Bacquet’s Restaurant in Eagle, ID. 5-Stars!


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.

Robin is happy with the food.
House Salad and Dressing.

Escargot in Garlic Butter

Coquilles St Jacques in Saffron
Super with 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Beef Tenderloin with Fois Gras and Baby Vegetables
Super with Les Jamelle Merlot

Opera Cake with Almond and Chantilly Cream

Chocolate Mousse with Chantilly Cream

We were treated to this awesome port. Thank you Chef Franck and Michelle!
Glass of port
Robin and Chef Franck Bacquet
Bob and Michelle Bacquet discuss photos and port.
Specials board
Anyone in Boise remember this French restaurant? Right now, Bacquet’s Restaurant is the only one that I know of.

Great Dinner at Richard’s in Boise


Yes it indeed was and this is why Richard’s, located at the INN at 500 Capitol, 500 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho (208) 472-1463, is a 5-Star restaurant in Boise. One of the top restaurants. (Richard’s Boise) And when you make your reservations, ask to be seated where David will be your Server. Superb!
Here is what we had for dinner on the special. Robin had one and I had the other. And then we sampled. It was fun and exciting! It is good to note that Chef Richard Langston, Chef-Owner of Richard’s, tries very hard to source his food products from Idaho or from within 200 miles of Boise.
“…Chef Langston and his team share a culinary philosophy that celebrates the integrity of seasonal ingredients, locally sourced when possible. Dining at Richard’s is further enhanced by impeccably mixed drinks, a noteworthy wine list of old favorites and new finds, and sophisticated service in a stylish setting.”
Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The Menu
Robin and our Server, David.

Crostini with Butternut Squash Puree
fried sage and pecans


 

Tomato Basil Soup


 

Roasted Beet Salad
citrus, arugula, herbs, dressed with labneh horseradish sauce

 

Risotto with Smoked Chicken, Apples and Hazelnuts


 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi
hazelnut brown butter, Grana Padano and currents


 

Idaho Trout
pan-roasted, brown butter caper lemon sauce, seasonal vegetable


 

Grilled Sirloin Coulette Steak
sliced on a grape and spinach salad, fingerling potatoes, sweet onion soubise

Wines with dessert: Sticky and Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and a rare Madeira.

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta
cranberry compote, local honey drizzle


 

Apple Crostata
cinnamon crème anglaise


 

 

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


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 informed about the wines that were served and some of the specifics of the wines. The parings with our dinner were well received. 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards is in the Eagle Foothills AVA, Idaho’s newest AVA. Look at what we had. Hope to see you next time at an interesting Wine Dinner someplace.
 

Appetizer
Amuse Bouche of Bleu Cheese Crackers with Seared Beef Filet
Crab Cakes with Aioli
Roussanne

 

French Lentil Soup with Rye Croutons and House Cured Ham.
Sangiovese – Eagle Foothillsills

 


Frisee Salad with Lardons
Poached Egg
Champagne Vinargrette
Pinot Gris – Eagle Foothills

 

Sorry, but the photo I took of the next course was not good enough to post.
Mussels with Pernod
Fennel and Basil
Syrah – Eagle Foothills


 
 

Beef Wellington
with
Cognac Shitake Mushroom Duxelle
Glazed Carrots
Potato Puree
Sauce Bearnaise
Beau Geste – Eagle Foothills

 

Beef Wellington

 

Baba au Rhum
with
Cream and Vanilla Strawberry Jam
Riesling – Snake River Valley

 

Really a good night of fine food and delicious wines. Great to meet and make new friends.

Wine and Chocolate – The Buzz


10feb2017_1_the-buzz_front-counterSuch a great evening of fine wines and some really good food, especially the Spicy Chocolate Soup! A nice crowd was there and it was good to see 30 people! All of the wines that we had, as it turns out, were all rated at a [17]. There was only one that rated below [17]. Cristi’s birthday party at The Buzz, will be on February 24, even though her “real” birthday is February 29th. The next Wine Dinner is March 14th and 15th. The dinner is repeated on each evening. The theme will be “Italian Wines”. See you there! Here is what we had tonight. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. Cheers.

 

Opening wines were from South Africa.
Opening wines were from South Africa.
Brie and Chocolate Tart Chorizo Chocolate Toast

Brie and Chocolate Tart
Chorizo Chocolate Toast

2015 Revelry Merlot

 Spicy Chocolate Soup (Awesome) 2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir (Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spicy Chocolate Soup
(Awesome!)
2011 Ammunition Pinot Noir
(Awesome paring! Best paring of the night.)

Spinach and Pear Salad Chocolate Vinaigrette 2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Spinach and Pear Salad
Chocolate Vinaigrette
2015 Tranche Rose [15]

Chocolate Rubbed Pork Cocoa Vegetables 2013 Arsonist Red

Chocolate Rubbed Pork
Cocoa Vegetables
2013 Arsonist Red

 Trio Chocolate Truffle 2014 Decoy Zinfandel

Trio Chocolate Truffle
2014 Decoy Zinfandel

Cristi presented The Legend of St Valentines Day. Interesting.
It may be based on the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalis which was a fertility celebration on February 15th. In 496 Pope Gelasius changed the celebration to St Valentine’s Day. According to the Catholic encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by the name of Valentine. One was a priest in Rome, one a bishop in Terni and nothing is known about the third St Valentine except that he met his end in Africa. Surprisingly, all three of them are said to have been martyred on the 14th of February.
Pope Gelasius intended to honor the first of these three men: This St Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of Roman Emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time. St Valentine held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage of young men. Claudius II believed that if men were married they were more loyal to their families than the state. Therefore, not good soldiers. St Valentine was against this and would marry young couples secretly. Claudius II found out and had him imprisoned.

It was during the 14th century that St Valentine’s Day became securely associated to love. Chaucer had a lot to do with this day. In France and England it was believe that birds mated on February 14th. Chaucer used this image of birds as a symbol of lovers. “For this was on St Valentine’s Day. When every fowl cometh there to choose a mate.”

Great Valentines Wine Dinner!


09Feb2016_1_The-Buzz-Choco_Entrance-PlantsGreat to see so many people attending last night. Almost a sell-out crowd! And they all had a really super meal and some great wine p;arings and information. If you missed this one, you missed a great one!
As far as I am concerned, there were some terrific wines presented. High scoring. 3 – 17’s, 1 – 18 and 2 – 19’s. Actually, I think the wine that took over was the 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel. But then, if you know me, you know that I am partial to a good Zin. And the entree that took First Place? Pork Medallions Crusted with Espresso and Chocolate. Served with Cauliflower and Pepper Medley with a Chocolate Drizzle. Oh Yum! There are photos below. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!

Chocolate Scallops White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh 2013 Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc 13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light [17] $16.00

Chocolate Scallops and White Chocolate Baba Ghanoesh
2013 Valley of the Moon
Pinot Blanc
13.9 % alc. Not one of the best wines for the night.just OK. Balance and body light
[17] $16.00

Pumpkin Soup 2012 Tapiz Malbec 13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pumpkin Soup
2012 Tapiz
Malbec
13.9% alc. a good malbec that went very well with the pumpkin. good body and finish [18] $22.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette 2014 Bila Haut Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pecan and Strawberry Salad
with
Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
2014 Bila Haut
Rose 13.0% alc another good wine but not outstanding. it had a hard time with the salad. [17] $15.00

Pork Medallions with Espresso and Chocolate Crust Cauliflower Pepper Medley with Chocolate Drizzle 2011 Basil Cellars Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Pork Medallions
with
Espresso and Chocolate Crust
Cauliflower Pepper Medley

with
Chocolate Drizzle
2011 Basil Cellars
Claret 13.6% aqlc. One of the better wines of the evening. great match with the pork and the cauliflower. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake 2014 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel 14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some. [19] $23.00

Kahlua Bundt Cake
2014 Dry Creek
Heritage Zinfandel
14.5% alc. A superb wine. great with the chocolate cake. Well worth buying some.
[19] $23.00

“The Buzz” – Enoteria – Land of Wine


12Jan2016_1c_Buzz-Italian-wine_The-BuzzNo. Enoteria does not necessarily refer to The Buzz. However, there are many win es to be found at The Buzz. Enoteria, in this case, refers to Italy, or “the land of wine”. “… Because of its rich diversity of grape varieties and many acres dedicated to cultivated vines … In more ways than one, Italy became a gigantic nursery and a commercial hub positioned at the heart of the Mediterrean for what would become western civilation’s first ‘globally’ traded product – wine.” [wine lecture, The Buzz] As the vintners of Italy, primarily in the Tuscan region, became aggressively determined to enter the world stage as a major producer of wine, some of the best wines ever produced included the varietals Amarone, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Passito de Pantelleria. Another true Italian wine is a Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris is a copy, albeit sometimes a good copy.
My ratings of the wines tonight were comparatively high. There was nothing lower than [17] out of [20]. Look what we had and enjoy! We did. Such a great start to the new year. February Chocolate and Wine will be featured with some awesome chocolate dishes and in March look for Wines of France.

 Frittatine di Pasta 2013 Villadoria Barbera d'alba 13.0% alc. good clarity but lacking some color. great balance and finish. superb match with the pasta. [19] $15.00

Frittatine di Pasta
2013 Villadoria Barbera d’alba

13.0% alc. good clarity but lacking some color. great balance and finish. superb match with the pasta.
[18] $15.00

Oops! One bite gone! Really good.
Oops! One bite gone! Really good.
Italian Wedding Soup 2013 Avanti Pinot Noir 12% alc. great match with the soup. good deep red color with black cherry nose. [19] $12.00

Italian Wedding Soup
(The soup was good, but I missed some traditional Italian spices in it. Like some oregano.)
2013 Avanti Pinot Noir
12.0% alc. great match with the soup. good deep red color with black cherry nose.
[19] $12.00

Antipasto Chopped Salad (Absolutely a superb salad! Red wine vinegar, paprika, grape seed oil and garlic were in the dressing. Super!) 2014 Principi di Butera Insolia 13.0% alc. superb match with the salad. great balance and fruit. [19] $20.00

Antipasto Chopped Salad
(Absolutely a superb salad! Red wine vinegar, paprika, grape seed oil and garlic were in the dressing. Super!)
2014 Principi di Butera Insolia
13.0% alc. superb match with the salad. great balance and fruit. [19] $20.00

Chicken Marsala with Pea and Carrot Flan (Great flan! I want this again.) 2014 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie 13.0% alc. superb paring with the Marsala, which comes from Sicily. great appeal. [19] $25.00

Chicken Marsala
with
Pea and Carrot Flan
(Great flan! I want this again.)
2014 Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie
13.0% alc. superb paring with the Marsala, which comes from Sicily. great appeal.
[19] $25.00

Cassata Cake NV Fratelli Casa Rossa 4.5% alc. yes, a sweet dessert wine that went well with the cake. light on the nose but very appealing with the dessert. [18] $15.00

Cassata Cake
NV Fratelli Casa Rossa
4.5% alc. yes, a sweet dessert wine that went well with the cake. light on the nose but very appealing with the dessert.
[18] $15.00

Great New Year’s Eve Dinner!


November-2015_1_Robin-My-Phone-WalpaperAnd to say Good-Bye to 2015 and Hello 2016, how about a nice dinner consisting of Felzien Lamb Chops with Bearnaise Sauce, Poached Green Beans and a Spinach Salad with Micro Greens, Carrots and Tomatoes that was topped with a wonderful Champagne Pear Vinaigrette. And the perfect – and it was perfect – match of wine with dinner – 1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir. It paired better than some new 2013 Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Zinfandel. Now that’s saying something! And it has been said that Idaho can not make a good wine. Think again! Then for dessert, wonderful sliced Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream (Sorry for the poor photo of the dessert). And the very perfect dinner partner, the love of my life, Robin! Love to make these dinners for her. Here’s to another great year, Honey! Cheers!

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops Poached Green Beans SApinach Salad with tomatoes, micro greens and carrots Champagne Pear Dressing

Braised Felzien Lamb Chops
Poached Green Beans
Spinach Salad

with
tomatoes, micro greens and carrots

Champagne Pear Dressing
1997 Indian Creek Winery
Pinot Noir

 

1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir

1997 Indian Creek Winery Pinot Noir

 

Fresh Strawberries with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Fresh Strawberries
with
Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

 

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