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5.30.13

Spicey at SAVORx

IN COMES THE NEW

A few flavorful places just opened (and will soon open) in the Inland Northwest: one sweet, one spicy and one savory.

Sweet Moments Bakery
200 W. Hanley Ave. Suite 1502, Coeur d'Alene
This locally owned bakery in Coeur d'Alene's Silver Lake Mall opened at the beginning of May. Cinnamon rolls, cookies and brownies abound, as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch — all homemade.

SAVORx
24 W. 2nd Ave.
Although Pete Taylor has been doing his "spiceologist" thing — selling spices through his company, SAVORx Spice & Flavor Co. — for two years, his mission to make the world a little tastier just expanded. Taylor, who is the former executive chef of Cavanaugh's Resort at Priest Lake, opened a retail location for SAVORx in the Spokane Public Market at the end of April. At the market (open Thurs-Sun) one will find more than 100 spices including raspberry chipotle, pink peppercorn lemon thyme and smoky honey habanero.

Pho City
112 N. Howard St., Spokane
Pho City will soon be dishing up plates of Vietnamese cuisine such as noodle soup, spring rolls and Hainan chicken rice. The opening of the restaurant is tentatively set for the first part of June and everyone that comes to the grand opening gets 15 percent off their first meal. Pho City's Facebook page will have updates as the time to open draws near.

Last week the Inlander's food blog gave you a heads up on some more openings in the outside-Spokane area, including a new wine bar called The Fainting Goat in Wallace, Idaho and a bakery called Artfully Yours in Pullman.

JO MILLER

SPO-CAN 2013

Before Elkfest charges in next weekend, this weekend there's Spo-Can, a time to pop open as many craft beer cans as you, well, can. Or maybe it's just a time to kick back on the patio with some aluminum and hear good local music. Elk Public House will feature more than 40 canned craft beers on Saturday and Sunday from noon-8 pm. Folkinception will have the tunes on Saturday and The Rub will play Sunday. There's no cover charge and the event — minus the beer part — is open to all ages.

JO MILLER

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In Vino Veritas

Chateau Rive | 620 W. Mallon Ave.

"There is Truth in Wine" annual fundraiser benefiting Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, featuring wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, an auction and more. | May 31 at 6 pm | $100 | Ages 21+ | 866-904-7721more...

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Cheese Making

Pine Meadow Farms | 10425 S. Andrus Rd., Cheney

Learn to make five types of cheese at home in a basic, introductory course. | June 1 from 1-5 pm | $5/children, $25/adults, pre-registration required. | 448-3066more...

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One Year of Beer

Iron Goat Brewing Co. | 2204 E. Mallon Ave.

Celebrate the brewery's first anniversary with barrel-aged beers, live music, food and more. | June 1 from noon-10 pm | 474-0722more...

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Kinja Japanese and Korean Restaurant

7458 N. Division St.
474-9276

Sooji Shin says her father has worked with fish for 25 years, first in their family's seaside hometown of Busan, South Korea, and then stateside in California and Las Vegas.

Now he creates sushi in his Japanese and Korean restaurant, Kinja, tucked in the corner of the Dollar Tree shopping center on North Division Street. Shin helps her parents with the family-run business and is learning how to make sushi herself.       

Her family moved to Spokane and opened Kinja a few months ago after running a restaurant of the same name in Tacoma for four years. Shin says Koreans made up much of their customer base in Tacoma, but here in Spokane, the clientele has been mostly Americans, many of them still figuring out the sushi game.

"A lot of customers come in, but they don't know how to eat sushi," she says. "But I just want them to enjoy it." She recommends the Jane Roll to diners who aren't regular sushi eaters, and she says they usually like it and even come back for more.

The Jane Roll — shrimp tempura and crab topped with spicy tuna, sauce and crunch — is one among many of the items on the conveyor belt that rolls plates of sushi, fried seafood and desserts ($1.50-$4.50) around the seating area.

Shin says the belt provides a good opportunity to get sushi to people, but no one is ever forced to eat sushi because there are a variety of other foods — fried or cooked — on the belt or the regular menu. more...

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Angelo's Ristorante

846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene
208-765-2850

Tucked into the corner of a commercial strip along Coeur d'Alene's Fourth Street corridor, Angelo's Ristorante is a paradoxical wonder. Unassuming from the outside and partially hidden by wooden fencing enclosing the patio, the cozy space has nonetheless become a word-of-mouth favorite.

Under the direction of chef/owner Angelo Martini Brunson, the kitchen dishes up a wide array of pan-Italian cuisine, including from-scratch appetizers, entrées and desserts mostly using locally sourced, organic ingredients. Expect traditional foods with an emphasis on freshness and flavor like tender artichoke hearts oreganato, grilled eggplant "parcels" with pine nuts, goat cheese and basil; veal, steak and lamb dishes; fragrant Cioppino; and plenty of pasta.

Established in 2004, Angelo's has since made modest changes, expanding to include additional indoor and outdoor seating and adding pizza to the menu. It's one of nearly two dozen signature items on Angelo's standing dinner special: two entrées and a bottle of wine for $55. A fine dining experience combining Old World charm and cuisine in an unlikely CdA setting. more...

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