Sunday, July 31, 2011

Joe Momma's Breakfast Eatery

Marie and Niko joined me for lunch at 
 The kids both picked a cheeseburger.  Marie had fries on the side and
 Niko had pasta salad on the side.  I was worried Niko, who loves pasta salad, would not like this pasta salad that was mixed with a few grown up flavors.  But he loved it.
 I had the Reuben with a side of fries. Delicious! 

Great food and great service.  I would write more, but this is the last in a series of many posts that I was behind on this summer as I finished my schoolwork.  And I am kind of brain dead right now.

Joe Momma's Breakfast Eatery
600 South Rivershore Lane #170
Eagle, Idaho

Boise Farmer's Market

Yesterday, Todd, I, and the 2 girls headed in to Boise to the Capital City Public Market
and joined thousands of others on the streets of downtown.
We enjoyed all the local vendors 

 and street performers.
 We came home with some delicious bread, roasted almonds, homemade toffee and fudge, and a pie.  Yes.  Those are all things I could have made on my own, for a much cheaper price.  But there is just something about being surrounded by and supporting your community.  I can hardly wait to go back.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A New Clock

I have been looking for a clock to fit this very spot.  It is on the wall between the mud room and the stairway.  I finally found one.  Todd made sure it was high enough on the wall so that he and Thomas could go under it without hitting their heads.
And I love it.

Pickled Eggs

Have you ever tried pickled eggs?  I haven't.
I've heard they are really good.  I like eggs and I like pickles.  We have a good supply of eggs and sometimes I am looking for ways to use up the excess.  So . . . I made some pickled beet eggs.  They look beautiful in the jar.  The picture doesn't do it justice.

How did they taste?  I'll let you know in a few days when I bite into one.  They are suppose to sit in the pickling juice for at least 3 days, but the longer they are there, the better they are suppose to taste.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sweet Valley Cookie Co.

Tacos and cookies, my 2 favorites.  Hence, the next food stop was to Sweet Valley Cookie Company in Eagle, Idaho.

Erica was along with me for this adventure.  We walked in the door to the wonderful smell of baking cookies.  The cookies, I believe were just under $2 each or you could get a half dozen for $10.  The service was nice and each kind of cookie was tempting.

Erica picked a classic kids favorite, a frosted sugar cookie.  I picked one of their best sellers, the Brookie, a brownie on the bottom and a chocolate chip cookie on the top.  Um, yes.  It was delicious and big.

Would I go there again?  There is a lot of baking that already goes on at our house and it was a little bit of a drive out to Eagle.  But if I were in the neighborhood and had a sweet craving, I would definitely stop in and grab one . . . or two.

Sweet Valley Cookie Co.
360 E. State Road
Eagle, Idaho

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Boise Hawks Baseball

We took the family to a Boise Hawks baseball game, minus Erica who was at a family reunion and Thomas.
 The evening began with classic baseball food, hamburgers and hot dogs, by the field.
 Marie and Niko got their faces painted.
 Then we enjoyed the game.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lorena's Mexican Grill

My second food adventure proved much more satisfying.  I stopped with the girls at Lorena's Mexican Grill.  It's a little taco shack, literally attached to the side of Mister Car Wash near the NW corner of Fairview and Curtis in Boise.

Lorena, the owner, was so friendly.  By the time she had finished grilling our tacos, we were sharing stories about our grandkids.

The tacos were $1.50 each, a real bargain.  And delicious!  We ordered steak and pork tacos.  The meat was placed on a double layer of corn tortillas and then topped with onions and cilantro.  Although I love hot food, I topped my tacos with Lorena's medium sauce, instead of the hot, so I could really taste the tacos.  I squeezed the lime on top.
I could say I would definitely go back soon, but the truth is . . . I have already been back, twice.  And I am sure I will return many times.  I took Thomas there when he was home for the weekend.  He has always been my food buddy, willing to try anything with me.  After he had a couple of tacos, he tried a fish tostada, which he said was delicious.  We had a few of the younger kids with us too.  The next week I took Todd and his sister, Angela.  Every time I am out running errands with the kids, they ask if we can stop and get a taco.  I am tempted everytime, but I don't want Lorena to think we are stalking her.

Did I mention that my 2 favorite foods are cookies and tacos?  Yep.  True.  And as far as Tacos go, these at Lorena's Mexican Grill may just be the best I have ever had.  But I am willing to try a few more places out, just to be sure.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Stan's Hot Dogs

My first stop at a local food joint was Stan's Hot Dogs.  It was not at the top of my list to try, but I was in the neighborhood and was intrigued by the story of Stan Linkowski and his bronco sauce of which he purchased the recipe for $50,000.  You can read about it here.

First I must say,  I hope to bring my camera along for future adventures.

How was the food?  I loved the hot dog with the bronco sauce, but I did not like the price.  If it was a $2 hot dog, I would stop in anytime I was in the neighborhood.  But the hot dog was $4.50.  I also had an order of onion rings.  They were delicious at just $3 an order.  They tasted like an awesome blossom that we get at the fair, but they were in onion slices, much easier to eat than the blossom.  Another kicker . . . I had to pay an extra  .50 for the fry sauce.  I'm not much of a soda drinker, so I just ordered water.  But if I had ordered a drink, the meal would have been over $10 for just me.  The meal was good, but raising a large family, it's hard to pay $10 for an order of a hot dog and onion rings.

Stan's Charbroiled Hot Dogs
818 South Vista Avenue
Boise, Idaho

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I have done 2 rounds of the HCG diet this year.  During each round, when I felt deprived of something good to eat, I would watch the Food Network and the Cooking Channel.  I would even venture to say I became a little addicted, using the DVR to record my favorite shows and watch them into the late hours after the kids were in bed.  I have always loved cooking, just not the cleaning up associated with it.  But now I just want a little bit more.  I have enjoyed making some fun meals for my family.  But I have also embarked on a new venture . . . going out to eat.  It is kind of a stretch for me, being a bit of a tightwad and all.

So why this post?  So when I post about new places we’ve eaten at, you wont be thinking, “Where did that come from?”

I’ve made a list of places I want to eat and try out the food.  I hope to take along a family member or friend with me because, well, it’s just no fun to eat a good meal unless you share it with good company.

One more thing . . . I wont be checking out national franchises.  I already have a lot of those favorites.  I'll be checking out local places, supporting the community.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cherry Picking

I love the years when the Aiello's have a good cherry crop.  They always share their harvest.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Twin Falls

During High School I had the privilege of being surrounded and supported by an amazing group of friends.
 I went to Twin Falls with Marie for a mini reunion. I had a great 3 days visiting and catching up.  It seemed like we just picked up where we left off.  This is just the handful that made it to our reunion.  Hopefully we can do it again soon with everyone.

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Breakfast

Another successful 4th of July Breakfast spent with family and friends . . .