Conversation with Eliana Sheriff KEPR Weekly News Anchor in Tri-Cities
In this episode our host Scott Cowan chats with Eliana Sheriff the weeknight news anchor for KEPR TV in Tri-Cities. The conversation covers a wide range of topics. Eliana shares some of her favorite stories, places to grab a bite to eat in Tri-Cities, we talk about her recent stay on a houseboat in Seattle and other places in Washington State that she has found during her travels.
We hope you will enjoy listening to this episode as much as we have recording it.
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Some of the Places Mentioned in this Episode
- Spudnuts Potato flour doughnuts.
- La Palma Scoops and Rolls. Rolled Ice Cream
- Roasters Coffee Local Coffee Chain.
- Porters Real Barbecue Remember she only eats the sides.
- Riverfront Rock Gym. Indoor climbing center in Wenatchee.
- Badger Mountain for a good hike with great views.
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Welcome to the Exploring Washington State podcast. Here's your host Scott Cowan.
Scott Cowan 0:25
Hello everyone, Scott Cowan here I'm your host for the Exploring Washington State Podcast. And this episode is a conversation between myself and Eliana Sheriff. The news anchor at Keeper TV KEPR inTri Cities Washington. This is a kind of a fun conversation we had about her journey to the state and what she does in her spare time and how local news in the Tri Cities is started. So I think you'll find this episode interesting. I know I enjoyed recording it with her. And so without any further ado, let's get started. Welcome to the show.
Eliana Sheriff 1:01
Thank you for having me. This is my first podcast. So I don't know how we'll do here.
Scott Cowan 1:09
I'm sure will be just, just fine. So why don't you give our listeners a bit of your backstory and how you came to the Tri Cities?
Eliana Sheriff 1:19
Okay, I got into the news business. Right after college I went to Loyola Marymount University in California, and I submitted an audition reel essentially, all over the country. I got a bite in South Dakota Rapid City and my news director there at the time asked me if I could move there in five days, and so I did sight unseen
Scott Cowan 1:47
Eliana Sheriff 1:48
Sight unseen to South Dakota, I really had no idea what to expect and and I had lived at home for college. So to give you a little bit more perspective of what a big shift this was for me. I stayed in South Dakota for about two years. As a producer, I started as a producer and then I moved on to reporting. And then I moved to Medford, Oregon, Southern Oregon. I was there for almost two years. And while I was there, I you know, at a certain point, you make a reel showcasing your best work and I was applying different places and somehow my news director here in Tri Cities, saw my reel and said, Hey, would you want to fly out here for an anchor audition? and I was not. I never applied here which is kind of crazy. And I think it's a it just goes to show that sometimes life will put opportunities right there for you and you got to keep your eyes open to that. But I was absolutely grateful for this opportunity. I flew out here did an audition and got hired, which, which has been awesome. I have loved being here for the two years I've been here and it was a great move. Yeah.
Scott Cowan 3:11
So you went to college but you lived at home?
Eliana Sheriff 3:15
Scott Cowan 3:16
So was the first time you lived on your own in South Dakota?
Eliana Sheriff 3:19
Yes. Yes. That was a culture shock, right? Because I'm, I'm from LA. Okay. So, you know, it's, it's funny when I, when I pictured South Dakota, I pictured no people and like, you know, cobblestone streets and horse drawn carriages. Not really, but you know what I mean? Just kind of I did not know what to expect. And I grew to love South Dakota and when I tell some people that they're like what you know, but I really think South Dakota is kind of like a hidden gem. I did have a horse at the time. So maybe that's why I really kind of fit in there. There's a lot of you know, Western equestrian community, rodeo scene all that. But even just like we were saying the Sturgis motorcycle rally is there that's exciting and, and it was a is a really special place for me.
Scott Cowan 4:16
When I think of South Dakota, I think Deadwood, the show, You know, I think like frozen in the 1800s with the sidewalk cowboys being thrown out of upper windows and which isn't right, which isn't right at all because when I did the one time I drove through South Dakota was close to Sturgis, not right at the time when they would all be gathering. There was so many motorcycles. I mean, it was just such a beautiful motorcycle. So it was interesting.
Eliana Sheriff 4:43
It's funny, I haven't seen the show Deadwood, but I've been to Deadwood and I highly recommend it. It's a really cool place.
Scott Cowan 4:52
So I haven't been there by seeing the show. So there we go.
Eliana Sheriff 4:54
Well, we gotta both do together.
Scott Cowan 4:59
Exactly. I'm too busy. I'm exploring Washington right now. I guess I can't go to another state until I get done here, which seems like
Eliana Sheriff 5:07
here, so much here. So I haven't seen it all. I really haven't.
Scott Cowan 5:16
So you do the nightly news. And I'm curious from a from a point of how does one go about? How does your team go about deciding what stories about the local Tri Cities area that you cover? I mean, the National stuff the you know, the the politics, COVID Yeah, other that's all kind of laid out for you every day. I will.
Eliana Sheriff 5:42
So, because I'm the evening anchor, I get there at 230. And the day has been decided, right? They have our news director and reporters and producer, have the morning meeting. And that's where they brainstorm. And throw out story ideas. And then the reporters are sent on their way for the day to gather that content. So when I get in, I don't, you know, everything's kind of lined up. Sometimes I will have a story after the six o'clock show, to go get in time to turn for the 11 o'clock show. Sometimes there's breaking news, and sometimes there's not a whole lot going on. So I would say I don't have a huge part in deciding that content for the day. But I wanted to bring up because you asked me about how we source our stories, and I think that Facebook has become a really, really great resource for finding stories, especially because they're localized, you know? You see, maybe a restaurant posting pictures of something good. Or someone posting, you know, I mean, recently, there's been Facebook groups that have opened or been created specifically about COVID. One of them is Flatten the Curve Tri Cities. And the other one is I think it's called, like, Reopen Tri Cities. But, you know, the more that these groups become popular, people start posting different concerns that they have or questions that they have. And if you, you can browse that and then usually get pretty good ideas. So I think, you know, before we, you know, we always like to get press releases and stuff and that kind of gives us a clue of what's going on. But really, Facebook has been especially sorry to ramble here, but especially with us being in the age of, you know, cell phone videos going viral, man, you know that that already starts a story by it. itself. And if it's something local, um, you know, we're usually pretty interested.
Scott Cowan 8:07
So, before you get there every day the the team has already decided its framework of the frame of framework evaluation. Okay.
Eliana Sheriff 8:17
Yep. And, you know, we have two to three reporters a day and they're out in the community, or they're already back at the station working on putting their story together, writing it, editing it. You know, a lot of people don't know that the reporters are really a one man band, you know, they shoot their stories, get the interviews, they write their stories, they edit their stories, and yeah, it's a lot of work for one person. So I I've been there I did that for about three and a half years. So it's, it's definitely it is a grind.
Scott Cowan 8:56
So how many people approximately does it take to put on the The Nightly News?
Eliana Sheriff 9:01
You know, we have about three reporters a day. And and so that's that's how we get our local content for our first block of the show is mainly most of your local news. Sometimes we'll sprinkle local news a little later in the show. But typically the way that we do it is you know, we'll have your local news first, and then we'll transition into some big national stories and there was always something going on, right so but we're not writing and editing those ourselves. We are able to pull from, you know, CBS or CNN so that that is that's how we get that content. And then we have weather and in sports and the six and eleven. So our shows are only half an hour which which is pretty, pretty easy to fill content in just half an hour, an hour would be probably a challenge. My old station we had an hour long newscast four, five and six o'clock just back to back. So well, the five was like half an hour, but still, that was like a lot of content, to fill. So I think half an hour is a good time. A good length for broadcasts for sure.
Scott Cowan 10:25
So in the two years that you've been with KEPR,yep. What stories pop up when I asked you like, locally in the Tri Cities like what stories were kind of memorable to you? Good. Maybe not good. But you know, what's happened in Tri Cities the last couple years that you think like wow, that was really kind of impactful.
Eliana Sheriff 10:48
It's funny. The first thing that comes to my mind, this isn't necessarily good, but we had a story about tumbleweeds go viral, you know, Tumblegeddon. Right. All these tumbleweeds going on to the highway and actually trapping a car and Washington State Patrol put up a tweet this you know, video of this car completely buried under tumbleweeds, so that's like a very Tri Cities thing to happen. But I would say that is also I honestly a very hard question because we have so many different stories every single day. So there's a lot to choose from. I think some of the feature stories that I've done, reported on and then you know, introduced us as on the anchor desk. I got to fly with a WSP trooper in the sky and he showed me how he was able to monitor speed on you know, busy weekends. Sometimes you see that sign, saying patrolled by aircraft. So it was really crazy to be up there in the plane and see just exactly how he does that from the sky. That was a really memorable experience. I did,
Scott Cowan 12:16
Oh gee, how do they, for those of us that like to speed? How do they? How do they monitor that?
Eliana Sheriff 12:25
So they have like different markers. He he was able to do it very quickly. So he would be the better one to explain that in the stories on my Facebook page, Eliana Sheriff TV, but they are able to basically kind of use these markers to calculate what the speed is, and then they're able to communicate with the trooper on the ground and say, Hey, this person's going 80 and they shouldn't be. So it was it was a really, it was a really cool.
There was a story that I did about a teenager, 17 year old and Pasco who wanted to make some money for college, and he decided to open up a rolled ice cream business. And then he ended up basically doing that full time expanded to a second location, you know, and it's just this really unique way to eat ice cream, but I was just so impressed that there's this teenager that, you know, it's not your typical side job as a teenager, but he saw so much success in doing this and I just thought that that initiative was really inspiring. So that was a story that I really plus. I mean, come on, there's ice cream. What's not to like about that?
Scott Cowan 13:57
What is rolled ice cream?
Eliana Sheriff 14:00
Yeah, so he basically has like a cold, you know, circular sheet basically, I'm forgetting the word. Um, but he is able to pour this like cream on it and roll it with like a scraper, essentially and it's very pretty looking doesn't really taste much different than regular ice cream but I think just the presentation is really, really nice. So yeah, so that's that's not something that you find everywhere. I think that he likes saw it when he was on on a vacation and then was like, oh, Tri Cities doesn't have this. This would be cool. So I thought that that was really unique.
Scott Cowan 14:56
Where in Tri Cities is that place located out and I'm asking because next time I come through, I'm gonna try it out.
Eliana Sheriff 15:02
Please do. Yeah. He has two locations. And they are both in Pasco and his, his first location, he opened up. He opened up near his parents market. So his parents, you know, have a little market and he was in a little place right next to it, and then his sister actually has her own coffee stand. So I'm just like, your family is awesome.
Scott Cowan 15:28
That's cool. That's very cool. I love entrepreneurs, I think, yeah.
Eliana Sheriff 15:30
Well, especially you're 17 you know, I wasn't doing that at 17. And I am so inspired by our youth. You know, whenever I see stories of kids just doing he's not quite a kid. But you know, in general, young, younger people doing very ambitious things. I'm like, a lot of I have a lot of respect for them. So I think their story is should be told, you know, inspire more People. Right?
Scott Cowan 16:01
Right. Absolutely. I love that. So in the two years that you've been in the Tri Cities market, what changes have you noticed in the in the, in the community because what I didn't realize until maybe five or six years ago, really wasn't because I lived on the west side of the state and didn't really think about Eastern Washington at that time. I didn't realize how large Tri Cities has become, as far as I think there's like 300,000 people in that general metropolitan area, which makes it larger than Tacoma. And I was surprised and then I have a friend that lives in Pasco and we were talking one day about the airport there and all of the go to San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles. I want to say Phoenix, Denver, and I'm like, Wow, I didn't realize that the Tri Cities has grown to such a level. That would warrant a I guess I'll have to call it a regional airport but one that you know isn't just like here in Wenatchee we fly to Seattle and then we get on our Spokane. We don't Wenatchee only flies from when asked you to Seattle. We can't go from Wenatchee to Spokane at this time. But so if I lived in Tri Cities, I could hop on a plane to go to San Francisco for the weekend if I wanted to, which would be fun. Right. So what have you noticed since your transplant in the last couple years in the area that's changed?
Eliana Sheriff 17:32
I definitely have noticed on Facebook that our fan base has grown tremendously. And then and then just, you know, locally, we have a lot of new construction. new apartment complex is being built new, you know, residential neighborhoods that Yeah, I would say that it is growing. Just like he mentioned the population has boomed. Especially so I think I've noticed a lot more construction and maybe some some new businesses, you know, new restaurants. Um, I think COVID has made it hard for some new businesses, but it's interesting to see how people are adapting and overcoming that struggle.
Scott Cowan 18:28
Yeah, indeed, I was reading this about Walla Walla but one of the things currently, at the time of this recording is restaurants are very limited to what they how many people they can see to indoors so it's hard for a restaurant restaurants aren't particularly profitable anyway. And to say you can only have 50% capacity, or only serve tables of five things like that. So what Walla Walla did it was they blocked off one of their streets in downtown. Yes. And it allowed all the restaurants to put tables outside. so that they could serve more people. Yep. I think that's a great way of navigating this situation that we're rolling right now.
Eliana Sheriff 19:12
Yep. And we actually did a story on that and it actually looked incredibly festive with with the lights and you know, it fits in with the summer people would probably opt for dining outside because it's so nice out. But that was that was very creative and, and I've seen just driving around town, you know, restaurants, building their own little patio areas and putting up tents and you know, roping off areas so the people can dine outside. So people are people are really adapting. I mean you have to but we have, we've had it rough, we've we've really been held back and kind of stuck. It took us a really long time to move even to a modified phase one. And so I think since we've had the mask mandate, I was just at Winco yesterday and everyone's wearing a mask, right? You have to for service, but we've also seen a big drop in our case rate since implementing the mask mandate.
Scott Cowan 20:33
So you've noticed that then Okay, that's just I don't want to pay that close of attention to at the news station, you might I mean, that might be something that would be Yeah, interest positive reinforcement for us to be wearing masks are out and about absolutely, is that the cases are going down up here in Chelan County. We're kind of at that modified 1.5 Yes, five and it's I don't know our cases are increasing. At least the reporting of the case is increasing. The reason I say that as I would look at the Seattle Times, and it seemed like Chelan County's numbers never, ever increased. And then all of a sudden now, they're increasing at a rapid rapid rate. And I don't know that I don't know how accurate I just don't know how accurate the numbers are. But that's neither here nor there. It's just it's I'm finding it fascinating when I talk to people around the state how we're, how we're all adapting to, you know, what is required of us to keep our doors open, or how we're handling. Kids are gonna be staying home school it looks like and I was like an impact to households.
Eliana Sheriff 21:42
Yeah, I can't imagine. I can't imagine being a student right now. Yeah.
Scott Cowan 21:49
I was talking to this family earlier, last week linked to me earlier lately last week, and that her son and just graduated from high school this year, and it didn't click with me, and then all of a sudden I turn I looked at him. I said, oh, wow, your senior year was really messed up. And he just looks at me. He goes, You have no idea. Yeah, I had no idea what what I just endured. And he's going off to college at Central this year, in Ellensburg. And he was saying how, how Central was handling. He's actually gonna be in the dormatories and how they were limiting students and what Central was trying to do and all these institutions are just trying to figure this out on the fly. Right. And I don't know. I don't know that there's a will there's certainly not a clear path to success here for any of us to do anything.
Eliana Sheriff 22:40
Scott Cowan 22:41
So anyway, that's interesting to me.
Eliana Sheriff 22:44
The race for the vaccine continues.
Scott Cowan 22:47
Yes, yes. So how we found out about you was you saw an article on our website and that article. I lack of a better word inspired. Sounds pretty grandiose. But inspired you, but you saw an article and you went and checked out the place yourself. Yes. And then you recorded the video. And then you left a comment saying, Hey, I did this video. Check it out, and I'm paraphrasing and I did what nobody should do, which is I clicked on a link in a comment on a website. I didn't do that. But I did and here we are now talking. Yes. You created this video.
Eliana Sheriff 23:35
Yes, I did. So yeah, I am doing some vlogging on YouTube. It's very new. And it comes pretty naturally. Although, you know, trial and error and being consistent Well, we'll make anything better. But I was looking for unique things to do and our beautiful state of Washington and came across the article about the Wallaby Ranch and that is way up my alley so I took a trip there they were open during these COVID times you know masks and social distancing Of course, although you don't have to social distance with the Wallabies and Kangaroos But yeah, I made it I made a blog, a vlog, vlog not a blog about the experience and and so that that is kind of what I'm doing on the weekends, right. During during the weekdays, I'm reporting on local news and on the weekends, I'm going on adventures and kind of documenting it because there's a lot of stuff that people don't don't know about in our area. Like my co anchors had never heard of the Wallaby Ranch, right? You don't think of Washington and think of Kangaroos. So that was that was cool to be able to share that with people and I actually had two people say that they went to the Wallaby Ranch after I made that video. So I think it's it's nice to find things to do right now especially since options are limited. And and just let people know that that there's there's a lot to do in Washington like I was saying I have not seen it all. So I have a lot of homework.
Scott Cowan 25:35
Well, our tagline is, there's always more to explore. So yeah, that's kind of, you know, just when you think you might have quote, unquote, seen at all, something new will happen. You know, there'll be changes. Sort of your other videos that you posted recently was you got to spend a weekend on a houseboat in Seattle.
Eliana Sheriff 25:54
Yeah. Which was so cool. So cool.
Scott Cowan 25:59
Well So cool. What was so cool about it?
Eliana Sheriff 26:02
I'm sorry, I didn't want to cut you off.
Scott Cowan 26:05
No, I know we're good.
Eliana Sheriff 26:07
We stayed on Lake Union. And I didn't know this when we were there. But I guess the famous houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle is also in that area. But I wanted to find a unique stay on Airbnb and I found this little houseboat and thought that it would be a cool way to to have an adventure and see Seattle and hang out in the city during the day and then come back to the water and see what it would be like and it was really peaceful. It was absolutely stunning to see the lights of the city from the water, just to stand on the dock kind of have that, you know, like, you know, waving from from the water and the community there was really, really welcoming and helpful. And I think part of that is probably because you're so close together in these floating communities. But I found it interesting that a lot of the people I talked to because I am a social butterfly, you kind of have to be to be in the news, you got to you got to have questions, and you got to talk to people. And so I was asking them about, you know, this is their house boat, and most people were just renting them for a couple months, just to get, you know, different life experience and change of scenery. And one woman even had like her dog, you know, on the houseboat and she's like, I'm doing a six month rental and I just thought wow, that'd be really cool.
So I think in and I mean that I was reading when I made my video after I did the stay. I tried to do some research about floating communities specifically in Seattle and there is so much history. That you just wouldn't even know about you know, there's when you think of houseboats in Seattle now you probably think Oh, these are like really expensive and you know, kind of a kind of a luxury item but a long time ago it was like not a wanted thing. It was something that you know, the land lubbers kind of looked down upon and this is for scallywags and not not desired to have so it's there's so much history which by the way, well I guess we're not talking about Seattle, but it's they're walking they're walking tour also really cool. Underground walking tour. But yeah, there's there's there's a lot of I think the the historical, you know, information is also interesting, especially when you're in those places if you if you know that I wish I would have done some research before we stayed on the boat, but it was still really fun.
Scott Cowan 28:56
I had no idea that because when I think my perception of houseboats, and when I lived in Seattle was, Wow, those are really expensive. I wish I wish I could have bought one for what I thought was really expensive in the 80s versus now, right. But those were really expensive and they were, you know, quirky and you know it certainly in an ecentric way of living because it's very confined very like the whole the whole mini house thing that's going on right now. You know, yeah, but but on water and I always thought they were really cool. And that's that's kind of a beautiful area right there. On Lake Union, and with the backdrop of the city, it's, you know, it's stunning. Yeah, but I would not have thought that those would have been undesirable because they're certainly so desirable now. Yes to go to, but I don't think I could live on one. I think I'd like to stay there. I'd like to rent one for a month maybe and after a month, I'd probably ready to go get my feet on ground in absolutely a little bit more elbow room.
Eliana Sheriff 30:02
That was my takeaway for sure. But you know, at one point there were 2500. And now there's like, you know, less than 600. I looked online, it was hard to find an exact number, but for sure, less than 600 and they put a cap on it. So, you know, all those were kind of grandfathered in and, but back in like the 50s and 60s, there were a lot of people wanting to live on houseboat. And so one time there were a lot more and then that changed. So it's interesting to to take the time to read about I mean, anything there's there's stuff locally to right that. That's interesting too. I went to the Grand Coulee Dam a couple weeks ago. And you know, when you think about the the great floods that shaped alot of you know the landscape you see around our area, it's it's kind of hard to wrap your mind around.
Scott Cowan 31:10
Well, especially with Grand Coulee when you when you drive up to it in, you realize just the massive scale of how well how massive that structure is. It's just absolutely. It's amazing. And then when you did you drive into Coolee in the town of Coulee Dam, where all the little, the treeline street Yeah, there's all the treeline streets with all the cute little houses that were built for the engineers that were building that thing that was kind of the company town. Yeah. And it's just when you drive through there, now it's it. They're really cool. And if you look over your shoulder, if you will, there's this gigantic concrete structure. I mean, it's just massive. Yep. Yeah. And and you The Columbia River the Columbia River system impacted Washington State in the last hundred years amazing the changes that it's made to our region the with the your the abundance of power, cheap hydroelectricity and the abundance of irrigation water what is done to Central and Eastern Washington? I don't know that Tri Cities would be as large as it is right now. I don't know that, you know, when he would be as large as it is right now. I don't know that Moses Lake would be you know, it's just the river has totally changed. Central and Eastern Washington. Yeah. You know, right now on top of COVID You know, we're not doing some fun things but down in Tri Cities, you know, the, the unlimited hydroplane races on the on the river that's the one thing I knew about Tri Cities as a kid was the hydro races in Tri Cities. They had the hydro races. Lake Washington and say whether they had the hydro races in Tri Cities.
Eliana Sheriff 33:04
and we had to cancel WaterFollies this year, which was, you know, crushing for for a lot of people.
Scott Cowan 33:14
I just read that Prosser had to cancel their balloon fest.
Eliana Sheriff 33:18
Yeah, we had to cancel the fair. I mean, wow. We could talk about COVID for a long time, you know, because there's just so much that has changed.
Scott Cowan 33:34
Oh, it's, it's, it's, it's just unfathomable when you when you start to really start to think about it. Yeah, somebody posted this meme on Facebook about nobody got it right. Five years ago, when they asked you in 2015 What's life gonna be? What's your life gonna be like in 2020? No, one of us guessed what is happening. There's just nobody can really predict.
Eliana Sheriff 33:54
You couldn't, you know, but here we are. We're all in it together. All together as that sounds
Scott Cowan 34:03
Well. Yes, it is. It does sound cliche, but at the same time it is it's absolutely true. And in our conversations with people both on the podcast and just daily conversations with people, it's it's been really encouraging to hear some of the creative ways that people are adapting businesses are adapting and trying to navigate through this unprecedented situation. Yes, there's a company up in Twisp called EQPD. They make these vinyl bags that are bulletproof. I mean, they're just they're like, amazing how durable they are. And when COVID hit they pivoted from making bags to trying to make 10,000 masks wow to give to the community and so here they are making masks for everybody. And I was up there talking to him one day and they've designed all these new designs. He's a designer, he's a, I'll just call him a designer, I'm forgetting the exact word. And he'll, he'll forgive me for that, too. But he's designed all these new face masks, and he's using these, you know, high tech fabrics and just trying to make masks as functional as possible. Right without being bulky and heavy, and, you know, and so there's, there's a little company that's adapted and then in a kind of a funny nature, I mean, who would have ever thought that mask would become an advertising vehicle. And yet, you see people wearing masks that have Nike on them, or you see people wearing masks that have Seahawks logo on them. I mean, it's just kind of funny to me that we've, I have one with a rubber chicken. I walk I walk around with this giant beard hanging off my chin. Then a rubber Chicken mascot and people just look at me like I'm the strangest guy in the world, which isn't that yeah, it's, you know, it is what it is. Yes. So tell us about are you gonna ask you to start telling us some secrets? Oh, tell us about some places in Tri Cities.
Eliana Sheriff 36:17
Okay. I can
Scott Cowan 36:19
Yeah, not we're not putting out we're not putting on that big of a hotspot. What some cool places in Tri Cities that if somebody were to come down there and they were going to say stay overnight, so they get, you know, evening, afternoon, evening and then morning and afternoon. Okay, timeframe. Okay. Where should they go? That they're not going to necessarily find on their own.
Eliana Sheriff 36:42
Okay. Okay, man, there's, there's so much to recommend. food restaurants here I think are great. Let's say it's the morning you know you're getting up for breakfast. You're you're getting ready to go down to the river area, and drink your coffee I would highly recommend going to Roasters. It's our Tri Cities, you know, local coffee chain and I'm I absolutely love RoDutasters. It's kind of the rival to Dutch Bros in the area.
I'm a roasters girl that is a secret.
Nothing against Dutch Bros I know that that that rival can get intense rivalry, but so get your Roasters. If you're wanting a bite to eat, I would say go check out Kagan's Coffee and Crepes get a crepe. They have savory crepes, they have sweet crepes. It's it's just really delicious. For lunch. I really like Foodies. It's rated number one on TripAdvisor for good reason. I would recommend the fish tacos and chips and what's unique about their chips is they have Mandarin salsa, which I discovered recently so that, that's pretty unique. There's also a lot of restaurants on the waterfront, which I'm sure you can imagine I would recommend people go to Lulus Craft Bar and Grill. And Lulus is a little special to me because I went for a brunch there and ran into Post Malone. So that was pretty unexpected that was that was last summer. But a different time it was. But they also have great food.
Scott Cowan 38:36
So since this is a podcast, our listeners can't see the perplexed look on my face. Post Malone??
Eliana Sheriff 38:46
Oh, no way!
Scott Cowan 38:50
Karl Malone played in the NBA Post Malone don't know
Eliana Sheriff 38:53
Post Malone is a very famous rapper. He was in town for the Pendleton Whiskeyfest. I mean, he's worth $14 million. So, you know, he's, he's he's doing pretty well, but he's, he's very famous.
Scott Cowan 39:14
I have never heard name Now. Now. I'm not shocked that I haven't heard that name but Okay,
Eliana Sheriff 39:24
so I bet you've heard his like, I can guarantee you've heard one of his songs cuz they're always on the radio. And you know, I gotta tell you, it's funny because I took it I took a picture with him, right? And I posted it and out of anything I've ever posted on Facebook, you know, graduating college, getting my first job getting a second job. This picture got the most likes I've ever received. And this was for me being in the right place at the right time and snapping a picture with someone famous and I just think that That is really interesting, you know that that? That that was what people liked the most.
Scott Cowan 40:09
Okay? So, so if if you're like me and you don't know who post malone is go check them out. If you know who post malone is you can laugh at me. There we go. Yes. Okay. So besides getting you know, pictures was was celebrities that I know know anything about what else? What else inTri Cities?
Eliana Sheriff 40:30
so we talked about places to go anywhere along the Columbia. I road bike so I'm pretty much riding along the river, you know, four times a week and it never gets old. It never gets old. You know? It's It's beautiful. It when I first flew here for the job interview, I thought, huh Washington, the Evergreen State And then I start to land and I'm like, Oh, this looks like a desert what you know, like, clearly I didn't do a lot of research. There's a lot of sagebrush and and then you know you have the beautiful river so I think that that really makes the Tri Cities a great place to live our beautiful river. Obviously vastly different from the west side of the state, our our scenery. And the other thing that I wanted to recommend and it's not quite in Tri Cities, but it's about an hour and a half from the Tri Cities is the Vantage area near the Gorge. If you want to go to a concert, I don't know when that is going to be so that may not be a great recommendation. They have a beautiful venue for concerts, but also I do rock climbing and Vantage is not super well known but A great place to rock climb.
Scott Cowan 42:05
Vantage is definitely when you when you drive across the river and Vantage. It's It's It's very interesting. I've gone to many concerts in my years in Washington many concerts in other places. I will say that my favorite place I've ever been to a concert is is The gorge. Yeah, absolutely just a stunning beautiful venue. I I know people will probably speak up and say oh, Red Rocks. I haven't been to Red Rock. Yeah, so I'm gonna consciously say Red Rocks might might rival The Gorge. But in the northwest Yeah, I've not been to a venue that yes, I will say that, you know, to, to plan ahead, because if you're gonna go, well, who knows what we're gonna never go like you said. If you're gonna go to a show at The Gorge in September, it can get a little chilly. night if you think oh, it's 80 some degrees and I can go wear shorts and a T shirt and flip flops by 10 o'clock at night, you're gonna be pretty cool. Yeah, bring it back. So plan ahead, but it is it is absolutely gorgeous, a great venue.
Eliana Sheriff 43:13
Beautiful and highly, highly recommend then right next door you have you have that rock climbing. If if you're into that. Probably not for everyone, but
Scott Cowan 43:24
That would not be my strength. But yes, rock climbing is absolutely. Yeah, there's some great places around around to do that as well. Yep. So what else in the Tri Cities I mean, I'm thinking the few times that I've been down there. Badger mountain
Eliana Sheriff 43:41
Badger Badger Mountain, Badger Mountain is great. Um, I hike there all the time. It's really nice to hike at night because you see the city that you know the lights. It's not as hot and it's definitely Not as crowded, it has become way more crowded than I've ever seen it since COVID. Yeah, so I actually did a about like eight or nine months that I did Tail on a Trail. And so I would pick up a dog from our local animal shelter and drive to Badger and hike with the dog, give the dog a little break from the shelter and take a picture at the top and say, This is Rocky. He's, you know, three years old, and he's a social butterfly or whatever I noted about them. And then I would advertise the dog on our Facebook and in our broadcasts, and that was really, really rewarding for the time that I did. I'm taking a break from it, but um, but yeah, I'm very I'm very familiar with Badger Okay, so that's that's.
Oh, go ahead.
Scott Cowan 45:05
Oh, that's a very cool. I love what the animal shelters humane societies are doing in in this day of social media. Yes, the Wenatchee Humane Society I had to unfollow them on Facebook not unfollow them but turn off notifications because I probably would have brought hundreds of animals home. They were just they have an amazing day and it's not you know, not playing on your heartstrings. It's just like, Hey, here's Buster right? Busters really cool and and you're like, Oh, I could use a fourth cat or dog. And so I had to like kind of like suppress them from my feed because I literally would probably go down and I was thinking of going and being a volunteer there and I had to stop myself because I'm happily married and I don't think I would be if I kept bringing animals home. It's like so I love what they're doing and I think the Tails on the Trail What a cool idea to get people to take the dog out dog gets a
Eliana Sheriff 46:09
I have to take a credit because it was it was something that I proposed to them I I went there for a volunteer shift and I thought you know this it was a little early for my schedule and I was like you know I want to volunteer but I want to do it in a way that I'll be committed to it. You know, because if it's not quite with your schedule or whatever, so I was like, You know what, this would be great because even if the dog isn't adopted through, you know, the Facebook advertising or whatever, he he or she is still getting a break from the shelter getting some exercise. And then also I have a big platform working for KEPR that I can put the dog out there and, and it it worked for a lot of them. So it was kind of like a I would I would advise to people if you want to volunteer, but something about it doesn't work, but you still want to give back and you know, you, you, you know, specifically how you want to talk, talk to the organization and, you know, throw out maybe a different scenario. Because that's what that's what I did. And it worked out beautifully. So I think it's awesome. Yeah, that might be good for people to keep in mind because it really is. It's so great to give back. You know?
Scott Cowan 47:35
So we've had coffee. I've had crepes gone to lunch with Post Malone. Got gone for a hike. We've gone for a hike on Badger Mountain. Yes. Okay, so we're wrapping up our day, Dinner?
Eliana Sheriff 47:51
Are we Oh, dinner. Okay. I was like, are we thinking of like nighttime activities, cuz like
Scott Cowan 47:55
we'll get there but we'll start with dinner.
Eliana Sheriff 47:59
So many good places um there's a sushi place called Shiki by the Costco they have amazing sushi but I love any sushi so I have a pretty pretty low bar but they do have really like fancy sushi I want to learn in other places place for dinner hmm
There's so many I like to go to J's Asian Flaming Grill. They have tofu tacos if you're a meat eater Yeah, I know. I know it sounds scary. If you're a meat eater, I still would recommend you try these because I have had other you know, very diehard carnivores try them and they love them. So, Jerry is the owner. I actually did a study segment two called Taste of Tri Cities for a couple months. And that was obviously not very easy to do when the pandemic first hit. Because everything was closed, but I was highlighting a lot of our local restaurants which we have so many good ones. But Jerry's J's Asian Flaming Grill is one of them and he makes the tofu tacos and I think that that is something that you're not going to find anywhere. Maybe somewhere but not the way that he does them. Right? He does like Asian fusion. So if you're in town, get something that you won't find other places also Sure. We're gonna go we're gonna go for another breakfast right you here for two days so go to go nuts Spud Nuts has been around for I think over 70 years now it's like 72 I should know the exact number and did a story with them on their anniversary, but they have a potato flour doughnuts, spud? Spud Nuts. They're very good and totally unique to Tri Cities.
Scott Cowan 50:13
Eliana Sheriff 50:14
Scott Cowan 50:16
so we've got sushi, Asian fusion and potato doughnuts.
Eliana Sheriff 50:21
Scott Cowan 50:23
Okay, I've got to say that those are three. Also sushi is pretty common. Tofu tacos.
Eliana Sheriff 50:30
Oh, and you know what I'm gonna I'm gonna throw another dinner option out there so I'm for the most part, usually pretty vegetarian. But not everyone's like that. In fact most people aren't so, if you're one of those people go to Porter's Real Barbecue Porter's was featured on triple D, diners, drive ins and dives guy theory was here and that places right and smells Amazing. I get the sides I know lame, but I've heard that their meat is very, very delicious and also, Guy Fieri profiled a couple other places. One of them was a Frosty Sweet, and they have the best cupcakes I've ever had in my life. So
Scott Cowan 51:22
I always find when when a restaurant appears on that show or any show that for the foreseeable future, getting a table is next to impossible. There was a yeah a place in a place in Puyallup that we used to go to when we lived over there and could always get a table food was great. So on diners drive, dd triple D and next thing you know, I can't get in I can't even get in for lunch. Oh man, guys, good for them. Bad hurt bad for me. Yeah. So you know, he he's done damage to.
Eliana Sheriff 51:59
He's not From the restaurants point of view.
Scott Cowan 52:01
Not from the restaurant, the restaurant, the owners are probably loving it. Although Yeah, staffing up may be a little challenging. Yep. Yeah. Yeah. Better than the alternative.
Eliana Sheriff 52:10
Yeah, that was that was a big big deal when he came here, because, you know, kind of felt like our little smaller community was getting on the map. So
Scott Cowan 52:21
gettin on the map. Yeah. Now he's a I yeah, he definitely. He's a character. Yeah, he definitely is a character. Yeah. So last question, and we'll wrap this up. How's that?
Eliana Sheriff 52:35
Scott Cowan 52:35
So your favorite thing to do in the tri Cities area? What is it that so far you've been there for two years? What's the thing about the one thing in Tri Cities that you will miss if you leave like if you move away like you move up? Let's say you've moved to the Seattle market for for TV news. Let's just say that what's something interesting It means that you will miss if you weren't there.
Eliana Sheriff 53:03
You know as simple as it sounds, I think, aside from the people here, activity wise, just riding my bike along the river and in through different parts of the community. And then there's also a little mountain biking area called thomna. It's a natural preserve and that is great for mountain biking. So either the river or that area. It's just something that like never gets old. You know? It's it's really relaxing to be down by the water.
Scott Cowan 53:42
Well, the Columbia is a great river.
Eliana Sheriff 53:44
Yeah, it really is.
Scott Cowan 53:46
It's a great matter where you access it out. It's, it's interesting.
Eliana Sheriff 53:51
Well, my boyfriend and I, I mean, take yesterday for example, we went on a bike ride in the morning. Then we went on a walk Like midday and then we went long boarding like it you know, in the evening all by the river, right like we did three of you know very similar things but it just doesn't it's it's always relaxing it's really nice and it's something to take advantage of while you have it because I don't know where where I'll be next so yeah learn learn to love where you're at especially if you're in a profession like this where you kind of move around a lot you you you learn to appreciate things that you won't have forever
Scott Cowan 54:43
well and I think the river absolutely is a pretty To me it's a pretty magical thing when you here in Wenatchee I love going down down to the river walking around. Yeah, it's it's it's awesome.
Eliana Sheriff 54:57
You guys have great bike paths too
Scott Cowan 55:00
We have great bike paths we have some some really cool hiking in the area. I don't know about rock climbing, so I can't I can't speak.
Eliana Sheriff 55:08
I gotta say the best indoor rock climbing gym I've ever been to. And I've been to indoor gyms in Seattle and Portland in California. You're rock climbing gym is fantastic. I have made many day trips to Wenatchee to climb they're just, you know, yes, yes.
Scott Cowan 55:30
I can't think of the name of it. I've been in there once. Yeah, I think I think that certainly sounds believable. The fact checkers can can verify Yeah, but no, that's a pretty cool You're right. That's a pretty cool
Eliana Sheriff 55:45
I've been facility I've been in a lot of different rock gyms. So that's, that's a pretty, pretty good thing for you guys.
Scott Cowan 55:55
What makes what makes that one? standout?
Eliana Sheriff 55:58
Then what is it about it? That is The numerable I think it's just the Okay, so they have really high walls First of all, which I that's hard to find routes that are that long and in that, that high in just their presentation, they have, you know, little stainless steel labels for the different grades of the routes. So how they're how they're rated. And then, you know, it's just aesthetically very pleasing. The, the cafe area is kind of like cozy, you know, almost like log cabin like, and then there's a there's a window so you can watch the people climbing while you're sitting and having pizza or whatever you want to order from there and there's a little workout area as you're going down to the rock climbing area I don't know I just I'm I'm obsessed with that place so I was really sad to find out that there are going to be closed for the rest of the year because of COVID
Scott Cowan 57:09
Oh really? They mean it is oh yeah it is unfortunate. Have you ever have your hiked up to saddle rock?
Eliana Sheriff 57:17
Scott Cowan 57:19
Saddle Rock is kind of cool. It's kind of Wenatchee signature
Eliana Sheriff 57:24
okay? I think if you will,
Scott Cowan 57:28
It's not it's not it's not a technical hike, it's pretty vertical. So it's if you're out of shape like me, it's it, it causes some heart palpitations. But once you once you get up there, it's just this expansive view of the Wenatchee Valley, the Columbia River it's it's a pretty cool place to go.
Eliana Sheriff 57:52
Scott Cowan 57:54
So if you when you're you know, if you come to Wenatchee for any reason you should run up to Saddle Rock and check. Its a mile out of town.
Yeah, so I will put that on my list.
So you could do a video for that. Because you know, there you go.
Eliana Sheriff 58:06
I'd love to.
Scott Cowan 58:07
So speaking of speaking of your videos, yeah. If people wanted to find out more about you and what you're doing, where can they find you?
Eliana Sheriff 58:15
type in Eliana Sherif on YouTube and you will find my channel that's ELIANA and then SHERIFF like deputy sheriff, no Hey, how you doing? it so they'll find it. And, you know, I'm kind of in my infancy stage here on YouTube, but I just got a new camera and so I will be making a lot of vlogs because, and there's just so much so much stuff to do in Washington and the Pacific Northwest, so it's not maybe only Washington, but um, yeah,
Scott Cowan 58:54
well, all I care about is Washington we're just all about or Washington so we don't care if you cross into Oregon or How we just don't care.
Eliana Sheriff 59:01
Scott Cowan 59:03
No Portland's dead to us. Just kidding. Just kidding. Portland's a great city. So thank you for being a guest. And we'll put some links in the into the show page there to tie into a couple of things we'll put into your YouTube channel and all that will be there for the for the audience, so they want to check it out. And yeah, thank you. This has been fun for me. I've enjoyed. I've enjoyed chatting with you and
Eliana Sheriff 59:29
More to come.
Scott Cowan 59:30
Welcome back anytime. Join us. If you'd like to get another episode. Let us know we'd be happy to have you on and we look forward to getting this one published and having it out there shortly.
Eliana Sheriff 59:39
Absolutely. Thank you so much for having me. This is really fun and not as scary as I thought. It's not
Scott Cowan 59:46
It's not supposed to be scary supposed to be just as casual conversation.
Eliana Sheriff 59:49
So like I said before, I am the one who asks the questions. So to answer them is uh i have you know, sympathy for interviewies because it's hard. It's hard to be on the spot sometimes not that these questions were particular.
Scott Cowan 1:00:08
Yeah. Not trying to stump the band here. So. All right. Well, thank you so much.
Eliana Sheriff 1:00:13
Thank you so much.
Scott Cowan 1:00:15
All right. Take care.
Eliana Sheriff 1:00:32
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