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Awe, shucks

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Awe, shucks

There is a glimmer of the quintessential Pacific Northwesterner that you catch a peek of when basking in the glory of our great outdoors. Western Washington boasts a diversity of landscapes from mossy forest floors, majestic mountains and calm ocean waves. This equates to a plethora of outdoor activities to

Sel Restaurant

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Sel Restaurant

ANNOUNCER: Tucked away in Tacoma's St. Helens' neighborhood, Dutch and Jackie visit Sel Restaurant. An elevated brunch menu paired with one of the best views in town lures those looking for a compelling dining experience from near and far. No kiddies allowed; the establishment is 21 and up. JACKIE: Sel

Devoted Kiss Cafe

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Devoted Kiss Cafe

ANNOUNCER: Though Gig Harbor seems a distant town off the beaten path, in actuality, it's just minutes from Tacoma across the Narrows Bridge. This week, Dutch and Jackie venture to the far end of the Harbor to a little hole in the wall -- Devoted Kiss Cafe. Visited often by

Dress up your buns at Olympia Hotdog Company

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Dress up your buns at Olympia Hotdog Company

ANNOUNCER: Feeling like a little funky adventure, Dutch and Jackie head south to Olympia Hotdog Company. They could have made it real interesting and opted for a night of dancing or enjoying a drag show at the hotdog joint's homebase venue, Jakes on 4th. But instead, chose to enjoy this

Big adventures for little humans

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Big adventures for little humans

Though the sun still shines bright, summer days are coming to a close. Whether your little ones are excited to reconnect with classmates and make new friends or dreading homework instead, one thing is clear: There will be a lot less time to moan and groan about being bored. That

On the hunt for a home

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On the hunt for a home

Finding the right home can be quite the journey. Whether you're a new transplant to Joint Base Lewis-McChord or have been stationed here for some time, if you're looking to settle down in the South Sound, or at least find the neighborhood that is the perfect fit for your lifestyle

Black Kettle Bites and Brew

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Black Kettle Bites and Brew

ANNOUNCER: Family friendly by day, and adults-only by night, the welcoming community feel of Black Kettle Bites and Brew brings Jackie and Dutch in for a bite ... and maybe a brew or two. JACKIE: Black Kettle has a great vibe, loads of natural light pours in and their patio is

Hawaii dreaming

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Hawaii dreaming

ANNOUNCER: With summer days waning, Dutch and Jackie were hankering for uber fresh fare and satiated their needs with a visit to Sam Choy's Poke to the Max. Once a food truck find only, this brick-and-mortar establishment located on Pacific Ave. near University of Washington-Tacoma, is an expansion of the

Alegre Bakery and Gelato

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Alegre Bakery and Gelato

ANNOUNCER: Tacoma's charming Proctor District is booming with new retail and dining spaces opening their doors nearly every month. This week, Dutch and Jackie hit the area's newest café, Alegre Bakery and Gelato. Boasting house-made baked goods, handmade gelato, roasted bean concoctions and a hearty wine and brew selection, Alegre

Red Wagon Burgers & Philly Cheese Steak

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Red Wagon Burgers & Philly Cheese Steak

ANNOUNCER:  Open just short of a year now, Dutch and Jackie tackle the monster-sized burgers at Red Wagon Burgers and Philly Cheese Steak. Specializing in charbroiled burgers, cheesesteaks, fries and shakes, there is something for everyone here. DUTCH: The advantage of being located in the Westgate Shopping Center is that there

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

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Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar

ANNOUNCER: In the heart of downtown Olympia is the 222 Market, which opened last fall.  This artisanal market boasts an open-air concept with restaurants, a flower shop, creperie and more.  This week, Dutch and Jackie hit up Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar to try some local shellfish. JACKIE: The 222 Market is

Point Defiance Tap and Grill

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Point Defiance Tap and Grill

ANNOUNCER: Our review team is changing at the Weekly Volcano. The dePaul brothers have moved their reservation, and starting this week we welcome the team of Dutch Randall and Jackie Fender. Happy dining! DUTCH: Open for a few years now, Point Defiance Tap and Grill still has that clean and new

Singles night out in Tacoma

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Singles night out in Tacoma

Oh sure, the cyber age has shifted the way we find love. You can download the latest app and slide your way through hundreds of local singles looking to hookup from the comfort of your couch. Let's face it, though, there's nothing quite like getting all dolled up and dapper

All eyes on UP

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All eyes on UP

A nation of golfers' eyes will be on University Place next week, however, a lot of people will be told they're looking at Seattle.  That's okay.  The once sleepy town of UP knows how to fight for what it wants, and over the past 10 years, that is apparently to

Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

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Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction

That's the product of 123 years of Tacoma air," Sanford and Son Antiques & Auction, Jennifer Aarde tells me. Sanford and Son has been providing a unique shopping experience as the largest singly owned antique shop in the Pacific Northwest located in downtown Tacoma since 1985. The space is like

Tasting your way around Tacoma's summer

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Tasting your way around Tacoma's summer

Tis the season ... for eating. Sure, that is usually a statement applied to the winter holidays, but let's get real, dinner surrounded by snot nosed distant cousins and crazy uncles are not all they're cracked up to be. Summer, however, equate to glorious sunny days, long walks and waterfronts,

Marrow and Hilltop Kitchen release spring menus

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Marrow and Hilltop Kitchen release spring menus

For the guest, it all begins with plating. As each dish arrives, it displays flawless presentation and resembles an edible work of art that speaks volumes even before the first bite. Seasonal menus are making their debut everywhere, but for many, it's not so much about image or branding as

Happy Belly classes

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Happy Belly classes

When you envision what a "Spring Sweets Baking Class" looks like, you are likely to break out in a sweat and be reminded of working alongside flour-covered counters with your granny. You may fear what side effects such a class will have on your waistline. Fear not, friends, because Happy

Boathouse 19 wins Tournament of Mac and Cheese

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Boathouse 19 wins Tournament of Mac and Cheese

While everyone else was thinking about the NCAA Basketball Tournament last week, at the Weekly Volcano, we were elbows deep in a culinary throwdown of epic proportions.  It was all about Mac and Cheese Madness, and brackets were lined with the "who's who'"of Tacoma eateries, which were pitted against each

Bourbon

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Bourbon

I am a lover of the bourbon. Whiskey, Rye, Irish and Kentucky Mash are all the bees knees in this gal's book. The complex flavors pair well while dining out, and bourbons are good for sipping, which is my preferred method of imbibing. Thoughtful people sip; deep and compelling minds

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