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Backyard Winter Escapes


By the Numbers


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Made in the North End


Calendar November & December


Holiday Shopping Guide


In the Know Game Day in the North End


In the Know Monty Geer on MTV’s Awkward


Wonder Woman Sue Skillen


Book Reviews



Hidden Gems of the North End

In the Know Who Knew?


Dining Guide


In the Know Holiday Light Displays


The Mixing Tin Gaelic Coffee


Community Sky Valley Foodbank


Review Wild Wasabi


Apps We Love


Five Faves Winter Cocktails


Seven Great Tastes


Spotlight Couture Meets Comfort: Saetia

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Necessities Classically Chic


Around the Sound Lorna Jane


Savvy Shopper Bountiful Home


Featured Event The Nutcracker


The Town Events


Holiday Events


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Pie on the Fly


Editor’s Letter


Beauty Holiday Magic




Calendar Races & Runs


Letters to the Editor


Meet a Staffer Melissa Sturman


Final Word

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Dine In for the Holidays


Featured Home Camano House

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kay, I’ll admit it: When I describe something depressing in my creative work, I often refer to November. I am not alone in this, as Herman Melville describes Ishmael’s “November of the soul” as a reason for him to want to get back out to sea. And then there’s this quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The unwelcome November rain had perversely stolen the day’s last hour and pawned it with that ancient fence, the night.” Instead of going to sea or pawning the day, I generally hide away and write, or read more than usual. November is a peculiar month, the shoulder between the bright colors and excitement of October and the holiday cheer of December. Those thirty days feel like a long stretch, an endurance test. On the other hand, there is perhaps no better celebration than Thanksgiving. What is better than gathering together with friends or family and enjoying great food? And November is much more than just hand turkeys and leaf rubbings — November is cinnamon and cider, crunchy leaf walks and hot toddies. November is winter before the doldrums set in, autumn before the light disappears. And then comes flashy, wild December, with its whirlwind of shopping, travel, food and adventure. December is also a good time to tie up the year, get one last party in before we all hunker down and start our workouts in January. Not everyone celebrates or weathers December the same way, but it carries with it its own frisson, a static and noise that is inescapable, for good or ill. I love the store windows and carols in the grocery store. I love the promise of latkes from friends and the relief of lugging suitcases up my parents’ beautiful walkway to the front door, wreath affixed and welcoming. I love the look on my daughter’s face when we plug in the tree lights and the whole room glows. In this issue, we celebrate the two final months of the year with warm winter drinks and great


ideas for gifts. We have a feature on how to incorporate buying local into your holiday shopping and the perfect recipe for apple pie. We offer a guide to the best holiday light displays in Snohomish, and celebrate the good work of the Monroe Food Bank. In short, we bundle up all there is to celebrate about November with the holiday cheer of December, and we hope you enjoy the result. Cheers and Happy Holidays, Frances


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Receiving a Makeover The Edmonds Art Walk Gets a Fresh, New Persona Written and photographed by alyssa wolfe


he Edmonds art scene has always been vibrant. Notable events like the Arts Festival and Studio Tour are highlighted features of the art community. Spanning history, there has always been an element of art somewhere in the city — whether in the galleries and stores or through classes — art is simply part of the culture. The Edmonds Art Walk was created as a grassroots effort, put together by motivated residents, patrons and members of the art and business community. Businesses extended their welcome, and everyone worked to make it something special. However, there comes a time when taking that effort to the next level benefits the whole city. The Art Walk started in 2002, and has grown ever since, building relationships among residents, visitors, artists and businesses. It’s interesting to look into local art and an artist’s process.

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The Art Walk also serves as a tour throughout the downtown corridor, inviting you to meet business owners and learn about their establishments. Visitors get a glimpse into Edmonds’ bright personality and charming layout as they stroll from business to business. In 2014, the Art Walk received nonprofit status, and a board was appointed. The biggest change was hiring a director. Elizabeth Martin-Calder was in a phase of her career wherein she had an opening in her schedule and wasn’t sure what would fill it. When she saw the call for the directorship of the Edmonds Art Walk, she knew she had found the right fit. She brings with her vast experience in the nonprofit sector in arts administration, marketing and destination marketing. In essence, the Edmonds Art Walk was looking to create a brand and expand their appeal as a destination to a broader audience, and Martin-Calder was the ideal match. As Martin-Calder gets started in her role, there is a process of watching and innovating, coming up with new ideas and components. Most importantly, she is up for the task of helping the Edmonds Art Walk define itself. That means determining a focus, gathering donors, grants and sponsors, and becoming an organized entity. It also means adding new highlights that keep it interesting and unique. With help from locals like Denise Cole, Clayton Moss and all of those who serve on the board or help in other capacities, you can expect to see the Edmonds Art Walk infused with new life and continue to grow and evolve. Third Thursdays in Edmonds Edmonds Art Walk features monthly participation from at least thirty businesses plus the artists that work in tandem with them. Each month an available map allows attendees to take a self-guided tour from 5–8 p.m. through the engaging displays and demonstrations. 20

The Art Walk is a community gathering that involves food, wine, live music and dance. Some months will have themes. In October 2014’s Art Walk (also renamed Art Stalk for the month), a Halloween themed event. The Art Walk worked in conjunction with the Edmonds Historical Museum and its annual Scarecrow contest. Ombú Salon had a live dance performance by Nichole Sargent. Participation in the festivities is always heartily encouraged. The Future of Art Walk Art Walk aims to become an integral part of a growing community. In the true Edmonds spirit, Art Walk has big goals. The board and Martin-Calder look forward to implementing the ideas and thoughts in circulation. Beyond that, Art Walk is still a way to view and purchase new art, interact with people and get to know more about the city of Edmonds while enjoying an evening out — rain or shine. 

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Game Day in the North End A Twelfth Man and Woman Survival Guide Written by Alyssa Wolfe


ot everyone is a Seahawks season ticket holder — in fact, the majority of fans probably don’t have tickets. While watching a game at home is all right, sometimes you crave the camaraderie and rabid fandom of the Twelfth Man and Woman. Sure — Seattle is technically home to the Seahawks, but Snohomish County breeds its own brand of football loyalists — and they are every bit as serious about game day. Now, you’d probably be lying if you said that there’s an amazing sports bar out there, because the truth is, not everyone digs on that kind of vibe. Just look at the variety of reviews of bars in the area. They yo-yo up and down, making you wonder if they are the most awesome places ever, or someone’s version of torture. That said, there are some pretty great spots to watch a Seahawks game with your fellow community members. The only disclaimer — expect them to be loud, rowdy and jam-packed with team spirit. Here are some of Snohomish County’s best game day venues. Don’t forget the green and blue.

The Big Screen For some people it’s all about size. Of the screen that is. Plenty of people have quantity, but here are some options that possess the big screen TV (and sometimes more than one). Baxter’s 1700 132nd St. S.E. Ste. F, Mill Creek 425.337.3007 Note  It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done.

Cactus Moon Saloon 717 128th St. S.W. A116, Everett 425.745.9855 Note  Popular enough that a radio show hosted game day on September 4th. Home Plate Pub 9317 State Ave., Marysville 360.653.9308 Note  This place actually gets excellent reviews, has great food and friendly service.

Harvey’s Lounge (aka Tavern) 21116 Washington 99, Edmonds 425.778.1755 Note  The perfect dive bar since…can anyone remember? (It’s been around forever.) Just look for the rabbit.

With the Kids Not all kids are going to tolerate a bar and grill on game day, but as far as atmosphere goes, there is one choice you can always count on.

The Dive Where would the world be without dive bars? They are full of character (and characters), and can be excellent establishments to get caught up in a Hawks game.

Rory’s of Edmonds Bar and Grill 105 Main St., Edmonds 425.778.3433 Note  This place has it all — water view, good pub grub and welcoming patrons and staff.  November | December 2014 21


Snohomish Talent Lands A Role In MTV’s Awkward written by Cait Auer


nohomish High School alumnus Monty Geer always had a gift for acting and writing. From the age of thirteen, Geer created films for school projects. “Almost every time, I had to stay after class and argue the grade with my teacher because he would say ‘Hamlet wasn’t a mutant’ and I thought our car chase scene made up for the lack of literary accuracy.” While he pursues his dreams living in Los Angeles, Geer constantly works towards bettering his craft. “The people who really succeed in this industry are the ones who don’t need to be forced to work. They just do it for fun.” Geer’s hard work is gaining momentum. He’s written for shows including Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and College Humor, performs stand-up comedy and creates hilarious videos with his friends on YouTube. “Most of my material I come up with as I’m living my day. I carry my phone with me everywhere to write down jokes.” Geer currently plays Cole — a mischievous gay student introduced in the new season of MTV’s series Awkward. While Geer admits that he is quite the mischief-maker himself, he was quite surprised when he landed the part. “It’s magical. I feel extremely blessed to be on the show, and couldn’t be having more fun.” For more news about Geer and his work, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @montygeer. Awkward airs on Tuesdays on MTV.  22

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ream big, and then figure out how to make it happen — this inspiring formula is Sue Skillen’s mantra. Serving as the Monroe Public Schools Foundation’s executive director since 2008, Skillen has found her calling: improving the quality of local education by gaining resources and establishing strong support within the extended community. A Monroe High School graduate, Sue’s passion for public service took root when she joined the Rotary Club, which included several community service projects. “I’m a hometown girl, I think that’s why my heart lies here and why it’s fun to be in a community that people come together to support kids.” The Monroe Public Schools Foundation seeks out new opportunities to encourage student and faculty success by supporting several

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charitable programs and funds. During the 2013–2014 school year, the Staff Grants Program awarded over $10,000 in grants, funding educational, uplifting events for students who are facing challenges. Each year, the foundation reaches out to community members who generously donate towards student scholarships. Such accomplishments are only a few examples of this woman’s many warmhearted endeavors. “The big paydays for me are in the stories of the students we are able to help.” One example of Sue’s expansive efforts is Taylor Gese, a student who was accepted into a summer program at her dream school, New York University, but could not afford to go. With Sue’s encouragement, the foundation teamed together to raise enough funds for Taylor to attend. Two hundred students attended the program, and Taylor was the only student from a public school. Inspired by the community’s aid with Sue leading the way, Taylor is now studying non-profit management at New York University and has created the Imagine Scholarship for fellow Monroe students. Sleeping is overrated for Sue, as she is already planning future endeavors. Sue would love to work with the Dolly Parton Imagine Library, which provides one book per month to children from birth to five years of age. “It’s a way for kids to build libraries, which improves success in kindergarten.” “My hope is that every small town and big city across our nation will stand up for education and be ‘All in for kids.’ Everyone has the opportunity to be a hometown hero by donating to their local education foundation," she said with a contagious grin.

Book Reviews

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Written by Suzanne Bair

The holidays are always a reminder of ritual, tradition and celebration. This issue looks at two great books that focus on building your own traditions, the importance of family and recognition of cultural diversity. Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: A Treasury of Stories and Suggestions for Creating Meaningful Celebrations by Susannah Seton 300 pages Conari Press, 1998

The Joy of Family Tradition: A Season-by-Season Companion to Celebrations, Holidays, and Special Occasions by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, 272 pages Ten Speed Press, 2008

Simple Pleasures for The Holidays truly helps create meaningful celebrations recognized around the world. It is part memoir, part how-to and part recipe book. Author Susannah Seton brings back the importance of cultural and family traditions, while reminding us of our global society. From Dreidels and Matzo Brie to observing The Night of No Lights and Yule Logs or putting together a Karamu Feast and giving nonmaterial gifts — find great ideas to brighten up your holidays and learn about other traditions and celebrations which bring us all together. Let the celebrations begin!

Each season, Jennifer Trainer Thompson takes an in-depth look at celebrations observed, both big and small. Her beautiful introduction reminds us that families come in all shapes and sizes and we all bring something of our past to the present while savoring old traditions and creating new ones. With poignant quotes sprinkled throughout, Thompson creates a timeless treasure. From home and hearth, winter solstice, “doing the winter” or figuring out what to do with the rest of the day, learn great ideas of how to blend yours, mine and ours with The Joy of Family Traditions.

Events Kailee Billerbeck Author Kailee Billerbeck signs her book The Jar of Wisdom. Kailee is a junior at Monroe High School. Jar of Wisdom is about living to your fullest potential. Uppercase Bookshop November 2, 4 p.m.

Asia Citro The author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids will be on hand to sign books and answer questions about her book, ideas and approach to entertaining busy little hands. University Bookstore Mill Creek December 6, 11 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors at the Sky Valley Food Bank Written by Joanna Roddy


his September, 535 Monroe children arrived ready for the first day of school, each with a new backpack full of supplies. Every Friday about 100 K–5 students at Frank Wagner Elementary are sent home with backpacks full of food for the weekend. And this Christmas, around 650 needy children will find stuffed stockings and toys under the tree, a magic nearly as potent as if Santa himself had left them. These are just a few of the programs provided by the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe, which serves its community in the most fundamental way possible: by giving food and resources to families in need. As Executive Director, Neil Watkins explained the food bank’s posture is that of open arms, “If you feel you need the food and the help, we’re here to give it to you.” Watkins came to the food bank after retiring from a 34-year corporate career because, “I just couldn’t stay 24

retired,” he laughed. He became the Executive Director five years ago and he said emphatically, “I love what I do.” He went on to explain the two things that have made the food bank his calling: “I work with an astounding group of people, our volunteers. And being a part of this family — and it is a family — is awesome.” The other reason: “It’s the children — making sure that the children of our clients get nutritious food.” That’s what keeps Watkins coming back day after day to do this rewarding work. “The clientele is just so appreciative. You know you’re doing a good thing.” Sky Valley Food Bank serves about 4500 people each month, representing roughly 1200 families. And while they have wonderful volunteer and community support, their food supply has dropped this year and they need to purchase more wholesale food to make up the difference. Every bit of support from members of the community helps.

There are many ways to contribute, especially in these holiday months. Every family wants to be able to put a holiday meal on their table and the food bank will be taking donations to ensure that turkeys, chickens, hams and all the trimmings are available to clients for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Their annual toy drive ensures that children served by the food bank will be able to open gifts on Christmas morning. New toys, books, dolls and games are being accepted at the food bank, as well as monetary donations. While committed volunteers are welcome, the most pressing needs are the resources to continue to provide food to the hungry — money, non-perishable food items and even home garden produce. As Watkins said, this is “neighbors helping neighbors,” and what better time to reach out than in the season of giving? 

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very family has a holiday tradition. Growing up, ours was the holiday light tour. We conferred prizes and nicknames to our favorites, and sometimes made repeat visits just to see if any additions had been made to our favorite displays. These days, light displays are everywhere, and we want to highlight a few we think you’ll find spectacular. In Stanwood, the Warm Beach Lights of Christmas is a display of more than a million lights that stretches over fifteen acres and seven areas. Each area has a theme. There’s also a larger-thanlife nativity, five performance stages for live music and entertainment, pony rides, train rides, a petting farm, dinner theater and food vendors. Meet Bruce the Spruce talking tree, make an ornament, enjoy Victorian caroling and more. How big is this event? They offer overnight packages. Bothell hosts an impressive display at the Country Village Shops with thousands of moving, twinkling light displays, including a 40-foot serpent, a fiddling pig, a giant dragonfly and marching ducks. Local performers entertain the crowd with holidaythemed music, and complimentary chestnuts are on hand starting a 4 p.m. There are train rides for kiddies and lots of shops to explore. The Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo makes the holidays warm and sparkly with a tree-lighting and family activities like cookie decorating and craft projects. Bring your own camera for a photo with Santa. The Christmas program has been operating for more than twenty-five years, and includes live performances like jazz bands, dance troupes and more. There is also (weather-permitting) a parade of boats by the Mukilteo Yacht Club. Every winter, Marysville lights up for the Holiday Tour of Lights at Cedarcrest Golf Course. Sponsored by


the Marysville Parks and Recreation department, this festival includes a 20-minute ride through lighted holiday displays, visits from Santa and nightly specials. Monroe invites the community to celebrate Light Up Monroe, a treelighting that includes food trucks, bonfires, petting zoo with reindeer and donkeys, a painting wall and, of course, Santa. Mill Creek has a tree-lighting at City Hall that includes live performances, Carolers, a drumline and Santa. After the tree-lighting, there are carriage rides through the Mill Creek Town Center. So slip on an extra pair of socks and a good scarf and make the merry rounds of holiday light displays. Hot chocolate optional. 

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Mulled Wine The official national winter drink of German Christmas markets, mulled wine is also a great hostess drink. helped me with this one: 1 bottle of syrah; 2 ounces bourbon or brandy; 2-3 cinnamon sticks; 2-3 star anise pods; 1 long strip of lemon or orange peel (or both); 1 teaspoon sugar. Add everything to a nice big pot and heat, but do not boil, and enjoy that great, holiday smell. Serve warm.

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Waning in popularity as people worry about consuming raw eggs, genuine eggnog is still a creamy holiday treat. This recipe makes a smallish batch (from 6 eggs, separated; 1 cup sugar; 1 pinch Kosher salt; 2 cups whole milk; 2 cups heavy cream; 2 cups dark rum. Combine egg yolks and ingredients, whip whites separately and fold into mixture. Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg and cinnamon and chill. (Martha Stewart adds cognac and bourbon.)


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Medicinal as well as tasty, the Toddy is the perfect drink on a chilly, wet winter day. A simple drink, the Hot Toddy can be whipped up quickly: 1 ½ oz brandy, whiskey or rum; 1 tablespoon honey; 1 lemon quarter; 1 cup very hot water; 1 tea bag (or an infuser of loose tea). Coat the bottom of a mug with honey. Add liquor and the juice of the lemon. Heat water in a kettle, add tea to lemon in mug and pour the hot water over it. Stir and quaff!


Hot buttered rum

Two words: Polar Vortex. This is your first line of defense: 1 small slice of soft butter; 1 teaspoon brown sugar; spices (cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice); Vanilla extract; 2 ounces dark rum; hot water. Place spices and butter in the bottom of a mug and muddle. Pour in rum and hot water and stir.


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Make your winter more delicious: 1 ½ oz Irish Whiskey; 1 oz brown sugar syrup (cook together 1 part sugar and 1 part water); hot brewed coffee; whipped unsweetened cream for the top. Pour whiskey and syrup into a glass Irish Coffee mug. Add coffee to two-thirds of the mug, then pile on delicious whipped cream.

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Couture Meets Comfort Written and photographed by alyssa wolfe


wning a business is hard work, and even harder when you also have kids and a puppy. It’s pretty impressive to watch the intricate dance to make it all run smoothly. In addition to her happily busy life, Noy Saetia, owner of Saetia, still manages to find time to design and produce her own line of clothing. The beautiful, wearable items can be found among the carefully selected fashion brands, jewelry and accessories in her shop. Saetia, born in Chicago, has fond memories of running through her neighborhood and spending time at her mom’s business — a uniform garment factory. However, once Saetia finished college, she backpacked and made her way around the world. She has strong impressions from her travels abroad, and those influences can be seen in her designs and her store. She speaks fondly of collecting unique items around the globe. One of her passions when it comes to creating fashions is making pieces that make a person look and feel good. You’ll see simple lines with small, appealing details — they are made in rich fabrics with variations that can be dressed up or down. Saetia has always loved textiles and graphic design. She was an art student, and after college, she worked as a buyer of clothing and textiles for small boutiques. Saetia also started designing, including uniforms. She eventually moved into designing sleek, contemporary clothing that


possessed an international flair. Her signature piece is a jacket, but there are many small elements that define her clothing. After her children were born, she decided she needed to get back to work. Her store Saetia was born in 2010. It’s located in one of the prime Edmonds locations — right on 5th Avenue. Saetia and her husband chose Edmonds to be their home in the hopes of recreating parts of her childhood. She loved being a part of a community, and still does. She wanted her children to be able to walk to school, and she wants to be able to walk to work. The store has been open for four years now, surviving the retail slump, and operating as a family affair. You can find her mother-in-law, daughters and husband in the store at various times, but mostly you’ll deal with Saetia herself. She finds Edmonds an excellent community to be a part of, and builds relations by forming ties with customers and other local business owners. She makes sure that every breakfast and dinner is with her family, and vacations, which often include business, are also about family. She has built a solid customer base, and many are regulars. These days designing is a luxury. She finds spare moments to envision and sketch. The process includes midnight calls overseas, and usually an annual trip to Thailand where she chooses fabrics and oversees production of her clothing. She



is careful to employ help that uses socially responsible employment practices. She has always loved working with silks, and you’ll find many of her pieces in the store in gorgeous, glowing hues. In her words, “We want to look good, feel good, and we want it to be easy.” That is why her clothing is low-maintenance and doesn’t require dry cleaning. She designs clothing that spans the variety of sizes and shapes women come in, all made to flatter and make them feel timeless and beautiful. Her silhouettes are effortless, and it’s easy to see wearing them regularly. Saetia seems to have found her niche in life — a small retail boutique where she is still able to feed her inner-artist. She also found the perfect locale. “People in Edmonds care. It’s such a community place.” Saetia is a big part of that with her welcoming smile and familiar greetings. She works hard to make her store successful. It is an asset to the downtown Edmonds retail community — and her designs — they are just the icing on the cake.  120 5th Ave. S. Ste. A, Edmonds Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun.–Mon. 12 p.m.–4 p.m. 425.582.2167 |

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ountry Village in Bothell has a unique ambiance. Unlike your typical shopping center, the atmosphere is rustic and farmlike — right down to the chickens and ducks that wander the property. One of the newest retail additions is Kate Quinn Organics, a clothing and accessory line for children. The clean, modern designs made from delightful, gorgeous fabrics are displayed perfectly within the rustic charm of Country Village. The North End will relish in having this Northwest company close at hand. There seems to be an abundance of Washington companies born out of values and necessity. Kate Quinn wanted to create a brand that reflected her belief in conscious production — meaning consumers would feel good knowing that her products were gentle on the earth, fair to its inhabitants and made of materials safe, comfortable and natural for the youngest members of our community. Anyone who has purchased Kate Quinn clothing for their children knows that the specialty, inspired fabrics and modern, whimsical styles will soon be wardrobe favorites. The prints alone are enough to make you smile. Kate draws her continued on page 32

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inspiration from the world around her — she says interiors, architecture, literature, her children and the beauty of the world have all played a role in creating the different pieces. You can find photos of recent inspirations and the resulting fashions on the Kate Quinn blog. Although older children are represented, a good portion of the business is dedicated to the littlest ones. Friends and families of newborns and infants will easily find gifts and rainy day purchases. Clothes, bedding, blankets and hats are all extremely enticing. For those who know the importance of bodysuits in the first year, consider the gift of the bodysuit of the month club. For a year, the recipient will receive a new, organic bodysuit each month. All you have to do is keep the company up-to-date on size. Of course, you always have the option to exchange if there has been a growth spurt before you get the latest one. The styles for older children are not your typical big box find. There is a hint of modern retro in the well-made clothing. Some pieces may seem simple, but it is deceptively so — a knowledgeable seamstress will see the complexity in the small details, which make each piece special. The fabrics are soft and comfortable, with hues and elements that will please. You can feel good about your purchases since one of the company’s missions is a commitment to fair trade. The organic cotton is produced sustainably, and the dyes are low impact on the environment. For anything produced on foreign soil, the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) practices are followed. Kate Quinn and her employees are thrilled to be able to make a positive global contribution. They are even happier to do it at prices that are comparable to conventional brands. Kate Quinn’s words resonate with the conscious consumer. “I wanted to create a line that encompassed all the wishes and dreams of new parents: the softest, most natural materials to surround your baby, the highest quality design and construction, and most importantly, the hope of a cleaner kinder earth.” One thing is for sure — walking into the Country Village shop, it’s hard to contain yourself as you take in the spectacular colors, textures and depth. It’s easy to imagine the magic of childhood with Kate Quinn — and indulging just a little results in a positive glow that radiates in our own tiny portion of the global community.  23718 Bothell Everett Hwy. Ste. A, Bothell Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 425.952.4206 | 32

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Lorna Jane Written by Alyssa Wolfe


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

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

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Bountiful Home Written and Photographed by Alyssa Wolfe

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The Shop  Residents of Edmonds still remember The Weed Lady, a popular gift shop just off the main drag. Joan Searle passed on her business to Todd Waddell around eight years ago — and Bountiful Home has managed to pay homage to its predecessor while also creating a lovely statement of its own. The store stands alone, away from the cluster of shops on 5th Avenue and Main Street, a sweet little retreat that serves as a treasure trove for gardeners and those looking for something just a little different. Waddell used to shop at The Weed Lady with his mother, and then on his own. There were never thoughts that the store would one day be his, but as Searle said in the Seattle Times, “It just kind of happened. It was serendipitous.” Her concern was what kind of business would move into the space. It’s obvious that both she and Waddell couldn’t be happier.

The Atmosphere  Bountiful Home is not really a store you can pop your head into and leave — it requires a deeper level of exploration and a sense of adventure. The displays are nothing short of magnificent, and rather than shelves of repetition, you’ll find housewares, accessories, kitchen items, plants, books and a vast array of other unique and other items. Some things are new, some are old, all are carefully picked and shown in a way that allows you to visualize what

it could look like in your home. Waddell calls it “lifestyle merchandising,” an apt description.

Key People  Most of the time you’ll find owner Todd Waddell always offers a warm greeting, and is ready to help you find that perfect gift, décor or plant. Partner Norman Dalthrop is often in the store as well. What You’ll Find  At Bountiful Home you’ll find a bounty for both your home and garden. The housewares include everything from old apothecary jars, charming dish towels, plates and gourmet treats to décor that satisfies many tastes, styles and decades. Bountiful Home also has a great selection of cards, gift wrap, ribbons and books. Of course one of the owner’s passions is gardens. Don’t miss the small nursery out back, or the blooms and plants that grace the front porch. Most are for sale, and although the selection isn’t that of a large nursery, it features some wonderful options.

Owners Favorites  Todd Waddell likes to help people one-on-one in his smaller setting. He likes to have the time to work with them to create a container garden, find a gift or just chat. Both Waddell and his store are welcoming and fascinating. 

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American Pie on the Fly written by Arlené Mantha Photographed by Danae Hendrickson


his is it, the time of year in which all that is cozy and good comes out to stay a while. Autumn, fall, the holiday season, harvest, whatever. There is a real security in leaning into these comforts: food, sweaters, books, wood-burning stoves, puzzles, and Vitamin D. I have become aware that I am submitting to a rhythm that is occurring without my permission. Growing up in Southern California offered me different beautiful things, like a love for sandy beaches, white décor and a love of cache words like rad or like or right!?, all of which are way over-used. But I somehow totally neglected to create an authentic sense of nostalgia through a season, a certain time in space. I am spurred on by the shifting of light and a tide that is the saltiest I have ever tasted. It’s as if I have decided to submit to the longings for these little life-changing compulsions over time. One by one. Little by slow. For instance, what I learned the first year that I lived here: fleece is a MUST in the PNW and now as I look, I don’t even question it. I cannot help but to allow myself all the cozy excess tidings and savor all the flavors of the season. continued on next page

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You eat with your eyes Living in the Pacific Northwest for the last ten years has provided an absolute playground for this need to fulfill. The bounty of the fresh and local is “better than yours.” I don’t say this to be cocky, I say this because it is true. This place, the very soil is majestic. From the world class Mt. Baker ski haunt to the salmon running, oysters off Chukanut, orcas off the island trails, crab and a multitude of colorful aqua marine life, piles of rain coming down so slow and constant you almost forget it’s there, to a simple vegetable home garden, or an apple orchard on one of the various small and large farms in the county. All of it thrives in this wild climate. All but tomatoes and citrus anyway. When I turn to fall, I turn to PIE Apple pie, to be exact. In high school, I worked in a high end bakery in Los Angeles where we made pie — a lot of pie. So much pie that we had valet parking and lines around the corner of the bakery shop. And even my greatgrandfather Lloyd had a pie bakery in Southern California. But never did I have more respect for apple pie, before arriving here in Bellingham, and that’s because it all happens in one place. The apples are grown, harvested, sold, prepared and eaten here. What a concept. Total game-changer. My son gets it so much that he refuses to eat an apple anywhere else, because they pale in comparison.



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Recipe for a butter crust (top and bottom) 2 cups of all purpose flour 1 tsp kosher salt 2 sticks of unsalted butter (small pieces) 1/3 cup of ice cold water Combine dry ingredients into the bowl of a mixer; flour, salt cut in the butter. Butter should be cold. As cold as you can get it. Mix until butter is combined with flour and is about pea size. ■■ Add the water ■■ Mix until the dough just comes together into a ball. (Do not over mix.) ■■ Divide dough in half. Make into 2 small disks. Wrap them in plastic until ready to roll out. ■■

Recipe for the apple filling 3 lbs of apples (about 6 apples) 3/4 cups of organic sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Preheat oven to 400 degrees and butter your pie pan. ■■ Peel, core and cut apples into 2 inch slices. Toss apples in a bowl add lemon juice and toss, then add sugar and cornstarch, toss again. ■■ Roll out both pie doughs into 10 inch circle. Then fold into pan. Cut off the excess dough around the edges or fold them in half. ■■ Add apple pie filling to the pie pan. ■■ Lay your top dough over, flute the edges or use a fork to pinch the top and bottom dough together. Then score the center by using a sharp knife to make two lines in the center. ■■ Brush butter over the top and sprinkle with organic sugar ■■ Bake for 55 minutes ■■

Put it together So when those magical apples are combined with butter from grass-fed cows and the pastry, warm and flaky, the tart taste of apple jumps to the front of the tongue and gently slides back down to the middle of your palate to balance the silken taste and texture of a true butter crust. I have to have one. Pie cravings can come at any time and therefore I must have pie! Yet, that pie is the same pie that sits atop my Thanksgiving table and steals the whole show. I call it Pie On the Fly. I have a friend that calls it “amends pie.” She has used pie as a peacemaker, a truce, it has brought down walls between neighbors for years. I hope that you will enjoy the recipe below and make it yours, whatever you call it. 

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Well Being Beauty

Holiday Beauty Magic Written By Dawn Hunter


he holiday season is upon us, and it is a whirlwind of activity with extra added pressure to look our best. It would be so nice if we could wave a magic beauty wand, spin around and be ready for the ball. But in reality, we do have magic — it just is found at your local medspa and beauty bar. Wrinkles, loose and blotchy skin and other imperfections can get in the way of looking polished and refreshed for the holidays. Fix those three major things, add some good quality makeup and great hair and you are holiday ready. My recommendations:

event to allow recovery from any residual swelling. $525–$1200 range.

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Chemical peels There is a large range of peels to choose from depending on your goal. Chemical peels reduce fine lines around the eyes and mouth, improve the appearance of mild scars, treat certain types of acne and more. I recommend the micro peels and lighter peels during the season as the air is dryer. $150-400 range

Wrinkle eraser Botox is real life Photoshop. A 15-minute treatment will deliver a smoother line-free face. Botox takes effect about 3-5 days after treatment. Cost: $250–300 every 90 days or so. Fillers The best fillers are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections, and they are safe, natural and highly effective. These injections are excellent for cheek, mouth area and lips. I have seen a client look ten years younger upon walking out the door. It’s best to hit the fillers at least two weeks prior to your 42

Fractional laser Fractional laser treatment works over the skin in small areas. Ablative treatments remove the top layer of skin and part of the sub-layer, but fractional lasers keep the outer layer of skin intact. This means there is no down time. You want to do this treatment at least 2 weeks ahead of your big event or party to see some visible tightening. Repeat in about 4 weeks and continue on for up to 6 months. $750–$1000 per session.

Natural Enhancement Hydration Yes. Water water water. Hydration plumps the skin and that just plain looks better.

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The Body Do not forget the body, I recommend a full neck, chest, arm and hand micro peel to remove the flat, matte dry skin and create a dewy fresh glow. Eyelash extensions They look amazing in photos and generally need a fill every 2-3 weeks, so plan your session accordingly or hit up the MAC counter to have an artist show you how to glue on strip lashes and then practice at home. Makeup There are times when no amount of makeup can cover bad skin, so first make sure your skin is the best it can be with the steps above. When you have covered that then invest in good quality foundation, concealer and brushes. Any makeup artist will tell you the brushes are the tools of the trade. If you are a novice or need some tips visit a makeup counter and ask for a lesson for holiday makeup. They’d love to help! Finally, enjoy this time it goes fast and try to relax. Cheers. 

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Races & RUNS N o v ember

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Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run/walk & kids’ dash 8:30 a.m.  Marymoor Park, Redmond

Fowl Fun Run 10K & 5K run 10 a.m.  Mount Vernon Christian School, Mount Vernon

4.5K-9 Run/Walk for a Cure 4.5K run/walk 8:30 a.m.  Green Lake, Seattle


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Oso United Christmas Run 10K & 5K run/walk 11:00 a.m.  Stillaguamish Athletic Club, Arlington

Jingle Bell Run 5K run/walk 8:20 a.m.  Westlake Center, Seattle

The 12K’s of Christmas 12K & 5K run/walk 9:30 a.m.  Heritage Park, Kirkland

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Polar Bear Dive 5K run/walk 10:30 a.m.  Magnuson Park, Seattle

The Rain Run Half marathon 9 a.m.  Marymoor Park, Redmond

Fight for Air Climb Stair climb 9 a.m.  Rainier Tower, Seattle






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DINE IN this Season Written by Tanna Edler


he recipe for the perfect gathering this autumn is a warm and inviting dining room. It’s the room where everyone congregates, so it deserves a little extra attention in the coming months. As the cooler weather brings life indoors again; embrace a new season with welcoming, comfortable spaces and designs that reflect your personality. A dining room that suits your style and fits your needs can make each meal that much richer. Get inspired and stir up the senses, creating a space for every occasion. Rustic modern was the request of my client and a oneof-a-kind farm table was our inspiration. Our plan included clean lines and plush, with natural materials in a space that feels polished yet friendly. The goal was a soothing retreat on a cold fall day. The room is designed for entertaining, with a wide wooden table and lavishly upholstered chairs that invite company to sit and stay awhile. When we were done, this room was equipped to gather friends for a few glasses of wine or host a full dinner party. The scene was set for casual cozy evenings at home and could easily be styled for formal events. … continued on the next page


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Creating a spectacular dining room starts with the perfect table. Our area is designed to accommodate up to eight guests. Our table gives a nod to simpler times when farm-to-table food was the norm and families gathered each evening. Its wide and bold presence earned the right to be the focal point of our project. With the room now occupied with only hard surfaces, it needed textiles to soften the mood and add warmth. A colorful and durable flat weave rug instantly defined the dining area. The hand-scraped table paired well with matching linen-covered side chairs, anchoring the fine-looking table with two gorgeous leather wing back chairs. Upholstery is a distinguished and creative way to introduce pattern and texture. The weathered nail head and carved wooded legs on the side chairs have a handsome appeal with a rather rustic 48

nature while the matching performance linen provided the cohesive look we desired. The luxurious leather upholstered host and hostess chairs with repeated nail head detailing became the eye-catcher. For room versaltity, neutrals work well for dining room walls. Selecting a shade that puts you at ease is the key and then spice things up with colorful accessories. An oversized, distressed wood framed mirror provided the perfect reflection and gives the illusion that the space is a bit larger. Hanging a rusted wrought-iron candle holder added a nice texture, and it cast a beautiful, haunting shadow each evening. Complete your styling with seasonal accents. I love mixing natural shapes in contrasting materials and complementary colors. Even a refreshingly simple centerpiece, using nature-inspired elements, can still be absolutely stunning.

Our tabletop décor of glass and topiaries are just a couple of my favorites and will flatter all of my clients’ future place settings. So, enjoy your upcoming gettogethers, set the ambiance and express yourself with sparkling details that articulate your personal flair. Following standard design guidelines for our rectangle dining area, here are a few tips when determining your scale and proportions, from the edges of the table, measure out three to five feet in all directions. This is the clearance required for moving chairs in and out. Again, more space is better than less. Finally, allow an additional two feet of clearance from any side or end wall where you will place a buffet or other service furniture piece — these are best located next to the closest entrance to the kitchen. Entrances to a dining room should be generous — a minimum of 42 inches in width, but 60 inches is preferable. 

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Camano Island House Written by Frances Badgett Photographed by Ian Gleadle


n an update of the traditional farmhouse, Dan Nelson AIA of Designs Northwest Architects has created a beautiful new residence that calls upon inspiration from the past — think nineteenth century New England farmhouse — and updated it with twentyfirst century materials and sensibility. All of the rooms are oriented to capture the fantastic Camano Island view and the reflections of the sparkling waters … of Puget Sound.

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Typical of Nelson’s designs, the kitchen and central living area are bright, airy and yet project a sense of intimacy. The outdoors are invited in through large windows and French doors. 

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FEATURE Winter Escapes

The 60-Minute Departure

Catching an hour of down time in the busy winter months can be a challenge, but if you can manage an hour here and there during your week, you’ll feel better and more relaxed. Reading reduces stress, protects the brain from the effects of aging and makes you way more fun to talk to. Enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend creates balance with work and family. However you spend your hour, savor it like a fine cup of tea.

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Coffee, Tea and Me. A warm drink can often be found in the hands of community members, but it’s usually on the fly — getting from point A to B, clinging to its salvation when stuck in traffic or while working diligently on the laptop. This winter, make one of Snohomish County’s favorite tea or coffee shops your destination. Pack accordingly — a good friend, book or journal. Check. Load your favorite tunes into the car and blissfully drive to take an hour away from it all. Get crazy — a new drink or slip on some headphones. Seating is important — cushions or an intimate corner is essential. For 60 indulgent minutes turn off your phone, focus only on relaxing and do a little something you love while sipping a warm, delicious beverage.

Recommended Baicha Tea Room

The Club Connection. An hour doesn’t always seem like a long period of time, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish, especially if you set aside one hour a week through the coldest months. Clubs can be a welcome change, and a way to connect, relax, gain new perspectives and learn something new. Snohomish County is full of friendly people and warm, welcoming clubs. Find one that entices you and take a break to let the warmth of community battle the cold weather outside. Book clubs, writing groups, knitting circles, foreign language practice groups, walking and running clubs are just a few of the many activities to choose from.


Walnut Street Coffee

University Book Store, Mill Creek

Spotted Cow Cream and Bean

Uppercase Bookshop, Snohomish


Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park Snohomish Knitters Guild, Snohomish Tuesday Morning Knitting Circle, Edmonds Library Epic Writers Group, Edmonds Library To find more clubs in your area, it’s as simple as checking your library’s event page, community center, local book store, Meetup groups or by doing a Google search.

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Winter Escapes


Everyone has a different way of escaping the daily demands of life. Parents who feel overwhelmed may reach out to others, while some take time with their hobbies to give them a lift. Another way to break from the monotony and gray is to color the day with culture. The Northwest is a place supportive of all of these things, and this winter, you can indulge and enjoy mini, half-day adventures. Schedule some mornings or afternoons and retreat from the grind.

Enrich your brain. Cooking up some relaxation. Take your hobby to the next level and explore the culinary culture of our area. Choose from an eclectic mix of nearby classes.

Recommended PCC Edmonds Fire and Earth Kitchen, Shoreline Auberge Edge of Seattle

Museums, art and exploration. Take part of your day to explore the abundant culture in our community. Colors, history and other cultural innovations await your perusal, and give you some time to escape the drudgery.

Recommended Edmonds Historical Museum Flying Heritage Museum, Everett Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip Schack Art Center, Everett

The parent relief plan. Snohomish County has some incredible parent resources. After being cooped up in nasty weather with the little ones, it can be a welcome relief to chat with other adults, sip some coffee and let the kids have some fun. Try one of the excellent spots that allow parents to get some of their own muchneeded interaction while the children are happily entertained.

Recommended Playdate Café Imagine Children’s Museum

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FEATURE Winter Escapes

Make a Day of It


Give yourself the gift of a nice, long personal day this winter. Everyone needs a full day to recharge and relax, especially after being cooped up indoors for weeks at a time. Whether you prefer a vigorous trek on snowshoes or a warm stone massage, there are plenty of options in the North End for whatever interests you.

Ahhhhh…the Spa.



Nothing wards off the winter chill like an afternoon at the spa. Whether you’re in for a simple mani-pedi or you want to spend a day getting pampered, the North End is home to some of the area’s best spas. Not only are our local spas luxurious, they’re reasonably priced and staffed with exceptionally trained professionals. Take the plunge and enjoy a whole day of soaking, stretching and massage.

Embrace the Cold.

Recommended Olympus Women’s Spa The Gated Sanctuary T-Spa

Stay in and Play. Want something fun to do without taking off your pajamas? Grab some supplies from nearby Bramble Berry and make your own soap, or gather some zymurgy supplies at Homebrew Heaven in Everett and make your own brew right in the comfort of your own home. Once you hone your craft, you have great gifts at the ready for a lifetime.

Recommended Bramble Berry Soap Supplies Homebrew Heaven Brewing


Sometimes the best way to deal with winter is to embrace it heartily. The Northwest has so many outdoor activities, what makes you think they stop in the winter? Besides the obvious skiing and snowboarding, try one of the lesser snow sports — things like winter hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and sledding. Glacier Peak provides a great winter wonderland for exploring your snowier side.

Recommended Lyon Ski and Snowboard School The Summit at Snoqualmie Lessons

A Cozy Overnighter

Winter Escapes


There are times when an hour, morning, afternoon or day isn’t enough. That’s when you call the grandparents, dip into the travel fund or outline what your ideal solo one- or twonight getaway looks like. You don’t have to travel far to find comfort or luxury. Wrap yourself in one of the many rejuvenating escapes in the area.

A Bed, then Breakfast. Few things are better than a cozy bed and warm room when the winter chill sets in. Check-in, unwind, nap, write, watch a movie and sleep — and then wake up to someone cooking you breakfast. Perfection.

Recommended River Rock Inn Countryman Bed and Breakfast Camano Island Inn

International Luxury.

Cozy Cabin in the Woods. Few know that winter is the best time to camp. This is a True Winter Overnighter — who knew you could “camp” in luxury year-round? Snohomish County has cabin rentals in two beautiful locations in addition to private cabin rentals.

Recommended Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Flowing Lake Cabins and Kayak Kottage

Marysville houses one of the bigger resorts in the area, and although the Tulalip Resort Casino is more known for the gaming aspect, they also have some posh rooms that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to a foreign, exotic, luxurious land. Find rooms with fireplaces and hot tubs — it’s the ultimate weekend splurge.



Recommended Tulalip Resort Casino

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Giving Locally Designed and Made Products this Holiday Season written by Alyssa Wolfe


Made in the North End


he messages Buy Local, Shop Local and Support your Local Economy are growing in popularity. Why? The answer is deceptively simple — buying local is a way to support your small and midsize local businesses, your community and even yourself. The Northwest is rich with innovators, full of creative thinkers and home to some incredible locally designed and made prod-

ucts. There is also a socially conscious element that allows you to feel good about the products that come out of our area. This holiday season think about the unique and wonderful gifts you can give while keeping our Northwest economy strong and thriving.

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It’s hard to go wrong with classic holiday gifts — especially when they encompass the athlete, little feet, chocolate-lovers and collectors. And that’s only the beginning.

Brooks Running When you enter the Brooks Running website, you immediately notice a tab that says Shop Local. You’re also infused with a good feeling about the happy people creating products that encourage overall well-being. There is no hint of elitism here, only gungho runners of all genders, sizes, shapes and fitness levels, and all working at the headquarters in lovely Fremont, Washington. The five platforms of their company — culture, community, climate, fair labor and product responsibility — fuel their passion and help the 200+ Brooks Running employees in Seattle to produce superior products. So go ahead, click on the Buy Local tab to find out where you can shop for Brooks Running clothes and shoes, or you can shop at their first retail store which opened in October 2014.

3400 Stone Way N., Seattle

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See Kai Run Local mom, Cause Haun, started See Kai Run to provide for those looking for healthy, fun, fashionable kicks for kids. The company’s success has been evident as See Kai Run has caught on around the world. If their annual warehouse sale is evidence of their popularity, this Woodinville company is a hit. Their sale is on temporary hiatus while they find new digs. Keep an eye out for their calls for local kids (via the Facebook page) — your little one could be featured in one of their catalogues or on their website. Small fashionistas will also enjoy the bright, beautiful and comfortable gifts from See Kai Run. Check their website for nearby retailers.

Cline Jewelers It’s not often that we ponder the source of our jewelry, perhaps because we’re blinded by the sparkle or entranced by the beauty. Do you know if your fine jewelry is local — or if you can even find highend, one-of-a-kind pieces nearby? In the Snohomish County area you can say yes. Cline Jewelers has been serving the Snohomish County area and beyond for more than 34 years. They have on-site goldsmiths ready to design custom masterpieces, or refashion and repurpose older pieces (customers have been rendered speechless by the results of their redesigns). Ask anyone who’s been a patron and you will hear a common theme — exquisite results, impeccable customer service and a phenomenal allaround experience. The gifts from here are pretty much a guaranteed hit.

105 5th Ave. S., Edmonds Mon.–Wed. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thurs.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–4 p.m.

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Mukilteo Chocolate Co. Dan and Jan Straub are doing their best to make Mukilteo a chocolate connoisseur’s destination. For those who have a decadent palette, they are succeeding. They are also establishing their business as a place to find fine-tuned gifts that are deliciously enjoyed. To make it clear — there are chocolates, and then there are exceptional chocolates. The Mukilteo Chocolate Co. is definitely the latter. One of their unique gift ideas is custommade chocolate bars. It’s a way to make the shape, logo or design exclusively yours. Of course, there are also handmade European-style truffles and handcrafted fudge as well. You can always sample to make sure the recipient is getting a great local product.

407 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Brownies Burrow Christmas conjures whimsical images that dance in our head — Santa, reindeer, elves and a mountain of toys. It’s a time of year that delights collectors, and those familiar with Frosty Friends, the Trail of Painted Ponies or Department 56 get it. In the Northwest, we have our own epic Christmas guru, a man who has designed and crafted Santa figurines for many collections. Dennis Brown, artist and proprietor of Brownies Burrow at Country Village in Bothell, is a Christmastime hero. An iconic figure, Dennis has been featured extensively in print and on television, and his Santas find their way into homes across the nation. These gifts will be adored and displayed, brought out each December to celebrate Christmas.

23818 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Our h local yperFavor Etsy ites

Etsy has provided a platform for artists, craftsmen, designers and creators to sell their wares. The premise is brilliant — an easily navigated marketplace that offers lovingly made items born of people’s passions. The drawback? Often the selection can get overwhelming. One way to use Etsy, and to narrow the shopping field, is to turn it into your source for hyper-local items — things that are ready-to-go or made-to-order, but guaranteed to be rarer than your big box find. Here are a few of our favorite producers.

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Your own Etsy search

Beki Wilson works out of her Seattle studio making ethical and modern clothing that is both beautiful and comfortable to wear. The designs and colors are appealing to all ages, and for the gal who likes an unexpected flair in their clothing. With over 800 top-notch reviews and close to 2000 sales, Beki has made Etsy work for her.

Searching on Etsy is fairly simple once you have the knowhow. Once you’ve entered a specific search term — things like “furniture,” “picture frame,”

“pottery” — look on the left side of the screen for a tab that says “choose a custom location.” Enter buzzwords like Seattle, Edmonds or Washington. Another great resource is the Seattle Handmade group (formerly the etsyRAIN group), which features Western Washington craftspeople. Their website is

EllaMenoPea Cody Lamens decided that there needed to be an alternative to cheap kids furniture. His answer was a delightful Etsy store that offers solidly built, appealing, eco-friendly, kid-safe, pint-sized pieces. Cody is charming and funny, and his Seattle-garage designed and built furniture has passed the Etsy reviewers test. Make sure to read his store’s about page — you’ll immediately want to support his mission as you chuckle at his cheery outlook on life. EllaMenoPeaDesign


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You might not get right away that you can get some of the coolest light garlands ever from this fascinating Etsy store, but once you read more about Katey Rissi, Chris Campbell and their obsession with paper, you’ll totally understand. Their feature products are paper pyramid light garlands, but don’t pass up the opportunity to peruse their other forays into the wonderfully zany world of paper creations.

Moxie and Oliver Man, woman and pet will be ecstatic receiving a gift from this fabulous store full of leather goods. Born out of necessity for an appropriate belt, the rest is history. Owner Caitlin makes amazingly tooled wallets, purses, belts and more. Her description — artfully distinguished leather goods — is spot on.

22nd Design+Build Reclaimed, recycled and sustainable have become buzzwords when it comes to furnishings in the Northwest. Husband and wife team Evan and Natalie make striking furniture using salvaged wood and pallets. The results are perfection — they will be a design team to watch.  shop/22ndDesigns

7 Wonders Design Find a modern print for every room in your house at this fun Etsy store. Based out of Cheney, Leslie Fuqua designs fresh, bold and colorful designs that come in a variety of messages and graphics. Her work is appealing, leaving you wanting more — much, much more.

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Holiday Shopping Guide

Warm up your winter and take care of your holiday shopping with this handy guide. There are gifts for everyone on your list, and maybe a few for you, too. Happy shopping!



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Harbour PointE Jewelers This Holiday create a beautiful Pandora charm bracelet to celebrate life’s moments and memories. Bracelets start at $45 and charms at $20 in sterling silver. Also available in 14kt. Harbour Pointe Jewelers 11700 Mukilteo Speedway Suite 401, Mukilteo 425.745.5570,

Mill Creek Jewelers When Only the Best Will Do At Mill Creek Jewelers, we pride ourselves on providing personalized service with years of experience. Since 1991. Diamonds • Fine Jewelry • Appraisals • Custom Design • Repair

Sound Styles Warm the fingers of someone you love with a gift of foil embossed texting gloves which will allow her to operate any touch screen without having to remove her gloves. Conductive cloth on the fingertips supplies the electrical current needed to activate the screen. Voila! Pretty and practical. Only $34. 100 5th Ave. North, Edmonds

Elegant details Tocca perfume. Tocca’s beautiful fragrances can be experienced in a luxury candle collection, fine fragrances, and bath and body products. Price range $22-$68. Elegant Details 15704 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek 425.585.0914

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Dine 7 Great Tastes · Dining Guide · The Mixing Tin

Dialed Down Dining Neighborhood Gems Written By Alyssa Wolfe


estaurants come in all sizes, shapes, colors and types — from fast food to gourmet and everything in-between. Gourmet establishments have their place in this world. They push the culinary boundaries and boldly tantalize our taste buds, giving us artful presentation while surrounding us in luxury. Most people, however, won’t be patrons of high-end establishments on a regular basis. There is also something to be said for a great, solidly cooked meal, and family-run places that are consistent in both their food and service. These restaurants become our go-to spots, the ones that recognize our orders and they don’t try to be something that they’re not. The interiors are often colorful and eclectic, and tell stories of backgrounds. The prices are affordable, and there is comfort in being greeted as a beloved family member. They are our neighborhood dining gems. North Enders know there are endless pockets of neighborhoods, and that hidden inside are restaurants that serve amazing meals. You don’t have to dress up to go and you know what you’re going to get. Three of these spots have quietly racked up loyal customers, rave reviews and are devoid of any pretention. They are simply wonderful dishes served by friendly people without fanfare in a festive, home-style atmosphere. continued on page 70



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Brier Pizza and Family Restaurant. Tucked into the middle of a residential neighborhood, Brier Pizza is big with the locals. Those who stumble upon it often return for more. It’s evident from the reviews that it’s a hotspot. After all, it’s pretty much the only restaurant in town. The menu goes way beyond pizza, and most dishes are given a Mediterranean flair. Customer favorites are the pizza (of course), which is said to rival big city options. You can also find dishes like chicken and artichokes, hosue made lasagna, Ravioli el Greco, grinders and sandwiches. They are open for lunch and dinner — takeout is always available, but make sure to bring your appetite, because the entrees are substantial. Of course, you can always take it home for your next snack. 23631 Brier Rd., Brier 425.424.0760 |

Amorn Thai. Thai is a cuisine that is extremely popular in the Northwest. Maybe it’s the spicing and flavors, or the warm, comforting soups — but whatever the reason, Amorn Thai serves up some excellent, straightforward, family-cooked dishes. The first thing to know when you go here is that it is cash only. You know — that green paper stuff that we used before checks and plastic. The second thing is that it’s really easy to drive past. Tucked back from the road, it is small, a true hole-in-the-wall establishment. Once you find it though, you’ll see it’s inviting, colorfully cluttered and chock-full of delicious food. They have all the usual suspects, including orange beef, kee mao, pad Thai and coconut chicken soup. Next time you have a class at the Mountlake Terrace Rec Center, stop by on your way home. Regulars will be happy to know they have re-opened after their summer hiatus, a trip to Thailand.

Sabor a Mexico. Boeing workers and employees from the surrounding business parks are familiar with this neighborhood gem. Long-term relationships are easily formed with the kind and generous staff, and the owner. The food is filling and the selection good. The beans are seasoned to perfection and the salsa divine. It’s the kind of place where regulars are heartily welcomed, which only adds to its charm. Although Sabor a Mexico resides in a strip mall next to a gas station, don’t let that distract you from your Mexican food mission. Once inside, you’ll forget about the curb appeal, and the smells and ample margaritas will allow you to settle in and prepare for your chips and salsa. The dishes come out hot, and there is more than enough to go around. It’s not fancy, but it’s darn good food. 

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ages. With a kids’ play area adjacent to their patio, youngins can sample the sumptuousness without feeling out of place. On the next nice day, take advantage of the rare outdoor seating option and dine al fresco beneath their large, resident firs and thirty-year old rhododendrons.

Tucked away in a beautifully restored barn, Russell’s Dining Room offers a rare culinary experience in the Canyon Park area of Bothell. With renowned Chef Russell Lowell at its helm, frequenters flock here from Seattle and beyond to sample exquisite cuisine that has been appreciated by local icons, international celebrities and global leaders alike. And that’s just the guest list. The menu is even more impressive. From their savory New Bedford Sea Scallops to the grilled-to-perfection New York Strip, the entire food selection is a celebration of Northwest traditions, perfectly crafted by Chef Lowell’s unparalleled panache and his use of simple, fresh ingredients.

Bothell Bonefish 22616 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell 425.485.0305, By combining fresh seafood, a relaxed, romantic atmosphere and pleasant waitstaff, this Mill Creek restaurant has evolved into a favorite among Snohomish and North King County residents. Top choices include the succulent, spicy Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, an assortment of grilled fish with your choice of signature sauce and, if you’re not in the mood for fish, the Fontina Chop is one of our favorites. Happy Hour is a must to experience  —  come early, the drinks are amazing, food fabulous, and the place gets hopping early.   Preservation Kitchen American 17121 Bothell Way N.E., Bothell 425.408.1306, Preservation Kitchen is located in the historic 1916 Kaysner home built for the mayor of Bothell and once was a French cuisine kitchen run by Parisian Chef Gerard Parrat in the 1970s. With such grandeur hidden in the bricks, it’s astounding that the food surpasses its past. Whether you choose something off the Farm to Kitchen Fresh Sheet or pick the fan favorite, Duck & Grits highlighting local Yakima sweet corn grits; innovation abounds. Don’t let their high-brow menu give you the wrong idea, they welcome all



Yugoslavia. Together, they created a modern menu of Asian-inspired comfort foods. To start, try the Coconut Prawns with mint chutney; they are mind bending. As for comfort food, tiny sliders with cilantro aioli and shallots on crisp sesame brioche buns offer a delicious twist on the common hamburger. But the noodles may be most indicative of their fusion of backgrounds and that’s exactly why you should try them.

Russell’s Restaurant & Loft Regional NW 3305 Monte Villa Pkwy., Bothell 425.486.4072,

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Walnut Street Coffee Coffee Shop 410 Walnut St, Edmonds 425.774.5962, Owner Pam Stuller has turned this former garage into a vibrant, modern space. Situated just off the main drag in Edmonds, Walnut Street Coffee is a true neighborhood coffee shop with a multi-generational clientele that includes retirees, families with young children and downtown Edmonds employees. But aside from the Vivace coffee being oh-so-good, the food is atypical and locally sourced. Stacked with vegetarian options like The Quinoa Burrito, Black Bean Burrito and Pesto Breakfast Sandwich by Dancing Women Meals, they also serve Seattle’s Macrina Bakery Nutella Brioche, or savory breads, like the Parmesan Rosemary Ham Biscuit. Get a daily dose of the best espresso and craft food in town in an environment that is always bright, friendly and buzzing with neighborhood activity.

Arnies Seafood 300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 425.771.5688, If you’re on the hunt for regional fare served with a beautiful view, look no further than this Snohomish County classic. Arnie’s Restaurant in Edmonds, Wash. is known for its Pacific Northwest seafood and sweeping panoramas of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. The Edmonds restaurant, along with its Mukilteo location, has served local patrons for nearly 25 years. The Seasonal Features menu serves up seasonal fish and vegetables from the Pacific Northwest. While Arnies is well-known for its seafood, the menu also includes a wide variety of lunch and dinner items including steaks, burgers, salads, pasta and poultry as well as an extensive appetizer list.

Everett Anthony’s WOODFIRE Grill Seafood 1722 W. Marine Dr., Everett 425.258.4000, Anthony’s Woodfire Grill serves the same ­quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s Homeport. The Woodfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just ­special occasions. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrées and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the selections.   Curry Bistro Indian

Bar Dojo Asian

1907 Hewitt Ave., Ste. A, Everett 425.258.2900

8404 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds 425.967.7267, When longtime friends Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to create a culinary blend of cultures that would result in a new kind of dining experience in the Edmonds area. Executive Chef Ho incorporated his ChineseAmerican background and Leckie brought influences from family roots in the former

Downtown Everett’s Indian cuisine finds its nest in the ever-popular Curry Bistro restaurant. The prompt servers stay busy filling flavorful orders of tender Lamb Vindaloo, generously thick Chicken Masala, and any other classic curry your heart could desire. Genuinely rich, complex and reliably mixed to hit the spot, the curries serve the flavors of traditional Southeast Asian while providing a

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The Scotsman Bistro

soul-fulfilling encore. For those with the constitution for a day’s size meal, be sure to try the Bistro’s beautifully served lunch buffet, with all the fine quality, consistency and flavor you’d hope for in a family-sized Indian dinner — and all for a reasonable price, too!

Gaelic Coffee Brenne single malt, Kahlua, coffee, splash of cream and whipped cream | $8


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


he Scotsman Bistro is a welcome surprise in Mukilteo. The atmosphere is welcoming, but with a nice city influence — meaning it’s not your typical fare and the owners possess a wealth of knowledge when it comes to scotch, wine and food. There’s a nice sheen to the restaurant, making it an ideal spot for business lunches, date night, having a drink with friends and a bite to eat. The bar is extensive…as in incredibly extensive. Over 60 scotches (technically some are single malts) from around the world grace the shelves. The wines are just as prolific, making it an excellent place to try something new every time you go. Take advantage of Scotch Flights, or sign up for a scotch tasting class. The owners are educated and enthusiastic, making it the perfect destination for those who are truly connoisseurs. But don’t worry — even the novice is made to feel welcome. The Scotsman enjoys coming up with new concoctions, and for the winter they have blended some Pacific Northwest favorites to warm you up. The Gaelic entails the right amount of ingredients that warm you from the inside out — Brenne, freshly-brewed coffee, Kahlua, a smidge of cream, and of course, topped with whipped cream. It’s blended effortlessly for a drink that will soothe the winter blues. Those unfamiliar with Brenne single malt — it’s made in France and finished in cognac barrels, giving it a naturally sweeter flavor. The Gaelic will be a nice topper to a meal. If you feel adventurous, go for

Emory’s on Silver Lake

Petite Sweet Bakery 2613 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.1800, Recently relocated from Arlington and now in the former Pave Bakery location, this hometown bakery and café is too good to pass up! Pastries, cakes and pies call to your inner sweet tooth. Fresh-baked bread is the foundation for delicious sandwiches like the Smokin’ Granny, grilled with turkey, smoked gouda and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple. Breakfast also served.

the haggis, not so much — build your own flatbread. There’s more than enough to choose from on the menu. Mukilteo’s Scotsman Bistro will find its way onto your list of relaxing winter escapes — and the Gaelic will let you indulge just a little.  11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd, Mukilteo Mon.–Wed. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Thurs.– Sat. 11 a.m–11 p.m. 425.493.1191

PIROSHKY & CREPES: EUROPEAN BAKERY AND CAFE Bakery 1327 112th St. S.E., Everett 425.225.6694 Treat yourself to a sweet or savory treat at Piroshky & Crepes: European Bakery and Café near Silver Lake in Everett. A piroshky is a Russian baked bun stuffed with a variety of fillings and glazed with egg for a golden, crisp exterior. Most piroshkis are filled with meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes or cheese, but this European bakery also offers sweet varieties filled with fruit and served with whipped cream or chocolate. You can also order sweet and savory crepes. Pair your treat with your choice of more than 100 loose tea varieties or an espresso beverage.


Tokyo House Fusion/Japanese 500 S.E. Everett Mall Way, Everett 425.347.6557, 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 ambiance for relaxed dining.

Lake Stevens LUCA’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE Italian 430 91st Ave. N.E. #10, Lake Stevens 425.334.2066, Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambience at Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens. Luca’s is an award-winning, familyowned establishment that has been delivering authentic Italian cuisine to Snohomish County residents since 2003. Luca’s offers a variety of hot Panini sandwiches, pasta and salads with fresh, local ingredients for the lunch crowd, Monday through Saturday until 3 p.m., before transitioning to an extensive dinner menu. Wood-fired pizza with numerous cheeses, homemade sauces and savory toppings like sausage, mushrooms and eggplant make them a popular dinner selection. Other dinner specials include specialty pasta like Penne Al Salmone, a creamy combination of smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes and capers mixed with penne pasta and topped with a rich cream sauce. Finish your meal with Tiramisu and live music on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.

friendly staff prepares your food fast, and offers to remove any unwanted toppings or sides in anticipation of picky eaters. As you wait for some of the tastiest Mexican cuisine to grace the Northwest, you’ll receive a complimentary bowl of tortilla chips with fresh, tangy home-chopped salsa as a prologue to an excellent meal.

Taqueria La Raza Mexican 6815 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood 425.775.7526 One visit to Taqueria La Raza, and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu is simple, and the food is overwhelmingly flavorful; the large portions will leave you plenty to save after the first few satisfying bites. An order of four tacos come artfully packed with tenderly seasoned strips of soft chicken, topped with fresh onions, peppers, cilantro and a generous sprinkle of cheese. The Chile Rellanos are slim and crisp, with a fine balance of cheese and gently fried flavor. A thick Habanero Mango Salsa is among a few of the not-sosecret secret sauces that will add a sweet, spicy kick to your already rich meal. The

Mill Creek Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant Mexican 15118 Main St. Ste. 110, Mill Creek 425.357.5600,

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

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


McMenamin’s Mill Creek Pub Fare


The northernmost outpost of the McMenamin’s family of brewpubs based in Portland, McMenamin’s Mill Creek has been a neighborhood mainstay for years. Craft beers are brewed on site, including the popular Hammerhead Pale Ale and Terminator Stout, which are deliciously accompanied by hearty, fresh pub fare. The house-made Baked Mac & Cheese is a favorite, and a full host of burgers (the Communication Breakdown), sandwiches (the Reuben Kincaid) and salads (Brewer’s salad) round out the menu. Kids are welcome, too, with their own tasty menu. Wine drinkers are not left out, either. The good folks at McMenamin’s also operate the Edgefield winery, providing an extensive list of whites, roses and reds to the pub.

13300 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek 425.316.0520,

1206 G. St. Ave. N.E., Marysville 360.653.8356, This casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is a hit among the locals. Best known for its pizza and pasta, diners are sure to be pleased with the excellent food, gernerous portions and affordable prices. If you are in the mood for a salad, try Christiano’s version of Spinach Salad — it is our favorite and pairs nicely with the Garden Delight Pizza.


and desserts round out the main course, and keep patrons coming back for more.

Kafe Neo Greek/Mediterranean 9730 State Ave., Marysville 360.651.9268, Surrounded by a sprawl of commercial rentals and drive-thrus, a newcomer to Kafe Neo might be delightfully surprised by its extensive menu of rich and delicious Greek food. The ever-popular gyros come in dozens of combinations, with lunchtime prices below the border of $7. The lamb gyro — served in less than five — is stuffed with fresh “seasoned lettuce” and tomatoes, traditional Tzaztiki and richly marinated slices of lamb. Even the pita is pleasantly moist, all the while keeping in the messy juices. Both the Caesar and chicken ­gyros ­provide a similarly succulent mix of tender, rich meat and fresh sides, and cure the lunchtime crave. An expansive, yet inexpensive selection of Greek appetizers

TABLAS WOODSTONE TAVERNA Mediterranean 15522 Main St., Mill Creek 425.948.7654, 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

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mussels, made with chorizo and Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot IPA. Apart from Tablas’ wood-stone 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.

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Mukilteo Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse Gastropub

621 Front St., Mukilteo 425.355.4488,

Wild Wasabi WriTten by Alyssa Wolfe


hat constitutes a good sushi restaurant? Is it the freshness of the food, the atmosphere, the service or the chefs? Ideally, it’s a combination of everything, with a heavy emphasis on the skill and prowess of those creating the food. Wild Wasabi, formerly Edina Sushi, is unassumingly located in one of Lynnwood’s many strip malls. The restaurant gives sushi fans in Snohomish County something to rave about, and allows them to get high-quality meals without the long, traffic-involved drive to Seattle. Chefs Taka-san and Yong Lee bring a combined seventy years of experience to your table. The presentation is impeccable and the flavors divine. Their years in the Seattle sushi scene and desire to bring that kind of dining experience to the North End created a restaurant worthy of multiple visits to explore a unique and extensive menu. One of the initial things you’ll notice about Wild Wasabi is its family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a restaurant that welcomes all ages, and manages to provide a menu that caters to both novices

and experienced connoisseurs. While the experienced consumer might go straight for the omakase (chef’s choice), there are entry level rolls and meals as well. The udon soup, chicken katsu and cucumber and avocado maki will appeal to the younger palette. One of the key highlights of a good sushi restaurant is fresh cuts of fish, and a focus on seasonal picks. Fresh picks are one of the cornerstones of Wild Wasabi, and it shows in the taste and texture of the food. In addition to the cuisine, the atmosphere is upbeat and fun, portrayed with a lively interior of spring green, white and Japanese game shows. It’s not a place to go if you’re in a rush (unless you order takeout), but instead it’s an inviting, clean, modern restaurant that encourages you to linger over Japanese masterpieces. Your food doesn’t come on a conveyor belt, and if you know sushi, you’ll be happier because of it.  19720 44th Ave W., Lynnwood 425.776.8068 |

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 appetite-crumbling Apple Crumble dessert, delivered hot from the kitchen for those whose hearts long for home. Diamond Knot offers patrons true Italian-style pizza — among a menu of many fine meals — accompanied by 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,


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, locallysourced 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.

Trails End Taphouse Casual American 511 Maple Ave, Snohomish 360.568.7233, A homespun, casual dining experience that offers excellent cuisine and an ‘everybody knows your name’ atmosphere, Trails End Taphouse is for comfort food aficionados. Featuring home-cooked entrees and 28 craft brews on tap, diners can sit fireside for a date night or belly up to the bar with their buddies, respectively. Menu standouts include the Steak Salad with Blue Cheese, a delectable combination of mixed greens, tomato wedges, red onions and thinly sliced grilled steak, and the earthy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms. Popular for their wood-fired pizzas, Trails End offers unique toppings such as smoked salmon and arugula, steak and blue cheese, or the classic pepperoni and sausage. Made from scratch, customers can watch the pizza-maker throw hand-tossed dough into the air and layer on local toppings before it’s fed to the crackling wood fire. Trails End proves that not all great restaurants have to be expensive. While they may have affordable drinks and dining options, the overall dining experience is none the worse for wear.


The Godfather Pizza at Trail’s End Taphouse is fantastic — pepperoni, salami, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and an Italian dressing sauce on a perfectly-fired crust.


511 Maple Ave., Snohomish 360.568.7233,


On a cold winter day, be sure to warm up with The Irishman Pub’s Guinness beef stew. Fresh, hearty and delicious.


The Carlton Farms pork chop from Adam’s Bistro and Brewery is absolutely not to be missed.

2923 Colby Ave., Everett 425.374.5783,

Maltby Café Homestyle

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

104 N. Lewis St., Monroe 360.794.4056,

300 Admiral Way, Edmonds 425.771.5688,

Warm up at Prospector’s Steak and Ale with one of their legendary gigantic burgers and a hearty helping of fries. 201 Croft Ave., Gold Bar 360.799.2461


8809 Maltby Rd., Snohomish 425.483.3123,


Arnie’s signature salmon at Arnie’s Restaurant is smoked and then flame-grilled for maximum taste and perfect texture. Pair with a crisp white.

The Hungry Pelican has an array of tasty sandwiches, but the Grinder is a favorite — turkey, salami and warm, melted Swiss on a baguette. 113 Avenue C., Snohomish 360.243.3278,


Hungry? Try the gigantic pulled pork barbeque sandwich from Moose Creek. Not just huge, it’s also delicious! 3617 172nd St., NE, Arlington 360.651.2523,

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elcome back the holidays with the classic Nutcracker performed by The Emerald Ballet theatre. Accompanied by the music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra. $35 for adults, $31.50 for seniors and $20.00 for youth. Northshore Performing Arts Center 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell 425.984.2471,

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Conducted by Dr. Paul-Elliot Cobbs, this family-friendly concert features The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten, and is one of his best-known pieces. It is often associated with other pieces in the context of children’s music. Bolero by Ravel, a student concerto, Polar Express Suite by Silvestri and Leroy Anderson’s sleigh ride are also on the program. Following the concert audience members are welcomed to meet the orchestra and instruments. Tickets are $20, children under 5 years old are free. Everett Civic Auditorium 2415 Colby Ave. Everett 206.270.9729,


Hey Marseilles has appeared at various venues and events such as Bumbershoot, CMJ, South by Southwest, and has been included in a compilation by Starbucks. Their orchestral sound took its inspiration from the Decemberists and other chamber pop groups. 410 Fourth Ave. North, Edmonds 425.275.9595, 78

Sponsored by the Arlington Arts Council, the second annual Blues Concert at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center will feature first-class performers of jazz background. Byrnes Performing Arts Center 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington 360.618.6205,


Bingo! Bring the whole family out for a night of Bingo put on by the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Staff. Enter for a chance to win prizes! Ice cream sandwiches and a drink for $2. Bring $2 and a non-perishable food item for admission. Don’t forget your own bingo marker! Heatherwood High School 1419 Trillium Blvd. SE, Mill Creek 425.385. 6300, MUKILTEO-TREE LIGHTING 2014 DECEMBER 6, 2014 3 P.M. TO 6 P.M.

Light up the night by bringing the family to the Rosehill Community Center to witness the lighting of the tree at 5:45 p.m. Activities from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. include cookie decorating and craft projects for all ages. Bring a camera to snap a

photo with Buddy the Elf or Santa Claus himself. Rosehill Community Center 304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo 425.347.1456, CAMANO – 19TH ANNUAL CHILI & CHOWDER COOK-OFF NOVEMBER 8, 2013 3 P.M. TO 7 P.M.

Enjoy some Camano Island style chili and chowder while listening to live music at the 19th Annual Chili & Chowder Cook-off. The event will include a raffle and an art auction after. Camano Center 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island 360.629.7136,


Kids can come and enjoy a night of holiday fun, while the parents enjoy a nice night out. Included are a North Pole Dinner, carpet skating and free exploration of the museum after hours. Members: $35 per child, $20 for each additional sibling. Non-members: $40 per child, $25 for each additional sibling. Pre-registration required. Imagine Children’s Museum 1502 Wall Street, Everett 425.258.1006,

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The holiday show at the Schack Art Center is an annual exhibit for the Northwest Watercolor Society. The show is a collaboration of whimsical, sculptural and functional pieces. All of the artwork is for sale. Visitors can meet the artists on November 20 at a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett 425.259.5050, MARY BESS JOHNSON: NOVEMBER FEATURED ARTIST NOVEMBER 2014

Mary Bess Johnson loved the aquarium as a child, and spent much of her time on Seattle’s waterfront. She studied photography and captured some of the incredible sights below the waves. Johnson has shown her work in Edmonds, Everett, Shoreline and in an Artist Trade Mission to China. The Gallery North is presenting

her work as the featured artist of November.

as well as lunch both days. Tournament fee is $40.

Gallery North 401 Main St., Edmonds 425.774.0946,

Senior Center in Everett 3025 Lombard Avenue, Everett 425.257.8780,




Dance the night away to Old-Time Contra, square or family dances at the Mansford Grande. Enjoy the music with the whole family and socialize with the community. November 1 Darrington Community Dance will feature old-time southern music by the Atlas Stringband. Mansford Grange 1265 Railroad Ave. Darrington 206.402.8646

Featuring more than120 wineries, food stations manned by Tulalip Resort’s chefs, craft beer selections, rock and roll cooking challenge and more, the taste of Tulalip has what you are looking for. Come to the tasting reception at 6 p.m., the celebration dinner at 7 p.m. and you won’t regret it! $195 per person. Tulalip Casino Resort 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip 1.888.2727.1111, EVERETT – DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK FILM DISCUSSION NOVEMBER 26 AND DECEMBER 31


On December 16 Historic Everett Theatre presents a Christmas Wish, or “The Great Rupert,” a film about a squirrel that helps two families through their hardships during Christmas. A nice holiday classic for the whole family. Tickets are $5. Historic Everett Theatre 2911 Colby Ave., Everett 425.258.6766,

Part of a year-long series of his best films, the Everett Public Library invites you to come view a screening of Hitchcock movies (Vertigo, November 26, North by Northwest, December 31). Each 1:30 screening is followed by a discussion. Vertigo will include a 6:30 screening with no discussion. Everett Public Library, Evergreen Branch 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett 425.257.8250,



Schack Art Center  Nov. 20–Dec. 27


Beginning on Saturday, the Ernie Dunton tournament honors a lover of the sport of table tennis after his passing in 2010. The tournament encourages those who played ping pong in their youth to take up the sport again. Snacks will also be available,

This rhythmic Broadway musical focuses on the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Budding romance, challenged dreams and a winning lottery ticket challenge the people of In the Heights as everything in their world changes. Village Theatre 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 425.257.8600, November | December 2014 79








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Holiday Sons of Norway Holiday Bazaar November 1, 2014 3 p.m.


Load up on your favorite Norwegian holiday decorations, crafts, food and more. There will be a bake sale and luncheon. This will be the perfect place to get a Norwegian Christmas centerpiece to make your holiday table extra festive. Bothell Sons of Norway Hall 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell 425.485.9085,

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Finding the perfect, personal gift can be a challenge, but this handmade gift market has everything for the people on your holiday gift list. From knitted scarves to pottery and more, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Gleneagle Country Club 7619 Country Club Dr., Arlington 360.403.3421, Sky Valley Winterfest Celebration December 6, 2104 10 a.m.

Get in the holiday spirit with crafts, jewelry, pottery and more at this holiday celebration. More than 40 booths will have unique gifts and treasures for the whole family. Local schools will provide live entertainment, and the giving tree will provide an opportunity for everyone to exercise generosity this holiday season. Sultan High School 13715 310th Ave SE, Sultan 360.793.0983,


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Join in the fun of this annual event! The parade begins at 9 a.m. and goes for about an hour. Watch as 25 inflatable floats, about 650 costumed participants and local high school and middle school marching bands walk in this parade. New additions to the parade are a gingerbread house, a “Believe” mailbox and more. In the evening, after the parade ends, Macy’s continues the celebration with the lighting ceremony of the Seattle Star. This begins at 5 p.m., and includes a fireworks display. Downtown Seattle 1.800.289.6229, 2014 FESTIVAL OF TREES NOVEMEBR 22 to DECEMBER 2, 2014

This is the 37th annual Festival of Trees in Seattle since the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild began the festival of trees, giving each tree its own theme. Each tree comes with a sign and photo of a Seattle Children’s patient. This event also accompanies a Colors of Autism Gala dinner to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University Street, Seattle 206.621.1700,


Chocolate lovers from around the region can come and enjoy the Fall Festival of Chocolate, an event which showcases everything there is to know about chocolate. The festival includes seminars and pairings at chocolate shops, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafes and more. Various locations in Vancouver, B.C. 604.628.9547,

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Final Word

Hope: The Emotional God Particle? written by Ken karlberg


am in mourning. My comic idol is Bill Cosby, followed closely by Robin Williams. The tragic loss of Robin should be a dark reminder — the will to live comes from within, even for the most talented amongst us. He had everything and yet he had nothing in his eyes, at least not enough to keep him on this earth. Why? I suspect most of us would admit, in a moment of absolute honesty, that we have had the same “fleeting thought” at difficult intersections in our lives? But we are still here. I ask the question again — why? Science is moving at light speed, past the building blocks of life in the universe — carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen — to the origins of life itself, and may be on the cusp of discovering the Higgs Bosun, the so-called God particle thought to be responsible for the creation of life. As amazing as this discovery would be, it is Robin’s suicide that has me at the local Starbucks, asking myself fundamentally different questions for the umpteenth time: “What sustains us in our darkest of moments? What is the emotional God particle?” The answer to that question matters. In my younger years, my answer was love. Most of us are walking wounded to one extent or another because — right or wrong — we perceive that we weren’t unconditionally loved as a child or an adult by those who mattered most to us. Some become emotionally needy or bitter, and their personal and professional lives are constant push/pull interactions to manipulate others to fill this primal void. Others turn the negative into a positive by giving love freely to anyone and everyone. Regardless, the need for love certainly drives many of our behaviors in life. But does love, by itself, give us the will to live? Not for Robin. He had his family’s unconditional love and the world’s adulation and respect and yet love didn’t sustain him. Love was not his answer when his world became dark. Why? There’s that question again. Something was missing and humor was his mask. As the love of others poured into his genius of a comic soul, his need for love was simply greater.


In the end, Robin proved that he was no different than you or me at this fundamental level of life — he was broken; he was human. His internal battle was obvious to everyone who shares his same pain. The mask was for his benefit, not ours. Love is most certainly ground zero in most of our lives — before we even know what hope is as children, our parents’ love fills us; their love protects us. But once we discover our own independent consciousness, where is hope in this “will to live” equation and is it the quintessential variable, even more essential than love? I say, yes. You can hope for love, but you can’t love for hope. Many of us can survive for extended periods without love, but lose hope and life can unravel quickly. Whether you are spiritual, religious, atheist, agnostic, apathetic or just plain angry in life — we all share this common emotional glue. Hope binds us to our future, individually and as a society. Without faith that the future will be better, there is no reason to care, no reason to follow life’s rules or laws, no reason not to tie the knot, pull the trigger, or jump. Robin, we “get it.” You were wrong. You were not alone. I am angry for you and others in that same dark space in life  —  how many precious souls will be lost to suicide today, tomorrow, next week? And what can you or I do about it? The answer is the same as the answer has always been. For this holiday season, give the gift of yourself and your time. Find someone who is struggling and go to their world, especially teenagers, who don’t yet even have the life experience to know what to hope for. As adults, we do. We know the deep satisfaction of sharing the journey of life with a partner, with raising children, and with achieving life goals that bring meaning to our lives. And when you ask “how are you,” mean it. Stop, listen and talk, not once, but be there in the moment for as many moments as it takes. Be the love that gives the hope. One person can make a difference. Join me, would you? 

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