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Recent articles by Rachel:

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

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 good for a last-minute night out. → Read More

So far, Clark County’s new year looks tasty

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 More

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

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 ahead, although I’ve also included some options for last-minute revelers. → Read More

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

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 of chiles and nixtamalized corn fill your senses. → Read More

Maestro shakes his last Manhattan in Camas

Cocktail aficionado Kevin Taylor recently sold Birch Street Uptown Lounge to the bar’s manager, Joe Corbett. Taylor opened his dimly lit, rose-strewn cocktail palace in 2010, pouring his love of cockt → Read More

Bless Your Heart Burgers to open at The Mill in Vancouver

At the end of the pandemic, as workers who formerly frequented restaurants in city centers continued to work at home, urban-based restaurants began to reconsider the suburbs as a place to open. → Read More

Apple-based hard ciders making their way onto Clark County’s radar

Cosmic, Honeycrisp, Jazz and Jonagold apples from the Yakima Valley fill Clark County grocery stores and farmers markets every fall. Despite a rainbow bounty of fruit and a long list of taprooms, there aren’t many locally made hard ciders. That may be changing. → Read More

Fresh-hop beer still here, Clark County brewers remind us

Craft beer nerds know that fresh hop beer season starts in late August, but some mistakenly think that it ends in early September. Contrary to popular belief, this celebration of beer made with wet green flowers — instead of the usual dried hops — continues into October. → Read More

Grassa in Vancouver worth the wait

Grassa, a casual spot known for fresh pasta doused in flavor-packed sauces, just opened on Vancouver’s waterfront. → Read More

Wine bar VX74 brings jazzy mix of food, drinks, art, events to downtown Vancouver

Food, drink and art all stem from the same creative vein for VX74’s owner, Rodrigo Zevallos. → Read More

Cork & Bubbles brings bubbly to Felida Village

Bette Davis once said, “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of Champagne.” Despite an abundance of wine bars and tasting rooms, there aren’t many places in Clark County to indulge in Ms. Davis’ prescribed bubbly therapy. → Read More

Order like a critic at restaurants with advice from Clark County food writer

After writing about food for six years, I’ve developed a method for figuring out what to order at a restaurant. Like any system devised by a human being, it isn’t foolproof but is often effective. → Read More

Second Mile Marketplace canning classes promise a taste of sunshine in winter

Jewel-toned berries ranging from plump triangular strawberries to delicate knobby raspberries, tender asparagus spears and sweet round peas have finally filled the local farmers markets. → Read More

Camas Brewing Co. opens, pours ‘easy drinking’ beers

When friends and Camas Slices owners John Strocko and Eric Duensing opened Camas Brewing Co. last year, they turned to another set of friends to produce the beer to go with their pizza. → Read More

Washougal couple pour family values into new taphouse, food truck business

WASHOUGAL — Megan and Tyler Davis bought the land for their food truck and taphouse business three years ago, but permitting and building a project that hasn’t been done before in Washougal, as well as supply chain issues, prolonged the opening of their dream project. → Read More

Tacos in the Park kicks off festival season in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park

Tacos in the Park kicks off festival season in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park today. The weekend-long event will serve up tacos, tequila, craft beer and live music, including a performance by country singer Britnee Kellogg. → Read More

East Vancouver’s Pied Piper Pizza plays a new verse

After 50-plus years of providing Vancouverites a place to eat pizza, play video games and celebrate in their banquet rooms, Ray and Cheryl Eggert have sold their business, Pied Piper Pizza. → Read More

Short and Sweet boba, banh mi shop to open in Rosemary Cafe site in downtown Vancouver

Boba lovers, banh mi mavens and mochi doughnut denizens will soon have a new downtown spot to savor their culinary obsessions. → Read More

Pop-up doughnut shop puts down roots in Camas

Popular doughnut pop-up Next Dough Neighbor has a new owner and a permanent space in downtown Camas in the spot that previously housed Goji Grill. Owner Matt Schultz hopes to open by late May or June. → Read More

’Tis the season for local greens at restaurants in Clark County

Despite April's cold weather, Clark County farmers have harvested a bounty of spring vegetables that can be found on local restaurants’ menus. → Read More