Robin’s Birthday Lunch at Bacquet’s Restaurant in Eagle, ID


Bacquet’s Restaurant, Address: 1117 E Winding Creek Dr #150, Eagle, ID 83616, Hours: 11:30am – 10PM. Phone: (208) 577-6238. Easily a 5-Star French (the best in the area and the only one) restaurant and well worth the trip. Suggest you call for reservations, though. Here is some of what we had. Enjoy. We did.

Menu

House Salad
organic greens, tomatoes, shallots, parmesan cheese house balsamic dressing

Delicious!

French Onion Soup

Traditional Flatbread
bacon, shallots, Swiss cheese, cream on a cracker-like crust

Salmon with Pasta and Capers

Salmon Champenoise
fresh salmon filet baked in white wine, cream, pesto and crusted with Parmesan cheese and served over vegetable basmati rice

Birthday Lemon Cheesecake

Chocolate Mousse

An awesome, 5-Star late lunch. Thanks Chef for a great Birthday meal. Thanks Marnie for treating us.

Japanese Special March Festival


I found this to be interesting. That’s probably because of my Cultural Anthropology background.

Hina Matsuri in Japan

Source: https://matcha-jp.com/en/753
Although it is not a national holiday, March 3rd is a special day for girls. Families who don’t have young daughters might not do anything special on this day.
March 3rd is Japanese Girls’ Day or Hinamatsuri. Ornate dolls are displayed in the family home to mark the beginning of spring and to wish good health and good fortune for all of the girls in the family.
However, a tradition of this festival is still passed down until now. Actually, how people celebrate Hina Matsuri is different from place to place. We will introduce here what the Japanese people usually do on this day.
Hina Dolls represent what the imperial family was like in the ancient times. The dolls on the top tire of the platforms represent the emperor and the empress. The rest of the dolls are three court ladies, five musicians and the minister of the Right and Left who used to support the government in the old days. There are some decorations such as Gissha (oxcarts), small cupboards, Japanese paper lamps called “Bonbori”, and orange and peach tree branches displayed on the tire of platforms.
The facial expressions and costumes of each doll are also different depending on their personality and position.
The special meals for Hina Matsuri are Amazake (sweet drink), Chirashizushi (a style of sushi) and Hina Arare (sweet colorful rice crackers).
Amazake is a traditional Japanese sweet and thick drink made from fermented glutinous rice. Amazake literally means “sweet alcohol” but it has less than 1 percent of Shirozake alcohol in it. So children are also able to drink it.

Shirozake
Drinking Shirozake, which is a traditional sweet sake, was one of the customs to get rid of bad things out from your body. But Shirozake is an alcoholic drink, so Amazake was made with the children in mind.
Hina Arare are colorful and cute small rice crackers. The colors of these rice crackers have meanings. White represents the earth of the winter, pink and red represent life, while green represents the green shoots in the spring. Hina Arare is a snack showing our expectations toward the arrival of spring after the long cold winter. People also say that you will live healthy for this coming year if you eat each color of Hina Arare.
Chirashizushi is a type of Sushi which has lotus roots, shrimp and thinly shredded egg omelet on the top of vinegar rice. It has been a dish enjoyed widely at celebrations.
The ingredients in Chirashizushi have meanings as well. The lotus root is said to give one the power to see what will happen in the future, shrimps are a symbol of longevity and so on.

Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/japanese-girls-day-hinamatsuri-party-dishes-2031057
As with almost all holidays, food and drink play a role on Girls’ Day, with rice wine and rice cakes taking center stage, along with flower blossoms. Hinamatsuri is also called Momo no Sekku, which means a festival of peach blossoms. Peach blossoms, shiro-zake (white fermented rice wine) and hishi-mochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes) are placed on the stand with the hina dolls. Hishi-mochi are colored pink representing peach flowers, white representing snow, and green representing new growth.
Traditionally, girls in Japan invited their friends to a home party to celebrate this festival. Many people prepare a special meal for girls on this day, including savory dishes such as chirashi, which is sugar-flavored, vinegared sushi rice with raw fish on top; clam soup served in the shell; and edamame maze-gohan, mixed rice usually consisting of brown rice and soybeans.
Other popular dishes to serve at a Girl’s Day celebration are inari sushi—rice-stuffed tofu pockets—with miso grilled salmon and cabbage ramen salad. Sweets are on the menu as well, incorporating a feminine shade of pink, like chi chi dango, which are pink pillows of mochi (glutinous rice flour and coconut milk), a favorite among children, and sakura-mochi, a pink, sweet rice cake. Some families include an impressive edible centerpiece, such as the layered chirashi sushi cake.

Some recipes for Hina Matsuri
(The recipes listed below can be found at the link above.)

Chirashizuchi
Easy Seafood Chirashizushi: Use a shortcut of packaged sushi seasoning to quickly season steamed rice and add pre-cooked gomoku vegetables for this delectable dish. Add your favorite toppings of choice.
Edamame Maze-Gohan (Mixed Rice): Is easy to prepare, especially for large crowds. Steamed rice is mixed with furikake seasoning, bottled nametake (seasoned mushrooms), and shelled edamame for a delicious rice dish.
Inari Sushi: Preparing a dish for a large crowd doesn’t need to be complicated. Find out the secrets of making quick inari sushi with impressive results.
Cabbage Ramen Salad: This spin on the traditional Chinese chicken salad recipe uses crunchy dried ramen noodles, cabbage, and shredded chicken to create a zesty Japanese-fusion salad.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Wings: Let your slow cooker do all the work to whip-up a batch of delicious teriyaki chicken wings with just a few ingredients, and use the free time to prepare a few other dishes.
Miso Ginger Marinated Grilled Salmon
Miso Grilled Salmon: Miso-grilled salmon can easily be prepared by making the marinade ahead of time and then letting the salmon marinade for a few days in the fridge. All you need is an oven or a grill to cook up delicious fillets in under 40 minutes.
Clam Soup: A traditional soup that is often enjoyed on Hinamatsuri is clam soup. This clear style soup is known as sumashijiru and is simply seasoned from the broth of the clams.
Chi Chi Dango: These pillowy soft bites of mochi are made of glutinous rice flour and coconut milk. These pink, soft mochi are an absolute favorite among children.
Sakura Mochi: Sakura mochi is a glutinous rice dish that is often enjoyed during Hinamatsuri. This slightly sweetened, pink mochi is filled with sweet red beans (koshian) and wrapped in a salted sakura (young cherry blossom) leaf.

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 Club Party at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro


Close to 100 people, or more, in the new barrel room, which is awesome. And it looks like everyone found the winery ok with the new sign “pointing the way” on hiway 95 – pictured to the left. Look for it! And then being able to use the new barrel room to accommodate all of the people. Such a treat! Artist Stephanie Hodge was the perfect hostess. And Chef Storm Hodge produced some awesome treats to go with the wines being poured. Both Stephanie and Storm are doing a great job with the winery. Look at the following photos to see what Chef Storm made and we consumed. Left Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. And if you want to see what they are doing each week, follow them on the AVA Happenings blog at Parma Ridge Page. (This page changes weekly so follow the page. It’s free.)

We started with a Salmon Spread Bruchetta, but I failed to get a photo. It was too good!

The new barrel room.
Let the party begin!
Some of the many people who attended.
These are the wines that were in our package.
The Smyser’s pour some wine.
Yummy sliders!
Sliders
Storm’s Flatbread
with
chicken, house bbq sauce, cilantro and cheese
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

 

Thank-You Storm and Stephanie Hodge, owners and winemaker of Parma Ridge Winery in Parma, Idaho for a great evening of food and wine!

Harvest Time at Parma Ridge Winery


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Yes indeed it is! And you can help if you let them know and soon! That can be good time. A “working” time. But fun. Here is the latest from Stephanie. Enjoy.

 

 

Join us for wonderful wine, fabulous food and an amazing view!

Enjoy this weekend with wine tasting and excellent cuisine with your friends and family at Parma Ridge. 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 have Happy Hour on Friday evening from 4-7p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations are recommended if dining on the patio or in the tasting room Friday evening or Sunday for Brunch.

It’s HARVEST time at Parma Ridge – We will begin harvesting our first batch of grapes on Tuesday, September 27. We’ve had a number of people offer to help, so for those of you interested, please join us at 8:00 am with your pruning shears. We will meet outside the tasting room. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to this email so we can have an idea of how many helpers we will have.

SAVE THE DATE – Live Music on the Patio
Bad Dog Lou Saturday, October 1 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
We are staying open late on Saturday the 1st just for this event! Our kitchen will be open until 9 p.m. that evening. Join us for some great blues and rock from our local musicians. Reservations are highly recommended for this event and space is filling up quickly. Book your table today!

In More News…Our very own 2015 Tre Bianchi won a bronze medal yesterday in the Idaho Wine Competition. This is the second year in a row that our Tre Bianchi has medaled. We only have 5 cases left, pick yours up this weekend!

DELICIOUS FEATURED ENTREES THIS WEEKEND:
One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Storm’s Famous Salmon Brined, Lightly Smoked and Pan Fried with Rosemary Truffle Butter and Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes accompanied by Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Chicken Pesto Sandwich – Grilled Chicken and Homemade Pesto with Prosciutto and melted Swiss Cheese on a Toasted Ciabatta Bun with Fresh Cut Truffle Fries for $9.95
Brunch Burger (Sunday only) – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95

Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:

$7.50 – 2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries; Your choice of:
“Mesquite” Ground Beef with Smoked Provolone, Bacon & Mesquite Aioli
“Triple B” Ground Beef with Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ
“Deluxe” Ground Beef with American Cheese and Diner Sauce
“Pulled Pork” Braised Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ Sauce

$7.50 – Personal size Flatbread; Your choice of:
Grilled Chicken with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
“The Patricia” Prosciutto and Arugula with a Balsamic Reduction
Smoked Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
“Fungi” Sautéed Mushrooms, Fresh Shaved Parmesan with Mozzarella and Garlic Oil
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce
Pepperoni with Homemade Red sauce
“The Kathleen” Vegetarian Mozzarella and Garlic Oil, Smoked blue cheese, Sautéed pears with Honey and Butter, Spicy Pecans topped with fresh Arugula and a Balsamic Reduction
$5 – Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli

Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sunday Brunch Specials:
Brunch Burger – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

 

 

Ribeye-Steak

 

One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95

 

 

Happy Hour Fungi Flatbread

 
 

Happy Hour Fungi Flatbread Sautéed Mushrooms, Fresh Shaved Parmesan with Mozzarella and Garlic Oil $7.50

 

 

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208-946-5187
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This Weekend at Parma Ridge Winery


6April216_1c_Parma-Ridge-Restaurant_HeaderIt looks like another great weekend at Parma Ridge Winery and Restaurant. Never been there? Then you have missed a great adventure. Great food. Great wine. Parties of 6 or more? Call for reservations! Here’s what’s happening at the winery!

 

Parma Ridge is the place to be this weekend!
Relax on the patio with wonderful wine, fabulous food and an amazing view

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend on the Parma Ridge patio! Join us for wine tasting and excellent cuisine and enjoy the view with your friends and family. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with wine tasting and regular menu all weekend long. We have Happy Hour on Friday evening from 4-7p.m. and Sunday Brunch Specials. Reservations are recommended if dining on the patio or in the tasting room.

DELICIOUS FOOD SPECIALS (while supplies last):

Rib-Eye Steak
Ribeye Steak Special this weekend

One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Char-Grilled Broccolini and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Storm’s Famous Salmon Brined, Lightly Smoked and Pan Fried with Rosemary Truffle Butter and Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes accompanied by Char-Grilled Broccolini Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of glass of wine, mimosa or beer:

$7.50 – 2 Sliders with Rosemary Truffle Fries; Your choice of:
“Mesquite” Ground Beef with Smoked Provolone, Bacon & Mesquite Aioli
“Triple B” Ground Beef with Bacon, Blue Cheese and BBQ
“Deluxe” Ground Beef with American Cheese and Diner Sauce
“Pulled Pork”Braised Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ Sauce

$7.50 – Personal size Flatbread; Your choice of:
Grilled Chicken with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
“The Patricia” Prosciutto and Arugula with a Balsamic Reduction
Smoked Pulled Pork with Black Cherry BBQ sauce
“Fungi” sautéed Mushrooms, Fresh Shaved Parmesan with Mozzerella and Garlic Oil
Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce
Pepperoni with Homemade Red sauce
“The Kathleen” Vegetarian Mozzarella and Garlic Oil, Smoked blue cheese, Sautéed pears with Honey and Butter, Spicy Pecans topped with fresh Arugula and a Balsamic Reduction

$5 – Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli

Sunday Brunch Specials:
NEW! Brunch Burger – Quarter-Pound Black Angus Burger with Melted Double Cream Brie, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, and Sunny-side up Egg with a lemon-tarragon aioli and Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries for $9.95

Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $6.95
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $7.95

We are sampling our new 2014 Parma Ridge Merlot Zinfandel Blend and Merlot Cabernet Blend in the Tasting Room this weekend, not yet bottled so get a sneak peek of how it’s tasting!

PARMA RIDGE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – WEDNESDAY JULY 20
Date postponed to Wednesday, July 20!

Join us at the Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In Theater on Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. for Wine tasting and the movie Bottle Shock. $5 entry fee gets you a tasting AND admission to the movie that will be starting at dusk. Wine will also be available to purchase by the glass and bottle that evening.
We apologize for the last-minute change but hope you can join us next week! It’s sure to be a fun night, so be sure not to miss it! The Motor-Vu Theater is located at: 25922 US 95, Parma ID 83660.

In the News
We’ve had another wonderful review! Check it out on the American Winery Guide online. Thank you so much for coming out Sally and for the wonderful exposure on Parma Ridge!

Have you read the article in the Treasure Magazine yet? If not, here is the link to the online article: http://www.idahostatesman.com/living/treasure/article83104597.html. A great one on wine tasting in the Treasure Valley. The article begins on page 37.

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We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Cheers,
Steph & Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

 

 

A brunch catering on Saturday morning at Parma Ridge
A brunch catering on Saturday morning at Parma Ridge

Extended Hours at Parma Ridge Winery


The East Block of Merlot overlooking the Hop Fields Below
The East Block of Merlot overlooking the Hop Fields Below

A sunny weekend is coming up at Parma Ridge

with

Wonderful Wine, Fabulous Food, and an Amazing View

We are now open until 9 p.m. on Fridays! Come enjoy the wine and delicious cuisine on the patio and watch the sunset. We are open Friday, 12-9 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. offering wine tasting and regular menu until 7 p.m. Fridays and the rest of the weekend. Check out our Happy Hour Menu on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. and now a Late Night Menu from 7-9 p.m. on Fridays. Brunch specials offered all day on Sunday. Reservations recommended for parties of 4 or more.

Special Menu Items available this weekend while supplies last:
One-Inch Cut Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak with Bleu Cheese Butter, Rosemary Truffle Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Beef Demi-Glace, Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $15.95

Storm’s Famous Salmon, Brined, Lightly Smoked and Pan Fried with Rosemary Truffle Butter with Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Storm’s Homemade Grilled Bread for $16.95

In addition, we will offer our regular menu until 7 p.m. on Friday and the rest of the weekend.

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
Personal size Flatbread: BBQ Pork, BBQ Grilled Chicken, “The Patricia,” “The Kathleen”, “Fungi”, Sausage/Pepperoni, or Pepperoni – $6.50
Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads: Bacon & Blue Cheese or Chicken Caesar – $6.50
Parma Ridge Pear Salad: Mixed greens with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear – $6.50
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5

Late-Night Menu on Friday from 7-9 p.m. (our regular menu will not be available during this time):
Build your own Flatbreads $11.95: Choose your toppings!
Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries

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

June is Idaho Wine Month – Mark your Calendar for these upcoming events
Lucky Tongue Band, Saturday, June 18 from 1-5 p.m. on the Parma Ridge patio (call ahead if you’d like to reserve a patio table)
Winemaker Dinner at Capitol Cellars, Wednesday, June 29 – Check the website for updates in the next week
We look forward to seeing you this weekend at the Ridge!

Storm and Stephanie Hodge

 

Cheers,
Steph and Storm
Parma Ridge Winery
208-946-5187
info@parmaridge.wine

 

 

 

Our Delicious Salmon Special
Our Delicious Salmon Special
Pepperoni Flatbreads
Pepperoni Flatbreads

24509 Rudd Road, Parma ID, 83660
208-946-5187
http://www.parmaridge.wine
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