Worth the Trip

Portland is the perfect foodie destination. The city’s culinary scene spans a myriad of cuisines—every style, genre and ethnicity can be found in the city, whether it be at a corner food cart or a fine-dining restaurant overlooking the beautiful Willamette River.

Michael Mohica

I was born and raised on the North Shore on Oahu and moved to Idaho to attend the Boise State Culinary Program, graduating in 2000. My passion was to learn from the best and bring the flavor of Polynesian cuisine to a state where it was mostly unheard of. During this transition in life, I realized my desire to do…

Bowl of Comfort

Chilly fall evenings call for a hearty bowl of comfort food. This white bean chili is easy to make on the stovetop in less than an hour or in the slow cooker on busy days. The standard recipe has some kick but can be easily modified for a gentler version.    

Food for Thought

Few things in life are better than sharing a meal with family and friends. This year’s Foodie issue is near and dear to our hearts, and stomachs. After all, food is not only nourishing (and delicious) but it also brings people together—whether it’s a special anniversary dinner, a much-needed lunch break with coworkers, a friend’s … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Pooches Get New Place to Play Treasure Valley hounds now have a new spot to frolic. July saw the opening of Together Treasure Valley Dog Island, located in Ann Morrison Park’s southwest corner. “We are proud to offer an opportunity for dogs to run, play and swim so close to downtown Boise,” says Doug, Halloway, … Continued

Pet Extravaganza 2019

Pets got a day out at Ann Morrison Park for August's Pet Extravaganza. The event, a benefit for Green Heart Senior Pet Rescue, featured pets for adoption along with crafts, food (human and pet-friendly) and vendor booths. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY JORDAN GRAY

An Idaho Hunting Guide for Nonhunters

Hunting is an enjoyable sport, a family tradition for many Idahoans and an amazing way to get healthy, 100% organic protein compliments of Mother Nature.

The Evolution of Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse (2455 Harrison Hollow Lane) has been at the forefront of Boise’s craft brewery movement since 1992.

Flapjack Fanatics Show Up with Forks Up

Lots of flapjacks were flipped at the 12th annual United Way of Treasure Valley Flapjack Feed. The annual event serves as a kickoff for the organization's fundraising season. Missed out on this year's event? Plans are already being made for next year's, which is tentatively set for Aug. 6, 2020.  Photography by Idaho Power

A Man in Orders

Chef Lou Aaron (the Westside Drive In) is an icon. Idahoans have seen his appearances on the Food Network with Guy Fieri and Alton Brown or have caught his cooking demonstrations on KTVB. His story is well known: Lou is a hometown boy who does good.

Inspired by Success

 How did you get started on your career path?  I was kicked out of the corporate nest when my job was outsourced in 2007. I decided to turn my hobby into a money-earning business. I already had the majority of equipment needed to get started. I made business cards and sent a massive email to all my family and friends, and I…

Fall Fashion

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” —William Shakespeare As our summer officially ends this month on Monday, Sept. 23, we move into the beauty that is Autumn in Idaho. As Stanley Horowitz once said, “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” While we … Continued

Fairies and Formals

Once upon a time, a girl wished to attend a ball, but she had nothing to wear! As she looked at her dresses, she grew distressed. What would she do? She didn't have a trillion dollars for a formal! Suddenly, a magical lady appeared and whisked the girl away, fairy-like, to the closet where she kept her most lovely ballgowns. The girl…

September 2019 Around Town

Local Nonprofits Get Boost from Airport Passengers Boise Airport travelers with spare change have long known the challenge of dumping their coins in the X-ray machine dish and then trying to scrape them all back out again. Recently, however, those going through security have had the option to give their change to three local nonprofits. … Continued

TIP Fire Truck Pull

The Boise Fire Department took top honors at July’s Second Annual TIP Fire Truck Pull. First responder teams competed to haul a fire engine 100 feet. Probation and Parole grabbed Second, with the Meridian Police Department netting Third. The event benefitted Trauma Intervention Program of Treasure Valley, Idaho, a nonprofit supporting tragedy survivors. TipTreasureValley.org Photography by … Continued

Actors Forum

Local thespians tried out monologues, scenes and songs at July’s Actors Forum. Held 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Boise Elks Lodge, the forum is open to anyone interested in acting. To learn more about the free event or volunteer to do a scene, visit IdahoAct.org/Actors-Forum. Photography by Patti O'Hara

Discover Idaho’s Great Lakes

Idaho is known internationally for its abundant, free-flowing rivers, but that sometimes means its amazing lakes and reservoirs are overlooked. In every region of the state, there are lakes with postcard scenery, cool, clean water and lots of fun things to do.

Dressing Your Truth

Picking an outfit causes us some to groan. We may have plenty of options in the closet, but are they right? Can a 30-year-old woman wear the same thing as a girl in her 20s? Believe it or not, a number does not define you in any way.

Enjoy Autumn in the Treasure Valley

As the weather turns cool, the Treasure Valley is filled with many opportunities for new and time-tested activities. Area hikes are pleasant as the fall colors appear on the trees. Apples and pumpkins remind us of the traditions that harken back to past years. Choose one or more of these possibilities for enjoying this season. 

Health Hacks

For the past 20 years, I have studied health, fitness and performance while personally testing every nutritional protocol and bio-hack imaginable in a quest to unleash the full power of the human body while enhancing longevity. During that time and across multiple global platforms, I have provided more than 150 million people with life-changing content to transform their bodies, health and self-confidence.

Go ‘Glamping’ this Summer, Idaho Style

Some people might ask if you’re really camping when you’re sitting on a deck with a cool drink in your hand and staring at sparkling blue waters while a gentle breeze wafts across you on a long summer day.

Inspired by Success

 What started your career path?  One of our four kids was adopted from the foster care system 11 years ago. She had significant needs that forced our family to navigate a flawed mental and behavioral health system that kept us in a cycle of crisis. Due to significant needs and family crisis, we placed her in a residential care facility three…

Young at Heart

Technically, July is the hottest month of the year here in the Treasure Valley (glad it’s over). August averages only 1 degree lower, but it sure feels more intense to me. While the best weather is on its way, and it has been a while since I have gone “back to school,” I still get that … Continued

Paw Patrol

Most of us have a special place in our hearts for our pets, and they easily become members of our families. The same can be said of the working dogs in our communities. They quickly establish a place in the hearts of those they interact with during their jobs. Arco and Marymae are two such dogs—fantastic in their individual fields,…

August 2019 Around Town

Zee Christopher Awarded Small Business of the Year The Boise Metro Chamber awarded Zee Christopher the title of Small Business of the Year for 2019. Christopher Zahn (Chef Zee) says in a release that, “so many people over the past six years have helped make all of Zee Christopher the success it is today! Cheers to … Continued

A Village of Playhouses

The Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity got a boost from A Village of Playhouses in May. The raffle event featured playhouse kits put together and decorated by local businesses. Styles ranged from whimsical to traditional—and who can resist a castle drawbridge?

Idaho Gives

The Idaho Gives event raised nearly $2 million in its 24-hour span May 2. More than 12,000 donors chipped in small and large amounts to benefit 589 different nonprofits throughout Idaho. Many nonprofits celebrated at events around the state by showing their missions and skills.

Alive After Five Gets Boise Crowds Moving

Boise's Alive After Five kicked off with crowds taking advantage of the sunshine, fountain and live music. The event, which started up its yearly season in June, continues through each Wednesday in August.

Cosplayers and Fans Converge on Anime Oasis

Anime Oasis marked its 18th year with four days of panels, contests, costumes, hologram concerts, merchandise and more. The annual convention gives fans the chance to show their appreciation for Japanese animation and other fandoms.

Room to Grow

Creating spaces at home where your kids will want to spend time and bring their friends is a key factor in the design process for Jade Enzler designer for Maddyn Homes.

What I Brought Back

This year, my family and I went to Puerto Rico. This was our first trip to the Caribbean, so we were excited about seeing the island. I had to go on three planes to get there, so it seemed like it was really far away. Luckily, my mom brought lots of snacks, some coloring and movies to watch on the…

It’s All About Shapes, Forms and Colors

I wouldn’t say that there was a singular moment when I suddenly realized that I was an artist. I’ve had a few moments where I noticed my perspective changed dramatically because of art.

Build Your Bro Network

In the TV show Psych, Shawn and Gus work together to solve crimes. Their friendship is memorable; they have inside jokes, tease and laugh together, disagree and help each other out. While you may not need someone to help you solve crimes, having friends to hang out with, laugh together and encourage each other is important for men. Here are a few…

Summer in Boise

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and family … Continued

Inspired by Success

 What set you on your career path with the BSA?  As a kid, I only made it to the Tenderfoot Scout rank—second of seven ranks. I truly loved scouting, but my troop did not have consistent leadership. I made a commitment long ago that if I ever served as an adult volunteer, I would be the kind of leader I wished for…

A Summer Classic

  —2 cups granulated sugar  —Zest of three lemons  —10 cups water, divided

July 2019 Around Town

Mike Krage Joins Idaho Potato Commission Produce veteran Mike Krage recently joined the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) as the new Retail Promotion Director for the Northeast and Midwest. Krage, based in Champaign, Illinois, will utilize category management, promotions and other marketing support tools to assist category managers and buyers in the Northeast and Midwest in … Continued

Women’s Day at The NEST

The NEST hosted an afternoon of celebration May 9. The event leaders served lunch with an iced tea and champagne bar and presented classes on flower arranging. They donated proceeds to the BCRF for breast cancer research.

Life Lessons

With years of experience in their fields and a passion for what they do, these Boise businessmen share some of the lessons they have learned along the way. They have overcome obstacles, challenged themselves and had some fun along the way. Each has found success doing what they love.  

Sliding into Summer at Idaho Ski Resorts

The clear, cool air, seemingly endless views and lush green slopes make ski areas as attractive in the summer as they are when swathed in snow and skiers carve gentle arcs across the mountain.

Driving the Dream

 2015 Dodge Challenger  Even before I was old enough to drive, I’ve always loved pony cars: Pontiac Firebirds, Ford Mustangs and Plymouth Barracudas, to name a few.  In 2009, Dodge released its third-generation Challenger based on the 1970 design, and I found my new dream car. In 2015, the Challenger experienced a new facelift which incorporated a circa 1971-style grill/split tail lights, and I…

Golfing for Charity

A day out at Warm Springs Golf Course served a dual purpose on March 30. The Golf “Fore” Vets tournament featured bogeys, birdies, the occasional bad slice and 68 golfers raising money for the Wishes for Warriors Corp.

Dude Food and Beer

In the spirit of the saying "real men don’t eat quiche," the question begs to be asked: What do dudes eat?   

For the Guys

Last month, we brought you our Ladies issue—it is ladies first, after all—and this month, we present our “Gents” issue, celebrating all things masculine. While our readership consists of 64 percent female readers, June is dedicated to the other 36 percent, the gentlemen of the Treasure Valley. With six sons, our family has our fair share … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Boise Kind Aims to Make a Kind and Welcoming City Boise Mayor David Bieter launched the Boise Kind initiative at the Treefort Music Fest in March. The community-wide collaboration is aimed “to protect and promote the core values that make Boise a kind and welcoming city.” Part of the initiative includes the Kindness Count, which encourages … Continued

Treefort Music Fest Rocks Boise

Forts of every kind sprung up for the five-day Treefort Music Fest in March. Attendees could take their pick of forts, with options including Treefort, Storyfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Hackfort, Kidfort, Filmfort, Foodfort and Yogafort. Photography by Matthew Wordell

Boise Flower & Garden Show Blooms at Boise Centre

The Boise Flower & Garden Show played host to a wide variety of flowers, trees and garden implements. The event also featured a flower show presented by the Southwest District Garden Clubs of Idaho, Inc. and the Treasure Valley Flower Show Judges' Council and a bonsai display from the Boise Bonsai Society. Photography by Jordan Gray

Silvies Valley Ranch

Just a short drive from Boise via Highway 20, adventure awaits at The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.

Survive and Thrive on a Mountain Campout

I won’t lie; I’m not a fan of Treasure Valley summers. It’s too hot for my temperate body and mild-mannered soul. I love the long days of summer, but I make a beeline to the mountains and crank up Mother Nature’s air conditioner—a fresh mountain breeze.

Broadway Comes to Boise

Boise is blessed to have access to a variety of cultural events, music and dramatic presentations. Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center bringing world-class live performances to our community.