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Look for the bright yellow box | Arts & Appetite

Mr. Gyro Express is at the corner of 164th Street SW and 52nd Avenue West, at the Edmonds border, and you cannot miss it: it's painted rubber ducky yellow! When you pull in to the p... — Updated 9/29/2022

 
 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

Who gets the luck? | Moment's Notice

"Luck is preparation meeting opportunity." – Oprah Winfrey This past week, I had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C., with scholars and alumni from my scholarship organizat... — Updated 9/29/2022

 

Arts, appetite, and benefitting the community | Arts & Appetite

If there is one thing we know about Edmonds: It's a food town! But we also love our community. This community rarely misses an opportunity to gather and enjoy a good meal together,... — Updated 9/15/2022

 

Goodbye, snollygoster. Hello, aporophobia? | Moment's Notice

During a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madrid a few years ago, I visited the mecca of the Spanish language: the Real Academia Española, the defender of proper Spanish. I grew up... — Updated 9/14/2022

 

At Cascadia: Books, and Northwest crafts and arts | Arts & Appetite

Cascadia Art Museum is presenting two very different and very wonderful exhibitions this summer, and neither should be missed. Besides, visiting the museum at this time of year allo... — Updated 8/27/2022

 

In Perrinville: A bakery worthy of poetry | Arts & Appetite

"How simple you are, bread, and how profound!" - P. Neruda Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet who wrote "Odes to Common Things," penned one of his famous odes to bread, telling us that... — Updated 8/20/2022

 

Demogorgons? Suspending your disbelief | Moment's Notice

disbelief (n): Refusal or reluctance to believe. 2. Positive unbelief; the conviction that a proposition or statement for which credence is demanded is not true. 3. A negation or... — Updated 8/18/2022

 

Seafood and see views at the Beach Café | Arts&Appetite

When the sun came out this summer, it was a long time coming, and everyone flocked to the waterfront to soak up the sun. Any trip to the beach is made better with a tasty summer mea... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream | Moment's Notice

Money does not buy happiness, but it does buy ice cream. With the recent heat wave, we made the decision to have ice cream for lunch on Sunday. It felt more like logical thinking th... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

Zuri's: Donuts as art (and a lot of food science)

This donut shop is a revelation. As someone who has never been a donut lover, I am here to say that Zuri's Gourmet Donuts has made a donut fan out of me. Driving east on 196th, the... — Updated 7/21/2022

 

Keep on rockin' in a free world? | Moment's Notice

Neil Young wrote the song “Rockin’ In a Free World” in 1989 after a bandmate nonchalantly uttered the line (or “We’ll have to keep on rockin’ in the free world,” to... — Updated 7/21/2022

 

Are your rights enumerated? | Moment's Notice

"This 240-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn't end well." – Queen Elizabeth II, 2016 The 4th of July is... — Updated 7/7/2022

 

Chanterelle: It's not just the tomato bisque | Arts & Appetite

In a survey of the most famous works of art throughout all human history, one painting is so well known that more than 80% of respondents give the same answer: Leonardo da Vinci's "... — Updated 6/30/2022

 

Festival weekend: Oh, all the art you will see in Edmonds | Arts&Appetite

It is that time of year – the Edmonds Arts Festival is almost here! It was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and held in August last year after initially looking like it... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

On Father's Day: Something that shall endure | Moment's Notice

“On the beach at night, stands a child with her father, watching the east, the autumn sky.” – Walt Whitman Father’s Day is one of those holidays that my dad would scoff at... — Updated 6/15/2022

 

Spring: The Summer Market, and brunch options | Arts & Appetite

Ah, spring in the Pacific Northwest! Such a beautiful time of year – more flowers than seem possible are blooming all around us and the sky is more often blue than gray. Each... — Updated 6/2/2022

 

Never the last laugh | Moment's Notice

“He who laughs last, laughs longest.” – English proverb Why on earth would someone want the last laugh? Laughing last and alone, to show victory over someone else, well, that... — Updated 6/2/2022

 

Finding the right words | Moment's Notice

I was lucky to grow up with two parents who challenged my use of language and encouraged me to analyze what others said. When I was just 11, my parents gave me a thesaurus (yes, I... — Updated 5/18/2022

 

Classic breakfast in Edmonds – for generations | Arts & Appetite

Generations of residents from Edmonds and beyond have lived in a world with breakfast at Pancake Haus. That is what happens when a restaurant that established itself more than 50... — Updated 5/13/2022

 

When home is not a home | Moment's Notice

“Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.” – Dr. Asa Don Brown Like many of us, travel is a magical escape, an opportunity to see the... — Updated 5/5/2022

 

Rise and shine for Rise & Shine Bakery in Edmonds | Arts & Appetite

The new location of Rise & Shine Bakery is bigger and brighter, and offers even more opportunities for wonderful flavors. Opening in Edmonds a few months ago, I was one of many... — Updated 4/28/2022

 

Going on a journey at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts & Appetite

"A Luminous Journey: The Art of Maria Frank Abrams" is a thought-provoking and wonderful exhibition by a fascinating artist. Maria Frank Abrams (1924-2013) was born in Hungary and... — Updated 4/25/2022

 

Where we find hope | Moment's Notice

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." – Bishop D. Tutu Hope (n) 1a: desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment also : e... — Updated 4/21/2022

 

Embracing the existential angst | Moment's Notice

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” - Simone De Beauvoir A friend recently... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

Second chances, for all of us | Moment's Notice

This past week, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, brought a team of staff and volunteers to Hickman Park in Edmonds to release a rehabilitated bald eagle back into... — Updated 3/24/2022

 

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