Lot No. 3

Lot No. 3, located in downtown Bellevue on 106th, invites you to enjoy comforting foods, great service, and an atmosphere that oozes quality and strength.  Lot No. 3 is part of Heavy Restaurant Group, which also runs Purple Cafe and Barrio.   The lunch menu has a nice selection including combos, nicely plated sandwiches with sides, and great service – Brad was especially charming!  I can recommend the flavorful creamy tomato soup with the lot 3 chopped salad.  Also recommended is the corn & sausage chowder and the veggie sandwich.  Whether it be for lunch, a lazy afternoon stop,  a lively happy hour, dinner or that late night out, you should be pleased with the overall experience.  A favorite for me was the enchanting brick wall.   Have you seen the menu yet?  Comforting choices abound.  Looking for a little entertainment? check out their blog.   As for my evening out list – Lot No. 3 is on it!  Enjoy! http://www.lotno3.com/

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John Howie Steak

Are you looking for an enchanting dining experience?  Try John Howie Steak at the Bravern in Bellevue, WA.  Whether it be for lunch or dinner, you will experience inviting ambiance, delicious food and exceptional service.  On this evening, Ira did it up well.   This restaurant makes for a great date, a business lunch/dinner, an evening out with friends or a special event with family.  The menu invites you to “comfort” sides, an appetizing selection of starters, including the Almond Crusted Sea Scallops, and prime custom-aged steaks.  In fact, I have to say that I liked so many of the menu options that I’ll have to go back…soon!  I had a melt in your mouth 8 oz. Filet Mignon and the Iceberg Wedge salad.  The salad is innovative in that it included Cerignola black olives, Kurobuta bacon, grape tomatoes, DuChilly hazelnuts, Rogue River Blue Cheese, and crispy shallots.  Also recommended (or so I was told) is the New York Strip French Onion style and the Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Chowder.  To view the tempting selections, check out the Fresh Sheet and full menu at  http://www.johnhowiesteak.com/

Suncadia Resort

Suncadia Resort sits just over the Cascade Mountains, 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area.  Need a day away?  This just might be it.  On this weekend in October, the 6th annual Suncadia Harvest Festival is a buzz. 

The history in this area abounds.  It  housed the hunting and fishing grounds of the Yakama First Nations people as well as to the former Coal Mine Number 9.  Suncadia has included remnants of the coal mines.

The Suncadia Harvest Festival offers the little tikes a fun time…a straw maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides, and more.  There are arts and crafts, brews and brats, musical entertainment, and mechanical bull and bouncy houses.

DineHoist House Restaurant – an energetic vibe exists, sit indoors or when the weather permits, enjoy the views and fire pits on the patio.  Fifty 6 degrees – located in the Lodge, enjoy a ballgame, happy hour, Wine Flight Wednesday, Prime Rib night or an afternoon of hangin’ out in the afternoon.  Portals, located in the Lodge – a nice selection and beautiful views makes for a nice lunch out with a friend, family, a date with a special someone, or a corporate dinner.  A friend and I enjoyed our time at Portals – great service and menu selection.  The menu changes seasonally.  There are more options…check out the dining section on their website.

Swiftwater Cellars  – When you visit, you’ll see the varied and appetizing menu at The Hoist House and visit The Boutique at Swiftwater.  Enjoy the wine tasting, $10 for their second label, No.9 and for $14, try a flight of the Pick Axe line-up.  The Rope Rider Golf Course is now open!  The pro shop is located here too.  Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings and happy hour is served up from 3-6 pm on weekdays.  http://www.swiftwatercellars.com/

Stay – The Lodge at Suncadia.  Enjoy the Glade Spring Spa.  Rent a vacation home.  Purchase a condo or home.   If you have a wedding or corporate event, reserve The Inn at Suncadia.  Beautiful views and a rustic elegance interior invites…I happen to feel right at home here.

Recreation – A swim and fitness center, motorized scooter rentals, ATV tours, bike rentals, boat rentals, hiking, geo caching, a bike scavenger hunt, golf (Prospector, Tumble Creek, Rope Rider), fly fishing, horseback riding, CampCadia for those 4-12 yrs. of age, and more.  Depending on the season, there is plenty of fun to keep you busy, or relaxed.  In the winter, enjoy ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, a rope tow tubing hill, snowmobile tours, winter fly fishing…now this all sounds really fun!

My favorite part of their marketing is “Four seasons of fun” http://www.suncadiaresort.com/

Falling leaves…

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
– John Muir

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
– Emily Bronte

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
– William Cullen Bryant

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly
– John Bailey
“Autumn”, haiku

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
– George Eliot