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July 2, 2012 at 7:12am

The Cucumber-Lemonade Chiller...oh yeah!

Who said lemonade was a kid beverage?

This week, we hear the sun will pop out, so the Weekly Volcano Staff will be sipping on a few Cucumber-Lemonade Chillers.

Ingredients needed are, of course, cucumber, plus fresh chopped rosemary, water,  gin, lemon juice, and agave syrup.

We recommend you join in on the sipping!

See link below for full recipe.


July 2, 2012 at 11:09am

Wine and cheese event in Puyallup

Looking for a night away from the kids?

Anthem Coffee and Tea are partnering up with My Cheese Shoppe to bring you a wine and cheese extravaganza. For just $15, they invite you on a journey of cheese and vino, July 3, 7 pm at Anthem Coffee and Tea in Puyallup. Space is limited so check the link below to RSVP.

Anthem Coffee and Tea. 210 West Pioneer Suite 101, Puyallup, WA.

July 3, 2012 at 6:16am

5 Things to Do Today: Lacey Fireworks, Boy at the Grand, $2 bowling at Chalet, Boathouse 19 is open,

Happy Tuesday

1. The City of Lacey is getting an early jump on the 4th of July with fireworks scheduled for this evening. The rockets red glare at William A Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Dr. SE., Lacey.  Expect the show to dazzle around dusk.

2. If it's Tuesday, it must be The Grand. The Tuesday film series features Boy (87 min, NR) containing some Maori with English subtitles. The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, Boy is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.  Show times are 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $5-$7 with membership, $6.50-$8.50 general. The Grand Cinema, 606 South Fawcett Avenue. Tacoma.

3. The lanes are paved with savings, where $2 gets you a game at Chalet Bowl on Tuesdays in Proctor.  Shoes are $2, too. There's nothing more to say. Chalet Bowl is at 3806 North 26th Street, Tacoma.

4. Try Tacoma's newest restaurant. Boat House 19 opened yesterday at the Tacoma Narrows Marina.  Owner Denny Driscoll states the focus of the restaurant is regional American food with a waterfront emphasis.
Items on the menu include...

Sandwiches: House-made corned beef, po' boys, American backyard-style burgers, Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, Monte Cristos
Entrees: Scratch-fried chicken with fresh-cut fries, blackened rock fish with Cajun rice and Southern slaw remoulade, ribeye steak with barbecue French fries
Desserts: Cupcakes, banana splits, warm apple pie
Soda fountain: House-made ice creams and syrups for sodas, custom sodas with a soda fountain, milkshakes, lemonade, sweet tea and handmade drinks
Is is July 2nd already?

Boat House 19 is the fourth restaurant owned by Driscoll in Tacoma.  His other places include The Lobster Shop at Commencement Bay, The Lobster Shop at Dash Point, and The Tanglewood Grill.

Boat House 19. 9001 S. 19th St, Tacoma, WA. (253) 565-1919 http://boathouse19restaurant.com/

5. Sing with the people.  Do a little Star Spangled Banner tonight before a live audience during one of many available open mics.  Here is our list:

  • Dirty Oscar's Annex Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Musician's Industry Night. Hosted by Steve Perez. 8:30 pm. NC.
  • The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Open Mic Night. 8:30 pm. NC.
  • Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC.
  • LakeBridge Forza Lakewood. Open Stage. All Ages. 7 pm.
  • Antique Sandwich Company Ruston. Victory Music Open Mic. All Ages. 7-10pm Sign-up by 6:30.

Filed under: 5 Things To Do,

July 3, 2012 at 6:25am

Flamenco Weekend at the Mandolin

The Mandolin Café combines good wine, local musicians, coffee and pastries, and a food menu, and, this Saturday, July 7, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m., Flamenco.

Flamenco Night fills this large café with the sounds of Spain with daring Spanish guitar strummings and the stomp of senorita feet. Tip back a glass of wine and pretend you're on a balcony in Barcelona.

The performance features Tacoma Flamenca with Marisela Fleites, John Bussoletti, Seema Bahl, Marena Lear, Angela Brandenburg, Julie Rector and Libby McAvoy.

The Mandolin Café is located at 3923 S 12th Street. Tickets for this event are $8 and all ages are welcome. Flamenco Night frequently sells out so it's best to buy in advance online.

A bittersweet bonus of this event, it is one of the last few that Mandolin Café will host. The building has been sold to new owners, which means the end of Mandolin as we know and love it. As of July 15, this long-time Tacoma establishment will be no more.

Purchase tickets: http://www.themandolincafe.com/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&view=event&id=143:salsa-flamenco-night-ii

July 3, 2012 at 6:31am

Flavor of the month

Baskin Robins has a new flavor of the month - Oreo 'N Chocolate. Creamy chocolate ice cream, with crunchy OREO cookies, and a fudge crackle ribbon, creates a decadent scoop.

Now if the sun would just come out and stay.


July 3, 2012 at 8:05am

3 Courses: Cheney Stadium eats, cooking summer camp, 1/2 price wine on Wednesdays

Cocktails: Primo Grill in Tacoma offers 1/2 price wine on Wednesdays at their restaurant on 6th Avenue.  Selections include a pinot noir from Domaine Drouhin, and a pinot grigio from Caposaldo, Italy

The list of wines may be seen HERE.

Main Course: Tired of the kids telling you there's nothing good to eat in the house?  The Bayview School of Cooking in Olympia offers summer camps for kids.  Known as the La Petite Chef Academy summer classes include Breakfast and Lunch, and Mix and Measure.  Example...

  1. July 9-10, 9-11:00AM/Monday and Tuesday
  2. Monday: Breakfast!
    Northwest Mini-Frittatas
    Fresh Berry Scones
    Homemade Fruit Juice
    Garnishes to eat with your eyes and mouth
  3. Tuesday: Lunch!
    Build a Panini
    Snack Bag Fruit & Fish Cracker Butterflies
    Outstanding Oatmeal Berry Bars
    Garnishes to eat with your eyes and mouth.
    To register, call (360)754-1448.  Cost is $75-$175

LEFTOVERS: Don't miss Tyler Hemstreet's review of dining at Cheney Stadium ... it's a lot more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks.  See the story on the Weekly Volcano HERE.

July 5, 2012 at 9:48am

5 Things to Do Today: Pruning, green beer, geeks, dancing and a poll

How is the post holiday treating you?  Back at work?  Feelign a bit sluggish from all the merriment?  We hope you celebrated yesterday in style. 

1. Surround yourself with beauty today ... and join the Tacoma Rose Society members as they do summer pruning (deadheading) in the rose garden at Point Defiance Park. Bring your questions on rose-growing, care and maintenance along with work gloves and pruners if you have them. This is a great opportunity to learn about rose growing, care and maintenance from experienced rosarians while lending a hand with this necessary and much-appreciated volunteer work. Pre-registration is not required, simply show up at the Point Defiance Rose Garden (5400 N. Pearl St.) and join in. Experience is not necessary but participants are asked to bring their own gardening gloves and pruners.  The work detail is from 4-6 p.m. 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma.

2. Green Beer?  Is it St Paddy's already?  No, Tacoma Green Drinks at The Hub provides a social and networking opportunity for Tacoma-Pierce County residents interested in sustainability, conservation and environmental issues. Have you ever watched that fruit tree on your street ripen, and noticed that most of the perfectly tasty apples ended up falling and rotting on the ground? If you also hate to see good food go to waste, you’ll be relieved to hear that your local food rescue programs are actively working towards a solution. This issue of food waste occurs at a time when we also have thousands of families in our community who are hungry; so what is your community doing about it? Emily Boston, the Coordinator for the Pierce County Gleaning Project and is excited to tell you about the local efforts in Pierce County and how you can be involved.  The program is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Hub, 203 Tacoma Avenue South.  Click on www.greendrinks.org/WA/Tacoma

3. The Ram Restaurant and Brewery Tacoma hosts Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. The quiz consists of eight rounds of eight questions and is played in teams of up to six people. Questions are read aloud by the quizmaster; teams write their answers on provided sheets and turn them in at the end of each round. The team with the most points after eight rounds is the winner. Oh, and there's drinking involved, too. 8:30 pm. 3001 Ruston Way  Tacoma.

4. Put on your shit kickin boots take a begiining or intermediate country-western dance lesson at Big Whisky Saloon in Tacoma. Country Dance Lessons start at 7:30 pm for basic, or 8:15 pm for intermediate and advance. There is no charge.

5. Vote in the Best of Tacoma Poll which concludes today.  You have the chance to not only win a night at the Great Wolf Lodge, but you also can spread your wisdom and advice, helping others know what is BEST in the great Tacoma area.  Please cast your vote today HERE.

Filed under: 5 Things To Do,

July 5, 2012 at 10:04pm

Beat-battle on Saturday

Some of ya'll will still probably be recovering this weekend from the mid-week festivities that were the 4th of You lie. If ya can muster-up some energy - Go check-out the Alliance Battle League Battles happening this Saturday.

This is one of the most packed battled events I have ever seen. There are going to be 6 battles this day. There's also a beat-battle on the bill. This might be the first time A.B.L. is having a beat-battle. It's good to see this outfit expanding.

There are plenty of dope M.C.'s and battlers that are down with the A.B.L., and now it looks like it's becoming a place for up and coming producers to battle and get known. The show is at The Vinum Lounge in downtown Tacoma, its all-ages with a 21+ bar. It looks like Vinum Lounge is now the new home for the A.B.L. This is their third or so event there and hopefully they've found another permanent home. Stay home if ya have beef though.  The Alliance League is only a place for the lyrical-sword battles. No drama - don't show-up trying to flex on someone and ruin this movement for all the kids involved, ya knuckle-head

July 6, 2012 at 1:46am

5 Things to Do Today: Outdoor movie, TMP, chalk it, Italian Night, and chainsaw art

TGIF and pass the sunscreen!

1. Bring the family, warm clothes, and a blanket to enjoy Gig Harbor’s outdoor movie tonight at Skansie Brothers Park. Monsters vs. Aliens begins at 9:15 pm with free popcorn and soda.  Sweet! Skansie Brothers Park. 3207 Harborview Dr. Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

2. Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. The musical tells the Biblical saga of Joseph and and his prophetic dreams. Check out link below for schedule and pricing. tmp.org/mainstage.aspx. Tacoma Musical Playhouse. 7116 6th Avenue Tacoma. (253) 565-6867.

3. Sharpen your chalk, it's Friday and the fun is at Frost Park during the lunch hour to watch chalk art in action! Bring a lunch and root on your favorite chalkie then vote for your favorite! As always, there's free chalk on hand so feel free to join in!Noon to 1 pm, 9th and Pacific Avenue

4. It's Italian night at Grand Vin Wine Merchants in Olympia...featuring a fantastic selection of Italian wines—from a blend of Trebbiano and Grechetto to a Cabernet Sauvignon/Cab Franc blend that will play quite nicely with barbeques. Tasting hours are from 5-7 pm. To find out more, visit www.grandvinwinemerchants.com. 1003 4th Avenue East, Olympia.

5.  Chainsaw art, how fun! Ray Schulz will carve bears on site - in fact, it's only one of three places in the west he will demonstrate his art. You also have a chance to win one of his custom 5 ft. custom Bear sculpture.  Schulz will be at the Black Bear Diner in West Olympia from 10 to 4 pm.

Read more here: calendar.theolympian.com/olympia_wa/events/show/268767605-live-chainsaw-sculpting-demonstration#storylink=cpy

Read more here: calendar.theolympian.com/olympia_wa/events/show/268767605-live-chainsaw-sculpting-demonstration#storylink=cpy

July 6, 2012 at 2:10pm

3 Courses: Wine party, new boathouse, and military save

Happy Friday.  It's time to gather around the table for another serving of South Sound dining.

Cocktails: Uncork & Unwind celebrates their second anniversary on Saturday with live music, as well as six wineries pouring from 2-7 pm.  The cost is $20. Uncork & Unwind. 324 Custer Way SW Tumwater, WA 98501.(360) 943-WINE.

Main Course: Boathouse 19 openeded this week in Tacoma next door to the Narrow's Marina at the bottom of 19th Street.  The inside of the restaurant has a modern vibe, with plenty of family seating as well as a decent sized bar. The main perk is the large outside deck - perfect for this weekend. The menu is SUPER large, with plenty of options. We ordered the Barbecue Steak Salad, which arrived with sirloin steak, black beans, corn, tomatoes, ancho chile ranch, BBQ sauce, and crispy tortilla strips. The salad was fresh.  The chilli tasted good, as did the corn salad. Check out link below for full menu. http://boathouse19restaurant.com/ Boat House 19. 9001 S. 19th St. Tacoma, WA (253) 565-1919.

The Check:  Military noshers will be happy to hear that Little Caesers is offering Pepperoni Pizzas for $3.99 each, limit 2 per customer, every Monday in July, for all military card holders.   This is on top of their Customer Appreciation Day, scheduled for July 11th where they will have Pepperoni Pizzas at $3.99 each no limit.  Qualifying stores are HERE.

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