I am writing from Tully’s in Canyon Park. I love Bothell. I love working, eating, playing in this town, especially on a day like today (which happens to be sunny and beautiful). I feel that one of the cornerstones of a great community is local business and when I see something that bugs me, I think to myself, this MUST have bugged someone else. I guess sometimes I just think that there are some basics in business, especially in retail and even MORE especially in restaurateuring. Which is the reason for my post today on the Bothell Quiznos in Canyon Park.
Well we did it. The first official podcast of the Bothell Blog. Took us forever to get it up and running but we have the studio finally set up in the Bothell Blog office. For this first podcast, I interviewed local photographer favorite, Rob Resing of Chapters Photography in Bothell Washington. Chapters has been around for years and Rob has many local Bothell families that he has been taking pictures of for years.
The photography business has changed quite a bit over the last 10 years and that poses some unique challenges for photographers. To stay relevant, they must push the envelope with imagery. Chapters Photography has been a supporter of the Bothell blog for years and it was nice to have this time to chat with them.
Here is the video Rob created for the client: https://vimeo.com/96615977
Below is our podcast, please let us know what you think:
Today is Carolina Smoke BBQ's Rib Benefit.Event starts at 1pm. Dave is slow smoking four different kinds of ribs for the vent in preparation for his famous Rib platter (beef ribs, short ribs, baby back ribs and spare ribs... all on one platter!). Dave marinated the short ribs for a WEEK preparing for this event and he pulled one off the smoker this morning and had me taste it... OMG.. AWESOME! Food isn't the only thing going on. Dave has book Chester Dennis Jones to play at the event starting at 1pm. It will be awesome for sure. Dave is giving back, come out and help him help those who save lives every day. Below is a video I shot early this morning at the BBQ Shop:
As many of us know, August 20, 2013 David Hayward from Carolina Smoke suffered a heart attack. For a moment he was dead, but then some very skilled, hard working professionals got his ticker ticking again. Those folks were Evergreen Cardiac Care Unit at Evergreen Hospital. I personally experienced their excellence and they are a completely top notch organization.
Now it is time for Carolina Smoke to give a little back. This Saturday (June 14th) Carolina Smoke is going to have a RIB DAY, where Dave and the crew will be smoking up 4 different types of ribs, beef ribs, baby back pork ribs, spare ribs and beef short ribs and providing a Rib platter with a sample of each with 2 sides! WOW, sound awesome! Part of the proceeds are going to go to support the Evergreen Cardiac Care Unit. There will also be a large jar that folks can use to donate to this effort.
Food is not the only thing on the menu, somehow, Dave has booked local blues favorite, The Chester Dennis Jones Band to play blues for the event from 1pm-5pm. If you have never heard Chester play, you should he is one of Washington States best kept blues act secrets. I would suggest getting there early for seats.
"I owe them my life, this is the least I can do.", said David, "... and I feel better than ever."
You can head to Carolina Smoke's website at http://carolinasmoke.com for more details.
Have you ever wanted to know where crimes are happening in our fair city? Well, there's a MAP for that! The Bothell Police Department has released a Crime Map that maps out all of the crimes in Bothell (found here: http://www.crimemapping.com/). It works great on my laptop. It didn't not show up well on my Windows Phone, but it might work better on your iPhone or Android smart phone. In fact, the website mentions that there is an iPhone app, so those iPhone users, I would grab that. There is also data from other police departments including the Snohomish County Sheriff's department.
The website is really well put together. There are different icons for different crimes and when clicked, you get details about the crime such as the date, the type of crime, case number and details about the crime. Anyhow, check it out and see what's happening in your Bothell Neighborhood.
A question I wonder about is the social impact of such transparency. For instance, if someone moving into our area looks at these maps, would that impact their decision to buy a house or move in to a certain area? I bet it would. That would mean bad neighborhoods would get less crime conscious folks moving into them? I don't know. To me, it is worth the risk. I like being able to know what crime is happening in Bothell.
Bothell Police Department Press Release:
For questions or concerns, please contact Bothell Police Sergeant Ken Seuberlich via his email: Ken.Seuberlich@ci.bothell.wa.us.
Finally Bothell has their own AT&T location right in Thrashers Corner. For a long time us Bothellites have had to drive through traffic and suffer the headaches of traveling to Lynnwood for AT&T support. Smart Wireless is a local Northwest based mobile (phones, tablets, and much, much more) support and services store. The new location will provide the us with the latest and greatest that AT&T has to offer from a device perspective, along with Digital Life home security and automation options. Smart Wireless will also have access everything we need to stay connected; the location will have tablets, hotspots, wireless home phone, and of course the latest smartphones in the market.
The Bothell location is located at 20611 Bothell Everett Hwy Suite F in the Safeway Plaza and is open 7 days a week Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm Sunday 10am-6pm. Rather use social media to connect with Smart Wireless? Local Smart Wireless managers will have access to their Facebook page during business hours and can message the store questions about service, products and special offers. Smart Wireless AT&T will be posting information on the upcoming promotions that AT&T has to offer and quick tips and device how-to’s. Finally, you have your own local “mobile guy” or “girl”.
“The greatest thing about this location is the people; the representatives at the store are dedicated to giving 110% to each and every customer that comes through the door.” Says Kasidee Ridlon, store manager and local Bothellite said, “Were not here to make one sale and be done with a customer. What we’re selling is lifelong service, if we sell a product or service we’re here for the long-haul to assist the customer in anyway we can.”
You can tell Kasidee loves what she does. Her mother has been in mobile phone “biz” for years and she mentions: “It’s kind of in my blood”. Funny, you can actually tell that she enjoys what she does. Having local folks working locally is a huge plus for us here in Bothell, especially when it comes to mobile phones and wireless. Kasidee and her team understand our area. They know the Bothell area and where the prime LTE coverage is. AT&T has great coverage in Bothell and I think people that are local appreciate the strong network they have built out, I know I do being an AT&T customer, ” It certainly helps us sell phones when we have great coverage.” she says.
When we asked Kasidee what is the hottest phone selling right now she told us it was the new Galaxy 5s. However, she leans more towards the Nokia/Microsoft phones personally. “For folks new to smartphones, they are just easier to use” she says.
The store is new, like it was just removed from the box.. it even smells new. If you are looking for the go-to-gal for mobile devices and other things techie, I would swing in and see Kasidee and her team, they are pretty tech savvy. Feel free to give them a call at (425) 485-0034 or hit them up on Facebook.
It was date night and it was the first time I ever had received a pedicure. We hit Tina's Nails in Canyon Park, where my wife frequents. Not to shabby, I can get use to pedicures.( I will be writing a separate blog post about our experience at Tina’s)
After our foot pampering, we headed over to another one of our favorite spots in Bothell, Vivendo Restaurant and Bar in Country Village.
We arrived just about 7pm and decided to sit outside since it was a nice day. Right away one of the owners came out and sat down to talk to us. We have been to Viviendo a number of times, in fact, the Bothell Blog office is located in Country Village and I can see Vivendo’s from my window. My wife ordered some white wine and I had my gin and tonic. Right away some freshly baked bread came to the table with some great dipping sauce. Personally, I like the olive oil sauce at Grazie’s a bit better, but this stuff is still the bomb. Viviendo’s does not ship in bread from a bakery, they actually bake it right there in the restaurant. It was hot and fresh.. like a perfect little high carb dream.(Above: Vivendo's Owners Sofie and Prokop Tona)
Shortly after the bread arrived owner, Prokop came outside and sat with us and basically hung out the entire dinner, talking about some of the famous people who frequent our, up until now apparently, was our secret little restaurant. Did you know that there are a few former Seahawks that frequent Vivendo’s? There are also some folks that drive down from Bellingham every month just to get a taste of one of their seafood dishes. It doesn’t really surprise us though, the quality of Vivendo’s food is hard to match.
We asked Prokop why that was, why was no matter what we ate at Viviendos’s it was completely off the chain? As the caprese appetizer came to our table (just for the record, I am not a tomato guy, but I will eat the hell out of fresh sliced mozzarella and olive oil), Prokop said the reason why their food was special is because of his wife Sofia. He mentioned that her love of cooking is infused within the food itself. The then told us of a story of a man who grew the most nutritious grapes in all the world. His secret? He played beautiful music in the vineyard. He said that the recipes used at Vivendo were created from his wife’s heart and every dish has a truly unique twist and taste to it. He’s right you know. Many people think of Vivendo’s Restaurant as a strictly Italian restaurant. Not so. Their menu is a fusion of Mediterranean AND Italian, which is why their dishes are so unique.
As the night progressed, we ordered dinner, both of us had the spaghetti pesto dish. This is one of our favorite dishes at Vivendo’s. There is something about the pesto that is delicious and creamy at the same time. I wouldn’t say that the portions are huge, but they are just right. The pesto sauce is just rich enough that you feel like you are getting much more than you actually are.
A couple more drinks and 30 minutes we were just about done. My wife is a fan of their chocolate cake, which is a great way to top off the meal. I would suggest just getting one piece and sharing it though as it is flavorful and rich as well. it comes with a drizzle of some sort of berry syrup and is the bomb. My wife ordered a class of red wine to go with the cake but Prokop stopped our waiter and said something to him. He said “I told him to get you a different type of wine to go with that chocolate cake. Trust me.” We did and he nailed it. The wine was so good with the cake,… perfect match. Prokop mentioned that they have taken great time and effort focusing on their wine selection and matching wines to their food. Viviendo’s has reciently really been introducing local wines out of Woodinville and have seen a large spike in local wine sales.
So overall, a great date night with my wife… all within our town of Bothell. Have you had a cool date night experience in Bothell? Send me a mail and I will post it on the blog.
One of our Bothell readers has lost their cat. Please give them a call if you have any information. Please contact 360-621-9323. The owners are new to our area, let's find this cat for them and consider it a welcome to the neighborhood gift!