BREAKFAST Cake Walk & r & & r & & lt;span class= "dropcap " & D & lt;/span & avid and Tami Sevier have owned and managed OLD EUROPEAN on north Division for more than seven years. Recently David announced, "We're moving." He had seen a "for lease" sign on the former Tony Roma's building just up the street.
Three months later, they're open in the new location -- the front and back have been updated, from carpet and tile and paint to lighting to artwork. The dining room offers more seating, and the waiting area holds around 40 comfortably. (Think Mother's Day.)
There's even a full-service espresso caf & eacute; with booths within the new restaurant. But of course you can still get the ever-popular fresh-squeezed orange juice ($4 for a 16-ounce glass).
"I want it to feel like breakfast at grandmother's," Tami says of the bright and sunny interior. She gives credit for the transformation to Dawn and Catherine at Paint Room Studios who designed the color scheme and painted two oversized "storybook" murals in the lobby: one about Tami's grandmother coming to America, the other telling of the miraculous powers of love and coffee -- it'll bring a tear to your eye.
Luckily, the menu is still familiar: My companion ordered the Stew Omelet with two German potato pancakes ($9.50); I had Traditional Hungarian Goulash with a home-style cinnamon roll topped with caramel and chopped pecans ($11) -- warm gooey goodness.
As I scraped up the last of the caramel with my fork, I asked our fabulous server, Daniela, if many customers leave the table with the serving dish stuck to their face. She chuckled. "I have had them ask if we have one of those tiny spatulas."
You don't want to miss any of this.
-- M.C. PAUL
Old European Breakfast House, 7640 N. Division St., is open Mon-Sat 6 am-2 pm, Sun 7 am-3 pm. Call 467-5987.
EVENTS To Market
& lt;span class= "dropcap " & O & lt;/span & n July 15, Edward T. Schafer, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, signed a declaration proclaiming the week of Aug. 3-9 NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK. (It's Washington State Farmers Market Week as well.)
To celebrate, the Spokane Farmers Market downtown is offering a cooking demonstration on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 10 am to noon. Chef Jeff Busch from Maggie's South Hill Grill will be using fresh market ingredients to create two recipes, one vegan and one non-vegan. On Saturday, Aug. 9, Mary Eberle, co-owner of Anemone paper flowers, will teach an art class for all ages. Materials will be provided and there's no cost or registration. On both days, there will be hourly raffles from 10 am to noon, with giveaways of farmers market gift certificates, yard signs, bags, T-shirts and more.
The South Perry Farmers Market (Thursday, 3-7 pm) is planning "fun and surprises," and Humble Earth Farmers Market (Sunday, 10 am-3 pm) will be having games, contests, tastings and much more. Millwood (Wednesday, 3-7 pm) promises children's activities, including a magician and a watermelon-eating contest. (See the Calendar of Events, page 80, for a list of market times and locations.)
& lt;span class= "dropcap " & N & lt;/span & o matter which local market you go to, you're likely to find ARABESQUE FARMS AND BAKERY. Years ago, owner and baker Louise Tuffin took a couple of baking classes, but says she's forgotten all that. "I don't know how I got into baking," she says with a lighthearted smile, standing behind a table laden with scrumptious baked goods. "My husband [Tom] says it's dharma -- 'right livelihood' -- if you know about that."
As members of Tilth Producers, which promotes organic and sustainable growing practices and thus a good and safe food supply, Tom and Louise use organic ingredients, purchasing many from local farmers.
By 9:30 on Saturday mornings, the cinnamon rolls are mostly gone, the puff pastries are in short supply, and the pizza and loaves of bread are dwindling. The Tuffins considered expanding the operation till finally Louise told herself, "You can only do so much."
But when what you do is good in so many ways, enough truly is enough.
Arabesque is at Millwood on Wednesdays, South Perry on Thursdays, Spokane downtown on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Humble Earth on Sundays. Come fall, look for them at the Community Building (35 W. Main Ave.) on Thursdays from 11 am-5:30 pm, November through May.
-- M.C. PAUL