After 26 years, the Poppinjay's location at Carillon Point has shut its doors. I captured this sunset shot on their last day, which was Friday 1/27. They still have five other locations, one right up the street at Plaza Yarrow Bay where you can find the same cafe menu of sandwiches/salads/smoothies, along with box lunches and catering that you have come to love.
photo credit: Ginny Daily
This group of ladies hosted a "Seattle Newcomer & Friends" meeting at Poppinjay's once a month for the last 7 years. They will especially miss the Carillon Point location and wanted to thank John and the Poppinjay's team for their years of great service, views and memories.
Steve had to put the brakes on ordering his Olympic Omelette with no cheese this morning when he went to George's for breakfast.... and they were closed for remodeling. Noooooo. Critical info that Kirkland needs to know, right?! Get ready for some new floors, walls, paint and fixtures in this well-loved family business. Nothing like a little face-lift for your 40th Anniversary! Fear not, thought, because they are open again tomorrow!
They are updating their Facebook page daily with days/hours of operation (will be under construction until March), photos of their progress, and of course contests- post a selfie on their FB page next to the remodel and you could win a gift card!
Doesn't it feel like they just remodeled not too long ago? Apparently that was 8 years ago. Yep, I'm in a time warp.
Here's their most recent post........................
WE’RE REMODELING! UPDATED
You spoke, we listened! It’s time for spring cleaning at George’s! Rest assured, our great home cooking and warm hospitality will remain the same, but with a fresh new look! We are excited to share this time with all of you and invite you to come take a look at renditions and experience the progress of our renovation! We are working to minimize closures for our loyal customers and anticipate renovations will wrap up in March. We truly appreciate your patience during this time and thank you for your support and patronage.
Follow us on Facebook @GeorgesSince1976, and Twitter @GeorgesKirkland and via our website www.georgeskirkland.com where we will keep the community updated on our progress!
Thank you for supporting us through the years, we are excited to turn 40 with a fresh new look and we look forward to celebrating with all of you at the conclusion of our renovation!
Upcoming Closures: Wednesday, January 25th Thursday, January 26th Monday, January 30th Tuesday, January 31st
Thank you for your patience during the longest window of time we will be closed.
We open again for business on Friday, January 27th- Sunday, January 29th @ 7am and then again on Wednesday, February 1st @ 7am.
We will have several updates to share when you visit us this weekend and next week!
Truly- as in Eureka! Why is it taking you so long to open? It sounds like they may be re-thinking their Kirkland debut on Park Lane. After a few scheduled pushes on re-modeling the old Mi Mexico space, their PR dept has confirmed that the Kirkland project is currently 'on hold,' whatever that means. Rumor has it there's a 'For Lease' sign out front. Bummer. We got ditched.
In other kind-of sad news, it's time to un-decorate downtown Kirkland from all of its holiday glory. Bring your wire cutters/scissors and a ladder if you have it to Hallmark Realty on Sat Jan 21st from 9am-1pm to help take the lights down from all of the storefronts. You can sign up here. There is a pizza reward for all of those who lend a hand! (hello students looking for volunteer hours..)
This blog post is your OFFICIAL REMINDER that Valentine's Day is around the corner. So if you have a honey or are trying to impress a potential honey, make your reservations now..... because forethought is an attractive quality. Why don't you try the Kirkland Wine Walk on Feb 10th from 6-9pm? You start at The Heathman Hotel and can meander to participating merchants that are offering dozens of wine selections. So, yes, you need to be 21+ to join in the fun. It's $25-35/tickets and the first 350 registrants get a free re-usable "I Love Kirkland" bag. Register here.
Can't find a sitter? Create some early Valentine fun and bring the kids along. There's Valentine cookie decorating, special treats, fun photo opportunities and a FREE kids meal at George's on Feb 4th from 3-6! Parents can let the kid's decorate while you enjoy a special menu created just for you, or let them eat their free meal, as you enjoy Happy Hour from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Cost is $15 per person. Please RSVP via Eventbrite, to save your space! Ages 12 and under.
What are your favorite Kirkland places to go for Valentine's Day?
I was super excited to try Just Poké, not only because I would get to type an accented é and let you know that it rhymes with okey dokey, but mainly because I am a big fan of meals that consist primarily of protein and veggies. And if I can find these items on the fly, then you will quickly make my list of happy places! Just take a look at my first lunch there (photo below)-yes I've been back a few times already, there's a customer loyalty system too-I can't help it, I'm addicted.
Here's how it works: Just Poké has an assembly line, where you tell the friendly staff what you want and they dish it up for you. Easy step-by-step instructions of your upcoming decisions are above the food line on the wall (photo). First you select the size you like, then whether you want rice/greens or both, then your protein (3-4 raw fish selections), then sauce, toppings and sides. All super fresh and locally-sourced. You can create something new every time. These guys first discovered poké in Maui and set out to bring it back home to Seattle, so we could all enjoy it too! Norman and Danny care what you think and welcome your feedback. I was a little delayed on my meal decisions, so I'd recommend they just call my favorite bowl the "Slow Poké" so I can order it by name and not have to think too much (always finding ways to save brain cells).
Just in case the fresh fast healthy food wasn't good enough news, there's more. And it's pretty awesome-I noticed it the second I walked in the door. Just Poké cares about their community and the world around them, and they're doing something about it. As soon as you walk in, you'll find separate trash, recycle and compost receptacles. LOVE ♥ They use biodegradable and compostable materials (yes, silverware too!) and even went for energy-efficient lighting and low VOC paint during construction. The fact that they are thinking about sustainability makes me even more enthusiastic to support their business.
This adorable little family owned business is serious about making delicious wholesome food. They cook everything in house in small batches. You'll find Reunion Bake Brew Bite where Zaw Pizza (339 Kirkland Ave) used to be and they are serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner (Mon-Sat 7:30am until CLOSED) with a knack for being organic, local and sustainable. They have their normal menu of sandwiches, salads, sweet bites and big bites along with many coffee/espresso delights, but then there's a handwritten menu of offerings that are available 'until they run out.' I couldn't help but feel like I was may be missing something by coming in at lunchtime and missing out on the many waffle and french toast options. I assume you could order these things at lunchtime too but I am simply not that rebellious. I wish I was dangerous enough to eat a waffle at lunch. Maybe someday.
In the meantime, I ordered a "Power Two" Salad for $12.50 and Steve had the seafood Laksa Malaysian soup ($20)- photos below. We sat at one of the 4 or 5 tables in the cozy space and both of our meals were delicious, hardy and healthy. You order at the counter first, and this is the part that made the whole experience. There are 4-5 family members all working within view in the back. Chopping veggies, cooking food, etc and they all seem to be happy and helpful and proud to be there. A breath of fresh air. They know if it's your first time in and they jumped right in with guidance and explanations of the menu (photo above) and what their favorites are. And bonus- they are Seahawks fans and even have a "12th Man Sandwich." They have plenty of food pics here.
Healthy Bonez, the beloved smoothie/pressed juice/bowl truck that always has a line of fans and was parked in "The Market St" lot has transitioned to a physical location in Totem Lake. It's the same deliciously healthy menu where you can order ahead on their website or even have it delivered. Don't fret, the truck is still available for private events. Hours are Mon-Sat 8-3:30. The shop is a little tricky to find tucked behind the driving school and Ken Zaburo sushi, but once you pull around back you will realize that you have, indeed, arrived. I told them it was tough to find, to which they replied, "Not really." So.....I guess I could be wrong (??). Or not so smart. Either way, good news is once YOU find them you'll keep going back.~j
I sat down to type a post yesterday, on Election night, and somehow everything I had to say seemed ridiculously small and meaningless in comparison. So I went and glued myself to the screen and watched the evening unfold like the rest of America. Rest assured, you won't find political commentary here. So go ahead and EXHALE. It's an emotional day no matter how you voted, which made me think that maybe some lighter subject matter is exactly what we need.....
Jersey Mike's opened in Juanita Village (old Cherry Du Pon spot)recently and apparently a LOT of people knew about it because the line was 25 people deep. When you put the word Jersey in your name you'd better not be joking around. For a little background, conveniently enough, I happen to be from New Jersey. You can thank the Garden State for my fast talking, unrelenting sarcasm, brutal honesty and occasional cursing at inappropriate times. Anyway, sorry.... back to the story....sub sandwiches. I went to college in NC and when I drove the ten hours to NJ, my most coveted meal to return home to was a sub from Pable's Sub Shop in our little beach town of Manasquan. Unfortunately this does not say much for my mom's cooking (ssshhh). At Pable's, the bread was perfect and fresh and they'd pull the turkey out of the deli case, slice it thin, and pile it high onto your sandwich. Shredded lettuce, tomato, oil, lots of vinegar and salt/pepper/oregano were the standard toppings you couldn't live without.
Somehow across 42 states there are 1170 Jersey Mike's shops and I've managed to miss out on them until now. Let me tell ya-it seems a lot like a 'real' Jersey sub. Albeit a franchised version of the authentic Pable's that I have built up in my mind, still a really good sub. Same process- each sandwich freshly sliced and the smell of delicious red vinegar bites at your nostrils. The story really hit home when I looked on their website only to discover that the original "Jersey Mike's" was started in Pt. Pleasant, NJ which is the next town over from my beloved Pable's. What are the chances? Here's their menu fully equipped with food photos. Their super helpful and friendly staff worked through the opening week hiccups that occurred when I was there (misplaced my sandwich, gave us a free one..). I got a Club Sub which was delish and my kids couldn't stop stealing bites of. They also loved the meatball sub. Prices are roughly $6-14 depending on which of the 3 sizes you choose. One 'giant-sized' sub fed all three of my tweens. You can even place orders online for pickup. Jersey Mike's is open everyday from 10am-9pm. And as far as I know, their owner is NOT killing cheetahs and elephants in their spare time, so there's that. Keep Jersey Mike's on your list for a quick lunch or dinner after practice and grab extra napkins cause it's messy. Enjoy! ~j
.....to VOTE! Ballots need to be postmarked by Nov 8th. So no more dinking around. Steve and I just completed ours yesterday. Dropping those envelopes in the mail felt like I had finally handed in a term paper I've been procrastinating on submitting for weeks. Whew. Lot of reading, discussion, research, and thought sprinkled with a side of confusion and uncertainty. I have to thank candidates that run unopposed, because it feels especially good to fill in the little bubble next to those names where there is no decision to be made (hello Larry Springer!) . There are 24 hour drop boxes if you don't want to mail yours in (City Hall, Kingsgate Library, and others)- no stamp required. Set aside the time to do this. It's important.
photo credit: Carolyn M
.....Booktree is officially opening this Saturday Nov 5th. A neighborhood book club stopped by to toast the owners, Mary Harris and Christopher Jarmick (photo center). Full article here. Go visit. Buy books locally at 609 Market St.
.....to think of others. Drop food off for those in need this season! Waxing the City is hosting a Fall Food Drive through Hopelink this holiday. Bring in 5 food items and get 10% off your service. The client who brings the most food gets a $25 WTC gift card. Deadline is Nov 15th. Also, Kirkland Nourishing Network will be having their Thanksgiving Foodbox Drop-off Day coming up. The need is great in our community. There are still hungry elementary school students showing up at school. The free/reduced price meals help during the week. Pantry Packs helps most weekends, but nothing covers the school breaks besides the Food Bank and this program.
You may also sign up to help receive and distribute boxes at the site: North Kirkland volunteers: South Kirkland volunteers: Locations for Food Box Donations: NORTH Kirkland: LDS Church - 13220 NE 132nd St, Kirkland SOUTH Kirkland: LDS Church - 7720 126th Ave NE, Kirkland
.....to get all of that candy out of your house! My kids have over 20 lbs of it here. Not kidding. 2-0. That's a small child or a decent kettle-bell workout's worth. And now that I've picked out the Heath Bars and Baby Ruth's it's time to cash it in! Dr. Michelle Neal is going to 'save a tooth and treat a troop.' Bring your candy in to her orthodontic office on Nov 10th and 11th from 8am-5pm for CASH. You'll earn $1/pound and they will match the $1/pound donation to your school's PTSA. The candy goes to US Military deployed in combat. Call for details: 425-823-1234
.....to listen to my ramblings. There are a few other things on my mind. Like how come when I excitedly went to try the 'new' Cactus all I could notice was the horrible stench that slapped me in the face when I walked in the door? It was a combo of bathroom stink and bar rot (those of you who have waited tables know what I'm talking about- soggy wet floor drain/spilled drinks paired w/food odor). We had a drink at the bar that was acceptable but not worth writing home about. Couldn't eat with that smell, but menu looked the same as before. Inside decor was way different, however seemed to be missing a certain cozy essence I was connected with previously. Maybe the stink made me grumpy. Will try again. Not giving up on this one. I also tried Reunion. And Jersey Mike's. Posts soon. Still need to get to the Pokie place where Plume used to be, but heard some good things! ~j
custom paintings! There's Yu Kuan, the Chinese God of War on the right
Sampan Noodle at 110 Central Way had their soft opening last week on a day that I just happened to be walking by. I didn't have enough time to eat, but said a quick hello to the manager, David Wong (photo) and so I still have plenty of news to share. David worked in a restaurant in Lake City for 8 years where he learned the business. Then he spent the last 16 years in IT, but decided he wanted to make a change and feed people healthy food. He and his Chinese business partner wanted to have a place with a meaningful mission, and so he started spending lots of time researching the best ingredients with which to craft his recipes: organic, no food coloring, no msg, no GMO, and locally sourced when possible. David's hope is to take out all of the bad stuff while keeping his food flavorful and all natural. He's super passionate about his business and excited to be here so make sure to introduce yourself.
The layout is the same as Wyraqocha with a fresh coat of paint and happy new faces on the ready. Sampan is still working on launching all of the items on their photo-filled menu which is short and sweet, but quality-focused. It consists of 3 appetizers, 5 soups and 3 desserts. David says this is the only place you can find Asian organic handmade noodles! And ramen should be coming soon. Organic coffees and teas and smoothies (but no booze). I'm looking forward to trying a bowl of pure soupy goodness soon. I think with just Steve though, because as with all organic/whole foods, they cost more. Expect $15-17 a bowl, which is a little much for feeding my three children. Not that they aren't worth it, of course. But perhaps I can point them to the $7 pan seared organic chicken wings. :-)
A Kirkland Blog reader passed along her review of Sampan Noodle to share with you. Thank you Carolyn!
Everyone else, feel free to post a comment about your experience. Also looks like lots of Yelpers have been by. 425-602-7397, Hours are Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.......
It was lunchtime on a rainy, blustery day last week. Down the street from Ladro coffee, we spotted a small sign reading “soft opening” at Sampan Noodles, 110 Central Way. It was just their second day. They offered only two soup dishes that day: “The Organic Chillin Chicken” and “Chow Chou Style Noodle Soup.” They were delicious and they really did hit the spot.
The Chicken soup was enlivened by a ginger, green and olive oil sauce. Chou chow soup is with pork and fish. One can choose from 2 types of egg noodles for the soups.
A lovely fragrant and tasty lychee chrysanthemum tea allowed the view of a dried flower blooming in the glass teapot.
The host and affable co-owner, David, told us he vows to serve organic, freshly prepared foods, no MSG. Additional dishes will be “rolled out” shortly. The staff is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere sophisticated. Surely a welcome addition to downtown Kirkland.