Friday, October 21, 2011

travelogue spokane {travel}

spokane, washington was my home for 6 interrupted years
interrupted because
the years weren't consecutive
 i attended university here
then left
transferred back for a job
and left again
i return several times each year
for meetings
and i find myself
envious of spokanites
it. is. true.
each time i return to spokane i find new treasures

frozen mornings, warming to crisp afternoons
flaming red leaves of trees readying for winter
a crook of the river, hugging a long forgotten road

along a stretch of highway leading out of town
sits a charming eatery
a jewel of a place
called chaps

walking in the door
is more like stumbling into a magical cottage
i felt a bit like gretel  
following the scent of sugar and spices
to an airy room
dressed in chandeliers, marbled tables
incredibly hip patrons

i am a pastry chef
for professional reasons (cough,cough)
i sample
the adorable young man behind the counter {trevor}
apple fritter
vegetable omelet with chorizo
(not on the menu)
i added a pumpkin latte

the omelet was overstuffed and oozing with cheese
joined with perfectly cooked breakfast potatoes 
and freshly baked thick toast
the latte was as large as the harvest moon and filled with the flavors of pumpkin pie
it all was delicious, but i must admit
the fritter was my favorite
eschewing the cloying sweetness of a donut, for the mastery of a french pastry
it had me plotting my next visit before i finished my last

if you find yourself with a grumbling stomach
wandering the by-ways of the northwest
seek out chaps
a not-so-hidden treasure
in spokane washington


  1. I'm so glad you came to my neck of the woods! Chaps is one of my absolute favs. -- isn't Celeste just so refreshingly creative? She has created a true gem. I'm from Spokane, and longed to move back during the decade we were away. We're in Coeur d'Alene now.
    I love your blog and have been continually inspired by it since my friend, Katie O., suggested it! Thanks for sharing your talents through the virtual world!!

  2. What a great blog and so happy to have discovered you on Chap's fb wall. We are two best friends who grew up in Spokane. We live near in sweet Liberty Lake and Chaps is our very, very favorite place to BE; to eat, drink, laugh, visit, people watch and more. Celeste is a dear friend and she and her staff, including awesome Trevor have created a homey, chick, super cool, completely comfortable place for us lucky Spokanites and our visitors to hang out.

    Debbie and Shelley

  3. Krista...thanks for coming by...and for checking in from time to time...i read yours too! KO is an amazing woman and friend...we are both lucky to know her.

  4. debbie and shelley...i live in spokane in the 80's and 90's and really love it. i was so pleased to find that the town has not lost its independent vibe...i stumbled upon pink, having already known of chaps...and have recently discovered the farm chicks. i just may have to move back! thanks for coming by and commenting...i am off to your place now!

  5. I should NOT have read this right before bed. You made me hungry and this would not be a good time to eat. I'll forgive you 'cause you stopped by my blog.


  6. I love this post!! I love Spokane, and love Chaps=)!


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