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Westside Pizza Moves, Expands, Offers Beer on Tap

Bainbridge Island’s Westside Pizza has new owners, with a new vision. That vision was just unveiled last Friday, when the greatly expanded ‘za joint opened its spiffy new doors to hungry customers. Formerly located upstairs in a small spot in Winslow mall, Westside Pizza is now in the Safeway/Rite Aid commercial center in a stand-alone…

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Parade ceremony at Library

Blackbird Bakery Gives Its $1,000 July 4th Parade Award to the Library

If you saw the Fourth of July parade this year, you most certainly remember the Blackbird entry: toque- and apron-wearing people pushing giant slices of pie in wheelbarrows and then, periodically, in formation, bringing them together to make the whole pie. That entry won this year’s second annual Most Humorous Parade Entry Award, which comes…

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Suyematsu and Bentryn Family Farms

Curried Jade Dumplings? This Saturday Go from Farm to Fork to Cork (with Podcast)

Reading the menu is almost unbearable it sounds so good, and I may have to stop writing this at any moment to go get lunch. The EduCulture Farm to Fork to C0rk dinner this Saturday August 2 promises scrumptiousness of the locally grown variety. The EduCulture Partnership is an initiative of Global Source Education, which…

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Hammy's

Hammy’s: Lynwood Center’s New Old-Style Hamburger Joint

Ryan and Amber Welch, the managers of Hammy’s, Pleasant Beach Village’s about-to-open hamburger spot, want people to be able to go out for a casual family meal and not spend a fortune. They’ve managed to put together a menu that will ensure people can eat out for under about $10 per person. That’s not the…

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The Second Voyage of Cafe Trios: New Owners Try Their Luck on Land

Angela Veeder and her boyfriend Michael Doctor arrived on Bainbridge after careers at sea—she was a captain for Argosy Cruises, and he worked on oil rigs. Now they’re trying a land-based career as the owners of the relaunched Cafe Trios, at the corner of Ferncliff and Winslow Way. The original owners, who ran the successful…

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Bainbridge Island Brewery

Bainbridge Island Brewery Takes Gold in Washington Beer Awards

Bainbridge Island Brewery, which just celebrated its second anniversary yesterday, June 21, had a growler of a day June 14 at the Washington Brewers Festival held at Marymoor Park. The local brewery took gold in the Washington Beer Awards in the Belgian Ales category with its Bainbridge Blonde, beating out Poulsbo’s Valholl Brewing Company and…

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sidewalk use

Council Set to Lay Down the Law for Bainbridge Sidewalk Cafes and Displays

The Wild West of wanton Winslow sidewalk use is about to be tamed. The Council has pushed Ordinance No, 2014-16 relating to the retail use of sidewalks to a second reading, which means that the City is close to enacting rules for regulating sidewalk use throughout the island. The main provisions of the ordinance are…

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KCTS Cooks

Islander Featured on KCTS 9 Cooking Show

Susan Wiersema, who many Islanders may know as the artist/teacher who likes to make portraits of people’s pets, is also a cook. And on yesterday’s (May 17) episode of KCTS 9 Cooks she joined other Seattle-area home kitchen masters whipping up simple meals using their best recipes. The episode was hosted by Mark Christopher and Chef Carol Dearth of…

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New Crêperie Set to Open on Madrone Lane

Paul Pluska took some time out from busily readying his new crêperie on Winslow’s Madrone Lane to tell me about his plans for his authentic French-style Bainbridge Island eatery. Pluska, who opened the popular little crêperie at the Kingston ferry terminal in 2003, has had his eye on Bainbridge Island for a long time. He said…

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Aaron Bludorn

BHS Grad Just Named Exec Chef at NYC’s Michelin-Starred Cafe Boulud

Aaron Bludorn, who graduated from BHS in 2002, just achieved what in the food world is the equivalent of being named a department head at an Ivy League school: He is the new Executive Chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant, New York City’s elite and très bon Café Boulud, which Michelin says “seldom disappoints.” That’s Michelingo…

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Bainbridge Bakers

Bainbridge Bakers Turns 28, Celebrates with a Party and Another Expansion

I don’t remember my 28th birthday as being an especially big deal. But Bainbridge Bakers wants you to remember theirs. They have just completed an expansion at their Winslow Green location. And now they’re going even bigger with an off-site expansion at Island Gateway, next to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. To celebrate it…

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tokyo tapa japanese restaurant

Tokyo Tapas Gets Ready for Its Bainbridge Island Debut

Takao Saito, owner and main chef of Winslow’s latest culinary experiment, is just about ready to roll out the goods in the former space of Shima Sushi on Madison Avenue, just a(n authentic) Ramen noodle north of Winslow Way. When I popped in on Saito today, March 19, he was standing in a state of controlled chaos…

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In Season

Bainbridge Chef Greg Atkinson’s New Book Is a Romance

Restaurant Marché owner and prolific food writer Greg Atkinson’s latest reissued book In Season (Sasquatch Books, 1997, 2014) is about food and is full of recipes, but it could just as easily be classified as a romance. I don’t mean the kind of romance in which two star-crossed lovers battle societal mores or cross oceans to…

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LOV

Take That, Putin: World’s Best Vodka Is from Bainbridge

The top prize of the World Vodka Awards, which are  presented by TheDrinksReport.com, a website for “drinks professionals,” belongs to Bainbridge Organic Distillers. BOD’s Legacy Organic Vodka was named World’s Best Vodka 2014 and World’s Best Vodka Design 2014. The UK-based TheDrinksReport described it as “an excellent spirit that’s well balanced and full of individual…

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Blackbird

Blackbird Expected to Reopen March 7 (or so) with a New Behind the Scenes

Blackbird Bakery co-owner Heidi Umphenour doesn’t know exactly when her cafe will reopen because the contractors have been inching back the date. But she’s hoping for March 7 or 8, next Thursday or Friday. Since Monday, February 24, workers have been giving the cafe a badly needed behind-the-scenes remodel. The majority of the work is…

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Julie's Guacamole

Go Hawks! Super Bowl Great Guacamole Recipe

As you revel in the Hawks NFC championship butt-kicking performance, I am here to tell you that you have not had enough guacamole yet. So, as you plan your Super Bowl XLVIII party in lieu of being in New Jersey on February 2 when the Hawks face off against the Broncos, get ready to offer…

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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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Bainbridge Vineyards Reopens This Weekend with New Name, Look, Vision, and—Wine

On Saturday, December 13, after a reorganizational hiatus, Bainbridge Island Vineyard and Winery is reopening as Bainbridge Vineyards. Along with the new, faster-to-say name are an updated label, a new organizational structure and long-term vision, and even different wine, with, in general, a drier taste. The changes are the result of a co-op approach and the…

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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: Fast Fantastic Fudge

I admit, fudge is not my favorite. Many members of modern civilization find this preference, or lack thereof, perplexing, although I have noticed they don’t argue for long because they are happy to eat my share. Possibly this is not a good selling point for this recipe. Yet, every person (okay, except me) who has…

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