Snohomish County Jan - Feb 2014

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The Road toRelaxation

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Defend or Debunk? 6 Health Myths

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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.



The Road to Relaxation


Join us as we tour some beautiful signature spas in Snohomish County, from the Zen bamboo of Tulalip Casino’s T Spa to the ornate serenity of the Gated Sanctuary. Local reviewers also checked in with their favorites.





Michael Bublé in Seattle


Walnut Street Coffee


By the Numbers


Dining Guide


Lasting Image


Trails End Taphouse & Restaurant


Calendar January & February


Drink of the Month Pecan Pie Martini


In the Know


Seven Good Things


Five Faves Decadent Desserts


Quick Trip Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island


In the Spotlight Cheryl Strayed




Events Around Town


Everett Film Festival


Events Out of Town


Jaleh Boutique


Red Wine & Chocolate


Necessities Get Your Shine On


The Scene


Around the Sound Michael Kors


Savvy Shopper Sweet Bee




Editor’s Letter




Nutrition Eating Well in the New Year


Letters to the Editor


Beauty Winter Sparkle


Meet a Staffer Rachel Grogan


Calendar Races & Runs


Final Word



Small Spaces in Petite Places


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Our top picks and event listings

Printable recipes from our event “Meet the Chef”

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have a confession to make: I’ve never been to Europe. And while that isn’t the type of shocking disclosure that would land me on Jerry Springer, I realize that it does cost me a gold sticker on my welltravelled chart. I distinctly remember when my husband and I were planning our European getaway just a few months before we discovered that our first child was on his way. “If we are going to go, now is the time.” Our Eiffel Tower fund quickly became kindling for hospital bills and crib bedding (seriously, why is it so expensive?) and Paris suddenly looked a lot like my living room and Baby Einstein was my tour guide. But as I was collecting ideas for this issue, I began to notice a theme. From our Quick Trip’s European charm of Bainbridge Island to sampling decadent scoops at Canarino Gelato for our 5 Faves, Snohomish County has an international appeal all its own. Sweet Bee Boutique has often been compared to a shop you’d find in a Parisian shopping district and our nutrition writer instructs us to embrace the French style of indulging, “Take the time to relish every delicious bite.” Even our Around the Sound piece features the opening of Michael Kors at Alderwood which empowers Lynnwood to share common real estate with fashion capitals like London and Milan. But it wasn’t until I set out on my journey for The Road to Relaxation spa feature that I was reminded that we have something other parts of the world do not. We have the spirit and beauty of the Pacific Northwest woven through every fiber of our cities and towns. We have a gorgeous ganglion of spaces and places that don’t require us to jet set across the world to experience them. We can travel to Thailand via the back roads of Snohomish farm country at The Gated Sanctuary. Or after we’ve had a healing Lomi Lomi massage inside Woodinville’s Spa at Willows Lodge, we can sip locally grown estate blends that rival the best of Bordeaux. While the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris may be on my bucket list, Snohomish County has outdoor cathedrals like Everett’s Port Gardner Bay which gazes at the majestic Olympic Mountain range and the Puget Sound. We have an unbridled spirit that dances across steam-covered rivers where dedicated fly fisherman cast their flies and countless hiking trails are hidden in sprawling forests that smell of rain-soaked moss. These very trails moved this issue’s Spotlight Artist, Cheryl Strayed, to write New York Times BestSelling memoir, Wild. So the next time I’m feeling uncultured I think I will head to Russell’s for their Chocolate Gateau or order a Macrina baguette at Walnut Street Coffee — because no matter how far I travel before my final curtain call, this will always be the only place I call home.  Jusqu’à la prochaine fois (until next time),





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Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Feel Good Giving

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For the One Across the Miles Just because you can’t be together over the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t send your love. Here are some great gift ideas that are as easy to mail as they are locally loyal.

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When it comes to gifts, giving of your time is the most personal way to tell others how much they mean to you. Besides, you don’t have to hassle with gift wrapping. If you live in Snohomish County chances are you’ve driven down Bothell-Everett Highway. And if you have, you’ve probably developed a love-hate relationship with its 9.23 miles of stop-and-go congestion from downtown Bothell to the I-5 interchange in Everett. But what you c may not know is that instead of trying to fight SR 527’s holiday traffi you could take part in a relaxing hidden wine bar excursion right off the main drag. Here’s the route from start to finish.


A deVine Wines 15224 Main St., Ste. 107, Mill Creek 425.357.6200, Start: 0 Miles

Featuring a large selection of red, white, sparkling and dessert wine by the glass, deVine wines is a locally-owned tasting room (no franchise here) that is as comfortable as hanging out with friends in your living room — but with a much better wine selection. Our pick: Create your own flight by choosing any three wines off the menu.

B Wild Vine Bistro 18001 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell 425.877.1334, Travel time: 2.0 Miles, 5 Minutes With a vast pour list of local wines as well as a sprinkling of international, the selection at Wild Vine’s wine bar is exceptional. Get lost in conversation over a Columbia Winery red wine flight in their gorgeous speakeasy-inspired mirrored bar. Our pick: Wednesday is $1 off wines by the glass and who doesn’t love to save a buck?

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C Lombardi’s Wine Bar 19409 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell 425.892.2931, Travel Time: .9 Miles, 3 Minutes

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Lombardi’s is the Northwest’s take on modern Italian cuisine, but the interior of their wine bar could have been airlifted from a downtown Seattle hotel. Lined with gorgeous booths and great happy hour choices, you may especially be drawn to the crackling fire to warm up chilly fingers and toes. Our pick: Try the Cask Wine Flight, which includes a selection from their favorite wines ‘on tap’. Novel idea, eh?

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Brand-spankin’ new and practically glowing, Salud is unique because it offers over 200 wines as well as 100 carefully chosen local whiskies. Focused on creating a local hangout where you can sip and socialize, this wine bar’s calendar is chock-full of activities like Wednesday’s trivia night or Thursday’s Ladies Night. Our pick: Change up your wine tastings and sip one of their expertly developed whisky flights from local distilleries to end your trail experience.

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I am sitting here looking through your magazine as I wait for my doctor appointment (which is taking a while). Being a beer nut, I wanted to tell you that I have tried McMenamins Brewery’s Kris Kringle. It is exactly as you describe and I have recommended it to many of my friends.

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What are some of your hobbies and interests? I love traveling, hiking, snowboarding, playing tennis and sand volleyball, wine tasting and antiquing, to name a few. I also love to experience and learn new activities; this year I learned how to play golf and drive a stick shift (thanks to my patient boyfriend!), dirt bike, kayak, and experienced the joys of indoor skydiving and white water rafting in both Peru and North Carolina. 

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LIFESTYLE In The Know • Quick Trip • 5 Faves



he city was abuzz when Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé held his only Seattle show at the Key Arena last November. Weeks before kicking off his 2014 European Tour in Paris, young and old alike flocked to the Key Arena hoping that the magic heard in Michael’s voice translated into his live show. A reincarnation of Frank Sinatra, Michael has been one of the few artists able to transcend generational modern-day musical divides and capture the heart and soul of millions. Touring in support of his new #1 selling release “To Be Loved,” Michael Bublé has sold 45 million albums worldwide over the course of his extraordinary decade-long career. So it was an honor to be invited to The Seattle Center Pavillion to attend an intimate question-and-answer session with Bublé hosted by Delta Air Lines. Michael partnered with Delta to celebrate the airline’s new expansion in Seattle, by putting on a memorable pre-show experience for Elite SkyMiles members, key partners and contest winners. From delectable nibbles to a drink list of premium cocktails and wine which included Columbia Crest Chardonnay continued on page 20  …

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JAN. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Talib Kweli

Once again, the Lynnwood Convention Center will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, this time featuring keynote speaker Talib Kweli. Kweli says he uses “hip-hop music as a tool for social activism,” and only records music he believes in. Lynnwood,

JAN. 18-19 11th Annual Northwest Bridal Showcase Many of the area’s top wedding professionals will be on hand to help any bride plan her special day. From local DJ’s to wedding coordinators and cake specialists, bride’s can enjoy a day at the gorgeous Tulalip Casino while shopping the best vendors in the business. Tulalip,

FEB. 5-9 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Even though you may have to cross county lines to enjoy the splendor of this annual event, the Washington State Convention center is transformed into a blossoming paradise — a welcomed mid-winter departure. Seattle,

Have a French Valentine’s Day and cater to your partner’s sweet tooth by making homemade macarons. Learn the technique from professionals at Sur La Table. Kirkland,


JAN. 30 Judy Collins with Passenger String Quartet A pre-Valentine’s date night at The Edmonds Center for the Arts is in order. Join musical icon Judy Collins for an evening of contemporary covers backed by a Northwest group formed from select members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Edmonds,

FEB. 8 V alentine’s Macaron Class

JAN. 13 Maltby Wet-Walk in the Woods

Meet at the Brightwater Center to walk the trails with one of their on-staff naturalists to discover how alive the world really is even in our coldest months. Bothell,

FEB. 10 Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s Valentine’s Day Concert

As part of Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s 27th season, they will play their annual Valentine’s Day Concert. This year it will be extra spicy with a “Latin Passion” theme. Burien,

FEB. 13 Valentine’s Day Dance

Grab your dancing shoes and the whole family for a night of dancing, photos, games, crafts and other activities in honor of Valentine’s Day. Get dressed up, dance and finish with dessert at the Rosehill Community Center. Mukilteo, January | February 2014 19

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and Sky Hag IPA — the entire event was absolutely stunning. Surrounded by sleek white couches, a glowing open bar, and a red velvet stage where Michael fielded questions from press and giddy fans, the room felt like a chic, downtown nightclub. A Delta Airlines pilot made the rounds chatting it up with guests and winners, while the clink of champagne flutes and wine glasses solidified this moment as a preparty to remember. In response to being on his current tour, Michael replied, “I’m very excited to be back on the road and perform for my fans. It’s been awhile but we’re rested up and ready to have a big party on stage every night.” Michael took some time off to welcome his first child, Noah, into this world last August. Which means that he has plenty of emotion to put behind his already heartfelt songs on his current tour. Unlike most new fathers who may need to

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turn on the radio or crank up a lullaby to soothe their newborns Michael told People Magazine, “I sing to him all day and all night. When he’s crying with somebody else and I hold him and I sing to him, he just stops. It’s really cool.” But new babies and new tours aren’t the only reason to celebrate. Local Seattleites can get excited about more cushy travel options in the future at Sea-Tac. Delta made an announcement that they recently invested $14 million in its facilities at the international airport hub, including its recently completed lobby renovations, new Delta Sky Club, Sky Priority services, new gate area power recharging stations and expanded ticket counters. The takeaway for globe trotters and Michael Bublé fans worldwide? Delta Airlines would be a wonderful choice when booking that European vacation to catch the “Haven’t Met You Yet” singer in places like Vienna, Milan, and Barcelona. Come on, you know you want to. 

Book Reviews

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As an homage to our Spotlight featured artist, Cheryl Strayed, our reviews this issue feature books about the adventure of trails and unexpected journeys.

Paris to the Pyrenees A Skeptic Walks the Way of St. James by David Downie 352 pages, Pegasus, 2013. David Downie, a self-confessed cynical, obese, dissipated, middle-aged American writer living in Paris, walks the entire French leg of the ancient pilgrim’s route of St. James of Compostela to change his life and get back in shape. Along the way, Downie and his wife, Alison, seek out the lesser traveled paths and places in central and southern France, faithfully transmitting the background stories surrounding the landscape from the mouths of colorful locals to the reader. Full of rich description and contextual detail, Paris to the Pyrenees is a wittily cosmopolitan but equally honest follow-up for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

A Walk In The Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson 368 pages, Kindle Edition, Transworld Digital, 2010.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King 224 pages, Scribner, 1999. 9-year-old Trisha wanders off the Appalachian Trail and becomes separated from her family. As the days pass and her survival appears less and less certain, her only comfort is the Boston Red Sox broadcast that she tunes into nightly on her Walkman. As fatigue, dehydration and starvation set in, delirium blurs the boundaries between reality and hallucination; Trisha knows she is being stalked, but by what? King reins back his usual level of horror and gore to deliver a surprisingly moving story of faith, courage and imagination.

Bill Bryson’s hilarious and heartfelt story of his journey on the Appalachian Trail, a 2100-mile trail from Georgia to Maine, began as a quest for him to reconnect with his country after living in England for 20 years. From the overwhelming array of hiking gear at his local sporting goods store to the endless sea of maps and guidebooks, Bryson gives us stories of the wildlife and history of the trail and why we must protect this national treasure. Terry Beck submits book reviews on behalf of the Sno-Isle Libraries Readers’ Advisory Team. This group of local library employees is passionate about books and reading — just like you! You can check out what they’re reading at

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.

Fast Fact About 17 percent of U.S. doctors prescribe fish oil as a preventative heart-health measure. Trans Fats Be careful of trans fats when it comes to living a hearthealthy life. Most Americans consume four to five times the number of trans fat calories

than recommended by the American Heart Association. However, don’t be fooled by labels. “Trans fat free” doesn’t automatically mean a food is good for the heart. These foods can still contain ­saturated fat, another fat to be ­careful of.

Sources: Harvard University, American Heart Association

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Heart Health for Women BY DR. GERRIE GARDNER


woman shoveling snow feels a squeezing pain in her chest. Another woman lying in bed feels a sharp pain near the breastbone. Another woman gets a strange, radiating pain in her shoulder during a good session on a treadmill. Every year, 370,000 women have heart attacks.The symptoms of heart disease are quieter and more insidious for women than for men: nausea, fatigue, indigestion, dizziness, tooth or jaw pain, pain in the arms or stomach, shortness of breath, breaking out into cold sweats and a sense of doom. Women with heart disease frequently feel chest pain before a heart attack, but are less likely than men to call a doctor when they feel symptoms. One in three women dies of heart disease — that’s approximately one woman every minute. The definition of heart disease is any problem that affects the heart’s ability to function normally from something

relatively minor — like an irregular heartbeat or a heart defect since birth — to something more serious, like coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. It occurs when the heart’s arteries become clogged with fatty deposits (plaque), restricting blood flow. One out of every six women between ages 60 and 79 has coronary artery disease, but only 1 out of 5 women believes that heart disease is her greatest risk. The decline in estrogen after menopause raises a woman’s risk for a heart attack. The good news? You can prevent a heart attack by exercising, eating a balanced diet and watching your cholesterol.  To learn if you are at risk for cardiovascular disease, take a free online heart health assessment at Sources: and AHA


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hat is the hardest part of starting a new gym routine? Getting to the gym. This is something that accredited personal trainer Ashley Kurtz has remedied over the course of the last 16 years as The Body Counselor. In 2010, she rebranded her well-known in-gym and in-home services to include a concept that has become widely popular — her mobile gym. A trademarked Honda Fit stocked with up-to-date exercise equipment — this sporty car has a Washington license plate that reads “FITCAR.” So you know that when she pulls up to your home or office, she means business. A petite, smart-as-a-whip mother of three, Ashley has trained a wide range of clients from highly successful business moguls to injured athletes and beauty queens. But it may be her B.S. in psychology that allows her to fully understand and help clients overcome those pesky mental blocks that derail physical and emotional fitness goals.

Compassionate, yet diligent, Ashley’s goal is to make healthy living accessible to everyone. With several curb-side package options that range from in-home sessions to corporate training, Ashley also hosts grocery store tours for individuals and groups at Totem Lake’s Trader Joe’s and Mill Creek’s QFC. She discusses how to read labels and plan healthy menus right alongside her clients. Recently partnered with King County’s “Walk With Your Libraries” program to encourage daily exercise for increased cardiovascular health, Ashley is hoping to bring a similar program to Sno Isle Libraries soon. Visit ­tbcfitcar.­com for her most recent blogs and information. Whether you need to get back in shape, want to stay that way, or want to help your employees or colleagues start the New Year right — Ashley’s Fit Car Personal Training makes achieving optimal health as easy as opening your front door. 

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Oprah’s Favorite Chicken Comes to Mill Creek BY DAKOTA MACKEY

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ake the opportunity to indulge a little at Ezell’s Famous Chicken’s new location in Mill Creek. The restaurant at Bothell Everett Highway and 180th Street Southeast opened Oct. 21, letting the line of hungry patrons inside. Over 20 years ago, Ezell and his family moved from Texas to Seattle and brought their classic Texas fried chicken recipe with them. They wanted a shop that offered Seattleites highquality chicken with delicious homemade side dishes. After taking six years to get funds for it, Ezell’s Famous Chicken opened in 1984 in Seattle’s Central District across from Garfield High School. Ezell’s goal to provide tasty, goodquality fried chicken was achieved — in 2012, Esquire Magazine named Ezell’s 24

“The most life-changing fried chicken in America.” Oprah even flew Ezell’s fried chicken to Chicago for her birthday party and said, “It’s the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life.” The Mill Creek store, the only location in Snohomish County, has seating for 28 guests, takeout services and an addition of chicken sandwiches and ­salads. Soon, there will be a drive-thru for even faster service. Pair the Original Chicken that made Ezell’s famous with a side of crunchy, homemade coleslaw. Don’t forget to try the famous sweet potato pie — a Southern specialty that Ezell brought to Seattle. Fried chicken may not be on your New Year’s resolution diet, but we all know that a cheat day is the best way to stay on track. 


recent TV segment filmed in Washington featured the Mill Creek Town Center as the Official Best Lifestyle Center & Open-Air Mall in Washington for 2013. The Official Best Of website and travel TV show covers 28 states and has studios located in Hollywood, CA. A state-of-the-art walk-and-shop design, Mill Creek Town Center has over 80 retail stores, boutiques, restaurants and services, and you’ll always find friendly service and something unique. Open 7 days a week, the Mill Creek Town Center is located 1/2 mile north of S.W. 164th Street on Bothell Everett Highway in Mill Creek. 

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Everett Goes Hollywood BY JOANNA RODDY


verett residents already know how attractive their historic neighborhoods and waterfront are, but Hollywood seems to have discovered its hidden appeal. Two movies have used Everett locales for filming in 2013: “Seven Minutes,” filmed back in May, and, most recently, “The Architect.” The film stars indie queen Parker Posey (“Waiting for Guffman,” “Price Check”) and Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace,” “Perception”) as a married couple who enlist a visionary, but egotistical architect played by James Frain (“The Tudors,” “True Blood”) and don’t notice that he’s building his dream house, not theirs. In November, filming shut down a portion of Rucker Avenue in North Everett, known for its gorgeous homes built in the early part of last century

and its hilltop panorama of the Everett waterfront. According to Experience Everett, the tourism company hosting the film, Everett was chosen for its “historic character” and because of its autumn charm. The film will also shoot some scenes in Seattle, but chose Everett for its primary location. Although local tourists may sometimes overlook Everett, it’s something of a hidden gem. The Imagine Children’s Museum is a wonderland that far surpasses most children’s attractions in Western Washington. The Jetty Island ferry runs daily from the Port of Everett, taking day-trippers to the scenic two-mile nature park, which particularly appeals in the summertime for its sandy beaches and premier kite-boarding. And the portside Scuttlebutt Brewing Company has a

fantastic happy hour and notable local microbrews. Even though the Seattle skyline may be recognizable and offer plenty of creative fodder for Hollywood settings, the small city appeal of Everett with its Pacific Northwest beauty, history and slower pace are putting it on the map in its own right.  January | February 2014 25

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A perfect place for a Valentine’s Day date, the chocolate gateau at Russell’s is the best way to end the evening. A French chocolate cake made to order and served with local seasonal berries, it may redefine your definition of true love — or at least your definition of ­chocolate cake.

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There are few stronger temptations than a slice of ooey-gooey chocolate pecan pie à la mode. Snohomish Pie Co.’s chocolate pecan pie recipe has perfected the art. Oh, and if you find yourself tempted to stuff a slice in your mouth while waiting in line to pay, don’t worry — we won’t judge. ­facebook.­com/SnohoPieCo


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Bainbridge Island Europe in Our Own Backyard BY JOANNA RODDY



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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ight I suggest a New Year’s resolution? Supporting local businesses. Clothing designer and Jaleh boutique owner Jordanah Monjazeb will make this an easy resolution to keep. Not only are Monjazeb’s pieces effortless and versatile, the clothing is designed and manufactured locally in the Puget Sound. And the price tags are just as attractive as the clothing. Well-spoken and engaging, designer Monjazeb is clear about her vision and describes the line as “Feminine, sophisticated and refined.” Jaleh (pronounced zsa-leh) is intended to provide everyday essentials to keep today’s modern and on-the-go woman dressed from day to night, “wherever the day takes her.” Monjazeb is fiercely committed to creating comfortable clothing without compromising style. To do this she designs apparel in flattering fits with special details such as playful cutouts and subtle embellishments. The pieces are designed to layer and to complement other elements of the collection and, continued on page 35  …

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likely, whatever you currently have in your closet. Featuring peplum tops, flowing prints, and sheer elements, the line is romantic, yet polished. Pops of jewel-tone pieces (amethyst, amber, teal) accompany classic black, white and neutral basics. Monjazeb draws inspiration from her upbringing here in Seattle’s Eastside area. With a number of family members in the fashion industry, she has a creative eye and has been sketching designs for years. Upon graduating from the University of Washington, she recognized a need for affordable, wearable, locally-made pieces. “I suddenly paid more attention to the smaller details of fabrication and where things were manufactured. I had a greater appreciation for craftsmanship and a desire to shop and support local brands.” This commitment led her on a twoyear journey of research and networking, after which Jaleh was created. And how can she offer those attractive price tags? By stringing the tags herself. The online retailer employs only a handful of employees who are involved in the minute details of creating each piece. From sourcing limited fabrics to stringing tags on finished items, this handson approach allows for higher level quality control as well as the addition

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of thoughtful design details crafted into each article of clothing. With only 100 pieces of each item manufactured, Jaleh apparel is unique and special and is never mass-produced. This business approach has enabled Monjazeb to find her niche in the industry, and the demand for her clothes is clear. Since its inception, Jaleh has experienced tremendous opportunity and growth. Participating in trade shows and events in New York, Chicago, and LA, the brand is building a following of fashion-conscious individuals looking to purchase stylish clothing made in the U.S. Local events and pop-up boutiques allow you to see and to try on clothing. Monjazeb also welcomes you to Jaleh’s Bellevue showroom to view the entire line. (Showroom open by appointment: 206.724.2950.) The future of Jaleh looks bright. Monjazeb is dedicated to creating easyto-wear essentials, meeting the demand for effortless sophistication. Fans of her work have made many requests for expansion into a loungewear line which she believes is in Jaleh’s future. If her loungewear pieces are as comfortable and chic as her present line, we are in for a treat. With her current line in mind as we make our way through the rest of

this winter, Monjazeb highlights a few essentials from the collection: • The Lily Crossover Jacket which is the perfect union of cardigan and jacket; • The Ella Leggings, a necessity for any wardrobe; • The 4-way Reversible Tank can be worn inside out and backwards, allowing for four options — black, brown, V-neck or scoop neck — in one top; • The Debi Draped Front Jacket which can be layered over your favorite blouse or dress, draped or belted, worn with jeans or a cocktail dress. • Add an oversized scarf, boots, and reflective accents and you are set. So if you enjoy being comfortable, have an eye for fashion and are conscious of your spending, support the worthy cause of local business and explore this unique gem right in our neighborhood. Stocking up on Jaleh designs will be one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep; no strings attached.  Jaleh Boutique 1808 136th Pl. N.E., Bellevue Showroom open by appointment 206.724.2950 January | February 2014 35

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Michael Kors Opens New Store in Alderwood Mall BY MEGAN MUNROE


ichael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products through his Michael Kors and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, and a full line of fragrance products. Perhaps best known to those who weren’t familiar with his line beforehand from Heidi Klum’s fashion competition, Project Runway, his vision for fashion has been one of the forging forces that has flourished over the last 3 decades. Lucky for retail therapy seekers everywhere, Michael Kors has brought his luxury label to Alderwood Mall. Originally built in 1979, the mall itself has undergone a series of renovations in years past and has emerged as one of the most beautiful open-air and indoor mall spaces in the North Sound. Michael Kors’ new retail space adds pure sophistication to the Zone B section of the shopping centre, proven by its gorgeous, 2,333-square-foot store.

The store carries a mix of accessories from the Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels, including handbags, small leather goods, footwear, eyewear and watches. The store will also carry ready-to-wear from the MICHAEL Michael Kors line, as well as a selection of the brand’s fragrances. The brand’s in-house team designed the store experience to echo the label’s casual-chic aesthetic, using elements like zebra furniture, sleek metal and mirrored surfaces and glossy, large-scale vintage photographs to evoke jet set glamour and timeless sophistication. And while Bellevue, Seattle, and Southcenter have all had the good fortune of having a Michael Kors retail space in their vicinity, this addition is a wondrous development for trend setters in the North. Luxury Michael Kors stores are operated, either directly or through licensing partners, in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. And now, Lynnwood can be added to that list of prestigious places. 

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Sweet Bee Boutique BY MEGAN MUNROE

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THE SHOP  Once an interim courthouse in the early 1900s, the austere history of the Mark’s Building in downtown Snohomish was given a welcome facelift when the vintage emporium Sweet Bee opened its doors in the spring of 2011. With three tiers of specialty gifts and décor, there is scant evidence to prove that this shop was ever anything other than a rapturous retail escape. Only the upper-story balcony’s original banister from jury days of old remains. Store owner Rachael Brown bucked First Street tradition when she focused on blending vintage pieces with modern décor, and carried American-made retail finds instead of antiques. With nary an overpriced flour sifter to be found, Sweet Bee is brimming with vintage wire baskets, oversized wall clocks, gorgeous furniture and hand-painted pillows. Even though Rachael began her career as an electrical designer for Microsoft, she feels right at home as merchandising-maven and loves hearing feedback from her customers. “Many people who are either from Europe or have spent time there have told me that when they walk into my store, they feel like they are in a small village boutique in France.” ATMOSPHERE  Whimsical and welcoming.

KEY PEOPLE  From their first date six years ago to opening Sweet Bee as a joint-venture three years later, owners Greg and Rachael Brown seem like love-struck parents when talking about their store. Once you meet either of them you’ll feel as if you’ve known them forever. WHAT YOU’LL FIND  Sweet Bee is a blend of the Old World and the new. Top-selling Barr & Co. mercantile soaps and Voluspa diffusers are perfect for yummy scent-addicts. Patrons can shop for something as substantial as a French provincial dresser, something as fanciful as a sparkly tiara or a silk camisole. Whether you are seeking an Eiffel Tower the size of a toddler or French-influenced baubles that you can’t find anywhere else, Sweet Bee is a delightful European escape that requires no passport. OWNER’S FAVORITE  “Greg’s tables.” The hand-crafted furniture that Rachael’s husband makes is thoughtfully placed throughout the store. Created in the shop below the store, (which once housed the jail) weather-beaten doors from dilapidated houses have found their footing as elegant tabletops. Sustainable and sensational, be sure to ask Rachael to point them out the next time you stop in. 

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Eating Well in the New Year BY LISA SAMUEL

We all seem to approach the winter with equal measures of excitement and dread. We tend to eat more and exercise less this time of year. It can be overwhelming, especially if you’re wrestling with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or other health conditions. Whether you need to keep your blood sugars in check, or you just want to still be able to fit into your skinny jeans by Valentine’s Day, here’s a winter survival guide. Follow these tips, and you’ll meet the new year with cheer.

Don’t starve yourself. One of the best ways to prevent overeating is to eat often, beginning with breakfast. How many times have you anticipated a large meal or party and ‘saved up’ all day just to end up wolfing down food and feeling over-stuffed and uncomfortable? Nourishing your body every three to five hours — beginning with breakfast — keeps your hunger cues in check, your energy level up, your blood sugars stable, and keeps you feeling energized. You know the advice: eat mostly vegetables, supplemented with some fruits, protein, fiber-filled carbohydrates and good, healthy fats. Your body will thank you.

Practice Portion Control We all have a favorite heavy dish, whether it’s sweet chocolate pecan brittle or savory cheese and sausage biscuits. This time of year, people gather together and make memories with the people they love around well-loved food. Enjoy a (small) serving of your favorites, completely guilt-free. Eat your food slowly, savor the flavors, and then wait 20 minutes after you finish eating before considering a second helping. Remind yourself you can always have another helping of dessert, plate of casserole or turkey leg … tomorrow.

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Fall and winter provide us with an incredible bounty of vegetables and fruits for our dinner table.

Apple Almond Crisp

Serves 8

This apple crisp has about half the sugar of most ­recipes, but is still delicious! Keeping the skins on the apples adds fiber and 50% more antioxidants! Top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for a perfect end to your meal. For the filling:

For the topping:

6 apples Zest and juice of one lemon Pinch of sea salt 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/3 cup whole wheat flour ½ cup dark brown sugar 1 cup whole oats 1 cup sliced almonds ½ stick unsalted butter, diced


Preheat the oven to 350 ºF.

Core and thinly slice the apples, leaving the peels on. Place the apples in a large bowl and toss them with the lemon zest and juice, salt, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into a large casserole dish, about 9 x 12 x 2. ■■

For the topping, combine the flour, sugar, oats, almonds and butter. Mix by hand until the mixture is in large crumbles. Sprinkle over the apples. ■■

Place the baking dish on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper and bake for about an hour, or until the top is browned and the fruit is bubbling through. ■■


Eat What You Really Want When you arrive at a dinner party, eat what you really want first. If you try to ‘be good’ and avoid your favorite food, you usually end up eating all the way around it, and then going back and eating it anyway (on top of everything else). So, eat what you really want. Take a small portion and really enjoy it. Take the time to relish every delicious bite.

Drink Responsibly I’m not talking about avoiding drinking and driving (although that’s very important, too). But cocktails (even non-alcoholic ones) can be packed with excess sugar. This time of year, we imbibe eggnog, hot apple cider, rum punch. Instead, choose red or white wine or champagne. They are lower in sugar and calories than a mixed drink. Even better, studies show moderate wine consumption (one glass a day for women, two for men) reduces the risk of heart disease.

Don’t be Fake When making sweets and treats, use real sugar — sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey — and not artificial sweeteners. Consuming artificial sweeteners may actually be counterproductive to weight loss. Research suggests eating artificial sweeteners makes us want to eat even more food. Why? Because the brain is unable to receive the message that the body has been given food. We remain unsatisfied until we receive what the brain thinks is adequate nourishment. If you’re craving something sweet after your meal, have a small portion of the real thing. You’ll end up being more satisfied and less likely to overeat something later. Besides that, foods made with artificial sweeteners just don’t taste good. Obviously, if you’re diabetic, you will want to skip as much sugar as you can, making artificial substitutes your only chance at sweentess. Some dieticians recommend stevia as a substitute. Consult with your doctor and dietician for safe alternatives to sugar.

Experiment with New Recipes Do a little experimenting with your traditional dinner recipes. You know the sweet potato casserole that has a cup of sugar, heavy whipping cream and butter? Try reducing the sugar in half or quarters, swapping the heavy whipping cream for half-and-half or whole milk, and reducing the butter by half. Chances are, it will actually taste better — and you’ll certainly feel better after eating it! I’m not talking about fake foods here. Just say no to fake butter! But try using real, whole ingredients judiciously.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Ingredients Fall and winter provide us with an incredible bounty of vegetables and fruits for our dinner table. Take advantage and experiment — with brussels sprouts, delicata squash, kale, sweet potatoes, chestnuts and fresh cranberries. A variety of vegetables and fruits provides incredible nutrition (think antioxidants!) and makes you feel good (thanks primarily to fiber).

Sweet Potato Pecan Streusel Casserole

Serves 10

This sweet potato casserole recipe has less sugar and butter than most recipes, and takes advantage of whole wheat flour and extra pecans for fiber and a boost of good fat! For the filling:

For the topping:

3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 large) ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup of half and half 3 tablespoons melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or bourbon 2 large eggs ½ teaspoon salt

½ cup whole wheat flour 1 cup pecans, chopped if desired ½ dark brown sugar ¼ cup butter, melted Pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

Place whole sweet potatoes on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Pierce with a knife. Place in the oven and bake for about an hour, or until very tender. Set aside until cool enough to handle. ■■

Get Moving When the days get shorter and darker, our desire to be active wanes. But being active is one of the best ways to keep your metabolism humming along, reduce your appetite and burn off that second piece of pie. This time of year, skating a few laps around the ice rink, hitting the slopes or going sledding can help you burn off a few extra calories. Exercise doesn’t have to be a full day commitment. Even a brisk workout of a few minutes here and there makes a difference!

Be Nice to Yourself If you’re hoping to lose some weight, this is not the time of year to do it. Focus on maintaining your current weight by making realistic, achievable choices the whole season through. If you overeat one day, just make healthy, balanced choices the next day. Remember these guidelines and set yourself up for success, not setbacks. Love your family. Love your friends. Love yourself. 

Scoop the flesh of the sweet potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add maple syrup, half and half, melted butter, vanilla, eggs and salt. Blend with a mixer on medium-high until smooth. ■■

Make the streusel topping. In another medium bowl, blend together the whole wheat flour, pecans, brown sugar, butter and salt, until the mixture is coated with butter. ■■

Pour sweet potato mixture into a buttered casserole dish. Top with streusel topping. Place in a 350 ºF oven for about 45 minutes, or until casserole is puffed and streusel is browned on top. If it starts to get too brown, cover with foil. ■■


Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

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Winter Sparkle BY CHERYL JASON


inter is here! It seems like a week ago I still had my tan. Now for the good news: the glowing tan is one of this season’s hottest trends, and there are more ways to get a great tan than baking in the sun or in a tanning bed. Follow these tips to look your best this winter.

1. Keep those lips exfoliated and use a lip stain. I recently discovered Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Lip Tar. I am absolutely in love with it. Lip Tar is great because it doesn’t have the dry appearance often associated with lip stains. Try the Matte version of the tar. Magenta, red, and bold lips are the trend this season. A lip stain is best for social occasions because it won’t fade with eating and drinking. Tip: Make sure your lips are exfoliated (try Mary Kay’s version of Satin Lips). Apply a single coat of the stain. Applying too much of a lip stain can make lips “feather.”

2. Glowing, tan skin is in! Get that healthy, illuminated glow even in the darkest days of winter. Try using a bronzer instead of a blush to add color to your cheeks.

3. Peachy, metallic, copper eyes are this season’s trademark look. Apply MAC Cosmetic’s pigment shadow in Let’s Skate to get that soft shimmer on your eyelids. Try and avoid heavy glitters (it was the style last year). Soft shimmery eyes with golden tones will make you glow. Try Smashbox’s eyeshadow palette in Chic Copper.

4. Who would have ever thought that spider eyes would become trendy again? This look is back. The more mascara the better. Use false lashes to help bring attention to those baby blues. Make sure you curl the false lashes with your own lashes to make the eyes “pop.”

5. Use a teeth whitener. It is a simple and fast way to upgrade your smile. With your bright stained lips this season, brilliant white teeth will only complement your look. 

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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!  50

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6 Common Health Myths Exposed



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, 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


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,


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.







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







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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Tom Osgood, MD Dr. Tom Osgood specializes in refractive cataract surgery, and also cares for patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases. He has been active in visual science research and completed his medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Arizona.

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The Road toRelaxation

It was a journey; an excursion through the heart and soul of Snohomish County’s spa country. The road required no more of me than the ability to be still, let it all go and be amazed at the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the passionate people who create and cultivate these epicenters of escape. From the newest technologies to the most ancient of practices, a visit to these award-winning and awe-inspiring retreats should be on the top of your New Year’s resolution list, right under “stress less.”



The Spa at Willows Lodge


pproaching The Spa at Willows Lodge, I felt it: a sense of calm. An aura of comfort and welcome. There, in gorgeous Woodinville Wine Country, colors seemed richer, the air was somehow fresher, and a soak in the warm outdoor Jacuzzi tub hidden inside their courtyard adorned with Japanese maples, ferns and sedums was sublime. People around the nation dream about visiting a spa in this locale, and we have it in our back yard. What Makes this Spa Unique  The Setting Not many hotel spas can lay claim to being within walking distance from James Beard award-winning restaurant The Herbfarm and Chateau Ste. Michelle or Columbia wineries. The rustic lobby represented Northwest decor at its finest. Their large stone fireplace was inset gorgeous timber framework made of 100-year-old cut timbers salvaged from the construction of the Port of Portland. What to Try  The Perfect Slimming Massage Ideal for the new you this New Year, the Perfect Slimming Massage was a 60-minute refining ritual composed of an exfoliation, anti-cellulite massage and a draining mask featuring ginger and pepper spices, caffeine, talapetraka and grapefruit pulp. And for all of you who were wanting a reason to look even better, this service is their January Spa Special and available for $10 off which includes a gift and gratuity.

I received the milk, lavender and honey scrub and I really loved that they support the community and local farmers whenever possible. The honey was from a local beekeeper, Sunset Hill Honey, the Salt Scrub was from Artisan Salt Company and the lavender from fields nearby. My therapist, Kippi was a true professional and passionate about her work.

Sue, Snohomish

“I left exfoliated and hydrated — just what this winter-dry body needed.”

What this Spa is Known for  The Five-Star Experience From the moment I checked in to the moment I checked out, the hospitality I experienced had ‘hotel spa’ written all over it. Whether you live in the area or are looking to recommend a hotel and spa for out-of-towners, The Spa at Willows Lodge had a perfect combination of rustic interior and exterior beauty as well as stellar customer service. Final Say  Wine country meets a one-of-a-kind spa; is there a better blend? The Spa at Willows Lodge 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville Open everyday from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 425.424.2900

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T-Spa at the Tulalip Casino


hen I closed my eyes I was standing atop a mist-veiled mountain surrounded by white beams of Birch. The trill of a Yuchi flute floated on the breeze; the faint gurgle of a nearby stream lulled me into a state of oneness with my spirit and surroundings. Scents of moss and the earth’s spice clung to my skin beneath my robe. In the quiet of my treatment room, it seemed impossible to believe that Tulalip Casino’s world-class T-spa is just one story above the 192,000 square feet gaming floor. Located on the second level of the 12-story hotel, the T-Spa, (which isn’t short for Tulalip — it’s a symbol representing the word male and female in the Native tribal tongue of Lushootseed) is a happy hunting ground for worn out slotjunkies, or day-trippers like me, who have stumbled upon a living, breathing mecca for modern-day explorers in search of sanctuary. What Makes this Spa Unique  The Grandeur Those who regularly travel to Vegas to experience jaw-dropping spas will be delighted to discover that we have one here. Floor-to-ceiling rock walls randomly sprung out into the walkways, “beds” of real Birch trees (a symbol of renewal) rose to the ceiling around every corner and the technicians spoke in melodic whispers. From the lockers outfitted with a red velvet jewelry bag, to the rain showers that involved a series of shower heads fit for a queen, I couldn’t even go to the restroom without experiencing their attention to luxurious finishings. What to Try  The Sacred Plant Ritual The Sacred Plant Ritual is a scrub and massage combination that should be on every spa menu across the North Sound. My therapist, Charlene, used a purifying cedar exfoliation salt that smelled like a cinnamon-dusted rainforest­. When I was asked to step into the shower between services, I noticed that it seemed built for a bevy of large men, yet I got to have it all to myself. The sweet grass oil used during the massage was by and far the most magical part — it felt like liquid gold. Handcrafted in Nova Scotia by a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe for a full year before being used at the T-Spa — the oil’s scent was divine, but the 60

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moisturizing effects were even better. Don’t feel bad for skipping the shower post-massage if you feel so inclined. You wouldn’t be the first. What this Spa is known for  The VIP Treatment Whether you choose one treatment or several, the T-Spa is religious in treating you with kid-gloves. For high-rollers, the VIP Couple Suite is popular with brides and lovers alike. An exclusive, ambient space with a fireplace and private dining, relaxation-addicts should pick the full day 6-hour Renewal Journey for an experience out of this world. Final say  This place is a spa day Nirvana. Tulalip Casino T-Spa 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip Mon.–Sun. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 360.716.6350

The T-Spa does not feel like you’re in a casino at all. The first impression is beautiful! The “quiet room” was super relaxing and I was just about asleep at the end of the hot stone massage. I am already planning my next trip back!

Kelsey, Duvall

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“So nice, I could have easily slept.”

Olympus Spa


lympus Spa is the only day spa in the greater Seattle area that has successfully merged the Eastern medicinal techniques of a traditional Korean-style bathhouse with the Western relaxation techniques that Americans expect from a spa day. From the get go, this day spa was a cultural clash in the best sense. First, this is a women-only facility — so no boys allowed. Second, it is a clothing optional spa. Communal bathing, a centuries-old custom in Korea is still gaining steam in America and teaching us the valuable lesson of liberation. And while I learned that navigating the drinking fountain in the buff is quite an art — being among women of all shapes and sizes was refreshingly inspirational. What Makes this Spa Unique  Earth Energy & Chill Rooms Olympus’ sector of earth-energy and chill rooms was impressive. What felt like a house of a hundred doors was actually an intricately laid out collection of six heated and two cooled spaces that prep the body for an opus of enjoyment. The Elvan stone-floored Meditation Room (where speaking is strictly forbidden) is ideal for those who want to clear their mind, while the Charcoal Room neutralizes free radicals. Cool the body before a wax in the 70-degree Alps-inspired Cabin Room and jot down your thoughts in a communal brownleather guest book which has entries from visitors from around the globe. What to Try  The Hydrotherapy Room Olympus’ resplendent hydrotherapy area is where bathing suits are banned in lieu of your birthday suit. Modeled after a traditional Asian bathhouse, 62

the atrium ceilings were decorated with bamboo while a floor-to-ceiling flagstone waterfall rushed into a cool pool. The veiled-off salt-scrub bar felt rather medicinal but for good reason — it isn’t a service meant to relax, but to invigorate. The eucalyptus steam room and herbal cedar sauna were situated on the room’s outskirts and four different plunge tubs dominated the center. Each tub differed in temperature and allowable steep time and I was invited to sample them all. Since this area is such a favored spot among Olympus regulars, the spa offers a flat free Entry Pass granting guests access to all of the spa facilities for the whole day. What this Spa is Known For  Korean Premium Body Scrub Not only does the Korean-style scrub make your skin feel unbelievably smooth, but it also increases blood flow to the body and reduces the appearance of cellulite. My gentle-handed, yet businessminded scrub technician, Joanne, was not shy about getting me back to the skin I was born in. She shed layers of unwanted skin with incredible precision. Don’t worry about grossing out your neighbor, this open-air scrub bar is full of women wanting to rid themselves of their “winter coat.” Final Say  Naked or not, this is an experience that all women should try.

Olympus Spa 3815 196th St. S.W. #160, Lynnwood Mon.–Thu., 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.–Midnight 425.697.3000

I had a very experienced therapist, Clara, for both the Chocolate Detox Body Wrap and the Signature 60-minute Massage. I had never received a body wrap before but never felt uncomfortable. Being a massage therapist myself, there were things I was highly aware of and hoped for. My expectations were met and exceeded.

Amy, Lynnwood

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Northwest Aesthetics


ay spas are often focused on the exterior, but Northwest Aesthetics was a cheery, sun-lit space known for their superb ability to improve what’s below the surface. Recent winner of the coveted Best Facial award from Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington, NW Aesthetics continues to be widely heralded for their non-surgical aesthetic medicine. Located in Kirkland’s Evergreen Hospital district, the services at NW Aesthetics may qualify as medical-grade, but nothing about it felt cold or clinical. It may come as a surprise that they only have one full-time esthetician on staff. But Kelley, who was outfitted in scrubs and strikingly resembled Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell, was in no way over her head. Quite the contrary, she knew her stuff. And even more impressive was how quickly she got a read on my skin type and made me a believer in the possibility of a beautiful complexion in under an hour. What Makes this Spa Unique  Personal Attention The quality of patient care at NW Aesthetics was something to write home about. The products and services cater to people of all skin types and their modus operandi is to enhance, restore and maintain a more youthful appearance without surgery. Every client gets a complimentary consultation and ample time is taken to review concerns, analyze skin, problem areas, as well as to develop a skincare regimen specifically designed for each person. Never before had I received an email from an esthetician post-appointment detailing my current skincare regime with suggestions for improvement and links to where I could compare prices for products. Her suggestions weren’t linked to spa or technician commission, and it was obvious Kelley truly cared about the dilemma of neglected skin. What to Try  A PCA Chemical Peel Gone are the days of flaky, red irritated skin after a chemical peel. Kelley shared that most people hear the word “chemical” and are hesitant to try it. But the PCA Chemical Peel is gentle enough for all skin types and helps improve the overall look in an extremely short time frame. You need a quick glow? This is the service for you. 64

I had gone into this appointment fully expecting to be lectured and made to feel inferior due to my skin’s current state, but I was relieved and pleasantly surprised to find that Kelley made me feel comfortable in my own skin. Upon leaving, I had never seen it look so good!

Carissa, Mill Creek

What this Spa is Known for  Medical Grade Facial The Medical Grade facial at NW Aesthetics was the best I’ve ever had. And that’s saying a lot. Kelley was almost giddy about removing my extractions and I knew right then that we were actually taking care of business and not just layering my face with good-smelling goop. There was very little pain, a long steaming process and easy-going banter backand-forth. I walked away with a new personal skin technician. The only question left unanswered was if Kelley really knew Zach Morris. Hmm, guess that will have to wait until next time. Final Say  If you want a facial that gets it right, then you can’t go wrong. Northwest Aesthetics 13118 120th Ave., Kirkland Mon., Wed.–Fri., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Tue. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Every other Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 425.908.0000 Ext. 1

“My skin was radiant and glowing.”

Trieva’s Day Spa


nother award-winner, but this time for Best Day Spa from Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington, Trieva’s Day Spa is a Moroccan-inspired sanctuary where anyone can rest after a hard day. From dark wood accents to soothing music, Trieva’s was a place where you could experience pampering without pummeling your New Year’s personal spending budget. An accessible escape with top-tier services, spend a morning here and feel refreshed for whatever may lie ahead.

“I left a relaxed and happy woman.”

What Makes this Spa Unique  In-House Technician Training Spa founder, Trieva has a flair for flawlessness, so it made perfect sense that she would want those who represent her spa to have a certain level of perfection. Once newly-licensed professionals are hired to work for Trieva’s they are required to undergo a two-month in-house training program. This not only guarantees a unique spa experience, but also upholds a standard of service you can expect every visit. What to Try  The Signature Bliss Facial If you are looking for a great facial, but still yearn for the relaxation aspect of a spa massage, try this: A 75-minute treatment that included extractions and a steam, a hand and foot hydrating aloe vera treatment with decollete and a facial massage. It really was the best of both worlds. My esthetician Darcy was phenomenal — as well as cute as a button. What this Spa is Known for  Brazilian Waxes I was shocked to discover that Treiva’s does over 300 Brazilian waxes a month. Obviously late to the party, I figured it was time to see what warranted all that popularity. Korin, their waxing expert, takes her job in stride and when asked if she found it odd to get that “personal” with people on a daily basis — she laughed and shrugged like it was no big deal. But for those who wince at the idea of getting that smooth, you will find that they have a unique way of incorporating an essential oil into the waxing process that makes it almost enjoyable, almost. Because their waxing process is so popular they also have a Brazilian Club that gives members a discount every service.

Final Say  If you want to give your significant other a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift, this is the place for Brazilian perfection. Trieva’s Day Spa 19505 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 206.375.3100

A lovely spot with silk saris hanging from the ceiling, soft music, delicious scents and a sauna to warm my bones — the friendly, skilled staff made me comfortable and catered to my needs. Ashley administered an extraordinary warm foot soak while Angie’s magic hands performed an hour-long massage that loosened all the kinks.

Janice, Edmonds

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The Gated Sanctuary


ine miles from downtown Snohomish, I twisted and turned past partitioned farmland, a tranquil riverbed and historic barns before discovering a stretch of road shadowed by a canopy of ancient trees. Getting to the Gated Sanctuary was a part of what made this place so special. Tucked away on six and a half private acres, guests are welcomed by a zen garden and tranquil courtyard before entering this luxurious, yet intimate getaway. Frederick Steffen had a very clear vision for The Gated Sanctuary 20 years before he opened it in 2011. Aside from creating a serene place for healing through massage and hydrotherapy, he had a story to share. A plaque on the entry gate read, “Because of you, mom.” And a mistyeyed Frederick shared with me that when he was just nine years old, his mother had him trained in reflexology so he could help relieve some of her symptoms from Multiple Sclerosis. When she passed after dealing with MS for over 30 years, he built this sprawling open-air healing centre in remembrance of her and to help others who need a place of rest. What Makes this Spa Unique  The Design The labor of love that went into building and decorating The Gated Sanctuary involved two trips to Thailand to buy materials and antiques from all around Southeast Asia. From the trim to the gorgeous entry gate and the 150-year-old Indian plantation columns that led out to the jetted hot pools, everything down to the tiniest detail — even the spa sarongs — are authentic. But just because this spa was filled with antiquities from another world, doesn’t mean they didn’t have modern and luxurious facilities. The eucalyptus chromotherapy steam room was managed by the touch of a finger, and the Japanese toilets had a series of flushing options that would make a bidet blush. What to Try  The Outdoor Hydrotherapy “Room” Having enjoyed bathing in the open air of a natural hot springs himself, Frederick wanted to combine that feeling with the beauty of our Evergreen abundant state. On a raised deck enclosed by bamboo walls, guests can go from three different hotto-cold pools in a few steps. Note: the Alaskan 66

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plunge pool was just as chilly as it sounds, yet surprisingly invigorating. This type of hot-cold therapy has several benefits for pain relief, but is also one of the most peaceful places to relax. Another unique aspect of the hydrotherapy area was that it was clothing optional, but they do welcome swimsuits. And to keep everyone extra comfy, they have ‘Co-ed’ days on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, ‘Men Only’ on Saturdays and ‘Women Only’ on Thursdays. What this Spa is Known for  Their Bodywork Frederick recently celebrated his 29th anniversary as a licensed massage practitioner and was the youngest massage therapist ever to be licensed in the state of Washington at that time — so he knows a thing or two about great massage. This knowledge was instrumental when he commissioned a group of therapists who share his level of expertise and passion. Sarah, who is a bodywork virtuoso, gave me the most intuitive massage of my life. It felt like bodywork in the best sense. She read my body’s signs with such insight that I walked away feeling restored and rebalanced. Final Say  This is a soul-meets-body experience. Go there. Now. The Gated Sanctuary 16404 14th St. N.E., Snohomish Wed.–Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. 425.334.6277

The tranquility of the outdoor [hydrotherapy] area may have been my favorite part of The Gated Sanctuary. John’s 90-minute massage was the best I’ve ever had. I felt like parts of my back that have caused me discomfort were being worked on with intentionality. All around I was very impressed and would absolutely return!

Emilie, Kirkland

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Walnut Street Coffee A Garage Turned Neighborhood Coffeeshop BY ELISE SIEGEL


he holiday season is over; a long, damp Northwest winter lies ahead. Instead of succumbing to our seemingly endless drizzle, warm up and cheer up in downtown Edmonds with a visit to Walnut Street Coffee. You’ll find a bright, welcoming environment where you can enjoy some of Seattle’s finest locally produced coffee and treats. Owner Pam Stuller has turned this former garage into a vibrant, modern space. Clean lines and modern décor maintain an open, airy environment even when the shop is crowded with customers. One large, central table has become a regular gathering place for neighbors to meet and chat. Side tables and benches provide space for more intimate conversations, work or study. Seating extends outdoors, and even in winter, it is an excellent place to watch Edmonds community life. In these months, the old garage door serves as a manypaneled window; in warm weather, it rolls up and lets in the summer breeze. continued on page 71  …

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BOTHELL RUSSELL’S RESTAURANT & LOFT Regional NW 3305 Monte Villa Pkwy., Bothell 425.486.4072, Tucked away in a beautifully restored barn, Russell’s Dining Room offers a rare culinary experience in the Canyon Park area of Bothell. With renowned Chef Russell Lowell at its helm, frequenters flock here from Seattle and beyond to sample exquisite cuisine that has been appreciated by local icons, international celebrities and global leaders alike. And that’s just the guest list. The menu is even more impressive. From their savory New Bedford Sea Scallops to the grilled-to-perfection New York Strip, the entire food selection is a celebration of Northwest traditions, perfectly crafted by Chef Lowell’s unparalleled panache and his use of simple, fresh ingredients.   TANDEM WINE AND CHEESE BAR American 10123 Main Space, Bothell 425.398.9463, Tandem Wine and Cheese Bar owner Lisa Havens often greets her customers with a hug. Her welcome makes it seem like she invited


them to her home for dinner. Her husband Brad Havens is tucked away, cooking in the cozy kitchen. Looking for ultimate comfort food? Try their creamy macaroni and cheese made from local ingredients. Or try the Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with a light garlic cream sauce. One of the most popular dishes is the Chicken Marsala, topped with mushrooms in a white wine butter sauce. For an appetizer, try the French Onion Soup. It’s aged for a couple days before being served.

EDMONDS THE CHEESEMONGER’S TABLE Cheeses 203 Fifth Ave. S. #1, Edmonds 425.640.8949, As its name indicates, The Cheesemonger’s Table is all about cheese. Enjoy the vast selection of more than 100 cheeses from around the world on a sandwich, platter or as a complementary addition to a house special. Cheese enthusiasts should visit the new location at the Old Milltown Plaza in Edmonds. The Table hosts a cheese sampling every Saturday, which is best enjoyed with a drink and a handful of the housemade truffled popcorn. Try the hot Caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The Table makes it easy to share your love of cheese with friends and family by sending a gift basket of select cheeses, nuts, fruit and other treats, which can be shipped anywhere in the United States.   EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA Italian 178 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds 425.299.0142, If you like authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds, where pizza is created with pure, simple, fresh ingredients and baked on the floor of an apple wood fired stone oven. You’ll find favorites like the Combo Pizza, featuring chorizo, fresh vegetables, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce, but the menu also features innovative items like the Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza, with cranberry goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, organic olive oil and garlic. Diners will enjoy the view of ferries arriving from and departing to Kingston, but they can also have their meals delivered within Edmonds or prepared for take-out. Finish your meal with organic gelato. Evviva is Italian for ‘cheers’ or ‘hurray.’ Cheers to their name and this fine Italian restaurant!

EVERETT CURRY BISTRO Indian 1907 Hewitt Ave., Ste. A, Everett 425.258.2900 Downtown Everett’s Indian cuisine finds its nest in the ever-popular Curry Bistro restaurant. The prompt servers stay busy filling flavorful orders of tender Lamb Vindaloo, generously thick Chicken Masala, and any other classic curry your heart could desire. Genuinely rich, complex and reliably mixed to hit the spot, the curries serve the flavors of traditional Southeast Asian while providing a soul-fulfilling encore. For those with the constitution for a day’s size meal, be sure to try the Bistro’s beautifully served lunch buffet, with all the fine quality, consistency and flavor you’d hope for in a family-sized Indian dinner — and all for a reasonable price, too!   PIROSHKY & CREPES: EUROPEAN BAKERY AND CAFE Bakery 1327 112th St. S.E., Everett 425.225.6694 Treat yourself to a sweet or savory treat at Piroshky & Crepes: European Bakery and Café near Silver Lake in Everett. A piroshky is a Russian baked bun stuffed with a variety of fillings and glazed with egg for a golden, crisp exterior. Most piroshkis are filled with meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes or cheese, but this European bakery also offers sweet varieties filled with fruit and served with whipped cream or chocolate. You can also order sweet and savory crepes. Pair your treat with your choice of more than 100 loose tea varieties or an espresso beverage.   TOKYO HOUSE Fusion/Japanese 500 S.E. Everett Mall Way, Everett 425.347.6557, Tokyo House’s perfection-driven cuisine provides patrons a joyful balance of fine quality ingredients and prompt, attentive service (and without Emerald City prices). An order of spicy tuna is served exquisitely fresh with a delicate texture and rewarding flavor of vegetables, spice, rice and thinly sliced tuna. Each sushi offering is served to order by a traditional sushi chef who greets and smiles at customers, and prepares special orders with enthusiasm. The Teriyaki Chicken is simply excellent, while the vegetable Gyoza is crisp, flavorful and cautiously fried. Tokyo House’s clean environment and inviting Japanese décor — elegant Shoji screens and bamboo-style framing — create an enjoyably soft and refreshing ambience for relaxed dining.

…  continued from page 69 Situated just off the main drag in Edmonds, Walnut Street Coffee is an ideal stop for Edmonds shoppers or for families headed to the beach or park. A true neighborhood coffee shop, Walnut Street’s patrons include retirees, families with young children and downtown Edmonds employees stopping by for their daily dose of espresso and neighborhood chatter. People know each other here. Regulars and newcomers rotate in and out of conversation at the central round table throughout the day. The walls feature the work of local artists. The baristas demonstrate their expertise by crafting excellent drinks efficiently, and doing it with a smile. They know their neighborhood, their customers and their coffee. Of course the centerpiece to any coffee shop is the espresso. Walnut Street sources its coffee from Seattle’s own Espresso Vivace, widely considered one of the city’s finest roasters. Vivace is committed to providing an excellent product; beans are slow roasted in the Seattle roasting house to develop their ideal caramel flavor. Social and environmental ethics are also a priority: Vivace works to

ensure that they purchase beans from growers who farm responsibly. The Vivace espresso drinks served at Walnut Street Coffee pack a punch; the flavor is very strong, but never burned. Like their coffee, Walnut Street’s food comes from quality local sources. For lunch or breakfast, try the quinoa burrito, black bean burrito and pesto breakfast sandwich, all prepared by Dancing Women Meals. All are excellent vegetarian meal options, and the quinoa burrito in particular is a customer favorite. Seattle’s Macrina Bakery supplies the majority of the shop’s pastries — sweet treats, like the Nutella brioche, or savory breads, like the parmesan rosemary ham biscuit. Be sure to try the deliciously chewy apricot oat pecan cookie — it is a perfect snack for kids or grown-ups. The menu also includes Macrina’s gluten-free biscuits, and flying apron bakery provides additional gluten-free, vegan treats. And if you crave a donut to dunk in your coffee, Walnut Street gets its donuts from Mighty O; they are also local, vegan and tasty. Names like Vivace, Macrina, Flying Apron and Mighty O have excellent reputations throughout the Seattle area. All are expert crafters of food and

drink, and each is a destination in its own right. But to find all of these products in one location­ — without having to fight Seattle traffic and parking — is a huge benefit to those of us who live in Snohomish County. The options are plentiful and tasty, and the location can’t be beat. So there’s no need to fly south to beat your wintertime blues — you don’t even have to venture into the city. Just head to Walnut Street to find a delicious treat in an environment that is always bright, friendly and buzzing with neighborhood activity.  410 Walnut St., Edmonds Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.–6 p.m. 425.774.5962

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Trails End Taphouse & Restaurant BY LAURA GOING


rails End Taphouse & Restaurant is the perfect stop if you’re looking for a home-spun, casual dining experience that offers excellent cuisine and an ‘everybody knows your name’ atmosphere. Home-cooked entrees and craft brews, beer lovers and comfort food aficionados can either sit fireside for a date night or belly up to the bar with their buddies. The restaurant is a few blocks north of the main drag in Snohomish, but its off-First locale is worth the short mile drive to get there. Originally, Trails End opened their doors in 2011 as The Snohomish Beer & Wine Specialty Shop. They provided kegs, cases of wine and bottles-to-go. After just a few months, customers were clamoring for more, and the shop quickly adapted to offer a menu of delicious panini and drinks by the glass. Today, after an extensive remodel to include a beautiful woodsy atmosphere and larger dining area, the restaurant was renamed and began serving both lunch and dinner as well as offering an extensive selection of wines and beers on tap. The menu features separate offerings for lunch and dinner as well as appetizers, soups and salads. A real standout is the steak salad with blue cheese — a delectable combination of mixed greens, tomato wedges, red onions and thinly sliced grilled steak. Another great offering is the bacon-stuffed mushrooms. Both are great on their own or shared among guests. For lunch, try one of their wood-fired pizzas with toppings such as smoked salmon and arugula, steak and blue cheese, or the classic pepperoni and sausage. Made from scratch, customers can watch the pizza-maker throw hand-tossed dough into the air and layer on local toppings before it’s fed to the crackling wood fire. Another popular lunch menu item is the Smoke Bomb which has smoked turkey, smoked gouda, bacon and tomato perfectly accented with honey mustard and melted on a piping-hot panini grill. Each is served with your choice of potato or pasta salad, or the tasty in-house cut and fried potato chips. The dinner menu, served after 4 p.m., offers larger entrees like ribeye steak and grilled Sockeye salmon, as well as pastas like the Dungeness Crab mac and cheese. Almost everything on the menu at Trails End is handmade from natural ingredients; proving they are dedicated to local sustainability and healthy, tasty food for all. Staying true to the restaurant’s specialty beginnings, Trails End Taphouse is still the ideal spot for wine and beer lovers. Their bar menu features local and international selections


with six permanent beer taps and 22 rotating taps available every day. They are currently featuring their own housemade wine label, the Trails End Cabernet Sauvignon. Not all great restaurants have to be expensive. Trails End may have affordable drinks and dining options, but the atmosphere is none the worse for wear. Warm and open, it is the perfect hangout for large groups, parties or dining with kids. Regardless of your reasons, this is a great stop for Snohomish locals or anyone just passing through.  511 Maple Ave., Snohomish 360.568.7233 Sun.–Thur. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

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LAKE STEVENS LUCA’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE Italian 430 91st Ave. N.E. #10, Lake Stevens 425.334.2066, Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambience at Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens. Luca’s is an award-winning, familyowned establishment that has been delivering authentic Italian cuisine to Snohomish County residents since 2003. Luca’s offers a variety of hot Panini sandwiches, pasta and salads with fresh, local ingredients for the lunch crowd, Monday through Saturday until 3 p.m., before transitioning to an extensive dinner menu. Wood-fired pizza with numerous cheeses, homemade sauces and savory toppings like sausage, mushrooms and eggplant make them a popular dinner selection. Other dinner specials include specialty pasta like Penne Al Salmone, a creamy combination of smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes and capers mixed with penne pasta and topped with a rich cream sauce. Finish your meal with Tiramisu and live music on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.

LYNNWOOD INDIGO KITCHEN & ALEHOUSE Gastropub 2902 164th St. S.W. Ste. F, Lynnwood 425.741.8770, Although Indigo is located in a busy shopping center, its surroundings are nearly forgotten when you enter the warm ambience of this Lynnwood alehouse. The rich wood furnishings of Indigo’s interior entice patrons in for lunch, dinner and happy hour seven days a week. Between the happy hour prices and portions, Indigo is the place to be for hearty appetizers at a sound price. The happy hour menu features items like Gumbo, Meatloaf Sliders and Baby Back Ribs for $3–$6. With more than 20 beers on draft and a variety of comfort foods, including Cider-brined Pork Chops, Chorizo Clam Linguini and Flat Iron Steak, it’s no wonder this restaurant is busy from open to close. In a land of strip malls and chain restaurants, Indigo Kitchen & Alehouse is a breath of fresh air (and sweet potato fries!) for those seeking delicious food and refreshing beverages in a pleasant atmosphere.

The friendly staff prepares your food fast, and offers to remove any unwanted toppings or sides in anticipation of picky eaters. As you wait for some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine to grace the Northwest, you’ll receive a complimentary bowl of tortilla chips with fresh, tangy home-chopped salsa as a prologue to an excellent meal.

MARYSVILLE KAFE NEO Greek/Mediterranean 9730 State Ave., Marysville 360.651.9268, Surrounded by a sprawl of commercial rentals and drive-thrus, a newcomer to Kafe Neo might be delightfully surprised by its extensive menu of rich and delicious Greek food. The ever-popular gyros come in dozens of combinations, with lunchtime prices below the border of $7. The lamb gyro — served in less than five — is stuffed with fresh “seasoned lettuce” and tomatoes, traditional Tzaztiki and richly marinated slices of lamb. Even the pita is pleasantly moist, all the while keeping in the messy juices. Both the Caesar and chicken g­ yros ­provide a similarly succulent mix of tender, rich meat and fresh sides, and cure the lunchtime crave. An expansive, yet inexpensive selection of Greek appetizers and desserts round out the main course, and keep patrons coming back for more.

MILL CREEK AZUL TEQUILA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT Mexican 15118 Main St. Ste. 110, Mill Creek 425.357.5600, Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant provides a warm, upscale atmosphere and a fresh take on Latin-inspired dishes. Mexican favorites, such as the Enchilada Verde or Carne Asada, are paired with Caribbean specialties, including St. Thomas Coconut Prawns and Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops. Southwestern flavors also make an appearance in dishes such as the Poblano Artichoke Dip and the Blackened Chicken Pasta. The menu also includes multiple hardy salads, sandwiches (many served with a chipotle mayo) and even burgers. Dishes get their flavor from ingredients such as habanero peppers, cilantro and citrus. Even the salsa has a flavorful twist thanks to roasted red peppers. Of course, with “tequila” in its name, those looking to imbibe in a top-shelf liquor will have ample choices. Try a Bartender’s Margarita or any of their specialty cocktails. Mexican cerveza, along with many popular drafts, also are available.   RUSTY PELICAN CAFE American 15704 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek 425.585.0525, The Rusty Pelican Cafe is a welcome departure from the surrounding chain breakfast options.

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TAQUERIA LA RAZA Mexican 6815 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood 425.775.7526 One visit to Taqueria La Raza, and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu is simple, and the food is overwhelmingly flavorful; the large portions will leave you plenty to save after the first few satisfying bites. An order of four tacos come artfully packed with tenderly seasoned strips of soft chicken, topped with fresh onions, peppers, cilantro and a generous sprinkle of cheese. The Chile Rellanos are slim and crisp, with a fine balance of cheese and gently fried flavor. A thick Habanero Mango Salsa is among a few of the not-so-secret secret sauces that will add a sweet, spicy kick to your already rich meal.

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Place: Emory’s on Silver Lake Ingredients: Wiser’s Rye Whiskey, Creme de Cacao, Frangelico, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Whipped Cream Cost: $9.50



he lakeside bistro and bar at Emory’s on Silver Lake was a bustling hot spot on the night I decided to try their Pecan Pie Martini. After I snagged a coveted parking spot, I wondered if this was a normal crowd for a random Thursday night. But once I grabbed a seat, I was handed a bingo sheet from the waitress. Ah, it all made sense. I had happened upon a combine of thrill-seekers who were looking for more than just an amazing drink to savor — they wanted that blackout for the big win. Not at all your typical bingo-joint, Emory’s could easily find residence on Lake Union next to Joey’s or on Alki sharing a lot line with Salty’s. Its gorgeous cabin-inspired interior was low-lit and candles twinkled on each table. After I was brought the Pecan Pie Martini, I immediately pushed aside the dessert menu. Even at first glance I knew there was no need to add anything else to this already decadent drink. The cocoa color and fluffy white whipped cream looked like hot-chocolate without the heat. It was a perfect sweet tooth


indulgence, and I especially liked the added kick of Frangelico and Bailey’s sweet liqueurs. It was spicy yet still sweet, and I audibly heard an “Mmmm.” sneak out of my mouth upon the first sip. Not my usual order, I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though it was quite sugary I wanted to finish the entire thing. The juxtaposition of enjoying a well made drink in a snazzy joint surrounded by jovial people who are having a great time gave this yummy dessert-inspired cocktail an added appeal. If you are looking for a night out and a sweet treat that will keep you coming back for more — I recommend the Pecan Pie Martini at Emory’s on bingo night.  Emory’s on Silver Lake 11830 19th Ave. S.E., Everett Happy Hour: Mon.–Fri. 2–6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 1–6 p.m. 425.337.7772

They have great menu options reminiscent of Maltby Cafe. This breakfast and lunch cafe may be located inside a strip mall off-shot from the bustle of Bothell-Everett Highway, but once inside, locals can cozy up with a steaming cup of hot coffee and their acclaimed corned beef hash. For those who love thickcut bacon, powder-sugared crepes and fluffy omelets, be sure to come hungry. The Rusty Pelican has huge-portions — you won’t feel like it’s too much, but you will leave full. With an Eggs Benedict dish that hits the mark for Hollandaise lovers, breakfast foodies will find that this reincarnation of the original Seattle restaurant is a new favorite brunch joint. Must-try dishes are the Farmer’s Pelican Skillet dish and the Dungeness Crab Omelette.


621 Front St., Mukilteo 425.355.4488, When in Rome, don’t forget to bring a good brew. Otherwise, you may as well visit the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse, where the only thing overshadowing their magnificent selection of Northwest ales is a selection of phenomenally authentic Roman-style pizzas. The extra-thin, crisp-bottomed crust comes finely draped with a tangy layer of secret marinara, spread hidden under an unusually stupendous combination of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheeses. Diamond Knot offers patrons true Italian-style pizza — among a menu of many fine meals — accompanied by top-notch service and some of the Northwest’s finest ales.   JOHN’S GRILL American 649 Fifth St., No. 101, Mukilteo 425.347.1068, Consider John’s Grill on the corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue in Mukilteo for your next special occasion. John’s offers some of the finest steak and seafood in Snohomish County. Although very much a “meat and potato” restaurant, John’s does feature vegetarian options and a variety of substitutions for those with dietary restrictions. A special kids’ menu will entice your little ones while an extensive wine list will appeal to a more mature dinner party. John’s features half-price glasses of wine and other libations during happy hour at their comfortable, inviting bar.

SNOHOMISH BRASATO European 1011 First St., Snohomish 360.563.5013, Enjoy European-inspired cuisine in historic downtown Snohomish at Brasato. This modern Euro-American bistro with a view of the

Snohomish River is open for dinner seven days a week. Start your meal with one of the shareables, like a plate of risotto croquettes made with an array of fresh vegetables and roasted red pepper aioli. Follow your appetizer with a bowl of sundried tomato soup, a creamy concoction that will warm you up. Dinner entrée options include braised beef, black bean ravioli, roasted wild salmon and many other creative selections. Be sure to save room for a signature dessert. Savor Brasato’s menu, a product of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, at this favorite neighborhood Snohomish restaurant.


CABBAGE PATCH Homestyle 111 Ave. A, Snohomish 360.568.9091 From fine dining to home cooking, the Cabbage Patch has been serving up delicious meals to patrons of this downtown Snohomish restaurant for more than 30 years. Traditional favorites such as a Prime Rib or Turkey dinner, Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie share the menu with contemporary favorites such as Coconut Prawns and Artichoke & Mushroom Penne. Don’t forget dessert — the Cabbage Patch is known for its scrumptious pies.   FRED’S RIVERTOWN ALEHOUSE Gastropub 1114 First St., Snohomish 360.568.5820 Located in historic downtown Snohomish, Fred’s has been bringing great beer and great food to the community since 1994. Who could pass up the Mick Jagger Fries — sweet potato fries tossed with butter and brown sugar, or the Black Porter Gumbo made with Deschute’s Black Butte Porter. The Alehouse Burger is topped with barbecue sauce, American cheese and bacon, then piled high with onion tanglers. And, of course, who could forget the beer? With more than 30 brews on tap, it’s a craftbeer lover’s dream come true. Fred’s also boasts one of the largest single-malt Scotch selections in the country.

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.

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MALTBY CAFÉ Homestyle 8809 Maltby Rd., Snohomish 425.483.3123, Maltby’s famed Cinnamon Rolls — roughly the size of your head — are the prime draw to this country-quaint café, but are just the start of a menu filled with home-style cooking and grandiose portions. Choose from breakfast all day, with menu items such as Northwest Potatoes & Eggs or the Prime Rib Omlette. Voted Best Breakfast Place by Evening Magazine viewers 2009–2011, you can’t go wrong. The lunch menu includes a vast menu of sandwiches and burgers (try a Blues Burger with homemade blue cheese dressing) as well as salads, entrees and desserts.  –


Don’t just reserve pear and gorgonzola for your salad, Five in Edmonds has a Pear & Gorgonzola pesto pizza that uses the freshest Bartlett Pears around topped with toasted pine nuts. 425.563.7117, ­ At Adams Northwest Bistro & Brewery in Monroe the Apple Wood Smoked Pork appetizer is smoked for 18 hours and then served with crispy slaw and a toasty roll. Talk about an amusebouche. 360.794.4056, ­ Yes, this may be LatinCaribbean inspired fare but don’t overlook the Chopped Salad at Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant in Mill Creek. The layers of bacon, cotija cheese, creamy dressing and perfectly cubed chicken makes it feel like an indulgence. 425.357.5600,

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Fishing for a good dish? Luca’s in Lake Stevens serves up a mean Penne al Salmone with penne pasta, smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes and capers in a cream sauce. 425.334.2066, ­lucas­italian.­com Located inside a glorious greenhouse in downtown Woodinville, Molbak’s Garden Cafe is the perfect location on a chilly day. Try their grilledto-perfection Veggie Sandwich if you want to know what healthy food should taste like. 425.483.5000, molbaks.­com/cafe A twist on an old favorite, the Cabbage Patch in Snohomish serves a Chicken Pot Pie just like your mom used to make. Traditional pot pie filling, topped with a puff pastry crust — you will definitely want to lick the plate — er, pan — clean. 360.568.9091, ­ Conveyor belt sushi may not be your cup of tea, but the Washington roll at Sushi Hana in Thrasher’s Corner is a crowd pleaser even for the sushi snob. Crab salad and cucumber rolled with their seared salmon and spicy sauce is smoking. 425.424.3339, ­sushihana5­­­.­com

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Village Theatre is doing their rendition of Les Miserables, one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway and winner of 96 international awards. This will be the Pacific Northwest’s first local professional production of the dramatic story of people in Paris who dare to dream for something more. Village Theatre 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.8600, THE DRIFTWOOD PLAYERS: SELF COMPOSED JAN. 16–19

This story of self-identity and friendship was written by Bellingham author Lyssandra Norton. The play addresses themes of self-awareness, sexual identity and mental illness. It will come to life with developed and endearing characters acted out by The Driftwood Players. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St., Edmonds 425.774.9600, 76

The all-woman cast of Menopause: The Musical will take the stage once again and bring an evening of parodies from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The musical is a tribute to women who’ve experienced the hard changes during a monumental time of life. The cast makes fun of their wrinkles, hot flashes, food cravings and forgetfulness. Don’t miss the songs, “Puff, My God I’m Draggin’,” and “Stayin’ Awake, Stayin’ Awake.” Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595 PHOENIX THEATRE: BEYOND THERAPY FEB. 7–MAR. 2

Phoenix Theatre presents “Beyond Therapy” by Christopher Durang. Characters Bruce and Prudence both see therapists regularly. Bruce’s female therapist is urging him to place an ad online for dating, while Prudence’s male therapist suggests she be more assertive in life. Bruce’s therapist has no idea Bruce has a male lover, who is not

supportive of him dating women. Both characters learn how to live outside of therapy in this wacky off-Broadway production. The PhoenixTheatre 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. 206.533.2000


The two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet will join with singer, songwriter Nellie McKay for a music performance of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar Cabaret of the 1920s mixed with some original pieces. Nellie McKay’s unique blend of instruments blended with Turtle Island Quartet’s rhythmic beat will make for a great show. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595


Performing both independently and in a six-guitar combination, the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio will dazzle the audience with their strings. Both esteemed groups are known for their creative sounds, making this a collaboration to remember. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. 425.275.9595 HOMETOWN HOOTENANNY JAN. 8, 7:30 P.M.

Hometown Hootenanny represents music made popular by Southern dance halls and West Texas honky tonks. The hometown band will play songs that anyone can groove to like, “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.” Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766,


Snohomish celebrates its rendition of the Ground Day folklore with a West Coast theme. Snohomish’s Slew battles against Punxsutawney Phil to see if Spring is coming or we still have soggy weather ahead. Snohomish has received national attention for the last 7 years over this event, so join them for the 8th! Downtown Snohomish 360.568.2526, STILLAGUAMISH EAGLE FESTIVAL FEB. 1–2

Every year, Arlington holds a festival to honor the eagles coming to the Stillaguamish River for winter. Eagles come to the river to feed on salmon that have come to spawn. Participate in the guided tours, watch demonstrations and speakers and walk around the festival to see the art and photography. Live music and wagon rides will run during the festival. Arlington 360.403.3448,

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Musician, Greg Deere, will host the Second Sunday Song Syrcle, a time where Greg will not only showcase his irresistible sense of rhythm, but also get participants to join in as well. He loves to share his songs and creates a comfortable environment for participation. Use this opportunity to share, learn and be around fellow music lovers. Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater 1211 4th St., Snohomish 360.568.9412, EDMONDS TUNES LIVE MUSIC & STAND UP COMEDY JAN. 10, 6 P.M.

A still shot from 2013 Everett Film Festival’s Feature Documentary, Somewhere Between. © Somewhere Between by Linda Goldstein Knowlton (USA/2011)

Every Friday night in Downtown Edmonds, Red Petal Coffee House or Cafe Louvre host a night of live music and stand-up comedy. Take part in the fun by performing yourself or simply sit back with a hot beverage and enjoy the free entertainment. Downtown Edmonds 425.776.3778,

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he 17th Annual Everett Film Festival will open, Friday 21, with a gala event at the Everett Performing Art Center. Enjoy the drinks and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the wonderful film series. At least two independent films will play at the gala event. The following day, Saturday 22, the films will continue, including documentaries, features and film shorts. Many of the films are often produced locally. The Everett Film Festival began in 1997 when a group of women joined together to bring Everett and Snohomish County an international

film festival. They created a nonprofit organization, the Everett Women’s Film Festival, with the hopes of showcasing creativity of women through entertaining films. Over the years, the festival broadened to show more types of films, changing the name to the Everett Film Festival. Still, many of the films are created by women and give a look into the lives of people around the world through engaging documentaries.  Feb. 21–22 Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.7955,

Watch the live performance of Disney on Ice: Live Junior Tour. The theme is prince and princess, so get your crowns ready. Cinderella will make a special appearance to show what it means to be a princess. Then it’s off to Neverland with appearances by Peter Pan and Captain Hook. The show is filled with amazing music and effects that the whole family can enjoy. Comcast Arena 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett 425.322.2600, DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. JAN. 17–FEB. 22

Everett Kidstage Productions is pleased to present Beauty and the Beast Jr., based on the Academy Award Winning animated film. The show has all of the classic songs including “Be Our Guest,” plus new songs written specifically for this production. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.7955,


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The Everett Philharmonic is proud to present their concert, “The Magnificent Mozart” directed by Dr. Paul Elliot Cobbs. They will play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Horn Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 40 in g minor. Don’t miss this lively and talented group as they play a Mozart-filled program. First Presbyterian Church 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett 425.259.7139,


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JAN. 20, 7:30 P.M.

JAN. 31, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of classical music played by the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. Pieces will include works by Bernstein, Bach, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. The concert will feature Alexander Velinzon on the violin. Don’t miss this enchanting night of music with works like, “Overture to Candide.”

Steam Powered Giraffe, a musical project that formed in San Diego with the steam punk subculture, will perform in Everett. The show is led by twin siblings, David Michael Bennett and Bunny Bennett. The performance includes improv, original music and sketches. Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766,

Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595,



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On the 3rd Saturday of every month, walk around Everett’s finest galleries and studios to view local art. The ongoing event varies each month, showcasing local talent and enriching community members with fine art. The galleries focus on varied pieces such as paintings, sculptures, glass art, photography and pottery.

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General Admission Tickets: $25 All tickets includes: Tasting Tickets, Appetizer Plate, Commemorative Wine Glass

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Comcast Arena 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett 425.259.5050,

VIP Entry: 5-6 p.m. (second session) Brought to you by:

To support the local art center, mingle at the opening reception with hors d’oeuvres and a Shack-tini. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on local art. Then, at 7 P.M., enjoy the dinner and wine while being surrounded by beautiful works of art. Don’t miss the chance to take one home during the live auction!

Regular Session: 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m.

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Join the Washington Wind Symphony for a concert, “Legacies,” in their 28th ­season. The 45–50 members share a love for classical music. They hope to share this passion through their four concerts at the Kirkland Performance Center. Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland 425.828.0422, IMPROV 100 JAN. 5

Unexpected Productions presents their workshop series “Improv 100,” which begins Jan. 5. Learn from professionals what it takes to do live improv in front of a crowd. Participants will learn how to listen and take their own life experience to create stories through improv. The workshop will also focus on team building and scene work skills.

Red Wine & Chocolate


now-capped mountains, iceencased wine grapes and views overlooking February’s frost-bitten version of Lake Chelan makes for an exquisitely romantic setting during their annual Red Wine & Chocoate event. Every year boutique wineries all across Lake Chelan Wine Valley host this delightful duo in their tasting rooms. Visit each of the 21 wineries’ tasting rooms for tastes of the best wines they have to offer. The sips of wine will be paired with bites of chocolate desserts for a lavish


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indulgence. Several of the wineries will also host Winemakers Dinners for friends or lovers to dine in elegance. One particularly popular stretch along the tasting trail includes North Shore wineries like Tildio Winery, Four Lakes Winery, Benson Vineyards Estate Winery, and Chelan Ridge.  Feb. 8–9, 15–16 Various locations, Chelan 509.264.8828

JAN. 23–FEB. 2

The Children’s Film Festival has gained a following over the last 9 years. It has become popular among families especially on the West Coast for its dedication to providing quality family-friendly entertainment. The Northwest Film Forum chooses over 120 international children’s films per year. The film festival reaches 10,000 people by playing in Seattle and then tours the country to 15-20 other cities. Don’t miss the chance to see it locally! Seattle 206.329.2629,

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Festival of Trees raises more than $670,000 for Providence Children’s Services Providence Hospital’s annual celebration the Festival of Trees raised $670,000 on December 5 for Providence Children’s Services. Thanks to the generosity of the more than 500 attendees, children will receive life-changing therapy and services regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

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I Vote For TSA Health Clinics, Mr. President

Ken makes obsolete BY KEN KARLBERG


s it just me or does anyone else question whether the federal government is serious about health care, public safety and balancing the budget? Get out of your little white box, Mr. P. Ask any household on a budget — coping in a crisis requires creativity, penny-saving efficiency and multi-tasking. I say to Mr. P. and Congress, “Think like a mom.” Moms squeeze more important life priorities out of each day than anyone. Mr. P., we can balance the budget, fly safely, and improve healthcare while cutting costs all at the same time. The answer is TSA Health Clinics. Think about it: TSA struggles to justify intrusive body searches and full-body scans in the name of public safety. I mean, really, what seven year old is a terrorist threat? A terror, perhaps. But a terrorist? Or a ninety-year-old grandmother? By the time she toddles her way to the cockpit, the flight is over. But what if we upgrade the body-scanners, substitute nurses and physicians for TSA agents, and combine pre-flight safety checks with preventative health care? Now we are raising multi-tasking efficiency to near motherhood levels. The flying public would be safer. Our citizens would be healthier. The budget would be balanced. TSA Health Clinics are a win, win, win. It is the quintessential public option. All that’s necessary is for Uncle Sam to issue a simple Presidential mandate requiring all U.S. citizens to take yearly vacations by airplane. It would be ingenious, Mr. P. Unlike mandatory health care, no State Attorney General is going to challenge federally-mandated vacations. Ever get to the airport two hours ahead of time and then wait an hour or more after you pass through TSA airport security? No more. The TSA lines would be just as long, but instead we emerge with boarding passes and clean bills of health. Wouldn’t you feel better if the child next to you with the runny nose had just been issued antibiotics or Benadryl by TSA? Me, too. The possibilities are endless. The heated debate over the efficacy and costs of annual mammograms would be silenced. Just squeeze away. Even males, who often avoid the indignities of annual health exams, could now justify physicals in the digital age on a manly “I am the great protector” basis. In the 82

name of public safety, men could turn their heads sideways and cough. If there was terror-related junk in their trunk, it would be found. Blood and stool samples would quickly diagnose high cholesterol and low iron levels, while providing scientific proof if the passenger has eaten in a forbidden foreign country lately. The proof would literally be in the pudding. And what terrorist wouldn’t prefer Gitmo to an annual colonoscopy? Water boarding, colonoscopy, water boarding, colonoscopy. Tough choice, isn’t it? I say, close Gitmo. Is there a better way to flush bomb threats than the dreaded, “Drink this gallon of liquid, the doctor will be right with you?” I can’t think of any. In fact, after an hour with no doctor, water boarding may begin to sound like the better option. Heck, now there would even be a reason to take your shoes off. Who is going to keep their shoes on while wearing an open-ended gown? The indignity is bad enough. You don’t need folks pointing at you and saying, “Note to self — shoes don’t make my backside invisible.” Profiling would become obsolete, too. There would be no need. Imagine the following cryptic TSA Health Clinic medical assessment and diagnosis: “High blood pressure, rapid pulse, flushed appearance, irritable bowel. Wears briefs, not boxers. Possible terrorist. Rule out hypertension and jihadist. Take diuretic twice daily. Limit salt intake. Exercise. If no improvement in two weeks, place patient on “no fly” list and call Mr. P’s peeps.” I feel safer and healthier already. Don’t you? I can hardly wait to go to the airport. So, moms unite. Husbands, fathers, Republicans and Democrats fear and respect you. Michelle and Hilary, as “first moms,” lead the way. Step up and start a national dialogue before the dream of a TSA Health Insurance card fades. It’s not too late to stamp your name to the “mother of all inventions.” Good old American ingenuity will again make us role models in the world. Does the budget deficit and thought of going through TSA’s current security procedures give you a rash? No problem. TSAcare has just the medicine. And we just might catch a terrorist or two. 

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