Costco Breakfast Sausages – Amy’s Sugarhouse Maple Chicken Sausages

Costco Amy's sausages

Hi everyone!

I hope you all are having a great summer! It has been really hot and dry here in Issaquah this summer. It seems it gets hotter every year!

We tried a new item from Costco recently. Amy’s Organic Sugarhouse Maple Chicken Sausages. We tried this as breakfast sausages. My family DID NOT like these sausages! Maybe they are used to pork breakfast sausages or Kirkland Brand bacon. We felt these were way too sweet and had a strange chicken flavor and texture. The appearance of the sausages were appealing, especially after pan frying them golden brown.

Needless to say, we won’t be buying these again, sadly I ended up throwing away more than half the packages. Have you tried these sausages? Did you like them? I am still searching for restaurant like breakfast link sausages that taste great. Please comment on your favorite Costco breakfast items!

Thanks for reading!

-Issy Mom

Naan -n- Curry Issaquah Restaurant Review

naan n curry Issaquah

When Naan -n- Curry opened their second location in Issaquah, there was great excitement among Renton Naan -n- Curry fans. I got an exciting text from my from J when she found out that they opened on Gilman Street. We finally got to visit for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We arrived about 11:28 AM at the Issaquah location. There was one other family waiting to go in. Right at 11:30, the door was opened for us.

naan curry menu Issaquah

naan curry menu Issaquah

One thing to note is that this is a smallish restaurant. It is fast casual style where you order at the counter and the food is brought to you. Water, silverware, napkins, etc. are in the corner self-serve style. The son of the Renton owner and other workers were on point to take our order. The menu is listed on the wall and very limited when compared to their Renton location. My usual go to is Chicken Tikka Masala, Aloo Gobi, Garlic Naan and Daal.
Issaquah Naan -n- Curry rotates their menu so they did not have Aloo Gobi or Garlic Naan.

We ended up ordering:
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Shish Kabobs
Mango Lassi
Total was about $45

naan n curry Issaquah

naan n curry Issaquah

Well, the food is not bad…..but, nothing like Renton where the food is piping hot and fresh. Here you can tell the food has been pre-made and reheated (they make it in Renton and bring it over). The consistency is different. I was a little disappointed, I guess it’s too much to expect the same quality as the original location. The deep, consistent, fresh, hot, delicate Pakistani flavors of the Renton Naan -n- Curry was unfortunately not to be had in Issaquah. I’ll give it another try soon to see if things change. Have you tried Naan -n- Curry is Issaquah? What did you think?

Today’s Costco Haul for $144

Costco Haul

My local Costco is in Issaquah obviously. It has a nice selection since Costco HQ is right across the street. Today’s Costco shopping haul cost exactly $144, including tax.
What did I get at Costco today?

Here’s my list of Costco items:
-Hormel pre-cooked bacon
-1 bag of broccoli
-Pack of Pentel mechanical pencils
-2 jars of toasted sesame seeds
-1 pack of Kirkland Brand Roasted Seaweed
-1 bag of Brioche Hamburger Buns
-1 Bag of English Muffins
-1 case of Izze Soda
-1 vacuum pack of pork ribs
-4 pack of A1 Steak Sauce
-1 box of mini pizza
-2 Pack Columbus Salami
-1 Box Kirkland Brand Organic Apple Sauce Pouches

No coupons used

Costco Haul

Costco Haul

We heard that the mechanical pencils were really good so I had to pick some up for my middle school son. I heard from my friend Chris that Costco carried toasted sesame seeds over a year ago. This is the first time ever I actually saw them so I picked up 2 jars. They are by the spices. I will make school lunches with the salami and Brioche hamburger buns. I used to buy the La Brea Torta buns by the bakery, but my kids told me that they are too chewy. Izzy sodas are also for school lunch.

What are your favorite items at Costco?

Our staples usually consist of:
-Aveeno Lotion 2 pack
-Kirkland Brand toilet paper
-Kirkland Brand paper towels
-Kirkland Brand small tissue boxes
-Kirkland Brand baby wipes
-Kirkland Brand Ibuprofin
-Kirkland Brand Allegra Generic Allergy Pills
-Kirkland Brand contact lense solution
-Kirkland Brand Adult gummy vitamins
-Kirkland Brand Chocolate Milk (shelf stable)
-Kirkland Brand office clear garbage bags (I use these for kitchen garbage)
-Kirkland Brand black peppercorns
-Kirkland Brand Garlic Powder
-Kirkland Brand Organic Maple Syrup
-Kirkland Signature Plastic Wrap
-Reynolds Wrap Aluminum foil rolls & sheets

I heard that #1 seller of Kirkland Brand online was Amazon not Costco! People are buying Kirkland Brand at Costco and reselling them online at Amazon Marketplace.
Kirkland Brand selling on Amazon

Evidently #1 selling Costco item on Amazon is Kirkland Brand Minoxidil – Hair Regrowth Foam (generic for Rogain). No wonder they are often sold out when my husband goes to stock up. Some people just don’t like to venture into Costco or buy a membership. To us, the membership is well worth it. I think if Costco steps up their eCommerce strategy, they can increase their online sales greatly. Little bit of online marketing can go a long way even for traditional companies like Costco.

Please comment above with your favorite Costco items!
Thanks for reading ūüôā

Coffee in Issaquah

Do you love coffee like me?
I heart good coffee, every morning I have a home brewed cup of Tony’s Coffee from PCC. After that I normally drink a vanilla latte or a short mocha once at work.

I finally got to try Philz Coffee while in L.A. They freshly grind the beans and brew your cup as you wait. It tasted fresh and foamy. It had a different flavor than I am used to, but I enjoyed it. I would definitely go back for a fresh pour over coffee there.

While in Issaquah, here are some of my favorites.
-PCC drip & lattes (their smoothies are amazing too)
-Issaquah Cafe (of course) – they use Stumptown Coffee and the drinks are smooth
-Cafe Ladro – Strong but good lattes & mochas
-Starbucks near the QFC on Gilman – I like the atmosphere there and usually like to meet up there

Where do you go for great coffee near Issaquah?
I would love to know. Thank you for reading.

Zushi Sushi Restaurant Review, Issaquah

Zushi Sushi Issaquah Bento
Zushi Sushi Issaquah

Zushi Sushi Issaquah

I heard about a good Sushi restaurant in Issaquah. I drove by it a few times and thought nothing of it based on it’s location at a run down strip mall and a plain sign. I read some great reviews on Yelp so decided to try it out.

Despite the terrible exterior and location, inside is cozy and inviting with a modern looking sign. This sign should also be on the outside to entice customers in I think. We ran into some people we know who were enjoying a variety of sushi. The place had a steady stream of customers on a Friday night. We ordered a bento with chicken Katsu (no pork Katsu available) which came with Spicy Tuna Rolls, 4 assorted nigiri sushi, fried pot stickers, miso soup and a salad. The salad was fresh and not doused with too much dressing. The Miso Soup was luke warm, it should be served warm. Nigiri sushi was very good and fresh. I think they know how to cut and prepare sushi here.

Zushi Sushi Issaquah Bento

Zushi Sushi Issaquah Bento

We also ordered a Tempura Roll with spicy mayo and Agedashi Tofu. Agedashi Tofu was a bit plain to my taste, would not order that again. Tempura roll was good with a nice crunch, but little too big for one bite. We saw our neighboring table enjoying Ama Ebi (raw sweet shrimp) and it was served with the head part deep fried like it should. That looked very good.
Tempura Roll Zushi Sushi with spicy mayo

Tempura Roll Zushi Sushi with spicy mayo

Zushi Sushi Agedash Tofu Issaquah

Zushi Sushi Agedash Tofu Issaquah

Overall, I think sushi is prepared nicely here, oh and did I mention they have FRESH wasabi? That is pretty rare, especially in Issaquah. Zushi Sushi is run by Koreans (Sushi Chef Jeong worked at the W Hotel in Seattle and learn about sauces in France), and the tempura shows it. In all my life, never had that tender, airy, crispy and light tempura at a non-Japanese run Japanese restaurant. Service was friendly and attentive. If you ask for hot tea, they will bring a lovely pot of Genmai Cha (green tea with roasted grain), a nice treat. Total check including drinks came under $60 for two. The meal was enjoyable, not amazing, but a great addition to Issaquah. Try it out, Zushi Sushi is located next to Lover’s or Joker’s Pub below Fred Meyer on the way to Costco.

Zushi Sushi
Open 7 days a week
11 AM – 9 PM


Ramen Bushi-Do Restaurant Review — Issaquah

Excitement built as rumors of a ramen place circulated on Issaquah Highlands Facebook page. I couldn’t make it to the soft opening, so finally got a chance to try Ramen Bushi-Do last weekend. We heard that the owners were from the Dough Zone chain so we knew that the noodles would be tasty. Ramen Bushi-Do is located near Taco Time and Mirchi Indian restaurant on the way to Issaquah Costco.

The decor was clean and modern and service was prompt at seating us. We tried the Tofu, Kaarage (fried chicken bites) Miso-Tonkotsu ramen and Tonkotsu ramen. The tofu was fried and marinated with good texture, served with a side of seaweed salad. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Karaage was just okay, we missed Kukai’s chicken wings.

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Tofu

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Tofu

Miso-Tonkotsu ramen noodles were thick and good. The broth however was not great, average. The complex, deep flavor of ramen broth is not easily created. Tonkotsu ramen came out late, very late, we were almost done eating when it made an appearance. It was not hot either, ramen needs to be piping hot, not sure what happened. Unlike Kukai Ramen (now Kizuki Ramen) in Bellevue, the soft boiled eggs are included in all ramen. Spicy ramen is not available but you can order the chili sauce on the side for extra $1.50. Price is a couple of dollars higher than Santoku Ramen and Kukai without the great flavors of those establishments.

Final verdict: We will not be going back for their mediocre ramen. For the price, lukewarm temperature, bland pork slices and flavor, it’s not worth it despite the convenient location. Did you try Ramen Bushi-Do in Issaquah yet? What did you think?

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Chili sauce

Tonkotsu Miso Ramen Bushi-Do Issaquah Chili sauce

Issaquah Little League 10U All Stars

ISSAQUAH Little League 10 U All Stars

This Issaquah mom is proud to have a son on the Issaquah Little League 10U All Stars team this year. Big thank you goes out to our little league coach (a.k.a. coach daddy and our IBC (Issaquah Baseball Club) coaches. So far, there’s been lots of excitement, practices, get togethers and interesting experiences. All the games are at the Mercer Island South Ball Fields as Issaquah is a part of District 9 tournaments. Good luck Issy boys!! Way to go!

Issaquah Little League All Stars Selected — Issaquah Press

District 9 Baseball
Issaquah Little League
Mercer Island Little League
Redmond North Little League
Redmond West Little League
Snoqualmie Valley Little League
Sno-Valley North Little League
Falls Little League
Kirkland American Little League
Kirkland National Little League
Sammamish Little League
Eastlake Little League
Bellevue East Little League
Bellevue West Little League
Bellevue Thunderbird Little League

My Favorite Tea — Harney & Sons Earl Grey

best earl grey tea

Today is a grey and rainy day in Issaquah, a perfect day for a cup of tea.  Do you like Earl Grey tea?  My latest favorite tea is Earl Grey from Harney & Sons.  If you buy the tin, you get your tea bags in a satchel.  Harney & Sons also make Paris tea, which is a twist on Earl Grey.  If you are a tea fan, try these 2 teas.  You can get it at Amazon or Target.  Enjoy!


Earl Grey Tea

Paris Tea

Issaquah Little League Majors Dodgers at Jackson Roos Redmond Tourney 2016

Issaqah Little League Majors Dodgers

Issaquah Little League season is in full swing with pool play now in motion. ¬†Come down to Dodd Field any Saturday and you will see some great games. ¬†Last week, some of the majors teams went to the Jackson Roos tournament in Redmond. ¬†It rained fairly hard on Saturday afternoon, but great fun and competition was had by all teams. ¬†Congratulations to Mariners Majors from Issaquah Little League who won the tournament! ¬†Here’s my son’s team, Majors Dodgers who won the last 2 games of the tournament. ¬†Go Dodgers! ¬†Great team! ¬†Thank you coaches.


Beautiful Spring Day in Issaquah Highlands

spring day issaquah highlands
spring day issaquah highlands

spring day issaquah highlands

What a perfect Spring day in Issaquah Highlands today.  It was so beautiful with the blossoms that I took 2 walks today.  One at lunch time and one in the evening down to Zeeks & TCBY.  Not too hot, not too cold, lots of  greenery and flowers out to enjoy.  Take advantage of it this weekend and take a walk in our wonderful neighborhood!