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he sun is just starting to peak above the horizon; a new day begins, no different from the start of a new year. With this new beginning, many people like myself start to reflect on the past. What could I or should I have done different both personally and professionally? Did I live life to the fullest and enjoy those opportunities that presented themselves daily? If we are honest with ourselves the answers would be no, not because we are unwilling, but because life gets in the way. What can we do to change this revolving door? Why not make a bucket list. We have heard about it, thought about it, but never acted on it. Unlike a New Year’s resolution that many dismiss so easily, this list should consist of both short term and long term items that can be physically crossed off as the goals are achieved. The satisfaction you get from putting a little line through words on a piece of paper can be life altering and emotionally empowering. I encountered this very thing in July. A trip to the Mediterranean had been on my bucket list for some 20 plus years and there were times I thought this was one that would never be achieved. Then it happened, a call from my best friend, let’s go the Mediterranean for our 50th birthday. It took the support of my wonderful husband and some work to make it happen, but once it all fell into place and I found myself standing at the Acropolis, the satisfaction and joy rushed over me. It was a brief moment when I said to myself…I did it, I am here! I encourage and challenge you to start your bucket list; some of your items will come to you right away, others a week, month or even years from now. The great thing about a bucket list is it can last a lifetime — cross off an item, and put another on. It may not be as extravagant as a trip to the Mediterranean, but then again why not, dream big! This issue we have given you some local ideas to add to your bucket list, you may not want to do them all, but it will hopefully give you a building block to create something wonderful for yourself for years to come. See page 50. As always…ENJOY! Lisa Karlberg
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What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K & L Media? As an Account Executive, I have the opportunity to work with area businesses and organizations. I work to develop effective advertising plans to support their objectives, both online and in print, helping them connect to our readers. I just recently started with K&L Media in September.
What is your background? I earned my MBA and worked in the shopping center management industry for 10 years. As a Marketing Manager, I worked in community relations, special events, sponsorships and advertising. After relocating to the beautiful Seattle area and spending a number of wonderful years home full time with my two children, I entered the world of advertising. I gained 3 years experience with a niche magazine in Seattle and look forward to continued growth with K&L Media and their quality publications.
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What are some of your hobbies and interests? I love going on adventures with my kids. I have been traveling with them since they were babies and it is enlightening to see the world through their eyes. We travel each year to a small island on Lake Eerie called Put-in-Bay, for a family reunion and visit my grandmother, now 96 years old! It is the highlight of our summer. I am passionate about the importance of arts education for kids and enjoy volunteering as an art docent in the classroom. I am an avid rower with North Cascades Crew and love to begin the day on the water in my rowing shell. It is energizing and peaceful. My highlight this summer was winning gold in the Women’s Double event at the Canadian Masters Nationals Regatta on Burnaby Lake.
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he moment you walk in to Baicha Tea Room in Edmonds, the demands of the outside world give way to the deliciously blooming aromatic heaven enveloping you. “I can say tea equals aroma,” Narumol Budharaksa, owner of Baicha says with a smile. “You can just smell it, and it starts to work like how you smell a chocolate chip cookie and know it will be good.” The most important thing you need to know about experiencing tea according to Narumol, who also goes by Ann, is not to rush and just enjoy. You’ll want to take your time, as flavors from around the world greet every eager taste bud from Baicha’s mainly organic tea selection. The tea room receives high quality tea leaves, herbs and spices from China to Sri Lanka and beyond. Along with the black, green, and white teas, Ann specially blends her own Wellness Line dedicated to harmonize the mind, body and soul with mixes like “Cold Away,” “Strong Heart” and “Relaxing.” When asking for a Wellness hot beverage, note that it’s not a tea made from tea leaves, but rather a unique blend of herbs and spices to achieve a desired effect. Take for example the Cold Away Blend, which mixes linden flower, chamomile and lemongrass. According to Ann, the lemongrass helps the body rid bacteria quickly while the chamomile
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Introducing the Jet Age Historic Flight Foundation, Mukilteo January 7, 12 noon historicflight.org
Snohomish Groundfrog Day Events Gazebo, Downtown Snohomish January 31, 11 a.m. groundfrogday.com
Spring Thaw Hockey Tournamentt Olympicview Arena, Mountlake Terrace February 13, 11 a.m. sjha.com
National Skate Month: Public Skating Xfinity Arena, Everett January 17, noon xfinityarenaeverett.com
Burton Riglet Park The Summit at Snoqualmie January 19, 9 a.m. summit-at-snoqualmie.com
Fly Fishing Show Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood February 14, 9 a.m. flyfishingshow.com
Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds January 24, 7:30 p.m. edmondscenterforthearts.org
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relaxes the nerves, aiding the lemongrass in doing its job. When heated, the linden flower secretes an oil that soothes. “I have a customer that would get sick all the time,” Ann said. “He’s been drinking the Cold Away Blend everyday for almost two years and hasn’t gotten sick since. I can’t tell you that it will work for you. You have to try it for yourself.” Other Wellness Blends include hibiscus for vitamin C, jasmine flower for circulation, and lavender for a sense of calm. Ann and her husband Joe studied tea in Chiang Mai, Thailand visiting tea farms and taking classes on how to pick, dry, shrink and cook teas properly in preparation for their tea room. The temperature and steep time, known as “cooking tea,” play a key role in the outcome of every carefully crafted pot or cup. The white and green teas prefer a warm 180 degree bath as not to bruise their delicate leaves. The black teas and Wellness Blends like a piping hot 212 degrees to unleash their full potential of flavor, power and health benefits. If you like your tea sweeter, you may try a blend containing sage and allowing it to steep longer. The longer your sage steeps, the sweeter the tea. You wouldn’t want to over soak every herb, however. Steeping peppermint too long will leave you with a bitter cup. Ann recommends adding more peppermint leaf not a longer steep time for a bolder flavor. “You really only want to cook peppermint for 3 minutes before the leaves start changing.” The way Ann speaks about tea makes you think it’s a living breathing organism, and to watch 18 NorthSoundLife.com
a jasmine flower bloom in a steaming pot you wouldn’t disagree. There’s a trick to making tea. Ann says to tickle out every elegant flavor note and experience its full goodness. Every tantalizing sip reminds us that good things are worth the wait. “We keep our environment calm and family friendly. I remember going to other tea rooms with Joe and our two kids while researching, and the kids couldn’t touch anything, which was a challenge. We didn’t want to be that way.” In the two-story tea room, you’ll find the table tops clear of breakables so children can partake in tea time without parents stressing out watching tiny hands reach for expensive decorations. The tea cups are elegantly modern and made with a non-shattering material. Downstairs, you’ll find nooks of comfortable couches, fireplaces, tables and chairs. Perfect to study in, relax or chat with friends. There’s also outdoor seating for those sunny warm days. Before opening Baicha on 11/11/11, just because the date was fun, Ann worked as a medical coder at the Swedish Cancer Institute. Now you’ll find her blending teas from 9-4 Monday through Saturday. Stop in for some tea and breakfast, or lunch with homemade baked goods for dessert and be sure to take your time. (For more information, see baichatearoom. com. Note: The space is also available for birthday parties, baby showers and other rental types on Sundays, with two pots of tea on the house.)
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If your New Year’s resolution is to focus on your health and wellbeing, these selections should help you get — and stay — on the right track.
Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande 304 pages Metropolitan Books, 2014
Gawande is one of the leading medical commentators of our time, a physician at Boston Children and Women’s Hospital whose essays have been widely acclaimed for their clarity and insight. Being Mortal is no exception, as he grapples with the overuse of cookiecutter medical procedures that may prolong, but don’t enhance, our last years. A powerful and evocative book.
Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health by Rosemary Gladstar 128 pages Storey Publishing, 2014 Is stinging nettle for allergies or joint pain? What will help with this headache? Gladstar takes you through her best herbal remedies and how to use them most effectively. A good guide for the pharmaceutical-shy. Rosemary Gladstar is known for her clear, practical advice and her deep knowledge of herbal remedies. Whether using herbs for cooking or medicine, she can match your ailment with just the right herb.
EVENTS January 21, 7 p.m. Kate E. Thompson University Bookstore 15311 Main St., Mill Creek bookstore.washington.edu Seattle author Kate Thompson will read from her novel Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie, the story of a young pastor who finds his true calling in life with the aid of his best friend, Charlee.
January 24, 11 a.m. Eve McLeod University Bookstore 15311 Main St., Mill Creek bookstore.washington.edu McLeod will demonstrate Gelli Plate printing. Rich and colorful and easy to use, Gelli Plate printing is a great craft for the whole family.
Who Knew? Trails and Peaks • The ghost town of Monte Cristo, just below the hiking bucket-list item of Gothic Peak was a booming gold mining town. Today, all that’s left of Monte Cristo is a railroad crossing and a few crumbled buildings.
• Wallace Falls near Gold Bar was named for Sarah Kwayaylsh, a homesteader who lived near the falls with her husband, Joe. Sarah and Joe were Skynomish Indians, and lived near the town of Startup, which was also named Wallace until 1901.
• Mount Pilchuck was once the location of a ski area with an upper chairlift that climbed to 4300 feet. The ski area closed in 1981. There just wasn’t enough snow to keep it going, and there weren’t enough skiers to justify the costs associated with operation and maintenance.
• Wildlife is abundant in Snohomish County. The Department of Fish and Wildlife reported five cougar sightings in 2013. Other fascinating animals you might meet hiking in the Cascades include elk, grizzly bear and wolves.
Information from Hiking Washington by Oliver Lazenby published by Globe Pequot
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Bright Jewel Citrine Health of Everett WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT
itrine is the stone of healing and wellness, which is very fitting given the work that Everett’s Citrine Health does in our community. Formerly the Positive Women’s Network, this one-stop wellness and health center has been in operation for 20 years. Executive Director Kerri Mallams said, “We changed the name because we also have programs for men.” There are several programs under Citrine’s umbrella — the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program, the Women’s Wellness Center, the Bra Shop and Food Assistance. The Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program assists women financially and emotionally through biopsies, screenings, mammograms, colonoscopies and more. The Women’s Wellness Center is a fitness, nutrition and well-being center that provides fitness equipment, personal trainers, nutritional counseling, massage, hypnotherapy, belly dancing, barre, yoga, reiki and other services to members on a sliding scale. “The scale slides to zero,” said Mallams. The newest addition to Citrine Health is The Bra Shop, which supplies women (and men) post-mastectomy with low-cost or free prosthetics. “Women on Medicaid and Medicare have no place to go north of Seattle for prosthesis.” Fitting
women with prosthetics requires certification, for which The Bra Shop is finalizing the application process. Until then, there is no aid to them for providing the service. The fitting process takes approximately an hour for each person. Most of the prostheses are donated or gently used secondhand items. The American Cancer Society has also donated bras and prosthetics which, Millams said, “Has been a really great thing.” Citrine’s physical home is The Wellness Center, which just moved to a newer, larger location. The bigger space gives the community a few more amenities. “Just across from The Bra Shop in our lobby is our consignment store.” The artwork is all by local women, and there is a huge fair trade area. “Fair trade is good for the people who make it, and great for those who buy it. It’s good for everyone involved.” There is also a low-cost event space which can be used for public meetings, nonprofits and other community events. “We are unique,” Mallams said. “We grew to address needs as they appeared — food, healthcare, free trade and bras.” The benefit to the surrounding communities is tremendous. Citrine serves Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Pierce, San Juan and Island counties.
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refreshments for FEB 20-21 2015 EVERETT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER attendees. Friday gala & films Saturday films & happy hour This year, featuring local bistros the festival will be concluded with a film short called Sweet Dreams. The Everett Film Festival recently won the Everett Mayor’s Award for an Organization That has Made a Difference in the Arts. Each year, many movies are screened to find choices that will interest and captivate attendees. They work to find films that aren’t found at your local multiplex, and when possible, films done by locals. Every year they try to have one selection that encompasses the festival’s socially conscious position. As a non-profit, the event itself is staffed and run by a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. The festival organizers are always excited to find new volunteers who are passionate about film, and festival-goers who will celebrate the organization’s mission, and of course, take part and enjoy some wonderful world-class entertainment. Visit everettfilmfest.org to stay updated, or to get your tickets now. 6-10pm
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Four Fitness Faves WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
etting a workout in the Northwest is pretty easy. Tie on the shoes, pull out the bikes and kayaks or head to the trailhead — it’s as simple as that. Of course, during the dreary months, there are many days you don’t want to go outside. Perhaps you’re just one of those people who likes something a little different, or that includes the camaraderie of a group. Maybe you have issues that require a gentler workout or the knowledge of a professional. Either way, workout availability in the SnoCo area is prolific, and here are five of our favorites.
BIKRAM YOGA Bikram Yoga in Everett has been serving county residents for five years. Anyone not familiar with Bikram will find beginning classes longer and more challenging than expected. The most traditional form of Bikram is 90 minutes in a heated room. The expectation is to warm muscles to prevent injury, flush toxins and run through a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. While the first class is the hardest, the top-notch instructors at Bikram Yoga will encourage, assist and make you feel at home in their classes. Keep at it, because the long-term results are amazing for both your physical and mental health. bikrameverett.com
SUPER FIT Super Fit tailors your workouts to meet your physical needs. In today’s society, that is an essential component that is lacking at many gyms. Super Fit has three excellent trainers that work with small groups of people. The atmosphere is welcome, supportive, motivating and professional. Owner Jeff Turner was determined to offer affordable, personalized workouts to people from all walks of life, even facing health issues, and the result was a highly-rated business in 22 NorthSoundLife.com
Lynnwood that has been around since 2003. His space contains everything to achieve any fitness goal you may have including cardio, strength, flexibility and core. turnsuperfit.com
ACTIVE MARTIAL ARTS Martial arts have long been a way to learn about discipline and self-defense, but it’s also a great workout. Active Martial Arts has locations in both Everett and Monroe, and they offer powerful programs to kids, teens and adults that allow you to hone your fitness skills while learning about defense, goal-setting, confidence and self-esteem. Supplement it with fitness kickboxing classes — a wonderful de-stressing workout for all abilities that focuses on the brain and body. Not only will you appreciate the approachable staff at Active Martial Arts, you’ll also love the effects of a fun and well-rounded workout. trainama.com
HARBOR SQUARE ATHLETIC CLUB The nice thing about a good club is that you can have a little variety in your workout. Harbor Square has been around since 1985, and they offer exactly what you want in a workout setting. At Harbor Square you can swim, do Pilates, take a class (spinning, yoga, barre and more) or play a game of tennis. Memberships vary, and you can usually find the right one for you. HSAC is a fitness haven, and if this is your year to get it done — and you need several choices in one place — then make it a point to visit. harborsquare.com Wherever you are in Snohomish County, there are amazing entities and people ready to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Take the time to spin, kick, swim and flex into a healthier you in 2015.
WONDER WOMAN WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
t’s true, Washington State is not Minnesota or Canada, but we’ve always had a solid history when it comes to hockey. The Lynnwood Ice Center has been around for awhile teaching the smaller set the fundamentals of the sport. The Thunderbirds formed in 1977 as the Breakers, eventually becoming the Thunderbirds after the 1984-85 season. But lucky for Snohomish County residents — we now have our own team. Without the NBA and with football season over in January (although we’re hoping the season ends February 1st), get your fandom on with the Everett Silvertips. Named for the silvertip bear, the team joined the WHL league as an expansion team in the 2003-04 season. The Silvertips managed success right away despite their youth and inexperience, winning the Western Conference title and making it to the WHL championships their first year. The team has continued its success, and has created a strong following through solid seasons, and various awards and recognition of up-and-coming players, some who have moved on to the NHL, and Coach Kevin Constantine. From January to March, there are still 16 home games left in the Silvertips season, which gives you ample opportunity to attend a game and see the excitement hockey provides. It’s a thrilling atmosphere at the Comcast Arena, filled with super-charged youth and dynamic play. The Silvertips have impressed the league with their strong, young leaders, and will certainly continue to gather fans in our area. Tickets run around $15-$40. To purchase, or find out game days, visit everettsilvertips.com.
obyn Smith believes in one central message when it comes to building a relationship between horses and humans — “natural is normal.” Her passion is creating strong bonds between the large animals and their handlers and riders. That mission is even stronger in her desire to expose at-risk youth to the benefits of natural horsemanship, and working with a variety of creatures. Hooves with Heart is the brainchild of Smith and the current president of the organization, Libby Miller. The nonprofit, which includes a twelveweek horsemanship program, is located at the beautiful Bothell facility, Holly Farms. Robyn believes that youth interaction with horses — as well as other animals in a natural setting — can lead to an essential self-discovery. The programs also encourage more functional ways to deal with the everyday challenges today’s youth face. The smallgroup sessions run year round, providing those younger members of our community a much-needed naturecentric outlet. It also puts them face-toface with the healing power of animal/
human relations. You’ll find a hodgepodge at Holly Farms beyond the equine dwellers — the property also houses goats, chickens, llamas, alpacas and miniature donkeys. Robyn, the board and the volunteer team at Hooves with Heart have created partnerships with several community organizations. The outreach has brought programs like Cocoon House, YMCA/YWCA, Treehouse, Recovery Cafe and YouthCare on board. They also accept applications from individuals — anyone who desires to gain the lessons that are offered. This includes anything from riding and responsibility to self-esteem, building relationships and self-care. You’ll often find Robyn running at full tilt, using her skills as a registered nurse to incorporate her anatomy and physiology background into her lessons. In addition to teaching, you’ll find her balancing business, teaching, and the day-to-day management of a 17-acre facility. Her contributions to the people she meets in both her daily life, and through Hooves with Heart, truly make her a Wonder Woman. January | February 201523
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MILL CREEK PUDDLE RUN FEBRUARY 1, EVERETT REGISTRATION: 7:30 A.M., RACE: 9 A.M.
A messy, muddy fun run that includes a team pride costume contest, this Everett event will raise money for Livestrong at the YMCA. A change of clothes is recommended, and showers are available after the race at the Mill Creek Y. arlingtonrunnersclub.org
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Technically a 5M not a 5K, this race raises money (get it? Fund Run) for the youth programs of the YMCA. Meet at the Machias Trailhead and run as much — or as little — as you like. ymca-snoco.org
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RIVER & RAILS RUN MARCH 21, ARLINGTON REGISTRATION: 8:45 A.M., RACE: 10 A.M.
This race has a staggered start, with 10K-ers starting 10 minutes later than the 5K-ers. This is a lovely run through Haller Park and along the Centennial Trail. Pre-registration discounts are available. arlingtonrunnersclub.org
CUPCAKE FUN RUN MARCH 21, MARYSVILLE REGISTRATION: 8 A.M., RACE: 8:30 A.M.
The Cupcake Run raises money for families in need. Last year, a family’s adopted Senegalese daughter received funding for eye surgery and funding for her schooling. The run is sponsored by Journey Fitness. cupcakefunrun.com
YANKEE DOODLE DASH JULY 4, EVERETT REGISTRATION: 8:30 A.M., RACE: 8:45 A.M.
This fun and silly run includes a costume contest, prizes, awards and a street fair. There are options for a kiddie race or a 10K in addition to the 5. Whatever suits your patriotic fancy. ymca-snoco.org
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Garth Stein WRITTEN BY ALYSSA WOLFE
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ost of the world knows Garth Stein as an author. However, those of us in the Northwest who have had greater opportunity to interact with him also know he is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, playwright, awesome dad and excellent cook. His roots run deep in Seattle, and he has spent ample time in our area as both a child and adult. He’s been part of an insanely successful writers critique group, is a co-founder of the non-profit Seattle7Writers and is a pretty affable guy to hang with. With his recent release, A Sudden Light, Stein is back in the literary spotlight. On the heels of his international sensation, The Art of Racing in the Rain, readers are once again given a unique narrator, this time in the form of a 14-year-old boy. Stein is known for his rich characters, and beautifully interwoven storylines, and A Sudden Light is an ideal follow-up to his other works. Within the first chapter we’re drawn into a mysterious world and captivated by a clever guide. As with many of his characters, Stein has lived a fascinating existence. From
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a young age, he was interested in theater and all things creative. Although born in Los Angeles, he spent his childhood in the Pacific Northwest, which he still calls home. After high school, Stein’s wanderings led him to New York, where he met his wife Andrea (Drella) Perlbinder, now Stein. He lived there for 18 years, finding success in documentary filmmaking, including the award-winning The Lunch Date, which he produced with Adam Davidson. Stein eventually became a full-time writer and had his first two children before making his way back to Seattle in 2001. Growing up in Innis Arden, a community within Richmond Beach, Stein’s memories are coupled with familial relations. Those memories, and the recent death of his father in 2009, serve as a big catalyst for A Sudden Light. The story explores the dynamics between fathers and sons, something he is familiar with, both as a son, and a father of three sons. The book also entwines history, love, ghosts, mystery and relationships into a page-turning novel.
His list of books includes Raven Stole the Moon, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and of course, A Sudden Light. The Art of Racing in the Rain brought Stein international recognition. The protagonist and narrator, Enzo (a dog), captured a wide audience with his intuitive views. It spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold rights to become a motion picture. It has also been adapted into a youth novel and a picture book. Stein has found a solid home in the Northwest, with a community that includes independent bookstores, fellow authors, his children, dog and his constant partner and collaborator, his wife. Stein spent much of the fall on the road to talk about his newest literary accomplishment and the inspiration behind it. He also took the opportunity to share A Sudden Light-themed temporary tattoos and matchbooks. Already, the novel has earned plenty of accolades and positive reviews, and made even more loyal Garth Stein fans. As an author he is approachable,
and interacts with his readers in a variety of ways. He may be a Seattle writing legend in the making, but for those us who have had the chance to sit with him and see him in his regular life, we know that there are a lot more complexities that make him the wonderful and interesting person he is — and that person also happens to concoct intriguing worlds with engaging characters right here in our own backyard. It's exciting to imagine where Stein's next book will take us. He did, however, hint at what's to come with his next project, “I can tell you this: there is a dog and at least one goat.” We look forward to seeing the rest.
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SHOP Savvy Shopper · Necessities · Around the Sound
Snohomish Bicycles WRITTEN BY KYLA ROHDE | PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA WOLFE
acific Northwest winters can’t keep locals away from the outdoors. When January rounds the corner and we find we’ve been nudged into the New Year, our running shoes and layers of athletic gear are pulled out from the closet and dusted off. Dreams to tighten, tone and build the muscles that have been vacationing since the holidays are once again within reach. And what better way to achieve those goals than with community-centric Snohomish Bicycles? Perched above the winding Snohomish River, this triathlon-based shop offers a variety of services, products and opportunities for community involvement. Voted top five bike shops in Western Washington for five straight years, second place in 2014, they’ll have just what you need to motivate you to get moving again. When shop owner Martin Mollat decided to transition from the airline industry to the world of biking, running, and swimming, he took baby steps. In 2007, the triathlon enthusiast set up a weekend bike repair tent along the Centennial Trail, providing service to outdoor patrons. Four months later, he found himself and his growing business moving indoors into a 200-square foot building. Still rapidly expanding, Mollat’s business moved and outgrew multiple locations, finally setting up shop in April 2014 in a quaint window-lined building on First Street of downtown Snohomish. Since those beginning years, Mollat has opened a second location in Lake Stevens. continued on page 30 …
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As you walk through the shop doors, it’s easy to become inspired. The close-knit group of employees welcome customers with hearty greetings, sending waves and “hellos” to the regulars. A variety of bikes hang from the ceiling and line the walls, sporting every color and ranging in style and level from miniature “starter bikes” to full-fledged, custom-built, road bicycles. Helmets, in varying styles, cover the walls, while racks of running and biking attire and bike parts neatly fill the racks on the floor. Joining forces with Rock City Café, the Snohomish Bicycles shop houses both businesses, allowing for a cozy, coffee-infused experience. Whether customers drop in for a quick bike tune-up or to find rental equipment, like a wetsuit for a summer swim, they can complete their visit by lounging in the overstuffed couches and enjoying a sweet treat. Snohomish Bicycles offers customers a variety of products, from athletic gear and repair services, to bicycles. Patrons are encouraged to bring their bikes in for tunes, ranging from a micro tune that includes services such as a bike inspection and tire inflation to the premium tune which covers a new bar wrap, rear hub overhaul and performance tune, among other services. 30 NorthSoundLife.com
For those interested in more of a short-term commitment, Snohomish Bicycles offers bike, wetsuit, helmet, Yak trailer, and Kids Trailer rentals ranging from one day to one week in length. For the more adventurous, a custom built bicycle service is available. Customers can order a frame from a manufacturer such as BMC or Cervelo to be delivered to the shop. There it will be equipped with custom components such as handlebars, brakes, and wheels, a process which takes an average of three to four weeks. And when it comes to the product quality, the bikes speak for themselves. By providing attentive care and high quality products, Snohomish Bicycles is a local favorite where there are many repeat customers. “We’ve had families buy six bikes from us over the years, and we’ve only been open for seven years!” exclaimed Mollat. A highly active force in the community, the shop facilitates weekly rides year-round for members to gather and share their passion for the outdoors. The rides, which occur every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m., provide a vigorous workout and friendly companionship. Split into three different groups, the rides offer an advanced group,
intermediate group, and beginner’s level, traveling roughly 30 miles, 20-25 miles and 15 miles, respectively. Come rain or shine, the rides are a great avenue to pull the community together and create comradery. Not only does the warm weather and long summer evenings draw riders in for the mid-week community rides, but the weekly summer post-ride barbecues do as well. The shop’s back deck that overlooks the river provides a welcoming location where riders can bring their own drinks and gather for a barbecue dinner every Wednesday evening. The shop’s outreach goes further than shop rides and custom-built bikes, though. As a board member for the Historic Downtown Snohomish, Mollat truly believes in enhancing the Snohomish experience. And through this, his bike shop acts as a driving force for many local races. For instance, Snohomish Bicycles helps sponsor races such as the summer Tri Monroe, the Finish Strong Lake Tye Triathlon and the winter fun-run Chase the Grinch Outta Snohomish. It’s easy to see why the customers keep coming back. With the sense of community set at the heart of the shop, employees truly strive to create relationships with their
customers. Nigel Saville, an employee at Snohomish Bicycles for over a year and involved in the industry for nearly 12 years, delights in the shop’s distinctive role as a hub for outdoor sports with a loyal customer base. “The focus on community and customer relationship is truly unique to this shop,” Saville states. Mollat has high hopes for the future. With the two shops spread over Snohomish County, the owner plans on expanding internally. When asked what customers can expect in the future, Mollat said, “More products, bigger brands, and maybe more adventurebased activities such as bike touring. And, an overall focus of providing good service to our customers.” With so many exciting opportunities to get involved in the active community that Snohomish Bicycles has created Mollat urges customers to shop locally. The owner believes that “If you want local product, then you have to shop local. We’re here for them, we need [the customers] to be here for us.” So far, the effort Snohomish Bicycles is putting into being a whole cycling experience for its customers is working well for them, and for Snohomish County.
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Brooks Running WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA WOLFE
rooks Running is a bright oasis on a gray, drizzly day. Upon entering their flagship store you’ll immediately be bombarded with a singular, positive message presented in displays worthy of Anthropologie: “Run Happy,” it tells you — which will most likely cause Pharrell Williams’s irrepressible hit to start bouncing around in your head. The world of athletic gear has come a long way, and the designers at Brooks have taken advantage of that, creating shoes, clothes and accessories in vibrantly gorgeous hues and impeccably wearable designs. The building that encases their products is just as fascinating, and worthy of its own close-up examination. The Brooks Running HQ is located in the Fremont-Wallingford neighborhood, a growing retail area situated tidily by the BurkeGilman Trail. With neighbors like evo and Sole Perfection, plus a handful of cafés and restaurants — the area is becoming a destination. The building itself is an eco-conscious dream. Every detail to exist efficiently was taken into account, down to the scraps from the factory that made stools for the retail store. The headquarters and offices were designed with a functional flow, meant to bolster collaboration, creativity and the production of awesome products dedicated to active living. Employees enjoy a healthy and tasty cafeteria, gym, labs, sewing facilities, weekly group runs and phenomenal views.
The products are as impressive as the building and employees. For those investing in shoes, technology lends a hand in the retail store. A gait analysis can provide the information needed to find the right fit. The color choices make you feel powerful, as if you could conquer any course thrown your way. Make your way around and find the right gear to support your new shoes. The PureProject apparel is particularly appealing, mindfully designed and meant to be worn in your daily life, not just for running. Dubbed the House of Brooks, the retail store lends an inviting atmosphere meant to unite walkers and runners of all ages, sizes, genders and abilities. It’s a place to gather — and a place to utilize if you need a gel or band-aid (at the Runners’ Aid Station). If the opening celebration was any indication, then the flagship store is sure to fulfill the role it set out to achieve, to become a hub of inspiration. Running is a welcoming sport, and the employees of Brooks Running reflect that. For walkers, runners and soon to be runners, the retail store will be a haven; a great source for information and encouragement. It may have taken 100 years to open this establishment, but it was worth the wait. There is no doubt there are big things on the horizon for the Brooks Running Company. 3400 Stone Way North, Seattle brooksrunning.com
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SHOP Savvy Shopper
Belly & Co. WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA WOLFE
422 Main St., Edmonds Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
THE SHOP The corner of 5th and Main is an iconic location in Edmonds — it plays a front and center role in the Downtown shopping area. Since the 1960s, 422 Main Street has been a children’s store with an emphasis on clothing. The new owner, Kristina Freeburg, aims to expand the store into maternity clothing while fine-tuning the children’s focus to the first two years.
THE ATMOSPHERE Belly & Co. is modern and inviting. Instead of overwhelming the shopper with a jumble of products, the store allows the customer to easily pick from high-quality items meant to last through the first baby and beyond. Subtly divided into mom-to-be gear and 0-24 month clothing, the space is friendly and full of natural light. It is an uplifting place for both future and new parents and grandparents. There is a clear eye for detail, and you’ll find yourself oohing and aahing over the clever choices. Other helpful touches include an area to nurse, and a baby-changing station.
KEY PEOPLE Kristina Freeburg is not a stranger to Edmonds. She is a 2002 Edmonds-Woodway graduate. She took a SnoCo hiatus, first attending college, and then setting up a high-end boutique in San Diego, but eventually ended up back in her hometown. As a new mother herself, with an awareness of the growth of young families in the area, Freeburg felt there was the need for a maternity/baby store in the North End. She had the right conversations and relied on a can-do attitude to make it happen. Freeburg’s experience is evident in her selections and approachable style.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND As the store continues to take shape, you’ll find a variety of items to fulfill the needs of pregnancy and the early years. Maternity lingerie and clothing is available, as well as items like a highchair that turns into a toddler chair. There are gifts, baby apparel, gear and other necessities, all from excellent brands.
OWNERS FAVORITES Freeburg’s enthusiasm is infectious, and already she has picked product lines that grow with baby. One of her favorite brands is Mamas & Papas, a beautiful and appealing line that creates innovative items that serve multiple purposes. Belly & Co. opened mid-November in 2014. There are several developments in the works — a baby registry and building community relations with parent groups. Freeburg’s establishment will be one to keep an eye on as young families continue to grow in our area.
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Creating a Natural Look WRITTEN BY ASHLEY THOMASSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY BECKI WALKER
he New Year is a beautiful time to re-fresh, re-start, and focus on what really matters. Although I have never been a person to jump on the “resolution” bandwagon, I always love and relish in the scent of possibility each new year brings. Reflecting and looking forward to 2015, I feel compelled to slow down — to get back to the basics and focus on what really matters. We all know that beauty has little to do with makeup, yet we still try and keep up with the latest trends and overwhelming amount of new must-have products. This New Year, I want to challenge you to keep it simple; to pare down your product list and let your natural glow speak for itself. Here, I’ve created a quick 5-minute morning guide to outline some basic steps and techniques using products you likely already have that will keep your face fresh and glowing, and keep you from spending too much time in front of the mirror. continued on next page
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Pick your foundation or tinted moisturizer and apply. I prefer to apply with a flat makeup brush because I find that I use less product and have more control over the coverage, but the key here is finding what works for you, so apply it however you prefer! If you want more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not full coverage, I recommend Urban Decay’s Naked foundation. It truly is light-as-air and looks and feels as though you are wearing nothing, all while diffusing light to create that “airbrushed” finish. Conceal minimally, if needed, then set with a loose powder to ensure it lasting through the day.
Never underestimate the power of simplicity. My all-time favorite trick is to simply take the same color blush I used and brush it all the way across my lid, then fluff it upwards into the socket to blend. That’s it. Adding this slight pop of color will keep your eyes looking fresh, rested and will bring the look together. If eyeliner is a must for you, go for it, but for this look it is by no means necessary. Finish with a quick coat of mascara.
BLUSH Start at the apple of your cheeks and sweep backwards towards your hairline, keeping the color placement right on the cheekbone. When picking something natural, I lean toward a rose or flush colored blush. 38 NorthSoundLife.com
BROWS Brows often get left out, but if I can only do one thing in the morning, they are my “must.” A good brow can create structure in the face and brighten the eyes with little-to-no product. If your brows are already full, simply take a brow brush (similar to a mascara wand with no product on it) and brush out and slightly up to create shape. If your brows are light in color, you may
choose to fill them in with a pencil using quick brush strokes, before blending with a brush. Eyebrow pencils need little investment, in fact the affordable makeup brand Essence sells excellent ones that come with a brush on the end for only $3! To give your brows a quick face-lift, blend out the tiniest bit of concealer right underneath them.
GLOW Last but not least, adding a quick, light swipe of bronzer or highlighter to your face will give it that warm, radiating glow we all want. Brushing it where the light naturally hits your face is key: across your t-zone and under your eyes/ above where you placed your blush on your cheek bones. This year, join me in my less-is-more resolution, and let your natural beauty shine through.
Ombú Salon + Spa WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALYSSA WOLFE
ow many people get to live the dream of owning a spa? Well Beth and Tom Sanger do. At the beginning of 2014, Beth and Tom were the proud new owners of Ombú Salon + Spa, an Edmonds fixture at the corner of 6th and Main. The spa, on the verge of closing, needed rescuing, and the couple happily stepped in. They found they already had an excellent location, an amazing staff and loyal patrons who loved the spa’s organic mission. While Beth has enthusiastically taken the helm, it’s the experienced staff that makes this a stand-out establishment. It’s been said before, and will probably be repeated many more times, that Edmonds is a salon town. And yet the further you explore the pampering landscape, the more you begin to realize that each is a unique space that has something a little different to offer. In fact, it’s pretty fun to find which spas work for you and on what level. Ombú Salon + Spa encapsulates tranquility, and you’ll encounter stylists, estheticians and a massage therapist that reflect that. You’ll be greeted warmly before you’re whisked away to lovely, relaxing rooms and the skilled hands of knowledgeable professionals. When it comes to facials, esthetician Laura is more than simply adept. Her informative conversation and delightful personality make it a helpful and uplifting experience. There is no doubt that she cares about the health and wellness of each client, and guides gently
toward healthier skin. Laura was the 2009 recipient of Allure magazine’s “Best Facial in Seattle.” While Ombú offers many of the expected services you look for in a salon and spa, they also have reflexology. An alternative natural therapy along the lines of acupressure, reflexology followers swear by its results. Emily, who does both massage and reflexology at Ombú, finds that it is a less invasive way to get many of the same results as massage, and that some people are more comfortable with it. She is informative, with a deep knowledge of natural healing techniques and methods. Her warmth is genuine, as is her gift in holistic care. It’s the little things at Ombú that will keep it an Edmond’s favorite. Whether it’s the quality organic and all-natural lines they carry, like Eminence and Pureology, the handwritten follow-up note they send you or the greeting and tea you receive each visit — they are an excellent spa to try. Call or visit their website to find out what services interest you, or visit them during the Edmonds Art Walk, when they host an artist and open their doors to the community. 550 Main St., Ste. B, Edmonds Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 425.778.6322 ombusalon.com
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Nutrition Goals for the New Year WRITTEN BY JENNIFER ADLER
t’s here again, the beginning of a new year. As much as we try to maintain that we’re not interested in New Year’s resolutions, there is still a lingering voice in the back of our minds reminding us that with a new year comes new opportunities to do things right; to be better. Most of us have the same recurring goals and are all set for a clean slate only to realize somewhere around February that we’re right back in our old habits and on our way to a repeat year of good intentions and failed goals. If getting healthy is on your list this year, I have some surefire ways to help you make and keep those nutrition goals for good. Set Realistic Goals It seems as if come January 1st, we’re so ready to make a change that we swing all the way to the opposite end of the spectrum only to realize that we’ve asked more of ourselves than we can actually accomplish. Instead of making your goal to lose 20 pounds by the end 40 NorthSoundLife.com
of January, try to set a goal of making healthy eating choices six out of seven days a week. You’ll avoid disappointment and the urge to give up altogether, plus you might be surprised with the results you see when your focus is on smaller tasks you can actually accomplish rather than large milestones. The 80/20 Rule There are always going to be special occasions that come up. There will always be birthday parties and weddings. There will always be times when eating perfectly isn’t possible or even desirable. Be kind to yourself and realistic. Deprivation is not the goal. Relax and enjoy special occasions in a knowledgeable way. This single day is a snapshot in time. Follow the 80/20 rule. As someone whose whole world revolves around food and health, I believe that if I live healthy eighty percent of the time then my body will be strong enough to handle the other twenty percent. I am not interested in spending the amount of
time and energy that it would take to be a saint with my diet. Also, I have found that when we become rigid with our diet we tend to become rigid with life. This can eliminate much of the spontaneity and joy that life has to offer. Eat More Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, direct your focus to what you can eat. Make 2015 the year when you become adventurous in the kitchen. Make it your goal to expand your palette and try as many new flavors as possible and experiment with new combinations. Have you passed that one thing in the produce aisle and never known what it actually is? Buy it, research ways to prepare it and then eat it. You may not like it, but you just might find a new favorite. Eat good nutritious food in abundance. Plan for Success Do you know what you are having for dinner tonight? Fewer than 30
percent of Americans know by 4 p.m. Yet planning ahead doesn’t take that long, and it can set you up for success. Instead of wondering what you’re going to feed yourself and your family when everyone is hungry, you already know and you already have everything you need. This will help eliminate the need to make a run to the drive through in a moment of hunger and desperation. Here’s one example of how it can work. Sunday morning, sit down with paper, pen and your favorite cookbook or cooking magazine. Think about what’s in your pantry, what your family likes to eat, look at how many nights you will be able to cook dinner and how many require a different solution. Then plan out the week’s worth of menus. At the same time, write out your grocery list. Now the inevitable what’s for dinner question is solved! Reward Yourself Many times we’ve had a successful week and our first thought is to grant
ourselves a reward. In many cases, that reward is in the form of a food item that we’ve been avoiding. It seems counterintuitive to reward yourself with the very thing you’ve been trying to eliminate from your diet, so instead try a different reward system. If you’re successful in reaching all of your goals for an entire month, treat yourself to an outing that doesn’t involve food. Is there a new pair of shoes that you’ve had your eye on? Work on making reward associations that don’t involve food. Make them about things you enjoy or experiences with people you love. This reward won’t undo all of your hard work and I guarantee it will be long lasting and fuel your motivation to power through the tougher moments to continued success. If you begin to implement new habits and new systems into your life, you’re giving yourself the best shot at having a successful year. Pretty soon, it won’t be about making a New Year’s resolution to be healthy, but rather about living the full and abundant life you’ve created for yourself.
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Polar Bear Dive 5K run/walk 10:30 a.m. Magnuson Park, Seattle promotionevents.com
The Rain Run Half marathon 10 a.m.. Marymoor Park, Redmond therainrun.com
Jayme Biendl Memorial Run 5K run/walk 8:30 a.m. Sky River Park, Monroe behindthebadgefoundation.org
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Mill Creek Puddle Run 10K run, 5K run/walk & 1-mile run 9 a.m. Mill Creek YMCA, Mill Creek ymca-snoco.org
Cupid’s Undie Run 1.5-mile fun run 12 p.m. The Ballroom, Seattle cupidsundierun.com
Lord Hill Trail Runs 50K, 20-mile, 10-mile & 5-mile trail runs 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Lord Hill Regional Park, Snohomish evergreentrailruns.com
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Padden Mudfest 6-mile trail run 10 a.m. Lake Padden Park, Bellingham gbrc.net
McClinchy Mile Bike Ride 5K run/walk & kids’ dash 8 a.m. Haller Middle School, Arlington therewillbepie.com
Tri-Freaks RainMan Indoor Triathlon Series 8:00 a.m. Seattle Evans Pool, Seattle trifreaks.com
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Outdoors In Warm décor for a chilly winter WRITTEN BY TANNA EDLER
As the leaves fall and the cold air starts to blow, we find ourselves enjoying intimate moments in our homes once again. Now is the time to bring the outdoors in through décor. This project incorporates native items that resulted in a natureinspired interior design plan. The ability to bring nature into your home is an art and design aesthetic that will always be interesting and unique. I enjoy designing with natural elements, appealing to my clients’ desire of calm, peaceful and informal environments. This is the time of the year when clients are calling for my assistance to craft the ultimate slumber escape at their residence. All summer, outdoor entertaining rooms are the focus, but this time of year, it’s time to bring the outdoors in. While I believe there are no rules, and typically push the design principle envelope, I do believe that drawing on natural inspiration creates exceptional interiors. And, you don’t have to always splurge to take the plunge — some of your accents may be found as close as in your backyard. … continued on the next page
Choosing materials that resonate with your personal style is the first step for bringing the right themes into your home. One homeowner may enjoy the rugged nature of a natural rock wall, while another may prefer the flair of seagrass accessories. Choosing natural elements that incorporate your style and connect you to your interiors is the key. You will be amazed how beautifully nature will set the mood in your abode. Here are a couple of notable designs that we created during this recent project to complete an inviting Living Room design for the whole family. Elm coffee table and cedar side tables With clean lines and an industrial approach, our custom designed and built furnishing pieces are a great addition to this welcoming living space. The goal was a rustic design with contemporary appeal. The light color of the wood is a neutral 46 NorthSoundLife.com
tone and complements the darker finish on other pieces in the room. Bringing wood into your interiors is one of the easiest and warmest ways to draw nature into the home, and wood comes in a variety of finishes, species, tones and applications. From flooring to ceiling beams, wood also can be reclaimed and refinished from older buildings to keep its life sustainability ongoing for years to come. And remember, if natural materials are not appropriate for your remodeling project, perhaps consider alternative products. Pre-engineered laminates and veneer stone applications offer the look of nature and can be equally alluring. While these may not work in every application, look to a home design specialist to help you price out materials that will give you that bold natural design statement.â€‰ď ´
Arlington House WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT
modern masterpiece, this Arlington home from Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest is perched on a hilltop overlooking a pond with eastfacing mountain views. Simple, clean lines and layers of open space define this Northwest gem. This arbor entry opens up the home, with cool concrete tones that are warmed up with wood, glass and greenery. Inviting, tasteful and wholly modern, this house blends all the best elements of contemporary style without being stark.
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The unique south-facing profile of the house is distinctly modern, with a simple wire fence that complements the board-formed concrete.
Board-formed concerete walls create a layered, warm effect. Nelson focuses a lot of design on the the small spaces that open into soaring interiors, which he calls vignettes. These vignettes help give the house its flow and expression.
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What’s On Your List? Bucket Lists have made a huge surge in our culture — and somehow it sounds far more appealing than “my list of things to do before I expire.” In fact, you can even create small lists, such as a Bucket List for your 20s, 30s, or a Bucket List before you get married and have kids. The idea is to look at the finality of something, not necessarily just your life, and create a conglomeration of desires, passions, wants, life experiences, accomplishments and things you’d like to do or get done. Bottom line — it’s a way to remind yourself to live life to its fullest, to remember to do the things that bring you joy or a sense of pride. It helps you to avoid putting the important things off (important to you, personally), before it’s too late to do them.
Life Is Beautiful Everyone is different. It’s a profoundly simple statement, but one that holds a critical truth. One person’s Bucket List may hold things full of adrenaline and exotic world travel, while another’s involves building something with their child or finishing a 5K race. No one’s list is better or more important — it’s the diversity that allows us to celebrate each individual person and their dreams. Life is beautiful, and part of that beauty comes from taking a moment to revel in it, to be purely in the moment without distraction. To soak in the surroundings and be present with the task at hand, knowing that it leads toward a sense of purpose. It’s about crossing an item off your list of things you’ve always wanted to do or try, and finding happiness in the fact that you made it a priority.
It’s All About Balance The world is fast-paced these days. We are bombarded with an over-abundance of information and often spend too much time trying to wade through it and pick out the most useful pieces. It’s
easy to get caught up looking at what the Jones’s are up to, comparing what you have to what other’s have, and get lost in negative media and the horrible things happening in the world. It’s just as easy to lose yourself in the never-ending routine — work, school, parenting, appointments, surfing the net. You complain about getting up too early, working too late, spending too much time in traffic, the housework is overwhelming, the errands are endless. A Bucket List can lend hope, and give you permission to do something else. The key is not to go too crazy (unless it’s something that’s desperately needed to better your life). Find balance in the everyday routine, and block out chunks of time and money to live a little. Some Bucket List items don’t even require funding. Walk the wonderful line between getting the necessary things done and indulging in moments that infuse you with enthusiasm to be part of this awesome world.
Get Inspired The best part of a Bucket List is that it pretty much has no bounds. For the most part — if we can dream it, we can do it. Although you probably won’t be prima ballerina with the PNB or a wide receiver on the Seahawks, you can still achieve levels within those dreams. After all, there are adult ballet classes and community sports leagues around the area. Where do you begin? Sit with yourself for a moment. What is something you have always wanted to do? See the Eiffel Tower in person? Run a marathon? Smoothly converse in another language? The marvelous thing about a Bucket List is that you don’t have to be great at what you want to do, unless that’s the goal, but it’s about the trying. The doing. The fearlessness to embrace life and full-on live it. And while you’re making your list, start local.
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OO Fall from the sky
Skydiving is not for the faint of heart. It some respects, it’s the ultimate leap of faith, which also makes it a fiercely liberating experience. Perched (how high?) above the earth, you can free fall solo or tandem (with a professional), feeling the rush of wind and empowerment. Do you have the desire? For those who prefer to jump off a cliff, cliff-diving at Eagle Falls is an option. Located in the western region of the Central Cascades off Stevens Pass, Eagle Falls is a spectacular spot to jump. The highest point at over 80 feet will get you pumped and out of your comfort zone — it is for the avid thrill-seeker. There is a smaller 40 ft jump and rope swing for those who want to practice. Either way, if you mark this off your bucket list, play it safe. hh skydivesnohomish.com
OO Base jumping at Eagle Falls
Flowing from the Skykomish River and located in the western region of the central Cascades off Stevens Pass, Eagle Falls is a spectacular cliff jumping area. The highest point at over 80 feet will get you pumped and out of your comfort zone. This jump is for only the avid thrill-seeker. There is a smaller 40-ft jump and rope swing for those less enthusiastic. Either way if you mark this off your bucket list, play it safe.
OO Up, up and away
The whisper of quiet, a rush of flame and before you know it you hover among treetops and birds. The land below is a patchwork quilt of greens and golds, with people, cars and buildings displayed like tiny model villages. Rise above it all with a hot air balloon ride. The Snohomish location meeting spot for Over the Rainbow, a popular local hot air balloon company, is the Maltby Cafe — yum! hh overtherainbowhotairballoonrides.com
OO Fast and furious
Some people are built with an intrinsic need for speed. Cars and the thunder of the track get their juices flowing. These days you can fulfill the fantasy in an ideal setting rather than just going to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. ProFormance 52 NorthSoundLife.com
Racing School in Kent may not technically be in the county, but they are definitely close enough by to visit for a day class, personal training/coaching sessions and other various popular courses. hh proformanceracingschool.com
OO Dive deep
Enter the depths of the Puget Sound at the Edmonds Underwater Park. One of the premiere cold water dive spots, the underwater world hides a beautifully strange menagerie of sea creatures. Hooded nudibranchs, shipwrecks, crustaceans, sea slugs and more await the daring dry-suit diver. hh underwatersports.com
OO Fly high
Taking flight opens up the world in so many ways. The views are unmatched as you soar through life. Boys, girls, men, women — anyone who has dreamed of piloting their own plane — have ample options in the North End. However, Snohomish Flying Service has been helping people achieve their dreams since 1945. For the 13- to 18-year-old crew, the Youth Aviation Academy, run by volunteers from the Washington Pilots Association, lets young dreamers get closer to their goals. hh snohomishflying.com
OO Reach the summit
There is something mystical about the peaks of mountains. Since the early days, adventurers have sought to reach the top of the highest mountains around the world. In Western Washington we are surrounded by glorious ranges just begging to be explored. Although often hidden from view, Glacier Peak is located right here in Snohomish County. Those who have reached the pinnacle rave about the epic views, where the land and water stretch around you, and other peaks offer you titillating and tempting glimpses. One of the higher mountains in Washington, the Lynnwood REI has gear and classes to help prepare you for this incredible experience. hh summitpost.org/glacier-peak/150318
OO Go to a SilverTips game
Fast-paced action on ice at blinding speeds right in front of you; what’s not to love? The Everett Silvertips joined the Western Hockey League back in 2003 and has qualified for the playoffs in every season since, winning three U.S. Division Championships, a WHL Regular Season title and a Western Conference Championship. hh For
game schedule and tickets everettsilvertips.com.
OO Taste the finest wine
Swirl. Smell. Sip — three actions of wine tasting we all know and love. Washington has become a go-to for wine connoisseurs and vintners to produce a variety of award-winning wines. The Woodinville Wine Festival is a good place to start your viniculture adventure. Festival entry comes with a glass, a free gift and of course your passport. There is a free wine valet service available, but we suggest getting together with some friends and renting a town car or limousine. At the least be safe and have a designated driver. hh woodinvillewinecountry.com
OO Try the new Beardslee Pub House owned by John Howie Having opened in late November, this craft beer, liquor and food experience is part of the John Howie Restaurant Group and all that entails — spectacular foods to exceptional drinks. The Beardslee Pub House features a ten-barrel brewery, offering thirteen craft brews in total. Incorporating the best in local brews with great Northwest-crafted specialities, this Pub House is surely a beer connoisseur’s dream and a foodie’s ideal dinner destination. hh beardsleecrossing.com
OO Complete a marathon
The first couple weeks will be pain but once you get through that and have a plan for your running routine you will be able to hit your stride and add mileage daily. Soon enough you will be in great shape and those 26.2 miles will seem like a piece of cake; not to mention that the satisfaction you get from it will last you a lifetime. So, gear up and mark it off your bucket list. hh arlingtonrunnersclub.org, raytownsend.com/Running
(North Sound Runners) Note: Keep an eye on races and runs section of NEM
OO Take a glass-blowing lesson at the Schack Art Center Thanks to the international recognition of Dale Chihuly, glass blowing is a well-known art form for the Pacific Northwest. Learn the art of working with molten glass and create your own masterpiece at the Hot Shop located inside the Schack Art Center. There are all levels of classes for ages 18+. hh schack.org
OO Learn to swing dance, jitterbug and cha-cha Ballroom dancing is invigorating and graceful. A time-honored way of socializing, ballroom dancing creates strong muscles and friendships. You can either take private lessons or opt for more social dancing in groups and at clubs. hh theverveballroom.com
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OO Try pole dancing fitness
A playful workout for you or with your girlfriends, pole dancing is a full-body workout that will tone you like nothing else. Gain confidence and skill while having lots of fun and also getting a serious workout. Some pole dancing studios also teach aerial movement, hooping and other forms of dance. hh divinemovement.com
OO Explore the Big Four Ice Caves
Located outside of Granite Falls in the North Cascades are some magnificent ice caves that were formed by melting snow, waterfalls and the wind. This is an easy 2.2 mile round-trip hike on a wide gravel road. You gain only 220 ft so this is great for kids as well. But PLEASE be careful and do not climb on or in the caves. hh wta.org
OO Attend one of the outdoor summer concerts at Tulalip Casino There is nothing like being outdoors and listening to the sweet sound of one of your favorite bands. Watch for the all-star lineup released in May and get your tickets early. These concerts ROCK and sell out quickly.
OO Have a Burger, Fries and Shake at Dicks Drive-In In 1956, McDonald’s was only a year old, Americans loved their cars and Dick Spady — along with his two partners — had a vision that customers could drive up and order the all-American meal: a hamburger, fries and a shake, right from their cars. Now an icon in the Seattle area with six locations, Dick’s still serves highquality food at low prices. Take a trip down nostalgia lane and try the newest location at 21910 HWY 99 in Edmonds.
OO Whoop it up at the rodeo
Put on your cowboy hat and check out the Enumclaw Fair and Pro-West Rodeo. Held in the evenings during late August the rodeo features three days of bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping and so much more. A perfect way to spend an hot August night.
OO Get tickets to the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay From June 15-21, 2015, Chambers Bay will host the U.S. Open as it comes to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time in its history. The traditional linksland course is unlike any in our area and is sure to give the pros a run for their money. It offers massive, rolling fairways, towering dunes that look over the Pacific Ocean, which carries in the coastal winds. This will be a site to see how the world’s best golfers navigate this phenomenal course. hh usga.org
Residents Weigh In Snohomish County residents, young, old and in-between, tell us their number one Bucket List item. Alan, Mukilteo — Age 42.
Go geocaching. Diane, Arlington — Age 61.
Visit a top tourist attraction in each of the 50 states. Dorothy, Edmonds — Age 87.
Write a memoir. OO Check out the new mural at the Boeing plant in Everett The Boeing factory plant in Everett recently applied a new mural to all its six factory doors which are 82 feet tall and 300 to 350 feet wide. This puts them in the Guiness Book of World Records for the world’s largest mural. A site to see!
OO Golf with a pro Always wonder what it would be like to play with the big boys? Here is your chance. Every year the Boeing Classic Champions Tour offers a Pro Am Tournament that is held the first part of the week. Get paired with a world class champion golfer and have a once in a lifetime experience. The tournament will be held August 17-23, 2015 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. hh boeingclassic.com
OO Fill your jug
Hudson, Lynnwood — Age 6.
Ride an elephant. April, Lynnwood — Age 17.
Sing in front of people. Cole, Mountlake Terrace — Age 24.
Climb Everest. Liz, Snohomish — Age 33.
Learn to knit. Mark, Everett — Age 40.
Hidden away in the middle of Lynnwood is something amazing: the 164th Street Artesian Well. Bring a jug and stand in line for pure, clean potable water that bubbles up to the surface at ten gallons per minute. There are no additives or detectable contaminants, and the well is tested monthly for E. Coli and other bacteria. Be patient — the line can get long, but it is well worth the wait!
Unplug for a full week while on
OO Get on the jumbotron
Mary, Marysville — Age 78.
Unfortunately there is no way to ensure that you are going to get on the big screen at Centurylink or Safeco Field, but you can increase your chances by puckering up, bringing out the big signs or dressing up with serious flair in your most outrageous apparel. Dance, scream and just have a good time, and chances are you will make the big screen. Good Luck!
vacation in New Zealand. Jill, Edmonds — Age 51.
Volunteer with children. Pay off someone’s Christmas layaway.
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OO Movies under the Stars Put down your iPad and cell phone, grab a chair and head on over to Willis Tucker Community Park for a nostalgic evening of Movies in the Park. The series runs Thursday evenings mid-July to midAugust. Although the event is free, donations are accepted, and they benefit the Snohomish County Parks Department. Go to www. Snohomishcountywa. gov for the movie schedule and more information.
OO Experience the Fremont Solstice Parade
Known for its wild outfits, naked bodies on bikes and all around weirdness the Fremont Solstice Parade will be held on Saturday June 20, 2015 at 3 p.m. The parade route stars at 33th and Leary Way and ends in Gasworks Park at HONK Fest West. Enjoy local and national street bands, food, beverage and a variety of vendors until nightfall.
OO Listen to blues and jazz at The Oxford Saloon Formerly a saloon and brothel in the 1800s, this restored historic building is a great place to hang out with friends, listen to amazing live music and enjoy mouthwatering burgers and food. Considered one of the most haunted buildings in Snohomish by the Washington State Ghost Society, keep an eye open for the ghosts that are said to be haunting the old building. 913 1st St, Snohomish.
OO Explore Ghost Towns
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dive into the underground workings of a mine or explore a town or site that was long ago abandoned. Ghost Towns of Washington offers a comprehensive site that will help you navigate the surrounding area or, if you dare, the entire state. ghosttownsofwashington.com
OO Ride the Great Wheel in downtown Seattle Towering at over 175 feet, the Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the West Coast. Extending close to 40 feet beyond the pier, it is a great way to see the city lights at night. Featuring 41 fully enclosed gondolas — which can seat up to eight adults — and one VIP gondola that touts leather bucket seats, a stereo system and glass bottom floor, seating up to four adults. Whatever your choice, this is a bucket list must!
OO Karaoke at One Eyed Jacks Roadhouse
Love to belt out the tunes to the Eagles, Madonna or even Blake Shelton? Why not get on stage and show the world — okay, Lynnwood — what you’ve got. Whether you have an amazing voice or just want to get out of your shell and have some fun,
One Eyed Jacks Roadhouse is known for great Karaoke. Throw on your party clothes, grab some friends and have some fun!
Ask yourself this...
OO Taste all the chocolate variety flavors of PinkaBella Cupcakes
What are some places and/or things you want to see in person?
Award winning Pinkabella Cupcakes serves up over 81 varieties of mouthwatering cupcakes, and many of them are of the chocolate variety. From salted caramel (our favorite) and root beer float to Sin Mint and peanut butter cup, there is no shortage of options. Available in both regular size and mini cupcakes, these little morsels are bound to satisfy that inner craving. Serving at five locations, including the Alderwood Mall.
What would you do if you had unlimited resources and time?
What is something you would like to witness? What would you like to do with others or yourself that would have special meaning? What is something (a skill, experience or activity) you’ve always wanted to do or achieve, but haven’t yet?
Creating Your Bucket List
OO Be a tourist in Everett
Who knew there would be so much to discover right here in our own back yard? Make a list and spend a weekend getting to know your town. Visit The Historical Flight Museum, tour the Boeing Plant, and explore The Museum of Flight. Check out the current exhibits at Schack Art Center, catch a Silvertips Game, try the beer at FishTail Ale and wander the waterfront. There is so much to see and do. hh Need
Keep a notebook, make a spreadsheet, jot it down on a scrap of paper. The key to a bucket list is to open yourself up to any possibility — without putting limitations on it. It doesn’t have to be big or small, it just needs to fill up that space where you imagine a life highlight. In your head, you can see yourself driving a convertible up a winding hill in Italy, the sun and wind flitting about you. It’s taking that snapshot that came within yourself and bringing it to life, making it come to fruition, believing in it and allowing it to happen. You can start local or go global. Make your own personal list or together with someone else, even your family. It’s about maximizing your existence, and to soak up enthusiasm for life. You never know when you can make things on your list happen, but don’t give up on any of it — it all matters. Get more inspiration at bucketlist.org
Green smoothies and juices are an optimal way to get those necessary servings of vegetables. Simple cold drinks like these can provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, good fats and fiber. Once you get the basic mechanics of smoothiemaking down, itâ€™s easy to swap ingredients and add different ones in for added benefit and taste preferences. Frozen bananas and fruit work best for the chill factor because adding ice cubes can water down your smoothie. The trick is to add something cold that isnâ€™t going to melt. To aid easy blending, put the liquid in first, so the blades have extra mobility. Next add the greens to make sure they get completely liquefied. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Extra liquid can always be added to thin it out, if desired.
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Green is Good
Almond ButterRaspberry Smoothie with Spinach The alternative milk keeps this smoothie dairyfree, but the frozen banana gives it a much-needed creaminess. Somehow the banana manages to cover up the flavor of spinach completely, leaving you only with a wonderful raspberry flavor and surprising nuttiness from the almond butter. If you don’t like almond butter, swap it for peanut butter or leave it out completely. The spices are also optional, but with the almond butter they give it a nice balance of flavor. Using a frozen banana and frozen berries makes the smoothie icy cold without having to water it down with ice cubes. What you’ll need ¾ cup coconut milk or almond milk ½ cup frozen raspberries 1 frozen banana 1 teaspoon almond butter 1 ½ cups fresh baby spinach, lightly packed Pinch cinnamon (optional) Pinch cardamom (optional)
Put the milk and greens in a blender; blend until smooth. Add the almond butter, banana and raspberries, along with a pinch of cinnamon and cardamom. Blend until smooth. If it is too thick, add more milk in small increments. You can always add more raspberries. Depending on how many you use, it may turn the smoothie a shade of brown, but it still tastes great!
Always put the liquid in first so that the blades of the blender can move freely. Why this smoothie is good for you Spinach is packed with Vitamins A and K, along with magnesium and fiber. Cardamom helps move food through intestines and can also help treat stomach spasms. Some studies show that cinnamon can help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Not only is almond butter an excellent source of protein, the calcium and copper help aid nervous system function. Sources: WebMD, livestrong.com Recipe: Dakota Mackey
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Benefits of Color Folic Acid, Lutein and Vitamin K (GREEN) The March of Dimes recommends pregnant women, or women who intend to become pregnant, to take a folic acid supplement to prevent birth defects. Folic acid also helps the body make healthy new cells. Lutein improves and protects vision. Vitamin K helps protect your bones from fracture, and protects against several forms of cancer.
Potassium and Phytochemicals (White) Onions, garlic and mushrooms can reduce blood pressure, prevent diabetes and help reduce cholesterol.
Phenolics (Purple) Powerful antioxidants, phenolics help reduce incidence of cancer, protect against heart disease and slow the process of aging.
Lycopene and Anthocyanins (RED) Potentially helpful in fighting certain kinds of cancer, heart disease and other serious health problems, lycopene is an antioxidant. Anthocyanins are flavonoids that have the potential to help the nervous system, improve problems with inflammation and protect the heart.
Beta Carotene & Vitamin C (ORANGE) Both Beta Carotene and Vitamin C support a healthy immune system. Beta Carotene helps promote good vision and healthy skin.
Green is Good
Banana-AvocadoSpinach Smoothie This smoothie is boosted with plentiful vitamins and fiber. The avocado may sound like it wouldn’t go well in a smoothie; however, it’s just the opposite — avocado gives this drink its creamy texture.
Put the almond milk and spinach in a blender; blend until smooth. Add the orange, banana and avocado and blend. For additional sweetness, you can add 1 tablespoon of Grade B maple syrup or agave nectar.
What you’ll need Why this smoothie is good for you Spinach is packed with Vitamins A and K, along with magnesium and fiber. Oranges contain high amounts of both vitamin C and Potassium. Avocados are a great source of potassium and vitamin D, not to mention they are loaded with fiber.
½–1 cup of spinach 1–1 ½ cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 avocado, ripe, peeled and pit removed 1 frozen banana 1 orange, peeled and seeds removed
Sources: WebMD Recipe: mindbodygreen.com
Kale-Orange Smoothie Once you’ve tried spinach in your cold beverages, you may be ready to upgrade to kale. Kale is dense with nutritional benefits, but it can add more taste than spinach in smoothies. Nevertheless, green smoothie enthusiasts have found a way to make it refreshing and delicious. What you’ll need 1/3 cup orange juice ¼ cup milk 2 cups chopped kale 1 frozen banana 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional) 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)
Place the orange juice, milk and kale in the blender; blend until smooth. Add in the banana, coconut oil and flax seed meal and blend.
Why this smoothie is good for you Kale is high in vitamins A, C and K, and is also a good source of calcium, copper, potassium and iron, making it great for eye health among other things. Oranges contain high amounts of both vitamin C and potassium. Coconut oil helps with poor immune function, thyroid disease, heart disease and obesity. Flax seed contains good fats known as omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to have heart healthy effects. It is also an excellent source of fiber. Sources: WebMD Recipe: allrecipes.com
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The Green Top Ten WRITTEN BY FRANCES BADGETT
r. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live and Super Immunity: The Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger and DiseaseFree, is a board-certified family physician and noted expert in the field of nutrient density in food. He created the ANDI: Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, which measures how much nutrition per serving various foods have. According to Dr. Fuhman, leafy green vegetables are the champions of the produce aisle. Bear in mind, he is just one voice in the chorus of people who rank food nutrient density, but buying and eating liberally from his recommendations certainly won’t steer you wrong. The top of his list are mustard, turnip and collard greens, with an ANDI index score of 1000. These delicious greens are great in smoothies or sautéed with another ANDI favorite, garlic. Kale also has a score of 1000, and, given its popularity among foodies, the news about its health benefits has definitely gone wide. A great versatile green with a slightly more moderate flavor than mustard greens, kale is amazing in soups, sauces or dried into chips. There’s a sleeper on the list: the quieter, quainter cousin of kale — watercress. It also comes in with a score of 1000, and is fantastic in salads and sandwiches. Watercress is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. Ancient Greeks and Persians consumed watercress for its health benefits, and sailors ate watercress to prevent scurvy. It was first grown in continental Europe in Erfurt, Germany by Nicholas Messier in the 16th Century (source: watercress.com). Bok Choy is next on the list at 824, and is used mainly in Asian cooking. 62 NorthSoundLife.com
But this versatile veggie can be used in soups, stews and smoothies. Popeye would be proud to see spinach come in just behind bok choy at 739. Spinach also holds its nutrient richness well, even after being stored for long periods of time, as in a grocery store setting (source: The George Mateljan Foundation). Broccoli Rabe is a kind of confusing plant, because it looks a little like skinny, tall, thin broccoli, but it is more closely related to turnips. It has a nutty, occasionally bitter flavor, but is delicious in pasta sauces, on pizzas or sautéed with onions. If the bitterness of broccoli rabe is a bit much, Brussels sprouts come in at 672, and are exceptionally versatile. Drenched in bacon and truffle oil, they can be especially delicious, but back to health, they are excellent sautéed, baked and even grilled. Next on the list is grand and beautiful Swiss chard. A simple and delicious pasta sauce is sauteed Swiss chard, chopped tomatoes and olive oil. Add a little red pepper, and you have a healthy and delicious dinner. Chard is milder than mustard or turnip greens and less nutty than kale. Rainbow chard has beautiful showy stems that can really make a dish as pretty as it is healthy. Our final greenie is a staple on artful Panini as well as super salads. Known in the South by its nickname “rocket,” arugula is on every foodie’s list as the perfect little perk in typically dull dishes. So next time you’re in the produce aisle and feeling a bit stumped by all those nicely displayed leafy greens, pick up a few and try them out. Fighting cancer and boosting your immune system never tasted so good.
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n Nov. 13, North End Metro partnered with Judd & Black Appliance to host Executive Chef Michael Buholz from The Loft at Latitude 48.5. Buholz welcomed the small audience gathered in the showroom’s test kitchen and shared his philosophy on sourcing the best ingredients and serving only madefrom-scratch sauces and dressings. As he prepared the fourcourse meal, Buholz entertained guests with stories from his lifelong love for cooking. Memorable childhood visits to his grandmother’s home in Wyoming inspired his commitment to freshness. His grandmother used to give him a bucket and a shovel and send him out to the garden to gather ingredients for dinner. Similarly, Buholz took pride in telling guests about each dish’s fresh ingredients. Buholz’s first course delighted guests as he served up panseared sea scallops wrapped in hickory bacon on a salad of organic greens, julienne pear, and supreme-cut grapefruit, dressed with a pear vinaigrette. As a special treat, he ordered weathervane scallops, which were overnighted from the east coast, where they were hand picked by divers for their quality, rather than dredged in nets. continued on page 68 …
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ARLINGTON BISTRO SAN MARTIN Regional NW 231 N. Olympic Ave, Arlington 360.474.9229, bistrosanmartin.com Chef Martin Estrada-Perez presents a menu that offers regional cuisine from Escargot with Garlic Butter to Tiger Prawns and Flat Iron Steak that is mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. The fresh sheet changes daily. This intimate restaurant will delight your senses in every way from the moment you walk through the doors. The superb staff gives impeccable service and proprietor Steven is typically on hand to welcome you. Call for reservations to insure prompt seating. Dinner only Tuesday through Saturday, 5–9 p.m. WATERSHED RESTAURANT & LOUNGE American Angel of the Winds Casino 3438 Stoluckquamish Ln., Arlington 360.474.9740, angelofthewinds.com The Watershed Restaurant & Lounge features a wide variety of tasty appetizers, soups, salads, breakfast anytime, entrees, steaks, burgers and sandwiches. Or enjoy daily, all-you-can-eat specials from 4 to 10 p.m. The restaurant even offers Iron Skillet Pizzas, which are made from fresh dough, topped with the finest ingredients and cooked on blazingly hot skillets, which creates a crisp, flavorful crust.
CAROUSEL CAFÉ AND ICE CREAM American
THE CAMANO ISLAND INN BISTRO American
22618 Bothell Everett Hwy. # 6, Bothell 425.402.0757, carouselcafeandicecream.com
1054 S.W. Camano Drive, Camano Island 360.387.0783, camanoislandinn.com
Carousel Café and Ice Cream, nestled off Bothell-Everett Highway, serves delicious lunch and dessert items. Best known for homemade ice cream that can be mixed with specialty toppings on a stone slab, the café is a well-kept local secret. Not only is the ice cream homemade, but also its breads, donuts and pastries. For diners seeking more than just a sweet treat, try the Reuben, which is made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on homemade rye bread. The Hot Hero is another delicious lunch option. This panini contains roast beef and cheddar cheese with tomato, onion, spinach and a homemade creamy dill horseradish sauce. Carousel Café and Ice Cream is a great lunch stop or after-dinner d essert destination.
The Camano Island Inn Bistro on Camano Island is a destination worth the drive or ferry ride. Consider it for a romantic getaway, and reserve a room at Camano Island Inn to make a weekend out of it. A buffet-style breakfast is complimentary for inn guests every morning, serving up an assortment of pastries, seasonal fruit, beverages and a daily special. Soups, salads, sandwiches and other specialties are offered shortly afterward for lunch, but the dinner menu is truly the star of the show! Enjoy fresh seafood and fine meat selections or explore an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu for your evening meal. Those seeking a more casual dining experience should make an appearance at the Bistro between 3–5 p.m. for happy hour.
SIAM THAI CUISINE Thai 1912 201st Pl. S.E., Bothell 425.806.8424, siamthairestaurants.com The North End option for those familiar with Siam’s Eastlake location, the food at Siam can satiate even the pickiest of Thai food fanatics. With a sleek, modern interior and excellent customer service, lunch meetings will flourish over fresh spring rolls paired perfectly with Tom Yum soup. For dinner, the Pad Thai is anything but pedestrian. However, the Siam Special Noodles is truly special. Overflowing with thick rice noodles and topped with a fresh egg swimming in a secret sauce, don’t even attempt to snag the recipe from owner, Chai. (He’s been heavily guarding it since its opening.) Aside from secret recipes, Siam’s fresh, quality ingredients are best when shared. Conveniently located right off of BothellEverett highway, this affordable, yet elegant eatery is a fine pick for date night fodder. TANDEM WINE AND CHEESE BAR American 10123 Main Space, Bothell 425.398.9463, tandemwinebar.com Tandem Wine and Cheese Bar owner Lisa Havens often greets her customers with a hug. Her welcome makes it seem like she invited them to her home for dinner. Her husband Brad Havens is tucked away, cooking in the cozy kitchen. Looking for ultimate comfort food? Try their creamy macaroni and cheese made from local ingredients. Or try the Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with a light garlic cream sauce. One of the most popular dishes is the Chicken Marsala, topped with mushrooms in a white wine butter sauce. For an appetizer, try the French Onion Soup, pictured. It’s aged for a couple days before being served.
EDMONDS THE CHEESEMONGER’S TABLE Cheeses 203 Fifth Ave. S. #1, Edmonds 425.640.8949, cheesemongerstable.com As its name indicates, The Cheesemonger’s Table is all about cheese. Enjoy the vast selection of more than 100 cheeses from around the world on a sandwich, platter or as a complementary addition to a house special. Cheese enthusiasts should visit the new location at the Old Milltown Plaza in Edmonds. The Table hosts a cheese sampling every Saturday, which is best enjoyed with a drink and a handful of the housemade truffled popcorn. Try the hot Caprese sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The Table makes it easy to share your love of cheese with friends and family by sending a gift basket of select cheeses, nuts, fruit and other treats, which can be shipped anywhere in the United States. DEMETRIS WOODSTONE TAVERNA Greek 101 Main St., Edmonds 425.948.7654, demetriswt.com 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
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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. EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA Italian 178 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds 425.299.0142, evvivapizza.com If you like authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds, where pizza is created with pure, simple, fresh ingredients and baked on the floor of an apple wood fired stone oven. You’ll find favorites like the Combo Pizza, featuring chorizo, fresh vegetables, mozzarella, and San Marzano tomato sauce, but the menu also features innovative items like the Blueberry Goat Cheese Pizza, with cranberry goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, organic olive oil and garlic. Diners will enjoy the view of ferries arriving from and departing to Kingston, but they can also have their meals delivered within Edmonds or prepared for take-out. Finish your meal with organic gelato. Evviva is Italian for ‘cheers’ or ‘hurray.’ Cheers to their name and this fine Italian restaurant!
425.337.3600 Mill Creek Town Center 11- Close Lunch & Dinner
EVERETT HUNAN PALACE Chinese
LANNA THAI Thai
TOKYO HOUSE Fusion/Japanese
2821 Pacific Ave., Everett 425.339.3390
7825 Evergreen Way, Everett 425.438.3888, lannathaieverett.com
500 S.E. Everett Mall Way, Everett 425.347.6557, tokyohouse.org
Authentic Chinese dishes with fresh ingredients make for one of the best Chinese dining experiences in the county and beyond. Notto-be missed dishes include the Hunan Special Beef Beef, Sizzling Scallops, Sauteed Broccoli with Tangy Sauce (and tender strips of pork) and the Wor Wonton Soup. A full bar is also available.
Stepping through the doors of this CentralEverett favorite is truly like stepping into a Thai palace. The opulent décor matches the colorful, flavorful food that brings diners the best of Thailand. Soups, salads, noodle dishes and curries, Lana Thai offers an extensive menu that “embodies the joy of eating.”
Tokyo House’s perfection-driven cuisine provides patrons a joyful balance of fine quality ingredients and prompt, attentive service (and without Emerald City prices). An order of spicy tuna is served exquisitely fresh with a delicate texture and rewarding flavor of vegetables, spice, rice and thinly sliced tuna. Each sushi offering is served to order by a traditional sushi chef who greets and smiles at customers, and prepares special orders with enthusiasm. The Teriyaki Chicken is simply excellent, while the vegetable Gyoza is crisp, flavorful and cautiously fried. Tokyo House’s clean environment and inviting Japanese décor — elegant Shoji screens and bamboostyle framing — create an enjoyably soft and refreshing ambience for relaxed dining.
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JANBO CAFÉ Vietnamese 6125 Evergreen Way, Everett 425.347.2688 Experience what may be Everett’s most authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Janbo Café. Don’t be fooled by its modest interior; one taste of the house specials will convince you that Janbo Café knows delicious food. Find a wide selection of chilled, fried, grilled or steamed appetizers, including fried meat or vegetable egg rolls. A word of wisdom: The egg rolls are massive and can easily deter your appetite; eat slowly! Follow your appetizer with a phenomenal take on Pho Noodle Soup with meat or vegetables. The Wok Fried Noodles are also particularly savory. Complete your meal with a Janbo Bubble Tea and a plump cream puff.
1414 Hewitt Ave., Everett 425.258.6100, prohibitiongastropub.com When Chef Gordon Ramsay first visited Prohibition Gastropub (previously Grille) for an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, his first cuts involved their now-nixed belly dancer and “gloopy” chowder. But ever since the episode aired in April of 2013, this 1920’s throwback restaurant has been transformed in every sense of the word. Daily specials made from scratch feature spins on comfort foods like mac and cheese, all the while serving delightful dishes with a Southern sophistication per the Bourbon Cider Glazed Pork Shoulder and Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles. If you want to experience firsthand what a nationally televised restaurant makeover tastes like, they would be happy to indulge.
LYNNWOOD 24 STAR THAI Thai 1120 164th St. S.W., Ste. B, Lynwood, 425.742.9155 Beautifully presented, flavorfully prepared and generously proportioned, the traditional cuisine at 24 Star Thai is an undeniably pleasant dining option for families on budgets,
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Wine Pairing: Tulip Valley Winery Presented in association with: Judd & Black Appliance, Mount Vernon
Next, he processed green and red bell peppers through a spiral cutter to garnish the Dungeness crab cakes, made with crab from Port Townsend and served on a bed of cilantro with a tasty rémoulade. The spiral cutter proved to be the gadget of the night, as many guests admired the delicate pepper slices and looked forward to purchasing the tool for their home kitchens. Buholz reminded guests that crab becomes saltier in the fall as seawater grows colder, which is something to keep in mind when seasoning the recipe at home. He also pointed out that the lemon slice was not just for garnish, but invited guests to squeeze the juice over the cake to brighten the flavors. Several guests mentioned the dish was so good that Buholz had succeeded in ruining them on crab cakes. The main course featured impressive cuts of Wagyu ribeye roast, which is a close relative of Japan’s famous Kobe beef and is known for its marbling and intense flavor. He served the steaks medium-rare with a delectable demiglaze atop Yukon gold potatoes mashed with garlic and a blend of Asiago, Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano cheeses, along with perfectly cooked asparagus spears and a garnish of crunchy potato frizzle (also made with the spiral cutter). As he prepared the Malbec pots de crème, Buholz drew laughs from the audience when he admitted that working in a pancake house during his early teens left him with an aversion to the smell of maple syrup. He reduced an entire bottle of Malbec to just two tablespoons before blending it with hazelnut butter and chocolate and making the custard. He garnished the dessert with Black Hawaiian sea salt and a Malbec-infused whip cream. Tulip Valley Winery provided the Malbec, which is made from thirty-year-old vines and available in limited production, along with the other delicious wine pairings. This decadent treat was the perfect way to finish an evening of food and fun.
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Make it at home Recipes FIRST COURSE SEARED SCALLOPS AND PEAR SALAD
Wrap scallops with bacon and spear with toothpick
20-30 Sea Scallops 20-30 strips Hickory bacon 1 Asian pear (julienne) 30 oz Organic greens 1 Grapefruit 2 Tbsp Honey 2 Tbsp Mayo 4 Tbsp Rice wine vinegar 4 Tbsp Pear puree
Pan sear scallops, then put in oven at 350˚until bacon is crispy
Toss organic greens, julienne pear, and grapefruit, arrange on plate
Place vinegar, mayo, puree, and honey in mixing bowl and whisk to combine
Place cooked scallops on salad
Dress with vinaigrette
SECOND COURSE DUNGENESS CRAB CAKES
Sauté bell pepper and scallions with garlic in butter until soft
Process crackers to consistency of kosher salt
2 Red bell peppers (diced) 6 Stalks scallions 1 Pinch Garlic 1 Tbsp Butter 15 Table crackers 1 Tbsp Mayo 1 Tbsp Old Bay Spice 1 Egg 1 lb Dungeness crab
Place cooked peppers, scallions in mixing bowl, add cracker crumbs and combine
Add egg, mayo, mustard, and old bay, fold together
Gently fold in the Dungeness crabmeat
Chill for 1 hour
Form into 2 oz cakes
Pan sear in hot oil, flip and finish in 350 degree oven
Serve with cilantro, and tartar/relish
ENTRÉE WAGYU RIBEYE The Steak 8 oz Wagyu rib steak per person Pinch salt and pepper
In a heavy saucepan, add cream, butter,
2 C Red wine
2 tsp Garlic
Reduce to heavy paste
3 C Heavy Veal Stock
Boil potatoes until fork tender
Salt to taste
Drain, and mash with cream reduction
Place red wine, garlic, and veal stock
Add cheese and mix
Salt to taste
Pan sear in 400˚ oven
Place Malbec in saucepan, reduce at slow simmer until only 2 Tbsp remain
Place hazelnut butter, and chocolate in blender cup
Heat sugar, milk, and cream to scald, then temper with egg yolk to form custard (use
The Garlic Mash 5 Yukon gold potatoes 2 Tbsp Minced garlic 3 Tbsp Butter 2 C Heavy cream 1 C Shredded Asiago
DESSERT MALBEC POTS DE CRÈME 2 C Malbec 6 oz Semisweet chocolate 2 C Hazelnut butter 12 Egg yolks ½ C Sugar 3 C Milk 2 C Cream 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Espresso powder
into heavy saucepan •
Reduce at slow simmer until only ½ C remains. Strain. Salt to taste.
double boiler) •
Add custard to blender cup, allow to melt for 2 minutes
Add remaining ingredients, and blend at low speed until smooth and silky
Pour into ramekins and chill for 2 hours
Garnish with sea salt and whipped cream
lovers of Thai spice or anyone on a neighborhood lunch rush. Their signature Pad Thai comes well-cooked with a fine balance of fish sauce and fresh garnish, spiced kindly to your liking. An order of the Swimming Rama fried chicken and white rice arrives carefully presented with a sweet aroma of sautéed spinach and broccoli, and mid-thickened peanut sauce – a mix to match its filling taste, with enough to enjoy for another meal. Entering its 20th year of business, 24 Star Thai has mastered the balance of fine food at a break-even price.
Dark and Stormy Gosling’s Dark Rum, ginger beer, fresh squeezed lime juice | $8
INDIGO KITCHEN & ALEHOUSE Gastropub 2902 164th St. S.W. Ste. F, Lynnwood 425.741.8770, indigowa.com Although Indigo is located in a busy shopping center, its surroundings are nearly forgotten when you enter the warm ambience of this Lynnwood alehouse. The rich wood furnishings of Indigo’s interior entice patrons in for lunch, dinner and happy hour seven days a week. Between the happy hour prices and portions, Indigo is the place to be for hearty appetizers at a sound price. The happy hour menu features items like Gumbo, Meatloaf Sliders and Baby Back Ribs for $3–$6. With more than 20 beers on draft and a variety of comfort foods, including Cider-brined Pork Chops, Chorizo Clam Linguini and Flat Iron Steak, it’s no wonder this restaurant is busy from open to close. In a land of strip malls and chain restaurants, Indigo Kitchen & Alehouse is a breath of fresh air (and sweet potato fries!) for those seeking delicious food and refreshing beverages in a pleasant atmosphere.
MILL CREEK TABLAS WOODSTONE TAVERNA Mediterranean 15522 Main St., Mill Creek 425.948.7654, tablaswt.com Upon entering Tablas in the Mill Creek Town Center, a friendly staff and circular fire welcome your arrival. This MediterraneanSpanish fusion restaurant features some of the best tapas around, whether it’s for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Reflective of the restaurant’s name, the kitchen boasts a wood stone oven to cook dishes like Baked Brie, a sweet combination of apple confit, hazelnut and honey glaze, and Diamond Knot IPA mussels, made with chorizo and Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot IPA. Apart from Tablas’ woodstone menu items, their custom dips, spreads and pizza-type flat breads are certainly worth trying as well. The House Paté is a creamy consistency with a kick of green peppercorns and perfectly paired with rustic baked bread. Try the Steak and Red Onion Compote Flat Bread, complete with chèvre cheese, for a savory flavor that will stimulate your taste buds. Tablas’ happy hour features the best compilation of their entire menu at a tasty price.
inter travelers will find a pleasant place to rest their chilly bones at the ChurchKey Pub. It’s a space that’s perfect for evenings filled with howling wind, Hemingway or Poe, lively conversations and a toasty fire. It whispers of a historic London pub, filled with dark wood and hearty drinks. In fact, the vibe is so convincing, you may find yourself surprised to exit onto the streets of Downtown Edmonds after a round or two. Located across the street from Rick Steves’ Travel Store, ChurchKey is an excellent destination for European enthusiasts — especially those with a love of the Brits. Of course, it’s also the kind of watering hole that is inviting to everyone. The staff is friendly, as are the patrons, and the eclectic air makes it a fascinating find. It’s easy to strike up a conversation with the person on the stool next to you, so if you don’t have crew, feel free to go solo. The bar, which is in its second year, offers the area unique and tasty pub grub. Feast on rich Beecher’s Mac and Cheese, Bangers and Mash, a Rueben or Chicken Pot Pie — a few of the options among other fantastic fare. The drinks are just as alluring, with wine, specialty cocktails and twelve beers on tap, many of them local.
Our winter recommendation is the Dark and Stormy. It’s made with Gosling’s Dark Rum, ginger beer, fresh squeezed lime juice and served in a copper mug. It’s a fitting companion for Northwest winter weather. So go ahead — settle into your pew, huddle next to the fire, watch sports at the bar or play a round of darts. You’ll feel welcomed here with top-notch service, great food and excellent drinks to warm up a wet and windy day. And remember not to overlook this neighborhood spot in the summer. Rumor has it an outdoor patio is part of this establishment’s not-too-distant future. 109 4th Ave. N., Edmonds Mon.–Thurs. 4–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. 12 p.m.–1 a.m. Sun. 12 p.m.–11 p.m. 425.835.0230 | churchkeypub.com
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SOCKEYE’S RESTAURANT AND BAR Seafood
Tablas Woodstone Taverna WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAKOTA MACKEY
14090 Fryelands Blvd. S.E., Monroe 360.794.8300, sockeyesrestaurant.com 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.
MUKILTEO DIAMOND KNOT BREWERY AND ALEHOUSE Gastropub
621 Front St., Mukilteo 425.355.4488, diamondknot.com
dorned with orange accents and black leather, Tablas Woodstone Taverna greatly contrasts with the surrounding shopping center. The burning fire situated in the middle of the dining room foreshadows the food to come. The restaurant features Mediterranean-style foods that come straight from the wood-fired oven. The tapas dishes are designed for sharing, which allows groups of diners to try many items on the expansive menu. Perhaps begin with the bacon-wrapped dates, which are stuffed with Serrano peppers and drizzled with balsamic reduction. Though the spice factor can be a kick in the pants, the sweet and savory notes are everything you would want in a plump bite. The spice can be easily mellowed with a plate of warmed Brie. The melty French cheese is served in triangles amidst apple confit and hazelnut pieces. Use a crispy homemade cracker to swoop up all three components. The grilled lamb sliders are also strong and showcase the Mediterranean theme. Reminiscent of a gyro, the soft bun is slathered with mint tzatziki
sauce, which pops with herbaceous flavors. The lamb itself is cooked to the doneness of the diner’s request and sprinkled with tangy pepperoncini and feta. The fried Yukon Gold potatoes with rosemary and aioli were the least exciting of the four dishes, but a good side to eat between tastes of other snappier treats. The casual atmosphere and modestly priced food is suitable for families or groups of friends wishing to grab a satisfying meal. Or forgo the company all together and sit at the long bar during happy hour for bargain eats and signature cocktails. Regardless, the staff is friendly, the dishes are diverse and the burning fire is a warm escape from the crisp chill of winter. If you like Tablas, also try its sister restaurant Demetris on the Edmonds waterfront for a similar experience and a view of Puget Sound. Tablas Woodstone Taverna 15522 Main St., Mill Creek tablaswoodstonetaverna.com
When in Rome, don’t forget to bring a good brew. Otherwise, you may as well visit the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse, where the only thing overshadowing their magnificent selection of Northwest ales is a selection of phenomenally authentic Roman-style pizzas. The extra-thin, crisp-bottomed crust comes finely draped with a tangy layer of secret marinara, spread hidden under an unusually stupendous combination of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheeses. Other joyous offerings include a delicious Blackened Salmon Sandwich, served mid-grill on a sizzling hot plate, or an appetitecrumbling Apple Crumble dessert, delivered hot from the kitchen for those whose hearts long for home. Diamond Knot offers top-notch service and some of the Northwest’s finest ales. GROUCHY CHEF American 4433 Russell Rd., Ste. 113, Mukilteo 425.493.9754 Let the stern chef on the Grouchy Chef’s logo be a warning to you. When Chef Masumoto arrives to take his diners’ orders, he emphasizes the importance of his rules. He collects the bill in cash, without tips, before the meal is served. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Grouchy Chef is the chef himself: he’s a one-man show. He serves, cooks, cleans and runs his entire restaurant single-handedly. He comes and goes through his kitchen quietly and intentionally, timing orders in sync with his customers’ arrivals. Despite Chef Masumoto’s numerous rules, he maintains an increasingly large and loyal clientele, thanks to his delicious food and affordable prices. A meal at the Grouchy Chef is a dining experience like no other.
SNOHOMISH BRASATO European 1011 First St., Snohomish 360.563.5013, brasatobistro.com
Enjoy European-inspired cuisine in historic downtown Snohomish at Brasato. This modern Euro-American bistro with a view of the Snohomish River is open for dinner seven days a week. Start your meal with one of the shareables, like a plate of risotto croquettes made with an array of fresh vegetables and roasted red pepper aioli. Follow your appetizer with a bowl of sundried tomato soup, a creamy concoction that will warm you up. Dinner entrée options include braised beef, black bean ravioli, roasted wild salmon and many other creative selections. Be sure to save room for a signature dessert. Savor Brasato’s menu, a product of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, at this favorite neighborhood Snohomish restaurant.
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.
CABBAGE PATCH Homestyle 111 Ave. A, Snohomish 360.568.9091 cabbagepatchrestaurant.com From fine dining to home cooking, the Cabbage Patch has been serving up delicious meals to patrons of this downtown Snohomish restaurant for more than 30 years. Traditional favorites such as a Prime Rib or Turkey dinner, Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie share the menu with contemporary favorites such as Coconut Prawns and Artichoke & Mushroom Penne. Don’t forget dessert — the Cabbage Patch is known for its scrumptious pies. FRED’S RIVERTOWN ALEHOUSE Gastropub
The pesto tofu grilla (sandwich) at Grilla Bites is a meatless treat, with the snap of fresh basil and smooth goodness of mozzarella.
Savannah’s Deluxe Gyros at the Mirkwood and Shire Café are a trip to vegan heaven.
Café Zippy in Everett has great raw and vegetarian options, including the Raw Tacos. Walnut filling wrapped in romaine lettuce with fresh salsa, they are very tasty.
The Mediterranean Salad at the Maltby Café is a gigantic salad-a-thon, with thick slices of tomato and cucumbers.
The veggie sandwich at The Fire Station Deli is chock full of cucumber, avocado, your choice of cheese and thick, juicy tomato.
1114 First St., Snohomish 360.568.5820 fredsrivertownalehouse.com 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.
The Thai yellow curry at Thrive Vegan Café on Whidbey Island is creamy, hearty and delicious. Perfect for warding off the winter chill.
Who doesn’t love caprese, the Italian combination of tomato, mozzarella and basil drizzled with olive oil? The caprese sandwich at the Central Market in Mill Creek is a great homage to a great salad. central-market.com
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EDMONDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
AHN TRIO JANUARY 9, 2015 7:30–9:30 P.M.
he members of the Ahn Trio (cellist Maria, pianist Lucia and violinist Angella) were born in Seoul, Korea and attended the Julliard School of Music in New York City. They are putting their own spin on chamber music. The Ahn trio has brought new life into chamber music for more than 10 years. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Avenue N., Edmonds 425.257.8600, villagetheatre.org/everett
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MUKILTEO-HISTORIC FLIGHT PRESENTS INTRODUCING THE JET AGE, THE BOEING 707
METALES M5 MEXICAN BRASS
JANUARY 7, 7 P.M. AND JANUARY 10 AT 12 P.M.
The Pan Am timeline continues with the Boeing 707 and Barry Latter will explain its role in success and history of the type. Members of Pan Am flight crew will reminisce and tell stories of past airlines. The cost is $15 Adult Admission, $12 Senior/ Military (65+), $10 youth, 10 and under free and $7 per person Group Tour Rate. 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo 425.348.3200, historic flight.org
JANUARY 31, 7–9:30 P.M.
Metales M5 Mexican Brass offers a charming blend of music, brilliance, incredible skills, humor and a lively giveand-take with the audience. Northshore Performing Arts Center 18125 92 Avenue Northeast, Bothell 425.984.2471, npacf.com EDMONDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS MARTHA REDBONE ROOTS PROJECT JANUARY 15, 2015 7:30–9:30 P.M.
Anything Goes is a fresh new exhibit featuring work from Cascade Clay Artists, a group of artists using clay as a medium to express their ideas. Many members are potter, hand builders and sculptors looking to increase public appreciation of clay as an art form.
Independent Musical Award winner Martha Redbone — who is of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent — is performing at Edmonds Center for the Arts. She has a solid history of performances since her entrance into the music scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards. She is also an educator and mentor across the country and abroad.
Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett 425.259.5050, cascadeclayartists.com
Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Avenue N., Edmonds WA 425.275.9595, martharedbone.com
ANYTHING GOES” BY THE CASCADE CLAY ARTISTS JANUARY 8 TO FEBRUARY 6, 10 AM TO 5 P.M.
METALES M5 MEXICAN BRASS
ECA PRESENTS: MARC COHN JANUARY 24, 7:30 P.M.
The Edmonds Center for the Arts welcomes to the stage Marc Cohn, Grammy winner and one of this generation’s more captivating singers and songwriters. His natural storytelling allows him to evoke the passion of a great soul man. Edmond Center for the Arts 410 4th Avenue N., Edmonds WA 425.275.9595
THEATER EVERETT VILLAGE THEATRE PRESENTS MARY POPPINS OPENING FEBRUARY 8, 2015 WED & THURS AT 7:30 P.M. FRIDAYS AT 8 P.M. SATURDAYS AT 2 P.M. AND 8 P.M. SUNDAYS AT 2 P.M. AND 7 P.M. THURSDAY MATINEE JANUARY 29, 2 P.M.
Based on the timeless classic of P.L. Travers and including the well-known songs from the award-winning Disney film, this magical performance follows the story of a flying nanny who comes to stay. Sing along to the cherished numbers such as Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim
Events Follow Sofia as she realizes the true meaning of being a princess. The performance includes a special appearance by Cinderella, Peter Pan and more to find hidden treasure and the true meaning of being a hero. 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett 425.322.2600, Snohomish.org SNOHOMISH GROUNDFROG DAY 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
JANUARY 31, 2015, 11 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
GroundFrog Day takes the cold feeling of winter and turns it into a joyous and enjoyable event. The theme is based on a whimsical version of Ground Hog Day folklore. Six more weeks of soggy weather or an early spring? First Street and Avenue A Gazebo, Snohomish 360.568.2526, groundfrogday.com
Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett 425.257.8600, villagetheatre.org/everett
CLASSICAL CASCADE SYPHONY ORCHESTRA JANUARY 19, 7:30–9:30 P.M.
Under the direction of Michael Miropolsky, the Cascade Symphony Orchestra presents “Hamlet” and features piano soloist Angelo Rondello. The evening also includes a Cascade Symphony Orchestra pre-concert lecture by Dave Beck, Classic KING Edmond Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Avenue, Edmonds 425.275.9595, cascadesymphony.org
FAMILY FRIENDLY EVERETT DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE JANUARY 18, 2015 1 TO 3 P.M.
Let the kids enjoy a show featuring Disney Junior’s hit series Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
DANCE MUKILTEO BIG BAND DANCE JANUARY 30, 6 P.M.
Kamiak High School is putting on its annual Big Band dance with swing music, prizes, dancing and more. The Kamiak Jazz band will perform exciting big band melodies. Tickets cost $10, and includes food and non-alcoholic drinks. All ages welcome. 304 Lincoln Avenue, Mukilteo snohomish.org
SPECIAL EVENTS SIT-N-STITCH JANUARY 6, 6–7 P.M.
Come join for a free event open to all stitchers of all ages and all levels of experience. Bring a favorite form of stitching: Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning, Needle Point, Cross Stitch or Quilting.
SCHOOL OF JAM Cher-ee, and Jolly Holiday, in this familyfriendly adventure.
THURSDAYS, 7–9 P.M.
This all-ages event hosted by Rick Bowen, Teri Anne Wilson and Robert Baker covers all genres and is open to anyone who wants to play. Come join in on the music for an evening at the Austin Bar & Grill, featuring guitar by Mark Riley, a Washington Blues Society winner
GenCare Lifestyles The Village at Granite Falls 302 North Alder Avenue, Granite Falls 425.273.5563
Austin Bar & Grill 2820 Oakes Avenue, Everett 425.212.9716, schoolofjam.com
Enjoy a variety of crab dishes including a whole Dungeness crab, side dishes, dessert and entertainment. This annual tradition is sure to satisfy your taste buds, year after year.
CAMANO ISLAND CRAB FESTIVAL JANUARY 17 4 P.M. TO 7 P.M.
606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island 360.387.0222, camanocenter.org
FUSED GLASS PENDANTS JANUARY 27, 6–8 P.M.
NORTHWEST BRIDAL SHOW
Artist Janet Foley is leading one evening class to help those who are interested in creating glass pendants. Foley uses a newly designed silver plated frame and will help others create a few glass tiles that can fit in the frame interchangeably. She has included a variety of glass to use, including Dichroic and iridized glass as well as fractals, cane, stringers and pattern bars.
JANUARY 17–JANUARY 18, 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
15720 Main St., Suite 130, Mill Creek 425.921.5779, cityofmillcreek.com
The Tulalip Northwest Bridal show features gorgeous wedding attire, cake specialists, musicians and DJ’s, florists, hair and makeup specialists, videographers and more. IT’s located in the stunning Orca and Chinook ballrooms at the Tulalip Resort. All ages welcome, the event is not in the Casino. Tulalip Resort Casino 10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard, Tulalip 1.888.272.1111, tulalipresortcasino.com January | February 201577
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Out of Town VANCOUVER SO BLUE (PUSH FESTIVAL) JANUARY 20–21
Louise Lecavalier has always pushed the boundaries of human movement as a daring acrobat with fierce skill and rapport with her audiences. She explores new movement in her latest piece So Blue. SFU’s Goldcorp Centre For the Arts 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC pushfestival.ca DARK MATTER JANUARY 20–JANUARY 30
Creator Kate McIntosh takes themes such as time, space and existence into play as part of this musical about the universe that we know and possibly the one we don’t. Originally from New Zealand, McIntosh has worked in art and dance for 20 years. Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC pushfestival.org
SEATTLE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: THE LEGO MOVIE JANUARY 16, 6:30 TO 9:30 P.M.
Pack a picnic dinner, checkered blanket and enjoy a new classic involving every child’s favorite building blocks. The event will be serving snacks and drinks for refreshments. Doors open and the movie begins at 7.
Mount Baker Community Club 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle mountbaker.org, 206.722.7209
Festival of the Trees Gala Revelers gathered for the annual Festival of the Trees Gala to raise money for Providence Regional Medical Center of Everett. This must-attend Snohomish event gathered more than 700 guests. The evening kicked off with a champagne toast and ended with an auction of decorated trees. Proceeds benefit the programs of Providence General Foundation.
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Forgiving The Unforgiven WRITTEN BY KEN KARLBERG
s a young boy, age 5 or 6, I used to play in the local woods where the soil was mostly clay and the clay would stick to my PF Flyers — the farther that I walked, the longer that I played, the heavier the build-up of clay. Eventually, the burden became more work than joy and I would head home. I was literally an inch or two taller as I walked because I did not think to knock the clay from the bottom of my shoes. Life is no different sometimes. I asked two questions over dessert at a recent dinner party — what do you wish you were forgiven for in your life that you have not been forgiven for, and who have you not forgiven for something that you should? Conversations around the table stopped; couples began to fidget; eyes darted from side-to-side. Clearly, the questions laid bare private thoughts and unspoken emotions that are seldom expressed out loud and perhaps never shared. I thought to myself, “What have I done?” But the social awkwardness caused by the stunned silence was quickly filled with some amazing exchanges — I had struck a chord, a good chord, on an important topic, one that my close friends openly embraced. A few were confident enough in themselves to share their failings in life, such as behavior that led to divorces, or poor parenting decisions that damaged their relationships with their children, or repercussions from substance abuse challenges. Most were reluctant to share, but their body language made clear the conversation was personal to them. Their silence did not protect them from the obvious. Over the course of the evening, our discussion was equal parts painful and hopeful, and frankly, it brought us closer together as friends, as each of us there — all age 50 and over — came to better appreciate that we were all carrying the heavy burden of life’s accumulation of clay on our feet. I was especially intrigued by the role that religious or spiritual faith played, or more accurately, did not play in their deeply-held need for forgiveness. For those of faith, their Savior’s forgiveness was not enough to completely shake the clay from their feet — they wanted forgiveness, 80 NorthSoundLife.com
too, from those that they wronged. Most believed that they were worthy of being forgiven and had earned the right over time to be forgiven, but for whatever reason, those holding the keys to being forgiven simply refused. Ironically, many had an “excuse” for why the lack of forgiveness was no longer their “fault.” Being the mildly irritating provocateur that I am, my immediate retort came in the form of a challenge and the reiteration of my second question: “If you ask for forgiveness, you must be willing to give forgiveness. Who have you not forgiven that you should and why haven’t you? When the choking and coughing subsided, I heard such justifications as “some wrongs cannot and should not be forgiven,” and “some don’t know they did anything wrong.” All were fair points, of course, but these types of responses are the exception for most of us, not the rule, and often serve as avoidance mechanisms at best. If we are honest with ourselves, we know better. Each of us holds the power of forgiveness in our hands over someone — someone who needs to be forgiven whether deserved or not. And yet, our unwillingness to forgive due to anger, or bitterness, or just plain inertia, can be just as poisonous to our happiness as the constant ache of our need to be forgiven for our own transgressions in life. Both leave an unhealthy residue on the soul. A dinner party may be an unlikely place to provide a teachable moment, but thanks to some close friends, it was for me. I came away resolved to take the first step, to be the bigger person, and to not ask for something that I am not willing to give myself. My hope for a New Year’s resolution for our readers is that each of us use 2015 as an opportunity to kick the clay from our feet. Unburden yourself and set yourself free, without expectation, by forgiving those in your life who are worthy of forgiveness, and especially those who may not. It may be the best present that you could give them — and yourself. BTW, if I should ever invite you to dinner, feel free to politely decline. You won’t hurt my feelings.
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