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Food, Craft Beer, Nano Breweries, Wine, Idaho Wineries, Winery Bistros, Restaurants and Events, Boise Foodies in the Treasure Valley Idaho. Come see what we are up to and the variety of our eating and wine and craft beer experiences. Look where we and our friends like to eat and have a great glass of wine or craft beer. And if you are in Boise, let us know. We'll meet you for a bite to eat and/or a glass of craft beer or wine. What is your favorite cuisine? I bet we can find you a restaurant to satisfy your epicurian urge. Cheers!


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Sad News – The Buzz is Closing!


Buzz Coffee and Wine
It is with very heavy hearts that Tommy, Cristi, Austin, and Bailey announce the closing of the Buzz.
We have truly enjoyed our time and will treasure the memories, lifelong friends, and relationships we have had the pleasure of forming.
Our last wine tasting and music night will be Friday May 26 from 7-9 featuring Dr Todd Palmer.
We will be having a “drain the keg” event on May 30 from 5-8. We will have appetizers and beer and wine specials to empty the kegs.
Between now and May 31 our hours will vary but look forward to seeing our friends just to say hello and get information to stay in contact.
Our future plans at this time are vague, at best, but we want everyone to know that we are truly heartbroken and will miss our Buzz family.
Thanks for doing business with us and blessing our family with the gift of you.
Sincerely,
Cristi, Tom, Austin, and Bailey
Buzz Coffee and Wine
208-344-4321
Buzz Coffee and Wine
2999 N Lakeharbor Lane
Boise ID 83703

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We wish Cristie, Tommy, Austin and Bailey the very best in their future endeavors and challenges. We will miss their true friendship as we have been with them since the start. We will also miss our monthly Tuesday night Wine Club Dinner. Happy Trails, wherever they lead!


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Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery


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.

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

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

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

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

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Parma Ridge Cream of Mushroom Soup

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

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Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sausage Gravy

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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.

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Love this photo by Stephanie Hodge! So dramatic! I understand that it may be a label sometime in the future.

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June 14th Wine Dinner


Here comes another great wine buffet. Look at this menu!

Treasure Valley Wine Society

June 14th is just around the corner. This month the TVWS will be featuring the wines of Clearwater Canyon Cellars in North Idaho. Here is the buffet menu that will be served. The Brown Paper Tickets will be available soon. Please note that there is a scan code on the menu. Use it with your smart phone to get to the TVWS blog (this site) at any time.

A printable menu is available Here

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Mother’s Day Brunch for Robin and Marnie


Great brunch for Mothers Day at Richard’s in Boise.

Our Retirement In Idaho

The Ladies in my life. Robin and Marnie at Richard’s – The Inn at 500 Capitol, 500 S Capitol, in Boise. (208) 472-1463. Well worth the phone call and definitely a 5-Star restaurant. “Eating is a necessity but cooking is an art.” – unknown author and “If you are afraid of butter use cream.”— Julia Child. “We eat for our bodies, we dine for our soul.” -Molly Langston. I think these reflect Chef/Owner Richard Langston’s cooking philosophy! Just look at what we had. Such a great time with the loves of my life! Chef Langston tries very hard to source his food products from local farmers, including the Boise Farmers Market. (Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.)

. Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola, wrapped in Basil and Prosciutto with Local Honey

. Fried Red Potatoes with Roasted Tomato Aïoli

. Breakfast “Carbonara” Pasta tossed with Pancetta &…

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TVWS and Texas Wines


And yes, Texas does produce wine and some are rather good. Especially a Tennat!

Treasure Valley Wine Society

Ah yes! Texas has wine! Some good. Some very good! Garry Scholz did a fantastic job in securing the wines and then presenting them. Gail Parker did a super job in paring the wines with our Texas style dinner! Thank you both for this awesome job! The crowd was good, about 40 people were there. Just look at this menu. You can Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Sorry for the missed one and the poor quality of others.

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. Appetizer. Loaded Potato Skins
(Sorry for the poor photo quality)

. Southwestern Green Salad

. Cowboy Baked Beans

. Roasted Vegetables with Napales

. Plated dinner with the Smoked Brisket

. Caramel Flan

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Spanish Wine at “The Buzz”


A very interesting night of some fantastic foods and wines from Spain. Once again, Cristi, Tommy and Peggy came up with great service, adequate amounts of wine, super service and great smiles! For me, I liked the Cristi’s Choice, a 2015 Chateau De La Roche Sauvignon Blanc stole the show! It pulled [19] from me! The next closest was a NV Vivanco Rioja, [17].
The food. Two items stood out – Salmorjo Cordobes. According to Cristi and her sources, “It’s like gazpacho, only thicker. It is more a dip than a soup and in Cordoba is generally eaten by dipping bread or dry bread sticks in it.”
The other real treat was the dessert – Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream. “In the convents torrijas were often made with leftover bread – the perfect sweetmeat to lighten Lent. Since then they have been prepared in a number of variants, such as soaked in milk, syrup, honey or wine, sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon, etc. Sometimes they are made using orange juice which gives them a fruity taste and makes them suitable for those with a lactose intolerance.” [Spanish-Food] Here re some photos of the event. Enjoy and hope to see you at the next Buzz Wine Dinner. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Cristi’s Choice wines.

Croquettes and Albondigas
2013 Picos Garnacha
14% alc.
[15]

Salmorjo Cordobes
(One superb cold soup!)
2012 Ugarte Crianza
14% alc. definitely needs food [15]

Greens with Bean Salad
NV Vivanco Rioja
12% alc. Good pairing with the salad. [17]

Pork ala Madrid
Tortilla Espanola
2011 Faustino
Rioja
13.5% alc good with the pork and well balanced with the potato [17]

Torrijas with Vanilla Ice Cream
(Awesome!)
NV Anna Codorinu
12% alc. perfect balance with the dessert [17]


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


Really a superb balsamic vinegar and there are enough varieties to please everyone!

Boise Foodie Guild

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…

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