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Local chef turns life of travel into cooking show

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Tales of selling one’s worldly belongings, packing up a backpack and setting off to explore the world are common.
For two Woodinville High School grads, the nomadic lifestyle has become reality. They’ve backpacked the world for the past two years and are now trying to share that adventure with others through a cooking show.

The show, called AromaVentures, will include three episodes filmed in each country the travelers visit. The series is also interactive. Viewers can subscribe for $10 a month to receive a recipe and a nonperishable ingredient native to that country, and in the third episode of the month, chef Jonathan Merrill will show viewers how to cook with that ingredient.
Merrill grew up in Woodinville and had a love of travel that manifested itself even in mundane trips like getting from school in downtown Woodinville to his home in Cottage Lake.

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New Kenmore activities center offers kayak, canoe, dragon boat practices

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

Raindrops splashed onto the surface of the water on the Sammamish Slough. The sound of paddles hitting the water and the paddlers counting in time cut through the rain and the dark. Paddlers make each stroke in time with each other, propelling the dragon boat forward. From the front of the boat, coach Lee Bjorklund yells “stop,” and then there’s no sound but the breath of the paddlers and the rain hitting the water.

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Woodinville racer wins NASCAR Series Championship at Evergreen Speedway

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

The sound of the engines drowns out all other noise. Each time a brightly painted car races past the grandstands, the roar rumbles the seats. The announcer frantically explains each change as the cars jockey for position, even though his amplified voice is inaudible over the din. Cool night air settles over the fairgrounds. It’s a race night at Evergreen Speedway.

Mike Holden grew up watching his dad race stock cars in Monroe. On Sept. 13, the Woodinville local raced against the kids of the same people his dad raced 30 years ago and walked away with the track championship in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series.

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Bothell restaurant owner turns to Indiegogo to fund line of spice blends

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

An Indiegogo project to start a line of Caribbean spice blends is the latest project for Linda Aaron, owner of The Steel Pan restaurant in Bothell’s Country Village.

At 28, Aaron’s life is already full of success in varied fields. She moved to Brooklyn alone at age 16, served in the National Guard and most recently, quit a managerial job at Boeing to open The Steel Pan — while taking care of her 11-year-old brother.

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Woodinville native serves aboard USS Zumwalt

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

A 2007 Eastside Catholic High School and 2011 United States Naval Academy graduate and Woodinville native is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ships, the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), which is currently under construction at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

Lt. j.g. John Hampson is an information warfare officer aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. The ship has advanced technologies in every area – engines, power systems, weapons systems, shipboard electronics and sensors – making it one of the world’s most capable ships. When at sea, Zumwalt will perform a variety of missions including attacking targets on land with gunfire and cruise missiles, hunting and tracking submarines, airspace surveillance and support to special operations forces.

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