Donuts, burgers and classic rock: the 10 best life stories of 2021

One thing 2021 has revealed is that there is no shortage of people looking for things to do. Live music, food festivals and other events were among the most widely read art and culture stories published by The Herald this year. So to remind you of 2021, here are the top 10 most read stories last year in our life section.

Former White Park cows owned by Burt Degroot in a pasture on Ebey Island on April 1, 2021 (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

ten. Snohomish rancher breeds ancient breed of cattle (April 11) : When you first see Burt DeGroot’s cows, it might feel like you’re visiting a zoo. You are not that far. DeGroot, from Snohomish, has a rare breed of cattle. The old white cattle of the park are known for their distinctive appearance and preference for grazing.

A Katsu Burger with spicy fries at Katsu Burger on July 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens.  (Andy Bronson / The Messenger)

A Katsu Burger with spicy fries at Katsu Burger on July 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (Andy Bronson / The Messenger)

9. Now you can make Katsu Burger’s best-selling burger at home (Sep 14): Katsu is one of Japan’s favorite western-style foods. This is a crispy, fried meat or seafood cutlet made with flaky Japanese panko breadcrumbs. If you’re in the katsu mood here, you’ll find it at Katsu Burger, which marries two loves: Japanese katsu and American burger. In the article, Chef Hannah Ha, who owns stores in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Lake Stevens, shares her recipe for Tokyo Classic, the most popular menu item.

A beer is poured at UpperLeft Beerfest on August 24, 2019 in Everett.  (Olivia Vanni / The Messenger)

A beer is poured at UpperLeft Beerfest on August 24, 2019 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Messenger)

8. Drink This: Beer and food truck festivals team up in Everett (August 24): After taking over from the old Everett Craft Beer Festival in 2017, the Upper Left Beerfest, like most festivals, took off in 2020. It returned this year, once again shining the spotlight on beer. local craft of Snohomish County and invading downtown Everett for a day.

Independent rockers Everett Moondoggies pose for a photo.  (Jason Neuerburg)

Independent rockers Everett Moondoggies pose for a photo. (Jason Neuerburg)

seven. Get ready to rock’n’roll outdoors in Everett this August (July 19): When the All Ages Event was canceled in 2020 by COVID-19 and the city’s budget cuts, the Everett Fourth of July Foundation partnered with the Everett Music Initiative and Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant to bring back Music at the Marina in Everett. Eight outdoor shows were scheduled until August between the program and the summer series Dicks Drive-In.

Homeowners Wendy and Matt Poischbeg sit in the living room of their Mid-Century Modern home on April 12, 2021 in Everett.  (Andy Bronson / The Messenger)

Homeowners Wendy and Matt Poischbeg sit in the living room of their Mid-Century Modern home on April 12, 2021 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Messenger)

6. Mid-century modern wonder shown on Everett’s home visit (September 10): Wendy and Matt Poischbeg’s home is a model of mid-century modern architecture. Their 1950 home was one of four that featured on this year’s Historic Everett Home Tour. The 2,184 square foot home features a flat roof, floor to ceiling windows, and an open floor plan. It has retained its original walls and moldings, as well as its exposed beams and bricks.

Bruce Watson, left, and Mick Jones of Foreigner perform live on their tour?  ? 40th birthday ??  at the BB&T Pavilion on July 13, 2017 in Camden, NJ (Photo by Owen Sweeney / Invision / AP)

Bruce Watson, left, and Mick Jones of Foreigner perform in concert on their ’40th Anniversary Tour’ at the BB&T Pavilion on July 13, 2017 in Camden, NJ (Photo by Owen Sweeney / Invision / AP)

5. The pillars of classic rock Foreigner will perform at Everett (September 9): If you were a teenager in the late 1970s and early 1980s, you would hear Foreigner everywhere, from rock ‘n’ roll radio stations to the eight track turntable in your car. In September, people were lucky enough to see them live in Everett. Foreigner, one of the best-selling rock bands of all time, performed at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on September 14.

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

4. How to prune a hydrangea without jeopardizing its flowering (March 26): Steve Smith is the owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville and periodically writes a gardening advice column for The Herald. In this piece, Smith aims to help purify the air on how to properly prune hydrangeas, an extremely popular type of shrub.

Roger Fisher takes a break jamming in the garden of his Monroe home on July 8, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Roger Fisher takes a break jamming in the garden of his Monroe home on July 8, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3. Roger Fisher, a resident of Monroe, looks back on his time with Heart (November 28): You might not know his name, but you probably know his guitar intro. Roger Fisher, the original guitarist of the band Heart, wrote the riff for the song “Barracuda”. Fisher has lived in Monroe since 2008, was with Heart from 1967 to 1979, playing lead and rhythm guitar, steel guitar and mandolin. Now Fisher enjoys performing at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Often times it’s a Valentine’s Day show because her birthday is February 14th.

Bob Fink at his home in Everett on July 31, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bob Fink at his home in Everett on July 31, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

2. Schack delays scheduled art exhibition, says images “inappropriate” (5 August) : Photographer Bob Fink, Schack Art Center’s Artist of the Year, spent two years working on a solo exhibition he was planning to open on August 5. But two weeks before the opening, Fink was informed by the administration of the Schack Art Center that his planned exhibition, “Indigenous Peoples: Pictures from the End of the World” would be postponed. This was after the center received comments on the exhibit from a racial equity consultant. A Herald investigation published on October 3 delved deeper into controversy.

Zuri's Donutz display case filled with an assortment of donuts on July 18, 2021 in Lynnwood.  (Olivia Vanni / The Messenger)

Zuri’s Donutz display case filled with an assortment of donuts on July 18, 2021 in Lynnwood. (Olivia Vanni / The Messenger)

1. Here’s where to find the best donuts in Snohomish County (December 7): Journalist Ben Watanabe shared a list of his favorite donut spots in Snohomish County. This article has been viewed over 23,000 times in the space of a few weeks, making it the most read Life Story on the Herald’s website for 2021. Whether you agree or disagree with it Watanabe’s choices, it is clear the passion that our readers have for their fries. Pastry.


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