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Embrace Winter!

We have seasons in the Northwest and should enjoy the benefits each bring. Winter can offer bracing temperatures and outdoor adventures, comfort food, warming beverages, and great local getaways.


It's winter and you need comforting food and drink. What to do? Head to Pogacha and make your best decisions of the year so far: Dobar Chicken (photo), grilled breast over penne in Port wine-Gorgonzola sauce; lamb shank cooked slowly until it nearly falls from the bone, served with polenta; Big Fish Fish and Chips, thick, hand-cut fresh cod dredged in their own beer batter, served with potato wedges. Pair with local craft spirits, wine, or beer. Return often to enjoy weekly specials, weekend brunch, or cater a party, and take advantage of free delivery on Mercer Island. Head to your neighborhood favorite!

Pogacha is located at 2707 78th Ave SE on Mercer Island. Dinner is offered daily from 4-9 p.m. (don't forget Big Fish & Chips on Sunday and Monday nights), lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and brunch Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Direct catering inquiries to Jane at . 425-455-5670.

Conversation and The Nest

Start the New Year off right by relaxing in Conversation's comfortable dining room, you'll warm up and wet your whistle with our fresh, new cocktail list and seasonal food pairings at Conversation Kitchen & Bar. Come join us for Wednesday Night Chats from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Mention you are here to dine and chat and enjoy Chef's choice of daily Amuse Bouche and 20% off your bill. Come back and see us again for breakfast in Conversation Kitchen & Bar Mondays-Fridays from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Our team is here to cheers you to a Happy New Year as you enjoy your B&B. Breakfast and Booze includes your choice of two designated breakfast entrees as well as carafe of mimosas.

Conversation and The Nest are located within the Thompson Seattle Hotel at 110 Stewart Street on the corner of 1st Avenue and Stewart Street. Enter through the hotel main entrance. See website for reservations and hours of operations. Click here for The Nest and here for Conversation.

Whistlin' Jack's Outpost & Lodge

Winter is here: you've waited for the chance to do some alpine skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, sledding - everything outdoors! And how much fun is it when you don't have to go home at the end of the day? Epic! A stay at Whistlin' Jack's means you get to experience all these activities, rest up in your chosen accommodation, relax those muscles in a hot tub, then head to the Fireside Lounge for further relaxation with specialty cocktails, local draft/bottle beer and wine. Dig into comforting food: Cougar Burger, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Coconut Prawns, Fettucine Alfredo, or a New York Steak.

Experience winter magic at Whistlin' Jack's, located at 20800 WA-410 in Naches, Washington (about 2-1/2 hours from Seattle), at Chinook Pass. Fireside Lounge (open seating) is available Monday 3-10 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday 3-10p.m., Friday & Saturday 3 p.m.-midnight, and on football Sundays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 509-658-2433.

A Bit of Taste - Queen Anne Olive Oil Co.

Cold and wet weather makes staying at home a favorite activity. Take the time to search out and try new recipes - warming dishes, fun appetizers for having neighbors in, using flavors you haven't experimented with. A Bit of Taste is a great spot to start your search for recipes and ingredients. With ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils (plain, infused, flavored), balsamic and specialty vinegars, and lots of gourmet food products, you're bound to find something fun to play with. Plus new recipes using all these products are added to the website each month. Come in and taste or buy online!

A Bit of Taste is located on top of Queen Anne hill at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N in Seattle. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday noon-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Click here to see recipes . 206-420-2989.

Water's Table

Head to Water's Table and experience unparalleled waterfront dining! Their menu is inspired by the rich farming and seafood legacy of the Pacific Northwest, that's why they work with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to source local, fresh, and quality ingredients. Whether you choose their main dining room, heated patio or belly up to the bar, enjoy incredible dishes paired with the region's finest wines, craft brews, and ciders. Breakfast is also served daily, including their iconic brunch menu featured on Saturdays and Sundays. The view, the food, the service - Water's Table will be your go-to place for 2022!

Restaurant guests can also enjoy two hours of complimentary parking, as well as access to Volta Electric Charging Stations. Water's Table is located at 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N. in Renton at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. 425-207-2240. Reservations can be made on

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