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In the Know Bring Joy to a Child


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In the Know Bellingham’s New Foundry


In the Know Book Reviews


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Community Whatcom Dream


The Local


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Dining Guide

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Apps We Love


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Five Faves Classic Holiday Movies


Quick Trip Seattle


Review Nok’s Thai Cuisine


Spotlight Barbara Jean Hicks


Seven Great Tastes




A Lovely Day


Featured Event The Nutcrakcer




Events Around Town


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Menu Latkes: Grated Goodness


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Happy Saturnalia!


he morning stirs with the sound of icescrapers on windshields. The light visits for only a few hours a day, if there is much light. Mount Baker is cloaked in thick, white snow. It’s winter in Whatcom again. Lately, we’ve had bright, resplendent, yet freezing, days. I am grateful for the sun catching the morning frost on the pane, the crunch of the grass in the yard as we bundle and huddle on our way to the car. The winter is a comforting time, a time to nestle and build fires and plug in twinkly lights to ward off the darkness. It’s an impulse as old as time, the need to celebrate winter, to brighten it with food, friends, lights and ceremony. In Rome, it was against the law to be rude to another person during the Saturnalia, which began on December 17. In Germany, the Christmas Markets still light up the night with bright stalls and gallons of glühwein for patrons. In Bellingham, we have so many ways to welcome the cold and light the lights. In this issue, we collected 25 great area events for you to attend. We also bring you some tantalizing treats to make the holidays that much sweeter. And we tell you about the beautiful culinary traditions of Hanukkah, complete with recipes. As we make our way to Virginia to visit my family, we fly over the entire country. I think about the people below, readying for the holidays, decorating trees and wrapping presents, frying latkes and braiding Challah. I think about those whose only tradition is to visit with friends, or those who don’t celebrate holidays, whose quiet, daily rituals are brought to a halt so that grocery stores and gas stations can give employees the day off. To


them comes the relief of Boxing Day, the comfort of stores full of people moving on again. I think about all those bright lights, all those chimneys, all those giggling children. I gaze down to try to eek out the traffic on I-81 as we land, wondering which car is my parents’. I have never not loved every moment of it, from the much-decried “commercialism” of the holiday to the midnight Mass my mother attends, the ease with which I can still conjure the smell of that incense from memory. The holiday season isn’t an easy one for everyone, and for me, it isn’t without complexity. But in that way, it is a compression of life, of time, the rush and crush of family and food, the hurry and dart of traffic. It’s all a part of my favorite time of year. So whether you’re hunkering down or traveling far away, whether you light a Menorah or observe the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, whether you put together a nativity or hang lights along the rooftop — or a combination of the above — have a safe and wonderful holiday.











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Ashley Thomasson Ashley is the owner of Love Beauty, a makeup artistry company based in Whatcom County. Specializing in weddings, events, and makeup for photography, Ashley strives to create looks with her clients that reflect their personality and natural beauty. When she is not behind her brushes, Ashley can be seen serving on the Whatcom Coalition to End Homelessness, experimenting in her kitchen, and finding any excuse to share good food with friends.  p. 56

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e’re fortunate to live in a place that draws artisans and craftspeople. Our arts community is vibrant and has so many artists of distinction. And while holiday shopping can be as stressful as a packed parking lot or as thoughtless as a scroll online, there’s another option to consider when filling out your list — holiday bazaars and craft fairs. It’s true that holiday fairs can be eclectic, and gifts can be difficult to predict (loads of cutting boards and salad servers), but they can also offer one-of-a-kind treasures that are perfect for someone special in your life. Fairs and bazaars are a great way to support good organizations like Allied Arts, as well as individual artists and soapmakers, printmakers and sculptors. And many of the local arts are distinctive and well crafted. A local favorite, the Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts, begins November 14 and runs until December 24. The arts and crafts are of exceptional quality, and fair participants are good at restocking regularly and rotating their wares. The location changes annually, so watch for it. Allied Arts always has live music, vendors have free samples (smoked salmon…mmm…) continued on page 22  …

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Skagit Valley Academy of Dance Silver Celebration McIntyre Hall December 6, 5:30 p.m.


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and, in recent years, they’ve added craft centers for kids. The customer service is impeccable, and it’s all in support of a good cause. Another lovely craft fair is the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School Holiday Faire. Waldorf is all about crafting lovely gifts from natural objects. Waldorf is also famous for knitting and felting projects, so expect to find some beautiful gifts made by hand. Fairies, gnomes and mythology are all part of the aesthetic, so there will be perfect prezzies for little ones. The Faire will have workshops for making your own gifts, children’s activities like a gnome village and a puppet play. Visit the Wooden Spoon Café for live music, soup and tasty treats. On the other end of the age spectrum is the Blaine Senior Center’s Arts and Crafts Christmas Bazaar. A fundraiser for the Blaine Senior Center, the Arts and Crafts Christmas Bazaar is packed with all sorts of handmade crafts and treasures. Most notable is the Cookie Lane, in which local bakers offer lots and lots of shortbread, fudge, Christmas cookies and more. There will also be a raffle and hourly door prizes. Another great holiday bazaar to put on your list is the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Holiday Faire. St. Paul’s has its own quilting club, so expect some fine fiber arts to be available, in addition to advent calendars, a raffle, works of art, plum pudding, Coates chocolate and more. There will also be a silent 22

auction. A soup lunch can be purchased on-site. Looking for unique and fun gifts this holiday? The Lynden Public Library hosts the Children’s Holiday Gift Bazaar. Kids ranging in age from kindergarten to 5th Grade make crafts and treats that are definitely stocking-stuffer worthy. Thoughtful and creative, these crafty creations are perfect for your tykes — a good event for the whole family. Deming Library hosts the Kids and Teens Holiday Gift Bazaar, with crafts and gifts from a slightly older set. A last stop on the bazaar tour is well worth the wait — the Make. Shift's 4th annual Holiday Make Sale will have art and inspiring gifts from dozens of artists and crafters. You’re sure to find unique and excellent treasures at Make.Shift. Artists, designers and crafters include Osteal Jewelry, Schwarzenncrahft, Normiehead, Red Boots Design, Ruby Cat Designs, Localmotive Jewelry Creations, JessFlegal Handmade, Fringe & Feather and much, much more. Grab your friends and store up…there are other gifting holidays in the year, you know. By now you’ve had your share of Christmas music and complimentary cider, free hazelnuts and sugar cookies. But you also have every unique and interesting gift you could possible need, and maybe even a few for yourself. After all, Santa gets cookies and milk, right? 

35th Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts Nov. 14th–Dec. 24th Wed.–Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 4145 Meridian Street, Bellingham Whatcom Hills Waldorf School Holiday Faire December 3rd 10–4 p.m. Whatcom Hills Waldorf School 941 Austin St., Bellingham Entry: Free, Activities $3 each The Blaine Senior Center's 8th Annual Homemade Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar December 5th–6th 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Blaine Senior Center 763 "G" Street, Blaine St. Paul's Episcopal Church Holiday Faire December 6th, 9–3 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham Children’s Holiday Gift Bazaar Dec.6th 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lynden Public Library 216 4th St, Lynden Kids and Teens Holiday Gift Bazaar Dec. 13th 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Deming Library 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming Make.Shift's 4th Annual Holiday Make Sale! December 13th Noon–6 p.m. Make.Shift 306 Flora St., Bellingham

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ring Joy to a Child, Sehome High School's annual service learning program, has just celebrated its 27th year. Sehome teacher Stew Egbert started the program in 1987. He got the idea for providing necessities to local needy families after picking up a tag on a Giving Tree while on a family trip to Oregon. Since then, the program has turned into a successful annual service project. The students begin their work in the early fall by setting their own budgets based on classroom pledges and fundraising efforts. The funds are donated directly by students, their families, friends and community contributions. The total number of children sponsored is determined by pledges school-wide. Local elementary schools are then notified of how many children the Bring Joy to a Child program will be able to serve at each school. Teachers, administrators and staff at the elementary schools select specific families in need who identify their essential needs. The requests are processed anonymously. As with a Giving Tree, the children are not identified by name, but rather by sex, age and sizes. Sehome students then gather direct donations to fulfill the requests. The students participate in a shopping day at the Lakeway Fred Meyer Shopping Center to purchase any remaining needed items. They wrap each gift, and prepare it for distribution. The program

closes with a large celebration assembly at Sehome prior to the Thanksgiving break. Students from Happy Valley Elementary School join the high school students in a day filled with music, stories and community-building. While the program originally began around the Christmas holiday, the organizers of Bring Joy to a Child wanted to focus on providing basic necessities on a longer-term, more sustainable level through the difficult winter months and the rest of the school year. They offer winter warm up items such as coats, hats, and gloves, as well as other essentials such as shoes, clothing, personal care items, and even dishes and household items. Approximately 120 children are sponsored each year, but this program is deeply felt in the lives of each of the roughly 1100 Sehome students, primary grade students from Happy Valley and the countless community members who participate. “It’s a great opportunity for students to connect with other students and the community. The service learning program enhances the education of students, encourages them do something bigger than yourself — for the community,” said Kevin Johnson, cocoordinator. “It is the thing at Sehome that makes me feel best, and gives me the most hope about what we can accomplish together yearly as a school and generation.”

n previous decades, towns were able to sell themselves as destinations through superlative declarations: The World’s Biggest Ball of String, the World’s Biggest Rocking Chair. Post World War II Bellingham had its own claim to fame in December of 1959 — the World’s Tallest Christmas Tree. Municipalities competed for the distinction, and Bellingham won with its towering 153-foot beauty. Legendary journalist and local Edward R. Murrow (played by George Clooney in the movie Good Night and Good Luck) turned on the lights from his studio in New York. Raised by the local junior chamber of commerce, or Jaycees, the tree was erected at the end of Railroad Avenue, which is where you can find it this year. The lighting is on December 5. 

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n 1983, an industrial engineer named Chuck Hull was trying to create a way to harden tabletop material using ultraviolet light. In doing so, he created the first 3-dimensionally printed object. Surgeon Anthony Atala took the stage at the annual TED conference in 2011 and printed a human kidney on stage using a 3-D printer. Last year, Wired (among other news outlets) reported that guns could be printed on 3-D printers, sparking a new debate in gun control. There are now 3-D printed cars, shoes, houses and even human skin. Recently in England, technicians printed the first 3-D hamburger, touching off an interesting conversation about food production, manufacturing and supply. Running off of a Computer-Aided Design file (commonly known as CAD), 3-D printing has become a new force in tech circles and has caught the eye of everyone from humanitarians to prosthetic manufacturers to Comic-Con fans — and even Martha Stewart. As of September 13th of this year, Bellingham has this remarkable technology available to those who want to try it out at the new makerspace, The Foundry. A makerspace is a creative DIY gathering place where people create objects, invent new gadgets or just learn a new technology. The Foundry offers 3-D design and printing, 2-D conceptual work, laser cutting, electronics, microprocessors such as Arduino, robotics, RC drones, as well as woodworking, sewing and other traditional crafts. “It’s a place where people are invited to collaborate and share their skills, tinker, invent, learn and be inspired,” CEO Mary Elliott Keane said. Elliott Keane came up with the idea for The Foundry when she was working as a pediatric therapist in the school system, and needed to create a splint for a child’s finger. All of the commercial splints were too big, so she asked a friend to create one using a 3-D printer. Elliott Keane chose Bellingham for its unique mixture of artists and scientists, and for its deep sense of community. She knew she couldn’t run The Foundry by herself, so she employed Troy Greig, as the Chief Technician. Greig came to The Foundry in July as an interested member, but ended up joining the team as the Chief Technician. He fixes the expensive machines if they break and will teach some of the classes The Foundry hopes to offer soon. Elliott Keane said, “I was so surprised at the fact that such a cool technology is out there, and it is not as hard as it seems to be able to access it.” Some of the classes at The Foundry will include intro and beginning soldering, signal chaining, 3-D modeling, how to 24

properly do 2-D designs, laser cutting, woodworking classes, entry level robotics, quilting classes, general sewing and textile manufacturing classes. No experience is necessary to participate in the classes, and passes are $50 a month or $20 a day. Elliott Keane said, “We don’t just cater to adults or the tech-savvy, we’re an all ages, all abilities space. Whatever idea you’ve got and whatever level you’re coming in at, we can meet you there and help mentor you through your project.” So are the makerspace participants printing kidneys or guns here in Bellingham? No. Mostly people make jewelry, figurines, costume pieces and small objets d’art. Though most of the people at The Foundry are adults, they have had a 6-year-old use Legos and electroluminescent (illuminated) wire for a project. Most makerspaces can’t allow children for insurance reasons, but not so at The Foundry. With an eye on making The Foundry an intergenerational creative and technological space for the whole community, Elliott Keane is also eager to draw in college students, with the hopes that they’ll stay in Bellingham and support the community with thriving small businesses. “Most of the students only have access to the university’s equipment when they are enrolled in that class,” Elliott Keane said. “It’s nice to be available here when they have graduated with all that wonderful knowledge so that they don’t have to move to Seattle.” The future of technology, and certainly of industrial design, seems to be very much 3-D printing. “A lot of people think ‘Oh, this is in the future,’ but it’s not. It’s here. It’s now,” said Elliott Keane. And thanks to Elliott Keane, the future has arrived in downtown Bellingham. 

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The holidays can be a little overwhelming, so we suggest you curl up with a good book. We are highlighting two great books that will bring you a little sparkle and magic.

A Sister More Like Me by Barbara Jean Hicks 32 pages Disney Press, 2013

Being sisters is not always easy, but it can be magical. A Sister More Like Me is the story of Elsa and Anna from the famous Disney hit Frozen. Writer Barbara Jean Hicks and illustrator Brittney Lee weave together the two voices of Anna and Elsa as they grow up in a palace with more than walls between them. Beautiful illustrations eagerly draw the reader through the story, creating a lovely counterpart to the movie.

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop Edited by Otto Penzler 245 pages Vanguard Press, 2010

The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City is one of the oldest mystery bookstores in America. So what happens when an avid mystery lover and bookstore owner teams up with some of the authors he loves? A fantastic short story collection. Penzler has commissioned some of the best names in mystery, crime and suspense to write a short story set during the Christmas season weaving in action at The Mysterious Bookshop. The stories were originally released as singles as gifts to his customers. Some of the authors Penzler has commissioned are Mary Higgens Clark, Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Block, S. J. Rozan, and Thomas H. Cook. Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop is an amusing, quick read, perfect for the busy holiday season.

December 17, 6:30 p.m. OPEN MIC Creekside Cafe Sudden Valley Community Center, Bellingham The Creekside open mic meets the third Wednesday of the month. Bring your work and read to an attentive audience.

December 18, 7 p.m. KATE LEBO Village Books Bookfair Cafe 1200 11th St., Bellingham The charming and brilliant Kate Lebo will be at Village Books to demonstrate how to make a pie from her new book, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter. A dessert sample and beverage will be served, as well as tons of good cheer. A mustdo event.

Who Knew? Holiday Life Hacks Storing Wrapping Paper Those long tubes of unspooling paper can be really annoying, catching on other things in your storage area or closet and getting crumpled. A great way to store wrapping paper is to cut a toilet paper roll insert, slide it over the wrapping paper, and either tape it in place or wrap it in aluminum foil.

Traveling With Wine To avoid that strange mauve all over your whites, put clean socks over your wine bottle and slide one end of the bottle down into a shoe, all the way to the toe. Use your other shoe to cover the top of the bottle. This should allow you to pack your wine without breakage.

Holiday Light Tangle Tired of holiday lights twisting all over the place? Use simple sandwich bag ties to keep your lights bundled in strands. Easy for storage, this also keeps the wires inside the strands from breaking, adding longevity to your twinkles.

Ornaments To store glass balls and ornaments safely, glue small plastic cups to carboard and then place the ornaments inside the cups. Stack the layers of carboard and cups in a bin or box.

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very day can be a terrible grind for those in poverty, for those who are living paycheckto-paycheck, for those who don’t, or can’t, make enough to get by, to feed their families. Getting ahead financially can seem impossible. Enter, The Whatcom Dream. The Whatcom Dream’s mission is to reduce the poverty rate in Whatcom County, to educate those in need in financial literacy, and to break the cycle of poverty and debt that leads to so much despair in our community. Executive Director Trudy Shuravloff said, “It’s hard for those in poverty to dream when they have been struggling for so long. We encourage them to dream again.” The Whatcom Dream’s financial literacy classes are a series broken into two parts. The series includes ten weeks of in-depth financial counseling, education and goal-setting, which includes home ownership, a college education, debt relief and other goals. The topics covered in the second part of the series are budgeting, debt 101, insurance, investing and banking. The Whatcom Dream also offers a workshop called Understanding Poverty (Bridges Out of Poverty) based on the Ruby Payne curriculum. Ruby Payne is the author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty and works as a consultant for groups like Whatcom Dream, who want to bring financial literacy to people in need. The programs they offer aren’t a cure-all to poverty. Shuravloff says that they offer a program for participants to find a new way of organizing


their finances by taking a close look at the obstacles they have, and finding ways to overcome the hurdles that contribute to poverty. Lack of education, housing issue, debt and other financial considerations are difficult to overcome. Whatcom Dream ensures that budgets are set realistically, tailoring them to the participants’ lifestyles. Participants create a visual collage board that represents important areas in their lives such as family, education and hobbies, and then focus on how to adjust their family budget to accommodate some growth and achieve goals. The Whatcom Dream also offers a holiday program to families. The Christmas Toy Store offers families a chance to shop for their children at a significantly reduced rate of 75 percent off retail prices. The proceeds are used to help support the financial literacy classes that are open throughout the year. The Christmas Toy store is open one day only, December 13 at Roosevelt Elementary School. Free childcare is provided to allow adults to shop, with wrapping stations on-site, a Santa visit, tasty treats, and music provided by the school choir. Families can find high-quality toys that don’t require batteries, clothing, gift cards and other items. These items are donated by community partners and individuals. Creating dreams out of despair, The Whatcom Dream is helping our community become healthier, safer and happier. 



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t starts with a sense of wonder and curiosity. Aimee Frazier opens the door to her deck and walks out into the wilderness. This is her place. She loves the outdoors, and has dedicated her life to encourage the same sense of wonder and curiosity in others. When Aimee’s daughter was six, they began exploring the area around their house on Chuckanut Point together. They learned about different plants, their potential uses and the variety of flora around them. The group grew to her daughter and her friends. The idea of her explorations traveled by word of mouth, and the number of participants grew from five to 300. The model she used with her daughter worked seamlessly for many children. This inspired her to officially name her idea Explorer’s Club in 2005, where it is one of several programs offered at the nonprofit organization Wild Whatcom, established in 2012. Explorers Club takes kids ages 7-17 outside to learn about the world through education, community, volunteering and exploring. “What I do is about cultivating wonder into senses,” Frazier said. “The curiosity part is just, ‘I wonder’. ‘I wonder what’s under that log?,' and ‘I wonder what that is?’ ‘Why can you draw on that shelf fungus?" Through the Explorer’s Club, kids can go backpacking, complete service projects or just explore. Explorers can expand their

naturalist knowledge through identification of rocks, trees, plants, fungi, birds and mammals. “The whole thing is fueled by a sense that kids are super capable,” Frazier said. “If you give them agency, if you get them real things to do, real leadership, real tasks, shouldering a pack up a hill, doing service for the community, serving the homeless, restoring parks, if you give them real tasks, they more than rise to the challenge.” Frazier likes to use the Socratic or Coyote method, asking kids how they think they should approach a task. The Mentors empower kids to accomplish tasks instead of simply showing them how to do it. “We like to say we are not two adult leaders and 10 youth — we are 12 leaders,” Frazier said. Frazier received a 2014 Environmental Hero award by Re Sources for Sustainable Communities. She accepted the award on behalf of Wild Whatcom and for the work that Wild Whatcom is doing to help people engage with the environment. She believes the award belongs to everyone in the organization. “As an organization, we are creating environmental heroes,” Frazier said. “That is more important than being one. Because the world needs more environmental heroes.”

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HOLIDAY INN (1942) Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire team up for this holiday musical treat. Crosby opens an inn in New England that puts on shows for every holiday (most versions…erm…skip Lincoln’s Birthday…). The Christmas song White Christmas debuted in this sweet, fun holiday classic.





This is the story of downtrodden George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who mistakenly thinks the world would be better off he had never been born. An angel comes to usher George through the life that would have been without him. Turns out, George is worth a lot more than he thinks, and everyone sings at the end and he finds Zuzu’s petals. Oops, spoiler alert.




Enjoy the tiny and adorable Natalie Wood in this classic about a department store Santa who is more than just a guy in a suit, but convincing everyone of it is no easy task. The movie is about believing the impossible and the importance of valuing each other over commercialism or gain.



A kind of remake of Holiday Inn, White Christmas is the story of Army buddies Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby (who reprises the hit title song) who return from the war in Europe performing in nightclubs and making their way to Broadway. The rural snowy lodge setting from Holiday Inn returns as the backdrop for the duo’s antics.



As with Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis spans a lot of holidays, including one of the best Halloween sequences since To Kill A Mockingbird. But Halloween aside, Judy Garland at the height of her powers performs the very beloved Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

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ew things conjure the holidays more than shoppers rushing in and out of Nordstrom’s, carolers on the corner at Westlake Center and the jingle of horses’ bells as they give folks a tour of the city at a quieter, slower pace. Whether you are looking for a little family time, a girlfriends' weekend, or a romantic getaway, Seattle has something for everyone during the holidays. What to do Conveniently situated in the downtown core, the Seattle Sheraton hosts the incredible and not-to-be-missed 22nd annual Gingerbread Village created by the Sheraton’s famous culinary talent in partnership with local architectural firms. Elaborate designs and intricate decorations elevate these gingerbread houses to art. If you are in Seattle to check out the shopping experiences be sure to bring the kids to Pacific Place, where they will be delighted with a nightly 6 p.m. snowfall inside the shopping center. However, if your tastes run to the more eclectic, the shopping in and around Pike Place Market will help you find truly amazing, one of a kind, items that will be the hit of the holiday. Seattle’s waterfront sparkles and shines during the holidays, and Argosy Cruises offers a variety of harbor tours including the Christmas Ship and Parade Boat for you to take in those classic waterfront views of Seattle and Lake Union. The Seattle Monorail is a great chance to rest for a few minutes as it whisks you through downtown from Westlake Center to one of your must have stops at the Seattle Center. Seattle Center hosts tons of activities for the whole family at Winterfest and is also home of the Seattle Space Needle, EMP, Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden and more. I also recommend picking up a Seattle CityPass which includes many of these great attractions. The Seattle Center often has a gigantic model train

and Christmas Village on display for the holidays inside the armory (upstairs from the Seattle Children’s Museum) that is sure to captivate little ones. A great way to sum up all of your activities is to see Seattle by air. Kenmore Air offers an unforgettable narrated scenic flight of Seattle and the surrounding area providing unparalleled views. Where to eat By now your feet should be sore from all of the walking and activities. It is time to sit back and relax before your evening fun begins. I suggest my favorite new spot, the Purple Café and Wine Bar located at Fourth and University Street just down the street from Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Art Museum, and of course the Four Seasons Hotel. The Purple Café and Wine Bar offers a sleek, sophisticated dining experience with a wonderfully knowledgeable staff to help offer suggestions that are sure to tickle your senses and delight your palate. Each menu item is expertly paired with a drink recommendation to make selections easier from their extensive collection of wines and spirits. My favorite pairing of the night — baked brie with Philippe Fontaine traditional brut.Whether you are looking for a full dinner or a light repast before taking in an evening show such as Stowell & Sendak’s Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, you won’t be disappointed. Where to stay The Seattle Sheraton in downtown is close to holiday shopping, dining and events. Another great hotel is just a block away from the iconic Pike Place Market — the Seattle Four Seasons. The Four Seasons is located on the waterfront with sweeping views of the Puget Sound, a year-round heated saltwater infinity pool, an incredible full service spa, and the Art Restaurant which offers fantastic local flavors overlooking the Seattle Great Wheel and

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Seattle Aquarium. With luxurious, fully accessible accommodations, the Four Seasons is a perfect retreat after a full day of sightseeing or shopping. Getting there Traffic into and out of Seattle this time of year can be beastly. Amtrak offers regular service to the very centrally located King Street Station (which, now newly refurbished, is a sightseeing gem). Horizon Airlines serves Seattle with a few flights a day, and ground transportation in and out of the airport is very easy with light rail and public transit. 

Theater • Nov. 25–Dec. 31 A Christmas Story | The 5th Avenue Theatre • Nov. 28–Dec. 28 Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol | A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) • Nov. 28–Dec. 28 Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker | Pacific Northwest Ballet • Dec. 9 A John Waters Christmas | Neptune Theatre • Dec. 20 Medieval Women’s Choir: Fountain of Life | St. James Cathedral • Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve: Concert Countdown and Celebration | Seattle Symphony

Activities • Nov. 28–Dec 31 Seattle Center Winterfest | Seattle Center • Nov. 24–Jan 4 22nd Annual Gingerbread Village Display | Seattle Sheraton Hotel • Nov. 28–Dec. 23 Argosy Christmas Ship Festival | Locations Vary • Nov. 29th–Dec. 31st (Weekends) Diving Santa | Seattle Aquarium • Nov. 29–Jan 4 Woodland Park Zoo’s Wildlights | Woodland Park Zoo • Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Fireworks | Seattle Space Needle

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ocal author Barbara Jean Hicks started writing professionally in 1983. Since then, she has published nine romance novels, four novellas, and seven picture books, including her two latest picture books for Disney’s Frozen. But if you ask her, her writing career started when she was just a child. Hicks fell in love with reading, research, taking notes, and writing music starting in 4th grade with an Oregon Trail project she completed in Ms. Green’s class. The required few pages for the assignment grew to thirty pages, and a writer was born. Hicks’ started out writing romance novels and switched to children’s books. “I love happy endings.” Disney’s Frozen provided a great framework for just the kind of book Hicks wanted to write. An Amazing Snowman and A Sister More Like Me are both successful and welcome additions to the Frozen omnibus. Hicks’ professional life began with a teaching career. She has taught students of all ages: preschool, middle school, community college parent education classes, and has spent time as an elementary school author-in-residence. Her professional writing career began after spending time as an editor and copywriter. She was asked to help with a writing project for a friend and associate. Her first picture book, Jitterbug Jam, was rejected 22 times before finally being published in 2005. But Hicks takes it all in stride. Jitterbug Jan went


Publications Picture Books • An Amazing Snowman, Disney Press, 2014 • A Sister More Like Me, Disney Press, 2013 • Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli, Knopf, 2009 • The Secret Life of Walter Kitty, Knopf, 2007 • I like Colors, Tiger Tales, 2006 • Jitterbug Jam, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005

on to be listed as the Best Illustrated Book by the New York Times and won the 2006 ALSC Notable Children’s Book Award. “My first three picture books were published in England because I couldn’t find a US publisher to pick them up,” she said. But it was because of Jitterbug Jam that an editor at Disney Press called her to request she write a book for Disney’s Frozen. “I was pretty amazed,” she said describing the whole process. “They flew me to the studio where I looked at sketches and notes of the movie still in process and had to come up with a book.” It’s been a whirlwind ever since. With a full schedule of events promoting her books, Barbara Jean, the Story Queen delights children with readings and Princess Parties at local bookstores and grade schools nationwide. She also hosts a variety of children’s writing workshops and other speaking engagements throughout the year bringing the joy of storytelling to a new generation.

Hick’s storytelling career is far from over. She’s currently working on her next picture book in collaboration with local artist Fishboy (Randy R. Clark) whose work complements hers very well. It will be a perfect showcase for both the artist and the writer, highlighting Bellingham’s strong, thriving creative community. So what’s next for Hicks? “I’m working on this new book project. I would love to have more speaking engagements and workshops, and then…who knows? I love to travel.” Hicks also opens her home to other travelers through Airbnb which offers unique lodging opportunities for travelers from around the world. Can’t wait to find out more? Be sure to check out Barbara Jean Hicks’ interactive website for fun activities, videos, information, and more. Or visit with her at her next event: December 6 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Barnes and Nobel Bookstore -South Center 300 Andover Park W Ste 200 Tukwila, WA. 

Novels • Loves Me, Loves Me Not, WaterBrook Press, 2000 • All That Glitters, WaterBrook Press, 1999 • An Unlikely Prince, WaterBrook Press, 1998 • China Doll, Multnomah Publishers, 1998 • Snow Swan, Multnomah Publishers, 1997 • Coming Home, Multnomah Publishers, 1996 • One on One, Meteor Publishing, 1991 • Eye of the Beholder, Silhouette Books, 1985 • For the Love of Mike, Silhouette Books, 1984 Novellas • The Queen of the World and the Handyman in Restoration and Romance, WaterBrook Press 2001 • Twice in a Blue Moon in Porch Swings & Picket Fences, WaterBrook Press. 1999 • Cupid’s Chase in Unlikely Angels, Multnomah Publishers, 1999 • Tea for Two in Mistletoe, Multnomah Publishers, 1996





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iscerning denizens of Bellingham have a lovely vintage-inspired store on Bay Street in downtown Bellingham. A Lovely Day is a whimsical women’s clothing store that distinguishes itself well from other retailers while offering clothes at very competitive prices. Owner Adrienne Beard carefully selects handmade accessories, timeless statement pieces and delicately used clothing guaranteed to turn heads. “I was trying to combine the things that I really enjoyed — traveling and shopping. I travel and bring things in from out of town so it brings fresh stuff into town.” Beard has found her life’s calling by searching for colorful, fun, and classically ladylike items. “I’m very careful to make sure there’s still plenty of wear left,” said Beard. More than just a thrift shop or used clothing store, the clothes at A Lovely Day are vintage with an eye toward the contemporary, which rescues them from looking too costumey for daily wear. Not only are they in great condition and well curated, the clothes also complement each other. The store itself is set along charming Bay Street, between the Upfront Theatre and the bustling intersection of Bay and Holly. The large, artfully decorated windows are eye-catching, and reflect the distinctive look of the fashions inside. continued on page 37

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The store is nicely appointed and feels spacious. Inviting displays and carefully juxtaposed clothes make it easy to collect ideas and put together looks by glancing over a few racks. Paintings rest on crown molding, creating a cozy ambiance within the high-ceilinged, white walled room. Bright fabric greets shoppers on the upholstered dresser serving as a checkout counter. Beard crafted the shop’s details. “It’s been so much fun putting it all together.” Step into the dressing room and try on your choices in front of an oversized mirror. The store’s open layout and comfortable interior encourages a fun shopping experience. “Everyone comes in and I get to dress them up! I get to play all day, “ Beard said, laughing. Beard matches the store’s atmosphere with her cheerful attitude and an earnest appreciation for the community. After two months of working on the business, she opened just in time for Bellingham’s Art Walk and was thrilled to receive support from the town. “I have had such a great, warm reception from other businesses. The gals from the Bureau of Historical Investigation brought a card and welcomed me to the neighborhood.” The great thing about local stores in the sense a customer gets of the overarching aesthetic and taste of the owner. In Beard’s case, the aesthetic is vintage chic with lots of feminine touches without being cutesy. For example, a rainbow pea coat

hangs nestled between rich fabric overcoats and cozy knit sweaters. A bright selection of lightweight tops in subtle patters flirtatiously sway in the breeze as the door opens and closes, while a wrap dress on another rack is hard to ignore. And then there are the shoes. Each polished pump, strappy heel, bootie and ballet flat is gracefully perched in its own-boxed shelf; their colors gleam like lollipops. The jewelry is locally sourced and goes nicely with the bright colors and pretty patterns of the clothes. There’s an element of craftiness to the store as well. Beard has a lot of appreciation for artisans and craftspeople, and it shows. “A lot of people are closet crafters, they don’t have an outlet. I thought it’d be great for local artists to bring anything they make.” She is excited to showcase a rotating assortment of crafty items, from agate brooches, to seashell ornaments and more. Whether you’re looking for a few staples like jeans and t-shirts, or you need something fresh and feminine, A Lovely Day is the perfect boutique for filling your closet with new favorites. Beard’s welcoming and friendly nature makes the entire experience such a pleasure. Stop by and spend some time at this lovely new store.  1230 Bay Street, Bellingham 10 a.m.–5 p.m. M–Sat, Closed Sunday 360.676.6010

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t was ironic to dress up for the opening of an activewear store. After all, activewear is my typical daily work uniform. Yoga or running pants? Check. Comfortable lightweight hoodie or tee? Check. Turn on the computer and watch me go. But when I have to do an interview or attend an event, I try to upgrade my style. I was excited to check out Australian company Lorna Jane. Having traveled to the country/continent, I am a devout Australia fan. I wasn’t disappointed with the product, the staff or the store itself. In fact, I was incredibly impressed. The greeting at Lorna Jane is warm, enthusiastic and automatically makes you feel at home. There is a different vibe than other athletic retailers — it’s supportive and knowledgeable. These women are there to make your experience a positive one, but they also have the information to truly assist you in your workout journey, wherever you may be. They seem to make it part of their job to lift women up and bring them together. One of the roots of Lorna Jane is empowerment, a deep effort to get women moving and living a life that allows them to function at an optimal level. The Lorna Jane philosophy — Move

Nourish Believe — permeates the Seattle location. It’s more than just a retail store, it also has a nourish bar and an exercise studio. As the company puts it, it is also a place to believe. The product is enticingly designed and well made. For myself I found a new top for my “work from home” collection in a deep, vibrant blue. I have used it for workouts as well and find it comfortable and breathable. Overall, Lorna Jane will be an excellent addition to the Seattle shopping scene. It may take a little getting used to for the more neutral-color consumers — Lorna Jane does bright and cheery well. But, as a woman that believes in the importance of women forming a strong community, the messages given and received at Lorna Jane make it worth a visit. “You are so lovely, today is a great day, never give up,” should never be things we are too jaded to hear.  400 Pine St #2030, Seattle Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. 206.623.1035 |

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THE SHOP Within the Bay Street Public Market is J & J Jewelry, a hidden gem. The owner is owner Jaime Pyshny, long-time jewelry expert. J & J is named after Jaime and her daughter Jayda. “I love all types of jewelry. I’m trying to offer a wide range of some things that are less expensive and affordable and your higher end pieces and bridal stuff.” The shop opened early September at 301 West Holly Street. ATMOSPHERE Walking into the shop, the black and white décor add a classy vibe to the already inviting atmosphere. Mirrors are scattered about the shop to give it a more spacious feeling, and calming music plays in the background. Pyshny is right up front, happily greeting customers over the glass counters. To the left is her workshop, where she does some of her own jewelry work. “I love all types of jewelry. As much as it is a good portion fine jewelry, I want to offer nice quality pieces in different price ranges. I like to create things that are a lot more affordable, but I do offer more expensive or custom things and I like offering repairs. I also do consignment,” Pyshny said. KEY PEOPLE Pyshny named the store after herself and her 4-year-old daughter, Jayda. Pyshny worked for GB Heron jewelry, where she learned drawing skills that she is able to use when creating custom orders. She runs and operates the store herself, and has a goldsmith to whom she can send repairs or specific orders.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND The various displays around the store hold everything from custom work to 1800s broaches. The counters and cases hold rings, bracelets, necklaces and more, all sparkling and shining like new. Pyshny finds many of her items at jewelry shows during the year. She also does custom work and can help customers come up with an idea of exactly what they want in their piece. One necklace in the window is a 1940s chain on which she strung moonstones. “Vintage stuff is kind of one of a kind in a way that you’re not going to come across this piece somewhere else,” Pyshny said. OWNER’S FAVORITE Pyshny loves to make bracelets. While she doesn’t make everything in the store, she does make and sell a few of them. “I like to buy vintage pieces and pull them apart and make something new out of them. It’s a fun creative process that, for me, I don’t know what it is until I see what I’m working with. Then the ideas start randomly coming to mind,” Pyshny said. She loves to be a part of people’s stories, whether it’s an engagement, wedding or anniversary. She has lived in Bellingham for 16 years, and wants to stay here doing what she loves. 

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HANDMADE MEMORIES AT OTION: THE SOAP BAR Come in and make Lip Balm, Bath Bombs, Nail Polish, Salt Scrubs and Melt & Pour Soap. For $10 to $20 you get to make some incredible handmade gifts and memories. Open M-F 10-6pm Sat 10-5pm Sun 12-4pm Otion: The Soap Bar 301 W Holly Street, Bellingham 360.676.1030 |

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s fall turns into winter, the scent in the air that tells me it’s holiday time isn’t pine needles, but the hunger-inducing fragrance of potato latkes frying in oil. Hot, crispy, onion-y, this savory potato pancake is the featured item at Hanukkah dinners and parties, and the focus of latke-eating contests. Before the New World potato made its way across the Atlantic a few hundred years ago, cheese or buckwheat fritters were the fried food of choice for European Jews celebrating Hanukkah. But with crop failures and the introduction of this versatile root vegetable, potatoes were adapted as the main ingredient. But the ingredient that makes them special is the oil, which in ancient times was used for fueling lamps. The holiday itself is also known as The Festival of Lights.

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS You know it’s getting close to Hanukkah when sunset dips earlier than five in the afternoon. By the time the darkest day of the year approaches, we in the Northwest can appreciate a desire, actually a real need, for light. While we may feel this lack of Vitamin D more strongly here, it’s a need that religions and cultures worldwide have addressed and adapted into their winter celebrations.

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In Bellingham, light-filled events include the giant lit-up Christmas tree at the Depot Market Square downtown, winter solstice “bring back the light” observances, and in the last few years a large Hanukkah menorah lighting on the Village Green in Fairhaven. The Jewish eight-day holiday of Hanukkah always occurs on the Hebrew lunar calendar on the 25th of Kislev. On the Gregorian calendar it usually shows up sometime in December, though in 2013 it coincided with Thanksgiving, which led to American Jews wishing each other Happy Thanksgivukkah! This year, Hanukkah begins in the evening of Dec. 16 (Jewish holidays begin in the evening, and last through the following day till sunset). Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, is a minor Jewish celebration that marks a military victory and religious freedom, harking back to 165-168 B.C.E. That’s when the GrecoSyrian ruler Antiochus had invaded Jerusalem, outlawed Judaism, and desecrated the holy Temple. A small band of Jews known as the Maccabees successfully fought back and retook Jerusalem. They cleaned up the Temple, re-dedicating it for worship and lighting the eternal lamp. The olive oil salvaged from the debris was only enough to keep the lamp burning for one day. It took eight days to get more oil; somehow,


the one-day supply lasted for eight, the miracle we celebrate. Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated mostly at home, centered around the dining table. Tradition is to light an increasing number of candles on each of the eight nights on our Hannukah menorah (called a hanukkiah), play dreidel (a spinning top game), and to eat foods cooked in oil to remember the miracle. Over the millennia, Jews have dispersed around the globe, and new foods and customs have been added. In America, with the influence of Christmas at around the same time, gift-giving has also been added to the customs.

BELLINGHAM MELTING POT Hanukkah has been celebrated in Bellingham for a little more than 100 years. Congregation Beth Israel was established in 1908 by immigrants who were mostly from a small town in Lithuania, as well as some Jews who moved into the area after the 19th century Gold Rush. Diane Garmo, whose great-grandparents were among these first Jewish settlers in Whatcom County, has fond memories of celebrating the holiday in the family home in the Lettered Streets, where four generations of her family have lived. She recalls that during her childhood, Hanukkah candles came in only one color: Orange.

Now, you can find them in just about any color, including rainbow! Over the years, the Bellingham Jewish community has grown from about 20 families to more than 200 from all over the world, including Israel, creating a Northwest melting pot. While latkes have been the centerpiece of Hanukkah celebrations here, these newcomers have brought the traditional holiday food from Israel — jelly-filled doughnuts, or sufganiyot. Now, the annual community Hanukkah party includes both. Sagit Hall, who was born in Israel, has enjoyed cooking sufganyot for Bellingham friends. Hall says “the peak of winter joy is most definitely the smell of sufganiyot fresh out of the frying pan. This blessed smell of a warm sufganiya is the perfect antidote for the winter blues (especially during those gray winter days of the Pacific Northwest).” She said she loves seeing friends and family smile while eating them, “while their noses get a red dot from the jam and their cheeks get a puff of powdered sugar.”

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD I have been known to say, everything is better fried. Which may be why I love Hanukkah food so much. Latkes usually are served as a side dish, but can be a whole meal for me. Many people like to eat them with sour cream, or apple

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sauce. I love them without adornment, hot and crispy, with a dash of salt to bring out the flavor. Growing up, we just used Russet potatoes to make the beloved treat. But as I began cooking latkes myself, I learned the joys of experimenting with the ingredients. I found that mixing different kinds of potatoes, such as sweet potatoes, yams, red potatoes, or gold, added depth of flavor and looked pretty, too. For a real Northwest twist, some people even add salmon to the mix! You can find latkes on some traditional deli menus, especially in bigger cities like Seattle or Vancouver, B.C. But they are also being adapted into menus in new and interesting ways – a Seattle food truck makes sandwiches using pressed latkes in place of the bread! While you can definitely enjoy these savory treats year-round, there is something about the smells and tastes that make them a special December treat. There are shortcuts to making latkes – boxed mixes, or using frozen hash browns as the base for the pancake – but nothing compares to making your own using fresh ingredients. So try the basic recipe, then feel free to add ingredients and sauces and create your own tradition to light up the darkest days of winter.  (recipes on the the following page...)

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Sagit Hall’s Sufganiyot recipe (known to cure the winter blues) INGREDIENTS (MAKES 20 SMALL SUFGANIYOT): 3 cups flour 25 grams fresh yeast 4 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 2 eggs 3 Tbsp oil 2 tsp brandy 1 tsp orange peel 3/4 to 1 cup water canola oil for frying For decoration: 1/2 cup raspberry jam powdered sugar •









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Place the flour in a mixer bowl. Add yeast and sugar, stir and add salt. Make a well in the center and place eggs, oil, brandy and orange peel. Blend slowly. Gradually add water. Knead until dough is smooth and doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. Cover and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about an hour, until the dough doubles in volume. Roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch thickness. Cut out circles using a small glass, roll into balls and set aside to rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes, until double in volume. Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Place a few of the balls in the hot oil with their puffed up side down. Cover the pan for about one minute. Remove the lid and fry for another minute. Turn the sufganiyot. Remove from pan and place on paper towels. Fill in with jam using a syringe. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.



Melissa’s favorite latke recipe Over the years I have incorporated many recipes into my own. INGREDIENTS (MAKES ABOUT 2 DOZEN): 4-5 potatoes (you can use just Russet, or mix it up. I use Russet, red, Yukon gold, and about half a yam) 1 medium onion (I prefer sweet varieties, like Vidalia) 2 ounces of starch (you can use flour or mazta meal; use corn or potato starch to make them gluten free!) 2 eggs Salt and pepper to taste Oil for frying (use vegetable oil for cooking at high temperatures; you can use olive oil, but be careful because it has a lower burn point) •

Grate the potatoes and onions. Many recipes call for peeling the potatoes first and soaking them in cold water while you chop up the onions. But I like to leave the potato skins on (more nutrition and color). Also, hard-core cooks say hand-grating the potatoes is better, because it makes the mixture less wet. But in the interest of time and knuckle safety, I use my Cuisinart.

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After grating, salt the potato and onion mixture and put in a colander to drain. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add eggs, starch or flour, and the salt and pepper and mix. Heat a pan (I like using a cast-iron skillet) and add oil. I use just enough oil to get the latkes frying, though some recipes say to use 2-inches of oil. Works either way. Drop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and flatten with a spatula. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden. Place on paper towel to drain off the oil. If you’re making a big batch, put them on a cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm. Serve hot with: applesauce, sour cream, or just an extra dash of salt.

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veryone loves a bold, glam look for the holidays and this one is no exception. I wanted to create a look that was fun and fresh, but also sexy and versatile. Glitter is a trend that never goes away and is especially present during the holidays. Here, I’ll teach you how to use it in an easy and quick way that will give your glammed-up holiday look the perfect balance of classy and sassy.

STEP ONE – ALL ABOUT THAT BASE A great look starts with good foundation. Prime your eyelids with an eyelid primer to keep your shadows from fading. Then, brush a flesh-colored eye shadow across your eye, starting just under your brow, going down until you reach your eyelid (this will help balance out any discoloration and also help with blending).

STEP FOUR – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND This is where the glitter effect really comes to life. Using a liquid lustre in gold (or whatever eye shadow color you used), such as Lorac’s 3D Liquid Lustre, pat it across your lid with your finger. A liquid lustre is simply liquid glitter that adheres well to your skin. I love it because it not only adds glitter but also dimension – plus it is mess-free and easy to apply in only a matter of seconds! Don’t have any? Make your own! Our co-op and supplement stores both sell dropper bottles for less than $5. Funnel in some very fine glitter or loose pigmented powder, and then fill it up to a proportionate amount with gel liquid eye drops. Shake it up and voila! You’re all set.

STEP FIVE – HIGHLIGHT AND LIFT For the last step of the eyes, highlight with a very soft and light shimmery color such as Booty Call by Urban Decay, just under the eyebrow.

STEP TWO – GO FOR THE GOLD Pat a gold cream-based eye shadow across the lid and blend. For more of a day-time look with a little less intensity, use powder eye shadow instead of a cream. I love working with gold because of how warm and versatile it is but if it isn’t for you, feel free to switch to silver, purple, or any other glittery color of your choosing.

STEP THREE – CREATE DEFINITION Take a blending blush and drag a light matte taupe color, such as Tease by Urban Decay, into and all the way across the socket, blending upward. Once you think you’ve blended enough, blend just once more. Then, slightly blend it down into the outer corner of the eye. This whole process opens the eyes and creates structure to the look.

STEP SIX – FINISH THE LOOK! As you may have noticed, I did the eye makeup first. This prevents having to fix any fallout that occurs from the eye shadows, which is especially likely with glitter-based products. Once you’ve cleaned up any fallout underneath your eye, finish up your look as you want and need. This may include foundation, eyeliner (I made a very thin line using a cream eyeliner right at the lash line), lashes, and brows. And last but not least, boost the lips with an incredible lipstick to really make your holiday look pop! Bright pink is trending big right now and was a perfect match for these gold eyes, but a bold red or plum would also work well. The most important thing is to play around with it, find what works for you, and have fun! Do just that and I can guarantee you’ll have a fabulous, eyecatching look fit for all your holiday events! 

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Outdoors In Warm décor for a chilly winter WRITTEN BY TANNA EDLER


s the leaves fall and the cold air starts to blow, we find ourselves enjoying intimate moments in our homes once again. Now is the time to bring the outdoors in through décor. This project incorporates native items that resulted in a nature-inspired interior design plan. The ability to bring nature into your home is an art and design aesthetic that will always be interesting and unique. I enjoy designing with natural elements, appealing to my clients’ desire of calm, peaceful and informal environments. This is the time of the year when clients are calling for my assistance to craft the ultimate slumber escape at their residence. All summer, outdoor 64

entertaining rooms are the focus, but this time of year, it’s time to bring the outdoors in. While I believe there are no rules, and typically push the design principle envelope, I do believe that drawing on natural inspiration creates exceptional interiors. And, you don’t have to always splurge to take the plunge — some of your accents may be found as close as in your back yard. Choosing materials that resonate with your personal style is the first step for bringing the right themes into your home. One homeowner may enjoy the rugged nature of a natural rock wall, while another may prefer the flair of seagrass accessories. Choosing natural elements that incorporate your style and connect you to

your interiors is the key. You will be amazed how beautifully nature will set the mood in your abode. Here are a couple of notable designs that we created during this recent project to complete an inviting living room design for the whole family.

Elm coffee table and cedar side tables With clean lines and an industrial approach, our custom designed and built furnishing pieces are a great addition to this welcoming living space. The goal was a rustic design with contemporary appeal. The light color of the wood is a neutral tone and complements the darker finish on other pieces in the room. Bringing wood into your

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The holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends and family and sing carols or enjoy a parade. This holiday season, we bring you 25 ways to enjoy the holidays in Whatcom and Skagit counties complete with performances, parades and lots of twinkling lights. So bundle up and brave the elements — hot chocolate optional.

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The combination of twinkling holiday lights and the beautiful calm waters of Friday Harbor make this event spectacular. Watch as Santa sails in from Spring Street Landing. Toys will be given to children at the Middle School Commons. San Juan |


November 15–December 24 Step right up and capture the magic of Christmas at Bellis Fair Mall as your little ones pose with Santa. If you purchase your photo packet in advance, you receive a 30 percent discount, and with any purchase you receive a promotional code for $25 and free shipping on holiday cards. Mondays are pet days! Bring your pets for a photo with Santa! And on Wednesdays, visitors will receive a special Rudolph activity pack with the purchase of any Santa photo package on Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Nothing says Christmas like a photo with Santa!


Our community’s boaters put their holiday handiwork to the test as they decorate their ships with a vibrant array of colored lights and seasonal displays. Participating boats have the chance to win in three categories: Lighted Boat of the Year, Best of Parade, and the Novice Grand Prize and Community Award. Come view the contestants as the picturesque harbor lights up from its regular water colored shades of deep blues, purples, and greens.


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Try not to eat the exquisite treats in this year’s Port of Bellingham ginger bread house contest. Witness a delectable array of constructed houses, scenes, and tableaus. Vote for your favorite entry, and become inspired with the tasty construction made by creative community members. Discover regular confectionary treats transformed into a new medium: Sugar becomes glossy glass; items turn into furniture, monuments, and figurines. This year’s theme is “Whatcom Landmarks”- the perfect opportunity for your little ones to learn about the town’s historical monuments, popular buildings, and beautiful surroundings. Free, All Ages


For one night only, Bellingham is encouraged to attend a popular performance filled with stories, songs, and dance with an Irish twist. Riverdance dancers weave through traditional Christmas tales and mystical legends, accompanied by lively musicians skilled with flutes, accordions, fiddles, pipes, and bodhráns. Within minutes, audience members create a livelihood of their own, stomping and clapping in jubilant merriment. 7:30 p.m. | Various Prices

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For 28 years, the Whatcom Museum has hosted the Adoramus Carolers, a collection of singers from area choirs who come together for the holidays to perform traditional and modern Christmas and holiday carols. Not only can you hear some of your caroling favorites, the carolers will also lead a sing-a-long. Whatcom Museum | Rotunda Room


The historic town of Fairhaven’s cobblestone streets and charming Victorian buildings easily resemble Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as you march down the gently sloped hills while admiring breathtaking holiday decorations, listening to clomping hooves trot, and viewing local holiday art. Be welcomed into the festival by Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gazebo, or catch the Grinch stirring up trouble on his sleigh at Village Books. Listen to Bellingham High School’s Showstoppers carol throughout the business district. Witness the Saving Christmas Town dance performance by the Dance Studio after the tree lighting. During the Holiday Art Walk, step into many participating businesses and admire masterpiece art displays. Bundle up and enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride! Free |



Visit the Bellingham Cruise Terminal for a weekend long festival centered on our community coming together for the holidays. Enchanting performances by choirs, dancers, and bands are presented to the public, as attendees are offered free hot cider and cookies. Fire truck rides and horse-drawn wagon rides are available Saturday and Sunday. Visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus after viewing the Gingerbread Houses. Various Times | Free


December 5, 6 p.m. In its heyday, the Bellingham tree was the largest Christmas tree in the world. Today it’s a festive focal point for Bellingham’s downtown. The celebration includes carols, performances and more. A great way to enhance your Art Walk experience, the tree-lighting is a cheery event, sure to please young and old.


No need to prepare a chaotic Christmas feast this year for your family, when you can dine at the luxurious seaside Semiahmoo Resort and let their culinary director, Eric Truglas, do the hard work for you! Treat yourself to a prix fixe, three course, gourmet dinner, or wind down from a busy Christmas morning by dining from an expansive buffet in the ballroom. Gather with your family in an elegantly decorated dining area. $43.95 per adult, $22.95 per child ages 6-12, children 5 and under eat free. Reservations Recommended.

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Take a trip through time and see how the community’s forefathers celebrated the holidays in the 12 cedar log cabins of Pioneer Park. Each cabin is decorated in special themes for visitors to enjoy, complete with historical activities and games. Interact with members of the Ferndale Heritage society, dressed in authentic pioneer costumes and learn about the holiday activities that the Pacific Northwest settlers enjoyed. Step into an authentic general store and find ornate Christmas gifts. Visit the log church and find peace during the jam-packed holiday season. Children are welcome to write letters to Santa inside the one room school house and mail their envelopes at the vintage post office afterward. Pose beside Santa and Mrs. Claus for a photo. Embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the streets of Ferndale. Visit the Tillicum House and snack on soft cookies and warm drinks to ward off the cold weather. $4 for adults | $3 for children

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FERNDALE 4TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFTS & BAKE SALE Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Ferndale Senior Activity Center welcomes the community to browse fabulous handmade gifts at this year’s Christmas Crafts & Bake Sale. Find one-of-a-kind jewelry, breathtaking art, perfect to perch above any crackling fireplace, finely detailed wood carvings, unique toys, and more. Satisfy your sweet tooth by purchasing any of the delectable cakes, cookies, and pies offered at the bake sale. Free Admission



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Spend the morning treating your taste buds to fresh eggs, fluffy biscuits, and sausage, while helping children in need, during a festive breakfast with Santa Claus. Pose with Jolly Saint Nick and the whole family for a photo. Check out the multitude of enticing gift baskets and deals from throughout the community, and silent bid on your favorite selection after eating. Kids have the opportunity to make ornaments that will be sent to Ethiopia as gifts for children at the Thomas Center. 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $8, 3 and under FREE- lower prices available in online pre-sale


You have the opportunity to take part in the 24th annual tradition of welcoming the holiday season into town alongside Lynden’s kindhearted community. The party kicks off at 6 p.m. with a nighttime parade, lit up with decorated floats, farm equipment, trucks and cars. The breathtaking sights don’t end there — walk past eye-catching storefront displays and listen to carolers who wish you good tidings for the most wonderful time of the year. Free | Throughout Downtown Lynden

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Hark how the sweet silver bells make such sweet serenades during this year’s holiday concert set within the beautiful McIntyre Hall. Listen to a merry and bright performance from the Skagit Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Brass Menagerie, and be swept up in a winter wonderland flurry featuring a range of seasonal favorite tunes. Participate in the concert’s caroling singalong with the orchestra, and you may carol your way home. $20-$40





Gather with loved ones, familiar faces, and cheerful community members to join in on the festive fun at the annual Mount Vernon Christmas Parade. Your ears will buzz to jolly holiday choral performances; your eyes will twinkle as community floats pass by. Set throughout the historic streets of Mount Vernon, visitors are welcome to peruse shops for seasonal gifts and warm up while snacking on caramel corn, doughnuts, hot chocolate, and chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Nestle into a horse-drawn carriage and meet Santa, himself! Become immersed in picturesque sights, sounds, and pleasing scents during this holiday event. Downtown Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. Free Throughout Downtown Mount Vernon


Smooth-voiced crooners are cozier than a warm, fur blanket and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Let the romantic musical that has been a staple in the Christmas culture for over 60 years soothe your ears in this enchanting spectacle! Whether or not your Christmas days are merry and bright or your Christmases are white, be serenaded by a dazzling Bing Crosby-worthy musical of crooner hits and show stopping dance numbers. $10–24 |

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Witness an elaborate, masterfully crafted performance of a timeless Christmas classic ballet, complete with stunning visual displays made in Russia and lush costumes tailored in New York. The Northwest Ballet Theater has perfected their production of the famous holiday ballet for fifteen years, and incorporates exciting technical effects to surprise lifelong audience members. Travel alongside Clara to find the Nutcracker with the help of the Sugar Plumb Fairy and find new mystical details during the production. 7:30 p.m. | Various Prices


Grab a flashlight and stroll through Washington Park for the Wonderland Walk in Anacortes. Each campsite is decorated in lights, props, and holiday items by local service groups, families, clubs, and businesses, all ready for you to explore! Make new friends and keep the old while listening to cheerful music and eating sticky s’mores. Free | Call 360.299.1967 for more details

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Join Bob the elf as he is banished from the North Pole and journeys to a small town to assist them in improving their annual Christmas pageant. Will Bob be able to help these crazy cast members put on an extraordinary Christmas production that the town has ever seen, or will it all fall to pieces? You’re in for a gift of laughter and amusement for the whole family to enjoy by attending this hilarious play, directed by Beth Greatorex.



December 24, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. In the nick of time for the holiday season, kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy a double feature of classic Burl Ives films, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman at the Anacortes Cinema. These movies have been holiday favorites for decades, with interesting animation techniques and heartwarming tales. Each ticket includes a small, warm, buttery popcorn and bubbly soda. The Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department is delighted to join the community for this trip to the movies. $9 per person

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Help support the Anacortes Schools Foundation throughout early December by participating in a series of holiday-themed events at the Port Event Center. Instantly travel to an adorably decorated North Pole atmosphere and hop onto Santa’s sleigh with the whole family. Play games, find a trinket for a special someone, and warm up with rich hot chocolate. On Saturday, December 13, construct a tasty gingerbread house or cheer on student and adult teams battling to create the best gingerbread house of them all! Children are encouraged to find their artistic side and come up with their own masterpieces. On December 6 for only $40 per person, join a congregation of friendly community members from all walks of life and feast on a gourmet dinner catered by Gere-adeli. During the dinner, take part in the “raise the paddle” auction and frolic to festive songs performed by a live band.



Tromp through the tree farm and select a fitting Christmas tree, pre-cut or fresh cut! Find and enjoy delectable Christmas sweets and treats, pick up festive presents at the gift shop, and adorn your tree with classic garlands and intricate decorations. Visit Santa and tell him your Christmas wish list on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Swinomish Channel lights up brighter than any Christmas tree as twinkling boats glide over the water. Relax at a dimly lit, cozy restaurant overlooking the channel and watch the holiday merriment drift idly by. Ooh and aah as the colorful lights depict funny, beautiful, and classic tableaus of the holiday season. Whether you witness Santa preparing to soar into the sky as he shines as bright as the stars, or a colorful display of extra large Christmas presents, this event is sure to impress you and your loved ones. Free |


The town of Sedro-Woolley gets Seuss-ified in a cartoon-worthy, fun-filled festivity of Christmas cheer! Don your favorite Dr. Seuss-esque costume and join in on the Whobilation activities, including free children’s pony and train rides, free arts and crafts, a jolly Christmas tree lighting, and an exciting parade. Santa is making a celebrity appearance and is available for a free photograph. Beware of the Grinch, however, for he has heard of the fantastical festivities and may have a few tricks up his foul sleeves. You may see a flash of green running by with an evil cackle! 



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Regardless of religion or tradition, so many of us have memories of a special treat at the holidays. From ancient ritual to cookie swaps, treats have been a part of celebrations in just about every culture you can name. The holidays are the perfect time to dust off some recipes and engage in a centuries’ old practice of making something sweet for the sweet ones in your life.


FEATURE Holiday Delights

Caramel & Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Ingredients 1 (14oz) package caramels 1 Tbsp water 1 package of pretzel rods 2 cups of chocolate candy melts (Can be found at Michael’s or at nice cooking stores) Assorted candy, sprinkles, etc. to decorate

Instructions 1.

In a medium saucepan, melt down

the caramel pieces and water on medium-low heat. Stir until smooth.

Recipe: 82

2. In another saucepan, melt down the chocolate candy melts over low heat until smooth. 3. Take a pretzel rod, spoon the caramel over the rod until covered to your satisfaction. Place caramel-dipped pretzel on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, or silpat. Let cool for a few minutes. Repeat with all of the pretzel rods. 4. Take the caramel-dipped pretzel rod and cover it with chocolate and place it back down on the parchment paper. If you’d like to add crumbled candy or sprinkles, this is the time to do it while the chocolate is still wet. 5. Let the chocolate set for about 30 minutes to an hour. Enjoy! 6. For the microwave, melt the caramel and water in the microwave using 1-minute increments, stirring between each minute. 7. Melt the chocolate using 1-minute increments, stirring between each minute.

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Holiday Delights


Peppermint Bark

INGREDIENTS 11 oz Ghirardelli white melting wafers

3. Melt milk chocolate in microwave by heating at

11 oz Ghirardelli milk chocolate melting

50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.


4. Pour milk chocolate into pan and level.

1/2 tsp Peppermint extract

5. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

12 Candy canes

6. Melt white chocolate in microwave by heating


at 50% for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.


Place candy canes in food processor

7. Add peppermint extract to white chocolate.

and crush.

8. Pour white chocolate into pan and level.

2. Line sheet with parchment paper.

9. Pour crushed peppermint over white chocolate.


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FEATURE Holiday Delights


Spitzbuben Germans are serious about their Christmas


cookies, and Spitzbuben are no exception.

1½ cups unsalted butter,

Delightful star-shaped cookies filled with


berry jam or jelly, Spitzbuben translates as

1 cup sugar

“little rascals,” as the jam peeks through the

1 tsp Almond extract

cookies like naughty little boys peeking at

1 egg

their presents. They are said to be originally

3½ cups flour, plus more for

from Switzerland, but there’s some debate


about that. If that’s so, Germany has adopted Spitzbuben as their own, and these pretty, powdered-sugar dusted hearts and stars have become a favorite on cookie plates in the

½ tsp Kosher salt ¼ cup raspberry jam Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

U.S. as well.

Recipe: Lisa Karlberg 86

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Heat oven to 325°. Beat


Transfer to baking

butter and sugar with a hand

sheets, bake cookies until

mixer until fluffy. Add al-

very lightly browned, 10–12

mond and egg; beat. Add flour and salt; mix. 2. Transfer dough to a floured surface, form into a disk, roll until ¼” thick.

minutes; cool. 4. Once cooled take the large cookie place a dab of seedless raspberry jam and

Using one shape with two

top with smaller cookie.

sizes cut equal quantities of

5. Dust stacked cookie


with confectioners’ sugar.

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FEATURE Holiday Delights

Chocolate Macadamia Caramel Corn

5. Put the popcorn and Macadamias into the buttered roasting pan. Add the syrup and mix quickly with a fork until completely coated. Bake caramel corn at

Ingredients 9 cups popcorn, popped 2 cups whole Macadamia nuts 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) light brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup butter, unsalted 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp almond extract 12 oz chocolate, melted Sea salt flakes, for sprinkling

200ËšF for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Directions: 1.

Remove the pan from the oven and imme-

Preheat the oven to 200ËšF.

diately sprinkle the carmel corn with sea

2. Combine the popped corn and

salt. Turn the caramel corn out onto parch-

Macadamias in a large pan and place

ment paper and allow it to cool complete-

in the preheated oven until the syrup is

ly. Break it into pieces.


6. Separate the caramel corn into two

3. Butter a large roasting pan and set it

halves. Melt chocolate and dip half of the

aside. In a large saucepan, combine the

caramel corn into the chocolate. Sprinkle

sugar, salt, butter, and corn syrup. Bring

the chocolate coated pieces with more

the mixture to a boil over medium heat,

sea salt and allow the chocolate to harden

stirring constantly. Continue cooking until

completely, about 3 to 4 hours.

the mixture turns a rich caramel color and

7. In a large bowl, mix the chocolate car-

registers 280ËšF on a candy thermometer.

amel corn with the regular caramel corn.

4. Remove the syrup from the stovetop

Store the caramel corn in tightly covered

and stir in the baking soda and extracts.


Recipe adapted from: 88

Holiday Delights


© Danae Hendrickson

FEATURE Holiday Delights

Baking Memories Cookbooks and magazines coated in a fine dusting of flour, splayed open, spines broken from years of use, the crunch of granulated sugar underfoot — it’s holiday baking time. Households all over the world are filling with the tantalizing aroma of sugar cookies and pies, cakes and tarts. In our house, my mother’s beautifully arranged plates of cookies were signs that the holidays had officially begun. There are so many memories pasted to her sticky cookbook pages, to those ancient yellowing magazine recipes. There was the Christmas mom and I made tiny chocolate mice from maraschino cherries. There was the Christmas my sister’s friend lifted the top of the mixer while the beaters were still spinning, sending a shower of cookie batter all over the ceiling. There was the year my mother actually made a fruit cake that eventually went to the jail, because no one in our household would touch it. I remember being tall enough to finally help with rolling and using the cookie cutters without needing a stool. I remember the year I broke a few cookies on purpose, just so I could eat them. My mother’s apron, splattered and dusted, is one of the things I look forward to most during the holidays. 90

Holiday Blends “It is very frustrating not to be understood in this world. If you say one thing and keep being told that you mean something else, it can make you want to scream. But somewhere in the world there is a place for all of us, whether you are an electric form of decoration, peppermint-scented sweet, a source of timber, or a potato pancake.” Lemony Snicket from The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming Christmakuh. Kwanzmas. Blended families mean blended traditions, and some families get very creative when it comes to bringing traditions together.

The combinations include menorah Christmas decorations on a tree, Shalom stockings, or a Kwanzaa feast that places cous-cous next to the latkes. Blending is a way to honor the respective traditions of stepfamily and second marriages, or a way to acknowledge the mixture of holiday celebrations that make up our community.

History In Medieval Europe, making treats for the holidays was an annual tradition. From Germany came Lebkuchen, which are a cousin of gingerbread. Lebkuchen trace their roots back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. You can taste the influence in the anise and heavy herbs used along with the spices. The Dutch brought us the traditional sugar cookie in the seventeenth century. Most of our cookie culture in the U.S. was imported by the Dutch in the seventeenth century, but the traditional sugar cookie we all come to think of as the standard Christmas cookie was brought to the U.S. by Moravians. To get a sense of the original sugar cookie, visit Salem, NC where the Winkler Bakery bakes gigantic batches of sugar cookies and sells them in tins. They also attach the recipe, which makes enough to fill your house for a few months. Cut with cookie cutters and hung on the tree, the sugar cookies were both ornament and treat. Now they are the focus of family gatherings and neighborhood parties, and a sweet old-fashioned way to celebrate the best of the holidays. According to, the cookbook historians consider to be the first American cookbook — Christmas Cookery — recommended baking the cookies and then putting them in an earthenware jug, dry cellar or damp room to soften for six months to let them soften. That’s some thinking ahead for the holidays. Today, bakers are making treats of all sorts, like candies, brittle, fudge and dipped fruit. Popcorn, pretzels, lemon bars, crackers — even kale chips — are becoming the new features on the oldfashioned cookie plate. 



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hat do you get when you mix passion and beer? Three guys celebrating a successful year. Owners Benjamin Buccarelli, Brandon Peterson and Tom Raden should be proud. In true public house style The Local offers their own brews from Menace Brewing along with a full board of regional tap beer selections, great food and a relaxed atmosphere. The Local lives up to its name literally from the floor up. Taking over the old Cicchitti’s Pizza location on Railroad Avenue in downtown Bellingham, these guys have truly made the space their own. Reclaimed wood and metalwork from around the area re-outfit the space which brought in local history to a new location, including their bar made from 100-year-old wood floors. The combination creates a rich, warm, old pub feel while honoring the Pacific Northwest style. On the walls, you’ll see Bellingham’s growing brewery community with photos of Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, Kulshan,and North Fork breweries — highlighting our local award-winning local breweries. It’s a great place to contemplate whether you’re there for the beer or the food. continued on next page



In the kitchen, Brandon takes on the foodies. Serving up traditional pub fare with a healthy side of creative ingredients and combinations, The Local has a menu from classic reubens to Grilled Yellowfin Stemperata. Did I forget to mention The Local has a scratch kitchen? Sausages, sauces and sides are all house-made. Brandon will have you wondering if you are a foodie or a beer connoisseur? But why not be both? With twenty beers on tap, including a traditional cask ale, you won’t have a problem finding the right pairing for food options. The dinner menu will even offer helpful suggestions for you. Still in doubt? Check out one of their beer pairing dinners for a Brewers Night. But it’s okay to come for just a great beer, too. The Local features a selection of beers from each of Bellingham’s five local breweries; Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, Kulshan, Wander, and Aslan. The rest of their tap circulates around the Cascadia Brewing community along with their own selection from Menace Brewing. Menace beers are well–crafted in small batches. Sweeping up two Washington State 2014 Brewers Awards, a bronze medal for Menace Self-Tilted Red and a gold medal for their Menace Chili Bravo, it’s no wonder you can’t get enough. But they are quick to point out The Local isn’t just


the local watering hole or all about Menace Brewing. The Local is a fantastic place to enjoy some of the best brews from the best local brewers and a great place to hang out. Who needs to do a pub crawl when they have them all on tap?

“We want to be a place where we can promote and push beer culture in Bellingham — and even the region. Bellingham’s definitely an upcoming beer town and we want to be some kind of hub where not only can you get all the beers together, but you can get some really good accompanying food and an atmosphere where people can really enjoy it and experience it,” said Tom Raden, co-owner. With that in mind, these guys haven’t forgotten their roots. From humble beginnings they started off as homebrewers in the garage with big dreams. From there they grew into Menace Brewing located in Ferndale, a location they are quickly outgrowing

and now include The Local Public House. They give ample credit for their success to Kulshan Brewery and The Fork at Agate Bay where Benjamin and Brandon gained the bulk of their industry experience early on. When you ask these guys how they got here they say it took a lot of passion, long hours, a lot of dedication and great learning opportunities. It also doesn’t hurt to have a fantastic team. Each of the owners brings something crucial to the business: Brandon takes on the kitchen, Benjamin takes on the brewery, and Tom takes on the management and even some of the equipment fabrication. Mix that all up with great staff, including their good friend Chris who helps with management, and you have a great place to work and pursue their passions. They also help support the local brewing community by hosting a Brewers Cup competition which offers homebrewers an opportunity to have their beers professionally judged for quality. Brewers advance rounds with the final crowning of Best Homebrewer during Bellingham Beer Week in midSeptember. The chosen winner will then have the opportunity to collaborate with Menace Brewing and feature their brew at The Local. 

Executive Chef Michael Buholz from The Loft at Latitude 48.5 Wine Pairing: Tulip Valley Winery Presented in association with: Judd & Black Appliance, Mount Vernon WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER


n Nov. 13, K & L Media partnered with Judd & Black Appliance to host Executive Chef Michael Buholz from The Loft at Latitude 48.5. Buholz welcomed the small audience gathered in the showroom’s test kitchen and shared his philosophy on sourcing the best ingredients and serving only made-fromscratch sauces and dressings. As he prepared the four-course meal, Buholz entertained guests with stories from his lifelong love for cooking. Memorable childhood visits to his grandmother’s home in Wyoming inspired his commitment to freshness. His grandmother used to give him a bucket and a shovel and send him out to the garden to gather ingredients for dinner. Similarly, Buholz took pride in telling guests about each dish’s fresh ingredients. Buholz’s first course delighted guests as he served up pan-seared sea scallops wrapped in hickory bacon on a salad of organic greens, julienne pear, and supreme-cut grapefruit, dressed with a pear vinaigrette. As a special treat, he ordered weathervane scallops, which were overnighted from the east coast, where they were hand picked by divers for their quality, rather than dredged in nets. …

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Wrap scallops with bacon and spear with toothpick

20-30 Sea Scallops 20-30 strips Hickory bacon 1 Asian pear (julienne) 30 oz Organic greens 1 Grapefruit 2 Tbsp Honey 2 Tbsp Mayo 4 Tbsp Rice wine vinegar 4 Tbsp Pear puree

Pan sear scallops, then put in oven at 350˚until bacon is crispy

Toss organic greens, julienne pear, and grapefruit, arrange on plate

Place vinegar, mayo, puree, and honey in mixing bowl and whisk to combine

Place cooked scallops on salad

Dress with vinaigrette


Sauté bell pepper and scallions with garlic in butter until soft

Process crackers to consistency of kosher salt

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Place cooked peppers, scallions in mixing bowl, add cracker crumbs and combine

Add egg, mayo, mustard, and old bay, fold together

Gently fold in the Dungeness crabmeat

Chill for 1 hour

Form into 2 oz cakes

Pan sear in hot oil, flip and finish in 350 degree oven

Serve with cilantro, and tartar/relish

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

2 Red bell peppers (diced) 6 Stalks scallions 1 Pinch Garlic 1 Tbsp Butter 15 Table crackers 1 Tbsp Mayo 1 Tbsp Old Bay Spice 1 Egg 1 lb Dungeness crab

Next, he processed green and red bell peppers through a spiral cutter to garnish the Dungeness crab cakes, made with crab from Port Townsend and served on a bed of cilantro with a tasty rémoulade. The spiral cutter proved to be the gadget of the night, as many guests admired the delicate pepper slices and looked forward to purchasing the tool for their home kitchens. Buholz reminded guests that crab becomes saltier in the fall as seawater grows colder, which is something to keep in mind when seasoning the recipe at home. He also pointed out that the lemon slice was not just for garnish, but invited guests to squeeze the juice over the cake to brighten the flavors. Several guests mentioned the dish was so good that Buholz had succeeded in ruining them on crab cakes. The main course featured impressive cuts of Wagyu ribeye roast, which is a close relative of Japan’s famous Kobe beef and is known for its marbling and intense flavor. He served the steaks medium-rare with a delectable

ENTRÉE WAGYU RIBEYE The Steak 1. 8 oz Wagyu rib steak per person 2. Pinch salt and pepper The Garlic Mash 3. 5 Yukon gold potatoes 4. 2 Tbsp Minced garlic 5. 3 Tbsp Butter 6. 2 C Heavy cream 7. 1 C Shredded Asiago

DESSERT MALBEC POTS DE CRÈME 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

2 C Malbec 6 oz Semisweet chocolate 2 C Hazelnut butter 12 Egg yolks ½ C Sugar 3 C Milk 2 C Cream 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Espresso powder

demi-glaze atop Yukon gold potatoes mashed with garlic and a blend of Asiago, Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano cheeses, along with perfectly cooked asparagus spears and a garnish of crunchy potato frizzle (also made with the spiral cutter). As he prepared the Malbec pots de crème, Buholz drew laughs from the audience when he admitted that working in a pancake house during his early teens left him with an aversion to the smell of maple syrup. He reduced an entire bottle of Malbec to just two tablespoons before blending it with hazelnut butter and chocolate and making the custard. He garnished the dessert with Black Hawaiian sea salt and a Malbec-infused whip cream. Tulip Valley Winery provided the Malbec, which is made from thirty-year-old vines and available in limited production, along with the other delicious wine pairings. This decadent treat was the perfect way to finish an evening of food and fun. 


To taste Kosher salt

The Demi

In a heavy saucepan, add cream, butter,


and garlic

10. 2 tsp Garlic

Reduce to heavy paste

11. 3 C Heavy Veal Stock

Boil potatoes until fork tender

Salt to taste

Drain, and mash with cream reduction

Place red wine, garlic, and veal stock

Add cheese and mix

Salt to taste

Pan sear in 400˚ oven

Place Malbec in saucepan, reduce at slow simmer until only 2 Tbsp remain

Place hazelnut butter, and chocolate in blender cup

Heat sugar, milk, and cream to scald, then temper with egg yolk to form custard (use

2 C Red wine

into heavy saucepan •

Reduce at slow simmer until only ½ C remains. Strain. Salt to taste

double boiler) •

Add custard to blender cup, allow to melt for 2 minutes

Add remaining ingredients, and blend at low speed until smooth and silky

Pour into ramekins and chill for 2 hours

Garnish with sea salt and whipped cream

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about oysters — both local and imported — and reveals a passion for working with this native shellfish. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known in the Pacific Northwest for its extensive wine cellar.   SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Japanese 1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281, Professional Teppan Yaki chefs take you on a journey of delicious and interactive dining at Burlington’s Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and perfect seasonings, they stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast. Choose from steak and chicken to salmon and shrimp; each meal is served with soup, salad, rice and vegetables. If it’s sushi you crave, they also offer a full sushi bar for even the most discriminating taste buds.


The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, fine dining and English pub variety. Try traditional pub selections like shephard’s pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an apricothoney glaze or crab mac and cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with gluten-free dishes, and the option to make any dish gluten free. Of course, a gastropub isn’t complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dining experience with 18 taps of local and European brews. There’s also a fine selection of wines and drink choices.

Chef Alberto Candivi arrives at Il Granaio in downtown every morning to make the day’s pastas by hand, sculpting basic ingredients into the building blocks for lavish, rich Italian dishes served throughout the day. When the ingredients call for a lighter hand, his restaurant also turns out reserved, delicate dishes. Il Granaio is a practice in the intricacies of cuisine, displaying the best flavors Italian food has to offer. With more than 30 items on the entrée menu, the list can be quite daunting. Il Granaio’s dessert menu is just as lush as the entrée menu. The wine menu is expansive, and the beer menu features several local craft brews. Their grappa selection does the Italian cordial the justice it deserves.   THE OYSTER BAR Seafood 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. The cozy restaurant is housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations. According to owner Guy Colbert, 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. The restaurant’s namesake is the draw, and its chef, Justin Gordon, has an abundance of knowledge


1255 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.756.5003 202 E. Holly St. 117, Bellingham 360.318.7655 Bellingham has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants; the trick is to find ones that stand out — like the Black Pearl. With all the available extras, it is almost impossible to get the same flavor twice. The pho is clean and refreshing with a variety of sauces to add as extra seasoning. It comes with a variety of types of meat, including round-eye, brisket and chicken, but vegetarians don’t despair, there’s an option for you, too. One nice feature of the Black Pearl’s menu is that it doesn’t only serve pho. Try the chicken or beef teriyaki, or a noodle bowl. The Black Pearl’s selection of crepes is second to none — everything from classic butter and cinnamon to New York Style Cheesecake with strawberry or raspberry jam.   BLUE FIN SUSHI Japanese


100 E. Montgomery St., Ste. 110, Mount Vernon 360.419.0674,

BLACK PEARL Vietnamese

416 Myrtle St., Mt. Vernon 360.588.4515,

WHATCOM BLACK FOREST STEAKHOUSE German/Steak 1263 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.733.9185 638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.306.8342, Black Forest Steak house offers a versatile dining experience. It’s fancy enough for special occasions, anniversaries and graduation celebrations, but it’s also a place you’ll want to go to any day. Black Forest makes its steaks different than most other steakhouses: It broils them in a 1,600-degree oven, leaving the meat tender and flavorful.

102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, At Blue Fin Sushi, fresh sushi is used to create a variety of tasty options like the Tekka roll, which is seaweed, rice and tuna. The waitstaff is friendly and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs at work. Blue Fin also offers a full menu of non-sushi food items. Its version of fish and chips, for example, is a must-try: tempura fried salmon pieces served with sweet potato fries with a creamy wasabi sauce for dipping. Blue Fin Sushi also serves a variety of teriyaki, orange chicken and bento boxes.   CIAO THYME ON THE SIDE CAFE Lunch 207 Unity St., Bellingham 360.927.4890, For those who have experienced Ciao Thyme’s gourmet dinners and cooking classes, the new Ciao Thyme on the Side Café is a welcome addition to the delicious work of Jessica and Mataio Gillis, owners of Ciao Thyme catering. As with everything Ciao Thyme does, ­ingredients are fresh, local and in season. Choose soups, salads and sandwiches a la carte, or create a plate with a selection of all three for a hearty and satisfying lunch.   THE COPPER HOG Gastropub 1327 N. State St., Bellingham 360.927.7888, Gastropubs are known for having pub fare with high-class style and high-class food, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Copper

Hog. You can also find classic pub favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and poutine, as well a less-routine pub grub such as Ramen soup or ahi prepared a variety of ways. The Copper Hog also has a wide variety of beer, including local and organic brews. The menu changes seasonally. You’ll want to go back often so you can enjoy everything the menu has to offer.   D’ANNA’S CAFE ITALIANO Italian 1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, 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.

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FIAMMA BURGER All-natural Burgers 1309 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.733.7374, One word speaks volumes about Fiamma Burger: variety. With six different patty types (including homemade veggie, bison and salmon) and more than 17 menu options, there are endless possibilities for a burger masterpiece. You can even get a “burger in a bowl,” served without the bread. And with extra things to add on like fire-roasted green chiles or a scoop of chili, it could take a long time to find your perfect creation. All burgers are served on a fresh-baked egg bun, with crisp lettuce and all the usual fixings. Spice it up with chipotle ketchup, spicy mustard, or curry mayo, then cool it down with a beer or milkshake.

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FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR Dinner/Bar 416 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.738.1000, Fireside is out to make a name for itself. By using fresh, local ingredients and a menu that changes on an almost daily basis (based on what’s fresh at the market that day), the Fireside has a lot to offer the casual diner and those more focused on detail. The Fireside claims to have the largest “by the glass” wine selection in Bellingham, none of which are served anywhere else in the area. Cocktails are based on in-house infusions of spirits and it’s a collection found only at Fireside. Beer options range from local to obscure to international. The decor in Fireside is welcoming and intimate, with couches and armchairs throughout the lounge.

Northwest fresh cuisine in a comfortable contemporary dining atmosphere.

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THE FORK AT AGATE BAY Eclectic 2530 N. Shore Rd., Bellingham 360.733.1126,

Fireside Martini Bar The Marilyn

As unassuming as they come, The Fork at Agate Bay is a quiet retreat of fine food and wine only a short drive down the east side of Lake Whatcom. Be careful not to be fooled by its quaint exterior; inside you’ll discover a surprisingly upscale atmosphere warmed by a welcoming and rustic charm. Opened in June 2009, it has gained recognition as one of Bellingham’s best restaurants, emerging as a favorite for food connoisseurs. From a simple yet elegant egg breakfast to wild-mushroomstuffed chicken, the menu is a delightful and modern take on the classics. With a full wine bar, an in-house baker and fresh, local ingredients, The Fork at Agate Bay provides a sophisticated twist on Northwest dining.   GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Italian 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood and authentic Italian pastas.   INDIAN FLAVORS RESTAURANT Indian 3930 Meridian St., Ste. 107, Bellingham 360.647.1589,


mooth, sweet and pleasing, the Marilyn's ruby red richness and bright taste evoke its namesake. Made with infused pineapple jalapeno tequila, Bordeaux cherry, TripleSec, cayenne pepper, X-rated liqueur and cranberry juice, the Marilyn is a balanced, sweet but slightly edgy delight. The jalapeno and cayenne rescue the drink from being too cloying,


At Flavor of India all the dishes are rich, delicious and truly feel authentic. Dishes come with your choice of pulao rice or the classic Indian bread naan. Flavor of India offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, all with exquisite and well-developed flavors. There’s also a variety of flavors of naan, including garlic or spinach. For those unsure of what to order, or those who want to try multiple dishes at once, try the lunch buffet.

while the balance of TripleSec and liqueur make it very smooth. Fireside is a wonderful place to savor a great cocktail, and owner and bartender J.D. makes sure every patron is happy. A throwback to the days when bartenders were regarded as serious professionals, J.D. takes his mixology seriously. And it shows in the quality of this fine drink. 

KURU KURU SUSHI Japanese/Sushi 11 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.8224, Kuru Kuru Sushi, which translates to “go around Sushi,” offers not only a good meal, but a good experience. Some of the offerings, like the Dynamite roll, are lightly tempura fried before being put on the conveyor belt to travel around the restaurant to hungry patrons. More traditional, classic sushi, like the raw salmon (which is buttery and delicious) also travels on the belt. A variety of non-fish related faire, like gyoza, egg rolls and desserts also are offered. If you don’t see something you like, the chefs





egular I-5 commuters through Mount Vernon have likely seen the “Winery Coming Soon” sign along the northbound highway. It was an attention grabber for years, promising the imminent arrival of a winery that was curiously slow to open. First the vineyards were planted, then the tasting room and winemaking facility erected. Then suddenly the sign changed to, “Bertelsen Winery Open”. The promising wines produced at this boutique winery are worth the wait. Traveling north or southbound on Interstate Five, take exit 218 and stay on Starbird Road to Bertelsen Winery. The Pinot Gris vineyard, just over an acre, at the entrance to the winery welcomes visitors to a pleasant wine experience. The tasting room and winemaking facilities share space in the newly constructed building. It is a comfortable tasting room that is decidedly contemporary and will easily accommodate about 50 guests, and about 15 at the serpentine wine bar. Large windows line the west wall, and overstuffed furniture awaits guests who want to watch sports on the large wall-mounted flat screen television while they sample wine. Founded by retired orthodontist Richard Bertelsen and managed by his son, Steve, the winery offers wine tasting in two flights consisting of four one-ounce samples. At $8.00 the Young Vines flight is a smart buy for those new to wine tasting or eager to try a wine made from young vines. The Reserve Flight, an $11.00 indulgence, is a short flight of some delightfully wellbalanced wines. As it is a new winery

you can expect most of their first releases to be fairly recent harvests. The 2012 Malbec from Tapteil Vineyard in the Red Mountain appellation is a wonderful wine. This wine has full brambleberry flavors set against mineral notes and heady tannins. The result is a chewy, flavorful wine that lingers without wearing out its welcome. This wine is fairly priced at $32.00, and the tannins offer some assurance that it will cellar nicely for quite some time. Buy it soon because this wine is certain to quickly sell out. At $27 a bottle the 2012 Merlot, sourced from the Walla Walla Valley shows beautifully. Aged for two years in French oak, Bertelsen Winery’s effort is full of raspberry notes and a spicy crabapple nose, with a finish reminiscent of caramel. This wine is good alone, but paired with a nice roast beef or slice of lamb it really shines. Most red wine drinkers have a soft spot for Syrah, a hardy grape loaded with potential. Bertelsen’s $29 a bottle 2012 Columbia Valley Syrah is a fine example of the varietal. Rich black cherry, clove, allspice and vanilla bean flavors cascade over the palate followed by a lush lingering plum finish. Bertelsen’s Winery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 8:00 in the evening, Sundays from noon to 6:00pm, and closed Monday and Tuesday. From a distance the tasting room may look like an odd building set in a big field. Stop in for a visit, sample a flight of wine and enjoy being among the first to discover this winery. For more information visit 

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f you haven’t had the opportunity to try the delectable dishes that Nok’s Thai Cuisine has to offer, then your poor taste buds are being neglected. Reward them by diving into a fanfare of exquisite and well-priced traditional Thai appetizers and entrees, from Tom Yum — a lemongrass and lime leaf broth, perfect for a bitterly cold day, to chewy wide rice noodle Pad Kee Mao, which is stir fried with egg, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, green beans, and fresh basil. Bite into a fresh spring roll — your choice of pork and prawns or tofu, wrapped in a gooey rice pad and stuffed with soft rice noodles, crunchy lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, and cool mint, and dip it into a mellow peanut sauce and full-bodied hoisin sauce. Enjoy sizzling meats paired with aromatic sauces and textured nuts, fruits, vegetables, noodles, and rice. The restaurant’s unique dishes are matched by Nok’s one-of-a-kind décor, as the building retains its vintage diner architecture while adding welcoming decorative touches. Intricately painted life-sized carvings of cheerful women greet you with coy cupid’s bow grins. Gold geometric crown moldings encase the simple eating area and glisten in the evening amidst the lively chatter of satisfied customers buzzing from table to table. Scents of strong, spicy sauces and sweet, alluring lemongrass tease your nostrils upon entering, as overflowing dishes are whisked towards mouth-watering customers from all walks of life. The hardest challenge is narrowing down your order to merely a


few dishes. Nok’s well-loved chef, Sue, has been a community favorite in Bellingham for years, and her keen attention to combining flavors is what brings hungry diners in during prime time. An ultimate comfort dish is found in any of their soothing curries, as each fragrant concoction delicately simmers in creamy coconut milk, Thai basil, and a carefully selected variety of fresh vegetables and spices. Try the green curry — generously filled with refreshing bell peppers, tender carrots, and sautéed zucchini, with a choice of chicken, pork, tofu, beef or prawns. Frothy coconut milk undertones gently serve as a subtle overture to Nok’s spicy, silky homemade chili oil. Drizzle your desired curry over a hearty spoonful of brown or white rice. The fried rice options are savory mounds of goodness, enough to share and have some left over. Chewy clumps of rice have taken on a new flavor altogether, the petite grains fusing with roasted, charred bits of wok spices and crispy strands of juicy onions, corn, peas, bell peppers, and scallions. Give into sweet-tooth cravings and try the rich Curry Fried Rice, spiced with curry powder and enhanced with raisins and plump pineapple chunks.  Nok’s Thai Cuisine 1213 Dupont St., Bellingham 360.746.8642


behind the counter will gladly make something for you.


NORTH FORK BREWERY Brewpub 6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337,


Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof. The brewery produces relatively small batches of beer, 109 gallons, keeping the beer fresh and the options changing. Their staple is the India Pale Ale. The opening taste is a strong citrus flavor, but is quickly dissolved by the aggressive bitterness, making it a quite enjoyable beer to accompany a slice of their homemade pizza. The pizza crust is made fresh daily with a hint of beer. The sauce is well-balanced with tomatoes and spices. Made with fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses, there is nothing not to like about this pizza.

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

SLO-PITCH SPORTS GRILL AND CASINO 3720 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.733.2255, Conveniently located right on Meridian, SloPitch serves up a great burger and fries. With excellent Happy Hour specials in a casual, sports atmosphere, Slo-Pitch is a great place to watch the game or take a mid-day break.


Winter is here, and it’s time to eat well so we can hibernate. Okay, not really, but the steak bites at Poppe’s are just the right amount of meaty goodness to cure the winter blues.

SUPER MARIO’S Salvadorian 3008 N.W. Ave, Bellingham 360.393.4637, Serving fresh, healthy meals with the customer in mind is what Super Mario’s is all about, and it’s the consistent flavor and quality of the food that keeps bringing people back. The veggies are chopped fresh daily, nothing is frozen, and nothing is cooked until it’s ordered. In addition, nothing is deep fried.


Come out of the cold and warm up with the poutine from Copper Hog. Poutine is gravy on fries, a gift from our Canadian brothers and sisters.

TORRE CAFFE Italian 119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 130, Bellingham 360.734.0029 If you want an excellent early morning espresso or a taste of old Italy for lunch or just a mid-afternoon break, Torre Caffe is the place to go. It’s authentic, right down to the co-owners, Pasquale and Louisa Salvatti, who came here from Genoa in 2005. Traditional Italian lunch fare (soups, salads, paninis and lunchsized entrees) is made daily with the freshest ingredients. Louisa’s soups are near legendary. Go early, go often. Your tastebuds will thank you.



Need a good lunch without feeling stuffed? Try the chicken parmigiana at Guiseppe’s Al Porto. Crisp and golden.


The waffle fries at Slo-Pitch makes for some seriously good snackin’. Best with a good stout.


The wild salmon potato cakes at The Table are incredible. Best with a crisp white wine.


The French Toast at Harris Cafe is mouthwatering and warming on a cold morning.

The reuben sandwich at The Horseshoe (we aren’t kidding) is one of the best in town.

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Ballet Bellingham: The Nutcracker DECEMBER 6, 2014 7:30 p.m. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial Street 360.734.6080,


his annual holiday classic transports audience members on a enchanted journey with the Nutcracker Prince and Clara, in the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Experience the battle against the Rat King, the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and gorgeous costumes and dances from around the world. Performed by students and local Bellingham dancers, this piece will become a part of a holiday tradition. 

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A Seattle native, Shaprece’s music is a mix of electronic to orchestral sounds. She has been working on a new album for most of 2013 and 2014. Some wellknown artists involved in the project are P!nk and Florence + The Machine. Beat Connection originated at UW in 2008. They take their name from an LCD Soundsystem song, and have created an indie pop and electronic genre.

This holiday tradition of seasonal song favorites features the The Bellingham Children’s Choir and the Mount Baker Toppers, a men’s a cappella group. The Bellingham Children’s choir is under the direction of Doug Broersma and the Mount Baker Toppers are led by David Post. The Mount Baker Toppers are based in Bellingham, and they perform a variety of genres, including doo-wop, gospel, barbershop and pop. Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial Street 360.734.6080, MOUNT BAKER YOUTH SYMPHONY HOLIDAY CONCERT MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014, 7 P.M.

The Mount Baker Youth Symphony, under the artistic direction of Sharyn Peterson, will play a program of holiday favorites. For those interested, membership in the MBYS is open to students up to the age of 21. Auditions are by appointment. Leopold Ballroom 1224 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham 360.733.3500, 106

DECEMBER 5, 2014

The Wild Buffalo House of Music 208 W. Holly Street, Bellingham 360.746.8733, JENNIFER SCOTT TRIO, BOUNDARY BAY JAZZ JAM DECEMBER 2, 2014 8:30 TO 11 P.M.

Enjoy one of Boundary Bay Brewery’s fine beers while listening to jazz on the first Tuesday of the month. The trio plays the first set, and then opens up the other sets to other players to play with the group. Free! Boundary Bay Brewery 1107 Railroad Avenue 360.650.1066, BROWN BAG: HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT DECEMBER 18, 2014 12:30 P.M.

Musician Scot Ranney explores common holiday classics in different musical genres, giving Christmas a new flair.

Ranney is a local Bellingham musician who teaches, records, composes and performs. The admission is a $3 suggested donation. Old City Hall 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham 360.778.8930, THE ATLANTICS DECEMBER 20, 8:30 P.M.

The Edison always keeps things hoppin’ and this concert will be no exception. Grab your friends and enjoy a night of fun and funky music from local favorites, The Atlantics. The Old Edison 5829 Cains Court, Bow 360.766.6266,


Professionals from the Bellingham Storytellers Guild will perform, offering a free hour of instruction before they spin their yarns. Dedicated to the oral tradition, the Storytellers perform at venues and events all over Whatcom County. Though they do not allow for open mic, they do encourage budding storytellers to sign up for events. Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room, 1117 12th street 360.778.7188,



Enjoy a day in historic Fairhaven for a festive getaway, including horse-drawn carriage ride from the Fairhaven Village Inn and a visit with Santa for the little ones. Shopping, dining and trail excursions are also available as a fun side trip. Fairhaven Village Inn 1200 10th Street, Bellingham 360.733.1311,


A gathering of 42 Northwest artists, Accreted Terrane is an exploration of interpretations of science and the natural world. Curated by David Francis, the show includes many large installations and sculptures as well as paintings and videography. Museum of Northwest Art 121 1st St., La Conner ANNUAL HISTORY HOLIDAY OPEN MIC DECEMBER 11, 2014 7:30 TO 9:30 P.M.

Enjoy a night of holiday refreshments and history. Learn about Whatcom County Christmases of yore, like the World’s Tallest Christmas Tree and the OF THE

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Out of Town

Great Blizzard of 1950. Sponsored by the Whatcom County Historical Society.



Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street 360.778.8930,




Gaches Mansion gets decked out in traditional Victorian style, complete with complimentary hot cider on the weekends. Quilts from the permanent collection will be on display in bright holiday colors. La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum 703 South Second St., La Conner 360.466.4288,


No partner, kilt or experience needed, beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome to come learn at this event. The first half hour is for beginners, and softsoled shoes or slippers are recommended. Learn a new skill and meet new people.


The Yogoman Burning Band is known for the way they delight young and old with their classic tunes and catchy rhythms. They’ll be performing a kidfriendly concert. Bring a toddler (we have some you can borrow) and head on down for some booty-wagging fun. Green Frog Tavern 1015 North State St., Bellingham 35TH ANNUAL ALLIED ARTS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 14 TO DECEMBER 24, 2014

This five-week long festival includes work by more than 100 local artists. Festival-goers can peruse the paintings, wearable art, specialty foods, repurposed art, jewelry and other handmade products. The festival also includes artist demonstrations, workshops, music and is family-friendly. Support local artists and get holiday shopping done all at once!


This classic follows the story of Mary Poppins and her magic umbrella and makes you feel like a kid again! Fly over the rooftops of London and experience the unforgettable songs such as “A spoonful of sugar,” and “Supercalifragiliticexpialidocious.” Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 604.687.1644,


4145 Meridian Street 360.676.8548,

The Seattle Symphony opens this concert with classical music from their repertoire, followed by a countdown to midnight and a live band, as well as dancing and a toast. The Symphony will be performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 in D Major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor.



Benaroya Hall 200 University Street, Seattle 206.215.4800



This popular show blends together music, storytelling, dance and song to create a holiday show. The performers dance to various Christmas classics, and the show includes versions of Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, this show will refresh the mind and send audience members home with a smile.

DECEMBER 13, 2014 7:30 P.M.

DECEMBER 5, 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. & DECEMBER 6, 12 P.M. TO 4 P.M. AND 5:30 TO 9:30 P.M.

The grownup Nutcracker performed under the art direction of John Bishop is sure to bring the magic of the holidays to the MBT. Technical effects, professional seamstresses and beautiful scenery contribute to making this one of the best performances of the Nutcracker in our area.

Sponsored by the Washington’s Brewer’s Guild, the biggest party of the holiday season will open in Magnuson Park in Sand Point neighborhood in Seattle. The festival includes stouts winter warmers and barrel gems. Admission includes a 5-ounce beer tasting cup.

Mount Baker Theatre 104 N. Commercial Street 360.734.6080,

Hanger 30 at Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Fairhaven Library 1117 12th Street, Bellingham

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$39, $34 & $29, $15 youth/student Born in Seoul, Korea and educated at the Juilliard in New York City, the members of the Ahn Trio are constantly redefining the art and architecture of chamber music.








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$29, $24 & $19, $15 youth/student Martha Redbone’s music is a mix of rhythm and blues and soul music influences, fused with elements of traditional Native American music.


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$44, $39 & $34, $15 youth/student After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking In Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters.

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Best of the Northwest Party 2014 We had a wonderful night celebrating our Best of the Northwest winners at the Lakeway Best Western Inn & Conference Center. Our friends, advertisers and winners enjoyed appetizers and treats from local vendors, a live d.j. and great conversation. The best part? We get to do this every year! Thank you for all of you for joining us and making the party — and our magazines — successful. A special thank you to our sponsors The Lakeway Inn & Conference Center, Dry Fly, Wilson Motors and Overhead Door Bellingham.


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Final Word

Forgiving The Unforgiven WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG


s a young boy, age 5 or 6, I used to play in the woods where Sunset Place is today. The soil was mostly clay and the clay would stick to my PF Flyers — the further that I walked, the longer that I played, the heavier the build-up of clay. Eventually, the burden became more work than joy and I would head home along James Street. I was literally an inch or two taller as I walked home because I did not think to knock the clay from the bottom of my shoes. Life is no different sometimes. I asked two questions over dessert at recent dinner party — what do you wish you were forgiven for in your life that you have not been forgiven for, and who have you not forgiven for something that you should? Conversations around the table stopped; couples began to fidget; eyes darted from side-to-side. Clearly, the questions laid bare private thoughts and unspoken emotions that are seldom expressed out loud and perhaps never shared. I briefly thought to myself “What have I done?” But the social awkwardness caused by the stunned silence was quickly filled with some amazing exchanges — I had struck a chord, a good chord on an important topic, one that my close friends openly embraced. A few were confident enough in themselves to share their failings in life, such as behavior that led to divorces, or poor parenting decisions that damaged their relationships with their children, or repercussions from substance abuse challenges. Most were reluctant to share, but their body language made clear the conversation was personal to them. Their silence did not protect them from the obvious. Over the course of the evening, our discussion was equal parts painful and hopeful, and frankly, it brought us closer together as friends, as each of us there — all age 50 and over — came to better appreciate that we were all carrying the heavy burden of life’s accumulation of clay on our feet. I was especially intrigued by the role that religious or spiritual faith played, or more accurately, did not play in their deeply-held need for forgiveness. For those of faith, their Savior’s forgiveness was not enough to completely shake the clay from their feet — they wanted forgiveness from those that 112

they wronged. Most believed that they were worthy of being forgiven and had earned the right over time to be forgiven, but for whatever reason, those holding the keys to being forgiven simply refused. Ironically, many had an “excuse” for why the lack of forgiveness was no longer their “fault.” Being the mildly irritating provocateur that I am, my immediate retort came in the form of a challenge and the reiteration of my second question: “If you ask for forgiveness, you must be willing to give forgiveness. Who have you not forgiven that you should and why haven’t you?” When the choking and coughing subsided, I heard such justifications as “some wrongs cannot and should not be forgiven,” and “some don’t know they did anything wrong.” All were fair points, of course, but these types of responses are the exception for most of us, not the rule, and often serve as avoidance mechanisms at best. If we are honest with ourselves, we know better. Each of us holds the power of forgiveness in our hands over someone — someone who needs to be forgiven whether deserved or not. And yet, our unwillingness to forgive due to anger, or bitterness, or just plain inertia, can be just as poisonous to our happiness as the constant ache of our need to be forgiven for our own transgressions in life. Both leave an unhealthy residue on the soul. A dinner party may be an unlikely place to provide a teachable moment, but thanks to some close friends, it was for me. I came away resolved to take the first step, to be the bigger person, and to not ask for something that I am not willing to give myself. My holiday wish for our readers is that each of us use the holidays as an opportunity to kick the clay from our feet. Unburden yourself and set yourself free, without expectation, by forgiving those in your life who are worthy of forgiveness, and especially those who may not. It may be the best present that you could give them — and yourself. Happy holidays, everyone. BTW, if I should ever invite you to dinner, feel free to politely decline. You won’t hurt my feelings. 

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