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To Defend or Debunk?

Turning conventional wisdom on its head, we explore some common health myths and find out what is, and is not, healthy for you when you’re feeling that dreaded tickle in the back of your throat.


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have not hiked the PCT or the AT or any seemingly endless Ts all the way through. The first time I went camping, I was wracked with hypothermia in the mountains of West Virginia in the winter. My boyfriend at the time had us rent a bunch of equipment so I could experience the magic of waking in a snowy landscape, emerging from a nice warm sleeping bag into the crisp mountain air. Instead, I shivered and shook and lost my hearing in one ear for two days. But there was, indeed, something magical about that day, and we ended up camping a lot. And despite the hypothermia and temporary deafness, I did not admonish my boyfriend. Dear Reader, I married him. On a subsequent summer, we hiked the Snake Den Trail in the Smoky Mountains. My inability to read a topo map became clear at the twentysecond switchback (I counted), at which point I nearly collapsed. With 20 more switchbacks to go, straight up the side of a mountain, I wanted very much to stop and unpack and have a good cry. But we pushed each other, as we do in hard times, and reached the apex of the trail, which also happened to be a section of the Appalachian Trail. Every sign and guidebook had said to camp down a quarter mile or so, in the backcountry sites. The trail is a wildlife highway at night. In the Smoky Mountains that means bears, wolves, coyotes and other critters one does not want to meet nose-to-nose. But being exhausted, we pitched right there along the trail. That night, all of that hiking and kvetching paid off, and all the warnings held true: we heard padding, snuffling and then a sustained, deafening, high-pitched howl. The next morning at the interpretive center, I listened to their recordings of howls: dogs, coyotes and wolves. And yes, indeed, the recordings confirmed what we had thought the previous night, huddling in our tent — we had been visited by Canus Rufus, the endangered Red Wolf. There is nothing like being in the beautiful blast of a howl from a wild animal, and there is something particularly mythical about being that close to a wild, endangered wolf. This issue is about health and balance, about adventures and challenges. We invite you to spend some time with Heather “Anish” Anderson, the record-breaking Pacific Coast Trail through-hiker. Dan Hilden offers sage advice on getting and saying in shape through the winter. We chat with Cheryl Strayed, whose adventures on the PCT are being played back at her in movie theaters soon. Our editorial assistant Dakota will keep you fueled with her veggie smoothie cocktails, and Whatcom Reads! board member Lisa Gresham has picked out some excellent books to take along with you on your adventures. Happy trails and listen out for wolves!

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N OTE S Co nt r i b u t o r s Dakota Mackey Western Washington University and Fairhaven College journalism senior, Dakota Mackey has been with K&L Media for almost a year. With a love for cooking, writing and eating, her passion is writing about food. She hosts a food blog called “Butter and Bunny.”  Read her profile of The Lighthouse Bar & Grill at the Bellwether Hotel on page 79.

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Thankful for those in my life Hi Ken. I read your piece yesterday. It brought deep down emotions to the surface and brought tears to my eyes. I have been thinking upon your message ever since. I connected to your story in so many ways. I was not meant to be; I was rejected by a mother whose career meant more and a father who didn’t want me. But I was saved by my mother’s family whose values and principles caused them to reach out and catch me in the catcher’s mitt. Three other women sent me around the field to home base where the home base catcher (Paul) caught me and opened my mind and heart. Your article brought all this to light as I went back over my life & career. I never put it all together until now. I’m thankful to you for it. Although most of my friends have left the station, I will reach out to the ones who remain & tell them how thankful I am to have them in my life. I promise, Ken. I promise.

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Getting In Shape and Staying That Way BY DAN HILDEN


hen I was young, I couldn’t catch a football. The idea of running for fun never crossed my mind. My youth soccer team was undefeated for three seasons, but I can’t take much credit — I scored only one goal in six years. Not everyone was meant to be an athlete. My knees creak, my ankles click, and now a tinge of pain in my back adds to my list of excuses to stay inside. We all have them. Still, as I look out over the room where I sit writing these words, I see a jumble of climbing ropes, a pile of backpacks and boots, a pyramid of sleeping bags for all different occasions, two sets of skis and a clothesline cluttered with drying jackets. Somewhere along the line, I discovered that for me the trick to staying healthy and fit came down to passion. It’s what keeps me going, and it’s what the majority of exercise programs lack. Watching the northern lights dance to some unheard cosmic beat from the summit of Black Peak; laughing uncontrollably with my friends as the full moon broke through a clearing summer storm on Mount Shuksan; my first time skiing deep powder on a bluebird day at Stevens Pass —  these are the memories that continued on page 24  …

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have come to define my life. Don’t get me wrong — I am also passionate about ice cream, beer and pizza. Life is about balance, but after coming to terms with my need to spend more time outside, living a balanced, healthy life came naturally. Here, I’ll share some suggestions on how to get in shape during our notoriously grey winters. The path to fitness begins in a daydream. Have a goal, and I’m not talking about how many pounds you want to lose or how many inches you want your waistline to shrink. We live amongst some of the most beautiful and wild mountains in North America. Seek out a long trail that you want to hike, a remote lake that you want to swim or fish in, or a mountain that you want to stand on top of. Every year I go through a period of being unmotivated to keep active, but once I find myself inspired by a goal, the job of getting in shape for it is easy. Seek inspiration in outdoor blogs, guidebooks and magazines. Because the big, white mountain that is visible to the east on a clear day holds the world record for the most snowfall in a season, my first suggestion should be obvious: get out skiing or snowboarding. There is no denying the burn you feel after a day of skiing, and it is a great excuse to spend some quality time with friends or family. If speed is not your thing, try skate skiing or cross-country skiing on the next sunny weekend. An unbeatable workout for your heart, lungs, and legs, cross-country skiing also offers chirping birds to calm the mind and some much-needed vitamin D. Technology has improved greatly over the last decade, shortening the learning curve and making everything safer and more enjoyable. In a region known for seasonal depression, snow sports will forever change the way you think about bad weather. Think of a workout routine that you can do at home, and try to set a time when you can do it almost daily. Some workouts you might include are pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, jumping jacks, jump rope and squats. Do a few sets of a few different workouts with short rests in between to build core strength and upper body strength. It might be hard to motivate yourself to do this before breakfast, but studies suggest that doing so will cause your body to use food energy that you take in throughout the day more efficiently, which can help you lose weight. Join a gym, and not just the first one you see. Look into what kind of classes they offer and what they have available

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to use. Indoor rock climbing is a unique way to get stronger. The mind puzzle of how to get up a route combined with a full body workout might keep you coming back for more. Yoga is a great blend of cardio, strength and flexibility training that also relaxes the mind like nothing else. Some instructors lean more toward an intense workout, while others are more about making the body feel loose and relaxed. Go swimming, or use a Stairmaster, elliptical or row machine; better yet, switch off among all of them on different days. You will work different muscle groups, and might be less likely to lose interest. When the sun peeks out, hop on your bike or go running outside. If the very idea of running is enough to keep you from doing it, start out going for long walks. Whatever you do, pace yourself and try for a lower intensity, longer duration workout. Try to do something to get your heart rate up three to five days per week. Personally I would only buy a membership to a gym within 5 miles of my home to avoid having just another excuse not to go. Planning on some hiking or climbing this summer? Put a few gallons of water in your pack as dead weight, hike up your nearest large hill (Mount Erie near Anacortes or Blanchard Mountain on Chuckanut Drive are ideal candidates) and dump the water before walking down to reduce impact on your knees. No, it won’t be easy, but several professional climbing guides have told me that their clients who hike with heavy packs regularly do better than those who are serious runners when it comes to getting up mountains. As I mentioned earlier, the biggest factors when it comes to getting in shape are in your head. Seek out a couple of like-minded friends to exercise with and to hike with. They can help you stay motivated when you’re down, and you can help them in the same way. Perhaps most importantly, know that until working out becomes part of your normal routine, it will be hard to get going. We know that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. It’s easy to give in to the temptation of sitting around the house relaxing in your precious moments of spare time, but once you push through the hard period of getting started in a training routine you will find yourself sleeping better at night and feeling better all day, and it will be easy to keep going. 

Book Reviews


With a nod of respect to classic road trip fiction like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Kerouac’s On the Road, three contemporary novels by Northwest authors featuring rougharound-the-edges characters on heroic adventures bear mention.

The Great Northern Express by Howard Frank Mosher 256 pages Broadway Books, 2013 Howard Frank Mosher’s story of a solo book tour road trip taken at age sixtyfive, having recently undergone radiation treatments for prostate cancer, was laugh-out-loud, anarchic fun. The tour, gallantly undertaken in a twentyyear-old Chevy Celebrity he calls “the Loser Cruiser,” took him to 190 independent bookstores around the country, including Village Books! Hailing from a small town in Vermont, Mosher is reminiscent of a John Irving character come to life. His humility as a relatively unknown writer is endearing (he begins referring to himself as “Howard Who?”) and his recent brush with mortality emboldens him to live the experience to the fullest.

Home is a Roof Over a Pig by Aminta Arrington 320 pages Overlook Hardcover, 2012 The title Home is a Roof Over a Pig is actually a literal description of the Chinese pictograph for “home,” the first of many gentle language lessons this book offers. Aminta hails from Lynden, although the book is about her family’s journey to and social and cultural integration into a rural Chinese town, a move inspired by their adoption of a Chinese baby and the realization that their new daughter Grace’s life as an American immediately began stripping her of parts of her identity. Fascinating observations about what it is to be Chinese in today’s China, and of our own culture, as Aminta looks back at America and her upbringing in Whatcom County. Aminta and her husband lined up teaching jobs prior to their relocation, but it was quite a bold journey to make with no real knowledge of the language and three small children in tow!

Wilderness by Lance Weller 304 pages Bloomsbury USA, 2013 Abel Truman, protagonist of Lance Weller’s Wilderness, is a lonely and damaged soul whose Civil War wounds — both physical and spiritual — lead him on a pilgrimage to Washington State where he lives with his dog for companionship in a driftwood shack. But the war is not yet done with him, and he must make one more journey to hold onto his humanity. Weller’s descriptions of Civil War frontlines are unnervingly real and his portrayal of what human beings are capable of alternates between horror and splendor, giving readers plenty of food for thought.

Lisa Gresham is a librarian and adult services coordinator with the Whatcom County Library System.

Who Knew? Heart Health Be Active An important aspect of having a healthy heart is regular exercise. Physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease. Three hours a week of brisk walking can cut heart disease risk by 40 percent.

Eat Well Replace high-fat dairy products, red meats and eggs with fish and plant-based foods to significantly lower your dietary cholesterol. This rule includes baked goods made with high-fat dairy products.

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Animals as Natural Therapy Celebrates 15 Years BY FRANCES BADGETT


boy, 15, is having a hard day: He fights with a teacher, has a panic attack and runs away from school. His life has been marked by suffering and pain, abuse and drugs. But at the end of that long day, he comes to a 100-acre farm called Windy Acres and finds himself again by working with a horse. By working with horses, troubled teens learn mutual respect and gain confidence. For 15 years, ANT founder and director Sonja Wingard has witnessed the transformation every day of troubled kids into successful adults and animals as service-oriented creatures into therapists. “I just thought horses were nice to be around and smelled good. I didn’t know they could be therapists. Horses will act in different ways toward different people. A horse will be gentle with a 5-year-old who needs to build selfconfidence, and later that day, that same horse will be a challenge to a teenager with a drug addiction.” 26 NorthSoundLife.com

It all began with 12 kids from the Martin Center, which is a residential mental health center run by Catholic Community Services. Wingard, a nurse, had been considering animal therapy. “My friend Larry Farr really encouraged me to start ANT. So we took some kids out to my farm just to try it out. We watched them light up and take responsibility.” There are several programs at ANT for kids in various difficult situations, and a program for veterans as well. They also host a Family Farm Day in the summer for people in homeless shelters. Funding is always a challenge. Wingard was having a particularly hard time getting funding when she received a letter from a former teen who is now in her thirties, thanking Wingard for changing her life for the better. “The therapy really nourishes people’s souls. They discover their authenticity and inner strength.”

ANT doesn’t just use horses, though. They also have several cats, dogs and rabbits who visit nursing homes and come out for community days. “We have a barn cat that was hanging around. We got her spade, but she keeps to herself unless someone needs her. She knows when she’s needed. She’ll come out and help if a kid is having a hard time. Animals know where they’re needed.” Though the work is difficult at times, Wingard feels the deep reward of helping kids. “It is an honor to be in the trenches with these kids and help them figure out their lives.” On March 8th, ANT will celebrate their 15th Anniversary at a gala at the Hotel Bellwether. The evening includes dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a live auction. They are also raffling off two round-trip tickets on Alaska Air. Tickets to the event are available through ANT’s office at 671.3509. 

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Heather Anderson, PCT Record-Breaker BY FRANCES BADGETT


lmost 3000 people have hiked the entire 2650 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada. Of those 3000 only 51 have done it twice. And of those 51, only one person has completed the journey selfsupported in two months. Most hikers average about twice that time to complete the trail. Heather — trail nickname “Anish” — Anderson averaged 44 miles per day with a pack that averaged 18–20lbs. She did not ride anything motorized throughout the entire trip, and hiked into and out of small towns close to the trail to pick up supplies. “I’ve always been a fast hiker, and I knew a woman could probably break the record, which had always been held by men. Women are better-suited for distance hiking,” she said. And though Anderson had been hiking since 2003, including a completion of the PCT in 2005, she was anemic the entire year leading up to her hike. “It wasn’t exactly couch-to-trail, but it felt like it.” Heather documented her journey with her iPhone, had pretty good coverage most of the time. She started a Facebook page for friends and family to follow along with her progress. “There are websites where you log your time, but they recommend you blog for authentication. I also wanted to keep in touch with people. I would just post something on Facebook and go. I only turned on my iPhone to post something and check my GPS.” So when she logged into Facebook on a computer during a stop in Oregon, she was stunned to discover that 3000 people were following her. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, what is happening?’” Knowing those people were out there, cheering her on and thinking about her, made the journey from Oregon to Canada much less lonely. The most demanding days on the trail were the first ones, as Heather was going from the Pacific Northwest in June to Southern California in June. “I had a nosebleed every day from the dry air. My legs cramped so badly at night.” She wrote in her online journal, “Bolstered by my task and those who support me, I have the courage to put my battered feet back in my worn out shoes and giver ‘er hell once again.” Being goal-oriented and spending time with other hikers on the trail kept her from being too lonely. But there were times when she didn’t feel motivated to hike, especially if she had only slept a couple of hours, or she hadn’t eaten enough. “Sometimes I just wanted a hug.” But the hardest moment emotionally came when her boyfriend surprised her by meeting her in the Snoqualmie Pass. “He knew I had a drop there, and that I was going to be there, and he knew when I would

be there. I had been hiking toward him the whole time on the trail. It was so great to see him. But then, after our visit, I had to say goodbye to him, turn away and keep hiking. I still had so much trail left.” Heather’s no newcomer to the outdoors. She has hiked the Continental Divide, the Appalachian Trail and worked for the National Park Service in Glacier National Park. She is also a runner, and runs ultramarathons all over the country. But hiking the PCT with a record in mind was the biggest challenge she’s faced. She wrote in her online journal just before her trip, “Whether I succeed in the ultimate goal or not, I will push myself beyond my current limits and find a stronger, braver woman in the process. I am blessed and thankful for that opportunity, no matter how scary it seems.” And indeed, she emerged from the trail just north of Ross Lake in Canada a record-breaking role-model for all of us. And certainly much less afraid. These days, Heather is working on a book about her experience with the PCT and doing a lot of speaking engagements. She’ll be presenting a program at Whatcom Reads! on Jan. 24 at 7p.m. at the Deming Library, and at the Bellingham Public Library on Feb. 6 at 7:30 at the Bellingham Public Library.  

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according to Ivan Furre, Vice President of ecigexpress.com. “We have heard a number of customers reporting increased lung function after switching from tobacco to electronic cigarettes. If it makes it easier to climb stairs, why not make the switch? There’s a reason that the industry will top $1 billion this year. They’re effective and affordable.” The evidence of e-cigarettes as beneficial is not entirely anecdotal. Scientific evidence suggests that e-cigarettes help many people quit smoking cigarettes. A study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, for example, found that two-thirds of the smokers surveyed smoked less after using e-cigarettes for six months, nearly half quit smoking cigarettes for a period of time, and almost a third quit smoking completely. Other scientific studies have found that e-cigarettes do not harm your health. A study published in Inhalation Toxicology, for example, found that e-cigarettes pose “no significant risk of harm to human health.” Using e-cigarettes also does not impair heart function, according to researchers at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece. E-cigarettes are more effective than traditional smoking cessation tools

(such as nicotine patches or gum) at helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Traditional smoking cessation programs tend to have dismal success rates, varying between 19 and 27 percent. According to the Surgeon General, nicotine gum has a success rate of 27 percent, followed by 25 percent with an inhaler, 23 percent with the nicotine patch, and 19 percent with nicotine gum. These results suggest that e-cigarettes may hold the promise as a successful smoking cessation method. “We want to improve the lives of as many smokers as possible, and I believe that e-cigarettes can go a long way in achieving that goal, even if they’re not the panacea of smoking cessation,” said Ivan. “The bottom line is that e-cigarettes have far fewer chemicals than tobacco cigarettes, they don’t smell bad, you don’t fill your lungs with tar, and they’re a heck of a lot cheaper. Smokers owe it to themselves to at least try it out.” 

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Norwegian and noted artist Edvard Munch in June of 2013. In addition to her solo performances, she has also led a women’s brass ensemble called tenThing since 2007. tenThing sprung from a string concert Helseth attended with her friends. They decided they wanted to try to create the same kind of ensemble for brass, and they decided to keep their ensemble all-female. They have performed at festivals all over the world, including China’s National Center for Performing Arts’ Beijing May Festival. In 2012, tenThing released an album called 10. Helseth has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Norwegian Grammy. She is the first classical artist to receive the award. She will perform a program of Shostakovich, Sibelius, Arutiunian, Verdi and Stravainky at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. 

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Bainbridge Island Europe in Our Own Backyard BY JOANNA RODDY

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riving past Bainbridge Island’s quaint downtown idyllic farmhouses, the historic brick church of St. Barnabas rises like a European abbey from the hillside, a vintage auto repair shop bustles aside the still waters of Eagle Harbor and I think to myself, “Who needs a charming English village? We have something just as winsome right here.” Bainbridge Island is only a skip on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry, a hop down the peninsula and a jump over the Agate Pass Bridge away, and beckons with an old-world charm that is also distinctively Northwest. What to do Starting at the northern tip of the island, the Bloedel Reserve may well be Bainbridge’s bestkept secret. Named one of America’s ten greatest botanical gardens by USA Today, the Bloedel Reserve is part public gardens, part forest reserve, part wildlife sanctuary totaling 150 acres. Walking the property reminded me of London’s Hampstead Heath and its grand Kenwood House, except that the Bloedel Reserve is far removed from any suggestion of cities or crowds. Visitors can walk the monastically quiet grounds, stumbling upon the Japanese garden, the tranquil reflection pond, territorial views of the Salish Sea, and much more. The former Bloedel mansion now functions as an elegant visitor’s center where events such as their annual Valentine’s concert are hosted. For outdoor enthusiasts the Chilly Hilly bicycle ride is February 23, challenging thousands of cyclists in a 33-mile ride all over Bainbridge. And when the weather is just too wintry for being outof-doors, the Kids Discovery Museum, where children can explore art, science and culture through hands-on exhibits, makes a destination day trip with kids worth the effort. The historic Lynwood Theater is also a good option for grownups to catch a current release or the occasional special offering. Where to dine Speaking of Lynwood Center, the newly-launched Beach House restaurant is a worthwhile foray from downtown, serving Northwest seasonal allAmerican cuisine. The short rib onion soup could easily be the perfect winter indulgence, not to mention the bread pudding with caramel sauce offered when I visited. Their seared sea scallops with risotto cakes, kale, and sweet corn puree is quite rightly the restaurant’s signature dish. Owner Erin Renfro said: “All of us at The Beach House are passionate about sharing a beautiful meal around the table. We want

our customers to not only leave the restaurant with the memory of an exquisite meal, but of a wonderful, cozy day on Bainbridge Island.” With their wood oven menu items and a crackling fire in their hearth, cozy is practically a promise. In the downtown area, Winslow Way has satisfying casual options, among them the iconic Blackbird Bakery and Mora Iced Creamery with flavors like mojito sorbet and rose petal ice cream to please the gourmand, and maraschino cherry cream to delight the littles. Hitchcock’s chef Brendan McGill has been named “People’s Best Chef” by Food & Wine and creates locallysourced, European-influenced Northwest fare in their hip dining room where you’ll find Spanishstyle mussels, house-cured meats, and a nameyour-price tasting menu. Just around the corner on Parfitt Way is another Bainbridge mainstay, the Pegasus Coffee House, its ivy-covered brick facade like something out of the Cotswolds. The affiliated Harbour Public House serves up regional, organic, sustainable pub fare in the tradition of English Public Houses. If this island isn’t the Northwest’s answer to a too-expensive airline ticket across the Atlantic, I can’t tell you what is. Where to shop Winslow Street is the epicenter of Bainbridge retail, emphasizing local independent businesses at the heart of small-town island life. Highlights include the Eagle Harbor Book Company, which sells new books in its welcoming space upstairs and used books downstairs. Dana’s has a wide selection of cards and stationery and also houses on-trend home decor, gift items, artwork, and a whimsical supply of children’s toys. And Paperoost, tucked just behind Dana’s, is a paperphile’s paradise. Where to stay Bainbridge offers a few boutique hotels. Best bets: the quaint Eagle Harbor Inn is in the heart of downtown, just across the street from Pegasus. The Inn at Pleasant Beach in Lynwood Center is a tucked away treat for those looking to splurge a little, and perhaps the perfect solution to too much wine and good food at The Beach House. I grew up occasionally visiting Bainbridge, or driving through on the way to the Olympic Peninsula. Day-tripping there opened my eyes to the treasure of this wooded getaway. There’s nothing more Northwest than riding a ferry to an island destination, but the magic of Bainbridge is hauntingly European. 

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riters everywhere turn to the ­Rumpus.­net to handle the blue days, the slow writing days, the lack-of-inspiration-all-day days. And there, glowing and glittering among the wit and inspiration, has always been the fine warm beating heart of Dear Sugar. No one outside a select few really knew who Sugar was (though Facebook was rife with speculation), but one thing was certain: everyone everywhere loved her. Foulmouthed at times, wielding hard truths with kindness, Sugar was a best friend, a smart best friend who read Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. Sugar wasn’t just an advice columnist. She wasn’t just offering dime-store self-help. She was a literary confessor, steeped in the tradition of narrative who had been through some stuff, had made mistakes, who was working through her own rejections and financial pressures and almost unbearable loss. In short, she was one of us. On February 14, 2012, The Rumpus had a party in New York. They unveiled the person behind Dear Sugar, and there she was, the person many had hoped it would be, the person some had bragged all over Facebook they knew who it was, the person who had been encouraging writers everywhere to keep going, to write hard, and a lot. Dear Sugar was none other than Cheryl Strayed. “My approach in the Dear Sugar essays was not to be a holier-than-thou voice. I wanted to illuminate and deepen the question at hand, and to do that by telling a story from my own life — not in the sense of ‘Oh, that happened to you? Well, this

“I’ve always been a seeker, a do-er, a questioner. I love to go one step beyond what you’re allowed to do. I’ve always been that person who says out loud the thing everyone else is too shy to say.

happened to me’ — but in the sense of making connections between the question and a much bigger idea and context. This is what art does.” What unspooled from the publication of her memoir Wild, a few short weeks after the Dear Sugar party, is now the stuff of writing legend: Oprah, major sales, NPR, and now Reese Witherspoon playing her in the movie version of her life. But underneath the glamor of her Oprah years, those of us still see Dear Sugar, the sincere, earnest, eloquent writer we came to love. It wasn’t hard to see the author of the novel Torch as Dear Sugar, once it all came to light. The same humane, literary heart was behind both projects. Of course! we said. Of course! And now, she has collected her Dear Sugar columns into a book Tiny Beautiful Things. And indeed, it is full of them. When I spoke to Strayed recently, she was about to embark on days of speaking engagements and tour stops and worthy causes. I asked if she had time to reflect on finding her half-sister at a reading, becoming besties with Oprah, and now seeing Reese Witherspoon struggle under the weight of Monster, the name Strayed famously gave her unwieldy backpack in Wild. Contemplative time is critical for writers, we wither without some time alone. “No,” she said. “I am very busy. And grateful, but yes, busy.” I understood the heaviness in her voice. Strayed’s novel Torch is the story of a family devastated by the mother’s death from cancer at 38. Wild, Strayed’s memoir, recounts how Strayed “threw herself” at the Pacific Coast Trail in a dervish of grief and regret, and how the journey transformed her. Of working in nonfiction and fiction, Strayed said, “The goal in fiction and nonfiction is the same. They come from the same place, which is to tell a great story that will engage the reader.” A common theme in Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things is how Strayed has an irrepressible urge to do the very thing that terrifies her. “One of the

interesting things about being so public is that I have to talk about aspects of my personality that I don’t know very well,” she said. “I’ve always been a seeker, a do-er, a questioner. I love to go one step beyond what you’re allowed to do. I’ve always been that person who says out loud the thing everyone else is too shy to say. I always ask that one additional question that might be too personal or considered taboo. Really interesting things happen in that space.” In reflecting on her literary influences, she cites the recent Nobel Prize winner in fiction, Alice Munro, as well as luminaries like Mary Gaitskill, Toni Morrison and, in particular, Raymond Carver. “He was so much of my coming of age, I named my son Carver.” Even more fascinating, she noted, “I love the books of my contemporaries. I love learning from people, how they work on the page, and in all the ways so many people understand the thing of writing — or not. Sometimes what isn’t working is just as interesting as what works.” Great writers take risks, and Strayed is no exception. We don’t know what will be next for her, but we do know that it’ll say that one extra thing and hurl us into that interesting space, that her work will dive into our pool of understanding with courage and will bring back many tiny, beautiful things over which we can marvel. 

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tep through Apple Yarns’ front door and arouse your senses with the playfully bright skeins of yarn bundled on shelves throughout the store. The scent of fresh coffee wafts through the air while a fireplace crackles in the corner. Whether looking to purchase yarn, knitting needles, or crochet hooks for a project, or just to socialize with the local knitting enthusiasts in a weekly knitting circle, the cozy yarn boutique has a great deal to offer. Store owner Andrea Evans will tell you that it started with just a bunch of encouraging yeses. With a long family history in the lumber-hardware industry, Evans recalls her earlier years in retail being a positive and memorable experience. The years before Apple Yarns was born, Evans took up knitting, gathering inspiration and experience from other local yarn shops. After landing a knitting position with a small knit business Evans realized that she yearned to be back in retail, forming relationships with the community and providing customers with quality products and friendly service. Only this time she wanted to start her own business, and when her husband encouraged the ambition, Apple Yarns was born. Owned and operated as a true family-oriented business, Evans, along with her husband Andrew, have enjoyed collaboratively building the shop from the ground up. Founded in August of 2007, Apple Yarns was originally housed in Barkley Village but after five years, relocated. It has spent the last year in its current location. continued on page 39  …

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While Evans coordinates the knit and crochet circles, manages the inventory of the shop and oversees the business aspects, other key figures include associates Claudia Barbo, Bonnie Bennet and Evans’ mother, Frances Heaton. The shop owner’s kids even have a social role in the family business. A consistent presence in the shop, the three individuals are well known with the Apple Yarns community and are often greeted by name from customers. About her kids’ involvement, Evans said, “My kids are really important to the shop. Everyone knows them.” The inspirational shop is as much a place for community members to congregate for classes and artistic creation as it is a yarn retail destination. A complimentary coffee bar and crackling fireplace — complete with overstuffed arm chairs surrounding the heat source — encourages knitting circle members to get comfortable and allow their creative side to come to life. With a strong customer focus, Evans has nurtured her business to become a great

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place for people to meet others and create meaningful projects. “We’ve seen genuine friendships bloom from our store, and that’s really rewarding to see. It’s just sticks and yarn but it’s so much more,” Evans said. With strong ties to the local community, Evans — along with Apple Yarns’ customers — enjoys giving back to the community. The annual fundraising events in which Apple Yarns participates bring the knitting community together to create quality materials as donations. For instance, through the collaborative efforts of the Apple Yarns customers, knitting circles produced and donated a blanket for the Whatcom Hospice Foundation auction. Other projects include the construction and donation of a decorated Christmas tree for the holiday season at the Whatcom Museum, as well as ‘knitted knockers’ breast implant pads for cancer patients and helmet liners for military figures.“Giving back to the community is really meaningful and fun,” Evans said.

Although Evans’ shop is filled with shelves of inspirational, colored yarns, tools, and instructional books the owner will tell you, without the blink of an eye, that her favorite items include yarn spoolies — rotating knitting tools designed like lazy susans to make yarn easily accessible during projects. She also likes materials from Bellingham’s own Spincycle Yarns, a handspun yarn shop. As a Bellinghamfocused business, Evans enjoys giving back to the community. “I love local more than anything. It’s so important.” With the craft table, materials and knitted projects hanging throughout the store, Apple Yarns is a destination where your yarn-inspired project is truly welcomed from start to finish.  1780 Iowa St., Bellingham Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m. 855.850.9276, appleyarns.com January 2014 39

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wner Robert Boehlke started HouseWares in 1999 to meet the demand, and it has since blossomed into a mainstay storefront in historic downtown Edmonds. Boehlke, who had worked at several design stores, was initially introduced to the town through a friend. He enjoyed the relaxed, homey vibe it exudes and felt it would be the ideal place for him to strike out on his own and turn his passion and expertise in home interiors into a charming home furnishings store. His strong background in interior design and retail helped him develop a showroom of fresh, hand-selected furniture and accent pieces that keeps customers coming back. The spacious, open floor plan makes for an inspiring, casual and low-pressure shopping experience. HouseWares has what you might expect a home goods store to carry — dishes, barware, p ­ illows and furniture — as well as items that are unique to the store, like locally-made candles and soaps. The store achieves an ­ideal balance of larger furniture pieces like beds, c­ ouches, and overstuffed chairs and accessories like rugs, throws and color­fully patterned pillows. You’ll also find a nice selection of high-quality barware. These items are among the most popular products in the store. Cozy enclaves filled with carefully arranged accessories will truly inspire you to make your house a home, whether you’re shopping for the kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom. 

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THE SHOP Nestled into the NW corner of Bakerview Square, you’ll find Danielle Starr’s newest shop, 4 Starrs Boutique. Founder of the eight-year-old Fairhaven flagship store, Starr longed to provide a location where she could offer customers casual clothing and special occasion pieces for all the stages of their lives. With that, Damsel was created, and shortly thereafter renamed 4 Starrs Boutique in order to remain consistent with the successful brand to which Starr’s customers were already loyal. With a strong focus on creating relationships with her customers, Starr gives personalized care to her clients. More than just a clothing boutique, 4 Starrs’ owner is there for her customers, outfitting them for all of their important events throughout life — from their middle school tea, to graduation, to their wedding day. ATMOSPHERE Energetic, eclectic, and bold KEY PEOPLE Starr owns and operates both store locations with the help of five employees. Inspired by Pinterest, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and nature, Starr chooses the inventory, decorates the store’s interior and manages all other business aspects. Starrs’ employees, referred to as ‘stylists’, are responsible for staying current with the trends as well as connecting with each customer’s personal style in order to help individuals complete their wardrobes.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND Whether searching for a pair of casual flats for everyday wear, a sweater for cold evenings or even a wedding dress for your special day, the lively boutique has it all. Unlike Fairhaven’s location, the Bakerview shop offers not only the latest casual trends but also special occasion items. Browse through Volcom, Hudson, Billabong, Element and many other casual clothing options lining the racks. Try on the sunglasses, high heels, jeweled necklaces or statement pieces showcased around the front room. While casual attire and dramatic fixtures stage the entrance, Starr has truly transformed the back of the shop to resemble a formal attire boutique. Wedding dresses and formal attire fill the racks while large mirrors and wedding paraphernalia decorate the walls. Brides-to-be can try on their dream dress in the bright turquoise colored fitting rooms across the hall. Complete with a powder room — clean, bright, and also a beautiful eye-popping turquoise color — the Bakerview 4 Starrs Boutique location has everything a bride or high school promster needs to prepare for her big day. OWNER’S FAVORITE With the ever-changing trends and various event-specific items, there is quite a lot to love at 4 Starrs Boutique. Starr truly enjoys working with the customers to meet their needs. Whether that means helping a bride find her maid of honor’s dress or ordering a particular piece with a specific client in mind, Starr loves seeing her vision on other people. It really comes down to providing the customer with their dream piece that makes them feel comfortable and confident. “I love the smile on someone’s face when you make them look wonderful,” Starr said. t

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n a world in which 80 percent of 10-year-old American girls report to have been on a diet (justthink.org), and 42 percent of girls between first and third grades express the wish to be thinner (http://www.dove.us/social-mission/campaign-for-realbeauty.aspx), a number that balloons to 78 percent when they reach high school, it is crucial to remember that happiness shouldn’t be related to dress size. Our anxiety about our bodies begins early, and is one of the most persistent drumbeats of a woman’s experience. Though many of us know intellectually that happiness comes from within, and is based on a variety of factors like connection to family, expressions of generosity and charity, accomplishments and strong community ties, it is hard to rewire ourselves to see from the inside out. Hard on ourselves, we are reduced to insecurity, anxiety and depression, and we model that behavior for younger generations. What’s more is that this general unrest about our physical selves can lead to underlying insecurities that make women less likely to seek out positions of leadership, take on challenging tasks or speak out about issues important to them. The result of this insecurity is staggering: the U.S. ranks 97th in the world for number of women in national government (Harper’s Magazine), and only 20 percent of Congress is made up of women. Our society places undo emphasis on external beauty. Studies have clearly shown that beautiful babies get more attention and are held more, they have consistent positive reinforcement thus develop a better sense of self in the world. Body image develops as we get older bringing with it the inspection of peers and their bodies as well. We are bombarded with body beauty ideals our entire lives — it is not surprising that we suffer low self worth when we do not meet those standards. Usually, we are our own worst critic. Even as Nancy Pelosi rose to Speaker of the House, she never made the covers of Time or Newsweek. Moving young women away from diets and anxiety can be a difficult road, but there are things we can all do to empower and educate our girls: encourage young women to participate in healthy activities that foster leadership. Girl Scouts is an obvious place to begin, but drama clubs, music, debate clubs, art and school leadership programs like school government and Model U.N. are all excellent places to build leadership in girls. Emphasize accomplishment in sports as a source

of power and strength. Limiting screen time and exposure to advertisements, magazines and movies that emphasize beauty over brains is a good way to keep girls from pulling out the measuring stick. It’s also good to engage young women in discussions about what they see — and don’t see — in ads, movies and in the media. Make them literate and savvy in how photos are doctored, how even thin models are “touched up” and

Most important of all, speak kindly about yourself, your own body and your accomplishments. how smart women behave in the real world, as opposed to the women they see in movies and TV. Teach them about the Bechdel Test, invented by Alison Bechdel, which is a media test that asks if at least a. two women in a movie b. talk to each other about something c. other than a man. Most important of all, speak kindly about yourself, your own body and your accomplishments. Model behavior that shows that there is more to life than pretty skin and tight arms. Give girls the gift of a healthy sense of yourself, your place in the world and your intellectual gifts. Forgiving our flaws doesn’t mean that we give up on physical health, activity or abandon the gym. In fact, when we are more forgiving of ourselves, our efforts to work out and improve our health can increase the success of our weight loss efforts and health goals (The Happiness Institute). We have so many activities in our area that are more than just good cardio. Our outdoor experience includes great hiking, skiing, paddleboarding, mountain biking and so much more. Getting active in our area means getting great views, fresh air and catching beautiful sunsets. Extrapolate the idea of being healthier into adding more accomplishments along with more kale — learning a new language, taking a course in Latin or joining a writing group. These baseline activities that boost self-esteem and create a healthy mental space for you will also help you handle the stress and challenge of being a happier person, making your conversation with your scale a much easier one. 

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Pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the hands or feet?


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f you or someone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to be checked for peripheral neuropathy at Peripheral Nerve Clinic. We are one of only a few clinics across the United States offering a new drug-free treatment for the relief of severe symptoms of neuropathy. And treatment is affordable, covered by Medicare and many insurance plans. Our state-of-the art equipment aids in healing and in retraining your nerves to function more normally. Our brand new facility is fully equipped with the most advanced technology available, including the highest quality ultrasound SPONSORED PAGE

unit offered for this type of treatment, and Korebalance, a new balance training system that our clinic is the first to receive in Washington. We provide a multi-discipline approach with a team of professionals so that you get the best care without going to multiple locations. After a thorough consultation to determine if you are a candidate for our program, medical professionals perform an examination, including nerve conduction studies and ultrasounds. Using the latest technology, 85% of all cases have positive results. We will work closely with your doctor providing him or her with all results.

“We are the only clinic in Washington with total focus specializing in neuropathy. We are also the only clinic that has a Physical Therapist as part of our team. This means the MD can work hand in hand with the therapist, to not only decrease symptoms, but also regain balance and other loses.”

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage resulting in numbness,tingling and pain most often in the feet, lower legs, hands and arms. Estimates indicate that over 20 million Americans suffer from this sometimes-debilitating disease.

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Pain Numbness Tingling or Burning

in the feet, lower legs, arms and hands. Sometimes patients describe it as feeling like their feet or hands are on fire or being pricked by hundreds of pins. Sufferers may not be able to feel pressure or hot and cold sensations on their feet or hands, or be able to tell in what position their feet, toes, hands or fingers are resting in.

Causes The primary causes of peripheral neuropathy are diabetes and radiation or chemotherapy treatment. A small percentage of cases are idiopathic, or resulting from no known cause, but diabetes is the single biggest cause. Fifty to seventy percent of diabetics will develop peripheral neuropathy and with the rate of obesity increasing in the United States, the number of patients suffering from diabetes will also increase, as will the frequency of the associated neuropathy.

Diagnoses If peripheral neuropathy is suspected, your doctor may look into your medical

history for known causes (such as diabetes or chemotherapy treatment). The doctor should conduct a physical examination of the feet and hands as well as blood tests. Another common test is the monofilament sensitivity exam, which is a simple sensory test in which the examiner will simply see if the patient can feel the tickling produced by touching the foot or hand with a thick piece of fishing line.

Treatments Lyrica, Neurontin, and Gabapentin are common drug treatments, as are topical ointments and narcotics for the most severe pain. Each of these common prescription drugs come with a litany of side effects and an estimated annual cost of $237 million and do not work to repair the nerve damage.

New Treatment Option A new type of treatment available in a few clinics around the country treats peripheral neuropathy through a combination of pain management and new technology that helps in healing by retraining nerve fibers to respond nonpathologically, stimulates circulation and allows the nerves to function more normally. In recent studies, 85% of patients undergoing this treatment saw pain scores drop significantly. Over a five month period, tests showed the nerves functioning more normally. At-home maintenance treatment may be required, but the maintenance treatments are a small price to pay for living pain-free! This treatment is generally covered by insurance and Medicare.  SPONSORED PAGE

Cathie Diller, MD, FAAFP Dr. Diller is the medical director of Peripheral Nerve Clinic. She has been working in Whatcom County since 2004 and lived on Whidbey Island for 6 years prior. Dr. Diller has worked in many settings, from private practice to military medicine to Tribal health and has seen how many patients suffer with peripheral neuropathy. Like all physicians, she was frustrated by the limited treatment options available to these patients and is very excited to bring this new treatment protocol to the area since it has shown such wonderful benefits to peripheral neuropathy patients in other parts of the country. For a free consultation to find if you are a candidate for this new treatment, please call PNC at 360.933.1405.

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old yellow paint showcases the two-story, turn-of-the-century Victorian house on Ellis St. that is home to Face It Skin Care. Conveniently located near downtown and I-5, Face It is open six days a week, and provides a variety of services from teeth whitening, facials, makeup and waxing. Owner Mary Ann Newman offers customers a personalized spa treatment experience in an intimate studio setting. Local Bellingham residents flock to Face It for a rejuvenating and confidence-enhancing experience. Newman specializes in facials, and believes that “when you look good, you feel good.” Depending on personal needs, Newman can help clients regain a healthy and natural glow by repairing anything from rosacea to acne to sundamaged skin. With more than eight years of experience as an esthetician, the spa owner has cultivated a remarkably cozy and relaxing environment. With shabby chic furniture decorating the studio, soothing 50 NorthSoundLife.com

white curtains blocking the bright rays of sun and a soft melodic tune playing in the background, it’s not difficult to allow your daily stressors to evaporate while slipping into deep relaxed state, both physically and mentally. Newman provides treatments such as her Customized PCA Peel, Acne Special, and a Relax, Refresh and Rebalance treatment. Her micro abrasion, organic exfoliation procedure provides an excellent combination of a rejuvenating deep-cleansing procedure and personalized post-facial skin care instructions. After preparing the client in a cozy reclining chair, Newman first massages a cleanser over the face, neck and shoulders then gently washes it away. After an examination under a lighted magnifying glass, the skin professional leads an in-depth discussion of a personalized skin cleansing regiment and recommended products, specific to the client’s needs. During the exfoliation process, Newman

closely monitors the skin’s reaction and provides a comfort scale for the client in order to maintain a comfortable environment. Closely observing the client’s skin, Newman continues with a steaming and extraction process, massage and serum. The hourlong process is nothing short of a topof-the-line pampering session. With Newman’s effective treatments, personalized skin care knowledge and relaxing studio environment, this Bellingham location is a must-stop for anyone searching to rejuvenate their skin. Whether looking to remove unwanted facial hair, brighten your smile, gain professional insight into a makeup routine or refresh your natural glow, Face It Skin Care’s Newman will assist in an effective and personalized approach.  1410 Ellis St., Bellingham Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 360.738.8368 Faceit-skincare.com



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Green smoothies and juices are an optimal way to get those necessary servings of vegetables. Simple cold drinks like these can provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, good fats and fiber. Once you get the basic mechanics of smoothie-making down, it’s easy to swap ingredients and add different ones in for added benefit and taste preferences. Frozen bananas and fruit work best for the chill factor because adding ice cubes can water down your smoothie. The trick is to add something cold that isn’t going to melt. To aid easy blending, put the liquid in first, so the blades have extra mobility. Next add the greens to make sure they get completely liquefied. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Extra liquid can always be added to thin it out, if desired.

Almond Butter-Raspberry Smoothie with Spinach The alternative milk keeps this smoothie dairyfree, but the frozen banana gives it a much-needed creaminess. Somehow the banana manages to cover up the flavor of spinach completely, leaving you only with a wonderful raspberry flavor and surprising nuttiness from the almond butter. If you don’t like almond butter, swap it for peanut butter or leave it out completely. The spices are also optional, but with the almond butter they give it a nice balance of flavor. Using a frozen banana and frozen berries makes the smoothie icy cold without having to water it down with ice cubes.

What you’ll need ¾ cup coconut milk or almond milk ½ cup frozen raspberries 1 frozen banana 1 teaspoon almond butter 1 ½ cups fresh baby spinach, lightly packed Pinch cinnamon (optional) Pinch cardamom (optional)

Put the milk and greens in a blender; blend until smooth. Add the almond butter, banana and raspberries, along with a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom. Blend until smooth. If it is too thick, add more milk in small increments. You can always add more raspberries. Depending on how many you use, it may turn the smoothie a shade of brown, but it still tastes great!

Why this smoothie is good for you Spinach is packed with Vitamins A and K, along with magnesium and fiber. Cardamom helps move food through intestines and can also help treat stomach spasms. Some studies show that cinnamon can help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Not only is almond butter an excellent source of protein, the calcium and copper help aid nervous system function. Sources: WebMD, livestrong.com Recipe: Dakota Mackey

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Banana-Avocado-Spinach Smoothie This smoothie is boosted with plentiful vitamins and fiber. The avocado may sound like it wouldn’t go well in a smoothie; however, it’s just the opposite — avocado gives this drink its creamy texture.

Always put the liquid in first so that the blades of the blender can move freely.

What you’ll need ½–1 cup of spinach 1–1 ½ cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 avocado, ripe, peeled and pit removed 1 frozen banana 1 orange, peeled and seeds removed

Put the almond milk and spinach in a blender; blend until smooth. Add the orange, banana and avocado and blend. For additional sweetness, you can add 1 tablespoon of Grade B maple syrup or agave nectar.

Why this smoothie is good for you Spinach is packed with Vitamins A and K, along with magnesium and fiber. Oranges contain high amounts of both vitamin C and Potassium. Avocados are a great source of potassium and vitamin D, not to mention they are loaded with fiber. Sources: WebMD Recipe: mindbodygreen.com

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Kale-Orange Smoothie Once you’ve tried spinach in your cold beverages, you may be ready to upgrade to kale. Kale is dense with nutritional benefits, but it can add more taste than spinach in smoothies. Nevertheless, green smoothie enthusiasts have found a way to make it refreshing and delicious.

What you’ll need

Why this smoothie is good for you

1/3 cup orange juice ¼ cup milk 2 cups chopped kale 1 frozen banana 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional) 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)

Kale is high in vitamins A, C and K, and is also a good source of calcium, copper, potassium and iron, making it great for eye health among other things. Oranges contain high amounts of both vitamin C and potassium. Coconut oil helps with poor immune function, thyroid disease, heart disease and obesity. Flax seed contains good fats known as omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have heart healthy effects. It is also an excellent source of fiber.

Place the orange juice, milk and kale in the blender; blend until smooth. Add in the banana, coconut oil and flax seed meal and blend.

Sources: WebMD Recipe: allrecipes.com

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Benefits of Color BY FRANCES BADGETT

Folic Acid, Lutein and Vitamin K (GREEN) Potassium and Phytochemicals (White)

The March of Dimes recommends pregnant women, or women who intend to become pregnant, to take a folic acid supplement to prevent birth defects. Folic acid also helps the body make healthy new cells. Lutein improves and protects vision. Vitamin K helps protect your bones from fracture, and protects against several forms of cancer.

Onions, garlic and mushrooms can reduce blood pressure, prevent diabetes and help reduce cholesterol.

Phenolics (Purple) Powerful antioxidants, phenolics help reduce incidence of cancer, protect against heart disease and slow the process of aging.

Lycopene and Anthocyanins (RED) Potentially helpful in fighting certain kinds of cancer, heart disease and other serious health problems, lycopene is an antioxidant. Anthocyanins are flavonoids that have the potential to help the nervous system, improve problems with inflammation and protect the heart.

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Beta Carotene & Vitamin C (ORANGE) Both Beta Carotene and Vitamin C support a healthy immune system. Beta Carotene helps promote good vision and healthy skin.

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r. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live and Super Immunity: The Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger and Disease-Free is a boardcertified family physician and noted expert in the field of nutrient density in food. He created the ANDI: Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, which measures how much nutrition per serving various foods have. According to Dr. Fuhman, leafy green vegetables are the champions of the produce aisle. Bear in mind, he is just one voice in the chorus of people who rank food nutrient density, but buying and eating liberally from his recommendations certainly won’t steer you wrong. The top of his list are mustard, turnip and collard greens, with an ANDI index score of 1000. These delicious greens are great in smoothies or sautéed with another ANDI favorite, garlic. Kale also has a score of 1000, and, given its popularity among foodies, the news about its health benefits has definitely gone wide. A great versatile green with a slightly more moderate flavor than mustard greens, kale is amazing in soups, sauces or dried into chips. There’s a sleeper on the list: the quieter, quainter cousin of kale — watercress. It also comes in with a score of 1000, and is fantastic in salads and sandwiches. Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. Ancient Greeks and Persians consumed watercress for its health benefits, and sailors ate watercress to prevent scurvy. It was first grown in continental Europe in Erfurt, Germany by Nicholas Messier in the 16th Century (source: watercress.com). Bok Choy is next on the list at 824, and is used mainly in Asian cooking.

But this versatile veggie can be used in soups, stews and smoothies. Popeye would be proud to see spinach come in just behind bok choy at 739. Spinach also holds its nutrient richness well, even after being stored for long periods of time, as in a grocery store setting (source: The George Mateljan Foundation). Broccoli Rabe is a kind of confusing plant, because it looks a little like skinny, tall, thin broccoli, but it is more closely related to turnips. It has a nutty, occasionally bitter flavor, but is delicious in pasta sauces, on pizzas or sautéed with onions. If the bitterness of broccoli rabe is a bit much, Brussels sprouts come in at 672, and are exceptionally versatile. Drenched in bacon and truffle oil, they can be especially delicious, but back to health, they are excellent sautéed, baked and even grilled. Next on the list is grand and beautiful Swiss chard. A simple, easy, and delicious pasta sauce is sauteed Swiss chard, chopped tomatoes and olive oil. Add a little red pepper, and you have a healthy and delicious dinner. Chard is milder than mustard or turnip greens and less nutty than kale. Rainbow chard has beautiful showy stems that can really make a dish as pretty as it is healthy. Our final greenie is a staple on artful Panini as well as super salads. Known in the South by its nickname “rocket,” arugula is on every foodie’s list as the perfect little perk in typically dull dishes. So next time you’re in the produce aisle and feeling a bit stumped by all those nicely displayed leafy greens, pick up a few and try them out. Fighting cancer and boosting your immune system never tasted so good. 

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Your surgeon and anesthesiologist are supported by a highly skilled team of Registered Nurses and Technologists, specially trained in surgical and recovery care. Our state-of-the-art surgical suites and sophisticated surgical and emergency equipment are identical to those used in a hospital. Ambulatory Surgery Centers have much lower infection and complication rates than hospitals, because we do not treat patients with

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To Defend or Debunk?

6 Common Health Myths Exposed

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Don’t swallow your gum — it takes seven years to digest! Don’t sit that close to the TV — you’ll go cross-eyed! Don’t run with those scissors! (Ok, so maybe that one is a keeper.) No matter the reasons, we’ve all bought into white lies about our ­bodies and how to live healthier lives. To set the record straight, we consulted with the nation’s leading medical health experts and dutifully spent hours poring over the newest scientific studies to bring you the most accurate evidence out there. Oh, and a word to the wise? Don’t swallow your gum — that’s just gross.




ight owls and nap-aholics have debated over this number for decades. While some of us are queuing up the bedtime routine before sunset, others think that 10 p.m. is the time to crack a Redbull and kick it into high gear. The truth is that there is no magic number for a perfect night’s sleep. Even so, that doesn’t mean you can skip or splurge in the sleep department and be just fine. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the prescribed hourly range for an average adult is seven to nine hours, which explains why people tend to argue that eight is the ideal amount. But anywhere in that range can be considered healthy. Anything less than seven hours increases your risk of getting in a car accident or developing diabetes and heart disease. More than nine hours of sleep boosts mortality rates and encourages morbidity. Oregon-based family physician and medical writer, Erica Zelfand, MD explains why getting better sleep is important. “During the day, the brain releases very little melatonin. After sunset, however, the pineal gland in the brain receives the signal to make melatonin. The body’s natural cycle (also known as a “circadian rhythm”) creates melatonin most abundantly between the hours of 11pm and 3am, during sleep.1 This means if you’re 1  Lynch HJ, Wurtman RJ, Moskowitz MA, Archer MC, Ho MH. Daily rhythm in human urinary melatonin. Science. 1975;187(4172):169. PMID 1167425

going to bed at midnight, you’re skipping a very valuable hour of melatonin-making.” The two main factors that affect sleep quality are: basal sleep needs (the amount you need nightly to function at your best) and accumulated sleep debt. If you are constantly exhausted, you may benefit from tweaking your basal sleep needs. Try re-organizing your day to avoid TV or social media after a certain hour, and brew some caffeine-free tea or take a bath. Once you’re tucked in, consider a sound machine to initiate your body’s drowsiness and boost memory making abilities. The Rise & Shine Natural Wake-Up Light and Sound Machine has been shown to align the circadian rhythms that regulate normal sleeping and waking patterns by simulating light and sounds that diminish as you fall asleep and increase as you wake. (Source: Home & Living, examiner.com.) But what if you get consistent sleep at night and still feel like a zombie? It could be that your sleep debt is grossly overdrawn. Sleep that is lost due to poor sleep habits, sickness, or random awakenings may be to blame. New research suggests adding an extra hour or two to your nightly basal sleep number for a period of time can chip away at your sleep debt. Catnaps can’t reinstate a state of rest, but you can develop a more restorative sleep-wake schedule over time. Ultimately, make sleep a priority. Pencil in an appointment with your mattress at the same time every evening and keep it.

Verdict: Debunk

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particularly those who don’t regularly consume caffeine, will always be more sensitive. Your individual metabolic rate isn’t the only factor that affects how a body processes caffeine — the bean and brand of coffee may be an imperceptible contributor to your daily intake, too. Most people assume that darker roasted beans have more caffeine than mediumlighter roasts, but because the “burning off” process takes longer, the caffeine content is actually less in darker roasts. Also, each roasting company has their own roasting process. For instance, coffee brands like Seattle’s Best only have 10.4 mg/fl.oz while Starbucks tops out at 20.6 mg/fl. oz. If you drink several cups a day, it’s worth it to do the research. You may be surprised at how much caffeine you are actually consuming.

Verdict: Debunk

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aybe you’ve noticed that some people have a cup of coffee before bed and are snoozing an hour later, while you may have one cup of morning java and still be bouncing off the walls come bedtime. This isn’t your imagination, it’s a biological fact. Apparently, innate factors like gender and race can change how a person metabolizes caffeine. Lifestyle choices like smoking or taking birth control can also have an effect on the way your body handles caffeine. On average, the body typically eliminates half of your caffeine intake in three to five hours, and the remainder can linger from eight to 14 hours. But some people,

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t just makes sense. Sticking our kids in front of the TV or smart phone for hours on end can’t be good for them. It wasn’t that long ago that kids had chores like milking cows or churning butter — and their free time was spent fishing in the nearby creek. (Or maybe that was just Laura Ingalls.) Regardless, trying to navigate this new technological tundra can be overwhelming. Some parents are convinced that the best option is to eliminate screen-time altogether. However, there may actually be benefits to parentmonitored time front of the screen — ones that go widely unrecognized. Peter Gray Ph. D., a research professor at Boston College and the author of Free to Learn (Basic Books, 2013), recently suggested that limiting a child’s interaction with technology could be harmful to their development. “The computer is, without question, the single most important tool in modern society. Our limiting kids’ computer time would be like a hunter-gatherer adults limiting their kids’ bow-and-arrow time.” But the majority of parents don’t see it Dr. Gray’s way. And new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with them. The AAP recommends, “Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content.” They cite the importance for kids to spend time on outdoor play,

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reading, hobbies and using their imaginations. But even though children’s access to media has increased from 8% of all families in 2011 to 40% in 2013 — the numbers don’t support the notion that kids aren’t being entertained in the same ways as generations before them. According to Common Sense Media, (a non-profit that releases studies on the effects media has on young users), household TV watching still reigns supreme and has for nearly five decades. Rest assured word-nerds, reading books still remains the second most popular way children prefer to be entertained. Joshua Brustein, Personal Technology writer for Bloomberg Businessweek wrote, “The inexorable march toward zombie children who are glued to screens from an early age isn’t quite a reality, according to this [Common Sense Media] survey. Kids are watching much less television overall, and they are not simply making up the difference by spending more time on mobile devices.” The most important part of this debate is to explore the reasons why your children are drawn to certain digital media and then custom-make boundaries. The happy medium may be to limit your child’s screen time to high quality learning content like the AAP suggests, but still give them some freedom to choose certain formats appropriate for their age. Who knows? Highly-accessible technology may be one of our era’s best ways to teach, connect, and understand our children.

Verdict: Debunk.

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ut it down. Yes, that: the marshmallow filled, rainbow sprinkled “dark chocolate” bar you got for your heart’s sake. Sadly, it doesn’t count. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT revealed the truth about this delightful treat. “Just an ounce of dark chocolate a day can have health benefits. Dark chocolate, with at least 70-percent cocoa is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids.” Anything below 70% falls off the heart-healthy wagon with a resounding thud. Two dark chocolate bars that passed the percentage test are Seattle-made Theo Pure 85% Dark Chocolate Bar and Godiva’s 72% Dark Chocolate Bar. So what does high-percentage cocoa give us? “Dark chocolate boosts the body’s production of high-density lipop­rotein cholesterol (HDL) — the ‘good’ form of cholesterol that protects against heart disease, lowers elevated blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.” Angelone said. But keep in mind that the recommended ounce of dark chocolate is typically only 3 eensy squares — so slow your roll on the Costco-size versions. As a summary: “It’s best to eat a heart-healthy diet and not get caught up in eating chocolates in hopes of helping your heart. Indulgence in chocolate in moderation remains a ­reasonable approach.” True dat, girlfriend.

Verdict: Defend.

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o you overdid it. It happens to the best of us. If you want the ickiness to subside as quickly as possible don’t order a double cheeseburger. Unfortunately, greasy food may actually irritate a sensitive stomach after a night of over-imbibing instead of helping ease it. Danielle Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of ENJI Daily a San-Francisco based health and wellness magazine and has an M.S. in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. She busted this myth wide open. “First, meals like this may be energydense, but they don’t tend to be nutrient-dense, so you’re not getting those precious vitamins and minerals you need to detoxify the alcohol. Plus the high sodium content of foods like bacon and home fries may dehydrate you further.” The science of hangovers is widely unstudied, which has inspired social drinkers to come up with their own cures for centuries. Hangover symptoms, such as nausea, sensitivity to light and

headaches are all caused by changes in body chemistry. And while no one meal or drink can reverse those seven margaritas you ordered (darn you Mexican-themed bachelorette party!), focusing on the breakdown of toxins by increasing fructose, amino acids, mineral and vitamin intake will help. As for morning-after food, Hart suggests a veggie omelet packed with spinach, garlic and onions, and a small baked sweet potato with a little butter. Fluids like peppermint tea and coconut water can help restore depleted cells too. But if food is the last thing on your mind, try FDA-approved hangover tablets like Blowfish, which have a specifically buffered formula of soluble aspirin and medicinal caffeine. Regardless, be careful not to drink too much too often. Consistently consuming too much alcohol has long-term effects which include neurological problems like dementia, stroke and neuropathy as well as liver disease and hypertension.

Verdict: Debunk

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olly-gee! Mom was right after all. We asked the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Sonya Angelone once again to stir up her findings on this ageold idea: “There is some evidence that hot chicken soup can help treat the symptoms by known anti-inflammatory effects and by temporarily increasing the flow of mucus which might help relieve congestion. Researchers aren’t sure the exact ingredient or ingredients in the soup that made it effective against colds but say it may be the combination of vegetables and chicken that work together.” Some advice for the immunity-challenged? Skip the sodium-laden canned varieties. Instead, make a homemade crockpot version. The fresher the ingredients, the better the “cure” will be.


Verdict: Defend

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Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties are fortunate to have a medical community dedicated to excellence. The men and women in these pages offer personal care and attention. Whether you’re seeking a holistic approach to medicine or cutting-edge surgery, we are pleased to introduce you to these select medical professionals.

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BELLINGHAM SPINE PAIN SPECIALISTS, PC The best clinical outcomes come from precise and accurate diagnoses. By taking the guesswork and “wishful thinking” out of managing chronic spine pain, Dr. Yin’s world-class clinical, scientific, and academic expertise allows patients access to state-of-the-art evidence-based spine care right here in beautiful Bellingham, WA at Bellingham Spine Pain Specialists, PC.

Way Yin, MD

Dr. Yin is recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent experts in the field of chronic spine pain. His clinical, academic, research, and societal work has contributed to his ranking among the best 70 Pain Physicians in America and top physicians in Washington State. A graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, Dr. Yin trained in General Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has multiple Board Certifications, including Pain Medicine. An ardent patient advocate and expert in the field of evidencebased medicine, Dr. Yin is one of only a handful of spine-pain physicians in the world with published clinical outcomes in peer-reviewed medical journals. He receives patients in referral nationally and internationally. Dr. Yin is the past-president of the International Spine Intervention Society, a member of numerous committees for the North American Spine Society, has served as an advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), WA State Medical Board, and has authored definitive

textbook and encyclopedia chapters, as well as national and international clinical practice standards and guidelines in the field of spine pain. His research publications have led to the discovery of novel therapies for complex pain problems including head and neck pain, cervicogenic headache, thoracic spine pain, and sacroiliac joint pain. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1997, he appreciates Bellingham for its beauty, outstanding medical community, quality of life, and outdoor activities. His interests include flyfishing, guitar, and non-profit charitable work.

BELLINGHAM SPINE PAIN SPECIALISTS, PC 2075 Barkley Blvd., Suite 250, Bellingham, WA 98226 t: 360.527.8111 | f: 360.527.8115 www.bellinghamspine.com | info@bellinghamspine.com

WHATCOM EYE SURGEONS Whatcom Eye Surgeons proudly works with your family eye care provider to determine the best treatment for your eyes. We recommend consulting with your eye doctor first—he or she can provide information, discuss the best options, and recommend a medical or surgical consultation with us, if appropriate. Our highly experienced, local team includes:

Kristi Bailey, MD

Dr. Kristi Bailey is a specialist in cataract surgery and medical retinal disease. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Casey Eye Institute. 70 NorthSoundLife.com

Aaron Kuzin, MD

Dr. Aaron Kuzin specializes in cataract, glaucoma, and anterior segment surgery. He completed his education at Harvard Medical School and the University of California/ Doheny Eye Institute.

Justin Wright, OD

Dr. Justin Wright provides medical eye care, with specific interests in ocular disease and strabismus. He is a graduate of the Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon.

WHATCOM EYE SURGEONS 2075 Barkley Blvd., #205 Bellingham 360.676.6233 www.whatcomeyes.com

RIGHT AT HOME NORTHWEST WASHINGTON The Northwest Washington office of Right at Home is locally owned and operated by Sharon and Steve Morris and serves the communities of Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and northern Snohomish counties. Our vision is to improve the quality of life for those we serve. We do that by providing high quality in-home caregivers to serve you. To achieve our vision we: ••




rovide dependable, compassionate, licensed and P bonded caregivers who share the vision of our local Right at Home office Maintain an ongoing dialogue with our clients’ family members and advocates about their individualized care plan Review each client’s individualized care plan regularly to ensure that our services match our clients’ changing needs Respond timely to referrals for homecare assistance from case managers, social workers, and other healthcare professionals in our community

Whether it is for assistance after a stay in a hospital, an aging parent who needs extra help or companionship to remain in their own home; or as a respite for the spouse or family member caring for a loved one, Right at Home can help. For more information, call Sharon or Steve at 360392-3934 or email us at sharon@rahnorthwest. com or steve@rahnorthwest.com. You can also visit our website at www.rahnorthwest.com, see us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rahnwwa, or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/#rahnwwa.

Steve Morris, PhD, CSA®

Dr. Steve Morris is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) and is Owner/Administrator of Right at Home Northwest Washington. He obtained his PhD Integral Health from California Institute for Human Sciences in Encinitas, California and holds a Masters in Economics and a BA in International Relations both from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Steve relocated to Bellingham, WA after living and working in Asia for more than 20 years as a Leadership and Workplace Wellness Coach. Morris’s field of specialization is in achieving mind-body wellness at the individual, group, and community level. He helps individuals and groups overcome real and perceived limitations in order to facilitate sustainable high performance. Steve loves to travel, sail and SCUBA dive.

Sharon Morris, MEd, CSA®

Sharon Morris a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) and is the Director of Care Services of Right at Home Northwest Washington. She obtained her Masters of Education from George Mason University and a BA Psychology from Regents College. Sharon also holds a Certificate in Counseling. Sharon relocated to Bellingham, WA after living and working in Asia for more than 20 years as an elementary school teacher at several international schools. As Director of Care Services at Right at Home Northwest, Sharon recruits, trains, and supervises caregivers to improve the quality of lives of the people they serve. Sharon enjoys baking, quilting, reading a good book, and taking long walks with her dog, Tashi.

RIGHT AT HOME 114 W Magnolia St., Suite 109 Bellingham, WA 98225 360.392.3934 www.rahnorthwest.com

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PERFORMANCE HEALTH NORTHWEST Dr. DeRoche’s vision of how chiropractic care should be practiced is simple: the body cannot function at its best without optimal neurologic function, soft tissue health and joint range of motion and stability. Linking this with a lifestyle that includes eating well, daily exercise, and a positive mental status, the overall package created -- GOOD HEALTH! Dr. DeRoche’s goal is to identify the root cause of your injury/ailment and treat your body in a way to encourage fast healing. Through education, his objective is to prevent recurrence of your injury/ailment. Opening his new office in downtown Bellingham, Dr. DeRoche has taken a major step toward creating a multi-disciplinary clinic. With a current emphasis on chiropractic, manual therapy, pre-habilitation, rehabilitation, and nutrition; his plan is to add acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. With this multidisciplinary clinic, Dr. DeRoche aspires to enhance the overall well-being of his patients.

Erik J. DeRoche DC, MS, CSCS, CCSP MS- Exercise Science CSCS- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CCSP- Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician

PERFORMANCE HEALTH NORTHWEST 1433 N State St, Bellingham (O) 360.738.8877 | (F) 360.392.6245 PerformanceHealthNW.com

PRIME MASSAGE AND SPORTS MEDICINE Kerry Gustafson has built her career with the goal of opening this multidisciplinary clinic, providing active people individualized, patient-centered care. As a licensed athletic trainer, and a licensed massage practitioner, Kerry specializes in manual therapy, pre-habilitation, and rehabilitation. She approaches patient care, listening to each person’s goals, activities, and lifestyle, developing a treatment plan to uniquely fit their needs. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers—allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Kerry is presently the only athletic trainer in Washington to own and operate a private practice. In 2013, her first year, she was voted Best Massage Therapist in Bellingham in the Cascadia Weekly, and won the Bronze Medal for massage in Bellingham Alive.

PRIME MASSAGE AND SPORTS MEDICINE 1433 N State St, Bellingham (O) 360.319.3924 | (F) 360.392.6245 primebellingham.com

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Kerry Gustafson, AT/L, ATC, LMP Licensed Athletic Trainer Certified Athletic Trainer Licensed Massage Practitioner

CARRDORSCH FAMILY DENTAL Voted best dentist in the 2013 and 2010 issues of Bellingham Alive’s Best of the Northwest contests, CarrDorsch Family Dental gives patients several reasons to smile. Working closely with patients, their team consists of friendly, smart and fun people who are dedicated to meeting the needs of their patients. Individual care plans are developed to help each patient achieve their unique goals. A variety of dental services are offered, including: •• General dentistry: regular visits/cleanings, crowns, x-rays, ­sealants, fillings, inlays and onlays •• Advanced dentistry: dental implants, wisdom tooth surgery, root canals, extractions, bridges, dentures and sleep apnea/snore guards •• Cosmetic dentistry: tooth bleaching/whitening, veneers and tooth-colored fillings CarrDorsch Family Dental is committed to pursuing modern dentistry and the latest in technology. Same-day treatments are available, eliminating temporary crowns and multiple appointments.

CARRDORSCH FAMILY DENTAL 3400 Squalicum Pkwy., Suite 107, Bellingham, WA 98225 360.734.9926 carrdorschdental.com


SAMISH WAY HOLISTIC CENTER 1326 E. Laurel St. | Bellingham | 360.733.3838 samishwayholistic.com Call one of our network providers: Sunleaf – 425.248.9066 Green Wellness – 888.885.9949 NWCNM – 360.734.9500

Samish Way Holistic Center is a new and exciting member of the Bellingham community and has gained a solid patient base in the short seven months it has been providing safe access to medical marijuana. Eager to portray a professional and comfortable atmosphere, Samish Way strives to stay one step ahead of other providers. They have recently added a premier Dab Lounge, where medical marijuana patients can sample exclusive award-winning concentrates. In addition, Samish Way has a Clone Connection, which provides patients with quality clones for the beautiful adventure of growing at home. As we only carry the highestquality medicine, you will find products here unlike

anywhere else. From edibles, lotions, hash, BHO, RSO, CO2, honey oil and much more, your specific medical need will always be met. We encourage those interested in alternative medicine to give us a call, as we can help you learn more about becoming medically authorized. Firsttime patients receive a free edible, and in addition, we have a daily cannabis special and holiday specials. We also hold community events to which all are welcome. We look forward to succeeding in providing alternative medicine to an “alternative” community. At Samish Way Holistic we believe in our human right to heal ourselves with Cannabis, and we will always stand behind that belief.

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CLEARLY COMFORTABLE SMILES, CLEARLY COMFORTABLE RESULTS Invisalign is the most comfortable and cosmetically pleasing way to achieve your perfect smile without having to deal with uncomfortable standard braces that interfere with day-to-day life. Your treatment plan will be customized to you and will consist of removable Invisalign aligners that are updated biweekly. With each custom tailored aligner you are one step closer to your new dazzling smile! No other teethstraightening system on the market is as effortless as the Invisalign system. Here are a few of the many benefits to choosing Invisalign over conventional braces. ••



Customized Fit - We create precise aligners designed to perfectly fit your teeth and achieve your desired results. Comfort - Invisalign aligners a have smooth edges and will never irritate your teeth or gums. You’ll forget you’re even wearing the aligner. Eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing are a breeze because the aligners are removable. Cosmetic - Invisalign is practically invisible! No one will know you are straightening your teeth unless you tell them. You can remove Invisalign for special occasions if you wish, but many people find that the aligners make their teeth look glossier and all around better and even leave their aligners in for pictures.

Dr. Robert L. Knudson, D.D.S Practicing family and cosmetic dentistry in Bellingham for the past 30 years, Dr. Robert Knudson is also in one of the top 1% of Invisalign providers in North America. A graduate of the University of Washington, he is a long time member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a former director of the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies. Clearly Comfortable Smiles has six Puget Sound locations including Bellingham where Dr. Knudson focuses exclusively on Invisalign treatment of adults and teens. 425.765.1949 or 888-290-9937 clearlycomfortablesmiles.com 74 NorthSoundLife.com

Say “HELLO” to Clear Nails Michael Sherwin, DPM FAMILY

FOOT CARE, P.S. Medical, Surgical & Sports Foot Care

2000 Broadway, Bellingham www.familyfootcarebham.com

(360) 738-9797 Actual photos of patients before and after treatments.


The Pin Pointe Foot Laser is a specially designed, FDA approved, patented medical device that shines concentrated laser light through your toenail and vaporizes the fungal particles embedded in your nail plate and nail bed that cause toenail fungus (Onychomycosis).




The laser light beam does not harm the nail or surrounding skin. The treatment is painless, so there is no need for anesthesia.


It takes approximately 30 minutes to treat all 10 toenails. 3 treatments are included in the package.



Clinical studies to date reveal that 70% to 85% of treated patients show significant improvement. In most cases, fungal nails are completely cleared!




On average, a toenail will replace itself every 6 to 9 months. Healthy new growth should be visible within 2-3 months as your nail continues to grow out.

IS THIS TREATMENT SAFE? In our clinical studies, there have been no adverse reactions, injuries or side effects. As you may know, oral medication available today for treatment of fungal nails can be hard on the liver and kidneys. Cases of liver or kidney damage/ failure have been reported. This PinPointe laser treatment has no effects on your internal organs.

CAN I WALK AFTER THE TREATMENT? Yes. The treatment does not harm you in any way. You will be able to walk out of the office in your own shoes just as well as you walked in.

ISN’T LASER TREATMENT EXPENSIVE? Laser treatment is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance plans; however, laser treatment is affordable. Flexible spending accounts (FSA) may be used to pay for in part or all of the treatment. My staff is happy to discuss payment options and to answer any questions you may have.

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Small Spaces in Petite Places Proportion and scale for condo design BY TANNA BARNECUT


ondos on the comeback? Yes, believe it or not, I have been told that the popularity of condos is growing. As an interior designer, I am already seeing the change. My clientele ranges from first-time home buyers to universal design for senior living, so I definitely have become quite versatile in my planning. Most recently, I have been asked to redesign small spaces in petite places. For different reasons, I have a book of clients who are enjoying the multifamily life. The condo is the main residence for some clients and second or third homes for others. From high-end penthouse living to two-story developments, this is a design trend that is keeping me busy! It has also been a great opportunity for interested parties to engage my services across the states — I recently completed a condominium in Washington D.C. online via my E Design Guide. The client goals for this project were to create a living and office environment that was aesthetically pleasing, bright and uplifting, low-maintenance and budget-friendly. One challenge that I had to face with my design is that dreadful four-letter-word: RULE. Yes, in the condominium communities there are rules from the various housing authorities that even designers must follow. In order to not diminish our vision and create a uniquely special unit, we had research to do! This Snohomish condominium is approximately 800 square feet, with more than half of the space dedicated to the living area. It’s absolutely charming. With ample windows,

it is flooded with light each day — we had no problem crafting the appearance of a larger space. We painted the entire unit in a greige colorway with rich latte foam ceilings and trim, giving the unit a current appeal with a chameleon effect as the light changes from day to night. Removing the dated porcelain around the fireplace enhanced its contemporary lines and gave us a clean finish. We replaced the carpet with a wide plank, hand-scraped laminate that was extremely affordable and absolutely striking. It included a sound dampening pad, which was mandatory, and, as a secondary precaution, we also installed an additional underlayment layer for soundproofing and moisture protection. The sisal chevron rug layered with plush charcoal shag helps to soften the noise and is cozy on the feet. Last, all units must have white blinds in the windows, and the sliding door must be visibly white from the street. Yet, another opportunity for originality! With a 6” depth in our window framing, we installed my “double-blind design on-a-dime.” Yes, my own invention to satisfy the housing requirements without surrendering style or our savings account. We had custom window coverings made, 3” thick, to be installed one in front of the other. Our faux white-wood blinds look fantastic behind the geometric Fendi roller shades. We choose faux silk drapery for our slider, which was cleverly lined with white cotton on the outside to satisfy guidelines. We added a flannel interlinement for warmth and privacy on the inside.

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Now to furnishing the main room, which should function in a variety of ways. This area suggests space to entertain many guests, with additional seating on the hearth. The custom upholstered cushion and bolster is an added novelty and easy to remove when necessary. The sleeper sofa, upholstered in performance fabric with down inserts, is a snug retreat draped in soothing cashmere throws and adorned with lavish oversized velvet pillows. Plus, it provides supplementary comfort for overnight guests. By selecting a piece with a lowprofile, we were able to trade for a longer length without feeling confined. Visual integrity is a key element in a small area, so removing the cabinet over the breakfast bar was essential. By repurposing this upper box, we extended the living area, which now shaped a designated space for snacks, projects and happy hour. As luck would have it, this cabinet fit magically above the washer and dryer in the laundry room. We installed reclaimed bar wood for an attractive focal point on the base cabinet, which created a casual appeal and led me to design a signature piece above — a one-of-a-kind reclaimed wood ceiling plate with chic large glass jug pendants.

The industrial lighting with vintage fixtures and warm Edison-style filament bulbs not only provides appropriate light for the space, it also enhances every square foot. The wire globe lantern from the Young House Collection sits over the multi-use table, is finished in an easy to clean, white highgloss lacquer. This light and white table combination is the perfect example of adding scale and proportion while keeping the look light and airy. By leaning the floor mirror at the foot of the table, we not only get great reflection, the illusion of the mirror allowed us to slide the table to the wall, giving more room for traffic flow. I’m enjoying this lifestyle design so much that I have already started looking for my own!  78 NorthSoundLife.com

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Dining Guide • 7 Good Things • Drink of the Month

Lighthouse Bar and Grill BY DAKOTA MACKEY


oised at the end of the Bellwether peninsula and known for its sumptuous views and elegant presence, Lighthouse Bar and Grill in Hotel Bellwether is a Bellingham classic. The dining room is trimmed in dark wood, making it feel as if you’re in a luxury vessel poised to embark on Bellingham Bay. Executive Chef Jordan River Lawson and his team cook up Northwest specialties with a focus on locally-sourced seafood. Chef Lawson was hired as a sous-chef a year-and-a-half ago, but was promoted to Executive Chef last February. He said he cut curly fries at the Northwest Washington Fair at age 15 and never left the industry. After working in fishing, farming and in a series of kitchen jobs, he has now found comfort at Lighthouse Bar and Grill. “I love this place, and with that, the ability to bring in local food,” he said. The customer favorite is a toss-up between the $1 oysters and the cedar plank salmon with pumpkin risotto, but he thinks the seafood grill with salmon, tuna, scallops, spot prawns, dungeness, king crab, and mussels is most impressive. “We have such a bounty of produce, seafood, and products coming out of this region right now, and it is our duty to showcase them,” he said. “I’ve grown up here, so it’s nice to feature food from here.” Given his time spent on Whatcom berry farms and fishing boats, he has continued on page 84  …




Chef David Climer from Panasia located at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa Wine Pairing: Samson Estates Winery Presented in association with: Judd & Black Appliance, Mount Vernon

On November 14, Chef David Climer took us through a Panasian feast of Ahi Takosu, Honey Garlic Prawns and Thai Dream Ice Cream. The Takosu were two fish tacos with delicately seared Ahi in a soy marinade on a bed of dressed slaw, garnished with cilantro and a mixture of black and white sesame seeds. Chef’s tip: cut the ahi while it is still partly frozen to preserve its shape and texture. The honey garlic prawns are normally served familystyle, but for the purposes of our evening, they were served in individual portions. The sauce consisted of a gluten-free soy sauce, and the dish was served on a bed of rice with a ring of broccoli. The Thai Dream Ice Cream topped the meal: Thai Iced Tea ice cream on pound cake surrounded by a caramel sauce and garnished with 2 Pockey sticks. Wine Pairings: Samson Estates opened with a crisp, unoaked 2012 Chardonnay, and then moved to a 2012 Yakima Valley Riesling. Fruity 80 NorthSoundLife.com

with peach, melon and pineapple notes, it complemented the honey garlic prawns. Samson also offered a 2004 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc with the main course. To complement dessert, Samson served Oro Hazelnut Wine made from hazelnuts that are crushed and lightly roasted.

Š Photography by Kaity Teer

Ahi Takosu 2 oz. Ahi Tuna 4-Gyoza Wrappers 4 oz. Shredded Cabbage ½ oz. Shredded Carrots 1 Tb. Minced Green Onions Soy Marinade 2 Tb. Soy Sauce 2 tsp. Sesame Oil Mix together


Slaw Dressing 1 cup Mayonnaise 1 tsp. Sweet Chili Sauce 1 ½ Tb. Sriracha Hot Sauce 1 tsp. Sesame Oil 1 tsp. Soy Sauce ½ tsp. Ginger powder ½ tsp. Lime Juice

Garnish 1 Tb. Chopped Cilantro 1 tsp. Black & White Sesame Seeds mixed ■■ Using a taco shell fry

basket, fry gyoza wrappers until they are golden, let them drain and gently dump them out on to a paper towel. In a bowl combine mayonnaise, sweet chili, Sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice and giner powder whisk thoroughly then transfer into a squeeze bottle. Make soy and sesame oil marinade then pour

onto a plate. Cut tuna in quarter inch slices and place in your sesame and soy oil marinade. Flip both sides one time then lightly torch both sides. Place shredded cabbage on a separate severing plate and rest the shells up against it. Place additional cabbage along green onions and carrots in the shells. Give a heavy squirt dressing down the middle of each taco. Place each piece of tuna on top of slaw in the center of the shells then sprinkle with sesame seeds & cilantro.

Ahi Takosu | Our Japanese version of

Honey Garlic Prawns | Ten large

Thai Dream Ice Cream | Thai Iced Tea

fish tacos: four Gyoza wrappers fried crisp and filled with an Asian slaw and a slice of seared marinated Ahi tuna topped with sesame seed and fresh chopped cilantro.

Butterflied prawns, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, snow peas, chestnuts and onions cooked in a savory gluten-free honey garlic sauce served over a bed of rice surrounded by steamed broccoli.

Ice Cream Sprinkled with crushed almond pockey served on a pillow of pound cake in a mandarin orange caramel sauce.

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Honey Garlic Prawns 10 – 16/20 size prawns Raw P&D 1.5 oz Zucchini 1.5 oz Carrots Sliced 1.5 oz Chestnuts 1.5 oz Snow Peas 1 oz Onions 12 oz Broccoli 3 tsp Fresh Chopped Garlic 2 cups Jasmine Rice Steamed 5 Tbsp Vegetable Oil Sauce ¾ cup Gluten-free soy sauce 3 Tbsp Granulated garlic powder ¼ cup Clover honey Corn Starch Slurry 3 Tbsp Corn Starch 3 Tbsp Water Mixed well

■■ In a pot or pan, heat soy sauce and

honey together, slowly adding granulated garlic while whisking. Boil for about five minutes then cool it down and transfer to a measuring cup or drip cup. In a separate pan, add vegetable oil heat it up until the oil is shimmering then add the prawns. When the prawns start to curl up and are about a quarter of the way cooked, add fresh chopped garlic and stir fry until the garlic starts to brown. Add the vegetable. If the garlic starts to burn, add a little bit of water. Stir fry for thirty seconds then add sauce. When the sauce starts to boil up, thicken with the slurry. On your serving plate, add steamed rice in the middle and mash it down. Add steamed broccoli around the edges and pour the stir fry in the middle over the rice.

Thai Dream Ice Cream Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream 2 cups Heavy whipped cream 1 cup Half & Half 1 – 14 oz. Can sweetened condensed milk 8 Egg yolks, beaten 2 Cups water 6 Tbsp Thai Tea Mix 4 Tbsp Granulated sugar Caramel Sauce 4 Butter chips 4 Segments of Caned Mandarin Oranges 3 Tbsp Brown sugar 2 oz. Cointreau liqueur 1 tsp. Orange extract Water as needed for thinning when finished Other ingredients 2 oz. pound cake cut into a circle using a 3“ ring 2 Pocky sticks 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Brown Sugar Mixed together 1 sprig mint or other sauces are optional ■■ To make the ice cream you will have to

make a trip to your local Asian market and pick up a bag of Thai iced tea mix. Add water, sugar & tea mix. Whisk to together good and lightly boil for a couple of minutes. Then strain with a filter and set aside. In a pot add 1 ½ cups of the 2 cups made with heavy whip, half & half and the can of sweetened condensed milk. Let boil for a few minutes. Remove about a cup of it and slowly pour into

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your beaten egg yolks while whisking then add back to the pot and whisk some more while turning the heat back on. Bring to a boil one more time then remove from the stove a transfer into a bowl or pan and let cool in the refrigerator. Next place in an Ice cream maker for until done it should take 18–25 minutes plus or minus. ■■ Make caramel sauce by heating but-

ter chips in a pan with orange segments. Once the pan is hot add Cointreau and let catch fire when the fire. Once the alcohol is burned off add mash the oranges with a spoon. Stir in the brown sugar. Boil for a couple of minutes add orange extract and transfer into a cup or container then let cool at room temp. Continue to stir as it cools a small amount of water to thin it down if it is too thick. ■■ Cut pound cake ½ inch from the top of

the loaf then use a 3 inch ring to cut out a circle. Lightly sprinkle it with cinnamon and brown sugar mix. Pour caramel onto the plate then place the pound cake in the sauce. Place a scoop of ice cream on top of the pound cake using one two-ounce scoop. Cut your Pocky sticks in half making them four smaller sticks then crush two of them and sprinkle over the top of the ice cream. Take the other two sticks and place them in a criss-cross angle on the back of the ice cream and push them into the cake. Garnish with a sprig of mint or make a design using chocolate or other sauce as an option.

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ISLANDS DUCK SOUP INN American 50 Duck Soup Ln., Friday Harbor 360.378.4878, ducksoupinn.com Sitting on the border of the woods at Duck Soup Inn is one of the most delightful dining experiences you’ll likely experience. The outside eating area of this restaurant — located almost midway between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island — opened last year and offers tables for dinner as well as a couple of couches for pre-dinner drinks. The meals here match the atmosphere: fresh and natural outside; sophisticated country kitchen feel inside. Appetizers include tender calamari with a light salad, twice-baked corn soufflé with green chili lime cream and goat cheese and house-smoked oysters with a cilantro almond pesto. A main course of Alaskan Weathervane scallops with whipped potatoes and a blue cheese crema followed by a Chocolate Panna Cotta paired perfectly with a pear liquor. Every bite offered freshness and flavor. The food was largely local and every dish was garnished with flowers from owner and executive chef Gretchen Allison’s own garden.   THE FREELAND CAFE American/Hawaiian 1642 E. Main St., Freeland 360.331.9945 For more than 35 years, The Freeland Cafe’s been serving Whidbey Island locals a dawntill-dinner menu of American breakfast ­classics

with a mix of Hawaiian flavors. A stack of three savory pancakes stuffed with delicious, sweet blueberries marks a signature favorite among the carb-craving regulars, while a hearty egg breakfast with crisp, sizzling bacon charms away the hunger of nostalgic hometown diners; add Hawaiian-style rice with Spam and gravy for a more exotic breakfast alternative. Lined with ceiling-high windows and an eclectic mix of artwork, The Freeland Cafe offers a generous seating area situated adjacent a popular bar of the same name. Sit back and enjoy the aroma of warm syrup and coffee, and the friendly chatter of neighborly patrons as you dine back to a simpler time.   TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room.   VINNY’S Seafood 165 W. St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934 vinnysfridayharbor.com Owner Becky Day welcomes diners to Vinny’s Ristorante in Friday Harbor, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire of Chef Daniel Van Hamsersfeld to serve simple, everyday fare. His appetizers of Fior de Latte — a caprese salad — and mushroom medley (mushrooms with a Marsala demi glaze and cambozola cheese) are perfect for sharing and leave space for a summery Capellini Mediteranea (prawns and clams in a light white wine and olive oil sauce). As well as a good selection of pastas, Vinny’s has seafood and meat entrées, many of them traditional favorites like Veal Marsala and Chicken Picatta. The cocktail list includes old favorites and some fun offerings like the Crantini and a rhubarb margarita. Top off a meal with crème brûlée — a light, room-temperature custard topped with a layer of burnt sugar.


12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes 360.588.3800, swinomishcasinoandlodge. com/­dining/13moons Located within the casino 13moons is sure to catch your attention. Situated on the waterfront offering a lodge atmosphere which is warm and inviting. The menu offers a wide variety including First Plates, Entree Salads, Seafood and Beef. We started our meal with generous pours of wine. Then moved on to the Roasted Beet Salad, I am always skeptical of this as it needs to be just right, and they did not disappoint. The Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection at medium and mouth watering. This is a great choice for an evening out, you will walk away satisfied and understand why it is becoming the go to place for locals and visitors alike.   CALLE Mexican 517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566, callelove.com Newly opened, this eatery is already getting attention with a write up in Sunset magazine. Known for their take on Street Tacos — with six meat fillings to choose from and handmade corn tortillas — but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. Try the Carne Asada, Posole or Tortas to name just a few menu options. The Spicy Mango Margarita, made with fresh mango and jalepeno, is fast becoming a customer favorite. With 60+ tequilas and mescals to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again.   CONWAY PUB & EATERY American 8611 Main St., Conway 360.445.4733 Don’t let tiny Conway fool you — this pub packs big flavor. Though the town is unincorporated, business is never slow in this watering hole. Farmers often come here after a hard day’s work as well as bikers making a pit stop on a scenic weekend ride. Their food matches their patrons’ big appetites, such as the blue cheese burger topped with crisply fried shoestring onions or the mouthwatering oyster burger. Packed with flavor and Americana spirit, Conway Pub & Eatery is a Skagit Valley icon.

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IL GRANAIO Italian 100 E. Montgomery St., Ste. 110, Mount Vernon 360.419.0674, granaio.com Chef Alberto Candivi arrives at Il Granaio in downtown every morning to make the day’s pastas by hand, sculpting basic ingredients into the building blocks for lavish, rich Italian dishes served throughout the day. When the ingredients call for a lighter hand, his restaurant also turns out reserved, delicate dishes. Il Granaio is a practice in the intricacies of cuisine, displaying the best flavors Italian food has to offer. With more than 30 items on the entrée menu, the list can be quite daunting. Il Granaio’s dessert menu is just as lush as the entrée menu. The wine menu is expansive, and the beer menu features several local craft brews. Their grappa selection does the Italian cordial the justice it deserves.   THE OYSTER BAR Seafood 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, theoysterbar.net

a first-hand experience about what our area best offers a chef. Dinner at Lighthouse Bar and Grill can be a little spendy, so grab a date and make it a special event. Steaks are a highlight in the evening. If you’re looking for something simpler, lunch is reasonable in price and still carries many Northwest seafood options like fried calamari rings and salmon cakes. Many of the dishes have an international flair. The calamari is served with tzatziki, a Greek sauce made with yogurt and cucumber. The salmon cakes, made with rotating types of King salmon, are served with greens and a drizzle of curry aioli for an interesting, mild kick. Lunch features classics like fish and chips with your choice of halibut, cod or salmon; however the waiter may recommend the prime rib beef sandwich with a soft bun, smoked provolone and au jus for dipping. Skip the side caesar and opt for french fries instead. The service is perhaps the highlight. The wait staff is genuine, attentive and easygoing. The atmosphere could be stuffy, but the service softens it. So sit back, marvel at the beautiful view and enjoy a meal of Northwest bounty. 

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. The cozy restaurant is housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations. According to owner Guy Colbert, the restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its location alone. The restaurant’s namesake is the draw, and its chef, Justin Gordon, has an abundance of knowledge about oysters — both local and imported — and reveals a passion for working with this native shellfish. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known in the Pacific Northwest for its extensive wine cellar.

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TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub 416 Myrtle St., Mt. Vernon 360.588.4515, trumpeterpublichouse.com

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The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, fine dining and English pub variety. Try traditional pub selections like shephard’s pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an apricothoney glaze or crab mac and cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with gluten-free dishes, and the option to make any dish gluten free. Of course, a gastropub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews. There’s also a fine selection of wines and drink choices.

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WHATCOM ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL Beef/Seafood 7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, anthonys.com Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.

BLUE FIN SUSHI Japanese 102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, bluefinbellingham.com At Blue Fin Sushi, fresh sushi is used to create a variety of tasty options like the Tekka roll, which is seaweed, rice and tuna. The waitstaff is friendly and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs at work. Blue Fin also offers a full menu of non-sushi food items. Its version of fish and chips, for example, is a must-try: tempura fried salmon pieces served with sweet potato fries with a creamy wasabi sauce for dipping. Blue Fin Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki, orange chicken and bento boxes.

1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968, bayouonbay.com Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun/Creole dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches and hush puppies, to name a few. A house-made remoulade, which accompanies many of the dishes, is worth the trip alone. The bar offers an extensive list of drink options. Bayou on Bay is a must for foodies as well as people just looking for a satisfying meal.   BLACK FOREST STEAKHOUSE German/Steak 1263 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.733.9185 638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.306.8342, blackforeststeakhouse.com Black Forest Steakhouse offers a versatile dining experience. Fancy enough for anniversaries and graduation celebrations, it’s also a place you’ll want to go to any day. Black Forest makes its steaks differently from most other steakhouses: It broils them in a 1,600-degree oven, leaving the meat tender and flavorful.

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D’ANNA’S CAFE ITALIANO Italian 1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, dannascafeitaliano.com

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If you’re looking for good Italian food without having to resort to a national chain, D’Anna’s may be the place for you. The emphasis here is on the food, not the frills. The restaurant stands out in many ways, but D’Anna’s delicious, homemade pasta is what really makes it special.   DIRTY DAN HARRIS Steakhouse

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BLACK PEARL Vietnamese

Bellingham has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants; the trick is to find ones that stand out — like the Black Pearl. With all the available extras, it is almost impossible to get the same flavor twice. The pho is clean and refreshing with a variety of sauces to add as extra seasoning. It comes with a variety of types of meat, including round-eye, brisket and chicken, but vegetarians don’t despair, there’s an option for you, too. One nice feature of the Black Pearl’s menu is that it doesn’t only serve pho. Try the chicken or beef teriyaki, or a noodle bowl. The Black Pearl’s selection of crepes is second to none — everything from classic butter and cinnamon to New York Style Cheesecake with strawberry or raspberry jam.

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The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides warm, friendly wait-staff, quaint historic surroundings and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is owner Kathy Papadakis’ waitstaff. Most have worked here for years — and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. The filet mignon is Dirty Dan’s signature entree. You won’t be disappointed. Leave room for dessert, however, because the selections are dangerously good.

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FIAMMA BURGER All-natural Burgers 1309 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.733.7374, fiammaburger.com One word speaks volumes about Fiamma Burger: variety. With six different patty types

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(including homemade veggie, bison and salmon) and more than 17 menu options, there are endless possibilities for a burger masterpiece. You can even get a “burger in a bowl,” served without the bread. And with extra things to add on like fire-roasted green chiles or a scoop of chili, it could take a long time to find your perfect creation. All burgers are served on a fresh-baked egg bun, with crisp lettuce and all the usual fixings. Spice it up with chipotle ketchup, spicy mustard, or curry mayo, then cool it down with a beer or milkshake.   FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR Dinner/Bar 416 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.738.1000, firesidemartini.com Fireside is out to make a name for itself. By using fresh, local ingredients and a menu that changes on an almost daily basis (based on what’s fresh at the market that day), the Fireside has a lot to offer the casual diner and those more focused on detail. The Fireside claims to have the largest “by the glass” wine selection in Bellingham, none of which are served anywhere else in the area. Cocktails are based on in-house infusions of spirits and it’s a collection found only at Fireside. Beer options range from local to obscure to international. The decor in Fireside is welcoming and intimate, with couches and armchairs throughout the lounge.   GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Italian 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, giuseppesitalian.com


hile working my restaurant job recently, I heard a customer say, “People in this town are making some seriously good gin cocktails right now.” I thought about this and sought to find a creative use of gin in Bellingham. Redlight immediately popped into my head for the carefully crafted and unique spirits. Located on North State Street, Redlight has been open for nearly two years, offering a place for friends and lovers alike to meet by candlelight. With brick walls and eccentric art, Redlight’s atmosphere is sophisticated, yet humble. I scanned over the chalkboard menu and landed on the “Wasp Nest.” The bartender muddled fresh ginger, squeezed half a lemon and added all the necessary liqueurs for a gentle sweetness to counter the generous pour of

gin. After a shake over ice, the dark orange drink was served up with a lemon zest twist. The initial taste was sweet, followed by tart and finished with a punch of gin. It is the type of drink to sip slowly, savoring the intense flavor. Take a trip to Redlight, perhaps during a night with live music. You’ll feel like you’re in someone’s home with the warm ambiance and murmur of locals. Try the inspired “Wasp Nest.” Like its name, in a single sip, flavors will fly into your mouth and leave you…buzzed.  Redlight 1017 N. State St. Bellingham Happy Hour: 4–7 p.m. redlightbellingham.com

Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood and authentic Italian pastas.   INDIAN FLAVORS RESTAURANT Indian 3930 Meridian St., Ste. 107, Bellingham 360.647.1589, indiaflavor.com At Flavor of India all the dishes are rich, delicious and truly feel authentic. Dishes come with your choice of pulao rice or the classic Indian bread naan. Flavor of India offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, all with exquisite and well-developed flavors. There’s also a variety of flavors of naan, including garlic or spinach. For those unsure of what to order, or those who want to try multiple dishes at once, try the lunch buffet.

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ne of the most exciting new trends in ‘cocktail culture’ is the advent (or should I say welcome return) of the mini-cocktail. The name is a bit misleading — a minicocktail is not a thimbleful or a shot, but rather a fully crafted drink served in a glass of 6oz or smaller. This diminutive size is a far cry from the 10–12 oz monster drinks seen recently where you are drinking lukewarm (at best) gin by the time you make it to the bottom of the gimlet. Two 24-oz drinks might seriously put you under the table, and over your limit! Many home bartenders and purveyors of cocktails are instead turning to glassware such as the “Nick and Nora” glass —  a wonderfully adorable cocktail vessel that looks like a mash up of a small martini triangle and a coupe glass. These particular glasses are named for the famous sleuths Nick and Nora Charles of the 1934 movie The Thin Man. The truth is, the cocktails of the ‘30s and ‘40s were not behemoth — they were between 3 and

5oz, making the infamous 3-martini lunch a fun way to spend your noon hour and still be able to function in the afternoon. A new generation of bartenders is finding that in a smaller glass, they can control the taste and the balance of ingredients in new and exciting ways. Bartenders are becoming much closer to chefs as they concoct elaborate drinks using fresh herbs, vegetables, tinctures and alcohol that are worthy of both the price and the time taken to make them. Brandon Wicklund, the owner of Bellingham’s The Real McCoy is a proponent of the movement. “A smaller cocktail can be more forward and assertive — the different flavors can meld without becoming overwhelming,” he said, which is unlike what you can see in a typical ‘bucket like’ glass. Another great bonus to this emerging trend is that it allows you to monitor your alcohol intake more carefully. When you are hosting an event at your

home, it is always good to keep an eye on how much people are drinking, and to entertain without making your guests green the next morning. As the days get shorter and we snuggle into cozy sweaters, light the fire and switch from summer spritzers to sapphire martinis, there are easy ways to take advantage of this exciting trend. First, make sure you stock your bar with appropriate glasses —  anything under 6oz will do. It’s possible to find glassware made new via outlets like Amazon.com and TableTopStyle.com, or you can scour our local antique stores for any coupe or vintage glassware of the correct size. Once you have the perfect glasses, bring home some aromatics and herbs — nothing fancy is required. Olives, lemons, cranberries, mint and possibly a sprig of rosemary are all you need to make several cold weather drinks that will delight your guests. Make sure to chill the shaker and glassware before mixing drinks — and enjoy!  January 2014 87

JAKE’S WESTERN GRILL Southern 8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.354.5588, jakeswesterngrill.com In addition to outstanding barbecue, Jake’s also features a full line of fresh-cut salads, burgers, Southern sandwiches and a full-service bar. If you’re a true lover of Southern barbecue, you owe it to yourself to head north and give Jake’s Western Grill in Lynden a try.   KURU KURU SUSHI Japanese/Sushi

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ragon River has made a name for itself among many as being the best Chinese food in Bellingham. With specialties from the Black Dragon River of Northeast China, the eatery offers palatable juxtapositions of sweet, spicy, soft and crunchy. Husband and wife, Frank and Sue Wang, moved from Heilongjiang province to Bellingham and opened their restaurant in June 2012. While Sue works in the front of house, Frank cooks up the Chinese delicacies in the back. Sue said Frank, who learned from his dad, has been cooking his whole life. His dad would use ordinary, basic ingredients to make elaborate dishes with varying flavors and textures. After working in restaurants for other people Frank decided he wanted a restaurant of his own to pursue his passion for experimenting in the kitchen. “You have to love to cook in order to make good food,” Sue said. With the flexibility of being able to build their own menu, they have been able to include family recipes that they grew up eating in China. Some dishes they would eat every day and some they could only afford to eat on holidays. The pair brought their culinary traditions to the U.S. and love sharing their food with people. Sue said when Frank makes the honey-glazed pork at home, it flies off the table.

The pork she is referring to is a mainstay on the menu at Dragon River. A heaping pile of thinly battered and flash fried pork is coated in a house made honey glaze and dressed with fresh cilantro. While this dish is on the sweeter side, the dry stir fried green beans are packed with chili spice. The entrees are all served with a pile of fluffy, white rice to mellow the other powerful flavors and provide a starch essential to every Chinese meal. The dishes are plentiful and suit groups well for a family-style meal. The smaller appetizers are also appealing, like the Bao Zi, small steamed dumplings filled with succulent pork, or the spring rolls filled with cabbage and fried. As Sue dropped the Bao Zi off she said, “They’re small, but so cute.” Though Sue won’t make recommendations to customers for food because she wants people to make their own opinions and decide their own favorites, she offers incredible, attentive service with a genuine hospitality you can’t help but admire. Don’t plan on eating again for at least five hours because you will leave Dragon River stuffed like a dumpling and completely satisfied.  319 Cornwall Ave #102, Bellingham 360.734.3462 dragonriverrestaurant.com

Kuru Kuru Sushi, which translates to “go around Sushi,” offers not only a good meal, but a good experience. Some of the offerings, like the Dynamite roll, are lightly tempura fried before being put on the conveyor belt to travel around the restaurant to hungry patrons. More traditional, classic sushi, like the raw salmon (which is buttery and delicious) also travels on the belt. A variety of non-fish related faire, like gyoza, egg rolls and desserts also are offered. If you don’t see something you like, the chefs behind the counter will gladly make something for you.   MAGDALENAS Crêperie, European 1200 10th St., Ste. 103, Bellingham 360.483.8569, magdalenascreperie.com Paris, London, New York, Vancouver and Bellingham have them. Little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches and hot soup du jour fill the air. With a formidable selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate and your choice of fresh fruit. A crêpe option for every crêpe crave.   MYKONOS Greek 1650 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.715.3071 mykonosrestaurantbellingham.com Pita bread is pita bread, right? Not at Mykonos. If you order a starter of hummus, prepare your tastebuds for slices of pita bread heaven. If you consider yourself to be a connoisseur of Greek cuisine, try the traditional Greek salad as a litmus test. You won’t be disappointed. It is delightfully fresh and light and a meal by itself, with perhaps the best feta dressing west of Athens. Should you still be hungry, your main course options include the traditional Greek spin on veggie, lamb, chicken, steak and seafood prepared with rice or pasta. Mykonos offers excellent value for the price. Phidippides would be proud.

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6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337, northforkbrewery.com Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof. The brewery produces relatively small batches of beer, 109 gallons, keeping the beer fresh and the options changing. Their staple is the India Pale Ale. The opening taste is a strong citrus flavor, but is quickly dissolved by the aggressive bitterness, making it a quite enjoyable beer to accompany a slice of their homemade pizza. The pizza crust is made fresh daily with a hint of beer. The sauce is well-balanced with tomatoes and spices. Made with fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses, there is nothing not to like about this pizza.   ON RICE Thai 209 N. Samish Way, Bellingham 2200 Rimland Dr., Bellingham 1224 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.714.9995 Ask any college student: On Rice is the place to go in Bellingham. With its affordable lunch specials and three locations around town, it’s easy to enjoy one of On Rice’s many flavorful Thai dishes. A classic Thai favorite, Pad Thai, is interpreted well here. It’s sweet, without being overpowering, and has just enough spice to balance the dish out. All dishes are available with chicken, pork, beef, seafood or tofu and can be made as spicy as you want them to be, between one and four stars.

GOOD THINGS The following selections have made it past our taste bud test and into our top seven this issue. Step out and give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.


ROCKET DONUTS Bakery 11th and Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.672.6111, rocketdonuts.com With two locations, Rocket Donuts is an icon in Bellingham for its delectable donuts and sci-fi themed storefronts. The donuts are made fresh daily, giving them their fluffy, soft texture. Try the classic glazed or spice up your morning with maple-bacon bar. Rocket donuts is unique by offering vegan and gluten free options. Lift off your morning Rocket style.


SCOTTY BROWNS North American Cuisine 3101 Newmarket St., Bellingham 360.306.8823 brownsrestaurantgroup.com/scottybrowns Scotty Browns offers an edgy, energetic ambiance, a varied menu of mainstream and upscale creations, and excellent drink options for all ages. Outdoor dining is a popular alternative during warmer weather. The selection of beer, wine and cocktails is broad enough to accommodate most any mood. If you are into martinis or cosmos, try the Mr. Pink. The name is a little unnerving to order if you are male, but worth the leap of faith. Some items on the menu, like appetizers, change seasonally, so you know you’ll never


Dashi Noodle Bar’s ­ginger buttermilk fried chicken ­special was such a hit that it has made its way to the permanent menu. Dip a small piece of tenderly fried chicken thigh into the house-made cilantro wasabi ranch. 360.305.1500, ­dashinoodlebar.com

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Try Little Cheerful’s California omelette, packed with cheese, spinach and mushrooms and topped with sliced avocado and tomato. It’s served with a dollop of sour cream and their infamous hashbrowns. 360.738.8824, ­­littlecheerful.­com Sip on Espresso Avellino’s house made chai and let the staff brighten your morning. They blend all of their own spices and teas, which they get from their neighbor Wonderland Teas, to make this expert chai. 360.715.1005, ­espressoavellino.com

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Finding just one thing to highlight is hard, but at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island right now you can enjoy the venison tartare served on delicate rye with shaved cured egg yolk and lightly grilled wild mushrooms. It’s so good, you might cry a little. 360.758.2620, ­willows-inn.com Fiamma Burger is not only a staple in town for their delicious burgers, but have you tried their sweet potato fries? Woo-eee! They are tasty. 360.733.7374, ­fiammaburger.com Take a trip to Temple Bar and try one of their rotating drinks like the French 75. It’s light, crisp and bubbly. Refresh yourself with this tall flute of gin goodness. 360.676. 8660, ­templebarbellingham.com

Head to the Community Food Co-op for a slice of lemon cloud cake. Between the two moist layers is scrumptious whipped cream and lemon curd. This time of year they even have seasonal versions including pumpkin and ­gingerbread. 360.734.8158, communityfoodcoop.com

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get bored. Casual to upscale dining options range from hamburgers, rice bowls and pastas to higher-end seafood and steaks.   SKYLARK’S HIDDEN CAFE Eclectic 1308 11th St., Fairhaven 360.715.3642, skylarkshiddencafe.com Syklark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven is worth seeking out. From decadent breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict and house specialty Banana Bread French Toast with Maple ­Walnut Topping to hearty dinner entrees such ­Halibut & Lobster Thermidor and New York Steak with Jack Daniels Herb Butter, the menu at Skylark’s is varied and every bite delicious. Come for the food and stay for the jazz on select evenings.

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STONE POT Korean 113 E. Magnolia St., Bellingham 3092 NW. Bellingham Ave., Bellingham 360.671.6710 Stone Pot isn’t just a clever name, but the clever little pots and skillets many of the meals are served in. The Stone Pot Bibimbap is a medley of vegetables with choice of meat or tofu that sits atop a sizzling pot of rice. A fried egg is placed on top — stir it in to mix the yolk throughout the rice and meat as the hot pot continues to cook the egg, similar to fried rice. All meals are served with a variety of buanchan, small, seasonal dishes of vegetables, meats and seafood that complement the main dish. The menu also includes soups, noodle dishes and entrees such as Kabli, marinated beef short ribs, Spicy Pork, served on a sizzling platter with onions, and the traditional Bulgogi.   SUPER MARIO’S Salvadorian 3008 N.W. Ave, Bellingham 360.393.4637, super-marios.com Serving fresh, healthy meals with the customer in mind is what Super Mario’s is all about, and it’s the consistent flavor and quality of the food that keeps bringing people back. The veggies are chopped fresh daily, nothing is frozen, and nothing is cooked until it’s ordered. In addition, nothing is deep fried.

4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.384.7070, silverreefcasino.com This award-winning restaurant offers elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere. Primegrade steaks are broiled at 1,800 degrees to lock in the natural juices and finished with a special steak butter. The wine list is ample and recognized for its quality by Wine Spectator. This dining experiences rivals any of the bigtown steak houses in quality and service without the big-city price tag.

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100 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.594.6000, bellinghampasta.com Folks who have enjoyed the fresh, handmade pastas of the Bellingham Pasta Co. from their local market can now experience them served with a helping of marinara, alfredo or pesto sauce at the Pasta Co.’s restaurant, The Table, which is named for the long family-style table that fills the center of the dining room. Pasta is not the only item on the menu: starters, salads, sandwiches, pot pies and desserts round out the selections.   TORRE CAFFE Italian 119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 130, Bellingham 360.734.0029 If you want an excellent early morning espresso or a taste of old Italy for lunch or just a midafternoon break, Torre Caffe is the place to go. It’s authentic, right down to the co-owners, Pasquale and Louisa Salvatti, who came here from Genoa in 2005. Traditional Italian lunch fare (soups, salads, paninis and lunch-sized entrees) is made daily with the freshest ingredients. Louisa’s soups are near legendary. Go early, go often. Your tastebuds will thank you.   TWOFIFTY FLORA American 250 Flora St., Bellingham 360.778.8930, whatcommuseum.org Each week, be swept away by a different choice of tartine and soup from Bellingham’s own soup and toast bar. Located in the Lightcatcher Building of Whatcom Museum, Twofifty Flora’s ever-changing menu offers options labeled as omnivore, vegan and paleo, so customers know exactly what is in each item. You don’t need to have a dietary restriction to eat here; there is something for everyone. Sit on the patio and enjoy a tartine, such as one with smoked salmon spread, capers, pickled shallots and microgreens. Nibble on the arugula salad with exceptionally tangy apple-cider vinaigrette, and savor spoonfuls of creamy sweet potato soup with Italian sausage. Both the food and service is elegant, humble and completely satisfying.   WASABEE SUSHI Japanese/Sushi 105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham 360.223.9165, wasabeesushi.com


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WasaBee Sushi is a dining experience not soon to be forgotten. Deliciously fresh and succulent slices of fish resting atop carefully handsculpted pillows of rice are a sushi lover’s dream come true. Delicately sweet Hamachi, beautifully barbecued Unagi, and bright and glistening Ikura arrive on little porcelain plates garnished with freshly made wasabi and paperthin slices of white pickled ginger. It’s a refreshing break from the pink-dyed variety so often found in many sushi bars. Ambiance, incomparable quality and prices that cannot be beat make WasaBee Sushi a darn fine place to eat.





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A Far Cry represents a young generation of talented musicians and classical music. The self-conducted orchestra was founded in 2007 by 17 musicians. The group has pushed the boundaries of classical music by experimenting with techniques and the way music is played and performed. A Far Cry has played over 200 performances around the world and has recorded three albums.


Visit the Launching Success Learning Store for a free class geared toward kids ages 5 and up. The activities are focused to spark interest and creativity in kids with art, science, math and history. Teacher Jen Zimmermann directs projects that vary with each class and take at least 30 minutes to complete.

Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.733.5793, mountbakertheatre.com

Launching Success Learning Store 133 Prince Ave., Bellingham 360.527.2641, launchingsuccess.com



Wild Things is an event for children 6 years and younger and parents. Each month, a different park will be host to a different nature exploration. Explore, tour the paths and be in nature with your child and a group of other kid-parent duos. Learn about the native plants and animals in the area. Rotating parks, Whatcom County 360.389.3414, wildwhatcom.org MHP ARTS ALIVE: I LIKE TO MOVE IT! JAN. 19, 1 P.M.

JAN. 26, 2 P.M.

JAN. 31, 6 P.M.

The Skagit Symphony will play a 50-minute concert to introduce classical to music to the whole family. The pieces all come from a classical repertoire and will be directed by Roupen Shakarian. The pieces include works by Tchaikovsky, Handel, Mozart and others. Kids under 16 get in free!

Teens ages 15–18 are invited to Village Books in Fairhaven to do a little writing, meet new people and learn more about the art. This is an ongoing event so participants can continue working on projects with people with similar interests.

Learn about the performing arts through a fun interactive workshop. Participants will learn about the creative process of music, dance and theater. Kids ages 6–12 are recommended. Parents are invited to watch. One of the workshops will teach the kids about classical and contemporary dance. It will be led by dancers of the Northwest Ballet Theater and the Artistic Director, John Bishop.

McIntyre Hall 5201 East College Way, Mount Vernon 360.416.7727, mcintyrehall.org

Village Books 1200 11th St., Bellingham 800.392.2665, villagebooks.com

McIntyre Hall 5201 East College Way, Mount Vernon 360.416.7727, mcintyrehall.org

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JAN. 31, 7:30 P.M.


Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi—accomplished singer, composer and guitarist—will perform for one night only at McIntyre Hall. Mtukudzi is known for his robust, deep voice and songs written about everyday life and the life of the people of Zimbabwe. He even has a beat named after him: “tuku.” Tuku’s music is influenced by a humanist chimurenga ethos with incorporations of South African mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style jit and traditional kateke drumming.

Enjoy relaxed fine dining in an intimate atmosphere. The newly renovated, multiple award-winning

McIntyre Hall 5201 East College Way, Mount Vernon 360.416.7727, mcintyrehall.org

Steak House and Wine Room with additional seating is now open.


Head to the Green Frog Tavern for a brewsky and two great musicians! Normally Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin tour solo, but for one night they will join musical forces on stage. They have great chemistry you say? The dynamic duo are a couple offstage, and the sparks fly when they perform together. While Danny is known for his poetic lyrics, Carrie is best known for her soulful vocals.

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Green Frog 1015 N. State St., Bellingham 360.756.1213, acoustictavern.com WAR


JAN. 11, 8 P.M.

War is a band of many traits with influences of jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B and Latin. War really took off in the 1970s with their hits “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “Me and Baby Brother.” Many people could relate to the lyrics War sang because they were about issues like the Vietnam War and Watergate. The band kept going up and have sold over 50 million records. Don’t miss this night of great music at Mount Baker Theatre. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.733.5793, mountbakertheatre.com




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Visitors will get a look at some of the rarest and precious military aircrafts from WWII to the Vietnam War. Apart from just the big vehicles and planes, there are collections of different memorabilia and artifacts. For kids specifically, head to the Future Flyer area for child-friendly activities. Bellingham International Airport 4165 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.733.4422, heritageflight.org WHATCOM MUSEUM: SPEAKERS ON ICE JAN. 11, 2 P.M.

As part of Whatcom Museum’s Vanishing Ice Exhibit, artist Maria Coryell-Martin will speak about the affect of climate change on biodiversity. Get the opportunity to meet an artist and learn about different ways the change in climate is having an impact on wildlife, plants and people.

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Old City Hall 121 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.778.8936, expeditionaryart.com


INDIGO GIRLS CONCERT The Grammy-winning duo is coming to Bellingham for one night to perform their famous folk-rock hits. Since they topped charts decades ago with “Closer to Fine,” the Indigo Girls have put out 14 studio albums. The women have gained a following from all age groups thanks to their music and attention to social and environmental causes. The group has a multi-generational following because of their relatable tunes and charismatic performances. Their 14th album, “Beauty Queen Sister” is simple, yet lively. Their lyrics tell stories about day-to-day life as well as bigger world worries. Intricate, rich arrangements pair the thoughtful lyrics, proving the Indigo Girls can hold onto their standard of spirited excellence. Mount Baker Theatre Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.733.5793, mountbakertheatre.com

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As part of Pickford Film Center’s Ballet In Film Series, they will live steam the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, so patrons can watch a magnificent ballet from the comfort of the Pickford’s seats. George Balanchine created three disparate ballets as a tribute to Paris, New York and St. Petersburg. The cities are represented through emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St., Bellingham 369.201.3243, pickfordcinema.org


Head to the Pickford Film Center for a post Spanish-American war movie about a debutante ball in Laredo, Texas. The film follows two Mexican-American girls who are about to take part is this timehonored tradition during a time of turmoil and immigration controversy. Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St., Bellingham 369.201.3243, pickfordcinema.org



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JAN. 18, 5 P.M.

Portland Taiko will perform Japanese drum music, incorporating choreography. Taiko, the Japanese word for drum and also the name of this art form, has been used in Japanese tradition for a long time. It is particularly known as a symbol of voice, which gained popularity during the time of Japanese internment camps. Mount Baker Theatre is proud to present a visually stimulating night of history and education.

Attend this year’s dinner and live auction to benefit both the Gentry House and the Bradford House, which are adult day programs. The staff is dedicated to taking upmost care of the patients, who often suffer from Alzheimers or dementia. At the event, Trish Hatley and her band of jazz musicians will play.

Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.733.5793, mountbakertheatre.com

St. Joseph Center 215 North 15th St., Mount Vernon 360.293.4466, skagitadultdaycare.org


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Watch Tony Kushner’s adaption of Pierre Corneille’s 1636 comedy come to life on stage. “The Illusion” is a story of a father who seeks the help of a magician while searching for his son. The magician produces three visions of the son’s life, each darker than the next.

JAN. 18, 6:45 P.M.

Head to San Juan Island for a 4-course dinner and beer tasting event by Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen. Owners Mari and Will Kemper will host with Executive Chef Aaron Rock and Sous Chef Troy Thomas in the kitchen. Begin with the house smoked king salmon paired with Kolsch, followed by chorizo stuffed calamari with a Vienna lager. Next, try coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin with alt and chocolate souffle paired with porter. The Bluff Restaurant 130 West Street, San Juan Island 360.378.8455 chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com NEW YEAR’S MINDFUL EATING AND YOGA RETREAT JAN. 17–20

With the beginning of the New Year, take the opportunity to quiet your minds, rejuvenate your body and take care of yourself to start the year off right. Participants will drink fresh-squeezed juices from Strawberry Moon Juice, sip tea from Remedy Teas and relax through yoga and meditation. Holistic Health Counselor Emily Kasman will lead discussions about nutrition for longstanding health. Kirk House Bed & Breakfast 595 Park St., San Juan Island 360.378.3757, kirkhouse.net

JAN. 9–25, 8 P.M.


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“i” is an original play written and directed by iDiOM Theater’s Artistic Director, Solomon Olmstead. The plot follows a man who sees himself walking by one day and decides to follow himself around, revealing the truths about himself that he never expected. iDiOM Theater 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.201.5464, idiomtheater.com PLAYWRIGHTS “ON THE FRINGE” JAN. 24–26

San Juan Community Theatre is proud to host a night of innovation with this new showcase of plays and monologues written by theater fanatics of all ages. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the creative minds of San Juan Island at work on stage.


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San Juan Community Theatre 100 Second St., San Juan Island 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

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If you’re in need of a wedding dress, take part in this year’s wedding dress dash hosted by Brides for a Cause and MOVin 92.5 Radio. Cedarbrooke Lodge will be filled with over 500 dresses, each for just $150. Fifty percent of all proceeds will benefit Wish Upon a Wedding, a national nonprofit that holds weddings and vow renewals for those facing terminal illness and other life-altering situations. Cedarbrooke Lodge, 8525 36th Ave. S., Seattle 503.348.1108, bridesforacause.com LATE NIGHT SKATING IN BELLEVUE JAN. 11, UNTIL 11 P.M.

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Catch the last of this season’s late night skating in Bellevue. The Bellevue ice skating arena is the only outdoor rink in the area. January 11 will be the last night to glide under the stars, so don’t miss out. Grab the hand of a partner or child and skate the night away.

ROYAL WOOD CONCERT Singer-songwriter Royal Wood will perform at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. His latest release, “We Were Born to Glory,” debuted in the top 25 charts in Canada and was recognized by the 2013 Juno nomination for adult alternative album of the year. His songs have been in countless famous shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Don’t miss this wonderful night of music. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Jan. 30, 8 p.m. 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC royalwood.ca

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Bellevue Downtown Park 10201 NE 4th St., Bellevue 425.452.6885, bellevue.com


Participate in Canada’s largest restaurant festival. Choose from hundreds of restaurants and take part in 17 days of culinary events. Restaurants will offer special prix-fix meals at three different set prices. Food enthusiasts will get to experience the Vancouver food scene in a whole new way. Various locations Vancouver, BC 604.682.2222, dineoutvancouver.com

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Grape & Gourmet On November 3rd, the Bellingham Rotary Club hosted the tenth annual Grape & Gourmet fund-raiser held at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa. The event featured more than 90 wines from Washington, Oregon and California and food from 15 local restaurants. The Rotary Club donates to many local charities such as the Bellingham Food Bank and the Community Health Center.

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In Search Of the Holy Polyps Ken and the Monty Python players have a chance meeting on the pharmacy aisle. Click here for results. BY KEN KARLBERG


apologize in advance. The humor police have an APB out on me for using “never-to-be-discussed-in-polite-company” bodily functions to evoke sympathy for male aging. I need to finish this quickly before I am handcuffed. Ladies, your body parts are squeezed, poked and whoknows-what on an annual basis. And then there’s that child birth thing, too. But let’s face it: you are used to being humiliated for the sake of good health. Not men. Most of us would rather die than go to the doctor. For years, I smugly ignored commercials for hair loss, weight gain and low testosterone. All deal with important man-stuff, but most of my health issues are mental, not physical. Well, that changed recently when I was “reminded” that I am overdue for my first “polyp” check. An oversight? Hardly. Why can’t polyps be at the back of our throats? I have an awful feeling about this — nothing good ends in “oscopy.” Besides, bad things happen in threes. My first experience with the lower “oscopy” region occurred during my wife’s first pregnancy. Being the modern Neanderthal that I am, I did my best to share the experience. At our first Lamaze class, for instance, I learned that pregnant women are at risk for such things as diabetes, anemia, and hemorrhoids. All are abstract complications for fathers-to-be, right? Not. As proof yet again that no good deed goes unpunished, I contracted my first and only bout of “sympathetic” hemorrhoids within a week. No husband does that, except me, apparently. The itching was beyond description — an uber itch — and over-the-counter treatments are more effective at embarrassing oneself at the check-out counter than relieving the “uber.” The itching became so bad that I eventually scheduled back-to-back annual prostate exams just to get some relief. I was desperate and sub-contracting the job out seemed ingenious. As it happened, I was almost busted. During the second appointment, the doctor was mid-exam when he asked: “Weren’t you just in here yesterday?” I wondered why he thought to ask from his particular vantage point when it dawned on me that perhaps he had identified the only genetic similarity between me and my brother. So, quick thinker that 98 NorthSoundLife.com

I am, I covered for myself by saying, “No, you must have me confused with Doug.” I didn’t quite know how to interpret his raised eyebrows, nor did I care. The “guest scratcher” proved to be the secondbest life decision ever, right behind asking my wife to marry me. My concept of heaven changed on both of those days, but for dramatically different reasons. The second bad “oscopy-like” experience was my vasectomy (I hear the humor police sirens). Just as the post-surgical fog was lifting, Nurse Ratched’s from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest suddenly appeared in front of me with an ice pack and specimen cup. She was humorless. Instinctively, I knew what the ice bag was for, but the “cup” was a rude awakening. Nurse Ratched flatly instructed me to come back in 30 days with a sample to be tested, and in the interim I was required to conduct 20 “test runs.” No one says that to me without the humor alarms going off. I saw the smallish size of the cup and thought, “she must not have sons.” Twenty in thirty days? I thought briefly about responding with fake machismo: “You mean I have to cut back?” Instead I decided to go with honesty: “You do realize I am married, don’t you?” Unfazed, Nurse Ratched bluntly offered “alternate” solutions and then, as if to throw me a bone, she said, “The specimen cup doesn’t have to be full.” Where was Jack Nicholson when I needed him? I’d rather volunteer for a mammogram. I was offended that she even assumed I understood her “non-wife” options. The gauntlet was thrown. Fortunately, I had several buddies cheering me. One, in particular, was like the Geico camel, “Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it?” Only he would call and say, “Ken, Ken, Ken, what number are you on?” I confess, No. 15 was work and Nos. 16–20 never happened. But I returned 30 days later and defiantly handed Nurse Ratched the full specimen cup, and then promptly went home to nap and recover. If I want to be humiliated, I can publicly embarrass myself just fine — like here in this magazine. Oops, the humor police are here. What’s that, Deputy Fife? Assume the “oscopy” position? Please tell me your dash-cam is off. 




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