Metropolitan Market's Peach-O-Rama
Nobody in their right mind would miss Peach-O-Rama. It's that time of year when Metropolitan Market in Houghton brings in the best and juiciest peaches your taste buds have ever witnessed. If I tell my kids, they will beg me to take them there. They are THAT good. And it's a 20 year anniversary, so they are teaming up with Chef Jason Wilson of Miller’s Guild, Coffee Flour, and the soon-to-open Lakeside and Civility & Unrest in Bellevue, to show shoppers how they can recreate peach dishes at home. Chef Jason will bring his innovative approach and craft cooking to Metropolitan Market’s Kirkland location on Saturday July 30, 12-2 p.m. He’ll man the grill and show shoppers how to create a Grilled Summer Peach Salad with Ricotta and Prosciutto (photo) as well as Marinated Peaches, Buttermilk Quinoa Cakes & Basil Crème Fraiche, dishing samples as he goes.
Crime in Kirkland
I attended the "Norkirk and Market Neighborhood Crime Update" given by the KPD last night. It was a PACKED house. Actually, there were so many people in that overheated Peter Kirk room I could barely breathe in any oxygen and concentrate enough to listen. So here's what I learned from an hour in that richly fragrant room (your'e welcome). People are freaked out because it's the season where burglars start swinging into town and cherry-picking our homes and vehicles. The KPD says that although it seems more rampant, it's actually b/c social media allows us to communicate about it, therefore perpetuating our state of panic. Statistically crime has been pretty flat year over year. City-wide in 2014 there were 88 residential burglaries Jan-June, 115 in 2015, and 91 in 2016 during the same time span. Motor vehicle thefts were 61 ('15) vs 56 ('16) and motor vehicle prowls were up a little from 299 '15 to 319 '16. So, back to basics, folks. Don't be afraid to call 911 to report anything suspicious. Always report your crimes, even if someone just stole your Barry Manilow CD out of your car. It's an 'incident' and should go on record so they can track and investigate these bad guys. We know it's summer and fun but don't leave your garage open, car unlocked, windows open, etc. It's an invitation to be taken advantage of. Cameras are good, so are those cool video doorbells, lighting for the exterior of your home, and being an active/aware neighbor. Chief Harris shared that she is actively trying to backfill 10 open officer positions to catch up with recent retirement vacancies, so we should have more feet on the street over time too.