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Smoke & Shine Shines


The name just sounds kind of bad ass, right? Well it is, so let down your hair and unbutton your shirt and order up. The old Dub Pub is closed on 124th in Totem Lake and Smoke & Shine Barbecue and Whiskey has arrived. It's been open for about a month now, but everyone seems to have found it just fine. They had been remodeling since July 2018.  Brady and I strolled in after his baseball game on a Sat night to the buzz of people and TV's and live music getting ready to roll.  It's a large space and it's insanely LOUD, at least for my old ears, but it has a fun casual vibe that makes you want a cold beer and gaggle of friends around you.

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The brisket that I ordered was FANTASTIC.  Super moist and tender-def worth going back for. I orderd it a la carte and had some garlicy carrots to go with it.  Oh, they have their own smoke so  don't delay because that brisket....when it's gone, it's gone.  Brady had the pulled pork sandwich which he inhaled after scraping off the cole slaw. Service was great, very prompt and helpful with navigating the new menu. Food came out crazy fast and was $12-14/plate. They have live music on Friday and Saturday nights and there's a big bar in the center of the space. My drink was $13 which was the same as my dinner, so our tab for 2 rang in at roughly $50. Parking is a little tricky because that little lot can fill up fast but plenty of people are constantly coming and going, but you all are used to such challenges.

Hours are Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm. 

Scraps of Info

Have you ever noticed that when it's sunny you don't see many blog posts from me? hmmmm. Something to ponder.  Along with things like this..

Park Lane closing to cars this summer- May 26th thru Sept 22nd  on SUNDAYS Park Lane will be closing to vehicles so that downtown will be walkable from Lake Street through to Kirkland Urban. More sidewalk spaces for the business and al-fresco dining.  If this is successful they may do it all weekend next summer.woot!

COMO is opening at Carillon Point this June.  Slightly mysterious so far, but it sounds like they are a sister restaurant of Cantinetta in Bellevue (yum) and focusing on cuisine from the Lombardia area of Italy that is surrounding Lake Como.  Which I haven't been to yet, but George Clooney hangs out there so it must be awesome.       

Roo's World of Discovery on Central Ave- it's CLOSED. I never had the chance to discover them, but it looks like many parents of toddlers did and really liked it. 

Kirkland Weds Market opens 6/5.  Mark your calendar. You know what to do.

Smoke & Shine Opens in Totem Lake--- Amazing brisket. Super loud. Post coming soon but I'm heading back to the sunshine now.        

My New Family is at BiBi Catering

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I had the pleasure of meeting Parvin Jahangiri of BiBi Catering this week and she left a lasting impression on me with her history, warmth, kindness and passion for creating high quality Persian food from family recipes .  She is located in Shamiana's old location in Houghton near PCC.  Of Iranian descent, her husband was killed in the revolution when her son was only 13.   They moved to Germany, and later to Dallas where her brother was located, and then to Bellevue. She had grown up with her father in Iran being in the food industry and says, "food is my passion. I do it with all of my heart," which you can see by looking at her hands, beautifully stained from spices and hard work.

Parvin has been catering out of the space behind DeRu for the past few years and yearned for the flexibility of her own cooking space.  She put together the most gorgeous spread of food for me- in both appearance and flavors.  She prides herself on the best and freshest ingredients that go into her authentic versions of Middle-Eastern food with a PNW flair.  Get ready for explosions of colors set in a creative presentations. I was lucky enough to try the salmon and shrimp seasoned with saffron, the savory beef tips brushed with lemon juice and olive oil, eggplant with fresh hummus, falafel (even my son ate these, a first for him!). All were delicious! The chutney(cilantro, walnut, chili pepper, vinegar) and dips were fabulous, each with its own unique flavor from the Middle East.  Nothing is fried and she uses small amounts of oil to create her high quality crafted dished made with an acute attention to detail. And don't worry, there will be beer and wine too!

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BiBi's space is clean and airy with simple lines and a handful of tables and counter seating space, following their 5 month remodel.   Parvin caters for many local customers such as Microsoft, Google, and the Gates Foundation and has done weddings for up to 250 people, although her typical catering job is 35-50 ppl. In her new space, she is also able to share her craft with us at the restaurant seating.  They are open for lunch now on weekends 12-6 and weekdays 11-2:30.  It's a buffet style that is $10/lb or $15/plate.  In mid-May they plan to open for dinner with a limited menu. Parvin named her business after her mom, Bibi, which is also her granddaughter's middle name.   When I asked her what she'd like the people of Kirkland to know, she said, "I am so happy to serve them!" and then gushes about how grateful she was for our community and how encouraging and appreciative and supportive everyone has been.  She kinda loves us.  And you're going to love her.  She is warm and gracious and the lady can cook. I got a big hug on my way out.  I think you might too.

Bonus-Stop in and say hello to Parvin (she's there every day). When you eat at BiBi before June 15th and tell them you're a friend of mine/the Kirkland Blog you'll get 15% off.