And what a great time it was! Even in the blustery and cold wind. Heavy overcast, but no snow or rain. Wine, art, beer, music, food, animals, cars and fun!And IDDFG (Idaho Fish and Game) even stocked the pond with trout – today, I think – and opened fishing up for everyone. Enjoy these photos from the party. Left-Click any photo to see them enlarged.
Ah 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!
We went to Shangra-La last night – the restaurant!!! – and were looking for latkes for Hanukkah, but they did not have any. Owner Bob Hodge said it would be a good idea. Maybe next year. (Here is a Recipe for Latkes) Here is another link about Latkes and Hanukkah on the Boise Foodie Guild blog. We did enjoy the Fleet Street Klezmer Band, you can hear them at several venues around Boise, and the dancing. We each had some fresh made Tomato Basil Soup and a Mock Tuna Sandwich. Both were good. My only comment would be that the soup was just a little salty, but flavors were good. Here are some photos from the outing. Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. The photos were taken with my phone. Cheers!
Oh my! This can be exciting. And yes, the photo to the left, and one more ghostly photo below, are of an actual private home here in Boise along the historical Warm Springs Road. Such fun!! Robin and I had never been to the Harrison Blvd area on Halloween Night in the 30 years we have been in Boise. It was about time to join the other thousands – yes, thousands! – of people. Can you say, “Chaos!” or “Traffic jam!”. Someone said that they would turn the lights off after they passed out 3000 pieces of candy. But I’m glad we finally did the “tour”. After-all, it’s only about 2 blocks east of us and a little north. Look at some of these photos and see how involved the folks get. Enjoy and Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged.
On May 7 we were invited to the Meadow Lake Village Art Show. Meadow Lake is the same place where the Treasure Valley Wine Society holds their wine tastings. Chef Jake does a great job for the TVWS and he did a super great job for this show. The photo to the left is a display of some olives, prosciutto, cheese and fruits that Chef Jake made. Lamb Chops, Cheeses, Grilled Vegetables, Spring Rolls and his wife did the pastries. Wine by the glass was offered by Sawtooth Winery. And then the Trey McIntyre Dance Troupe performed and Robin got some really good shots that show the motion in the dance routines. All in all, a great time. Enjoy these photos! Left-Click on them to see them enlarged. Please cast your VOTE above. Thanks.