We've had some good, now how bout some bad! I'll start us off with a couple of my favorite terrible experiences.
El Diablo-Missoula's supposedly Mexican quick stop.
This is by far the very worst thing I've ever eaten in my entire life. I had a burrito with black beans and some terrible alleged "cilantro" sauce that tasted more like dill to me.
The tortilla itself wasn't bad and the portion was good but that's all. My wife loves guacamole so she got about 4 sides of it. Little did we know it was guac from a powder form. Tasted terrible. Worse than terrible. We let that slide and ordered a "bowl" of their tortilla chips. Santitos brand, straight from the bag. For $4. By now I was furious. Then the alternative (crappy) music started to blare. LOUD. The employees must have loved that particular terrible song. I'm a pretty alternative guy myself but this was terrible music. Why not some nice Mexicana for a "Mexican" restaurant?
If you want REAL Mexican food there are only two options in town.
Fiesta En Jalisco and the El Cazador bus. NOT the El Cazador restaurant, it's actually just average. The BUS however is superb. I don't know why, it's probably because I'm a southern CA native and the street taste from the bus is what does it for me.
Jakers...Overpriced, under portioned. Montana Club...Everything on the menu looks SOOOO GOOOD. Then your food arrives and you're sad. It's just a terrible place for a meal. The burgers are just fine but the specials aren't worth the money.
I was wondering what everyone's favorite stores were for permaculture supplies in Missoula? We all know The Good Food Store, Missoula Food Co-op, and Patty Creek Market have good organic foods year round but actually growing them ourselves, especially in winter, presents a challenge for many of us. If you live in an apartment or have a microscopic lawn, you know what I mean?
I've bought some nice stuff from Quality Supply and the Paradise Garden Center but what are others' recommendations?
Paradise is nice but many have never heard of it so here it is: Paradise Garden Center 2825 Stockyard Rd. Ste C-4 Missoula, MT 59808
I wanted to tell everyone that this is a great workshop for parents/grandparents as they will end up with an amazing document that showcases aspects of their lives that they may not share otherwise. Even things parents consider mundane events when they were children may be very fascinating for younger family members and can even lead to careers/hobbies over time.
A fishing story my Father told me turned me into an avid deep sea fisherman years after I read about him doing it.
Thanks for that Andy! I accidentally broke one of the kids first little pottery dishes and have felt bad ever since. I think doing that together would help mend that little touch of pain lurking in my mind. All parents have some but a little less couldn't hurt eh?
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Well, it doesn't sound very eco-friendly but it's for a good cause right?
Everyone's been a little quiet and I've developed a habit of checking this site a couple times a day to schedule fun events for the family. Anything interesting this week I might not know about? It seems like 1/2 the people I know are getting ready for "hibernation" mode as I call it. They pretty much stock up on high fat junk food and prepare for winter (whether it actually gets cold or not haha).
Anyone know of any easy DIY projects kids could do in a small space with limited access to yards? My kids' friends live in a nearby apt. complex over by the food co-op and I think they'd all enjoy some kind of easy project they could do at home without getting in trouble with the property managers, etc.
Hunting season for deer doesn't start until the 21-23 of October. Waterfowl season did start today on the 2nd and that's pretty popular in Stevensville/Hamilton area. Six shots in a row could be someone using a 10 gauge shotgun and trying to hit some geese without wanting to use a hunting blind or get too close to the vicious beasts haha.
That's a great site! I love how they have real maps with precise directions. It can be hard for people to just know where a place like Fish Creek or something is unless they've really lived here a while.
The Night Maze starts at dusk. Tickets sold until 9pm on Sundays, 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We stay open until you find your way out!
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Kids under 4 = Free Kids 4-15 =$5 Adults 16-65 =$7 Seniors over 65 =$5
It's at 1010 Clements Road. Basically just take 3rd street, cross reserve heading away from the more populated area of Missoula (west) and keep going until 3rd veers left and turns into Clements Road. If you reach Spurgin Road you've gone too far.
Has anyone stopped into this store right on Russell Street fairly close to the bridge? I assume it has eco-friendly stuff in it (I could be wrong) but whenever I go that way traffic tends to be too annoying for me to stop.
If you go to the Triple Dragon next to Safeway on Broadway, they have lunch specials that start at about $3.00 for fried/steamed rice and sweet/sour chicken and go up from there. The daily special is usually good too.
I think they use cast iron woks because certain dishes have a distinct cast iron taste to them. Can't go wrong with steamed rice and main dish for $3.00 though.
If it's hard as a rock I think it's mostly just for decorations. I've seen those since I was a kid but have never seen anyone actually use it for food. You could probably grind it up and turn it into a tortilla during hard times but until then, it looks nice?
If it's soft, use it just like any other corn. I like to mix up the yellow and white to give stews a little more color but they look pretty similar in the end. The kind you mention would make for a cool looking dish.
Believe it or not, it's Fall and I was wondering what people's favorite activities are for this in-between season. I usually like to take the kids on walks among the leaves and we do a once a week thing in the neighborhood to help a couple elderly ladies rake up their leaves and throw them into their spinning mulcher thingy.
Of course, leaves haven't fallen just yet which is a little weird so lets hope a big snow doesn't show up and annihilate the trees.
On Mondays from 2-4pm in the parking lot of the Missoula 3:16 is something called the Missoula Food Wagon which is part of the Missoula Food Bank network where they deliver perishables and non-perishables to low income households. Last time they did this I was lucky enough to volunteer about 40 pounds worth of cabbage grown in my Mothers garden and they are usually pretty happy to take any extra stuff off your hands (especially as the frost is coming hard and fast).
Contact the Missoula Food Bank to see how and when you can drop stuff off. You know it'll be put to good use by the low income families in the area.
The 3:16 is on Toole Avenue pretty close to Orange Street but I don't have the exact address.
Yeah, frozen pipes is a HUGE issue if you don't live in some kind of apartment complex. For years I lived in Stevi (El Capitan Rd) as a kid and if we didn't leave certain faucets dripping slightly it would be horrible when you woke up to no water and at worst, broken pipes under the house.
I don't mind using the SNAP at the Missoula Farmer's Market but spending it at the Good Food Store, while healthy, seems to be counterproductive to the entire system due to the prices there. I've done it a couple times but feel weird pulling that card out so I tend to stick my Debit card instead haha.
Does anyone remember that restaurant that was located right by the Trails End Bar? It's now the Osprey Nest or something but it used to be an organic, home-made meal type of restaurant. The name escapes me but I used to go to school with the owner/chef's son. Their name was Risho.
I won't lie, with 4 kids we get WIC and a little bit of the SNAP benefits. We probably get 75% of our produce from the Missoula Farmer's Market but it really can't satisfy my urge for tropical fruit haha.
What I like to do is make stews and freeze family sized meal portions to make sure I'm making the most out of the locally grown goods. They go bad a lot quicker than their chemically sprayed Wal-Mart counterparts and I hate finding a rotten mess in my fridge that I've forgotten about.
I cook and freeze within 3 days and if I simply end up with too much I drop it off a the Missoula Food Bank or 3:16. 3:16 really needs some produce for the people they help.
This doesn't seem to be advertised anywhere but on Sunday at the Community Medical Center campus they are having a Safe Kids event with your typical bouncy houses, ID kits, face painting and other fare.
Fun for the kids and if you happen to live around Target Range/Big Sky High area it's a nice walk to get there.