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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

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

 

Shoreline's El Cubano es estupendo | Arts&Appetite

Our culinary options in south Snohomish County just get better and better – and this time with a very specialized cuisine that I am especially fond of: Cuban! El Cubano recently... — Updated 3/24/2022

 

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

 

Comfort food at Five Corners Teriyaki | Return Visit

Anyone who reads Arts & Appetite regularly knows that I love teriyaki – the quintessential American take on Japanese cuisine that has become a Seattle (and national) comfort... — Updated 3/17/2022

 

Anthony's: A Western Washington – and a little beyond – tradition

Who has not been to a birthday party or family gathering at Anthony's? It is a tradition, certainly, in our region, and one that we recently embraced as the perfect place to... — Updated 3/10/2022

 

Beware the clock strike at midnight | Moment's Notice

“When the lock stands at 100 seconds to midnight, we are all threatened. The moment is both perilous and unsustainable, and the time to act is now.” – Bulletin of the Atomic... — Updated 3/10/2022

 

Brigid's Bottle Shop: Instagram-worthy | Return Visit

Brigid's is already a beloved institution in Edmonds, despite only being here for a few years. After not visiting for a while, a friend and I decided to go in for a beer and a... — Updated 3/2/2022

 

Masks off: What happens next? | Moment's Notice

“When people build up walls, they keep other people out but end up keeping themselves in.” – Karamo Brown Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced that the majority of restrictions... — Updated 2/24/2022

 

Niles Peacock: Pizza, cocktails, and community | Arts & Appetite

Walking into Niles Peacock Kitchen & Bar, you can feel how quickly it has become a neighborhood favorite. Families, couples, friends, neighbors are all buzzing in conversation w... — Updated 2/23/2022

 

A streak of tiger experiences | Arts & Appetite

2022 is the Year of the Tiger – the Year of the Water Tiger, to be exact. The past week in Edmonds provided a streak of dining and community experiences that seem to portend a goo... — Updated 2/10/2022

 

Fantastic Taqueria Puebla now in Mukilteo | Return Visit

One of my all-time favorite local restaurants, Taqueria Puebla, has moved to Mukilteo. The original location on the Edmonds-Lynnwood border at Highway 99 and 168th Street SW has... — Updated 2/10/2022

 

The accidental hero | Moment's Notice

Hero (n), plural heroes 1: A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities 2: A person who is greatly admired 3: The chief character in a story, play, movie, etc.... — Updated 2/10/2022

 

The Hook: Great, fresh seafood in the neighborhood | Arts & Appetite

Perrinville Village, on the corner of 76th Avenue West and Olympic View Drive, is growing into quite the neighborhood hub and, because of its great location, is a hub for folks... — Updated 1/27/2022

 

Giraffes, and a kaleidoscope of reflections | Moment's Notice

My mother-in-law, or M’la, as I call her, is a fan of giraffes. Giraffes are not the subject of an unhealthy obsession or anything – she has no sweaters with giraffes on them,... — Updated 1/27/2022

 

Jaiiya: A bowl (or maybe a few) of goodness | Arts & Appetite

It is 2022! Time is marching on ... How many restaurants on your route to work or to your favorite shop make you pause and think, "Oh yeah, I really want to try that place?" Well,... — Updated 1/13/2022

 

How deep (and wide) is your love? | Moment's Notice

2022 is here! Wait, what happened to 2021? 2021 was supposed to be a year of restoration, a year that had us returning to the normal we all thought was, well, normal. Less... — Updated 1/13/2022

 

Strong winds and big waves | Moment's Notice

Strong winds and big waves “Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.” – Maya Angelou This past Sunday morning, our 11-year-old dog, Lulu, took... — Updated 12/28/2021

 

Celebrate New Year's Eve, Edmonds-style | Arts & Appetite

"What are you doing for New Year's Eve?" "Oh, I don't know ... I put off planning for the New Year with a new COVID variant and the Edmonds City Council talking about ending... — Updated 12/22/2021

 

Inside or out, it's yummy at Fire & the Feast | Return Visit

The last time we ate "at" Fire & the Feast, we were deep into the pandemic and this new Edmonds favorite provided a small vision of normalcy. In the original review, I wrote of... — Updated 12/21/2021

 

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