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Polar Plunge 2020: Are you Ready to Brave the Cold?

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I think you are. I mean, why not? Unless you have a heart condition.  Or you're an infant. Or have pneumonia perhaps.  But aside from those few exceptions you ALL should be ready to participate in this frigidly awesome annual Kirkland tradition on Jan 1st @ 1pm in Marina Park.   The forecast looks like rain, so you'll have the advantage of being pre-moistened before you expose yourself to the rest of us in addition to the 48 degree air and 48.2 degree water.   The site with the water temp info says "this temperature is too cold to swim," (duh)- which is exactly why we do it! It feels good to be a rebel especially when you bend the rules with hundreds of your soon-to-be new friends and neighbors.  So show up.  Hang by the bonfire.  Arrive a little early with your towel, warm clothes/boots/hat, and water shoes.  Or dress like a clown! Whatever makes you happy as you start your 2020.  ~j

 


Lollicup Fresh & Eat Local: Mixing Things Up on Park Lane

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There are some exciting new reasons to stroll a little further east down Park Lane.  First, I should tell you that when I went to Asia earlier this year I developed a little bubble tea habit that I've been trying to keep under wraps.  So I definitely wasn't sad to hear that Lollicup Fresh was opening at 211 Park Lane. This is a franchise out of California and so far, Kirkland is their only location in WA.  Owners Helen and Tri (photo) have been locals for three years and are so friendly and gracious.  They offer bubble waffles ($8), ice cream, boba smoothies and fruit teas ($5-6).  Our family has tried a milk tea and a matcha tea with boba and also a Hawaiian Dance tea lemonade- all delish and I prefer that you please don't tell me how many calories might be in them.  You can customize your treats, of course, to have more or less ice or sugar or boba.  What is boba, you ask? It's those chewy black blobs at the bottom of the drink that are really spheres from partially cooked tapioca powder, which is the refined starch of the cassava plant, a starchy root like taro that is indigenous to Latin America but now grown worldwide.  The good news is that Lollicup Fresh also offers catering and fundraising help- just email them at lollicupfreshkirkland@gmail.com or call 425-307-1842. Hours are Sun-Thurs 11:30-8pm and Fri/Sat 11:30-10pm.

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A skip step from Lollicup Fresh at 205 Park Lane, you'll find Eat Local Remarkable Frozen Meals.  And they really are.   They opened on 11/8.  I wasn't expecting to walk in and feel like I was in a small grocery story with lines of coolers stocked with many many fantastically sorted thoughtfully prepared meals.  Kirkland is their 5th location, with others in Queene Anne, Capitol Hill, Burien and Mercer Island.  This company has been around for over ten years with the mission of serving convenient food with real ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Everything is created in their Burien kitchen and then blast chilled and  frozen to lock in flavor and nutrients until it gets warmed in your oven or microwave.  I was amazed at how everything is colored coded for easy selecting: Vegan, Keto, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Mediterranean, Whole 30, etc and best sellers and staff favorites are highlighted to help you narrow your choices.  Their nutrition guide explains a lot of the different popular 'diets' and what they mean, and they even offer a free nutrition consultation with one of their Registered Dietitians.  These are the same folks that carefully design the recipes to have intentional ingredients and high nutritional value.  Yes, they ARE sneaking veggies in there like your mom did. 

When we stopped by and chatted with the store manager, Lily (photo), she was warming up some samples of "Keto Creamy Chicken with Bacon & Chives" which my son decided we HAD to get for home.  He practically licked his container clean and is still talking about it.  I have to say it was pretty darn delicious, and Russell Wilson, their Brand Ambassador agrees with me.  We also bought  some chicken tikka-masala for my girls (who were impressed!) and a few others to stash in the freezer for another day.  Of course, the more we bought the more we saved.  Most items come in both a single or double-sized serving and range from  $8.99- 10.49 per serving, depending on ingredients.  For dessert they offer locally branded treats such as Acme Ice Cream, Pure Pies and Seattle Pops.  Hours are 9am-8pm daily.  They also have wine and you can dine in if you would like them to warm your food up for you.  I like that they are making us healthy fast and convenient food that we can peruse and talk about and then take home.  But if you prefer, you can also order online and they deliver (free on orders over $98 and also do Uber Eats and DoorDash.  Let me know your faves! We will definitely be back.

 


Final Days of Serendipity

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, a consignment shop at 117 Lake St., will be closing its doors on Sunday Dec 15th.  New clothes and jewelry will be 40% off until then. The building, which also houses the barber shop and pet store, has been purchased and rent was getting read to triple. Yikes.  I'm pretty sad, I've been bringing my clothes/shoes there for years and it was always a fun surprise to stop in and pick up a check and know that somebody else was going to enjoy my things too.  Then I'd spend my check on other cute finds in there! Serendipity will still have their Bellingham location.  Here is the farewell letter from Lisa Lee, the owner:

It has been an honor to be part of the Kirkland community and to have so many wonderful customers over the last 11 years.  Serendipity will be closing its doors in Kirkland December 15th, 2019. As consignors, customers, advocates and friends, you are the ones that made Serendipity successful.  Thank you so much!  I couldn’t have done it without the great employees we’ve had, many of whom have become good friends.

To our consignor customers, all December checks will be mailed at the end of the month.

For those of you still interested in consigning, one of my employees whom has been doing online sales for many years will be offering a “white glove” service. Clare will offer free pick up and drop off to your home.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact Clare Koesters at 360-325-5287 or contactclarescloset@gmail.com and visit her website clares-closet.com.

I will be in the store Saturday, December 14th from 2-6 so if you are in the area please stop by and say goodbye.

Thank you again for 11 great years. 

Warm regards, Lisa


Good Health and More Holiday Cheer

After my daughter was sick for a full 2 weeks and I *thought* I was in the clear, lightning struck and I went down in a ball of flames.  Today is the first time I have dried my hair and stepped foot outside in 3 days.  The fresh air was pretty fantastic after previously feeling like someone removed the bones from my body and boiled me in a 102 degree pot of nauseous serum.   I had all sorts of interesting Kirklandy things to tell you but my fingers didn't have the energy to type and my eyes couldn't stay open for more than 30 mins at a time. Sad story, I know, but it was good to get that out of the way early this season.  And so thankful that my clothes don't make my skin ache anymore! 

It's a good reminder of the importance of our wellness. Hopefully you all are staying healthy and remembering to take care of yourself this season?? 

Here's what I've got (from my recently pretty limited point of view)...

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Musical Holiday Lights on the CKC

Join your Kirkland neighbors on December 13th for an evening of caroling, hot cocoa, the Seahawks’ Blitz, alpacas, a photo booth, and the fifth annual musical holiday lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor! The alpacas and photo booth will be ready starting at 5:00 p.m., and at 5:30 Mayor Penny Sweet will flip the switch to turn on a show featuring 25,000 LEDs custom-programmed to holiday music by Google Kirkland engineers. Parking is limited, so those who can are encouraged to take public transportation, bike or walk to the show.

The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring donations in the form of unwrapped toys for LifeWire and non-perishable food for Hopelink.

What: Musical Holiday Lights on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

When: Friday, December 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Photo booth opens at 5:00 p.m., lights at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Family Fitness and Play Area on the Cross Kirkland Corridor near the Google campus (Approximate address is 499 7th Ave S, Kirkland, WA 98033 - click here for directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/kWLez)

 

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Kirkland Urban is doing a Winter Festival each Saturday approaching Christmas from 2-8pm.  Family fun, arts/crafts, Santa, music and more. 

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is Sun 12/15- You can still sign up and don't worry, there's a Kids' Dash, 5K or 12K. 

 

How was the Holiday Home tour on Fri? Did you go? I had to give my ticket away so I didn't contaminate everyone.  Missing Winterfest too, darn, fill me in please if you went.