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July
17th

Stuff your face: 18 trucks rally Sunday for Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest

The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

As a paid belly for this newspaper, I’ve spent countless hours traversing every pocket of Pierce County sniffing out, hunting down and what can loosely be described as “stalking” food trucks.

That’s a lot of driving – and eating.

Here’s an event that will make it much easier for diners – and this restaurant critic – to test as many food trucks as one could possibly stomach in a single day: Food Truck Fest at Wright Park. The event, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, will have a dozen food trucks from Pierce County and six from the Seattle area. Read more »

July
16th

Beer me: Tacoma’s newest brewery, North 47, and three beer events at Harmon, Swiss and E9

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Tacoma’s newest brewery will be in a neighborhood that could use some suds – Northeast Tacoma. Read more »

July
15th

Smokin’ Hot Ribfest Saturday at LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Pictured here, smoked pork ribs. File photo 2014.
Pictured here, smoked pork ribs. News Tribune file photo 2014.

There are as many categories of rib cooking as there are ways to describe Northwest rain. But one thing is for sure, it’ll be raining ribs at LeMay-America’s Car Museum on Saturday. The first Smokin’ Hot Ribfest will be from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the lawn at the car museum. Read more »

July
8th

Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest lineup announced; plus other dining events

The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. The truck will serve at the July 20 Food Truck Fest in Tacoma at Wright Park.

The lineup for Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest on July 20 in Wright Park has been announced. I’ve also got two other food truck events for your calendar. And save the dates for these events -  wine dinners at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge and JW in Gig Harbor; the Brew Five Three Festival and Gig Harbor Food and Wine festivals. Details here: Read more »

June
27th

Stuff your face: Taste of Tacoma is this weekend

Reach way back in the closet.

No, no.

All the way in the back.

You see those stain-resistant pants with the safe-for-Thanksgiving-dinner waistband?

Prepare to move them to the front of the closet.

This weekend is Taste of Tacoma.

The three-day eating festival that starts today at Point Defiance Park isn’t a gourmet food gathering, or even an event featuring much in the form of Tacoma restaurants.

Taste of Tacoma is about stuffing your face with carnival food that’s dipped in stuff, deep fried, and slathered in sauce. In other words, the festival is full of food crimes against humanity.

Read more »

June
11th

Father’s Day 2014: Where to take dad for an eating (or beer) adventure

7 Seas is a Gig Harbor brewery featuring a half dozen beers on tap. File photo.
7 Seas is a Gig Harbor brewery with a tap room for visiting with dad. File photo.

Beer, brats, barbecue, cheese, pretzels and bacon. Here’s a list of adventures for you and dad that includes brunch, a whiskey dinner and a tour of nine of South Sound’s taprooms and breweries. And places to buy smoked sausage (my dad’s favorite food). Read on. Read more »

June
11th

Early risers – Smoke + Cedar has breakfast happy hour for you

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. The restaurant also has prime rib on its breakfast menu.  Dean Koepfler/Staff photographer

Happy hour revelers already know this, but downtown Tacoma’s  Pacific Grill happy hour is among the best in Tacoma and now Pacific Grill’s sibling restaurant, Smoke + Cedar, is getting in on the game – with breakfast happy hour.

Here’s how it works. Read more »