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Why Wine? Reasons a Glass a Day in Kirkland Can Be Good for You

We have all been told that wine is good for us but we always thought it was just an excuse to drink more of it right? Well actually we are finding now that though it may have been an excuse originally, now a glass of wine a day actually has many health benefits. These benefits all reflect drinking in moderation of course...

There is a polyphenol compound in wine called resveratrol that scientists have actually found to to have anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. All of these can be good for your health especially as you age. Red wine is especially high in this compound so if you have the choice, go red.

At bin on the lake, we have a vast amount of wines that you can try to find one you may like to enjoy once a day. To read our extensive wine list visit We offer wines by the bottle, glass, and flight so you enjoy Happy Hour with us (which we always would love to have you for) or take a bottle to enjoy at your home which can be just as good.

At bin on the lake, we are always looking for vintage and unique wines that can't be found anywhere else. We recently partnered with Bordeaux Wine Locators and Grand Vin Wine Merchants to provide Bordeaux and vintage wines that we have not had before. We are celebrating this partnership with a wine dinner on October 29th at 6:30 pm in our restaurant hosted by three special guests who will be coming all the way from France to personally deliver the wines and speak about the properties they represent.

The guests include:

  • Betsy Reynard of Canon La Gaffelière (St Emilion) and Branaire Ducru (St Julien)
  • Thibaut Decoster of Clos des Jacobins (St Emilion)
  • Guillaume Roi of Château Marsau (Côtes de Francs)

Tickets are available at

Interested in coming by for a glass of wine or for dinner? Call 425.889.0303 for a table or make a reservation online at

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Give Your Waist a Break: Top Five Things to Look for When You’re Out to Eat near Seattle

When we go out to eat, most of us accept we won’t be eating very healthy for that meal. This is what many call a “cheat meal”, but honestly it can turn to a “cheat day” or even longer if you’re not careful. We encourage our patrons to enjoy their dining experience, but also be mindful of their health when eating out near Seattle. This is why I have put together a list of the top ten things you should always look for when eating out. If you’re near Seattle, our menu has many of these options built in. 

Here is the list to help you make your next time dining out a healthy experience:

5. Forget the high fat appetizers

  • Onion Blossoms, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Cheese Fries, and Shrimp Cocktail among many others may sound healthy but can definitely be avoided. Instead, try plant based appetizers for fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

4. Look for dishes with lean protein

  • These will help satiate your appetite and keep your portion control correct. These include fish, beans, chicken, and lean pork. This can be in your appetizer or entrée.

3.  Avoid Creamy Dips, Especially Mayo Based

  • Try to avoid the creamy dips altogether. Also, always try to dip veggies rather than crackers or bread to receive much more nutritional value from the dish.

2. Eat only ½ to ¾ or the oversized portions and take the rest home for later

  • Have you ever looked at serving sizes? Almost nothing is presented in its actual serving size anymore. Even big portions of healthier food can be counterproductive. Eat some of the portions given and save the rest for later.

1. Most importantly…Plan Ahead!

All in all, going out to eat is a time to enjoy not worrying about your choices the entire time. If you plan ahead that it will be your “cheat meal,” go ahead and enjoy yourself! When you’re near Seattle, check out bin on the lake for a chance to be healthy and enjoy a meal out. We can help you do both!

Ready to go out for a meal near Seattle? Make reservations at bin on the lake here

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