Inspired By

 What is your definition of success?  For me, success is when the people who know me know that I care about them and want the best for them.  What is something you are passionate about?

Give Your Kids a Taste of Culture

Teaching kids about different cultures is a great way to defeat stereotypes, break down barriers, and help kids value and respect people who are different from them. So why not give your kids the opportunity to experience the many cultures that make up our diverse planet and country? A fun way to explore our diversity is by trying out foods and mealtime customs of other nationalities and unique…

Chains of Inspiration

 Boise residents are an inspirational bunch.  Their actions regularly kindle other’s desires to try out a new hobby, volunteer, take up a cause or even set out on a career path.  On the surface, it may be hard to see the connection between a master electrician, an educator, a renowned conductor and a pastor. But inspiration links each of these…

So Grateful

As November begins, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection as the winter chill sets in and we retreat to the warmth of our homes. We hope you enjoy this “Thankful” issue, remembering … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Shore Lodge Gets New Leadership In September, Tom E. Garcia took the position as the president and general manager of McCall’s Shore Lodge resort and Whitetail Club. He most recently served as the vice president and general manager at High Hampton in North Carolina, with Benchmark Hospitality International. Tom brings his extensive golf club, resort … Continued

STEM Day Offers Science-Themed Fun at Western Idaho Fair

The Western Idaho Fair opened with free admission from CBS2 and plenty of STEM activities from the Idaho STEM Action Center. Kids got the chance to operate robots, check out virtual reality, run experiments, try coding and more. The center aims to help implement STEM programs, align education and workforce needs and increase Idaho's STEM … Continued

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic Brightens Boise Skyline

Boise’s skies were filled with Darth Vader, Elvis and more colorful balloons floating along as part of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. The annual event attracted spectators out in the pre-dawn hours (and in the evening for the Nite Glo), along with balloonists from across the world. The 2020 schedule will be on SpiritOfBoise.com. Photography … Continued

Great Grandma Alta Nova’s Chess Pie

My Grandma Alta Neal was well-known for her love of entertaining. The more people she could feed under her roof, the happier she was. She baked for weeks prior to every Thanksgiving. Cookies, bars and pies filled dozens of tins, Tupperware, and movie reel cans on her glass-enclosed deck. The deck became a sort of holiday "treat room" and every kid's dream! My brother…

New Season, New Reasons to Get Outdoors

Part of the beauty of being an outdoors person living in a four-season town is you’re always ending one season and preparing for the next, and November is a prime example of that. You never really know what you’re going to get. You could be hiking or mountain biking in the Foothills in a T-shirt or carving the first powder…

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.

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.    

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…

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…

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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

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…