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Hearth's new 'Pie on the Fly'

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Hearth at the Heathman Hotel is showcasing its new pop-up "Pie on the Fly" concept with a pizza to-go menu that is hard to resist.  You can get the pizzas ready to go or Papa Murphy's style where they are flash heated and then you bake them for another 15 minutes at home so they are hot out of your own oven.  These medium-sized pizza pies are available Weds- Sunday 3-8pm by calling 425-284-5900.  Our family picked ours up last Thursday (photo of Brady's arms full of 4 pizzas for our family of 5) and our teenagers quickly motored through our new find.  

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These photos give you a little preview of the pepperoni, Italian and margherita.  Steve and I loved the Italian pie with the meat and arugula while the kids preferred fighting over the pepperoni slices.  The meatworks deluxe was also really good, but not photo'd because we started eating that one too soon. You'll find the dough is excellent because it is hand-crafted with Cairnspring Mills local organic flour.  Our family discovered that we really appreciate doing the take/bake option because it gets the crust perfectly crispy and guarantees the pie is piping hot.  Exercising this option also saves you a few bucks over having it baked for you- the cooked pies are $16-23 and the take/bakes are $10-13.  Don't forget about this great local pop-up the next time you are going to order up a few pizzas.   I was silly to not order one of their $10 cocktails or $6 four-packs of beer to go with it!  While we were doing our pickup and parked out front,  it was also a good reminder that Hearth has a fantastic outdoor (and heated) patio to enjoy for everyday COVID-friendly dining. 


BeLocal Kirkland and Farewell to Hector's

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Would you like to help new Kirklanders discover some of your favorite local spots?  Why not share the love?  BeLocal Kirkland is a new resource that is compiling information about great businesses to help people that have just moved here find their (your) favorite places.  It relies on locals' input to create a 'best of the best' list on things like healthcare providers, home services, parks, restaurants, etc. Give your valuable input here before Sept 30th to be entered in a contest to win a basket of local goodies valued at $400.

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And speaking of Kirkland faves, our beloved Hector's is having their final day on 9/27 (this Sunday!) after 45 years with us.  My favorite meal there is the Protein Power-  a burger patty with eggs, spinach and mushrooms on top. So good.  Rumor has it they could be re-opening at The Raw Bar's former location sometime in the future, but that is still unconfirmed, so better get in for your last meal and strong drink at this legendary spot while you can. Thanks for all of the good times, Hector's, you will be missed!


Enough Already

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What's next??! At this point I don't even think I'd flinch if I saw a dinosaur walk past my window.  Asteroid? No problem. In case limiting my social interactions and altering life for COVID wasn't enough, now there's a a dangerous smoke cloud encompassing us while flashing an evil fiery 2020 themed smile.  I just spent last week convincing myself that having my kids doing school at the dining room table w/earbuds and blue light glasses while my husband works in the next room all day is okay.  I was even coming to grips with noticing that my pajama pants (!) are getting snug.  I know, at least I have pants, and a dining room table and nice family and good health/safety, so for those things I am thankful.  But I can still get pissed that 2020 has essentially been an epic game of  disaster whack-a-mole.  I've been trying to think of an appropriate way to celebrate New Year's this year because, honestly, it can't come soon enough. 

I've decided I would like to invent a new drink and that is........... tequila-champagne.  That's right, tequila b/c it's uniquely flavored with a hint of anger to really give our usual light and celebratory champagne-worthy holiday a one-upper.  And if we call it 'Quilapagne' it sounds an awful lot like 'kill-the-pain' which is definitely on-point, don't you think?  Make note, both of these are intentionally low-cal beverages so we can begin to fit back into our normal clothes for 2021. I realize tequila distillers are going to start filling up my inbox after this stroke-of-genius post, but don't worry, I promise to include you all in my celebration when I make the Quilapagne big time.  Fingers crossed that when Good Morning America interviews me I won't still have to be in my mask or on Zoom.  I'm also open to your suggestions of how to celebrate the end of 2020. Please indulge me.

 


A=Anxiety B=Back to School C=Chainline

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This is what high school looks like at Lake WA HS in my house in 2020.  And this is what it might look like if we don't survive the week. Kudos to the genius in the tent using Kirkland wifi. Actually, I was pretty impressed that my kids all got dressed and ate breakfast and assembled themselves in the dining room like good little worker bees on the first day.  A few minor bumps with laptop audio and Microsoft Teams adjustments, but then again, what fun would it be if nothing unexpected happened?  BIG props to all of the teachers and school district support folks that have obviously worked tirelessly to make this remote learning recipe work.  Nothing is perfect, but teachers seem prepared and the tech teams are quickly responding even though we know they must be overwhelmed (Syd got a new laptop the same day she logged her issue w/ helpdesk!). Of course I say this as a parent of three teenagers that attend school at home and craft college essays all day while I sneak off to re-start my waterski habit.  They can feed and manage themselves.  My heart really goes out to all of the parents with full time jobs that are trying to not only doing their own work, but have suddenly become teacher's assistants, tech advisors and short order chefs to their young children.  I would be pulling my hair out if COVID hit our family 10 years ago. Literally.  I am thinking of you all, and I think it's important for your mental health to realize that Chainline Brewery is now open at Kirkland Urban. 

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If you can't escape your kids/pets, then just mask up and bring them! You'll find Chainline's new location (formerly next to Google/the CKC trail) on the second level in the northeast corner of Urban.  There's plenty of outdoor space with a view towards Seattle, and well spread indoor space with high ceilings.  The sun was shining on the patio when I popped in at 3:30, and I had to agree with Ariel (photo) that Chainline is the new 'cool kids on the block' with their friendly easy vibe.  They've got food bites (pretzels, flatbreads), plenty of flagship and seasonal beers, and even cider and wine on tap!

Their hours are Sunday 12-8 and Mon-Sat 12-10pm, so you can escape head out after you put those kiddos to bed. We've got this #KirklandStrong.  Cheers to a new school year!