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Insider’s Tour to Watching Issaquah’s Returning Salmon

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In 2014, viewing Issaquah’s returning salmon is a little more complicated. But there are several places where sockeye, chinook, coho, chum and Lake Sammamish kokanee, too, can be seen up close as they return to spawn.

The salmon run cleared the Ballard Locks by September 7th and are on their way to Issaquah.  While fewer fish may be returning to some areas this year, there are still good chances to see this natural wonder as the spawning season progresses.

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Issaquah Mining History

issaquah3-233x130Mining was the fuel behind Issaquah’s early growth. Mining is no longer an active industry in Issaquah, but the community proudly holds onto its rich history, and shares it through its museums, public art and exciting tours to old mine sites.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Issaquah was once a farming community, but all that changed when coal mining was introduced. The lands of the community were fertile, but a rich source of coal was discovered in the hills in 1862.

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Issaquah Recreation: A Resource

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By their nature, recreational activities are enjoyed by many — but still it’s just a small fraction of the community. As we publish articles in the Recreation category, we try to find topics that many people will enjoy.

In one way of looking at it, Issaquah is just Main Street, America. That is to say that we lead ordinary lives doing ordinary things — the same kinds of things people in every American town do. There’s not a lot to say about ordinary things that people want to read about. It’s part of our job here at Issaquah360 to make you aware of those ordinary life elements that may have slipped your mind or to point out things you didn’t know.

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The Ram Restaurant & Brewhouse: A Year On

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It’s been about a year since The Ram Restaurant & Brewhouse opened at Issaquah Highland’s Grand Ridge Plaza, kitty corner from the Regal movie theater.

It’s a very attractive, darker earth tone style room with a long wall of windows looking at Tiger Mountain. Along the west, the view overlooks Grand Ridge Plaza.

The restaurant has a lot of different seating options. There are corner booths, regular booths and three-wide booths, tables and chairs.

Expect a wait on busy weekends. The Ram accepts no reservations. There’s plenty of seating for people who are waiting.

A little more than half of the facility is the restaurant and the remainder is the bar area. Hanging overhead and upside down is a wooden crew shell built in the 1930s or 1940s for the University of Washington rowing program.

There are more than 15 TVs, each 60 inches or more, all muted and each tuned to sports. Piped music provided the background sound.

 

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There is an attractive outside patio dining area with gas fireplace.

Our party ordered Cajun blackened salmon tacos, New York steak sandwich and the Ram Jumbo Beer Battered Prawns. They were served well and quickly.

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The bar from the patio

I had the Cajun blackened salmon tacos. There was a lot of food: two large soft-shelled tacos, rice and black beans. The spices were quite strong for me and I wished I hadn’t ordered them blackened. It also occurred to me that covering the taste of salmon with such strong seasoning wasn’t such a good idea. But they delivered what I ordered and the food quality was good and was well cooked. Next time, I’ll order it without the blackened spices.

Everyone else loved their food.

The menu has a lot of choice but the Ram clearly focuses on burgers, sandwiches and beer. There’s probably twice the number of menu items for those groups than any of the others.

Whether you’re looking for a date place or a family place, the Ram would fill either need well.

This is a large volume, formulaic restaurant and bar, part of what has become a large group of restaurants in numerous states.

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The Ram Restaurant & Brewery
965 NE Park Drive
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (425) 313 – 0415

 

 

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Downtown Issaquah and the Aroma of Stan’s BAR-B-Q

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“Who’s Your Daddy?” is the most popular order at Stan’s BAR-B-Q.

It consists of an awesomely delicious BBQ meal: 3 Ribs, 1/2 lb Beef Brisket, 1/2 lb Pork, 2 Links, 2 Sides and hamburger buns. Believe it or not, this order is designed for the appetite of a single person. That person must be the size of an NFL lineman. It’s a lot of meat!

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Calling All Issaquah Zombies

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Issaquah’s fifth appearance in the worldwide “Thrill the World” event will be happening on the Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Local zombies rise up, walk down the street and perform a flash mob-type choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” song. Last year, around 75 zombies showed up to entertain a crowd of about 400.

If you are a zombie at heart and want to participate in this year’s event, you might want to learn the dance ahead of time. It’s not required however because all are welcome.

In preparation, FREE Thriller dance lessons are being offered on a drop in basis at Blakely Hall – 2550 NE Park Drive on Sundays from 5:00-6:00 pm – September 14-October 12.

You will have a chance to perform at one or both of the two zombie walks, both on the same day, one at Grand Ridge Highlands in the Issaquah Highlands and one in Olde Town Issaquah.

As the date comes closer, we will announce the detail for the dance day.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Association.

 

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Set Everything Else Aside for a Few Minutes to Experience Tea

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In America, tea has become very much more popular during our lifetimes.

Of course, its popularity in England is so high, it’s almost a comedy. Want a cuppa?

For many, it is a consumer experience controlled by corporate behemoths like Lipton. You might choose between coffee, tea and milk. Or have a Coke.

At that level, tea is just a drink, hot or cold, but just a drink. It can be so much more.

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Trattoria Amante: Fun Italian in Downtown Issaquah

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Looking for a fun evening close to home?

Trattoria Amante Pizza and Pasta on Front Street is a fun place to go and is kid friendly.

Normally known for its frequent live music, in July and August they’re taking a break from the live bands. You should have an easier time getting a table any time.

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The End of an Era

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The first portion to be demolished was the former Lombardi’s location.

For 53 years, what was originally known as the Hi-Lo Center, has been a prominent part of Gilman Blvd.

Most recently home to Lombardi’s, Gilman Antique Mall and Sister’s Antiques at the corner of Seventh and Gilman, the demolition of the center began today. Anticipated for months, the first to go was the former Lombardi’s location.

The heavy equipment used to demolish the building was powerful and surprising. A three fingered, hydraulically controlled “hand” reached in and picked up large structural beams like they were paper. It then took entire walls and broke them into pieces small enough to be loaded on a truck. The progress was quite fast.

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Issaquah Salmon Days Festival

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The very first Chinook Salmon has wandered up Issaquah Creek to the hatchery! The salmon season has begun! If we have a bit of rain which will cool down the water and raise the level of the creek, then we will see a lot more come home. To check out the return at the Hatchery, view the Salmon cam.

This warns us that we are also approaching the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, Issaquah’s largest annual event.

Returning this year on October 4-5, 2014 is the festival of festivals, open from 10 am – 6 pm each day, with free admission.

The Run with the Fishes 5K begins the day at 7:30 am on 12th Avenue near Gilman Boulevard.

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