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¡œ”ŽŒ¤ŽŠ¦¤®’Š¡Ž¨Žš“š‘Žš—ŠšŒ Project Beauty Share and Washington Trust Bank hosted the first ever Evening en Blanc on Sunday, Aug. 26. Inspired by the beauty and spectacle of the international phenomenon “Diner en Blanc,” the outdoor event shut down Summit Boulevard in Kendall Yards and treated the sold-out crowd of 300 guests, dressed in all white, to a stunning white tablescape, wine paired with an elegant picnic dinner, silent auction and more.

The event raised more than $105,000 to support Project Beauty Share’s mission. The local non-profit organization, founded in 2009, collects and distributes personal hygiene, cosmetics and beauty products to more than 50 local agencies that serve women and families overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness, illness and poverty. Project Beauty Share contributed over 40,000 pounds of products in 2017 and is on trend to top that by 40 percent in 2018. Photo by Erick Doxey Photography.

Upcoming Events Friday, Nov. 9

Vitalant 37th annual Epicurean Delight epicureandelight.org

Saturday, Nov. 17

Spokane Humane Society FurrBall spokanehumanesociety.org

Sunday, Nov. 24

Kootenai Health Foundation Festival of Trees Gala kootenaihealthfoundation.org

If your local organization is hosting a benefit or gala that you would like to see in PHILANTHROPY SPOTLIGHT, please email platinum@spokesman.com with event information (inclusion is subject to space).

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Volume 2, Issue 7

Publisher William Stacey Cowles

Director of Marketing & Business Development Kathleen Coleman Director of Sales Daniel Fritts Managing Editor Theresa Tanner

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Art Director/Designer Anne Potter Contributors Don Adair Jean Arthur Sarah Bain Joe Butler Staci Lehman Cheryl-Anne Millsap Dan Webster Tricia Jo Webster The Spokesman-Review Editorial Team Adriana Janovich adrianaj@spokesman.com Advertising Bill Davidson

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There’s something about fall that turns me into a homebody. The cold weather and dark evenings make me want to hibernate under a comfy knit blanket with a mug of hot tea until spring blossoms. It’s the perfect season to binge watch the latest streamable offerings (a gritty reboot of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” a la “Riverdale”? Yes, please, Netflix!), warm and cozy by the fire as the Northwest winds and rains dance outside. I love making sure my house is set up for optimal indoor living. More time inside always seems to lead me to organize and rearrange my closets, as boots and jackets take center stage and sandals and sundresses are banished until next summer. We stock up on candles and keep plenty of snacks and games on hand, just in case another wind or ice storm wreaks havoc with the power. And yet, there’s always something that pulls me outside. Scrumptious meals with friends and families. A walk through the city to enjoy the

colorful displays of lights. Sledding after the first real snow fall of the year. For some, the winter season draws us even farther away from home. Many travel to visit relatives for the holidays, while others may journey around the world to experience a snippet of life in another country. The shortest days of the year can signify the biggest adventures for globetrotters. It’s a time to meet people from all walks of life, whether you’re on a train in India or in a horse-drawn sleigh in Montana. At home or abroad, the joys to be had at this time of year are plentiful. It could be as small and simple as a songbird finding shelter in your winter garden, or as big and extravagant as the bow you may place on a shiny new luxury car. Enjoy it, and all the moments in between.

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CONTENTS

LOOK 6

Selvedge denim

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Jeans for every body

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LEISURE Holiday fun in the Northwest

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New pots for your pantry

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Luxury cars for Christmas

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Thankgiving remix

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Game time

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Savory or sweet galettes

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Exploring Big Sky

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Make over your mudroom

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Stroll through Memphis

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Songbirds in winter

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A visit to India

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Gifts that sparkle Finding new frames

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There’s an art to packing. Can you get by without checking a bag? Or do you think that the point of a 6-pieced matched luggage set is to fill it? For all your travels, here are a few essential items you want to keep close at hand.

Tickets, Please Feeling Clean A 3.4 oz. bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer is a must-have. A few other everyday necessities: Handi wipes, lip balm with SPF, over-the-counter pain reliever, Band-Aids, cough drops and/or breath mints.

Stema Collection Family Passport Holder

Especially if you’re traveling with kids, a well-organized travel wallet can be a lifesaver. They’re small enough to fit in a purse, but many can hold multiple passports with designated pockets for money, boarding passes, important travel documents and even your phone.

You’re A Card Stash a deck of cards in your bag in case of delayed flights or dead cell phone batteries. You can play Solitaire by yourself, and group games. Or you can practice magic tricks. Ted Baker London Babylon Leather Travel Wallet

Containing Tech You know those “gift with purchase” cosmetic bags you get at makeup counters? They are perfect for wrangling the bundle of laptop cords, phone chargers, headphones and other techy items in your bag.

Something Snacky Instead of relying on the airport snack bar, pack a few hearty, non-perishable snacks to get you through those long stretches between meals. Things like jerky meat, mixed nuts and dried fruit will give you more energy than processed candy and chips.

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Customize your style with selvedge denim jeans By Theresa Tanner

If you’re looking for a no-frills jean at a reasonable price-point, Nick Lewis, owner of Kingsley & Scout on North Monroe, can’t say enough about The Unbranded Brand jeans ($88). The company uses highquality, rope-dyed raw selvedge denim made on shuttle looms in Japan. These looms produce small batches of fabric woven with a self-edge, or selvedge.

Another Japanese selvedge denim brand available at Kingsley & Scout is Naked & Famous Denim, which has a few more bells and whistles – and a price tag to match. Lewis says that some of their jeans are even collector’s items, like Chinese New Year Earth Dog ($160), which features details like contrast stitching, red pocket bags and a red metallic foil custom leather patch.

“If you’re into the denim scene, Japan is where you get it,” Lewis said. The only selvedge denim mill in the United States, Cone Mills, closed last year.

But Lewis’s favorite item in the store is the Unbranded UB901 14.5oz Japanese selvedge denim jacket ($135). He calls it a modern update of the classic Levi’s Type III design from the 1960s, with slimmer arms and a more tailored fit.

Raw denim is unwashed and untreated, so the color will fade and crease naturally with wear. The weight associated with raw denim is based on weight by square yard of material, which relates to the density of the yarn in the fabric. A heavyweight denim, up to 32 oz., can stand on its own. A heavier weighted denim “takes longer to break in, but it lasts longer too,” said Lewis. He keeps a worn-in pair of Unbranded jeans on hand to show customers what will happen to the denim over a few months.

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Rather than following fashion fads, Kingsley & Scout carries jeans with classic silhouettes. Lewis encourages customers to try on the jeans, and tell him what they like or don’t like about the fit, so he can find something that suits what they’re looking for and their body type. “I don’t make the choices for them,” Lewis said.

Kingsley & Scout 2810 N. Monroe St. (509) 251-7781 kingsleyandscout.com


The Unbranded Brand UB622 Relaxed Tapered Fit 11oz Indigo Stretch Selvedge Denim

Naked & Famous Chinese New Year Earth Dog 12.5oz Japanese Selvedge Denim

The Unbranded Brand UB901 14.5oz Indigo Selvedge Denim Jacket

Kingsley & Scout has a small bar in the back of the shop. Thursdays are $1 beer day. November 2018

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The Skinny on Jeans

Liverpool Studded Denim Jacket

Judy Blue Curvy High Rise Jeans

By Theresa Tanner

This season, women’s jeans are available in just about every wash and color. Jani Davis, owner of Jema Lane Boutique in Spokane Valley, which recently moved to a new location, says colored jeans are “in” this fall, and specifically loves these rust-colored Dear John skinny jeans with a mid-rise waist. As you may have guessed, skinny jeans are still a big hit because they work so well with winter’s favorite footwear: boots! You’ll also see more flared and bootcut jeans with a high waist, as well as cropped jeans with frayed hems this season. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit distressed, Davis recommended Kancan 5 Button Distressed Hem jeans. They have great stretch, a high waistband and a distressed hemline that “adds just the right amount of flair.” 8

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Jema Lane carries a number of jean brands, as well as plenty of tops, shoes and accessories to complete any ensemble. It’s also known for carrying a range of sizes, from XS to 3XL, and carries specific pieces to create outfits just for “curvy” body types, like Judy Blue Curvy High Rise Jeans. “Finding a great pair of jeans is always a challenge,” said Davis. “Curvy girls can have current, trendy jeans!” One of the best denim items for fall is a jean jacket, perfect for layered looks on chilly days. Jema Lane carries a studded jean jacket from Liverpool Jeans, which Davis calls “their tried and true brand of denim.” With studded detailing and a patterned lining, this jacket is unique and comfy.


Kancan 5 Button Distressed Hem Jeans

Dear John Jeans in Rust

Jema Lane highlights new merchandise on its social media with outďŹ t ideas and fun styling videos.

Jema Lane Boutique 323 S. Pines Road (509) 321-2330 jemalane.com

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Unwrap Something Pretty By Theresa Tanner

The phrase “Good things come in small packages” was probably coined by a jeweler during the holiday season. And, honestly, we agree! While the young ones in your family might jump for joy at a sight of a gift under the tree that’s twice their size, we grown-ups know that a palm-sized box is the sign of something sparkly, shiny and special. If you’re looking for something with “a pop of color,” Jewelry Design Center Assistant Manager Conner Puyear says that a statement piece featuring gemstones like emeralds and sapphires is a popular gift choice. Mikimoto Pearl Bracelet Available at Jewelry Design Center

At Coeur d’Alene Fine Jewelers, owner and master bench jeweler Gary Bower is anticipating a delivery of Idaho garnet out of the Lewiston area this season that can be used to make a variety of custom pieces featuring the bold, red gem. It’s also

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the birthstone for January, if you have any birthdays to celebrate in the new year. At Tracy Jewelers in Spokane Valley, a few popular colors offered this season by one of their featured designers, Tacori, are amethyst, black onyx and blue topaz. Another classic centerpiece for a piece of holiday jewelry: pearl. Rather than a string of pearls, Puyear says many buyers select A single stone on a white gold chain or bracelet. If you still want a little color with your pearls, Tahitian pearls come in a variety of hues, although they are sometimes called black pearls. A mabé pearl with an iridescent peacock hue, set in 18kt gold necklace with diamond accents, is a striking example at Coeur d’Alene Fine Jewelers. Along with colorful gemstones, mixing metals remains popular, especially in rings. Look for more yellow gold this season, especially when paired with sterling silver or white gold. Rose gold continues to be popular, both in fashion pieces and bridal jewelry. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the most popular

Beverley K Sapphire and Diamond Earrings Available at Jewelry Design Center

Tacori Amethyst Necklace Available at Tracy Jewelers

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Tacori Blue Topaz Earrings Available at Tracy Jewelers

Diamond and Rose Gold Necklace Available at Tracy Jewelers

jewelry purchases made during this time of year. Engagement rings are always a big seller during the holiday season, as families are often gathered together and already in a celebratory mood. Tracy Jewelers carries 12 different designers in bridal jewelry and uses CAD software to customize a ring, giving a buyer a hand in the design. Puyear says that Jewelry Design Center has engagement rings ready to buy day-of, but customizes designs as well.

Tacori Onyx Ring Available at Tracy Jewelers

All the jewelers contacted for this article recommended placing a custom order, whether a diamond engagement ring or a multi-diamond necklace, at least four weeks in advance of giving … so get going if you want to make that Christmas or New Year’s deadline! If you’re thinking of purchasing jewelry for a loved one, Maureen Tracy, former Tracy Jewelers owner (her nephew Sean Tracy became owner three years ago) and jewelry appraiser, has a few questions she’ll ask to help find the right piece. “If a husband is buying for a wife, I’ll ask if she wears a ring currently, and what kind of metal and stone? Does she usually wear studs or big earrings? I’m trying to get a sense of her style,” she said. Take note of these details before you begin shopping, and maybe bring a current photo on your phone to help staff literally put a face to the name.

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Mixed Metal Rings Available at Coeur d’Alene Fine Jewelers


John Hardy Legends Naga

MADE FOR MEN The jewelry industry skews toward the female demographic, but men enjoy a little bling now and then. Many jewelers have expanded beyond silver and gold in terms of materials. Tracy Jewelers carries Benchmark rings made in contemporary metals like Tantalum and Black Titanium. For the outdoorsy types, Jewelry Design Center offers men’s rings with a custom inlay of wood, antlers or turquoise. Two collections by Tacori, Monterey Roadster and Retro Classic (available at Tracy Jewelers), feature jewelry for men including sterling silver cuffs, rings, cuff links and tie bars showcasing gemstones with a more masculine edge, like tiger iron and sky blue hematite. The John Hardy sterling silver collection Legends Naga, available at Jewelry Design Center, draws inspiration from the mythical dragon in bracelets, necklaces, rings and cuff links for men.

Tacori Tiger Iron Ring

Benchmark Gold and Black Titanium Ring

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Open Your Eyes to New Eyewear By Sarah Bain

Although it’s a corrective necessity for many, eyewear is also a fashion accessory. Like everything we wear, glasses communicate a lot about our personality. And like changes in fashion trends, glasses go through their own transitions in style. Dustin Rowen, an optometric technician at Garland Vision Source (521 W. Garland Ave., Spokane), sees a lot of customers who want to accessorize with glasses. “It’s really all about the personality behind it,” Rowen said. “Some people want a really bold look when they are on personal time.” If they’re speaking in public or on stage, he says, “they may want something less intrusive that doesn’t draw away the focus from (their message).” Lately, Rowen says he’s seen more and more customers looking for hipster, vintage and retro trendy styles. “In Spokane, you see a lot of people these days wanting to step outside of the box,” Rowen noted. Geometric shapes are often popular, as they allow you to find something with a little more cut that follows the eyebrow and the cheekbone. Glasses in a retro style in unexpected materials or colors, like a two-toned wayfarer or unusual patterns on frames with a clean line, are also on trend. 14

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Perhaps more notable than the individual frame designs is that it’s not at all unusual for people to have two or more sets of frames – maybe a bold purple pair for the club and cool, clear frames for their TED talk. Plus, you may want a pair of sunglasses for driving and weekends at the lake or on the slopes. Indeed, Dr. Heavin Maier, founder of Eyes for Life (412 E. 30th Ave., Spokane), says that most people have at least two pair of glasses, which is especially true as we age. She says a lot of people have a pair of progressive, no-line bifocals as well as a pair of prescription sunglasses. And even people who wear contacts “should have at least one pair of backup glasses” to give their eyes some relief. While contacts are better than ever, Dr. Maier says glasses are still an essential item to keep close at hand. One thing almost everyone can agree on is that finding glasses that are the right fit for you is always on trend. At Garland Vision Source, staff customizes the shape of the frames to each individual patient. This is why Rowen thinks is so important to pick your glasses and get fitted professionally at an eyewear and optician shop. In addition to knowing what’s trendy, their focus is to listen to a customer’s needs to find the right pair of frames.


It’s not just frame choice that matters when it comes to finding just the right look. Color, texture, size and bridge fit all play a major role in choosing the right eyewear. That’s why you should experiment and try things on that you might not expect, because the isolated frames just don’t look the same on the shelf as they will on your face. This is where your local eyewear team has an advantage over ordering cheap frames online. Instead of guessing what will work based on a photo, you can see the frames on your face and tell immediately if they are right for you. If you’re flummoxed, the staff is ready to help you find just the right frames to complement your look. Sometimes it’s not so much that you select your perfect glasses from the broad array of styles offered by competing eyewear companies. If you open yourself up to something new and trendy, it might just be a matter of your new glasses selecting you.

The Future of Frames These trends are so new that they might be difficult to find at local optometry shops, but with enough interest, retailers may be motivated to bring these cutting-edge styles and options to the Spokane area. If one-of-a-kind is your trademark, you’ll no doubt be excited to learn that 3D printed frames are the next big thing. Technology and standards are still in their infancy, but how cool would a completely customized pair of frames be, from color and style to monogrammed details on earpieces? Another trend in frames is wood or bamboo. If you love the outdoors or have a more downto-earth style, the unusual textures and patterns of woodgrain lend a subtle “wow” factor to your look. Along with sustainable wood, brands around the world are investing in frames from recycled materials. Repurposing everything from vinyl records and denim to fishing nets and paper, these frames are creative conversations pieces that make you feel good. If reducing waste is important to you, ask your optometrist if they carry any recycled frames. They may just expand their inventory options based on your interest!

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It’s that time of year again when the walk-in/walk-out area of your home known as “the mudroom” really starts to earn its name. But this space doesn’t have to be a hallway to hide a mess of wet coats and dirty boots. With a little planning, it can be as functional and personalized as the rest of your home. And it can be a space that actually makes you get organized!. When planning a layout, think about materials that are durable and easily maintained. Your floor will likely see dirt, mud, water, snow and maybe a few paw prints. Some of the best surfaces for floors are tile or linoleum, even if the rest of your home has beautiful wood floors. Avoid wood or laminate floors because you might see standing water and other damaging grit and grime dragged in from the great outdoors.

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Protect your walls with a treatment such as wainscoting or similar covering that will cover up part of the wall up to a certain height and won’t nick or blemish quite as noticeably as painted drywall. Easily-to-clean surfaces and glossy paints will also make your life easier here in the future. One thing you’ll for sure want to have in your mudroom is an organized place for your stuff. There are many ways for storing things, but how you want to go about it depends a little bit on the size of your space, what kind of things you want to store and if you want items visible or hidden away. If you don’t mind seeing some stuff, then add some attractive hooks or hanging bars for a convenient place to hang wet


clothes and coats. Another good addition is a boot tray (or two) near the door, so you can remove wet or muddy footwear right away and keep them on a tray with a lip so melting snow and ice doesn’t puddle directly on the floor. Speaking of shoes and boots, you will want a bench to make the process of removing shoes that much easier. If you’re short on space, select a bench that includes storage, either as shelves or a lift-up seat. One clever method of storing stuff is a bit of a throwback to high school, and we love it: lockers. Get yourself a short row of lockers, and you have immediate storage that can stand the test of time. Some even include hooks for hanging hats and jackets, and everyone in the family can have their own designated storage space. November 2018

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If lockers don’t fit your style, then consider shelves that can be filled with baskets, boxes, buckets or bins. Also, think about whether you want labels on these stuff-holders. One fun idea is to use wooden drawers or boxes, then paint the fronts with chalkboard paint so you can easily switch labels whenever you need to change a bin from “Timmy’s Boots” to “Sparky’s Tennis Balls.” Speaking of Sparky, don’t forget to think about what you might need in the mudroom for your pet. If you have a dog or cat coming into the house through this area, you might want to have storage for food, toys, leashes or even special outdoor clothes, bandanas or booties. Have a space to hang a towel or two for extra rainy days. Maybe the mudroom doesn’t seem like quite the right place for it, but if you have the wall space, you might consider a well-mounted fulllength mirror. One last glance at your entire self before heading out the door to see how well your outfit works after adding jackets, coats,

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gloves and whatever else you need to face the wintery elements can be a timesaver (as well as warn you that you have a mitten stuck to your leg). Finally, if your family is anything like mine, you need a clearinghouse for messages and things that need to be dealt with. Hang a dryerase board with magnets or corkboard with tacks to share of family notices, schedules, messages or honey-dos. A pocket or basket near the message board for mail or “don’t forget!” items when you leave the house can also take a load off your to-do list. Get your whole family in the habit of checking the message board and the task basket to take an edge off the family chaos. A well-appointed mudroom can be a functional and fun part of the house. All it takes is a little planning to really make it yours.


A Bird-Friendly Winter Oasis By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

Hummingbirds and other songbirds may have flown south for winter, but a great variety of songbirds live year round in the Northwest, and sometimes they need a hand finding fresh, healthy meals during the winter. Feeding these wild birds during the cold season is both beneficial and a pleasure. And it’s easy if you follow a few simple guidelines. Tidy Isn’t Always Best While you’re getting your yard and garden ready for winter, don’t forget that wild birds feed on seeds and berries all year. Resist the

urge to tidy up the garden completely in the fall. Leave seed pods whenever possible and don’t rake away old mulch. Ground feeders like juncos depend on fallen seed during the winter months. Leave coneflower seed heads for goldfinches to find. Cut sunflower heads and hang them for natural bird feeders. Buy the Right Seed Black oil sunflower seed will draw the greatest variety of wild birds November 2018

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and it’s easy to find at nurseries and garden centers. When shopping, check the expiration date on seed bags so you don’t buy old seed. Birds are like us; they’re picky about what they eat. They like fresh seed and will discard any that has gone stale. Chickadees are especially clever. They can tell if a sunflower seed is fresh by its weight, selecting a seed and then holding it in its beak for a moment to determine freshness. If the seed is stale the bird will drop it and select another. This will go on (and on and on …) until the bird finds a seed it likes, leaving a mess of stale seeds in your yard. Store seed in an airtight container and resist the urge to buy more than you can use in a month. Feed the Right Birds English sparrows are lively and ubiquitous but they can be pests. Like starlings they will overtake feeders and drive away the songbirds you’re trying to attract. One way to discourage these sparrows is to avoid cheap mixed seed which is primarily fillers like millet and grass seed. Nuisance birds can sweep in and eat it all in no time, pushing away the more timid birds like finches and nuthatches. Feeder Maintenance During the wet winter months, you’ll have to work a little extra to keep feeders clean and free of wet or moldy seed, which can cause sickness and disease. Clean with a diluted bleach solution and rinse well, and often.

Shelter from the Storm If you have an open lawn consider creating in some kind of winter shelter for birds. Potted evergreens, branches, even recycled Christmas trees provide a windbreak and place to escape treacherous weather, as well as attacks from predators (more on that later). Birdhouses that held nests in the summer also offer protection from winter wind and storms. Plenty of Water Wild birds will eat snow for hydration, but when there is no snow it’s important to have a source of fresh water such as a heated birdbath or fountain to keep birds happy and healthy. Added Energy Birds need more than grain and water to thrive in the winter. Suet, a solidified mix of fats, is an important food source of much needed energy for winter birds. Get quality suet from a butcher to make your own suet cakes with additions of other highenergy food sources, like peanut butter and dried fruit. You can also buy pre-made cakes, but be sure to check the ingredients. Suet should be listed first; in inferior brands, the first ingredient may be corn or millet. 20

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Safety First Watching birds through a window is soothing, enlightening and entertaining. It’s important to place feeders close enough to the window to prevent strikes when birds flush, but not so close movement in the house disturbs the birds. A distance of 18 to 36 inches is recommended. Beware of Predators A feeder surrounded by chattering birds is wonderful, but for urban predators like sharp-shinned or Cooper’s hawks, it’s a diner. The hawks quickly find the busiest feeders and stake them out, especially in the winter. These hawks are unbelievably fast and can swoop in and grab a songbird in seconds.

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Placing feeders near thick shrubs and bushes will give birds a place to hide during an attack. You can also use wire caged feeders that allow access to small birds while keeping big birds out. Wait for Spring When winter finally fades away, don’t hurry to clear the flower beds. Some birds will collect nesting material among the fallen leaves and pine needles as they prepare their nests for spring. If you’re looking for more information on identifying and feeding wild birds, Cornell University’s comprehensive birding website, allaboutbirds.org, is an excellent resource.

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Art Collection Protection By Staci Lehman

Whether bought as an investment for your (or your children’s) future, or an investment in your happiness, fine art has become an increasingly popular purchase in recent years. And, as with anything you care about, you want to protect it accordingly. Which means you can’t just bring a painting home, pound in a nail and hang it on the wall. “If you’ve taken the time and energy to make the investment in your artwork, take the same time and energy to protect and care for your collection,” said Blair Williams, owner of The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, via email. Regardless of the medium, the first step in caring for your art is to consider the effect of the elements where it will be displayed. High temperatures or major variances in humidity levels are the worst offenders when it comes to causing damage. 22

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“It depends on the type of artwork (oil, acrylic, encaustic, etc.), but the general answer is that you want to keep the temperature between 70 to 75 degrees, with humidity between 40 and 50 percent – depending on the time of year,” said Williams. Direct lighting and UV rays from sunlight can also cause major wear and tear to canvases and other mediums, including fading and yellowing. “I would keep it away from direct light,” said Marshall Peterson, owner and curator at Marmot Art Space in Kendall Yards. But he emphasizes that major changes in your lifestyle shouldn’t be the result of acquiring art. “You’ve got this big house, but if you have to keep the blinds closed and change how you live on account of your art, you’re not enjoying

it as intended,” he said. Peterson says that also applies to where you display your art. “When I think ‘Danger, danger!’ – in the kitchen next to the stove is probably not where you want to hang it,” he said. “The truth is, though, that’s your piece of art and if it gives you joy to hang it next to the stove, then do it ... “People do inherit art but I personally would prefer the generation that purchased it to get the maximum enjoyment from it,” Peterson said. Displaying artwork – wherever you do it – also includes framing it appropriately. If your painting or portrait isn’t already framed, choosing a quality frame can go a long way toward preserving it.


“People often will go with cheap framing,” said Peterson . “A more expensive, quality frame keeps them in their original condition and makes them look better.” Cheap frames can tear, stretch or wrinkle canvases when they expand or contract with the weather and temperatures. Acids in the frame material can discolor paint. A good frame supports the entire package, seals in the artwork and keeps everything flat, tight and protected. They also keep art safe from dust and dirt. “Part of the dusting or cleaning process is avoiding having to do it,” said Peterson. “But if you have to, call a local art store and ask what brush to use. Or hand it over to a professional.” Williams recommends that if you do the job yourself, use a clean, soft, natural-hair artists’ brush with a 3.5- to 5-centimeter tip. She says to position the painting on a clean padded surface and hold it upright at a forward angle so dust falls away from the face of the painting. Brush slowly and gently one direction across or down the painting followed by a second brushing in the opposite direction. Don’t brush paintings with a matte surface as it can leave a permanent imprint. Also, never use dry or moist dust cloths, stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters. Threads from dust cloths may catch on raised paint, moisture may cause loss of paint and bristle-haired brushes and feather dusters can scratch the surface.

Cliff Walton with Allstate Insurance in Spokane Valley says that if you collect art as an investment, you will want to insure it beyond what your basic homeowners insurance covers. While a standard homeowners policy typically provides some coverage for personal property, it may set a dollar limit on how much it pays for valuables like jewelry and art. Scheduled personal property coverage can provide additional protection. “If you schedule an item, you get (paid for) physical damage,” said Walton. “If weevils move in on your art collection and it’s scheduled, it’s covered. If it’s not scheduled, it’s not.” If your preferred medium isn’t pictures but sculptures, insurance can take care of that too. Walton used glass as an example. “With Allstate we have fine art glass breakage coverage. So, you have a piece of Tiffany crystal. Under a basic policy, things like fire, theft, vandalism are going to replace that Tiffany crystal. If the grandkids are at the house and break it, a basic policy isn’t going to cover it, but the glass breakage policy will.” No matter what your concerns are regarding your art collection, Williams says there’s one thing to remember that can help you get all those questions answered. “Build a relationship with your gallery, just as you would your jeweler, tailor, cleaner, contractor, etc.”

Another aspect of preserving your art collection is to insure it.

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Whether it’s carving turkey, wrapping presents or creating the most glorious display of Christmas cheer on the front lawn for all to see, just about everyone has a favorite holiday tradition that they share with loved ones every year.

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But what about adding a new tradition to your holiday hoopla? We’ve compiled a list of Inland Northwest events that are fun for the whole family, and sure to fill you with Christmas spirit!

Turkey Trot Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. Lower Manito Park 1702 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane BRRC.net This run has become a long-standing holiday-season tradition for many Inland Northwest friends and families of all fitness levels. It’s a wonderful way to do something good for your body, and your community, all before noon! The 5k Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning and offers a perfect calorie burn that’ll assuage the guilt of that second piece of after-dinner pumpkin pie. The untimed run, hosted by the Bloomsday Road Runners Club, takes flight at 9 a.m. by Mirror Pond (or “the duck pond”) in Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill. The run is free and no registration is needed, but participants are encouraged to bring donations of food or cash to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Costumes are also encouraged – you’ll see people (and maybe a few dogs) dressed as turkeys, Pilgrims, and even Santa Claus. This morning gathering is all about festive fun! Courtesy of Visit Spokane

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Nov. 23-Jan. 1, 5:30-9 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Resort 115 S. 2nd St. Coeur d’Alene CDAResort.com Make time to take in the winter wonderland that is the Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show. This dazzling display of more than 1.5 million lights is the largest on-the-water holiday light display in the country, best viewed from aboard one of the cruise boats that leave the resort dock each night during the holiday season. The festive fleet ferries passengers from Independence Point on a 40-minute ride to Santa’s North Pole Toy Workshop, home of America’s tallest floating Christmas tree, the Grinch, Rudolph, Santa and numerous happy elves. Each visit to the North Pole includes a special firework show and plenty of holiday cheer! Tickets for the nightly cruises are $22.50 for adults, $21.25 for seniors (age 55 and older), $7.50 for children (age 6-12) and free for children age 5 and under.

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Remember the excitement of finding what Santa left for you under the tree on Christmas morning? For 36 years Christmas Tree Elegance, a fundraiser that supports the Spokane Symphony, has harnessed that same sense of glee for holiday hopefuls, all for the cost of a $1 raffle ticket. This year 12 themed trees – all beautifully decorated and flanked by gifts that include cash, gift certificates and once-ina-lifetime experiences – will line the elegant mezzanine of the Historic Davenport Hotel. Six additional trees will be on display on the second-floor corridor of River Park Square. Eighteen lucky winners will take home a tree and all the gifts beneath it, just in time for Christmas. Raffle tickets are available for purchase 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Historic Davenport Hotel and during mall hours at River Park Square.

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Step out of frigid winter temperatures and into the sultry air of Manito Park’s Gaiser Conservatory during the annual Holiday Lights event and you’ll feel like you’ve slipped into a magical, tropical escape. This annual event, hosted by the Friends of Manito, features more than 40,000 brilliant points of light wrapped around cacti, tropical plants and poinsettias. You’ll feel like you’ve been swaddled in a blanket of colorful stars as you learn about the various plant species housed in the 106-year-old greenhouse. Entry is free. The celebration kicks off with an Open House on Dec. 8 and 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., where kids can meet Santa and decorate cookies.


Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m. Bing Crosby Theater 901 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane BingCrosbyAdvocates.org The annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival is a bigscreen celebration of Spokane’s own classic crooner. A young Crosby got his show-biz start at this theater (then known as the Clemmer and renamed for him in 2006) by performing skits in between the silent films shown here. Featuring favorites like “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn,” this day-long event also highlights music of the Crosby era, via live stage shows by local performers. Photos and memorabilia will also be on display during the event. Tickets are $10 and provide access to all the day’s events. Children age 12 and under receive free admission.

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Automotive Style By Don Adair

Most years, more luxury cars are sold in December than any other month. Dealers want to clear their inventories. Sales people want to hit their year-end targets. And customers want something fun and flashy for the new year. So let’s go shopping. Luxury can be found in every corner of today’s market, from compact crossovers to full-size SUVs. Whatever the size or body style, though, pampering is the point.

The luxury segments are home to several species of performance. Porsche is here, of course, and BMW built its brand on sport sedans, a legacy it continues with its M Series vehicles. Mercedes-Benz contends with its AMG sub-brand and Jaguar is clawing its way back into relevance with its unique British blend of elegance and sport. EV-pioneering Tesla stormed the luxury battlements this year, with three top-selling models. The Model S, Model X and Model 3 command lofty sticker prices but deliver freedom from the gas pump – and stunning levels of performance, comfort and technology.

The earthy fragrance of a leather-trimmed cabin. The appeal of real wood trim. The tactile pleasure of switchgear that works with finehoned precision.

Tesla has moved boldly – too boldly, perhaps – into the emerging selfdriving car market. Autonomous driving is years away but even now manufacturers are equipping their cars with supportive technologies like automated emergency braking, lane-departure prevention and adaptive cruise control.

Here are cars that soothe with cabin-infusing fragrances (MercedesBenz); with vivid displays that bring Google Earth imagery to the dashboard (Audi); and gearshift knobs that rise magically from the center console (Jaguar).

These features save lives and they are on tap throughout in the luxury classes.

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The latest infotainment systems unite navigation, smartphone integration and related functions under a single control system. Their touchscreens, touchpads and various knobs impose a learning curve but enable owners to manage and personalize many comfort and performance features. High-resolution display screens grow larger every year and are the


focal point of many luxury cabins. Volvo’s tablet-style display stands out, and so does Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. The price of entry-level transportation starts at around $40,000. Various compacts list for less, but their luxury trims quickly escalate into the $40,000 arena and beyond.

Which elegant auto should you add to your Christmas wish list?

The midsize arena, represented by cars like BMW’s 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class and Lexus’s GS, starts at around $50,000 and can run past the $80,000 mark with high-end upgrades. These cars traffic in spacious, top-shelf accommodations, advanced cabin tech and countless luxury indulgences.

Here are three prime candidates:

Expect to spend a minimum of $70,000 on a large luxury sedan – the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Genesis G90 – start at around $70,000 and can easily top $100,000. Look to them for ultra-luxury. Thrifty four- and six-cylinder engines – many of them hybrids and many fitted with power-boosting turbochargers for power and efficiency – outnumber old-school V-8s. Tesla’s success portends a bright future for luxury-class EVs, while an older technology, diesel, still finds takers. Jaguar’s exquisite XF sedan and wagon are available with a choice of four engines, including a thrifty and powerful four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. No matter its size, drive wheels or power source, a proper luxury car possesses a sense of style and exclusivity that justifies its price. Exteriors please the eye. Cabins envelop occupants in opulence. Drivetrains are smooth, strong and often surprisingly efficient.

Tesla Model S $74,500-$134,000 Through August, Tesla’s Model S was the country’s best-selling large luxury sedan. Buyers can’t get enough of its 250-mile range, standard AWD and semi-autonomous capabilities. Though slightly less elegant than its prime competitors, even the entry-level 75D is faster with better handling than you need it to be. The $135,000 100D is good for 359 miles and is even crazier-quick. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class $40,050-$69,900 Even in its base form, the GLC’s roomy cabin exudes luxury-class elan. It grows pricy as options boxes are checked, and its high-powered AMG variants are dearer still – but right out of the box, the little Benz satisfies luxury expectations. Porsche Panamera $85,000-$194,800 Let’s pick Porsche’s odd-duck sedan for its outrageous performance envelope and tech-heavy twin-cockpit-style cabin. Available in three body styles and five trim levels, Panamera’s powerplants range from a 300-horsepower turbocharged V-6 to a 680-hp turbo-hybrid. If Santa parks a Panamera in the driveway with a big bow, you’ll no doubt be tempted to find a place where you can drive fast. Really fast.

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Get excited about games By Joe Butler

The family that plays together stays together, right? We’ve often heard this adage accompanied by efforts to get families to spend more time together, preferably off of their phones. (That goes for Mom and Dad, too!) Getting together for games goes a long way to strengthening familial bonds and provides a nice break from busy schedules, even if an appointment for “family fun” might have to be blocked out on everyone’s busy calendar weeks in advance. A regular game night, perhaps with immediate family or friends that you just don’t see that often, allows you to catch up in an informal setting with plenty of fun, snacks and tasty beverages. And a little friendly competition can help teach little ones (and some of us big ones, too) about teamwork and losing gracefully. As the holidays approach, there are often more opportunities for gaming, whether it’s breaking out the childhood games from back of the closet, trying out a new gift from Santa or looking for other ways to entertain visiting family or the kids during the winter school break. Consider some of this year’s gaming gems that could present enjoyable options.

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Monopoly Game: Cheaters Edition ($20) Admit it, most marathon Monopoly sessions seem to end with embezzlement, extortion or promises of future favors, which is why Parker Brothers created a variation of its classic board game especially for those whose gameplay strategy involves bending or even breaking the rules. When shenanigans are encouraged, feel free to fake dice rolls, steal property cards, bribe your way out of jail or claim that your opponent promised they’d pay the rent for you this time around. It’s much more fun when everyone does it. “The One With All The Cards” ($15) If you like “Cards Against Humanity,” the hilarious and twisted phrase-matching and creating game for adults, By Joe but secretly wished there was moreButler Matthew Perry, your prayers have been answered. This unofficial expansion deck features inside jokes from the iconic 1990s ensemble TV show “Friends.” Impress your friends with your extensive Ross and Rachel knowledge and perhaps start a “Smelly Cat” sing-along. You’ll laugh as much as you do watching the show itself, as long as no one in your family is as competitive as Monica.


Super Mario Party ($50) If your family has a Switch, the hybrid video game console introduced by Nintendo in 2017, then pass those Joy-Con controllers around for this game that’s intended for plenty of players, even if they don’t consider themselves gamers in the slightest. It includes 80 mini-games intended to be fun, not frustrating, everything from “Trike Harder,” which simulates tricycle racing to “Slaparazzi,” which gives players points if they pose for pictures better than their competitors. “Pie Hard,” where you compete to see how fast you paste your opponents with nicely-rendered pastries, is the perfect post-dinner, pre-dessert activity during your holiday gathering.

Suspend Family Game ($17) Somewhere between Jenga, Tinkertoys and “Don’t Break the Ice” exists this family-friendly balancing strategy game from Melissa and Doug. The goal is to carefully keep adding new pieces to a super structure without knocking the whole thing down. A Junior version with brighter colors and lighter pieces is also available for kids ages 4 to 7.

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At 11,166 feet elevation, we had several choices. We could see eight mountain ranges poking the sky on a crisp winter afternoon. We contemplated a double-black-diamond chute. We considered skiing the south-facing, 300-plus-turn Liberty Bowl. Or should we turn around and take the next tram back to intermediate territory? On top of Lone Peak at Montana’s Big Sky Resort, so many choices exist that it would take days to ski all 300 named runs on the 5,850 skiable acres aboard three mountains. My son Bridge and I schussed Liberty Bowl, the wide apron along the peak’s south flank. Each luxurious turn sent light powder snow fluffing over shoulders. All told, we skied six miles from the summit to the base area, happy and thirsty and glowing from winter’s shine near the 45th parallel. “One more tram ride, Mom,” Bridge insisted, after we grabbed appetizers and refreshing mountain water in the Montana Jack eatery.

Big Sky, Big Adventures By Jean Arthur

Big Sky’s nearly non-existent lift lines, massive terrain and enduring dry snows attract beginners to experts to the southwest Montana resort. And, much to my happiness, the Powder Seeker lift provides heated seats and weather-proof bubbles for speedy rides over bowls, groomers, tree routes and mountain lodges. We rode the six-pack chairlift up to the only lift line we encountered: The Lone Peak Tram, where a jolly herd of skiers and boarders eager for views, powder and steeps waited for the next tram. “Big Sky Resort is committed to making the skiing experience even more memorable than it already is,” said Stacie Mesuda, the resort’s public relations manager. “That’s why we’re investing in our future through our vision: Big Sky 2025. “The hallmark of Big Sky 2025 is a $150 million capital investment in on-mountain and village improvements. This season, the chairlift upgrades on Ramcharger 8 and Shedhorn lift demonstrate our commitment to delivering the most technologically advanced chairlift network in North America.” In 2016, the resort upgraded Powder Seeker six-pack and Challenger Chair, and refreshed Everett’s 8800, an elegant log lodge restaurant atop Andesite Mountain at 8,800 feet elevation. The North Face, Burton, and The Board Room shops opened in the Village too, joining Paparazzi’s furriers, gift stores, gear outlets and guide services among hotels and condos. New this year is a Pendleton shop. After another luxurious ski off the summit, we caught a free shuttle down-mountain to the historic Lone Mountain Ranch, best known for its 85 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. My husband Lynn and daughter Gretchen had spent the day exploring the ranch’s perfectly groomed crosscountry ski trails that wend among 25 guest cabins and homes, willows and aspen groves. The four of us met for après-ski and live music by the fire in the Saloon at Horn and Cantle restaurant, along with other friendly guests. “Last night, we walked out of our cabin to get a cup of tea,” said Pat Marlette, visiting from the Midwest with her husband. “And we saw 50 elk in the corral!”

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The party laughed and sang holiday tunes on the 20-minute ride until we were silenced in awe of the moonless sky. “Whoa,” said a New Jersey snowboarder, “I’ve never seen so many stars.” Family-style dining in the North Fork Cabin encouraged guests to make new friends as we ate prime rib roasted in a century old wood cook stove. During the meal, comedian-musician Bruce Anfinson entertained the group with his cowboy antics. The sleigh ride dinner ($145-$185 per person) is included in Ranch Discovery Package, which includes meals, lodging, cross-country ski gear rentals and trail passes, as well as the Ski and Stay Packages that add alpine ski tickets to the lodging and meals. Ranch guides also offer Yellowstone National Park ski tours and lessons. Other eateries in Big Sky include the iconic Bucks T4 steakhouse and the upscale Rainbow Ranch in the lower village, and Big Sky Resort properties’ Andiamo Italian Grille, Carabiner Lounge and Shedhorn Grill, serving elk brats and incredible views.

Indeed, Big Sky is home to numerous wildlife species from moose to eagles, wolves and deer. Chittering chipmunks that Of course, pizza, sushi and burgers are regular fare at other tossed pinecones at our cabin, a tastefully updated centurydiners like The Corral, which is known for bison steak and old log home, kept us entertained. giant burgers. There’s also Lone Peak Brewery & Taphouse and Beehive Basin Brewery for local suds. The Big Sky community is known for elegant dining and lodging options dedicated to families and groups seeking While plenty of activities entice visitors, skiing and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, zip lines and much more, snowboarding remain the winter draw. With 30 lifts accessing including winter fun in Yellowstone National Park, just 45 powder traps, tree shots, big bowls and beginner slopes, minutes away. Big Sky has the variety for groups with various ski and board ability. There’s even expert terrain made famous in several The most memorable activity of our trip just may have been ski films. Eighteen percent of the mountain, more than 1,000 the Lone Mountain Ranch Sleigh Ride dinner (reservations acres, is reserved for the professional-level alpinists working required). Six sleighs, pulled by a dozen draft horses, ferried with gravity on runs like Big Couloir and the Dictator Chutes. guests away from the daily grind of the modern world through tall Douglas firs to the rustic backcountry North Fork Cabin. If visitors experience any discomfort adjusting to the region’s lofty terrain, relief is readily available at Big Sky Resort’s Solace “Meet Howdy and Jerry,” said the wrangler of our sleigh’s Spa & Salon. matched Belgium steeds. He tucked heavy wool blankets around our seats and told us cowpoke jokes. “Why do “We have just the treatment for altitude discomfort,” said cowboys ride horses?” spa manager and massage therapist Rob Patterson. “It’s our ‘Adjusting to Altitude’ treatment. Our customers find that after “Because they’re too heavy to carry!” shouted a guest, who this cranial and neuromuscular blend of massage, they feel confessed that he recalled the punch line from last year’s great.” sleigh ride. The 25-minute treatment increases circulation in the head, reducing tension and headaches from altitude. Guests find relief from both the treatment and from hydrating with the Solace’s carafe of drinking water, a uniquely refreshing blend of mountain-pure water with sage and red bell peppers. Patterson noted that another popular treatment is the “Gentleman’s Facial,” combined with a “Hand and Foot Massage” add-on. “We wrap hands and feet with hot towels and earthy essences, which the men appreciate, while we utilize acupressure, reflexology and heat therapy,” Patterson said. “After the treatments, we send them to Big Sky Sports in the Big Sky Mall for professional boot fitting. The guests tell us that after a facial, and hand and foot massage plus properly fitting ski boots, they experience a remarkable improvement in their skiing and snowboarding day.”

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For my family, the slopes and Nordic trails lure us back each year, yet the fireplace friendships and Big Sky hospitality have become the memorable rara avis for us.


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Make it Memphis! By Chery-Anne Millsap

Memphis, Tenn., sits on the Mississippi River and is a classic Southern destination to explore. As the birthplace of the Blues and what came to be known as the “Memphis Sound,” the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement and home to a delicious culinary heritage, the city’s fascinating history and unique culture draw you in. Spend a few days in Memphis and you’ll be glad you did. See the Sights Music is in the soul of Memphis, and tours of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Sun Recording Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music put you right in the center of that legacy. But there are plenty of other ways to spend a few hours in the city without leaving the heart of the downtown area. Another small museum highlighting a big part of the musical mystique of Memphis, the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame (blues. org) in the South Main Arts District brings to life the musical legacies of Blues greats as varied as Muddy Waters, Doctor John, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bonnie Raitt. Filled with costumes, instruments and memorabilia, the Hall of Fame has an impressive archive of recordings that can be accessed in soundproof listening booths as well as a library of reference books. The Memphis Cotton Museum (memphiscottonmuseum.org) highlights a key industry in the fascinating history of Memphis. Cotton, as the saying goes, was King. One of the most interesting exhibits is the collection of video oral histories sharing the personal accounts of those who worked in the industry. The video screens are housed in vintage phone booths.

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The Lorraine Motel, the location where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, is now memorialized as the National Civil Rights Museum (civilrightsmuseum.org). With hundreds of artifacts, dozens of films, as well as recorded oral histories, the museum takes visitors through slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow in the South and the contemporary movement for equality. The elegant and historic Peabody Hotel (peabodymemphis.com) is the city’s hospitality crown jewel. Built in 1925 and home of the world-famous parading lobby ducks for 83 years, the Peabody is over-the-top elegant in every way. And Northwesterners with a discerning eye will notice strikingly similarities to our very own Historic Davenport Hotel, built in 1914. For a memorable experience take a cocktail to the roof and peek into the rooftop duck palace where the lobby ducks spend their off hours, then toast your vacation as you watch the sunset on the mighty Mississippi. Good Eats There is no shortage of great places to eat in Memphis, but a few standouts shouldn’t be missed. Charlie Vergos’ recipe for his famous Memphis dry rub ribs has made Rondezvous BBQ (hogsfly.com) into a true foodie destination. A landmark since 1948, the historic building full of Memphis history and memorabilia is easy to find. Just follow your nose to the sign above a door in an alley across from the Peabody Hotel. Seasoned and cooked to perfection, Rondezvous ribs and brisket melt in your mouth. The vinegar-based coleslaw and


(vegan) red beans and rice are tangy and delicious. Gus’s Fried Chicken (gusfriedchicken.com) is an institution. There might be a line at the front door, but it’s definitely worth the wait. The service is friendly and fast, the atmosphere is no-frills (paper napkins, paper plates) and the food is fantastic. A wall of fryers in the kitchen serve up hot, crispy, spicy chicken and the side dishes – mac and cheese, fried okra, fried green tomatoes and greens – are all authentic down-home classics. Feed your inner flapper with cocktails and dinner at Majestic Grill (majesticgrille.com) in a refurbished silent movie house. The high ceiling and flickering images on the giant screen add to the vintage atmosphere as you enjoy classic drinks and a crowd-pleasing menu featuring everything from burgers and salad to steak and seafood pasta. Like Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Beale Street in Memphis has two personalities. Funky and mild during the day, the neonlit street is raucous after the sun goes down. Plan accordingly and enjoy live music at venues like the original B.B. King’s Blues Club, superb Southern staples like shrimp étouffée and gumbo, not to mention booze by the bucketful, on your own terms.

Getting Around Some notable Memphis attractions – Graceland, the Memphis Zoo and Memphis Botanic Gardens, to name a few – are just an Uber away from downtown, but many highlights can be reached by a $1 ride on a Memphis Area Transit Authority Trolley (matatransit.com). The north/south Main Street Rail line takes you from above the Memphis Cook Convention Center to the burgeoning South Main Arts District where the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the National Civil Rights Museum are located.

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Journey to Delhi and Agra By Dan Webster

Nothing can prepare you for the experience that is India. It’s not that the poverty is obvious, though it is. It’s not that cows and monkeys roam freely in the cluttered streets, though they do. It’s not that residents even of urban cities such as Delhi or Agra can get so excited about seeing a couple of middle-age, pale-skinned Americans that they’ll crowd around to take your photos. Though they clearly will. No, what India has that even China or Japan does not is its own unique press of humanity that feels overwhelming, accompanied as it 38

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is by a blend of smells ranging from rank to sumptuously sweet, sounds that stretch the definition of the term cacophonous and air so thick you can almost taste it.

participate in a law conference taking place at a university located just outside Delhi.

Check that last one. There were times during our visits to Delhi and Agra that I swear I definitely could taste the air. It tasted like a blend of a cinnamon doughnut and the New York subway.

So off we flew, from Spokane to Seattle, Seattle to Amsterdam and then on to Delhi, which surprised us; the two times we’d flown to China, we crossed over the Pacific Ocean. But, then, who are we to argue with the airlines? (Besides, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport makes for a great connection.)

Though visiting India was never high on my bucket list, I was happy to have a reason to go there, if for no other reason than to see if all the stories I had heard were true. And the opportunity arose when my wife was invited to

We arrived at night, which was OK because we were exhausted and were ready to go right to sleep. On the down side, it took our cab driver nearly an hour to locate our hotel, a boutique establishment called Hotel Palace


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Heights that was tucked away in a corner of historic Connaught Place. The next morning, we rose late, refreshed but hungry, and decided the easiest thing was to eat lunch at the hotel. While hotel restaurants can be chancy choices, our decision proved sound: My chicken tandoori was moist and flavorful, the best I’ve ever eaten. Delhi itself is a city of contrasts. Much of what we saw over our short stay was hidden behind walls. This, to me at least, gave much of Delhi a closed-off feel, quite different from the crowded public centers.

I should probably explain here that Delhi, which boasts a population of nearly 19 million, is an amalgamation of 11 separate districts, including New Delhi. It is often referred to as the National Capital Region – or NCR. Connaught Place, for example, sits in New Delhi.

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But then my perspective might be somewhat warped because we chose not to rent a car. We initially toured the city, as we have in other major metropolises, on a 48-hour Hop-On HopOff bus excursion. This gave us access to many of Delhi’s main tourist sites, from the Red Fort to the astronomical center Jantar Mantar, the India Gate to the Nehru Museum. But it clearly limited our opportunities to explore. November 2018

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So we walked a bit, too, especially through the Janpath Market, where my wife picked up some colorful scarves. Then we hired a private driver to see some of the other sites, the most powerful being those honoring some of India’s most famous leaders.

                                         

Walking through both the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum and the National Gandhi Museum and Library, then visiting the Raj Ghat (the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi), is likely to leave you feeling somber. That was certainly how we felt after seeing the Mahatma’s bed, while standing near the site where Indira Gandhi was assassinated and then studying the remains of the clothes that Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi’s son, wore when he was killed by a suicide bomber.

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Somber thoughts aside, our Delhi stop was over far too soon. But just as no visit to Italy is complete without a tour of the Vatican, no visit to India could be complete with a side trip to see the majestic Taj Mahal, which sits in the city of Agra, 120 miles north of Delhi by train.

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To make things as easy as possible, we opted to use a tour company: Amin Tours. And when I say easy, I mean we were picked up at 4:30 a.m. by a private driver, escorted to our seats on an express train, met by a guide at the station in Agra and shepherded throughout a long day of sightseeing. The highlight, of course, was the Taj Mahal itself, a mausoleum of white marble that sits on the bank of the Yamuna River and dates back to 1648. It took 16 years to complete, and was built to memorialize the late (and said to be favorite) wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Our tour privileges allowed us to jump the long lines, and our guide gave us a practiced (maybe a bit too practiced) speech every step of the way. He continued to do so through our post-Taj jaunt, taking photos of us at various spot during our drive through the countryside surrounding Agra and at an afternoon visit to the immense and impressive Agra Fort, which was built in 1565 A.D. by Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Though Agra, at 4.5 million residents, is far smaller than Delhi, it proved to be just as overwhelming. Coming back in the late afternoon, we encountered a trafďŹ c jam so bad that, after a while, all the drivers stopped, shut off their vehicles and waited – creating, in an instant, the largest parking lot I’ve ever seen. We managed to make it to the station in time to catch our train back to Delhi. And after everything – the crowds, the sounds and the smells – I was glad to be back in the comfort of our hotel room. So, I’ll say this again. No matter what people will tell you, nothing can prepare you for the endurance test that is India. And yet I’ll add this, too: It’s a sensory immersion that I won’t soon forget. I doubt you’ll feel any different.

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FOOD

Pots and Pans Primer

By Staci Lehman

It’s one of those things that most people take for granted, but something that makes a big difference in your kitchen. Old, worn-out pans can make cooking more of a pain than a pleasure, but shopping for new ones can be an equally painful chore. Those who know cookware say it doesn’t have to be traumatizing if you know what to look for. And the first step is recognizing when it’s time to replace your current pots and pans. “I would say most people have a lot of nonstick cookware,” said Eric Frickle, owner of The Kitchen Engine in Spokane’s The Flour Mill. “If you see any of that coating come off or notice it in your food, that’s a good indicator (that it’s time to replace a pan) – you don’t want to eat that stuff.” Frickle says using too high of heat is the biggest culprit in ruining nonstick pans. He also says that pans (other than nonstick) need to be replaced if they are warped and won’t sit flat on the stove, or if handles are loose. Once you’ve decided to update your cookware, the decision on what kind to buy should be based mostly on what type of stove you have. “The popularity of induction cooktops is on the rise,” said Frickle. “An induction cooktop actually uses magnets to heat the pan itself. There are a bunch of cheap options for pans for these cooktops, but the better quality your pan, the better your cooking ... your brand-new induction stove is only as good as your pans.” It’s fairly easy to find cookware designed to use on induction cooktops, but even if a set isn’t labeled for induction, it may still work. Just remember to bring a magnet with you when shopping. If it sticks, the pan will work on your induction cooktop. If you are cooking with gas, you need to look for something completely different: a thicker pan. For gas stoves, Fickle advised, “Stay away from thinner. A normal pan is going to want to conduct heat and if it is too thin it will warp.” Look for something that is clad, meaning it has the same thickness throughout the pan. Whether using gas, induction or a good “old-fashioned” electric stove, Frickle says the best overall cookware option is cast iron. He concedes that other kinds of pans can be useful for certain kitchen tasks, though.

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“You can have a complete set of cast iron pans,” he said. “But you might also want to have one nonstick pan for cooking eggs. If you’re looking for good stuff, though, skip nonstick. I would honestly go for cast iron.” If cost is an issue, or maybe you are buying a gift of cookware for a newly-married couple or a child moving into their first apartment, Frickle says there are inexpensive cast iron options available. And while some people worry about the seasoning required for cast iron pans, Fricke says it’s not rocket science, assuring that you will “get the hang of it over time.” “The cool thing about cast iron is that if you do screw up and ruin your seasoning, you can easily re-do it with bacon grease or something,” he said. Many of us have limited space in our kitchens so knowing what is essential is a good idea before heading out to shop for cookware. Bon Appetit magazine, the authority on cooking and all things kitchen-related, says the following are the minimum requirements: one cast-iron skillet, a nonstick skillet, a stainless steel skillet, a large stockpot and rimmed baking sheets. If you have storage space beyond that, Bon Appetit recommends a Dutch oven, a sauce pot, glass baking pans, a glass pie pan, muffin tin, round cake pan and a loaf pan. Unnecessary items include a double boiler (you can get the same effect by setting a heat-proof bowl over a sauce pot) and any kind of aluminum pots and pans because they don’t conduct heat efficiently and dent easily. In the long run, Frickle says you’ll come out ahead by spending more on cookware up front. In his 12 years of selling household goods he has come to realize that cookware and cutlery are the two things worth paying more for. “Stay away from the hype stuff, like the ‘As Seen on TV’ stuff,” he said. “Don’t trust your TV at 2 a.m. There’s no one to return that stuff to when it breaks.” And when you invest in good quality pots and pans, Frickle says you’re not just buying a name like when you buy clothing. “If you buy good quality stuff, you should never have to buy again, short of something crazy happening,” he said. “Plus most good brands have a lifetime warranty. And you’re keeping stuff out of a landfill.”


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By Joe Butler

Is your traditional turkey losing its yum-yum and becoming more hohum? Then maybe it’s the perfect time to try something new. Perhaps the kids have grown up and moved away, or your usual friends, family, neighbors or past houseguests who love the whole extravaganza have other plans this fall. Or perhaps you or some of your guests have dietary sensitivities, allergies or special food requests. And, we promise not to tell a soul, but maybe you’re sick of turkey all together. Whatever the circumstances, it’s not hard – and maybe even enjoyable – to tweak the traditional Thanksgiving menu, whether it’s minor substitutes or major renovations. Enjoy not going by the book! After all, historical records show that the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 was said to include clams, ham and venison, none of which have made the cut for today’s Turkey Day menus.

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Make it meatless. Since some veggies are already part of the traditional menu, diners may not mind – or even notice – if they play more prominent of a role. Think about doing more with squash, pumpkin or sweet potato, like perhaps making a tasty risotto or baking a casserole with great flavors. If you have a few people at the table who want a meat-like texture, Tofurky has been providing a meat-free Holiday Roast since 1995. You can also use their plant-based products to make hearty pot pies, frittatas or soups (tofurky.com/recipe).

Gluten be gone. Avoiding gluten can be tricky with traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, but there are alternatives. Try a crustless pumpkin pie with an oatbased crumble topping, or make a stuffing that uses rice instead of


bread. Wheat-based gravies can be replaced with brown sugar glazes or herbal broths. Some turkey brands, Foster Farms and Jennie-O for example, even offer turkey that is certified gluten-free, so you can enjoy the main event worry-free.

Have dessert first. If you think of Thanksgiving Day as just a precursor to Black Friday shopping, you might not be motivated to make the full feast. But if you still want to acknowledge the holiday in some way, what better way than dessert? Enjoy a sampling of pies and desserts that showcase the best of the harvest seasons: pumpkins, apples and cranberries. Chocolate comes from a seed, right?

Skip the cooking and the dishes. Many restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving, but others pull out all the stops to put on memorable feasts, such as the Davenport Hotel. Its holiday brunch is about $64 per

person, and it’s an elegant alternative to a stressful day in a messy kitchen. Max at Mirabeau also hosts a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet in Spokane Valley.

Cook for others. Brighten someone else’s day by cooking or helping out at a local charity or church. For instance, the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane has been hosting a city-wide dinner for years. Be sure to call ahead to a venue you’re considering to find out the volunteer needs and guidelines. Some traditional meal spots have cut back or even canceled their meals over the years, and some may require training/ orientation for actual servers, although everyone can find use for an extra pair of hands. If an organization has reached capacity for volunteers, they will likely still welcome donations or volunteer assistance at other times of the year.

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PERFECT FOR EVERY MEAL Story and photos by Adriana Janovich Originally published in The Spokesman-Review

Free-formed and open-faced, galettes are relatively easy to prepare, slice and share. These characteristics make the classic but unfussy – and very versatile – French tarts perfect for dinner, dessert, even breakfast, topped with just about anything you’d put on a pizza or inside a pie. Italian cooks use the term crostata for similar open-faced meat or fruit tarts, which began appearing in Italian cookbooks in the mid- to late 1400s. In France, the flat, round cakes date back even further, evolving from the Neolithic practice of spreading thick, cereal paste on hot stones. They take their name from the Old French words for pebble. Today, the Breton galette is a thin, crepe-like pancake, traditionally fashioned from buckwheat. Similar to the crusty, cake-like version we’re talking about here, the sides are typically folded up and over to contain the filling, which may be sweet, seasonal fruit, hearty vegetables like artichoke hearts or a breakfast scramble of ham, egg and potatoes. It’s fun to experiment. And no matter the time of year, the options are endless. Included are two galette recipes – one sweet and one savory. What flavorful combinations will you try?

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Almond-Apple Galette Adapted from chef Jacques Pépin’s recipe, published in Food & Wine magazine, October 2011 NOTE: Almond paste provides an additional a layer of sweetness to this recipe. I also added walnuts to the dough to add flavor and texture. The original recipe called for Golden Delicious; I used Jonagold. I also doubled the amount of cinnamon, added nutmeg and liberally drizzled honey over the top of the tart, likely more than the 1 tablespoon for which the original recipe asked. FOR THE PASTRY 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup of walnuts (optional) 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1/3 cup ice water

FOR THE TOPPING 6 ounces almond cake and pastry filling, or about half of a 12.5-ounce can 4 Jonagold apples 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, preferably wildflower To prepare dough, combine flour, nuts (if using), sugar, salt and butter in a food processor, processing for about 10 seconds. Sprinkle ice water over the flour mixture and process until the dough begins to come together and butter pieces are still visible, about 15 seconds. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and roll it out. Set aside on a large rimmed baking sheet. Peel, halve and core the apples, cutting them crosswise in ¼-inch slices. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the almond paste over dough, then arrange apples, in slightly overlapping rows, to within 1 inch of the edge. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, dot with pieces of butter, and drizzle with honey. Fold edge up and over the apples to create a 1-inch border, then bake for about 1 hour, until the pastry is browned and crisp and apples are tender. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the galette cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings

Cabbage and Mushroom Galette Adapted from Anna Thomas’s recipe, published in EatingWell magazine, December 2013 NOTE: I was out of Marsala, the fortified wine from Sicily, so I made one substitution, instead using Goatmeal Stout from Spokane’s Iron Goat Brewing Co. FOR THE PASTRY 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup white whole-wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons cold low-fat milk

FOR THE TOPPING 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 medium yellow onions, sliced 1/2 head Savoy cabbage (1 to 1 1/4 pounds), very thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt, divided Freshly ground pepper to taste 6 portobello mushroom caps (about 1 1/4 pounds) 3 large cloves garlic, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried 1/4 cup dry sherry or Marsala 4 ounces crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese

Meanwhile, scrape gills from mushroom caps; cut the caps into 1-inch pieces. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in another large skillet over mediumhigh heat. Cook garlic, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, thyme and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are tender and begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add sherry (or Marsala); cook, stirring, until it cooks away, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms to the cabbage. Preheat oven 400 degrees. Dust a sheet of parchment paper, and the dough, with flour. Roll the dough out into a 15-inch circle. Go slowly and if it cracks just press the pieces together. Dust with flour as needed and keep the circle as even as you can, but don’t worry about rough edges. Spread the cabbage-mushroom mixture over the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border. Use the parchment to lift the edges of the pastry and fold loosely over the filling in 2- or 3-inch sections. It may crack as you fold it, but that’s fine. Transfer the galette, parchment and all, onto a baking sheet. Trim off overhanging parchment. Bake the galette for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with queso fresco. Continue baking until the cheese is melted and the pastry is lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes more. Let cool at least 15 minutes on the baking sheet. Lift parchment and galette onto a platter; slide the parchment out. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings

For the dough, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it starts bubbling, cook, stirring and watching carefully so it doesn’t burn, until golden brown, 2 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl and refrigerate until solid again, 25 to 30 minutes. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse once or twice to mix. Cut the butter and cream cheese into pieces; add and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add canola oil and pulse until it looks like wet sand. Add milk and pulse until small clumps form. Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper and press into a ball, then press the ball into a disk about 8 inches wide. Wrap in the parchment and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day before rolling out. For the topping, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onions; cook, stirring, until translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add cabbage and 1/2 teaspoon salt (if necessary, add half the cabbage and cook it down for a minute or two before adding the rest). Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until greatly reduced and golden, 40 to 50 minutes. Season with a dash of pepper.

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