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A veteran-owned brewery with a mission

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A veteran-owned brewery with a mission

Any true Pacific Northwesterner is a lover of the hops. If Washington had an official state beverage, it'd be a head-to-head tie between roasted bean concoctions and a good craft brew. Luckily, there are a plethora of local spots concocting beer for this very reason, with Forward Operating Base Brewery

Yen Ching

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Yen Ching

ANNOUNCER: Jackie and Dutch head to Lakewood's International District to visit a longtime local favorite, Yen Ching. This little oasis off of South Tacoma Way has presented Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine for decades now. JACKIE: When you think to yourself that you're hankering for Chinese food, Yen Ching is the

Savor Creperie

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Savor Creperie

ANNOUNCER: Jackie and Dutch find themselves in downtown Tacoma this week at Savor Creperie. Though one might expect a fancy set up with crepes on the menu, the atmosphere is more like a fast-food joint where you order and pay at the counter and then find a seat to wait

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Let's face it, once the ghoulish shenanigans come to a close on Halloween, Christmas lights begin to line windowsills around town. Out with the pumpkin spice and in with the gingerbread, Santa is making a list and checking it twice because it's time to get prepared for the gift-giving season.

Not a well-kept secret for long

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Not a well-kept secret for long

ANNOUNCER: Dutch had an avalanche of to-dos present themselves out of town this week. Hey, life happens, which is why Jackie is flying solo to discover a delightful little nook full of fresh flavors and loads of charm at Tibbits@FernHill. JACKIE: If you blink, you might miss it. Nestled in the petite

Pairing dinners delight

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Pairing dinners delight

If there's one thing that folks in the food and beverage industry know, it's food and beverage. Many South Sound establishments elevate the traditional dining experience by partnering with winemakers and brewers to present a matrimony of flavor profiles specifically cultivated to best complement both the dish and the drink.

Start salivating

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Start salivating

The South Sound dining scene is forever evolving. New dining establishments are popping up here, there and everywhere and fulfilling hankerings of all sorts. The beauty of the culinary culture is it's everchanging. Chefs move on to new endeavors, owners embark on refreshing journeys and entrepreneurs are choosing Tacoma as

Kickin' it old school

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Kickin' it old school

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie head to Olympia to kick it old school style at the hip and happening Old School Pizzeria to grab a slice of pizza pie and play some pinball. JACKIE: Dude, as soon as I spied Mr. T, Prince and Hulk Hogan adorning the wall, I knew

Big bowls of big flavor

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Big bowls of big flavor

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie visit the Lincoln District of Tacoma known for its internationally diverse community, which is evident in the collection of eateries. The cravings turned fresh and spicy this week at Pho Dragon where traditional Vietnamese food is served six days a week for lunch and dinner.JACKIE: Six

All things boo: boozy, boo-tiful, boogieing and boogeymen

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All things boo: boozy, boo-tiful, boogieing and boogeymen

Halloween is the third biggest party season of the year, nipping at the heels of New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. It's no wonder really, the only things that can compete with resolutions and tossing the ole pig skin is all things pumpkin spice and make believe. We want

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Eat This Now: The Hoffa

It's not often I get out of the house from some grown up shenanigans but after their domination of the Slider Cook-Off at the Museum of Glass, I finally HAD to check out The Valley. Naturally I was not disappointed. I'm a huge fan of Valley co-owners Rob and Justin

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Eat This Now: Carbonara

While innovation is often times key to culinary brilliance, sometimes one just needs to go back to the basics to concoct a truly divine dining experience. My Eat This Now recommendation this week is one such dish that can be found at Maxwell's Restaurant and Lounge as of Thursday, one

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Eat This Now: Totchos

Did you know top dog on the list of most consumed vegetables in the United States is the potato? Really, it's no wonder. Its far less versatile and less tasty companion, iceberg lettuce, follows it. Anyhow, the potato is a clear winner because it comes in so many different forms:

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Eat This Now: Spinach Salad

Looking back on the last few weeks of Eat This Now recommendations it's pretty clear I love food like a fat kid loves cake. Mmmmm, cake. Though, I haven't covered any cake recently, the last few weeks included cheese dip, doughnuts and fried cheese - all delectable and all maybe on the

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Eat This Now: Spicy Meatballs and Fried Cheese

Stink Tank, the wine bar attached to STINK Cheese & Meat in Tacoma's Triangle District, has changed its moniker ... well sort of. The space is now called El Tufo, which means "stink" in Spanish. Though the establishment has already gained a reputation for its fabulous wines paired with exquisite eats,

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Taste Gig Harbor this weekend

There's a troll that lives under the bridge. He grimaces and holds me for ransom, then gobbles up my money every time I try to return home to Tacoma. Well, I mean, there isn't, but there may as well be. It's that damn toll. The toll makes Gig Harbor seem

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Eat This Now: Legendary Doughnuts

There are many reasons I will never be a fit person. It could have just about everything to do with my aversion to the gym. Aside from not particularly loving the whole sweaty hot mess thing, it often smells like the bog of eternal stench AND I have never really

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Eat This Now: Warm Goat Cheese Dip

Things need not always be complicated to be decadent and delicious - often quite the contrary. Stadium District's Art House Café's Warm Goat Cheese Dip ($13) is a remarkable example. This appetizer is very simple and exquisitely executed with tart, creamy goat cheese delivered lightly browned and sizzling, then topped

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Eat This Now: Special Vietnamese Curry with Sweet Potato

I admittedly don't dine in Lakewood nearly enough. It's not an area I'm opposed to visiting but I find myself always in a rush when in that city. My hairdresser happens to be in Lakewood, but those rare times I whisk myself away for some primping and pampering, the primping

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Eat This Now (Weekend): Bertha's Big ol' Biscuits

When you walk through the doors of Stadium District's Shake Shake Shake it's like walking through a time warp portal delivering you smack dab into a rad, vintage burger joint: think soda machine, clean cut, bee bopping bunny hoppin', McFly fun with creamy delectable shakes and damn tasty burgers. The

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