Meet your brewers: Quartzite Brewing Co.'s Patrick Sawyer & Jake Wilson

Meet your brewers: Quartzite Brewing Co.'s Patrick Sawyer & Jake Wilson

This duo is making a big splash in a small Stevens County town
It's a fairly active Saturday afternoon at Quartzite Brewing Company in the small town of Chewelah, Washington.

Eat, Drink, Connect

A lifetime of favorite meals, memories, stories and photos
For some of us, memory is formed through food. Whether it's your first taste of freshly caught seafood within sight of the water, an unfamiliar dish in a faraway place, or something special cooked by a loved one, food often features in some of our favorite stories.

UPDATE | GRILLE FROM IPANEMA

Double the space in this Brazilian spot's new Coeur d'Alene digs
Adriano de Souza has big plans for Grille from Ipanema, which recently relocated from downtown Coeur d'Alene to the Riverstone complex just off Northwest Boulevard.

Easter Eats

Local restaurant owners share their expert tips for throwing a fabulous spring holiday brunch
Brunch and Easter go together like bacon and eggs. While there are lots of wonderful local options for going out to brunch (see page 63), maybe this is your year to throw your own.

Heavenly Treats

Lydia Cowles built her business and her bakery offerings from scratch
When Lydia Cowles finished her four-year stint in the Navy, she didn't know exactly what she wanted to do, but one thing was clear. "When I was getting out," she says, "I was like, 'I don't want to work for anyone anymore.'

Working the Soil

Regional farms are focusing on this year's growing season; tending first to their soil is an important step after a long, wet winter
The herd is getting restless for spring, and they're not alone. After the long, cold and especially wet Inland Northwest winter, Beth Robinette, who runs the 800-acre Lazy R Ranch with her father, Maurice, is just as eager to see green.

Sushi Swap

A new Japanese eatery has taken over a North Spokane spot recently vacated by another
Aji BBQ & Sushi opened quietly last month, just days after the shuttering of its building's former tenant, Yuzen Sushi Restaurant. While sushi — nigiri, sashimi and rolls — is still a menu staple at the new Aji, diners will also find an extensive list of Japanese and Asian fare that includes teriyaki, katsu and tempura meals ($9.95-$11.95), noodle and rice bowls ($8.95-$16.95), and other traditional dishes from the island nation, some of which Aji owner Kevin Phang says can be harder to find in Spokane.

Taste the World

A new downtown shop is happy to teach you all about tea
Savannah Breeden has sipped tea around the world, but in her hometown of Spokane, she never felt like she could get the sort of high-quality, loose-leaf teas she was after. Now she and her husband, Thomas Kilborn, have plenty of it on hand at Urban Nirvana, their newly opened café in downtown Spokane.

Suds for Spark

River City and Lantern Taphouse team up on a new beer to benefit local programs for kids
Even the most casual observer of the Inland Northwest's craft brewing scene knows that the folks behind our tasty local beers don't limit their work to their respective brew houses. They're active members of the community who help promote local artists and chefs, political causes and worthy nonprofits.

Nutritious Knowledge

Regional food banks are doing more to educate clients and the public on healthy eating choices
Shelves at the Community Food Bank in Pullman overflow with cans of cranberry sauce left over from the holidays. Rows of dried and canned beans, lentils and peas are stacked alongside pre-made soups and bags of pasta.

Sipping at the Source

A new tasting room at Dry Fly's East Spokane distillery showcases its spirits in cocktails, and for special events
Dry Fly Distilling has long kept a small tasting bar next to its distilling equipment, but when a coffee shop next door moved out recently, its owners saw an opportunity to build something better. "For years we had such a small tasting area, and we wanted to offer an area that people would enjoy more," says Dry Fly co-founder Kent Fleischmann.

Farm to Truck

A new mobile eatery sources farm-fresh ingredients for an all-day homemade breakfast menu
Jillian Gay wants to change the minds of people who see eggs and pork only as "morning" foods. That's one reason the Le Cordon Bleu graduate decided to launch her one-woman restaurant on wheels, The Farmer's Daughter, which exclusively serves up classic breakfast ingredients, mostly in the form of handheld sandwiches.

Tongue Thai'd

A breakdown of culinary history, pronunciation, common ingredients and other facts to know about this popular Southeast Asian cuisine
Thai cuisine really hits the spot — the sweet, salty, sour and spicy spot, and usually all at once in a single delicious dish. Maybe that's why Thailand had seven dishes on CNN's "World's 50 Most Delicious Foods (Readers' Pick)" 2011 poll, more than any other country, or why it's called the "Land of Smiles."

At Phonthip's Thai Table

After running a restaurant in Bangkok for decades, Phonthip Tungkana is realizing her dream of cooking her family's recipes for American diners
Phonthip Tungkana long dreamed of coming to America. One day, she decided many years ago, she would open her own restaurant in the U.S. to share the complex flavors — combinations of sweet, spicy, salty, sour and bitter — and fresh ingredients of her native Thailand.

Five of the Region's Top Thai Restaurants

If you're looking for an authentic Thai experience, try the following locations, as recommended to us by friends and readers
SALA THAI 12914 W. Sunset Hwy., Airway Heights, salathaispokane.com, 244-4800

Update | Sweet Lou's Restaurant & Tap House

Scenic views, comfort-food classics at new CdA spot
Sweet Lou's Restaurant and Tap House is a bit of a homecoming for Coeur d'Alene native Meggie Foust, who started the original Sweet Lou's with husband Chad in Hope, Idaho, five years ago, soon followed by a Ponderay location. "It's an honor to come back to Coeur d'Alene and have the opportunity to serve our dishes to family and friends," says Meggie Foust.

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