Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Coal Creek Quiznos is closing April 30th, 2012

The coal creek Quiznos in Newcastle, WA is closing down it store.  The property raised their rent to $4,800 a month and the owners of Quiznos just couldn't make enough money.  It's sad to see a chain restaurant not be able to make enough money to pay rent. Imagine if it was a local business owner.

The rumor is that a yogurt place will be taking Quiznos spot.

TriMet WES Commuter Rail


Commuters in Washington and Clackamas counties will soon have a new alternative to I-5/Highway 217. Starting in fall 2008, you can travel from Wilsonville to Beaverton in only 27 minutes… on WES.

TriMet’s WES (short for Westside Express Service) is a new commuter rail line serving Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. WES will run every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday, during the morning and afternoon rush hour.

Instead of sitting in traffic, you'll have your own "WES time" to use however you like. Plus, you can depend on WES to get you there on time. Now isn't that a nice way to start your workday?

Red House Beer and Wine in Renton, WA

Since moving to Newcastle in September 2011, we have been trying out new restaurants in our hood.  A majority of them have been in Renton and are either bars or burger joints.  We stumbled upon a great restaurant in downtown Renton called Red House Beer and Wine:  The restaurant opened 6 years ago in an old 1920's boarding house for coal miners and railroad workers. They have tapas, entrees, and hundreds of different beers and wines.

Here are the tapas we shared:

- Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese, Olive Oil & Black Pepper on Grilled Rustic Bread $8
- Shrimp Risotto Croquettes With Romesco Sauce & Garlic-Caper Aioli $9 (this was my fav)
- Steamed Clams White Wine, Garlic, Scallions, Butter & Lemon $12 Add Pomme Frites $4

We did not try this, but they have rabbit on their menu:

Braised Rabbit - Bone-in Leg braised in a rich Red Wine Sauce with Bacon, Carrots, Mushrooms & Grilled Polenta $21

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stopsky's Delicatessen - Mercer Island Jewish Deli

New restaurant coming to Mercer Island: Stopsky's Delicatessen3016 78th Ave. SE Mercer Island, WA 98040 It's right next to the Island Book store. The restaurant will provide seating for 36, and be open initially for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Dinner will be added later this year. Stopsky's will also feature the exclusive, artisanal espresso by Stumptown.

Pon Proem Thai Restaurant - Mercer Island

Mercer Island has a fabulous thai restaurant called Pon Proem Thai. The food is extra spicy, so if you usually get a 4 out of 5, I would recommend a 3 out of 5. The red curry and pad thai are my favorite. The staff is friendly and they are very quick. There's a large fish tank by the front door that the kiddos would love.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Have you Heard of Window Farms?

It's a great idea for people who live in apartments in big cities that still want to farm/garden! Window Farms are vertical, low-energy, hydroponic, edible window gardens built with recycled materials from your home. It's almost like a garden curtain for your home.

This project isn't just about being green, it's also about social networking and chatting with others who have built their own Window Farms to make yours better.

The two women who started this, Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray in Feb '09, said "You can buy your own parts and build your own system using our how-to instructions, which include recommended sources. However, we have received a huge number of requests for kits and we are currently ramping up production. If you are interested in purchasing a kit, please let us add you to the list of people to contact when they are available by sending an email with the subject line "I'd like a kit" to info [at] windowfarms [dot] org"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Golfing, Lovo and Sunny Day #13

We woke up to the sky being cloudy and looking like it was going to rain all day again, but to our luck after we ate breakfast it cleared up. The sky was perfect and sunny, so we decided today was the day (and our last chance) to go golfing. The resort has a Championship Golf Course and we got a free tee certificate from the hotel, so we got a pretty sweet deal. We only had to pay for renting the clubs, cart and buying a few balls. They also offered us a caddy, so we said why not.

He ended up only being $18 dollars (which is only $9 US). He helped us with our clubs and where to go. The first 9 holes were too difficult for us, so he took us to the last 9, which where perfect. He also helped fetch our balls, when they went into the little creeks that were everywhere. There were frogs everywhere next to the creeks, we even found one in one of the putting green holes when my ball went in. Luckily the frog was fine when my ball went in, he just jumped up and back in.

Neither Wes or I took score, because I'm sure we were way above par in each hole. Maybe one or two holes we got close to par. I hadn't played a round of golf in like 3 years, but Wes has a couple times this year. We finished playing 9 holes by 12ish and called the driver to come pick us up and take us back the hotel.

It was still sunny when we made it back to the hotel, so we got our suits on and sat down by the pool for the afternoon. Wes wanted to swim in the ocean one more time before we left, so we put some goggles and flippers on and jumped in. It got boring pretty fast, because there was only sand to look at. It started getting cloudy, so we went back to our room and showered and got ready for happy hour.

When we showed up at happy hour at the beach bar, we were the only one's there, except the bartender and the band. About 45 minutes later a few more people showed up, but it was so empty compared to the last few days with the wedding groups. Both Wes and I had Lemongrass Capiroska's.

It was about 7pm and we headed up to the Lovo (traditional fiji dinner). It's the same thing we went to last Monday at the hotel. The dinner was buffet style, same stuff as last time. After we ate, the entertainment group from the hotel did their fiji performance and dance. Then we headed back to the room for bed.

I found out this evening that my dad went to the hospital this morning and he was really low on oxygen and dehydrated, but they don't know what's wrong with him yet. I wish I could be there with him. Keep him in your prayers.

We are leaving to come home tomorrow, so we'll see everyone soon! Our honeymoon was great, we couldn't have asked for more.

Watch out, here come's Wes!

On the 16th Hole at the Pearl Golf Course

Strike a Pose before dinner :)