Moonstuck @ Moon’s Kitchen Cafe: 10 Day BOI Bucket List Challenge 

Christmas shopping & all that running around can really stir up an appetite. Or what about all those FanFest events for the Idaho Potato Bowl. Walking around each one can also make you have an appetite.


For me, NONE of the above applied 😂. I simply wanted a hearty breakfast to keep me satisfied for the early part of the day. Plus, I needed to an activity to add to my 10 Day BOI Bucket List Challenge.


Moon’s Kitchen Cafe is a staple of Boise. It’s been serving its homemade milkshakes (something I need to return & try!) since 1955. It’s the epitome 1950’s diner, from the tables to the countertop for solo patrons. The decorations also add to the experience: Elvis Presley photos when he was younger, authentic commercial ads during that era, newspaper clippings.


My timing couldn’t have been more ideal because right when I sat down, a FLOOD of guest stepped in. It’s because of the CSU and UIdaho game —  I saw a sea of green, black & gold.

As a solo patron, I sat at the countertop and reviewed the menu. I knew I wanted a protein-filled breakfast, omelet in particular.

With the diner unusually packed & what I later found out that an employee was a “no-show”, it did take some time to get service. Nonetheless, once the waiter came by, she poured me a delicious hot cup of coffee which I thoroughly enjoyed. Maybe it was multiple cups ☕️☕️.


I ended up ordering the Spicy Sausage Omelet with a side of red potato hash browns, wheat toast, and their homemade jam.


While waiting for the deliciousness soon to be coming my way, I took some time to do research for this blog (yes, I want to see what’s going on in Boise that I can share with you all 😎). Once the waitress walked over with the plate of food, I dropped everything I was doing so I can fully concentrate on this beautiful omelet.


The meal was absolutely worth the wait. I can tell you that I was pretty full after that meal. Breakfast at Moon’s is officially off my Boise Bucket List.


If you’re a newbie:

  • try one of their staple milkshakes, or their chicken fried steak
  • If going for breakfast, try their Lumberjack plate (that was my 2nd choice) or one of their many omelet combinations.
  • If going for lunch, try their chicken fried steak or their burgers (Bleu Moon being my fav!)

If you’re a regular, I challenge you to try something completely new & different from what you normally order. Try a different flavored milkshake or a new burger.


What are some of your places in Boise to have breakfast?

 

 

10 Day BOI Bucket List Challenge

3 months.

The total time I’ve been in Boise! And, being that I like celebrations, why not celebrate this moment?

To celebrate, I’m going to do an accelerated #boisebucketlist challenge:

Doing 10 New Things Before 2017


This 10 new things will be random, ranging from something small to big.

Will I:

  • try a new coffee shop?
  • ring the bell in front of the State Capitol Building?
  • watch the potato drop?

Who knows?

But I’m excited for this #BOIbucketlistchallenge. Want to join me? TAG me over the course of the 10 days to see what new thing you’re trying in Boise. I’d love to share what you all are doing in the beautiful BOI.

 

Waffle Me Up!

Waffles are just pancakes with abs.

Or, at least that’s what some people say. For me, waffles are delicious warm creatures which warm up my belly while I eat.


Fortunately for you, Boise has its own waffle hot spot: Waffle Me Up. It’s a family owned storefront who has been serving the Treasure Valley since 2012. Originally, Waffle Me Up started selling waffles at the Nampa Farmer’s Market. Now it sells waffles at the Boise Farmer’s Market and the storefront in Downtown Boise.

I blessed my first visit to Waffle Me Up by having their Waffle Me Strawberry: Pictures don’t do justice because it’s a flavor party in your mouth:

  • Nutella
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Homemade Strawberry Sauce
  • Topped with Whipped Cream

 

Being the coffee addict that I am, I also ordered their  regular-sized drip coffee.

Side note: I never heard of the term “drip coffee.” It wasn’t until I ordered my first cup of coffee here in Boise where the cashier kindly corrected by saying “oh, you mean drip coffee?”

 

Put Waffle Me Up on your #boisebucketlist today!

 

 

MUSEUM MONDAY: IDAHO BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM

Welcome to my very first blog post!

Today is #MuseumMonday, where I will review one of Boise’s many museums. It’s a win-win because 1) it encourages me to visit the different museums in the Treasure Valley, and 2) I get to share my experience with you! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the read.

Front Entrance of the Idaho Black History Museum

Last Saturday, I went to the Idaho Black History Museum. The museum is housed in a white small church near Julia Andrews Park.

 

After going to Claus-n-Paws at Zoo Boise (stay tuned for a separate blog post on my afternoon of #boiseadventures), I decided to walk over to the Museum and see if it was open. Fortunately for me, it was opened, from 10AM to 5pm to be exact. That gave me 2 hours to explore the Museum.

Given its size (think of a small local Baptist church from the 1950s: small staircase, wood doors, glass-stained windows), exploring the Museum wasn’t going to take me 2 hours.

Once I walked in, I was immediately mesmerized and in completely awe. Maybe it’s because I LOVE museums and learning about cultural influences.

After scanning and talking in the view, I eventually was greeted with the amazing From Slave to Presidency piece by Pablo Rodriguez, Jr. This piece was donated to the Museum in December 2009, installation of the final piece in January 2010. It’s a beautiful piece, which you can see a glimpse in the photo above.


 

Here are some other cool photos from my visit

 

Powerful quote

 

 

1st black graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law

 

 

Example of the informational panels

 

 

Thank you for your service!

 


 

My only (small) critique is I wish some video showing the history of Black Idahoans or something similar, or alternatively, music playing in the background. Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!


 

Here are some of my suggestions to maximize your visit:

  • Take the time to read each informational panel
  • Look at the From Slave to President Piece above the front door
  • Make a donation
  • Stop by the Abraham Lincoln statue next door
Say hi to Abraham Lincoln

Have you visited the Idaho Black History Museum? If so, I’d love to hear about your visit. Comment below! If you’d like to learn more about the Museum, including volunteer opportunities, please visit: http://www.ibhm.org/


Join me next week for my next #MuseumMonday feature!