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THE HOME & REMODEL ISSUE

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Welcome to our annual Home & Remodel issue. In this feature section, we explore sustainability through an interview with 21 Acres Demonstration Farm and Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living. We also showcase several remodels and a landscape design, as well as ten tips from a color expert — all to offer you inspiration as you consider a build or remodel in the North Sound.


MARCH | APRIL 2016

CONTENTS

SHOP

DINE

27  Maple + Moss Boutique

61  Salt & Iron, Revisited

30  Necessities Rose Gold Glamour

64  Dining Guide 66  Meet the Chef

LIFESTYLE 13  Housing Hope 31  Around the Sound Digs 32  Savvy Shopper Bothell Furniture

WELLBEING 71 Review Top It Yogurt Shoppe 35  The Coloring Craze

72  Mixing Tin The Beeson Revival 73  Seven Great Tastes

14  By the Numbers

AGENDA

15  Lasting Image 17  In the Know  Startup Gym

75  Featured Event  "Looking Back, Moving Forward"

18  Calendar  March & April

19  In the Know  Book Reviews 19  In the Know  Who Knew?

FEATURE

20  Community Arlington Community Resource Center

39  Home & Remodel

76  Events

40  Small Changes that Make a Big Difference

78  Out of Town

21  Wonder Woman Lisa Delude 21  In the Know Apps We Love

79  The Scene American Heart   Association

22  Five Faves  Fine Art Painters

NOTES 6  Editor's Letter 8  Contributors 48  Featured Homes 10  Letters to the Editor 53  Necessities Bright Lights 12  Meet the Team  Favorite Paint Color

24  Spotlight Artists  Olympic Ballet Theatre

58  Color Theory 80  Final Word



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ecision fatigue is a real thing. It’s in part why some innovators opt to wear the same outfit day after day. Doing so reduces the number of relatively unimportant choices they must make in order to conserve mental energy for high priority decisions. One of the things we frequently hear from homeowners who have recently completed a build or remodel is relief that the decision making process is over. The number of options can overwhelm, especially if you are determined to make choices that reflect your values. For example, how to balance sustainability with affordability and style? Fortunately, designers, architects, builders, and other local experts are experienced at guiding homeowners through the construction process. Our annual Home & Remodel issue honors their excellent work in the North Sound. We share inspiration in the form of a dramatic beachfront remodel, a classic kitchen renovation, and a contemporary coastal landscape design. Local color expert Kelly DuByne weighed in on how to choose the best paint color for your walls. While I find white walls to be as sharp and alluring as any admirer of modern design, DuByne demonstrates how the right color, well implemented can lead to beautiful, evocative effects. At her encouragement (she urges readers to keep in mind that you can always repaint!) you may just be inspired to dash off to the hardware store and browse the rainbow of swatches. Why not consider some of the recommendations included in our debut “Meet

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the Team” column? Everyone from our graphic designer to our publisher shared their most loved paint color. We also interviewed the knowledgeable staff at 21 Acres Demonstration Farm and Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living in Woodinville about ways to overcome green decision fatigue. Maybe, like me, you know you want to make more sustainable choices, but you’re not always sure how to select the best alternatives. We highlight simple lifestyle changes that make a big difference, as well as cutting edge green building technologies, which are all in use at the 21 Acres “living laboratory.” So, whether you're planning for an upcoming build or remodel, or simply looking to make your home and garden more sustainable, this feature is packed with helpful tips and information. Finally, even as we dream of well-appointed rooms, we remember to express gratitude for our dwellings even just exactly as they are — outdated fixtures, scuffed walls, and all for the comfort they provide. We empathize with those who find themselves without shelter. In our Lifestyle section we highlight community nonprofits like Housing Hope and Arlington Family Resource Center, which work tirelessly to ensure that our friends and neighbors in Snohomish County can experience the safety and security of a place to call home. May this issue inspire you to show your house some love and to look for opportunities to connect with your neighbors. Cheers,


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Madeline Takata Madeline Takata is a 21-year-old senior at Western Washington University studying visual journalism and photography. After a full year on staff at the university newspaper, and contributing to the student run magazine, Madeline is currently the multimedia editor for Klipsun magazine and an intern at North End Metro. Between school and interning, Madeline works at Spruce in Bellingham and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Upon graduating, Madeline is excited to travel and begin a career with a magazine publication.  p. 20, 21

Lisa Dills Lisa Dills is a life-long Skagitonian who enjoys exploring with her camera in hand and capturing images that reflects the beauty that surrounds us.  p. 61

Corbin Hudacek Corbin Hudacek is a graphic designer and frontend developer at Red Rokk and co-owner of 1123 Productions, a Bellingham based videography agency. In addition to receiving his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Western Washington University, Corbin has worked with the Museum of History and Industry, the Spy Museum in Washington D.C., and Urbancase — a Seattle-based design firm. Corbin is an avid outdoorsman and is often found daydreaming about climbing Mt. Adams, riding up Galbraith, or nabbing medals in an upcoming triathlon or cycling competition.  p. 35

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Kelly DuByne Kelly DuByne is a designer, consultant, and color specialist with Distinctive Interior Designs. Kelly’s philosophy for design is simple; our homes should be our sanctuary and we should be surrounded by things we love. She recently celebrated her 20th business anniversary, and looks forward to many more years of turning clients’ dreams into reality!  p. 58


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NOTES Meet a Staffer We have a new feature for you here at North End Metro called Meet the Team. Enjoy!

What is your favorite paint color in your home? KAITY: Picking the right paint color is hard. I admit to skipping the whole process altogether in favor of being a paint-repeater. I fell in love with Sierra Madre by Behr and have now painted my bedroom this color in at least two different houses. It’s a warm greige that pairs well with clean, white accents and is soothing and minimal without feeling cold or uninviting. I don’t foresee changing it anytime soon.

JENN: It’s not hard to narrow my favorite paint colors to a few, but one!? If I have to choose just one I’d go with my master bath color, Farrow & Ball’s Chappell Green. I’m tied down by having unfortunate blue counter tops so this was my solution to bring a little green into my life. It’s super versatile, depending on décor and lighting it can almost be too hard to tell if it’s a blue or green! I pretty much love the entire blue and green palette offered by Farrow and Ball.

FRANCES: My favorite is called Home Song. Right out of the can it was a little too yellow, so we had the paint shop modify it to make it greener. It’s a very light lime green, and it’s perfect for our kitchen.

KELLY: Being a recent first time home buyer, the possibilities of paint color were endless. But my most favorite color we chose is canary yellow for the bathroom. Yellow is and has been my favorite color since I was little. It was the color of my childhood bedroom even. I love how unapologetically cheerful it is, and bonus that it fit with our black and white hexagon tile flooring and subway tile shower. 

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KELSEY: Paint? Wall paint? I don’t really care much for walls. I like the inside of my tent, the walls are orange and sometimes I think it would be cool to run the Great Wall marathon in China. That would probably be colorful. You know that part in the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are when the walls in Max’s room become the world all around? I suppose I would like those walls. This is not to say that I don’t love color, I do, I just prefer to experience it outside of walls.

TINA: I spend a lot of time in my kitchen preparing meals, eating dinners, and with my husband making our morning coffee. I needed the room to be bright and cheery. We chose Sunflower Yellow for the warmth of sunshine all year long. I love the vibrant energy while I cook food for my soul.

LISA: Washed Denim Blue in suede finish by Ralph Lauren. The suede finish gives a soft elegant matte feel to the room while adding warmth and texture. It can be a DIY project but make sure to follow the directions and take your time, otherwise it will look inconsistent.

BABETTE: Benjamin Moore’s Buttered Yam for the accent wall in my kitchen. Warm, inviting, delicious, and looks great with a basket of eggplants, yellow carrots, and fresh chard.

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LIFESTYLE In The Know · Calendar · Spotlight Artist · 5 Faves

Housing Hope Opening Doors, Changing Lives WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

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or ten low-income families, Housing Hope meant the opportunity to work toward building their own homes in Snohomish’s Rose Park neighborhood. Numbering 17 adults and 24 children, the group logged 1,500 hours of labor through the sweat equity program Team HomeBuilding. Their friends and families joined in to add 6,000 additional hours of labor. The families opened the doors to their new homes in March 2014. For a woman who was homeless and nine-months pregnant, Housing Hope meant a home to return to after leaving the hospital with her newborn baby, a place where she could adjust to motherhood. Several months later, it also meant attending a life skills course through Edmonds Community College and participating in a 12-week internship at ReNewWorks Home and Décor, a HopeWorks Social Enterprise. At the conclusion of her internship, she secured a job and three months later earned a promotion and a raise. For a young mother, Elisabeth, Housing Hope meant a place to stay after ending an abusive relationship, which caused her and her children to become homeless. She enrolled in the Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH) program and, afterward, in a medical billing program. She also participated in parenting skills courses through Housing Hope’s College of Hope. When Elisabeth shared her story online, she wrote, “Housing Hope gave me more than shelter, it has given me a sense of belonging as well as room to grow not only as a mother but as a young woman. I have proudly given my children something I had craved as a child: stability and a focused life.”

© Housing Hope

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LIFESTYLE By the Numbers Since Housing Hope opened in 1987, the nonprofit has completed

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housing developments in Snohomish County. p. 13

the number of years Bothell Furniture has served Snohomish County customers. p. 32

An adult coloring book, The Secret Garden, has sold more than

2

million copies. Find out what the coloring craze is all about. p. 35

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Color expert Kelly Dubyne offers tips for choosing the perfect paint color. p. 66

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Acres teaches us about the connections between food, energy, and water systems so we can make more informed and sustainable choices at home. p. 44

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acres: the size of Heidi Skievaski's landscape design . p. 48

1909

Former Mayor F. Roscoe Beeson arrived in Edmonds in

and you can sip the “The Beeson Revival� craft cocktail at Salt & Iron. p. 80

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Lasting Image

LIFESTYLE

© Heidi Skievaski



“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” FROM THE POETICS OF SPACE BY GASTON BACHELARD



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For many individuals and families in Snohomish County, Housing Hope continues to mean shelter, safety, stability and so much more. Case managers connect them with resources and help them set goals. They are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to achieve self-sufficiency. Nearly thirty years ago, the North Snohomish County Council of Churches formed a task force to respond to the growing problem of homelessness and a lack of affordable housing. At the time, emergency shelter providers operated at capacity. In 1987, shelters served 2,649 individuals, but turned away 3,670 others. After researching and networking, the council formed a housing development agency inspired by the model of service enriched housing. Today, the Everett-based Housing Hope manages 398 units in 20 housing developments. Through the Team HomeBuilding sweat equity program, 267 families have built their own homes. Last year, more than 1,000 people from 300 homeless or low-income families participated in Housing Hope’s housing programs. Not only that, but Housing Hope cites a 90 percent success rate for participants who complete the transitional housing program and go on to secure longterm, stable housing. Sara Haner, events and marketing manager for Housing Hope, explained the organization’s areas of focus. Haner said, “We work tirelessly to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by innovating in three main areas: homes, jobs, and children.” Among Housing Hope’s innovations, the College of Hope has operated since 1999. In addition to life-skills training, it offers transportation to classes taught by local instructors, a warm meal, and childcare. Residents of other affordable housing programs in Snohomish County are also welcome to attend. HopeWorks Social Enterprises launched in 2011. An affiliate of Housing Hope, its four businesses create career 16 NorthSoundLife.com

pathways. Participants gain experience through paid internships at GroundWorks Landscaping, WaterWorks Irrigation Services, ReNewWorks Home and Décor, and most recently, CafeWorks. Haner reported that last year, 86 percent of employable adults in Housing Hope’s housing units participated in employment training activities or a vocational certification program, or were employed and earning an income. In order to meet the needs of children who are emerging from the traumas of homelessness and food insecurity, Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center enrolled 175 children from 117 families last year. Almost half demonstrated at least one developmental delay when they enrolled, but after six months, 85 percent had achieved or were progressing toward developmental targets. Most encouraging, fully 100 percent of pre-K and Head Start children were assessed as “kindergarten ready” before they started school. In October 2015, the organization’s newest and largest project, Monroe Family Village, opened. It added 47 total residential units, including 37 affordable rent units for lowincome families, and 10 Service Supported Homeless Housing units for families who are transitioning out of homelessness. It also functions as a regional service center that delivers critical social services for all Housing Hope residents living in the Skykomish Valley cities of Sultan, Monroe, and Snohomish. “The completion of the project itself is a very significant accomplishment,” said CEO Fred Safstrom in a press release. “But its importance lies with the families with children that last night were homeless, but tonight will have a home.” This year Housing Hope will break ground on a development project north of Smokey Point, called Twin Lake Landings. Dan Nelson, owner and principal architect of Designs Northwest Architects (whose work is frequently featured in our Habitat section), is designing the project. Nelson said that they are exploring alternative construction models for cost and energy efficiency, including modular construction




In the Know

LIFESTYLE

Startup Gym: A Labor of Love WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

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he poster promised “genuine fun” and promoted a Sock Hop at the Startup Gym. It might have been a vintage flyer from the 1950s, but it was a recent fundraising event hosted by the Sky Valley Arts Council, which has endeavored to restore and repurpose the historic building as a community events center. The Startup Gym, named for sawmill owner George Startup, was built in 1937. According to the gym’s origin story, Startup donated the wood and only the setting of the roof beams was hired out. Otherwise, the building was constructed entirely by volunteers who donated materials and labor. Today the gym, which is owned by the Sultan School District, is inspiring the same community spirit and volunteer efforts. Project Manager Debbie Copple reported that in December 2015 the gym received a new roof thanks to grant funds from Snohomish

and a passive design. “Housing Hope just continues to evolve and grow,” Nelson said. “It’s an amazing story.” This will be the second project Nelson has designed for Housing Hope. He worked on a 28-unit project in Stanwood several years ago. “I’ve heard the Stanwood project really evokes a strong sense of community. We implemented a courtyard concept, with units that surround a courtyard space, a park, and gardens,” he said. Under Nelson’s leadership, Designs Northwest Architects has also volunteered to support fundraising efforts, including designing a modern playhouse with a green roof and climbing wall, called the Mod Pod. Gaffney Construction donated materials and labor to build the house. All the proceeds from the sale of the finished Mod Pod benefited Housing Hope. In all, more than 500 volunteers supported Housing Hope through the donation of 4,502 hours of time last year. Haner said that there remain many misconceptions about homelessness in Snohomish County. “I think often people picture a single person standing on a corner when they think of homelessness, but really the issue we see frequently is the problem of families living in cars or couch surfing, families turning to soup kitchens for their meals,” she said. “Homelessness is everywhere. These are your neighbors.” Thanks to Housing Hope’s decades of experience in addressing the complicated problem of homelessness in Snohomish County, thousands of our neighbors have places to call home and hope for change. 

© Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center

Photos Courtesy © Housing Hope

County and the Loberg Roofing team of volunteers. Retired Sultan woodworker Rick Cross repaired the entryway, motivated by a desire to preserve the place where he met his wife, Brenda, in 1969. And in January, a rummage sale was held to raise funds. Already the goal of repurposing the gym as an event space for the community is being realized. On Valentine’s Day, Frank and Nancy Roesler celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at the Startup Gym, the same place they met during the graduation festivities for Sultan High School Class of 1948. Full renovations are expected to be complete within three years. The most recent sock hop wasn’t the first to be held at the Startup Gym, and thanks to the efforts of the Sky Valley Arts Council and others, it won’t be the last. 



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LIFESTYLE Calendar

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Snohomish Wine Festival Snohomish Event Center, Snohomish March 5, 1–8:30 p.m. snohowinefest.com

Sultan-Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce Dinner & Auction Camp Huston, Gold Bar March 26, 5 p.m. skyvalleychamber.com

34th Annual Snohomish Easter Parade First Street, Snohomish March 26, 11 a.m. cityofsnohomish.com

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NWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships Everett Community College, Everett March 10–13 nwacsports.org

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Fourth Annual Snohomish Chocolate Walk First Street, Snohomish March 12, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. historicdowntownsnohomish.org

APRIL

Great Northwest Music Tour: Liz Vice McMenamins Anderson School, Bothell April 20, 7 p.m. mcmenamins.com

Spring Carnival Evergreen State Fairground, Monroe April 22–24 evergreenfair.org

MARCH

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Listener’s Choice presented by Everett Philharmonic Orchestra Everett Civic Auditorium, Everett March 14, 7–9 p.m. everettphil.org

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Book Reviews

WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

You might know Anne Sage from her popular lifestyle blog City Sage or the incredible online publication she co-founded, Rue, which is devoted to beautiful, inspirational interiors. Perhaps my favorite sage piece of advice from the book is that a home tells a story. By making small changes to the rooms in which so much of life happens, you can symbolically turn the page to new chapters in your life.

LIFESTYLE

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There’s an analog magic that comes from holding books in hand that were made by content creators whose work you’ve encountered only digitally. In this issue, we bring you the blogs-turned-books that have us under their spell. Turn page after page for stylish and thoughtful inspiration.

Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want By Anne Sage 208 pages Chronicle Books (September 15, 2015)

In the Know

Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More By Erin Boyle 192 pages Abrams Image (January 12, 2016) I look to Erin Boyle’s blog Reading My Tea Leaves for its calming palette, earthy minimalism, and inspirational aims: slow, simple, sustainable living. In Simple Matters, Boyle offers short, personal essays paired with photographs of the 500-square-foot apartment she shares with her husband and daughter. You’ll find simple wisdom on making choices that are healthy for you, your family, your neighbors, and the planet.

Woman’s Book Club: Local Mary Lou Sanelli Seattle author and literary speaker Mary Lou Sanelli shares from her latest book A Woman Writing: A Memoir In Essays: What Writing About Writing Taught Me About Determination, Persistence, and the Ups and Downs of Choosing A Writing Life. Her voice unites essays that cover varied themes, including marriage, politics, friendship, aging, and nature — all covered from the perspective of a woman writer. Everett Library Auditorium 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett womansbookclub.org

March 21–April 18, Mondays, 4 p.m. How to Write Short Fiction This class could be just what you need to jump start your writing practice. Designed with beginning writers in mind, you’ll be introduced to the tools you need to write short stories. The five-week class includes reading materials and discussions, freewrite warmup sessions, and the opportunity to workshop a new story. Schack Art Center, Studio 1 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett schack.org

WHO KNEW? World’s Largest

Local Labyrinth

Manmade Island

The Bicycle Tree

Depending upon how you measure it, Snohomish County is home to the world’s largest building. The Boeing plant in Everett holds the record for largest building in terms of volume, measuring at 470 million cubic feet.

Last year The Atlantic declared that we’re in the midst of a “labyrinth revival.” Many people are taking up the practice of walking labyrinths for their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In Arlington’s Lebanon Park, a brick and flagstone labyrinth designed by Sarah Lopez was installed in 2008.

Everett’s Jetty Island was constructed in the 1800s as a breakwater to make the harbor safer for ships. At two-miles long and a half-mile wide, the island has no roads or vehicles. Its sandy shores are accessible by a free foot ferry, which operates during the summer.

A centuries-old cedar tree known as The Bicycle Tree was a popular Snohomish attraction well into the 20th century. In the 1890s, a logger named Milligan cut a path through the tree, whose base measured 48-feet in circumference. Visitors walked, biked, and even rode on horseback through the tree until a flood felled it in 1927.



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LIFESTYLE Community

Arlington Community Resource Center WRITTEN BY MADELINE TAKATA | PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER

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he Arlington Community Resource Center (ACRC) opened its doors for local residents six months ago. Since then, the center has helped about 300 families seeking a variety of resources. Staff members walk alongside struggling families as they find their footing, and already they are witnessing great successes. “A sweet couple expecting their first child found themselves homeless and living in their car,” said Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager. “We worked to get the father his first job and we were able to get them into a new apartment in less than a month. They are doing great. He has moved on to a better paying job with great benefits and they are due with their son any day now.” Planted by the Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) organization, the ACRC is its eighth family support facility. The five Snohomish County facilities serve close to 12,000 children and their families each year. The ACRC serves as a hub for those who inquire about connections for essential resources, including food, housing, jobs, and transportation. Staff members advocate for community members by connecting them to available services and aim to create resources that may not even exist yet. “We will do what needs to be done to help people in crisis,” Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager, said.

“Our staff members are incredibly creative and find ways to help. They care and think with their hearts.” When tragedy struck the Stillaguamish Valley in the form of the Oso mudslide in 2014, LCSNW responded with efforts to help families recover. After the positive impact of the organization’s relief services, local community leaders, organizations, non-profits and specifically the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation solidified and funded plans to locate a permanent resource center in Arlington. Today, a support group of survivors continues to meet at the ACRC. They even engage in service projects, such as distributing holiday gifts and meals. The resource center is committed to meeting the needs of community residents, needs that they are still learning about. In efforts to provide the services that are in highest demand, Herring-Jensen said that they are conducting large community surveys that will indicate the greatest needs. “Mental health, substance abuse intervention, services for the homeless, as well as services for teens and seniors are repeatedly at the top of the list,” Jensen said. “That’s where we are going with our services while we continue to provide basic services that help the whole family heal.” The ACRC’s end goal is to see people succeed. Their continuous motivation comes from the desire to nurture bright futures and to empower people to live healthy, secure lives. “I love to see people learn and grow in their lives,” Herring-Jensen said. “Our heart hurts when we see gaps in the system that make it difficult for them, but to see them stick it out, persevere, and pull themselves out of a tough situation . . . well, there is no greater joy than that.”  20 NorthSoundLife.com


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“I consider the imagery in my work to be a private symbolism,” Lydia Bassis said of the beautiful geometric forms she creates. Her work is spare, but the white space plays a pivotal role. Like a page in a book, the clean backdrop highlights the interplay of swirls, whorls, crescents, and other shapes, calling to mind some mysterious, lyrical language. lydiabassis.com

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LAURA ZECK

Bold and balanced with a hint of studied whimsy, Zeck’s work delights the eye and tells a story through an intriguing blend of abstract and figurative elements. Playful titles add to the sense of a tale illustrated, and each piece, made with a combination of acrylic, mylar, and resin on board, appears to glow, as though lit from within. zincartinteriors.com/laura-zeck

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The diminutive, jewel-like pieces that Jauregui creates are small but striking with their bright colors, organic forms, and unconventional arrangements. She skillfully layers different media, including ink, watercolor, acrylic, and screen print — all of which gives her graphic compositions richness and depth while maintaining a cool, modern simplicity. etsy.com/shop/clairejauregui

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here may not be anything so disciplined in the arts as ballet. Ballet mercilessly demands great strength, extreme flexibility, and intense musicality; all the while dancers must convey emotions such as joy, sorrow, passion, and sometimes anger. Whatever happens when the curtain rises and breaks the thin veil between reality and fiction, you will find yourself in the throes of enchantment. Based in Snohomish County, the Olympic Ballet Theatre does just that — enchants audiences with three shows a year. Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT) began 35 years ago with Helen and John Wilkins who wonderfully ran the company for 30 years before retiring and handing it over for a new chapter with Mara Sachiko Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev at the helm. Both Vinson and Gorboulev were guest teachers at Olympic Ballet School (OBS) and danced with OBT before taking on the roles of artistic directors.  Vinson and Gorboulev met while dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). Prior to PNB, their journeys into the world of ballet looked about as different as you can get. “My mom put me into dance,” Vinson said. Vinson looks every bit of the ballerina you may imagine. Her hands are long and elegant, her posture straight, and face soft. Even when she sits, she floats into the seat as if performing a small plié. Born with congenital hip dysplasia, a doctor recommended Vinson learn to dance in order to build strength and help with recovery. Let’s just say dance wasn’t the first thing she thought about when waking up in the morning. Before age 11, Vinson would sometimes hide her ballet slippers to avoid going to class. Eventually though, like a slow blooming courtship, dance won her over in heart and body. “I can’t imagine life without it now,” she says. “I’m thankful my mom made me stay with it.” Vinson trained at the highest levels with PNB school’s professional division and in Washington, D.C. She also studied under famous Russian dancer Alla Sizova, who danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov, a fact that should give you an indication of the caliber of Vinson’s skills.  24 NorthSoundLife.com




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Gorboulev, on the other hand, grew up in the Soviet Union. One day at the age of nine, a talent scout picked him out of a class of kids during physical education to audition for ballet school. “I have no idea what she saw,” Gorboulev confessed, “They look for an athletic type first.” He reminisced how his P.E. teacher disapproved of him because he could never jump hurdles or shoot a basketball. The scout, however, clearly saw something different with the way he carried himself and moved his body. After passing ballet auditions, the government paid for Gorboulev to attend ballet school at the age of 10. He loved ballet from the start and found it almost easy. His talent was noted in the Armed Forces of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where he served a mandatory enlistment of two years. However, he was allowed to serve with the division of The Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Leningrad Military District and performed for soldiers. “Lots of cultures dance. Men dance. Our world dances, but in the states, dance [seems] only for girls,” Gorboulev said with a sigh when asked more about dancing in the military. Gorboulev went on to dance professionally in Uzbekistan, Moscow, Los Angeles, and in Seattle to name just a few places.  In the Pacific Northwest he and Vinson met, married, had two children, and now lead OBT and OBS. The Theatre and School operate as separate entities and tend only to be linked during the production of shows. When Vinson and Gorboulev took over OBT and OBS in 2011, they wanted to encourage students and performers to regard ballet professionally rather than just recreationally. They teach skills that match a professional track and run the OBT company as you would see in any major city, with upgraded flooring, lighting, sets, and costumes. They admit it’s okay if students don’t wish to become professional ballet dancers, but the training they’ll encounter at OBS will prep them for professional dance school and company applications. They also hope the students of OBS might join the OBT company one day, as it continues to expand. Currently the company retains five dancers who volunteer their time and receive scholarships with OBS to continue their training.  OBT’s upcoming full length show, Sleeping Beauty, which will open in April, will honor the company’s 35th season. The production has been in the making for five years and will debut new choreography, staging, costumes, state-of-the-art sets by scenic artist Jeanne Franze, and artistic lighting design by Peter Bracilano. The show will feature more than 60 dancers, including guest artists among them. Audiences can expect a beautiful production that the whole family will love with accessible pricing options. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone for one or both of their two performances. Be enchanted this spring with Olympic Ballet Theatre.  olympicballet.com Photos Courtesy © Olympic Ballet Theatre



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Rasmussen’s own modern bohemian style is the inspiration behind the shop’s offerings, but beyond the laidback effortlessness of her own obvious sartorial sense, Rasmussen has that rare combination of youthful enthusiasm and diligence that lends itself well to a fashion entrepreneur. Her background is a case study in hard work and determination paying off. After getting her degree in fashion merchandising, Rasmussen saved money working as a server and manager of a pho restaurant while searching for the perfect place to set up shop. Unwilling to settle for anything less than her dream location but still steadfast in her desire to make progress toward her goals, she began Maple + Moss Boutique as an online store. “I started with a very small inventory, built my own website, took classes on how to get it out there and launched Maple + Moss Boutique, basically from my parents’ basement.” To gain exposure and sales, Rasmussen hosted “Sip + Shops” in friends’ living rooms. “I would set up all of my product and stage their living room as a boutique,” she said, “and they would invite all of their friends and family to come to the event. We would sip mimosas and have a shopping party!”

The idea proved so popular that even after finding her ideal space in a former antiques store, Rasmussen still brings her pop-up shop to living rooms and local businesses. She also hosts private parties, partnering with brow bars, hair stylists, and professional photo booths to create the ultimate ladies’ night, during which attendees can peruse the boutique with their closest friends. All her persistence and creativity has paid off. Maple + Moss Boutique celebrated its first year in business this past December. The success of the store is due in no small part to her resourceful, DIY attitude — she worked with her dad to design and build the boutique’s gorgeous wooden dressing rooms, for example — and her eye for easy, beautiful pieces that are affordable and accessible. Nothing in the shop costs more than $100, with most price points around $50, and she carries sizes XS-3X, a rarity in the boutique world where it is often difficult to find anything in a range of sizes. “I really think it’s important to have something for every size and income to make my shop as appealing and welcoming to everyone and anyone as possible,” Rasmussen said. That sense of inclusiveness carries through to the brands she stocks. She 

gravitates towards lines like Sevenly, Krochet Kids, Mata Traders, and The Created Co. that give back to causes around the world. She also carries items, including menswear, from Casual Industrees, a local company with operations in the iconic Rainier Brewery downtown. “I love to support local,” Rasmussen said, “and I love to support companies with a higher purpose and meaning.” This thoughtfulness and commitment to the customer are a top priority for Rasmussen. “The absolute one thing that keeps me motivated,” she said, “is when I can help find that one item or outfit for someone that just makes them light up and so happy that they want to wear it out of the shop.” She pulls out a long-sleeved tee in a rich maroon color, her current favorite, that might be just that sort of day-making purchase. Printed on the front is the maxim “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” It’s a message that resonates with Rasmussen, and one that perfectly sums up her passionate approach to Maple + Moss Boutique. 

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remember shopping at Digs when it was located on Holly St. in downtown Bellingham. The showroom’s furniture, housewares, decor, and gifts always made me feel a little weak in the knees, as if I might swoon onto a Gus* bed upholstered in tweed and dressed in a DwellStudio duvet. Modern design does that to me. So it pained me when I heard that after five years, Digs was closing its doors in Bellingham. Relief came only in discovering that owners Ben and Gretchen Knudsen were simply moving their shop further south. This spring, as Digs celebrates its third anniversary in Ballard, I caught up with the Knudsens and am happy to report that the showroom is as swoon-worthy as ever. Ben said that, currently, their most popular items include sofas from Gus* Modern, seating and planters from Modernica, sleeper sofas from American Leather, and rugs and placemats from Chilewich. He’s especially into Gus* Modern’s spring collection. “They’ve introduced new colors, velvet, and plaid for upholstery, and walnut couch bases, which tie in perfectly with the modern style of the Pacific Northwest.” The prevailing aesthetic at Digs is modern, but it’s not inaccessible. “We strive to support independent designers while providing well-designed products that are also affordable,” Ben said. “In a day and age where so much has become disposable and mass-produced, we want to see people fill their lives with unique things they actually love and will keep for years to come.” Though he appreciates on-trend decor, he suggests selecting pieces that are specific to your taste and considered more timeless than now. “We love a room that has a few accents that are true to the moment, but will still feel great in ten years,” he said. That’s true of larger purchases, like furniture, but you can also browse Digs for thoughtful, well-designed gifts for any occasion, including modern jewelry and wedding or baby shower gifts. Since their move south, the Knudsens continue to spend time throughout the North Sound. They are no strangers to Snohomish County — they just purchased a home in Shoreline — and love to visit downtown Edmonds. All things considered, they’ve found Ballard to be a charming fit for Digs. “We are big fans of Ballard,” Ben said. “We like that it has some of the things we enjoyed in Bellingham — a tight-knit community feel, laid back vibe, lots of good food, and the city’s best farmer’s market! We truly feel at home here.” Which really, is no surprise, because Ben and Gretchen Knudsen have a knack for making a place feel like home. 

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A down-to-earth showroom where either music hums in the background or a TV broadcasts local channels and sports games. Many furniture stores feel like car dealerships with high pressure sales but not Bothell Furniture. You will receive a friendly greeting upon arrival but also will feel free to engage in laidback browsing.

that means furniture which is functional, architecturally clean, and built to last. You’ll find American made pieces in the transitional, Mission, and Craftsman styles. The store carries Western Heritage by master craftsman Tim Mclellan, whom you may know as a finalist from the first season of Ellen’s Design Challenge on HGTV. You’ll also find Simply Amish products. Susott and Holeman quickly point out the title “Amish” represents a way of making furniture and not a style. Yes, Amish people really do make this furniture. You can choose multiple types of wood and stain options, which means many of the pieces are customizable. You’ll also find Flexsteel sofas and chairs, another well established American company, with over 1,500 fabric options. Sprinkled throughout the showroom are a few local designers and builders as well.

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Scott Susott and Jared Holeman purchased Bothell Furniture in 2007 from the original owner. Susott joined the company in 1987, and Holeman started in 1993. This type of long-term employee retention can be seen across the board, from the delivery team with 17 years of experience to the office manager, Kim Sundal, who has worked for Bothell Furniture for 16 years. The employees like their work, and that always speaks well of a company.

Hands down Susott and Holeman both love Western Heritage for its impeccable designs and Simply Amish for the quality of wood. Another favorite, the special events they produce called “Meet the Builders,” which give designers and builders an opportunity to come out and talk with customers and interested buyers. “The Amish don’t fly,” Susott said, about one of their past events with Simply Amish. “They took a train. So for them to come out here is a big deal. Plus they’re not building anything while they’re gone. That shows integrity. Try and find that story in another furniture store.” 

Since 1985, Bothell Furniture has been a mainstay in downtown Bothell. Its salespeople have distinguished themselves by their knowledge and expertise. They buy carefully selected individual pieces of furniture rather than container loads of cheap imports, and they pride themselves not only on their relationships with customers, relationships that sometimes span generations, but also with furniture designers, builders, and manufacturers.

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The Explosion Adults across the world are suddenly going crazy over coloring. This traditional childhood pastime leap-frogged over biographies, histories, and politics to the top of the bestseller lists. Publishers promoted sales by offering a wide, imaginative range of books, some by well known illustrators. In 2013, Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford published The Secret Garden. Her initial printing of 16,000 books blew up to more than two million. Some think Brasford’s book triggered the craze. Since that explosion, coloring books have become big business — publishers say the market crosses age, gender, and geographical boundaries. Sophisticated, detailed drawings of mandalas, graceful swirling flowers, hearts and animals, created in every imaginable style, fill inexpensive ($3.99 to $25.00) books. The topics vary from traditional to R-rated, including everything from architecture to skate boarding and Kama Sutra.    … continued on the next page


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Relax and Create I asked an acquaintance who works at a local grocery store to tell me why she colors. Her intense answer surprised me. Looking serious, Patty said, “It’s therapeutic! I can’t turn off my mind. If I walk down a grocery aisle and spot an empty box, I think about things to do with it. It’s hard to let it go. It’s constant and endless. I discovered coloring a long time ago. Before the trend. It is the only way I can turn my mind off and calm down.” Patty had stumbled upon a playful way to unstress her own mind, a way that seems to have no negative side effects. She could have turned to destructive methods, such as alcohol, street drugs, or prescription drugs. Counselors teach their anxious clients to calm themselves with behavioral methods, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, affirmations, music, and physical activity. Coloring places a new, easily used tool in the stress lowering tool box. Coloring takes you away from worries and a chattering mind. Some say coloring is a creative venture without the need for artistic flair or skill. Canadian artist Steve McDonald offers incomplete drawings for his “partners” to finish. This process is exciting to him. The coloring boom is inspiring artists to think “outside the lines.” Enthusiasts have claimed coloring is meditative, it improves focus, reduces worry and anxiety, and develops the imagination. Healing Coloring alters the mind, the body and the emotions. All three are tightly woven together. Relief in one area helps the two others. Art therapy developed as a specialty to aid talk 36 NorthSoundLife.com

therapy, and lets patients express emotions that are difficult to put into words. Painting and collage help release current pressures and past traumas. Coloring may or may not be art, but it works in a similar way. Neuroscientific research shows the brain can physically change, grow, and rejuvenate. Coloring has a predictable outcome which combines with repetitive motion. The heart rate gradually slows and the brain waves change. Negative emotional responses seem to be blocked during coloring. Therapists use coloring to assist in the treatment of cancer patients who feel overwhelmed. The fearful, helpless emotions get a bit of a rest.   Even in the North Sound, a relatively low-stress, natureloving area, people feel pressure from work, family, and internally. When they mix and match colors, they stimulate their senses, develop vision, and use their fine motor skills. At the same time, coloring soothes anxiety symptoms like worry, restlessness, and insomnia. The mind and emotions quiet.   Unplugged Fun Coloring is not just a solitary pursuit. Coloring clubs, coloring parties, and even coloring in bars are all the rage. The gatherings make sweet companionship, not so different from quilting bees or knitting together. You can color with your kids or with a sick friend. If you want to get back to something a little more hands-on or if you want to step away from the digital world, you can color. Whether you choose pens or crayons, pastels or paints, enjoy the relaxation and focus that coloring can bring you. 


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hough you probably haven’t convened your family members to hold a climate change summit in your living room, sometimes it can feel inordinately challenging to agree upon and make sustainable decisions at home. Ask anyone who has recently shopped for furnishings, upgraded appliances, or planned a build or remodel. World leaders seem to face similar challenges in agreeing upon how to go about making more sustainable decisions. As 2015 came to an end, representatives from 195 countries gathered in Paris for the COP21 meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. They worked toward an agreement to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources and to prevent global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. At the same time, 2015 exceeded records for land and ocean surface temperatures and broke the 1C barrior above pre-industrial levels — thanks to a combination of human-induced warming and El Niño weather patterns. Though the COP21 climate agreement is an important, symbolic step forward, it isn’t perfect, nor is it a panacea for the environmental and humanitarian crisis that is climate change. It’s a big, complex problem that requires big, complex solutions, which can be challenging to agree upon and challenging to enact on many levels. It also requires much smaller solutions, enacted by individuals in homes and backyards and neighborhoods around the globe. Still, try typing “which is better for the environment” into your search bar and see how many auto-complete options Google supplies to finish your question. It’s a question that spans personal decisions about everything

from transportation and grocery shopping to parenting and funerary decisions. And yes, even and especially, to the plethora of choices that come with building, buying, remodeling, and furnishing a home. The process of researching options, weighing pros and cons, and making careful, evidence-based decisions that are healthy, sustainable, and affordable for your home is often complicated and time-consuming. Fortunately, in the North Sound, there are many resources you can draw upon for expertise and advice, including designers, architects, builders, and contractors who specialize in implementing green building technologies.

21 Acres 21 Acres Demonstration Farm and Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living in Woodinville is a nonprofit enterprise that has developed a reputation as a “living laboratory” for integrating sustainable living practices. Its education center includes a farm market, cold storage for produce, a commercial kitchen, and space for classes and meetings. Housed in a 12,000-square-foot building that was the first commercial building in a rural farm setting to earn a LEED Platinum certification in the U.S., 21 Acres demonstrates cuttingedge green building technologies to homeowners and industry professionals, including solar power, geo-thermal heat pumps and radiant flooring, a living roof, stormwater management, low-flow fixtures, and composting toilets. Staff members are happy to give green building tours and discuss options with visitors. “It’s a commercial building, but everything we do is motivated by a desire to educate,” said Brenda


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Vanderloop, a communications consultant for 21 Acres. “We try to help visitors understand how commercial green building technologies can be scaled down for simple, residential use. We also try to make clear the connections between what we do here at 21 Acres and what you can do personally to make small changes, especially through food choices, water conservation, and energy efficiency.” Melissa Sokolowsky, assistant facilities manager, said that many people understand they should eat organic, locally-grown food and practice water and energy conservation. But what they may not realize are the critical connections between the three systems. “One thing I have discovered through working at 21 Acres is how closely related food, water, and energy are; they really affect each other,” Sokolowsky said. “It takes water and energy to grow and transport food. It takes a great deal of energy to pump and treat water. Energy usage releases greenhouse gases, which affects the climate, which in turn impacts our food supply, how and where we grow food.” When you consider these connections, the consequences of small changes are amplified. “It can be really overwhelming,” she said. “You might think, ‘I can’t fix the world’s problems by recycling my newspaper.’ But every decision we make has far-reaching consequences, some which may not be obvious. Even small changes in our behaviors can make a big difference.” Sokolowsky shared some small, simple changes to improve your home’s sustainability in these three areas: food, energy, and water. She also discussed green building technologies you can implement in your own home or remodel. … continued on the next page


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Food When purchasing, building, or remodeling a home, at the top of the list of considerations is a well equipped, inviting kitchen for preparing food and gathering with loved ones. “For potential buyers, the kitchen is the room that can make or break the sale,” Kristen Hampshire wrote in an article for HGTV. “Generally speaking, you can spend between 6 and 10 percent of the total home value and get fair returns.” Outfitting your kitchen with energy efficient appliances and water conserving fixtures can increase the value of your home, improve your kitchen’s function, and benefit the environment. At 21 Acres, every purchasing decision for the market kitchen — where food is prepared for sale and visitors gather for hands-on cooking classes — was carefully researched and discussed, from the countertop to food storage containers to cleaning products. In addition to selecting sustainable, healthy materials and finishes, you should also look at the carbon footprint when purchasing household furnishings. “Choose items purchased from down the street or from a company based in America, rather than something imported from China,” Sokolowsky encouraged. “That would reduce carbon emissions quite a bit.” Just as worthy of consideration is the food you choose to prepare. It’s beneficial to grow your own produce or purchase organic, locally grown food whenever possible, and to cook from scratch rather than relying on processed foods. It’s even better if you plan your meals around seasonable produce, preferably grown within a 300-mile radius. We are fortunate that in the North Sound it’s possible to eat locally grown, fresh food year-round. Still for many consumers, making decisions about food boils down to affordability, access, and convenience. You can save money by purchasing produce that’s both good for you and the environment at farmers markets, even if it’s not certified organic.

Sokolowsky says it pays to be on a first-name basis with your local farmers. “Farmers don’t necessarily have to be certified organic to grow pesticidefree or clean food,” she said. “The best way to really know what you’re eating is to know your farmer and talk with them about their growing practices.” If you can’t buy only organic produce, try to avoid items on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list. Reading product labels while you shop is a small habit that can help you make more informed decisions. In addition to information about growing practices, labels can also tell you where your food was produced. The typical American dinner plate contains food that has traveled an average of 1,500 miles. It’s important to consider how much transportation and fossil fuels were required to bring it to you. It’s also important to design your kitchen in order to reduce food waste and dispose of it. When choosing your cabinets, pantry, and refrigerator, consider what features will help you to easily see and access ingredients. This will help you to purchase only what you need. Also evaluate your interior design for practical, elegant solutions that make composting and recycling attractive and convenient. One of the leading causes of methane gas is food waste in landfills, where food can’t break down properly. And as far as greenhouse gases go, methane gas has a much higher global warming potential than carbon dioxide. Finally, as you consider your home’s landscaping, look for ways to grow your own vegetables. Skilled landscape architects and designers can help you incorporate attractive, beautiful edible gardens that complement your other soft and hard landscaping features. We’re not used to thinking about it this way, but how you purchase, store, prepare, and serve your food, as well as how you clean the kitchen and dispose of food waste, impacts both water conservation and fossil fuel emissions. …

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Water Most of us know that it’s important to use water wisely because it’s a precious natural resource. But using water also impacts carbon emissions due to the large amounts of energy required to pump, treat, and heat water. The simplest, most cost-effective step is to install low-flow fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms. According to Sokolowsky, many water districts offer free low-flow showerheads and faucets. Also, consider installing a dual-flow toilet, gray water toilet, or compostable toilet system, like the one at 21 Acres, which uses about 95 percent less water than typical toilets. In the kitchen, small changes during food preparation can help with water conservation. “You start to realize all the little things you do daily that make a difference,” Sokolowsky said. For example, she said she uses a pot to catch water in the kitchen sink when rinsing vegetables, and then reuses that water to remove dirt from other vegetables before also giving them a quick rinse. This small change saves water that otherwise might have been left running. Keep in mind, the average faucet flows at 2 gallons per minute. When she’s finished, she tosses the water on her garden, which saves energy through reuse instead of sending it down the drain to a water treatment facility. Here’s the best news about water conservation: it’s a popular misconception that washing dishes by hand is necessarily more efficient. In fact, hand washing tends to use more than three times the amount of water. “A high efficiency dish washer uses 4-6 gallons per load, while washing dishes by hand can use up to 30 gallons of water,” Sokolowsky said, “So in this case the sustainable choice is easier and more convenient.” At 21 Acres, human waste and wastewater is processed entirely on-site. Gray water processes through bio-digesting tanks and bio-filters, which recycles and filters water without using chemicals, disinfectants, ozone, or ultraviolet processes, before returning it to the environment. The property design, hardscaping, and landscaping also contribute to water management, particularly by preventing rainfall from entering the storm drain system. Light colored pavers, instead of conventional paving methods like concrete or asphalt, both absorb heat and allow water to evaporate, filtrate, or drain into the Samammish River. “It takes a lot of energy for sewer systems to process water,” Sokolowsky said. “Water is energy, when you think about it.” 44 NorthSoundLife.com

Energy This is one of those “which is better for the environment” questions. Is it better to use your old appliance until it kicks the bucket or to replace it with an energy efficient appliance? Sokolowsky recommends that if you plan to upgrade your appliances, you should select energy efficient ones and off load your old appliances through recycling organizations rather than sending them to the landfill. According to Sokolowsky older furnaces are about 80 percent efficient, while newer furnaces may operate at 95 percent efficient. “If you’re doing a huge remodel, you might consider swapping out your furnaces for a high efficiency model, which will use less energy and less natural gas.” And don’t forget to change your filter every three months, using re-useable filters, which will keep your furnace working efficiently and will make your air healthier. Efforts to conserve energy at 21 Acres started with the building’s materials and envelope. Its primary material is concrete and insulated concrete form walls, which contain 90 percent recycled expanded polystyrene insulation, and allow for thermal mass, which offers optimal solar gain in winter and summer. Passive design means that 21 Acres has no mechanical cooling, which is a true feat for a building its size. Heat is drawn from the earth using ground source heat pumps and radiant flooring, which is the most efficient heat source in terms of energy input and output.


Here’s the best news about water conservation: it’s a popular misconception that washing dishes by hand is necessarily more energy efficient. “A high efficiency dish washer uses 4–6 gallons per load, while washing dishes by hand can use up to 30 gallons of water,” Sokolowsky said, “So in this case the sustainable choice is easier and more convenient.” 21 Acres also implements a sophisticated energy monitoring system, but a homeowner can do something similar by purchasing a programmable thermostat or one you can control remotely. On the roof, there are both solar panels that offset 15 percent of the building’s electrical consumption and a living roof that reduces heat island effect, absorbs carbon dioxide, and works as a filtration system for rainwater, which ultimately helps to recharge groundwater and prevent the energy draw of water treatment. Living roofs also preserve roof membranes by protecting them from sunlight and lowering the surface temperature. Not to mention, living roofs are attractive and offer a home to plants, animals, birds, and insects. Choosing sustainable alternatives for heating, cooling, and air quality can lead to healthier, more affordable outcomes. If anything, the climate change crisis has revealed how connected we all are, to each other and to the environment. Our food, water, and energy systems amplify the impact of small, everyday, individual actions. When planning your home and remodel, it may be easy to feel paralyzed with indecision. But by making use of local experts, including the staff at the 21 Acres “living laboratory,” you can more easily identify the small changes that make a big difference, as well as the more substantial upgrades with promising pay offs, both for you and for the environment. 


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allow customers to produce more electricity than they use, resulting in an automatic credit on your power bill. These credits accumulate during the sunny summer months and are drawn upon later in the year when electricity consumption is higher. Many who go solar see their bill reduced drastically, with some seeing it disappear completely! The icing on the cake is the state production incentive, which takes the form of a yearly check from your utility. Customers who install systems designed with made-in-Washington solar equipment see the highest yearly payment. Even better, these panels are manufactured nearby in Bellingham, allowing you to keep your dollars in the local economy. Between the top notch incentives and the savings on electricity, solar has become a home improvement option accessible to people across all income brackets. Solar isn’t just for environmentalists; once you start penciling out the numbers you can see that solar makes financial sense regardless of class or politics. So how do you know if solar makes sense for your home or business? Simple — start with a free solar site assessment. Western Solar will take solar readings on site, review

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A Contemporary Coastal Landscape WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

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or landscape designer and certified professional horticulturist Heidi Skievaski of Sublime Garden Designs, an unsightly curtain drain that skirted a newly constructed high-bank waterfront home was a design challenge turned opportunity. Because of the home’s location on a coastal bluff, the curtain drain was there to stay. Picture an 18-inch swath of drain rock marring the backyard and access to the property’s exceptional views. Skievaski transformed the curtain drain into a meandering dry-stream bed with boulders, river cobble in a variety of sizes, and native ferns and grasses. “It ended up being a really nice feature; you’d never guess that it was a drain,” Skievaski said. “It’s simple, yet stunning.” Curtain drain aside, the property was a blank slate. Two acres of the 6.5-acre property needed landscaping. According to Skievaski, the homeowners requested ample lawn space for kids and the family dog, an edible garden protected from deer, and a low-maintenance design featuring droughttolerant native plants and modern, clean lines. She focused on native plantings along the edges of the property to soften the transition from native landscape to designed landscape. She incorporated luecothoe, hellebores, ferns, nandina, pieris, Japanese maples, and viburnum. Closer to the home, she chose cephalotaxus and Little Lime hydrangeas. Boulders, many which were sourced from the property, interrupt straight lines and architectural pavers in order to add character and warmth to the space.  Skievaski says her goal when working with homeowners is to “create something my clients would create themselves, if they knew how.” 

Composed of 2’ x 2’ architectural pavers, the patio has an irregular edge, where you can find large boulders for extra seating and plants like dwarf mondo grass and scleranthus.

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The garden is made up of five galvanized steel culverts and welded wire fencing. The Akoris Tuteurs by TerraTrellis are as eye-catching as they are practical for growing vegetables like beans and peas. A lavender hedge attracts beneficial pollinators.

Ferns grow in steel Corten planters near the home’s entrance.



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Beach Drive Remodel WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

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s far as remodels are concerned, you might think that the most dramatic transformations are also the most expensive and the most complicated. The waterfront Beach Drive Remodel on Camano Island, executed by principal architect Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest Architects, proves these misconceptions wrong. The resulting transformation was so complete that neighbors believed it to be a newly constructed home, yet the remodel was cost effective and, at times, surprisingly simple. “Most of the remodel was an exterior intervention,” Nelson said. “It was an amazing transformation. We turned it into a modern house. It’s now contemporary, eclectic, and warm.”

He affectionately described the home’s original exterior as something reminiscent of a mid-century Econolodge. Renovations included removing false dormers from the mansard roof, adding corrugated steel panels, expanding window openings overlooking the water, and enhancing the entryway with arbors and steel columns. While the interior also received a facelift, its transformation was achieved through strategic, less intensive changes. The staircase was improved by replacing wooden handrails, which were dark and heavy, with modern stainless steel cable. Homeowners Ron and Judy Hoefer recognized the home’s potential, despite its lackluster, dated exterior. Intrepid …

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remodelers, it was Ron Hoefer who discovered the original wooden stairs hidden beneath carpet. Willing to contribute more than a little elbow grease, Hoefer sanded and stained the stairs. The Hoefers were inspired by shingled beachfront buildings, both commercial and residential, in Canon Beach, Oregon, where they have traveled annually for almost forty years. The Hoefers had previously built and remodeled several homes together, so their experience and input was an asset. “We had a great team that communicated well and really listened to us. It’s so important to choose a good team of architects, designers, and contractors,” Ron Hoefer said. “We ended with a great product, as well as our sanity, love, and appreciation.” 52 NorthSoundLife.com

For homebuyers looking to achieve a similarly impressive, cost-effective remodel, Nelson advised evaluating a home’s structure. “The trick is to find a house that has a good structure already,” Nelson said. “It quickly becomes expensive when you decide to make structural modifications, for example, by adding a second story or other addition.” The Hoefers enjoy spending time near the water with their friends and family, and enjoy demonstrating their hospitality. When asked about his favorite feature in the home, Hoefer said, “When you walk in the front door, you see a wall of windows that showcase the beauty of the water, Mt. Baker, and the Cascades. I suppose that’s what I love best about it. I love to see the sun rise over Mt. Baker in the summertime. And in the evening, when the sun is setting, you get this moon river effect coming across the bay.” 


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he goal was to create a bright, spacious family kitchen with a lived-in vibe and plenty of space for entertainment and enjoyment. Even in this single kitchen project, the client’s requests were varied. My client wanted décor that felt current but with a hint of Old-World charm. The tricky part as a designer was to combine disparate elements into a balanced, cohesive whole, but the results are stunning. …

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… By implementing a new floor plan, we doubled both the prep area and storage space, as well as added a builtin wine bar and buffet. Inspiration for our transitional eat-in kitchen included marble-like countertops, Shaker cabinets painted white, paneled appliances, a herringbone backsplash, an organic feature and a large prep sink. This beautiful kitchen in shades of white, green and wood tones is a lovely example of how to work with white in a kitchen. It is balanced nicely by the warm stone, rich flooring, embellished fabric stools, and of course, over-island lighting which adds glamour. The juxtaposition of the heavy stone range and hood surround plus the clean quartz countertops was the eye-catching effect we hoped for; yet, the green island cabinetry stopped the show. Picking up the color in the vein of the quartz, this refreshing tone warmed the palette in the kitchen while maintaining the natural liveliness. This now spacious kitchen combines several design styles, blending contemporary, traditional, and modern elements together seamlessly. You can execute that concept, too, by furnishing with everything from books and pictures to rugs and upholstered pieces for a relaxed, welcoming space. 



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Color Theory Ten Tips for Choosing the Perfect Paint Color WRITTEN BY KELLY DUBYNE, CFYH

1. Get inspired!

6. Always use a neutral.

What colors are you attracted to? What items in your home are you drawn to? Sometimes I ask clients to show me their closet, as we often wear colors we’re attracted to. I also ask to see their dishes as they can be another indicator of preferred colors.

In every home in which I do full color consults, I always use a neutral. Neutrals are a must in some areas of the home. I recommend a neutral in hallways and stairwells. I always caution against doing a bold color in those areas, as our eye needs to rest, and often those areas call for neutrality to allow in some light.

2. Get a little help. Check out houzz.com for inspiration. When doing an interior design project I request that clients make us a file of their favorite inspiration images on this website, and you certainly could do the same for color as well.

3. White paint costs the same as colored paint! Take a chance on a color, you might like it! If not, it’s only paint. And remember: colored paint costs the same as white paint.

4. Go bold in the bathroom. Unsure about going with a darker color? I encourage clients to go with a bold color in the powder room. It’s usually a small room, but it can have great impact. Do the ceiling in the same, saturated color for a dramatic effect. Starting with this small room is a great indicator to see how well you like a deep, saturated, or bold color.

5. Accentuate the positive. A house needs to have a variety of values — not all light colors, not all dark colors. One way to achieve this contrast is to paint an accent wall that is different in color and value from the other walls. The accent wall in a room needs to be a focal point wall where your eye is naturally drawn, whether it is an architectural or environmental feature. 58 NorthSoundLife.com

7. Separate the ceilings. A crisp white ceiling is my preference on most ceilings. It helps to define the wall color, and down the road if the wall color is changed, the ceiling does not have to be repainted. However, sometimes in bedrooms, bathrooms, or dining rooms, I do play up the ceiling with color.

8. Choose a good quality paint. Use the best quality paint you can. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive paint. A designer, painter, or paint store can help lead you to good quality paints.

9. Double up! Two coats of paint are best, and I always recommend two coats on my projects. Generally, the first coat goes on a little thicker, and the second coat is a lighter overcoat.

10. Hire a good painter. Designers and paint stores are great sources to ask for detail-oriented painters. It’s important for a painter to take care and time to be respectful of your home and furniture, and to do a fabulous job, one that will last for many years! 

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ver the years I have done hundreds of color consults. The basis of all my home designs — whether hanging art, furnishing a room, or doing a remodel — starts, and essentially ends, with color. Most people love color, but they are often overwhelmed by all the possibilities, and thus choose to do nothing. And then they are forever unhappy with their white walls. Let’s get out of that rut and add some color to your home with these simple tips.


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Salt & Iron, Revisited WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LISA DILLS

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ne year ago, Edmonds welcomed its first ever oyster bar and steak house. Before Salt & Iron’s grand opening, we reported on its development and interviewed co-owner and executive chef Shubert Ho. We’ve looked forward to reviewing it ever since. Salt & Iron is a study in contrasts, from its high quality offerings from land and sea to the possibilities for varied dining experiences. As a whole, the furnishings have a distinctly Pacific Northwest feel, but with a nod to French décor. Its dining room offers an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere for a quiet meal with a significant other or several companions. It seems Salt & Iron has attained that elusive balance between fine dining destination and relaxed, inviting neighborhood restaurant. …

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exceptional private dining space for hosting family style dinners or passed cocktails and appetizers. In all, the restaurant now seats up to 100 diners. We visited on a recent Saturday night, and enjoyed an elevated dining experience, complete with low lighting, candles, and white tablecloths. Yet, I could see that the adjacent bar was warm, cheery, and full of energy. Our server was kind and skilled, and was happy to make suggestions, including from the line up of signature craft cocktails and wine list. For starters, we tried the Oysters Gratin. It was just the thing to whet our

appetites on a cold, rainy night. Each mouthwatering bite offered a taste of fresh, salty, Pacific oysters with grana Padano, which was baked to a golden brown, and topped with herb butter and served with fresh lemon. Salt & Iron truly excels at serving oysters. Ho reported that they sell as many as 9,000 oysters each month. I was craving scallops, so I selected the Cajun Seared Shrimp and Scallops from the “Salt” portion of the menu. They were succulent, seared to perfection, and served atop a risotto made from tomato fennel broth and seasoned with red chili flakes and garnished with


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parmesan and watermelon radish. It had just enough of a kick to it, but not so much that it lost the complexity of the other flavors in its spiciness. Of course, we also had to try to the New York Strip steak, and it did not disappoint. It was tender and so flavorful. Served with crispy onions, and a mushroom risotto, it was satisfying and filling to be sure, and the colorful citrus salad enlivened the plate. The dessert menu entices with such delicacies as a blood orange pear tarte tatin, with pears, blood orange caramel, sweetened goat cheese and a candied blood orange wheel, or a pistachio

semifreddo with meyer lemon curd, brûlée grapefruit segments, pistachio dust, and grapefruit paste. From the prime cuts of meat to the seafood, Ho looks for superior taste at a reasonable price. “We try to source only the best-tasting items,” he said, “It has to be affordable and delicious.” When asked about his favorite menu item, Ho doesn’t hesitate for an answer. It’s hands down the chicken wings. “If you take me anywhere with chicken wings, I’m the first to order and the last to finish,” he said. And, indeed, Buffalo chicken wings make an appearance on the Happy Hour menu. To me, 

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this is further proof of the wide range of dining experiences possible at Salt & Iron — all of them satisfying, all of them exactly what Edmonds has been missing. I’m already looking forward to summer and enjoying Salt & Iron’s sidewalk seating.  321 Main St., Edmonds 425.361.1112 saltniron.com March | April 201663


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ARLINGTON BISTRO SAN MARTIN Regional NW 231 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington 360.474.9229, bistrosanmartin.com Chef Martin Estrada-Perez presents a menu that offers regional cuisine from Escargot with Garlic Butter to Tiger Prawns and Flat Iron Steak that is mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. The fresh sheet changes daily. This intimate restaurant will delight your senses in every way from the moment you walk through the doors. The superb staff gives impeccable service and proprietor Steven is typically on hand to welcome you. Call for reservations to insure prompt seating. Dinner only Tuesday through Saturday, 5–9 p.m.   WATERSHED RESTAURANT & LOUNGE American Angel of the Winds Casino 3438 Stoluckquamish Ln., Arlington 360.474.9740, angelofthewinds.com The Watershed Restaurant & Lounge features a wide variety of tasty appetizers, soups, salads, breakfast anytime, entrees, steaks, burgers and sandwiches. Or enjoy daily, all-you-can-eat specials from 4 to 10 p.m. The restaurant even offers Iron Skillet Pizzas, which are made from fresh dough, topped with the finest ingredients and cooked on blazingly hot skillets, which creates a crisp, flavorful crust.  

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BOTHELL AMARO BISTRO Italian 18333 Bothell Way NE, Bothell 425.485.2300, amarorestaurant.com Amara Bistro is a true Italian restaurant whose menu captures the distinct flavors of Tuscany. The open dining space itself is elegant with bold yellow and red accents. Highlighted in a beautifully lit glass case is the restaurant’s extensive wine collection, which features the best of wines from Italy, the Northwest, and California. Food is prepared from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Dinner menu items include the classic margherita pizza, pollo arrosto, and lasagne.

TANDEM WINE AND CHEESE BAR American 10123 Main Space, Bothell 425.398.9463, tandemwinebar.com 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, pictured. It’s aged for a couple days before being served.  

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Greek inspired gastro-installation. You can tell they saved the best for last. With immaculate attention to interior detail, the granite slab bar and contemporary lighting make this a “who’s who” hangout for late night and happy hour specials. The menu is Greek-Mediterranean fusion evidenced by cold tapas like Aged Goat Cheese served with Black Mission Figs or hot tapas of Lamb Chops in a charmoula sauce. One tip? Don’t leave without trying the Brussels sprouts. (Trust us.) Whether you want date night ambiance, edgy late night eats, or a trendy lunch spot for a work meeting — Demetris Woodstone Taverna has a little something for everyone.   EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA Italian 178 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds 425.299.0142, evvivapizza.com 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!  

ARNIES Seafood 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 425.771.5688, arniesrestaurant.com If you’re on the hunt for regional fare served with a beautiful view, look no further than this Snohomish County classic. Arnie’s Restaurant in Edmonds, Wash., is known for its Pacific Northwest seafood and sweeping panoramas of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. The Edmonds restaurant, along with its Mukilteo location, has served local patrons for nearly 25 years. The Seasonal Features menu serves up seasonal fish and vegetables from the Pacific Northwest. While Arnies is well-known for its seafood, the menu also includes a wide variety of lunch and dinner items including steaks, burgers, salads, pasta and poultry as well as an extensive appetizer list.   DEMETRIS WOODSTONE TAVERNA Greek 101 Main St., Edmonds 425.744.9999, demetriswt.com The fifth location for tapas restaurateur Sofeea Huffman, Demetris Woodstone Taverna along the Edmonds waterfront is Kafe Neo’s newest

EVERETT ANTHONY’S WOODFIRE GRILL Seafood 1722 W. Marine Dr., Everett 425.258.4000, anthonys.com Anthony’s Woodfire Grill serves the same ­quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s Homeport. The Woodfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just ­special occasions. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.   KAMA’AINA GRINDZ Hawaiian 2933 Colby Ave., Everett 425.322.5280, kamaainagrindz.com This family restaurant serves up Hawaiian cuisine and brings a taste of the islands to the Pacific Northwest. You’ll be transported by tropical décor; the walls are adorned by


tropical Hawaiian seascapes and a hanging surfboard. The restaurant is filled with the friendly chatter of diners, clattering of cooking utensils, and the distinct hiss of cooking oil. Authentic island flavors are featured on the menu, including everything from KG Burgers to “Wiki Wiki” Noodles, and Hawaiian “Mahi Mahi” Fish Tacos. To enhance your meal’s flavor, Kama’aina serves truly tropical beverages like Hawaiian Sun Juice, or a cold beer from the Kona Brewing Company. The restaurant will draw you in for the delicious food, and keep you coming back for the friendly atmosphere that feels a bit like paradise.

GRANITE FALLS

MARYSVILLE

OMEGA PIZZA & PASTA Greek

CRISTIANO’S PIZZA Italian

102 S. Granite Ave., Granite Falls 360.691.4394

1206 State Ave., Marysville 360.653.8356, cristianos-pizza.com

Omega Pizza & Pasta is a small town, familyfriendly restaurant that offers Greek food, warm, welcoming service, and celebrity charm. The six-page menu features a large variety of tasty dishes, including soup, salad, appetizers, sub sandwiches, Greek specials, pasta, pizza, and delicious dessert. It is home to a mural painted by family friend Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation and the blockbuster hit Jurassic World. Whether you go to see Pratt’s Grecian mural or to enjoy a slice of pizza and a coldbrew, Omega will greet you like family and leave your taste buds satisfied.

This casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is a hit among the locals. Best known for its pizza and pasta, diners are sure to be pleased with the excellent food, gernerous portions and affordable prices. If you are in the mood for a salad, try Christiano’s version of Spinach Salad — it is our favorite and pairs nicely with the Garden Delight Pizza.

LANA THAI Thai 7825 Evergreen Way, Everett 425.438.3888, lannathaieverett.com Stepping through the doors of this Everett favorite is truly like stepping into a Thai palace. The opulent décor matches the colorful, flavorful food that brings diners the best of Thailand. Soups, salads, noodle dishes and curries, Lana Thai offers an extensive menu that “embodies the joy of eating.”   LOMBARDI’S Italian 1620 W. Marine View Dr., Everett 425.252.1886, lombardisitalian.com The original Lombardi’s was a Ballard favorite, and the Everett Marina and Mill Creek locations now offer diners a heavenly blast of roasted garlic that is Lombardi’s hallmark. Lombardi’s pays homage to the seven honored ingredients of Italian food — olive oil, garlic, pasta, tomatoes, olives, basil and love. Dive in to the Tuscan Prawn starter, Pizza Margherita or Chicken Saltimboca — but don’t forget their wide variety of delicious pasta entrees. Both Italian and Washington wines are a focus of the wine list. Look for outdoor dining in nice weather as well as live music options at both locations.   TAMPICO Mexican 2303 Broadway, Everett 425.339.2427 tampico-mexicanrestaurant.com An Everett neighborhood favorite, Tampico is the quintessential family Mexican restaurant. Warm greetings welcome diners, followed by fresh tortilla chips and house made salsa. Don’t miss the Tacos Al Carbon, tender skirt steak broiled and served in tortillas with guacamole and pico de gallo, or the rich Shrimp and Dungeness Crab Burrito. On the lighter side, Tampico’s Tortilla Soup is flavorful and satisfying. An extensive bar menu of margaritas and other tropical drinks make any meal a party.  

LAKE STEVENS ADRIATICA Mediterranean 915 Main St., Lake Stevens 425.334.1923 Adriatica (formerly Neapolis) is located in old Lake Stevens, away from the hustle of Pioneer Square. Owner George Petropolis is eager to share his food, and he and his staff have ­created an inviting atmosphere, like d ­ inner at a friend’s home. The menu offers some old Neapolis favorites, as well as new c­ hoices. Try a dish of Skordalia, a warm pita bread with a silky garlic spread. The Gyro Salad ­features fresh, crisp veggies with warm tender gyro meat and tangy tzatziki. The Spaghetti En Greco with Prawns is a perfect balance of creaminess and acidity, served piping hot. Adriatica is a fresh new twist on an old Lake Stevens favorite. Try it again for the first time.

  KAFE NEO Greek/Mediterranean 9730 State Ave., Marysville 360.651.9268, kafeneo.net 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.  

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  AZUL TEQUILA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT Mexican 15118 Main St. Ste. 110, Mill Creek 425.357.5600, azullounge.com

LYNNWOOD 24 STAR THAI Thai 1120 164th St. S.W., Ste. B, Lynwood, 425.742.9155 Beautifully presented, flavorfully prepared and generously proportioned, the traditional cuisine at 24 Star Thai is an undeniably pleasant dining option for families on budgets, lovers of Thai spice or anyone on a neighborhood lunch rush. Their signature Pad Thai comes well-cooked with a fine balance of fish sauce and fresh garnish, spiced kindly to your liking. An order of the Swimming Rama fried chicken and white rice arrives carefully presented with a sweet aroma of sautéed spinach and broccoli, and mid-thickened peanut sauce – a mix to match its filling taste, with enough to enjoy for another meal. Entering its 20th year of business, 24 Star Thai has mastered the balance of fine food at a break-even price.  

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.  



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Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering Distillers John and Dorie Belisle of BelleWood Acres Presented in association with: Judd & Black Appliance, Mount Vernon

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n February 11, K&L Media and Judd & Black Appliance teamed up for Meet the Chef at Judd & Black Appliance’s test kitchen in Mount Vernon. Our special guests were Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering and Distiller John Belisle of BelleWood Acres. Located just north of Bellingham, BelleWood Acres is a charming U-Pick apple orchard and pumpkin patch that, on clear days, offers excellent views of Mt. Baker. John and Dorie Belisle planted the farm in 1996, and it was the first Salmon Safe certified orchard in the state. In 2011, they built the 14,000-square-foot building that houses a country cafe, farm market, and distillery. Many of their products, including fresh produce, apple syrup, and award-winning gin, brandy, and vodka, were featured ingredients in the evening’s dishes and cocktails. Crave Catering is a frequent collaborator with BelleWood Acres, and is available for catering parties, events, and weddings. Crave Catering also serves private events at Bellewood Acres. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the incorrigible John Belisle emphasized that many of the items on the evening’s three-course menu were aphrodisiacs, among them, oysters, vanilla beans, and chocolate. He kept the crowd laughing throughout the night with colorful jokes. And it’s a good thing for all of us that his wife, Dorie Belisle, was there to keep an eye on him. Though at times even she appeared to have her hands full and could be heard muttering, “Oh heaven help me!” Warm, personable, and knowledgeable, the duo shared stories about farming and distilling. I left feeling 66 NorthSoundLife.com

as if I’d made new friends, though of course, the vodka could have had something to do with that. The first dish Chef Hawkinson prepared was a creamy Northwest Oyster Stew with oysters, leeks, fennel, potatoes, and roasted garlic. It was served alongside a frisée made with apples. BelleWood Acres gin starred in the soup, the salad dressing, and the GiGi Cocktail, for which John Belisle recruited an intrepid audience member to assist in mixing. The next course was a mouthwatering Braised Apple Pork Shank with creamy polenta and apple mirepoix, served with a cocktail of Eau de Vie and BelleWood Bubbly. The finale was a Raspberry Tartlet topped with vanilla bean infused whipped cream and served alongside sipping chocolate mixed with BelleWood Raspberry Vodka. Audience members took advantage of the opportunity to ask Chef Hawkinson questions about cooking techniques and ingredient selection. He suggested using grapeseed oil in salad dressings instead of olive oil, because of grapeseed oil’s neutral flavor and smoke point. He demonstrated the proper way to use an oyster knife and shared about the inspiration for his pork shank dish, classic Italian osso bucco (bone with a hole). Best of all, he included a recipe for what he calls “magic dust,” a versatile spice mix he prepares ahead of time with spices he frequently uses, and a genius idea that I’m sure to adopt in my own kitchen. All in all, it was a delicious, laughter-filled evening that warmed our spirits on a cold, rainy night. 


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3 dozen cleaned Pacific oysters (ideally fresh and in-shell) ¼ cup butter and 1 lb. butter (keep separate) 1 lb. all-purpose flour 2 fennel bulbs with tops 2 medium leeks, small chop ¼ cup minced garlic 2 large white or yellow onions, small chop 2 lbs. Yukon or red potatoes, small diced ½ cup BelleWood Acres Gin 1 gallon water 1 quart heavy cream Salt, pepper, Tabasco, parsley, and tarragon; to taste

First Course

Northwest Oyster Stew

DIRECTIONS: Clean, trim and small chop the onions, fennel and leeks. Put all unused scraps, skins and tops into a stockpot. Open oysters and scrape flesh/liquid into a container. Put shells in the stockpot with onion scraps and add one gallon of water. Bring stock up to a very high simmer for about 5 minutes, then turn off heat and let it rest. Put 1 and ¼ lb. of butter into another (heavy bottomed) pot. Add onions, leeks and fennel. Cook on high heat, stirring frequently to soften the vegetables. When onions are soft, add garlic and a few minutes later add flour. Stir for 5 minutes or until roux is smooth and starting to turn golden. Using a strainer, add 2 cups of the oyster stock to the roux mixture and stir well. Add BelleWood Acres Gin and stir with caution, as gin is flammable at high heat. Remove spoon from pot and have lid handy to smother any fire that rises above the level of the pot. It is not necessary to burn off all the alcohol. Ladle the remaining stock into the pot and add potatoes. Add cream, oysters, salt and pepper, and a couple shakes of Tabasco. When potatoes are done and soup is seasoned to your liking turn off heat and add fresh parsley and tarragon.

Frisée Salad with Gin Vinaigrette INGREDIENTS: GiGi Cocktail with BelleWood Acres Gin

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Mixed greens with frisée Finely shredded green apple and/or cucumber Slivered almonds Zest and juice from 2 limes ½ cup BelleWood Acres Gin 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard 1 tablespoon honey ½ tablespoon chopped tarragon ½ tablespoon chopped parsley 2 cups grapeseed oil (or other neutral flavored oil)

DIRECTIONS: Add gin, lime juice/zest, herbs, honey and Dijon in a mixing bowl or blender. While stirring briskly, add the oil in a slow pour until all ingredients are combined. Mix greens, apple and a little dressing in a bowl, then place on a serving plate. Top with almonds as desired.



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Braised Pork Shanks with Apple Mirepoix INGREDIENTS: • • • • • • • •

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6 skinless pork shanks, trimmed osso buco style Flour for dredging Vegetable oil, as needed 1 lb. each: diced red onion, diced celery, diced carrot, and diced green apple 3 oz. BelleWood Acres Apple Brandy 1 oz. BelleWood Acres Apple Syrup 1 gallon chicken or pork stock “magic dust”: combine ½ cup kosher salt with 1 teaspoon each of black pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, ground coriander, dry yellow mustard; and ½ teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground sage

DIRECTIONS: Heat a large heavy pot on stove, add up to a half-inch of oil and check that it is hot enough to sear. Roll pork shanks in flour that has been well seasoned with “magic dust.” Sear/ brown all sides of pork in the oil, being careful not to crowd the pan or burn the flour. Remove pork from pan and put into baking dish or crock pot. Place three quarters of the apple/onion/carrot/celery mixture into the pot and stir to deglaze. When veggies are softened, add brandy and syrup, being careful to control any fire that may result. Add chicken stock to pan, bring to near boiling, then pour mixture into baking pan so pork is covered. Seal up pan with film and foil and bake in oven at 325 degrees for about 90 minutes. When pork is fully cooked, remove from the baking pan and season each piece with more magic dust. Put reserved apple mirepoix in the roasting pan and cook on high until hot. Then add some of the jus that the pork was cooked in and let reduce/ thicken. Spoon the mirepoix onto the plate, place pork shank and ladle the reduced sauce over the plate. Garnish with parsley or fresh apple skins.

Creamy Polenta Eau de vie BelleWood Bubbly

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3/4 cup dry polenta (golden corn grits) 2 cups milk 2 cups chicken stock 1 cup grated parmesan cheese Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS: Bring 1 cup milk and 2 cups chicken stock up to almost boiling, then stir in polenta. Keep stirring as the polenta softens and thickens. When polenta is too thick to comfortably stir (after about 7 min) add the remaining cup of milk and the cheese. Make sure polenta is very hot and smooth, then cover and put in oven 325 degrees for 30 minutes (longer for larger batches). Stir every ten or fifteen minutes. When the grains are completely soft, check for seasoning and add more milk if it is too thick. Scoop soft polenta onto plate and serve with a savory meat dish where the gravy will contrast the grits.

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Raspberry Tartlets FOR THE FILLING: • • • • • • •

3/4 cup raspberry juice (about 2 cups of fresh berries) 1 tablespoon water 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup butter 1 vanilla bean 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional) 

third Course

Sipping chocolate with BelleWood Raspberry Vodka

FOR THE CRUST: • • • • • • • •

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 7 tablespoon chilled butter 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening 1 egg 1 teaspoon cold water ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM: • • •

1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

DIRECTIONS FOR THE CURD: Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape vanilla bean into the bowl. Whisk together with the eggs. In a medium saucepan, add berries and water with the vanilla bean pod bring to a low simmer until all the berries have broken down. Remove pod and run the berries through a fine sieve saving all the juice and discarding the pulp/seeds. In a double boiler add 3/4 cup raspberry juice, sugar, eggs and the vanilla bean scrapings. Whisk together continuously. Add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time. Wait for the butter to melt each time before adding the next tablespoon. Once mixture has thickened to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat. If you desire a thicker filling you can whisk in cornstarch while still over the heat. Whisk until thickened. Refrigerate for 4 hours before using. 

DIRECTIONS FOR CRUST: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add all ingredients into mixing bowl and use the paddle attachment to mix on medium speed until dough comes together. Press dough into tart pans. Spray pieces of foil with non-stick cooking spray to lie inside each tart shell. Fill with beans or rice to weigh the shells down. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove beans/foil and return to oven for an additional 7-10 minutes or until shells are golden brown.

DIRECTIONS FOR WHIPPED CREAM: In electric mixer, add heavy cream and whip with the whisk attachment on medium/high speed until it starts to thicken and gets foamy. Add in your vanilla and sugar. Return to medium/ high speed until you have stiff peaks. Remove from mixer and refrigerate until ready to use.

ASSEMBLY: Fill cooled tart shells with cooled curd. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a mint leaf or a raspberry.



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THE LODGE SPORTS GRILLE American 15117 Main St., Suite B101, Mill Creek 425.225.6347, thelodgesportsgrille.com The Lodge Sports Grille has served customers at locations through the greater Seattle area since 2010. The Mill Creek location offers a rustic lodge experience with eye-catching architecture, rustic chandeliers, and metal antler door pulls. Known as a hub where comfort and quality come together, it is a true familyrun business. The Mill Creek location sports an impressive 48 beers on tap with a knowledgeable wait staff to help you make your selection. Nearly a dozen flat-screen TVs distributed throughout the dining room make it easy to catch the game from any seat. Whether you’re looking for a light salad or mouth-watering burger, The Lodge Sports Grille has it.

their well-built sauces — restrained and crafty. Pork chops stuffed with onions, mushrooms and sage, pair off nicely with sweet apple gel cubes. The scallops appetizer with creamed leeks, bacon and applesauce might start an evening of excess that will surely close with an ice cream-wielding warm Chocolate Chip Brownie or Apple Cobbler with burnt caramel sauce and a crisp brown sugar top. The inhouse brewery serves up rotating taps, with styles ranging from Kolsch to Porter.  

MUKILTEO CAFÉ SOLEIL French 9999 Harbour Pl., Ste. 105, Mukilteo 425.493.1847, cafe-soleil.net

MONROE ADAM’S NORTHWEST BISTRO AND BREWERY Regional NW

104 N. Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056, adamsnwbistro.com Adam’s Northwest Bistro distributes taste and dazzle through a broad menu from which a “Your Burger” — a real ground steak with ­caramelized onions — gets as much chef-time as a duck breast. The preparation of your Salmon or Butter-poached Halibut are remarkable for

Built on a foundation of French-inspired flavors fused with Japanese classics, the original creations of Café Soleil promise to satisfy. Café Soleil’s reasonably priced menu succeeds in offering a balance of inspiring taste and hearty fill. Sushi, from the classic California roll to BBQ Eel, arrives aesthetically plated in slicing-quick time. The “traditional” side of the menu offers a gourmet choice of teriyaki salmon or chicken prepared with the chef’s own endearingly rich and sweet recipe of garlic teriyaki dressing. Café Soleil’s elegant, yet simple, menus are designed with a broad range of customers in mind. With its charming ambience, attentive service and deeply satisfying

AMERICAN CHINESE HAPPY HOUR • TAKE OUT • SPECIAL EVENTS

cuisine, Café Soleil is the perfect escape for diners in search of original fusion flavor.   GROUCHY CHEF American 4433 Russell Rd., Ste. 113, Mukilteo 425.493.9754 Let the stern chef on the Grouchy Chef’s logo be a warning to you. When Chef Masumoto arrives to take his diners’ orders, he emphasizes the importance of his rules. He collects the bill in cash, without tips, before the meal is served. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Grouchy Chef is the chef himself: he’s a one-man show. He serves, cooks, cleans and runs his entire restaurant single-handedly. He comes and goes through his kitchen quietly and intentionally, timing orders in sync with his customers’ arrivals. Despite Chef Masumoto’s numerous rules, he maintains an ­increasingly large and loyal clientele, thanks to his delicious food and affordable prices. A meal at the Grouchy Chef is a dining experience like no other.

SNOHOMISH CABBAGE PATCH Homestyle 111 Ave. A, Snohomish 360.568.9091 cabbagepatchrestaurant.com 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 fredsrivertownalehouse.com

425.337.3600 Mill Creek Town Center 11- Close Lunch & Dinner

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.  

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Top It Yogurt Shoppe WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER

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ou can see Top It Yogurt Shoppe’s swirled logo from pretty much everywhere in Snohomish’s historic downtown. It calls out to shoppers looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, and it does not disappoint. Once inside, it’s so bright and breezy that you’ll be feeling sunny regardless of the weather. Owner Sheri Lobaito’s warm greeting and friendly demeanor also helps. Top It Yogurt Shoppe is a family-run business, and it shows. Her husband, Len Lobaito, came up with the idea to open a frozen yogurt shop, and their daughter, Melanie Holt, works as operations and marketing manager. Of the soft seating cozily arranged in the front windows, Sheri Lobaito said, “We wanted this to be a family-oriented gathering place. I hope guests feel like

they’ve just stepped into my kitchen for a cup of coffee.” In the three years since they opened, Lobaito has developed close relationships with her regulars, of which there are many. There’s a preschool that makes weekly visits, a weight watchers group that regularly stops in to celebrate goals, church youth groups, and it’s a popular spot for youth sports teams after games. And then there’s Dave and his golden retriever, Beau. The duo stops by every day during their morning walk. As Lobaito tells it, Beau prefers fruit flavors, specifically peach. Lobaito’s favorite flavor, on the other hand, is Cable Car Chocolate. Sometimes she mixes it with the non-dairy pomegranate raspberry flavor, for a gratifying combo of tart and sweet. 

Twelve flavors are always on tap, and there are 45 different toppings to choose from. If you’re of a mathematical bent, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve done the calculations for you. That’s 66 different flavor possibilities, if you assume two flavors per combination. I’ll leave figuring the toppings to the statisticians. I find that there’s something gratifying about serving yourself a dollop of frozen yogurt and topping it with whatever you please. Kids seem to love the opportunity to help themselves, too. I stopped in recently while out shopping. When confronted with all the possibilities, I opted to keep it simple and went for a chocolate and vanilla swirl with fruit toppings. I highly recommend it.  Top It Yogurt Shoppe 801 1st St., Ste. 203, Snohomish 360.563.5280 topityogurtshoppe.com March | April 201671


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FIRST & UNION KITCHEN AND SNOHOMISH BAKERY American

The Beeson Revival

101 Union Ave., Snohomish 360.568.1682, snobake.com Stop in at the Snohomish Bakery for delicious baked goods, breads, and pastries. It’s a great place to meet up for a cafe-style breakfast and coffee, or a deli sandwich and hot cup of soup. Plan your visit for evenings, Thursday through Sunday, if you’re looking for dinner and bar service at First & Union Kitchen. The kitchen also services breakfast and lunch on the weekends, until 3 p.m. The kitchen’s lodge-inspired décor includes a mounted deer with antlers on the wall, a truly impressive light installation with twigs and branches and twinkling lights, and a classic bar. There’s plenty on the menu to tempt pub-goers in search of a hearty burger and fries, but also more ambitious options like mozzarella tortellini with wild mushrooms, mussels puttanesca, devil’s pasta, and handmade gnocchi.

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THE REPP American 924 First St., Snohomish 360.568.3928, therepp.com

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f you’ve participated in the Edmonds Stages of History walking tour, then you may recognize several names on the signature libations menu at Salt & Iron, designed by bar manager Jin Link. Consider The Beeson Revival. The parcel of land at Main and 4th in Edmonds hadn’t yet cooled from a massive fire when F. Roscoe Beeson arrived from Indiana in 1909 and purchased the smoldering remains of the “Jones Block” of buildings­ — what had formerly been the post office, a confectionary, a hardware store, and a grocery. In their place, Beeson constructed a half-block long, two-story Spanish Mission Revival style building. Several years later, Beeson was elected mayor of Edmonds, and he served five terms in all. Now, a century later, you can drink Beeson’s namesake cocktail. Made with gin distilled in downtown Edmonds, Scratch Distillery’s G&T style gin enhances the local essence of The Beeson Revival. Scratch crafts its gin with organic nonGMO wheat base vodka

and a blend of 19 botanicals. The Crème de Violette offers the cocktail a lustrous, pale blush. The citrus and floral notes are fresh and the cocktail is entirely ethereal, light, and enticing. Under Link’s leadership, Salt & Iron’s libations are a creative homage to Edmonds’ charming downtown, a toast to its past, present, and future.  321 Main St., Edmonds 425.361.1112 saltniron.com

The full-meal deal — starting with apps, is worth the calories you’ll put down with a visit to The Repp in Snohomish. Pay special attention to the Beer Battered Mushrooms, nearly free at $3, or an 8-ounce Top Sirloin dinner for a ludicrous $9. The bracing, balsamic Caprese Salad, with basil and mozzarella is light and fresh at $7. The succulent Kobe Burger meets basic saturated fat requirements; add pancetta (Italian bacon), caramelized onions and red peppers to keep your stents busy. On to the main course: Scallop Bouche at The Repp shares only a brief moment with the chef’s pan before joining roasted vegetables and puff pastry with mushroom Marsala sauce. The King Salmon portion was large and treated well, though briefly, with spices. It only makes sense that the Prawn Scampi follows suit. The Repp does have Filet Mignon, but more interesting is a fig demi-glaze on a steak called Monaco New York ($21). It’s a big menu, with three pastas, three chicken dishes, a pork chop, Cioppino, many more starters and a choice of kid food for $7. Come see for yourself why this place is developing a Repp.   TRAILS END TAPHOUSE Casual American 511 Maple Ave, Snohomish 360.568.7233, trailsendcatering.com A homespun, casual dining experience that offers excellent cuisine and an ‘everybody knows your name’ atmosphere, Trails End Taphouse is for comfort food aficionados. Featuring home-cooked entrees and 28 craft brews on tap, diners can sit fireside for a date night or belly up to the bar with their buddies, respectively. Menu standouts include the Steak Salad with Blue Cheese, a delectable combination of mixed greens, tomato wedges, red


onions and thinly sliced grilled steak, and the earthy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms. Popular for their wood-fired pizzas, Trails End offers unique 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. Trails End proves that not all great restaurants have to be expensive. While they may have affordable drinks and dining options, the overall dining experience is none the worse for wear.  

WHIDBEY ISLAND THE FREELAND CAFÉ American/Hawaiian 1642 E. Main St., Freeland 360.331.9945 For more than 35 years, The Freeland Café has been serving Whidbey Island locals a dawnto-dinner menu of American breakfast ­classics with a mix of Hawaiian flavors. A stack of three savory pancakes stuffed with delicious, sweet blueberries marks a signature favorite among the carb-craving regulars, while a hearty egg breakfast with crisp, sizzling bacon charms away the hunger of nostalgic hometown diners; add Hawaiian-style rice with Spam and gravy for a more exotic breakfast alternative. Lined with ceiling-high windows and an eclectic mix of artwork, The Freeland Cafe offers a generous seating area situated adjacent a popular bar of the same name. Sit back and enjoy the aroma of warm syrup and coffee, and the friendly chatter of neighborly patrons as you dine back to a simpler time.  

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GREAT TASTES

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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Cozy up to the Sweet Potato Tots at Adam’s Northwest Bistro and Brewery. They come with a cilantro lime sour cream dipping sauce.

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adamsnwbistro.com

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5 Craving something sweet? We adore the Brown Butter Chai Old Fashioned donut at Frost.

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201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, primabistro.com

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Headed to the Xfinity Arena? Stop by Brooklyn Bros. Pizza for a sizzling slice of New York-style pizza. We love the Margherita. bbpmenu.com

PRIMA BISTRO French

A quintessential South Whidbey dining ­experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience and world-class views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.

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Served with cucumber salad and a housemade tzatziki sauce, you can’t go wrong with the Falafel Fritters at Denallis Grill & Bar.

Try the black bean soup at Casa Guerrero and taste for yourself what everyone’s raving about.

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For phenomenal BBQ, order the Brisket Sandwich at Moose Creek BBQ. moosecreekbbq.com

For south of the border flavor, try the Old School Fish Tacos at Chanterelle in Edmonds. chanterellewa.com



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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

2016 EVENTS MEET THE CHEF

2016 BEST OF THE NORTHWEST PARTY

February, May, September

October, date to be announced

Cooking class featuring local chefs. Learn new techniques while you enjoy a four-course meal paired with wines or spirits.

We come together and celebrate our winners of the 7th annual Best of the Northwest Readership Contest. Get ready to vote in July 2016.

SIPS OF THE SEASON

NSLIFE HOLIDAY FASHION SHOW

March, July, November

December, date to be announced

Mixology event. Learn from a local mixologist how to create your own seasonal drinks as you taste small bites provided by the establishment.

In conjunction with our 2016 Holiday Fashion Feature we bring you the first annual Holiday Fashion Show. Highlighting local and national clothing stores and local retail vendors we introduce you to this years winter styles and holiday fashions.

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AGENDA

Featured Event · Listings · The Scene · Final Word

Cascadia Art Museum presents “Looking Back, Moving Forward” Jan. 14–May 1 PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON BLACK

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he Cascadia Art Museum pays tribute to Nellie Cornish and the Cornish College of the Arts, a school whose international legacy spans both visual and performing arts. Produced in partnership with Cornish, the exhibit draws upon the college’s collection, as well as from private collections such as the estate of Mary Ann Wells, who founded the Dance Department. Curator David Martin’s expertise and personal relationships proved valuable to the exhibition’s development. His efforts have been described as “Herculean.” Artists featured include John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey and visual artists Bruce Inverarity, Ebba Rapp, and Mark Tobey. The culminating exhibit includes rare ephemera, even puppets from the Theatre Department, as well as rare watercolors, nude contour drawings, and historic paintings, sculptures, photographs and costumes. Considered together, they communicate the influence and impact of the widely recognized art institute.  Cascadia Art Museum 190 Sunset Ave., #E, Edmonds 425.336.4809 cascadiaartmuseum.org


AGENDA Events

CONCERTS BRITBEAT: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES MAR. 13, 7 P.M.

BritBeat tells the story of the Beatles from their beginnings to their later years. The concert progresses through the Beatles’ musical history with a backdrop of immersive and captivating multimedia. Feel the passion and excitement of the sounds that shaped the 1960s. Xfinity Arena 2000 Hewitt Ave. Suite 200, Everett 1.866.332.8499 xfinityarenaeverett.com

group has delighted audiences across the country and around the world. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595 edmondscenterforthearts.org

The Edmonds Center for the Arts presents Altan. The Irish music group pushes boundaries by fusing traditional Irish music with their American roots. They will perform a variety of songs, including gentle old Irish tunes and hard-hitting jigs.

JURIED ART COLLECTION

APR. 10, 3 P.M.

MAR. 10–APR. 23

Join the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra to welcome spring time with beautiful classical music. The concert will feature organist Youngjin Joo.

The Schack Art Center presents the Juried Art Collection of Northwest Artists. This unique exhibit will display emerging and established local artists from the Northwest region. Featuring art of all different mediums, this visual exhibit is a rare look into the artistic minds of local creatives.

First Presbyterian Church 2936 Rockefeller, Everett 425.743.0255 pacificachamberorchestra.org

DANCE LET’S GO TO THE HOP MAR. 19, 6:30–9:30 P.M.

Enjoy a fun night of dancing, games, and contests with music by DJ Caroline Sides. Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple.

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

The Floyd 27130 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood 360.629.9562 sahs-fncc.org

CLASSICAL

VISUAL ARTS

BOSTON BRASS

EDMONDS ART WALK

MAR. 4, 7:30 P.M.

APR. 21, 5–8 P.M.

Boston Brass brings an unforgettable performance to the Edmonds Center for the Arts. This brass quintet creates a oneof-a-kind sound by combining classical arrangements and burning jazz standards. With over 100 performances a year, the

Join neighbors and friends as you walk through the streets of downtown Edmonds to view galleries and merchant displays during this month’s art walk. Rain or shine, this community event allows people to engage with more than 40 galleries and businesses each hosting

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Edmonds, WA 425.697.2787 edmondsartwalk.com

PACIFICA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: SPRING CONCERT

ALTAN MAR. 24, 7:30 P.M.

local artists. From fine art, food, wine, dance, written word and more, these collections of art will unlock your creative mind and provide a unique night out.

Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett 425.259.5050 schack.org PROJECT 562 ONGOING EXHIBIT

The Hibulb Cultural Center presents Project 562, a collection of Native American portraits made by photographer Matika Wilbur. Through these portraits, Wilbur documents people from more than 500 Tribal Nations. The piece is ultimately aimed to eliminate stereotypes and build cultural bridges. The Hibulb Cultural Center 6410 23rd Avenue NE, Tulalip 360.716.2600 hibulbculturalcenter.org

FAMILY FRIENDLY CURIOUS GEORGE: THE GOLDEN MEATBALL MAR. 21, 10 A.M.

The Village Theatre presents Curious George as he helps his friends feed a


hungry audience all-you-can-eat meatballs. Go along with George as he uncovers the mysteries of where the audience has vanished to and help him save Meatball Day. This childhood favorite is sure to have the crowd laughing and loving this adventure. Everett Civic Auditorium 2415 Colby Ave, Everett 425.257.8600 villagetheatre.org

FACULTY Alice Acheson Roberto Ascalon Elizabeth Austen Bruce Barcott

Inspiration into Action

Roby Blecker

June 24 & 25, 2016 Bellingham, Washington

Royce Buckingham Claire Dederer Sara Donati Elaina Ellis

THE SOUND OF MUSIC SING-A-LONG MAR. 18, 7:30–9:30 P.M.

Stephanie Kallos

The theatre is alive with the sound of music! Join with friends and family and sing to the musical classic, The Sound of Music. Presented by the Historic Everett Theatre, this audience participation event allows you to sing along to your favorite songs, while watching one of the most successful musicals on the big screen. Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave, Everett 425.258.6766 historiceveretttheatre.org

Bharti Kirchner Erik Larson David Laskin Samuel Ligon Mary C. Moore Nancy Pagh Robert Michael Pyle Andy Ross

presented by

Elizabeth Wales

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MUSEUMS

www.chuckanutwritersconference.com

GERMAN WWII ROCKET FIGHTERS MAR. 10, 7–8:30 P.M.

Join the Flying Heritage Collection as they take a look back at the unusual aircrafts that Germany fielded during World War II. Dr. Dieter M. Zube will discuss the technicalities of the aircrafts as well as address other rocket fighters from that era. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Flying Heritage Collection 3407 109th St. SW, Everett 877.342.3404 flyingheritage.com

Fine Art Show April 15 - 23

Regional artists in 2D & 3D

Depot Art Center | Anacortes

Art of Shopping

April 17 Champagne, jewelry & accessories

SPECIAL EVENTS WINE FESTIVAL MAR. 5, 1–8:30 P.M.

Celebrate the Annual Snohomish Wine Festival. With two tasting sessions, attendees can taste an assortment of wine from participating wineries like Furion and Lantz Cellars. With your ticket you receive a $5 food voucher and a commemorative wine glass.

Color Run April 23

Get “colored” at Do the 5k fun run | Active.com

Bloom

AnacortesArtsFestival.com

Snohomish Event Center 1011 Second St., Snohomish 425.344.8533 snohowinefest.com 

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Out of Town SEATTLE JUSTIN BIEBER Calling all Beliebers! The international heartthrob Justin Bieber is kicking off his “Purpose World Tour” in the Emerald City on March 9. The Canadian-born pop star will perform chart toppers like “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry” at the Key Arena, which is the first stop on his new tour, which will span more than 50 cities across the world. The Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, 844.854.1450 keyarena.com

© Courtesy of Def Jam Records

MAR. 9, 7 P.M.

SEATTLE MARINERS OPENING NIGHT Root for the home team as they go to bat against the Oakland Athletics. Join the Mariners as they kick off the regular season at 7:10 PM at Safeco Field. Friday’s game will be followed by five consecutive home games, which include featured nights like “Salute to Armed Forces Night” and “Family Night.” Safeco Field 1250 1st Ave. South, Seattle, 260.346.4000 seattle.mariners.mlb.com

VANCOUVER

© Courtesy of Creative Commons / Photographer Keith Allison

APR. 8, 7:10 P.M.

MAMMA MIA! Broadway Across Canada presents the beloved smash-hit musical, MAMMA MIA! From the vibrant costumes to ABBA’s greatest hits, this musical experience is one that keeps audiences coming back year after year. Don’t miss your chance to sing along to classics like “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” and “Take A Chance on Me,” this season at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 649 Cambie St., Vancouver, B.C., 1.866.542.7469 broadwayacrosscanada.ca

HAVE AN EVENT?   Load it on our Events Page at northsoundlife.com/events.

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© Courtesy of Mamma Mia! North American Tour 2015 by Joan Marcus

MAR. 29–APR. 3


Red Dress Collection Viewing Party On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the American Heart Association of Puget Sound, Macy’s and Union Bank presented a live stream of the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection fashion show. The Red Dress Collection kicks off New York Fashion Week and features top designers and celebrity models as they showcase red-hot fashion to raise awareness about heart disease, the leading killer of women. The event was held at the iPic Theater lounge at Redmond Town Center, with radio personality Brooke Fox from MOViN 92.5 FM. To learn more, visit goredforwomen.org.


NOTES

Final Word

Gender Confusion Explained Loretta puts staplers in “his” place WIRTTEN BY LORETTA W. CLEESE

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love The Donald and the GOP presidential campaign — I feel liberated. Apparently, it is now politically correct to be un-PC. To this I say: “About time.” Those of us with a sense of humor and broken “check valves” live for this moment. Even the discourse between The Donald and Hillary over which of them is sexist or more sexist provides me with total comic freedom. That and my divorce; I do have a few residual anger issues with men that need a healthier outlet. So, with The Donald’s inspiration, here goes. I don’t know why, but I see physical objects differently now that I am single. Where most would see an everyday utensil or appliance or whatever as gender neutral, I can’t help myself — they are either male or female to me depending on their characteristics and, of course, my mood. And why not? Men have referred to ships as “she” even before Christopher Columbus told his wife, “BRB, honey.” According to different sources on Google, a ship is a “she” because “she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her goodlooking” and “without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable.” Oh, and “some have a cute fantail, others are heavy in the stern, but all have double-bottoms which demand attention.” Need I say more? Whoever said those quotes became explorers out of necessity — they weren’t welcome at home. The gender of ships notwithstanding, unlike Hebrew, the Germanic languages, French and Spanish, the English language is relatively gender neutral when objectifying objects. This is so wrong; imagine the missed Seinfeld-like humor opportunities. For example, a stapler — is there any doubt that a stapler is male? I don’t think so. You pound it on its head, and the one-trick pony that it is instantly becomes a “he.” Am I wrong, ladies? Sound familiar? Of course, assigning genders to things won’t solve all ambiguities. Did you know that the word “key” is male in German and female in Spanish and the word “bridge” is female in German and male in Spanish? Go figure — at least I would have assumed “key” was male in both languages as a carry-over from the enlightened ship/chastity belt days. I believe that was the Bronze Age if I am not mistaken, or perhaps pre-invention of the wheel. But regardless, despite the potential for gender confusion for the same word, we can make some much-needed progress here and now. All I need is some Schoolhouse Rock, “I’m just a bill on Capitol Hill” background music, and I am good to 80 NorthSoundLife.com

go. Besides, I am just getting started. My editor says I have 400 words left to “express” myself. Think about “it.” Every single everyday object worth a damn is female — for example, cell phones, iPads, smart screen TVs, dishwashers and washing machines, convection ovens, espresso machines, electric toothbrushes and hair blowers. The list is endless. All are capable of multi-tasking complex functions and ironically, all started out as male before they were improved. Before cell phones, for instance, there were flip-top phones; before espresso machines, there were coffee pots; before iPads and laptops, there were typewriters; and before there were convection ovens, there were microwaves (although they remain standard issue in kitchens for male emergencies). Even men’s trucks are approaching “key-like” gender confusion with their female-inspired interiors. Perhaps the only modern day vestige of the male-dominated Bronze Age may be the family barbeque. But even “it” is under attack. Barbeques now have searing stations, rotisseries, and side burners for sauces — and they come with an instruction booklet. OMG, men! Ladies, your heads are nodding; you know your man’s days of grunting of “fire is good” are numbered. So, while I am waxing philosophically in total tongue-incheek jest, I want to thank The Donald for his “tell it like it is” persona and un-PC expressions, like “schlonged,” which The Donald used recently to describe what Barack did to Hillary in 2008. I wonder if he will say he was schlonged if he loses. Male politicians can be schlonged, can’t they? I would certainly hope so in The Donald’s case. I confess, however, my favorite Trumpism (so far) isn’t his new Yiddish verb. It is his My Cousin Vinnie “Youts” moment before the students at Liberty University. Only The Donald, the self-professed devote Christian whose favorite book is the Bible, could quote from “2 Corinthians” and then blame Tony Perkins for the gaffe.  I wonder who Sarah Palin blames for her “I endorse The Donald” speech reference to the “squirmishes” in the Middle East.  Getting a little crowded in that pea pod, you two? There, I feel better now. 


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