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Archives: April 2011


Casino eats: Touring seven restaurants at the Emerald Queen Casinos in Fife and Tacoma

As with all things in life, it’s the support staff that runs the show. Such was my valuable lesson at Emerald Queen Casinos in Tacoma and Fife.

After 11 anonymous visits to seven restaurants at the two casinos, I’m almost an expert in navigating the best food deals. Almost. The real experts are the support staff.

My advice: When you visit one of the casinos, cozy up to the staffers and pepper them with questions. “What’s the best dinner deal?” and “Which restaurant is your favorite?” turned out to be bonanza questions to ask. And this was my best question: “How do I get comped?” Read more »


Charitable eating: Dining Out For Life is Thursday April 28. Dozens of Tacoma area restaurants will contribute to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation

Make reservations now if you haven’t already: The restaurant event Dining Out For Life is tomorrow, Thursday April 28.

The dining event draws diners to area restaurants, which in turn raise money for the Pierce County AIDS Foundation and the United Communities AIDS Network in Thurston County.

All participating Pierce County restaurants agreed to donate 25 percent of their food revenue from meals sold during the event to support programs at PCAF, the organizer of the event.

To contribute, all diners have to do is show up and dine at participating restaurants, which are listed at Click on

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Stink it up: Tacoma welcomes a cheese and meat store in the St. Helens neighborhood

Stink Cheese & Meat opened last week in the St. Helens neighborhood. That’s the store mentioned briefly in January in this blog post. In addition to an impressive selection of meats and cheeses, the store doubles as a cafe. The menu of cheese and meat plates also includes sandwiches that look to be big on flavor and a decent value. Click “more” to see Stink’s menu. Read more »


Barleywine: It’s what’s for breakfast (and on tap in 40 varieties for sampling at the Parkway Saturday)

Beer for breakfast? At the Parkway Tavern, a brew breakfast is standard protocol for the annual Barleywine Festival, happening this weekend, April 30-May 1. The festival, celebrating the strongly flavored beer called barleywine, is in its sixth year and this year’s barleywine list includes more than 40 barleywines for Saturday’s event, and a breakfast Sunday with more locally brewed barleywine and a beer-friendly menu. Here’s what I wrote last year, and the year before, which includes tap lists from the 2009 and 2010 events.

If you’ve never tasted barleywine, think of it is a libation similar in character to wine, but made from grains, so it’s actually just a beer. And a really strong, full-bodied beer at that. Beer geeks covet barleywine for its Read more »


Salty’s at Redondo, Brix 25 in Gig Harbor and Primo Grill in Tacoma host people who make wine and beer

Salty’s Redondo, Brix 25 in Gig Harbor and Primo Grill in Tacoma will host dinners in May with brewers and winemakers. Click “more” to read about the dinners with brewers from Sierra Nevada and winemakers from Boushey Vineyards and Abacela Vineyards. Read more »


Tacoma treasure: Johnson candy for your Easter basket

Creamy, nougat filled chocolate eggs come in more than a dozen flavors.

The good news: The Johnson Candy Co. had nougat filled chocolate eggs.
The bad news: They were out of peanut butter bunny smidgens.

Johnson Candy Co was in a full throttle candy frenzy today. Johnson Candy Co, a Tacoma tradition since 1949,  does brisk business during the week leading up to Easter. The nougat-filled chocolate eggs come in more than a dozen flavors, and sweet nibbles of truffles and dozens of other handmade candies and fudge can be bought at the Hilltop neighborhood chocolate shop. They even have sugar free candy. Read more »


Easter dining: Where to eat lunch, brunch and dinner

Don’t want to glaze the ham this Sunday? Don’t blame you. Here is a list of a few places offering Easter brunches and lunches. Some are sit down service, some are buffet meals. Click “more” to see the list. Don’t see your favorite restaurant listed? Ask and I’ll check for you. And feel free to share information on restaurants you know that will be offering Easter dining.


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Matt Colony leaves Maxwell’s, Vivian Irish will take over as chef of popular Tacoma restaurant and lounge

Executive Chef Matt Colony’s last day of cooking at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge was Saturday.

Just in case there is any confusion, Colony emphasizes that Maxwell’s is not closing its doors. After rumors circulated Read more »