In case you were wondering what you can do for Easter dinner and more, here is an option across the border in WA state.


Tulalip, Washington – Numerous egg-ceptional Easter Sunday dining options have been hatched for the whole family on Sunday, April 1st. Guests can choose from the Resort’s signature Orca Ballroom Easter Brunch or the savory specials offered at the award-winning Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill, Journeys East, Cedars Cafe, and Eagles Buffet.

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Orca Ballroom
Join Chef Gerry Schultz for a fun and egg-citing Easter Brunch at Tulalip Resort Casino’s newly renovated Orca Ballroom from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Guests can choose from delicious buffet dishes featuring a grand selection of fresh made salads and assorted chilled platters of fresh seasonal fruit paired with melt-in-your-mouth main dishes. Items include Grilled Pork Tenderloin Florentine, Tarragon Grilled Chicken Breast, Salmon Fish Cakes, and Jambalaya. A tempting array of side dishes also await, in addition to cooked-to-order omelets, Ham and Prime Rib carving stations, and a pasta bar. For the sweet tooth lover in the group the Brunch features a decadent confections display. This annual brunch egg-travaganza wouldn’t be complete without the Resort’s Signature Kids Buffet, which is sure to be a treat for the whole family.

Easter Sunday Brunch is priced at $44 inclusive for adults. Children 4 to 12 is $22. For reservations* call 360-716-6888.

*Note: All reservations will have preassigned tables; each reservation will require prepayment at time of booking and is non-refundable; parties of 10 or more will be placed within close proximity of each other.

Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill 
Chef David Buchanan will be serving fresh Grilled Halibut with a tarragon pesto beurre blanc, Fingerling potatoes, and a confit of heirloom cherry tomatoes for $38. The special will be available in addition to the regular dinner menu from 5 pm until closing on Sunday, April 1, 2018. To book a table online, visit here, or reserve by phone at (360) 716-1100.

Journeys East
For Easter 2018, Journeys East Chef John Jadamec will showcase his Wok-fired Garlic and Pepper Chicken with garlic, black and white pepper, red bell peppers, and topped with fresh cilantro. The special is priced at $14 and will be available in addition to the regular menu on Sunday, April 1, 2018. For more information, visit here.

Cedars Cafe
This Easter Sunday, Chef Brent Clarkson is serving up his favorite dish, Easter Prawns Linguini. The prawns are sautéed to perfection with sherry wine, garlic, cilantro, shallots, red pepper, and fresh lime; topped with dried apricots, mango, papaya, and a raisin medley. This masterpiece is also served with house-made garlic bread. The special will be available for $15.95 and will be in addition to the regular menu on Sunday, April 1, 2018. For more information, call (360) 716-1276 or visit here.

Eagles Buffet
Eagles Buffet is offering a mouth-watering selection for Easter Sunday Brunch and Dinner. Many of the items will be served all day during both meal services.

The Easter menu* will feature a selection of brunch items, such as made-to-order waffles, Steak and Eggs with chopped onion rings and pepper jack cheese, Prime Rib Hash, Lemon and Orange French Toast Casserole, Classic Eggs Benedict, Denver Scrambled Eggs, Raspberry and Cheese Blintzes, BBQ Braised Pork Belly along with a selection of Hickory Smoked Bacon and Mixed Sausages with apples and cranberries.

With a nod toward dinner, Eagles Buffet offers a variety of main dishes, such as Rotisserie Leg of Lamb with rosemary, garlic along with Chef Lil’s Seafood Mac and Cheese, Smoked BBQ Beef Ribs, Chicken and Bacon Alfredo Pasta and Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip.

Guests can also enjoy chef specials that are served all day, such as Baked Wild Salmon, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Honey Baked Ham, Tender Pot Roast, Fried Chicken, Large Asian Wok Station, and their plentiful signature dessert selection, which includes Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream.

Savor Eagles Buffet Easter Sunday Brunch and Dinner from 9 am to 9 pm. The holiday brunch and dinner are priced at $24.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages 2 to 10 (prices do not include sales tax or gratuity). Tables are seated on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please call 360-716-1462, or visit here.

*Note: Menu items subject to change due to availability.

Cooking with Pulo Cuisines Coconut Adobo Sauce

Pulo Philippine Cuisine logoI’m sure if I asked, you would probably be able to tell me about your favourite Indian or Thai curry, Chinese noodles, or Vietnamese grilled meat dish. But if I asked you for your favourite Philippine dish, I’d get a blank stare.  The Philippines is one of of South East Asian neighbours, and probably the third largest immigrant population in Vancouver, but you may not know.  Their cuisine takes bits and pieces from Malay cuisine, China, and Spain, and combines it with their fresh seafood and love of grilling, and vinegar-based sauces to give you a completely different Asian flavour.  Instead of big spicey flavours, you get more vinegar and garlic, sweet bbq, and mild coconut milk flavours.  A cuisine that I think you should try, just for the fusion from all these different countries. Pulo by the way is the Filipino word for “island”, and there are more than 7000 islands that comprise the Philippines.

One way you can try Filipino cuisine, other than hunting around for the Filipino restaurants in East Vancouver or Richmond, can be by trying the new Pulo Philippine Cuisine sauces that are made and marketed right here in Vancouver.  They have 5 different sauces for you to try:

  • Guimaras Island Mango Chili Marinade
  • Samal Island Pineapple Tamarind Marinade
  • Cebu Island Lemongrass Atsuete Marinade
  • Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo Cooking Sauce
  • Luzon Island Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Cooking Sauce

All these sauces are vegan friendly.  I recently received all but the Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Cooking Sauce to try.  This article is about my experience with the Tinaga Island Cocconut Adobo Cooking Sauce.

Pulo Philippine Cuisine range of sauces

Pulo Philippine Cuisine range of sauces

Cooking Chicken with Tinaga Island Coconut Adobo Cooking Sauce

What is coconut adobo sauce?  Well there are two main components.  One is coconut milk, which adds rich creaminess to this dish.  The other half “adobo” is a traditional Philippine dish that is made by slow cooking meats or vegetables in vinegar, garlic, and black pepper.  This dish combines the two, so is not 100% traditional, but it is very flavourful.  If you like a mild curry, you may want to try this cooking sauce.  It has light pepperiness, garlic, sourness from vinegar, and the creaminess from the coconut milk.

Tinaga Island is part of the Bicol region (Central Philippines), an area renowned for hot chili and coconut milk dishes.  It is one of the few areas that adds chili spice to their food in the Philippines.  Cooking with this sauce was relatively easy.  They recommend cubing 4 chicken breasts (or the equivalent for pork or beef) and chopping 4 cups of vegetables for this dish.  I used chicken drumsticks which I had on hand.  Start off with frying the chicken in oil, add the vegetables, and sauce and them simmer till done.  Serve with rice.  For vegetables I used onions, green beans, green pepper, and carrots.  I would recommend to cube one potato and add it to the mix because I enjoy squishing the potato in the sauce on my plate and getting every last drop of flavour.  I enjoyed the flavours of this dish, and I think that it is worthwhile to try out on your own, with your family and friends.

Coconut adobo chicken simmering

Coconut adobo chicken simmering


Wine Pairing and Where to Buy these Sauces?

If you would like to drink some wine with this dish, I would recommend a Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France or from South Africa,  or a dry Riesling from BC, Washington, or Australia.  Both have enough body and acidity to cut through the richness of the coconut milk, and both grapes are known for being very good food pairing wines.

In time I will try out the different dishes and give you an update here on my blog.  I have found these sauces for sale at Choices Market, but you may want to check other grocery stores, in their Asian aisle.