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Local CupCake Craze • Coulee Country • a ‘Taylored’ Home


David Condon

Why he won’t take the city retirement, how he wants to re-engineer government, and where you’ll find him wearing a kilt

Spokane’s Architectural Crossroad The Spokane Club How the club changed with the city

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The Spokane Club’s History What started as a “gentleman’s club” has

9 Mayor David Condon 8

The new mayor talks with us about why he won’t take the city retirement, why he wants to re-engineer the way government works and create a retirement system “that is more

turned into one of the cultural centers of our

individual, more portable and is ultimately financially sustainable for the city”, where you

community. The Spokane Club has changed

can find him wearing a kilt, and why he wants people excited about living in Spokane.

along with the city bearing its name.

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Josh and Alison Taylor took a break from designing and building homes for clients to create a dream home for themselves. You could say it was custom “Taylored” just for them.

On the cover: Spokane Mayor David Condon Photo by Diane Maehl Photography


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contents what’s inside

Editor’s Letter




A Beautiful Vision

Spokane’s Deadliest Catch; What’s Hot What’s Not; Lilacs & Lemons

Metro talk

Spokane’s Architectural Crossroad

what i know

Rick Steltenpohl tells us what he knows

naturally health beat

Homestyles Pools and Landscaping

Real Estate Tax Benefits

Pets & Vets

Preu commits to Spokane


Spotlight on local businesses


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Artist Profile Artist Felisa Carranza

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Business Close-ups

The Scene Queen Latifah; In the Heights; Eckart

John Latta takes us to Coulee Country

Best Health Technologies; Healthy Eating Challenge; Bladder Health




Book ReviewS




local cuisine


restaurant reviews

Books by local authors

What to put on the calendar

Hey Cupcake!

315 Martinis and Tapas; Manito Tap House


Dining Guide Where to chow down in this town


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liquid libations


why we live here

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A Beautiful Vision

’m chagrined to admit that I chose the fifth treadmill from the end not because of its proximity to the overhead televisions, nor because it was close to the drinking fountain; I chose the fifth treadmill from the end because on the treadmill next to it was an older woman who was moving at a slow pace. I figured that being next to her, I would look like I was moving fast. It was pure pride and vanity. As I climbed onto the treadmill, I scanned the bank of television screens hanging from the ceiling, meant to entertain and distract me and my fellow gym-goers as we pounded out our aggressions, burned calories and chased better health. Nothing on the televisions caught my attention though, so I shifted into people-watching mode. That’s when I glanced to my right, again noticing the older woman on the treadmill. What I hadn’t noticed before was an older gentleman standing next to her treadmill. I wondered why he was just standing there watching her walk, but dismissed the thought and turned my attention to my iPod. Thirty minutes later, I stepped off of the treadmill and made my way into the weight room, One of my least favorite things about the gym is that a large portion of the weight equipment is positioned so that you are facing the mirror when you use it. Rather than stare at myself in-between reps, I looked at the reflection of the room behind me. I noticed the same older woman and her husband, who had been next to me on the treadmill, had also migrated into the weight room. As I watched them come closer, I noticed they were walking slowly and very close together. I did another rep of lifts, feeling the stretch in my triceps, and letting my mind wander to why he was following his wife around while she worked out and he didn’t.


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Soon, they approached the machine located directly behind me. At this close proximity, I could not only see them but also hear them. “Just a little bit closer,” he said, reaching out and taking her hand as he gently led her toward the machine. “There you go. Here are the handles.” She stared straight ahead and let him guide her hands toward the machine, grasping it when she made contact. It immediately dawned on me. I hadn’t seen what had been right in front of my eyes: she was blind, and her husband was gently helping with each step of her workout. He had been standing next to her on the treadmill, ensuring her steps fell in the right spot on the tread, and monitoring her time and speed. As they walked around the weight room, he tenderly led her to each machine, helped her settle in, and guided her with his voice, serving as her eyes. I felt my eyes sting with tears. It was one of the most touching, tender, truly beautiful things I had ever seen. This woman had no ability to see, and yet her husband served as her source of vision. Without a clear vision, we are inevitably destined to bump into things, run into obstacles, and risk ending up in the wrong spot; likewise, without vision for our lives, we are likely to end up stumbling our way into a dead-end. Having someone who can help give you vision and guide you is essential in life. Vision comes through a variety of things. For some, faith is a guide, giving a vision of the future, showing you where to turn, what to avoid, and how to correct your path when you’ve gone astray. Precious people in our lives also provide vision; people who will stand by our side, help us know where to go, and when we go the wrong way – which we inevitably will at times – stay with us as we navigate our way back onto the right path. Even a city needs a vision. For Spokane, that vision is coming from our new mayor, David Condon. He sat down with us to share his vision for Spokane, a city for which he sees great things. On a smaller scale, this magazine is a vision of our fabulous hometown. As we share about the great people and places in this community, my hope is that it creates a crystal clear picture of what an incredible place this is in which to live. As I think back to the couple at the gym, I am so impressed by the love and devotion he showed to his wife. He not only provided her with vision, but also helped me to see, right in front of my eyes, what it means to love faithfully and to serve. I hope we can all see equally beautiful acts around us, and then live out those acts ourselves. You see, that is what loving someone is all about!


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WHAT DANA KNOWS I loved Dana Haynes when she was on KHQ for all those years, so I was happy when I saw she was the featured What I Know person in the most recent issue. Her story was so well written and I appreciated all that she shared about her life. I am reminding myself to get back up when I fall down. Love that feature and especially this one by Dana. Kris White Spokane, WA

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HINDSIGHT Indeed, you should offer Lemons to the optometry board for its own nearsightedness (Lilacs & Lemons, January 2012); however, we suggest that you give some Lilacs to the Lions. Any Lions club will buy new eyeglasses for incomequalified citizens. They also provide refurbished hearing aids.  Sanford E. Gerber, Ph.D. Publicity Chair Spokane Central Lions COVER FLAP I couldn’t help but laugh when I read the letter from your reader who was totally disgusted by the girl on the November cover (Letters to the Editor, December 2012). One can only imagine their reaction to the plastic surgery ad on page 91 of that issue. Being from California, the cover seemed pretty normal to me, but I realize Spokane can be a bit conservative.     I publish a car magazine and recently used a similarly provocative cover photo that applied pin-up art style to modern cars, and received similar contrasting comments from my readers. If you don’t generate polarizing comments like that, you probably aren’t pushing the envelope much.  Like your other reader, Mr. Tripp said, “That’s art, creativity, and when done tastefully, it’s a beautiful thing.”  Keep up the good work.  Maurice Liang Los Altos, CA

JOURNAL ON! I related to your article about journaling (Editor’s Letter, February 2012). For years, I have kept a journal. Some entries are short—one or two lines capturing a thought or event—and others are much longer, serving as a processing center for all the thoughts swirling in my mind. I was inspired to journal after watching to my mother and grandmother faithfully do so for many years. My grandmother always said she hoped someone would read through them after she was gone, and know a bit more about her life. Journals and the stories told within in them are treasures; likewise, so is this magazine. Journal on! J. Howard Spokane, WA 85210 There are so many diets, eating plans, work out regimens and “get skinny quick” scams out there, which can be frustrating because they don’t work. I think everyone should read 85210: The Hottest Number in Town in your recent issue. Bravo for presenting the facts: Get enough sleep, drink enough water, eat your veggies, don’t eat junk and get moving. It is so simple and yet we exhaust ourselves trying to find an “easier” solution. There never will be anything easier than just doing what you’re supposed to do. Randi Greene Spokane, WA

Correction: In the last issue, Tony and Suzanne Bamonte’s last name was misspelled. We regret the error. We appreciate the contributions the Bamontes have made by writing about our region’s history.



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he scruffy-faced, medium sized man wearing a wool hat, looking very organic and sitting at a table in The Elk , Spokane’s beloved pub, could have passed for any regular guy. When it comes to his job, though, Spokane resident Paul Edgren does something a little, shall we say, deadlier. He’s a greenhorn on the Wizard, one of the crabbing boats featured on Discovery Channel’s hit television show, Deadliest Catch. Edgren joined the show after he met Wizard Capt. Keith Colburn while guiding him up Mt. Rainier. He took the captain up on his offer to join the crew as a greenhorn to challenge himself in his off-season from climbing. He contemplated quitting the Wizard, giving up crabbing on

the Bering Sea for an opportunity to climb in Annapurna, Nepal, but for now, Edgren has chosen to go back on Deadliest Catch. With the debate between crabbing and climbing raging in his heart, Edgren makes time for both. Currently on the Wizard, he also serves as a guide for RMI Expeditions and recently marked his 100th trip to the summit of Mt. Rainier. So how did this Spokane resident become the deadliest of adventurers? “I was in the Special Forces for four years. Then I became a banker after college, but banking was a means to an ends for me,” he says. “After four years in banking, I realized I did not want to do that any longer, so I took two years off of work and began rock climbing, training and competing in

Ironmans. I basically lived out of my car and knew my passion was the outdoors. Soon, [in 2001] I met a guy who worked for RMI, and I tried out for RMI. I started guiding that same year. I fell in love and have been with them ever since.” Does his family approve of his deadly adventures, or do they wish he would come to his senses some day? “I have five siblings, and I am from a pretty wealthy family, with diverse high-class educations, from lawyers to pharmacists. I guess I am the ‘black sheep’,” he says. “So, no they do not approve; my dad wishes I was a realtor.” Realtor, crabber or climber, anyway you look at it, Spokane is sold on Paul Edgren. —Interview by Julie Lilienkamp


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Lilacs & Lemons by Vincent Bozzi LILACS to the Spokane City Council for unanimously rejecting the $275,000 payment and restored position of officer Brad Thoma. Rewarding someone so lavishly for a drunken hit and run is bad enough, but he’s a police officer, and should be held to a higher standard. If an aspiring officer applied with such a record, could he even be hired, let alone re-hired? Offering him a job of some sort would be acceptable, but no one should win the lottery for such behavior. If he collected unemployment, that should be deducted at the very least. If alcoholism is a disability (can’t anyone say they’re an alcoholic?) then they did try to accommodate him by offering him a stress-free desk job, which he rejected. End of story. LEMONS to the Spokane Police Department for paying police officers while they’re under investigation. In one recent case an officer was paid for ten full months, while staying at home, until the investigation was concluded. Looks like the department is overstaffed. They were willing to give Thoma a desk job, so they must have work. Why not have suspended officers work on property crimes or file paperwork? There must be a million things they could have them doing rather than sitting at home watching game shows and soaps. LEMONADE to Avista for cutting natural gas rates. We’ve complained before that they seem to raise rates at the drop of a hat, but we’re surprised they have to file a formal request to lower rates. We’ll give credit where it’s due; what goes up sometimes actually does come down! Now if only the oil companies wouldn’t raise the price of gas for our cars by fifty percent when the cost of a barrel of oil rises by only five percent. LILACS to the Spokane Valley City Council for giving the green light to an entrance sign on Appleway, where the city begins. Intended to beautify the gateway to the valley, the sign will sit on a triangle shaped piece of land, and will include trees and, we hope, grass. So many other cities, like Coeur d’Alene and Wenatchee “get” that a great entrance leaves one with a positive feeling about the place. Now if only Spokane’s leaders could figure this out. Just buy that lot west of Dick’s and make people happy they’ve decided to come downtown!

Spoko-Gnome, I’ve been wondering something for a while, and my sister said ‘Ask the Spoko-Gnome!’ and so I am: What are those things floating in the Spokane River that look like big red beach balls? —Kathryn C. Kathryn, They are large Angry Birds! At least that was my best guess (especially after becoming addicted to that game; I see them everywhere). This column isn’t about guessing though; it is about answers. And so I turned to Sgt. Ryan Higgins from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department’s Recreation Safety Section to get you an answer. “I looked at your question and I have two possible answers,” he said. “If the red balls you are talking about are between the Post Falls Dam and the Spokane Street Bridge then they are part of a safety line to help protect and/ or prevent people or boats from going over the dam when it is open. By county ordinance, when the dam is open, the area between the dam and the Spokane Street Bridge is restricted to both boating traffic and anyone in the water (so the beach is also closed).  If this is not what you are talking about then I am guessing they are buoys that homeowners have put out in front of their docks to keep boaters away from their dock or shoreline. Unfortunately, these types of buoys are not allowed by the Idaho Department of Lands. In order for someone to put out a buoy in front of their property they need to submit a permit through Kootenai County, which

gets for-

warded to the Idaho Department of Lands for approval or disapproval. Then the buoy needs to meet certain standards and requirements. I can tell you that very few requests get approved by either the county or the Department of Lands.”

LEMONS to employers who discriminate in hiring people who are unemployed. I had never heard of this phenomenon before, but apparently the unemployed are considered poison by many employers because something must be wrong with them if no one else wants them. One hopes that such hiring managers find for themselves what it’s like to be laid off due to economic hardship. In many cases they’re the cream of the crop, since they are eager to prove themselves and have no impediment to starting immediately. LILACS to the civic minded people of Tekoa who are restoring their lovely small movie theatre, the “Empire.” So many small towns have boarded up and vacant downtown theatres that it’s a refreshing change to see one town embrace the wonderful and irreplaceable designs from the art deco age. LEMONADE to the Washington State House and Senate for both granting immunity to charities that match eyeglasses with the poor and homeless. The ridiculous ruling by the Washington Board of Optometry would have put a lot of people on the streets, and behind the wheel, with no glasses at all.


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cuterie, took Jeremy and Kate Hansen, owners of Santé Restaurant & Char This picture Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living on a recent vacation to Thailand. ed Kate’s was taken on Sukhumvit 11 Road. Their travel companions includ iend Kaiulani brother Zachary Christman (shown on the bike), and his girlfr be moving back Swan (behind the camera), who live in Taiwan and will both dear life, and to Spokane in the next few months. Jeremy is holding on for Kate is enjoying the ride!

“This is a picture I took in Seoul, South Korea,” w rote Kenny NG. “I read Sp okane Coeur d’Alene Living on the 14-hour flight and sh owed it to my wife’s fa m ily, who enjoyed it! I’m glad to be back. Spokane is small compared so Seoul (t here are 12million-plus there! ).”

Gonzaga University welcomes international author, activist Ingrid Betancourt An extraordinary story of activism, persecution and resilience comes to Spokane March 28th when Gonzaga University President Thayne M. McCulloh welcomes Ingrid Betancourt for the spring Presidential Speaker Series address (7 p.m.) A senator in her native Colombia, Betancourt was campaigning for president when she was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Feb. 23, 2002. She was held captive for 2,321 days and her situation drew international attention. Suffering from malnutrition, torture and psychological terror, she and 14 others were liberated by the Colombian army in a dramatic 2008 helicopter rescue. “In this condition of the most devastating humiliation, I still possessed the most precious of liberties that no one could take away from me,” Betancourt said later, “that of deciding who I wanted to be.” Lauded for her moral courage and perseverance, she authored Even Silence Has an End, which reached The New York Times Best-Seller List in 2010 and led to interviews by Oprah Winfrey, National Public Radio and Democracy Now. At Gonzaga, Betancourt’s talk will focus on her compelling story and ongoing efforts to free more than 700 people who remain hostage in Colombia. Ingrid Betancourt “provides our community with a unique opportunity to hear from an individual whose life has been immutably intertwined with the political realities of Colombia, and whose endurance was made possible by her faith in God,” says McCulloh. “It is a privilege to welcome her to campus.” Gonzaga, a Catholic and Jesuit university, exchanges faculty and educational programs with Colombia through a partnership between the Colombia and Oregon provinces of the Society of Jesus. Gonzaga University Presidential Speaker Series. Wednesday, March 28; 7 p.m., McCarthey Athletic Center. Tickets: $10 general; $7 senior citizen; $5 student/educator. Available online at Special online rate for our readers! $9, use discount code SCWM for online purchase. Contact: Angela Ruff, 509-313-3572


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Lindaman’s monthly wine tasting events on Saturday afternoons. $10 for five tastings is one great deal, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Local Spiceologist Pete Taylor, who is spicing up our culinary community with SAVORx Spice & Flavor Co. ( The helpful produce employees at the South Hill Super One. Shopping for fruits and veggies is downright delightful.

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Online begging—aka setting up online donation sites for your personal expenses and purchases, on your Facebook or blog. Local retailers that frown when you pay with cash. That green stuff? It’s our currency, people, take it! City Hall parking meters only allowing for one hour of parking.


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TREAT YO’ SELF by Heather Evans

Should you treat yo’ self? Parks and Recreation fans, will know exactly what we’re talking about, but if you’re in the dark, get on YouTube right away and look it up. Once a year, people, you just have to treat yo’ self! And here’s our suggestion of how to do it.

Mandarin Mocha Black Tie Coffee

Close your eyes and imagine this: dark chocolate, mandarin orange, orange zest and Black Tie’s roasted signature espresso beans. It’s exotic and so good. That’s why it’s perfect for Treat Yo’ Self Day. They’ll blend, steam or ice it for you, all at your command. It’s the perfect drink to get you fired up for a day of shopping. If you can’t wait to get to the store, you should know that Black Tie Coffee isn’t the place to just get your drink on! They have tons of locally made goods for sale, like ChicShizz, Red Panda Pottery, photography and so much more. Just make sure to wear your stunna shades while sipping this drink- because you, my friend, are treating yo’ self and everyone should know it. ($3+) Black Tie Coffee, 2910 E. 29th Ave., Spokane, WA

Make-Them-Jealous Jewelry Finders Keepers

Normally you’d probably go to a jewelry store during ‘visiting hours’ to see the baubles, but on Treat Yo’ Self Day, you must buy what you want. Finders Keepers has a store dedicated to surprisingly affordable collection of jewels. They have a stunning collection of vintage brooches that will bring a tear to your eye. Diamonds? Absolutely. Bakelite? Oodles of it. Clearance section? Yes, but not for you today! Just swing the door open, do your best America’s Top Model strut down the center of the store and point your finger at what you desire, then make it yours. So, are you a vintage green-jeweled cat brooch or a diamond ring large enough to knockout Mike Tyson? That’s a decision we can’t help you with. ($10+) Finders Keepers, 309 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA

Vince Camuto ‘Jamma’ Pump Nordstrom

You’ve started your day with a decadent, exotic mocha from Black Tie Coffee. You are covered in bling from Finders Keepers. Now it’s time to unleash yourself in Nordstrom’s shoe department. Make a beeline for Vince Camuto’s ‘Jamma’ Pumps. We’re talking a sexified 4 ¾ inch heel, supporting black crafted leather and, the best part: spikes over the toe and heel in a bow shape. True Northwest women know that these pumps are a weapon and a fashion statement, and give a whole new meaning to the words “kick your feet up.” Since it’s Treat Yo’ Self Day, snag these and then guess what? Head back to Black Tie Coffee. It should be about 4 p.m. and they are having their half off homemade scone happy hour. Dang. You are looking fierce! (Pumps: $139.95) Nordstrom, 828 W Main Ave., Spokane, WA


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The Mayor’s “Our Town Gala” Location: The Lincoln Center


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Leadership Lights the Way Location: Northern Quest Casino


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Events SAVE THE DATE 2012

American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest

8th Annual “Light the Way” Dinner Auction: “Hope Soars” March 24th, 2012 - 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Doubletree Hotel

Join host, Mark Peterson of KXLY, as “Hope Soars” at the 8th Annual Light the Way Dinner Auction on Saturday, March 24th from 5-11 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank, this year’s event will feature dining and dancing along with a live and silent auction. Funds raised provide much needed revenue to directly support families whose children are fighting cancer in the Inland Northwest. For over thirty years, American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest (formerly Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest) has been improving the lives of local children with cancer and their families by providing education, practical hands-on support, and financial assistance during the devastating times of childhood cancer treatment and recovery.

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3rd Annual Murder Mystery Fundraiser Thursday, April 26th - 6:00 p.m. Spokane Masonic Center Would you kill for a crown? Someone will and it is up to you to find out who. OutSpokane’s 3rd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner & Silent Auction is set for Thursday, April 26th at 6 p.m. at the Spokane Masonic Center Ballroom.  Tickets are $35 each, which include dinner and can be purchased online at or by calling 509-720-7609.

Spokane Preservation Advocates

6th Annual Gala: Steppin’ Out in Denim and Diamonds Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 5:30 p.m. Spokane Masonic Center

Spokane Preservation Advocates’ 6th annual gala is taking place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Spokane Masonic Center, 108 W. Riverside. The event will include a live and silent auction with a catered dinner and fine wine. The theme “Steppin’ Out in Denim & Diamonds” allows for creative interpretation in dress, so anything goes from tiaras to jeans! All proceeds go toward SPAs continuing historic preservation activities in Spokane City & Spokane County. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at For more info contact: Linda Milsow: 838-9186 or Sophie Dufrasnes: 385-9964

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Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation

6th Annual Wine & Gourmet Gala: “An Evening at the Vineyard” Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 5:00 p.m Spokane Community College Lair

The Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation invites you to celebrate forty years of making a difference at this year’s Wine and Gourmet Gala’s “An Evening at the Vineyard”. This memorable evening of unforgettable food and fine wine takes place Saturday, April 28 at the Lair Student Center at Spokane Community College.  Guests will enjoy a delicious four-course meal prepared by students from SCC’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, paired with outstanding wines from this year’s featured winemaker. The event includes an exciting and fun-filled silent and live auction where guests can take home unique items, fine wine, exciting experience packages and much more. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling (509) 434-5123 or online at

The Lands Council

17th Annual Dinner and Auction: “April Showers” Saturday, April 14th 2012 - 4:30 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel The Lands Council preserves and revitalizes Inland Northwest forests, water and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action and community engagement. They collaborate with a broad range of interested parties to seek smart and mutually respectful solutions to environment and health issues. Help them to pursue their dream to preserve the beauty of nature for future generations by supporting their 17th annual Dinner and Auction titled “April Showers.” For reservations, contact Amanda Swan at or visit their website at  

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute

Festival of Wine & Flowers – Wine Tasting and Auction Saturday April 21, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. Manito Golf and Country Club     Come join us for The Festival of Wine, Spokane’s most prestigious ultra-premium Washington wine tasting and auction. Enjoy some of the State’s highest rated wines including Quilceda Creek, Leonetti, Cayuse, Walla Walla Vintners and much more! During the evening guests have the pleasure of sampling hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Jim Wolters and an opportunity to bid on highly sought after, unattainable wines while enjoying an evening with good friends, great wine and fantastic food.   Tickets are $125.00 and can be purchased on their website at

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Metro talk Spokane’s ARchitectural Crossroad

When is Enough Enough in Suburbia?

Spokane’s Architecture, Construction Fields at Crossroads by Paul K. Haeder


he End of Suburbia, is a film that discusses, with some heavy hitters like energy experts, urban planners, politicians, sociologists and housing and transportation policy folk, how the suburbs in the USA were a product of cheap oil – remember, 19 cents a gallon for regular? – and an American dream reflecting upward mobility. Read Time, Bloomberg and a recent Brookings Institute report on suburbs, and today’s reality in many suburbs is a concept flipping around that mobility toward downward and a reality of poverty and broken dreams. It’s clear we are in a spasm in this country in our attempt at redefining what constitutes our collective urban and suburban lives. Will it be more Kendall Yards with smaller condo style habitations in higher density communities tied to a central city core? Will our public schools always look like prisons? Can abandoned box stores be retrofitted? What’s up with Washington State University, the bad neighbor, going for a Texas development company to raze the late 1800s Jensen-Byrd building instead of going with Ron Wells, local developer, who’d preserve that old building and turn it into university housing and retail space? Large and small architects and developers are facing a choice to either shift paradigms or to go the way of the dinosaurs when it comes to flagging real estate markets, the demands of a more urbanized society, and the upsurge in our own collective and divergent values of what it means to get off the treadmill of debt that defines this form of capitalism’s rat race. Whew! These challenges have been grappled with for half a century by better thinkers than this lone journalist, but there’s no hurt in trying.


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Grapetree Village • 2001 E. 29th Smaller is Better? As a planner, educator and environment journalist, I have all the books, studies, reports and plenty of meeting after meeting with politicians, major players in development, community groups and environmental organizations to consider over almost four decades when I started contemplating this thing called growth, development and communities’ visions and sustainability since being an intern at the morning paper in Tucson, Arizona. The West has been my stomping ground for many of those decades. I’ve seen that little sleepy fishing village in Oaxaca, Mexico, turn into tourist and retirement hell. For us in the 50 states, the writing is on the wall, in the books and tracked by everyone from economists to the Occupy Wall Street movement: If, since 1960, when the average American home was 1,400 square feet, we’ve grown to, on-average, a 2,200 square feet single family home, who’s paying for this? Add to that 42-year span, the average number of Americans living in that nowaverage 2,200-square foot home went from 3.6 to 2.7 people. A third of U.S. households now consist of just one person. For small independent architects who have to scramble for fewer and fewer pieces of the local, repressed economic crumbs of the building pie, they’ve put all of their effort and their own design creativity into horse feed – straw bale houses. For some, the new thing is old – working with available materials, keeping plans conservative. It’s what Spokane-based Kurt Rathmann, architect, designer, builder and construction contractor who owns 3LP Builders (Three Little Pigs) and Rathmann Design, Inc. is doing. His story, rarely told in this day and age of a huge development projects and powerhouse architectural firms looking for the 4,000-square-foot or more trophy home clients, a time when architectural superstars design and build buildings that look, well, not for human and community consumption. What architecture should be is a dynamic

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overlay of narratives of our shared culture, the links to how cities and towns morph over time, sort of a design-building family tree. For Rathmann, who was born in up-state New York, raised in Kentucky and Cincinnati, and got an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and then a master’s in the same field (architecture) at the University of Idaho, in Moscow, he spends a good part of his day accessing the details that didn’t make some features of old projects work. His axiom is to “make it up as I go along each time I design and build a house.” Not What the Insurance Agencies and Code Inspectors Relish He calls this the design-build continuum. His work is tied to deep green building, which is a design-building process tied to some tried and true methods, processes and actual building techniques: compact design, passive heating and cooling, heat avoidance, super-insulation, appropriate use of thermal mass, day-lighting, rainwater collection, design durability, detailing for disassembly, plat and utilizing locally sourced, salved and/or recycled materials. That’s a lot of plates to keep spinning in Rathmann’s deep green businesses, and as such he’s been pressed to utilize handson building and construction skills to keep going economically and to make sense as a green architect and builder. He swings a hammer, and in these lean economic times for both the architecture field and construction industry, Rathmann just helped build a 40-foot high, 8,000 square foot hay barn using telephone poles. Emphasize “build” as an action verb. “I still design projects with good structural safety in mind, but what’s appropriate given this time of economic uncertainty and energy concerns has to be a lot looser. . . more real, less legal,” he says. He’s soured on the Byzantine and bureaucratic processes that have turned creative, functional and effective building design and construction into one large legal mess. “When we produce drawings, we are producing legal documents,” he says. What Rathmann and others do is more like what hard-working chefs do, working with a recipe book and then their heads, making it up as they go along. “If you don’t have chili pepper, add something else.” 34

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Speaking with anyone in the construction and architecture fields who is thinking outside the box, and working with the typical person categorized as middle class who wants to do more for the planet, I get the opportunity to plumb deeper philosophical and motivational areas of their lives, and with Rathmann, it’s easy to go from a concept of voluntary simplicity and scaling down square footages of new homes, to some of the concepts around “rediscovering how to enjoy a range of temperatures in our lives.” Here is this 43-year-old guy who has set up shop in a basement in the Elm Street house he shares with wife Carrie, who teaches biology for the West Valley school district, talking with me about “environmental stimulation” and “thermal satisfaction,” citing a 1970 book by Lisa Heschong, Thermal Delight in Architecture, that convincingly points out how people enjoy a range of temperatures, and if we are going to really be sustainable – watching the amount of energy we use and being environmentally conscious on how much stuff we consume, throw away and waste – we have to live smaller and get on with cooler indoor winter temperatures and hotter rooms in the summer.

The Energy Hog of Today Is Not That Muscle Car No matter how we square it or pencil it out, moving our butts, goods and services and junk around collectively uses less fuel and spits out fewer gigatons of greenhouse gasses than our architecture does. Our buildings – public institutions, commercial spaces and homes – constitute a huge percentage of energy used (wasted), electricity demanded and greenhouse gasses emitted. Smart architects, engineers and others are part of the Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization established by architect Edward Mazria in 2002, have seen the writing on the wall for decades. While 2030’s mission is lofty – to rapidly transform the U.S. and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption and economic crises – even local small businesses tied to green construction, architecture-design and materials and supplies are getting it. This is what they get – the U.S. Energy Information Administration assigns to the


Metro talk Spokane’s ARchitectural Crossroad Building Sector a consumption footprint of 48.7 percent of all energy produced in the United States; moreover, 75.7 percent of all electricity generated in the U.S. is used just to operate buildings. On a global scale, these percentages are even greater. People like Bruce Gage, co-owner of EcoDepot in Spokane, Tom Angell, architect and head of his own firm, and Kelly Lerner who operates One-World-design, are doing some nifty things with straw bale construction, water catchment devices and durable and less carbon intensive materials. They also understand that buildings are the largest contributor to climate change. Transportation emissions get the headline news, but in reality the Building Sector was responsible for 46.7 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions in 2009, compared to transportation, 33.4 percent, and industry in general, at 19.9 percent. A Home Is A Wo-Man’s Smaller Castle What is amazing is that Spokane is a sort of hub for this kind of knowledge and a hive of activity by small entrepreneurs trying to tackle this complicated gambit of architecture-designbuilding and what to do about energy sources and efficiency as well as total greenhouse gas emissions. Talking with a small-business architect who happens to also be a builder, and deep green one, I can better gauge where architecture is going, where Spokane and Inland Northwest will be going in the next ten years, than speaking with all the talking heads in the renowned American Institute of Architects. “What the building stock of the future will have to be made up of is a house that doesn’t need a heating system . . . living with a fluctuation of temperature is just one part of it,” says Rathmann. He’s proud of his jackof-all-trades moniker illustrating how the 33-year-old VW Rabbit he owns can still literally be fixed from axle to engine in his spare time. “Smaller, smaller, smaller. We have to change expectations as architects, as a profession. Buildings being frugal are an interesting proposition.” For Rathmann, the biggest thing a homeowner can do is invest in the jacket – super insulate, reduce or eliminate thermal bridges, and bring in light and develop a sense of health and prosperity at 60 degrees in the winter. He owns, operates and is a one-man drafting, site planning, hands-on-show with his designarchitecture and building companies, and has talked at length about sustainable lifestyles based on a more humble lifestyle. “We need 36

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to be more resilient,” he says. “To do without stuff. Unfortunately, our economy is driven by debt. But we need to be more self-sufficient – learn how to fix things ourselves.” Blue Collar-White Collar As a teacher, I’ve turned students on to a book – a philosophical defense of work – about reviving the notion that people who work with their hands, like carpenters, mechanics, artisans and teachers, have skill sets and mental capabilities greater than those so-called “knowledge workers.” Writes Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class As Soul Craft: An Inquiry in the Value of Work, “Many of us do work that feels more surreal than real. Working in an office, you often find it difficult to see any tangible result from your efforts. What exactly have you accomplished at the end of any given day? Where the chain of cause and effect is opaque and responsibility diffuse, the experience of individual agency can be elusive. Dilbert, The Office and similar portrayals of cubicle life attest to the dark absurdism with which many Americans have come to view their whitecollar jobs.” Rathmann works with his hands: he’s a carpenter, puts in foundations, and frames and finishes off homes he has designed, with much input from those people laying down the bucks and imparting their dreams in the form of a modest rural residence. In many ways, Rathmann walks a thin line, between blue collar and white collar. His survivability in the really lean Reagan years and lately since the bubble burst and mortgage fiasco hit has been tied to weathering bust times – hitting nails as a framer for remodeling projects, and living frugally. He’s not a big fan of postmodern splashy commercial architecture,

or the residential building model that is all about production, like McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Architects working in Spokane with whom I’ve spoken, from Jeff Fountain of Copeland Architecture & Construction, and Tom Angell, who utilize sustainable practices, still have clients that are not the nine out of ten Spokanites Rathmann seeks out – those who don’t have the money or the credit or the power to pay back loans. Style over substance, or design over utility in the architecture field is a hot button topic no matter the size or economic feasibility of the architect or contractor. Perhaps this is best summed up by Brent C. Brolin, who writes in his book, The Failure of Modern Architecture, “Buildings that convey a sense of history provide a sort of psychological anchor. A beautiful old building, or a new one using traditional details, can recall local traditions and thereby spin a complex web of welcome and sustaining attachments. Yet modern architectural orthodoxy has declared history irrelevant and has outlawed traditional styles. As a result, most modern architects have made little or no effort to design buildings that are visually sympathetic to traditional surroundings. And many fine older neighborhoods have been condemned to a slow death as they are riddled by grotesquely inappropriate buildings.” With that in mind, the question begs to be asked: what does the future of sustainable architecture look like for Spokane? Paul K. Haeder is a freelance writer who worked in Spokane as a community college instructor and journalist for over 10 years.

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Executive Director, Spokane Hoopfest Kindness Matters. It’s my favorite trait, well, off the basketball court. I love simple, pure acts of kindness. They change a mood, improve a day and altar lives. Kindness breeds more kindness. Kindness positively impacts all situations and environments and I encourage you to try it! Love Really is All You Need. Well, love and lots of good music. And yes the Beatles are in a class by themselves. But I digress. I believe strongly in matters of the heart. Having people you love and having that love returned is a tremendous gift. Please share your heart! I’m grateful for many dear friendships. I’m blessed with three beautiful girls in my life - my wife Martha and my daughters Chelsea and Leah. They bring me incredible happiness and joy and my proudest moments. Being a dad is the best thing I’ve ever done. Martha and Hoopfest Changed My Life: I really first noticed this girl on a school trip to Washington D.C. in 10th grade. Then I threw water balloons at her during a summer party after 11th grade. We started dating a few days later and have been together ever since. Martha has an amazing capacity for goodness within her, and she brings that out in me. When I spoke at my dear Mother’s funeral Mass (she died way too young at the age of 57, in 1994), I said there were two people responsible for every good thing I accomplish – my mom and Martha. They will always inspire me. Who knew when Rick Betts asked me to drive to Seattle in the summer of 1989 and play in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with him and Jerry Karstetter that the seeds for Spokane Hoopfest would be planted and that Spokane would become the destination for America’s grassroots basketball? I had worked with Betts in the accounting world and he was a mentor to me. His vision for Hoopfest, along with Jerry Schmidt’s, was astounding. I was proud to be part of the founding group in 1990 and the first Executive Director in 1992. Not only am I one of 61 people that have played in every Hoopfest since we began in 1990, but also I continue to have a dream career, complete with so many truly meaningful interactions, life lessons and a closet full of Nike shoes! Helping lead Hoopfest all these years, with amazing guidance, assistance and dedication from countless individuals, sponsors, the City and the downtown community is a true honor. I continue to learn so much about service, selflessness, excellence, creativity and driving forward, while having fun and appreciating the spectacular people I get to be around and the lifelong friendships I’ve formed. We live in a truly stunning community. Hoopfest is much more than a job - it’s family. Stay tuned as we have fabulous things coming in the years ahead! 38

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Be More. I love how innovative Nike is. They are always pushing the envelope with new gear that enhances performance and looks better than anyone else’s. Nike reminds us that there is no finish line. I completely agree. We must be more. Why? Because in life we don’t stay the same. We either get better or we get worse. With balance, positive energy, joy, confidence and a gracious heart, appreciate what we have but strive for more for excellence. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi said the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Personally, I always want to be better in my relationships, with my fitness, at work, with communications, by being more thoughtful. Does this mean you live an unsatisfied life because it’s never enough? No. It means you are grateful for what you have but realize there is more yet to achieve! I live that way personally and that’s how Hoopfest is as we enter year 23. The Delight of Competition and a Good Movie. Some of my friends describe me as the most competitive person they know. This mostly comes out these days on a basketball court and I’m grateful to still be playing. I thoroughly enjoy team sports like basketball and football, with all of the interaction, camaraderie, strategy and energy that goes into the games. It’s fun to compete so fiercely with friends on the court and then shake hands and put the game results behind you immediately afterwards. I’m better at that now than I used to be. But trust me, I’d much rather win! As competitive as I am on the court, you might be surprised how easily I can cry during an emotional scene in a movie, during a good acceptance speech or when my daughters tell me a touching story. It’s almost embarrassing sometimes how sentimental I am. Is this only going to get more pronounced as I get older? Bring me a Kleenex! Anyway, I love a good movie. It’s so relaxing to lose yourself in the characters and just totally unwind for a few hours. No phones, but please pass the popcorn! Enjoy the Ride. I love celebrating birthdays and refuse to accept friends’ aged focused attitudes against this; it’s your day – celebrate, feel special and have fun! I also encourage people to choose happiness in their everyday lives; it’s often up to you how you react to things, who you choose to spend free time with and what attitude you bring to your day – make it positive! Another thing I find amazing is how much you learn by listening and how greatly you can validate someone by “listening to them with your eyes”. As I sign off, I’ll share some of the things that make me most happy: being with my three girls, Beatles music, Seinfeld re-runs, a good concert, lots of sunshine, great friends, playing basketball, family, fun, travel and knowing that Hoopfest is rocking. What makes you happy? Overall, I encourage all of us to be kind to one another, laugh a lot, find love and have big fun all along the way!

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Coulee Country

No one with an eye for landforms can cross Eastern Washington in daylight without encountering and being impressed by the “scabland”. . . The region is unique: let the observer take wings of the morning to the uttermost parts of the earth: he will nowhere find its likeness. – J Harlen Bretz, Geologist, 1928

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ast month, I was keeping an eye on the weather, hoping to make a quick trip to Palouse Falls State Park. In Spokane, it felt like one of those days when it might rain most of the day. According to the forecast, the rain was supposed to end in the afternoon or evening. When I checked the satellite imagery just after noon, the clouds were beginning to open up over southern Washington’s lower Columbia Basin. I was hoping for some dramatic evening light that might develop after the storm passed, and possibly an unusual image of Palouse Falls. With the opportunity to make a quick trip to Palouse Falls, dressed for the cool early February weather and with camera gear ready and Discover Pass I was set. Being off-season, I had the park to myself from the time I arrived. The roar of the flood-swollen Palouse River spilling over the falls reverberated in the air. I enjoyed the afternoon and evening photographing the falls as the sun set. At times, one may experience a feeling here as if the Ice Age Floods have just receded. The falls were formed during the Ice Age Floods, or Missoula Floods, when the glacial outburst floods surged to a depth great enough to overflow the ancestral Palouse River valley’s southern wall. This valley, now called Washtucna Coulee, was one of the major channels for the floodwater discharging to the lower Columbia Basin. As the floodwaters surged over the divide between Washtucna Coulee and the Snake River

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to the south, the present channel of the Palouse River and Palouse Falls were cut into the basalt bedrock. It is well known that not only Palouse Falls, but also much of Eastern Washington was shaped by the Ice Age Floods. Spring and early summer are great times to explore the area. The coulee country and scablands are renowned as geologic records of one of the world’s great catastrophic events. Last spring I visited Moses Coulee several times to photograph it. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has protected more than 30,000 acres of functioning sagebrush-steppe habitat in the Moses Coulee-Beezley Hills Preserve. Funded by private contributions, TNC is a non-profit organization. The preserve is one of TNC’s many projects across the country. Along with public and private landowners, TNC is working to conserve more than 400,000 acres in the Moses Coulee-Beezley Hills area. After driving westward about 20 miles from Coulee City, one drops into the wide canyon called Moses Coulee. Moses Coulee is as magnificent as the more famous Grand Coulee and Dry Falls. Moses Coulee was one of the major drainages created by the Missoula Floods. Moses Coulee was formed after the Cordilleran Ice Sheet spread southward down the Okanogan Valley onto the Waterville Plateau, damming and diverting the ancient Columbia River and Missoula Floods down Moses Coulee. As the Ice Age culminated, the glacier continued advancing southward, and damming the Columbia near the present location of Coulee Dam, forming a large glacial melt water lake, that has been named Lake Columbia by geologists. This lake existed in the present day Columbia valley in the location that is currently lower Lake Roosevelt. When this ice dam was breached, Lake Columbia drained and tremendous volumes of water surged down the Grand Coulee and over Dry Falls, where the water was more than 300 feet deep above the present ground surface. The southern limit of the glacier is now marked by a countryside of massive glacial erratics called the Withrow Moraine. My last visit to Moses Coulee was a showery June day. On previous trips, I had reconnoitered a location that offered a dramatic view of the coulee walls. The location required a cross-country hike to reach. When I arrived at the location the Palouse Falls, Palouse Falls State Park, Washington, February 2012




Basalt columns, Moses Coulee Preserve, Washington, April 2011

weather was pleasant, with cumulus clouds and scattered distant rain showers. As the evening approached, a squall moved in from the south. It first appeared that the rain was from an isolated cell and would soon pass to the north. But as dark clouds continued to appear to the south the rain continued to fall in curtains from the squall. My Gore-Tex jacket provided some protection, but the shoulders and upper arms soon were saturated after nearly an hour and a half of drenching rain. At one point I heard thunder, which made me consider abandoning my exposed location. I didn’t want to dig into my pack to get my poncho, thinking I would get everything in my pack wet as well as the rest of my clothing that was protected by the coverage of the dripping brim of my hat and sodden shoulders. I was sure the rain would stop and the sun would emerge from the clouds to the northwest. I became too wet to move for fear of soaking everything including my camera. As I began to shiver from cold, the rain began to diminish, accompanied by a fresh northwest wind. As the storm died, the sun emerged and at last, suddenly I was standing in the sunshine. The warmth was welcome. My clothing soon 46

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began to dry. I was not the only creature to be grateful for the change. Dozens of whitethroated swifts and a prairie falcon that had been flying along the cliffs before the downpour, soon emerged to renew their swooping aerial stunts to feed and hunt. A bobcat slinked about the talus at the base of the cliff looking for a rodent, bird or snake to eat. The scent of moist sagebrush filled the rain-cleaned air. My patience was rewarded as the light changed and the shadows slowly grew across the floor of the coulee. At that moment there was no place I would have rather been. I gave thanks for the beauty that I was able to experience and appreciated the efforts and foresight of some to preserve places such as this for the public to appreciate and enjoy. For without these preserved natural areas, our wonderful little corner of the world would be greatly diminished.

John Latta photographs and writes about the beautiful outdoors in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. To see more of John’s photography or purchase a print of a photo in this article, visit his website www.

A few weeks before my Palouse Falls trip, I had purchased a Discover Pass from one of the Washington State Park Rangers at Mount Spokane State Park. The Discover Pass really is a great deal! It allows one to visit any Washington State Park (as well as all Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources sites) for only $30 per vehicle for a year! (A daily pass costs $10. Premiums of $5 and $1.50, respectively, are added when purchased from other vendors.) Washington has some amazing state parks. Our part of the state is no exception. In addition to Palouse Falls and Mount Spokane, we have gems like Field Spring, Steptoe Butte, Riverside State Park and Steamboat Rock. With Washington’s current budget crisis, the state is struggling to find a way to keep its parks open. The couple of million dollars in revenue from sales of the Discover Pass since the current program’s inception this past summer, falls far short of the more than $60 million needed to fund the program this year. Our neighboring states are facing similar budgetary problems. State governments must consider the value that state parks and nature preserves provide to its citizens and visitors. The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) lists four economic values and benefits of state parks: (1) Catalyst for tourism, (2) Motivation for business relocation and expansion, (3) Investments in environmental protection, and (4) Saving through better health and lower crime. The NASPD estimates that America’s state parks provide an economic benefit impact to communities of more than $20 billion per year. State parks are big targets for a legislature intent on slashing expenditures; however, the size of the target is much larger than the burden on a state’s revenue. Statistics compiled by NASPD for 2004 indicate that state parks’ average share of a state’s budget is 0.24 percent (1/4 of 1%). The Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests are seeking public comment on the Draft Forest Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for both Forests. The documents were released on January 3, 2012. The 90-day public comment period ends April 5th. The draft plan is the result of more than 10 years work. According to the Forest Service, the plan “was shaped by the best available science, current laws and public input gathered at 30 public meeting and more than 140 public community-based work groups.” The Draft Plan, according to the Forest Service, addresses watershed health, restoring and maintaining ecosystems, improving the resistance and resiliency of forest vegetation, providing financially and ecologically sustainable access to the forest, and offering a diversity of recreation opportunities including remote settings. The documents are available online www. For more information, call (208) 765-7417 or email



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Nutritionists, Dieticians and Diets, Oh My!

by Julie Humphreys


e really don’t like the word “diet.” Even in its purest form as a noun, it means “food and drink regularly provided or consumed” and “habitual nourishment.” Nothing wrong there. But drop a couple rungs down the ladder in Webster’s definition of diet and you find “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight going on a diet.” Yikes, eat and drink sparingly? Now we’re facing restrictions, and the truth is we don’t like to be restricted. That is part of the reason for a name change in the nearly centuryold organization, the American Dietetic Association. In September the association voted to change its name to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bringing the word nutrition into the fold was very intentional for reasons best explained by Spokane dietitian Heather Gabbert who did an informal poll last summer. When she asked, “What do you think of when you hear the words dietitian and nutritionist?” One response stood out: “When I hear dietitian I think of someone who is going to tell me what I can’t do. When I hear nutritionist I think of someone who is going to help me do what I need to do to get better.” Touché, that’s exactly what the well-meaning, educated, helpful dietitians of the world face!

So bring on the name change, but in doing so, you bring up a major point of clarification on the professions of dietitians and nutritionists. And this is information you, the consumer need to know. Dietitians are attempting to convey their modern day mission of who they are, what they do, and how they can help you improve your health and prevent serious diseases down the road. Around the time of World War I, dietitians were diet planners or cooks. What they did was geared toward the medical treatment of disease, now called medical nutrition therapy. In the 21st century we know that nutrition affects your total health and quality of life in a variety of ways every day. Just like doctors, dietitians today have many and varied areas of expertise: sports nutrition, diabetes, pediatric, long term care, etc. And most of all what they have and always have had is a science background. “Nutrition is a science, not a philosophy or a feeling,” says Kim Larson, Registered Dietician (RD), and Director of Communications for the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The biggest distinction between a dietitian and a nutritionist is a sciencebased nutrition education and training that includes at least a four-year degree, along with passing a national board exam to become a Registered


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Dietitian. But Larson says the term nutritionist is not regulated and anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. She points out that nutrition is about the physiology of how food is used in the body and that involves a lot of chemistry to learn how the components of food are digested, absorbed and metabolized. Again, nutrition is science, so nutritionists should know science. Still the word nutritionist is hot right now. There’s a big trend of people calling themselves nutritionists. With the Internet we have unlimited nutrition information at our fingertips and not all sources of that information are credible. It is wise to take a “consumer beware” stance when seeking out nutrition and health information and make sure it comes from people and organizations with credentials, a qualified background and formal education. Note that the former Dietetic Association added the word nutrition to its new title, not the word nutritionist. Larson says, healthcare professionals, like RD’s, need to change with the times and let consumers know they offer quality nutrition information and services they can count on to be safe and accurate. Elizabeth Abbey, a dietitian who teaches nutrition at Whitworth University says there are nutritionists out there who are qualified, it’s just a matter finding out if they have credentials, and if so, what kind. Abbey points out you can take an online class over the Internet on a weekend and be a nutritionist with a certification by Monday. She says there’s a booming interest in nutrition as a career and there are expanding opportunities in the field, which is bound to attract people who want to jump on the nutrition bandwagon. A major red flag, she says is a nutritionist who is tied to a product. The supplement business is a 50

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trends to which dietitians warn, “watch out!” • Following a low-fat diet to lose weight. This was popular in the 80s and 90s but actually resulted in people consuming more calories and gaining weight. Low-fat diets can also lead to not enough “healthy” fats from avocados, nuts, fish and oils. • Avoiding or limiting foods. If you take out most of or an entire food group you risk creating a nutrient shortfall. For example, eliminating all milk products can cause a shortage of important nutrients that help prevent bone fractures in children, and osteoporosis in adults. • Low-carbohydrate diets. This is probably the most current popular weight loss diet. But when you eliminate all carbs you are missing out on fruits, whole grains and fiber that protect against cancer, heart disease and diabetes. These diets also lead to bigger intakes of meat, cholesterol and fat, which can increase the risk of heart disease. • Weight-loss diets. They are now known to be linked to weight gain with up to two-thirds of dieters regaining more weight than they originally lost. This is in part because dieting predicts unhealthy eating behavior like binge eating. • Taking dietary supplements. Doing so may provide nutritional insurance but can pose some risk. Heavy supplement users may be getting too much of some nutrients and supplements don’t provide all the healthy components of foods. Avoid super low calorie diets such as a 500-calorie diet. You will naturally lose weight if your intake is that low. You could eat 500 calories of chocolate cake for your daily intake and lose weight, but you won’t get essential nutrients your body needs and when your body doesn’t get enough and proper food it pulls from your muscle. Another mandate from dietitians is to not skip meals, and there’s good reason. Meals are fully digested usually within about five hours, with carbohydrates within three to four hours. So you are out of fuel every three to five hours, and as soon as your body doesn’t have enough energy it starts breaking down lean muscle. And the cumulative effect is even worse as you continue to deny your body proper fuel at regular intervals. Those are things to watch out for, but what about things to incorporate in your attempt to eat well and keep your weight in check? Dietitians support these tips: • Use moderation, variety and balance in your food choices. It may not be flashy, but it’s tried and true.

• Consider taste, enjoyment and social and cultural factors in your food choices. Diets that don’t will not be successful in the long term. • Select foods from all food groups. Each group provides important and unique nutrients. • Most all food can be made part of a healthy diet. • Try not to label foods as “good” or “bad” foods. • Choose nutrient-rich foods that have a lot of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Keep in mind it’s your diet over time, not individual foods or even single meals that will ultimately affect your health. March is National Nutrition Month and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is promoting “Get Your Plate in Shape.” In simple terms your meal plate should look like this: half fruits and vegetables, a quarter whole grains and a quarter protein. Here’s how: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange varieties, as well as beans and peas. When buying canned vegetables choose “reduced sodium” or “no salt added” and rinse other canned goods like beans, corn and peas to reduce sodium levels. Make at least half your grains whole: Choose brown rice, barley, and oats and other whole grains for your side dishes. Switch to 100% whole grain breads, cereals and crackers. A quarter of your plate should be protein: Eat different protein foods like seafood, nuts and beans, lean meat, poultry and eggs. Eat more plant-based proteins like nuts and beans, and whole soy foods like tofu and edamame. At least twice a week, make fish and seafood the protein on your plate. To find a dietitian in your area go to www. and click on “find a dietitian.” While it appears ironic that dietitians are seeking to distinguish themselves from nutritionists yet they’ve added the word “nutrition” to their national title, it’s really not, they say. Because dietitians are all about nutrition; sound, studied, tested, true science based nutrition that translates to solid helpful information to you the consumer as you try to figure out how to eat right for your health. Julie Humphreys is a health reporter and Director of Step UP Spokane, a community effort to encourage you to eat right and exercise. Visit www. for more nutrition information and to track your physical activity with free activity challenges.

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hen Julie Robinson, a working mom from Spokane, had her baby, she didn’t think much of the computers her doctors and nurses used as part of her care. “It was seamless,” says Julie of her experience in the hospital. “I had such great doctors and nurses and the fact that they had all my information in one place electronically was great. If different nurses needed to know something they had one place to go without asking questions repeatedly.” The same was true when Robinson transitioned from the hospital back to her doctor. “All my doctors have electronic medical records (EMR). In Spokane it just seems to work well; everybody is in the loop and it really helps keep track of things that may have happened a long time ago that I wouldn’t remember.” Robinson’s doctors all use EMRs, as do many in Spokane, which has one of the highest rates of EMR use in the country. That high use of EMRs, however, is not the case in much of the country. Spokane is regularly held up as a national model for how technology can help improve care at every level. With a wellestablished and advanced network of EMRs in provider offices and in regional hospitals that are connected, Spokane is well ahead of the curve. It Begins With a Foundation When you begin to explore the use of technology in medicine, there are levels of complexity. At the foundation is the EMR, a replacement for the paper medical chart with which many of us grew up. There are significant benefits to an EMR over a paper record, from accuracy and safety to improved decision support for providers.

“I wouldn’t work where there wasn’t an EMR,” says Marcy Cheadle, a registered nurse who works regularly in a local emergency room and as director for advanced clinical applications at Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), which manages a major portion of our region’s EMR network. “An EMR helps the provider in so many ways, and it is better for the patient too. EMRs are faster since you can make notes in a chart right away, they are safer because you don’t have to worry about misreading someone’s handwriting and they are easier to store and find because everything is in one place instead of having to hunt down a paper record somewhere in the hospital.” Just like how computers improve our work and personal life in so many ways, from the ability to securely store information to organizing and finding it later, an EMR improves the world of your doctor and of you as a patient. Think about back when you had your immunizations as a kid. If you needed to remember today if you had a vaccine against chicken pox, could you? Could you remember when? Many of us would need to call our parents, hoping they had kept the little paper booklet tracking our immunizations over all these years. EMRs solve that problem. Your record is one place where information about your medical history and care can always be found. It isn’t on a piece of paper that can be lost or changed; it is permanently recorded, safely stored and easily found by your doctor. Sharing Information Between Providers to Improve Care EMRs enables a new way of practicing medicine and improved care in many ways, but a major value in EMRs comes with their ability to give providers and patients a complete picture of the patient’s health status, in a way that is unique to each patient. By being able to track things over time, compare from one part of a medical chart to another securely, easily and quickly, health care providers can draw comprehensive conclusions and help patients. It is that tracking of the care a patient receives over time, and between different


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Women (1,300 - 1,800 calories) •One-half cup oats with one tablespoon of flaxseed and add 1/2 cup of preferred fresh fruit. •Scramble up three to four egg whites. Take your Dymatize Multi-Vitamin. •Dymatize Elite Fusion 7 protein shake and apple. •Three to four ounces of lean meat (chicken, turkey, fish). Half-cup of brown rice and veggies. •Pick a protein source: three to four egg whites or pick from fish, chicken or turkey (Plain Greek Yogurt is okay if you tolerate dairy). Three ounces of yam and eight to ten almonds. •Three to four ounces of fish, one to two cups of green beans or salad and ¼ cup of brown rice. Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey Protein Shake.

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ho would have known that bladder problems are very common, especially for women? We interviewed urogynecologists Dr. Linda Partoll and Dr. Sarah Hammil of Northwest OB-Gyn and got to the, um, bottom of these pressing issues. They are the only two Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Urogynecologists in the entire region. Combined, they have over 20 years of experience. Urinary Leakage “This is a very common problem, but it doesn’t have to be,” says Partoll of urinary leakage. “And it can be an expensive problem at that,” says Hammil. “The average person spends about $800 a year on sanitary napkins, Depends and extra laundry from leakage.” Sound familiar? There’s no reason you should live a leaky life. A diary of your leaking can assist your doctor in helping you. “The more detailed you can be, the better,” says Partoll. Most women will find that non-surgical or lifestyle changes will help solve the problem. Very rarely will they find that more invasive testing is needed, and many women are surprised to learn that it really is a simple course of action to solve an annoying issue like a leaky bladder. Pelvic Organ Prolapse This is the issue that sounds super serious, and no one talks about it. That might be because the title alone is enough to stress you out. The official description for this is: a hernia in the vagina.

What women experience is a bulge, feeling heavy, or a dragging feeling in the vagina. Sometimes this can be accompanied with pain and dryness. “Most women with this issue fear the unknown,” says Partoll. “They think the solution will have to be surgery, but that’s not always the case.” Several things can cause this issue, but the most common are: age, having children, strains from heavy lifting/constipation/coughing, or you just may have a genetic pre-disposition. “Without a doubt, this is a quality of life issue,” says Hammil. “Alternatively, this issue might not even be harmful to you. But it’s reassuring to know that we can meet with a patient and go over a few simple steps to help them alleviate the symptoms.” Sometimes, doctors will recommend a simple technique like muscle strengthening or devices like a diaphragm to help hold things in place. “If this is something that really bothered you, we’d recommend surgery,” says Partoll, “but, it really is up to you.” Bladder infections Anyone who has experienced this knows it’s a certain kind of pain that’s uncomfortable and, with the frequent urinating, unavoidable. If you haven’t had one, knock on wood. “To prevent this, you want to keep your urine acidic, like drinking a teaspoon of vinegar dailynot that it tastes great, though,” says Partoll. Largely, bladder infections are caused by bacteria or most commonly, from genetics. “If it’s genetic,” says Partoll, “then you really can’t prevent them.” Over the counter medicines like AZT only help with the symptoms, but won’t cure a bladder infection. “If left untreated, a bladder infection can turn into a kidney infection,” Hammil points out. “If you have more than three bladder infections, you know it’s time to see a specialist.” If you’re one of the lucky women who aren’t subjected to hereditary bladder infections, there are a few steps you can take to avoid them: Practice good hygiene, urinate completely after sex, try to always completely empty your bladder when urinating. “I recommend visiting www.mypelvichealth. org for user friendly information regarding these issues,” says Hammil. “Just remember, you don’t have to live with any of these issues,” says Hammil. “We can help you!”

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and education are key. Not only for health care providers, but also for emergency responders and members of the public. The Health Training Network (HTN), a service of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), quietly serves all three, providing high-quality training that saves lives in our region. One of the Biggest in the Nation With 1,200 instructors and 110 training sites in the region, the emergency cardiac care training center run by HTN is the sixth largest American Heart Association (AHA) Community Training Center out of 3,500 in the nation. More than 35,000 students in our community, from new moms to young adults, take AHA certified life-saving classes each year from the training center or from private instructors who are certified through the Center. According to the AHA, 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching a hospital. By training community members and professionals in various basic and advanced CPR courses, the training center‘s purpose is saving more lives by broadening the outreach and number of people trained in these life-saving techniques. The training center not only offers courses, but also is responsible for the proper administration and quality of emergency

cardiac care courses offered by independent instructors and organizations that are AHA certified by the Center. Independent instructors rent mannequins and purchase AHA materials through the center to conduct classes throughout the region. Growth of the center means more lives saved in the region. Saving Lives by Increasing Skills But HTN does more than CPR skills. Recently, HTN opened a new facility to house medical training classes including a paramedic program. The nine-month program will increase the number of professionals with paramedic level training in our community. Before the program restarted in Spokane, people had to travel out of the region for training – a fact that limited the number who participated. The new program will start with 18 paramedic students this year and will grow to allow for two class sessions of students in 2013. The first class of students is already full, proving the demand for this type of training in our region. The program consists of 600 hours of course work in Spokane plus clinical and internship requirements. There are two tracks a student can choose from; one focused on a certificate and another through North Idaho College for an A.A.S. degree in Paramedicine after meeting general education requirements. For either track, once finishing the program, students receive a certificate of completion, which will allow them to take the National Registry Psychomotor and Cognitive exams. Once the student has successfully his or her National Registry recognition, he or she can apply to their home state for certification. The program follows the U.S. Department of Transportation Paramedic National Standard guidelines. Students are expected to come from throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationally to be part of the program. “For us, this is very exciting and definitely needed. I’ve worked with Health Training Network individuals over the years and I have a lot of confidence that they will be developing a great product in with the Paramedic Program and other certification programs,” says Gino Palomino, Division Chief, Spokane County Fire District #4.“We use HTN for multiple trainings in District 4 each year. I’m very pleased to see the direction INHS is going.”

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Allergy and Immunology

Kerry Drain Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 700 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-1624 Steven M. Kernerman Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 700 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-1624 Michael J. Kraemer Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 700 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-1624 Michael McCue McCarthy Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital 105 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 660E Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-6960


Eric Johnson Deaconess Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology 800 West Fifth Avenue Spokane, WA 99210 Phone: 509-473-7672

Cardiovascular Disease

Braden Batkoff Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820 Andrew J. Boulet Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820 Stuart Cavalieri Rockwood Heart Center 910 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 900 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-755-5500 Janice D. Christensen Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820 Bryan E. Fuhs Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

Harold Robert Goldberg Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

Michael E. Ring Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

Tammy R. Ellingsen Family Health Center 910 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 600 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-9800

Robert Dean Hill Heart Clinics Northwest Providence Heart and Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 310 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-7711

Michael Williams Heart Clinics Northwest Providence Heart and Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 310 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-7711

Gary Knox Rockwood Quail Run Clinic 2214 East 29th Avenue Spokane, WA 99203 Phone: 509-755-5250

Darren Charles Hollenbaugh Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820 Philip R. Huber Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820 Michael A. Kwasman Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820 Pierre Leimgruber Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West 7th Avenue, Sutite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

Colon and Rectal Surgery

M. Shane McNevin Surgical Specialists of Spokane 105 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 7010 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-6194

Critical Care Medicine

Jeffrey O’Connor 309 East Farwell Road, Suite 204 Spokane, WA 99218 Phone: 509-385-0600

Daniel R. Coulston Spokane Pulmonary and Critical Care 910 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 500 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-623-1456

P. Z. Pearce Champions Sports Medicine 730 North Hamilton Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-487-4467

Samuel Joseph Spokane Respiratory Consultants 104 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 400 West Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-3960

William Sayres Group Health Riverfront Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 322 West North River Drive Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-324-6464

Timothy J. Lessmeier Heart Clinics Northwest Providence Heart and Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 310 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-7711


Dieter Frantz Lubbe Providence Spokane Heart Institue 122 West 7th Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99206 Phone: 509-455-8820

Benjamin Hsu Northwest Dermatology 757 East Holland Avenue Spokane, WA 99218 Phone: 509-444-6367

Gerhard H. Muelheims Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

William Philip Werschler, Jr. Spokane Dermatology Clinic 104 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 330 West Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-1184

Eric C. Orme Heart Clinics Northwest Providence Heart and Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 310 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-7711 John G. Peterson Providence Spokane Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

Timothy J. Meyer Group Health Riverfront Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 322 West North River Drive Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-324-6464

Richard Herdener Dermatologist Specialists of Spokane 820 South McClellan Street, Suite 426 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-8444

Family Medicine

James M. Bingham Group Health Riverfront Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 322 West North River Drive Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-324-6464


Arnold N. Cohen Spokane Digestive Disease Center Deaconess Medical Building, Suite 622 801 West Fifth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-5145

Geriatric Medicine

Jeffrey Clode Physicians Clinic of Spokane Medical Center Building, Suite 500 820 South McClellan Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-3950 Susan Melchiore On Site for Seniors 7950 Medal Lark Way, Suite B Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815 Phone: 208-772-5026

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Infectious Disease

Henry L. Arguinchona Infectious Disease Clinic of Spokane 104 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 200 West Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-2200 Michael D. Gillum Infectious Disease Clinic of Spokane 104 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 200 West Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-2200

Internal Medicine

Berdine Bender Physicians Clinic of Spokane Department of Internal Medicine 910 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 701 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-0111 Jeffrey Clode Physicians Clinic of Spokane Medical Center Building, Suite 500 820 South McClellan Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-3950 Daniel R. Coulston Spokane Pulmonary and Critical Care 910 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 500 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-623-1456

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Brian J. Seppi Physicians Clinic of Spokane Medical Center Building, Suite 500 820 South McClellan Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-3950


Internal Medicine/ Hospital Medicine Peter Weitzman IPC Hospitalists 5633 North Lidgerwood Street Spokane, WA 99208 Phone: 509-252-6336

Medical Genetics

Judith A. Martin Providence Genetics Clinic Sacred Heart Doctors Building, East Tower, Suite 454 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-3810

Medical Oncology and Hematology Stephen P. Anthony Evergreen Hematology and Oncology 309 East Farwell Road, Suite 100 Spokane, WA 99218 Phone: 866-696-3151

Janet Chestnut Group Health Riverfront Medical Center Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology 322 West North River Drive Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-324-6464 Robert H. Laugen Cancer Care Northwest Medicus Professional Building, Suite 200 12615 East Mission Avenue Spokane, WA 99216 Phone: 509-228-1200 Joni C. Nichols Cancer Care Northwest Department of Medical Oncology 601 South Sherman Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-228-1000

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Henry Mroch Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 7040 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-340-0930 John Louis Musa Rockwood Clinic Department of Nephrology 605 East Holland Avenue, Suite 101 Spokane, WA 99218 Phone: 509-838-2531 Katherine Tuttle Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 1000 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-7180 Curtis G. Wickre Rockwood Clinic Rockwood Kidney and Hypertension Center 610 South Sherman Avenue, Suite 201 Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-838-2531

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Nelson Roger Cooke Providence Holy Family Multiple Sclerosis Center 212 East Central Avenue, Suite 440 Spokane, WA 99208 Phone: 509-252-9603 Madeleine C. Geraghty Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Department of Neurology 101 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-2894 Jeffrey D. McDonald North Idaho Neurosurgery and Spine 980 West Ironwood Drive, Suite 206 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-667-4949 Timothy Powell Providence Epilepsy Center 105 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 318-C Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-6650

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Bryan E. Fuhs Providence Sacred Heart Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 450 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8820

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Steve Brisbois Providence Center of Gynecology, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery 101 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 1300 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-7370

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Peter Fern Northwest Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 6020 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-5050 Elizabeth A. Grosen Cancer Care Northwest Division of Gynecologic Oncology 601 South Sherman Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-228-1000 Floyd McCaffree ObGyn Associates of Spokane 601 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 301 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-8866 Linda M. Partoll Northwest Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 6025 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-455-5050 Mark Schemmel Spokane Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 6060 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-4211 Craig M. Smentek Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology 1415 North Houk Road, Suite A Spokane Valley, WA 99216 Phone: 509-924-1990

Ophthalmology F. Jane Durcan Spokane Eye Clinic 427 South Bernard Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0107 Jerry E. LeClaire Spokane Eye Clinic 427 South Bernard Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0107 Barbara Smit Spokane Eye Clinic 427 South Bernard Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0107

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William E. Bronson Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 200 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-9112

Alan Danielson Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 601 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 400 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-344-2663 Mike H. Kody Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 601 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 400 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-344-2663 Timothy Patrick Lovell The Providence Joint and Sports Center Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 7040 105 West Eighth Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-464-7880 Arnold Gustaf Peterson Inland Orthopaedics of Spokane 820 South McClellan Street, Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-7080 D. Scott Redman Inland Orthopaedics of Spokane 820 South McClellan Street, Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-7100


Jeff D. Bunn Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 West Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-624-2326 Neil A. Giddings Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 West Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-624-2326 John F. Hoffmann Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 217 West Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-789-5786 Michael J. Olds Spokane Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic 217 West Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-624-2326


Thomas J. Allerding InCyte Pathology 13103 East Mansfield Avenue Spokane Valley, WA 99216 Phone: 509-892-2700


Steve Dixon 59 East Queen Avenue, Suite 102 Spokane, WA 99207 Phone: 509-489-9782 David C. Hoak InCyte Pathology 13103 East Mansfield Avenue Spokane Valley, WA 99216 Phone: 509-892-2700

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Kerry Drain Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 700 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-1624 Michael J. Kraemer Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic 508 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 700 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-1624

Pediatric Dermatology

Andrea Dominey Advanced Dermatology and Skin Surgery 1807 North Hutchinson Road Spokane Valley, WA 99212 Phone: 800-247-9519

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Sandy W. Horning Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine 101 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-5690

Pediatric HematologyOncology

Judy L. Felgenhauer Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Providence Pediatric Hematology Oncology Outpatient Clinic 101 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-2777

Pediatric Neurological Surgery David P. Gruber Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 200 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-9112


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Benjamin C. Ling Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 200 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-9112


Top Rated Spine Care for the Inland Northwest Pediatric Rheumatology

Jeff McDonald, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgeons (208) 667-4949

Meredith A. Heick Physicians Clinic of Spokane Department of Rheumatology Medical Center Building, Suite 200 820 South McClellan Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-4318

Pediatric Specialist/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Alan S. Unis Kootenai Behavioral Health 2301 North Ironwood Place Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-765-4800


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Robert Maixner Pediatric Associates of Spokane 235 East Rowan Street, Suite 117 Spokane, WA 99207 Phone: 509-747-3081 David Moershel Group Health Veradale Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 14402 East Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA 99216 Phone: 509-922-2625 David G. Morgan Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 7035 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-1188

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Robert E. Piston Lidgerwood Group Health 6002 North Lidgerwood Street Spokane, WA 99208 Phone: 509-482-4402 Tim Seppa Group Health Riverfront Medical Center Department of Pediatrics 322 West North River Drive Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-324-6464

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Lisa S. Bliss Northwest Sports and Spine Sacred Heart Doctors Building, Suite 200 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-9112

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David R. Duba Rehabilitation Associates 715 South Cowley Street, Suite 228 Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-624-9217

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G. Keith Mackenzie Rehabilitation Associates 715 South Cowley Street, Suite 228 Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-624-9217 Vivian M. Moise St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice 715 South Cowley Street, Suite 224 Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-473-6706 Robert K. Schwartz St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute 711 South Cowley Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-473-6048 Karen Stanek Northwest Medical Rehabilitation 1315 North Division Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-624-0908

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Robert L. Cooper The Cowley Center for Plastic Surgery 530 South Cowley Street, Suite 100 Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-838-7028 John F. Hoffmann Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 217 West Cataldo Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: 509-789-5786 Peter C. Jones 2121 Ironwood Center Drive Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-664-9784 Jeffrey W. Karp The Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center 801 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 619 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-624-4588 Kaiulani W. Morimoto Rockwood Clinic Rockwood Plastic Surgery Center 801 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 504 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-755-5111 Alfonso Oliva 530 South Cowley Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-838-1010


Tad Patterson Division of Behavioral Medicine 801 West Fifth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-473-3077


Pulmonary Medicine

Samuel Joseph Spokane Respiratory Consultants 104 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 400 West Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-3960 Richard J. Lambert Spokane Respiratory Consultants 104 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 400 West Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-3960 Gregory Loewen Providence Regional Cancer Center Department of Pulmonary Oncology Sacred Heart Doctor’s Building, East Tower, Suite 550E 105 West Eighth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-474-5589 Richard Robinson 700 West Ironwood Drive, Suite 336 Coeur D’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-765-1252

Radiation Oncology

Dave Davenport Kootenai Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology 700 West Ironwood Drive, Suite 103 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-666-3800 Robert Fairbanks Cancer Care Northwest Department of Radiation Oncology 601 South Sherman Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-228-1000

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Frank R. Lamm Kootenai Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology 700 Ironwood Drive, Suite 103 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-666-3800 Christopher M. Lee Cancer Care Northwest Department of Radiation Oncology 601 South Sherman Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-228-1600

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Jayson S. Brower Inland Imaging 525 South Cowley Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-363-7554

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Don A. Cubberley Inland Imaging 525 South Cowley Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-747-4455

Timothy T. Quinn Kootenai Surgery Associates 700 Ironwood Drive, Suite 304 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Phone: 208-667-1588

Michael Henneberry Spokane Urology - North Office 235 East Rowan Avenue, Suite 202 Spokane, WA 99207 Phone: 509-483-6449

William David Keyes Inland Imaging 525 South Cowley Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-747-4455

Mathew C. Rawlins Rockwood Clinic Rockwood Surgical Group Deaconess Health and Education Building, Suite 800 910 West Fifth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-755-5120

David Mikkelsen Spokane Urology 820 South McClellan Street, Suite 118 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-3147

Rod Raabe Inland Imaging 525 South Cowley Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-455-4455 Thomas E. Richardson Rockwood Clinic Department of Radiology 400 East Fifth Avenue Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-838-2531


Jeffrey B. Butler Arthritis Northwest 105 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 6080 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-6500 Gary L. Craig Arthritis Northwest 105 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 6080 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-6500 Meredith A. Heick Physicians Clinic of Spokane Department of Rheumatology Medical Center Building, Suite 200 820 South McClellan Street Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-353-4318 Howard M. Kenney Arthritis Northwest 105 West Eighth Avenue, Suite 6080 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-6500



Surgical Oncology

Ryan Holbrook Cancer Care Northwest Department of Surgical Oncology 601 South Sherman Street Spokane, WA 99202 Phone: 509-228-1000

Thoracic Surgery

William S. Coleman Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 110 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0262 Jack J. Leonard Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 110 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0262 Steven J. Nisco Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 110 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0262 Branden R. Reynolds Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 110 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0262 Leland G. Siwek Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 110 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0262

R. Andrew Bright Rockwood Surgical Group Deaconess Health and Education Building, Suite 800 910 West Fifth Avenue Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-755-5120

Neil Kevin Worrall Northwest Heart and Lung Surgical Associates 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 110 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-456-0262

Gregory K. Luna Providence Inland Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 420 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-8286


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Thomas Fairchild Spokane Urology 820 South McClellan Street, Suite 118 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-747-3147

Vascular Surgery

Gregory K. Luna Providence Inland Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 420 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-8286 Stephen P. Murray Providence Inland Vascular Institute 122 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 420 Spokane, WA 99204 Phone: 509-838-8286

Credits These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America™ 2011-2012 database, which includes over 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties. The Best Doctors in Americaâ database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors. com, or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors web site. Disclaimer Best Doctors, Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright Copyright 2012, Best Doctors, Inc. Used under license, all rights reserved. This list, or any parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors, Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. “Best Doctors”, “The Best Doctors in America” and the Best Doctors star-in-cross logo are registered trademarks of Best Doctors, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license.

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Wm. Philip Werschler M.D., a native of the Spokane region, is the

Wm. Philip Werschler, M.D.

Main Office (5th & Browne Medical Building) 104 W 5th Ave, Ste 280E, Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 344-3223,

founding member of Spokane Dermatology Clinic, Werschler Aesthetics, and Aesthetic Image. Dr. Werschler is an honors graduate from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a 20-year faculty member of the University of Washington. Board certified, he is a full fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Society for Mohs Surgery. Dr. Werschler is also a founding member and past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, a past president of the Washington State Dermatology Association and the Spokane County Medical Society. Dr. Werschler has contributed extensively to the fields of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. He serves on the editorial boards of Skin and Aging, Cutis, and the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Dr. Werschler is the founding editor of the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, widely regarded as one of the most influential and authoritative medical journals. Additionally, Dr. Werschler is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of Cosmetic Dermatology, the specialty’s original journal for cosmetic and aesthetic dermatology. Dr. Werschler, an internationally recognized expert in both medical and cosmetic dermatology/aesthetic surgery, has been honored to serve as a FDA investigator for clinical trials throughout his career. He is especially proud of his selection as one of the original Botox FDA investigators, where the pivotal clinical trial for FDA approval of Botox Cosmetic was performed in his offices at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital.


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Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates (INSA) is the largest single group of spine surgeons in the region. Our capable staff includes experts in neurosurgery, orthopedic spine, anesthesia, pain management and physiatry.  They provide a full spectrum of neurosurgical services.  With offices in downtown and north Spokane, Spokane Valley, Colfax and Pullman, we look forward to helping you.

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INSA includes the following surgeons: Dean Martz, M.D., David Gruber, M.D., William Bronson, M.D., Jonathan Carlson, M.D., Ph.D., Benjamin Ling, M.D., and Jeff Hirschauer, M.D.

Inland Neurosurgery & Spine Associates 105 West 8th Ave, Suite 200, Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 624-9112,

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Safety, Integrity, Compassion, experience and competence are what Dr. Jeffrey W. Karp offers to help you achieve your personal goals for rejuvenation. The Karp Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center has allowed for outpatient ambulatory treatment in a nationally accredited and state licensed facility with patient safety the number one priority. Dr. Karp moved to Spokane after a Plastic Surgery fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. Initially treating a wide variety of patients encompassing extensive craniomaxillofacial injuries, and congenital deformities, spinal cord secondary defects, post mastectomy reconstruction, burn care and grafting, cancer resection and reconstruction, as well as extensive cosmetic aesthetic surgery, he eventually specialized in aesthetic (cosmetic) face, breast and body surgical and nonsurgical treatment modalities. His education, multiple residencies and fellowships encompassed 17 years beyond high school. Plastic Aesthetic Surgery allows and requires both an artistic eye and surgical precision, which was a driving factor in Dr. Karp’s decision to specialize in aesthetics. Dr. Karp is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with specific emphasis on aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of the face, breast and body. Dr. Karp and his dedicated staff ’s attention to detail in a comfortable, warm and most importantly, professional atmosphere is the key to optimal results for patients.

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Northwest OB-GYN welcomes new associate Sarah Hammil, MD FACOG

Northwest OB-GYN

105 West Eighth, Suite 6020, 6025 (Sacred Heart Doctors Building), Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 455-5050, 1-800-248-2173, (Seated, L-R) Peter Fern, MD, Daniel Zwiesler, MD and Jeffrey Hilton, MD (Standing, L-R) Linda Partoll, MD, Shawn Barrong, MD, Glen Hiss, MD and Kathryn Miles, MD.

For over 30 years, Northwest OB-GYN has provided the full range of obstetrical and gynecological health services for each stage of a woman’s life - from early teen through golden years. Patients generally come to the practice through physician referrals or referrals from other patients, but patients are welcome to self refer to NW OB-GYN. Dr. Shawn Barrong, Dr. Glen Hiss, Dr. Jeffrey Hilton, Dr. Daniel Zwiesler and Dr. Kathryn Miles provide comprehensive obstetric and gynecological services to patients throughout the community and outlying areas. Dr. Linda Partoll and Dr. Sarah Hammil specialize in urogynecology, while Dr. Peter Fern specializes in gynecology. All Northwest OB-GYN physician partners are Board Certified with new associate Dr. Miles being Board Eligible. Northwest OB-GYN’s Certified Nurse Midwives (Sarah Holt, CNM and Shelley Northern, CNM), Advance Registered Nurse Practitioners (Sue McFadden, ARNP, Natalia Barko, ARNP and Jessica Colby, ARNP) and Certified Physician’s Assistant (Krista Kahl, PA-C) work closely with physicians to provide a quality patient experience. Northwest OB-GYN patients have a primary physician that they see throughout their normal or high risk pregnancy, enhancing patient continuity and trust during this special time. Frequently, this physician is present for the baby’s arrival. As a patient-centered practice, NW OB-GYN also supports the choice of women with normal pregnancies for whom a certified nurse midwife is the chosen provider and delivery option. Their two certified nurse midwives have medical privileges at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. In addition to providing normal and high risk obstetrics, NW OB-GYN offers a full range of gynecological diagnostic and treatment services, including well woman care, a full range of contraceptive alternatives, infertility, hormonal and menopausal services. Patients with gynecological issues such as fibroids, cysts and heavy and/or painful periods can be assisted through medical and surgical

treatment options. Their physicians are leaders in the use of advanced technologies, including minimally invasive procedures and robotic surgery. Less invasive procedures can often be performed in outpatient settings allowing faster recovery times at lower costs. These procedures include but are not limited to, hysteroscopic surgery, endometrial ablation, diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy, vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal prolapse repair, laparoscopic and transcervical sterilization procedures (Adiana and Essure), D&Cs and sterilization procedures such as tubal ligations. Drs. Hiss, Barrong, Hilton, Partoll and Hammil are also privileged for da Vinci robotic surgeries at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and CHS Deaconess Medical Center. Northwest OB-GYN also offers in-office ultrasounds, with state of the art 4-dimensional views, when medically appropriate. Northwest OB-GYN’s Dr. Partoll and Dr. Hammil are the only Urogynecology specialty Board Certified and Fellowship trained surgeons in the Inland Northwest region. Urogynecology involves services related to pelvic floor dysfunctions and diseases including urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. They provide in-office diagnosis and, with their specially trained assistants, offer treatment including urodynamic testing, cystoscopy and biofeedback services as well as outpatient or inpatient surgical procedures. Dr. Partoll has been repeatedly selected as one of the “100 Best Doctors” in Spokane by her peers. In addition to Dr. Partoll, Dr. Shawn Barrong and Dr. Peter Fern have also been selected by their peers as “100 Best Doctors” for multiple years. NW OB-GYN is proud that their peers have recognized the expertise, experience and caring services they provide. These three physicians have 70 years of experience between them, and exemplify the standards of care upheld throughout Northwest OB-GYN. NW OB-GYN looks forward to continuing to meet the obstetrical, gynecology and urogynecology needs of the women in the greater Inland Empire region.


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There’s no excuse not to take care of your vision. Especially not with the Spokane Eye Clinic, a regional center of specialists in all areas of the eye, offering the most comprehensive, expert vision care between Minneapolis and Seattle. Since 1955, Spokane Eye Clinic (SEC) has offered the highest quality eye care in the Inland Northwest. As the region’s leading eye care center, SEC has developed a reputation for delivering the most advanced, specialized treatment and services. “At Spokane Eye Clinic we focus on quality, patient-centered eye care,” states Dr. Stephen C. Maher, whose father was one of the clinic’s founding partners. Spokane Eye Clinic’s doctors have the highest qualifications as measured by education, training, experience and certification. In addition, SEC’s board of highly trained speciality physicians have completed fellowship training, which involves additional study and practice beyond medical school and standard residency training. Each has a specialized area of expertise in a particular area of eye care ranging from Pediatric Ophthalmology and Comprehensive Eye Exams to Botox and Restylane Cosmetic Rejuvenation Treatments, Cataract Surgery with Advanced Technology Intraocular Lenses and Custom LASIK/ PRK Eye Surgery. The collaboration of eye-care specialists strengthens the services provided to patients in a complete “one-stop shop” environment. For the staff, it means continued learning and research opportunities to develop new and innovative treatment methods for preserving the gift of sight. 92

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Surgical procedures, corrective lenses and diagnostic and surgical treatment of eye diseases are available onsite. In addition, Spokane Eye Clinic offers a full service Optical Shop and Contact Lens department at each of their North, South, and Valley locations. Spokane Eye Clinic is dedicated to providing the best possible eye care for the community they serve, not only the Inland Northwest, but also Central Washington through their new satellite clinic in the Tri-Cities. Patients expect the newest technologies, treatments and surgical techniques, especially when it comes to their vision. Access to the most advanced collection of specialized eye care services sets them at ease. The convenient out-patient facility maximizes patient comfort and convenience while minimizing cost. The Spokane Eye Clinic continues to build on its tradition of excellence by investing in the future to serve the growing needs of its patients, comments Chief Executive Officer Jan Simpson. “Our beautiful new clinic and surgery center at our South location, and investment in electronic health record technology, are symbolic of Spokane Eye Clinic’s commitment to providing excellent care to this region.”

Spokane Eye Clinic

427 S. Bernard, Spokane, WA 99204 (800) 824-0664,

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Dr. Debra Ravasia founded Women’s Health Connection with the philosopy that how we feel as women, and our sense of wellness, goes far beyond the absence of disease. Achieving health and wellness is a twofold process – the first is to analyze symptoms and identify and treat disease, if present, or rule it out. Once it is determined what a symptoms isn’t (i.e. ruled out serious disease), Dr. Ravasia feels that the next step is to figure out what it is and how to modify it to help you feel well. Women’s Health Connection is a safe place to let your health provider know what is on your mind. Open communication and honest information exchange is what it’s all about. The provider’s role is to inform and guide. Women’s Health Connection respects your decision and supports your efforts to achieve wellness and balance in your life. Dr. Debra Ravasia is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has a special interest in bladder and pelvic floor problems and hormone management. She is an accomplished laparoscopic and pelvic reconstructive surgeon but prefers to begin conservatively. She is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North American Menopause Society, American Society of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American Society of Obesity Physicians. She is also a wife, a daughter, a sister and a mother of four children, so she’s able to view women’s issues from many angles. The spectrum of services Women’s Health Connection offers includes: (1) Annual Preventative Exams – Women’s Health Connection offers a thorough “head to toe” evaluation including breast and pelvic exams, PAP, immunizations, lab work, contraception, bone density where indicated, setting up screening tests such as colonoscopy and mammograms. (2) Help for Heavy or Painful Periods – Women’s Health Connection knows women are busy. That’s why they offer endometrial ablations (in office), and laparoscopic outpatient hysterectomy with short recovery times. Beyond that, they find out what caused the heavy periods in the first place and treat the underlying hormone imbalance that affects so many other areas of your health. (3) Bladder Leaking with Urgency and Frequency – Women’s Health Connection for both overactive bladder and painful bladder syndrome. A full range of options including ruling out underlying bladder disease, pelvic floor rehab for spasm, behavioral and lifestyle modification, medi-

cations, tibial nerve stimulation, sacral nerve stimulation, and more. (4) Stress incontinence and Pelvic Prolapse – Women’s Health Connection offers a variety of treatments including pelvic floor rehab, Macroplastique injections, Renessa collagen tightening, and advanced pelvic floor surgery, with or without a collagen matrix. (5) Hormone Balancing – Women’s Health Connection offers help for imbalances common in the perimenopause and menopause, and favors a natural approach to these problems, including bio-identical compounded hormones, and/or bio-identical pharmaceuticals. Women’s Health Connection also addresses estrogen dominance problems, adrenal, thyroid and insulin resistance issues. (6) Lifestyle Medicine – Before providers at Women’s Health Connection pull out a prescription pad for conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and prediabetes, they set up a three to six month plan of carefully monitored structured lifestyle changes including knowledge, balanced eating (modified Mediterranean food plan), avid strength and cardiovascular training, sleep and stress management, and careful use of supplements backed by scientific study. Women’s Health Connection follows changes in body composition carefully during this program with the use of a state of the art Hologic whole body DEXA scanner, the most accurate way to measure fat, muscle and bone composition within the body. (7) Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention – Women’s Health Connection checks for risk factors for bone density problems, bone turnover markers (lab test), and bone density T and Z values, FRAX calculations, as well as a robust program for increasing bone density through lifestyle change, hormone balance and sparing use of medications only where necessary. (8) In-Office Tubal Occlusions (Adiana, Essure) – Women’s Health Connection offers a 10 minute solution for permanent birth control.

Women’s Health Connection Debra Ravasia, MD, FACOG, FRCSC 9425 N Nevada St # 300, Spokane, WA 99218 (509) 465-8885,


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Dr. Richard S. Herdener is honored to again be recognized among the Best Doctors. He is also honored to serve with Dr. Katherine Bruya Reed, Dr. Christina Marino, Trent Lengl, PA-C, and Eric Dudenhofer, ARNP, who make up the experienced, cohesive team of providers at Dermatology Specialists of Spokane. Dr. Reed joined the practice after completing her dermatology residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2009, and returning to her native home of Spokane. “I am thrilled to announce my recent partnership with Dr. Reed who brings her excellent standard of care, along with her brilliance, compassion, and endless energy,” Herdener says.

Dermatology Specialists of Spokane

820 S McClellan St., Suite 426, Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 456-8444,

DSOS has a legacy of comprehensive care – it is one of the longestserving dermatology clinics in Spokane, caring for more than three generations of patients in the region. The physicians provide patients, from children to seniors, with diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions. They have expertise in challenging skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, hair disorders, and occupational and contact dermatitis, as well as common skin problems including rashes, acne, mole evaluation and skin cancer screening and treatment. DSOS also includes a physician-directed Laser and Cosmetic Center that offers a broad range of aesthetic services including laser rejuvenation and hair removal, Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, Radiesse, peels, hydro-dermabrasion, facials and cosmetics. The physicians and staff at Dermatology Specialists of Spokane are professional, knowledgeable, competent and caring. They are a wonderful team dedicated to making every step of a patient’s visit comfortable and enjoyable.

Innovation through collaboration Inland Northwest Health Services is a mission forward, health care service unlike any other. In collaboration with hospitals, physicians, patients and customers, our more than 1,000 employees deliver more efficient, safer health care solutions every day. As one of these employees, I see the dedication and commitment in our work every day. We oversee several collaborative services, including St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Northwest MedStar, health education and training, diabetes prevention and care, rural outreach, health information technology and innovative care delivery solutions. Willingness to learn new things within our teams is impressive, and I am honored to be amongst them. Our collaborative work drives innovative health care, improving patient outcomes and creating healthier communities. Given the opportunity to represent the company in my daily work is fulfilling. Our diverse Emily Fleury, Director of health@work, Health Training Network and Community Health Education & Resources (CHER)

Inland Northwest Health Services, INHS 601 West 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 232-8100,


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lines of business provide several options for the community. We are making a difference in the lives of community members. With forwardthinking solutions, unique partnerships and innovative technologies, we are doing our very best to bring higher quality health care to the region everyday.

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Dr. Mike Valente likes to see his patients smile. But it has nothing to do with whitening coffee-stained teeth or correcting an overbite. The patients who visit Dr. Valente’s office typically come in feeling their worst. They may have tried other methods to relieve pain associated with but not limited to the back, neck, joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. As a chiropractor, Dr. Valente makes adjustments to the neuromusculoskeletal system. That’s a big word to simply say how your spine and nervous system work together. Many times, patients have no idea where their pain originated. Maybe they slipped on the ice, have an old football injury or fell out of a tree fort when they were a kid. Dr. Valente hears the same mysterious account every day: “I wasn’t doing anything.” What he explains to patients is that their condition comes from ‘cumulative trauma.’ “Your spine records all this injury and one day all you do is sneeze or bend down to tie your shoe and you throw your back out. People have learned to live with headaches, backaches and all kinds of maladies,” Dr. Valente says. “As a chiropractor, my goal is to get things moving naturally again so that people don’t suffer from the pain and stiffness that has affected their life.” Dr. Valente will gently give you an adjustment, which will align your spine and remove spinal nerve interference. Proper nerve messages are now able to flow from the brain, down the spine and out to all the organs. The treatments are drug-free, non-invasive and respectful of the body’s own natural power to heal itself. Dr. Valente simply provides a helping hand – or hands – as the case may be. With more than a decade of experience, Dr. Valente considers chiropractic treatment as an “art” with the goal of bringing the body back to its proper alignment. “I like to put people through a series of adjustments for a few weeks and then re-evaluate. There are three phases to chiropractic care: relief care, corrective care and maintenance care,” he says. “It’s a physical condition. You go to the gym once and what’s it going to do? It’s going to make you sore. Physical conditions work best with repetition.”

Dr. Valente knows a thing or two about reps as a way to better health. A life-long athlete, he played football at Ferris High school and Whitworth College before traveling to Great Britain to join the Manchester All-Stars of the fledgling World Football League. It was a teammate who first suggested he see a chiropractor to help with a game-related injury. “I was skeptical,” Dr. Valente admits of that first experience, “but when I got up off the exam table it was like a miracle. . . I felt great!” With a newfound appreciation for chiropractic skills, he enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic, the most respected school in the chiropractic profession. Ironically, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree on a rugby scholarship. You might call Dr. Valente a gentle giant; this former linebacker’s athletic background helps him to understand and empathize with physical ailments. “My specialty,” he says, “is working on the difficult cases.” Patients range from newborn babies to senior citizens - his oldest patient is 92 years old. People commonly wait for something to hurt before they seek help, but with treatments typically covered by workers’ compensation and most major medical insurance plans, Dr. Valente suggests not waiting until you can’t move to make an appointment. His satisfaction comes from his patients’ finding quick relief after years of suffering, or intermittent relief in a long struggle with a painful condition. “I don’t treat people like patients; I treat them like friends I care about,” he says. “People come in hurting and they walk out smiling . . within a second of their adjustment they’re feeling better.”

Valente Chiropractic

3017 E. Francis, Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 467-0057,



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Hval Health

5901 N Lidgerwood St, Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 413-2105

Primary care physician Darrol Hval routinely answers his own office phone. He also handles all the nursing duties – taking patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and other vitals – and sees most patients the day they call and spends a minimum of 30 minutes with each. A lifetime resident of Spokane, Dr. Hval trained in internal medicine at Sacred Heart Medical Center and practiced emergency medicine at Deaconess Medical Center for 15 years. While both provide excellent medical care, Hval’s aim in developing Hval Health, was to offer a more personal option to patients frustrated with the long waits, rushed visits and red tape, sometimes associated with group practices and clinics. By stripping away the bureaucracy of traditional medical practice, Dr. Hval is deliberately taking a step back in time to a place where he has the time to really listen and hear patient concerns, develop a trusting relationship and determine the best course of action for each patient’s optimum health. Dr. Hval accepts most insurance plans and also offers convenient prepaid plans through On Stage Health. You might refer to treatment at Hval Health as “accessible care,” where patient needs – whether routine check ups or last minute prescription refills - are met with with the same honest answer, “Sure, no problem, I can do that right now.” “A lot of people feel as though they’re shuffled through the medical system,” remarks Dr. Hval. “I want people to feel secure in knowing that they have access to their doctor.”

Few doctors hold the distinction of being recommended by ac-

Family Medicine Liberty Lake

2207 Molter Rd. #203B, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 (509) 928-6700,

tress and anti-aging medicine advocate Suzanne Somers. Dr. Susan L. Ashley, of Family Medicine Liberty Lake, is one of only two medical professionals in Washington State endorsed by Summers on her website ( as a practitioner of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Ashley, who has been practicing in the Inland Northwest for nearly 20 years, opened Healthy Living Liberty Lake in 2010, offering a full-range of general family medicine, seeing patients from infants to seniors. Responding to the needs of our aging population, Dr. Ashley is also Board-Certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, the aim of which is to extend not only the human lifespan, but also the quality of life and to limit the debilitating affects of aging. Dr. Ashley also specializes in Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women, thyroid and adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, allergies and food sensitivities, and the BioMedical treatment of Autism and ADHD. Autism and ADHD have similar origins and both can be successfully treated using a Bio-Medical approach. As a sole-practitioner, Dr. Ashley gives patients her undivided attention. “People long for a doctor who truly cares about them,” she says. “I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families . . . that’s what makes family practice so rewarding.”


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Condon’s Balancing Act Q&A


s M ayor David Cond on arrives at his fifth floor office in City Hall, he needs just a few minutes to regroup before sitting down to talk. His

schedule for the day is packed, with the morning’s interview followed by a lunch appointment; emails, phone calls and meetings fill the afternoon, and an evening television appearance with City Council President Ben Stuckart will keep him at the office late. It was the early morning breakfast meeting he just wrapped up, though, that might be the most important appointment of the day. “Thanks for waiting,” he says, “my son wanted us to eat breakfast together.” Learning to balance not just the city budget, but also life as a politician and a father to two young children, Condon, Spokane’s 44th mayor (and the youngest at age

38) is bringing a fresh perspective to City Hall. “People are excited to have a family in the office,” he says of the presence of his wife and two young children who are familiar faces around the office. “It shows longevity.” His family knows home life and work life are both important to him. “It’s a way of life, it’s not a job,” he says of serving as mayor of Spokane. After a quick review of the awaiting emails and work on his desk, Condon is ready to sit down to discuss the balance he is seeking for himself and for our city. He also tells us why he won’t take the city retirement, why he wants to re-engineer the way government works and create a retirement system “that is more individual, more portable and is ultimately financially sustainable for the city”, where you can find him wearing a kilt, and why he wants people excited about living in Spokane.

by Blythe Thimsen

What made you decide, “I want to run for mayor”? Last spring I made up my mind. In all reality, Mary [Verner] was very popular at the time, so everybody was telling me, “Don’t do it, why are you doing it?” and I just, in my gut, thought this is what I wanted to do. I’d been working in the federal government and, I won’t lie, it was getting a little frustrating. It seemed like we were dealing with the same issues year after year and we weren’t making any progress. I’m still altruistic enough, or naive enough, however you want to say it, that I needed to look at local politics for where you can make that change. I’m born and bred Spokane. My whole family lives here. I have 30-some-odd nieces and nephews and they nearly all live here. I’m the youngest of nine kids and they all own small businesses here and are very involved in the community. My parents raised us that way; my mom and dad were very involved in the community, so it was somewhat a natural fit for me. Why run for mayor, rather than starting with City Council? I was really attracted to where you make the most change, and that really is in the executive branch of government, where you can have daily impact on people’s lives. I thought, if I’m going to do this—and to be quite candid, the reality is a lot of times you only have one chance at this—and I don’t see myself being in public office forever, do it now. I also think the reason why we have a strong mayor is to have somebody come from the outside, and ask the question “Why?” So it’s my job to ask why and also to direct in the direction I see fit and, presumably, in the direction the public sees fit. In the August primary you received 33.53% of the vote compared to the 59.35% that former Mayor Verner received, yet in the November election you received 52.4% of the votes. Were you surprised by the primary, and to what do you owe the dramatic upswing in votes? It was a tough blow. I thought I was going to do better in the primaries, although I was realistic. I had no name ID, she had basically universal name ID. I went right back and started making phone calls to everybody that had donated to me. I didn’t get a single person that said, “David, fold up your tent and go home.” My wife and I just kept on knocking on doors. The last part of August going into September, we were knocking on doors and I could really feel the tide turn. Going into September and October, I felt much more confident of where we were going. I was cautiously optimistic. I knew we would be very, very close, one way or another.



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Only 56.9% of people who received ballots returned them. What can we do to get people more interested in city government? I did a lot of knocking on doors. A lot of people think the council runs our city, because they see them on TV every Monday night. It used to be you’d go door to door, now you have Facebook and everything else, TV, newspaper. People have it coming from so many different directions now that going to their door actually works. It’s back to retail politics; you have to go to them. We have a lot of town halls where they can come to you, but a politician in this day and age, because we have parents that are both working, kids that are very busy, you really need to go to them, and quite fundamentally, you have to go to their doorstep. The last 10 Spokane mayors have been one-term mayors. Is that enough time to make changes? It definitely puts everything on hyper speed. We’ve made lot of significant changes already in the first 30 days. In a strong mayor form of government you can have different types of leadership. I’ve taken a lot of the Meyers-Briggs tests, and I’m a Pacesetter and a Coach. As a Pacesetter, you really hold people accountable, and you’re willing to put in the work, so you expect them to do the same thing. You’re willing to coach them along, but if they can’t make it, they get cut from the team and we move on, because we need to have the best folks down here. Do I plan on running again? Of course. But I also have a family, and I’ll make that determination when I get there. Forbes magazine recently claimed that Spokane is tied for last place, nationally, in terms of job prospects. What specific action needs to be taken to paint a new picture of Spokane and ensure economic vitality? I knocked on over 20,000 doors with my wife, and my campaign team on a lot more than that. The economy and the police department were the top two issues. I take a position with the economy that if we want a long-term growth model, we need to work as a city, predominantly separate from City Hall. When people talk about City Hall and business, they want City Hall to work at the speed of business and not slow anything down. One of the big issues is permits, and so we have an overhaul, which has been in the works, of our permits, reducing it down to an average wait of 30 days for commercial permits, which have been about 52 days. Another thing we are looking at as we try to recruit businesses here is implementing what we call a “Certified Site Program” where we’ll actually have sites throughout the city that we’ve done all the leg work on so we can commit to an expedited permit process. There are some key pieces of land in the city that we should have ready to go, so if someone comes to town and they need a certain amount of square feet to build a building, we’re ready. So we are working very closely with the county, with other partners, whether that is Greater Spokane Incorporated and others, to set those sites up. The other thing that I noticed when I was doing research to campaign was that the mayor appoints to numerous—well over 25 or 30—boards and commissions, and there wasn’t a single one for business. So during the transition period, I invited in the executive directors and current-year presidents of the trade associations in Spokane. It was amazing. I really appreciated meeting so we can be

proactive on things that business should do. I think it’s key that we do that so we can be proactive rather than reactive. We will be doing that on a quarterly basis; having a mayor’s business advisory council. Campaigns seem to always be nasty nowadays. How do you deal with that? I did focus on some key areas I thought showed a lack of leadership. The strong mayor form of government means you need to get your ideas out there. The council and I have a great working relationship, but the reality is I run the city; they create the policy for the city. I think we need a mayor who’s willing to have a plan out there and is very forceful with that plan, so the public knows what the mayor’s plan is. Like I said, going back to the campaign, I really focused on some key issue areas that I thought showed a lack of leadership, or we didn’t know where the mayor was going with it—whether that was water rates, the Otto Zehm case, or the police department and what we were doing with property crimes. People were very concerned and they just didn’t know what we were doing down at City Hall. There may have been things that were being done, but no one seemed to know what they were. So does it affect me personally? Sure, there were negative ads about me, but I’ve been around it long enough. Despite the job of mayor being a non-partisan position, there are many who say you are a Republican mayor. How do you answer that? I’m a Republican; this office is non-partisan. And I committed publicly that I would run the office non-partisan. As I’m selecting people for my cabinet, I’ve never asked them what party they’re in. When I built the transition team, I called nearly every single one of them personally, and I didn’t ask what party they were. They were people who had a demonstrated interest in and love for our city, and that is why they were on the transition team. Some of them have provided ideas to me that if you’d look on policy level, we probably don’t agree on policy, but I’m not someone who says we shouldn’t have as many ideas as possible here in Spokane. [City Council President] Ben Stuckart and I come from philosophically and politically different backgrounds, but we’re working very closely together and enjoy a very good personal relationship, and I think the City of Spokane is going to be served well for that. I would hope people would hold me to this very candidly, that I am operating the office in a non-partisan fashion. I don’t think they could point to any partisan decisions I’ve made thus far, or appointments. Many of the cries at being a Republican versus non-partisan mayor stem from the $60,000-plus in campaign contributions you received from the GOP. The parties, typically, if they are going to give you money, ask you to sign their platform. I did not do that, and I did not apply to do that. So when they give me money, and if I didn’t sign a pledge to their platform, they’re signing up for my platform. I’m sure there will be decisions I make that will send them through the roof, but the reality is I didn’t sign a pledge saying I’d uphold the party platform. You objected when the outgoing mayor approved three-year contract extensions for Local 270 of the American Federation


Mayor David Condon with his wife, Kristin, and their two children, Hattie, 1 ½, and Creighton, 3.


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of State, County and Municipal Employees and for the city’s prosecutor’s union a full year before their existing labor contracts were set to expire. What were your objections, and do you think a politician has an obligation to serve on their platform through the last day of their term, or do they owe the incoming official a courteous transition? I totally concur that someone should work for what they are getting paid for. The difference in that particular case was that the contract wasn’t even open. It wouldn’t open until this coming year. That’s what caught me off guard. The other issue was it didn’t follow the negotiation principals that both the mayor and city council members had agreed to and memorialized in a resolution, meaning that there were a couple key issues. One was the negotiations would only be with a negotiation team, and that no one would end-run the negotiation team. The other issue, is, quite frankly, we need to re-engineer the way government works, and that contract is with over half of our employees here, and we need to talk about what does government look like going in to the future. And now, ironically enough, that contract is identical to my term in office. So to give me the latitude and a council the ability to sit down with the bargaining units, I completely respect their right to do that, but I think we could have had an honest discussion about what does a government employee look like going into the future. What about our city government needs to be re-engineered? I’ve worked in government a long time, and we have one-size fits all. In this city, it’s even more restrictive than the federal government. I was sitting right here, with my benefits advisor for the city, with my wife, and we are coming with an HSA (a health savings account), but we don’t have that opportunity here. We also don’t have a 401(k) at the city; we have a retirement you get at five years, and it’s an all-or-nothing system. I would rather have a 401(k), because I’d like to come, save for my future and take my money with me when I go. We have something similar to that, but by no means is it what we would think about in the commercial world. That’s where I would want to look at how we provide services to the citizens. It’s more difficult to have that discussion now, and I really think a younger work force would appreciate it. A lot of people say, “We don’t want a revolving door in City Hall” meaning a lot of people come, leave, come back. Quite frankly, I take the opposite opinion. I think the city would really benefit to have somebody come here, maybe right out of college, work for three or four years, leave, come back maybe midcareer, go back out into the commercial world and come back. But right now, when you’re in a retirement system like this is, it just pays to sit around and wait 20 years. Serve your time. The system kind of perpetrates a longevity issue and it’s just a different work force. What is your biggest frustration as a citizen of Spokane? Probably my biggest frustration is that I’m sick of people feeling like they always want to be somewhere else. That is why the theme of my campaign was “This is Our Town” and that’s why I have the “Our Town Gala.” I think people need to be proud of where we are. Many of us don’t want to live in Seattle, Portland or otherwise, and I’m sick of hearing about Expo ’74. There seems to be an attitude of “we’re

never going to get there.” I want to change that attitude. Within City Hall, we need to change that attitude, but also across our city. Hopefully we can make it better economically so that our own kids can stay here, or we can continue to stay here. I’m going to have to find a job here in either four or eight years, so I’d sure like the opportunities to be out there and not have to look for somewhere else to go. That’s my personal objective: to get rid of that stigma that we have to go someplace else. It will take some energizing folks to make those changes, but let’s take a little ownership. This is our town and let’s make some changes. During campaigns, candidates make clear what their opponent is doing wrong or what they would do differently. Flipping the coin, what are some actions of your predecessor that you support? I just empanelled the Use of Force Commission, and that is something that Mayor Verner started. What I like about that is that it is our citizens and our community making a determination of what they feel comfortable with the police officers doing, and an execution of the law. I support the Department of Justice’s review, but more important, I support our own community deciding what we feel comfortable with, and so I was very supportive of that and empanelled them [on January 30, 2012] and the council confirmed their mission. I do believe Mary was very passionate about this city, and I hope to continue that passion and talk about that passion a lot, so people know that their mayor is very supportive of what is going on in the city and where we are going. Do you think it is possible for the city to have a balanced budget and do you see that happening? I do; we will, there’s no way around it. I plan on releasing a budget much earlier in the year than we have in the past, so that the citizens, vis-à-vis the council, have the opportunity to go through that budget. We need to, as a city, decide what we are going to do and what we aren’t going to do so that we don’t put that onus on the public. The average Spokane income is $42,000 and we need to realize the magnitude of what some of these bills are that we are putting on some folks. The less disposable income they have, the less vibrant economy we have. We’re going through, department by department, really deciding what the city’s going to do and what we aren’t going to do. There is no department that is immune to whether they should be part of the city government or not. Some have wondered if your serving as mayor is a stepping-stone to your next campaign, perhaps for a higher office. Well, if that were the case, it would have been pretty dumb to run for mayor because our mayors haven’t had the best luck of being re-elected. I hear that a lot: “Obviously you ran for mayor so that you can run for another office.” Well, if I was doing that, it probably would have been smarter for me not to run for mayor and just to run for whatever office that is, especially coming from a congressional office. Personally, it would be very difficult for me to make that sacrifice. Those that serve in federal office from Washington State, that’s a huge sacrifice [commuting so much] and, at least at this point in my life, with my children, I’d like to raise them in Spokane.


Photography by Eric Thompson

Photography by Eric Thompson

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Photography by Eric Thompson

Photography by Eric Thompson

Photography Moxie Images


Former Mayor Mary Verner only took $100,000 of the $170,000 mayoral salary (although she has since requested the $70,000 per year back pay). Will you take the full salary? The mayor’s salary for 2012 is in the budget. By no means am I going to go back to the council and ask them to change it you’d have to have an emergency budget ordinance. The current salary was budgeted, so that is what the public knows is our budget and we should stay within our budget. Going forward, fundamentally, I did talk a lot about salaries at City Hall. I think the public needs to know what they are getting for their money. I made comments about how many people make over $100,000 at City Hall – I said over 100 and was corrected, it is 119. I don’t mean to be disparaging over what people make; my issue is the citizens should demand the most out of City Hall. We have a lot of well-paid people, and they presumably deserve it; they’re well educated – you’ve got engineers and planners. On the flip side, we should have a premier city, and I am going to demand that. I have already denied the retirement at the City Hall. I don’t think it’s a modern system; it’s not a system that develops a 21st Century workforce. It benefits you the longer you stay here, it’s not portable, it does not give the employee any choice like you find in the private sector. Very shortly, we’ll decide what I do with my personal income, but the citizens should feel confident they are getting the mayor they’re paying for. I’ll be determining that, especially when I go into the next budget, but the public will be well aware of what they are paying the mayor.

moratorium: I’ll do things in the evening, but cap them at three a week. And if I don’t get re-elected because I wasn’t doing things five to seven nights a week, I guess I won’t get re-elected. It’s very hard because I want to be at things, but my kids are only going to be this age once, so I’m judicious in what I do.

Many citizens feel it’s “Us vs. Them.” How do you bridge gap between citizens and City Hall? They do feel that, and I think we need to realize that here at City Hall. What I hope to do the most is open up City Hall, both electronically and physically, and let people know they are getting the best services they can possibly get. That’s one key, to make sure we communicate with the city. I think people will be pleasantly surprised in the very near future as I talk about some of the major shifts in the architecture of the organization of the city; how neighborhoods will have a bigger voice down here, in the sense that they’ll be able to communicate their concerns easier. A lot of people feel distanced from their police force. On Monday, February 6, 2012, I released our Police Action Plan. Police officers are now going to neighborhood council meetings so people can now voice their concerns to their police officers.

What are your guilty pleasures? It’s funny, my sister says I was an adult when I was eight years old. I am definitely a person that reads a lot of books or articles on business, but also on government and government issues. Probably a little too much; I don’t set it down and get away from it enough. Probably the one thing that lets my mind release the most is snow skiing. I’ve skied since I was two.

What emotional tone do you want to set for the community? I want people to say “Damn right I live in Spokane, and I love this place!” This is our town and we need to be proud of our town and take care of our own issues and not look for someone else to take care of them on the problem solving side. I see myself as the Chief Marketing Officer and we need to market our city and our town – initially to ourselves. I don’t think people initially appreciate what we have here. We can whitewater raft, kayak, ski within 45 minutes, can go to national traveling Broadway shows, and it is all right here. How do you balance family and work? This is a 24/7 job. My family is going to be there in four years, and I want to make sure I am there with them. Already, I’ve set a

As you work to strike a balance between work and family, what are some of your favorite things to do when not “on the clock?” Now that I’m a dad, I spend a lot of time with my kids. I am teaching my son how to snow ski. I grew up going to Hayden Lake; my grandfather bought property out there in the 1930s, so my wife and I go there a lot in the summer. My son and daughter have roughly 30 cousins out there, so it’s a great place to see the family. We live in an old house on the lower South Hill, so we spend a lot of time taking care of our house; we love our neighborhood. We also spend a lot of time with our families. My wife comes from a very close-knit family and she has wonderful parents who spend a lot of time with our kids, which also helps with this job. In which local restaurants would we most likely bump into you? I’ve become a big sushi fan, so I am very excited about all the sushi restaurants we have now. Also, we like going to the neighborhood restaurants. We like going to Ginger’s Asian Bistro – its close enough that we can walk there. We also like the Flying Goat and Perry Street Pizza.

What role does your faith play in your life? It’s big. It was a big part of my childhood. In fact, I’m having lunch today with my pastor. It keeps you grounded and when times are both tough and good; it makes you know what’s important, or at least that’s how I personally see it. That active role that my faith plays in my life helps me make sure I’m doing the right thing. Are there any perks to the job? I grew up in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade; my family has been in the parade for 35-plus years. But this year is the most exciting; we’re going to be the Grand Marshals of the parade. We’re pretty excited. I was married in a kilt (it is the tartan from County Cork, where his grandparents lived). I’m probably one of the only guys who spent more money on his wedding outfit than his wife, but at least I get to wear mine every year – I’m wearing it for the parade. Any final thoughts to share with us? At the end of the day, I am a dad with two kids, I’m a husband, I’m the son of two great parents. Whether I became mayor or not, or whether I run again or am elected again, I’m staying in Spokane. This is where my heart is. I’ve quite purposely chosen to live here and hope to live here the rest of my life.



The Spokane Club A Living History with a Living Legend

Exterior of the club in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of the Spokane Club

by Kate Spencer


n February of 1890, a group of business and civic leaders in the town of Spokane Falls came together to form an organization that has endured for 122 years. That organization is the Spokane Club. This iconic club has shaped, and been shaped by, the greater history of Spokane and the Inland Northwest for generations. It has survived and thrived by evolving with the times, the people and the economy, from the small town of Spokane Falls to the robust city that is today’s Spokane. Like many of Spokane’s historic landmarks in


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the downtown core, the Spokane Club was built from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1889. What started as a potentially containable emergency went out of control quickly because of the failure of the town’s fire hoses to maintain water pressure. The predominantly wooden structures went up like matchsticks. In a misguided effort to contain the fire, workers set dynamite to the buildings, which only spread the fire’s reach. In the end, 32 blocks were completely destroyed. Remarkably, only one person died.

In the aftermath of the fire, businessmen who were now without offices set up shop in temporary tents and began the arduous task of rebuilding the town. One of those businessmen was Herbert B. Nichols, a driving force behind the creation of the Spokane Club. He arrived in Spokane Falls in 1886 and established the first electric light plant and the first telephone company. Six months after the Great Fire, followed by a harsh winter with snowstorms frequently blocking railroad tracks, delaying supplies and

mail, Nichols was fed up with wet tents and makeshift meeting spaces. He dreamed of an elegant gentleman’s club modeled after the historic clubs of England. Nichols rallied 20 prominent leaders around his cause, including Arthur A. Newbery, who ran a coach line and later, the Northern Pacific Railways, and William A. Taylor, a former Spokane Falls mayor and president of Spokane National Bank. Each of the 20 men invested $500 in the club venture. Nichols took on the task of locating a building suitable for occupancy and remodel. In that role, he became the first Club secretary, with Taylor serving as treasurer and Newbery as the first club president. The enterprising Nichols was soon successful in his search. The first home of the Spokane Club was just one room on the second floor of the Lamona Block, where today’s Ridpath Hotel is currently located. As Spokane grew, (the “Falls” was dropped from the town’s name in 1891), membership to the Spokane Club grew with it and soon the need for larger quarters became a pressing concern. Undertaking this next phase of growth became the mission of F. Lewis Clark, the club’s second president who served from September 1890 to February 1891. Clark was a multimillionaire who made his fortune in the leading industries of his day: mining, milling, real estate, lumber and banking. Not coincidentally, these were the leading industries in Spokane at the time and Clark, like many of his contemporaries, amassed, and later lost, great wealth with the rise and decline of these industries. A native of Maine and educated at Harvard, Clark was a devoted yachtsman, the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and one of the founders of the America’s Cup race. Clark came west in his 20s and founded C&O Mill and Elevator, the largest flourmill in the Pacific Northwest. At 29, he became the youngest person to ever serve as president of the Spokane Club. In 1900, Clark proposed the building of a new clubhouse to occupy the top three stories of a building on the northeast corner of Riverside and Washington. Clark, who owned the property, built the club’s second home and leased it to the club members. The building opened in 1901 and for years was known as the Spokane Club Building. That building still stands today and is now known as the Legion Building, part of the East Downtown Historic District. The architect who designed the new club quarters on Washington was Kirtland C. Cutter, a man whose name would become synonymous with the Age of Elegance in Spokane. Though lacking a formal education in architecture, Cutter had a solid background in art and a world traveler’s eye for classic design elements. His innate ability to “see” a finished structure in his mind’s eye, coupled with his consistent choice of technically gifted partners, were two of Cutter’s keys to success. Beyond his substantial talent, Cutter was also a man

Town in the aftermath of the Great Fire (note the man on the left setting up his business table). Photo courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, WA, L89-17 (T).jpg

Preparing for President’s Roosevelt’s parade Photo courtesy of the Spokane Club

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who found himself precisely in the right place at the right time. Prior to the Great Fire, Cutter had won commissions to build some extraordinary private homes in Spokane, notably the mansion of James Glover, the founding father of Spokane, and the Gothic Tudor mansion, Undercliff, for F. Lewis Clark. But Cutter was still unable to find enough steady work in the field he loved. To supplement his income, he worked part time at First National Bank for his uncle Horace. The day after the fire, with a business district to rebuild, Cutter quit his bank job and never looked back. In 1910, with 500 members and bursting at the seams, the Spokane Club had once again outgrown its location. Club leadership decided they needed a permanent home that would allow them the space to accommodate their next 500 108

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members and well beyond that number. Once again, Kirtland Cutter, an esteemed colleague and member of the club, was called upon to create a clubhouse. This time, it was for keeps. In December of 1911, the new clubhouse was dedicated and its opening was celebrated into the early morning hours at a gala attended by over 700 members and their guests. Later that same year, as part of a whirlwind trip through the Northwest, President Theodore Roosevelt would formally dedicate the Spokane Club. The culmination of the President’s visit was a grand parade through town. As part of the procession, local Native Americans on horseback gathered for the President’s review on the street outside the entrance of the new Spokane Club. In the 101 years since its dedication, this Georgian Revival classic at the corner of Monroe and

Riverside has been the central headquarters for the Spokane Club. The evolution from a gentlemen’s club to a multi-faceted gathering spot for families, foodies and fitness fans didn’t occur easily or overnight. But the seed of one of those changes was clearly planted in the 120 pages of Cutter’s original blueprints and the finished building. Prior to the Riverside and Monroe location, women were only allowed in the club once a year for a special occasion. In the design of the new building, Cutter envisioned the front of the clubhouse with two entrances on Riverside, one to welcome men and the other to welcome women. The primary entrance, still in use today, had an air of stately distinction and elegance. This was the men’s entrance and generations of townsmen,

visiting dignitaries and performers have climbed the entry stairs. From Mark Twain to George Plimpton, Teddy Roosevelt to George H. Bush, Harry Truman to Bill Clinton and Bing Crosby to Bill Cosby, the club has hosted lectures, fundraisers, meetings and parties for an incredibly diverse group of people. Many of them have stayed at the club’s hotel, which has been part of the club’s services since 1910 and remains today one of the best locations in town for full service accommodations. The secondary entrance, still intact and occasionally used today for special events, was much smaller and very discreet. This street-level entry was designated as the women’s entrance. Wives and daughters were welcome to step down the stairs into their own elegant reception and dining rooms. They were not, however, granted access to the rest of the club except when accompanying their husbands or fathers for a special event, nor were they considered members in their own right. These regulations, like many at the club, would change dramatically over the decades, mirroring the social and cultural changes of a growing city. World War I brought new challenges to the all-male club. Young men left Spokane in droves to join the war effort, including those living in the 64 bedrooms on the club’s lodging floors. There were no military installations or wartime industries to bolster the economy and Spokane, and the Spokane Club, suffered the results. As the war stretched on and membership and funds dwindled, the club was facing foreclosure. It was saved at the last minute by a heroic group of club members led by Thaddeus Lane who personally delivered $150,000 to the Spokane County Courthouse to redeem the debt. Today’s club is a non-profit, member-owned organization. New Years Eve, 1915, was celebrated statewide as Washingtonians’ last night for legal alcohol. Prohibition would go into effect the following day. At least that was the official story. As the recently-aired, Rum Runner’s Paradise on KSPS showed, though, the Prohibition years in Spokane were a booming time for entrepreneurial rum runners, bootleggers and moon-shiners as well as their loyal customers. Some of those customers socialized regularly at the Spokane Club. The backside of the club on Main Street was, and still is, the delivery entrance for all food and beverage vendors. Local legend has it that many clandestine deliveries were made to the back door of the club during Prohibition. Those prized items found their way to storage in the sub-basement and later, to private parties in the upper rooms of the club. When Prohibition

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was repealed in 1933, most of the Northwest rumrunners went back to their previous day jobs and the government returned to the lucrative business of alcohol management. A few years later, the Spokane Club welcomed “one-armed bandits” to its basement level. Slot machines were a highly profitable, wildly popular enterprise in Spokane starting in the 1930s and the Spokane Club had the best room in town for “the slots.” The Rendezvous Room with its knotty pine paneling boasted a wide variety of machines in close proximity to a fully stocked bar. The money window was open for brisk business and the room became a favorite gathering place for members, as well as a dependable profit center for the club. It remained so for nearly two decades. Today, it serves as an employee break room. World War II brought many of the same challenges to the Spokane Club’s stability as the first Great War, but this time the club was better prepared to deal with the challenges. It offered special military memberships for one dollar and waived all dues for armed forces officers. Both the officers and the club benefited from this arrangement. Ration points were in short supply for private clubs, but officers faired much better. Many member officers gave their ration points to the club which in turn used the points to special order items that were in short supply. Red Cross War Work groups were formed by the club’s women who gathered weekly to sew and knit for wounded servicemen. The meetings averaged 75-100 women who met regularly until the war ended. 110

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The end of the war brought several decades of great prosperity to the Spokane Club and it became the hot spot for social and civic events. Some of the best parties in Spokane’s history have occurred at the club, including military receptions, Christmas galas, the New Year’s Open House and the legendary White Cotillion. The first Cotillion was held in 1950, and for 25 years it was the singular avenue for Spokane debutantes to receive their formal introduction to Spokane society. The presentation ceremony was followed by a dance where friends and families of the “debs” mixed and mingled. Membership to the Spokane Club was a mandatory requirement for presentation at the Cotillion and membership numbers always spiked in the months preceding the event. Typical attendance at the Cotillion was 40-50 debutantes and 150-200 guests. During the course of the Cotillion’s 25-year run, two major social movements and one controversial war changed the landscape of life in our country forever. The Women’s Movement, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War all contributed to major cultural shifts. Changes for the Spokane Club during this time included reconstructing membership classifications to give men and women equal status, allowing women full use of the club facilities and allowing women the right to hold office. Much like its namesake city, however, the club was sluggish in implementing some of the cultural changes it faced. It wasn’t until 1995 that the first female club president, Priscilla Gilkey, was elected. Although membership was open to

minorities in the late 70s, the Club did not see significant growth in that area until the late 90s and early 2000s. Today, diversity in both club membership and leadership is robust. In a city that remains predominantly white (the last census shows the City of Spokane as 86.7% white), opportunities to invite minority members to join would have been rare throughout most of the Spokane Club’s history, even without the prejudices and economic disparities of the times. But in the 1940s, when many local businesses refused to employ minority workers, the Spokane Club’s waiters, bartenders and maids were African American. One of them was Will Barron. Over the course of Barron’s 51 years at the Spokane Club, he rose through the ranks to become the wine steward and Maitre D’ of the Club’s multiple fine dining venues. In 1992, the wine list he worked long and devotedly to build won Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence. Barron helped define a new era of elegance in dining at the Spokane Club that set the bar for the rest of the city. When he retired in 1997, over 400 members gathered to laud Barron’s impeccable style and grace. Today, Executive Chef, Urs Moser, presides over the Club’s kitchen, Burgundy’s Restaurant and Bistro Bar, and special dining events. He helps create and refine the restaurant’s wine list and build its renowned cellar. In 2011, the wine list won another Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and Chef Moser was awarded the Best Entrée award at Epicurean Delight. Swiss-born and educated at the Institute of Culinary Arts in of Lucerne, Moser is a former guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City and former Executive Chef at the four-star Raven and the Peach in Fair Haven, New Jersey. Tasked with making the Spokane Club’s dining options second to none in Spokane, Moser consistently exceeds expectations. Social and cultural changes continued their progression through Spokane and the Spokane Club, signaling the end of many eras. But another cultural movement was rapidly rising and the Spokane Club rose to meet it. Physical fitness first became a household name in 1951 when Jack LaLanne, the father of the fitness movement, launched his television show. LaLanne preached the importance of exercise and healthy diet to a primarily female audience, encouraging his followers to not only exercise along with him at home but to join their local health clubs. The message stuck.

When the Spokane Club opened its downtown athletic facility in 1968, it was the largest and most comprehensive center in the Inland Northwest. Long a dream of the future thinkers at the club, the idea of an athletic center went against the grain of a traditional social club, which caused some lively debate among members. But progress, and a strong sense of future growth, prevailed. A sky bridge between the Cutter clubhouse on Riverside and the Athletic Center on Main remains a living symbol of the joining of the business and social side of the club with the fitness lifestyle. Many world-class athletes have trained at the club including Don Kardong, the father of Bloomsday, and mountain climbers Chris Kopcynski, John Roskelley and Kay LeClaire who each in their own right made history in their sport. In 1976, the downtown athletic facility was expanded, and in 2000, the club purchased Central Park Racquet Club in Spokane Valley. That facility was renamed the Spokane Athletic Club on Fourth Avenue and is the center for the club’s tennis-playing members. Both facilities have exceptional conditioning rooms, handball and racquetball courts, swimming pools, spin bikes, hundreds of cutting edge fitness classes, first class personal trainers and a diverse selection of child care services that incorporate physical activity, homework help and healthy snacks. A new “tween” center for 7-12 year olds is opening at the downtown club this month. Diversifying the club’s fitness offerings to include wellness services for its members and guests is a major growth initiative. Currently both locations are home to physical therapy services, sports and therapeutic massage therapy and nutritional counseling. Additional wellness services are in the works. As anyone who has lived to be over 100 can attest, history has its strengths as well as its challenges. One of the challenges is that people think they know you, even when they haven’t seen you in years. Spokane Falls isn’t what it used to be and neither is the Spokane Club. The upside of being over 100 is a rich, shared history. The history of Spokane is ingrained in the history of the Spokane Club, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of each generation and the social change wrought by those engagements. The Spokane Club, like Spokane itself, draws on the best of its past to shape the best of its future. To learn more about the Spokane Club visit www. or call 459-4240 to schedule a tour.



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A bo v e : The d ining ro o m and k it chen eat ing areas pro vid e amp le s eating n e a r e a ch o t her, which is id eal fo r ent ert aining .


he key to Josh and Alison Taylor’s success just happens to fit the lock on the door to their custom home that they built. This general contractor/design team owns Taylor Design, and they don’t just build homes, they create incredible living spaces. Their personal 7,400 square foot home sits on Spokane’s South Hill, perfectly located just off the beaten path and is surrounded by trees. The specs of this house are impressive enough—five bedrooms plus a bonus room, five and a half bathrooms, a six-car garage, and a full outdoor kitchen—but all of that isn’t what makes this house incredible. The details do. But details are what Josh and Alison do best. When you first enter their home, it’s clear that it’s no average space. The entryway opens up to a formal dining area, lit by large


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B e l o w : All t he cupbo ard s are belo w t he co unt ers, o pening th e s p ace.

A bo v e : The linear fireplace blend s int o t he wall o f t he living ro om. B e l o w : The sit t ing ro o m o f f o f t he but ler’s pant ry.

windows and warm Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. A very mod-European butler’s pantry peeks out from around the corner, and immediately shows that this house is perfect for entertaining. This room, like the entire first floor of the home, has ceilings that stretch up to 10 feet. Alison has made creative use of this space and it’s very important to mention that every light fixture in this house is striking, different and perfectly fitting for every room. For example, hanging above their formal dining room table is a distinctive lantern-like chandelierbox shaped, but unobtrusive. “The inspiration for our home was to have a modern feel. Not cold, but clean,” says Alison. “It’s something we like to call ‘Northwest Contemporary,’” Josh adds.


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A bo ve: Org anizat io n, space and st yle creat e an incred ib le walk-in clos et. B e l ow: I llum inat ed fro m wit hin, t he ho m e g lo ws wit h wa rmth at du s k.

To the left of the dining room are more striking features, like eight-foot, custom made doors with fogged glass panels. “Those doors are at least 100 pounds each,” says Josh. He promptly opens one to reveal what they call a media closet. The fogged glass is a perfect choice. It camouflages what’s inside the closet and behind any of the doors, but the glass reflects soft light and opens up what would have been a dark hallway. It’s impressive. And the media closet? It’s a great solution to wires, DVDs, electronics and other sound equipment being visible in the living room. Instead, everything is stored behind custom closed doors. It may be out of sight, but the sound shines through.


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Abo ve: The st and - alo ne so ak ing t ub in t he m aster b ath . Belo w: The m ast er bat h also includ es t his sho wer ro om.

“Oh, the house is also completely wired for sound,” says Josh. Adjacent to the media closet is a rather impressive room, with a striking wood wrapped light fixture. Alison’s design choices never disappoint. This room is the office, and it’s obvious some time was spent creating this space. Large, thick windows run the length of one wall, and a massive, statement desk sits in the center. One wall reveals a cleverly crafted storage center, from floor to ceiling, with custom fogged glass inserts. “There’s also a bathroom at the end of this hall,” says Alison. A modern, white bowl sink sits underneath a European style faucet. A beautiful blue or soft grey tile runs along the entire side of one wall. Even the floor is


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striking. All of this and we really haven’t even entered the main part of the house yet. When walking into the main area, a mixture of soft music, timber through the windows and incredible craftsmanship meet. This room, a combination of a kitchen, entryway, breakfast nook, TV area and formal dining, is the definition of an open concept. “We love to entertain,” says Alison. “This room is perfect for that. You can cook here, utilize the butler’s pantry if you’re hosting a party in the formal dining area, or guests can hang out in the kitchen or sit up at the counter. There’s no divide.” The counter is a piece of striking black and white granite, chosen by Alison. It covers the counter tops, center island and the butler’s pantry. Along with the open concept of this room, there are only a few shelves above the food prep area. “We like to keep everything organized in this storage space,” says Alison. She reaches down to open a drawer and suddenly, it makes perfect sense to reach down for your dishes instead of standing on your toes to get them down. Genius.

The wall space is left open and it maximizes the view of the trees. The appliances in this kitchen are also made for entertaining. A huge built in microwave oven is nestled in it’s own space by the double German refrigerator, and a double wall oven is only a few steps away. On yet another corner, might be one of the best appliances yet, a double drawer dishwasher. The sitting area is inviting and nonpretentious, but manages to be impressive at the same time. A linear fireplace adds warmth to the room, in every way. The plush couches and large flat screen TV tells you this is definitely the place you can either watch the big game or drink wine with your friends. While Josh and Alison mainly eat in the kitchen, their outdoor entertainment space has certainly been put to good use. “We recently had a wedding here and it went great!” says Alison. It must have been beautiful. Infamous for their special added touches, Josh brings attention to the concrete countertop. Upon first glance, it slightly

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sparkles, but you can’t see the greatness of it during the day. “I wired this with lights underneath,” says Josh. “In the evening, it looks really cool.” The entire patio and outdoors area is also wired for sound, and the inviting, comfortable seating is the perfect set up. The full kitchen they’ve installed outside

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above and seeing candle-esque chandeliers meeting warm, rising planks while feeling the gentle wind and seeing the sway of pine trees creates a certain feeling that’s not quite clear at first, and then it is: you feel at home. Touring the rest of the house, Josh and Alison’s talents are revealed everywhere. Both of them are quick to point out how amazing the other is. “Alison is hands-on,” compliments Josh. “She doesn’t just do the designing. When people have construction questions, I tell them to ask her. She knows what she’s doing!” Alison smiles and blushes. “I just want people to have the home they dream of, it’s important to me,” she quietly adds. When they reveal the laundry room, it’s so cute and functional you almost want to wash something just to hang out in there. “That’s what we’re all about,” says Josh. “Form and function.” A very creative mosaic wall that resembles bubbles stretches up over the sink area. “We did that over a weekend,” says Josh. “We had to place them individually, one by one.” It’s very clear that Josh and Alison are the perfect team. There are hundreds of these small bubble stones, and you can imagine how tedious of a task it would be. “It looks similar to soap, don’t you think?” asks Alison. It does. In fact, a picture of this would most likely go viral on Pinterest.


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The tour continues upstairs, when it stops for a moment as Josh shows off the ‘launching area’ or mudroom. A very small wall mount calls attention, and Josh announces that it’s for the Geo Thermal Radiant heating. Talk about state of the art. This type of heating pulls heat from the earth. It saves money, and purifies the air so there is no dust to settle on things. “I’m happy to say I don’t have any more allergies since we’ve been living here!” says Alison. There is a set of stairs leading down, and Josh states that the basement runs the full length of the house. This area is very smart. “We put the stairs tucked away so that our bedrooms were more private,” says Josh. Alison quickly calls attention to the pantry. Sitting right off the kitchen, she opens the door to reveal tons of storage, open shelving and the best feature: windows. It’s also about five feet away from the butler’s pantry. It is very hard not to get jealous about this custom set up. One room of the house that Josh likes to show off isn’t exactly in the house. As he opens the door to the garage, he says, “I wanted to create a garage big enough to

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wall colors Alison has chosen are amazing. The soft blue that covers the wall to the upstairs leads to something very creative, something so simple yet makes such a strong statement. She had an idea to cut out a bit from the hallway in two places, ever so slightly. Not quite as deep as a bookshelf, but more like an insert. She had Josh install several different types of wood inside the insert, and the result is artfully effective. It’s original, adds texture and also utilizes leftover wood. It’s simple, yet amazing. A similar cutout is found at the end of the hallway. “I wanted to break-up the wall, and add something,” she says. “This just seemed like the perfect fit!” Down the hall is a room that is being utilized as the children’s play room, but would also make an excellent bedroom. “Why put the kid’s playroom in the basement?” asks Josh. “Most of the time we find out kids don’t even want to go down to the basement rec room!” That makes perfect sense, although there’s a very good chance Josh and Alison’s basement is unlike any dungeon-esque basement! The entire upstairs is wired for sound as well, and for an added touch, sound proof. There are a few pockets of hot color peeking

out of two rooms. Josh and Alison’s two daughters, Sienna, 12 and Lauren, 14, live in two very distinctive, cool bedrooms. Both feature a walk in closet, vanities, and bathrooms with heated toilets and are complimented with Alison’s skilled design touch. One of the rooms has bright pink and orange on the walls and accent pieces. Josh smiles at the funky, retro-esque beaded curtain hanging outside one of his daughter’s dressing rooms. “Now, this wasn’t my idea!” he says, “But it’s her style, her room.” Josh and Alison’s bedroom is a master suite most people only dream of. They’ve thought of everything. The windows reveal more trees and calming views, while another built in modern fireplace runs up one wall and is complemented by mirrors and soft colors. Adjacent to the bed is a kitchenette for a very important feature: coffee. Alison opens and shuts the cabinets, which are a European open-up-and-out style. When she shuts them, there is no sound; everything is soft close. Their master bathroom is a spa, to say the least. A stand-alone soaking tub sits by a dream vanity, but the shower room is what truly demands attention. Alison opens the door to reveal a steam/shower



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area wired for music, bench seating, eight different body sprays and three different showerheads. A fogless mirror adds an extra touch. Thinking of everything, they’ve chosen Dripless Technology, so no water is ever wasted. Through the doors of the bathroom is a very private toilet area, and further along opens up to a dressing room that most only dream of. There are creative, added touches everywhere. Alison pulls out a built-in fixture to reveal a special storage area for belts, scarves and accessories. Josh pulls out another fixture, perfect for hanging barely worn tees. This room is nothing like a closet. Windows brighten the area, and more fogged glass doors lead to a private outdoor hot tub. Concluding the tour, they point out so

many other features and creative built-ins. “It’s not always about creating a huge home for someone,” says Josh. “I’ll build whatever some one thinks of­—I’d build a dog house if someone wanted! One thing I will say is that I can build a custom home on a budget, but make it look very high end.” As the tour ends, their daughter arrives home from school and she bounds up the stairs, excited to change her outfit and say hello. The home phone rings, Josh’s cell phone rings and the house just seems to come to life. Make no mistake; their house is a masterpiece. It’s incredible. There’s not one room or area that hasn’t been detailed to perfection. And it’s very clear that they take pride in what they do and create.


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Clear Choice

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f you think owning a swimming pool is too much work or costs too much then think again. Making a few smart choices can help ease the burden of both and give you the chance to truly enjoy your dream backyard, your own personal daily vacation, a place to cherish as your own little piece of Heaven. “Today’s pools and spas are one-fourth the cost of those owned by our grandparents both in maintenance and energy and water consumption,” says Blake Mitchell, sales manager of Pool World, a locally owned leader in pool and spa installation and service. All pools and spas require a pump to circulate the water. Mitchell’s advice is to look for an energy efficient variable-speed pump that has different speeds for pool, spa or water feature applications. When using your pump, always set it for the minimum speed required for the task. This will allow for less wear and tear on your equipment, lowers operational costs and provides more efficient filtration. If you currently have an


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older pump or motor, Mitchell strongly encourages upgrading to a newer and more energy efficient model. “Usually, within the first couple of years, you will offset the purchase price in electrical costs alone,” he states. Other benefits include ultra-quiet operation and ease of use. A filter is another must have for all pool and spa owners. For eco-friendly pools and spas, your best choice is a cartridge filter. Cartridge filters have longer filter cycles and need less cleaning. No sand or other loose particles will cycle back into your pool. When cleaning a cartridge filter all you need to do is rinse it off. You will not have to backwash your pool or spa as frequently, thereby significantly reducing water consumption. The water quality of your pool is of utmost importance. The innovative ACE salt water sanitizing system from Hot Spring Spas, automatically generates five cleaners from salt and water to leave spa water clean. The ACE system reduces time spent on hot tub maintenance, and is the perfect solution for people who want a hot tub with a more

hands-free approach to water care. The owner simply checks the sanitizer level regularly with a test strip and confirms use level once a month. A status message on the control panel identifies that the ACE system is cleaning the water. ACE system spa owners will enjoy softer, cleaner water that looks, feels and evens smells great. Because the ACE system uses salt and water to automatically generate cleaners, owners are less likely to experience the dry itchy skin, irritated red eyes, or harsh odor of traditional water care. Pools and spas need to be heated, covered and lit, and there are many environmentally safe ways to do this. The addition of a solar blanket is a cost effective way to enjoy warmer water in season. Solar Blankets can increase your water temperature 10-15 degrees and extend your swimming season. Solar covers can save you money by cutting heating costs by 70 percent and reducing water evaporation by up to 95 percent. Of course, during swimming season, you

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don’t want to always be taking the cover on and off. A liquid pool cover is a great alternative. The non-toxic liquid creates a thin, invisible barrier covering the pool. This barrier acts like a traditional solar blanket to trap in heat and prevent evaporation of your chemicals, but since it’s liquid it remains working even while swimmers are present A pool cover is another necessity for environmentally friendly pools and spas. A cover keeps the pool clean, reduces filter maintenance, reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation, and can help keep the water warm. Unfortunately, taking the cover on and off causes wear and tear, and the insulation material can become waterlogged, making the cover extremely heavy to lift. Most covers currently on the market need to be replaced every two or three years – until now. Enter Smartop, Leisure Concepts’ eco-friendly and energy-efficient cover. The sleek-looking top features strong PVC decking with UV inhibitors and additives to withstand the sun’s rays; a thermal seal foam system with a full-length heat-sealing hinge; anodized aluminum trim; injection molded corner handles; a SureLock Safety System and an integrated cover lifter, all backed by a five-year warranty. Finally when choosing a lighting system, aim for one that utilizes LED bulbs or fiber optics. LED pool and spa lights are the most energy-efficient pool and spa lights available, and cost about half as much to operate. In addition, these lights can last more than 50,000 hours, which means less disposal and replacement of old bulbs. According to Mitchell, LED’s are a brighter, more evenly distributed light source for illuminating the entire pool or spa. Owning a pool or spa is all about fun and relaxation. With a few simple changes, your investment can be more reliable, more efficiently and most importantly, worry free. “There’s great peace of mind that pool and spa products have become more efficient and user-friendly,” Mitchell says. “All of this leads to a much more enjoyable lifetime ownership experience.”


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Outdoor environments are an extension of the home, offering a enjoyable space for entertaining family and friends.

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s snow melts and birds return, our thoughts inevitably begin to dwell on the yard. With the new season comes the desire for new and fresh landscaping features. And spring is the perfect time to plan those projects. Whether you’re replanting your flowerbeds, installing a water feature or putting in a whole new yard, your dream scheme will have a much better chance of success if you start with a good

plan. If you are creative and have a general idea of what you want to achieve, there are many projects that can be handled by a do-it-yourselfer. You don’t need to be a professional landscape designer, but take advice from one and start with a simple sketch of the layout. “Rather than just tearing into it and seeing what comes of it, you should start with a list of your goals,” says Josh

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Want to add some depth and texture to your landscaping design? Landscaping rock comes in many different forms, is inexpensive, and will give a yard a warm, natural look. Landscaping rocks offer several advantages to homeowners. Their colors and shapes add an attractive dimension. They provide an interesting and eye-pleasing contrast to the softer aspects of a landscape design. Landscaping rocks are very functional. It might look like just another piece in the plan, but often, landscaping rocks build the walkways, walls, streambeds and pond borders that bring order to a design. Landscaping rocks are worth their weight compared to other landscape materials. As Zoe Harris, general manager of Sunrise, Inc., the Inland Northwest’s largest rock supplier, points out, landscaping rocks, unlike bark mulch, rarely have to be replaced. Rocks also lessen water consumption, and reduce the need for weed control pesticides and chemical fertilizers.


HomeStyles Special Advertising Section But don’t think rocks are dull. Decorative rock includes favorites such as sparkling, pink Montana Rose, red and black lava, plus new bark alternatives like Eagle Mountain Chips in rich earth tones. If color is what you are looking for, Western Sunset and Rainbow Rock provide a distinctive look. Champagne, Autumn Gold, Buckskin create a more muted pallet. One of the best assets of rock, says Harris, is that it brings a modern touch to an otherwise outdated environment. “Because so many people have older homes, rock adds an update, personality and uniqueness to the landscaping.”

Do fence me in You might have heard the saying that good fences make good neighbors. Well, besides keeping the dogs in (or out), good fences are also a functional and attractive piece of landscape design. When deciding on what type of fence you want, think about why you want it. Is it supposed to add privacy or is it just for looks?

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Additionally, hardscape elements decrease the amount of space in the landscape that needs frequent care. “If you’re not watering you’re not growing, and if you’re not growing you’re not maintaining,” Mathison says. “You’re basically taking a good portion of real estate in your yard and making it irresistibly usable.” An outdoor living environment is immensely affordable when you consider it is an investment that will last the lifetime of the home. It’s also a project that doesn’t have to be tackled all at once. Often it can be created out of the landscape elements that are already there. “Because many of the features are typically located closer to the house,” Mathison says, “you can take a fire pit, for instance, and add it next to your existing patio.” When you stand back and look at your finished project, there is a sense of pride and enjoyment in knowing that you have one of, if not the, best looking yards in the neighborhood. Having a beautifully landscaped and maintained residence has so many benefits. The most obvious is that you have a home that you enjoy returning to at the end of every day. “A beautiful outdoor environment pulls families together and keeps them home. It offers a place that is fun and exciting and gives you a feeling of being on vacation,” Mathison says. “It creates that ‘certain something’ that’s hard to put into words.


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Take a Break Congratulations on your new home. Along with your welcome basket come a whole variety of deductions – among them mortgage interest, mortgage points and realestate tax payments - that you can use to lower your tax bill. “Because you’re a homeowner, you now qualify for a whole slew of exemptions that you wouldn’t qualify for if you were renting or leasing. It opens the door to a whole variety of tax benefits,” says Greg Rowley, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty in Coeur d’Alene. Uncle Sam is willing to give you a break from the time you purchase your home, right on through to when you decide to sell. Here’s a

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interest you pay on a home equity loan or line of credit. However, the IRS places a limit on the amount of debt you can treat as “home equity” for this deduction. Your total is limited to the smaller of: $100,000, or the total of your home’s fair market value— what you’d get for your house on the open market—minus certain other outstanding debts against it. Home Improvement Loan Interest If you take out a loan to make substantial home improvements, you can deduct the interest, with no dollar limit. The work, however, must be a “capital improvement” rather than ordinary repairs. Qualifying capital improvements are those that increase your home’s value, prolong its life or adapt it to new uses. For example, it could include adding a new roof, fence, swimming pool, garage, porch, built-in appliances, heating/ cooling systems, landscaping or more. Property Taxes Often referred to as “real estate taxes,” property taxes are fully deductible from your

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everal pieces of good news have brightened the region’s performing arts outlook. First, the Spokane Symphony guaranteed that it will remain on its strong artistic path by signing its two most crucial artists to long-term contracts. Music director Eckart Preu is now signed through the 2015-16 season. His second-in-command, resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara, has been signed through 2013-14 season. Think of it like Gonzaga University, locking up Mark Few for a few more years. The other piece of good news is the semi-miraculous revival of Interplayers Professional Theater. It has now had two hit shows in a row, The Sisters of Swing and Tuna Does Vegas, both of which were extended due to popular demand. I caught Michael Weaver and Patrick Treadway in Tuna Does Vegas last month, and I haven’t laughed so hard at a bunch of Texas rednecks since Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race. Make no mistake, Interplayers still faces considerable financial challenges. But two smashes were exactly what Interplayers needed. We’ll look below at what’s coming up at both of those institutions, but first, let’s join in a conversation:

A Conversation with Queen Latifah – Note the word “conversation” in the title. This is not a concert, but a fundraising motivational speaking event, benefiting the YWCA of Spokane. Queen Latifah has proven over the years to be an inspiring speaker as she tells stories about women across the world who have triumphed over adversity. And she’ll tell her own remarkable story as well. This event has been switched from the cavernous Spokane Arena – which frankly, always seemed a stretch – to the cozier INB Performing Arts Center. March 22, 7:30 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325SEAT or


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In the Heights –

This salsa-flavored national touring musical, set in the DominicanAmerican neighborhoods of New York, does not have the name recognition of, say, a Rodgers and Hammerstein chestnut. It has never played Spokane in any form. But it certainly has exceptional credentials. It won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It was even nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, uncommon for a musical. The show’s main appeal has been its exuberant Latin-flavored musical score by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with hip-hop influences. Yet it has also won praise for opening a window on a world that’s new to most of us­- the world of the Dominican immigrant. The New York Times said the show had enough “collective joy” to “light up the George Washington Bridge.” Will In the Heights be this season’s sleeper hit? We’ll find out shortly. April 12-15, INB Performing Arts Center, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or

Get Lit! Festival – Spokane’s premier literature festival is where authors and poets become performing artists. This year’s highlights include several events in which the word “performing” is especially apt. On April 14, 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple’s Blue Room, Montana author Rick Bass will be joined by Stellarondo, a Montana string band. The band will provide live accompaniment to Bass’s short stories, in the manner of a cinema score. Also, on April 13, 7 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theatre, An Evening with Jess Walter & Colson Whitehead will match Spokane’s novelist Walter in an onstage dialogue with the dizzying and provocative novelist Whitehead. Expect plenty of sharp wit, improvised banter and some excerpts from Whitehead’s Zone One. And maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get a sneak preview of Walter’s upcoming Beautiful Ruins, coming out in June. And there are other big names: Ted Kooser, the former American Poet Laureate; Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief), whose new book about Rin Tin Tin is creating quite a woof; and the beloved children’s author Lois Lowry. The smart way to do Get Lit! is to buy a festival pass for $45, but you can also purchase tickets to individual events. For a complete schedule, go to April 10-15, Bing Crosby Theater and other venues, tickets available through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www. Spokane Symphony Classics – Rachmaninoff was only 22 when he composed his Symphony No. 1, yet it has all of the fire and drama of his mature compositions. Newly re-upped musical director Eckart Preu will combine this with Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3, and the brief but spectacular Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in a program on March 24 and 25. The April 14-15 program should be even more, well, striking. Percussion virtuoso Nebojsa Zivkovic will wield the mallets on his own Marimba Concerto No. 2. All this, and Tchaikovsky’s intensely moving Symphony No. 6. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, (509) 624-1200 or through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or 162

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Spokane String Quartet with Joanne Bouma – If you like your classical music on a less-grand scale – which is not to say less stimulating – I highly recommend the excellent Spokane String Quartet. They’ll be doing Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, along with vocal works by Brahms and Chausson, with mezzo-soprano Bouma. March 11, 3 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, tickets through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or

Duck Hunter Shoots Angel – Does the name Mitch Albom ring a bell? He’s the sportswriter turned bestselling author who wrote Tuesdays With Morrie. In 2004, he turned his hand to this gentle comedy about a pair of Alabama duck hunters who accidentally bring down a different kind of winged thing. The marvelous Kathie Doyle-Lipe directs this regional premiere at the Spokane Civic Theatre, April 6-22. The Civic, as we go to press, is also continuing its swashbuckling The Count of Monte Cristo through March 18. And from March 16 to April 15, the downstairs Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre will have Bingo, a sprightly musical about three bingo-playing women whose lives proceed along parallel – and possibly diagonal – lines. And the audience even gets to play some bingo. Spokane Civic Theatre, tickets available at (509) 325-2507 or TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or www.

Mauritius and An Infinite Ache – These two Interplayers Professional Theatre shows may not have the automatic drawing power of the show’s recent hits, but I’m anticipating them even more eagerly. Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius – which will be open by the time we go to press and continues through March 10 – is a 2007 Broadway hit about two sisters who inherit a valuable stamp collection. It’s a caper comedy involving various con men trying to swindle the sisters. There’s suspense along with the David Mamet-style laughs. An Infinite Ache is David Schulner’s 2002 bittersweet romantic comedy in which a couple goes on a first date – and then are whisked through a whirlwind of 50 years of married life. It runs March 29 through April 14. Interplayers Professional Theater, tickets available by calling (509) 455-PLAY or TicketsWest, (800) 325SEAT or

Northwest Bach Festival – This world-class festival continues with probably the biggest event over its nearly three-week span: The Festival Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by national treasure Gunther Schuller, performing Bach’s Mass in G Minor, and Boccherini’s Symphony No. 2 in G Major, at St. John’s Cathedral, March 3 at 8 p.m. That will be followed by three solo events: A piano recital by William Doppmann on March 10 at 8 p.m.; a free organ recital by John Bodinger on March 16 at 8 p.m.; and cellist Zuill Bailey performing Bach’s Cello Suites, 1, 2 and 3, on March 18 at 3 p.m., all at St. John’s Cathedral. Go to for complete schedule. Tickets available through TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT or

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Emotional Exploration by Jennifer LaRue

Artist Felisa Carranza’s life

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reads like a romance novel or plays out like an epic film; documented in sculptures and paintings, she tells her story. “When things were not so good and people felt so hurt and desperate due to the Spanish Civil War, I learned to observe and listen,” she says. What she saw and heard was everything from desperation to joy and she took solace in the gardens and cornfields. Without television, radio or running water, Carranza found pleasure in church, school, singing and telling stories. With bombs going off in the surrounding towns, she and her family decided to evacuate with a wagon full of necessities, the horse and the dog. They rode the wagon through the roads across the Pyrenees to France. Once in the frontier they had to leave everything behind in Spain; the French government would only rescue the people. They were placed in a convent for six months where the nuns taught them and took them to see clowns, carousals and mimes. Eventually they returned to a looted home. At 15, Carranza’s father died and she, her sister and mother went to Barcelona. Carranza wanted to be a nun but her mother said no. Instead, she helped at the monastery and went on to study sewing, fashion design, nursing aid, cooking and French. Her first “profession” was as a seamstress and clothing designer. She eventually enrolled at L’Aliance Francaise as a full time student. She also studied at L’ecole de Beaux Arts. She visited galleries, the Louvre museum, and watched artists paint their canvases in the streets. She studied French literature, English and figure drawing. She met her husband in Paris and, in 1959, they moved to Spokane where he was from. She

and her husband enrolled at Washington State University; he was to become an architect and she, an artist. As the years passed, she continuously studied English and raised three children. She studied art at Spokane Falls Community College, therapy at the Child Guidance Center, and had dozens of art shows. After years of study, she graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1995, with a Master’s of Fine Art. She has shown in galleries and museums in Spain, France, Seattle, Florida, New York, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. Her work is in private and public collections and she has won numerous awards. Walking into her home on Spokane’s South Hill, her talent and passion are undeniable. Realistic figurative studies, abstract and mixed media paintings, sculptures and masks decorate the home. Carranza’s work is intuitive, pulled from a kind of “emotional exploration.” It encompasses years of visual storytelling; at its core – the human condition. In her artist’s statement, she explains, “My work portrays my roots and focuses on human interaction, physical and emotional, and the relationship between mind, body and spirit.” Inspired by her life, she has represented the gamut of experiences and emotions in an array of styles and mediums. “People are often trapped,” she says. “They forget who they are and where they come from. As I create, I go inside of myself to remember the good and the bad and I express it.” Since its conception, Carranza has been involved in the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s art at work sales and rental program. In April, she will be donating two new pieces to the museum’s annual auction. Currently, her work is displayed at Pacific Flyway Gallery and Framing, 409 South Dishman Mica Road, where it will remain through April. “To this day, I love the land, the country I was born [in], my heritage, my talents, the strength that God has giving me to overcome human conditions, and my choice of being a professional artist.” Jennifer LaRue profiles a different local artist in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.


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BOOK REVIEWS by Holly Chase Williams



The Pacific Northwest Reader edited by Carl Lennertz and collected through the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association • Pacific Northwest: For this small volume, it means Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. •   PNBA: An organization supporting our independent booksellers. Auntie’s Bookstore and 2nd Look Books both get a mention in the list of members at the back of the book. •  Garth Stein and Jess Walter: Local literary lights who loved this work.   Enough said? In this collection of lyrical essays on the importance of place, writers reflect on moose hunting in Alaska, growing up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and the coolness of Seattle. Each essay is prefaced by a few pages of state trivia, such as: “Numbers show that Alaskans eat more ice cream on the average than residents of any other state” and “Washington state has more bookstores and coffee bean roasters per capita and its residents have more college degrees per capita than any other state.” I did take issue with the Idaho famous persons listing, however, which claims Sarah Palin. Yes, she was born in Sandpoint, but I hardly think living somewhere for a few months and during college qualifies you as a famous person “from” there. But that’s a very minor point. All in all, the Pacific Northwest Reader makes for some mighty fine, quiet, reflective reading on this area we have chosen to call home. Published by Delphium Books, paperback, $10.95  

Breaking the Code by Karen Fisher-Alaniz

It’s an all-too familiar story. By the time we are interested in the life stories of our parents and grandparents, they are often beyond our reach through death or senility. But Karen Fisher-Alaniz’s father kept a record. On his 81st birthday, he presented her with more than 400 letters he had 166

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3. written to her grandparents during World War II. “I always knew my father had been in a war,” the book begins, “but as a child it was of little importance to me. I had bicycles to ride, friends to play with and trees to climb. He would tell us stories about the war. He was in the Navy and stationed at Pearl Harbor a few years after it was bombed in 1941. He spent his days working in an office. On liberty he went to the movies or exploring with friends. These were the stories he told, which were never terribly interesting.”  It was the other stories that would give him flashbacks and nightmares. It was the other stories he needed help remembering, and telling; the stories that were so painful, that he had suppressed them for 50 years. Everyone in the family had always suspected that Murray Fisher was not at peace with his wartime experience. But it was not until his daughter began writing a “What I Know” list about him that she realized it only filled one page. And that everything on the list was generic. By gathering some of the missing pieces of his story, she hopes to help her father find that elusive peace.  Murray’s journey begins with a fateful decision in boot camp at Farragut Naval Base in Idaho.  “In the classroom that first day, the instructor quickly tapped out a simple Morse code message. My father already knew the code, having just left his job as a railroad telegrapher. So while his classmates worked feverishly deciphering the message, Dad watched a bird perched on a branch outside the window. The instructor thought he’d caught him off task.  ‘What was the message I just sent?’ He barked.  “When my father was able to tell him the correct answer, the instructor stood dumbfounded. After class, he excused my father from the rest of the course… “Eventually a Chief Specialist pulled him aside and asked him if he wanted to learn a different kind of code. It was the Japanese writing system called Katakana…” And so the story begins. Published by Sourcebooks, paperback, $14.99  Karen Fisher-Alaniz lives with her family in Walla Walla, Washington. A former special education teacher, she has been writing for fun since the first grade. This is her first book.

Chamber of Five by Michael Harmon

“‘It doesn’t matter what you think you are,’ my father had told me a dozen times. ‘It matters only what others think you are.’ It dictated success, defeat and the future. The golden key to politics was to be what they wanted you to be. It was how he’d become a Washington State legislator with his eye on senator in the future. It was also how he’d become such a jerk. My dad was like a thousand-pound octopus wrapped around my life, and having a screw-up for a son when you were a politician wasn’t acceptable.” Seventeen-year-old Jason Harmon has already developed a strong moral code. He isn’t fooled by the “smoke and mirrors” of all the perks he receives because his dad is a powerful politician. So when he is asked to physically assault another student as part of an initiation hazing ritual at his school for the gifted, Jason decides the Chamber of Five must go.   But can he really take on the kids who run the show? Up against blackmail and violence, risking his relationship with his money-driven father, Jason is still convinced that the really smart kids who earned their way into the school deserve a say, and more power than they’ve been given. Chilling in its portrayal of teen malevolence, this book shows in contemporary coin that you have to do the right thing, even when it hurts to do it.   Middle school and high school readers will be able to digest and understand Harmon’s message about the complex interaction between our country’s elite—the rich—and their followers—the poor. Published by Knopf, hardback, $16.99  Michael Harmon lives in the Pacific Northwest. He dropped out of high school as a senior and draws on many of his own experiences in his award-winning fiction for young adults. His website is www.


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March 25:

Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos

The man whose standup concerts rule the comedy world, Jeff Dunham, announces a full slate of shows through March 2012 that offer his millions of fans brand new laughs and hilarious additions to his famed troupe of sidekicks. Dunham’s sidesplitting performances have made him the top grossing live comedian in North America for three consecutive years as well as the last two worldwide. Now his ever-growing legion of devoted fans that flock to his shows year after year will meet the newest additions to his suitcase posse. Achmed the Dead Terrorist has to now contend with his rebellious offspring, Achmed Junior, aka A.J. Meanwhile, Peanut has decided that he’s tired of being Jeff’s sidekick and has taken up ventriloquism with his own character: Little Jeff. More hilarity than ever ensues as the never-before-seen characters unleash their own havoc on stage. Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

ART March 9, April 13: Coeur d’Alene Art Walk

Stroll through beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses with your friends and family. Art Walk will continue on the second Friday of each month. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For more information, please visit http://

beginning February 4: Dig it! The Secrets of the Soil

There are more living creatures in a shovel-full of soil than human beings on the planet, yet more is known about the dark side of the moon than about soil! Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, is an amazing interactive exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The 4,000 square foot display reveals the complex world of soil and how this hidden ecosystem supports nearly every form of life on earth. The exhibit demonstrates the many possibilities for building not only a soil science curriculum, but also related curricula such as nutrition, global food production, chemistry, biology, botany, physics, geology, climate change, and the arts including animation for multi-media. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail for more information and complete schedule of events.

through April 26: Spokane Watercolor Society Exhibition

The Spokane Watercolor Society’s juried membership show will hang at the gallery February 28th through April 26th. Dale Laitenin, a nationally known watercolorist, will be our judge. He will announce the award winners at the gallery during First Friday. There will be an artist reception on March 2 from 5-8pm, as part of First Friday. Chase Gallery, lower level of Spokane City Hall. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201. For more information, call (509) 625-6050. http://

EVENTS March 7, April 4: AIA (Archeological Institute of America) Lecture Series

March 7: The Curious Case of the Octagonal Gemstones: A Possible New Pagan and Early Christian Workshop in Turkey” with Professor Andrew Goldman Dr. Goldman explores how octagonal intaglios represent a curious, relatively rare gemstone category within museum and private collections. 6:308pm.

April 4: Polynesian Contact with the New World with Professor Terry L. Jones

Dr. Jones discusses the possibility that Polynesian voyagers reached the shores of the New World before Columbus, a topic that has been considered by scientists and non-scientists alike for

nearly two centuries. 6:30-8pm. All lectures will be held in the Eric A. Johnston Auditorium. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail for more information.

March 9, April 13: BeGin! at the MAC

BeGin! at the MAC is a once-a-month afterwork party, held at the Museum of Arts and Culture on the second Friday of every month, starting at 6pm. Friends hook up at the MAC to BeGin the weekend with adult refreshments, live music, snacks and exhibit cruising. There is no admission fee and each month features a local band or musical talent. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 4563931 or e-mail themac@northwestmuseum. org.

March 10-May 19: Know Soil, Know Life Lecture Series

Know Soil, Know Life is the series of lectures coming to the MAC this spring. Discover why civilizations rise and fall on how well we treat our soils with three world renowned scientists who will reveal the secrets of soil from their personal research. The lecture series complements the traveling Smithsonian exhibition.

March 10: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic with Professor Estella Leopold

Earlier in the day day, there will be additional showings of this full-length documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold’s land ethic in action in a multitude of ways. 3pm.

April 14: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations with Professor David Montgomery

Professor David R. Montgomery is a Professor of Earth and Space Science at the University of Washington and a MacArthur Fellow. He studies the influence of geomorphology on ecological systems and human societies. David will have copies of his book, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations available after the lecture for signing. Time TBD.

May 19: Toward a Sustainable Future with Professor John Reganold

Dr. John Reganold’s career was shaped by his interest in environmental soil science. He has become one of the premier scientists in the world in sustainable agricultural research, as evidenced by his publications in Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy


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of Sciences (PNAS), Scientific American, and other land-use and soil science journals. Time TBD. All lectures will be held in the Eric A. Johnston Auditorium. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail for more information.

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er. She’ll be reading from the latest installment of The Giver series, followed by The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of The Giver, which promises to be a must-see event. This event is free to all youth. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

April 10-15: 14th Annual Get Lit! Literary Festival

Rick Bass is the author of over 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including his recent novel, Nashville Chrome. Stellarondo is an all-strings band out of Montana, named for a character in Eudora Welty’s short story, “Why I Live at the P.O.” Together, they’ve been performing live music scored to Bass’ short stories, similar to how a composer scores music for cinema. Bass calls it “the perfect marriage of literature and music.” The Blue Room, The Masonic Temple. 1108 West Riverside Avenue  Spokane, WA 99201.

Each year on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick put together one of the most fun and entertaining parades in the region. Using proceeds from the parade, the Friendly Sons’ passion for this event extends beyond the parade route each year when they provide donations to several area non-profit organizations to support the community. This annual parade is one event in Spokane that is open for total community involvement. Regardless of race, creed or color, everyone has just that wee bit of Irish that comes out in full spirit, whether you’re a dyedin-the-wool Irish person or just Irish-for-theday, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Downtown Spokane. Parade begins at 12pm. For more information about the parade and route, please log on to

March 22: A Night of Triumph: A Conversation with Queen Latifah

The YWCA of Spokane is proud to announce Queen Latifah in “A Conservation with the Queen: A Night of Triumph.” The evening will feature Queen Latifah sharing the inspiring true stories of the personal challenges that have shaped her life. Attendees can look forward to laughs, tears and leaving uplifted from a specially crafted event exclusive to Spokane. All proceeds will support the YWCA’s critical programs that empower thousands of women each year by helping them overcome domestic violence, access important services for their children, and secure employment and housing. “A Conversation with the Queen” will be the largest event and fundraiser in the YWCA’s history in Spokane. It will also mark Queen Latifah’s first appearance in the Pacific Northwest. Order your tickets today to make sure you have a seat at this one-of-a-kind experience with a message that will leave a lasting impression on women of all ages and the men who love them! INB Performing Arts Center. 720 W Mallon Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 30: Taste of Life 2012

Gather with your friends and the hospice community for an evening of wine, microbrew, premium spirits and a food tasting featuring amazing gourmet fare from The Spokane Club Chef Urs Moser. We are well underway in developing this year’s menu. We guarantee your taste buds will not be disappointed. Last year’s guests feasted on fresh steamed mussels,


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Each spring, the Get Lit! Festival invites selected authors to Spokane to share their work and their passion for writing. Some of these authors enjoy a reputation in the Northwest, while others have earned national or even international renown. The week-long celebration features presentations and readings, writing workshops and panel discussions, visits by authors to K-12 schools and colleges/universities, community readings, and poetry slams, along with other events. Readers and writers alike find a wellspring of talent, inspiration, and learning at the Get Lit! Festival.

April 12: Susan Orlean and Steve Almond

You may know Susan Orlean from her New York Times bestseller, The Orchid Thief, upon which the Oscar-nominated film Adaptation was based, or you may have seen her many pieces in The New Yorker, but you won’t want to miss seeing her talk about her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend. Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including Candyfreak and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life. The New York Times Book Review calls him a “gifted storyteller” who delivers “always enjoyable, often hysterical stories.” He will be reading from his latest work, God Bless America, a collection of short stories. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201.

April 13: Jess Walter and Colson Whitehead

Jess Walter’s critically acclaimed The Zero was a National Book Award finalist, and The Financial Lives of the Poets, which TIME Magazine called, “a small masterpiece,” is being made into a movie. His latest book, The Beautiful Ruins, is due out in June 2012. Colson Whitehead, author of The Intuitionist and Sag Harbor, will read from his latest work, Zone One, a post apocalyptic novel. Kirkus Reviews said of the recent release, Whitehead “sinks his teeth into a popular format and emerges with a literary feast.” Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201.

April 14: Lois Lowry and The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Presentation of The Giver

Lois Lowry has written over 30 children’s and young adult books, including the Newbery Award winners Number the Stars and The Giv-

April 14: Rick Bass & Stellarondo

April 15: In Conversation with Ted Kooser

The Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate will offer a reading from his many books of poetry and sit for an interview with an EWU professor. Kooser also runs the weekly American Life in Poetry column, which appears in newspapers and online publications across the country. Lincoln Center. 1316 North Lincoln St. Spokane, WA 99201. While there are too many events to list individually here, please log on to http://outreach. for a complete list of authors and events. For tickets to all events, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

April 21: COMMUNITY Fun Run

The Inclusions Network, The Arc of Spokane and The Washington Parks Department will host this run for fun for everyone. It will be a virtually flat out-and-back 5k course that begins at the Centennial Trail and runs along the Spokane River and back. All children 5 and under can participate for free. CenterPlace at Mirabeau Park. 2426 N Discovery Place. Spokane Valley 99216. For more information or to register, please log on to

May 30: 27th Annual AGORA Awards

Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 27th Annual Agora Awards program will take place on May 30 at The Davenport Hotel. The reception and ceremony are part of the region’s premiere business awards event. Over the past twenty years, 400+ members of the regional business community have gathered each year to celebrate business excellence throughout the greater Spokane area. This is a chance for the public and Greater Spokane Incorporated to congratulate each of the businesses for the important role they play in the community and for contributing to the region’s economic growth.

The Davenport Hotel. 10 South Post St. Spokane, WA 99224.For more information, please contact Greater Spokane Incorporated at

MUSIC March 10: Spokane Jazz Orchestra “Jazz Underground” featuring vocalist/bassist Kristin Korb

Kristin Korb is not just a singing bassist. She is a premier singer with a personal approach and a deep sense of swing. She transports you to other worlds with her ballads. Oh yeah, she plays a nasty bass, too. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit

March 9: Spokane Symphony Casual Classics: Mozart’s Facebook

From amazing child prodigy to one of the greatest composers of all time, Mozart must surely have been fun to be around. His great genius could only be compared with his equally great sense of humor. Can’t you just imagine him leaving a funny video post on your page? His uplifting works are still equally cherished by classical music fans and symphony newcomers to this day. Follow Maestro Eckart Preu and find out more about the Viennese master and his friends. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information or tickets, please call (509) 624-1200 or log in to

March 14: Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire featuring An Dochas and the Haran Irish Dancers

Born in the capital of song in Ireland, Irish tenor, Michael Londra and his show have journeyed around the world from small beginnings. The show, bathed in the traditional culture of song and dance in Ireland has been seen in every corner of the planet. With 100% live music, dance and song, while respecting the culture and ancient history, the show generates an electric atmosphere that sweeps

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audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its land, its pubs, its music and its heart. From a tiny spark, Celtic Fire now travels the world in many forms. The music is traditional at its core, with all of Ireland’s national instruments, the fiddle playing frenetic reels, our great drum, the bodhran beating out the driving rhythms of the band, the plaintive uileann pipes calling back to days of yore with beautiful and haunting slow airs. The dancers take the stage with brilliant flashes of speed, youth and exuberance. Their jigs and reels performed are a joy to watch and many audiences want to get to join in -- many actually do! Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit

March 17: Spokane Symphony SuperPops: Broadway’s Greatest Gifts by an American Diva


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A pop and jazz diva, Ann Hampton Callaway has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on five of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. Callaway’s performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of Broadway’s greatest as well as pop and jazz standards. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information or tickets, please call (509) 624-1200 or log in to

March 18: Straight No Chaser

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither straitlaced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal - the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense and with a sense of humor. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-

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March 24-25: Spokane Symphony Classics: Russian Drama

Thought lost for almost five decades, Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony is the work of a 22 year-old genius. In its four movements, you’ll hear the ravishing sound that would later become the composer’s trademark. The work is unified by a single musical idea, which threads the piece from beginning to end. In contrast to the work of a young Rachmaninoff, Sibelius’ last symphony, the Seventh, is only about 20 minutes long. You’ll be awestruck by the composer’s ability to create this skillfully unified world of emotions in the span of a single-movement. From mysterious to luminous, and from playful to triumphant, you’ll relish this gem of creativity and craftsmanship. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information or tickets, please call (509) 624-1200 or log in to

March 30: Spokane Symphony Special: Amore - Opera in Love

Opera’s Greatest Hits! An expertly crafted evening of the most popular melodies everyone knows (whether they know they know or not) brings the drama, romance, seduction and betrayal of Opera to the concert stage. Four talented young vocalists bring these stories to life with their fun and energetic introductions between numbers and their captivating performances in the most famous solos, duets and quartets from Rigoletto, La Boheme, La Traviata, Carmen and much more! Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. For more information or tickets, please call (509) 624-1200 or log in to

THEATRE February 17-March 4: Epic Proportions

Two feuding brothers, a love interest, an incompetent crew, a missing director, and 3400 extras try to make the largest epic film ever… in the Arizona desert. What could go awry? This production will be directed by Doug Dawson. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323. http://

February 23-March 10: Mauritius

Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. When a pair of half-sisters discovers the “crown jewel” of stamp collecting after a death in the family, the double-crosses start and continue nonstop in this gripping tale. A seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world. This viciously smart, fast, mean and often explosively funny play


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will keep you guessing and gasping as the house lights come up. This production will be directed by Patrick Treadway. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

February 24-March 4: Oklahoma! presented by Christian Youth Theater

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration is one of their most innovative, setting the standards and establishing the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their story. Audiences, young and old will be enchanted by this timeless story and dazzling score. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800325-SEAT or visit

February 24-March 18: The Count of Monte Cristo

Exceedingly entertaining, this compelling stage adaptation will both captivate and enthrall you at the same time. The courageous story of Edmond Dantes. Romance, revenge, obsession and justice abound. Yet in the end only truth, hope and love will prevail. This production will be directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 23-April 1: Pete ‘n Keely

A live taping of a 1968 television special reunites a divorced singing duo. As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take unscripted swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. This production will be directed by Abbey Crawford Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323. http://

March 29-April 14: An Infinite Ache

This is a fresh and heartfelt play about love, time and the infinite directions in which two lives can travel. Hope and Charles are a pair of lonely 20-somethings about to end a supremely uninteresting first date. But just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their future life together come rushing to meet them. From their first kiss to their first child to a family heartbreak to a second chance, the play moves through their lives with breathtaking speed. A love story told with theatrical flair, this play is as dazzling as it is insightful.


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This production will be directed by Marianne McLaughlin. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

April 15-19: In The Heights

In The Heights, winner of four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a sensational new show about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. With an amazing cast, incredible Tony Award-winning dancing and a thrilling Tony Award-winning score, In The Heights is an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community - a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. Experience the next chapter of the classic American story at the most joyous and exciting musical on Broadway. Find out what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home… In The Heights. INB Performing Arts Center. 720 W Mallon Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

SPORTS March 7: Spokane Chiefs vs Kelowna Rockets

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 9: Spokane Chiefs vs Tri-City Americans

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 10: Spokane Chiefs vs Kootenay Ice

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 14: Spokane Chiefs vs Kamloops Blazers

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 12: Spokane Shock vs Iowa Barnstormers

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 16: Spokane Chiefs vs Seattle Thunderbirds

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

March 30: Spokane Shock vs Iowa San Jose Sabercats

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit

April 14: Spokane Shock vs Milwaukee Mustangs

7 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit




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HEALTH March 5, 6, 8: Nutrition Consultation with a Dietician - Free

Spend 15-20 minutes talking one-on-one with a Registered Dietician. Bring your questions about food or nutrition or even a recipe you would like to make healthier. If you have specific questions about your diet, it is best if you can bring a food diary (two days minimum) so the RD can look it over and provide specific recommendations. You may bring an additional member of your family with you. Consults are free, due to a grant from Susan G. Koman for the Cure. March 5: 9am-1pm; March 6: 1:30-5pm. March 8: 9am-5pm. Appointments are available every half hour. CHER Diabetes Education Center. 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite 245, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information or to register, please log on to

March 6; April 3: Diabetes Support Group

This setting gives you the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussion with other community members touched by diabetes. The discussion will be facilitated by a CHER Certified Diabetes Educator. Free. 6-7pm. CHER Diabetes Education Center. 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite 245, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information, please log on to

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Thriving Before, During & After Breast Cancer is a three part series of classes that focus on breast cancer prevention, education, and survivorship support. Week 1 (March 10) is entitled “Breast Cancer Introduction”, Week 2 (March 17) will revolve around “Diet and Lifestyle Issues” and Week 3 (March 24) will deal with “Breast Cancer Survivorship.” Anyone interested in learning more about breast cancer, prevention, prevention of recurrence, or support during treatment is encouraged to attend these local seminars. If you are a client of the Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program or Cancer Patient Care, contact CHER at (509) 232-8138 to receive a discount code. Proof of participation will be required to receive a discount code. 6 Category II CME will be available through the American Academy of Family Physicians. $20. 8am-4pm. Sacred Heart Medical Building, Mother Joseph Room, 101 W. 8th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204. For more information or to register, please log on to

March 12-19: Pre-Diabetes Class

Pre-Diabetes affects more than 79 million Americans. Are you one of them? If you or someone you know is at risk for or has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, please join us. This is a two-part class series. All participants will receive a free testing meter. Support part-

ner free. $30. 5:30-7:30pm. CHER Diabetes Education Center. 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite 245, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information or to register, please log on to

March 12, March 26: Tobacco Support Group

Research shows that when it comes to quitting smoking, having support through the quitting process increases your chances at being successful. At the Tobacco Support Group meetings, learn how to be successful at quitting with others that are also trying to quit. This class is geared to helping you get the most of your time with a cessation specialist by letting the group interact and ask questions. You must be 18 or older to participate in this group. Topics covered in class will include: keeping weight off while quitting, ways to reduce stress and ways to keep you from going back to cigarettes. Free. 6-7pm. Holy Family Health Education Center, Room 4, 5633 N. Lidgerwood, Spokane, WA 99208. For more information, please log on to www.

March 14: Natural Childbirth

If you are planning on a non-medicated birth, this class is for you. This 2-hour class is taken after Prepared Childbirth or Prepared Childbirth-Extended and covers additional labor positions, comfort measures and breathing techniques to use during labor. Many insurance providers will reimburse you for the cost of this class, including Medicaid of Washington. Please bring a blanket, pillow, and a water bottle to class. $25. 6-8pm. Holy Family Health Education Center, Room 1, 5633 N. Lidgerwood, Spokane, WA 99208. For more information or to register, please log on to

March 15: Breastfeeding Basics

Designed to help mothers have their most successful breastfeeding experience, participants learn about positions, solving common problems and returning to work or school. Many insurance providers will reimburse you for the cost of this class. $25. 6-8pm. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information or to register, please log on to

March 19: Make Your Calories Count

Make Your Calories Count, the weight loss program offered by the CHER Diabetes Education Center, is taught by registered dietitians certified in adult weight management. Designed for adults, our comprehensive weight management program provides: An initial individual diet intake assessment with a registered dietitian, classes and program support provided over a 6 month period of time, 14 group classes with content to help you be successful at weight loss and the knowledge and skills about food to keep the weight off.


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Information about: exercise and weight loss, assistance with eating away from home, medication and surgical options for weight loss, vitamins, minerals and supplementation in weight loss, meal replacements and very low calorie diets in weight loss. As well, fad diets will be discussed. Individual appointments are also available if attending classes is not an option. $30. 5-6:30pm. CHER Diabetes Education Center. 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite 245, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information or to register, please call 509.232.8145.

March 22-April 21: Prepared Childbirth, Extended

The Prepared Childbirth, Extended class is eight hours of education, offered one night per week for four consecutive weeks or a weekend series to best fit your schedule. Many insurance providers (including Washington State Medicaid) cover the cost of this class. This class is taught by certified childbirth educators. Consider registering for classes around 20 weeks gestation so that you are scheduled to take classes in the early part of your third trimester. Topics covered include: prenatal care, nutrition, stages of labor, practice of pain management techniques, Cesarean birth, tour of birthing room, post-delivery care and basic newborn care. You are encouraged to bring a support partner, which would be at no extra cost. When ready to register, only register the expecting mom - not the support partner. $75. 6-8pm. Sacred Heart Mother Gamelin Center, Holy Angels Rm, 20 W. 9th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204. For more information or to register, please log on to www.cherspokane. org.

March 24: Babysitting Basics

Course is for youth ages 10-15 to prepare them with the skills they need to be a successful babysitter. Class covers topics such as: How to care for infants, toddlers and older children, CPR and first aid for infants and children, discipline issues, safety and business basics. Students will receive a bag they can decorate themselves and a certificate of completion. When registering, the profile should be for the person who is paying and the child’s name should be typed in on the screen that says “Course Seats/Student Attending”. We use this information to make the class certificate and completion card. $40. 9am-2pm. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St, Spokane, WA 99202. For more information or to register, please log on to


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upcakes have the potential to be more than just a passing fad. A college friend of mine recently opened her fourth cupcake store in Seattle, and her website lists Fortune 100 companies as regular clients. Now this deluge of miniature cakes and massive frosting that has gripped the rest of the country for several years has reached the Inland Northwest in full force. It has arrived with enough pink frosting and disco dust to make me consider a strategic counteractive retreat to a dark bar with sawdust on the floor to order a big steak quivering almost raw on plate. Yet my reaction to pink and the indiscriminate application of glitter aside, I’m not a complete cupcake curmudgeon. I do favor the savory over the sweet most days, but as a kid I loved everything about a great cupcake – even the sprinkles on top – and even now a bite from a perfect cupcake is a delight. Part of the genius of the cupcake is its size. You can sample. You have options. Everyone doesn’t have to agree. You don’t have to store the leftovers in a large square Tupperware container to be devoured in a moment of weakness the next morning instead of sensibly going for whole-wheat toast and a half a grapefruit.

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One or two cupcakes won’t break the bank either. In fact, if you happen to be within striking distance of north Spokane and Thursday afternoon rolls around, you can score any cupcake in the cases at Celebrations Cupcakery for only a buck. “It’s our version of Happy Hour,” says owner Amber Owens. Nearby at Sweet Dreams Bakery (located – surprisingly - inside the north Division Pounder’s Jewelry store) you can also sample Susie Bowen’s newly introduced Spirit line of cupcakes that are dessert versions of famous cocktails complete with the alcohol for half the price of the actual drink. “We will be carding people,” says Bowen.

Triple Threat By our count, there are at least seven shops and bakeries that have based their business in large part on cupcakes. Then there are several more cupcake shops that don’t maintain retail storefronts, but sell wholesale to restaurants and accept special orders. Finally there are other established bakeries that offer cupcakes to the masses on a regular basis.

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Regional Cupcake Juggernauts C e l e b r at i o n s – A G o u r m e t C u p c a k e r y Garland District in Spokane – 713 West Garland Ave., (509) 327-3471, Amber and Joe Owens bought Celebrations last August and have quickly established themselves as a Garland neighborhood destination both with creative social media marketing on Facebook and the largest number of possible cupcakes in the region: 200. On any given day Amber and her crew will have 20 varieties in the cases and on the weekends expect 25-30. There is always a gluten free option in back waiting to be frosted to order. My personal favorite to date is the inventive Banana Split with a fine light whipped cream frosting. Don’t forget the noon to close $1 cupcake Happy Hour each Thursday. Prices: $2 and $2.50 with discounts offered on orders of a dozen. Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday. 182

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Frosted Downtown Coeur d’Alene – 424 East Sherman Ave., (208) 292-4444, Daria Brown, Jennifer Tarr and Dana Bellefeuille are the dream team behind this serious cupcake contender located in the basement of the old Coeur d’Alene courthouse. They opened April 15, 2011. The space original served as a jail, and Brown jokes that people are much more interested in spending time in the courthouse basement now. I completely agree that stopping in for a rich Mexican Chocolate or Boston Cream Pie cupcake beats incarceration any day. Try their award-winning Chocolate Affair with a salted caramel center, the Ale-ing Irishman that mixes Guinness into the chocolate batter, or a moist Carrotismo with cream cheese frosting. Prices: $2.99 each, $29.99 a dozen. Minis available for $1.49. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until sell-out (often around 4 p.m.). Open Sundays also during the summer. Sweet B Cupcakes Downtown Coeur d’Alene – 501 Sherman Ave.,(208) 704-2506, After selling cupcakes for weddings and parties during 2009 and at the Kootenai Farmers Market, Sweet B Cupcakes opened late last spring (2011). Owner Shawna Leonard rotates more than 20 different cupcakes through the case each month, and she pulled in a 2011 People’s Choice awards for her “Good Morning, Cupcake!!” which tops a maple buttermilk pancake batter with maple butter frosting, and add a jaunty top hat of bacon dipped in chocolate. An active Facebook page will let you know what are the featured cupcakes for the day and if they are sold out. They also sell ice cream and offer novelty “cupshakes” that blend the cupcake of your choice into a 20-oz vanilla shake for $4.50. Prices: $2.50 each, $12.50 for a half dozen, $25 for a dozen. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (or sell-out).

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Sweet Dreams Bakery North Division in Spokane – 3131 North Division Street, (509) 747-6900 Susie Bowen baked cakes and cupcakes for 20 years out of her home before taking over the bakery space just inside the front doors of Pounders Jewelry on north Division. Then a little over a year ago she expanded into an adjacent space that gave her room for tables and display cases. Unlike many of the other shops that concoct a different frosting for each cupcake variety, Bowen has what she calls a “house frosting” that is a combination of cream cheese and butter crème that works quite well. She also is offering an inventive Spirit line that takes classic cocktails and recreates them as cupcakes that are boozy enough that you’ll be carded when you order. Prices: $2.00, $2.75 and $3.75 (for the Spirit line). Hours: 10 a.m - 2 p.m. on Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. S w e e t F r o s t i n gs B l i ssf u l B a k e s h o p Downtown Spokane –15 South Washington, (509) 242-3845, Of all the shops in the area, Sweet Frostings has the most inviting and bright space. Judy Rozier and Sally Winfrey only opened in November of last year and already they need to expand into the space next door to offer more general seating and a room for private cupcake parties and meetings. Rozier takes the passion for ingredients present in many of the cupcake shops locally to new heights and religiously refuses to let any shortening in the door. Rozier is butter all the way, and has the lightest, airiest cupcakes around. Sweet Frostings also has nice frosting-to-cake ratio. Don’t miss the Chocolate Salted Caramel – it could be life-changing. Sweet Frostings also serves up a stunning bread pudding, caramel rolls and house-made “Pop-Tarts” that will make even the manliest men brave the pastels and pink for the experience. When asked, though, expect these men to say they are just in to buy something for their wives or girlfriends. Prices: $2.75, $15 for 6, $30 for a dozen. Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. T e m p tat i o n s Hayden Lake and Midtown Coeur d’Alene – 105 West Prairie Shopping Center and 315 West Harrison, (208) 762-5700, Formerly known as the Cupcake Creamery, Temptations launched inside a frozen yogurt shop in Hayden Lake. Now owners Marla and Jeffery Hill have opened a second location in Coeur d’Alene. Expect many of the same popular flavors as other shops, but at the size of a Costco muffin. Temptations calls these super-sized sugar bombs their “gourmet size.” Try the Red Velvet Dress, What’s Up Doc (carrot cake), or the Dirty Turtle that adds mint to a monster-sized choco-


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late cake. Prices: $3.29 each. Buy five, get one free. Buy 10, get two free. Hours in Hayden: Open daily at 10:30 a.m. Closes on Sunday – Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Hours in Coeur d’Alene: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. T h e Pa r i s i a n C u p c a k e Spokane’s South Hill – 2403 South Grand Blvd.,(509) 868-1358 Melody and Steve Pugh operate The Parisian Cupcake from a tiny basement shop in their home at the corner of Grand and 24th on the South Hill, but you will need to strategize about when to stop in to sample their wares since they are currently only open on Wednesdays and Fridays. On any given Wednesday or Friday you’ll find nearly a dozen varieties available of the 50 flavors the Pughs bake regularly. A partnership with Cristela Taylor of Crazy Cupcakes ( is in the works to offer several glutenfree options in the shop, and if it is frosting you adore, the Parisian Cupcake offers straight frosting shots as well. Special orders can be placed anytime. Prices: $23.50 a dozen. Mini cupcakes are available for $16.50 a dozen. Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Two Intriguing Wholesale and Special Order Baker C u p c a k e s B y Es t h e r (509) 475-5952 / Esther Thomason is known most for the jumbo cupcakes that she sells all over the area. You can find her cupcakes at the Monterey Café, Main Market, Deb’s Espresso, Grind Central Station, The Service Station, Stir, The Tailgater, Rock House Bistro, and Soulful Soups and Spirits. Individual orders are welcome anytime for either her jumbo or regular cupcakes that came from recipes used by her mother and grandmother. Then there is Esther’s secret ingredient: “Would it be too cheesy,” she asks, “if I said love?” That and real vanilla. “It makes a world of difference.” Sweet and Stout (509) 780-6197 / Beer cupcakes! These moist wonders are the brainchild of Jackie Mustard and Dylan Waidelich. They started peddling their unique line of cupcakes late in 2011 after using Kickstarter to raise funds. Currently you can buy their cupcakes at Brews on Washington, Manito Tap House, and the Steam Plant Grill. Every one they sell is made with craft beer. Jackie says, “We use a variety of stouts and porters for chocolate cake, IPAs work great with our citrus flavors, Belgian or wheat beers also work great with some of the fruit flavors we have.” The most popular to date? Chocolate Salted Caramel, but the Chocolate Espresso is not to be missed either. Be sure to check out their great website.

Other Notable Shops Serving Cupcakes

You can also find house-made cupcakes at the Little Garden Café across from Audubon park on Spokane’s near northside, as well at Bruttle’s candy shop, Madeleine’s, and Taste in downtown Spokane. In Post Falls, Sweetwater Bakery also regularly offers up several flavors of cupcakes. And don’t miss the Little Devil and Little Angel cupcakes at Rockwood Bakery on Spokane’s South Hill.

Cupcake Conversation Starters Discuss amongst yourselves… “Sugar is my heroin.” ~ local baker who will remain anonymous to avoid DEA scrutiny. “A cupcake is just a vehicle for frosting for most people.” ~ another local baker “There is always room for a cupcake.” ~ yet a third pastry bakenista “I want to make a sticker that says I HATE CUPCAKES.” ~ a local anti-cupcake activist

Two Cupcake Crawls To find your own favorite cupcake, we propose two sampling outings along the lines of a classic pub crawl without the added danger of driving while intoxicated. Both proposed routes include four potential stops, but you may end up close sugar coma after two or three stops. To give yourself a better shot at finishing, plan to bring friends, limit yourself to a quarter of each cupcake you try, eat some serious protein first, bring along a big water bottle, and pace yourself.

Spokane Cupcake Crawl Starting north and heading south, hit Celebrations first in the Garland District before dropping down Division to stop off at Sweet Dreams. Then slip into the heart of downtown to sample the wares at Sweet Frostings on Washington. Bring a few quarters for meters for the last stop and note that the parking a block south of the shop is much more reasonable that those right in front of Sweet Frostings. If you embark on your crawl on a Wednesday or a Friday, you can keep heading south after Sweet Frostings for a fourth option in The Parisian Cupcake in the basement of a home on the corner of Grand and 24th.

Northern Idaho Cupcake Crawl In northern Idaho we also suggest a north to south route in Coeur‘d Alene with a Post Falls postlude at the Sweetwater Bakery if you are still able to drive without twitching. Start at the small Temptations store front on Harrison (between 3rd and 4th) unless you want to try the larger Temptations location up in Hayden Lake. Next slip downtown to 501 Sherman for the cupcake of your choice at Sweet B Cupcakes. Then walk across the intersection and head down into the basement of the old courthouse for a hit or two from the case at Frosted.

Report In When your blood sugar levels even out again and you can talk or type normally, email me to announce your crawl favorites at or send me a tweet at @kevinfinch.


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hat do a convent, bordello, and a martini and tapas restaurant have in common? They have all had a home under the roof of what is now the Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. At promptly 3:15, Tuesday through Saturday, 315 Martinis and Tapas opens an oasis, which made me feel that I was walking into the past. Not, of course, the past of the building, though I couldn’t help but think about the colorful history as I stepped inside. Instead, I felt like I was returning to a time where dining was an experience. There are five seats in the martini bar off the dining room, you might never guess that this same room served as a bedroom for the owners, Kris and Bob McIIvenna, for many years. Now, you’ll find that cocktails are treated as an art form, with many house-created drinks and classic favorites. A standout for me was La Fresa Picante, a rum-based drink which included strawberries, limejuice and jalapeño simple syrup. The result was a drink that balanced both sweet notes and a pepper kick. When I mentioned the type of drinks I enjoy, the bartender made me a custom creation, making the experience that much more personal. The bartenders make all the bitters and simple syrups in house, often experimenting with interesting or unique flavors for an experience you may not be able to replicate. As the name suggests, 315 is known for martinis and tapas. In fact, when they opened, they didn’t offer a dinner menu, but chose to focus on small plates and crafted drinks. After three months, they gave in to pressure and added a dinner menu with full-size entrees. Yet even now, when you visit, you’ll note that the entrees are on the back of the menu, with less room dedicated to them than is given to either tapas or cocktails. After trying several main dishes, I realized that while the presentation is often beautiful and proteins are cooked with

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excellent technique, the entrees are easily overshadowed by the tapas. The tapas are served in small enough portions as to make it possible to try several among a group of people. I was impressed by the butternut brie empanadas that had just enough sweetness and a hint of spices. The pan-seared ahi, which is, according to the menu, the most popular of the tapas offerings, is beautifully presented, encrusted with sesame seeds and served with ginger and several kinds of dipping sauces. I found it moist and fresh. The tapas menu is ethnically eclectic, encompassing such a broad spectrum as chicken satays, dolmadakia (stuffed grape leaves), shredded pork enchiladas and chicken potpie tartlets. When Derek Eakin, Head Chef, arrived at 315 in May of 2009, he was looking for the opportunity to cook the food of many geographic regions in one kitchen. The current menu at 315 is a reflection of that desire as well as that of the owners, to offer, according to Kris McIIvenna, “the best of affordable cuisine world-wide.” Eakin changes the menu seasonally, three times a year. “This helps me to stay creative and challenged, as well as allowing me to provide new foods and flavors to a town desperately lacking in food diversity,” he says. Weekly specials add to this variety. Eakin also strives to source as many ingredients locally as possible, making all but a very few things in house. On Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights,

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315 features live music with a decided jazz bent. It is loud enough to hear the words, but my table was able to carry on a conversation without shouting. We enjoyed making requests and listening without the music commanding our attention all night. Our waitress was friendly and forthcoming about the menu, offering suggestions and telling us about her personal favorites. She helped maintain the experience, even taking the microphone from the lead singer at one point and finishing the verse. To cap off one visit, we ordered cherries jubilee served flambé at our table. Aside from the production value of pyrotechnics, the gently sweet flavors of the ice cream married well with the slightly tart cherries and hint of rum and cherry liqueur, leaving a sweet taste in our mouths as we left. A few of the dishes at 315 need a bit more to be memorable, and one simply needed more attention: the potpie tartlets arrived burnt. Yet, the martini and tapas focus is inviting, and when combined with the history of the grand house, live jazz and intimate bar, the experience acquires a timeless luster that would be impossible to duplicate in a strip mall or new restaurant. Next time you find yourself in Coeur d’Alene, check your watch, you may find that it’s 3:15, and you’re right on time. 315 Martinis and Tapas is located at 315 Wallace Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:15 p.m. to close. (208) 667-9660,

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It is now. In December, owner and manager Patrick McPherson made changes in the kitchen, and the crew is up to speed with the unexpectedly high volume of diners coming through the door on a daily basis. And while the prices and the portions thankfully don’t mirror its Seattle gastropub cousins, the food is now a reason to visit even if the massive tap and bottled beer selection makes you roll your eyes. Order wine or a cocktail instead, or skip the liquids altogether and just ask for the 192

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addictive Yam Chips ($5) dusted with ancho chile salt, or the Tap House Mozzarella ($8) that is a delicious culinary collision of bruschetta and mozzarella sticks that comes with a tomato basil jam and white balsamic reduction. Yet before digging deeper into menu highlights, let me say that what impresses me most about Manito Tap House so far is how responsive McPherson is to his diners and drinkers. Plenty of places pretend to care what guests think, but very few actu-

ally respond with as much speed and grace as McPherson has managed. As far as I can determine, he has responded proactively to every critical comment about the Tap House online. It is a challenging world when every customer that walks in the door can become a scathing restaurant critic instantly on Yelp or Facebook from their smart phone, but McPherson’s attentiveness and tone in response is impressive. He also approaches the often-cutthroat restaurant and bar business with the idea

that there is room for all. “We are big fans of the The Elk,” he says and notes that he wanted to open a mid-price place that would encourage people to eat out several times a week rather than blow their dining out budget on one more expensive meal. Friendly wait staff adds to the comfort level, and the physical layout of the space works both as a pub and as a restaurant. But what will bring me back in regularly is food that both pairs well with the beers they celebrate and can stand up on its own. They sell more burgers than anything else and house-ground and hand-formed burgers with Misty Isle Farms beef are worth your attention. Try the Tap House Burger ($13) that comes topped with cambozola cheese and a smoked-onion pancetta marmalade. Possibly even more surprising and memorable is the South Hill Veggie Burger ($11). There is no bun. Instead, you get two hearty veggie patties made from chickpeas, black beans, yams and caramelized onions that sandwich shredded carrots, alfalfa sprouts and pickled red onions. Add in the avocado aioli and I am hooked. I’ll be back specifically to order another – something that has never happened before with a veggie burger. The 8-ounce Tap House Steak ($18) is another great option with asiago mashed potatoes and fried capers, as is the Murphy’s Beef Boxty ($11/$14) with a gravy made with Murphy’s Irish Stout. It really is a menu that manages to be both creative and comforting. For dessert, I’m intrigued with the dense “Sweet and Stout” Cupcakes ($4) that are all made with rich beer batters by local cupcake purveyors, Jackie Mustard and Dylan Waidelich. All in all, I like very much the trajectory McPherson has set for the Tap House. From the start they had beer and atmosphere nailed, now the food is keeping pace. I’d say we just may have our first real Inland Northwest gastropub. Manito Tap House is located at 3011 South Grand Boulevard in Spokane, and is open 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday–Monday and Wednesday–Thursday; 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Tuesday.

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ASIAN AND INDIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Signature Dish in March 2011. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan are serving up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back even without much inside seating. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount and the Francis location serves an amazing breakfast concoction called Loco Moco. Order it the way “Huff” (Patrick’s nickname) gets his. Open daily. 1724 North Monroe (509-327-4270) and 1220 West Francis (509-4132029). $-$$ Bangkok Thai. Thai. A relative newcomer to Spokane, Bangkok Thai took over there former Linnie’s Thai location on Grand Avenue and the former Riverview Thai location near Gonzaga. The South Hill location offers combination lunch plates that allow you smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12 a person. There is also a Bangkok Thai stretch limo and a night’s rental includes two dinners. 1325 S Grand Blvd (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-325-8370). Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. $$ Ginger Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar. Japanese and Chinese. Owner Jingou Sun has put together a brilliant team with Tong Lui in charge of an LA-style sushi bar and Jay Jay Lu turning out brilliant traditional Chinese hot entrées. The Steamed Dumplings Szechwan Style are amazingly like the dumplings in China. The portions are generous and the there is plenty of creativity tucked into the massive menu. 11 am – 9 pm on Tue to Thur and Sun, 11 am – 10 pm Fri and Sat, Closed Mon. 1228 S Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 315-5201. $-$$$ Gordy’s Sichuan Café. Provincial Chinese. This intimate bistro with a creative menu is a temple to the Sichuan cuisine of southwest China. Chef Gordon Crafts and his team serve up dishes laced with ginger, garlic, chiles, and the lemony Sichuan “pepper” that sets your tongue buzzing. Open since 1997, Gordy’s is a wonderful exception to mediocre and standardized American Chinese food. Heavenly dumplings, searing chile basil soup, and the best Lemon Chicken around are only the beginning. Lunch Tues-Fri 11-4, dinner Mon 4-8 pm and

Hula Hut Grill. Hawaiian. Reviewed June 2011. Tucked into a retail complex and surround by the chains that dominate the north end of Spokane is this local take on the Pacific island ‘plate lunch’ tradition that serves up the likes of Teriyaki Chicken or Flame Grilled Short Ribs over rice with several great sides. Make sure you try the Kalua Pork and Grilled Salmon. Owners Ron and Tanya Riordan also have a fine macaroni salad (the classic Hawaiian side), a fine Hula Burger, and several unexpected good dishes featuring another island favorite: Spam. Local Brain Freeze ice cream or deep-fried donut balls for dessert. Open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. 12210 North Division Street in Spokane. (509) 466-2336. www. $-$$ Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed is an amalgam of several Asian and Pacific cuisines, which derives from the background of the owners, Betty and Nancy Tokumoto, who grew up in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii, successively. The somewhat eclectic yet harmonious blending of fresh, clean, mild flavors in the dishes that spring from this mix of culinary origins is what has made the Mustard Seed a perennial favorite with Spokane diners. Over the years, our favorites have consistently been Bong-Bong Chicken, chunks of breast and vegetables stir-fried in wine, and Chicken (or Shrimp) Osaka, sautéed in butter, ginger, and lemon, served with a mustard sauce. We also enjoy their zippy take-out and delivery service. The Mustard Seed owners also serve quality quick-serve Asian out of a number of Noodle Express outlets around the NW. Northtown Mall: MonThurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun Noon-8, (509) 483-1500. $$ P.F. Chang’s. A chain restaurant that raises the bar for local chefs. Most of the dishes are prepared with Mandarin wok-style cooking and reflect the restaurant’s stated goal of representing the “emerging influence of Southeast Asia on modern Chinese cuisine.” Chang’s Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps present a savory, crispy, lightly spiced mixture of chicken that you wrap at the table into accompanying lettuce leaves. Entrees include Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Cantonese Roasted Duck, and Crispy Honey Chicken. Try the Great Wall of Chocolate if you dare for desert. 801 W Main. Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs 11-11, Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight. (509) 456-2166. $$ Pho Van. Vietnamese. Henry Cao and his wife Thuy now have two Pho Van locations in Spokane. The original spot on Hamilton where price and quality conscious Gonzaga students are often found and a new spot at the base of the Division hill that raises the bar on ambiance with great décor. Try the Spring Rolls and Pho Ga. Several classic Chinese dishes are also on the menu for those hopeful for something exceedingly familiar. 1212 N. Hamilton. (509) 483-8136. 2909 N Division. (509) 3266470. Mon - Thur 10 – 9, Fri – Sat 10 – 10, Sun 10 – 8. $ Phonthip Style Thai Restaurant.

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small space next to Hair Etc. on the north Spokane corner of Nevada and Francis, Phonthip Style offers a straightforward family take on food from central Thailand thanks to owner and cook Phonthip and her two daughters Song and June. One of the two daughters most likely will be the one to serve up what their mother prepares in the tiny kitchen. Try Phonthip’s version of Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, or Thai Basil Chicken. The Tom Kha soup is excellent and Mangos and Sweet Sticky Rice offer a great finish. There are several $6.95 lunch specials and the $2 glass of Thai Ice Tea is generous. 11 am – 8 pm Monday – Saturday, Closed Sunday. 1006 E Francis Ave in Spokane. (509) 487-3559. $-$$ Sala Thai. Thai. Reviewed August 2011. Sala Thai fits the stereotype that you can often find the best ethnic food just outside military bases. Owners and chefs Pat and Rapeepun Smitamorn serve up memorable Thai specialties pungent with the smells and flavors or fish sauce, lemongrass, coconut milk, and ginger. Try the Yum Gai Tod or possibly the best Pad Thai in the region but don’t skip the transcendent Tom Kah and Tom Yum soups. Spice Warning—Sala Thai’s 0-5 star heat rating runs high so consider starting low. Mon-Fri 11-2:30 for lunch and 4:30-9:00 for dinner; Sat 2-9 ; Closed Sunday. 12924 West Sunset Highway in Airway Heights. (509) 244-4800. www. $$ Shogun. Japanese. Simple elegance defines the decor, with guests greeted by an interior waterfall. Shogun is really two restaurants. First are the familiar hibachi tables. Each table seats about eight and comes with a personal chef who prepares a selection of beef, chicken, and seafood in front of delighted guests. Trained in the art of hibachi cooking, chefs serve as impromptu performance artists, amazing diners with kitchen acrobatics, sleightof-hand and grill-assisted pyrotechnics. The other is the sushi bar, perhaps one of the largest and best equipped east of Seattle. Across the bamboo bridge over a tranquil koi pond and past the waterfall and lounge, this is a quiet refuge and counterpoint to the frenetic atmosphere of the main dining room. Shogun is a perfect spot for either a special celebration or a quiet night out. Open seven days 5-10. 821 E 3rd. (509) 534-7777. $$-$$$ Suki Yaki Inn. Japanese. Many of us can’t remember a time when the Suki Yaki Inn wasn’t tucked away in the same location around the corner of Bernard and Riverside. Spokane’s first Japanese restaurant, there are no acrobatic samurai chefs to be seen, but it is still the place to come for classic teriyaki and sushi. And the only place to enjoy the traditional private dining rooms seated upon cushions on the floor, shoes left outside. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Fri 5-11, Fri 4-11, Sun 4-10, Lounge 7 days until 2. 119 N Bernard. (509) 624-0022. $$ Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what is fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent options if raw fish still makes


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you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 11 am – 9:30 pm weekdays. Noon – 9 Sat. Noon – 8 Sun. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630. $-$$$ Sushi Maru. Japanese. A hip conveyor belt sushi spot in the heart of the downtown Riverpark Square mall in Spokane, Sushi Maru is the perfect place for a quick, healthy, and entertaining meal before or after a movie. The $3.75 Tuna Poki Salad is a steal and the off-menu mochi balls are a must. There are plenty of fully cooked rolls and other items like Orange Chicken on the fun visual menu if raw fish makes you nervous. Open at 11 am during the week. Closes at 9:30 Mon – Thur. 10 pm Fri – Sat and 8 pm Sunday. 808 West Main Avenue in Spokane. (509) 455-3900. $-$$ Sushi Track. Japanese. Reopened in September of 2010 to offer conveyor belt sushi plates as well as a full off-thebelt menu, Sushi Track offers great lunch specials and a less-slick, homier feel than Maru downtown but offers the same advatages of kaiten-zushi: healthy food fast (sit down and start to eat), reasonable prices, and a visual introduction to one of the great cuisines of the world. 11 am – 3 pm for lunch; 5 pm – 9 pm for dinner. Saturday 11 – 10. Sunday noon – 8. 7458 North Division in Spokane. (509) 483-4000. $-$$

CDA location includes a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and a striking color-changing night sky ceiling in the main dining room reminiscent of Vegas. Open 7 days per week with delivery available. Multiple locations. www. $-$$ Top of India. A large and expertly prepared array of curries and Tandoori specialties is available both a la carte and on the reasonably priced daily lunch buffet and twice-monthly dinner buffet. The homemade mango ice cream is not to be missed. 11114 E Sprague. Mon-Sat Lunch 11-3, Sun Lunch 12-3, Mon-Sun Dinner 5-10. (509) 927-0500. $$ Vien Dong. Signature Dish December 2011. This International District hole-in-the-wall is the go-to spot for one of the best sandwiches on the planet: the Vietnamese Báhn Mì that packs a small torpedo-like loaf of crusty French bread with grilled pork, chicken, Vietnamese ham, or pate. With the meat of your choice you also get fresh or pickled vegetables like cucumbers and carrots, a smear of mayonnaise, and a slice or two of jalapeno. Vien Dong also serves up the classic Vietnamese soup pho and some generously portions Chinese classics. Tues - Sat, 10 am – 8 pm; Sun 10 am – 7 pm; closed Mon. 1730 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane. (509) 536-6073. $

Sushi Yama. Japanese and Korean. After years developing a cult following in Airway Heights and serving up some of the best sushi in the region, Charlie Yamamoto has opened a second location on 3rd Avenue in downtown Spokane. The space works as an Asian restaurant with touches of the truck stop vibe remaining from its Arctic Circle days. Most of the menu will be familiar to Charlie’s West Plains clientele. Try one of his fine sports-theme rolls that anchor the sushi side of the menu. Bento boxes and classic Korean dishes are also served up with relish. 11 – 10 Thu-Sat. 11 – 9 Sun – Tue. Closed Wed. 1321 West 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-5553. $-$$$ Syringa. Japanese. Chef Viljo Basso serves up Japanese dishes with some creative French touches out of a small storefront on North 4th Street in Coeur d’Alene. The sushi from Kenta Nishmori and his brother Hiroshi is fresh and sweet and the house has some fun with vegetarian dishes and a series of “saketinis.” Under no circumstances should you miss Basso’s Chilean Sea Bass Misozuke ($16) that marinates in a white miso past for three days before Basso’s puts it on the grill. 11:30 – 9 Mon - Thur. 11:30 – 10 Fri. 4-10 Sat. Closed Sunday. 1401 North 4th in CDA (208) 664-2718. $-$$$ Taaj Indian Cuisine. Brilliant Indian food from owner and manager Gurmeet Gill and his two Punjabi chefs. One chef is in charge of the curries; the other runs the tandoori oven. Be sure to order several of the breads and don’t miss the Chicken Makhani, the Lamb Seekh Kababs, or the Baingan Bhartha that turns grilled eggplant into an addictive substance. The weekday lunch buffet is a great way to explore Taaj’s large menu since it changes daily. Lunch and dinner daily. 128 West 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-3738. $-$$ Takara. Japanese. Straight from Japan, the sushi chef brings the sea to North Idaho. Sake (raw salmon) and migura (raw tuna) are fabulous. Interested in cooked seafood? Try the light and crispy tempura; it’s worth the drive to Coeur d’Alene. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner MonThur 5-9, Fri 4-10, Sat 5-10. 309 E Lakeside in CDA. (208) 765-8014. $-$$ Taste of India. Family-owned authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Casual atmosphere with traditional Indian music playing softly in the background and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Vegetarian Samasa. 3110 N Division. Mon-Thur 11-9:30, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. (509) 327-7313. $-$$ Teriyaki House. Japanese. Teriyaki House is locally owned and operated. They take tremendous pride in the quality of their food. Their dishes are low-fat, lowcholesterol, and are prepared without MSG. Try their homemade teriyaki sauce. 11516 E Sprague. Tues-Sat 11-8. (509) 928-8893. $ Thai Bamboo. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers an ambitious Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Step in to find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Voted #1 Best Thai by readers in numerous polls, see why Thai food is one of the fastest growing cuisines in the country and enjoy friendly service, a huge authentic menu, and reasonable prices. The newest


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BARBECUE Chicken-n-More. “Amazing-Crispy-Tender-Chicken-nMore” could have been the name. It is that good, and Bob Hemphill—full-time cook and part-time preacher— is telling the truth about the “more” as well: moist ribs slathered in Hemphill’s own sweet and kicking barbeque sauce, cornmeal-breaded catfish fried fresh when you order, pulled pork sandwiches, fiery red beans and sweet crisp coleslaw. Call ahead if you want catfish and save room for the cobbler or sweet potato pie. 414 W Sprague. Mon-Fri 11–8, Sat 1-8. (509) 838-5071. $-$$ Red Lion BBQ and Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shells-on-thefloor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N Division. Kitchen open daily 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-1am. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9am-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466). $-$$

BISTROS Bistro on Spruce. This neighborhood bistro offers highquality fare in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It’s a great spot for a quiet dinner out, or weekend brunch with friends. The menu changes frequently, with tempting selections like Paella, Duck Confit and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Don’t miss the Peppered Chevré with Port-Poached Figs – a sweet, creamy, peppery slice of heaven. The Bistro’s Wine Bar is open in the afternoons for wine and $3.95 tapas. Enjoy outdoor seating in the summertime. If you don’t want to cook, and feel like very reasonably priced upscale food, try Bistro on Spruce. 1710 N Fourth St, Coeur d’Alene. Lunch 11am2:30 and Wine Bar and Tapas 2:30-5, Mon – Sat. Dinner Mon-Sat 5-9. Weekend breakfast. 208-664-1774. www. $-$$ Downriver Grill. One of north Spokane’s neighborhood gems, Downriver Grill offers sophisticated food at affordable prices. Begin with the calamari appetizer or the baked Brie served with chopped red bell peppers and toasted bread. Seafood fettuccine, and a pork osso buco are inventive and beautifully prepared, the latter being perhaps the most succulent, fall-off-the-bone meat we’ve ever had. Tues-Sun 11-9. 3315 W Northwest Blvd. in Spokane. (509) 323-1600. $-$$$ Hay J’s Bistro. This surprising Liberty Lake bistro located

in a Conoco parking lot pulls off high end food in an intimate setting that is a delight given the asphalt and gas pumps fifty feet away. At lunch Hay J’s Bistro offers entrees like a Chicken Pesto Burger and a Blackened Steak Wrap. Several dinner favorites are the Crab Stuffed Chicken and the Bistro Medallions. Hay J’s also offers catering and has developed a loyal following of locals who feel they no longer need to drive into Spokane for an upscale meal. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 3-8. (509) 926-2310. 21706 E Mission Ave, Liberty Lake. www. $$-$$$ Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseballcut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch MonFri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$ Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophisticated combination of gourmet food, great wines, and gifts, while still serving the same great coffee they inherited from the previous tenant, the Deluxe Coffee Company. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp.” Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to monthly wine tastings. 4304 S Regal. Mon-Fri 7 am -9 pm, Sat 8 am -9 pm, and Sun 8 am- 9 pm. (509) 448-0887. $-$$ Latah Bistro. Four signature pizzas with thin but amazingly tender crusts are just the beginning of an exceptional menu with such items as wild mushroom ravioli in a smoky pancetta cream sauce, seared ahi, and pan-fried calamari. The sugar pumpkin bread pudding will spoil your Thanksgiving pie forever. The wine list is surpassed by the startling after dinner chocolate list. Ask for a sampler and fascinating explanation. Latah Bistro also features an ever changing Fresh Sheet and a heated outdoor patio during summer months. 4241 S Cheney-Spokane Rd, off Highway 195. Lunch daily 11:302, Happy Hour seven days 2-5, Dinner daily 5-Close. (509) 838-8338. $$-$$$ Lindaman’s. This South Hill neighborhood bistro has been serving up made from scratch salads, casseroles and desserts for 25 years. Try the Salad Trio with a rotating selection of creative salads, or for heartier fare order a Twice Baked Potato or Enchilada. The food is served deli-style, making it a popular stop for quick lunches and to-go orders. Or linger on the outdoor patio with a morning DOMA coffee or evening cocktail. MonFri 7-9, Sat 11-9. 1235 S Grand Blvd (509) 838-3000. $-$$ Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie. Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie specializes in traditional French and bistrostyle fare. Pop in for a morning coffee and hand crafted croissant, or take a break from shopping and try the Organic Tomato Mozzarella Tart or one of the many lunch salads, quiches and casseroles. Madeleine’s is a popular spot for weekend brunch, with made-to-order whole wheat pancakes, Croque Monsieur sandwiches and beautiful French pastries. Dinner (Thur-Sat) features rustic French dishes such as cassoulets and crepes, as well as seafood and salads. Take advantage of outside dining in warm weather or grab a street-side table for people watching. Mon-Wed 7:45 am -5 pm, Thu-Fri 7:45 am – 10 pm, Sat 8 am – 10 pm, Sun 8 am – 2 pm. 707 West Main. (509) 624-2253. $-$$$ Maggie’s South Hill Grill. LA transplant and five year associate of Wolfgang Puck, Maggie Watkins has created a welcome addition to the South Hill neighborhood dining scene. Designed with efficiency, affordability, and family-friendliness in mind, the food is far more outstanding than the casual surroundings and low prices suggest. For comfort food, try the Chicken Pot Pie or Baked Penne and Cheese. For dinner, flat-iron steak makes a perfect choice. And Maggie’s Signature Salad will make kids of all ages actually want to eat their greens. 2808 E 29th. Mon-Fri 11-9pm, Sat-Sun brunch (breakfast and lunch menu) 8-1pm, Dinner 1 – 9. (509) 536-4745. $ Mizuna. While still hewing to its vegetarian and vegan origins, Mizuna has expanded its horizons to include carnivorous fare, with something to satisfy everyone, even those who don’t imagine they like “healthy” food, making for one of the outstanding restaurants in town. The kitchen has a commitment to sourcing local, seasonable foods when possible. The Portobello

Mushroom sandwich and the Seared Ahi Salad are always delectable favorites. Outside patio dining is available when the weather permits. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, Dinner seven days 5-10. 214 N Howard. (509) 747-2004. $$-$$$

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Moxie. This is the reincarnation of Chef Ian Wingate’s popular and critically acclaimed Liberty Lake storefront bistro. The same clean, creative, Asian-influenced flavors still obtain, inspired by Wingate’s Hawaiian upbringing, but he also serves up a fine meafloaf that would make grandma proud. The poké is spectacular. Dinner MonThurs 5-9:30, Fri & Sat 5-10. 816 W Sprague. (509) 4563594. $$ Oval Office. The Oval Office features an expansive selection of cleverly named martinis to compliment a mix of appetizers, salads, and entrees in a casual and intimate converted home. Ask the staff and they are likely to suggest you try the Dirty Monica with some Skinny Secretaries. Mon - Fri 11am-11pm. Sat - Sun, 3pm-11pm. 620 Spokane Street in Post Falls. (208) 777-2102. $-$$ Picabu Bistro. Picabu Neighborhood Bistro offers fun, stylish, casual dining in Spokane’s lower South Hill neighborhood. The menu is creative and diverse, alternating modern favorites such as Shrimp Phad Thai or Cilantro Hummus with never-out-of-style burgers and seafood. Handmade Chicken Potstickers with ginger, cilantro, and corn are a signature dish and the singular Fire Pasta has become a weekly addiction for many. The children’s menu is a big hit with families. 901 W 14th Ave. (509) 624-2464. Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. $$ Santé. The Liberty Building is a perfect setting for the sophisticated French bistro food and charcuterie (in-house prepared and preserved meats) of local-boyturned-chef, Jeremy Hansen. Throw in Hansen’s passion for sourcing as much of his food locally as possible and you have a recipe for great dining. Santé serves breakfast and lunch daily off a shared brunch menu with several of the most creative egg dishes in the city (try the Shirred Eggs or the Weisswurst Blanquette). Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday off a separate menu and offers delicious food with bright flavors as well as great options for vegetarians. Gracious service and a seasonally changing menu at the draw. 404 W Main. (509) 315-4613. Daily 8 am afternoon. Dinner, Thur – Sat, 5 pm - close. $$-$$$

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Savory Restaurant and Lounge. Reviewed Jan 2011. Savory is the South Hill’s newest neighborhood darling. The restaurant takes pride in making many ingredients in-house, like the Grilled Mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto. The lunch menu features Panini sandwiches, salads and half a dozen hot entrees. Try the Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Panini or the Savory House Salad with apricots, candied hazelnuts and crisp garbanzos. At dinner you’ll find meat and seafood from the apple wood grill, Asian-inspired Pan Seared Ahi and comfort dishes like Chicken Pot Pie. Full Bar and patio seating in the summer. Mon-Thu 11 am - 2 pm for lunch, 5 pm - 9 pm for dinner; Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm; Sun 4 pm - 8 pm. 1314 S Grand Boulevard in Spokane. (509) 315-8050. www. $$-$$$ Scratch. This energetic, hip restaurant in downtown Spokane adds yet another locally-owned hot spot to our list. With a commitment to local and organic food when available, ice cream made in-house, steaks cut on premises and an ambitious menu including fried Quail, Hummus, Calamari, Jumbo Scallops, and a 10-ounce Hanger Steak this is one spot that enhances our area. 1007 W 1st Ave. Mon-Thur 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-2am, Sat 4pm-2am. (509) 456-5656. $$-$$$ Seasons of Coeur d’Alene. Reviewed Oct 2011. The name telegraphs both the concept behind Seasons and it location. Chef Scott Miller features the best seasonal ingredients on a menu that reimagines classic dishes and comfort food in creative ways at unexpected reasonable prices. Pay attention to what is on the fresh sheet and don’t miss the blackened Mahi Tacos (anytime) or the amazing Buttermilk Chicken (at dinner). Among the sandwiches, the Pepper Cristo is a fine choice. There is live music several nights a week in the massive bar and a banquet room that seats up to 65. Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm with seating in the bar until midnight. 209 Lakeside Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 664-8008. www. $-$$$ Wild Sage. Tucked into a building on 2nd and Lincoln that used to be an old car dealership, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. Chef Charlie Connor joins three business partners with years of restaurant experience and a determination to never again wear ties. The atmosphere combines class

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and warmth. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Ahi rubbed in a habanero-jerk paste, or the Veal Saltimbocca. Finish things off with the Coconut Cream Cake. Also make a point to order something from the bar either with or without alcohol. They use fresh juices and have a great drink line-up. 916 W Second Ave. Dinner seven nights a week, opening 3 pm weekdays and 4 pm weekends. (509) 456-7575. $$-$$$ The Wine Cellar. Reviewed April 2011. The door up on Coeur d’Alene’ main street to this intimate basement grotto is easy to miss, but don’t. This bistro, wine bar, and live music venue embodies generosity with hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare at incredibly reasonable prices, warm and welcoming staff, and a killer space that feels like a retreat from the time pressures of life outside. Don’t miss the amazing Mac and Cheese on the appetizer menu and factor in that every entrée comes with a salad and bread. 313 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d’ Alene. Mon to Thur 4:30 – 10 pm, Fri and Sat 4:30 to midnight. Closed Sun. (208) 664-9463. $-$$.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES Apple Spice Junction. This deli is tucked in behind the Lewis and Clark gymnasium on Spokane’s near south side. Apple Spice offers both dining on site and a box lunch delivery service that specializes in sandwiches with homemade breads. Salads, soups, and baked treats are also on the menu. Try the turkey avocado sandwich or the mandarin chicken salad. You can also stop by Apple Spice for breakfast on your way downtown and find everything from pastries and fruit to gourmet eggs and seasoned potatoes. 10am-3pm M-F. 514 S Washington St. (509) 456-2162. $ Brooklyn Deli. A longtime favorite lunch spot for locals has now become a great nighttime favorite as well. During the day, you can enjoy the Brooklyn Deli’s homemade cuisine featuring favorites such as the Turkey Avocado Sandwich, the Grilled Cheese Sandwich with homemade Tomato Parmesan soup, or the 7-layer Pasta Salad. During the evening, the Brooklyn Deli offers the same great food while you enjoy a variety of microbrews and wines. The Brooklyn Deli also features a variety of live music Tuesday through Saturday in their new bar. 122 S Monroe. Deli open Mon-Fri 11-5, Bar open Mon-Sat 11-close. (509) 835-4177. $ Chaps. This quaint farmhouse turned restaurant is easy to fall in love with. Chaps offers excellent breakfast (served until 3pm), lunch, and dinner options. Owner Celeste Shaw has also recently expanded to host Cake – a full blown bakery run by Gina Garcia. 4235 S Cheney Spokane Rd. Tues 8-3 (coffee and pastries until lunch at 11am), Wed-Thurs 7:30-3 (coffee and pastries until lunch at 11am), breakfast Fri-Sun 7:30-3, Dinner Wed-Sat 4:30-9. (509) 624-4182. $-$$ The Garnet Café. Reviewed Dec 2010. Take time to find this gem tucked into a converted cottage on Walnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets in Coeur d’Alene. Why? Because the Garnet is hands-down one of the best breakfast spots in the Inland Northwest with well-executed breakfast standards and some of the most creative morning fare around. The Duck Confit and Sockeye Salmon platters are revelations. Channel Dr. Seuss and order Green Eggs and Ham with a great pesto sauce over the eggs. You can’t go wrong with the house-made corned beef hash, several creative vegetarian options, or any of the three-egg omelets with eclectic ingredients. Try the Lincoln City omelet if you like Dungeness crab, and consider starting with one of the Garnet’s funky morning cocktails. 315 East Walnut Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Tues – Sun 7 am to 1 pm. (208) 667-2729. $-$$ Frankie Doodles. Open since 1981 just off of the I-90 Division Street exit, Frankie Doodles fits the timehonored genre of a greasy spoon. Say ‘hi’ to the stuffed deer in the entryway and take a seat at the counter or slip into a booth and order a big plate of traditional American


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fare like roast beef sandwiches and steak and eggs. Open Mon – Fri, 5 am – 10 pm; Sat – Sun, 5 am – 9 pm. 30 E 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 747-9267. $-$$ Frank’s Diner. A cousin to Spokane’s other railroad car diner, Knight’s Diner (and our third place winner), Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark in just over a decade. Both early 1900’s-vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the depression, and each converted them to diners in Seattle and Spokane, respectively. Larry Brown, of Onion Bar and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously restored by well-know local restaurant restoration artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6-8pm. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, Sun-Thurs 6am-8pm, Fri-Sat 6am-9pm. (509) 465-2464. $ Old European. Many of the recipes behind the amazing breakfast creations at the Old European arrived with Marie Mekkelsen when she emigrated from Denmark to America in 1906 at age 18, and this restaurant has remained a family affair with everything made from scratch, including Marie’s amazing Danish Aebelskievers (ball pancakes cooked in a cast iron skillet over an open flame). In addition to the original aebelskievers, Old European offers them stuffed with blueberries, sausage and havarti, or huckleberries (in season) as well. Topped with whipped cream they are a true delight. Also worthy of note is the true, freshly squeezed orange juice and the massive Hungarian Goulash with shredded potatoes, peppers, onions, ham, sausage, bacon and four eggs topped with cheddar cheese and fresh tomatoes. North: 7640 N. Division, (509) 467-5987. Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 7am-3pm. 1710 E Schneidmiller Ave, Post Falls. (208)7772017. Mon-Sat 6:30-2, Sun 7-2:30pm. $ Skyway Café. Opened originally in 1921, the Skyway Café has been serving hearty breakfasts and lunches out of the Felt’s Field airport terminal for almost 90 years. If you are in the mood for hearty diner fare, try the massive Chicken Fried Steak (it is a full foot in length), the wonderful Garbage Omelet, or the house specialty Skyway Dip. While you are eating enjoy the flight memorabilia packing the café and the planes taking off and landing outside. Save room for the house-made pies. Mon – Sat from 6 am – 2:30 pm. Sun 7 am – 2:30 pm. 6105 East Rutter Avenue in Spokane. (509) 534-5986. www. $-$$

BURGERS Rex’s Burgers and Brews. Reviewed January 2012. This large and centrally located pub/sports bar serves up more than burgers, but the focus is clear: infinitely customizable burgers made with your choice of in-house ground beef, turkey, elk, duck, and buffalo stuffed into a fresh baked sourdough bun. Add just about anything else you can imagine on top started with ten different cheeses. Rex’s also offers a full bar with creative shots and cocktails, great Happy Hour specials, and eleven televisions if you need an ESPN fix while you eat and drink. Mon – Thu, 11 am -10 pm; Fri – Sat, 11 am – 2 am; Sun, 11 am – 8 pm. 14 North Post Street in Spokane. (509) 474-0564. $-$$. Stop-N-Go Family Drive In. Signature Dish for April 2011. Here is a locally-owned East Sprague spot for a great basic cheese burger, double cheese burger, or triple. Cash only but you’ll love the prices: $1, $2, or $3. Milkshakes with real fruit, fish-n-chips made with Atlantic cod that is cut and battered in house, and a great tartar sauce will keep you coming back. Open daily: 10 – 9 Mon to Fri, 11 – 8 Sat, 11 – 6 Sun. 6505 East Sprague in the Spokane Valley. (509) 535-4797. $

CASUAL DINING 315 Martinis and Tapas. Reviewed February 2012. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6:00 pm. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues - Sat from 3:15 to close. 315 Wallace Ave in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. $$-$$$. Charley’s Grill and Spirits. Just north of the Spokane River and two blocks east of the County Courthouse in Spokane, Charley’s serves up home-style American classics and comfort food to jurors, lawyers and judges alike at lunch. The dinner crowd is more expansive than just the legal crowd. Charley’s offers homemade soups, a Steak and Spud special anytime for just over $10 and Happy Hour runs from 4 – 7 pm with $2.50 wells and draft domestic. The dirty martini on the drink menu is made to the specifications of W.C Fields. Saturday night Karaoke. Mon: 11 am – 9 pm. Tues- Fri: 11 am – 11 pm. Sat: 4 pm – 2 am. Closed Sun. 801 N Monroe in Spokane. (509) 328-8911. $-$$ GW Hunters Steakhouse. Signature Dish September 2011. “Got elk?” Here is the restaurant where the answer is a resounding YES. Hunters specializes in elk loin steaks from local sources along with other exotic offerings such as quite tasty alligator tail. Depending on when you show up, even yak might be an option. Of course there is also plenty of beef, pork, and chicken options if you want. Portions are generous and breakfast is served until 3 pm each day. While you are dining, see how many of the 80 trophy animals in the restaurant you can name without help. . Mon – Tues, 6 am – 2:30 pm; Wed – Thur, 6 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat, 6 am – 10 pm; Sun 6 am – 9 pm. 615 North Spokane Street in Post Falls. (208) 777-9388. www. $-$$$ Hill’s Restaurant. Hill’s restaurant is back and rejuvenated. Hill’s offers an extensive menu with nine appetizers including the unique Scotch Egg, soups, vegetable dishes, ten salads including the Smoked Salmon Salad and the Seared Steak Salad, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pork, and seafood entrees. Hill’s also makes their own pasta. Hill’s has always been a local favorite and they’re back with the same great food and a newly renovated location. The restaurant also features daily lunch and dinner specials worthy of a picky pallet. 401 W Main, Mon-Sat 11-10, Lounge until midnight MonThurs and 2am Fri-Sat. (509) 747-3946. $$-$$$ Klink’s on the Lake (at Williams Lake Resort). Klink’s on the Lake, located at scenic Williams Lake Resort is destination dining at its best. From the comfortable restaurant to the secluded patio overlooking the lake, Klink’s has a lot to offer it’s dining guests. The menu hosts a variety of dishes including Chicken Marala and Jumbo Prawns, but don’t miss out on their steaks, primarily the decadent chargrilled Ribeye topped with Dungeness Crab and browned butter. Follow it up with some of their famous Marion Berry Cobbler and you’ve created an evening to remember. Summer Hours: Tues-Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 7am-9. Closed October-March. www.klinksresort. com (509)235-2391. $$-$$$ Palm Court Grill (at the Davenport Hotel). Recently renovated, the Palm Court Grill now offers upscale casual dining fare that highlight favorites discovered all around the world by Walt and Karen Worthy, the owners of the Davenport. Home to the original Crab Louis, named for original hotel owner Louis Davenport, the grill also serves USDA Prime beef. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 6 am to 9 pm. Reservations recommended. Private Dining room available seating up to 30 people. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar. The new Davenport Hotel Tower’s Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar will add a spice of adventure to your dining experience featuring a full menu with a variety of tasty flatbreads, small plates, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Private Dining room available seating up to 30 people. (Flatbread is oven roasted thin bread that is topped with a variety of vegetables, fresh herbs, highly flavorful cheeses and meats) 111 S Post St. (Davenport Hotel Tower lobby). Serving breakfast 6-11, Lunch 11-4, Dinner 4-10, and Late Night 10-close. 509-455-8888 $$-$$$ Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar. Whether you are looking to have drinks and dinner with friends or a more elegant evening out, Twigs is the place to go. Twigs features International cuisine with an American infusion. With 24 signature martinis, you may find it difficult to have just one. The popular Pomegranate Martini is made with real pomegranate when in season. All locations provide a chic atmosphere and unbeatable service. Check out the spectacular new north side location. Twigs also features breakfast at the North Side and South Hill locations. Riverpark Square (808 W. Main), (509) 232-3376: Mon-Sun 11-Close. 401 E. Farwell Rd., 465-8794: Mon-Fri 11am-close, Sat & Sun 8am-close. 4320 S Regal, 443-8000: Mon-Fri 11-close, Sat breakfast 8-noon, Dinner 12-close, Sun breakfast 8-noon, Dinner 2-close. www.twigsbistro. com $$

FINE DINING Beverly’s. This flagship restaurant of the Coeur d’Alene Resort has recently remodeled its menu as well as its surroundings - with great success. Among our favorite discoveries on the new menu are Beverly’s Wine Spectator Magazine Grand Award winning wine list. As one of the top restaurants in America, Beverly’s features fresh Northwest ingredients including morel mushrooms, Idaho potatoes, and wild huckleberries. On the Lake in CDA. Visit for the full menu. Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2:30, dinner seven days, 5-10. (Lounge open 10-Close.) (208) 765-2300 ext. 23 or (800) 688-4142. $$$ Chef in the Forest. Reviewed December 2011. Tucked into the trees overlooking Hauser Lake, Chef in the Forest has been serving up classic European food on the site of a former tavern since 1977. Current proprietors Debbie Mustered and her mother Jo Davis have kept much of the original Chef in the Forest menu intact. This includes fresh sourdough bread baked in house served with two pates and butter, Roast Duck, Ciopino, Shrimp Scampi, and four excellent steaks. Save room for their award winning truffles. Dinner only. Winter Hours: Fri – Sat from 5:30 to close. Sun from 5:00 to close. 12008 North Woodland Beach Drive in Hauser, ID. (208) 773-3654. $$-$$$

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Clinkerdagger. English pub décor overlooking the Spokane River. Known for their fresh seafood, steaks, and rock salt-roasted prime rib, Clinkerdagger is a favorite eating place among locals. Their salmon filet is one of the best in the area. The Broadway Pea Salad and Blums Coffee Toffee Pie are two classics since 1974. Two cozy fireplaces make for a warm, friendly atmosphere; 621 W Mallon (in the Flour Mill). Lunch Mon-Fri 11:15-2:30, Sat 11:30-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:30-9, Fri 4:30-9:30, Sat 4-9:30, Sun lounge 2-9 and dinner 3-8. (509) 328-5965. Lunch $$, Dinner $$$ Fleur de Sel. Patricia and Laurent Zirotti opened this hidden gem with a classical French soul, gracious service, and stunningly reasonable prices in the fall of 2008. Almost immediately patrons of their former restaurant in Billings, MT began driving hundreds of miles for more of Laurent’s thoughtful and nourishing dishes and a chance to see Patricia’s warm smile. Take a risk and order the Snails in Puff Pastry to start and then dig deeper into an exceptional menu with generous entrées starting just above $10. Plan on making a reservation a week in advance or someone from Billings will have your table. Open at 5 pm, last seating at 9 pm, Tues – Sat. 4365 Inverness Drive in Post Falls. (208) 777-7600. www. $-$$$ Fraiche. Reviewed January 2012. As part of the revival of classic French food in the Northwest, Fraiche puts the likes of snails, pork rillettes, and beef tartar on their reasonably priced menu in the heart of downtown Spokane. Owners Jason Rex and Connie Naccarato took the best of the former Niko’s wine bar and turned it into an intimate bistro that would be a great spot for a classy date. Mon – Sat, 4 pm – close. 14 North Post Street in Spokane. (509) 474-0575. $$-$$$. Luna. Reviewed Oct 2010. For 17 years Luna has set local culinary trends in Spokane as one of the top restaurants in the region, and Chef Brian Hutchins is building on this solid reputation with spot – on seasonal flavors in the Slow Food tradition. Try his smoky Grilled Romaine salad or order an apple wood fired pizza (we love the Bianca). Pay attention to the specials and enjoy the shifts in the menu throughout the year. Luna sits high atop Spokane’s South Hill and offers a full service lounge, classic marble-top dining areas, a beautiful private dining room, and a large patio for warm weather dining. Luna also boasts one of the best wine lists in the region. 5620 S Perry. Coffee and Pastries Mon-Fri 8-11am, Lunch 11-3, Mid-afternoon Menu 3-5, Sat-Sun Brunchg 9-2, MidAfternoon Menu 2-5, Dinner seven days 5-close. (509) 448-2383. $$-$$$. Masselow’s at Northern Quest. Reviewed June 2010. Named after a strong chief that was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 North Hayford Road in Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. www.northernquest. com/dining/masselows. $$-$$$


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Max at Mirabeau. Max at the Mirabeau Park Hotel offers a fine dining option in the valley with a menu calculated to appeal to all: over 100 different dishes are offered. For lunch, try the Voodoo Pasta with Andouille sausage and Cajun cream, or for dinner have the New Zealand Rack of Lamb followed by a flourless Belgian Chocolate Raspberry Torte. Casual diners are welcome too, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served all hours; happy hour daily from 3-6 and 9-close. 1100 N Sullivan Rd. at the I-90 exit. Mon-Thurs 6am-1am, Fri-Sat 6am-2am, Sun 6am-Midnight. Live music on Friday and Saturday from 8-midnight. (509) 922-6252. $$-$$$

ITALIAN Angelo’s Ristorante. This authentic, organic, Italian cuisine in downtown Coeur d’Alene is proof that Chef/ Owner Angelo Brunson has been around long enough to know what he’s doing in the restaurant business. The romantic setting complements the romance in the menu as true Italian cooking should. Angelo’s offers pasta, chicken, veal, and steak entrees using all organic ingredients whenever possible. The menu includes simple Spaghetti and Meatballs to more extravagant Lobster Ravioli and Gorgonzola Port Wine Steak. Angelo’s also offers wine suggestions for each entrée and service to match its class. Angelo’s also offers full-service catering for your special occasion. 846 N 4th St, CDA. Dinner seven days from 5pm-10pm. (208)765-2850 www. $$-$$$

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MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EASTERN OPA! Pizza and Mediterranean Cuisine. Enjoy a cozy atmosphere with old world charm. OPA! serves authentic Greek and Italian cuisine and delicious homemade brick oven pizzas. They have live entertainment on the weekends and a terrific beer and wine selection. Open Tues, 4 -9 p.m.; Wed – Thurs, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri – Sat, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; closed Mon. 10411 N. Newport Hwy., (509) 464-1442, http://opainspokane. com/ $-$$$ The West Wing. Mediterranean. Chef Raci Erdem has copied the success of his popular Post Falls garlic lovers’ White House (see below) and brought it to the South Hill. The restaurant features all of the favorites Erdem’s fans adore: light, delicate Turkish Cigars, tender, spiced Souvlaki and tons of garlic. The West Wing is affordable for a casual Gryo lunch or decadent enough for a night out on the town, with the flavorful Curried Chicken Ravioli or popular Turkish Plate, with spicy grilled lamb and tzatziki. Don’t forget the breath mints and expect to wait for a table on weekends. Open daily 11 am – 10 pm. 4334 South Regal in Spokane. (509) 443-1660. www. $-$$$

Ferrante’s Marketplace Café. This new South Hill restaurant combines two great pastimes: gourmet Italian food and shopping. Ferrante’s offers a wide variety of gourmet pastas, pizzas, and paninis along with a kid’s menu and delicious gelato. Stop in for a full dinner or order it to go and shop in the marketplace while you wait. The marketplace offers unique gifts, such as jewelry, wines, cookies and candies, many from local vendors. Enjoy the neighborhood feel of this Italian café. 4516 S Regal. Tues-Sat 11-8pm. (509) 443-6304. $-$$

The White House Mediterranean Grill. Mediterranean. If you love garlic, you’ll love this cozy, romantic restaurant. Here, you feel as if you are in the Mediterranean without the high cost of travel. Try the popular Chilean Sea Bass that has turned first timers into regular customers. The Whitehouse offers 110 wine selections and now offers a full bar. Reservations are recommended. 712 N Spokane Street, Post Falls, ID. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11. (208) 777-9672. $-$$$

Italia Trattoria. Reviewed Dec 2010. Great Italian food from world-traveled chef Anna Vogel in an intimate neighborhood bistro in Browne’s Addition. Vogel’s ingredients and dishes clearly express Italian sensibilities, but then go on to immediately transcend the “box” Americans have for Italian food. Expect to find a vibrant seasonal menu with both the simple and the adventurous: everything from classic spaghetti and meatballs to charred octopus in a spicy tomato oil. Vogel’s preparation of black cod with creamed white truffle potatoes and chanterelles is heaven on a plate. The weekend brunch is also drawing enthusiastic crowds. 144 South Cannon Street in Spokane. Brunch: 9 am – 2 pm Sat and Sun. Lunch: 11 am – 2 pm Tues - Fri. Dinner: Tues – Thur 5 – 9 pm and 5 – 10 pm Fri – Sat. Closed Mondays. (509) 459-6000. www.italiatrattoriaspokane. com. $-$$$

Azteca. Azteca’s recipes are those of the owners’ mother from the village of Cuautla in the state of Jalisco in central Mexico. Now a chain with over 35 locations, Azteca started as a small 24-seat restaurant in Burien in 1974. On the menu you can find classics such as Arroz con Pollo (chicken and rice) and Pollo “Fundido” (a distinctly non-authentic combination of chicken, jalapeno cream cheese, and—steady on—American cheese in a flour tortilla). Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11. 200 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, (509) 456-0350. 9738 N Newport Highway, (509) 465-9101. Spokane Valley Mall, (509) 228-9661. $$

Italian Kitchen. Owners Bryce and Lyndsay Kerr have created a beautiful and charming décor along with exquisite cuisine, not to mention the remarkable hospitality. Known for its Calamari, Tiramisu, and Lasagna from scratch, the Italian Kitchen is as authentic as you’ll find. They were recently placed on the “Best of the Best” list, which honors the top 17 Italian restaurants in the nation. 113 N Bernard. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-3:30, Dinner Mon-Thur 3:30-9, Fri 3:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sun 4:30-9. (509) 363-1210. $$

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end of September. Five days a week in the fall and spring. Closed January – March. 6823 East Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive outside of Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9885. www. $$-$$$

Rock City Grill. Italian/American. Located in River Park Square, Rock City is a long time favorite of downtown shoppers and entertainment fans. Oven-fired pizzas are the big draw. Try the peanut-sauced Thai as well as generous pastas and items from the broiler. 808 W Main (in Riverpark Square). Sun-Thurs 11-9:30 (bar until 11), Fri-Sat 11-10:30 (bar until 11:30). (509) 455-4400. $$-$$$ Tony’s On The Lake. Reviewed June 2011. Originally built in the 1940s long the shore of the lake five miles east of Coeur d’Alene, Tony’s is a great destination Italian spot for years but the current incarnation under the D’Alessandro family just might be the best. Drive or boat. Chef Cheyenne D’Alessandro offers wonderful fromscratch sauces and Italian classics executed perfectly. Try the hand-pulled mozzarella if it is on the special sheet and don’t miss the Spaghetti Pescatore if you love a good tomato vodka sauce. Equally excellent are the Sirloin Filetto served with house-made gnocchi and the Saltimbocca alla Romana. All the desserts are made in house. Tony’s has a fun and informative wine list, and you need to hold up their house wine Y NOT to the mirror that stretches along the back of the dining room for a surprise. Open daily from 5 pm from Memorial Day to the


Bajio Mexican Grill. Tucked into the new Northtown Square on Spokane’s northside is bright outpost of the Bajio region in central Mexico. Like other Bajio restaurants across the west, much of the décor inside comes from its namesake area south of the border along with the inspiration for a menu that features burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas as well as fish tacos and an expansive selection of salads that come topped with Bajio’s signature meats. 4805 N Division, Suite 102 in Spokane. (509) 482-7999. $-$$ Fiesta Mexicana. One of many such places to pronounce themselves “authentic”, Fiesta Mexican actually deserves the moniker, the owners having studied the recipes and menus of other restaurateurs in their family for several years prior to opening. We’re drawn to the classic Arroz con Pollo and Pollo en Mole. And where else in town can one assuage a hankering for Huevos Rancheros or Menudo on a Sunday morning? Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. 1227 South Grand Blvd. (509) 455-7117. $-$$ Hacienda Los Flores. A bright reincarnation of the space at the bottom of the Freya hill formerly occupied by La Katrina Taco. Owners Jorge and Adriana Hernandez pull out all the stops with a possibly the best mole sauce in town. Try the Pollo en Mole ($12.25) and plan on multiple dips with your standard basket of chips rather than just a single salsa. Several of the soups on the menu also get rave reviews: the Sopa de Camaron and the Sopa de Tortilla. Kids eat for $0.99 on Sundays. Open daily from 11-9. 510 South Freya in Spokane. (509) 315-8853. $-$$ Rancho Viejo. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E Sprague. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11. (509) 927-8428. $$ Tacos Tumbras. Now with to sit-down locations as well as their itinerant taco trucks, Tumbras has the making

of a local taco empire featuring food hailing from Carlos Zuniga’s home in Mexico City. Don’t expect ‘big plate Mexican’ with the hubcap size plates swimming in rice and beans, the reason to come in is for $1.50 authentic tacos or a brilliant torta on a slightly sweet bun . Daily 10 – 9. 9420 E Sprague Ave in the Spokane Valley (509) 9278220. 1325 W 2nd Ave in Spokane. (509) 456-8226. $-$$.

PIZZA Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor. If fun for the kids is as critical as plenty of ‘za, head to Five Mile Heights on North Maple. Locally owned and operated for 25 years, Five Mile Heights has two banquet rooms perfect for parties, a large ball crawl pit, and a children’s play area. During the week at lunch you can get an all-you-can eat buffet with pizza, salad, breadsticks, and a drink for well under $10. They make their own crust (including gluten free options) and have their own 18-spice sauce. Open daily from 11:30 am – 9:30 pm (10 on Fri-Sat). 6409 N Maple in Spokane. (509) 328-4764. www.fivemileheightspizza. com. $-$$ The Flying Goat. A lot of careful thought went into the design of this pub and pizza sibling of the Downriver Grill, and it is paying off. The Goat offers both classic and artisan toppings on Neapolitan-style pies that get part of their flavor from the “char” on the crust. Try the surprising Kiernan and wash it down with a craft beer (14 taps, 1 gravity-fed cask beer, and over 50 more in bottles). The Goat has a mug club for regulars and all the menu items names are linked to the neighborhood – see if you can guess the system. Open daily at 11 am. Closes at 10 pm (11 on Fri and Sat). 3318 West Northwest Boulevard in Spokane. (509) 327-8277. $-$$ South Perry Pizza. Reviewed Apr 2010. Fresh innovative pies without over-wrought gourmet pretensions in the heart of the Perry district on Spokane’s South Hill. Located in a former auto body shop, the restaurant has an open kitchen centered around an open-flame pizza oven that turns out brilliant pizzas (try the Margherita, the Veggie, or the Prosciutto) with a yeasty bready crust that has good chew and the right amount of char. 6 microbrews on tap and several fresh salads start things off right. The garage doors roll up in good weather for patio seating. 11 am – 9 pm, Tues - Sun. 1011 South Perry Street in Spokane. (509) 290-6047. www. $-$$

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE Dave’s Bar and Grill. A neighborhood tavern with free popcorn all day long, a surprising family feel inside, and specials at breakfast, lunch, and dinner that have created passionate patrons. Try the monthly special at breakfast or split the massive Killer omelet. The bacon cheeseburger headlines the lunch favorites and steaks, ribs, and chicken (all under $15) keep the tiny galley kitchen hopping all night. Lines out the back door for breakfast on the weekends. 6 am – 10 pm daily. 12124 East Sprague in the Spokane Valley. (509) 926-9640. $-$$

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Elk Public House. A popular neighborhood hangout, Elk specializes in lamb sandwiches, 74th Street Gumbo and burgers with a twist. Relaxed atmosphere, but noise level can be…festive! It’s a great place to meet on the weekends for lunch or dinner. The Elk has 18 varieties of beer on tap and well-chosen wines. The Elk also has one of the best summer patios around. 1931 W Pacific. SunWed 11-10, Thurs-Sat 11-11. (509) 363-1973. $-$$ Fredneck’s Saloon and Beanery. Signature Dish March 2012. Take our advice. You need to go out of your way for a burger at Fredneck’s down in Rockford. Owner Pete Abbey uses only local grass-fed Emtman’s Pietmontese beef in his burgers – beef raised just miles from the 1970’s Quonset hut that is Fredneck’s. Don’t miss the fresh house-made potato chips either – they’ll make you think about chips in a whole new way. Abbey’s baby back ribs are also in high demand each weekend. Open daily at 11 am. Closes at 11 most days; open past midnight on Fri – Sat. 130 W Emma Street in Rockford, WA. (509) 291-3880. $-$$ Jones Radiator. Signature Dish January 2012. Here is a quirky local bar with friendly vibe and great beer on tap and one of the best and most original appetizers in town: PB&J Wings that come slathered in a house-made Thai peanut sauce and are served with a raspberry chipotle dipping jam on the side. The name comes from the original 1920 tenant of the building: a radiator shop. Expect a great selection of IPAs on tap since two of the owners, Tom Purdum and Mark Camp are self-confessed



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Manito Tap House. Reviewed March 2012. With the addition of Gabe Cruz as chef in December of 2011, Manito is living into its name as a gastropub that offers high-quality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the inventive veggie burger, Carne Adovada, and the Murphy’s Beef Boxty. 11 am – 11 pm Sun – Thu, but closed Tuesday. Open until 2 am Fri – Sat. 3011 South Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 279-2671. $-$$ The Onion. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. From the Hula burger with ham and grilled pineapple, the “Big O” with bacon and avocado, to their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside, Sun-Thurs 11-11, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N Division, Mon-Sun 11-11. (509) 482-6100 (Bar until midnight Sun-Thurs, Fri-Sat until 1). $-$$

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Peacock Room. It is all about martinis, cold beer and great music. Known as the place to see and be seen, the Peacock Room contributes to Spokane’s vibrant downtown nightlife. Showcasing a giant stained-glass peacock ceiling, the menu features such items as giant prawntinis, open-faced crab sandwiches and gourmet onion rings. Casual attire. Private Dining room available seating up to 25 people. Mon-Thurs 11-midnight, FriSat 11-1am, Sun 2-midnight. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ The Satellite Diner and Lounge. June 2011 Signature Dish. Colleen Freeman opened the Satellite Diner in 1998 to cater to service industry employees and the bar crowd who wanted a place to go and eat in the middle of the night. Lines out the door almost from day one and a number of awards over the years suggest she did just fine. The Satellite opens at 7 each morning and doesn’t close until 4 am (giving them just enough time to restock and clean). The massive Satellite Scramble is possibly the most popular “drunk plate” in the city but the menu also offers good burgers, a fine Eggs Benedict, and Biscuits and Gravy. Weekends the bar is lined up with Dry Fly Bloody Mary’s for a steal. Open daily. West 425 Sprague in Spokane. (509) 6243952. $-$$ The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern turned restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up for on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 am to 2 am. 1018 West Francis in Spokane. (509) 326-6794. www.theswingingdoors. com. $-$$

SEAFOOD AND FISH Anthony’s At The Falls. A welcome addition to the local seafood scene, Anthony’s combines a spectacular view of the Spokane Falls with an unwavering commitment to fresh seafood. So much so that they operate their own fishing company for the sole purpose of supplying their restaurants. The success of this shows up in the always available, rich and flavorful seafood fettuccine and clam chowder, as well as on the fresh sheet. The four course “Sunset Dinners” served Mon-Fri from 4-6 for only $18.95 are particularly good values. 510 N Lincoln. Lunch MonSat 11:30-3, Bar Menu in Lounge Mon-Sat 3-4, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9:30, Fri-Sat 4-10:30, Sun 3-9:30, Sunday Brunch (breakfast/lunch menu) 11-2pm, Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 with half-price appetizers and drink specials. (509) 328-9009. $$-$$$ Cedars Floating Restaurant. This is Idaho’s premier floating restaurant, featuring the freshest fish available daily and Midwest Stockyards High-Choice Beef. The Cedars, founded in 1965, floats at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River. The Cedars

is the perfect setting to enjoy breathtaking views and Northwest delicacies such as Cedar Plank Salmon and a Biergarten Filet. Drive in or boat up to this one-of-a-kind Northwest restaurant. Open seven days for cocktails and appetizers at 4pm and dinner beginning at 5pm. 1514 S Marina Drive, Coeur d’Alene. 208-664-2922. www. $$$ Milford’s Fish House. Milford’s has been doing seafood since before seafood was cool, specializing in the importation and preparation of a wide variety of fresh fish. It is where many of us ever first encountered things like ahi, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, escolar, or swordfish. Although there are now more choices in the area for fresh and intriguing seafood, Milford’s remains one of the best. A great meal can also be had from the bar menu in their comfortable, inviting and wellstocked bar. The dark, rich ambience of the beautiful old building around the corner from the courthouse in which Milford’s is situated can’t be beat, either. Sun-Mon 4-9, Tues-Sat 5-10. 719 N Monroe. (509) 326-7251. $$-$$$ Regal Street Seafood. Heather and Phil Lazone from Northstar Seafoods opened Regal Street as a retail fish market, but the staff includes a trained chef sho can give you cooking guidance and prepares several readyto-eat options like Cioppino – an Italian fish stew – and fish tacos. You can also pick up some harder-to-find bottles of wine in the store. Open Tue – Sat, 10 am – 6 pm. 2812 E 30th in Spokane. (509) 535-1966. www. $-$$

STEAK HOUSES Churchill’s Steakhouse. Reviewed April 2011. Carved into the first floor and basement of the Joel Building is this temple dedicated to dry-aged USDA Prime steaks and possibly the only ground Prime burger in the region (it is brilliant and shows up weekly in the basement bar as a $7 special). The dining room has all the pomp and circumstance for a great celebration meal (and prices to match) while the bar below has the intimate feel of a high class club and a separate menu with a few lighter items not offered upstairs. Open daily: 4 – 9 pm on Sun, 4 – 10 pm Mon to Thur, and 4 – 11 pm Fri and Sat. 165 South Post in Spokane. (509) 474-9888. www. $$-$$$$ The Grille from Ipanema. Brazilian BBQ. Reviewed August 2011. If you are hungry, this upscale Brazilian barbecue restaurant in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene offers an upscale, all-you-can-eat buffet along with the unique experience of Brazilian barbecue. Roving meat waiters (passadores) shave slices of beef, pork, and chicken off massive skewers right onto your plate tableside. The prices for a meal at this meat Nirvana are surprisingly reasonable and the festive colorful space turns any visit into a party. Open 11 am – 10 pm daily. 601 Front Avenue, Suite 101 in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 676-1122. www.thegrillefromipanema. com $$-$$$ Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops (at the Doubletree). Greeted with dark mahogany paneling and crisp linens, Spencer’s is indeed the place for steaks and chops. USDA Prime grade beef is the star, served up unadulterated on plain white china. Don’t deprive yourself of a side dish, though - Dr. Atkins would not approve of the hash browns au gratin, but we sure do! 322 N Spokane Falls Court. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 3-11, Sun 3-9. 7442372. $$-$$$$ Wolf Lodge Steakhouse. The Wolf Lodge Steakhouse is the city sibling of the original Wolf Lodge located east of Coeur d’Alene. Here is the place for hearty steaks and more: entrees such as Bourbon Chicken and King Salmon. Don’t forget to order the birthday “potato” for that special occasion: Oreo ice cream rolled in cocoa powder, topped with whipped cream, and set on a plate of hot fudge. 104 S Freya, Spokane. Mon-Fri 11:30-close, Sat-Sun 4-Close. (509) 535-8972. $$-$$$ Wolf Lodge Inn. It is worth the drive to experience the original Wolf Lodge just off Interstate 90 east of Coeur d’Alene. From the simply massive Porterhouse on down, this rambling ‘barn’ has plenty of rustic charm and memorable food for special occasions or just reminder that the best beef is never going to arrive at your plate as a burger. 11741 E Frontage Rd east of Coeur d’Alene. Tues-Fri 5-Close, Sat & Sun 4-Close. (208) 664-6665. Reservations requested. $$-$$$

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Pete Abbey took over Fredneck’s Saloon from his father, Fred Abbey, in 1998 in the

months after flooding in Rockford put the place under several feet of water. Firemen floating by in a boat peered into the windows and announced that the only thing still visible over the water was the very top of the bar. “Can you see the top of the pool table?” Fred Abbey yelled from higher ground. “Nope,” they yelled back. “Only the bar.” Two years before, when Fred Abbey had brought his wife over to walk through the building that was for sale, her comment was that if it didn’t work, “it is your neck.” Rather than discouraging him, Abbey decided his wife’s comment would be a fitting part of the name, Fredneck’s. Fast forward to the flood. “That was the low point,” Abbey says. But when the water receded, seventy people from town turned out to help Fred muck out the 1970’s Quonset hut, and now that his son Pete is running the place, Fred’s neck appears to be in good hands. In addition to a surprisingly welcoming place to stop in for a drink, Fredneck’s takes its food seriously. Nothing highlights this better than the burgers. The 1/3 pound classic cheeseburger ($8.50) can go head-to-head with the best burgers in the region, and arrives with something almost none of them have – grass-fed Emtman’s Pietmontese Beef raised just miles from Rockford in Valleyford, WA. Pete went to Freeman High School with one of the Emtman brothers, and cares enough to bypass cheaper options and serve only Emtman’s. If you are a purist, order the classic cheeseburger, yet let me suggest you at least consider combining two of the burgers listed on the menu into one that isn’t listed. Jim – a regular at Fredneck’s – told me about it. “Ask them to make you a Jalapeño Hula Burger,” he said. “It’s amazing.” The burger patty itself is stuffed with a layer of jalapeños that adds both flavor and a little kick to each bite. Then the Hula half of the special request piles on shaved ham, pineapple, Swiss cheese and a smear of teriyaki sauce. All this, plus fresh lettuce and onions, is stuffed into a Kaiser roll. Request the house-made potato chips on the side. Pete and his crew deep-fry them fresh and you will be able to tell instantly. You might also want to plan a second trip back on the weekend to try Abbey’s baby back ribs. Abbey says that enthusiastic patrons often confess that they’d “been driving by for years” before they stopped in. But once they do – particularly if they love a great burger – they drive out of the way to come back.

Fredneck’s Saloon and Beanery is located at 130 West Emma Street in Rockford, WA, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and “later on weekends.” The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. most nights. (509) 291-3880. 204

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How to act in the wonderful world of wine by Laurie L. Ross Spokane’s wineries are gearing up for their annual Spring Barrel Tasting. A record nineteen Spokane wineries will open their doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-13 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. In some cases you’ll get the chance to try wine directly from barrels or tanks. In preparation, we wanted to share tips on how to navigate winery tasting rooms. Special thanks are due to Jill Rider of Townshend Cellar and Sip of Spokane Facebook followers for several of the contributions here: 1.

Upon arrival, head for the tasting bar. A host will greet you and get you started with wine glasses and explain what wines are available for tasting and if there are any tasting fees.


Tasting rooms vary from the very elaborate to a simple table set up in the wine making area.


White wines are usually tasted first, followed by red wines, and then dessert wines.


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Most wineries will have a sheet of tasting notes. Read the tasting notes as you taste and see if you notice any of the aromas or flavors listed in the notes.


Take notes about what you thought about the wine. Your opinion is the only one that really matters. If it’s not your favorite, be polite. If you like it, tell the host. If there are choices to be made for tasting they can help you based on that feedback.


It is okay to skip wines on the tasting list. Some people just want to taste the whites; some the reds. Some may be interested in tasting only certain varietals.


Normally you would not ask for a second taste of a particular wine unless you indicate that you are interested in purchasing the wine.


You do not have to drink all the wine in your glass. Toss the unwanted wine in your glass into the dump bucket provided for this purpose. It’s not considered rude. In fact, it’s responsible not to overdo it. Remember, it’s hip to spit. You’ll notice some wine tasters even spit after a sip. Depending on how much you are tasting, it may be a necessity.

11. Some tasting rooms will require that you pay a fee to taste the wine. A number of wineries apply this fee to a purchase. Others might include a souvenir glass with the fee. Some tasting rooms have a two-tier fee, one for the main line of wines and one for reserve wines. 12. When a fee is charged, it is usually okay for two people to share one glass and pay only one tasting fee. Just don’t expect a larger pour. 13. If you are visiting a winery with friends or a group, try not to be loud. It ruins the atmosphere of the tasting room. Wineries in Washington cannot serve anyone who appears intoxicated, whether they’re driving, or not. 14. Some people feel guilty if they don’t buy at least one bottle of wine. Never feel you must purchase any wine. Buy the wine if you like it. 15. If the weather is warm, do not store your wine in the car. Bring an insulated bag so the wine doesn’t get overheated. 16. If you picnic at the winery, make sure the wine is not from another winery. That’s a faux pas. If you forgot to bring wine glasses, most tasting rooms will lend you wine glasses for your picnic, especially if you purchase wine. 17. Bringing children to a winery can be tricky. Have a planned activity for them while you spend your time tasting, or, if possible, choose to have your wine time without them. 18. Avoid wearing personal scents of any kinds. Serious wine tasters find them distracting when differing bouquets and flavors. Chewing gum and mints are also no-nos. 


If water is provided, use it to clear your palate or to rinse your glass. Rinsing the glass is a good idea when the tasting moves from whites to reds or to dessert wines. Some wineries discourage rinsing with water as it can affect the next wine and they’ll insist on rinsing it for you with a little wine.

10. Sometimes a neutral food will be provided, such as plain crackers. The purpose of the food is to clear the palate after tasting each particular wine. It’s not for a light snack.


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19. Be aware of other people in the tasting room. Be courteous. Do not monopolize the host or winemaker and let others approach the tasting bar as well.

Laurie L. Ross is a freelance writer and author of the local wine blog Sip of Spokane (

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