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Tantalizing dessert choices around town

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Tantalizing dessert choices around town

Last month I overheard an extremely true statement that resonated with me and made perfect sense. It made so much sense, in fact, that I wondered why the thought hadn't occurred to me previously. "You don't have to be hungry to eat ice cream," said a teenage boy to his equally

The Triple Door in Seattle

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The Triple Door in Seattle

Dining and entertainment go hand-in-hand, yet too often one must be left behind in search of the other, or a sub-par meal must be tolerated in order to see your favorite performer. The supper club experience is the best of both worlds: a night on the town while only paying

Philanthropy tastes good in Gig Harbor

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Philanthropy tastes good in Gig Harbor

Tired of outdoor festivals that are centered on people standing in long lines in the sun waiting to eat food made in a truck and sold at prices that would be laughed at in a real sit-down restaurant?   Get ready for Saturday's Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival. In its third

Preserving today’s flavors for tomorrow in Tacoma, beyond

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Preserving today’s flavors for tomorrow in Tacoma, beyond

To preserve is to treat or alter something in order to extend viability. We're talking food here, so preserving most commonly brings to mind jam and jellies made from fruit. I recall my Grandma Johnson's raspberry freezer jam as being better than pie. Now that my adult taste buds know

Always serving others

Military Life

Always serving others

Amy Shick is involved with Army life. As a youngster she was small, loud and hyperactive. Growing up in Redding, CA, her family always had hamsters, bunnies, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, birds, pigs, donkeys, cows, ponies and horses for her to be with. "Not all at the same time!" she exclaimed. Moving to

Barbecue season has commenced in Tacoma/Olympia

Food Matters

Barbecue season has commenced in Tacoma/Olympia

Barbecue: A noun, an adjective, a verb.   I love a good barbecue attended by friends and family that carries you from hot sunny daytime to cool, Smores-mandatory fire pit nights. I love a good barbecued piece of meat that holds smoky goodness and leaks tasty juice that runs down my arm.

The NW cheese movement

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The NW cheese movement

The "Do It Yourself" movement that gained mainstream popularity in the late 1990s with home makeover TV shows has morphed into the food arena. It's a long-armed, straight reach back in time to when the matriarchs of generations gone-by made everything from scratch after doing the growing and raising themselves.

Cowboy western dreaming

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Cowboy western dreaming

Dreams of living a life other than the one you currently have are what goals and ambition are really made of. The city girl in me longs for a taste of Western culture. I'm not talking about global Western culture. I'm talking about "Yee-Haw Kenny Chesney Rodeo" Western culture.   Just the

Beer Lovers take notice: Gig Harbor is going hop wild

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Beer Lovers take notice: Gig Harbor is going hop wild

Saturday, May 12 will mark the date that Gig Harbor joins the ranks of cities that host hyper-local beer festivals. In very recent years, breweries in Pierce County have begun to pop up like wild flowers in the spring.   Festival organizer John Fosberg says, "I love the Gig Harbor community and

Get your game on

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Get your game on

Once relegated to the territory of geeky, pimpled teens and single, middle-aged adults holed up in their parents' basements rolling 8-sided dice and demanding to be called "Quarkward the Powerful" ala Dungeon & Dragons, gaming has expanded well beyond this unfortunate stereotype. All ages of people with varied economic backgrounds

Legal side of TBIs

Health

Legal side of TBIs

You suffered a brain injury recently, and you want to get your financial affairs in order while recovering. Have you drawn up the necessary legal documents to help with financial planning?  The Brain Injury Association of America breaks down common legal documents associated with severe injury. Take steps to secure your financial

Own your kitchen

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Own your kitchen

If there is one skill you should actively cultivate in life it is cooking. Being able to feed yourself is not the point. Any person can buy a six-pack and a frozen dinner and call it good. Yet, as we know, all sustenance is not created equal. Though cooking for

Army to update hairstyle, grooming standards

Military Life

Army to update hairstyle, grooming standards

WASHINGTON - Soldiers will find out in January what hairstyle and grooming changes the Army has approved from a review panel's recommendations, according to the service. "The Army routinely examines our policies to ensure they meet the needs of the force. This is another way we are working to improve the

Gardening made easy

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Gardening made easy

Gardens can grow in all shapes, sizes, compositions and methods of containment. From a tiny windowsill herb garden to a 50-by-30-foot plot that yielded enough food for two families, I've had one almost every year. There's something so satisfying about working the earth and watching something I planted grow and provide

Pickles punch up winter

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Pickles punch up winter

Used to extend the life of food, pickling has been a part of many cultures for countless generations. In certain parts of America, hot on the heels of a harvest is canning time. An assembly line of sorts is set-up, neighbors and friends lend a hand to tackle the very-involved

Maxwell's Speakeasy new lounge menu

Food Matters

Maxwell's Speakeasy new lounge menu

Since the initial changes made by new owner Steve Anderson upon taking the reigns at Tacoma's Maxwell's Speakeasy + Lounge, the reported response has been good. "People are liking what we're doing, I'm going with it," Anderson says. The "it" Anderson refers to is offering a greater variety of dishes at

A twist on the Scottish play

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A twist on the Scottish play

Equivocation at Olympia Little Theatre is wild. It is ludicrous. It is funny and tragic and gruesome. Written by Bill Cain and directed at OLT by Pug Bujeaud, the play is a farcical tragedy, a takeoff on and about Shakespeare (Drew Doyle), who is alternately called Shag and Will, his

SPOUSE magazine - February 2020

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SPOUSE magazine - February 2020

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the February 2020 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Free fitness classes and equipment offered at JBLM <<< $25 gym memberships for USAA members <<< It's about teamwork <<< Virtual-reality experience now open at Pt. Defiance <<< VK Viet Kitchen <<<

Spring in the air (and menu)

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Spring in the air (and menu)

A running joke among Pacific Northwest residents is that we only have two seasons: August and winter. Spring, summer and winter might be a bit more accurate. While many restaurateurs and chefs would like to unveil quarterly seasonal menus, the reality is the seasons just don't cooperate in our climate

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