Monday, August 30, 2010

El Gaucho® Bellevue Introduces New Line-Up of “Medicinal” Cocktails

El Gaucho Bellevue’s Medicinal Cocktails (L to R) Pain Killer, Remember Me and Gin Zing

Mixologists Put a Unique Twist on El Gaucho’s Inventive Cocktail Menu

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(August 30, 2010)— “To your health!” is a universal toast when raising a convivial glass, but El Gaucho Bellevue has gone one better: They’ve introduced cocktails designed both to be delicious and to do the body good, by bringing ancient herbal remedies into the mix.

Created by El Gaucho’s Lead Bartender Chris Leroy and the skilled mixology team, four new cocktails have been added to the swanky steakhouse’s innovative bar program. These will spotlight such mood-enhancing herbs as ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort and skullcap.

“Bars everywhere have begun to feature ingredients such as housemade bitters, infused spirits and syrups, ginger brews and more to enhance flavor profiles. With all the stress that people deal with these days, I thought I would take the trend a step further and combine it with the healing properties of natural herbs and tinctures, which have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to great effect,” says Chris LeRoy.

New medicinal cocktails, all $14, include* (see note below):

Remember Me: Cachaça, honey syrup, lime, gingko biloba

This cocktail blends gingko biloba (thought to enhance memory and to alleviate altitude sickness and premenstrual symptoms) with cachaça (for energy), honey syrup (for healing and immunity as well as sweetness) and lime (a powerful antioxidant and scurvy cure).

Gin Zing: Boodles gin, triple sec, lemon, honey syrup, ginseng

Asian ginseng (Panax Ginseng) is considered to be an energizer for the entire body, partially attributable to the human shape of the ginseng root. In addition to being an energy tonic and physical and emotional stress reducer, it is used to treat everything from common colds to diabetes to erectile dysfunction.

Pain Killer: Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon, cucumber, St. John’s Wort

Popularly known as “nature’s Prozac,” St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) has been used for millennia, most widely as a treatment for mild depression as it increases levels of serotonin in the brain.

Stress Reliever: Calvados, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, pear liqueur, lemon, ginger, medicinal blend

The medicinal blend contains 20 calming herbs, including skullcap, (Scutelleria Lateriflora) whose powerful sedative properties are used to treat a range of nervous conditions. Ginger calms the stomach and alleviates symptoms of the common cold.

Cocktails as medicine have a long history. Distilled spirits such as vodka and gin were considered to be “medicinal” when first introduced; hot toddies and the unlikely combination of whiskey, milk and butter are old remedies to soothe a sore throat; nineteenth-century New Orleans apothecary Antoine Peychaud mixed his curative bitters into brandy, which became the classic Sazerac.

Quips LeRoy, “Each cocktail contains half the recommended daily dose of the featured herb, so I suggest that guests take two and call me in the morning. And the next time your doctor asks if you drink alcohol, tell them ‘yes, but strictly for medicinal purposes.’”

*The Fine Print: Herb tinctures are pre-made by expert herbalists at Herb Pharma and are added to the cocktails by El Gaucho’s mixologists, who have carefully devised these recipes to contain ingredients well within accepted usage levels. However, people are reminded that some of these substances are considered powerful drugs in their own right that can also interfere with other medications.

El Gaucho® is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant, old school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. The menu highlights 28-Day Dry-Aged Certified Angus Beef® Prime steaks, cutting-edge fresh seafood selections from sustainable sources, and extensive wine and single malt scotch lists. El Gaucho offers intimate private dining and nightly live music. El Gaucho Bellevue is located at the City Center Plaza at 450 108th Ave. N.E. For more information on the Bellevue location, please call (425) 455-2715 or visit

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Twitter: @ElGauchoSteak

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A Votre Santé!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bellevue Fashion Week Discussed on "Chat With Women"

"Vogue" Special Events & Marketing Director Anne Vincent was on Chat with Women this morning discussing Bellevue Fashion Week. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast where she discusses upcoming trends for this fall and Bellevue Fashion Week, August 25-29!

Tickets for Bellevue Fashion Week are still available. (VIP Shopping Night $25; Front Row Fashion General Admission $75). To purchase tickets, visit

More info on Bellevue Fashion Week:

More about Chat With Women: Listen to the Chat With Women Radio Show 5 days a week - airing LIVE Monday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on KKNW 1150 AM, King County, WA.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The SunBreak Writes About Cafe Flora's Cocktails on the Patio
The SunBreak's Michael van Baker writes about sampling cocktails on Cafe Flora's patio. Visit Cafe Flora to try one of their tasty cocktails like the one below! Check out the article here:

Peach Daiquiri

2 oz peach infused light rum

3/4 oz lime juice

1/4 oz simple

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into martini glass with brandied cherry garnish.

It's Not Too Late!!! Join El Gaucho Bellevue for the Brews and Q’s Patio Party
Friday, August 27, 2010 l 5:30pm - 7:30pm

$65 inclusive of tax and gratuity
Includes validated self-parking, up to three hours in garage

The patio will be rockin’ to the likes of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams as we fire up the BBQ and
pour some Brews by Mac and Jacks, Bulleit Bourbon Old Fashioned and Soft Tail Vodka Martini’s. Chef Steve Cain
will be manning the Q and serving up some classic BBQ nourishment for the soul.

Mac and cheese bites
Fried okra with Remoulade dipping sauce
Roquefort bruschetta with roasted grapes and thyme
Heirloom tomato salad
Roasted sweet corn chipotle honey butter
Barbecued chicken molasses with Bourbon glaze
Barbecued beef brisket, with original 1951 El Gaucho barbeque sauce
Grilled Alaskan salmon with citrus herb garlic butter
And much more…

Call 425.455.2715 for reservations!

Fall Trends Previewed on New Day Northwest

"Vogue" Special Events & Marketing Director Anne Vincent was on New Day Northwest this morning discussing Bellevue Fashion Week. Preview the top trends for fall by watching the TV segment below and visit to find out more about Bellevue Fashion Week, August 25-29!

Tickets for Bellevue Fashion Week are still available. (VIP Shopping Night $25; Front Row Fashion General Admission $75). To purchase tickets, visit

Monday, August 23, 2010

Winery Words Shares Otis Kenyon Wine's Mysterious Family History

Check out the video posted on Winery Words ( about Otis Kenyon Wine's family history!

New Video Helps Guests Find El Gaucho Bellevue

Where in the World is El Gaucho® Bellevue?
New Awning and Location Video Help Guests Find Swanky Eastside Steakhouse

BELLEVUE, Wash.—(August 23, 2010)— The cat’s out of the bag. Despite all efforts to keep El Gaucho Bellevue’s ( location a sworn secret, it has become considerably easier to spot downtown Bellevue’s finest steakhouse.

A brand new awning now heralds El Gaucho’s location at 450 108th Ave. N.E. in the 26-story City Center Plaza. Since opening in November 2008, the Bellevue fine dining restaurant has largely been regarded as an upscale, members-only club by in-the-know Eastsiders and Microsofters occupying the same building.

“We’ve held on to our air of location exclusivity for long enough. After nearly two years, we had to break it to our Microsoft regulars that after all the new signage was put in they wouldn’t be the only ones able to find us,” quips Chad Mackay, COO of Mackay Restaurant Group.

The El Gaucho Bellevue homepage also now features a video that shows people how to drive in off of 108th Ave. N.E. and transition from underground parking to the restaurant on the main level. Until recently, there had been no signs at the street, along the unobtrusive driveway entrance, in the garage or elevators, or even on the door in the lobby: No wonder El Gaucho was harder to find than Jimmy Hoffa.

Finally, at long last, there is signage.

(Ironically enough, even such geography experts as UPS, Google Maps and the Bellevue Fire Department couldn’t pinpoint the Bellevue steakhouse. El Gaucho had to negotiate with the City of Bellevue—with the full and unconditional support of the fire department—to be assigned a dedicated street address.)

“It took a long time to sort out the details, but we’re thrilled to finally have our signage in place. We’re confident that once guests have managed to find the way here the first time, they’ll never, ever forget how to come back,” concludes Mackay.

El Gaucho® is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant, old school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives. The menu highlights 28-Day Dry-Aged Certified Angus Beef® Prime steaks, cutting-edge fresh seafood selections from sustainable sources, and extensive wine and malt scotch lists. El Gaucho offers intimate private dining and nightly live music. El Gaucho Bellevue is located at the City Center Plaza at 450 108th Ave. N.E. For more information on the Bellevue location, please call (425) 455-2715 or visit

Follow El Gaucho Online
Twitter: @ElGauchoSteak

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Media Contact: Andrea Courtney
Randall PR / (206) 624-5757

Friday, August 20, 2010



Social Media Site Gears Up for Launch by Offering Clues to Hidden Cash When Facebook Fan Page Receives 1,500 “Likes”


SEATTLE, Wash.—(August 19, 2010)—Check every park bench in Seattle: There could be $500 beneath one of them., a social media website connecting consumers with local businesses, is giving away $500 cash when the Facebook fan page reaches 1,500 “likes.” Become a fan at and be on the lookout for clues leading to the winning park bench on the Facebook page.


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· wrazz has begun posting and will continue to post clues about the location of the bench on the Facebook page.

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Media Contact: Andrea Courtney

Randall PR / (206) 624-5757

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Waterfront Seafood Grill's Hootenanny Pictures

Check out the pictures from Waterfront Seafood Grill's 10th Anniversary & Summer Hootenanny on our facebook!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Check out Eric Rivera's blog-post about Armondo's!

Thanks to Eric Rivera for writing a great review of Armondo's Cafe Italiano in Renton!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Congratulations to Cafe Flora being awarded Best Vegetarian Restaurant by Seattle Weekly!

Seattle Weekly wrote a short but very sweet review on why Cafe Flora is the best Vegetarian restaurant in the city for their "Best of Award."

Check it out!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Eastside Uptown Girl posts about Armondo's on Seattle PI Blog

Eastside Uptown Girl, Trisha Nerney, recently tried Armondo's new menu. Here's what she had to say about the 25-year-old, Renton Italian restaurant!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wine Storage Bellevue Holds Giveaway for 2 Tickets to Pour on the Plaza, Sat. Aug 14 (a $190 value)

Come in to Wine Storage Bellevue from now until end of day Thursday and fill out an entry form for a chance to win two tickets to El Gaucho's Pour on the Plaza on Saturday, August 14. Tickets are $95 each, so don't miss this chance to get TWO tickets for free!

Participants must fill out an entry form in person. Winners will be drawn end of day Thursday and will be contacted by Wine Storage Bellevue.

Wine Store Bellevue is located at 1614 118th Avenue SE, Bellevue, adjacent to I-405.
Wine Storage Bellevue offers secure climate-controlled, state-of-the-art all-steel storage lockers for valued wine collections of all sizes. Prices begin at $24 per month. Rental includes use of the generously appointed 1,000-square-foot Wine Resource Center and Tasting Room, equipped with a computer and internet access. Wine Storage Bellevue is situated inside Stor-House Self Storage, located at 1614 118th Avenue SE, Bellevue, Washington. Locker Room open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Wine Resource Center open 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., or by special appointment. For more information call (425) 453-2242 visit

About Pour on the Plaza:
Taking place from 2 to 5 p.m., Pour on the Plaza will once again be held on the City Center Plaza’s expansive, grassy outdoor area, in the heart of downtown Bellevue’s Financial District located at 450 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue. Cost is $95 per person and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (425) 255-2715 or by visiting the reservations page here. Validated self-parking is available in City Center Plaza Garage. The event benefits Room to Read. Guests must be 21 years or older.

The gifted jazz guitarist and vocalist Brian Nova will lend his smooth, jazzy vibe to the event.

Partnering Northwest wineries include:

Alexandria Nicole Cellars (
Andrew Will (
Barons V (
Col Solare (
Darby Winery (
DeLille Cellars (
Domaine Drouhin (
Domaine Serene (
Dunham Cellars (
Elevation Cellars (
Fidelitas (
Gorman Winery (
Lachini Vineyards (
L’Ecole (
Long Shadows (
Mark Ryan Winery (
Northstar (
Novelty Hill (
Pepper Bridge (
Sparkman Cellars (
Stevens Winery (
Va Piano Vineyards (
Woodhouse Family Cellars (
Woodward Canyon (

El Gaucho will offer an array of appetizers, including its signature 28-day Certified Angus Beef®. Additional partnering restaurants include:

Grand Cru (
Palomino (
Wild Ginger (

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wasabi Prime Recaps Wine Storage Bellevue's Opening Party

Take a look at the gorgeous photos and recap of Wine Storage Bellevue's opening party on the Wasabi Prime Blog:

More info:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Down Under Answers' Lake Eyre trip written about in Travel Agent Central

Travel Agent Central recently posted about Down Under Answers' vacation package to see Australia's largest lake fill for the first time in nearly a century. This unique world-wonder of the Lake Eyre Basin is an 11 night trip for $6,099 per person (based on double occupancy).

To read more about it, check out the post:

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Woodinville Wine Update Posts about Wine Storage Bellevue

Shona Milne of the Woodinville Wine Update came to the Wine Storage Bellevue opening last month. Check out her pictures and write up about the Eastside's newest wine storage facility:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Armondo's mentioned in Seahawks video

Armondo’s is mentioned in this video as a place to eat for visitors during Renton’s Seahawks Training Camp! Check it out and be sure to order off their new menu starting Aug 6th!

Kerryn Cook from Down Under Answers gives tips on

Check out Vice President of Down Under Answers Kerryn Cook’s traveling tips in the article The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Alone!

Social Times and Zippy Cart write about Seattle wrazz launch

Learn more about wrazz, a daily deals site, launching to the Seattle Market this August:

Social Times-

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KOMO News, Agent@Home and Luxury TA Post About Down Under Answers' Newest Member, Jason Mesnick

Former ABC Bachelor, Jason Mesnick recently joined award-winning travel specialist, Down Under Answers, as the Business Development Manager for Australia, New Zealand and Africa travel. Below is some press coverage detailing his job duties:

KOMO Kirkland Community News-


Luxury Travel Advisor-

Jason will be online for an hour most weekdays at noon discussing travel-related topics on a new blog called He will blog his must-visit locales, controversial travel issues, vacation video tips and details about his upcoming destinations.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Renton Reporter Details New Menu at Armondo's in Renton

The Renton Reporter ran a fantastic piece on all the exciting changes happening at Armondo's Cafe Italiano. Check out Susan Bressler's column for detailed description of some of the new dishes on the seasonally-changing menu, information on the family-style dining concept and a bit about the new Executive Chef Tom Small:

Armondo's new menu rolls out August 6th.

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Video of Waterfront Seafood Grill's 10th Anniversary & Summer Hootenanny

Last Thursday was Waterfront Seafood Grill's 10th Anniversary and Summer Hootenanny event. With sun shining on the beautiful outdoor deck overlooking Elliott Bay, live music from the Dusty 45s, fantastic Washington wines being poured, and delicious vittles from Executive Chef Peter Levine, the evening was spectacular!

Check out the video below that recaps some of the event:

Cheers to Waterfront Seafood Grill's 10th Anniversary!