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The Rolling Stoves

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There’s a reason food trucks are popping up all across the country: Who doesn’t want delicious food wherever they go? Whether you’re at a music festival, brewery, or farmers market, there’s likely a food truck — or a line of them — parked nearby, ready to make you a meal. In these pages, we show you the best local food trucks in Bellingham and beyond, delving into their stories, exploring their menus, and showcasing their tastiest meals. From tacos and burgers to kebabs and snow cones, these rolling stoves have you covered.



Riding Toward Equality


Spotlight  A Dynasty of Passion

20 In the Know Tiny Onion Cooking School In the Know  New Beer in Town


Heard Around the Sound


Game Changer  Dining for Women


Book Reviews


Who Knew  Food Trucks in the USA


Community  Brad Haggen


Out and About  Five Plants to Forage


Apps We Love


Mixing Tin  Summertime Blue at Fireside


Sip  Must-Have White Wines

33 Betty Does Good


Necessities  Plot to Plate


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Editor’s Letter




Letters to the Editor


Fairhaven Ice Cream


Meet the Staffer  Sydney Nelson


Dining Guide


Lasting Image

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Lessons From a Food Truck


s someone who’s lived in four states over the last five years, I think a lot about community: how we build it, how it builds us, and how it changes over time. I’ve also thought a lot about the different lessons we learn from movement and stasis. While moving certainly opens us up to new people and perspectives, setting down roots allows us to dig deeper and make more meaningful connections. For those who haven’t journeyed up Highway 20 through North Cascades National Park, I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll drive along the Skagit River, past glacially-fed lakes and mountains with a steeper vertical relief than any other in the lower-48. You’ll also find a tiny town called Rockport, whose population hovers somewhere around 100. For the past two years, Rockport was my home. I moved to Rockport in 2017 to work for North Cascades Institute. Before this, I’d been living alone on a ranch in rural Colorado; the nearest town was 20 minutes away, and my closest companions were a pair of Irish Wolfhounds, half a dozen Icelandic sheep, two horses, a mini donkey, and a cat named Mr. Kitty. What I missed most while living in Colorado wasn’t farmers markets, nice restaurants, or breweries, but the feeling of community. Despite Rockport’s size, I quickly found myself enmeshed in a vibrant community of park rangers, naturalists, organic farmers, and volunteers.

I learned about the Cascades and explored as many trails as I could. I felt at home. Of course, anyone who’s worked seasonally knows the catch: Eventually, the seasons change. Before I could process what was happening, the mountains had dyed their hair white; the days had grown dark and rainy. Eventually, the pass on Highway 20 closed. It was time to move on, to leave behind one community and begin to search for another. Enter: Bellingham. Community is the water we swim in, meaning it’s often hard to appreciate or even recognize it until you find yourself on land, belly-up. This is part of what I love about Bellingham Alive. The magazine is so much more than a tool for finding out where to go or what to do — it’s a mosaic of this corner of the world we call home, a physical object that both reflects and creates community. As you read through these pages, I hope you’ll consider the ways community is a part of your life. Not only the ways it supports and sustains you, but the ways you in turn support and sustain whatever circles you occupy. It feels fitting that, in this issue, we focus on food trucks — adaptable, mobile restaurants that both create and serve community wherever they go. Maybe the key to community isn’t location, but staying open and offering something you believe in wherever you happen to find yourself. 




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Gabe Garms Gabe Garms is the co-founder and head instructor at Raven’s Roots Naturalist School in SedroWoolley, WA ( He teaches permaculture, wild foraging, natural medicine, wilderness survival, and bird language and behavior. His two greatest loves in the natural world are plants and birds, and he believes permaculture is one of the only ways we can heal the damage we’ve done to this planet.  p. 44


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Lizz Roberts A librarian since birth, Lizz loves books, stories, reading, learning, and helping others do the same. Born and raised just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, she also loves to talk about (and eat) great food. In 1997, Lizz decided to move “home” and transplanted herself to the Pacific Northwest, where the trees and mountains are tall and the mushrooms tasty. Most days, you’ll find Lizz working at Whatcom County Library System’s South Whatcom Library.  p. 23

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“Every time I read your magazine, I always find something new to do or somewhere new to eat. Thanks for keeping things interesting.”  — Patrick K., Bellingham, WA

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NOTES Meet the Staffer Every issue we introduce you to a staff member at Bellingham Alive.

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K & L Media? I have been with K & L Media since late May, and work as a graphic design intern. Some of my responsibilities include putting content into the magazine that is provided by the editorial team, checking and double-checking that there aren’t any small mistakes before the magazine heads out to print, and ensuring that the photos we use are high enough quality.

What is your background? I was born and raised in Vancouver, WA. After I graduated from high school, I came up to Bellingham where I have been for the past four years while attending Western Washington University. I will be graduating from Western in June 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a minor in business administration.

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What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? I have loved the opportunity to work on this magazine. I am interested in entering the printing industry when I graduate, so it has been such a privilege to learn so much of the process here with K & L Media. Designing different compositions and making sure that all the content fits is such a puzzle! The process of finding the perfect pieces to fit together is what I love most. Other than that, it is always fun to see what events are going on around town and what restaurants I should head to next.

What are some of your hobbies? I absolutely love cooking and baking sweet treats. I have recently started to get back into the kitchen more frequently, trying new fun recipes, some of which I have found from this magazine. I also love to watercolor, crochet, and hand-letter in my bullet journal. And, of course, I love to spend time with my friends exploring all that Bellingham has to offer. 



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Riding Toward Equality Shifting Gears Aims to Get More Women Outside WRITTEN BY EMILY STOUT PHOTOGRAPHED BY KELLY PEARCE


adine Van Niekerk has long noticed inequality in the world of sports and outdoor recreation. Growing up in South Africa, she noticed that girls’ sports were less important at her school, often receiving less funding and inferior coaches. Rather than accepting this discrepancy, she took action. When there was no water polo team for girls, she gathered a group of peers and asked the teacher for a team. At her university, when she learned there was no opportunity for women’s diving, she asked for that, too. … continued on page next page

… Now, as an adult, she surrounds herself with women who share her interests. Two years ago, she and three other Bellingham residents started Shifting Gears, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting female-identifying individuals to the world of outdoor recreation and to one another. Shifting Gears regularly hosts inclusive biking and hiking trips in Bellingham and the surrounding areas. “We want other women to experience the joy that comes from being outside and being in tough situations outside,” Van Niekerk says. Despite the strides women have made in recent years, a 2017 national study by REI suggests that the outdoor industry is still male-dominated. The study revealed that women face social barriers to getting outside. For instance, 70 percent of female participants said they feel more pressure to conform to social expectations such as to “be sexy,” “lose weight,” and “smile more.” Sixty percent of participants said their interests in the outdoors were not taken as seriously as men’s, and that they were also taken less seriously while shopping at sporting goods stores. Van Niekerk says part of creating a welcoming environment for bikers and hikers of all experience levels is respecting that everyone learns differently. Instead of saying, “Just do it,” the leaders at Shifting Gears listen to participants, check in with them, and celebrate when someone


overcomes a challenge. Each trip has up to six femaleidentifying volunteer leaders that help out and share their experience with the group. Before becoming a nonprofit, the founders of Shifting Gears considered starting a guided biking business. After leading a pilot bike trip, they discovered that although participants enjoyed their experience, the financial aspect was challenging for most. That’s when they realized they wanted to make recreation more accessible to people who may lack the money, resources, or experience required of traditional biking trips. Most trips they run now cost $5–$50 per person or might even be free. Beginning riders can sometimes also borrow gear. For Van Niekerk and many others, the outdoors is the perfect place to unwind and relax. People feel more joyful, confident, and empowered after spending time outside, Van Niekerk says, and she wants everyone to feel that way regardless of gender, age, or race. During the warm months, Shifting Gears hosts weekly mountain bike trips and a program specifically for mothers and their children, called Moms Outdoors. In the future, they hope to expand their trips to include winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. To see more information about future trips or to donate to the organization, visit 


A Dynasty of Passion




s a genuine lover of all music, Bellingham local Ryan Sandholm isn’t afraid to blend genres. Around town, he’s known for his acoustic shows that fuse pop, rock, and country. The result is a unique sound, with influences from artists such as Collective Soul, Dave Matthews, and even Prince. For Sandholm, music runs in the family. “I started playing music following my dad’s footsteps,” he says. His father’s band just celebrated 50 years. Like his father, music became a lifelong pursuit from an early age, as fundamental to his wellbeing as working out or finding a steady income. “Music is something you have for you, and no one can take it away from you,” Sandholm says. “Whether you’re sitting down by yourself with your guitar, or playing in front of a bunch of people. They’re both equally important.”

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Sandholm grew up in Campbell River, B.C. and moved to the states to play college hockey in Boston. When he wasn’t busy on the ice, he began bouncing around, performing shows and developing his sound. He soon established himself as a regular performer at local pubs. Wanting to be closer to home, Sandholm eventually moved to Bellingham and launched New Heights North Landscaping. Not long after, he began forming groups with local musicians. He’s been a longstanding member of the Bellingham music community ever since. Today, Sandholm has played at every local venue possible, preferring the intimacy of smaller places like Fireside Martini

After inheriting his father’s love of music, Sandholm has worked hard to pass the tradition onto the next generation. He considers music a forever craft, one without age that can fuel an endless passion. Every child should pick up an instrument, Sandholm believes. His daughter and sons have learned to play a 120-year-old piano — an heirloom in their family. One day, they will inherit the piano just as he did. For Sandholm, when all is said and done, music collapses into a simple feeling. “For me,” he says, “[music] is a huge part of who I am and what makes me happy.” 

FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS Sandholm writes much of his own music, striving to craft lyrics free of anything superficial or “fluffy.” His focus is always on the heart. Most of his songs are about love, Sandholm says, punctuating the comment with a soft chuckle. In addition to writing his own music, he also plays tunes the crowd will recognize; covers can be tricky, though. Sandholm tries to find a balance between playing music the audience will respond to while also making sure the sound is still uniquely his own.

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New Beer in Town

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Tiny Hands at Work

nnalee Dunn, founder of the Tiny Onion Cooking School in Bellingham, fell in love with cooking while working at a vegetarian restaurant in Ithaca, New York. There, she learned to value fresh — not frozen — food, local ingredients, and home-cooking techniques. Ten years after moving to Bellingham, she was asked to teach an introductory cooking class to a small group of teenagers. The experience was pivotal. Dunn realized the Bellingham community lacked a way for young people to learn about nutritious cooking. Today, Tiny Onion Cooking School offers classes at various locations throughout Bellingham, including high-end commercial kitchens and Dunn’s own home.

What’s Your Favorite Food Truck? On theme with this month’s feature, I asked local Bellinghamsters to share their favorite food truck. What’s yours? Lindsey Major 20

The classes aim to introduce food and nutrition to children in a fun, engaging way. Dunn hopes that each student will take what they learn in class and carry it with them as they grow and enter adulthood, thereby impacting their nutrition for life. “I thought it was a lot of fun for the kiddos,” says Dean Davidson, whose 5-year-old son participated in a class in June. “It was very hands-on. They were able to get messy and mushy, which they liked. We picked herbs from [Dunn’s] garden. I liked that she used local products. We made strawberry rhubarb scones, so the kids were very excited about the eating aspect. They liked using the knives because it made them feel very grown-up.”

eer lovers now have a new place to enjoy craft beer in Bellingham. Stemma Brewing Co., a family-run brewery, opened its doors in June. Owning a brewery has been a long-time dream of Jason Harper and his wife Kimberley. Jason’s interest in brewing started at a young age while watching his father make beer in their kitchen. When he turned 21 in 2010, he learned how to do it himself and carried on the family tradition. Even the name, Stemma, is a Latin root word for “family ties.” If you go for a visit, you’re likely to meet the couple. Jason is the head brewer and Kimberley helps run the bar. In addition to serving 12 house beers and two ciders, they’ve also partnered with Mr. Frank’s “The Bus,” a food truck that is on location seven days a week. For something sweet, grab a West Coast Pops ice pop from one of the freezers. Stemma is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays until 9 p.m. Emily Stout

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Andrew T. — Super Mario’s! It made me the man I am today. It will change you.

Sabrina Y. — Feast! I don’t even like Reuben sandwiches but theirs are to die for.

Heard Around the Sound


Where Can I Go Clam Digging? Exit 236 on I-5 and drive west, continuing beyond Bow. Parking is available. English Camp on beautiful San Juan Island is open for digging. Stay to the north of the National Park Service dock and south of Bell Point.


Odlin County Park is located on Lopez Island. Make sure to visit nearby Lopez Island Vineyards along the way.



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f you’re going clam digging this summer, be sure to check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife for tide schedules, health advisories, and regulations.

Keepin’ It Cool West Coast Pops

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hat’s better than a popsicle on a warm summer’s day? You might recognize the name West Coast Pops from their chalkboard sign and mobile cart. The ice pop company has been supplying events and parties with sweet treats since 2016 and opened a storefront on North State Street in April 2019. Customers can choose from more than 30 gourmet flavors such as Wild Strawberry, Cookies n’ Mint, and Raspberry Lime. West Coast Pops is the perfect place to take the family or just grab a pop and play one of the board games inside. The owner and his 5-year-old daughter are long-time lovers of popsicles and ice cream and have fun running the business with help from friends. The only store of its kind in Bellingham, West Coast Pops will maintain normal hours until the end of September and open again for holidays and events throughout the year. You can still find their pushcart at local events this summer. They will also regularly appear at Boulevard Park and Bloedel Donovan Park to please the summer crowds. Visit their Facebook page for new flavors and other updates. Emily Stout

Leena K. — Hot Mess. It is that guilty pleasure cheesesteak that has me. They have one with mac and cheese on it. Such good comfort food.

Mud Bay State Park to the south of Lopez Island offers year-round clam harvesting. Take a break from the digging and visit Lopez Village, where you can shop, eat, or grab some coffee. Questen Inghram



Vitality Bowls Rejuvenates the Superfood Scene


uperfood franchise Vitality Bowls has opened a new location in Bellingham. Started in 2011, Vitality Bowls began franchising in 2014 and has since been named one of the top 100 new franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. With a commitment to health and wellness, the

Jon C. — Poutine Your Mouth. They have good options for toppings, the fries are that perfect mix of crispy and soft, and the staff is friendly.

menu boasts Açaí Bowls with no preservatives, trans fats, or fillers. Menu items like “Warrior Bowl” and “Dragon Bowl” are labeled with their purposes, like strength and stamina. They also serve paninis, salads, and soups. The new location offers catering for meetings and other events. Emily Mueller

Katherine M. — I really enjoyed Gypsy Grinz! I am so sad they closed so abruptly.

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LIFESTYLE Game Changer



ow much do you spend per person when you eat at a restaurant? $20? $35? Instead of splurging on a meal out, Dining for Women (DFW), asks that you donate it to a good cause instead. That’s why, every third Tuesday of the month, DFW hosts a fundraising potluck benefitting women-focused organizations around the world. At each monthly gathering, DFW members bring a home-cooked dish along with any amount of money they would have otherwise spent eating out. “It can be whatever is appropriate for you,” says Kathy Young, leader of DFW’s Ferndale chapter. “Maybe a dinner out is McDonald’s, so you bring $5 or $6. Every bit helps.” Earnings from each potluck help women around the world fight for gender equality, the eradication of poverty, and the empowerment of women and girls. Kathy Young was involved with DFW in Vancouver, WA for over seven years before moving to the Bellingham area. After settling in, she realized there was no chapter here — so she started one. At the inaugural meeting in October of 2017, she welcomed three guests. Since then, the chapter has grown to include more than 20 members. Since its founding, DFW chapters across the country have raised more than $6 million and counting. The money goes toward various initiatives, programs, and nonprofits across the globe. This month, the featured grantee is Brick by Brick Partners and the Mama Rescue Project in Uganda. The latter provides laboring mothers with transportation to health 22

care facilities and emergency care centers. Access to these transportation services greatly reduces major pregnancy and birth complications, which in turn reduces mortality rates in both mother and children. To receive a grant from DFW, organizations must meet several qualifications. They must, for example, address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; create lasting change in the lives of women and/or girls affected by the project; and provide solutions identified by the women and/or girls being served and actively include their perspectives. The applying organization’s board of directors must also consist of at least half women. Here are some statistics that inspired DFW and Kathy Young to become passionate leaders in the fight for global gender equality: ■■ 75 percent of the world’s 3.1 billion people living in extreme poverty are women and children in developing countries. ■■ Women perform 60 percent of the world’s labor and earn 10 percent of the world’s income. ■■ Women produce 70–75 percent of the world’s food crops. ■■ Women cultivate, plow, and harvest more than half the food in the world. You can find these statistics and their sources at the DFW website: In short: Poverty is inextricably linked to sexism. Across the globe, women are more likely to be illiterate, contract diseases, and struggle with poverty. Even small donations to the organizations DFW supports can help immensely. “Ensuring gender equality is the key to ending global poverty,” — Dining for Women. If you’re interested in becoming a member and making a difference, find the Ferndale chapter on the “Join Us” page at 

Book Reviews


Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Penguin Random House 304 pages

Trevor Noah’s autobiographical book, newly out in paperback and in development for a movie, showcases his comedic talents. Spinning stories of his youth with his strict yet loving mother, Noah provides an open and unabashed window into what it was like growing up half black, half white — and thus technically a crime — under the horrors of South African apartheid as it began to crumble in the late 1980s. Noah’s story resonates on many levels, allowing us to laugh, learn, and celebrate the mother that supported a talented young entertainer. Read the book or enjoy the audio version in Noah’s own voice. A bonus: Share Trevor Noah with the family by bringing home a copy of “It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” adapted for young readers.

The Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal Tor Books 300–500 pages

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut series starts with an interesting premise: How would life be different if, in 1952, a disaster of such magnitude struck the world that we were forced to find a way to settle another planet? How would that affect women’s rights, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race? This alternate history traces those effects through the life of Elma York, a former Women’s Airforce Service Pilot and mathematician working with the newlyformed International Aerospace Coalition to put man on the moon and, eventually, Mars. Considering the talent and experience among the women she works with, Elma wonders: Why can’t women become astronauts? If you enjoyed the movie “Hidden Figures,” these books will not disappoint. Two additional novels are planned, beginning with “The Relentless Moon” in 2020.

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August 14, 7 p.m. Chuckanut Writers StoryHam Live Showcase Evolve Chocolate + Cafe 1200 11th St., Bellingham 360.671.2626 Writers will perform their final pieces after two weeks of workshops. Coached by writer Stephanie Dethlefs, participants meet on Thursday mornings leading up to the event, shaping their stories with the help of the audience. Then, they will share them at the final live showcase.

August 30, 7 p.m. An Evening with Louise Penny Mount Baker Theatre 104 N Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080 Join New York Times #1 bestselling author Louise Penny as she speaks on her novel series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Her latest book, “A Better Man,” follows Inspector Gamache as he investigates crimes and returns home after being demoted. Penny has been awarded several awards and received the Order of Canada in 2017.

Who Knew? Food Trucks in the USA Chuck Wagons One could argue the chuck wagon was America’s first food truck, feeding cowherds by an open campfire. The chuck wagon meant warm coffee, beans, and a temporary home for the many hungry cattle industry workers living on the frontier after the Civil War.

A Surging Industry In 2017, the food truck industry neared $3 billion in the U.S., a 300 percent increase compared to the previous three years. Kogi’s Korean taco truck became internet famous in 2008, creating a gourmet food truck trend that helped put food trucks on the industry radar.

Food Truck Mecca According to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, Portland is one of the friendliest cities for food trucks. The city’s diverse population, high number of college students, and scarcity of chain restaurants all create a good environment for mobile eateries. Portland also has fewer regulations and fees.

A Symbol of Solidarity After a rise in hate crimes targeting Latino and Muslim Americans, #TacoTrucksatEveryMosque was founded in California in 2017. The initiative seeks to build community, dispel stereotypes, and share good Mexican halal food. Questen Inghram

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Brad Haggen

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Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, Fairhaven

From Local Grocer to Restaurateur Brad Haggen’s Journey From Produce to Proprietor WRITTEN BY QUESTEN INGHRAM | PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAD HAGGEN


rad Haggen has been in the food business in one form or another his whole life. If his name sounds familiar, that’s because his grandparents, Dorothy and Ben Haggen, co-founded the Haggen grocery store chain in 1933. Despite working for his family’s store in multiple contexts over the years, Haggen began searching for a new opportunity of his own in 2011, after his family sold their stakes in the company. In 2016, he started Naples Best Restaurants, Inc., a company that now owns two restaurants: Tallulah’s in Seattle and Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven.


Haggen found Tallulah’s, a neighborhood-style restaurant in Capitol Hill, after considering several businesses in Seattle. Liking its prospects, he bought the cafe in July of 2018. “I kind of fell into it more than anything,” he says. Today, the restaurant serves dinner and weekend brunch, featuring a vegetabledriven dinner menu that also offers plenty of seafood and meat options. The drink menu boasts an extensive selection of imported and domestic wines, as well as cocktails made with in-house hibiscus ginger beer and cucumber vodka.

Haggen didn’t stop at one restaurant, however. Just as he was starting Tallulah’s, he came across Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven, which was looking for a new owner. He purchased Skylark’s last fall, reasoning that, if one deal fell through, he would still have the other. “It was not my intent to be running two restaurants at the same time, initially,” he admits. “I kept riding both the Skylark’s and Tallulah’s horses at the same time.” Today, the local cafe is known for its simple-yet-satisfying dishes of fish, steak, clam chowder, and pasta, and for hosting live jazz and blues on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Owning restaurants hasn’t been a complete change for Haggen since his grocer days, especially when it comes to working with vendors. “Behind the house is all very similar,” he says. As a teenager, Haggen washed produce cases in his family’s Meridian grocery store in the early mornings before school. After earning a certificate in food industry management, he went on to manage the Haggen in Kelso. Later, he served on the company’s executive team. Despite owning two restaurants, Haggen still likes to take part in the on-the-ground action, frequently hosting and clearing tables at Tallulah’s and Skylark’s. He works shifts at both

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restaurants during the week, regularly commuting to Seattle from Bellingham. After almost a year, Haggen feels that Skylark’s is ready for a change. He is considering, at minimum, a revamp of the menu and decor. He is also considering opening another Tallulah’s or a similarly styled restaurant in Bellingham. “I love Seattle, I love to travel, but Bellingham is a really nice place to come back to.” As a near-lifelong resident of Bellingham, Haggen has witnessed the city’s growth first-hand. “I love Seattle,” he says, “but everybody talks about Bellingham. Bellingham is growing up.” 

It’s not too late to grow your own vegetables this year. With the Veggie Garden Planner, learn the best months for planting and harvesting, save a list of veggies to plot your own patch, and learn which plants get along with each other and which make bad neighbors.

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LIFESTYLE Out and About

Five Plants to Forage in Western Washington WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY GABE GARMS


isted here are five of my favorite herbs that can be wild-harvested in Western Washington throughout most of the year. Although typically considered weeds, these nutritious plants can be consumed raw or added into a meal for extra flavor. They also happen to be the five favorites of most children who attend our wild edible walks at Raven’s Roots. Every plant on this list is common, so go for a walk and see if you can find one–or maybe all five — for yourself. Just remember to harvest safely. Some plants have toxic lookalikes, so it’s important to never consume a plant unless you’re certain of its identity.



Lamb’s Quarters

This wild edible can be found throughout most of the year and never gets bitter as it ages, but does bitter with sun exposure. You can identify it by the single line of hairs growing up only one side of its stem (see picture). Chickweed makes your cell walls more permeable, allowing your body to absorb more nutrients from the food you eat along with it. It’s also a great herb for homemade lotions and salves.

LAMB’S QUARTERS (CHENEPODIUM ALBUM) Often referred to as wild spinach, the leaves of this plant have a creamy texture and taste a lot like spinach. Lamb’s quarters is far more nutrient-dense than cultivated spinach and grows in practically any disturbed soil with sun exposure.

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LITTLE WESTERN BITTERCRESS (CARDAMINE OLIGOSPERMA) This is one of the tastiest and most prolific of all of the wild mustards. The leaves are a favorite wild edible among many people, including myself. 26

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CHICKWEED AND LAMB’S QUARTERS WILD PESTO 3 cups chickweed leaves/flowers 3 cups lamb’s quarters leaves ½ cup marshmallow or common mallow seeds (or use pine nuts) 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt ¾ cup olive oil ¾ cup parmesan cheese (optional) Kosher salt to taste

PREPARATION: • Toast mallow seeds at 350 degrees for 5–7 minutes. Let cool. Sheep Sorrel

SHEEP SORREL (RUMEX ACETOSELLA) The citrus-flavored leaves resemble the hat worn by the Cat in the Hat. This plant contains oxalic acid, which should be consumed in moderation since too much can cause nausea.

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• Mix the seeds in a blender with cheese and garlic. • Add the greens, then the oil (add slowly). • Season with salt and enjoy!

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OXEYE DAISY (LEUCANTHEMUM VULGARE) The young leaves have an amazing flavor with a sweetness to them. If you cut them back before they go to seed, they’ll put out new leaves throughout the summer. A tea of the flowers makes a great remedy for some cold symptoms. 


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raig Allen began working at the age of 5, weeding sugar beets on his family farm. Most of his youth was spent tending the potatoes, wheat, peas and alfalfa crops in addition to the raising of cattle. Fast forward to 1996 when Craig instilled that same work ethic and caring tendencies into Allen Law Firm. Craig is undeniably unique in his practice. He reinvented the model of a typical personal injury firm by tending well to his clients, heart first. By which, many stories of success have blossomed, for example, Bert’s.


Bert Cueva is a 56-year-old father of 4 grown children, grandfather to 9 grandchildren, and longtime resident of Whatcom County. On June 7th, 2017, Bert was on the job and loading a barbecue onto a truck when he heard a dreaded “popping” noise. The following day, his knee had swelled up like a balloon and his kids urged him to go to the hospital. By then it was clear that the degree of injury would most definitely take him out of work. Bert opened a claim with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and began

treating. After a few months (and the discovery of severe tendon strain and a complex muscular tear), Bert’s doctor released him back to work without the benefit of surgery nor further treatment or benefits. Bert was shocked in that he had not healed. His pain was prominent, and he was in dire need of surgery. His daughter (a former client) recommended he contact Craig and the team at Allen Law Firm to take over the handling of his claim. Bert recalls the relief he felt when he met with Kim and she got the ball rolling instantly.

Kim Davey has been a paralegal alongside Craig Allen, Attorney, for over 23 years. Her knowledge and savvy as a Labor and Industries paralegal is unmatched in the Bellingham legal field. Kim and Craig were able to get Bert’s claim up and running again. He began receiving his wage loss compensation and his surgery was authorized, scheduled, and completed. After a few months of physical therapy, Bert was truly ready to close his claim. He was then evaluated for permanent impairment. Kim and Craig earnestly negotiated a Structured Settlement with Labor and Industries on Bert’s behalf. He had finally received the recovery he deserved.

Bert’s surgery (which involved the removal of his meniscus) left his knee bone-on-bone and, thus, Bert knew he could not return to his former, physically demanding work. However, he knew he was not ready to retire. He had a longtime dream of opening a food truck with the help of his family. He recalled the joy of teaching his kids how to cook when they were young. Now, Bert could use his knowledge and passion for cooking, along with his well-deserved settlement monies, to make his dream a reality. Bert purchased and refurbished a bare-boned food truck. He began serving popular Filipino dishes including pork adobo, lumpia and pansit. Bert’s Food truck, cleverly

named “WTF? Where’s the Food?” served Allen Law Firm’s annual client appreciation day held on June 14th, with much success and praise from all who were in attendance. For more information on WTF? Where’s the Food? contact Bert Cueva at: 360.510.3601 or Craig and his staff at Allen Law Firm are very proud of Bert and countless other clients’ successes. They will continue to break the mold in their work representing injured clients, heart first. For more information, contact Allen Law Firm. Your local injury experts.  1900 D Street. Bellingham, WA 360.714.1900 |

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Five Faves

B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar B-Town is so dedicated to seafood, they have a separate raw bar menu. You can choose from a daily selection of Dabob, Deer Creek, Kumamoto, Kusshi, and Miyagi oysters, which can be ordered by the piece or by the half or a whole dozen. 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.392.6520 |




The Oyster Bar This Chuckanut spot has an impressive list of oysters from both local and national areas. Raw oysters are served with pink grapefruit and spruce tip mignonette. If you prefer them cooked, try the Baked Oysters with pancetta, heirloom tomato, chives, creamed spinach, and herbed bread crumbs.

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The Mansion Restaurant Sample local San Juan seafood at The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario Resort. Try the Orcas Island Oysters served with lemon and mignonette, or get the half dozen fried oysters with housemade tartar sauce and scallions. 1400 Rosario Rd., Eastsound 360.376.2222 |


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The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub Head to La Conner for this oyster-filled menu. Order from three different varieties of shucked oysters, or go for the Baked Samish Bay Oysters with aioli. The menu also features fettuccine and caesar salad with oyster options. 205 E. Washington St., La Conner 360.766.6179


Bayou on Bay Explore Bayou’s Cajun-inspired menu, with options including the oyster po’ boy or fried oyster small plate. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the oyster shooters with five kinds of vodka in flavors like ginger or jalapeno. 1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968 |

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Betty Does Good Betty Be Good Opens New Location WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY LINDSEY MAJOR


n late May of 2019, Suzanne Smith cut the ribbon on her newest Betty Be Good location. The new Lynden store, which sits directly beside Woods Coffee on Front Street, joins the Birch Bay store in aiding the victims of human trafficking. While the store masquerades as a super-cute boutique on the outside, its inner workings and fundraising efforts have had an incredible effect on Deborah’s Gate — a residential safe house and rehabilitation program in British Columbia — and Engedi Refuge, a similar residence program in Lynden. … continued on next page

… Why did you start Betty Be Good? I love clothes. I worked with the Salvation Army for about a year, and we fundraised for and built Deborah’s Gate, a restorative facility for women who have been trafficked. I was like, “Am I going to be the girl that busts down the doors of the brothels?” or “Am I going to be the girl that builds a business that eventually contributes to the restorative care of these women?” and I knew I was more that girl. I could build a company and it would be two-fold: It would educate and build awareness, and it would contribute to the restoration. We fund the agencies that bust down the doors.

What can customers expect to find in your store? I buy for a more wearable collection that you can wear in your everyday life. I would see runway shows and think, “That looks really cool, but how do I wear that?” So, everything I buy for the store is really practical. The other thing I’m really big on is the feel of it. If there’s something that you feel it and it feels lovely, you’re going to wear it a lot more.

Most items are under $60, but you still donate to these causes. Talk to me about that. We give 2 percent of our revenue, and that is right off the top. It’s not 2 percent of profit. We do that, and it creates a fund called Betty’s Liberty Closet. This funds the girls in 34

rehabilitation programs [so they can] shop online quarterly. They need outfits for things like job interviews or facing their abusers in court, and we wanted to provide that for them. I also was never shopping boutiques because they were so expensive. The lower price point allows customers to shop more often, which in turn brings in more money than if someone came in one time and bought one high-priced item. So, it’s more money to the fund at the end of the day.

How has opening the Lynden store affected both the business and the cause? I am just so thrilled to be in this community. It’s like we found home. People in this community just seem to rally behind the cause and the little business, and I’m so thrilled for that. To move into a community that Engedi already is based in is incredible. We’re going to host the girls from Engedi for a private, closed-door shopping event just for them.

Any big plans coming up? We hosted a charity fundraiser last year in Birch Bay, and we raised $10,000 which all went to Engedi. This year I’m trying to decide where to do it, but I’m starting to work on it, and I’d really like to raise even more money. $10,000 was an amazing start and it really helped Engedi. But this year I’m setting my sights higher. 








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f weekend shopping splurges weren’t tempting enough already, Bellingham’s newest outdoor marketplace is making it even harder to keep your wallet in your pocket on Sunday afternoons. Launched in April of this year, Bellingham Handmade Market is a collaboration between Bellingham local Rachel Jackson, Goods Nursery and Produce, and Goods Local Brews. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October, the Bellingham Handmade Market will bring together a wide variety of local creators. Vendors range from jewelry makers to hot sauce aficionados and everything in between. Prior to the Sunday market, the Bellingham Handmade Market was hosted sporadically, in pop-up-style shops around local businesses such as Aslan Brewing Company, Kulshan

Brewing Company, and Honey Moon Mead and Cider. This is the first season the market will operate on a regular, weekly basis.

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COMMUNITY-BASED ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW While Goods Nursery and Produce and Local Brews are a constant weekto-week presence at the market, serving up locally sourced fruits, veggies, and beer, Jackson says the vendors will rotate on a fairly consistent basis. The rotation of the 30-plus vendors means patrons can discover something new each week. Strolling through the market in August may be very different than browsing the same stalls in October. Despite the variability, you can expect to regularly find handmade leather goods, art, and upcycled products. In addition to hand-crafted goods, attendees can grab a slice of pizza from

The idea for a weekly Bellingham Handmade Market came about during conversations between Jackson and the folks at Goods. Jackson says they both wanted to create a shopping space that focused on Bellingham artisans as a way to “extend and encourage growth in the community.” Part of their mission involves building relationships between retailers and consumers. Going forward, Jackson hopes the market can become a nonprofit organization. For now, in the market’s first year, she says they’re still just learning the ropes.  2620 Northwest Ave., Bellingham 360.303.9115 |

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THE SHOP In December 2018, Just 4 Paws Pet Boutique opened in La Conner. Dedicated to furry friends, the store provides an inviting space where all kinds of pet lovers can stock up on pet food and supplies. Dogs are always welcome in the store — in fact, fresh water and house-made treats await all four-legged visitors. For humans, sharing pet pictures and stories often becomes part of the experience.

THE ATMOSPHERE Located on Morris Street, the craftsmanstyle building features natural light from large street-side windows and wooden floors. Pet food is centrally located and the surrounding built-in shelves hold large and small dog beds, playful kitty condos, collars, and stuffed toys.

KEY PEOPLE Owner Cheryl Rogers-Davis always dreamed of running a pet boutique. Today, the store is a family-owned-and-operated business; her mother Terri manages the day-to-day operations while Rogers works a full-time job in the health industry. When

the time is right, she plans to transition to the store full-time. “The store is a great way to meet people in such a happy environment,” says Rogers. “It is very satisfying to have people walk in the store and share stories and photos of their pets.” Thor, Rogers’ 140-pound Akita, sometimes works as the official store greeter.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND The store prides itself on providing quality American-made pet food for dogs and cats with brands like NutriSource and The Honest Kitchen. Other everyday pet necessities include ceramic food bowls, traditional and retractable leashes, supplements, and pet treats. Pet owners will also find something for themselves. The store offers odor removing candles; memorial items; dog-and catthemed bracelets; “Dog Mom” shirts, signs, magnets, stickers, and mugs; and floor mats with sayings like “Love, Peace, and Muddy Paws” or “I Love Cats. It’s People I Can’t Stand.” Upcoming plans include providing their own healthy dog treats and building custom dog houses. 

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Rolling Food Truck Love



he food trucks you’ll find on the following pages are the rock stars of their industry: inventive, fresh, and so spontaneous you may not find them in the same place twice. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to have access to so many different styles of food. Whether you’re craving Indian, Mexican, Salvadorian, or vegan cuisine, there’s no wrong answer to, “Which food truck should I visit next?” We’re even luckier that many chefs are choosing to mobilize their meals so foodies can grab a bite wherever they go, be it to a festival, brewery, or baseball game. If you’re looking for some serious food truck satisfaction, see our breakdown of some of the area’s most popular trucks and treats.



Big Stick BBQ R

ick’s love of barbecue took off in 2007, when his children gifted him his first smoker for Christmas. His collection eventually grew to five smokers until — at the request of his wife, Linda — he reduced his stockpile to three. Later, as his 50th birthday approached, Rick wondered what to do with himself after retirement. Looking for inspiration, he studied the behavior of his dog, Bosco, who was roughly the same age as him in dog-years. An Australian Shepherd, Bosco was comfortable just sitting in one place, but also loved riding in the back of the family’s Dodge Durango, ready to head out on an adventure. While out exploring, Rick would throw a stick for Bosco to fetch, but Bosco would never bring back the same stick — instead, he would return with a very, very big stick. Rick realized he wanted to be like Bosco: always running ahead and grabbing the biggest stick he could find. Taking a lesson from his dog, Rick decided to start a food truck in his retirement, a place where he and Linda could serve food and chat with the community. The food truck would be his big stick, something he could take hold of, balance, and run with. Big Stick BBQ food truck is a result of Rick’s passion for great barbecue combined with his love for the Bellingham community. 46

“Because, seriously, life is too short to chase small sticks!”


August 2–4 | Commercial Avenue If you’re stopping by the Anacortes Arts Festival, be sure to check out Food Truck Alley. A foodie’s paradise, the 6th Street block will exclusively feature regional food trucks. Several pop-up vendors will also appear throughout the festival. Kick off the last month of summer with art, food, and sunshine.


August 16–18 | Civic Center Playfield Voted in the Top 100 North American Festivals, Taste Edmonds is serving up its 37th year. The festival features three days of music, food, beer, wine, and so much more. Proceeds benefit the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, which in turn helps fund other community events. They are also able to donate almost $25,000 to local charities and nonprofits from the proceeds.


August 23–24 | Downtown Ferndale This event, which has been known to draw as many as 8,000 people, kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Check out the spirits tent, live entertainment, and first round of food. Return Saturday starting at 10 a.m. for a car show, kids’ activities, and more.


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MENU Brisket Sandwich Pulled Pork Sandwich The Rissa Sliders Ribs Pork Belly Burnt Ends Beans Slaw

August 24, 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m. | Wetmore Plaza Admission, as always, is free. Choose from more than 30 food trucks, a market curated by the folks at Everett Makers Market, live music, and more. Want access early? Register for the Yum Run, a foodthemed 5K with snacks along the way. Registration costs $29, and the race starts at 10:30 a.m. Attending the Upper Left Beer Fest? Enjoy in-and-out access to grub from your favorite trucks.


September 29, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Barkley Village Green The 7th year of the Bellingham Food Truck Roundup is sure to be a showstopper. It’s been so popular in the past that buying entry tickets and “Truck Bucks” online in advance is highly encouraged. This year, check out more than 25 local food trucks, a family area, great beer, and live music. Proceeds benefit Whatcom County Food Banks.

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Simmering Tava


hen Rajat Damani left his home country of India to attend college in Georgia, he found himself craving his mother’s home-cooked meals. His mom, Tara Damani, grew up in Calcutta and has always loved to experiment with different ingredients and flavors in the kitchen. Many of the recipes she made for Rajat when he was a kid came from relatives and friends from various cultures and backgrounds. To experience a taste of home in Georgia, Rajat tried to recreate his mother’s eclectic recipes in his own kitchen, often calling his mother for suggestions and ideas. His own cooking inspired him to become more involved in the food industry. In Georgia, he worked at several restaurants, catering companies, and distributors. When Rajat moved to the Pacific Northwest, he opened Simmering Tava to share his love of the food that shaped him.

“Always all-natural ingredients. Never, ever will you find manufactured products. We avoid “fake” and GMO foods at home, and you are our friends and family. We will feed you only with the wholesome, natural ingredients we use ourselves.”

MENU Curry Bowls Curry Combos Pakoras (Veggie Fritters) Naan Tacos


Naan Tacos

StrEAT Food  StrEAT Burger If you’re stopping by StrEAT Food, make sure to try the classic StrEAT Burger, a serious sandwich sure to satisfy even the rumbliest of tummies. Not that hungry? Cut it in half to share. The thick, 1/3pound Angus beef patty is topped with lettuce, onion, and StrEAT Food’s special ketchup mayo and mustard mayo. This anything-but-basic burger is rounded out with a grilled bun. If you catch this fun truck at Wander Brewing on Dean Avenue any given Friday night, try pairing your burger with the Doglost pilsner. The light beer is great for summertime, and nothing spells out summer better than burgers and beer on a patio.

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Let Me Go Although many of these food trucks wander, here’s where you can typically find them. Make sure to check each truck’s website for additional locations and hours.







Barkley Village Farmers Market

James St.



Kulshan K2


Stones Throw






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HANK & BUBBY’S SOMETHING CHEESY Downtown Bellingham Partnership




Aslan Depot


Bellingham Farmers Market


Lopez Island



Burlington I-5


Time Is on My Side BREAKFAST Java Jo’s on the Go

Find “Big Red” at locations throughout Mount Vernon. Grab a coffee and cinnamon roll to start your day off right.

El Taco ‘Bout It

The menu changes daily, but always offers a breakfast special. Find them at the Lopez Island Farmers Market.

LUNCH Poutine Your Mouth

If you’re craving cheese curds, gravy, and fries, find these guys daily at the Lopez Island Farmers market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


With new styles and flavors of their iconic potato hash each week, make sure to stop by their truck located at the corner of 11th Street and Q Avenue in Anacortes.

El Taco ‘Bout It

Courtesy of El Taco ‘Bout It


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Harbin Dumplings

You can find Harbin Dumplings in Anacortes, open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DINNER El Tapatio

El Tapatio has a permanent location on E. Bakerview Road, where it slings authentic Mexican food from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day except Sundays.

Antojos Locos

This tasty Mexican food truck in Burlington is open from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays.


Grab a $3 slice of pizza on Tuesday nights until 7:30 p.m. at Boundary Bay Brewing Company.


The La Gloria Taco Truck is open until 9 p.m. in Everson, serving up tacos, tamales, burritos, and more.

Kid Sister

Find this quirky food truck at Aslan Depot on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m and Wander Brewing from 12 p.m to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Hot Mess

Make a hot mess every Monday night until 9 p.m. at Kulshan Brewery or on Friday and Saturday nights at K2.

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Sage Against the Machine

Quinoa Salad Bowl


ara and Nate Johnson were quickly approaching their wedding date in 2018 when they decided to start their new business. Their love of healthy eating combined with decades of restaurant experience led them to create Sage Against the Machine. Tara, who has been an off-and-on vegan for most of her life, created the menu based on her favorite recipes. The menu is entirely plant-based, with fresh ingredients from ethical and eco-friendly sources. No trans fats or preservatives appear in anything Sage serves. Nate grew up on a traditional Montana diet of meat and potatoes — so how does he feel about owning a vegan, plant-based business? “It doesn’t feel like I’m missing out on anything,” he says. Sage’s mission is to make their food taste familiar but without all the nasty additives. The name is inspired by the ‘90s band Rage Against the Machine, whose music urged revolutionary change. Sage hopes to inspire similar ideas of change in the food industry. 52

“With hard work and dedication, we believe the world is ours to create. We feel blessed and excited for this opportunity to grow with our community.”

Kebab Casual  Falafel Sandwich The falafel in this classic vegan sandwich boasts fermented lemon peel, cilantro, and garlic. Accompanied by cucumber, house-made pickled turnip, and organic oak leaf lettuce, it’s served on grilled flatbread that’s made fresh daily using Skagit Valley flour. Tahini and HOSA hot sauce add extra flavor and kick. Enjoy Za’atar fries on the side. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can find this truck on the corner of W. North Street and Meridian, next to 76 gas station and cattycorner from Menace Brewing. It’s also available for catering.

MENU BREAKFAST Avocado Toast Fruit and Cashewgurt Parfait Strawberry Fields Forever Breakfast Burrito

LUNCH/DINNER Notchos Chips and QuesNo Cilantro Lime Burrito Black Bean Quinoa Burger California Roll Bowl Jackfruit Reuben Caesar Salad Red Lentil Chili Bowl Quinoa Salad Bowl BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich Street Taco Trio Southwest Chipotle Sandwich/Wrap

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Super Mario’s

Wonder Burrito


ario fled El Salvador during the dangerous civil war. His first home in the United States was in Los Angeles, where he met his wife, Raquel. When it was time to start a family, Mario and Raquel decided to raise their children somewhere else; they moved to Bellingham in the early 2000s. Mario got a job at Trident Seafoods, where his uncanny ability to fix things earned him the nickname “Super Mario.” His signature phrase was, “I can fix it.” In 2003, Mario and Raquel decided to start their own business. Mario knew Raquel was a superstar in the kitchen, so the food industry was an obvious choice. When they found the perfect food truck back in Los Angeles, they flew down to California and drove it all the way back to Bellingham to the spot where it still sits on Forest Street. The truck was so successful that Mario and Raquel opened their own restaurant in 2009. They plan to open a second food truck sometime in the future. Despite living in Bellingham for nearly two decades, Mario hasn’t forgotten his roots. At the food truck, customers will find a jar of change. While it may look like a tip jar, the earnings actually help provide meals to hungry children in El Salvador.

MENU Pupusas

“All proceeds [from T-shirt sales] will go to children in need in El Salvador. Since the business first

Wonder Burrito Tamales Tacos

opened, the staff has donated a portion of tips to


children in El Salvador, and now we will be adding


these proceeds to our donations.”

Enchiladas Quesadillas Torta


Brown Sugar Mobile Mouth Hole

Known for their waffle sandwiches, Mobile Mouth Hole occasionally sweetens the deal with desserts. Make sure to try their fried chicken on a candied pecan waffle with fireroasted rosemary peach sauce and a cognac vanilla bean whip. Who said waffles are just for breakfast?

Sugar Shack

Picture a traditional ice cream truck — now picture it a hundred times cuter. Sugar Shack offers a grown-up twist on the street-side trucks you loved as a kid. Catch them in Blaine, Birch Bay, Ferndale, Lynden, and Bellingham.

This out-of-this-world ice cream truck features more than 20 ice cream flavors and several options for toppings and dips, allowing you to create whatever combination your sweet tooth craves. Although these astronauts of ice cream are based out of Oak Harbor, you can occasionally find them at Deception Pass State Park.

Hank & Bubby’s

If you’re ever at a Bellingham Bells games, you might spot a white truck sitting near the outfield, a friendly cow painted on the side. If you do, it’s worth an any-inning stretch to walk over and get a scoop or two.

Sugar Shack

Courtesy of KSugar Shack

Cosmic Ice Cream

Kona Ice

Shaved ice is a rare commodity in Washington. Luckily, there’s Kona Ice. Some trucks even let you add your own flavors at their self-serve FlavorWave station. Check out their Facebook page at Kona Ice of Bellingham to see where they’re popping up next.

Kurly’s Kart

While Kurly’s might be best known for their fries, their desserts are a close second. Try the Fried Banana Tempura topped with banana whipped cream. Their gluten-free donuts are also a big hit, prepared old-fashioned style and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.

DaziPop Cupcakes

Tracey Dalusio started her online cupcake business in 2012. Since then, she’s begun using a trailer to cater events and bring her sweets to the streets. In addition to gourmet cupcakes, DaziPop also offers LolliCakes, sweet rolls, muffins, truffles, cakes, and gluten-free options. Find Tracey and her cute cart at events throughout Whatcom County.

Kona Ice

Courtesy of Kona Ice

West Coast Pops

With two carts, you can find West Coast Pops almost anywhere this summer. They just opened their storefront on State Street, but have been known to frequent the Bellingham Farmers Markets on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check their social media pages to find out where they’re popping up next. August 2019 55



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HABITAT Home Remodel Tips and Tricks · Featured Home



he Twin Peaks Passivhaus + ADU, which appeared as part of this year’s Northwest Green Home Tour, started with countless hours of research on the owners’ end. Their main goal: to minimize their ecological impact in the face of climate change. From there, they assembled the dream team — [bundle] design studio and Bellingham Bay Builders — to finalize their plans and build a home that meets the rigorous standards of a Passive House. … continued on next page

HABITAT Featured Home

… This sustainable home uses cutting-edge technologies and strategies, such as solar energy with battery storage and a complete high-density foam insulation wrap for the foundation. It features a heat recovery ventilator, air-tight building envelope, and durable surfaces that ensure amazing air quality for years to come. For the owners of Twin Peaks Passivhaus + ADU, the house’s netpositive energy performance is perhaps the most exciting feature. The energy profile of the home with its ADU will have a small offsetting effect on greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. 




Is Your Room Keeping You up at Night? The Relationship Between Sleep and Interior Design WRITTEN BY SAMANTHA KENT


ou might think your design choices have little to no impact on how well you sleep, but evidence suggests this isn’t the case. When designing a room, there are three C’s to keep in mind to help yourself or someone else get a good night’s sleep: color, clutter, and comfort.

COLOR Believe it or not, the colors you pick for a room can have a huge impact on sleep. Too much of a high-impact color in a room can affect someone’s sleep cycle. Travelodge found that blue was the best color for helping someone get a good night’s sleep, but there are other colors that also work well, including yellow, green, silver, and orange. These colors have been found to aid in getting a good night’s rest — something we could all use more of. While certain colors can help you sleep, other colors have the opposite effect. Colors that are too vibrant can lead to distractions at bedtime, while colors that are too dark can make a room seem more depressive. Colors to avoid include brown, gray, gold, purple, and red. Colors can also affect more than just sleep. For instance, research shows that people with green bedrooms are more likely to wake up feeling upbeat, while those with orange bedrooms experience fewer issues with indigestion.

CLUTTER Make sure to leave enough space for some living. Clutter can easily increase stress and anxiety levels. Before going to sleep, tidy up the space around your bed. Tuck away items that might cause you to think about tomorrow’s to-do list: stacks of papers, your laptop, and even your phone. If you’re doing renovations or redecorations, try adding curtains or doors to your storage areas so that whoever is sleeping in the room doesn’t have to look at the clutter. It will do wonders for their sleep.

COMFORT Minimalism is great, but comfort is key in any design scheme. Make sure you have enough pillows — comfortable pillows, not just decorative throw pieces — to actually get a good night’s rest. Make sure the bed is comfortable and accommodates any needs, such as the need for a firm or soft mattress.  August 2019 59

Beer Delivery now available Gluten Free & Vegan Options Over 54 Beers on Tap 1118 E. Maple Street, Bellingham 360-647-3600

Traditional American Bar & Grill 1304 12th Street, Bellingham, WA Downtown Fairhaven 360.526.2905 •


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Fairhaven’s newest restaurant proudly serving fresh cut steaks, seafood and old school favorites like chicken pot pie. Stop by and try some grill favorites in our comfortable dining room and lounge area. We also have a full bar with a wide selection of spirits, wine and 15 draught beers.

Hours: Tues-Thurs 11:30am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sunday 11:30am-9pm


8 Great Tastes · Dining Guide · Mixing Tin · Sip



ith the summer heat in full blaze, it’s time to hit the ice cream shops. There’s nothing better than an August day spent lounging on the grass at Fairhaven Village Green, cone in-hand. Luckily, Fairhaven offers three top-notch options for ice cream: Edaleen Dairy, Acme Ice Cream (where you can also pick up a famous Rocket donut), and Sirena Gelato. Whether you’re a fan of creamy or fruity, we made the ultimate sacrifice and tried them all. … continued on next page

EDALEEN DAIRY … FRUITY — PASSIONFRUIT & GUAVA I’ve tasted this combo in juice and sorbet before, but in ice cream? The combination of dairy and these two unique fruity flavors creates a deliciously sweet and tangy result. EM





This ice cream from Acme tastes like popping a handful of berries in your mouth, but even more refreshing. It has a perfect creamy texture with pieces of blueberry throughout. ES

My favorite scoop of the day was this sunshine-yellow-colored gelato. Light and airy, this treat was the nearly-literal cherry on top. LM

CHOCOLATEY — BLACK COCOA CHOCOLATEY — ALMOND COFFEE FUDGE If you’re a chocolate fan, but you’re looking for a spin on the flavor, this scoop delivers all the chocolate taste with notes of coffee and bits of almond for an extra crunch. ES

CLASSIC — MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP This is my long-time favorite flavor, and Edaleen’s rendition did not disappoint. With creamy mint ice cream and crunchy chocolate chips, this scoop reminded me of childhood summers. LM

SOMETHING NEW — COTTON CANDY Berry sweet with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency, this flavor brings back memories of summer fairgrounds. The crunchy sugar confetti mixed in is a fun surprise. KP 62

CHOCOLATEY — FUDGE BROWNIE This ice cream perfectly mimics its chocolatey namesake. The combination of chewy brownie bits and walnut morsels compliments the ooey-gooey fudge swirl base. KP

This intensely rich, bittersweet scoop certainly lives up to its name, reminding me of a decadent piece of chocolate tart. I’d recommend finding another chocolate-loving friend to share this generous scoop. EM



With a scoop that fills the cone all the way down, a bite of this classic flavor blends rich cream with flecks of vanilla. EM

The bits of coffee grounds and creamy base are a great sweet and bitter combination. It might be better than a real cup o’ joe. KP



I love amaretto creamer for my coffee, so I had to try this ice cream. I was pleasantly surprised by the thick almond-flavored ice cream with slivers of almonds in each bite. LM

After living in Thailand, I have a soft spot for anything Thai-inspired. This coconut gelato is perfect for summer. With its soft texture and fresh flavor, you’ll be transported to a tropical wonderland. ES 

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ingredients. With homemade tortillas, fresh garnishes, and slow-braised meats, each taco tastes and looks like a small masterpiece just waiting to be demolished.   COBALT GRILL AND LOUNGE American 1304 12th St., Bellingham 360.526.2905, Sandwiched between the historic Waldron building and Fairhaven Gold sits Colbalt Grill and Lounge, formerly Whiskey’s Burger Bistro. Chef and owner John Enright says the menu will change regularly, and daily specials will cater to customer feedback and seasonal ingredients. The menu emphasizes local seafood, natural products, and an array of selections from the bar. The drinks menu is a whopping five pages long, with an expanding list of cocktails, wine, and other spirits, including 31 whiskeys. Try the Coconut Prawns with sweet chili sauce or the BAMB Burger, a blend of beef and lamb with feta cheese, arugula, roasted tomato, pesto mayo, and a fluffy bun. I recommend the garlic parmesan yam fries. For a dinner entree, try the 10-inch Chicken Pot Pie. For dessert, indulge in the warm Apple Raisin Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce.




1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188,

7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, such as peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees, and drinks. Steaks, seafood, and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.

German, Steak

638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.306.8342 Black Forest Steakhouse offers a versatile dining experience. It’s fancy enough for special occasions, anniversaries, and graduation celebrations, but it’s also a place you’ll want to go to any day. Black Forest cooks their steaks different than most other steakhouses: They broil them in a 1,600-degree oven, leaving the meat tender and flavorful.   BLACK SHEEP Mexican 215 W. Holly St., Ste. 101, Bellingham 360.526.2109, Co-owners Charlie Pasquier and Chas Kubis opened Black Sheep with the same approach they took to Goat Mountain Pizza years earlier, with a devotion to scratch-made, fresh

1155 E. Sunset Dr., Ste. 105, Bellingham 360.306.8510, A peek into The Grill’s kitchen will reveal a lamb rotisserie awaiting carving for your Traditional Gyro. The menu has plenty of variety; order anything from a hot dog to an Italian sandwich.


FIAMMA BURGER American 1309 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.733.7374, One word speaks volumes about Fiamma Burger: variety. With a multitude of patty types and more than 20 menu options, there are endless possibilities for a burger masterpiece. All burgers are served on a fresh-baked bun, with crisp lettuce and all the usual fixings. You can even get a “burger in a bowl,” served without the bread. Spice it up with chipotle ketchup, spicy mustard, or curry mayo, then cool it down with a beer or milkshake.   FILLING STATION American 1138 Finnegan Way, Bellingham 360.715.1839 716 Alabama St., Bellingham 360.746.2079, The 1950s vibe resonates within the walls of this all-American burger joint. From the antique gas pump to the car memorabilia lining the restaurant, The Filling Station is Fairhaven’s newest go-to spot to satisfy your hunger. With names like Chevy Pickup, Mustang, and Thunderbird, the menu provides different burger selections along with appetizers like Dip Sticks (deep-fried zucchini strips), Hot Rod (footlong hot dog), or the Junkyard (classic, onion, and tire fries).

GRAHAM’S RESTAURANT American 9989 Mount Baker Hwy., Glacier 360.599.9883 Graham’s Restaurant is the classic, rustic stop for a good burger and brew in Glacier, especially for hungry travelers. Built in 1904, the building represents a long-gone era in the Mount Baker wilderness. Connected to an oldtimey grocery store, the cabin-like restaurant is made complete by black-and-white photos of the cast from the 1935 film “Call of the Wild,” starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, warming their hands over the little stove oven which still sits there today.

RIFUGIO’S COUNTRY ITALIAN CUISINE Italian 5415 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.592.2888,

FAIRHAVEN POKE Hawaiian 1102 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.922.7494, You’ll be taking a personal trip to the islands when you bite into Fairhaven Poke’s poke bowl concoction. The iconic raw fish, doused in a unique blend of sauces, along with a variety of other topping options are piled onto a bed of homemade sushi rice or salad. Customers then garnish their bowls with additional condiments such as furikake, a Japanese nori seasoning.

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

THE GRILL Greek, American


Rifugio’s brings fine dining to the “wilderness.” Fifteen miles out on Mount Baker Highway, just past Deming, sits a funky old cafe that has been transformed into an oasis for foodies and coffee-lovers alike. Menu items befit their Italian name and the dinner menu changes weekly, begging for a second trip. A small covered deck with colorful lanterns sits adjacent to the dining room for your al fresco pleasure. Just beyond, in a meadow, sits a red deck used as a stage and centerpiece for special dinners under the stars.

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A Blast From The Past


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Wally’s Barber Shop 314 E Holly St #100 Bellingham 360-647-0807

KURUKURU SUSHI Japanese, Sushi 11 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.8224, KuruKuru Sushi, which translates to “go around Sushi,” offers not only a good meal, but a good experience as well. Along with the more traditional sushi, delicious lightly tempura-fried sushi also makes its way around the conveyor belt. If you don’t see something you like, the chefs behind the counter will gladly make something for you.

Grill-ready skewers Summer barbecues are a snap

with our new prepared skewers from our Meat Department. Choose from lamb, chicken, pork, or beef marinated in savory sauces that are custom-blended with simple, pure ingredients. Add a few fresh veggies, like portabello mushrooms, bell peppers and zucchini to roast alongside the meat, and your whole meal will be ready to eat in no time. Can’t choose? Grab a few of each!

Beef skewers

Double R Ranch Beef Choice Top Sirloin is flavorful and tender.

Chicken skewers

Vegetarian-fed and free of antibiotics, every bite is moist and flavorful.

Pork skewers

Naturally raised, the meat is from the loin for best flavor and tenderness. Prepared with care by Haggen for easy cooking and serving.

Lamb skewers

Add some variety to your grilling routine with sustainablyraised lamb.

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1200 10th St., Ste. 103, Bellingham 360.483.8569, Paris, London, New York, Vancouver, and Bellingham all have them: little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches, and hot soup du jour fill the air. With an astounding selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate, and your choice of fresh fruit. A crêpe option for every crêpe craving.   NORTHWATER Regional NW 4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.398.6191, From breakfast to late night dinner, northwater’s 185-seat restaurant features a diverse menu of Pacific Northwest dishes made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The restaurant’s waitstaff is personable and enthusiastic — eager to answer our questions about ingredient sources and what desserts they’d recommend.   SWIM CLUB WET BAR American, Bar 1147 11th St., Bellingham 360.393.3826, “To drink is to swim, and this is the club we do it in.” This wet bar on the edge of Fairhaven boasts a rotating food and drink menu, along with seasonal pop-ups. The owners wanted to evoke the carefree, fun nature of a pool party, with decor and drinks that boost the vacation vibes. Even in a February snow storm, Swim Club still feels like a tropical getaway.

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513 South 1st St., La Conner 360.399.1805, A welcoming atmosphere, local food prepared with care, and great music make Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage a must-visit. The assortment of house-infused Polish vodkas and myriad of local beers on tap will make you wonder why you didn’t visit sooner. Na zdrowie!   CALICO CUPBOARD American 901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.293.7315 720 S. 1st St., La Conner, 360.466.4451 121-B Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon, 360.336.3107 Since 1981, Calico Cupboard has been serving the purest, most heart-healthy, and high-quality ingredients. Made with freshly milled, organically-grown, whole grain and unbleached flour, the cafe aims to promote its local farmers and gratify your body in the process. Sit down for breakfast or lunch, or just order from the bakery and grab an espresso to go. Calico Cupboard will leave you full, but feeling homey, healthy, and happy.   CATRINA TACOS & TEQUILA Mexican 517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566, Catrina Tacos & Tequila is known for their take on Street Tacos  —  with a multitude of meat fillings to choose from, double tortillas, cilantro, and onions — but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. With plenty of drinks to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again.

Seaside BBQ Series Weekends, 5:30 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday until September, the Semiahmoo Resort is celebrating the summer on their seaside lawn. They will have an a la carte menu of items like hot dogs, hamburgers, and a hot pot of local seafood. The evening will begin with live music and games, lasting until 8:30 p.m. Seating is first-come-first-served, so get there early. Semiahmoo Resort 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine |

Bellingham NW Wine Festival August 10, 6 p.m. Hosted by the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation, this festival features 55 Pacific Northwest wineries. There will also be tasty food from eight different Whatcom County restaurants. Whether you’re an experienced connoisseur or just there to have a good time, this is the perfect opportunity to taste new wines and walk away with a souvenir glass. Four Points by Sheraton 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham


Villa Maria Winemaker Dinner

18611 Main St., Conway 360.445.4733

August 15, 5:30 p.m.

Don’t let tiny Conway fool you — this pub packs big flavor. Though the town is unincorporated, business is never slow in this watering hole. Farmers often come here after a hard day’s work, as well as bikers making a pit stop on a scenic weekend ride. Brimming with beer and Americana spirit, Conway Pub & Eatery is a Skagit Valley icon.

This dinner starts with a glass of wine or bubbly from Villa Maria, a winery based in Auckland, New Zealand. Then, enjoy a carefully catered five-course dinner, with attention to how the meal pairs with each drink. Winemakers will be there to educate guests on pairings and process. Semiahmoo Resort 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine |

ENCORE* Epicurean Dining 5984 North Darrk Ln., Bow 360.724.0124,

Taste of Woodinville Dinner Cruise

Located within The Skagit Casino Resort, the newly remodeled and re-energized Encore restaurant strives itself in creating everything in house from scratch by utilizing fresh and natural ingredients from locally sourced products. Inside the room, featured photographs of personalities from the music industry, recognizing The Skagit Casino Resort’s long history with entertainment; a platform that differentiates them from local competition. Take an epicurean dining adventure and discover one of the best restaurants in the region.

August 23, 6:30 p.m.

This fully-catered dinner cruise features several winemakers teaching guests about wine selections. Featured this month are Mari Womack from Damsel Cellars, Tim Stevens of Stevens Winery, and Darby English of Darby Winery. While guests take in the scenery, they will be treated to a meal of cracked crab, chicken, salad, bread, and dessert. Hellam’s Vineyard 109 N. 1st St., Ste. 101, La Conner | August 2019 65


Fireside Martini & Wine Bar Summertime Blue Ingredients: Butterfly pea-infused white rum and cock‘n bull ginger beer. $7.00

404 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon 360.336.2884, Made with Yakima Valley hops and Northwest barley and wheat, Skagit River Brewery produces the finest beers with distinguishable tastes. Seasonal beers also appear on the menu for locals to try something new. To complement the beers and non-alcoholic drinks, the brewery also prides itself on its selection of foods from wood-fired pizza to house-smoked ribs. Beer brings people together. At least it’s proven so at Skagit River Brewery.   SWINOMISH SPORTS BAR & GRILL American

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12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes 888.288.8883, Located along the waterfront of Anacortes, this is not your run-of-the-mill sports bar. While you can go the more classic bar-food route, this restaurant offers Italian, barbeque, seafood, Southern, among many other cuisine styles. Find the latest lines, watch the race, or grab a beer and grub as you watch every play, pass, and score.   TAQUERIA LA BAMBA Mexican 2222 Riverside Dr., Ste. 850, Mount Vernon 360.424.0824 Off the road and inside a small plaza sits a little gem — a family-run, low-key Mexican restaurant. Taqueria La Bamba offers authentic taco truck food in a sit-down restaurant. The salsas are spicy, full of flavor, and made in-house. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food at a low price, eat here and you won’t be disappointed.   VAGABOND STATION Southern 2120 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.421.4227,


ven Washington summers can bring serious heat, so drop by Fireside if you’re ever aching to chill out and cool off. Order a Summertime Blue, snag one of their many eclectic slipper chairs, and prepare for a show. When the ginger beer is added to the white rum infusion, this whizzbanger of a cocktail changes from sapphire blue to fuschia in seconds. And it doesn’t just look pretty — the ginger taste is just enough to jazz up the crisp, cool, rum flavor.


Their menu rings true — it is a refresher any time of the year. Besides your magical beverage, you can be entertained by live musical performances on the weekends, or join them on Tuesdays to test your skills during Trivia Extravaganza. The mixologist’s mellow energy combined with conversational patrons makes it easy to forget the time and enjoy yourself from noon ‘till night. Kelly Pearce 416 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.738.1000 |

Vagabond Station is known for its mostly Southern-style menu with a few curveballs. Dig into a prime rib sandwich, a meatlover’s dream that is difficult to find in this day of well-done meat. Try a bowl of Vagabond Chili, the Santa Fe cornbread, or a wiscuit — biscuit dough cooked in a waffle maker. Of course, there’s crispy fried chicken and waffles, and their signature sandwich, the Yard Bird: chicken, cheddar cheese, and gravy piled onto a fresh, fluffy biscuit.

SAN JUAN CATKIN CAFÉ American 11 Point Lawrence Rd., Olga 360.376.3242, The menu of this Orcas Island eatery may be small, but it is mighty. Breakfast and lunch



Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris Three Must-Have White Wines for Summer WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAN RADIL


iesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris: a trio of tasty white wines with medium to high acidity at their core and unlimited food-pairing potential. They’re an absolute must to have in your cellar year-round and serve as perfect go-to wines during the warmer summer months. For an excellent selection of these three white wines, look no further than our own Washington State, where they’re made in a wide range of flavors, styles, and sweetness levels ranging from bone-dry to candy-sweet.

RIESLING: VERSATILE AND AFFORDABLE Riesling could arguably be called the most versatile wine you’ll find on the marketplace. Why? It’s one of the few wines — red or white — that sells well in a dry, off-dry, sweet, and late harvest (very sweet) style. It also does incredibly well as a sparkling wine — Yakima Valley’s Treveri Cellars Celebration Cuvée (about $20) is a great example — and is a terrific pairing partner for spicy foods.

Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Sweet Katherine Riesling (about $13) — If you like big, expressive Rieslings, this latest release from the Prosser winery should put a smile on your face. Explosive white peach and apricot flavors are capped by a honeylike finish that’s accentuated with refreshing, laser-sharp acidity.

SAUVIGNON BLANC: UNDERUSED AND UNDERRATED Sauvignon Blanc’s high acidity is the key to its ability to pair with food, perhaps even more so than Chardonnay. This feature allows the wine to cut through the fat content of foods and contrast well with dishes cooked in butter or cream-based sauces. Sauvignon Blanc may also be the quintessential wine to pair with seafood. Its minerally characteristics make it a natural choice to serve with any seafood and shellfish with similar qualities. Three of Cups 2018 Le Voeu Sauvignon Blanc (about $16) — Woodinville winemaker Mike Metheny hits a home run

with this stunning and sensuous new release. It features fragrant lemongrass and green herb aromatics, juicy rubyred grapefruit flavors, and a weighty yet vibrant lemon-drop finish.

PINOT GRIS: THE “NEWER KID ON THE BLOCK” Twenty years ago, Pinot Gris barely registered as a Washington white wine varietal. Today, it ranks third in production behind Riesling and Chardonnay and continues its rise as an all-purpose crowd-pleaser with an easy-to-drink persona. Pinot Gris isn’t a high-acid grape by nature, but by growing it in cooler areas or harvesting it early, winemakers can achieve higher acidity levels to give the wine a brighter, crisper quality. Gravel Bar Winery 2015 Pinot Gris (about $18) — This Columbia Valley winery tends to hold back its white wines before release, and this older vintage Pinot Gris is still drinking beautifully. There’s a faint whiff of petrol on the nose with pear, cantaloupe, and green melon flavors that provide a slightly round quality to balance out the crisp finishing note. 

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DINE Restaurant Review

Ten Years of Delicious Eats Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY LARA DUNNING


reasured for its fresh and local seafood, Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon has been a favorite dining destination in Anacortes for a decade now. The restaurant’s 10-year anniversary coincides with some changes, including a store remodel, tasty new menu items, and a rotating tap featuring local brews. The restaurant’s atmosphere reflects the owners’ backgrounds. Bob Atterberry grew up in Anacortes and spent much of his time at sea; his wife, Barbara, is a New Jersey gal with fond memories of summers on the beach and boardwalk. The result is a bright red chowder house with cutouts of mermaids and a trio of pirates made by Bill Mitchell. At the door, a stoic, bearded seaman directs you inside, where the bright colors continue and fish swim across the wall. The restaurant specializes in all things seafood, from fried calamari to oyster burgers and grilled wild prawns. Everything — except the ketchup — is made from scratch. To start, order Bob’s New England Style Clam Chowder, one of my personal favorites. Pair it with Bob’s Salmon Wrap with greens, huckleberries, and Lemon Love dressing or Bob’s Tacos with house taco sauce, cabbage, and cilantro. New savory additions include the Rock Crab Tater Tots with stoneground Bing cherry mustard, Fried Avocados tossed in a spicy panko and served with a cilantro lime sauce and the Rock Crab Roll with crab salad and Lemon Love dressing. Landlubbers can dive into a Sweet Chile Pork Belly with cabbage and Tangerine Tango dressing on ciabatta bread or the Triple Cheese Grilled Cheese. Pair your meal with a huckleberry or sarsaparilla soda, wine by the glass, hard cider, bottled beer, or a featured beer on tap. Little tykes can order off a special menu and when it’s time for something sweet, choose from tempting dessert creations such as the Mt. Baker Macaroon, Aunt Cinde’s Coconut Cake, or Marty’s Magnificent Brownie. If you’re looking for local seafood or want to stock up on an award-winning line of dressings, Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon is the place to go. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  3320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.299.8000 |


are served late and their menu features meat and produce grown on the island. Don’t forget about their bakery before heading out  —  all sweets and baked goods are made in-house.





325 Prune Alley, Eastsound 360.376.3984 Beloved by loyal patrons for its large portions and casual, customizable meals, Island Skillet is a must-stop for anyone visiting Orcas Island. A rustic metal rooster outside the entrance sets the tone. Start the day with a skillet breakfast complete with a bottomless cup of coffee. Sandwiches rule the lunch menu, and you can choose from a lengthy list of sides and customizations for most items, so you can totally have it your way.   PRIMA BISTRO French 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. The selection of red and white wines offers options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and world-class views, be sure to visit Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.   SALTY FOX COFFEE American 85 Front St., Friday Harbor 360.622.2486, When owner Andrea Hampton put together her coffee shop’s food menu, she worked hard to create items that were easy to make, but still healthy and satisfying. She wanted to be able to serve ferry riders on a time schedule, along with locals who come in for breakfast or lunch. Guests can take anything to go, including sealed wine and beer, much of which is locally made on the island.

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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TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 NW Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine, and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit.


Goji Bistro’s Hawaiian Fried Rice is a cultural paradise. Order it at level three spiciness for the perfect balance of Hawaiian heat.

If you’re at Jalapeños for happy hour, try the Mini Burritos. They’re adorably tiny, perfectly tasty, and pair delightfully with a Big Mama margarita.

Featuring Canadian bacon and Tapatío sauce — flavors from our neighbors to the north and south — the Border Patrol pie at Fairhaven Pizza is a must. Order online and pick up or dine-in.

If the Chuck Wagon Burger were a cake, the tasty garlic aioli would be the icing on top. As if The Filling Station’s burgers weren’t great enough on their own, they also come with the best fries.

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You will definitely make a mess when eating the Aslan Grinder at the downtown Avenue Bread. Grab plenty of napkins and dig in.

El Gitano has three locations, which is handy if you’re craving a carne asada quesadilla. Add a side of rice and beans to make a second meal of leftovers.

If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, try the Black Bean Hash from the Horseshoe Cafe. With black beans, pepper jack cheese, and a garlic red pepper sauce, these hash browns are a meal of their own.

The Mexi Skillet at Homeskillet in the Sunnyland neighborhood is a south-of-the-borderinspired feast. It’s the perfect fill-up brunch in the quirkiest dining room in Bellingham. Lindsey Major

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Featured Events · Listings · The Scene · Final Word

Pink Boat Regatta Sailing for a Cure AUGUST 24, 11:30 A.M.


ou’ll be tickled pink by the cheerful and supportive atmosphere at this event, which raises money for breast cancer research and prevention. Every year, Pink Boat Regatta participants decorate their sailboats and themselves in pink in preparation for the sailing competition. Proceeds from the events in Bellingham, Seattle, and Tacoma benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which aims to prevent and cure the disease by advancing research. Sailors and supporters begin campaigning months in advance. Since its beginning in 2012, the Pink Boat Regatta has raised $555,000. Bellingham Yacht Club 2625 S. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham 360.733.7390 |

© Damian Vines Photography


Bellingham Symphony Orchestra Plays Bach


composer Kevin Puts. Tickets are available online.

and Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe.”


Orcas Center 917 Mount Baker Rd., Eastsound 360.376.6636,

The Skagit Casino Resort 5984 N. Darrk Ln., Bow 877.275.2448,




Country music singer Carly Pearce will perform at Snoqualmie Casino before performing at Watershed. Pearce’s debut single “Every Little Thing” topped the U.S. Country Airplay charts at #1 in 2017. The show opens with line dancing by The Wolf’s DeAnna Lee and her Boot Boogie Babes.

AUGUST 23, 7 P.M.

This special season add-on performance pairs Bach with contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. BSO musicians Deborah Arthur, Shu-Hsin Ko, and Gail Ridenour will perform three Bach classics with Pärt’s “If Bach Had Been a Beekeper” and “Collage on B-A-C-H.” A limited-seating, pre-concert lecture will take place before the concert at 6:15 p.m. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, ORCAS ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL AUGUST 2–17, TIMES VARY

The 22nd annual Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival provides 10 concerts over two weeks with performances from internationally renowned artists. The opening concert features Metropolitan Opera star Susan Graham and pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The final concerts feature the world premiere of a new string quartet from Pulitzer Prize-winning


AUGUST 29, 7 P.M.

Rock band REO Speedwagon will perform hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s like “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” as well as more recent tracks. The band has sold over 40 million records and charted 13 top-40 hits. Tulalip Resort Casino 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip 360.716.6000, TONY JACKSON AUGUST 16–17, 8 P.M.

Although he only just released his debut album in 2017, Tony Jackson has already earned praise from the country music community for his cover of “Country Road” and his new album, “Tony Jackson.” Jackson also performs hits like George Jones’ “The Grand Tour”

AUGUST 1, 8 P.M.

Snoqualmie Casino 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie 425.888.1234,


You don’t need to be Irish to jam at these weekly gatherings. Enjoy the beer garden’s relaxed atmosphere, where dogs and humans of all ages are welcome. Stay until 8 p.m. to see the featured


You can’t miss out on Lakedale’s third annual Labor Day weekend music festival, featuring renowned jazz guitarist Brian Nova and his Trio. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Islands School Music programs and Terry’s Kids, which further art education in the area. Be sure to get tickets for this weekend of food and music. Lakedale Resort at Threelakes 4313 Roche Harbor Rd., Friday Harbor 360.378.2350,

© Barry Carlton

SWAY WILD Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

performance. You might just fall in love with this genre of music. Boundary Bay Brewery 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.647.5593, SOUL NIGHT AT KOMBUCHA TOWN

performers like Wishbone Ash, Jack Semple, and The Weight Band, you might find yourself staying up well past midnight. Deming Logging Show Grounds 3295 Cedarville Rd., Deming


Looking for an art-filled evening of music and culinary delight? Kombucha Town has you covered with their weekly Soul Night. Their menu features beer, kombucha, and comforting grilled cheese sandwiches you can enjoy as electro-soul band Willdabeast jams out their horndriven beats. Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town 210 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham 360.746.6558, FARMTUNES FRIDAYS, 6 P.M.

Have a classic country experience with Bellewood’s weekly concert lineup. Hit up their country cafe for a burger and beer as you listen to some Pacific Northwest locals like One Lane Bridge, W Lovers, and Queens Bluegrass. They’re sure to please all Americana, folk, or alternative music-lovers. Bellewood Farms 6140 Guide Meridian Rd., Lynden 360.318.7720, MOUNT BAKER R&B FEST AUGUST 1–4, TIMES VARY

This festival celebrates blues to the max with more than 10 live bands, food, and beer to cap off three days of camping around fellow blues enthusiasts. With


With five straight weeks of tunes, Downtown Sounds is one of Bellingham’s biggest summer music events. The last evening of music will feature Monophonics, a psychedelic soul band from San Diego, and Willdabeast, a Bellingham-based electro-soul, hip-hop group. While you listen, enjoy food vendors and a beer and wine garden. Downtown Bellingham Bay St. and Prospect St., Bellingham 360.527.8710

AUGUST 23, 7:30 P.M.

What can’t guitarist and songwriting duo Mandy Fer and Dave McGraw do? Their combination of indie-rock, folk, funk, and pop have kept their Euro-American fanbase interested, especially since their 2014 release “Maritime” reached the #1 spot on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months. While Sway Wild is a new name for their unique blend of sound, Fer and McGraw’s music will continue to make you feel like you’re old friends. San Juan Community Theatre 100 Second St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210,


The culmination of three weeks of work, young actors from SJCT’s Musical Theatre Camp will perform “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” This adaptation of the nine-time, Tony-Award-winning musical follows the story of milkman Tevye and his five daughters as they

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AGENDA Events navigate tradition amidst anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia. San Juan Community Theatre 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor 360.378.3210, MEASURE FOR MEASURE AT THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY This play from the Royal Shakespeare Company follows the story of a young nun who is promised her brother will be saved from execution if she agrees to sleep with a corrupt official. Will anyone believe her if she tries to expose the truth? The play is directed by artistic director Gregory Doran with music by composer Paul Englishby.

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AUGUST 18, 11 A.M.

The Lehman Trilogy

Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St., Bellingham 360.738.0735, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY AT NATIONAL THEATRE AUGUST 25, 11 A.M.

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, this play tells the story of the Lehman brothers, their descendants, and a company that changed the world. Critically acclaimed and nominated for five Olivier Awards, “The Lehman Trilogy” offers insight into one of the biggest financial collapses in history, Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St., Bellingham 360.738.0735, PLAYING (WITH) SHAKESPEARE Participants will learn the construction of Shakespearean language from Andy Friedlander, a former northwestern representative for National Shakespeare Conservatory, NYC. Students will investigate how language can set the scene by reading scenes aloud. Spots can be booked on the Museum of Northwest Art’s website.

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AUGUST 3 & 10, 1 P.M.

Moms Outdoors Hike

Children of any age are welcome, as long as they can keep up with moms with strollers or backpacks. Moms can ask trip leaders about concerns, gear, and tips for bringing kids into the outdoors. Participants will meet in the large field by the Bloedel Donovan Park parking lot, near the gravel trail.

benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Those who purchase tickets get access to a cart, an 18-hole game, three meals, and refreshments throughout the day. Ticketholders can also win prizes like the $10,000 hole-in-one award. The Post Round Party will include a live raffle, music, and drinks.


Bloedel Donovan Park Parking Lot 2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham 360.594.7321,

North Bellingham Golf Course 205 W. Smith Rd., Bellingham 360.671.5477,




AUGUST 12, 10 A.M.

AUGUST 9, 8 A.M.


Shifting Gears is hosting a Moms Outdoors hike at Whatcom Falls Park.

Join the Whatcom County Association of Realtors for their annual golf tournament

Participants of all ages are welcome at this summer event. Children and adults can

Museum of Northwest Art 121 S. 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4446,


or just enjoy the views before heading back. Be sure to pack your own lunch and sign up for the ride online, which begins at Cafe Velo in downtown Bellingham. Cafe Velo 120 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.594.7321,


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Doe Bay Fest

Head out to Orcas Island for the 12th annual Doe Bay Fest, a four-day, grassroots festival with camping, food, drinks, music, and other activities. The music-focused event is hosted by Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, listed as an “ideal escape” by The New York Times. Doe Bay Resort and Retreat 107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga 360.376.2291, SAN JUAN COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 14–17, 10 A.M.

Looking for a classic county fair experience? Launched in 1906, the San Juan County Fair’s theme this year is “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots.” Enjoy rides, music, fair food, farm animals, and competitions at this year’s event. Spike & The Impalers will be performing on the 14th.

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San Juan County Fairgrounds 849 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor 360.378.4310,

Airfest at Bellingham Airport

participate in classic track and field events like javelin, shot put, hurdles, sprints, and running events. Runners can also compete in the Joggers Mile, where they guess their time and then run the event without a watch. Whoever can guess their time within three seconds wins a prize. Civic Field Stadium 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham 360.778.7000,

Nooksack River. This free and familyfriendly day is a great way to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Whatcom County. Take a guided river walk, learn how to tie a fly, or practice casting a fly rod. Nugent’s Corner River Access 3685 Mt. Baker Hwy., Everson 360.715.0283,

AUGUST 24, 10 A.M.

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association hosts this annual event to celebrate fishing and recreation on the

AUGUST 24, 10:30 A.M.

With aircraft and helicopter displays, flight tours, free activities for kids, speakers, informational booths, and airport fire truck demonstrations, AirFest has something for everyone. Parking is free and food trucks will be present. Bellingham International Airport 4255 Mitchell Way, Bellingham 360.671.5674 x7, WHATCOM MUSEUM HISTORY SUNSET CRUISES



AUGUST 31, 8:30 A.M.



Join Shifting Gears for this road bike ride to Breckenridge Blueberries, a certified organic blueberry farm in Everson. Once there, riders have the option to pick their own berries, buy them already packaged,

Enjoy beautiful Bellingham Bay aboard the Victoria Star. Departing from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal this twohour cruise is hosted by historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher, who will tell

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AGENDA Top Picks




Anacortes Arts Festival Downtown Anacortes

Woolley Western Days Hammer Heritage Square, Sedro-Woolley

16–17 AUGUST

Birch Bay Discovery Days Birch Bay Beach Park, Birch Bay


© Lisa Kuhnlein


Balloon and Airplane Festival Arlington Airport, Arlington




Skagit County Fair Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon


© Jay Tolbert


Bacon and Kegs Festival Depot Market Square, Bellingham


Sunflower Festival Home Farm UPick & Events, Birch Bay


© Madison Hendrix



Dog Days of Summer Festival Whatcom Humane Society, Bellingham


stories from the area’s history. Beer and wine are sold on the cruise, but be sure to bring your own picnic and sunglasses. Bellingham Cruise Terminal 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.788.8930,

Park. The festival is a community event with over 30 vendors, music, and a raffle featuring prizes like inflatable stand-up paddle boards. Maple Falls Park 7470 Second St., Maple Falls



Enjoy food from Lighthouse Bar & Grill and live music from varying artists every Thursday through mid-September at the Hotel Bellwether. The summer event series includes local beers on the Waterfront Terrace. The event begins at 5 p.m. and music starts an hour later.


Allied Arts of Whatcom County is bringing back WACK, the Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln, for their 2019 Gallery Series. WACK is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Whatcom County’s ceramic artists pursue their creative expressions in clay. Visit the gallery on varying days from August 2–30.

Hotel Bellwether 1 Bellwether Way., Bellingham 360.392.3100,

Allied Arts of Whatcom County 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.676.8548,



AUGUST 18, 9 A.M.

AUGUST 4, 10 A.M.

Learn how to capture sparkling streams and powerful waterfalls with this waterway-specific class. Join instructor

Head down to Maple Falls for the Bigfoot Festival in support of Maple Falls





Juan Aguilera for an excursion into North Cascades National Park as he teaches participants how to capture dramatic light and long-exposure effects. Be sure to register online ahead of time. Skagit Information Center State Rte. 20, Newhalem 360.854.2599, MOVIE MONDAYS AT THE DEPOT AUGUST 12, 8 P.M.

Head over to Aslan Depot for this monthly summer event, which begins at sunset. August’s movie is “Wayne’s World,” so pick a spot, spread out on your blanket with a beer, and enjoy this classic 1992 comedy under the stars. Dogs are welcome. Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending 1322 N. State St., Bellingham 360.393.4106,










For tickets and info:

Enjoy wine, food, music and more!


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Michelle Wolf brings her comedy to Seattle with a performance at The Neptune. Wolf has risen to fame in recent years with her headliner at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and her Netflix sketch series “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” which she writes, hosts, and produces. Her first hour-long stand up special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” came out in 2017. The Neptune Theatre 1303 Northeast 45 St., Seattle 800.982.2787, THE ROLLING STONES The Rolling Stones are back on their first major U.S. tour in five years. Mick, Keef, Charlie, and Ronnie will perform a mix of hits, fan favorites, and deep cuts, including songs like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Catch the “No Filter” tour at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. CenturyLink Field 800 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle 206.381.7582,

Michelle Wolf

Courtesy Seattle Theatre Group

AUGUST 14, 7:30 P.M.


Folk-rock band Mumford and Sons will be performing with special guest Portugal. The Man at BC Place in Vancouver. Mumford and Sons won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2013 for their album “Babel.” Portugal. The Man won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song “Feel It Still” in 2018. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. BC Place 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver 1.604.669.2300, CLOVER VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL Over 40 breweries will be presenting more than 80 brews at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre for this one-day event. Music line-up Best Night Ever, Red Chair, and Dakota Pearl will perform throughout the day, and food will include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Part of the event proceeds will go to Twins Cancer Fundraising, which has raised over $3 million. Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre Corner of 176 St. and 64 Ave., Surrey 1.604.862.3050,


Clover Valley Beer Festival

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AUGUST 10, 12 P.M.

The Scene


PUPPY RESCUE MISSION FUNDRAISER On June 29, Peace Arch State Park in Blaine buzzed with people and dogs. The occasion? Bow Wow & Woofs pet store hosted its 4th annual fundraising event for Puppy Rescue Mission, an organization that helps brings over dogs that soldiers have bonded with during overseas deployment. The dogs provide invaluable emotional support to vets, helping with PTSD and the stress of readjusting to civilian life. To date, the organization has helped rescue more than 3,000 dogs. This year’s event, which raised over $25,000, featured a barbecue buffet, a most-patrioticpooch contest, and a live auction with some seriously cool swag, including a guitar autographed by The Rolling Stones. All this fun gained greater meaning when veterans and their dogs took the stage to share their stories. Becky Mandelbaum Photos Š Bill Kulas

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NOTES Lasting Image

“I am constantly drawn to Lake Padden for its beautiful setting, hiking trails, and the wildlife one can see there. This mallard preening itself is a perfect example of the beautiful scenes you will find.” JEFF BARCLAY, FERNDALE

North Sound photographers, we want to see what you’ve got. We’re looking for locally generated photographs for our Lasting Image feature. We’re seeking local nature photographs — ones that freeze a moment, tell a story, evoke an emotion. We’ll run your photo, along with your name, where you’re from, where the photo was shot, and a short 40-word write-up about the photo (inspiration for it, how you got it, meaning behind it, etc.). The photo must be high resolution (300 dpi) with no watermarks. Send to Then sit back and enjoy the view.






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