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For French definitely Fleur de Sel in Post Falls, reservations encouraged.

I Love White House (in Post Falls) and it's sisters West Wing (South Hill) and the Oval Office for drinks and apps (Post Falls) for a more casual mediterranean, I don't find the garlic overpowering at all, depends on what you order.
Max's at Mirabaux has surprisingly good food.

Mar 28, 2012
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Ongoing Spokane reviews

Update: if you go to the Trader Joe's site...it is in fact coming to Spokane South Hill. Originally the issues was in fact, that we were off their trucking route something that impacts the cost. Now, I can only assume that with the opening and hopeful success of the one on the south Hill that other locations will be soon to follow.
I agree not on the same league as Whole Foods, but perhaps no one has rallied for them to come to Spokane? I don't know. Would Spokanites support it?
As for Restaurants, you would love Fleur De Sel in Post Falls, ID. Not too far, but everything they make is great and consistent! Also, if you love garlic and Turkish/greek fare try the White House in Post Falls.
Back in Spokane we've always done well at Anthony's for seafood and at The Flour Mill: Clinkerdaggers. We enjoy Europa's calzones & martini's, Italian Kitchen, Steam Plant for great apps and beer, Twigs was tasty.

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Clinkerdagger
West 621 Mallon Street, Spokane, WA 99201

Italian Kitchen
113 N Bernard St, Spokane, WA 99201

Jan 21, 2011
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Spokane source for baking supplies?

I know this is kind of an old question but the Bulk section at Winco is VERY good! And Cheap! Their selection is surprisingly adequate. Fresh fruits and veggies usually good too. Between that and the selection at Costco, we're all set. Spices there are good too along with other baking items.

Jan 21, 2011
Beka in Pacific Northwest

spokane

So, I think it's time for an update no?
What's everybody's current favorite place to eat in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls?

Me? I LOVE LOVE LOVE Fleur de Sel in Post Falls. Italian Kitchen makes me very happy food wise but the prices prohibit regular visits. Anthony's is great for Seafood, the Flour Mill is also good. For a Wine Bar try NECTAR in downtown Spokane. Great prices and good wine!

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Italian Kitchen
113 N Bernard St, Spokane, WA 99201

Jan 19, 2011
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Dallas/Hiram, GA Area???

Is there any Chow worth seeking out?
Anything within 20-30 minutes drive from Dallas, GA would be considered. Thanks ya'll!

May 02, 2009
Beka in General South Archive

Tri-Cities...

anything new?

Jun 27, 2008
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Henckel versus Wusthof knives

Does anyone have new thoughts on this?

I see some lines have phased out and there's new names around...

Jun 27, 2008
Beka in Cookware

Spokane: Rec for bridesmaid dinner

Max at Mirabeau (Valley)

I second this. It's a shocker to me because, you know, it's a hotel. How good could it be. but every time I've been everything has been very very good.

For ambience for the girls....I have to recommend Europa.

It's soooo cute! I think I would pick this place if it were me. Not fancy, not frilly just really comfy. I love sitting in the older part where the bar is, ask to have your table there. There's even a booth area that could be perfect for 5 people. bathrooms are close (for the very pregnant), and you don't feel rushed to leave! It's very homey.
They even have seating by a little fireplace, and some nights there's music. Martinis there are sooo good. I've liked everything I've had there. Really good calzones, and pasta, and salads.

If you like fancy, with a bigger bar scene and price tag to match there's Peacock room (check it out online) I find the davenport just eh.

We really liked Clinkerdaggers.....and there's windows facing some water...but it's a faster paced place. and usually very crowded, Coctco has gift cards tho!

Apr 08, 2008
Beka in Pacific Northwest

APRIL IN PARIS

You will find many answers to your questions on Slowtravel.com.It's a great site I recently discovered while doing research for our own April trip!

Not to take away from Chowhound at all. It's just another place to look! Especially for those general questions.

Apr 03, 2008
Beka in France

Paris for 8 days at end of April, looking for lunch/dinner ideas

Have you heard of Slowtravel.com?

They have lots of personal experience and rec's for Paris.

One thing, we are also planning on being there later this month. We have decided to opt for lighter breakfasts and eat our Lunch as the main meal. Usually the fare is the same for a much better price.
We plan on visiting local markets, and Picards for food for most evenings. Perhaps only one dinner out, we'll see.

We thought we'd be anxious to get out early in the sunshine, lunch would provide much needed rest; and we can walk it off after. Many places close during lunch anyway. Then when we're all tired we can head home and enjoy some of the freshest local ingr.

Apr 03, 2008
Beka in France

Name of restaurant in S France?? Cave???

There's a restaurant in Beune
called Cave Ma Cuisine....just Google it it pops right up.

Apr 03, 2008
Beka in France

A week in Spokane

Sep 10, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

spokane

We recently went to Cafe Europa for the second time....and I still love it. So far everything we've had there has been very good.

Sep 10, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Tri-Cities...

Hmmmm, so I'm headed there again any updates?

Jul 11, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Website List for corking?

Wow! I hadn't checked in in awhile and there's so much more now!
I thought it was doomed to be a 'dud' question.

Thanks everyone! And yes I did mean uncorking, but I guess I was under the impression it was called 'corking' as in 'corking fee' at a Rest....well whichever.

I'm going to have a look at cellartracker now...

Mar 13, 2007
Beka in Wine

Website List for corking?

Thanks everyone!
Yes that's what I meant.
I know it wouldn't be fool-proof; me being the 'fool' ;-) but we travel here and there and tour wineries and buy wines. I can never tell whether to hold it or not.

I know that most whites should be served within a year or two?
but mostly we buy reds.

Mar 02, 2007
Beka in Wine

Website List for corking?

Okay that may not make sense to anyone but me, sorry.
I was told a while back that there is a site somewhere that lists the years and region of various types of wines, possibly by the bigger brands too.....and tells you when they recommend holding the wine or corking it.

Anyone ever heard of such a thing?

Feb 27, 2007
Beka in Wine

spokane

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Feb 27, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Tri-Cities...

any more?

Feb 27, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

In Spokane, but from TX

Really? You liked their Fried Chicken?
Huh. I must have missed something...
I'm used to flavorful Fried Chicken from southern cooks, and didn't get it there.

Feb 27, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Tri-Cities...

Thanks guys keep 'em coming!

Feb 15, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Trader Joe's - Whats the big deal?

I LOVE TJ's!!!
Wish we had one around here. When I get near one I stock up on:
Chocolate, Dried Fruit & Nuts, and I always look at what's new in their house brand. Really good stuff and good prices.

Feb 01, 2007
Beka in Chains

Tri-Cities...

Where do you like to go?

Feb 01, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

de Leon Moves to Spokane -- You lucky SOBs....

As an update to my last comment: La Milpa is still good but I recently noticed something was different and not liking it as well. I asked and the cook and ownership has changed. So beware. We still go because it's convenient but the Carne Asada has lots it's wow factor. Good but not wow...missing something. Happy hour is 5-7pm daily I think now and there's half-price Appetizers.

Jan 01, 2007
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Do YOU eat the rind on Brie?

Oh soooo true!

Dec 28, 2006
Beka in Cheese

Looking for Ribs in Spokane

Good answer!
ChickennMo is in the Valley too but I'm from the South and it does not impress me AT ALL. I have friends that made better fried chicken than that!
In the Barber Shop movie they talk about Tony Roma's having good ribs we have one of those! Hahaha Haven't been there though.

Dec 09, 2006
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Nelson

Update: we managed a table at Fiddlers Green although they were preparing for Christmas dinner. The hostess told us that in summer you would need a reservation but in the winter it gets more erratic. Most of their business this time of year is from Christmas parties.
Our food was very good but nothing I'd be dying to go back for. If you visit do try the Brie wrapped in prosciutto and phyllo...it was very good. As was the chicken Schnitzel.
Incidentally Mazatlan was finally open as we drove home.

Dec 09, 2006
Beka in Western Canada Archives

Metaline, WA and Nelson, BC via Spokane

Okay I just wish "Jackson Hole" wasn't in the title as I intend to add other restaurants...can that be changed to Nelson, BC (Dec. 2006)?

Dec 08, 2006
Beka in Pacific Northwest

Do YOU eat the rind on Brie?

Yes! It's what gives Brie it's character. That being said it does vary quite a bit by Brand and type. I have indeed had Brie that wasn't very good.
I also notice that baking the Brie does change the way you eat the rind and therefore affects the ratio as well. But it is yummy with a crusty baguette!
Personally I say if you're not going to eat the rind don't waste your money buying Brie! I my house if someone says they don't like rind then usually I don't serve it.
Room temperature and thin slices (pie shaped) is the way to go!
Enjoy!

Dec 08, 2006
Beka in Cheese

Nelson

Oh and since it's chilly after walking around a bit we stopped in a tea/coffee house (I forget the exact name) part of the name is the "Only Bakery" (which also is available for sale in the local coop. There we had a nice pot of tea (loose tea served in a French Press) with a toasted bagel (freshly made) with cream cheese.

Dec 08, 2006
Beka in Western Canada Archives