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Beef Brisket Recipe: Explore the Study of Braising at Kirkland Waterfront Restaurantphoto

Join us to celebrate an inspired culinary series that has expanded across the country within the culinary collection of Destination Hotels & Resorts. “The Study of…” highlights the in-depth exploration of specific elements that allow chefs like bin on the lake’s Chef de Cuisine Dylan Giordan to focus on their passion for pure ingredients and a variety of cooking techniques. At bin on the lake, enjoy cuisine that highlights locally-sourced ingredients that capture the bright, seasonal tastes of the Northwest with a Mediterranean influence.

As a new ingredient or technique is unveiled quarterly, chefs from the Destination Culinary Collection will explore through innovative recipes, cooking demonstrations, educational lectures and more. As "The Study of… Braising" is highlighted this winter season, Chef Dylan provides mouthwatering recipes for you to enjoy at home, or view our current menu to experience "The Study of…Braising" at our waterfront restaurant in Kirkland, Wa.

Tomato Braised Beef Brisket with Greek Style Creamed Spinach 
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Brisket Recipe Kirkland restaurant


4 # Beef brisket, trimmed, cut into 8 oz portions
2 ea Yellow onion, diced
1 c Garlic cloves, peeled
¼ c Oregano leaves
2 c White wine
8 c San Marzano peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 c Leek, chopped and soaked in water
1 # Fresh spinach
3 c Greek style yogurt
1 ea Lemon, zested
2 c Feta cheese, crumbled  
Extra virgin olive oil  
Salt and pepper

For the beef: One day ahead of cooking, season the brisket well with salt and pepper.  Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.  Preheat the oven to 325.  In a dutch oven, heat 3 T of oil and carefully place the brisket.  Cook until well browned on all sides.  You will need to work in batches; do not overcrowd the pot.  When all the beef pieces have been nicely browned, add the onion to the pot and stir.  Saute on medium heat 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, roughly chop the garlic and add it to the pot.  Add all but 2 T of the oregano leaves to the onions and garlic, along with the white wine.  Cook until the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes.  Add the crushed tomatoes and their liquid.  Bring to a boil, check for seasoning, add the beef, and stir to cover.  Place the dutch oven in the oven for 3 ½ hours, or until the beef is very tender.

For the spinach:  In a 4 quart pot over low heat, sweat the leeks with 1 T of olive oil and a pinch of salt.  The leeks will slowly release their moisture and concentrate their sweetness.  When fully translucent, add the spinach, another 2 T olive oil, another generous pinch of salt and stir.  The spinach will cook down, evaporate the moisture that exudes from the spinach.  When the water has evaporated and the spinach is soft, add the lemon zest, remaining oregano and feta.  Cook slowly until the flavors combine, about 5 minutes. 

To serve:  divide the spinach among 6 warmed, wide bowls.  Place a portion of  brisket in each bowl, topped a couple of spoonfuls of tomato braising liquid. 

Serves 6

We welcome you to join us at the Woodmark’s Kirkland waterfront restaurant near Seattle. In addition to an extensive wine list and in-depth exploration of the cooking technique of braising, discover new menu items cultivated from fresh, local ingredients!

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Lakeside Holiday Dining in Kirkland, Washington

The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Washington is celebrating the holiday season with exquisite lakeside holiday dining. Leave the cooking (& the dishes) to us! Round up family and friends and join us at the Beach Café or bin on the lake restaurant. Our chefs have designed holiday menus and offerings to make your holiday a special experience.  

Kirkland Holiday Dining

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dining
At bin on the lake wine bar & restaurant, combine holiday sentiment with delicious cuisine. On Christmas Eve & Christmas Day enjoy stunning waterfront views and a special pre-fixe menu from 5:00 PM -9:00 PM. Reserve a table by calling 425-803-5595 or book your table online.

On Christmas Day, enjoy an over-the-top decadent brunch buffet at the Beach Café! For $38 per adult and $18 per child, the buffet is offered from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Book your reservations in advance by calling 425-889-0303.

New Year's Eve in Kirkland, Washington
Enjoy a specially crafted pre-fixe menu designed by Chef Dylan Giordan at bin on the lake for only $65 per person. From mouthwatering offerings like seared scallops with lobster-watercress salad and black truffle risotto cake, to decadent desserts like hazelnut ice cream and rich dark chocolate - make your evening memorable by joining us at bin on the lake. Beach Café will be viewing New York City's traditional Times Square Countdown and ball drop at 9pm with a complimentary Champagne Toast for diners. Come back in the morning for ‘Hair of the Dog’ specials that feature favorite comfort foods and cocktail offerings.

Happy Holidays!

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Guide to Restful Sleep from Kirkland Spaphoto

A favorite shortcut to youthfulness and mental clarity is:  SLEEP.  Too little sleep causes accelerated aging, decreased alertness, fatigue, and memory lapses. With focus on restful sleep and rejuvenation, you'll find many benefits from correcting your sleep habits.

Kirkland Medispa

My top two wonders of good sleep are:

1) Our bodies go into overhaul to repair injuries and also grow normal tissues.

2)  Our bodies produce the majority of our Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which allows us to maintain our strength and endurance.

The above benefits occur for ‘a part’ of every 90 minutes that we sleep.  Those 90 minute intervals are our sleep cycles.  Starting out light, we go into deeper sleep where the repair we need can happen.  Then our sleep gets lighter again.  We might wake, and start sleeping over and over again.

How much sleep is right for you?  It can vary.  Before the invention of the light bulb people slept, on average, 10 hours.  8 hours +/- is a good starting point.  The sleep cycles last about 90 minutes, and it would be great to have 5 or more of them to get your HGH and tissue regeneration.

An enemy of sleep can be SLEEP APNEA.  What may disguise itself as ‘snoring’ may be multiple bouts of choking/waking/ then falling asleep up to every minute or more.   Can you figure why that is bad?  You will never get to produce your HGH or other repairs, because you never get 90 minutes into a sleep cycle.  You only get a minute of sleep at a time.  This can be lethal.  Victims of sleep apnea will feel more tired after sleeping.  This is because of the lack of oxygen due to stopping breathing so much.

Sleep can have some other challenges.  Difficulty falling asleep.   Difficulty staying asleep.  Waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep. 

Some tricks to aid in falling asleep:  Cut out caffeine by 5pm.  Don’t read books, or watch TV/computers/or other lit screen devices before bed (the light of the screens use a blue wave that simulates sunlight and starts our brains on a Morning Cycle when we should be on a night cycle).  Don’t exercise before bed (heating up the body keeps it awake). 

My favorite aid:  Have a small notepad and pen on your nightstand.  When a problem comes to mind, write it down, then forget about it.  You can fall asleep with confidence that you will take care of that problem later.

About Mark Hughes, L.M.P.
Mark is a Seattle native.  In 1993 he received his license in Massage Therapy.  His experience ranges from medical/injury recover work to restful relaxation work.  In his spare time he travels the country to compete in recreational softball tournaments.  He also enjoys learning foreign languages, currently Japanese and Korean.

About Northwest Face Spa at the Woodmark
Our medical spa at the Kirkland boutique hotel specializes in pampering, renewal, and flawless skin. Conveniently located at Carillon Point in Kirkland, Washington, the Northwest Face Spa at the Woodmark features advanced licensed aestheticians, massage therapists and nail technicians to optimize your spa experience. With both aesthetic and medical treatments, rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit at our Kirkland medi spa.

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Waterfront Hotel Celebrates the Holiday Christmas Ships in Kirkland, Washington

We invite you to celebrate the holiday season at the Woodmark Hotel near Bellevue, Washington! Start by booking your holiday getaway with one of our Kirkland holiday packages. From our Holiday Spa Package highlighting services at Northwest Face Spa to our New Year’s Eve Package, we’ve planned to make your holiday season as exciting and stress-free as possible. Learn more about our holiday packages and hotel special offers near Seattle.

Visit Carillon Point Plaza to celebrate the holiday season! Starting November 27th, bring the whole family to experience our bright 18-foot Christmas tree, beautiful holiday lights, and Santa’s sleigh for photo ops (photographer not provided).

Carillon Point Presents Christmas Ship Celebration
at the Woodmark Hotel

Watch the awe-inspiring Argosy Cruise’s Christmas Ships! Each holiday season our guests enjoy watching the glittering ships pass by our waterfront hotel. Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 15th from 4 PM - 6 PM to experience this Northwest tradition your family won't want to miss! Bundle up as we gather along the shoreline to view the sparkling Christmas ships when they stop to serenade the Woodmark Hotel.

To spread the cheer we have invited traditional Dickens Carolers to kick-off the evening. Enjoy an authentic holiday experience with a horse drawn carriage ride throughout Carillon Point. Or choose to warm up with a Roast & Toast featuring Woodmark’s cozy fire pits and complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. S’mores kits and spirits will be available for purchase. Cheers!

Christmas Ship Celebration
Sunday, December 15th
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Carillon Point Plaza Kirkland, Washington 

The Woodmark Hotel is excited to share the holiday fun with our guests and the community. Join us and build new family traditions this season at Carillon Point in Kirkland, Washington.

Happy Holidays!

Video: Christmas Ships in Kirkland, Washington 2012

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Lakeside Holiday Party Venue near Bellevue, Washington

Take advantage of the Woodmark Hotel’s stunning waterfront event spaces in Kirkland, Washington for your holiday party this year. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with a company party or hosting another special occasion, leave the details to us and create lasting memories by throwing a soirée everyone will remember.

The trees are trimmed, the chestnuts are roasted, and the candles are all aglow. Your team has worked hard this year and deserves to celebrate in style at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington. For an afternoon or evening, turn off the phones and turn on the merriment!

Savor the best of the season with Executive Chef Matthew Steffen’s holiday inspirations. Enjoy some winter nostalgia crafted with modern twists for your sumptuous feast. With several event spaces that can accommodate up to 200 guests, enjoy unparalleled views of the lake as you celebrate with friends and family. Also, ask about bin on the lake restaurant - a perfect dining option and space for large parties. From the Woodmark’s table to yours, best wishes for a joyous holiday season and prosperity in the new year!

Consider planning your event this January and skip the holiday bustle! Contact Woodmark Sales & Catering professionals at 425-827-1986 to start planning your holiday event this season. Learn More

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