Ben Watanabe

Lake Stevens joint serves Thai food with a side of sass

As an admittedly surly person, I can respect a dash of sass…


Chris Pratt and Randy Couture faced off on the wrestling mat

The Lake Stevens and Lynnwood sons trained together, and Pratt reflected on Couture’s impact on him.


Call and response: Images of NW waters worth protecting

Sen. Murray asks northwesterners to show why their shores should be exempt from oil drilling.


Christa’s Sandwichboard in Snohomish serves it super-sized

The restaurant offers a variety of hot or cold, saucy or dry, classic or adventurous sandwiches.

Book (and comic) series worth diving into at Everett library

Themes of otherness, power, and cruelty permeate this librarian’s current winter reading.

Chris Pratt Twitter Q&A leads to ‘Jurassic World’ trailer

The actor, who grew up in Lake Stevens, answered fan questions about his life and theirs, and more.

Yummy Banh Mi offers cheap sandwiches with rich flavor

Classic Vietnamese meets fast food at new restaurant in downtown Everett.

Feeling insanely hungry? Monroe’s Burger Madness has the remedy

Big burgers, swift service and a crazy eating challenge await diners at this hamburger joint.

Everett hole-in-the-wall hides a gem of Oaxaca deli flavors

Go for Mexican tacos, tortas and enchiladas, stay for the corn smut

Gyro Shack on Evergreen Way a drive-thru for real Greek food

If how to pronounce gyro is Greek to you… don’t worry. Say it phonetically as “gyro,” as in gyroscope, and someone will correct… Continue reading

Renamed Tang Wong carries on China Doll’s legacy in Everett

For more than 50 years, it was the China Doll. It was in a drab, mostly windowless building with a bright yellow sign… Continue reading

Kai Sushi in Everett is lifelong raw fish consumer’s new favorite

Kai Sushi in downtown Everett. It was the latest to receive the stamp of… Continue reading

How to do Sasquatch! Music Festival

A Q&A with What Radio music blogger and 107.7 The End Locals Only radio host Steven Graham.

Flying Corsair, built in 1945, coming to Flying Heritage

The cat is out of the bag. We will soon be getting a flying Corsair. The aircraft was built at Goodyear in Akron, Ohio in… Continue reading

‘Terminator,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Twister’ actor Bill Paxton dies

By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times Bill Paxton, 61, who had big roles in movies like “Apollo 13,” “Titanic,” “A Simple Plan,” “Weird Science,” “Twister”… Continue reading

The stories our online readers deemed most clickworthy

Oh, the stories we click on. A glance at our top read HeraldNet stories of 2016 reveals what many already know to be true, or… Continue reading

On the trail of the Pokémon phenomenon in Everett

I was walking along Colby Avenue with my co-worker Ben when a giant hairy purple insect came out of nowhere. It was Venonat, a poisonous… Continue reading

Feeling spicy? Bib up and dig into Everett’s Cajun Crawfish

Who can resist fried rice with pineapple, sausage and shrimp? Not us. Nor could we resist a restaurant that boasts “Get your fingers messy.” It… Continue reading