Boise Greenbelt Today

They are releasing water from Lucky Peak Dam, east of Boise by about 5 miles, to make room for the mountains snow melt. They – Corps of Engineers – have also filled some of the irrigation canals. The current flow is 8040cfm at a height of 18.8 feet. (Here is a link to that info – USGS Boise River Data at the Glenwood Bridge. Look at these photos I took today. Enjoy! (We are about 1 mile from the river where these were taken.) Left-Click the photos to see them enlarged.

On the footbridge at the Whitewater Kayak Park. The dam is breached.

From the footbridge at the Whitewater Kayak Park.

Looking back towards the footbridge. Flooded area in the foreground. Good place for the geese.

Danger signs are posted at different places along the Greenbelt.

Boise Farmers Market Opens April 1!

Yea! It’s been a long Winter!

Boise Foodie Guild

Here is the latest from the BFM.

Welcome to the 2017 Farmers Market Season!
We are excited to get started on Saturday. Although the late winter has been cool and wet, you will be pleasantly surprised to see all the delicious fresh produce that will be at The Market!

Join us for a slice of Birthday Cake and take home first-of-the-season fresh greens plus oh so much more. What’s Fresh!

Baby Cucumbers
Bedding plants
Container Gardens
Dried Fruit
Green Garlic
Dried Herbs
Fresh Herbs
Curly Kale
Lacinato Kale
Micro Greens
Miner’s Lettuce
Salad Mix
Heirloom Seeds
Hanging Strawberry Baskets

Specialty Foods
Pickled Asparagus
Baked Goods
Pickled Beans
Custom Spices
Hard Cider
Herb Blends
Organic Kombucha Tea
Salmon Bacon
Smoked Salmon

Grass-fed Angus Beef
Pastured Raised Chickens
Duck Eggs
Chicken Eggs
Grass-fed Goat
Pasture Raised Lamb

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Marsing Chamber of Commerce opens Website

Marsing, the “Gateway to the Owyhee Mountains” opens it’s website.

Treasure Valley Wine Society

The Marsing Chamber of Commerce has opened its new website at Marsing Chamber. In the heart of the Snake River wine district and an important agriculture area, the Chamber promotes, “… We are home to a variety of businesses, from small independent businesses to major global corporations. It has a thriving art community, delicious local wines, culture and outdoor recreation scene, along with unique shopping, dining and events. It is a wonderful place to live and a great place to visit.” Marsing is also “… The city of Marsing, affectionately known as “the gateway to the Owyhee Mountains”, sits on the Snake River with easy access to the Sunnyslope wine region, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, hunting and easy boat access.”
As their website says, they are an interesting place to visit with a population of about 1100. Eventually, I am told, there will also be an…

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Good Meal at the Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause in Marsing, Idaho

A really good, substantial, down home meal at the Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause in Marsing, Idaho on the Snake River. Definitely worth the trip from Boise or Nampa or Caldwell. Here is the link to their website and menus – Sandbar, Cafe with a Cause located at 18 Sandbar Ave, Marsing, ID. (208) 896-4124. Here is what we had for brunch. They serve breakfast all day and if you have something special, you may get the Chef to make it for you. Just ask. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. We will be back to the Sandbar! Everything is cooked fresh and they use local products as much as possible.

Main dining room

The Snake River from our table.

Over Easy Eggs

Texas Omelet with Pulled Pork

Brunch at Parma Ridge Bistro!

Great Sunday Brunch at Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro.

Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog

26oct2016_1_parma-ridge_dusk-viewIt was great to get back to Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro. It’s been a while. And this time, we sat at a large table and others, who we did not know, joined us. What fun meeting some new folks. And Chef Storm still does a great job in the kitchen, as does his crew. Thanks for a great brunch! We also had some un-labeled wine, 2015 Parma Ridge Carmenere and a 2016 Parma Ridge Chardonnay – unoaked! I am not a Carmenere fan, but this was superb and will go good in any cellar. Very fruity and smooth. Went very well with the chowder and thee Brunch Burger. The 2016 Chardonnay has also a superb wine. Unoaked helped! How good were these wines? We bought some of each. Look at their site: Parma Ridge Winery and Bistro Here’s what we had for our brunch. See you there sometime? Hope…

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3 Horse Ranch Vineyards Wine Dinner at Bella Aquila

Awesome wine dinner at Bella Aquila in Eagle, ID

Boise Foodie Guild

31jan2017_2_3-horse-ranch_bella-aquila_frontBella Aquila Restaurante in Eagle, ID sponsored the 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards wine dinner. A full 6 course dinner was served with as many 3 Horse Vineyards wines. The participation was superb and the crowd enjoyed themselves. It was good to see the Cunninghams again – it has been a while. They are the owners of the winery. Also they have added Brandon St-Martin to their staff as the winery manager. Just look at this menu. (You can Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.)

Gary Cunningham, owner of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, talks to the crowd. Gary Cunningham, owner of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, talks to the crowd.

Brandon St-Martin, Manager Brandon St-Martin, Manager

The menu. Look what you missed! The menu. Look what you missed!

Passed Appetizers. Passed Appetizers.

 Arugula Leaf Salad tossed with White Pear Vinaigrette, Fresh Pear, Polenta Croutons and Truffle Cheddar Cheese

Arugula Leaf Salad tossed with White Pear Vinaigrette, Fresh Pear, Polenta Croutons and Truffle Cheddar Cheese

 Baked Idaho Trout with a Strawberry Beurre Rouge, Roasted Almond Rice Pilaf and Asparagus

Baked Idaho Trout with a Strawberry Beurre Rouge, Roasted Almond Rice Pilaf and Asparagus

 Braised Leg of Lamb servedx over Creamy Risotto

Braised Leg of Lamb served over Creamy Risotto

 Pepper Crusted Smoked Flat Iron Steak, Bourbon Glaze, Twice Baked Fingerling Potato and Baby Carrot


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Under Trump’s Orders: EPA in Lockdown!


02nov2016_1e_ester-simplot-park_opening-day_cormorantsJust thought you might like to know, “From an EPA staffer:
“So I work at the EPA and yeah it’s as bad as you are hearing:
The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can’t be updated.
All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
Any Press contacting us are to be directed to the Press Office which is also silenced and will give no response.
All grants and contracts are frozen from the contractors working on Superfund sites to grad school students working on their thesis.
We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon.
But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now.
We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration’s policy.
Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what’s going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity.”
If you share, please do so with copy and paste.”
So are you ready for Trump’s version of environmental protection?

Wild Root Cafe and Market at the JUMP in Boise

Robin and I had a good evening of food and wine.

Boise Foodie Guild

21jan2017_1a_jump-wildroots_prep-areaA good evening. Thanks to the JUMP Staff (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place – named for Jack Simplot) for their assistance in having a wheel chair available for Robin and handicap parking available for the car. Security was extremely helpful as was the Staff.
I believe that this was the first time that Wild Root Cafe and Market was at the JUMP. They are located at 276 N 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702, Call. (208) 856-8956 Their hours are: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Monday – Wednesday; 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Thursday-Saturday; Brunch served until 3:00 PM on Saturday; Closed Sunday. Kitchen closes 15 minutes prior to closing. Here is what wa on the program tonight.

The menu was really interesting. The menu was really interesting. Mignardises are: Small sweet tid-bits served at the end of the meal (after dessert), usually with coffee. It’s derived from the old French word, “Mignard” which…

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