Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Article: Boise's Urban Wineries, Northwest Travel Magazine

When was your last "Aha!" wine moment? That moment when you drank a wine so special, you haven't seen wine the same since? Touring Boise's urban wineries and tasting rooms, you're certain to experience at least a few meaningful "Aha!" moments—if not the big one itself. Even with just seven tasting rooms, Boise offers a snapshot of Northwest growing regions, from Idaho's up-and-coming rieslings, malbecs, and syrahs, to the surprise Oregon pinot noir and Washington cab.

When it comes to urban wineries, the first thing to know about Boise is Garden City. Garden City is about a mile from downtown Boise, and it's home to all of Boise's urban wineries. Visiting in warm weather? Bicycle there on the Greenbelt, a well-maintained bike and pedestrian path that hugs the Boise River and rarely crosses traffic.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Article: Idaho's Most Iconic Foods, Northwest Travel Magazine

Arriving hungry in Idaho, I thought what I assume everyone visiting Idaho for the first time thinks: Where are the taters? Fun and bizarre potato creations have defined Idaho's culinary story for years—for instance, you'll find the blooming potato (an ingenious way to fluff-ify a potato) and baked potatoes topped with vanilla ice cream. Most restaurants serve the potato simply, whether mashed or baked, because the extra flavorsome Idaho potato is a delicacy unto itself.

The chefs, winemakers, farmers and friendly Idahoans I met painted a surprisingly diverse culinary landscape. In fact, the whole potato thing can seem like a never-ending bad joke, once you know how many Idaho delicacies are out there.

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