Front page, above the fold news in this morning's Spokesman-Review: Trader Joe's is coming to the South Hill in Spokane. Our daughter Annie's assignment for next week's family Thanksgiving feast is to bring goodies from Trader Joe's in Seattle.
Well, her trips to the market before coming home will come to an end next summer when a new Trader Joe's opens 300 miles closer to Selle.
After reading the article, complete with a architect's drawing of the new store, I said to Bill, "We'll have to make it a trifecta-----Costco, Cabela's and Trader Joe's. Then I remembered Chaps.
Bill was a bit disappointed.
"You never even mentioned DICKS Hamburgers," he said. "You've completely forgotten about that."
Well, not exactly. I view some of these Spokane stops as having different purposes.
DICKS is where we go when we're coming home on a late evening from some event in Spokane or from the airport.
The last thing we want to do on a late night with an empty stomach is to get out of the car and go sit somewhere else. Plus, I'm always in the mood for people watching while Bill joins one of the long lines waiting to order their fish and chips or whammy and chocolate shake.
As Cannibal Chuck wrote in his review: More than satisfying cheap food and the fastest service in town Dick's IS Spokane. Check out the crowd in everything from Hummers to beaters to transients on foot.
From them slaking illicitly caused munchies to the overweight cops that catch them, the french fry smell that lingers in your upholstery for weeks will bring back fond fine memories of the freakshow that is Dick's. There is absolutely nothing not to love about this place.
Thank you, Cannibal Chuck. I agree wholeheartedly.
I also forgot to mention Spokane's O'Doherty's Irish pub. That's usually a required stop on evenings when Annie flies in from Seattle. Hmm. That means an O'Doherty's stop next Wednesday. Yum! That's also when Annie drives us home cuz I always have a beer or glass of wine to go with my Hawaiian burger.
So, that in mind, we could fill a day on a Sandpoint to Spokane road trip. And, we can fill our cupboards, starting next summer with a stop at Trader Joe's.
Love their barbecue sauce, their maple nut cookies----actually we love everything Annie brings home and immediately displays on the kitchen island within minutes of walking into the house. We usually feed off from the assortment for about a week.
Next Thursday we'll have to share the goodies with other family members.
The Spokesman article mentioned that one reason the Trader Joe's chose the Lincoln Heights location because a lot of "foodies" live there. Do I need to look up in Wikipedia what distinguishes a "foodie" from the rest of us who like to eat.
I'm guessing these folks set high expectations on the sophisticated quality of every single meal consumed while the rest of us gobble up whatever's in front of us, even if it did come from a fast-food joint.
I'll be glad to have readers educate me on the traits of a "foodie." I always thought I was one of those.
Isn't it funny how we go along through life instinctively taking on cultural habits simply because they seemed appropriate at the time, only to later learn that someone with a sense of infinite marketing wisdom comes up with a classy moniker for such behavior.
Then, we suddenly learn we have good taste and didn't even know it.
That makes me wonder: will being a hick who dines at DICKS some day be cool?
Enough food for thought on this day of celebration. Annie, don't forget your Thanksgiving assignment AND Trader Joe's, bring it on to Spokane!!!