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Archives: Sep. 2009

Sep.
7th

Cupcakes coming to Proctor (for real. we think)

It’s been long delayed, but there’s a sign up saying that cupcakes are coming to 2510 N. Proctor at Sweet Things Cupcakes & Couture. The sign says they open Sept. 12. The last time I chatted with the owners for this blog post, they were anticipating they would open Sweet Things in early June.

For cupcake thought: A locally owned business is a good thing, but the opening of another cupcake shop begs this question posed here. Has cupcake critical mass been hit?

My $.02: How about another banh mi sandwich shop. I could really use one of

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Sep.
4th

Drop-in Dining: Gyros roundup

The gyro sandwich at Opa! Greek Cuisine
The gyro sandwich at Opa! Greek Cuisine

When I think of a perfect gyros sandwich, I think of fresh pita warmed on a grill and wrapped around meaty, juicy, thin slices of beef and lamb with crispy, roasted edges. I think of the sharp tang of yogurt tzatziki sauce and the cool crunch of lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Gyros (pronounced YEE-ros) are one of those foods of dubious origin, but food historians trace the roots of the Greek sandwich in the United States to various restaurants in Chicago in the 1960s (among other locales).

The signature meat for gyros sandwiches is usually ground beef and lamb, or strips of each, pressed onto a long metal kebab and cooked while spinning vertically on a rotisserie grill. It looks something like a giant meat cone (or, as I like to call it, a “gyros lollipop”).
Different spins can be put on the sandwich, so to speak. Gyros sandwiches can be beef or lamb (or both) or chicken, or even pork. Sauces can range from tzatziki to sour cream, and the sandwich can hold crisp veggies or even fried potatoes.

Around here, the universal formula for gyros sandwiches are roasted beef and lamb with a drizzle of yogurt tzatziki sauce and finished with lettuce, tomatoes and onions, all wrapped up snugly in grill-warmed pita bread.

Here, a look at six South Sound Greek restaurants that serve gyros sandwiches. Click “more” to see the gyro report.

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Sep.
3rd

International Bacon Day find: Bacon Explosion at Woody’s

The Bacon Explosion Burger at Woody's on the Water.
The Bacon Explosion Burger at Woody's on the Water.

Sept. 5 is the second annual International Bacon Day. Or at least it’s been declared so by the Bacon Boys, the duo behind Bacon Explosion. The stunning display of pork is a practically unimaginable bacon sausage meatloaf-ish concoction that causes hearts everywhere to skip a beat when merely described (in anticipation of a cardiac episode, of course). Bacon Explosion is old news in pork-obsessed foodie circles, but I’ve been surprised at how few people here seem to know about it when I describe it. I was surprised when I found it on the menu at Woody’s on the Water. It’s more of a backyard barbecue challenge than a restaurant dish. Click more for the recipe and a description of Woody’s Bacon Explosion Burger.

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Sep.
2nd

ZZHop commemorates RAM brewer

Another item from my inbox. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer goes to the brewer’s family …

The Ram Restaurant and Brewery is celebrating the life and brews of James ’Jim’ Patrick Quilter. …  Jim was a venerable brewer with a long and lustrous career. He began home brewing in the early ‘80’s, attracted by the economic benefits, and  was soon winning awards for his recipes. In 1990 he started brewing for Sierra Nevada followed by stints at Mad River, Butte Creek and Winthrop Brewing Company. In 2004 he started Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg,

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Sep.
1st

Top Chef finalist cooks at Tacoma Farmers Market

This just in my inbox:

Click! Cable TV, the Tacoma Farmers Market and Bravo’s Top Chef will mix just the right ingredients for some fun at the Sept. 10 Tacoma Farmers Market at 9th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Join Top Chef Contestant Chris (CJ) Jacobson, one of the final five chefs on “Top Chef” season 3, as he shops, cooks and entertains. Learn how he shops for local market produce to create a lively, nutritional northwest creation – right in front of your eyes.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. when CJ will shop for local produce. The cooking

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