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4~ B6 WEDNESDAY~ AUGUST 12, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspmss.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. 4~ ARTS (ALENDP t3 i6 19 AUGUST Autumn Electdc, 6- 9 p.m., Pedestrian Park, corner of Front Street and Sunset Way t4 Bob Dylan Night with Fred HopMns & The Studebakers with Jeff Childs, Tom Fain &The Litigators and Dick Crowley & Doug Browning, 7-9 p.m., Grimaldi's Seattle acoustic tdo 11re Senate, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $20, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., 391-3335 Geoffrey Castle, 7:30- 11:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424 Tralnwreek, 8-11 p.m., Stan's Bar-B-Q, 58 Front St. N., 392-4551 Collln Mulvaney & Fdends, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park 1~Summer Music Marathon at Gdmaldrs - Violet Orobos 7-9 p.m., Max Smith-Holmes 9-10 p.m., and Something About Envy 10-11 p.m. Grammy-wlnnlng duo Tingsted and Rumbel, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $20 The Cosmonauts, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Darran Motemedy, 8-11 p.m., Pegacha, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd Tiger 7.auo, 3-6 p.m., and Joel Gamble, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park Violet Oral)eras, 7-9 p.m. Grimaldi's NWCCC 55,56,57 Chevy show, 8 a.m., X~( Rootbeer Drive-in Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Vino Bella, limited seating, 391-1424 for reservations Master Chorus Eastside hosts auditions Master Chorus Eastside'is holding audi- tions in all sections for its 2009-10 season. The chorus will present holiday concerts in Sammamish and Kirkland in December, feature the music of Leonard Bernstein in March, appear at the fourth annual Leav- enworth Choral Festival and perform mu- sic for choir and organ in May at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. Its sea- son concludes next June with its popular All-American Independence Celebration, in collaboration with the Mrican-Ameri- can spirituals choir, The Sound of the Northwest, in Issaquah's historic Pickering Barn and at Kirkland Performance Center. All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music reading ability. For an audition appointment, call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 392- 8446. For more information on the cho- rus, go to www.masterchoruseastside.org. Feast your eyes on this literary cookbook BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Ever wonder what dinner with your fa- vorite author may be like? Well, you may not dine with them, but you can cook what they'd cook for them- selves, thanks to the King County Library Foundation's new book, "Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook." "The uniqueness of it makes it a won- derful gift for readers, for cooks and for people interested in both," said Jeanne Thorsen, foundation director. "I think it is something people will really enjoy and at the same time, help support literacy in our community, which people feel very strongly about." The book includes nearly 100 drink, food and dessert recipes from authors and includes 92 author profiles with their personal perspectives. The book includes recipes from the kitchens of famous local authors, like Deb Caletti, who has five fiction novels based in and around Issaquah. "It was just such an easy thing, be- cause I'm the ultimate library lover. The library, to me, is my sanctuary and the King County Library System is a sanctu- ary, plus one of the best library systems in the country. How can you not want to support it?" Caletti said. "And I owe them forever for my endless usage. I spend more hours there than anywhere else, besides my home. If I'm lost, my family knows I'm in one of the libraries." Caletti included her favorite sugar cookie recipe, handed down from her grandmother, to her mother and to her. "The recipe has been,~ my family for a long time," she said. It s one of those GET'IHE BOOK Order 'Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook' through the King County Library System Foundation link at www.thrifbooks.com/kclsf or call 369- 3448 to reserve a copy that you can pick up at the library's service center, 960 Newport Way N.W. that are stained and messy, because it's always out. It's also a dangerous recipe, because it has every bit of fat and sugar for those times when you need every bit of fat and sugar." GRANDMA-MOM'S SUGAR COOKIES By Issaquah author Deb Calettl Cream to~ther: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup butter Roll into small balls. Press with cookie press or glass bottom dipped in sugar. Add: 1 cup oil Bake in a 2 eggs, beaten 350-degree oven 2 teaspoons vanilla for 10-12 minutes. 5 cups flour ii I teaspoon soda Serves 1-12. I teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt Dob CaloHi The recipe calls for two types of sugar and plenty of butter, making it nearly a shortbread cookie, she added. But the concoctions you can cook up don't just come from local authors. See what nationally acclaimed authors, like J.A. Jance, David Baldacci, Peg Kehret and Nancy Leson, are cooking up in their kitchens, as well as local chef Tom Dou- glas, Dr. Arthur Agatston (author of the 'South Beach Diet") and Greg Atkinson, author of the "Atkinson Diet." "I was really pleased, one, with the number of authors who wanted to partici- pate -- in fact, we're starting a file for vol- tune No. 2 -- but also that other than a cookbook with someone's name and their favorite recipe, the book talks about the authors themselves and their recipes, which really personalizes it," Thorsen said. It's an easy book to cook your way through, which is what one of the li- brary's employees is doing now, she said. "I would have never imagined that a cookbook about top writers would be so illuminating and entertaining," Terry LaBrue, project author and local writer, said in a press release. It "gave me a chance to peer over their shoulders and into their lives." The book costs $22.95, plus tax and shipping, but proceeds benefit programs sponsored by the library foundation, like an eight-week Spanish literature seminar series, Study Zone tutoring help, Global Reading Challenge and Summer Reading programs for students. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Don't just fill the spot, satisfy it at Chan's Place Restaurant reviews are a regular fea- ture of The lssaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals. BY DAVID HAYES When I go out to eat lunch, unless I'm in a hurry, I like to enjoy the meal. I want my order to hit the spot, not just fill it. Consider it mission accomplished at Chaffs Place, in the Klahanie Village. The lunch menu has ample choices to not only satisfy my appetite but whet it, too. For my first foray into.the restaurant, I found very little to criticize. The d6cor featured a simple Asian motif. The back- ground music remained there -- my din- ing companion and I never had to talk over the tunes, which were, again, ap- propriate for an Asian setting. The first pleasant surprise came on the lunch menu, which features 20 choices, served with egg drop or hot and sour soup, and barbecue pork fried rice or steamed rice. Several of the choices actually came with two main entr6es. Many lunch spe- cials come with just one main entr6e. Fresh, home style menu selections Wc offer a menu to satisfy your 4 year old son to your 84 year old grandma. Great Value Generous Portions Fresh baked in-house desserts senior discounts Mt.ltt. Sboppiig CtBter open Mm - Sat 6m~u (next to QFC) 425.391.9690 %/ 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd. CHAN'S PLACE 44592 Klahanie Drive S.E., Klahanie Village, 313-8883 www.chansplaces.com 11 a.m. until 9:15 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m.- 10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Lunch menu: 11:15 a.rn.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, $6.75 - $8.95 Appetizers: $6.25 - $12.25 Family dining $12.95 - $14.75 per person; single combinations $8.50 - $14.50 per person; entr6es $9.25 - $14.95 So to get the more flavor combinations for our buck, I ordered the General Tso s chicken and Buddhist Delight -- a vege- tarian selection -- and my companion or- dered the Mongolian beef and sweet and sour pork. The pleasant surprises kept coming from there. The tea tasted full-bodied, not watered down. Even the hot and sour soup had a robust flavor unlike any other Chinese restaurant I've tried. The plate was filled to the brim. So come hungry. First, the chicken was lightly breaded but incredibly flavorful. The sauce for the veggies was delicious. So vegetarians, there's plenty for you to enjoy at Chan's. Spicy Mongolian beef arrived in a saris' ~.eg brown sauce studded with plenty of d chilies. Sweet and sour pork was crisp, in a sauce that was sweet but not cloying. Even the fried rice was tasty. In fact, every food item seemed to be prepared from a menu that drew from a different region of China. None of it was like any- thing I'd had before at other establish- ments. The best part of the meal was the effect it had on my wallet, which was negligi- ble. The meals are all under $9. I'm already salivating, thinking of re- turning for dinner. The menu is so big, Chan's offers several combination spe- cials, whether for a single person or a family, to remove the agonizing decision making process. The only shame about Chan s I could spot was that more people were not en- joying the wonderful food on a Friday payday. I'm definitely adding Chan's to my list of places that can hit the spot. 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