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June's a Winner!

Let's celebrate what's happening this spring before moving into summer full blast! Spring menus, fresh cocktails, award-winning spirits, a new location for a local favorite, and a fun annual foodie/travel event.

Barking Frog and Fireside Lounge at Willows Lodge

Spring and summer at Willows Lodge are a complete treat -luscious landscaping will have you completely relaxed. Maybe not so much--you'll be too excited about new spring menus and cocktails at Barking Frog and Fireside Lounge. Brunch might call for avocado toast with feta and pistachio-almond dukkah. A lovely afternoon/evening jumping off point is Infinity Pool (photo), a cocktail with Rumhaven, Peche de Vigne, grenadine, and lime soda on the Fireside Lounge menu. Barking Frog's wild salmon with peas/carrots/local alliums/dill/crêpe calls the summer you. Outdoor dining returns (weather permitting) and there's no place like the firepit area on the Fireside Lounge patio.

Barking Frog resides across from Willows Lodge at 14580 NE 145th Street in Woodinville. Barking Frog offers breakfast on weekdays 7-10:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays, weekend brunch 7 a.m.-3 p.m., and dinner 5-9 p.m. daily. Fireside Lounge hours are 3-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 3-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Daily Happier Hour takes place 3-5:30 p.m. Willows Lodge 425-424-3900. Barking Frog 425-424-2999.


Like any friendly neighborhood and destination restaurant should, Pogacha owners and staff listen to their customers. That translates to more fish being added to the menu: a fresh, rotating selection of salmon, exotic fish, and shellfish. They just keep reeling us in! Summer wine options include rosé, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc. And don't forget dad on June 19 - weather permitting, you just might be enjoying a celebratory dinner on the outdoor patio!

Pogacha is located at 2707 78th Ave SE on Mercer Island. They offer lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., brunch Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and dinner daily 4-9 p.m. Big Fish Fish and Chips on Sundays and Mondays! 425-455-5670.

Copperworks Distillery

Copperworks craft distillery explores what might happen with malted barley by distilling high-quality craft beer, without hops, into fine spirits. The test has been a resounding success before and yet again this spring with awards from three important competitions. San Francisco World Spirit Competition: Washington Peated Whiskey (Release 042) Double Gold, and American Single Malt Whiskey (Release 041) Gold. New York International Spirits Competition : American Single Malt Whiskey (Release 041) Double Gold. The Fifty Best : American Single Malt Whiskey (Release 041) Double Gold. Get a taste of the winners during Seattle tasting room hours or on small group tours!

Copperworks Distilling Co. is located at 1250 Alaskan Way on Seattle's waterfront. Enjoy tastes and flights of their spirits Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 206-504-7604.


Located in historic downtown Ellensburg, Hotel Windrow has reopened its restaurant Basalt, just in time for the busy summer travel season. The venue features a menu of elevated comfort food and extensive craft cocktail offerings. Basalt has rolled out a new menu showcasing locally-sourced, quality fare in a welcoming and stylish atmosphere. The lively space, a favorite with locals and hotel guests alike, features starters like steamed mussels and spicy roasted carrots with mint and pistachio, and crowd-pleasing main dishes such as an indulgent prime rib dip, mac & cheese, and the Windrow steak, served with roasted potatoes and chimichurri sauce.

Basalt's hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 4-9 p.m. The restaurant is located inside Hotel Windrow at 502 N Main Street in downtown Ellensburg. To make reservations, please visit

A Bit of Taste - Snohomish

We know, you're already missing A Bit of Taste - Queen Anne Olive Oil Co., but the wait for Snohomish to open is almost over, and online ordering will return. In the meantime, head to the website to check out recently-added recipes, then view all the products and fill out your wish list so you're ready to roll! While there, sign up for their newsletter (link at bottom of their home page) to stay informed. You'll be making your favorite dishes, dressings, and sauces before you know it!

A Bit of Taste, 1301 First Street, Snohomish, Washington, coming soon! Stay in touch at 206-420-2989.

Café to Café Grand Tour of the Pacific Northwest

Love scenic rides and great food? Café to Café was meant for you. Sign up to get a list of 15 restaurants and head to each between March and September 30, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way. Sure, Café to Café was created for motorcycle riders, but there is no reason (except for those off-road suggestions) you and your car can't join in the fun. Once registered, you'll get a packet with all the details. Riding/driving to all the beautiful areas can get you a handsome certificate, and dining at the locations gets you bonus points! Eating to win - brilliant!

For all the details and to sign up, go to Café to Café Grand Tour: Ride to eat, eat to ride! (

June 2022

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