Everything tagged

Latest from The Spokesman-Review

Your favorite summer hangout?

Last week, this shady spot on the Lindaman's patio became my temporary work space.

Where is your favorite patio or deck for summer dining?

Spocasual? Or, Spokasual?

A colleague told me this morning that she heard a local restaurant is advertising “SpoCasual” dining. (Or, is that SpoKasual?)

I'm a little worried about what diners might show up wearing, considering how casual we are with casual dress these days.

What do you think?


Is this SpoCasual?

I fear it looks a little more like this:

Love crepes? A new downtown creperie is calling your name, will open in June

Judie and Ryan Sowards are leasing a downtown Spokane storefront for a new Euro-styled creperie called Beignets, in the Crescent Building, at 707 W. Main.

The mother-son team believes Spokane foodies are ready for a place that full-service business that serves thin, French-inspired crepes and other lunch and dinner items. They plan to open the business in June.

Ryan Sowards said the name is meant to convey atmosphere and variety. Diners will be served fresh beignets — deep-fried pastries — before the entree, he said.

They’re leasing 3,800 square feet at in the back side of the building, directly behind Madeleine’s Cafe. It’s The Sowards are taking the space once used by Cucina, Cucina.

They plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stephen Pohl and Jon Jeffreys represented property owner Red Tail LLC. Chris Bell represented the Sowards. All three work with NAI Bla

“Now That’s Progressive”?

We’ve all seen those Progressive commercials with the car insurance shoppers literally “shopping” for car insurance, and the gimmick always seems to be “name your price.”  With a struggling economy, cost has become the primary means of competition among companies, although quality definitely remains a factor as well.

For one London restaurant, “name your price” has become a head turning idea.

Obviously, the U.K. is experiencing a slightly different economic situation than the United States.  A recession is underway, and a “credit crisis” has affected everyone.  The Little Bay restaurant has begun to make waves with its revolutionary pricing.  Like Progressive Car Insurance, The Little Bay restaurant has adopted a “name your price” system.

Peter Ilic, the owner of four restaurants including The Little Bay, encourages his customers to evaluate the meal and service and to pay whatever they feel is appropriate.

Ilic boasts an increase in revenue because of customers’ payment methods.  Many will overpay in an effort not to offend anyone nor to feel embarrassed.

Peter Ilic reiterated his theory as he stated, “It just seemed the right thing to do with everyone under the cash and feeling pretty miserable.”

Yesterday’s free breakfast at Denny’s…

Good morning, Netizens…

Rather than set traps for wolverines or badgers this morning, I turned my rheumy eyes toward one of those icons of American plenty, Denny’s Restaurants. (http://www.dennys.com/en/) Although I cannot personally tolerate the food at Denny’s, as corporate chow nearly always makes me ill, at least it beats roasted wolverine over an open campfire, and I don’t have to discover where I hid my Swiss Army Knife.

Apparently Denny’s had a national advertising campaign which offered free Grand Slam breakfasts yesterday, and judging by the look of this picture, a lot of people decided to take Denny up on their offer. As one Spokane Denny’s manager stated, “When you’re in a recession like this, free counts.”

The South Carolina-based restaurant chain figured they would be giving away over 2 million free Grand Slam breakfasts, excluding the coffee and orange juice, of course. Customers lined up in really long lines at most major cities in the United States to hold Denny’s to their promise. According to the AP at several cities, Denny’s had to hand out rain checks simply because the lines were so long, people were still waiting in line at 2:00 PM, when the deadline expired for this event to conclude.

At least in a state like California, which recently began issuing IOU’s to its creditors, at Denny’s a rain check for a free breakfast is good for something more substantial it would seem.

Not having been born yet, this reminds me of the historied food lines in the Great Depression, except people didn’t eat nearly so well then.


“Squirrelly” Dining: Cruel or Charitable?

British farmers’ markets, butcher shops, village pubs, and elegant restaurants have become more creative with their cuisine.  Along with the traditional roast beef and chicken, squirrel has graced the menu.  Don’t get Great Britain wrong, though.  This is a proactive approach to maintaining the balance between two squirrel species.

Like the fight between the Trojans and the Spartans in ancient history, the gray squirrels and the red squirrels are competing for superiority and dominance (not to mention survival).  The squirrel species’ ”Trojan War” is alive and competitive all throughout Britain.

Because of the treasured and beloved tales of Beatrix Potter, the red squirrels are cherished by Britain more than the gray squirrels are.  The gray squirrels have the abilities to invade the red squirrels’ habitats and to pass on a deadly virus (parapox) to the reds that does not affect the grays.

Gamekeepers, hunters, and trappers are glad to help in any way posseble.  In fact, they encourage people to eat the squirrel meat so that it is not wasted.

“Save Our Squirrels” is campaign that began in 2006 to protect the red squirrels from their North American cousins.  By eating gray squirrels, the Britains hope to control their squirrel population and help the environment out, too.

The rallying motto for “Save Our Squirrels” goes, “Save a red, eat a gray!”

Do you agree with eating squirrels, even if it appears to be for an environmental cause?