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A Sneak Peek at the Plate & Pint

Crews are working to put the finishing touches on the Plate & Pint, the upcoming family-friendly sports restaurant and bar located in the former Island Grill in the Safeway complex. When I stopped by today, April 8, the new windows were still taped and dry wall dust was hanging in the air, but things looked…

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Bainbridge Bakers

Bainbridge Bakers Temporarily Shuts Its Island Gateway Outlet for “Restructuring”

A note now posted on the door of the Island Gateway Bainbridge Bakers outlet announces that the location has not reached the owner’s expectations and that it will be closed until early May for “restructuring.” (Although it is April Fool’s Day, this story is for real.) The restructuring will result in “more of a full-service restaurant,…

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Manor House

Big Restaurant Changeroo at Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor and Beach Houses

Pleasant Beach Village’s Manor House in Lynwood Center with the fantastic view has gone through a series of incarnations throughout its long life. After the land was homesteaded in 1898 by Mr. and Mrs. Emil Olson, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law had the Tudor-style manor home built there. About two decades ago it was home to…

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206 Pie Artisan Pizza Is Rolling into Town

Fresh dough is rising right now for tomorrow’s opening of 206 Pie, the new spot for artisan pizza in downtown Winslow. You may have sampled owner Chris Kelly’s fresh made-to-order pizzas at Intentional Table, where he has been teaching the art of pizza making. Or perhaps you’ve noticed his “mobile pizza unit” parked in the…

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J’Aime les Crêpes Sends an American to Paris and Brings Home the Eiffel Tower

J’Aime les Crêpes owner Paul Pluska just brought a little bit (more) of France to his Bainbridge crêperie with his new Eiffel Tower art piece, and now he’s sending something back—an American in Paris. Pluska is providing a “job benefit and training” opportunity for his senior crêpemakers/baristas by giving them the gift of France, literally. In…

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T&C’s New Flatbread, Fathead

Whatever you do, don’t use the “p” word in front of the new flatbread guy at Town & Country. When I asked him, for this article, about the pizza plan in the newly remodeled store, he corrected me, emphatically: “flatbread, flatbread, flatbread.” Got it, flatbread. When I asked him to please explain, for this article, the…

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Former Four Swallows Chef to Head up Wing Point Country Club Kitchen

Geraldine Ferraro, former co-owner and chef at Four Swallow Restaurant, has found a new kitchen. Ferraro will be taking over on March 1 as Executive Chef at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club, Bainbridge Island’s only private 18-hole golf and country club. Ferraro and Mike Sharp shuttered Four Swallows abruptly last October after they failed…

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Julie's Guacamole

‘Fully Inflated’ Great Guacamole Recipe

We’re legally and figuratively pumped for the Super Bowl here in Seattle+. And that means getting ready to serve up plenty of guacamole. Possibly you starved yourself in a suspended-animation stress-response to the Seahawks playoff comeback against the Green Bay Packers. Or, in another understandable stress-induced response, you overindulged in lordy knows what. The good…

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Recipe: Fast Fantastic Holiday Fudge

Looking for a last-minute holiday hit? Whether you serve it or give it as a gift, this is absolutely sure to please.  I admit, fudge is not my favorite. Most members of modern civilization find my preference, or lack thereof, perplexing, although I have noticed they don’t argue for long because they are happy to…

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Recipe: Great Grandma’s Sensational Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

by Joe Michael My Great Grandma made these cookies on the farm in Central South Dakota. For generations of holiday gobbling, these have been irresistible favorites. Grandma Holmes Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 1/2 C. sugar 1 C. shortening or butter (she used fresh heavy cream from the milk can) 2 eggs 1 C. sour cream…

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Recipe: The Best Russian Teacakes

Ah, it’s that time of year: the time to eat cookies. And here I go again with my claim of “the best.” Russian teacakes, also known as Mexican wedding cookies, among other monikers, are a recipe for happiness—basically butter, flour, sugar, and walnuts. AND YET, the many variations of this simply perfect concept often disappoint….

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J’Aime les Crêpes Named “Deuxieme”-Best Crêperie in Western WA

The little crêperie that could just did—almost. J’Aime les Crêpes, which last May expanded into a Bainbridge Island location on Madrone Lane from its original spot near the Kingston ferry, was honored on November 14 as Evening Magazine‘s second or deuxieme best of Western Washington crêpe place. The winner was Savor Crêperie in Tacoma. With 53 crêperies in the running,…

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Thuy's Pho

What Bainbridge Has Been Hoping Pho: New Vietnamese Restaurant

At Thuy’s Pho House, which just opened a week ago in the spot recently vacated by Tokyo Tapas on Madison across the parking lot from Island Fitness, business is booming. It’s so busy, in fact, that Proprietor Thuy Nguyen who also owns Rooster’s Cafe, can hardly keep up with demand. And even on a Sunday…

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Café Nola to Open New Venture in Former Island Grill Spot

So long Island Grill. Hello Café Nola, part 2. You may have heard the rumors. Yes, The Island Grill is closed, as of this week. And, yes, the owners of Café Nola, Whitney and Kevin Warren, are moving into the space, with big changes planned. The new eatery, The Plate & Pint, is a departure for…

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Crumbs Cakery Serves up Artful Sweets for Your Special Occasion

To see her work, one can only conclude that Christine Chapman, owner of Bainbridge-based Crumbs Cakery, is of an exclusive order of cake masters. If taste is the judge, the fact that many of her customers are already repeats suggests that she gets more than the design right. Chapman grew up in Austria making cakes…

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Four Swallows Restaurant Closes

The closure of Four Swallows Restaurant yesterday, October 22, came as a shock to Bainbridge Islanders and no doubt will be met with regret by the many people beyond Bainbridge who have regularly crossed the water to enjoy a fine meal there. After nearly 26 years in business on Bainbridge and 20 years in the…

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The Bees and Wiggs

Bainbridge Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs Hosts Montana Book Group for Dream Visit

Eight Montanans, including three librarians, gathered yesterday evening (October 19) around a table topped with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the beach by the home of award-winning and The New York Times #1 bestselling author Susan Wiggs. The sun was setting, Mount Rainier was out, the ferry was lumbering past, and these women were having…

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Autumn Recipes from Chef Greg Atkinson: Slab Apple Pie & Pumpkin Soup

by Greg Atkinson I’m sharing two fall recipes, one savory, one sweet. I prepared the dishes in stages in the same cooking session, going back and forth between them as they cooked. Pumpkin Soup This soup, with a base of sweet-tasting caramelized onion, is smooth and creamy. The gentle crunch of pumpkin seeds on top…

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The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

It’s zucchini season, which for my family means zucchini bread. This recipe is my mother’s, and I don’t know where she got it, but I’ve never had better zuc bread anywhere. Yeah, I know I’m making another grand claim for “The Best” (see The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe), but to me this is the…

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Starbucks Comes out to Bainbridge (No, Virginia, There Is No Chain-Free Clause)

Starbucks, which for years has been closeted as a kiosk at Safeway, has finally come out to the Island with its own 1,850-square-foot cafe in Island Village on High School Road. It officially opened yesterday morning, September 5. Despite a persistent rumor on the Island that chain restaurants and fast-food outlets are prohibited here, Starbucks…

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