July 2009

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Celebrate the Days of Rays with WPR!
 
     
   

Things we like – YOU
Voted “Best Happy Hour in Bellevue” by the Bellevue Downtown Association, Pearl plans to celebrate that achievement with a Party on Wednesday, July 1. Beginning at 3p.m., everyone who RSVP’s will receive half off Signature Cocktails, Glass Wine Pours, Small Plates and Draft Beer until the bar closes. Also, from 4p.m. – 7p.m., Chef Bradley Dickinson will offer complimentary passed enticing edibles from the kitchen. So, ladies put on your high heels and gentlemen it’s time to dress to impress as you strut down for a nosh, a nibble and cool cocktails. As always, Valet Parking is free at the Westin Hotel. Heck, you might want to consider taking the next day off. Click here and let us know you’re coming.

700 Bellevue Way NE, Lincoln Square, Bellevue. 425-455-0181; www.PearlBellevue.com.


   

It’s raining cherries! July 11 is National Rainier Cherry Day
The Rainiers are coming! National Rainier Cherry Day exalts this fab fruit on July 11. Sweet, juicy, local and always a healthy snack, stop by Pike Place Market on July 10 to sample Rainiers and taste the reason Mayor Nickels proclaimed this cherry worthy of its own day!

Throughout July, you can feast on local chefs’ innovative cherry creations at the following restaurants:

  1. Art at Four Seasons
    Dinner: Crisp duck breast, Bing cherry salad: sweet corn, Bing cherry spoon bread, cherry balsamic, Kirsch duck sauce. $19
    Lunch: Pike Place TV Tray $16
    Little gem lettuce salad, Rainer cherry vinaigrette
    Cherry and melon gazpacho, Oregon sweet shrimp
    Prosciutto de Parma, cherry baguette, grilled Bing cherry jam
    Bing cherry meringue tart, chocolate sauce
  2. Canlis – Northwest Cherry Gazpacho. $13
  3. Dulces Latin Bistro
    Fresh Washington Cherry and Brandy Tart. $8
    Cherry confiture with cheese plate. $13
  4. Enotria – Hazelnut crusted goat cheese with red endive & Northwest cherries.
  5. The Hunt Club – Mangalitsa pork belly mustard greens, cream corn, pickled cherries. $26
    Cherry kiss cocktail – Plymouth gin, lime juice, agave nectar, chartreuse, muddles cherries, mint and bitters served up with a Northwest cherry
    garnish. $9
  6. Il Fornaio – Northwest cherry and fontina risotto with red wine and crispy pancetta. $16.99
  7. Nell’s ­ Valrhona chocolate and Bing cherry tart with and cherry port syrup. $7
  8. Pearl – Broiled duck breast, chili spice rub, Washington cherry demi, golden vegetable hash. $23
  9. Pomegranate Bistro – Northwest Bing cherry gazpacho. $5.50
    Pulled duck & cherry chutney firebread. $13.50
  10. Ray’s Boathouse – French country cherry tart. $7.50
  11. Ray’s Café – Bing cherry crème brûlée. $6.50
  12. Saffron
    Fresh Washington Cherry and Brandy Tart. $8
    Cherry confiture with cheese plate. $13
  13. Serious Pie – Roasted Bing cherries, burrata, Beacon Hill arugula, cherry vinegar. $8
  14. Szmania’s
    Roasted duck breast, peppery Cashmere cherry sauce, sautéed red cabbage & garbanzo beans. $18 
    Cashmere Cherry Clafouti, rich custard tart baked with Bing cherries. $8
  15. Seastar
    Dinner: BBQ pork tenderloin with Rainier cherries, seasoned with Chef Howie’s BBQ spice rub, smoked over applewood, grilled and glazed with spicy
    honey BBQ sauce, served with creamy russet hash and Rainier cherry relish. $23
    Dessert: Summer peach and Bing cherry crisp, fresh baked peach and cherry crisp served with vanilla-cinnamon ice cream. $7
    Cocktail: Rainier cherry cocktail, Luksusowa vodka and Kirschwasser muddled with fresh Rainer cherries. $10
  16. Taste Restaurant
    Dinner: Seared ling cod, sweet pea cake, green garlic, cherry & baby bok choy salad. $11/$26 (small plate /large plate)
    Dessert: Almond milk tapioca pudding, cherries, basil sorbet, sweet croutons. $6/$7 (lunch & happy hour / dinner).
    Cocktail: Cherry vanilla pop, vanilla infused local vodka, Northwest cherry syrup, fizzy water. $8.50
  17. Tidbit Bistro – Fichi e Ciliegie, gorgonzola stuffed figs with a cherry port sauce.
  18. Tulio – Duck breast and crispy confit with Washington cherries and cherry faro. $25
  19. Union – Vanilla cherry soup with grappa ice cream. $9
  20. Volterra – Northwest cherry Mojito. $9

Cherries Beyond the Restaurant

  1. The Spa at Four Seasons
    Organic Wild Black Cherry Facial – 50 minutes – $140
    This purifying treatments begins with a mild lactic acid enzyme peel derived from wild black cherry and pomegranate. This unique formulation helps clear the skin of toxins and blackheads, while anti-oxidant rich serums are infused to promote cellular renewal and defend against the signs of aging.

For more information, please visit: www.wastatefruit.com and www.nwcherries.com.


   

The Cupcakes are Coming to Capitol Hill!
Capitol Hill’s long, sleepless nights of unrequited cupcake love are over! Cupcake Royale is putting the finishing polish on its new Capitol Hill bakery and will open its doors July 22, just in time for the Capitol Hill Block Party! The conceptually designed cupcake and coffee café will feature unique artwork and fixtures, a community table for gatherings, a semi-private party area, and a large window to the kitchen for bakery peep shows. More details to come about Grand Opening offers and festivities. Also, don’t miss tasting the “more moisty-er” July Cupcake-of-the-Month, in all its (local) fruity glory: Strawberry!

1111 E Pike Street, Seattle. For a full list of locations and to order online, please visit www.cupcakeroyale.com.


   

Bringing you a summer of concerts
This summer, we say bring on the outdoor concerts! Kidd Valley and the City of Renton proudly present the Kidd Valley Concert Series at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. All performances take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. next to Kidd Valley. Bring a date, a picnic dinner and join us all summer long! Full schedule is below:

  • July 1: Renton City Concert Band – This 70-piece band will amaze you with their talents as they perform musical blockbusters, from Big Band to Broadway to Classics under the direction of Mike Simpson.
  • July 8: PA-TE – Covers a wide variety of musical styles, R & B, Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues, Brazilian and Italian contemporary music.
  • July 15: Jon Casey – Jon has played with such musical talents as Marilee Rush and Hoyt Axton. The single “Bayou Country” from the CD entitled “Fast Cars” went to number one on the European country charts.
  • July 22: Colleen Raney w/Hanz Araki & Cary Novotny – Years of traditional Irish stepdancing and music combined with a contemporary sensibility have forged a sound and style that is uniquely her own.
  • July 29: The Dennis Mitchell Band – Shaking the live music scene with distinct and original new music while delighting hard core fans with the best of rock ‘n roll and a blend of whaling blues.
  • August 5: Creme Tangerine – Beatles classics recreated: Creme Tangerine creates a dynamic live Beatles music experience filled with energy, tone, humor, and the spontaneity known only from the Beatles.

1201 Lake Washington Blvd North. For more about the concerts, call 425.430.6700 or visit http://rentonwa.gov; more on Kidd Valley can be found at www.kiddvalley.com.

   

Brighten Up for Summer!
Put some luster and color into your summer at Gene Juarez Salons & Spas, with services and retail offers that bring beautiful savings, beautiful results! Brighten Up for Summer from head to toe with these great offers:

  • Nails: Brighten Up Your Toes with a Coconut-Tropi-Pedi (45 minutes, $55)
  • Skincare: Brighten Up Your Glow with a Summer Glow Facial (30 minutes, $50)
  • Body Care: Brighten Up Your Mood with a Signature Serenity, the Ultimate Relaxation Journey (60 minutes, $110) and enjoy a Sundari gift.
  • Makeup: Brighten Up Your Look with a Mineral Mini Makeup Lesson (30 minutes, $26.50 – also receive a travel brush filled with mineral foundation $47.50 value now to Aug. 31)
  • Retail: Brighten Up Your Skin with GJ Summer Body/Skin Care. Pear Scrub (Full Size) for Exfoliation and Skin ‘Brightening’ regularly $34, now $27 & the Sea Mineral Mist for Skin Hydration & Soothing After Sun is regularly $33, now $26.

Visit a Gene Juarez Salons or Spas location or log on to www.genejuarez.com.

   

Coal Creek Course Reopens
Time to get the clubs out and hit the links! In fulfilling its commitment to provide the best possible playing conditions for its guests, The Golf Club at Newcastle has substantially completed rehabilitation of the public golf course, Coal Creek. Both Coal Creek and China Creek courses are now fully operational, open and taking tee times. See for yourself here!

Visit www.NewcastleGolf.com or www.OkiGolf.com for more information.

   

Award Winning Naturals and Organics
Feel good about what you’re eating, with delicious, convenient and affordable entrées and appetizers from Blue Horizon Organic – all natural or organic. Just hitting the Costco freezers are its one-step Spinach & Artichoke Penne Alfredo – two trays per package provide two vegetarian meals for the whole family; also just on the shelves are its White Bean Chicken Chili (the line’s first canned product!). At Whole Foods nationwide, look for Blue Horizon Organic Seafood Bites, a gluten-free appetizer available in four seafood varieties. And if you love spring rolls, don’t miss a chance to try Blue Horizon’s, which were named by Good Housekeeping and Health magazine as one of the “Top Healthy Convenience Foods” and “Best in Food: Frozen Appetizer,” respectively, for 2009.

Visit www.bluehorizonorganic.com for more information and to find a retailer near you.

   

The healthiest stop on Capitol Hill
Backed by the latest nutritional science, Healeo in Capitol Hill is a new retail destination that brings the earth’s most healing organic ingredients in delicious drinks, foods, vitamins and supplements. Find emerging and centuries-old natural goods alongside such treats as vegan hemp milk soft-serve sundaes with nutritious fixings. If you had a late night out, the Healeo Liver Detox Support (Beet juice, Apple Juice, Ginger and Aloe Vera extracts) may be the cure for what ails you. Now open! Hours: weekdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

1520 15th Ave., 206-453-5066; www.healeo.com.

   

Top Tech from 6 Top Chefs – Fortune Magazine!
Our own Kathy Casey is featured in Fortune Magazine about “tech toys” she loves. Her new toy: Perlini carbonated cocktail system, a cocktail system which can turn any cocktail into a sparkling cocktail! Personal tech: Her Dell computer, for all her blogging. Home kitchen non-essential: Eight- or twelve-piece knife sets. “What do you do with all that? Who’s boning out quail at their house? You don’t need all those crazy knives,” said Kathy.

www.KathyCasey.com

   

“Outrageous Learning: An Education Manifesto” by Scott D. Oki
It is no secret that K-12 public education in the United States is in crisis. Schools are plagued by poor student achievement, low graduation rates, entrenched unions, demoralized teachers and disaffected parents, when by rights U.S. schools should be the finest in the world. The troubles of the nation’s schools have caught the attention of former Microsoft executive and philanthropist Scott Oki. “Outrageous Learning” is Oki’s thought provoking new book in which he describes the ills facing public schools and offers his own solutions by coolly applying the same frank, no-nonsense analysis that made him one of the most successful top executives at Microsoft.

For more information and to order the book visit www.outrageouslearning.org.

   

FareStart Guest Chef on the Waterfront – Wed., July 15, 6-9 p.m.
Come to Elliott Hall, Pier 66 and savor tastes from over 50 of the area’s most talented chefs, wineries, and purveyors of fine foods. Celebrate Washington’s leading chefs, who unite to help benefit FareStart, which empowers the disadvantaged with hospitality vocational training and other programs. See the full list of amazing culinary participants at www.farestart.org.

For more information, including tickets contact: Faith Ramos, faith@farestart.org
206-267-6213 or visit here.

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