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When people visit the Seattle area, they usually gravitate to downtown Seattle. However, across Lake Washington from Seattle is the area known locally as the Eastside, which has evolved from a nondescript group of suburbs overshadowed by Microsoft into a vital area in its own right. "Eastside" generally means the towns of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Newcastle, and Redmond. Below are some of my favorite haunts in this part of the world.
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430 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
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Explore the world of wine at Purple, a great place for a little adventure with your partner, to celebrate, or to brighten a dark rainy winter evening. The 68-page wine list is an education in and of itself, and is updated monthly. Best value is...
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220 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033, USA
Located in downtown Kirkland, a short walk from the Lake Washington waterfront, the Heathman Hotel features understated modern elegance in northwest style. The wood paneling, stone, earth tones, and original modern paintings throughout create a...
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12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
The Bellevue Botanical Garden puts a unique twist on the tradition of admiring holiday light displays with its hugely popular Garden d’Lights show. With thousands of hours of help from volunteers, the botanical garden is transformed into an...
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16651 Redmond Way ste 180, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
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One of our favorite Eastside restaurants is Kanishka, in Redmond, home of the jetliners of Indians brought over to work at Microsoft. You always see many Indians there. There is a wonderful vegetarian menu. (Note: southern India is largely...
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699 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
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One of my favorite Eastside places to shop is the pan-Asian market Uwajimaya, conveniently located near downtown Bellevue. First stop is always the produce section where the veggies and fruits are high quality, reasonably priced, and artistically...
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15301 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
The Bellevue Goodwill is noted for quality goods dirt-cheap. Goodwill stores accept donations from the surrounding area & do not equalize among stores. In a wealthy town like Bellevue, this means the pickings are top notch. On a recent visit, I...