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"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."
Northwest Adventures | Published Restaurant Reviews in The Suburban Times
Welcome to Northwest Adventures. Peg and Don Doman are your hosts. We travel around the Pacific Northwest and tell everyone about our journeys. We talk to chefs and sample fine dining, stay at great hotels along with an occasional Bed & Breakfast and interesting vacation rentals. Sometimes we write about our trips for the print media and sometimes we write about them for the internet. Every day is an adventure in the Pacific Northwest. There are so many great Pacific Northwest vacations, you'll have to try one or two . . . and come back for more.
We enjoy meeting people and we expect to have a wonderful time when we travel. Our expectations are almost always met. If you have a favorite restaurant or a favorite hotel, where they offer exceptional service, please, share your favorites with us. Or if you have a B&B, hotel, or restaurant that you would like us to try and then include in our stories tell about what you have. No matter what, please share your thoughts.
Pacific Northwest Adventures and Vacations
If you come to Tacoma, you have to see: Chinese Reconciliation Park, Ruston Way, Point Defiance, TAM (Tacoma Art Museum), Tacoma Narrow's Bridge, America's Car Museum (LeMay Museum), and our Museum of Glass. If you come to Seattle, you have to see: Pike Place Market with the flying salmon, the Wing Luke Museum, Pioneer Square, the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and Volunteer Park. The list goes on and on . . . well, you get the idea . . . come to our Pacific Northwest for any number of reasons . . . come to visit or come to stay . . . you will be welcome.
Published Dining Adventures from The Suburban Times
Here are some of our Adventures Around the Northwest:
Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante Renovations in Tacoma
Wide Open Spaces and the Love of Camp & Counseling - Pacific Northwest - Podcasts
A Minidoka Christmas - Stories of Japanese Internment in World War II - Tacoma, WA
Assisted Living: The Musical - Play Review - Tacoma, WA
Noises Off at the Harlequin - Play Review - Olympia, WA
A Trip to Olympia for lunch, a play, and books
Very Affordable ABNB apartment in downtown Puyallup - close to Pioneer Park and Sounder Train Boarding
Sharing the Warmth - A Short Story Based on Real People
Sadie, Crohn's Disease and Angels Among Us - A Story Based on True Happenings
Homelessness in the Pacific Northwest
Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society's Cabaret
The Butler Did It in Renton with Mama Stortini of Puyallup - We visit the Renton Civic Theatre for "The Butler Did It!" Afterward we stopped in Puyallup for a wonderful dinner at Mama Stortini's.
44th Annual Tacoma Executives Association Golf Tournament - Here's a mixutre of nonsense and seriousness that paid off with a beautiful day spent outdoors with friends laughing and have a great time at one of my favorite golf courses. The 2011 Fundraising Golf Tournament with Soroptomists - A silent auction and a boistrous steak dinner with apple pie for dessert. Great prizes and auction items. We walked home with many. 7th Annual Urban Art Festival in Tacoma, Washington - Music, creative arts, new flavored Popsicle, and lunch at Mama Stortini's in Puyallup, Washington. Ain't Misbehavin and Dash Point Lobster Shop - We take some friends and eat at the Dash Point Lobster Shop and visit the Federal Way Centerstage for a wonderful production of Ain't Misbehavin. Alchemy Restaurant Review - West Seattle - Friendly service and excellent food just a block from California. Alonzo Bodden at the Tacoma Comedy Club - 2016 - What a fantastic, laugh filled evening. Show tickets, snacks, a beer and two glasses of wine (including tip) for less than $70 for two people. The comedy star was Alonzo Bodden of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. We loved the club AND Alonzo. An Adventure to Seattle for The Mikado - We took a lovely Saturday afternoon trip to Seattle where we ate a the Zingaro Caffee, saw the latest production by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society production, The Mikado and finished of the afternoon in Federal Way at the Ma Boulange Bakery. Antique Sandwich Company in Ruston - For forty years a place to gather, eat healthy foods, listen to music, and talk to old friends. Andy Burch Inducted into the WMEA Hall of Fame - We're here to share the good news. Band Director Andy Burch of Edgemont Junior High School has received the honor of being inducted into the Class of 2016 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Hall of Fame. We have enjoyed the music of his students for years. We are so lucky to have him in the Edgewood and Puyallup area of Pierce County. April Fools Day - 2016 - A tiring couple of days centered around April Fools Day, Art, University of Puget Sound, Kittredge Gallery, and Jennie's Cafe in University Place. Artie Stops by and Plays the Piano - Recording artist Art Mineo stops by our home and plays for us. Artist Joseph Kinnebrew and The Quarry - One of the premier event spaces of Skagit Valley is a showcase for internationally known artist Joseph Kinnebrew. Bellevue Vanities and Drowsy Chaperone - Mesiah Lutheran Church, Aladdin, Jr., Bellevue Eastgage Silver Cloud Hotel, Vanities at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Bilbao Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar in the U District, Seattle Musical Theatre's production of The Drowsy Chaperone, and Operation Baby Shower filled out a warm Valentine Weekend. Be's Breakfast All Day Restaurant Review - West Seattle - Who else serves "Breakfast All Day" plus Pho and great bacon sandwiches? Bimbo's and the Broadway Center in Tacoma - An auction item pays off with a fun evening featuring original Bimbo's sauce, great food, and pleasant conversations. Biscuit House - Breakfast All Day - Located on South Tacoma Way, the Biscuit House makes biscuits and gravy from scratch. Bonnie Hashbrownes & Mo - A concert with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Keb Mo. Buddy Guy and Little Bill at the Broadway Center in Tacoma - We started with breakfast at the Old Milwaukee, a visit to Stadium Video, dinner at Cafe Divino, and a concert at the Broadway Center featuring two blues legends: Little Bill & the Blue Notes and Buddy Guy. Breakfast Diner - In the historic South Tacoma Shops area of town is a workingman's diner - good food and affordable prices - coffee just 25 cents! Breakfast in Our Old Neighborhood - Red Elm Cafe Review - Excellent Belgium waffles for under $4 on MLK. Breakfast Redux - Review of Alfred's Cafe in Tacoma - In response to readers comments about improved service at Alfred's Cafe, we take a friend to breakfast at an old favorite restaurant. Breakfast with Friends a Hawks Prairie in Lacey - Friends walk Nisqually Delta, while Peg and I sleep in and then meet them for Sunday breakfast - crustless quiche, excellent hashbrowns and gravy and two pork chops. The Butler Did It in Renton with Mama Stortini of Puyallup - We visit the Renton Civic Theatre for "The Butler Did It!" Afterward we stopped in Puyallup for a wonderful dinner at Mama Stortini's Cal Anderson Park - Capitol Hill - This is a pictoral account of a visit to Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Capitol Hill Adventure - 2015 - We discover a new B&B across from Volunteer Park, visit our favorite Seattle museums, dine on excellent food at Pasta Freska, and laugh at a deranged scientist and his assistant who explore the new dating scene via Theater Schmeater. Candide and Amtrak - Peg and I avoid traffic by taking the Amtrak from Tacoma to Seattle. We walk and cab our way to the Fifth Avenue for a fantastic production of the rarely seen Candide. Catherine Place Fundraising Auction at Tacoma Yacht Club - What an enjoyable afternoon. Good food, old friends, and keynote speaker Judge Helen Whitener, originally from Trinidad. She still has a slight accent. CenterStage, 5th Avenue, and ManeStage - 3 Plays in 3 Days - Suddenly Last Sumner - We saw I'm Into Something Good, Guys and Dolls, and The Importance of Being Easnest. We made our home base a rented cottage in Sumner, Washington and dined at The Buttered Biscuit, K.C. Bakery and Cafe, Berryland Cafe, and Farrelli's. Chambers Bay, 2015 U.S. Open Championships, Shooting, Rock Climbing and Pawn Shopping in University Place and Tacoma - This adventure took us to University Place as well as downtown Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Sixth Avenue for great fun and bargains. Christmas Week at Ocean Shores - Who would have believed that Ocean Shores could be so much fun even when it was half desserted for Christmas? We enjoyed the Shilo Inn and Restaurant, Bennett's Fish Shack, Galway Bay, and the Ocean Shores Cinemas. The Pirate's Cove even supplied us with bacon sandwiches for our annual midnight mass tradition. Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation Dinner - Huge Success - We played a small part - The annual Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation dinner was a huge success in both monies raised and people taking part in the festivities. Initial figures show two hundred attendees and nearly twice the revenue of previous events. Clams, Oysters, and a Rainbow - Anthony's Homeport at Pt. Defiance Review - 2016 - With a birthday discount coupon we visited one of the best restaurants in Tacoma for their view and their food. The view was fantastic and the food was tasty! Coffee, Tea or Cookies? - There's nothing more refined than afternoon tea. College Days? Drinking and Eating in Bellingham - We travel north to Bellingham and relive college days, we dine at The Copper Hog, eat some spicey chocolate and meet Harlow Friday, the artist who created the Bellingham Rhino and many more fantastic welded pieces of art. Combine a Chinese Noodle House and Jewish Bluegrass for a Fantastick Date Night - Peg and I started with braised duck soup in Tacoma's International District and then eneded Saturday with dancing and singing with Nefesh Mountain at Temple Beth El. This will be a great memory for us! Crown Bar Breakfast Brunch Review - 2016 - A beautiful Sunday morning and no traffic on Sixth Avenue - What a perfect day to taste perfect Breakfast selections. The Daffodil Floral Parade in Puyallup - It's been years and years since we've seen the Daffodil Parade, but it is something you need to experience. We had a great time and saw people we knew in the parade and found two outstanding restuarants in Puyallup where we can return to for great food at fair prices. We visited the Farmers Market and bought fresh veggies at a local produce stand in the Puyallup Valley. Daffodil Parade 2015 - Crockett's - Puyallup - Downtown Puyallup, the Daffodil Parade, the Marine Daffodil Parade, restaurant reviews Crockett's Public House, and the Outback Steak House on South Hill. Dancin' On The Lemon Grass - Rotary Trip to Olympia and the Harlequin Theatre. Dancin' On The Lemon Grass - Part Two Another Rotary Trip to Olympia for the Same Harlequin Theatre Production. David Gardner Growls in Tacoma - Blues artist David Gardner performs in the beer garden at The Harmon Tap Room in Tacoma. Davina and the Vagabonds at the Tacoma's Broadway Center - Theatre on the Square Review - 2017 - Combine Etta James, Dixie Land, Blues, Jazz, and Busking and what do you get? A pretty much full theater of entertainment on a Saturday night. Des Moines and Salty's at Redondo Restaurant Review - We stayed in downtown Des Moines with a great view of Vanshon Island and treated ourselves to dinner at Salty's in nearby Redondo. Dim Sum at the Ming Palace - We love sampling food. With dim sum, the waitress brings a cart to your table and you try things you might not order on your own, but that's the way to find new things you really enjoy! Dogs, Dates, and Miners - Art in Downtown Seattle - We had a beautiful spring weekend to enjoy the arts in downtown Seattle. We saw three different plays. One made us laugh and cry; one made us laugh; and one made us think about creativity and art. We ate great food, drank excellent wine, laughed our way through a growing to-do list, and ended our weekend stay with an argument with a cabbie. What an adventure. Dinner at Tacoma's Adriatic Grill and Laughter with Sinbad - We should have just come home and collapsed after a very busy week in Seattle we we finished it off with dinner at the Adriatic Grill and the Sinbad Concert at the Emerald Queen. It's tough to argue with great food and great entertainment. Dream Cave Paintings and Breakfast - This adventure starts with the documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, includes a visit to the Tacoma Art Museum for an exhibit featuring the paintings of Normal Rockwell and Navajo inspired glass art by Dale Chihuly, and ends D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival . . . kinda) with breakfast at Dead Oscar's Annex on 6th Avenue in Tacoma. Dinner and a Play - Aviateur French Restaurant and Second Samuel Play at Tacoma Little Theatre - An excellent weekend with one of our granddaughters. We take her to a French restaurant in Tacoma and a play. Doman Anniversary at Picasso Catering - Celebration of fifty years of marriage with live northwest entertainment and great food. Drowsy Chaperone, Crab Feed and Pie - A fun night out with friends, with crabs, with actors at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and with pie for everyone. Duck Daze Parade and Event - University Place - 2015 - Mix beautiful weather, a car show, a parade, good things to eat, the U.S. Open, and a proud community and you have a great summer event. DuPont and the Nisqually River Delta - Who knew that DuPont was like Tucson and the area between Steilacoom and Lacey was a fantastic place for fun, good food, BBQ and English Toffee? And of course a visit to the Nisqually River Delta is always inspiring. It's just down the road a couple of minutes. This is also a hotbed of gorgeous golf courses as well. Early Learning Education Programs Seattle - A fun introduction to the innovative private school Bright Water Waldorf, which offers fantastic educational learning programs from pre-school through middle school! Edmonds and Letters of Joy - I relaxed while Peg went to calligraphy lectures. We returned to our favorite Edmonds restaruants and had a great time introducing our little gems to our granddaughter who drove down and joined us from Bellingham. Elmers Restaurant in Tacoma - Review - Good food, helpful service and prices a family could love. A great place to feed children. Excellent Tamales from the Eastside of Tacoma - I grew up on cans of chili and Nalley Valley Tamales. These are better! Much better. The Fab Four at the Snoqualmie Casino - A small celebration with friends took us to the Snoqualmie Casino for a wonderful seafood buffet and concert by The Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four. It was fun. Falling in Love with Puyallup - The background music was too loud, but how can you be offended by friendly people and polite young adults. What a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon. I've always liked Puyallup, but on that Friday afternoon I fell in love. Farrelli's Pizza and Wonderful View at Point Ruston - Good food at affordable prices and the Pacific Northwest views are free. Restaurant review. Federal Way - CenterStage & Restaurant Reviews - 2015 - We stayed at the Best Western Plus in Federal Way, drove to West Seattle for bunch and then on to Seattle to see The Pirates of Penzance. In Federal Way we visited several restaurants and enjoyed our two-day adventure. Fergies On The Ave Review - 2016 - Breakfast anytime and perfect hash browns. Visit McKinley Avenue for Fergies. Fine Design Wine - A laugh filled wine tasting event for Tacoma Executives at an art frming studio. A Fine Dining Dream: Salty's at Redondo, Pacific Grill, and the Lobster Shop - We celebrated our wedding anniversary with lunch at Salty's, dinner at Pacific Grill and Lobster Shop South, and visited an author and artists show at King's Books, all while staying at the Marriott Courtyard Tacoma. Floatation Device Great Sports Bar for Breakfast - Across the bridge in Purdy is an excellent place for breakfast. The parking lot always looks full, but there is usually a lot of room inside. A Friday Afternoon Date for La La Land at the Grand Cinema and a later lunch at Top of Tacoma - A cold day made warm by interaction, and images of southern California. A great movie for discussion started off a date that involved really good selections at the very quirky Top of Tacoma on McKinley Avenue. Food and Fun in Seattle on Valentine's Day Weekend - A lovely vintage necklace, a visit to O'Asian Kitchen, Manhattan Steakhouse on Capitol Hill, front row seats to the latest Book-It production, The Dog of the South, and lots more. Funky Iguana Restaurant Review Tacoma - A new location, but to they serve the best Mexican food in Tacoma? The Funky Iguana scores some points. Four Day Adventure to Seattle - Pike Place - Teatro Zinzanni - Lowell's - Theater Schmeater - We stayed at our favorite B&B in Seattle on Capitol Hill, visited the Frye Art Museum, dined at Julia's On Broadway and the Solstice Cafe and visited lot of other fun places. A Free Birthday Meal and Shenanigans Restaurant Review - 2016 - Beautiful views even in the fog, and great food sitting by the window. Great Pork Porterhouse and Scallops. Galway Bay and Oliver Mulholland - Traditional Irish food and excellent Irish music. Gig Harbor - The Tides Tavern - Devoted Kiss and Brix 25 - Here was a fun trip to Gig Harbor for the 40th Anniversary of The Tides Tavern, excellent breakast at the Devoted Kiss Cafe, and great seafood and more at Brix 25. A second trip to Gig Harbor - Prom Night at Skansie Park - Breakfast at Netshed No.9 - This was a relaxing weekend to take in the sites of Gig Harbor. We stayed right downtown at the Maritime Inn, dined within walking distance and even visited the Tacoma Industrial Airport for some biscuits and gravy. Gig Harbor is such a gem in an area of remarkable jewels. Greek Feast for Two - A beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest made perfect by dining on the deck and enjoying the food someone else prepared. Halcyon Suite - A Seattle Adventure with Nanci Griffith and Mary Gauthier. Halloween Weekend in Ocean Shores - 2016 - We stay at The Grey Gull and enjoy the view, the wind, the rain, and lots of good food. The Harvester Restaurant Review in Tacoma's Stadium Business District - Great customer service, excellent middle-American breakfast of gravy, fried eggs, chicken fried steak, and crispy hashbrowns. What's not to like? The Harvester in Gig Harbor Restaurant Review - When things start to go down hill, they sometimes gather speed. A Hidden North End Garden and Dining at G. Donnalson's in the Proctor District - What a great afternoon we had driving around Tacoma's North End. We saw dinosaur yard art, ate fresh snap peas, bought glass necklaces, and dined well. Holiday Week in December - From Edgewood to Tacoma we visited concerts, ate at Dickey's Barbeque Pit on South Hill, raised money for the Emergency Food Network and collected toys for the children of our troops stationed at JBLM. HMS Pinafore by Tacoma Opera and Dinner at the Adriatic Grill - What a great afternoon of music, laughter and excellent food. Home Cooked Southern Dinner - 2015 - We take part in a FISH Food Banks fundraiser. We attend a fabulous dinner with all kinds of foods from the South. A Home Run Adventure on Easter Weekend - Have you ever started to plan something and then all at once everything fell into place? Holiday Inn Express on Puyallup's South Hill was a great place to start. An In Home Concert by Jay Mabin and Emmanuel del Casal - We enjoy a concert just two blocks from our home for a private concert featuring Jay Mabin on harmonica and Emmanuel del Casal on bass. The Huge Western Washington District Star Lite Swap Meet - We visit the huge Star Lite Swap Meet for good food and lots of bargains. Fun event and great people. Husky Trip to Tucson - The lost evidence - From 1997 this article appeared in a local newspaper and just surfaced again. It's funny and involved the University of Washington Huskies, the Arizona Wildcats, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, a 32 oz. steak, and international relations. The Hobbit in Ocean Shores - We drive a hundred and ten miles for the midnight preview of The Hobbit in Ocean Shores. The Honey Pig Korean BBQ Review - South Tacoma - We treat granddaughters and our son and daughter-in-law to Korean BBQ. It was a glorious day for dining on our deck. Hoquiam and then some - A Hoquiam Adventure that took us to Olympia, Tumwater, Satsop, Aberdeen, and Ocean Shores. Hotel Monaco and 9 to 5 - We stayed at the Hotel Monaco, ate French pastries, dined at Sazarac, and had a wonderful time in downtown Seattle. Huey Lewis Turns Back the Clock - An adventure to Little Creek Casino in Shelton to hear Huey Lewis and the News. Infinite Soup Review - 2017 - Can a restaurant selling only soup be successful? It is when they offer Infinite Soup . . . and great bread. Take out only!!! We'll go back for more. An Interview and Chat with Artistic Managing Director Alan Bryce of Federal Way's CenterStage Theatre - We met Alan at Fresh Bistro in West Seattle and talked with him about the past and future of CenterStage, which is one of our favorite theaters in the South Sound. JBLM Small Business EXPO Tacoma - I stop in to check out the state of small business. I talk with some old friends and meet new ones. Small business is healthy! Joeseppi's Restaurant in Tacoma's West End - Review - Looking for a good place for lunch? Have about small crowds, plenty of food and fair prices! Italian foods of course, but the salmon is an excellent choice! John Mayall Jazz Alley and Lola - We meet and watch in awe at legendary rock and roller John Mayall playing the blues at Jazz Alley. Johnny's Bistro Restaurant Review - Outside seating on the Thea Foss Waterway and good food make Johnny's Bistro hard to resist. Just One of Peg's Birthday Celebrations - A one day rest at La Quinta in Tacoma, Porters Barbeque, and Second City at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. Karrin Allyson at Jazz Alley - We stay at Villa St. Stefan, eath dinner at Jazz Alley and enjoy the beautiful Karrin Allyson and an excellent evening of entertainment. Kids Night Out Weekend Adventure - Except for throwing a ton of money away to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, we had a great weekend of inexpensive entertainment. From $4 play tickets to free concerts and baseball games, we had a fantastic time with some of our grandchildren. KFC Original Recipe Bite Review - Don takes on The Colonel and samples the new offering at KFC. La Conner and the Queen of the Valley - A two day stay at one fantastic Bed & Breakfast in one of the finest little towns in Washington. LaConner, Anacortes, and the Tribal Summit Group - What a great couple of days in LaConner and Anacortes. We visited one of our favorite B&Bs, video recorded presentations for some of our native American tribes about merchandizing, had some great food, and traveled back to Tacoma with a couple of loaves of Samish River Potato Bread. Late Night Salty's on a Sunday Afternoon - This adventure involved a large group of friends attending a late night catechism class at CenterStage in Federal Way followed by dinner at Salty's in Redondo. Lightning Strikes the Right Chord at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood - Construction noises at our hotel were plunging our good spirits to the ground. Who would have thought that a meal at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the middle of a Thunder Storm would change the mood and make life fun? The Lobster Shop's 35th Anniversary Celebration Review - 2016 - The party involed a full-house, steel drum music, drink tickets, and lots, and lots of appetizers. What a great time! - Tickets were limited, but the funds went to FISH Food Banks! Local History Comes Alive! - Dr. Elizabeth Drake Portrayed by Karen Haas - Peg and I stepped back into history on a Tuesday evening at Lakewood City Hall. We were treated to The Life and Times of Dr. B. Elizabeth Drake as performed by Karen Haas. Lunch at Joeseppi's Italian Restaurant Review - Family friendly and lots of good food. Lunch and a Movie - WildFin American Grill and "Race" at Point Ruston Cinemark - A fun date for lunch of northwest chowder, a slider, a great flat bread, and pomegranate ginger ale to wash it all down. Lunch at Pacific Grill, Bald Baby Heads at the University of Puget Sound and fresh fish in Old Town - This is a budget-wise adventure rejoicing in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound . . . with a wonderful in-expensive lunch, free admission to Kittredge Gallery, and three rainbow trout for less than $7! Lobster Shop Deck Dining - 2015 - Okay, afternoons in the 90s on the deck of the Lobster Shop enjoying a nice breeze, sipping something cool and eating excellent food delivered by great servers . . . what could be better? Lox and Leeks with a Beer Chaser in Edmonds - An adventure to Edmonds, Washington, where we explore a salt water marsh, find treasure at a local yard sale, dine on excellent food, and locate a brewing establishment just yards away from our hotel. Lynnwood Adventure - We find greenbelts and lots of fun things to do in strip mall heaven. Restaurant reviews for The Chanterelle, Anthony's and more. A great three-day weekend. A Return Trip to The Queen of the Valley Bed and Breakfast in La Conner - We returned from our return trip with great memories and a car load of bread, cookies, and goat cheese. Is that perfect, or what? Lunch and a Show at the Seattle Center - What a great little afternoon. We dined at the Food Court at the Seattle Center and saw Book-It Repertory Theatre's Red Ranger Came Calling. The play is a must-see for anyone who loves musicals. Lunch and Laughter - 2017 - What could be more fun than meeting new friends, raising money for community health and releaving your stress with belly-laughs, chuckles, and whoops and hollars? LunchBox Laboratory Restaurant Review - I couldn't even eat all my bacon with my bacon burger at the LunchBox in Gig Harbor. There are plenty of other offerings to bring me back, however. The Dork for example, with a patty of duck and pork. They also have hand-dipped ice cream shakes . . . and much more. A Beautiful Old Madrona on a Cliff Edge and Facing Commencement Bay - I've beem looking at the tree for nearly a year. I new it was going to come down, but didn't know how. Malarkey's Lunch Restaurant Review - 2017 - If this was a diner and opened just a few hours earlier I'd be eating there several times a week. As it is, a friendly pool hall, it's a hidden gem. Marcia Ball and The Last Schwartz - This adventure took us to a Marcia Ball and Voice of the Wetland All-Stars concert at the Washington Center for Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington. While there we saw The Last Schwartz at Harlequin Productions, ate at Acqua Via Restaurant, saw My Name is Asher Lev at Theater on the Square at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts in downtown Tacoma and visited with friends at La Fondita in the Proctor District. Manhattan Steakhouse Restaurant Review - Seattle 2015 - Lost on the gray streets of East 12th on Capitol Hill, the Manhattan Steakhouse is a great place for weekend brunch. MarketPlace Grille Restaurant Review in Gig Harbor - Peg and I meet friends for dinner at the waterfront restaurant, The MarketPlace Grille in downtown Gig Harbor. McDonald's Breakfast Review - 2016 - A quiet Saturday morning and a relaxing breakfast with a "free" McMuffin and personal reflections on Bill Cosby, Getty Images and stolen grocery carts. Mid-America Food, The Zoo and a Puyallup Pool Party - Breakfast at Knapps in the Proctor District, dinner at Sushi Town, a visit to Pt.Defiance Zoo and wonderful accommodations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in downtown Puyallup. Plus marionberry kuchen from The Pioneer Bakery. Montamara Lunch Restaurant Review - 2017 - Breakfast and lunch in Old Town Tacoma. Breakfast basics with twists and specialty sandwiches . . . maybe. Mose Allison and Jazz Alley and Seattle Rep for Equivocation - We stayed at the Warwick Hotel, visited the Palace Kitchen, the University of Washington Bookstore, and T. S. McHugh's Irish Pub & Restaurant. The Most Romantic Cottage in the World - You can't rent it, you can only read about it. Mother's Day Weekend - Peg has a wonderful family Mother's Day weekend, which included a Neil Simon comedy at Seattle's ACT Theatre, dinner in Federal Way, and brunch at Johnny's Dock in Tacoma. Mukilteo - Relax watching the ferries on Puget Sound. Mukilteo, Everett and Edmonds - 2012 - What a great weekend adventure - A tour of the Orca Beverage Company in Mukliteo (makers of retro sodas and gourmet pop), great bacon in Everett at Patty's Eggnest and Turkey House, meeting with a new client (Furnace Doctors), public art in Edmonds, and the best lobster this side of Cape Cod. Mukilteo Wedding & Everett - Edmonds Adventure - We attend a family wedding and discover two new places for excellent food - Irish and Russian. Three towns - all close together for a fun adventure. Who knew? My Girl Charter Boat Saturn Barter Social On Puget Sound - The chartered boat, My Girl was docked for the first two hours of the party and then embarked for a two hour cruise around Commencement Bay and Puget Sound. About a hundred people enjoyed the food, served by Porters BBQ, the wine served by Saturn Barter, and the networking served up by everyone. Nanci Griffith, Italian Potluck and Wendy's Vietnamese - A fun Italian Potluck at The Villas B&B followed by a Habitat for Humanity home dedication, a musical lecture and a Nanci Griffith concert at the Broadway Center in downtown Tacoma. New Gourment Burger Shop in Tacoma - The Red Wagon - 2016 - Fried oysters, 1/3 pound mushroom burger with provelone and more goodies to eat on North Pearl in Tacoma. O'Asian Kitchen Restaurant Review - Seattle 2015 - Located in downtown Seattle - Large venue excellent food and they say the best Dim Sum outside of the International District. New Orleans FISH Food Banks Dinner Review - 2016 - A donation to the FISH Food Banks Nourish Fundaiser pays off with a fantastic evening of New Orleans style celebration of Mardi Gras. The main course was Pork Grillades and Speckled Grits (part white and part yellow grits) with mascarpone and Edam cheese along with sweetened mustard greens with bacon jam. There were a ton of appetizers and several other courses before and after the main course. The food was excellent. New Theater Complex Opens in Tacoma at Point Ruston - Tacoma finally has first run major films available within the city limits - we've been several years without them. Nourish - FISH Food Bank Fundraiser and a Surprise Birthday Party - We attend the Nourish FISH Auction to raise money for the food bank and then we visit a surprise birthday party for our friend John Trueman in Old Town. Ocean Shores . . . Back and Fourth - What a wonderful place to visit. Ocean Shores in December - A couple of condos, friends, sage biscuits, Scotch on the balcony in the freezing wind, and a fun night at the Galway Bay. Ocean Shores in December Redux Redux - What a great time we had. Huge storm off the coast, flooding and great food. Who wouldn't find this an adventure to remember? Ocean Shores Spring Break - We've switched from winter to spring for our annual trip to Ocean Shores. The weather changes, but the good times just keep happening. Oddfellows Cafe and Bar Review - Great food and excellent service at this Seattle landmark. "Oh, my god, oh, my god, you guys" - Spam, Poached Egg and Blood Orange Sorbet - We went to the Palace Kitchen in Seattle to enjoy chicken wings and ravioli, which we had seen on our last trip to Seattle in November, but that's not what we ended up with. Afterwards we saw Legally Blonde the Musical at the 5th Avenue. Oklahoma Musical Production at Puyallup High School and a Family Adventure - We're entertained by dance, music, and a theatrical production from Lakewood to Auburn, Washington. Oktoberfest at Johnny's Dock Restaurant in Tacoma - Oktoberfest turned out to be OktoberMess. The worst German food ever. Only the breadpudding was worth the trip. Olympia, a friendly place to eat, find good books, enjoy color and art - Peg and her baby sister go to lunch at the Budd Bay Cafe in Olympia, several book stores, and visit the Splash Gallery. Olympia Lakefair - A great adventure to Olympia for the Lakefair Festival and Harlequin Productions for their latest rock and roll summer revue. We had great food and a fun time. Olympia Weekend Kicks - A live rock band and five extraordinary singers presented a visceral mix of beach, brit, blues, folk, psychedelic and metal songs. Sixties Kicks was a fun musical revue at Harlequin Productions in Olympia. We stayed at The Phoenix Inn, dined at Aqua Via, Ramblin Jack's, McMenamin's The Spar and heard some great music and picked up produce at the Olympia Farmer's Market. On the Town with Tom Douglas - We eat at three Tom Douglas restaurants, and see On the Town at the Fifth Avenue and An Iliadat Seattle Rep. Original Pancake House Restaurant Review - 2015 Tacoma - I've always loved pancakes, especially pancake sandwiches (fried eggs piled ontop of a pancake stack), but after two visits to the OPH I still haven't tried it here. Fresh-squeezed orange juice? No. Quarter-inch thick bacon? YES! Oyster Bay Adventure in Bremerton and Poulsbo - Beautiful relaxing views, good food, and fun things to do in Kitsap County on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Pacific Grill Family Reunion and Fine Dining at Its Best - The new 2017 summer menu at Pacific Grill scored big time with corn/crab risotto, spoons of poke, and desserts like the Raspberry & Mango Pavlova and the Cornmeal Peach Cake with caramel! Pacific Grill Restaurant Review - 2017 - Sneaking in before the menu changes in April . . . ordering our new favorite and visiting friends. Pacific Grill 10th Anniversary - When one of our favorite restaurants in Tacoma sends out free tickets for an evening of celebration and free appetizers you have to attend . . . you just have to. Pacific Southern 38th and South Pine in Tacoma - Great breakfast food. Excellent gravy! Papa Eddie's Cajun Cafe - This South Tacoma neighborhood cafe does breakfast well. Don't worry, there's nothing Cajun about the early dining fare.
Paradise in University Place - We find a new bed & breakfast is the view studded city of University Place . . . just seconds from Chambers Bay Golf Course. (Closed) Pardi Gras! and Tacoma Executives Association - This was a fun fundraiser for the Tacoma Executives Association involving a casino night and New Orleans themed festivities. It was a great time and made money for the networking group as well. Patty's Burgers, South Tacoma, Amy Stewart and Wicked Plants - Combine the travel elements of South Tacoma and a horticulture lecture and you do not end up with what would appear to be an exciting adventure. However, as with many adventures, you don't really know what fun they will be until they are done. This Saturday morning adventure was fantastic.
Pegasus on Alki Restaurant Review - West Seattle - Pegasus at Alki is much more than just great pizza. They also service outstanding ravioli, soup, and appetizers!
Pirates of Penzance, Adriatic Grill, and Little Jerry's - This adventure spanned four days and two showings of The Pirates of Penzance along with dinner at the Adriatic Grill and lunch at Little Jerry's. We were so tired when it was over! Plum Duff and Cafe Divino in Tacoma - We stay at a great little Bed and Breakfast in Tacoma and sample wine and good times including dinner and a show at the Broadway Center. Poaching Eggs in Tacoma - A kitchen adventure involving The Dollar Tree, Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsay, and a simple way to poach six delicious eggs at a time. Point Ruston & Two Town Pub Cafe Review - Fantastic views, the only first run feature films in Tacoma, condos, apartments, restaurants, and old memories. Point Ruston will have it all. We visit the first shop to open and review the construction. The Poodle Dog Too Restaurant in Fife - Review and Revisit - Readers responses sent me back to The Poodle Dog in Fife. I found out why people love them. Portland on Amtrak - We ride the train visit Powell's Book Store and read a book. A simple adventure, but lots of fun. Poquito's Restaurant Review - Seattle - A Capitol Hill Mexican treasure. The grilled corn was made even better with the addition of crunchy fried grasshoppers. Beautiful restaurant with great people and great Mexican food. Port Orchard - We had a gorgeous view from a cabin built over Puget Sound on the beach in Port Orchard. We ate some great food (Brix 25 in Gig Harbor and The Lighthouse in Port Orchard). We met some fun people, relaxed and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest. What a great little town. President Obama, Bye Bye Birdie and Rain - Two U.S. Presidents join forces to give us a great weekend that included a rock and roll tragedy, classic jazz, and graduation ceremonies at the University of Puget Sound. Presentation of the 2016 Daffodil Court and Community Service Award from Tacoma Rotary - It's always nice seeing the earnest young women selected at the Daffodil Court. Queen Emily of Spanaway Lake High School and her princesses were introduced just before the Community Service Award was given to Karl and Christine Anderson for their work on behalf of Tacoma and Pierce County. Pride and Prejudice - A Seattle Review and Adventure - 2014 - Book-It Theatre's production of Pride and Prejudice and reviews of Belltown Pub, Maximilien, and Shilla Japanese Korean Restaurant - A fantastic fall visit to Seattle. Proctor Art Fest - Proctor Business District Tacoma - We visit the Proctor Business District in Tacoma and enjoy a hot dog and art. Proctor District Farmers Market - A truly beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest and ideal for visiting the Proctor District Farmers Market and laughing with old friends and new ones, too. Puyallup and Sumner Washington - A three day adventure in Puyallup and Sumner for the Puyallup Farmers Market, ManeStage production of Peter Pan, time with a zookeeper and lots of good things to eat. Puyallup Fair Foundation Golf Tournament - High Cedars - Orting - What a great day for golfing, laughing, having fun and eating a great steak. The golf course in Orting is located on the Puyallup River and is such a beautiful setting. Puyallup Rotary Crab Feed and Seattle Musical Theatre - We chowdown at the Puyallup Rotary Crab Feed Fundraiser (all-you-can-eat) at the Puyallup Fairgrounds and then head north to the Silver Cloud in Bellevue with three granddaughters in tow for a simply fantastic weekend of good food, a scary art exhibit at the Frye, books and a musical. An Adventure into the Puyallup Valley at the Tayberry Victorian Cottage Bed and Breakfast - We visit a fish hatchery, order beer at a power station/restaurant, attend a Rotary meeting, and eat world-class food at HG Bistro. Quilt Show and Commencement Bay - A short trip to a quilt exhibit involves centuries, a connection to my grandfather, and an oil painting reminder of why we love the Pacific Northwest. The Radisson Hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - What a great time reading, watching football playoffs, eating great food, and sleeping on a great bed. Reading Asian Paintings Lecture - Maxwell Hearn - Review - Dinner at Uwajimaya and a lecture at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park by writer and curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Maxwell K. Hearn on "How to Read Chinese Paintings." It was an adventure involving calligraphy and Chinese art. Red Barn, Motorcycle Museum, and Kit Carson Chehalis - An adventure to Chehalis and Lewis County for a great motel, the Red Barn Studios, and excellent food. Red Hot Restaurant Review - 2015 Tacoma - I like a good hot dog and the only thing better than a good hot dog is a grilled German Bratwurst . . . now, ask me what we were served at Red Hot . . . Renovation going on at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino - Demolition and and construction and Eddie Lewis to clean it all up. Rhein Haus - Kind of a German Restaurant in Tacoma - The wurst was only okay, but the salad and the goulash were excellent. The old Walker Chevrolet showroom between Wright Park and Stadium High School. Rhubarb Festival and Art on the Ave - Sumner, Puyallup, and Tacoma - What a great time we had with the farmers market in Puyallup, rhubarb in Sumner, art on 6th Avenue, and a traditional Kurdish dinner with friends. Rolling Thunder Tacoma Chautauqua 2011 - Sponsored by Go Local Tacoma, the City of Tacoma's Office of Sustainability and Pull Together Now, the Tacoma Chautauqua featured workshops by Environmental Business alliance, Tacoma 360, Palmer Scholars, Cascade Land Conservancy, Puget Sound Partnership and others. Roman Meal Bread and University of Oregon - KidSpirit: Chefs in Motion called us to Corvallis for a fun time on the campus and OSU and beer at McMenamins Pub. Rotary District 5020 Conference, Burning Cupcakes, and Casserole - A great weekend spent at the Bicentennial Pavilion at The Murano Hotel talking with old friends, meeting new ones, learning about community projects, sampling some great cupcakes AND developing a new casserole with leeks and cauliflower. Savory Cookies and Grown-Up Cookies Book Review - We discover savory cookies and the book Grown-Up Cookies by Kelly Cooper. I spend part of an afternoon creating a tasty treat. These chipotle dark chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries and Disaronno are fantastic. Saving Aimee and Corned Beef - Kathy Lee Gifford brings her new musical to Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre, while we visit Goldberg's Deli and the Amazon Grill. Great food and a great time . . . but where were the waffles? Scrub Pines and Deer Trails - Keep your bearing when walking from the condo to the beach. Seagulls, and Oysters, and Camp Goodtimes - A wonderful evening dinner on the deck along Tacoma's waterfront turns into a fun Rotary meeting. The Search for the Fabulous Lost Restaurant of Cosmopolis - We had to search for Clarks Restaurant, but once we found it, we were thrilled. Homemade berry soft-serve? Get real!!! Seattle - Museums, and dinner at Tulio with Chef Walter Pisano. Seattle Condo Adventure to Seattle Rep and Theatre Schmeater - We visit Seattle Rep and Theatre Schmeater along with dining at The Crab Pot, Anthony's Pier 66, and Amante Pizza and Pasta. Seattle & Keb Mo - Delta Blues on Harbor Island? Seattle Fringe Festival - Don and Peg have a glorious time on Capitol Hill seeing play after play, eating pizza, and drinking beer. Seattle Opera Costume Shop Tour - This adventure took us deep into the basement and hidden vaults of Seattle Opera for a behind-the-scenes look at the costume shop. Seattle Pacific University Graduation and Mama Stortini's - Graduation at Safeco Field for Seattle Pacific University followed by dinner at Mama Stortini's in Sumner, Washington. Screaming Monkey Skeet Shooting with Marshmallow Gun - Screaming Monkey Skeet Shooting with Marshmallow Gun - Miniature Golf at Tacoma Firs, Juggling homemade juggling balls from balloons, and One-Act Plays all in Tacoma. Shake Shake Shake in Tacoma's Stadium District - Fantastic Shakes, burgers, fries, and Nathan's Hot Dogs in a 1950s malt shop setting! Shenanigans Brunch Review - 2015 - Mix oysters shooters, a little lox, capers, and lemon juice . . . along with a beautiful August morning and you have an excellent Sunday Brunch. Shenanigans Brunch and Walt's Family Car Show at Dacca Park in Fife - An excellent Sunday brunch followed by a featured film and then a car show of hot rods and custom cars in Fife. A Short Adventure to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma - We see the Pirates of Penzance and dine at Cafe Divino and The Spar Tavern. Sixties Chicks at the Harlequin - Olympia - Four beautiful singers, great songs from the sixties, food, family and friends. Smoke + Cedar Restaurant Review - Dining with friends at Sunday morning breakfast with a beautiful golf course view followed by a local baseball game in mid-80's weather. What a great Pacific Northwest day. Smoke + Cedar Restaurant Review - Visit number five proved to be the tipping point. Excellent service and good food . . . finally. Read the review. Smoke + Cedar Restaurant Review - September 2015 - Excellent salmon, a secrte burger, dirty fries, and raspberry-peach cobler all worked together for a lovely late afternoon dinner with a view of beautiful greens and Allenmore. Spaghetti with a Twist - Blinded by the Pasta - Who knew that it would be so much fun eating a dinner of spaghetti, salad, and bread sticks complete with bib and blindfold? Spilled Butter Desserts Bakery Review - 2016 - What's tiny, located in the Northend of Tacoma, and is sooooooooooooo tasty? Everything baked by Brianne Day at Spilled Butter Desserts on North I. Only open Tuesday to Saturday, you owe it to yourself to try those wonderful desserts out. Spit Takes, Pea Soup, and Fart Poetry - If you love good theatre and love the stories of P. G. Wodehouse involving Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves, then you may have already missed a good time. In this adventure we traveled to Phinney Ridge, dined at Razzi's Pizza and laughed, and laughed, and laughed all the way through "Jeeves in Bloom" at the Taproot Theatre. Spring in the Pacific Northwest . . . got even better - We enjoyed it with Cardinal Sins and dinner at Pacific Grill with its new spring and summer menu. The Spring Lake Cafe in Fircrest - Review - Great daily specials and good solid food offerings from lunch to dinner. Stink Meat & Cheese Review - Excellent soup, great bread, and lots of customers. Summer in the Sixties - Olympia - Great music and great food . . . even from a taco wagon. We visit Olympia for a stage production and fine dining and the Farmer's Market, of course. Summer Parties in the Pacific Northwest - We visit three parties and throw our own with cool jazz featuring the Ed Taylor Group, Travis Hartnett, Northwest Quintessence, and much more. Sunday Breakfast Restaurant Review of The Tides Tavern - Excellent food and excellent location make The Tides Tavern a perfect place for Sunday breakfast in Gig Harbor. Sunday Brunch at Shenanigans - What a glorious Sunday it was filled with excellent food, friends, family, a movie, and a well fought baseball game. Surf & Turf - Louisiana Fast - Popeye's Chicken Review - Still excellent biscuits and sweet southern tea - with lots of other options. St. Patrick's Day Party - A couple of days late, but good things come to those who wait . . . at the end of a rainbow. Tacoma - A hometown adventure with art, a play, and dinner at Altezzo with Chef Charlie McManus. Tacoma Breakfast All Day at Little Jerry's - Breakfast anytime, perfect hashbrowns and a great BLT to go . . . all in a Seinfeld theme restaurant on Tacoma's Park Avenue. Tacoma Breakfast Review - 2011 - Reviews of local restaurants in Tacoma. Tacoma Chocolate Fest - Proctor District - Northend Tacoma - Someone must have said, "Why don't we combine chocolate with shopping." What a great idea. The Tacoma Chocolate Fest held on the first weekend in October was a fun event for us. It was sponsored by businesses in the Proctor District in North Tacoma. It was a chance to sample, shop, and have fun. We had a great time . . . ate more than chocolate . . . and bought things we didn't know we needed. Tacoma Pierce County Dog-a-Thon - The Dog-A-Thon is one of the largest dog walks in the state, and the Humane Society's largest fundraiser! The pledges help thousands of shelter pets find loving homes, and it's a whole lot of fun! We have a gallery of photographs from the 21st Annual Dog-a-Thon. Tacoma Rotary Auction BBQ Dinner - Raising money for community programs, listening to great music from The Blondes, drinking margaritas, eating excellent catered food, and enjoying life at a backyard summertime BBQ. Tacoma Executives Association Afternoon Social at Dirty Oscar's Annex - It was an afterwork gathering of members of the Tacoma Executives Association at Dirty Oscar's Annex (D.O.A.) for run and relaxation. Tacoma Executives Association Golf Tournament - McCormick Woods - Port Orchard, Washington - A gorgeous setting, a load of fun people, competitions, gag gifts, and lots of laughter. The Tacoma Executives Association Golf Tournament - 2015 - A cooler day than expected gave us a very pleasant experience at the Oakbrook Golf Course raising money for the Tacoma Executives Association. Great food and fun times. Tacoma Pierce County Out in the Park 2011 - Tacoma Pierce County Out in the Park 2011 is the annual gay pride summer event in downtown Tacoma. The event has booths and musical acts for entertainment. Tall Ships and Wine in Tacoma - A hometown adventure welcoming the Tall Ships to town with a little wine, food, and conversations between friends. Taco Trucks - Mexican Fast Food Heaven in Tacoma - There's a couple of these around - South 12th and Sixth and Mildred (El Sabor is just a few blocks away across from TCC for more inexpensive Mexican food). The film Tangerines and Hub Restaurant Review - 2015 - We took a Tuesday and treated it like a Sunday with a mid-day date for a movie followed by a late lunch - Glorious. Tayla Lynn - Loretta Lynn & Giorgio's - An adventure from Puyallup at Giorgio's Cafe to the Auburn Avenue Theater in Auburn to hear Tayla Lynn, Loretta Lynn's granddaughter perform. Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Songbook and Corned Beef - It was a beautiful northwest day made even better with professional entertainment and a great St. Patrick's Day meal of corned beef, cabbage, and Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes. A Two-Day Stay in Tuscany - Actually, we stayed in Tacoma, but the Tuscan styled B & B mansion brought back old memories of Tuscany of our dream vacation. Tangled Deli and Panto - We took grandchildren to a film, Leila's Deli by the Tacoma Dome and the Sleeping Beauty Panto. The Panto is a musical and laugh riot for the whole family. Specially commissioned from one of the masters of the genre, Paul Hendy, Sleeping Beauty tells the familiar story in unique panto style. Panto is an English Music Hall combination of slapstick and story telling . . . well, actually mostly slapstick. What a great weekend adventure. Three Plays in Three Days - An adventure to Capitol Hill in Seattle where we stayed at Seattle Hill House and dined at Panevino and the Americana on Broadway. We visited the Frye Art Museum where we fell in love again with the paintings of Nicolai Fechin. We saw three plays in three days and just had such a nice time eating, laughing, talking, and sharing. Tibbitts @ Fern Hill Restaurant Review - We wanted to try a new place for Sunday breakfast. Tibbitts has been open for four months and has great reviews. The Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe - Review - Tacoma - The Top of Tacoma is not a hidden gem, people love the place and the food. They have some vegan food and don't be afraid to try it. It's wonderful. Tower Lanes Restaurant - Great service, good food and excellent prices. University of Puget Sound Art Department Exhibit - The University of Puget Sound has a picture perfect campus. The artwork of the faculty is interesting, fun, and makes you think. Art should always be an adventure. A Vacation Adventure to Renton - Who would have thought that a trip to Renton, Washington, home of the Boeing Airplane Company would be so much fun. The weekend trip included taking in Meeker Days in Puyallup, visits to three wetlands, and a musical production of the Renton Civic Theatre plus good things to eat in both Puyallup and Renton. A Valentine Adventure in Seattle - Mame, Capitol Hill and 100 Heartbreaks. Vashon Island And Hardware Store Breakfast Review - 2016 - We drive to Vashon Island with friends, enjoy classic motorcyles, review The Hardware Store for breakfast, and enjoy the scenic views of Vashon and Point Robinson Park on Maury Island. Vintage Antique Motorcycle Museum - Indians, Harleys, Merkles and more . . . Antique motorcycles, bicycles, cars, and more right here in the Pacific Northwest. Trip to Bountiful at A Contemporary Theatre ACT in Seattle. The play is wonderful and the set is fantastic.
Valentine Concert Jenny Shotwell Cabaret - 2017 - Fabulous northwest vocalist Jenny Shotwell performed a one woman cabaret with songs and memories with accompanist Jeff Caldwell at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma. Delightful!
Victoria - Poetry, coffee, and a bra in the wind. Viet Hoa - Asian Food in Ocean Shores - Very affordable and very fresh. A Visit to Auburn Rotary Goes Wrong - Different speaker for the program, no electricty, trees down, and a $10 cookie . . . but I'll return. What's for Breakfast? - How About Roast Beef Hash! - You don't have to start and stop with a can of hash, you can create your own version of this tasty dish. We meet The Green Lantern and Moby Dic - Moby Dic is actually a white 1937 Buick Roadmaster. A beautiful work of art. Wine, Clams, The Washington Huskies, and Geoduck - One short day in the Pacific Northwest provides tasty Walter Dacon Wine, excellent steamed clams, nice relaxing live music, a losing football effort, and some wonderful seafood including geoduck in an afternoon adventure to Shelton, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. Wine, Laughter and Chocolate - A Rotary Trip to Portland. Winter in Puyallup - We relax in Puyallup with daffodils and greenery at our favorite hotel, The Fairfield Inn, attend a play and a concert and sample food from Giorgio's Greek Restaurant, Wanna Cupcake?, Mrs Turners, Don's Drive-In, Ricky J's Sports Bar and Restaurant, and Sparks Firehouse Deli. A Wonderful Summer Evening in Tacoma - A wandering deer, horrible spareribs, local raspberries, and entertainment. ZENN and Now or Morning Becomes Electric - Buying and owning an all electric car is an adventure. We now have two ZENN (Zero Emissions No Noise) Cars from Canada. Zoobilee 2004 - This little shindig raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the zoo! ZooZoo and The Spar Tavern - A family Christmas Gift of tickets for a performance of ZooZoo at the Broadway Centers pays off. Zucchini Cakes & Chutney - A Friday night get-together with an appetizer of zucchini cakes.
Theatrical Reviews and Interviews
12 Angry Men - Lakewood Playhouse Review - Lakewood Playhouse re-creates the passion of the 1957 feature film. A young man is on trial for his life. The first vote from the jury is 11-1 for guilty. Will a simple discussion of evidence and testimony convince the 1 to change his vote, or will the 11 change their vote? Excellent performances. The 39 Steps - CenterStage Theatre Review - Take an Alfred Hitchcock classic spy film, throw in some absurdity and you've got a fast-paced adventure with lots of laughs. CenterStage on Dumas Bay in Federal Way always delivers a great entertainment package. 9 to 5: The Musical from Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre - We saw the beautiful, energetic singing, dancing and acting in the musical "9 to 5" at the 5th Avenue Theatre. I really enjoyed it because of the familiar story, developed from the 1980 movie starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. Tacoma Little Theatre A Christmas Story Review - 2015 - For a good time and lots of laughter, you should take your family and friends to this iconic holiday play about toys and ploys. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Uncensored - Book-It Review - Great show and deserved every single audience member jumping to their feet for the standing ovation. Annie at Tacoma Little Theatre Gallery - Annie as a December fundraiser for TACID was excellent. Artist Nola V. Tresslar: always experimenting, always learning, always expressing - Interview by Peg Doman - Pierce County artist Nola Tresslar was born in Little Italy in the Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma. Nola was always a performer and an artist, from the first crayon she picked up and her first dramatic emotion. Her aspirations were reflected by her Art Education degree from the University of Puget Sound, where oils were her favorite medium. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Book-It Repertory Theatre - This is the wonderful story of Enzo the dog's life as he experiences fast cars and a short life. Adapted from the New York Times Best Seller by Garth Stein. Funny, sweet, and heart breaking all at the same time. Attack of the Killer Murder . . . of Death! Review - Mayhem and murder march hand in hand to to the silly drum of this send-up farce of every ace detective and alien film of the 40s and 50s. Great fun. You've already missed it, but get tickets for the next productions of Theater Schmeater in Seattle. Candide Review from Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre - This was the best of all possible worlds. Great production of a rarely seen musical. Cardinal Sins! Read Peg Doman's review of a brand new Broadway worthy musical. - Who knew a play about the Magna Carta could be so wonderful? Great songs and acting with enough bawdy humor to amuse a teenage boy. Carrie Fisher Wishful Drinking at Seattle Rep - Wishful Drinking is more than wishful thinking funny. CenterStage Outstanding Holiday Production 2012 Review - Ad-lib, good looking women, and very funny bad jokes meant the holiday season at CenterStage in Federal Way. We had a blast. A Christmas Story, no, not the Bethlehem one - A Christmas Story - the Musical at the 5th Avenue as funny as the original film plus singing and dancing. Great Show. Davina and the Vagabonds at the Tacoma's Broadway Center - Theatre on the Square Review - 2017 - Combine Etta James, Dixie Land, Blues, Jazz, and Busking and what do you get? A pretty much full theater of entertainment on a Saturday night. The Dog of the South - Book-It Theatre in Seattle - Road trip, road trip. From the author of True Grits comes this well staged farce at Book-It Theatre in Seattle - The Dog of the South - Exceedingly funny from the get-go to the final curtain. All in one act!
The Drowsy Chaperone awakens with a roar - Seattle Musical Theatre Review - Almost no plot, spit-takes and characters that are themselves over-acting produce a play of whimsy and charm . . . and laughter. Emma - Book-It Theatre Review - 2015 - Jane Austen's book about manners, match making, and falling in love. I never expected to laugh as much as I did. Excellent production. Fallen Angels - Review - Theater Schmeater - The fast-paced catty Noel Coward play is well done and hillarious. First Date - A New Musical - Co-Production by ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatres - This musical boasts sixteen tunes that enhance the hilarious romantic comedy. It's a must see. For All That - CenterStage Theatre Production Review 2015 - This World War I musical has wonderful tunes and a fine cast. The book, written by Alan Bryce tells the story of a Scottish island and the part the volunteers there played in the "War to End All Wars" that did little but kill a complete generation of young men. A sad tale . . . but sweet in the telling. The Fox on the Fairway Review - Tacoma Little Theatre 2015 - This fast-paced farce from the author of Lend Me a Tenor is well worth the ticket price. Relax and laugh . . . enjoy yourself. Forget your cares, there no thinking involved. Just fun. Runyon, Loesser and Burrows run wild in "Guys and Dolls" - Wowza, yowza! You gotta go see this show! Familiar characters, both in hue, personality and occupation, as well as sparkling performances by gifted performers - what else could you want? Singing and dancing their hearts out, this cast is superb. Damon Runyon would be proud of this production. Girls Night: The Musical Review - Off Broadway hit moved to Federal Way is a romp and a half! High School Revisited - Review of CenterStage's Production of I'm Into Something Good in Federal Way - The Rock and Roll British Invasion Revue. Great performances that were well worth the money. I Am Of Ireland - Book-It Repertory Review - With songs, music, poetry, and storytelling Book-It Repertory tells tales of Ireland. This is a You-Don't-Want-To-Miss-It production! An Interview and Chat with Artistic Managing Director Alan Bryce of Federal Way's CenterStage Theatre - We met Alan at Fresh Bistro in West Seattle and talked with him about the past and future of CenterStage, which is one of our favorite theaters in the South Sound. It's only Rock and Soul - CenterStage Review - Eight excellent singers and a fantastic band entertained for almost three hours at Federal Way's CenterStage Theatre. An Iliad is the retelling of the Trojan War and the fall of Troy. The one-man performance stars Seattle actor Hans Altwies at the Seattle Rep. Intense and thought provoking, this is one powerful production. A must see! In the Next Room, or the vibrator play at ACT in Seattle - Since Edison's discovery of a practical way of producing electricity and wiring a community to get it, Dr. Givings (Jeff Cummings) invented an electrical machine to assuage this hysteria in women. He has invented a vibrator. The play was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for three Tony Awards. Jeeves in Bloom - Taproot Theatre Review - The stories of P. G. Wodehouse involving Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves come alive with mayhem and frolicing all over the stage. Hilarious. The Last Night of Ballyhoo - Tacoma Little Theatre Review - 2016 - We took our eleven-year old granddaughter to this play. We were thrilled with our discussion afterwards. The comedy/drama paid off with laughs and issues to think about.
Lend Me a Tenor - CenterStage Theatre Review - Well acted farce in Federal Way. Great set and excellent entertainment. Miracle on 34th Street - Tacoma Little Theatre Review - 2016 - Looking to slip into the holiday mode? How about a "live" version of Miracle on 34th Street at Tacoma Little Theatre - treat yourself and they youngins? Moliere's Tartuffe Review - Seattle Shakespeare 2015 - Tartuffe is a comedic farce wrappen in the guise of the 1950s . . . and sparkles with wit and the lampooning pious hypocrisy. On the Town at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The 1950 feature film won best musical of 1950 and the play was a smash hit in 1944. The music is still wonderful as is the acting and the dancing. Pirates of Penzance - Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society Review - 2015 - What a joy it is to see The Pirates of Penzance wonderfully performed again. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society launches the tenderhearted marauders of the sea. Afloat again, the pirates and their king, the maidens, the policemen, the Modern Major General (Dave Ross) exaggerate, flaunt hyperbolic emoting, and trick each other mercilessly. Pullman Porter Blues - Review - Seattle Repertory Theatre Production - Excellent musical with a great storyline and music to match. This production starts off Seattle Rep's 50th Anniversary Season! August Wilson's Fences at Seattle Repertory Theatre - A wonderful play about prejudice, dashed expectations and hope. Enchanted April at Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way - The play is warm, fun, and makes us wish we were in Tuscany, again. Well done, and what a beautiful facility. Equivocation at Seattle Rep - Truth is universal . . . but what is the truth? Great play from Ashland. The Fox on the Fairway - Tacoma Little Theatre - 2015 - This a nicely done, funny farce with some excellent acrobatics by the lead. Hard Travelin' Woody Guthrie - 2015 - This is a fabulous one-man solo performance about the life and times of Woody Guthrie. This was a presentation at CenterStage in Federal Way. Consider yourself lucky if you can attend a performance of Randy Noojin in his excellent production anywhere. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet at Book-It Theatre in Seattle - Warm, funny at times, this stage version of Jamie Ford's excellent book about love and Japanese internment is a must see! I Am My Own Wife - Seattle Rep - Solo actor Nick Garrison has created a tour d' force by creating 30 individual characters; he brings each to life with just small changes of voice, facial expression and posture. This is the story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German man who openly but circumspectly lived through the Nazi and Communist regimes as a woman. Inspecting Carol - Review - Seattle Repertory Theatre Production - A farce from thirty years ago is a touch nostalgia druing Seattle Rep's 50th Anniversary Season! Is He Dead, Yet? at the Theater Schmeater in Seattle - Funny, hilarious, fast-paced farce . . . did I mentioned funny? Jaime Moyer - Second City Hollywood - Interview - Jaime is an alumnus of The Second City-Detroit Mainstage as well as the Detroit Second City Touring Company. She has been teaching improv since 2003, and has also facilitated numerous workshops, with clients ranging from The United States Army to Reuters. She received her degree in Theater from University of Detroit-Mercy, and is a proud member of A.E.A. and S.A.G. Jaime is an award winning actress, who has performed in many a show. She's also directed a few. This all happened in Detroit, so just trust her or ask her, she is happy to discuss in further detail all of her credits. She is a member of the improv troupes SmokeHouse and Code Oscar at Second City-Hollywood. Recently Jaime fulfilled two lifelong dreams when she appeared in a Lifetime Movie and a Wesley Snipes action film. Jaime is the daughter of Don's cousin Lavinia Whitworth (a darn good actress in her own right and tenured theater director at Wayne State. Talent runs in the family. Don's mother and Lavinia's mother were twin sisters. Jon Douglas Rake Interview from Tacoma Musical Playhouse and The Drowsy Chaperone - Director Jon Douglas Rake of Tacoma Musical Playhouse sits down and talks about the latest production at TMP in which he also stars. The Tony Award winning musical is The Drowsy Chaperone, which ran for two years on Broadway. It is hilarious and Jon gives us some insights into the production. Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin Breakin' Hearts & Takin' Names at Seattle Rep - Breakin' Hearts & Takin' Names: Storytelling and singing bring hope and joy The King's Proposal from Seattle Musical Theatre Review - Cross dressing, confused sexual identities and imperial greed. Mary Stuart, a study in politics and conspiracy - play at ACT in Seattle - Review - Excellent acting enhance original drama written by the great Frederick Schiller - a clash of queens. The 39 Steps - Very funny and inventive production of the original Alfred Hitchcock classic film. The Mikado - Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Seattle Producton Review - Silliness and Satire about in The Mikado, Mostly Silliness! - Fun and laughter and catchy tunes. - July 2014 Memphis - Broadway Musical at the Fifth Avenue in Seattle - This TONY award winner return to Seattle! The music, acting, singing, and dancing is awesome. Myra Platt: Actress and Director from Book-It Repertory Theatre. Myra talks about her Red Ranger adaptation musical project. Oklahoma! at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle - Great music, great lyrics, great acting and great dancing. Don't miss the musical theater classic. The Pirates of Penzance at Lakewood Playhouse - Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance went overboard with laughs and music in this great production. The Pitmen Painters - ACT Theatre - This play, written by the author of Billy Elliot explores the meanings behind the creation of art. Based on a real story of English miners in the 1930s who began making their own paintings and became famous along the way. Prairie Nocturne at Book-It - The theatre comes alive with this novel rendition of a stage production. Take a great book, include actors who can play instruments and sing, and you have a production that glows like the stars over Montana. Pride and Prejudice - A Seattle Review and Adventure - 2014 - Book-It Theatre's production of Pride and Prejudice and reviews of Belltown Pub, Maximilien, and Shilla Japanese Korean Restaurant - A fantastic fall visit to Seattle. Rabbit Hole Review from Tacoma Little Theatre - 2015 - Tacoma Little Theatre delivers a tight producton on loss and hope. The Pulitzer prize winner from 2007 presented a tragedy worthy of discussion and reflection. Red Ranger Came Calling, Again - This Book-It Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Berkeley Breathed's illustrated book Red Ranger Came Calling is a wonderful production that can be seen time and time again. She Loves Me - Seattle Musical Theatre Review - 2015 - One of the best holiday productions that most people don't know about. Sad, funny and great songs. See it more than once . . . and bring a friend. She's Come Undone - Book-It Theatre Review - Excellent stage version of the Wally Lamb book about secrets, abandonment, secrets, rejection, humiliation, sexual assault and rape, and then more secrets piled on. Sister's Christmas Catechism at ACT, A Contempary Theatre in Seattle - A whole evening of laughter and each evening is different. Saving Aimee - Musical at the 5th Avenue - Kathie Lee Gifford has a keen eye for Aimee Semple McPherson's life and turns it into musical gold. She wrote the book, the music and the lyrics. Gifford takes a sly look at the passionate preacher and slyly takes a poke at her piety and pompousness and sometimes, her grasping for power and privilege. David Armstrong, the 5th Avenue's Executive Producer and Artistic Producer, directs this lively, wildly musical and humorous production. Scott C. Brown - From Frankenstein's Monster to Jewish Husband - An interview with actor Scott C. Brown appearing in The Last Schwartz at Harlequin Productions in Olympia, Washington. Second Samuel Review at Tacoma Little Theatre - On preview night of Tacoma Little Theatre's start of their 97th Year, we fell in love with the southern comedy Second Samuel. The play was wonderful. It was funny . . . and had a message. Sleeping Beauty Panto at CenterStage Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way - Sleeping Beauty slept through a laugh riot. Don't miss this play if you can help it. Smokey Joe's Cafe - Tacoma Little Theatre Review - 2016 - This musical revue was one of the longest running revues on both Broadway and London's West End. I think this production might set new records at TLT. Great music, dancing, and singing . . . with lots of humor. So Much For Happy Endings - Review of Cabaret - Tacoma Little Theatre's 96th Season ending production - Eye opening decadence and songs to hum and challenge the mind Cabaret is a must see! Nazis might not approve of the show, but the audiences certainly are enjoying the musical. Spamalot - Lakewood Playhouse Review - Hilarious spoof on Camelot by Monty Python. Lakewood takes on Broadway and improves upon it! - June 2014 Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook - CenterStage - Since enjoying the production Peg's been enjoying a CD of Bette Midler singing Rosemary Clooney songs and says it is quite nice. Tenderly is of the CenterStage Theatre in Federal Way (Dash Point area). The prices are inexpensive, the 8-piece orchestra is excellent and the singers are wonderful and sooooo good looking. The Suit - Seattle Repertory Theatre Review - Seattle Rep stages Peter Brooks' tale of oppression in The Suit. A tale a betrayal and repercussions. The empty suit left behind by a lover becomes a houst guest and a point of insult and injury. Excellent production involving fine acting and music. - March 2014 Trip to Bountiful at A Contemporary Theatre ACT in Seattle. The play was wonderful and the set was fantastic. The Underpants - Tacoma Little Theatre Review - 2016 - This farce was written about a hundred years ago and then recently adapted by Steve Martin - It's fast-paced and sexy. Not for small children. Valentine Concert Jenny Shotwell Cabaret - 2017 - Fabulous northwest vocalist Jenny Shotwell performed a one woman cabaret with songs and memories with accompanist Jeff Caldwell at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma. Delightful! Vanities: A New Musical - This new musical is a collaboration between the 5th Avenue and ACT theatres. It is being staged at ACT and directed by the 5th Avenue's David Armstrong. The three wonderful actresses bring successes from both theaters. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Tacoma Little Theatre Review - 2016 - Sibling rivalry, black magic, a near-naked young stud, and a fading movie star along with Snow White, Doc, Dopey, and Maggie Smith give this wonderful production lots of laughs and much to think about. The Wedding Singer - The Musical - It's new and better than the original! Welcome to my Secret Lair - Loosely Based on Frankenstein and The Princess Bride - 2015 - Theater Schmeater does it again. Chalk up one more over-the-top farce. This monster production is more than some of its parts. Wicked Tango Tapas and 39 Steps in Seattle - We see the musical Wicked, the play The 39 Steps and have a great time. Will the Real Annie Oakley and Frank Butler Please Stand Up? - An interview with a couple of characters (actors). Yankee Tavern at ACT in Seattle. Conspiracy theories in a dark little bar with a dash of great writing and wonderful actors.
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