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Meconi's Pub & Eatery's Guinness

I have a very simple policy about eating meals while drinking: I don’t. Not, at least, when my goals for the night include over-inebriation. Snacks and appetizers? Fine. But big, juicy bacon cheeseburgers and a side of sweet potato fries? Sweet Christ, never while boozing, and never, ever while on

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Bunnell Winemaker Dinner

Thursday, Nov. 15: Canyon’s Edge Winery Tasting, 5-8 p.m., $5, Vin Grotto Cafe & Wine Bar, 813 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.722.5079. Thursday, Nov. 15: Bunnell Winemaker Dinner, 6:30 p.m., $95, Sea Grill, 1498 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.5656. Thursday, Nov. 15: Milbrandt Vineyards Winery, 5:30-8:30 p.m., complimentary, Pour At Four, 3814 N. 26th

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Fall into a beer

Just because the leaves are falling to the floor like Paris Hilton in a night club bathroom doesn’t mean the beer-chugging season is over. It has actually just begun. First out of the chute this month in the beer world is a shout-out to the Tacoma Beer Society as it continues

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It's Italian for 'quaint'

ANNOUNCER: The boys have made the Brotherhood Tavern their satellite office ever since they were old enough to pay their own tab (though they seldom do). The shuffleboard, the funky lights, the velvet U.S. presidents, the hipsters — heaven. But when they have had their fill of cash-only booze, they

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Dining in DuPont

There are few places in the South Sound where diners can travel through a world trip of food selections without having to get a passport. DuPont is becoming on of those locations, alongside Olympia\'s Fourth Avenue, Tacoma\'s Sixth Avenue and Pacific Avenue and the City of Destiny\'s Freighthouse Square. The city of

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Thanksgiving dining options

Red Hot Thanksgiving I learned that I’m spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriend’s family. I’m not terribly happy about it. In fairness, the Stevens are as welcoming as you could possibly be to someone they wish wasn’t dating their son. However, I never feel quite at home there. Why? Here’s one of many. The

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Green and bare it

I just ate a Hot Pocket. When it emerged from the microwave, it looked like something you might pull out of a clogged vacuum cleaner. It tasted like salted silicon. When the Tacoma Food Co-op opens, I’m going to stop eating Hot Pockets. That’s right, there is a distinct chance

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Viet My Gift Shop and Marlene's

Viet me I believe the Viet My Gift Shop on the corner of South 38th and Yakima in Tacoma’s International District represents what an outdoor market in Asia must be like. Stepping inside, incense fills the nostrils with exotic scents. My eyes trace the shelves up three, four, five shelves till

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Holiday Inspiration

Tonight’s Rocky & Coco’s Holiday Inspiration fashion show party will showcase feminine dresses and tops by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, whose motto is “Feel like a woman. Wear a dress.”  Watch for hot new denim for men and women by 7, Joes Jeans and True Religion. Rocky & Coco will

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Stylistic, schizophrenic abstract style

Aaron Trotter-Voronoff told me on the phone, when we set up our appointment, “You’ll know me when you see me.” It’s about noon, and a herd of university students is thinning out into small numbers of individuals hurrying to class. In general, they look student-like, with chins tucked deeply into scarves

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The lovely bones

Betty Bastai’s drawings bring to mind the Alice Sebold novel “The Lovely Bones.” Not the story, just the title. Along the right-hand wall of the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is a group of eight soft and delicate Bastai drawings of X-ray images — lovely bones seen through

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Urbanaut

After Tacoma’s finest forced Saturday’s ürbanaüt art party out of the graffiti garages, Alan and Cheryl Gorsuch saved the day opening their Sanford & Son Antiques building where co-creator James Hume backed his black van into the top floor garage (Broadway side), connected his iPod to speakers, turned on the

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Fair Trade Market

Do you fall victim to binge shopping? Shop. Guilt. Repeat. I know I do, but one way I’ve found to do all the shopping for things I absolutely don’t need in my house is to buy things that benefit local charities or foundations and then give them away as gifts

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Hanging with my homies

I’m on the brink of my 32nd birthday, and I’m honestly discovering more and more that growing up is really, really hard to do. Sure, there’s a school of thought out there that says, “What the hell, why bother?” and so many believe in staying forever young, but you’d think that

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Beyond the Laser Dome

Bobble Tiki loves Mono in VCF. Loves them. Bobble Tiki can’t think of a more original band from Tacoma, and Bobble Tiki can’t think of a band he’d rather spend the night with. When Bobble Tiki realized Mono in VCF will be taking over the Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome

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The Place is spinning

At the occasionally hectic Open House for Tacoma Art Place on Saturday, a woman sat placidly working on something that appeared to be a toy. As a round block of wood spun, dangling a dowel, a bundle of fluff on the table became organized into string. Brenda Groboski pointed out to me,

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On local screens

2 DAYS IN PARIS: Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg play a New York couple, she French, who wrap up a miserable European holiday by spending two days in Paris, living above her parents.  Not your usual lovers-in-Paris movie, but about two original, quirky characters so obsessed with their differences that

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Lions' roar is a lot of hot air

Useful new things to be said about the debacle in Iraq are in very short supply. I’m not sure that’s what “Lions for Lambs” intends to demonstrate, but it does, exhaustingly. Essentially, if I have this right, we should never have invaded Iraq, but now that we’re there, (1) we

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Choro Famoso, U277, Toga Party and more

Thursday, Nov. 8 ROCK Toga Party While the origins of the toga party aren’t necessarily clear, one thing is certain. The toga party is an American institution. Whether “Animal House” introduced you to the idea of donning a bed sheet Greek style and drinking until you fall down, or it was Tom

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play brothers who conspire on a “victimless crime” with dire consequences, in one of the year’s best thrillers — and films. Co-starring Marisa Tomei, Amy Ryan, Rosemary Harris; one of the best films by the cinematic treasure Sidney Lumet.

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