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Blue Friday, Night Hiking, and New Restaurants

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will play their second playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Although sad that we can’t all attend, the 12TH Man wore blue to show team support. As a (rabid?) fan, I wore my jersey to work but decided to go one step further and bring donuts for the IT Department from Top Pot. Top Pot Donuts are an official sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks, and offer a special Seahawks donut. I bought the last dozen at the Bellevue store and to take into work and spread the Seahawks love.

The Beautiful Seahawks Donuts that Top Pot Crafts

The Beautiful Seahawks Donuts that Top Pot Crafts

Spreading the Seahawk's Love

Spreading the Seahawk’s Love

This weekend is going to be busy, so Boyfriend and I decided to get in a quick hike after work today. I’ve never been night hiking before, but Boyfriend bought me a Princeton Tech headlamp for Christmas, so we thought, “why not?”. I decided that we should try the Chirico Trail up to Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain.

The Chirico Trail starts from the landing zone field for Hang Gliders and Paragliders that sits on the east side of the Issaquah-Hobart Road. The trail is short but fairly steep; we gained 1,489 feet in 1.61 miles.  We hit snow at about a mile up the trail, but pretty much had the trail to ourselves, running into only 6 people the entire time we were out, and most of them were coming down while we were heading up.

The night was frosty. Every time I stopped to wait for Boyfriend, I noticed that the sweat that had wicked to the outside of my cloud layer had started to frost. The view from the top was beautiful; the stars were bright and crisp, and the lights in the valley stretched from Issaquah, Redmond, and Bellevue.

The lights of Issaquah, Redmond, and Bellevue from a frozen Poo Poo Point.

The lights of Issaquah, Redmond, and Bellevue from a frozen Poo Poo Point.

I was quite impressed with the Princeton Tech headlamp. The lamp itself runs off of 3 AAA batteries and projects 70 lumens via 4 LED lights. It felt light on my head (I just wore it over a knit cap), and the angle was adjustable.  I did have some difficulty with hitting the on/off button, but I don’t know if the button got stuck in the cold, or if I wasn’t hitting the right spot since my right arm is still so weak. The only other issue I had was that the lamp was so bright that it would reflect light from my breath and momentarily blind me, much like accidentally using your vehicle’s bright lights on a foggy night.

Great China Restaurant on UrbanspoonBy the time we got down from the trail, we were famished. In the mood for Chinese food, we checked our Entertainment Book for possible coupons in Issaquah, Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland, and decided to try the Great China Restaurant in Kirkland.

The Great China Restaurant has a fairly large menu, but being famished, we were seduced by one of their family meals. We decided to go for Family Meal “C” which came first with a choice of Egg Flower, Hot and Sour, or Wonton Soup. I chose Egg Flower and Boyfriend tried the Wonton. I liked both but the Wonton Soup was amazing- a rich, clear broth with a huge meaty wonton in it. Next, we received the appetizer plate which came with barbecued pork, two spring rolls, two fried shrimp, two pot stickers, and two chicken wings. Next, the wait staff began to bring out the entrees which included Happy Family, Sweet and Sour Prawns, Pork Fried Rice, and Chow Mein. Both the Happy Family and Chow Mein included beef, chicken, shrimp, pork, and vegetables. The Sweet and Sour sauce was lightly sweet and tangy- nothing like the day-glow pink S&S sauce that you get at most Chinese restaurants, and the prawns had a tempura-like batter on them that stayed nice and crisp.  All of this food was served with a pot of hot tea, and fortune cookies, for $16.95 each. With the Entertainment Book coupon, our total came to less than $25 with tax- that’s a steal for the amount of good food we received!

The service was very good- we were promptly brought every extra item we requested (lemon, more water, chop sticks, etc.) and the servers were attentive. We will definitely be returning to try more of their entrees- I’m a sucker for Moo Shoo Shrimp or Chicken, and Boyfriend adores Chicken Fried Rice, so I’m sure that we’ll be back the next time we have a craving for Chinese food. In the meantime, we have a TON of leftovers in the fridge that we’ll be enjoying this weekend!

Wonton and Egg Flower Soups

Wonton and Egg Flower Soups

Appetizer Plate with Barbecued Pork, Potstickers, Fried Prawns, Spring Rolls, and Chicken Wings

Appetizer Plate with Barbecued Pork, Potstickers, Fried Prawns, Spring Rolls, and Chicken Wings

Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice

Happy Family with Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Scallops, and Pork

Happy Family with Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Scallops, and Pork

Sweet and Sour Prawns

Sweet and Sour Prawns

Chow Mein with Chicken, Pork, and Shrimp

Chow Mein with Chicken, Pork, and Shrimp

3 comments to Blue Friday, Night Hiking, and New Restaurants

  • Rob

    Great photos and nice comments of Great China! My wife’s family has owned it for over 20 years. They really try hard to provide great, quality Chinese food at a reasonable price. It was a nice surprise stumbling across your blog post. Personally, I think everything on the menu is excellent, so do go back if you get the chance, and say Hi to Gennie and tell her her husband Rob, liked your blog post!

  • [...] I walked down to Whole Foods after my appointment, bought some coconut water, and sat down to wait for Boyfriend. We had packed our hiking gear in the car in anticipation of attending a Meetup event tonight.  I’ve been aware of the Meetup website for a long time now but had never attended any event. This Meetup was for the Seattle Hiking Meetup Group; they do bi-weekly conditioning hikes and then get together on weekends too. Tonight’s hike was at Poo Poo point via the Chirico Trail. [...]

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