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Roadside Tamales in Fife

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Roadside Tamales in Fife

At times I get a hair up my ass to try a challenging recipe, just to see if I can come anywhere near the picture in the cookbook.  The first time I challenged myself was in the year 2000, inside our little home on Stevens and North Eighth Street.  I

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Eating and drinking bread on South Hill

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Eating and drinking bread on South Hill

During my ongoing attempt to travel the culinary world without having to actually travel, I have re-discovered the classic American side dish called "Pepto Bismol."  Something is seriously twisted and not right with my digestive system, especially when dealing with my latest non-domestic food quest. I can handle a greasy

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Philly This!

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Philly This!

Jennifer Johnson is a good friend of mine, dare I say one of my besties. When I asked her for a tip on a good mobile food vendor in Tacoma, without any hesitation, she declared, "Philly This!"  Now, seeing as how she has been a food columnist off-and-on for 73 years,

Rock The Dock Pub & Grill cares

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Rock The Dock Pub & Grill cares

Recently I was stalking Gwen Stence, owner of Tacoma's Rock the Dock Pub & Grill, on Facebook and took a special interest in a few particular posts of hers.  I noticed there had been a string of petty thefts happening outside of her bar, which is located in a significantly

Chick-fil-Yah or Nah?

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Chick-fil-Yah or Nah?

I have never been so torn in my life. Chick-fil-A is coming to Tacoma and OHMYGOD I can't wait. The food in America's Southern states is to die for, even the damn fast food - including Whataburger, Taco Bueno, Schlotzky's and Chick fil-A, Tacoma's soon-to-be fast food baby. What pains me

How to be a skinny Canadian

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How to be a skinny Canadian

It's An internationally known fact that I am not an international traveler. I've made the people of America, and all four of you who read this column, well aware of my feelings toward international travel safety and lack thereof. I've become a huge germaphobe and wuss when it comes to foreign

Vegetarian at a barbecue

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Vegetarian at a barbecue

Vegetarian at a barbecue.  There's always one.  Especially here in the Pacific Northwest land of bleeding hearts.  I'm pretty sure most Washington state residents would rather save a tree than cut one down to build a homeless shelter. As a matter of fact, you do know that Washington state government agencies care

Seven things happening in restaurants today

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Seven things happening in restaurants today

Enough with the praise, it's time for some tough love. Today, I feel like bitching and you're the only one who's paying attention to me right now, so you're going to get an earful. Or an eyeful. Whatever. I could give a shit if they fire me from the Weekly Volcano.

Downtown Puyallup picnic game plan

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Downtown Puyallup picnic game plan

The last time I tried to bring a friend to a picnic she ended up leaving early. Why? No one wants to hear about how much my ass hurts from sitting on the ground, much less while they're eating one of my homemade bologna and moldy cheese with mayo sandwiches.

Wishing Sorci's Italian Café's owner would adopt me

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Wishing Sorci's Italian Café's owner would adopt me

You go a measly two weeks without feeding the Weekly Volcano office dog and all of a sudden you are labeled as "unreliable."  Punishment ensues. No funny, meaningless columns for you, Steph DeRosa. Stick me with the boring food column, Pappi Swarner, whatever. I'll show you. And guess what, Pappi,

Gracious Grassi's

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Gracious Grassi's

Do you ever wish you could go back to your childhood and get a "do-over"?  When I replay past events in my head, I often feel both regret and pride in the same emotion.  I am proud that seventh-grade Stephanie punched eighth-grade bully Heather in the stomach at the bus stop

Say hello-hello to halo-halo

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Say hello-hello to halo-halo

Let the truth be known: I am secretly scared to death to fly across any ocean, into any foreign country, for any reason whatsoever.  Even if it's to eat the best goddamn meal I'll ever have, I will not travel. Call me a scaredy cat, a wuss, or a coward -

End of an era at Mandolin Café

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End of an era at Mandolin Café

As the legacy of Mandolin Cafe comes to a steady, yet screeching halt this Sunday, loyal patrons will continue to funnel through the well-loved neighborhood space to say goodbye.  Notorious for holding a history of rocky ownerships, fantastic (and at times not-so-fantastic) food, liberating live music, entrepreneurial coffee roasters and

3 Drinks: All decked out for summer

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3 Drinks: All decked out for summer

As summer lazily approaches us here in the Pacific Northwest, a certain list comes to mind: Top 5 hidden secret decks in which to celebrate summer, all with views of Commencement Bay.  I'd love to tell you all five of these hidden secret decks, but they're hidden and secret for

Get involved this summer at theater camp

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Get involved this summer at theater camp

For at least 12 years, Gig Harbor's Paradise Theatre has been molding today's youth into tomorrow's next generation of on stage performers.  From musical theater summer camps to year-round Broadway performances, Paradise Theatre has made its mark on entertainment in the South Puget Sound.   Introduce your child to the art of

Top specialty drinks in Tacoma

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Top specialty drinks in Tacoma

There's certainly a list containing South Puget Sound's Top 25 specialty drinks, but due to space limitations (Damn editors!), I'll condense it to my top three, in no particular order:   Stonegate Pizza's Rockin' Mai Tai: Developed by Stonegate's very own Jeff Call, this drink has you swimming in multiple exotic rums. 

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