Allegro Pediatrics Opens Issaquah Clinic

The Allegro Pediatrics clinic is now open at Grand Ridge Plaza. Home to seven board certified pediatricians, the clinic is located at the corner of High Street NE and 10th Avenue NE.

Who will you meet at the new clinic? The doctors shared what inspires them, as well as background on their education and interests, to help the community get acquainted with the practice.

profile-2-10-linda-hung-md-faap-doctor-410Dr. Linda Hung: “I chose to work in pediatrics because of the unique experience of watching kids grow and develop from infancy to adulthood.”

Dr. Linda Hung joined the practice in 2003. After completing her undergraduate degree in physical therapy at the University of Washington, she worked as a physical therapist for five years before attending medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hung returned to Seattle for her pediatric residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hung is also available to provide medical care in both Taiwanese and Mandarin.

Dr. Jeff Landesberg: “I am constantly inspired by children who overcome illness, injury, or just lifeprofile-2-54-jeff-landesberg-ma-faap-doctor-410 challenges. It is extremely fulfilling to help kids achieve their full potential, and have balanced and productive lives.”

Dr. Jeff Landesberg joined the practice in 2004. After attending Yale University, he went on to the University of Pennsylvania for medical school and completed his residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He continues to be involved with Seattle Children’s, keeping close personal ties to the various pediatric specialists and serving as a member of the inpatient team from Allegro Pediatrics. Dr. Landesberg enjoys taking care of more seriously ill children in the hospital, and has strong interests in sports medicine, asthma and allergy, and adoption medicine.

profile-2-60-tracie-oneill-md-faap-doctor-410Dr. Tracie O’Neill: “I feel honored to partner with families, caring for their children from birth to young adulthood.”

Dr. Tracie O’Neill joined the practice in 1997. After attending the University of Southern California for her undergraduate studies, she went to the USC Keck School of Medicine for medical school. She completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. Dr. O’Neill became a pediatrician because she was interested in the changing dynamics of caring for children at different ages, developmental stages and diseases.

Dr. Robert Roskin: “The most fun thing I do is go to work every day.”profile-2-63-robert-roskin-md-faap-doctor-410

Dr. Rob Roskin joined the practice in 1998. He attended Yale University for his undergraduate studies, and the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. Dr. Roskin completed his residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is still involved with Seattle Children’s, and enjoys working at the Stanley Stamm Camp every summer. He is also a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

profile-2-40-kate-ryan-md-faap-doctor-410Dr. Kate Ryan: “Having had supportive parents, I love being able to spend time with families and see their versions of this type of loving support.”

Dr. Kate Ryan joined the practice in 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University before moving on to University of California, San Francisco for medical school. Dr. Ryan then moved to the Pacific Northwest and completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ryan’s experience in caring for people started early. She was trained as an EMT and joined the local rescue squad at age 15. During medical school, Dr. Ryan volunteered to care for the children on the specialty services. It came as no surprise to her friends that she decided to go into pediatrics, given her love of children and extensive knowledge of camp songs and children’s books.

Dr. Gwen Seaver: “I love how fun and spontaneous kids are, and their amazing capacity to heal.”profile-2-66-gwen-seaver-md-faap-doctor-410

Dr. Gwen Seaver joined the practice in 2007. She attended Willamette University for her undergraduate studies, and the University of Washington for medical school. Dr. Seaver completed her residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She has a passion for medical education and enjoys working with medical students and residents from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Seaver also has a strong interest in sports medicine. She enjoys living and working in the same community, so that she and her patients can get to know each other outside of the clinic.

profile-2-76-roberta-winch-md-faap-doctor-410Dr. Roberta Winch: “I have always enjoyed working with children. Their vast energy, honesty, and innocent outlook on life always amaze me. I get to smile or laugh every day at work.”

Dr. Roberta Winch joined the practice in 2006. She attended Seattle University for her undergraduate studies, and the University of Washington for medical school. Dr. Winch completed her residency at the University of Arizona. She has a special interest in adolescent medicine.

Each of the Grand Ridge Plaza pediatricians is currently accepting new patients. If you’re expecting, the practice offers complimentary “get-to-know-you” visits with the pediatrician of your choice.

Formerly known as Pediatric Associates, Allegro Pediatrics has been serving local families for close to 50 years and has eight clinics located throughout Seattle’s Eastside with more than 350 doctors, nurses and staff members. To make an appointment at the Grand Ridge Plaza clinic, call (425) 827-4600. To learn more, visit

Photos courtesy Allegro Pediatrics.


Dine For Kids at Grand Ridge Plaza

Need an excuse to go out for dinner on a Wednesday? The Issaquah Schools Foundation and Grand Ridge Plaza restaurants are teaming up to make it easy with Dine For Kids. When you dine out on the first Wednesday of the month, the participating restaurant will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Issaquah Schools Foundation.

Donations raised at Dine For Kids events support local schools and teachers, providing much-needed resources. So, grab your friends and family and join us at participating restaurants!

Upcoming dates include:

MOD Pizza
Wednesday, October 5
1568 Highlands Drive NE, next to Frame Central
Serving individual artisan-style pizzas and salads, MOD Pizza is a family hot spot. Founded in Seattle, MOD Pizza offers friendly, fast-paced dine-in and take-out service. Build your own pizza or salad, or order from a menu of MOD’s classics. With more than 30 toppings to choose from, everyone gets exactly what they crave.
Tip: Try their hand-spun milkshakes, which are great for sharing (they’ll give you two cups).

Agave Cocina & TequilasAgave Cocina and Tequilas - Photo credit Shubha Tirumale
Wednesday, November 2
1048 Park Drive NE, next to Kumon Learning Center
Agave Cocina & Tequilas serves delicious, locally-sourced, authentic Mexican fare. Owned and operated by the brother-sister team of Federico and Faviola Ramos, Agave is proud to make everything 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. It also has one of the largest fine tequila selections in the state.
Tip: Ask about vegetarian and gluten-free options, which are available for many dishes.

Chinoise Sushi Bar Asian GrillChinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill
Wednesday, December 7
936 Park Drive NE, next to Regal Cinemas
Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill features Pan Asian cuisine, bringing together favorite dishes from the kitchens of Japan, China, Hawaii, Thailand and Vietnam. Owned and operated by Seattle’s own Chef Thoa Nguyen, who “Beat Bobby Flay” on the hit cooking show, Chinoise is a great place to eat family style and share dishes.
Tip: Their kids menu features dishes that are lighter on spice and sauces.


Grand Ridge Plaza: Family-Friendly Dining

The RAM Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza

Grand Ridge Plaza IssaquahDining out with kids doesn’t have to mean that your meal comes from a drive-thru window. At Grand Ridge Plaza, family-friendly restaurants serve healthy and tasty children’s meals alongside delicious adult entrées. Add great service and pleasant ambiance – and you’ve got a recipe for a memorable family meal. These full-service restaurants make dining out with kids a breeze.

AJI Sushi & Grill
Chef Danny at AJI Sushi & Grill has made a convert out of many a skeptical kid who wouldn’t try sushi. AJI is a family favorite thanks to its varied menu options. Whether you want to eat family style or choose your own, everything is made fresh-to-order. The menu spans sushi daily offerings to dishes such as Chicken Teriyaki and Seafood Yakisoba. Bonus: With just an hour’s notice, AJI can prepare a fabulous sushi platter to-go for a special event.

The RAM Issaquah HighlandsThe RAM Restaurant & Brewery
Mini cheeseburgers, flat bread pizza and salads are just a few of the kids menu choices at The RAM Restaurant & Brewery. Known best as a sports bar, The RAM is also a fun place to dine out as a family. Most items on the kids’ menu are between $7 and $8, and include carrots and a choice of fresh fruit, RAM chips, fries or salad. Tip: Visit The RAM on Mondays when kids eat for just $1 with the order of an adult entrée.

Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill
Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill features Pan Asian cuisine, bringing together favorite dishes from the kitchens of Japan, China, Hawaii, Thailand and Vietnam. Chinoise is a great place to eat family style, sharing dishes. We recommend the Basil Green Bean Beef and Shanghai Noodles, and of course, sushi. Options on the kids’ menu are in the $7 to $8 range and include Teriyaki Chicken with Broccoli, Ninja Noodles and Kids Pho. Each kids’ meal includes a choice of juice, soda or milk.

dsc_7454Agave Cocina & Tequilas
Agave Cocina & Tequilas
is a perennial favorite of families, and not just because it offers 2-for-1 adult brunch entrées from 10 a.m. to noon on weekends. You’ll be surprised at how eagerly kids gobble down Agave’s beans (really!) and everyone loves shareable dishes like fajitas. Items on the kids menu are $6 and up. Options include enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas, and you can add on rice, beans and other tasty sides. Salads are great for sharing, too.

Bai Tong Thai
Bai Tong Thai
offers a genuine taste of Thailand. At Bai Tong, we recommend eating family style and sharing dishes such as Pad Khi Mao and Pad See-Iew. When ordering, ask for one star on the spice scale. If you love spice and heat, we suggest splitting your choices between kids and adults (noodles for them, curries for you.) Tip: Try their famous honey-infused Crispy Garlic Chicken – it’s a favorite for sharing.

The Big Fish Grill
The Big Fish Grill features Grand Ridge Plaza Family Diningbeautifully prepared seafood, steaks, salads and more. The kids’ menu offers dishes in the $6 to $8 range, including Seared Wild Salmon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Veggies, Cod Fish & Chips, and House-made Chicken Tenderloins. Each kid’s meal includes milk, juice or soda, and they’ll substitute fresh fruit for fries. Tip: Kids eat FREE on Monday nights. You’ll receive one free kid’s meal with every paying adult at your table.


Shake It Up at GNC

GNC Issaquah Highlands

GNC Manager Tim Tian

If you’re a fitness fan, you’ve probably read about the benefits of protein powders, which are becoming increasingly popular as an addition to smoothies and shakes. At the GNC shop at Grand Ridge Plaza, you’ll find dozens of specialized protein powders – including whey, soy and casein – in flavors ranging from Chocolate Milkshake and Peanut Butter to Salted Caramel and Strawberries & Cream.

There are as many types of protein powders as there are reasons for adding it to a diet, especially for those starting a new exercise regimen and recovering from illness or injury. The primary difference between whey, soy and casein protein powders are their sources. Whey and casein are found in dairy milk, while soy is from soybeans.

Once you’ve determined the best protein powder, the next step is creating a tasty smoothie. Here are two quick and easy recipes to get started. Use a food processor or blender and add or remove ingredients to taste.

Rise & Shine Smoothie
This is a great smoothie to make early in the morning.

  • Fruit: ½ cup of fresh peaches (skinned) or ½ cup of frozen mango
  • ½ an avocado
  • A few lettuce leaves (optional)
  • A few slices of cucumber (peeled)
  • 1/4 quarter sweet pepper
  • Water (try ¼ cup to taste)
  • Your choice of protein powder (optional)

Recharge Smoothie
This is a great smoothie for recharging after long hikes and runs (especially if you scrambled up Granite Mountain or ran on Tiger Mountain).

  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp. of smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup of chocolate milk
  • ½ cup of regular milk
  • Your choice of protein powder (optional)

Located a block from GNC, Safeway Issaquah Highlands has a large fruit and vegetable section; check seasonal specials for ideas on adding new fruits to your smoothies.

GNC Issaquah HighlandsGNC offers a large range of vitamins and minerals, herbal supplements, health and beauty items, and weight loss products. GNC Grand Ridge Plaza is located at 1567 Highlands Drive NE between Jimmy John’s and Great Clips. Learn more about GNC products at To reach the store, call 425-427-0586.


Enjoy Chinoise Cafe’s Chili Squid at Home

Chinoise Cafe

Chinoise CafeHave you ever wanted to create a favorite restaurant dish at home?

This month, Chef Thoa Nguyen of Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill at Grand Ridge Plaza is taking the guesswork out of her popular Chili Squid dish. She’s sharing the recipe and instructions for making this flavorful dish and the accompanying sauces at home.

Roll up your sleeves, fire up the stove and get ready for a culinary adventure!

Chili Squid Ingredients – Serves 6


  • 4 calamari steaks, sliced ½ inch thick
  • 1 cup round yellow onion, sliced ½ inch thick
  • Canola oil (vegetable oil) for deep frying
  • ½ cup cornstarch

Mint Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup fresh mint chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon paprika powder

Chili Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce
  • ½ cup Sambal chili sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar


  1. Before getting started on the squid, combine Mint Yogurt Sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl, whisk to mix, and then refrigerate.
  2. Prepare the Chili Sauce and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, pour in the cornstarch, and then toss in the calamari steaks to coat.
  4. Fill a frying pan with vegetable frying oil. When the oil reaches 350 degrees, drop in the coated calamari, and fry until a light golden brown. Remove from the oil and set aside.
  5. In a sauté pan, add 1 tablespoon canola oil and toss in the onions. Wait until the onions are cooked lightly, and then add in the chili sauce. Keep the heat on high. Wait until the sauce becomes very hot and bubbly. Then add in the fried calamari steaks.
  6. Mix everything together and cook for another minute or until all the sauce coats the calamari.
  7. Remove from heat. Serve with a lime wedge and the mint yogurt sauce for dipping on the side.

Chinoise Cafe IssaquahAbout Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill: Chinoise is a contemporary Pan Asian restaurant defined by fresh, beautiful food ranging from sushi to pho, and from wok dishes to summer salad rolls. Founded by Chef Thoa Nguyen, the restaurant merges cuisines from across the Asian continent with Northwest sensibilities.

Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill is located at 936 NE Park Drive. To reach the restaurant, call (425) 394-4177. Reservations are available for parties of 6 or more.