Better hold your breath…

“Every 2nd human breath is oxygen produced by phytoplankton. Without phytoplankton, life dies.”

According to Dr. Boris Worm, marine research ecologist at Dalhousie University and head of the Worm Lab study of marine biodiversity: The planet has lost 40 percent of plankton production over the past 50 years, primarily as a consequence of climate change/global warming.

For a real time example of changing ocean chemistry, professional hatcheries of shellfish in America have already experienced too much ocean acidification. Ocean water intakes for inland shellfish hatcheries killed off shellfish larvae because of excessive acidity.

Taylor Shellfish Farms (100 years of farming some of the World’s Best Oysters) Bill Dewey claims: “The rate of change that we’re seeing in the ocean and the changes it’s going to create in our food chain, it’s going to be dramatic and it’s going to be in our lifetime. The things that we’re used to eating may not be available any more, and we’ll need to transition to eating jellyfish or something like that.” (Source: Racing Extinction)

Bon appétit, tonight’s menu: Boiled Jellyfish.

“No one knows exactly how marine life around the world will fare as the seas continue to sour, but fear is spreading. ‘People who are aware are panicked,’ said Dewey, who recently traveled to New York to speak at the United Nation’s first Ocean Conference. ‘The level of awareness is increasing rapidly and the story is getting out there.” (Source: Lisa Stiffler, Investigate West, Climate Change Turns Puget Sound Acidic and Region’s Signature Oysters Struggle to Survive, July 10, 2017).

Breath deeply and read the rest of the story.  https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/222413-A-creeping-threat

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Old Dominion Headlines Hot Entertainment Line-Up at Grays Harbor County Fair

The Grays Harbor County Fair runs August 9-13 at the fairgrounds in Elma, Wash.

Oh, the food, the fun, the festivities! Carnival rides and games, that unique and blissful “fair food” and the hometown entertainment, as well as livestock and home crafts—could it get any better? Yes! And it does.

As always, there’s world class music coming to the Grays Harbor County Fair. And, this year’s headlining entertainment on the Pepsi Stage is no exception, featuring one of Billboard’s Top country artists, 2016 CMA nominee Old Dominion. Also appearing on the grand Pepsi stage are the locally popular Olsen Bros. Band from Olympia, a popular fan favorite that continues to grow in popularity. For something different, enjoy a cappella group The Coats from Puyallup and Portland’s Petty Fever—an award-winning Tom Petty tribute band.

Old Dominion
Billboard chart topping group Old Dominion will be the Grays Harbor County Fair’s headlining act in 2017, performing on Wednesday, August 9. Photo courtesy: Old Dominion

RCA recording artist Old Dominion’s music has what reviewers call an “old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit” that features “radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets.” The band hits the Pepsi Stage on August 9. According to their website the band has “emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music.” When they released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ called it a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.”

Gray’s Harbor County Fair Admission prices are as follows: Adults are $10, Seniors (63+) $7, Youth (6-15) $7, Kids (under 5) are free. Thursday is “Kids Day” with a $2 discount for Youth Admission and a Military Discount is offered throughout the entire Fair. Plus, Admission is FREE for one hour only (from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) on Sunday of the fair. Parking is $5 per day. Carnival Wristbands, for unlimited rides, will be on sale at the Fairgrounds Office, plus three Anchor Banks in Grays Harbor County (Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen)—pre-sales are $22; day of fair price will be $27 each.

Olympic Cellars Summer Concert Series

The Olympic Cellars 2017 Concert Series Line-Up starts Saturday, July 22 with the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue !

Treat yourself to a Summer Concert at Olympic Cellars this summer!

The Olympic Peninsula is a very special place to visit and an awesome place to live.  Our community is somewhat isolated from the rest of the United States. So, out here at the edge of the world we make our own fun.  During the summer months, when the sun sets late and the days are warm and filled with sunshine, our community comes together at The Barn to dance the night away.

The music is always toe-tapping and the wine flows.  Our venue is absolutely spectacular.  The concerts are held outside with a big, in your face view of the Olympic Mountains.  As the sun sets and the moon rises, the band plays.  And boy do they play.

As those of you who have attended know, our concert attendees love to dance and they are up on their feet beginning with the first song.  In return, the bands love the adoration creating a positive feedback loop.

We put the FUN in fundraiser with our annual Summer Concert Series.  These concerts are a great way to spend an evening having fun with a purpose.  All of the concerts are partnered with a local, non-profit organization.  In return for providing us with volunteers; all of the tips, dollar dance money and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the non-profit group.

Through our concerts, we have raised over $150,000 for local, non-profit organizations.

The doors open at 6:00.  All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.  Sequim restaurant, Nourish will be onsite with food available for purchase; wine will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle. All concerts are family-friendly but 90% adults over 21. Arrive early for best seating.

The cover charge for each concert is $13.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online through BrownPaperTickets.com. Search for “Olympic Cellars.”

A Season’s Pass is available for just $75.00, and includes admission to all 2017 concerts. Passes can be purchased online at Season’s Pass.

Sip and Savor Your Way Through Grays Harbor

(Note:  This article of Olympic Culinary Loop destinations throughout Grays Harbor County originally ran in the   )

West of Seattle is a region rich in native fish species, heirloom vegetables, and traditional, local foods found only in the Pacific Northwest. With miles of shoreline and acres upon acres of farm and forestland, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and the Grays Harbor region are a gastronomic haven brimming with restaurants, wineries, markets and farms all stocked with fresh and local foods.

Raw oysters, Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Raw oysters are a specialty at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton. Photo courtesy of Olympic Culinary Loop.

Ocean Crest Resort offers an impressive menu of local fare paired exquisitely with the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Add a view of the ocean crashing against the shore just outside the window, and each sumptuous bite becomes enhanced by the sounds and sights of the region.

Another can’t-miss culinary experience, Shively recommends Grays Harbor visitors visit the Salmon House at the Rain Forest Resort. Shively says the incredible culinary creations featured on the restaurants fresh sheet add to the charming ambiance of the lodge. With outstanding accommodations, divine dining and a national forest all on-site, Shively says Quinault is a must see — and taste — destination.

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The Perfect Pairing – Drink in this Taste Tour of the LOOP

Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour

February 11th & 12th, 2017 // 11am – 5pm

February 18th, 19th, & 20th 2017 // 11am – 5pm

A scrumptious red wine perfectly paired with just the right chocolate can bring out the romantic in anyone. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will take that perfect pairing to another level in 2017, bringing together new release varietals and blends created with premium Washington grapes and decadent chocolate delights that will make you a better wine lover!

Be sure you plan your Tour to visit:

Finnriver Farm & Cidery – Finnriver invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s to delight your senses with a tantalizing taste of our sumptuous special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine.

Alpenfire Cider – Help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at Alpenfire’s Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our tree’s with cider, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb’s wool cider.

Eaglemount Wine & Cider – is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. They will pair their artisan wines, ciders, and fruit meads with Jim’s delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles, and caramel sauce. Featured colorful ciders and wines will bring out your Valentine’s spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cab Sauv Dessert Wine, and more!

Wind Rose Cellars –  is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne’s Chocolates. She’ll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter’s Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend) , 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo.

Olympic Cellars – will feature new releases of their dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White is made from locally-grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend.

Camaraderie Cellars –  Celebrating history with our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot! There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. Favorite savory chocolate tastes from the wood-fired oven and the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork, delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti.

Olympic Peninsula Wine & Cider Harvest Tour 2016

Sip and savor the flavors of fall, enjoy seasonal activities and marvel at nature’s vibrant palate during the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Harvest Wine Tour, November 11th through 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. The nine artisan wineries and cideries are located in the Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Nordland, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles

Harvest Tour 2016

November 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2016

11am – 5pm

Participants who have their ticket stamped at all nine of our wineries will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine themed gift basket.  The gift basket winner along with a second and third place winner will receive two tickets to the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour in February.

Full details and advance ticketing opportunities on-line

Delicious and affordable white wines for summer enjoyment

Congrats to Wind Rose Cellars for getting top listing in this great article by By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, highlighting wonderful whites to sip this summer!

Great Northwest Wine

Make some room in your refrigerator because it’s time to keep a few bottles of delicious Northwest white wine and pink wines on hand.

There is nothing quite like a chilled, refreshing glass of wine to enjoy on the back deck after a long, warm day, and we have compiled a list of eight affordable white and rosé wines using Northwest grapes. All of these are priced at $15 and below.

We tend to look for wines that offer crisp acidity, which means they are more likely to pair well with a wide variety of dishes. Enjoy these versatile wines with fresh seafood and grilled meats, particularly chicken or pork.

Ask for these at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

Wind Rose Cellars 2015 Rosato, Yakima Valley, $15: Olympic Peninsula vintner David Volmut’s Italian-themed rosé focuses on fruit from Lonesome Spring Ranch. The blend of Dolcetto and Sangiovese offers an alluring strawberry/rhubarb color with aromas to match, including Rainier cherry, nectarine and a rub of dried herbs. The fluid is refreshing with delicate red fruit flavors akin to raspberry, Rainier cherry and cranberry. (12% alc.)

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A plan to nibble of the LOOP in just one day

Often visitors get on the Olympic Peninsula with a hope of seeing, doing and tasting it ALL… in just one day!

While there’s nothing – inherently wrong with fast dining – we do encourage you to savor the flavors, and ponder the personalities that make the Olympic Culinary Loop so delicious.

Still a midwestern Taste Tourist friend of the LOOP recently wrote:

We have only one day to visit the peninsula from Seattle. Please recommend the best route to help us enjoy even a bite of the Peninsula.

Thank you! Carolyn R.

 

Only one day to nibble on the thinnest slice of the Olympic Peninsula.

Grab your current Culinary Adventure Map, watch out for Carolyn, and dig-in! OCL CA MAP button

From Seattle:

Entry onto the Olympic Peninsula Option A:

Enter either Whidbey Island to Port Townsend ferry (north) 
1) Elevated Ice Cream & Chocolate Company (map #74)
2) Drive through Fort Worden State Park (map #80)
3) Grab bread at Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery (map #77)
4) Sip beer at Propolis Brewing (map #66)
3) Sample cheese at Mt Townsend Creamery (map #65)
4) Gather farm fresh supplies at either SpringRain Farmstand (#57) or Chimacum Corner Store & Farmstand (#56)
5) Sip Cider at Finnriver Cidery (map #55)

Entry onto the Olympic Peninsula Option B:

or enter via Seattle to Bainbridge ferry – crossing Hood Canal Bridge – skipping stops 1-5 above
6) Stretch and eat with Chef Dan at Port Ludlow Resorts Fireside Restaurant (map #54)
7) Bite into the best smoked meat & cheese deli creations at Gear Head Deli (map #53)
8) Enjoy a bite and view at the aptly named “Pleasant Harbor” Marine galley / pub (map #50)
9) Slurp the ‘Hood’ on the beach at Hama Hama Oyster Co. (map #49)
10) Sip some of the ‘Sound’ at Hardware Distillery Co. (map #48)
11) Take a break or indulge in a full spa treatment at Alderbrook Resort & Spa (map #43)
12) Stop in at Mosquito Fleet Winery  (map #42)
Exit at Gorst Hwy 3 at Hwy 16). Head either a few miles north past Bremerton Naval shipyard and take Bremerton to Seattle ferry back into downtown Seattle, or travel SE through Port Orchard, Gig Harbor and across Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Tacoma – SeaTac – Seattle.
Either a 12 stop EXTRA full day or a simply FULL 6 stop day. With nearly 100 culinary adventure points to see and taste all around the Olympic Peninsula you’ll have to make plans to come back and visit, again, and again!
Enjoy!

“Healthy Ocean Healthy You!” Lift a fork to Get Into Your Sanctuary Day on the Olympic Coast!

unnamedThe Olympic Culinary Loop knows that our delicious Olympic Coast Cuisine has environmental stewards to thank just as much as skilled chefs!

Saturday June 25 our NOAA partners with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary  have a full day of education, adventure and activities planned.

All weekend long we’ll be featuring Olympic Culinary Loop sustainable dining experiences for to feel as good about the wise sustainable seafood sourcing decisions on your plate as your platelet does about the delicious cuisine being savored!

Some of the members you won’t want to miss tasting include:

 

Full Get Into Your Sanctuary details on-line

Instagram photo contest! To enter, post a photo by June 29 of yourself on Instagram enjoying one of our national marine sanctuaries, geotag it, and tag it with #VisitSanctuaries.

Cash in on LOOP LOOT!

Are you hungry for some fun and free LOOP LOOT!

Olympic Culinary Loop is pleased to reward our loyal “Taste Tourists” with monthly give away of $50 in LOOP LOOT!LoopLootOCLLogo

Use just like cash as you eat your way all around the Olympic Culinary Loop.

Fill your pockets with valuable LOOP LOOT by simply participating in our monthly social media contests.

Congratulations to Melanie Cook Daehler or Raymond Washington for being the 1,000th OCL Facebook LIKE!

Melanie is the lucky person honored to receive $50 in LOOP LOOT in order to help her eat your way around the Olympic Peninsula.

Current LOOP LOOT contest –

 In honor of upcoming 15th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, October 7-9, 2016 in Port Angeles

The current LOOP LOOT photo subject is delicious Dungeness Crab and Seafood being enjoyed around the LOOP!

As always: 

 
Photograph and share your Loop Loot adventure and you’ll be automatically entered to win $50 of monthly LOOP LOOT
Here’s How:
1)  Simply post an image based on that month’s LOOP LOOT theme, e.g. if “Spring Bounty”, think: Eggs (even on your plate!), Chicks, Ducks, Turkey, Eagle?!?, ideally with you enjoying it / them somewhere around the Olympic Culinary Loop to www.facebook.com/OlympicCulinaryLoop
2) Be sure to the LOOP location or culinary festival event where your photo was taken
3) Be sure to include the hash tag(s) #OlympicCulinaryLOOP and/or#LoopLoot in your photo description.
That’s it! At the end of the month, if your posting has most comments and likes combined, YOU WIN! *

Simply let others know about your delicious destination and you’re entered to win $50 in LOOP LOOT!

Good luck! Looking forward to seeing you around the LOOP.


 

*The fine print” (LOOP LOOT’s official contest rules):

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The LOOP LOOT “Contest” is a promotional rewards offering of the Olympic Culinary Loop (OCL), as “Sponsor”, and not in anyway sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor, not Facebook.

This contest is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

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