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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

Everything about Hawaii is comforting, even the food | Arts & Appetite

We in the Pacific Northwest are lucky to be as close as we are to Hawaii. It may be six hours away, but when you are talking about taking in the beauty and gratification of being... — Updated 10/14/2021

 

A first look, and some great returns | Arts & Appetite

The last few days of summer brought sunshine and an apparently universal impulse to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds – and tastes. With no shortage of options in our area,... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

Rubber ducky at the beach; what's it all mean? | Moment's Notice

Walking along the beach the other day, a bit of bright yellow entered my field of vision. It caught my attention because on a Pacific Northwest beach in the fall, the colors tend... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

A hot pot for a chilly day | Arts & Appetite

I have to guess that most people have already been to the Boiling Point in Edmonds – on a cool day, when the chill in the air makes you shiver? Since we have had a few of those... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Looking up at the sky: A resolution of happiness | Moment's Notice

“Enjoy every second.” – My mom We control very little in this life. We don’t want to believe that, but it is true. Therapists will say that we can mainly control our... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Drive-by dreaming at Caravan Kebab | Return Visit

Ah, how I love the Caravan Kebab restaurant. Every time I drive by their sign at Firdale Village, my mind (and stomach) dream of pierogi. Those potato-filled dumplings, a... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Fruits of labor exist because of labor | Moment's Notice

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.” – Abraham Lincoln We just... — Updated 9/9/2021

 

Yummy in Edmonds ... It's in the name | Arts & Appetite

I am dismayed to say that we have another amazing fried chicken restaurant in Edmonds: Yummy Teriyaki & Fried Chicken. Why on earth would I express concern over the deliciously... — Updated 8/26/2021

 

The soundtrack of my life | Moment's Notice

“After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexplicable is music.” – Aldous Huxley Music is a celebration in times of joy. Music is a refuge in times of pain.... — Updated 8/26/2021

 

Rage: It's all the rage | Moment's Notice

“Rage,” from the Latin meaning “frenzy” or “madness,” is a noun referring to explosive anger or furious intensity, and a verb meaning “to act or prevail... — Updated 8/12/2021

 

An absolute gem for sandwiches in Lynnwood | Arts&Appetite

There is a new sandwich place in town – in Lynnwood, that is. LASA Sandwiches and Pearls (not the gemstone kind but the traditional Filipino tapioca pearls) recently opened near... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

Monday, sushi Monday | Arts & Appetite

A recent visit from out-of-state friends necessitated finding a new sushi spot. You see, our friends arrived on a Monday, and as several of our local sushi restaurants are closed... — Updated 7/29/2021

 

Taqueria Puebla: The best sopes around | Return Visit

Taqueria Puebla. I said it before, www.bit.ly/2UPER23, and I'll say it again: Taqueria Puebla has the best sopes I have ever had. My husband and I stopped in for lunch recently,... — Updated 7/29/2021

 

And I could really care less | Moment's Notice

“I could care less” is one of those commonplace and misquoted phrases. Many other colloquialisms may be more egregious, such as the painful overuse of “literally” to... — Updated 7/29/2021

 

Kahlo's Cantina: A long-awaited dinner | Arts&Appetite

Most of us who travel by or near the Edmonds ferry have been anxiously awaiting the completion of the major remodel of the spot now known as Kahlo's Cantina. We saw the signs go up... — Updated 7/18/2021

 

Aleppo Kitchen on 196th | Return Visit

Editor's note: The Beacon is debuting a short column from Arts & Appetite columnist Maria A. Montalvo called "Return Visit." As the title suggests, she will focus on spots... — Updated 7/18/2021

 

A great place to live: Perception as reality | Moment's Notice

We live in a pretty remarkable place. Having grown up and lived in many other states and countries, I cannot imagine living anywhere else in America. Washington is beautiful ... — Updated 7/15/2021

 

That avocado is worth how much? | Moment's Notice

We have all heard of blood diamonds, but how about green gold? Gangs and organized crime groups are stealing this green gold across South Africa and Mexico, and from New Zealand to... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Sign of the times: Van life | Moment's Notice

A few months ago, I met up with a former student who had been spending most of the pandemic driving across the States, seeing the country, and making money driving for Instacart sin... — Updated 6/25/2021

 

The Blackbird Café & Bar: A most successful makeover | Arts & Appetite

We humans are usually not so fond of change, especially change of a favorite "neighborhood" restaurant. A couple of years ago, this column featured Hill's Restaurant & Bar, a... — Updated 6/24/2021

 

Driven to abstraction at Cascadia | Arts & Appetite

A lot is happening at Cascadia Art Museum. Over the past year, the museum has expanded its permanent collection, expanded its reach across the art world (from New York City to... — Updated 6/14/2021

 

I love, therefore I am | Moment's Notice

One of my all-time favorite jokes is about Rene Descartes and his famous words, “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes arrives at a party and is welcomed by the host, who is very... — Updated 6/9/2021

 

Vinbero builds on the traditions of The Cheesemonger's Table | Arts&Appetite

Monday was a very good day. For the first time in nearly two months, my husband and I and mom enjoyed a French onion grilled cheese sandwich, a turkey brie, and bowls of smoky tomat... — Updated 5/30/2021

 

Impossible to choose just one at Bucatini | Arts & Appetite

The other night, we were in the mood for hearty, delicious Italian food but did not have the time to make homemade pasta or different sauces to satisfy our individual cravings or to... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

Simply the best, or best-possible self | Moment's Notice

You're simply the bestBetter than all the restBetter than anyoneAnyone I ever met Tina Turner has been having a bit of a best-ever year. In addition to one of her songs featuring... — Updated 5/20/2021

 

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