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12.12.13

Shirred Eggs from Sante

ZOMBIE COFFEE, A NEW BAR AND DAIQUIRIS

A few new things are happening in town on the drink side of the dining scene.

A second place in town bearing a zombie theme has opened up. A drive-thru espresso stand called Zombies Espresso moved here from Elk last month and opened in a pink and green house at 6220 N. Lidgerwood Street. They serve Uccello's coffee and have a variety of flavors, including white coffee (fun zombie names to come). Italian sodas, Red Bull and Rockstar are also in stock.

Every day Zombies Espresso plans to sell Dawn of the Donut treats. They also have a kid's menu that features decaf lattes, hot chocolate and Italian sodas, plus you get a free kid's drink on Friday when you buy a regular drink.

In downtown, Santé Restaurant &Charcuterie has recently opened their adjoining Butcher Bar (Look for an upcoming story in the Inlander). As a result their hours have changed. Breakfast and lunch is seven days a week from 9 am-3 pm. All cocktails on the menu are half off from 3-5 pm and there's a mid-day menu, too. Every night dinner is from 5-9 pm and the bar and cocktail menu are available from 9 pm to midnight.

Also downtown, a place called the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory is getting ready to open up in the former Beignets location. According to their Facebook page they are labeling themselves a "daiquiri hip hop bar and grill."

JO MILLER

SOUTH PERRY MARKET FINISHES OUT SEASON

As winter sets in, the South Perry Market says attendance has dwindled, but that the market is still in full swing for two more Thursdays from 3-6 pm. Located inside of the Buddhio, a South Perry yoga place, you'll find the lineup of vendors with items like poultry, pork, petunias, gourmet canned goods, apples, pears, woodwork, hand-made jewelry, baked goods and even slingshots. Today at the market there will be a kid's craft table, live music and from 5-6 pm free yoga will be offered. For next Thursday, and the final market until it reopens in March, you'll find all of the vendors, plus the community choir is scheduled to perform.

JO MILLER


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Wine Tasting

Vino! A Wine Shop | 222 S. Washington St.

Friday features Powers Winery and Saturday features Airfield Estates Winery. Tastings include cheese and crackers. | Dec. 13 from 3-6:30 pm; Dec. 14 from 2-4:30 pm | $10/tasting event | 838-1229more...

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SantaCon

Downtown Spokane | Starts at Red Lion BBQ

Santacon returns to Spokane for the second annual pub crawl event. Participants are encouraged to dress as Santa or Mrs. Claus. | Dec. 14 starting att 4 pm | Free | Ages 21+ | facebook.com/santaconmore...

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Gingerbread Build-Off

Davenport Hotel | 10 S. Post

The annual fundraiser competition hosted by Christ Kitchen features gingerbread houses decorated by local culinary teams with the public voting for their favorites. Kids can also make their own gingerbread houses. | Dec. 15 at 10 am | $1/vote; $7 kids' activity | 325-4343more...

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Soul Soup &Coffee House

610 W. Hubbard St., CdA
208-446-3959

Soul Soup and Coffee House is a feel-good kind of place, filling a cozy niche in the Coeur d'Alene dining scene. Located off of Northwest Boulevard across from one of the newer entrances to North Idaho College, Soul caters to the weekday college and business crowd.

The eatery is a collaboration between sisters Susan Coby and Sara Bigelow. It's Bigelow who handles the coffee end of the business, along with fresh-baked goods (banana bread, pumpkin muffins, scones from Spirit Lake Books &Coffee) and Cravens coffee. Coby dishes up her hearty soups, fresh salads and plenty of smiles, chatting with customers like they're old friends.

There are plenty of sandwich places in the area, explains Coby, but no soup places. "Soup is sexy!" laughs Coby, adding that it also allows her to be healthful and creative every day.

Using organic and local ingredients whenever possible — like smoked turkey from Tim's Special Cut Meats — Coby prepares two daily soups, one vegetarian, and two salads. Soup fills you up without making you feel stuffed, she says.

Coby draws on an eclectic background. As a former lawyer, she has well-developed people skills and a strong business sense, reasoning that filling a niche and starting small make sense in a tough economy. Teaching cooking classes and extensive travel to France, Italy, London, New York City and Chicago honed her palate.

Coby points to the motto painted in foot-high letters along one wall of the brightly lit eatery: "I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all of my heart." She wants Soul to be a place where you can feel good about what you're eating. more...

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Luna

5620 S. Perry St.
448-2383

It's been 20 years since Luna first opened its doors at the far end of the South Hill, thanks to the efforts of Marcia and William Bond, but the neighborhood fine dining establishment soldiers on.

With the holidays here, Luna is busy as ever and just unveiled its holiday menu, featuring a filet mignon even Luna regulars won't have tasted. While this is a popular spot for holiday parties, general manager Deb Haase says the restaurant never actually closes for these private events. You can enjoy the holiday décor, along with a selection from the holiday menu and champagne by the glass, up until 9 pm on Christmas Eve. They'll be closed on Christmas Day.

Chef Zach Stone has been at the helm of the kitchen for about a year; he's set to introduce a beef tartare, a meatier take on the already popular tuna tartare. Other than that, Luna is keeping with its successful formula. more...

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