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Driven to abstraction at Cascadia | Arts and Appetite

A lot is happening at Cascadia Art Museum. Over the past year, the museum has expanded its permanent collection, expanded its reach across the art world (from New York City to... — Updated 6/18/2021


What's Old is New Again: Vinbero Builds on the tradition of The Cheesemonger's Table |Arts & Appetite

Today was a very good day. For the first time in nearly two months, my husband and I and mom enjoyed a French Onion grilled cheese sandwich, a Turkey Brie, and a Gourmet sandwich... — Updated 5/29/2021


Impossible to Choose Just one at Bucatini | Arts & Appetite

The other night, we were in the mood for hearty, delicious Italian food but did not have the time to make homemade pasta or different sauces to satisfy our individual cravings or... — Updated 5/13/2021 Full story


Near or Far, Both of these Spots are Worth the Visit

The last few weeks demanded comfort food! When there is much going on in the world around you, or maybe you finally got that appointment for the COVID vaccine, there is nothing... — Updated 4/30/2021


A Day at the Museum, at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts & Appetite

Museums are open again! During a recent visit to Cascadia Art Museum, we were among the carefully monitored visitors who felt comfortable enough with COVID protocols and that we... — Updated 4/16/2021


The politics of dancing | A Moment's Notice

"At the root of the varied manifestations of dancing lies the common impulse to resort to movement to externalize states which we cannot externalize by rational means. This is... — Updated 3/12/2021


Across the border, Vietnamese sandwiches | Arts & Appetite

I broke the rules a little bit for this Arts & Appetite restaurant review. I traveled over the border – the Snohomish-King County border, that is. It is barely a quarter-mile... — Updated 3/4/2021


The books that rewrite our stories | A Moment's Notice

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." – James... — Updated 2/26/2021


Teriyaki: The yummiest of Seattle originals | Arts & Appetite

Ah, teriyaki. We all remember in our teens or 20s and feeling like we had found this amazing "real meal" when we were just starting to form our own eating habits and preferences. He... — Updated 2/19/2021


Pizza Diaries, Volume 2 | Arts & Appetite

After the first volume of the Pizza Diaries in The Beacon's Art & Appetite column last month, Beacon readers shared many of their experiences searching for the perfect pizza pie in... — Updated 2/4/2021


A refreshing lack of complexity

The Inca lived by three simple rules: “Do not lie. Do not steal. Do not be lazy.” This lovely and simple approach to life was the code of conduct that guided most aspects of... — Updated 1/29/2021


Pho: Classic comfort food at Than Brothers

Sometimes, especially on a chilly, cloudy day, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of noodles in steaming hot broth. Pho, the Vietnamese soup traditionally made with broth, rice... — Updated 1/22/2021


The Roller Coaster of Mores | A Moment's Notice

Who likes a roller coaster as much as I do? Strapped in tightly by a three-point restraint to a plastic seat, looking about anxiously from several stories high, anticipating (and... — Updated 1/15/2021


A change in political climate? | A Moment's Notice

We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When we talk about the climate these days, it is the political... — Updated 12/3/2020


In Lynnwood: The perfect potato – and much more | Arts & Appetite

Peruvian cuisine is known for its potatoes. After all, more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grow in the Andean highlands of Peru, Boliva, and Ecuador. But Rinconcito... — Updated 5/31/2019


For the love of trees at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts & Appetite

Cascadia Art Museum’s current exhibition, “Woodland Reverie: The Art of Helen Loggie,” surrounds you with trees, just like many of our favorite spots in Washington. Helen... — Updated 4/18/2019


From Scriber students: Another form of ‘Light’ | Arts & Appetite

This past Saturday evening, more than 120 guests were treated to a remarkable performance for the Scriber Lake book release at Edmonds Lutheran Church. Titled “Listen: Young... — Updated 2/23/2019 Full story


Bringing art home in Lynnwood | Arts & Appetite

The Lynnwood Arts Commission took a larger than expected step toward initiating its mural program and supporting more public art throughout the city as more than 350 patrons... — Updated 2/10/2019


Holiday cheer at Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds | Arts & Appetite

With its current exhibition, “Vintage Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists, 1909-1990,” Cascadia Art Museum shows us the personalized family holiday card before the age of... — Updated 12/14/2018


2 restaurants that taste like home

They say you can’t go home again. But you can eat like home again. My husband and I were both born and raised outside of Washington. He is from New Mexico, and I grew up in... — Updated 11/14/2018


The stories behind the images at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts & Appetite

With its current exhibition, “Invocation of Beauty,” Cascadia Art Museum achieves another milestone in the northwest arts community – the first in-depth study of the work and l... — Updated 11/2/2018


A great stop for Greek food | Arts & Appetite

When I mentioned the great, “new” Greek place I found called One Stop Market & Deli, they all said, “Oh yeah. It’s been there for three years. I love that place.” The... — Updated 9/21/2018

 By Maria A. Montalvo    News

Connecting means creating hope

Suicide leaves its mark on all age groups. On June 16, a 33-year-old woman jumped in front of a BNSF train in Edmonds in an incident witnessed by many, including children. And... — Updated 9/20/2018


Demonstrating artistic range and influence | Arts & Appetite

Growing up, I was surrounded by visual art painted by women – the majority by my mother, but I also vividly remember constantly studying art books with Mary Cassatt and Georgia... — Updated 8/23/2018


Why can’t I just eat my waffle?

Just over 10 years ago, then-presidential candidate and Sen. Barack Obama sat in a diner as a reporter questioned him on a litany of subjects, including Middle East peace. He... — Updated 7/18/2018


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