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Gathering for Southern comfort food, pandemic-style | Arts & Appetite

In our new normal, as the news media likes to call this COVID world, takeout and dining al fresco have become the norm, not the exception, as we continue to stay apart as much as... — Updated 7/2/2020


Not an either-or situation | Moment's Notice

Liberty – noun – the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or views. Our last president, Barack... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Maria A. Montalvo    News

Not an either-or situation | Moment's Notice

Liberty – noun – the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or views. Our last president, Barack... — Updated 6/8/2020


What is it like owning a restaurant today? | Moment's Notice

This week, the Beacon asked me to write this Arts & Appetite column from my perspective as a restaurant owner. Since my personal feelings are entwined with any attempt at a... — Updated 5/21/2020 Full story


Burn, rave, rage: Understanding the feelings | Moment's Notice

“Rage on. It’s A-OK,” said my friend/sage to me this morning, as I apologized for some strong reactions to this new normal. March, April, May, all with days under a stay-at-ho... — Updated 5/7/2020 Full story


It's not you or me. It's you and me | Moment's Notice

It's not you, it's me. That flippant phrase, "It's not you, it's me," typically applies to those painful one-sided breakups, where one person wants to end the relationship and the o... — Updated 4/20/2020


The COVID pit in my stomach | Moment's Notice

There is a pit in my stomach. A pit of nervousness and worry and sadness that I wake up with every morning and carry around with me. I have felt this pit before, when my brother... — Updated 3/26/2020


Together as a community | Arts & Appetite

There is an old saying: “Food is the ingredient that binds us together.” We know that to be true, but our ability to bind together in our community right now has been seriously... — Updated 3/19/2020


Paranoid or just sane? | Moment's Notice

My mom called today quite excited because a friend had taken her three mini-hand sanitizers on carabiners. She had recently been to the drug store and several other stores to find s... — Updated 3/12/2020


Food journey inspiration: Tortillas | Arts & Appetite

We look, smell, taste, and touch food, and even sometimes hear food. Emotionally, preparing and/or eating food is associated with being cared for as a child, gathering with family a... — Updated 3/5/2020


If you can keep it (#whatBensaid) | Moment's Notice

The Washington state presidential primary ballots arrived in the mail this past week, giving us the opportunity to vote to determine who will be on the top of the tickets in Novembe... — Updated 2/27/2020


Art at home: 2 exhibits at Cascadia | Arts & Appetite

This winter, each of the galleries of the Cascadia Art Museum display works of art that cross various media, from paintings to prints, from furniture to jewelry, as well as... — Updated 2/20/2020


Who do you know? | Moment's Notice

Yesterday, my mom forwarded an email from a good friend of my dad’s saying, “This brought back memories.” The message recalled a visit here that included a three-hour drive... — Updated 2/13/2020


Going backwards with country music | Moment's Notice

Have you heard the old joke about country music? Q: What do you get when you play a country song backwards? A: You get your house back, you get your dog back, your wife back, your... — Updated 1/30/2020


'The world is not going to end' | Moment's Notice

As I prepared to write my first Moment’s Notice column for 2020, a new decade, I thought I would ask my beloved 12-year-old goddaughter what I should write about. Olivia is a writ... — Updated 1/16/2020


Omar's: Your new Mexican obsession | Arts & Appetite

Some have said I write too enthusiastically about food. I take the same approach to writing about food than I do to eating it – it has to be worth it. In the case of Omar's... — Updated 1/16/2020


Korean barbecue: Grateful for the recommendation | Arts & Appetite

If you are looking for a break from your typical holiday fare and want to try something new, go to SanMaRu Grill (some refer to it as Maru), for Korean barbeque. My usual... — Updated 12/24/2019


2020: Unending expectation | Moment's Notice

“One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” — The Grinch What a year! We have not yet celebrated the holidays, and talk has already turned to 2020. Perhaps... — Updated 12/19/2019


Appetite, with a side of arts | Arts & Appetite

The holiday season is always a little brighter with memorable experiences, dining out with loved ones and enjoying all types of artistic endeavors, so this week’s column reviews... — Updated 12/12/2019


The gorgeous irony of optimism | Moment's Notice

“I am so far from being a pessimist … on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life”—Eugene O’Neill Ah, thankfulness. Most of us likely spent the Th... — Updated 12/5/2019


Thanks to SanKai, Edmonds is on a roll | Arts & Appetite

Our city's name is on a sushi roll, that is, with the opening of the much-anticipated SanKai Sushi in the Edmonds bowl. Sushi master Ryuichi Nakano recently opened SanKai after... — Updated 11/26/2019


A moment to notice | Moment's Notice

Moment n. A moment is a particular point in time, a moment you remember forever. A moment is a short, but unspecified, amount of time. Moment also means "importance." When I first s... — Updated 11/21/2019


We've come a long way, baby | Arts & Appetite

I am a sucker for a good story, and the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County has installed an interpretive panel that tells a story worthy of an art review in this week’s... — Updated 11/14/2019


Hope against (no) hope | Moment's Notice

Hope (noun). Grounds for believing that something good may happen. A feeling of desire for a certain thing to happen. Last week, my husband and I were having one of those wide-rangi... — Updated 11/7/2019


Experiencing the 'Lavender Palette' at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts and Appetite

The Cascadia Art Museum of Edmonds is again breaking new ground. Its new exhibition is not only the first of its kind in Washington, but the first of its kind in the nation.... — Updated 10/31/2019


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