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Victoria Barber

I've always had a soft spot for the Anchorage Nordstrom. Sure, it's expensive, part of a national chain and attached to a mall, but when I think of the store those facts are veiled by thousands of pleasant memories going back to when I was a young child.

What I think of most is how, growing up, if there was an important occasion, my mom would sometimes take me to Nordstrom to get something special. Then we would take a table at the little cafe, which is tucked away on the second floor. It has low amber lighting and the waitstaff all wear long white aprons. Feeling fancy and grown-up, I'd tell her about school and my friends as we sat with our glossy, dove-gray shopping bags and ate lunch...

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Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage has announced Portugal. The Man will play a free 21-and-over show downtown Saturday, Sept. 20.

Portugal. The Man is a selection with some local roots for the national restaurant chain. The band was started in Wasilla, then made it big after moving to Portland, Ore., in the early aughts. Hard Rock has also scheduled a free concert featuring local bands for Sept. 12, "as a tribute to the unique rhythm and song that embodies Anchorage." The lineup for that hasn't been announced yet.

Doors for both shows open at 7 p.m...

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It's time for Ferris wheel rides, gigantic vegetables, 4-H and, when it comes to snacks, deep fried everything. The 2014 Alaska State Fair offers attractions both familiar and new, and it all kicked off under sunny skies today in Palmer (continuing through Sept. 1)...

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The excitement I felt when I noticed Pasta Avanti’s cheerful-looking storefront in downtown Anchorage a few months ago could be summarized in one word: panini.

From what I could glean, panini was one-third of Pasta Avanti’s menu, with the remainder made up of pasta dishes and Caeser salad. Surely, the panini is one of the most marvelous culinary inventions that American culture has co-opted and reinvented for itself. Toasted golden on both sides in a special press, it’s like a fancier, more cosmopolitan-seeming grilled cheese sandwich...

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No offense to all those who keep themselves to three squares a day, but there's something special about the in-between meals -- the midnight ice cream snack, Sunday brunch, or french fries after a big night out....

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No offense to all those who keep themselves to three squares a day, but there's something special about the in-between meals -- the midnight ice cream snack, Sunday brunch, or french fries after a big night out. And then there are appetizers; perhaps because they're often designed for sharing, there's something undeniably convivial about these small plates.

Whether you're looking forward to a decadent main course, another glass of wine or a view of the sunset, an appetizer signals that your evening is just beginning. For people dining out on slim funds, they're a cheaper way to fill up and sample the menus of pricey restaurants...

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Who goes to Fletcher’s?

It was a question on my mind when I decided to visit the Hotel Captain Cook’s “English pub-style” restaurant. I eat out a lot, probably way more than is wise for my finances, but somehow Fletcher’s has never been in my rotation of downtown spots. It’s a place that feels very familiar, but I couldn’t describe the menu offhand. Someone must be eating there, but who?...

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It's a shame how easy it is to overlook Terra Bella. It's the kind of place where menu items are described as being made "with love," where there's a lot of Lumineers and Norah Jones on the playlist, where the coffee is fair-trade and -- yes -- there's a display case by the door of earrings made by a local artisan, next to some hand-knit accessories. It's clean, bright and in a really uninviting part of Dimond Boulevard...

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July 4 celebration and parade -- Head to the Delaney Park Strip at 11 a.m. for a parade on Ninth Avenue between K and I Streets. The parade will be followed by a festival on the Park Strip from noon to 6 p.m., with free entertainment, children’s activities and vendors. At 1 p.m. there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the flagpole on I Street. Parking is free on July 4 at all downtown Easy Park Parking garages, lots and metered parking. (279-7500, anchoragejuly4thcelebration.com)...

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I strolled into Killjoy early in the evening on a Friday, ready to taste what they had to offer and maybe get to the bottom of a strange name choice -- a killjoy is someone who ruins a good time, and also a serial killer clown from the film series of the same name. It seems an odd choice for a swanky downtown bar. What happened when I got there was a magical, unexpected evening.

When my dining companion and I arrived, the staff was all wearing masquerade masks. The bartender informed me they weren't taking food orders. My food reviewing mission appeared to be thwarted until a beautiful waitress in a short, black cocktail dress asked if I'd like some complimentary bruschetta...

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