While in Omak for other business we were pleased to see the Scooter McHatter’s restaurant was open for lunch (hours: 11am – 8pm). Fortunate for us because it was lunch time and we were in the mood for something new. And we got exactly that!

The new ownership has done a lot of work on the building and worked from a very nice pallet of colors. Clean and welcoming inside and out, the furniture and visual features are very well done. Booths, tables, and a sit-down counter look and are comfortable, and the walls are uncluttered and appropriately adorned with open space geometric panels and artwork.

It was approaching 102º outside but inside was very comfortable, and traffic noise all but disappeared. Being rather new there was plenty of seating available, but based on our experience this place is soon going to be very busy.

On receiving the menus we were both locked in on two specials like twin cruise missiles. From the name of the place we expected corned beef, pot pies, and potatoes and gravy, but what we saw among the usual menu items were choices of Teriyaki or Yakisoba! AWESOME! We ordered one of each and began to explore the room again.

While we were waiting we chatted with the owners and found they are planning on opening the pub again, and that they  serve only locally made beers and wines, and which fits perfectly with their slogan “Thinking local is being local“. Keeping things simple is very affordable, and our region’s wines and beers are very highly rated. They are also looking forward to having live music at least once each month, and as a member of a band I find that to be very good news!

Before long our meals were served and Oh My Gosh, were they delicious. The Yakisoba arrived in a huge kayak and looked like much more than I’d be able to finish, but finish I did. Wife Nancy got the Teriyaki and it matched pound for pound the meal before me, and she did not need a doggy box for left-overs, either.

Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

Beef Yakisoba with Asian coleslaw

Beef Yakisoba with Asian coleslaw

We strongly recommend readers visit Scooter McHatter’s Facebook page and drop by the restaurant (Directions), have a look around, meet the new owners, and have a great meal. They also offer take-out, so you can get a great meal even if you’re short on time.

Dreamy July

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By James Gutschmidt

Prose and pictures are by James Gutschmidt. Material is on special loan, by permission, to North Okanogan – An Online Magazine, northokanogan.com, all rights are reserved and protected by international copy write laws.

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If you had chicken pox you are vulnerable to shingles. Period. Shingles is a re-emergence of dormant virii that your body has been harboring perhaps for decades. A shingles outbreak can be triggered by stresses, and these outbreaks can be recurring. There are all manner of fact sheets that detail the life cycle of this disease but there are just a few things that you need to know.

  • It is definitely not “an old person’s” disease!
  • It is extremely painful – 24 hours a day, for weeks.
  • You may never suffer from it but if you do it will likely be with you intermittently all your life.
  • There is a vaccine that can help avoid the initial outbreak with 50% effectiveness
  • Not all people should receive the vaccine.
  • If you wait too long to preemptively treat this affliction your quality of life can suffer badly and at unpredictable intervals.

Discuss this with your doctor to learn more about the disease, risks, and moderating those risks. I learned the hard way that putting this off is a bad idea.