After a long vacation of mid-day beers on the beach, wine with late night dinners and not-so-much time in the gym, Steve and I decided we'd try not drinking any alcohol for the 2 weeks. It's a cleansing of sorts, which has proven really difficult. We were at Cactus with friends the other day ("no, no margarita for me, thank you") and then dinner at a friends house ("really. I'm serious, it's true. I'm not having a glass of wine") and then even my sister's bachelorette party-photo right- ("Are you kidding? I'm not dancing on stage!! I am stone sober! But I WILL drive you home"). Despite the constant social opportunities to imbibe, we've generally been impressed with the greater ease at which we can get out of bed in the morning. And now there's only one layer of bags under our eyes instead of a whole set.
We were lucky enough to attend an opening party at Brix last night, the new wine bar in Juanita Village (11822 98th Ave NE). And it was at this event that we decided to make an exception. How could you not have a glass of wine at a wine bar? We convinced ourselves that would be rude, and graciously accepted a delicious glass of Red Splendor. The place has a nice hip vibe to it with 99 bottles of wine on the wall behind the bar which is the nucleus of the restaurant. Lots of great local PNW wines on the menu- the flights looked fabulous. There's a private room with a plasma tv and chunky wood table off to the side. All of the food was excellent, as we would expect, since the menu was put together by Tom Black, previously of Barking Frog (photo left, Dave Zimmerman one of the owners, with Tom). We got to sample the scallops, perfectly seared with a sweet flavor, and also the Roasted Chicken Flatbread w/ mozzarella and basil pesto which was delicious. Kudos to the executive chef, Craig Stout (photo rt w/ Steve). The warm chocolate brownie was to die for--you can't beat chocolate w/ red wine. I may not fit into that bridesmaid dress this weekend, but I have to say it was worth it!
Brix opens to the general public for dinner starting THIS Friday Sept 14th from 6-11pm. Be the first to drop by and check it out. The menu looks amazing and ranges from $7 appetizers up to $16 entrees. We think this will be a great addition to the Juanita area- swing on by and let us know what you think! ~Janis