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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Calling all Seattle Thunderbirds fans – this one’s for you! Our T-Birds Tickets & Dinner Contest gives fans the chance to win weekly prizes like a $25 gift card to Ivar’s or two tickets to a game. We’re also giving away a special prize pack including four tickets to the game on Oct. 21 versus the Moose Jaw Warriors (which also happens to be Ivar’s Fan Appreciation Game Night), $100 Ivar’s gift card, a behind the scenes facility tour and an official Thunderbirds hockey puck! 

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We’re self-proclaimed lovers of seafood (how could we not be), and with October being National Seafood Month, we thought we’d spread the love with a couple of our favorite recipes. From crustaceans to fish and bivalves, we just can’t get enough. Below you’ll find some of our go-to recipes from Ivar’s Seafood Cookbook to make when you’re in a pinch or need something that hits the mark every time. 

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As the temperatures warm in the Pacific Northwest, every local in the know heads north the gems of the region: the San Juan Islands. These scattered islands are rural and isolated, but they draw many locals and visitors to their shores every summer. Reaching the San Juans requires advanced planning and funds to spare. But once you reach the peaceful, relaxing island shores, you immediately realize why it’s a treasured vacation destination. 

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We’ve had quite the summer here in the Pacific Northwest with beautiful weather, but it’s time to say goodbye to 80-degree days and welcome back fall foliage and rainy days. Just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean the fun activities should. To embrace the changing of the seasons, we’re sharing our list of fall happenings and must-dos around the Puget Sound to keep you entertained all season long.

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The Pacific Northwest offers a natural bounty of fresh produce and great choices for seafood. At Ivar’s, full-serve chefs have the liberty of developing relationships with regional farmers and fisherman to craft uniquely delicious menus for their respective fresh sheets. Respected longtime Ivar’s fish buyer, Omar Field, also has indelible ties to North American tribal leaders, boats, families and fisheries to ensure the best quality wild fish (at competitive prices) lands on our customers’ plates. The salmon he brings to Ivar’s Seafood Bars is no exception!

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Blue Friday specials are back just in time for football season! Now through December, show your Seahawks pride by wearing blue or green to score Ivar’s approved deals. From drinks to seafood and burgers, delicious deals are only a visit away. Valid only at Seafood Bars, Kidd Valley, Acres of Clams, Salmon House and Mukilteo Landing.

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We may be bummed that summer is coming to a close, but that’s all the more reason to go out with a bang. Labor Day is the perfect opportunity to get all your friends and family together for one last hoorah. Instead of celebrating with burgers and hot dogs this year, we’ve sharing our favorite cookout recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

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The Pacific Northwest offers a unique recreational opportunity that is easy, fun, bonding and delicious: clamming! With so many available public clamming beaches in Washington State, now is the time to plot your expedition. Get out the muck boots, grab a bucket, the tool of choice (your hands, or a hand-held gardening fork, wide-tined rake, even a pitchfork) and prepare for the easiest bounty ever amassed. 

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Ivar’s popular tradition is back – “sailgating” along the waters of Lake Union to Lake Washington for the Huskies 2017 football season. Join us as we continue the shell-a-bration that is college football with a decadent brunch or dinner buffet at our Salmon House full-service location. Following the buffet, the Argosy Cruise ship will be waiting at the Salmon House dock for a scenic ride and your purple carpet arrival to the game.

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Washington is the largest ferry operator in the United States, and for good reason. From Seattle alone, there’s an abundance of easily accessible islands and cities to explore. In true Seattle fashion, what better way to get there than by boat? So to inspire your next adventure, we’re sharing some of our favorite day trips accessible by ferry, below. 

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