Monday, September 29, 2008

Yelm, Epicenter of? or Culinary wonder?

I took a trip down to Yelm to explore the new development that had just recently established itself in August. Pulling into Yelm you would not expect a hopping town with any nationality other than white. Sorry to say that because well it's in the middle of no where. I came across a couple Mexican, a couple pizza, and the ever so blah fast food. But low and behold you eventually come across a Japanese restaurant called "Kinja". I know the owner and there family. I walk in and the place was hopping from 6:30- 9:30pm. I had talked to Kim and asked him if it was busy for him and he said "It was crazy the first couple months open." It is good to know that business owners are willing to risk it all to become successful. Shows passion.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


The warm weather has pretty much died. Now its time for heavier sauces, foie gras and figs. What makes a chef seasonal. If Tacoma were to roll out the red carpet for new cuisine (good food), what will happen to the waterfront? How long do the blue hairs live and why are we killing the experience with crap food, old food, old ways, old stereotypes and old assumptions that "If it worked than , than it will work now." Someone started that trend before, and before that was a trend. Right? Yes. It's time for young and innovative chefs to step up. Read the reviews...."Food was average, food was bad, food was great but service bad, and so on.." So what we live in the Northwest, Koreans still own Sushi restaurants and Herfy's Burgers. Beat that.

Monday, September 8, 2008

So many great farms and local organic items in the Pierce County area. I think that there is a walmart affect that has been going on with restaurants. Chefs have little time to forage and the season is unpredictable here. New restaurant owners with no experience seem to have this dream of all organic all the time or fresh fresh fresh which is good and very possible if you have the means and the revenue, a talented chef and a good purveyor. I feel like the industry is blindly boycotting the farms on accident by ordering from places like Sysco, FSA, and that is just a couple big wigs who way over price. But I understand that your dry goods are a different story and stuff of that sort. Eggs can be bought out of puyallup, Cheese can be out of Kitsap and Snohomish, Old school butchers are out there and in high demand, Produce puyallup, kitsap and North, East, South, West. Now most of these farms and providers do not deliver which is where the bigger companies are winning. Usually the bigger will buy from the little or import from another country and now you have all the fees for your bill. ha. It's amazing.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Tacoma Restaurants

so here it is a little snippet about downtown. A Soul and Jazz restaurant. What to expect?

More in WA than to the eye

Have you seen the guys on the side of the road selling Fish? Well the Natives are at it again rightfully.
I was fishing down at the puyallup for this seasons salmon run and noticed that the natives were not out at full force, maybe cause I wasnt catching any fish either. ha! Ill continue on this post later....Gone Fishing.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Well, to name a few of the interesting things I encounter everyday and seem to wonder why they are still there, like the BIG tea cup of South Tacoma Way and the BIG hamburgers right next to the ghetto alternative school on center street. BIG. That's all.