Jul. 29, 2015

Jaialdi 2015 Guide

by Admin

Jaialdi 2015 is here! The six-day festival includes traditional sports, dancing, music, food and drinks and much more.  Check the schedule and starting planning for one of the largest Basque festivals in the world. 

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Nov. 14, 2016

Top 5 Things To Do In Boise

Idahoans take their spuds seriously.

It was our first meal in Boise and we walked two blocks from the Grove Hotel in the heart of downtown to the Boise Fry Company, perhaps the city’s most famous restaurant and a popular tourist attraction. “Would you like burgers on the side?” our server Brad Walker jokingly asked as we browsed the menu board showing fries made from six different types of locally grown potatoes — russet, purple, gold, sweet, laura and yam. They come in five different cuts and are offered with a choice of nine types of house-made sauces and 10 varieties of salt.

We opted for heaping bowls of home-style purple and laura fries topped with garlic salt and accompanied with raspberry ketchup. And we got grass-fed bison burgers on the side, but more as an afterthought. We had come for the potatoes. “Our fries are really the showcase main course,” said Walker, who doubles as the restaurant’s interim CEO. “That’s how we like to play it, since we’re in Idaho.”

As we learned during a recent 72-hour visit to Boise, Idaho’s capital and largest city offers visitors a menu of activities, sightseeing and food much more diverse than its large variety of potatoes. We found a city with a vibrant nightlife, arts community, plenty of trendy, farm-to-table restaurants serving locally made craft beers and wines, and enough outdoor venues to please any hiker, skier or biker. It wasn’t the boring, northern plains dullsville I had been anticipating.

Aug. 27, 2015

Why I Could Live in Boise

While we were planning our six week road trip around the U.S. we knew we needed to make a stop to recover from several nights of camping at Grand Tetons and Yellowstone before driving on to Bend, Oregon and Crater Lake National Park.

Boise was the perfect distance. But we’d never been to Boise or knew much about it at all. We definitely weren’t expecting to absolutely love it.

After five weeks on the road, my husband asked me where I would like if I could live any of the places we’d been so far. St. Paul, MN was gorgeous, but I know I couldn’t survive the winters there. “Honestly…..I think Boise is the only place we’ve visited that I can really see myself living.” To my surprise, he agreed. Boise is cool, y’all.

Aug. 24, 2016

Destination: Downtown Meridian

by Marissa Lovell

Idaho’s fastest city growing city since 1994, Meridian is no stranger to progress and growth. Recently named America’s best city to live in by USA Today, the Boise Valley’s central city has proven to hold a little something for everyone. With the Village at Meridian’s ever-growing radius and suburban development happening throughout the area at lightning speed, downtown Meridian brings an unexpected experience – a cultural cohesion of strong historical roots and emerging potential. For downtown business owners, the move to the city’s center has been encouraging and positive – part of the reason why more businesses across different industries are setting up shop in downtown Meridian.

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Aug. 26, 2015

Basque in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is home to one of the biggest concentrations of Basques in the United States, and the best way to learn more about that heritage is by visiting the Basque Block, tucked in the center of the state's capital city.

Basques began settling in southwestern Idaho as early as the late 1800s, with many coming from the Basque region on the border of Spain and France to work as sheepherders in Idaho. Nearly 8,000 residents of the Gem State identify as Basque today.

May. 19, 2015

Eating Your Way Through Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho is the place to be if you have a creative food mind. Prices are lower than large cities, people are friendly, fresh ingredients are abundant, and interesting drinks of all kinds, including wine, are being made.

Oct. 3, 2016

Boise: Bits & Pieces of My Passport

by Carly Joerger

Growing up in Boise, I could hardly wait to leave Idaho. I dreamt of a big world with exciting people doing extraordinary things who were just waiting for me to join them. So I did. I spent a year as an exchange student in Spain, a summer interning in New York City, a semester abroad in France, a summer in Indonesia, and another semester interning in Zagreb, Croatia. In between my travels, I studied in Northern Idaho and rarely made it back down to Boise. I was knee-deep in the eye-opening world of the University and constantly planning my next trip to Destination Incredible.

I loved many aspects of all the cities and countries I’ve lived in but I also knew all that shimmered was not gold. Now I can say Boise is the perfect mash-up of all the people, languages, and literal flavors of life I’ve tasted elsewhere.

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Jul. 15, 2015

Adventuring in Southwest Idaho

When it comes to adventuring in the great outdoors, this mighty territory has it all. In fact, southwest Idaho offers such an amazing amount of topographical diversity, its regional tourism organization has found it necessary to divide it into six areas (Landmark Journey, High Desert Vistas, Big City, Small Towns, Raging Rapids and Sunny Meadows) to help us plan our visit and keep our bearings. Each area offers more opportunities for adventure than one can imagine. There’s whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and we’ve only just begun!

Sep. 16, 2015

J.R. Simplot Company: Cultivating a World of Possibilities

J.R. Simplot Company: Cultivating a World of Possibilities

An interesting look at how Simplot Company came from simple roots and went on to becoming on of the largest food producers in the world. 

Feb. 4, 2016

Southwest Idaho: Adventures For the Fork and Spoon

What do whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, rock climbing, and wine tasting have in common? They all make us appreciate a good meal at the end of the day. Recently, Southwest Idaho has been discovered by foodies for its local flavors, intriguing wines, and imaginative chefs, who are pushing sustainability to a new level.

Jan. 12, 2016

Idaho Idyll: A Traveler’s Take on Southwest Idaho

Scott W. Clemens, contributing writer for food, wine and travel blog Epicurean Traveler, recently took a trip to explore all Southwestern Idaho has to offer. 

"I spent less than a week in Idaho, but it was enough to seriously pique my interest. I suggest the next time you think about “passing through” on your way to somewhere else, make a point to spend a few days instead. Experience the restaurants, wineries, brewpubs, inspiring scenery and friendly people. Who knows — you might even choose to stay."

Jun. 16, 2016

The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State

According to Travel + Leasure, Idaho's Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant is Juniper. 

A perfect day in Boise isn’t complete without a bike ride on the Ridge to Rivers Trail System, a turn through the Boise Art Museum, and a meal at newcomer Juniper, which has quickly become a favorite for locals like Boise Food Guild blogger Bob Young. Chef Aaron puts Idaho on a pedestal, working closely with local farmers, growers, winemakers, and brewers throughout the Gem State, but it’s the restaurant’s funky personality that continues to dazzle diners. As a locally spirited gastropub, speakeasy, live music hall, and gin joint, Juniper is like one great love story about Idaho that never gets tired of being told. Pop in on any Wednesday to Saturday to try the $48 five-course dinner at the Chef’s Table.

Jan. 11, 2017

Exploring Idaho’s Secret Wine Region

Idaho Wine Country Is A *Real* Thing

Katie Quinn made a trip to Boise and had the opportunity to explore the Treasure Valley Wine Region. 

Sure enough, I hopped in a car with my fellow food-lover friends (and awesome creators) Molly Yeh and Matt & Beau of Probably This to explore what Idaho offers as far as wine goes.

We had such a fun day! The weather was beautiful, the scenery was outstanding, and the wine was SO good! We got to see how it's made and taste it at all different stages of the production process. 

Jul. 29, 2015

Video: Leku Ona Prepares for Big Basque Bash

Leku Ona readies for Jaialdi

May. 4, 2015

Steph’s Seriously Good Salsa Partners with Create Common Good

by Steph's Seriously Good Salsa

The Boise Valley is thriving with purpose, potential and partnerships. Steph's Seriously Good Salsa has announced a new partnership with Create Common Good, a Boise-based organization working to serve individuals with barriers to employment by using food to change lives and build healthier communities. Steph's Salsa is one of a growing number of restaurants and retailers throughout the Boise Valley that are turning to Create Common Good for help with food production. 

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Nov. 23, 2015

Boise’s Culinary Scene Is About A Lot More Than Just Potatoes

You know the cliché: Idaho is all about potatoes. And while Idahoans do appreciate the mighty spud, the culinary scene in Boise has moved far beyond it. Over the past few years Idaho's capital city, Boise, has attracted some fabulous restaurants featuring top-notch chefs—many of whom move to Boise for the quality of life that it offers them. But what would great food be without out-of-this-world libations to go alongside it? Don't worry, Boise has plenty of local breweries and wineries to keep your whistle whet and your pairings top-notch.

May. 5, 2017

Fresca Mexican Foods Expands in Caldwell

 Fresca Mexican Foods has quietly turned out millions of tortillas each day from its factory in Boise and shipped its product to destinations around the world.

The company was founded 40 years ago and has since grown to become a major player in the crowded tortilla market, all while tucked away in a business park off Emerald Street.

Andy Savin, the company’s president, CEO and owner, said Fresca has earned its wide customer base by carving out a niche with its fresh frozen process. That means its corn and flour tortillas stay fresh, even when opened by clients as far away as Australia.

“We’re the only company of the many tortilla companies in the U.S. that basically freezes our product for quality reasons to preserve freshness,” Savin said. “It allows us to eliminate preservatives, to eliminate additives and have a healthier, cleaner product. That’s the way we’ve been built for 40 years. We’ve progressed down that path and perfected it over many years.”

The company’s success has caused some growing pains at its Boise location. Because of that, Fresca is moving its headquarters and its 170 employees to a new, nearly 200,000-square-foot facility under construction in Caldwell. The new building will be more than twice the size of its current 82,000-square-foot Boise factory. That space has the capacity for Fresca to double the amount of tortillas it produces each day — which now averages 3 million — and add new products to its lineup, including flat bread, pita bread and pizza dough, Savin said.

Mar. 27, 2017

Amalgamated Sugar Factory Celebrates 75 years

To most people, the Amalgamated Sugar Company's factory in Nampa is a marker for when to turn off Interstate 84, and a place where “they store a lot of beets.” But over its 75-year history, the factory has stood as more than that to its workers and the community it serves — it is a symbol of tradition.

“We have employees who generations of their family have worked here in some capacity. Whole families have worked here,” McAnally said.

When the factory first opened, the company was producing a little more than 2,000 tons of sugar each day. It finished its first production year cutting a total of 192,970 tons of sugar beets and producing a little more than 553,000 bags of sugar weighing 100 pounds each. More than 660 growers sent their sugar beets to the Nampa facility in its first year alone.

Today, those numbers seem like small potatoes to the company that cuts more than 12,000 tons of beets a day and produces 2 million pounds of sugar every 24 hours. The sugar company now also produces beet pulp, molasses and other beet by-products for use by food and animal-feed manufacturers.

Jan. 20, 2015

State & Lemp: A Case Study in Dining Innovation

Boise increasingly gets accolades for its uniqueness. The combination of outdoor adventure with urban amenities has left countless visitors pleasantly surprised. One point of distinction seems to come from Boise’s outgoing demeanor. When people visit, they often remark on the city’s friendliness. Something about the Treasure Valley community gives a warm, neighborly impression to outsiders (who quickly feel like insiders). And for a pair of local restaurant entrepreneurs, Boise’s inviting atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for the innovative, communal dining experience they are creating. 

Introducing Remi Mcmanus and Jay Henry’s State & Lemp: an unexpectedly social, modern dining experience that brings the quality of fine dining without the stuffiness of white tablecloths. From the eclectic interior design to the locally sourced ingredients, all of the restaurant’s elements are all executed tastefully. But perhaps more notably, State & Lemp sets the stage for new friendships to form in a natural, organic way.

Apr. 3, 2015

10 Best Brunch Spots in America Names Boise Restaurant

Fork, a restaurant located in downtown Boise, has been named one of the 10 best brunch spots in the country by Men's Journal. The menu at Fork is made up of ingredients fresh from the Boise Valley and the Northwest in general. Brunch at Fork includes savory egg dishes, home-made doughnuts, a full-service bloody mary bar and much more.