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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

 
 By Maria A. Montalvo    A & E 

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

 
 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

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

 

Near or far, both Pho 84, Chop Express worth the visit | Arts & Appetite

The last few weeks demanded comfort food! When there is much going on in the world around you, or maybe you finally got that appointment for the COVID vaccine, there is nothing... — Updated 5/10/2021

 

The life of a home | Moment's Notice

Home is where the heart is.There’s no place like home.Home, Sweet Home. For all our lives, we organize everything around home, whatever form it takes. We leave home to go to the p... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

Earth Day, and Chomsky's big brain

A friend recently noticed my Gnome Chomsky in the backyard – a fabulous little garden creature in the likeness of Noam Chomsky, standing above the spring flowers. It reminded me... — Updated 4/22/2021

 

Cascadia Art Museum has 'dreamy' exhibit | Arts & Appetite

Museums are open again! During a recent visit to Cascadia Art Museum, we were among the carefully monitored visitors who felt comfortable enough with COVID protocols and that we... — Updated 4/15/2021

 

Renewal, COVID-style | Moment's Notice

Resurrection (n) 1 a: the rising of Christ from the dead b: the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment c: the state of one risen from the dead 2.... — Updated 4/8/2021

 

Giving a kind word, more often | Moment's Notice

“Kind words are worth much but cost little.” – George Herbert Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers seek out and are influenced by online reviews of businesses. As the... — Updated 3/28/2021

 

19 years of cheese | Arts & Appetite

The message on the signage, the website, social media is consistent: The Cheesemonger's Table will be closing permanently on April 1, 2021. Strom, Maria, and the whole team from... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Maria A. Montalvo    News

Cheesemonger's Table closing – 19 years of cheese | Arts & Appetite

The message on the signage, the website, social media is consistent: The Cheesemonger's Table will be closing permanently on April 1, 2021. Strom, Maria, and the whole team from... — Updated 3/15/2021

 

The politics of dancing | Moment's Notice

“At the root of the varied manifestations of dancing lies the common impulse to resort to movement to externalize states which we cannot externalize by rational means. This is... — Updated 3/11/2021

 

Across the border, Vietnamese sandwiches | Arts & Appetite

I broke the rules a little bit for this Arts & Appetite restaurant review. I traveled over the border – the Snohomish-King County border, that is. It is barely a quarter-mile... — Updated 3/4/2021

 

The books that rewrite our stories | Moment's Notice

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." – James Ba... — Updated 2/28/2021

 

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