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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Since this is the week of Valentine’s, we thought it would be apropos to tell you how just how clamtastic we think you really are! 

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Lucky us! Here in the Pacific Northwest, the days are finally getting longer, a little bit each day. Short days limit plant growth, but with each increasing minute of daylight, our yards and gardens slowly awaken and it’s easy for the wrath of fall and winter to get the best of our landscaping. Before spring gains its momentum, the time to get ahead of things is now!

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With the Big Game right around the corner, we’re here to help simplify the party planning with some crowd-pleasing recipes from our chefs at Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing. All of these clamtastic recipes are sure to make anyone feel like they’re at the tailgate without leaving the comfort of their home.

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“Mom, can we watch a movie? It’s still raining outside.” I looked out, and yes in fact, it was still raining. There was no blue in sight as the grey clouds covered the sky. This rain wasn’t going to let up anytime soon. After being in Seattle only a few days I already felt a pang of remorse for leaving sunny Utah for rainy Seattle. My kids thrived on running around freely in the sun and flat fields. We had traded those for sunless days, puddles everywhere and rainy days spent indoors.

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When most people think of Mardi Gras, they think of the parades, the beads and lots of crazy fun. While we can’t bring the parades to you, you can experience the flavors of New Orleans at Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing as part of our Month of Mardi Gras.

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This winter throughout Puget Sound, recreational squid fishing is at its best. Bundle up and get ready for some uniquely Northwest fun and a freezer drawer full of calamari-to-be with this how-to guide!

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New Year, new you, right? Even if it’s New Year, same you, we can all make resolutions. Yet, as we all know from experience, making a resolution is the easy part, achieving it is another story. Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, ramp up your fitness routine or take more time for self-care, the steps included below may help increase your chances. So, follow along because we’re breaking down the top six ways to make your resolutions last all year long.

 

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Allow me to introduce myself, I'm the Dancing Clam. I've been with Ivar’s since 1985, and throughout the year, there’s a full lineup of appearances that keep me pretty busy. Don’t be fooled though, it’s not all work and no play. I am the Dancing Clam, remember? I shimmy, shake and groove my way through various events around town spreading Ivar’s cheer and sharing our motto – Keep Clam. In fact, this has been one of the busiest years yet! So, in honor of the New Year, I’m reflecting on my favorite events from 2017 and sharing a preview of what’s to come in 2018.

 

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Just a few select weeks in the year, droves of hardy Northwest families head to the Washington coast to recreationally dig for razor clams. Far from the typical clam bake clams, these much larger, oblong-shaped clams with razor thin, lacquer-like shells are known as siliqua patula. About six inches long at maturity around this region (and up to 15” in Alaska!), these clams have a “foot” that allows them to give chase into deep sand in a matter of seconds. With the right equipment and technique, however (and very a quick reach-and-grab maneuver into the sand!), razor clams make phenomenal fritters and chowder.

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It’s impressive enough that people swim in Puget Sound through the summer, but there are groups of swimmers who get together year-round to swim these chilly waters. The Notorious Alki Swimmers are among these daring souls, assembling on weekend mornings in front of the Alki Bath House, some in neoprene, many in nothing beyond goggles, a swim cap and a swimsuit. The skill of acclimatizing to cold water is acquired through short swims (5-15 minutes) that become progressively longer dips.

 

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