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ABOVE: Wedding guests stand around on

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BELOW: Kingfishers nest in a sandy burrow,

but this one likes to perch on this birdhouse to look for small bait fish to eat. Photo courtesy of Mike Benbow

COVER: A bride walks down the aisle during her wedding in the Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett Photo courtesy of Blue Rose Photography LLC

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VISIT EVERETT

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IN THIS ISSUE 10 PLOTTING MYSTERIES A popular Mountlake Terrace writer digs up stories in the garden.

12 TINY TAVERN

At 250 square feet, Daphne’s may be the smallest bar in Snohomish County.

14 SNOCOS FOUNDER Keep an eye out for our rings symbol throughout the magazine for wedding tips and ideas!

Leslie Tidball is an original member of the local women’s ice hockey team.

18 JAVA ART

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20 SIGNATURE DISH

Hungry Pelican’s chef shares his recipe for Winter Squash Gnocchi.

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34 WINE 101

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35 ULTIMATE BREWS

Grab a pint of one of the best beers Snohomish County has to offer.

46 BIRDS AND BEES

L earn how to turn your yard into a retreat for our winged friends.

49 HOLY HOUSE

A church that was converted into a house – aka a “chouse”– is for sale.

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RIGHT: Volunteer Skip Forster climbs down

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SPRING ISSUE: A tour of Everett’s historic hotel

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Ever since my sister got married at the Monte Cristo, the Everett building’s history has been on my mind. The Monte Cristo Hotel at 1507 Wall St. was built in the Renaissance Revival style in 1925. It was the city’s finest hotel and hub for community events for decades. It was the pride of Everett. Today, brides and grooms make their vows in its elegant ballroom or in front of its ornate fireplace, which have been restored from early photographs. My sister and my brother-in-law were married July 11, 2015. Their ceremony was in front of the then-90-year-old fireplace. My sister liked that the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its brick facade, arched opening, bay windows and decorative cement work made for beautiful wedding photos. When it was new, the first-class hotel had 140 bedrooms — including a penthouse on the top floor — a ballroom, lobby and mezzanine, tea room, fireplace, banquet hall, restaurants, smoking rooms and conference rooms. Though the ground floor is now a wedding venue and the upper floors are low-income apartments, many of the building’s original features remain. On a recent tour of the building, I thought not of the many weddings happening there today but of Everett’s citizens from an earlier age who met for book club, celebrated their honeymoons, attended national conventions and ran the city government. I also thought of the past hotel managers, housekeepers and wait staff. If only that old building could talk. My Monte Cristo tour got me thinking about all there is to be proud of in Snohomish and Island counties. Washington North Coast Magazine shares in that pride of home.

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Meet Marty Wingate, a former garden columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer who is now the popular author of not one but two mystery series with gardening and birding themes. The Mountlake Terrace writer’s “Birds of a Feather” and “Potting Shed” books are available in e-book form. Grab a pint of one of the best brews Snohomish County has to offer. Our beer aficionado made a list of the county’s top craft beers. With more than 30 breweries and 15 styles of beers, ranging from IPA and stout to barrel-aged and candy, this “best of” list was the ultimate undertaking. Watch the Snohomish County Women’s Ice Hockey team — the only women’s team in the county — play on their home ice at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Nicknamed the “SnoCos,” the players are marking their fifth season this year. The team was founded to give women with loved ones who played hockey a chance to try the game. Or peek inside another of our historic buildings: a Presbyterian church in Mukilteo that has been converted into a heavenly house. The luxury estate is more than three times the size of the average home is for sale. It also still has the church’s steeple and bell. As you read this magazine, I hope you’re filled with pride to call this place home.

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Fiction writer sticks to the facts with birds and botany She’s penning two mystery series with garden themes Marty Wingate

S TORY BY PAT RIC I A G U T HRIE

home from a trip, my suitcase is full of Yorkshire Gold tea bags. So both my series are set in England – in “Birds of a Feather,” Julia Lanchester pretty much stays put in Suffolk, but in the “Potting Shed” books, Pru tends to hop around a bit.”

Facts matter to fiction writer Marty Wingate. As a former garden columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, freelance writer and author of how-to books, facts framed all Wingate’s writing. So when a friend suggested years ago over a cup of tea that she write a mystery with a gardener as the main character, the journalist demurred.

In 2002, long before her launch as a mystery writer, Wingate teamed with a travel agent to offer small tours of English gardens. This June, she’s set to take a group to the Channel Islands and Isle of Wight.

“I told her I didn’t write fiction,” Wingate recalled. “She continued to suggest this every once in a while, until I thought, ‘Well, all right, let’s see what happens.’”

Wingate is a true believer that travel broadens minds. And that visiting a variety of gardens plants many ideas and increases the “plant palette.”

Success happened. Some seven years after the friendly challenge, Wingate is a popular author of not one but two series of mysteries. Her “Potting Shed” books star Prunella “Pru” Parke, a highly sought-after ex-Texan professional gardener, and Pru’s retired detective husband, Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse. They meet over a murder investigation, natch, and now unravel clues of peculiar items that show up in gardens all over England — piles of bones, a buried World War II plane, a body here and there. Following the success of her first book, “The Garden Plot,” Wingate wrote five more books in that series. Wingate also takes flight with her whodunit “Birds of a Feather” series, featuring Julia Lancaster, daughter of an ornithologist. After quitting her father’s BBC nature show “A Bird in the Hand,” Julia heads off to the English countryside to manage a tourist information center. Wingate has four books in that series, “The Rhyme of the Magpie,” “Empty Nest,” “Every Trick in the Rook” and the just-released “Farewell, My Cuckoo.”

Typically, the 10-night tours include full accommodations in destinations throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and occasionally France. The tours have included famous places, such as Hidcote Manor and Sissinghurst, as well as private gardens and trips to flower shows.

We live in a house of words. Beware you random scrap of paper. — M A R T Y WING AT E

are so well cared for by my editor and copy editor and public relations department — and that they are so reasonably priced,” Wingate said. “I don’t really miss the hard copy.”

The books are e-books only, distributed by Alibi, a digital-only imprint from Penguin Random House.

Both series take place in the United Kingdom, where Wingate can usually be found when not writing or tending to the gardens at her Mountlake Terrace home.

“Although it would be nice to see my books in print, I’m happy that my books

“I am, indeed, a true Anglophile,” Wingate admits. “When we come

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“Admiring gardens, getting to know the locals, learning about the history, and sitting down with a cup of tea or a pint of ale — this is what our tours are about,” she said. “And, conveniently, these tours offer great opportunities for researching the next book.” Wingate, 64, also continues to write articles and columns for The American Gardener and Country Gardens magazine. Although her sleuthing characters are a figment of her imagination — or more likely, a tweaked version of a real friend or acquaintance — all the information about flower, fauna, botany and birds is dead-on accurate, so to speak. Besides being a master gardener and holding a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington, Wingate’s “just the facts ma’am” background won’t let her stray too far into flights of fancy. “All gardening and bird information


I am, indeed, a true Anglophile. When we come home from a trip, my suitcase is full of Yorkshire Gold tea bags. — M A R T Y WING AT E

in both my series is correct,” she said. “I knew most of the gardening stuff and have been a member of the Royal Horticulture Society for many years.

For instance, when penning “Empty Nest,” Wingate said she asked about the poisoning of predatory birds. Writing fiction also gives her a chance to continue learning a little about a lot, the basic job description of a reporter. “I love magpies — one of the few species North America has in common with Europe — and used them in the first book, ‘The Rhyme of the Magpie,’ ” Wingate said. A sense of place and history are also woven into her mysteries. Besides taking readers on the twists and turns of a crimesolving journey, she also enjoys the fun and pun of a play on words, such as the book titles “Every Trick in the Rook” and “Best-Laid Plants.” Wingate has been named a USA Today bestselling author as well as won praise from critics in many corners, with one saying “you don’t need a ‘green thumb’ to enjoy” the “Potting Shed” mysteries. Or, presumably, be a bird nerd to follow the “Birds of a Feather” series. Words, be they fact or fiction, fill the Wingate household. Marty’s husband, Leighton Wingate, also worked at The Seattle P.I. as an editor. “We live in a house of words,” the mystery author declared. “Beware, you random scrap of paper.”

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The happy hole-in-the-wall

Daphne’s in Edmonds is seen on a recent Wednesday evening. With just a few seats around the bar and two small tables, the space provides a cozy experience.

With a convivial clientele and a bartender who’s always ‘on,’ tiny Daphne’s is the place to be in Edmonds S TORY BY JIM DAV IS

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t’s 5:30 on a Tuesday evening. Sinatra’s playing on the overhead speakers, and bar customers are shoulder-to-shoulder. All 15 of them. Welcome to Daphne’s, the hole-in-thewall that’s the toast of Edmonds. “It’s like being at a cocktail party at a stranger’s house,” said the ever-so-popular bartender, Desmond van Rensburg, in his hard-to-place accent. At just 250 square feet, Daphne’s may be the smallest bar in Snohomish County. (The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board doesn’t keep records on square footage of establishments.) The size of the bar, however, is its strength: The square, one-room bar with tiled ceiling, at 415½ Main St., forces patrons to mix. “Everyone just talks to each other,” van Rensburg said. “They mingle around when it’s busy. Many times I’ll look at

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people and I’ll go, ‘This is why we love this place, because this guy will be talking to these people across the bar, and these people will get up and move over here.’ ” Frank Gaborik of Edmonds has been coming to Daphne’s for three years and hits the spot at least once or twice a week. “People pay $300 a month for storage units that are bigger than this,” Gaborik said. It’s where he met his girlfriend. “Let me see if I get this right — Nov. 6, 2015,” Gaborik asks Andrea Flynn, also of Edmonds. She responds by high-fiving him. Flynn made her first visit to Daphne’s on the night she met Gaborik. It’s still one of their favorite watering holes, a place to unwind and talk with other people. It’s too small not to engage with others around the room, and there are no televisions to distract. “Look around, people can’t be on their phones,” Flynn said. “They actually have

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to socialize.” Another of the strengths of the bar is van Rensburg, who has been making cocktails at Daphne’s for 7½ years. “He understands the importance of connecting people,” Gaborik said. “You can’t roll in and sit over there and not talk to anyone.” That’s how Judy Palm of Everett became a Daphne’s regular. She was walking around downtown Edmonds one day when she opened the door to take a peek. Van Rensburg called her in with a wave and a greeting. Now, she’s back every other week, calling it her therapy. Part of the charm is van Rensburg. “He’s friendly and energetic, and he makes you feel wonderful,” Palm said. “Without him, it isn’t the same. I come in here and he just puts a smile on my face. It has nothing to do with the alcohol.” Van Rensburg, 61, is the maestro behind the bar, orchestrating the evening by greeting newcomers, introducing strangers and posing for pictures with patrons.


It’s like being at a cocktail party at a stranger’s house. — DE SMOND VA N RENSBURG

“You need to have people skills when you’re in a little bar like this,” van Rensburg said. “I’m basically on show.” He grew up in South Africa and immigrated at 18 to the U.S. He landed in the Puget Sound area and started selling clothes at Nordstrom. He’s spent most of his career as a bartender. He names places, some of which are still around, and others that have new names. He went to work at Daphne’s because it’s close to his Edmonds home. “This little place fits like a glove for me,” van Rensburg said. “I absolutely adore it. Every day of my life, I just thank God that I work here. I don’t know how I managed to get in here. It’s the best gig in Edmonds.” He acknowledges that this bar isn’t for every bartender. “We’ve had people fill in here who are lead bartenders when people are sick or out,” van Rensburg said. “They phone me up and they say, ‘It’s not for me. I thought I was here to make cocktails. I didn’t think I was here to entertain,’ ” van Rensburg said. “These are guys who know what they’re doing.” For the most part, it’s a one-man show. “I tried to have help on Fridays, because Fridays are so busy, but basically the help just gets in the way,” van Rensburg said. The bar, which is attached to the Edmonds Theater, was a barbershop for years. Then, several stores came and

went. Van Rensburg credits bar owner Brian Taylor for seeing what the place could be. Taylor lives in New York and owns two bars there called the Pencil Factory and Onderdonk & Sons. He was visiting his family in Edmonds when he saw the space. After his father died, he spent time in Edmonds helping his mother and wanted to take up a project. Daphne’s wouldn’t be the same without van Rensburg, Taylor said. “It was a great little bar before Desmond, but Desmond has taken it to a whole different level,” Taylor said. Daphne’s seems to be gaining in popularity. The Seattle Times has written a couple of stories on the bar in the past few years, and the Edmonds Beacon featured van Rensburg in a story. The coup, however, is a story written by actress Anna Faris in Delta Sky Magazine that names Daphne’s as one of her favorite places on her favorite street in her hometown of Edmonds. “It’s the press, you know, the place, the cocktails and the dysfunctional bartender,” van Rensburg said. “It’s one great blend. That’s what it comes down to. When you mix it all together, it makes for a wonderful experience.”

TOP: At Daphne’s in downtown

Edmonds, bartender Desmond van Rensburg fills the 250-squarefoot haunt with cheer, laughter and expertly crafted cocktails. The intimate space encourages patrons to talk and mingle.

MIDDLE: An autographed

picture of Edmonds native Anna Faris adorns the wall of Daphne’s in downtown Edmonds.

BOTTOM: Daphne’s in

downtown Edmonds specializes in classic cocktails, though select beers and wines are also available.

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Leslie Tidball has always loved sports, but it wasn’t until she took up ice hockey at 48 that she realized why

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t 64 years old, Leslie Tidball is still fearless on the ice.

Tidball, lead prosecutor for the city of Everett, is also a founder of the Snohomish County Women’s Ice Hockey team, the only women’s team in the county. Not only that, Tidball is the team’s the oldest and shortest member. Nicknamed “SnoCos,” the players are marking their fifth season this year. They have a few tournament wins to their name, but Tidball said their greatest accomplishment is just getting time on the ice. The Angel of the Winds Arena at Everett is their home ice, but the rental time is not guaranteed. So the women will skate wherever and whenever they can — often at 9 p.m. and miles from home. “Getting the ice, that’s the battle,” said Tidball, who is 5 feet tall. “Youth hockey gets all the good times.”

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A lifelong athlete, Tidball has been playing hockey for 15 years. “I always participated in different sports growing up,” said Tidball, who listed softball, tennis, golf, swimming, skiing — snow and water. “I can’t think of a time I didn’t know how to throw a ball of whatever. I just always loved it. (Through) the skating and the hockey when I was older, I learned in my personality what it was that made me want to do all those other sports. “How much fun it is to fall, or fail in a way, and then getting yourself back up and trying harder. I just love that.” In 2002, a fellow attorney complained to her about how much he missed Colorado. He longed for the cold, the snow and especially the hockey. Then she saw a 1-inch story about adult hockey in the newspaper. There was literally just enough room for the headline to say “Adult hockey.” She tore it out of the paper and threw it on her coworker’s desk the next day. “I said, ‘Quit your complaining and do something about it,’ which is something my dad always told me,” Tidball said. But then he convinced Tidball to join him. She was 48 and had never ice skated before — so Tidball agreed to go with him only if he taught her how to stand up when she falls down on the ice. He kept his side of the bargain. They signed up for a beginner hockey class that promised membership in the Greater Seattle Hockey League after six to eight weeks of training on the ice. Tidball took to the game well. After training, she played for a coed team called the Fire Ants.

Grateful Red and Everett’s The Ravens. From those two teams, she helped form the all-women SnoCos in 2013. The goal was to give women with loved ones who played hockey a chance to try the game themselves.

She didn’t get much sleep that season because of her new love of hockey: She played five or six nights a week. The games started at 10 or 11 p.m.; she had to be in the office by 7 a.m. If there wasn’t a game, she was practicing late in the evening with other members of her team or playing pick-up games at Seattle-area rinks.

While the Greater Seattle Hockey League and the Cascade Hockey League allow women to play, the teams are mostly made up of men.

“I was addicted,” she said. “I was having so much fun.” After the Fire Ants, Tidball played for Snohomish County’s The

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“It’s so rare that there isn’t another one,” Tidball said of local women’s hockey teams. “There are no pure women’s teams in those two leagues, but what you’ve got are women who want to play. The Ravens still play but don’t hold regular practices. Some of the SnoCos play with them because it’s a pick-up team.


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—LESLIE TIDBALL

Leslie Tidball practices on the Snohomish County Women’s Ice Hockey team at the main rink at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

It gets a little wild sometimes when you’re playing against your own teammates.” Tidball has been known to put a Yoda mask on her helmet around Halloween — just for fun. The Star Wars mask complements the SnoCo forest green jersey. When Tidball isn’t on the ice, she’s in the courtroom. As Everett’s lead prosecutor for the past year, Tidball manages day-to-day operations of the prosecutor’s office. She also sees her share of court cases, most of them involving domestic violence, DUI, trespass and theft. She and her team of six handled 3,160 new cases in 2016, not

including traffic infractions. They also work on appeals, update laws, advise the police department and represent the city when drivers challenge a speeding ticket. Tidball describes herself as calm, observant and not overly aggressive at work and at play — even though she’s first to make a move inside the law and on the ice. She’s all about teamwork, whether that’s her team of lawyers or hockey players. “My game is more about supporting my teammates,” she said. “You could say, on and off the ice.” That’s not all this 64-year-old has done. Before she became a lawyer, Tidball, who lives in Clinton SPRING 2018 · WASHINGTON NORTH COAST MAGAZINE

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My game is more about supporting my teammates. You could say, on and off the ice. —LESLIE TIDBALL

Leslie Tidball talks with Judge Laura Van Slyck during Jail Calendar at the Everett Municipal Court in Everett.

on south Whidbey Island, had a 22-year career as a newspaper reporter.

bombings in Coeur d’Alene in 1986, Tidball decided she was too close for comfort.

Tidball worked at the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber; the Peninsula Gateway in Gig Harbor; the Coeur d’Alene Press in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Inside the Seahawks, a sports magazine popular in the ’80s.

So at 40, she became a lawyer. After graduating from the Willamette University College of Law, she practiced law in Oregon from 1993 to 2001, including as a member of a county interagency narcotics team at the height of a meth epidemic, before moving back to Washington.

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Since 2013, Tidball also has been working out at Sally’s Boot Camp in Everett three times a week. She joined the boot camp because she wanted to keep moving after finishing physical therapy for knee surgery. Boot camp is an intense hour of challenging cardio drills, strength exercises and more.

On Aug. 9, 2015, Tidball summited Mount Rainier to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. She climbed 14,411 feet in honor of her mother, now 89, who is a five-year breast cancer survivor. She raised over $7,000 and reached the mountaintop in three days.

Through boot camp, Tidball lost 35 pounds and is in the best shape of her life. She has the six-pack to prove it.

“She keeps herself very busy and she keeps herself very strong,” said Jane Tidball, who has been living with her daughter since she was widowed. “When she takes on a (task), she is determined to do it and get it right. She wouldn’t have tried (Mount Rainier) if she felt she couldn’t do it. I’m very proud of her.”

Her workout coach, Sally Krumdiack, says it’s been fun to watch Tidball’s transformation. “It’s been motivating to other students when they see how far she’s come in a short time,” Krumdiack said. “I use her as an example: ‘I’ve got a 64-year-old. If she can do it, you can do it.’ She’s inspiring to others, especially because she doesn’t let her age stop her. It’s just a number.”

Tidball also has volunteered as a referee for high school basketball in Snohomish County for 12 years. She’s back after a two-season hiatus to heal an injured shoulder — she hurt it from throwing her arms up in the air so much. Tidball referees three to four nights a week. Tidball says she plays hockey, referees basketball, goes to bootcamp and summits mountains because she just can’t sit still. She either has to be moving, she has to be learning, she has to be competing or she’s not herself. “I keep going so that at 64, I don’t feel that old,” she said. “My best friend and I, our goal is to still be skiing when (we’re 65 and) it’s free.”

LEFT: Leslie Tidball, right, and Catlin Noftz work out at Sally’s Boot Camp in Everett.

BELOW: Leslie Tidball, second from right, practices with the

Snohomish County Women’s Ice Hockey team at the main rink at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

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T he art of

Allan C. Carandang

coffee

Photo courtesy of Jim Krause

Who: Allan C. Carandang, 43, is a senior art director at Dillon Works Inc. in Mukilteo. Born in Guam and raised in San Diego, he lives in Lynnwood with husband, Luke, and two dogs, Shoyu and Siopao. Carandang won a 2017 T-shirt contest sponsored by the city to celebrate what people love about Lynnwood. What: In 2014, I began experimenting and refining my process of painting with coffee in all its forms – brewed, ground and whole. This versatile medium surprisingly produces a wide range of warm sepia tones, but it also fills my studio with the sweet smell of java. When: Growing up, I admired my grandfather who was a carpenter. A restless worker — whether he was customizing a chicken coop, building a trellis for his tomato garden or laying down concrete foundation — he was always crafting something. I aspired to be like him. I received my architecture degree from the University of Washington and worked toward an architecture license. Although that career path didn’t pan out, I’ve continued in a profession that allows me to be inspired by the built environment. Drawing and painting has been the constant passion through it all, and like my grandfather, I plan to never stop creating.

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I am the happiest and at peace whenever I have the opportunity to be creative. —ALL AN C. CARANDANG

Where: Urban sketching is my favorite pastime, especially when traveling to new cities. I always carry my sketchbook with me. Drawing on location, or “en plein air,” allows me to experience the place/sub-

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ject much more thoroughly than I would if I were just passing through or taking a photograph. The events that happen while I’m drawing — the sights, smells, temperature, weather and social interactions — all combine to cement a place in my memory. Why: The watercolor technique I use in coffee painting allows me to take a break from my formal training as a drafter and graphic designer. It frees me from rigidity, structure and staying within the lines. Most recently, I have been experimenting with coffee on birch plywood as a substrate. Finding the right dampness so the wood holds enough pigment without over-bleeding into the grain has been the biggest challenge. Because of its unforgiving nature, watercolor forces me to let

Edmonds Waterfront & Ferry Terminal 24 by 12, coffee on birch plywood


La Strada 10 by 8, coffee on watercolor paper

go and to accept the end product. That unpredictability can sometimes yield incredible results. How: In my formative years, I used graphite pencils to create black-andwhite pieces. I’ve always been drawn to monochromatic photography and artwork (which is why I prefer coffee painting over traditional watercolors). Mr. Lightfoot, my high school art teacher, always reminded me, “Never be afraid of the dark!” That phrase, which carried a double meaning, has stuck with me over the years. He’d remind me to give my eyes a break and step away from my drawing frequently. If it looked flat when I came back to it, then it didn’t have enough shade and shadow. I would break out my 4B pencil and build up the dark contrast — bringing depth and more life to my drawing. That phrase also reminds me to take risks and push outside of my artistic comfort zone.

city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. As soon as I pulled out my canvas and coffee, the rain began to fall. It was a heavy downpour and within minutes the street was flooded to our ankles. We were all herded in

doors by the staff. Just as quickly as the rain came, it stopped. I returned to my table outdoors and painted the scene of umbrellas and people shuffling through the waterlogged Strada.

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Need a wedding caterer? The Hungry Pelican chef is the owner of Della Terra Catering.

Favorite recipes from local chefs

Snohomish chef charts a course to fresh, local cuisine STORY BY MARK CARLSON

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PHOTOS BY ANDY BRONSON

ody Castiglia has embarked on a different path for a chef.

Instead of working full time at a restaurant, Castiglia, through his Della Terra business venture, is doing a little bit of this (catering and teaching cooking classes) and a little bit of that (a one-night-a-week dinner service at the Hungry Pelican, a rustic storefront at 113 Ave. C, Snohomish). But whether he’s cooking or teaching, Castiglia, 27, is committed to using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. “I’m not having the Sysco truck pull up,” he said, referring to the giant food-services corporation. “I’m towing it if they do.” At his Friday dinner service, Castiglia’s menu is dictated by what’s seasonal. “We source the freshest ingredients of the season,” he said. “While we may not have the abundance of produce now that we enjoy in the summer, we can still make delicious food in the winter. We use a lot of winter squash, root vegetables, a lot of dried beans and peppers as well. We make celery root sexy.” The modest space seats 18 for Friday dinner service. Reservations can be made on Open Table by searching for “Della Terra” — Italian for “the earth,” by the way.

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Chef, catering, teaching

With fresh local produce still months away, one of Castiglia’s favorite seasonal dishes is winter squash gnocchi paired with spaghetti squash, bacon, goat cheese and greens. He says his wife, Lia, who works in retail management, requests this dish once a week at their home in Snohomish, just up the street from the Hungry Pelican. The dish can be a main course or side to roast chicken, Castiglia said. If you make more gnocchi than you can use, they freeze well. But don’t leave them in the fridge, where they will get gummy, he said.

Chef Cody Castiglia seasons his Winter Squash Gnocchi at Della Terra in the Hungry Pelican.

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Other tips: Use a bench scraper to cut the gnocchi and clean your floured work surface when you’re done. Also, slice your garlic very thin. Mashing it in a press results in nasty burned, bitter flavor, Castiglia said.


WINTER SQUASH GNOCCHI

INGREDIENTS: For the gnocchi: 1 pound winter squash, preferably acorn or butternut 1 tablespoon garlic-infused oil 12 to 14 ounces potatoes, preferably Yukon golds, peeled and quartered ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan

For the bacon, goat cheese and greens: 2 medium spaghetti squash 1 tablespoon garlic-infused grapeseed oil or olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 large egg, beaten

6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1½ teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons local honey

1¾ cups (or more) Italian 00 flour or Nash’s Organic Soft White Whole Wheat Flour

1 pound spinach, washed and torn into bite sized pieces 4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled

Winter Squash Gnocchi with bacon, goat cheese and greens.

DIRECTIONS: For the gnocchi: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash lengthwise in half, discard seeds. Place squash halves, cut side up, on baking sheet and brush with oil. Roast until squash is lightly browned and very tender when pierced with a skewer.

Fold the dough into itself, turning and pressing the dough down, working it into a smooth and supple dough. Knead as briefly as possible. If overworked, the dough will become too dense and tough, and will be difficult to roll.

of garlic in the oil at a very low temperature until the garlic is fragrant and softened.

Cool to room temperature. Scoop flesh into a food processor, puree until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan, stir constantly over medium heat until juices evaporate and puree thickens, about 5 minutes. Cool. Measure 1 cup puree.

Divide dough into 8 equal pieces with a bench scraper.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the bacon slices. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, just until the very edges of the bacon start to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and continue to cook until the bacon is crispy and the fat has rendered out, about 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, cook potato in medium saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. While potato is warm, press through food mill into medium bowl; cool completely. Measure 2 cups of the riced potato. Mix squash, potato, ½ cup parmesan, egg, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Gradually add 1¾ cups flour, kneading gently into mixture in bowl until dough holds together and is almost smooth. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by the tablespoonful.

Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Sprinkle lightly with flour. Working with one dough piece at a time, roll dough out onto floured surface to about ½-inch-thick ropes. Cut each rope into ¾ inch pieces. Transfer gnocchi to baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until gnocchi float and are very tender. Remove from water and drain. For the bacon, goat cheese and greens: Preheat the oven to 425 and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roast in the preheated oven until the squash is tender, about 40-50 minutes. When the squash is done, let it cool for 10 minutes.

When the bacon is done, turn the heat up to medium and add the cider vinegar while stirring and scraping the bottom of the skillet. Turn the heat to low and add the honey. Stir everything together just to combine, then add the spinach. Stir to combine and remove from heat, so the spinach only wilts slightly.

Turn dough out onto floured surface, knead gently until smooth.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds and transfer to the baking sheet. Drizzle with the garlic oil. Season with salt and pepper, then flip the squash and season again.

To knead the gnocchi, place the dough on a lightly floured surface.

Peel the skin away from the squash, then use a fork or your hands to pull the strands apart, adding them to the skillet as you go. When all of the squash is in the skillet, add the goat cheese and toss everything together to combine.

Note: You can make your own garlic-infused olive oil by roasting cloves

Gently toss gnocchi with bacon, goat cheese and greens. Serves 4 to 6.

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Everett’s dreams gave rise to

Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo Ballroom at Everett’s historic hotel is an all-inclusive wedding venue.

This 1902 photo shows the original Monte Cristo Hotel on the corner of Pacific and Kromer avenues in Everett. It was torn down in 1924. Photos courtesy of Everett Public Library

Both Monte Cristo hotels were built during boom times for the city — the 1890s and the 1920s

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STORY BY SARA BRUESTLE

t’s been 125 years, but the Monte Cristo Hotel still holds promise.

The building at 1507 Wall St. is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for representing Everett’s economic prosperity in an earlier era. While its purpose has changed throughout the years, the building’s quality has inspired the Monte Cristo Awards — which recognize neighbors who help make Everett special by taking pride in their property. Though the original was built in 1892 and a second one replaced it in 1925, the hotel got its start in 1890. It was in a dream. The city’s founders, Henry Hewitt Jr. and Charles Colby, had a grandiose vision for a new city on the Port Gardner Peninsula. Hewitt and Colby worked to attract investors from the East Coast by sharing

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their plans for a great industrial port flanked by Port Gardner and the Snohomish River. They incorporated the Everett Land Co. that same year. A construction boom soon followed. The land was cleared for a nail factory, a barge works, a paper mill and smelter — though the stumps were left in the building frenzy. The plats between the river and bay were swiftly filled in with homes, schools, churches and theaters. A wharf, sawmill, warehouse and a hotel were also built during this time. While numerous buildings were erected between 1891 and 1893, it was that last one — the Monte Cristo Hotel — that was as grand as the dreams of Everett’s founders. “It was the most luxurious structure in town,” Everett historian Jack O’Donnell said. “More than any other building of that time, it was a symbol of Everett’s progress and promise.”

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Everett architect Charles Hove designed the handsome hotel for the Everett Land Co. to provide first-class accommodations for visiting Eastern capitalists. It was built for around $50,000 — about $1.3 million in today’s money. It opened on Nov. 12, 1892. The city’s finest hotel was named for the gold mines in the Cascades that shared a railroad with the town and, thus, also shared a history. “The mines were on everyone’s minds,” Everett historian Mindy Van Wingen said. “The name ‘Monte Cristo’ represented wealth and prosperity.” The 14,396-square-foot wooden hotel on the corner of Pacific and Kromer avenues was three stories high, had 80 rooms, large verandas and elegant turrets built in the Stick and Queen Anne styles. It was a extravagant affair. Not only was the Monte Cristo a place where investors could enjoy a visit and


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: This 1936

photo shows the second Monte Cristo Hotel that still stands at 1507 Wall St. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The second hotel, also named the Monte Cristo Hotel, opened in 1925, another boom time. This hotel was designed by Seattle architect Henry Bittman in the Renaissance Revival style. It was built with an investment of $535,000 — about $7.6 million in today’s money. Hundreds of shareholders financed the construction.

Joseph Irving (1868-1953) came to Everett during the city’s 1890s boom and became manager of the city’s posh Monte Cristo Hotel. This 1925 photo shows the second Monte Cristo Hotel lobby.

live in comfort, but the hotel also served as the hub of the town. It’s where Everett’s elite dined, were entertained and held business and club meetings.

of the city had moved from Pacific to Hewitt Avenue. After operating for about a decade, the hotel was closed in 1903. All the glory was gone.

Prominent citizens who lived in the hotel included T.L. Grant, the hotel’s contractor, Gov. David Clough, and Schuyler Duryee, general manager of the Everett Land Co.

The Sisters of Providence purchased the rambling structure in 1905 and turned it into a hospital. After 20 years in the building, the Sisters decided to construct a new Providence Hospital just east of the building. The old hotel was torn down in 1925 to make way for a nurses’ home. (The nurses’ home was not built there, but instead just south of the new hospital on Nassau Street.)

With the new hotel, Hewitt and Colby’s “stump town” was ready to become a city. With a population of about 5,000, Everett was incorporated on May 8, 1893. It was then and is still today Snohomish County’s largest city. The Monte Cristo was the pride of Everett in its day. But it didn’t last. Around 1900, it was clear that the hub

But the dreams held by the men who built the Monte Cristo didn’t die. As Everett’s original grand hotel was demolished, a new one was built at the corner of Wall Street and Hoyt Avenue.

The brick building is 59,242 square feet. It was built in an H-shape with two five-story wings and a six-story central structure. It had 150 rooms, an arched opening, bay windows, decorative columns and cement work, skylights and a roofed terrace. And some of the old hotel is hidden in the new. “Five hundred bricks from the old building were scattered throughout the new,” O’Donnell said. “They were placed in the walls for purely sentimental reasons.” When the hotel opened on May 29, 1925, the Monte Cristo once again was the finest building in Everett and the hub for community events. Over the next 40 years, the hotel saw two or three new owners and was extensively renovated each time to modernize

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Don Torgerson once owned the Monte Cristo building in the 1970s, for 30 days, hoping to turn it over and make a profit to help buy a crab boat. He now lives at the building. “It’s come full circle,” he says. Andy Bronson | Coast

it and make other first-class additions. Then in 1964, a citizens group incorporated as the Monte Cristo Hotel Inc. and purchased the hotel. The new owners were approved for a federal loan of $350,000 as well as loans from three local banks totaling $75,000.

down,” Van Wingen said. “Many were saying, ‘This doesn’t serve a purpose anymore’ and ‘It’s a hazard.’ But then a group of really dedicated preservationists worked to save it, saying ‘We need to preserve this and own this history and revive it.’ “

Though the group had high hopes for the Monte Cristo, they were not realized. Under their watch, the building declined.

Their work paid off: The Monte Cristo Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 1976.

In 1967, the owners defaulted on their loans. In 1970, the federal government sued for payment and foreclosure. In 1973, a federal judge ruled in favor of the government, but the ruling was later appealed. The litigation dragged on for about a decade.

Yet for the next 20 years, the building stood empty and in ruin, a mockery of the promise it once held. It had become the eyesore of the Everett business district.

As time passed, the building continued to deteriorate. In 1971, a fire marshal ordered the Monte Cristo’s rooms vacated, citing numerous safety hazards. Its lobby housed businesses and government offices for a year or two after that. The hotel closed in 1973. “It was being threatened to be torn

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Numerous plans to restore the oncegrand hotel at 1507 Wall St. were dreamed up but fell apart. In 1994, the Lojis Corp., then an Everett-based developer, won federal tax credits and business investments to renovate the hotel for $6.9 million. Through a private-public partnership, its many rooms were transformed into 69 affordable-housing apartments. A restaurant and arts center were established downstairs, with the lobby serving as an

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arts exhibit space. Today, the building is owned by the Seattle-based Archdiocesan Housing Authority. The Monte Cristo Apartments on the upper floors are operated by Catholic Housing Services. On the ground floor, the building’s centerpiece is the Monte Cristo Ballroom, a popular wedding venue. Despite all the changes, the men who built the hotel in 1925 would recognize not only the ballroom but the lobby with its ornate fireplace. The city has lost and gained several hotels since. Even with all the modernizations of this era, Everett’s current hotels — the newest are the Marriott and Hampton Inn on the corners of Wall Street — don’t seem to compare to the grandeur of the Monte Cristo Hotel. “In my mind, there is no comparison,” O’Donnell said. “This was Everett’s finest hotel. When you walk in (to the modern hotels), you don’t get that feeling you get when you’re in someplace special. But I like old better than new.”


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Wedding trends for 2018:

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Outside S T O R Y B Y J O C E LY N R O B I N S O N

Also trending: Elopements instead of carefully staged events and food trucks in place of catered banquets.

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ach new season brings new trends to the wedding industry, from the decorations to the food to the style of the wedding dress. But the biggest trend may be the move away from a traditional wedding and toward a ceremony that is unique and memorable to the bride and groom. “I see the whole wedding industry moving in that direction — fewer people are doing the traditional flow to the reception and the first dances and the garter toss and the traditional activities you have during your reception,” said Emily Sullivan, the founder of Prudence and Sage, an event planning company in Marysville. “It’s making it more memorable and enjoyable for the couple.” Here are some of the trends that local wedding planners and venue staff are seeing in and around Snohomish County: Outdoor ceremonies. More couples are having their weddings outdoors. Favorite spots include in tree clearings or next to ponds at parks, among the plants in botanical gardens and on decks with panoramic views of the water and mountains. Sullivan said wedding venues that offer both an outdoor setting for the ceremony and a covered area for the reception are popular.

OPPOSITE PAGE: A bride and groom stand under a trellis for their wedding at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish.

TOP: A groom and bride walk

across a footbridge at Swan Trail Farms in Snohomish.

BOTTOM: Katie Greene and

TJ Cotterill dance at Swan Trail Farms in Snohomish. Photos courtesy of Rhys Logan Photography

Elopements. Lisa Watkins, owner and innkeeper of River Rock Inn in Arlington, has seen more spur-of-the-moment weddings. “They have been engaged for a year and then all of a sudden they say, ‘Let’s just get it done,’ ” she said. Maybe they’re stressed from planning or don’t want to spend the money. Watkins said the trend is especially popular among couples who don’t have family in Washington. They don’t want to burden their families with the cost of plane tickets and hotel stays, so they elope and make plans to celebrate with their loved ones later. Food trucks. Instead of catered meals — with the traditional choice of chicken, beef or fish — more couples are bringing in food trucks to feed their wedding guests. Not only does it add variety to the menu, but the wedding venue doesn’t need to have a kitchen. If you go the food-truck route, Sullivan recommends that the bride and groom hire a few bussers to help clear and clean tables. Greenery. Fewer couples are decorating with flowers and more are choosing to work with other foliage such as leaves and branches. The most popular leaf? Eucalyptus. Nikki Coryer, special events and member relations manager at the Mill Creek Country Club, has seen the koala’s favorite

snack in table centerpieces, in place of table runners and woven into wedding arches. “Terrariums, where you would put succulents and other greenery in, also are really big right now,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of copper ones with geometric shapes.” No cake. Instead of the traditional tiered wedding cake, couples are opting for other types of desserts. Think cookies, pies, ice cream, popcorn. The hottest dessert trend? Doughnut walls. Diane Toney, rental manager at the Meadowdale Community Club, has also seen several couples go with s’mores because the club’s wedding amenities include fire pits. Artsy photography. Lauren Woodmansee, cultural arts supervisor at the Marysville Opera House, said that more couples are incorporating non-traditional camera techniques, angles and settings into their wedding photos. Think fish-eye lenses, dramatic low- and high-angled shots and pictures that highlight the architecture of the venue — an interesting chandelier, rooftop or balcony. Colored wedding dresses. White wedding dresses are seeing some competition. Some brides are choosing to wear a nontraditional dress that adds a pop of color to their wedding. Popular colors seen at recent bridal fashion shows include baby blue, mint green and blush pink. Woodmansee has seen a few brides choose a gown with a particular shade of blue or yellow so that they look like their favorite Disney princess. “Every girl’s wedding is her personal fairy tale, but brides are literally taking that to the next level,” she said. Do-it-yourself. More couples are choosing to plan their weddings themselves or forego vendors to save money. They buy and make their own decorations, add traditional family dishes to the menu and pick up flowers at the local market. Family and friends pitch in to help. Sullivan works with couples who have planned their wedding but still need some assistance. She also offers an online wedding planning class for those who can’t afford to hire a wedding planner. When planning your wedding, no matter what trends you follow or forge, Sullivan recommends that couples make a list of priorities and to allocate your money accordingly. She also has some advice for what a couple’s top priority should be. “Keep the relationship as the No. 1 priority,” she said. “You’re having a wedding because you’re getting married, not because you just want to throw a party.”

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Arlington’s River Rock Inn: 360403-7014; riverrockinnbnb.com.

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Edward D. Hansen Conference Center: Angel of the Winds Arena, 425-322-2600; angelofthewindsarena.com.

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Everett Yacht Club: 425-2100830; everettyachtclub.com. Floral Hall: Forest Park, 425257-8300; everettwa.gov. Legion Hall: Legion Memorial Park, 425-257-8300; everettwa. gov. Legion Memorial Golf Course: 425-259-4653; everettgolf.com. Lions Hall: Forest Park, 425-2578300; everettwa.gov. Monte Cristo Ballroom: Historic Monte Cristo Hotel, 425-7405046; montecristoballroom.com. Savior Hall: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 425-337-6006; beautifulsavioreverett.com. Schack Art Center: schack.org. The Columbian Club of Everett: evtkofc763hall.net/5301.html. Van Valey House: 425-2576306; everettwa.gov. Walter E. Hall: Walter Hall Golf Course, everettwa.gov. Purple Wedding Chapel: 425353-7250; facebook.com/purpleweddingchapel Weyerhaeuser Room: Everett Station, 425-257-6707; everetttransit.org. GOLD BAR Wallace Falls Lodge: 360-7938784; wallacefallslodge.com. GRANITE FALLS Granville Grange: 360-6912287; wa-grange.org. INDEX The River House: 425-737-1181; riverhouseweddings.com. LAKE STEVENS Carleton Farms: 425-330-5941; carletonfarm.com. Chapel on Machias: 425-2686388; chapelonmachias.com. Olympic View Estates: 425-2767897; oveweddings.com.

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Unity Church in Lynnwood: 425741-7172; unityinlynnwood.org.

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French Creek Estates: 360-5681780; frenchcreekestates.com. French Creek Manor: 425-4711506; frenchcreekmanor.com. Gary Weikel Room: Willis Tucker Community Park, 425-388-6644; snohomishcountywa.gov. Green Gates at Flowing Lake: 360-563-9200; greengatesevents.com. Hidden Meadows: 360-5681050; visithiddenmeadows.com. Jardin del Sol: 206-387-6618; thejardindelsol.com.

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Hot Rod Gallery: 425-2245009; hotrod-gallery.com. Rosecrest Equestrian Estate: 206-910-2306; facebook.com/ rosecrestequestrian. The Fields at Willie Green’s: 360-453-7030; thefieldsatwilliegreens.com. MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Lakeview Room: Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 425-672-2407; mltseniorcenter. net. Nile Golf & Country Club: 425774-9611 ext. 411; nileshrine.org. MUKILTEO Future of Flight Aviation Center: 425-438-8100; futureofflight.org. Rosehill Community Center: 425-263-8180; mukilteowa.gov. SNOHOMISH A Chapel on Swan’s Trail: 425315-5623; swanstrailchapel.com.

Stocker Farms: 425-238-1678; snohomishredbarnevents.com. Snohomish Senior Center: 360568-0934; snohomishcenter.org. Swan’s Trail Farms: 425-3303084; swanstrailfarms.com. The Feather Ballroom: 888759-9887; eventvenuesofwa. com. The Golf Club at Echo Falls: 877-395-2138; echofallsgolf.com. The Lookout Lodge: 425-3592465; thelookoutlodge.com. Twin Willow Gardens: 360-8621002; twinwillowgardens.com. Waltz Building: 360-568-5235; snohomishhistoricalsociety.org. Woodland Meadow Farms: 425-367-8827; woodlandmeadowfarms.com. STANWOOD DeLack Estate: 425-320-1611; delackestateweddingvenue.com. Lake Goodwin Community Club: info@lakegoodwincc.org; lakegoodwincc.org.

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Biscotti with less of a bite Marysville woman’s business bakes a softer version of the Italian biscuit STORY BY MEGAN BROWN

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iscotti is one tough cookie. Literally.

Northwest Biscotti founder Frances Turner wants to challenge that reputation. She thinks that biscotti should chip away at your willpower. Not your teeth. Turner bakes a slimmer, softer version that rivals the stiff commercial brands of coffee’s favorite oblong cookie. “A lot of people say it’s not as hard as traditional biscotti,” Turner said. “I’ve had people say it’s more like a cookie.” Hence the catchphrase on the company logo: “Not your grandma’s hard biscotti.” Turner has been cooking her biscotti out of a Mukilteo storefront, but she’s moving locations. She’s planning to hold a grand re-opening on the weekend of April 7 at 10208 State Ave., No. B, Marysville. Biscotti started as an experiment for Turner, a 41-year-old Marysville mom who had been baking cookies at home for years. She tried an orange-cranberry biscotti recipe on the back of a cereal box. A few tweaks later, that recipe became a crowd favorite. The crunchy cookies expanded from family gatherings to friends of friends and coworkers. By popular demand, she started selling the biscotti on Facebook. Now, Turner is baking 25 flavors of biscotti. Orange-cranberry and almond roca are two of her most popular varieties.

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Don’t want a wedding cake? Add Northwest Biscotti to your dessert bar or wedding favors.

It’s been a whirlwind for Turner.

Before she was baking full time, Turner worked in billing at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland. She quit to open the bakery in October 2016. “It’s bittersweet,” she said, “because now my biscotti is being sold at coffee stands at Evergreen.” More than a dozen other regional coffee stands and shops sell Northwest Biscotti. Her big break came in 2015 when Brandon Wilson was craving a sweet, local addition for his menu at The Living Room Coffee House in Marysville. He approached Turner about selling Northwest Biscotti. “Coffee and biscotti just go so well together,” Wilson said. Turner initially declined, citing her lack of approved equipment. She changed her mind when Wilson offered her use of The Living Room Coffee House’s commercial kitchen. She made an exclusive flavor for the cafe — an espresso-blend named The Living Room Coffee House. When more wholesalers approached her, Turner moved to a larger kitchen at the Snohomish Senior Center but soon outgrew that shared space. She opened her Mukilteo store in July 2016. The logo, drawn by Turner, features jagged mountain peaks and pointy pine trees. It’s an ode to her own roots. “Growing up, I was very crafty. I painted, I sculpted, I crafted. I’m still making things. This kind of satisfies that crafty part of me,” Turner said.

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Instead of the standard single blade cutter, Frances Turner cuts the large sheets of biscotti into exact sizes with a cutter her husband, a Boeing employee, designed and built for her Dan Bates | Coast.

None of Turner’s biscotti are dipped in chocolate. “My philosophy is, ours just doesn’t need it,” Turner said. She’s crafted a reputation and recipe that has turned some customers into biscotti snobs. “I’ll have people pass my stand at farmers markets and say, ‘No thanks, I only like Northwest Biscotti.’ I say, ‘That’s me!’” She’s promoting another way to honor biscotti’s Mediterranean roots. “A lot of people don’t know, but in Italy, people dip their biscotti in wine,” Turner said. Biscotti, Latin for “twice baked,” originated in the Tuscany province of central Italy. The name refers to its cooking process. Biscotti mix is first rolled out, baked, removed from the oven, cooled and then baked again. The result is a crunchy biscuit that used to sustain traveling Roman armies for weeks at a time. Turner said that lengthy shelf life is part of the problem with most biscotti. “You don’t know when they made that,” she said. “It could have been months ago.” Turner said her fresh batches and the softer texture of Northwest Biscotti have converted many people into fans. “It’s nice on your teeth,” she said.


Big Dog’s owner Jerry Dixon serves up a dog at Tank Fest at Paine Field.

Big Dog’s ON THE ROAD Hot dog of a food truck pays off for Monroe father-son duo STORY BY ANDREA BROWN PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY

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One of the bigger wedding trends is food trucks instead of serving catered meals.

Hot dogs from Big Dog’s food truck, including (from left) the Wilson, the LOB and the Petey, all have Seahawks-inspired names.

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erry Dixon said it all started late one night at a poker game in 2013.

He and his Monroe buddies were hungry and talking about food. “We were sitting there B.S.-ing,” Dixon said. “I got this crazy idea, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to open a food truck?’ ” Next came the hard part, which was also the easy part: the menu. Dixon said it came down to two things: A comfort food that the majority of people like. And convenience. “If I am going to be at a festival and have a beer in my hand and food, do I want to use both of my hands to eat, or do I want something that I can take a bite of and take a drink and keep moving?” he said. Hot dogs checked all the boxes. Dixon, 49, used his retirement money in 2014 to buy a food truck he called Big Dog’s, after his nickname. “I’ve been called that since high school,” he said. Big Dog’s started small. “It started off in a little 7-by-14 trailer next to a liquor store in Sultan,” Dixon said. “Four months into it, we had an opportunity to buy a food truck. It was wrapped in vinyl and when I started to peel it off it was Seahawks blue, so I knew exactly what were were going to do with the truck.” Big Dog’s has the football team’s colors and theme, including “Beef mode” on the side. The 25-foot truck was originally a Mac Tools truck. Now, instead of nuts and bolts there are bins with toppings such as crushed potato chips, crumbled bacon, cheese sauce, French-fried onions and jalapenos. Where does Dixon get ideas?

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“Asking my buddies, asking friends, getting crazy ideas, trying things that aren’t the norm,” he said. “I used to walk up and down the aisles at the Cash and Carry, just looking at ingredients.” Plain hot dogs are $5 and the signature dogs are $7. Examples of signature dogs: Sea Dog has roasted garlic, chili aioli, crumbled bacon and jalapenos. The Petey has sauerkraut. The LOB stands for Lots of Bacon. The Wilson has the works.

because everybody who comes is hungry and happy to see you.” Business has been so good that his son Jake, 21, now works with his dad full time on the truck. His wife, Jan, owns Man Cave Barber Shop in Monroe. At some events, the father-and-son duo have sold 1,400 hot dogs. “We can cook 51 big dogs at once, and we can knock out 120 made-to-order per hour during busy events,” Dixon said. “Our record is 122.”

“We had one that had Reese’s peanut butter sauce, Nutella and crumbled bacon on top,” Dixon said. “It sounds crazy but I guarantee if you try it once you’ll be like, ‘That’s actually really good.’ ”

Outside the truck, the aroma of hot dogs is hard to resist. Inside Big Dog’s, it’s even more seductive.

Presentation is important.

“Not as many as we used to,” Dixon said. “The fun thing with the food truck community is we trade food with other trucks.”

“You eat with your eyes,” he said. “We try to make sure it all looks visually appealing.” The wieners are quarter-pound beef dogs on a steamed stadium roll. Big Dog’s has permits to serve in King and Snohomish counties. “We won the Readers Choice award at The Daily Herald for Best Food Truck,” Dixon said. “We took second place for best hot dog on ‘Evening Magazine.’ Costco beat us out. I still look at that as a big compliment.” Costco sells dogs for $1.50 and has a steady customer base. Dixon doesn’t have a beef with that. “The only real issue we have is somebody saying, ‘I can buy three hot dogs at Arco for the price of yours,’ ” he said. Other than that, he relishes every moment. “Every day is a different location, so it never gets stale,” he said. “You have almost zero customer service issues

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How many dogs a day does this duo eat?

Having a food truck means working long hours on your feet as well as chopping, washing and prepping. “Yes, it is a ton of work and I feel like I’m on 24/7, but I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “Additional bonus, I get to work with my son. It’s not just father/son, it’s like working with one of your best friends. Although he does joke that he is the heir to the ‘Wiener Kingdom.’” The truck’s slogan is “Biggest Wiener Around.” “Maybe a handful of people think our logo is inappropriate,” Dixon said. “People always get a kick out of the campiness of the truck and always ask if they can take a picture. Or we see them talking about it when they walk by. A woman came up to me today and said, ‘I love your food truck. I was out with my boyfriend on our first date and we took a picture and it’s on our mantel at home.’” More at www.uhungrybro.com.


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questions with father and son, Jerry and Jake Dixon

What is the weirdest request?

Is it hard to drive the food truck?

Jerry: Weirdest request, do you have plain dogs? Um, yeah, of course we do, that’s how they all start. I always say, a plain dog is the foundation for a Big Dog. A request that just happened the other day was, “Do you serve your bacon cooked?”

Jerry: Driving the truck for me is easy. I used to drive military vehicles and have driven moving trucks; you just must be aware of everything around you. Jake and I joke all the time how we watch dumb drivers all over the place and, yes, from our height we see you all on the phones. Hang up.

Jake: Often we have people ask if we have food on the truck that nowhere does it indicate we may have, including Chinese food, ice cream and French fries. We always say, “We do one thing and we do it well and that’s dogs.” What etiquette tips can you give people for food truck dining? Jake: My advice to those approaching a foot truck is to speak loudly and clearly, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t stray too far away after placing your order. We can usually get your food to you in 30-60 seconds and we often have people order, then disappear, leaving us with their finished product sitting in the window, which can cause confusion inside and outside the truck. Stay close, people, we won’t take much of your time. Jerry: Also, don’t hold up a long line. Know what you want when you get to the window. Yes, most take cash and credit. Yes, sometimes food truck pricing is higher — there are so many additional costs to operate compared to a brick and mortar — but most of the time, it’s totally worth it. Tipping at a truck would be no different than at a restaurant, 10-15 percent is normal. Trucks are small in space and quite often hot and crazy busy. Even when it’s busy, we work hard to make it right for each of our customers. Show some love.

Jake: Driving the truck is not my most favorite part of the job, that’s for sure. As someone who has been driving for three and a half years now in my little Honda, it’s quite the experience sitting in the captain’s chair of the Big Dogmobile. You also really value the rear-view mirror and back windshield of your car at home after driving the truck, since it just has a backup cam and side mirrors. Do people try to get you to pull over and sell them a hot dog? Jerry: I have never had a person ask us to pull over and make food for them. However, we did get pulled over once by Washington State Patrol for a taillight out and I joked with him that we know he pulled us over to check out our awesome truck. We both laughed about that. Jake: We definitely do get our fair share of laughs and waves from passers-by. Hard not to with our slogan on each side of the truck. If you could serve or share a hot dog with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Jerry: Paul Allen. We actually served him a Big Dog’s once, 2 years ago. He ordered chopped onions and spicy brown mustard. I still have the order ticket at home. I’d like to know if he liked it and if he did, let’s chat about being at Seahawks training camp.

Jerry Dixon bought his food truck in 2014.

Jake: Cortez Kennedy. ‘Cause I’d like to know how it would compare to the dog he got during a game that one time he did. What is your favorite food? Jake: I have said this more and more as I work and experience food from other trucks, but some of the best food I have ever had comes from other food trucks. I can’t pinpoint a favorite right off the top of my head, but some extremely good dishes I have had from spots include a fried chicken noodle bowl, teriyaki burger and cheeseburger burrito. Jerry: Homemade pumpkin pie. Having a birthday in October, I prefer it over cake any day. What are you wearing? Jerry: Big Dog’s swag, most of my days. It’s getting our name brand out and, of course, the shirts are super comfy and soft, and the sweatshirts keep you warm. I know, blatant plug for the business but if you don’t advertise, you don’t evolve. Jake: Well, assuming you are asking what I am wearing is referring to my work attire, it includes a classic Big Dog’s T-shirt and just some plain old jeans. During the summer when the temperature picks up, shorts are a necessity too, but I do like to add a little variety to my outfit. Often, you’ll find us in all sorts of Seattle sports team attire as well.

What are three things in your fridge? Jake: The three things pretty much since I was born and will stay there until I die include milk, cheese and plenty of water. I’m a fiend for all three. Jerry: Rainier Beer, some variety of steak and cran-pineapple juice. What is your pet peeve? Jerry: Growing up in a military family and having been in the military myself, time is important. I’m one of those clock watchers when I need to be somewhere; I am hardly ever late for anything. Jake: I’m not a person that has many, if any, pet peeves. I guess something that does bug me occasionally, which is completely unrelated to my job, is when I do the dishes at home, I hate seeing gunk and whatnot in the sink. Our kitchen sink is white, so everything is visible. I like a clean sink. What is your guilty pleasure? Jerry: I love my dog, Skye. She was named after the Isle of Skye. I wasn’t thrilled at the thought of us getting a dog; the rest of the family loved the idea. When she came home, she would fall asleep with her little head on my foot, and it just melted my heart. She is growing up to be the perfect little puppy. Jake: My guilty pleasure, at work at least, is trading food with other trucks. I love trying what other guys have to offer and, like I said previously, some of the best I’ve ever tasted is courtesy of our fellow food trucks.

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The joys of wine-tasting How to get the most out of your tasting-room experience STORY BY RACHEL MACMORRAN

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he world of wine is exciting and wondrous — but can also be overwhelming at first.

One of the best ways to learn, and have fun doing it, is to visit local winery tasting rooms and attend wine shop tastings. While reviews and scores are a helpful guide, the most reliable way to determine what wine you like is to just taste it. Gather some friends, arrange a ride and make a day of it.

Want wine at your wedding? Go on a couple of tastings to find your signature bottle.

Wine 101 How to do a proper wine tasting in 5 easy steps You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy a glass of wine. The next time you visit a local winery tasting room or attend a wine shop tasting, follow these steps. Grab some friends, pick straws to designate a driver and have fun experiencing different wines.

People in the industry are genuinely excited about wine, and delighted to share their enthusiasm and knowledge. Don’t be shy about asking them for advice. Most tastings will have an associated fee, although that cost is often credited to any wine purchases you make.

1. Look. Examine the color of the wine. Turn the glass in the light so you can really see it.

As a rule of thumb, start your tasting with the lightest wine, moving to the most robust. This is the order they will usually be offered to you. Try to avoid factors that might affect the wine: Don’t brush your teeth or eat a strongly flavored meal right before tasting. Never wear perfumes or colognes, and avoid any strongly scented products, especially lipstick or chapstick.

3. Taste. Take a sip of the wine. You’re encouraged to swish it around in your mouth to release aroma and flavor.

Each tasting consists of several steps. First, examine the color of the wine. Turn the glass in the light, preferably with a white or light background. Second, smell the bouquet. A quick swirl of the glass will help “open up” the unique nose of the wine. To do this, set the wine on the counter and, while holding the stem like a pencil, “draw” little circles. Go ahead and stick your whole nose in the glass and take a slow sniff. Set the glass down and leave it for a minute before taking a second sniff. Third step, taste the wine. You may have seen people slurping their wine noisily and swishing it about in their mouths quite violently — just like your

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2. Smell. Swirl your glass to open the “bouquet” of the wine. Stick your nose in the glass and take a sniff. Pause. Sniff again.

4. Spit or swallow. It’s up to you. Though if you’re planning a full day of tasting, it’s wise to spit. 5. Take notes. As an optional last step, keep a notebook where you can write down your thoughts on each wine you taste. It will help you remember what you like when it’s time to buy.

mom always said NOT to do. Well, with wine, it’s encouraged. Aerating the wine in this way releases more aroma and flavor. (Though it’s still not recommended at the dinner table.) ‘Then you must spit or swallow. That’s the fourth step. If you are planning a full day of tasting, it’s definitely wise to spit. Those tiny sips will catch up with you. Often, you will receive “tasting notes”

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Chris Covington pours a glass for Debby Schaffer at Port Gardner Bay Winery in Everett. Kevin Clark | Coast

to accompany the wines. These usually come from the winemaker and contain objective information such as the exact blend of grapes used and vineyard information, as well as subjective analysis. I love referring to these as I taste. But remember, this is ultimately a personal experience. If you don’t detect “wet cement” or “saddle leather,” that’s OK. You aren’t doing it wrong. A fifth and optional step is to keep a notebook where you can write down your own perceptions of the wine. Make it meaningful to you. “Yummy!” and “Would be great with steak” are great notes if they are going to help you remember the wine in the future. The more wines you taste, the more nuanced your perceptions will become. Sometimes, the expensive 98-point wine isn’t your favorite, but the unknown $15 bottle is. Awesome! Lucky you! Buy a case or two of that wine and save it. This is the beauty of wine: It brings something different to everyone. So go and explore, and find your favorites.

MORE INFO Rachel Macmorran is a proprietor and the director of marketing and sales for Manu Propria. The familyowned boutique winery sources its grapes from the Red Willow vineyard. The wine is available to taste at the Mark Ryan Winery tasting room in Woodinville.


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Want beer at your wedding? Pick one of Snohomish County’s best craft brews.

of Snohomish County These are the craft beers purveyors think of when reaching for the most interesting, iconic and best tasting.

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are bunk.

hen it comes to beer lists, “best of” lists

Who can say what beer is truly best? What does that even mean anyway? Best tasting? Most drinkable? Most interesting? And how do you rate beers that aren’t currently in production and rate them against beers on tap now? The whole thing is a fool’s errand. So, of course, I offered to write one. Craft beer enthusiasts are a fickle bunch. One minute dank, bitter bomb Northwest-style IPAs are en vogue, the next it’s hazy, juicy New England-style IPAs that everyone’s drinking. Styles come (farmhouse ale, anyone?) and styles go (buh-bye, ESB). What folks are drinking today will likely be collecting dust on the back of a shelf in a few months. In making this list, I tried to look at the entire oeuvre of the 30-plus breweries that have called Snohomish County home since Scuttlebutt and Diamond

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Knot started brewing in the late 1990s. It wasn’t an easy task. Scuttlebutt and Diamond Knot were the pioneers of an industry that has mushroomed to include not only dozens of breweries in the county, but also one of the best home brewer’s clubs in the state, the Greater Everett Brewer’s League. Trying to collect all of the beers those breweries have brewed over the years is a job for Sisyphus. Attempting to then pick beers from that list is a downright quixotic enterprise. I decided to call this list the “ultimate” beers of Snohomish County rather than the best. I think the best is too subjective and really fairly flat. It seems to take in only one characteristic of the beer: taste. In making this list, I wanted to encapsulate more about these beers than just taste. I wanted to factor in their history and how they represent our region’s beer culture. How iconic is the beer to Snohomish County? When you think of a style, does that particular beer spring to mind? I felt it was important to think about the creativity that went into making the beer as well as the craftsmanship. Oh, and, of course, taste.

There are up-andcoming brewers on this list and brewers that have been brewing in the county for 20-plus years. There are beers that just came out this year as well as beers that have been gracing grocery store shelves for decades. I tried to remain objective and take out recency bias. I can’t say I completely succeeded at that, but I tried. To create the lists, I pored over tap lists, social media posts and Untappd listings. I asked brewers, bottle shop owners and friends in craft beer for their favorite beers. I took those beers and separated them into styles and got down to work choosing which ones I felt were the “ultimate” beers of any style. My picks were made using a number of factors, including feedback from brewers and friends, beer awards and rankings, and, ultimately, my own history with craft beer in the county. So grab a pint of your ultimate beer and read about the 15 Ultimate Beers of Snohomish County.

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HAVE YOUR SAY

ULTIMATE: HAZY

Don’t agree with this list of ultimate beers? Email Aaron Swaney at thespiltpint@gmail.com to tell our beer aficionado how wrong he is or which beers are your favorite. Swaney loves discovering new beers and is interested in finding out, if he did, where he went wrong or what beer he may have missed in making this list.

IPA

Double Citra Jack Skookum Brewing

Half of the list of hazy IPAs was made up of Skookum beers, most of them brewed this year. There were too many to choose from, so I listened to the crowd, including Skookum head brewer Hollis Wood, and went with the consensus. Double Citra Jack is a love letter to the hop that helps create the big tropical juicy notes in many of the hazy IPAs. Double Citra Jack is everything you want from a hazy IPA: lush, notes of tropical fruit in the nose and mouth, and a small bitter punch at the end. Though hazy IPAs, or New England IPAs, were the trendy beers of 2017, Wood has been brewing them since 2015. He’s brewed more than 100 of them, and the style has replaced more Northwestor West Coast-style IPAs as the brewery’s default IPA style. “Haze is the result of our process of providing the most flavor, aromatics and mouthfeel we can pack into an IPA,” Wood said. Mission accomplished. Also check out Skookum’s Image of Objects, Glow Inc. and Gene Pool. FIND IT: On tap at the brewery at select times. HONORABLE MENTION: The Chicago Typewriter, At Large; Juice Groove, 5 Rights; Gypsywolf, Dreadnought

ULTIMATE: STOUT

Putin Out Stout Crucible Brewing

I love a lot of things this Everett brewery does, but nothing as much as this Russian imperial stout. Smooth and roasty, with a slight sweetness, this beer is as deep and dark as a winter in St. Petersburg. Get it on nitro if you can, or better yet, in its barrel-aged form. FIND IT: On tap at the brewery. HONORABLE MENTION: Murder of Crows, Skookum; Blackfish Stout, Scuttlebutt

ULTIMATE: SUMMER

BEER Easy Island Blonde

ULTIMATE:

Naked City Camano

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing

Nothing says summer like spending time on the island. This light, flavorful blonde was brewed as part of Naked City’s Easy Island series when the Seattle brewery opened a new location on Camano Island. Made with pilsner malts from Skagit Valley Malting, this beer has a burst of hops and a strong malt character, while at the same time being refreshing.

Look out the front doors of Diamond Knot’s original location in Mukilteo, and you’ll spy Possession Sound. This beer is as deep and dark as its waters. Not sacrificing drinkability for flavor, this porter uses molasses to give it a nice, sweet balance to go with a roasty, dry finish.

FIND IT: On tap seasonally at the brewery’s Camano location.

HONORABLE MENTION: Peanut Butter Porter, Lost Canoe Brewery; Truck Nuts Porter, Whitewall; Pilchuck Porter, Lake Stevens Brewing

HONORABLE MENTION: Binnacle Summer Ale, Diamond Knot; Cit-Bay Ale, Sno-Town

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PORTER Possession Porter

FIND IT: On tap and in 22-ounce bottles.


ULTIMATE: BELGIAN

BEER

ULTIMATE: AMERICAN

ALE

White & Nerdy

Traction Control Cream Ale

Some beers are made in the unlikeliest of places. Justice’s Nate McLaughlin brewed this Belgian witbier, along with a number of barrel-aged sours, in a tiny outbuilding in a north Everett neighborhood for years. Brewed with Citra hops and orange peel, this isn’t your everyday Belgian beer — not that McLaughlin brews anything that could be described as everyday. What it is a light-bodied, fruity, hoppy and delicious Belgian beer.

This is a deep and wide category, but this simple and flavorful cream ale from Marysville’s Whitewall takes it for nailing an easy-to-miss style. This cream ale was one of the first beers this brewery put on tap when it opened in 2013 and it won a gold at last year’s Washington Beer Awards, an honor brewers Sean Wallner and Aaron Wight were particularly proud. “You can’t hide anything in that beer,” Wallner said.

FIND IT: On tap at Malt and Vine and AFK Tavern for a limited time.

FIND IT: On tap at the brewery.

Justice Brewing

Whitewall Brewing

HONORABLE MENTION: Celebration Saison, 5 Rights; Raspberry Moeite, Scuttlebutt

ULTIMATE: IPA

Hoppy as a Clam

HONORABLE MENTION: Coconut Blonde, Scrappy Punk; Amber’s Hot Friend, Skookum; You’re My Boy, Blue Amber Ale, Middleton

ULTIMATE: ENGLISH

BEER

ULTIMATE: CANDY

BEER

Sound to Summit Brewing

Foggy Noggin Brewing

Anniversary Ale

Breakfast First

This had to be the most competitive category. There were IPAs that have been around seemingly forever, like Diamond Knot’s Northwest-style IPA to new IPAs from hop denizens such as Skookum and At Large. So why a West Coast-style IPA from a newcomer like Snohomish’s Sound to Summit? Because nothing says Northwest like IPAs and Ivar’s. Sound to Summit brewer Grady Warnock created this beer at the behest of the iconic Puget Sound seafood restaurant and brewed a fruity and dry IPA with all Washington ingredients. It’s what every IPA should be: drinkable, hoppy and the perfect complement to food.

Foggy Noggin owner Jim Jamison has brought a little bit of jolly olde England to his brewery in rural Snohomish County near Bothell. His tiny operation uses only English ingredients like Maris Otter malt and U.K. Golding hops. Even the water’s pH level is dialed in to taste like water from London. His Anniversary Ale is a classic English old ale that has been brewed with the same recipe ever since the brewery opened in 2010. The beer is just what you want from an English ale: a strong malty backbone, earthy hoppiness and a light bready flavor. Thankfully, Jamison makes it every year.

Who else should win this category but Geoff Middleton? The madman behind Middleton Brewing will confidently put anything in a brite tank and let his beers marinate with it. Case in point is this beer. Forget extracts and fake flavors — Middleton dumped boxes of Cookie Crisp cereal into the brite tank and let his oatmeal stout rest on it. The result is something your 6-year-old self would love.

FIND IT: On tap at Sound to Summit and select Ivar’s locations.

FIND IT: 22-ounce bottles at the brewery, including past years.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jackass IPA, Skookum; IPA, Diamond Knot; Pocketful of Gold IPA, Decibel; Best Friends IPA, Scrappy Punk; Hitting On All 6, At Large

HONORABLE MENTION: Fire Trail Old Ale, Whitewall; The Keeper’s Old Ale, Diamond Knot

Middleton Brewing

FIND IT: On tap at the brewery at select times. HONORABLE MENTION: Butterfinger Brown, Justice; Cease and Desist Skittles IPA, Foggy Noggin

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ULTIMATE: SPICY

BEER

ULTIMATE: SOUR

BEER

ULTIMATE: WINTER

BEER

Jalapeno Tripel 7

First Light Apricot Sour

Mistletoe Bliss

If they pair some type of spicy element in a beer, most brewers will brew a lighter ale or lager to let the spiciness breathe. Not Matt Stromberg at Scuttlebutt. He turned to the brewery’s Tripel 7 Belgian-style ale to create a spicy beer that has big flavor while also being refreshing. Using jalapeno and serrano peppers, the beer has a dramatic nose of heat, while the sweeter flavor of the Belgian yeast mingles with the spiciness and refreshes the palate. It’s a beer that shows the ingenuity of local brewers and has become a staple for this Everett brewery.

Few brewers in the state, never mind the county, are making sours as well as John Spada at one of Snohomish’s newest breweries. This elegant apricot sour is the zenith of his powers. Oak barrel-fermented with Brettanomyces, Pediococcus and Saison yeast, the beer’s funkiness is elevated to give the apricot’s tartness the spotlight it deserves.

When the temperature starts to plummet, you can always count on seeing the rotund Santa on Lazy Boy’s green labels gracing shelves around Snohomish County. The beer itself has changed over time, but last year Lazy Boy owner Shawn Loring changed the recipe back to its original conception, from an imperial brown to an English mild ale with a hoppy finish. Unlike most winter ales, Mistletoe Bliss is drinkable and approachable for even the most rookie of craft beer drinkers.

Scuttlebutt Brewing

Spada Farmhouse Brewery

FIND IT: On tap at the brewery. HONORABLE MENTION: Pink Drink Raspberry Sour, Crucible; Didactic, Justice

FIND IT: On tap and in 22-ounce bottles at the brewery and local bottleshops. HONORABLE MENTION: Packing Heat, At Large; Nothing Gose Unpunished, Crucible

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Lazy Boy Brewing

FIND IT: On tap and in 22-ounce bottles seasonally. HONORABLE MENTION: Ho! Ho! Winter Ale, Diamond Knot; Barren Wood Barleywine, Skookum; 10 Below, Scuttlebutt


ULTIMATE: BARREL-AGED

BEER

ULTIMATE: GERMAN

BEER

ULTIMATE: BITTER

BOMB

Barrel-aged Breakfast Stout

Nellie’s Nectar

In Charge

This beer is a revelation. Aged in bourbon barrels for a year and finished on cold pressed coffee, this version of the brewery’s Breakfast Stout has notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. At 10plus ABV, this one ain’t for breakfast.

Traveling the world as a musician earlier in life, 5 Rights’ owner R.J. Whitlow fell in love with real Bavarian hefeweizens: That taste of banana and clove accompanying a crisp German wheat beer. Nellie’s Nectar is his tribute to those authentic Bavarian hefes, and it’s a beautifully full-flavored and refreshing German ale. The beer won back-to-back medals at the Washington Beer Awards, including a gold medal in this year’s competition.

At Large’s Jim Weisweaver hangs his hat on making delicious, hoppy IPAs that keep craft beer drinkers coming back for more. In truth, there were a number of IIPAs I could have chosen here, but In Charge is the pick because of its subtlety. Double dry-hopped, its big hoppy flavor is balanced with a strong malt foundation. Just don’t let the 9 percent ABV sneak up on you.

FIND IT: On tap at the brewery, Brat From Deustchland and Emory’s on Silver Lake.

HONORABLE MENTION: Mammoth Jack IIPA, Skookum; Boom City FAB, 5 Rights; Ming the Merciless, Scuttlebutt

Skookum Brewery

FIND IT: On tap and in 12-ounce bottles at the brewery. HONORABLE MENTION: Wild Willy Wee Heavy, Sound to Summit; 20th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout, Scuttlebutt

5 Rights Brewing

At Large Brewing

HONORABLE MENTION: Kiteboard Kolsch, Sound to Summit; Arc Furnace Pilsner, Crucible

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A traveler’s guide to

Everett

Volunteer Jack Rookaird looks at an L20A plane built for Arctic search and rescue at the Historic Flight Foundation.

Once a lunch-bucket kind of place, Everett now boasts attractions worthy of a day trip STORY BY GALE FIEGE PHOTOS BY IAN TERRY

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verett, beautiful?

When my folks moved to Snohomish County many years ago, they likely described Everett as stinky, rough and lacking much artistic culture. Named for a 15-year-old boy with a big appetite, Everett was a blue-collar town at its start in the late 19th century when a townsite was platted on a peninsula of stumps by men whose last names included Colby, Rucker and Hewitt. In 1903, the Polk Directory listed 10 sawmills, 12 shingle mills, a paper mill, planing mills, foundries and machine shops, a smelter, an arsenic plant, a refinery, a creosote works, a sash and door plant, an ice and cold storage plant and a creamery. And that didn’t include the fishermen out on Possession Sound

and those working on the Great Northern Railroad.

renown, good coffee, an outdoor summer music series and a bunch of festivals.

The mills are gone now, which is tragic on one hand, but nice in the sense that the water and mountain views are more pronounced and the air is cleaner. Now we have Boeing and other aerospace business, the Navy station, Everett Community College, Washington State University -Everett, technology companies, a large hospital and a large government campus.

Everett has so many tourist attractions, we are resorting to the following list of the top things to see.

Everett has 19 neighborhoods, 40 parks, a big marina, grand historical homes and downtown buildings, a children’s museum, an art center, a performing arts center, a convention center, ice skating rink and arena, a major junior hockey team, a minor league baseball team, golf courses, many community performing arts groups, lots of public art, galleries, antiques stores and boutiques, a farmers market, craft breweries, distillers and winemakers, bakeries, restaurants of

PAINE FIELD It’s perhaps the top tourist attraction in Snohomish County. In fact, the volunteer docents at the Future of Flight, the Flying Heritage Collection, the Historic Flight Foundation and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center all agree that they’ve met more people from out of state and out of country than local folks. If you haven’t been, it’s time to visit these museums. So, where to begin? Here’s our suggestion: Go from the past to the future. Start with the Restoration Center, head over to Flying Heritage, then on to Historic Flight and finish up with the Future of Flight

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as well as a few vehicles from the same time period. Swing music plays in the background, visitors can walk right up to the shiny planes and kids can touch various aircraft parts held up by docents who offer fun historical information. While not as big as the Flying Heritage, Historic Flight also offers plenty of events, including flying days and educational activities.

Henry Schilling (center) chats with other volunteers at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum. The collection includes American, British, German, Russian and Japanese planes that have been restored to flying capacity.

Aviation Center. Can Paine Field be done in a day? We think so, though making a schedule is a good idea, especially if you plan to stop in the gift shops. Go to www.painefield.com for ticket prices and hours. Snohomish County’s airport was built during the Great Depression as a Works Progress Administration project. (Paine Field is named for a World War I Army Air Corps pilot who graduated from Everett High School in 1911.) People believed the field eventually would become one of the country’s largest commercial airports. Currently, a terminal is under construction that will allow for daily commercial flights by Alaska, United and Southwest airlines. During World War II, the Army Air Corps moved in and made a few improvements. During the Korean conflict, an Air Force defense unit was stationed at Paine Field and had a presence there until the mid1960s when the Boeing Co. needed a place to build its 747. Along with Boeing, Paine Field is now home to more than 50 businesses that employ more than 30,000 people.

Flying Heritage Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (3407 109th St. SW) offers an amazing presentation, primarily of the warbirds of World War II, tanks, Vietnam-era helicopters and more. Half of the beauty of the exhibit is the airy refurbished main hangar where the collection is stored and the historical exhibits that accompany each aircraft. The mid-1930s through the ’40s marked a time when aeronautic technology was exploding against the backdrop of global war, and it’s all explained in great detail. Most of the planes fly, having been restored to their original wartime condition. Visitors can see the vintage planes take to the skies during summer. Historic Flight The Historic Flight Foundation (10719 Bernie Webber Drive) offers a collection of aircraft produced from 1927 to 1957,

Be sure to see the P-51B Mustang and get a docent to tell you the story of how it crashed in 1944 and was dug up in 2002. Future of Flight The big daddy of the tourist attractions at Paine Field is the Future of Flight Aviation Center (8415 Paine Field Blvd.) and the Boeing Tour. The Future of Flight offers many handson exhibits, especially for kids. Try out a flight simulator, make a 3-D project, get up close to airplane parts such as the 787 fuselage, a jet engine and view exhibits on biofuel and aircraft materials. Be sure to watch the video of the first flight in December 2009 of the 787 Dreamliner. Go up to the center’s roof, with its fabulous view of the Paine Field runway. You might see a new jet take off. Shop the Boeing store and the Future of Flight gift shop. Eat lunch in the cafe and hang around the lobby where people from around the world are passing through. In the lobby of the Boeing factory tour, located between the shops, is a fascinating exhibit of models of nearly all of Boeing’s airplanes from 1916 to 1969. The 90-minute tour departs on the half-hour (except noon) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a reservation, call 800-464-1476.

Restoration Center Perhaps the coolest project ongoing at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center (2909 100th St. SW) is a rare de Havilland DH106 4C Comet. Once belonging to Mexicana Airlines, the airliner was abandoned at Paine Field about 40 years ago. The front half of the de Havilland is in the center’s building and the back sits outside. Visitors can climb up a staircase and have a peek. Actually, it’s pretty easy to get close to most of the planes, gliders and other aircraft being repaired at the 23,000-square-foot facility.

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While visiting from Surrey, British Columbia, Emily Smith (right) and Sandra Padrigo (left) check out the cockpit of an old Boeing 727 plane at the Future of Flight Aviation Center.


Steve Love, of Marysville, picks up shrimp at Howarth Park. Using a homemade pump made of PVC piping, Love combs the beach for ghost shrimp, which he uses for bait when fishing for steelhead and sturgeon.

PARKS The crown jewel of the city parks system is Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., which includes a pool and a delightful children’s play area that includes sprinkler fun in the sun and a summer petting zoo. On the north side of town, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., is home to a nice golf course, the Sorticul-

ture Garden Arts Festival in June, the Independence Day celebration July 4, ballfields, a nice playground and picnic area, and the Evergreen Arboretum, a wonderful plant and sculpture collection run by volunteers. Other parks to check out include Langus Riverfront Park and Spencer Island Park for wildlife viewing and Sullivan Park at Silver Lake, home to a summer concert

series for children. Howarth Park is on a lovely beach.

WATERFRONT No better place exists on a hot day in Everett than Jetty Island. Catch the foot ferry July 5 to Labor Day from the 10th Street boat launch to this man-made and now-naturalized island. The shallow water is warm and the kiteboarders are entertaining. The port’s marina is home to whalewatch boats in early spring, the Schack’s Fresh Paint Festival in August, the city’s Thursday and Saturday summer evening Music at the Marina outdoor concert series and the Everett Farmers Market on Sundays. Eat at one of the restaurants on the waterfront and then walk around to enjoy the sunset.

ENTERTAINMENT In July the city puts out decorated typewriters in the downtown area on which to write your poetry or proclamations. In August, look for painted pianos and try your hand at tickling the ivories. A beachgoer walks with her dog down to the beach at Howarth Park.

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Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., and Angel of the Winds Arena at Hewitt and Broadway, offer a variety of entertainment throughout the year. The Everett Music Initiative puts on the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival downtown at the end of March.

SPORTS In the rainy season, head to the Angel of the Winds Arena to watch the Silvertips play hockey. In the summer, the AquaSox play baseball at Memorial Stadium, 3900 Broadway. Both teams attract loyal fans who like to have fun.

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Everett actually has a downtown historic district featuring some of the city’s oldest buildings. The area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is east of Colby Avenue and west of Broadway along Hewitt, Wetmore, Rockefeller, Oakes and Lombard avenues.

Artist Linda Beaumont works on her “Convergence Zone” piece at Wetmore Plaza in downtown Everett. The mosaic wall is comprised of shards of glass as well as various castings and contributed artifacts.

Also worth checking out for historic architecture are the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt; Everett High School, 2416 Colby; the Monte Cristo Hotel, 1507 Wall; the old mission-style part of the county courthouse along Pacific; and the old homes on Rucker Hill south of downtown and on Grand Avenue north of downtown. Perhaps the most celebrated house on Grand is the home of the late Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson. For young people who don’t know who “Scoop” was, this hometown boy earned his nickname while delivering The Herald. He represented Washington state in Congress from the 1940s until his death in the 1980s. He ran for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination twice in the 1970s. The city placed a memorial to Jackson in the little park across the street at 17th and Grand. From there, the views of the Olympic Mountains are great. The city’s namesake, Everett Colby, the teen son of a town founder, probably thought so, too. Yes, Everett is beautiful.


RE VIEW BY GALE FIEGE

THE EVERETT

P-Patch

SKETCHER

The Bayside Neighborhood “P-Patch” is a 1-acre community garden where several dozen gardeners can have a plot of land to tend for a cool $40 per year. When I was walking through the gardens, I met Simon, who was carefully tending to his beans and already looking forward to the harvest. The P-Patch name is unique to this area. The P stands for “Picardo” — a Seattle family who pioneered this collaborative gardening idea. I will brag that our Bayside P-Patch might be the most scenic plot in the Northwest, as it’s situated on the Grand Avenue bluff overlooking Port Gardner and Possession Sound. I hear that the garden on 23rd Street, nestled between Grand Avenue and W. Marine View Drive, already has a waiting list for the next season.

— Elizabeth Person

M O R E : E L I Z A B E T H P E R S O N . E T S Y. C O M O R E L I Z A B E T H P E R S O N . C O M

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How to entice a wide range of feathered friends — and bees and butterflies — to your yard STORY & PHOTOS BY MIKE BENBOW

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hen members of the Lawrence family need a little entertainment, all they have to do is to look out their window.

It helps that they live on Tulalip Bay, which has a variety of birds and other critters. Eagles, herons and kingfishers fly by year-round, looking for food. Ducks and geese use the bay as a winter home. Seals and sea lions show up when the salmon come in to spawn. There are even the rare visitors, like pelicans or egrets. The Lawrences don’t have a lot to do with the bay’s fish-focused wildlife. But they’ve worked pretty hard to attract common birds, butterflies, bees and other critters to their home. “We love birds,” Inez Lawrence said. “We love to sit on the deck and watch them,” added her husband, Dick Lawrence. One of the major things the Lawrences have done to attract birds is to forego a lawn, choosing instead to plant a variety of flowers, bushes and small trees. “Lawns are biological wastelands for anything except pests,” said Dave Pehling of the Washington State University Extension in Everett. Pehling is the extension service’s expert on pests. He’s also a beekeeper. Getting rid of a lawn is a good first step to encouraging desired wildlife, Pehling said. Then he recommends planting “a ton” of flowers and fruiting plants to attract a variety of birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, noting that bumblebees like rough ground with tufts of grasses.

variety of plants that offer seeds and fruit. “Fruit is good for birds,” Pehling said. Pehling also said that people who attract wildlife and also want to have home gardens should be sure to protect those plants. In addition to making sure birds have plenty to eat, Inez Lawrence said she always tries to provide water. “You have to have water for birds,” she said. For most of the year, the Lawrences offer a small fountain. The fountain is shut down in winter, but there are also a number of containers that collect rainfall yearround. In addition to food and water, thick shrubs are important for nesting birds, as are birdhouses. Some birds, like robins, need a platform to build a nest, Pehling said. Others, like raptors, just need a place to perch, he added. “I encourage people to put up raptor perches, especially if they have problems with voles,” he said. Sometimes, birdhouses go unoccupied. Other times, they’re used for something else. The Lawrences’ son, Mike, erected some houses on their dock to attract purple martins. While none have arrived yet, the houses were an immediate hit with kingfishers, which use the perches to scan for prey in the bay. Kingfishers typically don’t use birdhouses, choosing to nest in burrows they make along sandy banks. Mike Lawrence plans to leave them their perches and add some condo-style houses that the martins might find more attractive.

Barbara Lawrence, Dick and Inez’s daughter-in-law, said she keeps a laminated list of plants and what they attract in her car so she can refer to it whenever she visits a plant nursery. While the Lawrences try to have a good variety of plants, Inez Lawrence said installing bird feeders has clearly been the most important thing her family has done to attract birds. They put out about 20 pounds of feed a week and provide about a cake of suet every day. There are also year-round feeders for hummingbirds. “We’ve always fed them,” she said of the birds. “Last fall, we saw birds we haven’t seen for years, like red-winged blackbirds. I’m always astounded by the number of birds we have around.” Pehling noted that rats can be attracted by feed dropped on the ground from bird feeders, so people who feed birds should keep an eye out for them.

These goldfinches enjoy a gravel patch.

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Wildlife habitat

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program recommends these things to make your property wildlife-friendly: Provide food: Install feeders and plant a good mix of plants that offer seeds, berries and flower nectar at different times of the year. Provide water: Bird baths, dripping fountains, puddles and ponds are helpful. Create shelter: Plant trees and shrubs and create brush and rock piles. Offer space: Create corridors and open spaces. For more information and recommendations of specific plants, visit the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program at wdfw.wa.gov.

MORE INFO extension.wsu.ed Click on “location” and “Snohomish County” to get information on classes, demonstration gardens and how to reach a master gardener.

Hummingbirds like to perch on bushes near their feeder when taking a break.

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snohomishcd.org. The Snohomish Conservation District offers a host of plants and information.

birds This purple loosestrife is attractive to bees, but is an invasive species in Washington and should be avoided.

Sometimes bird feeders attract the unusual, like this wood duck.

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Holy house! It’s a ‘chouse’

An aerial view of the 1907 repurposed church owned by Gayle and Brent Yeadon. The 8,816-square-foot home is the former Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. The Yeadons spent the past 12 years renovating the church house, or “chouse.” Photo courtesy of Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty

Pray for pennies from heaven to buy this church turned house STORY BY ANDREA BROWN

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oly house! It’s a “chouse” — a church converted into a house.

Complete with a steeple and a bell that clangs. Inside the 1907 repurposed Presbyterian church is 8,816 square feet of heaven: Eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three kitchens, three laundry rooms, two office spaces, workshop, music room, beauty shop and rooftop deck with panoramic views of Puget Sound. It sits on a quarter-acre at 822 Third St. in Mukilteo’s Old Town, a few blocks from the ferry to Clinton, and includes six parking spaces and a heated garage big enough to hold a boat. The owners of this luxury estate are downsizing. It can all be yours for $1.94 million. Boat not included, but the clanging bell is. The list price has been reduced $200,000 from when it went on the market in May 2017 for $2.14 million.

It’s a sweet deal at $220 a square foot. The blessing, and possibly the problem, is that there are so many feet. The place is more than three times the size of an average home.

Eastmont neighborhood of Everett near Costco, with no plans to move.

“We have had a couple interested buyers, but nothing has worked out,” said selling agent Matt Hart of Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty in Woodinville. “I’ve never sold anything nearly as unique as this. The owners of this home are artists and, to be able to take this and convert it into what it is today, it really is art.”

“We watch a lot of Home and Garden TV, and I thought, ‘Oh, that would be cool,’ then I thought, ‘No way, too much, too big,’ ” Gayle said. “My husband got really excited about it. He took it and ran. The guy likes a project.”

The chouse has been completely renovated with high-end finishes and is movein ready. The owners, Brent and Gayle Yeadon, purchased land on Camano Island and plan to build a forever home for them and a spirited goldendoodle named Moses. Brent, 55, a metal and wood craftsman, and Gayle, 53, a semi-retired hair stylist, bought the former Mukilteo Presbyterian Church in 2004. At that time, the couple and their two daughters were living in a 1,500-square-foot rambler in the

They were looking for an old building to renovate when the historic church came on the market.

It was a shell of a church. “It piqued our interest enough and it scared us enough,” Brent said. “I would come here and go into the secretary’s office when trying to decide. I would sit down and just try to imagine. Then I would think, ‘OK, maybe.’ Then I would go home and think, ‘No, that’s crazy.’ Gayle let me dream big and think what it could be.” She gives him full credit. “He is the reason it looks this way,” she said. “He did all this stuff. Anything metal or wood is Brent. He makes all the furniture. He’s pretty handy.”

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The house has views of Puget Sound and is a few blocks from the ferry to Clinton. Photo courtesy of Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty

In addition to the interior renovations, Brent installed a metal roof and siding to keep with the aesthetics of the exterior. The tall windows are clear with stainedglass accents at the top created by their friend, Everett glass artist Stan Price. The chouse looks just as churchy as the nearby Catholic church at the corner. That visual cue has led some souls to seek salvation in the Yeadons’ living room.

From a loft space, Gayle and Brent Yeadon are seen in the main room of their home.

At times, “People would come on Sunday morning looking for a service,” Brent said.

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He built the two-chair beauty salon that she operated until recently. From the outside, the property still looks like a church, with a steeple gracing the skyline and quaint welcome marquee in front with the address. The main floor has an expansive three-bedroom, two-bath space where the couple live. There are three private suites for guests that share a kitchen, perfect for when their daughter and two grandchildren visit from Ohio. The lower level has a spacious “mother-in-law” apartment with separate entrance where their other daughter and son-in-law live. The area where parishioners once perched on pews is the couple’s gourmet kitchen-dining room-great room with antlered skulls mounted over the fireplace in the sanctuary with 18-foot ceilings. The rec-room loft is over the platform where

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the preacher preached and the choir sang. A flat screen TV hangs near where organ pipes bellowed.

Other times they’d find people standing on the front steps taking pictures. After 100 years as a church, it held a lot of memories.

Look at it this way: You’ll never have to rent a venue again for parties, weddings or wakes.

“It’s a cool piece of Mukilteo history,” Gayle said.

“At Brent’s parents’ 50th anniversary party I think we counted 250 in here, just in this part,” Gayle said in the sanctuary. “I’ve had 100 in here easy. We’ve had sit-down dinners for 30. Lots of space for tables, for whatever you want to do.” The foyer maintains the church theme, with crosses adorning the walls and a dangling rope to bang the bell in the belfry. “A lot of people ask on their way out the door and I say, ‘Of course, ring the bell,’” Gayle said. “It takes a pretty big pull, then it will ring a couple of times. It’s like an added extra.”

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CAN YOU AFFORD IT? Listing price: $1.94 million 20 percent down payment: $388,000 Monthly mortgage payment for 30 years, at 3.7 percent interest rate: $7,144 (not including property tax and insurance) The word “chouse” is a made-up word for church house. The standard dictionary meaning is to swindle or cheat. Or, according to Urban Dictionary, a really awkward person who looks like a chicken/mouse animal.


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Village Theatre performs the Pulitzer Prize-winning play at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Weller and Fonsia are two strangers who enter into a seemingly harmless game of gin rummy. villagetheatre.org

Sno-King Community Chorale presents Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $15 for children 12 and under. sno-kingchorale.org

The You’ll Never Walk Alone concert will be performed at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Program includes “Requiem” by John Rutter and features soloist Linda Tsatsanis, soprano. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, students, military. everettchorale.org

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The region’s tribute band to Earth Wind and Fire will perform at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Hits include “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “Devotion,” “Sing a Song” and “Can’t Hide Love.” Tickets start at $12. historiceveretttheatre.org

Dervish is one of the biggest names in Irish folk music. The band will perform at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets start at $19. edmondscenterforthearts.org

Olympic Ballet Theatre performs the comedic ballet at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. An eccentric toy maker, Dr. Coppélius, is hard at work to bring his life-size dancing doll to life. Performed by Olympic Ballet Theater. Choreographed by Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev. olympicballet.com

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The La Dolche Vita concert will be performed at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Program includes Italian classics by Rossini and Ponchielli. Free. mukilteoorchestra.org

More than 60 jazz choirs will perform at the 42nd annual festival at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Grammy-nominated artist René Marie and international star Dee Daniels will headline three evening concerts. demierojazzfest.org “THE GIN GAME” March 2-25

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The Hot Club-style band performs the best of gypsy jazz at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $20. thumbnailtheater.org PAULA POUNDSTONE 7:30 p.m. March 10 Paula Poundstone is an American standup comedian, author, actress, interviewer and commentator. She is a regular panelist on NPR’s No. 1 show, “Wait, wait… don’t tell me!” Poundstone will perform at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets start at $19. edmondscenterforthearts.org

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INFINITY PROJECT WITH BLAZE OF GLORY 7 p.m. March 23 Seattle’s only Journey tribute band, Infinity Project, will be joined on stage by the Blaze of Glory, a Bon Jovi tribute band based in Dallas, at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets start at $12. historiceveretttheatre.org

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ELLINGTON’S SUCH SWEET THUNDER 7:30 p.m. April 23 A lover of Shakespeare, Duke Ellington composed the “Such Sweet Thunder Suite” as his tribute to the Bard. The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra teams up with local thespians to present this special suite of works at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $35 standard, $33 senior and $10 youth. srjo.org “DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS” April 20-May 12 Presented 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. The Edmonds Driftwood Players perform the musical comedy. Tickets are $28 general, $25 youth, senior, military. Lawrence and Freddy are both scammers who trick women into giving them money. After meeting, they try to work together. edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org LOS LONELY BOYS 7 p.m. April 27 Los Lonely Boys play “Texican rock ‘n’ roll,” which combines rock, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country and Tejano. The popular rock-power trio will play the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets start at $48. historiceveretttheatre.org “STRING” April 27-May 20

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Why I love it here:

Rudy Giecek Rudy Giecek, host and producer of the Cascade Hiker, takes to a trail and updates his podcast at least once a week. Kevin Clark | Coast

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here isn’t really a rainy season in Washington — that’s because there isn’t a sharp enough start or stop to the months of rainfall to call it a season. As an avid hiker who lives in a state that gets a lot of rain, more often than not when I’m on the trails, I practice getting wet and dealing with it. I sometimes get weird looks when I’m out in the rain, but I say it’s OK to embrace our local weather. I grew up in Granite Falls, hiking the Mountain Loop trails with my dad. One year, we must have hiked Mount Pilchuck 30 times! For the record, I think Boulder River Falls, Beaver Lake, Old Sauk River, the Ice Caves and all of the trails at Rockport State Park are very underrated. Now I hike with my daughters Raichel, 9, and Reggie, 5. My wife, Rhonda, doesn’t understand why we like to go hiking and we don’t understand why she doesn’t. Over the last two years, I’ve been recording the Cascade Hiker Podcast in my Arlington home. I have more than 90 episodes featuring interviews with fellow hikers. It’s fun for me to learn about other hikers’ favorite spots or accomplishments they are proud of. I

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even get inspired to try new things like backcountry fishing or snowshoeing. (A lot of my listeners like to ask me what my favorite hike is, so I’ll share it here: It’s Green Mountain, just outside of Darrington.) But back to why I welcome the rain: If we hate getting wet, then every rain drop will make us angry. So I put on my rain gear and go for a hike so that it doesn’t bother me. Though it’s easier to convince another passing hiker of this belief than it is to convince my wife. I have been testing this theory out on my girls while hiking Snohomish County’s trails. We hike the shorter, low-elevation spots near Darrington and Granite Falls. These lowland trails are always under tree cover, hiding any view of a valley or the mountains. Sometimes they stop right before you get to a river. A short walk in the woods, however, has become my favorite kind of hike. The trails are open year-round and my daughters get to set the pace. Even though these trails don’t lead to a mountaintop or an alpine lake, I say great because the destination becomes the trail itself — which can wind around two-ton boulders, cross a babbling creek or pass by old-growth cedars with trunks 15 feet in diameter. It’s beautiful.

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Did you know that you can look at a map, find a green-shaded area marking a preserve or park in your community, and there will probably be a trail there? Well, I didn’t either, until I started taking my girls hiking. Oh, and I decided to stop letting the rain define the outcome of my day. That’s why I love it here.

MORE ON RUDY Rudy Giecek, 40, lives in Arlington with his wife, Rhonda, and their daughters, Raichel, 9, and Reggie, 5. He is the host of the Cascade Hiker Podcast, which is featured regularly on The Daily Herald’s website (www.heraldnet.com). You can find the entire archive of podcasts and support his work at northcascadehiker.com.


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