“Holidays in May” at The BUzz


10May2016_2b_Camino-de-Santiago_Spanish-Countryside_Painted-2As 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!

Mushrooms and Goatcheese with Oatcakes 2014 Cotes du Rhone 13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad. [17] $16.00

Mushrooms and Goat Cheese with Oatcakes
2014 Cotes du Rhone

13.0% alc. Great paring with the goat cheese in the salad. [17] $16.00

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)  2012 El Olividado Tempranillo 14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. I preferred the soup without the wine, although both were very good. [18] $18.00

Albondigas Soup
(Mexican Meatball Soup)
2012 El Olividado Tempranillo
14.5% alc. Really brought out the spiciness of the soup. Although both were very good. [18] $18.00

Morocan Carrot Chicpea Salad 2015 La Playa Viognier 13.5% alc. The wine tended to go "sour" with the salad. I found it better to eat the salad without the wine. Both good as separate items. [16] $13.00

Morocan Carrot Chicpea Salad
2015 La Playa
Viognier
13.5% alc. The wine tended to go “sour” with the salad. I found it better to eat the salad without the wine. Both good as separate items. There were people there that thoroughly enjoyed the paring. [16] $13.00

Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger Zuchini Salad Baked Beans 2014 Durigutti 14.0% alc  Super great paring. Loved it! [18] $17.00

Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger
Zuchini Salad
Baked Beans
2014 Durigutti

14.0% alc Super great paring. Loved it! [18] $17.00

Spanish Wines at the Buzz


12April2016_1e_The-Buzz-Spain_Faustino-2008Some 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 [18] out of [20]. The onluy better one was a NV Destello Cava that was served with the Brazo Gitanoin 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 Pasiegais 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!

Mushroom Croquettes and Tortillo Espanola 2010 Vivanco Crianza 13.5% alc. not bad but a little light on the bouquet. but then so were most of the other wines [18] $20.00

Mushroom Croquettes
and
Tortillo Espanola
2010 Vivanco
Crianza
13.5% alc. not bad but a little light on the bouquet. but then so were most of the other wines [18] $20.00

Valencia Salad 2014 Piquitos Moscato 11.0% alc Good fruity nose and flavor profile./ I am not a big fan of Moscato [17] $12.00

Valencia Salad
2014 Piquitos
Moscato
11.0% alc Good fruity nose and flavor profile. I am not a big fan of Moscato [17] $12.00

Avocado Soup (This was a very good cold soup) 2013 Picos Garnacha 14.0% alc. a good paring with the soup [18] $14.00

Avocado Soup
(This was a very good cold soup)
2013 Picos Garnacha
14.0% alc. a good paring with the soup [18] $14.00

Fabada and Pisto 2008 Faustino Rioja 13.5% alc. this wine was explained above [18] $24.00

Fabada and Pisto
2008 Faustino Rioja
13.5% alc. this wine was explained above. some labels numbered – the lower the number the higher the quality of the wine [18] $24.00

Fabada – Fabada asturiana, often simply known as fabada, is a rich Spanish bean stew, originally from and most commonly found in the autonomous community of Principality of Asturias, but widely available throughout the whole of Spain and in Spanish restaurants worldwide. ..Fabada is a hot and heavy dish and for that reason is most commonly eaten during winter and at the largest meal of the day, lunch. It is usually served as a starter, but may also be the main course of the meal. It is typically served with crusty bread, and with Asturian cider or a red wine.

Pisto – is the name of a Spanish dish typical from the Region of Murcia and La Mancha. It is made of tomatoes, onions, eggplant or courgettes, green and red peppers and olive oil. It is similar to ratatouille and is usually served warm to accompany a dish or with a fried egg and bread. It is also used as the filling for empanadas and empanadillas…The dish is sometimes formally named Pisto manchego, from its origin in La Mancha. Pisto a la Bilbaína, from Bilbao in the Basque Country, usually has just courgettes and green peppers in tomato sauce, sometimes lightly scrambled with eggs.

Brazo Gitano Quesada NV Destello Cava 11.4% alc. strangely, I rated it the highest of the night. Superb paring [19] $15.00

Brazo Gitano
Quesada Pasiega
NV Destello
Cava
11.4% alc. strangely, I rated it the highest of the night. Superb paring. It is discussed above. [19] $15.00

Happy Holidays from “The Buzz”!


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestThe Buzz Wine Dinner definitely had that Caribbean flare to it. Fun tacos. A super good Coconut Seafood Soup and pretty good Jerk Chicken – it’s all in the jerk sauce. If you are on a diet and counting your carbs, there was a total of 82.5g carbs tonight. My target is 60-64g of carbs per day. Oops! The best dish for the night, in my opinion, was the Coconut Seafood Soup, which also came in at 25.5g of carbs. It was soooooo good! Cristi and Tommy just got back from a Caribbean cruise, so the night was rushed. Thanks Peggy, for helping out again! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Fish Taco with Cilantro Creama 2014 Garzon Albarino 12.5% alc. this white wine went well with sharpness of the cilantro and lime. [17] $17.00

Fish Taco with Cilantro Creama
2014 Garzon
Albarino
12.5% alc. this white wine went well with sharpness of the cilantro and lime. [17] $17.00

Coconut Seafood Soup (One awesome soup!) 2010 Snake River Winery Sangiovese 13.3% alc another good wine that pared well with the soup [17] $22.00

Coconut Seafood Soup
(One awesome soup!)
2010 Snake River Winery Sangiovese
13.3% alc another good wine that pared well with the soup [17] $22.00

Mango Slaw Salad 2014 Kumzu Village Chardonnay (NZ) 13.5% alc this was one of the better wines for the night. superb paring with the salad. [18] $22.00

Mango Slaw Salad
2014 Kumzu Village
Chardonnay (NZ)
13.5% alc this was one of the better wines for the night. superb paring with the salad. [18] $22.00
Jerk Chicken Steamed Calloloo (like Kale) Festival 2014 Durigotti Bonarda Carmenere 14.0% alc. not one of my favorites tonight. to me lacked in balance. [15] $17.00

Jerk Chicken
Steamed Calloloo (like Kale) Festival
2014 Durigotti Bonarda
(Argentina)
14.0% alc. not one of my favorites tonight. to me lacked in balance. [15] $17.00

Note: Any Jerk product is a style of cooking with a very specific blend of spices. It does not have tgo be spicy hot, but it definitely can be. The herb and spice blend can, and usually does, vary from home to home.

Pound Cake with Tequila Drizzle Banana Fritter 2013 Montgras Carmenere (Chile)  good paring with the pound cake. [17] $13.00

Pound Cake
with
Tequila Drizzle
Banana Fritter
2013 Montgras
Carmenere (Chile)
good paring with the pound cake. [17] $13.00

The next Wine Dinner at The Buzz, will be an Italian treat! Look for a lot of good Italian reds and some super good Italian food. 2nd Tuesday in January. Mark your calendars!

Blind Tasting at The Buzz


10Nov2015_1e_The-Buzz-Monthly_Blind-Tasting_Buzz-InsideNow here is a different program for a Wine Dinner. Serve the wines, but don’t tell anyone what they are. Can you identify the varietals? Good test! I failed! Robin won! Figures. But really a great and fun night. And the food Cristi served for dinner. I want the recipe for two of the dishes – the salad and the soup. They both were terrific! Delicious. We started off with two wines for Cristi’s Choice – she selects the wines that may, or may not, correspond to the wines and the food we are having. The white wine that she served was a White Pinot Noir from Oregon. I scored it a [18]. It had a great nose and was surprisingly good. The second wine she presented as a Cristi’s Choice was a Red Petit Verdot from Washington. It had to get a [19] and was, in my not so humble opinion, the best of the night. Petit Verdot is by far one of my favorite wines and to me, again IMNSHO, should NEVER be blended.

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms 2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms

Brie Tarts and Stuffed Mushrooms
2014 St UrbansHoff White Riesling
went very well with the sharpness of the brie and the earthiness of the mushrooms
[18]

Apple Mushroom Soup (This was delicious! I want the recipe.) 2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel not may favorite even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied [16]

Apple Mushroom Soup
(This was delicious! I want the recipe.)
2013 Carol Shelton Zinfandel
not my favorite tonight, even though I do like Zin. Somewhat light and not full bodied. Good though, with the soup.
[16]

Mexican Potato Salad - Ensaladilla Rusa (Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!) 2012 Clarksburg Merlot just didn't go too well with the salad [16]

Mexican Potato Salad – Ensaladilla Rusa
(Delicious! Loved the mixture of ingredients. I want this recipe, too!)
2012 Clarksburg Merlot
the wine was good, but just didn’t go well with the salad
[16]

Tommy  T Meatloaf Root Vegetables Mac 'N Cheese 2012 True Myth Paso Dobles Cabernhet Sauvignon good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables [17]

Tommy T Meatloaf
Root Vegetables
Mac ‘N Cheese
2012 True Myth Paso Dobles
Cabernet Sauvignon
good wine that went with the entree, especially the root vegetables
[17]

Inside Out Apple Pie 2014 Zaganen Pinot Grigio good wine that went well with the apple. [17]

Inside Out Apple Pie
2014 Zaganen
Pinot Grigio
good wine that went well with the apple.
[17]

A Ghoulish Night At “The Buzz”!


13Oct2015_1_The-Buzz-Halloween_The-RavenEven the Ravens were there enjoying some Candy Corn Cheesecake!

“Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”” – Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

Oh well, you get the idea! It was a fun night, although the attendance was low. We are happy that Marnie and Mac got to join us. The dinner was good, although I have had better at The Buzz. It is still the best bargain for a Wine Dinner in Boise, $20 per plate and 6+ wines. Here is what we had. See you next month!!!

Eerie Empanadas 2012 Flying Bear Red. went well with this appetizer. [17] $16.00

Eerie Empanadas
2012 Flying Bear Red

went well with this appetizer. [17] $16.00

Ghoulish Goulash NV Big Red Monster Sonoma Blend 13.5% alc. good color and body. long finish, good price[17] $15.00

Ghoulish Goulash
NV Big Red Monster Sonoma Blend

13.5% alc. good color and body. long finish, good price[17] $15.00

Eye Ball Salad with Blood Wine Vinaigrette  2013 Matchbook Chardonnay 14.3% alc.  great match and paring with this salad and the cheese. [17] $21.00

Eye Ball Salad with Blood Wine Vinaigrette
2013 Matchbook Chardonnay

14.3% alc. great match and paring with this salad and the cheese. [17] $21.00

I really liked this salad.

Stuffed Pumpkin 2012 Dry Creek Cabernet 14.5% alc body was light but finish was superb. paring with the pumpkin. [17]

Stuffed Pumpkin
2012 Dry Creek Cabernet

14.5% alc body was light but finish was superb. paring with the pumpkin. [16] $$24.00

I’m not a pumpkin fan, but this was good!

Candy Corn Cheesecake 2012 Asylum Zinfandel 14.6% alc. best match of the night, but then I'm a zin fan. good balance and finish good paring. [18] $16.00

Candy Corn Cheesecake
2012 Asylum Zinfandel

14.6% alc. best match of the night, but then I’m a zin fan. good balance and finish good paring. [18] $16.00

Even the raven liked this. Maybe that’s why,

“While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.” The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe

The raven wanted my cheesecake! Nothing more!

January at the “Buzz”


buzz_logo_cafe_building_bestThis just in from Cristi and Tom at the “Buzz” in Boise. Exceptional program and wine dinner. Hope to see you there. See their link in the sidebar for more information.

“Wishing you every happiness in 2015!

We are looking forward to continuing and growing our relationship in this new year. our music for January has changed slightly, due to a scheduling conflict with our classical music friends we will have to wait a while longer to enjoy their amazing gift of music, we will definitely keep everyone updated on when they will be able to join us again for Classical Music Jam night.

Our music calendar for January is:

  1. 9th John Cazaan
  2. 16th Dave McClellan
  3. 23rd Nancy Kelly
  4. 30th Jean Cardena

We will continue with wine tasting, food specials, and great company on Fridays starting at 5PM and music from 7-9.

Our wine club this year will be all about tasting new varietals, join us the 13th or 14th at 6:30 (reservations required) January will be about the classics. Our goal this year is to taste 100 different grapes through out the year. Dinner is $20 a person and starts at 6:30 each night. If you could let us know about food allergies or intolerance with your reservation we would appreciate it. For reservations Call (208) 344-4321 or email at Buzzwine@cableone.net Thanks.

All the best to you and your family,
Cristi and Tommy Takeda
Buzz Coffee and Wine

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We will have the yearly coupons for the wine dinners available at wine dinners this month. $100.00 plus tax for 6 dinners through the year. Each coupon is good for 2 months. For more information just ask at the dinner on January 13 or 14. ” [This is an exceptional offer and one that Robin and I get every year. It saves you some money!]