PNW Connection

Join us as we explore the fascinating people, places and things that captivate those who live, work and play in the Pacific Northwest -- or as we lovingly refer to as “The PNW”. Here, we team up with select PNW thought leaders to share some of our observations and insights about what makes the PNW so extraordinary.

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For us here at Ivar’s there’s just one thing that makes for a clamtastic game-day experience: food. And, by food, we mean seafood. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes that are good for sharing with friends during this weekend’s Big Game where the Falcons take on the Patriots in Atlanta.

 

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Let’s face it, Seattle can be kind of a drag in its perpetual state of gloom with no hope of sunshine for months. On occasion, people actually forget what real Vitamin D is. That’s why we’ve devised a plan to offer the perfect tropical escape with Ivar’s Island Getaway! Now through March 12, you can enter to win weekly prizes and the big kahuna grand prize, a trip to Hawaii.

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Gone are days of the contemptuous “side-eye” from your dinner dates and servers when asking about gluten-free menu items at restaurants. These days, not all, but most restaurants offer gluten-free entrees that make dining out a breeze. No matter where you choose to eat, you can successfully dine out gluten-free by planning ahead and communicating clearly with your server. 

 

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The PNW is packed with everything adventure-lovers like us could want or need. When I think about what I love most about the Pacific Northwest, there are 4 topics that keep coming up: its natural diversity, inspiring people, endless adventure, and countless opportunity. Each of these hold a special place in our hearts. 

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Comfort food. It’s a staple during the holidays and for good reason. There’s something about being surrounded by family, friends and the foods you grew up with that brings back this sense of nostalgia, a feeling all too familiar this time of year. Give your family something new to look forward to this holiday season by treating them to a little piece of the Pacific Northwest. Our seafood inspired comfort food dishes are the perfect addition to any tradition. 

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Fall is a beautiful time to be in the seaport city of Seattle. Mixed in with the city’s signature emerald green colors are vibrant, warm fall leaves. With moderate temperatures, and nestled between mountains and seas, Seattle is a city that shouldn’t be missed. 

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With Christmas trees, decorations and holiday festivities a plenty, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit, but we never want to forget those in need. One of our favorite holiday traditions is back for the season – Ivar’s Giving Tree, benefiting families at Childhaven. 

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From oysters on the half-shell, to cedar plank salmon, to good old fashioned fish ‘n chips, there’s a beer for that seafood! Beer offers an amazing amount of versatility to complement a dish and serve as a palate-cleanser. Like wine, beer brings enjoyment to any meal. Try some of these pairings to whet your appetite when you visit Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House, Mukilteo Landing or another favorite seafood restaurant.

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You are what you eat. Have you heard that statement before? Well, it’s true of cities as well, and nowhere more so than in Seattle. We are what we eat—and what we cook, what we catch, what we grow, and, increasingly, what we sell to the rest of the world. Seattle’s culinary character shapes our region’s identity, and Edible City: A Delicious Journey, now open at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), explores that story in all its flavorful glory.

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Whether you’re a home cook or you just can’t get enough of dining at Ivar’s, inevitably there are times when you have leftovers hanging out in the fridge. In our Super Seconds spotlight series, we’ll periodically consider a few of our favorite seafood entrees as reinvented leftovers.

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