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Local Spotlight: Good Egg

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Local Spotlight: Good Egg

Spring is nearly here and as we prepare for some slightly sunnier days and the sound of the birds chirping, we decided to spotlight one of our favorite places for breakfast or brunch on Bainbridge Island: Good Egg! Since opening in 2017 in the corner spot at Winslow Green, Good Egg has made its way into the hearts—and bellies—of locals.

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Thanksgiving Day Time and Sanity Savers

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Oh boy, we all know the feeling of the looming holidays. It's a mixture of emotions, isn't it? While one of the emotions can be excitement and joy...often times we also feel stress around getting everything done on time and done right. Well, this year needs to be different. This year you need to allow yourself let go of perfection and relax into a most enjoyable holiday. Here are 10 tips to ensure you (and your guests) have a great day!

1) Make it a potluck. There are plenty of reasons to do this but let me just mention the obvious: the first Thanksgiving was a potluck, right? Why not just stay with that theme? Not to mention that everyone wants to feel helpful and this is the perfect way to ensure that everybody gets to do their part in creating the meal. Assign every dish out (unless there are one or two you want to make) so you can focus on preparing your home for guests.

2) Don't want to delegate so much of the cooking? That's fine...but go ahead and do yourself a HUGE favor by measuring out all the ingredients ahead of time. This is a big one because when you're in the thick of it cooking-wise, the time saved by pre-measuring is priceless.

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3)  Prewash & chop your veggies. Because vegetable sides and salads make up a large part of the dinner, you will save some time by prepping these fresh ingredients before the day of. You can even buy prechopped veggies or use the salad bar at your local grocery store if you're in a pinch.

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4) Enjoy your meal buffet style! Buffet style dining is a great choice if you prefer a laid-back, casual atmosphere over a formal dinner with multiple courses.

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5) Save oven space by utilizing the Crock-Pot, pressure cooker, and stove-top in addition to the oven on the big day. Go ahead and keep gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. warm in the crock pot!

6) Save precious refrigerator space! Use a cooler for drinks and save room for foods that need to stay chilled to avoid constantly rearranging the fridge! BRILLIANT! 

7) Make the cranberry sauce a day or two ahead. Cranberry sauce is something that gets better with age, so save yourself some time on the day of and make it a couple of days ahead of time. Here is a foolproof recipe courtesy of Delish!

8) Put the kids to work! Get them involved in the whole experience by helping set the table, measuring ingredients and filling the cooler with ice. Even if it's just picking up their toys or straightening the living room, the little things add up to big-time help.

9) Be open to semi-homemade items. Not everything has to be made from scratch, especially when you're cooking for a crowd. Remember Sandra Lee? She had a leg up on this whole concept, didn't she?

10) Skip baking altogether. Turn to your local bakeries for some delicious handmade desserts. Why not give yourself a break this year? Our local bakery, Blackbird Bakery, has some of the most delectable treats you will ever have! Flavors like Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake and Carmelized Apple Pie are off the charts. You can even order pie crust from them! Get your orders in now and you'll be glad you did! 

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We should all remember that ultimately, Thanksgiving Day is about giving thanks and appreciation to the gifts we have, the people in our lives and the grace we are surrounded with, not the perfection of the event.  Cheers!

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day 2017

Have you ever wondered about the history behind Mother's Day? When did it begin? Who started it? How did it become a recognized holiday? I have often wondered these things and especially being a mother myself, I'm ever so grateful that we moms are celebrated and honored. 

While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. Moms in the U.S. typically receive gifts ranging from cards to flowers to spa days from their children. But, mostly, moms just want recognition - a day of appreciation and gratitude from those who receive their undying love and devotion. Thanks to Anna Jarvis, in 1908 the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created and ultimately became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Thank you, Anna!

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

Time for fun facts! Did you know there are approximately 84 million moms in the United States? Or that Mother’s Day is the third most celebrated holiday (behind Christmas and Easter)? Today, Mother's Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries and not all on the second Sunday in May. For example, India has a 10-day Mother's Day celebration in October. Brilliant! Want to know the weirdest Mother's Day observance? In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother's Day. In order to be freed, she had to pay them with treats. That sounds like a celebration for kids, not moms.... According to a survey by AT&T, there are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Carnations are a popular symbol on this holiday - the tradition is to honor mothers who are living with red or pink carnations, and those who are deceased with white ones. Facts and history aside, moms just want to know that their children love and appreciate them and that they have done their job as moms. So, just call your mom. It means the world to her. 

Brunch!

I love brunch. I love everything about it. Late breakfast, early lunch, dessert FOR breakfast and an excuse to drink mimosas mid morning all appeal to me very much. Here on Bainbridge Island we have a few spots to take your mom (or for your family to take YOU) for brunch if you so desire. Cafe Nola on the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Ave. serve brunch from 9:30-3:00 and their menu is unbelievable! Eggs in Clouds, Duck Biscuit, Grilled Cantaloupe and Caramel Pecan French Toast are just a small sampling of what they serve there. Afterward, you can do a little shopping in the sweet shops lining Winslow Way.   

Streamliner Diner is another island favorite and conveniently located close to the ferry. They fill up early, so don't dilly dally when heading out the door but not to worry - you'll understand why once you bite into one of their incredibly decadent omelettes or Fried Egg Sandwiches. Try the Biscuits & Gravy for a real treat and don't forget to wash it down with a mimosa - remember, it IS a holiday, after all. 

Manor House at Pleasant Beach is one of the most special places here on Bainbridge. They have a superb menu and the service is impeccable. You will feel truly celebrated surrounded by exposed wood beams and brick throughout. Do try the oysters if you're a fan. They serve some of the best ones I've had to date. 

Happy Mother's Day to you and yours and thank you for working so hard for our children!

Thanks, Anna!!!

Thanks, Anna!!!

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The Beach House at Pleasant Beach Hangs Ten on Bainbridge Island

The Beach House at Pleasant Beach located on the south of Bainbridge Island is tucked away in the Lynwood Center.  This cozy restaurant is located across the street and up the hill from the Lynwood movie theater. 

While recently opened, it has shot up the list of many Bainbridge Island diners as a one of their favorites on the island.

The views are fabulous and can be enjoyed from the outside terrace that also features a fire pit and water feature.  This warm and comfortable atmosphere soothes as you devour a variety of tasty treats.

The All American style menu with a Northwest twist has a great mix of dishes that can satisfy any craving.  Choose from Waygu beef tartare with quail egg, Macadamia-nut crusted chicken, Market inspired Risotto, A Chilli Prawn Platter and more mouth watering delights; All made from scratch!

To cap off your meal, enjoy a Dessert shot.  An amazing idea especially for those who simply don’t leave enough room for a full dessert and great for those who have to try a few different sweet treats.

Show up early for a seat on the terrace as there are no reservations taken for that area.

http://www.beachhouseatpleasantbeach.com/

4633 Woodson Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Pleasant Beach Village
In the Heart of Lynwood Center
 

PHONE: 206.780.FOOD {3663}

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Bainbridge Island Brewery Turns 1!

Everybody loves a birthday bash and this fun day of beers, food and music is a party you won’t want to miss.  Come celebrate Bainbridge Island Brewery’s first birthday this Sunday.

There will be several new beer releases and a special 1st Anniversary Ale, a 11.5% Wheatwine aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.  This special ale will be flowing all day on tap, but a limited amount will be bottled and available for you to take home. The years best beers will be highlighted including the popular Battle Point Square Whiskey Barrel Stout and another curious concoction known as the “Beerito”; a smooth brew that incorporates Cool Ranch Dorito’s.

Compliment your beer with a wood fired pizza from Bon Fire Oven works, and savour while listening to the musical stylings of Rye and Barley; the north Kitsap folk duo with a Celtic twist.  The outdoor area will be expanded so there will be plenty of room to soak up some rays.

Join the fun!

Sunday June 30,
Noon – 9pm

9415 Coppertop Loop
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

(206) 451.4646
info@bainbridgebeer.com

www.bainbridgebeer.com

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Bainbridge Island Bakery Heaven

I never thought I would ever rave about toast, but it’s one of the many delicious favorites that can found at the Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island.  Ask any Bainbridge Islander here and I’m sure they would agree that their delicious bread and the baked goods are out of this world.

The owners, Jeff Shepard and Heidi Umphenour opened the Blackbird in 1999 and have been busy baking breads, quiche and sweets for a grateful community ever since.  They champion local food products in their soups, sandwiches and salads for lunch.  All goodies are backed onsite with the highest quality ingredients. In the evening, small plates of appetizers are served with beer and wine. 

“We’re talking to local and county farmers about the products they can provide us,” Shepard said. “We want local and seasonal food to dominate our menu. It depends on availability, but we want to be as local as much as possible.”

The inside of the restaurant is a cozy 600 square feet, which is large enough for 10 two-person tables. There will also be four tables placed in a 300-square-foot courtyard that is tucked away from traffic.

INSIDERS TIP:  Blackbird Bakery is a cash only business so come prepared if you just carry plastic.  It gets busy on the weekends and when a ferry unloads and you are sometimes greeted with lines out the door.  But stick it out, it’s definitely worth it.

Find Blackbird Bakery at:
210 Winslow Way
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
ph: (206) 780-1322

blackbirdbakery.com/

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Roosters! A Place to Cluck About

One of my favorite hangouts on Bainbridge Island! The coffee is excellent, strong and dependable and so are all the extra goodies you can grab with it.  They use Poverty Bay Coffee, which is organically shade grown and owned locally.

Fresh baked daily, Roosters offers a range of pastries and muffins for breakfast.  Later in the day try a delicious soup.  The menu changes regularly so there is always something new to try.   The Sandwiches and salads are fresh, tasty and hearty enough to satisfy your hunger.  All at very reasonable prices.

Roosters is open late for those looking for late-night chow  or even just a comfortable place to talk over coffee.

Open 7 days a week.
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 7pm

123 Bjune Drive SE
Bainbridge Island.
206.842.1769

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Great Coffee, Food and Music - All in One Place

Not only do they serve the best island-roasted coffee and unique Pegasus tea blends, but they also pour wine varietals, draft and bottled beer as well as classic cocktails in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Sit inside or outside on the shaded terrace for the best in local farm's vegetables made into delicious soups, salads, panini, french fries as well as more heartier lunches and suppers.

Pegasus has become the downtown institution for consistent musical entertainment. From its folk singer-songwriter base, musical styles range widely from cello duos and classical piano to jazz, country and bluegrass outfits.  It’s music selection is “Americana” because it is great foot-tapping stuff, but not stomping or head-banger music.   It’s better suited for a lively listen, rather than for background music.

You can find Pegasus Coffee House at:

131 Parfitt Way SW
Bainbridge Island WA 98110.
206.842.6725

www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com

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Four Swallows: A Bainbridge Island Favorite

With a Best of Washington nomination, praises from Seattle Times Restaurant Reviewer Providence Cicero and  Savuer, there is absolutely no doubt that Four Swallows on Bainbridge Island is a special place.

This fine dining restaurant only serves wonderfully, fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. The pasta’s, such as the Gnocchi, is made home made daily and prepared perfectly every time.

The ambiance at Four Swallows is "quintessential" Bainbridge Island; intimate and inviting in a vintage home that exudes charm.  From the moment you walk in, the service and hospitality are just fantastic, thanks to Mike, who manages the front of house and all your needs.

This is definitely one of my favorites on Bainbridge Island.

http://www.fourswallows.com

481 Madison Ave. N
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-3397

Open tuesday through saturday at 5:30 pm

 

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Brews, Bainbridge Island Style

Bainbridge Island Brewing is one of the best places on the Island to relax and enjoy a cool beer with friends.  There is a wide selection of Northwest Ales to choose from in a modern, clean and comfortable setting.  If you are looking for some entertainment, go by on Monday for trivia night or Thursdays for some local live music.

9415 Coppertop Loop
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 451.4646

http://www.bainbridgebeer.com/

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