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The hub ... a baloo

Outdoors

The hub ... a baloo

The U.S. Open will operate two parking lots with free shuttle service back and forth to Chambers Bay, which is better than sitting for three hours on Bridgeport Way inching your way towards the big tournament. Surviving the free lots, however, takes a little inside knowledge.  Here's a brief explanation for

News Front

What's with these papers?

The Ranger Publishing Company has undergone some recent changes that warrant a little explanation.  They make sense to us at the newspaper company, and hopefully they have been a welcome sight to our readers.  But, first, a brief explanation of our organization. Merritt Benson, then a communications professor at the University

Mr. McChord retires

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Mr. McChord retires

Everyone knows Jonathan Harris. Case in point.  Lt. Col. Anna Sullivan, public affairs officer at McChord's 446th Airlift Wing, sat on a deserted South Pacific island several years ago when a man approached from down the beach.  Too awkward not to say something, seeing the two of them were the only

Six questions for your AFA president

Military Life

Six questions for your AFA president

Amy Tiemeyer is in the middle of her presidency of the Air Force Association at McChord Field as she also prepares to become president of the Capt. Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army next month. She is military liaison for America's Credit Union, and an

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

The recipe for Pizza Casa's gravy is literally a closely guarded secret that not even all the chefs are privy to. Thick, heavy and musty, it's evident the sauce stews for long hours (if not days) before topping the thin al dente noodles that are also signature at this Ponders

Pancakes and Sausage

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Pancakes and Sausage

No one loses weight dining at Carrs - the portions are truly bigger than our stomachs. But, beyond size, Carrs also delivers on taste, offering pancakes with a nice edge of crispy grease, fluffy with hints of buttermilk. Add a half-dozen links, maybe a couple fried eggs and you'll see

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Summer Basil Chicken Salad

Frankly, what isn't there to like at Indochine - the hip pan-Asian mecca in downtown Tacoma?  A cutting edge leader, bringing finely crafted cuisine to the South Sound, Indochine features one menu item that stands above the rest: the Summer Basil Chicken Salad.  But, don't wait for summer to dive

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Beef Bulgogi

Beef bulgogi, a Korean dish, consists of thin strips of super-soft beef marinated in a sweet, spicy concoction. Typically the meat is barbequed, though at Lakewood's Obok Restaurant it tastes more like it has been simmered with large pieces of white onion and is heavy on red chili peppers. I

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Pepperoni Pizza

The thin crust New York-style pies at this popular downtown Olympia locale will be my number one pick when the Weekly Volcano hosts its Tournament of Pizza next March. And I am not alone. Old School packs them in anytime of the day with pizzas loaded with toppings on a

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Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Meconi's is an extremely popular lunchtime sandwich shop, and for good reason. The Philly cheesesteak features sliced steak, grilled green peppers, onions and mushrooms, topped with mozzarella on a hoagie that's been lightly fried on the grill. Stacked, rich in beef flavors and hot to the touch, hands down, this

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Stewed Goat Taco

Goat is as Mexican as it gets, especially inside a taco created on the tough streets of Pacific Avenue near East Tacoma. Vuelve A La Vida, Tacoma's most authentic Mexican restaurant, serves a marinated goat taco that puts the olé in your day. The birria (meat stew) tastes mellow and

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Korean Barbecue Short Ribs

In the short rib market, I like Korean style best, and no one does that better than Lakewood's Palace Korean. These babies come out center-of-the-sun hot and crisp, with a silky, sugary sauce that blends nicely with the beef and fat hanging off the bones. I love Palace Korean's side

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Fried Oysters

The Crown Bar ranks as my favorite hip spot in the South Sound because it delivers on intimacy, an excellent street foods menu and cold beer. I like many items on the menu, but when I want perfection, I dive into a plate of their fried oysters. With just the

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Tongue Taco

With many taco trucks to choose from in the South Sound area, it's difficult to narrow down which one is best. But, when approached from a single dish perspective, Anjou's on 56th Street in Tacoma stands four wheels above the rest. Anjou's tongue taco literally makes mine water. Served on

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Signature Boeuf Bourguignon

Nothing warms the insides better on a cold, damp Northwest evening than beef in a heavy gravy, and Brix 25 has that going on across the Narrow's in Gig Harbor with their boeuf bourguignon. Though chefs have come and gone at this spot, this menu item remains because of its

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Penang Curry

I might like Penang curry because it has a sunny disposition, a creamy, yellow color that's more hopeful than the greens, reds and browns of the other curry types. But, mostly, I adore how Longbeach blends chili peppers, lemongrass, garlic, cumin and more into a savory, heated, creamy sauce that

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Hot Pot

Hot Pot is a large, divided metal bowl with spicy oil on one side and mild broth on the other that sits on a burner inset or on top of a table. Plates stacked with raw meats and veggies arrive at the table for a do-it-yourself, fondue-like meal. Tacoma Szechuan

New York Steak with Hashbrowns

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New York Steak with Hashbrowns

When I dine on El Gaucho's New York steak with hash browns, my taste buds are transported to the Big Apple, where I'm relaxing after a Broadway show at Sardi's, waving to the Rat Pack while waiting for the train to return me to my home upstate. This classic late

Looking for Aunt Bee

Features

Looking for Aunt Bee

Mayberry does not exist.  Duh.  But neither do the small towns of yesteryear, at least not within driving distance at lunchtime. Those small town cafes, the type Andy and Barney ate it, that served country fare like Aunt Bee prepared and delivered in that cute-as-a-dickens checkered lunch basket, those are gone,

Disney World made easier

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Disney World made easier

You are planning a vacation to Disney World and are probably staying at Shades of Green to enjoy the discounts available to military personnel. But the only time you can go is spring break or summer vacation.  Just thinking about the lines at those times are enough to make most people

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