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Spring Makeovers Meet the five readers who won makeovers

Golf Away! Tee up at the fabulous fairways around the North Sound

Couture Weddings This annual issue highlights weddings in the Pacific Northwest

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Spotlight Swinomish Casino Expands Wildwood Manor: Top B& B Book Reviews Five Favorite Farmers Markets

WEL L B EI N G 28 Spring Beauty Update 31 Eyewear Fashion unvieled 32 PeaceHealth Cancer Center

EX P LO RE 34 Outdoors: Lawn Chair Paddler 36 Weekend Getaway: Gig Harbor

EAT & D RI N K 41 Skylark’s Salmon Dijon 117 Restaurant Review: II Granio 120 New to the Neighborhood: City Grill

ON TH E TOWN 123 Dirty Dan Seafood Festival 126 Top Picks: Festival & Events 129 Out of Town: Seattle & Vancouver

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Tulips are blooming, birds are singing and K&L Media celebrated with our first Spring Makeover Contest. The contest was open to all readers and the response was great; readers wrote in with inspirational stories about themselves, a loved one or a friend. Our editorial staff then had the pleasure of sifting through the entries and choosing the five winners. Some lost weight, others were single parents and some had never seen the inside of a salon more than three times in their life. It was a wonderful process that brought a lot of smiles and laughter to the contest winners and our staff.

Turn to page 42 to see our winners transform with before and after photos.

The generosity from local businesses was amazing when they heard about our contest. Our winners received a complete makeover including outfits, manicure, pedicure, new haircut, style and color as well as a makeup session for the ladies. It was a great day that was topped off with a photo shoot in the studio of Bellingham photographer Ryan Duclos. Some were comfortable in front of the camera, others brought a shyness that was refreshing and heartwarming as we watched them warm up to the camera and the process. A warm thanks as well to our makeover sponsors who donated services and clothing for the contest. Turn to page 42 to see our winners transform with before and after photos. In keeping with spring, we have included the first insertion of the Couture Weddings publication into the magazine. We delight you with visual displays of real weddings, floral inspirations and edible treats. If you know someone who is getting married pass along the website address coutureweddingsmag.com and they can download their own free digital edition. Lastly, if you haven’t heard, we have gone digital with the magazine. If you are a current subscriber and want a digital edition as well, call the office with your email and we will add you to our list. If you want to subscribe to the digital edition, visit northsoundlife.com and click on subscribe in the upper right-hand corner. It can save you money and help the environment all at the same time. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Above all, as always, enjoy reading this issue!

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Chava Wiebe

“Life running a ranch and running to soccer and basketball practice with three kids gets busy. When I need to feed my family on the fly, I fire up this proteinpacked beef skillet recipe.”

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Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes Makes 4 Servings pound round tip steaks, cut ¹⁄8 to ¼ inch thick 1 Pico de Gallo (recipe follows) teaspoons vegetable oil, divided 3 1-½ cups thinly sliced bell pepper, any color s medium white onion, cut into ½-inch wedge ½ sliced thinly r, peppe ño jalape m mediu 1 Salt small whole wheat tortillas (about 6-inch 8 diameter), warmed Rub: cloves garlic, minced 3 teaspoon ground cumin 1 r 1-½ teaspoons ground chipotle chile peppe rate until 1. Prepare Pico de Gallo. Cover and refrige ready to use. then 2. Stack beef steaks; cut lengthwise in half and and crosswise into 1-inch wide strips. Combine beef . evenly coat to toss bowl; large in ients rub ingred over 3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in large nonstick skillet medium-high heat until hot. Add bell pepper, until onion and jalapeño; stir-fry 5 to 8 minutes or ; vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove from skillet keep warm. hot. 4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in same skillet until Add half of beef; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from skillet; keep warm. Repeat with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and beef. . Season 5. Return all beef and vegetables to skillet with salt, as desired. Serve beef mixture in tortillas; top with Pico de Gallo.

es, ¼ cup Pico de Gallo: Combine ¾ cup chopped tomato fresh cilantro, chopped white onion, 3 tablespoons chopped oon fresh 2 teaspoons minced jalapeño pepper, 1 tablesp as desired. lime juice in medium bowl. Season with salt,

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Chava is a native Californian who has called Bellingham home for more than 20 years. After raising her kids and recently retiring from a career in insurance, she is now pursuing a life-long love of writing. In addition to local publications, Chava has also written for Southern Idaho Living Magazine. To see more of her light-hearted, casual writing style visit chavawiebe.com.

Ken Karlberg Ken, or Mr. Lisa Karlberg as he’s often referred to, is a husband, dad, dog owner and attorney – in that order. He enjoys waxing whimsical in his Final Word column, which is a necessary outlet for his overactive, hometown sense of humor. He is responsible for more unproductive staff time than any single person in the K&L Media office.

Zacchoreli Frescobaldi-Grimaldi Zacchoreli grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Bellingham with his partner of 15 years and their three zany dogs. He has a master’s degree in English Studies from Western Washington University, and is an English professor at Northwest Indian College.

Caitlin McEarthron Caitlin McEarthron, right, is the office manager at Binyon Vision in Bellingham. She joined the office in May 2011 and has come to love the world for fashion frames. She teamed up with Binyon’s buyer Christie Dietzel, left, to give Bellingham Alive/360 North Sound Life readers a peek at the trends in eyewear.


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Letters to the Publisher

To the wonderful staff at Bellingham Alive – Aloha & Mahalo! What a wonderful blessing! We just returned from our fantastic vacation to Waikiki, thanks to you. We enjoyed wonderful warm, sunny weather, beautiful beaches and rainforests. We did many touristy things also thanks to the great bus system. We renewed our vows and are ready to celebrate our next 22 years of marriage. Mahalo! James & Mary Jansky 2011 Bellingham Alive/Alaska Airlines Hawaiian vacation winners I received your magazine yesterday in the mail with the article with our home featured in it. What a nice magazine and article. The magazine is every bit as nice as Seattle Magazine, maybe even better. Jean Brown Freeland

In 25 years of being a PT I’ve had the honor of contributing to various publications. Bellingham Alive actually supported the creation of an article that was friendly, comfortable and representative of an integrationist approach to pelvic floor rehab. This was just plain fun and you have a fan in me, both as a professional as well as a reader. You rock – plain and simple! With gratitude, Elizabeth Hampton Core Physical Therapy

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