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Gari of Sushi No Longer Blindingly Yellow!

· Posted Tuesday July 1, 2008 by jamie

I don’t make it out to the Lincoln District very often, especially since Gari of Sushi had a fire. But I thought I’d swing by and check on the progress of their remodel yesterday after a stop at REI on my way to Puget Sound Pizza, and wow… I’m sure many of you have already seen this, but the building has shed its crazy yellow cladding, and is now a normal looking brick building! Wish I had pictures, but I was sans camera. Last I heard, they are aiming for re-opening around the end of July. My only fear is that with the building being all classed up, people formerly scared of trying sushi in a bright yellow building will crowd the place up and ruin it for those of us who loved it when it was but an ugly duckling (with, mind you, the best sushi in town). I’m just excited to have great sushi again.


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Mini-Reviews: Maxwell's and Masa

· Posted Thursday June 26, 2008 by jamie

Over the last week, we dined at Maxwell’s Speakeasy + Lounge on St. Helens and Masa on Sixth, so I thought I’d share some thoughts.

Maxwell’s wowed us big-time. Fun and swanky 1920s-with-a-twist-of-hipness atmosphere and impressively food, which we were excited to hear was locally-sourced. Our foursome chose to order a series of appetizers and small plates, which worked really well. Highlights included the grilled broccoli, which was more the long brassica sort of broccoli than florets, and was sprinkled with delicious crispy sourdough bread crumbs. We were also impressed by the amount of food in the halibut cheeks small plate–excellent deal here! And be sure not to miss the amaretto brownie soufflé on the dessert menu, it is quite excellent. We’ll definitely be returning…I’m excited to check out the weekday “free food” happy hour sometime, which apparently happens from 4-6pm Monday-Thursday.

Masa is only 2 blocks from our house, and they’ve been open for more than two years now, but for some reason it’s the only one of the Sixth Ave “usual suspects” that we’ve never bothered to visit. (Well, ok, I’ve never eaten at Chopstix, but that’s because I don’t have to go there to know that it sucks.) I guess mixed reviews have kept us away, but we were looking to eat outside and decided to forgo our usual walkable-and-outdoor choice of E9 and finally give Masa a try. To start with, the upstairs porch is great on a sunny day, but I am somewhat fascinated by the dynamics of eating there. Apparently they don’t serve their draft beers on the porch (!?), so I opted for a bottled Negra Modelo rather than the preferred draft Dos Equis. And the shot of tequila I ordered came in a clear plastic cup…WTF? But we can get beyond those things… The food itself? Not bad, but also nothing to write home about. My veggie enchiladas were maybe a bit bland, but I will say that I enjoyed the accompanying black beans with cotija cheese, and the jicama slaw was a nice touch as well. I would be interested to see how the experience might be different in the dining room downstairs, but the food quality won’t exactly have me banging down their door for another visit. Maybe during a happy hour sometime…


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Old Milwaukee Cafe, Now Open Later!

· Posted Thursday August 2, 2007 by jamie

I noticed last week, and swung by to verify today…

Old Milwaukee Cafe, a frequent ThriceAllAmerican haunt and considered by many to serve the best breakfast in Tacoma, has extended their hours until 6pm on Wednesday-Saturday (I believe they previously closed at 2pm on weekdays and 1pm on Saturday).

So if you’ve got a yen for some delicious breakfast-for-dinner, you know where to go. Just leave a big tip…Pat, Chad, and the rest absolutely work their tails off, not to mention their numerous charitable contributions. (I’m still devestated that I didn’t win one year of free breakfasts in their charity raffle…)

In case you’re unfamiliar (gasp!), Old Milwaukee is at 3106 Sixth Ave.


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Say It Ain't So, Ed!

· Posted Tuesday July 10, 2007 by jamie

Word over on Ed Murrieta’s TNT food blog is that Faith Dairy is closing down the dairy (and drive-thru) on South 72nd and will be moving completely to Roy. The dairy, honestly, is one of the coolest connections to Tacoma’s agrarian past, and it’s always a joy going through the drive-thru. Here’s hoping that the Roy dairy will continue to produce dee-licious milk and we can continue buying it in the glass bottles at Stadium. Bottled milk equals better milk, IMHO. If you’ve never been to the dairy, or want to go on one last time, you definitely want to take Ed’s advice and go this weekend…

Update: More info at TNT’s Biz Buzz doesn’t look good, the Faith Dairy operation appears to be shutting down completely. Apparently all the cows are being sold and this is the last weekend they’ll be open. Definitely sad news.


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Capers. Open. Good.

· Posted Tuesday June 26, 2007 by jamie

Just got back from a trip down to Capers, at 8th and Pacific, with a coworker who knows the owners. We were customers number 5 and 6. I unfortunately had brought a tuna sandwich for lunch today, so did not partake fully, but I couldn’t resist a cup of white chicken chili and a chocolate chip cookie. The chili was great—creamy, flavorful, and with nice big chunks of chicken. The cookie was also good, so you can add this to my “afternoon snack” list. I’m looking forward to going back and trying their sandwiches. Also, apparently they will be selling some of their take-home meals that they currently sell in Proctor, as well as serving up hot dinners, in the future, so that is something to look forward to. Based on these early impressions, Capers is much-recommended.


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Sunday Synchronicity and Other Goings On

· Posted Monday June 4, 2007 by jamie

Yesterday, after a filling breakfast at PSP, we decided to take a bit of a walk around downtown. As we neared the Broadway Plaza fountain, we started seeing people we recognized. Trish from Embellish and the Downtown Merchants with her husband and dog. Derek from Exit133. Erik from ErikEmery.com (who also mentions the incident here). A certain artist who’s been a hot topic lately in the blogosphere. Seems that there was a little project going on amongst some of the gathered. Some of the others, like us, had just stumbled upon it. Watch for something very Tacoma-positive on Exit133 later this week…

In other news, I was excited to read on Sparkrobot last week about a new hot dog joint that should be opening soon just a couple of blocks from ThriceAllAmerican headquarters. The Red Hot bills itself as a “beer and hot dog restaurant”. (Not much on that website, but they also have a blog...) Now, I love all of the nice restaurants on Sixth Ave and all, but I’ve gotta say I’m excited to see something coming a bit more on the casual/pubby side. I mean, I like E9 and all, but there needs to be an alternative on the nights that they’re having some God-awful Karaoke night or something. And I’m not much of a beef or pork eater, but I’m assuming they’ll have some poultry or veggie options. So welcome to the neighborhood, Red Hot. We’re looking forward to it.


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Reminder: Start Saving Up For Lentils at the Tacoma Food Co-op

· Posted Wednesday February 21, 2007 by jamie

Wanted to throw out a quick reminder that the public informational/organizational meeting of the Tacoma Food Co-op is today, February 21, 5:30-7pm, at the Allen-Russell Community Center, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Be there or be…pear? I think I need more rest…

See previous post for more info.

See also the Tacoma Food Co-op Blog.


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Choose Downtown Dining with the Wheel of Food

· Posted Thursday February 15, 2007 by jamie

Having a hard time deciding where to grab lunch downtown or dinner in your neighborhood? Well, the wonders of Web 2.0 mash-upping have converged to serve your needs in the form of (wait for it, and image echo-y voice) The Wheel of Food!!!

Let’s see, enter a zip code (98402 for D’town T-Town), leave the search as food, click the button…and up pops a spinning wheel with several restaurant choices pulled from the Yahoo Local directory. Will it be Johnny’s Dock? Taco Del Mar? Jack in the Box??? The wheel slows to reveal that, were I looking for somewhere to eat, Sea Grill would be a good choice. I guess that’s somewhere on my list of places to try, so we’ll have to see about that…

Let’s look closer to home in the good ol’ 98405… Happy to see that the local search does not end at the edge of the zip code, so the choices include such 98406 restaurants as Engine House. Uh oh, my neighborhood arch-nemesis Taco Bell is on the list (pick up a lot of taco wrappers). This can’t be good. Spinning, spinning…slowing… Ooh, ooh, I might get Il Fiasco. Pick Il Fiasco!!! Nooooooo! It can’t be!! KFC!!!? Son of a…

So maybe you can’t rely on it to make the final decision, but if you’re having a hard time narrowing it down, maybe The Wheel of Food can break the ice. Fun toy, check it out.

Visit The Wheel of Food.

(Thanks Lifehacker.)


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Tacoma Food Cooperative Public Meeting

· Posted Thursday February 15, 2007 by jamie

Remember the time when I threw out the harebrained idea of starting a food co-op and then promptly never followed up on actually trying to get anything organized? Yeah, those were good times…

Anyway, luckily enough for those who at the time showed interest, someone else had the same idea, except for they actually pulled together a steering committee and solicited the advice of the Northwest Cooperative Development Center. Their focus is natural, organic, and local food. Very cool.

Next Wednesday, Feb. 21, they will be holding their first public meeting. So now I have no excuses—I want to see this happen, and someone else has done the hard work of getting the ball rolling. If you feel anything like me, I encourage you to get involved, starting by going to this meeting.

Here’s their press release:

Tacoma Food Cooperative Steering Committee Holds First Public Meeting

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2007

TACOMA, WA – The Tacoma Food Cooperative Steering Committee is hosting a public meeting Wednesday, February 21, 2007. The meeting is at the Allen-Russell Community Center, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The steering committee has met regularly over the last couple of months to discuss the process of forming a consumer cooperative. Committee members represent a diverse group of activists in the Tacoma community. The group identified the need for an affordable urban retail grocery store that focuses on local, organic and natural foods and is based on the cooperative ownership model.

The Northwest Cooperative Development Center is helping to sponsor the event. There will be a presentation on the structure of a consumer cooperative and its benefits. The group will also present information that details the seven other food cooperatives that operate retail space in Washington State, including Puget Consumer Cooperative (PCC), which is the largest consumer cooperative in the nation with over 36,000 members. There will be time for questions from the audience to be answered.

The steering committee members hope the public meeting will draw residents interested not only in joining the food co-op, but also in helping to shape its structure. Primary issues such as funding strategies, location and governance are still being worked on, and the committee looks to solicit leadership in these areas.

Contact:
Amber Englund, steering committee member
(253) 272-8819, ext. 109
tacomafoodcoop@gmail.com

See also the Tacoma Food Co-op Blog.


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Finally, Tacoma's Best Restaurants...

· Posted Saturday July 8, 2006 by jamie

I think just about every visitor to ThriceAllAmerican clicks on Tacoma’s Best Restaurants, which until today was just “coming soon”. Finally, I’ve thrown up a list of some of our favorite places to eat. Now I just need to tackle the other list...

Check it out…

Your suggestions/comments are welcome!


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