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 Louis Davenport , now represented by a life size sculpture reading a paper in lobby would be proud. as a peacock of the refurbished hotel. A must stop in Spokane, even if you just have time for a self guided tour. You'll feel like you're at a museum, but you may want to book a room and enjoy the amenities and unsurpassed service.
(Published in Spokane Couer d'Alene Living Magazine, November 2008, Best Of...) Note: Picture courtesy of the Davenport Hotel
Bringing Back The Breakfast Drink Marys and Mimosas
Both the Bloody Mary and Mimosa make it
socially acceptable to drink before noon.
While this can be a problem if the drinking continues all day, on its
own, a Mary or a Mimosa is a beautiful thing. The Bloody Mary can be a meal in itself
- a healthy sounding one at that with a slightly morbid name. Bloody Marys traditionally
are made with vodka and tomato juice which is then heavily spiced and garnished.
Some say this drink was conceived in Paris in the roaring 20's. Others trace it back to the 30's as a cure to
the dreaded hangover. Either way, this breakfast cocktail has evolved with many
twists being added along the way. The Mimosa, on the other hand, is a
mainstay of the classy champagne brunch with a straightforward recipe:
champagne or sparkling wine and orange juice. Yes, this is a drink you can make
yourself. It was supposedly invented in back in 1925 at a Parisian Hotel. As
with most cocktails, there a…
Absolutely! Port for instance is a seductively slow sip that vies for the title of most romantic wine. Additionally, Port is ideal for winter thanks to the warmth of brandy added during the winemaking process. I’m thrilled about receiving the highly anticipated release of Quinta de la Rosa’s 30-Year-Old Tawny Port. This collectible port celebrates the thirtieth anniversary since the Father/Daughter team of Tim and Sophia Bergqvist started Quinta de la Rosa in the Douro. This beautiful amber color port is aged well for three decades. Respectfully, slow down and don’t rush this. This is definately a bottle you need to spend some time with. It has enormous elegance and complexity.
Winemaker’s Notes: On the nose, slightly dried fruit aromas with touches of balsamic vinegar, coffee and exotic wood being just some of the components. On the palate it is simply delicious, almost light but with incredible intensity of flavor, soft, mouth filling with great persistence. Food Match: Best served…
Rosé sales has exploded in the US over the past few years, especially during the warm weather months. It taste like summer and all the best ways. In France, it now eclipses the sale of white wine. Yes, everything‘s coming up rosé.
It’s not surprising that when the acclaimed Argentina’s Bodega Santa Julia from chose select wines for the "wine in a can" trend, they picked a luscious rosé.
This Malbec Rosé is bursting with summer berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. I found it charmingly crisp and delicate on the palate. It’s an easy sip and a good balance between sugar and acidity. It’s an ideal pairing for weekends at the lake, alfresco dining and adventure.
I get the convenience of the grab and go can but I’m still packing stemware as sticking your nose in the glass and taking in the aroma effects the taste. Yes, im that into wine. A rosé is a very food friendly wine and pairs with almost anything. Personally, I love rose with grilled seafood and it’…