La Boutique Jolie Showcases Fashions by Elana Kattan, Laura Hlavac and more

La Boutique Jolie Summer FashionsAt La Boutique Jolie, there’s always time for espresso – and expert advice to help you create the perfect look. Founded by two local entrepreneurs, the new boutique showcases women’s fashions by designers such as Elana Kattan, Comfy, Laura Hlavac and much more.

Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll find at La Boutique Jolie:

  • Fashions by Joseph Ribkoff, Arianne, Comfy, Elana Kattan, Vine Street Apparel, Laura Hlavac, Testimony, CMC & Click and more
  • Inclusive sizing: Most fashions are available in a variety of sizes, including plus and extended sizes
  • Fitness, yoga and dance wear by Grace & Poise and AinslieWear
  • Clothing made with eco-friendly fibers including Synergy Organic Clothing
  • Shoes by designers such as L’Artiste and Azura by Spring Step
  • Soaps and lotions handmade in the Northwest, including Honey House Naturals
  • Unique jewelry from around the world, highlighting female artists
  • A fun, relaxed atmosphere with attentive experts

La Boutique Jolie Summer DisplayLa Boutique Jolie’s philosophy is simple: make shopping a relaxing and entertaining experience. Browse, take your time and ask owners Robin Sofola and Andrea Pohle to share the story of each beautiful item.

Everything in the boutique is selected with the closest attention to detail, with an emphasis on supporting female designers and women-owned businesses, as well as designers with a firm commitment to ethical manufacturing standards.

La Boutique Jolie is located at 927 NE Park Drive. Follow them on Facebook for updates on new arrivals and special shopping events.


Craving Brunch? Think Agave Cocina & Tequilas

Agave Issaquah Vegetarian

Agave Issaquah Brunch On the hunt for a great weekend brunch? Agave Cocina & Tequilas is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. Known for its large selection of fine tequilas, Agave’s menu ranges from classic Mexican dishes to innovative, seasonal recipes.

With weekend brunch, there’s even more ways to enjoy this local favorite. Here’s a sampling of the brunch menu:

  • Agave Issaquah Brunch MenuHouse specialties including Carne Asada & Eggs, Roasted Poblano Scramble, Pasilla & Coffee Short Rib Benedict and Chicken Fried & Chorizo Jalapeno Gravy
  • Specialty scratch cocktails like the Breakfast Margarita (Lunazul Blanco, grapefruit, orange & lemon-lime) and Smoke & Fire Mango (Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Chile de Arbol infused tequila with fresh lime)
  • Sweet treats such as the Tres Leches French Toast and Fresh Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
  • More than 150 fine tequilas, including Agave’s own private label, Double Barrel Reposado

Up before 10 am? Early risers enjoy Brunch Happy Hour from 10 am to noon with many entrees priced at $9.

Agave Cocina and Tequilas - Photo credit Shubha TirumaleOwned and operated by the brother-sister team of Federico and Faviola Ramos, Agave is proud to prepare food free of preservatives, trans fats and lard. Everything at Agave is made from scratch, including sauces, fillings, tortillas and guacamole. The restaurant serves sustainable seafood, and free-range and hormone-free chicken, beef, eggs, rice and beans. Most menu items are gluten-free (with the main exception being flour tortillas). Vegetarian options are also available.

Agave Cocina & Tequilas is located at 1048 NE Park Drive. Limited reservations are available by calling 425-369-8900.

Photography by Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC


Perfect Pairings: Wines for Summer

BevMo Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza WA wine

BevMo Asst Store ManagerBarbecue season is here and it’s the perfect time to try new wines. We asked BevMo! expert Bill Hayes for recommendations on wines that pair well with grilling (and chilling). Whether your plans include glamping with ‘smores or a backyard party, there’s no shortage of great wines for summer.

Best for Grilled Vegetables: Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is “unabashedly delicious.” At less than $10 per bottle, it’s also a great fit for your pocketbook. (Note that with certain vegetable combinations, pairing wine can be tricky. We advise a taste test before serving to guests.)

Best for Grilled Salmon: There are multiple options, as you can grill salmon with so many different marinades and sauces. If you’re serving the salmon on a bed of spring vegetables with a citrus or light cream sauce, lightly oaked Chardonnay pairs nicely. Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Chardonnay pairs beautifully with grilled salmon with a lemon or beurre blanc sauce. If you’re serving salmon with grilled avocado, mushroom with a balsamic or dark sauce, then light flavored reds with some earthiness are the best pairing. Erath Pinot Noir and Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir – both Oregon wines – are perennial favorites.BevMo White Wines

Serving Suggestion for Salmon: Pinot Noir is the ideal pairing with grilled salmon – the light red fruits and earthy, savory nature of a good Pinot are a perfect counterpoint to the rich, slightly sweet and savory pink meat of the salmon. Since salmon is an oily fish, a Pinot with at least medium acidity helps to cut through and balance the dish’s oiliness.

Best for Steak: Stay true to the “red wine with red meat” rule when considering wine pairings for steak. This is where Cabernet is king. For Northwest wines, think L’École 41 Cabernet Sauvignon and Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If you love French wines, Bordeaux varietals and Côtes du Rhône wines are magical with grilled steak.

DSC_8888Best for Burgers and Hot Dogs: Don’t over-complicate. We’re talking hot dogs and hamburgers, backyard barbecues and tailgating. We suggest light whites and rosés for hot dogs. Think Columbia Valley wines such as Charles & Charles Rosé with hot dogs (not with grilled sausage – that’s an entirely different wine), as well as 14 Hands White and Charles Smith Vino Pinot Grigio. For burgers, medium-bodied reds with lots of fruits flavors – zinfandel – rule the roost. Ask for suggestions at BevMo! for the best zinfandel for your menu and budget.

Best for ‘smores: Dessert wine seems to be the obvious choice, but you’re loading sugar on sugar. Instead, think outside the graham cracker box: fruit, fun and effervescent. For this pairing, you’ll need to look beyond our shores. Great options include Italian wines Rosa Regale and Lambrusco, which has a light, gentle fizz. If you’re looking for closer-to-home options, consider Whidbey’s Port, a little-known dessert wine produced on beautiful Whidbey Island.

At BevMo!, you can also sip before you buy. Every Friday, BevMo! offers free wine and beerDSC_8952 tastings from 4 pm to 7 pm. The tasting menu rotates weekly and features seasonal brews and wines.

You’ll find all the wines mentioned in this article at BevMo! of Grand Ridge Plaza at 910 NE Park Drive. To reach the store, call (425) 654-2905 or visit Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. Street parking is also available.

Photography by Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC


Dads & Grads Gift Guide

Photo courtesy Jos A BankThe busy month of June can catch the most organized gift-giver by surprise. Graduations are underway and Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19. It’s the season of dads & grads. This year, we researched gifts that are easy to shop for – and a pleasure to give. Here are some unique gift ideas:

For the High School Grad: Gas or ORCA Card
Load up a Safeway gas card or ORCA card to fuel their commute to a summer job.

DSC_6661For the Job Seeking Grad: Interview Clothes
Nothing beats a polished and professional look for job interviews, whether that’s a business suit or casual outfit (this is the Northwest, after all). Help your graduate put together a great look with a gift card from Jos. A. Bank, Marshalls or Francesca’s.

For the Grad School Grad: Home Furnishings
After living with the couch they bought at a yard sale for $5, graduate school grads will appreciate an upgrade on home furnishings. Browse HomeGoods for great values on dish sets and flatware, tables and chairs, rugs and couches. A basket filled with new towels always strikes the right note.

For the New Dad: Sporting Equipment for Him & Baby
Does he hike, swim or paddle? Treat him to new sports equipment with a twist – include something for baby, like a sun hat or UPF 50 shirt. Drop by DICK’S Sporting Goods for great ideas. You’ll find baby and children’s beachwear at Carter’s.

BevMo Scotch WhiskeyFor the Connoisseur Dad: Scotch and Whiskey Glassware
He’s tackled diaper duty, coached little league and carpooled like a champion. Now comes the reward. Treat dad to a set of Scotch and whiskey glasses from BevMo! A pleasure to hold, these glasses are designed with the connoisseur in mind.

For the Dad Who Has It All: Night Out at The RAM
Who can resist burgers and beers? Take Dad out for dinner at The RAM Restaurant & Brewery to enjoy aThe RAM Issaquah pint of fresh, locally-brewed beer and classic, handcrafted burger.

Now through June 19 when you buy a $50 gift card at The RAM, you’ll receive a bonus (free!) $10 gift card.

You’ll find everything in our gift guide at Grand Ridge Plaza.


Sip Hosts Benefit for Cancer Research

Sip Issaquah 2Chef Emran Chowdhury and Sip at the wine bar & restaurant aim to raise $20,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at an upcoming wine dinner fundraiser. Presented at Sip and inspired by Larry Snyder’s new book Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany, the event will benefit Strong4Sam – Project Violet at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Chef Emran has prepared a special five-course menu for the June 7 wine dinner. Each course of this authentic Tuscan meal celebrates the lessons chronicled in Miracles in Montanare: Ten Years in Tuscany, and each guest will receive a signed copy of the book. Chef Emran and the Sip team plan to sell out the event.

Tickets are $125/per person and each course is paired with an Italian wine. The menu features:


Pomodoro, Basilico, aglio (Diced Fresh Tomatoes, tossed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic, served onSip Special Event housemade bread, garnished with fresh basil)

Mozzarella fresca e anchovie (Sliced fresh Mozzarella garnished with Anchovies and fresh herbs)

Prosciutto e Mozzarella fresca (Sliced fresh mozzarella and thin sliced prosciutto served over crostini)

Soppersata e Mozzarella fresca (Sliced fresh mozzarella and spicy salami served over crostini)

Antipasti (First Course)

Insalata Mista- Fave, Pecorino Toscano (Steel wheel Farm baby Lettuce tossed with champagne vinaigrette, garnished with marinated fresh fava beans and pecorino cheese )

Sip wine dinnerPrimi (Second Course)

Pici Alla Fumo – Pasta fresca, pancetta, rosemarino, Pomodoro (Hand-rolled fresh pasta, cooked in rosemary, smoked ham and tomato sauce. Finished with dollop on mascarpone cheese)

Secondi (Third Course)

Stractti al Balsamico- Pollo Biologico, balsamico (Draper Valley organic chicken lightly dusted in flour and pan fried then drizzled with 15 year balsamic)

Contorni (Side Dish)

Asparagus Locali- Limone, Olio (Local Asparagus marinated with preserved lemon, grilled with olive oil and finished with maldon salt)

Dolci (Dessert)

Tiramisu d’ Rosetta (Housemade Tiramisu, layered with Caffe Vitta espresso soaked lady finger cookies, mascarpone cream and finished with cocoa powder)

To learn more and purchase event tickets, visit Brown Paper Tickets or call (425) 369-1181.

About Strong4Sam – Project Violet at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), Project Violet researchers already have had one big success: a “molecular flashlight” called Tumor Paint, derived from scorpion venom, which chemically adheres to cancer cells and causes them to light up. Today, the research team developing breakthrough treatments with one goal: to create a new class of drugs that effectively cures diseases that are currently considered incurable.

Strong4Sam was created as a fundraising group in support of Project Violet, which is funded exclusively through private donations. Sam is an Issaquah middle-schooler.