Wonderful Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery Bistro


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Thank you so much Artist Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodge for another delightful brunch! These brunches are superb! 5-Star! (Bistro Weekend Menusubject to change – or Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro) And many thanks to Garry and Donna for meeting us at the bistro for lunch, despite the highway detours! Here is what we had along with our 2016 Parma Ridge Winery Tre Bianchi and a 2015 Parma Ridge Winery Carmenere. Cheers! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.


Coconut Breaded Deep-Fried Shrimp
Coconut Lime Rice
Korean Barbeque and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauces
They were that good! Started out with 6 shrimp.


Korean Barbeque Chicken Skewers
Coconut Lime Rice and a Korean Barbeque Sauce


Grilled Flat-Bread
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce


Parma Ridge Pear Salad
Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear with Grilled Bread


Parma Ridge Cream of Mushroom Soup


Brunch Burger – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger
Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg
Lemon-Tarragon Aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries


Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sausage Gravy

Fresh Bacon Cheddar Biscuit topped with a Sunny Side Up Egg

And to follow-up from the Parma Ridge Winery web page,

Savor the Flavor
Offering both an in-house menu in the Tasting Room and custom menus for your scheduled event, Storm is looking forward to making your day special. From appetizers to full course meals, Parma Ridge offers both the taste and the view. Come by during tasting room hours to enjoy one of his delicious menu items, or contact us today to plan your special event!

I did mention to Stephanie that Robin and I have probably had close to all of the items offered on the menu. We have never had a bad selection, but there are some we prefer! The Parma Ridge Bistro is definitely a 5-Star winery bistro in the Snake River AVA.


Love this photo by Stephanie Hodge! So dramatic!

New Product to Us – Celia’s Blackberry/Ginger Balsamic


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Yesterday we went to the 3rd Annual Marsing (ID) Chamber of Commerce Wine & Art in the Park (Wine and Art in the Park).
There were other things beside wine. Good food, for one. And food venders with their products. Their balsamic is but one. And it is delicious. Look at, Celia’s Gourmet Foods, where you can get some really fantastic balsamic vinegars, including a Blackberry Ginger Balsamic that I am using on a Slow Cooked Pork Roast as we speak! Yes, I know. This is not exactly an Idaho product. Close. Bend, Oregon is where it is from, but they do have retailers here in the Boise vicinity. Check their link in the sidebar or above.

Three out of many varieties. They even have hot and super spicy for the brave at heart. I can imagine the Mango Balsamic with Salmon.

Here is some information from Dennis and Lorna La Celle, the Idaho contacts.

Our Balsamic Vinegar supplier began their artisan vinegar company in 1889. Located in the Modena area of Italy surrounded by rural farmlands. Prepared using ancient traditional procedures, the process begins with careful selection of the Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. They are ideal for the high sugar content required for production. These grapes are pressed and the resulting juice called “must” is heated in copper cauldrons until the volume is reduced through evaporation to about 40% of the original weight. The liquid is then decanted into wooden barrels (chestnut, oak, juniper and cherry) and left to age and transform into vinegar. As time goes by, part of the liquid evaporates and part of the liquid is absorbed into the wood. The liquid is transferred into smaller barrels while the new “must” is added to “top off” the bigger barrel. And so continues the process.
Our Balsamic Vinegars are a true artisan quality product from centuries old recipes with no added sugars or starches…We are very proud to be pioneering these products in the wonderful town of Bend located in the high desert area of Central Oregon.

In Idaho, find them at Celia’s Gourmet Foods, Dennis & Lorna La Celle, Nampa, Idaho (208) 571-1485 or mamacelias@yahoo.com. They are also on FaceBook as Mamacelias.

And here is an awesome dinner that we made to rty out the Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic.

Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Glazed Pork

Stewed Vegetables
blackberry ginger balsamic reduction

Steamed Purple Asparagus
Miners Lettuce Salad with Yellow Tomatoes and Basil Threads
Fresh Corn

Awesome Dressing


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This is one awesome dressing that can be used on a variety of dishes; burgers, steak, salads, shrimp dip, etc.

Combine 1 part Oma & Popie’s Drunk Uncle Wing Sauce (see them at the Boise Farmers Market or Oma & Poppie’s on FB) and 2 parts Martin’s Swiss Dressing (available online at Martin’s Swiss Dressing). Martin’s Swiss Dressing almost has an Asian component. I do hope you like this combination. We do!

NW Farmers and Land Trust Program

I was at the Boise Farmers Market today – yes it was rainning, but not enough to dampen my spirits – and Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms where I get my eggs, was distributing this flyer. The Local Farmland Program is produced by the Treasure Valley Food Coalition. Tjhis looks like an interesting program in Boise. Even if you are not in the Boise area, there are some wonderful BNB’s and AirBNB’s in the area. Here is the flyer that Janie was distributing.

From the Treasure Valley Food Coalition webpage,

Been There, Done That: Conversations About Farmland Preservation in the Pacific Northwest” Regional Farmland Trust leaders and farmers telling their stories. Guest speakers: Hilary Aten, Conservation Director, PCC Farmland Trust (Seattle, Washington), Kristin Troy, Executive Director, Lemhi Land Trust (Salmon, ID), Two Lemhi County producers, and Julia Freedgood, Asst. Vice President of Programs, American Farmland Trust. Monday, April 10th at 6:00 pm – BSU Yanke Research Park – 220 E. ParkCenter Boulevard – Free Admission

Wine Dinner at Grit – American Cuisine and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Wines

Good food! Good wine!

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

A very good dinner and some fine wines. Grit – American Cuisine, located at 360 S Eagle Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11AM–9PM, Phone: (208) 576-6666, presented a very good wine dinner showcasing 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, 900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Phone: (208) 863-6561. This was thee first time Robin and I have been to Grit – American Cuisine and it is worth a 4-Star rating, out of 5-Stars. Good food, especially the French Lentil Soup, pictured below. It was superb. The appetizers, Seared Beef Filet and Crab Cakes with Aioli were also superb. They are also pictured below. The wines with the appetizers, a Roussanne, were paired perfectly. The wine with the soup, Eagle Foothills Sangiovese was also a perfect pairing. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
Gary and Martha Cunningham, owners of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, did a fantastic job keeping us…

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Boise Farmers Market Opens April 1!

Here is the latest from the BFM.

Welcome to the 2017 Farmers Market Season!
We are excited to get started on Saturday. Although the late winter has been cool and wet, you will be pleasantly surprised to see all the delicious fresh produce that will be at The Market!

Join us for a slice of Birthday Cake and take home first-of-the-season fresh greens plus oh so much more. What’s Fresh!

Baby Cucumbers
Bedding plants
Container Gardens
Dried Fruit
Green Garlic
Dried Herbs
Fresh Herbs
Curly Kale
Lacinato Kale
Micro Greens
Miner’s Lettuce
Salad Mix
Heirloom Seeds
Hanging Strawberry Baskets

Specialty Foods
Pickled Asparagus
Baked Goods
Pickled Beans
Custom Spices
Hard Cider
Herb Blends
Organic Kombucha Tea
Salmon Bacon
Smoked Salmon

Grass-fed Angus Beef
Pastured Raised Chickens
Duck Eggs
Chicken Eggs
Grass-fed Goat
Pasture Raised Lamb
Pasture Raised Pork
Sockeye and Coho Salmon
Smoked Meats

Artisan Cheeses
Goat Cheese
Goat Yogurt
Ice Cream
Raw Milk

On-Site Foods
Baked Goods
Matcha Lattes
Wood-fired Pizza

Cold Weather Plants!
Next Generation Organics is bringing fun 24 packs of hearty cold weather plants. They are ready to go in the ground right now!

Delicious Hot Samples!
Desert Mountain Grass-Fed Beef, will be cooking up some samples on opening day!
Ed says, “Come and getcha some!”

“Snack Size” Opening Day Steals!
Lampe Granola will be offering “snack size” steals at $1.50 a bag! Grab ’em while they last!

Fish Three Ways!
C&G’s Wild Alaska Salmon will have frozen fillets of sockeye and coho salmon. Plus smoked salmon strips and salmon BACON
Tasty treats!

Who’s at The Market This Week
Farmers & Ranchers
Brown’s Buffalo Ranch
C&G’s Wild Alaskan Salmon
Campbell Tailor Made Beef
Desert Mountain Grass-fed Beef
Feathers n Horns
Fiddler’s Green Farm
H & H Tomatoes
Kelley Orchards
Lost River Meats
M&N Cattle Company
Malheur River Meats
Matthews Family Farms
Meadowlark Farms
Next Generation Organics
Ohana No-till Farm
Peaceful Belly Farms
Purple Sage Farms
Ribier Gardens
Rice Family Farms
Smith Berry Farms
Snake River Seed Co-op
True Roots Organics
Volcanic Farms

On-Site Food Vendors
Il Segreto Wood Fired Pizza
Funky Taco
Haji’s International Foods
Tamales Nelly
The Great Crepe
Two Trees
Waffle Me Up
Wanna Macha
Prepared Food Purveyors
Acme Bakeshop
Apple Lucy’s Pies
Big Walls Bakery
Blue Feather Bakery
Cherino’s Bloody Mary Mix
Ferranti Fresh Pasta
Form & Function Coffee
Gaston’s Bakery
Lampe Granola
Meriwether Cider Company
Molly’s Mills
Neckar Coffee
Oma & Popie’s Wing Dressing
Potter Wines
Sevz Kitchen
Snake River Winery
Stack Rock Cider
Sunshine Cookie Company
Sweet Valley Cookie Company
The Jelly Lady
Urban Rustic Gourmet

Selected Artisans
Firefly Garden Art
Red Chair Lavender
Scented Room
T&S Metal and Glass

Great Visit at Juniper in Boise

This was our first visit to Juniper Restaurant in Boise at 211 N 8th St, (208) 342-1142. Really very good food. It can get very noisy so go prepared. It was also great to have Kelsey join us there for brunch. It was great seeing her and talking to her. She has had some fantastic journeys. Come back soon, Kelsey.
The food is prepared fresh and from reading the menu, mostly from local or Idaho products. Everything was hot and had very good presentation. Look at their lunch and dinner Menu or their Brunch and Lunch Menus. Here is what we had. Enjoy! We did.

Restaurant Front on 8th Street

The interior. It can get noisy.

Great to have Kelsey with us and to see her again.

Bob, Robin and Kelsey at Juniper Restaurant.

Let’s have a drink! It is a Juni and the Jets. We each had one.

And we all shared this Cinnamon Roll!

Kelsey had this Mexican Breakfast!

Robin had the Eggs Benedict!

And I had the Pork Belly Benedict.

Good Meal at the Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause in Marsing, Idaho


A really good, substantial, down home meal at the Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause in Marsing, Idaho on the Snake River. Definitely worth the trip from Boise or Nampa or Caldwell. Here is the link to their website and menus – Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause located at 18 Sandbar Ave, Marsing, ID. (208) 896-4124. Here is what we had for brunch. They serve breakfast all day and if you have something special, you may get the Chef to make it for you. Just ask. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. We will be back to the Sandbar! Everything is cooked fresh and they use local products as much as possible.

Main dining room

The Snake River from our table.

Over Easy Eggs

Texas Omelet with Pulled Pork

Good Night at the Buzz

Superb night with awesome food and wines!

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.

Tramezini Three Ways
2012 Montefalco Dango

14% alc paired very well with the salad [17] $26.00

Minestrone Alla Genovese
Another good paring.
2015 AvantiPinot Noir
12% alc good with the soup. not over powering. [19] $14.00

Southern Italian Style Salad
Super good salad and paring!
2015 Malvasia del Salento
12.5% alc another super paring [17] $16.00

Pizzelle e Salsa Rossa
2013 Castelli di Abola
13.0% alc good match for the main course [18] $21.00

Absolutely delicious!
2016 Saracco Mascato Di Asti
super paring. [18] $20.00

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3 Restaurant Visits


26Feb2016_1_Sushi-Joy_Robin_Right-FacingWell, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. Le Peep in Meridian, ID, at 3036 North Eagle Road, Meridian, ID, 208-629-0155, is a 3-Star restaurant out of 5-Stars. On the other hand, Alejandro’s Mexican Restaurant in Marsing, ID at 208 Main St, (208) 896-5339 and Sakana Sushi, 7107 W. State St., Garden City, ID 83714, (208)-853-4993, Mon.-Thur.: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Fri.-Sat.: 11:00am-11:00pm and Sun.: 12:00pm – 9:00pm are both 5-Star restaurants. I urge you to look at these links and visit the restaurants and make up your own mind.

Le Peeps reception desk.

Le Peep reception desk.

Le Peeps  dining area. Very open and may be loud and noisy if full.

Le Peep dining area. Very open and may be loud and noisy if full.

Lobster Omelet. It's the sauce that cuts this dish down.

Lobster Omelet. It’s the sauce that cuts this dish down.

Spinach Crepes. There's that "sauce" again. Plus the potatoes were cold.

Spinach Crepes. There’s that “sauce” again. Plus the potatoes were cold.

Le Peeps problem is in their Hollandaise Sauce. It is advertised as Hollandaise, but it is far from it. Not bad flavors, just not Hollandaise and an unexpected taste. Plus, the potatoes were cold as noted in the caption above. Just can not give Le Peep a higher rating. Two of the better restaurants we went to were –

Alejandro's Mexican Restaurant menu. #23 is superb!!

Alejandro’s Mexican Restaurant menu. #23 is superb!! (See the link above)

Camerones al Estilo Provincia were superb. Great flavor.

#23 Camerones al Estilo Provincia were superb. Great flavor. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of Robin’s 1 Chile Relleno and 1 enchilada

#23 Camerones al Estilo Provincia

#23 Camerones al Estilo Provincia

 Sakana sign on W State Street, Boise.

Sakana sign on W State Street, Boise.

 Cucumber and Calamari Appetizer

Cucumber and Calamari Appetizer

House Green Salad and Miso Soup

House Green Salad and Miso Soup

 Robin had a Sashimi Delux

Robin had a Sashimi Delux

 I had a Sushi and Sashimi Plate.

I had a Sushi and Sashimi Plate.

 We watched as they made a Pink Lady for someone.

We watched as they made a Pink Lady for someone.

 We also watched them make a Candy Cane.

We also watched them make a Candy Cane. Someone had some beautiful and great food.