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January 30, 2012 at 10:34am

Vote for the best breakfast in the South Sound

WE'RE SEEDING OUR TOURNAMENT OF BREAKFAST! >>>

In March, the Weekly Volcano will host the South Sound Tournament of Breakfast. Chosen through the nomination process below, the top 64 vote getters - the cream of the griddle - will compete daily on our blog - weeklyvolcanospew.com - March 15-April 2. Through online voting, readers will pick daily winners until the Best Breakfast in the South Sound is crowned. It's just like March Madness, only with way more syrup. The Tournament of Breakfast grand champion will be announced at our Tournament of Breakfast Party at 6 p.m. April 2 (details soon).

First, we need you to help select the 64 restaurants that should be included in the tournament. Who has the best breakfast in the South Sound? Vote for your favorite below.



January 21, 2012 at 9:41am

South Sound guide book of a different color

A NOVEL GEM >>>

To the outsider, the South Sound can seem like a sea of trucker hats, strip malls, teriyaki restaurants and traffic jams. At first glance, we may be viewed as an over-caffeinated lot with seasonal affective disorder that loves a good cover band and burger while we try to claim a more liberal definition of the American Dream.

Three talented Tacomans have a different view of the South Sound. They see the nooks. They see the treasures. They see the back trails. And they see it through a creative eye.

Civic activist Ken Miller and artists Chris Sharp and Sean Alexander have assembled a team of writers and visual artists to produce the South Sound Users Guide - a guidebook to the region's more than 3,000 square miles and its 1.1 million inhabitants.

This will not be your typical, glossy travelogue. From what I can gather, it will carry an independent tone with sass completed with hand-drawn illustrations and an out-of-the-box design.

I traded a few questions with Miller as the team generates money for the project via Kickstarter.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: What sparked this project?

KEN MILLER: I've been convinced for a long time the South Sound is a distinct cultural and economic region, and then I saw some of Sean's drawings and talked with Chris and it just sort of tumbled together.

One of my motivations really is to help us see ourselves as a distinctive place. We don't have a Pottery Barn, for example; but by population we're bigger than eight states.

Plus with LeMay and the U.S. Open, we'll need a guide of our own, and I want it to be cool, rather than glossy photos of daffodil fields.

VOLCANO: What's your definition of the South Sound?

MILLER: We're concentrating on Pierce, Thurston and Mason counties – breaking them down by locations, much like Saul Wurman's Access series.

VOLCANO: Where will the guide be distributed?

MILLER: We're finalizing a distribution agreement with Partners West, to put the book into bookstores and gift shops across the western U.S. and Canada. We'll have an e-version, too. There won't be advertising in the text, but we have the ability to offer "customized" back covers in volume - over 100 copies - for $5 per book. The retail price will be $20.

VOLCANO: You already have 32 backers on your Kickstarter.

MILLER: We're using Kickstarter to finance the front-end costs - with rewards at various levels of donations. Among the rewards on Kickstarter are three opportunities to write up one's own "feature" - a business, for example. Those rewards are at the $500 level, and are the only paid content.

For more details, to provide support or to pre-order a copy of the book, go to kickstarter.com and enter "South Sound Users Guide" in the search box; or contact Miller at krm@harbornet.com.

January 16, 2012 at 8:58am

AccuWeather News: "Substantial Snow" headed our way

WHEN WEATHER REPORTS SCARE >>>

AccuWeather just dropped this on the Weekly Volcano World Headquarters:

January 16, 2012 – State College, PA – After a modest round of wintry weather over the weekend, more snow, including a potentially historic winter storm will target the Pacific Northwest this week, with heavy accumulations expected, even in Seattle.

In the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, snow will be measured in feet and along some western-facing slopes, it could take multiple yard sticks to total up the powder!

Read more...

January 8, 2012 at 1:53pm

Sundays: Open Mic in Steilacoom

Jeanlizabeth, right, hosts the Sunday Open Mic at Steilacoom Pub and Grill. Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger

WE SCENE IT >>>

Last Sunday, I dropped by the Steilacoom Pub and Deli for its weekly open mic, hosted by singer/songwriter Jeanne Hopkins - or as many know her, Jeanlizabeth. Hopkins told me she's putting the final touches on her next album, which will likely be out this spring.

This open mic feels more like a club than a show. The musicians play to mostly other musicians, so folks try out new songs, ask for feedback and freestyle. Cottonwood Cutups, which just released a CD, and KC Brakes, a regular at C.I. Shenanigans's weekend jazz nights, lit up the joint last week.

Drop in on a Sunday night and watch music be created.

[Steilacoom Pub and Grill, Sunday open mic with Jeanlizabeth, 8 p.m., no cover, 1202 Rainier St., Steilacoom, 253.584.7693]

LINK: Previously on Spew

Filed under: Music, Steilacoom,

January 1, 2012 at 9:41am

Happy New Year!

Every New Year's Eve we do it to ourselves. Why? Is it the sweet clink of the ice cubes? The exhilarating pop of the cork? Or just the way the night seems to open up into endless magical possibilities?

Whatever it is, things aren't so magical the next morning. There's nothing glamorous or exhilarating about bloodshot eyes swollen shut. Instead of trying to remember who dropped the poison into your eyeballs, soothe the savage orb with wikiHow's seven steps to cure puffy eyes. You're so welcome.

From everyone at the Weekly Volcano and Spew land, we wish you a happy new year!

LINK: 5 Ways to be a Better (cough) You!

December 25, 2011 at 1:35am

Merry Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah

Weekly Volcano's bosses ran the numbers and decided that since you'll all be drunk anyway, there's no use in turning the lights on Christmas Day. So: We'll be back Monday with more frivolity. In the meantime, thanks for reading and commenting this past year. Consider our stockings stuffed.

So "Merry" this and "Happy" that, whatever suits your fancy or your need. Just don't forget the "Ho Ho Ho" that, maybe better than anything else, keeps it all in perspective.

Oh, and Happy New Year. That's unambiguous.

November 24, 2011 at 7:55am

Happy Thanksgiving

The Weekly Volcano and Spew would like to wish you a Happy Turkey Day! We hope you and a few others huddle around what little warmth there is in a increasingly cold and uncaring universe, sipping, supping, and supporting one another - because there is nothing else worth doing.

Love each other.

Then go find some karaoke.

September 13, 2011 at 3:55pm

Plan Ahead: Beer and breakfast pairing

YES WE WROTE "BEER AND BREAKFAST" >>>

Over in the "Restaurants" section on this website the lovely Jennifer Johnson posted a little ditty on Jake's Bar and Bistro's "Dogfish Breakfast for Dinner" going down this Saturday. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will visit the Steilacoom pub with crates and crates of its unusual beers loaded with ingredients such as juniper, honey, grape and lemon grass. Check out her story here.

One of the beers Dogfish will bring is its Sah'tea, a rye-brewed beer based on a 9th century Finnish brew, which will be paired with Grand Marnier syrup-topped spiced French toast stuffed with Gruyere cheese and black tea smoked bacon (cured in-house).

So nice.

Anyway, we found a couple videos by Dogfish explaining the story behind the story of Sah'tea beer. Enjoy.


August 22, 2011 at 10:52am

DRINK THIS IMMEDIATELY: Sparkling Toddy

ADD FIZZ TO YOUR MORNING >>>

I usually start my mornings with an Americano, but today I decided to forgo my usual brew and sit down to a cup of sparkling toddy at Two teaspoons Café in Steilacoom.  It's coffee, but with fizz. Check it:

  • Smooth cold brew coffee
  • Rich vanilla
  • Sparkling water
  • A touch of cream

It is a sweet sip, and the bubbles are very pleasant. The coffee isn't bitter at all. 

The 12-ounce drink runs $3.50.

[Two Teaspoons Café, 215 Wilkes St., Suite 102, Steilacoom, 253.292.0431]

LINK: Two Teaspoons Café

Filed under: Food & Drink, Steilacoom,

August 17, 2011 at 9:11am

5 THINGS TO DO TODAY: Phasers on Kill, Shotgun Red and The Moonshiners, Tacoma Wheelman Bicycle Club "Fairly Fast 40" and more ...

Phasers on Kill play Jazzbones tonight

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011 >>>

1. Jazzbones welcomes Phasers on Kill tonight, straight off a show last Friday night at Hell's Kitchen, and almost surely packing as much pop-punk punch as ever. It probably wasn't hard for Jazzbones' GM Dan Rankin to seal the deal on this show ... as he plays bass in the band. It can also be assumed that anyone who went to high school in the early-to-mid '90s and still holds an affinity for the cavity causing punk rock of the period will find something to enjoy in Phasers on Kill. Tonight's gig at Jazzbones is free.

2. Judging purely by name only, tonight's Shotgun Red and The Moonshiners show at Buffino's Golden West Restaurant and Lounge in South Tacoma has to kick ass, right?

3. Today would be a sweet day to see a movie. Perhaps Tabloid, or The Help, or Another Earth, or even Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Probably not 30 Seconds or Less though...

4. Can you hang with members of the Tacoma Wheelman Bicycle Club? Find out this morning during the weekly "Fairly Fast 40," described as, "A fast paced (over 16 mph), hilly, 40 mile training ride, led by members of the Tacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club." The ride takes off from the Proctor Starbucks at 9:30 a.m. Get in on the action.

5. The Steilacoom Summer Concert Series welcomes Caribbean Vision Steel Drum Band to Pioneer Park tonight at 6:30 p.m. Like any good public park music series, it's free and all ages.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs tonight!

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