FoodTy – A Dream of Spring (Willows Inn)

An extremely long winter plagued the Pacific Northwest this past year. Intermittent snow fell well into March, temperatures remained at single or low double digits through May and halfway through June the sun continued to maintain its elusiveness. The last ten months...

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Peak Plate – Nuancing Nature for the Taste Buds

If Bellingham, Washington is all you would expect of a small, blue-collar city, busy, chaotic, dense, nearby Lummi Island is everything the opposite, sleepy, calm, sparse. After a 15-minute ferry crossing, stepping off into another world rehydrated the senses. The...

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NOMADIC TEA PARTY – Yummy Lummi & The Willows Inn

For the last 5 years, I have been reading about Lummi Island (pronounced like yummy), a remote, 9 by 2 mile island in the Pacific Northwest’s northern San Juans. I read about The Willows Inn, a hyper-local restaurant where everything is fished, farmed or foraged from...

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My Life’s A Trip: Lummi Island in 21 Bites

Chef Blaine Wetzel has put The Willows Inn on Lummi Island on the Pacific Northwest’s culinary map. Wetzel, a native of Washington state, has an impressive number of awards to his name considering he’s barely 30. He was named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2012,...

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Luggage Tag… Sleepover at The Willows Inn

When my friend Aaron said he was coming up from LA and wanted to eat at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, I of course agreed to go. My first meal there had been back in 2011 and was lovely, my second meal in 2012 was a pretty spectacular chef event the restaurant was...

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One Eclectic Guy – Lummi Island 2016

Last Christmas my present was a long weekend at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Puget Sound to be taken at some future date. Well, that date finally arrived last week. The Willows Inn has become a destination for foodies and tables are booked months in advance. So...

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