Connie Blumenthal

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

Bis on Main, A Birthday, BMW's, & the Barrier's

Last night, we were the guests of Patty & Jimmy Barrier at the always fabulous Bis on Main (Zagat Rated) in Bellevue to celebrate the birthdays of our dear friends, Kjell Schei and Keely Jared who are engaged to be married in January, 2012.  Patty brought great wine to share including a 1998 Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux and a 1999 Col Solare, plus guest gifts and for their birthdays, relationship advice books (?!) for Kjell and Keely.

True to form, the meal was fantastic. I enjoyed the delicious troll-caught salmon with a buerre blanc sauce while Ken had a great New York steak with garlic mashed potatoes (their risotto is also one to take note of - superb).  Kjell ordered one of my all-time favorite menu items, which is their garlic chicken.  Jimmy struck the jackpot by asking for extra vegetables with his salmon and was rewarded with a heaping plate of the fattest whole sweet peas in pods that I have ever seen.  Jimmy shared, and not surprisingly, they were unbelievably good. 

Joe Vilardi with new Bis on Main Cookbook
Bis on Main owner, Joe Vilardi, was leaving the parking lot when Jimmy and Patty pulled in just in time to see him driving away in his BMW.  Barrier Motors represents many dealerships (Mercedes,PorscheAudi and Volvo), but BMW is not one of them.  When Joe arrived back at the restaurant at the end of our dinner, we included a picture of him with our group along with Tim Shea, Restaurant Manager.  Joe looks a bit sheepish after all the kidding he received about his choice of "wheels." 

Joe also showed us his new Bis on Main cookbook which has recently been published.  I haven't had a chance to look through it yet, but am looking forward to it.

Another great evening with friends!  Thank you Patty & Jimmy!


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