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Whiskey and Chocolate. Need I say more? If you know me, you know you can count me in. Doyle's Public House is hosting a Whiskey and Chocolate Pairing Saturday, Jan. 25, 5:45 and 8 p.m. Tease Chocolates and whiskey expert Neil Strachan will guide guests through five single malts from

Pizzeria Fondi

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Pizzeria Fondi

ANNOUNCER: A popular community pizza stop in Gig Harbor, that unexpectedly closed in 2019, reopened this past October. Still serving pizza, salads, and paninis along with an open bar, Dutch and Jackie head across the bridge to check it out. DUTCH: I really like the atmosphere of this place with its

VK Viet Kitchen

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VK Viet Kitchen

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie are well acquainted with the quality and authentic food fare that hails from Tacoma's Lincoln District. VK Viet Kitchen is a somewhat new addition, and the two wanted to see what it was all about. DUTCH: This is a nice little hidden spot in the middle of

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In the last issue of Grub Gossip, I laid out just a few hands-on learning opportunities for those looking to hone their culinary prowess or pick up a new skill in the kitchen. That same week, one of my favorite chefs announced a workshop that should have been on that

Magnuson Kitchen + Brewery

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Magnuson Kitchen + Brewery

ANNOUNCER: Ruston welcomes its newest restaurant as the third place in this location. Kobrew's owners have revamped the space into an American Brewhouse with 14 beers on tap. Dutch and Jackie hit the waterfront this week to check out the latest offerings. JACKIE: When Kobrew closed their doors after the summer

E9 Brewing Co. and Taproom

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E9 Brewing Co. and Taproom

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie needed to take a little field trip to Tacoma's Brewery District to check out the E9 Brewing Co. taproom that opened its doors this last spring. DUTCH: As a long-time fan of the original E9, I really like the downtown, industrial feel of the Taproom. The dining

Grub Gossip: New year, new you

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Grub Gossip: New year, new you

A new year serves as a different marker for many. New Year's resolutions, an opportunity to hit that reset button on diet, exercise, bad habits, or maybe it's time to pick up a new skill or hone a craft you've otherwise neglected. Whatever the case, 2020 is a time stamp

Flying Fish Sushi Bar & Grill

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Flying Fish Sushi Bar & Grill

ANNOUNCER: As sushi becomes more and more popular with South Sound residents, new places seem to pop up around every corner. Once in a while, we are lucky enough to find that spot that sets itself apart from the rest. Dutch and Jackie head to Flying Fish Sushi Bar &

Basilico Ristorante Italiano

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Basilico Ristorante Italiano

ANNOUNCER: Basilico in Olympia is a local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine. The menu often offers seasonal Northwest ingredients with an Italian flair. With rumors of the husband and wife owners Giampaolo Falchetti and Kathryn Philbrook opening a similar place in Tacoma's Proctor district, Dutch and Jackie head south for

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I've never been much of a holiday person. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Grinch, but you better not ask me where my Christmas tree is on Thanksgiving, and sure as heck don't ask me to go shopping right after dinner! But that aside, I am a lover of twinkling

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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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