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9.19.13

Craft Cocktail

COCKTAILS AND TEQUILA

Two former partners in the Marquee Lounge, which closed in July, are each opening a new spot for drinks in downtown Spokane — one with a focus on craft cocktails and the other, infusing tequila.

Volstead Act | 12 N. Post St.

Matt Goodwin drew inspiration for his cocktail bar from the early 1900s and named it after the law that aimed to stop the sale and consumption of alcohol in the United States, the Volstead Act. Bartenders will be slinging pre-prohibition-style craft cocktails made with fresh-pressed juices. On the menu you'll find drinks like the Pomegranate Pisco Sour made with lemon, pomegranate juice, pisco and egg whites, or El Guapo, a mixture of tequila, limejuice, cucumbers, Cholula, cracked pepper and salt. Volstead Act will have a series of soft openings the rest of the week, with a grand opening Sept. 25.

Borracho Tacos & Tequileria | 211 N. Division St.

Jeremy Tangen scooped up the space that was formerly Ugly Bettie's after it closed in July. The inside has since been completely revamped and will open as Borracho Tacos & Tequileria around the beginning of October. The street taco-style menu will feature several kinds of $2 tacos ($1 on Taco Tuesday) with signature meat fillings of pork, beef, beef tongue, chicken, sausage or tilapia. They will also have other items like a quesadilla, burrito, nachos and a breakfast menu. As for the tequila, Borracho will be aging their own and making about 12 infused tequilas with flavors like orange and cinnamon, cantaloupe, hot pepper and strawberry.

JO MILLER

MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA COMES DOWNTOWN

Ciao Mambo, the Italian-style restaurant in downtown Spokane, closed at the end of July, but now MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub will open in its place on Oct. 1. The new location (818 W. Riverside Ave.) will premiere a handful of items not yet offered at the MacKenzie River sister locations, but specifics are being kept under wraps for now. Some other features at the downtown location will be a take-out food option, accommodation for 12-or-larger groups and party-style catering portions. The draft selection will focus on local beers with several brewed-in-Spokane choices on the initial line-up: 12 String Rhythmic RyePA, No-Li Crystal Bitter, Orlison Brunette Brown Lager, Iron Goat Goatmeal Stout and River City Red Ale.

JO MILLER

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Northwest Brewery Showcase Dinner

The Lincoln Center | 1316 N. Lincoln St.

Five-course dinner featuring pairings from local Inland Northwest breweries including River City, Budge Bros, Wallace Brewing and others. | Sept. 20 from 6-10 pm | $55 | 327-8000more...

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Fermentation Workshop

Sun People Dry Goods Co. | 32 W. Second Ave.

Learn to make kimchi, a fermented vegetarian dish, in a hands-on class. | Sept. 21 from 11 am-1 pm | 368-9378 more...

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Beer Tasting

Pilgrim's Market | 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA

Sample beers from Lagunitas Brewing Co., of California with brewmaster Dustin Laufer. | Sept. 25 at 3:30 pm | Free | pilgrimsmarket.com | 208-676-9730 more...

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Tree of Life

565 Vest St., Post Falls
208-773-2865

The Miller family wants you to come break bread with them, even if you're gluten-free. At their Tree of Life Organic Deli & Bakery, they'll make a believer out of you that healthy can still taste good. Fresh-baked bread, bagels and cookies, deli sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast items have you covered from 8 am to 6 pm every day except Saturday, which is Shabbat, or Jewish Sabbath.

The lure for this Jersey girl was the promise of an authentic bagel: boiled first, then baked, for a crispy exterior and chewy-but-light interior. Varieties include sunflower seed and traditional poppy seed ($1.50 each, six for $5.25). Sliced, lightly toasted with cream cheese and butter, and I was all verklempt for the deli bagel of my East Coast youth.

All baking is done on-site with loaves available for order. White or honey wheat ($4.25), rye ($5.75) and Challah ($5.25) — a slightly sweet, eggy bread prominent in Jewish tradition — are all organic. The gluten-free combines goat's milk, almond and coconut flour and eggs ($5.25).

A drive-through and convenient location — just off I-90 near Tidyman's in Post Falls — means breakfast of hot cinnamon rolls ($3.50), a breakfast wrap with eggs and corned beef ($5.25), or potato latkes ($4.77). Don't worry about pronouncing sufganiyot ($1.25), just ask for the best donut you'll ever eat (filled with lemon curd or raspberry) and don't forget a cup of their trademark coffee ($1.95). Or drink your meal with fresh-squeezed juices like the tangy-sweet blend of carrot, apple, celery, ginger and lemon ($5.25/16 ounces). more...

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Northwest Farm Fresh

Order between Wed. at 9 am and Mon. at noon, pick-up Tues from 3-6 pm
nwfarmfresh.com

Browsing stand after stand stacked with carrots, squash, berries and baked goods is the norm when you think of shopping at a farmers market. But a new dimension of clicking and dragging your produce to a virtual shopping basket has become an option as online farmers markets continue to emerge.

"It is a new thing, but it's growing like gangbusters," says Shelly Stevens, founder of Northwest Farm Fresh, a local online farmers market.

Stevens, who helped found the Chewelah Farmers Market in 2008, used the relationships she developed with local farmers and customers to start up an online farmers market called the Chewelah Valley Fresh Market in early 2012. Since, Stevens has expanded her online market and changed the name to Northwest Farm Fresh. She added a drop-off location last year in Colville, and a third drop-off location began in Spokane on Sept. 18 at Lasagna's-On-Ya.

Here's how the market works: Customers register online for free and have from Wednesday through Monday each week to shop — choosing produce, meats and breads from approximately 38 farmers as far north as Orient and as far south as Reardan. Tuesday is pickup day from 3-6 pm. You choose if you want to pick up in Chewelah, Colville or Spokane, and you pay for the order in person. The online market helps solve the problem for folks who can't make it to regular farmers markets because of their schedule but want to buy local, Stevens says. Farmers also benefit from the larger customer base and exposure. The website provides information about each farmer, such as growing practices and how animals are raised. more...

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