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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

At Charcoal, chefs meet the artists | Arts & Appetite

After visiting Charcoal, the new restaurant in downtown Edmonds tucked inside the Graphite Arts Center, I planned to title this review "Food as Art." However, when I asked Mary... — Updated 12/10/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Cocktails in a beautiful, chill setting | Arts & Appetite

The tasting room at Scratch Distillery is still a bold and bright space, and serves as the perfect setting for the expanding repertoire of our very own local distillers, Kim and Bry... — Updated 11/19/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Truly modern thinking at Cascadia Art Museum

"That exhibition was such a surprise," my Mom said as we walked away from Cascadia Art Museum after seeing their current exhibition, "Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist: An Issei... — Updated 11/12/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

85 Degrees Bakery | Arts & Appetite

My mom heard about the 85º Bakery in Edmonds and asked if I had ever been there. Oh yes, I replied, but just as quickly responded that it had been too long. We stopped in for... — Updated 11/5/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A few rainy-day bites | Arts & Appetite

The weather forecasters are telling us to prepare for a longer, cooler, and wetter fall and winter than we have experienced for the last few years. If the rain this week is any indi... — Updated 10/29/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Dumpling Generation:  The specialty is HOT | Arts & Appetite

The experience of my recent visit to Dumpling Generation will only build on the original effusive review (April 2019). The dining room exudes the very reassuring combination of... — Updated 10/22/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Everything about Hawaii is comforting, even the food | Arts & Appetite

We in the Pacific Northwest are lucky to be as close as we are to Hawaii. It may be six hours away, but when you are talking about taking in the beauty and gratification of being... — Updated 10/15/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A first look, and a look back at some great returns | Arts & Appetite

The last few days of summer brought sunshine and an apparently universal impulse to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds – and tastes. With no shortage of options in our... — Updated 10/1/2021

 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

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

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

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

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


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 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021 Full story


Near or Far, Both of these Spots are Worth the Visit | Arts & Appetite

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 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Dinner and the theater, COVID-safe | Arts & Appetite

Dinner and theater tickets? Possible during a pandemic? Yes, thanks to our very own Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and a new restaurant in town, Fire & the Feast. I was nearly... — Updated 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021


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 7/6/2021


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