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2012 Best Of…

The ballots are tallied By RUDI ALCOTT Federal Way Mirror Publisher

Once again we went about asking the residents of Federal Way who was the best at what they do. This year there were the usual categories of service, shopping, food, living and night life and a total of 74 awards. In the following pages is the entire list of your winners, handpicked by you. This year saw the addition of several new awards in healthcare professionals, tutor, auto parts, buffet, ice cream, Indian and the reintroduction of deli / sandwich after a three year absence. Dry cleaner, furniture store and kid’s clothing were deleted due to limited voting responses in the past. There were three first-place ties, two second-place ties, and two third-place ties

one of which was a five-way tie for third. We received a staggering number of these submissions in both print and online. Some of you, as always, get very creative in your picks and in your answers. For instance, some, when asked the country you were from, chimed in with King and Pierce rather than the US. Apparently these folks want to secede from the union. Perhaps they should move to Boulder, CO; one entry listed FW Automotive as the best adult care center. Apparently their car is really old; an entry for best auto dealership listed the pygmy goats as a selling point. Perhaps they will buy a truck from the same dealer to haul these with. One can only hope they weren’t referring to any of the employees; a number of folks were clearly inebriated when they filled out their picks as they listed the WA State

Liquor Control Board as their favorite wine store. Sadly this occurred in a number of entries. This was not to be outdone by the folks that simply listed Federal Way as their favorite wine store. I suppose when you’re in the need for a good bottle of wine, anywhere counts. Humor aside, none of this would be possible without the support of you, the reader. Your commitment to filling out the ballots and submitting them is what makes this program a success. The businesses that place as finalists and win these awards take this very seriously. They want to be the best and go to great strides to insure that they are. We hope you enjoy the results along with the messages from the businesses and groups for which you voted. Thanks for making Federal Way a great city.

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Service Adult In-Home Care FIRST PLACE | Supplement to the Federal Way Mirror

Best of … 2012 is a special section published by the Federal Way Mirror.

Comfort Keepers 2nd Home Instead Senior Care 3rd Just Like Home Adult Family Home, LLC

Auto Body / Collision FIRST PLACE |

Rudi Alcott, publisher Andy Hobbs, editor Advertising Mary Lou Goss

Bob Bjorneby’s CARSTAR FW Collision 2nd Precision Collision Auto Body 3rd Sparks Car Care

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Sparks Car Care 2nd Walt’s Auto Care Centers 3rd Eagle Tire & Automotive

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Toby Gribble/ Sparks Car Care 2nd Merle Pfeifer / Sparks Car Care 3rd Eagle Tire / Craig Richland

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Bank/CreditUnion

Chiropractor

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BECU 2nd Heritage Bank 3rd Red Canoe Credit Union

Barber Shop FIRST PLACE |

Gents Fine Grooming for Men 2nd Big Jer’s Barber & Style 3rd SportClips

Barista / Location FIRST PLACE |

Maria Kuehlthau / Marista’s 2nd Emma Gremer / Starbucks on 320th 3rd Kelsey Pyper / Marista’s

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Bart Henning / Puerto Vallarta Twin Lakes 2nd Scott Blanco / Time Out Ale House 3rd Pete Houillon / Billy McHale’s

Summers Chiropractic & Massage 2nd Dupont Chiropractic Center 3rd Wolf Chiropractic

Day Care FIRST PLACE |

KinderCare Learning Centers 2nd La Petite Academy 3rd St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Preschool

Day Spa FIRST PLACE |

8th Day Spa 2nd MeMe & Company 3rd Twin Lakes Hair Salon

Dentist FIRST PLACE |

Dr. Kenneth Brossel, DDS 2nd Dr. Robin Reinke, DDS 3rd Dr. Stacy R. Kanda, DDS

Thanks – You’ve Got Our Back and we’ll take care of yours!

We Thank you for your nominations: Best Chiropractor Best Massage Therapist

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Fitness Facility / Location FIRST PLACE |

LA Fitness 2nd 24 Hour Fitness 3rd Federal Way Community Center

Hair Salon FIRST PLACE |

Twin Lakes Hair Salon 2nd MeMe & Company 3rd Gene Juarez Salons & Spas

Healthcare Professionals FIRST PLACE |

Jade River Acupuncture 2nd Virginia Mason 3rd Group Health

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Insurance Agent / Company

Nail Salon

Senior Living Facility Veterinarian

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Twin Lakes Hair Salon 2nd Tip Top Nails 3rd 8th Day Spa

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Jeff & Kathy Burnett / Allstate 2nd Carrie Kuhel / State Farm 3rd (TIE)

Karl Kuntz / American Family AAA Washington

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• Village Green Retirement Campus • Foundation House of Federal Way 3rd Just Like Home Adult Family Home, LLC.

Pet Groomer FIRST PLACE |

Simply Paws 2nd Petsmart 3rd Biscuits Federal Way

Massage Therapist

Dustin Vistante / Puerto Vallarta 2nd Saif Shihab / Gyro House 3rd Sonny Roberts / Black Bear Diner

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AAA - Federal Way 2nd Sea and Sand Travel 3rd Travelocity

Rachel Valik, LMP / Summers Portrait Studio/ Chiropractic & Massage Photographer 2nd Dana Quade FIRST PLACE | 3rd (TIE) Ed Streit Images • Phoenix M. Alexander, Licensed 2nd Yuen Lui Massage Practitioner 3rd Picture Me Portrait Studios • Dr. Jeanine Wolf / Wolf Chiropractic Center Real Estate Agent /

Tutor

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Sylvan Learning of Federal Way

Angie Diviney / Black Bear Diner 2nd Nicole Masseth / Puerto Vallarta - Twin Lakes 3rd Sabrina Lehman / Time Out Ale House

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Company FIRST PLACE |

Jackie King/Better Properties 2nd Debi Braulik / Keller Williams 3rd Lori Devore / John L Scott

Waiter / Location FIRST PLACE |

Travel Agency

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Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets 2nd Cascade Veterinary Hospital 3rd Twin Lakes Veterinary Hospital

• Treehouse • Monique Basle / Spring Valley Montessori • Mathnasium of Federal Way

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Best of Federal Way 2012 award winners were honored March 14 at the Federal Way Community Center. The Mirror has sponsored these awards for 14 years.

Rosemary Clooney tribute 'Tenderly' opens at Centerstage Theatre By Maureen hathaway Special to The Mirror

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award-winning medical care. Here in Federal Way since 1987. Virginia Mason Federal Way offers a full range of primary and specialty care services, including cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, general and plastic surgery, gynecology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, optometry, orthopedics, otolaryngology (ENT), pediatrics, physical therapy, podiatry, and urology. Other services include bariatric surgery, FAA aviation medical examinations, and headache treatment.

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The solar system's inner two planets, Mercury and Venus, both put on their best evening displays of the year this month. And so does Centerstage Theatre with its production of ‚"Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook," which opens at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, and runs through April 1. Two-time Emmy nominee composer/lyricist David Duvall and Pictured left to right: Laurie Clothier and Katherine Strohmaier Alan Bryce, the artistic director star in "Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook," which opens of Centerstage, both individually at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, and runs through April 1 at auditioned people for the Rosemary Centerstage Theatre. Photo: Michelle Smith Lewis Clooney part. They both liked Katherine Strohmaier, who performed in "My Way," a Frank Sinatra tribute at Centerstage Theatre, and "Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook" runs March 16 Laurie Clothier, who is most recently through April 1 at the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash known for her role in "Guys and Point Road, Federal Way. There are performances on Friday and Dolls" at the Fifth Avenue Theatre. Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees The final decision was to have not at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 for adults; $22.50 for seniors, military only a young Rosemary Clooney, but and students; and $12.50 for youth 17 and under. A special offer also an older representation of Cloo- is in effect for both performances on Saturday, March 17: four ney that would portray her life with a tickets for the price of three. Info: www.centerstagetheatre.com piercingly honest sentimentality. or (253) 661-1444. I had the privilege to observe a technical rehearsal with Bryce on March 10. I watched choreographer Chris Nardine rehearsing dance steps and deliveries with both stars. Duvall was setting up music stands for the seven musicians who will help make this event an emotional spin of Rosemary Clooney's style. The dedication and relentless energy the cast is painting for this concert is intuitive and brilliant. Both Katherine and Laurie have voices as smooth as silk. These people are consummate professionals who will have the audience leaving with their satisfying tale of Rosemary Clooney's life. "Tenderly" is a pop standard published in 1946. It is known for purity in vocal rendition, sincerity in emotional expression, and excellence in performance and audience connection. Rosemary Clooney came into prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House," which was co-written by David Seville (the father figure of Alvin and the Chipmunks), and produced by Mitch Miller. She had success as a jazz vocalist and had her own 1956 syndicated television musical-variety show. Her career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction. Clooney revealed in her two autobiographies that she suffered for much of her life from bipolar disorder. Her career was revived in 1974 when Bing Crosby, her "White Christmas" co-star, asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business. In 1995, she guest-starred in the NBC television medical drama "ER" (starring with her nephew George Clooney), and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She continued to record until her death of lung cancer in 2002. Centerstage's production of "Tenderly" will match the March evening displays of Mercury and Venus. This show will provide real, honest and infectious music that promises to be a gold standard event that could be made-for-TV original.

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Yoga

Clothing Store

Jewelry Store

Shopping Center

Bakery

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Hot Yoga 2nd Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center 3rd Bamboo Asana Yoga

shopping Auto Parts FIRST PLACE |

O’Reilly Auto Parts 2nd G&M Honest Performance 3rd AutoZone Auto Parts

Beer Store FIRST PLACE |

99 Bottles 2nd Safeway / 320th 3rd Fred Meyer

Car Dealership FIRST PLACE |

Jet Chevrolet 2nd Scarff Ford in Auburn 3rd Doxon Toyota of Auburn

Macy’s 2nd Sears 3rd Ross Dress for Less

Discount Store FIRST PLACE |

Walmart 2nd Costco 3rd Ross Dress for Less

Grocery Store FIRST PLACE |

Trader Joe’s 2nd Fred Meyer 3rd WinCo Foods

Jeffrey’s Jewelers 2nd Federal Way Custom Jewelers 3rd Weisfield Jewelers

Nursery & Garden Center FIRST PLACE |

Branches Garden Center 2nd Lowe’s 3rd Home Depot

Pet Store • Petco • Petsmart 3rd Simply Paws

Second Hand Store

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Goodwill 2nd Deseret Industries 3rd Heaven Sent

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Tire Store

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Hardware / Lumber Store New Lumber & Hardware Co. 2nd Home Depot 3rd Ace Hardware (Dash Point)

The Commons at Federal Way 2nd Federal Way Crossings 3rd Kent Station

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Indochine Seafood & Satay Bar

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• Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse • Garden Korean Cuisine

Great Harvest Bread Co. 2nd Panera Bread 3rd Wild Wheat Bakery Café & Restaurant

Barbeque FIRST PLACE |

Billy McHale’s 2nd Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse 3rd Pitmasters

Brunch / Breakfast FIRST PLACE |

Black Bear Diner 2nd Salty’s 3rd Poverty Bay Coffee Company

Buffet FIRST PLACE |

Old Country Buffet 2nd Mika Japanese Buffet 3rd East India Grill

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BEST DENTIST IN 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011

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Thank you for nominating us again in 2012! Providing Federal Way with quality, general dentistry for more than 25 years. In the Best of Federal Way 2012 awards, teachers of the year are Cheryl Stark of Panther Lake Elementary School and Kristin Norgard of Rainier View Elementary School. They are shown with Mirror sales rep Mary Lou Goss on March 14 at the Federal Way Community Center.

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Ed Streit finds himself on the other side of the camera after winning the Best Photographer award March 14 at The Mirror's Best of Federal Way 2012 awards. He is shown with Mirror sales rep Cindy Ducich.


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SubZero Ice Cream owner Jack Walsh, shown with his grandson Alex, took home Best Ice Cream Shop honors at The Mirror's Best of Federal Way 2012 awards.

2012 Best Of…

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Would You Like to Join the BEST? Become a Mentor…Make a Difference!

Billy McHale's owner Jim Ross accepts an award for Best Barbecue at The Mirror's Best of Federal Way 2012 awards ceremony. Billy McHale's has won a total of 44 awards since 2003, more than any other Federal Way business.

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Thank You for Voting us among the “Best of Federal Way” one more time! We appreciate all of our clients and staff who have helped us bring excellence to pet care for over 30 years.

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Caterer

Deli / Sandwich

Hamburger

Indian

Mexican

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Café Pacific 2nd Caveman Kitchen 3rd Three Chicks Catering

Coffee/Latte/Mocha FIRST PLACE |

Poverty Bay Coffee Company 2nd Starbucks / 320th 3rd Marista’s

Subway 2nd 3 Dog Deli 3rd Poverty Bay Coffee Company

Family

East India Grill 2nd Indochine Seafood and Satay Bar 3rd 5-Way Tie

Fatburger 2nd Red Robin 3rd Burger Express

Ice Cream

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Red Robin 2nd Black Bear Diner 3rd IHOP

SubZero 2nd Cold Stone Creamery 3rd Baskin Robbins

Thank You FOR VOTING US THE BEST FOR OVER 10 YEARS! Federal Way

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Azteca 2nd Puerto Vallarta Twin Lakes 3rd Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Round Table Pizza 2nd The Rock 3rd Pizza Hut

Vince’s 2nd Olive Garden 3rd Gino’s Bistro

T hank You, Federal Way! Nominated more than 10 years for

Best Seafood Best Brunch

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Seafood

Best Cop

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Salty’s 2nd McGrath’s 3rd Red Lobster

LIVING

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2012 Best Of…

Firefighter To be recognized in this manner is an honor for me and more importantly a testament of the men and women I am representing when my work takes me out into this great community.

Andy Hwang 2nd Brian Wilson 3rd Josh Matt

Steakhouse FIRST PLACE |

Black Angus Steakhouse 2nd Outback Steakhouse 3rd Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse

Best Firefighter FIRST PLACE |

Gordon Olson 2nd Al Church 3rd Steve Hopf

Thank you Federal Way, for voting me one of the BEST Healthcare Professionals!!! Lory Lee, L.Ac., EAMP Specializing in joint and muscular pain relief, reduction and pain management.

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Best Barber Shop for the 9th year in a row!


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2012 Best Of…

I am grateful to the citizens of Federal Way and I am delighted to have been nominated in Cop the “Top Cop” category. I am truly fortunate to work with so many caring and competent individuals, committed to safeguarding and serving our great community. All of us here at the Police Department strive to provide excellent police service, and Chief Wilson and I look forward to working with other government leaders, as well as with citizens to FIRST PLACE | Andy Hwang keep Federal Way a wonderful place to live, raise a family and make it all it can become.

City Leader

Educational Facility

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Skip Priest 2nd Jack Dovey 3rd Linda Kochmar

Sylvan Learning of Federal Way 2nd Highline Community College 3rd DeVry University

Community Volunteer

Kid’s Activity

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Merle Pfeifer 2nd Janice Siebenaler 3rd Cindy Ducich

Wild Waves Theme Park 2nd Federal Way Community Center 3rd King County Aquatic Center

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Local Charity / Non Profit FIRST PLACE |

Teacher / School FIRST PLACE (TIE) |

Multi-Service Center 2nd Fusion 3rd Communities in Schools

2012 Best Of…

• Cheryl Stark / Panther Lake Elem. • Kristin Norgard / Rainier View Elem.

City Leader

I’m honored to once again be nominated in the city leader category . Thanks to everyone who voted for me, as well as those who recognized the other dedicated public servants to our community.

3rd Luke Thompson / Decatur High

Place to Work FIRST PLACE |

Federal Way Community Center 2nd Home Instead 3rd Microsoft

School

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Federal Way High School

Tourist Attraction FIRST PLACE |

Wild Waves Theme Park 2nd Farmer’s Market 3rd Dash Point State Park

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2nd Decatur High School 3rd Todd Beamer High School

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I appreciate the nomination as Cop well as the recognition of Deputy Chief Andy Hwang. His leadership and outstanding work in the community are making a difference. I believe these nominations are only possible because of the outstanding performance of the men and SECOND PLACE | BrianWilson women of the Federal Way Police Department. This recognition is greatly appreciated.”

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about not trusting a bald barber. Gents was named Best Barber inThe Mirror's Best of FederalWay 2012 awards.

–Brian J. Wilson, Chief of Police

On behalf of the men and women Firefighter of South King Fire & Rescue, we want to thank everyone who voted or participated in the annual Federal Way Mirror’s “Best Of” process. We take pride in being able to serve you every day. Our citizens truly are “The Best”, and we are SECOND PLACE | Al Church honored to continue to be there for you 24/7/365.

–Fire Chief Allen D. Church

It has been an honor to represent City Leader the citizens of Federal Way on the City Council and I truly appreciate being nominated for the Best City Leader by the readers of the Federal Way Mirror. The current recession has been difficult for many of our residents, some of THIRD PLACE | Linda Kochmar whom have faced foreclosure as a result of a loss of their jobs. Our businesses are struggling and need our help to survive this downturn in the economy. It is in working together that we can move forward to help each other and make our community the best it can be.

–Linda Kochmar

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East India Grill reveals chicken tikka masala recipe

East India Grill has established a reputation as one of the best ethnic restaurants in Federal Way and the region. By ANDY HOBBS editor@federalwaymirror.com

Owner and food guru Kabal Gill, with three-plus decades of restaurant experience, has a genuine passion for cooking and is all about sharing the love. Diners at East India Grill can watch the kitchen

action via a TV monitor. He also enjoys showing people how to cook Indian food at home. Each week, Gill shares his mouthwatering recipes in a cooking class where the seats fill up fast. On March 10, he whipped up a batch of chicken tikka masala from scratch. This is one of the most popular dishes in Indian cuisine. As the number-one restaurant meal in the United Kingdom, chicken tikka masala has even been called “a true British national dish.” Throughout this recent cooking class, attendees sniffed concoctions

like curry mixed with cinnamon and a garlic-ginger mashup. His house-blended spices tickle noses and clear sinuses with their intoxicating aroma. Guests also sampled Gill’s custom-crafted chai tea while watching the action. Less than an hour later, dishes of steaming chicken tikka masala were served alongside either rice or warm garlic naan, a type of soft bread cooked in a clay oven. The naan was perfect for sopping up the savory sauce. The tender chunks of chicken bursted with well-balanced flavors. Chicken tikka masala is the

perfect introduction for newcomers to Indian food (see recipe below). It is offered on East India Grill’s daily lunch buffet, which stands apart from typical buffets because of its high-quality madefrom-scratch approach. The lamb curry is fall-off-the-bone tender, while mushroom and lentil dishes will satisfy the vegetarian palate. Other tasty items include little fritters called vegetable pakoras, as well as tandoori chicken, which pops in the palate with bold roasted flavors.

RECIPE: Chicken tikka masala

The following recipe is courtesy of Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way. The recipe consists of three steps. Gill recommends keeping water handy to cool the sauce in case it burns. Step 1: Marination ingredients • 2 pounds of chicken breast • 1/2 cup of yogurt • 2 tablespoons of garlic and ginger (mashed together) • 1 tablespoon of salt • 1 tablespoon of curry powder • 1 tablespoon of black pepper • 1 tablespoon of methi

Chicken tikka masala, whipped up from scratch, is one of the most popular dishes in Indian cuisine and one of the many mouth-watering entrees you will find at East India Grill.

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and marinate for four hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Step 2: Sauce ingredients • 3 pounds of fresh tomatoes, diced • 1/2 cup of chopped onion • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil • 1/2 cup of tomato paste (optional) • 2 tablespoons of curry powder • 2 tablespoons of garlic and ginger (mashed together) • 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of salt • 2 cups of cream • 1 and 1/2 cups of water • 2 tablespoons of cumin seed

Cooking classes • East India Grill is located at 31845 Gateway Center Blvd S. in Federal Way (near I-5 and South 320th Street). Cooking classes run 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays through April. Cost is $20, and registration is recommended. Call (253) 529-9292 or visit www.eastindiagrillwa.com. The next cooking class on March 17 will explore bread and seafood. • East India Grill is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Aside from a daily lunch buffet, the restaurant has a full menu with appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Directions: Warm up a large saucepan, add vegetable oil and let it get hot. Add cumin seed for a minute, then add onion and cook until brown. Add garlic/ginger, cook 2 minutes. Add curry powder, turmeric and salt. Turn the heat to low for a couple of minutes. Add tomatoes and cook about 10 minutes until you lose water from the tomatoes. Now add tomato paste. Let it mix well with the sauce for 2 minutes. Put all gravy in a blender, then return to same pan and add water. Step 3: Putting it all together Add chicken and cream to the sauce in the pan. When the mixture thickens, add meth (fenugreek) for about 4 minutes. Check the salt for taste. Serve with basmati rice or garlic naan (bread).

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