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Now don’t let the name of this dish fool you. This is one awesome chicken dinner. Try it! You’ll like it! (*Left-Click these photos to see them enlarged.) IP Chicken with Ketchup, Honey and Soy. And if there are any leftovers, it makes a great chicken/rice soup.
And when you get done with the main dish and you have these wonderful leftovers, try some Chiken/Rice Soup. Delicious!
It was a beautiful drive from Boise with the fog forming along the river and in the valleys. Surrealistic. The food was good and the service was super. I’m glad we had reservations as the Bistro was getting full with at least 1 large party. I highly suggest you call for reservations – (208) 946-5187 or text them.
My only suggestion, and I mentioned this to Chef Megan, is to watch the salt content in the Poutine Bowl. I know it was well above the 1¼ teaspoon of daily allowance. It was excessive. But the plus side is the flavors were all there from the chardonnay sautéed mushrooms, cheese and bacon. Look at what we had. Yummy! Add to this a wonderful glass (or two) of the Parma Ridge 2016 Merlot, and you are bound for a super experience. Here is their Menu. If you want a fun and delicious visit to a winery bistro and you are in the Boise area, you must go here. Definitely a 5-Star bistro.
REGULAR HOURS: 12-9 pm Friday
12-5 pm Saturday and
11 am – 5 pm Sunday and serve cuisine all weekend.
Happy Hour on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and a Special Menu all day Sunday!
Thank you so much Artist Stephanie and Chef Storm Hodge for another delightful brunch! These brunches are superb! 5-Star! (Bistro Weekend Menu – subject 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.
Coconut Breaded Deep-Fried Shrimp over Coconut Lime Rice with Korean Barbeque and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauces
They were that good! Started out with 6 shrimp.
Korean Barbeque Chicken Skewers with Coconut Lime Rice and a Korean Barbeque Sauce
Parma Ridge Pear Salad with Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and Poached Pear with Grilled Bread
Grilled Flat-Bread with Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Mushroom with Homemade Red Sauce
Parma Ridge Cream of Mushroom Soup
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
Best Ever Biscuits and Gravy
Sausage Gravy over 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.
Just before the Ides of March, we had an awesome Wine Dinner at The Buzz in Boise, celebrating Italian wines. Superb appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert. A good crowd was there to celebrate the feast. Thanks Cristi and Tommy and Peggy for a delightful evening. Left-Click any photo to see enlarged.
As our Son-In-Law Mac and his daughter Sophia slowly make their way along Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and pass by these wonderful “country” homes, we are at The Buzz eating some delightful food and drinking some special wines at the May Wine Dinner, “Holidays in May”. Cristie and her staff, Tommy and Peggy, did another great job. And thank-you Bailey for explaining Lacross to me. One of the best offerings tonight, although I don’t this it paired well with the selected wine, was the Albondiagas Soup – a Mexican meatball soup. And the Teruiyaki Pina Colada Burger with Zuchini Salad and Baked Beans was superb. Wonderful flavors. Here are soime photos from the evening. As a note, I did not get a good photo of the dessert, so yopu won’t see the Cookies and Strawberries. Oops!
Some really good Spanish wines last night at the Buzz. One of the better ones is pictured here. The food paring with the wines was also spectacular. I think I should tell you right up front that I am not an avocado fan. But Cristi made a wonderful Avocado Soup that was served cold. “Mikey liked it!” The only criticism that I have is, it was a little salty. I asked Cristi about that and she told me that she used chicken stock in the soup. That is probably where the salt came from because she did not add any.
The 2008 Faustino Rioja pictured here was one of the better wines of the night receiving from me a score of  out of . The onluy better one was a NV Destello Cava that was served with the Brazo Gitano – in Spain, the dessert is called brazo de gitano (literally translated as gypsy’s arm) and is commonly filled with cream or chocolate truffle – and Quesada Pasiega – is a dessert typical of the region of Cantabria, Spain. It is one of Cantabria’s most recognizable dishes. It has the consistency of a dense pudding and is made from milk, sugar, butter, wheat flour, and egg, and flavored with lemon zest and cinnamon. It can be served hot or cold. A photo of this dessert is posted below. Here is the rest of the story. Enjoy!
Such a good night last night at The Buzz in Boise! A short, but fun, visit to France. French wines. French foods. No Moulin Rouge dancers, though. “… Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.” [Wikipedia]
And Cristie’s Choice wine, a 2013 Heritages Cotes du Rhone, was among the high score wines for the night with a score of  out of . It was that good! Here are some photos of the dinner that Cristie made for all of us. Cheers!
(French version of pesto) 2014 Sables AzurRose
13.0% alc. really a good paring with the soup. matched very well.  $17.00 Pistou is “…A traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. Originally the term barigoule referred to artichokes stuffed with barigoules, wild mushrooms also known as saffron milk cap or Lactarius deliciosus. Modern adaptations don’t typically employ mushrooms, and the versions that do don’t always include them as a filling. Then again, some “barigoule” preparations stuff the braised artichokes with other ingredients, such as spinach, carrots and cheese.” [Wikipedia]
Coq au Vin with Barigoule
(I would have preferred that the woody stems of the asparagus be removed. Super chicken!) 2014 Bila Haut RoussillionBlanc
13.0% alc. pretty good wine that pared well with the chicken.balance was off though  $17.00 Barigoule is “… A traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. Originally the term barigoule referred to artichokes stuffed with barigoules, wild mushrooms also known as saffron milk cap or Lactarius deliciosus. Modern adaptations don’t typically employ mushrooms, and the versions that do don’t always include them as a filling. Then again, some “barigoule” preparations stuff the braised artichokes with other ingredients, such as spinach, carrots and cheese.” [Foodnetwork Encyclopedia]
Baba au Rhum
2012 Caves Des PapesHeritage Rouge
13.5% alc good body and finish. light bhut fruity. great paring  $21.00Baba du Rhum is “… A rum baba or baba au rhum is a small yeast cake saturated in hard liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings (about a two-inch-tall, slightly tapered cylinder) but sometimes can be made in larger forms similar to those used for Bundt cakes. The batter for baba is even richer than brioche batter, and includes eggs, milk and butter…The original form of the baba was similar to the babka, a tall, cylindrical yeast cake (babka is still cooked in Poland and in Polish communities over the world). The name means “old woman” or “grandmother” in the Slavic languages; babka is a diminutive of baba…The modern baba au rhum (rum baba), with dried fruit and soaking in rum, was invented in the rue Montorgueil in Paris, France, in 1835 or before. Today, the word “baba” in France and almost everywhere else outside eastern Europe usually refers specifically to the rum baba.” [Wikipedia]
Great 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!
I just received this from Parma Ridge Wine and Spirits. It is always a joy to get this information from them so we can “spread the word”. Well worth the trip to go see them and visit for a while. Love the Bistro and Chef Storm’;s creations. And Stephanie’s artwork on the walls. Delightful.
The Avielle pictured her is a delightful blush of Merlot. Mellow, slightly sweet but not overpowering and it pairs well with a variety of Chef Storm’s plates. Here is the information. Enjoy!
Join us this weekend for Fabulous Food, Wonderful Wine and an Awesome Atmosphere!
We are open 4 days this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18. Weekend Hours are Friday, 12-7 pm and Sat, Sun & Mon 12-5 pm. In addition to our Friday Happy Hour from 4-7, we will do an ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR on Monday, January 18 from 12- 5 p.m.
If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, we have added a few new items to our 2016 Menu to get us all in that New Year Shape! We still have all of our regular menu items available all weekend as well. New Items include:
Parma Ridge Grilled Romaine Salads – $7.95
Grilled Romaine with Chunky Blue Cheese, Bacon, Roma Tomatoes and Candied pecans or
Grilled Romaine with Caesar dressing, Grilled Chicken, Fresh Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Homemade Croutons
Creamy Mushroom Soup (Vegetarian) – $6.95 bowl, $3.95 cup
Served with Storm’s Fresh Baked Bread
We will also be serving up some new Bartholomew Wine! Try the 2012 Jaxon (only 4 bottles left of the 2010 Jaxon). The 2012 Blend is Bart’s Final “Jaxon” and is a Blend 59% Cabernet Franc 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Carménère from Columbia Valley. [Stephanie – Will you hold us a bottle until I return from St Luke’s? Thanks!] Retail $32, both fruity and spicy!
Happy Hour Specials Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Monday from 12-5 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
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,” or Pepperoni – $5.95
Parma Ridge House Salad: Mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette, Bleu Cheese and poached pear – $5
Basket of Rosemary Garlic Truffle Fries with House-made aioli – $5
Sunday Brunch Specials:
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich with Cheesy Bacon Fries – $5.95
Biscuits and Gravy with a Fried Egg – $6.95
Slow Braised Beef Short Rib over Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus and Fresh Baked Bread – $10.95
And if you are really lucky and they have the Viognier Poached Pear on the menu, get one. Share it. It’s wonderful!
You say you don’t like borscht? Or beets? The addition of the beef short ribs and the carrots, sure does sweeten the flavor of the shredded beets. The red color is still there for the soup, but the beet flavor is very mild. Robin and I think it is a superb alternative to an “official” borscht. Here is the recipe, if you want to try this – Beef Short Rib Borscht. Print one out. It takes a while to cook, we use the CrockPot, but it is well worth the effort. Left-Click any of the following photos to see them enlarged. Enjoy and let us know how you liked it. Notice that there is no cabbage in this borscht. Cheers!