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HOW GIVING BACK can be so good

Charitable endeavors of celebrities and other prominent people often make the news. However, millions of regular people across the country and out of the limelight also do their share to help the various groups fighting for good causes. People have numerous reasons for getting involved in philanthropic efforts. A Gallup survey on volunteering in the United States found that more than half of volunteers do it because they like helping others. Just about 40 percent said they volunteer to feel good about themselves.

) Philanthropy produces a “helper’s high.” Volunteer work produces a natural feeling of euphoria that’s measurable and can produce some positive side effects. Boston College researchers discovered that the joy from helping others can be seen on MRI scans. This euphoria can help decrease chronic pain, depression and disability.

As many volunteers already know, people who give get something in return. Here are just a few ways why giving back can be good for you. ) Volunteer work broadens your skills. Volunteer work allows many people to learn entirely new sets of skills. New opportunities may present problem-solving challenges, and you can discover new ways to think about issues and causes that are dear to you. Volunteering may feel good, but it also can boost your résumé. The experience you gain working with a charity can help you in future professional endeavors.

) Giving back boosts longevity. A 1999 study out of University of California, Berkeley, found that elderly people who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who did not volunteer, even after adjusting for a person’s age, exercise habits, general health, and negative habits like smoking. More recent studies have uncovered

similar results. People who give help rather than just receiving it can prolong their lives. ) Charity work can keep you connected. Volunteering is a great way to get out and meet new people who share similar goals and interests. People who are new to an area or are recent retirees may find that volunteering helps them make new friends, alleviating feelings of isolation. Volunteer work also provides a great way to network for business contacts or to find out what’s newsworthy in the community. ) Volunteerism boosts selfesteem. Working with a nonprofit or charitable group often provides immediate results. In turn, this immediate gratification can show you that you have a purpose and are assisting others who need a helping hand. Volunteer work can help you become more confident and assertive and provide you with a greater sense of self-worth. ) Giving can inspire others. Many researchers have determined that giving can be contagious.

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If you’re anything like me, you are ready to say “so long” to winter. The joyful holiday celebrations are long behind us. The charm that accompanies a fresh snowfall has faded. Football season is over, and baseball is another month away. And knowing there are at least two blustery months of clouds and rain ahead of us in the Northwest doesn’t make getting out of bed any easier.

Let us brighten your spirits with stories of laughter, the blooms of winter and how to get a good night’s sleep. From simple pleasures like homemade pho to luxurious cars with cuttingedge technology, we hope to bring a smile to your face and block out any thoughts of gray skies.

So take the opportunity for a getaway, even if it’s only into the stories within these pages. Live vicariously through our correspondents as they cruise down the California coast and sail through the Caribbean on a magical Disney vacation. And even if you can’t get away physically, pamper yourself with some of the Northwest’s most desirable amenities when you spend a week as a tourist in your hometown.

Enjoy the last few weeks of winter, and keep dreaming of the not-too-distant Spokane summer, when we can lament the unbearable heat once again.

Theresa Tanner

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LEISURE 30 Meditation goes mobile Super apps can soothe your mind

32 We have power More electric, hybrid auto options heading your way

LOOK 8 Wonderful weddings Plenty of style choices for 2018

34 Make you laugh Plenty of chances for chuckles in Spokane this spring



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Four Wedding Trends for 2018 By Theresa Tanner



Looking for some wedding inspiration? Here are four popular themes this year to get your vision board started.

Fairy Tale Romance Meghan Markle may be marrying an actual prince this year, but your wedding can feel like a royal fantasy too. The stonework and high ceilings make Chateau Rive look like a castle, complete with river view, while the elaborate embellishments of the Historic Davenport Hotel ballrooms resemble the palaces of Europe. Dramatic accessories like capelets, gloves and tiaras instead of veils give a regal flair to a flouncy, tulle ball gown with a cinched waist and sweetheart neckline. For décor, pink and peach accents paired with gold feel lush and feminine with an element of whimsy that reflect the joy of your “happily ever after” day.

For lovers of Romeo and Juliet, your season has arrived. — Dawn Stafford, founder of Gathering Soul

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‘70s Bohemian If you’re known for a more relaxed attitude, a retro Boho-theme might suit you well on your wedding day. Your carefree vibe lets you get away with mismatched patterns and textiles for place settings, décor and even bridal party outfits – just tie them together with one or two cohesive colors. If you really want to feel like a throwback bride, consider a floral crown over wavy locks and pick a dress accented with lace, or flowing, sheer sleeves.

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Channel your inner flower child by donning a floral crown made out of wildflowers. — Megan Velez, Destination Weddings Group Katie wears a sweater and scarf from Urban Outfitters, leggings from Marshalls, boots and a hat from Nordstrom, boot cuffs from Famous Footwear, mittens from &Kloth and jewelry from Kohl’s.

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“[Today’s couples] want pictures in front of something architecturally interesting.” — Neasia Henson, senior events coordinator Poplar Springs

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With so many lovely, historic buildings in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area, finding a venue that walks the line between rustic charm and industrial elegance is easy. Mirrors and ambient lighting with string lights or Edison bulbs create a romantic atmosphere, along with understated but vibrant rose bouquets and table settings. For bridal style, off-white gowns in ivory or blush have a throwback air, especially with a draped silhouette. For the groom, think bowtie and suspenders for an old-school appeal. 12


Want to whisk away your wedding guests to a tropical paradise?

GETAWAY Who says you actually have to go to the tropics for a destination wedding? Bring the warmth of a beach ceremony to the Northwest with sunny yellows, passionate pinks and verdant greens. Look for a venue with a neutral palette that will allow you to transform the space into a paradise without clashing with its own style. Tropical hallmarks like pineapples, amingos and seashells can be both kitschy and classy, depending on how you incorporate them into your dÊcor. P

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Out Of The Shadows

Photos by The Make-up Studio

Bright colors, jewel tones bring life to eyes this winter

By Staci Lehman February is often the coldest month around here – and it sometimes feels like the longest, despite its 28-day duration. If you’ve got the winter blues this year, add some different colors into your life, like green, purple or silver. Eye shadow; that is.

And most of them recommend getting away from nudes or skin tones. If you are on the conservative side, go ahead and use your more neutral colors, then jazz them up with a brighter color eyeliner or mascara.

When it comes to eye shadow trends, “Metallics and jewel tones are still hot,” said Julie Farley, owner of The Make-up Studio in downtown Spokane. But don’t limit yourself.

Or try a “pop” of color by using a wet eyeliner brush to apply a line of vibrant colored shadow – blue, green, purple or another color that says “look at me!” – to the bottom lid just below the lower lashes.

“It’s pretty much anything and everything these days,” she said of the multitudes of colors and methods of applying eye color. That’s because the way trends are determined has changed with technology. In the past, fashion designers’ runway shows dictated what would be popular each season in makeup. Today, a mix of makeup bloggers, YouTube stars and celebrities with cosmetic lines set the trends. 14


You can also take a classic look, like the smoky eye, and give it a twist from today. Instead of using a flat black or grey to achieve the nighttime look, use jewel tones like dark purple, emerald green, slate gray and iridescent hazelnut to create this look.

Middle-aged or older women should let hair color help determine their eye shadow color. “Once women start to grey, your palette starts to go more cool, more ‘taupey.’” When it comes to brands, Farley generally likes those brands put out by makeup artists because they have a lot of pigment. Her favorite is the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. But she says you don’t have to spend a lot on eye shadow. “I think drug store lines have really improved in recent years. I don’t buy some luxury brands, for instance, because you’re just paying for the name.” If buying trendy eye shadow seems overwhelming because of the huge array of choices, or you just can’t get it to look like it does in magazines, there are many tutorial videos on YouTube. Or sign up for one of Farley’s makeup lessons. She encourages clients to bring their own cosmetics so she can walk through with them what colors work and how to apply it for the desired effect. Find more information at P

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From zombies to lightsaber battles, unique wedding photos are on trend. And while you should feel free to go as wild and crazy as you want, experts urge couples to include more traditional photos on the shot list too. Here are 16 timeless photos of your big day you’ll cherish for years to come:

1. The bride’s gown It’s the most important dress of your life, so get a shot of it on a nice hanger before you slip it on.

4. Father helping the groom get ready Ask your photographer to capture this father-son moment before the ceremony when dad is helping him look nice and sharp, says Yana Shellman, a New Jersey-based photographer.

5. The day’s details

Capture your last moments as mother and single daughter by getting a shot of her zipping up your dress.

Planning seems to take a lifetime, but the day goes by like a whirlwind. So be sure to take pictures of the program, bouquets and boutonnieres. If it’s a military wedding, get shots of the rank and medals, says Overstreet.

3. The groom’s tux or uniform

6. Enchanting entrance

“Everybody has made the day about the bride, but it’s just as much his day,” says Central Texas-based pho-

The bride’s walk down the aisle is a moment to immortalize on film.

2. Mother helping bride get ready


tographer Yvonne Overstreet. So be sure to get some solo snapshots of his tux or uniform.


7. Groom’s first glance

12. The happy couple

You’ll always treasure a photo of the first time he sees you during the ceremony.

Get a shot of the two of you standing side-by-side with the camera at a 45-degree angle. “All the parents want that picture, and it’s beautiful,” says Shellman.

8. Ceremonial moments Take pictures of the wedding vows. Getting a shot of the groom’s face in focus and another with the bride’s face in focus gives the illusion of you looking at each other, says Shellman.

13. Reception entrance Capture the big splash you make as your entrance as husband and wife.

14. Toasts and speeches 9. Your first kiss The all-important first kiss as a married couple is a must-have!

Overstreet recommends trying to get a picture of everyone who makes a toast or speech at the reception.

10. Generations of family

15. First dances

The entire family gets together for a wedding, so a group portrait of grandparents, parents and siblings is very important.

First dances contain special moments, so take shots of the newlywed dance, the bride/father dance and the groom/mother dance.

11. Bridal party You’ll want at least one traditional shot of the entire bridal party. “For the album, keep it nice and simple,” says Shellman.

16. Reception traditions Shellman says the cake cutting is a picture everyone wants. Don’t forget the bouquet and garter tosses too. If your family has any other special traditions, be sure to tell your photographer beforehand. P

Photos: Yana Shellman Photography

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for a Hot Body By Staci Lehman Love handles and belly rolls are the bane of pretty much everyone’s existence, even those in good shape. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work out or diet, you just can’t get rid of those last bulges. If that sounds familiar, CoolSculpting might appeal to you. “It’s the No. 1, non-invasive fat removal procedure on the market today,” said Dr. Susan Ashley, Medical Director at Healthy Living Liberty Lake. Ashley says about one-third of her practice is CoolSculpting clients. The procedure works by literally freezing fat. “It is a cooling technique that targets fat cells and fat cells only to actually kill them,” said Kolbie Fletcher CPL, a certified medical assistant with Plastic Surgery Northwest, near downtown Spokane.



CoolSculpting works by gently pinching fat between applicators and cooling the area so much that fat cells crystallize and die. Each treatment kills 20 to 25 percent of fat cells in the area applied, although it takes six to eight weeks to see the effects. Most people go for a second or third round of treatment to lose even more fat. The best part- CoolSculpting is a long-term fix. “It’s permanent,” said Fletcher. “Our body is set with a certain amount of fat cells. After we go through adolescence we have as

injections or incisions, the most they have seen is redness or bruising in areas treated. Ashley hasn’t received any major complaints in five years of administering CoolSculpting. “Other than having to buy new clothes,” she added. Some people do report experiencing pain following the treatment. The AMSA reports that pain sometimes develops in patients who treat the abdomen three to five days after the procedure and it can last up to 10 days.

Photos courtesy of - Grant Stevens, MD, FACS

many fat cells as we’re going to get. … If you gain weight, your surviving fat cells can get bigger but there are still only a limited number that can grow.” It sounds almost too good to be true. But CoolSculpting isn’t for everyone. “If you have lots of weight to lose, it’s not for you,” Ashley said. The procedure should not be performed if you have poor circulation in the area to be treated, neuropathy, open wounds, bleeding disorders, recent surgery or scar tissue in the treatment area, a hernia, eczema or dermatitis, are pregnant, or have a pacemaker or defibrillators, according to the American Med Spa Association (AMSA). Other than that, the AMSA says CoolSculpting is safe and it’s been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The procedure has only been around since the 1990s, though, so long-term effects aren’t known. As for immediate side effects, both Fletcher and Ashley say, because it is a non-invasive procedure and there are no

Who is getting CoolSculpting? The average clients are women in their late 40s or 50s. “They’re women going through menopause or are post–menopausal … they’re healthy. They’re pretty consistent as far as their lifestyle and diet, but they just can’t get rid of that fat they didn’t used to have,” said Fletcher. She also has male patients and some who don’t have time to eat right or work out due to busy schedules. The price for CoolSculpting depends on how many areas are treated and how many times. Two cycles on the abdomen costs about $2,000, according to Fletcher – a price many are willing to pay. “I meet a lot of men and women who have a guilty conscious about vanity. But they run around taking their kids to soccer and ballet and doing things for everyone else and don’t have the time to take care of themselves,” she said. P

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Find Your Rhythm, Sleep Better By Renée Sande

Adding years to your life and making you look years younger are just two of the major benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. Not getting a good night’s sleep can cause a host of problems, many of which most of us are not aware. For starters, the Institute of Medicine estimates that lack of sleep causes roughly 1 million auto accidents every year. Researchers have found that lack of sleep can be as detrimental to your driving as having one alcoholic drink. And in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine study, researchers found that adults who lacked sufficient sleep – even from one night – had signs of increased “biological aging.” This speeding-up of the aging process was due to an increase in inflammation, which is known to lead to a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging. In addition, lack of sleep also interrupts hormone production, which can create havoc in our normal body processes. For example, the hormone leptin plays a key role in making you feel full. When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop, making you hungrier and craving high-fat and high-calorie foods specifically. “Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain,” said Dr. David Rapoport, an former 20


associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. “When you are sleepy, certain hormones go up in your blood, and those same hormones drive appetite.” So how can we get the sleep we need? “Get in sync with your circadian rhythm or ‘body clock’ ” said Dr. Rapoport. “This cycle tells our body when to sleep, wake and eat.” The problem is, too many of us try to reset our “clocks” on a regular basis. We stay up late, take long naps when we can and sleep in on the weekends. What this equates to is us thinking if we turn back the hands on the clock on the wall, we’ll have more time in our day; the truth is we’re only kidding ourselves and setting up for failure. “By sleeping and waking at the same time every day, you’ll actually feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times,” said Rapoport. The key is to choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you can more easily fall asleep. If you’re getting enough sleep, you shouldn’t need an alarm to wake up. If you need an alarm, you may need an earlier bedtime.

Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep Focus on relaxing, not sleeping. If you’ve had insomnia, sleep can sometimes bring with it a negative connotation. Focus on relaxation instead; rather, focus on the journey, not the destination. Here are a couple of techniques: DEEP BREATHING. Close your eyes and take deep, slow breaths, breathing deeper each breath. VISUALIZATION. Close your eyes and imagine a calming and peaceful place. Concentrate on how relaxed it makes you feel. TRY A LIGHT SNACK PRE-BEDTIME. While a snack before bedtime can help promote sleep for some, it may lead to indigestion for others. If you think it might help you, here are some good options: s(ALF A TURKEY SANDWICH s3MALL BOWL OF WHOLE GRAIN LOW SUGAR CEREAL s-ILK OR YOGURT s"ANANA LIMIT CAFFEINE AND NICOTINE. Caffeine and nicotine are both stimulants that can cause sleep problems for hours afterwards, so indulge earlier in the evening for better sleep. EAT EARLY AND LIGHT. Have an early dinner and avoid heavy, rich foods or foods that are spicy and acidic within two hours of bed.

AVOID NIGHTCAPS. While an alcoholic drink may help you relax and get to sleep, it can ultimately interfere with your sleep cycle. LIMIT SUGAR AND REFINED CARBOHYDRATES. Eating sugar and refined carbs such as white bread and pasta during the day can trigger wakefulness at night and keep you from the deep, restorative stages of sleep. EXERCISE REGULARLY. People who exercise regularly sleep better at night and feel less sleepy during the day. Even 10 minutes a day can improve sleep quality. AVOID BRIGHT SCREENS. The blue light emitted from electronics is disruptive to sleep patterns so minimize the impact by using devices with smaller screens or turning the brightness down. Or, better yet, avoid using electronics 1-2 hours before bedtime. KEEP IT DARK. Use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows, or try a sleep mask. USE A NIGHTLIGHT. By eliminating the need to turn on a bright light when using the bathroom or letting the cat out during the night, you’ll find it easier to get back to sleep quicker. MAKE A NOTE OF IT. Keep a notepad and pencil by your bedside to jot down those worries that are nagging you, or those great ideas you don’t want to forget by morning. Making a note of it will help get clear your mind so you can get the sleep you need. P

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Pamper your pets with style By Joe Butler

Yes, there will be hair, perhaps an awful lot of it. But the joy that your cat or cats will have from their own furnishings will be, as they say, priceless, and perhaps preserve YOUR stuff a little longer. Homeowners who have the space and desire to make their fur babies feel more at home may want to consider investing in various structures, pyramids, stairways and kitty condos. Some felinefriendly homes even have catwalk-style platforms at high points that allow them to easily pass between rooms well above anyone’s heads. These types of structures are getting even more of a boost recently with an Animal Planet show, “Animal Cribs,” where pet space designer Antonio Ballatore and various “cats-perts” and “bark22


itects” renovate people’s homes to be more aesthetically pleasing and pet friendly. These stylish spaces can include places for kitties to comfortably perch, stroll or recline in semi-concealed spots, all the things felines naturally like to do. The show’s design team has created other habitats for everything from a dog to a turtle. A recent episode set in Seattle transformed a cramped condo into a haven for dogs and cats, complete with plenty of platforms and a climbing wall. Of course, the coolest furniture doesn’t mean your critters will automatically embrace it. Cats are notoriously fickle, so they’re as likely to express their curiosity and gravitate toward their new digs, or just as easily opt to stay put.

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Spokane resident Josh Meckel has rearranged his house to be extra comfortable for his cats, Spicy and Calliope. Part of the design includes two 6-foot-tall ‘trees’ with landings that have shelters.

He also focuses on creating different ‘found water’ spots throughout the house. Meckel said cats dislike it when a stationary bowl of water is next to a bowl of food, so moving around a water source can encourage exploring. The market for pet supplies, which ranges from toys to toothpaste, has skyrocketed. According to the ASPCA total spending was about $2.1 billion in 2011, a 73 percent increase from 2001, and grew to $14 billion by 2014. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of 2011, the typical American household spends about $500 per year on pet food, care and supplies. This study also showed that we spend more person on pets than alcohol ($456), men’s clothing ($404) and even candy ($87).



For pet owners looking for ways to make their domiciles more pet-friendly in 2018, check out these options. Meyou Crafts. French designer Aude Sanchez has a line of upscale contemporary furniture especially for les chats. With a goal of “reconciling our cat’s needs with our design expectations,â€? the line includes a variety of hollowed-out cotton spheres attached to metal frames that sell for around $150, and a $300 cone-shaped bed. Sanchez is currently crowd-funding a plan for a revolutionary litter box and a cat tree. kickstarter. com/projects/meyou/meyou-classy-furniture-fordiscerning-cat The ReďŹ ned Feline. These well-crafted products are intended for those who work hard to have and maintain a nice home. Classy, functional items include narrow wooden shelves that ascend walls, and towers and scratching posts that resemble abstract sculptures. A must-have is the $200 litterbox housed inside a converted mahogany cabinet. Cats enter an opening in the side, do their business in private and exit the same way. Carbon ďŹ lters mask aromas, and supplies stay out of sight but nearby in a pull-out drawer. thereďŹ The Posh Puppy Boutique. Kitties aren’t the only critters who may enjoy living in the lap of luxury. This company provides high-quality items for discriminating pooches, including a certiďŹ ed organic bed made with goose down and Harris tweed wool. The set includes a washable pillow, blanket, topper and step, for just under $600. Fido can also dream of chasing only the classiest rabbits in his or her Victorian-style dog house. The 770 square-inch mansion includes crown molding and radiant heat, and sells for around $4,200. Pottery Barn. PB offers a variety of beds, storage products and food bowl stands for Fluffy and Fido, including a plush chesterďŹ eld designed especially for canines that includes a waterproof velvet cushion. ($249). P

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Flowers to Brighten Winter Days By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

This is the deepest part of winter, when we begin to feel the pull of cabin fever and the need for a little something fragrant and green. The holiday decorations are long gone and it’s still months away from spring blooms and buds, but nothing lifts the spirits like flowers and tender green plants.

is a breath of fresh air for any room and makes an elegant gift. An assortment of cut flowers is also available at the flower and chocolate boutique in River Park Square.

Fortunately, it’s easy to treat ourselves to beautiful blooms or houseplants that bring a fresher air to our homes.

If cut flowers aren’t your thing, pick forever blooms at the Anemone kiosk at River Park Square. Each paper flower is made by hand and makes a striking arrangement whether you choose a single stem or a sculptural bouquet or bonsai display.

From long-stemmed roses to tiny terrariums to a paper flower that never drops a petal, here is a quick tour of what local florists and flower sellers are offering this time of year:

Chase away the chill by spending a few minutes at one of Spokane’s most unique florists. Located in the Saranac Commons in the hip and thriving downtown district at the east end of Main Avenue, Parrish and Grove brings a contemporary vibe to the area. The inhouse terrarium bar lets you create a tabletop garden as unique as you are. Bring your own container or purchase one from their collection and then select the stones, sand, moss and succulents to fill it. at the Historic Davenport Hotel

The small flower shop in the lobby of Spokane’s grand old hotel has been filled with fragrant flowers for more than 100 years and it’s still the perfect place to pick up a dozen roses for a gift or for your home. Select from the assortment of beautiful bouquets in the lobby display case and take home an armful of beautiful longstemmed beauties. (509) 789-7200

Imagine the effect a vase of 10 pure white tulips, accented with boughs of fragrant white pine, and adorned with silvery ribbon could have on your winter blahs. It’s an immediate lift for your spirits and your decor. Bloem’s “Tulips and Pine” bouquet ($55) 26


Here’s a tip for fighting the long dark days of winter: be spontaneous and stop by Appleway Florist and Greenhouse in Spokane Valley and ask for the deal of the day. Appleway’s floral designers will dip into their stock and create something especially for you.

In Coeur d’Alene, take your eyes off the weather forecast and splurge on the deep hue of tall blue iris in Hansen’s Florist and Gifts’ beautiful Iris Garden ($164.95). The eye-catching arrangement of lush greenery and brilliant blue blooms sits in a pretty planter topped with polished stones.

It’s always tempting to run away this time of year. Doesn’t a week walking around beautiful English gardens sound restorative? But if you can’t take a plane, you can still take home a beautiful European Basket Garden ($39.99) from Liberty Park Florist in the Perry District. The long lasting and romantic arrangement of both green and blooming plants nestled in a rustic basket can take you long past winter, well into spring, and beyond. P


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From Catch-All to Sensational Storage

Garage organizing systems offer homeowners the option to store in style and park, too BY JIM PARKER CTW FEATURES

It’s the indoor spot where you park cars or a boat; store tools, lawn equipment, golf clubs and skis; lean up bikes; and set out youngsters’ basketballs, inflatable pool gear and outdoor toys. The garage also can be a catch-all place for items to take to charity, storage boxes piled up from various moves and plain old junk. Many residences are built with the walled-in bays, often opened and closed via a remote control, generally not climate controlled but protected from rain, winds and extreme temperatures. They’re included as perks in sales listings alongside a home’s bedroom total and whether it has a laundry.



Yet the garage tends to invoke ambivalence among homeowners, even though they generally desire a clean uncluttered home space. The oversized concrete-floored caverns, which may prop up slick, finished rooms for mothers-in-law, teenagers or TV enthusiasts, can become littered, unappealing, closed off from even the family vehicles. Moreover, the garage typically gives way to kitchens, baths, porches and roofs in terms of most desired or necessary home improvements.

vacation trip, hauling groceries from the SUV. A share of homes include garages that face to the front, so that neighbors and passersby can see right into messes if the doors are left open.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, the garage has been rediscovered, like finding a long lost keepsake under a pile of leaves or in a newly tilled garden.

The result is a developing cottage industry among specialty contractors and large scale home builders to organize and beautify garages, spending less than $10,000 in many cases to installing storage racks and drawers or lay down epoxy or similar attractive floor materials. For thousands more, they can redesign doors to look like barn entrances or other exotic styles.

Homeowners learned that they spend a reasonable amount of time in garages – putting together a birthday trike, packing for a

“People take great pride in their homes – organizing, decorating and showing off various rooms of their house, especially on social



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74 percent keep the door shut so neighbors can’t see the clutter and 23 percent can’t fit a car in the garage.

Gladiator, a Whirlpool brand, describes itself as “pre-assembled and ready-toassemble lines of modular workbenches, cabinets, wall systems, shelving, tool storage, appliances and flooring” sold through local garage dealers, retailers such as Sears and Lowe’s, and at www.GladiatorGarageWorks. com.

Gladiator suggests that homebuyers develop a game plan for organizing the garage by dividing the area into zones based of type of equipment or materials.

Garage organization and storage systems are gaining traction as 92 percent of the property holders surveyed say their home is “somewhat or very organized,” but 30 percent are embarrassed about their garage,

“With an average cost of a new car just above $30,000, the inability to house and protect this investment in your own garage can be an issue,” the company says.

A majority of people use the garage to park the car or store things, 27 percent use it for hobbies, 23 percent work on cars, 19 percent clear space for woodworking or carpentry and 13 percent use it as an exercise or sport area. P

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Ancient Practice Meets Modern Tech Staci Lehman

The practice of meditation has been around for centuries. Apps that help people to meditate are brand new in comparison, within the last 10 years. They are also very popular, based on the number available.

True recommends an app created by the world-wide ministry of her church, UPray. It is free and, in addition to guided meditations, lets users send prayer requests and find affirmations for any situation.

Meditation uses sound, breathing and imagery to clear the mind of everyday “clutter,” helping practitioners sleep better, focus and reduce anxiety. Studies show that meditation can be beneficial to both mental and physical health.

Given a choice though, True prefers podcasts for meditation coaching.

In the past, most learned to meditate through instructors or books. Today, many turn to apps or podcasts for support, even if they have a regular meditation teacher or group. And meditation instructors are okay with that. “Using an app or using a recorded meditation is not cheating,” said Dori Langevin, owner of the Mainstream Mindfulness meditation practice in Spokane. She compares the use of apps in meditation to learning to ride a bike. “Training wheels were very helpful … well, meditation is similar; it’s a training of heart and mind. Meditation is not a magical thing we get dropped on top of us; it’s training – like a physical training of your body.” Langevin also says apps are great tools for those who don’t live in areas where meditation training is offered. Mary True, a meditation teacher with the Unity Spiritual Center Spokane, says whatever helps you reach a meditative state is a valued resource. Some use music, while others prefer chanting, sounds from nature or white noise. “There are no rules,” she said. “You need to be comfortable – whatever you use needs to be what feeds your soul.”



“One of the ones I love is Deepak and Oprah,” she said. “They have one for creating peace; they have one for creating hope in uncertain times … each one is about 20 minutes long.” Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience ™ offers daily guided audio meditations voiced by the duo, along with a series of questions designed to encourage reflection and emphasize each day’s teachings with a centering thought and mantra. Langevin recommends the free Insight Timer app, which is one of the most widely used for meditation. Insight Timer offers ambient sounds that loop continuously in the background for an “even deeper meditation session;” milestones for tracking daily practice; meditation playlists for sleep, relaxation and reducing anxiety; and a timer. “This helps so you can time your own session,” said Langevin, allowing you to focus on reaching a meditative state. “You don’t have to watch a clock. Instead, a bell goes off.” Iaian Finnigan, LMP, RMP offers meditation instruction out of his business, Spokane Massage. His favorite app is Calm, created by the National Center for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). “I like it because it has a really therapeutic approach,” said Finnigan. “It’s the perfect app for anyone to use … one of the

things I like about it is its simplicity.” Calm offers a variety of guided meditations, ranging from three-minute to 25-minute sessions. There are also breathing exercises, “sleep stories” to help put you to sleep and over two dozen soothing sounds for the same purpose. “It has everything from music, visuals and sounds to go with it,” said Finnigan. He also likes Omvana, an app offering guided meditations by famous authors and teachers, inspirational tracks, music and poetry, relaxation sounds and sleep-inducing tracks.

Whether its sleep, inner peace or better focus you are after, chances are good you will find it with one of these apps. And if you don’t, keep looking. “What I would say to people is try some out and see what works for you,” said Langevin. P

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February/March 2018



Towards Electric

By Don Adair

The big takeaway from December’s Los Angeles Auto Show could not have been clearer if it had been scrawled in neon across the face of the Convention Center. The electrified future is now! And nowhere was that point made more emphatically than in the glittery exhibits of the high-end European brands. The Europeans covered the electrified waterfront, from Jaguar’s I-Pace electric crossover to Mercedes-Benz’s GLC F-Cell, a hydrogen fuel-cell concept. All the big players were there, showing game-changing products, many of them slated for their U.S. debuts by decade’s end. Of course, more than mere miles separate the L.A. Convention Center and the showrooms of Inland Northwest auto dealers. And the impact of what’s being called the electromobility movement will be felt here in quieter ways. Electrification has been with us since the 1990s, when Toyota and Honda raced to bring gas-electric hybrids to the U.S. Now, virtually every maker offers at least one hybrid and most have added power cords to the mix, as a new generation of plug-in hybrids emerges. Normally, acceptance of these new technologies would have progressed organically as costs dropped and buyers came to value 32


their economy, performance and environmental virtues. But, instead, environmental politics intervened. Beginning in 2020, strict new efficiency standards will limit new car CO2 emissions across the European Union. To remain viable in Europe, automakers have little choice but to electrify. Volvo moved the conversation to center stage in July, when it announced plans to phase out production of cars fueled solely by gasoline. On this side of the ocean, General Motors said it would release at least new 20 electrified and fuel-cell vehicles by 2023. In that same time frame, Lincoln plans to offer electrified variants of each of its models. Electrified powertrains are seen as a way station on the road to full adoption of non-petroleum alternatives. Automakers are investing billions in a rush to develop high-capacity battery systems. Notably, the electric automaker Tesla returned to the main floor of the L.A. show in December. Tesla sells about 100,000 luxury electric vehicles in the U.S. each year, giving lie to the argument that consumers aren’t interested. Even mainstream players believe the future favors electrons. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric; a world free of automotive emissions,” GM vice president Mark Reuss said in October.

That future moved a step closer last year, as France and the United Kingdom announced plans to ban sales of fossil fuel-powered cars by 2040. China, now the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive market, announced similar intentions without specifying a date-certain. Indeed, a petroleum-free future seems all but a given. In the meantime, though, luxury shoppers will see growing numbers of energy-efďŹ cient alternatives in area showrooms.

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Being that laughter is the best medicine, wouldn’t it be nice if a health care provider could prescribe something to cushion your funny bone, perhaps an extra booster for your sense of humor each winter, not unlike a flu shot? Until this happens, we’ll be forced to find ways to self-medicate, which means seeking opportunities to laugh a little more and frown a little less. This isn’t always so easy in a scary world and in a part of the country where “pre-spring” weather can mean plenty of gray days and mostly drippy weather, but luckily there are a variety of opportunities to get your laugh on, including venues dedicated to stand-up featuring some of the country’s top or upand-coming comics. If you’re feeling extra funny, consider taking advantage of local open mic nights or improv gatherings to hone your inner jokester. Check out some of these upcoming shows or venues that can be exactly what the doctor should have ordered. 34


Spokane Comedy Club.

This downtown venue opened in 2016 and has already brought in A-list entertainers, from Pauly Shore to Kevin Smith to Gilbert Godfried, plus noteworthy local talent like Jay Wendell. Some comics even use Inland Northwest audiences to fine-tune their set before taking it to larger venues, so local crowds can get an exclusive sneak peek at new material. Visitors can enjoy a full bar and basic menu while they chuckle. Scheduled spring shows include Quinn Dahle (Feb. 22-24), Gary Gulman (March 1) and Theo Von (March 17).

Blue Door Theatre.

Good comedy is hard, and good improv can be even harder. But this 20-year-old institution in the Garland District makes getting up on stage and getting silly not so scary. The all-volunteer non-profit invites the community to enjoy live short- and long-form improvisation every Friday night, whether it’s applauding troupe members or giving it a try yourself. Audience participation is voluntary at every show, and there are also open auditions planned in April for those that want to get more involved. Plus, classes are always available for adults and teens to further hone their skills.

The Punderground. Being able to verbally free-style doesn’t just win you rap battles; it can give you street cred among your peers if you’re a successful punslinger in these regular competitive creative endeavors. Spokane resident Annica Eagle, who honed her verbal skills at the Blue Door for several years, recently earned third place and Best of Show at the Pun-Off World Championships in Texas. She decided to bring some of the pun, er, fun, back home and found support from Boots Bakery and the Observatory, which now hold bi-monthly gatherings for wordsmiths of all levels. Audiences can enjoy improv, planned routines and head-to-head battles. Eagle also hosts Coffee and Quips, which are informal training events for future pun-sters.

The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. If you’re planning your comedy calendar for 2018, well-known entertainers are heading to this venue. Enjoy political humor? Then you might be ready for the Capitol Steps on March 15, a non-partisan traveling troupe that feels that it has a patriotic duty to skewer and satirize public figures and elected officials. Comic/NFL announcer/humorous ranter Dennis Miller performs April 6, and parody master and musician “Weird” Al Yankovic brings his slimmed-down acoustic-heavy show here May 27. He’ll be joined by Emo Phillips, and promises to showcase material that hasn’t been played at his traditional stadium shows. P

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Warm weather and family TIME WELL fun on a Disney Cruise By Cheryl-Anne Millsap


After weeks of snow and icy streets, tired of gray skies and a monochromatic view through the window, we were chasing some fun in the sun and a big dose of Disney magic. Our schedule was tight; we had less than a week to get away before school started again, but we stepped off the plane in the warm Florida air – pale and winter weary – knowing a night at Disney World and four nights cruising the warm Caribbean on the Disney Dream was just the cure for our annual winter blues. Our flight from Spokane to Orlando landed in the afternoon and after a short wait we boarded the shuttle bus to Disney World. We wouldn’t have a lot of time in the park before it closed, so we had been excited to find out the park was holding a special afterhours event that night, which meant we could purchase an extra ticket that would let us ride and play into the wee hours. It was fantastic. With the crowds gone, short lines (sometimes no line at all) at the most popular rides and attractions and special free treats at vendors around the park, we enjoyed having the park to ourselves the night before our cruise began. Tired but happy, we were back in our room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge by 2 a.m. and we slept a few hours before breakfast. Then we boarded the bus that would take us to the cruise terminal at Port Canaveral. By mid-afternoon, we were on board the Disney Dream and ready to take our vacation to a new level. For the next three days our time was spent soaking up the sun, relaxing and spending time together as a family. Here are the highlights of our short winter Disney cruise getaway:

Aboard the Disney Dream Since we were looking for complete rest and relaxation in the sunshine we were so desperately missing in the Northwest, we selected the cruise on the Disney Dream, which had only one port of call: Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. After the ship’s departure we spent our first afternoon at sea exploring the decks (Job one: find the soft serve ice cream machine). We ate at the Animator’s Palate that night, where all of the tools of an animator’s studio surround you and images of beloved Disney characters decorate the walls, giving diners an interactive peek at an illustrator’s work. After our meal we had our choice of entertainment and opted for a live show in the theater, followed by more ice cream and classic Disney movies in our stateroom. The next morning the ship, pulled up at Castaway Cay and we grabbed our sunscreen, paperbacks and assorted beach gear for a day ashore. With designated areas for both families and adults, Castaway Cay is perfectly designed for a day of fun with or without kids. In the morning, we lounged on beach chairs while our teenage daughter snorkeled near the shore. After lunch, we returned to our lounges and whiled away the afternoon reading as she kayaked.


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A Place for Everyone Disney Cruise ships aren’t just built for kids. In addition to the child care centers and dedicated play places, there are plenty of places grownups can call their own. From glasses of bubbly at Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar to after-hours fun at Pub 687 to the nautical-themed Meridian Bar, it’s easy to find a place to make a special toast or a quiet conversation over drinks. Or indulge in a gourmet experience at Remy, the Disney Dream’s premium restaurant. The seasonally inspired tasting menu is one of the finest dining experiences at sea.

A Play Day at Sea The third day of our cruise was spent making our way back to Port Canaveral. The weather was fine and we spent most of the day basking in warm sunlight. We took multiple rides through the water-filled Aqua Duck tubes that circle the upper deck. The waterslide is fun for all ages and is worth the queue to hitch a ride. The next morning the departure was flawless and once again we were on the bus back to the airport. We caught our mid-day flight and were back home not much later than the usual bedtime. We’d done exactly what we set out to do in the limited time available. We’d managed to work in a long evening at Walt Disney World and enjoyed three days on one of the most beautiful ships at sea. P

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We stood there, my friends Tom, Dave and I, gawking at the makeshift road-side memorial that sits near the intersection of California State Routes 41 and 46. Traffic flowed past, and the occasional driver honked in support as we studied the items that so many others had left behind: pairs of discarded sunglasses, American flags draped on an adjoining barb-wire fence, empty beer cans and cigarette packs. Prominent amid the display rested a white wreath adorned with plastic flowers that bore a red ribbon, which carried the inscription “We Love You James.” That’s James as in James Dean. I’ll explain more in a moment. First, though, let me stress something: Nothing says friendship better than a road trip. And for movie fans in particular, California provides the perfect backdrop. I met Tom and Dave during our first year of graduate school. We bonded over our shared interests in cold beer, off-color jokes, University of Oregon football – and movies. Tom loves music and the 2009 film “Pirate Radio.” Dave and I share an abiding interest in, among other things, samurai movies. All of us adore “Blade Runner.” So when we hold our reunions, which we do every couple of years, we try to include at least three of our four favorite activities. It was Dave’s turn to host our last get-together, and because he lives in Santa Ynez, Calif., some 30 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, I made a suggestion: Let’s drive up the coast to Hearst Castle. Why? Well, as anyone who has seen Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece “Citizen Kane” understands, William Randolph Hearst’s “Castle” was the inspiration for Welles’ fictional estate of Xanadu. What better destination could there be for a trio of movie-lovers? Then I upped the ante: On the way, we should stop by the intersection of California State Routes 41 and 46. Why? Because at that very spot, about 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 30, James Dean road-side memorial photo by Dan Webster February/March 2018



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1955, the actor James Dean was killed in a car accident.

And the cost? Just the price of the gas it took to drive there.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: weird. But my fascination with Dean’s death is more than merely morbid. Not only was Dean one of the biggest movie stars of his time, his mega fame came after his passing – when he evolved into the embodiment of the “live fast, die young” cliché.

Then we headed off, proceeding up the coast to San Simeon where the experience was impressive in a far different way. And just a bit more expensive.

Besides, I’d never been able to understand the actual mechanics of the crash itself. At least not until I stood there, across the street from a sign that reads “James Dean Memorial Junction.” Not until I’d actually visited the highway where Dean came speeding down a grade in his Porsche Spyder and I was able to look at the very spot where the other car pulled in front of him. Only then did I finally comprehend how the whole accident unfolded. How Dean attempted a last-second racing maneuver, how the cars collided and how Dean’s crushed Spyder bounced off, cartwheeling several times before coming to a stop. And how a legend was born. We took photos, of course. But we also shared a moment of reflection for a giant talent gone too soon. “Rebel Without a Cause,” indeed. 40


I didn’t know what to expect from Hearst Castle. I had first seen “Citizen Kane” sometime in the early 1970s, in a special screening held at San Diego State University. I’d arrived just as the film was starting and, while stumbling to find a seat in the dark, was lulled into a near drowse by the slow and gloomy “Rosebud” opening. Then, just as my eyes were starting to droop, I was nearly knocked from my seat when the movie’s tone changed and the mock newscaster blared out “News … on the march!” I was transfixed. And I remained so for the rest of the 119-minute running time, which is exactly what you’d expect from one of the greatest films ever made. And now, some four and a half decades later, I was again fully awake while visiting the place that inspired it all. We’d stayed the previous night at a motel in San Simeon, an unincorporated beach town boasting a population of less than 500. Located along scenic State Route 101, almost midway between

San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Simeon’s main claim to fame is what is now officially called Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument. The castle itself sits amid the hills, some five miles to the town’s northeast. After parking at the visitors’ center, we made our way to the ticket counter. Dave had arranged reservations for us, a recommended approach given the site’s popularity. We opted to buy tickets for the Grand Rooms Tour ($26 for adults, $12 for children), which provides guided access to the main building and a free run of the immediate grounds. Tickets in hand, we boarded buses that chugged up the winding, narrow road that leads to the estate itself. On the way, we learned how Hearst’s father had purchased the original 40,000-acre ranch in 1865, how Hearst had camped there as a child and how he’d inherited it from his mother. How in 1919 he’d hired noted architect Julia Morgan to design a “bungalow” that would let him stay at the property without having to camp out. And how, by 1947 when Hearst’s declining health forced him to leave, the construction still hadn’t been completed – largely because Morgan’s original design had morphed into something far more grand, eventually encompassing 127 of the Hearst ranch’s total acreage.

All by itself, the main residence – known as Casa Grande – boasts 38 bedrooms, 42 bathrooms and 30 fireplaces. Add in the massive swimming pools, both outdoor and indoor, and the guest residences – not to mention the artwork that Hearst had collected over the decades – and you have an estate that ranks with anything any U.S. tycoon has ever imagined, much less built. But even with all that, not to mention a view that extends to the Pacific Ocean, the most impressive aspect to Hearst Castle is the feel of the place. As we drove away, back to Santa Ynez and a round of cold beers, my imagination ran wild. I wondered what it might have been like to be an invited guest of Hearst’s, dining with and/or performing for the entertainment of my host. Or to be Hearst himself, standing at a table large enough to host a polo match and reigning over his media empire. In whatever scenario, I knew this: Hearst Castle has a feel of magic. Given the grave tone of Welles’ film, you might even suspect the place is haunted with a bit of black magic. Seems appropriate. In that case, anyway, James Dean’s ghost would feel right at home. P

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If the cost or planning of your upcoming vacation is stressing you out, maybe it’s time to rethink your journey-to-relaxation strategy.

you plan to do something, you’re much more likely to do it. Here are some ideas to get you started:

A great alternative is the increasingly-popular staycation. After all, most people have too many to-dos that they haven’t done in their own hometown’s backyard. And bonus, you don’t have to board a plane to get there, which seems like a good place to cut back when 57 percent of American travelers say that airports are their biggest vacation stressor, according to a Mastercard survey.

See a play. Winner of 150 local, state, regional, and national awards, the Spokane Civic Theatre is ranked No. 40 on TripAdvisor among 103 Spokane attractions. Established in 1947, the Civic is one of the oldest community theatres in the country and puts on everything from locally-written screenplays to Broadway standbys. Coming up is “Dial M for Murder” in late March, and “Hello, Dolly” takes the stage in May.

What’s more, you’ll be supporting your local businesses and getting to know your community just a little bit better. So uncork the bubbly and let the affordable and stress-free (at least, that’s the goal) planning begin. Chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the affordable fun to be had.

Decide on a Budget

With airfare out of the equation, chances are you may have a little more cushion to splurge on other things. Maybe you choose to stay at home all or part of your staycation, but you decide that hiring a maid service to start your week with a fresh, clean slate – mints on the pillow, folded towel animals and all – is reasonable to you.

Take a ride. More specifically, take The SkyRide (Riverfront Park Gondolas), “One of the Top-12 Scenic Cable Rides in the World,” as rated in 2013 by Conde Nast. Closed during the Park’s remodel, it’s slated to open again in March 2018, wowing riders with breathtaking views of the second longest urban falls in the U.S. Marvel at the stars. If gazing at the stars is a favorite pastime of your family’s, visit the Spokane Falls Community College Planetarium as an astronomer guides you through the current night’s sky, followed by a “full-dome movie.” Experience history. Stay at “Spokane’s only true historic boutique hotel,” the Montvale, known for its rich history and unique personality. Originally opened in 1899, The Montvale rented single occupancy rooms for $2 a night during Expo ’74.

Or perhaps you decide that Or stay at the award-winning Historic instead of staying at a fancy Davenport Hotel, Washington’s finest hotel, you’ll stay at a nice – and one of the most haunted – but affordable hotel so you hotels. Originally opened in 1914, can spend more money on it has welcomed the likes of Amelia activities or shopping. Earhart, John Travolta and Taylor Remember the key Swift, as well as many others. Turnbull - Ducks - by Tom Munson here is low-stress, and However, if you see a woman in the when you plan to stay mezzanine in vintage 1920’s dress, it’s likely not an actress in period in your budget, chances are you’re much more likely to do so. costume.

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Plan for Fun

According to the Huffington Post, research reveals that the best and happiest vacations for 90 percent of people were planned more than one month in advance. Therefore, put on your tourist glasses and go online or grab some Visit Spokane brochures. Then, with a fresh perspective, plan – with input from everyone involved – what you’re going to do. Like budgeting, if

While you’re downtown… explore The Cork District, made up of 15 award-winning wineries, catch the Spokane Symphony at the historic Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Or head a little further west to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture to participate in the Titanic Exhibit (open through May 20) where you’ll assume the role of a real Titanic passenger and follow their chronological journey aboard the Titanic. Walk the neighborhood. Visit one of Spokane’s many charming neighborhoods, such as the “Norman Rockwell-ish” South Perry District, the premier, riverfront, urban neighborhood Kendall Yards or the delightfully friendly, vintage community of The Garland District. All offer fun shopping, good eats, great drinks and most of all, great community. Get back to nature. If tall trees, tall grasses and wildlife sounds like just what you need, visit the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge in Cheney, Wash. With “characteristics that distinguish it from natural reserves worldwide” Turnbull is home to 45 species of mammals including Rocky Mountain elk, moose, cougar, reptiles and flying squirrels. P February/March 2018



By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

Mixing Up Modern Meals

Unique recipes, format makes cooking appeal to all ages

By Theresa Tanner There’s always a bit of a twist when it comes to the cooking classes hosted by Chef Amanda Hillmann of Modernist Cooks & Catering. She puts a Thai spin on Vietnamese pho by adding peanut butter to her broth, and speeds up the cooking process – an authentic pho can simmer for hours to bring out all the flavors – with a Korean beef stock. She highlights vegan-ized versions of classic comforts, like lasagna and Kung Pao “Beef.”



And the recipes aren’t the only unique aspects of her classes. You’ll also find specific classes for kids, date nights and even speed dating for singles. Hillman herself picked up her initial interest in cooking through her mother, calling her one of the best cooks in the local Thai community. Her first job was at Sala Thai in Airway Heights as a teenager. After working at a few other establishments, she studied at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, graduating four years ago. Hillmann opened Modernist Cooks & Catering in mid-2017. She wanted to spend more time with family, and thought the business would allow more time to focus on her son than a chef’s schedule at a restaurant. Along with catering events for up to 150 people, she wanted bring an appreciation for food and cooking to young people. She was especially inspired by a Google search for home economics. “I thought, I could totally teach in a setting like that,” Hillmann. She wanted to specifically address kids’ lack of food knowledge.

their own beverages and to share as a group. In both her adult and children’s classes, Hillmann has seen lots of repeat students, and she hopes to add advanced classes that will follow her students’ progress, hopefully preparing some of them enough to achieve higher-end, restaurant-level cooking.

“It can be hard for new chefs to get their names out there. I think they’ll find our outlet valuable to get their cuisine noticed,” she said. She’d also like to host a multi-day summer camp for this year, where kids can learn to cook while enjoying the camp environment and activities.

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Hillmann wants kids to get comfortable in the kitchen, and emphasizes the skills and activity of cooking. Her young students, ages 6 to 12, are rewarded for completed cooking tasks with stickers.

Gourmet Way 8222 N. Government Way, Hayden (208) 762-1333

Along with learning new recipes and techniques, Hillmann hopes her students are entertained and enjoy themselves. At the end of every class, the group sits down together to enjoy a meal; students are encouraged to bring

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“I’ve seen a lot of relationships built from the classes,” she said.


Looking ahead this year, Hillmann hopes more chefs will join as teachers to highlight their abilities and build a reputation.

“They don’t really have those [cooking] skills, and they’re scared to try new things. It’s not a good way to live.”

Adult students in her specialty classes find a different kind of reward: new friends. Whether it’s a class specifically targeting singles or a general cooking class, Hillmann will often have people work in groups, so the cooking experience is a communal, team effort.


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best brunch spots in Spokane

Tamale waffle, one of the signature dishes at the new Bruncheonette, (Adriana Janovich / The Spokesman-Review)

By Adriana Janovich

Brunch is the best. Part breakfast, part lunch and savory as well as sweet, the casual, leisurely late-morning meal that lets you sleep in. That’s one of the loveliest things about it. Well-rested and relaxed, you’re ready to celebrate the end of a long week with one of the most diverse and decadent array of menu items – from hearty egg dishes to pancakes, crepes and cinnamon rolls that feel more like dessert than a main dish. Laid-back, boozy and better with friends or family, brunch is generally observed on Saturday or Sunday – when most people have the day off. Another perk: day-drinking – even, um, midmorningdrinking – is perfectly acceptable. So spots with bottomless beverages are preferable.

HISTORIC DAVENPORT HOTEL 10 S. Post St. Spokane’s signature Sunday brunch buffet features a chocolate fountain, carved-to-order prime rib, cheese, charcuterie, seafood, housemade desserts and bottomless mimosas or sparkling wine. If more booze is required, consider tacking on a trip to the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for $10. Otherwise, brunch is $49.95 per person or $21 for children 6 to 12. (Children under 6 eat for free.) Large parties are welcome. Reservations are encouraged. The price goes up to $64.95 per person for adults for 46


special event brunches, including Mother’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day and Thanksgiving. Sit in a spacious gilt ballroom or enjoy the elegance of the restored 1914 lobby while sitting at a table by the fireplace. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The last seating is at 12:45 p.m. Call (509) 789-6848. www.

CHAPS 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. Tucked away in the Latah neighborhood near the base of Eagle Ridge development, this popular café and bakery offers ample portions of modern American comfort food. The ambiance is eclectic farmhouse with a whimsical, modern-vintage vibe, accented with sparkly chandeliers, antique cake stands, chalkboards and Mason jars. Come hungry, and nosh on a generous almond croissant while waiting for the café’s signature custard-style baked oatmeal, omelets, array of other egg dishes, three kinds of French toast – blueberry muffin, bananas foster, regular – and more. When the weather’s warm, opt for sunlit seating in the garden out front. Call (509) 624-4182.

LUNA 5620 S. Perry St. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday at this longtime South Hill establishment with a contemporary and elegant French farmhouse chic look and feel. Start with beignets to share before opting for one of all sorts of egg dishes – eggs

Luna is at 5620 S. Perry St. on Spokane’s South Hill. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Florentine, eggs Benedict, crab Benedict, chilaquiles, smoked salmon scramble – or a hearty sandwich such as the $17 Luna burger with Kobe beef, bacon, balsamic onions, white cheddar and mustard aioli on a brioche bun. Mimosas aren’t bottomless, but you can get them by the carafe for $28. When the weather’s warm, sit outside on the vine-covered patio. Call (509) 448-2383.

ITALIA TRATTORIA 144 S. Cannon St. This modern Italian restaurant in the heart of historic Browne’s Addition becomes very busy for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. It’s especially busy during warm-weather weekends, when the dining room’s roll-top doors open onto South Cannon Street and seating in the sunny courtyard becomes particularly popular. Start with zeppole, or Italian doughnuts, and one of the special brunch libations – from Alps coffee with hazelnut liqueur and whipped cream to a pomegranate Bellini, scratch-made Bloody Mary, mimosa with fresh orange juice and Prosecco, or Good Morning Sunshine with gin, Aperol and fresh orange juice. Move on to brioche French toast, baked eggs with crispy polenta or the hearty farmer’s breakfast with white bean-and-tomato ragu, housemade Italian sausage and fried eggs. Other offerings include eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine Benedict, a Caprese omelet, Italian frittata and spaghetti. Call (509) 459-6000.

BRUNCHEONETTE 1011 W. Broadway Ave. This newer brunch spot just north of the Monroe Street Bridge and Kendall Yards offers a clean and contemporary vibe with chalkboards and succulents and, perhaps the best part, brunch seven days a week. Brunch is all they do at Bruncheonette. That includes cinnamon-brown sugar waffles with vanilla whipped cream, biscuits and gravy, hearty corned beef or verde hash, chilaquiles with smoked tomato salsa, and bacon pancakes topped with candied walnuts, bourbon butter and maple syrup. Look, also, for chicken and waffles, chicken fried steak, Monte Cristo French toast and the signature $12.50 tamale waffle with green onion, cheddar, spiced shredded beef, cherry tomatoes, pickled jalapeno, lettuce and crema. Call (509) 443-5968. www.

THE YARDS BRUNCHEON 1248 W. Summit Parkway, is light, bright and beachy – with blackand-white tiled floors, aquamarine-colored walls and mid-century modern-inspired tables, chairs and booths. Open daily in Kendall Yards since early 2014, this contemporary American diner specializes in brunch. Menu items are a mix of modern twists on classic breakfast and lunch dishes – including an array of omelets, three varieties of eggs Benedict, cinnamon roll and buttermilk pancakes, corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos, fajitas and a burrito. Starters include fresh apple doughnuts

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The Yards Bruncheon in Kendall Yards serves a chicken-and-waffles dish with breaded boneless chicken breast on a Belgian waffle, with maple syrup over everything. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

and avocado toast. On the savory lunch side, there’s a variety of sandwiches, such as the $12.99 Brunch Burger on a French toast bun with beef, bacon and egg. On the sweeter side, there’s a bacon-maple waffle with pecan butter and maple syrup, wild huckleberry pancakes and a Dutch baby with lemon, butter and powdered sugar. Call (509) 290-5952.

CENTRAL FOOD 1335 W. Summit Parkway. The first restaurant to locate in Kendall Yards serves up a spectacular view with its brunch, best enjoyed on the patio overlooking the Centennial Trail, Spokane River and downtown skyline. Menu items include an eclectic mix of American and Asian-inspired dishes. Look for a red miso scramble with scallions and a cucumber salad, Korean pork sandwich with turmeric onions and Sriracha mayo, and bibimbap with kimchee, tri-tip beef, pickled onions, spinach, jasmine rice and over-easy egg. There’s a hearty breakfast gumbo and smoked pork shoulder hash, both topped with an over-easy egg. The Pacific Northwest lentil bowl features golden beets, spinach, lentils and more. And, on the sweeter side, try the honey-bourbon-pecan-butter French toast. Call (509) 315-8036.

DOWNRIVER GRILL 3315 W. Northwest Blvd. Located along the main drag in the Audubon neighborhood, this contemporary upscale eatery features brunch on weekends. Reservations are recommended. So are the Gorgonzola criss-cross-cut fries with fresh herbs and black 48


pepper. There’s a half-page of boozy brunch beverages – from a French 75 to the signature Bloody Mary. Mimosas are $8; refills are $4. They come in the traditional orange-juice-and-sparklingwine combination as well as grapefruit or cranberry-orange – and more. Start with housemade croissant doughnuts. Other sweetside menu items include chai-spiced pancakes and spiced apple French toast bread pudding. There’s a variety of egg dishes and sandwiches, including a Southwest scramble with guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas and chorizo; breakfast Reuben with corned beef, scrambled eggs and sauerkraut on marbled rye; and the McD.R.G. with avocado, tomato, basil, an over-easy egg, Parmigiano Reggiano and pancetta on a corn souffle. The California Benedict comes on the same souffle with peppered bacon, avocado, grilled tomatoes, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Leaning more toward lunch? Opt for the $14.50 Chipotle Barbecue Burger with bacon, caramelized onion, roasted garlic aioli and Gorgonzola. Make it more breakfast-y by adding a fried egg for $2. Call (509) 323-1600.

THE BLACKBIRD TAVERN AND KITCHEN 905 N. Washington St. This contemporary restaurant with a Southern twist specializes in smoky, filling fare and generous portions. Located in the historic Broadview Dairy building just north of downtown and done in red, black and white, Blackbird pays homage to executive chef Molly Patrick’s Georgia roots. Look for cheddar grits with smoked brisket or shrimp and a poached egg, biscuits and brisket gravy, burnt ends hash and toad

in a hole with sourdough bread, sage-and-juniper bacon and a fried egg. On the sweeter side, find a sourdough and ricotta pancakes, brioche French toast and a Dutch baby with charred mandarin oranges candied lemon peel butter, powdered sugar and maple syrup. Call (509) 392-4000.

RUINS 825 N. Monroe St. Chef-owner Tony Brown is difficult to pin down. He changes his dinner menu about once a week, and it’s no different for brunch at his cozy art deco diner just north of the Monroe Street bridge. Brunch is Sunday only, and specials usually riff off of previous week’s offerings. Dishes are eclectic, creative and made from scratch. Call (509) 443-5606.

LUIGI’S 245 W. Main Ave. This longtime Italian restaurant in downtown Spokane – it’s been here since 1988 – recently started offering Sunday brunch. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children 12 and under. Children under 5 eat for free. Offerings include an omelet bar as well as eggs cooked to order, a carving station, pastries, desserts and a salad bar with fruit, Waldorf and pasta salads. Brunch comes with sparkling wine or a mimosa. Reservations are recommended. Call (509) 624-5226.

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OLD EUROPEAN 7640 N. Division St. This restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch. So, brunch. And, it’s open seven days a week. Start with the Danish aebelskivers, which come in original, blueberry or sausage and Havarti, or a combination, and are based on a family recipe that Grandma Marie brought to America from the Old Country in 1908. On the sweeter side, there’s coconut macademia nut French toast with bananas, whipped cream and coconut syrup. On the savory side, opt for steak and eggs, Hungarian goulash or German potato pancakes with sausage, applesauce and sour cream. Look, also, for Swedish crepes, Dutch babies, no fewer than seven kinds of eggs Benedict and 11 omelets, and stuffed French toast or hot cakes with sausage, bacon or ham and scrambled eggs. Call (509) 467-5987. Or, visit the Spokane Valley location at 517 N. Pines Road, (509) 891-7662, or in Post Falls at 1710 E Schneidmiller Ave., (208) 777-2017 P

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Almond Avocado Matcha From This nutty green smoothie is said to help reduce inflammation. 1 cup vanilla almond milk 1 cup ice 1 1/2 ounces red lettuce 1 pear, chopped 1/2 avocado, pitted 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 teaspoon matcha Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Yield: 1 serving

Easy Strawberry Smoothie From If your berries are on the tart side, you may need to amp up the sweetener. 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, plus more if needed 8 fresh or frozen strawberries 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla) Honey, to taste Ice, optional Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust with more almond milk and honey if needed. Yield: 1 serving

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By Adriana Janovich

It’s tough being a banana-hating smoothie-lover. Bananas add creaminess, giving smoothies an almost milkshake-like quality. And they’re tucked into most smoothie recipes or smoothies at juice bars. But other ingredients could work, too – avocado, mango, apple, frozen fruits and berries, Greek yogurt, silken tofu, nut butter, or soaked cashews or almonds, oats or chia seeds or a combination. Start with a liquid base – about 1 cup – of fruit juice, cold tea, coconut water, milk or nut milk, even plain water. Toss in a couple of fruits and veggies: spinach, kale, pear, pineapple, peach. Then thicken it up, and – if you’d like – use honey, maple syrup, agave or dates to sweeten it up. For added brightness or flavor, consider lemon or lime, vanilla or almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, mint, parsley or cilantro. 50


2 cups blueberries 1 apple, chopped 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar 1 cup ice Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, drizzle some honey on top. Yield: 2 servings

Chia Berry Smoothie From 1 cup frozen mixed berries 1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice 1/2 cup water 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Top with an extra sprinkle of chia seeds if you wish. Yield: 1 serving

Berry Mango Kale Smoothie From 2/3 cup orange juice 1 cup fresh kale leaves 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries 1 cup frozen mango chunks 1/2 -1 cup water, as desired 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide mixture into 3 glasses and serve immediately. Yield: 3 servings

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