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December 1, 2010 at 6:22am

Grab a cup of Dutch chocolate this morning



Lately, it seems that my discussions with foodies about chocolate are sounding more and more like conversations about wine. To begin with, every chocoholic I know has memorized data from recent research studies indicating that chocolate is good for you. Supposedly, it supplies a chemical to the brain that provides a sensation similar to love, or at least lust. This is comparable to the French paradox with red wine, wherein wine drinkers felt liberated by studies showing the health benefits of moderate wine consumption.

That explains why I lust for Caffe Dei's hot chocolate. L-U-S-T. It's the real deal.

I applaud the efforts of Caffe Dei owners Shane Siegfried and Shuanna Holt to raise chocolate appreciation in Tacoma to the level of that for fine wine, scotch and cheese. After all, chocolate makes you feel good and, compared to, say, a Chivas Regal Royal Salute (50-year-old), it's very cheap.

Caffe Dei pours 100 percent pure dark Dutch chocolate - melted down into liquid form - into a cup, then adds the customer's choice of milk: whole, soy, hemp, rice and so on. No sugar. No Styrofoam with plastic flip-up tab. Just a velvety smooth, rich concoction with an amazing mouth feel. And that's without Caffe Dei amping up the pleasure with a touch of their homemade Mexican chocolate to the mix, which I imagine would sweeten it a bit.

The price for their hot chocolate is $2 for 8 ounces, $2.50 for 12, and $2.95 for 16-ounces. The 12-ounce option in a mug is optimal. I left without feeling full - just happy.

Caffe Dei

Monday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2607 Sixth Ave., Tacoma

LINK: Previously on Spew

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

December 1, 2010 at 7:03am

I'm the Fourquare Holiday Mayor of Doyle's!

Photography by Steph DeRosa


"I'm the mutha elfing Foursquare Holiday Mayor of Doyle's Public House!" said Bandito Betty Lou Who. Our very happy friend who leaps for us on Spew.

Ensure against your bah humbugs early this year by joining us daily on Spew for Bandito Betty Lou Who's "Leap of the Day." We have gone to great lengths to capture her daily leaps (we paid Steph DeRosa to stalk her).

What a gift. Twenty-four days of leaps. You are so welcome.

Feel free to rate her jumps or provide captions in the comments sections.

And friend the Weekly Volcano's foursquare page here.

Happy Holidays!

December 1, 2010 at 9:47am

5 Things to Do Today: Drop In, Sallie Ford, "Sing We Clear," Jewbelation and Deborah Willis PhD

Romanteek will play Northern in Olympia tonight with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside and Basemint

1. Tacoma's Red Hot has been chosen as one of 88 bars across the country set to feature all eight award-winning recipes of Shmaltz's He'Brew Jewbelation beer this Chanukah - Dec. 1-8. According to Red Hot owner Chris Trashcan, his bar will tap all eight of the selected Jewbelation beers at once - today!  Judging by the hype, this is not an event for the non-committal. "You'll get a four-oz pour of every version, as well as the blended wood-aged beer (Schmaltz) made (Vertical Jewbelation). ...The first 24 people to do the vertical will get a Jewbelation Vertical pint glass that they made for these releases," says Trashcan. "There are no growler fills, or getting a singular pour.  This is an adventurous event, so it's the whole enchilada, or nothing at all.  First come first serve."

2. Get smarter. It's fun. Start tonight at the University of Puget Sound when Deborah Willis, PhD - chair of the Department of Photograph & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University - delivers a talk titled "On Beauty: Critique and the Artist's Response." According to hype, the event will  "explore ideas and representations of race, specifically as they relate to people of African descent in today's global visual culture, and "consider ways in which ‘reading' notions of beauty in contemporary visual art, video, fashion, and advertising has affected (Willis') art practice and teaching." 7 p.m., at Kilworth Chapel at UPS.

3. Drop In over at the Varsity Grill event space today for an event that, as far as we can tell, is called "Drop In." But the name's really not that important. From 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. over 30 lines of local gifts, clothing, scent, scarves and all that kind of stuff will be available for your guilt-free, non-mall holiday shopping. It'll be awesome, and totally Tacoma.

4. Join South Puget Sound Community College's Concert Choir for "Sing We Clear" at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center this evening. You could do far worse, trust us ...

5. Romanteek is awesome. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside is amazing. Basemint always kills it. Tonight, all three will be at Northern in Olympia. If it's been a long time since you've been out to see a show on a Wednesday - tonight just might be your night.

December 1, 2010 at 10:04am

Mistledole: Olive Crest


There's no better way to support your community than supporting your neighbors in need, especially during the holiday season. We'll feature local charities on Spew throughout this holiday season with links to donate your money, supplies and time.

Give the karmic wheel a spin for today's charity focus:

Olive Crest

902 Market St., Ste. 202, Tacoma

According to the WA Department of Social and Health Services, more than 10,411 children are in foster care in Washington state. Childwelfare.gov reported that 91,100 calls were made in Washington to Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2008 alone. Those numbers indicate that help is needed and one local foundation is striving to make a difference.

Since 1973, the Olive Crest organization has worked with more than 50,000 children suffering from neglect and abuse, and helped families struggling to survive. Today they are preventing child abuse, healing at-risk children and restoring children to permanency.


Filed under: Mistledole, Benefits, Community, Tacoma,

December 1, 2010 at 11:47am

Broken News: The Red Hot's Jewbelation on hold for a day


Chris "Trashcan" Miller of The Red Hot in Tacoma just called the Weekly Volcano World Headquarters to inform us that his Shmaltz He'Brew beer is locked in a UPS truck in Kent, thus postponing his Jewbelation celebration until tomorrow. Last night his beer was in South Dakota, so he's confident that his Jewbelation will commence tomorrow.

Click here to discover what the hell we mean by Jewbelation.

Filed under: Food & Drink, News To Us, Tacoma,

December 1, 2010 at 1:16pm

Person, Place or Thing with Steph DeRosa

Aaron Tumale may or may not have a naughty ta-ta streak in him ... at least according to DeRosa

This week ...

Person: Aaron Tumale, dough-tosser at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

Stats: 23, Male, Filipino/Japanese/Hawaiian, single

Reads: Room Full of Mirrors, comics, Harry Potter

Drink/Smoke: Yes/Yes

Movie: Pulp Fiction

Marriage: What?

One night stands: No comment

Boxers or briefs: Boxers

Tattoos: No

Local music: Matt Coughlin

When I ran into Aaron Tumale as he was tossing dough in The Rock's pizza kitchen numerous enlightening thoughts immediately ran through my head. For instance: His last name sounds exactly like a delicious Mexican delicacy. Also, my distracting presence did not seem to interfere with Tumale's highly skilled dough- tossing. And then, of course, if I were to tell someone (say, for instance, a captive group of Weekly Volcano readers) that I found him all alone "tossing his dough," it would make for such amazing, easy sexual innuendo.


December 1, 2010 at 3:34pm

Internet hype and Gazmo the Gr8


This week's Volcano will include a story featuring Gazmo the Gr8 about how local emcees are using mixtapes and the Internet to increase their buzz.

Here's a look at a new promo video from Gazmo off his most recent mixtape, Ibeast. Gaz is rapping over Clipse's "Popular Demand (Popeyes)" instrumental.

Filed under: Media, Music, Tacoma,

December 1, 2010 at 5:00pm

Ninja alert!


Note: While this is a slow week for movies, I'm just way too swamped to review a trailer for an upcoming movie. So, I've asked my 13-year-old cousin, Gavin McKinney, to review The Warrior's Way for me.

He did, and you'll be able to catch it in tomorrow's Weekly Volcano.

Until then, the trailer ...

Filed under: All ages, Screens,

December 2, 2010 at 6:44am

I'm the Foursquare Holiday Mayor of King's Books!


"Back off sweet pea, I'm the mutha elfing Foursquare Holiday Mayor of King's Books now!" screamed Bandito Betty Lou Who – our very happy friend who leaps for us on Spew. We have no idea what that means, but EXCITING!


December 2, 2010 at 7:27am

Mistledole: Emergency Food Network

The Emergency Food Network needs volunteers to stuff envelopes Friday.


There's no better way to support your community than supporting your neighbors in need, especially during the holiday season. We'll feature local charities on Spew throughout this holiday season with links to donate your money, supplies and time.

Give the karmic wheel a spin for today's charity focus:

Emergency Food Network

3318 92nd St. S., Lakewood

The ongoing economic downturn is costing people their jobs, stressing family budgets, and putting people out of their homes. People who never needed help before have been forced to look to public assistance for the first time. To meet that need, the Emergency Food Network has been working since 1982 "to provide a reliable food supply so that no person in Pierce County goes hungry." Each month in Pierce County, more than 140,000 people seek emergency food assistance. EFN provides food and other essentials at no cost to more than 65 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to low-income families and individuals.

Stephanie Genton, a volunteer coordinator with EFN in Lakewood, sent us word that they're short volunteers to stuff their annual appeal letter into envelopes. We're talking 3,000 envelopes people. The letters need to get out Friday. Therefore, EFN is asking volunteers to drop by their Lakewood office at 3318 92nd St. S beginning at 10 a.m. Friday to stuff. Give Genton a jingle at 253.584.1040 for more details.

When asked what else the EFN is short on this holiday season, Genton said anything and everything food related. "The need is so high. Money donations are always great since we can turn $1 into $12 of food. We offer daily bulk-food repacking Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.," she explained. More information about the repacking can be found here.

LINK: Donate to the Emergency Food Network

Previous Mistledole charities

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