Wasn't this the best sunny summer we've had in a long time? Despite a few 115 degree days and an ongoing pandemic (booo), I was loving it. My golf handicap even dropped 5 strokes. But now reality is punching me in the face as we launch two freshmen off to college within weeks of each other. I'm currently an advanced college shopping/packing/decorating pro and will be adding that to my resume while promptly heading to "the Q" for Happy Hour to celebrate my almost adult children and the idea of having way fewer dirty dishes and clothes around my house. I wasn't comfortable telling you this secret earlier in the season, because honestly, I was worried you would head over there and take all the seats, and then there would be none for me. But now I'm ready to tell you about Happy Hour at QFC in Kirkland Urban. Technically it is the "Q20 Public House" but it sounds way hipper if we call it "the Q". When a friend asked if I ever do HH at "the Q", I laughed out loud thinking they were kidding. But this is no joke, my friends.
This unassuming, tiny but mighty, open-air bar allows for amazing everyday burger eating/grocery shopping people-watching, coupled with a 3-6 pm daily happy hour that gets you $1 off their already very reasonably priced wine and beer. They have lots of beers on tap starting at $5 (depending on size). Wines are $5-8/glass before it's even happy hour and they're not slackers either. You'll find PNW faves such as Mark Ryan 'The Vincent' Blend for $8 or an Erath Pinot Gris for $6. You can even order a Tutta Bella Pizza at their window. This is a great little casual inexpensive option with underground parking. The only challenge is finding a seat at the bar! There are also indoor tables for thirsty folks in the winter.
Other quick things I think you should know:
- Tom Douglas is not kidding around. He's opening his first Eastside location with a Serious Pie in the Village at Totem Lake. Construction is underway (right near Cinemark) their much-anticipated opening will be early next year.
- See Spot Splash is a City of Kirkland event at the Peter Kirk Pool and Park where your pooch can celebrate the end of the season with some extra fun and new fluffy friends. It is Saturday 9/11 10 am-3 pm, and there are 5 sessions to choose from for different sized dogs. You'll find food, rescue groups, vendors, a cakewalk, and even best-trick contests. Proof of rabies vaccination req'd and pre-registration is highly recommended. Register at kirklandparks.net or 425-587-3330.
- Only a few days left for early bird pricing on tickets to Still Spa at The Woodmark's Pumpkin Spice & Pampering is Nice event 9/28.
- Amazon 4 Star opened at The Village at Totem Lake just across from Athleta. Instead of simply the impulse of clicking purchases, you can now be tempted by the universe's favorite 4 star + rated products right in front of your nose. It's a great place to pick up a gift or even just a chuckle, as we did at the book "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings." Ok, I also succumbed to the temptation of a dryer/styler hair tool I've been curious to try.
Enough for now. This should keep you busy for a while.