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Archives: Dec. 2007


Seasons somethings

My first e-mail Christmas card of the year.

I wish I didn’t have to file two stories today. I’ll post other wishes when I’m done with deadlines.

What’s on your wish list this year? What are you cooking for Christmas dinner? Are you going out? Where?


Today’s fresh sheet: A grunt’s perspective

ED’S NOTE: Today’s guest blogger is rivitman, a Tacoma cook and frank patron at Ed’s Diner. Regarding a story about kitchen health hazards (and more), I give rivitman the keys to Ed’s Diner today. His opinions are uniquely his. They originally appeared in the comments of other posts. They’re something to chew on.

UPDTED I’ve asked Anthony Anton, president of the Washington Restaurant Association, to offer his organization’s perspective (or rebuttal) to rivitman. I’ll post his response here if and when he replies. — Ed Murrieta.

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Winter warmer pub crawling

Santa’s not going to bring you a fake ID, but if you’re over 21, local brewpubs have presents for you: winter warmers and other seasonal beers.

In Tacoma, The Harmon (1938 Pacific Ave.; 253-383-2739) has two versions of imperial stout, including one aged in an oak barrel that previously contained rum, plus a malty American-style red ale on nitro (“It cascades like Guinness,” brewer Mike Davis said.) and an English mild session beer (4.7 percent alcohol) with a touch of silky oats.

The Ram (3001 N. Ruston Way; 253-756-7886) has maple vanilla brown, mocha stout and

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These are your lungs on diacetyl

Diacetyl is a chemical additive found in butter-flavorings for products like PAM cooking spray, popcorn topping and the stuff that fry cooks probably pour on the grill when you order eggs at your local diner.

A story in today’s Seattle P-I says diacetyl vapor could pose a significant risk to professional cooks who use and are exposed to large amounts of these butter substitutes. Diacetyl vapor, when inhaled, has been linked to a rare, sometimes fatal respiratory disease called bronchiolitis obliterans.

Then the story asks, “Where are the sick cooks?”

Then it says:

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E-mail scenes from a new bar and bistro

Jake’s Bar and Bistro opened Saturday in Steilacoom. It closed soon after. It’s supposed to re-open Friday.

From: Jakobe and Amy Steilacoom Wine and Brew

To: Ed Murrieta

Subject: Re: Jake’s Will Open At 11am Friday!

Thank you for such strong support on Saturday! We realized then that we have alot of details that we need to iron out so we are closing for the midweek. We should open @ 11am on Friday!

Thanks for your patience…

From: Ed Murrieta

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Solstice and suds at Doyle’s

Doyle’s Public House welcomes the winter solstice on Saturday with sample-size pourings of Belgian and Belgian-style winter beers.

In addition to a Methuselah of La Fin Du Monde, these beers will pour from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Delirium Noel 2006 and 2007; Gouden Carolus; Scaldis Noel; Avec les Bons Voeux; Young’s Winter Warmer’ and St. Feuillien – Cuvee de Noel.

Doyle’s Public House: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-PINT.