Taco del Mar makes a satisfying burrito. I think it is a 1/2-lb. burrito. It is filled with ingredients such as fried shrimp (my favorite), chicken, beef, etc. They also put in rice, your choice of beans (I pick refried), salsa, sauce, sour cream, guacamole, etc. You can get tasty tortilla chips with your order if you wish. I like that they have a punch card where you can get a free burrito if you buy X number of burritos. There are Taco del Mar's all through the Seattle area so you're never too far from one.
I park in this garage about 4 times per month when I am visiting downtown Seattle. I always smile when I pull up to the ticket printer because they have someone stationed there in the morning who pushes the button so you don't have to do it yourself! I feel so spoiled having the button pushed for me! The parking garage is large (I believe it goes to Level F). Rates are reasonable, at $13 for the early bird special, compared to the nearby Pacific Place garage. If you have a larger car and you want to avoid getting dinged as much as possible, you can find some spots that are either by themselves or extra-wide. The attendants are quick as you pay to leave. If you leave during rush hour, there is a traffic cop outside who whistles and gestures to you when it is safe to pull out of the garage.
It was a beautiful day here in Seattle and that meant all the area lunch shops were crowded! Subway had the longest line I'd ever seen! My husband and I ducked into the Seattle Bagel Bakery next door. Neither of us had been there. It was hot in there (in the upper 70's outside, combine that with the air conditioning being off and the fact that we were in a bakery). We both ordered the pastrami sandwich (on a bagel, of course). Though there wasn't a lot of meat on the sandwich, the meat was quite flavorful. I think the total bill was $12 for 2 people, so not cheap. Glad we tried it, though.
The Bella Bottega is one of two theatres that came to Redmond in the past 10 years or so. They show new releases. I wish there was stadium seating so the little ones could see better. At first sight, there is ample parking but when all the screens are going at once, parking fills up pretty quickly. The staff is friendly and polite, as far as theatres go. Prices are high but they all are around here.
I had a ding in my windshield that turned into a crack. Speedy Glass was the only glass place I had heard of that my insurance company recommended. I tried to get in on their mobile service but it was understandably booked. Plus, there is a 4-hour window of time for the mobile service. So I made an appointment to come in to the Bothell shop. On the phone, I had been told that it would be 1 1/2 - 2 hours but it actually only took an hour. The waiting area was quite cramped and only had two chairs, so I was grateful that it was only an hour wait! The ten free Azteca dinners they advertise is misleading because it is a buy one dinner plus two drinks, get one dinner free thing that I probably won't end up using but that's okay.
Tuesday Morning is a discount store that refreshes their inventory on - Tuesday mornings. I like to peruse the home furnishings section. They have lots of decorative items for sprucing up your home. They also have two aisles of toys and books. Sure, there is some junk but there are also interesting things as well. Two good recent finds are Breyer horses and Lincoln Logs. They already have Christmas decorations out and it makes it fun to think about the holidays.
Panda Express certainly isn't the BEST Chinese food in the world but it is not bad, either. The location of the Panda Express in Redmond can't be beat. It is located inside the Bella Bottega QFC grocery store. I can now get Chinese food, go to the bank and get groceries all within the store. The employees are friendly and efficient. I like the orange chicken (everyone else seems to as well) and the chicken with mushrooms the best! The 3-item combo seems like a little too much food most of the time so I stick with the 2-item.
I shop at Confetti Junction for party favors to put in goodie bags. They have a wide range of birthday themes and party favors. The party favors come in various prices ranges so you can get some cute things for well, not cheap but not terribly expensive either. They have lots of other things available like balloons and larger party decorations. They are located in the Bear Creek Crossing shopping area near the Fatburger. Parking can be a little tight at busy times.
Fred Meyer was truly a pioneer in one-stop shopping. My Fred Meyer has a big grocery section and it was rated a top value by the Puget Sound Consumer Checkbook magazine. The bakery department makes wonderful cakes and this is where I buy my children's birthday cakes. There is a Starbucks on the second floor. They have a large selection of clothing and often you can find clearance racks where you take an extra 40% off the lowest clearance price. There is a supervised play area where you can drop off the young ones as you shop although I have not tried that out yet.
The Little Gym offers classes that are a great way to build your child's physical skills and improve their self-esteem. Both of my kids have low muscle tone which means they have to work extra hard to do things. They both tend to fall a lot, also! It is really important for them to be involved in activities that improve their muscle tone and overall coordination. In addition to soccer, martial arts and swimming, I enrolled them in classes at the Little Gym. Classes are a bit expensive but it has been worth it. Little Gym has more of a gymnastics focus than other places you may consider like Gymboree or My Gym. It focuses more on physical strengthening than playtime. I really think this place has benefitted my kids physically.