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.

Jul. 29, 2015

Video: Leku Ona Prepares for Big Basque Bash

Leku Ona readies for Jaialdi

Mar. 24, 2015

‘Ni Boisekoa naiz’: Keeping Basque alive in Idaho

With fewer than 1 million speakers worldwide, the Basque language has found life in Idaho. Boise is home to one of the most vibrant Basque-American communities in the U.S. where many members are actively dedicated to keeping the language alive. Ryan Schuessler explores Idaho's devotion to education and preservation of Basque language and culture. 

Mar. 23, 2015

Devouring Basque Culture and Cuisine in Idaho

Honest Cooking's foodie author Annelise McAuliffe took a tasty trip to explore Boise's Basque culture and food. Her mouth-watering experience is sure to insprie your next dinner outing! 

Jul. 1, 2015

LA Times: In Idaho, a festival about all things Basque

You don’t need to speak Euskera to enjoy the unique Basque culture during an upcoming festival in Boise, Idaho. That said, there will be plenty of people speaking the mother tongue at Jaialdi, a gathering that takes place every five years. It will be July 28 to Aug. 2 at venues throughout Boise.

Idaho boasts the nation’s largest population of people with roots in the Basque country, a region along the Spanish-French border. Boise even has a booming preschool, Boiseko Ikastola, at which children are immersed in the Euskera language and culture.  

Dec. 14, 2016

Basque’ing in Boise - How to Make a Spicy Lamb Grinder

How to Make a Spicy Lamb Grinder Sandwich

Katie Quinn recently made a trip to Boise, and here is her review on visiting Bar Gernika:

This Spicy Lamb Grinder Sandwich is THE sandwich to get if you're visiting Boise, Idaho. So I took my camera with me to find out why.

Bar Gernika is a popular Basque restaurant in Boise. Did you know that the largest concentration of Basque Americans is in the Boise, Idaho, area, where approximately 15,000 Basque Americans live?! No wonder this spicy lamb grinder is so amazing!

Here's how it's made:
Sautée sliced green bell peppers, sliced onions, sliced mushrooms. Then add pickled jalapeño. Slices of roasted leg of lamb are added with slices of pepper jack cheese on top. Cover to help melt the cheese. Slice a baguette horizontally and add all of the other ingredients in the baguette. 

The croquettas and dipping sauce are a little more involved, but if you're so inspired, you should attempt to make those, too! (If you find a good recipe, please post it in the comments, I'd love to give them a try!)

Thanks, as always, for watching. Happy eating and #keepitquirky!

Jul. 27, 2015

Idaho festival celebrates Basque culture, history

With more than 300 pounds of chorizo sitting in her freezer and 5,000 portions of Basque-style paella prepared in advance, Tara McElhose-Eiguren says she's finally running out of space in her kitchen in anticipation of helping feed those attending the traditional Jaialdi festival in southwestern Idaho. "We've been cooking since last week," said the co-owner of the Basque Market, which sits next to the small brick building that sheltered some of the first Basque sheepherders in Idaho during the early 1900s. 

An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 people are expected to attend the five-day party as a showcase of the culture beginning Tuesday in Boise. Many of those celebrating will hit Boise's so-called "Basque Block," full of bars and restaurants where Basque descendants congregate for weddings and the annual San Inazio Basque Festival.

Jun. 3, 2015

Basque Soccer Friendly Opens Downtown Boise Store

Soccer fans can purchase their merchandise for the upcoming match at the Basque Soccer Friendly's new retail store, located at 401 S. Eighth Street in downtown Boise. In addition to merchandise, the store features a large flatscreen television and couches for soccer fans to watch matches leading up to the big game. The new shop will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Oct. 1, 2015

Man vs. Food: Going Basque in Boise

Adam Richman, from the TLC series Man vs. Food, recently made a stop in Boise Idaho to participate in the annual Basque street festival. He got a chance to experience many aspects of Boise's Basque culture including the food, the wine, and even a little bit of dancing. 

Apr. 9, 2015

Basque-rich Boise to Host Professional Soccer Match This Summer

by the Basque Soccer Friendly

The Basque Soccer Friendly, a partnership between the Basque Studies Foundation and the Idaho Youth Soccer Association brings a unique community event to Boise this summer. On July 29, Athletic Bilbao of Spain will face Club Tijuana of Mexico in Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for youth soccer and support the Basque Studies program at Boise State. 

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Jan. 10, 2018

CNN: How Basque Culture Stays Alive In Boise, ID

In Boise's 'Basque Block,' hundreds of children sing songs and practice regional dances diligently every week as part of their community's effort to keep the culture thriving.

Jul. 15, 2016

Boise’s Oinkari Basque Dancers Preform at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Oinkari Basque Dance troupe was founded in 1960 in Boise, Idaho—the home to a large population of Basque immigrants and their descendants. The founders,  a group of young Basque Americans,  traveled to Basque country with the intention of bringing back Basque dance. The founders’ devotion to reviving, sustaining, and cultivating Basque dance in America is evident in the enthusiasm and skill of the group today.

Sep. 28, 2014

Losing a Language: Euskanara and Basque Language History

A Boise Basque explores the Basque native language, Euskanara, and how it diminished through generations, politics and immigration. From the beaches of Bilboa, Spain to the streets of Boise, Idaho, the language is woven into the tapestry of the heritage of the Basque people, but is becoming rarer and rarer.
Aug. 4, 2015

New York Times Reports on Boise’s Basque Roots

Many Americans might think of Idaho as potato country, so successfully has the agriculture industry branded the place, right down to the license plates. It is also one of the least ethnically diverse states, with more than 93 percent of its population classified as white, according to the census. But every five years, a wild and often hidden streak in the history and culture steps up to shout, “Ongi Etorri!” (That’s Basque for “Welcome!”)

Nov. 7, 2014

Basque Tradition Runs in Cider

If you live in Boise, you've likely seen the Oinkari Basque Dancers performing. Boise's Basque community recently held a fundraiser to support the dancers by serving traditional Basque hard cider.

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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