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Omar's: Your new Mexican obsession | Arts & Appetite

Some have said I write too enthusiastically about food. I take the same approach to writing about food than I do to eating it – it has to be worth it. In the case of Omar's Taqueria, the tacos,...

 

'The world is not going to end' | Moment's Notice

As I prepared to write my first Moment’s Notice column for 2020, a new decade, I thought I would ask my beloved 12-year-old goddaughter what I should write about. Olivia is a writer herself, and und...

 

Korean barbecue: Grateful for the recommendation | Arts & Appetite

If you are looking for a break from your typical holiday fare and want to try something new, go to SanMaRu Grill (some refer to it as Maru), for Korean barbeque. My usual restaurant-review buddy...

 

2020: Unending expectation | Moment's Notice

“One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” — The Grinch What a year! We have not yet celebrated the holidays, and talk has already turned to 2020. Perhaps people are tired of...

 

Appetite, with a side of arts | Arts & Appetite

The holiday season is always a little brighter with memorable experiences, dining out with loved ones and enjoying all types of artistic endeavors, so this week’s column reviews some of the great...

 

The gorgeous irony of optimism | Moment's Notice

“I am so far from being a pessimist … on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life”—Eugene O’Neill Ah, thankfulness. Most of us likely spent the Thanksgiving weekend...

 

Thanks to SanKai, Edmonds is on a roll | Arts & Appetite

Our city's name is on a sushi roll, that is, with the opening of the much-anticipated SanKai Sushi in the Edmonds bowl. Sushi master Ryuichi Nakano recently opened SanKai after selling his...

 

A moment to notice | Moment's Notice

Moment n. A moment is a particular point in time, a moment you remember forever. A moment is a short, but unspecified, amount of time. Moment also means "importance." When I first started this column,...

 

We've come a long way, baby | Arts & Appetite

I am a sucker for a good story, and the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County has installed an interpretive panel that tells a story worthy of an art review in this week’s issue. Missouri...

 

Hope against (no) hope | Moment's Notice

Hope (noun). Grounds for believing that something good may happen. A feeling of desire for a certain thing to happen. Last week, my husband and I were having one of those wide-ranging discussions you...

 

Experiencing the 'Lavender Palette' at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts and Appetite

The Cascadia Art Museum of Edmonds is again breaking new ground. Its new exhibition is not only the first of its kind in Washington, but the first of its kind in the nation. Curator David Martin...

 

Saying goodbye | Moment's Notice

On a sunny August morning a few decades ago, my brother and I stood in front of several friends as we prepared to get into the family station wagon and drive to our new home more than 2,000 miles...

 

Lessons from writers in Edmonds | Moment's Notice

Professional or academic conferences – they bring to mind-sprawling convention centers, lanyards and nametags, buffet meals, and uncomfortable conference chairs. Over the years, however, we are...

 

Bistro 76: A neighborhood favorite | Arts & Appetite

During a recent trip to Philadelphia, I spent a good bit of time happily reading restaurant reviews in the local newspapers. On the East Coast cities may be larger, but neighborhoods still remain...

 

Breakfast … in an ordinary world | Moment's Notice

Breakfast, especially Sunday breakfast, is the highlight of my week. My dad and I used to talk about how lucky we were because when we went to bed at night, we knew we would start the next day gratefu...

 

Appreciating the beauty east of the Cascades | Arts & Appetite

There are only a few weeks left to catch Cascadia Art Museum's current exhibition, "Paintings From the Palouse: The Art of Andrew L. Hofmeister (1913-2007)," and I highly encourage you to make the...

 

To lightly touch your heart, and your taste buds | Arts & Appetite

The literal definition of dim sum is to "lightly touch your heart," likely because small dim sum plates were often served as snacks or combined for a family brunch. Good dim sum does touch your heart,...

 

Climate change: Fight the power | Moment's Notice

Talking with my uncle this past weekend, we covered the usual subjects ... family, outings with friends, current events. Despite a lot going on with family and that he is reviewing the final draft of...

 

Saturday brunch in downtown Edmonds, and a summer update | Arts & Appetite

A few months ago, this column introduced the eats at the Garden Market, the precursor to the Edmonds Summer Market. Along with the rising temperatures, the Summer Market has expanded to its full...

 

Origin Stories: 'I Am Edmonds' | Moment's Notice

“The single biggest problem of communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission recently asked Edmonds’ residents to write...

 

Create your own red cedar art at Cascadia | Moment's Notice

Cascadia Art Museum is holding one of its free family workshops this weekend, and it promises to be a unique, hands-on experience for all – children, parents, grandparents, and friends. Tlingit...

 

Lessons from a silent mountain | Moment's Notice

Nearly eight years ago, this column featured the story of three women from Edmonds (Michelle Clyborne, Ruth Arista, and I) climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier, Washington’s most famous of...

 

Optimism is not complacency | Moment's Notice

Recently, a dear friend who lives in Oregon was interviewed for a local online discussion site, “A Community Thread.” Laura spoke eloquently, in her approachable and kind fashion, about her...

 

Diversity Commission promotes storytelling, accepts land acknowledgement

The Edmonds Diversity Commission has launched its storytelling project, “I am Edmonds. This Is My Story.” In addition to active social and traditional media outreach, flyers have been created for...

 

In Lynnwood: The perfect potato – and much more | Arts & Appetite

Peruvian cuisine is known for its potatoes. After all, more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grow in the Andean highlands of Peru, Boliva, and Ecuador. But Rinconcito Peruano (loosely...

 

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