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Love at first bite

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Love at first bite

It's always a race to snag the best seats for Valentine's Day dining. And many local restaurants still have seats available, but you'd better hurry, be happy eating at 4 p.m. or 9 p.m., or plan to celebrate this weekend instead. To help you, sweethearts - here are some romantic

2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

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2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

Greek deli-style Gyro Spot boasts fresh, blue paint and stainless steel kitchen equipment. The business may look new, but the sticker on the front door tells curious passersby this place is the new home of longtime restaurant owner, Kenny Trobman. Trobman's signature image - a big-eyed chef with tons of frizzy

Food, football and fun

Bars & Clubs

Food, football and fun

When it comes to football season, even casual sports fans appreciate good food, fans and atmosphere - and finding the right spot to watch the game can be half the fun. For casual and hardcore enthusiasts alike, here are a few favorite bars and restaurants in the South Sound to keep

Touring Compass Rose

Military Life

Touring Compass Rose

On a recent Friday morning in the Proctor district, a girlfriend and I headed into Compass Rose on 26th Ave. Next to an art gallery and Italian restaurant, the window displays caught my eye - a giant ice cream sandwich floatie, and a selection of cool back-to-school gear. As I imagined

Beer and Blues festival

Bars & Clubs

Beer and Blues festival

The most cleverly-named beer festival in the South Sound is right around the corner. Brew Five Three is Tacoma's beer and blues festival, and in its 3rd year, is well on its way to becoming tradition. On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 1-8 p.m., Broadway, between 9th and 11th, will turn into

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Gift Shop

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Gift Shop

Compass Rose celebrates two years at its Proctor location in Tacoma. Following the model of its sister store in Olympia, which has been delighting shoppers for more than 17 years, the Proctor location features all the quirk, class and sass of its origins - with a T-town flair. "Compass Rose hearts

Parrot Heads with Purpose

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Parrot Heads with Purpose

The term "Parrot Head" was coined in 1985 at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the show, Jimmy commented about everyone wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats and how they kept coming back to see his shows, just like Grateful Dead followers, Deadheads. Thus, the term "Parrot Head"

Top 10 Fourth of July events in the South Sound

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Top 10 Fourth of July events in the South Sound

With many eyes on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Tacoma's Fourth of July festivals, you may think that is the beginning and end of it. Here are the Top 10 in the area we'd suggest:TACOMA AREA1. Freedom Fest:Let's start with Freedom Fest at JBLM, the annual celebration that invites the public

Wipeout Run comes to Puyallup

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Wipeout Run comes to Puyallup

It's not often that reporters get to make dirty jokes (unless you're Jon Stewart), but in this case, the event being covered is one giant innuendo - which perhaps makes this a little more fun for both reader and reporter. And it should be infinitely more fun for those who actually

Floating away PTSD

Military Life

Floating away PTSD

I was sitting in the waiting room at Northwest Float Center in Tacoma, reading the beginner's guide to floating, and feeling a bit of uncertainty. While deep meditation sounded amazing, I wasn't sure if being in a water pod for 75 minutes did. Floating is where a participant steps into a

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Walkie Talkie Blog

Moss Brothers Band to release second CD Saturday

The Moss Brothers Band is unmistakably Southern rock, but with a surprising funk twist. The songs feature whiskey-rattled vocals telling stories of betrayal and re-connections and phenomenal guitar solos break through, just to make sure you are still paying attention to what bad-asses these musicians are. But just because they're bad-ass,

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Tomorrow: Three Magnets Brewing beers paired with pizza

Three Magnets Brewing Co. is busy pushing out kegs as work continues on their much-anticipated brewery and brewpub, slated to open mid-September at 600 Franklin St. in downtown Olympia. As I have previously mentioned, Three Magnets is the brainchild of Nathan and Sara Reilly, who also own Darby's Café in

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Nabbing a Nammy Sammy in Olympia

Besides the fact that I love rhyming, "Nammy Sammy" is what comes to mind when someone says, "Hey, what should we grab for lunch?" Nammy's Vietnamese Deli and Bakery in the heart of downtown Olympia is a local favorite. Their banh mi battled in our Tournament of Sandwiches food contest last

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Well, Well, Well: What's happening at Olympia's Artesian Park and Commons

At one of five picnic tables at the Artesian Park and Commons in the core of downtown Olympia, I meet with Rob Richards, program director for the Downtown Ambassador Program, and Brian Wilson, downtown liaison for the city of Olympia. Both are in button-up shirts with to-go coffee in hand.

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Cafe and music venue Obsidian to replace Jezebels in Olympia

A few weeks ago, Jezebels, a club in downtown Olympia, closed its doors. Now, as demolition takes place, the rumor mill is churning about what's going on behind those same doors. Is it a concert venue? A cafe?  A bar? We caught up with new owners and seasoned musicians Nathan Weaver

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Roadside Classifieds: summer couches of Olympia

You know it's the peak of summer in Olympia when all the couches have sprung. They appear in front lawns, in alleys and on street corners - loveseats, davenports, hide-a-beds - all varieties of couch are in full bloom. Some are stained. Some are cushion-less. Some couches are in near-perfect condition. Some are littered

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Jimbo Jitsu's "The Farm" revolutionizes the hemp/weed/eco connection in Olympia

Out Delphi Road, near the Nisqually Nature Trail, is a farm. And not just any farm, this is "The Farm," home of "The Cannabis Connection," a new resource for lovers of the herb. Now, this reporter, a fan herself, enjoyed the opportunity to visit The Farm on opening day Aug. 2. A

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Olympia Double Shot: New Olyphant and TUSH! burlesque summer show

Olympia seems to swell in the summer: kids come home from college, out-of-towners pay a visit and the normal rainy day recluses that inhabit the town seem to flourish come the long days and hot nights. It's not surprising that we can't pack all the excitement Olympia has to offer into

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Tacoma Music and Art in Wright Park rolls out a compilation, celebrates with concert Saturday

The sprawling park, with its green grassy hills, where families picnic in the shade, or groups of friends share a smoke, where dogs sniff the air in anticipation, and where a rock band tunes up on stage. This is Music and Art in Wright Park, MAWP, Tacoma's annual summer

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Drinking beer and throwing meatballs at Washington Center's season preview shindig

Last night was the big reveal for the upcoming 2014/15 season for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia. Normally, Publisher Pappi Swarner attends such shindigs, but this year I pulled up my big girl panties and represented the Weekly Volcano. And by representing, I mean drinking

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Art film to screen in Tacoma

Take an international cast, a rolling landscape in Flint, Mich., the thundering music of Red Hex and the twisted, talented mind of Isaac Olsen and you have German expressionist art film, Ich Hunger. "I've always wanted to do something a lot more abstract and experimental," says Olsen, who has also directed the

Grindhouse Theater continues to thrill patrons

  What's better than a gritty classic gore, horror or exploitation movie projected on the big screen in original 35mm film? According to Justin Giallo and his growing number of Grindhouse Theater fans, nothing. "I feel that cinema - in a sense - is dying and becoming careless," says Giallo, who refuses to

How to throw an Oscars party, according to The Grand Cinema

When in Hollywood, the red carpet likes to spend its off hours playing touch machines and smoking cigarettes at bars along Sunset. When in Tacoma, the red carpet likes to be stepped on by high heels and Converse, escalating partygoers into The Grand Cinema's presentation of the Academy Awards. The event,

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5th on 4th Sandwich Shop

926 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 943-9106

Cuisine: Burgers/Hot Dogs, Subs/Sandwiches

  • Not Rated Yet
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Dillinger's Cocktails & Kitchen

404 Washington St.
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 515-0650

Cuisine: American, Dessert, Late Night

  • Not Rated Yet
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Oly Rockfish Grill

700 4th Avenue East
Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 753-5700

Cuisine: American, Breakfast, Cajun/Creole, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Not Rated Yet
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Paisley’s Cafe

625 Black Lake Blvd., Ste 516
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 753-7309

Cuisine: American, Coffeehouse/tea, Subs/Sandwiches

  • Not Rated Yet
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Rumors Wine Bar

203 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98501
(206) 434-8172

Cuisine: Wine bar

  • Not Rated Yet
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Trago Mexican Kitchen and Cocina Lounge

625 Black Lake Blvd.
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 338-0515

Cuisine: Mexican

  • Not Rated Yet
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Vic's Pizzeria

2822 Capitol Blvd SE.
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 688-1234

Cuisine: Pizza

  • Not Rated Yet

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