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International Eats If you’re feeling restless to explore a new country, why not start by sampling some exotic foods in your own backyard? Here in the North Sound, we’re lucky to have access to delicious food from all over the world. In these pages, we take a look at only a small slice of what our area has to offer in terms of international cuisine. From Thailand to Poland to Ethiopia and back, you’re sure to find something new worth trying. And because carbs are beloved the world over, we also look at different breads from around the globe. The next time you’re wondering what to eat, flip to these pages to find your answer. Bon appetit, and happy exploring!

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Contents


FEBRUARY 2020 LIFE 16

Wonder Woman  Celeste Mergens

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Book Notes  Reviews, Events, & Podcasts

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Heard Around the Sound  Save the Swans

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Heard Around the Sound  Addiction Treatment Center

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Heard Around the Sound  Spring Training

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Community  Women’s Voting Rights

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Photos clockwise from top: Dean Davidson, Dean Davidson, Lindsey Major, Peter James Photo Studio, courtesy of Kathryn Trueblood.

STYLE

Out and About Valentine’s Day, AM to PM

35 Necessities   Diamonds

TASTE

82 Review   CrossRoads BBQ 84

Recipe  Sunrise Sparkler

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Beauty  Tips for Dry Skin

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Dining Guide

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Local Find  Trumpeter Gallery

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Culinary Events

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Savvy Shopper  The Chipper Bird

88 Five Faves  Date Night

FEATURES

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International Eats

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Menus

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Spotlight  Kathryn Trueblood 25

Apps We Love

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Special Advertising   5 Things to Know About Heart Disease

EVENTS

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Out and About Bellingham Cocktail Week

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Mixing Tin  Cablegram at Jack’s

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8 Great Tastes

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Sip  Pacific Rim Winery

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74 Featured Home   PNW Retreat

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Editor’s Letter

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Contributors

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Letters to the Editor

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Meet the Team

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Top Picks

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Local Events

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Remodel  Dream En Suite

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The Scene  Firefighter’s Ball

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Out of Town

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Necessities  Candles

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Notes  What’s Online

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THE THORNY SIDE OF RED ROSES Ah, red roses, the classic Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie. Unfortunately, if you look closer, these roses may not smell so sweet. Collectively, Americans spend about $2 billion on flowers each Valentine’s Day, according to Vox Media. The state of California is the largest producer of red roses in the U.S., but even it can’t meet the high demand. As a result, roses are often imported from places like Columbia and Ecuador. Throughout the year, flowers are imported using passenger planes that would be taking off regardless. However, on Valentine’s Day, hundreds of additional special shipments create an environmental impact that may make you think twice about buying a last-minute bouquet. To learn more, visit BellinghamAlive.com.

“It makes me ecstatic to see the joy on people’s faces when they put the first taste of something they created into their mouths and they love it.” Read more about Chef Sarah Chan and Calypso Kitchen in the full article written by Becky Mandelbaum.

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Eat Outside the Lines

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rowing up in Wichita, Kansas, I wasn’t exposed to many exotic foods. This has less to do with Wichita’s culinary scene — the city actually has many great international restaurants — and more to do with my family’s unadventurous eating habits. Sometimes we would eat Chinese food from the mall food court or get enchiladas at On the Border, but otherwise we were a meat-and-potatoes kind of family. It wasn’t until college that I started to test the waters of international cuisine, starting small with California rolls and eventually graduating to pad thai, curries, and sashimi. Perhaps my most important food discovery happened late in my freshman year, when some friends took me to an Indian buffet. At first, I was wary of the strange-looking stews and curries, but my friends were loading their plates, so I followed suit. Back at our table, my friend Erin examined my plate. “You didn’t get any naan?” she asked incredulously. “Any what?” I asked. A true hero, she handed me a triangle of doughy-looking bread and then watched eagerly as I tasted it. It was love at first bite. I quickly dug into the rest of my plate, items I would later identify as saag paneer, chana masala, and vegetable korma. I remember giggling as I ate, in awe of this beautiful food I’d been missing my whole life. How had I gone 18 years without it? After this first meal, I began to crave Indian food at odd hours, begging my friends to go eat with me. No matter how many times I ate it, I never tired of it. Although burgers and pizza were still delicious, they didn’t seem nearly as exciting as Indian food. All these years later, whenever I visit Kansas, I make a point to visit this Indian buffet. The food is always excellent, but if I’m honest with myself, there are Indian restaurants in Washington that are equally as good. And yet, somehow, this

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”  — Anthony Bourdain

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buffet in Kansas always tastes better, perhaps because it was my gateway into a world of new flavors. When we try new foods, we don’t just open ourselves to new tastes, we also open ourselves to new experiences. We learn that exploration and experimentation can lead to things we didn’t even know we were missing — things we might end up loving even more than the staples we’re used to. Here in the North Sound, we enjoy access to cuisine from countries all across the world. This diversity of food is a direct result of the diversity of people who call our corner of Washington home. Sometimes it’s easy to take this diversity for granted, which is why it’s important to celebrate these foods and the people who make them. Without them, our culture, as well as our diets, would not be nearly as rich. 

BECKY MANDELBAUM Editor In Chief


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Craig Burling

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Craig Burling is the owner of CB Premier Construction LLC, a general contracting company in Whatcom County. His company has earned multiple awards for customer service since its inception in 2007. Craig was born and raised in Whatcom County, learning the trade at a young age from his father. He strives to be the best at his job and dreams of someday passing the business on to his children — for Craig, it’s a true labor of love.  p. 74

Spoil your sweetie with flowers!

Marian Exall British-born writer Marian Exall is a League of Women Voters member who has voted in every election — local and national — since she became a U.S. citizen in 1991. After retiring from a career as an employment lawyer, Exall has published three mysteries, and is now at work on a World War 2 novel. “The history of the suffragist movement, and the struggle for wider civil rights that followed, is fascinating and well-worth celebrating.”  p. 20

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What is your background? I’m a Navy brat so I’ve moved around a lot during my lifetime. I lived overseas for 12 years and picked up some amazing friends and memories along the way. I graduated high school in Guam, then moved to Bellingham and started studying journalism at Western, where I’m currently set to earn my BA this spring.

What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine?

Anelyse Morris

I’ve loved the narrative storytelling that comes in magazines for as long as I can remember. Writing as a career is a dream come true regardless of the size of a publication, but what’s particularly great about a regional magazine are the stories. Getting to highlight the voices of local people making an impact in their community is incredibly worthwhile.

What are some of your hobbies? When I’m not working or in class, I love to spend time with family and friends, read, sing, travel, and experience as many new things as I can. I also work for Western Housing and am the co-president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I’m busier than I’ve ever been before, but I’m also more fulfilled than ever before. 

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Wonder Woman: Celeste Mergens 16 Celebration for Women’s Voting Rights 20 Local Author Kathryn Trueblood 24

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Life  Wonder Woman

Local Leader Shatters Stigmas and Mobilizes Communities BY TINA L. KIES

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women and girls in 144 nations on six continents. In fact, she was only trying to help an orphanage outside Nairobi feed their children. When she further asked what the girls were doing for menstrual hygiene, she got an unexpected answer: “Nothing. They wait in their rooms.” It turned out these girls would sit on a piece of cardboard, for days. No going to class. No leaving. The year was 2008, and the term “period poverty” hadn’t yet become mainstream. The western world still had much to learn about the disparity taking place regarding feminine hygiene.

Mobilized into Action Seeing the need for action, Mergens founded Days for Girls International (DfG) in Whatcom County, thus embarking on a life-changing journey to address how societies and cultures stigmatize menstruation. Over the last 11 years, Mergens and more than 69,000 volunteers, including over 120 in Bellingham, have transformed DfG into a global movement, bringing dignity, education, and greater opportunities to women, girls, and communities around the world.  DfG provides kits that contain hand-sewn, washable sanitary pads and underwear, as well as soap and other hygiene essentials. Each kit is proving to last up to five years. “The first prototype was hand-drawn on a napkin on the hood of my car,” Mergens recalls. “Since then, our patterns have changed 29 times in 11 years, and have been awarded a U.S. patent, all due to the genius of our users and their feedback. They work well because we all listened and responded.” From the very beginning, these washable menstrual kits have come with community health education. The education program has gone through 60 reiterations to make it easier to talk about this taboo subject. The organization has also created 148 social enterprises in 30 countries, creating jobs and local leadership.  “The stigma around menstruation is starting to quake,” Mergens says. “But we haven’t shattered it yet.”

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solutions that reduce stigmas and limitations for women and girls, Mergens answered her original question and now has her eyes on the future. “Advocacy is a big deal,” Mergens says. “Advocacy with countries all over the world to commit to making menstrual and health education a standard of health curriculum, and helping girls have the supplies they can count on to be confident and stay in school during menstruation. It’s working.” In the U.S., DfG is also advocating to eliminate taxes on menstrual products, part of a larger gender-related tax issue known as the pink tax. The global community has awakened, and Mergens’ efforts are not going unnoticed. Last year, she was selected as the 2019 Global Hero Award recipient, presented by Global Washington. She was also selected as Women Economic Forum’s “Woman of the Decade,” and just received the Power Together Award on behalf of DfG at the Women Leaders Global Forum in recognition of her work to end period poverty. To learn more about Days for Girls or how you can help, visit daysforgirls.org. 


Book Notes Life

Book Reviews

Literary Events

BY LIZZ ROBERTS

February 12, 6 P.M. THIRTY YEARS AGO, American environmentalist Bill

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben

Joe Country by Mick Herron

McKibben wrote the first book for general audiences on climate change, “The End of Nature.” In the first half of his new book, “Falter,” McKibben lays out how we arrived at the current state of accelerated climate change, cogently piecing together research to sound a call-to-action that will leave you wondering what the world will look like in 20 years. In the second half, McKibben asks us to consider a more existential question: If “unchecked and accelerating” burning of fossil fuels has fundamentally changed nature, how will “unchecked and accelerating” technological power change human nature? I was fascinated by McKibben’s discussion of the logical (and scary) consequences of unchecked artificial intelligence and gene editing. Interestingly, the solutions he presents in the final few chapters are surprisingly (and, reassuringly), both familiar and technological. “Falter” is a breathless run through the many ways humanity could be “playing itself out,” or just possibly working toward maturity in a very human (i.e., messy) way. I HAVE ONE RULE ABOUT READING A SERIES, and that’s to read it in order. Happily, Mick Herron’s newest mystery made me break that rule — and now I’ve filled my “for later” list with the first five titles! Slough House is the department where washed-up and disgraced MI5 agents are sent, since you can’t just kill them. And what a rag-tag bunch of misfits! Before settling into the tale, Herron introduces you to each agent, along with their leader, the maniacal Jackson Lamb. A teenager is missing, and his mom asks her friend Clare Addison (a resident of Slough House) for help. What makes this awkward is the affair Clare was having with her friend’s husband before he died. Other residents of Slough House find themselves holding pieces of the puzzle, which Herron brings together in a very satisfying way. Herron has a fine sense of the ridiculous — I found myself laughing out-loud at his wit and turns of phrase. Lovers of John le Carré and Kate Atkinson will enjoy this one.

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February 18, 7 P.M.

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Peterson’s novel “Vera Violet” is set in a rural town in the Pacific Northwest and follows a group of teens as they navigate poverty and violence. Listen to an interview with Peterson on this local radio show or attend the event at Firehouse Arts.

February 29, 8 A.M.

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Join fellow educators, authors, students, and book lovers for this annual conference celebrating children’s lit. This year’s authors and illustrators include LeUyen Pham, Jason Chin, Ruta Sepetys, and Mac Barnett. Come listen, ask questions, and get your books signed!

Listen Up: Podcasts for Your Heart I Love You I Love You I Love You

Heartbreak: Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

Reunited (And It Feels So Good)

The Cut on Tuesdays

Science Vs

This American Life

Just like superheroes, every romance has an origin story. This episode explores the origin stories of two couples. In one of the stories, the couple meets while one of them is serving 25 years in prison. In another, the man has perfect hearing while the woman is deaf.

Nearly all of us have experienced romantic rejection, but some of us feel the symptoms of heartache more than others. Is heartbreak all in our heads or does it also produce a physical reaction in our bodies? And if heartache is an actual sickness, can science help us get over our exes?

Who doesn’t love a reunion story? In this episode, we hear several stories of people reconnecting with lost or cast-off loved ones, whether that loved one is a person, a country, or a famous Brahman bull. If you’re feeling down this Valentine’s Day, give this pod a listen. It’ll have you dreaming of happily-ever-after endings.

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Life  Heard Around the Sound

VERY YEAR, from November to March, the sounds

of trumpeter and tundra swans fill the Washington air as they land from their long winter migration. Unfortunately, a portion of swans are injured by power lines or cars. Some even die from lead poisoning because they accidentally ingest lead shot from hunters. The lead mixes in among plants, so when swans go to eat grass, they consume lead as well. As these majestic birds return, the Whatcom Humane Society gears up for what they call “swan season.” “The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish Public Utility District, employ a swan biologist who does everything ‘swan’,” says Alysha Evans, manager of Whatcom Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. “This person is in charge of monitoring the swan hotline (360.466.4345 ext. 266), responding to all injured and deceased swans, overall swan monitoring, and transport.” In 2018, 124 injured trumpeter swans were brought to the Humane Society. There, the swans received care, including exams, blood tests, medications, splints, and whatever else they might need. Before the swans are released back into the wild, large collars are put on the birds to track their movement. “If someone should see a collared or banded bird, please [notify] the Bird Banding Lab at reportband.gov to report the sighting,” Evans says. “By doing this, the public is significantly contributing to monitoring these birds. The Bird Banding Lab will then send out a certificate to the caller with all of the information for that swan!” MYSTI WILLMON

Who Knew? President’s Day James Madison Loved Ice Cream James Madison and his wife, Dolley, were obsessed with ice cream. They even had a personal ice house built on their Montpelier house grounds to enjoy the delicious treat all summer. It might sound gross, but they served oyster ice cream (Dolley’s personal favorite) at official government functions.

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Zachary Taylor’s Famous Horse. Old Whitey, Zachary Taylor’s faithful stead, was arguably as famous as Taylor himself. The horse was known for carrying Taylor through battle, standing stoically as bullets whizzed by. When the popular horse was out grazing on the White House lawn, visitors would pluck hairs from his tail to keep as souvenirs.

Rutherford B. Hayes and Siam the Cat The first-ever Siamese cat in the U.S. was sent to Rutherford B. Hayes by the American consul in Bangkok. After a ship ride to San Francisco and a train ride to Washington D.C., Siam the cat marked the beginning of America’s love affair with these handsome, blue-eyed felines.

William McKinley and Washington Post During his time in office, William McKinley owned a double yellow-headed Amazon parrot named Washington Post. Along with his job as an official White House greeter, the talented parrot also sang “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” MYSTI WILLMON

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Opioid Addiction Treatment Center Opens in Bellingham

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overdoses were the leading cause of accidental deaths in Whatcom County in 2018. Of these, heroin and fentanyl, members of the class of drugs known as opioids, made up a significant percentage. Drugs also appeared in a drowning case and in 43% of natural deaths. On a national level, more than 130 people in the U.S. die from opioid overdoses each day. While the country’s opioid addiction crisis is rampant, particularly in the Midwest, a new treatment center in Bellingham hopes to decrease local addiction numbers. Ideal Option, located in the Samish neighborhood, offers medically assisted outpatient treatment options for those suffering from addiction. To help patients achieve long-term recovery, the center offers FDAapproved medications including Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol combined with mental health services. All patients can begin treatment within a day of contacting Ideal Option, offering a quick path toward recovery that doesn’t involve in-patient treatment. The center also accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Patients interested in beginning treatment need only call or visit the clinic. Ideal Option doesn’t just serve Bellingham. As one of the largest opioid addiction treatment centers in the country, it operates in eight states and has more than 65 clinics, all dedicated to helping people and communities affected by opiate addiction. 3800 Byron Ave., Ste. 122, Bellingham, 877.522.1275, idealoption.com/clinics/ bellingham BECKY MANDELBAUM

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Bellingham School District, Dr. Greg Baker has quite a few accomplishments under his belt. The latest being an impressive new title — Superintendent of the Year. The award, which recognizes “Outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents and pays tribute to those who lead Washington’s public schools,” was given to Baker in November 2019 by the Washington Association of School Administrators. From Alaska to Boston, Baker has left his mark all across the U.S. — particularly on Bellingham’s schools. His work with the “Listening and Learning” Entry Plan contributes to the development of “The Bellingham Promise,” a set of strategies and missions that focus on compassion, diversity, and engagement. Baker continues to execute these strategies and actively works to improve the district by walking in the shoes of students and faculty members. ANELYSE MORRIS

Desert Dreaming The Seattle Mariners Head to Spring Training to Begin the 2020 Season

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the spring. Spring Training, that is. If you aren’t familiar with it, the entire MLB splits their training between two locations: Arizona and Florida (nicknamed the Cactus League and Grapefruit League, respectively). Within each league, teams play one another regardless of division, and game outcomes have no impact on stats. Think of it as the regular MLB, but just for fun. The Mariners set up camp in Peoria, Arizona where they share facilities with the San Diego Padres. This month, pitchers and catchers report for their training on the 12th, with position players arriving on the 17th. Games, which you can watch on Root Sports, begin February 22. If the winter’s got you feeling dreary, game tickets are cheap and the Arizona sun is hot. Make the trek to the Phoenix area and you can watch other teams like the San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals, and the Colorado Rockies. LINDSEY MAJOR

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Life  Community

A Centennial Celebration for Women’s Voting Rights BY MARIAN EXALL

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MENDMENT 19: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Nearly a hundred years ago, in August 1920, only one last state was needed to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. The suffragists converged on Tennessee for the culmination of a decades-long fight to expand voting rights to the female half of the American population. Their leaders were ridiculed, vilified, and even imprisoned. The movement faced opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and from other women who feared that suffrage would result in the nation’s moral collapse. In her book “The Woman’s Hour,” author and journalist Elaine Weiss tells the dramatic story of this final battle in the war to win the right for women to vote. However, 1920 was just the first great campaign in a century-long struggle for civil rights. African Americans in the South had to wait until the 1960s for a guarantee of voting rights. Even today, we read about voter suppression efforts in some parts of the country. The Equal Rights Amendment remains unratified. Alongside the anniversary of this historical turning point, the League of Women Voters is also celebrating its hundredth anniversary this month in 2020. Founded six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, with the purpose of educating women voters, the League continues today as a non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to promoting informed citizen participation at all levels of government. The League has a rich history of working on vital issues of concern to its members and the public, 20

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including locally through the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County. This month, a variety of community events celebrate the dual centennial: •• Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists: Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five women warriors. — February 14 at 6 p.m., Bellingham Public Library; February 15 at 2 p.m., Ferndale Public Library. Sponsored by Humanities Washington. •• Moving Forward, Looking Back: An exhibit at Bellingham’s Old City Hall about Washington’s first women in government. — February 15 to May 17. •• Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” discusses her research at WWU Performing Arts Center — February 27 at 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education and Village Books. •• Women Who Matter: Weekly articles about Whatcom County women in Cascadia Weekly. — Now through December 2020. Also planned: Student creative art and writing projects with scholarships awarded by the American Association of University Women, a children’s summer reading program through Bellingham and Whatcom County Libraries, monthly presentations during the spring on the continuing struggle for equal representation, special concerts, and a community celebration in August on the actual anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. For more information about the League of Women Voters and these events, visit lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org. 


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Valentine’s Day, AM to PM BY BECKY MANDELBAUM

Start the Day Breakfast at The Birch Door Jumpstart your day of romance by taking your favorite person out for something sweet. With peach, orange, grapefruit, and pomegranate mimosas, you can get your day buzzing on a delicious note before moving on to Fresh Fruit Blintzes or Blueberry Lemon Cobbler French Toast. If you’re feeling savory, go for the Corned Beef Hash.

Breakfast in Bed If you’re in Skagit County, swing by Calico Cupboard in Mount Vernon, La Conner, or Anacortes for their famous Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls and hot coffee to-go. Whatcom folks can head to Mount Bakery for a selection of freshbaked goods like chocolate croissants and orange cranberry cream scones.

Get Outside Take a Stroll at Teddy Bear Cove This short, 1.8-mile trail is the perfect option for a quiet jaunt by the water. Start your journey at the North Chuckanut Mountain parking lot. From there, head down to the water where you can watch the waves or scan the sand for seashells with your Valentine. Afterward, head to downtown Fairhaven for lunch at Colophon Café or coffee and pastries at Iron Rooster Bakery.

OR Walk the Boardwalk in La Conner There’s never an ugly day in La Conner, especially if you’re out on the boardwalk. Spend the afternoon browsing the numerous shops and boutiques downtown or just enjoy the view of Swinomish Channel as you stroll along the waterfront. If you start feeling peckish, there’s plenty of restaurants to choose from. 22

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Dance to The Replayzmentz at CrossRoads BBQ, Bar, & Grill In our taste section, you’ll find a review of Bellingham’s newest BBQ joint and sports bar, CrossRoads. If you’re looking for a good time in addition to good food, head to CrossRoads on Valentine’s Day to enjoy a live show from The Replayzmentz, a band from Birch Bay. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. and should wrap up before 11. The Replayzmentz are known to get people moving, so don’t forget your dancing shoes.

My Circus Valentine For an entire decade, the Bellingham Circus Guild has hosted this heartwarming event to entertain couples and soothe lonely bachelors and bachelorettes. This month, from the 13–16th, join the Circus Guild for another installment of acrobatics, gravitydefying performances, and general circus merriment. On top of all this, enjoy sweet treats, a dress-up photo booth, and plenty of love potions. You can catch two shows on the 14th, one at 6 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the front door (a select number of tickets will remain even if sold out online!).

OR Grab a Cocktail Downtown L&L Libations in downtown Bellingham is the perfect place for a nightcap. This new cocktail lounge on State Street has retro-Florida vibes with an assortment of delicious drinks. Temple Bar is another great stop, with a menu of extra crafty cocktails sure to warm your heart from the inside. Their sharable cheese plate is a perfect option for a late-night snack or pre-dinner warm-up.

OR Late-Night Movie at the Pickford or Limelight After dinner, get cozy with your significant other as the lights go down and the projector begins to roll. At the concession stand you’ll find plenty of food and drink options to keep you satisfied throughout the show, including beer, wine, popcorn, and candy. The curated theater offers only the best movies out there, from major motion pictures to smaller indie productions and documentaries. Whatever you see, it’s sure to inspire conversation late into the night.

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OR Romantic Escape at Semiahmoo Resort This year, Semiahmoo is pulling out all the stops to make your date-night extra special. First, enjoy a romantic three-course dinner at Packers Kitchen + Bar with dishes like Sweet Shrimp Etouffee, Beet Cured Salmon, and Passionfruit Mousse Cake (each course comes with a paired wine). After dinner, take advantage of the Warmth of Love spa special. Head to a private couple’s suite for chocolate, champagne, and a relaxing foot soak. Next comes an hour-long Couples Signature Massage. As a parting gift, you and your special someone will each receive a rose quartz, a gemstone symbolizing unconditional love.  February 202023


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Write Daily as Needed Q&A with Local Author Kathryn Trueblood BY ANELYSE MORRIS

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ATHRYN TRUEBLOOD takes the world of medical humanities by storm. Armed with her personal experiences and a heavy dose of social realism, Trueblood’s books “The Sperm Donor’s Daughter” (‘98), “The Baby Lottery” (‘07), and “Diary of a Slut” (‘14), culminate in her newest release, “Take Daily as Needed” (‘19), a novel in stories that explores themes of chronic illness, marriage, divorce, feminism, and aging. The book’s main protagonist, Maeve, is a mother of two who lives in Washington and works as a paralegal. The book, published last September by University of New Mexico Press, explores Maeve’s struggles with Crohn’s disease, her child’s Asperger’s diagnosis, and the intimate relationship between physical and emotional well-being.

How do you go about starting a new project?

“What’s that, Dad?” I see numerous problems; trying to gain control of his credit cards before he has spent his entire pension is only one of them. “That place was a boneyard.” “Dad, we agreed to look at assisted living places together.” When we sail past his turnoff, my father shouts, “Where are you going?” “I have no idea,” I answer evenly, “just not back to your place.” My colleagues would recommend calling Adult Protective Services on someone like me. Go ahead, I say to them in my head. I am taking my father hostage. Excerpt from “Take Daily As Needed”

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How do you think your writing has changed over time? The questions of my books have changed as I cross new thresholds in life. My first book, “The Sperm Donor’s Daughter,” looks at assisted reproduction and was based on my own feelings of displacement as a child. My second book, “The Baby Lottery,” deals with the repercussions of infertility in a female friend group, and I wrote it while trying to get pregnant with my second child. Concerns that surfaced in “The Baby Lottery” evolved in my next novel, “Take Daily as Needed.” The story opens after Maeve, the protagonist, can no longer over-ride her body’s messages with her willpower. I’m closer to Maeve than any other protagonist I’ve written. Like her, I have Crohn’s disease, which goes in and out of remission.

Out of all your published works, is there one you’re most proud of? I am proudest of my recent novel, “Take Daily as Needed,” because I took some big personal risks to write it. There’s very little in our society that recognizes living well with pain

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In the car, my father growls as I start the engine. “There’s one problem here.”

I start by spending time alone. If I spend enough time alone, an inner voice always stirs in me. I allow myself to spend days combing through my journals where I keep notes for stories. I am usually driven to writing by a persistent question. A friend’s death from multiple sclerosis compelled me to begin “Take Daily as Needed,” as did my own fear of illness.


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Since his head injury six years ago, my father’s “executive function” seems to be impaired. It means he doesn’t follow through on things anymore, like paying the bills. His shortterm memory is also impaired, and not in a small way. My father forgets to pay his mortgage, forgets to pay his taxes, forgets to look at his bank balance before ordering thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of telescopes and lenses, knives and panini grills, computers and distorted nudes in heavy, gold frames — whatever seems to be the obsession du jour. We try to make his general physician understand that these are not just senior moments.

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or illness. We are preoccupied with achievement, speed, and novelty. I wanted to write about problems that don’t go away, and also about the durability of love.

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How long did you spend working on “Take Daily as Needed,” and how are you feeling now that it’s out in the world? This book took me six years to write, and it took another three years to find a publisher. When I was on medical leave in 2007, I sought out books about parenting with a chronic illness that might help me navigate the new terrain I was in and help my family adjust. I didn’t find much that was useful or reflected the reality of my existence. Some of my frustration went into the novel. Maeve is also unable to find valuable advice on parenting with illness. Nothing mentions anger as a possible reaction in children. As Maeve figures out the tools to live with chronic illness, her children become less frightened and more supportive. Still, it is a steep learning curve for everyone. I recently heard from a woman who had undergone open-heart surgery ten days prior, whose teenagers had fought instead of taking out the trash and then disappeared to their rooms. My book gave her some hope and some humor; that really matters to me.

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What’s next on the horizon for you, do you have any upcoming projects in the works? I am enjoying writing short nonfiction pieces, making sprints as opposed to the long march of a novel. One of my essays is forthcoming with [the literary journal] Minerva Rising. “Honey, Don’t Break Yourself” is a love letter to young women entering careers. Right now, I’ve got a piece in progress called “The New Rude,” which examines how social media and digital submission have affected the social climate of publishing for writers. 

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Women and heart disease It’s a common misperception that heart disease mostly affects men. It’s a major cause of death among women. In fact, certain conditions increase a woman’s risk — gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which are complications related to pregnancy, are two examples. Also, the hormone estrogen that helps protect a woman’s heart can reach low levels during menopause and increase heart disease risk. Women can experience different symptoms too. While chest pain is common among men and women, women can also have less obvious symptoms. “Women often experience nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath several weeks before a heart attack,” says Dr. Kevin Steel, DO, a cardiologist with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. “Since these symptoms are vague and happen with other illnesses, women may not recognize them as signs of something serious. That’s why it’s important to have preventive heart check-ups regularly.”

Atrial fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common cause of an irregular heartbeat and usually causes the heart to beat much faster than normal. A person with AFib is five times more likely to 26

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suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat. People with AFib often take medicine to help prevent blood clots. However, medicines can have unwanted side effects, such as bruising or bleeding problems. In recent years, a new device called the WATCHMANTM replaces blood thinners to reduce stroke risk. “The WATCHMAN is a tiny device that we implant into the heart through a tiny incision near the groin, and then we guide it to the heart through a blood vessel,” explains Dr. Steel. “It usually requires just one night in the hospital, and for many patients who can’t take blood thinners over an extended period, the WATCHMAN is a good alternative.”

Heart failure Heart failure happens when your heart can’t pump as much blood as your body needs. It can have several causes, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and problems with the valves. Your heart works even harder to pump blood, and your body tries to help by holding on to fluids. Eventually, this causes shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and weakness and swelling in your feet and ankles. Treatments, including medicine, pacemakers to control the heartbeat and surgery to repair the heart can help manage heart failure.

Structural heart disease Structural heart disease involves problems with the structure of the heart, including the valves and arteries. Heart failure, for example, can occur when

the valve that sends blood from your heart to the rest of your body no longer works properly. Surgery to replace the heart valve is one treatment option, but it is a major surgery and some patients aren’t candidates. “For patients considered at risk for surgical valve replacement, PeaceHealth St. Joseph offers a newer, minimally invasive option called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR),” says Dr. Steel.

Heart disease testing Testing for heart disease can help identify problems early and may even save a life. Talk to your doctor about your risk for heart disease and whether an imaging exam or other screening test is an option. “At PeaceHealth St. Joseph, we offer several tests to screen for coronary artery disease, including calcium score, carotid doppler and fasting cholesterol,” says Dr. Steel. “If patients already have symptoms of heart disease, we have advanced cardiac imaging, and PeaceHealth St. Joseph is one of only three locations in the entire state offering radiation-free, high definition stress testing, known as a stress MRI.” Make 2020 the year you take care of your heart health. For more information on heart care at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cardiovascular Center, visit peacehealth.org/heart-and-vascular. To learn more about the state of your heart health, call 360-738-6720 to schedule a 45-minute “Take Heart” screening or visit peacehealth.org/ take-heart-screening. 


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Top Picks

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FEBRUARY PRESENT LAUGHTER FEBRUARY 29, 1 P.M.

Featuring Andrew Scott, known for his roles on “Fleabag” and BBC’s “Sherlock,” this enthralling comedy from National Theatre Live follows a man preparing to leave for an overseas tour. Watch the main character have an identity crisis, panic, and do some soul-searching. Don’t forget about the various relationships vying for his attention at the same time. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 Second St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

MARTIN TAYLOR FEBRUARY 7, 7:30 P.M. With more than five decades of experience and 100 recordings under his belt, this jazz and acoustic guitarist has been dazzling audiences since he taught himself to play at age four. Taylor has collaborated with musicians like Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck, and many more, nabbing 14 British Jazz Awards along the way. McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, 360.416.7727, mcintyrehall.org

LARRY, STEVE & RUDY: THE GATLIN BROTHERS FEBRUARY 15,

FEBRUARY 7–8, 8 A.M.

7:30 P.M.

It’s that time of year again — head out to Orcas Island for a weekend full of education and inspiration. More than 150 local farmers, businesses, food producers, and advocates will come together for various sessions, workshops, and events. Come learn more about agriculture from the pros! Camp Orkila, 484 Camp

Not all the gold is in California; some of it will be in Bellingham for this concert! Seven singles, 32 records, and 22 studio albums only scratch the surface of this band’s accomplishments. Come listen to this classic group do what they do best. Mount Baker Theatre, 104

Orkila Rd., Eastsound, 360.370.7667, visitsanjuans.com

LOVERBOY FEBRUARY 8, 8 P.M. We hope you’re not workin’ this weekend, otherwise, you might miss the red leather pants and bandannas this band is known for. With their newest album released in 2014 and various singles since then, Loverboy isn’t stuck in the ‘80s and they are lovin’ every minute of it. Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, 888.272.1111, tulalipresortcasino.com 30

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N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

MICHAEL BOLTON FEBRUARY 15, 8 P.M.

When a man loves a woman, he takes her to a Michael Bolton concert. Isn’t that what love is all about? Enjoy this ‘80s star who has sold 75 million records, boasts more than 30 awards to his name, and even has his own Netflix show. Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, 888.272.1111, tulalipresortcasino.com

FAME, THE MUSICAL FEBRUARY 21–29, TIMES VARY

Do you want to live forever? Check out this worldwide musical sensation coming to Lincoln Theatre. Follow the classic story of a group of high school students chasing their ambitions in ‘80s New York. This production pairs themes such as racism, drugs, and sex with songs you can’t help but sing along to. Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon, 360.336.8955, lincolntheatre.org

WHATCOM CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 28–29, TIMES VARY Celebrate the diverse communities of Whatcom County at this annual festivity. With events and activities surrounding art, music, and performances, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet community members and discover local businesses. This collaborative project kicks off with the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and continues through the weekend. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.676.8548, alliedarts.org

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CASINOS WE IGNITE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 6 AND 7, TIMES VARY

Get motivated and let your inner feminist shine at this empowerment conference. Connect with other women in your community and learn to recognize your worth with inspiring speeches from keynote speakers, skill building workshops, and breakout sessions. Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes, 360.293.2691, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com

GONE WEST FEATURING COLBIE CAILLAT FEBRUARY 21–22, 8 P.M. Known for her songs “Bubbly,” “Fallin’ For You,” and “Realize,” Colbie Caillat is breaking into the country music scene with her new band Gone West. Made up of herself, her fiance Justin Kawika Young, and husband-wife duo Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy, the band is working on a debut studio album sure to to get you dancing in your seat. Skagit Valley Casino, 5984 Darrk Ln., Bow, 877.275.2448, theskagit.com

CLASSICAL GLOBAL SPICE WORLD MUSIC: HAIQIONG DENG FEBRUARY 6, 8 P.M. Master of traditional Chinese instruments the guzheng (21-string zither) and guqin (seven-string zither), Haiqiong Deng has traveled the world sharing her talent. Other musical traditions have influenced her work — it even resulted in a Chinese zheng, an Indian sitar, and an Indian tabla being combined for the first time on an album in history! WWU Performing Arts Center 155, 516 High St., Bellingham, 360.650.6146, cfpa.wwu.edu

FINLANDIA FEBRUARY 9, 3 P.M. The Bellingham Symphony featuring Giora Schmidt presents pieces from Johan Svendsen, Dmitry Kabalevsky, and Jean Sibelius. Come early for a preconcert talk about the program. The concert will conclude with Sibelius’ iconic work, “Finlandia.” Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

SANFORD-HILL PIANO SERIES PRESENTS ZÓLTAN FEJÉRVÁRI FEBRUARY 28, 7:30 P.M.

Fejérvári has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Library of Congress and in places like Montreal, Buenos Aires, Munich, Turin, Valencia, Budapest, and Hungary. With that kind of track record, he’s sure to deliver a memorable performance. WWU Performing Arts Center 155, 516 High St., Bellingham, 360.650.6146, cfpa.wwu.edu

CONCERTS ART D’ECCO FEBRUARY 5, 8 P.M.

The Toasters were formed in New York City in 1981 and have survived many additions and subtractions in band members over the years. Be ready to move your body to ska music. The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067, shakedownbellingham.com

CHE APALACHE FEBRUARY 19, 7:30 P.M. This four-man string band has ties to Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. Their music reflects this cultural mix through a blend of bluegrass and Latin American styles. A fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin are all they need to create a powerful performance on stage. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

Often compared to David Bowie, Art d’Ecco has an unforgettable look and sound. Enjoy the tones of ‘50s pop, psychedelics, and electronics all mixed together in this musically fluid, mindbending concert. The Shakedown, 1212

THE STONE FOXES FEBRUARY 21, 9 P.M. Rock and roll, indie rock, and Swedish synth-pop all by one band? The musical history of the Stone Foxes will impress even the most proficient music experts. The band’s set-up may have changed, but their performance certainly hasn’t. Enjoy a band USA Today has called “irresistible.” The Shakedown, 1212 N.

N. State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067, shakedownbellingham.com

GEORGIA ON MY MIND: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF RAY CHARLES FEBRUARY 7, 7:30 P.M. Ray Charles would be pleased to know that Grammy-winners and Emmywinners are touring to honor his music. Haunting vocals will give you goosebumps and leave you astonished at the legacy of Ray Charles. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

C.W. STONEKING AND HIS OWN SHADOW FEBRUARY 8, 7 P.M. Get ready for a night of unpredictable, versatile acoustic sounds from this Australian artist. While most of Stoneking’s music is reminiscent of blues, he also incorporates early rock and roll, country, calypso, New Orleans jazz, and even gospel. This performer will have you on the edge of your seat, tapping your feet. YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St., Bellingham, 360.734.4820, cwstoneking. brownpapertickets.com

THE TOASTERS FEBRUARY 11, 8 P.M. Treat yourself with a night dancing to one of the original American ska bands.

State St., Bellingham, 360.778.1067, shakedownbellingham.com

SCOTT CLAY FEBRUARY 28, 7 P.M. Clay found his mother’s guitar at the age of 14 and the rest was history. In 2016, he released his first full-length album, “Colorful Thing.” Since then, he has released two more albums, two EPs, and multiple singles. This native Washingtonian will perform a mix of folk and soul music sure to impress. Stones Throw Brewery, 1009 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham, 360.362.5058, stonesthrowbrewco.com

TIM KLIPHUIS & JIMMY GRANT FEBRUARY 29, 7 P.M.

Armed with a guitar and a violin, these two are some of the most wellrespected performers of Gypsy Jazz in the United States. Listen to the powerful performance the duo is sure to provide as part of their tour of the western U.S. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

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UNCORKED! A MUSICAL CABARET

THE MET LIVE IN HD: THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS

This intimate musical performance is a benefit for Vox Pacifica, a new Whatcom choir for alto and soprano voices that’s dedicated to building community and embracing diversity. Sing along with the show and watch this cabaret-style performance. Sylvia Center for the

FEBRUARY 1, 9:55 A.M.

In its first Met performance in almost 30 years, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” will feature melodic bass-baritone and soprano voices in the starring roles. This folk-tale-turned-opera follows the residents of Catfish Row, a community of people of color living in poverty around the 1930s. Laugh, cry, and connect to the characters in this one-of-a-kind opera. Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon, 360.336.8955, lincolntheatre.org

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS FEBRUARY 1–22, TIMES VARY

Based on the well-known murder mystery, this play brings detective Hercule Poirot to life right before your eyes. Watch the detective scramble to solve a murder on the train before the murderer strikes again! Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes, 360.293.6829. acttheatre.com

SMELL OF THE KILL AUDITIONS FEBRUARY 2–3, 7 P.M.

Have you ever thought of acting? If so, here is your chance! The Bellingham Theatre Guild is hosting auditions for “Smell of the Kill,” a play where three women and their unseen husbands have dinner once a month for years. Things get interesting when the women realize all the marriages are on rocky waters. Be a part of this dark comedy and show off your acting chops at the same time! Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St., Bellingham, 360.647.9242, bellinghamtheatreguild.com

TIME STANDS STILL FEBRUARY 14–29, TIMES VARY

War photography is harrowing. This play portrays two journalists coming home from covering the Iraq War. It follows the characters as they try to readjust to civilian life and carry on “normal” relationships. This play will raise questions about how America copes with war and tragedy. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

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GISELLE FEBRUARY 18, 7 P.M. The Bolshoi Ballet presents “Giselle” in the cinema, a story of a young girl who passes away when she learns the nobleman she has fallen in love with is betrothed to another woman. She joins a group of vengeful spirits who want to punish the nobleman by possessing him to dance to death. San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.3210, sjctheatre.org

MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY FEBRUARY 25, 10 A.M. & 12:15 P.M.

Come watch this musical based on a book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. It follows a football team who hasn’t scored a point. With highs and lows, this performance is an allages pleaser with important lessons for young ones. Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com

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Come to the Lincoln Theatre for a modern twist on Handel’s Baroque opera, which offers an additional punch of politically-charged humor. Watch the main character perform acts of deception and deceit in order to worm her way to the throne. Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon, 360.336.8955, lincolntheatre.org

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program, addressing the role of soil, crops, and seeds in local food production. Lessons on fermentation, pickling, and canning happen later in the series. WSU Skagit County Ext., 11768 Westar Ln., Burlington, 360.428.4270 ext. 239, extension.wsu.edu/skagit

FRAGRANCE LAKE 50K, HALF MARATHON, & 10K FEBRUARY 15, 5 A.M. Passing Fragrance Lake, Lost Lake, Chuckanut Mountain, and Raptor Ridge, these races feature some of the most beautiful parts of the Cascade Mountains. Since this is mountainous terrain, climbing is a major part of this 50k. Celebrate afterwards with food, beverages, and an awards ceremony. Runners should prepare for snowy conditions. Larrabee State Park, 245 Chuckanut Dr., Bellingham, destinationtrailrun.com

SPECIAL EVENTS SWANS IN THE SKAGIT VALLEY FEBRUARY 8, 1 P.M.

Swans always attract attention. Join Martha Jordan, a biologist with Northwest Swan Conservation Association, as she talks about these beautiful birds who call Skagit County home for the winter. Learn about current issues facing swans and tips on observing them without disturbing their environment. Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd., Mount Vernon, padillabay.gov

WA UNDISCOVERED FEMINISTS FEBRUARY 15, 2 P.M. Learn about photographer Imogen Cunningham, jazz musician Ruby Bishop, artist Priscilla Chong Jue, journalist Anna Louise Strong, and linguist Vi Hilbert. Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa will present how these unsung feminists overcame challenges and inspired others by changing the world for the better. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St., Ferndale, 360.384.3647, whatcomreads.org

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MAI 2020 FEBRUARY 21–23, TIMES VARY Join others in what is an annual pilgrimage to Doe Bay turned festival. Enjoy music, interactive activities, and performances while savoring the weekend with friends and family. Take part in this packed winter festival. Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga, 360.376.2291, doebay.com

SHAMBHALA DAY CELEBRATION FEBRUARY 24, 5:30 P.M.

Shambhala Day is the beginning of the new year according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, an important tradition for Shambhala Buddhists. Join the community as they celebrate the richness of their cultural heritage and the authenticity of being human. Come celebrate the year of the Iron Mouse! Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center, 2825 Meridian St., Ste. 201, Bellingham, 360.483.4526, bellingham. shambhala.org

VISUAL ARTS GREAT ART ON SCREEN: THE PRADO MUSEUM FEBRUARY 2 & 5, TIMES VARY Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Prado Museum, one of the most-visited museums on Earth, from the comfort of a theater seat. Watch as Academy Awardwinner Jeremy Irons takes you through history using the works displayed in the museum. Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave., 360.738.0735, pickfordfilmcenter.org

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY FEBRUARY 29, 1 P.M.

In this talk, Bart Rulon, an awardwinning wildlife artist and photographer, will take you behind the scenes of his work and process. Learn about equipment, locations, technique, and much more, all while admiring the beautiful photos he’s captured around the world. Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 BayviewEdison Rd., Mount Vernon, padillabay.gov

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NSTEAD OF HITTING THE MALL THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, consider shopping small and local for your gifts. As Marilyn Monroe sang it best, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and we’ve picked some of our favorite local necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings just for you. We worked with some great local jewelers to bring you some of the best of the best, and we hope you — and your sweetheart — love these glittery diamond finds as much as we do. LINDSEY MAJOR

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14k Tanzanite & Diamond Earrings $3,799, Bayside Coin & Jewelry, Bellingham

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Wintertime Dry Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin Through the Seasons BY LINDSEY MAJOR

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F THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL, our skin probably is, too. As temperatures drop and the days grow darker, our skin doesn’t keep the same smooth, dewy texture it has in the summer. The humidity drops in the colder months, making our skin less naturally hydrated. On top of this, we use heaters and radiators to stay warm indoors, so our skin has no escape from dry climates. The outer layers of our skin are actually made of dead skin cells, which protect the healthy skin underneath. As these surface layers dry out, our skin’s natural barrier opens, allowing moisture to escape from that healthy, hidden layer underneath. This is what makes our skin feel itchy, and scratching just makes matters worse. Here are a few tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing. If dry skin and irritation occur after making several changes, contact your doctor or dermatologist.

Moisturize When you start noticing dry, flaky skin, start moisturizing immediately. David Leffell, the chief of dermatology surgery at Yale School of Medicine, told Business Insider that shoppers should look for moisturizers containing lactic acid. “They bind moisture and they smooth the skin,” he says. Mario Badescu makes a lactic-acid-based moisturizer called Buttermilk Moisturizer, which you can find at Ulta Beauty for $18.

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essential to get as much water into the air as possible. “A cool air humidifier increases the moisture level in the air,” Marchbein says. A simple internet search for “cold air humidifiers” returns plenty of great options.

Cleanse You’re likely using the same facial cleanser year-round, from summer to winter. Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD — owner of The Dermatology and Laser Group in New York — recommends switching to a winter-friendly cleanser. “Winter is a good time to switch to using more gentle cleansers that don’t strip away moisture,” Akhavan says. Akhavan suggests avoiding cleansers that have a high concentration of traditional soap solvents, and to not overuse cleansers that have a high acid content. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is great for sensitive skin and can be purchased at most drugstores or department stores for a reasonable price.

Turn it Down Taking a steaming hot shower on a cold morning may be a cozy way to start your day, but it can actually cause damage to your skin. Water that’s too hot can irritate and dry out your skin after a shower. Kristina Liu, MD, MHS, contributor for the Harvard Health Blog, says to turn down your shower to a milder temperature, and limit shower time to “no more than once a day, for no more than 10 minutes.” 

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A Gem of a Jewelry Shop Trumpeter Gallery BY LARA DUNNING

La Conner has showcased handmade jewelry from artists around the world. Primarily focusing on silver and some gold with select estate jewelry, owner Ramon Hayes knows each jeweler personally and works with up to 10 at one time, including his jewelry designer wife, Heidi.

Humble Beginnings Hayes’ entry into the world of adornments began in childhood when he and his mother sold jewelry at flea markets and fairs in Florida. As he entered his college years, his jewelry knowledge and savvy provided the means to pay for his education. After earning a degree in music, Hayes found himself drawn back to the world of jewelry, ultimately opening shops in various locations. As a long-time resident of La Conner and the town’s mayor for 13 years, opening a jewelry gallery downtown was a way to connect to the history of the charming town and its business community. The name Trumpeter is another local connection, honoring the majestic trumpeter swans that arrive in Skagit Valley every winter. 38

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A Welcoming Experience Open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the gallery is inviting and approachable. Guests have access to almost every display cabinet. “Like my open front door, many of the jewelry cases are open, and customers can bring out a piece, see it up close, and try it on,” Hayes says. “It’s very important to me that everyone is happy with their purchase and enjoys wearing it.” At the gallery, you’ll find necklaces, rings, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. Many pieces are limited and might be one of 10 or 100, so there is no guarantee that a treasure that catches your fancy will be there on a return trip. Prices for silver range from $20 to $500 and gold between $500 to $2,000, with discount incentives given. Many designs have eye-catching precious and semiprecious gemstones, such as opal, amber, tourmaline, citrine, and ruby, as well as rarer gemstones like blue Larimar from the Dominican Republic, Sleeping Beauty turquoise from Arizona, and Washington’s helenite made from volcanic ash from Mount Saint Helens. 610 1st St., La Conner, 360.466.2804, facebook.com/trumpetergallery 

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THE SHOP Located inside the former Nordstrom building on Cornwall Avenue, The Chipper Bird clothing boutique occupies a large section of space toward the front of the building. Despite having only a few windows, the eclectic shop is bright and airy. The store’s founder and owner, Adrianna Beard, used leftover Nordstrom pieces, like glass shelving and track lighting, to decorate and light the space. There’s also a large dressing room at the back of the store, built from a repurposed queen-sized bed frame.

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This little shop is so cheerful. The decor elements, including a large tree, a decorated ladder, macramé wall hangings, and murals, all contribute to the whimsical feel of the space. There are some vintage-type elements, like the retro Nordstrom pieces from the ‘80s. The shop is full of art, clothing, jewelry, natural wood pieces, and more. There’s a life and an energy to the space that makes it enjoyable to browse and try things on.


to continue running a store or if that chapter was closed for her. She ultimately decided it was something she loved and wanted to keep doing, so she began searching for a new location with better foot traffic. Cornwall Avenue, near Peoples Bank and A New Leaf Flower Shoppe, sees a lot of pedestrians, and with the new space being so much larger than its predecessor, Beard knew it was what she wanted.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND The Chipper Bird carries a variety of clothing, accessories, art, and home decor items from local artisans and makers. You can find everything from plus-sized clothing to macramé to stickers and wooden blocks. The shop also offers a wide selection of jewelry and gift items from places like The Goat’s Coat, Samish Bay Soaps, and even cotton hankies from wrenbirdarts. On occasion, some makers, like Angie Kelly from Treehouse Macramé and Plants, host how-to classes in the shop. You can find classes on anything from macramé to repurposing old jeans. Beard also partners with designers like Of Something Rad to hold pop-ups. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else — or just passing through — you’re sure to leave just a little more chipper than when you arrived. 1319 Cornwall Ave., Ste. 101, Bellingham, Instagram @thechipperbird  February 202041


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E MAY NOT BE NEW YORK CITY or even Seattle, but Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties have their fair share of international cuisine. Whether you’re craving sushi, teriyaki, schnitzel, or pupusas, there’s likely a restaurant nearby that’s eager to whip up an authentic dish. In the following pages, we’ve collected a variety of global flavors you can find right here at home. Our list of restaurants is far from exhaustive — we know there are many delicious eateries we’ve yet to discover — but we hope you’ll find something new worth trying.

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Mediterranean, European, & African Greek Arni Psito Mykonos Greek Restaurant Mykonos serves up a wide variety of classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes, including Arni Psito, which is traditionally eaten at Easter. This mouthwatering entree features a roasted lamb shoulder flavored with lemon sauce and mustard, with meat that’s braised slowly until tender. 1650 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham, 360.715.3071, mykonosbellingham.com

Greek Platter for Two Cafe Akroteri Located in downtown Bellingham, Cafe Akroteri has been serving up classic Greek fare since 1986. For your next date night, order the Greek Platter. It comes with a Greek salad, spanakopita, dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), and your choice of either pastiche and souvlaki or moussaka. The feast starts off with feta and kalamata olives. 1219 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, 360.676.5554, cafeakroteri.com

Souvlakia Five Columns Greek Restaurant A mainstay of Greek cuisine, the Souvlakia at Five Columns comes with a Greek salad and rice pilaf. The meat is marinated in a blend of Greek herbs and spices and then served on a skewer. Pair it with an Eleniki Salata (Greek Salad) for an unforgettable Mediterranean meal. 1301 E. Maple St., Bellingham, 360.676.9900, fivecolumns.com

Moussaka Greek Islands Those who truly love Greek food will be in heaven at Greek Islands in Anacortes. Their Moussaka — essentially an eggplant lasagna — is made with layers of eggplant, potatoes, zucchini, and perfectly seasoned ground sirloin. The dish is topped with bechamel sauce and cheese and then baked until crispy and golden. 2001 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.293.6911,

mixed with pancetta, celery, carrots, and the classic Italian flavor trio of onion, garlic, and tomato. The best part? All pasta dishes come with a basket of fresh bread. 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, 360.714.8412, lombardisitalian.com

Lasagna Al Forno Il Granaio Italian Chef Alberto Candivi brings authentic Italian food to the Old Town Granary building in Mount Vernon. His lasagna layers Bolognese sauce with mozzarella and parmigiana cheese resulting in baked, crispy goodness. If you get there before 6 p.m., take advantage of the fixed-price Sunset Special, which comes with four courses. 100 W. Montgomery St., Ste. 110, Mount Vernon, 360.419.0674, granaio.com

Fettuccine Ai Frutti Di Mare Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery In addition to an award-winning wine program, Leader Block also offers an impressive selection of traditional Italian cuisine. This fettuccine dish is a seafood lover’s dream, served with prawns, calamari, and Manila clams all tossed with a creamy garlic-herb sauce. Finish it off with an Affogato for a truly Italian treat. 2026 Main St., Ferndale, 360.306.8998, leaderblock.com

Pasta from Hell Vinny’s Ristorante Fresh ingredients combine with homestyle Italian goodness to create every dish at Vinny’s Ristorante. Far from evil, this yummy pasta dish features penne noodles served with mushrooms, peppers, pine nuts, and raisins — just beware, the sauce is extra spicy. For an added seafood flare, get it with prawns. 165 West St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.1934, vinnysfridayharbor.com

Parma Cotto Old World Deli At this European-inspired deli in downtown Bellingham, you’ll find plenty of classic Italian sandwiches. The Parma Cotto features Italian cooked ham and fresh mozzarella, flavored with delicious house hot mustard. Even better? It comes grilled on ciabatta from Breadfarm. 1228 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.738.2090, oldworldbellingham.com

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Chicken Schnitzel Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen This classic Austrian dish is made of chicken breast that’s pounded until it’s extra-thin. The meat is then breaded and fried so it takes on a delicious, crisp exterior. At Chuckanut Brewery, it comes with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and tasty house gravy. You can also order it as a sandwich. 601 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.752.3377, chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com


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English Shepherd’s Pie Cosmos Bistro You can find all sorts of comfort food at Cosmos Bistro, from burgers to meatloaf to mac-n-cheese, but if you’re looking for extra-hearty fare, go for the Shepherd’s Pie. Ground lamb and beef are combined with veggies and herbs and paired with mashed potatoes. 1151 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.255.0244, bellinghamcosmosbistro.com

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French French Onion Soup The Black Cat The Black Cat has several French items on the menu, including a fondue appetizer, but you can’t go wrong with a bowl of oven-broiled French Onion Soup, especially on a chilly February night.

Topped with gruyere cheese and served with a crostini, this soup is the epitome of winter-time comfort food. 1200 Harris Ave., Ste. 310, Bellingham, 360.733.6136, blackcatbellingham.com

Crème Brulee Skylark’s Hidden Cafe This quaint cafe in Fairhaven feels Parisian, with plenty of outdoor seating in the front and along the back alley. Their classic French Crème Brulee consists of scratch-made vanilla cream custard that’s lightly sweetened. To get to the cream, you first have to break through a decadent crust of caramelized sugar. 1308 11th St., Bellingham, 360.715.3642, skylarkshiddencafe.com

Baked Burgundian Escargots The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub This charming restaurant in La Conner serves up several French-inspired delicacies, and what’s more French

than escargot? You’ll find this dish among the restaurant’s many small plates, the majority of which feature local, sustainable seafood. These baked snails are cooked with garlic, parsley, and butter. Bon appetit! 205 Washington St., La Conner, 360.766.6179, theoysterandthistle.com

German Cheddarwurst Schweinhaus Biergarten Choose from numerous German-style drafts at this beer garden in downtown Bellingham. It’s never good to drink on an empty stomach, so pair your pint with a signature sausage plate. The Cheddarwurst is made with beef and ham, then filled with smoked Wisconsin cheddar. It comes with sauerkraut, three types of mustard, and a Bavarian pretzel. 1330 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.671.0206, schweinhaus.com

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Irish Bangers & Mash Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro Craving meat and potatoes? Enjoy a bite of Irish pub fare at Boundary Bay in downtown Bellingham. The dish features a pair of plump Irish sausages nestled into mashed potatoes and pea puree, all flavored with Dry Irish Stout gravy. 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, 360.647.5593, bbaybrewery.com

Polish Halupki Anelia’s Kitchen and Stage This restaurant has so many authentic Polish dishes you might not know where to start — but you have to start somewhere, and the Halupki is a great option. This specialty features two cabbage rolls stuffed with flavorful beef, pork, and rice, all stewed in a sauerkrauttomato broth and served over smashed potatoes. Can you say warm and hearty? 513 S. 1st St., La Conner, 360.399.1805, aneliaskitchenandstage.com

Sweet Polish-Style Crepes Magdalena’s Bistro & Creperie The crepes at Magdalena’s are made with low-gluten flour, but if you’re feeling decadent, you can also order chocolate batter on request. Choose from a variety of fillings including jam, Nutella and bananas, fresh fruit, and ricotta cheese. In addition to crepes, the menu also boasts everyone’s Polish favorite: pierogis. 1200 10th St., 103, Bellingham, 360.483.8569, magdalenascreperie.com

Russian Russian Dumplings Pel’meni This beloved Russian dumpling shop is open until 2:30 a.m., making it a favorite late-night stop among Western students. That said, it’s also great place for a quick afternoon pick-me-up when you’re in a hurry or on a budget. Diners can choose from potato or beef dumplings,

or a combination of the two. Top with sour cream and hot sauce for the full experience. 1211 N. State St., Bellingham,

The broth is flavored with green onion and bean sprouts while the rice noodles add texture and heft. 410 W. Gates St., Mount

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Ethiopian Doro Wat Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine For those who grieved when Bellingham’s Everyday Public Market closed, taking Ambo Ethiopian Cuisine with it, we’ve got good news: The restaurant is back in a new location. You can find Ambo on State Street, where its owner, Mulu Belay, serves up traditional Ethiopian dishes like this popular chicken stew. The chicken is simmered with onion, garlic, ginger, and various spices, then served with a boiled egg. All main dishes come with injera bread and a side dish of your choice. 902 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.756.1627, amboethiopiancuisine.wordpress.com

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Tom Kha Wanida Thai Cuisine Wanida might be a favorite for take-out, but the cozy space is also great for eating in. Head there on a cold day for this mouth-watering soup. The rich coconut milk base is flavored with kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and lemongrass. In the broth you’ll find mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and the protein of your choice. Add noodles or rice for a tasty, filling meal. 1213 Dupont St., Bellingham, 360.746.8642, wanidathai.com

Gauy Teaw Nam Rachawadee Thai Cafe For more than 10 years, Rachawadee has been serving up some of the tastiest and spiciest Thai food in Skagit. Although the restaurant itself is tiny, the food packs huge flavor. If you love a meat medley, the Gauy Teaw Nam noodle soup comes with chicken, fish balls, and ground pork.

Chicken Avocado Curry Maikham Chef Usanee Klimo grew up in Thailand, near the Lao border, and was raised on the flavors of the region. She brings these flavors, and her expertise, to everything on the Fairhaven restaurant’s menu. Avocado lovers will especially love this green curry, flavored with fresh basil and herbs. It can also be made vegetarian. 1125 Finnegan Way, Ste. 101, Bellingham, 360.746.8098, maikham.com

Stir Fried Pineapple & Prawns Luxe Thai This dish is a favorite among Luxe Thai customers, and for good reason. Juicy pineapple pieces are mixed with prawns, green onions, carrots, and bell peppers to create a sweet, savory, and colorful dish. The owner and her two sisters created the menu based on recipes handed down from their mother, so you know every bite is authentically Thai and made with love. 5685 3rd Ave., Ferndale, 360.312.9433, luxethai.com

Massaman Curry Bangkok Bistro A classic Thai go-to, the Massaman Curry at Bangkok Bistro is truly delicious, and is extra-affordable when you order it as part of the restaurant’s under-$10 lunch special. Tender chicken is served in a mild, slightly sweet curry sauce. The dish comes on rice with the option to add pad thai noodles. 104 Lila Ln., Burlington, 360.757.3778

Street Pad See-Ew Taste of Thai by Wipa At Taste of Thai by Wipa in Burlington, this classic Thai street food is recreated to taste just like what you’d order from vendors in Thailand. Wide rice noodles are stir-fried with Chinese broccoli and seasoned with vinegar and stir-fry sauce. The result is a sweet, smoky, and savory dish. 1038 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington, 360.899.5823, tasteofthaibywipa.com

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Pork Udon Setsunai Noodle Bar

360.332.3267, chadathaiusa.com

Japanese Sukiyaki Kyoto Kitchen This entree, served in a stone hot pot, features thinly sliced rib eye, veggies, and tofu all simmered to perfection in a sweet soy sauce. The dish comes served with steamed rice. 2001 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, 360.428.3699

Pork Udon Setsunai Noodle Bar Next time you visit Lopez Island, stop by this noodle bar in the village for a piping hot bowl of Pork Udon. The smoked pork is local and served with a 50

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marinated egg, scallions, daikon, pickled shitake, greens, and your choice of two other fermented foods all submerged in a delicious dashi broth. These tasty noodles are extra popular during the busy summer months, so come early to avoid a long line or reserve a spot for dinner. 45 Eads Ln., Village Lopez Island,

in July of last year) serves up traditional dishes like Bulgogi Bibimbap. Marinated beef barbecue is served in a sizzling bowl of rice topped with various veggies and kimchi, all topped with a fried egg. 1204

360.298.9052, setsunainoodles.com

Spicy Chicken Bul-Gogi Pyung Chang Korean Restaurant & BBQ This restaurant in Mount Vernon offers a unique Korean BBQ experience — couples, groups, and families can order from a number of different combos, which serve groups of 2–5 and come with a sampler of various marinated meats. If you feel like going rogue, try the Spicy Chicken Bul-Gogi. Bites of chicken are marinated in spicy sauce. 521 S. 2nd St., Mount Vernon,

Tarantula Roll Muto Ramen & Sushi This popular, fierce-looking roll is filled with soft-shell crab, imitation crab salad, and refreshing cucumber that balances out the spice from jalapenos. The roll is topped with avocado, tobiko, eel sauce, and spicy mayo for a memorable sushi experience. 105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham, 360.647.3530, mutoramen.com

Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.392.8658, yungane.business.site

360.450.3333, pyungchangbbq.com

Korean Bulgogi Bibimbap Yun Ga Ne Korean Restaurant For an authentic Korean experience, head to Yun Ga Ne in downtown Bellingham. This relatively new restaurant (it opened

Chinese Chicken Dumplings Dumpling Girls Typically parked at Goods Local Brews on Northwest Avenue, this food truck

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Fresh Spring Rolls Chada Thai A staple before any Thai meal, these spring rolls are made with tofu and crisp lettuce all wrapped in chewy rice paper. Dip them in a light peanut sauce flavored with a touch of chili pepper for an added kick. Follow these refreshing rolls with one of Chada Thai’s authentic noodle or wok dishes. 825 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine,


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Breads Around the World Inerja This spongy, crepe-like flatbread is a staple of Ethiopian cuisine. It’s made from teff flour, which is naturally low in gluten and high in iron. Inerja is central to Ethiopian dining, as it serves as a kind of utensil with which to eat various salads, stews, and other foods. Meals are often served on top of inerja — in this way, the ubiquitous bread is also like an edible plate.

T’anta Wawa Meaning ‘baby bread,’ this traditional sweet bread is eaten in several South American countries — Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Columbia, and Bolivia — during All Soul’s Day. The bread, which is shaped and painted to look like a baby, is typically baked with sweet ingredients like raisins, anise, or candied fruit. Long ago, the bread was placed on the graves of children.

Challah Although not necessarily native to a particular country, this bread is traditional of Jewish cuisine the world over. Challah is made of dough typically woven into a six-piece braid. The soft, chewy, and slightly sweet bread is baked with an egg glaze, giving it a crispy, shiny exterior. While challah is typically eaten on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, it can also be enjoyed at any time. You might even find it at your local bakery.

Concha These striped Mexican sweet breads (pan dulces) are named for their resemblance to seashells. The bread roll itself is topped with a hard cookie layer that can come in various colors, from white to bright pink or yellow. This outer layer is also sometimes given additional flavoring like strawberry, lemon, or chocolate. Conchas are often enjoyed with coffee at breakfast.

These soft, steamed buns originated in northern China, where wheat is more prevalent than rice. They’re enjoyed alongside meals, in lieu of rice or noodles, or eaten plain as a snack throughout the day. In other parts of China and across Asia, the buns are stuffed with meat or other fillings. They can also be fried or made with milk and sugar to become a sweet dessert.

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is worth a special trip. Their dumplings are served piping hot with delicious dipping sauce. Order them with your choice of chicken or beef filling. Make it a meal with spring rolls on the side. 2620 Northwest Ave., Bellingham

Moo Shu Pork Hong Kong Restaurant Specializing in Szechuan and Chinese cuisine, this restaurant offers plenty of options for lunch, dinner, and take-out. The Moo Shu Pork comes with delicious stir-fried pork and veggies, served with four pancakes and rice on the side. You can also order it with chicken, shrimp, or beef. 1300 Riverside Dr., Mount Vernon, 360.424.7776, hongkongrestaurantmv.com

Vietnamese Pho Tai, Chin Pho 99 Pronounced “fuh,” this delicious and fortifying Vietnamese noodle soup is like nothing else. At Pho 99, the menu is separated into categories for beginners, regulars, and adventurers. This dish is from the beginner’s menu, and features eye round steak and brisket that’s cooked well-done. The savory broth — which you’ll want to drink down to the last drop — is flavored with onions and cilantro. 3503 Byron St., Bellingham, 360.647.8471, pho99.us

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Indian Chicken Tikka Masala Tandoori Bites A tandoor is a cylindrical, drum-like clay oven used for cooking in many parts of India. Not only does the oven cook meats and vegetables, but it’s also what gives naan its delicious char flavor, blackening the outside while leaving the inside soft. The Chicken Tikka Masala at Tandoori Bites is a great example of what this oven can do. The chicken is baked in the tandoor before being diced and cooked in a creamy sauce flavored with tomatoes and herbs. 505 32nd St., Ste. 104, Bellingham, 360.746.8582, tandooribites.us

Chicken Tikka Masala Tandoori Bites

Shahi Paneer Taste of India — Bellingham If you’re looking for something different, this Indian dish is sure to satisfy. Pieces of homemade cheese (paneer) are cooked with cashews, creating a rich and creamy dish. Enjoy with rice and naan for a filling meal. 3930 Meridian St., Ste. 107, Bellingham, 360.778.1262, tasteofindiabellinghamwa.com

Biryani Taste of India — Mount Vernon For authentic Northern Indian food, Taste of India offers a variety of scratchmade dishes right in downtown Mount Vernon. The Biryani features saffron rice cooked with cashews, raisins, peas, and a special spice blend. Order it with your choice of chicken, lamb, or prawns, or keep it vegetarian with veggies sourced from Skagit Valley. 420 W. Gates St., Mount Vernon, 360.428.2866, tasteofindiaskagit.com

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Peshwari Naan Naan & Brew This family-owned restaurant has been crafting authentic Indian food in Bellingham since 2015. Although the menu features multiple savory naan options, including meat-stuffed and veggie-stuffed, the Peshwari Naan approaches dessert-status. It’s cooked in a clay oven and then filled with cherries, cashews, almonds, pistachios, raisins, and coconut. Are you drooling yet? 200 E. Maple, Ste. 101, Bellingham, 360.389.5493, naanandbrew.com

Butter Chicken Punjabi Junction The name says it all. Who doesn’t love butter? This soon-to-be-your-favorite dish features boneless pieces of marinated chicken cooked in tomatoes with a rich, creamy butter sauce. Order it with rice and naan and then wash it all down with a Mango Lassi. Delivery is free, so make it your next stay-at-home meal. 4370 Meridian St., Bellingham, 360.656.6025

Latin American Gallo Pinto El Rey Latino Restaurant On top of a large menu of Mexican dishes, El Rey also serves up homestyle dishes from countries all across Latin America. The Costa Rican section features this classic breakfast dish of scrambled eggs, beans, rice, and diced steak all served with tortillas and bananas — pura vida! 2527 Meridian St., Bellingham, 360.922.0342, elreylatinorestaurant.com

Guatemalan Pepián La Chapina This restaurant on Meridian Street serves up dishes from across Latin America, but the Pepián is a traditionally Guatemalan dish. In addition to chicken, you’ll find tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and

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seasonal veggies in this spicy, flavorful stew. 4285 Meridian St., Ste., D102, Bellingham, 360.738.6056

Mexican Carne Asada COA Mexican Eatery Serving artisan, scratch-made food in La Conner and Mount Vernon, COA is your go-to for authentic Mexican cuisine in Skagit. The delicious Carne Asada features sliced skirt steak grilled to perfection and served with mango pico, sour cream, and guacamole. Grilled veggies and tortillas come on the side. 214 Maple Ave., La Conner, 360.466.0267; 102 S. 10th St., Mount Vernon, 360.840.1938, coaeatery.com

Chile Relleno Netos Market and Bakery Despite its name, Netos is more than just a market and a bakery. In addition to everyday grocery items and a large display case filled with freshly baked Pan Dulce (sweet breads), Netos also boasts a menu of authentic Mexican dishes, as well as a cozy eating area and patio where you can enjoy your food. The generously portioned Chile Relleno is not-too-spicy and served with rice and beans. 2612 W. Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, 360.594.6504, netosmarket.com

Sour Cream Enchiladas Lilia’s Mexican Cuisine This cheerful, family-run cantina has an extensive menu of Mexican dishes

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and drinks. The Sour Cream Enchiladas are stuffed with chicken and come coated in a rich, tasty sauce made of sour cream and mushrooms. Beans and rice come on the side, and on top you’ll find guacamole and pico de gallo. 190 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham, 360.527.3181, liliasmexicancuisine.com

Sizzling Fajitas Paso Del Norte Who doesn’t love a sizzling skillet? At this family-owned restaurant in Blaine, the fajitas come with your choice of steak or chicken, served straight from the kitchen on a bed of green peppers and onions. Top everything with cheese, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. 758 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine, 360.332.4045, pasodelnorte.net

flour tortilla is packed with beans, rice, cheese, onions, cabbage, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, and your choice of chicken, pork, or asada. For a meatless option, the Veggie Wonder Burrito is just as wonderful, but with mixed veggies in lieu of meat. 3008 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, 360.393.4637

Pupusas Restaurante Morazan Tucked into the corner of Bakerview Square, you’ll find Morazan. This unassuming restaurant has a simple menu of mouth-watering Salvadoran dishes like pastelitos, empanadas, and tamales. The pupusas are made fresh and served hot. Inside each corn tortilla flatbread, you’ll find melty cheese and your choice of meat or beans. 410 W. Bakerview Rd., Ste.

Peruvian Butifarra Royal Cafe Rumba Founded by Marco Mellet and Antonio Diaz, both food-lovers from Lima, this Peruvian deli in downtown Bellingham offers a menu bursting with flavor. The Butifarra Royal comes with houseroasted pork, bacon, shoestring potatoes, romaine lettuce, house spicy chimichurri, caramelized onion, and a fried egg. It’s all served on a Peruvian French roll with your choice of roasted potatoes or a side salad. 1140 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.746.8280, caferumbabham.com

108, Bellingham, 360.656.6533

Chile Verde El Gitano The owner of El Gitano, Adrian, moved from Durango, Mexico when he was 19 years old. Once in Washington, he began working for his family’s restaurant in Burlington. Flash forward to now, when Adrian operates four El Gitano locations in Burlington, La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Bellingham. El Gitano’s Chile Verde features pieces of tasty pork cooked in a light tomatillo salsa. Make sure not to fill up on free chips! Multiple locations,

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Authentic Pork Carnitas Jalapeños A local favorite, Jalepeños is familyowned by Jesse Cantu and offers locations in Fairhaven, Barkley Village, and downtown Bellingham. The Authentic Pork Carnitas are a favorite among Bellinghamsters, with chunks of pork tenderloin cooked to perfection and paired with rice, beans, salsa, and tortillas. Multiple locations, jalapenos-wa.com

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Salvadoran Wonder Burrito Super Mario’s This beloved eatery has a restaurant and a food truck, offering two ways to try their delicious Salvadoran food. The Wonder Burrito is a customer favorite. A

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Menus Need direction? Let our local menus guide your dining choices.

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orth, south, east, west. Those who come to eat here in the nation’s uppermost left corner have dining choices like few others, no matter which direction they take. We are uniquely situated to enjoy nature’s bounty while soaking up spectacular views of where those dishes originated, whether it be the streams and rivers of the Nooksack Valley, the berry fields of northern Whatcom County, the farmlands of the Skagit Valley, or the waterways of the San Juan Islands. Set your gastronomical compass east, and enjoy the sweet buttery texture of salmon or steelhead in Nooksack streams and rivers. North, and you’ll find the nation’s most bountiful raspberry harvest, as well as an abundance of strawberries and blueberries, depending on the month of your picking. Head south to Skagit’s picturesque farms, where the snowcapped Mt. Baker stands in contrast to that patchwork quilt of homegrown produce that is enticing members of a younger generation to trade tech for tractors. Or turn to the west for the crab, clams, and oysters of the San Juans, caught one day and brought to your table the next (or the same day, if you know someone). If locally sourced food is not your thing, this area has familiar fare too. Be as conventional or adventuresome as you like. But whether you are cozying up to pub fare or sampling the latest organic offering, take a minute to look around. No matter where you’ve come from, this is a good place to be.

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LeaderBlock Wine Co. Italian An upscale, from-scratch, cozy restaurant featuring classic Italian cuisine using seasonal fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients. We have seasonal menu changes with daily lunch specials and nightly dinner specials, over 115 wines, an expansive craft cocktail menu using fresh-squeezed juices and house-made simple syrups. We do not have a microwave, a fryer, a soda gun and have no Styrofoam on the property! We often have live music and provide options for private dining. Check out our monthly wine dinners!

Specialty Cocktails

Dinner Vongole $14

Pineapple Express $10

Shackleton Scotch, fresh lime and grapefruit juices, simple syrup

Victoria’s Secret $12

Manilla clams steamed in Pinot Grigio, butter, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, warm focaccia

Empress gin (from Victoria BC) creme de Violette, fresh lemon juice, prosecco

Lunch

Barracuda $11

Beet Caprese $10

Goat Cheese, aged balsamic, pistachio, olive oil

Lady Leader Block Espresso Martini $11

Insalata di Semi di Papavero $10 Fresh greens salad, candied pecans, strawberry-poppyseed dressing

Agnello Burger $14

Appetizer

Grass-fed lamb patty, onion-bacon jam, smoked gouda, garlic aioli, soup or salad

Formaggi e Salumi $20

Panini Vegetariani $12

Mixed selection of local & International meats and cheese, nuts, honeycomb

Squash, zucchini, red peppers, mozzarella, basil aioli, soup or salad

Germogli di Brussel $12

PLT $12

Roasted Brussel sprouts, confit garlic, pancetta, cranberries, parmesan. herbs

Pancetta, lettuce, tomato, basil aioli on toasted Focaccia, soup or salad

Gamberoni $11

Gamberetti Bisque $6 / $10

Herb-garlic sauteed prawns, Beurre Blanc topped with pepper flakes

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Baked flat pasta, mozzarella, meat sauce, sauteed veggies, parmesan

Anatra $26

Seared and roasted duck breast, rotating jam, beurre blanc, tossed white beans, seasonal puree

Jameson, muddled lime and mint, ginger ale, creole shrub

Avion espresso liqueur, Bailey’s Irsh creme, Espresso

Lasagna Classico (GF, V options) $19

Decadent seafood bisque served with warm focaccia

Fettuccine Ai Frutti Di Mare $22

Fettuccine, Manilla clams, calamari, prawns, garlic-herbed cream sauce

Capesante $27

Pan-seared jumbo scallops, seasonal parmesan risotto, seasonal vegetables, mushrooms

Costata di Manzo $47.00 for 14 oz. Butter-thyme basted Claus Meats Prime Ribeye, parmesan-rosemary fingerling potatoes, seasonal veggies, pan jus

Cioppino $27

Prawn, clams, calamari, pancetta, roasted red peppers, fettuccine, chili flakes

Zucchini Puttanesca Gamberoni (V option) $25

Zucchini noodles, prawns, capers, garlic confit, blistered tomatoes, chili flakes

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Mon: 11 am–8 pm

2026 Main Street

Attire: Upscale Casual

Tues–Thurs & Sun: 11 am–9 pm

Ferndale,WA

Reservations: Yes

Fri & Sat: 11 am–10 pm

360.306.8998

Bar: Yes

Music: Wed & Sun 6–8 pm

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Crossroads Bar and Grill American Crossroads Bar and Grill features smoked meats with our in-house BBQ sauce. Appetizers, burgers and signature brisket taco’s and sliders. Entertainment each week with Karaoke, live music and open mic. Pool table and shuffle board too! Large bar area with 10 large TV screens. Sports are always on! Happy hour 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM daily.

Appetizer BBQ Riblets $11

Dry smoked ribs with choice of buffalo, BBQ or ranch.

Smoked Chicken Wings 1/2 lb. $11 or 1 lb. $18

Smoked tender chicken wings and drummets with BBQ, buffalo or ranch on the side.

BBQ Brisket Plate $16

Frito Pie $8

BBQ Pulled Pork Burger $16

Side Dish

Slow smoked brisket, BBQ sauce, choice of fries or tots and coleslaw and cornbread. BBQ pulled pork with BBQ sauce and choice of fries or tots.

Nachos Supreme $14

Brisket or Pulled Pork Sliders $11

Fish ‘n Chips $14 for 2 piece or $17 for 3

Choice of Brisket or Chicken. Smoked meat sliders with signature BBQ sauce.

Appetizer Combo $18

Mozzarella sticks, smoked wings, onion rings and tots.

Chili Mac ‘n Cheese $10

BBQ Brisket & Swiss Burger $16 Slow smoked brisket and melted swiss cheese. Choice of fries or tots.

Chili served in the middle of homemade Mac ‘n cheese, served with cornbread.

Bacon Mac n’ Cheese $850

Homemade cheesy Mac ‘n cheese with bacon.

Beer battered fish served with fries or tater tots.

CrossRoads Taco’s $10

BBQ 1/2 Rack Ribs Plate $18

Slow smoked rack of ribs, BBQ sauce, choice of fries or tots & coleslaw and cornbread.

Events Thursday Karaoke 7:30pm, No Cover

Brisket or pulled pork taco’s served with coleslaw.

Come and sing along!

Mac ‘n Cheese Burger $17

Entree

Classic Texas style chili atop Fritos, cheese and onions.

1/3 lb. patty smothered with homemade mac ‘n cheese with choice of fries or tots.

Friday Night Listening Music 6pm - 8pm, No Cover

Bacon Cheese Burger $16

Saturday Night Live Bands 7:30pm - 10:30pm, No Cover

1/3 lb. patty, bacon and choice of cheese. Served with fries or tots.

Dance Floor, Classic Rock or Western Rock

Hours

Locations

Decorum

Mon-Tues 3pm-10pm

1263 Barkley Blvd,

Attire: Casual

Wed-Sun 11am to close

Bellingham, WA

Reservations: Yes

Live Music: 7:30pm Saturdays

360.306.3624

Bar: Yes Dancing: Yes Music Genre: Classic Rock

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9 Restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course American With an entire from scratch menu, 9 Restaurant isn’t your average golf course eatery. Our meats are roasted in-house, burgers hand pressed and seasoned, and breads from Avenue Bread. We strive to bring you only fresh and local ingredients. Complete with a wide alcohol selection including 8 rotating beer taps, extensive wine selection, 90 whiskeys, 40+ tequilas. At 9 Restaurant you’re sure to find something that will keep you coming back for more. Make sure to stop by to try our daily specials & soups.

Breakfast

Bacon Bleu Burger & Fries $1250

Buffalo Chicken Wrap $1195

Breakfast Sandwich $6

Grilled Chicken Burger & Fries $1195

Veggie Wrap $1050

Egg & cheddar cheese with your choice of sausage, ham, or bacon on an English muffin.

Deliciously seasoned and grilled chicken topped with Swiss cheese, tomato, and onion.

House made hummus and assorted veggies wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Breakfast Burrito

Fried Chicken Burger & Fries $1250

Fried chicken with spring mix, jalapeño, BBQ sauce and pepper jack cheese.

Biscuits and Gravy

$895

The down-home classic, served with two eggs and sausage gravy.

$995

Beef Patty topped with blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, pickles, onion & lettuce.

Eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, sour cream, salsa, and cheddar cheese all wrapped up!

Hand breaded fried chicken, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, onion, lettuce and pickles.

Eggs Benedict (Weekends Only) $12

Vegetarian Burger & Fries $1150

Three Egg Omelets $1050– $1150

Assorted Sandwiches & Fries $795–$1195

The classic breakfast with our made to order hollandaise sauce and house potatoes.

Available in veggie, cheese, and ham & cheese. Served with house potatoes or fruit.

Your choice of turkey, ham, or roast beef on Avenue Bread with the works!

Appetizers

Lunch/Dinner Northwest Burger & Fries

A homemade meatless patty good enough to make meat eaters jealous!

$1095

All-American burger topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickle.

Tournament Burger & Fries $1250

$595–$1095

From wings & nachos, to chicken karaage & calamari, we have apps for everyone!

Turkey Cranberry Wrap $1095

House roasted turkey, cream cheese, cranberry sauce, carrots, red onions and greens.

Beef patty with sautéed mushrooms, carmelized onions, lettuce, pickles, and tapenade.

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Jay Fury Wrap $1150

Chicken Strips and Fries $1095

Hand breaded with our seasoned panko breading, served with choice of dipping sauce.

Beer Battered Fish and Chips $1295 Three pieces of hand breaded cod fillet served with house made tartar sauce.

Events Weddings Prices Vary

Our countryside setting with priceless views of Mt. Baker makes a perfect venue.

Wine/Beer/Whiskey/Tequila Dinners $65-$85

5-Course meals expertly paired for every course. Space limited. Call for info!

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

205 W Smith Rd., Bellingham, WA

Attire: Casual

Sunrise–Sunset

360.398.8300

Reservations: No

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Fried chicken, blue cheese dressing, hot sauce, carrots, red peppers, onions & greens.


Calico Cupboard Cafe & Bakery An award winning specialty-cafe and famous madefrom-scratch bakery featuring breakfast and lunch, vegetarian and farm to table specials, famous cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes and cookies. NW wines, micro beers and espresso. Celebrating 39 years.

Breakfast

Roasted Root Vegetable Hash $1499

Brussels Sprout Hash

$1449

County style potatoes, brussels sprouts, chili verde, pepper jack, avocado, two eggs.

Calico Grub $1549

Country style potatoes, smoky ham, green peppers, onions, gravy & cheddar cheese.

Skagit Hash (GF) $1399

Broccoli, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, red onion, garlic, crushed red pepper,mozzarella, parmesan, potatoes.

Linda’s Brother-in-Law Hash (GF) $1549 Potatoes, eggs, smoky ham, spinach, tomato, mushrooms, garlic, feta and parmesan.

Huevos Rancheros

$1549

2 eggs, black beans, tortillas, chili verde, cheddar, salsa, sour cream, potatoes.

Breakfast Burrito $1549

Eggs, refried beans, green chilies, jalapeno jack & cheddar. Salsa, guac & sour cream.

Calico Benedict $1399– $1599

English muffin, croissant or biscuit with poached eggs, hollandaise. Choose from smoked salmon, ham, or vegetables.

Root veggies, garlic, spinach, red pepper, goat cheese with country potatoes and eggs.

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette $1499

A french pie with a variety of cheeses, veggies, meat and eggs in a pastry crust.

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad $1499

Roasted root veggies, squash, garlic, goat cheese, avocado, onion, mixed greens.

Sautéed mushrooms, goat cheese, red pepper, caramelized onion.

Farm Burger $1549

Morning Glory Omelette (GF) $1549 Bacon, avocado, tomato, spinach, cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onion.

Calico Corned Beef $1599

Corned beef, country potatoes, pepper jack, red pepper, avocado topped with two eggs.

Blueberry Cakes $1399

Grilled hamburger, caramelized onion & sharpe cheddar with hopped-up thousand island.

Roasted Root Vegetable Sandwich $1499 Oven roasted root veggies, squash, garlic, goat cheese, aoili on grilled flax bread.

Washington Turkey (GF) $1499

Griddle cakes with blueberries. Served with fruit, ham, links, bacon or sausage.

Turkey, havarti cheese, herbed cream cheese, cranberries, Dijon mustard and red onion.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast $1399

Baker’s Special $1399– $1479

Our famous cinnamon rolls made into french toast. Served with fruit of potatoes.

Lunch

A bowl of our homemade soup, garden salad & homemade bread. With chowder or chili.

Sunshine Burger (GF) $1499

Pepperjack, avocado, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

Quiche of the Day $1449

Hours

Locations

Decorum

Mount Vernon: Mon–Fri 7am–4pm,

121 B. Freeway Dr.,

Attire: Casual

Sat & Sun 7am–4:30pm

Mount Vernon | 360.336.3107

Reservations: Private room

La Conner: Sun–Fri 8am–3pm

720 South First St.,

dining and large groups

Anacortes: 7am–2:30pm,

La Conner | 360.466.4451

(Mount Vernon & Anacortes)

Sat 7am-3pm

901 Commercial Ave.,

Bar: No

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Anacortes | 360.293.7315

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Fat Shack Burgers and Sandwiches Mouthwatering burgers, wings and fat sandwiches. All of our burgers are 100% Angus Beef served with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and burger sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Our goal is to make the best sandwiches that we possibly can and to serve the community. Burgers, wings and fat sandwiches. Late night done right! Dine in, Take-out and Delivery. Stop by and see what we are all about!

Appetizer Munchie Madness Platter $1599

Mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, onion rings, & mac’n cheese bites with all sauces.

Fried Pickles $749

Fresh pickles deep fried in a light batter with ranch dressing. Eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, sour cream, salsa, and cheddar cheese all wrapped up!

Lunch/Dinner Fat Jersey $899–$1499

Cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries & honey mustard. Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries & marinara. Chicken fingers, french fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks & honey mustard. Bacon, chicken fingers, french fries, cheddar cheese sauce, lettuce & ranch.

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Scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon, french fries, onion rings & ketchup.

Fat Tommy $749–$1345

Chicken fingers, french fries, pickles, lettuce, tomato, ketchup & mayo.

Fat Donkey Lips $799–$1399

Chicken fingers, french fries, lettuce, buffalo & bleu cheese. Jalapeño poppers, cheesesteak, chicken fingers, french fries & buffalo ranch.

Cheesesteak, chicken fingers, poppers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, onions, sauce.

The Classic Burger $849

Two 100% Angus Beef hamburger patty served with American Cheese and all the toppings..

The Supreme Burger $1049

Three 100% Angus Beef hamburger patty served with American Cheese and all the topping.

Buffalo Wings $799–$2899

Wings tossed in your choice of sauce. 6 to 24 piece available.

Mac‘n’cheese, bacon, french fries, mozzarella sticks & buffalo ranch.

Fat Stimpy $899–$1499

Fat Gorbies $849–$1449

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Fat Shack $999–$1599

Cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, ketchup & mayo.

Mozzarella sticks, onion rings, french fries, lettuce, tomato & ranch.

Fat Cow $849–$1449

Fat Doobie $849–$1449

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Fat Slob $899–$1499

Fat Chance $899–$1499

$799–$1399

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Fat Veggie $749–$1349

Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, french fries & golden honey bbq.

Fat Hangover $849–$1449

Chicken Fingers $899

Fat Bronco

Fat Wondergem $849–$1449

Cheesesteak, onion rings, jalapeño poppers, french fries & honey-jalapeño mustard.

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Sun-Thurs. 11am - 1am

414 W Bakerview Rd Suite 112.,

Attire: Casual

Fri-Sat 11am - 3am

Bellingham, WA

Reservations: No

360.366.8752, fatshack.com

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Nicki’s Bella Marina

Burgers, Seafood, Steak Nicki’s Bar and Grill features a casual friendly atmosphere for good times with a great water view along with some outstanding local micro brews, fresh seasonal local seafood and Washington state beef with local seasonal produce. Nicki’s was voted Bellingham’s Best Fish and Chips.

Salads

Seafood

Hot dogs

Bay Shrimp Bacon Salad $1599

Nicki’s Fish & Chips $1699

Nicki’s Gourmet Hot Dogs $699

BBQ Pulled Pork Salad $1499

Charbroiled Salmon $1999

Kids

Fresh mixed greens, red onions, wild bay shrimp and diced honey cured bacon. Romaine, red cabbage, carrots topped with slow roasted BBQ pulled pork.

Award winning fish & chips hand dipped in tempura style batter and made to order. 8oz wild alaskan salmon, handcrafted champagne caper sauce.

Burgers

Steaks

Bacon Mushroom Cheese $1499

NY Steak $1995–$2595

2/3 lbs of ground chuck steak, honey cured bacon, mushrooms and American cheese.

Hand cut New York steak, charbroiled and brushed with real butter.

Dessert Hard Ice Cream Milk Shakes $499 Chocolate, Seasonal Berry, Vanilla or Coffee. Ask about ADULT milk shakes!

Rib Eye Steak $2195–$2795

The Big Hot Texan $1599

Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs Half Rack $2095 | Full Rack $2595

1/3 lbs of ground chuck steak, two onion rings, pulled pork, buff-a-q sauce and cheese

Kids Meal $599

Two kids chicken strips with fries or salad.

BBQ Onion Burger $1499

2/3 lbs of ground chuck steak, sauteed onions, our own BBQ sauce and gooey mayo.

Beef & pork 10 inch hot dog ready for topping of your choice.

Hand cut rib eye steak, charbroiled and brushed with real butter.

Tender fall off the bone slow cooked BBQ ribs.

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Lunch | Dinner | HH

2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr.

Attire: Casual

Monday–Sunday: 11am–11pm

Bellingham, WA

Reservations: Yes

Happy Hour: 3pm–6pm

360.332.2505

Bar: Yes

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The Steak House Fine Dining The Steak House at Silver Reef is the premier location for fine dining in Whatcom County. The multiple awardwinning Steak House offers exceptional service paired with a selection of over 300 different wines. Enjoy elegant dining in an intimate atmosphere while savoring specially selected & naturally aged Prime Steak, fresh seafood, and a variety of custom prepared desserts.

Appetizers

Steak

Seafood Tower $65

45 Day Custom Dry Aged Bone In NY Strip $65

A Towering Display of Snow Crab, Jumbo Prawns, Oysters, & Mussels; Served Fresh

Oysters on the Half Shell Market Price

A Fresh Northwest Selection, (Servers Will Provide the Details)

Caesar Salad for Two $18

Our Creamy Version of the Classic, Prepared Tableside

Bacon Sautéed Mushrooms $11

Applewood Smoked Bacon & Mushrooms Sautéed in Port Wine

Five Cheese Lobster Macaroni $20

A Rich Casserole of Gruyere, White Cheddar, Fontina, Parmesan, Blue Cheese, & Lobster

Specialty Entrées Steak House Half Chicken $29

Pan Seared with a Mustard Fennel Sauce

Prime Rib $35/$39

12–16 Ounces, Slow Roasted to Perfection

20 Ounces, Optionally Served Oscar, Steamed Asparagus, Dungeness Crab, & Hollandaise

Filet Mignon $41

Seven Ounces, Delicious When Paired with a Tableside Peppercorn Demi-Glaze

Long Bone Steak $80

28–32 Ounces, Enjoy with a Creamy Roquefort, a Rich & Tangy Blue Cheese Sauce

Baseball Cut Top Sirloin $39

Steak and Lobster Market Price

Seven Ounce Filet Mignon & a Cold Water Lobster Tail

Grilled Alaskan Salmon $34

Sautéed Smoked Tomato and Spinach, Topped with Lemon Dill Butter

Desserts Mud Pie $9

Layered Housemade Espresso & Vanilla Ice Cream with a Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust

Chocolate Rockette $9

14 Ounces, Optionally Served with a Hollandaise or Béarnaise Sauce

Molten Chocolate Cake with an Almond Brittle Skirt & Rockette Legs

Porterhouse $67

Each Steak is Aged 28 Days, Broiled at 1800 Degrees, & Finished with Steak Butter

Seafood

Cherries Jubilee $9

Caramelized Sugar and Cherry Liqueur, Flambéed Tableside with Cherries & Ice Cream

Scallop and Crab-Stuffed Prawns $40

Five Jumbo Prawns Stuffed with Savory Dungeness Crab & Baked in Scampi Butter

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Sunday–Monday & Thursday: 5pm–9pm

4876 Haxton Way

Attire: Semi-Formal

Friday & Saturday: 5pm–11pm

Ferndale, WA

Reservations: Yes

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

360.384.7070

Bar: Yes

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Camber Coffee Cafe Serving fresh & local fare to downtown Bellingham. Locally roasted specialty coffee, fresh squeezed juice and mimosas, mocktails, quality tea, and low ABV cocktails. (Menu items rotate seasonally) Voted Best Brunch in Bellingham in 2018 & 2019 Voted Best Coffeehouse in Bellingham in 2019

Drink Pour Over Market Price

Camber Coffee brewed to express unique place, sweetness, and balance

On a Passing Cloud $6

Oatly, espresso, maple, orange expression, cinammon (dairy-free). Served hot or cold

RĂśsti $11

House Salad $6 / $10

Quiche Lorraine $10

White Bean Chili $5 / $8

Sweet Dutch Baby (Winter) $11

Gouda Grilled-Cheese Wedge $8

Seasonal Grain Bowl $11

Tariku Farms Rosemary Lamb Burger $16

Swiss-style hashbrown, two sunny-side up eggs*, arugula Bacon, leeks, jack-swiss blend, house pie crust, served with dressed greens Whipped maple ricotta, blackberry-ginger compote, almond crunch

Golden Milk Price Varies

Turmeric Ginger Latte

Fresh-Squeezed Orange Mimosa $9 Fresh-Squeezed Orange Mimosa

Brown rice, quinoa, rotating seasonal vegetables, garlic tahini dressing Oak Meadows fried chicken (gluten free), Camber coffee gravy, maple syrup

Cashew Cream Toast $8

Washington apples, cinnamon, sage honey

Breakfast Sandwich $7

Bacon or tomato, seasoned baked eggs, jack-swiss, aioli, Avenue Bread English muffin

Yogurt & Granola $5 / $8

Grace Harbor yogurt, earl blossom granola, fresh berries

Green hatch chilis, pulled pork, crema, chives Appel Farm smoked gouda-jack blend, yellow curry butter, arugula, sushi ginger

New Moon jack-swiss, red onion, apple, Avenue Bread bun, served with dressed greens

Chicken & Waffles $16

Brunch

Apple, currant, candied pepita, shaved parmesan, red wine vinaigrette

Events

Lunch

Free Drip Wednesday 1st Wednesday of every month

Garlic-Pepper Fries $5

Free 12oz drip coffee when you bring your own mug

Washington russets, rosemary aioli

Cheese Board: 1/2/3 cheeses $6 / $10 / $14

Choose 1-3 cheeses, served with crostini, preserves, house pickles, fruit, pepitas

Brew Class $45 Quarterly

Learn to brew coffee at home. Covers Kalita, Aeropress, and French Press

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Everyday 8am–4pm

221 W. Holly St, Bellingham, WA

Attire: Casual

360.656.5343

Reservations: Yes

Cambercoffee.com/flagship Instagram @camberholly

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Swinomish Sports Bar & Grill Sports Bar Watch your favorite sports teams compete at Swinomish Sports Bar & Grill on 34 large HDTVs! Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you can enjoy our menu, featuring starters, burgers, sandwiches, salads, Swin classics, pasta, pizza, desserts, and more! Menu subject to change.

Starters

Grilled Ribeye $2699

Pickle Chips $999

Hand-breaded pickle chips served with sriracha-ranch dipping sauce

Dungeness Artichoke Dip $1399

Artichokes, spinach, Dungeness crab, green onion served with toasted pita and chips

Bacon-Wrapped Prawns $1399

Glazed with bourbon barbecue sauce

Potato Skins

$999

Ribeye steak with Gorgonzola butter, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and vegetables

10” Pizzas Pepperoni Pizza $1099

Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni

Breakfast Pizza $1299

Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and house sauce

Baked potato skin wedges topped with cheddar jack cheese, green onion, and bacon bits

Hot Oven Grinder

Chicken Wings $1399

Ham, pepperoni, lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini, mozzarella, mayo, and Italian dressing

Buffalo, Caribbean, honey barbecue, garlic Parmesan, lemon pepper, chili-lime Cajun

Northwest Cobb Salad

$1399

Chicken, romaine lettuce, smoked bacon, avocado, hard-boiled egg, Gorgonzola, tomato

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Mushrooms, onion, garlic, prime rib, and fettuccine

Shrimp Diablo $1799

Blackened Steak Pasta $1899

$1999

Beer-battered halibut, served with coleslaw, french fries, lemon, and tartar sauce

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Prime Rib Stroganoff $1699

Shrimp, bacon, roasted red pepper Alfredo sauce, and fettuccine

Swin Classics

The Rookie Burger $1299

Half-pound beef patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheddar, and our secret sauce

Sunrise Burger $1499

Beef patty, ham, bacon, egg overhard, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayonnaise

Caprese Burger $1499

Beef patty, fresh mozzarella cheese, spinach, basil, balsamic reduction, and tomato

Salmon Burger $1599

Grilled salmon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and lemon-garlic aioli

Dessert Turtle Brownie Sundae $699

Pasta

Salad

Fish & Chips

Italian Grinder $1299

Burgers

Warm brownie with vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans, drizzled with caramel sauce

Events Swinomish Karaoke, Free Sundays at 6pm

Do you want to feel like a rock star for the night? Let your voice be heard!

Red and green bell peppers, onion, blackened steak, garlic, and Cajun Alfredo sauce

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Sun–Thu: 11am–midnight

12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes

Attire: Casual

Fri–Sat: 11am–2am

888.288.8883

Reservations: No

SwinomishCasinoandLodge.com

Bar: Yes


The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro Northwest Fusion Cuisine The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro is a family friendly restaurant in a remodeled Bank in downtown Blaine which hosts a beautiful interior and unique atmosphere. Northwest Fusion Cuisine is featured from the kitchen with an extensive wine list in addition to Beer, Cider, and non alocholic offerings. Trivia and Vinyl Records are hosted Thusdays, with live Music every Friday/Saturday. Beautiful deck to be enjoyed May through September. Adjoining Event Space available to host large groups (with in house catering available) and the restaurant can host events Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.

Appetizer Beef Sirloin Potato Blinis $8

Topped with red wine rosemary glaze, sour cream, and roasted red sweet pepper.

Almond Crusted Scallops on Goat Cheese Medallion $10

With White Fish Caviar, on a bed of Spinach, dressed with Tomato Vinaigrette.

Cheese and Charcuterie Board $15 & $23 Meats, Cheese, Fruits, Focaccia Bread, House Pickled Vegetables, and Pistachios.

Seafood Chowder $6 & $9

Corn, Potato, Carrots Celery Root, Clams, Bay Shrimp, and Crab, w/Focaccia.

House Made Mozzarella and Roma Tomoato Shallots $10 Dried Roma Tomato, Fried Shallots, Roasted Garlic Oil, and basil dressing.

Thai Style Chicken and Won Bok Cabbage Salad $13

California Roll $18

Cucumber, Crab, Avacado, Sesame Seeds, w/side Wakame Salad.

With Shitake Mushroom, Asian style dressing, on a bed of Buckwheat Soba noodles.

Blaine Roll $18

Shrimp, Cucumber, Masago, Sweet Chili, Avacado, w/side Wakame Salad.

The Vault Cobb Salad $18

Bacon, Bleu Cheese, tomato, egg, chicken, lobster, aspargus, w/Pear Vinaigrette.

Entrée

Cotes De Bouef $20

With Bleu Cheese Polenta, Pickled Mushroom, and Demi-Glace Sauce.

Jumbo Scallops with Lemon, Basil and Brie Risotto $21

The Impossible Vegan Burger $15 Brioche Bun with Vegan Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, side of home fries.

Jumbo Scallops with Lemon, Basil and Brie Risotto.

Washington Mac and Cheese $15

Poached Mahi Mahi with Confit, Lemongrass, Shitake Mushroom (Market Price)

Bechamel sauce with three cheeses Panko Paremessan crust with a side salad.

Seared with hot Sesame Oil and Black Soy Sauce.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers $15

Panko breaded stuffed w/mushrooms, cheese, cilantro, pepper tomato sauce.

Dessert

Sauteed Chicken Breast $16

Salad

Jasmine Rice patty, white wine Basil Butter sauce, and Artichoke Puree.

Creme Brule $8

Seasonal Salad $13

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry (GF) $17

Flourless Chocolate Cake (GF) $9

Kale and Spinach w/Strawberries, Brie, porcini shhrooms, lemon and peach dressing.

Served on a bed of rice, with a sweet Chili Oil and Tamari dressing.

Vanilla or Seasonal offering. Meringue folded with Cocoa, Topped with fruit and a Chocolate Sauce

Hours

Location

Decorum

Hours: Wed–Thur 3–9 pm,

277 G Street, Blaine, WA

Attire: Casual

Fri & Sat 3–10 pm

360.392.0955

Reservations: Yes

Happy Hours: Wed–Sat 3-5 pm

thevaultwine.com

Bar: Yes

Live Music Hours: Fri & Sat 7–9 pm

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northwater Pacific Northwest Inspired Northwater is a full-service restaurant and bar offering locally sourced and sustainable food and drink. Inspired by our beautiful home in Bellingham, influences of the calming ocean and outdoors are reflected in both the Pacific Northwest cuisine and atmosphere. With additional meeting and catering space, accommodating anything form large banquets to a family gathering or date night, our team is dedicated to delivering an experience you won’t forget. Unwind, indulge, and let our friendly and knowledgeable staff take care of the rest.

Happy Hour & Shares

From Land & Sea

Northwater Favorites

House Smoked Salmon Plate $12

Pan seared wild Pacific salmon, butternut squash, andouille sausage, forbidden black rice, roasted beet puree

Blackened Salmon $24

Capers, pickled red onion, dill cream cheese, blistered tomatoes, toasted baguette

Seared Ribeye $25

Fried Chicken & Waffle $8

Savory garlic & herb waffle, sage black pepper maple syrup

Ribeye steak, roasted fingerling potatoes, seasonal vegetables, port and whiskey cherry reduction

Beet Infused Deviled Eggs $7

Clam Linguine $19

Coffee roasted bacon jam, dijon mustard yolk mousse

Taylor Shellfish manila clams, Bellingham Pasta Co linguine, garlic, onion, herbs, beurre blanc

Dugeness Crab Cakes $14

Avocado salsa, arcadia mixed greens, citrus vinaigrette

Risotto Cauliflower $16

(gf, df, v) Harissa seared cauliflower steaks, coconut green tea risotto, roasted tomato chutney

Roasted Cauliflower $9

Harissa aioloi, house-pickled peppers, almonds

Fish Tacos $9

Dry Aged Pork Chop $25

Seared cod, cilantro cabbage slaw, candied jalapeno, spicy baja sauce

Manila Clams $14

Andouille sausage, onions, garlic, white wine butter sauce, toasted baguette

Northwater Smoked Wings $9

Ranch & franks original sauces, celery and carrots

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Smokey Point Burger $15

7oz grass fed bison, house-made bbq sauce, house-smoked cheddar, applewood bacon, crispy onions, house-made pickles, lettuce, tomato, toasted bun

Northwater Pizza $13

Bacon, blue cheese, tomato, basil, black olives, candied pecans

Fish n Chips $15

Beet battered Alaskan cod, rosemary fires, lemon, house tartar, coleslaw

Northwater Signature Burger $14 8oz. grass fed beef, blueberry mustard, mayo, tomato jam, house made pickles, lettuce, toasted bun

Northwater House Salad $5/9

12oz roasted pork chop, mashed potatoes, sautéed kale, tomatoes, red onion, savory apple reduction

Watercress, beets, goat cheese, pickled fennel, pistachio, citrus vinaigrette

Filet $28

Seafood Chowder $8

7oz. seared filet, horseradish mashed potato, blue cheese demi-glace, seasonal vegetables, candied bacon

Made to order with clams, halibut, rotating seasonal fish, red potatoes, grilled baguette

Seared Halibut $26

Served with horseradish mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, candied bacon

Pineapple mango salsa, herbed quinoa, seasonal vegetables

Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf $18

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | HH

4260 Mitchell Way

Attire: Casual

Open 6:30am–9pm

Bellingham, WA

Reservations: Yes

Happy Hour: 2–6pm, 9–11pm

360.398.6191

Bar: Yes

All day Sunday

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The Fork at Agate Bay Upscale Comfort Food with a Southern Flair The Fork at Agate Bay is a scratch kitchen and bar. We are a neighborhood hang out and a destination location. We focus on locally sourcing and making everything possible in house: She-crab soup, grass-fed beef, fresh Photography © Terrah Johnson

bread, shrimp and grits, etouffee, key lime pie, ice creams & sorbet. We offer fresh-pressed cocktails, house made bitters and liqueurs, and an extensive wine list heavy on Northwest wines. Come for a burger and a beer, or for seafood specials and fine wines. We welcome you!

Small Plates

Entrees

Pizzas

Southern Shrimp and Grits $14

Seafood Etouffee $36

Philly Cheesesteak $20

Cajun white shrimp, white cheddar grits

Sautéed Chicken Livers $16

D’Anjou pear, wild mushrooms, bacon, marsala cream, grilled house bread

Fried Green Tomatoes $15

Gulf prawns, tasso ham, Taylor clams and mussels, whole soft-shell crab, masa cornbread

Peppers, onions, provolone

Capicola-Spiced Chicken Muffaletta $20

Dry-Aged Cut of the Week Market Price

Olives, salami, mozzarella

Goat cheese, southern remoulade

Local organic grass-fed beef, brussels sprout and bacon hash, veal demi-glace

Bacon-Pimento Cheese & Arugula $19

Mussels & Clams $17

Roasted Half Chicken $34

Roasted Vegetable $19

Balsamic bacon vinaigrette, grilled house bread

House Cured Salmon $17

House pickled vegetables, dill cream, lavosh crackers

Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell Market Price

Mustard BBQ, collard greens, black-eyed peas

Mario or Luigi $12/$10

Braised Pork Cheeks & Pork Belly $36

Pepperoni or cheese

Dill and mustard spaetzle, confit wild mushrooms

Events

Rabbit Pot Pie $34

Valentine’s Drouhin Wine Dinner $150 plus tax and gratuity, Friday February 14th 6pm

House mignonette

Truffled root vegetables

Lump Crab Cake $18

Lump Crab Cakes $36

Sweet and spicy Chinese mustard, grilled house-made focaccia

Garlic aioli

Five courses with pairings.

Sweet and spicy Chinese mustard, grilled house-made focaccia

Andrew Will wine dinner $100 plus tax and gratuity, Thursday March 19th 6pm

Wild Mushroom Mezzaluna $28 Sherried currants and walnuts, porcini Jus

Five courses with pairings

Hours

Contact

Decorum

Breakfast: Sat and Sun 8-2

2530 Northshore Rd

Attire: Come as you are

Lunch: Sat and Sun 12-4

360.733.1126

Reservations: Yes

Dinner: Wed – Sun 4-9

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Bar: Yes

Closed Mon and Tues Happy Hour: Wed-Sun 4-6

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Latitude Kitchen & Bar American & Seafood In a world of freeze-dried and processed pre-packaged foods, we strive to be the exception. From our fresh, locally caught salmon and halibut, to our responsibly farm raised products, we believe the ingredients make the dish. Our dressings, sauces and seasoning are all from scratch, with original recipes using these fresh, local products as often as the seasons allow. Visit us at the waterfront or Sunset square location.

Appetizer Avocado Fries (V)

Dinner $1290

Hand-sliced fresh avocado, with panko bread crumbs & spicy Sriracha-ranch batter

Salmon Cakes (DF) $1390

NW salmon, onion, celery, red bell pepper with citrus aioli

Asada Tacos (DF)*

$1390

Marinated flank steak, pico de gallo and guacamole with flour or corn tortillas

Bacon Wrapped Prawns (GF, DF) $1390

Seared Ahi Salad (GF, DF) $1790

Sashimi grade Ahi tuna, pan seared to rare, sliced thin on a bed of greens

Sauted Seafood Salad $1890

Spinach, salmon, halibut, scallops, shrimp, leeks, feta cheese & Shallot thyme vinaig

Burgers & Sandwiches Prime Rib Philly Au Jus $1690

5 prawns wrapped in smoked bacon, deep fried with sambal honey dipping sauce

Soups & Salads Latitudes Clam Chowder $690 /$990

Sliced prime rib, grilled onions, red bell peppers & provolone cheese

Chicken Avocado Melt $1590

Grilled chicken breast, hickory smoked bacon, avocado & provolone cheese

Fish & Chips Cod $1990 / Halibut $2190

Pacific Cod or Halibut, beer battered & crispy fried

Northwest Salmon (GF, DF)* $2590 Pan seared salmon, potatoes, carrot, brussel sprouts, & blueberry gastrique

Cajun Seafood Mac $2490

Prawns, Dungeness crab, crawfish, andouille sausage, onion, garlic, peppers, cavatappi pasta & cajun cheese sauce

Chicken Gnocchi* $2290

Lightly breaded chicken breast, potato gnocchi, butternut squash, cranberry apple slaw, brussel sprouts, and brown butter sauce

Bison Burger* $1590

Creamy New England style chowder with bacon, ocean clams, celery & potatoes

Grass fed bison, apple BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato & swiss cheese

GF – Gluten free, DF – dairy free, V – vegetarian, * - at waterfront location only

Hours

Contact

Decorum

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Attire: Casual

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360.306.5668

Reservations: Yes

hours vary

1065 E. Sunset Dr, Bellingham, WA

Bar: Yes

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Exterior Entrance

A Pacific Northwest Retreat BY CRAIG BURLING

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HEN I FIRST MET OWNERS Ken and Lisa Chovil,

they were looking for a general contractor that could work well with their designer, Christine Coder, to upgrade their home in Bellingham’s Ridgemont neighborhood. It had long been their dream to update the interior and add more storage. Over the course of the project, there were many great collaborations that transformed the Chovils’ ‘80s home into a modern retreat. In the end, we were able to accomplish their vision within a sensible budget. Christine spent months designing every aspect of what is now a perfect oasis. Our team truly enjoyed working alongside Christine as well as the homeowners, employing creative solutions and ingenuity to make the final details shine. This home features many modern upgrades from glass tile to custom fir built-ins, bringing the outdoors in and culminating in a true Pacific Northwest retreat.  Contractor  CB Premier Construction LLC Interior Designer  Christine Coder Photography  Peter James Photo Studio

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Exterior Entrance: Bold colors and sharp lines shape this mid-century modern feel, with 3-inch clear cedar bevel siding and tigerwood decking with a contrasting radius face. The new front entry addition really added a whole new look to an old home. With large windows and a rounded hardwood step, this entry is one-of-a-kind. Interior Foyer: A fabulous touch sets the exterior cedar against the beautiful texture of natural slate flooring. Our goal was to bring the outdoors in using flagstone flooring and cedar accents. Master Bath: One of the home’s highlights is this walk-in shower wrapped in sea glass tile featuring dramatic glass panels and a rainfall showerhead. The counter-to-ceiling one-piece mirror adds to the dramatic effect and makes the room feel even bigger than it already is. To pay homage to the clients’ love for marine sporting, we added stainless nautical cleat hardware on the double sliding doors. This room also offers heated tile flooring and floating, under-lit cabinets.

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Living Room: After removing a few existing walls, we were able to bring the original fireplace back to life with large-format tile and a built-in fir mantel and shelving unit. We kept the existing wood-burning fireplace and added fir cabinetry and tile. With the under-lit hearth, this room lights up with a warm glow even without a fire burning.

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Dream En Suite Transforming a Master Bath and Closet from the ‘90s into an Elegant, Functional Escape. BY JENNIFER RYAN

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HIS BATHROOM AND CLOSET came with all the right amenities. However, the design was decades out of style and, functionally, the space was not living up to its full potential. With a little creativity and about 12 square feet borrowed from the laundry room, we were able to give this homeowner the en suite of her dreams.

An Organizer’s Paradise In the closet, our first step was replacing the old, white wire shelving with new custom cabinets. These cabinets come in an elegant, creamy white with gold pulls and knobs that match the master bath vanity. All of the hanging cabinets have clear glass doors so you can see what’s inside them. Although the closet lacks windows, a solar tube provides ample lighting. For accessory storage, we created a corner cabinet to hold purses, as well as a bank of three-inch black-velvet-lined drawers to store watches and lay jewelry flat. We were also able to squeeze in a vanity with a three-way lighted mirror and a full-length mirrored jewelry cabinet.

In the bathroom, we used the extra space from the laundry room to reconfigure the shower, bath, and toilet. The homeowner now has a shower large enough for two. There are two shower heads, a handheld, and a bench. To pull the room together, the shower’s glass door is etched to match the floral pattern of the tile. The vanity boasts double sinks, electrical outlets in the cabinets, lighting options, and a pull-out laundry bin, resulting in much more storage capacity than the old vanity. All the faucets and fixtures are from the Virage Bath Collection by Brizo. They’re in Luxe Gold and have a beautiful curved arc that gives this bathroom a sophisticated feel. The tile is handmade and custom-colored, so each tile is one-of-a-kind. Again, we went with a creamy tile in different sizes to give the floor interest, and used embossed floral 6"× 6" tiles for accents on the walls and floor. If you love a good bath, you’re going to love this part. The soaking tub has a heating element (much like heated floors) to keep the water warm. And speaking of heated flooring, we were able to add it under the new tile so whenever you step into the bathroom, even on a cold winter morning, your feet are warm and toasty. 

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F YOU’RE PLANNING a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day, consider picking up a locally made candle for the occasion. Saffron and Sass Botanical candles are made right here in Bellingham and can be found downtown at Sojourn. Petals and Blooms recently started selling a wide array of candles — the lavender sugar scent pictured here was my favorite, and the large size means more burn time. Sea Witch Botanicals is a regular at the Bellingham Farmers Market (off-season market days are February 15 and March 21). Hometown Candle Co. was started by Tina Richardson, who lived in Blaine before relocating to Arlington and opening up her storefront. Erin Kodial works at the Salon and Day Spa of Sudden Valley, where you can find her whimsical candle collection. At the end of the day, these local candles burn the brightest.

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Where Everybody’s Welcome CrossRoads Brings BBQ and Fun to Barkley Neighborhood BY BECKY MANDELBAUM

CrossRoads, a new bar and restaurant in Barkley Village, serves up finger-licking food in a familyfriendly environment. With live music, pool, shuffleboard, and Jenga, there’s something for the whole family. After running Neiner Neiner Weiner for 15 years, owner and founder Peggy Gustafson was ready for a new venture. When the space next to Neiner Neiner Weiner, formerly Black Forest Steak House, opened up, she decided to try something new. Seeing a need for more BBQ in Bellingham, she opened CrossRoads in May 2019. Since opening, CrossRoads has received a warm welcome from Barkley residents, sports fans, and BBQ buffs alike. “We have our regulars every day and every week we have new people,” Gustafson says.

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BBQ, Burgers, and Beer Chef Justin Hamilton, who trained at the Atlanta Institute of Art in Georgia, brings more than 25 years of culinary experience to the table. Start your meal with an order of his BBQ Riblets ($11), which fall clean off the bone and are glazed with CrossRoads’ BBQ sauce, made in-house from a special recipe. “Our BBQ sauce is signature,” Gustafson says. “It’s something I’ve developed over the last 13 years and, in my opinion, I think I have it perfected.” If you’re really there for the BBQ, cut through the noise and go straight for the BBQ plates. Each one comes with your choice of meat — a half-rack of ribs ($18), a half-pound of brisket ($16), a pulled pork burger ($16), or a brisket and swiss burger ($16) — while the Combo Plate ($28) lets you

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try two. Along with the main dish you get a side of coleslaw, cornbread, and your choice of tots, fries, or baked beans. Although it’s a side, the cornbread deserves its own mention. It’s baked with yummy extras like jalapenos, garlic, red peppers, and shallots and comes with a generous portion of honey butter. You’ll find it served with the Homemade Chili ($4/$6), which is smoky, rich, and topped with cheese and chives. For a classic standby, the burgers at CrossRoads are also delicious. The Bacon Cheeseburger ($16) features a juicy patty served on a sweet, soft bun with crispy bacon, melty cheese, onions, lettuce, and bacon jalapeno aioli. At the bar you’ll find eight taps, two of which rotate seasonally. The restaurant also has a solid cocktail menu, with signature offerings such as the CrossRoads Cadillac Margarita ($10). The drink is muddled with three limes, a lemon, and an orange, and features less sour mix than your usual margarita.

Comfortable, Casual, and Fun CrossRoads is large and bright, with a casual, cheerful vibe different from the dark and dreary atmosphere of some sports bars. The renovated interior boasts pine furniture and exposed beams for a look that’s cozy, clean, and rustic. The space can also accommodate private parties up to 80 people. Two nights a week, the dining room opens up to make way for live music. Smaller acts play on Friday nights while bigger local bands, like The Replayzmentz and SpaceBand, offer music and dancing on Saturday nights starting at 7:30 p.m. There’s also pool tournaments, karaoke on Thursday nights, and an open mic on Tuesdays. Consider CrossRoads your newest place to watch Washington teams, audio on. Flat-screens throughout the bar and dining room assure you a view no matter where you sit. Stop by on Super Bowl Sunday to enjoy a party with special food and drink offerings. 1255 Barkley Blvd., Ste. 102, Bellingham, 360.306.3624  February 202083


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INTER MEANS LONGER NIGHTS AND DARKER DAYS. It’s the season for getting cozy with friends

and family, breaking out the board games and movie marathons, and cooking up vats of hearty stews that stick to your ribs and keep you toasty as the temperature drops. I love a comforting bowl of pasta as much as the next person, but occasionally I end up feeling as if I’d rather spend the day watching a Netflix show than out on a brisk hike or in a gentle yoga class. As winter winds down and spring approaches, it’s time to seek out energizing food and drink options. That’s where this elixir comes in. Raw apple cider vinegar is a golden gift to the digestive system. It contains the mother of vinegar, which is a cloud of beneficial bacteria (rich with probiotics and prebiotics) that can help you stabilize blood sugar, maintain a healthy appetite, and better absorb the nutrients in your food. When your gut’s microbiome is supported and thriving, your brain, heart, and skin health can all be improved.

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For optimal health benefits, it’s recommended to drink 1–2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar each day. However, anyone who’s tasted apple cider vinegar knows it’s not the most appetizing drink option. Luckily, this recipe combines the gut-boosting power of apple cider vinegar with other tasty ingredients, resulting in a bubbly pick-me-up perfect for that 3 p.m. slump. Pairing yuzu (a Japanese citrus that tastes like a combination of grapefruit and lime), sweet hydrating coconut water, and raw apple cider vinegar, this alcohol-free Sunrise Sparkler is energizing, bright, and delicious — the perfect treat to keep you healthy through the final weeks of winter.

Sunrise Sparkler Ingredients 1 can (8.45 oz.) Trader Joe’s Sparkling Coconut Water with Yuzu ½ oz. raw apple cider vinegar (I love local, organic brand Apple State Vinegar) ½ oz. fresh lemon or lime juice Lemon or lime wedge for garnish

Directions • Fill a 16 oz. glass with ice. Add vinegar and lemon juice. Top with sparkling coconut water and stir. Garnish with lemon. Enjoy! 

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jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches, and hush puppies, to name a few. A house-made remoulade, which accompanies many of the dishes, is worth the trip alone. The bar offers an extensive list of drink options. Bayou on Bay is a must for foodies as well as people just looking for a satisfying meal.   BELLINGHAM CIDER CO. American

If you’re looking for a true home-cooked meal, look no further. Bellingham Cider Company’s knack for comfort food is reflected in their simplistic yet thoughtful dishes. Each dish has a handful of components and ingredients, all locally or regionally sourced, that shift based on season.   BLUE FIN SUSHI Japanese 102 S. Samish Way, Ste. 105, Bellingham 360.752.2583, bluefinbellingham.com

7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, anthonys.com

5694 Third Ave., Ferndale 360.384.5820 chihuahuamexicanrestaurant.com

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.  

Seafood, American

Located inside the Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Fairhaven, Keenan’s at the Pier features fresh, local cuisine and a full bar. Keenan’s highlights the beauty and style of the Pacific Northwest with fresh ingredients that are seasonal and regionally sourced. Enjoy Bellingham Bay views from every table. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Dine in at one of the largest Mexican restaurants in Washington and experience the authentic cuisine derived from decades of dedication to excellent food. Using family recipes passed down for generations, Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant will not only leave you full, but also deeply satisfied.

CROSSROADS BBQ 1255 Barkley Blvd., Ste. 102, Bellingham, 360.306.3624

If fresh shellfish is your gastronomic highlight, you’re in the right place at B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar. Items from the Small Plates menu make terrific appetizers or adult-beverage-worthy snacks. The heated patio provides an urban vibe suited for parties or gatherings.

BBQ lovers, get ready to celebrate. CrossRoads in Barkley Village serves up finger-licking food in a family-friendly environment. With live music, pool, shuffleboard, karaoke, Jenga, and flat-screens throughout the bar and dining room, there’s something for the whole family. At the bar you’ll find eight taps, two of which rotate seasonally. If you’re really there for the BBQ, cut through the noise and go straight for the BBQ plates.

BAYOU ON BAY Cajun, Creole 1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968, bayouonbay.com Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun/Creole dishes, such as gumbo,

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Nestled at the fork between Y and Northshore roads near Lake Whatcom sits The Fork at Agate Bay. This relaxed and boat-housechic restaurant offers a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all featuring fresh, local ingredients. The bar boasts an impressive drink menu, with a drink selection based on fresh and local ingredients and tastes.

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714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham 360.392.6520, btownkitchen.com

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

Delicious fresh sushi is a given, but Blue Fin also offers a full menu of non-sushi food items, from classic bento boxes to fish and chips. Peruse their vast menu with help from their friendly waitstaff, then enjoy a mouthwatering close-up as chefs prepare your food behind the bar.

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1065 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham 360.707.7400, latituderestaurants.com With gourmet burgers and an assortment of seafood-style entrees, Latitude Kitchen & Bar establishes itself as one of the first highend, modern restaurants on Sunset Drive in Bellingham, just off I-5. Latitude serves up the rich flavors of the Pacific Northwest with locally sourced ingredients that are all prepared in a “scratch” kitchen where nothing is microwaved, and all savory sauces are made in-house.   LEADER BLOCK WINE CO. & EATERY Italian

2026 Main St., Ferndale 360.306.8998, leaderblock.com Leader Block pairs their extensive wine list with an Italian, from-scratch menu that emphasizes flavors of the region. This upscale menu makes it a perfect spot for a date or special occasion, while the friendly Ferndale

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LORENZO’S Mexican 190 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.527.3181 2121 E. College Way, Mount Vernon 360.848.7793 902 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley 360.856.6810, lorenzosmexicanrestaurant.com Lorenzo and Laura Velasco’s restaurant was established in 2006 and brought an authentic Mexican restaurant to the communities of Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and SedroWoolley. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and even owner Lorenzo will occasionally stop by tables to check in with the customers.   MILANO’S PASTA FRESCA & BAR VENETO Italian

9990 Mount Baker Hwy., Glacier 360.599.2863, milanosrestaurantbar.com Milano’s is known for its accommodating staff, extensive beer and wine selection, and its delicious, authentic Italian food. People will travel great lengths just to get a taste, as it’s located in Glacier, the last town before the big climb up to the Mount Baker Ski Area. After a long cold day of snowshoeing, what’s better than warming up with a steaming plate of homemade pasta?   ÖVN WOOD-FIRED PIZZA Pizza 1148 10th St., Bellingham 360.393.4327, ovnwoodfiredpizza.com The clean lines and urban upscale atmosphere of this pizza restaurant promise some very good food — and they deliver on that promise. They also serve crispy salads and excellent cocktails. Dining here is the perfect way to spend an elegant lunch or intimate dinner.

This award-winning restaurant offers elegant dining and an intimate atmosphere. Primegrade steaks are broiled at 1,800 degrees to lock in the natural juices and finished with a special steak butter. They also have an extensive wine list. This dining experience rivals any of the big-town steakhouses in quality and service without the big-city price tag.   TASTE OF INDIA Indian 3930 Meridian St., Ste. 107, Bellingham 360.647.1589, tasteofindiabellingham.com At Taste of India, all the dishes are rich, delicious, and authentic. Dishes come with your choice of pulao rice or the classic Indian bread naan. Taste of India offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, all with exquisite and well-developed flavors. For those unsure of what to order, or those who want to try multiple dishes at once, try the lunch buffet.   THE VAULT WINE BAR Bistro 277 G St., Blaine 360.392.0955, thevaultwine.com Incredibly fresh ingredients make this winecentric restaurant, located in a former bank building, a treat for the senses. Teller cages and desks have been replaced with a sleek marble bar top and custom-made tables. Among many other delicious menu items, the talented kitchen produces flatbread-style pizza served on thick wooden trays, which helps keep the pie hot.  

SKAGIT 13MOONS AT SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE Seafood, Steak

  SCOTTY BROWNS American Cuisine 3101 Newmarket St., Bellingham 360.306.8823 scottybrownsrestaurant.com Scotty Browns offers an edgy, energetic ambiance, a varied menu of mainstream and upscale creations, and excellent drink options for all ages. Outdoor dining is a popular option during warmer weather. Some items on the menu, like appetizers, change seasonally, so you know you’ll never get bored. Casual to upscale dining options range from hamburgers, rice bowls, and pastas to higher-end seafood and steaks. Just flying through? Grab a bite at their second location inside Bellingham International Airport.  

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12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes, 360.588.3525, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com Located on the waterfront within the casino, 13moons is sure to catch your attention. The menu offers a wide variety including first plates, entree salads, seafood, and steaks. Give this go-to place for locals a try and you will be walking away satisfied.   ANELIA’S KITCHEN Polish 513 South 1st St., La Conner 360.399.1805, aneliaskitchenandstage.com 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, calicocupboardcafe.com Since 1981, Calico Cupboard has been serving the purest, most heart-healthy, and high-quality ingredients. Using freshly milled, organicallygrown, 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, catrinastacostequila.com 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.   CHUCKANUT MANOR Pacific Northwest 3056 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6191, chuckanutmanor.com Tucked along Samish Bay, Chuckanut Manor has been serving flavorful Pacific Northwest fare for more than 50 years. Open for lunch and dinner, including a daily happy hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the restaurant is known for its mouthwatering seafood dishes, burgers, steaks, stellar service, and breathtaking views of Samish Bay. The dining room and bar are expansive and feature white tablecloths, nautical decor, and rows of windows that show off the magnificent views. In the summer, guests may also dine on the outdoor patio. While the tablecloths might allude to fancy attire, the vibe is casual and everyone is welcome just as they are.   DAD’S DINER A-GO-GO American 906 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.5269 Dad’s Diner A-Go-Go in Anacortes is the epitome of creative flavors and fun presentation. Add in the superior customer service in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and it’s no wonder so many locals eat here weekly. The space is decorated with framed photos of dads, most of whom are local — an


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ENCORE* Epicurean Dining 5984 North Darrk Ln., Bow 360.724.0124, theskagit.com/encore 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.   FORTUNE MANDARIN Chinese, Mandarin 1617 Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon 360.428.1819, fortunemandarin.com Tea warmed over a candle, delicious drinks with a slight exotic twist, tender and flavorful meat, and vegetables cooked to perfection are expected at this peaceful bar and restaurant with Chinese decor. The owner and staff remember regular patrons, creating a sense of community alongside mouth-watering food.   GREEK ISLANDS RESTAURANT Greek 2001 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.293.6911, greekislandsrestaurant.shop Some of the very best Greek food in our area comes from this versatile and excellent menu, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. They serve both authentic food, such as classic gyro plates and spanakopita, while also mixing in American and seafood options, such as pork ribs and fish and chips.   THE OYSTER BAR Seafood 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, theoysterbar.net The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. Housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations, the restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its location alone. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known for its extensive wine cellar.   RAILROAD PUB & PIZZA Pizza, American 122 S. Spruce St., Burlington 360.982.2133, railroadpizza.com Railroad Pub & Pizza in downtown Burlington has all the charm of a rustic pub with quality food and drinks. The menu boasts several artisan pizza options on a 24-hour aged malted dough crust, as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches. The bar offers a multitude of taps for craft beer and ciders. The wide garage-style windows open in the summer, and the central fireplace heats the space in the winter. It’s a great place to watch a game, drink a beer, and eat some pizza.   SALT & VINE French 913 6th St., Anacortes 360.293.2222

Super Bowl Appetizers February 2, 9 A.M.

Need to make a touchdown in the kitchen before kickoff? The Bread Lab will make sure you don’t drop the ball. Learn how to make fast, delicious appetizers that will earn you a crowd wave from your arena. The Bread Lab 11768 Westar Ln., Burlington

Incognito: Valentine’s Day Dinner February 14, 6 P.M.

Instead of giving them a box of sweethearts, get some grub with your love at this nine-course meal fit for Cupid. Ciao Thyme creates seasonal menus centered around local harvests so it is sure to fill your stomach as well as your heart. Ciao Thyme Commons 207 Unity St., Bellingham

Northwest Washington Farm-To-Table Trade Meeting February 25, 8:30 A.M.

Do you want to eat locally? Then plant yourself at this meeting of over 180 farmers, chefs, grocery buyers, food artisans, processors, and distributors! The seven-course, locally sourced lunch is provided by Bellingham Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program. Bellingham Technical College 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham

Fat Tuesday Dinner Party February 25, 6 P.M.

Get a taste of the Big Easy at this Mardi Gras dinner party! A food parade of shared appetizers, sweet cornbread, shrimp and chicken gumbo, and chocolate pecan pie will make you long to be on the bayou. Ciao Thyme Commons 207 Unity St., Bellingham

An international cheese, wine, and charcuterie shop, Salt & Vine offers the best of both worlds. It’s a boutique artisan grocery where you can sit down and enjoy the offerings,

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Lighthouse Bar & Grill Nestled inside the Hotel Bellwether, this cozy lounge is the perfect place to woo your Valentine. Start the night in the bar area, sipping cocktails by the fireplace while watching the sunset. When you’re ready for dinner, the high-end menu by new executive chef Ryan Houser has everything from salads to steaks, and even includes a new vegan option. Finish the night with dessert for the perfect romantic evening on the bay.

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The Steak House If you love wine, look no further than the wall-sized wine rack at The Steak House at Silver Reef Casino Resort. Pair a glass with their award-winning steak, and you’ll fall in love once more. 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, 360.384.7070, silverreefcasino. com/diningsteakhouse

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The Black Cat This trendy Fairhaven spot is perfect for a chic night out in the city. With sweeping views of the bay, sip on some specialty cocktails and dine on some classic bistro food. Tres romantique. 1200 Harris Ave., Ste. 310, Bellingham, 360.733.6136, blackcatbellingham.com

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In a Galaxy Not So Far Away Bellingham Cocktail Week Introduces a New Way to Happy Hour

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ELLINGHAM COCKTAIL WEEK takes place this month,

from February 1st through the 9th. While Bellingham may have a reputation as a beer town, the folks organizing cocktail week want to make it known that there’s a lot more to the city’s beverage culture. “We really want to be able to draw some attention to the [cocktail] scene here, celebrating what’s happening and also kind of encouraging people to come see it for themselves,” says Cocktail Week organizer Sara Holodnick. Over the course of the week, attendees can enjoy specialty drinks at favorite watering holes all over town as well as events like a bartender’s competition. The week culminates with a Tasting Expo & Gala at the Hotel Leo. The first Cocktail Week took place in 2016, but looked a little different than it does today. At the time, it was organized by the former owners from Temple Bar and the Red Light. “They did a first iteration of Cocktail Week that happened in, I think it was December of that year,” Holodnick says. “After doing the first one, they realized they didn’t have the capacity to 90

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plan another one, so we skipped a year, and they asked me if I wanted to take it on. I was like, ‘Yes!’ but then I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing!’ So I approached the fellas at HappyChap Creative and we pulled it together. That was two Cocktail Weeks ago. The 2020 one will be our third together,” Holodnick says. For the first time ever, Cocktail Week has a theme. “Into the Cosmos,” was the brainchild of collaborator Kristina Michele. “We realized very quickly after our second iteration [of Cocktail Week] ‘Oh, this thing is kind of ready to grow in a big way,’” Holodnick says. “It was [Michele’s] idea to give it a theme.” “I probably spent two days kicking it around in my head, going, ‘Is it just too on-the-nose?’ It just seemed so simple. I now have the idea that I want for 2021, which will remain our secret for a while. But there was just something so perfect about the galaxy theme, and not having had a theme before, it means anything really... It just felt right,” Michele says. The bartender competition started in 2016 with the first Cocktail Week and, after switching organizers, took

a break until 2019. Now, in 2020, the competition is expanding. “Last time around, it was really cool. We had a little cocktail challenge with Herb’s Cider — folks made cocktails incorporating [Herb’s Cider] as an ingredient, which was really fun. This year, what we decided to do in alignment with that theme, was have folks competing in the bartender competition create a special that [was available to the public] through the whole month of January. So even though Cocktail Week is in February, we were like, ‘Why not?’ So it [gave] everybody in town an opportunity to go try these cocktails that the competitors are using. We [had] a voting component, and a passport that people [could] get this year. They [were] able to vote for their favorite drink as well, so they actually [got] to kind of participate in the selection.” In addition to public votes, a panel of judges also examined the technical aspects of the cocktails. The top three bartenders, as selected by both the public and the judges, will go on to a live competition at the end of Cocktail Week. For 2020, there are a

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Participating Bars (at time of printing — visit bellinghamcocktailweek.com for updates) ƒƒ Keenan’s at the Pier ƒƒ Swim Club Wet Bar ƒƒ Black Sheep ƒƒ L&L Libations ƒƒ Fireside Martini and Wine Bar ƒƒ Red Rum ƒƒ Mambo Italiano Cafe ƒƒ The Black Cat ƒƒ Uisce Irish Pub ƒƒ Temple Bar ƒƒ Endgame Bellingham ƒƒ Rock & Rye Oyster House ƒƒ Skylark’s Hidden Cafe ƒƒ 1-Up Lounge ƒƒ Filling Station (Sunnyland location) ƒƒ Packer’s Kitchen & Bar at Semiahmoo Resort ƒƒ Bantam 46

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ƒƒ Evolve Chocolate & Cafe ƒƒ B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar ƒƒ Galloway’s Cocktail Bar

total of 16 bartenders entered into the competition. When asked about how much the event has grown, Michele and Holodnick both laughed. “Soooooo much,” Holodnick says. In 2019, Cocktail Week saw 30 participating bars; as of mid-December 2019, 2020’s lineup already had 25 bars, with the deadline still weeks away. “We didn’t really host any of our own events [last year], so this year, with the tasting expo — it’s sort of like a tradeshow-style thing. It’s going to be happening at Hotel Leo in the Crystal Ballroom — we’ll have a gala that night, and VIP parties, and with [Michele] planning everything, the scale has grown really exponentially,” Holodnick says. 

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Jack’s

and then, if something tickles your fancy, you can take it home to enjoy later. While some choose to grab-n-go, others decide to stay a while. The cozy, intimate environment works great for a date night or happy hour with friends.  

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F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SUMMER FLAVORS WITH A WINTER BITE, this classic

cocktail’s got it covered. A perfect concoction of sweet and sour, with plenty of alcohol hidden underneath, the powerful flavors of this drink coat your tongue and deliver a knockout pucker punch, all in one glass. It’s strong and simple, much like Jack’s itself. Tucked between Camber and the Bellingham Hardware building, this hard-to-spot speakeasy offers well-crafted classics in a classy environment that’s teeming with charm. Leather booths, coupled with dim mood lighting, make it the perfect setting for a date or friends’ night out. Black-and-white photos along with the staple vintage cash register tie the oldtimey atmosphere together, transporting you back in time. Pair classics like the cablegram, old fashioned, or Moscow mule with some of Jack’s delectable pizza for an overall satisfying experience. Jack’s, 219 W. Holly St., Bellingham ANELYSE MORRIS

SKAGIT VALLEY’S FARMHOUSE American 13724 Laconner Whitney Rd., Mount Vernon 360.466.4411, thefarmhouserestaurant.net Craving home-cooked food but don’t want to make it yourself? Skagit Valley’s Farmhouse may be what you’re looking for. When first entering the building, you walk past a mouthwatering pie showcase and through a gift shop that has the perfect items for Ma and Pa. The decor is reminiscent of country living. Even though their breakfasts are famous, try their lunch and dinner menus as well — when you eat here, you’re home.   SWINOMISH SPORTS BAR & GRILL American

12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes, 888.288.8883, swinomishcasinoandlodge.com 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.   THIRD STREET CAFE Pacific Northwest 309 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon 360.542.5022, csquare.coop Third Street Cafe stands out from the many other restaurants serving locally procured, organic dishes. The menu offers a range of dishes from simple to fancier options. Burgers and fried oysters are listed alongside pork belly lollipops and roasted beet salad.   TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub 416 Myrtle St., Mount Vernon 360.588.4515, trumpeterpublichouse.com Trumpeter is an ideal combination of highend, fine dining, and English pub fare. Try traditional pub selections or more unique seafood choices. Additionally, Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with glutenfree dishes and the option to make any dish gluten-free. Of course, a pub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews.  

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Ingredients: Rye whiskey, ginger syrup, lime juice, soda water, $10


Dining Guide  Taste

SAN JUAN

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CATKIN CAFÉ American

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11 Point Lawrence Rd., Olga, 360.376.3242, catkincafe.com The menu of this Orcas Island eatery may be small, but it is mighty. Breakfast and lunch 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.

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  CYNTHIA’S BISTRO American 65 Nichols St., Friday Harbor, 360.298.8130, cynthiasofcourse.com Located in a renovated 1920s home, this local San Juan Island staple is known for their innovative menu selections. You can enjoy lunch, or even an extended breakfast, daily in spring and summer. They are famous for their brunch, but you might try stopping by later in the evening for their dinner menu — a special treat.  

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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INN AT LANGLEY American 400 First St., Langley, 360.221.3033, innatlangley.com If beauty were a taste, this would be it. As a guest, you’re taken on a mouth-watering culinary journey through a multi-course tasting menu. Not only is the meal a delight for the taste buds, but there are also surprises at each turn, whether it’s the presentation or the accoutrements. Each guest is served as if they are the only one in the dining room. The menu is prix fixe, with an additional charge for wine pairing. Dinner here is more than just a meal; it’s an experience.

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$ $ $ $  SAN JUAN ISLAND BREWING CO. American

410 A St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.2017, sanjuanbrew.com At San Juan Island Brewing Company all the brews are named after San Juan-inspired concepts, and if you can’t decide what brew to try, order a sampler. If they weren’t in the business of brewing, San Juan Island Brewery would be in the business of pizza. Order one of their wood stone pizzas and you won’t be disappointed. The thin crust is crispy on the bottom, but still soft and chewy.   TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood 8 NW Front St., Coupeville, 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine, and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit.

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The Soy House Fried Rice is definitely not a side dish. Soy House packs their fried rice with bean sprouts, carrots, green beans, onions, corn, and peas. Not to mention the choice of meat! This dish will leave you feeling warm and satisfied. If you’re craving caffeine before boarding the ferry in Friday Harbor, stop in at Crows Nest Coffee Shoppe. Try one of their uniquely flavored drinks like the Buttercream Latte. Dark coffee meets sweet buttercream. What could be better? Whichever hibachi dinner you order at Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, make sure you upgrade to the Fried Rice. Even though this is technically a side dish, it’s some of the best fried rice I’ve ever had. Ask your chef to prepare it with the yum yum sauce — the only two words I have to describe it. Mardi Gras is this month, so where better to celebrate than Bayou on Bay? The Blackened Catfish Dinner is as bayou as you can get. Served with unbeatable cornbread, the fish is blackened with Cajun spices and comes on a bed of red beans and rice.

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The Community Food Co-op offers a ton of pre-made food perfect for grabbing on-the-go. Among the sandwiches you’ll find the Thai Curry Lime Chicken Wrap, featuring organic chicken, cashews, black currants, coconut, and mango. If you enjoy dressing up simplicity, try the Ultimate Cheese pizza from McKay’s Taphouse. This seven-cheese wonder is perfect for a cozy night at home or for feeding a Super Bowl party. Can’t decide between pizza and Chinese? Don’t! Friday Harbor’s China Pearl Restaurant offers a variety of southeast Asian flavored pizzas. The Thai Chicken Pizza packs a spicy punch with garlic oil, peanut sauce, and generous chunks of chicken. The Fried Mushrooms at Nicki’s Bella Marina are coated with a delicious layer of breading, but not so much you can’t taste the juicy mushroom inside. Get them as an appetizer or enjoy them as a stand-alone snack as you watch the boats at Squalicum Harbor. THE EDITORIAL TEAM

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Taste Sip

Pacific Rim Winery: Dedicated to Riesling 365 Days a Year

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ENGTHENING DAYS, ever-so-slightly warmer

temperatures, and a gradual shift toward drinking more white wine — they’re all signs that spring is just around the corner. But at Pacific Rim Winery, located in West Richland near the Tri-Cities, the focus on white wines isn’t constricted to a particular season. Since its inception, the winery has been on a mission to unabashedly promote these wines year-round, with Washington Riesling leading the way. Production began in 2006, and Pacific Rim company winery manager and winemaker Tim Henley estimates that the winery now produces a staggering 150,000 cases of wine annually, with Riesling accounting for about 90 percent of that total. Pacific Rim’s Sweet Riesling label alone tops out at about 70,000 cases each year, and the crowd-pleasing 2018 vintage recently earned a gold medal and Best of Class honors at the 2019 Tri-Cities Wine Festival. Priced at about $10 a bottle, it’s no wonder it continues to be one of the hottest-selling wines in the Pacific Rim portfolio. Despite the sweeter Riesling’s popularity, Henley is quick to note that the winery also produces the varietal in a number of other styles and sweetness levels. The 2018 Dry Riesling carries a .8 percent residual sugar content while displaying gentle citrus and stone fruit flavors with a slightly round character; the 2018 J Riesling (the J stands for “just right”) falls in the middle between sweet and dry; and the 2016 94

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Solstice Vineyard Riesling resembles a fine European-style Riesling with petrol and brioche aromatics, understated rubyred grapefruit flavors, and a slightly spicy yet dry finish. Beyond Riesling, white wine lovers will enjoy Pacific Rim’s single vineyard series of white varietals that include Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and Grüner Veltliner. They’re all delicious, food-friendly choices for seafood and poultry dishes. Another bonus: they’re nicely priced at about $15 each. Red wine drinkers shouldn’t feel slighted, as the winery has also branched off into several other smaller-scale production labels that include some full-bodied red choices. “Our red wine program was launched about 10 years ago,” notes Henley, “and the bright, berry characteristics of the 2019 vintage will be a fantastic component to blend into our [future] wines.” Current releases include the 2017 Red Blend and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon under the winery’s Silver Totem label, and the RM Cellars 2015 Thick Skinned Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot sourced from the prestigious Heart of the Hill Vineyard on Washington’s Red Mountain. No matter the wine or the season, Pacific Rim offers a variety of choices to meet every taste preference and budget. They’re readily available in the greater Bellingham area and throughout Northwest Washington. You can also order bottles online at pacificrimwine.com. 

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The Scene  Notes

121st Bellingham Firefighter’s Community Ball

On the last night of 2019, roughly 400 community members and firefighters gathered at Hotel Leo to ring in the new year in style. Guests enjoyed entertainment from the Bellingham Circus Guild, local music from Hot Damn Scandal and DJ Dylan Ostrander, and a midnight performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Bellingham Firefighter Pipes and Drums band. The theme was Roaring ‘20s, which meant lots of swing dancing, specialty cocktails, and glittery flapper costumes. In total, the party raised $20,000, with proceed benefiting Camp Phoenix Children’s Burn Camp, which offers a week-long camp experience for children suffering from burn injuries, and the Jason Karwhite Memorial First Responder Scholarship. BECKY MANDELBAUM

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Notes  Lasting Image

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

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 dean@bellinghamalive.com. Then sit back and enjoy the view.

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