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Pinwheel Catering's Herban Café

The corner lot that briefly housed Ezell’s Chicken (tasty southern cuisine), will soon be home to a full service restaurant with catering capabilities. Owners Stephen and Gretchen Nogler are moving Garden Café from Sumner to Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue. A large banner on the outside of the building announces a December

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Stoked holiday season

I can’t wait to get this week over with because I have soooo much to look forward to during the holiday season, especially since I’ve taken Dec. 21 to Jan. 3 off from work. YAH! Sure, there’s Christmas and all, but the day after that is much better in my world

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Pour at Four

What is the deal with all of the booze in the world and why does it affect me in such different and distinct ways? Beers make me mellow. Tequila makes me diabolical. Shots make me fall down. Wine makes me shine. And it never ever fails: Champagne always makes me giggle. Just last week I stepped

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Green drinks all around

What do a Green Mojo, lime and honey Martini and an Apple-tini all have in common? Yes, they are all delicious alcoholic drinks, but there’s something else — they are all some shade of the color green. No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day yet so what prompted the green beverages?

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Bending space

Driving up Fourth Avenue in Olympia, I glanced in the window of Black Front Gallery and saw what looked like an intricate wall sculpture made of cut paper and swirling strands of wire. From my distance and angle as I drove by — holding up traffic as I slowly inched

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Don't get busted

First of all, let it be known that the Weekly Volcano absolutely, positively, in no way, shape, or form condones drunk driving. In fact, the Weekly Volcano thinks drunk driving is ridiculous and much prefers to hail a cab or drunk dial a friend when searching for a way home

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Boot Call

They were her grandmother’s. She bought them during a trip to Guyana. It seemed like all of my favorite wintertime boots belonged to someone else and were pretty much unattainable. Of course that was before I went on my annual shopping excursion in search of the perfect pair of fashionable

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Aficionados on Aficionados

They’re manly men.  They have names like Tom, Chuck, and Richard. They hold down manly jobs titles like mechanic, firefighter and retired IRS. And in their spare time, they like to hold large, smelly, cylindrical things between their lips and suck. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a lawyer or a mechanic; you’ll

2019 Best of Tacoma

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Hi-Voltage Records

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Hi-Voltage Records

A stroll through a record store can be a therapeutic experience: shuffling through the bins, soaking in evocative album art, feeling the weight of the vinyl as you pick up a record to examine, all while hearing some great music being spun by the passionate employees. At the end of

Best of Tacoma 2019: Rev. Colin at Broken Spoke

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Rev. Colin at Broken Spoke

When it comes to novel, communal activities to engage in at a bar, karaoke sure gets a disproportionate amount of attention; while it's true that karaoke's a grand old time, these days I'd happily pass over a night of karaoke in favor of some lively bar trivia. Spawned in the

Best of Tacoma 2019: LeMay - America’s Car Museum

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Best of Tacoma 2019: LeMay - America’s Car Museum

One of the many best things about Tacoma is the LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM). Located next to the Tacoma Dome, the museum is a celebration of America's love affair with the automobile. "The museum is magnificent," Renee Crist, Curator of Collections, said. "The ACM is a jewel here in Tacoma." This

Best of Tacoma 2019: Summer Concert Series in Old Town Park

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Summer Concert Series in Old Town Park

Kim Archer is one of Tacoma's most popular soul singers, but that's not why we interviewed her for this issue. Rather, she doubles as the organizer of your pick for family-friendly venue, the Old Town Park Summer Concert Series, now in its sixth year. That all-ages series runs from the

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cheney Stadium soccer configuration

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cheney Stadium soccer configuration

Funding formats for a new, soccer-specific field next to Cheney Stadium are under scrutiny and in the news at the moment, as the public-private dollar debate gets underway in earnest. While all of that is being hashed out, Tacoma already has a dynamic and exciting professional soccer scene in place

Best of Tacoma 2019: McMenamins Elks Temple, Spanish Ballroom

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Best of Tacoma 2019: McMenamins Elks Temple, Spanish Ballroom

With the launch of McMenamins Elks Temple in May, downtown Tacoma saw the re-opening of a civic landmark and now enjoys a unique, boutique hotel and an eclectic mix of new restaurants and bars within the historic building. The city also gained a much-needed new live performance space. The ornately detailed,

Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

They might be plays and they might be short stories or works in progress, but whatever they are, the dramatic readings in Tacoma Little Theatre's Off the Shelf series are likely to be shows you'll never see anywhere else, or perhaps previews of shows you might get to see in

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cham Garden Korean BBQ

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cham Garden Korean BBQ

Never in world history has there been a better time to be a hardcore foodie. Educated by thousands of hours of globe-spanning food TV and toting enough celebrity cookbooks to overfill a library, we race into cuisines that would've scared American diners away before the debut of Iron Chef America.

Best of Tacoma 2019: Asado

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Asado

Whether you're on the prowl for the perfect ambiance to make eyes across the table or just want to grab some reasonably priced, exceptional grub, Asado has been chosen by the people as the best for both! It's a rare matrimony, Best Date Night and Best Happy Hour together, as

Best of Tacoma 2019: Peaks and Pints

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Peaks and Pints

When Peaks and Pints declare themselves as "a craft beer taproom where brew nerds can wave their geek flags," they mean it. Peaks and Pints is a beer lovvas paradise. It's like the Narnia of brews with 13 cooler doors that lead to more than 650 craft beers and ciders.

Best of Tacoma 2019: Cactus Proctor

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Cactus Proctor

With the Proctor District ever evolving, it seems pretty obvious that the people's choice for Best New Restaurant would just happen to reside there. Considering Seattle-based Cactus Southwest Kitchen and Bar has been curating and executing Southwest-inspired cuisine for nearly three decades, by the time they set their sights on

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