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Friends of Manito Park turn holiday lights show into drive-thru tour

Holiday lights will still illuminate Manito Park this year, just not from inside Gaiser Conservatory. Instead, the annual event has been reworked as a drive-thru holiday lights tour to allow for social distancing. Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito Park, presented by the Friends of Manito and Spokane Parks, opens Friday.

Providence hosts drive-thru flu shot clinic

Providence will offer a free drive-thru flu shot clinic starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic. The session is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. or until the vaccine supply is gone. People can be vaccinated without leaving their cars, and appointments are not necessary.

Sorry: No rules against large orders at drive-thrus

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Many of us who use drive-thrus regularly are often on our way to work. Unfortunately, we often end up behind someone who has placed an order for at least a dozen people. This situation tends to defeat the purpose of the drive-thru and renders the term “fast food” an oxymoron. People who need to feed a whole lot of people and don’t have time to cook should go to a supermarket delicatessen. They will probably save money that way, and the rest of us will save time. Please help me get my message out to the public.

Drive-thru flu shots offered next month

This will be one drive-through where no one wants to supersize their order. On Oct. 2 nurses will be poking needles into drivers at Spokane County’s first drive-through influenza vaccination clinic.

This New Year Have A Scoop Of Bubbly

This week I reached out for a scoop of Black Tie Bubbly Sorbet at Baskin-Robbins. Here's the blueprint, straight from the label on the freezer: "Elegant black currant sorbet dancing with a delightful champagne sorbet. A fabulous addition to your holiday festivities." Black tie? Bubbly? Dancing? Champagne? Hey, just a minute! This sorbet has a better social life than I do! Total calories: 140. Fat grams: 0. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $1.50 per scoop (waffle cones slightly higher). Normally I run for the hills at the mere mention of "fat free." They ought to say "taste free." But since this is the holiday season, I decided to try Baskin-Robbins' year-ending specialty. In fairness, I'm usually a Ben & Jerry's guy, a fully loaded ice cream freak. The richer and creamier and fudgier, the better. And then throw some whipped cream (the real thing only) and a cherry on top. I don't do frozen yogurt. I don't do sherbet. I don't do sorbet. I'm not even sure what sorbet is, except I know that it packs half the calories of ice cream and snobby gourmets eat it between courses to "cleanse their palates." Why don't they go all the way and whip out some floss, too? Naturally, the Drive-Thru Gourmet doesn't require between-course palate cleansing. When would I eat the sorbet? Between my first Double Whopper and my second Double Whopper? Black Tie Bubbly is a red-and-white frozen swirl. It has the consistency of Italian ice, like they sell on the boardwalk in New Jersey. The sorbet has a too-sweet, sticky, fruity flavor suspiciously like a strawberry Slurpee. As for the champagne, don't worry, it's perfectly nonalcoholic. Baskin-Robbins doesn't have a bouncer at the front door carding people. Teen-agers can leave their fake IDs at home. And nobody has to get stuck with Butter Pecan because he's the designated driver. Black Tie Bubbly has a chilly, brittle texture, like most nondairy ice cream wannabes. Ice cream gets even more delicious when it melts just a little. Sorbet just becomes a slushy puddle. Even blindfolded, you can pick out real ice cream every time. Each lick is a soft, silky caress. With sorbet, your tongue gets rattled by stubbly ice crystals. It's like when your grandfather used to kiss you on the cheek, after bragging how he used the same razor for three months without changing blades. On the subject of being rubbed the wrong way, here's my chief complaint about Baskin-Robbins: The guy in front of me always gets a bigger scoop than I do. (Oh, like you don't compare everybody else's portions in restaurants?) Some salespeople at Baskin-Robbins dig down deep with their scooper and practically bring up a mountain of ice cream. Meanwhile, the guy serving me puts a chintzy golf ball-sized scoopette on my cone. He might as well give me one of those pink sample spoons. I have a feeling the guy serving me is the store owner.

Make A Run To Pizza Hut, New Edge Is Worth A Try

This week I reached out for a new Edge pizza at Pizza Hut. The Edge comes in four varieties: The Works, Chicken Veggie, Veggie and Meaty. Put me down for a medium Meaty, sweetie. Here's the blueprint: tomatoes, sausage, pepperoni, ham and bacon on a special thin crust, topped with Italian herbs and spices. Total calories: 155 per slice. Fat grams: 8 per slice.

If You Like Dry, Try Subway’s Turkey Sub

This week I reached out for a 6-inch Turkey Breast Submarine at Subway. This sandwich is part of Subway's "7 Subs With 6 Grams of Fat or Less" special menu. So, hold the mayo, hold the oil, hold the cheese and hold the black olives. Hey, hold it right there! Can you make this sandwich any drier? Why don't you just throw some sawdust on there, too?

Blimpie’s Fajita Sub Hefty Sandwich

This week I reached out for a Chicken Fajita Sub at Blimpie. Here's the blueprint: grilled marinated chunks of chicken, yellow cheese, white cheese, onions, tomatoes and all the usual fajita junk on a freshly baked submarine roll. The salsa's on the side. As Blimpie says in its TV commercials, "It's a beautiful thing." Which is sartorially important, because you'll be wearing it soon.

Ingredients In Frosty Unknown But This Wendy’s Dessert Great

This week I reached out for a small chocolate Frosty Dairy Dessert at Wendy's. Here's the blueprint, and it's a simple one: 12 ounces of cold chocolate stuff that once had something to do with a cow but doesn't qualify as ice cream, ice milk, Dairy Queen-style soft ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, a malted or a milkshake. Total calories: 330. Fat grams: 8.

First It Was A Movie; Now It’s A Kfc Sandwich

This week I reached out for a Chicken Twister sandwich, Kentucky Fried Chicken's entry in the fast-food wraps race. Here's the blueprint: chunks of cold roast chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, real bacon bits, shredded Cheddar cheese and ranch dressing all wrapped up cozy in a 6-inch pita bread. Total calories: 480. Fat grams: 20.

Boston Market’s Meatloaf Pretty Close To Mom’s Recipe

This week I reached out for a man-size, stick-to-your-ribs, double-sauced, extra-large meatloaf sandwich at Boston Market. Man, I can't remember the last time I had meatloaf. I could just kick myself, too. I love meatloaf. Who doesn't?

If It’s Beef You Want, You’ll Go For Big King

This week I reached out for a Big King at Burger King the new kid in town who's taking dead aim at McDonald's legendary Big Mac, the biggest-selling hamburger in the history of fast food. Here's the blueprint: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun. Hey, where have I heard that before? I can name that tune in two pickles, I mean, notes.

Mars Bar One Heck Of A Candy Bar

This week I reached out for a Mars Bar, the sadly overlooked and underpublicized hero of the billion-dollar Mars candy dynasty. Here's the blueprint: milk chocolate, nougat, almonds, corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, skim milk, butter, lactose, salt, egg whites, soy protein and vanillin. Total calories: 240. Fat grams: 13.

Dq’s Blue-Plate Special Loaded With Fat And Flavor

This week I reached out for Dairy Queen's blue-plate special, the one and only Chicken Strip Basket. Here's the blueprint: four fried chicken strips, each about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long, a heap of french fries, two pieces of buttery Texas toast and a small cup of dippin', drippin' gravy. Total calories: 860. Fat grams: 42.