SeaGals’ snacks

So the Seahawks lost. Was it worth the quart of ranch dip, bucket of chicken wings and tray full of jalapeno poppers that made you feel like you could outweigh the team’s entire offensive line?

The Hawks may be off the menu, but there’s plenty of football left.

Island resident and recent Seattle Culinary Academy graduate Jill Tutland has teamed up with the Sea Gals to keep Super Bowl snacking under control. Three low-fat creations from Tutland’s cooking school, The Lake Kitchen, are offered up on the Sea Gals Web site,

“People aren’t going to eat food that doesn’t taste good,” said the 23-year-old MIHS grad, “but we can make it healthier.” Low-fat cream cheese fills out her Sage and Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms. Her Vanilla Apple Cup Salad is flavored with low-fat vanilla yogurt and coconut.

Tutland also teaches weekly cooking classes out of her parents’ recently-remodeled Mercer Island kitchen. For more information, visit:

Suits you

There weren’t many skirts on Wall Street when Dale Dunning opened his Mercer Island men’s store 20 years ago. But times have changed, and to celebrate his anniversary, the custom clothier is changing with them.

Half of Dunning’s floor space is now being devoted to women’s wear, as dark wool socks have made room on their wall for fine silk jackets with Italian weaves. Cases of cufflinks are sharing the spotlight with delicate earrings and decorative necklaces.

The new kid on the block has the whole street to herself. Doncaster is the sole designer Dunning has elected to share his store with. Doncaster is a high-end line of women’s clothing typically only sold by home sales agents.

“It’s for the career woman, the woman who travels, the stay-at-home mom,” said Doncaster wardrobe consultant Marilee Ahalt. She works by appointment at Wall Street, at 2448 76th Ave. S.E. Both Ahalt and her partner, Katty Clark, are offering a 10 percent discount through the month of January. Call Ahalt at 275-0161 or Clark at 236-6469 to see what the ladies of Wall Street are wearing.


The librarians had never had it so quiet as last Wednesday night, when impassable traffic snarls brought on by last week’s snow forced them to hole up in the Mercer Island Library for the night.

As drivers escaped unbearable commutes by abandoning their cars on the roads, several librarians decided it would be better to sleep at work than be stuck behind the wheel for hours on end.

Supportive neighbors pitched in to make sure the staff was comfortable, said Christine Anderson, assistant managing librarian. Two teens who frequent the library brought over sleeping bags and pillows, while another patron had pizza sent over to make sure they were fed.

During the power outage last month, the library became a hub for South end residents, Anderson said. So it was only fitting that the Island reciprocated the hospitality this time around.

“The staff really thanks the community for their generous help,” Anderson said.

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