An Edmonds kind of 24 hours | Arts & Appetite

By Maria A. Montalvo | Jan 29, 2019

Last week, I unintentionally embarked on a 24-hour tour that perfectly represented the name of this column, Arts & Appetite, here in Edmonds.

As with any time spent in discovery without an intention but to wander, this experience of the Edmonds Bowl did not disappoint.

A friend and I had not had time together in a while and decided to attend the opening of the Cascadia Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Painters of the Northwest: Impressionism to Modernism.” This, along with two other new exhibits, was previewed in the Beacon last week.

Be sure to visit during these cooler winter months, because the art inside portrays the stunning beauty of Washington and Oregon in all seasons. The artists featured, such as Roi Partridge, Sydney Lawrence and the remarkable Edgar Fortner, depict truly northwest scenes – high alpine flowers, beautiful peaks and dock and port views.

Before the exhibit, we decided to walk across the hall to 190 Sunset and have a snack and a drink. The restaurant itself is plush and slick at the same time, with a bar that invites you to meet and converse with other patrons or to disappear into the background.

The indoor seating was nearly full on this Wednesday, since it was not the time or the weather to sit on their substantial outside patio. Happy hour at 190 Sunset offers an impressive and very well-priced list of cocktails and snacks.

We each ordered our favorite cocktails, of course checking the bar for local distillery, Scratch, and the ahi poke nachos. 190 takes mixology seriously, and it shows in the quality and attention to detail, and the nachos were, in a word, fantastic.

We did not have time to stay for dinner, but truly enjoyed our visit, the service, and every bite and sip.

After perusing the show, we went less than a quarter mile north to Dimitris Woodstone Taverna for dinner. Although we have been there many times, on this night we went to confirm they were now serving the Impossible Burger, a vegan burger that eats like the real thing.

The menu is Mediterranean-inspired, but you can find anything you could possibly crave. Although the Impossible Burger was not on the menu, our waiter confirmed they still have them (and I hope they always will). We also ordered the slider trio and roasted cauliflower.

My vegan burger was served with perfect fries (just the right cut and fry), a soft, toasted bun, and fresh condiments. The cauliflower was still crisp but caramelized and topped with Parmesan, while the sliders even included a gyro sandwich. I only wish we had the appetites to order more.

On Thursday, I attended a meeting catered by The Cheesemonger’s Table (I cannot review due to my personal connection), and heard from several people going to the show at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Jan. 17, “Bella Gaia,” including the pre-show talk (free to the public) about indigenous perspectives of earth and space.

We in Edmonds are very lucky to have access to the quality of artists that ECA brings, at a reasonable price, with special shows and reduced pricing available.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts, or ECA, will finish of the 2018-19 season with an amazing schedule of shows. Just this week, ECA hosted a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 29 brings Trombone Shorty and Orleans, a show recognized internationally by jazz aficionados of all ages and backgrounds.

Trombone Shorty has played with everyone from Zac Brown to the Foo Fighters, and headlines the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Wednesday, Jan. 30, my husband and I are extremely excited to see John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett, two greats of quintessential country/folk/blues Americana.

February features Kidstock, two educational matiness for teens, an after-school magic camp, a special dementia series presentation, a performance by a Chinese dance troop, a concert with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, and much more.

You have to sign up for ECA’s newsletter. Did I mention the season ends this spring with Ronnie Spector?

 

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