April 13, 2018

I’ve got a confession that’s not really a confession to anyone who’s ever met me. I’m a Francophile. Like I’m pretty sure I could subsist on rosé and oysters and pâté and steak tartare until the gout came and slapped me off the gilded bar stool where I’m fantasy chilling with all my other red-lipped Frenchies and chain-smoking Gauloises. Sadly (and perhaps luckily?) that place has never existed in...

April 17, 2017

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I did a double take when I stumbled across the website for Barnyard Kitchen and Bar. Fried green tomatoes with house-smoked pork belly? Fried chicken on buttermilk biscuits with house pickles? Fresh local goats milk and sheep’s milk cheeses made in an on-site creamery? Wait ... is this in Idaho? Turns out it most definitely is, near the big box dominated corner of Fairview Avenue and...

July 15, 2015

I've been fairly unimpressed with Boise's Korean offerings. But I changed my tune after a recent trip to Gangnam Korean Restaurant, which opened in the former Wasabi space on Orchard. Here's my review, which came out in today's Boise Weekly:

 

Banchan, or "side dishes," are an essential component of any Korean meal. The small plates boast everything from squiggly japchae to spicy kimchi to savory pa...

June 4, 2015

 Photo via Laurie Pearman at Boise Weekly

 

The first kaiten-zushi, or conveyor belt sushi shop, opened in Japan in 1958. From there, the fast food sushi concept slowly crept across the world. In the Treasure Valley, Shige Express has owned the floating sushi boat scene for the past few years—with two locations that serve small plates that drift by diners in a revolving moat. Now there is a new...

May 28, 2015

I've always enjoyed The Lift's shady, grape-vine-draped back patio in the summertime. It's a quick bike jaunt down the Greenbelt and is somehow insulated from the chaos of nearby State Street. Not to mention, I can get a stiff $3 gin and soda during happy hour.

 

But apart from The Lift's famous fish tacos, I tend to shy away from the food—nachos, burgers, etc. That is, until recently...

May 25, 2015

It’s no secret that Madhuban has a great lunch buffet. Not only does the spot consistently win Best Local Indian in BW’s Best of Boise contest, but there’s regularly a line stretching out the door.

 

We stopped by today for a late Memorial Day lunch and the place was as packed as ever. We gladly lingered outside the of the State Street strip mall space for around 20 minutes until a table was availab...

May 17, 2015

So, I'm a tad biased (considering my husband's the chef) but brunch at The Modern Hotel is freaking awesome. Today, I snagged a shady patio seat and ordered the housemade corned beef tossed with hunks of perfectly roasted beets and potatoes, topped with a sprinkling of chive flowers. It was fantastic (and beautiful, just look at that oozy, deep yellow yolk!) 

My mother...

May 16, 2015

Hyde Park's 13th Street Pub has had essentially the same menu for as long as I can remember—a fairly standard line-up of salads, sandwiches and burgers. So when I swung by for happy hour last week, I was surprised to see some more adventurous new items on the menu.

 

The Risotto Goat Cheese Cakes ($10) were particularly impressive—both in size and execution—with a super crispy, deep-fried exterior t...

May 13, 2015

I'm not typically a fan of the spicy tuna roll. It's an excuse to serve sub-par scraps of tuna riddled with stringy sinew that are bound together with enough spicy mayo to conceal the fact that the fish isn’t great. My ideal sushi roll is something simple—like tuna and asparagus or salmon and avocado—with ample hunks of fresh fish and zero mayo. 

 

But having said all that, Sushi Joy has offici...

May 10, 2015

For Mother's Day, BodoVino partnered with nearby Lit & Co. Candles to offer a special package: Make a candle with your mom, then head to BodoVino for a glass of wine, a flatbread and a dessert for $49. 

 

From the dozens of scents available at Lit & Co., my mom and I both opted for the surprisingly manly combo of leather, barnwood and Kentucky bourbon. While we were waiting for our rustic soy c...

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