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


 

 

Cloud 9 Nano Brewery, Boise


Oh yes! Another delightful visit to the Cloud 9 Nano Brewery and Pub at 1750 W State St, Boise, ID 83702, Hours: Open 11am, Closes 9pm. Phone: (208) 336-0681. From their website Cloud 9 Nano Brewery and Pub, “Founded in 2012, Cloud 9 Brewery is a nanopub concept featuring locally sourced and organic components in both the brewery and restaurant.
With an emphasis on creative brewing, Cloud 9 is situated in a unique place in the market. Instead of having the exact same line-up from month to month, the beers on-tap at Cloud 9 change as soon as the last drop from the previous batch has been poured. With so many taps, and only 6 year-round beers, the variety is truly amazing.
Cloud 9 also features a unique feedback process by which we judge what beer-drinkers actually think. We collate and analyze the input and use that to shape the direction of the next batch. In this way the community is involved in the brewing process from concept to the final foamy pint.
A commitment to quality, service and genuine interest in our community make Cloud 9 Brewery the place for beer aficionados, foodies, and everyone who enjoys fresh and unique culinary creations.” Their menu is local and diverse.” We use Natural Idaho meats from local ranches, free of antibiotics, hormones and stimulants. Our produce is locally sourced from small farms in Idaho, when possible, and we strive to use only spray free and/or organic ingredients.
For our current menu, Cloud 9 Current Menu. Updated August 8th, 2018.
The service is very good and very helpful. I asked for fries without salt, and our Waitress made sure they came that way. She was friendly and helpful and exacting. Cloud 9 is definitely a 5-Star pub/bistro. Here is what we had. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Today’s beer menu. I had a Fallen IPA and Robin had a Honey Basil Ale. Both were superb!
(L) Fallen IPA, (R) Honey Basil Ale (A Cloud 9 favorite!)

CLASSIC BURGER
(Grass fed organic ground beef, lettuce, tomato and pickles,
choice of Ballard cheeses: Swiss, Pepper Jack, Cheddar or
Blue. Served on a BigWood bun with choice of side.
)

Menu Special
Cloud 9 Cheese Steak
(These are the French Fries I asked for No Salt.)

Cloud 9 Cheese Steak cut.

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.

Vine – Wine Shop and Lounge


12Feb2016_1_The-Vine_SignThis was our first visit to Vine Wine Shop and Lounge at 1320 S Maple Grove in Boise. (208) 949-5561 Tues – Fri: 2 pm to Close, Sat: 3 pm to Close, Sun – Mon: Closed. It is really “laid back” and calm. No loud music. No loud talking – just a background murmur. The staff was eager to help us, although the service was somewhat slow. From their website, “When you visit Vine Wine Shop & Lounge, you’re in for a treat. Experience our selection of old and new world wine as well as lesser known regions like Bulgaria, Uruguay and South Africa. Select wine available by the glass daily and always available by the bottle. Our warm, upscale and down-tempo atmosphere will instantly relax you while our attentive staff spoils you. Try one of our tasty appetizers while you enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace.” A quiet evening. We were there for the Alsace wine tasting, and the wines were good. The wines were presented by Keith Nyquist and Winemaker Adrien Schoenheitz.

The wines we sampled tonight.
The wines we sampled tonight.
Keith Nyquist and Adrien serve and explain the wines.
(L) Keith Nyquist and (R) Adrien Schoenheitz serve and explain the wines.
The interior of the lounge.
The interior of the lounge.
A panoramic view of the interior of the lounge.
A panoramic view of the interior of the lounge.
 Bread and House Salad

Bread and House Salad
Our "After Six Entree" this week is available Thursday & Friday only. This week is Pasta A'la Bolognese. Comes with bread and house salad.
Our “After Six Entree”

Pasta A’la Bolognese
Comes with Bread and House Salad. (See above photo)

 

Mardi Gras and Valentines Day At Parma Ridge Bistro


Parma Ridge Specials LogoHere is the latest information from Parma Ridge Winery (Parma, Idaho). Looks like there are some wonderful menu items. Thanks Stephanie and Chef Storm for sending these notices. I still want to get the TVWS Board there on some Sunday for brunch, but I will definitely let you know and make reservations.

“Join us this weekend for a little bit of fun. We have specials all weekend long.
Don’t forget our Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday February 6 from 12- 7 p.m.!

Friday February 5, open 12-7 p.m. with our Regular Menu and Wine Tasting all day and Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:
2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries: Pork, Mesquite Ground Beef, “Triple B“ or “Deluxe” – $6.50
Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Chargrilled Kielbasa on Pretzel Bun with Black Cherry BBQ sauce, Deli Mustard and Caramelized Onions – $5.95
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” “The Kathleen” or Pepperoni – $5.95
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear – $5.95
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5

Saturday February 6, Mardi Gras Celebration from 12-7 p.m.
Enjoy a special New Orleans Themed Menu created by Chef Storm! Or order off our regular menu
Smoked Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo with Fresh Baked Corn Bread – $9.95
Classic Red Beans and Rice (Vegetarian) with Fresh Baked Corn Bread – $6.95, Add Grilled Andouille $3.00
Bag of Beignets – $4.95
Dress in costume and get beads! Have fun on the Sunnyslope Wine Trail and end up at the Orchard House to be entered in the Costume Contest.

Sunday February 7 open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. **CLOSING EARLY FOR SUPERBOWL**
Beat the crowd and join us at 11 a.m. and enjoy our special brunch specials, or order off our regular menu. Sunday Brunch Specials:
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95
Slow Braised Beef Short Rib over Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus and Fresh Baked Bread – $10.95
We also have a New Menu Item inspired by two of our customers, Gary and Randy! Come try “The G&R ” Burger – An All-Beef Patty with Bacon, Sautéed Mushrooms, and Melted Swiss Cheese on a Ciabatta Bun with a Lighthouse Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing served with Fresh Cut Truffle Fries for just $7.95.

And Don’t Forget Valentine’s Day Weekend Feb 12-15th
Open Friday 12-7 p.m. (Happy Hour 4-7 p.m.), and Sat, 12-5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Mon 12-5 p.m. with an all-day Happy Hour on Monday, February 15. Chocolate Pairings with each wine tasting all weekend long!
** February 13 and 14 6 p.m. Special Sweetheart Dinners are now Full!

The Idaho Press Tribune joined us earlier this week, read the article here! We can’t wait to see you this weekend.

Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridgewineandspirits.com

G&R Burger – An All-Beef Patty with Bacon, Sautéed Mushrooms, and Melted Swiss Cheese on a Ciabatta Bun with a Lighthouse Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing served with Fresh Cut Truffle Fries

Dress your best for Mardi Gras on the Sunnyslope Wine Trail on Saturday! Get Beads for dressing in costume.

Copyright © 2016 Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits Co., LLC, All rights reserved.

24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660
208-946-5187
http://www.parmaridgewineandspirits.com
https://www.facebook.com/ParmaRidgeWineandSpirits”

Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery


08Nov2015_1_Parma- Ridge-Brunch_2014-Avielle-RoseYea! Parma Ridge Winery, 24509 Rudd Road, Parma, ID has re-opened! Under new owners Chef Storm and Stephanie Hodge, the venue has changed also. They are now serving a wonderful Sunday Brunch from 12 noon to 5:00pm. The space indoors is limited in the winter season to about 25 seats. The deck is open in season. Wonderful owners. Wonderful location. Wonderful food. The wine pictured is really a good Rosé of Merlot. Not too sweet and with a little spice to it. It was named after their daughter. You might want to call for reservations if you have 4 or more people. Or visit their website at Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits. From their website, “Tasting Room hours are 12-5 p.m., Friday – Sunday. Now open for Happy Hour Friday from 4-7 p.m. Join us for a glass of wine, a bite of food and take in the amazing view!” Enjoy the creations of Chef Storm and/or the artwork of Stephanie. Here is what we had and some photos of the area. Enjoy! Ranks very high for winery food – 5-Stars! It’s that good! I have also listed it on TripAdvisor.

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The sign at the entrance.
The sign at the entrance.
The tasting room and restaurant.
The tasting room and restaurant.
View from the patio at the tasting room.
View from the patio at the tasting room.
There is a variety of herbs from the garden for the kitchen.
There is a variety of herbs from the garden for the kitchen.
Artist Stephanie Hodge at the tasting counter.
Artist Stephanie Hodge at the tasting counter.
Chef Storm Hodge in his kitchen.
Chef Storm Hodge in his kitchen.
The seating area in the restaurant.
The seating area in the restaurant.
Happy Hour menu.
Happy Hour menu.
Sunday Brunch menu in addition to the Happy Hour menu.
Sunday Brunch menu in addition to the Happy Hour menu.
Cheese and Salami Platter smoked provolone, Boursin, dill Havarti, muenster, fresh mozzarella, warm brie and bleu cheese with dry salami and fresh baked bread

Cheese and Salami Platter
smoked provolone, Boursin, dill Havarti, muenster, fresh mozzarella, warm brie and bleu cheese with dry salami and fresh baked bread

Parma Ridge House Salad Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu cheese and poached pear with grilled bread

Parma Ridge House Salad
mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu cheese and poached pear with grilled bread

Sliders and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries choice of Ground Beef with smoked provolone, bacon and mesquite aioli  "Triple B" Ground Beef with bacon, bleu chees and BBQ Braised Pulled Pork with black cherry BBQ sauce

Sliders and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries choice of
1. Ground Beef with smoked provolone, bacon and mesquite aioli
2. “Triple B” Ground Beef with bacon, bleu chees and BBQ Braised
3. Pulled Pork with black cherry BBQ sauce

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg

Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs rosemary mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, homemade bread

Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs
rosemary mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, homemade bread