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Feasting in Verona, where tradition and creativity intersect

It was a chilly Tuesday afternoon in a giant shopping center in Verona, Italy, and there was a feast before me: a plate of tagliatelle strewn with saffron, spec and mushroom; oversized raviolis packed with scampi and artichoke. The raviolis on my friend's plate were stuffed with polenta and ossobuco. It was disorienting to be in a mall because this was some of the most excellent pasta I'd eaten in recent memory.

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Marfa, Texas – unvarnished

You may have read, or more likely heard, all kinds of things about Marfa, Texas. That it's super cool. That it's a foodie destination. That it's right next to Big Bend. That it's completely overrated.

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Highway 101: Best hotels between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

The stretch of Highway 101 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara offers a vast array of lodging options, from chain motels to boutique inns. Sure, you could do the 300-plus miles in a single day, but it's more fun to dabble along the way. You can go tasting at some of the stunning wineries in Paso Robles, Pismo or down near Los Olivos or Los Alamos. Grab lunch or dinner at a terrific roadside spot and then bed down at one of these wonderful inns. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Highway 101: The best roadside eats between San Francisco and Santa Barbara

There was a time – a very long time – when anyone traveling down Highway 101 faced a dearth of dining possibilities. That San Francisco-Santa Barbara trek was fueled by golden arches and Denny's knockoffs. Now there's no need to resort to such desperate measures, not when you can pull off the freeway and nosh in style at Paso Robles' Kitchenette and Arroyo Grande's Comfort Market. Here's where to grab a bite, no matter what time you fly through town.

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Game review: 'Just Dance 2017,' you should be dancin', yeah!

"Just Dance" is a baffling series, and "Just Dance 2017" is no different. It's always been available on consoles that have never quite nailed full-body tracking (the Wii comes to mind). When it did make its debut via the Xbox's Kinect peripheral, the game improved slightly with the ability to include your entire body into the mix. The Switch's iteration feels just as crippled as ever, with a release that didn't really seem as though it had a legitimate reason to be made other than to cash in on the fact that Nintendo has released a new console. While it's functional and includes a decent smattering of songs to dance to, there are also tracking issues, some bizarre design decisions, and the general question of "why does this exist when there's better technology to play it on?" Despite all of this, I just danced.

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Atlantis, like its namesake island, is a resort like no other

ATLANTIS RESORT, Paradise Island, Bahamas - Over the years, I have kissed a lot of things in my quest for a good story - Ireland's Blarney Stone; my luck goodbye in Las Vegas and shipboard casinos; terra firma after returning wobbly-kneed from the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb. But nothing I've ever kissed in the line of duty has given me as much pleasure as smacking lips with Katrina, a 6-year-old dolphin at Atlantis Resort's Dolphin Cay.

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Artist haven, foodie heaven: The tiny paradise of Edison

Edison nestles into the watery-green Skagit County farmlands like a lazy bend in the slough. At 11 a.m. on a Friday, you could be the only person walking around the old-fashioned storefronts and tangled, art-filled gardens. But foodie journals and lifestyle blogs have been discovering Edison for years now: a tiny hamlet (it’s not officially a town) filled with more artists, artisans and chefs than you’d think possible, yet still keeping its offbeat, dusty-saddle charm.

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Canada’s First Nations return to Vancouver

Wearing a woven cedar headband that distinguished her from the other boots-and-backpack-clad hikers, Candace Campo guided a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, last fall, pointing out path-side huckleberries and blackberries. She stripped a soft piece of bark from a fraying cedar trunk to demonstrate how it can be used as fiber for clothing, and detailed how to extract vitamin C from western hemlock needles by steeping them in boiling water.

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Searching for chimpanzees in the Mahale mountains

The dhow slowly makes its way south down Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains in the background. The captain keeps the boat moving extra slow, and his crew hands me sodas to combat my motion sickness. We are halfway through an adventure trip trough Tanzania — and I am focusing on the horizon to squelch the queasiness.

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Lincoln's James Mwaura sets school meet record in 1,600 at Bellevue Invite

James Mwaura set Lincoln’s school record in the 1,600 and set a meet record on Saturday at the Bellevue Invitational at Bellevue High School, and it felt like it was merely a formality. He also helped the Abes place second as a team behind Bothell.
TJ Cotterill tcotterill@thenewstribune.com
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Lincoln's James Mwaura sets school meet record in 1,600 at Bellevue Invite

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Myles Gaskin discusses Huskies spring finale

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Chris Petersen discusses Huskies spring finale

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LB Tevis Bartlett discusses Huskies spring finale