With consistently great quality and variety of produce, meats, cheese, wine and beer, I’m a big fan of Tacoma Boys. When I went to the 6th Avenue location earlier tonight to pick up my hard cider and asparagus, I noticed they have a new configuration in the middle of the store. There’s a large new cold case, housing an expanded selection of gluten free products, including frozen and cold products, as well as newly added prepared foods such as salads and sandwiches from Molly’s Grown to Eat, made in Seattle.
I was impressed with their new gluten free section, and the grab-and-go salads and sandwiches looked good (although I haven’t tried them yet). The layout makes more sense, with all the cured meats, bacon and lunch meat in the meat and cheese section instead of tucked between the dry goods and wine. The (freaking amazing) salsa, which used to be right by the front door and clogged up the flow of traffic with all the taste-testers, is now moved to the cold case as well.
Check it out and see if you find something new!
Last night I found myself having a quinoa-themed dinner at Marrow Kitchen and Bar. How did this happen? Pure coincidence. Out with my brother Jeff, and my husband Casey, the quinoa was calling. And why not? Quinoa is healthy and flavorful, and a great thing to incorporate more into your diet.
My brother and I both ordered the special, which was a quinoa-crusted cod with crisp roasted potatoes and a spicy aioli. I’ve never had quinoa-crusted anything…but it’s a genius idea. The quinoa gets perfectly crunchy, and imparts a nutty flavor. Fantastic take on fish and chips.
The wild mushroom quinoa burger is a staple on Marrow’s Arrow, vegetarian menu. According to my husband, the best veggie burger he’s ever had. With fried fennel and tomato jam on a brioche bun, I’d have to agree with him.
If you’re looking for more great quinoa dishes in Tacoma, check out Choripan by Asado’s quinoa bowls — with your choice of tofu, pork, steak, chicken, chorizo or sausage. Seriously flavorful.
Marrow Kitchen and Bar, 2717 6th Avenue, Tacoma. 253-267-5299. Tues.-Sat. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., 21+.
This Saturday is the 2nd Annual Museum of Glass Slider Cook-Off. If you’re looking for something both fun and tasty to do this weekend, this is the event for you. Nine local restaurants are competing for the title of best slider…and I get to be a judge! I’m very excited for the competition. It’s a great excuse to go to the Museum of Glass, and it should be a great time, with music by the Daryl & the Diptones and live glass blowing by artist John Miller.
Still on the fence about going? Check out my sneak preview in the Weekly Volcano. Participating restaurants include Asado, Bite Restaurant and Bar, Boathouse 19, Brix 25, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Marrow Kitchen and Bar, Maxwell’s, Social Bar and Grill and Art House Cafe.
If you’re going to the event, come say hi!
Kickstarter can be a great way for a small local business to fund its goals. Take, for instance, the campaign to save the Blue Mouse Theater, which raised over $84,000. Or the Kickstarter for Tacoma Artist Playing Cards, by Tacoma Makes, which raised over $20,000.
Two more local Tacoma businesses have Kickstarter campaigns in progress — and they’re both delicious: Purdy Organics and Infinite Soups.
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