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April 2, 2009 at 4:18am

South (Tacoma) of the border

Rest-review-article-4_2 ANNOUNCER: The month of April is special to the boys. Not for sports reasons, but it reminds them of their boisterous youth and of spring break. Jake fondly recalls a spring break spent in TJ (Tijuana, Mexico, if you don’t know) and wonderful, exotic foods and flavors that he tried. Jason barely remembers the trip. They agree that the way to tell if a Mexican restaurant is good is by the amount of English on the menu. Less is better. Taqueria La Carreta â€" a mostly authentic Mexican restaurant â€" has opened in the building on South Tacoma Way that once housed a Korean joint that made incredible humbow. La Carreta’s large point-at-the-picture menus have hardly any English. Whether there is any truth to the boys’ lunacy, you’ll have to visit and see for yourself. 

Read what the boys thought of the joint on the Weekly Volcano Web site.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

April 2, 2009 at 4:41am

Trickle down blues

PAUL SCHRAG: STATE LEVEL CUTS ARE BAD >>>

News-to-us-article-4_2 And you thought the county budget situation was bad.

If Senate Democrats’ budget proposal is any indication, the impacts of proposed cuts at the state level will be deep and widespread â€" felt heavily in education at all levels, in social services, and state employment. What’s more concerning, however, is how cuts by the state will be felt on the local level.

The recently unveiled 2009-2011 budget recommendations would use $3 billion in federal stimulus money, part of Washington’s Rainy Day savings, reallocation of some capital project funds, and a substantial wage freeze for state and public school employees. After all that, they only have to cut an estimated $3.85 billion from various state-funded programs. Under the Senate Dems’ plan, about 7,000 state and public school jobs would be cut, college enrollment would be cut by 10,500, as well as state-run Basic Health funding, and several other state-funded health care programs, including care for state employees. The Basic Health Plan, which serves low-income families, would be cut by $250 million, reducing the number of people covered from 106,000 to 60,000. Funding for public schools would be cut by $1.2 billion. 

Ouch.

Read the rest of my findings on the Weekly Volcano Web site.

April 2, 2009 at 5:50am

Dating in the frozen food aisle

KEN SWARNER: NICE MELONS! >>>

Dish-feature-article-4_2 Does anyone date in the grocery store aisles anymore? Did anyone beyond the trashy TV shows EVER do this?

I met my wife in high school so I admit I haven’t tried dating in the frozen food aisle. I am not exactly sure how one would do this with any relative expectation of success. I know I’d likely miss the signs if a woman tried to pick me up.

WOMAN: Hey there handsome (shut up, this is my fantasy).

ME: Huh?

WOMAN: Nice cheese balls.

ME: Huh?

Those thinking about finding a date in a supermarket should also consider the scene as much as the message. Where you shop in the South Sound may be as important as what’s in a hot chick’s cart. Consider my list on the Weekly Volcano Web site before you grab a cart.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Sex, Tacoma,

April 2, 2009 at 6:43am

Weekly Volcano editorial

MATT DRISCOLL: HAD TOO MUCH TO THINK LAST NIGHT >>>

Last weekend the family and I headed down to the fabled city of Portland â€" quite possibly the “coolest” place on earth. There was plenty of time to revel in amazement at Portland’s public transportation system, and even a little left over to immerse myself in some OPB back in the hotel room.

The trip also provided me with an opportunity to do what so many other have already done â€" compare the City of Roses with my own, beloved City of Destiny.

While Portland certainly has a lot going for it, and Tacoma is, well, Tacoma - this week’s editorial serves as a reminder that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

To check out the latest Weekly Volcano editorial, click here.

April 2, 2009 at 9:06am

Morning Spew

NEWS TEAM: GOOD MORNING SOUTH SOUND >>>

Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz is a wise man.

The University of Washington Tacoma be lovin' the State Senate.

The G-20 overlords are STILL meeting to decide the world’s economic fate. Last time worked SO well.

You will not be able to see theLight come September.

Wake the hell up.

Sweden became a little cooler.

What happens if you sneeze while watching porn?

April 2, 2009 at 9:17am

Not Cool

Filed under: News To Us, Not Cool,

April 2, 2009 at 9:30am

2727 E. D St., Tacoma, April 2

Filed under: Photo of the Day, Tacoma,

April 2, 2009 at 9:41am

Nosh Pit

JAKE DE PAUL: THURSDAYS FOOD LINKS >>>

Go-Local-rectangle Cloris Leafman for PETA

Organic Idol

Straddling the divide between food science and culinary arts


Today's South Sound Specials

Ravenous Readers Book Club: The community book group focused on reading books about food and sustainability pulls a chair up to Cod by Mark Kurlansky tonight at King’s Books. Pull up a chair at 7 p.m. King’s is at 218 St. Helens Ave., 253.272.8801.

Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon Winery, 50 S.E. Skookum Inlet Road, Shelton, 360.426.5913.

LINK: Find a date in the grocery stores

Filed under: Books, Food & Drink, Nosh Pit, Tacoma,

April 2, 2009 at 10:00am

McCoy’s Tavern

STEPH DEROSA: BAR EXAM >>>

Bar-Exam-spew-42 I’m pretty sure Charlie the bartender couldn’t have given a heaping, steamy shit about us, except we were accompanied by Sam, McCoy’s seven-foot bohemian doorman. There really is no ignoring Sam, so we got preferential PBR treatment from Charlie â€" but only after he did a shot behind the bar. Hell, the guy didn’t even try and hide the shot. Bandito gave him a “10” on his form. 

Read what grade I gave McCoy's Tavern on the Weekly Volcano Web site.

April 2, 2009 at 1:24pm

Bumbershoot '09

WEEKLY VOLCANO: INITIAL MUSIC LINEUP ANNOUNCED >>>

After delivering the latest edition of the Weekly Volcano all morning, we returned to our email inbox to find out that the preliminary music lineup for Bumbershoot 2009 has been announced. Naturally, plenty more acts will be confirmed as summer draws nearer. According to One Reel - the agency that produces Bumbershoot - here's who's playing so far:

Sheryl Crow / Modest Mouse / Katy Perry / Michael Franti & Spearhead / De La Soul / Raphael Saadiq / Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan / The Long Winters / Sly & Robbie & the Taxi Gang / World Party / MSTRKRFT / Roy Ayers / Common Market / UH HUH HER / Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women / Eric Hutchinson / No Age / Matt & Kim / Dead Confederate / The Cave Singers / Swollen Members / Vieux Farka Touré / Lenka / Gang Gang Dance / Todd Snider / Holy F**k / DJ Spooky / Iglu & Hartly / Low vs Diamond / Sera Cahoone / Eleni Mandell / Carrie Rodriguez / The Honey Brothers / Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head / Extra Golden / Cordero / Forgive Durden / Hey Marseilles / Adrian Xavier, and many more to be announced.

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