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Orlando's offers real-life lessons to culinary students, and a hidden culinary oasis for Spokane diners
The thin, crispy crust of breadcrumbs on top gave way with a gentle fork thrust to a creamy blend of Virginia sweet corn, cheddar cheese and green chiles underneath. The collard greens and black-eyed peas served alongside were cooked to perfection, and it was all prefaced by an amuse-bouche of bacon, biscuit and honey that was an ideal combination of salty and sweet.

Causing a Stir

A new cocktail lounge mixes things up in Hayden
Making the perfect cocktail means making the right choices — sweet, sour, salty — in the right amounts. The same might be said of creating an inviting cocktail lounge, even in pairing unexpected elements.

Old is New

A trio of local restauranteurs have renamed — and are revitalizing — the former S.S. Beryl restaurant in North Spokane
Liz Nelson remembers the S.S. Beryl restaurant and pub in North Spokane as a hip neighborhood hangout back in its heyday. "I remember coming here in the '80s, and it was hard to even find a table.

What's On Tap?

Celebrate some brewery birthdays... or buy a brewery
You've likely noticed that breweries like to celebrate whatever occasion possible. When it comes to birthdays, most beer makers like to go all out.

Pulses Rising

The United Nations has granted an entire year to celebrating the humble lentil
A large and active fan club in the Pacific Northwest loves pulse crops — the dry peas, lentils and chickpeas grown on hundreds of thousands of acres in Washington and Idaho and sold all over the world. Those fans are gearing up for a big year.

Looking for Love

Love's Burgers is out of the way, but it's worth the drive
The view is mostly distant pine trees and the gas pumps out front. And it's a little tricky to get to, as well.

A Veteran at Work

Tom Sawyer Country Coffee is the result of half a century of experience
Tom Sawyer doesn't have to make coffee. He's already spent 55 years doing that, and at a very successful level.

A Warm Move

Laguna Cafe found a new space, but kept its cozy vibe
With umbrella-covered tables and palm-tree lamps, the cozy atmosphere at Laguna Cafe remains, even if you can now find it in a more spacious spot. After eight and a half years on Regal Street, owners Dan and Debbie Barranti decided it was time to move Laguna Cafe to a larger space, but the couple wanted to keep all the other aspects of Laguna as much the same as possible.

Under the Radar

The sneaky but tasty arrival of Whistle Punk Brewing
The beer was a mystery. No one at my neighborhood pub seemed to know where exactly it came from.

The Next Gen

Local favorite Gordy's Sichuan Cafe has new owners, but the beloved menu remains
If you're not a regular customer at Gordy's Sichuan Cafe on Spokane's South Hill, you're probably none the wiser to any of the recent changes there. Since the longtime cafe's founding owners, Gordy and Jaymie Crafts, sold the neighborhood favorite last August, not much has changed.

The Climate Menu

Why some people are now thinking about the earth when they order a meal
About a third of the earth's greenhouse gas pollution can be linked to food, including its production, processing, packaging, transport, storage and preparation. As climate change becomes a mainstream concern, and people keep obsessing about food, it was inevitable that a new flavor of eater would emerge, the name of which made the New York Times list of top new food words.

Sweet and Simple

A favorite downtown Spokane location is reborn as The Observatory
A toasted PB&J served on paper in a basket is delivered to a customer sitting at the bar. Behind the bar, a telescope on a shelf sits next to a large picture of a skeleton sipping a cocktail.

Thriving on Local

Sandpoint makes a favorable environment for new Flourish eatery
Even though they'd only been open two weeks, Vicki Reich and business partner Marah Jacobs quickly realized that their hanging chalkboard menu needed to be larger and easier to change, in order to adapt to serving predominately local and organic food. Although they're able to get some local ingredients consistently, like meat, dairy products and the Wheat Montana flour in their scratch-baked goods, availability of other items varies according to season and farmers' ability to provide volume.

UPDATE | ENOTECA

The Post Falls spot is reborn and relocated
Things have come full circle at Enoteca for owners John and Ann Eckhart. Although they were involved with the original owners more than a decade ago, John's retirement from the lumber industry put him back in charge of the business.

Chef's Choice

The Ivory Table's intimate supper club dinners introduce local food lovers to a big city trend
On a block of unlit storefronts along East Sprague Avenue — some dusty and vacant, others closed to business for the day — a soft yellow glow spills onto the sidewalk beneath black-and-white striped awnings.

Secret Ingredients

Special bacon and beef patty recipes add unexpected flavors to Prohibition Gastropub's standard fare
Chef John Leonetti knows, as most do, that everything tastes better with bacon. Since graduating from culinary school in Portland more than 10 years ago, Leonetti has worked to perfect his candy-coated bacon recipe to achieve the perfect melding of sugary sweetness with bacon's fatty, savory flavor.

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