Boise Farmers Market Fund Raiser


05Oct2014_1_Farners-Market-Dinner_Gridiron-SignYes it was! And many thanks to all of the Boise Farmers Market producers for supplying the awesome meal items and the Saint Lawrence Gridiron, at 703 W Bannock in Boise (208) 433-5598, for supplying the space, the Waite Staff and an awesome Chef! Just a super, super night!
I do believe that this was the first of dinners like this to raise funds for the Boise Farmers Market. And I do hope that they continue to do this Fund Raising Dinner next year and many years to follow. When you look at the menu and photos below, you will see the superb meal that we had. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make this a success! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The flyer for this year's event.

The flyer for this year’s event.

Delightful table center pieces added to the Fall theme.

Delightful table center pieces added to the Fall theme.

The wonderful menu!

The wonderful menu!

Butternut Agnolotti with Sage Monte

Butternut Agnolotti with Sage Beurre Monté

Fraiche Tartine open faced gougere chipotle fraiche cucumber

Fraîche Tartine
open faced gougére, chipotle fraîche and cucumber

Yellow Tomato Gazpacho heirloom tomatoes brown butter crouton

Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
heirloom tomatoes and brown butter crouton

Harvest Vegetable Salad seasonal root vegetables candied walnuts local greens

Harvest Vegetable Salad
seasonal root vegetables, candied walnuts and local greens

Short Ribs smoked and braised short ribs, Carolina grits, salt roasted carrots, braised leeks and pan jus

Short Ribs
smoked and braised short ribs, Carolina grits, salt roasted carrots, braised leeks and pan jus

Apple Galette cinnamon custard brulee with fresh grated nutmeg whipped cream

Apple Galette
cinnamon custard brûlée with fresh grated nutmeg whipped cream

Neckar Coffee added some delightful coffee to our dinner. Thank-You!

Neckar Coffee added some delightful coffee to our dinner. Thank-You!

Snake River Winery offered wines with the dinner and beer was also available from Woodland Empire Brewery.

Snake River Winery offered wines with the dinner and beer was also available from Woodland Empire Brewery.

The Check-In table

The Check-In table

The Chef for the meal and on the right owner Brian Garrett. Thank-You both for this delightful evening.

The Chef for the meal and on the right owner Brian Garrett. Thank-You both for this delightful evening.

Robin enjoys some Neckar Coffee.

Robin enjoys some Neckar Coffee.

Thank-You everyone for this event. It takes a lot of hard work to arrange this. Karen Ellis – Thank-You!

Alaska Photography by Linda Ruppel

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In November there will be what is shaping up to be an awesome Alaska Photo Exhibition by Linda Ruppel. I have seen her work and it really is great. If you are in Boise, or are visiting Boise or would like an excuse to come to Boise, then here is your chance!!!

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Oktoberfest At Heatherwood with Fredna

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14July2013_1b_30th-Anniv_Le-Cafe_Bob-RobinWe celebrated Oktoberfest with our dear friend Fredna Green and her daughter Jerri and Jerri’s husband Willard. Great time with all kinds of wine and beer available and some really different appetizers. Fredna is looking well for 96 years! And it was good to see and visit with Jerri and Willard again. Please enjoy these photos and remember: Left-Click to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Table Centerpiece

Table Centerpiece

Ginny, Willard, Fredna and Robin in the Lobby of Heatherwood.

Jerri and Willard Gibble, Fredna and Robin in the Lobby of Heatherwood.

Cucumber Salad - This was really very good!

Cucumber Salad – This was really very good!

Sauerbraten, Roasted Root Vegetables, Red Cabbage, Potato Cake, Onions and Brats - You could request that they leave something off of your platter. Very few people did this.

Sauerbraten, Roasted Root Vegetables, Red Cabbage, Potato Cake, Onions and Brats – You could request that they leave something off of your platter. Very few people did this.

German Pretzel with Apples - A very good dessert!

German Pretzel with Apples – A very good dessert!

Happy Birthday, Robin!

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17Sept2014_1_Robins-71st-BDay_Chandlers-FrontWhen one reaches a given year, let’s say 60 or there abouts, one really should celebrate ones birthday over several days. And one should have plenty of food and wine! I do believe that Robin had just that this year!! Happy Birthday, Honey! Let’s start the celebration on Sunday, September 14 with a dinner that Marnie and Mac made. Thanks to Sophia and Chris, too, for helping with this event. Look what we had.

Mac's 2010 Mead!

Mac’s 2010 Mead!

Some pretty good IPA.

Some pretty good IPA.

All the makings for some really good tacos. Pork, onions and tomatoes. Along with salsa and avocado.

All the makings for some really good tacos. Pork, onions and tomatoes. Along with salsa and avocado.

And add some grilled flank steak and one has a delicious taco.

And add some grilled flank steak and one has a delicious taco.

Stuffed Peppers for a side dish.

Stuffed Peppers for a side dish.

And Robin really likes Marnie's Carrot Cake. (So do the rest of us!)

And Robin really likes Marnie’s Carrot Cake. (So do the rest of us!)

Then we had to rest for a while after eating all of this. This is the Birthday Rule: When it is your time to celebrate, YOU get to choose where you want to go for dinner. Any place in town. U-Pick-It! Robin chose Chandler’s Steak House this year. Good Choice. Look at this spread, and they knew it was her Birthday! Thank-You for a great dinner. The food, The Staff and the Wine were all super!

Robin at out table studying the Wine List.

Robin at out table studying the Wine List.

We did have some great wine.

We did have some great wine.

And it went very well with our dinners.

And it went very well with our dinners.

Start with these two delicious wines. Went very well with our seafood appetizers.

Start with these two delicious wines. Went very well with our seafood appetizers.

And now some awesome dessert wines.

These two also went quite well with the appetizers.

Raw Oyster Selection

Pacific Oysters
Freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, served on shaved ice with housemade mignonette sauce.
Kumomoto, Humbolt Bay, CA
Shigoku, Willapa Bay, WA

TOWER OF TUNA Fresh ahi and hamachituna, diced and towered  with avocado, tomato, red onion, red chili,  ginger, and sesame seed vinaigrette with Asian  sesame crisps.

Tower of Tuna
Fresh ahi and hamachi tuna, diced and towered with avocado, tomato, red onion, red chili, ginger, and sesame seed vinaigrette with
Asian sesame crisps.

Now for these two awesome red wines with our entrees. Great choice!

Now for these two awesome red wines with our entrees. Great choice!

CHANDLERS CAESAR SALAD Whole crisp leaves of romaine with our classic anchovy caesar dressing and garnished with parmesan cheese  crouton and white anchovy.

Chandler’s Caesar Salad
Whole crisp leaves of romaine with our classic anchovy caesar dressing and garnished with parmesan cheese crouton and white anchovy.

American Kobe Beef Snake River Farms crosses the premiere Japanese Wagyu breed with American Black Angus to create the American Kobe beef. This richly marbled beef is considered to be America’s best grade.

American Kobe Beef
Snake River Farms crosses the premiere Japanese Wagyu breed with American Black Angus to create the American Kobe beef. This richly marbled beef is considered to be America’s best grade.

Veal Picatta  Scallopini cuts of fresh veal in a lemon, butter and caper sauce, served with broccoli  raabe and orzo with sundried tomato

Veal Picatta
Scallopini cuts of fresh veal in a lemon,
butter and caper sauce, served with broccoli
raabe and orzo with sundried tomato

An awesome dessert wine.

An awesome dessert wine.

Chocolate Volcano Cake with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate Volcano Cake
Grand Marnier Whipped Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce

FRESH FRUIT COBBLER  Fresh, seasonal fruit baked in a vanilla crust with house-made cinnamon ice cream

Fresh Fruit Cobbler
Fresh, seasonal fruit baked in a vanilla crust
with house-made cinnamon ice cream

So there you have it. Several awesome meals. Here’s to next year!! Cheers.

Pit-Q 2014

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06Sept2014_1g_Pit-Q_Center-Piece_1Ah yes. The Pit-Q! So what is a “Pit-Q”? The event was originally established by the Board of Directors of the Boise Valley Square and Round Dance Hall to raise operational funds for the facility. The dance floor here is probably one of the best, if not the best, in the Northwest. 8000 sq ft of floating hardwood dance floor. You can actually see the floor moving when there are a lot of dancers moving.
I am not so sure that the quality of the meal has been maintained, though. Don’t get me wrong! It was good. But we have had much better. And we were not alone in our opinion. Here is what has changed – (1) The beef is no longer cooked for 17+ hours in the pit that was designed for cooking purposes on location. The beef has been catered out and was a little bland. Not the smoked flavors that we were used to. Cooking the beef in the past, and prepping it, was Party Time for the Crew! The comment that we heard as to why they don’t cook the same way is that fruit wood was not available. I know for a fact that Williamson Fruit Ranch in Marsing, had plenty of wood they were trying to get rid of this year. (2) The slaw is a commercial mix and the dressing is ….. I don’t know, but probably straight mayo. The slaw used to be made by the ladies on the Board from scratch with their own particular dressing. (3) The beans seemed to be a mix of commercial baked beans. They tasted “canned”.
But the tomatoes were fresh and sliced. And the corn was fresh and delicious. I am not a dessert person, but what I had was OK. Sorry to see these changes have come into use. I really don’t think that they have done themselves any favors. Just my opinion, after spending several years on the Board ourselves and 30+ years involved in the activity. Here are some more photos of the evening. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. Cheers!

The table centerpieces were all canned goods. Here are some pickles.

The table centerpieces, as pictured here and above, were all canned goods. Here are some pickles.

The "Square Dance American Folk Dance of Idaho" banner.

The “Square Dance The American Folk Dance of Idaho” banner.

Robin and I Called and Cued for the Spares and Pairs Club. Here is their banner. Both of these banners were hand made.

Robin and I Called and Cued for the Spares and Pairs Club. Here is their banner. Both of these banners were hand made.

Cinder MacDonald and Robin discussing and "important issue".

Cinder McDonald and Robin discussing and “important issue”.

Bill, Trenna (TJ) Chadd and Robin.

Bill, Trenna (TJ) Chadd and Robin.

Robin and CAller Joe White

Robin and Caller Joe White

Callers (L) Gary Davis and (R) Bosco Bosler. Two of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" Callers. The third was taking photos.

Callers (L) Gary Davis and (R) Bosco Bosler. Two of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” Callers. The third was taking photos.

Silent Auction table.

Silent Auction table.

Fresh Sliced Tomatoes Fresh Corn Slaw Shredded Beef Baked Beans This was the plated meal.

Fresh Sliced Tomatoes
Fresh Corn on the Cob
Slaw
Shredded Beef
Baked Beans
Roll and Butter

This was the plated meal.

Sun Valley Sojourn – Ice Show and Buffet

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23Aug2014_1g_Sun-Valley_Gondola_View-Sun-Valley_StormySuch a great 358 mile round trip drive to Sun Valley and the Ice Show with Meryl Davis and Charlie White performing. We were really lucky enough to meet General Manager Tim Silva. Robin talked to and showed him some old photos of when her mother worked at Sun Valley in the Roundhouse Restaurant and sang in the Duchin Room. We sat with and had dinner with screenwriter John Briley, “… an American writer best known for screenplays of biopics. He won the Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay at the 1982 Oscars for Gandhi. As well as film scripts, he has written for television and theatre, and published several novels … written works: “The first stone”, “The traitors”, “Pediatric ward”. Films written: Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Gandhi, Cry Freedom, Children of the Damned, Marie, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, The Medusa Touch and Tai-Pan.” [Wikipedia] What an interesting table. But first, we had to get there. Here is our sojourn through photographs. Enjoy and Left-Click any of the photos to see them enlarged. Happy Trails!

Only in Idaho can you get snow, or heavy hail, falling in August. Here in Fairfield, is the result of a storm that came though.

Only in Idaho can you get snow, or heavy hail, falling in August. Here in Fairfield, is the result of a storm that came though.


Before the ice show, we took the gondola to the Roundtable Restaurant, where Robin's mother worked in the 1930's. An awesome ride up the mountain.

Before the ice show, we took the gondola to the Roundhouse Restaurant, where Robin’s mother worked in the 1930’s. An awesome ride up the mountain.


Here we go! The people here were extremely nice to Robin and even stopped the gondola so she could easily get in. At the top, they had  a golf cart ready for her to get to the restaurant.

Here we go! The people here were extremely nice to Robin and even stopped the gondola so she could easily get in. At the top, they had a golf cart ready for her to get to the restaurant.


The ride up. Sun Valley in in the background.

The ride up. Sun Valley in in the background.


Sun Valley

Sun Valley


Robin sits at the bottom of the stairs to the Roundtable Restaurant, in the background.

Robin sits at the bottom of the stairs to the Roundhouse Restaurant, in the background. Elevation 7680 feet.


Hailey, ID from Mount baldy.

Hailey, ID from the Roundhouse.


Sun Valley from Mount Baldy

Sun Valley from the Roundhouse.


The fireplace in the restaurant.

The fireplace in the restaurant.


Robin in the restaurant.

Robin in the restaurant.


Robin checking her photos.

Robin checking her photos.


We had Mac 'N Cheese. Big dinner coming up!

We had Mac ‘N Cheese. Big dinner coming up!


Our ride down the mountain is arriving.

Our ride down the mountain is arriving.


Headed down. Nice ride.

Headed down. Nice ride.


One of the buildings at the entrance to the gondola.

One of the buildings at the entrance to the gondola. We are down.


Before we can go to Sun Valley and the Lodge, we had to make a stop at Frenchman's Gulch Winery in Ketchum.

Before we can go to Sun Valley and the Lodge, we had to make a stop at Frenchman’s Gulch Winery in Ketchum.


The lobby at the Sun Valley Hotel.

The lobby at the Sun Valley Hotel.


Robin relaxes in the lobby before the show begins. We had "Will Call" tickets.

Robin relaxes in the lobby before the show begins. We had “Will Call” tickets.


The show stars, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The show stars, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.


The ice stage and rink at Sun Valley.

The ice stage and rink at Sun Valley. I was asked not to photograph the show. I did not.


Part of the seating area for the ice show and the buffet.

Part of the seating area for the ice show and the buffet.


Did I mention the buffet? Here is the carving table - Lamb, Roast Beef and Turkey.

Did I mention the buffet? Here is the carving table – Lamb, Roast Beef and Turkey.


Lamb is being carved.

Lamb is being carved.


Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad


Cheese variety

Cheese variety


Fruit and Asparagus Salad

Fruit and Asparagus Salad


Did I mention fresh steamed Shrimp and Crab?

Did I mention fresh steamed Shrimp and Crab?


Fruit bowl

Fruit bowl


Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake


Mint and Chocolate Key Lime Tarts

Mint and Chocolate Key Lime Tarts


Robin with her dinner plated at our table. We were covered, but those down rinkside, were in the open. It rained. We were dry. They were not.

Robin with her dinner plated at our table. We were covered, but those down rinkside, were in the open. It rained. We were dry. They were not.


Robin holds a crab claw.

Robin holds a crab claw.


A plate of crab, shrimp and fruit.

A plate of crab, shrimp and fruit.


We were going to bring some home, but there was none left.

We were going to bring some home, but there was none left.

Such a great day. Long, but fun and exciting. We met some really nice people and the staff at Sun Valley went out of their way to see that Robin was comfortable and able to climb stairs, etc. Thank-You General Manager Tim Silva and your Staff. We do hope you tell them how grateful we are. The food was awesome – again – and the show was super. Until next time ……….. But wait! We still had to eat breakfast on Sunday morning. Here’s what we had.

Ronbin made her awesome Refrigerator Lox. This time she used some dill weed and it made the salmon sooooooo good.

Robin made her awesome Refrigerator Lox. This time she used some dill weed and it made the salmon sooooooo good.


Then I made a Transformed Eggs Benedict. Grilled Portabella Mushroom Cap Steamed Fresh Spinach Robin's Lox Housemade Hollandaise Sauce

Then I made a

Transformed Eggs Benedict
Grilled Portabella Mushroom Cap
Steamed Fresh Spinach
Poached Meadowlark Farms Egg
Robin’s Icebox Lox with Dill
Housemade Hollandaise Sauce

The portabella took place of the English Muffin. Added the fresh spinach and the lox. Topped with the poached egg and the Hollandaise sauce. Totally yummers!!

Portland Sojourn – Memorial For Brenda Payne McGowan

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03August2014_5c-Portland-Trip_Brenda-Memorial_Flowers-2The primary reason for us going to Portland August 1 – 4 was to attend the memorial service for Brenda. She and Robin graduated from nursing school together. They worked a while until their RN license came through and then left for the West, via Mexico City in a VW Bug. Camping gear strapped on the roof. Robin ended in San Francisco, where she also helped to start Ravenswood Winery with Joel Peterson, and Brenda went to Oregon. It was great that we could attend this Celebration of Life. Here are some photos from the event. Left-Click any of them to see the photo enlarged.

Brenda Payne McGowan

Brenda Payne McGowan

Brenda liked lilies.

Brenda liked lilies.

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Portland Sports Center where Brenda worked out.

Portland Sports Center where Brenda worked out.

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Harp music

Harp music

Robin

Robin

Some of the crowd. If I had to guess, I would say that there were several hundred people there.

Some of the crowd. If I had to guess, I would say that there were several hundred people there.

A full buffet line was available as was a full bar.

A full buffet line was available as was a full bar.

Portland Sojourn – Wine and Food


AirBnB-Portland-HouseboatIt is said that “Man cannot live by bread alone ….” and I guess our sojourns are a testament to that. If there is a winery, we just might stop. Good place to get something light to eat and some refreshing “grape juice”. So this particular post in this series, is going to be devoted to some wineries we visited – actually only three – and some of the food we had. If one is on the coast – East or West coast, it makes no difference – one must have good, fresh seafood. And that we did.

We had to stop along the way to eat something. So before we left Boise, I made a Muffuletta and we stopped and had some. We also had a great ginger ale.

We had to stop along the way to eat something. So before we left Boise, I made a Muffuletta and we stopped and had some. We also had a great ginger ale. Here is the Muffuletta Recipe. Enjoy!

Muffuletta

Muffuletta

Then as we passed through Hood River, Oregon, we just had to stop at the Naked Winery tasting room. This is a horse of a different color!

Then as we passed through Hood River, Oregon, we just had to stop at the Naked Winery tasting room. Now this is a horse of a different color!

Robin is comfortable at in the tasting room. You can see some of their wines here.

Robin is comfortable at in the tasting room. You can see some of their wines here.

Then we had to pick up fresh seafood at the NW Seafood Company in Newberg, OR. Clams, fresh oysters, Dungeness crab and shrimp.

Then we had to pick up fresh seafood at the NW Fresh Seafood Company in Newberg, OR and McMinville, OR.Really fresh and good seafood. We bought clams, fresh oysters, Dungeness crab and shrimp.

Then off to see Dorothy and Kai for dinner. That is what the seafood was for. Just look at that table!

Then off to see Dorothy and Kai for dinner. That is what the seafood was for. Just look at that table! And yes, I did shuck the oysters without cutting myself. Kai had her first fresh oyster!

Here is the crab salad. Yummers!

Here is the crab salad. Yummers!

Breakfast at Ikea. Swedish Meatballs and a cinnamon roll. Long day ahead.

Breakfast at Ikea. Swedish Meatballs and a cinnamon roll. Long day ahead.

We also stopped here at Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro, OR.

We also stopped here at Oak Knoll Winery in Hillsboro, OR.

Kim Kolb served us well with some interesting wines and conversation. Thank-You Kim!

Kim Kolb served us well with some interesting wines and conversation. Thank-You Kim! Kim is a wine blogger and can be found at Winey Women.

Their Riesling is superb. And yes, we did buy some wine here.

Their Riesling is superb. And yes, we did buy some wine here.

Also a good Pinot Noir.

Also a good Pinot Noir.

The Marchesi Vineyards is a great stop for the Italian influence in wine making.

The Marchesi Vineyards in Hood River, OR. is a great stop for the Italian influence in wine making.

They do have an awesome selection of Italian wines. Well worth a bottle! or two!

They do have an awesome selection of Italian wines. Well worth a bottle! or two!

Enjoying the wine and the cheese/salami plate.

Enjoying the wine and the cheese/salami plate. Great olive oil, too. We bought a bottle.

But we had to stop visiting the wineries as the drive home was still 6 or 7 hours.

But we had to stop visiting the wineries as the drive home was still 6 or 7 hours. Robin took this photo as we were driving along the freeway. Beautiful sunset/moonrise photo.

Portland Sojourn – Ships and Houseboat

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AirBnB-Portland-Houseboat-#2What a great 4 days in Portland on the Willamette River. And yes, on a AirBnB houseboat. A super great experience and Hostess. Thank you for such a great time. The photo here was taken from Google Earth and shows our houseboat. (Left-Click this and any of the following photos to see them enlarged.) The houseboat that we stayed on was #5 and is clearly marked. The following photos are of some boats that we saw and the houseboat and surrounding area. Do enjoy these photos. Happy Trails!

The houseboats in the marina all lined up. Ours is #5.

The houseboats in the marina all lined up. Ours is #5. Note the walkway to get from the top of the bluff to the walkway and the houseboats.

From the top of the bluff.

From the top of the bluff.

The walkway down to the houseboats. Robin did extremely well in negotiating the steepness.

The walkway down to the houseboats. Robin did extremely well in negotiating the steepness.

At the top of the bluff looking towards our houseboat and looking at the brown "Wave House".Ours was next door to the right.

At the top of the bluff looking towards our houseboat and looking at the brown “Wave House”.Ours was next door to the right.

The walkway to the houseboat.

The walkway to the houseboat. And yes, this is all floating. It moves with the water movement.

Robin resting by the "Wave House".

Robin resting by the “Wave House”.

The front door of the "Wave House".

The front door of the “Wave House”.

The front door of our houseboat.

The front door of our houseboat.

The view of the Willamette River and Portland in the distance from our room.

The view of the Willamette River and Portland in the distance from our room.

Robin and our Hostess Jacqualine in our room.

Robin and our Hostess Jaculin in our room.

Other decks from our room.

Other decks from our room.

Robin relaxing in the sun.

Robin relaxing in the sun.

Watching the sailboats on the deck.

Watching the sailboats on the deck.

Robin and Cinderella.

Robin and Cinderella.

Me and Cinderella.

Me and Cinderella.

Roses on the deck.

Roses on the deck.

Lupine, I think.

Lupine, I think.

Potted trees.

Potted trees.

The Wave House.

The Wave House.

The river is full of sailboats and other craft.

The river is full of sailboats and other craft.

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Love the BSU colors!

Love the BSU colors!

Tug Boat in miniature.

Tug Boat in miniature.

Team effort.

Team effort.

He must like to bicycle.

He must like to bicycle.

Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron.

Artwork

Artwork

The end of a great 4 days. We will probably do this again. Loved it! Happy Trails!

The end of a great 4 days. We will probably do this again. Loved it! Happy Trails!

Great Weekend – Family, Food, Wine and Friends

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24-5July2014_1_Maria-Maria-Victor_Visiting_At-AirBnB_BestThis was really a great weekend! Robin had her cousin Maria Allen and Maria’s sister Maria de Fatima Donato and Fatima’s son Victor here. They had a long 28 hour plane trip from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and were glad to stop and rest for a while. Fatima spoke some English and Victor did an excellent job with the language. Maria did a lot of translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa. Marnie opened her AirBNB to them for a couple of days and we thank her for that. The photo above is of Victor, Fatima and Maria. Here are some more photos of the Snake River AVA and wine country tour that we took, thanks to Winery Seekers, Dan and Kathy Johnson. We did stop for a good meal at The Orchard House in the Snake River AVA at Marsing. A great tour and I know that everyone enjoyed it. Enjoy these photos and remember you can Left-Click any of them to see them larger. Cheers and Happy Trails. It was great to meet Fatima and Victor and to see Maria again.

Victor, Fatima and Maria.

Victor, Fatima and Maria.

Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin's cousin by marriage.

Fatima and Maria, sisters and Maria is Robin’s cousin by marriage.

Maria, Robin's cousin.

Maria Allen, Robin’s cousin.

Off on the Snake River AVA winery tour. Here we go!

First stop - Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID

First stop – Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, ID

A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.

A Dragonfly met us on the way to the winery.

Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?

Tammy Stowe McClure, wife of the winemaker Mike McClure at Indian Creek, and Victor try arm wrestling. Tammy is a very accomplished rock climber. Need I say more?

Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.

Fatima and Maria discuss the winemaking process while Victor listens.

The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.

The tasting room at Indian Creek Winery.

A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.

A fantastic Reserve Pinot Noir from Indian Creek. Lay this one down for a while.

Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.

Next stop is Sawtooth Winery. Here are just some of the 500 acres of vines that they have.

Fatima, Victor and Maria all list to what Brit is telling them about the wines.

Fatima, Victor and Maria all listen to what Brit is telling them about the wines.

In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.

In the barrel room at the winery. Kathy Johnson, tour guide, leads a discussion.

On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.

On the way to Koenig Distillery and Winery, we passed this Horseshoed Horse. Interesting.

Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.

Koenig Distillery and Winery. They have an excellent Potato Vodka and they have justed started a line of Idaho Bourbon.

Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.

Victor and Fatima enjoy the tasting room.

Maria and Fatima compare notes.

Maria and Fatima compare notes.

Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.

Vodka and Bourbon at Koenig.

Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!

Bitner Vineyards is next. We did stop for lunch and some very good food at The Orchard House. Thank-You Kris and Staff for a great experience, again!

The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.

The Snake River Valley from the Bitner Winery veranda.

Fatima and Mria enjoy the wine.

Fatima and Maria enjoy the wine.

Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.

Kathy Johnson, Fatima, Maria, Robin and Victor on the veranda.

And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Winery.

And our last stop was at Williamson Orchards and Vineyard.

Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.

Headed to the orchard shed and the tasting room.

Patrick Williamson, orchardist, has us try some of their wines.

Patrick Williamson, vineyardist, has us try some of their wines.

Peaches from the orchard.

Peaches from the orchard.

Apricots

Apricots

Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and Onions

Just a super good day! Thank-You everyone for making this a success. We all enjoyed it immensely. Cheers! Kathy Johnson submitted the following photos for your enjoyment. Thank-You Kathy for the photos.

Bob and Robin

Bob and Robin

Dan and Bob

Dan and Bob

Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.

Checking wine for clarity at Sawtooth Winery.

Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It's gonna be a good Chardonnay.

Bob, Maria, Dan and Fatima in the barrel room doing a barrel tasting. It’s gonna be a good Chardonnay.

Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.

Ron Bitner pours some wine at Bitner Vineyards.

Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for be3ing here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!

Thank-You Fatima, Victor and Maria for being here on the beautiful Boise weekend. Happy Trails!

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