The Alaska Totem Cruise Edition


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Go Mariners!
And, so they did on opening day of Major League Baseball with a 4 – 1 victory over Los Angeles at Seattle’s Safeco Field.  The outcome was less positive on the following day’s match-up opposite the Angels, the Mariners suffering a 2 – 0 shutout.   Hey, at least the chow was good!
In the “Best Bets” food department for hungry fans settling in to watch the home team hit ’em outta the ballpark this season, one eatery stands out against the other nachos, burgers, bacon-wrapped hot dogs offerings: Way Back Crab Shack.  New this year to stadium fare (under Section 185), Way Back’s $16 Dungeness Crab Sandwich with lemon aioli on garlic butter-grilled sourdough is a home run!


Coming to a Diner Near You?
While on the subject of food, ever heard of totchos, as in the tater tot-nachos hybrid that’s showing up on menus seemingly everywhere?

According to’s Naomi Tomky, there’s been a dramatic spike in searches for tater tot nachos since January, noting that, so far in 2015, people in Seattle are twice as excited about totchos as the rest of the country.
Tomky explains “While no two totchos around town are the same, the basic idea is tater tots layered with cheese (in what ever form) and salsa, as well as (possibly) beans, pulled pork, chili, and any other nachos topping you can think of…”  Hmmmm. Do we smell a trend here?

Thinking Ahead, Precipitationally Speaking

Rain gauge

The University of Washington says its scientists are seeking citizens’ help as it gears up for a major effort to measure rain and snowfall on the Olympic Peninsula and Chehalis River basin next winter.  (If measurements are anything like this past winter’s paltry precipitation levels in the PNW, expect to be underwhelmed…)
The UW research team is seeking help from interested residents who will need to buy a $30 rain gauge, install it at their homes and record measurements by computer each morning.  That data will be entered into a NASA project database.  Data will also be used to understand how precipitation estimates made by satellite match up with actual river flows.
For more information, contact Karin Bumbaco at (206) 543-3145 or email her at

Is a Cruise to Alaska in Your Near Future?
     Save the Date: Duke’s Alki Chowder House, in conjunction with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and AAA Travel, wants you to book a cabin on Holland America’s ms Westerdam for a seafaring cruise of a lifetime.  Duke is so keen on having you be aboard that he’s inviting you and your guest(s) to have tastes ON HIM at his award-winning seafood restaurant on April 13th!  Seating for this informative Q & A event is limited, so check out the details below and make your reservation soon.  (Psssst… Pass it on!)

Monday, April 13th Cruise on in to Duke’s Alki: The tastes are on me (Duke). The drinks are on you. Hear about cruising with me and “Wild” Bill on our Historic Alaska Cruise.

When: April 13, 2015

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Where: Duke’s Alki
Menu: Salmon Caesar Shoots, Alaska Weathervane Scallops, Goat Cheese & Pesto Quesadilla and Coco Loco Prawns

Reserve your spot today!

206-349-4297 (Space is limited to 50)

Learn more: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, AAA and I will be on hand to answer questions and to help you book your cabin.​

Have you always wanted to go on an Alaska Cruise or simply want to go on another one? Come learn how you can cruise with our Executive Chef “Wild” Bill and me on our Historic Alaska Totem Cruise that benefits the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Find out what we have planned on the Holland America’s ms Westerdam Totem Alaska Cruise. Join us at our special informal event where AAA will be on hand to share more details while you enjoy a special selection of our sumptuous appeteasers on me (Duke) upstairs at Duke’s Alki where the view of Puget Sound is spectacular.


Westerdam - At Sea ( Horizontal format)

The seafaring gift of a lifetime: Duke’s Alaska Totem Cruise! 

Imagine an exciting, custom cruise to Alaska in which you can see “Wild” Bill and I in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal and learn about the origin of Seattle’s colorful totem poles. There will be fun and games with “Wild” Bill and me.
The 2015 Totem Cruise to Alaska’s Glacier Bay, presented by Duke’s Chowder House, will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, through Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. A round trip from Seattle, the seven-night cruise will take you aboard the ms Westerdam of the Holland America Line. The group booking agent for this unique opportunity is AAA Travel.
If you cannot attend our informational event but would like to reserve a spot, please e-mail Mary Ehlert by clicking here. (The price of the cruise will vary depending on options chosen by the guest.)
I look forward to meeting you in person on the cruise!

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