For Your Consideration

Everything explained, tasty hummus and an Instagram must-follow

BOOK | In first-world America, we're surrounded by the ease of modern convenience. Giant boxes that wash and dry our clothes for us? Check. A radio-wave-making device in the kitchen that reheats and cooks food? Check. Most of us don't even question the how or why of any of these machines. Enter the idiot-proof creation from the great mind of Randall Munroe (aka the guy who writes the webcomic XKCD): THING EXPLAINER. The coffee-table book of blueprint-style drawings and charts — all written using the most common 1,000 words in the English language — is a humorous and mentally digestible encyclopedia for our overloaded attention spans. Think of it as high school science class dumbed down for grown-ups who've forgotten most (if not all) of those basic concepts.

FOOD | Hummus is the new ranch dressing. Or the new Sriracha. Bold claims, yes, but the legume-based Mediterranean spread/dip has popped up everywhere in the past several years. The combinations of chickpeas with various spices, herbs and veggies seem endless. As a self-proclaimed hummus connoisseur who's gone through too many weak attempts making it myself at home, I've become a devotee of the EAT WELL EMBRACE LIFE hummus brand, which offers some unusual yet tasty flavors: beet (yummier than it sounds, and also pink!) black bean, spicy lentil, edamame — the list goes on. The Georgia-based company's products are a bit tricky to find locally, but Rosauers carries it in near the deli counter, and so does WinCo, sometimes.

INSTAGRAM | Back in the day when fresh flowers weren't a year-round commodity, people got creative, as they did for most tasks. Dating back to the Victorian era and also popular during the Great Depression, crepe-paper flowers were used to decorate homes and the graves of loved ones, and they've made a big comeback of late. While Spokane is home to the locally owned paper flower shop Anemone, another Washington state paper florist is worth a follow on Instagram. Kate Alarcon's @COBRALILYSHOP feed is a breathtaking study of botany. The Seattle-based artist is constantly creating delicate blooms from paper — poppies, roses, orchids, foxgloves and more — all so realistic that it's easy to forget they didn't actually grow from the ground. ♦

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About The Author

Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...