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Archives: Feb. 2012


On the move: Tacoma’s Celebrity Cake Studio relocates

The pink champagne cupcake at Celebrity Cake studio comes with raspberry buttercream frosting.

Last October, Celebrity Cake Studio announced it was about to move to a new home near its longtime Freighthouse Square location – and now the move is complete. The bakery known for elaborate wedding cakes and fondant party cakes has a new stand-alone storefront at 314 E. 26th St. If you’re familiar with the Tacoma Dome neighborhood – that’s near Friesenburgers. This is the bakery’s second week operating at its new location. Read more »


Construction update: Cliff House closer to opening, but not quite yet

In January, I told you that the Cliff House was hoping for a late January or early February opening. Well, early February is here, but the Cliff House is not yet open. After a slowdown from the icy weather a few weeks ago it became clear that a late January opening was out of the question. Owner Giuseppe “Joe” Nappo put the brakes on rushing opening to avoid something that could be a disaster for a brand-new restaurant – a Valentine’s Day opening. Read more »


Brew news: Tacoma brewers pour at Belgianfest this weekend, and beer tastings in Gig Harbor and Federal Way

Here are five beer events over the next 10 days: South Sound brewers pour at Seattle’s Belgian beer festival tomorrow, the RAM hosts a brewer’s dinner, Morso Wine Bar invites Doug Tiede from Engine House No. 9 to talk about British beers, The Spar hosts Deschutes Brewery and 99 Bottles, the beer store, has a tasting with chocolate and brew.

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Rise and shine: South Sound bars with weekend breakfasts worth a visit (breakfast cocktails optional)

Pulled pork hash from Dirty Oscar's Annex. Photo by Peter Haley/Staff photographer

Depending upon your dining preferences or the bar you frequent, breakfast at a watering hole can be a cultural odyssey or a gritty journey. I maintain that both can be equally delightful if you have a curiosity for interesting bar food that comes with a funky atmosphere and clientele. To my surprise, I had no trouble finding bars and restaurants widely known for their late-night shenanigans that also produce quality eats from the weekend morning griddle – in copious, delicious quantities. Here are five “bars” with breakfasts worth a try. I didn’t even graze the surface of what’s available for bar breakfast dining. You’re welcome to comment and let other readers know about your favorite bar for breakfast. Read more »