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Local Restaurant Review – Jenny's Lunch Line

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Yesterday was my birthday (I turned 41; I’m proud about my age!), and what better way to spend it than going with your family to a local restaurant that serves healthy, local food? One of my new favorites is a little lunchtime establishment called Jenny’s Lunch Line in the heart of downtown Boise, in the historic Pioneer Building.

This restaurant is located at 106 N. 6th Street, and is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Their fare includes a nice variety of salads, sandwiches, and soups, all made from scratch.

Their menu changes day-to-day and usually they serve whatever they have until they “run out”, which means it’s freshly prepared.

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They also offer catering, and their web site provides an explanation about their catering service for businesses, private events, and other special gatherings. Jenny’s also provides a delivery service for those who can’t get away from their obligations for lunch.

On their site you can get a good idea of their daily offerings and variety in their soups, salads, and sandwiches by viewing their online menu. They have something for everyone – beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and vegetarian choices as well.

They use local and organic ingredients whenever possible, which I like. There are still some commercially-packaged items available as well such as potato chips and beverages.

I love visiting Jenny’s because each time I do, I know there will be something different and new that I’ve never had before. And their price are reasonable. Yesterday I ordered the chili made from locally-raised grass-fed beef and black beans. The chili was fabulous and filling. The meat is from a local consortium of farms called Homestead Natural Foods, which is comprised of about 6 local farms following sustainable principles in raising their meats and produce. The only improvement I would make to the chili would be more meat…but that’s because I love meat and I require a lot of protein. I’m also of Type O blood, and Type Os survive on a lot of protein from meat. For more information on eating right for your blood type, visit the Eat Right For Your Blood Type site.

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I also had a green salad with bleu cheese, cranberries, and sundried tomato dressing. I asked if the dressings were made with healthy oils like olive oil, and I was told that the restaurant uses a blend of olive oil and canola oil in the vinaigrette. I explained that I don’t eat vegetable oils due to the fact that most of those oils come from GMO sources and are too high in Omega 6s. The salad was fresh and green, and the ingredients used on the salad were tasty and tangy, and made my tongue very happy!  :)

The total for my lunch was just over $8 – a great deal for a healthy chili – that was way more than I could eat – and a nice, fresh salad with unique and interesting flavors in it.

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My husband and son decided to go to the taco/burrito joint next door, so we sat together in the outdoor seating and shared our different lunches. It was a beautiful day and I was glad to have a cute little restaurant so close to my house like Jenny’s Lunch Line that is mindful of earth-friendly principles and sustainable food in their business model.

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I’m so encouraged and excited to see more and more businesses paying attention to where our food comes from in their business and supporting other local businesses who are also committed to the same things.

It’s great to see the ripple effect going out into the consumer realm too, as more and more people learn and becoming educated about sustainable principles and ways of living. I’ll be going back again and again! Thanks to the girls at Jenny’s, they rock! :)

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Current Events in Real Food and Sustainablity – What’s Going On?

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I’d like to share some important and interesting destinations I’ve recently visited on the Internet relating to real food and food politics – of course, two subjects I am keenly interested in spreading around to my readers. Here we go!

The school lunch saga continues on. In this report on the New York Daily News site,  apparently even though programs have slashed calories (and along with it, grams of fat), school lunches are still unhealthy. Hmmm. I wonder why that is? They still aren’t getting it, are they? In one part of the article, one of the students remarks on how one of the foods appears to be so greasy, how could it be healthy? For so many years, people have associated grease with unhealthy properties, they can’t even tell the difference between unhealthy fats like shortening, margarine, and vegetable oils and real fats like butter and tallow. Marion Nestle, food author says that kids should be getting nutrients from real food – isn’t this what we’ve been saying all along? Why, why is it so hard to get this really quite simple point across? Oh wait, I forgot. Agribusiness companies and conglomerates wouldn’t hear of it…so we’re back to the drawing board.  :(

And here’s another maddening school lunch story – Sodexo, a supplier of processed foods to schools, has been pocketing rebate checks from processed food companies like Kellogg’s and Pepperidge Farms instead of passing the money along to schools. Do the unethical acts ever end? Of course, we don’t like that they are supplying processed foods to schools, but this just adds insult to injury.

Because genetically-modified foods are a big problem in today’s world with respect to health and sustainability, The Millions Against Monsanto Campaign is an important movement to get involved in. Genetic-modification is something that big companies like Monsanto argue is necessary in order to keep up on being able to feed the growing population of the world. But did you know that genetic modification of seeds is done at the DNA (cellular) level and prevents crops from re-seeding year after year (and Monsanto will sue you if their seeds blow onto your land too)? There are many side-effects to GMO foods including widespread failure and destruction of healthy, heirloom crops and damage to human health. It is a threat to our entire food supply and future. Becoming acquainted with what you can do to help stop this destructive process, boycott GMO foods and contact your local congressperson to let him or her know how you feel about GMOs and how they impact our health and the planet.

Last week I wrote two in-depth articles on the subject of raw milk – The Truth About Raw Milk, Part I and Part II, which have been circulating around the Internet and getting some good commentary. If you don’t know much about the importance and health benefits of real raw milk, give this subject a few minutes of your time today. This is another subject I feel very strongly about, and I’d like to point you in the direction of Mark McAfee’s (of Organic Pastures) interview on Sickly Cat about raw milk if you haven’t already seen it. It’s fantastic and really helps to answer some of the many questions people have about this hot topic.

Are you in favor of organic fertilizer or toxic sludge used to grow foods? In San Francisco, mayor Gavin Newsom is encouraging farmers, schools, and homeowners to use wastewater sewage for fertilizing produce. Come on San Francisco, I thought you were more progressive than that! Follow the link at the top of the Organic Consumers’ Association to the Peter Collins Radio Show for the latest on this development.

CHOW has this great article about whole animal buying - advise about purchasing large portions of meat directly from farmers or ranchers, and ideas for splitting it up with family or friends. I highly recommend buying meat this way – it creates less waste and you can save money on many fronts – by knowing your farmer and the practices they use, and being able to avoid supporting big agricultural outfits that produce unhealthy meats/meat products and harming the environment.

You’ve probably heard about the new USDA Dietary Guidelines that have recently been released? There are some really good articles available critiquing this subject. Kimberly Hartke who manages Hartke is Online! has this informative piece, Government has Failed to Halt Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes. Also, David Augenstein’s fantastic new site, The Journal of Living Food & Healing has this great article – Scientists Claim: USDA Diet Guidelines Cause Obesity, Heart Disease, and Diabetes.

Mother Earth News, a great publication with a vast variety of topics shows you how to garden in small spaces, something that’s useful for many people who don’t have big pieces of land at their disposal for farming. Also, I liked this story on sustainable poultry management too, for those of you who are venturing into raising your own chickens and eggs.

Even though I’m not supposed to, we’ve been eating pancakes for the last two days at breakfast – along with some other great things too like chorizo omelets and bacon and eggs. Yum! I do much better if I eat my grains very sparingly and eat them properly prepared – as in, sprouted, soaked, or fermented. Something I still haven’t attempted yet is a good sourdough bread or other recipe, but my friend Diana at A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa has this fabulous recipe (and is a fantastic cook too!) for sourdough blueberry pancakes, with all the steps and photos (she’s so good at that!) you need to get started. Don’t these look absolutely delicious???

Okay, here’s two posts with recipes I really liked. My friend Tara at Keep It Real has some great ideas for meal items that are naturally rich in probiotics, something we all need more of in our diets…and something fun, a soaked spice cake that is really delicious! She brought some over for us to try when we met at the health food store last week.

The Local Cook has a great book review on food preservation, something that I really want to learn how to do, but haven’t yet. I was going to start doing that this summer, but I’m still trying to find out whether my garden is actually going to produce enough to make it worth my while. And, two of my friends who normally can and that I was going to get together with to learn how to do this with aren’t doing gardens this year. Our weather was really weird and we had a long cold snap in the spring, which caused a lot of problems for many people with gardens this spring. But, we’ll see what happens. If not this year, next year for sure!

Who’s got carnivals?

I don’t, but I would love to get one going sometime soon. I’m always so busy I barely have time to get posts up, but in the meantime, here’s a list of really great blogs with great weekly carnivals you should check out!

  • Two for Tuesdays Blog Hop – my friend Alex Clark at A Moderate Life is hosting this great recipe carnival weekly now, and she gets a lot of contributions. So stop on over, contribute a recipe, and read some of her articles too. She has a great variety of things to read about – all connected to real food, nutrition, eco-friendly ideas, and sustainability.
  • Tuesday Twister my friend Wardeh from GNOWFGLINS has a lot of great information about real food, cooking, and recipes and her Tuesday carnival is a great way to share your own real food recipes. I love Wardeh’s informative style and her great ability to teach new things to people about real food!
  • Real Food Wednesdays – My friend Kelly the Kitchen Kop is one of the most well-known and visited food and nutrition sites in the world of food blogging. You will find a whole lot of great posts contributed on Wednesdays about food, nutrition, and all things to do with breaking the conventional molds of ideas about health and food.
  • Pennywise Platter Thursdays My friend Kimi’s site is one of the best for recipes and great sustainable food ideas that are nutrient-dense. Check out her thrifty carnival on Thursdays for some wonderful recipe ideas!
  • Fight Back Friday – My friend Kristen at Food Renegade, another great resource site for insight on real food, recipes, and food politilcs has a great carnival for real food each Friday, and is a wonderful site for information about nutrition, health, and food politics.

Have anything interesting to share? Please do!