Raise a glass to moms with a trio of rosés

Raise a glass to moms with a trio of rosés

Mother’s Day weekend is fast approaching and an apropos wine for celebrating all that moms do is rosé. It’s bright, fun, uplifting and, sometimes, a little spicy — a lot like moms. Over Easter weekend, I had the pleasure of trying a trio of blush-hued beauties from the south of France. Not only were these wines food-friendly, they are also pocket-friendly…

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Savoring the Southwest

Savoring the Southwest

After nearly 200 years in the making, Savor Southwest Washington Wine debuts Saturday, May 11. The Southwest Washington Winery Association (SWWA) hosts the all-inclusive wine and culinary celebration at the Pearson Air Museum. Merely a stone’s throw from Fort Vancouver, the historical trading post stands as the first location of grapevines in Washington…

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The Diner Vancouver: great eats, great cause

The Diner Vancouver: great eats, great cause

With an aim to provide more choices for senior dining, Meals on Wheels People (MOWP) recently branched out into unknown territory and the response has been encouraging.

Taking over a former Arctic Circle building, MOWP launched their foray into the restaurant business back in February. Julie Piper-Finley, director of marketing for MOWP, confirmed that The Diner Vancouver is the first of its kind in the country…

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Joyride: Getting to the wineries should be half the fun

Joyride: Getting to the wineries should be half the fun

The Willamette Valley is known for its world-class wine, but as most tourists soon discover, the scenery boasts much more than grapevines draping the hills. Soaring evergreens frame the landscape with majestic mountain views on clear days, and, come fall, the mighty oak savannas give New England “leaf peepers” a run for their money. Loaded orchards, century-old barns and even the occasional olive grove are often surprising details worthy of attention — or Instagram — but, if you are driving, you might miss it. Proving that getting there is half the fun, here’s a list of six local companies elevating — sometimes literally — the journey to be on par with the destination…

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At brunch time in Ridgefield, smooth vocals feed the soul

At brunch time in Ridgefield, smooth vocals feed the soul

On the last Sunday of every month, folks can get a little church with their eggs and bacon at Summit Grove Lodge in Ridgefield, Washington.

In the oldest rooms of a lodge that dates back to the 1800s, the smooth vocals of Nehemiah Brown feed the soul of brunch-goers. His sets begin with old- school hits like “When I Fall in Love,” “Moonlight in Vermont” and “Skylark,” but an hour in guests are also treated to gospel favorites like “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and…

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Cactus Ya Ya celebrates its silver anniversary

Cactus Ya Ya celebrates its silver anniversary

In April 1994, smoking was banned inside the Pentagon, Arsenio Hall announced the end of his late-night talk show, Howard Stern was nominated for governor of New York, and Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley shared their last days as husband and wife.

In short, it was awhile back.

Locally, with Clark County’s population hovering at about 260,000 residents, a former Minit Mart convenience store was transformed into a restaurant on Vancouver’s eastern frontier…

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All-Sensory Extravaganza with 22nd Annual Taste Washington

All-Sensory Extravaganza with 22nd Annual Taste Washington

The CenturyLink Field Event Center this past weekend was truly an all-sensory extravaganza. Bookended by the highly-anticipated Red & White Party on Thursday night and the epic Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, the 22nd annual Taste Washington was four pack-filled days of culinary and enology genius…

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Columbia Winery pours small lot wines from their Woodinville tasting room

Columbia Winery pours small lot wines from their Woodinville tasting room

The wine world is made up of well-worn paths and roads less traveled. Along these routes are explorers, traveling the viniferous globe to visit a tried-and-true varietal or discover something yet untasted. It is the promise of the familiar or the excitement of the quest that determines each person’s course.

In as many ways as the journey delivers successful navigators to a winery’s door step, one will find a patchwork punctuated by hopefuls and anchored by mainstays. Found in Woodinville Wine Country, Columbia Winery straddles its reputation in both worlds. At its Woodinville tasting room, the winery offers guests a unique opportunity to sample a selection of small lot wines…

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Cactus Ya Ya enjoys longevity in growing community

Cactus Ya Ya enjoys  longevity in growing community

In 1994, Vancouver residents Jim and Cheryl Rettig were looking to open a restaurant that would appeal to a large range of people. They chose a former Minit Mart in east Vancouver that seemed a bit lonely at the time.

Over the last 25 years, Cactus Ya Ya has witnessed growth not even long-time residents could have predicted. Thanks to a recipe of dedicated employees, loyal customers and an influx of new residents, the Southwestern-Mexican café is…

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The Heart of Spanish Living Beats in Battle Ground

The Heart of Spanish Living Beats in Battle Ground

I n Madrid, they’re called tapas – small savory bites commonly served in bars. In the Basque region of Spain, it’s called a pintxos crawl. Whatever the descriptor, the tapeo culture is the heart of Spanish living and, thanks to Emanar Cellars in Battle Ground, its infectious conviviality can be experienced without taking a flight across the big pond.

Opened on Oct. 26, 2013, Emanar Cellars’ authenticity is not just found in its stout, carved wood door, extensive lineup of all Spanish wines, or a thoughtfully curated tapas menu…

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Taking back the night: Night Market Vancouver upgrades the North Bank makers scene

Taking back the night: Night Market Vancouver upgrades the North Bank makers scene

On the first Friday of every month Night Market Vancouver brings local businesses together to showcase the creative talents of the area. Coinciding with Vancouver’s Downtown Association First Friday Art Walk, Night Market Vancouver can be found in a fun indoor maze that spans both upstairs and downstairs spaces at 808 and 811 Main Street.

At the inaugural event, held in October of 2017, 25 to 30 vendors pedaled their wares. That number is now up to 55 inside with a few more merchants and food and beverage carts spilling onto the cordoned off block…

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