We met at a friends’ wedding; my friend Catalina and his friend Gabe were getting married. He approached me on the dance floor and complimented my outfit. We talked the remainder of the evening and exchanged phone numbers; he asked first of course.
Describe Your First Date.
Our first date was very simple and casual, my style. We went out to dinner to Matador, a local Mexican joint. We realized later that both of our favorite food was Mexican. We barely ate but instead talked for 2 hours getting to know one another. After dinner, we went to his place and watched a movie. We were inseparable from that moment on.
What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?
Don’t be so picky, but don’t settle either. What I mean by this is lose your “type” or the idea of a “perfect” person because it will limit who you meet based on your own judgement but don’t allow your character to be questioned based upon what you think the other person will like. Believe your worth because there’s only one of you and every person deserves love. People often, myself included, confuse lonely and alone. If you feel lonely, you’re better off being alone. I also truly believe you have to love yourself first before you can love someone else and allow them to love you back.
Where is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?
We love to go anywhere outdoors. We love to hike and/or backpack with our pups through the wilderness; one of our favorite spots is Stanley, ID. It’s one of our favorite ways to unwind and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of work and social media stress. For us, it’s the best way to spend quality time together and go back to basics.
FYI – I enjoy Sladja’s instagram page and been following her for some time. I was even behind her in line when Bleu Bird Cafe closed a few weeks back. Make sure to give Sladja a follow!
Do you have a Love in the BOI story? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People don’t think of Idaho as much of a sports haven. There’s not a noteworthy professional team in the state, and indeed this entire region of the country is fairly light on professional sports. But in a way, that makes the sports that are popular even more exciting. After all, Nebraska – another state that’s not generally associated with major sports – is thought to have a fan base that makes up one of the loudest groups in the nation. Boise State can’t quite make that kind of claim – but it does have a very strong football tradition that’s worth getting into if you’re in town.
That football tradition may actually be harder to notice in the greater United States than it was just a few years ago. That’s because of the College Football Playoff, which has taken focus away from traditional bowl games and put the spotlight on the top four teams in the country in any given year. For instance, last year we saw a national championship match-up pitting Alabama against Clemson – the team they beat to claim the 2015 title. That’s the kind of repetition people are used to at the very top of the game, and it means schools like those two, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and a small handful of others are traditionally going to be viewed as the best of the best.
Just a few years ago, however, Boise State was known as a perennial presence in national debate over premiere bowl games. From 2006-2012 the team amassed a cumulative record of 84-8, going undefeated twice and finishing with just one loss on three separate occasions. Those were the kinds of seasons that earned consideration for top bowl games, and still do – just not necessarily in the College Football Playoff.
All that is to say that this is a truly top-notch football program, despite belonging to a town not known for spectator sports. That alone is a good reason to check out a game if you get the chance, because the best college football experiences are always those that involve proud fans and program traditions. But the stadium itself also factors in.
Located right on Boise River and essentially across from the zoo, Albertsons Stadium is in a great spot, and a fairly easy one to find and navigate. It’s a modern stadium with great seating, satisfying food and beverage options, and droves of enthusiastic fans that provide a strong sense of atmosphere. Most famously, it’s also home to “The Blue,” the world’s first blue Astro Turf field and arguably the key identifying feature of the program. It’s a little bit difficult to explain how, but The Blue seems to foster a greater sense of unity among fans, and even between those fans and the team itself. It also make the stadium feel that much more unique at all times, and particularly during an evening game when the lights are shining down upon it.
All in all it’s a great thing to do in town, and something visitors and locals alike should consider!
If you are like me a year ago, I didn’t know what to do when it came to my first holiday season in Boise. For those who are new to Boise, or if you’re looking for a few new ideas, here’s my Top 16 Holiday Activities to Cross Off Your Boise Bucket List:
1. Capital Tree Lighting on the Grove Plaza
Date: November 24th, from 5pm -6:30pm.
Get ready to snuggle with your loved ones as you enjoy the holiday tree lighting. It’ll be held at The Grove, and festivities begin at 5pm. Entertainment by Red Light Challenge and the Boise Men’s & Women’s Choruses.
Date: November 18 & 19; 10am – 5pm; Pioneer Room at JUMP Boise
Looking to find some homemade goodies you can give as gifts? The 2017 Wintry is here and will be held at JUMP. The market will be open and free to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.
3. Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees
Date: November 22nd – November 28th.
Last year, I attended this wonderful event and I highly recommend it. For so many reasons. All funds raised will support the expansion of Saint Alphonsus. You get to walk around and be surrounded by all of the holiday splendor that makes you feel warm inside. Let’s not forget the hundreds of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and holiday decor.
4. Idaho Food Bank Empty Bowls
Date: Friday, November 24; 11am – 2pm; Grove Plaza
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Idaho Food Bank Empty Bowls! The Empty Bowls is where you get to choose from hand-painted bowls from professional and amateur painters, students, and studios. After you select a bowl, you can then enjoy a hot bowl of soup generously donated by one of the local Boise restaurants.
Over 3,000 bowls to choose from, and bowls start at $10.00. It’ll be held at the Boise Center. *Parking WILL BE FREE on Friday.
Recommendation: ARRIVE EARLY! I made the terrible mistake of attending around 12pm. The line was long, wrapped around Main Street.
5. Boise Classic Movies at the Egyptian Theater
I’m movie geek and fanatic, so when Boise Classic Movies released its holiday schedule, I screamed with joy. Maybe not scream, but definitely got giddy.
This year, the list of classic movies range from action to romcom to the classic holiday movies:
It’s a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story
Some of the movies showings include beer and wine (21+). I believe these will all sell out, so grab your tickets early. Plus, you get to watch it in the coolest place here in Boise: The Egyptian Theater.
6. Ice Skating at the Village of Meridian
Date: November through January 2018
I’ll admit — I’m not the best when it comes to ice skating. BUT for the holiday season, I’ll put on some ice skates.
The Village of Meridian now has an ice skating rink in Fountain Square. Its open from November thru January. Ticket prices start at $5.00.
Enjoy a night of ice skating, then grab hot chocolate at Village Coffee, and sit by a warm fire.
7. Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden
Date: Thursday, November 23 – Monday, January 1; 6pm; Botanical Garden
The Garden isn’t only for the warm months. The Idaho Botanical Garden becomes a dazzling display of lights during the holiday season. Over 380K lights, to be exact.
On select nights, you can even see Santa and enjoy the sounds of local choirs.
Tickets start at $8, and children under 4 are FREE
8. Idaho Hot Springs
Stay warm in one of Idaho’s hot springs. There a public and commercial options when choosing a hot spring. There are quite a few an hour or less from Boise:
The Springs Resort
Roy Stone Hot Springs
Little Anderson Hot Spring
If you’re willing to drive further, your options expand!
9. The Nutcracker at Ballet Idaho
Date: Friday, December 15th and go through Sunday, December 17th.
When I was growing up, my parents brought my siblings and me to see the Nutcracker. My sister especially loved it because she was into ballet. When I close my eyes and think of Christmas, seeing the Nutcracker is part of that vision.
Luck for us, we have a chance to see the Nutcracker live at Ballet Idaho. This year, Ballet Idaho is hosting Nutcracker parties prior to each performance!
Snag your tickets early because these showings HAVE SOLD OUT! Not kidding.
10. Downtown Carriage Rides
Date: Every Friday and Saturday from November 24th – December 16th, 4pm – 8pm
You’d think you’d have to travel to New York City to enjoy a classic carriage ride. Or, at least that’s what I see in the movies.
Starting in late November, you have the chance to enjoy a FREE carriage ride in downtown Boise. Yes, I said FREE.
Pickup is in front of the Washington Trust Bank 9th Street downtown Boise.
11. Boise Annual Holiday Concert
Date: The concert is December 8th at 7:30pm.
Let’s celebrate the season with Boise State University’s annual family holiday concert. The Boise State Music Department puts on this wonderful concert for all to enjoy. BSU students, faculty & staff are eligible for free tickets. Non-BSU tickets start at $8
12. Claus N Paws Day at Zoo Boise
Date: Saturday, December 2nd from 10am – 5pm
Want to have a fun FREE day at the zoo? On Saturday, December 2nd starting at 10am, you and your family can enjoy all the zoo offerings. Santa Claus will visit the zoo for photo ops.
13. Boise Holiday Parade
Date: Saturday, November 18th starting at 9:45am
You can’t help but to enjoy a good, entertaining holiday parade. On Saturday, November 18th, come to downtown Boise and enjoy the “Storybook Christmas” at this year’s Boise annual Holiday Parade. The parade kicks off on Jefferson at 10th Street and heads to 4th Street.
14. Winter Wonderland in Downtown Caldwell
Date: Friday, November 17th from 6pm – 9pm.
If you haven’t driven to Caldwell for its Winter Wonderland, you’re definitely missing out! I attended this last year, and I’m so happy the time has come where I can go again. You have the beautiful light display in downtown Caldwell. Lots of children activities, music, and plenty of vendors.
15. Elf the Musical at The Morrison Center
Date: Shows start on Friday, December 1st and run through Saturday, December 2nd. Tickets start at $35
Want to experience Broadway in Boise? As part of the 2017 – 2018 season, Elf the Broadway Musical will be playing at the Morrison Center. After you see the classic movie at the Egyptian Theater, head over to the Morrison Center to see the Broadway Musical!
16. Idaho State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
Date: Monday, November 27th
Last year, I attended the Idaho State Capitol Christmas Tree lighting right after work, and it was absolutely worth it. There was free hot cocoa and cookies for everyone. After the tree lighting, you can head inside and explore the Idaho State Capitol building. Holiday decorations are something that’s magical – amazing, even. With the vibrant reds and the deep greens to the holiday wreaths, you can get lost in the sea of beautiful holiday decorations. The Idaho State Capitol building does not disappoint. The interior of the Capitol building is absolutely amazing!
Do you have any ideas of holiday festivities I should include on this list? Feel free to email me at email@example.com for activities worth crossing off the #BoiseBucketList
Make sure to follow me on Instagram and use the hashtag #BoiseBucketList to share your stories of new adventures!
Last week, I had the chance to visit with Shane and Shiela — founders and owners of Ripsnort Food Truck. I met them at the College of Western Idaho , Boise location. It was their first time serving the students. During my visit, I witnessed how busy they were.
Ripsnort Food Truck is a newly food truck to bless the Treasure Valley Food Truck scene. Up and running since July, Rip Snort has enjoyed sharing its delicious and rather extraordinary burritos throughout the Treasure Valley, including: College of Western Idaho (Boise location), Payette Brewery, PreFunk, and various local festivals. Although the menu may seem small, it provides you with exactly what you need for your evolving palette:
The OG: Roasted butternut squash, sauteed mushrooms, onions, garlic, Parmesan rice, and bacon
The Don Jon: Gallo pinto (Costa Rican rice and beans), Pico de Gallo, sour cream, avocado, and cheese; named after Shane and Shiela’s friend in Costa Rica
The Yardbird: Grilled Chicken, cilantro lime rice, avocado, Pico de Gallo, and crema sauce; named simply after chicken and egg
The Gaucho: grilled steak, roasted potatoes, black beans and Chimichurri sauce; named is of a Argentinian cowboy
Other specials including sandwiches and chicken bacon tacos
Ripsnorting Good Time
Ripsnort Food Truck beginning roots stem from when Shiela used burritos as a means to feed her family. Breakfast burritos are her jam! (hence the name of the OG burrito). Shiela then started to share the burrito with friends and family. Over the course of 10 years, Shane and Shiela were encouraged to start their own burrito food truck. On July 25th, 2017 this married couple did exactly that — started a food truck here in Boise that serves not your average burrito. Shane and Shiela are happy to return to Shane’s home state after living in Denver for some years.
Like me, you’re probably wondering where Ripsnort came from. Pretty awesome story, actually. When Shane and Shiela were thinking of a name to call their food truck, they kept coming across the standard (and already used ) burrito food truck names. One day, the Merriam-Webster word of the day was ripsnorter, a term used to describe something exciting and extraordinary.
Shane and Shiela also imagined that when eating their burritos, it’s a ripsnortin’ good time! Plus – their family dog snorts a lot. Seemed like a perfect name for their food truck.
Is it a Mexican Food Truck?
Shiela recognizes that her burritos are inspired by Mexican culture, especially with the use of soft flour tortillas. There were also inspired by their time in Costa Rica. The Don Jon is named after their friend, and it includes authentic Costa Rican sauce and spices. That said, the burritos represent the eclectic cultural mix of food & spices they personally love and enjoy.
Boise Bucket List Review:
Roaming Hunger said it best when describing Rip Snort Food Truck that its food is authentically unauthentic. I couldn’t agree more. When Shiela asked me what I wanted to order, I decided to go all-in. I ordered The Gallo, added a freshly cracked egg to the mix, and topped it with Shane and Shiela’s pineapple sweet hot sauce — secret sauce that is wildly popular among their customers. It’s looking like they may even start bottling this sauce and selling it. How exciting!
The burritos are rich with flavor filled with fresh vegetables, the tortillas are indeed soft yet strong enough to securely hold all the ingredients without spilling, and the mix of the pineapple sweet hot sauce coupled with spicy Chimichurri sauce kept my taste buds guessing.
Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Ripsnort has options just for you. You can order the OG sans bacon, or the Don Jon without sour cream and cheese.
It goes without saying that I am an avid fan of the food truck scene here in Boise. I’m privileged (and my belly is cursed) to have food trucks near my job every day. If you’re looking to try authentically made burritos comprised of new flare and tastiness, head over to Ripsnort & let yourself have a ripsnortin’ good time each time you take a bite.
Fun fact: Shane restores vintage motorcycles on the side. In fact, they will be at the Petroliana Motorcycle Show from on 9/10 from 10am – 5pm. Shane may even bring one of his bikes.
Big thanks to Shane and Shiela for serving me the best Gaucho around. Can’t wait to return and try the Don Jon!
Ready to become a ripsnorter? Follow them on social media for their weekly schedule:
As many of you may know, being from South Florida entails experiencing my own share of hurricanes. Now that I’ve lived through snow storms, tornados, ice storms – I can truly compare these natural disasters living through a hurricane. With any natural disaster, you can do as much pre-planning as possible, but you can never anticipate the destruction until the hurricane is over. I remember my family losing power for 8 long days. Another hurricane came later that year, resulting in 5 days without power.
I’ve been receiving a few direct messages asking about how you all can donate locally to help with Hurricane Harvey. Below is a list of local companies and events that are hosting/leading efforts to help with Hurricane Harvey victims:
Roaring Springs Waterpark
Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian is hosting a benefit concert in partnership with Project 88.7. From 6:30pm – 9:30pm Thursday August 31st, enjoy full access to roaring springs, have fun listening to music all while raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief. ALL PROCEEDS from the show will go to the relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are $20+tax per person online in advance. if you have a group of 15 or more, call 208-884-8842 ext. 3031 to make advance reservations at $15+ tax per person. For more information, please visit Roaring Springs Instagram page at @roaringspringswaterparkidaho.
The owners of BBQ4Life is heading to Houston to cook for the Hurricane Harvey victims. They are driving their largest smoker to Houston next Monday. The ultimate goal is for them to bring TWO of their largest trucks to Houston. According to their Facebook page, the need the following to be donated:
Cases of meat
#10 cans of vegetables
Styrofoam clam shells
aluminum trays and lids
silverware packs (pack with fork, knife. napkin, salt and pepper)
You can drop off the donations directly at their location at 930 South Vista Avenue
Haircuts for Houston
Local hairstyles are hosting a Cut-a-Thon to help raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Mary- Selena of @boise_hair is originally from Houston, and she is coordinating these efforts. The event is September 8th at Chateau des Fleurs. Haircuts will be $25, but you can of course donate more. They will also collect supplies including:
anything that will help
To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/728653643985138/
If you have any word on additional efforts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will repost on my page and add to this blog post.
I’m thankful I never was a victim of total destruction from a hurricane. I just know that when the community comes together (near and far), it helps offset the pain and sorrow you feel when things are beyond your control and you are left with nothing. Your help and donations will help those in need see light during this time of darkness.
Thanks to the ladies in my Girls Night Boise group, I have a creative list of first-date ideas when dating in Boise. Even if it’s not your first date, here are some date night ideas you can impress your lover with:
Grab a Scooter, get a picnic basket, and zip around Boise.
Scooters are fun, and they add this layer of exhilaration any couple would enjoy. You can either take the picnic to a romantic spot in Boise (Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, or Camel Back’s Park), or end your scooter adventure at a romantic restaurant.
This is my personal favorite because the dates with my then-boyfriends started off carefree and casual. Think about how fun it’ll be to tap into your inner kid again. No pressure of highly romantic dates. This is a personal preference, but I’m a big fan of fun and casual dates. Why?
Be slightly competitive, fun & flirty while playing mini gold
Jump in a go-kart and race each other & see who wins
Have fun as you play laser tag
Get to know each other over a slice of pizza
Take some of those classic photo booth pictures
Plus – it’s my way of seeing if a guy is hyper competitive and if whether he can be silly & relaxed. Not take himself too seriously. It’s also an excuse for me to wear a cute top, some boyfriend cut jeans, and throw on my Converses.
Talk about bringing it back, in an entertaining and fun way. Who doesn’t old school arcade games? SpaceBar Arcade is this cool spot located below Dharma Sushi and Thai on Capitol Blvd in Downtown Boise. You know you’re in the right spot when you see the line of old school arcade machines for your perusing. Head to the bar to grab some drinks. You’ll notice an 80s movie playing one these 3 small TVs in the corner. And it’s a VHS that’s playing (my younger audience may need to google what a VHS is.) If you want to tape into your Nintendo skills, grab a seat on the couch with your date and start playing!
I’ve been to the SpaceBar Arcade to hang out, but never on a date. This is on my list.
Calling all Demi Moores and Patrick Swayzes (Ghost movie reference). Well, maybe not so much like that scene, but you can get together and paint your own pottery piece. It allows both of you to tap into your creative side and see how each other creates. You can even give each other your masterpieces once they are ready.
Hiking & Grab Healthy Smoothie Afterwards
With plenty of hiking trails, you have many opportunities to have your first date be an active one. You can see beautiful Boise while getting to know each other. After burning off some calories, you can grab some healthy cuisine at places like Fresh Café Boise.
Capital City Market + 8th Street Brunch
Since I’ve experienced the Capital City Market for the first time last weekend, I can definitely see it being an ideal place for a first date. You can take your time exploring all the various vendor tables, buy each other fun gifts, and take your time strolling as you talk & connect. It’s low key enough to where you don’t have that high pressure to keep chatting. Plus, you can be flirty in a less-than-obvious way. Maybe that’s me talking because I’m not the best with all of that flirty stuff. After taking your time walking around, you can then head over to one of the restaurants on 8th Street: Juniper, Eureka, Wild Root Café, Bittercreek Alehouse, and Red Feather Lounge. You can even venture off 8th Street and head over to Bacon or St. Lawrence Gridiron.
Get Your Laugh on at Liquid Laughs
You can’t beat having a good laugh in at your first date. It’s an ideal way to break the ice between 2 people. Why not head over to Liquid Laughs for your first date? I haven’t been to liquid laughs, but I know it’s a place I’m adding to my date night bucket list. You can grab dinner beforehand at Solid, or Bardenay, or P.F. Chang. You can walk over to Liquid Laughs, sit next to each other, and enjoy being entertained. Afterwards, you can maybe walk around downtown and keep the conversation going.
This is my PART I of my 1ST date ideas. Big special thanks to my girls night boise special ladies for their dating ideas and input: Taylor, Ashley, and Crystal! Stay tuned for plenty more ideas.
Let’s be honest – who doesn’t enjoy some good tunes. I’m fortunate to be living in a city with a vibrant and eclectic music scene. With summer months ahead, I have my calendar constantly filling up with upcoming tours & music festival I can’t wait to attend. That said, here’ my Boise Bucket List of the 6 Must-See BOI Summer Concerts!
I’ve been a personal fan of the Dirty Heads since about 2011. In 2012, their summer tour brought them to Portland, ME State Theater. You’d think I’d go and see the Dirty Heads with them being in my ‘hood. Nope. Didn’t happen.
Life got busy after, and I wasn’t too concerned with going to any local concerts.
2017 – I have another chance to see the Dirty Heads. And this time, it’ll be VIP!
Dirty Heads have those reggae vibes infused with hip-hop beats. These Huntingon Beach, CA natives make me feel like I’m at the beach, vibing with a tropical drink in my hands. All my worries go away when I jam out to “Spread Too Thin.”
Where: Expo Idaho, 5610 North Glenwood, Garden City
In the past 7 years, Boise Music Fest has grown to a become a huge family event, attracting attendees from all over, especially in the Mountain and Pacific Northwest. This year should be no different. From carnivals to food vendors to multiple stages – it’s the summer music fest you can’t miss.
This year’s lineup includes:
Flo-RIDA (of course a Floridian is heading to Boise while I’m here)
The Band Perry (If I Die Young – my jam!)
Sean Kingston (Durty Rock with Nicki Minaj was my dancing anthem when in law school)
Imagine watching your favorite artists perform with the foothills surrounding you, and a late-night summer Idaho sunset. Yes, that’s what you get with the Idaho Botanical Gardens Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series. This summer’s lineup includes:
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Make sure you grab your tickets quickly! These tickets sell out, like Santana’s.
311 has been a favorite of mine since I was in high school. Who doesn’t remember “Down”? I think that’s when I really got into the reggae-fused alternative sounds. Like the Dirty Heads, I had a chance to see them back in Maine, but nope. Miss that opportunity too! My personal favorite songs are “Amber” and “Love Song” from one of my favorite movies 50 First Dates.
For over 30 years, Downtown Boise Association put on weekly concerts at the Grove for the public to attend. This year, summer concerts will run from June 7th – August 30th. The concerts start at 5pm and end around 8pm. Make sure to visit the website to see the complete list of artists scheduled to perform
Here are some concerts and festivals I think you should cross off your #BOImusicbucketlist
Karlie & Matthew decided to get into the food truck business back in October 2016. Matthew – a wildlife firefighter, and Karlie – a student at BSU, were driving around Boise and saw a “for sale” sign in the Twisted Sister Coffee Truck.
Karlie & Matthew contacted the owner, and before they knew it, there were proud owners of EVERYTHING TWISTED SISTER. From the name, to the food truck — even advice on how to get started as a food truck business. Karlie & Matthew opted to do coffee because during the long days as a wildlife firefighter, coffee wasn’t always fresh. Why not bring the coffee to the firefighters?
Did someone say Potato Drop?
Twisted Sister Coffee had their first big break at the 2017 Idaho Potato Drop celebration. With all the attendees feigning for hot chocolate (or something hot for that 12 degree freezing weather!), it’s no surprise that they sold out of over 15 gallons of milk! They were swamped so much that neither Karlie or Matthew were able to see the potato drop!
Let’s Talk About Deals:
Twisted Sister Coffee has the coolest deals around:
Customer Punch Card (get 10 drinks, get 1 free)
BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup): get a $1.00 off a drink (perfect for those who have that favorite coffee cup)
Monthly special drinks created by Karlie and Matthew (this month it’s the Banana Muffin Mocha and the Birthday Cake Mocha
Glazed Donuts for purchase
Iced AND blended coffee drinks
Want to get Twisted too? You can find Twister Sister Coffee here:
Karlie and Matthew have a monthly competition of whose monthly special sells the most. I won’t tell you who is behind the Birthday Cake Mocha or the Banana Muffin Mocha. Just know that if you buy the monthly special, you’re contributing to a friendly husband/wife competition!
Not only sells coffee. Twisted Sister also sells smoothies, espresso drinks, and delicious pastries
Karlie balanced going to school & planning a wedding all while she and Matthew were gearing up to launch this food truck (true entrepreneurship!)
A Facebook followers of theirs drove all the way from downtown Boise to ISU in Meridian just to try their almond nut chai (yes people, it’s that good!)
Boise Bucket List Review
As you may get from my feed at @boise_bucketlist, I love coffee. I mean, I was raised on coffee. In my parents’ house, I have this huge coffee mug that I’m known for. My poor dad has to make extra coffee whenever I’m visiting. He doesn’t mind!
That said, I was so happy to drive over to HP and meet Karlie & Matthew. They are the young couple who are chasing their entrepreneurial dream. When I first arrived, I met Matthew who is at the window. After introducing myself (which, by the way is a unique experience because my followers don’t necessarily know how I look), I started chatting with Matthew. Karlie joined us soon thereafter.
While I was interviewing them about their story, one of their regular customers was at the window ready to order. This customer had no idea I was interviewing Karlie for my review. Because of her not knowing, I could see how much she enjoyed the coffee served at Twisted Sister. She ended up getting the “Blue Monster.” Once she realized I was interviewing Karlie, she was raving about the food truck! I love when that happens.
After my awesome interview, Matthew prepared me the almond latte.
OMG – I see why the Facebook fan drove to Meridian to get his fix. It’s that good!
Plus, it was raining out when I met up with Karlie and Matthew. So it was the perfect way to keep me warm.
More importantly, I’m a huge fan and supporter of small businesses who are out here chasing their dreams. Karlie and Matthew are no exception. They continue to grow and prosper with the help and support of the local food truck scene here in Boise, especially the Idaho Food Truck Coalition. And let’s not forget about my buddies at MakyJames Grill. They, too, serve as mentors to fellow food truck owners.
Get Twisted with Twisted Sister Coffee & tell them Boise Bucket List says hello! You’ll thank me once you try that almond latte 🙂
Would you like to be featured on Boise Bucket List? I’m always on the hunt for the best food trucks around, whether you’re starting up or been in business for some time. Email me at email@example.com to chat & get started!
Last weekend, my brother and I had the chance to ride a scooter around Boise. I initially connected with Veronica’s Scooters a few months back to discuss possible collaborations — one of which was the giveaway for 2 scooter riders.
Thankfully, my work schedule did not consist of weekend travels so I was able to try out Veronica’s Scooters myself. I’m blessed that the weather held up, because I was worried it was going to rain all weekend!
Here is our ENTIRE DAY in a nutshell:
1PM: Arrive to Veronica’s Scooters and meet with Dave (co-owner). Dave teaches you how to safely ride the scooter, including giving you some time to balance yourself, test out the gas & breaks, and adjust your mirrors. So if you’re worried you can’t ride a scooter because you don’t know how — Dave is here to help! Me and my brother have NEVER (repeat – never!) been on a scooter before. That time with Dave truly helped us out.
1:30PM: After practicing and getting the hang of the gas & breaks, we were OFF! With the construction on Vista, Dave suggested we take the back streets to lead us to Protest Street. That way, we can take it straight into BSU.
Perfect idea, Dave!
That hill on Protest was that wind-in-your-face all speed ahead thrilling feeling. I know I wasn’t going fast, but dang — that wind in my face at 25 MPH was AWESOME!
2PM-6PM: We did nothing but explore Boise.
List of Stops:
If you want to coordinate your own mini Boise tour, here are some of my stops. I highly suggest you include some of these stops when you drive your scooter around Boise:
Stop 1: Boise State University “B” Sculpture
Where: In front of the BSU State Administrative Plaza
Why: why not take a photo in front of a 12-foot “B” sculpture? Plus, it’s a great photo op
Stop 2: Albertson’s Stadium; the famous “Smurf Turf”
Where: East end of Boise State University (corner of Broadway and University)
Site of the famous “smurf turf” (blue playing surface)
First ever non -green playing surface in football history
Site of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Stop 3: Opaline School House & Excellence Bell
Where: East End of Boise State University
Preserved one-room schoolhouse
Used as classroom for mining community’s children in Opaline, ID (no longer in existence)
Refurbished in 1084
Can actually see old desks and classroom setting inside windows
Stop 4: Christ Chapel
Where: BSU Campus, Broadway at Campus Drive
Constructed in 1866
Used as schoolhouse for St. Margaret’s School (founded in 1892)
Added to National Register of Historical Places in 1974
Stop 5: Friendship Bridge
Where: Near Ann Morrison Theater on BSU Campus
Beautiful view of the Boise River
Peaceful place to meditate , take a solo walk or with someone special, or with your family
Connects Boise State to Julia Davis Park
Stop 6: Centennial Amphitheater
Where: Greenbelt east of the Friendship Bridge
Popular outdoor venue for concerts and other events
Great choice for outdoor picnic, lunch date, or quiet place to read & think
Stop 7: Idaho Black History Museum
Where: Julia Davis Park
Oldest Black History Museum in Pacific Northwest
Host of activities, events, and information
Stop 8: Abraham Lincoln Bronze Statue
Where: Julia Davis Park (near Idaho Black History Museum
Chance to sit near larger-than-life statue of Abe Lincoln
Enlarged version of one of most famous image of Lincoln when seated at a bench
Usually Abe has something new in his hand, depending on the season (during my tour, it was beautiful flowers)
Stop 9: Rose Garden
Where: Julia Davis Park
Site of gorgeous roses
Place where families create memorials
Nationally recognized Rose Garden in 1992
Site of many wedding ceremonies
Stop 10: Tin Roof Tacos (for some GRUB!)
Where: 115 South Broadway Ave, Boise ID
Delicious and yummy tacos including: Baja Shrimp, Fried Chicken, and BBQ Pulled Pork
Great outdoor patio to grab some fresh air as you grub
Stop 11: Idaho Historical Center
Where: 2205 Old Penitentiary Road Boise
Home of the Idaho State Historical Society
When opened, good place to visit to learn ways to explore Idaho’s history, including visiting various Idaho landmarks
Stop 12: Idaho Botanical Gardens
Where: 2355 North Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
One of the oldest botanical gardens in Idaho
15-acres of lush gardens
13+ gardens including the Children’s Aventure Garden, vegetable garden, and the meditation garden
various outdoor and entertaining events including outdoor concerts (depending on season)
Stop 13: Idaho Old State Penitentiary
Where: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road
formerly a functional prison in Idaho from 1872 -1973
Home to personal collections from prisoners, historical arms & military memorabilia
Hosts tours throughout the day
entertaining and thrilling (if you go at night)
Stop 14: Goody’s Soda Fountain
Where: 1502 North 13th Street Boise (Hyde Park)
Home of soda fountain, homemade ice cream, decadent chocolate, and candy for that sweet tooth
Hip and trendy location (converted bungalow house)
Seating inside and outside
Great place to stop for that sweet dessert during your tour
Stop 15: Camel’s Back Park
Where: 1200 West Heron Street
Lots of open space – perfect for picnic
Outdoor gym (burn off those sweets!)
Large hill you can climb for a beautiful view of Boise
I can’t describe how much fun this experience was! I mean, talk about a thrill ride. Yes, you can drive around Boise to see the sites I listed above, but it’s a completely different experience when you go on scooter. It’s a holistic experience: breathing in fresh air, sounds of the scooter’ engine roaring away, power of the wind in my face, easy access to certain sights, and being able to do with friends & family!
Plus, Veronica’s Scooters is a locally owned business and right here as part of the Boise community. I’ll say that the prices and fares to rent a scooter is truly affordable (trust me – I’m from south Florida where hourly rentals are significantly higher; makes sense because it’s a touristy things to do near the beach).
Food truck culture is here and present in the Treasure Valley. As you’ve seen on @boise_bucketlist, I have shared photos of the deliciousness of some of the local food trucks. After checking out my share of food trucks, I thought to myself: why not do #FoodTruckFriday? As the universe would have it, soon after I thought about this idea, I was tagged in this photo of an all-mighty burger by a food truck called MakyJames Grill. With my interested piqued, it only took a matter of time until I was right in front of their food truck, ready to feature them for my FIRST EVER #FoodTruckFriday feature!
About MakyJames Grill
During my lunch break this past Wednesday, I headed over to the SKYES section of HP to meet with James and Mary — mother and son team who owns & runs the MakyJames Grill truck. This isn’t Mary’s first time at the food truck rodeo. Prior to her being the Queen of Grill Master here in the Treasure Valley, Mary used to run a food truck which sold custom and unique waffles. Due to Mary’s love for comfort food, it only makes sense she transitioned into a grilled-based food truck. Think about it: juicy burgers or chicken breasts with a side of crispy fresh fries = comfort food Americana.
Wondering where the name MakyJames came from?
Makalyn is one of Mary’s sons. Around friends and family, Makalyn goes by “Maky”
James is Mary’s other son. He typically goes by Jimmy, but for the purposes of the food truck it’s James
Maky + James = MakyJames Grill Truck
Mother and Son: Good Combination?
Mary and James thought it’ll be a worthwhile venture to combine forces given their unique experiences.
Mary: prior food truck and business experience
James: marketing and communication experience
Makes sense, right?! It’s a win-win. And it appears to be a successful partnership.
MakyJames Grill: Where Art Thou?
If you’re on the hunt for MakyJames Grill Truck, you can currently find them at the HP location in Boise, near the SKYES complex. MakyJames also appears at local food truck events as they pop up. Most events are advertised through the Southern Idaho Food Truck Association — acts like a middle person to help coordinate food truck events.
I want you to close your eyes and imagine a warm summer night BBQ: smell of charcoal filling the air, sounds of meat sizzling, family chatter. Now imagine your mom preparing this juicy delicious burger, topped with melted cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes & red onions — all on a soft and warm burger bun. The type of burger you know is prepared from the heart and joy of feeding your loved ones with a perfected grilled piece of work.
That’s how Mary grills her burgers.
You witness how grilling comfort food is Mary’s passion. Mary prepared me a special version of the Western Burger:
large beef patty
thick strips of bacon
slices of avocado
fresh lettuce, tomato and red onions
melted cheedar cheese
two crispy onion rings
Let’s not forget the side of crispy fries hot & ready when served. Mary asked me if I wanted ketchup or homemade fry sauce. I opted for the FRY SAUCE! (note: I knew nothing of this thing called fry sauce until I moved to the Mountain West. Now, I’m hooked!)
James and Mary instructed me to go to my car & eat because it’s best when eating the burger HOT & FRESH. I followed said directive, headed to my car, and took my first bite.
I’ll admit: the burger could not completely fit in my mouth. But boy, that first bite was juicy, packed with flavor, and brought me back to this time of family summer BBQs. I see why she’s the Queen of the Grill.
And let’s chat about the homemade fry sauce. Mary did share her secret in giving it its unique flavor (which I won’t share ;))
All I could say while slowly chomping away at this Western Burger was OMG, OMG, OMG! This is ahhhhmazing! It didn’t matter that slices of the avocado was spilling onto the fries. It didn’t matter my hands were dripping, and messy, and absolutely worth licking. It didn’t matter that I was (thankfully ) sitting privately in my car because it would have been utterly embarrassing to eat in front of others.
If you want that authentic burger fresh off the grill, made from the heart of Mary to the point where you think you’re her family, stop by MakyJames Grill. As James said, EMBRACE THE MESS!
MakyJames Grill: What’s On Your Bucket List?
At the end of our conversation, I asked James what would be the first place he would suggest to someone visiting Boise for the first time?
I laughed and said, what would be the 2nd place he’d suggest.
Definitely Camel Back because of the view you get of Boise.
Grab your MakyJames Grill burger, eat in your car, then drive over to Camel Back to burn it off + get an awesome view of Boise!
Want to be featured on my @boise_bucketlist Food Truck Friday? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message me on Instagram.
This post has been sponsored by MakyJames Grill, but all my opinions are my own.