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Dining Out

El Gaucho in Vancouver offers Wicked Shrimp as a starter.

Vancouver’s El Gaucho not worth the hype

El Gaucho in Vancouver offers Wicked Shrimp as a starter.

February 24, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

El Gaucho served steak in Seattle from 1954 to 1985. Paul Mackay rebooted the steakhouse in 1996, and went on to open El Gaucho restaurants in Portland, Tacoma and Bellevue. His son, Chad Mackay, now runs these businesses as part of the Revelers Club, a collection of Pacific Northwest restaurants… Read story

Birria ramen from El Jefe.

Clark County eateries offer spicy, meaty birria ramen, perfect for fighting off winter’s chill

Birria ramen from El Jefe.

February 17, 2023, 6:01am Clark County Life

Birria fever has splashed across Portland and spilled into Vancouver. Lines form around trucks serving this red-tinged velvety meat stew that originated in Jalisco, Mexico. Its popularity has caused purveyors to come up with variations. One of the more intriguing twists is birria ramen, made by cooking the dried bricks… Read story

Jen Langdon laughs and knits while drinking riesling at Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver. Bars are offering activities not usually associated with drinking establishments to lure customers, especially midweek.

Knitting, chess, bingo: Clark County bars, taprooms think outside the pint

Jen Langdon laughs and knits while drinking riesling at Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver. Bars are offering activities not usually associated with drinking establishments to lure customers, especially midweek.

February 3, 2023, 6:02am Business

After a couple years of staying home, everyone seems a bit uncertain about where to go and what to do. Clark County bars are luring customers back with activities that you might not associate with drinking establishments, like knitting, bingo and chess. None of these events take reservations so they’re… Read story

Michael Perozzo of Vice Beer lends a hand as cans of "Not Getting Any Younger" are packaged on Wednesday morning. Grocery store sales can be risky for craft brewers, since locked in prices leave no opportunity to make adjustments for increasing costs, eating into an already small profit margin.

Clark County’s craft brewers adjust to keep beer, profits flowing

Michael Perozzo of Vice Beer lends a hand as cans of "Not Getting Any Younger" are packaged on Wednesday morning. Grocery store sales can be risky for craft brewers, since locked in prices leave no opportunity to make adjustments for increasing costs, eating into an already small profit margin.

January 28, 2023, 6:05am Business

Clark County’s craft brewers are bucking a nationwide trend of increasing costs and declining sales, but they’re still being forced to rethink their business plans and are taking a cue from coffee shops as a possible future path. Read story

Crumbl cookies are a made-from-scratch indulgence, as seen here in a photo from the Hazel Dell location.

Crumbl Cookies coming to Vancouver Mall area

Crumbl cookies are a made-from-scratch indulgence, as seen here in a photo from the Hazel Dell location.

January 24, 2023, 6:02am Business

Cookie lovers will rejoice with a second Vancouver-area Crumbl Cookies opening its doors in Orchards on Friday. Read story

Drink and thrive with Vancouver area’s mocktails

January 20, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

Cocktails have been around since the 1800s. They flourished during Prohibition when bartenders used sugar, citrus and bitters to balance out the unpleasant taste of bathtub gin. Since Prohibition ended in 1933, spirits have exponentially improved, giving bartenders an excellent base for building drinks. Read story

The smash burger leads the menu at Bless Your Heart Burgers, which recently opened in Vancouver.

So far, Clark County’s new year looks tasty

The smash burger leads the menu at Bless Your Heart Burgers, which recently opened in Vancouver.

January 13, 2023, 6:00am Clark County Life

It’s difficult to predict what will happen in food and drink during the coming year, but several trends are already apparent and promise an interesting dining scene for Clark County in 2023. Read story

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Vancouver-area eateries offer place to pop the cork on New Year’s Eve

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December 23, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Life

Ready to make up for the New Year’s Eve fun you lost to the pandemic? These Vancouver-area establishments are featuring special food, drinks and entertainment to ring in 2023, whether you’re looking for a glamorous party or something more laid back. Many places require reservations, so it’s wise to book… Read story

No. 1 plate at Chalita's Tamales.

Clark County’s hot tamale spots get you in a festive mood

No. 1 plate at Chalita's Tamales.

December 16, 2022, 6:06am Clark County Life

Tamales are often associated with Christmas for good reason. They’re warm and comforting. You can take them to a gathering and create an elaborate platter with salsas, crema, cheeses, guacamole, pico de gallo, beans and rice. Or you can simply peel one open by yourself and let the earthy smell… Read story

If feta is delicious, just imagine how delicious fried feta could be! Serve it with this tangy tomato-cranberry chutney.

Festive fried feta will cheer up your cheese-board game

If feta is delicious, just imagine how delicious fried feta could be! Serve it with this tangy tomato-cranberry chutney.

December 14, 2022, 6:04am Clark County Life

By golly, I do love a cheese board. The holidays offer ample opportunities to amp up your cheese-board game, so to speak, and do something beyond the usual cheese ball (though I will happily help to demolish a cheese ball, especially if it’s coated in almonds). Read story