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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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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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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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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Chelatchie Crossing offering bbq and picturesque outdoor dining

Chelatchie Crossing offering bbq and picturesque outdoor dining

Chelatchie Crossing Smokehouse & Saloon is among the newest additions to the booming Clark County restaurant scene. Attached to The Cedars on Salmon Creek in Brush Prairie, this restaurant, bar and event space combination opened in 1975 and underwent a much-needed overhaul to emerge back in April as a warm, inviting spot with premium outdoor dining…

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Dinner and drinks with a side of deck seating

Dinner and drinks with a side of deck seating

When Jim VanNatta extended the Hockinson Market to include an intimate tap room back in 2016, it didn’t take long for him to realize that another expansion was a plausible follow-up move.

Converting what decades ago had been the Hockinson/Brush Prairie Post Office before it relocated to Brush Prairie sometime after World War II, VanNatta created a 10-seat tap room that immediately drew residents from this growing area of Clark County…

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The Smokin’ Oak Pit & Drinkery makes statement with central Texas BBQ

The Smokin’ Oak Pit & Drinkery makes statement with central Texas BBQ

When you’re a new restaurant in an established area, it helps to make a statement. That is exactly what the 1,000-gallon offset barrel smoker does in the courtyard of The Smokin’ Oak Pit & Drinkery in downtown Vancouver.

Owners Bryan Rodgers and Erick Gill partnered with a good friend to build the smoker and its 600-gallon sidekick for their new restaurant, which opened in November 2017. At the Smokin’ Oak, central Texas barbecue is the star of the pit and kitchen, supported by an innovative craft cocktail menu and Northwest-focused beer taps…

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Eatery at the Grant House entices with Sunday Supper

Eatery at the Grant House entices with Sunday Supper

Around a table set for 12, food is being passed and conversation ranges from catching up on extended family to gardening and canning. One person holds a bowl of greens while another takes a spoonful. Another person remarks on how the fried chicken has a bit of a kick. It could be Sunday dinner in Georgia but it’s actually the inaugural Sunday Supper at The Eatery at The Grant House, on Officer’s Row in Vancouver…

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