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Capilano Suspension Bridge (BC)

3735 Capilano Road
North Vancouver, BC V7R…
(604) 985-7474

Fear is not a factor for you if you aren't even a little scared crossing this suspension bridge. I'm usually not such a fraidy cat when it comes to heights. However, it made me a tad nervous, as for a fleeting moment I thought it would snap and I'd be on the Canadan national news dangling from the foot bridge it hoping the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) would come to my rescue with something more than a horse.
It's high and it moves as you gingerly walk accross it, wondering whose kids those are and why they think jumping on it is funny.
I double dog dare you to cross with your eyes shut.

P. F. Chang's

801 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99256
(509) 456-2292 http://www.pfchanges.com/
Careful what you wish for.

Having been to other locations, I was so excited Spokane was getting a PF Chang's. Its always pretty good food and service is usually decent. I don't always say that about a large chain.

But now that its here, I'm just not so thrilled. I can't give it a bad review, as nothing is really wrong. I guess what I'm trying to say is its not one of my top choices of places to go, given all the unique choices in the area.

Its a great location, a pleasing decor and the outdoor seating is inviting. Like most people, I like the lettuce wraps and I reccomend the lemon scallops. It is what it is - American Asian food. Which isn't a bad thing and at least they aren't afraid to add some spices.

There is a different feel at the Spokane PF Changs, compared to ones in other cities. The energy is different. Its much more relaxed and maybe even a little sleepy.

Dare I say it? Sp…

The High Nooner

W Riverside & Browne
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 326-2166 http://www.highnooner.com/

How about a nooner?
I appreciate a good sandwich and the High Nooner serves up a yummy one. My favorite is the Sundowner - turkey, cranberry and stuffing. I like it because elsewhere in life that type of sandwich is reserved for post thanksgiving only. You can call ahead and order a tray of sandwiches to feed a crowd. The HN even has office delivery. But otherwise, you order at the counter and it's delivered to your table in a brown paper sack with your name on it. Reminds me of my grade school lunch daze. There are self-serve fountain drinks and a complimentry cookie come with each sandwich

Domini Sandwiches

703 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 747-2324

Remember the Dagwood comic strip and his mile high sandwiches? Well they serve them like that at Domini, a locally owned sandwich shop in the heart of downtown Spokane. If you're a dainty eater or prefer more veggies than meat this may not be sandwich for you. But if you're hungry and appreciate a deli meat and cheese sandwich shop, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Keep in mind it's cash only and know like any good family owned restaurant, they close for the doors for a family vacation.

Katrina's Tacos

510 S Freya St
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 535-4263

Update to this post - CLOSED! duh. Looks like a new mexican restaurant is going in. Hopefully they'll give it a good scrubbing on a regular basis.

I give this place 1 out of 5 stars. I was a fan when this place first opened. Authentic Mexican food is lacking in Spokaloo, so I gave them plenty of business. My stand-by favorite was the Mexican-style chicken tacos with celantro and lime. I also enjoyed the chips & salsa. which can be a deal breaker at a Mexican restaurant. So why only one star? They haven't cleaned the place since it changed owners, many years ago. Seriously, the place needs a good scrubbing and I'm not getting over it. I tried just getting it to-go but I still worried about what I didn't see. It appears, I'm not the only one as business appears to have slowed to an occassional trickle of unknowing customers. If I were the original owner Katrina, I would have inssisted on a name change. But then agai…

Chicken-and-More

502 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 838-5071

Tastes like chicken! Really good southern style BBQ chicken. Chicken-n-More is one of Spokane's best kept secrets. The "more" is ribs, sandwiches and even fish. It's not fancy, the waitress is definately not going to suck up to you, but the food is oh so tasty. Small family-owned and chalk full of regulars this place is as good as it gets in the BBQ catagory. No wimpy portions so be really hungry, share or take some home. Recently re-located but hasn't missed a beat as patrons chant "where you BBQ, I will follow"

David's Pizza

829 E Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 483-7460

I hear the rest of the menu is great, but I always get the DaVinci which has pesto and feta. Hand thrown, thin crust and a picky-about-their-pizza staff make David's Pizza a top choice for za. It's a funky location on the corner of the Gonzaga Campus. The table tops are the gym floor from the original Zag kennel and the recycled and random art is cool. Mark Starr does an amazing job of tying into the community and supporting worthy causes with Za. The Mobile Response Unit / Za Mobile features side ovens so pizza can be made fresh on location. Someday, maybe someday, I'll try something else on the menu. Until then, then the DaVinci is the tasty masterpiece I crave. Pizza pairing  the Davinci goes well with Lone Canary's Barbera.

Cavallino Lounge at Hotel Lusso

1 N Post St
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 747-9750

Cavillino's is an intimate place nestled behind 360 on Post and connected to the Hotel Lusso Lobby. There's a stylish sophistication to Cavallino Lounge without being stuffy. It's a cozy yet elegant bar with dimmed lights recently received a face lift. But not to worry, they'll still feature the $5 appetizers, making it one of the happiest hours in town. Often on weekends there's a live acoustic music. Its not too loud ,so its a good place to chat. Cavillino Lounge is a great place to meet for after work drinks where the seasoned bartender can make up to 40 unique Martinis or stir, mix and muddle your favorite drink. with style. Cavallino Lounge is also one of our top picks for a romantic night cap.



(Published in Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine, November 2008, Pulling a 360, by one of my pen names Coco Irving)

***Cavillino's sadly is now closed and revamped by the new owners of Hotel Lusso

The Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 455-8888 http://www.thedavenporthotel.com/


After a 17 year slumber and 30 million dollar facelift ,this long awaited comeback proved worth the wait. The Davenport is an elegant world class hotel, that makes me want a time machine to go and check out this ultra chic era of the early 1900's. Commercial real estate developers and now local super heroes Walt Worthy and his wife, Karen, bought the empty landmark for $6.5 million in May 2000 with a goal of returning it to its original spender, only better. It proved to be no easy task as it had major issues and needed to be taken into modern times while being true to the history. Detailed refurbishing and artisans from all over the world contributed to the best comeback story of the region. The stunning lobby hosts one of my favorite large fireplaces and makes this not only a grand hotel to stay at but a great place for dinner, events or just to hang out at. Original owner and waffle king Loui…

The Peacock Room

10 South Post St
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 789-6849



I might have been born in the wrong era.
The Peacock Room located in the historic and ultra chic Davenport hotel (Eastern Washington's only 5 star hotel) Yes, lunch is great and so is after work drinks. But the Peacock Room is my favorite place for a night cap. I adore live music and often there's jazz , blues or a acoustic singer/songwriter performing. It feels like an authentic rat pack hangout. For some reason the complimentry cashews they bring to the table are especially tasty. The late night menu is very good and the wine list is a good one. Try the cougar gold cheese and prawntini. Also on a side note, they make a mean bloody mary, that's nice and spicy.

Schweitzer Mtn Resort (sandpoint)

10000 Schweitzer Mtn Rd
Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 265-0257 http://www.schweitzer.com/

I (heart) Schweitzer Mountain! Truly one of the best skiing experiences around. Primarily its about the snow , but with over 67 runs with high speed lifts chairs its also about the ease of getting in a lot of runs on the over 3000 acres of ski/board territory. When your at the top with a view of Spirit Lake on a clear day, you think why would you go anywhere else.
A little reggae in the bar afterwards and a few drinks you'll be dancing in your ski boots. More people are discovering this delicious mountain resort and it is becoming more and more developed. However, Scweitzer still has a laid back vibe. Like everyone else - wish I would have invested way back when.

Cabin Fever (Sandpoint)

113 Cedar St
Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 263-7179

I've got cabin fever! I've got cabin fever!
This is one of the best stores anywhere and a must stop in Sandpoint. There's a bit of everything - home, furniture, clothes, frames and candles. However everything is fabulous. It's a great place meander around with a latte as there's a lot to see but don't think you'll get out of there with out coveting, craving and buying. It's just that good!

Spuds (sandpoint)

102 N 1st Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864
(208) 265-4311 http://www.spudsonline.com/

This is a yummy spot over looking Sands Creek in downtown Sandpoint. Perfect after a day of skiing or playing on the lake. Don't let the name fool you. Yes, there are great baked potatoes with a variety of toppings but everything is good and always fresh. I usually get a speciality sandwich and homemade soup. Okay, now I'm hungry.
Here's a recipe from their web site.
Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup
6 ea whole, peeled garlic cloves
5 red tomatoes (4-5 of each)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 jalenpeno pepper - coarsely chopped
1/2 red onion - cut into rings
dash of pepper and kosher salt
Slice tomatoes 1/4" thick and lay in shallow baking pan. Top with jalepeno pepper, red onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil onto mix.
Roast soup in pre-heated oven (375 deg F) for 45 minutes or until slightly blackened.
Blend in batches in liquid blender until smooth and soupy.
Garnish!