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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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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Seattle has a reputation for many things. Rain, coffee, the Space Needle, and seafood (plus people throwing seafood). Those seafood throwers may be the most recognizable symbols to outsiders, but locals know that Seattle is so much more than what you see on postcards or Grey's Anatomy. I have heard the explanation that Seattle is “a city of neighborhoods,” but if there was one thing I could convey to anyone considering visiting the Emerald City for the first time: it would be how accessible it is to visit everything in Seattle that you've heard about – or not yet heard about – in a single day. 

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‘Tis the season! We’re bringing the holiday cheer with a jam-packed schedule of events, activities and entertainment throughout the month of December. Family favorites and annual traditions such as Ivar’s Clam Lights, Argosy Christmas Ships (with the best seat in town), our New Year’s Eve bash, winter brews and more make their much-anticipated return. So mark your calendars with the schedule below.

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As fall deepens in the Pacific Northwest, the chill has crept in and our green vistas have blushed to warm golds, ambers and reds. This season affects not only our palette, it also inspires our Ivar’s full-serve chefs to delight our palates

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Veterans Day is right around the corner and here at Ivar’s, it’s a holiday we take very seriously. To honor and show our appreciation for those who have served our country, we’re offering veterans and active duty military a complimentary entrée during both lunch or dinner.

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Halloween is almost here and it’s the perfect excuse to get all dressed up (maybe we’ll see a couple Dancing Clams trick-or-treating around the Sound this year). But it’s not only about your costume, it’s also a clamtastic time to get creative with adult beverages.

 

In fact, we’ve been testing away in the kitchen at our Ivar’s Mukilteo location to come up with the spookiest Halloween cocktails around. No matter what your favorite poison is, we’ve concocted three cocktails that suit the occasion wickedly. 

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