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Archives: Sep. 2009

Sep.
30th

Cupcake news: Sweet Things opens, Indulge moves

Pictured here is Jen Quaschnik, owner of Indulge Cupcakes. She  will move her 2-year-old cupcake shop to Sumner. She plans to reopen in early October.
Pictured here is Jen Quaschnik, owner of Indulge Cupcakes. She will move her 2-year-old cupcake shop to Sumner. She plans to reopen in early October.

As one cupcake door opened, another closed Sept. 12. Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture in Proctor opened that day and Indulge Cupcakes in Puyallup closed to prepare for a move to Sumner. Click “more” for the icing on the cupcake.

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Sep.
30th

A tale of two beer festivals (this Saturday)

Mike Runion and Travis Gutterson, right, co-owners of 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, will be showcasing their Cutt's Ale and Double IPA at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)
Mike Runion and Travis Gutterson, right, co-owners of 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor, will be showcasing their Cutt’s Ale and Double IPA at the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival on Oct. 3. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune)

Two beer events are happening Saturday in Tacoma.

The first-ever Tacoma Craft Brew Festival, which SoundLife reporter Ernest Jasmin wrote about in today’s food section, takes place from noon-9 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) at the Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St. On tap will be brews from 7 Seas Brewing, Fish Brewing, Engine House No. 9, Harmon Brewery, along with about 40 other breweries from Washington and beyond. Admission is $18 in advance, $20 day of event; must be 21 or older to attend

The second beer event is Maltoberfest, a significantly more quirky and little known beer gathering paying homage to malt liquor. Yes, that’s right, malt liquor. It also takes place Saturday (Oct. 3), at Bob’s Java Jive.

I tried to put a foodie spin on malt liquor, but came up empty handed. So I asked organizer Craig Egan, who with Jen Orr founded Maltoberfest, to answer a few questions about malt liquor and Maltoberfest IV. Specifically, what kind of food do you pair with malt liquor? And how do you make a beer cocktail with malt liquor? Egan’s answers….

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Sep.
29th

Free stuff: Martini glasses at Toscanos

Buy a specialty cocktail tonight and get a custom-painted martini glass for free at Toscanos in Puyallup. The Italian restaurant and wine bar this month celebrated its 5th anniversary. Supplies are limited to 100 glasses, so show up when the giveaway starts at 4 p.m.

Details here

Toscanos Cafe and Wine Bar
Where: 437 29th St. NE, Suite A, Puyallup
Info: 253-864-8600

Soup contest: Something else for your to-do list today is the Bee lady soup contest and auction, held from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. today (Sept. 29) at the Sixth Avenue Farmers Market. Tickets are $10 and

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Sep.
22nd

Eating for good causes: two events for your calendar

Put these two worthy eating events on your good-deed calendar, please:

Great American Dine Out: Pacific Grill is the only Tacoma restaurant to participate in the Great American Dine Out, an annual restaurant event taking place now through Sept. 26 at restaurants across the United States. The event, sponsored by the Share Our Strength organization, raises money to help fund programs that feed children. At Pacific Grill, diners who offer up a donation will get a free Julia Child Warm Brown Sundae dessert.
Information: Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-627-3535 or Pacific Grill website.

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Sep.
22nd

Tacos for sunny taco truck weather

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In July, I wrote a taco truck roundup for our GO entertainment section. With the weather uncharacteristically warm this week, I thought I’d post the story here on the TNT Diner blog. With temperatures expected in the 80s today and tomorrow, this may be your last chance to enjoy the sun while eating a carnitas taco on a picnic bench.

I think the best taco truck around I’ve ever found is La Fondita, in the Lincoln District. I thought the food at Los 3 Hermanos Taqueria on South 12th, pictured above, was bordering on tragic, despite how many people have told me they love the food there. I did find it funny while eating there that a guy yelled his taco order out the window of the neighboring apartment, though.

Click “more” below to see the taco report.

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Sep.
14th

TNT Diner on vacation, back with dining reports this Friday and next

The TNT Diner is taking a few weeks of vacation, but we’ll be around this Friday and next with Drop-in Dining reports. Check back then.

We’ll be back the week of Sept. 28 with blog posts about a new restaurant opening in downtown Tacoma, and first bite reports of a few new restaurants. Did we mention we’ll be hitting a few happy hours while on vacation? Stay tuned.

Sep.
8th

First Bite: Hop Jack’s in Bonney Lake

I stopped in for beer (really, really cold beer) and dinner at Hop Jack’s, which opened Aug. 10 in Bonney Lake last month. I wanted to test two things: just how cold is the beer, and just how family friendly is a neighborhood restaurant that appears to have an awful lot of 21-and-over bar seating in proportion to dining room seating.

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