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text 2018-09-15 14:50
The Beginner’s Guide to Sushi

Sushi is a Japanese dish that is prepared with vinegared rice (often containing some sugar or salt), and a variety of other ingredients such as seafood and vegetables. Sushi styles and presentations vary depending on the ingredients used and the establishment you’re dining in. Sushi is typically served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce to further enhance its taste and deliciousness, as well as help cleanse the palate.

Types of Sushi to Look for at a Sushi Restaurant

Sushi styles and tastes are determined by the ingredients and presentations the sushi chefs incorporate into the roll or dish. Sushi restaurants are specialized and experienced in preparing the best types of sushi that are suitable for everyone’s taste. If you’re looking to enjoy sushi in Meridian Idaho, below are some types of sushi you’ll want to consider trying.

Specialty Rolls

Specialty rolls are often more elaborate sushi dishes that may come topped with or contain extra-creative ingredients or sauces. For example, the specialty roll section of the sushi menu at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian contains creative rolls like the Karma-kaze and The Baconator. The Karma-kaze includes tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and strawberries inside the roll and comes topped with seared tuna, ponzu, eel sauce, tobiko, and Thai basil. While the Karma-kaze has some flavors that might be considered sweet, The Baconator offers savory and spicy flavors. This specialty roll starts with Applewood bacon that is rolled with cucumber and avocado, from there the dish is topped with fresh ahi, tempura flakes, spicy mayo, and eel sauce. A garnish of cilantro completes this roll and helps tie the flavors together. Look for creative specialty rolls such as the ones listed above the next time you want to enjoy a special sushi experience.

Classic Rolls

Classic rolls are just that, classics that offer a dependable and familiar flavor. These popular rolls are often more simple than specialty rolls and feature fewer ingredients but commonly include seafood and an array of vegetables. Familiar classic rolls that you’ll often find on many sushi menus are the California Roll, which often contains a mix of crab, cucumber, and avocado, and the Philadelphia Roll, which typically contains smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.


When you mainly just want to taste the flavor of the raw fish in your sushi, nigiri is what you should order. Nigiri refers to thin slices of raw fish that are served on top of a small ball of rice. It’s not uncommon for the rice to have some wasabi sauce either on it or served alongside it. Common seafood found under the nigiri section of a sushi menu are salmon, shrimp, and a variety of tuna.

Sumo Rolls

A sumo roll is a hybrid of a traditional sushi roll and a burrito. It often contains seafood such as shrimp or ahi and vegetables such as spinach, jalapeno, or avocado, and is wrapped up with seasoned rice and soy paper and served with an array of sauces or glazes. Sumo rolls are delicious and tantalizing sushi varieties, especially if enjoyed with some traditional sake or Japanese whisky. Consider ordering a sumo roll the next time you’re enjoying sushi in Eagle Idaho or an area nearby.

A happy hour in Meridian is a great place to try out different kinds of sushi, especially if the happy hour you’re attending has specials on food such as classic sushi rolls. When out enjoying different types of sushi, consider pairing your dish with a traditional or flavored sake to further enhance the experience.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill is a restaurant in Meridian where “Modern Asian Meets American Comfort.” One of the best Asian restaurants in the Treasure Valley, this establishment features a wide array of delicious drinks and food, from sake and Japanese whisky to sushi and wok-fired classics. Visit Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill for a satisfying lunch, refreshing happy hour, or to celebrate your next special occasion.

Make a reservation at Lingandlouies.com

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text 2018-09-14 14:13
The Best Ways to Unwind in the Treasure Valley

Located in the Western United States, primarily in southwestern Idaho, the Treasure Valley is a hub for fun activities indoors and out and a great place to unwind. Both locals and visitors alike can benefit from this guide to relaxing activities in the Treasure Valley.

Below are some of the best, most calming ways to spend your time in the Treasure Valley. Whether you want to enjoy a happy hour in Meridian or float the Boise River, this list of fun activities will help you unwind.

Walk or Ride on the Boise River Greenbelt

Take a walk or ride your bike on the 25-mile long Boise River Greenbelt. This two-lane, paved pedestrian and cycling path provides stunning views of the Boise River as well as several parks. Among the parks you will come across as you ride or walk along the Boise River are Julia Davis Park, Boise River Park, and Ann Morrison Memorial Park. As you travel along the tree-lined path, consider stopping at some point to have a picnic at a local park alongside the Boise River.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal in Meridian

There are a lot of options to choose from when considering places to eat in Meridian, as the city features a variety of restaurants and an array of different cuisines. But since you’re in the Treasure Valley to relax, why not treat yourself to some delicious sushi and flavorful drinks? Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, in particular, is a delectable spot where you can order creative sushi, such as a sumo roll, which is basically a hybrid of a sushi roll and a burrito in the best way. This establishment also offers a wide array of flavored and traditional sake as well as Japanese whisky. The restaurant’s intimate atmosphere is a perfect place to unwind while enjoying good food and great drinks.

Float the Boise River

If you’re in the Treasure Valley in the summer months, it’s really worth your time to float on the Boise River. You can either rent or bring your own inflatable tube or raft to enjoy floating the 6-mile stretch of the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. This relaxing activity can take about 2-3 hours and promises beautiful views of both the Boise River and the surrounding area.

Sip Delicious, Local Drinks

Whether you’re enjoying a happy hour in Eagle ID or the surrounding area, the Treasure Valley never disappoints when it comes to local wines, beers, and more. Since you’re in the Treasure Valley to relax and unwind, look for a happy hour at an area establishment that serves local beverages, so you can benefit from drink specials and sip local brews. Some recommended local beers include the Sockeye Brewing ‘Hell-Diver’ Pale Ale, the Powderhaus ‘Haus’ Session Ale, and the Payette Brewing Co. ‘Mutton Buster’ Brown Ale, which are all made in Idaho.

Whether you enjoy some (or all!) of the activities above, you’re sure to be relaxed during your time in the Treasure Valley. Plan ahead to make the most of your relaxing time in this region, be it if you’re visiting for a weekend or get to live here year-round.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill is a restaurant in Meridian where “Modern Asian Meets American Comfort.” One of the best Asian restaurants in the Treasure Valley, this establishment features a wide array of delicious drinks and food, from sake and Japanese whisky to sushi and wok-fired classics. Visit Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill for a satisfying lunch, refreshing happy hour, or to celebrate your next special occasion.

Make a reservation at Lingandlouies.com

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text 2018-08-23 09:23
Happy Hour Drinks to Toast the End of Summer

There’s no better way to cheers the end of summer than with a boozy beverage in hand. Fortunately, there’s a great happy hour Meridian to be found that is sure to quench your thirst.

When you’re looking for places to eat in Meridian, keep an eye out for restaurants with happy hour specials and creative beverages. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of a busy day or week than surrounded by friends with a tasty drink and delectable appetizer in hand.

Here are some drinks you’ll want to enjoy as summer winds down to an end:

Creative Cocktails

You can’t go wrong ordering a Cosmo or a martini on a night out, especially if the restaurant you’re at has generous happy hour specials. But the best way to celebrate a summer happy hour is by ordering drinks that incorporate the bright, fresh flavors of the season. Blood orange is one such flavor and can be found squeezed into beverages or infused in a spirit such as vodka. Look for a spin on a classic lime margarita, perhaps served with ginger-lime syrup to add a great depth of flavor and elevate the summer standard. Feeling adventurous? Order a cocktail that incorporates sake—a cucumber sake is a refreshing way to end the day and is only made better when paired with the flavors of watermelon and fresh mint.


You haven’t truly toasted the season of summer unless you’ve done it with a glass of rose. This popular pink wine is made when a wine maker either presses red grapes immediately after harvest or simply blends a mix of red and white wine. Definitively the wine of the summer, a glass of rose can vary from quite dry to slightly sweet. Some restaurants might even serve what’s been coined “frose,” which is, you guessed it, your favorite summer wine blended with ice and optional flavoring until it reaches a slushy consistency, becoming frozen rose.

Hard Cider

Basically alcoholic apple juice, a crisp hard cider is the perfect way to end a long summer day. This beverage can range in flavor from dry like wine to sweet like apple juice and is not uncommon to find mixed with pears, pineapple, or berries to create a satisfying taste. If you find yourself at a happy hour Eagle ID and there’s a hard cider on tap such as the local brand Meriwether Cider, it’s really worth having a pour to experience the flavor firsthand.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill has something for everyone and offers the best Asian restaurant experience in the Treasure Valley. This delicious dining establishment features delectable food, creative drinks, and a lively ambiance, providing an ideal setting for a quick lunch, happy hour, family dinner, or a special celebration. Satisfy your taste buds with their extremely popular Evil Jungle Princess or fulfill your appetite by taking on Ling’s Seafood Hot Pot.

Make a reservation at Lingandlouies.com

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review 2018-01-23 18:55
Book Suffers From Backstory Issues
A Bump in the Road: From Happy Hour to Baby Shower - Maureen Lipinski

I really would have liked this story more if the author, Maureen Lipinski, had spent more time setting up the backstory of our main character and secondary characters. That through me so much while reading. At one point I did go back to Amazon to make sure I wasn't missing a first book or something. But nope, this is the first book in the series. Since I read the sequel right after finishing this, I realized that book (Not Ready for Mom Jeans) ended up causing me to dislike the first book more than I did and dropped this down to three stars. 


The main character is Clare Finnegan who has been married for several months at the start of this story. Clare and her husband Jake (who I can't even remember his name at this point...shows how much he stuck with me--I did go back and look it up though) are flying home from Vegas and thanking the gods they don't have kids. Of course the gods smile and then Clare ends up getting pregnant by accident (birth control + antibiotics = not a good idea to have relations). Clare and Jake go through a series of emotions since they are in their late 20s and were not really thinking of children yet. They do proceed with the pregnancy and go through the ups and downs of expecting their first child while dealing with their families, friends, and jobs.

For the most part I found this book slightly funny. Clare has a unique voice. She is an event planner and also a blogger. Apparently a blogger that gets 20,000 views a day (I feel like that is unheard of) with her providing details to her readers about her day to day life. I wish that we had gotten some excerpts from Clare's blog or anything that showcased her writing, since I was flummoxed why she would be so popular. There are allusions to her blog taking off, but that is one of the weird passages that this book contains that makes you believe there is another book before this. 


The secondary characters just fit character types. Clare's two best friends Reese and Julie (who haven't spoken in like a year after some blow up during Clare's bachelorette party) are the type A super mom/wife and the party girl. She hangs out with them while also judging them. I also ended up not caring for Jake too much since he made cracks about Julie and her upbringing. Apparently if you live in a mobile home you are white trash and that's that. God. Forget not caring about him, he and his sanctimonious family sucked.  


The writing was so-so. As I said there are whole passages alluding to things that Lipinski writes about that in a way that makes it seem you should already know about these things. It drove me up the wall and took me out of the story every time. I was wondering if this book came with a prologue and even went back to the title page at one point and worked me way through again.


The book takes place in Chicago and I really wish we had gotten more flavor of the town in this story. One reason why I love Jen Lancaster and Stacy Ballis's book is that they make Chicago come alive. The only settings you read about are Clare's workplace, her apartment with her hubby, and Reese's home. 


The ending has Clare delivering her first child and wondering what is next. 



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review 2017-04-27 15:46
Review: Always Happy Hour
Always Happy Hour: Stories - Mary Miller

Mary Miller offers a brutal and honest look at one breed of contemporary young women in her collection, Always Happy Hour. With stark consideration, Miller pulls the veil back from these seemingly rough women and shows us the pain beneath the surface. These are stories that do not shy away from “bad behavior,” nor from feelings. There is a rawness to them that leaves the reader with the feeling of an intellectual rug burn: it hurts, but you can't help but admire it.

Each story shows a slice of a woman's life, a woman dependent on some relationship, and the seemingly bad choices she makes. There was maybe one exception, but for the most part these stories followed the same thread. Halfway through the collection, the expectation is established and the formula becomes somewhat trite. Even the self-deprecating thoughts of each protagonist were horribly similar. Contained in 256 pages, it works, though readers who balk at hints of depravity will likely cease reading before reaching the end.

Here's the thing about Always Happy Hour: the lack of variety may go on a bit too long, but it's largely a success. Yes, all the lead characters share a similarity from story to story. Yes, there is an obvious theme at play here. And as I was reading, I was reminded of Junot Díaz. It's clear that Díaz is going to have a hell of a time getting away from Yunior or any character that resembles him. If he ever does, I suspect critics will tear the work apart. Díaz has typecast himself because he had a great character and a wonderful theme and he was excited to stay in that world. Miller's protagonists remind me considerably of Yunior: they're crass, their actions can be repulsive, and yet you see their humanity and feel something for them. Many readers assume Yunior is a reflection of Díaz and it seems, from Díaz's interviews and appearances, that the two truly share little. Whether Miller is like or not like the characters of Always Happy Hour doesn't matter, but what might matter is how her readers view her. It's evident in the talent shown here that Miller is very close to these characters, but I can see how that might lead to similar results as Díaz has experienced with Yunior. Of course that means there may be a Pulitzer in the future for Miller, but I hope it's not at the risk of her boxing herself in first.

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