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Are YOU a Sweethawk?

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Finally, some shirts for the 12th woman! Why should lady Seahawks (aka Sweethawks) fans always get stuck with the same big boxy unflattering tee shirts the guys are wearing?  We want to support our local team AND look good.  And help out local charities. Is that too much to ask? Worry no more!  

Troy McVicker has chosen a local Kirkland shop, The Best Kept Secret (new location!) , to carry his new line of Sweethawk tops that are soft and lightweight and shaped for a woman's body. They range from $25-30 and 25% of the monthly profits go to a local charitable organization (it's breast cancer this month).  So go grab your lady, head down to BKS, buy her a Sweethawk shirt and a six pack and thank your lucky stars that you have a 12th woman to cheer along with you.  Or if you're looking for a lady friend, go buy a few Sweethawk shirts and bring them with you to a sports bar-you're a guaranteed chick magnet.  I know.  Priceless dating advice.  You're welcome.  Go Hawks! ~j 

Aura Bakery Opens on Central Way

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I had some one-on-one time with Brady on Saturday so we meandered into the new Aura Bakery & Coffee Bar on Central.  This family owned and operated European bakery has cases of beautiful handmade sandwiches and treats. I spotted tortes, pumpkin cheesecakes, croissants, madeleines, profiteroles, eclairs, macarons, and cakes. I was trying to be good by just ordering a hot chocolate for Brady and a latte for myself.  But then they went and gave us a free almond croissant to try.  It was lightly dusted with powdered sugar and I thought for a moment that maybe heaven had just jumped into my mouth.  Luckily Brady thought so too and he hoovered the rest of it for me.  He also said, "Mom, I have never had hot chocolate like this before.  It is SOoooo good."

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It's no wonder.  Owner Carlos Falcon (photo) and his two sisters, Claudia and Fiorella, both pastry chefs that trained in France, bring their passion and expertise to the heart of downtown Kirkland.  Everything is baked the same day and they even import their flour and sugar from France.  The goal is to "give everyone a nice experience," says Carlos (photo).  Hence the name "Aura," which is the feeling you get from another person.  "We want our customers to not just be customers, they are our guests, and will also be our friends."  Carlos is also a barista and personally guarantees every cup of coffee that he creates.  They serve Intelligentsia Coffee which is from Chicago (Aura is the 2nd place in Seattle to serve it).  Everything at Aura is focused on using fine ingredients and having high quality products. Think small and excellent (ie-don't ask for a Venti Caramel Macchiato here..) The eclair uses real vanilla bean cream and there is an entire case dedicated to their macaron selection (16 kinds!).  The lunch menu has croissant sandwiches ($12), Crepes ($7), and salads ($7) that look fabulous. There are great food photos on their Facebook page.

Even though this location is no longer the Christmas store, it still feels a bit like Christmas.  When we were there Carlos was giving each of his customers a little bag of goodies to bring home and try (I now weigh 247 lbs).  There are plenty of tables and the space feels vibrant and open so you can see the bakery in the back.  When I asked Brady for his review he said, "it's very fancy!", but I think it's feels very Euro and friendly.  Make a point to go in to Aura Bakery and say hello. Their hours are Mon- Sat 7a-7p and Sun 8a-6p.  425-576-9555. ~j



High Tea at the Heathman Hotel

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Would you care for a spot of tea?

Starting Oct 24, 2013 thru Feb 14, 2014 you'll be able to have afternoon tea in The Heathman Hotel Lobby. I'm really excited about this!  When I've helped organize wedding/baby showers in the past we've always had to go to The Fairmont or The Sorrento in Seattle.  What a great idea for an eastside hotel that you know will treat you right.   This new offering runs Thursday-Sunday from 12-4pm and is $29/adult and $19/child.  Expect to see a line-up of sweets (madeleines, tartlets,  truffles, biscotti), open-faced delights (curry chicken, salmon/cream cheese, veggie cups, deviled eggs), and scones (cherry, apricot, creme fraiche).  There are nine loose leaf teas from Mighty Leaf Tea Company to choose from.  You can also add a glass of Lucien Albrecht Rose for $12/glass. So fancy! Let us know how it is if you have a chance to go to high tea. Reservations are required 425-284-5900. ~j

The City Wants to See Us..

The City of Kirkland wants us to talk with them and walk with them.  Here are a few events I thought you might want on your radar.

Kirkland 2035: Community Planning Day, Sat 10/19 10am-2pm, Peter Kirk Community Center

Won't we be reading minds and driving personal space shuttles by 2035, you ask?  Ummmm, don't think so- it's not that far off so let's start planning for it.  There will be conversation stations for many hot topics and they want your input. Interactive Sessions will be 1/Comprehensive Plan Visioning: 10:30-11:30am or 12-1pm "What's your vision for Kirkland in the future?" and 2/Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan: 10:30-11:45 or 12-1:15pm where you can see concepts for the future of the Corridor and share your ideas.  Questions send a note to: kirkland2035@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3001.

Cross Kirkland Corridor Community Walk, Sun 10/27 at 1pm.  

Say hello to the Kirkland City Council and together you can celebrate the continuing transformation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor.  An interactive tour of the Cross Kirkland Corridor starts at 108th Ave NE (near South Kirkland Park & Ride) and ends at the Google campus.  A free shuttle will take you back or you can walk the entire 5.75 mile journey and earn a railroad spike.  Go for the spike! Then your grandchildren will believe you when you tell them there used to be a railroad there.  Or at least you'd have a crazy looking sharp object to scare small children on Halloween.  Just thinking out-loud...j


The Woodmark's Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer

I just want you to know upfront that this is SO far out of my comfort zone.  An upscale Halloween party for dogs? But I am not questioning it, b/c I KNOW that many of you are super-committed to your pooches and already have their costumes picked out( just like my little vampires and gangster do this year).  So rock on little poochies.  Here's the scoop--


Halloween has gone to the dogs at The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa. The Woodmark at Carillon Point, is celebrating canine ghouls and goblins with its 2nd Annual Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer, in partnership with CityDog Magazine, on Wednesday, October 30. The Halloween-themed Muttmixer will be held at the Woodmark’s Olympic Terrace from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature tricks for treats for all four-legged attendees; a costume contest; beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase; and plenty of Halloween candy. The contest categories include Best Pack (group), Best Dog and Owner Pair, Funniest Costume, Most Original Costume and Scariest Costume.

“Last year’s inaugural Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer exceeded all of our expectations,” said Julie Mackey, director of sales and marketing for the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa.  “We partied with more than 60 dogs and were so impressed with the creative costumes their owners came up with. We encourage all guests and community members to grab their furry friends and join us in celebrating Halloween this year – it’s an event that no dog-lover will want to miss!”

 The Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer is free to attend. To RSVP, email rsvp@citydogmagazine.com with the number of people and canines attending. For more information about the Muttmixer, visit www.citydogmagazine.com.

Remodel Home Tour

The Remodeler's Council of the  Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties is putting on their annual Remodeled Homes Tour on Oct 19th & 20th.  Hours are from 10am-5pm both days.  Four of the ten featured homes from around the Puget Sound area are in Kirkland- and this event is FREE.  Come both days if you like! I love these home tours- always a great way to get ideas and check out the craftsmanship of local builders.  The other homes are in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Des Moines (which I have no idea where that is?).  During the weekend of the event, directions to each site will be available here and there are a few ways to get tickets.

General rules of being a nice person in somebody else's home apply- no food/drink, no photography, no pets, no strollers, no shoes (booties provided), children must be supervised and parking is limited.  ~j


Vintimate at Trellis 10/3 (and a new sighting on Kirkland Ave)

This sounds delicious and fun-

Trellis Restaurant’s popular Vintimate series is returning to Kirkland on Oct. 3, combining food, wine, local art and music for one unforgettable evening.

What: The Vintimate series includes premium wine with culinary tastings, engaging art and music presented in a relaxed reception style.

Where: The Heathman Hotel’s Trellis Restaurant, 220 Kirkland Ave

When: Thursday Oct. 3, 2013, 5pm-8pm

 Tickets: $30 inclusive advanced reservations or $35 inclusive at door - includes the food, the first glass of wine and commemorative wine glass. Reservations can be made by 425.284.5858 or you can email events@heathmankirkland.com

 Details:  Executive Chef Brian Scheehser will be serving tastes of Trellis, showcasing a variety of farm-fresh small bites specifically created to complement Northwest Cellars premium wines. Local artist Jeffry Myers will display and discuss his original artwork, and there will also be live music to enjoy. 

As I was driving by the Heathman today I noticed a new business on Kirkland Ave......you'll never guess...........salon.  Shocker! It's called Mosaic Salon Group. We must have a lot of hair in this town. Let me know if you get a chance to try it once they are open.

And, yes, Bill the Butcher IS coming to downtown Kirkland. I'm already excited about their housemade paleo jerky and smoked bacon.  Details soon..~j