Cuisine

I’m Dreaming of a Wine Winter

Thinking outside the familiar confines of the box to find ways of entertainment and exciting experiences has been a necessity with this unusual year. And while some winter practices will always remain the same—curling up under a warm blanket as you watch your favorite holiday film or catching snowflakes on the tip of your tongue—there […]

Owens Meats Brings Sizzle to the Market

The Candy Store For The Carnivore, this is a one-of-akind, family-owned business that has flourished through five generations. Owens Meats is a specialty meat market with a huge line of fresh choice and prime meats that are aged to perfection. For over 125 years, Owens Meats has been serving meat to the tables of families […]

Support Local Cuisine with Restaurant Rally

We all have a go-to restaurant or local dining location that we’ve been missing these last few months, whether or not the option of delivery is available. There’s something about the ambiance of a well-loved restaurant, the signature dishes that you’ve always enjoyed, or even the excitement of trying something new, that brings us together […]

Cynara: Elegant and Unique Local Cuisine

No longer just a diamond in the rough, Olympia’s Market District & Waterfront offers a brilliance that can be seen in its thought-provoking public art, swanky living, retail, and dining establishments. Allow us to introduce one of the favorite new local hang-outs: Cynara. Located in the new Harbor Heights luxury apartments building on Columbia, Cynara […]

Willamette Valley Wine Escape

Oregon’s Willamette Valley winemaking presence grows larger each year. Located in the heart of Oregon, this valley showcases nearly 600 wineries.  We decided to focus our trip on the Eola Hills Wine Cellars, Legacy Estate Vineyard, and this 162-acre scenic vista draws us in. We are instantly drawn to the Estate’s “Wiking” wine-hiking trail as […]

Traditional Pork Chops with an Asian Twist

So many of us have been cooking more meals at home and are looking for new and interesting ways to jazz up our menu rotation. Adding an international flair to your typical meal can create just the buzz from your family that you are looking for. Here’s a family favorite from Sam Dahn … delicious, […]

Pearl of a Dining Experience: Chelsea Oyster

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in Olympia offers its dining patrons a truly special experience — fresh local seafood sustainably farmed at its namesake Chelsea Farms. Owners Shina Wysocki and Kyle Lentz offer their dining patrons an experience that reflects the heart and soul of the family’s shellfish farming legacy. Upon your visit, expect an authentic […]

Indochine’s Creativity In Crisis

What do you do in a community crisis? If you’re Russel Brunton at Indochine in downtown Tacoma, you figure out how to prepare tasty meals for hungry local heroes and keep your staff on the job. From the early days of the coronavirus challenge, Brunton joined several other restaurant owners to provide nutritious meals for […]

The Lasagna Lady spreads Love

As a youth growing up in the Bay Area of California, Michelle Brenner enjoyed big, traditional Sunday dinners with family. When lasagna was served, it usually accompanied an occasion of sorts and brought back warm memories. When she witnessed people buying store-bought, commercially made lasagnas as part of their pandemic meals, the Gig Harbor resident […]

Talking Cedar: Brews, Distilling, and Food

Looking for a unique new restaurant and brewery to try this fall? Talking Cedar is a brand new distillery, brewery, and restaurant in Grand Mound. This beautiful facility encompasses 35,000 square feet and is owned and maintained by the Chehalis Tribe. Talking Cedar has partnered with Heritage Distilling Company, a highly awarded craft distillery in […]

Fresh Herbs for Cooking and Cocktails

With summer here, it is a great time to enhance drinks and meals using fresh herbs that are plucked from your backyard, windowsill pot or planter. Here is a list of our favorite herbs to add a boost of fresh flavor to your favorite dish or libation. Basil For its prolific leaves, brilliant color, and […]

Old Town Delights Cares for Seniors

Owner Kelly Garofalo of  Old Town Delights became involved with Weatherly Inn in Tacoma reaching out to them to help provide treats for an event.  From the moment Kelly walked in the front door of Weatherly, “it just felt like home the staff and seniors were so welcoming and friendly”, commented owner Kelly Garofalo   When […]

Community helping Restaurants

The COVID pandemic is brutalizing every industry. Every industry has their experts, and I trust them to tell their stories. For the last 13 years, we have told the stories of the people in the food and libations industry and we have come to love and adore the local owners.  As you can imagine we […]

Magnuson Kitchen & Brewery Opens at Ruston

Point Ruston’s newest addition to its waterfront dining options is the Magnuson Kitchen & Brewery, an eagerly-anticipation second location and expansion of the Magnuson Cafe & Brewery in Seattle. Located on the edge of the one-acre Grand Plaza at Point Ruston, Magnuson’s offers an exciting and fresh culinary experience.  The restaurant and brewery features a […]

A New and Improved “Candy That Travels”

The classic Almond Roca candy is well-known and well-loved, with its toffee center, chocolate enrobing, and crushed almond pieces. The candy, and Brown & Haley, the company, have roots locally in the city of Tacoma. Now one hundred and eight years old, the company began because of a friendship between Harry L. Brown, who owned […]

Crudo and Cotto: A Fresh Twist on Italian

Giampaolo Falchetti and Kathryn Philbrook recently opened Crudo and Cotto, a fresh Italian and northwest inspired restaurant in Proctor. The husband-wife dynamic duo are also the owners of Olympia’s Basilico Ristorante. Italian cuisine comes naturally for Giampaolo; he grew up in Umbria, Italy, where food is synonymous with fellowship, providing a hospitable meeting place for […]

Ten Washington Wines for the Holidays

With over 900 wineries and thousands of lush vineyard acres, Washington State is home to some of the country’s prime grape-growing regions and every year provides delicious, award-winning wines. We would like to share ten Washington wines that we feel are perfect to enjoy during the holidays this year. NATALIE BENSON Reds Jet Black, Syrah, […]

Art of the Table

Restaurants have opened up a new way to savor art—on a plate—food that will intrigue, impress and immerse you in a sensory experience like no other. We’re lucky to have such talented culinary artists in the South Sound, serving delicious and beautiful plates. The following restaurants offer an experience that is both aesthetically elevated and […]

Oktoberfest Northwest Celebrates 15 years

Oktoberfest Northwest, the three-day Munich-style Oktoberfest celebration, with German bier, delicious food, and live entertainment,  takes place on Friday through Sunday, October 4th-6th, 2019, at Washington State Fair Events Center, in Puyallup WA. Oktoberfest Northwest is the perfect festival for guests who want a taste of a traditional German Oktoberfest with delicious foods, German biers, […]

Take Your Appetite To Mt. Rainier

A visit to Mt. Rainier in the fall is like no other. The colors are breathtaking, and that’s not all. If you’re planning a visit soon, and you love tasty, fresh food, consider spending the day on a chef-led, farm-to-table tour. The tour will have you gathering ingredients from local micro farms, farmstead creameries and […]