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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

Demos for a dozen | Arts & Appetite

Have you heard of Table for 12? All of us who wander downtown Edmonds regularly peeked in often, checking the signs in the window on the storefront next to Arista Wine Cellars, exci... — Updated 1/26/2023

 

Year in Review: Arts & Appetite (Part 2)

Last week, the first Arts & Appetite of the year completed a look back on the year in arts in Edmonds, but as the column name says, this is arts and "appetite." So we took a loo... — Updated 1/19/2023

 

Starting off the new year … with a cough | Moment's Notice

Before the holidays, we read and heard the reports about a tripledemic, about the virulent flu strains, and about RSV more intense than in past years, not to mention the common cold... — Updated 1/19/2023

 

Year in Review: Arts & Appetite (Part I)

The Beacon marks the close of every year with a bit of a look back, and since 2022 was so chock full of happenings, this year we need two issues! Since Arts & Appetite covers wh... — Updated 1/5/2023

 

Snowy holidays: Delightful, thoughtful | Moment's Notice

Oh, the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow Like the song says, if the weather has to be... — Updated 12/24/2022 Full story

 

Put some art in your holidays | Arts & Appetite

You still have time to make this holiday season a little more beautiful with some wonderful artistic experiences across Edmonds. As it has for the past several years, Cascadia Art... — Updated 12/22/2022

 

We know too much to go back and pretend | Moment's Notice

“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend.” – Helen Reddy My mom loves to tell a story from my childhood of one... — Updated 12/8/2022

 

Giving thanks for our favorite restaurants (part 2) | Arts & Appetite

Continuing from the pre-Thanksgiving Arts & Appetite column dedicated to our favorite restaurants across Edmonds and the nearby areas, this week's installment reinforces that... — Updated 12/6/2022

 

Giving thanks for our favorite restaurants (part 1) | Arts and Appetite

This is the time of year for giving thanks ... even the holiday says so. In 2022, we have all been traveling again, visiting with loved ones, and, thankfully, eating in our... — Updated 11/23/2022

 

Thanks for … everything | Moment's Notice

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” —Willie Nelson Thanks (n) 1: kindly or grateful thoughts: GRATITUDE 2: an expression of gratitude / — ofte... — Updated 11/22/2022

 

Another market for a Saturday morning | Arts and Appetite

We are so lucky to live near the stretch of Highway 99 in Edmonds. The cornucopia of phenomenal restaurants and markets is one I am so grateful to visit (usually at least weekly).... — Updated 11/21/2022

 

Hot tofu, yumminess, and much, much more | Arts & Appetite

Every time we would go to Dumpling Generation, in the parking lot of the EC Plaza on Highway 99, I would look at the busy dining room at Hosoonyi and think to myself – we really... — Updated 10/27/2022

 

What's in a date? | Moment's Notice

Anniversary, celebration, remembrance, birthday, National Day of … Oct. 24 was National Chicken Fried Steak Day, National Day of the Deployed, National Mincemeat, Mule Day, and... — Updated 10/27/2022

 

There's an app for that: Shef delivers home-cooked meals | Arts & Appetite

Have you heard of Shef? If not, go online or grab your smartphone now. Yes, it is an app, but the cooks who make the food are all local, so you will be supporting home cooks from... — Updated 10/13/2022

 

Chasing firetrucks | Moment's Notice

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and... — Updated 10/13/2022

 

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 10/6/2022

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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