Out of the Kitchen

Longtime Treasure Valley resident and chef Rich Jimenez was raised in a family of cooks. His parents own a restaurant on the bench, where he grew up bussing tables and working in the family business at around age 14. “My parents raised me with their hard work ethic,” Jimenez says. Bolstered with this industrious upbringing, Jimenez was exposed to every…

Thanksgiving Traditions

Gabe Crum likes to be with family, and the day after Thanksgiving, everyone bundles up, grabs hot cocoa and heads to the mountains to cut down the Christmas tree. “The tree never looks good, but it always has a good story," he says.

Outdoor Adventure

If you love wildlife, Idaho is a great place because we have such a diversity of animals. If you live in the Treasure Valley, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to find it. We all know about the Boise River and the Greenbelt, and depending on which section of this 25-mile path you visit, there’s a good…

Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill

When I went to Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill in Eagle a few weeks ago, I had no idea that I would be discovering my new favorite pasta place. I thought, "pizza, seems pretty straightforward, right?" Wrong. Smoky Mountain has a huge menu with an array of choices ranging from simple to sophisticated. The appetizer menu has a little bit of…

GRIDIRON

Hailing from Kenai, Alaska, rising star Allie Ostrander redshirted on both the Broncos cross-country and track and field teams as a freshman in 2015. With a list of titles and accomplishments almost as long as her stride, this sophomore is rocketing to the top in everything she does.

A Special Boutique for the Diagnosed and Recovering

Breast cancer can be a dizzying experience for any woman, whether she is in full recovery, undergoing surgery or recently diagnosed. Moving through the hospital system, scheduling doctor’s appointments and feeling like life is at a standstill can take a toll on a person both mentally and physically. There are special needs for breast cancer patients that can ease this…

Own It!

1. Brett Denton learned the tricks of the fitness trade as a lifelong athlete. Raised in Alaska, Brett moved to Idaho to attend BSU. Not only was Brett a student, but he also played running back for the Broncos. It was during these conditioning days that he learned he was more drawn to the training aspect of competition as opposed…

Boise’s Fashion Finds

When you’re sitting at your desk at work staring out the window, all you can think about is that trail you’re going to bike on after work, the cold mountain lake you’ll want to jump into or the hills you’re going to hike with your dog. Luckily, the experts who work in Boise’s fashion scene understand this lifestyle and carry…

Soar like an Eagle at the Eagle/Ada Sports Complex

The Eagle/Ada Sports Complex has grown from its dusty origins as a dry patch of sagebrush and cheatgrass east of Eagle to one of the most vibrant, unique parks in the Treasure Valley. The park’s calling card is its bike facilities, but it’s also a hangout for skaters, hikers, trail runners, dog walkers and a hardy bunch of roller derby…

Elegance, Ambiance and, Oh My, the Food!

Fine dining isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s New York, Paris or anywhere else in the world, you know when you’ve found it. And for the past 10 years, that singular experience has been delighting diners right here in Boise at Chandlers.

Influential Teachers

The job of a teacher is a special one and, though you’ve probably had that one teacher in your life you’ll never forget, there are so many teachers inspiring their students every day. The great teachers stand out because they can introduce that one novel to a student that could be the catalyst to becoming the next Stephen King, can…

Take Me to the River, Float Me on the Water

Summer heat is here, and many Treasure Valley residents look for some respite by heading to the mountains or hitting the water. Fortunately, the Boise River runs through much of the Treasure Valley, and there are other rivers nearby that give you a place to cool off, splash through a rapid, catch a trout or watch golden eagles soaring in…

Keeping it Real

The annual roundup of lunches featuring a parade of cartoon characters and woodland creatures can be a little overwhelming. I am overcome with both their cuteness and the feeling that I am failing as a parent because, as Sweet Brown says, “Ain't nobody got time for that.” If this is something you too have felt, let me stop you right…

Local Music Venues

During the summer months, this little high-desert haven offers a spectacular spot to enjoy an evening with your favorite band. Family friendly, easily accessible and with lots and lots of room to stretch your legs, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides a memorable concert-going experience. The expansive lawn of Outlaw Field begs for the summer repertoire of folding lawn chairs, blankets…

Tantalizing Food Trucks

There’s something special about a chef on a food truck. When Kevin McIntosh decided to give up truck driving, he knew he liked food and wanted to cook for people, but he also loved interacting with the people enjoying his food. That’s why operating a food truck was a perfect fit for him.

Bogus Basin Blooms with Summer Recreation

Summer is a beautiful time in the Treasure Valley with its long, sunny days and variety of outdoor pursuits, but it can also get blazing hot. Many people flock to rivers and reservoirs to cool off, and others head up in elevation.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Boise's sweetest spots for cold treats

Upgrading and Updating Your Home

Kitchens are no longer isolated rooms and are now considered the hub of a home. Having an open floor plan kitchen with easy access to the family room or dining room will make it more of a functional and appealing space.

Sprawling Estate in Eagle

Call me a romantic, but I've always thought the city of Eagle was a bit whimsical and just a touch outside of reality. The sprawl of the town, it's reputation, the lifestyle it represents—all of these things contribute to an ideal location and way of life for many people, including myself.

Homestead Bar and Grill

Success in the restaurant biz can be a tough equation to figure out. The ingredients for a thriving business rely on a combination of differing factors: location, sweat equity, hardworking staff and, above all, a variety of great food!

Captured by Color

As a former makeup artist for 30 years, I simply adore color. Years before obtaining real training, in my eager-to-look-grown-up-in-high-school years, I used practically every shade on my face—at one time. Clowns came to me for tips.

Performing Arts in Boise

Though Boise is tucked into the mountains and may be most known for fly-fishing, trail hiking or amazing ski slopes just a short drive away, the secret is quickly coming out that it is also a well-curated cultural hub. People of a community are brought together by the arts, and it offers one of the biggest reasons why people don’t…

Camp Hodia

Children and teens throughout the country are familiar with the traditions of summer camp. For some kids, cabins and counselors are just a part of a routine summer vacation. But what if you were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a young child and have never had the opportunity to spend time away from your parents?

A Local European Getaway

Thirty years ago Susan Camille—now Susan Roghani—the founder of Idaho’s premier, award-winning beauty and wellness company Camille Beckman promised to build her loyal gift shop customers a small tea room where people could come and discuss various topics. “My husband and I always wanted a community gathering place where people could come and talk about things like politics, religion and…

Gems in the Gem State

Some people have natural talent in most everything they touch. Others may need to cultivate and develop it, and still there are those who have raw talent but have no idea they do. Sisters Dee Dee Emery and Holly Curry claim they were never crafty types, even though Curry to date has been knitting for over 30 years now. In…

Clean & Easy Cooking

With the new year here, a popular resolution for many of us tends to be eating healthier. Though this may mean different things to different people, a majority of us want to eat foods with higher nutritional content, without being processed, artificial or fake. If you're not growing your food already, then to the grocery store it is, where more…

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Parabo Press: Inspired by small-batch print processes, Parabo Press is the perfect gift for the photo-taking woman in your life. Offering products from square prints, both black and white and color engineer prints, 14-month photo calendars, glass prints and hardcover photo books, there’s truly something for everyone. Parabo.Press

Getting Healthy

My sole purpose for the last 18 years has been to help people lead a healthier life and my daily endeavors contribute towards this mission. How you achieve healthy living is down to your preferences and goals. All I can do is deliver the information you need to help you choose your own direction. How do I define healthy living?

True Veggie Tales

You might have grown up hearing "Eat your broccoli! I see where you hid those peas! Finish those peaches!" Sound familiar? For many, it felt like our mothers might be punishing us at dinner, with a heaping spoonful of stinky brussel sprouts or some other potentially creamed, unrecognizable vegetable. Perhaps you thought fruit only came inside a green Jell-o mold.…

Over the Hill…In Style.

At the printing of this article, our Boise writer L. M. Florenzen actually made it through her 2nd Spartan Sprint this time in the Top 10 for her age group. If you know anything about fitness, you’ve probably done some cross training. This is synonymous with Reebok. If you have heard of Reebok, then you know they sponsor the annual…

Idaho Sheep on the Move

The streets were quiet and coming slowly alive in the early morning hours in Ketchum, Idaho, as you could see shop owners sweeping in front of their businesses and city custodians taping off orange cones on the main street. Everything was getting ready for what would be a bustle of activity on this final day of the Trailing of the…

Prestige Diamonds and Jewelry

After being involved in the jewelry business on a smaller scale for many years, Jeff and Stacy Beem embarked on a new adventure. The pair knew it was the right time to build the jewelry store of their dreams: Prestige Diamonds and Jewelry, located in Meridian.

North End Modern Update

Before Mark Clark and his building team began working on this Boise North End home, it had a small kitchen, a dilapidated garage and traditional styling that paid heed to early 1900s architecture but didn’t fit the style and needs of the homeowner. Though much of the original home was preserved, this home has been artistically updated to function for…

Ride On!

The City of Trees, known as Boise, is a bike-friendly environment with access to the Boise Green Belt that intertwines near the river, colleges and parks. Out of such an environment has arisen the Boise Bicycle Project. This organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community cooperative group that works to make sure everyone has access to a bike, regardless of income…

A Slice of Hospitality

Jim Temple is a retired World War II Navy veteran who just celebrated his 90th birthday at Overland Court Senior Living and Memory Care in Boise.

Trailhead Offers New Hub for Boise Entrepreneurs

A group of entrepreneurs—Jason Crawforth, Karen Meyer, Faisal Shah and John Hale—had all started businesses in Boise or been involved with them in some way. But they soon realized there wasn't a local resource that focused on helping people start and scale businesses.

Local Beer Lovers at Home at PreFunk

PreFunk Beer Bar in Boise started in 2013 with 10 bar stools and 20 tap handles. Owner and founder Justin Flynn said his original aim was to provide a space for residents to fill up growlers of local and regional craft beer to enjoy at home. In fact, Justin says the bar was the first growler fill station in all…

YMCA’s Master Track Program

Writer and activist Betty Friedan once said, “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Those of us who have sauntered, crashed or headed clawing and screaming into middle age have come to realize new adventures and transformations await us so we had better get busy living.

Cinder Winery

Though it may seem like breweries are popping up almost every other week along Chinden, wineries are quietly taking center stage as visitors discover that Walla Walla and the Willamette Valley might have some competition. Cinder Winery is tucked neatly into, what some might call the “wine and beer district” of Garden City, just a stone’s throw from the Split…

Catch the Spirit of Ste. Chapelle

Looking for a getaway, or perhaps planning a wedding? Look no further than enriching you and friends with a visit to Ste. Chapelle. You will find this enchanting Idaho getaway tucked away in one of Idaho’s beautiful wine growing regions: the Snake River Basin area.

Cornerstone Design

Tell us a little bit about Cornerstone Design—how did it begin, and how has it grown from what it was it was at its inception to what it is now? Cornerstone Design is a boutique, interior design firm specializing in high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects. I started the business out of my home in 1992, with little more than…

TESLA MODEL 3

In 2006, Elon Musk published a blog post outlining his long-term vision for Tesla. At the time, Tesla was still two years away from delivering the first Roadster, the company’s first product.

Schnitzel Garten: Valley’s only authentic German restaurant

You won’t find many German restaurants in Idaho with a Google search. But at the top of the list, you’ll find Eagle’s Schnitzel Garten, which serves up authentic—and memorable—German recipes. It’s the first and only authentic German restaurant in the Treasure Valley. Partners Courtland Hugues and Elena Filenova—and half of their staff—are native Germans who offer the best of their…

The Backcountry Bar

Karie Boesiger and her mother-in-law Kris have a lifelong education in baking – starting with chocolate chip cookies and ending up entrepreneurs and business partners creating over 6,000 healthier alternatives packed with oats and nuts called The Backcountry Bar.

Beach Bag Essentials

Whether you are going to the beach or hitting the cabana at the club, make sure your beach bag is on-point and packed with all the essentials. We rounded up some of our favorite beach bag requisites and it all starts with the amazing African Rays tote from PilyQ.

Summertime Smokin’ Tips

If the surge in barbecue and smoking competitions across the country is any indication, grilling has become an art form. This summer, gather around the grill to try a technique that’s rising in popularity – smoking – to create a masterpiece meal.

Schlekeway bullish on Boise’s real estate outlook

Tremendous growth in the Boise area is putting positive pressure on the real estate market here, and Nick Schlekeway, partner in Amherst Madison Legacy Real Estate, sees the trend continuing for some time to come.

The Power of Walking One Million Steps

Before taking one million steps on the historic El Camino de Santiago in Spain, I didn’t give much time or thought to walking. I drove to and from work and the gym. For business trips and vacations, I flew. After retiring early, I pursued adventure travel, often on a bicycle.

Sheepdogs and Whisky

I’ve long wished to visit Scotland, to experience the culture and to see up close the ruggedly beautiful countryside and volcanic mountains such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Oh yes, and to sample the whisky. Last fall my wife and I took a weeklong group tour of Scotland, and it was a low-stress, easy way to get acquainted with…

Tree City Advisors

Your experience with investing is simple; everyone makes money on your money except you. And you are convinced this is the way it has to be. Wall Street has its hands in everything; your savings, your investments, your financial security, and your goals. But everyone tells you that you must invest the way you do and hope the result will…