Blue Belle Java and Juicery recently opened in the former Sova Coffee and Tea spot in Nampa’s historic Belle District.
Here at 206 12th Ave. S., across the street from the new library, people can open their eyes with espresso drinks (made with Caffé D’arte beans), frappes, white coffee and a carbonated espresso drink from Italy called Frizz Coffee.
Besides coffee, expect to find loose-leaf organic teas, Italian sodas and fruit smoothies in a gamut of flavors such as peach, mixed berry, strawberry, pineapple and more.
Starting in early September, Blue Belle will fire up its new juice machine and sell freshly juiced concoctions made with local organic fruits and vegetables.
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As for food, the coffeehouse soon will be serving baked goodies and assorted sandwiches made on whole-grain, non-GMO breads. It will also offer lots of options for the gluten-free crowd.
Blue Belle Java and Juicery is open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Online: bluebellejavajuicery.com. Phone: (208) 800-2636
Light up that pie
All three Treasure Valley Flying Pie Pizzaria locations are once again celebrating late summer by offering a fiery seasonal pizza that’s guaranteed to make you sweat.
For 22 years now, the popular pizza joint has dished up habanero pizzas in the waning days of summer — kind of a capsaicin-kicked way to end the season.
The restaurant usually quits selling these spicy pies — made with red sauce, chicken, olives, mozzarella and of course, lots of sliced habanero peppers — by the end of August. But the managers decided this year to run the special through the first week of September.
Vegetarians can nix the chicken and ask for an additional topping for no extra charge.
In other news, some people may remember back in the day when Flying Pie had a spot on Broadway Avenue near Boise State University. The pizzeria recently announced its plans to come back to that neighborhood early next year. Flying Pie’s fourth location will be in the former Buster’s Sports Bar space, 1326 S. Broadway Ave.
Flying Pie locations: Boise: 6508 W. Fairview Ave., 4320 W. State St.; Meridian: 601 S. Main St.
Food Truck Rally at the garden
The Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, will host a Food Truck Rally on Aug. 28 from 5-9 p.m.
For the first time, the garden will team up with organizers of Boise’s popular Food Truck Rally.
Patrons will be able to stroll the lush site while enjoying the offerings of several Boise-area food trucks. Expect to find the new Fanci Freez mobile unit serving burgers, hand-dipped corn dogs and thick milkshakes. Other trucks participating include P. Ditty’s Wrap Wagon, Kona Ice and Big Valley Ranch. Payette Brewing Co. also will have a beer garden.
Local guitarist Michal Jarolimek will perform in the Garden Plaza.
Admission to the garden is free, but make sure to bring cash or bank cards to buy food and beverages from the vendors.
Wine and dine bike ride
Avid bicyclists who like food and wine should sign up now for the Treasure Valley Food Coalition’s inaugural Fruitful Fields ride on Sept. 20 in the Sunny Slope area of Caldwell.
“We’re hoping to make this an annual event,” says Sheryl Howe, a Treasure Valley Food Coalition board member helping organize the event. “We want it to be different every year.”
Beginning at 9 a.m., this year’s 50-mile loop bike ride will start and end at Hat Ranch Winery, 15343 Plum Road. The scenic route will take riders along the Snake River, through wine country, and up to Lake Lowell and back. Along the way, there will be three rest stops where riders can get water, use a restroom and taste seasonal noshes and wines.
Upon arrival back at Hat Ranch Winery, riders will be treated to a farm-to-table luncheon catered by Three Girls Catering and more wine tasting. Participants will also receive a big bag of fresh produce from local farms.
The ride, including food and wine, costs $65 per person. Download a registration form at treasurevalleyfoodcoalition.org. For more information, call Howe at (208) 401-4151.
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