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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Happy Hour of the Week: Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Spokane Valley

Details + don’t miss: Small plates are $6-$8 and great for sharing. Draft beers and glasses of wine are $1 off; signature martinis are $2 off; and house wine is $5. The Kalua Pork Tacos, Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread and Roasted Brussels Sprouts (topped with a fried egg) are must-orders.

Where to find martinis – shaken or stirred – in Spokane on National Martini Day today

Before my current love affair with all things Old Fashioned, the martini was the poison of choice. Bombay Sapphire gin martini, extra dirty, extra olives. (BTW, I accept that gin is an acquired taste, but gin martinis are the only real martinis. Vodka isn’t just a morning drink anymore and is OK in martinis, but gin martinis are the only real martinis.)

Cobra Polo Classic benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities

You don’t have to know a chukker from a hole in the ground to enjoy the upcoming Cobra Polo Classic. The annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities draws about 1,200 guests for one of the country’s largest charity polo matches. Guests enjoy the polo match along with a gourmet buffet lunch, parade of hats and hat competition. Local beer and wine, specialty martinis and a champagne divot stomp (to take care of those holes in the ground) are featured.

Greenbriar offers variety of classes

Setting up a home bar, creating a vegetarian brunch, making sushi, cooking the dishes of Baja Mexico and preparing gifts from the kitchen are among the fall classes offered at Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene. Owner Kris McIlvenna has invited several area chefs to teach classes that can help home cooks expand their repertoire.

Davenport’s Lemon Drop Martini hits the spot

Maureen from British Columbia recently sent a wistful note, asking for the recipe for the Davenport Hotel’s lemon drop martini. “Whenever we go to Spokane (my hometown) we have a Lemon Drop in the lobby of the hotel. It’s the best part of our trip,” she wrote in an e-mail message.