Aug. 16, 2017

3 Up-and-Coming Culinary Destinations to Visit in the West

The funky Bohemian vibe of Boise, combined with its surprising enclave of Basque immigrants, makes this active and outdoorsy mountain destination on the dessert plateau a unique place to explore. Boise is one of America's fastest-growing cities and with that, there's an exciting culinary emergence along with craft breweries and a burgeoning wine industry with a number of wineries producing excellent vintages with grapes sourced from the Yakima, Snake River and Columbia valleys.

With the largest concentration of Basque immigrants in the U.S., Boise's Spanish population has heavily contributed to the city's culinary and cultural landscape. The Basque Block in downtown is home to several restaurants, with some specializing in dishes that made the Basque region of northeast Spain famous. Don't miss the lively Bar Gernika and the cozy Leku Ona, where you can experience open-air views of the city. Then, take some time to drive to neighboring Meridian, where you'll discover Epi's Basque Restaurant. For over 16 years, Grandma Epi's treasured recipes have been lovingly prepared by her family, continuing the Basque tradition.

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.

Jan. 27, 2015

10 Best Brunch Spots in America

Photo by Fork & Men's Journal

Men's Journal named Boise's Fork as one of the 10 Best Brunch Spots in America, noting, 'The menu at Fork, located in downtown Boise, has an emphasis on food from the area around Boise (and the Northwest in general). The brunch menu includes a number of savory-looking egg dishes, doughnuts with a dipping sauce, and the delicious-sounding Zeppole Toast.'...(and we must note, the expansive Bloody Mary Bar featured above!)

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.

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.

May. 23, 2015

Art and Culture Festivals in Boise and Beyond

The Boise Weekly rounds up some of summer 2015's hottest food, art, music, film and culture events

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.

Mar. 27, 2015

Forbes Travel: 5 Things We Love About Idaho

If you’re an Instagram user, it would be in your best interest to follow @visitidaho. The state’s official travel resource posts some amazing images of everything from its 50-mile Snake River Canyon to its powder-filled terrain. But in the event that “liking” a photo or two feels more like a tease, planning a trip to the 14th largest state in the union (with a population of 1.6 million) should be your next move.

During our most recent whirlwind tour, we visited the capital city of Boise and also spent some time in Central Idaho’s small town of McCall. Here are our top five must-do activities in the northwestern sector of the United States — don’t forget your iPhone.

Dec. 5, 2014

Idaho Grape Growers and Winemakers Wrap Up 2014 Harvest

by ​Jess Flynn

Many of Idaho’s 50+ wineries are in the process of wrapping up the 2014 harvest season, and winemakers are raving about the season's ideal conditions, "We had a nice warm summer with perfect cooling of temperature that allowed for picture perfect ripening conditions for whites and reds."

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Apr. 29, 2016

Urban, hip Boise defies potato jokes and other Idaho stereotypes

When I visited Boise recently, I found the capital of this state with a reputation for root vegetables to be a hip and happening place, easily dashing many people’s notions about Idaho. Its progressive, Basque-heritage mayor set out 12 years ago to make this America’s most livable city, and it shows, in the prospering downtown, beautiful parks, and a lively arts and cultural environment. How many cities this size (pop. 216,000) have their own arts office?

There’s plenty to attract a young and energetic populace: miles of bike trails, a hometown ski hill (Bogus Basin), a burgeoning craft-brewery scene, even — yes — a surf park, where a diversion structure on the Boise River can be adjusted to make white water for surfers, kayakers and so on. Go ahead and say it: Surf Boise.

Apr. 20, 2016

Lewis-Clark Valley Named Newest American Viticultural Area

by Idaho Wine Commission

Idaho's burgeoning wine industry just got another boost with the federal designation of the state's third American Viticultural Area (AVA) - the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. Idaho continues to garner national attention as a prominent grape growing area after the Department of the Treasury established the Snake River Valley AVA in 2007, the Eagle Foothills AVA in November 2015 and now the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. New regions illustrate an emerging wine culture in Idaho and will act as a catalyst for development as more growers investigate the region.

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May. 6, 2015

Specialty Coffee Guide to Boise, the Gem State Capital

It is an electrifying time for artisan gastronomy in the Treasure Valley. Crafty, Northwest-style breweries are proliferating, the Treefort Music Fest is fast becoming an annual pin on the nation’s indie music roadmap, and in just the past few years Boise has cut ribbons on its first Whole Foods and its first Trader Joe’s — all significant milestones for consumer culture here.

In the meantime, the city’s solid showing of old-guard indie drink-builders and handful of inspiringly up-to-date go-getters keep the people abuzz and the local industry heading in the right direction. Here’s a roundup of the Boise coffee scene as it stands today...

Jan. 13, 2015

Idaho Wine Industry Celebrates Booming Economic Impact

by ​Jess Flynn

The growing Idaho wine industry yields its most productive year to date, bringing in nearly $170 million to the Idaho economy. 

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Feb. 5, 2016

New Digs for Telaya, Coiled Pair Nicely With The Treasure Valley’s Wine Future

Something a bit magical happens when two wineries in Idaho spin off an existing location and move into some splendid new digs on the Boise River in Garden City. The result is a new address for an already successful urban wine district that suddenly is greater than the sum of its parts.

A growing and maturing sipping zone is emerging here, folks. Telaya and Coiled wineries have a new location, 240 E. 32nd St., right at the Boise River. When you add that to the existing winery locations of Cinder, Syringa and Split Rail between 43rd and 44th streets off Chinden Boulevard, you’ve got the makings of a mini-wine-tasting tour in Garden City, accessible by foot, bicycle or vehicle — maybe even watercraft.