Longtime Issaquah chef Lynn Rehn rolls out food truck

March 27, 2012

Lynn Rehn stands beside her My Chef Lynn food truck, advertising its ‘fast, fresh, fabulous’ sliders, soups and salads, featuring items from Issaquah businesses Fischer Meats and Boehm’s Candies. By Greg Farrar

Lynn Rehn is poised to turn the phrase “fast food” inside out.

The popular caterer and longtime local chef is ready to roll out a food truck to serve sliders, chili and a side of sass. Double D Clam Chowder, anyone?

The mobile operation for Rehn’s My Chef Lynn outfit is the latest endeavor for the former Sweet Addition head chef. Rehn plans to join the food trucks each summer Saturday at the Issaquah Farmers Market. The truck could also stop at the Fremont Sunday Street Market.

The idea for a food truck started to coalesce after Rehn and husband Tony, general manager at Evergreen Ford in Issaquah, caught episodes of “The Great Food Truck Race” — a Food Network cross-country competition among mobile kitchens.

“I looked at Tony and said, ‘That would be a cool gig,’” Rehn recalled.

(“The Great Food Truck Race” debuted in August 2010 at about the same time the national fervor for food trucks accelerated into gear.)

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John Martin is happy to take the helm of Liberty’s baseball squad

March 27, 2012

John Martin, the new Liberty High School baseball coach, works his team in the gym while it’s snowing outside March 13 on the Patriots’ baseball field. By Greg Farrar

While he always had an interest in the game, Liberty High School coach John Martin never anticipated he’d end up dedicating the past 20 or so years to coaching it.

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The Hot List

March 27, 2012

Movie: ‘The Hunger Games’

By Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Suzanne Collins’ first novel in the three-book series debuted on the silver screen March 23, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. The movie takes place in a futuristic North America, where society is divided into 12 districts governed by the Capitol, a sadistic government that annually forces two teens from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. The film brews with romance, action and the struggle of Katniss as she is faced with a brutal decision: kill or be killed.

Book: ‘When the de la Cruz Family Danced’

By Donna Miscolta Donna Miscolta’s debut, “When the de la Cruz Family Danced,” spans several decades and experiences as Johnny de la Cruz faces the consequences of one impetuous encounter from years past. He is confronted by the now-grown son of his ex-lover and the already tumultuous relationship between him, his wife and three daughters is strained as Winston Piña installs himself among the de la Cruzes. The concept of family, the trials of a man caught between two worlds and the delicate subtleties of love are brought into question in Miscolta’s story. This is a lazy day, feel-good book.

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The Grange Supply hosts Community Appreciation Day

March 27, 2012

To help mark the arrival of spring, The Grange Supply is sponsoring a free Community Appreciation Day on March 31 at the Grange Supply Store.

“The thinking is, this is truly an appreciation day. You don’t have to buy ‘X’ dollars of anything,” said Dana Huth, Grange marketing specialist.

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Off the Press

March 27, 2012

What’s for dinner may cause loss of appetite

Tom Corrigan Press reporter

If recent news about “pink slime” in beef has given you indigestion, you might want to skip this.

Then again, you might lose a few pounds if you pay close attention.

For those not in the know, “pink slime” is the derisive name given to what’s technically called “finely textured beef.” It’s basically made from the parts of the cow that aren’t normally eaten by humans and are traditionally used for dog food. According to various sources, the stuff is created when beefy leftovers are boiled and thrown into a centrifuge to separate the “meat” from the bones and fat.

When the process is complete, in the pictures I’ve seen, the stuff looks like bright pink toothpaste and appears to have about the same consistency. The goop comes from the parts of the cow more susceptible to E. coli, salmonella and other nice bacteria, so the meat makers treat it with ammonia. You know, the stuff used to clean floors?

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To the Editor

March 27, 2012

Plastic bags

Other topics are more important, need city’s attention

I spend all my time thinking about plastic shopping bags, not traffic, nor parks — bonded and promised six years ago — nor the highlands, where the Microsoft campus, the movie theater and promised retail shopping aren’t.

Well, I don’t. Yet, I wonder why this City Council thinks about plastic shopping bags instead of other pressing issues where their credibility is at stake. Talk about a distraction … What next — unicorns and ponies?

Bryan Weinstein

Issaquah

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Wanted: Locals’ 1962 Seattle World’s Fair memories

March 27, 2012

April 21 marks 50 years since the Century 21 Exposition opened — and transformed the Puget Sound region.

Though the fair unfolded 17 miles east, on the Seattle Center grounds, Issaquah residents headed to the expo in hordes.

Some Issaquah residents spent a summer working at the fair. Many more residents crossed Lake Washington to experience the fair’s futuristic fun.

Issaquah also greeted travelers as the Century 21 Exposition at a tourism station along U.S. Route 10, a precursor to Interstate 90.

Now, as the fair’s 50th anniversary approaches, The Issaquah Press is seeking Century 21 memories from local residents for upcoming coverage of the milestone.

Email your contact information to editor@isspress.com by April 18, or contact the newspaper on Twitter at www.twitter.com/issaquahpress, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/issaquahpress.

Tennis teams overcome challenges from weather to conference foes

March 27, 2012

Ali O’Daffer, of Skyline High School, chases a volley against Bellevue’s Karen Park on the way to winning the No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-3. By Lillian Tucker

The high school girls tennis season in Western Washington starts for most youth athletes not on a court made of clay, concrete or grass, but in a gym.

“The girls always get the crappy weather,” Issaquah head coach Shannon Small said.

With most teams only getting a few outdoor practices, preparation time for the players and coaches is short.

“We’ve had probably 14 or 15 practice days,” Liberty High School head coach Mike Salokas said. “And because of weather we’ve been able to be outside probably four. If we were having this interview a few days ago that would have been very different, because you would have asked me who my best players were and I would have told you who could run around the gym floor the most times.”

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Teen Talk

March 27, 2012

How do you get involved with March Madness?

Eastside Catholic High School

“I like to sit down and watch the games with my family. We eat pizza and cheer on our favorite team, Carolina!”

Mercedes Thompson, senior

“My dad’s a Kentucky alum! Go Wildcats!”

Macie Hudson, junior

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Issaquah artist Alison Supple debuts works at Best of Northwest

March 27, 2012

Issaquah resident Alison Supple works on a clay creation, which may be featured with her other completed works at the 24th Annual Best of the Northwest art and fine craft show March 30. Contributed

Alison Supple had officially retired. But she soon discovered that after 30 years in the creative arts, it’s a little hard to kill that bug.

So just five years after walking away from a successful glass art business, she’s back, sharing her first love — ceramics — with a new audience at the 24th annual Best of the Northwest art and fine craft show March 30. Although Supple has participated in the show in the past, this go-around is based solely on the merits of her new work and not on name recognition.

“It was the first place I applied to with my new pottery line and new married name,” said Supple, formerly known as Alison Baker. “So when they accepted my new clay work, it was really cool.”

The art show features more than 100 established and up-and-coming artists and craftspeople who have designed everything including jewelry, clothing, paintings and garden art.

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