Articles written by Maria A. Montalvo

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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

 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

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


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


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