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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Yakima Valley: The land of hops is also Washington's first AVA

Yakima Valley: The land of hops is also Washington's first AVA

The charm of Yakima Valley is a direct result of the tight-knit communities that dot this high-desert expanse. Three hundred sunny days a year translate to about eighty wineries spread across 17,000 acres of vines in the Yakima Valley AVA and that doesn't even touch the bounty of fresh produce available at seasonal stands. Can you say road trip?

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Syrup Trap an homage to family, travel and impeccable service

Syrup Trap an homage to family, travel and impeccable service

A thick Belgian waffle piled high with strawberries and whipped cream is the stuff of childhood memories. All that was left when mom set it in front of you like a Christmas gift was to top it off with a generous layer of sweet maple syrup. 

As adults we have a tendency to shy away from these decadent morning treats but one waffle advocate is balancing sweet with savory at his new venture, Syrup Trap, in downtown Vancouver…

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Galeotti’s Wine Cellar exudes the essence of “la famiglia.”

Galeotti’s Wine Cellar exudes the essence of “la famiglia.”

Many area residents have fond memories of Galeotti’s Restaurant in Battle Ground. After a three-year hiatus, the family re-emerged on Main Street as Galeotti’s Wine Cellar in late 2015, and it was clear from the first weekend that Mike and Sheila Galeotti’s welcoming Italian nature had been sorely missed …

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Battle Ground’s scrumptious trifecta

Battle Ground’s scrumptious trifecta

As Battle Ground continues to grow, options are increasing for a quick bite, a sweet treat and a spot to linger over a great cup of coffee and conversation. Here's a look at Earthen Cup, Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe and Dungeon Donuts — three new food destinations that opened within a mile of each other over the last eight months …

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Curated sojourns offer personalized exploration of fine dining, wine

Curated sojourns offer personalized exploration of fine dining, wine

Traveling is an art. To stay for a time in another place, and not just blow through it like so many lines on a “to do” list, takes the ability to slow down, sometimes just for an afternoon, and ferret out special qualities of the destination.

In 2017, the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach introduced Sojourns, a series of curated experiences that go beyond the farm-to-table movement…

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