Archive for June, 2013

Friends Restaurant, Enterprise, Oregon

“What time do you open for breakfast?”, I ask the grey-haired, grandmotherly-looking woman who’s the sole server in this plain, small diner. “5:00 A.M.”, she replies. “5:00 A.M.?”, I ask, astonished.  “Five in the morning is darn early!  Who eats breakfast here at 5:00 A.M.?”  I’m an early riser, but […]

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Lan’s Asian Grill, Edmonton, Alberta

My chef friend, Hilary, says Lan’s makes the best green onion cakes in Edmonton.  After trying them, I’d have to agree.  They’re thicker and lighter than the traditional flat, dense onion cakes that are typically served in the city.  In fact, Lan’s version leans more towards the style of French […]

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Panhandler Pies Restaurant and Bakery, Sandpoint, Idaho

“The U.S. Border Patrol warned us to expect a big, Canadian biker gang”, laughed the hostess as our group of BMW club riders crowded into the Panhandler on Canada’s Victoria Day weekend.  Saturday morning, and the compact, rustically decorated Panhandler was packed and bustling. We ‘discovered’ the Panhandler more than […]

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Marv’s Classic Soda Shop, Black Diamond, Alberta

Walk into Marv’s Classic Soda Shop and you’re stepping back in time.  This retro-style restaurant oozes 1950-something, and it’s a charming place for lunch.  Burgers and fries (what else would you order?).  There’s no high-falutin’, fancy schmancy food here.  Be sure to order a malt.  (When’s the last time you […]

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Effie Burgers, Lewiston, Idaho

Effie Burgers, Lewiston, Idaho

You could easily drive past Effie’s without noticing it.  Effie’s is the classic, hole-in-the-wall diner.  Even if you found it and looked through the window, you’d likely think “pass” and keep walking.  Tiny, dark and showing decades of wear and tear, Effie’s is a local eatery legend that serves up […]

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T AWD SE

For value-conscious Canadians, one look at the all-new for 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is all it will take and you’ll know how the moth feels as it is irresistibly drawn into the proverbial flame.   Hyundai is the master at cramming a boatload of features into its vehicles at any […]

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2013 Toyota Highlander 4WD V6

2013 Toyota Highlander 4WD V6

The 2013 model year marks the end of the Toyota Highlander’s production life.  This is the second generation of Toyota’s highly popular mid-size crossover utility vehicle, which was launched as a 2007 model. One of the benefits of buying a car in its last year of production is that one […]

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2013 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

2013 Jaguar XJL Portfolio

In the realm of premium luxury cars, Jaguar stands apart from the crowd.  Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz all build exquisite, world-class automobiles, but the Jaguar nameplate strikes a chord for those who appreciate that ‘something special.’ Jaguar’s long association with Britain’s royal family and the marque’s legendary racing […]

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2013 Audi A8L

2013 Audi A8L

In the premium luxury full-size sedan market, there are a range of superb choices.  The Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are big players vying against luxury stalwarts like the Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS460 and we’ll even throw in the smaller Cadillac CTS for good measure. In this august […]

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2013 Toyota Avalon XLE

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE

Chances haven’t read many road test reviews of Toyota’s Avalon. That’s because Toyota’s flagship sedan was stupefyingly boring. I’m struggling not to doze off just THINKING about the outgoing model. That’s changed for 2013. The Avalon receives a ground-up redesign, and it’s like Toyota’s head honchos decreed their American-based design […]

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