Monday, September 19, 2011

The Stuffed Olive

The stuffed Olive is a Casual Italian restaurant tucked in a private corner  in the Albertson’s Center on State and Eagle Road.

The atmosphere is true to Italian cuisine, and is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. 
Featuring Signature Sandwiches, from Eggplant Portobello Baguette, Mediterranean Veggie, to Turkey Bacon Avocado.  Each entrée comes with a choice of sides, a salad, soup or fresh fruit and served on colorful Italian Stoneware.  Each sandwich was delicious and the sides chosen this day, was the fresh fruit.  It was the perfect serving size for lunch.  AND, you guessed it... on the side you will find a stuffed olive.

Their salads were a healthy serving size. The salad of choice this day at lunch group was the, Pear and Walnut Salad served with pomegranate vinaigrette.  DELICIOUS!   
Our table was tucked in a quiet corner where we had great conversation and enjoyed every bite of our chosen entree.  It truly was delicious!

The Stuffed Olive is perfect for any Italian Food Lover and has an array of choices even for the vegan.   It was so tucked away that it left you wondering if people know of this delicious restaurant.   I know I will be back to try a few more dishes and maybe even dinner.

This simple review says it all... it was a simple, casual, yet an enjoyable lunch and atmosphere.  It is well worth it!  

Located At:

404 S Eagle Rd Ste A, Eagle, Idaho
(208) 938-5185
Open 11:00 to 9:00 Monday through Saturday
(In the Albertsons center at State Street and Eagle Road)

Kneaders Bakery and Cafe

Kneaders Bakery and Café gives the feel of that old style Neighborhood where family and friends gather for that comfort aroma of warm, fresh-baked breads and pastries.  When we first walked in, it was buzzing with patrons everywhere.  There was no chair left vacant and a line nearly out the door.   We arrived at the height of lunch hour and waited several minutes to find a vacant table.  This is always a good sign that there is good eating happening.
The presentation of the many pastries lined in glass cases with perfectly, cute labels adorning each perfectly, made pastry left one wanting dessert right then.  Really!  We are not exaggerating!  Oh the choices!  It is brilliant that the desserts are displayed before the “Place Order Here” counter.  Who needs anything besides dessert anyway?  Well OK, Lunch was amazing!  The variety of sandwiches and breads were many… One would never get bored with the “same old sandwich” at Kneaders.
Their menu boasts a variety of choices, from the freshest sandwiches, gourmet salads, hearty soups, homemade pastries and a variety of European Breads, not to leave out the vegan.  They are also known for their amazing Breakfast menu that we have yet to try.   We can’t wait to try the “Chunky Cinnamon French Toast”!  Just the name of this morning delight leaves ones mouth watering. 
The décor lined shelves and walls of quotes, themed Holiday décor, and useful household items to purchase, are displayed like only a woman can do.  This is where we met Carla who owns the Meridian Kneaders with her hubby.  We felt like we were chatting with an old friend.  Carla is so personable and concerned that we were enjoying our lunch.  It’s that personal touch that is bringing patrons back time and time again.
In every Kneaders European baked breads, they use only natural, healthy ingredients and are freshly baked daily.  The simple kneading by hand and baking in the Italian Hearthstone oven will delight even the pickiest taste buds.  But the aroma is what will get your mouth watering.   Pick up a loaf for dinner too! 

Kneaders is perfect for lunch with friends or family and caters great to children, with a children’s menu with a healthy variety of foods. The atmosphere was quaint, though noisy.  But it was surely a place we will be visiting again and again! 

3450 North Eagle Road
Meridian, ID 83646
Map Link
Ph (208) 884-4600
Fx (208) 884-4869

Hours of Operation:

7am to 10pm (Monday thru Friday) - 7am to 10pm (Saturday) - Closed Sunday

Friday, September 16, 2011

Boise Fry Company

At Boise Fry Company Burgers are on the side… Literally!  Uniquely Idaho French Fries.  with their green, all natural, local, and whenever feasible, organic products.  They produce little to no waste.  Owner, Blake states  “We’re just trying our best to make as little impact on your cholesterol and our planet as possible.” 

This was my first time visiting “Boise Fry Company”, I had no idea what to expect.  The word was that you could pick from an array of potatoes, with numerous fry sauces, such as,  

“What are they thinking”, was the question I asked, but even on a more curious note, “Who would eat that”?  Who isn’t up for an adventure?  You guessed it, WE ARE!  While many of the gals in the lunch group have been here before, I could see it is a REAL SPORT dunking and tasting as many variations as possible, hoping to not have French Fry overload before getting to that yummy burger on your plate.  Us gals are serious!  You can count on every bite being consumed in record time.   While they are known for their fries, let it not be mistaken that they can make an amazing burger, even catering to the vegan who demands a healthy choice in foods. 

Their Fries:  They pick the Finest and freshest potatoes with a 5 step process, frying them in all natural peanut oil.  Finally, you choose from their homemade seasonings, spritzers, and dipping sauces to coat your fries. So, for example, you could dip your curly Yukon gold fry, spritzered with malt vinegar and sprinkled with smoked sea salt, in blueberry ketchup. Or dip an unsalted, un-spritzered home-style sweet potato fry in chipotle aioli. Really, the variations as you have personalities are many.

Their Burgers:  They use fresh, local beef and free-range, natural bison, seasoned with their own secret recipes. Their vegan burgers are made with natural, high protein quinoa and black beans. Their potato wheat buns are baked fresh every day and are as unique as their fries. Their burger toppings are grown just 3 miles from their location.
Their Location:  Located in downtown Boise… they have a cute little tucked away location that has plenty of indoor and outdoor dining.  You will experience the BUZZ of this unique experience, and unique it is!  It was buzzing with a steady flow of hungry, fry dipping patrons.  What a great experience and awesome food! 

111 Broadway, Suite 111
Boise, ID 83702

What could be more refreshing than supporting a locally owned, locally supported business, using all natural ingredients?   GO TRY IT, You will love it!

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