To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist

Kick spring cleaning into high gear, and troubleshoot cooling and irrigation systems for the warmer months ahead

By Laura Gaskill  | Courtesy of

With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 16 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.


Things to Check Off Your List in an Hour or Less

1. Keep mosquitoes at bay. Having warmer weather and longer days means we’re entering mosquito season. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and emptying it. Any open containers (empty flowerpots and saucers, a wheelbarrow) can become mosquito breeding grounds when filled with rainwater, so store items like these upside down or in a shed.

2. Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks, scheduling repairs as needed.


3. Clean out trash cans and recycling bins. Take empty cans outside and spray them with a hose to start. Spritz inside and out with the cleaning spray of your choice. Let the bins sit for a few minutes before scrubbing them with a stiff-bristle brush. Rinse with the hose and leave them upside down to dry.

4. Check safety devices. Test batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing them as needed. It’s also a good idea to periodically check for recalls of your home safety products; you can find up-to-date listings at


Tackle These Tasks Over a Weekend

5. Clear clutter. 
Create more space in your home by clearing out unloved items. If you have a lot to get rid of, set a date to hold a yard sale. Or contact a local charity to schedule a pickup — some will send a truck free of charge if you’re donating large items like furniture. If you have a lot of one type of item (for example, books or baby clothes), look for a consignment shop in your town where you may be able to sell them.

6. Schedule cooling-system maintenance. If you have central air conditioning, be sure to schedule professional maintenance before the start of summer. A properly maintained system cools better, uses less energy and lasts longer.


7. Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat, and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

8. Test sprinklers and irrigation system. Don’t let the first sign of a malfunctioning irrigation system be a drooping garden! Take the time this month to test each part, adjusting or repairing as needed. And if you don’t already have drip irrigation for your garden, consider putting it in — a properly installed system can save time and water.


9. Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the window frame and sill.

10. Clean and inspect screen doors and windows. Pollen and grime can also build up on window screens, so it’s a good idea to clean them once a year. For a quick cleaning, leave screens in place and vacuum with a dusting attachment. For a deeper cleaning, remove screens (mark which is which if cleaning multiple windows) and gently scrub with warm, soapy water. Rinse and let dry. 

Before putting up window screens and screen doors, inspect each one for holes and rips — even small tears can let in mosquitoes. If you find any holes, repair them with a screen patch kit (available at most hardware stores).


11. Clean out the garage. Can you park your car in your garage? If not (or if it’s a tight fit), it may be time to make some more space. 

Clear out the junk, and schedule time to take unused paint, motor oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. (If you’re not sure where to go, search Earth911 to find a center near you.) Once your garage is cleaned out, consider adding wall-mounted storage to keep things neat and off the floor.


12. Wash siding. Using a regular garden hose, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to clear away winter grime from your home’s siding. If your siding could use a really deep cleaning, it can be tempting to use a pressure washer to get the job done quickly. But if you do, use it with care: Consumer Reports advises avoiding any pressure washer that comes with a 0-degree nozzle, because it can be too dangerous (to you and your house) and wider nozzles can get the job done just as well.


Maintenance and Extras to Budget for This Month

13. Clean gutters and downspouts. 
Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and siding.


14. Boost curb appeal. Spring is a wonderful time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior, and even small changes — like putting up bold house numbers and a shiny new mailbox — can make a big impact. 

If you’re planning to put your house on the market this spring, increasing curb appeal can help lure in potential buyers, making it especially important.


15. Maintain wood decks and fences. Keep outdoor woodwork in top shape by staining or resealing it each spring. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures, and make repairs as needed.

16. Keep an eye out for termites. From now through May or June, be on the lookout for these winged insects. “Termites swarm in the spring,” says Victor Sedinger, certified home inspector and owner of House Exam Inspection and Consulting. “If there’s a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites.” If you notice any, call a licensed professional pest-control company.

Seattle Restaurant Week Begins With Plenty To Eat In Kirkland

It might be called "Seattle" restaurant week — but plenty of Kirkland restaurants are participating, too.

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Apr 8, 2019 3:39 pm ET

Seattle Restaurant Week runs April 7 - 18, 2019. (Shutterstock)

Seattle Restaurant Week runs April 7 - 18, 2019. (Shutterstock)

KIRKLAND, WA — Just because it's called Seattle Restaurant Week doesn't mean it's happening in only one city. Over 165 restaurants are participating in restaurant week this year in cities across Puget Sound, including Kirkland.

Restaurant week kicked off on Sunday and runs through April 18 with meal deals that will help you get acquainted with some of the region's best restaurants.

Here are all the restaurants participating that are outside of Seattle. Click the link to see the Seattle Restaurant Week deal for that restaurant.

Spring 2019 Seattle Restaurant Week: Welcome the newbies! Here are 15 new places to try

April 2, 2019 at 6:00 am | Courtesy of

Super Bueno’s tacos include, from left, vegetarian made with braised jackfruit, onions, garlic, chilies and guacamole; carne asada, with white onions, radish and cilantro; and fried cod, with cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) 

Super Bueno’s tacos include, from left, vegetarian made with braised jackfruit, onions, garlic, chilies and guacamole; carne asada, with white onions, radish and cilantro; and fried cod, with cabbage, pico de gallo and cilantro. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) 

By Seattle Times staff

Once again, Seattle Restaurant Week is nigh — this time around, it runs April 7-18, Sundays through Thursdays. And this time around, the price is a little higher: $35 three-course dinners — up from $33 last time — with lunches now $20 instead of $18. An overwhelming 165-plus restaurants are taking part. (The Seattle Times is a sponsor.) How do you choose? Our lists of recommendations can help.

15 new places to try (below): One strategy is to hit a new — or new to SRW — place that you’ve been meaning to try anyway. Brand-new upscale additions include Aerlume and Daniel’s Broiler in the Hyatt Regency downtown (and at both, you could spend plenty more on the regular menu).

13 best overall values: These picks strike the food/ambience/pricing balance in a way that some others don’t.

11 best places for ambience: Not the newest, haute-est restaurants on the SRW list, but the views, booths or overall swankiness — plus everyday high prices — make these worth considering.

Pro tips: Preview your options at — and do a price comparison between the SRW menu available there and the restaurant’s regular one. Be sure to make reservations — many of these restaurants get mobbed for SRW. And remember to tip well — it’s difficult for places to staff up enough, so have a heart if your server seems harried.

15 Seattle Restaurant Week newcomers

Seattle Times staff

Shake Shack Is Headed to Kirkland

The region’s second location will arrive in late summer or early fall.

By Philip Kiefer  3/19/2019 at 9:00am

Get excited: Shake Shack 2.0 is coming to the region.  IMAGE:  SHAKE SHACK

Get excited: Shake Shack 2.0 is coming to the region.


Just a few short months after Shake Shack’s much anticipated South Lake Union opening, the white-hot national burger chain is planning a new location in Kirkland. They’ll be one of 14 tenants in a giant new mixed-use development, per the Puget Sound Business Journal (password required), sharing the space with Evergreens Salad, Dough Zone, Caffe Ladro, Soi, and Heavy Restaurant Group. On the tech side of things, Tableau Software has a large office within the development, and there are rumors that Google is planning to rent a portion as well.

We followed up with Team Shake Shack, who said the 2,500-square-foot location will likely open in late summer or early fall, with booths of responsibly sourced wood and tabletops made of reclaimed bowling alley lanes. Like its sibling in Seattle (and pretty much every other Shake Shack) this location will augment its standard burgers, crinkle cut fries, and chicken sandwiches with “a selection of frozen concretes in collaboration with local food purveyors.” The Seattle location, for example, makes an array of local concretes with Theo chocolate, brittle made from Sea Wolf croissants, and even whole slices from A La Mode Pies.

Stay tuned for more details as we have them.

The Top 18 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2019 in Seattle

Live Music, Pub Parties, a Parade, and More

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

Catch the Seattle Firefighters Pipes & Drums at the    St. Patrick's Day Parade    (Sat March 16) and at    various Irish pubs    on St. Patrick's Day (Sun March 17). CHRIS PICARD

Catch the Seattle Firefighters Pipes & Drums at the St. Patrick's Day Parade (Sat March 16) and at various Irish pubs on St. Patrick's Day (Sun March 17). CHRIS PICARD

If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick's Day (Sun March 17) out on the town, you have a ton of options. To help ease your decision-making process, we've rounded up the biggest and best ways to experience the holiday, from the shamrock-themed EDM dance party Lucky to the boozy Ballard bus tour St. Pat's Parade O' Pints, and from the St. Patrick's Day Parade to Irish pub celebrations like Mulleady's. Find them all below, and check out our complete St. Patrick's Day calendar for even more options.

MARCH 12-17


St. Patrick's Day Festival 2019
Jig along to Irish music, play trivia, and knock back drink specials (like $5 pints of Harp Lager and Kilkenny Cream Ale) for a whole week in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Shawn O'Donnell's American Grill & Irish Pub, Fremont

MARCH 13-17


Saint Patrick's Day Irish Festival
Due to their location in Post Alley, Kells Irish Restaurant can be a little touristy, but they throw one heck of a St. Patrick's Day party—this year will mark their 36th annual Irish festival. They'll set up a tent outside to make more room for their three live music stages, which will play host to local and Irish bands including STOCIOUS (from Country Antrim and Offaly, Ireland), Buck's Mhad Boys (Country Antrim), the Stout Pounders (Seattle), Servants of the Rich (Seattle), and Liam Gallagher (Belfast/Seattle). 
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, Downtown



The History of Shamrocks
Four-leaf clovers, also known as shamrocks, are said to bring good luck to those who pluck them. But according to Orlando de Lange, a Plant Molecular Biologist at UW, Americans have long mistaken the Oxalis triangularis, an entirely unrelated plant, for shamrocks. In fact, only a small handful have ever been cultivated on a large scale. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, learn about this sham shamrock and "the role of chance in selecting the plants that we eat and grow for pleasure."
Ada's Technical Books, Capitol Hill

MARCH 15-17


Blarney Stone St. Patrick's Day
Kick off St. Patrick's Day with live music by the Popes Nose Irish Band on Friday, and return on Sunday for more live music and classic Irish brunch fare. 
Blarney Stone, Downtown

St. Patrick's Day at Murphy's Pub
Do your most festive jigs to live sets from Stark Raving Plaid, Dread Pirate, the Irish Experience, That Irish Guy, and other artists eager to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  
Murphy's Pub, Wallingford



St. Patrick's Day Parade
Trumpeters will lead a procession of green-clad Seattleites in the Irish and US National Anthems to kick off the 48th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade up Fourth Avenue, ending in Westlake Park. From there, participants are encouraged to hop on the Monorail (for free!) and head to Seattle Center's Irish Festival for closing ceremonies. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott will serve as this year's Grand Marshal. 
Fourth Avenue at James Street, Downtown


Ballard Breweries Present St. Pat's Parade O' Pints
Try specialty beers and travel between Ballard's 11 breweries in the Hale's Ales double-decker bus. Your $5 bus fare supports the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums. 
Populuxe Brewing, Ballard


Lucky 2019
USC Events' annual spring festival, and the biggest shamrock-themed EDM party in Washington, will come to Tacoma for the eighth year of green and gold everything. Break out your glow sticks and prepare for "a Celtic-inspired land where whimsical creatures, boundless providence, and good fortune abode"—or, at least, heavy-hitter headliners like Galantis, Adventure Club, 3LAU, Ganja White Knight, Eptic, and Zeke Beats. 
Tacoma Dome

MARCH 16-17


Irish Festival
This festival is chock-full of performances, live music ideal for practicing your Irish jigs, short film screenings, genealogy workshops, food, and more. It's part of the Irish Heritage Club's Irish Week, which also includes the Landing of St. Patrick, a genealogy seminar, and other events.
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center


St. Patrick's Day 2019
Get your Saint Paddy's Day whiskey at the Seattle location of coast-to-coast Irish-themed chain Fadó, where they say they'll be "going all out, all day with the best St. Patrick’s Day party in Seattle." There will be brunch until the late morning and a screening of the annual international rugby union competition Six Nations with games by England, Scotland, France, Ireland, Italy, and Wales, as well as live music all afternoon and night.
Fadó Irish Pub, Downtown



Mulleady's Irish Pub St. Patrick's Day 2019
The Irish pub will serve a prix-fixe dinner menu with dishes like Beardsley fish cakes with red pepper aioli and traditional corned beef with rainbow chard and mashers, with a caramelized pear tart and a Cork float (Jameson, Guinness, nitro-brew coffee, and Jameson ice cream) for dessert.
Mulleady's Irish Pub, Magnolia

St. Patrick's Day Brunch
Dine on magically delicious Lucky Charm pancakes, soda bread muffins with Jameson orange honey butter, duck confit on rye with Guinness cheese and fermented cabbage, and more.
Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, Downtown

St. Patrick's Day at T.S. McHugh's
T.S. McHugh's will have a special St. Patrick's Day menu—including beef and Guinness pie, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and Bailey's Irish cream pie for dessert—Harp Lager and Guinness on tap and a dozen Irish whiskeys at the bar. Plus, come for traditional and lively dance music from Claypipe (featuring harmonica, the Irish drum, accordion, and banjo), and stay for bluegrass from Creeping Time. There will be a cover for the bar, but not the dining rooms.
T.S. McHugh's, Queen Anne


An Evening with the Paperboys
The Paperboys will blend the Mexican folk style Son jarocho with Irish jigs and bluegrass for a truly genre-bending St. Patty's Day musical experience.  
Tractor Tavern, Ballard

Paddy's Day 2019 at the Owl N' Thistle
Spend all day and night listening to live Irish music by groups like the Haggis Brothers, Dublin Abbey, the Owl N' Thistle Band, Seattle Firefighters Pipe Band, and Max Hay while you knock back some pints. 
Owl N' Thistle Irish Pub, Downtown

Space Owl, Johnny and the Moles, WilloW, Goodtime Hustle
I’m impressed by this lineup. St. Paddy’s is traditionally a big booze-it-up night—and Substation has enough bands on lock to ensure NO ONE who makes it till close will make it to work the following Monday! Headliners Space Owl will be laying down an easy vibin’ Grateful Dead tribute set, but only after swingers Johnny and the Moles, who will hopefully BRING THE TUBA, swing their swangin' and Goodtime Hustle have played their mid-tempo, melodic “folkadelic con-fusion.” Oh, tonight is also “introducing”—like, I think it’s their first show—the band WilloW. Good luck, boozy groovers!!! MIKE NIPPER 
Substation, Ballard

St. Patrick's Day at Conor Byrne
Nosh on food from Wich Came First, Bread and Circuses, and Dante's Inferno Dogs while you groove to live music from the Evergreen Irish Dancers, the Jamisons, the Leger Family, and others at this all-night St. Patrick's Day event. 
Conor Byrne, Ballard


St. Patrick's Day Dash
For the 35th year, support community-run nonprofits by wearing green on green on green and running in the St. Patrick's Day Dash.
Seattle Center

11 Places to Celebrate Pi(e) Day 2019 in Seattle

Mighty-O Donuts, Serious Pie, and More Options

by Stranger Things To Do Staff | Courtesy of

Pie    in Fremont will adorn its petite pies with cutout pie symbols for the day. PIE VIA FACEBOOK

Pie in Fremont will adorn its petite pies with cutout pie symbols for the day. PIE VIA FACEBOOK

March 14, or 3/14, is Pi Day, and we've rounded up all of the Seattle events where you can celebrate. Whether you'd prefer to observe the holiday with savory pie, pizza pie, or mathematical π, you'll find something here to sate your appetite.

A La Mode Pies
"Seattle's premier pie bakery" will serve a dozen sweet pie varieties (each available by the slice), plus savory hand pies, chicken pot pies, ice cream, pie milkshakes, and more at both of its locations.
Phinney Ridge and West Seattle

Conor Byrne
At Conor Byrne's fundraiser, sample plenty of pies from professional and amateur pastry chefs alike and enter in a raffle to benefit the Vera Project.

Dahlia Bakery
Tom Douglas's bakery will have several pies (including sour cherry, key lime, chocolate pudding, Kentucky bourbon pecan, and their world-famous coconut cream pie, of course) available for pick-up or delivery.

Macrina Bakery
The beloved bakery will offer select mini pies in flavors like blueberry and lemon meringue.
Various locations

Mighty-O Donuts
Pi Day isn't just for pie: Mighty-O's chocolate-covered, creme-filled doughnut makes a triumphant return just in time for Pi Day, dusted with a powdered-sugar pi symbol.
Various locations

Occidental Square
Should you wish to prove just how fast you can inhale an entire pie while a gathering of onlookers watches, enter Occidental Square's Pi Day Pie Eating Contest for a shot at a gift card to London Plane.
Pioneer Square

Just for the occasion, the Fremont pie shop will crown their selection of sweet and savory pies with adorable pi symbol cutouts, while supplies last. 

Serious Pie
At Tom Douglas's Serious Pie locations in Westlake and downtown, pizzas will be just $3.14 during happy hour.
Downtown & South Lake Union

For Pi Day, the pizza purveyors at Pagliacci are offering two slices of pizza for $3.14. Hungrier? Buy one 11-inch pie and get a second one for $3.14.
Various locations

The Works
Want to flex your baking skills in a competition? Try entering your intricately latticed creations in contests at The Works (or just enter to be a judge so you can do your best Mary Berry impression while tasting all the entries). The winner will receive a free class at The Works and a basket of prizes.
First Hill

Westlake Park
Ten contestants will scarf pies as fast as humanly possible for a chance at a gift card to Serious Pie.

29 Wicked Mardi Gras 2019 Events In Puget Sound

Find Mardi Gras or Shrove events happening around Puget Sound on Fat Tuesday.

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Mar 4, 2019 4:32 pm ET | Courtesy of

Float riders toss trinkets as the Krewe of Orpheus rolls in New Orleans in 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Float riders toss trinkets as the Krewe of Orpheus rolls in New Orleans in 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SEATTLE, WA - Sure New Orleans is 2,500 miles away, but that doesn't mean Puget Sound can't celebrate Mardi Gras.

Whether you're looking for an excuse to drink a lot or if you want a church-sponsored pancake feast, check out these 29 events happening around Puget Sound. You're invited to indulge even if you're not partaking in a Lenten fast.

Seattle Area

South King County

Pierce County

Here Are Seattle’s James Beard Award Semifinalists for 2019

Who from our region is up for the most distinguished restaurant honors in the country?

By Rosin Saez  2/27/2019 at 7:56am

James Beard–blessed medallions.  IMAGE:  COURTESY JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION

James Beard–blessed medallions.


Early this morning the James Beard Foundation released its list of chefs and other food and drink pros in the running for the most prestigious culinary award in all the land. And, no surprise, Seattle fared mighty well.

Up for national awards, there’s Mitch Mayers’s Sawyer for Best New Restaurant (you can read our review if you’re not up to speed on Mayers’s “elegant funhouse”), brothers Schumann—Kit and Jesse, that is, from Sea Wolf Bakers—are up for Outstanding Baker for the first time, and in the Outstanding Wine Program category we’ve got the low-intervention, ahem naturel, wine haven L’Oursin sheparded by the imitable Kathryn Olson. It’s nice to see Anu and Chris Elford’s No Anchor contending for Outstanding Bar Program. Renee Erickson, no stranger to the Outstanding Chef nod, is joined by sushi maestro Shiro Kashiba. And Jay Blackington of Hogstone and Ælder on Orcas Island and Shota Nakajima land on the Rising Star of the Year lineup again. Meanwhile Logan Cox, whose Beacon Hill restaurant Homer opened last fall, is a deserving newcomer to the Best Chef: Northwest category alongside many other praiseworthy chefs.

From here, come March 27, the foundation will whittle this list down to final nominees; the award ceremony happens on May 6 in Chicago.

Without further ado, here are the Seattle semifinalists, with some Portland brethren thrown in, too. See the full list here.

Best New Restaurant

Sawyer, Seattle
Canard, Portland, OR

Outstanding Baker

Kit Schumann and Jesse Schumann, Sea Wolf Bakers, Seattle
Kim Boyce, Bakeshop, Portland, OR

Outstanding Bar Program

No Anchor, Seattle
Expatriate, Portland, OR

Outstanding Chef

Renee Erickson, Bateau, Seattle
Shiro Kashiba, Sushi Kashiba, Seattle
Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Junko Mine, Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Outstanding Restaurant

Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle (Ballard Pizza Co., Bramling Cross, Cortina, and others)
Akkapong (Earl) Ninsom, Portland, OR (Langbaan, Hat Yai, PaaDee, and others)

Outstanding Service

Canlis, Seattle

Outstanding Wine Program

L’Oursin, Seattle
Davenport, Portland, OR

Puget Sound Companies Join to Create Middle-Income Housing

Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr

Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr

Several are the same companies that opposed Seattle’s head tax last year.

By Aaron Kunkler

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 4:18pm | Courtesy of

After years of rising housing costs, an explosion of homelessness, and communities being priced out of cities and urban counties, the region’s wealthiest companies and CEOs are at last acknowledging the housing crisis.

Presidents and CEOs of some of the area’s largest corporations, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Kevin Johnson of Starbucks, and Kevin McAllister of Boeing, along with 14 other companies, announced the creation of Challenge Seattle, an organization designed to increase moderately priced housing. A report issued by the organization, which also partnered with cities and King County, said the housing crisis is making it harder for companies to attract and retain employees. “We are at risk of losing our economic edge. Our relatively low cost of doing business and our high quality of life have helped make us a global center of innovation and allowed us to attract and retain leading businesses and talent from around the world. If we do not act, we risk our economic future,” the report said.

Unlike many other housing strategies, Challenge Seattle’s proposal focuses on middle-income housing. Though housing stock has been created at twice the national rate from 2008 to 2017, the report said that in the same period, median home values increased by 58 percent compared to 19 percent nationally.

This has priced many people out and driven moderate-income employees in both public and private jobs to live further from their jobs in areas they can afford—driving many public employees, like first responders and teachers, out of the communities they serve. As middle-income people are forced from expensive cities, the report said, this also hurts low-income households, who must compete for affordable housing with middle-income earners.

In response, Challenge Seattle listed ways both municipalities and companies could help address middle-income housing: “The private sector must step up in new ways—particularly to provide low-cost capital and affordable land. The public sector must adopt smart policies and regulations that break down barriers.” Among other suggestions: discounting the cost of land or donating it outright for housing, which could lower the total development cost 15 to 30 percent. Washington state is the fifth most expensive state in the country in which to buy land. Alternatively, landowners could provide long-term leases at below market rates.

Cities could change zoning to increase density. In Seattle some 75 percent of residential land is zoned for single-family houses, compared to only 40 percent in other large cities like Chicago, Brooklyn, and Boston, the report said. Cities could further allow subdivisions to create cottage housing on existing plots of land, and dense transit-oriented development should be encouraged near transit corridors. Cities could additionally extend housing tax incentives to middle-income developments, like those currently offered in many places, including the low-income-housing tax credit or the multifamily tax exemption, which give property developers a break on taxes in exchange for creating a certain amount of affordable units.

While the organization’s recommendations are nonbinding, King County Executive Dow Constantine and several mayors (including those of Seattle, Federal Way, Bellevue) have signed onto it. Challenge Seattle is being headed by former Governor Christine Gregoire.

Challenge Seattle comes after Microsoft announced earlier this month that it would provide $500 million to subsidize middle-income housing across the county. Some $225 million was specifically earmarked for subsidizing middle-income housing in several cities and another $250 million would be used to promote low-income housing across King County. The remaining $25 million will go to philanthropic grants addressing homelessness.

It also comes in the wake of last year’s Seattle City Council passage and then repeal of an employee head tax on large employers. The tax would have levied a $275-per-employee tax on large corporations in the area to fund affordable housing, homelessness services, and emergency shelters. Predicted to raise $47 million annually, it was repealed before it went into effect. The opposition to the head tax was organized and funded by several of the organizations now involved in Challenge Seattle, including Amazon, Alaska Airlines, and Starbucks.

Severe Weather Shelter List

by Hannah Newton • February 8, 2019 • Courtesy of King County 211 Website

Photo courtesy of  New Bethlehem Day Center

Photo courtesy of New Bethlehem Day Center

  • All Areas: Mary’s Place
    Thru W, Feb. 13, 24 hours daily.
    Intake line for families. They have opened overflow space at several local shelters and will try to not turn any family away.

Where to Dine Out on Valentine’s Day in Seattle

Endless orders of oysters on the half shell, indulgent desserts, and wicked wine pairings.

By Gwen Hughes  1/31/2019 at 11:00am

Grab a drink for you and your boo at Mkt. this Valentine’s Day.  IMAGE:  GEOFFREY SMITH

Grab a drink for you and your boo at Mkt. this Valentine’s Day.


While you might be expected to put together a massive feast for every other holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to leave it to the professionals. Whether you and your other half are looking for housemade ravioli, liberal lobster courses, or even a dinner or weekend getaway, these destinations have got you covered. Your only job? Make the reservation.


Chef Shota Nakajima will host a seven-course dinner at his Capitol Hill eatery. Not only that, but his private cellar will be open for the guests to indulge in. Temari sushi will kick things off, followed by lotus root dumplings, egg katsu with caviar, and a whole lot more. Call 206-294-5230 or book online; $100 per person.


The Alderbrook Resort and Spa is serving up more than picturesque views this Valentine’s Day. Its on-site restaurant, which overlooks the Hood Canal, will host a dinner of beef tenderloin with foie gras or king crab housemade ravioli. Another bonus: Your reservation is a guaranteed front row seat to guitarist Tarik Bentlemsani’s romantic set. Call 360-898-5500 to make reservations. 

Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi

Take in Lake Washington with a “Love Potion” amuse bouche in hand at Bellevue’s Ascend. Then indulge in a four-course meal with optional “enhancements” like North Pacific oysters or a two-pound lobster thermidor pot pie wrapped in nori parmesan puff pastry. Call 425-625-2080 or book online; $135 per person.

Bastille Cafe and Bar

At Bastille, a flight of sparkling wine can be added on to the specialty Valentine’s dinner all weekend long. Dungeness crab salad with cara cara oranges and gnocchi with mushroom ragout and whipped feta are also cause for celebration. Call 206-453-5014 or book online; $21 champagne flight. 

Bramling Cross

For seafood enthusiasts, this Ethan Stowell spot will provide a menu teeming with crustaceans. Options include lobster deviled eggs, lobster bisque, and lobster fritters, to name just a few. And if the lobster becomes too much, steak and caviar add-ons offer decadent variety. Call 206-420-8192 or book online; $85 per person, $40 wine pairing, $15 caviar addition. 


Stowell’s “under the sea” penchant continues at Cortina. Try lobster ravioli with black trumpet mushrooms or opt for oysters with verjus granita. Finish the evening off with a traditional torta caprese (Italian chocolate almond cake) topped with chocolate ganache and rose creme fraiche. Call 206-736-7888 or book online; $85 per person, $45 wine pairing.

El Gaucho

From the first taste of the herb gougeres to the last of rosemary chocolate tart, El Gaucho has got your Valentine’s Day covered. And if you’re keen on an accompanying cabaret show, it may be the restaurant for you. Call 206-728-1337 or book online; $150 per person, or $115 at the bar. 


If one evening is not enough for your love story, head east to the Eritage Resort in Walla Walla. Their holiday meal includes a shared entree of Meyer Ranch New York steak or grilled portobello steaks drizzled with chimichurri sauce. Call 833-374-8243 or book online; $150 per couple.

Gather Kitchen and Bar

Cozy up to your better half at chef Ryan Donaldson’s Ballard spot with a shared meal for two. Things start off seafood-focused—oysters on the half shell, grilled octopus—but soon turn to vegetables with asparagus soup, olive loaf, wild mushroom pot au feu, and fried brussels sprouts. Beef tenderloin and sea scallop au poivre too. Call 206-420-4670 or book online; $65 per person.

Goldfinch Tavern

Pacific Northwest fare is the name of the game at this Ethan Stowell dining room inside the Four Seasons. Try dungeness crab bisque, prawn pappardelle, and sockeye salmon—and top it off with a dark chocolate lava cake or rosemary lemon torte for the table. Call 206-749-7070 or book online; $99 per person.

Heartwood Provisions

Each of the five courses at Heartwood Provisions can be paired with a signature, chocolate-themed cocktail (and a Jcoco chocolate bar, too). Dungeness crab custard and muscovy duck breast with quinoa may not be obvious cocoa pairings, but the partnership between beverage director Amanda Reed and chef Varin Keokitvon is sure to yield unique results. Call 206-582-3505 or book online; $95 per person, $7 cocktail pairings. 

Hollywood Tavern

For a more casual date night option, head to Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville for a six-course lineup. The roadside restaurant will feature three different varieties of oysters, cooked even more ways. An added bonus: Before the mollusk-themed meal, enjoy a fireside cocktail featuring next-door neighbor Woodinville Whiskey’s signature bourbon. Call 425-481-7703 for reservations; $100 per person, 21-plus only.

How to Cook a Wolf

Queen Anne dwellers (and Ethan Stowell enthusiasts) will not go hungry with this four-course feast. With an anchor of pasta—tagliarini with uni butter, ricotta ravioli, or potato gnocchi—the meal will also include an add-on option of oysters with champagne mignonette for $3.25 each. Call 206-838-8090 or book online; $85 per person, $55 wine pairing.


Award-winning chef John Sundstrom has created a menu of romantic fare, including Samish pearl oysters and prawn fondue. End the meal with Theo Chocolate panna cotta accompanied by white chocolate brittle and hazelnuts. Call 206-323-5275 for reservations or book online; $130 per person, $60 wine pairing.

Le Messe

Foie gras profiteroles, hamachi crudo, scallops, and Snake River Zabuton steak are on the menu at this sleek Eastside spot. But knowing Brian Clevenger, the pasta course—capelletti with ricotta, black garlic, and prosciutto—is probably the star of the night. Call 206-402-6106 for reservations or book online; $75 per person, $35 wine pairing.


Chef Thierry Rautureau will host a four-course dinner at his downtown restaurant. Begin with foie gras terrine or lobster bisque, then choose sturgeon, venison medallions, or root vegetable en croute to round out the evening. Call 206-402-4588 for reservations or book online; $99 per person, $89 wine pairing.


If downtown isn’t your scene, head to Rautureau’s Madison Valley location for a more chill (but equally French) dining experience. The special to share is a 32-ounce cote de boeuf with pommes soufflés (rib-eye with fried potatoes). For something lighter, opt for chestnut soup with truffle oil or housemade semolina pappardelle. Call 206-328-6645 for reservations or book online; $59 per person, $30 wine pairing.

Marine Hardware

An embellished version of the year-round prix fixe menu is a surefire winner at this Ballard spot, whether it’s ribbon pasta with dungeness crab and meyer lemon or sea scallops with shaved fennel. Make sure to indulge in a refined, familiar course of cookies and chocolate truffles too. Call 206-257-4390 or book online; $85 per person, $45 wine pairing. 


This rooftop is date night destination even without the Valentine’s Day menu of fried cauliflower, prawns over hummus, and “rocky road” parfait. Lucky for guests, they don’t have to choose when it comes to the family style meal. Call 206-457-8287 or book online; $120 per person, $45 wine flight.


Ethan Stowell’s smallest restaurant isn’t missing out on the big day. Its four-course meal will rival its sister restaurants with dishes like seared duck breast with celery root puree and wood grilled scallops. Call 206-812-1580 or book online; $85 per person, $40 wine pairing.

Mood lighting sets the tone for the evening at RN74.  IMAGE:  COURTESY RN74

Mood lighting sets the tone for the evening at RN74.


No Anchor

Belltown bar No Anchor provides a less traditional pairing option: Beer may accompany a four-course meal of raw scallops with caviar, endive salad, smoked duck breast, and whipped dark chocolate. Dinner is available for parties of two only. Call 206-448-2610 or book online; $75 per person.


Seasonal dishes (three options for each course, in fact) rule at Outlier. Highlights include a 21-day dry aged sirloin and wild mushroom lasagna. Wine-poached apples with shortbread and a scoop of apple jack ice cream finish things off. Call 206-624-7755 or book online; $65 per person.

Ray’s Boathouse

This Seattle stalwart will host three nights of Valentine’s Day dinners (February 14–16) with a three-course seafood-inspired menu, boasting dishes like oyster tempura and poke tacos. Call 206-789-3770 or book online; $65 per person.

Ray’s Cafe

Ray’s a la carte menu includes dungeness crab lumpia, grilled mahi mahi, and a surf n’ turf special along with the perfect garnish: the restaurant’s signature view. Call 206-782-0094 or book online.

Red Cow

Madrona’s own French brasserie will host a four-course date night dinner for the big day. Fish bisque, rabbit croquettes, and grilled half lobster may feel decadent enough or, for the ultimate indulgence, add an optional caviar service, which comes with vodka and savory madeleines. Call 206-454-7932 or book online; $85 per person, $40 wine pairing.


Hotel Theodore’s dining destination begins its six-course Valentine’s menu with—what else?—our favorite local aphrodisiac, oysters on the half shell. Roasted beets with fresh burrata, egg tagliatelle topped with white truffles, surf and turf, and a chocolate torte follow. Avoid crowds by celebrating after the big day—the Valentine’s menu will be available through the weekend. Call 206-859-4242 or book online; $95 per person.

Rione XIII

At yet another one of his restaurants, Ethan Stowell will serve a four-course dinner featuring classic dishes like rigatoni bolognese, seared scallops, braised beef short rib, and gnocchi topped with cured pork and cheese. Call 206-838-2878 or book online; $85 per person, $40 wine pairing.


This French restaurant in the heart of downtown will serve a filling meal featuring dishes like truffled cauliflower soup and Maine lobster ravioli with caviar creme fraiche. And if four courses aren’t enough, diners can add on chef Michael Mina’s ahi tuna tartare for two. Call 206-456-7474 or book online; $90 per person, $45–$65 wine pairing.


Talk of the town Edouardo Jordan is helping everybody feel the love at Ravenna’s Salare. The five-course, prix fixe meal includes a scallop dish with avocado mousse and charred pineapple sauce, black bass with pepper jus, and (be still our hearts) a lemon thyme olive oil cake. Call 206-556-2192 or book online; $75 per person, $50 wine pairing.


Pike/Pine’s rustic Italian farmstead starts the night with duck confit before moving onto herbed arancini, a choice between clam and braised short rib pastas, and another pasta course (this time taleggio cappelletti). Pick between steak with black truffle potato puree or pan-seared troll king salmon to finish things off—but save room for chocolate cake truffles or angel food cake. Call 206-251-7673 or book online; $120 per person.

Staple and Fancy

Oysters with citrus champagne mignonette and parsnip and pear soup will cover the table at this Ethan Stowell destination. Then a pasta to share, a main course, and—finally—a silky lemon ricotta cheesecake. Call 206-789-1200 or book online; $85 per person, $55 wine pairing.


Jason Stoneburner will serve grass-fed beef crudo, artichoke tortellini, and grilled tuna alongside a “Bubbles for Lovers” wine flight for Valentine’s Day. The champagne (and prosecco) will be flowing all weekend, with reservations available Thursday through Sunday. Call 206-695-2051 or book online.

Super Six

There’s no special Valentine’s Day menu at this Columbia City spot, but does there need to be? With half-off bottles of wine and pastry specials from dessert doyen Kim Mahar, Super Six is a destination worthy of the year’s most anticipated date night. Call 206-420-1201 or book online


Both locations of Ethan Stowell’s pasta haven will serve a four-course Valentine’s Day meal. Dishes including foie gras mousse bruschetta, tagliatelle with smoked shellfish, and roasted porchetta grace each menu; up the ante by adding five grams of Perigord black truffles to select dishes for $15. Call 206-838-8008 (Belltown), 206-420-8355 (Capitol Hill), or book online; $85 per person, $45 wine pairing.


Chef Maria Hines’s cozy Wallingford restaurant is offering a four-course menu complete with choices of seared scallops, carnaroli risotto, and venison with huckleberries. Save room for the Theo Chocolate ganache cake, orange rose cashew cheesecake, or a peanut butter and jelly cannoli. Call 206-633-0801 or book online; $95 per person, $45 wine pairing.

The Tin Table

Snag a reservation at this cozy Cal Anderson–adjacent spot before it’s too late. The porcini mushroom-topped pappardelle is no doubt a winner. Otherwise crispy red snapper or beef tenderloin will more than suffice. The Tin Table’s regular a la carte menu will be available as well. Call 206-320-8458 or book online; $50 per person.

Tutta Bella

On Cupid’s big day, Tutta Bella’s everyday Neapolitan menu will be complimented by a special tiramisu for two. Even sweeter: They’re throwing in a complimentary Baci truffle, a chocolate covered hazelnut candy, along with the clandestine love story that inspired the Italian chocolate company. See website for details. 


Italy meets Pacific Northwest at this classic downtown dining room. It’s really a no-brainer. The only question is: Oysters on the half shell or Tuscan kale salad? Crab risotto or lamb sirloin? The choice is yours. Call 206-624-5500 or book online


Seared sea bass with cauliflower puree or ricotta gnocchi? This downtown restaurant serves both, and Valentine’s Day patrons will also receive a “special treat” for dining on the holiday. Call 206-676-4600 or book online; $65 per person, $35 wine pairing.


At Brian Clevenger’s original pasta palace, agnolotti served with nettle, brown butter, pine nut, and pecorino perfectly marries flavors from Italy and the Pacific Northwest. And there’s another three courses too, with picks like black cod, pork belly, and—no surprises here—risotto. Call 206-466-2533 for reservations or book online; $75 per person, $35 wine pairing.

10 Unique Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

By Melissa McCarthy | January 29, 2019

Illustration by Alex Schloer

Illustration by Alex Schloer

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better excuse to try something new with your sweetie? We’ve compiled a list of ten exciting and unique date night ideas around the Eastside, for all you lovebirds out there.

There’s nothing more Valentine’s than eating too much chocolate. How about making too much chocolate? At the historic Boehm’s Candies, you can take a chocolate making class. It will start of with a tour of the chocolate factory (we promise, it’ll go better than the tour in Willy Wonka), then you’ll get to make an assortment of chocolate clusters, decorative bars, and more. You’ll leave with over a pound and a half of deliciously customized sweets. Issaquah,

Capri Cellars is a trendy bistro and wine bar in downtown Issaquah. The shop specializes in local Washington wines, so we recommend ordering a tasting flight to try as many of these complex and delicious wines as you can. Top it off with a charcuterie board or an order of burrata with prosciutto and fig jam, and you and your date won’t want this evening to end. Issaquah,

If you and your sweetie are cocktail connoisseurs, you can’t miss Bluewater Distilling in Everett. The distillery is an extension of their bar and bistro, so you’ll be sitting feet away from the origins of your beverage. But the real transformation happens when these liquors are mixed by the excellent bartenders at Bluewater. We recommend the raspberry limoncello drop for something sweet, citrusy, and all-around delectable. Everett,

Summit Everett is a climbing gym and an ideal spot for a non-traditional date night. If you and your partner love being active together, this is the place for you. The massive facility offers something for every skill level of climber, and classes if you’re brand new to the activity. So, climb to the roof and reward yourselves with a high-altitude smooch this Valentine’s Day. Everett,

If you and your sweetheart love spending the day doing puzzles or playing board games, book a night at Conundroom Escape Room in Redmond. Test out those strategic muscles in this immersive experience. With only a limited amount of time, a storyline that places you in the setting, and a variety of well-hidden clues, you and your date will have to rely on each other to escape. Redmond,

Were you looking for an excuse to try out a paint and sip studio? Well, now you have one. This Valentine’s Day, try out Canvas in Kirkland. This is the perfect date night for the artistic couple. They provide the paint, the wine and beer, and anything else you may need. You just bring the inspiration (a.k.a. your sweetheart). Kirkland,

In case you missed the news, Teatro ZinZanni headquarters is now operating out of Woodinville. This is great news for us on the Eastside who love the spectacular. We suggest heading out to Woodinville early, finding a wine shop for a tasting or two, and then heading to the old Red Hook Brewery site for some amazing entertainment. Teatro ZinZanni will be performing the show Hollywood & Vine, and Chef Jason Wilson will be adding some special Valentine’s Day additions to the menu. Woodinville,

In need of some relaxation this Valentine’s Day? Bring your date to Recoop Spa for a reinvigorating and romantic experience. The modern concept spa in Bellevue is offering a variety of Valentine’s specials: couple’s massages, side-by-side pedicures, and spa packages for two, to name a few. Love yourself and your sweetheart with some time spent at the spa. Bellevue,

If the thing you adore most about your date is their laugh, take them out to The Parlour for a comedy show. This is an excellent activity for just about any date night, but this Valentine’s Day it’s a must. D.L. Hughley will be gracing the stage from Feb. 14-16. Hughley appeared in “The Original Kings of Comedy,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” and stars in the popular Comedy Central show, “Weekends at the DL.” His stand-up routine will surely have you and your date splitting at the sides. Bellevue,

Lucky Strike is no ordinary bowling alley. It does have a 16-lane bowling alley and arcade, like some of the other establishments you may know. But it also has two dance floors with DJs getting the crowd going, mixologists on staff for excellent cocktails, and gorgeous modern décor. This date spot has it all. Bring your valentine to get the party started. Bellevue,

First Snow Of 2019 Hits Puget Sound Hard: See Latest Updates

Heavy snow fell across the Seattle area overnight Monday, causing schools to close, plenty of crashes, and there's still more to come.

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Feb 4, 2019 10:11 am ET | Updated Feb 4, 2019 12:08 pm ET | Courtesy of


SEATTLE, WA - Heavy snow fell across the Seattle-Bellevue area overnight Monday, forcing schools to close, causing countless crashes and spin outs, blackouts, and there's more snow on the way, according to the latest forecasts.

Snow is expected to continue throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. Current forecasts show we might get more of the white stuff later in the week. Complicating matters, temperatures were in the mid-20s across much of the area, causing ice to form under snow.

The region is under two snowstorm warnings. There's a winter weather advisory in effect until 1 p.m. for the Puget Sound coastline from Shoreline to Tacoma. But areas east of Lake Washington are under a winter storm warning until 1 p.m. that calls for up to 8 inches of snow in some areas before it stops. Snow totals as of Monday morning varied widely across Puget Sound, from about in inch in south King County to more than 6 inches in the Woodinville area - and even higher totals in Snohomish County and farther north.

Most school districts were closed in King County Monday, including Bellevue, Seattle, Mercer Island, and Shoreline. Also closed Monday: the University of Washington; King County Superior Court; and Seattle Public Utilities canceled recycling and garbage collection.

While plows were out in force Monday morning, the snow was falling fast, and many arterial roads and highways - including I-90 over Lake Washington - were covered in snow.

"Stay off the roads this morning if you can," the National Weather Service warned Monday morning.

In Seattle, about 4,000 people lost power, according to Seattle City Light. A few hundred Puget Sound Energy customers in the Seattle area were without electricity Monday morning, most in Renton. Many of those outages were fixed by around 9 a.m. Monday.

Crashes and spin-outs were almost too many to count, but were affecting major roads like SR 18 in Issaquah, the SR 167 and I-405 intersection, and a King County Metro bus was stuck at the SR 522 off-ramp to I-405 in Bothell. Check WSDOT's Twitter feed for the latest updates.

One roadway that was clear of snow: the new SR 99 tunnel under Seattle, which opened to traffic just after midnight Monday.

Safest Washington Cities 2019: See Where Kirkland Ranks

A new ranking by the National Council For Home Safety and Security shows how safe Washington cities are.

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Jan 28, 2019 4:44 pm ET | Courtesy of


KIRKLAND, WA - The National Council For Home Safety and Security has released a ranking of the safest cities in Washington using recent FBI crime data. Snoqualmie came in as the No. 1 safest city while University Place came in last on the list.

The list is a little different from other safest-cities lists. Usually, wealthy Eastside cities like Sammamish and Medina are ranked safest, but this list favors small, rural cities. Issaquah and Bellevue are ranked in the middle of the list, while Enumclaw came in No. 5.

The list was created by looking at violent and property crimes, and weighing that data based on population.

"We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced, and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1," the National Council For Home Safety and Security described.

Despite a few recent shootings, Kirkland's violent crime rate was slightly below the state average. Property crime in Kirkland was on par with cities like Bonney Lake, Edmonds, and Mill Creek.

(The list only includes cities of a certain size that send crime data to the FBI. Cities like Shoreline or Woodinville don't appear likely because they are policed by the King County Sheriff's Office.)

Here's the full ranking:

  1. Snoqualmie

  2. Oak Harbor

  3. Sunnyside

  4. West Richland

  5. Enumclaw

  6. Grandview

  7. Washougal

  8. Lynden

  9. Bainbridge Island

  10. Battle Ground

  11. Cheney

  12. Monroe

  13. Lake Forest Park

  14. Pullman

  15. Lake Stevens

  16. Camas

  17. Mercer Island

  18. Mukilteo

  19. Ferndale

  20. Anacortes

  21. Mill Creek

  22. Bothell

  23. Edmonds

  24. Ellensburg

  25. Kirkland

  26. Port Angeles

  27. Poulsbo

  28. Mountlake Terrace

  29. Walla Walla

  30. Bonney Lake

  31. East Wenatchee

  32. Aberdeen

  33. Pasco

  34. Redmond

  35. Snohomish

  36. Richland

  37. Wenatchee

  38. Issaquah

  39. Bellevue

  40. Sedro Woolley

  41. Marysville

  42. Kelso

  43. Kennewick

  44. Tumwater

  45. Longview

  46. Seattle

  47. Vancouver

  48. Fife

  49. Everett

  50. Mount Vernon

  51. Olympia

  52. Lacey

  53. Bellingham

  54. Lynnwood

  55. Sumner

  56. Yakima

  57. Bremerton

  58. Arlington

  59. Des Moines

  60. Lakewood

  61. Edgewood

  62. Moses Lake

  63. Centralia

  64. Port Orchard

  65. Puyallup

  66. Spokane Valley

  67. Renton

  68. Kent

  69. Federal Way

  70. Tacoma

  71. Spokane

  72. University Place

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LWSD Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb. 7

Parents can register their students at their neighborhood schools.

Friday, January 18, 2019 8:30am | Courtesy of

Photo Courtesy of Lake WA School District

Photo Courtesy of Lake WA School District

Beginning Feb. 7, parents with children who are 5 years old or will be by Aug. 31 will be able to register their children for kindergarten in the Lake Washington School District.

Registration takes place at residents’ neighborhood schools.

Parents will be able to register their children from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 7, continuing during regular school hours through the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. While registration will continue throughout the school year and summer, parents are highly encouraged to register students as soon as possible. Doing so helps ensure class sizes are balanced and adequate staff are hired in time for the new school year.

To register a child for kindergarten, parents should bring the following items:

  • Proof of residency (such as a purchase/rental agreement or utility bill).

  • Proof of the child’s birth date such as a birth certificate or passport.

  • Child’s health history, including current immunizations.

  • Emergency contact information.

Visit the kindergarten registration page of the LWSD website to watch a video and learn more about the registration process.

To determine your neighborhood school, check the district website, or call the district’s transportation office at 425-936-1120.

Brunchin’ Round the 425

Brunch is big again, and we aren’t sad about it.

By Julie Arnan | January 24, 2019

Little Brother. Photos by Julie Arnan

Little Brother. Photos by Julie Arnan

Little Brother

Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m

Breakfast is offered every morning at Little Brother (Tuesday-Saturday), featuring a smattering of poached-eggs-on-toast options, including cured salmon with goat cheese, steelhead roe and herbs, or simply a generous helping of fresh herbs. The house-made wood-fired bread is outstanding, but the gluten-free seeded loaf is very tasty, too, and packed with nutrient-dense nuts, seeds, and oats. The seeded loaf goes great with freshly ground almond butter and honey.

Little Brother also showcases some unique beverages in addition to freshly squeezed orange juice. The Turmeric Tonic features ginger, lemon, honey, and sparkling water for a refreshing palate cleanser.

The best way to start the day, however, is with an Early Board — egg, ham, jam, hummus, nuts, fruit, yogurt with seeds, local cheese, honey, their crusty bread, and butter from Cherry Valley Dairy. The jam and hummus are also made in-house. It’s probably best to pair it with a bottle of bubbles, perhaps a nice sparkling rosé.



Heritage Restaurant | Bar

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Eastside gained a culinary treasure when Chef Breanna Beike hitched her horse to the Woodinville food scene. Her cooking talent and personal sense of hospitality (I’ve never met a chef who loves people quite as much as Beike) are the perfect recipe for a delicious brunch. Share a round of seasonal baked goods (scones, muffins, individual pies) with the table — it was a challenge not to inhale the carrot-pecan muffins with a slather of apple butter on the side. The seasonal menu means delicate squash and chanterelle mushroom baked eggs will transform as different ingredients become available.

But, some things are menu standbys. The Heritage burger, topped with bacon, cheese, horseradish mayo, and avocado whip, is served with the best version of fries (soaked overnight and fried to crisp-on-the-outside-creamy-on-the-inside perfection). Other savory must-haves include house-made biscuits with Chef Beike’s sage-sausage gravy and dreamy soft-poached eggs, the white wine-poached salmon belly sandwich with lemon aioli and dill, and the Heritage Benedict topped with chives.

Beardslee Public House

Saturday and Sunday, 9-11:30 a.m.

When a chef makes charcuterie in-house, there’s obviously a high standard already happening in the kitchen. Chef Jed Leprade takes it a step further at Beardslee Public House, where everything from the sausage to the granola to the English muffins is made from scratch (everything except the sliced bread for the French toast, which comes from Hillcrest Bakery in Bothell). The kitchen was designed around a brick pizza oven without the requisite burners of a typical breakfast-focused restaurant. Therefore, egg dishes are baked in cast-iron pans featuring house-made andouille, chorizo, or Italian sausage and complementary sauces. The BPH Benedict includes smoked pork cured in-house atop a freshly baked English muffin (which, texturally, reminded me more of a crumpet) and slathered in Hollandaise sauce. Other savory dishes include a daily quiche and a splurge-if-you-can-afford-the-calories breakfast poutine with perhaps the tastiest breakfast sausage patty in the state.

Those with a sweet tooth need look no further than the s’mores pancakes (as big as the plate and stacked), apple cinnamon French toast with golden raisins, caramel sauce, and whipped cream, or the cast-iron cinnamon roll.

Or, you know, be good and try the granola parfait with honey yogurt and fresh fruit. That way you won’t feel guilty getting a side of tempura fried bacon with maple-sambal dipping sauce, which is simply a must.

District 1 Saigon

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Brunch need not be limited to American cuisine. At District 1 Saigon, Chef Taylor Hoang shares Vietnamese favorites with her guests. One breakfast staple on every Vietnamese dining table is sticky rice — at District 1, it is served with shredded soy-glazed chicken, chewy morsels of Chinese sausage, pork threads, and fried scallions. A cold weather (or basically any weather) must-have, pho is one of Vietnamese cuisine’s great contributions to taste buds around the planet. Hoang created a chicken version for brunch utilizing whole organic free-range chicken, rich chicken broth, egg yolk, rice noodles, and a lime leaf salad. Squeeze lime juice into a dish with salt, pepper, and red Thai chili slices for a simply delicious dipping sauce for the chicken, which is served on the side (not in the soup). Prefer steak and eggs? Try the District 1 riff on this classic — served with house-made duck pate and a banh mi roll.

Though most of the menu is packed with flavorful savory rice and noodle dishes, there are some sweet items, like the Pandan waffles with coconut whipped cream (tinted green from the Pandan leaves) and fresh hot donuts with soy milk dipping sauce. But the battered and deep-fried bananas swimming in warm coconut cream with chopped peanuts pretty much take the cake. Be sure to get your own order — you won’t want to share.


Deru Market

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

This small Kirkland eatery is a not-so-hidden gem anymore and fills up quickly, so consider getting up a little bit early to beat the crowd. Maybe even get an early morning workout in before you go so you can better enjoy the buttermilk fried chicken with poached eggs and maple sausage gravy. Or the best quiche on this side of the lake (or maybe west of the Rockies, or perhaps north of the equator) made with ham and Beecher’s cheddar cheese or kale, heirloom carrots, and red onions. If you were wondering what could make French toast any better, the answer is salted caramel crème anglaise. And don’t worry if you slept in on a Saturday and there’s no room at DERU: Just head down the street to DERU’s Little Brother.

Hollywood Tavern

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hollywood Tavern knows its way around comfort food and, unsurprisingly, the brunch “Hack Menu” is rolling with “good feels.” Just picture the regular menu — fried chicken sandwich, Cubano, New York strip steak — and add eggs and tots. The Cubano Sunrise features slow-cooked pork shoulder, pit ham, caramelized onion, pepperoncini, Swiss cheese, stone-ground mustard, aioli, and cilantro — all topped with two sunny-side-up eggs. The Ancho Tots and Eggs is like a breakfast version of nachos swapping the chips for tots and topping it up with braised pork; queso; ancho lime crema; and, of course, some sunny eggs. Though the joint is best known for whiskey, breakfast beverages are more of the Bloody Mary/Maria and mimosa variety (though the boozy milkshakes — like the Stumbling Cow with Woodinville Whiskey, vanilla ice cream, and apple pie glaze — are something special).


The Lakehouse

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chef Jason Wilson utilizes his R&D knowledge of coffee flour in the brunch menu at The Lakehouse, adding it to granola and into the pancake mix along with cocoa for a nutty, nutritious boost. Brioche French toast is topped with preserved summer peaches, maple-candied walnuts, and vanilla Chantilly cream. The kitchen’s version of avocado toast features citrus-cured salmon, poached egg, sautéed spinach, lemon, and Romesco sauce, while the house “Benedict” includes Dungeness crab and avocado with toasted seeds, poached egg, and roasted potatoes. Regular menu favorites are (thankfully) available — the grilled octopus is by far the best octopus preparation around on a weekend morning, and the Moroccan spice roasted carrots with yogurt, chilies, almonds, and mint are not to be missed.

Superb Salads & Super Soups

By Denise Sakaki | January 24, 2019

Poke ‘Zoodle’ Bowl | Just Poké. Photo by Jeff Hobson

Poke ‘Zoodle’ Bowl | Just Poké. Photo by Jeff Hobson

If the phrase “Eat your greens!” gives you childhood flashbacks of soggy, flavorless vegetables, and the notion of soup is sidelined to side-dish status, it’s time to rethink their reputation. Hearty and delicious enough to be a main course, these soups and salads are proof that nobody puts these meals in a corner.


Poke ‘Zoodle’ Bowl | Just Poké

Bellevue, Factoria, Kirkland, Renton, Issaquah, Redmond, and Seattle

The popularity of the Hawaiian favorite poke has created an explosion of eateries specializing in the marinated mixture of fresh raw fish, vegetables, and seasoning. Especially ideal for high-protein/gluten-free dietary needs, the ways of eating poke have expanded to include swapping out the typical rice base with zucchini “zoodles.” The squash is spiral-cut to create a noodle-like shape, and the texture is hearty enough to mix with the pieces of fish.

Courtesy Homegrown

Courtesy Homegrown

Bowl Menu | Homegrown

Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and Seattle

Amped-up with flavors and textures, bowl meals are the new salads, packed with different cooked and raw ingredients that harmonize perfectly together. Homegrown’s chermoula roasted veggie bowl is full of roasted vegetables, lentils, cooked grains, dried fruit, and a mix of greens, and the spicy braised tofu bowl mixes creamy tofu with broccoli, cabbage, avocado, and a spicy citrus dressing. It’s a million different flavors in one bite, giving just the right balance of protein, fiber, and nutrients to stay energized all day. Or all morning — they also make breakfast bowls, using a mixture of greens and roasted veggies, topped with eggs.


Pesto ‘Pasta’ | Café Wylde


Whether you adhere to a vegan/raw diet or not, a restaurant that specializes in a plant-based menu is a delicious exploration of ingredients. What seems like a deceptively simple pasta salad is a combination of spiral-cut zucchini, glassine kelp-based noodles, a creamy avocado pesto, the sharp flavor of sun-dried tomatoes, and the meaty texture of king oyster mushrooms. Impressive and elegant.


Açaí Bowl | Kitanda

Kirkland, Redmond, Tukwila, and Seattle

Who says a salad has to be savory? A fruit- and grain-filled açaí bowl is the modern answer to the outdated, syrupy notion of a fruit salad. With a focus on the açaí berry, harvested from the Amazon region, full of nutrients and antioxidants, it adds a distinctive purple hue to bowls filled with banana, fresh berries, nuts, and granola. More like a dessert but with less of the guilt, it’s a fresh alternative for those with more of a sweet tooth.



Signature Salad Menu | Evergreens

Bellevue and Seattle

With a menu of 10 different salads, ranging from the classic Cobb, with names like Cobb Your Enthusiasm, to the superfood-filled Super Bowl with quinoa, nuts, and fresh pesto, this fast-growing chain of salad/wrap-focused foods keeps its eyes on whole ingredients with protein-rich options. Each salad can be made as a wrap, and ingredients can be easily swapped and customized to fit various dietary needs.


Meatless Salads | Garlic Crush

Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond

Another Meatless Monday, and while you’re tempted to get one of Garlic Crush’s grilled meat dishes, the colorful grain-rich tabbouleh salad or the crispy falafel salad is giving off the same heady aroma of garlic that you were already craving. Keep your resolution of a lower consumption of meat and still feel satisfied with salads full of robust Mediterranean flavors.



Chicken Salad Wrap | Swift & Savory

Duvall and various food truck stops

With a restaurant location now in Duvall, the Swift & Savory truck still makes regular stops throughout the Eastside — check its social media for the schedule. One popular item is a chicken salad with a sesame-style dressing, is wrapped in a tortilla for easy no-utensil eating. But don’t let the name “salad” fool you; it’s a feast that can easily feed two, and a great sharable item. Especially popular when the truck stops at breweries, it’s a hearty salad you can eat with your hands.


Loco Soba | Chop Express


Soba noodles, typically popular in salads as well as soups, get a hearty, hand-held fusion treatment thanks to the cool, hip-hop energy of Chop Express. Make no mistake: This is a heavy hitter, combining the noodles with Korean BBQ beef, eggs, cabbage, rice, even cheese, all wrapped up in a tortilla. Part of the “fusion” burrito menu, it’s like a mega-charged noodle salad in a wrap.



Chowder Sampler | Duke’s Seafood & Chowder

Bellevue, Seattle, Kent, Tukwila, and Tacoma

With a multi-award-winning chowder recipe and a long-lived culinary reputation in the Northwest, Duke’s knows soup is more than just a side dish. While it offers clam, mixed seafood, lobster, and corn chowders as full-bowl portions, the sampler menu is the way to have a little of everything. Mix and match chowders with the single, double, triple or quad “dinghy” sized mini portions. And guess what? They are all gluten-free.

Courtesy Boiling Point

Courtesy Boiling Point

Taiwanese Hot Pot | Boiling Point

Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle, Edmonds, and Tukwila

If soup as a sharable meal with a group seems unusual, you gotta give hot pot a try. Beloved throughout Asia, communal dining around soup is an interactive way to enjoy a hearty, almost-stew-like meal that can have any number of different ingredients, all piled into a giant self-cooking pot of boiling broth at the center of the table. Boiling Point encourages newcomers to hot pot eating, making the selection of ingredients simple and easy to understand, with curated themes ranging from a Taiwanese-inspired spicy seafood, beef and vegetable soup to an all-vegetable hotpot, with no meat or seafood.


Tsukemen | Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

Bellevue, Seattle, Northgate, and Southcenter

The growing popularity of Japanese-style ramen is happily making aficionados out of Northwesterners, joyfully slurping noodles to fight off the rainy chill. A change of pace with the same savory flavors, tsukemen is worth a try. The ramen noodles are served on the side, with meat and vegetables, and the broth, served in concentrated form, is more of a dipping sauce, letting the diner use as much or as little of it to flavor each bite. Think of it like a deconstructed ramen when you’re craving something a little different. 

11 Eastside Etsy Shops We Love

By Kirsten Abel | January 14, 2019

Left to Right - Photo Credits: JessicaAndriany, NatesMommyMadeIt, BookishPursuit

Left to Right - Photo Credits: JessicaAndriany, NatesMommyMadeIt, BookishPursuit

From stylish pillows to vintage books to customizable jewelry, these Eastside Etsy shops are full of locally-crafted treasures. So whether you’re looking for a gift or shopping for yourself, you’re sure to find a few goodies from the talented makers below.

1. Grace and Valiant – Kirkland

Simple, stylish pillows. We want one in every color.

Courtesy  Graceandvaliant  via Etsy.

Courtesy Graceandvaliant via Etsy.

2. Catshy Crafts – Bellevue

You had us at “taco headband.”

Courtesy  Catshycrafts  via Etsy.

Courtesy Catshycrafts via Etsy.

3. Jessica Andriany – Redmond

The perfect print for that blank spot on your wall.

Courtesy  JessicaAndriany  via Etsy.

Courtesy JessicaAndriany via Etsy.

4. Delicate and Layered – Kirkland

Dainty, classy jewelry for everyday wear. Read about the shop’s founder on 425 Business.

Courtesy Delicate & Layered.

Courtesy Delicate & Layered.

5. Nates Mommy Made It – Issaquah

We don’t care that Christmas is over. We want to display this “pair of otters” ornament all year long.

Courtesy  NatesMommyMadeIt  via Etsy.

Courtesy NatesMommyMadeIt via Etsy.

6. Bookish Pursuit – Bellevue

Because books are better when they’re charming and vintage.

Courtesy  BookishPursuit  via Etsy.

Courtesy BookishPursuit via Etsy.

7. Printed Nature 3D – Mukilteo

3D-printed homes for bees. Need we say more?

Courtesy  PrintedNature3D  via Etsy.

Courtesy PrintedNature3D via Etsy.

8. Betsy Farmer Designs – Snohomish

Super adorable, customizable jewelry.

Courtesy BetsyFarmerDesigns via Etsy.

Courtesy BetsyFarmerDesigns via Etsy.

9. Pretty Party Details – Bellevue

Cupcake toppers for almost every interest and occasion, including fishingbarbecue, and Ramadan.

Courtesy PrettyPartyDetails via Etsy.

Courtesy PrettyPartyDetails via Etsy.

10. Phoebes Keen Junk – Snohomish

A shop full of curated vintage items, like this leather satchel that we absolutely need.

Courtesy  PhoebesKeenJunk  via Etsy.

Courtesy PhoebesKeenJunk via Etsy.

11. 6by6 Arts – Woodinville

Handmade, Pacific Northwest-inspired goods. Read about the shop’s founders here.

Courtesy 6by6Arts via Etsy.

Courtesy 6by6Arts via Etsy.

12 Ski Resorts to Visit Across the Pacific Northwest

It’s a brand new season at these resorts. Time to ride new lifts, meet new owners, and hit a fresh new layer of powder.

By Allison Williams  12/18/2018 at 9:00am  Published in the January/February 2019 issue of Seattle Met

Whistler Village is a cozy hub at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb.  IMAGE:  COURTESY BRAD KASSELMAN / WHISTLER

Whistler Village is a cozy hub at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb.


Whistler Blackcomb

Après Scene / Expert Slopes / Lodging • Drive Time: 4 hour 15 minutes

New lift alert: British Columbia’s ski mecca (37 lifts!) claims the biggest uphill upgrade in the region, a 10-passenger gondola up the Blackcomb half of the two-mountain resort. Two other lift replacements helped spruce up the 8,000-plus acres this season and Whistler Village gained a pod hotel, the Pangea. With the Vail-owned twin behemoth now open to most season pass holders from Stevens, the weekend Whistler crowds aren’t likely to wane. At the end of the day, the après-ski scene is, as ever, well-prepared for the masses.

Mount Baker Ski Area

Expert Slopes / Bargain Tickets / Crowd-Free • Drive Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Some things never change at the state’s far-north ski hill, like Baker’s record-breaking levels of snowfall—often double that of other Northwest resorts—and its steady parade of Bellingham college students and ski bums, all of whom appreciate the affordable lift tickets. Owned by a mostly local collection of stockholders since its creation in 1953, the ski area resists pretension and courts snowboarders with the annual Legendary Banked Slalom competition. Aging lodges can’t sour the mountain’s long-held chill.

Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort

Family Friendly / Sunny Forecast / Crowd-Free • Drive Time: 3 hours

Wenatchee’s ski hill is practically in town, just a 20-minute drive up through city neighborhoods to slopes blessed by Central Washington sun. When the snow shows, it’s an airy powder, and crowds never approach Stevens levels. A planned expansion could add acres of beginner terrain and new lifts in a few years, but for now the charm comes from mid-run surprises like a slope side sundeck and an airplane wing left over from a crashed B-24 bomber, now mounted above Bomber Bowl.

Crystal Mountain lift tomfoolery.  IMAGE:  COURTESY CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT

Crystal Mountain lift tomfoolery.


Crystal Mountain Resort

Après Scene / Expert Slopes / Lodging  Drive Time: 2 hours

Washington’s sole gondola, Washington’s one true alpine village—it’s not wrong to call Crystal the state’s only world-class ski resort, especially when one grades on a Colorado or Whistler Blackcomb scale. Acquired by conglomerate Alterra last fall, Crystal could see even more expansion in coming years to ease congestion, but it already delivers varied terrain over 10 lifts, many mid-mountain lodges, night skiing, and viewpoints where Rainier appears so massive, it’s almost distracting.

Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

Expert Slopes / Bargain Tickets / Crowd-Free • Drive Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Two short rope tows and a Poma lift are a throwback to ski resorts before express quads and RFID passes. That the Olympic National Park even hosts a ski area is a shock, but lift operations are limited to a small area near the Hurricane Ridge Lodge; expert skiers use the rope-tow boost to ski down to the park road and hitch a ride back to the parking lot. From the top of the ski hill, Vancouver Island looks close enough to bat with a mitten.

Young bombers at White Pass.  IMAGE:  COURTESY JASON HUMMEL

Young bombers at White Pass.


White Pass Ski Area

Family Friendly / Bargain Tickets / Night Skiing • Drive Time: 3 hours

Though perched on a relatively well-traveled east-west highway, White Pass manages to fly under the radar with its high-speed lifts and mellow runs that stretch back toward the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Largely frequented by South Sound and Yakima locals, its 2011 expansion gave skiers more breathing room and opened gladed, but not steep, terrain in its Paradise Basin. This year, the base lodges got a tune-up.

Sun Valley Resort

Après Scene / Sunny Forecast / Lodging • Drive Time: 10 hours 15 minutes

Presented by San Juan Island Visitors Bureau

Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains made ski history with the world’s first chairlifts; one inched up what is now Sun Valley’s small, family friendly Dollar Mountain back in the 1930s. Today, the resort prides itself on snowmaking in the cold, dry climate. The resort’s bigger Bald Mountain will add 380 more skiable acres next season with a new chairlift, but mountain guides will lead preview tours of the new Cold Springs Canyon terrain this year.

Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

Family Friendly / Expert Slopes / Night Skiing • Drive Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

What happens when the scrappy underdog of Northwest ski hills—with its creaky chairs, greasy lodge food, and lifties blasting tunes on the night shift—gets a Vail makeover? We’ll find out in the resort’s first season under the Colorado company’s umbrella (see “Washington’s Biggest Resorts Just Got Bought by Conglomerates”); the conglomerate finalized its acquisition of the Highway 2 mountain in August. Stevens Pass has always been Seattle’s most accessible serious ski spot, the parking lots filling before sunrise and emptying only after the late-night live music fades at the Foggy Goggle bar. When change comes, hopefully it won’t take away Stevens’ shaggy soul or its piping hot liquid-cheese nachos.

Timberline Ski Area lights up Mount Hood.  IMAGE:  COURTESY TIMBERLINE LODGE

Timberline Ski Area lights up Mount Hood.


Mount Hood

Night Skiing / Family Friendly / Lodging  Drive Time: 4 hours

Resorts crowd the Portland-area volcano, from sprawling Meadows and its varied slopes on the southeast to the Ski Bowl’s extensive night skiing terrain on the west. Timberline, based around the famous eponymous lodge, boasts a lift that reaches so high up Mount Hood it can sometimes host year-round skiing—we’ll see how long that lasts—and just acquired the family-friendly Summit area a few miles downhill at Government Camp.

Summit at Snoqualmie

Family Friendly / Lodging / Night Skiing • Drive Time: 1 hour

While the slopes may not be high at Seattle’s closest ski hill, the appeal is wide; four distinct zones meld into one resort that spans I-90, from the steep cliffs of Alpental to the beginner-friendly magic carpets of Summit Central. Expanded night skiing through the Silver Fir area this winter means as many as 13 chairlifts spin in the evening. It’s easy to forgo après ski when you can make turns right après work.

A boarder rides the Sun Peaks park.  IMAGE:  COURTESY ADAM STEIN / SUN PEAKS SKI RESORT

A boarder rides the Sun Peaks park.


Sun Peaks Ski Resort

Family Friendly / Sunny Forecast / Lodging • Drive Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Like Whistler, but homier; like Sun Valley, but Canadian-er. It’s tempting to compare central BC’s ski resort to its brethren, but only Sun Peaks can boast a director of skiing like Nancy Greene. The Olympic gold medalist and Canadian ski hero not only helped build the resort town with her husband (the mayor), she also does free ski tours almost every afternoon. A brand-new quad chair eases access to the Sun Peaks slopes, which shoot up in every direction in BC’s interior mountains outside Kamloops.

Mount Bachelor Ski Resort

Family Friendly / Sunny Forecast / Après Scene • Drive Time 6 hours

While Mount Baker ski hill is actually on ridges next to the volcano, Oregon’s Mount Bachelor ski area is smack on its eponymous cinder cone, 11 lifts fanned around the mountain base. With more than 4,300 skiable acres, it’s one of the largest ski hills in the country, and its reliable sunshine and omnipresent craft brews cement it as a good-time destination. Just as in the outdoorsy, beer-sodden town of Bend down the road, there’s always a Bachelor party to be found.

7 Ways To Beat The ViaDoom Blues By Train, Bus, And More

Whether you're coming from Sumner or Edmonds, ViaDoom will probably slow your commute. Here are some alternate routes to consider.

By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff | Jan 13, 2019 7:29 pm ET | Courtesy of


SEATTLE, WA — About 54 percent of the people who responded to our ViaDoom survey said they plan to continue to commute by car through the three-week SR 99 shutdown.

We'd like to make a suggestion, however: don't drive during ViaDoom if you can help it.

Why? Because there are better, cheaper, low-stress ways to get into Seattle (or around it). Whether you live in Puyallup, Woodivnille, or downtown Seattle, the viaduct closure is probably going to have some impact on your commute, so why not try a new way?

Here are seven alternative ways to get into and out of Seattle during ViaDoom.

7) Bike paths. Whether you're an experienced biker or a New Year's-resolution newbie, there are some great, safe bike paths that can get you into downtown Seattle. The Green River and Interurban trails are a good option if you're coming from the south. The Interurban Trail, for example, begins 17 miles south in Pacific. Here are some other good bike paths (these are also walking and jogging paths):

  • From Shoreline or Edmonds: Pick up the Interurban Trail along North 200th just east of Costco; it's a 3-mile ride to 145th and Aurora in Seattle where you can catch the E Line.

  • From Mercer Island or Bellevue: Starting at Enatai Beach Park in Bellevue, it's a 6-1/2 mile ride to Jackson Street and 12th Avenue in Seattle, where you can catch a bus or the Seattle Streetcar.

  • From Northwest Bellevue and Kirkland: From the Evergreen Point park-and-ride, it's a 3-1/2 mile bike ride to the UW light rail station near Husky Stadium.

6) Bike share. Speaking of bikes, did you know that Seattle is littered with Lime and JUMP bikes? You can use these bikes for your last mile trip - say from a light rail or bus stop to your workplace. If you must drive, you could even park in a Seattle neighborhood, grab a bike, and pedal to wherever you need to go.

Not to mention, the two companies are offering discounts during ViaDoom: JUMP is waiving its $1 unlock fee through Feb. 15; Lime is offering $1 off rides from West Seattle with the code PMCLIME.

5) Seattle Streetcar. Maybe not as cool as its big brother, Link light rail, the streetcar is actually a great way to avoid downtown Seattle, and pretty under-utilized (as of June, about 5,000 people per day used the streetcar, according to SDOT). The new First Hill streetcar starts in Pioneer Square, but it completely avoids the downtown core on its trip up to First Hill and then Capitol Hill. If you commute from south Puget Sound to either of those neighborhoods, consider ditching your car for a Sounder-to-streetcar route.

4) Ferry. King County Metro has added a second vessel to the West Seattle water taxi route. If you take 509 to work, you can get off at the 1st Avenue South bridge and take West Marginal Way to Harbor Avenue and the ferry terminal.

3) Bonus for 509 drivers. Another way to hack the 509-to-99 commute is via the West Seattle Bridge trail. The trail runs alongside the West Seattle Bridge and then heads north up West Marginal Way, dumping you in Pioneer Square. The trail links with the Green River Trail coming from the south at Spokane Street. It's about 30 minutes by bike from South Park to Pioneer Square using this route.

2) Rideshare. If you're going to drive, please don't do it alone. Every person that uses rideshare means one less car out on the roads - and that's more time in your pocket. Visit http://www.rideshareonline.comto find someone to commute with.

1) Link light rail. This is hands down the best transportation option around. It's fast, comfortable, and cheap. And remember: even if you've never taken it, you're paying Sound Transit taxes. Light rail is a great bet for anyone commuting from south of Seattle.

Light rail is a wonderful option if you're coming from the south. The brand new Angle Lake station in SeaTac is served by the RapidRide A line, which starts at the Federal Way transit center. From downtown Renton, you can take the 560 bus or RapidRide F line to the International Boulevard station. This is even a good option for commuters coming from Newcastle or south Bellevue.

The best part about light rail: the trains will never get caught in a traffic jam.

No matter how you choose to get to work during ViaDoom, we wish you luck!

Image courtesy SDOT