Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Father's Day - get the ball rolling.

Father's Day is fast approaching and there is still plenty of time to plan your "day with Dad." If by any chance you are short on ideas, here are a few fail-safe possibilities that will surely be a hit.


The iGrill -  "combines standard function, technical innovation and impeccable style to produce the most complete cooking thermometer on the market today."

Equipped with long-range Bluetooth®, useful Apps and a range of amazing features, iGrill turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into your own personal Sous-Chef.



Prices range from $99 - $114.99

Comes with:


Shower and Shave - He may not buy it for himself, but believe me, Dad's do appreciate fine skin care products. You can't go wrong with Keihls. Available locally in Bellevue Square, or Nordstrom

Ultimate Man Collection

Rev up from head to toe with a collection of classic Kiehl’s formulas for men.

1. Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash 8.4 fl oz. (250 mL)

2. Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle 5.0 fl.oz. (150mL)

3. Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men  2.5 fl.oz. (125mL)

4. Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm 0.15oz (4.4g)

5. “Ultimate Man” Body Scrub Soap 3.2 oz (90g)

6. Ultimate Strength Hand Salve 1.0 fl.oz (30mL)


Backyard BBQ - Grab the gang and head outside for some seriously killer BBQ. It's Summer, after all!


Jamie Oliver's BBQ'd Scallops


A seafood delight fresh from the outdoor grill.

Put your lentils in a saucepan, add the garlic and sage, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the lentils are just cooked.

Drain the lentils in a colander and throw away the garlic and sage. Season with salt, pepper and a lug of extra virgin olive oil.

Wash your scallops and pat dry with kitchen paper. Put four scallops at a time on to wooden skewers. Starting at one end, loosely wrap three pieces of pancetta in and around them.

Place the kebabs on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season lightly. Cook on a hot barbecue for about 10 minutes, turning three or four times until they're crispy and golden on the outside and warm all the way through.

Serve with the lentils, some watercress dressed in the lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Tip: Soak wooden skewers in cold water before using to stop them catching fire on the barbie!


• 200g brown or green lentils • 1 clove of garlic • a sprig of fresh sage sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • extra virgin olive oil • 16 small fresh scallops • 12 slices of pancetta or thinly sliced streaky bacon, the best quality you can afford • olive oil • a small bunch of watercress, washed and drained • juice of 1 lemon
I will be posting more Dad-centric ideas as the weekend approaches - stay tuned for great style, office design, and more.


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