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When you’re in need of a low-effort and delicious meal that everyone will love, handmade pizza is a common contender. Tacoma Boys’ handmade pizzas are easy to grab and pop in the oven at home during a busy day or to feed a crowd of hungry Seahawks fans in the middle of a game on a Sunday afternoon. And what could go better with pizza than beer and wine? At Tacoma Boys, you’ll find the best beverage to wash down those slices from our massive selection of domestic and imported beer, wine, and hard cider. Read on for your favorite pizza’s perfect pair, whether it be a crisp glass of chardonnay with a simple slice of cheese pizza or a dark IPA matched with pepperoni.
Handmade Pizzas to Take Out
Peruse near the deli section for a selection of handmade pizza ready to go. You’ll see several different pizzas with toppings and sauces to choose from. We make the pizza handmade so it tastes fresh and satisfying alongside a cold beer or glass of wine. The oven-ready handmade pizzas have a slightly thinner crust, making them quick to cook but enjoyable for all. Try one of our classic combinations for a can’t-miss meal of melty cheese, chewy crust, and tasty toppings.
- Pesto chicken with sun-dried tomato
- Supreme combination including sausage, peppers, olives, onions, and more
- Hawaiian including Canadian bacon and pineapple
Pairing Pizza and Beer
Pizza and beer are a tried and true pair of pals. The combination has long been popular as a hearty, widely enjoyed, and easy-to-prepare meal for groups. There’s just something about a refreshing swig of a cold brew after the contrasting crunch of a hot pizza crust! Pizza and beer bring out similar flavors in each other, playing off sturdy notes of savory yeast and rich malt. It doesn’t take much to bake a pizza and put out a few six packs for an afternoon at home, making the pair ideal for hosting.
Types of Beer
Though any pizza is bound to play nicely with any beer, certain kinds of pizza and beer go together exceptionally well. Think light brews with light-colored ingredients, and dark brews with richer ingredients and toppings.
- Pilsner / Hawaiian or pesto chicken pizza
- IPAs or lagers / Combination or pepperoni pizza
- Light, fruity beers / Cheese pizza
A Few Favorites
- E9 Brewing Company: Saison Ale, Amber Ale, Dry Hopped Lager
- Georgetown Brewing Company: India Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Pilsner,
- Silver City Brewery: Peach IPA, Red Ale, India Pale Ale
Pairing Wine with Pizza
Wine pairings aren’t the first thing many people think of when it’s time to chow down on a pizza pie. However, a full-bodied glass of red or a cool glass of white wine go great with acidic sauces and flavorful toppings. For example, red wines play well with rich tomato sauce and toppings like pepperoni and peppers. On the other hand, consider a white wine pairing with light flavors like pesto and white sauce pizzas with subtle toppings like chicken and spinach. If you’re feeling indecisive, go for one of Tacoma Boys’ preferred wines to pair with our handmade pizza or download the wine wisdom guide by submitting your email address here.
White wine pairs best with light, simple pizzas like pesto chicken, Hawaiian, or regular cheese pizza. The sweeter the wine, the simpler the ingredients.
- Roscato Bianco Dolce is a sweet white wine from Italy with a small amount of carbonation and a low alcohol content.
- Scarpetta 2017 Frico Bianco is a crisp, light cuvée made from multiple varieties of grapes.
Red wine pairings fit best with rich, robust flavors like combination/supreme and pepperoni pizza. Highly acidic reds like pinot noir pair well with traditional tomato sauce.
- Fontalpino 2015 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico is a Sangiovese with strong tannins and acidity and notes of juicy berries.
- Passion Vineyards 2006 Syrah is a traditional, deep Syrah from Washington state.
Sparkling or rose wine pairs well with just about anything. A plain palette makes it easy to wash down extra cheesy pizza with a glass of bubbly.
- Portlandia 2019 Oregon Rose is a rose of pinot gris and noir with fresh hints of citrus.
- Adult•ing Sparkling White Wine is a fun, base white wine with bubbles to boot.
Find Your Perfect Pair at Tacoma Boys
Tacoma Boys’ wide selection of beer and wine makes it easy to find your favorite. If you’re struggling to settle on the right choice, we’re ready to jump in and offer suggestions and assistance. Wondering if we’ve got your go-to drink in stock? Stop on by! And to stay up-to-date on the latest insider deals and specials, sign up for Tacoma Boys text list. Just text (253) 246-1661 to tell Paul you want to be on the list!
It can be a common misconception that dairy products are bad for you – but when it comes to fresh and local dairy, these products pack a punch when we’re talking about nutrients. From bone health to immune health, fresh and local dairy contains various vitamins and minerals that aid in overall good health. There are countless ways to incorporate some of Tacoma Boys’ favorite fresh and local dairy products into yours and your family’s lifestyle.
The Benefits of Fresh and Local Dairy
Including fresh and local dairy products on your shopping list is a great way to add a good source of calcium and protein to daily meals. Local and organic dairy has proven to be more nutritious than traditional dairy products sold on the market. Choosing to buy local and organic dairy is a healthier option so you’re able to avoid any unwanted chemicals, added hormones, or unnecessary pesticides.
It’s important to note that dairy may not be for everyone. If you or someone you know has an allergy or an intolerance to dairy, Tacoma Boys carries a great selection of non-dairy milks and creamers that are bound to give you the same satisfaction! This is a great alternative for dairy-lovers who are unable to consume dairy because they are unable to digest the lactose found in dairy products. These non-dairy products also work great for those who choose not to include dairy in their diets due to other external factors.
Tacoma Boys’ Favorite Local Dairy Products
Smith Brothers Farms
Smith Brothers Farms has been around since 1920 and has provided 100 years of fresh and local dairy to the Pacific Northwest. They are family owned and operated and provide truly some of the best dairy products around.
Our Favorite Smith Brothers Products
- Organic Whole & 2% Milk
- Chocolate Reduced Fat Milk – yum
- Half & Half
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Cultured Buttermilk
- Cottage Cheese
- Sour Cream
Grace Harbor Farms
Grace Harbor Farms is another family owned and operated farm since 1999. All of the products are made without gums and artificial flavors, and come from organic-style farming where the animals have pasture access. This allows for healthier animals resulting in healthier dairy products!
Tacoma Boys’ Favorite Grace Harbor Farms Products
- Plain Kefir
- Vanilla Kefir
Kefir is a fermented drink that contains high levels of probiotics. These probiotics are beneficial to gut health which in return helps with a healthy immune system. Kefir contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antibacterial properties. Additionally, as with many dairy products, kefir can aid in overall bone health, making it a great product for kids as they grow!
Cooking With Dairy
Consuming a meal with nutrient-dense local dairy is a great way to start your day! From homemade pancakes to overnight oats followed by a soup lunch and pasta dinner, dairy is here and ready for it all!
- Customizable Overnight Oats by If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
- Soft & Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes by Recipesby Carina
- Caramelized Onion Frittata by The Modern Proper
Lunch & Dinner
- Creamy Potato Soup by Spend With Pennies
- Lemon Chicken Scallopini by Cafe Delites
- Creamy Vodka Tomato Sauce Pasta by Julia’s Album
Dessert – Because we all need a treat sometimes!
- The Best Homemade Whipped Cream by Joy Food Sunshine
- Death by Chocolate Ice Cream by Delish
- Homemade Cheesecake with SourCream Topping by Classy Clutter
Tacoma Boys’ Iced Vanilla Mocha
- 2 shots espresso – cooled
- 6 oz Smith Brothers Chocolate Milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Homemade whipped cream – optional
- Fill your serving glass up with ice.
- In a separate cup, quickly whisk together the chocolate milk and vanilla extract.
- Pour the cooled espresso into your serving glass over ice, and follow with the chocolate milk mixture.
- Give it a good stir and garnish with whipped cream if desired.
Tacoma Boys’ Blueberry Kefir Smoothie
- 1 cup wild frozen blueberries
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup plain or vanilla kefir
- 1/4 cup pure pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup water or coconut water
- Combine all ingredients into a high speed blender.
- Blend until completely smooth.
- Serve & enjoy!
Swing On In!
Swing by your local Tacoma Boys to check out the dairy selection to whip up one of these delicious meals or treats. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of our helpers and we will guide you in the right direction!
Contrary to popular belief, affordable healthy eating is 100% possible. There’s a common misconception about how costly it can be to eat healthy. Fortunately, affordable healthy eating is obtainable no matter the number in your bank account – that’s a WIN. There are a lot of healthy food products on the market that can cost quite a bit more, however, that does not mean you need those products in your pantry in order to eat an abundance of whole foods. The Tacoma Boys guide to affordable healthy eating is here to show that healthy eating is within reach no matter the circumstance!
Affordable Healthy Eating is Accessible
“So you’re telling me affordable healthy eating is within my reach?!” – The answer is yes! Consuming an abundance of whole foods is a crucial part of anyone’s diet. What you put into your body plays an important role in your immune system, energy levels, sleeping patterns, and more. Making your health a priority in regards to food may require planning, but it can be life changing! It’s important to do your own research and avoid possible rumors that may not be true – in this case, affordable healthy eating.
Where Do I Start?
Without a doubt, planning saves money. When you plan your meals out for the week and write out the ingredients needed at the store, you’re less likely to purchase goods that you don’t need and may go to waste. Try sitting down and planning out your next week’s meals and creating a detailed grocery list. This is an easy method to set yourself up for success. Afterall, during unprecedented times, planning ahead for the unexpected is crucial!
Produce, Produce, Produce!
There’s no denying that produce should be at the heart of every grocery trip! Tacoma Boys carries a wide variety of fresh local produce that works well for any budget.
- Local apples
- Bell peppers
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
- Mixed leafy greens
- Green beans
- Seasonal squash
- Brussels sprouts
Tacoma Boys Tip: Try freezing your own produce if it’s about to spoil and use it in smoothies and soups later on!
Shop Pantry Staple Foods
Having pantry staple foods on hand is an affordable way to make food last a long while. There are many healthy pantry staple foods you can stock up on to last – some may even cost less than $1 per serving – yes please!
- Bob’s Red Mills Steel Cut Oats
- Timeless French Green Lentils
- Lundberg Black Japonica Rice
- Jovial Foods Brown Rice Pasta
- Remlinger Farms Frozen Fruit
- Pacific Foods Broths & Stocks
This popular ingredient deserves its own category because of its versatility. Depending on the type of eggs you buy, a serving of 2 eggs can cost as low as 0.83 cents. Serve alongside some spinach, onion, bell pepper, and you have yourself a hearty breakfast scramble for under $3. Tacoma Boys has a great selection of high quality eggs such as Vital Farms and Stiebrs Farms Organic Free Range Eggs that work great for any meal of the day!
Affordable Healthy Recipes Made Easy
When planning your meals ahead of time, look for recipes that use minimal ingredients that fit within your budget. Budget Bytes provides high quality recipes with budget and ingredients laid out clearly. This is a great tool to use when budgeting your weekly groceries.
- Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal – $3.24 RECIPE / $0.54 SERVING
- Cajun Sausage & Rice Skillet – $7.21 RECIPE / $1.80 SERVING
- Mediterranean White Bean Salad – $4.87 RECIPE / $1.22 SERVING
- Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli – $5.48 RECIPE / $1.37 SERVING
- Quick Tofu Stir Fry – $3.82 RECIPE / $0.96 SERVING
Grocery Shopping on a Budget with Tacoma Boys
This guide is a friendly reminder that your local Tacoma Boys is here to help assist you with any of your grocery needs. Although Tacoma Boys does carry a variety specialty food items, the budget-friendly options are bountiful throughout each store. When swinging by a Tacoma Boys near you, keep in mind produce, pantry staples, and products like eggs for cost efficient grocery shopping. (And don’t forget to plan ahead!) For more tips and tricks on saving money at your local Tacoma Boys, check out the following resources:
One Pan Chicken
For some recipes, the cleanup can be worse than the cooking itself. Watching those dishes pile up is no fun! Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about a huge cooking mess when it comes to this simple, one pan, chicken recipe.
At your local Tacoma Boys and H & L Produce we have all the fixings for this meal. From our year round supply of fresh vegetables, to our well sourced fresh and frozen chicken.
Just place your Tacoma Boys vegetables of choice on one side of the pan, thickly diced chicken breast in the middle, and diced potatoes on the other side. Then, bake at 425 for 45 minutes.
You can have fun with a one pan chicken recipe by switching up your veggies and seasonings. Here are some of our favorite ways to add a little flavor:
- Use Italian dressing on the chicken
- Season veggies with some garlic powder and olive oil
- Add some olive oil and pepper on your potatoes.
Gluten Free – Butter Chicken With Cauliflower Rice
A tasty crowd-pleaser. This gluten free Chicken Recipe is even dairy-free. Try this tasty recipe tonight! (more…)
SHEET PANNED ITALIAN CHICKEN
In a sealable plastic bag add 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts. Then add some salt, olive oil and a quick pour of balsamic vinegar (⅓ cup). Add some Italian seasoning, pepper and garlic powder to your preference. (Some folks cheat and use a bottle of Italian dressing, but we think this version is much fresher). If you can refrigerate for 1 hour, that is ideal, but not necessary. (more…)
BRUSCHETTA-TOPPED CHICKEN AND SPAGHETTI
Have a craving for Italian food? Going out to eat at a restaurant is nice for a special occasion. But, with help from Tacoma Boys, you can make a quality Italian meal right at home! From artisan pastas and cheeses to the best quality meat, we have everything you need to turn your favorite Italian dishes into easy weeknight dinners. And, this delicious recipe is ready within 30 minutes!