Here Are the Winners of Our Best Restaurants Readers' Choice Poll

Savvy Seattle magazine readers pick their top dining destinations in the city.

BY: SEATTLE MAGAZINE STAFF | FROM THE PRINT EDITION | SEPTEMBER 2017

Image Credit: Geoffrey Smith Ba Bar's serious pho game wowed our readers.

Image Credit: Geoffrey Smith

Ba Bar's serious pho game wowed our readers.

Readers voted in droves in our annual Best Restaurants Readers' Choice Poll. After checking out their picks, see which restaurants our critics hailed as Seattle's finest here

Best New Restaurant
JuneBaby
Ravenna, 2122 NE 65th St.; 206.257.4470

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Cafe Lago
Montlake, 2305 24th Ave. E; 206.329.8005

Best Eastside Restaurant
Barking Frog
Woodinville, 14580 NE 145th St.; 425.424.2999

Best Rooftop Dining/Bar
Mbar
South Lake Union, 400 Fairview Ave. N; 206.457.8287

Best Cheap Eats
Dick’s Drive-In
multiple locations

Best Restaurant with Gluten-free Options
Capitol Cider
Capitol Hill, 818 E Pike St.; 206.397.3564

Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Cafe Flora
Capitol Hill, 2901 E Madison St.; 206.325.9100

Best Juice Bar
Juicebox
Capitol Hill, 1517 12th Ave., No. 100; 206.607.7866

Best Brunch
Goldfinch Tavern
Pike Place, 99 Union St.; 206.749.7070

Best Independent Coffee Shop
Caffe Ladro
multiple locations

Best View
Ray’s Boathouse
Ballard, 6049 Seaview Ave. NW; 206.789.3770

Best Place for Outdoor Dining
Westward
Wallingford, 2501 N Northlake Way; 206.552.8215 

Best Place to Dine Alone
Sushi Kappo Tamura
Eastlake, 2968 Eastlake Ave. E; 206.547.0937

Best Restaurant for Kids
Frelard Pizza Company
Fremont, 4010 Leary Way NW; 206.946.9966

Best Late Night Dining
13 Coins
multiple locations

Best Waitstaff/Service
Goldfinch Tavern
Pike Place, 99 Union St.; 206.749.7070

Best Splurge Restaurant
Canlis
East Queen Anne, 2576 Aurora Ave. N; 206.283.3313 

Best Tasting Menu
Altura
Capitol Hill, 617 Broadway E; 206.402.6749

Best Sandwich
Un Bien
Ballard, 7302 1/2 15th Ave. NW; 206.588.2040 Shilshole, 6226 Seaview Ave. NW; 206.420.7545

Best Salads
Evergreens
multiple locations

Best Takeout
India Bistro
Ballard, 2301 NW Market St.; 206.783.5080

Best Burgers
Red Mill
multiple locations

Best Barbecue
Jack’s BBQ
Industrial District, 3924 Airport Way S; 206.467.4038

Best Pizza
Pagliacci Pizza
multiple locations

Best Oyster Bar
Taylor Shellfish Farms
multiple locations

Best Seafood
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits
Fremont, 4300 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7532

Best Sushi
Sushi Kashiba
Pike Place, 86 Pine St., No. 1; 206.441.8844

Best Poke
45th Stop N Shop Deli & Poke Bar
Wallingford, 2323 N 45th St.; 206.708.1882

Best Steak
Metropolitan Grill
Downtown, 820 Second Ave.; 206.624.3287

Best Fries
Luc
Miller Park, 2800 E Madison St.; 206.328.6645

Best Korean
Girin
Pioneer Square, 501 Stadium Place S; 206.257.4259

Best Chinese
Dough Zone
multiple locations

Best Thai
Little Uncle
Hilltop, 1523 E Madison St., No. 101; 206.549.6507

Best Indian
Aahaar
Snoqualmie, 7726 Center Blvd. SE, Suite 135; 425.888.5500

Best Middle Eastern
Mamnoon
Capitol Hill, 1508 Melrose Ave.; 206.906.9606

Best Vietnamese
Ba Bar
multiple locations 

Best Pho
Pho Bac
multiple locations

Best French
Café Presse
First Hill, 1117 12th Ave.; 206.709.7674

Best Italian
Spinasse
Capitol Hill, 1531 14th Ave.; 206.251.7673

Best Food Truck
Nosh
location varies; 206.489.8712

Best Ice Cream
Molly Moon’s
multiple locations

Best Bakery
Bakery Nouveau 
multiple locations

Best Doughnut Shop
Top Pot
multiple locations

Best Dessert
Hot Cakes
multiple locations

Best Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
multiple locations

Best Cookies
Hello Robin
Miller Park, 522 19th Ave. E; 206.735.7970

Best Dive Bar
Ballard Smoke Shop
Ballard, 5439 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.784.6611

Best Sports Bar
Quality Athletics
Pioneer Square, 121 S King St.; 206.420.3015

Best Pop‐up Restaurant
Raised Doughnuts 
Chinatown–International District, 510 Maynard Ave. S; 206.623.1776

Best Local Wine Tasting Room
JM Cellars
Woodinville, 14404 137th Place NE; 425.485.6508

Best Local Distillery
Woodinville Whiskey Co.
Woodinville, 14509 Redmond‐Woodinville Road NE; 425.486.1199

Best Cocktail Bar
Canon
First Hill, 928 12th Ave.; 206.552.9755

Best Neighborhood Pub
Mulleady’s 
Interbay, 3055 21st Ave. W; 206.283.8843

Best Happy Hour
Fireside Room 
First Hill, 900 Madison St.; 206.622.6400

Best Local Brewery
Reuben’s Brews
Ballard, 5010 14th Ave. NW; 206.784.2859

10 Great Seattle Spots to Watch the Solar Eclipse

Can't make it to Oregon? There are plenty of places in Seattle to watch this once-in-decades event.

BY: ALEXA PETERS | Posted August 16, 2017

Play hooky for an hour or two and find a Seattle spot to watch Monday's eclipse.

On Monday, Seattle will be at a great vantage point for the solar eclipse, starting at 9 a.m. and ending around 11:39 a.m. Though we won’t be able to see a total eclipse, from our angle 92 percent of the sun will be blocked.

For those of us not taking time off work to travel into the “path of totality” in Oregon where most of the organized events are going down (though the Pacific Science Center's hosting an official Seattle shindig), there are plenty of local parks, viewpoints, monuments and rooftops to see this astronomical wonder from. Here are 10 free or inexpensive places to watch the eclipse near downtown Seattle. Just don't forget those viewing glasses to protect your eyes!

Kerry Park in Queen Anne
The site of many wedding and prom photos, Kerry Park in Queen Anne gives visitors a panoramic view of the Seattle skyline that is postcard perfection. This will be an ideal but undoubtedly popular spot to see the eclipse from on Monday morning, so plan accordingly. Arrive early and park your car in the neighborhoods north of the park where parking is free and more available than in the park’s tiny lot. 

Gasworks Park
For holidays with fireworks, Gasworks is a notorious Seattle viewing spot. Why should the eclipse be any different? Lay in the lush green grass or climb one of the old stacks from the former Seattle Gas Light plant that used to occupy the park to get one of the best views of the Seattle sky around. This will be another popular destination, so do plan accordingly. It’s best to park in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk down or Lyft to Gasworks. Bring a picnic and make it an early lunch. 

Staircase next to Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel
This outdoor staircase next to the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel on Alaskan Way carries you to the iconic Pike Place Market (where the new MarketFront could also offer sweet views) and faces the Seattle waterfront. The views during the climb are spectacular, but it is steep so keep that in mind if your party includes children or seniors. About halfway up the stairs there’s an overlook where you can pause and rest—perfect for the eclipse.

Public Rooftop Garden at Fourth and Madison
During weekday business hours, the public can access a rooftop garden at the Fourth and Madison Building (925 4th Ave.). To get to the garden, enter the building from 3rd Avenue, take the elevator to the seventh floor and exit the elevator through the right door. There, you will find a garden that wraps around three sides of the building—a great spot to watch the sky.

Smith Tower Observation Deck
The Smith Tower invites eclipse-watchers onto their open-air observation deck on Monday. They’ll offer specialty “eclipse” mimosas and coffee, as well as stunning 360-degree views of the city. Be sure to bring your own eclipse glasses, as they will not be provided. Capacity is 400 people, so it's first come first served. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. and run $15-$19 (save 10 percent by booking online). 

Seattle’s Great Wheel
Bring your friends—each gondola on the Ferris wheel holds about eight people—and ride the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 during the eclipse. The wheel opens at 10 a.m., but get there early: lines are always long and will be longer during a rare event. Tickets to ride the wheel are $9-$14. 

Ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island
A unique way to experience the solar eclipse on Monday morning would be on one of Seattle’s quintessential ferries. The best views will be on the ferry to Bainbridge Island, which leaves from the downtown Seattle dock. Here is the WSDOT ferry schedule so you can plan your ride around the peak time for the eclipse. 

Sky View Observatory
On the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center building, the Sky View Observatory offers a 360-degree view of Seattle. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 11pm, tickets are $10-$15 and kiddos under 5 get in free. 

Discovery Park
For a quieter experience more immersed in nature, try hiking out to the lighthouse on the shores of Seattle's flagship park to catch the eclipse. Pack a lunch and stay the day if you're boss won't notice: Discovery Park offers views and hikes you can’t get anywhere else in town. 

Belvedere Park
Located on Admiral Way in West Seattle, Belvedere Park’s viewpoint gives a staggering view across Elliot Bay. It’s a popular destination for wedding photos and ought to make for a scenic eclipse viewing spot. Take some time to appreciate the park’s historic totem pole, too, which was carved by a fifth generation descendent of Chief Seattle.

A Guide to August’s Rare Total Solar Eclipse

ARE WE ALL GONNA DIE?

Be ready: It’s the first in the continental U.S. since 1979, and won’t occur again until 2024.

By Allison Williams  6/12/2017 at 8:00am  Published in the July 2017 issue of Seattle Met

THERE’S NOTHING MORE NATURAL than eclipses, which were reported in ancient history and cited in the Bible (check Amos 8:9). One occurs every 18 months, somewhere on the planet. But they only happen in the same specific spot every four centuries or so, and for a long time they were…confusing. 

Some North American indigenous groups made noise to scare the sudden darkness away, while in Togo it was traditionally a time to resolve feuds, in hopes that the sun and the moon would make up. Public observatories have reported that in advance of eclipse events, they hear questions about whether the eclipse will hurt pregnant women or unborn children.

“You will understand why people sacrificed animals and people. It’s amazing to see a black hole in the sky,” says Tom Masterson at the Table Mountain Star Party. There’s scant evidence that the ancients of any continent went into a murderous frenzy during eclipses. Then again, this will be the first solar eclipse in the twenty-first century to take place along the I-5 corridor, which is already apocalyptic on a good day.

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Eclipse Dos and Don’ts

  • Don’t Assume you can drive into the path of totality a few hours before the event; the state of Oregon is expecting a million visitors within its borders, and even rural roads become clogged with drivers leading up to eclipses.
  • Do Travel somewhere likely to have a cloudless day, like Eastern Washington. The eclipse will still be spectacular in places where it’s only partial (like Seattle), but the skies must be clear to get a good show.
  • Don’t Try to photograph the eclipse if you’re a beginner and in the path of totality, advises star shutterbug and president of the Seattle Astronomical Society, Stephanie Anderson. “Totality is so brief, just go and experience it,” she says.
  • Don’t Look at the eclipse without proper eyewear. 
  • Do Use glasses or simply watch shadows of the eclipse projected through a hole in a box or piece of paper—no special shades required.

10 Places to Celebrate National S’mores Day in Seattle All Weekend Long

A S'mores-gasbord of Options Ranging From Milkshakes to Macarons

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

If you close your eyes, you can almost pretend you're still at camp—especially if you get one of Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery's limited edition s'mores kits. COURTESY OF HOT CAKES

If you close your eyes, you can almost pretend you're still at camp—especially if you get one of Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery's limited edition s'mores kits. COURTESY OF HOT CAKES

Thursday, August 10, is National S’mores Day, and to commemorate this momentous "holiday," we’ve compiled a s'mores-gasbord (sorry) of places that offer takes on everyone’s favorite childhood dessert—some of which are available year-round, and some of which are only available this weekend in honor of the occasion. The options below range from chocolate bars to milkshakes to cookies to actual s'mores, but it's hard to go wrong with graham crackers, marshmallows, smoke, and chocolate, so we're pretty sure they'll all be delicious.

1. S'mores Tart at Dahlia Bakery
Usually, a visit to the Dahlia Bakery means a huge slice of T. Doug’s triple coconut cream pie, coined “Seattle’s Favorite Dessert” by many. Not today, friends. Today you want the s’mores tart, a concoction of all things good and right in this world: chocolate ganache, a plump, smoky mallow, and a single homemade graham cracker nestled comfortably in the middle of it all. You could also try the s’mores ice cream, available at Dahlia LoungePalace KitchenSerious PieSerious Pie & Biscuit, and Etta’s.

2. “Mackles’more” at Hello Robin
Capitol Hill’s Hello Robin features the “Mackles'more” regularly—it’s a s'mores cookie with Theo chocolate chunks, and yes, it’s named after that Macklemore (also reportedly a Capitol Hill resident).

3. Limited Edition S’mores Kits at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery
In honor of S’mores Day, Hot Cakes is bringing back its award-winning “s’mores kits” for one weekend only. The kits include all the ingredients you need for crafting your ideal s’more: cold-smoked chocolate, buttery graham crackers and house-made mallows (enough to make six total). They’ll be stocked in both Ballard and Capitol Hill shops starting today, while supplies last. You could also try Hot Cakes’ s’mores molten chocolate cake (roasted to order), the s’mores bar, or the s’mores cookie.

4. The S’mores Macaron at Lady Yum
Lady Yum has an impressive selection of macarons in every color and flavor, but one that is especially intriguing is the s’mores macaron. Dainty French delicacy meets scrappy, all-American amuse-bouche? It has all the trappings of a perfect hybrid.

5. S'more Cookie at Midnight Cookie Company
Fremont’s Midnight Cookie Co. is the perfect solution to your nighttime munchies, and it also just so happens that they have a special s’mores cookie on their regular menu. At $1.75, you can easily and affordably satiate your s’mores craving with this all-in-one masterpiece.

6. Complimentary Nightly S’mores at Shelter Lounge
Shelter Lounge in Ballard offers all the ingredients for making (free!) s’mores outside in its fire pit area. Anyone can have access to the nightly s’mores with the purchase of an entree.

7. The S’mores Sundae at Shug’s Soda Fountain
Shug’s Soda Fountain downtown has a cute, retro feel and a large variety of ice creams that may be transformed into sundaes. One of those elevated sundaes is the s’mores version, resplendent with marshmallows (toasted tableside—yes, really), graham cracker crumbles, and chocolate.

8. Chocolate Pie with Smoked Marshmallow at Slab Sandwiches
Slab features a year-round chocolate pie with smoked marshmallow—the perfect $6 mouth-pleaser after a meaty porchetta sandwich.

9. S’mores Days at Theo Chocolate
Theo is unveiling its new s'mores collection just in time for National S'mores Day, and besides the fact that the $5 goodies sound delicious (homemade organic graham crackers, marshmallows, and fresh Theo chocolate), the company is also donating $1 from each s'more to Mary's Place.

10. S’mores Ice Cream at Molly Moon's
Luckily for you, National S'mores Day sometimes becomes a National S'mores Month. For the rest of August, Molly Moon's will be scooping s'mores-flavored ice cream at each location, complete with graham cracker crust, marshmallow, and milk chocolate ganache. We hear there is a discernible "hint of smoked salt," and "torched marshmallow." Need we say more?
This was added after this post's original publication.

Need s'more advice about how to enjoy today's dessert of choice? Consider a few hints from the s’mores-happy, 1993 cult classic movie The Sandlot.

New 21-Plus Movie Theater With Full Bar, Restaurant Opens in Bellevue Cinemark's swankier new addition joins its regular Lincoln Square theaters.

BY: MAX ROSE | Posted August 3, 2017 | Courtesy of seattlemag.com 

Image Credit: Provided by Cinemark Theatres Inhale this burger while watching Ben Stiller's next terrible rom-com.

Image Credit: Provided by Cinemark Theatres

Inhale this burger while watching Ben Stiller's next terrible rom-com.

Just when you thought Lincoln Square was done with its summer expansion, Thursday welcomes the addition of a new 21-plus movie theater and lounge.

The Cinemark Reserve boasts ergonomic electric-powered recliners, a purportedly fancy digital projection setup, wall-to-wall screens and (best of all) a full bar. As if craft beer, wine and cocktails weren’t enough, the grown-up theater will also offer seat-side ordering service throughout showings, so you don’t have to miss Spider-Man web-tying bad guys to tee up sandwiches, salads, quesadillas and fish tacos (among other options) from the full kitchen.

And if you don’t have time for a flick, you can always kick back in the lounge or on the outside terrace to try out the drink and dining options.

 

“We’re looking forward to offering the downtown Bellevue community a brand new, luxury movie-going experience,” Cinemark CEO Mike Zoradi said in a statement. “[The theater gives] our guests a choice to dine at their seats, enjoy a relaxing dinner in our lobby lounge or grab a craft beer on the terrace after work.”

To kick off opening weekend, the new theater is offering a 2017 Cinemark refillable popcorn bucket and cup full of other Cinemark swag for the first 100 guests to purchase a ticket in the box office or present a receipt of their online purchase.

Tickets to Cinemark’s swankier new theater run $13-$20—not much more than the $10-18 it charges at its existing Lincoln Square theater.

To view movie show times, buy tickets and reserve seats, visit Cinemark.com or visit the box office on the third floor of Lincoln Square South. Don’t forget to hire a babysitter, since the new “luxury” theater—and dinner lounge and terrace—are 21-and-over.

It's been a rough year for Seattle movie theaters, with two beloved theaters closing in June. But the new Cinemark Reserve joins a crop of regional theaters with sweet amenities that put sticky-floored, stale-popcorn pushers to shame.

Seattle's Boozy Slushy Obsession Will Save Us From the Heat Wave. Here Are Our Faves

Keep cool with five of our favorite boozy slushies.

BY: AJ RATHBUN | Posted August 2, 2017 | Courtesy of seattlemag.com 

Image Credit: Provided by No Bones Beach Club Beat the heat with a piña colada at Ballard's vegan tiki bar No Bones Beach Club.

Image Credit: Provided by No Bones Beach Club

Beat the heat with a piña colada at Ballard's vegan tiki bar No Bones Beach Club.

This week might be the hottest of the year and for those of us more acclimated to Seattle’s usually cooler climes that heat can be hard to beat.

One great remedy? The many boozy, icy, slushies that have popped up at bars around town. Cool it down with one of the below.

No Bones Beach Club: Piña Colada
One of the classic blended up beauties, the piña (it’s too hot for the full name) can lean towards dreck-y mush. But not when you escape to have it at this Ballard vegan haven. Here, it delivers a solid and lush dark rum base that shines through and fortifies while matching up with coconut, pineapple and a little sweetness. Rupert Holmes would love it. I dare you to try to drink just one. And no matter how sweltering, pair it with some of the best nachos in town.

Dino’s Tomato Pie: Bluth's Fortune
A creation of bar manager Jabriel Donohue that nods toward fruity, summertime favorites (as well as the comedically-delicious Arrested Development), this frothy number pairs up Novo Fogo Chameleon cachaça, Speed Craft passionfruit syrup (tangier than most), Giffard’s dreamy banana liqueur, crème of coconut and Angostura bitters. And lots of ice, naturally. It’s flavorful and fun, with a notable pink-purple coloring.

Bok a Bok: Soju Slushy
The Korean spirit soju isn’t naturally a fiery-weather pick. But when tropically wielded with fruit juices and blended with ice, it’s wonderfully refreshing. The ingredients within this White Center Korean fried chicken joint’s slushy machines change regularly, but during my last visit the mix harmonized lychees and passionfruit with the soju. If you’re one who likes to combine heat with heat, pair your slushy with the four-chili hot sauce.

Nacho Borracho: Avocado Margarita
This Capitol Hill hotspot usually has a variety of frosty choices, all of which can do the job when the temperature is creeping dangerously close to three digits. But the avocado marg provides something a little different for your summertime sipping, and sometimes changing things up helps take your mind off the sweat dripping down your back. Also, Nacho Borrcaho serves food until 1:30 a.m., in case you want to eat after sundown.

Heritage Distilling: Gin & Tonic Slushie
While you might think “bar” when searching out your glacial glee, Heritage does a slushy “bevandas” (Italian for “drinks”) menu every summer. While the Pineapple Upside Down Cake sounds delightfully dangerous, the gin & tonic slushy made with local Bradley’s Kina Tonic syrup and Heritage’s Elk Rider or Batch No. 12 gins is our pick. You’ll have to head to Gig Harbor, but and getting out of the city might in itself be cooling (provided you have AC).

Ballot Drop Box Locations

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Return your ballot to a ballot drop-off location, no stamp required. Your ballot must be returned to a ballot drop-off location by 8 p.m. election day. Plan ahead to avoid lines.

24-hour drop boxes

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Closes on election day, August 1, at 8 p.m. 
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Auburn

Auburn Library
1102 Auburn Way South
Auburn, WA 98002
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Muckleshoot Tribe - Philip Starr Building
39015 172nd Avenue SE
Auburn, WA 98092
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Bellevue

Bellevue Regional Library
1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
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Crossroads Shopping Center
(south entrance) 
15600 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
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Bothell

Bothell City Hall
18415 101st Avenue NE
Bothell, WA 98011
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Burien

City of Burien - Town Square Park
(corner of 5th Ave SW and SW 152nd St) 
400 SW 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166
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Covington

Covington Library
27100 164th Avenue SE
Covington, WA 98042
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Des Moines

Highline College* 
(entrance across from 27th Ave S)
2400 S 240th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198
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Enumclaw

Enumclaw Library
1700 1st Street
Enumclaw, WA 98022
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Fall City

Fall City Library
33415 SE 42nd Place
Fall City, WA 98024
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Federal Way

Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003
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Issaquah

Issaquah City Hall
130 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
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Kenmore

Kenmore City Hall
18120 68th Avenue NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
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Kent

Kentridge High School
12430 SE 208th Street
Kent, WA 98031
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(near parking garage entrance) 
401 4th Avenue N
Kent, WA 98032
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Kingsgate Library
12315 NE 143rd Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
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123 5th Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
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Lake Forest Park City Hall
17425 Ballinger Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
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Hobart Food Market
20250 276th Avenue SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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25720 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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Mercer Island Community and Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Newcastle City Hall
12835 Newcastle Way
Newcastle, WA 98056
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Algona-Pacific Library
255 Ellingson Road
Pacific, WA 98047
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Redmond City Hall* 
15670 NE 85th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
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Fairwood Library
17009 140th Avenue SE
Renton, WA 98058
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King County Elections*  
919 SW Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
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3201 NE 7th Street
Renton, WA 98056
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Sammamish City Hall
801 228th Avenue SE
Sammamish, WA 98075
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Valley View Library
17850 Military Road South
SeaTac, WA 98188
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Ballard Branch Library
Corner of NW 57th St and 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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Beacon Hill Library
2821 Beacon Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
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12015 Roseberg Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98168
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Broadview Library
12755 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133
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Chinatown-International District
Uwajimaya
619 6th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
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Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry Street
Seattle, WA 98122
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Green Lake Community Center
7201 East Green Lake Drive North
Seattle, WA 98115
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High Point Library
3411 SW Raymond Street
Seattle, WA 98126
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King County Administration Building
500 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
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Lake City Library
12501 28th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125
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Magnolia Park* 
1461 Magnolia Boulevard West
Seattle, WA 98199
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NewHolly Campus of Learners
7054 32nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
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Rainier Beach Community Center
8825 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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(northeast corner) 1701 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
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12601 76th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98178
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8604 8th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
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Schmitz Hall
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1409 SW 107th Street
Seattle, WA 98146
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Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th Street
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Snoqualmie Library
7824 Center Boulevard SE
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
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Tukwila Community Center* 
12424 42nd Avenue South
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Vashon Library
17210 Vashon Hwy SW
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17105 Avondale Road NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
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Still Having Trouble Deciding on Votes? Find All Candidate Profiles Here

Ballots for the primary election are due Tuesday. It’s not too late to vote.

By Hayat Norimine  7/27/2017 at 9:14am | Courtesy of seattlemet.com 

Turnout for primary elections are historically low compared to the general elections, lower on off-years (odd-numbered years without presidential or mid-term elections). And this year voters may have an even tougher time deciding, with 21 candidates running for mayor, eight candidates running for an open at-large seat on the Seattle City Council (left open by Tim Burgess’s retirement). 

But it’s not too late. Ballots are due Tuesday, and PubliCola is doing a press blitz for those who are still undecided at the 11th hour of voting. Questions largely focused on affordable housing, homelessness, and the city’s efforts at police accountability—three hot-button topics in this year’s election—but the profiles also give a taste of the candidates’ backgrounds and what they say their priorities would be in elected office. 

Here are the profiles we’ve published so far. More will be coming Thursday and Friday. We prioritized the high-profile mayoral candidates first, those most likely to make it through the primary, with the goal of also profiling candidates who have raised or put more than $10,000 into their campaigns. Other candidates who have raised money and weren’t profiled: Gary BroseCasey CarlisleGreg HamiltonJames Norton Jr.Larry Oberto, and Jason Roberts

Mayoral Candidates

Seattle City Council Position 8 Candidates

Updated July 29, 2017, at 1:47pm: This post contains links to other candidates not included in this list. Not all candidates PubliCola hoped to profile could be covered.

Seafair Weekend! What you need to know!

All information courtesy of Seafair.com 

Date: Aug 04 - Aug 06, 2017

Location(s): Genesee Park

A Pacific Northwest tradition since 1950, Seafair Weekend is the culmination of the Seafair Festival. Dubbed by some as an unofficial Seattle holiday, this is the most anticipated event of summer. Seafair Weekend offers a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, tastes and action. With boat racing on the water, aerobatic performers in the sky, live music and delicious food on land, the best place to experience Seafair Weekend is at Genesee Park on Lake Washington! 

Seafair Weekend features:
-Boeing Seafair Air Show
-Albert Lee Appliance Cup
-Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience
-Graham Trucking Seafair Cup
-and more!

New this year is the Aetna Kids' Zone that includes FREE Kids Rides and Inflatables Courtesy of Aetna. The Official Health Care Plan of Seafair Festival. Come meet Princess Elsa and Spider Man, face painting, balloon artists, and MORE! There will be shaded seating for parents.

Nominate your Favorite Teacher and School for Awesome Prizes at the Aetna Teacher Wall of Fame!

Water/Land Schedule

Friday – August 4th 8:00am – Gates Open
8:00 – 9:10am – Grand Prix World Hydroplane Testing
9:00am – 5:00pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Experience
9:10 – 10:30am – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
10:30 – 11:05am – West Coast F1 Powerboat Testing
11:05 – 11:20am – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
11:20 – 11:45am – Hyperlite Wakeboard Grandstand Demonstration
12:00 pm - Navy Band Northwest
2:20 pm - Geoffrey Castle
2:40 – 3:20pm – West Coast F1 Powerboat Testing
4:00 pm - Future Shock
3:20 – 5:20pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying

Saturday – August 5th 8:00am – Gates Open
8:00 – 10:00am – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
9:00am – 5:00pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Experience
9:00am – 4:45pm – Beach Water Polo Tournament
10:00 – 10:25am – West Coast F1 Powerboat Testing
10:25 – 11:05am – Grand Prix World Hydroplane Testing
11:00 am - Marina Christopher
11:10 – 11:25am – West Coast F1 Powerboat Heat 1
11:25 -11:40am – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
11:40 – 11:55am - H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1A
11:55am – 12:10pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1B
12:00 pm - Navy Band Northwest
12:10 – 12:35pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Grandstand Demonstration
2:20 pm - Nolan Garrett
3:10 – 3:35pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Grandstand Demonstration
3:40 – 3:55am – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2A
4:00 pm - Andrew Landers
3:55 – 4:10pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2B
4:10 – 4:25pm – Grand Prix World Hydroplane Heat 1
4:25 – 4:40pm – West Coast F1 Powerboat Heat 2
4:40 – 5:45pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
Monster BMX Stunt Show
10:55 – 11:15am – Show 1
2:30 – 2:50pm – Show 2
4:20 – 4:40pm – Show 3


Sunday – August 6th 9:00am – Gates Open
9:00am – 3:45pm – Beach Water Polo Tournament
9:30 – 10:35am – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
10:00am – 4:00pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Experience
10:35 – 11:10am – Grand Prix World Hydroplane Testing
11:30 – 11:45am – Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
11:45am – 12:00pm – West Coast F1 Powerboat Heat 3
12:00 – 12:15pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3A
12:15 – 12:30pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3B
12:30 – 12:45pm – Grand Prix World Hydroplane Heat 2
12:45 – 12:55pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Grandstand Demonstration
3:35 – 4:00pm – Hyperlite Wakeboard Grandstand Demonstration
4:15 – 4:30pm – Grand Prix World Hydroplane Final
4:30 – 4:45pm – West Coast F1 Powerboat Final
4:45 – 5:00pm – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Final
5:00 – 5:15pm – Awards Ceremony
Monster BMX Stunt Show
10:55 – 11:15am – Show 1
2:30 – 2:50pm – Show 2
4:20 – 4:40pm – Show 3

Air Show Schedule

Friday – August 4th
11:40am - US Air Force A10 Flyover
11:45am - John Klatt - Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco
12:15pm - Brad Wursten - MXS-R Aerobatic Aircraft Teaser
12:30pm - US Coast Guard SAR Demo - MH65 Helicopter
12:45pm - PBY - Catalina - Flying Boat
12:55pm - Sean Tucker - Oracle Challenger
1:10pm - US Air Force - F22 Raptor Demonstration
1:30pm - US Navy - C130 Fat Albert
1:40pm - US Navy - Blue Angels - FA18 Demonstration


Saturday – August 5th
12:25pm - Brad Wursten - MXS-R Aerobatic Aircraft
12:30pm - John Klatt
12:50pm - US Air Force A10 Flyover
12:50pm - Sean Tucker - Oracle Challenger
1:10pm - US Air Force - F22 Raptor Demonstration
1:30pm - US Navy - C130 Fat Albert
1:40pm - US Navy - Blue Angels - FA18 Demonstration
2:30pm - John Klatt - Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco
2:45pm - Brad Wuesten - MXS-R Aerobatic Demonstration
3:00pm - US Coast Guard SAR Demo - MH65 Helicopter
3:15pm - PBY - Catalina - Flying Boat
Sunday – August 6th
12:55pm - Sean Tucker - Oracle Challenger
1:10pm - US Air Force - F22 Raptor Demonstration
1:30pm - US Navy - C130 Fat Albert
1:40pm - US Navy - Blue Angels - FA18 Demonstration
2:30pm - John Klatt - Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco
2:45pm - KC 46 Flyover
2:55pm - Brad Wursten - MXS-R Aerobatic Aircraft Teaser
3:10pm - US Air Force A10 Flyover
3:15pm - US Coast Guard SAR Demo - MH65 Helicopter
3:30pm - PBY - Catalina - Flying Boat

Ticket and Seating Information

Tickets are required at entry.

Free Friday

Skip the line and pick up your FREE FRIDAY tickets at the locations below.

Pick up a FREE FRIDAY general admission ticket at:

HomeStreet Bank
Albert Lee Appliance
One Main Financial
Locations and pickup schedules are available here!

General Admission

Single Day – Adults: $30 in advance, $40 at the gate Seniors/Youth: $10

  • Purchase a General Admission ticket at the early-bird prices and pick your day when the time comes. Tickets are valid for either Saturday or Sunday.
  • Purchase three-day tickets in advance and receive a discounted rate

Championship General Admission - $75 (valid all three days of Seafair Weekend)

  • Includes a Pit Pass

Bleacher Seating

Single Day - $60

  • Located directly on Lake Washington with prime views of the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup and the Boeing Seafair Air Show
  • New this year, bleachers are limited capacity general admission, first-come, first-served

Championship Bleacher Seating - $150 (valid all three days of Seafair Weekend)

  • Purchase three-day tickets in advance and receive a discounted rate
  • Includes a Pit Pass

Captain’s Club

Single Day - $150

Due to popular demand, Captain’s Club is back! Enjoy complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages in a private space with the best views of the start/finish line for the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup.

  • Ticket reserves a single seat at the front of the club with shared hospitality space at the back of the club.
  • Tickets are available to the public beginning March 20.
  • Purchase three-day tickets in advance and receive a discounted rate
  • Includes a Pit Pass

Championship Captain’s Club - $400


Military & Boeing Employees
Boeing Employees & contractors and active duty, reserve, & retired military may enter Seafair Weekend Festival for free by presenting their Boeing or Military ID badge at the special Boeing & Military entry gate at Genesee Park.
Boeing employees & contractors and active duty, reserve, & retired military may also purchase additional reduced price general admission tickets for $20 per ticket, per day. Tickets can be purchased through the Boeing store or at the gate.
 

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Reserve Your Log Boom Spot Here

 

Neighborhood ticket information:

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The Lure of La Dolce Vita at Sirena Gelato

By Denise Sakaki | July 25, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

Photos by Denise Sakaki

Photos by Denise Sakaki

Sirens, the alluring sea creatures of mythology, tempted sailors with a haunting melody, drawing their ships toward rocky shores. Walking through the modern-day Kirkland waterfront neighborhood, your gaze will fall upon a finned tail, attached to a blond maiden holding a frozen dessert alongside the serpentine script reading, Sirena Gelato. Instead of a bewitching song, you’re hooked by the heady perfume of vanilla, hints of citrus, and a trace of toasted espresso. And you’ll be drawn in, not to rocky shores but rocky … road. Or at least something similar as you peer at the rows of swirled gelato, hopelessly fated with the epic task of deciding which flavor to choose.

Roman history brought Brian Ugurlu from the Pacific Northwest to the shores of Italy for a year during a study-abroad program as an undergrad at the University of Washington. However, it was the siren song of the Italian joy for life, la dolce vita, that lured him away from a future as a historian of Napoleonic Italy, and ignited a passion to bring traditional gelato to our shores. It’s been 12 years since he opened the first Sirena Gelato shop in the Fairhaven Historic District, a bustling waterfront area in Bellingham. A few years later, Ugurlu opened a second shop in Kirkland, which has been happily indulging the Eastside’s sweet tooth for over half a decade.

“I was in my 20s; I’d never heard of gelato before, most people in my class hadn’t either,” Ugurlu said of his time abroad. “In Italy, you eat gelato three or four times a day. They eat it for breakfast there — put fruit on it — they eat it all the time! I was thinking, we have to do this in America!”

He remembers sending his parents enthusiastic emails about putting together a gelato shop upon his return from Italy. Raised in a family of hotel and restaurant managers and owners, it was a perfect fit, perhaps spun by the Fates themselves. So he set out to educate himself. A third generation gelato maker from Venice taught Ugurlu a traditional family recipe, which, combined with his own experience of living in Europe, helped him develop the gelato base he uses now.

Years ago, gelato was considered exotic to American palates, and Sirena Gelato was a part of its sweet education process. “People would say, ‘What is it? Is it hot? Is it cold? Is it whipped cream? Is it Jell-O?’” he said. “I didn’t have a model for what a gelato shop should be. We’ve all had ice cream, but back in 2005, gelato was harder to come by. We had to make it up as we went along; what flavors worked, what didn’t. It was a steep learning curve to get to where we are now.”

Gelato vs. ice cream — so what’s the difference? He explains: “It’s made with milk instead of cream, and as a result, it has much less fat (and) less calories. The machine whips it very fast and sucks the air out. It’s (denser) than ice cream. It also contains less sugar; most traditional gelato flavors aren’t sweet.” The result is a dessert that’s so rich it ribbons and swirls like a satin bow with a distinctive sheen. Sirena’s commitment to tradition produces something complex from the simplicity of milk and cane sugar. Unlike frozen custard, there are no eggs in a gelato base, and that leaves a sweet and pristine blank canvas to infuse with whatever flavors one desires.

“The reaction I get from customers is, ‘Wow! That really tastes like hazelnut!’ or ‘That lemon is very lemony!’” Ugurlu said. “I think we live in a time where so much is artificial, or people are making a product where they put just a little flavor in. But my philosophy is we go 110 percent. With pistachio, we load it with pistachios; you get that saturation point where there’s no mistaking what you’re eating.” He describes a customer favorite, the Oreo cookie gelato, as “cement-grade,” explaining how whole cookies are churned into the base, crushed, and mixed in, but it never loses the identity of what it is. The same goes for all the flavors; jammy fruit swirls and chunks of nuts are visible, giving the gelato a textural, rustic beauty that celebrates ingredients. It retains that Old World tradition, as Ugurlu recalls of his days in Italy, “You definitely eat with your eyes.”

Local palates inspired many of Sirena Gelato’s flavors. Along with Oreo cookies, cake batter is popular, and he also makes gelato bars and cookie sandwiches. “I try to Americanize it in some ways, make the flavors accessible,” he said, while keeping Italian favorites like roasted pistachio; hazelnut; and stracciatella, a delicate version of chocolate chip ice cream using fine shavings of chocolate. But don’t think gelato is a dessert too grown-up to have fun. He admits to a mad scientist streak, experimenting with flavors. ”I’m always getting crazy ideas. We tried buttered popcorn, and pancakes with syrup.” History is rooted in Sirena Gelato’s foundation, but a love of dessert is its siren song.

Washington's New E-DUI Law: What You Can And Cannot Do

Images and Information Courtesy of wadrivetozero.com

No More Excuses.

Beginning July 23, 2017, it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held cell phones while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices, even tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance provider.

No Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving

  • Even when stopped in traffic or at a traffic light
  • No typing messages or accessing information
  • No watching videos or using cameras

You CAN Use Your Device If You Are:

  • Hands-free (such as using Bluetooth) and can start use by a single touch or swipe without holding the phone
  • Parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic
  • Starting your GPS or music before you drive
  • Contacting emergency services

Electronics DUI (E-DUI) Ticket Cost

A Driving Under the Influence of Electronics ticket, an E-DUI, is the type of ticket drivers will receive if pulled over for using a hand-held electronic device while driving. The cost for receiving an E-DUI increases with each infraction. All violations will be available to your insurance company.

First E-DUI – $136

Second E-DUI (within 5 years) – $234

Not Included in the Law

  • Transit and emergency vehicle drivers are exempt. Drivers of commercial vehicles must follow federal laws.
  • Two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio equipment are not included in the law.

Dangerously Distracted

You can also get a $99 ticket for other types of distractions such as grooming, smoking, eating, or reading if the activity interferes with safe driving, and you are pulled over for another traffic offense.

Why?

  • Fatalities from distracted driving increased 32 percent from 2014 to 2015 in Washington.
  • 71 percent of distracted drivers engage in the most dangerous distraction, cell phone use behind the wheel
  • One out of four crashes involves cell phone use just prior to the crash.

Can’t resist?  Pass your phone to the passenger, put it in the glove box, or turn it off before you drive.

How to Survive the Gastro Chaos of Seattle's 400,000-Person Food Fest

Don't let this mega food fest intimidate you—you got this.

BY: CHELSEA LIN | Posted July 20, 2017

Image Credit: Bite of Seattle You need this in your weekend plans.

Image Credit: Bite of Seattle You need this in your weekend plans.

Like parenthood or law school or a bite of a ghost pepper, you should not embark upon the Bite of Seattle food fest this weekend without knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Three days. Four hundred thousand people. More than 60 restaurants and specialty food companies. Craft beer and wine. Chef demos, musical performances and likely a mad case of heartburn followed by a next-day hangover. All in the shadow of the Space Needle.

Bite of Seattle laughs at your little neighborhood street fest.

But because this is what we do, we’ve put together a primer for your food fest adventure. Follow along for optimal enjoyment: 

Go on Friday.
Our hypothesis is that fewer guests will visit Friday (July 21), so if you dislike waiting in line for meat on a stick as much as we do, play hookie and head over around lunch. Stay all day: On Friday night, they’re showing everyone’s favorite ‘80s flick Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for free at the Mural Lawn Stage at 8:30 p.m. The weather should be lovely, you don’t have to pack your own picnic because you will have been eating all day. Plus, there’s a beer garden.

Splurge on VIP access.
Before you ask, “But why would I pay to get into a free festival?” look at the benefits that come with access to The Bite Cooks! lounge: an exclusive rooftop bar, meet-and-greet with local chefs like Loulay’s Thierry Rautureau and Megan Coombes of Altstadt (one of our fave bars to catch a Sounders game), special snacks and a view of both the chef demos and the live music on the Fisher Stage. Also, and this is crucial: This area is 21 and over only. Each ticket is $25 to $45 ($5 of which goes to Food Lifeline) and allows you access for a few hours—check out the lineup here.

Have a culinary game plan.
OK, there’s simply no way to eat your way through this entire festival, even if you attend all three days (and your cardiologist doesn’t advise you to do that). We recommend sticking with the just-a-bite options, which are all under $3.75, if you want to enjoy the maximum amount of different tastes. Larger featured dishes are still under $10, and arguably sound more delicious. A few we wouldn’t miss: Afghan Delicious’ kabuli pulow combo, Bai Tong Thai’s pad thai, Simply Soulful’s fried catfish and Biringer Farms’ legendary strawberry shortcake. Save room for the food trucks—we’ve been especially excited to try Tabassum, an Uzbek food truck that’s been making the rounds.

Don’t drink too much.
For obvious reasons. Even so, taking public trans is a great idea for multiple reasons—you can drink more than you should and you won’t have to pay an exorbitant amount for parking.

We won’t even get into the performance schedule—here’s a lineup if that’s your thing. Now go forth and eat!

Bite of Seattle runs July 21-23 at Seattle Center.

Bergdahl Real Property's Top 10 Kirkland Happy Hours!

By the RedB team

What is better than a good Happy Hour?! A good Happy Hour right in your own backyard! We have been doing our research and have decided on our Top 10 Kirkland Happy Hours....in no particular order as it was hard enough to narrow it down this far! Cheers!

Milagro Cantina

Images & Information courtesy of milagrocantina.com 

"A bit of authentic Mexico in lively downtown Kirkland.  At Milagro Cantina, sights, sounds and aromas mingle to create the romance of a Latin experience. Rich dark woods, leather accents and fiery cauldrons evoke a suave sophistication and flair. The air is filled with the aromas of dishes prepared in authentic style from the freshest local ingredients. The inspiration for the menu draws from regional Mexican cuisine, and the staff spares no detail in preparation."

Happy Hour Daily

3:00 - 5:00 P.M.

10:00 - Close

Hector's

Images & Information courtesy of hectorskirkland.com

"Your favorite foods prepared with uncommon flair, conveniently located in downtown Kirkland!

The 40 year tradition carries on at one of the Northwest’s most revered neighborhood establishments. Join us for classic comfort food, prepared from the freshest ingredients, served by a friendly wait staff that makes out-of-towners feel like regulars, and regulars feel like home. The Sunday brunch with our classic Eggs Benedict isn’t just a menu item – it’s a local institution. Or drop in for a drink in front of the 114-year old carved mahogany bar back, and imagine the stories it could tell you.

The original brickwork and cozy fireplaces are still here. So is the longstanding tradition of great food with unparalleled friendly service."

Happy Hour Daily

3:00 - 5:00 P.M. 

10:00 - Close

Trellis

Images & Information courtesy of heathmankirkland.com

"At Trellis, the menu is crafted around what's fresh for the season. Food to make your taste buds happy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether sharing plates with friends, or enjoying a casual dinner for two, the atmosphere is lively and the service welcoming. A popular neighborhood destination for locals, as well as guests of The Heathman, Trellis is also a prime hot spot for Kirkland Happy Hour. Try a craft cocktail featuring house-made infusions on the patio that's open year round, or a glass of Washington wine at the bar. (Pairing that glass with food works too!)

Speaking of food, the menu is inventive and flavorful, and not at all stuffy. Trellis works with local purveyors that specialize in all the amazing ingredients that are available in the Northwest. And with food, there should always be great beverages. Trellis partners with local wineries, breweries and distilleries for an authentic regional experience with tastes that you can't find just anywhere.

Trellis' weekend brunch in Kirkland is not to be missed, and if you're looking for a fun place to relax the day away, experience our Afternoon Tea served Thursday through Sunday. Add a glass of bubbly to top off your tea in style!"

Happy Hour Daily

2:00 - 6:00 P.M. 

9:00 - Close

Bar & Patio Only

Beach House

Images & Information courtesy of beachhouserestaurants.com

"The BeachHouse bar + grill restaurants are located on the Waterfront in Kirkland and in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle. Chef/Owner Ricky Eng stays true to his Northwest roots with the use of fresh, natural and local ingredients served up in a menu of gourmet burgers, oversized sandwiches, fresh salads, and Northwest seafood dishes. Locals and visitors alike enjoy our lively neighborhood bar atmosphere, Hand-Crafted Cocktails, Refreshing Draft Beers and a Delectable Wine List. Offering Lunch, Dinner, Daily Happy Hours and Weekend Breakfast."

Cactus

Images & Information courtesy of cactusrestaurants.com

Since 1990 we have been offering Seattle innovative Southwestern, Mexican and Spanish cuisine from our humble Madison Park restaurant, Cactus. Home to Seattle’s first tapas bar, we continue to innovate with seasonal menus, nightly specials and fresh cocktails.

In early 2002 we ventured east and opened our second restaurant in downtown Kirkland to great success. Realizing that proximity to large bodies of water was surely a good thing, we founded our third location right off Alki Beach in West Seattle. We set our sights on downtown Seattle in 2011 and opened a fourth location during the fall in the up-and-coming South Lake Union neighborhood. Finally, in 2013, we ventured east again and opened our largest location at Bellevue Square.

Join us for hand-crafted cocktails, daily happy hour, and the always exciting cuisines of the American Southwest and Mexico.

Happy Hour Daily

Weekdays 3:00 - 6:00 P.M. 

Weekends 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.

BOCADITOS

Red Chile Roasted Cauliflower

Smoked fresno aïoli, serrano chiles, pickled fresno chiles, Cotija cheese, cilantro.

Chips & Salsa

Warm homemade corn chips and Cactus salsa casera.

Guacamole

Crushed Hass avocados, cilantro, lime, onions and serrano chiles with pico de gallo and warm chips and salsa.

Spiced Caesar

Chopped romaine hearts with chile–dusted croutons, Cotija cheese, black beans and roasted corn tossed in our smoky Caesar dressing.

Smoked Chicken Chop Chop

Romaine hearts, bacon, red pepper, radish, jalapeño chiles, olives, pico de gallo, pepitas, Cotija cheese.

Grilled Jalapeños

Herbed goat cheese, bacon, buttermilk crema.

Smoked Chicken Quesadilla

Bacon, poblano chile rajas, guacamole, buttermilk crema.

Chipotle-Mushroom Quesadilla

Jack cheese, Laura Chenel’s Sonoma goat cheese, caramelized onions, poblano chiles, crema, guacamole.

Nachos

Roasted corn, black olives, jalapeños, pico de gallo, charred tomato salsa, buttermilk crema and guacamole.

Apple Wood Smoked Chicken Flautas

Baby arugula, lime vinaigrette, queso blanco, chipotle cream.

Mexico City Street Tacos

Three small street tacos with house–made corn tortillas — one each with house–made chorizo, carnitas Yucatecas, spicy potato rajas.

Tex Mex Queso

Beecher’s Flagship cheese, house–made chorizo, red onions, cilantro, warm white corn tortilla chips.

Camarones d' El Diablo

Crispy white Mexican prawns, spicy Diablo sauce, coriander–pasilla verduras escabeche, mango–pineapple mojo.

Spicy Ahi Tacos

Spicy Baja “poke,” red onion, smoked fresno aïoli, avocado, crisp corn tortilla.

 BEBIDAS

Mules

House–made ginger beer with tequila or vodka, dope copper mug.

Cactus Margarita

The classic. 100% Blue Agave Blanco, organic agave nectar, lime.

Classic Mojito

Our version of the Cuban national cocktail is a wonderfully refreshing blend of light rum, fresh mint, fresh lime juice and sparkling water.

XX Amber Beer

Prosecco La Marca

Veneto, IT. Soft floral and citrus aromas are followed by notes of crisp green apples, bright citrus and light mineral undertones on the palate. Clean, refreshing
and elegant.

Chardonnay, Columbia Winery

Elegant Northwest style Chardonnay. Bright aromas of pear, apple and tropical fruits with balanced acidity. Finishes with notes of sweet vanilla oak.

Red Blend, Columbia Winery

Columbia Valley, WA. Rich full bodied Syrah and Merlot blend with ripe red fruit characteristics and hints of spicy vanilla and nutmeg.

Sangria

Sparkling punch made daily with seasonal selections of wine, fresh fruit and brandy. Served over ice.

Dobel Reposado

Cactus Barrel Select Shot with salted Tecate, 9

The Market St.

Images & Information courtesy of themarketstkirkland.com

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Local Kirkland Restaurant & Bar with hand crafted cocktails, comfort food & more! Fresh local ingredients with a caring staff that will make you feel like you are the only customer there! 

Happy Hour Daily

4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Drink Specials and rotating food menu.

The Lodge Sports Grille

Images & Information courtesy of thelodgesportsgrille.com

Happy Hour Daily

Sunday - Thursday: 3:00 - 6:00 P.M, 9:00 P.M - Close

Friday  - Saturday: 3:00 - 6:00, 10:00 P.M - Close

Wilde Rover

Images & Information courtesy of wilderover.com

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"Established in 2006, Wilde Rover believes that there is no simpler form of entertainment than good food, drink, music, conversation and friends. Our philosophy on food revolves around this. Start with high quality ingredients. Add passion, integrity and technique....and friendship will endure. At Wilde Rover we strive to offer something for everyone, to bring people together with food that is simply good."

Happy Hour Daily

3:00 - 6:00 P.M

10:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M. daily, 1:00 A.M Friday & Saturday

HAPPY HOUR FOOD

Sliders

3 Sliders of your choice on a brioche bun - 9
Beef - Irish Cheddar, whole grain mustard aioli
Lamb - Tyrosalata, tomato, cucumber
Pulled Pork - Whiskey BBQ sauce, Kale-slaw

Salad

Choice of Public House, Caesar or Wedge - 4

Basket of Chips

‘Fries’ served with house-made tartar and curry ketchup - 4
add a cup of curry sauce - 1

Crispy Jumbo Wings

Jameson Whiskey, Traditional Hot, or chipotle-garlic dry rub - 7

Loaded Potato Skins

Crispy fried potato skins, minced Irish bacon, cheddar cheese, scallions, and roasted garlic & horseradish sour cream - 6

Boxty Quesadilla

Roasted chicken, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and peppers stuffed into a boxty and topped with chipotle cream, served with fire-roasted pico de gallo - 7

Brussels Sprouts

Choice of : Balsamic rasher and smoked bacon jam, white-wine bloomed golden raisins, toasted hazelnuts, and pecorino cheese OR citrus-caramelized with pomegranate arils- 7

Reuben Tots

Corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut in a rye bread crumb crust, served with thousand island dressing - 2 each

Mediterranean Trio

Hummus, peperonata and tyroslata, served with cucumbers, kalamata olives and grilled pita points - 6

Smithwicked Clams*

1/2 pound of manila clams in Smithwicks Irish Ale and lemon-thyme broth, bacon, chilies, and shallots. Served with half a grilled potato baguette - 7

Irish Poutine

Chips (fries) topped with fresh cheese curds, smoked bacon and scallions, smothered in brown gravy - 6

Smoked Salmon and Lox

Pacific cold-smoked salmon, Turkish-spiced lemon lox, braised-beet spread, citrus greens, crispy boxty wedges - 9

Guinness Lamb Stew

Roasted lamb, carrots, celery, sweet onions, pasnips, new potatoes, in a rich Guinness-rosemary gravy, served with fresh Irish soda bread - 7

Irish Nachos

House-made potato crisps, Southwest-seasoned shredded pork, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, scallions, olives and fire roasted pico de gallo. Add sour cream for .5 - 6

Basket of Cod & Chips

Crispy-fried wild Alaskan cod with chips, served with tartar sauce and ketchup - 7.5

Anthony's 

Images & Information courtesy of anthonys.com

"Anthony's HomePort Kirkland is located on the Eastern shores of Lake Washington with stunning views of Hunts Point, Sand Point and the Seattle skyline. This location was founded in 1975 and was the very first Anthony’s HomePort."

Happy Hour Daily

Monday - Thursday: 4:30 - 9:30 P.M

Friday & Saturday: 4:30 - 10:00 P.M

Sunday: 3:00 - 9:00 P.M

Rotating menu, sample menu below. 

Bottle & Bull

Images & Information courtesy of bottle-bull.com

"Experience the travels of Ernest Hemingway through your palette, eating and drinking your way through the cities that Hemingway loved to frequent; Havana, Paris, Florence and Pamplona (where he discovered his love for bull fighting!) to name a few. 

Focusing on scratch cooking with hand crafted cocktails; as fluid as the seasons. 

Like Ernest Hemingway, our hunger knows no borders!"

Happy Hour Daily

3:00 - 6:00 P.M

Bar Specials

16oz Can of Montucky $4

16oz Can of Cider $5

Draft Beer of the Day $5

Torres Verdejo White $7

La Gardea Garnacha Red $7

Moscow Mule $7

vodka, lime juice, house ginger soda

Old Fashioned $8

bourbon or rye, sugar, angostura

Classic Margarita $8

blanco tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup

Dark & Stormy $8

aged rum, black strap rum, ginger soda

Katie Marie $8

vodka, elderflower liqueur, orange & grapefruit juice, bitters, sparkling wine

Classic Daiquiri $8

aged rum, lime juice, simple syrup

Red Sangria 8

red wine, brandy, orgeat, fruit juices

Food Specials

Oysters $2.50 ea.

champagne mignonette*

Speck-Wrapped Dates $2 ea.

goat cheese

Truffle Pomme Frites $4

roasted garlic aioli

Pork Belly Slider $4 ea.

pickled apple, frisee, BBQ sauce, brioche bun

Lamb Slider $5 ea.

vaudovan aioli, smoked tomato, chevre, pickled shallot*

Pickled Eggs $5

smoked salmon mousse

Albondigas $6

pork & lamb meatballs, roasted red pepper, garlic, soft herbs

Grilled Lacoti Farms Asapargus $8

orange beurre blanc, pistachio

Cubano $9

smoked pork, ham, cheddar, pickles, Dijon, smoked BBQ jus

Mussels $9

tomato chipotle, white wine, garlic, lime juice, cilantro

Tostones $9

shrimp a la plancha, crispy plantains, avocado, spicy aioli

Teatro ZinZanni to Live on at Marymoor Park

The popular dinner theater heads to the Eastside this fall.

BY:  MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Posted June 20, 2017

Image Credit: Michael Doucet

Image Credit: Michael Doucet

After losing its Seattle location this year, Teatro ZinZanni is heading east.

Three months after packing up its big top, Teatro ZinZanni is getting its second life.

The dinner theater institution closed this year after the lease on its Queen Anne location expired. At the beginning of the year, a developer purchased the plot from the Seattle Opera, Teatro ZinZanni’s longtime landlord. After a bitter fight to extend its stay, the curtain officially dropped on the theater group in March.

But on Tuesday, ZinZanni brass announced it’s mounting a comeback this fall at Marymoor Park. A six-month run of its original show Love, Chaos, and Dinner kicks off in the Redmond park on Oct. 19.

“We are thrilled to join forces with King County Parks as we make ourselves at home on the Eastside,” said Norm Langill, ZinZanni founder and artistic director, in a statement.

Langill went on to praise Marymoor Park as “King County’s most scenic location” and a “spectacular” live entertainment destination. The company leader also noted that Eastsiders have long flocked to ZinZanni’s Seattle digs.

“I can think of no better place to launch the next chapter of Teatro ZinZanni's history,” he said.

Of course, the century-old cabaret tent that’s housed ZinZanni’s cheeky, interactive shows for years will make the trek across Lake Washington. For Marymoor Park, the Seattle area’s premiere outdoor concert venue, the theater’s run adds a cool-weather draw after the summer concert season dies down.

According to the announcement, Teatro ZinZanni is still hunting for a permanent home in the Seattle area. But at least for now, the show will go on.

“Stay tuned,” Langill said. “The best is yet to come for the most amazing and dedicated fans in the world.”

Solar-Powered Brewery Opens in Once Beer-Starved Kirkland

Maelstrom Brewing Company makes its Eastside debut Thursday.

BY: MICHAEL RIETMULDER  | Posted July 13, 2017

Image Credit: Scott Vanderheiden

Image Credit: Scott Vanderheiden

By nature, brewing beer isn’t the greenest endeavor. The energy and water it takes to brew a 50-barrel batch is enough to make Al Gore pull his hair out.

A flat roof with direct sunlight isn’t usually the first thing aspiring brewery owners look for in a building. But the solar-panel potential was a definite perk for Scott Vanderheiden when he found the home of his new Maelstrom Brewing Company.

“There’s a part of me that’s guilty that I’m using a lot of water and a lot of electricity, because this is big equipment,” the Prius-driving brewer says.

That brewer’s guilt (and a decent deal through the city) led him to install a 9-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of his brewery, which opens Thursday. While Maelstrom won’t be entirely sun-powered, it’s enough to offset a portion of Maelstrom’s energy use and knock a chunk off his electricity bill.

Photo by Scott Vanderheiden

Photo by Scott Vanderheiden

For Kirkland beer fans, Maelstrom becomes just the third brewery within city limits, joining Flycaster (which is reportedly for sale) and pilsner aces Chainline. Back when Vanderheiden started casing out locations near his Kirkland home, the Eastside burb was a local beer dessert, he recalls. Vanderheiden and his wife/co-founder Katherine hope to keep Maelstrom a neighborhood taproom, with limited distribution in the area.

Maelstrom’s 1,750-square-foot brewery has seats for 32 in the taproom, plus another 20 on the patio outside a roll-up garage door. They’ll debut with just a handful of beers—a porter, pale ale, IPA, Belgian wit and a kolsch, one of Vanderheiden’s personal faves. With 18 taps (including a cask handle and a couple nitros), Vanderheiden plans to flesh out his lineup over time, doing the usual one-offs and experimental beers small breweries can.

As Vanderheiden, who still works as a full-time radiologist, readied for Maelstrom’s opening, the homebrewer of 20 years has largely been brewing to style. He enjoys the challenge of trying to replicate beers with a sense of place, while making them his own. Vanderheiden draws some inspiration from his travels through Western Europe, including his last trip to Cologne where he hit four kolsch houses over two days.

“Brewing is magical where you can take some malt, yeast, water and a little bit of hops and in a few weeks you get this beer that reminds you of that time you were in this place, having this great time,” he waxes.

Maelstrom Brewing Company
11014 120th Ave. NE, Kirkland

Renewed Beauty: Remodeling Excellence Awards

By 425 staff | June 15, 2017

Older homes and buildings have history, character, and stories to tell — there is something special about bringing these spaces back to life. Every year, the members of the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties submit their favorite projects to the Remodeling Excellence Awards. Check out the 21 first-place award-winning remodels, and be inspired.

Major Remodel Excellence Residential

Beach House Refined

Whole House/Rebuild, Less than $300,000

This home feels fresh, airy, and beachy thanks to light and bright choices from the doors and trim, to the counters, walls, and even the light gray floors. “A major overhaul of this 3,000-square-foot home includes a kitchen remodel, three-and-a-half baths, wet bar, flooring, lighting, doors, trim, and paint throughout the home,” according to the design statement. “The remodel literally began at the front door, and new finishes and trims were selected throughout. Built-in cabinetry acts as a bar for family gatherings, but looks elegant enough to greet visitors.” Armada Design & Build, Inc.,armadabuild.com

Picnic Point Bluff

Whole House/Rebuild, More than $500,000

Back in 1956, this home was originally built as a summer vacation cabin in Edmonds. Yep, the now-bustling waterfront town used to be a premier vacation spot. When it was time to make this cabin livable full-time, the family enlisted Blox Construction in Everett to knock down walls, reconfigure rooms, and make it current and functional. “To stay within budget, the extra-large deck was kept, but minimized, to allow for natural lighting for the basement and a private master bedroom deck,” according to the design statement. “The kitchen, living area, and dining space now open to uninterrupted views of the Puget Sound and Olympics.” Blox Construction, Inc.,bloxconstruction.com

Leschi Historical Renovation

Whole House/Rebuild, $300,000 to $500,000

This home near the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle may have been built in 1891, but it is probably more energy-efficient than some new homes on the market today, thanks to a thoughtful (and stunning) remodel. The home “embodies the spirit of Seattle both then and now. This major remodel is a stunning example of a well-crafted home incorporating green building features such as radiant heat, an on-demand tankless water heater, energy-efficient windows, recycled materials, along with no VOC paints,” according to the design statement. “The open and flexible floor plan is warmer and significantly more livable, all while consuming significantly less energy than before.” LimeLite Development, limelitedevelopment.com

Sand Point Waterfront Retreat

Partial House/Addition, More than $250,000

The team planned for almost a year before it took on this 1937 waterfront home in Seattle (last renovated in 2004) and updated it to fabulousness — because everyone wanted to get it perfect. “Renovating a waterfront house is all about enhancing lifestyle and views, and this home is a perfect example of both,” according to the design statement. “Today the walk up to the entrance and through the front door is welcomed by warmth, well-appointed spaces, and attention to detail in every nook and cranny.” Nip Tuck Remodeling,niptuckremodel.com

Wine Time

Partial House/Addition, Less than $100,000

A whole room dedicated to your favorite reds, whites, and friends — that’s something to toast. “The dream of an incredible wine cellar prompted a reframed, reinsulated, resided, and reroofed space to meet the stringent requirements for the perfect cellar temperature and moisture,” according to the design statement. “A self-contained cooling unit and venting to the exterior ensures the perfect temperature for 2,287 bottles of wine.” Sockeye Homes, sockeyehomes.com

Queen Anne House Remodel

Partial House/Addition, $100,000 to $250,000

If this Seattle home could talk, it would have so many stories to tell. “This 1905 Queen Anne home has been many things — grocery store, pharmacy, and rooming house, to name a few,” according to the design statement. “An earlier remodel converted it back to single-family. The goals this time were an open kitchen, guest bedroom and bath, mudroom entry, accessible storage, and living and dining room beautification.” Potter Construction, potterconstruction.com

Built for Fun

Basement Remodeling Project

What if the coolest hangout in town were your own basement? This 1914 basement was refinished and includes a bar, pool table, plenty of seating, and even a kegerator. “What used to be a forgotten part of this historical home has quickly become the most popular hangout in the house,” according to the design statement. “It has been transformed into an entertaining space with a rustic, Pioneer Square bar vibe, complete with industrial feel. Refinished aspects serve as a reminder of the home’s history.” Sockeye Homes, sockeyehomes.com

Design Excellence

Fit for Family

Interior design, Less than $125,000

It was time to update this home and say goodbye to the 1980s. The homeowners wanted their family room and kitchen to flow better, and they wanted to be able to watch TV while they eat. “Additional requirements included temperature-controlled wine storage, increased vertical kitchen storage, and an updated fireplace feature wall,” according to the design statement. “The result is a shimmery, quiet, welcoming area that is both comfortable and durable. Pops of color in paint, fabric, and art provide visual richness, and two pieces were found for the art wall. The clients are proud to parade friends through!” Kirsten Conner Interior Design, kirstenconner.com

Sleek in Seattle

Details/Finishes/Trades

This kitchen is sleek, simple, and shiny. “The homeowners wanted to push the contemporary limits of this kitchen with a high-gloss, flat-panel Euro design. Enter custom cabinetry,” the design statement said. The new island is situated to maximize the kitchen space. “The sink was conveniently placed at the end of the island for ease of access.” Vision Woodworks, Inc., visioncabinetry.com

Dreamy Carport

More than $40,000

When you have a hot car, you need a place to park it. “To house his Corvette Stingray, and improve his quality of life into retirement, this homeowner worked with the crew to design and remodel his attached carport into a beautiful new covered entry and storage,” according to the design statement. “Incredible craftsmanship, fine details, and great talent went into creating this transformation.” The materials used match the style of the home for a seamless addition. Irons Brothers Construction, ironsbc.com

Waterfront Kitchen Remodel

More than $140,000

During the remodel, this kitchen tripled in size, taking advantage of the Lake Washington view. “The outcome is jaw-dropping,” according to the design statement. “The remodeled kitchen now draws a visitor seamlessly from one state-of-the-art appliance to the next, circling the large island, and brushing past high-end cabinetry with custom matching panels for the refrigerator and dishwasher. The enchanting new kitchen and breathtaking views across Lake Washington make this a fully realized project.” Pathway Design & Construction, pathwaydc.com

Breath of Fresh Air

$90,000 to $140,000

This kitchen is made for family life. There is a large island for the kids to pull up a chair and do their homework. “From cramped and dated to open concept, this project features a kitchen and dining room made for entertaining and taking advantage of the beautiful lake view,” according to the design statement. “The clean, open appearance of the new white cabinets pairs with the backsplash. The open floor plan makes daily living easier for the entire family.” Potter Construction, potterconstruction.com

A Wine Connoisseur’s Kitchen

$50,000 to $90,000

This homeowner loves sharing wine with friends and family and wanted to create a space for that. “A new layout affords more elbow room in the range area for cooking, while warm oak hardwood floors paired with maple Shaker cabinetry help keep the room bright. The island is fitted with a wine cooler and wrapped in weathered wood,” according to the design statement. They also blended rustic with contemporary — notice the warm wood on the kitchen island and how it balances out the cool stainless-steel appliances. Palmer Residential, palmerresidential.com

Kitchen Refreshed

Less than $50,000

When you are working with a tight budget, it is best to work with what you have and improve from there. “Due to budget constraints on this Seattle project, the existing footprint was utilized as much as possible. A counter-depth refrigerator, microwave drawer, professional-grade range with a chimney-style hood vent, and dishwasher were the primary monetary investments,” according to the design statement. “Cabinet storage was maximized by adding two Lazy Susan trays and several large storage drawers, in addition to ceiling-extended upper cabinets.” Sockeye Homes, sockeyehomes.com

Open and Accessible

Universal Design

Universal design centers on accessibility, and this newly designed space not only looks beautiful but also is making life more comfortable for the entire family. “The mother of this home desired universal features to help care for her physically challenged son, who uses a quadriplegic wheelchair,” the design statement said. “A 285-square-foot addition includes a spacious shower room with entrance from the bedroom, where a true wet-room easily accommodates his wheelchair. ADA features and grab bars throughout add stability and security. A privacy window and sliding glass door bring in natural light, the latter also helping with exterior access.” Sockeye Homes, sockeyehomes.com

Garden Studio

Architecture

When the homeowners wanted to create a space for guests, the team had to get creative. “The only option to gain guest accommodation and keep a deck was to dig down and create a garden apartment with a roof deck,” the design statement said. “The result is a 312-square-foot, sun-filled guest apartment with a kitchenette, bathroom, and stunning polished concrete floor.” Alexandra Immel Design, alexandraimmeldesign.com

Green Remodeling Project

Winning in Westwood

This remodel was about making space for a growing family on a budget, and it had to be done in an environmentally friendly way. “The goal for this green project was to transform a typical Seattle War Box home into one that is intriguing, yet approachable with modern, super-functional design for an expanding family,” according to the design statement. “(They) had an eye on making choices to increase efficiency, comfort, and a healthy indoor environment … their two-story addition showcases a hybrid of simple and complex sustainable building solutions, suitable for projects of all sizes.” Mighty House Construction, mightyhouseconstruction.com

Bath Excellence

Masculine and Modern

$35,000 to $55,000

This entire bathroom was renovated to create space for a walk-in shower with a frameless enclosure. Pebble tiles, oil-rubbed fixtures, and floating bamboo cabinetry all come together harmoniously. “Old World charm becomes New World luxury with the remodel of this main bathroom in Rainier Vista,” according to the design statement. “The clients — artists themselves — worked with the design team to plan a masculine, modernized space.” Irons Brothers Construction, ironsbc.com

Sammamish Spa Retreat

$55,000 to $75,000

Don’t you feel more relaxed just looking at this bathroom? It has a jetted Jacuzzi tub, a large walk-in shower, and double vanities with lots of storage for fluffy towels, and fancy soap. “Every inch of the room has purpose and has been thoughtfully planned to meet the clients’ wishes. The footprint changed dramatically, and square footage was added,” the design statement said. “The clients now have a beautiful suite that flows naturally with the home and provides the retreat they had envisioned.” Nip Tuck Remodeling, niptuckremodel.com

Master Bath with a View

More than $75,000

Um, check out that view! This remodel was centered on maximizing it. The homeowners added a new, dual-control shower, soaking tub, and a glass surround. The room is bright and open. “Moved to a new location, the vanity now features two stylish sinks and faucets, separated by a large floating medicine chest,” the design statement said. “Fashionable, custom cabinets dramatically lit from underneath, a contemporary glass tile backsplash, and designer light fixtures complement the tasteful theme.” Shirey Handyman Service/Shirey Construction, shireyhandyman.com

Budget-Friendly Beauty

Less than $35,000

Simple yet elegant, this bathroom was once awkward. The team removed some walls and made way for a spacious tub and shower combo, with Venetian marble tile. “It (provided) the aesthetic of natural stone without the maintenance — or the price-tag. Budget-friendly floor tile and baseboards, and a coordinating mosaic shower tile provide an appealing color palette that blends with the stocking gray quartz countertop,” according to the design statement. “A standard-size furniture style vanity with crystal-cut acrylic knobs provides a traditional feel and open towel storage.” Sockeye Homes, sockeyehomes.com

Splash, Spin, and Eat at These Theme Parks

Soak up as much sun as possible while it is shining

By 425 staff | June 27, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

ummer in the Northwest equals soaking up as much sun as possible while it is shining. And it also is the time when the area theme parks are spinning us ’round and ’round, wave pools are packed, and ice cream is being consumed by the gallons. Here are some of our favorite area attractions.

Wild Waves & Enchanted Village

It’s a water park on one side, and an amusement park on the other. Plan to spend the whole day at this Federal Way gem. Little kids will enjoy Hook’s Lagoon, a water area with small slides and some splashing. Daredevils will find plenty of water slides to get the butterflies going. However, we could float along the Lazy River all day long. On the ride side, there are several roller coasters to get the heart pumping, and plenty of kiddie rides for those littles. Since you’ve burned all the calories, don’t forget to refuel with an elephant ear.

Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach

Silverwood Theme Park is worth the drive to Idaho — whether you are a thrill-seeker or a kid just getting into rides and slides, there is something for everyone. Travel Channel highlighted the “Aftershock” as the best top-hanging coaster. It reaches 65 mph, and has a 177-foot drop. It goes forward and backward. Intense! 

Great Wolf Lodge

OK. Sometimes the sun isn’t shining, or you need a respite. Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound to the rescue. This indoor waterpark is open year-round, and you won’t have to worry about sunburns when you swim, slide, and splash. If you want to head outside, there’s a neat ropes course!

Slidewaters Lake Chelan Waterpark

Any Eastsider who has made their way to vacation at Lake Chelan has probably visited Slidewaters. The theme park is consistently named in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards.

Remlinger Farms

U-pick fields, rides, and ice cream. This is like an old-fashioned country fair in Carnation, and it’s open every day during the summer through Sept. 4, when it switches to the fall schedule. There’s a train! 

Healthy Bonez Beverage Company Opens in Kirkland

Photos by Collin Greenleaf.

Photos by Collin Greenleaf.

By Julie Arnan | June 27, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com 

Based on the premise that everyone could use more plant-based foods in their diet, husband-wife duo Collin and Shandy Greenleaf opened Healthy Bonez Beverage Company, serving raw cold-pressed juices, dairy-free smoothies, and açaí bowls topped with house-made gluten-free granola. They started with a food truck, which you may have seen parked outside Market Street Grill on Kirkland’s Market Street. But they recently put on the parking brake and opened a brick-and-mortar storefront in Totem Lake at the corner of 124th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street. It’s tucked behind the driving school and Ken Zaburo Sushi restaurant, but drive around to the back for an HB Beverage fix.

“We want to provide a wellness opportunity people can get behind by eliminating preconceived ideas about what ‘healthy’ tastes like.”

Healthy Bonez Beverage Company’s Beast Mode Bowl

Healthy Bonez Beverage Company’s Beast Mode Bowl

“We want to provide a wellness opportunity people can get behind by eliminating preconceived ideas about what ‘healthy’ tastes like,” said Collin.

Originally from the Big Island, Shandy worked for years behind a bar as a first-rate mixologist. Her beverage skills now include blending cold-pressed juices for optimal flavor. A juice press works differently from a centrifugal juicer and leaves crucial enzymes intact, meaning a longer nutritional shelf life. Some customers stock up with a six-pack for the week. Others just grab one or two for the road. The juices have nothing added: no sugar, no coloring, and no junk. Flavors include activated charcoal apple lemonade — it may be black in color, but it’s bright and fresh on the palate; a seasonal watermelon-lime; spicy beet with ginger, apple, lemon, and lime; and a slew of other refreshing options. A 16-ounce juice costs between $6 and $7, or get set for a week with 64-ounces at $26 to $30.

“We are hell-bent on seeing Kirkland become a destination location for food and drink,” said Collin.

What You Need To Know About The DUIE Act

By Joanna Kresge | June 28, 2017 | Courtesy of 425magazine.com

THANKS TO A PIECE OF LEGISLATURE SLATED TO GO INTO EFFECT JULY 23, MOTORISTS SOON CAN BE TICKETED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE WHILE COMPLETELY SOBER

Operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic device led to more than 3,400 U.S. deaths in 2015. Moreover, of the more than 22,300 drivers observed by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 71 percent were found to be engaged with their phones while operating their vehicles. These shocking statistics likely are the reason the state Senate approved the Driving under the Influence of Electronics (DUIE) Act  by a vote of 39 to 10 back in April of this year.

Here are some things you need to know about the DUIE Act:

“Personal electronic devices” are defined as a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game. However, two-way radios, citizens band radios, or amateur radio equipment are not included in this classification.

Drivers using a personal electronic device while operating a motor vehicle will be guilty of a traffic infraction and will be required to pay a fine of approximately $136. This fine will be doubled for subsequent infractions that occur in the five years following the first.

Use of one of these devices isn’t just limited to talking on a phone. You can be fined for holding a phone or other device with either or both hands. Moreover, motorists cannot use their hand or finger “to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data,” even when a phone is mounted on the dash or placed in the driver’s lap. Also, it should go without saying, but using a device to watch a video also is a pretty obvious no-no under this law.

Touching or picking up a phone at a stop light or while stuck in unmoving traffic (we’re looking at you, I-405) will not be permitted. In order to utilize a device while behind the wheel, drivers must be pulled over and parked out of the flow of traffic.

Using a device for actions a driver may see as a necessary function of their journey — such as changing their Spotify station or setting a new destination on their GPS — will not dissuade police offers from issuing a citation.

The good news is, motorists who already utilize Bluetooth technology to make and receive calls and talk to text services are golden as long as they can avoid physically touching their device.

Unlike previous legislation, this new law requires cell phone violations be reported to insurance companies and likely will affect car insurance rates for ticketed drivers.

For more information, view the Senate bill here.

Fourth of July 2017: Your guide to fireworks, parades and more in the Seattle area

Originally published June 27, 2017 at 9:12 am Updated June 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Union on Monday, July 4, 2016. (Sophia Nahli Allison / The Seattle Times)

Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Union on Monday, July 4, 2016. (Sophia Nahli Allison / The Seattle Times)

Independence Day is Tuesday, July 4, 2017, and many events are planned to mark the holiday. Here's where you can celebrate.

By Madeline McKenzie - Seattle Times staff - Courtesy of Seattletimes.com

Independence Day is almost here. And there are plenty of events planned around the region. There will be parking restrictions and closed streets near many events. Alcohol is forbidden at parks, though some festivals offer beer gardens. Personal fireworks aren’t permitted and most events don’t allow pets.

All events take place Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (unless otherwise noted):

Seafair Summer 4th
Food vendors, exhibits, entertainment, beer and beverage gardens, entertainment, All-American Games with contests for all ages, noon-11 p.m. fireworks show, 10:20 p.m., Tuesday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; food vendors, beer and beverage gardens, views of fireworks show,  4-11 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free general admission, reserved seating available at both venues; all bags searched on entry, prohibited items include all weapons, sparklers and other fireworks, laser lights and pointers, pets, skateboards, glass containers, alcohol, footballs, Frisbees and other projectiles (seafair.com/events/2017/seafair-summer-4th).

Fourth of July Naturalization Ceremony
Swearing in of 500 new U.S. citizens from more than 80 countries; Navy Band Northwest performance, 11 a.m.; formal program with presentation of the colors, performances by Native-American storytellers and musicians, Total Experience Gospel Choir, and the Children of Nations,  noon Tuesday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/naturalization).

Bellevue Family 4th
Family Fun Zone activities, 2-9 p.m. Tuesday; food vendors, 2-10p.m.; Main Stage entertainment starts 3:45 p.m., Independence Day Performance by Bellevue Youth Symphony, 9:25 p.m. through the fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday,  Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; no pets, personal barbecues, alcohol orpersonal fireworks allowed; free parking after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection, several streets in the area closed, mostly starting at 9 p.m. (bellevuedowntown.com/events/family-4th/overview).

Kirkland 4th of July Celebration
Children’s decorating for parade event, 10 a.m., Marina Park Pavilion; children’s walking parade, 11:30 a.m.,  downtown “With Liberty and Justice for All”parade, noon, Market and Central; food vendors, 1-10:30 p.m., Music in the Park, 5 p.m.; fireworks, 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (celebratekirkland.org/eventschedule.htm).

Burien Independence Day Parade
Marching bands, floats, Seafair pirates, 3 p.m.  Tuesday, on Southwest 153rd between Ambaum Blvd. and Fourth Avenue Southwest, to Second Avenue Southwest to Southwest152nd Street, on Fourth Avenue Southwest around Town Square, Burien (206-433-2882 or discoverburien.org).

Fireworks Over Des Moines
Kids’ carnival, food vendors, noon; beer and wine garden, live music, 5 p.m., $10 admission for beer garden; fireworks, 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St., Des Moines; prohibited items includepersonal fireworks, barbecues, bicycles, skateboards, alcohol, pets  (destinationdesmoines.org/fireworks-over-des-moines).

Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July
Entertainment, free kid’s activities, food vendors,  fireworks show, noon-10 p.m. Tuesday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton; park opens 7 a.m., parking limited; no personal fireworks, alcohol, pets, tents, drones (425-430-6514 or rentonwa.gov/4thofjuly).

Family 4th at the Fort
Inflatable bouncers, slides, entertainment stage, food vendors, fireworks display, 4-10 p.m.  Tuesday, Fort Dent Park, 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila; parking limited (tukwilawa.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/community-events/family-4th-at-the-fort).

4th Celebration at the Lake
Food vendors, activities, 6 p.m.; live music, 8 p.m.; fireworks display, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or newcastlewa.gov).

Fourth on the Plateau
Music, skatepark, playground, vendors, kids’ activities, spray park, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m.  Tuesday, Sammamish Commons Park, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish (sammamish.us).

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth
Beat Bracket 5K and Baby Brackett 1K walk/run, costume contest, 10 a.m.; children’s parade, 11:30 a.m., main parade, noon;  food vendors, entertainment, 6 p.m.; fireworks 10 p.m. Tuesday, Civic Stadium, Sixth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (edmondswa.com/events/fourth-of-july.html).

Bothell 4th of July Freedom Festival
Pancake breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Downtown Firehouse, 10726 Beardslee Blvd.; children’s parade, 11:15 a.m., grand parade, noon, Main Street and 104th Avenue Northeast, Bothell (bothellwa.gov/269/4th-of-July-Event).

Kent Fourth of July Splash
Music,  food vendors,  noon-10:30 p.m.; games, family activities, noon-5 p.m.; fireworks finale, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd St., Kent; disabled parking only on-site, free parking and shuttle buses from Kent Fire Station #75, Kentwood High School, Mattson Middle School (253-856-5050 or kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/events/fourth-of-july-splash).

Auburn 4th of July Festival
Kids’ bike parade, entertainment on two stages, inflatable rides, climbing wall, trampolines, petting zoo, pony carousel, bingo,  car show,  craft vendors, book sale, food vendors, spray park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South, Auburn;  free admission, $5/wristband for unlimited activities (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/4th_festival_s_p207.htm?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0).

Federal Way Red, White and Blues Festival
Entertainment, games, arts and crafts, fireworks, 3-11 p.m.  Tuesday, Celebration Park, 1095 S. 324th St., Federal Way; limited on-site parking (visitfw.org/schedule/events-calendar/federal-ways-red-white-and-blues-festival/2017-07-04).

Everett Colors of Freedom Festival
Parade, 11 a.m. along Colby and Wetmore Avenues, between Wall and 26th;  festival with kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden, live music, fireworks, 11 a.m.-10:20 p.m.  Tuesday, Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; no on-site parking; view 10:20 p.m. Thunder on the Bay fireworks from Legion Park, Grand Avenue Park and Everett Marina District (everettwa.gov/790/Fourth-of-July).

Grand Old Fourth, Bainbridge
Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m.; street fair with arts, crafts and food vendors, live music, photo exhibit, Kids’ Zone games, pony rides, activities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; Classic, Antique and Special Interest Car Show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.;  beer and wine garden, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Bainbridge; parade, 1 p.m. along Madison Avenue and Winslow Way; fireworks at dusk over Eagle Harbor (grandold4th.com/).

Carnation 4th of July Celebration
Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m.; 5K Run for the Pies, 8:30 a.m.; kiddie parade, 10:30 a.m., Grand Parade, 11 a.m, Main Street; vendors, kids’ activities, car show, downtown Carnation; music, 12:30-10 p.m.; beer garden, 1-10:30 p.m.; fireworks display at dusk, Tuesday, Tolt MacDonald Park, Northeast 40th Street and Tolt Avenue, Carnation (carnation4th.org).

Meeker Mansion 4th of July Family Games & Concert
Family Social and Puyallup Community Band Concert, family games on the lawn, 2 p.m.; holiday concert, 3 p.m., bring lawn chair or blanket; snacks available, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup(253-848-1770 or meekermansion.org).

Tacoma Freedom Fair
Air Show, food vendors, exhibits, rides, fireworks show over Puget Sound, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Marine Park, 3931 Ruston Way, Tacoma;  admission by donation (253-507-9357 or freedomfair.com).

Arlington Frontier Days/Fourth of July
Beer and wine garden and food concessions, noon-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Haller Park; Tuesday events: pancake breakfast, 7-11a.m.; Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon, 8a.m., Haller Park; 5K run, 10 a.m.; Kiwanis auctions, 9 and 10:30 a.m., Haller Park; kiddies parade, 4:30 p.m., grand parade, 5 p.m., Olympic Ave.; food concessions, 7:30-9:30 p.m., fireworks, 9 p.m., Quake Park,  Arlington (http://arlingtonwa.gov)

Madeline McKenzie