November 16, 2005 

Fallen Fondue - Sa-Wad-Dee Free Lunch - Organic Turkey


You may want to sit down for this one, and prepare yourself for a bit of sad news. After 22 years in the restaurant business, owner of downtown's Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, Curtis Bowers, has called it quits to venture into other pastures. Mona Lisa's last night of business at the downtown location was Saturday, November 5, after what Bowers calls a "quick four-week deal."

"We own the location downtown and an offer came in on it," Bowers told BW while cleaning out the Washington Mutual restaurant space. "It wasn't something planned."

However, Mona Lisa lovers, wipe dry your eyes and remember the days when you had to trek out to Nampa for Mona Lisa because the Nampa location will remain open. Bowers' cousins, who own the Mona Lisa in Nampa, will not be calling it quits.

Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, 102 11th Ave. N., Nampa, 442-1400.


Dig deep into the pockets of those old Levi's for a whopping 229 Thai Baht and you will get a free lunch. Sa-wad-dee Thai Restaurant in Meridian has organized two lunchtime benefits to raise money for those New Orleans residents who are beginning to rebuild their lives after moving back into the Katrina-devastated city.

Toffee Dullphan, owner of Sa-wad-dee, issued a statement saying the restaurant decided to raise donation money for hurricane victims after one of Sa-wad-dee's customers returned from the area and reported that many of the city's residents are issued three bottles of water per day and many are still without homes.

The first of the two benefit lunches took place Monday, November 14. The second will be held Monday, November 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. A $6 minimum donation is required to receive free lunch and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Sa-wad-dee Thai Restaurant, 1890 E. Fairview Ave., Suite B, Meridian, 884-0701,


Thanksgiving will be here in two shakes of lamb's tail and there's nothing but hormone-laden meat and long lines at the grocers standing between you and your other other white meat. Unfortunately, getting an organic turkey from valley farms requires pre-planning as early as midsummer, and by this time of year, you've missed your opportunity to romp around in the woods to bag your own bird. But, if you get on the horn right this very second, you may still be able to reserve one from the folks at Daily Blessings. All of their poultry is fed certified organic grain, which is hormone-, pesticide-, herbicide- and fungicide-free. Turkeys are 12 to 17 pounds, priced at $3.59 per pound and they'll be doing Boise deliveries November 21.

Call Daily Blessings at (541) 372-2373 (toll free 888-862-5785) , fax your order into (541) 372-2060, send an e-mail to dailyblessing@YC2.Net or visit for more information.

If your restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving, please contact Rachael Daigle at 344-2055 or to be included in next week's Füd News.

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