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Archives: June 2008

June
27th

Taste of Tacoma: The winners

I’m way, way too full to eat anything else right now. But if I had to start from scratch and wanted a big meal, here’s what I’d go with: start with the Tijuana dog from Asado as a starter, the ribs from Famous Dave’s as your entrée and then plish it down with the Red Bull smoothie from Inta Fruit.


And let it all settle with a few Blue Moons in the beer garden.

June
27th

Taste of Tacoma: Round 3

For the final tasting at the Taste of Tacoma, we checked out a few of the drink places. Inta Juice has a smoothie with several kinds of fruit and Red Bull.


Red Bull in a smoothie. This is how the United States became the world’s sole superpower.


The closest Inta Fruit, the folks working the stand tell me, is in Federal Way. I think that means it’s time for The News Tribune to reopen its bureau in south King County.


Bob bought a strawberry lemonade from the stand next to Inta Fruit. It was way sweet

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June
27th

Taste of Tacoma: Round 2

Bob and Ed came back with barbecue ribs. I purchased a grilled chicken pita and a crab cake.


The ribs couldn’t have looked any different. The serving from Billy McHale’s (left in picture) was meaty. Famous Dave’s looked small and neat — but Billy couldn’t touch the taste Dave’s ribs.


Billy’s ribs were kind of bland. The ones from Dave’s were outstanding. And they got even better when you put some of their awesome Devil Spit sauce.


The grilled chicken sandwich from Outback Jack’s was smothered in grilled onions

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June
27th

Taste of Tacoma: Round 1


Ed, his cousin Bob and I are sitting in the beer garden. We’ve each grabbed a few items and are passing each around.


Here’s what your humble blogger thinks:


Tijuana dog from Asado: This was the first thing I bought. It’s a hot dog wrapped in bacon and smothered in cheese. Yes, you read that correctly. Tears came to my eyes. Saliva came to my mouth. And soon, cholesterol clogged my arteries. This was amazing. The English language does not have words to properly describe how tasty this was. Bill

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June
27th

Taste of Tacoma: Lunch with DeRosa

I ran into the Weekly Volcano’s own Steph DeRosa. You know her — she’s the only one who uses her real name when she writes for the weekly. She’s chowing down on gumbo. Can’t argue with that.


She’s also drinking beer on the job. That must be one of the perks of working for a weekly.

June
27th

What happens on the other side of the relief flights

I’ve reported about the Flight of Hope program that sends boxes of relief supplies on empty planes from Boeing Field in Seattle to China, where they’re distributed to ailing Sichuan Province.

Yesterday I received some e-mails from people on the ground (via organizer Jimmy Chen and state Sen. Jim Kastama). Check ‘em out:

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June
27th

Know any thinkers and doers in the area?

Just received a forward of this e-mail from Rep. Dennis Flannigan, D-Tacoma. Know anyone who fits the description?


Friends,



This is an a political inquiry. I’m looking for your short list of thinkers and dooers in Tacoma and Pierce County. Worth knowing because they’re bright, creative and when they’re in the room, the world seems virtually be reborn.



Think of them as the three people you’d call together to save the hemisphere, or improve education, or create a low cost, non-oil based fuel, or whatever. People with ideas that exceed the

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