Thursday, August 8, 2013

FOOD BLOTTER: Shark cupcakes, brunch and smaller portions at Pig Out in the Park

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Dawn of the Donut may make tasty “brains,” but the most darling themed treat of the week has to be these adorable Shark Week cupcakes from Sweet Frostings.

This week’s Entree newsletter is all about reopenings and reinventions: Fans of the former Longboard Burgers in Coeur d’Alene are returning to the spot now known as The Surf Shack. In Spokane, Villaggio and Vintages@611 are merging as Villaggio Kitchen & Bar. (Read more in the newsletter and subscribe here.)

Chairs Coffee and Public House is getting closer to opening — they’re now taking résumés for pretty much all positions, and planning to have a walk-up window and lots of other plans. The spot, located in the the Hamilton Street building best known as the former Bulldog, will be a second location of the popular Logan neighborhood coffee shop. The 60-foot mural previously on the building has been removed, but will likely find a new home nearby.

Central Food now offers — gasp!“catsup” upon request.

EJ’s Garden Bistro, in Browne’s Addition, is now offering brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Black Jack Lil’s is ready to open this weekend on the shores of Hauser Lake.

The tiny community of Garfield, Wash., may be getting a much-needed new spot for food, drinks and gatherings. The Gear ’N Cog Bistro is currently running a Kickstarter campaign and aiming for an October opening.

Following complaints about full stomachs and empty wallets, Pig Out in the Park will offer smaller, cheaper portions for $3 apiece during certain hours this year.

Which Inland Northwest brewery is going to get beer in cans first? A couple weeks ago we saw what the new Orlison cans are going to look like, and this week we’ve got actual prototypes from Laughing Dog. Both breweries have said they’re planning to release beer in cans this summer.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...