Good Visit to Pho Nouveau in Boise


Bob and Robin:

Such a great Vietnamese dinner in Boise. No fluff and buff! Just good food. Great service. Every bit a 5-Star restaurant. We’ll go back.

Originally posted on Boise Foodie Guild:

16June2015_1_Pho-Nouveau_SignWe had a great experience and meal last night at the Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Nouveau, 780 W Idaho Street, Boise; (208) 367-1111 and they do take reservations. Really a superb meal. Good to meet our friend, Patty Dorr there and to have a meal with her. Good ambiance in the restaurant; good service without being “pushy”. Here is their website. Just Click This Link. There are downloadable menus on their website for you to printout or just look at. You will get a good idea of what they offer. Weather permitting, they do have a patio for your use. The parking garage is right across the street. Here is what we had and it was all good. Cheers! We will return to Pho Nouveau! On TripAdvisor I rated this restaurant 5-Stars. Which was the best appetizer or entree? Actually, they were all good – I would have…

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Storm and Rainbow


Bob and Robin:

Big T-Storm tonight. Good rainbow. Changed into B&W. Look really good. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Idaho Through the Eyes of a Photographer:

Winter In BoiseBuddy did not seem to mind the storm that came through at about 8:35pm tonight. Much heavy thunder; windy; heavy rain;rainbow – one double rainbow. I got these photos. Enjoy!

"The Storm" Nice rainbow. Faint double rainbow. “The Storm” Nice rainbow. Faint double rainbow.

"The Storm" The rainbow goes through the clouds. “The Storm” The rainbow goes through the clouds.

"The Storm" The rainbow goes through the clouds. Black and whit rendition. “The Storm” The rainbow goes through the clouds. Black and whit rendition.

"Heavy Storm Clouds" “Heavy Storm Clouds”

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Boise Farmers Market Expands Program


Bob and Robin:

Such a great idea, but one that I know is not new. Take the Boise Farmers Market to citywide neighborhoods. AKA-Mobile Market!

Originally posted on Boise Foodie Guild:

20Oct2013_1_Boise-Farmers-Market-Fall-Fundraiser_Bag-LogoThe BFM, Boise Farmers Market, has come up with a novel idea – Take the market to those who can least afford to attend the market at 10th and Grove or any other market in the downtown corridor. In other words, hook up a trailer to a vehicle and take the produce to different neighborhoods. New idea? In the 21st Century, maybe, but I can remember the farmers coming to our neighborhood – in Delaware – and my Mother buying fresh produce that way in season. Look at what they are doing. If you need to enlarge the photos to see them or to print them, Left-Click the photo. From the BFM website, “Spring produce galore! Look for strawberries, asparagus, lettuces, mustard greens, radishes, rhubarb, micro-greens and a whole lot of love. Plus, the debut of the BFM Mobile Market on Saturday, May 23rd!”

The schedule of where the produce trailer will be. The schedule of where the produce…

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Another Good Römertopf Chicken


Originally posted on Boise Foodie Guild:

Robin-Bob-In-Kitchen_Looking-RightYes indeed, another good Römertopf Roasted Chicken. Love using this style of cooking – Römertopf or Tagine; slow, steamed in it’s own liquid. I like to place chopped carrots, onion and potato on the bottom of the Römertopf to keep the chicken off of the bottom of the cooking pot and keep it from burning. Make a gravy from the liquid and use the roasted vegetables as a side. I cooked this one covered at 375 degrees F for about 1 1/2 hours, plus 1/2 hour uncovered at 400 degrees F.
And we do like to keep the ingredients as local as possible: Potatoes from Rupert, Onions from Nyssa, Carrots from Boise, Herbs from our herb garden. Look at what we did and enjoy. We did! Serve with a good Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio. Left Click the photos to see them enlarged.

One of our herb gardens. All four are about this size. The front space between the sidewalk and the street is chock full of herbs. One of our herb gardens. All four…

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Nest Cam of the Month


Bob and Robin:

Great information both new and historical about the Peregrine Falcon. The Boise Falconcam was chosen as a Nest Cam of the Month.

Originally posted on Flight of the Peregrine:

17May2015_1d_Boise-Falcons_Mom-Feeds-1457It is great to see that the Peregrine Fund’s Falconcam has been selected as a Nest Cam of the Month: Peregrine Falcons by the Nature Conservancy. The link will take you to the article and explain a little about the Peregrine program and the history of the falcons. Interesting information. Be sure to read the comments, too. Keep Looking Up!

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Boise Peregrine Falcons – 19 May 2015


Originally posted on Flight of the Peregrine:

PFund-GraphicLate last week, one of the followers on this blog and on FaceBook, was concerned that one of the chicks was not getting enough food or fed. I said that I would look into this. What I found was that all four chicks seem to be doing very well, and the small chick – the one that the reader was concerned about – was being fed and ate a large lunch. Here are some screen shots from the Peregrine Fund Falconcam showing the chicks on 17 May. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

The female is feeding the chicks. The female is feeding the chicks. The chick that the reader was concerned about is the small one right in front.

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The Little One being fed. The “Little One” being fed.

Still being fed. The “Little One” still being fed. So why is this one so small? Probably because he/she was the last to hatch. They will…

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1000 Springs Bed and Breakfast and Feathered Winds Wines

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08May2015_2_1000-Springs-Winery_Entrance-SignSuch a good time here. Good breakfast and wonderful rooms. We were lucky enough to make reservations – Thousand Springs BNB and Feathered Winds Wine – and be there for their monthly wine dinner. This particular dinner featured wines from south of the equator. Good and interesting food paring with the wines. Great time talking to the folks at our table and at other tables. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click to see them enlarged. If you go to Thousand Springs BNB, let them know you saw this blog post. Cheers!

The kitchen.

The kitchen.

Colome Torrontes and Crois Tannat wines.

Colome Torrontes and Crois Tannat wines.

Empanadas pared with Colome Torrontes Wine (Argentina)

Empanadas
pared with
Colome Torrontes Wine (Argentina)

Shrimp on the Barbie pared with Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

Shrimp on the Barbie
pared with
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

The grilled lemon – peel and all – was delicious grilled like this.

Lamb Sosaties pared with Riebeek Pinotage (South Africa)

Lamb Sosaties (Life Spring Farm Lamb)
pared with
Riebeek Pinotage (South Africa)

And as a note – This lamb was awesome. It melted in your mouth!

Pavlova pared with Jacob's Creek Moscato (Australia)

Pavlova
pared with
Jacob’s Creek Moscato (Australia)

Other wines served with dinner were: Shingleback Black Bubbles (Australia), Jacob’s Creek Sweet Red (Australia), Massimo Malbec (Argentina) and 2012 Santa Rita Cabernet (Chile). Then the next morning, we had breakfast – no wine, although we could have had some.

Frittata with Housemade Sausage Chocolate and Raisin Muffin Mixed Fruit

Frittata with Housemade Sausage
Chocolate and Raisin Muffin
Mixed Fruit
Coffee, Juice and water

Here are some photos of the Bed and Breakfast facilities on the Snake River. Beautiful setting. Enjoy!

10 year old grape vines.

10 year old grape vines.

Snake River "Monster"

Snake River “Monster”

Patio overlooking the Snake River. Relaxing.

Patio overlooking the Snake River. Relaxing.

Dining area.

Dining area.

Our room.

Our room.

Sunken tub.

Sunken tub.

One view from our room window overlooking the Snake River.

One view from our room window overlooking the Snake River.

Another view from our room.

Another view from our room.

Celebrating Jan Beckwith

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2May2015_1a_Jans-Party_Jan-BeckwithTo our dear friend, Jan Beckwith: Happy Birthday and have a Great Retirement! The party was a great event and we thoroughly enjoyed it and taking to your family members. Thank-You for inviting us to celebrate with you. Hopefully, you won’t move away too far and we will see you from time to time. We will miss you at the Wine Dinners at The Buzz. Have a great retirement and enjoy the time you earned. Enjoy your family! Hugs, always! Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the really good lasagna. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Great party refreshment!

Great party refreshment!

Fruit basket.

Fruit basket. Jan’s music is in the background.

Robin enjoyed the fruit.

Robin enjoyed the fruit. Jan’s portrait is in the background.

Bleu cheese, macadamia nuts and honey. Really good!

Bleu cheese, macadamia nuts and honey. Really good!

Antipasto plate.

Antipasto plate.

Red peppers and goat cheese spread.

Red peppers and goat cheese spread.

The party table!

The party table!

Superb Stay At Lions Gate Manor in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

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01Apr2015_1a_Birthday_Garden-TulipIt was a beautiful 3 days! Which made for a great birthday! Thank-You Robin for giving us this time for some quality time. And as for the Lions Gate Manor, an absolute delightful B&B in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. They have a variety of themed rooms – Medieval Chamber, Phantom’s Lair, Persian Dream, Secret Garden, Victorian Suite, Castilian Dynasty, Roman Bath and Cozy Cottage. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged. As we wrote in the Expedia – which I probably will not use again – questionnaire,

Describe your stay [at Lions Gate Manor]
From our arrival introduction to John and Tammy, the owners, to our departure two days later, we felt welcome and treated like royalty. Absolutely a 5-Star B&B! We stayed in the Medieval Chamber of King Henry the Eighth. The huge canopy bed was very comfortable. We did have to turn on the gas fireplace to take the chill off the room as it got down to 19 degrees at night.
The adjacent bathroom had a great shower stall and for humor the toilet paper holder was an armored knight “Sir Wipesalot”
Breakfast was included and it was superb. A fruit, muffin and yoghurt plate was delivered as you seated yourself, Water, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate as well as milk were all available. Then a walk to the adjacent kitchen featured a hot breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, home fries and toast. The refrigerator is available to guests for storage of cold foods. Deer wander outside through the juniper and sage landscape and are visible from the room windows. We were fortunate to be there during a full moon.
Improvements?
For me, since I have difficulty standing for very long, a shower chair would have been helpful. They may have one, as it is an ADA suite. I didn’t ask. I think also a night light in the bathroom would help, too.
What to do nearby?
Lava Hot Springs is a very small town centered around the ‘healing mineral baths’ which we enjoyed twice during our visit. We visited 2 pioneer towns, also

Enjoy these photos of our sojourn.

We do recommend Lions Gate Manor if you are planning to visit Lava Hot Springs. Superb! Let them know we recommended it to you.

We do recommend Lions Gate Manor if you are planning to visit Lava Hot Springs. Superb! Let them know we recommended it to you.

Marnie watched and walked Buddy while we were gone.

Marnie watched and walked Buddy while we were gone.

The B&B is very easy to find as it is well marked. Here is the sign to the entrance to the property.

The B&B is very easy to find as it is well marked. Here is the sign to the entrance to the property.

And as you go through the gates, you seen the manor in front of you.

And as you go through the gates, you see the manor in front of you.

One of the other rooms.

One of the other rooms.

A lounge area where you can watch movies. Each room is also equipped with a DVD, TV and Wi-Fi. Our room also had a gas fireplace.

A lounge area where you can watch movies. Each room is also equipped with a DVD, TV and Wi-Fi. Our room also had a gas fireplace.

Here is our room - the Medieval Chamber.

Here is our room – the Medieval Chamber.

Henry watches all that goes on!

Henry watches all that goes on!

Arise Sir Knight!

Arise Sir Knight!

Bob in the Lions chair.

Bob in the Lions chair.

Interesting. There is a sense of humor in this establishment.

Interesting. There is a sense of humor in this establishment.

Our guard!

Our guard!

Even a gargoyle!

Even a gargoyle!

Interesting wall light.

Interesting wall light.

One entrance to the Phantom's Lair - a secret staircase!

One entrance to the Phantom’s Lair – a secret staircase!

The staircase descends into the "under ground".

The staircase descends into the “under ground”.

Taking a bath can be exciting. See the fill water coming in from the ceiling?

Taking a bath can be exciting. See the fill water coming in from the ceiling?

But have no fear, the Phantom is usually close-by. Look sharp at the mirror.

But have no fear, the Phantom is usually close-by. Look sharp at the mirror.

The main dining room.

The main dining room.

The dining room chandelier.

The dining room chandelier.

A fruit dish is always served at breakfast.

A fruit dish is always served at breakfast.

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A really good breakfast buffet is served every morning.

A really good breakfast buffet is served every morning.

Here the breakfast is plated.

Here the breakfast is plated.

Suide trip to historic Chesterfield, Idaho. Area services are only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Side trip to historic Chesterfield, Idaho. Area services are only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

A historic hay rake.

A historic hay rake.

An old farmhouse that has been restored to its original form. Very typical architecture for the time period and area.

An old farmhouse that has been restored to its original form. Also know as the Jensen House. One of Robin’s co-workers ancestral house. Very typical architecture for the time period and area.

Historic mercantile shop. It is no longer functional.

Historic mercantile shop. It is no longer functional.

Typical construction form for the period.

Typical construction form for the period.

Lava Hot Springs sign. Actually high above the springs.

Lava Hot Springs sign. Actually high above the springs.

The springs at night.

The springs at night.

An Idaho mountain sunset!

An Idaho mountain sunset!

Lava Hot Springs hillside decoration.

Lava Hot Springs hillside decoration.

Looking off of the second story balcony at Lions Gate Manor.

Looking off of the second story balcony at Lions Gate Manor.

A peaceful sight.

A peaceful sight.

The deer really like the area.

The deer really like the area.

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