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Strawless in Seattle


Did anyone happen to see Adrian Grenier hanging around downtown Kirkland last week? Adorbs. He and his entourage of friends from the Lonely Whale Foundation were busy launching their Strawless in Seattle campaign.  Yes, I said strawless-  the ones you drink out of (but now you'll try not to...).  The plastic straws that Americans use 500 million of each day, many of which end up in our oceans.  During the month of September, over 100 restaurants have committed to incorporating sustainable alternatives to plastic straws.  There are a lot of familiar names leading by example and teaming up in this effort to reduce the consumption of plastic straws, such as the Seattle Mariners, Sounders, Seahawks, Seattle Aquarium, Tom Douglas restaurants, Seattle's Great Wheel, the Space Needle, Nube9, Columbia Hospitality, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and more than 100 restaurants and bars. Shout-out to our Kirkland supporters! I saw Anthony's on the list and  The Heathman is on all-in, check out their Facebook contest  (so easy--- do it!), where you can win a voucher for 20% off at Trellis.


Strawless in Seattle presser_Dune Ives_Executive director of Lonely Whale Foundation <-- Lonely Whale Executive Director, Dune Ives (photo credit: Emy Kane/Lonely Whale Foundation)

"We are living during a critical turning point for our ocean, and that's why I'm excited to celebrate the city of Seattle as a true ocean health leader," said Adrian Grenier, co-founder of Lonely Whale Foundation.  "Alongside Lonely Whale Foundation, Seattle's citywide commitment demonstrates our collective strength to create measurable impact and address the global ocean plastic pollution crisis. We are starting in Seattle with the plastic straw and see no limits if we combine forces to solve this global issue."  Check out some of the FAQ here to answer your questions about why this matters.  

There are lots of great videos on their site.  Show your kids.  They'll hop on board too. Our ecosystem goes full circle, and the fish we eat are consuming the microplastics in our oceans. Gross, right? Doesn't seem like it should be so tough to use a cute paper straw instead (or metal or glass or bamboo or reed)! Do you have a business or know of a business that would love the idea of saving our oceans one plastic straw at at time? Challenge them to #stopsucking.  The goal is to remove 500 million plastic straws from the U.S. waste stream in 2017.  You know I love this stuff...little things that can collectively make a big impact on our planet.  Sort of like when we all stopped letting the water run  the entire time we brush our teeth.  Not tough, but makes a difference.  Spread the word. ~j

The Heathman Loosens Its Tie

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at the Heathman Hotel on Kirkland Ave is shaking it up a little.  Not only is there a new chef, Ben Closson from the Nordstrom flagship in the kitchen, but they are working on a more relaxed and approachable image at the hotel.   In order to achieve this goal, they have re-vamped their menu with new items while still keeping some of the old faves.  Expect to start hearing about live music each month, in case Victor the Ukranian bartender wasn't already entertainment enough with his Absinthe concoctions.  You'll see new dinnerware, silverware, fresh outdoor-themed artwork on each floor and room renovations are also in the works for all 91 rooms.  An improved price point on the happy hour menu is designed to lure the crowd that wants to meet for a burger and a beer to watch the game.  

Heathman2017Chambong    Why yes, I'd love a Chambong. thank you.

Wait a minute...did somebody say "happy hour?" Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-ding-dingggggg!  It's 2-6p and 9-close and YES I was there. Don't be ridiculous I wouldn't miss that. Try the Smokey Duck Manahattan- it's an award winner and although I wouldn't typically intuitively order a drink with duck fat in it, it is a deliciously robust liquid meal all in itself.  Don't be scared- do it.   If you're still feeling summery, I really enjoyed the Pear/Thyme martini because it was super refreshing and not too sweet.  And then there is the Chambong (photo)- great for a date or a unique way to start or finish your evening off with some bubbles, in a much-classier than a beer bong but same sort of concept kind of way. $5 wines, $4 well drinks. Infused liquors and great beers abound along with some fancy brewed organic Rishi teas in case you're the driver.

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The happy hour menu had some great food options, especially for the price-point.  There's a delicious green pile of pea vines for $5 (yes, martinis AND greens in one sitting- dreams do come true), lamb meatballs for $9, salmon poke (yum!!) for $9.  And I didn't try the 'fried squeaky cheese' (Beecher's cheddar, tomato fondue) but I have heard this treat alone is worth coming for. Their menu changes seasonally too so be ready for new surprises at any moment.  Feel free to stay in your shorts and flip flops and roll on down to Trellis at the Heathman on any random day to get check out their new vibe.




Upcycling in Kirkland

Nickel Bros Moving Co has been keeping busy around Kirkland lately.  Last Friday, not long after the Trueblood house from 7th Ave got moved to its permanent location, my neighbor's house got picked up and barged away to its new home in Canada. This was no small project as neighbors, spectators, drones and news crews hovered around watching in amazement as workers scurried around underneath the house carefully calibrating, and slowly inching forward, all while seemingly un-phased by the small sways and creaks in the process.  Everyone wins - the homeowner who doesn't have to pay for demolition, the buyer who got a screaming deal on a large home, and of course, Mother Nature who was saved from more waste.  The Kirkland Reporter has the details here.  

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