Cookbooks Worth Owning

Today, most home cooks looking for a recipe turn to Google or Pinterest. Cookbooks must offer more than recipes alone. They must be beautiful, entertaining, clever and of course be packed with amazing recipes. We recommend these cookbooks as being well worth purchasing and each a worthy read.

What Chefs Eat

Treasure Valley is home to some world-class, award-winning chefs. This month we are getting to know three of them a little better. Take a look at what they like to do when they are away from their restaurants and what they make and eat at home. 

Introducing Warm Springs Village

Warm Springs Village is a great new neighborhood in East Boise offering low-maintenance carriage lane homes as well as traditional-style homes with backyards backing up to the foothills and common area. These homes will be built by Blackrock Homes and will include single-level plans and plans with main-level master suites. Residents who live here will benefit from three key elements: location, amenities and lifestyle. …

The Cadillac XT5

The XT5 is Cadillac’s all-new third-generation, renamed and redesigned SRX crossover boasting a new lighter chassis and revised 3.6-liter V-6 providing 310 hp at your disposal. It features a new Electronic Precision Shift, eight-speed automatic transmission with front- and all-wheel drive availability. The XT5 provides tailored comfort for 5 passengers and offers 63 cubic feet and maximum cargo capacity.

Food Glorious Food!

I’ve really enjoyed putting our October “Food” issue together and completing all necessary “homework” in researching and exploring many of the food related features we are sharing this month.  Unfortunately, I’ve also gained a few pounds in the process. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. A few weeks ago, Julie asked if … Continued

Eat This!

Having relocated to Boise from Portland where Jonni Armani and Shelly West ran FoodPDX.com, they recently started FoodBOISE.com, an immersive online destination for everything food in the Greater Boise Area and all of Idaho. With their focus on the burgeoning food scene in Idaho, Jonni and Shelly are excited to dig in—whether it’s fresh off the farm or locally distilled,…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?   I believe that it's always about timing and being prepared to see the path. People are often presented with an opportunity, but if they are not prepared, they will not see it.    I was in college working for a nationwide retail company, and I was given the opportunity to start a retail management…

October 2018 Around Town

RideOut Technologies Builds Comfortable Bicycle Seats Located in Boise, RideOutTech.com builds and sells truly comfortable bike seats. Jeri Rutherford, the creator of RideOut, says she’s a lifetime bike rider and an atypical inventor. She designed the seats after she turned 40. “Although a lifetime rider, it seemed I couldn’t go over 5 miles without hurting … Continued

ICOM Welcomes Students, Opens for First Semester

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho's first medical school, welcomed visitors and students alike as it readied for its first semester. The college aims to educate osteopathic medical students using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences and recruit those who are committed to serving in areas throughout Idaho, the region and … Continued

Flavor, All Natural

Autumn’s celebration of the harvest is the same whether your food came from your garden or Idaho’s forests, fields and streams. Hunters and anglers have long—as in forever—reaped nature’s bounty and used it as fuel for the body and nourishment for the soul.

Pick Your Own Adventure

On a lovely day in the spring of 2000, Shannon and David Anderson were out for a drive through the Emmett Valley when they came across a beautiful blooming orchard for sale. It was love at first sight as they envisioned raising their young family among the trees. They didn’t know anything about maintaining the orchard of 315 trees, both Oregon Red…

Eat Around the World

 Who are the Basque people?  The Basques call themselves "Euskaldunak," which means "those who have Euskara, the Basque language." Their homeland is on the border of Spain and France where the Pyrenees Mountains meet the Bay of Biscay. The Basque people have a proud identity and cultural heritage.   “The singular remarkable fact about the Basques is that they still exist,”…

Snake River Pool and Spa Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Snake River Pool and Spa celebrated 40 years in business with a remodel showcased at a Boise Metro Chamber ribbon cutting. The business was recognized as the North American Territory Dealer of the Year and Silver Club Award Winner for Outstanding Sales Achievement by Hot Spring Spas and was evaluated for marketing excellence, customer satisfaction, … Continued

Eat Around the World

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Downtown Fashion

Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella, Tiffani Given and Tana Photography

Food Styling 101: with Dry Creek Mercantile

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kevin Schultz  Taking a few extra minutes to attractively arrange your meal shows your family and friends that you care about them.  Food styling can turn a simple dinner into something special.  Plating a dish is an art, but with a little practice and a few guidelines any home cook can create something beautiful.   1.…

Fall Fashion 2018

 Article Tanya Carnahan | Photography Julie Meyer  I Beni Boutique, 2845 E. Overland Road, Suite 130, Meridian, Idaho, 208.999.0274, ShopIBeni.com  SHIFT Boutique, 807 W. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho, 208.331.7806, ShopShiftBoutique.com

September 2018 Around Town

Adventure Park Donates 240 Passes to Big Brothers Big Sisters Urban Air Adventure Park in Meridian opened its doors to families on June 2 for a summer kickoff party where for every pass sold during the event, the park would donate a pass to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho. Thanks to the large … Continued

Backpacking in Style

 Article and Photography Richard Meyer  Blue Lake is one of my favorite backpacking destinations for a quick escape into the Boise National Forest. With a hike that is just under a mile, it’s a perfect introduction to backpacking and allows for packing some heavier, luxury items that you wouldn’t want for a longer trip into the backcountry. No problem on this…

Season of Style

Of all the seasons, I look forward to fall most, and September kicks it off in style. I love the changing colors on display in Idaho’s mountains, and a scenic Sunday drive is just the thing to unwind and take a quick nature bath. In this issue, I share some backpacking tips to one of … Continued

Why Own Original Art?

 Article John LaBry | Photography LaBry Fine Art  In a time when technology has allowed us to place large flatscreens on our walls that can flood our lives with images of just about anything, one might ask why we should even consider original works of art.  To many, a desire for and a need to own original art is not…

Teachers Come Together for i-STEM Training

STEM educators from throughout the state convened at the College of Western Idaho for four days to study and network at a workshop staged by the Idaho STEM Action Center. The i-STEM professional development program offers educators high-quality, relevant, hands-on opportunities at six flagship locations throughout the state. Photos by Otto Kitsinger

Bearded Gentlemen

Article Julie Meyer | Photography Tana Photography & Blake Beckman- iRock Images

Scenic Drives

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  As summer tips toward fall, it’s a good time to take a drive into Idaho’s backcountry and see the sites. The crowds are smaller, the weather a little cooler, and you might catch a sprinkle of snow on the high peaks. A road trip can be whatever you want it to be, and fortunately, in…

St. Jude’s Announces Winner of Dream House

Aaron Moore saw one of his dreams come true—and it only cost him $100. He's the winner of the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Valued at $460,000, the single-level 2,500-square-foot house was built by Berkeley Building Company and is located at the Vicenza at Bridgetower West in Meridian. 

Canine Companions

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  The relationship between humans and dogs has long been a natural part of life. For these Boise residents, their dogs are their family, going on hikes, cuddling and even visiting their offices. Learn how these locals welcomed their pets into their homes and what makes each of their canine companions so special.  Chelsea…

Volunteer Opportunities

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Philanthropy is a large part of what makes our community so special. Whether it's donating your time, your belongings or food, Boise has many opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand. These three organizations, which all benefit children, are worth checking out.  Computers for Kids

Five Things to Expect When Adopting a Dog

 Article Kim Jones  In 2015, Coldwell Banker partnered with Adopt-A-Pet to encourage shelter dog adoption through their Homes for Dogs Project. Their initial goal was to rally CB’s vast network of offices and realtors to assist in finding homes for 20,000 needy pups, a goal that was met by September of that year. Now in its fourth year, the project…

Family Band

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Three years ago, Boise Lifestyle introduced readers to The Runaway Hamsters, a group of sibling musicians who raise money for children’s charities by sharing their talents. Since we last checked in with the band in 2015, they have had amazing success in achieving their goals and have raised thousands for the charities they support, such…

Beach Day, Idaho-style

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Idaho beaches are a little different than their coastal cousins. They’re not next to the ocean, and the surf is typically river waves. They tend to be considerably smaller than those at the ocean, but when you have a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand, does that matter?   A day at…

Preparing Your Heart and Home

 Article Julie Meyer  For more expert advice, contact Kami Brant of O2 Real Estate at 208.713.1933.  3138 S. Bown Way, Boise, Idaho, O2RealEstateGroup.com

August 2018 Around Town

Boise Woman Recognized at Plexus Worldwide Convention Boise resident Emily Burgess was recognized for the success of her home-based business during Plexus Worldwide’s Legacy Convention, which hosted 11,000 people at the Orlando Marriott World Center. Burgess shared tips and personal experiences with ambassadors to help them grow their home-based businesses and achieve their goals for … Continued

Patio Dining

 Article Julie Meyer  Patio dining is a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather we have here in Idaho.  We recommend trying one of these restaurants with great patios next time you are dining out.    Cottonwood Grille

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your years with: the grandfather who tells you old war stories at the Thanksgiving table, the uncle who brings you souvenirs from his travels or the aunt who can almost perfectly replicate your grandmother’s best pie recipe. Or maybe it’s the people … Continued

Red Cross Honors Residents with Hometown Heroes Awards

The Red Cross of Greater Idaho celebrates humanitarianism with its annual Hometown Heroes Awards by bringing together community leaders, first-responders, emergency and safety personnel, businesses and others to acknowledge those who have saved the lives of others. Winners were honored in categories including water safety, fire safety, military, law enforcement, animal rescue and youth.

Realtor Golf Tournament Raises Money for Nonprofits

Local real estate professionals raised more than $29,000 at the 2018 Give-Back Golf Tournament benefiting the Realtors Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life through housing-related projects and grants. Held at Shadow Valley Golf Course, 151 golfers and 47 sponsors participated. This year’s event raised more than $9,000 more than in 2017.

Hot Spots for Summer Fun

 Article Julie Meyer  This month, schedule some family time and create lasting memories. We recommend a variety of activities for you to experience with your loved ones. Some are old, some are new, some are close to home, some require a bit of travel, but whether you have a whole day to spend or only an hour, we hope you get…

Mountain West Bank Reopens Downtown Boise Branch

Mountain West Bank celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled branch at 16th and State streets in Boise at an open house May 18. Boise Chamber of Commerce executives and volunteers were on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon.

July 2018 Around Town

Ada County Paramedics and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Celebrate New Paramedic Station The Ada County Paramedics and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center celebrated the opening of the new state-of-the-art paramedic station. As one of the busiest paramedic stations in the state of Idaho, Saint Alphonsus and Ada County Paramedics jointly built the structure to … Continued

Treasure Valley Middle School Students Introduced to STEM Fields

Vallivue and Sage Valley Middle School students visited the University of Idaho-Boise for a STEM Day full of activities and hands-on experiments to encourage kids to pursue careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. About 140 students participated this year — double the amount from last year's event.

Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee Visits MHAFB

Members of the Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee visited Mountain Home Air Force Base to give both Mountain Home AFB personnel and Seymour Johnson MAC members the chance to discuss similar issues that both base communities encounter. The members learned better ways of working together to handle these situations.

Idaho’s Best-Kept Secret

 Article and Photography  Property  Real estate opportunities in Tamarack offer something for everyone, from six-bedroom luxury homes to well-laid-out chalets and adorable two-bedroom cottages. Private tours available daily. For more information, visit TamarackRealty.net.

Summer Fashion

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  Summer is a great time to mix up your style, try something new and add some fun pieces to your wardrobe. Teina Watts, manager at Walla Walla Clothing Co., shows us how to put together a summer look that meets the needs of younger women as well as more mature ladies. These outfits work for…

The Secret Is Out

 Article Julie Meyer  The rapid growth of the Treasure Valley has been a concern for some residents who fear that the things they love about this area will be lost if our city continues to grow at the current pace. The commercial real estate experts at Cushman & Wakefield Pacific share their insight.  “Resistance may be the largest challenge during this period of…

Q&A with Laurel Meyer

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  Laurel Meyer has found that delicate balance between work that she loves, spending time with family, taking care of our environment and making Idaho a better place to live. When her children were young she made the decision to take a break from the retail world and sold her first shop.  Laurel explains, “As time…

I’m Your Huckleberry

 Photography Kris Westergard  Mark Allen's Huckleberry Cocktail  Difficult to cultivate and found naturally in the wild, huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho. Bartender Mark Allen shares his berry-inspired cocktail.

Pool Party

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography JJ Jenkins  Backyard pools are trending in our area. Dion Battles from Snake River Oasis says there are a few factors that may be influencing this trend. As more people from California and Arizona move to Idaho, families are accustomed to having a private pool. Homeowners are also investing in recreation at home as opposed to taking big…

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

Men of Influence

 Article Julie Meyer  Bill Connors, President & CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce  What is the best advice you've received? 

Unique Local Hangouts

 Article Julie Meyer  Often we fall into the trap of doing the same old thing day in, day out. To inject a bit of excitement into your daily grind, check out these three new hangouts for you and your friends.