New World Wines at the Buzz Wine Dinner


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestBack online. Photos downloaded. ‘Puter is cleaned up for another year. Monitor went South – New monitor! Ok. Enough excuses for being late. This month at The Buzz was pretty good. Sorry that not more people attend this Tuesday night monthly event. Such a great way to spend $20 for dinner and some good wines. 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Dinner was differently good. Quinoa Milanesa for one. An awesome Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chickpea Soup.
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The wines were good – I bought one this month a South African 2011 Protea, a satisfying blend of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Wine ratings for this dinner, is based on a score of [20], which is a perfect, flawless wine. Very subjective. With that in mind, I rated this a [19] Here is what else we had and the wines that went with each entrée. Enjoy. See you next month!!!

 
 

Quinoa Milanese Actually I liked this. An interesting and enjoyable appetizer. 2014Arenal Cabernet Sauvignon alc. 13.5 good balance and body with a med long finish. great paring [18] $13.00

Quinoa Milanesa
Actually I liked this. An interesting and enjoyable appetizer.
2014 Arenal Cabertnet Sauvignon
alc. 13.5% good balance and body with a med long finish. great paring [18] $13.00

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup Superb! 2012 Renwood Zinfandel alc 14.5 good paring with the food, I'm just not impressed with the wine. Seems to be a little light in balance and finish [15] $23.00

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Chick Pea Soup
Superb!
2012 Renwood Zinfandel
alc 14.5 good paring with the food, I’m just not impressed with the wine. Seems to be a little light in balance and finish [15] $23.00

California Green Salad Enjoyed this. 2015 Bonny Doon Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great pairing with the acid of the salad. [18] $17.00

California Green Salad
Enjoyed this.
2015 Bonny Doon
Alc 13.5% good balance and finish. great paing with the acid of the salad. [18] $17.00

Pork and Grilled Peach 2013 Blacksmith Merlot Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance. [17] $17.00

Pork and Grilled Peach
2013 Blacksmith Merlot

Alc. 14.2% great finish and acid balance. [17] $17.00

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream (Robin asked for more of the whiskey cream!) This was a super great dessert. 2014 Morse Code Shiraz Alc. 14.0% one of the better wines for the evening, great paring [18] $15.00

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream
(Robin asked for more of the whiskey cream!) This was a super great dessert.
2014 Morse Code Shiraz
Alc. 14.0% one of the better wines for the evening, great paring [18] $15.00

What did I like best? The South African 2011 Protea, pictured above, was superb. And then there was that wonderful soup. A little spicy that only added to the excitement of the soup. By far, the best of the evening was dessert. That was awesome! See what you missed if you didn’t attend? Next month is both beer and wine. It’s Oktoberfest! For the men, wear your Laderhosen. For the ladies, wear your Dirndl.

Great visit to Parma Ridge Bistro and Rollingstone Chevre


10Jan2016_1b_Parma-Ridge-Bistro_Rollingstone_GoatsEvery time we go to Parma Ridge or Rollingstone Chevre, it just gets simply better! Rollingstone Chevre is still making cheese after their devastating fire that destroyed most of their facilities. Karen Evans, owner a prize winning chevre cheese maker, is super strong and will come through all of this tragedy a much stronger woman and friend! Click on the link for more information.
On the other hand, Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits keeps putting on a super Sunday Brunch. Today, it was packed!! If you are going, and you really need to, call for reservations, (208) 946-5187. The goats above are from today. Here are some more photos of our sojourn. Thanks Marnie, Mac, Carlynne, Patrick, Amanda, Evangeline and Karen for joining us. It was a super day.

New born goat amongst the fire damage.
New born goat at Rollingstone Chevre amongst the fire damage.
Friendly guard dog, unless you are a coyote or another dog!
Friendly guard dog at Rollingstone Chevre, unless you are a coyote or another dog!
Patrick Williamson and his daughter Evangeline.
Patrick Williamson and his daughter Evangeline.
I love this photo! Beautiful ladies Mom Amanda and daughter Evangeline.
I love this photo! Beautiful ladies Mom Amanda and daughter Evangeline.
Evangeline is cute as a button.
Evangeline is cute as a button.
Here we are enjoying our brunch and a cup of coffee. Thanks Karen for the photo.
Here we are enjoying our brunch and a cup of coffee. Thanks Karen for the photo.
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup

And just to let you know, all of the dishes pictured here are made in-house by Chef Storm Hodge.

Northwest Clam Chowder One of Chef Storm's creations. Delicious!

Northwest Clam Chowder

One of Chef Storm’s creations. Delicious!

Parma Ridge House Salad with Chicken

Parma Ridge House Salad with Grilled Chicken

Mixed Greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear with Grilled Bread

Roasted Romaine Lettuce Salad

Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with Poached Egg

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with Fried Egg

Sliders

2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries
Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe”

Keilbasi

Chargrilled Kielbasa on Pretzel Bun
with Black Cherry BBQ sauce, Deli Mustard and Caramelized Onions
Rosemary Truffle Fries

Storm's Deluxe Burger - $7.95 Beef Patty with American cheese and Old-School Diner Sauce served with Fresh Cut Truffle Fries

Storm’s Deluxe Burger
Beef Patty with American cheese and Old-School Diner Sauce served with
Fresh Cut Truffle Fries

This one was made special for me – we left the bun off and used lettuce to wrap the burger in. Wonderful!

Poached Pear

Viognier Poached Pear
Brown Butter Sautéed Pears with a hint of coriander and star anise deglazed with Parma Ridge Viognier and honey served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Grillin’ At The Buzz


15July2015_1_The-Buzz-BBQ_BottlesNow this was a different Monthly Wine Dinner with the Buzz Wine Club. One outstanding dish – Aussie Grilled Chicken Burger with Mexican Street Corn. I suggested to Cristi and Tommy that this sandwich go on the Bistro Menu. Tommy said maybe on special weekend events. Just let me know, I’ll be there. It’s that good. (See the photo below.) And I also thoroughly enjoyed the Mediterrean Grilled Chicken Salad. You did an awesome job Cristi and Tommy! Great menu. Enjoy these photos of the evenings festivities. Oh. You missed it? Well, see you next time for sure. Cheers! The notes that I have added to these photos comes directly from Cristi’s discussion of the wines and the foods. Left Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Carne Asada Tacos  2010 Vivanco Rioja Crianza Mexico refers to BBQ as Carne Asada and it can be from any meat, not just beef.

Carne Asada Tacos
2010 Vivanco Rioja
Crianza
Mexico refers to BBQ as Carne Asada and it can be from any meat, not just beef.

Pork Gyro Bites 2013 Meadowcroft Chardonnay 1.5% alc. a good chardonnay

Pork Gyro Bites
2013 Meadowcroft
Chardonnay
14.5% alc. a good chardonnay. rather hot for a chardonnay

Mediterrean Grilled  Chicken Salad 1975 Sauvignon Blanc 13.2% alc good paring with this delicious salad

Mediterrean Grilled Chicken Salad
2013 1975
Sauvignon Blanc
13.2% alc good paring with this delicious salad

Aussie Grilled Chicken Burger with Mexican Street Corn 2012 Boxhead Shiraz 13.8% alc. Superb with this super sandwich. This is the sandwich I suggested to put on the bistro menu. It's that good!

Aussie Grilled Chicken Burger
with
Mexican Street Corn
2012 Boxhead
Shiraz
13.8% alc. Superb with this super sandwich.
Australian burgers are built from the bottom up. Bun, pineapple, burger, beets, egg. Chili mayo and a pool of ketchup on the side. It is a riot of flavors, though, grounded by the rich base of the meat. The way the flavors blend together, is hard to describe.

(This is the sandwich I suggested to put on the bistro menu. It’s that good! The sauce on the corn is mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and just a touch of cayenne.)

Grilled Pizza 2011 Serrata The pizza made a really good dessert. The fruit is surprisingly good grilled like this.

Grilled Pizza
2011 Serrata

The pizza made a really good dessert. The fruit is surprisingly good grilled like this.

Does Diet Effect “The Heartbreak of Psoriasis”?


21sept2013_2_robins-bday-captains-shack_gumbo_getting-happyAnd Robin has it and the infection drives her “nuts” sometimes! But she located this interesting article from Embrel, Psoriasis – Your Condition. “Plaque Psoriasis Is an Immune Disease; Treat It From Within.” In other words, modify your diet. Key word: Modify, Not eliminate. And do it slowly; One food group at a time or item within the food group; Not all at once. Looks like we will return to our high seafood diet and chicken diet, at least for a while. The last paragraph in this article is important and something to remember. And to let you know, we do not eat a lot of “Junk Food”. Maybe a burger once a month – Maybe! Here is part of an article from Embrel Do enjoy the information. If you have psoriasis, it might be worth a try. Good luck and Stop Scratching! (My Dad always said, “Home is where you can scratch where it itches!”)

Your Personal Elimination Psoriasis Diet

Here are eight foods and beverages that get mentioned often by people as possibly causing their psoriasis flare-ups. You might consider cutting them out of your diet one at a time to see if any have an effect on your symptoms:
Alcohol. “First and foremost, stop drinking,” Bagel says. Here’s why: Alcohol opens the blood vessels in the skin. When your blood vessels are dilated, white blood cells, including the T cells that are believed to be responsible for psoriasis, can sneak into the outer layers of your skin more easily — and you don’t need to be inviting more T cells. “Your psoriasis symptoms may worsen even if you’re a light-to-moderate alcohol user,” warns Chelsea Marie Warren, RD, a dietitian and certified wellness coach in Portland, Ore.
Junk foods. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition. Junk foods tend to be high in saturated and trans fats and refined starches and sugars, all of which can promote inflammation. Another reason to avoid junk foods is that that they are high in calories with little nutritional value, and people with psoriasis often have weight problems. “If you have psoriasis, you have an increased risk of heart and vascular diseases,” Bagel says. “Being overweight adds to that risk.”
Red meat. Red meats contain a polyunsaturated fat called arachidonic acid. “This type of fat can worsen psoriasis symptoms because it can easily be converted into inflammatory compounds,” Warren says. Also include on your foods-to-avoid list: processed meats such as sausage and bacon.
Dairy products. Like red meat, dairy products contain the natural inflammatory arachidonic acid. “Cow’s milk is one of the biggest culprits,” Bagel says, because it also contains the protein casein, which has been linked to inflammation. Egg yolks, too, are high in arachidonic acid, so consider nixing them from your diet.
Nightshade plants. Some people report that consuming plants from the “nightshade family” — which includes peppers, white potatoes, eggplant, and tomatoes — exacerbates their psoriasis. These vegetables contain solanine, a chemical compound that has been shown to trigger pain in some people. “Certain patients believe that if you avoid these vegetables, you decrease your symptoms,” Bagel says. “I’m not so sure about that, but I’m not opposed to people trying it.”
Citrus fruits. Sometimes, an allergic reaction can cause psoriasis to flare. Citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes, are a common allergen. See if eliminating them from your diet improves your skin. This prohibition includes their derivatives as well, such as lemonade or grapefruit juice.
Gluten. Gluten is a protein found in some grass-related grains, including rye, wheat, and barley. Researchers in Portugal found that psoriasis symptoms in some people with a gluten sensitivity improved after they avoided gluten in their diets. Studies are ongoing, but the idea of psoriasis patients benefitting from a gluten-free diet is still controversial, Bagel says. Even if it works, he adds, it’s not an easy diet to follow.
Condiments. Some people with psoriasis find condiments and spices to be their enemy. The ones that seem to cause the most trouble for people with psoriasis are pimento, cinnamon, curry, vinegar, mayo, paprika, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. They’re on the no-no list because substances in these condiments can increase inflammation.
Although research has yet to confirm a direct link between what you eat and psoriasis flare-ups, you might find that your condition improves when you avoid one or more of these foods. Be sure to share what you discover with your doctor so you don’t miss out on any important nutrients.”

Treasure Valley Wine Society Holds Annual Picnic


09July2014_1_TVWS-Annual-Picnic_Red-Tailed-HawkOn the evening of July 9th, the Treasure Valley Wine Society held their annual picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID. The summer thunderstorms held off and the skies eventually cleared. Even the Red-Tailed hawk, who was flying high overhead, seemed to love the evening thermals and cool air.
The folks who joined in on this event all had a great time visiting with everyone. Eating some great food. Drinking some great wine from the winery. There was an interesting array of appetizers all the way from Octopus in Ink, Smoked Clams and other delightful treats that you probably will not get in to many places. And Carl made his infamous Caviar treats. Well here, look at the photos and enjoy! Cheers!

Robin and Bill Stowe talk wine.
Robin and Bill Stowe talk wine.
Cheryl and Gail make one of the visitors feel welcome.
Cheryl and Gail make one of the visitors feel welcome.
Carl's Caviar. A treat every year.
Carl’s Caviar. A treat every year.
Fish Treats, Salsa and Avocado and Garlic Bruschetta.
Seafood Treats, Salsa and Avocado and Garlic Bruschetta.
An awesome 2010 Indian Creek Reserve Pinot Noir. This went very well with our grilled Homestead Farms Bone-In Pork Chops.
An awesome 2010 Indian Creek Reserve Pinot Noir. This went very well with our grilled Homestead Farms Bone-In Pork Chops.
Tom seasons his steaks on the grill.
Tom seasons his steaks on the grill.
Our Marinated Bone-In Homestead Farms Pork Chops. Marinated in Olive Oil, Fresh Sage, Fresh Garlic and Salt and Pepper for several hours before grilling. Delicious!
Our Marinated Bone-In Homestead Farms Pork Chops. Marinated in Olive Oil, Fresh Sage, Fresh Garlic and Salt and Pepper for several hours before grilling. Delicious! We also grilled some fresh peaches and they were beautiful. Sweet. Juicey.