.

, 15 Lake St. S, Tues- Sat 4-6 & 10-close

Red and White wine $5, House gin or vodka martini $6, House bourbon Manhattan $7, draft beer $1 off

Caprese pizza $5, chips/tequila salsa $4, hummus/pita $6, herb fried chevre $6, tempura veggie basket $5.  Food is only offered in the afternoon happy hour (not past 10pm).

**Freebie Alert** Two  for one specialty martini at Vovina to the first reader that can tell me (in comments section) which happy hour photo has Steve in it ( Where's my Waldo??)

, 7 Lakeshore Plaza, Everyday 3-6pm food/drink & 10pm-close food

$2 off all beer, $2 off well drinks, $4 wine by the glass

Variety of pizzettes $3-5, assorted stuffed olives $3, bruschetta $4, bread/cheeses $4

Each day has a happy hour special too- Tues is 2 for 1 tequila shots, Thurs pizza and a beer for $10, etc.

, 21 Central Way, TBD

As of this writing, they have only been open for a few weeks.  I popped in- it looks just like 21 Central (former tenant) used to with a few more TV's around. This is NOT the same owners as the  Park Place Pub (where TGI Friday's was) or the Kirkland Avenue Pub (where Merrill Gardens is now).  Currently there are simply 12-13 bar food type selections ( egg rolls, chicken tenders, wings, calamari, etc) that are  $6.99/ea.  A menu, and thus happy hour, should be better figured out by early December.  Stay tuned!

Wilde Rover
- 111 Central Way, Everyday 4-6 & 10-12

Lengthy selection of beers ($-6), wines (6-7.50) and specialty drinks and liquors ($6.50+).

Pages of happy hr offerings-no messing around here. Multiple choices of salads, chips, wings, lamb stew, pork sliders, cheese/crackers. All $2.95-5.95

Tiki Joe's Wet Bar
, 106 Kirkland AveFri/Sat 3-8, Sun-Thurs 5-8

$2.50 domestics, $3.50 micros & wells

Thurs/Fri/Sat 9-11pm = Girls get 50% off

If you 'check in' at Tiki's on facebook before 11pm every day for a week, you win a free skittles shot, which I just learned is a couple of red and green skittles at the bottom of some vodka.

No food. Just skittles. :-)

Central Tavern
, 124 Kirkland Ave, All Day Everyday

Life must be a party here.  They say happy hr is all day every day b/c they have the best cheapest drinks in town.

Wells $5.25 (Smirnoff, Bacardi, Capt Morgan's are all wells there), wine $5.50-10/glass, pitcher

Food- you can order pizza to be delivered or something from a neighboring restaurant if you like.  They focus on the drinks clearly.  No messin' around.  If you are starving, they have hot cashews, peanuts, and beef jerky.

Anthony's Restaurant
, 135 Lake Street, Everyday-Mon-Sat 4:30-7 & 9-close, Sun 3-7 & 9-close

Drafts $3, wines $5-7, specialty cocktails $5 (margarita, cosmo, Manhattan, lemon drop, martinis)

All appetizers are $5: sliders, swimmers (salmon sliders), oyster shooters, shrimp cocktail, crab/artichoke dip, mussels, clams and hawaiian ahi nachos.

George's Place
- 108 Kirkland Ave
, Tues- Sat 4:30-7, Thurs- Sat 9-11

Music every Thursday and don't forget to have your pic taken with Santa at George's on 12/8! Lots of fun holiday things planned at George's so stay tuned for more...

Selected wines $6-7/glass, selected beers $4-5, cran press cocktail $6. There will be holiday drink specials too: eggnog lattes, peppermint mochas, and peppermint hot chocolates to name a few.

Pita Pete's Zas are $4.50, Everything is $4-6 w/some traditional faves: Athena's Platter, Greek Chopped Salad, Gyro Plate, Sliders, Chicken Wings, Hummus.

The Slip
, 80 Kirkland Ave, "8 days a week" 3-6 pm

$2 well drinks (3-6 only)

8-close there is a specialty happy hour drink of the day (mai tai perhaps?) for about $5

Regular menu for food.

Time Out Sports Bar, 218 Central Way, Everyday 11am-8pm

Domestic drafts $2.75, domestic pitchers $8.50, well drinks $3.50

No happy hour food specials but they do offer a full menu.

The Crab Cracker
- 452 Central Way, Daily 4-6pm

23oz draft beers for pint prices: $4.75 Coors Lt, $5.75 Mac & Jack, Pyramid Hef, Manny's and Inversion IPA.

More than 25 happy hr food choices! Here are some so you get the gist: clam chowder $2, fish tacos $6, steamer bucket $8, BBQ pork $5, sesame ahi $8, 1/2 dungeness crab $14, lacquered steak bites $6.

Starry Nights Catering
11200 Kirkland Way #220, Weds and/or Thurs 3-7pm

This is a catering/kitchen facility that also offers a happy hour.

Drinks from $3+

Rotating food menu, chef's choice $2+

Wingdome- 232 Central Way, Mon-Fri 3-6pm

Well drinks $3.19.  All pitchers $2 off. 4 domestic bottles $9, 4 imports $13.  You know a happy hr means business when they package beers in 4's for ya.

All appetizers half price.  $3 bag 'o burgers. Monday you get 59 cent wings all day loooooong!

Two Twelve
on Central - 212 Central Way, ALL DAY Mon, Tues-Sun 4-6 & 9-Close

Drafts and wine $4. Well drinks $3.75.

Food is $4-8 and includes cauliflower gratin, caesar salad, caprese melt, warm olives, chili chicken drumettes, spicy meatball & marinara, artisan cheese plate.

BeachHouse Grill
, 6023 Lake Washington Blvd. NE, Everyday 3-7 & 9-Close, ALL DAY Monday

Draft Beer $3.50-4.50 (Bud Lt, Manny's, Stella, Men's Room Red...), $5 red/white wine, $4 cocktails (Cosmo, CA driver, Flytini, Margarita, and Jon Daly)

Lots of food choices too for $3.5-5 : seafood chowder bowl, tenderloin skewers, buffalo wings, pulled pork sliders, cajun fettuccine, chicken quesadilla, potstickers and more.Tuesday is $5 steak night, Weds 1/2 price bottles of wine, and Thursday $2 tacos.

Le Grand Bistro Americain
, 2220 Carillon Pt, M-F 3-6pm

 Selected wines by the glass and  "pichets" (pitchers): $5-20. Drafts: Bud lt $3, Stella $4, cocktails: sidecar $5, zinc bar martini $6.

Fancy nibbles without fancy prices: oysters on the halfshell $1/ea, giant prawns $2.50/ea, burger or chicken sliders, half french dip, charcuterie plate, pickled veggies ($2-9) 

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 Bin on the Lake, 1270 Carillon Point, Daily 4-6 & 9-close 

Select wines are 50% off during happy hr (reg priced $10-60), $1 off all draft beers, $5 cocktail- bartender's special

Bar bites 50% off: seasonal soup truffle fries, goat cheese, smoked bacon sliders, housemade potato chips, diver scallop PLT. Reg prices are $7-15.

Beach Cafe,   1270 Carillon Point,  Everyday 4-6 & 9-close

Jon Daly, Pricky Pear Rita and Sangrias $7-8. Wine and draft beer $5. Other fun beers 3.25-5.25 (hefeweizen, stout, porter, featured local breweries).

Mini beach burgers, caprese salad, nw clam chowder, wings, calamari, fries range from $3-9.

Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Pt., 4-6 and 9-close

Drinks are b/w $6-8, with fun seasonal favorites like a peppermintini and hot toddies!

Beet salad, grilled artichoke, organic sweet potato hummus, baby iceberg wedge, mac/cheese, clam chower, fries, chicken wings all between $4-7.

Holiday Fun!! For the month of December on Weds from 5-7pm the living room lounge at The Woodmark will be having HOHO Happy Hour.  Festive drinks, yummy plates and carolers from the Kirkland Performance Center to add to the merry-making.

That should give you all plenty to do.  Please add others that we may have missed (or are outside of the 98033). Now I'd like to have a brief moment of silence for the Third Floor Fish Cafe.  We used to love their happy hour. RIP.  I hope you all enjoy this list and reference it often.  Soooo manny drsinks and it's sosoo alte I can barely typwe anorrhtere woerd. @$#....j


Kirkland Holiday Guide: Events!

Hello my Kirkland Peeps..... and dare I say it.....HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I am just tickled pink (or should I said red and green??) that Janis and I are joining forces to bring you the best of the best when it comes to celebrating the season in beautiful waterfront Kirkland. I have lived here since 2007 and fall in love with this sweet little city more and more every day. Now that I'm here I'm pretty sure I'll never leave.

Before I launch into all the hot holiday happenings, let's talk goodies.  I just got off the horn with the very kind and generous Bob Gassen from Humanature Photography and he wants to offer you, our loyal Kirklanders, A GIFT!  The first person to comment on this post will get a complimentary Santa session that includes some one on one time with THE MAN himself and a 5x7 print! Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so we can arrange for you to get your prize.

Now, on with the show! First up in this fantabulous holiday series is your guide to EVENTS for the season! We have everything from snapshots with santa to merry music to Christmas cruises.  Are you ready?! Hold on to your reindeer because away we GO!

P.S. If we've left anything out of mention, feel free to leave it in the comments below!



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Sleep Country Toy Drive

Thru 12.11

12558 Totem Lake Blvd.

Put on your Santa hat and lend a helping hand to make sure Washington and Oregon’s 20,000 foster children enjoy a bright holiday season with a gift from Santa under the tree.www.sleepcountry.com



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Howard/Mandville Gallery Holiday Showcase


120 Park Ln., Ste. D

Howard/Mandville Gallery kicks off the season with a showcase of new works by gallery artists. This show will feature two guest artists, Sueellen Ross and Teresa Saia, at an opening reception on Friday, November 11th from 6-9pm. This show is part of 2nd Fridays in Kirkland and the Kirkland Art Walk. www.howardmandville.com/Pages/shows.html



Kirkland Interfaith Network Alternative Gift Fair 


10 am-4 pm

Holy Family Catholic Church, 7045 120th Ave. NE

The KIN Alternative Gift Fair is a holiday fair where each gift you buy provides a better life for someone who needs it, here or abroad. It's a fair where you can do some holiday shopping and feel good about doing it! kirklandinterfaith.net




Holiday Craft & Gift Spectacular


10 am-4 pm

Madison House Retirement Community, 12215 NE 128th St.

Madison House Retirement and Assisted Living Community presents our 1st annual Holiday Craft & Gift Spectacularto. Walker and wheelchair accessible. Arts, Crafts, Baked Goods, Jewelry, Décor, Make-up, Purses, Clothing, and more. www.mhretirement.com/default.aspx



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Joy Fischer Santa Photos

11.20, 11.26, 12.4

15 Central Wy.

Don't wait in line at the mall, come to Joy Fischer Photography for your photos! The $59 package includes 1-8x10, 2-5x7,16 wallets, and a digital image for holiday cards. Call for your reservation, 425-822-1731. www.joyfischerphoto­graphy.com





10 am

Marina Park

Turkey Trot proceeds help Hopelink provide emergency services for low-income families in our community during a time when they face added seasonal pressures - such as higher home heating costs and additional food needs. www.hope-link.org/events/turkey_trot/




Dooley’s Pet Photos with Santa

11.25-11.26, 12.3-12.4

10am – 5pm

1421 Market St.

Bring your pets, family & yourself for a photo with Santa. Your $20 sitting fee includes the 5x7 of your choice. Traditional Father Christmas will be available on 11/25-26 and Hawaiian Santa on 12/3-4. All proceeds go to Pasado Safe Haven. Sign up sheets are available in the store or you can book your time by calling (425) 889-2200. www.kirklandviews.com



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Holiday Craft Show

11.26, 11.27

12-6 pm, 12-4 pm

Peter Kirk Community Center, 325 Kirkland Ave.

Featuring the work of local artists and master craftsmen. The Holiday Craft Show promises a shopping treasure trove of one-of-a-kind gifts, fine jewelry, gourmet treats, holiday décor and more. www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/parks/SpecialEvents/2011_Holiday_Craft_Show.htm


Kiwanis Holiday Tree Sale

Beginning 11.25 

Across from Juanita Beach Park-NEW LOCATION!!!

Join Kiwanis for our largest annual event in our effort to raise money for needy children in our community. Remember,100% of the proceeds will go to organizations like Adopt-A-Highway, Camp Casey, Eastside Baby Corner, Kirkland Teen Union, KITH (Homeless Housing), March of Dimes, Support Our Troops, Student Scholarships and Special Olympics. Come and select from our always fresh and beautiful Christmas Trees and fresh fragrant Wreaths! http://kirkland.kiwanis.org/Default.aspx 


Holiday Tree Lighting


4-8 pm (tree lighting at 6 pm)

Marina Park

Includes Gingerbread contest at Merrill Gardens, bonfires, choirs, music, non-profit booths, kids activities and more. www.kirklanddowntown.org/calendar.html



Argosy Christmas Ship™ Festival

11.26-11.27, 12.1-12.23

Kirkland City Dock

The Argosy Christmas Ship™ festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for 62 years. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season. From our flotilla of ships to the crowds of people who gather onshore, this celebration is one of the gems of the holiday season. Preview cruises available 11.26 and 11.27. Check the schedule for various shoreline celebrations where you can watch the ships go by. Opening night is 12.1 at Marina Park featuring Con Brio Women’s Choir. www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/xmasSchedule.cfm



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Karolyn Grimes Reading


The Woodmark, 1200 Carillon Point 

Karolyn Grimes is probably best known for her famous line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Once upon a time in a magical place called Bedford Falls, ZuZu Baily and her petals won the hearts of millions in the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Kick off the holiday season at the Woodmark where Karolyn will be doing two readings of every child’s favorite holiday tale, The Night Before Christmas, followed by Q and A, and autograph signing.  Enjoy complimentary holiday beverages, appetizers, festive treats, and a cash bar.  It’s the perfect family event that both children and adults will remember for years to come. Purchase tickets at http://itsawonderfulwoodmarkzuzu.eventbrite.com/


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Great Santa Portraits at Humanature Photography

11.30, 12.3, 12.7, 12.8, 12.10, 12.14, 12.20

730 Market St.

Capturing the spirit of Christmas without the hassle and stress of the Mall. Come share our family tradition of an annual portrait with Santa Claus this holiday season. Portrait packages start at $49. Call for your reservation, 425-822-3868. http://www.humanaturephoto.com/santa.html



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MEOW Holiday Open House Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale

12.3 and 12.4

Hougton Village, 10600 NE 68th

A wide variety of handcrafted items, delicious baked goods for sale, MEOW merchandise, a raffle, refreshments, visit with Santa (kids and pets), and a pet food drive to benefit Hopelink-Kirkland (dry and canned food). All proceeds go toward MEOW, a Kirkland no-kill shelter. www.meowcatrescue.org



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Bronn Journey's 30th Annual Christmas Concert


2 pm and 7 pm

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.

Bronn & Katherine Journey return to KPC with their annual Christmas concert for the whole family. Tickets are $24. www.kpcenter.org/performances/bronn-journeys-30th-annual-christmas-concert




Kirkland Artwalk


6-9 pm

Various Galleries

The Kirkland Artwalk is a free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as KAW which brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Kirkland waterfront neighborhood. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown celebrates each and every month on the 2nd Friday. www.kirklandartwalk.org



Celebrations Holiday Home Tour


10 am-7 pm

Various Kirkland Homes and Sur La Table

A tour of six Fabulously Unique Homes in Kirkland and a not-to-be-missed holiday raffle. Sips and Bites After Party at Sur La Table 6-9 pm. Raffle Drawing at 8 pm. $30 per person. For tickets: call 425-556-5106. www.eastside.assistanceleague.org/ps.fundraising.cfm?ID=659



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Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas 


8 pm

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.

World renowned electric violinist Geoffrey Castle brings his hugely popular Celtic Christmas spectacular back to the Kirkland Performance Center for the fourth year in a row. Adult: $25  |  Senior: $20  |  Youth: $15 www.kpcenter.org/performances/geoffrey-castles-celtic-christmas



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Santa Tea


11 am-1 pm

The Woodmark, 1200 Carillon Point 

Join us for the Woodmark’s 3rd annual holiday tea, one of Kirkland’s favorite traditions. Savor tasty treats and scrumptious holiday sweets, while sipping an assortment of teas and hot cocoa, while enjoying live holiday music provided by Cheryl Serio and Hans Brimmer (courtesy of the Kirkland Performance Center). Little ones will love our holiday cookie decorating station, and of course, visiting with Santa.Adults $45, Children $20.http://santatea.eventbrite.com/




The Many Worlds of Christmas


3-5 pm

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.

Circle the globe with Master Chorus Eastside as they sample the myriad sounds and customs of Christmas around the world. Familiar carols from Europe and the United States round out the program. Adults $20, Seniors and Youth $15. www.masterchoruseastside.org



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KPC’s Old-Time Holiday Show


2 pm and 7pm

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave.

KPC's annual sell-out variety show is a true holiday classic, featuring comedians, live music, choirs, specialty acts and surprise guest artists. A perfect dose of entertainment for visiting friends and family of all ages. Youth: $15  |  Choice: $24  |  Prime: $27 www.kpcenter.org/performances/kpcs-old-time-holiday-show-0




Holiday Art Studio


10 am-2 pm

Kirkland Art Center, Ceramics Studio, 620 Market St.

Taught by Aaron Murray. Ages 6-10. Member: $135 and Nonmember: $155. www.kirklandartscenter.org/education/YouthTeenArtClassesKirklandArtsCenter.php


Unofficial Polar Plunge


1 pm

Marina Park

Brrr! Join in the freezing fun and jump in Lake Washington!

Deck the Halls of Kirkland: 11/19

Congrats to all of the prize winners from last week-we love your feedback! I sent out a free appetizer/dessert card for Brix Wine Cafe to all of our quickest responders (13 of them!).  Thank you to Brixfor joining in the fun of giving.  Here are the local holiday happenings our readers were raving about: Argosy ships, Houghton Bonfire, eggnog lattes, shopping for unique gifts, driving around looking at Christmas lights, the music, the 12k's of Christmas, and decorating downtown Kirkland with garland.  Which brings us to....

We need 100 people!
  November 19th 8am-1pm meet at Merrill Gardens (201 Kirkland Ave) to decorate downtown Kirkland with some holiday cheer. The stores have donated money for the garland, and now we just need able-bodied people to help.  Bring your gear (work gloves, pliers, maybe a ladder if you're Handy Manny) and come hungry b/c Merrill Gardens will have hot cider, coffee and cookies and George's will be serving breakfast sandwiches at the 8am check-in at MG.  This is a super way to meet some locals and feel some pride in community. They even feed you lunch when you're done with your job. Please RSVP to Patty Tucker  at pattyjustloveskirkland@kirkland.net so there will be enough food.

Then home for a nap.  Then head on over...

...to the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club 3rd Annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament.  Sat 11/19 4-5 is learning hour, 5pm start time. 10805 124th Ave NE.  All skill levels welcome. $100 buy in gets you $3,000 in chips- half the proceeds go to KB&G Club and the other half will be paid to winners! Call or email Meg Diemer to reserve a spot 425-587-0132.

And yes, I know there was an election recently, but I try to stay out of the politics around here. Congrats to Bob Sternoff, Toby Nixon and Dave Asher.  And thank you to the three people that wrote me in-very funny. I'm off to Costco for some vodka now....j

Kirkland Holiday Guide 2011

Once you have finished eating all of your Halloween candy and checked all the election results, you will realize that the holidays are quickly approaching (grinches, insert cringe here).  The darkness at 4:30 is a good indicator too.  I've decided that this is the season I am going to stay ahead of the curve and shop early.  For 2011 I will be a whirring machine of both thoughtfulness and efficiency that will be unmatched. By the way,I am addressing holiday cards with my toes as I type this post. 

 So, let's kick off this season with a gift for you! Tell me  your favorite thing to do in Kirkland during the holidays.  First five responses get a free prize!  aaahhh- giving feels so good.  Include your address b/c I will mail it to you. :-)

My next gift to share with all of you is my friend, Lacie Powell, who will be guest blogging with me through November and December.  We will team up and do a "Kirkland Holiday Series" of posts that will run every Thursday through the season. Don't worry, you'll still get my usual banter in between there too.  I wanted to be sure to be polite and introduce you to Lacie.... 

Lacie, these are the Kirkland Weblog readers.  They are smart and funny and like a good laugh and don't even mind my Jersey humor.  They ALL love Kirkland and they love to be in the know. They are also savvy and insightful andsometimes correct my spelling and grammar and send funny notes.   They are loyal and kind and will often reach out to share stories and info of their own.  You will really like them- I just know it.  A few of them even advertise with me which makes me feel like I'm appreciated (thank you!)

Kirkland Weblog readers, Lacie is a local lifestyling expert whose company, POSH by Lacie Powell, was born out of a passion for all things chic; fashion, events and home.  Lacie offers styling services to a discerning clientele whose crazed "rock star" lifestyle is matched by the desire for quality and resistance to sacrificing beauty and class just because life gets busy.  She also wrote some of the yoga guests posts last year which you all had a chance to check out.  She lives here and loves Kirkland too. I think you'll enjoy her style and holiday tips!  We can learn a lot from her. I can hardly wait to see what great events, gifts/sales and decor she is going to discover in downtown Kirkland for us.

Together, Lacie and I will bring you festive events (11/10), hot happy hours (11/17), go-to gifts (11/24),  decor to die for ( 12/1), seasonal dining (12/8),  and beauty tips (12/15).  Each post will include a fun giveaway that you didn't know you could live without.  Oh my gosh.   Look at all of those deadlines.  I have got to get to work.  Enjoy this series- and Lacie, thanks in advance for being part of the Kirkland Weblog this holiday season!! ~j

The Other White Meat

Get your gobblers (and your wallets) ready- it's that time of year...


~Turkey TrotHopelink's 11th Annual on Sunday 11/20/11 at Marina Park.  There's a 5K run at 11am and a Family Fun Walk at 11:05.  Cost is $30 now or $40 if you procrastinate. Either way it benefits homeless and low income families in our area so go get some exercise before your tryptophan overload kicks in. All 5 Rabuchins are signing up from what I hear my 8 eight year olds chatting about it.

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~John Muir Elementary has their own student turkey trotters that need your support.  Did you know that John Muir is a Title 1 school in Kirkland with nearly half of their students receiving free lunches? The students in each grade who run the most laps around their school during recess on 11/7-11/10 will earn a turkey to share with their family.  They need turkeys!  You can either donate a frozen turkey or make a monetary donation-turkeys are approx $25/ea- and your contribution is completely tax deductible. You can mail checks made out to John Muir PTSA and note "Turkey Trot": John Muir Elementary, 14012 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.  Turkeys get distributed the week of Nov 14th. 

For additional info contact their Head Turkey, Danielle Davis-Christmas.  This could be a great holiday lesson about helping others locally- I feel a family field trip coming on....