A Coeur d’Alene Breakfast Institution

In Breakfast, Coeur d'Alene Dining, food blog, foodie, Uncategorized on June 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Michael D's logo


Most of the time when the word institution is used to describe an eating establishment it’s not a good thing. The establishment becomes more of a “must try” restaurant instead of a really special, vibrant and fun place to eat. Michael D’s in Coeur d’Alene is special, vibrant, fun a wonderful place to experience – and EAT! It’s one of the few places that I know of where long-time locals AND tourists go for breakfast (and lunch). Michael DePasuale has a long history as a man who enjoys food and drink and more than that, enjoys providing others the best food and service imaginable. As a foodie serving others Michael is always on the lookout for something different that will appeal to his diners. Enter the new “Paleo” section of his menu:


I had to try the Paleo Waffle with eggs and sausage. It was great! I thought it might taste like sawdust and shredded paper but it didn’t – it actually looked and tasted wonderful.



In addition to many great selections on the menu the omelets that are available will bring you back week after week to try them all. You will not be disappointed.

Take a look at these creative and delicious offerings:

Micheal’s also offers a great meeting room for groups who want outstanding food and service while meeting. The room also serves as additional seating for restaurant patrons.


While you’re there be sure and have some of the best coffee served in this area and buy in one of Michael D’s mugs, my new favorite coffee mug.. Michael D’s is located at 203 E Coeur D’Alene Lake Dr, Coeur d’Alene, at the east end of Sherman. Not far from downtown CDA.

Great Food – Great Restaurant – Great Service and most of all a GREAT Host!!!

The Breakfast Nook – a Great Place to Eat in Coeur d’Alene

In Breakfast, Coeur d'Alene Dining, food blog, foodie, travel, Uncategorized on May 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Breakfast Nook Info

It’s one of my most favorite times of the day – breakfast. In the Coeur d’Alene area we are lucky to have a couple of great places for breakfast. The Breakfast Nook is certainly one of them. For me great food (homemade), great service and cleanliness are essential. The Breakfast Nook rates a “10” in every category. Daily Specials are excellent AND a good value.


One of the keys to a great eatery is the day-to-day, hour-by-hour involvement by the owners and or a committed manager. At The Breakfast Nook the owners are there almost all the time – one in the dining room and one in the kitchen.The cleanliness and the food prep evidence their almost obsessive involvement of all aspects of the restaurant. A look behind and under the counter tells the tale.

Clean Behind the Counters

The menu choices are varied. They are open 6am to 2pm, Monday – Saturday and 7am to 2pm on Sunday.

Some of my favorites on the menu are: the cinnamon roll, razor clam, eggs and toast and hash browns, the petite steak and eggs for breakfast. My wife likes the garden omelet.Razor Clam Breakfast

The seafood here is as fresh as it gets. I’m an Alaskan and I insist on the freshest seafood. I’ve had crab, shrimp and razor clams within an hour of pulling them from the sea – the seafood at the Breakfast Nook is that fresh!!! Speaking of fresh, the hash browns are NEVER frozen and always fresh. Eggs are perfectly cooked to order. The omelets are light and fluffy and again, always made with all fresh ingredients.

Garden Omelet and Toast

An important part of any dining experience is comfortable seating. The Breakfast Nook offers counter service, booths and table service. All three option have very comfortable seating and seats – well padded.

Tables and Well Padded Chairs

The service is top-notch. Coffee and water seem to magically appear provided by a well trained, polite wait staff. Food is brought out promptly and fresh. It doesn’t sit under a heat lamp. Come to think of it, I don’t even think they have one.

If most diners knew what goes on under the counters and in the kitchens of most restaurants they’d run from the establishment screaming and never return. I’m a clean freak, especially when it concerns what and where I eat. The Breakfast Nook is honestly the cleanest restaurant, including places the diners don’t see, I’ve ever seen.

If you want a real treat try their crab omelet, often offered on the weekend – depending on the availability of the freshest crab.

Breakfast Menu

The quantity as well as the quality of the food served at The Breakfast Nook is legendary. The “petite” section of both the breakfast menu and the lunch menu are a welcome corner for those of us who frequently find ourselves overwhelmed with “too much.”

Petite Breakfast Section

Petite Lunch

A must try is the fish and chips – fresh, large portions of perfectly fried fish and great french fries – all non-greasy and great tasting.

I gladly give The Breakfast Nook my highest rating!!! I know of a few restaurants that compare (fortunately two of them are in the Coeud d’Alene area), but none surpass this great eating establishment. I usually am there for breakfast but their lunch is equally wonderful.

Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, Paradise Montana

In fine dining, food blog, foodie, hot springs, Montana, travel on September 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

One of the best things about living in Coeur d’Alene is that there are so many different and interesting things to do within a relatively close distance to our “home base.”

Years ago I had occasion to travel to Polson Montana for an annual vintage skeet shoot. On the way, and only 99 short miles from Coeur d’Alene, we passed Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort, located on Route 135 a little more that 20 miles north of St. Regis on I90 along the Clark Fork River.

The hot springs were the initial and biggest attraction for us. There are 6 pools for soaking and swimming.  The 4 soaking pools range in temperature from 60 to 106 degrees. The swimming pools typically range from 80 to 95 degrees F.  All pools are monitored for cleanliness and temperature every 3 hours and adjusted as necessary. The water is natural, chemical free and flows through continuously. The pools are emptied and cleaned every other day.

Quinn’s has many options for overnighting -

The Canyon Cabins
All these cabins are duplexes & each side rents separately. There are now 22. They offer standard cabins, deluxe couple’s cabins, and deluxe family cabins. There are 12 standard cabins that are pet-friendly. These standard cabins are the only pet-friendly rooms on the resort.

The Glacier Lodge
This is a beautiful two-story adult only building, features a locally built Montana saw mill-blade chandelier in the cozy lobby. Standard Lodge Rooms have a custom log King Bed. Sorry, these rooms are NOT pet-friendly.

Golden Eagle Suites
Situated on the riverside of the resort, this duplex building has a beautiful covered wrap-around porch. Each 2-Room suite has a bedroom with a Queen Bed, desk & chair. The spacious living area has a Queen Bed, a love seat/sleeper, a recliner, table & chairs, tv, coffee pot, private bath, refrigerator & microwave, bottle of wine & non-alcoholic beverages, special treats, & 2 pool/bath robes, & more. Luxury bed & bath linens and soft fluffy pool towels are also included. The flame flickering cast iron fireplace unit is a cozy touch for any cool evening or morning in. Sorry, these suites are NOT pet-friendly. These suites require a 2 night minimum reservation.

Mountain Side Suites
These Adult only Deluxe Suites are situated on the canyon side with beautiful views from the covered front porch which is complete with a bench porch swing.

River Side Cabins
These Adult only Deluxe Cabins are located by the Clark Fork River with gorgeous views from the covered front porch which is complete with a bench porch swing that overlooks the river and canyon mountains.

The Tavern

Quinn’s Tavern is a warm and cozy bistro & bar that offers a wide selection of drinks as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner items a la carte. The Tavern offers a large selection of domestic and international beers. For the wine connoisseurs there are over 100 different wines from which to choose!

The Restaurant – Harwood House Restaurant

The menu is varied and interesting. The wine list is well balanced and extensive if not exhaustive. We selected an Amacaya Cabernet/Malbec blend from the wine list. Nice wine, good value and reportedly one of the favorites of the owner.

Salads arrived at the table on chilled plates. Chilled forks and a small basket of interesting bread would have made for perfection.

I ordered the Breast of Duck – Grand Marnier. My dining partner chose the Linguine Alla Puttanesca, linguine with a light spicy tomato sauce, with Italian sausage, onions, Kalamata olives, asparagus and fresh basil. Both dishes were well prepared, served and plated.

The duck breast was fork tender, very flavorful and not overcooked. I love good duck breast and I must say, this duck breast was prepared perfectly. I sampled the Grand Marnier sauce that I asked be served on the side. It was good but the duck itself needed no sauce – it would have only detracted from a fantastic dish.

The Linguine Alla Puttanesca was perfectly prepared and served.

For dessert we chose the Caramel Cake and the Crème brûlée. The Caramel Cake was sweet and sticky – just the way is should be. It was made better with the fresh black coffee as a compliment. It would have been best with a freshly pressed espresso. Sadly The Harwood House does not have an espresso machine – no espresso – no lattes. Unfortunately the Crème brûlée did not measure up to even the lowest standard. While the sugar coating was perfectly browned and the custard beneath was nice and cold, it was also curdled. This is easily corrected by tempering the egg mixture slowly.

I would also recommend that, as is the custom at most fine dining establishments, a nice basket of fresh bread and butter be placed on each table – without charge.

Our dinning experience at the Harwood House was, with a couple of small exceptions, wonderful. The friendly staff, the ambiance and beautiful log structure of the dinning room made our evening truly memorable.

I would highly recommend Quinn’s Hot Springs for a truly memorable “mini-vacation”  or side trip to anyone in or around western Montana, eastern Washington or north Idaho. It’s a great place to stop for a night or two on the way to or from Glacier National Park.

P.S. They also serve a great breakfast!


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