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7.11.13

Van Gogh and Merlot

TWISP CAFE CHANGES HANDS

The menu at Twisp Cafe in Liberty Lake used to be a lot smaller, but when Stacy and Bobby Taninchev bought the cafe from the previous owners two and a half months ago it expanded.

They have kept some things on the menu, but have improved the quality of the ingredients, Stacy says.  

Panini used to be the main fare, but now many of the new items have a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Bobby, who is from Bulgaria, cooks up Greek-style food and added the new dishes. Since Greece borders Bulgaria, the two countries' foods share many similarities.

Bobby makes his own tzatziki sauce that can be found on the lamb and beef gyro and the Mediterranean veggie wrap. Other lunch items include lamb and falafel sandwiches and for dessert, freshly made baklava.

Also new are breakfast and brunch-type items like a Mediterranean omelet, eggs benedict and coconut French toast. Even though you can already enjoy brunch at Twisp on Saturdays, starting in August it will be open on Sundays, too. And next week, they will start a delivery service in Liberty Lake.

There have been a lot of changes at the cafe and the owners still hope to make more, Stacy says.

Twisp has previously hosted Van Gogh and Merlot, an ongoing painting tutorial, on a Friday night toward the end of each month and will continue to do so. The next one will be July 26 (cost is $45). Van Gogh and Merlot teaches the art lesson and Twisp serves the appetizers and wine.

JO MILLER

UGLY BETTIE'S TO CLOSE

Ugly Bettie's Public House, a downtown spot for live music and drinks, will be closing. Jeremy Tangen has purchased the space. Tangen, a partner in the MarQuee Lounge before it closed July 1, is also a current partner in PRESS Public House on the lower South Hill and Fast Eddies Bar and Grill, which sits around the corner from Ugly Bettie's. While Tangen's plans for the space are yet to be nailed down, he says the business he opens at 211 N. Division St. will have food, beer and liquor service. But it will not relive its days as a nightclub nor will it reopen as Ugly Bettie's. The new business is tentatively set for a late September opening, Tangen says.

JO MILLER

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Pongzilla

The Lincoln Center | 1316 N. Lincoln St.

Beer pong tournament featuring prizes, live DJs, food and an after party. | July 12 at 6 pm | $5 spectators, $40 per team | 327-8000more...

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Wok-Style Cooking

Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA) | 1810 N. Greene St.

Learn to make pad thai noodles at home using a wok. | July 13 from 6-8 pm | $50 | 533-8141more...

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Summer Desserts

Kitchen Engine | 621 W. Mallon Ave.

Learn to make burnt crème, chocolate mousse and strawberries and crème. | July 14 at 2 pm | $39 | 328-3335more...

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Manito Tap House
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Azar's Restaurant

2501 N. Monroe St.
326-7171

There is a lot of history within the walls of this small but mighty Greek and Middle Eastern restaurant. Founded in 1980 by her parents, Azar's tradition and fine cuisine lives on through Katy Azar.

Azar's features many of the same menu items it has offered Spokane for more than 30 years. Its lunch buffet is all-you-can-eat for just $10.95. Longstanding favorites like the Gyro sandwich, the combo dinner and the Spanakopita Dinner, which the menu describes as "layered filo dough filled with spinach and feta cheese, baked and served with gyro meat" are still on the board. And as Azar will remind you: "Don't forget the baklava."

The hookah bar is no longer in operation due to changes in Washington state law, but the restaurant still proudly serves imported Greek beer and wine. more...

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Pho City

112 N. Howard St.
747-0223

About 30 people make up Helen Nguyen's immediate family, and they all live in north Spokane within five minutes of her parents.

That closeness was something Nguyen missed when she and her husband spent a year and a half in Los Angeles. When they returned to Spokane, Nguyen saw an opportunity to go into the restaurant business, something she had wanted to do after working as a banker and business account executive.

So she opened Pho City, a Vietnamese restaurant, downtown in mid-June with her older brother Thu. Nguyen runs the front of the house while Thu whips up the food as head chef, and the rest of the family pitches in too. Nguyen's nephew works as a waiter, her younger brother did the restaurant's interior design and a lot of the sauce recipes are her mom's.    

On the menu, there is of course the pho ($8-$9), Choose from chicken or beef, both served with a plate of bean sprouts, Thai basil, cilantro and hoisin and Sriracha sauce that you can add to your pho as you wish. For the beef pho, choose from beef, meatball, tendon and tripe to fill your sizable bowl of beef broth.  

The short list of menu items is all under $10, with the exception of the Pho City special ($12) — a salad-like mixture of vermicelli, vegetables, deep-fried egg rolls and grilled pork, beef and prawns, flavored with sweetened fish sauce. more...

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