By our fifth day on the trail, I thought I’d grown accustomed to the exotic eating habits of Matt Misterek. But as I peeled the wrapper off of a protein bar, the same lunch I’d had the previous four days, I couldn’t help but laugh.
Now that we’re halfway through May, it’s time for color, time for planting most annuals and bedding plants, time to fertilize roses, perennials and young vegetable starts, and time to buy a new pair of gardening gloves. This is the month for planting, weeding, feeding, seeding and pleading with the weather.
New York Times bestselling author Bob Goff brings his "Love Does Stuff 2013" Christian-themed conference to the Tacoma Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. It will feature speakers, spoken word and music.
On a ridge above the Puyallup River Valley, the world seems to have flipped upside down. Or maybe it’s just returned to normal. Fifteen minutes from the big-box stores of Meridian Avenue, the Chase Garden offers up scenic vistas, colorful alpine plants and shady forests that provide an alternative to the asphalt oceans of nearby South Hill.
How is it that one of the most-used rooms in many homes is also one of the most neglected? This spring-cleaning season, take some time out to set up your laundry room so that washing and drying aren’t such a chore. Paint, decorate and organize, and it will become a room you’ll want to spend some time in. (And if you have a laundry room, you will spend time there: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans wash 400 loads of laundry a year.)
The Northwest, particularly Washington, has distinguished itself in recent years as a prime region for the king of wines.
People say beauty is skin-deep like it’s a bad thing.
What’s ideal about the eggplant is that it has so many uses other than fried and drenched in a red sauce topped with cheese.
Fresh lemons, olive oil and Dijon mustard. They are the perfect trio to brighten up any dish. Add a little seasoning to enhance things even more. In today’s dish, the trio is paired with roasted chicken thighs and legs, asparagus and sweet mini bell peppers.
Bringing home baby is one of life's most treasured moments, but it also can mean the beginning of chaotic days and sleepless nights for a while.
One of the world's most glamorous women had an operation that once was terribly disfiguring - removal of both breasts. But new approaches are dramatically changing breast surgeries, whether to treat cancer or to prevent it as Angelina Jolie just chose to do. As Jolie said, "the results can be beautiful."
There's nothing cheap about running a full or half marathon. You'll dig deep to give of your mind, your time and your body. You'll shell out $60-$100 or maybe more just to get in. And when it's all over, should you want a picture to commemorate the occasion, that's going to cost you too.
Put in some work now to lighten your backpack and you will thank yourself on the trail.
Three weeks ago, the nearly 54-year-old Harbor Lights reopened after a six-week remodel by its corporate owners, Anthonys Restaurants.
Build a pond, add some berries, create a creative shelter: Those are all ways to get wildlife visitors. Here’s how to make your backyard a more wildlife-friendly landscape:
David Tran founded hot sauce company Huy Fong Foods Inc. in L.A.’s Chinatown in 1980 and a few years later introduced Sriracha sauce to the U.S.
At the intersection of Plum Street and Fourth Avenue in Olympia sits a collection of small restaurants and food trucks. They offer coffee, sandwiches, cupcakes, tacos and Assyrian food.
When Damian Davis launched Rainier Wine in 2005, his focus was on producing California wine. Now, the Florida native has created a label that showcases Washington and offers quality at a great value.
Horseradish mixed with mayonnaise gives zip to boneless, skinless chicken thighs, while panko bread crumbs form a golden crust.
If you’re a fan of pork, you can’t beat pork tenderloin as a go-to for a quick meal. Having pork tenderloins stashed away in the freezer means you can whip up a meal quickly, usually with little effort.
No matter how unimpeachable whole-wheat pasta is in terms of nutritional cred, I’ve always found it off-putting. Sure, it has more fiber and whole-grain nutrition. But it always struck me as rather spineless and dull. Happily, several brands recently have developed very respectable lines of 100 percent whole-wheat pasta. You might want to taste a few of them to decide which is your favorite.
There’s a Southern influence that lately has wended its way through restaurants, and its emblem is the biscuit. Tender, flaky, golden biscuits have risen on menus from Manhattan Beach to Melrose Avenue. Buttermilk biscuits, oat biscuits, cheesy biscuits, biscuits made with lard rendered from the fat of Mangalitsa pigs.
Reyna Grande was just 9 years old in 1985 when she crossed the border from her native Mexico to the United States as an undocumented immigrant.
The view of Mount St. Helens from Johnston Ridge Observatory will be as spectacular as ever when the center opens this weekend.
The Minnesota contingent of my extended clan will arrive to celebrate Mother’s Day and birthdays in just five days. It’s their first trip to the Pacific Northwest and I’ve barely started on the cooking, cleaning and microman-aging.
Rose City’s big, blooming bounty Portland’s location at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers and a good 100 miles south of Puget Sound gives it a leg up on the growing season. Naturally, it’s a gardener’s paradise.
It seems like such a good idea for a pop culture exhibit: the Western fascination with fantasy that began with medieval dragons and hasn’t stopped yet.
Love comics? Love free stuff? The two collide Saturday on Free Comic Book Day, an international event supported by local comic book stores across North American and around the world.
Robert Webster has worked in the gardening department at Fred Meyer on Pacific Avenue and East 72nd Street for 10 years, but he has been gardening for 60. He is 62. "I know what I'm talking about," he said.
The Tacoma Art Museum will celebrate its 10th birthday Saturday with free admission to the museum and its spring festival.
Jess Thomson travels the state in search of both Washington’s food heritage and its future. The Seattle-based cookbook author is a contributor to Sunset and a host of other magazines and is out with a new book: “Dishing Up Washington: 150 Recipes That Capture Authentic Regional Flavors.”
Historic home tour It’s unusual to be just the third owner of a house built 112 years ago — but Deborah Sandidge has taken the job seriously. In the 20 years she’s lived in the Metzger House on Tacoma’s historic North Slope, she’s restored the foursquare house to its former stately glory — and the fruits of her efforts are on show this weekend during the Tacoma Historic Society’s annual Historic Homes Tour, along with five other North Tacoma homes, a school and a church.
When Thursday’s farmers market opens on Broadway in downtown Tacoma it will mark another season of selling fresh, organic and locally grown produce for Terry and Dick Carkner. The couple own Terry’s Berries, a 25-acre organic farm in the Puyallup Valley. On Thursday they will be selling greens and rhubarb. But no berries. “We can only take what we grow,” Terry said last week at her farm on the edge of Tacoma. And what’s in season.
If anything can be perceived by looking at Chris Peterson’s first releases for Avennia, then Washington wine lovers are in for a treat. Not that initial success guarantees the future, but Peterson has a much better-than-average opportunity at greatness.
Turkey slices, sweet pimentos and pickles rolled together in a colorful tortilla make a quick, put-together sandwich that can easily be taken to eat on the run.
Starchy, crunchy and flavorful, fried rice is a deeply satisfying dish no matter what you add to it. And you can add just about any vegetable or protein you care to name, fresh or left over.
The unpredictable nature of spring makes us hanker for dishes reflecting the season’s maybe-maybe not feel.
Turns out you can pretty much make artisan crackers in your sleep.
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The Gourmet Burger Shop is inching closer to its move near Gig Harbor's waterfront. Expect a late May opening.
April showers bring no excuse to not be on your bike in May.
Few things celebrate the end of winter like a great drive and enjoying the beach. Whether you can put the top down or not, members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com are sure you’ll enjoy any of their top 10 coastal drives.
Often, when you talk to others about your work, it becomes a lesson in self-awareness.
You know what it looks like when circus clowns cram into a tiny car? That’s what came to mind as I loaded my backpack for a week on the Wonderland Trail, pushing it to the point of unnatural strain and bulging.
If you have never set type, brayed ink, rolled a vintage press or made paper by hand, Sunday is your chance. The annual Wayzgoose letterpress festival is on again at King’s Books in downtown Tacoma, and almost every artist there has free samples or activities to try.
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