Our family is mourning the loss of our go-to sushi pickup spot that was hidden in a strip mall in Rose Hill. Where else can you get a 'sushi plate' for $20 and it's delightfully all of the items you like to order anyway? Momoya Sushi & Sake House will be greatly missed, pre-COVID it always had a steady flow of loyalists that flocked to their fresh rolls and chilled sake which paired perfectly with the casual atmosphere and friendly familiar service. Even in the past year there always seemed to be an hour wait for pickup orders if you didn't call before 5pm. This closure has been coming for a few months now, but it doesn't make it hurt any less. RIP Mo.
Want to bring a little action and solve a mystery instead of the usual monotony of your days? Nothing like a good old scavenger hunt to mix things up. Get yourself ready for this month-long citywide contest where you collect a weekly clue to help solve a final riddle and be entered to win a prize drawing. Why not??!! This is for the 18+ crowd because you could be winning an overnight for two at the Heathman with dinner at Hearth. Woot! There are lots of other fun sponsors/gift cards. Sign up on www.kirklandparks.net. It's FREE, but your voluntary donation will go towards the Kirkland Parks & Community Service Scholarship Fund that helps enable families to participate in programs.
This is truly frightening.
With this last year behind us, it seems not much surprises me anymore, but we need to sound the alarm on this one. This is happening in our schools here and now. A friend from Redmond messaged me in a panic that she recently learned about “Plugs” on Snapchat and Instagram. I had never heard of this. Her daughter’s 12-year-old friend used a 'plug' to buy weed in Kirkland. TWELVE. Buying drugs quickly and easily online using social media platforms that don’t have a paper trail. These dealers/fellow students/adults that are selling these products apparently will come to your house or a nearby meeting spot so you don’t have to know how to drive, or even leave the comfort of your pandemic pajamas. Nobody knows what they are REALLY buying and putting in their bodies, not to mention the buyers are often minors 10-15 years old. When I asked my 15yo son if he knew what a ‘plug’ was, he said he did. And so do my friends’ children when they asked. This trend is alive here in Kirkland/Seattle at this very moment.
This video in this UK article is worth watching. https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7j75k/buying-pills-coke-mdma-instagram-snapchat?fbclid=IwAR1-K4L6FNWUT7Sm_nPeCe28TK5NoxVcT2lrHyL7t4xePj77tz4NwvthDkY
How do we as a community help prevent this troublesome trend from escalating? Education, prevention, regulations, let's get this on the radar of every leader and influencer. Many have not even heard of it yet. So pick your jaw up off the floor and let's go.
It sounds kind of naughty, but it's actually sweet. This new boba tea shop, called BobaLust, opened a few weeks ago next to Ace Hardware. The lobby is the size of a large dancefloor, which may come in handy later, but for now, is plenty of room for your socially-distanced pickup. I got my kids a strawberry smoothie, a mango slushie, and myself a Thai tea (all +boba). Their boba is fresh and sweet, and I was intent on not losing any in the crushed ice. Another alluring fact would be their pricing, which is $4.50 -5.50 per drink including tax, which definitely beats other places.
I didn't really discover the joy of boba tea until my trip to Asia (remember when we used to travel?) where these shops are commonplace and there is usually a long line. At first, those funny little gelatinous balls made me squeamish, but now I treasure poking my wide straw through the taught plastic and enjoying the delightful drink (always ask for 50% sweetness, it's still sweet) with chewy boba surprises along the way. What is Boba you ask? It is tapioca starch from the cassava root. You're thinking about trying it, aren't' you? It's only weird the first few times and then it's strangely addicting.
Bobalust has four other Seattle-area locations. Their current hours at the Kirkland shop are Saturday-Thurs 1-9 pm and Fri/Sat 1-10 pm. Follow them on FB and Insta. Comment back here with your favorite drink discovery!
I feel sort of bad for 2021 and the weight she must carry on her shoulders. I do not envy her. We are all cautiously optimistic knowing 2021 has to pick up the pieces of that fresh hell that was 2020 and try to get us moving forward again. I figured it's a good sign that she's making her best effort when I opened my blinds to see THIS, a rainbow so close I could almost touch it (no pot of gold at the end, we checked). I was, however, getting a little uneasy when I read about the series of minor quakes and tremors that have been rumbling nearby lately. Not now 2021, not now, we need you to hold tight sister. I decided it was wise to double-check the status of my emergency-prep supplies and wanted to give you this reminder too. What a great stay-at-home project-right?! Here's a link to our city's advice on building a kit/making a plan. And you can also buy kits from a local company in Redmond that I've used called Prepare Smart, where I'm sure they would do a touch-free pick up and appreciate the support.
Speaking of supporting small businesses- have you heard the news? Kirkland is hosting free parking spots in the Marina Park lot for in-car dining. A handful of the restaurants downtown will deliver right to your car! That's pretty exciting around this house, because if our family can all pile in the car and place a few food orders to arrive curbside while we stare at the lake, pounding rain, and lingering holiday lights from our cars then THAT would be a big night out circa 2021. Baby steps- first a rainbow, then a meal in public inside my car? Things are looking up my friends. Participating restaurants and their online menus can be found here. See you in the park (..ing lot?) ? Yessssss. C'mon 2021. We can do THIS.
PS- are you following the Kirkland Weblog on social media? New Year's reminder: Facebook, Insta, Twitter. Sometimes secrets and little tidbits hit there first. ;-) Besides, we're already friends what are you waiting for?