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July 23, 2009 at 7:45am

Mad Hat Tea Co. runs into Trouble


Trouble-article-7-23 Along with Tobin Ropes, Maureen McHugh turns the local tea scene upside down. Ropes and McHugh are the great minds behind Mad Hat Tea Company and its comfy living room style abode and warm, welcoming attitude.  Anyone from any demographic is welcome to stroll on in, grab a mug of potion, and take to examining the witty, local décor.  Mad Hat Tea Company in downtown Tacoma will change your outlook on herbs, natural remedies, and give you a new perspective on tea as a way of life.  This stuff ain’t your grandma’s tea â€" that’s for sure.

Do you serve Lipton here?

MAUREEN MCHUGH: You’re going to start off like that, huh?

Read the rest of the interview here.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Steph DeRosa, Tacoma,

July 23, 2009 at 9:07am

Morning Spew

July 23, 2009 at 1:20pm

Tacoma bars and restaurants vs. recycling: comments


Paul Schrag penned the Weekly Volcano cover story this week reporting that bars and restaurants in Tacoma would like to recycle, but sometimes it ain't easy being green.

Here's an excerpt:

Since curbside recycling was introduced a couple decades ago, businesses have struggled with the extra cost that comes with being environmentally responsible. The fundamental question becomes, whose job is it to pay for all this? Business owners would like government agencies to help pay the bill by providing free recycling services, assuming that cities could make money managing and selling recycled materials, just like private companies do. Many restaurant owners who have recycled glass in the past say they have stopped recycling to manage costs. One restaurant manager, who asked not to be named, says that it’s simply too expensive to pay to recycle glass. There’s no incentive.

Read the full story here.

The following are comments on this issue posted underneath the story on our Web site.

Submitted 08:41 on Jul 23, 2009 by Jason
Perhaps Panago should just up the drink prices by a quarter. If Matador serves 28 drinks in a day. It's paid for. Keep the cost of recycling between the business and the patrons.

Submitted 09:57 on Jul 23, 2009 by ...
Recycling is something that is a top priority for me. As I relatively new business owner, I was surprised to find that there was an extra charge for a recycling bin at commercial properties, whereas it is free and encouraged for people to use in their residences. I end up filling up bins in our back storage room with glass, paper and plastic...then bringing it all home once a week to toss in my recycling bin there. Not fun, but much easier than it would be if I were in the restaurant/bar business for sure!

Submitted 10:03 on Jul 23, 2009 by incredulous
How does "17 million tons produced, 2.5 million recycled" translate to "glass is difficult to reuse?" Because of the rate of return or actual recycling issues? This is sloppy reporting.

What are your thoughts on the issue?

Filed under: Environment, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

July 23, 2009 at 1:55pm

Tacoma Film Festival poster contest update


The Grand Cinema received more than 120 submissions during the Tacoma Film Festival poster competition. While most of the entries were from the Tacoma area a few came from outside the city â€" in fact the country as submissions arrived from Macedonia, India and Sweden, too. 

You can check out the submitted posters during regular hours at The Grand Cinema.
A panel of Tacoma Film Festival staff and volunteers will chose the winning poster the week of Aug. 3. 

LINK: The Grand screens films, too

Filed under: Arts, Contest, Screens, Tacoma,

July 23, 2009 at 2:50pm

Hey bartender! Have you heard? ...


LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: Food & Drink, Screens,

July 23, 2009 at 5:11pm

Friday film openings


Orphan The message is clear: To adopt a child is to summon Satan.
ORPHAN: After seeing Orphan, I now realize that the Omen was a model child.  The Demon Seed was a bumper crop.  Rosemary would have been happy to have this baby.  Here is a shamelessly effective thriller based on the most diabolical of movie malefactors, a child.  Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard star as the adoptive parents of a brilliant, artistic, polite prodigy named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), who has a funny way of being around when bad things happen.  The climax rises to a pitch of horror. Rated R. Three and a half stars out of four. â€" Roger Ebert

Also opening tomorrow: Every Little Step, G-Force, and The Ugly Truth

Discover what the hell these films are about and when they screen here.

Filed under: Screens,

July 24, 2009 at 4:32am

Nosh Pit: clams, sea beans, shakerato, and more


Crown Bar: The Sixth Avenue hip lounge will be serving one pound of clams steamed with garlic, Manny’s pale ale and lemons today and tomorrow. Sound perfect with bartender Dino’s peach daiquiri.

Wine Tasting: Vina Robles Winery will be pouring at Water to Wine in Gig Harbor today from 3-6 p.m.

Heard Of Sea Beans?: Add them to your stir fry.

Shakerato: Italy's answer to iced coffee.

Today’s South Sound Specials

The air-conditioned Primo Grill has come clean with its specials for Friday-Sunday:

  • Grilled Caesar Salad with spicy Dungeness crab meat basil and lemon
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi, sweet potato mash, chipotle tomato salsa
  • Porcini encrusted Black Cod, citrus beurre blanc, green onion potato cake
  • Harris Ranch Rib Eye Steak, parmesan paprika butter, grilled Walla Walla onions

Also, this weekend they are marking down the 90 point Ridge 2007 Sonoma County "Three Valleys" Zinfandel Blend from $45/bottle to $24. So nice.

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

July 24, 2009 at 8:08am

5 Things To Do: Friday


5-things-7-24 1. Jammin' funked out renditions of yesterday's music, and jazzy renditions of today's hits, Miz Floes & The Carmel Latte Band will lay it down at 8 p.m. inside SAX on 6th.

2. The Summer Lunch Series: Lunch on the Plaza features treats from Pacific Grill and others, and a performance by Shakespeare in the Parking Lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Tollefson Plaza.

3. The Grand Impromptu Gallery collective’s final show, Rear View Forward, features a sort of retrospective display of several Grand Impromptu members. It's open from 2-6 p.m. today.

4. The Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is offering 19th Century Family Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. as a way to show folks what life was like back in the days when England was a world power.

5. The human jukebox Steve Stefanowicz presents his Birthday Show at 8 p.m. inside Cheers West.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

July 24, 2009 at 8:36am

Morning Spew

July 24, 2009 at 9:28am

Flesh is a good thing


Skeletons Self-proclaimed freak folk Afro-Cuban Columbia grad studentcore crew Skeletons With Flesh On Them is on its way to Le Voyeur in Olympia tonight and Bob’s Java Jive Saturday. This four-piece freak show is harmless, despite the spooky name, consisting of Scott Roots on vocals and guitar, Neal Flaherty on guitar, Lucas Smith on bass and Devon Stewart on drums and back ups.

This is music for driving in the sun â€" honest, expansive, complex, and catchy as hell. You’ll find yourself rolling their melodies around in your head, wishing you had room in your apartment to do a cartwheel.

In an age where pop culture is relentlessly capitalizing on entropy, Skeletons With Flesh on Them is a breath of fresh air.

[Le Voyeur, Friday, July 24, with Stencil, 8 pm., no cover, 404 Fourth Ave E, Olympia, 360.943.5710

Filed under: Music, Olympia, Paul Schrag,

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