Hello lovely readers! Welcome to another stirring rendition of my adventures in Spokane! Last week it seems like most of my time out and about was either spent playing in my yard with my tortoises or hunting down awesome food and drinks. So now I have the lovely beginnings of a sunburn and have probably reached Margarita saturation point.
Tuesday I met up with the most awesome and amazing owner/creator of Holly's Handmade Goods to pick up THE GREATEST BABY SHOWER GIFT EVER! I'd tell you what it was but you'd just want to run out and copy me and I prefer to hold onto the title of CHICK WHO GAVE THE GREATEST BABY SHOWER GIFT EVER. So come up with your own ideas, folks. Anyway, we met up at Sushi Maru in Riverpark Square for some wonderful sushi and conversation. I love Sushi Maru for the atmosphere, the tasty food, and the quickness with which you can fill your belly full of sushi. It might not be the absolute best sushi in Spokane, but you don't have to wait to start eating because you can almost immediately pull items off the conveyor belt. And the seared Salmon is most excellent.
Later that evening I headed over to Ugly Betties with one of my cheekiest cousins. It was $2 PBR night as well as karaoke, which can always lead to either a wonderful or ear-shatteringly horrible time. We arrived between Happy Hour and karaoke time so there was plenty of seating (okay the bar was completely empty when we arrived but it picked up while we were there). I had an excellent Margarita while my cousin went for the PBR deal. As we sat chatting in the window seats we apparently caught the fancy of some gentleman strolling around the area. They came in, introduced themselves (kind of), and just sort of forced their way into our conversation. They were strangers and a little exuberant, but not particularly scary. The Ugly Betties staff was kind enough to let us know if we needed any help to alert them and they'd toss the guys out, but it wasn't necessary. They hung out for a while and then went on their merry (and rather loud) way. We stayed a bit longer to listen to some karaoke before heading out ourselves (it was a work night after all).
I ended up at Ugly Betties again the next evening with my fave Fox28 GalPal for Happy Hour. They had $2 domestic drafts and a patio full of sunshine just calling our names. Once again it wasn't exactly standing room only around the bar, but other people did wander in and out while we had our drinks. Happy Hour ends at 6pm at Ugly Betties, which is a little early for me as I don't get off of work until 5pm, but it was still worth it to check it out. I'm always up for a good Happy Hour (even though I totally and completely love my job so it isn't the stress of the work day that is driving me to drink no no no). So far Zola, the Viking, and Ugly Betties have had the best beer deals. If you know anyplace else I should check out, let me know in the comments.
Sunday was technically Cinco de Mayo but I couldn't wait until then for tasty Mexican food and more Margaritas. On Friday I went to Hacienda las Flores at the bottom of Freya and had an amazing orange-flavored Margarita in a goblet the size of my head. Seriously the thing was so heavy I couldn't even lift it. But it had a cherry and a jaunty flag on top which totally made up for lack of ease when drinking. One of the Spokast Podcast boys tagged along to dinner (seriously these guys will do almost anything for a free meal and by the way are you listening to Spokast yet? You should be listening) and we shared some tacos and the Polla a la Crema, which is this wonderful chicken in cream sauce that I could eat every day for a month and not fall out of love with (but after that month I'd probably never want to look at it again - and I'd weigh about 500 lbs). Hacienda las Flores may look a little sketchy from the outside but the owners are super friendly and nice, the food is excellent, and the prices are pretty reasonable.
I did some other exciting and not-so-exciting things over the weekend, but they mostly involved baby showers, Star Wars, and pizza, so I'm going to skip them and head off to see what other kinds of trouble I can get up to this week. I’ll be back (next Monday if I’m feeling industrious or Tuesday if I’m being lazy) to talk about things like trivia night with cousins, non-profit bake sale meetings, and bowling for charity.
Why don't you head out for some adventures of your own while I'm gone? If you're lucky you just might see me bouncing around town while you're out there.
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