I had the chance to meet Tony Eiguren, the owner of the Basque Market. He and his wife Tara, keep the Basque market open all year long for the Boise community to be able to enjoy, but the Market is always flooded with people during the festival of course.
Because so much seafood is in paella, I couldn't test it out for you. So I am sorry but you are just going to have to check out the festival next year or make the dish yourself to see what it's like....sorry not sorry. Instead, I had to settle for less exciting and traditional dishes. Boring right? I tried the pork and beef meatballs that were covered in a wonderful sweet barbeque sauce, and pork loin drizzled in a marinara sauce, and stacked on bamboo skewer sticks for easy munching and topped with parsley flakes. The pork was nice and tender, but I would have liked it to be a little hotter. I hate luke warm food. The rest of my food was nice and hot though. The last thing I tried, and by far the worst option for me to eat but my favorite one for sure was the butter and cheese croquettes. As I was approaching I thought they were hushpuppies. All my southerners know exactly what I'm talking about. But once I got close enough to see the sign, and after a quick Google search, I found that they were actually filled with ham and Manchego cheese. Cooked to perfection, the outside was nice hot and crisp, and the inside was a perfect blend of ham and cheese. The cheese was gooey enough to be nice and creamy, but stiff enough to stay in place. No cheese left behind!
I was told that I couldn't attend the festival and not try Kalimotxo (kah-lee-maht-ko) which is a blend of red wine and Coca-Cola. Sounds like a very odd mixture right? I thought the same thing. Especially seeing that I have never been into the bitterness of red wines. The Coca Cola actually took away most of the bitterness, and added just enough sweetness to make the drink taste more like a cocktail than a wine. I was pleasantly surprised.
Have you ever heard of the Basques? Leave me a comment and let me know!