Get tickets now for the Bloody Mary Brunch and Mix Off on June 18 at Plantation Country Club, 6515 W. State St.
The first-time event, a fundraiser for the Idaho chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other cities around the country have had much success with similar fundraisers for the organization.
“I stole the idea from Milwaukee. They’ve been doing it for several years,” says Barbara Fawcett, executive director of the Idaho chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
Fawcett has plans to turn the Bloody Mary Mix Off into an annual event in Boise.
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This year, expect to try six signature bloody marys (garnished with all kinds of foodstuffs) from some of the area’s most popular restaurants and bars: Piper Pub, Big Al’s, Rice Asian Contemporary Cuisine, Lucky Fins, Bacon/Berryhill, and Crescent No Lawyers Bar and Grill.
“I’m pretty sure that Lucky Fins will have crab in their bloody mary, and Bacon will surely have bacon in theirs,” Fawcett says.
The event costs $50 per person (21 and older only) for the brunch and six taster tickets. All participants get a poker chip to vote on their favorite bloody mary, and the most popular cocktail will be crowned the winner.
Besides lots of gussied-up bloody marys, expect to find a brunch buffet that includes assorted egg frittatas (bacon-cheddar, mushroom-Swiss and a sweet one), fresh fruit, breakfast spuds, bacon and more.
Fawcett hopes to sell around 200 tickets, which can be purchased in advance online at idahoblood.org or by calling (208) 344-4476.
Mi Casa moves into larger digs
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant recently moved into a new space two doors down from its previous spot, at 3223 E. Louise Drive, near Buffalo Wild Wings in Meridian.
The address remains the same, but the new location is much larger and has a bar area where you can clink a few chilled bottles of cerveza while digging into a menu of traditional Mexican fare.
The eatery has earned a loyal following for dishing up saucy enchiladas, taquitos, flautas, smothered burritos, fajitas and big combination plates.
Good picks include mole enchiladas ($9.95), carnitas fritas ($13.50), spicy shrimp cocktail ($13.25) and chile verde ($12.95), a hot pepper-tomatillo stew with pork served with warm corn tortillas.
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Jersey Mike’s Subs comes to town
The first of many Jersey Mike’s Subs slated to open across the Treasure Valley in the coming years debuted June 1 at the newly constructed North Pointe commercial and residential development, 7610 W. State St., near the corner of Gary Lane.
You guessed it. Jersey Mike’s Subs is a New Jersey-based chain/franchiser that specializes in Italian-inspired hot and cold submarine sandwiches. The restaurant is known for its signature cherry pepper relish and a seasoned blend of red-wine vinegar and olive oil that gets used on the cold subs.
The fast-food restaurant is located next to Chipotle Mexican Grill, scheduled to open June 23. Smashburger is opening up in the complex later this month as well.
Jersey Mike’s Subs is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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