Beat the Bug this Winter: Tips from NaturoMedica

NaturoMedica Issaquah Naturopath Seattle

NaturoMedica Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza NaturopathDr. Tammy McInnis, co-founder of the NaturoMedica clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza, shares tips on boosting the immune system 

Winter can bring a wave of contagious illnesses or allergies that make the immune system more vulnerable than usual. Occasionally, a weakened immune system can be caused by illness, lifestyle habits, or environmental factors.

Since prevention is preferable to cure, it makes sense to support the immune system to guard against assaults, from the common cold to more serious illnesses. As physicians, our patients often ask us how they can strengthen their immune systems. The first line of defense is a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains—and low in saturated fats
  • Moderate alcohol intake
  • Exercise regularly (think moderate levels rather than training for a marathon)
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • De-stress your life
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stop smoking
  • Schedule routine health screening tests and exams for your age group and risk category

Immune system supplements, which provide a powerful combination of herbs and nutrients to support the body’s natural defense system, are also worth considering. Information about my top 10 immune boosting supplements that may kick colds, flu and/or boost your immune system is available here at As always, I recommend you seek the advice of a healthcare provider before beginning any new regimen.

Dr. Tammy McInnis practices at the NaturoMedica clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza, a full-service naturopathic medical clinic that is home to seven licensed Naturopathic Physicians. The clinic offers naturopathic healthcare, acupuncture and IV (intravenous) therapy. NaturoMedica doctors can provide primary care or work with your established physician to address health concerns. The clinic has a retail dispensary, which is open to the public and stocks vitamins, supplements and healthcare products. NaturoMedica is located at 1220 10th Ave NE. To learn more, call (425) 557-8900 or

Photo credit: Shubha Tirumale Photography LLC


Get Creative With Your MOD Pizza

MOD Pizza Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza

There are countless ways to get creative at MOD Pizza, where every pizza is made-on-demand. MOD’s pizzas and salads are the same price regardless of the number of toppings. Their classic menu features the top 10 pizza combinations, but you can change out toppings until it’s just right—or create your own unique recipe from scratch.

MOD’s Grand Ridge Plaza team loves to help customers build a personal masterpiece, but it doesn’t have to end when pizza comes out of the oven. MOD also offers finishing touches such as sauces and glazes. Consider adding these tasty toppings to create the prefect grand finale for your order:

BBQ swirl: a sweet and savory topping, the BBQ swirl is a delicious complement to MOD’s grilled chicken.

Pesto drizzle: a taste of summer, pesto drizzle is a flavorsome burst of basil, garlic and parmesan. It’s is a fitting addition to any vegetarian pizza.

Balsamic fig glaze: your pizza becomes a work of art with this simple, savory glaze. It’s the ideal companion to spicy meats.

Sri-rancha: MOD’s twist on the cult classic hot sauce. Sri-rancha it marries the heat of Sriracha with a cool, creamy finish.

Arugula & herbs: fresh herbs such as basil and cilantro provide the ultimate finishing touch. Add as many as you wish.

Always innovating, MOD also offers these options to “MODify” your pizza:

Vegan cheese: With vegan and dairy-free folks in mind, MOD’s vegan cheese can be used in any order. Vegan crust and red sauce are also available.

Eating light: there are countless salad combinations with fresh vegetables, plus roasted garlic, pineapple and hot peppers. Grilled vegetables such as cauliflower, red peppers, kale, corn, and broccolini add extra flavor, while garbanzo beans add protein. Load up on your favorites; the price remains the same.

Gluten-free crust: MOD offers a gluten-free pizza crust that is made without wheat, nuts, dairy, eggs or soy. Add it to any of MOD’s classic recipes or build your own pizza. (While MOD works to maintain the integrity of its gluten-free crust, please be aware that it does run the risk of exposure to wheat-based products. Due to the risk of cross-contamination, MOD does not recommend this pizza to those with Celiac Disease or gluten allergies.)

Customize your pizza to your heart’s delight—MOD is what you make it.

MOD Pizza is located at 1568 Highlands Drive NE, next to Frame Central.


The RAM Raises More Than $7,500 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The RAM American Cancer SocietyThe results are in — The RAM Restaurant & Brewery raised more than $7,500 toward the fight against breast cancer during an October campaign. In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the restaurant offered a unique “Drink Pink” menu, with $1 from each purchase being donated to local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks.

Now in its second year, the “Drink Pink” campaign is dedicated to both fundraising and breast cancer awareness. Each RAM location supports local communities by directing funds to the closest Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Grand Ridge Plaza’s RAM restaurant lent its support to the Seattle walk.

The menu featured pink libations including the Bacardi Dragonberry Colada — a taste from the islands with Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, strawberry puree and Tavern Pina Colada Mix. Local favorites included the Black Opal Margarita with el Jimador and Chambord, the Absolut Pink Citron Fizz, and glasses of Chloe Chardonnay, each served with a pink ribbon wine charm. In addition to drinks, pink tortilla chips were served with The RAM’S signature nachos and a percentage of sales went to the cause.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination. Passionate walk participants raise funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund innovative research; provide free, information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or detect it early when it’s most treatable.


Valentine’s Cocktails for Two

Bai Tong Thai Issaquah Mango Drop
Agave Issaquah Tequila Cilantro & Jalapeño

Cilantro & Jalapeño

This Valentine’s Day, add an extra dash of romance and savor specialty cocktails at one of Grand Ridge Plaza’s destination restaurants. Get your phones ready; these cocktails are Instagram-worthy.

Cilantro & Jalapeño at Agave Cocina & Tequilas: take a walk on the wild side with Agave’s signature blend of el Jimador Reposado tequila, muddled lime and Tajín chile. The chile salting on the rim adds the perfect level of heat to this piquant cocktail. A flavorful choice for shaking off a chilly February night, it’s garnished with jalapeño.

The RAM Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary at The RAM: this savory bloody mary features a double shot of Finlandia vodka with tomato juice and Demitri’s seasoning. The glass has a chili-lime salted rim with The RAM K-Bob nestled on top. It’s a colorful skewered mini-appetizer of celery, tomatoes, pepperoncini, pickled cocktail onions, olives and cheese cubes. The Proud Mary is served with a 3-oz. of Washington Blonde (a beer chaser) – a tradition imported from the Midwest.

Bai Tong Thai Issaquah Mango Drop

Mango Drop

Mango Drop at Bai Tong Thai: features vodka, triple sec, lemon, and mango puree. The Mango Drop will transport you to the exotic shores of a remote Thai island. The glass has a rim of spicy sweetness and chili flakes that make this drink a cocktail to remember.

Sip wine bar Issaquah

Blackberry Mojito

Blackberry Mojito at Sip at the wine bar & restaurant: why wait for spring to indulge in a refreshing cocktail? To create their signature Blackberry Mojito, Sip blends Brugal rum, fresh-pressed lime, simple syrup, Giffard Blackberry (Crème de Mûre), and fresh mint leaves. Produced in France’s Loire Valley, Gifford Blackberry offers a natural tartness that’s rich in both flavor and color.

Chinoise Issaquah Grand Ridge Plaza Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Mai Tai at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill: Bacardi rum, apricot brandy, pineapple juice, lime & Myers rum mingle in this unique twist on a classic resort drink. Chinoise bartenders use the floating technique to layer ingredients, producing a striking visual effect. Presented with a paper parasol, it’s the canonical Tiki cocktail.

Big Fish Martini at The Big Fish Grill: say cheers to this unique Northwest cocktail served with a Swedish Fish. The Big Fish Grill blends its signature martini with UV Blue raspberry vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Big Fish Grill Martini Issaquah

Big Fish Martini

Remember to call ahead for reservations on Tuesday, February 14. Many Grand Ridge Plaza restaurants are also offering Valentine’s specials during the weekend of February 10 and 11. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Chinoise’s Chef Thoa Embarks on PeaceTrees Vietnam Tour

Chef Thoa at Chinoise Grand Ridge Plaza
Chef Thoa at Chinoise Grand Ridge Plaza

Chef Thoa at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill

More than 40 years after the Vietnam War, thousands of acres in Central Vietnam are still designated as potentially unsafe, riddled with unexploded landmines. Clearing landmines and reintroducing land for agricultural purposes is Seattle-based nonprofit PeaceTrees Vietnam’s primary mission. It’s a mission that Chef Thoa Nguyen, founder of Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, supports by serving on its Board of Directors and through an upcoming PeaceTrees citizen diplomacy tour of Vietnam with a group of local chefs.

“PeaceTrees work begins with healing the land and making it safe for children to play, farmers to till the soil and families to build their homes,” said Chef Thoa. “Making land safe for agricultural production means new economic opportunities. Clearing landmines is the first step to dramatically improving quality-of-life for people living in rural areas.”

Chinoise Thoa Nguyen

Vietnam produces many of the spices sold in U.S. grocery stores

Later this month, Chef Thoa and a group of local restaurateurs will embark on a two-week visit to Vietnam. Their goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of landmines in Quang Tri Province. The group will also experience Vietnam from a unique and rewarding perspective – through its food culture.

Following a visit to Quang Tri Province, the chefs will explore Vietnamese cuisine through cooking classes, including a visit to the Hoa Sua Culinary School, which offers educational opportunities to orphans and disadvantaged youth. The chefs will also tour Son Ha Cinnamon and Spice Mill, which produces spices for Pacific Basin Foods, as well as a women-owned coffee farming enterprise and organic medical garden.

PeaceTrees Vietnam Chefs

Volunteers learn about Vietnamese cuisine

“As chefs, we are fascinated by new flavors, and this trip will offer a window into the culinary traditions of a region that’s little-known outside Vietnam,” explained Chef Thoa. “We will have the opportunity to meet local chefs and learn new cooking methods, while also touring farms and agricultural processing centers. In addition to raising awareness about the PeaceTrees mission, our group will have the rare opportunity to grow as chefs, experiencing new flavors, textures and in some cases, new exotic fruits and spices.”

Through the work of PeaceTrees, the chefs will see the full circle of development. PeaceTrees also offers micro-credit programs that help farmers grow high-value crops for the market, including cinnamon, star anise and black pepper sold in U.S. grocery stores. For example, growing black pepper raises a farmer’s income fivefold compared to growing rice. Today, you will find black pepper from Vietnam in many local kitchens.

PeaceTrees Vietnam Thoa Nguyen

Fresh produce is in abundance at Vietnamese markets

“This will be a fascinating journey for our group on many levels,” concluded Thoa. “We will also experience the Vietnamese people’s incredibly generous and welcoming hospitality. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

To learn more about citizen diplomacy tours and landmine removal, visit PeaceTrees Vietnam.

To learn more about Chef Thoa Nguyen, visit Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill Issaquah. Chinoise is a contemporary Pan-Pacific Rim restaurant defined by fresh, beautiful food ranging from sushi to pho, and from wok dishes to summer salad rolls. Founded by Chef Thoa Nguyen, Chinoise merges cuisines from across the Asian continent with Northwest sensibilities.