Atmosphere: Taqueria La Venadita is a hole-in-the-wall authentic Mexican restaurant if ever I saw one. The lighting is dim and the sign out front is easy to miss. But boy, that would be your loss. Inside, the walls are peach-toned and decorated with Mexican landscapes. A TV in the corner was set to le Telemundo, and the show on while I was there was some sort of soap opera. At the front of the restaurant there is a big menu board with prices and also some photos of some of the more popular items, which comes in handy since many the menu items are in Spanish. There is plenty of seating there, mostly cafeteria style tables and heavy chairs.
Racers faced the finish line, eyes squinting east toward the merciless morning sun. The starter waved a black-and-white checkered flag and sent four helmeted heads down the 300-yard course on Southeast 24th Street.
Their tips inches apart, the two swords quiver like a jolt of electricity just ran through them. The first contact is a tease, a taunting touch of metal on metal. Tin, tin, tin. Suddenly, a blade lunges, forcing each contender into the heart of the fight, the sporadic clink of the swords increasing rapidly until one fencer plunges off the battle field.
It’s another Thursday night concert, and it seems as if all of Sammamish has gathered to enjoy the jams in Pine Lake Park. Each week, as part of Sammamish’s summer concert series, a different band with a new sound plays in the park and offers up some sweet licks for residents and guests.
Serge and Amy Timacheff, co-owners of the local photography studio Tiger Mountain Photo, didn’t flip on NBC to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Beijing — they were there.
Bellevue painter Christina Strigenz is exhibiting her artwork in a show titled “Elements of Nature,” at Pogacha restaurant of Issaquah.
Strigenz’s exhibit features large, loose watercolor and acrylic flowers that shine and sway on the canvas, giving the flowers a look somewhere between reality and fantasy.
In all its glory, fanfare and controversy, the 2008 Summer Olympics have finally arrived — and they’re online! NBC is broadcasting more than 2,000 hours of live events and 3,000 hours of On-Demand recorded video over the next 17 days, and you can watch it all on your computer! Suffice it to say, the digital smorgasbord of viewable events is a techie’s dream-come-true!
Let me ask you an important question: When is the last time you did something hard to support a good cause?
At 6 a.m. last Thursday, seven of us met at Alpine Ascents near the Seattle Center to fight a deadly disease. None of us are doctors, but we had signed up for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer to support research protocols at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Picture a 1910 farmhouse two miles from town, surrounded by pasture, hop fields and a bird sanctuary, set against the tranquility of the Yakima Valley Wine Country. That’s Birchfield Manor Country Inn. Located in the first American Viticulture Area designated in Washington, this region’s excellent wine attracts many visitors every year.
The rain drops may have been threatening — and at times a reality — but it couldn’t stop the artists from coming out.
The 11th annual Issaquah Chalk Art Festival may have been the first one ever to suffer gray skies, but it still brought out its fair share of budding artists as 55 showed up and colored in their individual square before the rain really kicked in at about 3 p.m.
Recently I came across a health article that really made me feel better about my golf game. It just so happens that a study was conducted in Sweden that showed greater life expectancy for those of us who play golf versus those who do not!
While recorded history stretches pretty far back, it doesn’t go back far enough to tell us the name of the person who invented the yard sale. Perhaps it was an early caveman named Og Yard. Maybe Og had decided to unload a bunch of spears and clubs he didn’t need any more by staging a cave sale — or maybe he called it a “spring cave-cleaning sale.” No, wait a minute! That’s preposterous. That had to be Og’s wife. No man would ever get rid of perfectly good spears and clubs.
Autobahn. Lederhosen. Oktoberfest. Say “Germany” and that’s a bit of what comes to mind. Famous for speedy cars, stylin’ leather shorts and oompah music, Deutschland now leads the world in something surprising: solar energy.
Atmosphere: On the day we went to Marcela’s, the sun was actually shining and we were able to sit outside in the sun, which was actually warm. (Sadly, I got a sunburn from just 45 minutes outside. Thanks, Washington.) There was Spanish music playing over speakers and the restaurant was clean, bright and very traditional.