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Dine

Spectacular Seafood

Salmon and shrimp and crab, oh my! February features some of the restaurants and eateries in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan where you can find the best fresh, local seafood.


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Western Professor Pens Book on Wise Eating

Western Professor’s book offers recipes and guidance on how to select wholesome, nutritious foods, but it is NOT a traditional dieting book.


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The Mixing Tin: Galloway’s Cocktail Bar

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Winter Cardinal from Galloway’s Cocktail Bar—a fruity and smokey winter twist on a classic summer drink.


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Chuckanut Manor: A Historic Culinary Roadhouse Tradition

Originally built as a residence, Chuckanut Manor has welcomed diners for more than 50 years. Visitors savor Pacific Northwest fare as well as views from one of the most scenic drives in Western Washington.


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For Some Wineries, the Freshest New Releases Are in the Can

CAN you handle this new drink trend? Many of the season’s winning wines are coming in a can! Find your local favorites and see how these beverages stack up.


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Bellingham Burger Roundup

Craving a burger? We’ve got you covered. This roundup features six Bellingham burgers that’ll definitely leave you wanting more than a bite.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Run Run Rudolph from Swim Club Wet Bar—a warm winter cocktail that will give you all the holiday feels.


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Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Comes to Bellingham Waterfront

Lombardi’s founder Diane Symms brings more than 30 years of delicious, authentic Italian cuisine to Bellingham.


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Calypso Kitchen Brings Caribbean Flavors to Bellingham

Chef Sarah Chan uses her love of cooking to teach others and spread awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, and food insecurity.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Perfect Pear Martini from Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse—a fall cocktail reminiscent of the most perfectly ripe Bartlett Pear.


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Ancore, Per Favore

Chef Giovanni “Gianni” Saffioti and partner Devon Drake opened Scampi Osteria—an Italian restaurant in Birch Bay—in July 2019.


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Giving Thanks More Thought

Nutrition blogger, Cassie Elliott, invites readers to try this easy-to-prepare Pumpkin Custard, which is grain free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar.


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Holiday Travel Beer Guide

Nationally-ranked beer judge, Neal Tognazzini, is here to help you prep your holiday wish list—for beer that is—with his guide to the best beers in the U.S.


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Bellingham Rock Star Opens Herb’s Cider

How Bellingham rock star, Tim “Herb” Alexander—the celebrated drummer for the alt-rock band Primus—came to co-own Herb’s Cider with his wife, Shama.


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From Ice Cream to Fried Chicken

After years of toying with the idea of starting another local business, Ben Scholtz—owner of Bellingham’s beloved Mallard Ice Cream—opened Bantam 46 in May.


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Wine Judging Requires Sniffing, Swirling, and Tasting Your Way Through a Lot of Wine

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil shares the importance of tasting, not drinking, when wine judging—sniffing, swirling, and sipping your way to the best wine.


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The Mixing Tin

For this month’s Mixing Tin we indulged in the Hogwarts House Cocktails offered at Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub—Which house are you?


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The Bounty and Culture of the San Juan Islands

Savor the San Juans—a seven-week event featuring farm tours, wine tastings, wine dinners, a beer festival, and two film festivals.


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Autumn’s Comforting Bounty

Nutrition blogger and food photographer, Cassie Elliott, utilizes the fresh foods of the season to create this flavorful, gluten-free dish.


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Stemma Brewing Co. Joins Our Beer Family

Stemma Brewing Company, owned by Jason and Kim Harper, has officially joined the Bellingham brewery scene—opening a taproom at 2039 Moore Street in June.


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Miracles on the 11th Hour

At 11th Hour Tea & Coffee Bar, owned by Bridget Gallaghur, customers come to relax and enjoy a variety of teas, golden milks, lattes, and espresso items.


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No Reservations

Mark Seymour, owner of the booming Drayton Harbor Oyster Company in Blaine, recently re-opened his oyster bar in a bigger space, just next-door.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Bramble from Swim Club Wet Bar—a rich, spiced cocktail to defend against the early fall chill.


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Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil talks tasty white wines for the warmer summer months, with a wide range of flavors, styles, and sweetness levels.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Summertime Blue from Fireside Martini & Wine Bar—a refresher that changes from sapphire blue to fuchsia in seconds.


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Ten Years of Delicious Eats

Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon in Anacortes—treasured for its fresh and local seafood—is approaching it’s 10-year anniversary, with some changes in store.


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I Scream, You Scream

We take a look at three of Fairhaven’s top-notch options for ice cream: Edaleen Dairy, Acme Ice Cream, and Sirena Gelato.


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Something Delicious

This month’s online exclusive covers one more traveling eatery—not a food truck, but a mobile food tent serving up some cheesy goodness.


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Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves is all about some of the tastiest local hot dogs—from gourmet to classic, summer wouldn’t be complete without them.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Salish Sea Daiquiri from Saltine—a fruity twist on the original Cuban cocktail recipe.


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Grain to Glass in Skagit County

Farmstrong Brewing Co. in Mount Vernon is making use of local grain—All of their beers contain some percentage of barley that was grown and malted locally.


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New Spot in Fairhaven

John Enright is the chef and owner of the new Cobalt Grill and Lounge in Fairhaven—serving traditional American fare with an emphasis on local seafood, natural products, and abundant bar selections.


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Summertime Seating

Discover new summertime spots near you with our list of the area’s most outdoor-friendly restaurants.


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Straightforward, Delicious, Fast Food

Step into this Orcas Island restaurant for breakfast or lunch—fit with homestyle cooking, large portions, bottomless coffee, and a friendly atmosphere.


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Polarizing and Popular

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil gives readers the inside scoop on Pinot Noir: common perceptions, best practices, and some budget-friendly recommendations.


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The Almighty Breakfast Salad

Sara Southerland invites readers to try out a nutritional breakfast that’s versatile, full of greens, and topped off with a delicious lemon garlic aioli.


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A Place for All Seasons

For those craving some artisan pizza and local beer, drop by Railroad Pub & Pizza—a cozy and cabin-like restaurant in downtown Burlington.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is Strawberry Fizz from Valley Shine Distillery. The perfect cocktail to leave winter behind and get in that summertime mood.


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Lime Time

This month’s online exclusive is a sneak peek at our summer barbecue feature — a grilled margarita shrimp recipe that is sure to wow your guests.


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Historic Icon, Classic Diner

When Tom and Barb Kilpatrick moved to Bellingham in 2001, a historic café became a classic Bellingham diner. Hilltop Restaurant brings more than just great atmosphere with its longtime Chef, Steven Herzog.


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Smoothie, To Go

Arlené Mantha, professional chef from Los Angeles, shares her favorite green smoothie so you can take a nutritional breakfast on the go.


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In Spring, Get Radishes for Pickling

With the coming of Spring, you’ll want to try this recipe for pickling watermelon radishes. They are nutritious and can be preserved for months.


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What the Heck is a Drink Called Shrub?

Josh and Tomo Kramer are the founders of Cascade Shrub Farm, bringing you a healthy, refreshing, locally infused cocktail and soda mix.


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IPAS, Hazy and Otherwise

Why are IPAS so popular? Nationally-ranked beer judge, Neal Tognazzini, tells all about the history and variety behind brewing IPAS.


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Cinco de Mayo Hot Spots

Celebrate the Mexican army’s win over France at the Battle of Pueblo with the best Mexican dishes around the North Sound this Cinco de Mayo.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is El Beso de Virginia from Northwater. This tequila-based drink is not a margarita, but a delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.


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Woodinville Wine Country Matures

Woodinville Wine Country is being put on the map as a true destination location. Wine lovers will find a large selection of wineries and restaurants to try.


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Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin features The Temple Vesper from The Temple Bar in Bellingham. Try pairing this cocktail with the “Everything Plate.”


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Seasoned Generously with Love

Cassie Elliot remembers cooking with her grandmother, Ella Gutknecht and shares a recipe for Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder, part of her 20-Day Sugar Detox.


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Changing the World Through Food

Sage Against the Machine is a vegan food truck run by Tara and Nate Johnson in Bellingham. The menu has homemade items and locally sourced ingredients.


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Easter Eats

We’ve found the best places if you’re planning to take your family out this Easter. Enjoy a brunch, buffet, or dinner menu at these local spots.


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Fork, Yeah!

The Fork at Agate Bay restaurant is under new ownership. David Kas and Paul Lawrence run the restaurant, while Chef Nora Kas oversees the menu.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is a Lemon-Rosemary Champagne Cocktail brought to you by Brandywine Kitchen in downtown Bellingham.


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Why the Emerald Isle Makes Black Beer

Neal Tognazzini shares his insights on black beer. Looking for a traditional way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish beer? Try Meance Brewing.


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‘Water of Life’

In Ireland, whiskey is known as the ‘water of life.’ Here is a list of a few local spots to find a good Irish whiskey and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right.


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Sips of the Season

Galloway’s Cocktail Bar hosted our Sips of the Season event. Manager Alli Sutherland and talented mixologists taught guests how to make winter cocktails.


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Historic, Destination Dining on Whidbey Island

Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island is under new ownership and is expected to open in April, with Jeff Towery as general manager and Chef Eric Truglas.


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Spectacular Seafood

Salmon and shrimp and crab, oh my! February features some of the restaurants and eateries in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan where you can find the best fresh, local seafood.


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For Valentine’s Day, Try Something Crisp, Pink or Bubbly

Dan Radil brings you a guide to non-traditional drinks to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Try something bubbly, pink, or cool and crisp for a change.


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Catch Plenty of Omega 3 With Your Salmon

Barlean’s Fishery Inc. in Ferndale provides fresh seafood for healthy eating. The company also manufactures and distributes Omega 3 supplements.


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Skewered Salmon & Calamari

Here’s a recipe from Chef Willie McWatters of Guemes Island for his Skewered Salmon & Calamari, which he makes using locally sourced ingredients.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin features True Love by Pink, an exotic cocktail using lychee made by Studio B. The perfect romantic drink for Valentine’s Day.


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A Toast to Ferndale’s Past

Robert Pinkley, Brett Wiltse, and Amberleigh Brownson of Leader Block Wine Co. and Eatery brings Ferndale wines and an Italian menu with PNW influence.


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Coffee, Healthy Food, and A Comfy Place to Wait for the Ferry

Andrea Hampton is the owner of Salty Fox Coffee – a Friday Harbor cafe with baked goods, Twisp coffee, art, and a comfy place to wait for the ferry.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin features the G, a cocktail created by managing mixologist Dakota Etley at Miller’s Back Door, next to Rumors Cabaret.


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Get Fueled with Fresh Flavor

Big Love Juice has two Bellingham locations, offering cold press juices made from local ingredients in addition to healthy, fresh snacks.


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Fit Plan for Life

Jenn Bachtel shares a few favorite recipes, like cold Asian salad and protein bread, as well as substitutions to keep your meals varied and nutritious.


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Winter Comfort

Cassie Elliot shares her recipe for a delicious butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. It is low carb and fits within her 20 day Sugar Detox.


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Dark Beers for Dark Days

Neal Tognazzini reminds us not to forget about dark beers during these long, dark winter months. Selections from Wander Brewing Co. are among the favorites.


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The Mixing Tin

December’s Mixing Tin brings you the toasted bourban mocha from the 13moons restaurant at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes.


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Big Views, Bigger Portions

Head down to Squalicum Harbor for some classic fish and chips or a burger and fries from Nicki’s Bella Marina, which overlooks Bellingham Bay.


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A Feast for the Senses, Seaside

For a seaside retreat and an exceptional dining experience, try the Whidbey Island Inn at Langley with executive chef Matt Costello and chef Emily Bell.


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At Home on Whidbey Island

These two wine bars on Whidbey Island are ideal for tasting: The Terrace Wine Bar and Bistro in Oak Harbor and Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room in Coupeville.


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Get Out for Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re looking for a night out for Thanksgiving dinner, we have a list of local restaurants open next Thursday in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties!


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Brussels Sprout Salad

This Brussels sprout salad from Samantha Ferraro of The Little Ferraro Kitchen will add Thanksgiving Flair if you’re looking for unconventional recipes.


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Lau Lau

The Lau Lau is a Hawaiian BBQ dish that may be an unconventional Thanksgiving recipe for many, but it could be the start of a new tradition!


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Ginataang Kalabasa

A Filipino cuisine, Ginataang kalabasa is a squash and coconut milk is an unconventional Thanksgiving recipe that will add a splash of color to your table.


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Duck!

Instead of turkey, try duck this Thanksgiving! Peter McWilliams of Doe Bay Cafe shares his unconventional Thanksgiving recipe for duck.


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The Great Turkey Debate

There’s always debate over how to cook a turkey. Whether it’s injecting vs. bringing, frozen vs. fresh, or roasted vs. fried, we have the pros and cons to help you make a great Thanksgiving meal.


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Thanksgiving Flair

Our Thanksgiving Flair Feature this month can help you deign a fall tablescape and decorate your home with pumpkins and more from Pier 1 Imports.


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Risk and Reward

Richard Kauffman of Riverhaven Farm is raising high-quality, free-range Thanksgiving turkeys. These small-farm birds are expensive, but certainly worth it.


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For Thanksgiving, ‘Tis the Saison

How are you going to wash your traditional starch-and-fat lover’s delight of a meal down this Thanksgiving? The answer: Saison.


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Fuel for Winter’s Fun

Here is a list of the best dishes on the Mount Baker Highway in Glacier and Deming. Stop in for a bite after a day of fun on Mount Baker this winter!


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The Mixing Tin

Cocktail consultant Mike Rothmeyer has developed three versions of the classic Mai Tai for The Union Tavern in Anacortes.


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Getting on Island Time

San Juan Island Brewing Co., run by brothers Tim and Sean Alyward and stepfather Verne Howard, offers tasty brews and wood stone pizzas on Friday Harbor.


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Looking to Bounce Back

Dan Radil gives an inside look into the current downturn of Whatcom County Wineries and which wineries were distinguished at the Northwest Wine Festival.


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Sense of Place, With Plates

Off Chuckanut Drive in Bow lies The Rhododendron Café, run by Lisa Cooney and Jim Kowalski, who use fresh, local Washington ingredients.


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The Mixing Tin

The Mixing Tin this month is showcasing a drink called Charlie, created by Karly Steffen, bar manager at Fairhaven’s Övn.


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A Daily Dose of Trendy Tacos in Bellingham

Goat Mountain Pizza owners opened a new restaurant last fall, this time a bar with tacos called Black Sheep. You can find them in downtown Bellingham.


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The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin showcases a cocktail called The Bullfighter, which can be found at The 202 in Downtown Bellingham.


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Swinomish Casino Scores

The Sports Bar & Grill at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge has upgraded their menu. Chef O’Neil is responsible for the new delicious additions.


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In Wine Versus Beer Debate, Wine Has Summertime Edge

Both beer and wine have a wide variety of flavors perfect for the season. Summer is the ideal time for a cold beer, flavorful white, or bold red.


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Baking School and Bread Lab Rise Together in Burlington

The Skagit Bread Lab is offering classes in their new King Arthur Flour Baking School to educate locals and give back to the community.


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Comfort Food Warming Up Downtown Bellingham

Saltine is the newest addition to Bellingham’s food scene. Located downtown in the arts district, Saltine is providing locals with warm comfort foods.


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Finding Sunshine in a (Beer) Can | Sip

Only the most radical (and misguided) beer snob would insist on a glass for every beer-drinking occasion. Smart drinking requires an appreciation of context.


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A Love for Food

Seeds honors the area’s culinary traditions not just by curating from local farmers and producers, but by preparing the ingredients in a manner that showcases their flavors.


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Mixing Tin

Maple and brown sugar? These flavors were made for each other, we all know that. But if you thought they existed only in your morning oatmeal, think again.


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Oooh-La-La: Swimming in Cocktails

The Swim Club cocktail bar in Fairhaven transports customers into a different world and a different time with their unique and authentic atmosphere.


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Looking Back: Seafood Story Earns Award

Magazine Won 2016 ‘Maggie’ for ‘Best Editorial Layout’ It’s always great to hear when our readers in the North Sound like what we’re doing here at Bellingham Alive, and other publications like Couture Weddings and NSL Guestbook….


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More Than Great Beer

In downtown Anacortes, the 105-year old building at 902 Commercial Ave. has been home to a flooring company, an antique store,…


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Passion Plates

Thanks to renowned chef Sabrina Tinsley, cuisine from the Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy can be found right in Seattle. Tinsley and her husband, Pietro Borghesi, co-founded their restaurant, Osteria la Spiga, in 1998. Due to their hardworking staff and supportive customers, Osteria…


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Chef With Sense of Place

Chef Jason Wilson is renowned in the Seattle area. His three local restaurants, Miller’s Guild, The Lakehouse, and Civility & Unrest, keep the locals satisfied and the tourists coming
back for more. He will soon be
adding another restaurant to his ever- expanding Seattle…


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A Taste of the Mediterranean

From her stove in Bellingham, Samantha Ferraro has cooked up a gourmet selection of Mediterranean dishes highlighting world cuisine and cultural…


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Tri-Cities and Prosser Areas: A Haven for Washington Wine Lovers

Western Washington wine lovers in search of a wine-related getaway should look no further than the eastern side of the state. The Tri-Cities and Prosser areas boast plentiful sunshine, a dry climate year-round, and scores of wineries that feature some of the best food and…


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Red Rum Tiki Bar | Mixing Tin

Heeeere’s Johnny! (With Your Cocktail) Are you ready to be transported to an island oasis? Take one step into Red Rum, the new tiki bar…


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Bellingham’s Drinking Scene Grows Up

Most of the watering holes in Bellingham glow with youthful exuberance and do-it-yourself charm. This is one of the things I love about the breweries in town: their unpretentiousness and aura of simple fun. But every now and…


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More Than Just Coffee

At any given time, Mount Vernon’s Ristretto Coffee Lounge & Wine Bar is abuzz with activity. An entrepreneur works intently on her laptop, two students discuss a project, old friends catch up on the cafe’s plush leather couch. A patron spends a few minutes chatting with owner Jenny Daley before rushing out the door, steaming cup of coffee and fresh veggie wrap in…


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The Mixing Tin – The Five Joaquins

This drink was named after the tale of the Five Joaquins. The Five Joaquins were, well, five guys named Joaquin. Between 1850 and 1853 it was reported that the Five Joaquins and a man they called “Three-Fingered Jack” were responsible for a majority of the robberies, murders, and cattle thefts in the Sierra Nevada. Joaquin Murrieta, the leader, was supposedly killed by the newly formed California Rangers, but who knows? What we do know is this:…


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Hidden Gem

Bellingham Cider Company Bellingham Cider Company’s head chef Dirul Shamsid-Deen has been a chef for more than 17 years, cooking in culinary meccas like New York, L.A., and Chicago. Far from…


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Fried and Unapologetic Fat Shack

Between the name and the marketing slogan: “Fat Shack—Late Night Done Right” there’s little question to whom this new restaurant, open as late as 3 a.m., is targeted. Popular items are burgers, wings, and their densely packed specialty sandwiches, some with names a…


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French Fundamentals in an English-Style Pub

Off La Conner’s main drag and up a hill sits The Oyster & Thistle Restaurant & Pub. Originally a hotel and restaurant (and…


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Vinostrology Shines As Downtown Bellingham Wine Bar And Lounge

Wine Bar Extraordinaire Bellingham native Katie Bechkowiak had plenty of experience in the restaurant and wine industries when she began toying with the idea of opening up her own wine bar. Then, while wrapping up a visit to the city’s Bloedel Donovan Park, she hopped in her car and…


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The Mixing Tin – The Brandied Cherry Collins

When you walk into The Blue Abode Bar in Barkley Village, it feels like you are home —even though it’s new to the neighborhood. A cozy spot…


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Meet the Chef

Chef Todd Alan Martin of Hundred North hosted his German-inspired dinner on Thursday, February 22 at Judd & Black Appliance in Mount Vernon. The four-course meal was full of comfort foods from parsnip soup to chocolate cake, each with its own flair and elegance. Martin’s attitude was laid-back, straight-forward, and far from over the top. His philosophy for cooking stemmed from a love of bringing people together around something they all…


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Marking the End of the (Traditional) Brewing Season

From Spring, Lager Awaits Its Day The older I get, the more I appreciate the seasons. Our lives are always emerging from somewhere, always headed somewhere. We always have something to remember and something to anticipate. And it all goes in a circle, so that we can say farewell to one season in the confidence that it will always come back…


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8 Great Tastes

If you’re looking to spice up your life a bit, look no further than On Rice Thai Cuisine. Their green curry is a creamy concoction of coconut, green curry paste, and basil. Who doesn’t wish they were on a tropical beach eating some fresh pork tacos? Aslan Brewing Co. offers vibrant and delectable Hawaiian pork tacos…


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Redefine Health Food

Shambala Bakery and Bistro If someone offered you a slice of non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan bread, what would you expect it to taste like? You might guess flavorless cardboard….


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The Mixing Tin: Pina Mas Macho

Redlight- Pina Mas Macho If you’re looking for a tropical treat to steal you away from the cold Bellingham weather, look no further than the Pina Mas Macho drink from the Redlight bar. Rum, infused with guava to give it a sweet exotic, flavor and basil to freshen it. With an ounce of pineapple juice and…


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Muto Ramen and Izakaya

Ramen, Revisited With the closing of the Japanese restaurant, Wasabee Sushi, last spring, it felt as though downtown Bellingham had been hit with a huge loss. Thankfully, Muto Ramen and Izakaya moved into Wasabee’s previous location on East Chestnut Street not long after it closed. The authentic Japanese restaurant caters to many of the same tastes as Wasabee, but with a stronger emphasis on ramen. Previous customers of Wasabee will notice that Muto has…


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Vagabond Station

Different and Delicious Imagine a crispy fried-chicken breast atop a fluffy biscuit, covered with melted cheddar cheese, and smothered with gravy. The Yard Bird sandwich is everything you didn’t know you were missing and it’s available at Vagabond Station in Anacortes. Until recently, Vagabond Station was a food truck specializing in Southern-style food: chicken and waffles, fried pork ribs, and Hoppin’ John…


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Mixing Tin

EAT Restaurant and Bar The Mon Dieu (My god) Ingredients: Captain Morgan’s rum, maple, lime, topped with BelleWood Acres Cider, $11 Tucked on the corner of East Chestnut and Cornwall in downtown Bellingham, EAT Restaurant and Bar is surprisingly upscale for its unassuming location. The cuisine is modern French with a strong emphasis on keeping the menu local and seasonal. For those looking for an elegant spot to grab a happy hour beverage…


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Five Faves

Cinnamon Rolls MOUNT BAKERY CAFÉ & BAKERY Definitely a mountaintop experience. Revel in this devilishly sticky unraveling of a treat nicknamed “cinnamon snail” in Danish pastry. Mount Bakery’s spiral-layered roll recipe originated with a Belgian grandmother from a family of master bakers. The uniqueness: hand-formed, laminated croissant dough — a switch from challah — and baked in a large-cup muffin pan. Slathered in butter, sprinkled sparsely with…


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Best Breakfasts

All of us do it. Some before dawn cracks a new day, while others prefer to wait until mid-morning. There are even those who do it almost at lunchtime. Doesn’t matter what time you do it, breakfast is traditionally the first meal of the day. Croissants in France, Poha in Southern India, Ngwaci in Kenya,…


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Walla Walla Wines Become a Growth Industry

The explosion of wineries in the Walla Walla Valley mirrors the impressive growth of wineries in Washington state. How impressive? Consider this: According to the Washington Wine Commission, there were 163 wineries statewide in the year 2000. Today the state boasts over 900 total wineries……


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BeachCastle Sweets

Something Sweet for Your Sweet Rule number one when making chocolate treats is to use good quality chocolate. “You can really tell the difference in taste” explained Linda Lewis, owner of BeachCastle Sweets in Anacortes. Lewis sells her chocolates in a handful of local stores and online, but she is also known for her interactive chocolate dipping parties where guests learn about chocolate, dip their own treats, and leave with about…


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Butcher Shop Bringing the Craft Back to Bellingham

Four years ago, Shaun Almassy wasn’t sure that he even wanted to become a butcher. After some convincing from a friend, he decided to try his hand at butchery. Almassy now finds himself up, at times as early as 6 a.m., prepping for the day ahead.


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Lynden Dutch Bakery

Beyond inviting visitors in for an afternoon treat or as a stop on their morning commute, Lynden Dutch Bakery caters for events, weddings, and company parties at a reasonable cost.


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A’Town Bistro…Your New Go-To Restaurant

A’Town Bistro Owner of A’Town Bistro in Anacortes, Timothy Moffitt, spent most of his life working in restaurants so he knew what he’d do differently when he got the chance to run things. For starters, A’Town Bistro sources ingredients from local food purveyors. About 85-90 percent of their summertime produce gets picked up from the Anacortes Farmers Market, he picks up…


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This Year, Resolve to Drink Smarter

Several years ago, shortly after the onset of my craft beer fanaticism, I made a New Year’s resolution: this year, I vowed, I would drink more beer….


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The Mixing Tin: Uisce Irish Pub

The Sidecar INGREDIENTS Christian Brothers Brandy, Orange Cointreau, house made sours mix, lemon twist, sugar on the rim, $10 Walking in, first impressions bring me back to an Ireland trip in the 1990s. Bartenders in smart ties, watching over a wall of near-perfect selections of gins, whiskeys, and scotch. Uisce (pronounced…


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The Vault Wine Bar

Bank on Blaine’s Rich New Wine Bar The Vault Wine Bar, in Blaine, is a restaurant in a unique venue: a former bank building. Teller cages and desks have been replaced with a sleek marble bar top and custom made tables. One wouldn’t exaggerate to say that no expense was spared to create this chic urban bistro. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow ample natural light and an enclosed deck invites diners to enjoy their…


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The Mixing Tin: The Cabin Tavern

The Classic INGREDIENTS: Brandy, triple sec, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, Luxardo cherry, $8 Being new to Bellingham, I’ve been looking for places that speak to me. The Cabin Tavern is one such place. Walking in, music plays at a perfect level. Old antlers adorn…


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Meticulously Made Food in a Casual Eatery

Dad’s Diner a-Go-Go Dad’s Diner A-Go-Go in Anacortes is the epitome of creative selecting and layering of flavors and textures on a plate. Add in the superior customer service in a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and it’s no wonder so many locals eat here weekly. Best friends Fletcher McLean and Neil Stuchal built the…


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A Hip Dining Experience

There is something about a busy coffee shop that feels welcoming. Voices struggle to be heard over the sound of the espresso machine pushing hot water through fresh ground coffee. Cups clink when they are…


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The Mixing Tin: 5th Street Bistro

The Naughty Schoolgirl INGREDIENTS Pama, 360 Raspberry Vodka, lemon juice and splash of Sprite, $7.50 Although the name may make you blush, the Naughty Schoolgirl from Anacortes’s 5th Street Bistro in the Majestic Inn & Spa is perfect for when you’re feeling, well, naughty. The vodka-based raspberry lemon drink is slightly tart and conjures a pleasant pucker after each sip. It’s a pretty pink drink garnished with…


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Modern Cabin Atmosphere Meets Country Cuisine

The Birch Door Cafe The Birch Door Cafe does not fall short on charm, variety, or serving size. Once you open the massive birch door and enter the spacious lobby, you’ll immediately be greeted by friendly service and enchanting smells. Opened in June 2017, the restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast and…


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The Original Farm-to-Table

Nell Thorn Waterfront Bistro & Bar La Conner’s Nell Thorn has been serving locally sourced food before it was trendy. It is one of the original farm-to-table restaurants in the area, thanks to forward-thinking owners, Casey and Susan Schanen. The husband-wife team are natives of Skagit Valley and have extensive food and wine backgrounds. The couple met about 25 years…


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The Mixing Tin: Bayou on Bay

The Refresher INGREDIENTS Choice of housemade infusion, muddled citrus, Sierra Mist and club soda, $9 The bar at Bayou on Bay has the comforting feel of a neighborhood tavern, but one located in a bustling intersection of downtown Bellingham. Step inside and settle in. Twinkling lights hang inside and romantic art scatters the walls. This makes the perfect place to sit with friends for drinks while watching the world whirl by from…


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A Scratch Kitchen Playing With Flavors

Third Street Cafe Earlier this summer, chef Maryna Frederiksen took over the kitchen at Mount Vernon’s Third Street Cafe. The Skagit Co-op off-shoot eatery has flourished under Frederiksen’s leadership and it doesn’t take more than a few bites of any dish to understand why. The locally procured, seasonal menu requires a bit of inspiration and imagination to keep fresh. Frederiksen feeds this inspiration with weekly trips to the farmers market and relies…


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Husband and Wife Team Up at Winery

Structure Cellars Owning and operating your own winery might seem like a pretty cool occupation, but behind-the-scenes challenges requiring time, money, and sweat equity can make getting there a daunting task. The husband-and-wife team of Brian Grasso and Brandee Slosar know that…


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Sedro-Woolley Eatery’s Hefty Sandwiches a Meal

The Bullpen Sports Bar & Grill Sedro-Woolley, located just 74 miles north of Seattle, has become a bedroom-community of commuters who travel the I-5 corridor to careers in larger cities. Sedro- Woolley’s rather isolated rural setting and evolving demographics have kept home prices affordable while, around the region, they increased. On downtown’s Metcalf Street, new restaurants such as Coconut Kenny’s pizzeria or revitalized and much-improved restaurants like The…


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Salt & Vine

A Charcuterie Lover’s Paradise When a new artisan cheese, wine and charcuterie shop opens in your neighborhood, you say “Yes!” and go…


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The Mixing Tin: The Black Cat

Sangria in the Rain INGREDIENTS Clear Creek Pear Brandy, Rene Barbier Catalunya Red Blend, lime, orange, pineapple, Sierra Mist, $8 Perhaps the most appealing part of choosing The Black Cat (or Le Chat Noir if you’re feeling French) for an after work drink or two is the view from upstairs. Set of the second floor of the historic Sycamore Square building in Fairhaven, The Black Car…


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Looking Beyond Just Flavor: Farm to Table in Fairhaven

Lovitt Restaurant The atmosphere of the Lovitt restaurant welcomes you with dim lighting, large farm style furniture, and the smells of fresh sourdough, herbs and spices. Kristen and Norman Six opened the restaurant in March with a commitment to bringing farm-to-table eats to Fairhaven. “We feel like there has been a farm-to-table movement but it hasn’t been accessible. It is good for people and American farms. We are trying to get…


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Bellingham Gets Hip with Beer

Melvin Brewpub Melvin Brewpub opened June 3 with an estimated 300 people lined up outside the door. Even with an abundance of microbreweries already in Bellingham, the community could barely contain its excitement for the native Wyoming brewery with a cult following. Melvin picked Bellingham over other, more populous cities (sorry-not-sorry,…


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Brews and Bicycles Bring Community

Cafe Velo In January, Kim Strang and husband Andrew Francis opened Cafe Velo, a European-inspired cafe with a twist — in addition to serving fresh espresso, the cafe houses a bike shop. While Strang serves up beer, wine, espresso, and cold sandwiches, Francis operates the in-house bike shop. The couple were inspired by their love of cycling and time spent abroad, where cafes are plentiful. Cafe Velo is not just a place to quickly…


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The Mixing Tin: Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill

The Waterside Citrus INGREDIENTS Hedge Trimmer gin, fresh lime, fresh grapefruit, a sprig of mint, with soda water, over ice, $8.75 With the summer finally settling in here in the Pacific Northwest, Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves up a drink that is sure to bring down your core temperature. When I stopped in, general manager Steve Beringer recommended the Waterside Citrus. Made…


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West Coast Dominates Domestic Scene

What would happen to the wine industry in the United States if, by some crazy chance, Washington, Oregon, and California were hit by a devastating plague that wiped out every vineyard in…


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Tank to Table

Goat Mountain Pizza Goat Mountain Pizza just might be the first living restaurant in Bellingham. To sustain local produce year-round, Goat Mountain has installed an aquaponics system. The in-house garden looks anything but traditional. With no dirt and no garden bed, you may not even notice the growth —…


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The Mixing Tin

Mambo Italiano Mambo Rosemary Margarita Mambo Italiano’s bar sits above the regular dining seating in the front of the café. Up the stairs and to the left you find the quaint bar. A small yet cozy atmosphere — not the place to bring a large group, but the intimate setting promotes friendly conversation amid close friends. The bartender, Breanna Fuqua, recommends Mambo’s Rosemary Margarita. One of Mambo’s hosts, Annie…


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Beer in One Hand, A Ball in the Other

Paws for a Beer If there are two things the people of Bellingham adore, it’s their beer and their dogs, not necessarily in that order. That was what Rylan Schoen was counting on when he opened his one-of-a-kind beer garden last November. Paws for a Beer is the only off-leash dog park and beer garden in Bellingham. The tagline: “A subdued dog bar.” In the small space…


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Reds for BBQ

Have you been ignoring red wines altogether during the summer months? Then it’s time to reconsider. Yes, a chilled white wine or rosé makes a great warm-weather adult beverage, but red wines deserve a little summertime love as well. Red wines pair…


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Bright New Light on Seafood

B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar at Four Points by Sheraton is an inspiration of architecture, interior design, and culinary imagination. Early this year, the hotel closed its previous restaurant, Poppe’s 360, and set about construction of this bright new and more contemporary restaurant. Large, unobstructed, floor-to-ceiling…


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The Mixing Tin: The Temple Bar

The Illuminati INGREDIENTS: Jameson, Elderflower liqueur, Drambuie, Genepy des Alpes, Angostura bitters, orange flower water, lemon peel garnish. Served on ice. $11 This month’s cocktail will have you raving like Alex Jones. With the number of sweet cocktails out there today, it can be easy to overlook a drink like the Illuminati, which would be a shame. It’s sweet at…


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Once Maligned, Rosés Are Here to Stay

As little as 20 years ago, rosé wines from Washington wineries were, more often than not, likely to be a novelty instead of a tasting room standard. But…


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Polish Food, PNW Style

Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage If you’re looking for a cozy restaurant with live music serving up European food with a Pacific Northwest flair, look no further…


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A Tasty Part of the Territory

Northwater Comfortable soft blue leather chairs, Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” playing in the background, a classy atmosphere, light entrees, and vast choices of cocktails and…


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8 Great Tastes | June


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Redlight Bar: Vanilla Bean Whiskey and MexiCoke

It is almost a cliché to describe whiskey as having a “smoky” flavor. But with the advent of infusion drinks, many different spirits seem to be getting new twists, and whiskey is no exception. Witness the concoction of vanilla bean-infused whiskey and Mexican Coke, which is Coke imported from Mexico that uses real cane sugar to give it a sweeter taste. No, the drink doesn’t have a…


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Top-Tier Winery

Goose Ridge Vineyard Since opening in 1999, Richland-based Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery has quietly and steadily become a major player in the state’s wine industry. Twenty-two hundred vineyard acres,…


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Soy House

When Soy House opened a few years ago, you could count the number of Vietnamese restaurants in the area on one hand. Since it opened, it has amassed a reputation for being a solid low-to-mid-price Vietnamese restaurant. Perhaps Vietnamese-fusion would be more accurate. Of course, one can order pho, the…


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The Bastion of Brewing

Tucked behind a Shell gas station, right before Highway 20 splits south towards Whidbey Island, is Bastion Brewing Company. Weekday lunchtimes draw the local working crowds. Visit in the evening and you’ll find the barstools filled with patrons sipping well-deserved beers after long days or refilling their growler jugs to take home. The weekends can be a bit…


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8 Great Mother’s Day Brunches


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Spring Bouquet

Celebrate fickle season with a versatile wine menu There’s an old saying around the Pacific Northwest this time of year: “If you…


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Sips of the Season

Cosmos Bistro and Portteus Winery On March 4, a sold-out crowd at Cosmos Bistro experienced a range of wines from Portteus Winery, paired with out-of-this-world small plates created by Cosmos owner Cinnamon Berg, during Bellingham Alive magazine’s Spring Sips of the Season. Dan “The Wine Guy” Radil explained to attendees why certain wine pairings are successful, what to do if you’ve made the wrong choice, and how Portteus became one of the state’s…


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A Prime Dining Experience

Max Dale’s Steak & Chop House In 1951 Max and Pauline Dale wanted to open a burger place within a sophisticated setting. Max Dale’s Steak & Chop House began serving exceptional burgers in a dining room of white-clothed tables and chandeliers overhead….


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Hearty Pasty Fills the Soul

Good to Go Meat Pies At Good to Go Meat Pies in Everson, you get some history baked in with the shop’s hearty pasties. Owner and founder Holly Bevan-Bumford hung up a picture of her great-grandfather’s confection shop in the dining area. Bevan-Bumford’s grandmother, Audrey, was just a little girl when her father owned the confection shop,…


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8 Great Tastes | April


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Wine Festivals Set for State, Vancouver

One of the many great things about living in Bellingham and the Whatcom County area is the “small-town feel” the region carries despite its close proximity to two major metropolitan areas. With Vancouver, B.C….


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Aged Filet Mignon with Rogue River Blue and Bordeaux Demi-Glace – 13moons

INGREDIENTS: • 7 oz filet mignon (USDA prime, aged, center cut) • 1 oz Rogue River blue cheese • 2 oz Bordeaux demi-glace • 1 ea. orange zest • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil • ½ ea. shallot (minced) • 2 ea. garlic (sliced • 3 ea….


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Truffle Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese – 13moons

INGREDIENTS: • 2 oz fresh Dungeness crab meat • 4 oz macaroni pasta • 6 oz heavy cream • 1 oz parmesan cheese • 1 oz Stilton cheese • 1 oz crimini mushrooms • 1 ea. shallots (minced) • 2 ea. garlic (sliced) • 1 tsp butter • 2 Tbsp white wine • Salt/white pepper • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil • ½ tsp white truffle oil • Parmesan herb bread crumb topping DIRECTIONS:…


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Meet the Chef – 13moons Restaurant at Swinomish Casino and Lodge

On February 9, guests braved the slushy roads to attend our Meet the Chef event. Held in the test kitchen of Mount…


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Small Plates, Big Taste, New Place

Galloway’s Cocktail Bar Galloway’s Cocktail Bar has taken over the space Daphne’s once held in Fairhaven, across from the village green. The new bar has retained much of Daphne’s old-fashioned feel but without the feminine vibe. The small space is dark and romantic with intimate booths perfect for a date night…


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New Bonefish Grill

Tasty Break for Shoppers, Travelers on I-5 Drive As the upscale, fish-scale version of popular partner Outback Steakhouse, the Bonefish Grill is well-positioned to meet the appetites of shop- and traffic-weary consumers along the Marysville-Smokey Point retail corridor on I-5. About midway between Seattle and Bellingham, it’s a good recharge stop. Smokey Point got its name in sleepier times, when…


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White Chocolate Mousse – 13moons

INGREDIENTS: 20 oz white chocolate chips 2 cup heavy cream 2 Tbsp granulated sugar 10 oz fresh cherries, pitted 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/3 cup brandy Shaved dark chocolate  asdfads DIRECTIONS: Place white chocolate into a double boiler, melt. Add half the heavy cream and whisk until completely melted and smooth, cool and set aside. Place remaining heavy cream and sugar to a chilled mixing bowl. Whisk. Fold white chocolate and whipped…


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8 Great Tastes | March


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Sally’s Secret: Saigon Sally’s

From the outside of the shop on the corner of 11th and McKenzie, you might miss the gem that is Saigon Sally’s. Formerly known as Jimmy’s Vietnamese Sandwich Shop, the restaurant, off the beaten path as it is, doesn’t necessarily beg for attention. It’s only once you step inside that you start to…


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Sipping Local Spirits: Valley Shine Distillery

During Prohibition, Ben Lazowski’s grandfather worked as a bootlegger for infamous gangster Al Capone. Young Ben grew up hearing stories of his grandfather’s adventures (with certainly a few misadventures) and exploring secret passageways in this grandfather’s Chicago home. It’s ironic that years of alcohol prohibition could spark a fascination with the stuff decades later….


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Treveri Cellars

Like a fine bottle of sparkling wine, Treveri Cellars, located just east of Yakima, has burst onto the Washington wine scene with style, character, and an understated air of elegance that have made it a…


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8 Great Tastes | February

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Budget Wines

With the holidays a distant memory in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on a new year, new beginnings, and, unfortunately for many of us, a fresh new set of credit card bills from the past season. The reality of our over-giving…


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Arlis’s Restaurant

Arlis’s Restaurant has been open at the same location for decades. Make no mistake, Arlis’s is quite clearly a diner in the…


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8 Great Tastes | January

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Splurge Wines

Whether it be gift-giving, party-hosting, or just plain old everyday shopping, this is the time of year when many of us pull out all the stops. Holiday gatherings with good friends, good food, and of course, good wines, seem to make the season just a little more special, and if that means going over our anticipated budget, why not? Certainly there are plenty of solid, value-priced wines to be had. But the holidays practically…


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Digging Up Something Unique

On a warm autumn day, I found myself on the sunny outdoor patio of Artifacts Cafe & Wine Bar. The small space inside the Lightcatcher opened its doors in November 2015. Though small, it is chockfull of wine of every kind. The museum had approached the owner of The Real McCoy asking if he’d like to open another location adjacent to the…


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8 Great Tastes | December


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8 Great Tastes Oct | Nov

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Artisan Eats at The Mill

Enter The Mill Bistro and Lounge in Lynden and let the warm atmosphere wash over you as the scents of housemade desserts fill your lungs. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with dark wood paneling, dim lighting, and comfortable leather-clad chairs. While classy, the style is not overpowering or intimidating. Although The Mill does make a great spot for a dinner date or a ladies’ lunch, the restaurant…


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Thanksgiving and Harvest Wines

The fall and harvest season is upon us, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and big, indoor feasts will soon be the order of the day. Trying to pull off a near-flawless menu, especially while coping with family and out-of-town guests, can be a thankless task. So you might be happy to…


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Nutty’s Junkyard Grill

Hand formed burgers hot off the grill, fresh cut fries, and old-fashioned hand dipped milkshakes are served up in style at Nutty’s Junkyard Grill in Arlington. Modeled after an old-school service station, this counter-serve burger joint delivers tasty food with a side of nostalgia. Enter through the door plastered with street signs and you’ll be transported to a wonderland of vintage garage decor inside—license plates, hubcaps,…


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History, Brews, and Food at the Diamond Knot Brewpub @ MLT

In Mountlake Terrace there is a strip mall best described as a foodie’s paradise. There’s Snohomish Pie Company, Romio’s Pizza, Double DD Meats, and, in the corner, the Diamond Knot Brewpub@MLT, which opened in 2014 after the 9,800-square-foot retail location underwent extensive renovations. The Brewpub features a 10-barrel brewery, a timber bar top reclaimed from a shipwreck, and signature burgers and pizza. Diamond Knot began in 1994 as a home brewing hobby for owners Bob Maphet and the…


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The Mixing Tin – Epulo Bistro’s Apple Pie

Ingredients: Dry County Small Batch Apple Pie Liquor, Fresh Lemon and Orange Juice, Maple Syrup, All Spice | $10   This time…


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Hawaii Comes to Fairhaven

The word “aloha” holds a variety of meanings in Hawaiian culture. Aloha could mean “hello,” “goodbye,”or “love.” For the owners of Aloha Poke, this commonly used word defines their way of life as they bring a part of Hawaii to Historic Fairhaven District. When…


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Meet the Chef

K & L Media teamed up again with the great crew at Judd & Black for our Meet the Chef demonstration dinner on September 8. Chef Matthew Romeo from Lombardi’s Restaurant of Everett and Mill Creek prepared and presented a four-course Italian extravaganza. Whole Foods provided appetizers presented by Olivia Yates, their marketing and…


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The Mixing Tin – The Redlight’s Elk Street

This beautiful bar with dark wood tones and exposed brick is the perfect place to cozy up with a friend and a perfectly balanced cocktail and enjoy the State Street…


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Piedmontese Flat Iron Steak – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Castello Banfi’s Belnero, Rosso, IGT Ingredients 1 each Flat Iron Loin or 4 each 8oz Piedmontese Flat Iron (can be purchased at piedmontese.com) 4 each Kumato Tomatoes 4 springs Fresh Oregano 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive…


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Honey Mascarpone Semi Freddo – Lombardi’s

Ingredients 4 cups cream 1 cup mascarpone 1 cups sugar 1 cup honey 12 egg yolks 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract Process In a mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the cream and mascarpone into medium peaks Add the honey to the cream and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form Turn the cream out into a large bowl Clean the bowl and whisk attachment then add the egg yolks and sugar-whisk until the yolks are pale…


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Roasted Yellow Pepper Carbonara – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Banfi’s Chianti Classico, DOCG Ingredients 1 lb Fettuccine 4 ea Yellow Bell Peppers 1 qt Heavy Cream 4 oz Pancetta Salt and pepper to taste Canola Oil or Pomace Olive Oil for coating the pepper Process Pre-heat the oven to 400 Lightly coat each pepper in oil, place on a sheet pan and place in the pre-heated oven Cook the pepper…


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Seared Ahi Carpaccio – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Banfi’s Pinot Grigio, San Angelo Ingredients lb Ahi Tuna 1 tbsp Kosher Salt 1 tsp Black Pepper 2 oz Arugula Zest from 1 lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tsp Gray Salt Canola Oil or Pomace Olive Oil for Searing Process Lay the Tuna on a cutting board and pat dry with a paper towel Mix the salt and pepper together and generously season the entire…


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Italian Eclairs – Lombardi’s

Enjoy with Banfi’s Florus, Moscadello di Montalcino DOC Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 1/8 tsp salt 1 Tbsp sugar, if used for a dessert 4 eggs at room temperature – very…


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The Mixing Tin – Beardslee Public House’s The Abyss

Beardslee Public House’s The Abyss Ingredients: Läka Gin, maraschino, lemon juice, créme de violette, soda | $11 In December 2015, Distiller and Sommelier Erik Liedholm and Chef John Howie opened…


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Frost

Three friends opened a small doughnut shop in Mill Creek Town Center in 2009. Fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and the recipe for a killer Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, the shop quickly gained a devoted following and nationwide acclaim. Frost built its reputation on “evolved” doughnuts: familiar favorites with unexpected flavors and delicious twists, created using high-quality ingredients. Local fans of the sweet treats lined…


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Moontree Asian Tapas

Moontree Asian Tapas boasts an impressive five-star rating average on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Facebook, so my expectations were reasonably high for my first visit. I’m happy to say that Moontree Asian Tapas doesn’t…


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Chow Wagon: The Rusty Wagon

Located just outside Lynden, the Rusty Wagon is a novelty stop for the whole family. Customers will be transported back in time right there in the parking lot, which greets hungry patrons with wooden horses, an old stockade, and a carved wooden cowboy settin’ a spell on a bench. Once inside, you’ll find large dining areas and a sports bar. The…


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The Mixing Tin

The Loft at Latitude Forty-Eight Five’s Strawberry Gin Fizz Ingredients: Gin, strawberry puree, soda water, lemon juice | $6 A sunny summer afternoon calls for two things: a seat with a view and a cold drink. The Loft at latitude Forty Eight Five delivers on…


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Sips of the Season–Poppe’s 360

Poppe’s 360 in the Four Points Sheraton was a great location for our summer Sips of the Season event on July 9. Guests enjoyed exceptional food…


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Wines for Grilling Out

Remember the “good old days” of outdoor barbequing? Assemble a stack of charcoal briquettes in the grill, saturate them with lighter fluid, set it aflame, and, more often than not, burn the food to a crisp. Then serve with your favorite six-pack of domestic beer and Kool-Aid for the kids. Today’s barbequing and outdoor grilling routine is often a major undertaking with glistening, stainless-steel,…


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Adventurous Brewing

On a perfect Fairhaven Saturday, a group of cyclists walked into Stones Throw Brewery. It was only noon, but the taproom was abuzz with activity. Owner Tony Luciano reached above the bar to pull a handle, TOOOOT TOOOT! The cyclists cheered at the sound, an old train whistle that someone gave Luciano. A passion for beer and outdoor fun inspired owners and WWU alumni Tony Luciano and Jack Pflueger to open Stones Throw Brewing Co. this past April. The…


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London Bridge 9 – Keenan’s at the Pier

London Bridge 9 – Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz Bellewood Honey Crisp Vodka • .5 oz St. Germain • ¾ oz Cranberry • .5 oz Lemon juice • Few dashes of grapefruit bitters • Top off with Cock and Bull ginger beer Can’t get to London this season? No need to cry a river, just treat yourself to a London Bridge 9! Measure…


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Lavender Collins – Keenan’s at the Pier

Lavender Collins, by Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz BelleWood Gin • .5 oz Lavender Syrup • .5 oz Lemon juice Top off with cold soda and garnish with fresh lavender sprigs. Measure into an ice filled martini shaker then shake vigorously. The frothy libation is poured into a tall glass and served with cocktail straws.


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Final Say – Keenan’s at the Pier

Final Say by Keenan’s at the Pier • Wild Turkey Rye • Yellow Chartreuse • Maraschino Cherry Liqueur • Lemon…


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Raspberry Tartlets – Crave Catering

Raspberry Tartlets from Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering FOR THE FILLING: • 3/4 cup raspberry juice (about 2 cups of fresh berries)…


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Braised Pork Shanks with Apple Mirepoix – Crave Catering

Braised Pork Shanks with Apple Mirepoix, by Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering • 6 skinless pork shanks, trimmed osso…


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Nuestra Paloma – Keenan’s at the Pier

Nuestra Paloma by Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz El Jimador tequila • .5 oz Cynar • ¾ oz Triple Sec • .5 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice • 3 dashes of bitters to add depth and a character Nuestra Paloma is an elegant drink…


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Creamy Polenta – Crave Catering

  Creamy Polenta by Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering • 3/4 cup dry polenta (golden corn grits) • 2 cups milk • 2 cups chicken stock • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese • Salt and pepper, to taste Bring 1 cup milk and 2 cups chicken stock up to almost boiling, then stir in polenta. Keep stirring as the polenta softens and thickens. When polenta is too thick to comfortably stir (after about 7 min) add the remaining cup of…


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Garden Variety – Keenan’s at the Pier

Garden Variety by Keenan’s at the Pier • 1.5 oz BelleWood Gin • 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice • ½ fresh lime juice • ¾ oz Green tea syrup • cold soda water The Garden Variety soothes that urge to muddle something. Drop three or four fresh basil leaves into a martini shaker and muddle gently.Too vigorous of a muddling could bring…


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Northwest Oyster Stew – Crave Catering

Northwest Oyster Stew by Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering 3 dozen cleaned Pacific oysters (ideally fresh and in-shell) 1/4 cup butter and 1 lb. butter (keep separate) 1 lb. all-purpose flour 2 fennel bulbs with tops 2 medium leeks, small chop 1/4 cup minced garlic 2 large white or yellow onions, small chop 1/2 cup BelleWood Acres Gin 1 gallon water 1 quart heavy cream salt, pepper, Tabasco, parsley, and tarragon to taste   Clean, trim and small…


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Frisee Salad with Gin Vinaigrette – Crave Catering

Recipe from Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering • Mixed greens with frisée • Finely shredded green apple and/or cucumber • Slivered almonds • Zest and juice from 2 limes • ½ cup BelleWood Acres Gin • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard • 1 tablespoon honey • ½ tablespoon chopped tarragon • ½ tablespoon chopped parsley • 2 cups grapeseed oil (or other neutral flavored oil) Add gin, lime juice/zest, herbs, honey and Dijon in a mixing bowl or…


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Churros – Acme Farms + Kitchen

Sour orange gelato, spiced dipping chocolate, and dulce-de-leche.


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Cochinita Pibil – Acme Farms + Kitchen

Banana leaf-braised Burk Ridge Farms pork shoulder, achiote-orange sauce, Samish Bay Queso Fresco, avocado, grilled orange, sopes, spiced Haricot Farms beans.


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The Mixing Tin

Bluewater Organic Distilling’s The Salish Sea Ingredients: Bluewater Vodka, housemade elderflower, lime juice, simple syrup, cardamom bitters, basil leaf | $11 Bluewater Organic Distilling’s tasting room and cocktail bar offers refreshing libations to both seafaring adventurers and landlubbers. It is a prime spot to observe the hustle and bustle…


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Spot Prawn Ceviche – Acme Farms + Kitchen

Try pairing this with Saison Du Kulshan: Farmhouse style Saison has a soft lemon and white pepper scent, light fruit flavor.


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Meet Chef Andrew Clarke

Judd & Black Appliance, Acme Farms + Kitchen, and Kulshan Brewing came together with North Sound Life for this installment of Meet the Chef, featuring Chef Andrew Clarke and his assistant Miguel Ryan. Cinco de Mayo isn’t really Mexican Independence Day, but it is the day that Mexico as an unlikely upstart knocked France on…


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Blackball Taiwanese Desserts

A line of excited customers winds around the tables and chairs to the door. It’s a Saturday afternoon at one of Edmonds’ newest additions, BlackBall Taiwanese Desserts, where patrons eagerly await a tasty treat of boba and sweet potato balls, crushed ice, and dessert soups. Located on the corner of Hwy 99 and 220th St. SW, the chain’s newest U.S. franchise, owned by…


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Beardslee Public House

Before the the Beardslee Crossing development broke ground in Bothell, a sequoia tree towered over the property. When Chef John Howie of the Beardslee Public House learned about the tree, he was determined to reclaim its wood and see to it that something of the tree’s former…


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Sea To Storefront

Birch Bay, Chuckanut Bay, Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, Larrabee State Park, Point Roberts, and South Birch Point are all public oyster and clam beaches.


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Meet the Chef Recipes

Acme Farms + Kitchen Meet The Chef featuring Andrew Clarke:


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Chinuk

It’s high time the folks in Bellingham discover what guests at the Four Points Sheraton already know—Chinuk Restaurant is well worth a visit. The executive chef Juao…


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Sips of the Season

On March 12, guests gathered—many of them North Sound Life event regulars—at The Loft for an afternoon of wine and small plates….


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Chanterelle Hometown Bistro

At home on Main Street in the quaint waterfront town of Edmonds, the Chanterelle Hometown Bistro is nestled in an historic building that was once the first hardware store in town. Owned and managed by husband and wife Randy and Brooke Baker since 1997, Chanterelle offers a cozy atmosphere, helpful and courteous staff members, and an eclectic variety of international dishes that make…


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Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

Executive Chef Matthew Romeo crafts signature, seasonal menus that succeed on presentation, quality, technique, and, most importantly, taste.


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EATing Well

EAT owner Eric Truglas pointed to the little chalkboard to which the bill was clipped. “L’ardoise,” he said. “The bill is called ‘l’ardoise’ in France, because the order and the check were written on little chalkboards or slates. Truglas greets his customers with a…


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A to Z Lunch Guide: J is for Jake’s Western Grill

J is for Jake’s Western Grill Barbecue doesn’t get better than Jake’s — smoky, delicious pulled pork or tender brisket — whatever you choose, be sure to make it here. Not up for a sandwich at lunch? Then grab some tender baby back ribs. Hooeee Jake’s knows exactly how to balance the flavors and make the ribs smooth, yet tangy. Chase it down with some sweet tea. 8114 WA 539, Lynden Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat….


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A to Z Lunch Guide: Z is for Zen Sushi

Z is for Zen Sushi Conveniently located right next to the Regal Barkley Village 16, Zen is a great place for a movie date. Sushi rides right to you on a conveyor belt. The house saki is good, and there’s…


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A to Z Lunch Guide: R is for Rifugio’s

R is for Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine Deming is the gateway to Mount Baker. It’s also a lovely setting for a great restaurant, Rifugio’s. Brunch and lunch specialties include frittata, a breakfast carbonara, breakfast…


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A to Z Lunch Guide : R is for Rifugio’s

R is for Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine Deming is the gateway to Mount Baker. It’s also a lovely setting for a great restaurant, Rifugio’s. Brunch and lunch specialties…


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Top it Yogurt Shoppe

You can see Top It Yogurt Shoppe’s swirled logo from pretty much everywhere in Snohomish’s historic downtown. It calls out to shoppers looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, and it does not disappoint. Once inside, it’s so bright and breezy that you’ll be feeling sunny regardless of the weather. Owner…


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Meet the Chef

On February 11, K&L Media and Judd & Black Appliance teamed up for Meet the Chef at Judd & Black Appliance’s test kitchen in Mount Vernon. Our special guests were Chef Justin Hawkinson of Crave Catering and Distiller John Belisle of BelleWood Acres. Located just north of Bellingham, BelleWood Acres is a charming U-Pick apple orchard and pumpkin patch that, on clear days, offers excellent views of Mt. Baker. John and Dorie Belisle planted the farm in 1996, and…


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Salt and Iron, Revisited

One year ago, Edmonds welcomed its first ever oyster bar and steak house. Before Salt & Iron’s grand opening, we reported on its development and interviewed co-owner and executive chef Shubert Ho. We’ve looked forward to reviewing it ever since. Salt…


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DiSaronno Sour

next time your work week gets the best of you, head to the Lighthouse and try the DiSarrono Sour.


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Red Wine Body Styles

You see it all the time when sifting through the wine section in search of the perfect bottle to serve with tonight’s meal: “body style.” But what does it mean?


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Via Birch Bay Cafe

Oh is a humble man, but he clearly takes pride in this lovely place that he’s had to build twice. May the waves stay at bay, because this seaside café deserves to stand the test of time.


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The Filling Station

The minds behind Avenue Bread are at it again but are taking a more retro approach to their second venture, The Filling Station.


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Kama’aina Grindz

The food may attract you, but you’ll stay for the atmosphere. Whether it’s your first time venturing into the eatery, or it’s your regular Friday night date spot, you’ll be greeted like family at Kama’aina Grindz.


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The Mixing Tin – The Hollywood Tavern’s Woodin Sidecar

The Woodin Sidecar served up at The Hollywood Tavern — an historic tavern adjacent to Woodinville Whiskey Co.’s production facility and tasting room — is a fantastic cocktail to sip this winter.


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The Hollywood Tavern

Located in Woodinville’s Hollywood District on a curved stretch of road in view of the iconic, tree-lined driveway to Chateau Ste. Michelle’s estate and across the street from the geometric concrete…


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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Graham Cracker Crumble: 1.5 Cups graham cracker crumb 1/3 Cup of melted butter 1/4 Cup of white sugar In a metal bowl mix the graham and sugar together, slowly add the melted butter and mix thoroughly.  Spread the graham mixture out on a…


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Sips of the Season featuring Signature Cocktails by Keenan’s at the Pier

 Keenan ’s at the Pier and The Chrysalis Inn hosted the inaugural Bellingham Alive Sips of the Season event on the restaurant’s open air patio. Gentle ocean breezes, fun people, and remarkable hors d’ oeuvres and fantastic cocktails made for an unforgettable afternoon. Keenan’s staff members presented appetizers paired with each hand -crafted cocktail. They also…


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Omega Pizza & Pasta

Since opening its doors in 1996, Omega Pizza & Pasta has filled the bellies and warmed the hearts of Granite Falls regulars as well as customers from throughout the Seattle metro area. A small town, family-friendly restaurant with a down-to-earth atmosphere, this Greek food hub is a hidden gem far off the beaten path. It offers warm, welcoming service and a surprising piece of celebrity charm. For nearly twenty years, owner Barb Petrakopoulos and her close-knit…


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The Table’s Herb Dumpling Recipe

Check out this Web Exclusive- The following recipe was omitted from Chef Dave Reera’s Pot Roast at the Meet the Chef event on September 10th, 2015. This is a great Fall or Winter dish to try!   Herb Dumplings all purpose flour,…


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Cosmos Bistro

Cosmos Bistro, located in the Herald Building, is destined to become one of Bellingham’s iconic restaurants. Recently opened by Cinnamon Berg, Cosmos Bistro offers guests a relaxing venue…


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Wine From Washington State

Reds Trust 2012 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla- trustcellars.com If you like light red wines like Merlot and Pinot Noir, you might enjoy a dive into the deeper, bolder flavor of a Cabernet Franc. The makers of Trust Cabernet Franc describe it as having “refined tannins, spicy aromas, vanilla with peppery accents, violet nuances and an understated elegance of some serious red and black berry, blueberry, and plum flavor.” Basically, it’s a great red wine without being too…


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The Lodge Sports Grille

Whether you’re looking for a cozy corner in which to settle down and watch the game with a beer in hand, or are in search of a lively hub to gather with friends, look no further than The Lodge Sports Grille. Serving patrons throughout…


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Amaro Bistro

If you enjoy the familiar Italian flavors of Il Bistro, a long-time Pike Place Market staple, try the owner’s new restaurant in Bothell—Amaro Bistro. When the owner, Nick Wiltz, and the Il…


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Salt & Iron

An Edmonds woman exclaims, “Oh yum, an oyster bar is coming!” while walking past the paper-covered windows at 321 Main Street. A poster on the door simply states “Salt & Iron. Oysters. Steaks.” Enough said, really. Edmonds has been without an oyster bar and steak house for as long as anyone can remember. Salt & Iron comes on the heels of Bar Dojo and Shooby Doo Catering Executive Chef Shubert Ho’s and business partner and…


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Fat Pie Pizza

Bellingham has a few great spots that serve up their particular delicious version of the cheese-laden pie. New to the mix, however, is Fat Pie Pizza, a bustling joint that specializes in the infamous Chicago-style crust, as well as the lesser-known Detroit crust. Owner James Swift dreamed up Fat Pie Pizza after holding a few pizza parties for friends at his own house. The house itself has…


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Five Faves: Spring Rolls

This issue we take on a journey to discover our favorite places to get spring rolls.


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Remarkable Vartanyan Winery

Siberia is, by extremes, a far cry from Whatcom County. It’s a chin-scratcher that a Siberian winemaker by way of Armenia would settle down in this part of the…


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Beach Store Café

Changes Ownership,Goes Local To visitors who don’t head to Lummi Island often, the changes to the Beach Store Café will seem subtle. At first glance, the restaurant looks the same with its cozy interior, warm wood floors, and waterfront view—albeit with fresh paint, sound panels, and woodwork. But in November, the restaurant re-opened under new ownership and…


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Tablas Woodstone Taverna

Adorned with orange accents and black leather, Tablas Woodstone Taverna greatly contrasts with the surrounding shopping center. The burning fire situated in the middle of the dining room foreshadows the food to come. The restaurant features Mediterranean-style foods that come straight from the wood-fired oven. The tapas dishes are designed for sharing, which allows groups of diners to try many items on the expansive menu….


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Green Smoothie Recipes

Green smoothies and juices are an optimal way to get those necessary servings of vegetables. Simple cold drinks like these can provide plenty of vitamins, minerals, good fats and fiber.


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Recipe: Spring Parsnip soup with sauted rosemary apples and fried leeks

Spring Parsnip soup with sauted rosemary apples and fried leeks (Vegan) Serves 8+ Soup Ingredients: • 1/2 cup almond oil • 3 onions peeled and cut…


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Pierside Kitchen

There are places we dine because the ambience is lovely, even though the food is questionable. There are restaurants we frequent because the food is…


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The Beauty of Bergevin

Riddled with many wonderful wineries, Walla Walla is one of those places where one couldn’t swing a cat without hitting an award-winning wine maker. Annette Bergevin, co-owner of Bergevin Lane Vineyards, is one of those winemakers.


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Pepper Sisters

What better way to escape the Pacific Northwest rain than to visit an eatery with Southwest flair? Situated on North State Street is Susan Albert’s restaurant, Pepper Sisters.


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Chuckanut Bay Distillery

Chuckanut Bay Distillery owners Matt Howell and Kelly Andrews aim to make the highest quality spirits using as many regional ingredients as possible. So far, the pair have created a gluten-free potato vodka and a…


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Ciao Thyme

  Warm interior. Friendly staff. Wholesome food. Ciao Thyme. After catering in the community for years, Jessica and Mataio Gillis opened their café, Ciao Thyme, in September of 2012. “Our mission has always been to bring people together through shared meals,” Jessica said. “Ciao Thyme is special because the food is cared for from farm to table and guests are encouraged to enjoy it with friends, neighbors and whoever they…


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THE REPP

The full-meal deal — starting with apps, is worth the calories you’ll put down with a visit to The Repp in Snohomish. Pay special attention to the Beer Battered Mushrooms, nearly free at $3, or an 8-ounce Top Sirloin dinner for a ludicrous $9. The bracing, balsamic Caprese Salad, with basil and…


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DIAMOND KNOT BREWERY AND ALEHOUSE

When in Rome, don’t forget to bring a good brew. Otherwise, you may as well visit the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse, where the only thing overshadowing their magnificent selection of Northwest ales is a selection of phenomenally authentic Roman-style pizzas. The extra-thin, crisp-bottomed crust comes finely draped with a tangy layer of secret marinara, spread hidden under an unusually stupendous combination of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheeses….


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CAFÉ SOLEIL

Built on a foundation of French-inspired flavors fused with Japanese classics, the original creations of Café Soleil promise to satisfy. Café Soleil’s reasonably priced menu succeeds in offering a balance of inspiring taste and hearty fill. Sushi, from the classic California roll to BBQ Eel, arrives aesthetically plated in slicing-quick time. The “traditional” side of the menu offers a gourmet choice of teriyaki salmon or chicken prepared with the chef’s own endearingly rich and sweet recipe of…


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SOCKEYE’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

The sunsets, suds and salmon at Sockeye’s Restaurant & Bar located on the north end of Lake Tye will reassure even the most greenminded patrons that something good can come from converting a vibrant swamp into a cookie-cutter lake. This romantic, casual dining spot is perfect for a relaxing glass of wine on…


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JANBO CAFÉ

Experience what may be Everett’s most authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Janbo Café. Don’t be fooled by its modest interior; one taste of the house specials will convince you that Janbo Café knows delicious food. Find a wide selection of chilled, fried, grilled or steamed appetizers, including…


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EMORY’S ON SILVER LAKE

Enjoy pristine views of Silver Lake and fine American cuisine with global influences at Emory’s on Silver Lake. Featuring a vast, varied menu of house favorites, even the most selective diners will find something at Emory’s to please their appetites. For…


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ANTHONY’S WOODFIRE GRILL

Anthony’s Woodfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s Homeport. The Woodfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just special occasions. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire…


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MYKONOS

Pita bread is pita bread, right? Not at Mykonos. If you order a starter of hummus, prepare your tastebuds for slices of pita bread heaven. If you consider yourself to be a connoisseur of Greek cuisine, try the traditional Greek salad as a litmus test. You won’t be disappointed. It is delightfully fresh and light and a meal by itself, with perhaps the best feta dressing…


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DIRTY DAN HARRIS

The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides warm, friendly waitstaff, quaint historic surroundings and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is owner Kathy Papadakis’ waitstaff. Most have worked here for years — and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. The Filet Mignon is…


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ANTHONY’S HEARTHFIRE GRILL

Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves the same quality food we’ve come to expect and love from Anthony’s other restaurants. The Hearthfire menu speaks to the everyday eater, not just the special occasion treat of Anthony’s. Seasonal items, like peaches or huckleberries in the summer, complement salads, entrees and drinks. Steaks, seafood and items on the Woodfire rotisserie round out the…


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CALLE

Newly opened, this eatery is already getting attention with a write up in Sunset magazine. Known for their take on Street Tacos — with six meat fillings to choose from and handmade corn tortillas — but…


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PRIMA BISTRO

A quintessential South Whidbey dining experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offers…


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Baicha Tea Room

Mind, Body and Soul Therapy with Tea The moment you walk in to Baicha Tea Room in Edmonds, the demands of the outside world give way to the deliciously blooming aromatic heaven enveloping you. “I can say tea equals aroma,” Narumol Budharaksa, owner of Baicha says with a smile. “You can just smell it, and it starts to work like how you smell a chocolate chip cookie and know it will be good.” The most important thing you need to…


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Recipe: Malbec Pots De Creme

Malbec Pots de Crème 2 C Malbec 6 oz Semisweet chocolate 2 C Hazelnut butter 12 Egg yolks ½ C Sugar 3 C Milk 2 C Cream 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Espresso powder Place Malbec in saucepan, reduce at slow simmer until only…


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Recipe: Wagyu Ribeye The Steak

Wagyu Ribeye The Steak 8 oz Wagyu rib steak per person Pinch salt and pepper The Garlic Mash 5 Yukon gold potatoes 2 Tbsp Minced garlic 3 Tbsp Butter 2 C Heavy cream 1 C Shredded Asiago To taste Kosher salt In a heavy saucepan, add cream, butter, and garlic Reduce to heavy paste Boil potatoes until fork tender Drain, and mash with cream reduction Add cheese and mix Salt to taste Pan sear in 400˚ oven…


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Recipe: Dungeness Crab Cakes

Dungeness Crab Cakes 2 Red bell peppers (diced) 6 Stalks scallions 1 Pinch Garlic 1 Tbsp Butter 15 Table crackers 1 Tbsp Mayo 1 Tbsp Old Bay Spice 1 Egg 1 lb Dungeness crab Sauté bell pepper and scallions with garlic in butter until soft Process crackers to…


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Recipe: Seared Scallops and Pear Salad

Seared Scallops and Pear Salad 20-30 Sea Scallops 20-30 strips Hickory bacon 1 Asian pear (julienne) 30 oz Organic greens 1 Grapefruit 2 Tbsp Honey 2 Tbsp Mayo 4 Tbsp Rice wine vinegar 4 Tbsp Pear puree Wrap scallops with bacon and…


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Meet Chef Michael Buholz

On Nov. 13, K & L Media partnered with Judd & Black Appliance to host Executive Chef Michael Buholz from The Loft at Latitude 48.5. Buholz welcomed the small audience gathered in the showroom’s test kitchen and shared…


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Nok’s Thai Cuisine

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try the delectable dishes that Nok’s Thai Cuisine has to offer, then your poor taste buds are being neglected. Reward them by diving into a fanfare of exquisite and well-priced traditional Thai appetizers and entrees, from Tom Yum — a lemongrass and lime leaf broth, perfect for a bitterly cold day, to…


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Bertelsen Winery

Regular I-5 commuters through Mount Vernon have likely seen the “Winery Coming Soon” sign along the northbound highway. It was an attention grabber for years, promising the imminent arrival of a winery that was curiously slow…


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TASTE OF INDIA

At Taste of India all the dishes are rich, delicious and truly feel authentic. Dishes come with your choice of pulao rice or the classic Indian bread naan. Taste of India offers a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, all with exquisite and well-developed flavors. There’s also a variety of flavors of naan, including garlic or spinach. For those unsure…


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FIRESIDE MARTINI & WINE BAR

Fireside is out to make a name for itself. By using fresh, local ingredients and a menu that changes on an almost daily basis (based on what’s fresh at the market that day), the Fireside has a lot to offer the casual diner and those more focused on detail. The Fireside claims to have the largest “by the glass” wine selection in Bellingham, none of which are served anywhere…


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VINNY’S

Owner Becky Day welcomes diners to Vinny’s Ristorante in Friday Harbor, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire of Chef Daniel Van…


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TOBY’S TAVERN

Overlooking the scenic Penn Cove in the center of old Coupeville, Toby’s Tavern offers diners a dive bar ambiance with a delicious menu of seafood favorites. Their famous bowls of Penn Cove mussels — served by the pound! — come fresh from the adjacent cove, and keep…


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MAGDALENAS

Paris, London, New York, Vancouver and Bellingham have them. Little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches and hot soup du jour fill the air. With a formidable selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate and your choice of fresh fruit. A…


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KURU KURU SUSHI

Kuru Kuru Sushi, which translates to “go around Sushi,” offers not only a good meal, but a good experience. Some of the offerings, like the Dynamite roll, are lightly tempura fried before being put on the conveyor belt to travel around the restaurant to hungry patrons. More traditional, classic sushi, like the raw salmon (which is buttery and delicious) also travels on the belt. A variety of non-fish…


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INDIAN FLAVORS RESTAURANT

At Flavor of India all the dishes are rich, delicious and truly feel authentic. Dishes come with your choice of pulao rice or the classic Indian bread naan. Flavor of India…


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HOMESKILLET

Owners Tina and Kirby named their restaurant after one of their favorite lines in the movie “Juno,” when the main character calls a store clerk…


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THE FORK AT AGATE BAY

As unassuming as they come, The Fork at Agate Bay is a quiet retreat of fine food and wine only a short drive down the east side of Lake Whatcom. Be careful not to be fooled by its quaint exterior; inside you’ll discover a surprisingly upscale atmosphere warmed by a welcoming and rustic charm. Opened in June 2009, it has gained recognition as one of Bellingham’s best restaurants, emerging as a favorite for…


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D’ANNA’S CAFE ITALIANO

If you’re looking for good Italian food without having to resort to a national chain, D’Anna’s may be the place for you. The emphasis here is on the food, not the frills. The restaurant stands out in many ways, but D’Anna’s delicious, homemade pasta is what really…


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CIAO THYME ON THE SIDE CAFE

For those who have experienced Ciao Thyme’s gourmet dinners and cooking classes, the new Ciao Thyme on the Side Café is a welcome addition to the delicious work of Jessica and Mataio Gillis, owners of Ciao Thyme catering. As with everything Ciao Thyme does, ingredients are fresh, local and in season. Choose soups, salads and sandwiches a la carte, or create a plate with a selection of all three for a hearty and satisfying lunch….


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BLUE FIN SUSHI

At Blue Fin Sushi, fresh sushi is used to create a variety of tasty options like the Tekka roll, which is seaweed, rice and tuna. The waitstaff is friendly and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs at work. Blue Fin also offers a full…


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BLACK PEARL

Bellingham has an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants; the trick is to find ones that stand out — like the Black Pearl. With all the available extras, it is almost impossible to get the same…


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BLACK FOREST STEAKHOUSE

Black Forest Steak house offers a versatile dining experience. It’s fancy enough for special occasions, anniversaries and graduation celebrations, but it’s also a place you’ll want to go to any day. Black Forest makes its steaks different than most other steakhouses: It broils them in a 1,600-degree oven, leaving the meat tender and flavorful. 1263 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham | 360.733.9185 638 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine | 360.306.8342 blackforeststeakhouse.com


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BAYOU ON BAY

Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun/Creole dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches and hush puppies, to name a few. A house-made remoulade, which accompanies many of the dishes, is worth the trip alone. The bar offers an extensive list of drink options. Bayou on Bay is a must for foodies as well as people just looking for a satisfying meal. 1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968, bayouonbay.com


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SEED’S BISTRO

Seeds Bistro in La Conner is a celebration of the fresh bounty of food offered in Skagit County. It offers simple dishes that highlight the fresh, exciting ingredients found throughout the Pacific Northwest. The menu features local selections rotated with the seasons. The macaroni and cheese features Northwest-favorite Cougar Gold cheese with a butter-crumb crust. Burgers are juicy, cooked perfectly, and…


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SAKURA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

Professional Teppan Yaki chefs take you on a journey of delicious and interactive dining at Burlington’s Sakura Japanese Steakhouse. Using the freshest ingredients and perfect seasonings, they stir-fry your meal right before…


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Sweets of the Season

Regardless of religion or tradition, so many of us have memories of a special treat at the holidays. From ancient ritual to cookie swaps, treats have been a part of celebrations in just about every culture you can name. The holidays are the perfect time to dust off some…


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RUSTY PELICAN CAFE

The Rusty Pelican Cafe is just what Mill Creek needs- surrounded by chain breakfast options– it’s a welcomed departure with their great menu options reminiscent of Maltby Cafe. This breakfast and lunch cafe may be located inside a strip mall off-shot from the bustle of Bothell-Everett…


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MCMENAMIN’S MILL CREEK

The northernmost outpost of the McMenamin’s family of brewpubs based in Portland, McMenamin’s Mill Creek has been a neighborhood mainstay for years. Craft beers are brewed on site, including the popular Hammerhead Pale Ale and Terminator Stout, which are deliciously accompanied by hearty, fresh pub fare. The house-made Baked Mac & Cheese is a favorite, and a full host of burgers (the Communication Breakdown), sandwiches (the Reuben…


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TOKYO HOUSE

Tokyo House’s perfection-driven cuisine provides patrons a joyful balance of fine quality ingredients and prompt, attentive service (and without Emerald City prices). An order of spicy tuna…


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DEMETRIS WOODSTONE TAVERNA

The fifth location for tapas restaurateur Sofeea Huffman, Demetris WoodStone Taverna along the Edmonds waterfront is Kafe Neo’s newest Greek inspired gastro-installation. You can tell they saved the best for last. With immaculate attention to interior detail, the granite slab bar and contemporary lighting make this a “who’s who” hangout for late night and happy hour specials. The menu is Greek-Mediterranean fusion…


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BAR DOJO

When longtime friends Andrew Leckie and Shubert Ho decided to open a restaurant, they wanted to create a culinary blend of cultures that would result in a new kind of dining experience in the Edmonds area. Executive Chef Ho incorporated…


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ARNIES

If you’re on the hunt for regional fare served with a beautiful view, look no further than this Snohomish County classic. Arnie’s Restaurant in Edmonds, Wash. is…


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SIAM THAI CUISINE

The North End option for those familiar with Siam’s Eastlake location, the food at Siam can satiate even the pickiest of Thai food fanatics. With a sleek, modern interior…


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WATERSHED RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

The Watershed Restaurant & Lounge features a wide variety of tasty appetizers, soups, salads, breakfast anytime, entrees, steaks, burgers and sandwiches. Or enjoy daily, all-you-can-eat specials from 4 to 10 p.m. The restaurant even offers Iron Skillet…


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BRANDYWINE KITCHEN

Named for the decadent heirloom tomatoes grown on their farm, the owners source much of their ingredients locally and hold the “from seed to plate” philosophy. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options (like rice-Panko Fish and Chips), and includes beer from both Boundary Bay and Chuckanut breweries. Try the Quinoa-Salmon Cakes with red pepper…


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THE OYSTER BAR

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. The cozy restaurant is housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations. According to owner Guy Colbert, the restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t…


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NELL THORN

This small-town gem located in the heart of La Conner brings in tourists and locals alike. They boast well-prepared and locally sourced fresh seafood as well as an extensive wine and beer list. The charming and cozy pub atmosphere, homemade soups and generous portions make for a great special occasion or romantic evening. Try the…


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Sea to Storefront

Catch, Cook and Chow Down in the North Sound Northwest natives know that our regional treasure isn’t gold, it’s pink. We’re talking salmon, and are we ever rich. We live beside an…


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TABLAS WOODSTONE TAVERNA

Upon entering Tablas in the Mill Creek Town Center, a friendly staff and circular fire welcome your arrival. This Mediterranean- Spanish fusion restaurant features some of the best tapas around, whether it’s for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Reflective of the restaurant’s name, the kitchen boasts a wood stone oven to cook dishes like Baked Brie, a sweet combination of apple confit, hazelnut and honey glaze, and Diamond Knot…


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TULALIP BAY

If you are looking for fine dining in Marysville, look no further. This award-winning restaurant strives for perfection in every way. The menu has a Pacific Northwest flair, offering a variety of steak and…


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ADRIATICA

Adriatica (formerly Neapolis) is located in old Lake Stevens, away from the hustle of Pioneer Square. Owner George Petropolis is eager…


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WASABEE SUSHI

WasaBee Sushi is a dining experience not soon to be forgotten. Deliciously fresh and succulent slices of fish resting atop carefully handsculpted pillows of rice are a sushi lover’s dream come true. Delicately sweet Hamachi, beautifully barbecued Unagi, and bright and glistening Ikura arrive on little porcelain plates garnished with freshly made wasabi and paperthin slices of white pickled ginger. It’s a refreshing break from the pink-dyed variety so often found in many sushi bars. Ambiance, incomparable quality and…


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TEMPLE BAR

Continually recognized for their craft cocktails and small plates, Temple Bar aims to please. Begin with the classic Temple Bar cheese plate, a collection of three rotating cheeses varying in texture and flavor. They are often paired with fruit, honey, toasted nuts and bread. Next, dive into a piping hot gratin, which varies based on what is in season. In between…


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THE STEAK HOUSE AT SILVER REEF HOTEL CASINO SPA

This award-winning restaurant offers elegant white glove dining and an intimate atmosphere. Prime-grade steaks are broiled at 1,800 degrees to…


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NEW YORK PIZZA & BAR

If you love pizza, then you’re going to love New York Pizza and Bar. Not just because of the crispy, handmade dough (made fresh daily) or because of the fresh, high-quality ingredients or the amount of them that top each slice. But because New York Pizza is the master of pizza diversity. Anything you want on a pizza you’re likely to find here. Regardless of what…


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THE COPPER HOG

Gastropubs are known for having pub fare with high-class style and high-class food, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Copper Hog. You can also find classic pub favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and poutine, as well a less-routine pub grub such as Ramen soup or ahi prepared a variety of ways. The Copper Hog also has a wide variety of beer, including local and organic brews. The menu…


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9 Restaurant

Nick Moss — the award winning executive chef at 9 Restaurant at the North Bellingham Golf Course — has definitely raised the culinary standard for golf course fare. Under…


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Samson Estates Winery- Samson and Delilah

Samson Estates  is nestled among the berry farms and pastures of rural Whatcom County, with the Mount Baker foothills in the distance. The tasting room staff is very friendly, and Samson’s wines are definitely worth the drive. As with most local vineyards, they source for their veritals (the Samson line) from Yakima and Columbia Valley. The Seven Horse Hills…


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A’TOWN BISTRO

Colorful photographs of farm scenes dot the walls of A’Town Bistro, summing up all this restaurant stands for: Fresh, local, seasonal food. Even the inside of this Anacortes restaurant feels farm-like, with simple wooden tables and flooring and no unnecessary…


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ADAM’S NORTHWEST BISTRO AND BREWERY

Adam’s Northwest Bistro distributes taste and dazzle through a broad menu from which a “Your Burger” — a real ground…


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TASTE OF PHO

Enthusiasts of Vietnamese cuisine will not be disappointed by the extensive menu of soups, noodles and rice dishes offered at Taste of Pho. Specializing…


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24 STAR THAI

Beautifully presented, flavorfully prepared and generously proportioned, the traditional cuisine at 24 Star Thai is an undeniably pleasant dining option for families on budgets, lovers of Thai spice or anyone on a neighborhood lunch rush. Their signature Pad Thai comes well-cooked with a fine balance of fish sauce and fresh garnish, spiced kindly to your…


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PROHIBITION GASTROPUB

When Chef Gordon Ramsay first visited Prohibition Gastropub (previously Grille) for an episode of “Kitchen Nightmares”, his first cuts involved their now-nixed belly dancer and “gloopy” chowder. But ever since the episode aired in April of 2013, this 1920’s throwback restaurant has been transformed in every sense of the word. Daily specials made from scratch feature spins on comfort foods like Mac and Cheese, all the while serving delightful dishes with a…


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PIROSHKY & CREPES: EUROPEAN BAKERY AND CAFE

Treat yourself to a sweet or savory treat at Piroshky & Crepes: European Bakery and Café near Silver Lake in Everett. A…


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WALNUT STREET COFFEE

Owner Pam Stuller has turned this former garage into a vibrant, modern space. Situated just off the main drag in Edmonds, Walnut Street Coffee is a true neighborhood coffee shop with a multi-generational clientele that…


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THE CHEESEMONGER’S TABLE

As its name indicates, The Cheesemonger’s Table is all about cheese. Enjoy the vast selection of more than 100 cheeses from around the…


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THE CAMANO ISLAND INN BISTRO

The Camano Island Inn Bistro on Camano Island is a destination worth the drive or ferry ride. Consider it for a romantic getaway, and reserve a room at Camano Island Inn to make a weekend out of it. A buffet-style breakfast is complimentary for inn guests every morning, serving up an assortment…


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TANDEM WINE AND CHEESE BAR

Tandem Wine and Cheese Bar owner Lisa Havens often greets her customers with a hug. Her welcome makes it seem like she invited them to her home for dinner. Her husband Brad Havens is tucked away, cooking in the cozy kitchen. Looking for ultimate comfort food? Try their creamy macaroni and cheese made from local ingredients. Or try the Butternut Squash…


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RUSSELL’S RESTAURANT & LOFT

Tucked away in a beautifully restored barn, Russell’s Dining Room offers a rare culinary experience in the Canyon Park area of Bothell. With renowned Chef Russell Lowell at its helm, frequenters flock here from Seattle and beyond to sample exquisite cuisine that has been appreciated by local icons, international celebrities and global leaders alike. And that’s just the guest list. The menu is even more impressive. From their savory New Bedford…


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PRESERVATION KITCHEN

Preservation Kitchen is located in the historic 1916 Kaysner home built for the mayor of Bothell and once was a French cuisine kitchen ran by Parisian, Chef Gerard Parrat in the 1970s. With such grandeur hidden in the bricks, it’s astounding that the food surpasses its past. Whether you choose something off the Farm to Kitchen Fresh Sheet or…


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BONEFISH

By combining fresh seafood, a relaxed, romantic atmosphere and pleasant waitstaff, this Mill Creek restaurant has evolved into a favorite among Snohomish and North King County residents. Top choices include the succulent, spicy Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, an assortment of grilled fish with…


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BISTRO SAN MARTIN

Chef Martin Estrada-Perez presents a menu that offers regional cuisine from Escargot with Garlic Butter to Tiger Prawns and Flat Iron Steak that is mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. The fresh…


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Five Faves: Washington Rosé Wines

1. Syncline | $19 The winemaker’s tasting notes describe the 2011 Syncline rosé: “Our creation of this wine is in direct response to our love of crisp, dry Rosé. The color is a striking pale rose with aromas of strawberry, stone fruit and melon. Each grape lends unique attributes to the overall complexity.” Blend: 33% Pinot Noir, 17% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 15%, Carignan, 9% Mourvedre, 9% Counoise…


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Hoosoonyi

“Fresh, authentic and delicious.” That’s a pretty standard sentiment from the regulars at Hoosoonyi. Located in one of the many unassuming strip malls along Highway 99, Hoosoonyi has been serving the community Korean food since 1996. The number one menu recommendation — soon-doo-boo, a soft tofu soup. The dining experience is simple and…


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Than Brothers

Imagine a blustery, cold day with the dark settling in early. Now think about taking a detour to get a bowl of perfectly spiced, warm pho. Than Brothers has been a Seattle institution since 1996 — and now they have locations in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Everett. Everybody who…


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Dumpling Generation

Dumplings seem to be all the rage these days. Several restaurants have opened throughout the greater Puget Sound metropolitan area. Edmonds is one of the fortuitous recipients — and with arguably the best of the bunch. The menu at Dumpling Generation is…


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GROUCHY CHEF

Let the stern chef on the Grouchy Chef’s logo be a warning to you. When Chef Masumoto arrives to take his diners’ orders, he emphasizes…


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TAQUERIA LA RAZA

One visit to Taqueria La Raza, and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu is simple, and the food is overwhelmingly flavorful;…


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PETITE SWEET BAKERY & CAFE

Recently relocated from Arlington and now in the former Pave Bakery location, this hometown bakery and café is too good to pass up! Inspired by European and American culinary style they source quality ingredients with a focus on local. Offering pastries, cakes and pies call which all call to your inner sweet tooth. Fresh-baked…


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LANA THAI

Stepping through the doors of this Central- Everett favorite is truly like stepping into a Thai palace. The opulent décor matches the colorful, flavorful food that brings diners the best of Thailand. Soups, salads, noodle dishes and curries, Lana Thai offers an extensive menu that “embodies the joy of eating.” 7825 Evergreen Way, Everett 425.438.3888, lannathaieverett.com


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STONE POT

Stone Pot isn’t just a clever name, but the clever little pots and skillets many of the meals are served in. The Stone Pot Bibimbap is a medley of vegetables with choice of meat or tofu that…


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SCOTTY BROWNS

Scotty Browns offers an edgy, energetic ambiance, a varied menu of mainstream and upscale creations, and excellent drink options for all ages. Outdoor dining is a popular alternative during warmer weather. The selection of beer, wine and cocktails is broad enough to accommodate most any mood. If you are into martinis or cosmos, try the Mr….


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MI MEXICO

Mi Mexico’s reputation as one of the local favorites among Mexican food lovers is well deserved. The experience starts with a warm, friendly, professional waitstaff in an enjoyable, upbeat atmosphere. And from there, Mi Mexico separates itself from the competition with a choice of traditional and non-traditional Mexican dishes that few Mexican restaurants in the Pacific Northwest offer, all made with the freshest of ingredients available. From your first bite of Mi Mexico’s…


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IL CAFFE RIFUGIO

Richard Balogh has brought fine dining to the “wilderness.” Fifteen miles out on Mount Baker Highway, just past Deming, is a funky old café that has been transformed into an oasis for people who enjoy good food and coffee. Menu items befit their Italian name with panninis and frittatas for Saturday/ Sunday brunches; Cioppino is a summer dinner menu highlight. Dinner menu changes weekly, begging for a second trip. A small covered deck with colorful lanterns sits adjacent to…


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FIAMMA BURGER

One word speaks volumes about Fiamma Burger: variety. With six different patty types (including homemade veggie, bison and salmon) and more than 17 menu options, there are endless possibilities for a burger masterpiece. You can even get a “burger in a bowl,” served without the bread. And with extra things to add on like fire-roasted green…


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TRUMPETER PUBLIC HOUSE

high-end, fine dining and English pub variety. Try traditional pub selections like shephard’s pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an apricot honey glaze or crab mac and cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with gluten-free dishes, and the option to make…


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CONWAY PUB & EATERY

Don’t let tiny Conway fool you — this pub packs big flavor. Though the town is unincorporated, business is never slow in this watering hole. Farmers often come here after a hard day’s work as well as bikers making a pit stop on a scenic weekend ride. Their food matches their patrons’ big appetites, such as the blue cheese burger topped with crisply fried shoestring onions or the mouthwatering oyster burger. Packed…


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THE FREELAND CAFE

For more than 35 years, The Freeland Cafe’s been serving Whidbey Island locals a dawn-till-dinner menu of American breakfast classics with a mix of Hawaiian flavors. A stack of three savory pancakes stuffed with delicious, sweet blueberries marks a signature favorite among the carb-craving regulars, while a hearty egg breakfast with crisp, sizzling bacon charms away the hunger of nostalgic hometown…


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DUCK SOUP INN

Sitting on the border of the woods at Duck Soup Inn is one of the most delightful dining experiences you’ll likely experience. The outside eating area of this restaurant — located almost midway between Friday Harbor and Roche…


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Constructing A Cheeseboard

The beloved and always appropriate cheeseboard. Most likely, you will encounter the time and place where you will have the desire or necessity to construct one. I certainly have, and never…


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Snohomish Wine Journey

Washington Wine Country—it’s a descriptor that has become as much a part of our state as apples, evergreens and rain. Although we might not have joined the ranks of Napa yet, we’ve certainly earned some recognition. With many wineries, small and large, growing in popularity and earning awards—and areas that have capitalized on tourism that’s centered around tastings— wine has added a…


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Compass Wines

A mecca for hard-to-find Washington wines! The Shop Compass Wines opened its door 11 years ago on Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. The owners have about 16,000 bottles of wine in stock and constantly taste wines to find others they would like to…


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La Conner Channel Grill

La Conner Channel Grill is the place to refresh yourself after wine tasting at Silver Bell Winery, meandering through art galleries or lingering on La Conner’s waterfront. La Conner Channel Grill is a cheerful little restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining. The days of yore décor and the dark interior lighting help make the dining room a cozy, comfortable place to pass the time. Owners…


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Lullaby Winery

Virginie Bourgue completed her migration to Port Townsend, Washington in 2010. In June of this year, she celebrated the opening of Lullaby Winery tasting room. This seaside community reminded her of her old stomping grounds in the South of France. “Everything is in place here, balanced: Port Townsend reminds me of my childhood…


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Working the Gate: Kate Gerwin and Russell Davis take Poppe’s 360 pro

The team at Poppe’s 360 have always been known for their extensive martini list, making Poppe’s a favorite among area cocktailistas. But what had been a reliable bar before is now becoming craft cocktail central for our area. Their secret sauce is the consulting team…


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Apples & Oranges- Pairing Wine, Beer & Spirits

Ten strangers met on a warm summer evening in Bellingham, WA for a night of wine, beer and cocktail pairings…


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The Cork, The Tap & The Cask- A guide to drinking locally

1. North Fork Brewery 6186 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming northforkbrewery.com The home of the Beer Shrine, North Fork was established in 1997 by Sandy and Vicki Savage. Sandy is the former head brewer at Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley, CA. He brews in very small batches, so the beer menu is in regular rotation. The North Fork…


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TRAILS END TAPHOUSE

A homespun, casual dining experience that offers excellent cuisine and an ‘everybody knows your name’ atmosphere, Trails End Taphouse is for comfort food aficionados. Featuring home-cooked entrees and 28 craft brews on tap, diners can sit fireside for a date night or belly up to the bar with their buddies, respectively. Menu standouts include the Steak Salad with Blue Cheese, a delectable combination of mixed greens, tomato wedges, red onions and thinly sliced grilled steak, and the…


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JOHN’S GRILL

Consider John’s Grill on the corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue in Mukilteo for your next special occasion. John’s offers some of the finest steak and seafood in Snohomish County. Chef and owner John Alden has worked in the culinary industry for years in the San Francisco Bay Area, before moving north to the Puget Sound. Although very much a “meat…


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AZUL TEQUILA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT

Azul Tequila Lounge & Restaurant provides a warm, upscale atmosphere and a fresh take on Latin-inspired dishes. Mexican favorites, such as the Enchilada Verde or Carne Asada, are paired with Caribbean specialties, including St. Thomas Coconut Prawns and Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops. Southwestern flavors also make an appearance…


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HUNAN PALACE

Authentic Chinese dishes with fresh ingredients make for one of the best Chinese dining experiences in the county and beyond. Not to-be missed dishes include the Hunan Special Beef Beef, Sizzling Scallops, Sauteed Broccoli with Tangy Sauce (and tender strips of pork) and the Wok Wonton Soup. A full bar is also available. 2821 Pacific Ave.,…


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CURRY BISTRO

Downtown Everett’s Indian cuisine finds its nest in the ever-popular Curry Bistro restaurant. The prompt servers stay busy filling flavorful orders of tender Lamb Vindaloo,…


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CAROUSEL CAFÉ AND ICE CREAM

Carousel Café and Ice Cream, nestled off Bothell-Everett Highway, serves delicious lunch and dessert items. Best known for homemade ice cream that can be mixed with specialty toppings on a stone slab, the café is a well-kept local secret. Not only is the ice cream homemade, but also its breads, donuts and pastries. For diners seeking more than just…


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SLO-PITCH SPORTS GRILL AND CASINO

Conveniently located right on Meridian Street, Slo-Pitch is known for their mouth watering hamburgers and wide variety of chicken wings. Offering a large menu and serving breakfast all day long they are the perfect place to catch the game and grab a beer….


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BRASATO

Enjoy European-inspired cuisine in historic downtown Snohomish at Brasato. This modern Euro-American bistro with a view of the Snohomish River is open for dinner seven days a week. Start your meal with one of the shareables, like a plate of risotto croquettes made with an array of fresh vegetables and roasted red pepper aioli. Follow your appetizer with a…


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IVAR’S MUKILTEO LANDING AND FISH BAR

Whether you’re waiting for the ferry to South Whidbey, or taking a scenic stroll along the lighthouse boardwalk, Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing and Fish Bar stays open late…


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SUPER MARIO’S

Serving fresh, healthy meals with the customer in mind is what Super Mario’s is all about, and it’s the consistent flavor and quality of the food that keeps bringing people back. The house specialty Carne Asada is perfectly seasoned and tender. The veggies are chopped fresh daily, nothing is frozen, and nothing is cooked until it’s ordered. In addition, keeping in line with their healthy…


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KEENAN’S AT THE PIER

Keenan’s at the Pier is located inside Fairhaven’s Chrysalis Inn & Spa. With stunning panoramic views of Bellingham Bay, any seat in the restaurant or bar is an excellent choice. Executive Chef Robert Holmes uses fresh ingredients that are regionally sourced, and the menu changes frequently. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and a number of tasty options are available for under…


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Il Granaio

A nice helping of freshly made linguine twirls in a pool of light, sweet tomato broth. Mussels, clams, scallops, sumptuous shrimp and calamari peak out from the heap. The bright…


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San Juan Vineyards

Established in 1996, San Juan Vineyards is a Puget Sound American Viticultural Area winery destination for locals and tourists alike. The wine room, a renovated schoolhouse that was built in 1896, is an easy 10-minute drive from downtown Friday…


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Recipe: Waygu Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Pear and Truffle Demi-Glace

Waygu Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Pear and Truffle Demi-Glace Wagyu Beef tenderloin a Japanese-style of beef, and the most tender cut you can get. Slightly springy, delicately marbled, it is a rare find these days, but a worthy one. • ½ gallon beef or veal stock/broth • ½ bottle red wine • ½ ounce shaved truffles, or other…


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Recipe: Pan Seared Halibut with Pork Rillon and Stoneground Fennel Toss

Pan-Seared Halibut with Pork Rillon and Stoneground Fennel Toss Peppery without being too much so, this second course was both substantial enough to be an entrée, and yet delicate enough to be a small plate. Fresh halibut makes a huge difference in quality. The fennel toss was tangy…


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Recipe: Warm and Cold Lamb Caprese Lamb Tenderloin

Warm and Cold Lamb Carpaccio Caprese Lamb Tenderloin This appetizer combines the delicacy of shaved lamb with the fresh flavors of a traditional caprese. Heirloom tomatoes add flavor and texture, as does hand-made mozzarella. The saffron is a quiet undertone. This dish is perfect for a summer patio dinner. • ½ cup Kosher salt • ½ cup medium course black pepper • ½ cup chili powder • 3 Tbsp olive oil • 1 lb heirloom…


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Meet the Chef: Chef Perry Mascitti from Tulalip Resort Casino

On May 15th, Bellingham Alive and Judd & Black Appliance hosted Chef Perry Mascitti, who created a beautiful threecourse meal that drew on the seafood, meat and produce of our area. Perry is the Executive Chef at Tulalip Resort Casino. After his education at the Culinary Art Institute, he spent…


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Honeymoon

Mead, also known as honey wine, is said to have been the first alcoholic beverage, coming before both wine and beer. Originating in Northern China and Dating back to 7000 BC, this beverage has been part of cultures all over the world. Many say mead was…


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MUKILTEO LODGE

Mukilteo Lodge exceeds expectations with its warm, rustic and inviting ambiance. The Lodge features wide, cavernous, wood-beam ceilings, polished log walls, and thoughtfully designed lighting and sports decor. With 35 beers on tap, a wide selection of wine, and an impressive dinner menu, patrons won’t want for the company of…


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KAFE NEO

Kafe Neo might be a delightfully surprise offering its extensive menu of rich and delicious Greek food. The ever-popular gyros come in dozens of combinations, with lunchtime prices below…


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TAMPICO

A North-Everett neighborhood favorite, Tampico is the quintessential family Mexican restaurant. Warm greetings welcome diners, followed by fresh tortilla chips and house made salsa. Don’t miss the Tacos Al Carbon, tender skirt steak broiled and served in tortillas…


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EVVIVA WOODFIRED PIZZA

If you like authentic Neapolitan pizza, look no further than Evviva Woodfired Pizza in Edmonds, where pizza is created with pure, simple, fresh ingredients and baked on the floor of an…


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CABBAGE PATCH

From fine dining to home cooking, the Cabbage Patch has been serving up delicious meals to patrons of this downtown Snohomish restaurant for more than 30 years. Traditional favorites such as a Prime Rib or Turkey dinner, Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie share the menu with contemporary…


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LOMBARDI’S

The original Lombardi’s was a Ballard favorite, and the Everett Marina location has been inundating diners with a heavenly blast of roasted garlic that is Lombardi’s hallmark since 1998. Lombardi’s pays homage to the seven honored ingredients of Italian food — olive oil, garlic, pasta, tomatoes, olives, basil and love….


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MALTBY CAFÉ

Maltby’s famed Cinnamon Rolls — roughly the size of your head — are the prime draw to this country-quaint café, but are just the start of a menu filled with home-style cooking and grandiose portions. Choose from breakfast all day, with menu items such as Northwest Potatoes & Eggs or the Prime Rib Omlette. Voted Best Breakfast Place by Evening Magazine viewers 2009–2011, you can’t go wrong. The lunch menu includes a vast…


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LUCKY DRAGON PHO

Lucky Dragon Pho, a Vietnamese noodle house, located in Frontier Village next door to Albertsons, is a great place for a simple, inexpensive meal. The Pho, a soup of rice noodles with vegetables, and your choice of meat in a unique and flavorful broth, is sure to become a favorite winter comfort food (or hangover cure). Vermicelli noodles, served with tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, cilantro and crispy fried shallot, all…


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LUCA’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE

Enjoy distinguished Italian dishes and ambiance at Luca’s Pizzeria and Ristorante in Lake Stevens. Luca’s is an award-winning, family-owned establishment that has been delivering authentic Italian cuisine to Snohomish County residents since 2003. Luca’s offers…


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FRED’S RIVERTOWN ALEHOUSE

Located in historic downtown Snohomish, Fred’s has been bringing great beer and great food to the community since 1994. Who could pass up the Mick Jagger Fries — sweet potato fries tossed with butter and brown sugar, or the Black Porter Gumbo made with Deschute’s Black…


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GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO

Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante Italiano provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful…


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13MOONS AT SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE

Located within the casino 13moons is sure to catch your attention. Situated on the waterfront offering a lodge atmosphere which is warm and inviting. The menu offers a wide variety including First Plates, Entree Salads, Seafood…


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VINNY’S Ristorante

Owner Becky Day welcomes diners to Vinny’s Ristorante in Friday Harbor, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly…


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ON RICE

Ask any local or college student: On Rice is the place to go in Bellingham. With its affordable lunch specials and three locations around town, it’s easy to enjoy one…


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INDIGO KITCHEN & ALEHOUSE

Although Indigo is located in a busy shopping center, its surroundings are nearly forgotten when you enter the warm ambience of this Lynnwood alehouse. The rich wood furnishings of Indigo’s interior entice patrons in for lunch, dinner and happy hour seven days a week. Between the happy hour prices and portions, Indigo is the place to be for hearty appetizers at a sound price. The happy hour menu features items like Gumbo, Meatloaf Sliders and Baby Back Ribs for…


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CHRISTIANO’S PIZZA

This casual, come-as-you-are restaurant is a hit among the locals. Best known for its pizza and pasta, diner are sure to be pleased with the excellent food, generous portions and affordable prices. If you are in the mood for a salad, try Christiano’s version of Spinach Salad — it is our…


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THE TABLE

Folks who have enjoyed the fresh, handmade pastas of the Bellingham Pasta Co. from their local market can now experience them served with a helping of marinara, alfredo or pesto sauce at the Pasta Co.’s restaurant, The Table, which is named for the long family-style table that fills the center of the dining room. Pasta is not the only item on the menu: starters, salads, sandwiches, pot…


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SKYLARK’S HIDDEN CAFE

Syklark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven is worth seeking out. From decadent breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict and house specialty Banana Bread French Toast…


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ROCKET DONUTS

With two locations, Rocket Donuts is an icon in Bellingham for its delectable donuts and sci-fi themed storefronts. The donuts are made fresh daily, giving them their fluffy, soft…


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Doe Bay Cafe

Whether you’re heading toward the San Juan Islands or don’t mind taking a trip for an unbelievable meal, be sure to make reservations at the ever-popular Doe Bay Cafe….


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Bacchus Bistro

Delight in the flavors of Bacchus Bistro Langley, B.C., restaurant promises intriguing combinations.


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Holiday Entertaining – 7 Stress-Less Tips

I love to entertain. In fact, I do it for a living, which means I also understand the stress entertaining at home can bring. But you can throw a party sans the stress. Here are some of my tips to have a fabulous event and entertain with style.


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Savor the San Juans

For the entire month of October, the San Juan Islands host the annual “Savor the San Juans,” a self proclaimed medley of food, art and culture.


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Elizabeth Station

Just west of downtown, nestled alongside All About Flowers, awaits Elizabeth Station, a convenience store opened in early March 2012.


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TORRE CAFFE

If you want an excellent early morning espresso or a taste of old Italy for lunch or just a mid-afternoon break, Torre Caffe is the place to go. It’s authentic, right down to the co-owners, Pasquale and Louisa Salvatti, who came here from Genoa in 2005. Traditional Italian lunch fare (soups, salads, paninis and lunchsized entrees) is made daily with the freshest ingredients….


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PEL’MENI

Step off busy State Street after your late night festivities for an inexpensive and satisfying fill of plump dumplings. Stuffed with either meat or potatoes, these dumplings are piping hot and sprinkled with cumin, paprika and…


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JAKE’S WESTERN GRILL

True country ambiance paired with outstanding barbecue makes Jake’s a must. The ribs are fall off the bone yummy and did we mention the cornbread! Jake’s also features a full line of fresh-cut salads, burgers, Southern sandwiches and a full-service bar. If you’re a true lover of Southern barbecue, you owe it to yourself to take a drive down Guide-Meridian and give Jake’s Western Grill a try. 8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.354.5588, jakeswesterngrill.com


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Jalapeños

Fresh, flavorful and family-friendly, diners will want to make a return visit.


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North Fork Brewery

Mount Baker Highway is home to a plethora of dining options, but at the North Fork Brewery you can get beer, pizza, tie the knot and visit the beer shrine all under the same roof.


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Happy Hour Hot Spots

My Mission: Comb Whatcom and Skagit counties for the happiest of happy hours and challenge my discriminating palate for the best these two counties have to offer in the form of inexpensive food and drinks.


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Scotty Brown at Bellingham International Airport

Scotty Browns, a favorite Whatcom County dining destination, opened a new location behind the security line in the new terminal at Bellingham International Airport.


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Toast the Winemakers

Meet the men and women behind the craft of wine making at six Washington wineries…


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