Seattle may be the epicenter for food and culinary exploration but over the past few years more and more amazing restaurants have been opening on the eastside of Lake Washington. Head towards the eastside to get away from the annoying traffic and long waits to find incredible eateries right in your backyard. We put together a list of some remarkable restaurants and eateries on the eastside that you and your family are sure to love. Enjoy the best of the northwest in along the waterfront in Kirkland or in downtown Bellevue along 405.
In Bellevue try:
Lunchbox Lab restaurant has several Seattle area locations, the one in Bellevue is quite fun and easily accessible. Just off 405 and away from the downtown Bellevue craziness, enjoy an out of this world burger and shake. If you head over to one of Lunchbox Labs locations including their Bellevue restaurant you can enjoy National Cheeseburger Day with a $5 burger. To see their Bellevue menu, directions and more click here: http://www.lunchboxlab.com/locations/bellevue/
Bake’s Bar & Bistro a restaurant in downtown Bellevue that combines incredible food and live music. They are open Monday through Saturday in the afternoons to evenings and they offer both indoor and outdoor seating options. The Bake’s Bar & Bistro restaurant is the winner of 2018 Diners Choice Awards of the “Best New Restaurant”, “Best Kept Secret”, “Best Nightlife”, and “Best Patio”. To find their menu and events page click here: https://www.bakesplacebellevue.com/?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=referral
In Kirkland try:
Deru Market boast their use of local, organic and seasonal ingredients in their amazing menu. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options Tuesday through Sunday. Located in Northern Kirkland this neighborhood eatery is sure to delight with meals like, roasted chicken wood fired pizza, a carrot and brie sandwich or one of their mouthwatering dessert treats. Many ingredients are sourced from the local Little Brothers Farmers Market in downtown Kirkland. To see their complete menu and learn more about Deru Market, click here: http://www.derumarket.com/
Beach House Bar & Grill restaurant on the Kirkland waterfront is a must try for everyone. They use local and fresh northwest ingredients in their breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Chef and owner Ricky Eng returns to his Northwest roots to share the best gourmet burgers, fresh salads and mouthwatering seafood. Open Monday through Sunday’s with happy hour between 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to closing. Find their menu, directions and more click here: http://beachhouserestaurants.com/
Can find anything in your fridge or need an excuse to treat yourself. Look no further than in around the corner at one of these amazing restaurants and eateries. Try something organic and locally farmed or eat one of the most mouthwatering burgers you will ever have. Take advantage of the incredible chefs the eastside has to offer and have your self a meal to remember.
You may have just bought your first home, in the mood to redecorate or are planning to sell and need to stage your home. Choosing the best furniture and décor can turn a house into a home. Weather your selling or just moving in its important to create a home that is personal to you and your family. Personal touches can come through in the smallest and most over looked details like paint color choice, lamps, chairs, décor and more.
The key is to start room by room, take your time carefully curating your home. Choose a color palette, patterns and style you like for each room. Look on Pinterest or Instagram for style ideas or inspiration, start collecting colors, patterns and pictures you love. Once you have the rooms painted and style picked out work your way from the bottom up; look for a great rug or carpet that you love but make sure it’s easy to clean. Then try getting your large furniture in first and arranging it they way you like, it may take a few tries to get everything in the perfect place. Last come in and add smaller furniture items and décor to complete your style and the room; this could be in the form of pictures, lamps, vases, pillows, decorations and much more. We collected a list of great and unexpected places to furnish your home for any occasion.
Thrift stores: Thrift stores a great place to get quality unexpected furniture at a good price. You never know what you will get, one day there may be a great table the next you may find some amazing lamps. Be very careful when shopping a thrift stores because not every place thoroughly checks their incoming donations. Stick with wood/metal furniture like end tables, kitchen tables, lamps, and dishware. Only purchase pillows, plush chairs or sofas if you can’t see any visible stains or bugs of any kind.
Foryu Furnishings Fine Quality Consignments: http://www.foryu.com/
Found Interiors Consignment: http://www.foundconsignment.com/
Cost Plus World Market: The Cost Plus World Market chain has boomed in the Seattle area in the past couple years bringing us beautiful furniture and home goods from all round the world. Many of their pieces fit for more of a relaxed and bohemian style but they have a lot of furniture and décor items that could be interchangeable between styles. Check out one of their many Seattle area locations or surf their website or try their new option to buy online and pick up in store. https://www.worldmarket.com/
Nordstrom/ Nordstrom rack: Many people didn’t know that Nordstrom has a home goods section in many of their full line stores and when that merchandise goes on sale it goes to the rack stores. While they have a limited furniture selection; their linens, kitchenware and décor are stunning. You can see many of their home goods online, but I would advise going into the store and seeing for yourself what is available and pictures of your home to try and match with your personal style. https://shop.nordstrom.com/content/bed-bath-home-decor?+Gifts&cm_sp=Top+Navigation-_-Home+&origin=topnav
You may find pieces you like online but before you make a big purchase, or any purchase see if you can look and touch for yourself to make sure you love the item. Don’t be afraid to take risk or try something different and if it really does not fit your style or you don’t like it take it back and get the right one. This is your home that you will live in or trying to share with others, make it sparkle with your personality and style.
This week’s forecast does not look great unless you are the brown grass or trees in much need of rain. This cooler weather is a nice reprieve from the heat of the last few weeks, but often deters people from leaving the home and exploring. We put together a list of great indoor activities and places to go when it just sucks to be outside. Hopefully this will inspire you to get out and see more of the Puget Sound and try something.
The cinema is a great place to wait out the bad weather and enjoy yourself; with theaters adding great updates like comfy reclining seats, new food options and some places offering drinks while you watch. There have been some great new movies recently released, if you are looking for a great romance check out Crazy Rich Asians, if you are looking for family friendly try Christopher Robin, or maybe you want something with action and strong female lead Peppermint (starring Jennifer Gardner). Check Goggle or a theater near you for movie showings and times.
Pottery, painting and more:
There’s nothing better than a rainy day to bring out your inner artist. Many pottery places will let you walk in and start a project, you will have to wait for it to be completed usually takes up to a week. Grab your kids or friends or just yourself for a fun day creating a mug and some memories.
Paint Away in Redmond Town Center has options for ceramics and glass fusing: https://paintawaynow.com/weekday-specials/
Mud-house Pottery Painting in Issaquah’s Gilman Village: https://mudhousepottery.com/
Creatively yours Ceramic Painting Studio in Bellevue: http://www.paintedbykathy.com/
Glazed Art in Renton offers great weekday specials: http://glazedart.com/
Explore the Puget sounds renowned art and culture museums during the weekdays there are often reduced priced tickets. Museums include: Nordic Museum in old Ballard, The Museum of Flight* in Tukwila (my personal favorite), Northwest African American Museum* located in Seattle’s Central District, Museum of History and Industry in South Lake union, the Seattle Aquarium* located on Pier 59, many more if you search online.
*If you have a King County System Library Card you can get passes to some Museums, list can be found here: http://www.libraryinsight.com/mpbymuseum.asp?jx=kc
Don’t let this rainy weather to get you down or stuck in the house. Grab your umbrella and rain boots and explore somewhere new and exciting. Try painting something interesting, watch that movie everyone is raving about or stroll through a museum you’ve always wanted to see.
It seems that this weekend neighborhood galleries and small businesses across the Puget Sound are opening their doors to share their love of art with the community. An art walk usually happens once a month and coincides with opening exhibitions for galleries, they present the new art work and invite the public to the show. Art walk maps may found online on the websites below or at the galleries along the art walks. Some gallery showings will have lite refreshments while many art walk events/ maps include small business like, coffee shops or restaurants that are open along the way. Take time this weekend to wander your community and explore the Seattle area art scene.
Friday September 7th:
Freemont Art walk is open the first Friday of each month between 6pm to 9pm. Venues include ArtFX Gallery, Frames-Up Studios, Saturn, and much more. To get more information about venue and artists click here: http://www.fremontfirstfriday.com/index.html
Bremerton Art walk happens every first Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm in Bremerton and Manette. Take a nice walk exploring the rich art scene of downtown Bremerton. Hop on the Bremerton Seattle ferry to wander the art scene of the sound. To get more information of art walk, Bremerton Arts and a map click here: http://www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/491/Arts-Districts
Saturday September 8th:
Ballard art walk occurs the second Saturday of each month between 6pm to 9pm on NW Market Street. Come celebrate the creative and artistic spirit of the Ballard community with venues like, Prism, The Grumpy Old Man’s Comics, Art & Collectibles, Couch, and many more. To find the complete list of participating galleries and an art walk map click here: http://www.visitballard.com/artwalk/
Poulsbo Art walk is held every second Saturday of the month at Front Street Gallery. Just a quick ferry ride over the sound to find the Front Street Gallery, a co-op run by local artist. The art event runs from 5pm to 8pm this weekend. To learn more about the art walk and Front Street Gallery click here: http://www.frontstreetgallerypoulsbo.com/ArtWalk.html
Georgetown Art Attack is open the second Saturday of each month from 6pm to 9pm. This Saturday they have an array of different artist showing their work various locations including Fatagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Rainier Glass Studio, Mainframe, studio e, and many more. To see complete locations and learn more click here: http://georgetownartattack.com/wordpress/georgetown-art-attack-map/
Issaquah Art and Wine Walk happens the first Saturday of each month between 6pm to 9pm along front street between the library and the historic Shell station. Stroll along the historic downtown area of Issaquah with a class of wine. To find info on parking, wine tickets and more click here: https://downtownissaquah.com/event/downtown-issaquah-wine-art-walk-september-8th-2018/?instance_id=55801
Sunday September 9th:
Fremont Sunday Market come see some over 150 great local artisans and amazing food every Sunday between 10am to 4pm. Held rain or shine on the corner of 3410 Evanston Ave North. To get information on the market, parking and directions click here: http://www.fremontmarket.com/
A complete list of Seattle area art walks and events that are happening this weekend and next weekend can be found on these websites:
Tomorrow is the best day of the week, its Taco Tuesday which means you can eat as much tacos without any judgement. In Mexico each region has developed their own unique flavors and styles of Tacos like, tacos al pastor from central Mexico, tacos de camarones (shrimp tacos) originated from Baja California area in Mexico and tacos made with barbacoa came from northern Mexico. While this amazing dish originated form Mexico, chefs in the Seattle area have taken traditional ways of cooking and added their own spin on things. Below you will find a list of restaurants to discover not only authentic tacos in the area but other traditional Mexican dishes.
The top 7 places to get your Taco fix in the Seattle area:
Many of these places offer deals and steals not only on Tuesdays but every day of the week, check their websites or social media sites to find times and menus. We hope you enjoy the start of your short week off right with a taco in hand and a margarita in the other surrounded by friends and family.
Summer is coming to a close, school is about to start, and we have one last long weekend before we descend into fall. While we can really never predict what mother nature will do; meteorologist’s and news forecasters forecast that this Labor Day weekend in the Seattle area will be nice cool weather with high 60’s to low 70’s and little chance of rain. This gives you the perfect chance to get out with your family, friends and furry animals to explore the natural beauty and culture of the northwest. We gathered our top favorite outdoor and event destinations in the Seattle area. Whether you live in North Seattle, the East-side or in Tacoma, we have a list of events and opportunities all across the Puget sound.
For the nature lover and their pets:
Barclay Lake Hike: Located in the central cascades about an hour outside of Bothell. It might be a cruise outside the city, but the views are completely worth it. A great 4 and half mile round-trip hike for all ages and abilities, leashed dogs are also included. You will need to get a Northwest Forest Pass before beginning your adventure. More info on the trail and how to get pass: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/barclay-lake
Poo Poo Point Hike: A great intermediate hike on Tiger Mountain with amazing views of Lake Sammamish. The hike is around 7 miles round-trip and is pet friendly as long as you bring the leash for your furry friend. Plan your hike early as weekends can get very busy and parking is limited. More info on the trail: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/poo-poo-point
For those looking for great food and fun:
Bremerton Blackberry festival: Hop on the Kitsap ferry over to Bremerton for their annual blackberry festival running September 1st through the 3rd. While the event is free, bring some cash or card to get some sweet treats for the way home. For more info look here: http://www.blackberryfestival.org/
Washington State Fair/ Puyallup Fair: Always at northwest favorite, everyone in the Seattle area should go to the Washington State Fair at least once. It’s fun for all ages with amazing food, rides and music. Tickets are between $11-14 with children under 5 getting in for free. Don’t wait to go, now’s the chance, the memories will last you a lifetime. To buy tickets online and get more info: http://www.thefair.com/
For those looking for something low key and nearby:
Enatai Beach Park: Located right underneath the I-90 bridge in between Bellevue and Mercer Island. The beach park is one, of several beach front properties run by the City of Bellevue and offers playground, picnic tables, lifeguards on duty and boat rental shop. More info on amenities: https://parks.bellevuewa.gov/rentals/outdoor-rentals/enatai-beach-park/
Discovery Park: Seattle’s largest city park has the perfect combination of meadow, forest and beach; come bring a picnic spread or just yourselves for a nice stroll. While the park’s facilities will be close on Labor Day, you can still park and walk around and admire the beautiful scenery. Please make sure all pets are on leashes. More info about park property: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-park
So, whether you’re going to tackle that 7-mile hike or want to hop on the ferry over for some black berries or maybe you prefer a casual day in the park; what ever you choose to make sure to take advantage of the amazing weather and time off this Labor Day weekend.
With the air quality so poor in Seattle lately and the beginning of the colder months creeping ahead; now is the great time to start cultivating your indoor garden. House plants can not only generate clean air, but also can pull out toxins like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide and even mold that linger inside your home. Cultivating plants inside can lead to stress reduction and encourage creativity. Now please don’t go digging up your backyard plants to bring them inside, we have carefully curated a list of five plants that will be best suited for your home.
1. Aloe Vera Plant: The Aloe Vera plant is part of the succulent family and is commonly known for its use to make the soothing Aloe gel, but it also makes a great addition to your home garden. Along with its gel soothing capabilities, the leaves and roots pull toxins out of the air effectively purifying your home. Where to grow inside: Place your Aloe plant in bright indirect sunlight preferably facing a southern or western window.
2. Jade plant: Similar to the Aloe Vera plant, Jade plants are another type of succulent that is great for indoors. Jade plants are a symbol of good fortune and are often give as gifts. Having a jade plant in your home can not only bring you good luck but also provide clean air circulation. Where to grow inside: Like other succulents Jade plants need as much sunlight as possible, a south-facing window will be ideal for these plants.
3. Peace Lily: The Peace Lily plant is one of the few flowering indoor plants. Placing the Peace Lily in or near the bathroom can improve air quality and reduce mold toxins in your home. Where to grow inside: Peace Lily’s do not need direct sunlight they prefer to be in partial shade. *Please keep your Peace Lily plants away from pets and small children as the flower and leaves can be toxic if consumed.
4. Philodendron: The Philodendron species originally from the rain-forest in South America has found its way to homes and offices around the world because of its air purify capabilities. Having a Philodendron can filter out pollutants like formaldehyde and replenish with oxygen. Where to grow inside: Since they are from the rain forest, Philodendrons do not need direct sunlight and should be placed in partial shade.
5. Money Tree: Money Trees are known for their braded trunks, small dainty leaves and low maintenance care. They are perfect for your home because they add depth and greenery to any space. Where to grow inside: Naturally grown in the rainforest, Money Trees need indirect sunlight in a humid room, the bathroom or kitchen will be the perfect spot.
Pop on down to your local commercial nursery or home improvement to learn more about our favorite plants and gather all the materials to set up your indoor jungle. If your plant does not come in a permanent pot, look for one that is made from a sturdy material like ceramic and comes with a dish to collect water and prevent stains in your home. Each plant should come with watering, planting and fertilizing instructions, please read carefully to ensure the survival of your plants. If you have a small watering can or even a pitcher that you keep next to your indoor garden it will make it easier on yourself to maintain your Eden. If you are nervous, try one plant at first and then make additions when you feel confident. Now you can bring the outdoors inside your own home.
It’s that time of year again! Not sure about you, but we are hearing that many of our clients (with school age children) are going crazy while gearing up for the looming start of school! We recently read an article from PBS with a few great tips on helping parents gear up for the start of school. Sharpen your pencils everyone.
1. Take inventory of your current kitchen and note your likes and dislikes. Be sure to consider simple fixes and complex ones. As yourself what works well and what doesn’t quite float your boat, and then make a list. This list will help keep you from getting overwhelmed and will help guide you when making your design decisions!
2. Determine where your guests or family will most likely gather. How many of us have hosted parties, where we wished that the guests would convene in the lovely living room we spent all day cleaning. Yet… where do we all end up? The kitchen! We suggest choosing a space which is close enough to feel part of the “action” but far enough that the cooks can stay focused!
3. Strategically place you can lights. In order to get to the bottom of this one, think about spaces that you want to be “lit up.” Perhaps this is your food prep area, or your stovetop. You might also consider areas in your kitchen that you particularly love - where would you like to direct attention? Do you have a favorite corbel on the wall that makes you smile each time you see it? A particular piece of art? Light them to showcase them. Dimmers are always a good idea, some nice and romantic ambient lighting is always better than super bright lighting.
4. Cabinets should be ‘useful,’ so make sure you have enough space for your everyday dishware, glasses and cutlery. Move the platters, baking sheets, etc (ie: the items you use less often) to a less prominent area. We want you to focus on functionality and not become frustrated when having to walk glassware across the kitchen. For a clever use of space, bowls and plates can be stored in drawers.
5, Choose materials that you LOVE. Ultimately, it’s you’re space and you need to love it. Choosing the “in” material for resale purposes is not our recommendation. Live your life. Enjoy your spaces.
Welcome to the weekend! The weather has really cooled down, making it perfect to grab a cup of coffee from your favorite local shop, hop in your car and head out to one, two or all three of our open houses!
For those of you interested in South Sound homes, we have two stunners that are sure to please.
5325 Park Rd E, Lake Tapps 98391
This outstanding custom built Lake Tapps Home offers 5 beds with 2.5 baths. It boasts an amazing open floor plan with both formal & informal living spaces. You can retire to the grandiose Master suite with your own private balcony for enjoying your morning coffee. The gourmet kitchen is perfect for unleashing your inner “chef” or for entertaining. You will find exquisite Brazilian cherry floors & high-end finishes throughout. Looking to get outside? The large fenced in yard is perfect for relaxing or enjoying with family or friends, and bonus, there’s a fire pit. Enjoy the private community pool & Jenks Park with tennis courts, boat launch & beach access. 3 car garage, A/C, and even peek-a-boo views of Lake Tapps!
This amazing home is offered at $720,000.
Move right in and start living!
Open Saturday August 18th 12-3pm.
Next on our home tour is a fabulous Benjamin Ryan built home.
8013 184th Ave E, Bonney Lake 98391
You wont want to miss this magnificent Benjamin Ryan built home. This is the most popular floorplan which features 3 stories and 4 bedrooms, plus a bottom floor rec room perfect for that home gym you’ve always wanted. Or, if you’d like even more space you can always convert it to a fifth bedroom. The luxurious kitchen features beautiful slap granite, a large island, a full pantry and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors flank the kitchen and entry way. The master suite boasts a 5 piece bath plus tons of closet space. The upper level also includes a loft area perfect for a flex space and the fully fenced in yard is perfect for pets or children at play.
Come see this stunner of a home offered at $429,900
Open Sunday Aug 19th 12-3
For all of the Eastsiders out there, we have a fabulous new listing in Newcastle.
9235 118th Place Southeast, Newcastle 98056
This spacious 5 Bedroom Newcastle home is a must see! Not only does it offer covered RV Parking, hook-ups and a 2 car garage, but there are up to 4 off-street parking spots as well, making this the perfect home for the entertainer! You will love the deck just off the formal dining room nestled in a sea of evergreen trees, providing the perfect mixture of shade and sun for our sunny days. For those chilly winter days, cozy up by the gas fireplace off of the living room. The lower level features a spacious rec room with a fireplace, a large 3/4 bath, a 5th bedroom and a laundry/mud room. This house is located close to trails and parks for your weekend adventuring.
This classic home is offered at $749,900
We would love to see you at the open house!