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With generous amounts of shredded chicken, cannellini beans, and green vegetables - This white chili version is ready in a fraction of the time thanks to the pressure cooker.....Click the image below to see Coco Morante's recipe at Simply recipes

But thanks to the incredible, scientific development of options like Darigold FIT, making the best choice for his health doesn’t always mean skipping what he wants. Nor does it mean sacrificing flavor.

I get it. Starbucks is a big-box chain. There’s one on every corner. They aren’t ‘unique.’ Howard Shultz let the Sonics leave Seattle.

I understand all the arguments against Starbucks. And, I love me some mom-and-pop local shopping.

But here’s the deal — I also really like Starbucks. Sure, I’m not going get some ultra-inspiring experience at the green mermaid. But it offers a few things that make it invaluable in my world.

1. Free Internet
2. Consistency
3. Holiday Panini
4. Mobile Office
5. Free (or Cheap) Refills
6. Rewards Program
7. Dog-Friendly

Which Starbucks do I like the absolute best? The on Lake Union! Follow the link in my profile to find out why.

Are you a fellow Starbucks lover? What would you add to my list?

The Camano Island Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 24th annual Chili & Chowder Cook-Off!

24 different local businesses will wow your taste buds with their chili and chowder and YOU get to decide who wins!

The booths will be creatively decorated, and there will be live music playing!

Enjoy HUGE raffle items, beer/wine for purchase and overall FUN for the whole family!

Cost is $10 for 10 tastings per person when you order your tickets HERE, otherwise tickets sold at the door for $15 for 10 tastings.

Come HUNGRY!!!

When: Saturday, November 9th, 2019 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Phone: 360-387-0222
Email: info@camanocenter.org

Address: 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island, WA 98282

Relay For Life of Skagit County is Scarin' Up a Cure for Halloween! This event is a family friendly Halloween party! There will be food, games, a costume contest and so much more! Come out and enjoy a night of fun while also raising money for a great cause!

Tickets are $5 per person. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

When: Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Address: McFarland Rd, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

Phone: 360-424-8483

CAT LOVERS! THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!

Come enjoy a weekend celebration of everything cats! With 80+ vendors from all over the world, you'll find high quality and one of a kind meowchandise for cats and humans!

There, you will find all the cat-related products imaginable: art, apparel, cat toys, accessories, paper goods, food brands, and MUCH MORE! Attend some of the art workshops, cat workshops or presentations from educational and entertaining speakers and advocates. There will also be cat yoga, cat cafe, and an adoption lounge, face painting, art making and much more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200 

Come check out this fall cooking and nutrition series! Learn some new slow cooker and instant pot recipes! 

This interactive cooking demonstration will be led by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In this series, participants will learn the practices for slow cookers and instant pots and how to cook healthy, delicious meals. Spread the word and bring a friend!

When: Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 6:00 pm 
Address: 875 Wesley Street Suite 240, Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: 360-386-9918 

Rock out with one of the world’s most iconic music moguls! Bret Michaels is the epitome of a global multiplatinum artist! Here’s your chance to engage with the Poison front man as he showcases his chart-topping, record-shattering talents in a performance of a lifetime! Tickets are $55 per person. Get yours HERE!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Address: 3438 Stoluckquamish Ln, Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: 360-474-9740

Don't miss out on this incredible evening in historic La Conner! Come taste some delicious beers and dance to live music by The Walrus! This is a 21+ only event. 

*The first 200 to pre-register will receive a souvenir tasting glass! 
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!


When: Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 7:00 pm 

Address: 613 N 2nd St, La Conner, WA 98257

Phone: 360-466-3118 

Come enjoy a wonderful four course dinner with all locally sourced ingredients and wine pairing! Hosted at Island Harvest Farm and presented by Chef Courtney Bourasaw of Rainbow Eats!
 Tour the farm, meet the farmer and learn about all your area has to offer! This is perfect for a date night or a lovely night with friends! Don't miss it!
When: Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Address: 825 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island, WA - Phone: 369-544-2229
Email: contact@rainbow.eats.con

Come enjoy TWO fall mosaic weekend class sessions coming up!

Now registering at A Guilded Gallery! There is tons of tables, shovels and other project "blanks" just waiting for you to create! All materials and even snacks/lunch are included! Grab your friends and head to the studio for an awesome day of creating and learning!
Address: 8700 271st St NW, Stanwood, WA - Phone: 360-629-2787

Don’t just dream about Side Hustle Doughnuts. Don’t just think you’ll visit someday. Set your alarm. Get yourself out of bed. And get yourself down to Georgetown. You won’t be disappointed. In my humble opinion, these are the best doughnuts in Seattle.

Ananda Farms invites you to celebrate the joy of apples this season! This festival will include cooking demonstrations, crafts, food, and live music! Come learn fascinating history and facts about apples and shop from the wide selection of apple samplings. Ananda Farm offers over 30 heirloom varieties. Don't forget to treat yourself to fresh pressed apple cidar, apple desserts, and more!

When: Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Address: 732 Haven Pl, Camano Island, WA - Phone: 360-387-0575

The annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is a fun, annual community event that includes artists' booths, food, a kids area, beer & wine garden with music! Enjoy fireworks on Saturday night at the festival! There is fun to be had for all ages. Don't miss it! 

When: Friday, Sep 6th from 4:00 pm to Sunday, Sep 8th, 2019 at 11:00 am. 
Address: 4902 76th St SW, Mukilteo, WA ~ Phone: 425-353-5516 
Email: info@mukfest.com

Join your host, Larry Korn, for a week long natural farming immersion at Ananda Farm on Camano Island. Vegetarian meals and camping space is provided for the week. Attune to the spirit of Masanobu Fukuoka and natural living as an integrated approach to life and agriculture. Participate in classes, discussion, philosophy, and the hands-on practice of natural farming. The farm currently has around 10 resident-stewards at the farm, alpacas, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, and a few acres of garden-orchards filled with thousands of plants, crawlers, and fliers. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and learn a TON! Don't miss out on the fun! Cost is $375 – $675 (sliding scale).

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!

When: Saturday, August 31st (2:00-5:00 pm arrival), through Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
Address: 732 Haven Pl, Camano Island - Phone: 360-387-0575

Come check out the 15th annual Stanwood Chamber Golf Classic which will be taking place on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at Camaloch Golf Course from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Enjoy the beautiful backdrop that is Camano Island. 

The tournament will be played in scramble format, shotgun start at 8:00 am. 

Check in begins at 7:00 am.

A foursome (team) includes green fees for 4, use of 2 golf carts, goodie bag, lunch & beer ticket and activities at each hole. 

Other features include a putting contest, closest to the pin, longest drive, hole in one (a new car!), a raffle and many giveaways. Other sponsorship opportunities available as well.

Address: 326 NE Camano Drive Camano Island, WA 98282

Phone: 360-387-3084

Come have a GIANT amount of fun at the Skagit Valley GIANT Pumpkin Festival! There is tons of family fun to be had including a giant pumpkin weigh off, pony rides, face painting, family carnival games, toad races, hay maze, food and beverages, coffee truck, beer garden and SO much more! You won't want to miss it!
When: Saturday, September 21st, 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Address: 15806 Best Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 
Phone: 360-466-3821 - Email: stephanie.christiansons@gmail.com

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. The festival exclusively features local cheesemakers and celebrates the terroir of Washington State. All the cheeses available at the festival are made with milk from animals that graze on local pasturelands and made by artisans who call Washington home. You are invited to meet the cheesemakers, learn about their products and philosophy, and sample some of the finest cheeses made in Washington. 

In addition to over 20 cheesemakers the festival will also feature artisan foods and beverages from local producers to pair with the cheeses. 

Admission is $40.00 per person and includes all cheese and food samples and 3 drink tickets. 

Beer and cider tastes are one drink ticket each; wine tastes are two drink tickets each.

The event is a benefit for the Washington State Cheesemakers Association (WASCA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Washington cheesemakers through education, promotion and collaboration. 21+ event only. 

Please note no one under the age of 21 will be admitted including babies and toddlers. Tickets are non-refundable.

When: Saturday, September 14, 1-5pm at Seattle Design Center
Address: 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA - Phone:  206-728-1980
Email: sdcinfo@hines.com

Yes, you read that right!! - The Grilled Cheese Grand Prix is back for Seattle’s favorite festival celebrating bread, cheese and everything in between! 

This year’s festivities include a tasting garden paired with local cheese purveyors, food pairings and over 30 beverages from wine, cider to craft beer on tap! Plus over 20 food trucks cooking up the best grilled cheese inspired dishes in town! This event does allow for families to have access to the food trucks, but tasting garden is ticketed for 21+ only. Don't miss this fun and tasty event!

When: Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Address: South Lake Union, Seattle 98109 - Phone: 206-381-8552

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