The Local Deli in Rathdrum

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Hooked On Hydroponics

At The Local Deli, one of our (not so) secret ingredients is our sustainable greens grown right here in Northern Idaho! It’s easy enough for any old sandwich shop to buy some low-quality lettuce to hand you over the counter. I mean, at that point, couldn’t you have just done it yourself? We decided to fix this problem by enlisting an up and coming local company: Coeur Greens.

Founded by the visionary Tom McNabb, Coeur Sustainable Resources is shaping the future right here in the Coeur d’Alene area. While the company also invests in efficiently-powered data centers, clean water efforts, and groundbreaking solar technology, we’re really interested in the greens they’re growing for us and many other restaurants in the area.
Inside of a hydroponic indoor farm

How Does It Work?

Coeur Greens is unique in that their plants aren’t grown on acres of local farmland, but rather hydroponically in old train cars. Rows and rows of plants cover the walls, ceiling, and most of the floor. Instead of the normal plots of soil for the roots to grab all of the goodies, all of these leafy greens draw their nutrients from mineral-rich water run through the whole setup. Because of the close quarters Coeur Greens grows their plants in, each farming car can grow up to 2 acres worth of food!

Coeur d’Alene isn’t the only city catching on to the value of this kind of efficiency. Tom McNabb’s vision is shared by none other than Kimbal Musk in New York City. Though you’ve probably heard less about Kimbal than the car-launching yet somehow boring elder brother Elon Musk, that doesn’t make his work any less important. Co-founder of Square Roots, Kimbal looks to teach entrepreneurs around the country about the value of efficient and hydroponic urban farming. Square Roots’ major focus is on outreach and community, hoping to combat the important issues of food scarcity, overpopulation, and America’s awful diet.

I’m very excited for this technological movement as a whole. An America that does a majority of its urban farming in this efficient fashion is a future I’m down to be a part of. How great is it that Coeur d’Alene is in on the whole thing? Not to mention how fresh and healthy the plants are and that they’re grown right down the street. Gone are the days of your salads spending 10 hours on a truck and another 10 in a freezer. Check out our menu and taste the difference at The Local Deli.

The Caesar Salad Surprise

CaesarWe all probably saw this gem floating around for a while on the internet. Originally a tweet from @InternetHippo, the concept exploded in popularity. Enough to inspire an artist to work with the original Twitter user, apparently. This does bring up an interesting historical point, though. The Caesar salad was not actually invented in Italy! Let alone during the Roman Empire. It’s actually far more recent than that.

Our story starts with Caesar Cardini. An Italian immigrant who owned and operated restaurants in both San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. He served his alcohol at the latter location to skirt the rules of the Prohibition still in effect at the time. According to his daughter, Rosa, Caesar served his first eponymous salad when a particularly busy Fourth of July lunch rush emptied his food stores in 1924.  Scrounging for really anything that could satisfy his customers, he put together a bowl of lettuce, olive oil, garlic, pepper, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, eggs, and croutons. Finishing off with quite the flourish as he mixed the bowl right at the table, everyone loved his creation. A majority of the ingredients are includeCaesard in the modern-day Caesar salad dressing, giving us a taste of his creativity/desperation. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

Pax Salada

So it turns out that the famous Caesar salad originates not from across the Atlantic, but the Rio Grande instead. This got me wondering if the ancient Romans DID invent any neat salads, and it turns out they did! “Columella’s Salad”, named after the Roman soldier/farmer who wrote about it, is both simple and delicious. As opposed to the traditional lettuce we’re used to, Coriander, Mint, and Parsley make up the greens. Toss in some leek, thyme, cheese (chef’s choice), olive oil, pepper, and vinegar to complete a dish almost 2,000 years old.

We don’t serve this oldie-but-goodie, but we do have a great Caesar! You can classically eat it off a plate or out of a bowl, or mix it up a bit and build your own on some of our delicious bread. Regardless of how you like your veggies, The Local Deli’s got you covered!

Why you Should Support Local Businesses

We at the Local Deli strive to be the best source of sustainable, delicious food for our community that we can be. We pride ourselves on using fresh, local ingredients and keeping the profit we generate in our own community. We know that as a local business, we won’t be as economically successful as if we simply opened up another branch of a billion dollar corporate sandwich company, but we’ve never wanted that. contact

On a drive through Montana toward North Idaho, I remember coming to a stop in the town of Deer Lodge Montana. As a long-distance driver, I was already scanning the horizon for a recognizable golden arches, or red-haired Wendy’s, or some other cheap fast food to keep moving. My friends with me got on Yelp, and found a local place- a hole in the wall sandwich place called “Yak-Yak’s” that we eventually stopped at.

Instead of a quick fix, we got a slow, delicious meal, inside this curious little shack filled with some of the nicest locals I ended up meeting on the trip. All because one of us wanted to try something new. Unfortunately for most business owners living near interstate rest stops, most people stop at places they already know.


Here’s A Little History:

We are living in the second gilded age. The first, beginning in the 1880’s in the United States, began a period of unbelievable wealth generated by corporations that enveloped larger and larger swaths of the American public as consumers. For the first time on earth, CEO’s were becoming millionaires and names like Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt turned from little known industrialists to powerful economic and political voices.


140 years have passed since then, and now companies with similar market control and wealth are creating billionaires across the globe, buying out what they can and price gouging companies they can’t.


Pundits and media people love to argue back and forth about the statistics and implications of the economic situation growing in America and throughout the world, but some of us have to live and work under the threat of these mega-companies every day.

We at the Local Deli try our very best to create delicious, healthy, locally sourced meals that will keep our community fed in a way that matches their values. We go out of our way to support small farms, other local businesses, and community projects that benefit everyone in our neck of the woods.

Our message is this: Every time you shop local, or take slow food over fast food, or get art straight from a creative neighbor, you keep that American idea alive: that we all have something to offer to our community. We have a chance to grow and give back in a way that the big box stores of the world never will.

Argument Of The Day: What makes a Sandwich?

Today, we dive into an intense national debate you may not have known was even taking place: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Okay, so this isn’t the most important subject on earth. And the answer seems obvious, until you take a close look at the debate itself.

The two questions are whether the structure or the ingredients determine whether your culinary creation is in fact a sandwich. Obviously two pieces of bread, with bacon, lettuce, and tomato inSandwich between qualifies. But how about on a hoagie roll? A hoagie or sub is on a single piece of bread, not two slices. Many people would still call a hoagie or a one-piece flatbread a sandwich.

What if the inner ingredients changed? A meatball sub is still a sandwich to people, and grilled and cut chicken is often served between bread as well. Both of these are at odds with traditional flat-sliced meat styles. Hotdogs, of course, are bound by single bread pieces and subject to savory meats and condiments. The hotdog, according to most, should be a sandwich, then!

So What Else Is A Sandwich?


Does that seem ridiculous? It gets better. If any flat carb-loaded food will work for the sides of the sandwich, then bagels, flatbreads, waffles, donuts, pastries, pancakes, tortillas, and taco shells are all suitable “breads”. More extreme ingredients can occur between bread, like ice cream or cucumbers, so what keeps any possible food from being sandwich-ized? Maybe the possibilities are endless. This opens up so much creativity.


Eating a soft taco? Biting into a Klondike Bar? Toasting a pair of pop-tarts before work? Sandwiches.sandwich


You may find this incredible, and be assured we don’t sell burritos (though we do have wraps!) at The Local Deli. The exercise illuminates just how arbitrary some of our ideas are, and makes for a fun conversation the next time you’re munching our delicious sandwiches.

Layering the Perfect Sandwich

The humble sandwich: a simple and delicious part of meals across the world. The basics – bread, meat, cheese, veggies, and condiments, have been eaten in millions of combinations for hundreds of years. Still, there are enough people making sandwiches the wrong way to prompt us to educate the public on this staple food.


How can you mess it up, you ask? It’s simple. Many people don’t know that there are guidelines that can elevate a quick snack into a real meal.


Bite Size Sandwich Tips

The first thing to remember is density. The more dense the ingredient, the lower on the sandwich it goes. Hence, the traditional ordering: Bread, meat, cheese, veggies, condiments, bread. A denser sandwich with a  lower center of gravity is easier to hold, less messy, and in general keeps your flavors in the right place.Sandwich


Keep an eye on texture. Too much of a good thing can really send your lunch in a negative direction. Take the BLT, for example. The power is in the simplicity – crisp bacon and lettuce contrasts well with soft tomatoes, especially on a thin bread base. Overly fluffy bread and an overdose of veggies and extra toppings would just get in the way of a better eating experience. The Italian with pepperoni, other cured meats, lots of cheese, and little sauce is made much better by its consistency and thickness.


Balance the flavors. It can be easy to go all out in one direction and miss out on a much more whole sandwich. Let’s say you make a grilled chicken sandwich. Your chicken has a healthy dose of cumin and pepper, leaving it savory and mildly zesty. Balance that savor with some sweet, whether with sweet onions, pineapple, or cherry tomatoes. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes!


Keep the ingredients at the right dryness. It can be easy to make a sandwich for lunch and have soggy bread from lettuce and condiments by the time you eat it. Adding some butter to the bread to keep it from going soggy, or another layer of cheese, is a great way to make a vastly better sandwich. If this sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry! We’ve got your back. Come on in for the sandwich of your life.


Local Ideal Nutrition

Staying Healthy Through Local Ideal Nutrition

Enjoying a well-rounded, nutritionally sound diet may sound daunting, but it really is simple, once you know how to choose foods that provide the most efficient and healthy fuel for your body. The tips and advice in this article can empower you to create your own healthy eating plan that meets everyone in your families nutritional needs.

Local Ideal NutritionCarbs are not the enemy. Your body needs carbs to survive and by cutting them out, you can cause your organs damage or even cause them to fail. That said, there are good and bad carbohydrates. The good ones tend to be complex carbs like whole-grain and other fiber-rich foods. Local Deli Rathdrum offers many different options in bread and wraps, as well as gluten-free choices.

Try to eat a white meat in your diet every day. Most protein comes from animal fat and this kind provides the least amount versus red meat. You can find tasty white meat in our turkey, chicken and even tuna. Add these to items such as sandwiches, salads, wraps, bagels, etc; the possibilities are endless.

Even artificial sweeteners can raise your blood sugar and insulin levels in much the same way as sugar. Although they may be lower in calories, they are not necessarily any more healthy. Instead, change on how much you depend on sweet things. Start by cutting your sugars in half and work your way to not needing them at all.

Local Ideal NutritionTo help maintain a healthy lifestyle, try to increase your consumption of vegetables. Baby carrots are a quick snack and a great source of both vitamin A and C. Fresh vegetables are best, but frozen veggies hold their nutritional values better than canned. Salads are a quick and tasty way to get healthy greens but don’t go overboard on the dressing.

It is crucial that your diet contains a sufficient amount of selenium. Selenium is one antioxidant that can keep your skin looking younger by improving tissue elasticity. It can help deal with free radicals and even protect from the effects of the sun. Some foods for you to consider are tuna, brown rice, and wheat germ.

If you are very concerned about not getting the proper amount of nutrients, supplement your diet with a quality multivitamin. There are great options at your local health store. By choosing the right multivitamin, you stand a better chance of getting all the nutrients that are needed.

Proper nutrition is truly essential, no matter your age, lifestyle or level of activity. Armed with these tips for making nutritious dietary choices, you are well on your way to maintaining a balanced diet that provides you with the energy that you need to face the day.

Local Deli Rathdrum is a one stop shop for the whole family to get a delicious & nutritious meal. If you have any questions about our menu click here. If you’re located in Hayden and would like to order online or check out their site, click here.