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Baked goods

Get your sweet tooth on AFFAIRS CAFE & BAKERY: Affairs Café & Bakery is a comfy place to catch up with a friend over breakfast and lunch.  Also, their chocolates are as close to a vice as you can get without actually sinning.  2811 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.565.8604. CORINA BAKERY:

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Western R Bar & Grill's gin and tonic

Tacoma has an abundance of dives — some murky, some dark, some that smell funny, some that are just plain dangerous. There are joints, holes-in-the-wall and hellholes of every description in this town — the Western R took the prize, because depending on what day of the week and what

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Dias de los Tres Reyes goodies

Holiday option No. 1: Slave for days in the kitchen baking gingerbread people, cake and pies for your relatives, who will then declare their devotion to the South Beach diet. Holiday option No. 2: Head to Julia’s Bakery and Café in Lacey. The assortment of freshly baked goods at Julia’s overflows

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TV Tacoma

I know that many of you consider me to be some kind of über bourgeoisie babe. At the surface, that’s probably true. But when you peel me down after several layers, you’ll discover some heartbreaking information: I can be such a geek. When I’m at home, I’m not kicking over martini glasses and shaking

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President rocks

When Ronald R. Thomas assumed the mantle of University of Puget Sound president in 2003, then Board Chair William T. Weyerhaeuser said, “Ron Thomas is an outstanding choice to lead Puget Sound at this time in the school’s history. He clearly understands Puget Sound’s commitment to its liberal arts mission,

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Own it

I dropped by a.o.c. gallery to see a group show that was described as a kind of transition show between the old a.o.c. managed by the husband-and-wife partnership of C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg and the new artists-owned cooperative gallery managed by, as the name implies, the participating artists

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Beautiful Angle

Why, oh why, you might be asking, does the Weekly Volcano put itself through this torment every year? The crowds, the lines, the expense … all to hand off a cheerfully wrapped box with the ideal gift inside, certain to thrill the recipient. No pressure there. Trying to escape the mayhem,

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Jason Ricci

Blues is alive and well in the 21st century, and while there might not be any bluesmen left from the cotton fields of the Mississippi, thanks to a batch of young musicians who are dedicated to keeping the genre alive, the sound of the Delta can still be heard like

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Loverboy plays Tacoma

upcoming shows Land Of The Sweets Burlesque Nutcracker Seattle. Dec. 20 7 and 10 pm. $23-$25 (Triple Door, 206.838.4309). Holiday Sing-Along Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $20-$56 (Benaroya Hall, TM). Brian Culbertson: A Soulful Christmas Seattle. Dec. 20 7:30 pm. $45-$55 (Paramount Theatre, TM). Seaweed Tacoma. Dec. 21 9 pm. $15; Dec. 22 (all

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UFO and others on sale this week

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Black Lewis, The Mob Law, Doxology Seattle. Dec. 20 (all ages) 9 pm. $15 (The Showbox, TM). Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Bellevue. Dec. 29 7:30 pm. $22-$28 (First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue,

Restaurants on JBLM

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Restaurants on JBLM

Covering over 640 square miles, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) doesn't disappoint when it comes to food options. Whether you work on Lewis North, live on McChord, or only come on base to shop at the PX, you won't be leaving hungry. JBLM-Lewis Main Battle Bean Coffee -- Counter service of house brand

Top 10 must-see places to visit

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Top 10 must-see places to visit

The natural areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) are stunningly beautiful. There are three National Parks, rocky beaches, rushing waterfalls, historic towns and even a foreign country all within a short drive from the base. This list is compiled from an informal survey of military families and are the places

Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

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Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

Whether you want to hit the beach, take a hike or explore a museum, there's much to see and do in the South South. These uniquely Pacific Northwest experiences are sure to entertain kids of all ages -- and parents, too.  1. Hands On Children's Museum For hours of creative play, head

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What is art?

Tacoma.  Art.  The two go together like love and marriage, peanut butter and jelly, and gin and tonic. And the two are equally broad spectrum with Tacoma’s art scene encompassing a range from coffee to dance to clothing to paintings to parties to food to random acts of kindness. But is it

Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

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Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

I'm a firm believer in living life to the fullest -- at least when it comes to sweets. "Life is short, eat dessert first" is my motto. With that said, is there any better way to start the day than with a sweet breakfast? Pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even

A banquet on the boards

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A banquet on the boards

"All the world's a stage," the Bard famously said, "tho' only certain parts deserve to charge admission." Or perhaps we're misremembering. In any case, the South Sound is resplendent with theatrical talent, from amateur, outdoor Elizabethans to union actors beautified by state-of-the-art lighting. Here's a quick survey of regional venues,

A night out at the ballpark

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A night out at the ballpark

Congratulations, baseball fans. After a frigid winter and a snowstorm for the ages, warm nights at the ballpark have returned. And for those new to the South Sound -- you're in luck; the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and open their

The City of Destiny tour by light rail

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The City of Destiny tour by light rail

With a vibrant and lively downtown arts and culture scene flourishing amidst an ongoing revitalization, it doesn't take too much effort to quickly fill up a day trip to the city of Tacoma. Located just north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Interstate 5, Washington state's third largest city is home

The best grocery stores near JBLM

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The best grocery stores near JBLM

Sometimes having to say goodbye to your favorite store is the worst part of moving. As mothers, wives, human beings -- planning for the next meal is a large part of how we spend our time, and for some it's an enjoyable experience. Meal planning can be a major stress

Five local museums you may not have heard about

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Five local museums you may not have heard about

Tacoma has a well renowned museum district, but these five local gems are spread throughout Pierce County. Each has its own charm and captures the joy of collecting something you are passionate about. Tacoma Telephone Pioneer Museum Now that most people use cellphones, many children have never even seen a telephone. This

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