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Archives: Aug. 2008

Aug.
29th

East and West re-opens Sept. 5

East and West Cafe at the Tacoma Mall, which has been closed for remodeling, has set a date to re-open: Friday Sept. 5. The news comes from new manager Toi Britton, a former TNT staffer and a friend of East and West owner Vien Floyd.

Location:

East and West Cafe, 5319 Tacoma Mall Blvd., 253-475-7755

Aug.
29th

Drop-in Dining: Bistro Satsuma

Here is the Drop-In Dining report from today’s GO section. Drop-In Dining is a continuing series where a TNT staffer drops in unannounced and eats on the TNT’s dime, then writes up a report about the experience. Have a restaurant you would like us to check out? Email tntdiner@thenewstribune.com.


Bistro Satsuma

5315 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor; 253-858-5151

Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; dinner, 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays

Online: www.chefsatsuma.com (mostly in Japanese)

Price range: $-$$


By Craig Sailor

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.com


The scene: Nicely

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Aug.
28th

Reader in search of dim sum

I’m back from a week of vacation at the coast, full of great seafood and an email inbox full of messages. At the top of the TNT Diner e-mail inbox is this request from a reader for a dim sum recommendation:


We love good dim sum and have only been able to find it in Seattle. Are there any restaurants in the Tacoma area serving authentic dim sum?

Thanks…

Gary


My favorite place for dim sum is closer than Seattle, but still quite a drive. Imperial Garden at the Great Wall Shopping Mall in

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Aug.
27th

Updates from the Land of Cake

Back in May, the ownership of downtown Tacoma’s sweet spot, Corina Bakery, changed hands.


Yes, it is still the Land of Cake. It is also becoming much more.


Seeing as how I’m fortunate enough to live a couple blocks away, I’ve popped in a few (OK, several) times to see the changes under new owners Mike and Molly Ott and baker Julie Rex.


I talked to Molly today, who ran down a list of new offerings at the bakery: a savory cheesecake with a walnut crust, olive tapenade and herbed cheese, to be spread on

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Aug.
26th

Sound Bites to take up residence in the old Stadium Bistro building

When Stadium Bistro waved good-bye in April, comments were a mixed bag. My favorite memory of the place didn’t even involve real food. Virtual food, yes. The guys kicked my butt in a round of Cooking Mama for the Wii.


Unfortunately there are no wine tasting, coffee brewing or sauce simmering games for the Wii. Yet. (There should be!) When they make those games, perhaps I’ll challenge some of the folks at the new businesses going into the old Bistro space.


I stopped by Monday afternoon to see what was going on in the place

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Aug.
25th

East and West and back again

UPDATE: East and West Cafe at the Tacoma Mall, which has been closed for remodeling, has set a date to re-open: Friday Sept. 5. The news comes from new manager Toi Britton, a former TNT staffer and a friend of East and West owner Vien Floyd.


Fans of the East and West Cafe on Tacoma Mall Boulevard have been wondering why the Asian eatery has been closed this summer.


The answer: a back-to-the future change in management, and a remodel.


East and West founder Vien Floyd, 72, says she tried to retire, and turned the restaurant’s operation

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Aug.
22nd

Drop-In Dining: Flying Tomato in Graham

Here is today’s Drop-In Dining report from today’s GO section. Drop-In Dining is a continuing series where a TNT staffer drops in unannounced and eats on the TNT’s dime, then writes up a report about the experience. Have a restaurant you would like us to check out? Email tntdiner@thenewstribune.com.


Flying Tomato Italian Grill

10224 198th St. E., Graham; 253-875-0770.

Hours: Open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11:30 am.-10 p.m. Fridays, noon-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays.


By Bill Hutchens

bill.hutchens@thenewstribune.com


The Scene: Cozy hearth-cafe dining meets trendy pasta kitchen. The one-room

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