STATE TRYING TO FORCE FLICKS TO GO DRY
In last week's News Shorts column we reported on the state's sudden desire to strip the Flicks Theater of its license to serve beer and wine. Patrons of the Flickswhether they have been to only one show or dozensknow that Flicks is no regular theater when it comes to the cafe and menu choices. Heck, some restaurants in town don't even serve up grub as good as one gets at Flicks. Baked Brie, Greek salad, lasagna ... is it even legal to eat cheese without wine? Because this is no news column (for now, ignore the "Fud News" moniker in the header), we're going to go out on a limb and interject our opinion here: We love the Flicks how it is. And we vote to keep it how it is. To show your support for Boise's only independent theater, write to your local representative in the legislature, Governor Kempthorne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Captain Charboneau at the State Alcohol Beverage Control Office, P. O. Box 700, Meridian, ID 83680-0700.
NO NONSENSE COFFEE
If you have patronized a corporate coffee shop in the last month, we encourage you to join our 12-step program to successfully wean yourself from the over-caffeinated beans of companies who daily contribute to globalization. Your first step in going local? Head straight to the newest local bean brewer in town and just try to get out of there unhappy. It can't be done. This coffee addict went into Lucy's Coffee and Espresso on a particularly painful Friday morning to be met with some of the friendliest staff this side of eight a.m. Successfully managing to avoid one sexy-looking pastry selection (but with serious self-restraint), I walked out a two-spot lighter with one giant, thick Americano in hand, a coupon for buy-one-get-one cheesecake (the only food I would need if marooned on a deserted island) and a frequent flyer card to affix to my keychain (swipe nine times and the 10th coffee is on the house). And if there were nothing else cool about Lucy'sforget the groovy music, pay no attention to the 100 percent fair trade coffee, ignore the dessert temptressthe fact that Lucy's set up shop a stone's throw from a store belonging to the world's most often-spotted corporate coffee makers is enough for them to win the cool kid award of the year. Brew on, Lucy's!
Lucy's Coffee and Espresso, 1079 Broadway Ave., 344-5907.
FOODIE EVENT OF THE WEEK
Last Friday's grand opening of Le Poulet Rouge's new bakery reminded a packed house that sometimes, it's acceptable to nibble on art. Mini tarts topped with sliced strawberry flowers and curled chocolate letter L's over custard, breads in various shapes and sizes and thumb-sized eclairs made appearances for the crowd's viewing and tasting pleasure. Mayor Beiter even made a well-timed entrance as the crowd lined up behind owners Heidi and Tim Holley just prior to the ribbon cutting.
On the menu at Le Poulet Rouge Bakery, you'll discover every dessert you can think of and a few that will inspire sweet day dreams: cakes and pies, cookies and bars, bread and pastries. Buy them whole or by the slice. Walk out with a loaf or just stop in and pick up a salad or sandwich from the grab-and-go case. The bakery started cafe table service Monday, October 17, and will be immediately offering catering services for custom wedding cakes, dessert buffets for special events and party platters for business meetings. For the non-bakers among us, Le Poulet Rouge is also accepting orders for holiday cakes and pies.
Le Poulet Rouge Restaurant & Bakery, 106 N. 6th St., 343-8180 (restaurant), 343-6215 (bakery)
BEER BEER BEER
The beer meisters at Deschutes have been busy a-brewin' some season favorites. In case you haven't noticed, it's Jubelale time once again. Everyone's favorite apres ski beer from out-of-state hit stores locally the first of October. If you're not a total beer nerd, but want to impress your beer nerd friends, we recommend saying the following line while imbibing the brew: "The large malt body of Jubelale is balanced with a hop bitterness that's unmistakably derived from American and European hops."
If you're more of a bitter hop fan, Deschutes has also released its Hop Trip Pale Ale, the third beer in its Bond Street Series. With 5.5 pounds of hops added per brewed barrel, it's sure to please the palette of hop lovers. It's available in stores in 22-ounce bottles.
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