March/April 2015 - North End Metro

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TASTEFUL BEAUTY Edible Landscaping

GARDEN GURU Ciscoe Morris

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Ciscoe Morris


Gardening Guide


By the Numbers


Home and Remodel


Lasting Image


Calendar March & April


In the Know Book Reviews


In the Know Who Knew


In the Know Whole Foods’ Concierge Program


Community Leadership Snohomish


Wonder Woman Zsofia Pasztor


Apps We Love


5 Faves Spring Rolls


Spotlight Bob Mitchell



c’est La Vie


Necessities Fun with Florals


Around the Sound Purpose Boutique


Savvy Shopper Bramble Furniture


Fitness Trail Running Inspiration


Spa Review Olympus Spa

Salt & Iron


Dining Guide


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Review China City


Seven Great Tastes






Featured Event Everett Home & Garden Show


Events On the Town


Out of Town Seattle Collects Northwest Coast Native Art


The Scene


Publisher’s Letter




Letters to the Editor


Meet a Staffer Alyssa Wolfe


Final Word

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rrrr…our poor neighbors on the East Coast are getting hit hard with cold and snow flurries, when will it end? I can’t help but feel sorry for them as I watch weather predictions announcing cold, more cold, more snow. We are so fortunate! Winter 2015 in the Pacific Northwest is proving to be unusually warm. The bulbs are starting to rise from the ground and cherry blossoms are starting to bloom. As I walked my basset hound Sophie

down her favorite path, I couldn’t help but be inspired to look at what projects I wanted and needed to do this spring. I started writing my to-do list. Clean the roof, hire a window washer, and design the back patio area. My list started small and keeps growing as the sun continues to shine upon us. This issue marks our 3rd annual Home & Remodel Issue; whether you are looking for gardening tips, are going to re-design a bathroom, build a home or possibly organize a closet, we have some great ideas and tips that are sure to help you on your way. Need more ideas? Be sure to follow us on Pinterest or better yet, have you checked out our new website? is all grown up. We have a brand new contemporary streamlined look coupled with the latest in IT technology, featuring great articles for lifestyle, dine, wellbeing, and habitat. You have the ability to search our restaurant reviews by city and cuisine. Are you looking for something to do this week or this month? Check out our online events calendar. You can search by date, city and event type. We cover the whole North Sound region so whether you live in North Seattle and Edmonds, or Anacortes and Bellingham, we have you covered there and everywhere in-between. Above all and always, ENJOY!

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Bucket List I so enjoy every issue of North End Metro Magazine, but the Jan issue touched my soul. I had always known of the ‘Bucket List’, but I had always thought it would be things I could never be able to accomplish. So I didn’t even consider a Bucket List for me. Guess what! After reading the article I realized I had already started mine…I’m so excited and it’s just a start. 1- Run a 5K, 2-read the Bible this year. That’s just the beginning! Thank you again.

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NOTES Meet a Staffer Every issue we highlight an employee ­­ of North Sound Life.

Alyssa Wolfe Associate Editor | North End Metro Magazine

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with North Sound Life? I started at North Sound Life in July 2014 as a staff writer for North End Metro. After a few issues I became the Associate Editor. I work out of Snohomish County exploring and writing about all of the incredible things there are to do in the area, and about the community. I am currently working on building a team of writers and photographers in the North End as the magazine continues to grow and thrive.

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What is your background? I am a native of Snohomish County, and grew up in the charming town of Edmonds. I spent some time between rounds of college traveling the world, working fascinating jobs and living in the sunny Southwest. When it came time to settle, I ended up back in the beautiful Northwest. I recently brushed up my education with an Editing Certificate from the University of Washington and have spent the last few years happily writing and editing as a freelancer. What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine? There is nothing I love more than to learn about the region I live in. Every day is an adventure, and I get to meet new people, try new restaurants, and shop at new stores. My job allows me to share all of that with our

readers — and do it with the help of a fantastic and talented team that has been wonderful to work with. Even after visiting many exciting places around the nation and world, I still feel lucky to call Snohomish County home. What are some of your hobbies and interests? I have so many hobbies and interests that I don’t think I’ll ever be bored. If I had to give my top few I’d have to say travel and play with my amazing family, music, riding horses (just call me the urban cowgirl), gardening (my Dad will give me grief on that one), cooking, any outdoor activities (especially that involve running), photography and, of course, writing. I am also thrilled to be a part of North End Metro and North Sound Life. 

LIFESTYLE In The Know · Calendar · Spotlight Artist · 5 Faves

Garden Guru: Ciscoe Morris WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE


orth End Metro caught up with Ciscoe Morris on a chilly Christmas Eve morning. For those rare few who don’t know him, Ciscoe is a local gardening personality well on his way into the annals of Seattle history. His presence immediately warmed the coffee shop, his laugh is head-turning 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 earth-friendliest 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 Ciscoe started as a lawn boy, caring for large, green expanses. His boss at the time had a thing about poisons — a residual enmity left over from his time at war. He taught Ciscoe about using tea on weeds, dealing with bugs using sticky cardboard — anything to avoid poisons. His aversion to pesticides sparked an awareness, one that Ciscoe would carry with him throughout his career. continued on page 20


LIFESTYLE By the Numbers

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Lasting Image


Fred Baxter Home | Photographed by © Robert Weyrick

“The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love.” REBECCA SOLNIT FROM STORMING THE GATES OF PARADISE

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Miles Black Trio, a Duke Ellington Tribute Camano Center, Camano Island March 18, 7 p.m.

The Capitol Steps Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds April 29, 7:30 p.m.

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Photos courtesy of Mary and Ciscoe Morris

Seattle University Seattle University played a huge role in Ciscoe’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. Ciscoe 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 University where he worked a job he ended up disliking, Ciscoe 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. Ciscoe 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. Ciscoe 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 Ciscoe sees it, “we built a balance in nature.” 20

Becoming a Northwest Garden Guru Many of Ciscoe’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. Dogs, Travel and a Lust for Life This article could easily stretch into chapters. Ciscoe 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 unique Vaudevillian background 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 — rescues 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. Ciscoe happily posed with her. It’s hard to say if Ciscoe was destined to become a wellknown personality, but it’s impossible to believe that anyone else could take his place. 

Book Reviews

In the Know



Architecture. Design. The elements that come together to make living space more livable. These two distinguished books celebrate built forms and the creativity that goes into great design.

March 8, 1 p.m. Elements by Rem Koolhaas and Stephen Petermann 2336 pages Marsilio; Box edition, 2014

This complete (and beautiful) set of books illustrates the history of architecture through the basic elements: balcony, archway, corridor, façade, the stair, etc., and demonstrates both the evolution of these elements and their enduring presence in architecture throughout history. Pritzker Prizewinning Koolhaas was the principal architect behind The Seattle Public Library. This project was part of the Biennale di Venezia in 2014. Designed by legendary book designer Irma Boom.

Hans J. Wegner: Just One Good Chair By Christian Homstadt Olesen and Mark Massari 256 pages Hatje Cantz, 2014

Wegner was obsessed with chairs. He designed more than 500 chairs in his lifetime, including some common contemporary forms we see today. He designed his crowning achievement, The Flag Halyard Chair, while at the beach. He was looking for the perfect way to semi-recline and yet still see the children playing in the ocean. Indeed, the chair is a semi-recliner with a steel frame. This book is a philosophical as well as historical look at Wegner’s aesthetic and sensibility while also being a love poem to the humble chair.

James Brown and Judy Rantz William Join the team of the North Cascades Crew in welcoming author James Brown to the Uppercase Bookshop. Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat has garnered universal praise. The story of the American rowing team that competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Joe Rantz was the focus of the book, and his daughter, Judy Rantz William will be on-hand for the discussion.

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March 19, 5 p.m. Patrick Loafman Author, artist, musician, poet, farmer, biologist Patrick Loafman will be on hand to sign his book Somewhere Upriver.

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ave you ever had one of those days where juggling drop-offs, pickups, lessons, games, and work gets in the way of your food shopping? Even worse, does it prevent dinner or making lunch for the next day because of one or two pesky items? Whole Foods realized there were people on-the-go that could use a little assistance when it comes to their groceries. That’s why they created the Express Shop Program for the Lynnwood customers. It’s simple. All you have to do is e-mail those few items you need to ExpressShopLynnwood@ or call 425.775.1320 (and press 0). There is a limit, you won’t be doing a major kitchen restock, but this can help when you need a few staples. Someone at the store will grab your items and have them waiting, in an hour, curbside and ready for pick-up. Voila! You’ve just avoided finding parking or having to unload tired kiddos — and you can get dinner on the table.  Whole Foods Lynnwood 2800 196th St. SW




he Leadership Snohomish County Program has a mission — to develop leaders for a lifetime. Geared toward anyone seeking to build and expand their leadership skills, Leadership Snohomish educates people of all ages for a bright future. The program connects three sectors — non-profits, businesses, and government — and demonstrates the skills needed to participate in these areas. There are two primary classes available: the signature class and the young professional class. The signature class explores the foundation of leadership skills and serves as an introduction to the three main sectors represented in the program: business, government, and non-profits. Participants learn about different leadership styles, the connection between stewardship and leadership, and begin their intense study of areas like law and justice, healthcare, government and public policy, etc. The young professional program builds on these skills, and is for young people. The signature class is eight months, meeting once a month. Speakers, visits, and presentations are all key tools in the curriculum. © Patti Means

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Building Community One Leader at a Time The organization has alumni that stay heavily involved. Each year, they are part of the process to choose real-world projects and events for the classes to work on — the proposals come from community agencies. The 2014-2015 classes saw projects like the Bra Shop Marketing Plan for Citrine Health, an illustration of PAWS’ history and their impact on the community, and a Music & Movies series for the City of Snohomish. These programs not only educate the participants, they work to strengthen the whole community. Executive Director Kathy Coffey credits former director Sarri Gilman for how smoothly Leadership Snohomish works. In her words, “This program has nothing but potential for where we can go.” She is invested in seeing the program’s alumni continue in the community as leaders who are aware and connected. “When they’re done here, they get how to give back.” Graduates of the program have nothing but rave reviews about their experiences, and look at Leadership Snohomish as the place that empowered them. For more information, visit 




Zsofia Pasztor


sofia Pasztor is a busy woman. She is a parent of four, part-time instructor, business owner of Innovative Landscape Technologies, and creator of the successful Farmer Frog Model. Her passions are horticulture and education — two things that took on a life of their own after the recent economic slump that affected many small business owners. Pasztor is what you would call a hands-on person. She has been educated in ways that make her a standout in the field of horticulture and landscaping. She teaches at Edmonds Community College, is a LID construction consultant, certified tree risk assessor, and a certified arborist,

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among many other titles. Although she started as a horticulturist she said, “It turned more into storm management.” Something we can understand here in the Northwest. During the downturn, Pasztor and her husband searched for new things to do as they watched their landscaping business suffer. Although she had experienced fleeting thoughts about non-profits before, she had no idea what a phone call from her children’s school, Olivia Park Elementary, would do to change her life. The school needed her help with an edible garden project. Student families were lacking adequate sustenance, and the school wanted to help. Pasztor recalled the first time she saw the land. “I couldn’t see through the blackberry and Scotch broom.” But what she did was turn the 3/4-acre site into a foodproducing garden that would feed families in need. It has since been adopted by Whole Foods, and continues to benefit the community. Farmer Frog — the non-profit result of that initial call — continues to grow and help schools and the Snohomish County community. Their mission is to promote, support, and teach urban and small-scale agriculture. Pasztor is passionate about its success, and is always looking for new funding for the volunteer-run organization. She feels no one should go to bed hungry. Farmer Frog staged the family farm at the Northwest Flower and Garden show in February, and continues to reach out to make more connections in our region. “I’ve always believed the road to anything is through education,” Pasztor said. This wonder woman is providing that opportunity for many people, including the youngest residents, in our own community. To find out more about Farmer Frog visit their website at 

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YEH YEH’S LYNNWOOD If you can find it, Yeh Yeh’s — which means Grandpa’s — is a top spot for Vietnamese food. People come from all over the Puget Sound to have the Bahn Mi, and the spring rolls are a favorite order as well. Customer hint: Add a bit of the toasted chile oil for an extra explosion of flavor!




There are rolls abound at the Bamboo Bowl in Snohomish. The spring rolls are a find at this popular establishment. Choose from shrimp and pork or tofu fresh rolls, and have a bowl of pho on the side. They slow cook their broth for 6-8 hours.


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Fresh or fried, the spring rolls at Chan Thai are gaining positive notoriety. Both versions are served with a house plum sauce, and the deep-fried have seasoned vegetables and glass noodles, while the fresh have your choice of tofu or shrimp.



The traditional setting makes the perfect backdrop for your fresh or fried rolls at Lanna Thai. The fried possess an unbelievably delicious filling of black fungus mushrooms, vegetables, and Mung bean noodles in a spring roll pastry. The fresh spring rolls are prawns and imitation crab, lettuce, mint and rolled in rice paper. The fried is served with a tasty plum sauce and the fresh with a sweet spicy sauce. Lanna’s has free lunch delivery too!




There are plenty of rolls to go around in Snohomish County, but Edmonds residents still consider Pho 99 their own. If you have to make a Costco trip, stop here. The fresh spring rolls are loaded with extra meat, something customers love about this quick stop. It’s clean, fresh, fast and delicious. 19828 Aurora Ave. N, Shoreline

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inding an outlet in art can make all the difference in a young person’s life. That’s what Robert Mitchell discovered during his years in education. Mitchell came to the Everett School District in 1979 to work with kids in the special education program, and with him he brought a love of art, and used it to teach across a spectrum of subjects. Mitchell discovered glass in Illinois, at a small studio that offered a 10-week class for $90. His interest took hold quickly, and has played a central theme in his life for 40 years this coming September. When he first arrived in Washington, he found a home on the reservation in Marysville — a place he still resides today. Mitchell worked with tough cases in Snohomish County — kids that had severe behavioral problems, aggression, attendance issues, and he was allowed to use glass to keep them interested. He also managed to weave spelling, math, science, and self-esteem lessons into his interactions. Mitchell, who is humble and upbeat, loves to get updates about former students. Recently, one was asking around about him. “He asked them to give me a message. He said, ‘if you see Bob, tell him the only reason I stayed in school was his class.’ It made my day to hear that.” The pride is obvious, to know the kid (now man) made it, and still works with glass. Mitchell retired from education in 2000. That same year he received two awards — one for excellence in


teaching, and the other Snohomish County’s Artist of the Year. His retirement gave him the ability to focus on glass full-time. He opened a studio on Whidbey Island and found solid success. He toured to different shows, took commissions, and enjoyed travel and working with other artists and his assistants. The economic downturn in 2008 forced Mitchell to close his studio, and he returned to teaching. “I went back to what I knew. I know how to teach.” This time, his students were adults. He teaches at a variety of venues — the Schack Art Center, Skagit Valley College, Everett Community College, and the Northwest Indian College. His students are night and day from the ones he taught for years. He jokes that he loves to pass his wisdom on — repetitively. “If you’ve heard this before, don’t stop me,” he tells them. His classes have all filled since he began teaching again, but he still manages to work on his art regularly. He works out of his studio in Marysville and a place on Whidbey. He raves about his talented assistant, Monica McAlister, a former student at the Northwest Indian College Tulalip campus. His current work involves mosaic.

Mitchell feels that although he is teaching, he is doing things on his own terms, and that there are many things to learn from his students. One of Mitchell’s strengths is his interest in other artists. He likes to hang out with painters to find inspiration and spice up his work. He believes strongly in collaboration and can easily spot great projects that incorporate glass artists working together with other artists and media. He has a kind word about everyone, and their artistic journey. When it comes to his own art, Mitchell is working steadily on pieces for an upcoming show in May at the Wicked Cellars in Everett. He also loves to travel with his wife. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, they remember a quote in a travel store window that left an indelible impression. They still take to heart: “See the world before you leave it.” Mitchell definitely carries that zest for life, and his beautiful works reflect that. His evolution as an artist portrays his curiosity and passion for working with glass. “I don’t care what’s wrong. I’m still doing what I love.” It’s a statement to live by, and one he hopes young artists hear. 

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Located in the beautiful waterfront community of Mukilteo. BEACH GLASS by K. Miller Interiors is a unique shopping destination to enhance your home, your lifestyle, or to find that special gift for family or friends.

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At c’est la Vie you can find home ideas not found anywhere else

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Shopping and Sharing Life at c’est la Vie WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANNON BLACK


he first words that come to mind when walking into Edmonds’ c’est la Vie (pronounced Say La Vee) are colorful, eclectic, and fun. The entry walkway and surrounding walls are artistically lined with quotes that range from the funny to the heartfelt, setting the perfect mood for what you’ll find in the store. “There’s always something unexpected when you come in here,” c’est la Vie’s owner Colleen Bowman said. It’s no wonder, as Bowman traverses the world traveling once a month to find every unique item under the sun, including jewelry, clothes, glassware, books, and furniture. “I go to the trade shows to see where everyone is going, and I go the other way,” Bowman said while chatting about how she stays diverse. “If something we have saturates the market, we move on.” Bowman, who grew up in Portland, wanted to bring a bit of Portland’s unique boutique vibe to the greater Seattle area. Equipped with that experience and 16 years of working for Nordstrom, she opened c’est la Vie in April of 2001. Bowman chose Edmonds for its small-town feel and continued on page 31

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great downtown core, and has since opened a second location in Renton. You feel good shopping at c’est la Vie — Bowman chooses to work with companies and people who either give back to their communities in some way, or stand for something good in the world. She carries brands like Los Angeles-based Good hYOUman, which specializes in telling the human story of love and loss through all of life’s ups and downs in a positive way. Bowman also partners with local organizations like Operation Military Family (OMF) and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) through fashion shows and seminars that they host and run. c’est la Vie will continue to surprise you with not only the brands they carry, but with an ever revolving door of new products. The staff keeps their eye out for regulars and makes courtesy calls that feel more like chatting with a girlfriend about an outfit. A current favorite among the customers and staff is the customizable Heather B. Moore jewelry. For now, c’est la Vie is the only shop in Washington State to carry her work. Each pendant or piece can be hand designed to feature everything from a drawing one of your children created, to a handwritten message from your mother, or a special sentiment from your partner. Many customers collect several pieces that tell individual life stories through their jewelry that then become prized heirlooms. When talking about Heather B. Moore jewelry in the back room with Bowman and Leslie Storey, the Edmonds store

manager, a customer popped her head in and asked, “Have you started yours yet? You start with one, and it just becomes addictive,” as she showed off the many meaningful pendants she wore. This type of casual back room banter personifies c’est la Vie’s open environment. “People become friends here,” Storey said. The familiarity of friendship in the atmosphere was most notably demonstrated on September 11, 2001, when they were one of the only shops open in downtown Edmonds that day. Bowman said she opened not to do business but to be a place for people to gather and talk. “I just needed to be there for people,” Bowman said. c’est la Vie continues to be a place where hugs are given out, tears are shed together, and laughter is enjoyed by staffers and customers alike. “It’s all about the conversation here,” Colleen said. “It’s the most important thing about the store for me.” c’est la vie translated from French to English means “such is life” or “that’s life,” and the people here seem to be doing more than shopping, they’re sharing life together — just one of the perks of shopping in the North End.  Edmonds Location: 320 5th Ave. S., Edmonds Renton Location: 911 North 10th Pl., Renton Check store website for each location’s hours.

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hat if you could combine giving back and empowering women with shopping for clothes and accessories? Here in the Northwest, you can. Purpose Boutique in Kirkland (and Bremerton) has a powerful mission to outfit local women in beautiful, accessible clothing while donating 10% of net proceeds to fight human trafficking. They also partner with socially-conscious companies that empower and employ women. CEO Christie Johnson is living her passion. She is able to offer an excellent shopping experience while helping women. “We care more about people” is her bottom line. “Our favorite thing is taking the style experience and making it both fun and purposeful.” And fun it is in their new Kirkland location. The clothing is more than just appealing — it’s the perfect mix of trending fashion and universal styles that stand the test of time. The pricing is tempting as well — the price point was carefully crafted to engage all shoppers without breaking the bank. The store is more than the products within — one of the biggest draws is the exceptional personalized service. As Kirkland store manager Bri Welk puts it, “We’re engaging on a basic level. It only takes one interaction to build trust.” It’s easy to trust yourself in the incredibly capable hands of the personal stylists that work at Purpose Boutique. They stay educated and challenged, and are always ready to shape an

outfit or wardrobe. It’s a complimentary perk to the already fantastic store. On February 12, 2015, Purpose Boutique introduced a Purpose brand dress line geared toward empowerment. They partnered with a socially conscious manufacturer to produce an affordable line of stylish dresses that fulfill all aspects of their mission. COO Amy Witt said, “When you purchase a Purpose dress, you are supporting the provision of dignified work, living wages and a holistic support system of hope to women who have escaped severe violence around the world.” You can expect to pay between $58 and $72 for a Purpose dress. They are available both in-store and online. Purpose Boutique is challenging the fashion industry with their bold model. There’s no real downside to shopping at a boutique like Purpose. Listening to Christie reminisce about her recent trip to China to visit the women who work on the Starfish Project, a line they carry, is uplifting. We can only hope to see our own location in the North End — after all, what’s not to love about shopping with a purpose?  122 Central Way, Kirkland Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (see website for Bremerton location)

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3210 Hewitt Avenue, Everett 888.502.1399

THE SHOP A playground filled with stately furniture for any preference, Bramble Home Store offers endless possibilities of elegant, handcrafted pieces to transform a home into a refined yet cozy haven. With three large stores scattered throughout Snohomish and Everett, Bramble entices prospective buyers with quality products and customizable statement items at agreeable prices.

ATMOSPHERE The Everett showroom is reminiscent of a prodigy painter’s museum. Whimsically oversized chandeliers loom overhead and cast a romantic glow on plush, Victorian inspired couches, sleek tables, vibrant vanities, delicately painted beds, unique upholstered chairs, and more. Not one item is identical to another, as seen in each intricate item. “All of Bramble furniture’s wood line is manufactured in Indonesia, solid mahogany, and bench made — so one person makes it from start to finish,” said Everett manager Susan Lytle. “All the furniture is made to order, and there are hundreds of combinations for pieces in paint colors and stains. If you want art work, a ten percent up charge and you can get hand painted art.”

KEY PEOPLE Storeowner Scott Swoboda, a Snohomish entrepreneur and longtime resident, is a good friend with the Bramble Co. owner, Rob Bramble. “They work together closely,” said Lytle, “Scott designs pieces that they build for us. He’s really hands

on and involved.” The company greatly cares for their workers, providing them with health insurance and a free, on-site medical dispensary. Each artist and craftsperson incorporates one-of-a-kind masterpieces into their work. The company has also planted over 700,000 trees, hoping to plant one tree for each piece of furniture made.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND Only quality materials are used to make the furniture. While there is a vast array of styled items from classic French to modern, the Bramble Co. is famous for its antique distressed technique. Apart from their fabulous wood products, the store has eye-popping fabrics to choose from and a friendly, knowledgeable staff to make any interior décor dream come true. “We have two fabulous private labeled upholstery lines made for us,” said Lytle. “One is slip covers, which are all the rage these days. In the Northwest, especially, where it’s damp and muddy, it’s nice to know that you can take those covers off and send them to the cleaner so they can be nice and new in the spring after a muddy winter.”

MANAGER’S FAVORITE With high end products sold at competitive prices, Bramble Home Store is a business for Snohomish County to be proud of. “Being able to sell this quality of handcrafted furniture, at our price point,” said Lytle. “It’s not cookie cutter furniture. No two pieces — even if you order them with the same finish — are going to be alike. That’s the fun part of it.” 

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t’s not much of a secret that I enjoy traveling long distances on foot — I’ve through-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail twice. I love the way miles accumulate and push you forward, the way the sheer volume inspires you to press on for just a few more miles or hours. It is a strange phenomenon that when I am traveling and I step onto a treadmill, I run for what seems like forever until my brain has reached the limit of tedium. I look down at the monitor and see the distance elapsed — it usually says something along the lines of 1.7 miles. Somehow, though, even on rainy, cold Pacific Northwest winter mornings I can log 10 times that many miles in the Chuckanuts or on Blanchard without hardly a thought — that is the magic of running on trail. continued on next page


“It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny” ~ Anthony Robbins …

When summer rolls around (and we all forget the “r” word for 3 months) the mountains open like sacred playgrounds. Ten times the rainy morning miles can pass in bliss. There is something enticing about setting shoe to dirt. About moving up and away from exhaust, noise, and human development. It is healing to leave civilization behind for a while and breathe clean air, and give the ears a reprieve from noise, the eyes a break from constant stimulus. It is akin to the meditation following an intensive yoga practice. I am the first to admit that I am terrible at meditating. In Savasana I am already planning dinner and making a mental list of chores to complete. Yet, in the rhythmic motion of hiking and 38

running on sinuous trail I find a sense of kinetic meditation that I can sustain for hours and even days. It sounds like a paradox, I know. Yet the concept of moving meditation is well established in Buddhism. The serenity I find from a day (or even a few hours) of running along quiet trails is enough to convince me that there is indeed validity to it. The connection between a wellbalanced life and a trail run is not immediately obvious, but there is clarity of mind and a freshness that comes from it. Trail running allows you to refocus, re-prioritize, and make decisions governing your return to reality. It is grounding. I find my most productive hours are those that immediately follow my time running on the trails. The

mind-clutter is gone and I know exactly what needs to be done. I return home dirty, but with a plan of action. Hungry, but focused on what comes next. Daily life has a way of bogging us down. Of circling our minds back to mistakes and to the past. It hounds us with worry about the future. Yet it is the ability to focus on the present that is our best guide. When you look only at what is happening now you can find control over the emotions and let go of the anxiety in order to embrace what is truly necessary–like where your next footfall will be, or taking in the stupendous view. Running trails give me perspective, renewal, and vitality to move forward in life. 

Spa Review




ome people remember the strip mall at 196th and 36th in Lynnwood as the former home of Cinema 12, the local rundown theater that featured movies for a dollar. It was also the place you went to cruise on a weekend night in the pre-cell, pre-Facebook era, checking out the kids from other high schools in the area, in-person. Now the locale is a little more sedate — in fact, for women it’s downright relaxing. The Olympus Spa was already well-known around the Puget Sound, with women flocking to Tacoma to experience the age-old tradition of a Korean women’s spa. When the female population of Snohomish County heard that they were getting their own location, it was cause for celebration. In October of 2005, a retreat with an Eastern twist opened its doors, and it has been a much-needed oasis in the middle of mall-land for years. For those unfamiliar with the set-up, it is an unusual model as far the typical day spa goes. A day pass costs $38, which allows you to use the spa’s gorgeous, sparkling clean facilities for the entire day. This includes the pools (that vary in temperature), steam room, sauna, and the wonderful Earth Energy therapy rooms. The Earth Energy rooms incorporate healing minerals like salt, jade, mud, and sand, each kept at a different temperature and possessing a variety of healing properties. The rooms are havens for relaxation, meditation, naps, and a peaceful place to decompress from the daily grind. Additional services are available. Perhaps the most talked about treatment is the traditional Korean Body Scrub. It is a unique process, a bit vigorous, but the results are amazing. Other favorites are the body wraps, Korean body moisturizing, and massage. You’ll have no problem building a relaxing day with the extensive menu of services to choose from. The spa has a healthy and delicious Korean restaurant on-site. You eat in your robe, a treat really, when you think about it. Of course, here is a good place to warn the very modest that the

spa is a nude facility. Much of the time you are covered (with the provided robe and cap), but the pools require robe removal. However, it is a welcoming place where women come for a little tranquility — and many find that there is no discomfort in the experience. For women, it isn’t always easy to take a day for yourself. But, if you do, this place is the ultimate recommendation, a place that’s truly a gift to the women in the North End and beyond.  3815 196th St. SW Ste. 160, Lynnwood Mon.–Thurs. 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 9 a.m.–Midnight 425.697.3000

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The Intricate Art of Edible Landscaping Western Washington is a gardener’s haven. With a mild climate, known as Zone 8 to fruit and vegetable growers, many plants thrive, 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 — which inspires advice, anecdotes, and funny party stories — is the trial-and-error involved in growing and maintaining a garden. 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.

that could ruin the crop. Another thing that is encouraged is 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.

The Right Elements

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 two, but those lessons will be invaluable.

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 is growing seasons and knowing 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

Design and Beneficials

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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 looking at what grows in our area and make a list of what you want to produce in the way of fruits and vegetables. 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, provides a free one-hour landscaping consultation to his customers. He has them look into and bring ideas that they like. With the landscaper’s guidance, the customers’ 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 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 till it produces, and how long will it go on? The information is out there in many forms, and like anything else we do consistently, it becomes ingrained. You’ll find you no longer have to look up the how, what, and when. Until then, think about utilizing the incredible resources we are lucky to have.

Pacific Northwest Resources With a strong garden community, there are resources and assistance abundantly available. We have several books dedicated to fruit and vegetable gardening in the Northwest, classes through many different organizations, and nurseries — and even podcasts — that give excellent gardening tips. Here are some of North End Metro’s favorite picks.

BOOKS Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy   This book shows off the incredible talent of landscape designer Rosalind Creasy. It also gives many indepth helpful tips, a look into how much a garden is capable of producing, and gorgeous photos of edible dream gardens.

The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest  This is the kind of book that will be full of bookmarks, post-its, and stained by the dirt as it accompanies you on your gardening adventures. Chalk full of excellent information, this is a must-have for the Northwest gardener.

PLANT SALES Seattle Tilth March Edible Plant Sale  Plan to stand

CLASSES Sunnyside Nursery  Snohomish County has its own wonderful resource with Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Classes and events happen monthly. Some of our favorites: Bountiful Berries, Growing Cool Season Veggies, Fruit: It Grows on Trees, and Organic Gardening. See if there is one that interests you at

PODCASTS The Dirty Cultivator  This locally produced podcast done by our friends at Garden Treasures in Arlington features topics like pruning tomatoes, walnuts, and winter gardens. Find all the episodes at dirty-cultivator-podcast.

in lines that rival a theme park, this is one popular sale. The upside — there are some incredible offerings. The sale is free, unless you nab one of the limited Early Bird Sale tickets. All the information you need is at marchedibleplantsale.

The Beauty in Edibles Gardens are beautiful — and edible gardens possess their own type of beauty. The textures, shapes, and colors of fruits and vegetables are wonderfully appealing. But the taste — that is a true delight. Here in the North End you have everything at your fingertips to create a work of art in your yard, one that tantalizes and flavors every sense. 

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lthough some may call Dan Hinkley a plant hunter, he considers himself more of a plant observer. He has one of those talents that many of us can’t begin to comprehend. It may not even seem that exciting (except to the plant-obsessed), but it takes him to thrilling places all over the world. Few of us are as well-traveled as Hinkley is — and even fewer of us to such exotic locales. One of the toughest questions you can ask a person is, “What is your favorite place in the world?” After all, it’s easy to have different favorites for different reasons. When we asked Dan, he talked about the one that left a deep impression — Nepal. He told us that the Himalayas provided the finest trekking simply because of their remoteness. He also told us that the people were happy and the plants fantastic. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on who Dan Hinkley is and what he does, he throws something else your way. He keeps busy — there is no doubt about that — yet he is still amazingly approachable and willing to give his time. His love for seeds and plants started as a young boy in Michigan, an interest fostered by his dad. “I’ve tuned into plants since I can remember.” It started with carrot tops and went from there. He began planting as a child, and had an affinity for


plant names. Later, he took his love for hiking and camping and melded it with his passion for plants. His young adult travels allowed him to pursue that combination. Hinkley started collecting seeds in his mid-20s. Now, many years later, he said, “Retirement is a foreign concept to me. I am fortunate to do something I love.” We agreed that anyone living their passions most likely felt that way. He shows no signs of slowing down. Hinkley is currently scheduled for two trips to northeast India this year, has his own line of plants with Monrovia, is the director of Heronswood, and has his own small nursery as well. That doesn’t even include the projects he’s involved in for landscaping, or the care of his own 6-acre property. “I wear a lot of different hats.” He does — and that includes plantsman. A plant observer is almost impossible to define. In its simplest form, Hinkley travels to places and learns about plants in their native setting. It’s not just about bringing seeds back, but also about watching how they grow in the wild. Hinkley says that he is a better gardener and speaker because he’s seen species in their native environments. However, he still does love to bring the seeds back. Hinkley has formed relationships with the USDA, colleges here and abroad, and foreign governments to do what he does. The seeds are


inspected on both ends. He understands the importance and necessity for protocols of introducing foreign plants elsewhere. He also states, “More times than not, plants that are ho-hum in nature can shine in your yard.” That is because of the care gardeners give them. When asked what his favorite area for plants was, he said there is no answer. “If you love plants, there is not a place in the world you can’t go — outside of Antarctica — and find a reason.” The reason being the plant you went and found. Hinkley has become a central figure in the Northwest gardening community. He teaches, holds workshops, answers questions, and shares his knowledge in many different venues. He has won several awards, taught at the Edmonds Community College Horticulture program, has published a few books, contributed to many periodicals, and is currently scheduled for several events around the region. He feels that the Northwest has an unparalleled palette for gardeners. “It’s easy to be jaded here, surrounded by such passionate gardeners.” The gardening community feels the same about him. Find out more about Hinkley, his books, nursery, plant collection, and more at 

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IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, YOU WOULD LIVE HERE... Walking the Semiahmoo sand-spit adds life to your years. You can live in a community without big box stores and still have everything you need. You shouldn’t choose your home on whether it’s close to your job but rather you should choose your home for the other 128 hours in the week. Eating fresh means... you pulled your own crab pot. Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo,

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Ramble On Remodeling an Era WRITTEN BY TANNA EDLER


f you are like me, you’ve driven around an older neighborhood at some point in your life, admiring homes with a certain style — long, low profiles with minimal exterior decor. You were probably touring an established neighborhood where ramblers were the predominate style. Their simplicity is captivating and infused with potential. Therefore, I am thrilled when given the opportunity to remodel one of these beauties alongside my clients. So, in honor of our rambler’s popularity of the late 1960s, and with a playful nod to one of my favorite artists, Ramble On. Styling for this project was inspired by the era. The goal was to maintain a hip, modern vibe, while incorporating the vintage and eclectic tastes of the client. This rambler is the perfect backdrop for such a décor style. To set the stage, we elected to incorporate a lot of wood. Wood provides heaps of warmth and depth to a space, plus a comforting Northwest appeal. By combining several species and tones, the space was perfectly unified with purposeful symmetry and a refreshing edge. A rambler is casual, relaxed, and welcoming by nature and in its most basic single-story form,


uncomplicated. With four walls and a roof, I like to do the unexpected inside. With this particular project, we encouraged intrigue and provided functionality. Adding uniquely shaped furniture, funky art, bold and vibrant colors, and a clever custom piece for just a touch of quirkiness. The clients set a budget that fit their lifestyle, developed a design that exceeded their wishes, and took it down to the studs. The goal of this project was to renovate a long-time family home, preserving its character and shared memories while making it into a more modern and practical residence our clients can enjoy for years to come. The space was completely gutted including removal of sheetrock and flooring. All appliances, cabinets, counters, backsplashes — and even the kitchen sink — are gone. Our clients cleared everything out, leaving us with a clean canvas, as well as a very long, open narrow space. The clients installed gorgeous ash gray hardwood floors, which set the tone for the muted gray and soft green walls. For contrast, espressostained cabinetry complemented pure white quartz and sea glass subway tiles. The metals on the

furnishings combined effortlessly with the stainless steel appliances. Some of the original problems of the house were that the house was dark, the kitchen was cramped and too separate from the living room, and the house didn’t have enough flow. The clients wanted a happier place to cook and enjoy family time. The solution was to open the floor plan, which included removing several walls and doors. A wall that separated the kitchen from the living room and dining room was removed, and the existing windows were replaced with larger ones, adding the light we desired. The design plan defined an open dining room concept that incorporated cooking on one side and living on the other, while staying intimate. The clients desired a multi-purpose space, built to combine form with function, with enough space to simultaneously accommodate homework, food preparation, and whole family gatherings. Our space plan provided a seamless flow from one end of the room to the other, not to mention the mobility in the middle. Every room in the house has a central element that defines it. For the kitchen, that element is

the kitchen island — it’s the piece that brings everything and everyone together. In the case of this remodel, it doubles as a dining table. With this combination, we have a very clever mix that beautifully complements the entire space. And just like in the case of any other custom piece of furniture, this kitchen island and table combo was designed specifically for the client. This is the ultimate workhorse — with casters that lock, this counter-height rolling table provides everything the home-owners wanted, plus a chic conversation piece. When working in the kitchen our island serves as the perfect prep station and then doubles as the dining table once the meal is prepared. It can also host board games, cocktail parties, and then, neatly tuck away over its rustic bench seat at night. The colors in the bench blend with the island, unifying the room. The trio of bright backless bar stools can easily be slipped under the counter to save space while still adding visible color to the room. The result: a well-designed space with minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. 

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Creating Sanctuary Space Find a corner, spruce it up WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT

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erhaps you need a spot for yoga, or a place to sit and read in the sun. Maybe you like to knit by the fire or watch the rain as you write in your journal. Whatever your interests, if you feel the need for a little corner of your own, we have some ideas. Dormer Window A dormer, even a squatty one, can usually accommodate someone in a seated position. So enhance your spot with books, a low stool as a table, and a single futon, folded. This little nook can be the perfect place to recharge yourself while the rest of the world goes about its business. Bonus — a view.

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Basement Corner Yes, basements can be dank, spidery, dusty places, but they don’t have to be. Find a spot near a daylight window or close to a heat source (a wall adjoining the furnace) and spruce it up with a colorful outdoor rug, a refurbished desk from the thrift store, and a good light. If dust and mold are a problem, find an air purifier. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can install either cubicle walls (which can be found at salvage and reuse stores) or put up some thick curtains. Add some light strands for a festive touch, and some colorful pieces for cheer. Plants can make a dusty place seem fresher, and bonus — they actually freshen the air. Attic Asset Attics can be stuffy and plagued with some of the same problematic

conditions as basements, but they can also be a good place to get away without leaving the house. Tuck yourself into a corner with a few floor pillows, a book and a little cup of tea, or go whole-hog and clear space for a yoga mat and perform some asanas. Bonus — you’re far away from the busyness of the world. Sunlit Corner You don’t have to disappear from the central living space of your house to create a sanctuary space — you can hunker down in a sunny corner of the living room and decorate with photos, plants, and lighting that fits your particular interests. A comfy chair and good light for knitting? A low-slung Japanese table for crafting? Whatever suits you. Meditation Quiet Bedrooms are usually quiet, unhurried spots. Pick a quiet corner and decorate with candles, lights, your favorite aromatherapy scents, and settle in on a mat or floor pillow. The health benefits for people who meditate regularly are tremendous, and you’ll have a little space that’s all your own. Whatever your interests, it’s a healthy and fine thing to make a space for them away from the demands of your work and family life. Giving yourself a space to enjoy your favorite activities will entice you to do them more often, bringing you — and your home — balance and satisfaction. 

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Troy Lighting Sausalito 5 Light Dining Foyer Pendant $722,

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ick and Mary Norman came to architect Fred Baxter looking to remodel their home in the Olympus Terrace neighborhood of Mukilteo. The house is a 1970s Northwest Contemporary with low-pitched roof lines and exposed rafters. The dated interior needed modernizing and upgrades. The goal was to transform and infuse it with the spirit of the Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts movement. The house was a complete renovation — interior and exterior — and the owners aimed to add warmth and vitality that captured the view. The styling was based on the owners’ desire to honor the lines of the existing structure, and to give it a more lodge-like feel. It received new siding, trim, roofing, and windows along with the updated elements that created a sleekly rustic feel. The only changes to the exterior were two dormers on each end of the central great room, and a new pergola in the entry court. One design detail discussed between Baxter and the owners was the importance of adding divisions to the windows to aptly portray the desired character. Although the Normans were initially concerned with the affect this may have on the view, they had absolutely no regrets with this decision. Not only did the mullions add ambiance, they actually enhanced the view. In addition to renovations on the exterior form, the interior received a transformation that used wood, stone, and other natural elements. Even the small details were well-thought-out and included things like built-ins and seamless lines and transitions between rooms and spaces. The 4,400-square-foot home fits beautifully into its natural site, and into the surrounding neighborhood. The remodel is a stunning depiction of the possibilities older homes provide. 


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Build them in or mount them to a wall, whatever your pleasure, a bench seat adds stability and functionality to your shower for today and as you age.

homeowners the ability

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to add a variety of options that suit their everyday wants and needs. Whether remodeling or building a new home the options are endless. We offer a few ideas to get you started on that dream project.

If you never use the bathtub and you’re tired of that bulky enclosure, creating a walk-in shower is visually appealing, and perfect for those who are concerned about aging in place.

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Feng Shui with rocks Water, fire, rocks. These three elements combined are said to create an inner balance, and are the primary elements of many spas. Create a spa-inspired bath by adding a large river rock channel around the perimeter of your shower, place some candles and you are there!

6 Glass Wall Use a floor-to-ceiling glass wall partition to add an open air feel to your bathroom, while limiting the area water has to spread.

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A cutout in your shower wall adds creative space to put shampoos, soap and a variety of shower items, while leaving your shower looking and feeling clutter-free.

This option is not for modest personalities. An open air shower column creates an expansive feel that’s perfect for today’s modern homes.

Shoji style divider Use a Shoji-inspired glass divider to create a modern feel that adds warmth and depth to your bathroom.This application is suitable for a stand-up shower or bathtub enclosure.

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9 Double Shower Rod

8 Multiple Shower Heads By incorporating a waterfall shower head with body spa and body mist shower heads, you can create a soothing, massage spray that is comparable to a standing jacuzzi.

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Double shower rods are perfect for bathrooms with limited on space. By adding a double outward curving bar, you create space to hang towels for drying, robes, or shower mat.

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lutter has consumed millions of people across the globe. In our quest to have it all, we have quite literally 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 outof-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 — well — 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 60

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 Greater Seattle area 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 where 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?

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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xpansive views were part of the inspiration behind this contemporary home that uses innovative materials and clean lines. The home, situated on a bluff that highlights epic Northwest scenery, was designed by Fred Baxter and Associates and integrates a comfortable, informal lifestyle with flawless finishes. The outer façade was made of stucco with a concrete tiling for the roof. The home’s central living space, the family and dining rooms, possess large floor-to-ceiling glass bi-fold doors that open the area seamlessly to nature and the outdoor space. The spectacular home met the residents’ needs for a large entertainment area, and made the impeccable gourmet kitchen the heart of the home. 


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The beautiful streamlined gourmet kitchen was a priority that features quartz countertops and optimal workspace.


Floor-to-ceiling glass bi-fold doors maximize entertaining space and lets the outdoors in.

Brazilian walnut flooring adds an exotic element and a warmth to the dining area.




Experience Hands-on Cooking while enjoying a Full Course Meal including cocktail pairing!


MARCH 12TH From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Majestic Culinary Team Chef Norman Cox, Chef George Sasso, Restaurant Manager Travis Sherman, Bar Manager Stacia Sasso Both classically trained in French Cuisine, George and Norman share more than 50 years of passionate cooking. Norman, trained in French cuisine from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR, found his way to Hawaii where he learned to infuse Asian cuisine into his dishes. George, trained in French cuisine from Suffolk University New York, grew up in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn where he found his passion for Italian cooking. George has owned two restaurants in Anacortes. Norman and George have both worked on Navy and merchant ships as well as four star hotels around the country. Travis and Stacia use their passion for food and drinks to create the ultimate dining experience by using unique ingredients and techniques for a variety of craft cocktails and large variety of local wine and beer. Bringing love and passion into what they do, the Majestic Culinary Team thrives by transforming classic dishes and drinks with a North West inspired twist.

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Oysters, Steaks and Cocktails — Oh My! Chef Shubert is at it again WRITTEN BY SHANNON BLACK


n Edmonds woman exclaims, “Oh yum, an oyster bar is coming!” while walking past the paper-covered windows at 321 Main Street. A poster on the door simply states “Salt & Iron. Oysters. Steaks.” Enough said, really. Edmonds has been without an oyster bar and steak house for as long as anyone can remember. Salt & Iron comes on the heels of Bar Dojo and Shooby Doo Catering Executive Chef Shubert Ho’s and business partner and cousin-in-law Andrew Leckie’s critically acclaimed Pan-Asian Northwest fusion restaurant, Bar Dojo, which opened in 2013 just a few miles from Salt & Iron’s location. “Bar Dojo is in the middle of nowhere, Edmonds — but a little neighborhood still needs a nice … continued on the next page

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place to eat at where you can be served a nice cocktail and leave with a full belly,” Shubert said of Bar Dojo’s interesting locale, situated more or less in a randomly placed strip mall. The success of Bar Dojo contributes to the anticipation that continues to mount as everyone buzzes about when Salt & Iron will open. Shubert and Leckie plan to open Salt & Iron’s doors to the public sometime in February. “We have been trying to get into the downtown core,” Chef Shubert said. “Downtown Edmonds hasn’t had a steak and oyster bar ever.” Both Shubert’s and Leckie’s wives, Mira and Ciara, respectively, have also had a hand in the restaurant’s concept development. “Salt” for the sea and “iron” for the grill, Salt & Iron will serve Northwest comfort food. “Edmonds is hometown comfort,” Shubert said with emphasis on the “is”. Specializing in fresh local oysters from places like Hood Canal, Penn Cove and Vancouver BC, the oysters served will be harvested only a day or two before they hit the plate. If you’ve somehow managed to elude trying the wonderment of oysters living here in the Northwest, Chef Shubert recommends eating the oyster plain first to really taste it for what it is in true purist fashion. Then he says to feel free and add sauces, lemon juice, and other garnishments to mix it up. If oysters aren’t your fancy, you can also expect the highest quality meats to 68

be served. Taste and affordability are high priorities for Chef Shubert. Don’t expect to pay the lavish prices of the often marked-up highend downtown Seattle steak houses. “The bar is going to be different than anything you’ve ever seen in Edmonds,” Shubert said. Wainscoting lines the walls, bouncing light around the restaurant to keep the vibe bright and vibrant. No dark, hard-to-seeacross tables here. Shubert brings on Alex Marek as the Chef de Cuisine to handle the dayto-day running of Salt & Iron. Shubert will remain the Executive Chef. Marek is no stranger to working hard in the local food industry, as well as swanky restaurants. He grew up helping to run his family’s popcorn stand outside the Kingdome, and he comes directly from Portland’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where he worked as the Sous Chef. Adding another notch to the North End flavor profile belt, Salt & Iron will continue to grow not only the Edmonds dining experience, but that of the entire North End in both caliber and appeal. Chef Shubert assures North End diners that they won’t have to drive 30 minutes to experience an oyster bar and steak house anymore. More information on the official opening date can be found at saltniron. com or check their Facebook page, 

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and beyond to sample exquisite cuisine that has been appreciated by local icons, international celebrities and global leaders alike. And that’s just the guest list. The menu is even more impressive. From their savory New Bedford Sea Scallops to the grilled-to-perfection New York Strip, the entire food selection is a celebration of Northwest traditions, perfectly crafted by Chef Lowell’s unparalleled panache and his use of simple, fresh ingredients.


When longtime friends Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to create a culinary blend of cultures that would result in a new kind of dining experience in the Edmonds area. Executive Chef Ho incorporated his Chinese-American background and Leckie brought influences from family roots in the former Yugoslavia. Together, they created a modern menu of Asian Inspired comfort foods. To start, try the Coconut Prawns with mint chutney; they are mind bending. As for comfort food, tiny sliders with cilantro aioli and shallots on crisp sesame brioche buns offer a delicious twist on the common hamburger. But the Noodles may be most indicative of their fusion of backgrounds and that’s exactly why you should try them.

Preservation Kitchen is located in the historic 1916 Kaysner home built for the mayor of Bothell and once was a French cuisine kitchen ran by Parisian, Chef Gerard Parrat in the 1970s. With such grandeur hidden in the bricks, it’s astounding that the food surpasses its past. Whether you choose something off the Farm to Kitchen Fresh Sheet or pick the fan favorite, Duck & Grits highlighting local Yakima sweet corn grits; innovation abounds. Don’t let their high-brow menu give you the wrong idea, they welcome all ages. With a kids’ play area adjacent to their patio, youngins can sample the sumptuousness without feeling out of place. On the next nice day, take advantage of the rare outdoor seating option and dine al fresco beneath their large, resident firs and thirty-year old Rhododendrons.

DEMETRIS WOODSTONE TAVERNA Greek 101 Main St., Edmonds 425.948.7654, The fifth location for tapas restaurateur Sofeea Huffman, Demetris WoodStone Taverna along the Edmonds waterfront is Kafe Neo’s newest Greek inspired gastro-installation. You can tell they saved the best for last. With immaculate attention to interior detail, the granite slab bar and contemporary lighting make this a “who’s who” hangout for late night and happy hour specials. The menu is Greek-Mediterranean fusion evidenced by cold tapas like Aged Goat Cheese served with Black Mission Figs or hot tapas of Lamb Chops in a charmoula sauce. One tip? Don’t leave without trying the Brussels Sprouts. (Trust us.) Whether you want date night ambiance, edgy late night eats, or a trendy lunch spot for a work meetingDemetris Woodstone Taverna has a little something for everyone.

RUSSELL’S RESTAURANT & LOFT Regional NW 3305 Monte Villa Pkwy., Bothell 425.486.4072, Tucked away in a beautifully restored barn, Russell’s Dining Room offers a rare culinary experience in the Canyon Park area of Bothell. With renowned Chef Russell Lowell at its helm, frequenters flock here from Seattle


Street Coffee is a true neighborhood coffee shop with a multi-generational clientele that include retirees, families with young children and downtown Edmonds employees. But aside from the Vivace coffee being ohso-good, the food is atypical and locally sourced. Stacked with vegetarian options like The Quinoa Burrito, Black Bean Burrito and Pesto Breakfast Sandwich by Dancing Women Meals they also serve Seattle’s Macrina Bakery Nutella Brioche, or savory breads, like the Parmesan Rosemary Ham Biscuit. Get a daily dose of the best espresso and craft food in town in an environment that is always bright, friendly and buzzing with neighborhood activity.

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WALNUT STREET COFFEE Coffee Shop 410 Walnut St, Edmonds 425.774.5962, Owner Pam Stuller has turned this former garage into a vibrant, modern space. Situated just off the main drag in Edmonds, Walnut

EVERETT CURRY BISTRO Indian 1907 Hewitt Ave., Ste. A, Everett 425.258.2900 Downtown Everett’s Indian cuisine finds its nest in the ever-popular Curry Bistro restaurant. The prompt servers stay busy filling flavorful orders of tender Lamb Vindaloo, generously thick Chicken Masala, and any other classic curry your heart could desire. Genuinely rich, complex and reliably mixed to hit the spot, the curries serve the flavors of traditional Southeast Asian while providing a soul-fulfilling encore. For those with the constitution for a day’s size meal, be sure to try the Bistro’s beautifully served lunch buffet, with all the fine quality, consistency and flavor you’d hope for in a family-sized Indian dinner — and all for a reasonable price, too!   EMORY’S ON SILVER LAKE American/Mediterranean/Asian

11830 19th Ave. S.E., Everett 425.337.7772, Enjoy pristine views of Silver Lake and fine American cuisine with global influences at Emory’s on Silver Lake. Featuring a vast, varied menu of house favorites, even the most selective diners will find something at Emory’s to please their appetites. For lunch, try the Mediterranean Chop Chop or the Crab & Shrimp Panini served with your choice of soup, clam chowder or French fries. At the dinner hour enjoy the Organic Beet Salad ­followed by the Creamy Seafood Risotto. If you’re overwhelmed with the plethora of ­appealing dishes, Chef Oscar’s Three-Course Dinner might be the key for expedited selections. Of course, their wood stone pizzas are also light, satisfying and deliciously diverse, created right in front of your eyes in their wood stone oven.

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Hop Jack’s

Mansion Margarita Cazadores Tequila Blanco, Cointreau, fresh limes, and finished with Hop Jack’s supersecret Sweet and Sour Mix | $8.75

Recently relocated from Arlington and now in the former Pave Bakery location, this hometown bakery and café is too good to pass up! Pastries, cakes and pies call to your inner sweet tooth. Fresh-baked bread is the foundation for delicious sandwiches like the Smokin’ Granny, grilled with turkey, smoked gouda and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple. Breakfast also served.   PIROSHKY & CREPES: EUROPEAN BAKERY AND CAFE Bakery 1327 112th St. S.E., Everett 425.225.6694


t’s true — Cinco de Mayo is not for another couple months — however, it doesn’t hurt to start testing drinks to see which one will be your signature for May 5. Additionally, Hop Jack’s in Lynnwood makes a specialty Margarita worthy of spring celebration as the world blooms in the North End. Hop Jack’s is a Washington chain. They have locations in Bonney Lake, Spokane, Maple Valley, Silverdale and more. Lynnwood’s Hop Jack’s is conveniently located at the new Lynnwood Crossroads shopping center on Highway 99 at 196. It’s an appealing, modern restaurant that is warm and welcoming, aptly portraying Hop Jack’s slogan, “A Neighborhood Gathering Place.” So here’s the disclaimer (or maybe it’s a benefit for you). This is a family joint. There is a bar, set up for sports fans and a fun place to have a drink, but due to its nature, it is also an awesome place to go with your family, have a delicious burger, or some other menu item, and top it all off with an innovative cocktail. You can rest assured that the cocktail craftiness is worthy of a night out with the whole crew. Think of it as a welcome respite after your long week. So here’s what we recommend — as long as you’re ordering the Mansion Margarita with Cazadores Tequila Blanco, Cointreau, fresh limes, and finished with Hop Jack’s super-secret Sweet and Sour Mix — a delightfully tantalizing concoction with an edge — keep the theme going with


Treat yourself to a sweet or savory treat at Piroshky & Crepes: European Bakery and Café near Silver Lake in Everett. A piroshky is a Russian baked bun stuffed with a variety of fillings and glazed with egg for a golden, crisp exterior. Most piroshkis are filled with meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes or cheese, but this European bakery also offers sweet varieties filled with fruit and served with whipped cream or chocolate. You can also order sweet and savory crepes. Pair your treat with your choice of more than 100 loose tea varieties or an espresso beverage.

LAKE STEVENS ADRIATICA Mediterranean 915 Main St., Lake Stevens 425.334.1923,

a Jalapeño Burger. The burgers at Hop Jack’s have received plenty of recognition. Next, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s clean and attractive, friendly, tolerably noisy, and entertaining. The food is good, the drinks are better, and they have gluten-free and kids’ menus too. It’s that kind of place you go on the fly, and it becomes a favorite last-minute spot when you don’t want to slave over a hot stove. And did we mention they have great drinks?  19702 Hwy. 99, Lynnwood Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.–12 a.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–12 a.m. Sun. 8 a.m.–11 p.m. 425.245.7901

Adriatica (formerly Neapolis) is located in old Lake Stevens, away from the hustle of Pioneer Square. Owner George Petropolis is eager to share his food, and he and his staff have ­created an inviting atmosphere, like d ­ inner at a friend’s home. The menu offers some old Neapolis favorites, as well as new c­ hoices. Try a dish of Skordalia, a warm pita bread with a silky garlic spread. The Gyro Salad ­features fresh, crisp veggies with warm tender gyro meat and tangy tzatziki. The Spaghetti En Greco with Prawns is a perfect balance of creaminess and acidity, served piping hot. Adriatica is a fresh new twist on an old Lake Stevens favorite. Try it again for the first time.   LUCA’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE Italian 430 91st Ave. N.E. #10, Lake Stevens 425.334.2066, Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambience at Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens. Luca’s is an award-winning, familyowned establishment that has been delivering authentic Italian cuisine to Snohomish County residents since 2003. Luca’s offers a variety of hot Panini sandwiches, pasta and salads with fresh, local ingredients for the lunch crowd, Monday through Saturday until 3 p.m., before transitioning to an extensive

dinner menu. Wood-fired pizza with numerous cheeses, homemade sauces and savory toppings like sausage, mushrooms and eggplant make them a popular dinner selection. Other dinner specials include specialty pasta like Penne Al Salmone, a creamy combination of smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes and capers mixed with penne pasta and topped with a rich cream sauce. Finish your meal with Tiramisu and live music on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.


LYNNWOOD TASTE OF PHO Vietnamese 20101 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood 425.977.4311, Enthusiasts of Vietnamese cuisine will not be disappointed by the extensive menu of soups, noodles and rice dishes offered at Taste of Pho. Specializing in Vietnam’s signature beef broth dish of noodles and tender meat, Taste of Pho provides diners with delightfully satiating flavors, fast service and prices well beyond the dreams of frugal eaters. The classic Chicken Pho soup is kindly spiced with a mix of fish and beef sauce, hints of basil and lime, and a generous helping of freshly cooked rice noodles. The tofu spring rolls are a grandiose appetizer, stuffed with carrots, cilantro, bean sprouts and other fresh fillings, and served with a large side of sweet, delicious fish sauce. Diners will find the restaurant’s dim lighting, well-spaced seating and pleasant décor a relaxing addition to a filling portion of traditional Vietnamese flavor.

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MARYSVILLE CHRISTIANO’S PIZZA Italian 1206 G. St. Ave. N.E., Marysville 360.653.8356, This casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is a hit among the locals. Best known for its pizza and pasta, diner are sure to be pleased with the excellent food, generous portions and affordable prices. If you are in the mood for a salad, try Christiano’s version of Spinach Salad — it is our favorite and pairs nicely with the Garden Delight Pizza.   TULALIP BAY Regional NW 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip 360.716.6000, If you are looking for fine dining in Marysville, look no further. This award-winning restaurant strives for perfection in every way. The menu has a Pacific Northwest flair, offering a variety of steak and seafood. The wait staff is impeccable, portions are generous, food well-prepared and the suggested wine pairing spot-on.

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AZUL TEQUILA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT Mexican 15118 Main St. Ste. 110, Mill Creek 425.357.5600, Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant provides a warm, upscale atmosphere and a fresh take on Latin-inspired dishes. Mexican favorites, such as the Enchilada Verde or Carne Asada, are paired with Caribbean specialties, including St. Thomas Coconut Prawns and Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops. Southwestern flavors also make an appearance in dishes such as the Poblano Artichoke Dip and the Blackened Chicken Pasta. The menu also includes multiple hardy salads, sandwiches (many served with a chipotle mayo) and even burgers. Dishes get their flavor from ingredients such as habanero peppers, cilantro and citrus. Even the salsa has a flavorful twist thanks to roasted red peppers. Of course, with “tequila” in its name, those looking to imbibe in a top-shelf liquor will have ample choices. Try a Bartender’s Margarita or any of their specialty cocktails. Mexican cerveza, along with many popular drafts, also are available.

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mong a cluster of shops and restaurants is China City. One of Mill Creek Town Center’s newer establishments, the eatery serves up combo plates galore — ideal for a hearty lunch break or dinner with family. Owner Jack Ng began his restaurant career as a dishwasher and worked his way up to owning two restaurants on Whidbey Island and now one in Mill Creek. The first of the chain opened in 1999, the second followed a couple years later and this new location opened last summer. Each shares the same goal of serving comforting meals inspired by Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan style cuisines. Upon opening, Ng sent some of his best chefs from the island restaurants to the Mill Creek location to ensure a smooth entrance into the town center’s development. Being a family operation, Ng’s wife trained forty new staff members in preparation for the opening. Finally, the space was ready — clean lines and modern décor are juxtaposed with heaping piles of both familiar and unfamiliar Chinese classics. The lunch menu is designed to give the customer plentiful options, with choices of combinations like crab cheese wontons, Mandarin sesame chicken and fried 72


rice, or breaded almond chicken, broccoli beef and fried rice. Each comes with either egg flower or hot and sour soup to start. Some entrees are well known, like Mandarin sesame chicken — deep-fried chicken pieces tossed in a mild sweet tomato sauce and sesame seeds. Others are less so, like egg foo young — a sautéed egg dish with bean sprouts and vegetables or shrimp. The dishes are as expected, fried, sweet, tangy and flecked with vegetables. With a vast menu containing lists of dishes in each protein category, there is something for everyone. For dinner, the restaurant accommodates larger parties with family-style menus, including egg rolls, chicken chow mein, and sweet and sour pork. With an expansive bar China City is a great place to meet for a drink. The bartenders shake and swirl cocktails with names tying into the Chinese theme. Sip on Buddha’s Belly and share a coconut shrimp appetizer with a friend. For any occasion, China City is an affordable option with casual, comfortable ambiance and pleasant service.  15310 Main St., Mill Creek 425.337.3600 |

15704 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek 425.585.0525, The Rusty Pelican Cafe is just what Mill Creek needs- surrounded by chain breakfast options– it’s a welcomed departure with their great menu options reminiscent of Maltby Cafe. This breakfast and lunch cafe may be located inside a strip mall off-shot from the bustle of Bothell-Everett Highway, but once inside locals can cozy up with a steaming cup of hot coffee and their acclaimed Corned Beef Hash. For those who love thick-cut bacon, powdersugared crepes and fluffy omelets, be sure to come hungry. The Rusty Pelican has huge-portions–you won’t feel like it’s too much, but you will leave full. With an Eggs Benedict dish that hits the mark for Hollandaise lovers, breakfast foodies will find that this reincarnation of the original Seattle restaurant is a new favorite brunch joint. Must-try dishes are the Farmer’s Pelican Skillet dish and the Dungeness Crab Omelette.


104 N. Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056, Adam’s Northwest Bistro distributes taste and dazzle through a broad menu from which a “Your Burger” — a real ground steak with ­caramelized onions — gets as much chef-time as a duck breast. The preparation of your Salmon or Butter-poached Halibut are remarkable for their their well-built sauces — restrained and crafty. Pork chops stuffed with onions, mushrooms and sage, pair off nicely with sweet apple gel cubes. The scallops appetizer with


creamed leeks, bacon and applesauce might start an evening of excess that will surely close with an ice cream-wielding warm Chocolate Chip Brownie or Apple Cobbler with burnt caramel sauce and a crisp brown sugar top. The in-house brewery serves up rotating taps, with styles ranging from Kolsch to Porter.



SOCKEYE’S RESTAURANT AND BAR Seafood 14090 Fryelands Blvd. S.E., Monroe 360.794.8300, The sunsets, suds and salmon at Sockeye’s Restaurant & Bar located on the north end of Lake Tye will reassure even the most greenminded patrons that something good can come from converting a vibrant swamp into a cookie-cutter lake. This romantic, casual dining spot is perfect for a relaxing glass of wine on the patio or celebrating a special occasion. Amid the happy hour frenzy of $3.50 draught beers, house wines and affordable seafood refinements, guests will delight in the menu’s calling card item- the wild Alaskan salmon that is roasted on a cedar-plank. But relaxed refinery isn’t all they offer, the Steak House Cheddar Burger is an upgraded, detailed Dick’s Deluxe, which is quite a plug.


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.


An uncommon mix of AsianEuropean fusion food, the Steamed Shrimp Dumplings at Café Soleil are delectable. Eat in or grab-and-go on a busy evening.


FRED’S RIVERTOWN ALEHOUSE Gastropub 1114 First St., Snohomish 360.568.5820 Located in historic downtown Snohomish, Fred’s has been bringing great beer and great food to the community since 1994. Who could pass up the Mick Jagger Fries — sweet potato fries tossed with butter and brown sugar, or the Black Porter Gumbo made with Deschute’s Black Butte Porter. The Alehouse Burger is topped with barbecue sauce, American cheese and bacon, then piled high with onion tanglers. And, of course, who could forget the beer? With more than 30 brews on tap, it’s a craftbeer lover’s dream come true. Fred’s also boasts one of the largest single-malt Scotch selections in the country.

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MALTBY CAFÉ Homestyle 8809 Maltby Rd., Snohomish 425.483.3123, Maltby’s famed Cinnamon Rolls — roughly the size of your head — are the prime draw to this country-quaint café, but are just the start of a menu filled with home-style cooking and grandiose portions. Choose from breakfast all day, with menu items such as Northwest Potatoes & Eggs or the Prime Rib Omlette. Voted Best Breakfast Place by Evening Magazine viewers 2009–2011, you can’t go wrong. The lunch menu includes a vast menu of sandwiches and burgers (try a Blues Burger with homemade blue cheese dressing) as well as salads, entrees and desserts.  –


If you’re looking to indulge in a Parisian treat, try the Spinach and Artichoke Pithivier, a flaky puff pastry filled with a creamy spinach and artichoke filling. After, you can say merci to Mon Amie Bakery in Mill Creek.

Raliberto’s Taco Shop serves up the perfect beefy-sized, California-style Carne Asada Burritos. Slip on your flip-flops, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to San Diego.

Get your Neapolitan fix at Evviva in Edmonds. The woodfired Prosciutto is heavenly, featuring flor de latte mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion, organic ev olive oil, 24-month aged Prosciutto de Parma, and fresh organic arugula.

Crème Brulee French Toast will make any weekend a bit sweeter. Visit Indigo Kitchen in Lynnwood on Saturday or Sunday and decide whether you’ll have bacon, sausage, or ham on the side of your divine dish.

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Want to try a leaner, yet tasty meat? The bison burgers at Grilla Bites are flavorful and fresh. We like the Chipotle Guac with homemade chipotle mayo, guacamole, grilled red onion, spinach, tomato, and choice of cheese.

Thai enthusiasts will love the Mae Phim Special at Mae Phim Thai in Marysville. It’s a stirfried delicacy of your choice of meat, celery, egg, bell peppers, and onion with chili paste in a yellow curry sauce.

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EVERETT HOME AND GARDEN SHOW March 6–8, Friday noon–7, Saturday 10–7, Sunday 10–5


illed as “Your Home Improvement Source” the Everett Home and Garden show is three days of ideas, inspiration, demonstrations, and great fun. Home builders, landscape designers, architects, asphalt finishers (and so many more) will be on-hand to help you design your remodel, get ideas for your new home construction, or offer wise counsel, products, and services to help you get the most out of your home and garden. Comcast Event Center Broadway & Hewitt, Everett 425.210.3505,

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This is sure to be an engaging evening for history enthusiasts. Engineer and aerospace historian Dr. Dieter M. Zube will lead a discussion of German engineering during the World War II era, the propulsion systems developed for their aircraft, the conditions under which they were produced, and the historical significance of these innovations and their contribution to current space exploration. There will also be many aircraft on display. Tickets are $20. 3407 109th St. SW., Everett 877.342.3404,


will satisfy your need for a live show featuring all your favorite songs.

armed with your dancing shoes and get ready for some serious toe-tappin’ beats.

410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595,

410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595,


Come out for a night of southern rock and blues. Musicians Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn come together to showcase their musical talents. With their deep bluesy rhythm, remarkable songwriting, and exciting blend of rock, folk and soul, this is sure to be a show you won’t soon forget. 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595,


This unforgettable acoustic quartet provides a night of folk music combining the harmonizing of their four incredible voices with their guitar, banjo, mandolin and upright bass. It’s music that is sure to have you snapping your fingers to the rhythm and put a dance in your step.

Based on Jules Verne’s novel of the same name, this show will feature all the comedy, adventure, romance, slapstick and daring acts that comprise Phileas Fogg’s journey as he sets out to circumnavigate the earth in eighty days. With five talented actors performing 39 different characters, this is sure to be an exciting and unique show.

18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell 425.984.2471,

2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.8600,




APRIL 9, 7:30 P.M.–9 P.M.

MARCH 21, 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.

A live performance by Gary Mullen & The Works, this spectacular show will bring to life the style and sound of one of the most loved rock bands of all time. Queen fans, come out for a concert that

A musical revue and tribute to jazz musician Fats Waller, five performers will put on a show that encapsulates the jazz era and the Harlem Renaissance. Come



The Koresh Dance Company, founded in 1991, has built its reputation on executing technical and flawless performances. Having toured internationally and locally, their company is composed of many professionally trained dancers. They are coming to Edmonds for a night of emotional and riveting dance that will showcase many styles and choreographers. 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595, THE WONDER BREAD YEARS APRIL 16, 7:30 P.M.–9 P.M.

This is a show for the Baby Boomer generation. Walking the line between theater and stand-up comedy, this show pokes fun at the past while creating a sense of nostalgia around how things once were. Starring Pat Hazell, who was once a writer for Seinfeld, this is sure to be a comedic crowd-pleaser. 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595,



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At the Depot 611 R Ave ~ Anacortes

This is a show filled with the works of classical musicians: Rimsky-Korsakoff, Offenbach, Massenet, Sibelius, Bizet and Bartok. The talented musicians of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra will bring the timeless works of these masters to life, ensuring that this will be an evening of riveting and poignant performances. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th St. N., Edmonds 425.275.9595, PACIFICA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT APRIL 19, 3PM

The Pacifica Chamber Orchestra, directed by Fred Chu, is having their annual spring concert in which they will be performing a number of brilliant classical pieces. This year’s program includes Concerto De Camera by Honegger, Quintet, Op. 39 by Prokofiev, and String Octet, Op. 7 by Enescu. First Presbyterian Church 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett 425.743.0255,

that beautifully capture the striking scenery of the Pacific Northwest.


A two-person vaudeville show based out of Los Angeles, the Kamikaze Fireflies feature amazing physical stunts such as breathing fire, spinning gigantic metal cubes, contortions and daring balancing acts that are sure to have guests on the edge of their seats. An entertaining evening that is fun for the whole family.

Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett 425.259.5050,

410 4th Ave. North, Edmonds 425.275.9595,

MARCH 7 AND APRIL 4, 6:30 P.M.–9:00 P.M.

DARRINGTON COMMUNITY DANCE Come out and enjoy a night of old-fashioned dancing with a live band! It’s a fun evening for the whole family. Don’t love to dance? Not to worry, you can still come and enjoy the great live music Takes place at the Mansford Grange with a suggested donation of $7





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A weekly, hour -ong program where parents can bring their toddlers (ages 15-30 months) for a time of discovery, creativity and learning. Register online to take part in an event that kids are bound to enjoy.

The stunning, colorful oil paintings of Skagit Valley artist Becky Fletcher will be on exhibit. Fletcher, who started her career in illustration and graphic design, and then shifted to creating stained glass windows, has been living and painting in the Skagit Valley for over thirty years. Her work features bold colors and lines

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An evening of wine tasting is always in order! There are sixteen wineries participating in the event, guaranteeing a varied selection that is sure to please the palate. 21 and over only, tickets are $30 for general admissions and $60 for VIP. General admission tickets include five tasting tickets, an appetizer plate and a commemorative wine glass. Snohomish Event Center 1011 Second St., Snohomish 425.344.8533, QUILTS UNDER NORTHWEST SKIES, 34TH ANNUAL QUILTER’S ANONYMOUS QUILT SHOW FRIDAY, MARCH 13: 10 A.M.–5 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 14: 10 A.M.–5 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 15: 10 A.M.–4 P.M.

With over 4,000 visitors each year, this is the area’s largest and fastest growing quilt show. Come out to admire the craftsmanship and talents of quilters whose designs are breathtaking. The show will also feature free demonstrations for those who wish to improve their technique, and an opportunity to create your own block to contribute to their charity quilt project. With $8 admission and free parking, there’s no excuse to not stop by and enjoy what promises to be a beautiful selection of handmade quilts. 14405 179th Ave. SE., Monroe 360.805.6700, SNOHOMISH ON THE ROCKS DISTILLERY FESTIVAL MARCH 21, 2 P.M.–5 P.M. AND 6 P.M.–9 P.M

Do you enjoy sampling local liquors while listening to live music? This festival will feature distillers giving out samples of their spirits and sharing their knowledge of the distilling process. Local food trucks will also be providing delicious treats. 21 and over only with tickets starting at $30. 9010 Marsh Rd., Snohomish


The focus of this performance will be a chamber arrangement of SaintSaëns’ Carnival of the Animals with narration provided by George Zukerman. The program will also include composer and vocalist Jocelyn Morlock’s striking piece Luft and Debussy’s iconic Prelude for the Afternoon of a Faun. For those craving a classical performance, it will be well worth the drive to witness these musical masters and experience their outstanding arrangements. Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 W. Hastngs St., Vancouver, BC


Mamma Mia! My, my, how can I resist you? A classic of the theater, Mamma

Mia! will be showing in Seattle for the last week of March. A show full of dancing, romance, laughter and all the ABBA music you could possibly ask for – it’s bound to be a fun night. The Paramount Theatre 911 Pine St., Seattle 877.784.4849, SEATTLE COLLECTS NORTHWEST COAST NATIVE ART FEBRUARY 12–MAY 17, WED 10 A.M.–5 P.M., THU: 10 A.M.–9 P.M., FRI–SUN 10 A.M.–5 P.M.

The Seattle Art Museum is featuring an exhibit of 6o stunning pieces of Native American artwork borrowed from local private collections. The exhibit is taking place in conjunction with Indigenous Beauty, and they promise to be educational and beautiful representations of Native American culture and artwork from tribes spanning North America. Seattle Art Museum 1300 1st Ave., Seattle 206.654.3100, Photos courtesy of ©American Federation of Arts


The Red and White Ball What could be better than a gala to celebrate love? One that benefits the Snohomish Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Held in the newly restored Feather Ballroom, this event drew a big crowd. Music was by Magnolia Rhapsody. A semi-formal event, there were signature cocktails, Blanc & Rouge wines, and spirits from Skip Rock. Photographed by Jared M. Burns Photography

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Cleavage Etiquette The Empire Strikes Back WRITTEN BY Loretta



i there. As a single mother of two pre-school kids, I feel compelled to offer some good natured, but badly needed male guidance in my first ever Final Word. But first I want to thank the magazine, and Ken, for sharing his personal space at the back of each issue with a female. I would say that I have big shoes to fill, but there’s nothing impressive about size nine, Ken, no matter how many times you emphasize the EE width. Blame your father and get on with it, okay? But I can sympathize with Ken in an odd sort of way. I am, how shall I say, either blessed or cursed with cleavage depending on my sense of humor at the time, which is why I dedicate my first Final Word — with tongue in cheek — to an often overlooked social issue: When is it appropriate for men to stare? I have brothers; I know it is primal. But men, it seems, know no social boundaries and need some guidance. Read on, guys. You can thank me later. “Dear Loretta” is coming to your rescue. The thought first came to me while I was still nursing my youngest. Time and again, I would look up to multiple sets of male eyeballs upon me. To be fair, I appreciate that some men are Princess Bride fans of the Fire Swamp’s ROUS (rodents of unusual size). For you, comparisons with my BOUS may have been inevitable. But this accounts for only a handful of you. For the rest — those with one track minds — here are my rules of cleavage (also known as viewing etiquette). Fortunately, there aren’t many. Men, if you have trouble remembering, I will gladly equip you with a plastic quarterback wristband. First, time and place should be your first consideration, not what we are wearing. For instance, if I bend over while wearing a loose fitting blouse as I drop off my kids, I am not looking for attention. I am just being a mother. You are just a faceless person at that moment, that is, unless you genuinely offer to help me with my kids — in which case, if you are single and attractive, please feel free to apply for a viewing, later. Applications are on my fridge. Be forewarned, however; 80

I require three personal references, one of which cannot be your mother and one of which must be an ex-wife or girl friend. Likewise, if you happen upon me while I am cleaning the house, doing laundry, grocery shopping or on the sidelines at a kids’ soccer game, it is not an invitation to look. I may look good. I may even smell good. But I am still very much in mom-mode and more likely to ask you to hold a bag of half-eaten snacks than I am to offer my telephone number. I do make occasional exceptions for cute 30+ year old male babysitters. They are rare, of course, like unicorns. But if you qualify and I like the way you hold the snack bag, I will let you know by discretely handing you an application from the fridge and a pencil. Until then, I am Medusa — fail to avert your eyes at your peril. Every part of your body is about to turn to stone if you stare, and I mean every part. Fear not, however. There is one global “viewing” safe harbor — and that is at adult social functions, where the “competition” absolutely requires a blouse or dress with an “I’m not dead yet” attitude. This is, in fact, a female version of an enhanced interrogation technique and an open invitation to sneak a peek. Feel free to admire once, twice, or as often as you like. No applications are necessary — permission granted. But just don’t misconstrue the invitation. What you don’t know is that you are being tested like Pavlov’s dogs. We spend hours in the closet to set you up for potential failure by changing from one revealing dress or blouse to another. The key is to look only from a distance — before you start a conversation, not after — and then never, ever look down again. Yes, we know you want to. It’s primal. The sweat on your brow and nervous, uncontrolled eye twitch is a dead give-away. On behalf of myself and for all women, however, humor us and try. I know. Life isn’t fair, is it? 

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