Amazon Bookstore at University Village Seattle

amazon books university village

Believe it or not, Amazon has opened a physical bookstore in Seattle.  It’s located at University Village near University of Washington.  The store is good size with good selection of various books.  What is unique about this store is that the books don’t have price tags.  When you go to buy a book, they will honor the same current price on Amazon.com.  That makes it a great deal for instant gratification of getting a book.  They also sell Kindle units as well.  If you are in the area, be sure to check it out and browse their aisles.  They have different selections set up such as “Top Selling fiction books”, etc.

amazon books university village

amazon books university village

Snow in Issaquah Highlands 2015

snow in issaquah highlands sledding

Last week, it snowed quite a bit up on top of Issaquah Highlands.  I-90 was closed for quite awhile too.  In fact, it snowed enough for kids to go sledding on a small hill near our house.  Kids had a great time and we did not have to drive anywhere.  We normally go sledding near the Summit, but this time we were able to do it right at home.  All the snow melted down by the shops, but by the time I drove home I saw many abandoned SUVs on the hill.  The snow was a bit unexpected so the sanding trucks and snow plows did not make it out yet.  My trusty Subaru was able to get me home with no issues.  Here are some pictures of the snow and kids sledding last week.  Happy Holidays everyone!

snow in issaquah highlands sledding

snow in issaquah highlands sledding

snow sledding 2015 issaquah highlands

snow sledding 2015 issaquah highlands

snow issaquah highlands

snow issaquah highlands

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Review – Issaquah, WA

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah
Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

Mirchi Indian Restaurant Issaquah

There’s a new Indian Restaurant in Issaquah — Mirchi Indian Restaurant.  We had lunch there recently and it was delicious!  It is located right next to Taco Time on your way to Costco.  The entrance is confusing as there are many doors into the restaurant.  Mainly it is frequented by Indian families, so it must be good, rigfht?   Once we were settled into our booth, we ordered hot chai and 2 Samosas to start.  Samosas are turn-over type of appetizer that are filled with potatoes and other veggies sauteed in light curry sauce.  It was served with 2 great sauces.  Then, we ordered Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan, and Vegetable Biryani.  It was filling, satisfying and delicious.  Tikka Masala was just as you would expect, rich and creamy.  They also have Butter Chicken if you prefer that.  Veggie Biryani was also delicious, lightly spicy and served with curry sauce and yogurt.  I also enjoyed the red onions served with the Biryani.

Their lunch specials which comes with Naan sounded good for weekdays.  I am so glad that there is a good Indian restaurant near by and we don’t always have to drive all the way to Renton for Naan ‘n’ Curry.

  • Mirchi Indian Cafe
  • 5625 221st Pl SE
    Ste 100
    Issaquah, WA 98027

    b/t 56th St & 60th St

  • Phone number(425) 651-4344

Update: 12/18/15

We visited Mirchi Indian Cafe again.  This time we tried the Dosa (big pancake like dough) and had the mango lassi and Tikka Masala again.  Mango Lassi is pre-made, not bad, my son finished it.

Dosa Mirchi Issaquah

Dosa Mirchi Issaquah

The husband did not like Mirchi as much as Tikka Masala on Gilman.  He said the food got cold right away.  I think they don’t heat the serving plates before adding food.  We did not like the Dosa, too greasy for our taste.  I would still return for the lunch special though.  I will have it to go and heat it at home.  This is still a fairly new restaurant and I’m not sure if the owners operated a restaurant before.  Two times in a row, we had to wait to get seated for a long time before anyone noticed.  This happened to each customer as we were seated.  I do like the separate take out counter though.  Not a perfect restaurant, but worth a try in Issaquah.

Grand Ridge Elementary 2015 Market Day Goodies

market day at Grand Ridge Elementary Issaquah
market day at Grand Ridge Elementary Issaquah

market day at Grand Ridge Elementary Issaquah

Last week was Grand Ridge Elementary’s 4th Grade market Day.  Here are the some of the wonderful goodies made by the kids.  All the projects were creative and adorable.  Each 4th grader is encouraged to make something to sell on Market Day using free or inexpensive materials.  Students buy these goods with Grizzly Bucks that they earn at school.  My 4th grader made pet rocks to sell.  There will be another Market Day in the spring.  Parents are invited and given $100 to buy these items.  It was a great learning experience for all!

Thanksgiving 2015 with Smoked Turkey from PCC

Thanksgiving 2015 with smoked turkey from PCC
carved smoked turkey from PCC

carved smoked turkey from PCC

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

We ended up hosting this year with both sets of grandparents.  This time, I ended up ordering a smoked turkey from PCC.  All I had to do was heat it up a few hours before dinner.  You can simply order it online on their website.  PCC converted their cooking classroom to turkey pickup room.  The package directions said heat for 2 hours, but actually you need to heat it for 3 hours.  They offer one size to make things easy — 13 – 15 lb. turkey.  IT carved easily and it was moist and juicy.  I was too lazy to save the carcass to make into turkey noodle soup this time.  I actually hate having left overs so I packed a plate for everyone to take home.  I wanted the kitchen cleaned up and ready for fresh new food.  There were a lot to be thankful this year, mostly health of all family members.

smoked turkey from pcc

smoked turkey from pcc