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Archives: April 2014

April
30th

Ice Cream Social – expanding to a cafe, and serving at Tacoma Farmers Market opening day

Sayge Isaac, left, helps to move a container of ice cream for her mom. Layla, center, during the Sixth Avenue Farmers Market in July 2013. File photo.  Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer
Sayge Isaac, left, helps to move a container of ice cream for her mom. Layla, center, during the Sixth Avenue Farmers Market in July 2013. File photo. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

Communal seating and dishes of ice cream built for two. Layla Isaac’s transition from ice cream chef to retail shop owner sticks to the theme and name of her Tacoma food business – Ice Cream Social.

Sometime in June, Isaac intends to open her first ice cream cafe on Sixth Avenue. Isaac is just getting started on the space, which will have a menu of ice cream sold by the cone, bowl or pint. She described an ice cream parlor atmosphere with plenty of group seating.

Isaac is working on the shop at the same time she’s preparing for a busy farmers market season. She’ll be at opening day Thursday at the Tacoma Farmers Market selling vanilla bean, chocolate peanut butter cup, strawberry, Valhalla coffee, salted caramel and coconut chocolate chip ice creams (see more below about the farmers market opening Thursday). This year, she’s also selling at the Proctor Farmers Market – this Saturday is her first time selling there. Read more »

April
29th

Now open in Lakewood – another pupuseria from El Pulgarcito

Pupusas are a Salvadorean dish served at just a few South Sound restaurants.
Pupusas are a Salvadoran dish served at just a few South Sound restaurants. File photo 2011. Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

On the edge of Lakewood’s Korean dining district is a new addition – from El Salvador.

El Pulgarcito, the popular pupuseria on Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood, has opened an outpost next to O-bok, the Korean tablestop barbecue restaurant, and the former Olive Bakery on South Tacoma Way. The Salvadoran menu is identical to the original Lakewood location, a come-as-you-are family restaurant serving pupusas, bistek encebollado, carne guisado and yuca frita.  (Tip: Go there for breakfast). Read more »

April
25th

First-bite report: Tacoma’s Smoke + Cedar

A flame torched prime-rib sandwich with house potato chips at the new Smoke + Cedar restaurant.
A flame torched prime-rib sandwich with house potato chips at the new Smoke + Cedar restaurant. Dean Koepfler/Staff photographer

The prime rib grabbed my attention and held it for several bites – until that awkward moment when I sensed my dining partner might forcibly reclaim the entree.

“Jus one merrr bite,” I might have murmured, mouth full of the juicy beef.

Supple and lightly charred from a finish with a blowtorch – yes, a blowtorch – the prime rib might as well be called “beef velvet” at Smoke + Cedar, the Tacoma restaurant from Gordon Naccarato that opened March 1 at the new Elks Lodge at Allenmore Golf Course (open to the public). It’s Tacoma’s newest view restaurant, with a lush course-side perch. Read more »

April
24th

Sam Choy’s Poke To the Max stops in Tacoma; plus more Tacoma poke

This $9 portion of poke at Social Bar and Grill is sake-and-soy flavored.
This poke is from Social Bar and Grill. See other options for poke in Tacoma below.

When it comes to island cuisine, Sam Choy is about as famous it gets. On Saturday, Tacomans can sample Choy’s food when his Seattle-based food truck, Sam Choy’s Poke To The Max, serves at an event at Trident Athletics (more information on that below).

On Saturday’s menu are Hawaiian favorites, but the truck is known for Choy’s specialty – poke. Can’t make it the event Saturday, but still want poke? I’ve got a guide below to three poke dishes I like in Tacoma. But first, a little more about the Poke to the Max truck. Read more »

April
23rd

Eat charitably – Dining Out For Life Thursday, Oso benefit at Ruston Duke’s Tuesday

You like to donate. You like to eat. Here are two events where you can do both. Proceeds benefit the Pierce County AIDS Foundation and victims of the Oso mudslide.

Dining Out For Life: Dine out Thursday (April 24, 2014) at a participating restaurant and that restaurant (or bar or taproom) will donate 25 percent of the check to the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Participants in the Tacoma-Olympia area can be found at this website.

Oso dinner at Duke’s Seafood House: Owner Duke Moscrip and chef Bill Ranniger have organized a dinner at Duke’s where 100 percent of

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April
22nd

Beer me: South Sound beer events happening today through May

From the annual barley wine festival this weekend at Tacoma’s Parkway Tavern to a group of hard peddling guys from Harmon Brewery – here’s a report of beer happenings from today through May.

Tip: Save the date for the Gig Harbor Beer Festival in May.

Harmon Brewing Earth Day, all day today

This event features beer moved by bicyles and a focus on ecology. Check this out:
2-5:30 p.m.: Kegs of beer will start at the Hub Gig Harbor and be transported via bicycle across the Narrows Bridge. The caravan will meet up with  a 16-seat rolling bar, powered

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April
21st

Cafe Vincero opens Wednesday in downtown Tacoma

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The Italian eatery and wine bar Cafe Vincero will serve dinner by reservation only Wednesday-Friday. See the email address below for making reservations.

As for an opening to the public, owner Kevin Cornwell hopes Saturday will be the day, but check the restaurant’s Facebook page for updates throughout the week. Read more »

April
18th

Easter candy – buy local around Tacoma for that basket

Pictured here are chocolate covered eggs, a chocolate covered marshmallow Peep and chocolate covered peanut butter smidgens. All are available at Johnson Candy in Tacoma. Photo by Jeremy Harrison/Staff photographer
Pictured here are chocolate covered eggs, a chocolate covered marshmallow Peep and chocolate covered peanut butter smidgens. An assortment of Easter candy is available at Johnson Candy in Tacoma, but stock is limited to what’s on hand.

I got smart and shopped earlier this week at the Johnson Candy Company for some Easter chocolate. I’ve had my cream eggs and solid chocolate bunnies for three days (and have managed to resist ripping into the foil and devouring them all). Have you bought yours? Here’s a last-minute guide to buying local for those Easter goodies. Read more »