OK. This is an awesome French restaurant in Eagle, ID, just west of Boise. I know of no other French restaurant in the area of this caliber. Definitely a 5-Star restaurant! It really replaces Le Café de Paris and Andrea’s. Both of which have closed. Great interior ambiance – like sitting in a French café. The patio offers seating also, but on our visit, it was very hot. You may also have live music on the patio. It would be best to call for reservations if you decide to go. Both Chef Franck and his wife Michelle are very warm, charming and interesting. Anxious to answer question you may have. Here is some of the dishes we had and they were awesome. Delicious! Beautifully presented. Enjoy. We did. We’ll be back! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.
Such a wonderful and exciting year! Such a pleasure to know and meet Chef Storm and Artist Stephanie Hodge. They are doing a terrific job at the winery and in the restaurant. If you have not been there on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday for some wine and an awesome meal, you need to do so. Stephanie has been sending me these articles on a regular basis and it is a good way for our readers to find out what is happening in the wine country of Idaho, especially at Parma Ridge. Happy Birthday to the Winery! Keep up the great work Chef Storm and Stephanie!
Come Celebrate One Year at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro this weekend!
It’s our 1st Birthday and we want you to be here to help us celebrate! This weekend we are offering up some extra special items — Try Our Fresh Parma Ridge Peach Sangria, Storm’s Famous Ribs and enter to win a Parma Ridge Gift Basket! We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with our regular menu all weekend long. We are offering both our Happy Hour menu on Friday evening from 4-7p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations are recommended for parties of 4 or more if dining on the patio or in the tasting room on Friday Evening.
Delicious Weekend Specials
Peach Sangria – Made with Fresh Parma Ridge Peaches, LaRea Dolce Sweet Riesling, Tre Bianchi and San Pellegrino Orange Italian Soda for only $7.00. Sure to quench anyone’s thirst!
Storm’s Famous Smoked Baby-back Competition Ribs with Bacon Truffle Macaroni and Cheese and Fresh Coleslaw for $11.95…my mouth is already watering!
For Each Bottle of Parma Ridge Wine Purchased this weekend, customers can enter to win our Giveaway of our Parma Ridge Gift Basket! This is a one-of-a-kind basket Featuring one Bottle of 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel, One Bottle of 2015 Parma Ridge Dry Riesling, Two Logo Parma Ridge Wine Glasses, One Custom Embroidered Parma Ridge Jacket (available in both Mens and Women’s Sizes S-L), and One Custom Embroidered Parma Ridge Fitted Hat (available in 3 sizes). Retail Value:$127.50 Drawing will be held on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., participants do not need to be present to win.
In the News:
We had a fabulous turnout at the Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival Last Weekend! Thank you to all of our customers who joined us there. Be sure to read the follow-up article that the Idaho Press Tribune Published: http://www.idahopress.com/nampa/sunnyslope-wine-trail-festival-celebrates-seven-years/article_9c7f5e68-f5a6-5fe0-ad58-a327e17d5a0d.html.
Mark your Calendar for these upcoming Events:
Live Music on the Patio with The Lucky Tongue Band Friday, September 16 from 5-9 p.m.
Join us for one final show before the end of Summer with The Lucky Tongue Band! It’s sure to be a fun night.
Stay Tuned for another show with Bad Dog Lou on the Parma Ridge Patio in October!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend to celebrate!
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
For Each Bottle of Wine you purchase this weekend, you can enter to win this Custom Parma Ridge Gift Basket!
Well, I could have said, “Breakfast At Tiffanies”,but this is more fun; or so they say. The photo here is from my room at St Lukes Regional Medical Center here in Boise, while I had my OHS. The RN’s all called it the Taj Mahal – the original is in Agra, India – of Boise – one of the better rooms. And while I’m on the subject, let me say this about that. (I’ve heard that before!) My surgical team was superb – there were at least 4 of them. It was awesome. Everyone helped me through the rough spots; the psychological anxiety. I would not hesitate to recommend the surgical staff to anyone who might need heart surgery.
But there is another side of this “coin”. I am very happily married to an RN. So I pretty much know how they react to a given medical situation. The 15 or so RN’s that attended me while I was hospitalized, were outstanding! They were/are the personification for Florence Nightingale. They are Angels of Mercy. And if a stay of this type can be fun, these folks made it so. I just have so much admiration and respect for what they do and how they carry their duties out. Are these the most perfect and awesome Registered Nurses in Boise? I only know these RN’s so my answer is Yes. A heartfelt thanks to all of you!
Yes it was! A very good Thanksgiving with family. (Sorry you had to work, Chris. There’s a platter waiting for you.) Mac, Marnie, Sophia, Robin, Buddy and me. That made a good group. Mac may have a new Holiday Dinner job – The “Making of the Rolls“. They were super! The stuffing did not turn out so good. (Pictured here to the left) I think next time I will leave it in the turkey. It dried out too much. Crunchy. Difficult to eat. The turkey, though, was delicious and there is some leftover. Yea!! Dried corn was off, for some reason. Even with those drawbacks, we had a good time. Here are some photos. Enjoy! To see any of these photos enlarged, Left-Click the picture.
This morning, it was great to join Guy Hand, Edible Idaho Managing Editor, and friends at the The Modern Hotel for an awesome breakfast and the Spring Brunch Party. And from the menu for the brunch, The Modern states that “… thanks EDIBLE IDAHO, Earthly Delights Farm, Loganics, Rollingstone Chevre, Meadowlark Farm, Coiled Wines, Idaho Kombucha Co, Acme Bake Shop, Peaceful Belly, Homestead Natural Foods, Waterwheel Gardens, Next Generation Organics, Sweet Valley Organics, Gaston’s Bakery, and Miss Mona’s Chicken Ranch for their local products.” It’s just great to Eat Local and to support your local agriculture! Robin and I try very hard stay local! Enjoy these photos from this morning. And if you are in the area, The Modern serves some great meals. Try them and check out their website as listed above. They are definitely a solid 4-Star out of 5-Star restaurant.
A good party at The Buzz last night for the October Wine Dinner – Oktoberfest! A little bit of a change in the program. There were two beers offered that were pretty good, especially the Weihenstephaner, which was a light and refreshing lager. Very drinkable. From the Smit & Van Wyk blog, “The world’s longest continuously used trademark goes to the Benedictine Abbey Weilhenstephan in Germany, which has been using the mark Weilhenstephaner to identify its beer since 1040 AD When Britain enacted its trademark registration statute in 1876, beer was first and second in line, Bass’s Red Triangle became U.K. Reg. 1 for pale ale, and its Red Diamond for strong ale became U.K. Reg. 2.” A fun night. Hope to see you7 next month on November 11 and/or 12 for “Party Foods to Prepare Ahead” along with “Holiday and Gift Wines”. Then Beaujolais Nouveau Night on November 20. Cheers!!
7.7% alc. great with these appetizers. light and refreshing  $6.00, 16oz
“Zwiebelkuchen, which literally means onion cake in the German language, is either a one-crust pie made of steamed onions, diced bacon, cream, and caraway seeds on a yeast dough or a leavened dough that is particularly popular in the German wine-growing regions mostly of Rhenish Hesse, the Palatinate, Franconia, Baden and Swabia (a similar pie called Flammkuchen is also eaten in Alsace), or a quiche variant in Switzerland, traditionally eaten in Basel during the Carnival and in Bern for the Zibelemärit.” [Wikipedia]
This was an awesome salad and Cristi said so very easy to make.
2015 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc
14.2% alc. really good with this salad.  $22.00
14% alc. an OK wine that still went well with the soup.  $18.00
I think Cristi used ground pork. Speck is, “Speck Alto Adige PGI (German: Südtiroler Speck) is a dry-cured, lightly smoked ham (prosciutto in Italian), produced in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Parts of its production are regulated by the European Union under the protected geographical indication (PGI) status, also known as Tyrolean Speck.”
Two of the Boise Wine Meet-up Groups met this past Wednesday. The first group met at Tastings Wine Bar in Boise with Trey Busch, pictured here, of Slight of Hand Winery from Walla Robin and I took these with her phone. Walla, Washington doing the presentation of his wines. As I did not have my camera with me, Robin and I took these photos with her phone. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. There should be no small photos – except for the one above of Trey – so you may need to “Refresh” your screen. Cheers!
Then after this tasting, we went to the 13th Street Pub and Grill for the second tasting and some substantial food.
They had the interior of the pub all decorated out for the Holiday Season. It was nice sitting around the fire that was situated in the center of the room and seating on all four sides. Definitely warm! In order to keep the wine cool, we placed a glass of ice water between the wine and the fire. The two glasses were touching. Yes, it does work! Enjoy these photos, even though some of them are a little “artsy”. Cheers!
The end of the Farmers Market is in sight. So sad! It has been a good season so far as we are concerned. Great indoor venues for these cold Boise, winter days. The new location for the summer months at 10th and Grove is also great.
We visited two new vendors today, Free Range Pizza (pictured here) and Neckar Coffee. Both were very good. Enjoyed the pizza – thin crust. Slightly crispy, but also a chewy interior. Good flavors and flavor combinations. Went very well with the coffee we had, a fresh ground, full bodied Guatemalan coffee. Great job to both vendors. If you are at the market or you see them at a function, be sure to get some of their product, either coffee or pizza or both. You will be pleased as were we. Cheers!
Robin took these two really good photos this morning at the New Boise Farmers Market. This is the last day at this location. Next week, November 2, they relocate to 8th Street and Fulton – to an indoor, heated and restroom available location. This is exciting. Good job, Robin!
This morning, Robin said she was going to make the traditional Shrove Tuesday breakfast. I thought she was going to make Faustnaughts. But she meant from scratch pancakes with blueberries. And they were really good! Here the pancakes are plated with fruit and bacon. From Wikipedia a definition of Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is determined by Easter; its date changes annually.
The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. The term Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of Confession and doing penance. Thus Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is the last day of “shrovetide”, somewhat analogous to the Carnival tradition that developed separately in countries of Latin Europe. The term “Shrove Tuesday” is no longer widely used in the United States or Canada outside of Liturgical Traditions, such as the Lutheran, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic Churches.
In the German tradition, Shrove Tuesday is known as Fauschnact Day.
Fasnacht, sometimes spelled Fastnacht or Faschnacht or Fosnot or Fosnaught is an English name for a fried doughnut served traditionally in the days of Carnival / Fastnacht or on (Shrove Tuesday), the day before Lent starts. Fasnachts were made as a way to empty the pantry of lard, sugar, fat, and butter, which were traditionally fasted from during Lent.
The Pennsylvania Dutch in the area surrounding Lancaster, Pennsylvania celebrate Fastnacht as well. Most chain supermarkets in eastern Pennsylvania offer fasnachts, although WalMart offers Pączki instead. The pączki is traditionally eaten in Poland on the Thursday prior to Fasnacht Day, although in Polish communities of the US, the tradition is more commonly celebrated on Fasnacht Day. Commonly pączki are round, rather than having straight sides, and they are filled with jelly, or sometimes creme filling.
In parts of Maryland, the treats are called Kinklings, and are only sold in bakeries on Shrove Tuesday. The German version is made from a yeast dough, deep fried, and coated or dusted in sugar or cinnamon sugar; they may be plain or filled with fruit jam. Pennsylvania Dutch fasnachts can often be potato doughnuts, and may be uncoated, powdered with table sugar, or dusted with confectioner’s sugar.
The term is synonymous with the Carnival season which is called Fasnacht in southern Germany, Switzerland, Alsace and Austria. Although usually written “Fastnacht”, there are many local spoken varieties: Fasnacht, Fassenacht, Fasnet etc.
The word Fastnacht originates from the German words Fast, an adverb meaning almost or nearly, and Nacht, meaning night, eve, indicating the eve of the traditional Lenten fasting period observed by many Christian denominations. It is the equivalent celebration to Mardi Gras or Carnevale.
I thought that you may want to know where these terms come from and their meanings. Enjoy! And just for fun, here is a link to a recipe for Fauschnacts. “Eat, drink and be merry. For tomorrow you may be dieting!” Well, at least that’s what Pop always said.