This week’s Outdoors Issue inspired our latest entirely unscientific food preference poll: What’s your s’more style — marshmallow carefully toasted or intentionally engulfed in flame?
A reminder, first of all, that if you have intentions to go make s’mores around a rustic campfire somewhere in the Inland Northwest this summer, check for burn bans and fire rules first.
Now, the results: Maybe it’s impatience or maybe we just enjoy setting things on fire, but the majority of comments were in favor of marshmallows purposely set ablaze.
A number of commenters volunteered a preference for the other ingredients, too, with suggestions of Oreos instead of graham crackers and the addition of Nutella. Mr. Goodbar was suggested as a chocolate of choice, but the most frequent recommendation was to use a Reese’s peanut butter cup as the chocolate layer.
On the spectrum of toastiness, some say they go for flames more than once on a single marshmallow. The most specific and intriguing response in the “Both/Depends” category came from Vintage Hill:
Depends on the wine you are having. A nice late harvest Semillon made dry likes the golden brown version with a milk chocolate bar. Same with a Cab. Sauv. but change the chocolate to a darker bar, even for some very tannic CS’s bittersweet is the call. Burn it and you are in Cab Franc country all the way.
Offering 45 free minutes daily, Riverfront Park's new, outdoor wireless Internet service is worth figuring out how to set up. The park launched the new Wi-Fi services, provided by Spokane-based Ptera wireless, in time for last weekend's Hoopfest activities. The initial coverage area stretches in a triangle shape from City Hall east to the corner of the INB Performing Arts Center, and then up to the Pavilion.
After I had gone through the registration process, I was able to walk around the park and even across Spokane Falls Boulevard before losing my connection. Before you can enjoy the new hot spot though, you'll have to go through a little bit of a process. Here's our step-by-step instructions on how to get logged in.
Once "Riverfront Park Free Ptera Wifi" has been selected from your list of Wi-Fi options, the login screen should pop up.
If your Wi-Fi setting is set to auto-login (on iOS), which it probably is, then you'll have to follow the steps shown to turn that off. After that is done, reconnecting should make a new login screen appear:
Scroll down to register through your Facebook, Twitter or email. Once you get to the next screen, you can click "done" in the upper right corner and begin enjoying your 45 minutes of free Wi-Fi. Additional time is available to purchase. We were even able to stream videos via the connection with no problem.
We've finally gotten that hot streak of summer weather that makes it seem impossible to stay inside. To help you out the door, we will release our Outdoors Issue this week with expert advice for novice campers, the latest in outdoor gear, trip planning tips and a guide on taking better photos of the beautiful Inland Northwest. Check newsstands Thursday.
The Inlander editorial staff got into the spirit early with a soggy rafting trip down the Spokane River last week. Enjoy some of the footage our art director got by strapping a GoPro to his raft.
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