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As the Restaurant World Turns

It's open. It's closed. It's open. Downtown Boise's only Indian food restaurant has reopened after several weeks of locked doors and disconnected phone lines. Bombay Grill's original owner Rajinder Kumar reopened the restaurant last week after repossessing the business from its former owners, to whom Kumar sold the business last September. The restaurant's hours are now Monday through Saturday, 4-10 p.m. 928 W. Main St., phone pending.

In other open-closed-open news, DK Donuts on State Street has reopened after getting a face lift. Get your sweet stuff 24/7. 1300 W. State St., 208-385-7480.

Your Vote in a Glass

Last week, Food News reported on Franco Latino's clever—albeit perhaps slightly unscientific—presidential polling method. One drink, two names (the McCainapolitan or the Barackatini), imbibers order by candidate. The informal tally continues through Monday, Nov. 3, and BW will run an update every week. Last week, the Barackatini was ahead 17 to 4. This week's count has the Barackatini still leading 27 to 17. The jury is still out on whether that means Barack Obama actually has a majority support among Franco Latino's clientele or if it just means Democrats drink more, but the restaurant's management says people are going to the restaurant specifically to "vote." This could get interesting.

Cook It Up

Also happening at Franco Latino this month is a class from Chef Jon Mortimer in conjunction with Idaho Preferred month called Cooking Idaho's Bounty. The menu will feature toasted-pepper soup, lavender-marinated lamb skewers, trout roulade with potato cakes and apple cobbler. The class is Thursday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-2850, francolatino.com.

And if an Idaho palate isn't what you're looking for as you plan your next dinner party, go Southeast Asian. Thursday, Sept. 25, Easy Cookin' hosts Minneapolis food writer Robin Asbell, who will teach a class on cooking whole grain Thai food. Learn to cook curry, summer rolls, green papaya salad, a cold noodle dish and rice pudding using whole grains. 7121 Overland Rd., 208- 323-8477, easycooking.com. Class is $60. For info, visit robinasbell.com.

This Week's Wine and Dine and More

The Wellspring School for Healing Arts hosts a Harvest Open House on Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30-8 p.m. Students will prepare food and educate attendees on nutritional information. 723 N. 15th St., 208-388-0206, thewellspring.org.

The Edelweiss Club (aka the Treasure Valley German Club) hosts Oktoberfest Friday, Sept. 26, 6-10 p.m. German beer, food and fun includes dancing, singalongs and ... wait for it ... a yodeling competition. $4 children, $6 adults ($5/$7 at the door). Nampa Civic Center Outdoor Garden, 311 Third St., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.

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