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Jim Stegall & David Hopkins
Featured Home Chuckanut Contemporary
By the Numbers
Remodel Mastering the Mess
Calendar April & May
In the Know Local James Beard Award Nominees
Soil, Toil, & Bloom
Wonder Woman Jenni Cottrell
Partners in Play: Linking the Generations
In the Know Old School Trailer Works
Thinking Locally, Eating Globally
In the Know Squalicum Park Reopens
In the Know Trampoline Zone
Community Twofiftyflora & Lydia Place
Martini Fest 2015
Meet the Chef 5th Street Bistro of the Majestic Inn & Spa
Mixing Tin Sangria
Five Faves Native Blooms
Review Infusion Cuisine
Spotlight Artist Darrell Hillaire
Seven Great Tastes
Travel Sun Valley, Idaho
Featured Event Northwest Women’s Expo 2015
Around Town Historic Fairhaven Festival
Necessities Love Letters
Out of Town Eat! Vancouver
Around the Sound Brooks Running
The Scene Oscar Party at the Pickford
Savvy Shopper The Garden Room
Beauty Boho Chic
Letters to the Editor
Trail Profile Fragrance Lake
Meet a Staffer Babette Vickers
Races & Runs
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“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.” Naomi Shahib Nye
t is so like my mother to leave us in the coldest week of late winter, so cold the holy water froze graveside. Because she knew what we wouldn’t be able to recall in that dark, cold moment — spring was afoot, stirring deep in the earth, the sun beginning its slow climb back to us. She knew that those last sad few weeks of winter would shed, and we’d turn to the sun again. She knew we’d need spring in the shadow of losing her. And, sure enough, the sun is dragging me back out into the budding and blooming of March, forcing me into its light on lunch breaks and evening walks. Birdsong greets me after I shake the sadness of waking into a world without my mother. The birds’ cheerful pairing and nest-building, their wild industry outside is intense and fervid. So, with a heavy heart, I welcome spring. The intergenerational experiences in Partners in Play are also personal to me. My daughter began at the new Generations Early Learning and Family Center in Fairhaven (formerly St. Francis). Her tiny, sweaty, sticky hands form play-doh and make drawings along those of the residents at Summit and Mt. Baker. There are echoes of her playtime
with my mother in these moments, and reminders of both my parents’ love for Cora. We’re also exploring the world in this issue through the international culinary offerings we have in Whatcom and Skagit. I’m grateful to the owners of Wasabee Sushi for letting Diane Padys and me take up space and time to photograph their beautiful, jewel-like food for our cover. In addition to global delights, we bring you lush, beautiful gardens, because yes, it’s time to celebrate blooms and beauty. Arlene Mantha also brings us into the garden for another purpose — to feed the women and children of Lydia Place. Her Chef in the Garden project is beautiful, and also in the spirit of my mother, who shaped her life around helping those in need. The Spotlight Artist this issue is someone I have admired personally and professionally for many years. Darrell Hillaire is a visionary with a poet’s soul, and it’s an honor to include him in this magazine. He and my mother and I spent a wonderful afternoon with his Aunt Fran, a celebrated Lummi Elder. Mom and Fran were the same age, and though they are both gone now, I think of them together, comparing their very different childhoods with compassion and understanding. Sweet and wonderful Bill James was also there, and he and I will have to figure out how to keep these remarkable women alive through stories and memories. I am grateful to Darrell for spending time with me and letting me share some of my memories of mom with him as we discussed his visions for the future. Although it is a sad time for me, this issue is a celebration — of sharing global experiences through food, of taking the hand of a little one and guiding them through the thickets and thorns of life with love, of cultivating the soil to bring the beauty of nature to us, and of all the renewal we can muster after a dark winter. Cheers,
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. lovebeautybellingham.com p. 45
Zacchoreli Frescobadli-Grimaldi Zacchoreli grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and has lived in Bellingham with his partner of 17 years and their two zany dogs. He is a Cordon Bleu Chef, has a master’s degree in English Studies from Western Washington University, and is a grant writer for a non-profit organization. He and his partner enjoy wine, traveling and anything that has to do with the culinary arts. p. 91
Arlené Mantha Third generation baker, and professionally trained pastry chef from Los Angeles, CA. Arlené has taught classes for Bellingham Alive’s ‘Meet The Chef’ series as well as the Bellingham Gluten Information Group. Her passion for comfort food and modern aesthetic has manifested itself in her restaurant Twofiftyflora. p. 26
Kathryn Kozowski A Pacific Northwest native, Kathryn has lived in Bellingham for the past seven years, a place she loves to call home. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in English Literature, and is happy to be fulfilling her dream of writing for a magazine. Her passions include reading delightful books, nature photography, long-distance running, eating delicious food, and drinking good beer. p. 47
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Seeing the world in a whole new way WRITTEN BY JILL TWIST
nspirational doesn’t begin to describe local resident Jim Stegall, who, at 85 and in company with his guide dog Emilio, celebrates the 20th anniversary of his almost four-month, 12,000mile trip through South America. By the time he set off, Stegall and his 70-year old travel partner, David Hopkins, were both legally blind and eager to see what the world had to offer. What Stegall discovered, and continues to rediscover every day, is that the most challenging parts of an adventure are the parts most worth remembering. Reminiscing, Stegall said, “I’m so glad that trip is there for me to relive.” And what a trip it was. He and Hopkins traveled by train, bus, car, cargo ship, and plane. They saw things with their limited vision that full-sighted tourists would never have seen: they rode on top of a boxcar train, stayed at the top of Machu Picchu, ate guinea pig, saw armed men patrol the streets of Bolivia during a city-wide strike, and visited a waterfall-filled national park in Argentina and Brazil that made Niagara Falls look like a sprinkler. Remarking about an Indian market in La Paz, Stegall summed up his trip: “It sounds like absolute chaos, and it was.” continued on page 22 …
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But in spite of the chaos and the challenges — age, tunnel vision, altitude sickness, language barriers — Stegall and Hopkins kept traveling, and kept writing home with updates. And over the course of their trip, these updates helped garner support and raise $8,500 from donations back home for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. “We knew there’d be tough days,” Stegall said, “but this was motivation to keep our feet moving south.” Over the years, Stegall has been motivated to travel in all directions, not just south. He’s gone east to Europe and north to Alaska, across his home state of California and well into neighboring states. And no matter where he went, he kept his feet moving — a trait he’d had since childhood. From the late 1930s, Stegall and his sister, Lee Sturdivant, performed as tap dancers on the Orpheum and Paramount Circuit during the final gasp of vaudeville. “A lot of things were thrown at us then,” Stegall recalled, “and we had to learn to deal with it.” Another thing he had to deal with since childhood was night blindness, which Stegall was told he would grow out of. And even while his night blindness persisted and his peripheral vision weakened, he continued to overcome challenges. Stegall was drafted into the army and served during the Korean War. Upon his return, he established himself professionally as a top salesman of construction equipment. Stegall attributes his perseverance to his unorthodox mentality. “You can’t play your cards like everyone else when your cards are different. You’ve got to design a new game and a new way of playing.” It was this mentality that got Stegall through a pivotal period, after he was declared legally blind, after he surrendered his driver’s license, and after he gave up his drivingdependent sales career. When he realized that his anger would take him nowhere, Stegall moved on. There was no brilliant thought to spur his forward momentum. Instead, he said, “I exhausted myself banging my head against the wall, and realized the only thing beginning to soften up was my head.” Taking a counselor’s suggestion, Stegall joined — and eventually facilitated — support groups where people could talk through their problems. Only later did he realize all that he gained through these groups. “I evaluated myself. I saw myself from different perspectives.” Though his vision had failed him, his broadening perspective helped him to do and see things that were out of the ordinary. Doing what he did best, Stegall reinvented himself once again. First he spent seven years helping grow his sister’s beachfront clothing store into an enterprise with 100 employees and a window display at Macy’s on 5th Avenue. Then Stegall persisted for months until the private school he’d targeted finally hired him. And he continued to persist and sell and grow the school for 13 years until the newly hired president pushed him out — after which he persisted in filing and winning a lawsuit. Through it all, Stegall has faced endless challenges — from blindness to prejudice to introspection and self-reinvention. Among his many sources of support, he credits travel as 22 NorthSoundLife.com
broadening his outlook. “Traveling without an itinerary [in South America] was the only way we wanted to do it. Why be afraid of the unknown, why be afraid of the [challenging] events? They find you whether you have an itinerary or not.” Though it’s been two years since Stegall completely lost his vision, his outlook is as clear and strong as ever. “I think of myself as being very lucky. Since I was 50 years old,” which was a decade after he was declared legally blind, “I’ve really understood how lucky I’ve been.”
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he prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards are coveted by chefs and restaurants all over the United States. As is typical in culinary culture, the big cities — Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco — sop up a lot of the attention and glamour. But two locals here in the Northwest have made it to the semifinals. Blaine Wetzel of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island won the Beard Rising Star award last year, and is nominated this year for Best Chef (Northwest). The San Juan Islands produced another semifinalist, Jay Blackinton of Hogstone Wood Oven on Orcas. Forager, farmer, fisherman, and, yes, chef, Blaine Wetzel got his start in Arizona. Dedicated and professional, Wetzel’s fine craftsmanship allow him to create amazing dishes like venison tartare and birch bark tea. A regular among Beard semifinalists, his presence again this year is a testament to his enduring ability to elevate food into an artful culinary experience. Blackinton grew up in Tacoma and moved to Orcas for a respite from city life. He partnered with John Steward, founder of Maple Rock Farm, and became a farmer. They opened Hogstone Wood Oven together. The pizzas at Hogstone are a serious step up from the usual, and are made entirely from farmed and foraged ingredients. We’re fortunate to have so much culinary talent in our area, and we congratulate our locals on their nominations. The finalists will be announced March 24 at the James Beard House in New York, and the gala and awards will be at the Lyric Opera in Chicago on May 4.
enni Cottrell believes in pooling resources and bringing together a community around the beauty and power of art. To illustrate this point, she tells a story about when she was with a friend at an auction in Alaska they saw a painting they loved. The auction was to benefit the town’s new public library, and Cottrell really wanted to see that painting in the new library. “We just started approaching people at the auction and collecting money for a bid.” Cottrell and her friend set a limit, and began bidding with the commitments they had collected. A man across the room bid against them, and they worried they would lose. But they won — and when they told the man that the painting was going to be in the library for everyone to enjoy, he was thrilled. A few years ago, it occurred to Cottrell that the walls of shelters and nonprofit centers are often devoid of original artwork. Artists can’t afford to donate paintings, and nonprofits can’t afford to buy them. Cottrell began pooling money in Bellingham for the purchase of artworks for Lydia Place, the Sean Humphrey House, Dorothy Place, and other nonprofit centers. Under the name Group Art Purchase, Cottrell’s
group donations have purchased works by Fishboy and Tom Wood (from their collaboration WoodFish), Sharon Kingston, Nancy Canyon, and many other prominent local artists. “All the money I collect goes straight to the artists.” She organizes completely without a computer, and believes strongly in personal contact. “I feel grateful to live in this community. We have so much to be proud of.” Her organizational skills don’t end with Group Art Purchase. Cottrell also gathered painter-poets into a visionary show at the Firehouse Theater called Whatcom Women Words and Works. Poet-painters Judy Kleinberg, Sheila Sondik, Nancy Canyon, and Anita K. Boyle displayed their works and read their poems. Cottrell also organized the Fairhaven Art Block Party last year. She is a member of the Bellingham Arts Commission and worked through the city process to get an original Shirley Erickson sculpture installed at the Fairhaven Library. A poet and jewelrymaker herself, Cottrell is a modest person, someone who works outside ego and accomplishment, to do the necessary hard work of bringing artists and buyers together for a good cause. April | May 201523
Old School Trailer Works WRITTEN BY KATHRYN KOZOWSKI
hat's old is new again in entertaining, and the new interest in vintage culture brings with it the welcome return of the Airstream. With four businesses under her belt, Angi Soulier is a driven entrepreneur when it comes to pursuing new and creative ventures. Three years ago she and her husband, Jim Soulier, came up with the fabulous idea to remodel old trailers, give them a vintage retro vibe, and rent them out to local adventurers who prefer to camp in style. Angi claims she has always been a fan of the vintage look, and believes there is no better way to remodel antiquated trailers than with retro colors and an interior décor that embraces 1960s style. They currently have a fleet of six trailers. Pay a refundable deposit, sign a contract, and the Souliers will deliver the trailer to you, going so far as to transport it straight to your camp site so novices don’t have to worry over maneuvering the trailer on their own. They are stocked 24 NorthSoundLife.com
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with all the necessary amenities, perfectly prepared to accompany you on a trek across the country or a weekend camping trip to Mt. Baker. The overwhelming success of these camping trailers led the Souliers to try their hand at another business venture: a luxury Airstream bar, which looks just as fabulous as it sounds. Their latest addition to the fleet is Revelry, a seventeen-foot Airstream that is equipped with a bar, kitchen, wrap-around couch, and flat screen television. With its glamorous interior, Revelry adds some stylish, sophisticated flare to special events such as weddings and business meetings. To contact the Souliers to reserve one of their trailers for your next outdoor adventure or special occasion, you can visit their website at oldschooltrailerworks.com. With their warm and inviting nature, they are an absolute joy to work with and a promising local business to support.
Bellingham’s Newest Park
fter years of planning, the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department proudly unveiled the new Squalicum Park playground, basketball courts, picnic shelter, and restrooms. Since the park’s re-opening in late January, the zipline in the playground has been a county-wide hit with kids. The park also brings with it pedestrian enhancements to Squalicum Parkway, including a new flashing crosswalk. New walkways, fresh grass, trail enhancements, and new playing fields are all part of the next phase, which will open this spring. The project lead for the city was Jonathan Schilk. Many community businesses participated in the landscape and architectural design, including landscape architect David Droll, RMC Architects, Geoengineers, Sparling Electrical, and Reichardt and Ebe Civil Engineering. The project was funded through the Greenways III levy and park impact fees.
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n 2013 Rajiv Malhan built his first Trampoline Zone in Eugene, Oregon. By mid-2014 he had already opened another in Oregon and two in Washington. Each of these Zones was built for the purpose of being sold to a third party, and Malhan showed no interest in becoming a business owner. He began to reevaluate this decision in 2014, debating if running his own company was a commitment he was willing to make. “I saw a lot of kids with smiling faces and everyone was having fun,” Malhan said. The Zone’s ability to turn daily exercise into a fun and stressrelieving pastime is a large part of why it’s been so successful. There's another key to Malhan's success — rain. Anyone who has had to host a winter birthday in the Pacific Northwest knows that rain and cold can ruin outdoor plans. The trampoline zone offers many activities, including a ninja course, foam pits, a dodgeball court, slamball hoops to practice dunking, a kid zone, rope ladder, slackline, and freejumping areas for practicing flips and other tricks. They are also assembling
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Comfort Foods WRITTEN BY ARLENÉ MANTHA | PHOTGRAPHED BY DANEA HENDRICKSON
hen I think of food, I think of the various elegant, modern food photographs I see on Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites. Or I think of the carefully plated dishes we make at the restaurant. I get an image of a bright garden fresh beet on a white plate with color, texture and an unusual pairing. I think about that berry smoothie I made for my family this morning that did not have enough banana for the perfect sweetness, or the “right kind” of protein powder. Admittedly I acknowledge that I have the luxury to choose what I eat — a luxury that not all people have. And I hate that. How then do we bring these two worlds together — the nurturing abundance of food and the struggle for basic needs — for hungry families and individuals? There is an organization that meets these needs — Lydia Place. Lydia Place is a women’s and children’s shelter. In addition to providing temporary housing, the staff and volunteers have created a safe place where women and children can catch their breath, grow, and thrive through providing education, co-living arrangements for them and their kiddos. And they have a gem of a garden. Being a chef and a passionate about freshness, my Twofiftyflora team and I were invited to Lydia Place to create an event in the new edible food garden on their property. A garden where mature apple trees stand tall, kale, chard, and other hardy greens shoot up from the ground, heirloom tomatoes burst, rows of peppers, and mounds of herbs hunker down in quirky beds and containers, lining the surrounding main house. The garden signifies a good wholesome life. 26 NorthSoundLife.com
When I first approached the garden, I felt a smile so big on my face, and it stayed with me all the while we prepared a three-course meal in three hours. The women there are beautiful. Some seemed very leery. While my small staff and I came on-site to begin our preparation, a few women stood back suspiciously and watched us set up tables, pots, and pans and gave us a very wide berth. Others jumped in right away and offered to help as much as possible. With such a wide range of circumstances and varying personalities, these women in transition were obviously all very different. But the one thing that they all had in common was that none of these women aspired to be there. I could see that on their faces. Once the soup began to scald, the women and children began to gather around. Some of the women had never eaten food fresh from a garden, and others had a long history with victory gardens that their mothers had grown. The stories began to pour out just as the onions began to sweat, and the aroma of garlic arose for braising the rainbow chard. Blankets and chairs were set out and grills were fired. We were finally all together and present and participating. We made simple soups, because simple is the best way to showcase fresh vegetables. The freshness comes through when we complement nature, not mask it by over-seasoning things. We made roasted rosemary apples and pizza on the grill. One little guy around the age of five really wants to be a chef when he grows up. He asked to prep and chop and did it all with sparkly fervor. After each direction that I gave him, he responded, “Yes Chef!” Everybody got to make their own creations. Everybody was dignified.
In the Know
WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT
April is National Poetry Month, and we welcome you to join us in celebrating two local poets. We know you’ll find their books inspired and inspiring.
Post Subject, A Fable by Oliver de la Paz 104 pages University Of Akron Press, 2014
“What little monsters you have made. They favor you. They draw your praise.” In his enigmatic work, De la Paz has created a series of poems are addressed simply Dear Empire. The landscape of this collection is one of boardwalks and canyons, interstates and meadows, all sliding toward decay. Beautifully structured alphabetically with headings that read Atoll, Ledger, and Zoo, De la Paz catalogues the prosaic with the charged subjects of slaves, rebels, refugees, creating a tense and mysterious world in which exploration is fraught with pain and aches, but, ultimately, leads to beauty.
April 11, 2015 Thor Hanson Reading & Presentation Village Books 1200 11th St., Bellingham Villagebooks.com
Headwaters by Saul Weisberg
Inspired by the landscape around him, North Cascades Institute founder and Executive Director Saul Weisberg has published a collection of poetry that echoes the work of Gary Snyder, Mary Oliver, and other nature poets. His work captures the expanse of awe-inspiring wilderness in perfect, distinct moments. Exploring the connections between man and nature, Weisberg’s work is both contemplative and celebratory. He will be reading from Headwaters at Village Books on April 18 at 7 p.m.
Conservation biologist and author Hanson will read from and present The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History. A great storyteller as well as a biologist, Hanson is entertaining and engaging. This is sure to be an excellent event.
April 16, 2015 Audrey DeLella and Joseph Gaydos Village Books 1200 11th St., Bellingham Villagebookscom DeLella and Gaydos present their lush photographic journey The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest. DeLella is a biologist and environmental advocate, and Gaydos is the Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, a group that is focused on the health and culture of the Salish Sea.
Who Knew? Collecting Histories In 1945, a woman named Erma Gunther published the Ethnobotany of Western Washington. It is a huge survey of tribal elders of the Coast Salish nations focused on the plants they and their elders used, and how the plants were harvested and processed. She discovered that more than 150 species of plants were used by the Coast Salish people.
Lummi Traditions The Lummi Traditional Food Project has helped 25 families in the Lummi Nation since 2010. Families receive a weekly CSA box of seasonal produce, participate in monthly cooking classes, share recipes, and create fellowship by cooking together. Data is gathered on the use of traditional foods, usual and accustomed resource sites, meals for special occasions, etc.
Local Healing Plants The helpful folks at Wildroot Botanicals supply Whatcom area retail outlets and markets with culinary and medicinal herbs like basil, fennel, goldenseal, slippery elm, rosemary, trillium, and white sage. They also sell — and encourage the cultivation of — native plants and herbs. They teach workshops in creating natural remedies and using culinary herbs in the spring.
Oldie but Goodies The Canyon Lake Community Forest just off the Mount Baker Highway is a local old growth forest just 20 minutes from Bellingham. A 600-acre portion of the site is permanently protected from logging, and some of the trees are 800-1000 years old. The park is a result of a partnership between the Whatcom Land Trust and the Paul Allen Forest Protection Foundation.
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LIFESTYLE Five Faves
Western Red Columbine (AQUILEGIA FORMOSA) These lovely star-like blooms bob on delicate stems among lacy foliage. Running counter to the claim that native plants arenâ€™t showy, a patch of these in any landscape will catch the eye.
FIVE NATIVE FAVES
Wild Mock Orange (PHILADELPHUS LEWISII)
Collected by Lewis and Clark on their voyage west and named by botanist Linneaus, the mock orange is a fragrant, bright flowering shrub. The name is indirectly related to the name of the city.
Pacific Dogwood (CORNUS NUTTALLII)
A small tree, the Pacific Dogwood has showy white flowers with distinctive dark centers. A harbinger of spring, dogwoods grow in tended beds as well as rocky slopes. Pigeons, quail, waxwings, thrushes and other birds feast on the bright, bitter berries.
Woolly Sunflower (ERIOPHYLLUM LANATUM)
First collected by Lewis and Clark on the banks of the Clearwater River in Idaho, this showy, bright native plant was used in traditional Native American medicine and rituals. The Skagit used the leaves as a balm on irritated skin, the Chehalis used the flowers as a love charm, and the Miwok tribe used the plant for topical pain relief. Pretty and sunny, this plant is perfect for borders.
You don’t have to get dirty to enjoy camping... Mukilteo is a Native American way of saying “Good Camping Ground.” Lighthouse Park
Bleeding Heart (DICENTRA SPECTABILIS)
This distinctive flower is a row of blooms along a stem in a range of pink and red hues. Hardy and deer-resistant, this flower outlasts many of your landscape varieties. They like partial to fullshade and bloom in spring and fall.
Souvenir MUK gear
One night Mukilteo hotel packages include: • Private Tour of the Lighthouse (must be pre-arranged) • Bundle of logs & makings for s’mores • $50 gift card to Diamond Knot Alehouse or Ivar’s Mukilteo • Hoody sweatshirt or two t-shirts • MUK water bottle
Staybridge Suites • TownePlace Suites by Marriott • Silver Cloud Inn
Book online now at: www.mukilteo.org/mukstyle
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LIFESTYLE Spotlight Artist
Darrell Hillaire and Setting Suns Productions WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT
t seems reductive to call Darrell Hillaire a playwright, given how much work he has done in his life on behalf of the Lummi Nation, and for Lummi youth in particular. Darrell has served as a coach, mentor, teacher, and leader for the Lummi Nation for more than twenty years. He has served on community boards, on the Lummi Indian Business Council, and as Chair of the Lummi Nation. He founded the visionary Lummi Youth Academy in 2008. His great-grandfather is featured in almost every important photograph of the Lummi from the 1920s. In recent years, Hillaire discovered the power of writing and producing plays, and now his life has opened a whole new and unexpected act. Though he is still passionate about educating Lummi Youth, he has chosen an additional classroom — the stage. History to the Coast Salish tribes is always living, always breathing. It is not a dusty corner of the past, but among us, with us, in the present. Ancestors, elders, young adults, and children all contribute to society, all play an important role in preserving the past and working toward the future. Hillaire embodies this spirit in his works, which combine traditional stories, news events from the past, and current events in a giant cultural canvas. Hillaire’s audio production Beginnings: A Meditation on Coast Salish Lifeways is based on the book by Jesuit priest and dedicated friend of the tribes, Father Patrick Twohy. A collection of quotes and impressions of Native American culture and life, the book is a remarkable document that speaks to the essence of what it means to be Native American. Hillaire recorded sections of the book with a cast of students from the Lummi Youth Academy, bringing the voices of the book alive. Hillaire and Twohy had been giving readings of the book together, and Hillaire decided to record them. Instead of using their voices, Hillaire gathered elders and youth and created an entire
audio project from the book. They recorded at Bob Ridgley’s studio, Binary Recording Studio. Also with Ridgley, Hillaire created an elevenminute animated film titled It’s Good To Be Home. The story of a Lummi youth who returns to Lummi Nation to attend the academy, the film incorporates animation and live-action. A beautiful story of loss and redemption, It’s Good To Be Home also included local talent (and tribal elder) Bill James. But it is Hillaire’s next step as a dramatic artist that shapes his career today. Hillaire returned to the Lummi Indian Business Council a few years ago. “I felt the young council members needed to know about land claims.” In particular, an item called Docket 110, the first decision the LIBC makes every year — they vote to turn down money being held for them in a trust in DC. Why and how that money will remain untouched is the central message of What About Those Promises?, Hillaire’s first major stage production. Calling upon the history of the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855 and the subsequent effects it has had on the Lummi, the play began as a simple document. Hillaire wrote out a long history, and felt it needed more life, more energy. He went to Dennis Cantrell, Robert Mosy and others, and began to write scenes. He had a basic structure, some dialogue, but something was missing. He finished the play, and still felt there was a
narrative hole, a lack of tension. A woman who read the play told him about a similar play called One Hundred Years Ago written in 1955 by a Joe Hillaire. Joe Hillaire was Darrell’s uncle, a prominent Lummi carver and artist. “Joe’s work was poetry. We went with a dramatic presentation of the work he had done, and the play came to life.” A woman who was present at the famous 1974 Bolt decision sat in on the read-throughs to help with advice and direction. Hillaire realized one day he needed to cast her, and Ramona Morris’s brilliant speech at the end of the play never fails to bring down the house. Hillaire’s subsequent play Sonny Sixkiller Buys The Washington Redskins is a more playful look at the history of native culture in the U.S. The play interrogates the Washington Redskins’ decision to retain their name despite tribal objections. “I was in New Orleans for a conference on financial management, and the Redskins name controversy was on all the TVs in the hotel. I asked the bankers around me how much it would cost to buy the Redskins. They crunched some numbers and came up with a figure.” They also determined that such a purchase ($1.7 billion) was within reach if the West Coast tribes formed a syndicate. In the play, legendary NFL player and former UW Husky Sonny Sixkiller decides to buy the team. He seeks the counsel of his elders, consults with his tribal council, and goes ahead with the purchase. In a twist, he buys the Redskins, but remains under contractual obligation to retain the name. So
instead of changing the name of the team, each of the players has to change his name to an Indian name. A member of the Cherokee Nation, Sixkiller is thrilled to have his name attached to this project. Directed by Dennis Cantrell and produced by Hillaire, the play is expected to have the kind of huge success of What About Those Promises?. Maintaining his commitment to the Lummi Youth Academy, Hillaire has more projects in the works, including another animated film (a play on Alice in Wonderland) and an epic telling of the story of the sockeye. “The sockeye is our oldest, most sacred relative.” Tentatively called The Last Harvest, this play would use the migratory journey of the sockeye as a central metaphor for environmental concern, as well as the lives and livelihoods that form around salmon fishing. He is also interested in producing a play about The Basket Lady, a woman who gathers up ill-behaved children after dark and carries them off. His play would explore the societal ills of our youth, criminal behavior, and the power of reconciliation. Sifting through the lessons of history in our present circumstances, Darrell Hillaire’s plays hold plenty of interest for those who crave universal lessons of pain and redemption. His work will be produced in September in Seattle, and watch for more dates in Whatcom in the fall. Be forewarned — these performances always sell out.
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Sun Valley WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
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ake a ten-hour drive southeast — or a twohour flight — and you’ll find yourself at the famed ski destination, Sun Valley, Idaho. Often thought of as a snowy playground for the elite, Sun Valley is actually a welcome vacation area that caters to many types of budgets and activities. In fact, with its spectacular scenery, abundant trails, appealing shops, excellent food and close proximity to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, it’s a hub for spring, summer, and fall outdoor activities as well. This spring, add it as a possibility to your travel list. What to Do In the Wood River Valley, the problem won’t be figuring out what to do, it will more likely entail how to fit in everything you want to do. Expanding your adventures outside Sun Valley and Ketchum will only cause your list to grow. The beautiful thing is that it’s the type of place many visitors return to time and again — each vacation a new chance to catch up on missed desires. Newbies are encouraged to try some of the classics. In the winter, Bald Mountain — called Baldy by locals — is a skier’s haven. When the snow is gone, it’s an incredible hiking and mountain biking spot. For those who wish to take the easiest route, a gondola is available for sightseeing in the summer.
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Another timeless activity during snow-free weather is biking. There are 30 miles of paved, car-free paths to meander on thanks to the Wood River Trails. You can pedal all the way to the younger town of Hailey, or bike to closer shops and dining. The paved system will lead you to mountain biking trails for a more thrilling ride. Cars aren’t a necessity to get around, which keeps you in touch with the stunning natural surroundings. Two legs will be as important as two wheels in the area. Hiking is prolific, with trailheads located in any and every direction. Discover the region through awe-inspiring walks. The friendly residents are always willing to point you in the right direction, but you can also invest in one of the guides, books, or trail maps of the area. For daytrips — or a quick overnight — venture north for hiking, camping and water sports at popular Redfish Lake or the lesser-known Pettit Lake. You can also find horseback riding if you’re looking to indulge your inner cowboy. Like many mountain towns, action is the heart and soul of the community. Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey are full of residents who love to connect with nature on a daily basis. Visitors will discover their own way to interact with the raw beauty of the area, whether it’s running, fishing,
camping, photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, or one of the classic activities like biking, skiing, and Nordic skiing. Where to Dine Kick start your morning with a cup of fair trade coffee, some town gossip and an inspired menu at Java Coffee and Cafe. Locals flock to this regular haunt, with locations available in both Ketchum and Hailey. Your trip isn’t complete without indulging in their epic house specialty mocha — the Bowl of Soul. Of course, you can always have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack at Sun Valley’s famed Konditorei Restaurant. The Austrianthemed establishment serves up excellent pastries and hearty meals. The options in the Wood River Valley are extensive. However, classics include the rustic Pioneer Saloon or sophisticated Globus. For the ultimate affordable and delicious Mexican eats, try La Cabanita — although be ready for loyalists to guide you to the equally excellent Despo’s. Where to Stay Sun Valley is unlike many vacation spots — you won’t be staying at the typical motel or hotel. Options are more geared toward a homey sojourn. While you can stay at the renowned Sun Valley Lodge (which is currently under renovation
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Where to Shop Ketchum, Sun Valley, and Hailey are all hubs for shoppers. Ketchum’s sleek streets contain wonderful gems like Huck & Paddle, Iconoclast Books and Cafe, and Backwoods Mountain Sports. Down the road next to the Sun Valley Lodge is an outdoor shopping area with a more exclusive vibe. The grounds by the lodge are beautiful, and you can entertain the kids with a visit to The Toy Store. They give out free bread to feed the ducks and swans. Hailey has an infusion of ski and snowboard-hungry twentysomethings. The shopping reflects the population with more artsy, eclectic store choices. Try crafter favorites that include the Sun Valley Fabric Granary or The Bead Shop. The Sun Valley area is a worthy travel option. It reflects a deep love for the outdoors in a sun-filled, refreshing and dashing mountain-town setting.
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through approximately June 2015) or the lovely Sun Valley Inn, many people stay in cottages, condos, townhouses, or other rentals. Some good resources for your lodging are sunvalley.com/ lodging and visitsunvalley.com/lodging. Scheduling around the winter season will yield more bargains.
When you’re in Sun Valley, make sure to visit the historic Sun Valley Lodge. Find the walls filled with photos of notorious regulars throughout its almost 80-year existence. The lodge hosts ice skating, biking, fine dining, and more.
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An Iconic Activity
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SHOP Savvy Shopper · Necessities · Around the Sound
Ormolulu Vintage Works WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATHRYN KOZOWSKI
alking through Ormolulu and exploring their breathtaking collection of antique, vintage, and upcycled items is what I imagine being on a treasure hunt feels like — the excitement of discovering unique relics such as dictaphones, tube radios, and old lab equipment that the owners of Ormolulu have salvaged, restored, and made beautiful again. Owners and artists Debi Burton and Jim Blondeau are antique enthusiasts who have spent the past eighteen years collecting and restoring antique and vintage objects, ranging from old scorecards to pieces of furniture, and then selling them at antique shows throughout the country. With that many years of experience under their belts, and a passion that drives them to always find and create the best upcycled items, it is no surprise that Burton and Blondeau have opened a store as beautiful and inviting as Ormolulu. continued on page 39 …
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The name Ormolulu comes from the French word ormolu, which refers to the gilded pieces that are commonly found on old French furniture and objets d’art. This name reflects the owners’ love for French antiques and decorations. Burton and Blondeau acquired a retail store at the corner of Bay and Holly streets last year and spent two months renovating the space. The process involved exposing an old elevator shaft located in one the walls, grinding down the concrete floors, painting the walls and beams a soft cream, and constructing a large, metal sign for the front window that is both eyecatching and unique. Burton said that the store’s “rough luxe” atmosphere captures their style of pairing a luxury palette with industrial, metal objects — the juxtaposition of these two designs gives Ormolulu a vibe that is both edgy and distinctive, but does not come on too strong. The aspect of Ormolulu that sets it apart from many of the antique shops that can be found throughout Bellingham is that a large number of the items are upcycled by Burton and Blondeau, meaning that they take vintage and antique items that they find and combine them to create something new from the recycled materials. Upcycling does not involve tearing items apart and using their pieces to create something completely new, but rather preserving the whole of the object and just utilizing it in a novel and creative way. For instance, much of the furniture in Ormolulu has been upcycled by Burton. She will find a chair from the 1940s that is stripped down to its basic structure, clean it up and then add other items she has on hand, like interesting metal objects or vintage photos. Blondeau upcycles old lighting instruments, such
as chandeliers and lamps. The results are beautiful, unique creations that look more like art pieces than the usual décor you find in antique shops. The soft-opening of Ormolulu was October 3 of the last year, and they will be hosting their Grand Opening party April 19. This will be a perfect opportunity to check out the new store and explore their delightful collection. “Ormolulu is a business born of a passion for all things vintage and antique,” Burton said when describing the motivations behind Ormolulu. Burton and Blondeau have lived in Bellingham for the past twenty years, so the decision to open their store downtown came naturally to them. “[We find] it a joy to be a part of the evolution of Bellingham,” Burton said. “[We] feel connected, encouraged, and supported.” When asked how they find the objects they sell in their shop Burton jokingly answered that they are “greatly assisted by magic fairies and leprechauns.” While they smartly prefer to keep their methods to themselves, it is likely through a combination of hard work, persistence, and nearly two decades of experience working with antiques (and possibly a touch of luck) that this duo is able to find such striking objects for their business. Ormolulu focuses on providing home and garden pieces for those who are looking to spruce up their living spaces, but they also include any other intriguing items they come across, such as old farm equipment and technological relics. This eclectic combination of items lends Ormolulu its exciting atmosphere — you never know what you’ll find when you walk through its doors.
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Embrace the whimsical, light-hearted styles this spring in bright colors and playful polka dots. Reflect the carefree spirit of the season with these tops, dresses, and accessories that will add a hint of playfulness to your wardrobe and home.
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Bow to Stern Scarf $7.99, ModCloth
Happy Days Mug $7.95 , Greenhouse Bellingham
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Around the Sound
Brooks Running WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA WOLFE
rooks Running is a bright oasis on a gray, drizzly day. Upon entering their flagship store you’ll immediately be bombarded with a singular, positive message presented in displays worthy of Anthropologie: “Run Happy,” it tells you — which will most likely cause Pharrell Williams’s irrepressible hit to start bouncing around in your head. The world of athletic gear has come a long way, and the designers at Brooks have taken advantage of that, creating shoes, clothes and accessories in vibrantly gorgeous hues and impeccably wearable designs. The building that encases their products is just as fascinating, and worthy of its own close-up examination. The Brooks Running HQ is located in the Fremont-Wallingford neighborhood, a growing retail area situated tidily by the BurkeGilman Trail. With neighbors like evo and Sole Perfection, plus a handful of cafés and restaurants — the area is becoming a destination. The building itself is an eco-conscious dream. Every detail to exist efficiently was taken into account, down to the scraps from the factory that made stools for the retail store. The headquarters and offices were designed with a functional flow, meant to bolster collaboration, creativity and the production of awesome products dedicated to active living. Employees enjoy a healthy and tasty cafeteria, gym, labs, sewing facilities, weekly group runs and phenomenal views.
The products are as impressive as the building and employees. For those investing in shoes, technology lends a hand in the retail store. A gait analysis can provide the information needed to find the right fit. The color choices make you feel powerful, as if you could conquer any course thrown your way. Make your way around and find the right gear to support your new shoes. The PureProject apparel is particularly appealing, mindfully designed and meant to be worn in your daily life, not just for running. Dubbed the House of Brooks, the retail store lends an inviting atmosphere meant to unite walkers and runners of all ages, sizes, genders and abilities. It’s a place to gather — and a place to utilize if you need a gel or band-aid (at the Runners’ Aid Station). If the opening celebration was any indication, then the flagship store is sure to fulfill the role it set out to achieve, to become a hub of inspiration. Running is a welcoming sport, and the employees of Brooks Running reflect that. For walkers, runners and soon to be runners, the retail store will be a haven; a great source for information and encouragement. It may have taken 100 years to open this establishment, but it was worth the wait. There is no doubt there are big things on the horizon for the Brooks Running Company. 3400 Stone Way North, Seattle brooksrunning.com
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SHOP Savvy Shopper
The Garden Room WRITTEN BY KYLA ROHDE
1006 Harris Avenue, Bellingham 360.734.9949
THE SHOP Step in off of Fairhaven’s bustling Harris Avenue to find The Garden Room’s eclectic, garden-inspired space. What originally began in 1987 as a shop for fine gardening tools is now one of Fairhaven’s longtime jewels. With items handselected during owner Susann Schwiesow’s annual tradeshow trips — New York in the summer and Atlanta during the winter — the Garden Room offers its patrons items of both high fashion and quality. Yet, quality is not the only selling point at the boutique. Customers can find items at varying price points throughout the store. From the multi-colored scarves of cashmere and silk to the decorative Taglia and Sweetgum pods, pieces throughout The Garden Room are a reflection of various levels of affordability as well as a mixture between what appeals to Schwiesow and what she believes her customers will enjoy. With fragrant candles, dazzling jewelry, artwork, and decorative pieces of various textures and colors, The Garden Room is surely a feast for the senses. ATMOSPHERE Chic, eclectic, fresh KEY PEOPLE Susann, along with five part-time employees ensure that the shop runs smoothly. While Schwiesow provides the inspiration behind the shop’s selected merchandise, through her bi-annual tradeshow excursions, the handful of employees will help you find that perfect gift or decorative piece off the
showroom floor. Through their friendly and knowledgeable assistance, the employees provide a pleasant shopping experience unique to Bellingham. WHAT YOU’LL FIND Step into the sunlit room and you’ll find a wide range of worldly goods, from Peruvian hand-painted bowls, to black clay pottery from France, to Michael Aram artwork from India. Gardening-inspired items, such as the Hori Hori Digging Tool, Haws Watering Cans, and brightly colored ferns are spread throughout the cozy space, as well as soaps, candles, lotions, upmarket hairbrushes, and several striking knickknacks. The Garden Room caters to several different shopping objectives, from personal jewelry to decorative glassware and dishes to even wedding gift ideas, showcasing an entire wedding corner for fun and unique gift ideas, such as cookbooks and candles. OWNER’S FAVORITE With such an assortment of eye-catching items displayed throughout the space, it’s difficult for Schwiesow to pinpoint her absolute favorite item. But one of her latest favorites is the small and delicate hand-painted Peruvian Waylande Gregory bowls limned with 22 karat gold. A close second includes Voluspa’s luxury candles and home fragrances, as well as a French line of jewelry made from recycled metal called Metal Pointu’s.
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Spring Look: Boho Chic WRITTEN BY ASHLEY THOMASSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY BECKI WALKER
pring is here and it came early this year! With early March hovering around the low 60s, I found myself ditching my jacket (despite the freezing morning temperatures) in anticipation of the warm, glowing weather to come. Dreaming of the perfect spring ahead, I couldn’t help but get inspired about the Pacific Northwest’s influence on current fashion trends. Boho Chic has been making a strong comeback this last year and I think we have a lot to do with it. Its brings a “downto-earth” sense of comfort that comes along with the style and is practical for adventuring around town. It also is a style strongly inspired by nature, bringing florals and earthy tones together in a fresh and lively balance, and we’ve made it easy to get the look! continued on next page …
Beauty Q&A Is it always necessary to use primer under my foundation? I feel like it’s just another ploy to get me to spend money! – Vincy C., Bellevue, WA Primer is not necessary, but from a makeup artist’s standpoint I highly recommend it. Most primers smooth out visible pores and fine lines, correct areas with discoloration, and keep the foundation “sticking” to the skin better, ensuring it to last all day. Others also can prep your skin with SPF, have skin brightening properties, and come with other skin-care benefits too. In my book, it’s hard to go wrong using a primer before-hand. That said, if you are satisfied with the result you get without a primer, there’s no sense in buying it just to add a new product to your bag. My only “rule” when it comes to makeup is do what works best for you! How do I keep my lips moisturized in the winter? I’ve tried many chap-stick brands and haven’t had any luck! Even drinking lots of water hasn’t seemed to help. – Lisa S., Bellingham, WA Great question! Many chap-sticks are created to solve multiple problems (dry lips and cold sores being two of them), but instead of solving one problem great they solve a few problems only a little bit. If dry lips are your qualm, avoid chap-sticks that use salicylic acid as an ingredient; this is there to dry out cold sores by exfoliating your lips, but unfortunately after your lips feel the immediate relief of adding moisture it will dry them out too, causing you to want to apply more and starting a vicious cycle. Rather, chose a lip protectant such as Natural Ice or Soft Lips which are simply made to protect your lips and do it well. Vaseline is another great moisturizing option and is often good for sensitive skin because it is fragrance free and has no preservatives or additives.
THERE ARE 4 EASY STEPS TO ACHIEVING A PERFECT BOHO CHIC STYLE: First, it’s all about the comfort and flow. Whether it is a long maxi skirt or a sheer flowing shirt, creating draping lines is a key look. Not only that, but that flow adds to the comfort of the look. ■■ Finding an earthy pattern brings a great element to any Boho look. Soft florals, Aztec-inspired geometric shapes, or even stripes will bring the texture needed to make this earthy look pop and stand out from the crowd. ■■ Stay grounded with flat or low-heeled chunky boots. Ankle boots are comfortable, practical, and add the perfect contrast to the flowing look of your outfit. ■■ Accent your style with the right accessories. Bold rock stone rings, feather earrings, and a floppy felt hat are easy and affordable to come by staples that will truly transform and complete the entire look! ■■
PERFECT THE LOOK WITH BOHO HAIR AND MAKEUP Create the perfect Boho waves by wrapping your hair around the barrel of your curling iron (avoid using the clip), hold for a few seconds and release. Once it is all curled, comb through it and shake it up with your fingers, adding texture, volume, and breaking up the curls a bit. ■■ Use earthy browns, rusts, and rose-golds for eye shadow and blush to tie your style together in a cohesive head-to-toe way. Use a pencil brush to smudge the eyeliner underneath the eye to add a softer smoky effect that will perfectly complement the messy but pulled-together look that is Boho Chic. Add a strong, neutral lip and you’ll be polished and ready to go! ■■
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ith birds chirping, flowers in full bloom, and sunshine streaming through windows every morning, there is no doubt that spring is here. For active folks, this season means a time to take advantage of the extensive trail systems that weave in and around Bellingham. So whether you are outdoorsy or new to the joys of hiking, here is an easy day hike that will get you warmed up and ready for a full season of outdoor adventures. The Fragrance Lake trail offers a little bit of everything – an overlook with picturesque views of the San Juan Islands; the tranquil Fragrance Lake surrounded by benches for those who want to sit and rest for a few moments; and beautiful plants, birds, and old growth trees for nature enthusiasts to admire and explore. The trailhead is located right off of Chuckanut Drive, a few miles south of Bellingham. The beginning of the trail has steep switchbacks for about a mile — nothing too serious for experienced hikers — but probably a challenge for those who haven’t laced-up their hiking boots for a few months. At the top of this ascent the trail splits – 0.2 miles to the left is an overlook and 1.1 miles to right is Fragrance Lake. The trail levels out in both directions, and it is best to take the
time to visit both spots. The overlook is well worth the easy, 0.4 round trip trek, and is a beautiful place to sit for a few moments on a sunny day. The 1.1 mile trail toward Fragrance Lake is filled with old growth trees and awesome root systems that are fun to explore. The lake is surrounded by a 0.75 mile loop, with dozens of benches that are perfect stops for a few drinks of water or a small picnic. A good trail to get you back into the swing of hiking after the rainy winter months, Fragrance Lake is a popular destination for local nature-lovers. Going in the early morning is recommended to avoid the crowds and enjoy the peaceful scenery before too many hikers show up. A Discover Pass is required, so be sure to order a renewal at discoverpass.wa.gov that will last through the spring and summer months. Whether you are looking for a beautiful and affordable outing to enjoy with the family, or some quiet time to escape the hustle and bustle of life, hiking is a perfect solution. So break out those hiking boots, fill up your water bottle, and give Fragrance Lake a try.
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Chuckanut Contemporary WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT PHOTOGRAPHED BY RADLEY MULLER
et back in the woods along Chuckanut Drive, this beautiful sylvan retreat was designed by Robert Bruce and John Stewart. Built in 1985, the house has all the grandeur of a fine home with none of the ostentation. It is elegance on a human scale, with cozy, low ceilings and intimate alcoves. The clerestory windows let the outdoors in, with peekaboo views of Chuckanut Bay. Open, but offering privacy, the house complements its site without compromising the integrity of the mature trees, spring-fed creek, and steep slopes. continued on next page …
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The silver tone of the house echoes the light on the nearby tree trunks, the glint from the sun filtering through the ferns, and the reflections of the nearby creek.
The living space is an excellent balance of open and intimate, with den spaces above and below the entrance level that are open to the living and kitchen areas, but separate enough for a quiet retreat.
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The windows are carefully placed to maximize privacy while also bringing in plenty of light, including an impressive bank of skylights in the master bath. The den opens to a deck overlooking the woods.
Mastering the Mess WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
lutter has consumed millions of people across the globe. In our quest to have it all, we have buried ourselves in our possessions. One realization that has come to the forefront is that it is not exactly the healthiest way to live. In an effort to curb our out-of-control collections, we look to experts, books, TV shows, and local clutter-cleaners to help us, but when it comes down to it, is there a proven method that works for everyone? One size does not fit all As with many things, organization and purging excess belongings is not an exact science. One person’s problem may be the inability to organize photos and scraps into an album, while another battles to create a functional wardrobe by buying every clothing article that may appeal to them. Many suffer from impulse, or what you call sale mentality — why buy just one when you can have the same thing in fifteen different colors at $5 a piece?! Then there are those whose entire houses are suffering the consequences of not being able to let go of things. The first step for anyone wanting to live a more streamlined existence is to let go of the guilty or shameful feelings that overwhelm you from taking action. From there, it is trying things until you find a method that works. Looking at the options There is an entire section at the bookstore dedicated to organization and conquering clutter. Many take the same theme and spin it in a slightly different way. All will tell you one thing — you have to purge. To get rid of clutter, you have to get rid of some of it. You can go about it a few different ways. Some prefer large chunks of time. For example, put aside two full weekend days a month to go through things. Have three areas set up: one for keeping, one for giving away, and one for things you are unsure about. Go through an entire room in one day if possible. Have a truck or scheduled pickup
ready to get rid of things immediately. While it’s nice to think that you can do it all in those one or two days, not everyone can. Do what you can, when you can, as often as you can. If the problem runs much deeper, it doesn’t hurt to enlist expert help if you can swing it. There are several organizing consultants/firms in the North Sound with experience and excellent reviews. If hiring an expert is out of reach, try to approach the mess as a daily task. Each day, take 15 minutes, an hour — any amount of time really — and focus on removing things from your home. Have a weekly drop-off day in which you take what you’ve piled or boxed up to the thrift store or dump. If your problem is paper, go through a stack each evening and file what’s necessary while recycling, shredding, and throwing away the rest. There are guidelines online and in many books that can help you with which papers to keep and the ones that you won’t need. 5 Questions to ask yourself One way to filter through the stuff is to ask yourself some questions. This is something almost all organizers do when working with clients. It is a way to really assess the value of something and its usefulness. Everyone asks it in their own way, but essentially it boils down to this:
Do I use it on a regular basis?
When is the last time I used this?
Do I love this item? If so, is it enriching, or not worth the room it takes up?
Am I holding onto it just in case I will use it in the future?
Is it worth the time/space/sanity/money/effort to have it?
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Organize it Don’t buy organizers until after the purge. It’s an important rule of thumb, because you A) don’t know if you already have something that will work and B) may not end up needing those containers. Organizing is about finding a home for everything, so that in the future you have a place to put things back every day. It’s about making your home functional, where access is convenient and easy, and you aren’t wasting hours searching for things you know you have. The real joy comes from thoughtfully placing things into an organized flow. It clears the mind, heart, and spirit along with the house. A masterful habit The research shows that it takes around 30 days to make something a habit. While there may be some leeway, we are able to make work, getting kids to school, cooking dinner, participating in hobbies into habits, so why would keeping our home in order be different? The well-being that comes from creating an organized, uncluttered, and clean space spills over into other aspects of our lives. By taking the step to master your mess, you are also taking a step to improve your health, life, and habits.
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Gardening Inspiration Whether youâ€™re plotting out your first flower bed, or sitting on your freshly landscaped patio, these gardens are sure to inspire you. The Roman author Vitruvius wrote the oldest surviving landscaping manual, in which he identified
firmitas (durability), utlitias (utility), and venustas (beauty) as the three guiding principles of great landscape design. As the landscaping professionals whose work is represented in our pages demonstrate, these principles hold to this day.
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or those rare few who don’t know him, Ciscoe Morris is a local gardening personality well on his way into the annals of Seattle history. His presence immediately warmed the coffee shop where we met, his laugh headturning and infectious. He lives up to his hype — friendly, humble, cheerful, and warm. He also has a passion for gardening, and caring for plants and landscape in the earthfriendliest way possible. In fact, he was dedicated to sustainable practices well before the rest of us even knew what integrated pest management (IPM) was. Humble Beginnings Morris started as a lawn boy. As in, he cared for large, green expanses. His boss at the time had a thing about poisons — a residual enmity leftover from his time in the Viet Nam War. He taught Morris about using tea on weeds, dealing with bugs using sticky cardboard — anything to avoid poisons. His aversion to pesticides sparked an awareness, one that Morris would carry with him throughout his career. 60 NorthSoundLife.com
Seattle University Seattle University played a huge role in Morris’s life. It was the place where he became a master gardener and earned a degree after the encouragement of one of the priests who said, “They love letters after your name.” He met many people who would influence him, he gained a passion for bugs, and he remembers it as the place where he learned to write better. Morris recalled the campus landscape when he first started there — it was full of weeds. “We would make holes in the weeds to put over-the-hill annuals.” He laughed at the memory. At first, he didn’t have much control over the campus — there was someone else in charge. However, after a small hiatus from Seattle U where he worked a job he ended up disliking, Morris wanted his old job back, and got it. He was grateful for the opportunity and saw hard work as a way to pay them back for the second chance. “I wanted to pull the campus back together and do a good job for them.” He ended up in charge. Morris took on work-study students, and inherited the spray program. Something about spraying during school hours didn’t sit right with him. “I didn’t like the thought of putting poison on a college campus around all those young people,” he said. He made it a mission to find alternatives. Some of his ideas didn’t impress the
administration — but he knew that one way a more natural approach would work is if balance was restored to the environment. At the time, in the early 1980s, there wasn’t a lot of information out there about non-poisonous weed and pest control. Morris gathered what information he could find and put together his own strategies. He often had to present his ideas to a doubtful audience. All his “crazy” schemes and hard work paid off. Seattle University became the first institution in the state designated a wildlife sanctuary. As Morris sees it, “We built a balance in nature.”
Dogs, Travel and a Lust for Life This article could easily stretch into chapters. Morris has a buoyant love of living life. He is passionate about his dogs and travel. He has trekked all over the world with his wife Mary. We touched on his father’s career in Vaudeville and his mother’s talent for dance. There was talk of walks across the English countryside and a crazy trip to India. And then there are the dogs — rescue pets that have enriched his life. The conversation ran long — it’s easy to linger and listen about an amazing life through hilarious stories. The only interruption came from a fan’s daughter. Her mother, also from Wisconsin, will get a huge thrill out of the picture — Morris happily posed with her daughter. It’s hard to say if Morris was destined to become a wellknown personality, but it’s impossible to believe that anyone else could take his place.
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Becoming a Northwest Garden Guru Many of Morris’s experiences have been happy happenstance. He has stumbled into careers. There was never a goal to become the voice of gardening in the NW, and yet that is what he is. It started with garden talks on the radio. His first didn’t go very well, but he got to try again. Before he knew it people were engaged and saying things like, “Have that garden guy on again.” He ended up working with KIRO. TV was just as accidental, beginning with a letter in the mail asking him to try out for the new Ernst Home and Garden Show hosted by Survivor’s Jeff Probst. He was late
for his interview and unable to try out. Watching some of the tryouts he felt it was for the best. Seeing others read lines he thought, “I’m dead. I don’t have a chance.” Yet somehow, he still managed to land a spot on the first episode. It was a success, and led to a weekly appearance. And the rest, they say, is history.
Tasteful Beauty The Intricate Art of Edible Landscaping WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
estern Washington is a gardener’s heaven. With a mild climate, known as planting zone 8 to fruit and vegetable growers, many plants thrive here, often beyond our wildest expectations. Talk to those with a passion for edibles, and you start hearing things like “Does kale ever die?” and “Do food banks take fresh garden donations?” Neither is a drawback. One of the joys of gardening is the trial-and-error involved in growing and maintaining a garden. This experience can inspire advice, anecdotes and funny party stories. Even with guidance, you can’t always predict an outcome, especially year-to-year. Soil, weather, age, pests, and effort all play a part in how your garden grows, and, in the world of edible landscaping, this is doubly true. The Surge of Edible Landscaping Who knows what sparked the recent revolution of urban homesteaders? Maybe it was the increasing price of produce, a need for an outlet away from technology, not wanting foods saturated with pesticides, or a farmers market reminding you what freshly picked fruits and vegetables tasted like.
Whatever the reason, flurries of people have found ways to introduce edibles into their landscapes. On top of it all, there are classes, books, and other resources to help the beginner get started. Landscapers also offer the specialized service of helping plan for a garden that produces food. Big or small, most yards are capable of generating enough produce to feed a family. Some people go straight for the full-on food garden, while others prefer edible-specific beds here and there. And then there are gardeners who like to mix and mingle their edibles throughout the rest of their landscaping. Each method is doable — but it’s wise to remember that research can be extremely beneficial before going for it. The Right Elements After you’ve visited a garden or nursery and feel that excitement to get going, it’s easy to forget that there is so much to think about. Probably the most crucial piece of information to keep in mind is that we are Zone 8. You probably won’t be growing mangos, bananas, or anything that flourishes in other zones. But don’t despair — Western Washington has a huge number of fruits and vegetables that do exceptionally well in our climate — more so than many other zones. We also are able to grow much of the year. Other factors will come into play as well. With each plant there are growing seasons and you’ll need to know when to plant the seed or start. You’ll want to research how much sunlight is needed, what temperatures are ideal, and the pests or conditions that could ruin the crop. You’ll also want to test the quality of your soil so you can improve it if necessary. One of the first things that Steve Smith from Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville encourages customers interested in landscaping to do is to look into their dirt. “Most people have inherited glacial till. It can be miserable around here.” He offers sage advice to help people to have gardens that flourish. “The first place anyone should start is with the soil.” Smith talks about how in the Northwest, it is beneficial to invest in soil and drainage. They are the foundations on which your garden grows. Once the edibles in the garden are in, some plants will need to be fed. Others you’ll need to pinch off or prune throughout the growth process to maximize production. Last, you’ll have to know about crop rotation. It’s a lot to keep track of, but the more knowledge you acquire, the easier it gets.
in mind key garden design concepts, which include center and edge, pattern-making and thresholds. The more information you have ahead of time, the smoother the succeeding process will be. One key to your success may come from planting a few non-edibles in tandem with your edibles. These are known as complementing plants and flowers. Their job is to attract the right kinds of beneficial insects — bees, ladybugs, lacewings — to assist in the growth and prevent bad insects from taking over. They are often quite beautiful (think marigolds, sunflowers and asters), and can add desired color to your beds. Installation and Upkeep As you’ve probably already gathered, fruits and vegetables take some effort. Your next task will be to install and keep up with your choices. You’ll want to know when to plant a seed versus a start. You can start many seeds indoors and then transfer. If you go the start route, they are available at a wide variety of places in the North End — nurseries, farms, farmers markets and plant sales. Stay on top of what care your produce will need. How far apart should you plant? Will it need food only at the beginning, or throughout the season? How often should you water? When do you need to take action to prevent loss? What action will you take? Another consideration is the crop rotation — how often and what months will you continue to plant. How long until it produces and for how long. The information is out there in many forms, and as with anything else we do consistently, it becomes ingrained. Over time, you’ll find you know longer have to look up the how, what and when. Until then, think about utilizing the incredible resources we are lucky to have.
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Design and Beneficials Each garden is like an artist’s canvas — and the images that appear are usually a reflection of the gardener. While some lean toward a wild and dazzling display of color, others will proudly install firm boundaries and rigidly uniformed beds. The same is true for edibles. They will display your tastes — literally — as will the way you incorporate them. It is wise to start small. Pick a corner, bed or container. Try your hand at one or two things, and as you gain experience, you can add more. When incorporating edibles you can choose to fly by the seat of your pants with a misplaced flyer about tomatoes somewhere in your home that would give you insight, or you can ruthlessly outline everything in your gardening journal. You’ll probably end up somewhere in between. Chances are, you’ll fail a time or to, but those lessons will be invaluable. Hobbyists will love making their own designs. If you don’t want to, there are plenty of capable landscapers in Snohomish County willing to help get the job done. No matter your path, begin by making a list of plants you want to grow. Another slice of gardening wisdom offered by Smith is to have a plan. “It’s no different than building a house — you wouldn’t do that without a plan.” His nursery, which has been around since 1948, and Smith has owned with wife Pauline Smith since 1989, provides a free one-hour landscaping consultation to their customers. He has them look into and bring ideas that they like. With the landscaper’s guidance the customer’s thoughts are organized and turned into a game plan. “Otherwise they are shooting in the dark,” Smith joked. One place to start is to decide whether you like the thought of edibles in a designated area, or placed sporadically into your current design. Keep
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s we begin the comprehensive plan update for the City of Bellingham, each neighborhood advocates for improvements in infrastructure, describes desired future park development, requests preservation of habitat corridors, and many other improvements and changes specific to that neighborhood. The planning commission and the city planning staff then shape all of that into a comprehensive plan for the entire city. What would it mean to incorporate multigenerational values and improvements into the comprehensive plan, not just for Bellingham, but for all of our communities? For one thing, improved access means that everyone, even those who don’t necessarily need it, benefit from better sidewalks, safer street crossings, robust community gardens, and adequate traffic calming. A consideration in planning for use by multiple generations is that all communities — and ours in particular — are aging, making the planning goals and improvements longterm investments in our future growth. There is also something special about spaces that speak to toddlers as well as the elderly — they have an intuitive inclusiveness. Additionally, the growing demographic of children in the U.S. is multiracial, which furthers the goal of inclusion in our society. Advocates of multigenerational planning feel that smart growth and sustainable planning practices tend
to focus on only an active age group. From their perspective, planning through the lens of multigenerational use creates a broader view of our community. And while they feel that children and the elderly are seen as burdens in planning, these two groups are key in creating linkages between parks and residences, transit and services. In 2008, the American Planning Association in partnership with Cornell University published a paper on planning called Multigenerational Planning, in which they articulated the goals and benefits of this approach. They recommend accommodations for aging in place, the encouragement of civic participation, accessible infrastructure and transit, while incorporating the best of smart growth and universal design principles. So what does this mean for Bellingham? Lisa Pool, AICP and Senior Planner for the City of Bellingham said, “As planners, we place a lot of emphasis on housing and transportation options, recreational and social opportunities, as well as mixed use communities — all of which benefit the very young, old, and everyone in between. We also rely on demographics, which tell us that the population here and nationwide is aging rapidly.” The Cordata Neighborhood is particularly invested in multigenerational planning. The neighborhood with the highest concentrations of senior citizens in Bellingham, their neighborhood plan states: “Neighborhood parks should
accommodate a wide variety of age and user groups, including children, adults, and seniors. Creating a sense of place by bringing together the unique character of the site with that of the neighborhood is vital to successful neighborhood park design.” Juliana Guy, long-time neighborhood advocate for Cordata said, “The Cordata Neighborhood Association is very interested in how the comprehensive planning process is going to plan for senior living.” When it comes to great planning, Bellingham should serve as a model. Specifically, this may mean that the sidewalks are wide and well maintained, or that street crossings at intersections include flashing lights and audible signals. Maybe good planning elements are as simple as having a combination of paved versus rugged trails, or a playground nestled among residential housing for the elderly. What is good for a stroller is good for a wheelchair. A gently sloping ramp is as great for pulling a little Radio Flyer wagon with a toddler in it as it is for someone with a walker. Building infrastructure that incorporates features for the very young and the very old has a way of making these two groups intersect, strengthening our community and breaking down barriers. The City of Bellingham will be receiving comments on the comprehensive plan update until June, 2016. Any comments can be sent to email@example.com. April | May 201571
FEATURE Partners in Play
Across the Generations Intergenerational Programs in Whatcom and Skagit
hen it comes to age, our societal boundaries can be very rigid — children’s activities are often separated from those of adults. Interaction between children and elders is limited. There’s a preconceived notion that the elderly are impatient with children, or that children are afraid of the elderly. And, in some circumstances, that may be true. But when you bring generations together, something magical happens — children’s fears melt, adults’ patience extends, and genuine loving bonds form. A child who learns early in life to bond to elders becomes an adult who nurtures their relationships with older people. For an elder, spending time with children is invigorating. Several programs in our area foster relationships between children and older adults. Generations Early Learning & Family Center (formerly St. Francis Childcare) is a childcare program rooted in intergenerational exchange between preschool children and nursing home residents. Generations began at St. Francis in 1985. The founder, Jim Hall — who is still on the board of the St. Francis Foundation — grew up the child of nursing home owners. Knowing how much value his experiences with the residents was for him, he opened St. Francis with the idea of an in-house childcare facility that would be integrated into the lives of the residents. A novel idea, the center has grown into a new space in Fairhaven with a new name. The children and residents spend time doing sensory work and other projects, and the children also do visits to bedridden residents. Heidi Bugbee, Director of Generations, said, “People will come up to me and say ‘I went to this preschool when I was a kid’ and then tell me how it changed them, how they have a comfort level, lack of fear, and deep compassion. It’s great to hear an adult reflect on that level, to have that long-lasting impact.” As of printing, they were still working toward their fundraising goal, Generations opened February 17. 72 NorthSoundLife.com
Another great program is the Washington State University Storybook Garden at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale. Started by Harriet Arkley, a children’s book author and retired school principal, the Storybook Garden combines literacy and gardening. Senior volunteers, grandparents, parents, and children work together to plant and harvest the gardens. Project coordinator Beth Chisholm said, “We’re building literacy in a garden with children, parents, seniors, and master gardeners. We’re building community in a garden.” There are also additional projects — the kids make scarecrows, create worm bins, paint in the garden, and go on scavenger hunts. Forty volunteers help make this project a success, many of them retirement age. The classes are on Saturdays starting April 14 and ending October 6. While intergenerational programs seem new to Whatcom and Skagit, the Boys and Girls Clubs have always had a mentorship component of retirees working with youngsters. The Anacortes Club is particularly active in intergenerational programs. Taylor Bannister of Anacortes said, “During the summer we take a trip every other week to the Anacortes Senior Activity Center to participate in different activities such as Fly Swatter Volleyball and their Ukulele Class. During the school year we partner with the Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) and the Fidalgo Care Center, participating in different art projects depending on the season. Our latest with them was creating our own ornaments at Christmas Time.” Western Washington University also has a program for children ages 7-14 called Grandparents U. Slightly different from the other programs, Grandparents U is specifically for grandparents and their grandchildren (whereas the other program have “adopted” grandparents work with the children). The Bellingham program includes a chemistry class, a literary class that incorporates sculpting and painting, a bookbinding and journal-making class, a class on fossils, and a class on
trees. The classes are all taught by community working professionals and faculty at WWU, and there are also Grandparents U programs in Anacortes and Poulsbo through WWU. Skagit Valley College hosts a Road Scholar program, similar to Elderhostel. One of the events is the US-Canada Whales and Trails: A San Juan Island Intergenerational Adventure. Intended for kids from 9-13 years old, the adventure includes a boat expedition and animal-watching tour of whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and other marine animals; two easy-to-moderate hikes exploring both natural beauty and the history of the San Juans; and a visit to The Center for Whale Research. Conservation, multigenerational interaction, and adventure combine to make a great program for grandparents, elders, and youngsters. Building the bridge between young people and the elderly can be challenging — there are plenty of societal boundaries in the way. But by seeking out and participating in these programs, we build community and create a stronger, more accepting, more empathetic society. As Heidi Bugbee of Generations said, “In our modern society, the elderly miss the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being around children, and children don’t get to learn from the skills and experiences of the older generation.” But with the good work of programs such as these, those barriers can disappear, creating a beautiful exchange across generations.
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apturing the moment is more than grabbing a snapshot — as time passes, our memories of an event fade, so that snapshots (or boxes of photos, or bulletin boards of Poloroids) become just isolated islands of moments. Gathering those moments into a recreation of a memory can be a wonderful way to share time and great memories with family or friends, or a great way to spend contemplative time alone. The first step is to unearth the gems. You don’t want just birthdays or holidays, but everyday moments that are particularly clear or capture the personality of your little ones or your life partner. These can be as simple as mowing the lawn or taking a canoe out on a lake — a distant summer afternoon or fall walk. The next step is to write as much as you can remember about the day, or the moment. This can be just writing the names of those in the photo, or as elaborate as a journal entry, an audio recording, or, better still, a video of you, the photo, and your memory of the moment the photo captures. Though this isn’t a very linear or historical way of putting everything in a timeline, it does highlight the smiles, long walks, and family picnics that bring us together. To take it a bit further, you can collect several of these photos and put them in order. Then collect the wedding photos, birthdays, holidays, and bigger events, and place them all in a timeline. Go through each and tell a
story about each one. This gives those smaller moments context, and gives your grandchildren a sense of family history, as well as a sense of who you are, and your significance in their lives. A third step is to put all of the family history in the larger context of world events. We are so often shaped by big world events, and sometimes we are so completely untouched. This kind of historical view will put uniformed family members in context, as well as goofy hairstyles and old cars. History is a lived experience, and this would be a great way to teach children and young adults about the unique challenges from your lifetime. Another way to comprehensively organize your memories is to map them. When did you meet your partner? When were your children born, and their children? Who were your influences? Favorite family members? This information can be plotted out in a chart. Family trees are probably the most common way we map ancestry and genealogy, but it’s great to add depth and history to it. However you decide to gather your memories, be sure that you include the whole family. There are few things more enjoyable for your children and grandchildren than hearing stories they’ve never heard before, and gaining a new perspective of you that they’ve never had.
Online resources for archiving memories The Mormons Lds.org For some reason, the Mormons have carved out a niche for themselves for more than just gigantic churches and Big Love — they are the kings and queens of genealogy. From name searches to whole family trees to assembling your entire family history, these busy bees have it all.
Family Search Familysearch.org Probably run by the LDS, this site is a place to upload documents, enter family histories, archive photos, and much more. This is a handy and user-friendly way to store all of your important archival information.
American Library Association Ala.org The American Library Association has all sorts of in-depth information on the proper archiving and storage of precious documents, as well as information on how best to curate your family treasures.
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Accessible Adventure for the Whole Family
ew things are more rewarding than sharing outdoor adventures with the whole family. The following are some accessible places to take everyone, from babies to great-grandparents.
Hertz Trail Named for the legendary Bellingham mayor Ken Hertz, this easily accessible trail is a wonderful place to have an outing with the whole family. Along the shores of Lake Whatcom, it is characterized by towering Douglas Firs and beautiful lake views. The trail follows the old railroad grade, so the trail is gradual and gentle in elevation. Directions From I-5 take the Sunset Drive exit (255) go east. Turn right onto Woburn Street. Turn left onto Barkley Blvd. Turn right onto Britton Road. Turn left onto North Shore Drive. The road name changes to Northshore Road. 76 NorthSoundLife.com
Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock One of the best places to be near the water in Whatcom County, Taylor Dock, Boulevard Park, and the surrounding trails are both very accessible and quite rewarding. Taylor Dock and the surrounding paved trails are flat, comfortable, and have beautiful views of Bellingham Bay, and a nearby playground is perfect for entertaining busy little ones. Directions Boulevard Park is located on Bellingham Bay along South State Street near Fairhaven.
Tennant Lake Park There is a network of trails around Hovander Park, some of which lead to Tennant Lake, and some of which lead to the interpretive center. Be sure to make note of trail maps and know where you’re headed, or you can end up in long loops. The area around the interpretive center is paved, flat, and well groomed. Some of the trails get
muddy after rains, but in the summer, things should be dry. The fire tower is a great place to let little ones run themselves to exhaustion, and it has a viewer at the bottom to give those who can’t make it to the top of all those stairs a sense of the view. The Hovander Homestead is more grassy and bumpy, but the animals are a real draw for children, and the whole area is close to the parking area. Directions I-5 exit 262 (Ferndale). R (W) on Main St. appx 1 mile. Get in L lane - take immediate L after you pass under railroad tressle (Hovander Rd). From Hovander Rd, turn R on Neilsen Rd. Go appx 1 mi - ends at Tennant Lake parking lot.
Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Harbor Promenade The paved trails and beautiful views make this park an easy, family-friendly outing. The playground near the Zuanich Point Boathouse is perfect for
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young kids, and there are ample benches for feeding the seagulls and geese, watching the boats sail into the sunset, and picnicking on the lawn. There’s also less foot traffic here than at Taylor Dock, so less jostling and jolting. Address 2600 S. Harbor Loop
Lake Padden Park Lake Padden is a versatile park, with tons of trails for runners, mountain bicyclists, horseback riders, and other outdoor enthusiasts. On the calmer side of recreation, it also has some lovely paved and groomed trails for feeding the ducks and coots, watching the light change, and taking an evening stroll. Lovely lake views and a huge variety of wildlife make this an attractive place to spend some time with the whole family in tow. Address 4882 Samish Way
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Thinking Globally, Eating Lo ca
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There are a variety of reasons why people eat out. Maybe it’s been a long day and eating a lovely meal from a local restaurant filled with fresh ingredients is the reward for all your hard work. Possibly to enjoy a night out with family or that date you’ve been looking forward to all week. Or maybe it’s simply because eating delicious food is wonderful, especially when it’s from that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try since it opened. Whatever the reason, we at Bellingham Alive strongly encourage you to embrace some new, international cuisine this month, to step outside your comfort zone and try delicous food made by a sweet couple from India, or a dish inspired by recipes from the Mediterranean. We took it upon ourselves to sample the local international fare, and compiled a list of our favorite spots and a few of their signature dishes. So the next time you feel like dining out with friends or eating take-out from home, follow our advice and try one of these restaurants. We think you’ll be pleased you did.
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Thai Busara Thai Cuisine 404 36th St., Bellingham 360.734.8088, busarabellingham.com
Busara offers a unique Thai food experience, and with its open dining room of wood paneling, traditional décor that includes colorful lanterns and carved wooden statues, dining here feels exotic and tranquil. A popular entrée is the Thai Duck, which is sautéed with eggplant, red bell peppers, green beans, and Karchai root, and served with a spicy curry paste. Paired with fried tofu that is dipped in a sweet and sour peanut sauce, this meal is heavenly. Busara offers a fine dining vibe at affordable prices, and is sure to satisfy any craving for delicious Thai cuisine.
On Rice 1224 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.676.9995 206 N. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.714.9995 2200 Rimland Dr., Bellingham 360.738.9995 onricethai.com
With three locations, On Rice has been a successful Thai restaurant in the area for many years. Their peaceful atmosphere with its striking décor, scrumptious food options, and friendly service makes them a wonderful stop when you’re craving a night of Thai cuisine. Start your meal with the Goong Tad — prawns dipped in coconut batter, deep fried, and served with a sweet plum sauce. Follow it with the Puttaya’a Medley, which is prawns, calamari, scallops, and fish sautéed with vegetables and spicy chile paste. On Rice’s cuisine is sure to provide your palette with a savory combination of flavors.
Nok’s Thai Cuisine 1213 Dupont St., Bellingham 360.746.8642,
Opened in April of last year, Nok’s has quickly become a local favorite with their delicious cuisine and open, friendly atmosphere. Sue Supon, owner and cook, has been managing Thai restaurants in Bellingham since 1990. 80 NorthSoundLife.com
Evelyn, Sue’s daughter, speaks highly of her mother’s culinary skills: “She loves to cook, her mother cooked. It’s her passion.” Their signature recipe, Kao Soi, is a yellow curry dish from Sue’s hometown in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Filled with egg noodles, pickled greens, cilantro and a homemade garlic chili sauce, this hearty dish is bound to leave you feeling satisfied.
Kem appetizer is a good start to any meal. Soy House has been a local favorite for many years, and they continue to serve authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Many people are familiar with Indian Grill because of their food stand at the summer Farmer’s Market that offers chicken and lamb curry, chicken tandoori, and other Indian dishes. Their downtown restaurant offers this familiar fare with many additional options, including the delicious vegetable samosas and Paneer Pakora as appetizers. The entrée list includes delicacies such as the Sheekh Kabob — which is minced lamb, onion, and green pepper grilled perfectly and served on a skewer — and lamb vindaloo, a hot, spicy lamb dish of mixed vegetables and fresh, tender lamb. For those craving the spices and culture of India, India Grill provides the ideal selection.
410 W. Gates St., Mount Vernon 360.336.6699
Run by a small Thai family, Rachawadee provides the best Thai food in the Skagit Valley. The restaurant is small — about 12 feet wide and relatively deep — with one long counter, ten stools, and a large gas stove with two woks. The cooks prepare the food in front of you, and it’s mesmerizing to watch them masterfully prepare these authentic dishes. Starting with the prawn spring rolls, then moving onto the Pork Pad Kee Mao, and ending with a traditional Thai Iced Tea, a meal here is a heavenly experience, and bound to satisfy your adventurous spirit as well as your palate.
Vietnamese Soy House 400 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.393.4857, soyhouserestaurant.com
Owners Tony and Angie Nyugen grew up in Sai Gon, and their passion to share the delicious food from their childhood led them to opening the Soy House in 2008. Their menu boasts a variety of traditional Vietnamese dishes, including Pho, Vermicelli noodles, and stir-fries with rice; they also provide more adventurous fare, such as the lemongrass beef pizza with cilantro-garlic sauce, and the sweet coconut pudding from their dessert menu. The Tom Sat
Indian India Grill Restaurant 1215 Cornwall, Ave., Bellingham 360.714.0314, indiagrill.us
Curry House 2034 Main St., Ferndale 360.312.8779, curryhouseferndale.com
The Kang family opened the doors of their restaurant in 2006, and they have been a local favorite ever since. Known for their flavorful Indian cuisine, some of their most popular dishes include delicacies such as chicken masala, goat soup, chicken korma, and lamb curry. “We felt there was a need for a good Indian restaurant in the area,” they explained, “and we try to always please our customers with food they will love.” Their dishes are made from old family recipes that have been passed down through generations, and with their generous selection of vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine there is something here for everyone.
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Gemelli Gemelli, Italian for twins, is an s-shaped pasta twisted into a tube.
Ravioli One of the most popular forms of pasta, ravioli originated in Venice in the mid-14th-century, and was inspired by the dumplings popular in Chinese culture.
Udon A thick wheat flour noodle used in Japanese cuisine, udon is most commonly found in hot soups with a light, savory broth.
Soba A very thin noodle made from buckwheat flour that is harvested in Hokkodo, Japan, soba noodles are served in many forms.
Penne Penne is Italian pasta with a short, cylindrical shape.
Orzo Short-cut, multicolored pasta that is about the size of large grains of rice, Orzo is Italian for barley from which it is made.
Rice Noodles Rice noodles are made from rice flour and water and are most commonly found in East and Southeast Asian cuisines.
Gnocchi A versatile dumpling that is from a variety of simple ingredients, gnocchi is a staple in many cultures throughout the world, such as Italy, Croatia, France, Argentina, and Brazil.
Farfalle Often referred to as butterfly or bow tie pasta, Farfalle originated in Italy and is commonly used in cream and tomato dishes.
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Greek Café Akroteri 1219 Cornwall Ave,. Bellingham 360.676.5554, cafeakroteri.com
Mykonos Greek Restaurant 1650 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.715.3071
When walking through the front doors of Mykonos one is greeted by two Grecian statues in a circular entryway designed to look like an old Mediterranean hall. This atmosphere, combined with the tasty food and friendly service, makes Mykonos a good stop for Greek cuisine. A recommended appetizer is the Keptides, grilled ground beef patties seasoned with cumin and served with a side of slightly spiced tazatziki sauce. The entrée of choice is the Kota Psiti, a slowly baked roast chicken with lemon, garlic, and spices served with rice and a refreshing Greek salad. Mykonos is a dependable choice when looking for an authentic dining experience.
Japanese WasaBee Sushi 105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham 360.223.9165, wasabeesushi.com
Yasuhiro Muramatsu, the head sushi chef at WasaBee, was first introduced to the art of making sushi at his family’s restaurant in Kyoto, Japan. He worked
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as a sushi chef in San Francisco, accruing more than a decade of experience, then moved to Bellingham to open his own restaurant. Each roll he prepares looks like a work of art and tastes wonderful. It’s difficult to argue the authenticity of a restaurant whose door boasts a sign reading “Close early when we run out of fish.” Yasuhiro serves the best sushi in Bellingham, and with its limited hours, WasaBee is always busy.
Kuru Kuru Sushi 11 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.8224, kurukurubellingham.com
With their perfect location near the waterfront and small interior space, Kuru Kuru Sushi has been a popular dinner spot since they opened. Their sushi belt covers most of the establishment, with the sushi chefs preparing the rolls and Nigiri in view of the customers. It’s always enjoyable to watch the chefs expertly roll the seafood creations that weave through the restaurant. A few of their most popular sushi options are the Tuna Sashimi, Dragon Roll, and Rainbow Roll. Their non-sushi items include tempera, egg rolls, and katsu. For those craving sushi for dinner, Kuru Kuru is a great spot.
Blue Fin Sushi 102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, bluefinbellingham.com
Is there a meal more satisfying than a bento box filled with perfectly prepared teriyaki chicken, fresh gyoza, a refreshing salad, and a crispy egg roll? It could be argued there is not; and when you add a California roll to the mix, the argument is sealed. The bento box wins, every time. Bluefin Sushi, an authentic and affordable stop for Japanese cuisine, provides an extensive menu, a sushi bar with experienced chefs, and a peaceful dining atmosphere. The traditional Japanese artwork, combined with delicious food and friendly service, makes Bluefin Sushi a wonderful addition to the Bellingham food scene.
Kyoto Kitchen 2001 E. College Way, Mount Vernon 360.428.3699
Located in Mount Vernon, Kyoto was opened in January 2009 by Grace and Jason, Taiwan natives who have a passion for Japanese cuisine and believed the Skagit Valley was in need of some good Japanese food. Constructed in an old house surrounded by gardens, the restaurant has a calm, tranquil atmosphere. A small, family-run establishment, it delivers freshly made dishes such as Kyoto Fried Chicken and the popular Suki Yaki, which is a dish served in a hot pot that cooks at your table. Their traditional recipes and authentic atmosphere will have you believing you are spending the evening in Japan.
Sakura Japanese SteakHouse & Sushi Bar 1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281, sakuraburlington.com
Since 2008 Sakura has been winning over locals with their expertly prepared sushi rolls, exciting hibachi tables that showcase the talents of their cooks, and authentic Japanese menu. The Nigiri sushi menu includes delicacies such as Hamachi, Unagi, Hokkigai and more. A personal favorite is the Chef’s Special dinner hibachi, which features filet mignon, shrimp, and scallops. The sushi bar is also a treat as the experienced Sushi Chefs prepare the beautiful and delicious rolls that are best enjoyed with spicy wasabee and strong sake. For a night of authentic and delectable dining, Sakura is the ideal choice.
Italian Guiseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, guiseppesitalian.com
Giuseppe Mauro opened his Bellingham restaurant in 2002. “It was my dream to open a restaurant on the water because I grew up on an
island. The view is so alive and colorful,” explains Giuseppe. This fine dining establishment has many classic Italian dishes such as the Costolette D’Agnello, which is a rack of lamb stuffed with sundried tomato pesto and served with fingerlings, seasoned vegetables, and a blueberry basil reduction. Follow this with the delectable Cannoli Siciliani, a chocolate-dipped pastry shell filled with ricotta, pistachios, apricot, and amaretto. It’s our own little slice of Italy right in Bellingham.
Mambo Italiano Café 1303 12th St., Bellingham 360.734.7677, mamboitalianocafe.com
Established in 2001, Mambo Italiano has won over the hearts of Bellingham locals and become one of the most loved Italian eateries. Owners Sam and Debbie Tino have crafted a menu full of classic, wholesome Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients and local seafood. For seafood lovers the Gamberoni Mediterranean is a recommended choice, with prawns, tomato, basil, gorgonzola, white wine, and cream served over a bed of fresh fettuccine. The pizza-enthusiasts will appreciate the Soprano, with its artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, feta, and mozzarella in tomato sauce and garlic oil served on a thin crust baked fresh every morning.
D’Anna’s Café Italiano 1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, dannascafeitaliano.com
With their homemade pasta, ravioli, and gnocchi, as well as bread that is baked fresh in their kitchen each morning, it’s no surprise that D’Anna’s has been a local favorite since they opened in the mid-90’s, and have consequently been voted the Best in Bellingham eleven years in a row. Their authentic and mouth-watering menu includes dishes such as Sicilian sausage manicotti, seared duck, shitake vodka cream linguine, and puttanesca. Pair this with their extensive wine list and scrumptious desserts, and you have found the ideal spot to satisfy those Italian cravings. April | May 2015
Il Granaio 100 E. Montgomery St., Mount Vernon 360.419.0674, granaio.com
Alberto Candivi was born and raised in the Italian town S. Colombano al Lambro and began pursuing his passion for cooking in the early 80s. After years of traveling and honing his culinary skills, in 2001 Candivi opened Il Granaio in the old grain building in Mount Vernon in order to bring the classic Italian dishes of his hometown to the Skagit Valley. Some of their authentic Italian dishes include Linguine Pescatore — steamed mussels served over fresh pasta — and Pollo del Granaio, which is chicken breast sautéed with fresh asparagus, peppers, and ginger in a white wine demi glaze.
Mexican, Central and SouthAmerican Jalapenos 1007 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.656.6600 2945 Newmarket St., Bellingham 360.778.2041 501 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.671.3099 jalapenos-wa.com
Jesse Cantu first opened Jalapenos to share the food and culture of Monterrey, Mexico with the people of Bellingham. The joy and community that the people of Monterrey bring to each dining experience is what he strives for in his restaurants. With three locations, Jalapenos continues to expand, and their menu provides a wonderful selection of popular Mexican cuisine. With their daily happy hour and hugely popular Big Mama and Big Papa margaritas, they continue to be a local favorite.
Pepper Sisters 1055 N. State St., Bellingham 360.671.3414, peppersisters.com
Susan opened the doors to this beloved restaurant in 1998, and the rest, as they say, is history. Over two decades later and still going strong, Pepper 86 NorthSoundLife.com
Sisters has become a Bellingham landmark. Their signature dishes include a rotating salmon special that is always mouth-watering, cilantro pesto quesadillas, and roasted yam enchiladas. Although not a truly international restaurant, the Southwestern menu gets much of its inspiration from Mexican cuisine. Susan, a New York native, has always been intrigued by Southwestern food, and opened Pepper Sisters to share her love of food and community with the people of Bellingham.
Taco Lobo 117 W. Magnolia St., Bellingham 360.756.0711, tacolobowa.com
A staple of downtown Bellingham since it opened in April 1999, Taco Lobo serves delicious cuisine inspired by the food that owner Luis Santos enjoyed as a child in his hometown of Jalisco, Mexico. Their homemade tortillas and salsa bar set Taco Lobo a notch above other Mexican dining establishments in the area. The Chicken Taco and Enchiladas are two favorites on the menu, which is filled with the delicious and authentic comfort foods locals enjoy seeing at Mexican restaurants. Their vibrant atmosphere and lively music make it a great place to stop for an adventurous dining experience.
Casa Que Pasa 1415 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.756.8226, casaquepasarocks.com
A Bellingham landmark for many years now, Casa Que Pasa is known for its dive atmosphere, awesome tequila selection, and massive burritos. The Cantina in the back has a funky vibe and delicious margaritas. Some of your best bets for entrees are the potato burrito, the Asada Oz-Some Tacos, and the Fajita Chicken. Pair these delights with a dessert, such as Churros or the Tortilla Sopapillas, and you have a truly delightful meal that will satisfy your need for Mexican cuisine. If you’re feeling adventurous, finish off the meal by sampling a couple of the 115-125 tequilas they have available.
Calle Tacos and Tequila 517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566, vivacalle.com
The best place to try authentic food that reflects a culture’s cuisine is from street vendors. Edgar Carreon embraced this philosophy when he opened Calle Tacos and Tequila in Mount Vernon. Calle, which is Spanish for street, boasts a menu of Mexican recipes made from fresh, local ingredients. Their signature tacos include Chicken Tinga, with smoked chipotle; Chorizado, with chorizo, steak and pineapple; and Carnitas de Perco, with slow roasted pork. They also offer a grasshopper taco for those with an adventurous spirit. Their Tequila collection is expansive and the margarita menu delightful. Calle has become a favorite local spot.
Peruvian Café Rumba 140 N. State St., Bellingham 360.746.8280, caferumbabham.com
Peruvian natives Mario Mellet and Antonio Diaz have ample experience cooking for restaurants, and in March 2012 they combined their knowledge to open Café Rumba, a Peruvian deli that features the cuisine they grew up enjoying. Sanguches (sandwiches) are a key part of Peruvian food culture, and Rumba’s menu boasts a variety of delicious sanguches. A favorite is the Pervano, with yam, avocado, cheese, roasted tomato, spinach, huacatay (black mint), and aji amarillo (Peruvian chile with robust flavor and medium heat). The sanguches pair beautifully with papas con aji escabeche, boiled or roasted potatoes covered in a spicy, savory sauce.
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3008 Northwest Ave., Bellingham 360.393.4637 Food Truck–1422 North Forest St., Bellingham, 360.920.4330 super-marios.com
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What began as just a taco truck downtown has expanded to include a restaurant that serves some of the best Salvadoran food in Whatcom County. If you stop by the taco truck on a weekday afternoon, you will likely meet Mario himself, and watch as he juggles the constant stream of orders coming through the walk-up window and over his blue tooth. Despite all the business, or possibly because of it, Mario is an extremely friendly guy. And to top it off, his food is delicious. Everything is made fresh, and he serves arguably the best Asada Tacos in Bellingham.
Although they’re known as being a place to go after the bars close, Pel’Meni serves up some one-of-a-kind fare that is not to be found anywhere else in Whatcom County. The selection is pretty straightforward: meat or potato dumplings, and would you like sour cream with that? Then douse it in hot sauce, and you’re set. It sounds simple, but these wonderful minced meat and potato dumplings are authentic Russian and Ukranian cuisine. Served in to-go containers, these are a tasty and unique addition to a relaxing afternoon downtown.
Savory bratwursts dipped in a medley of spicy stone-ground mustards and paired with a selection of German beers. Brandon Bates opened Schweinhaus in June of last year, just in time for it to be enjoyed during the sunny summer months. Their menu includes bratwurst, cheddarwursts, currywursts, nernburger, and weisswursts, all served with a heaping pile of sauerkraut and a scoop of potato salad or generous helping of jojos. For those who have a weakness for the comforts of German cuisine, or newbies who are intrigued by the tantalizing aromas wafting from this Biergarten’s barbecue, Schweinhaus is the perfect stop.
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Martini Fest 2015 WRITTEN BY ZACCHORELI FRESCOBADLI-GRIMALDI
ponsored by Dry Fly Distilling, the second annual Bellingham Alive Martini Fest was an event best remembered for the fabulous cocktails and fantastic venues of the contestants. Whatcom County certainly has its fair share of watering holes, each catering to the area’s diverse clientele. Upscale, old-fashioned, en vogue, laidback, trendy, yuppy and wannabe all want to meet up and share a libation. But where to go? To the bars with the area’s best martinis, of course. Both time and one’s liver are far too precious to waste on anything less than the best. This year’s contestants entered martini cocktails in two categories: Original and Interpretative. The original sounds easy enough; however, the judges learned that there’s much more to making a fine martini than merely continued on next page …
swishing about ice, gin and vermouth. Most every bar also has several interpretive martini variations that are no less sophisticated than the genuine libation. Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa always puts on a good show, and this year the staff certainly did not disappoint. Silver Reef’s classic martini is just that: an olive-garnished, balanced blend of gin and vermouth shaken vigorously and poured into traditional glasses. This is the martini one might want to enjoy in the Cigar Lounge whilst relaxing in an overstuffed arm chair investing idle time in an A+ cigar. The adage, “Bacon makes everything better” is spot on with Silver Reef’s Bacon Martini. This vodka martini has everything an omnivore could want in a beverage: meat, salt and honey-rimmed glass, sage, and lime combined in a drink that certainly wets the whistle. The thing about a neighborhood bar is that it really needs to feel less like a night club and more like a living room. Fireside Martini Bar is exactly that: a home away from home hangout, with well-dressed, knowledgeable, and friendly mixologists and personable servers. Comfortable couches and armchairs are clustered in little conversation areas adjacent to a sizable bar. Honorable mention goes to Fireside’s original martini which is based on the true classic martini formula made with Old Tom Gin and Gum syrup. Garnished with a cucumber slice, this refreshing beverage accompanied with a charcuterie plate is the perfect way to start an afternoon. Fireside Martini Bar’s interpretive martini seemed a close cousin to the Kamikaze. The cocktails here are made the way they are meant to be: cold, delicious, and soothing. This $9 cocktail is definitely a memorable libation and a drink one should plan to linger over while sharing a chin wag with friends. Sometimes it’s rough to come up with a new drink using an old and venerable formula. Nonetheless, Daphne’s — that tiny Fairhaven hipster bar — entered a cocktail so unique it has to be experienced to be appreciated. This two-in-one $12 martini is a traditional martini made with lemon thyme, and lemon infused Lillet liquor and then garnished with a frozen Negroni …
Twig and Berry
Poppeâ€™s 360 at the Lakeway 1.5 oz. Gin .5 oz. Homemade Rosemary Syrup .5 oz. Creme de Cassis .75 oz Pomegranate Juice Garnish: Lime and Rosemary
Rosemary Simple Syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 4 fresh rosemary sprigs Stir together all 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a wire-mesh strainer into an airtight container, discarding rosemary sprigs. Cover and chill 4 hours.
For Drink Fill martini glasses with ice. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well. Pour the ice out of the glasses and replace with the freshly shaken cocktail, finish off with a garnish of Rosemary and Lime. Enjoy!
ice cube. As the Negroni ice cube melts into the gin the resulting beverage is rather like a slushy. It’s a wonderful interpretive martini that one of the judges exclaimed,
“Fill up a pool with this and I’ll breaststroke my way through it.” Those of us who enjoy Negroni on a hot summer day will love Daphne’s Negroni Martini year round. Keenan’s on the Pier has become one of Bellingham’s raging hotspots. This hotel restaurant offers awesome food, a terrific wine list, arguably the nicest wait-staff in the city, and creative cocktails. Keenan’s traditional martini with orange bitters is garnished with an enormous lemon twist that gives this original martini a wonderful citrus feel. It’s a bright and ice cold libation makes a person just want to sit back, take in the view of Bellingham Bay, and watch the sunset. For their interpretive martini, Keenan’s featured Sam’s Cranberry Gimlet: a chilled glass of vodka, spices and acidic cranberry that lends this cocktail a delightfully complex texture. This Cranberry Gimlet is destined to become a Thanksgiving favorite; in fact, I may have to have Thanksgiving in May just to give it a test run! Unfailing attention to every little detail is the bartender battle cry at Poppe’s 360, and has made the establishment this year’s Martini Fest first place winner. Juli Wavada, Director of Outlets at Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn, explained each phase of martini construction as mixologists prepared the bar’s original martini. “Chill the vermouth!” the judges were told. “Vermouth is a fortified wine, and the bottle needs to be 94 NorthSoundLife.com
stored properly or it will go bad in a day,” this advice flies in the face of convention that suggests room-temperature storage for vermouth. Those of us who have had one or two open bottles of vermouth, often several years old, stored in kitchen cabinets need to toss out the old stuff and replenish our supply. Chilling the vermouth absolutely does make a difference! Poppe’s 360, The One and Only Original Martini is an ice cold blend of gin and vermouth served in a pre-chilled glass that is so phenomenal it’s hands down an absolute nipple hardener. A post-work detour for this remarkable, practically perfect martini is definitely the best way to commence the evening. This magnificent original is an $11 cocktail bargain. Poppe’s 360 interpretive martini, Twig and Berry, is no less impressive than the original. A soothing rosemary-infused cocktail with pomegranate and black currant flavors engages the senses and leaves one wanting more — an affordable $9 indulgence. Poppe’s martinis that were entered in the competition are also included on their regular menu, so don’t hesitate to drop in and sample a few. Over complexity can be the undoing of many a Martini, and of course, after ten of these cocktails ramifications of indulgence is just as much a concern as the mixologist’s skill and dexterity. Simplicity, served with a splash of controlled originality, may be the most commendable design for martini success. The best ingredients, properly stored, carefully blended, and served in a pre-chilled glass almost guarantees perfection. There is also nothing wrong with more, Dorothy Parker so eloquently noted: “I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I’m under the table after four I’m under my host.”
Executive Chef NOrman Cox from the 5th Street Bistro at The Majestic Inn & Spa Presented in association with: Judd & Black Appliance, Mount Vernon
n Thursday March 12, Executive Chef Norman Cox and his team from the 5th Street Bistro at the Majestic Inn and Spa in Anacortes created a fantastic four-course meal with cocktail pairings for a sold-out crowd. Judd & Black hosted the event in their test kitchen in Mount Vernon. The evening began with a refreshing cocktail called Las Pinas de los Reyes, a mellow drink with a smooth finish. The dinner began with pan-seared sea scallops served with a mixture of herbs and a grilled orange wedge. The next course was a tender piece of sea bass served on polenta in a mushroom au jus. The polenta was moist, and the jus pulled the dish together. The third course was a pork ragu on fresh pappardelle that the chef ran through the pasta machine a dozen times, crafting the perfect al dente. The evening finished with a braised short rib perched atop sweet potato gnocchi and sautéed kale. Each course had a signature cocktail that complemented the dishes. After a successful dinner, guests mingled and chatted with the team from the Majestic, ending the night on a note of the kind of camaraderie that only comes of sharing great food and satisfying drinks.
WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT | PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAITY TEER
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Make it at home Recipes FIRST COURSE Cocktail
Las Pinas de los Reyes
Sea Scallops with Charred Lemon & Fresh Herb Salad
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1.5 oz Sho Chiku Bai nigori sake 3/4 oz Ancho Reyes liqueur 1/2 oz Suerte Blanco tequila 1 oz pineapple shrub Fidencio Clasico Mezxal Rinse
Rinse coupe with mezcal first, and dispose of excess. Shake remaining ingredients and strain into coupe with a caramelized pineapple garnish.
INGREDIENTS: • 2 Fresh Sea Scallops • 1 Lemon • Fresh Herbs: Italian Parsley, Tarragon, Mint, Chives • Arugula • Champagne Vinegar • Shallots • Olive Oil
• Dijon Mustard • Opal Basil Aioli COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Sear scallops in an oiled pan to medium rare. Halve the lemon and grill fruit side down until dark grill marks appear. Mix shallots, olive oil, Dijon, and vinegar together. Lightly chop the herbs and toss with dressing and arugula. Plate scallops on top of opal basil aioli.
SECOND COURSE Cocktail
The Cask of Amontillado
Seared Sea Bass with Mushroom Jus
• 2oz El Maestro Sierra Amontillado Sherry • 3/4oz melon vodka • 1/2oz white balsamic honey syrup • 1/4oz olive juice
Stir and strain into coupe and garnish with almond stuffed olive
Sea Bass • 5-7 oz portions Sea Bass • Salt & Pepper To Taste • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Mushroom Jus • 3 Cups water • 1 Cup White Wine • 2 Tbsp Butter
• 1/2 Medium yellow onion diced • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced • 1 Tbsp Porcini mushroom powder • 1/2 pound Crimini mush rooms, sliced thin • A pinch of black pepper • Salt to taste... Roughly 1 Tbsp COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Sea Bass Pre-Heat saute pan and oven 400°. Season fishwith salt and pepper. Add olive oil to pan
and swirl. Place fish in pan and cook on one side for 3 minutes then flip them over. Immediately after flipping the fish, finish in the oven for 8 minutes. Mushroom Jus Sautée butter, mushrooms, onion and garlic in sauté pan. Add to water, porcini powder and wine in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Lower to simmer and reduce by half. Add salt and pepper to taste.
THIRD COURSE Cocktail
Tru’s Spring Garden • • • •
1oz Tru Garden vodka 1oz Dimmi liqueur 2oz Mr. Q Cumber soda Dash Scrappy’s celery bitters
Stir vodka and Dimmi then strain into coupe and top with soda garnish with fennel pollen.
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Brown the pork butt and remove from pot. Brown Italian sausage and remove from pot. Sautee onions for one minute and add garlic. Continue to sauté for one minute. Deglaze the pan with beef stock. Add all ingredients to pot and simmer for approx. 2 hours. Fold in freshly chopped Italian parsley and fresh basil. Serve with your choice of pasta or starch. Garnish with your favorite Italian cheese. We recommend Pecorino.
Pork Ragu Served over pappardelle INGREDIENTS: • 2lbs cubed Pork Butt • 2 lbs Italian Sausage • 1.5 cups Onion, Yellow, Diced • 4 Tbsp Garlic, chopped • 1 quart Beef Stock • 2 15oz. cans Crushed Tomatoes • Salt & Pepper • Chili flakes
FINAL COURSE Cocktail
Dish Braised Beef Short Rib with Sweet Potato Gnocchi and
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1oz Jameson 1oz Rossbacher herbal liqueur 1oz Towari buckwheat Sochu 1/2oz pomegranate molasses Barspoon orange flower water
Stir well and strain into coupe. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Pomegranate Demi INGREDIENTS: • Short Ribs • Celery, carrot, onion roughly chopped • Beef stock • Red wine
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Brown Short ribs. Place in large pan with the chopped vegetables, add stock and wine. Cover tight and cook in 300* oven for 3.5-4hrs. Carefully remove ribs from pan. Drain liquid through sieve add pomegranate molasses and reduce by half. Reheat ribs in ½ demi glaze. Serve with sweet potato gnocchi.
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kitchen feel inside. Appetizers include tender calamari with a light salad; twice baked corn soufflé with green chili lime cream and goat cheese; and house-smoked oysters with a cilantro almond pesto. A main course of Alaskan Weathervane Scallops with whipped potatoes and a blue cheese crema followed was followed by a Chocolate Panna Cotta paired perfectly with a pear liquor. Every bite offered freshness and flavor. The food was largely local and every dish was garnished with flowers from owner and executive chef Gretchen Allison’s own garden.
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SAN JUAN DOE BAY CAFE American 107 Doe Bay Rd., Orcas Island 360.376.8059, doebay.com/cafe/cafe.html Whether you’re heading toward the San Juan Islands or don’t mind taking a trip for an unbelievable meal, be sure to make reservations at the ever-popular Doe Bay Cafe. The cafe is set in the Doe Bay garden, providing a beautiful view and the majority of the cafe’s organic ingredients. Owners Joe and Maureen Brotherton have stuck to their philosophy of taking good care of their visitors by providing world-class dishes made by Executive Chef Abigael Birrell. Choose from a selection of delicious dishes such as Huevos Rancheros with free range, organic over-easy eggs with black beans on griddled corn tortillas or the Pan Roasted Point King Salmon served with a carrot ginger sauce and smoky fried chickpeas and charmoula. DUCK SOUP INN American 50 Duck Soup Ln., Friday Harbor 360.378.4878, ducksoupinn.com Sitting on the border of the woods at Duck Soup Inn is one of the most delightful dining experiences you’ll likely experience. The outside eating area of this restaurant — located almost midway between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island — opened last year and offers tables for dinner as well as a couple of couches for pre-dinner drinks. The meals here match the atmosphere: fresh and natural outside; sophisticated country
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 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.
TOBY’S TAVERN Seafood
SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Japanese
8 Front St., Coupeville 360.678.4222, tobysuds.com
1830 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington 360.588.4281, sakurasteakhouse.com
Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambience with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep shellfish connoisseurs clamoring for a regular fix. Steamed and soaked in a scrumptious mix of simple seasonings, wine and juices, Toby’s robust offering of mussels makes for a memorable visit. Fish and chips arrive hot, deliciously flakey, and generous in size, with sides of sweet coleslaw and fries deserving mention for their merit. For those waiting among the weekend crowd of regulars, a giant chocolaty brownie will drive your mind insane, and keep your appetite satisfied before the main course earns its way into the dining room.
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.
SKAGIT IL GRANAIO Italian 100 E. Montgomery St., Ste. 110, Mount Vernon 360.419.0674, granaio.com 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, theoysterbar.net 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
TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE Gastropub 416 Myrtle St., Mt. Vernon 360.588.4515, trumpeterpublichouse.com The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of highend, 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 apricot-honey 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.
WHATCOM BLACK FOREST STEAKHOUSE German/Steak 1263 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.733.9185 638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.306.8342, blackforeststeakhouse.com 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.
BLACK PEARL Vietnamese 1255 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham 360.756.5003 202 E. Holly St. 117, Bellingham 360.318.7655 blackpearlbellingham.com 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 102 S. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.752.2583, bluefinbellingham.com 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.
Dignified Dining, Enjoy the Experience 360.676.1011 1211 11th Street, Bellingham | DirtyDanHarris.com
CIAO THYME ON THE SIDE CAFE Lunch 207 Unity St., Bellingham 360.927.4890, ciaothyme.com 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, thecopperhog.com 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
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go back often so you can enjoy everything the menu has to offer.
Honey Moon Mead & Cider
D’ANNA’S CAFE ITALIANO Italian
Ingredients: Raspberry mead, house red wine, blood orange juice, orange mead, garnished with an orange slice Cost: $7
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.
1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, dannascafeitaliano.com
DIRTY DAN HARRIS Steakhouse
erhaps it’s the back alley entrance, or the delightful string bands that play every weekend, or possibly the delicious mead that can’t be found anywhere else in Bellingham, that continually draws me to Honey Moon when I’m looking for a tasty beverage and wonderful company. I remember when I first moved to the area six yeas ago and came across the Honey Moon by accident during an evening run — from my spot in the alley I could see a cozy room lit with strands of white lights and candles, full of people laughing and drinking, tapping their toes to the live music. At that moment I resolved to visit the Honey Moon at the next opportunity, and I have visited it many times since. Their mead never disappoints and the service is always prompt and friendly. On my most recent visit I decided to try their housemade Sangria. A combination of their raspberry and orange meads, red wine, and blood orange juice, this beverage was a perfect blend of spice and alcohol. The flavors of cinnamon and honey, followed by the slice of fresh orange, hit the spot
1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1087, dirtydanharris.com The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides warm, friendly waitstaff, quaint historic surroundings and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is owner Kathy Papadakis’ waitstaff. Most have worked here for years — and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. The filet mignon is Dirty Dan’s signature entree. You won’t be disappointed. Leave room for dessert, however, because the selections are dangerously good. FIAMMA BURGER All-natural Burgers 1309 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.733.7374, fiammaburger.com
on a brisk night, and the bartender’s generous pour was exactly what I needed while listening to the live string band and relaxing with friends. Everything about Honey Moon, from their remarkable talents with mead to the inviting atmosphere and live music, makes it a wonderful stop any night of the week. Come for the happy hour and stay for the show, just make sure to bring a friend or two (or four) with whom to share the experience. Honey Moon Mead & Cider 1053 N. State St. Alley, Bellingham Tues.–Sat. 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. 360.734.0728 honeymoonmeads.com
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. FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR Dinner/Bar 416 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.738.1000, firesidemartini.com 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
Infusion Cuisine WRITTEN BY ZACCHORELI FRESCOBALDI-GRIMALDI | PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIANE PADYS
ocated just south of Lynden, Infusion Cuisine is a tidy little restaurant with exquisitely prepared food that enjoys a loyal following. Guests are greeted at the door and led to waiting tables by coowner, Yesenia Pulido, while her husband, Executive Chef and co-owner Eduardo Diego, plies his craft in the kitchen. A culinary veteran of seventeen years, Eduardo learned his trade while working with his father and uncles in kitchens at resort restaurants in Acapulco, Mexico. From there he went on to cook with esteemed chefs at fine dining establishments in San Diego, California. Since moving to Washington, Eduardo worked at The Bakery, Three Flavors Kitchens, and Giuseppe’s before opening Infusion Cuisine in Lynden last spring. Infusion Cuisine offers Eduardo the opportunity to produce fare in the three styles in which he excels: Asian, Italian and Mexican. His eclectic restaurant concept is a fantastic addition to Whatcom County’s culinary scene. Eduardo and his Sous-Chef do a wonderful job deftly bridging the technical skills the three culinary traditions require by developing sophisticated unique flavors and textural
profiles using fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Eduardo’s Spring Rolls are filled with marvelously fresh vegetables, wrapped in a delicate pastry that shatters with a satisfying crunch and melts on the tongue. I’ve a weakness for Spring Rolls; they are a $4.99 guilty pleasure for which I make no apologies. And then there are the $7.99 Rolled Chicken Tacos served with fresh guacamole, sour cream and a freshly tossed southwestern style salad. These appetizer portions are large enough to share with a companion, but no one could blame you for keeping them to yourself: Some dishes are just too damn delicious to share! The entrees may well challenge anyone’s reluctance to drive to this destination restaurant. Seldom has Chili Relleno, at $11.99, prompted so many contented sighs. A beautiful, cheese filled, subtly spicy Anaheim pepper in a scrumptious tomato sauce is light, yet just enough to satisfy ravenous omnivores and vegetarians alike. From the Asian menu the Chicken Curry is a steal at $15.99. Served on a bed of white rice, this Thai-style dish is a mélange of coconut, crisp white onions, gently cooked haricot vert, roasted
tomato and eggplant. This dish with a glass of Riesling is the stuff food orgies are made of! Few can resist Chicken Piccata, and after sampling Eduardo’s rendition of this Italian classic, few other competitors will vie for your attention. Thin, tender chicken breast sautéed in butter and finished with a refreshing lemon sauce is served with linguini in a gentle garlic oil wine sauce and garnished with artichokes and capers. This $16.99 dish is so perfectly balanced that the delicate lemon flavors and aromas are never overwhelmed by the accompaniments. Infusion Cuisine carries an ambiance that is warm, inviting and can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. The dining room walls are a welcoming turquoise blue, with an open design ceiling. Tables are spaced a comfortable distance so diners do not feel as if they are packed like sardines. Don’t wait to treat yourself like you deserve something exceptional! Finicky eaters in your crowd? Don’t fret; Eduardo has developed a wonderful kids menu, too. Infusion Cuisine is destined to become one of Whatcom County’s most popular restaurants. http://infusioncuisine.com April | May 2015101
intimate, with couches and armchairs throughout the lounge. GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Italian 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, giuseppesitalian.com 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. TASTE OF INDIA Indian 3930 Meridian St., Ste. 107, Bellingham 360.647.1589 At Taste 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. Taste 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. JAKE’S WESTERN GRILL Southern
• Slow-cooked BBQ ribs with our homemade BBQ sauce • Build Your Own Burger featuring our handcrafted USDA chuck patties and fresh baked buns • Micro Brew Steamed Mussels
360.332.2505 2615 South Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham nickisbellamarina.com Casual Friendly Atmosphere for Good Times and a Great Water View
8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.354.5588, jakeswesterngrill.com In addition to outstanding barbecue, Jake’s also features a full line of fresh-cut salads, burgers, Southern sandwiches and a full-service bar. If you’re a true lover of Southern barbecue, you owe it to yourself to head north and give Jake’s Western Grill in Lynden a try. MAGDALENAS Crêperie, European 1200 10th St., Ste. 103, Bellingham 360.483.8569, magdalenascreperie.com Paris, London, New York, Vancouver and Bellingham have them. Little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches and hot soup du jour fill the air. With a formidable selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate and your choice of fresh fruit. A crêpe option for every crêpe crave.
MYKONOS Greek 1650 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.715.3071 mykonosrestaurantbellingham.com
Pita bread is pita bread, right? Not at Mykonos. If you order a starter of hummus, prepare your tastebuds for slices of pita bread heaven. If you consider yourself to be a connoisseur of Greek cuisine, try the traditional Greek salad as a litmus test. You won’t be disappointed. It is delightfully fresh and light and a meal by itself, with perhaps the best feta dressing west of Athens. Should you still be hungry, your main course options include the traditional Greek spin on veggie, lamb, chicken, steak and seafood prepared with rice or pasta. Mykonos offers excellent value for the price. Phidippides would be proud.
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.
NORTH FORK BREWERY Brewpub 6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming 360.599.2337, northforkbrewery.com 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.
4 The spicy dragon roll at Wasabee is crunchy, tasty, sushi goodness. Try it with a hot sake and seaweed salad.
PEL’ MENI Russian 1211 N. State St., Bellingham 360.715.8324 Step off busy State Street after your late night festivities for an inexpensive and satisfying fill of plump dumplings. Stuffed with either meat or potatoes, these dumplings are piping hot and sprinkled with cumin, paprika and cilantro. Because they pair so well with tasty libations, Pel’ Meni manages to consistently have a line out the door as soon as the sun goes down. For $7, you’ll get a plastic, clam-shell container full of savory dumplings. Smother them with vinegar, sour cream and hot sauce for the full effect.
Avenue Bread’s veggie Eggenue melts in your mouth. Melted cheese, spinach, tomato, basil served on an English muffin, it’s a great start to any day.
The chicken parmigiana at Guieseppe’s Al Porto makes for an elegant lunch. Paired with a dry white, it’s brilliant. You might need a nap afterward.
SLO-PITCH SPORTS GRILL AND CASINO 3720 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.733.2255, slopitchcasino.com
The tandoori chicken at Tandoori Bites is perfectly prepared, juicy, and delicious. With red and green peppers on a sizzling platter, it’s a festive dish, too.
The burger at The Loft at Latitude Four Eight Five is beautifully prepared and served on a pretzel bun. Excellent for lunch, and half off at happy hour.
The garden scramble at Keenan’s at the Pier is a perfect blend of fresh seasonal vegetables and cheese.
The chicken pesto sandwich at Diamond Jim’s is a lunch treat not to be missed. The pesto is perfectly creamy, not too piquant, and the chicken is tender.
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.
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North Sound Women’s Expo MAY 15–16, 2015 FRIDAY: 10–9 & SATURDAY: 10–7
oin us for the second annual North Sound Women’s Expo at our new loaction in Bellis Fair Mall. There will be more than 80 vendors with culinary, financial, health and wellbeing, and other resources to offer. Connect with local businesses that can help you throughout the year. There will also be a fashion show on the food court Stage Saturday at 2 p.m., as well as a variety of speakers all day Friday. Great vendors, makeovers, demonstrations, and more! nswexpo.com
SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA
WHATCOM MUSEUM PRESENTS MAGIC WINDOWS: FRAMING PLACE AND IMAGES FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN
MBT PRESENTS THE BLUES HALL OF FAME TOUR
FEBRUARY 7–MAY 10
Since 1982, the Blues Foundation has been inducting members based on their contributions to blues. Three of these influential members will be performing for one night at the Mount Baker Theatre: Charlie Musselwhite, who has collaborated with talented musicians such as Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits; James Cotton, a Grammy winner and harmonica master, who has released thirty solo albums and worked with blues giants such as B.B. King; and John Hammond, who has won the Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year six times. Be sure not to miss this wonderful performance!
Photographer Edward Curtis’ stunning portraits are on display for three months at the Whatcom Museum. Focused on the life and culture of North American Indians, this exhibition is a beautiful representation of the dignity and worth of the Native Americans in the West. With a little over a month left to view these works of art, be sure to stop by the museum and admire Curtis’ photographs. 121 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.778.8930 whatcommuseum.org TOM SHERWOOD: A GOLDEN PERSPECTIVE MARCH 7–JUNE 14
Expressing his art through different media — including painting, drawing, and wood block prints — artist Tom Sherwood has an exhibition of pieces on display for three months at the Whatcom Museum. He employs many techniques from the Renaissance, such as egg tempera and gold leaf on wood panel, as well as a focus on perspective and anatomy. 121 Prospect St., Bellingham 360.778.8930 whatcommuseum.org 106 NorthSoundLife.com
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104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com
vocals. It is sure to be a lovely performance. Tickets are available for $39.50. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com MBT PRESENTS MARIACHI DIVAS MAY 5, 7:30 P.M.
This is sure to be an unforgettable performance! Formed in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have been touring nationally and internationally for over a decade. A stage full of women playing all manner of string instruments, flute, and trumpets will bring mariachi music to life in a way you haven’t experienced before. A fun night full of upbeat music and colorful costumes, this performance will leave you smiling.Tickets available at $45/$39/$33/$20. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com MBT PRESENTS VISIONS FROM CAPE BRETON AND BEYOND: A CELTIC FAMILY CELEBRATION MAY 9 AT 8:00 PM.
STG PRESENTS NEKO CASE APRIL 14 AT 8:00 P.M.
Neko Case will be playing songs from her latest album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, and her 2009 album Middle Cyclone, which was nominated for two Grammys and was considered Case’s strongest work to date. Come out for an evening of unique and passionate music combined with Case’s powerful
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are two violinists who have created a new show to share with their fans. It will include the musical talents of their children alongside dancers as they chronicle the story of the first family of traditional fiddlers. Join MacMaster and Leahy as they share their musical gifts for one night at the Mount Baker Theatre. Tickets $42/$39/$35/$25. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com
THEATER MEET THE BISCOTTIS! AN INTERACTIVE MAFIA MUSICAL APRIL 8-10, 7:30 P.M., APRIL 11, 3:00 P.M. & 7:30 P.M., APRIL 12, 3:00 P.M.
If The Sopranos was written as an interactive comedy-musical with an audience participating in the storyline, then you would get Meet the Biscottis! Join Don Guiseppe Biscotti, the wheelchair-bound Godfather of the Biscotti family, as he meets with the extensive Biscotti clan, his right-hand man Vito Carbonara, the family musician Stella “Knuckles” Moncello, FBI agents Smith and Wesson, and a rival gang member 99 Cent. Full of improv, laugh-out-loud comedy, and fabulous music provided by “Knuckles,” this will be an interactive musical you won’t want to miss. Be sure to reserve your table soon!
FINE ART EXHIBITION April 12 - 18
Opening April 11 ~ 6 pm
At the Depot 611 R Ave ~ Anacortes
104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com
CLASSICAL WHATCOM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: RISING STAR JOHANNES MOSER MAY 3, 3:00 P.M.
Cellist Johannes Moser will be performing Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor on the main stage at the Mount Baker Theatre for one night. A rising star in the musical world, Moser performed at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York City last February in a performance that, according to the New York Times, “brought the house down.” A master of his craft and a joy to experience, Moser’s performance of this classic piece by Dvorák is sure to be breathtaking. Tickets available at $39/$33/$13. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com THE BEATLES: A SIDE BY SIDE PERFORMANCE OF SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA AND THE WHATCOM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MAY 17, 6:00 P.M.
A new spin on classics such as Let it Be and All You Need is Love, this show is a collaboration between the Seattle Rock Opera and our own Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Iconic pop masterpieces will get a symphonic treatment in this concert that is sure to be an entertaining night for
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HISTORIC FAIRHAVEN FESTIVAL fans of The Beatles and their Abbey Road classics. Established in 2008, Seattle Rock Orchestra brings a rock & roll and classical edge to popular songs. This is their first time in Bellingham, and it’s a performance you won’t want to miss. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com
FAMILY FRIENDLY MAGICIAN FRANK DUNN PRESENTS: CHEROKEE SECRETS APRIL 18, 7:30 P.M.
Cherokee Secrets: A Native American Illusion Magic Show is presented by magician Frank Dunn and through it he tells his story of how he became a magician, shares Native American tales, and performs a variety of breathtaking magic tricks. It is a show full of illusions and slight-of-hand. It is sure to be a fun night for the whole family. Tickets available at $39/$32/$25/$20. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com MBT EDUCATION PROGRAM PRESENTS 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - TEARS OF JOY PUPPET THEATRE: APRIL 20-23 AT 10:00 A.M. & 12:15 P.M.
Join two steam punk enthusiasts as they present their version of the classic story 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea through the use of puppets and elaborate, handmade sets. A very creative approach to the story, this performance is sure to be a wonderful introduction for kids who are experiencing classic literature for the first time. You will meet Captain Nemo and Professor Arronax as they explore the ocean depths and overcome obstacles. Tickets available at $8/$9.50. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com 108 NorthSoundLife.com
Collection, and Tom Sherwood: A Golden Perspective. Come join us for a sophisticated evening enjoying the work of local artists. This event is free to the public. 250 Flora St., Bellingham 360.778.8930 whatcommuseum.org CROSSOVER/CRUCE DE VIAS APRIL 6–MAY 16
MBT EDUCATION PROGRAM: CLICK, CLACK, MOO MAY 13, 10;00 A.M. & 12:15 P.M.
This family-friendly musical discusses issues of communication and compromise through comedy and song. A family of farmers gets together with the farm animals. When the farm animals argue that all their needs are not being met, and the farmers don’t do anything about it, the animals decide to go on strike. Catered to kids in Grades K-4, this performance is bound to have them laughing and learning at the same time. Tickets available for $6/$7.50. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com MEMORIAL DAY BBQ MAY 25 AT 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
BelleWood Acres will be hosting a Memorial Day celebration on their beautiful farm this year. There will barbecued burgers, spirits from their own distillery, live blues music, delicious local brews, a Big Wheel Race and a Build a Human Flag Competition. It is going to be an awesome time, and if you haven’t tried BelleWood’s amazing spirits and ciders, this is a great opportunity to experience them for the first time. 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.318.7720, bellewoodfarms.com
VISUAL ARTS DOWNTOWN ART WALK APRIL 3, 6:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M.
Taking place at the Lightcatcher Building, three installations will be on display at this special exhibition – Mingled Visions: Images from The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis, A Curator’s Perspective: Selections from the
In 2003, Crossover/Cruce de Vida was created by artists Cara Jaye and Miguel Rivera. The project involved the artists mailing pieces back and forth and adding each other’s work to their own art to create final pieces that combined their two unique styles. Using a variety of media including paper, paint, drawing, and printmaking, these pieces are meant to represent a dialogue between these two artists from different cultures. Their work will be on display at Western’s Gallery. Be sure to check it out. 516 High St., Bellingham – Fine Arts Complex westerngallery.wwu.edu
DANCE GOOD VIBRATIONS BALLROOM DANCING APRIL 1, 6:00 P.M.
The elegant Crystal Ballroom at The Leopold in downtown Bellingham is an ideal place for a night of Ballroom dancing. Come out for a sophisticated and fun night of dancing under crystal chandeliers to the live music of the band Good Vibrations. It is an event that will make for a perfect date or a fun night out with friends. 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.733.3500 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING CLASS APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 AT 7:00 P.M.–9:30 P. M.
Contra dancing is New England style country dancing. There is a free onehour lesson before the event for those who want to enjoy a night of dancing with friends but are inexperienced with the style. The music is provided by a live band of fiddle players who are experienced in old-time styles of music that are perfect for contra dancing. This event takes place weekly at the Fairhaven Public Library and is sponsored by the Bellingham Country Dance Society.
Admission is $8-$10 for adults and $6 for students. 1117 12th St., Bellingham 360.778.7188
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SPECIAL EVENTS DAVID BERRY APRIL 11, 8:00 P.M.
Most people became aware of David Berry and his unique brand of humor through his popular newspaper column that was published in over 500 papers nationwide. The success of these articles, combined with Berry’s fabulous writing style and sharp wit, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. Berry’s perceptive humor and habit of saying whatever is on his mind regardless of whom it may offend are sure to make this a hilarious performance. Tickets are available starting at $30. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080, mountbakertheatre.com
Your one night hotel stay includes: • Entrance to Future of Flight (home of the famous Boeing Tour), Historic Flight Foundation, Flying Heritage Collection or Flight Restoration Museum • Keepsake Passport to Paine Field Aviation Museums • $50 for lunch or dinner at Arnies or Ivar’s Mukilteo Future of Flight Museum • Free t-shirts and other giveaways!
Staybridge Suites • TownePlace Suites by Marriott • Silver Cloud Inn
Book online now at: www.mukilteo.org/mukair
DIRTY DAN HARRIS FESTIVAL APRIL 26, 10:00 A.M.–5:30 P.M.
Every year Fairhaven has a festival to celebrate the community’s founder, Dirty Dan Harris. It takes place on the Fairhaven Village Green and includes fun events like the Chuckanut Chili CookOff, an uphill piano race, the Dirty Dan Sidewalk Saloon, a salmon toss for adults and kids, and the Dirty Dan-Look-a-Like & 1800s Dress Costume Contest. Come out for the live music, local eats, fun activities, and good company. 1207 10th St., Bellingham 360.778.7000, fairhaven.com HISTORIC FAIRHAVEN FESTIVAL MAY 24 10:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M.
Every year during Memorial Day weekend the streets of Fairhaven are shut down, dozens of food vendors and local artists set up booths, a beer garden is created, and a stage is built for live music. The festival takes place near the finish line of the Ski to Sea Race, so competitors finish the race and head straight to the festival for local food and beer. Admission to the festival is free.
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Out of Town SEATTLE HOP SCOTCH BEER & SCOTCH FESTIVAL APRIL 3 AT 5:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M., APRIL 4 AT 1:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M.
Seattle’s premier craft beer, wine, whiskey, and scotch tasting event, this spring festival is an annual toast to the Northwest’s love of strong, local spirits. Taking place at the Fremont Studios, this event will provide over 50 specialty and limited release craft beers as well as Scotch and Northwest Whiskey tasting flights. A 21 & over event, tickets are $25-$30. 155 N. 35th St., Seattle hopscotchtasting.com ROBIN HOOD Seattle Children’s Theatre is bringing back its most popular show, Robin Hood. A big comedy hit with audiences, come watch Robin Hood take on the Sheriff of Nottingham, woo Maid Marian, and get involved in all sorts of shenanigans involving sword fights and archery. A timeless romantic adventure that is always a joy to experience, bring your family and friends to watch the heroic Robin Hood ensure justice throughout Nottingham. Tickets available for $25-$36. 201 Thomas St., Seattle 206.441.3322, sct.org
VANCOUVER EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL APRIL 26–MAY 3
It’s going to be a week filled with eating! And who doesn’t love that? With 250 exhibitors throughout the city, including celebrity chefs and renowned culinary masters, this annual food and cooking festival promises to be an awesome experience. This festival showcases the city’s culinary culture with numerous handson workshops, galas, tastings, dinner series, and much more. May 1st through 3rd of this event will be the Consumer Food Expo taking place at BC Place. eat-vancouver.com 110 NorthSoundLife.com
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On Sunday, February 22, The Pickford Film Center hosted its annual Red Carpet Affair to celebrate the 87th Annual Academy Awards and raise money for PFC projects. Catered by Twofiftyflora, the event also had a fantasy dessert bar, and coffee from Onyx Coffee. It was an evening of swanky fun for a great cause.
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Raising A Horton Loretta Puts Dr. Seuss Training Wheels On Her 5 Year Old Son WRITTEN BY Loretta
W. Cleese AKA KEN KARLBERG
s a single mom, I am deeply concerned about my young son — concerns like when, if ever, will he stop crying over minor boo-boos as if he just lost an arm or leg, or when, if ever, will he focus on one simple task for more than 30 seconds, or of course, when, if ever, will he stop playing with himself in public. You know, serious stuff — the same age old questions that mothers have faced since the beginning of time. I can’t help but laugh nervously at the contrast between the “I want my Cocoa Puffs” temper tantrum in the grocery aisle and Mr. Destructo, the destroyer of all things inanimate. On behalf of all mothers blessed with sons, let me say out loud what all of us have thought in a moment of brutal honesty — the rate of development of the male frontal lobe is simply astonishing. To think that in ten years or less, my notso-tough little guy will pretend that he never cried in his life and will be asking for a truck with over-sized wheels or growing facial hair if he can simply because he can. Frankly, this would be welcome progress. I much prefer a big belt buckle to the “hands down the pants” public humiliation. His “look what I got, mom” behavior may not change for twenty years, but at least then he will be on his own time. Really, guys? But the evolution of my son got me to thinking — I need a role model for him besides my ex-husband. His dad is a wonderful, loving father, but he is all male, meaning his frontal lobe remains a work-in-progress. His father would detail his ’69 Chevy every other week, prepare to barbeque hamburgers as if he was a Cordon Bleu chef, and pack for a fly fishing trip like he was Martha Stewart. However, ask him to clean house, do the dishes, or prepare lunches for the kids, and Superman suddenly had a pocket full of Kryptonite. And that was if he was healthy. Heaven forbid if he had a cold or a low grade fever — he became a complete momma’s boy. The used tissue at the bedside would reach heights that absolutely defied engineering principles, so high that he 112 NorthSoundLife.com
couldn’t see the piles of dirty dishes or clothes to be done or even the kids to feed. My gosh, what if I stopped being a mom every time I got sick? He acted like death was just around the corner. He was close to being right, of course, if he had read my mind. I did briefly consider helping him down that path. Instead, however, I decided to “motivate” his recovery by purchasing one of those old fashioned rectal thermometers from the 50’s and 60’s. That seemed to do the trick — that and our divorce. I am told that both are similar experiences. But I digress. I’ll let the bitterness go soon, like in my next life. My point is simply that my son needs a healthy dose of Venus in his Mars from an age appropriate non-traditional male — and “thank you” Dr. Seuss — who better than Horton, the elephant from “Horton Hears A Who.” Horton may be an unlikely role model perhaps, but I am desperate to counteract “nature,” or at least balance out primal “scratch and spit” male instincts with a strong dosage of “nurture.” The results are inconclusive because I am early in the experiment. But for past two months at bedtime, we read about Horton’s sacrifices for Whoville and the dust speck at great risk to himself. Buzz Lightyear and Woody, step aside. Horton is now a superhero in our house — no matter what dangers he encounters or the ridicule that he faces from the other animals in the jungle, Horton is loving, nurturing, loyal, brave, and protective. I make no apologies. My message to him and all young boys isn’t subliminal in the least: You can have your ’69 Chevy and eat it, too. Being vulnerable and thoughtful are not weaknesses. Just have the courage and the strength to become the best version of yourself that you can be, no matter what your peers say or do. Easier said than done, I know. I’ll report back in 10 years. That is if I survive my daughter’s teenage years. Have I mentioned hormones?
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