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Amazing Outdoor Adventures From sea to ski, Snohomish County offers plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation. Here’s our guide to get you going.


46 The Berry Menu The culinary talents behind five local food and drink establishments contribute recipes starring Snohomish County's sweetest produce.





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29 Around the Sound Sugarfina 30 Savvy Shopper  Pacific Fly Fishers

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72 Review  BlackBall Taiwanese Desserts 33 Yogamosa at Bluewater Organic Distilling

70 Meet the Chef  Acme Farms + Kitchen 72 Mixing Tin  The Salish Sea

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17 Calendar  July & August 18 In the Know  Chuck Close Exhibit at the Schack Art Center 19 In the Know  Book Reviews 19 In the Know  Who Knew?

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75 Featured Event  John Matsudaira

36 Beauty  Five Minutes Flat, Take Two 38 Trail Review  Coal Lake


20 Spotlight Artist  Composer Ron Jones 41 Palatine Passive Home

76 Events

45 Remodel  Mid-Century Makeover

78 Out of Town

21 Wonder Woman  Bonnie Hilory 21 In the Know  Apps We Love 79 The Scene  Wine, Wings, & Flight 22 Five Faves  U-Pick Berry Farms




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10 Letters to the Editor 46 The Berry Menu

12 Meet the Team

58 Amazing Outdoor Adventures

80 Final Word

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n my refrigerator door, a magnet clip collects recipes. There’s a stack of brown paper menus and recipes from Acme Farms + Kitchen, whose box of fresh, local produce and ingredients I often order at the start of a busy week. Delivered to my front porch, the box makes a gift of groceries, and I am always grateful for someone else to manage my meal planning. All that’s left is to cook the dishes and enjoy. In the Dine section of this issue, you’ll find coverage of our latest Meet The Chef event at Judd & Black Appliance’s test kitchen in Mount Vernon, which featured a menu prepared by Acme’s Chef Andrew Clarke. The full recipes are, as always, made available on our website. On my refrigerator door, you’ll also find a set of recipe cards held together with a metal binder ring and hanging from another magnet clip. These cards are filled with my mother-in-law’s cursive. Family favorites, like “Auntie Marna’s Banana Crunch Punch” or “Joan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies,” as well as recipes for the dishes my mother-in-law has made legendary, like her apple pockets recipe. I have often thought there is something deeply personal about exchanging recipes. As I read ingredients and directions, I am always looking for those details the author finds worthy of emphasis, the influence of their personal taste, their style for abbreviations and shorthand, and the additional words of explanation and advice — these make


recipes from family and friends revealing, a glimpse into another home cook’s mind. In this issue, we are very excited to share with our readers the recipes we’ve gathered from local chefs. Snohomish County brims with culinary talent, and it’s a joy to spotlight it. We present a full menu in celebration of berries, the region’s quintessential summer fruit. Maybe you cherish childhood memories of hunting for wild berries, tagging along on a visit to a u-pick farm, or helping your grandmother can freshly made jam. We encourage you to source your berries as thoughtfully as you prepare them, and the best way to do that is to get to know your local farmers and their growing practices. These recipes offer plenty of inspiration for serving up the taste of summer. Also in this issue is a guide to the amazing outdoor adventures available in Snohomish County. There are so many ways to enjoy the diverse landscape from the coast to the Cascades. We also take a look at the aircraft that soar the skies above, as Boeing celebrates its centennial this month and the Arlington Municipal Airport hosts the annual Arlington Fly-In event. Whether baking delicious apple pockets, cruising over waves while kite surfing, or hurtling through the air in a jumbo jet, the wonders that humans are capable of never cease to amaze me. Enjoy the sun!

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Lisa Dills Lisa Dills is a life-long Skagitonian who enjoys exploring with her camera in hand and capturing images that reflect the beauty that surrounds us.  p. 50, 66


Ashley Hiruko Ashley is an evergreen state transplant originating from the coast of Long Beach, California. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in visual journalism in June. Her passion resides in capturing moments in time. Moments of pain, struggle, passion, and triumph. She also enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.  p. 20, 29, 70

Ken Brantingham Ken Brantingham is a freelance writer who loves to get out and discover what makes Washington such a special place to live. A published author and photographer, Ken enjoys reading, writing, and weekend escapes. He lives in Bothell with his wife and three teenaged children.  p. 38

Bellingham Alive won Best Editorial Layout for the June-July 2015 Sea to Storefront article. This national award is presented by Western Publishing Association which represents publishing and media professionals throughout the 24 western states. We were also one of six finalists for Best City | Metropolitan Consumer Publication and Best Visitors Guide for the North Sound Life Guest Book. Thank you to our community for all your support! 8

Savannah Jantsch Savannah graduated from Western Washington University last spring with a degree in English: Creative Writing and Film Studies. She’s been filming and editing movies since she was ten, and loves all things related to cinema. She enjoys stargazing with her telescope, writing, and cruising around town in her yellow Fiat 500. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest has given her a love for coffee (anytime of day), exploring the outdoors, and Twin Peaks. Savannah is passionate about pursuing a career in visual journalism and video production.  p. 13

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What is the best road trip you’ve ever taken and what made it special? BABETTE: Tulsa. Mid-1990s. I was a girl who had a lot to learn. I drove straight into the bowels of hell with a man with no name and a gun he called Rooster. We lived on corn nuts, water we siphoned out of the radiators of 18-wheelers, and Mickey’s Big Mouths, a tattered bride and a groom past his prime. One of us made it back alive.

JENN: Honestly my road tripping days lie in my future RV around America plans, but the best road trip to date would have to be a totally unplanned trip with my lifelong buddy Josh to a little town in California called Twain Harte. I think what made it special was that it was just totally unplanned, throw your stuff in the car, and go! We had the best time lounging on the lake, cliff jumping, playing mini golf, and just being young and dumb! I’ll never forget the great memories or his crazy driving!

MELISSA: My favorite and most memorable road trip was when we took the family RV to California, more precisely....DISNEYLAND. We sat driving for hours, sharing the most memorable stories while singing our lives away to Dr. Hook. I can still feel the bumps in the road as I laid on the top bunk above the drivers seat staring at the road ahead. I was about five years old and that memory is one that has lasted a lifetime.

MARIAH: My favorite road trip was when I went camping near the Sol Duc hot springs with a group of friends two summers ago. Even though the car ride was long, there was all kinds of beautiful scenery to take in along the way. I’m also a big fan of taking the ferry so any trip that includes that is a plus!


FRANCES: It’s hard to choose between my two cross-country road trips — one with my husband in 2001, and one with my mom in 2002. I remember listening to coyotes gambol and howl at the north rim of the Grand Canyon in 2001. I remember waking up in The Badlands with the morning light on the hillsides in 2002. I felt that I came away understanding so much more about this giant, messy, daunting, beautiful country of ours.

DEAN: A few years ago, my fiancé, two friends, and I went to the Sasquatch! Music Festival. As we drove into Burlington, one friend said we needed to go back to Bellingham because she had her mom’s house keys. So we headed back and sorted that out. When we made it back to Burlington, traffic hit because the Skagit River Bridge collapsed. We later learned that the bridge collapsed about the same time when we were set to cross it. Traffic eventually eased up and we made it to Sasquatch! for an amazing weekend of music.

LISA: When I was in my late teens we took a road trip as a family to a Montana dude ranch. My parents were gracious enough to let me bring my two best friends and we had a blast! From teasing my little brothers (we still laugh about it today) to experiencing Yellowstone Park in all its beauty, it was the trip of a lifetime with amazing memories, both good and bad. KAITY: My favorite road trip is the one that brought me to Bellingham. We drove our U-Haul through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and finally, Washington. After a long journey, there’s nothing like the excitement of arriving in a new place to call home.

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t all started with a flight over Lake Union and the Model C, Boeing’s first production aircraft. Ever since, the Boeing name has soared through the North Puget Sound skies. This July, the trailblazing, innovative aerospace company celebrates 100 years of business with special events, exhibits, and features. William Boeing incorporated Pacific Aero Products Co. in July 1916. Later renamed Boeing Airplane Co., the business took off when the United States entered World War I the next year. After the war ended, the company continued its relationship with the military while also branching out into mail delivery and securing a contract with the U.S. Postal Service. … continued on page 16

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More than 50,000 people visit Everett’s Jetty Island each year to swim, kite, and observe the 45 bird species that call the bird refuge home. pg. 59

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Through the decades that followed, Boeing has established itself as a major player in the aerospace industry, manufacturing jetliners and pioneering space exploration. The business has constructed numerous types of aircraft, sent astronauts to the moon, and built many of the complicated parts that comprise the International Space Station. Boeing has played an important role in Snohomish County’s economy with its Everett production facility, which is the largest manufacturing building in the world by volume. The Centennial provides many opportunities to learn about the company’s history, and especially the history of its founder, William Boeing. William E. Boeing was born in 1881 in Detroit to Wilhelm and Marie Boeing. His father left Germany when he was twenty-years-old and emigrated to the United States, where he found employment in farming. He later found work with a lumberman who eventually became his father-in-law. Wilhelm Boeing bought land in California and near what is now known as Ocean Shores, Washington. When his father died in 1890, William Boeing was eventually sent to school in Switzerland. After his mother remarried, Boeing and his stepfather did not get along well. Boeing eventually enrolled in the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale, but not for long. As adventurous as his father, Boeing left Yale without completing his degree when he was 22 and moved to Grays Harbor, Washington, where he learned the logging business. He got started with the land he inherited from his father. In the early 1900s, when Boeing was 27, he moved to Seattle and started Greenwood Timber Co. This was back when the Smith Tower was the tallest building in the Seattle skyline, and the city had a population of about 100,000 people.


In 1914, Boeing and his good friend Conrad Westervelt celebrated Independence Day by purchasing tickets for rides on a barnstormer airplane. The rides were flown off of Lake Washington. The two of them took turns riding the airplane all afternoon and soon began discussing manufacturing airplanes. On July 15, 1916, Boeing planned the first test flight of his aircraft. It was a seaplane/biplane Bluebill B&W (Boeing and Westervelt) Model 1. It was on that date that the world’s biggest aerospace company began. To commemorate 100 years of the Boeing Co., celebratory events will begin on July 15, 2016, on the company’s actual birthday. The Museum of Flight in Seattle will host the Founders Day Celebration, a three-day commemorative spectacle. This community celebration will include fly-ins, special shows, and unique exhibits. These events will be open to the public and family-friendly with free but limited admission. The Centennial is a fine time for children and students to learn about flight and careers in aerospace. “Above and Beyond” is a brand new hands-on exhibit at the Museum of Flight. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit commemorates the aerospace of the past and explores the enterprising ideas for the future. Visitors can engage in interactive simulations that allow you to “experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wingflapping aircraft,” hear stories about innovators of flight from our past and present in a series of video montages, and take a walk on the wild side through a simulated elevator ride to the edge of space. This awe-inspiring exhibit will close on September 12. Now is also a great time to visit Snohomish County’s beloved tourist attraction, the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour of the Everett Production Facility. 






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Chuck Close Exhibit at the Schack Art Center WRITTEN BY GAREN GLAZIER


here is, perhaps, nothing so familiar to us as the human face. Two eyes, a nose, and a mouth comprise the curves, contours, and creases that make us unique. The desire to capture those features for perpetuity runs deep, reflected in a rich history of portraiture in art. That which drove the Old Masters to record countenances in oil on canvas is what fuels today’s abundance of digital selfies. This relationship between the measured skill required to capture a likeness in previous centuries and the current ease of image-making is a central theme of “Chuck Close: Prints, Process, and Collaboration” now on view at the Schack Art Center in Everett. It’s the first time that an exhibition of Chuck Close’s work will be shown in the community where he grew up. Born in Monroe and raised in Snohomish County, Close went on to become an internationally renowned artist, with works in many of the world’s major museums of contemporary art. He built his impressive resume despite serious hardships along the way. These emotional and physical challenges began, tragically, with the death of his father when Close was only eleven. At fourteen, plagued by a severe learning disability, he was told not to even think of attending college (he would earn his MFA from Yale in 1964). Later, in 1988, Close suffered a seizure that left him paralyzed from the neck down. The show at the Schack, then, is a tribute not only to Close’s immense talent, but also to his incredible resiliency and the creativity inspired by his adversity. The depth of that originality is revealed in the nearly 90 prints and working proofs on display at the Schack. Each is an intimate, if often monumental, study of a face and the “roadmap of human experience” that it reveals. Close often


crafts these roadmaps by dividing photos he takes of each sitter’s head into a matrix of squares, which he then interprets with painstaking detail into his prints and paintings. What the lens of the camera captured in the blink of an eye, Close recreates using methods requiring time and great skill, harking back to the way images were made before the advent of photography. The show begins with an early example of this method in his first work as an established artist, Keith/Mezzotint, from 1972. Close resurrected the archaic and demanding mezzotint printmaking technique from the eighteenth century, but beyond its degree of difficulty, the work is significant because it marks the first time Close revealed the grid he used to adapt the portrait from the original photo. “After finishing Keith,” the artist notes, “I started doing dot drawings and other pieces in which the incremental unit was visible and ultimately celebrated in a million different ways.” Inspired by this celebration of the unit, Close went on to play with the process of breaking down and building up images in a variety of media, from woodcuts and etchings to handmade paper and tapestries, calling on a series of close collaborators to execute his artistic vision.

“I am confident that no artist has more pleasure day in and day out from what he or she does than I do.” One of his more recent collaborations resulted in the development of a stamping technique that allows for the manual application of individual colors according to a grid and chart system. “It’s like working with a computer,” Close says, “but by hand,” as dots of color coalesce into a unified image. These hand-crafted “pixels” are a continuation of the focus on process that is at the heart of Close’s creative method. Hanging amid the finished pieces in the show, and becoming like works of art in and of themselves, are progressive proofs, matrices, woodcut blocks, and etching plates that allow visitors a glimpse into Close’s methodical production practices inspired by, but at odds with, the ease and speed of the digital world. However, what’s notable beyond the intensive processes, technical prowess, and artistic mastery of the images in the show is the sense of curiosity and discovery that permeates the faces on display. The satisfaction Close has in the making of his art is palpable. 

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July 8–10, 8 p.m. 7th Annual Festival of Shorts

Summer is a great time to settle in for some great reading. These two selections celebrate outspoken, funny, smart women. Pour a cold drink and enjoy! Female Force: Elizabeth Warren by Darren G. Davis Storm Entertainment 25 pages

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West Hachette Books 256 pages

Author Lindy West is no stranger to our readers — a Seattle-area native, she got her start at The Stranger. She has gone on to write for The Guardian, Jezebel, and other outlets, but she has remained grounded here in the Northwest. In this bright, hilarious, and essential memoir, she will make you pee-laugh as she hacks apart the patriarchy, fat-phobia, misogyny, and internet trolls. Full disclosure: she’s one of my favorite people in the universe. Fuller disclosure: she’ll be one of your favorite people, too.

Portland-based Darren Davis’s series for Storm Entertainment has included political luminaries like Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, so it seems fitting that Elizabeth Warren would receive her own comic book. Slaying big financial interests in a single bound, fighting Wall Street wizards with her magic powers, smart, strong Elizabeth Warren saves us all. Davis’s work has been featured in Time Magazine, on CNN, and on The Tonight Show.

Wade James Theatre 950 Main St., Edmonds The Edmonds Driftwood Players present their season finale, the 7th Annual Festival of Shorts. Audience members will vote for their favorite of eight, 15-minute short plays performed by the players and selected from among hundreds of submissions. The eight finalists include plays written by playwrights from as far afield as Florida and Massachusetts, as well as local playwright R. Kimble of Seattle.

July 13–Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park Lynndale Park Amphitheater 18827 72nd Ave W, Lynnwood On select Wednesday and Thursday evenings you can enjoy live, outdoor theatre at Lynndale Park. Bring your own blankets and cushions and enjoy this season’s productions, which include Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cymbeline and performances by Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Wooden O and GreenStage.

WHO KNEW? Car Trouble Thelma and Louise have a direct ancestry to another wild woman, Bertha Benz. According to Wikipedia, Bertha was the first person to take a road trip by car. “Without the consent of her husband” she piled her kids into their fancy Benz PatentMotorwagen 3 and drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim, which is about 70 miles. Pforzheim was Bertha’s hometown. Bertha was a capable mechanic, and repaired the car’s ignition with her garter, cleared the fuel line with her hairpin, and used leather shoe soles for the break pads. At 39, this righteous babe had sand.

Easy Does It Though my money is on Kit Carson Pass in California as the most dangerous place for motoring (long story) it has been long-established that Highway 550, known as The Million Dollar Highway in Colorado will make for a white-knuckle hell ride. People note that it’s the longest 25 miles they’ve ever driven. The James Dalton Highway in Alaska is known for major temperature shifts, horrible high winds, and man-eating potholes. Any road known as dangerous on Ice Road Truckers should probably be a clue. Dangerous for a different reason is I-15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Remember the road scenes in Fear in Loathing in Las Vegas? Yeah. Like that.

Bad Sign Though perhaps the 1978 Volare can give it a run for its money, The Ford Edsel has long been considered the most overengineered lemon ever known in auto making. It was supposed to be a symbol of the future, a harbinger of our technologically brilliant future. What it became was a sign that Uncle Tony would probably also buy Miracle Cream for Aunt Louise. In other words, it became a symbol of failure and gullibility. Sort of like voting for Trump.

Escape Object The BMW Isetta was a quirky little car. The hood of the vehicle served as its only door, so you basically climbed in it through the front, and god forbid you should forget and park it in a garage facing the wall. In 1963, Manfred Koster escaped Eastern Berlin for the shiny, happy West in a tiny Isetta using a secret compartment. Other vehicles used in escaping the GDR were the Volkswagen Beetle and the BMW Mini Cooper. The Stasi knew to sweep under the cars with mirrors on long poles, but they didn’t always catch that extra load on the frame.

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Composer Ron Jones Opens SkyMuse Studio WRITTEN BY ASHLEY HIRUKO


he composer known for scoring classic cartoons like Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs, as well as popular shows like Family Guy and Star Trek: The Next Generation, has ventured back home to Western Washington in order to escape the crowded streets of Los Angeles and dance to his own tune once more. Ron Jones has composed more than 40,000 pieces, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Jones credits this tremendous number to the pressure put upon him to create the equivalent of one symphony a week for 37 years. Jones said that, for producers, the quality of music came second to meeting tight deadlines, and he compared this factory-like output to massproduced hubcaps. Jones recalled stress-induced hospital visits and late-night phone calls to his wife explaining that he wouldn’t be able to make it home, sometimes for days at a time. All of this was caused by the high demands of meeting deadlines. After 15 years of working with Family Guy, the time came for Jones and his wife to leave Hollywood and seek refuge someplace else. The pair spent time looking for property up and down the West Coast, first searching in Northern California, Southern Oregon, and after some time, eventually landing back home in Western Washington. Jones grew up in nearby Bellevue, so he was familiar with the area. But the pair didn’t relocate to retire, looking instead to create something completely different to what Jones experienced in California. “A lot of people give up on something — they get an RV, drink beer, and play golf,” Jones said. “We came up here and we’re actually working harder than we were there. We’re actually creating something.” 20

He called this his revenge for all those years he spent working for networks. In order to counter the scene of extreme pressure put upon artists racing against the clock, Jones and his wife have started SkyMuse Studios. The studio offers artists a different kind of music scene. Located deep within the woods between Everett and Bellingham, the objective of the studio is to create a human-friendly environment that lends itself to creativity. “When I decided to come up here, I wanted to take the best of what we did [in Hollywood], but do it in a deeper way,” Jones said. Artists are often in disbelief when they arrive at the studio and experience the welcoming nature it offers, he said. Jones is greeted with high fives and smiles from visiting artists. They are amazed by what ultimately sets the studio apart from others: its focus on the fundamentals of creativity. The same fundamentals first drew Jones to composing all those years ago. Growing up, Jones participated in school band but it wasn’t until his mother forced him and his brother into Drum and Bugle Corps that his interest in composing was sparked. There, he witnessed highly dedicated musicians who spent numerous hours a day marching and practicing in order to perfect their performance. Jones, who was talented in many art forms, was drawn to the modular composition of music. He compared the art form to building a house and called the musical components of a symphony an abstract building material, all coming together to make a symphony. Jones said his excitement and drive for composing was fueled by the idea and possibility of what would and could be manifested. “I fell in love with the idea of creating things, creating the music from a vision,” Jones said. It’s Jones’ vision that led him to a successful life of composing, earning numerous awards, and guest conducting with the London Philharmonic Orchestra this past November. Jones said that, looking back, his favorite scores were those that moved people to tears or emotion. Music, he said, that touched the heart and brought meaning to listeners. Now that Jones is no longer held back by the limitations of a show’s tight deadlines, he plans to focus on his new music studio and incorporate a broader, more developed musical format. He plans to create more music for himself, and plans to help other young flourishing artists do the same. 

Wonder Woman: Bonnie Hilory




he colossal proportions of Boeing’s Everett Production Facility, where Boeing 747, 777, and 787 Dreamliner jets are assembled, are the stuff of local legend. The largest manufacturing building in the world in terms of volume, it is also the only jumbo jetliner production facility open to the public in the United States, thanks to the Institute of Flight, which is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in partnership with Snohomish County and Boeing. Just two years ago, Executive Director Bonnie Hilory took the helm of the educational nonprofit, whose mission is to ignite passion for the future of aerospace. Just the person to lead such a challenge, Hilory brought to the role experience gained through decades of nonprofit leadership, including previous roles at Tukwila’s Museum of Flight, where she served as director of education and founding director of the Aviation Learning Center. As the Institute of Flight’s executive director, she succeeded founder Barry Smith, who launched the organization in 2003 and opened the aviation center in 2005. In its ten-year history, millions of people have visited the center and participated in the Boeing tour, making it a premier tourism attraction in Snohomish County. It is also a popular field trip destination for local schoolchildren, where they can learn about the history of aviation, aerospace technology, and careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Art, by the way, is an important addition to the more commonly used STEM acronym. Hilory believes art and design are vital to the aerospace industry and advocated to add the “A” to the nonprofit’s educational programming. She spoke movingly about the aesthetic beauty of flight and said, “Embracing creativity


and the creative process is so important to aircraft design.” Early on Hilory organized a comprehensive design charrette, an imaginative, collaborative brainstorming session that helped identify areas for growth and improvement. More than 4,000 people were invited to visit the aviation center over the course of four days and offer feedback. They scrawled ideas, questions, and comments onto giant pads of poster paper set up throughout the facility. Hilory said, “We heard wildly fun ideas, such as, we should have a slide going down the gallery! Or, let’s blow this wall out and put in a mezzanine! As well as insightful questions: can we have an exhibit about space?” Hilory worked with the board to synthesize the feedback, refine several priorities, and commit to a strategic plan moving forward. A key priority was rebranding the nonprofit, which was formerly known as the Future of Flight Foundation, with a new name and logo. Rolled out in January, the result is a clearer mission and a name that helps individual and foundation donors connect with the nonprofit’s goals. Removing “foundation” from the name in favor of “institute” paves the way for private foundations to donate to the organization’s educational projects. The new name also clarifies the distinction between the Boeing Tour and the educational nonprofit that operates it. The Institute of Flight’s new tagline is “where imagination soars.” As proof of concept, Hilory points to the Aerospace Makers Project at the Future of Flight’s Makerspace, where high school students can gain skills in 3D modeling and 3D printing. Just one of the nonprofit’s educational programs and exhibits to help area youngsters imagine exciting careers in STEAM fields and the aerospace industry. 


Beyoncé's Lemonade, the entire Prince omnibus so far, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, artist-friendly Jay Z-owned Tidal is a great music listening and sharing app that was written off as a disaster last year. Tidal seems to be having its moment, because it’s the only place to find a lot of great music.

Instawig Free

Ridiculous and deliciously timewasting, Instawig lets you plop bizarre hairdos on your selfies and share them with your friends. From long, lovely locks to that thing Trump has on his head, the variations are many as are the ensuing laughs.

Hear Free

This app fills your ears with the ambient sounds around you, amplifying the tiniest shuffle of paper or the sound of your breath. Strangely compelling and somewhat pointless, Hear will play over your music, so you can accompany Hamilton with the sound of your keyboard. If you’re into that kind of thing.

Drync Free

Shop, scan, browse, and review — Drync is a great way to learn about and shop for your favorite wine. You can also find wines you might like by checking out the review feature. It’s an extremely intuitive app, and there are wine experts available who can answer your burning questions.



Bolles Organic Berry Farm Bolles Organic Berry Farm is the place to go to pick fruit grown entirely chemical free. Pick organic raspberries and strawberries and enjoy raw unfiltered wildflower honey from the beehives on the farm. Bolles Organic has been growing certified organic berries since 1997. Expect to see the Cascade Delight Raspberries at their peak in early July. Monroe,




Biringer Farm has been around since 1938 and it certainly does not disappoint. This Arlington farm is perfect to bring the whole family to, with its playground and climb-on tractor for the kids. Take the Jolly Trolley out to the fields where you can pick all the strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries you’d like. Arlington,


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Family owned and operated, Raising Cane gives off a small farm atmosphere with strong environmental values. Its specialty is in organic raspberries, with the opportunity to pick multiple varieties such as Tulameen, Cascade Delight, and Cascade Gold raspberries. They also offer Black Diamond blackberries, tayberries, and blueberries. Honey is for sale during summer months, as well as a limited supply of duck eggs. Snohomish,



Are you a blueberry lover? Then this is the farm for you. Located in the Snohomish River Valley, this large farm is devoted to growing many varieties of blueberries for you to pick as well as blueberry preserves and syrups. They open in mid-July and run through early September. Snohomish,



Originally Denman Dairy Farm, in 1998 Whitehorse Meadows reverted a portion of the farm to growing fruit. The farm is picturesque with snowy mountains in the background right at the foot of Whitehorse Mountain. The farm offers three different types of blueberries, including Spartans, Rubels and Jersey. They also sell blueberry mango salsa, preserves, chutney, and compote. Arlington,

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Traveling Abroad Made Easy at Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Center WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON BLACK


t home in the chic, down-to-earth seaside village of Edmonds is the Travel Center for Rick Steves’ Europe. Approach the building from 4th Avenue, just off Main Street, and you’ll get a sneak peek of the exciting travel possibilities to come with its classic red brick exterior and sculptural stonework. Enter under the watchful gaze of gargoyles. Five steps beyond the cheerful “Open” flag clapping in the breeze and you’re inside a onestop resource center for European travel. The Travel Center contains everything you’ll need to know before you step on the plane or even start dreaming of an overseas excursion. You’ll find maps, books, DVDs, travel bags, accessories, free classes, one-on-one consulting, tour sign-ups, and a resource library with fireside seating area. You’ll also find a well-traveled staff on hand to answer … continued on page 27

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questions about everything ranging from international cell phone usage to rail system know-hows and the best foodie hot spots in any given city. The Travel Center staff is quite possibly the best resource you’ll find inside. All staff members regularly travel abroad and possess different skill sets and expertise. Their advice is hard-won. You won’t find guesswork here, since staff members probably visited your destination very recently, maybe even last week. “Everyone has someone they can connect with. That’s why (the Travel Center) works so well,” said Jenn Schutte, manager of the Travel Center. For example, if you have questions about traveling with kiddos, ask Schutte. This 22-year veteran of Rick Steves’ Europe travels yearly with her two children and knows what it takes to have a good time, stay on budget, and keep the whole family happy. According to Schutte, the Travel Center is its own destination. People from all over the country travel to see it and plan their trips with the Travel Center’s staff. “Our travel center came before almost everything else,” Steves wrote to me from Normandy. “Even back in the 1970s when I had my piano studio on 4th Avenue. My recital hall doubled as a clubhouse and lecture facility for travelers. Today, even though we enjoy a national presence with our teaching, I am committed to having our public gathering place for travelers to share and learn. As I used to say back in the 1970s, ‘We’re all in the same travelers’ school of hard knocks…and it’s ok to compare notes.’” Rick Steves’ Europe, which includes the Travel Center, has come a long way since the days of his hometown piano studio on 4th Ave. Most know Steves from his more than 100 public television shows or have used several of his travel guide books — most notably Europe Through the Back Door, which he self published in 1980. The book is now updated yearly and published by Avalon Travel Publishing. Steves’ weekly travel show can also be heard on NPR or you can read his syndicated column in newspapers across the country. Time

Magazine, 60 Minutes, The Washington Post, and several other prominent media outlets frequently interview Steves for his know-how and inside travel scoops. (Here’s an inside scoop: Look for future shows on Romania and possibly Cuba.) Steves’ mission is to make travel accessible, affordable, smart, authentic, and perspective broadening. “When an American travels, he or she has a chance to not only have a fun vacation but to become better connected to our world. It’s my joy to design the information we gather through our experience in such a way that it helps our travelers enjoy maximum travel fun and meaning for every mile, minute, and dollar during their vacation,” says Steves. The more we experience other cultures and meet new people, the better we understand our world and appreciate those in it. If you’re traveling for the first time or hundredth time, Rick Steves’ Travel Center is the place to gear up with tips, tools, and accessories. After polling the staff on hand, be sure to check out some of their favorite accessories including: Packing Cubes, which keep all your personal items organized to avoid the typical clothing explosion at each new destination; the Velocé Shoulder Bag, a perfect size day bag that doubles as a one- or two-shoulder backpack; and the Hide-A-Way Tote that can be folded up smaller than your hands and expanded to a carry on size bag to bring home purchases and souvenirs. If you’re not ready to travel on your own, try one of the Rick Steves’ Europe tours, which also double as a training ground. You’ll get language lessons and how-tos along the way so you’ll be ready for next time. More travel tips and information can be found on the in-depth Rick Steves’ Europe website. Bon Voyage!  Rick Steves’ Travel Center 130 4th Ave. N, Edmonds 425.771.8303

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Kelty Discovery 4 Tent $149.95, Alderwood Mall

$50, Seattle


Hydro Flask Food Flask $29.95, Alderwood Mall

Snow Peak Titanium Cookset $65.95, Alderwood Mall

Gear Up for Summer Adventures From a food flask to a camp kitchen, these are our top picks on gear to outfit your next camping trip or backcountry adventure.



REI Camp Kitchen $99.50, Alderwood Mall

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REI Flex Lite Chair $79.50, Alderwood Mall

Women’s Coralie L/S Shirt $75, Seattle

Around the Sound



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ugarfina is a luxe candy store that caters to adults with a taste for the finer things in life. It recently launched a boutique inside Nordstrom’s Seattle flagship store. Sugarfina’s candy is packaged in beautiful, brightly colored boxes and ribbons, which makes for a tasty treat that’s easy on the eyes. Unlike other candy retailers, Sugarfina focuses on high quality ingredients. With flavors like Pale Ale Pints and Single Malt Scotch Cordials and candy imported from Holland, Germany, Denmark, and Italy, it’s no surprise this candy store stands out from its peers. “Most people in the U.S. have gotten used to going into a candy store and shoveling candy out of the barrel,” said Rosie O’Neill, co-owner of Sugarfina. The idea for Sugarfina blossomed during the first date between O’Neill and Josh Resnick, O’Neill’s fiancé and co-owner of Sugarfina. After meeting online on, the couple’s first date lead to lasting romance and something just as sweet, candy. They spent their third date watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After the film, the pair pondered the lack of candy stores aimed at adult palates. The name Sugarfina, (fina means fine in Italian), came about during another date between O’Neill and Resnick, this time at an Italian restaurant. The couple had already planned on indulging the word sugar in their company name, because O’Neill was “all about the unapologetic.” They spent the next two years traveling the globe and cultivating partnerships with artisan candy makers. In 2012, they launched their website. Initially, they sold Sugarfina candy to friends and family. “I knew every single person buying stuff on my site,” O’Neill said. “I kind of cyber stalked every order that came through.” But Sugarfina spread through word of mouth and after nine days, O’Neill and Resnick were selling product to strangers. “There were a lot of people interested in a sophisticated take on candy,” O’Neill said. Today, Sugarfina has numerous boutiques located in Canada, California, and a new location set to open in Chicago in July. O’Neill attributes this success to having a passionate and caring team. “When you can nail that piece of the pie everything else starts to fall in place,” O’Neill said. Having a caring team and maintaining close relationships with customers has always been important to O’Neill. She vowed years ago to include a handwritten note in every package. Despite the influx in sales, she still keeps that promise today, taking the time to put care and love into every transaction. “I’m very lucky to be able to work on something that I love, with the love of my life,” O’Neill said.  Sugarfina Seattle – Nordstrom 500 Pine Street, Seattle 206.628.2111

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1018 164th St. SE, Ste. A-22, Mill Creek 425.742.2402


The Shop Does a peaceful yet adventurous day on the river or lake this summer sound appealing to you? Want to try something new with the family? Or, do you live to cast a fly rod? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, try visiting Pacific Fly Fishers located in the ever-growing city of Mill Creek, with easy access to both I-5 and I-405. Pacific Fly Fishers specializes in all things fly fishing and only carries the owner’s and manager’s absolute favorite items. Expect a wide selection of products packed into every shelf and corner of this discerning shop. The Atmosphere Tales of recent fishing exploits can be heard swapped at the counter and tips on favorite river adventures in the aisle ways. Pacific Fly Fishing feels easy and sincere, like an angler’s hangout or the bait shops of simpler times. All are welcome, beginners to experts. Everyone just wants to be on the water, living their next fishing story, eager to regale friends around tomorrow’s cup of coffee. Key People Owner Michael Bennett opened Pacific Fly Fishers in 2004. His love for fly fishing has taken him from the waterways of Alaska to Belize. He specializes in steelhead, stillwater trout, and bass fly fishing. The store manager Ben Zander’s fishing often takes him to the saltwater beaches of Puget Sound, where he guides walk-in and boat fly-fishing trips for sea-run cutthroat trout. You’ll also find Joe Ewing at the shop, offering

expertise and guided tours, like steelhead fly fishing throughout Washington. What You’ll Find You’ll find an incredible inventory of top notch flyfishing gear and accessories from waders, rods, lines, and reels, to flies, fly tying materials, float tubes, and clothing. So what if you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start? Bennett’s got you covered. “As a beginner walking into Pacific Fly Fishers, I would recommend walking right up to the counter and asking for how to get started,” he said. “We offer classes as a good starting point, but also walk you through some beginning rod and reel outfits and maybe talk to you about waders and boots. These are usually the first purchases someone makes when getting into the sport.” Owner’s Favorite Summer Spots “In July, I usually spend some time looking for steelhead on the Skykomish. In August, I often take a trip to the lower Deschutes River in Oregon for steelhead. Other great mid-summer trips would be a float trip down the Yakima River for trout or walking/ wading the middle or south fork of the Snoqualmie River above the falls,” Bennett said. “As for kids and families, usually small lakes are the best bet for younger kids. These smaller lakes tend to have lots of species of warm-water fish, like perch, bass, and various panfish, as well as trout. In the late spring and summer months, these fish can be plentiful and are a good target for kids since anglers can often catch quite a few of them in a day.” 

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WELLBEING Menu · Spa Review · Races & Runs · Beauty

Stretch and Sip Your Way to Saturday Morning Bliss WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER


nstructor Carly Hayden rewards students who attend her YogaMosa class Saturday mornings at Bluewater Organic Distilling with an extra long savasana, or corpse pose. Savasana is the final relaxation pose of a typical yoga practice. After an hour of stretching, breathing, and balancing, students lie flat on their backs, close their eyes, and scan their bodies for tension. They embrace stillness and focus on relaxing each part, feeling the sensation of sinking into the earth, and experiencing release with every breath. … continued on next page

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Hayden described the joy she feels when she watches her students emerge from savasana. “When my students rise to a seated position after savasana, it’s wonderful to see their blissful smiles,” she said. “For me, the most rewarding thing about teaching yoga is savasana. I almost feel like a mother putting a room full of toddlers to sleep. It’s amazing that this is my life’s work — helping people feel more comfortable in their bodies and find the peace and rest that we all need but have a hard time giving ourselves.” On select Saturday mornings you can find Hayden’s students unfurling their yoga mats on the floor of the Bluewater Organic Distilling tasting room, located at the Everett Marina. The beautifully appointed tasting room even includes a wooden platform for Hayden to demonstrate postures at the front of the class, making it easy to imagine yourself at a waterfront yoga studio instead of a tasting room. The soft lighting and Hayden’s carefully curated playlist offer a serene, motivating atmosphere. It was an overcast late spring morning when I attended YogaMosa at Bluewater Organic Distilling. Taking in the marina’s views in the chilly morning air before class was as invigorating as the promise of an inspiring practice and a refreshing drink. The vinyasa flow class was designed for yoga students of all levels, including beginners, but also offered ample challenges, including core work and a series of side planks that had us all sweating. “This class tends to be a little bit sweatier than your typical yoga class,” Hayden said. “We definitely work for our cocktail, but I try to build in a nice long cool down and a very long savasana. At the end, you feel as if you’ve really earned the reward of rest and a cocktail.” I enjoyed Hayden’s playlist, too, which had the standard fare you’d expect as well as a few surprises in the form of well-chosen throwback songs (Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”) and even an EDM track (by local favorite, Odezsa). Hayden’s approach to yoga is to help her students develop joint stability — which helps to reduce injuries during yoga and other activities — in addition to muscle flexibility and


strength. She owns Catalyst Yoga and teaches a variety of classes in addition to YogaMosa, including stand-up paddleboard yoga, corporate classes, and retreats. “A lot of people come into yoga wanting flexibility, and that’s a very important part of yoga, of course. But my biggest goal as a yoga teacher is to help my students create more ease in their bodies, to make sure that we’re moving in ways that are sustainable long term. So I try to strike a balance between joint stabilization and muscle flexibility.” I attend yoga classes several times a week. By comparison, YogaMosa offers a kind of camaraderie I haven’t always experienced. Often, I find that everyone, myself included, is eager to rush off to work or family obligations after class. That YogaMosa takes place on a leisurely Saturday morning and offers a cocktail hour afterward makes for a heightened sense of connection. Still feeling the warm glow after savasana, we introduced ourselves and made small talk while our mimosas were prepared. Melody Todd first attended YogaMosa six months ago. She said she enjoys it so much she often brings a friend with her and is even having a private YogaMosa class for her upcoming birthday party. “YogaMosa is different from other yoga classes because it offers a fun networking and connection aspect after practice unlike a typical gym yoga session,” Todd said, “Most recently, a group of us capped off the experience over a delicious lunch at the Bluewater restaurant. We weren’t ready to leave!” Bluewater staff members often join in as well, making the yoga class a unique way to get to know the distillers and mixologists who work behind the scenes to deliver delicious sparkling craft cocktails at the end of practice. Never boring, you can expect more than just orange juice and champagne. The cocktails are always sparkling, seasonal, and a surprise. YogaMosa is a fun, friendly way to build a little more fitness into your weekend. Feel free to bring a friend or family member to enjoy a cocktail and a workout. Hayden calls the class a simple pleasure, a little luxury, and an opportunity to build friendship around fitness. 


POPPES 360 Saturday July 9th, 1pm – 3pm

Join us at Poppes 360 as master mixolgists share their bar secrets and how to make 4 sensational summer cocktails, perfectly paired with small plates from their brand new menu. Each ticketed guest will receive a swag bag of samples and goodies from local business partners including a keepsake wine glass.



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Five Minutes Flat, Take Two Our beauty expert Shannon Mercil offers another fast, fabulous fiveminute beauty look. WRITTEN BY SHANNON MERCIL


eet Whitney, a 28-year-old mother who values natural ingredients when purchasing beauty products. Like many of the women I’ve worked with over the years, Whitney sought a complete makeup routine that didn’t require spending loads of time in front of the mirror. She was especially interested in finding a bold lip color and said, “I don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis, so I would love to learn something easy that I can do for a date night.” After her makeup demonstration, Whitney said, “I love how the foundation matches and doesn’t feel heavy like I’m wearing a ton of makeup! I feel put together and the lips are such a fun alternative to the brown lips gloss I’ve worn for years!”

Photos Courtesy © Shannon Mercil / Photographer Bree Brown


STEP 1: CONCEAL AND HIGHLIGHT Apply a liquid or cream concealer over top of blemishes, under the eyes, on top of the cheekbones, and out to the temple. Blend using a stippling motion. If you have normal to oily skin and prefer a powder foundation, I have found that liquid products blend much better underneath powders. We used bareMinerals bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($20). For a less expensive natural alternative try Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Concealer ($12.95).

STEP 2: COVER For oily skin, powder foundations are the way to go when you want lasting coverage in a hurry. Use a dense powder or kabuki brush. Dip the brush into your loose or pressed mineral powder and buff onto the skin using a circular motion. Repeat until you receive the desired coverage. We used bareMinerals Matte Foundation — Golden Medium ($22). Maybelline Mineral Power is a close alternative at only $11.

STEP 3: CONTOUR Powder contour products are best for normal to oily \skin. Their dry texture blends more smoothly over a power foundation. With a medium-sized blush or powder brush, apply bronzer or contour powder to the top of the forehead near the hair line, into the cheekbones, into the hollows, and just under the jaw line and chin. We used NYX Cheek Contour Duo Palette — Two to Tango ($9). For a natural alternative, try bareMinerals READY Bronzer ($25).

STEP 4: BROW Achieve a fuller looking brow in a hurry with a thin automatic pencil (preferably one with a spoolie on the other end for blending). Draw a line just under your natural brow following the shape and just above, fill in using light feather strokes and blend. Make sure the inner part of your brow comes in at least as far as the inner corner of your eye and the outer corner of your brow lines up with your pencil if you hold it from the outer edge of your eye to the temple. We use NYX Micro Brow Pencil — Espresso ($10). For a natural alternative try tarte Amazonian Clay Pot Liner ($21).

STEP 5: SHADOW Using a medium size rounded shadow brush, dip into your contour or bronzing powder (used in step 3) and shade into the crease and slightly above, blending onto the brow bone. One thing to remember is that there are no rules when it comes to makeup products, so be creative. In a pinch, I even use my matte lipsticks in place of a cream blush from time to time!

STEP 6: LINE To define and open up the eye in a subtle way use an automatic pencil in black or black brown. Start thin at the center and make the line fuller as you approach the outer edge. Flair it out just past the edge of your eye for a subtle winged effect. We used Palladio Waterproof Herbal Liner ($6) in black brown. This is my go-to product when I am out of my Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil ($20). The Palladio liners last just as long and are a quarter of the cost.

STEP 7: MASCARA Apply one to two coats of mascara. Coat the top and bottom of your lashes to get maximum volume. We used Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara ($10). This mascara is quickly becoming my new favorite. I love how it lifts, curls, and separates like a dream. Tarte is a great makeup line, consisting of high-end natural ingredients.

STEP 8: LIPS Apply a lip crayon or chubby pencil the same way you would apply a lipstick. Lip crayons and chubby pencils save time when you are applying vibrant or deeper colors as they allow a greater precision than lipstick alone and prevent the need for lip liner. For a fun pop of color, we used Maybelline Color Blur — Plum Please ($9), which is an excellent drugstore dupe for MAC Diva Lipstick ($17). 

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njoy a secluded mountain lake without a long trek or climb. The trail to Coal Lake is more of a jaunt to water’s edge and a starting point to explore further. In this neck of the woods, the crowds are sparse, the cedars are old growth, and the water is clear and swimming is encouraged. The hike to the lake may be short, but the road to the trailhead is 4.4 miles of dirt road. Forging such forest roads will get you places, such as Independence Lake, Kelcema Lake, Boardman Lake, and Ashland Lakes. These lakes are accessed from various forest roads off the Mountain Loop Highway between Granite Falls and Darrington. Before heading out on a forest service road, check in at the Verlot Ranger Station-Public Service Center for road conditions. They do get washed out on occasion. With Forest Service Road 4052 to Kelcema Lake washed out, we changed course to Coal Lake on the suggestion of 38

Ranger Erica Keene. “It’s stunning up there. A gorgeous high alpine lake,” she said. “The water is blue and swimming is definitely ok.” She warned that the fishing isn’t great. The fishing and solitude is exactly what brought Ken from Bothell to the lake. “It’s my first time here,” he said. “I was the only one all morning. I prefer where there aren’t others.” From his float tube, he’s fly fishing for brook trout known as “brookies. “A gorgeous fish,” said Ken. Two trails lead to the lake and join far on the other side. The sloped right side is covered with old growth cedars that come down to the water’s edge. The trail bends up and around the steep grade with the water below changing from a deep blue to an olive green with the turning of the sun’s reflection. It’s soft with loose dirt and decomposed wood. This trail turns out to be more of a climb than a walking path. On the opposite side, the tree line ends hundreds of feet above the lake. An avalanche of large granite rock creates an embankment from which to admire the scenery or drop in a line. Though fewer trees, the east side sprouts wild white and purple trillium flowers. Salmonberry plants with purple flowers. Also, skunk cabbage and a little yellow flower called stream violet (Viola glabella). These are tucked under and

Quick Stats Length: .1 to 1.5 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: None Trail Condition: Dirt Directions: From the Verlot Public Service Center, located 11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA, travel east on the Mountain Loop Highway for 15 miles. Turn left (north) on the Coal Lake Road (Forest Service road 4060). Continue 4.4 miles to a gravel parking area with an information kiosk and bathroom on your left.

between the rocks along the shore where the best views of the lake are. If you can brave the cold, it’s an ideal place to swim. Coal Lake is popular for dispersed camping. There is no developed campground so campers find a nook somewhere around the lake. Black embers mark the favored camping spots. Arriving late, Donald and his sizable group camped in the parking area next to the information kiosk and bathroom. “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid,” said Donald. “My dad used to take us here. I love the woods more than anywhere else.” With multiple vehicles encircled around their makeshift camp, the group came well prepared. Children played while parents ringed the campfire. “We love it here,” said Kerri, snuggled warmly in a folding chair. “People drive up here and they wave to you. In the city, they don’t do that.” Friends Mark and Kenny are at the lake for the first time. “We drove down from Bellingham this morning, just venturing out.” said Mark. They were intrigued by Coal Lake after camping nearby last September. During winter, the lake is inaccessible without snowshoes. The pair like solitude and maybe weren’t so crazy about the group camping in the parking lot.

“It’s remote and peaceful. Not fished out, and away from people. Limited access,” said Kenny. Each brought a kayak and will spend the afternoon fly fishing for cutthroat trout, hoping for an 8” to 14” catch. What they catch they don’t keep but throw back. “They don’t stock this lake,” said Mark. “If everyone took home everything they caught, there wouldn’t be any fish.” Despite Ranger Keene’s caution about the poor fishing, the lake is visibly teaming with jumping fish. Soon the two men set out across the quiet lake and position themselves near the trees on the west side. At 3,420 feet elevation, Coal Lake is among the highest of the Mountain Loop Highway lakes, yet accessible with a short scramble with no elevation gain. Hazards are few and children will find it enchanting. Go slowly on the forest road. Along one stretch there is barely enough room for cars to pass. Hiking is optional. It is instinctive to try to circumnavigate the lake. Try to abandon this idea since the lake is best enjoyed waterside. Along Mountain Loop Highway heading east, the trailheads are packed solid with cars. At the other extreme is Coal Lake, remote and welcoming. 

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Palatine Passive House WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER


he Palatine Passive House by Architect Tiffany Bowie of Malboeuf Bowie Architecture was one of eight homes featured during the 2016 Seattle Modern Home Tour in April. Bowie, a certified passive house consultant, fielded questions from tour guests curious about passive construction. “Many people weren’t familiar with the concept of a passive house, so it was a great educational opportunity,” Bowie said. … continued on next page

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Thanks to its efficient design, the 2,700-square-foot urban infill project boasts energy usage up to 90 percent less than standard building code requirements. The home earned certification as a passive house in April. Its technological efficiencies include an airtight envelope, continuous highperformance insulation, and managed solar gain, as well as the home management and control system Kirio, which monitors the home’s systems, appliances, and even lighting. A continuously filtered heat and moisture recovery ventilation system offers excellent air quality and temperature-control, making the home exceptionally healthy and comfortable. Its stunning herringbone façade and clean, modern landscaping make it a good aesthetic addition to the tree-lined streets of the Greenwood neighborhood. Bowie worked with architect Joe Malboeuf, her husband and business partner, to treat the cedar siding in the manner of “shou sugi ban,” a Japanese art form for charring cedar. Her father, for whom the home was designed, also pitched in to help with the charring and sealing process. In addition to its rich, elegant patina, the treatment protects the wood and prevents the need for maintenance. The herringbone pattern was intended to meet at 45-degree angles, but the roof’s pitch was adjusted to slightly less than 45 degrees in order to keep the roof’s height within neighborhood restrictions. That made cutting and installing the siding slightly trickier, but the end result was worth it. The home’s dark exterior means visitors are in for a surprise when they step inside. Bowie’s father, a retired energy consultant who enthusiastically embraced the passive house concept, has lived abroad in Japan and Scandinavia, and the home’s design reflects both influences. The interior is voluminous, bright, and filled with light, natural finishes. Large windows were strategically placed to maximize daylight. The floor plan offers three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a loft. The master bedroom design features an open sink and shower with a separate water closet. Bowie’s go-to white paint color, Eider White by Sherwin-Williams, is used throughout the home. “Joe and I are influenced by Scandinavian architecture that exhibits simple forms, clean lines, natural materials, and thoughtful daylighting,” Bowie said. “We like keeping our designs simple while adding in our own unique details or using materials in new ways.” 

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Stair railings of welded steel echo the herringbone pattern of the cedar façade.

Bowie’s father built the home’s decks. He applied a light, beachy finish to the cedar decking that closely matches the bleached oak floors of the home’s interior, which offers the appearance of a seamless transition from inside to outside.

The kitchen’s energy star appliances are by Bosch, except for the 27-inch Blomberg refrigerator. Bowie selected quartz countertops and Japanese porcelain glazed tile for the backsplash.


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ood things do come in small packages! Bringing back the bright was our design goal for this tiny ranch home. Every square foot was important; therefore, scale and proportion played a huge role in this little space. A refreshing paint palette, additional windows, and new cabinets with open shelving proved that minor changes can provide substantial results. It doesn’t take a lot of construction to freshen up a small space. The ranch home was originally designed to be both affordable and manageable for small families. Today, designers like me are enjoying remodeling projects that feature imaginative updates for this style of home. Bringing updates to these mid-century beauties is often fun and rewarding. When planning the update for this home, we sought to create a better place, not merely more space. The 1,400 square-foot one level was adequate for a family’s needs but lacked a cohesive flow from room to room, and overall the home was just plain boring.


The makeover in the kitchen proves a little can go a long way. The painted gray cabinetry adds a contemporary contrast and dimension to this modest house. The new design opened up all of the main rooms into a suite of distinct yet interconnected spaces. At times, many ranch remodels create too much openness, resulting in the loss of character. Spaces go undefined and blend too much. So we focused on creating a charming, layered space, working with the existing architecture. While the ceiling is high throughout we kept the quirky “trellis-like” over hang which forms a floating horizontal plane, defining the family room and kitchen; the effect is dramatic and harkens to the house’s vintage roots. 

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• Live Greens and Preserved Boxwoods

• Freshly Painted Cabinetry

• Overstuffed Pillows and Cozy Throws

• Open Shelving • Newly Installed Windows • Built-in Window Seat and Custom Upholstery

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o matter how you slice it, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are among summer’s sweetest fruits, especially here in Snohomish County, where there are plentiful opportunities to visit u-pick farms and roadside stands. We asked local culinary talents for their favorite berry recipes. Some of these dishes you can find on area menus, others are culled from personal recipe collections. All are delicious, inventive ways of enjoying the tart, juicy, simple pleasures of fresh, local berries.

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“The Scratch Berry Sparkler is the perfect summer refreesher inspired by the freesh plants that grow in the herb garden in front of our distillery.”

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Our Berry-Infused Vodka is made from organic, non-GMO wheat sourced from Skagit Valley. Fresh berries offer their flavor to the vodka through both maceration and vapor infusion. The cocktail’s tonic water coaxes the subtle, fresh berry flavor out of the vodka. The savory sage note balances the drink quite nicely. – Kimberley Karrick, co-owner and distiller of Scratch Distillery


{ Scratch Berry Sparkler } INGREDIENTS


2 ounces Scratch Distillery Berry-Infused Vodka

Combine Scratch Distillery Berry-Infused Vodka with Fever-Tree Tonic Water in a flavor of your choice.

2 ounces Fever-Tree Tonic Water (Premium Indian or Elderflower)

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A handful of fresh, local berries 1 sage leaf

Muddle a few fresh local berries. Consider including raspberries, Marionberries, blueberries, or a combination. Activate the sage leaf with a slap and drop it in the cocktail.

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“I love Washington berries. They are sweeter and juicier than those coming from California, and Snohomish County is one of the best producers in the state.”

This recipe was inspired by a Strawberry-Basil salsa that I serve with Apple Wood Grilled Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops. My daughter in-law liked the salsa so much she was eating it without the pork chop, so I decided to make a soup with similar flavors. We are always looking for flavorful ways to serve chilled soups in the summer and this one is so refreshing. – Chef John Howie, proprietor of the John Howie Restaurant Group, including Bothell’s Beardslee Public House


{ Strawberry-Basil Soup } serves 4

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Soup Base

Soup Base

3 pounds strawberries, stemmed and sliced ¼-inch 4 oz. wt. granulated sugar (about ¾ cup) 12 oz. wt. sweet Walla Walla onion, minced ⅛-inch 1 cup apple cider, unsweetened 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, first press ½ packed cup fresh basil, julienne sliced, very thin


20 slices large strawberries, sliced ⅛-inch thick 4 tablespoons mascarpone 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar, thick and syrup-like 8 micro basil or small basil sprigs

Slice 3 pounds of strawberries and toss in the granulated sugar. Add the onions and toss until coated. Let rest in the refrigerator for 45 minutes, tossing occasionally. Place the strawberry and onion mixture into a blender. Add the juices and salt and blend until puréed. Pour into a bowl. Fold in the olive oil and basil until well mixed. Refrigerate soup base for a minimum of 4 hours to allow flavors to blend.


Ladle soup into chilled bowls. Top with strawberry slices in the center of the soup, with the points toward the edge of the cup. Then place a dollop of mascarpone on top of the strawberry slices, and drizzle the aged balsamic back and forth over the mascarpone. Garnish with the micro basil or the basil sprig and serve.


{ Summer Salad } INGREDIENTS




1 cup blackberries 1 cup blueberries 1 cup strawberries, sliced ¼ cup pistachios 4 ounces goat cheese 1 shallot, fine dice 24 ounces mixed greens

Champagne Vinaigrette 1 shallot

¼ cup lemon juice

Rinse and dry berries. Slice strawberries. Fine dice shallot. Crumble goat cheese. In a large mixing bowl, toss mixed greens, shallots, and dressing. Garnish salad with remaining ingredients.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Add the shallot to a food processor and pulse until finely diced. Add all other ingredients to the food processor except for the canola oil and blend to combine. While the food processor is running, slowly add in canola oil.

½ cup champagne vinegar 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 cups canola oil

Growing up, my parents would take me and my siblings berry picking every summer. My mom always made delicious salads with our fresh berries. This salad is similar to those I remember from my childhood. – Alex Marek, chef de cuisine at Salt & Iron



{ Blackberry Duck Breast serves 4–6


8–10 duck breasts 4–6 Belgian endives 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper ½ cup blackberry gastric (see below) 2 cups sugar

Blackberry Gastric 2 cups balsamic vinegar ½ cup white wine ½ cup blackberry purée 2 pints fresh blackberries


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Score the top of the duck breasts and season with salt and pepper. Wash and cut the Belgian endives in half lengthwise.


In a large sauté pan, sear each duck breast, skin side down until the skin is golden brown. Flip and cook until the duck breast is medium rare (make sure not to throw out the rendered fat). Place the sugar on a plate. Press the cut side of the Belgium endives into the sugar. In a large sauté pan, heat rendered duck fat and place sugared endives, cut side down into pan. Cook until golden brown. Flip and cook until endive is slightly soft. Place endive on plate, slice duck breast and shingle next to endive. Top with blackberry gastric. Serve with your favorite potato side dish or starch.

Blackberry Gastric

Combine balsamic vinegar, white wine, and purée in a sauce pot. Cook ingredients at medium heat until reduced by one third. Add fresh blackberries and simmer for 10 minutes.

I love Belgian endive, but it is very bitter so I wanted to caramelize the outside of it. I decided to pair the endive with duck breast. Since summer is coming I sought to incorporate berries as well. I decided to tie all three together with balsamic, and I’m really pleased with the result. – Alex Marek, chef de cuisine at Salt & Iron


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“You will find this exact dessert on my dinner table throughout the summer. I love to mix all kinds of fruit, especially peaches and raspberries.


{ Berry Crisp }

© Photo courtesy of Snohomish Pie Co.

serves 6–8



5 cups mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

¼ cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup brown sugar, packed ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ⅓ cup butter, softened and cubed

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¼ cup nuts, chopped

In a large bowl, combine the mixed berries with the granulated sugar and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Pour mixture into a baking dish or a cast iron skillet. In a medium bowl, stir together rolled oats, brown sugar, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and chopped nuts. Combine with fingertips until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture on top of fruit. Bake until topping is lightly browned and filling is bubbly, about 30–35 minutes. Let cool for about 15–20 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipping cream.

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Growing up I lived on a horse ranch. Most afternoons in the summer we would pick buckets of blackberries from the fields and make cobblers and crisps for dinner. It was one of the first things I learned to make. Now that I am older and have my own family, I love to take my two boys out to pick blackberries. However, they eat most of them before we get to make anything. So that is why I started to mix my berries. – Jenny Brien, baker and owner

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Amazing Outdoor

Adventures written by Kaity Teer

From the shores of Puget Sound to the craggy heights of the Cascades, the county includes one of the state’s five major stratovolcanoes, Glacier Peak, as well as four river systems — the Skykomish, Snohomish, Sauk, and Stillaguamish Rivers — which carve their courses from alpine forests through farmland to the sea. Bald eagles, salmon, gray whales, migratory birds, the wildlife here is diverse and memorable. Whether skiing, hiking, climbing, biking, camping, paddling, fishing, kiting, or diving, year round there are outdoor adventures aplenty to be enjoyed in Snohomish County. World-class activities are close enough for day trips, or you can easily make a weekend of it with prime options for camping or lodging. But if outdoor sports aren’t your thing, spending time outside this summer can be as simple as embarking on a nature walk, picnicking at a park, hiking or biking a trail, or stargazing from your campsite. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to enjoy the refreshing tranquility of disconnecting from your devices and daily routine and opening yourself up to connections with nature and your family and friends. The important thing is that you get out there. 58

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The Pacific Northwest is a dreamscape for outdoor adventures, and Snohomish County is no exception.



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Chase the wind and waves off the shores of Port of Everett’s Jetty Island, a world-class kiteboarding destination and all-around excellent place to learn the sport. JETTY ISLAND 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 boat or a free foot ferry, which operates during the summer months. Known as Jetty Island Days, the ferry runs seven days a week between the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays. More than 50,000 people visit the island each year to play in the soft sand and warm, shallow water and to observe the more than 45 bird species who call the island home, as it serves as a bird refuge. But osprey, shorebirds, hawks, eagles, cormorants, and ducks, aren’t the only creatures splashing and soaring about the island. As many kiteboarders take flight from its shores, the beach has earned the nickname “Kite Nation.” Kiteboarding not your cup of tea? It’s a great place to watch riders perform jumps and tricks, and the colorful sails cruising at high speeds are a wonder in their own right.

© Photos Courtesy of The Kite Lesson/Katina Arnott

Jetty Island has two kite launches. The "school launch" at the far north end is a great place to dip your toes in the water if you’re just learning to kiteboard. This is where lessons operate and you’ll find fellow newbies rigging and launching. It’s the launch zone farthest from the designated swimming area and also free from the congestion of the main launch area. The "main launch" is directly west of the lagoon (the lagoon is a no-kiteboarding zone). If you’re an independent rider, you’ll love the prime conditions here. But be warned, this area is very popular and can become crowded with riders and gear, especially at high tide. If it’s your first time visiting the island, you’ll want to check the map to be sure about launching and riding zones. Safety buffer rules advise keeping to a 2–3 line length. Because of its popularity both among seasoned riders and learners, there are a number of fantastic outfitters and schools that serve the island. Most notably, Urban Surf’s Kiteboarding School and The Kite Lesson, which is based in Everett. The island offers little shade or cover from the sun, so plan ahead and bring sunscreen and water. The Port of Everett parking fee is $3, and machines accept credit cards or cash. Keep an eye on the time, as the last boat off the island usually departs at 5:30 p.m. You don’t want to get stranded without a ride back.









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If you’re eager to experience the thrill of an ascent, the alpine landscape of eastern Snohomish County beckons. GOLD BAR BOULDERS Closest to the ground are the Gold Bar Boulders. No need to make the trip up to Squamish or climbing destinations further afield when Gold Bar offers prime bouldering and views of the Skykomish River and Mount Index. Drive east on Highway 2 past Gold Bar and if you look to the north, you’ll notice a field of granite boulders in a clear-cut below Zeke’s Wall. A wide range of boulders will challenge your problem solving, balancing, and smearing skills. The white granite offers good friction, and you can anticipate edges, cracks, seams, slopes, smooth faces, and several caves. Several of the largest boulders offer top bolts. There are only a few trails, so in addition to chalk and climbing shoes, you’ll want long pants to cover your legs and protect yourself from plants and clear-cut litter as you move between boulders. Access is by foot only, so you’ll want to plan ahead to park and hike. INDEX TOWN WALL About 15 minutes east of Gold Bar on Highway 2, Index Town Wall awaits climbers of all skill levels. Situated just north of the quaint, riverside town of Index, this 500-foot vertical cliff is one of the area’s most beloved climbing spots. With steep, fine-grained granite, it’s an excellent place to practice technical rock climbing. Once an active

granite quarry, the wall supplied the stone that built the Capitol Building in Olympia as well as many historic buildings in the Seattle metro area. The granite industry left behind a vertical surface that offers more than 600 routes. Most are rated above 5.10, though there are several popular routes rated at 5.8 and 5.9. Index is the last stop in Snohomish County on your way to Stevens Pass and it’s a charming home base for adventuring in the Cascades. DARRINGTON’S EXFOLIATION DOME To the north, Darrington’s Exfoliation Dome offers two popular climbs. Its east flank, known as Witch Doctor Wall, offers an 1,100-foot face with a 75-degree angle and challenges in the form of bushes and lichen. Its reputation as the "the most difficult 4,000-foot peak in the State of Washington" tempts with bragging rights. The west flank, Blueberry Hill, is less steep and covered with less vegetation. It offers crack, slab, and face climbs. Exfoliation Dome is located three miles south of Darrington on the Mountain Loop Highway. Want to sharpen your climbing skills closer to home? The county’s indoor climbing options include Summit Everett, which offers special packages for beginners as well as classes with personalized instruction.

STEVENS PASS Take Highway 2 east through Gold Bar and Index, and after about another 30 miles you’ll reach Stevens Pass Ski Area, a 1,125-acre winter sports area. Tucked in between the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest and the Wenatchee National Forest, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of snow-covered Pacific Silver Fir, Mountain Hemlock, and Subalpine Fir. The park, which averages up to 460 inches of snowfall each year, offers 39 major runs for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as bowls, glades and faces. The base area’s elevation is at about 4,000 feet and runs course the sides of two different mountains — Cowboy Mountain and Big Chief Mountain. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will find trails to enjoy, with 11 percent rated for beginners, 54 percent rated intermediate, and 35 percent advanced. Expect to see alpine, snowboard, telemark, and cross country skiers. Six lifts are lit for night skiing. Some of the best night runs include Showcase, Skid Road, Crest Trail, and Barrier Ridge. The Nordic Center offers crosscountry and snowshoe trails.



DARRINGTON Closer to home, you can find snowmobile trails in Darrington, as well as lots of dry powder and crosscountry trails and snowshoeing trails throughout Snohomish County’s north country.



SNOHOMISH COUNTY Varied fishing experiences are available in Snohomish County, and there are many guide services at the ready. Cast for trout in mountain lakes and streams or for steelhead on the Stillaguamish and Skykomish Rivers. Charter guides can help you navigate the Puget Sound for king, silver, and blackmouth salmon fishing, as well as crabbing and shrimping. The county’s largest lake, Lake Stevens is open for year-round fishing. A 750-acre lake, Spada Lake, is known for rainbows and cutthroat. SNOHOMISH RIVER A special treat awaits hungry fishermen on the Snohomish River. Order fish and chips or po’boy sandwiches from Andy’s Fish House and they’ll drop a line to your boat, some forty-feet down, with a delivery of food ready to go. FLY FISHING If you’re eager to learn the fine art of fly fishing, consider booking a trip with Michael Bennett and Joe Ewing of Pacific Fly Fishers. They are familiar with the area’s waters, know where to go for productive runs, and can help you perfect your technique.

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EDMONDS UNDERWATER PARK The 27-acre Edmonds Underwater Park at Brackett’s Landing North is a riveting playground for cold-water scuba divers of all skill levels. Located just north of the Edmonds-Kingston ferry terminal, you can enjoy the sounds of ferries passing nearby, which may seem like a terrifying prospect but you’ll be at a safe distance as long as you stick to finning around within the park’s boundaries. It’s a shallow dive site, with a maximum depth of about 60 feet, but accessing the park requires a somewhat long surface swim, so plan your dive accordingly and conserve energy for your return. The park’s submerged features are easy to navigate due to a network of trails. There are 2.5 miles of trails marked by anchored ropes and colored buoys. Visit manmade reef structures of concrete blocks, tractor tires, and pipes; wrecked ships and boats, including the Triumph tugboat; old parts of the 520 floating bridge; a cash register; and a pickup truck bed. Many of these features are named and some are interactive. The swim-through "Tube Hinge" is a favorite. You can still access the park’s original feature, a 325-foot dry dock, which was sunk in 1935. Divers can swim in and out of its ribs, making it a popular destination. Do take extra care when exploring the dry dock, as it is the closest feature to the ferry terminal area and you will want to avoid wandering out of the park. Thanks to these structures, which offer habitat, marine life is plentiful here and visibility is quite good, so you can enjoy observing much of what swims and sways among the surface’s sandy bottom. Look but don’t take, though, because you can only bring home what you capture on camera. The




The trail system at the Edmonds Underwater Park was named for Bruce Higgins in 2007 — about thirty years after Higgins started spending his weekends volunteering there. Higgins, who has a degree in oceanography, knows the history of the Edmonds waterfront and the park’s submerged features and trail systems probably better than anyone. He also revels in the wildlife he is able to encounter up close underwater. “The neatest thing is that I get to see critters I don’t see anywhere else,” Higgins said. “Diving is an opportunity to explore the bigger half of our environment.” Visit the park on Saturday or Sunday mornings and you’re likely to encounter Higgins and his crew of volunteers building and maintaining trails to keep the park safe and beautiful.



area is well-known for attracting huge lingcod (think really big, like five-feet long, gator-sized lingcod), as well as cabezon, seaperch, spotted ratfish, rockfish, and giant pacific and red octopuses. You’ll find lots of other small amazements, such as invertebrates, white and orange plumose anemones, algae, seaweeds, eelgrass, sea stars, urchins, and hooded nudibranchs. As many as 25,000 scuba divers visit the park each year; some are tourists but many are among the state’s 250,000 certified divers. There’s a reason this is the most popular of the state’s ten underwater parks. In addition to its size, its well-maintained structures and trails are the result of the efforts of one committed volunteer, Bruce Higgins, for whom the park’s trail system is named. Since 1977, Higgins has coordinated volunteer efforts and spent his weekends building and maintaining trails and submerged structures. Visit frequently enough and you’ll note changes. Each year a couple of wooden boats are sunk and added to the park to replace those lost to decay. The park’s amenities include showers, restrooms, and maps, with zones marked by skill level. You’ll want to bring an underwater camera and a good compass for navigating, as the descent is gradual, which makes it hard to orient yourself to the shore. Though there’s not really much of a current here, tidal exchanges can affect visibility somewhat, so you may want to time your dive for smaller tidal exchanges. A good idea is to stop in at Edmonds Underwater Sports Store to fill up your tanks and check on conditions before you dive. If you’re new to the sport, sign up for one of Underwater Sports’ many classes or guided tours.

PARK REGULATIONS All divers and snorkelers must dive with a buddy. All divers must be certified or in training. All divers must wear buoyancy compensators. No fish or marine organisms may be removed from the park. No night diving without a permit. No boats or submersibles allowed within the park.

WHITEWATER RAFTING If whitewater is what you’re after, there are many options for river rafting. Book a tour on the Sauk River with Adventure Cascades. You’ll enjoy access to Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Class-III river rapids, all the gear you’ll need, a trail lunch, and a van ride back to the launch site in Darrington. All that water make you thirsty? Stop by River Time Brewing, for a local brew. North Cascades River Expeditions is a Snohomish County classic. Under the same ownership since 1980, this tour company offers ten different river trips and boasts a perfect safety record with a ridership of more than 45,000 paddlers. BALD EAGLE FLOAT TRIPS In the winter, many outfitters feature bald eagle float trips, which make for a one of a kind opportunity to view wildlife from the vantage point of the river. Chinook Expeditions provides guests with a hot riverside lunch during a day spent scouting bald eagles and spawning salmon in the Skagit River Basin.

KAYAKING Though you can launch your kayak at many of the area’s lakes and streams, kayakers especially take to the sloughs of the lower Snohomish River — Ebey, Union, and Steamboat. Paddling these sloughs will present the opportunity to see wildlife, follow miles of breathtaking shoreline, and explore islands and grassy, shallow marshes. Bring your canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to Lake Stevens, the county’s largest lake. With 8 miles of shorelines, this 1,000-acre lake has public beaches and boat launches. Mark your calendar for Aquafest, the annual festival for lake-minded locals. PADDLEBOARD YOGA Catalyst Yoga offers paddleboard yoga classes at Silver Lake and Mukilteo’s Edgewater Beach with boards provided by Hydrology Stand Up Paddle. Not sure you want to test your balance in the great outdoors? You can practice indoors by taking classes at the Forest Park Aquatic Center and Snohomish Aquatic Center, both of which offer heated pools.

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Among our most precious natural resources, Snohomish County’s waters include four major rivers, many lakes, and of course, the Puget Sound. There are many ways to enjoy time on the water: kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, or rafting.

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Beardslee Public House WRITTEN BY KAITY TEER

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efore the the Beardslee Crossing development broke ground in Bothell, a sequoia tree towered over the property. When Chef John Howie of the Beardslee Public House learned about the tree, he was determined to reclaim its wood and see to it that something of the tree’s former glory was restored to the place where it once put down roots. Most of the tables you’ll see at the Beardslee Public House are fashioned from this sequoia. Already showing signs of use, in time the tabletops will more fully reflect the marks of a bustling brewery and restaurant — timeworn character that demonstrates Howie’s commitment to cultivating a brewery that evokes a strong sense of place. One of the only breweries to call Bothell home, the Beardslee Public House is a 10,000-square-foot building that consists of a restaurant, charcuterie kitchen, Wildwood Spirits Co., and of course, the brewery. Head brewer Drew Cluley, formerly of Big Time Brewery and Pike Brewing Company, designed the 10-barrel brewery and beer program, which consists of 12 local craft beers on tap with a rotating selection … continued on next page

of limited quantity cask conditioned brews. The diverse line-up ranges from the Beaver Bait Blonde to the Greenleaf IPA and the Old Growth Barley Wine. If you’re picking up on a pattern here, then you’re not mistaken. Named for timber and logging terms, Beardslee Public House’s beers are inspired by Bothell’s history as a former logging town. The food is everything you’d expect from John Howie, the local celebrity-chef behind Seattle’s Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Everything the restaurant serves is made from scratch, from the housemade breads and sauces to the meat, which is ground in-house and includes offerings from the charcuterie kitchen. Executive chef Jed Laprade leads the kitchen in crafting brewery-inspired upscale, casual fare. When we visited we were hooked from the very start and enjoyed some of the most popular starters recommended by our server, who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about both the food and drink menu offerings. Though I’ve never been one to go on and on about deviled eggs, I couldn’t stop talking about the stout-infused deviled eggs. Consider me a convert. In fact, much of the food on the menu is infused with beer or brewing ingredients, a benefit of the kitchen’s close proximity to the brewery. We enjoyed the beer grain pretzels, baked with the spent grains from the brewing process, and served with three equally delicious dipping sauces — smoked gouda, cinnamon honey butter, and mustard. You should also make it a point to try the grilled kal-bi pork meat candy, a wildly enjoyable take on jerky. Choosing brews that complemented our entrees was made easy thanks to the well thought out integration of food and

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drink menus. Eager to sample from the hand-tossed pizza menu, I tried the Speck & Egg pizza. The rustic, flavorful crust served as a delicious foundation for a savory pizza. Speck is a cured meat that’s similar to prosciutto and bacon, so it seemed natural that it came topped with a fried egg, strategically placed in the center of the pizza so that every slice included a little bit of egg. You’d also be wise to consider choosing something from the housemade sausage menu, like the Garlic Chicken & Pork made in the charcuterie kitchen and served on a housemade roll with herb aioli. The halfpound wagyu beef burger served on a house baked potato roll is also a tasty option that comes with fries, coleslaw, or Cajun potato salad. For drinks, we sampled the Magnolia Saison, the Widow Maker Wit, and Greenleaf IPA. All of which lived up to Cluley’s reputation. It seems you can’t go wrong with anything on the beer menu. We also tried one of the cask conditioned specials, which was infused with passion-fruit. Make sure to ask about these when you visit as there’s always something new to sample. Bothell is long overdue for a brewery and restaurant combo like Beardslee Public House, even better that it brings Chef John Howie’s talented team to town. Stop in to celebrate its one-year anniversary this August, and you may just find yourself becoming a regular.  Beardslee Public House 19116 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell 425.286.1001

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ARLINGTON BISTRO SAN MARTIN Regional NW 231 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington 360.474.9229, 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.

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.


BOTHELL SIAM THAI CUISINE Thai 1912 201st Pl. SE., Bothell 425.806.8424, The North End option for those familiar with Siam’s Eastlake location, the food at Siam can satiate even the pickiest of Thai food fanatics. With a sleek, modern interior and excellent customer service, lunch meetings will flourish over fresh spring rolls paired perfectly with Tom Yum soup. For dinner, the Pad Thai is anything but pedestrian. However, the Siam Special Noodles is truly special. Overflowing with thick rice noodles and topped with a fresh egg swimming in a secret sauce, don’t even attempt to snag the recipe from owner, Chai. (He’s been heavily guarding it since its opening.) Aside from secret recipes, Siam’s fresh, quality ingredients are best when shared. Conveniently located right off of BothellEverett highway, this affordable, yet elegant eatery is a fine pick for date night fodder.

EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA Italian 178 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds 425.299.0142, If you like authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds, where pizza is created with pure, simple, fresh ingredients and baked on the floor of an apple wood fired stone oven. You’ll find favorites like the Combo Pizza, featuring chorizo, fresh vegetables, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce, but the menu also features innovative items like the Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza, with cranberry goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, organic olive oil and garlic. Diners will enjoy the view of ferries arriving from and departing to Kingston, but they can also have their meals delivered within Edmonds or prepared for take-out. Finish your meal with organic gelato. Evviva is Italian for ‘cheers’ or ‘hurray.’ Cheers to their name and this fine Italian restaurant!

TANDEM WINE AND CHEESE BAR American 10123 Main Pl., Bothell 425.398.9463, Tandem Wine and Cheese Bar owner Lisa Havens often greets her customers with a hug. Her welcome makes it seem like she invited them to her home for dinner. Her husband Brad Havens is tucked away, cooking in the cozy kitchen. Looking for ultimate comfort food? Try their creamy macaroni and cheese made from local ingredients. Or try the Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with a light garlic cream sauce. One of the most popular dishes is the Chicken Marsala, topped with mushrooms in a white wine butter sauce. For an appetizer, try the French Onion Soup. It’s aged for a couple days before being served.


WATERSHED RESTAURANT & LOUNGE American Angel of the Winds Casino 3438 Stoluckquamish Ln., Arlington 360.474.9740,

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ARNIES Seafood 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 425.771.5688, 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 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.

WALNUT STREET COFFEE Coffee Shop 410 Walnut St, Edmonds 425.774.5962, Owner Pam Stuller has turned this former garage into a vibrant, modern space. Situated just off the main drag in Edmonds, Walnut Street Coffee is a true neighborhood coffee shop with a multi-generational clientele that include retirees, families with young children, and downtown Edmonds employees. But aside from the Vivace coffee being oh-sogood, the food is atypical and locally sourced. Stacked with vegetarian options like The Quinoa Burrito, Black Bean Burrito, and Pesto Breakfast Sandwich by Dancing Women Meals they also serve Seattle’s Macrina Bakery Nutella Brioche, or savory breads, like the Parmesan Rosemary Ham Biscuit. Get a daily dose of the best espresso and craft food in town in an environment that is always bright, friendly and buzzing with neighborhood activity.

EVERETT ANTHONY’S WOODFIRE GRILL Seafood 1722 W. Marine Dr., Everett 425.258.4000, 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.

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2821 Pacific Ave., Everett 425.339.3390,

2303 Broadway, Everett 425.339.2427


Authentic Chinese dishes with fresh ingredients make for one of the best Chinese dining experiences in the county and beyond. Notto-be missed dishes include the Hunan Special Beef, Sizzling Scallops, Sauteed Broccoli with Tangy Sauce (and tender strips of pork) and the Wor Wonton Soup. A full bar is also ­available.  –

JANBO CAFÉ Vietnamese 6125 Evergreen Way, Everett 425.347.2688 Experience what may be Everett’s most authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Janbo Café. Don’t be fooled by its modest interior; one taste of the house specials will convince you that Janbo Café knows delicious food. Find a wide selection of chilled, fried, grilled or steamed appetizers, including fried meat or vegetable egg rolls. A word of wisdom: The egg rolls are massive and can easily deter your appetite; eat slowly! Follow your appetizer with a phenomenal take on Pho Noodle Soup with meat or vegetables. The Wok Fried Noodles are also particularly savory. Complete your meal with a Janbo Bubble Tea and a plump cream puff.

PETITE SWEET Bakery 2613 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.1800, Recently relocated from Arlington and now in the former Pave Bakery location, this hometown bakery and café is too good to pass up! Pastries, cakes and pies call to your inner sweet tooth. Fresh-baked bread is the foundation for delicious sandwiches like the Smokin’ Granny, grilled with turkey, smoked gouda and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple. Breakfast also served.   LOMBARDI’S Italian 1620 W. Marine View Dr., Everett 425.252.1886, 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.


A 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.

GRANITE FALLS OMEGA PIZZA & PASTA Greek 102 S. Granite Ave., Granite Falls 360.691.4394 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.

1120 164th St. SW, Ste. B, Lynnwood, 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. The signature Pad Thai comes wellcooked with a fine balance of fish sauce and fresh garnish, spiced 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.

MARYSVILLE CRISTIANO’S PIZZA Italian 1206 State Ave., Marysville 360.653.8356, This casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is a hit, best known for its pizza and pasta. Diners are sure to be pleased with the excellent food, generous 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.

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, 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 ­gyros ­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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line of excited customers winds around the tables and chairs to the door. It’s a Saturday afternoon at one of Edmonds’ newest additions, BlackBall Taiwanese Desserts, where patrons eagerly await a tasty treat of boba and sweet potato balls, crushed ice, and dessert soups. Located on the corner of Hwy 99 and 220th St. SW, the chain’s newest U.S. franchise, owned by Tim Nguyen and managed by his sister, Thuy Nguyen, opened its doors on May 6, following in the footsteps of the wildly popular San Gabriel, California, location. With healthy ingredients and distinct flavors, BlackBall Desserts has gained favor around the globe with franchises in 15 different countries. Sleek, chic, and fast-paced, this dessert spot offers an array of crushed ice dishes, teas with taro and jelly, and dessert soups served hot or cold. With a focus on natural ingredients, grass jelly plays a starring role in many of the dishes. Made from the stalks and leaves of the Mesona chinensis plant, a member of the mint family, grass jelly is grown in East Asia and boiled into a dark jelly substance that can be consumed either hot or cold. Unlike traditional American desserts, BlackBall Desserts approaches the after-dinner hour with a variety of flavors, textures, and temperatures. Ranging from hot soups brimming with red beans and xian cao to crushed ice surrounded by taro and sweet potato balls, this dessert destination offers the adventurous eater countless combinations to choose from. A real smorgasbord of nutritional options, the eatery serves up a mix-and-match option in which customers can select a hot or cold base, either grass jelly, aiju jelly, or matcha jelly, along with two toppings. Toppings include boba, kidney beans, konjac jelly, aloe vera, green beans, or matcha pudding, just to name a few. For the adventurous eater, try the ever-popular aiyu jelly with boba, nata coco, taro balls, and sweet potato balls. A mixture of textures and flavors, served iced, cold, warm, or hot, this savory dish will have your taste buds wanting more. For a quick pick-me-up, try the Cappo Green Tea. A frothy green tea mixture with grass jelly will give an energy boost while soothing your taste buds with a light jasmine flavor. Whether you’re in the mood for a healthy, mood-lifting Matcha Milk Smoothie or the Cranberry Crushed Ice served as a mound of sweet, bright red flavored ice surrounded by kidney beans, boba, and taro balls, you’re in for a tasty experience.  BlackBall Taiwanese Desserts 22001 Washington 99, Edmonds July | August 2016 69

Acme Farms + Kitchen Presented in association with: Judd & Black Appliance, Mount Vernon



inco de Mayo isn’t really Mexican Independence Day, but it is the day that Mexico as an unlikely upstart knocked France on its heels and won a key battle in the war for Mexican Independence. We tend to celebrate it with bad nachos and cheap tequila, but thanks to Judd & Black Appliance, Acme Farms + Kitchen, and Kulshan Brewing, North Sound Life brought a whole new flavor to this holiday. Chef Andrew Clarke and his assistant Miguel Ryan crafted a Mexican meal that met and exceeded our guests’ expectations. As guests arrived, they were greeted with chips, salsa, and guacamole on the tables. Clarke’s first course was a spot prawn ceviche. As with almost all of Acme’s products, the spot prawns were locally sourced. These little beauties were from Jones Family Farm on Lopez Island. Jones Family Farm raises sheep, cows, pigs, and sources seafood. Katie and Tess from Kulshan served a light, crisp farmhouse-style Belgian Saison, which paired beautifully with the citrus and piquant flavors in the ceviche. The main course was Cochinita Pibil — a flavor sensation of orange, banana, a hint of cinnamon, and spiced pork. Chef Clarke said he likes to marinate the pork over night, roast it whole, and then pull it. “I leave it in large chunks,” he said. The larger pieces set up well on the sopes. Using a pastry bag,


he squeezed out small sopes with indentations in the middle. “A lot of people make big sopes, but I keep them small,” he said. He then topped the sopes with the pork and served with a side of black beans, queso anejo, and grilled cara cara orange. Grilling brought out the sweetness of the oranges and sapped some of the bitterness from the rind, making them zing with flavor. Kulshan served the Sunnyland IPA with the pork. The IPA was crisp, light, with a slightly bitter finish — perfect for the pork. The final course was a luxurious combination of crisp, delicious churros, silky spiced chocolate sauce, refreshing orange sorbet, and dulce de leche. It was a spoon-worthy dessert that paired beautifully with the smooth Russian imperial stout. The stout’s creamy, thick, chocolaty body complemented the smooth chocolate of the dessert while also bringing out the brighter cinnamon and orange. Michelle Grandy of Acme Farms + Kitchen was on-hand to present Acme’s home delivery service, and to demonstrate the different kinds of boxes available for subscribers. The Meet the Chef meal that guests enjoyed was created from the kinds of options in Acme’s delivery packages. A beautiful sunset greeted guests as they left the event, which seemed a fitting way to end a lovely meal among friends. 

FIRST COURSE Spot Prawn Ceviche Citrus-marinated Jones Family Farm Wild spot prawns, local radishes, pepitas, favalime puree, house made tortilla crisps.

Pairing Saison Du Kulshan Farmhouse style Saison has a soft lemon and white pepper scent, light fruit flavor.

MAIN COURSE Cochinita Pibil Banana leaf-braised Burk Ridge Farms pork shoulder, achiote-orange sauce, Samish Bay Queso Fresco, avocado, grilled orange, sopes, spiced Haricot Farms beans.

Pairing Sunnyland IPA (India Pale Ale) Crisp and refreshing, light herbal and orange flavor.

FINAL COURSE Churros Sour orange gelato, spiced dipping chocolate, dulce-de-leche.

Pairing Russian Imperial Stout Rich, dark chocolate notes, aggressive bitterness, full body flavor.

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The Salish Sea Ingredients: Bluewater Vodka, housemade elderflower, lime juice, simple syrup, cardamom bitters, basil leaf | $11

MCMENAMIN’S MILL CREEK Pub Fare 13300 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek 425.316.0520, McMenamin’s Mill Creek has been a neighborhood mainstay for years. Craft beers are brewed on site, including the popular Hammerhead Pale Ale and Terminator Stout, which are deliciously accompanied by hearty, fresh pub fare. The house-made Baked Mac & Cheese is a favorite, and a full host of burgers (the Communication Breakdown), sandwiches (the Reuben Kincaid) and salads (Brewer’s salad) round out the menu. Kids are welcome, too, with their own tasty menu. Wine drinkers are not left out, either. The good folks at McMenamin’s also operate the Edgefield winery, providing an extensive list of whites, roses and reds to the pub.   THE LODGE SPORTS GRILLE American 15117 Main St., Suite B101, Mill Creek 425.225.6347,


luewater Organic Distilling’s tasting room and cocktail bar offers refreshing libations to both seafaring adventurers and landlubbers. It is a prime spot to observe the hustle and bustle at the Port of Everett Marina — the largest public marina on the West Coast. You’ll find lots of sun and a lively crowd if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat on the patio. This summer, we suggest trying The Salish Sea, one of Bluewater’s newest signature cocktails. Created by John Lundin, distiller and co-owner, the cocktail is a tribute to the distillery’s waterfront location, named in recognition of the network of waterways that stretches from the Puget

Sound to the Georgia Strait and the Coast Salish peoples who first navigated them. Lundin said, “We wanted to play with floral elements and fresh basil in a new cocktail, and set about searching for ideas. Creating the elderflower liqueur in-house became the impetus for developing the drink, and the addition of cardamom bitters provided an incredible complement to the liqueur flavor.” The result is a cool, light, and refreshing cocktail that is complex without being overly complicated. A fresh basil leaf for garnish adds an aroma that is just right for summer.  1205 Craftsman Way, Ste. 109, Everett 425.404.1408

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 family-run 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.


104 N. Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056, 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 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 in-house brewery serves up rotating taps, with styles ranging from Kolsch to Porter.




CABBAGE PATCH Homestyle 111 Ave. A, Snohomish 360.568.9091


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



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

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Can’t get enough summer heat? Brave the Spicy Edamame at Moon Tree Asian Tapas Fusion while enjoying the Everett Marina’s waterfront view.

The Fish Tacos at Bluewater Distilling are quite the catch, made with spice rubbed Alaskan cod and served with chili pineapple relish..


The Blueberry Goat Cheese pizza at Evviva Woodfire Pizza is perfectly sweet and savory.

201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060,



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.

You shouldn’t have to pick just one. Order the Sandwich Sampler at The Hungry Pelican and you can enjoy petit canapé versions of three favorites.

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There’s so much to love about Epulo Bistro’s Beet Carpaccio, including aged Balsamic and herb whipped chevre.

For something special, enjoy the Filet Mignon at John’s Grill.


The Fish and Chips at Andy’s Fish House are fantastic, but the tarter sauce is the real star.


The Natural Panini at Trails End Taphouse is what you’d get if you crossed a panini with a caprese salad.

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WRITTEN BY MADELINE TAKATA he Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds is proud to host an exclusive showing of paintings by John Matsudaira, titled “Against The Moon: The Art of John Matsudaira.” Although you many not recognize his name, Matsudaira was one of the leading Northwest artists of the mid-20th century. The museum is eager to display Matsudaira’s work and help re-introduce his paintings. “Though virtually forgotten today, he was much appreciated during his lifetime by fellow artists,” said curator David F. Martin, in a press release, “and Cascadia is pleased to assist in introducing Matsudaira’s work to a new generation.” Originally from Seattle, Matsudaira studied in Kanazawa, Japan, and returned to Seattle in 1935. Soon after, he was detained with his family in the Minidoka Internment Camp. He served in the legendary 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is the most decorated Army regiment in U.S. history. During his service, he suffered life-threatening injuries. Upon his return to Seattle, Matsudaira’s passion for art prompted him to study at The Burnley School. He went on on to display work at some of the most important art galleries. His artistic eye, character, and innovative styles shine through his work, which will be displayed through August 23, 2016. The exhibit includes works from the 1940s through the 1970s, including paintings, prints, and watercolors.  Cascadia Art Museum 190 Sunset Ave., #E, Edmonds 425.336.4809

John Matsudaira (1922–2007) “First Snow,” 1959 Oil on canvas, 48 × 32" Collection of the Matsudaira Family


will be shown on silent while performers improvise a new dialogue, sound effects, and music based on audience suggestions. This unique event will be sure to keep you laughing the whole time.

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Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766 BILLY ELLIOT JULY 8–31


Featuring Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday, these alternative bands will take you back to the early 2000s. Both groups have spent time on the top Billboard charts with their powerful lyrics and acoustics. If you are looking for a bit of alternative-music nostalgia, this is a concert you are bound to enjoy. Saosin and The Early November will be opening this one-of-a-kind show. The XFINITY Arena at Everett 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett 425.322.2616 DARRINGTON BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL JULY 15–17

Performing artists include Balsam Range, Mountain Faith, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, and Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. If you’re a bluegrass fan, come out to the 40th year of the festival and dance the night away. There will be food, booths, music, and campsites in the mountain town of Darrington. Darrington Bluegrass Park 42501 Arlington-Darrington Rd., Arlington 360.436.1006

the four-day festival features musical artists such as Griz, STS9, and Gramatik. If you want to explore during your time, the festival offers opportunities to go on rafting trips, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Darrington Bluegrass Park 42501 Arlington-Darrington Rd., Arlington


Showcasing some of the best classical musicians in the Northwest, The Octava Chamber Orchestra will perform music in a variety of genres. Directed by Maestro Johan Louwersheimer, the chamber orchestra will perform works by Bach and Mozart as well as 21st century composers. The orchestra will also perform new works from around the world. Edmonds United Methodist Church 828 Caspers St., Edmonds 425.778.2119

If you are a festival-goer who also enjoys camping in the Northwest, then Summer Meltdown is probably for you. Located at Darrington Bluegrass Park, 76

Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.8600


The Mukilteo Arts Guild will hold its 9th Annual Mukilteo Arts Festival. The event offers people a chance to meet local artists and purchase art created by talented folks within the community. Proceeds for the event go toward a student scholarship fund. Rosehill Community Center 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo 425.423.0450 EDMONDS ART WALK JULY 21, 5–8 P.M.

JULY 22, 6:30 P.M.

Every third Thursday in Edmonds, the historic downtown is transformed into a creative space bringing awareness to the city’s vibrant arts community. There are various vendors and over 40 artists participating in this event, making it more than just your typical art walk.

Enjoy a hilarious night with Jet City Improv as they put on a live movie re-dubbing show. The movie King Kong

Downtown Edmonds 425.697.2787



With a score by Elton John, Tony Awardwinning Billy Elliot is a classic for all ages. Based on the 2000 film, the musical focuses on a young boy who discovers his love for dance during a miners’ strike in 1984 England. This is a show that will make you laugh as well as touch your heart as you watch a boy inspired by dance transform his community.


Seafair Weekend © David Rosen

Stanwood-Camano Community Fair





JULY 16, 10–5 P.M.

The Historic Flying Collection showcases planes that once fought over British skies in this free event. Some of the planes featured include the Hearty Hurricane, and the Swift Spitfire, a single-seat jet fighter. Come take a gander at history in motion. Paine Field 3407 109th St. SW, Everett 206.342.4242


A pancake breakfast, array of carnival games, a triathlon, and a fireworks show are just a few things you’ll find at Arlington’s Annual Frontier Days Fourth of July celebration. Come celebrate our nation’s birthday with all-day activities. Various locations in Arlington 360.403.3421

AUGUST 5–6, 9–10 P.M., AUGUST 7, 9–6 P.M.

Known as the largest community fair in Washington state, this “Best Lil’ Fair in the West” is a harvest festivity that is celebrating its 84th year. With a carnival, parade, animals, and musical entertainment, this fair continues to educate and entertain, while encouraging youth to learn more about agriculture. 6431 Pioneer Hwy., Stanwood 360.629.4121 WRITERS COOPERATIVE JULY 10, EVERY OTHER SUNDAY, 1:30–3:30 P.M.

Creating an environment where writers can become authors is what Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest is all about. Join this “grassroots movement for writers,” where writing in every genre for any age group is encouraged, where writers can interact with their readers and vice versa. Everett Public Library 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett 360.925.6629

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Prepare your stomach for the food event of the summer at Groupon’s Bite of Seattle. This free event for foodies makes it possible for you to enjoy more than 60 restaurant, beer, and wine vendors. With five outdoor entertainment stages and a Family Fun zone, this food festival features international, American, and local cuisines. It is a perfect event for the whole, hungry family. The Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle 425.295.3262 SEAFAIR WEEKEND AUGUST 5–7, VARIOUS TIMES

Nothing sounds like summer more than the U.S. Navy Blue Angels soaring in the sky or the world’s fastest powerboats zipping through the waters of Lake Washington. Don’t miss this exciting summer event at Seattle’s annual Seafair Weekend. Grab your family, friends, and lawn chairs to enjoy water entertainment, food vendors, and live music all weekend long. Genesee Park, 4316 S Genesee St., Seattle 206.728.0123

Groupon’s Bite of Seattle


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the Latin American Culture at the Pacific Northwest’s biggest Latin festival, Carnaval Del Sol. The bright and vibrate atmosphere is bringing together over 300 artists from different Latin American countries to showcase traditional dance, arts, music, and fashion. © Carnaval del Sol

Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver 604.368.3772

Photos of Groupon’s Bite of Seattle provided by Christopher Nelson


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WINE, WINGS, AND MORE The Institute of Flight held their fourth annual Wine, Wings, and More event on June 3 at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo. All the proceeds from the event went to the Institute of Flight’s STEM education program, ensuring that children in need have access to quality STEM educational opportunities.


Final Word

The Brazilian Loretta responds to Ken’s “The Full Monty”


WRITTEN BY LORETTA W. CLEESE A/K/A KEN KARLBERG hat was Ken smoking? Did you read his Final Word on the fragility of male egos? Issue that man a WUI, officer! Clearly he was writing under the influence of something or sucking up to females. If the difference between kissing behinds and brown-nosing is simply depth perception, Ken went deep to prove a point. Women, behold, some modern males are capable of taking the “hat” off and exposing themselves. No patronizing mansplaining — just some scratch and spit men’s locker room candor. The truth will set you free, guys. Your secret is safe with us, even if Dorothy and generations of women already knew that the Wizard of Oz — the little man behind the curtain with the big voice — was underneath the hat. Nonetheless, the confessional was refreshing, and I agree Donald Trump is four “oinks” on a scale of 1 to 5. Without wealth and privilege, Archie’s wife, Edith, from “All In The Family,” would be beyond The Donald’s reach. However, let’s be honest — there is a segment of women who are willing participants in the traditional gender dance and who perpetuate pop-culture’s objectification of females. We need to come clean and give ourselves a “Brazilian” equivalent to Ken’s “Full Monty.” Breast implants, cosmetic surgery, tattoos, provocative advertizing and seductive clothes are tools of enticement for many women. Play with fire, get burnt with fire. Don’t get me wrong. At age 36, I wasn’t part of the feminist movement of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and I didn’t participate in workplace protests or burn any bras. In fact, I love my push-up — everything goes better with cleavage — and I can use the help after two kids. And I am not against those who aspire to be arm candy for the Donald Trump’s in life. Go for it, ladies. The feminist movement is about free will,


choice, equality and self-determination. If some of my fellow sisters decide to exercise their free will differently, so be it. A pop-culture beauty, I am not — so if I sound just a little bitter, so be it, too. I am a wholesome, natural beauty, who works hard to be a thoughtful and caring mother and woman. My children adore me; puppies love me; even my ex-husband respects me. Nothing else should matter. Who cares if life has added a few pounds here or there? I am safe in a wind storm, okay! The point is that my best and most precious qualities aren’t the gifts that I was born with — those were just fortuitous rolls of the dice. No one earns their genetic characteristics. Some of us get a good roll, some don’t. The measure of a woman, of any human being for that matter, is whether she worked hard to become the best version of herself that she could. Or did she take the easier path and coast on her God-given gifts? That’s my litmus test for my life. My self-respect is earned, not imprinted at birth. This is my fundamental gripe with the sisterhood. We can do better. My romantic life is an uphill battle against popculture images and expectations of the modern woman. I struggle just to be appreciated for all that I am. As women, we need to take responsibility for our part in perpetuating this unhealthy dynamic. At times, we are our own worst enemy. There, Ken, I matched your Full Monty with a Brazilian wax. I am grateful each and every day that my mother and my grandma fought and sacrificed for my rights. Grandma tells stories about her generation’s fight for equality, for the right to choose a career or raise children or both, and for the right to be admired for reasons other than their body parts. But the fight is not over. I don’t take progress for granted and evolution is not inevitable. These are the life lessons that I want my daughter and son to learn, and sadly, I feel like peer pressure and the onslaught of mass media are winning the battle. Let’s do our part, ladies.

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