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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A hot pot for a chilly day | Arts & Appetite

I have to guess that most people have already been to the Boiling Point in Edmonds – on a cool day, when the chill in the air makes you shiver? Since we have had a few of those... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Drive-by dreaming at Caravan Kebab | Arts & Appetite

Ah, how I love the Caravan Kebab restaurant. Every time I drive by their sign at Firdale Village, my mind (and stomach) dream of pierogi. Those potato-filled dumplings, a... — Updated 9/17/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Fruits of labor exist because of labor | Moment's Notice

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.” – Abraham Lincoln We just... — Updated 9/10/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The soundtrack of my life | Moment's Notice

"After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexplicable is music." – Aldous Huxley Music is a celebration in times of joy. Music is a refuge in times of pain. To... — Updated 8/27/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Yummy ... It's in the name | Arts & Appetite

I am dismayed to say that we have another amazing fried chicken restaurant in Edmonds: Yummy Teriyaki & Fried Chicken. Why on earth would I express concern over the deliciously... — Updated 8/27/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Rage: It's all the rage | Moment's Notice

“Rage,” from the Latin meaning “frenzy” or “madness,” is a noun referring to explosive anger or furious intensity, and a verb meaning “to act or prevail... — Updated 8/13/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

An absolute gem for sandwiches in Lynnwood | Arts & Appetite

There is a new sandwich place in town – in Lynnwood, that is. LASA Sandwiches and Pearls (not the gemstone kind but the traditional Filipino tapioca pearls) recently opened near... — Updated 8/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

And I could really care less | Moment's Notice

“I could care less” is one of those commonplace and misquoted phrases. Many other colloquialisms may be more egregious, such as the painful overuse of “literally” to... — Updated 7/30/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Monday, sushi Monday | Arts & Appetite

A recent visit from out-of-state friends necessitated finding a new sushi spot. You see, our friends arrived on a Monday, and as several of our local sushi restaurants are closed... — Updated 7/30/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A great place to live: Perception as reality | Moment's Notice

We live in a pretty remarkable place. Having grown up and lived in many other states and countries, I cannot imagine living anywhere else in America. Washington is beautiful ... — Updated 7/16/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Kahlo's Cantina: A long-awaited dinner | Arts & Appetite

Most of us who travel by or near the Edmonds ferry have been anxiously awaiting the completion of the major remodel of the spot now known as Kahlo's Cantina. We saw the signs go up... — Updated 7/16/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Blackbird Café & Bar: A most successful makeover | Arts & Appetite

We humans are usually not so fond of change, especially the change of a favorite "neighborhood" restaurant. A couple of years ago, this column featured Hill's Restaurant & Bar,... — Updated 7/9/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

That avocado is worth how much? | Moment's Notice

We have all heard of blood diamonds, but how about green gold? Gangs and organized crime groups are stealing this green gold across South Africa and Mexico, and from New Zealand to... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A van of the times | Moment's Notice

A few months ago, I met up with a former student who had been spending most of the pandemic driving across the States, seeing the country, and making money driving for Instacart sin... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

I love, therefore I am | Moment's Notice

One of my all-time favorite jokes is about Rene Descartes and his famous words, "I think, therefore I am." Descartes arrives at a party and is welcomed by the host, who is very... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Life of a Home | Moment's Notice

Home is where the heart is. There's no place like home. Home, Sweet Home. For all our lives, we organize everything around home, whatever form it takes. We leave home to go to the p... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Earth Day and Chomsky's Big Brain | Moment's Notice

A friend recently noticed my Gnome Chomsky in the backyard...a fabulous little garden creature in the likeness of Noam Chomsky, standing above the spring flowers. It reminded me... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Renewal, COVID-Style | Moment's Notice

resurrection n. res·ur·rec·tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən \ 1 a: the rising of Christ from the dead b: the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment c:... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Giving a Kind Word, More Often | Moment's Notice

“Kind words are worth much but cost little.” – George Herbert Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers seek out and are influenced by online reviews of businesses—as the... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The politics of dancing | 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 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The books that rewrite our stories | 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 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Simply the Best | Moment's Notice

You're simply the best Better than all the rest Better than anyone Anyone I ever met Tina Turner has been having a bit of a best-ever year. In addition to one of her songs... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bystanders | Moment's Notice

by·stand·er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \ bystander : one who is present but not taking part in a situation or event : a chance spectator I was thinking the other day about a call I... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Roller Coaster of Mores | 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 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

19 years of cheese

The message on the signage, the website, social media is consistent: The Cheesemonger’s Table will be closing permanently on April 1, 2021. Strom, Maria, and the whole team from T... — Updated 3/19/2021


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