Weekend Stay and Play at Little Creek Resort

Fifteen minutes south of Olympia is a wonderful weekend escape.

As you approach Little Creek Casino and Resort, you are sure to notice that you and the property are surrounded by nature. You are then greeted by the warmth of the lodge-like hotel, with 1,200 newly renovated and well-appointed rooms.

Whether you are an avid golfer or just starting out, check out Salish Cliffs, the par-72 championship course that has won accolades in Golfweek magazine. The beautifully treated course will test your golf skills while exciting your senses as you traverse over 300 acres of lush bentgrass tees, fairways and greens. With stunning elevation changes and terrain, the cartonly course is challenging yet fun for all golfers.

After enjoying nature on the course, you can settle in for some food at the golf course restaurant. Salish Cliffs Grill has plenty of options for you to savor. The resort also includes the Squaxin Island Seafood Bar where fresh, locally sourced oysters are prepared in front of you, and the Island Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When it comes to relaxation, the on-site Seven Inlets Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments to choose from. The massage therapies, organic facials and body treatments incorporate Native American influences and healing elements to soothe the mind and awaken the spirit.

With golf, gaming, dining and spa all with a focus on hospitality, Little Creek Casino and Resort makes a great weekend away of play. “We offer a unique entertainment experience here and we invite guests to experience it for themselves,” says Jim Gibson, head of marketing.

For a destination weekend and a unique entertainment experience combined with warm customer service, Little Creek invites you to escape from the day-to-day and live a little.

For Additional Information
91 West State Route 108, Shelton
800.667.7711
little-creek.com

Senior Wellness: Tips for Health this Spring

Most people, especially seniors, tend to slow down during the winter, so spring—when nature is waking up again—is the perfect time to get moving. Whether you’re living independently, living in a senior community, living with a family member or caring for one, these spring health tips are sure to rejuvenate and inspire.

“Spring up” your diet by eating foods fertile in the spring season as a healthy way to shed those winter pounds naturally. Foods that are in season during the spring include leafy greens, strawberries, baby asparagus, and seasonal fish and shellfish.

To keep your body running at peak performance, it needs regular maintenance: a spring tune-up, so to speak. Dr. Lu Gao, board-certified internist at Pacific Medical Centers, offers the following tips:

  1. Keep warm as the season transitions from winter to spring. Even as temperatures start to rise, it’s important not to switch to spring/summer garments until outdoor temperatures stabilize.
  2. If you’re no fan of ice and snow, your whole world may expand once the spring sun settles in and thaws out the land. Stay active with daily outdoor exercises, ranging from 30 to 45 minutes. Moderate physical exercises are best to keep your heart rate at a safe range of 40–50 percent. These activities may include brisk walking or gardening, easily fitting into your daily routine.
  3. Be careful of obstacles to prevent falls both inside the house and outdoors. To be extra-cautious, use aids like walking sticks or canes whenever appropriate and possible. It is also important to ensure that footwear is securely on and supportive of your feet.
  4. Springtime can mean the beginning of allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, take or continue your allergy medications, and be aware of pollen exposure during springtime. Pollen counts are the highest between 5 and 10 a.m., so try to reduce excessive exposure during that time frame by staying inside, wearing a mask or taking antihistamines.
  5. Stay hydrated. As we age, our ability to notice thirst may decrease, so it’s important to keep an eye on water intake, especially when you’ve been outdoors in the sun.
  6. Stay up to date on immunizations and other health screenings.

When your body is tired and your joints are sore, finding the motivation to be active is easier said than done. Even the smallest steps, however, can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Start with just one or two of these health tips and work your way up from there.

https://www.pacificmedicalcenters.org/who-we-are/lu-gao/

KELLY LENIHAN

Treating Pain/Reducing Risk of Opioid Abuse

If you’ve ever undergone a surgical or dental procedure, your doctor may have prescribed an opioid, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, or morphine, to reduce your pain. Properly used, these drugs can be very effective. Improper use, however, can negatively affect the reward center in the brain, eventually leading to addiction.

Responsible prescribing and use of opioids is important to the physicians at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. “We want to minimize pain for people after surgery and treat their chronic pain as well as we can, while also leading the way in educating the community about new prescribing guidelines and limits, and why they’ve been introduced,” explains Dr. Douglas Taylor, who is board-certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain management.

When an individual undergoes a procedure at Olympia Orthopaedics, says Taylor, a key conversation that takes place is about expected pain after the procedure and the treatment for that pain. “We stress that prescribed opioids are to be used as a rescue medication in times when pain is really severe,” he says. Patients are encouraged to use alternative methods for pain control. These may include icing the area, using pain patches or taking over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen. Also commonly used during surgery are nerve blocks, which can minimize pain for up to several days, says Taylor.

Prescribing smaller quantities of opioid medications means that fewer pills end up left over and at risk of getting into the wrong hands. “People with opioid addiction often report that they started with prescription medicines that were in the home of a family member who’d recently had surgery,” says Taylor. “We’re trying to minimize this chance by reducing the amount [of drugs] that get into the community in the first place.”

Olympia Orthopaedic physicians employ many pain treatments, including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy and injection therapies. “We are dedicated to helping our patients heal and minimizing their pain in safe and appropriate ways,” says Taylor.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
3901 Capital Mall Dr SW, Olympia
360.709.6230
olyortho.com

Fresh from the Farm: Get Your Share

South Sound residents are lucky to have an abundance of farmers markets in the local area. Nearly every day of the week, you can connect with local agricultural producers throughout Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties. They offer high-quality produce and other locally sourced products like honey, flowers, eggs and meat. And to become truly part of the regional agricultural system, you can enroll in a farm share program.

Much like your Netflix or magazine subscription, a Community Supported Agriculture farm share connects you directly to the source of fresh, seasonal produce chosen for you by your local farmer. Often referred to as farm boxes, CSA shares are offered in a variety of sizes based on the number of people in a household. They are typically available June through October, but some farms go year round. A few farms offer egg and flower shares as well.

Farm boxes can be picked up at the farm, at local drop points such as office buildings or front porches, and even at farmers markets. Members often get additional perks such as custom recipes based on the weekly delivery or opportunities to harvest items on the farm, such as flowers or herbs.

If you opt for picking up weekly at the farm, you get to watch plants develop from sprouting to harvest. You get the chance to reconnect with our region’s agrarian roots.

Farmers benefit greatly from having shareholders, and you help farmers stay viable, thus increasing your support of the local food supply. When you commit to eating in season by subscribing to a CSA, you can be sure that you are making a healthy choice for both yourself and the community.

HILLARY RYAN

For Additional Information
pugetsoundfresh.org/find-csa
farmerspal.com/region/washington

Managing Cholesterol is Important at Every Age

New guidelines recently released by the American Heart Association stress the importance of taking a lifetime approach to managing cholesterol levels as a way to minimize the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. The new guidelines offer a more personalized approach to assessing individual risk and developing a treatment plan, according to Dr. Marina Jansen, a cardiologist and an AHA Go Red for Women ambassador.

Atherosclerosis—the buildup of fat and cholesterol-filled plaques inside the arteries—begins in young adulthood, Jansen explains. Smoking, high blood pressure and high blood sugar are well-established risk factors used for calculating a person’s 10-year risk for developing heart disease. But it is now recommended, Jansen continues, that physicians also consider “risk-enhancing factors.” These include family history and other health conditions, such as inflammatory diseases, chronic kidney disease and a history of complicated pregnancies.

“Lifestyle changes of diet modifications, weight control and exercise are always step one in treating elevated cholesterol,” says Jansen. For patients at higher risk, a cholesterol-reducing drug called a statin can be prescribed. Statins can reduce cholesterol up to 50 percent by blocking an enzyme in the liver. Global and U.S. studies have suggested the optimal level of LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol that contributes to atherosclerosis, should be less than 100 mg/dL for otherwise healthy people.

Cholesterol management is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Other factors include not smoking, getting plenty of exercise, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, and controlling blood pressure and blood sugar.

Adults should discuss their risk of heart disease with their physician to determine the most appropriate treatment options. The new guidelines also recommend screening for children, particularly if there is a family history of heart attack or stroke. Your child’s pediatrician can determine the best age to begin screening, which involves a simple blood test.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information
American Heart Association
1142 Broadway, Tacoma
253.240.3310
heart.org

Trend Report – Spring 2019

If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolutions, they have become solid habits. And what goes better with new habits than a fresh wardrobe? Reward yourself for your hard work! Get ready for a new season by adding some of these new trends to your wardrobe this spring.

Classic Cardi

Cardigans are having a moment in the spotlight. The fashion classic will never go out of style but occasionally it does come more sharply into focus. This season it is a trend that is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Buttoned up or open, oversized or fitted, this staple piece is now being seen with new design details to make it more modern. It’s easy to wear to the office and perfect for date night.

Sweet Sorbet

When it comes to spring color palettes, pastels are anything but revolutionary. In fact, we expect the parade of lilac, mint green and baby pink when the weather starts to warm up. This season, designers are incorporating pastels’ more saturated sisters—sorbet hues—into their looks.

Crochet Creations

Styles debuting this spring feature crochet in fashions as varied as pullovers and provocative dresses. These easy-to-wear items can be dressed up or down. Chic and effortless, crochet is statement-making without being loud. This is a far cry from anything you would have found in your grandmother’s wardrobe.

Ballet Is Back

The romantic, whimsical look and feel of the ballet flat inspired a redo of the classic shoe and led to a new array of pumps. The dancewear staple made its way onto the runway and into our fashion lineup in a way that is easy to incorporate into any wardrobe. This season’s looks are comfortable and versatile. Pair flats with a breezy sundress or a tailored suit for a look that is poised and polished.

ANDREA LERUM

Timeless Kitchen Design

Sixty-nine percent of homes for sale list the kitchen as a major selling point, compared with 49 percent for the bedroom and 21 percent for the living room. The kitchen is a communal space, where guests and family members meet first thing in the morning for breakfast and late into the night with a few drinks. By including a luxury kitchen in your home, you will sell your property an average 8 percent faster than other homes in the same zip code. If you have limited resources, then start by designing a timeless and beautiful kitchen.

Striking, Subtle and Sophisticated Lighting

A good kitchen allows for decent cooking; a great one encourages so much more. Increase the versatility of your space by installing different lighting options. The simplest solution is dimmer switches. They can be on full brightness to wake the kids up before school, and then lowered for a relaxing evening. Go for something bold and modern to give the kitchen a personality, but also have the option to illuminate just around key cabinets and appliances. Lights are often an afterthought, but thinking about them upfront can help you create a truly mesmerizing space.

Opening Up Your Space

The kitchen is a center for parties and events, so think about how you can open up the space to more people. In winter, large windows, glass doors and mirrors can give the illusion of a much wider environment. In summer, these windows and doors can be opened to extend the area outside. Bringing a few plants and fresh herbs into the kitchen can help create a seamless transition between indoors and out.

What About Tech?

The global smart-home market is expected to exceed $50 billion by 2022, so incorporating Wi-Fi into your refrigerator could help future-proof your property. However, don’t act prematurely. Some house hunters will be put off by excessive tech and it can be difficult to take with you when you move out. Play it safe by sticking to classic kitchen tech such as dishwashers and modern fridges. For many home buyers, the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house. Get this right and you could add thousands of dollars to your property’s selling price. Consider versatility and timelessness, sticking to classic, but luxury designs.

KAROLINE GRIMES

Tastemakers Southern Charm

This beautiful manor home, located in the heart of the Puyallup Valley, shares the style and design of gracious living with all who enter. From the outside the home looks balanced with a symmetry reminiscent of a Southern mansion.

Northern Lights Interiors, based in Sumner, has worked with the homeowners for more than 10 years to create the tasteful design. They note that flood damage spurred on a massive remodel to the home. Over a period of time the remodel took on a life of its own, they say. During this time, the firm advised on adding architectural elements to the home, such as fireplace designs, woodwork details, paneling layouts, lighting design, window treatments and furniture.

As is customary in the South, this Southern-style home grows more beautiful with time.

Expansive outdoor living spaces draw people outside, too, where they can take in the sights and sounds of a bubbling fountain, an abundant orchard and a picturesque mountain creek. The heart of the home is warm and welcoming. The homeowners love to travel the world, but there’s no place like home when it’s built with the taste and sophistication of Southern design.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information
Northlight Interiors
northlightinteriors.com

A Taste of Mediterranean Sunshine

Experience the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean at Gertie and the Giant Octopus. Drawing on the cuisines of Italy, France and Spain, this intimate restaurant in Gig Harbor enables you to experience a wide range of seasonal small plates.

The origin of this endeavor was one of happenstance and good fortune. After working as a chef consultant, Robert DeLaura came upon a notice of a cupcake business that was closing. He made a proposal to the owners to transform the space into a bistro and bar. Now Gertie and the Giant Octopus is celebrating its third year of success.

For people unfamiliar with the restaurant’s offerings, Chef Robert, as DeLaura is known, is full of suggestions that sound delicious. “We do a brown butter chicken that is first dipped in Parmesan cheese and egg, then pan-fried and roasted in the oven completely submerged in butter. It’s served with browned butter and lemon sauce.

Our most popular small plate,” DeLaura continues, “is our champignon di Paris.” He explains that this is mushrooms sautéed in extra virgin olive oil. Then leeks, garlic, Spanish sherry wine and cream are added. Finally, the dish is finished with a pecorino al tartufo. This is an Italian sheep’s milk cheese with black truffles in it “to further enhance the mushroom earthiness,” says DeLaura.

Spring brings a wide variety of fresh produce, such as asparagus and morel mushrooms that will be featured in many dishes. Mache, the first tender spring greens, will be dressed with a simple blend of white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and hazelnut oil for a lovely spring salad.

The new season will bring other new offerings at Gertie and the Giant Octopus. Well-known for its unique wine menu, the restaurant and its sommelier, Inez Staley, will be putting together a curriculum for wine lovers to gain more knowledge and appreciation.

HILLARY RYAN

For Additional Information

chefrobertdelaura.weebly.com

Best Places to Brunch in South Sound

We all love brunch, right? You get to sleep in and then enjoy tasty food prepared by someone else. And cocktails are practically a requirement! Add hanging out with friends or family and you simply can’t beat it.

From laid-back greasy spoons and quaint cafés to upscale restaurants serving tantalizing brunch buffets, here are a few of our favorite breakfast and brunch places around the South Sound.

Tacoma

The Lobster Shop

This legendary Sunday brunch serves up a delicious and impressive buffet with a seafood slant that is sure to please. Reservations are a good idea.

C.I. Shenanigans

Often themed, Shenanigans’ Sunday buffets feature an array of seafood and meats at carving stations, an oyster bar, as well as freshly made desserts. Reservations are a good idea.

Art House Café

Located in the historic Stadium District, the Art House Cafe exemplifies the essence of scratch-made American cuisine, exploring the bounty of the Pacific Northwest with an ingredient driven menu.

Pacific Grill

Relatively new to brunch, Pacific Grill offers some of the most mouth watering menu items in town, as well as some of the best brunch drinks.

Olympia

Hart’s Mesa

Fresh, thoughtfully created and prepared Southwest-inspired dishesare on offer, along with mimosas made with fresh squeezed juice. Tables come equipped with Trivial Pursuit so you can challenge your guests to a friendly game while awaiting your food!

The Mouse Trap

At this hidden gem, pop-up brunch is served on Sundays with seatings at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Every week is an all new chef’s prix fixe menu and it just might be the best brunch you’ve ever eaten. Reservations are required.

Sumner

The Windmill Bistro

This casual restaurant adjacent to Windmill Gardens Nursery in Sumner offers a relaxed dining experience, and the menu focuses on Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Puyallup

Crockett ’s Public House

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, the hearty breakfast here is made from fresh, high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Everything is prepared in house and cooked to order from original recipes.

Be sure to check out the Puyallup-focused Mad Libs on the kids menu—pure fun!

Gig Harbor

Netshed No. 9

You can’t beat this waterfront patio—the hanging baskets of flowers and pet-friendly seating are lovely. The menu, with unique twists that are really good, makes it not your average breakfast spot.

Devoted Kiss Cafe

Breakfasts here are nicely presented, service is friendly, prices are reasonable, and the view is fantastic.