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Christina Nelson

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7 Seas Brewery
Brewery
A Matter of Taste (Leavenworth)
Gifts
Leavenworth, WA
A Matter of Taste has every kind of mustard, honey, and salad dressing you could dream of. Stop here if you want to sample 1,000 delicious items, or buy everything online and have it shipped to you.
Asado
Restaurant
Stop during happy hour for queso frito and lamb skewers for half the price. Great place for a date night or weekend celebration.
Belle Epicurean
Bakery
Blue Mouse Theater
Entertainment
British Bites
Gifts
If you are in need of some special stocking stuffers for the holiday season, British Bites is the best place to stop by. They have a wide-variety of specialty treats--you can't say "no" to Turkish Delight--and a nice selection of treats to enjoy while you relax in the shop.
Cooks Tavern
Restaurant
Best biscuits and gravy in North End Tacoma.
Corina Bakery
Bakery
Corina Bakery is the best spot in Tacoma to stop for a slice of rhubarb pie and a latte. Gluten-free and vegan options too!
Craft 19
Restaurant
Crumbl
Bakery
I bought a dozen of these delicious cookies as a gift for my boyfriend's family, and they did not disappoint! Fantastic delivery, a wonderful team, and knockout flavor combos.
Farm 12
Venue
Fiesta Taqueria
Restaurant
Fiesta Taqueria has been my go-to place for street tacos since they opened. The restaurant is small (previously an old Shell gas station) so it might take a decent amount of time to find a seat. But the salsa bar and bean dip are well worth the wait.
Frying Pan Vancouver
Food
Best quick meal in Vancouver! Grab a chicken and rice bowl and take a walk around Stanley Park.
G-Men Ramen
Restaurant
Vancouver is known to have some of the best ramen in general, but G-men is my go-to! Get their spicy ramen on a cold day, and it will keep you warm and happy.
Galanga Thai
Restaurant
Gateway to India
Restaurant
Gray Olive
Restaurant
For those who love a good brunch, Gray Olive is the perfect week day spot. Grab the Kitchen Sink if you like a little bit of everything...eggs, veggies, green onions, sausage, bacon, cheese, AND potatoes included!
Happy Donuts
Bakery
Heritage Asian Eatery
Restaurant
Indo Asian Street Eatery
Restaurant
Infinite Soups
Restaurant
The possibilities are truly "infinite" with a new menu of fresh soups available every day. One of my favorite spots to grab a hot lunch to enjoy in Wright Park.
Meet in Gastown
Restaurant
Whether you're vegan, or just looking to have a meal you won't feel guilty about, MeeT delivers! Every time I'm in Vancouver, I have to get their sweet chili cauliflower.
Mexico Magico
Restaurant
Moshi Moshi
Restaurant
Odd Otter
Brewery
Pacific Island Grill
Restaurant
Pho King
Restaurant
Pinot's Pallet
Paint & Sip
Red Star
Restaurant
Senergo
Restaurant
Shanghai River (Vancouver)
Restaurant
Spicy beef noodles in soup and soup dumplings. 'nough said.
Something Blue Bridal Boutique
Wedding Planner
Tacoma Buds & Blooms
Florist
The Secret Garden Tea Room
Gifts
This Victorian tea shop hidden in Sumner is the perfect place for a mother's day celebration, or a relaxing weekend with your best friends. Stop by on a weekend and enjoy one of their tiered stands with savories and sweets, and make sure you skip breakfast so you save room for their unlimited scones with lemon curd!
Trappers Sushi
Restaurant
Wanna Cupcake
Bakery
Wigan Pier Restaurant
Restaurant
If you are a lover of beautiful scenery and fish n chips, this is your place! The fish in this fish n chips is the size of a small canoe, and richly flavored. Big portions of good food? Highly recommend!
Windmill Gardens & Nursery
Florist
Yolk's Breakfast
Restaurant
The smoked salmon eggs benedict is to die for! Get it with the truffle lemon potatoes and hollandaise sauce.

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Anthem Coffee & Tea
Coffee
Anthem opened in Puyallup quite a few years back, and has grown into a South Sound staple. This is a great spot to get work done with a black and white mocha.
Ashley's Room
Boutique
Ashley's Room is always well-stocked with trendy pieces for each season. Brand-names at a discount? Count me in!
Bean Tree
Coffee
If I'm running late to work and NEED to stop for coffee, this place is my go-to. The baristas are fast, the coffee is to die for, and any bad morning can be fixed with pumpkin cheesecake bread.
Bleach
Skateboard Shop
Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
Coffee
Truly the best coffee I have had in Tacoma. The indie vibe and excellent coffee makes this the best place in Tacoma to dial down and get work done.
Bubbles
Bubble Tea
Bubble tea fans in the South Sound--stop by Bubbles! Fully customizable bubble teas whether you like hot or iced, milk tea or black tea, fruity or sweet, or tapioca or bobas.
Jenjudan-Robson
Bubble Tea
Incredible brown sugar milk tea. They even ask you to customize your drink by amount of sweetness and amount of ice. Get here early in the day to avoid the lines.
Jewel Box Cafe
Coffee
Metro Coffee
Coffee
Misha
Boutique
MiSHA sells beautiful boho pieces prefect for every season. If you love over sized flannels, boyfriend jeans, and floral prints--this is your place! They are also very active on social media if you are interested in scouting out the latest additions to the shop without having to stop in.
Northern Fish Products
Seafood Market
I've been buying all of my seafood from Northern Fish Company for the past year. Their fish is always fresh, and they offer weekly seasonal specials.
Parkway Tavern
Tavern
Playback Sports
Sports Equipment
Satori
Boutique
Trendy accessories and clothing pieces frequently changing to match the latest trends.
Sterino Farms
Grocery
I discovered Sterino's several years back when they first opened during October. Every year, they have fantastic seasonal deals on pumpkins, making pumpkin carving even more affordable and fun. I stop by almost weekly to make sure I have a wide variety of fresh produce.
Tacoma Book Center
Used Book Store
Tacoma Rubber Stamp
Art Supplies
A fun stop to explore rubber stamps if you are a passionate crafter, or just looking for a unique gift.
Tea Madame
Coffee
The Grand Cinema
Theater
The Grand Cinema is my favorite spot to watch independent and foreign films that you can't find anywhere else. On the third Saturday of every month, the Grand even welcomes guests to a movie for free! Pro tip: get the popcorn with real butter.
The Olive Shoppe and Ginger Grater
Grocery
La Conner, WA
Valley Farms
Grocery
Valley Farms is a small hidden treasure located just off of River Road. Their prices for fresh veggies can't be best, and their team is incredible at making sure you take home the freshest ingredients.
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