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Aug.
1st

Restaurants on wheels: A guide to Pierce County’s food trucks

Ande Dunn and Darrin Shaw were happy to split a "Bad Ass Burger" from Budha Bear Bagels when the truck appeared last month at Food Truck Fest in Tacoma's Wright Park.
Ande Dunn and Darrin Shaw were happy to split a “Bad Ass Burger” from Budha Bear Bagels when the truck appeared last month at Food Truck Fest in Tacoma’s Wright Park.

A diner complaint I hear too often: “We don’t have a food truck community.”

Or do we, and you just don’t know where to find it?

That’s where I come in, your handy newspaper restaurant critic.

I traversed every pocket of Pierce County, cross-referenced with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, hunted down social media, and relied on readers to assemble my most comprehensive list to date of food trucks based in Pierce County. The list is current as of today, but an unfortunate consequence of businesses that operate on wheels is that they might be serving today, but could easily roll out of town tomorrow. My advice: Call first, or check social media before trekking across the county.

In all, I found nearly 30 trucks serving — and licensed — in Pierce County that I’ve categorized into three groups. The first is the region’s oldest category of mobile dining: taco trucks serving traditional taqueria eats. The second is a list of trucks with semipermanent locations or regular serving spots. The third is a list of what I call “floater trucks.” Those are for-hire trucks you’ll occasionally encounter at public gatherings or festivals, but are trucks without permanent homes.

After all that traveling – and eating – I might’ve missed a truck or two. That’s where you come in. Have a Pierce County truck you want to tell me about? Call me at 253-597-8270 or email sue.kidd@thenewstribune.com and I’ll update this story with your additions. 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 »

Dec.
20th

Sweet finds: Cookies from 7 South Sound bakeries

Corina Bakery: Gingerbread men, gluten-free cookies and seasonal cookie bars are available in the bakery case at Tacoma's Corina Bakery.
Corina Bakery: Gingerbread men, gluten-free cookies and seasonal cookie bars are available in the bakery case at Tacoma’s Corina Bakery.

You know you hate baking when you resort to trickery to pass store-bought cookies off as your own.

I read a post on a food blog that suggested skillet cooking grocery store cookies to make them appear more “buttery.” It also suggested applying canned frosting asymmetrically to give the illusion of a real home-baked cookie.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to bake the cookies?

Well, for some bake-o-phobes, I guess that answer would be a big, fat no.

To those people, this article is for you.

Skip the skillets and icing tricks, and buy your cookies from a local baker. Read more »

April
15th

Tax relief: Free food today April 15

Free tacos at Taco Del Mar, free cupcakes at Cinnabon and free coffee at Starbucks if you bring in a reusable mug.

UPDATE: Just saw this on Varsity Grill’s twitter feed: “@varsitygrill Tax Day Special: Buy one burger, get the second half off! Or…ease that tax pain with a few beers…only $2 from 3-6pm today.”

And I just saw this on Celebrity Cake Studio’s Facebook page: “Celebrity Cake Studio Happy Sweet Tax Day Everyone! Come in to our Tacoma store and enjoy a free slice of cake of your choice. What better way to sweeten the tax bite of our favorite fans!”

Also on Old School Custard’s Facebook page: “Old School Frozen Custard April 15th, let us help you down off the ledge. Come in and buy an item and we will give you an extra scoop of delicious frozen custard for nothin’. take that IRS….”

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Know of free tax day deals? Comment here. Click more to see a few others. Read more »