Western Road Trip ~ Harvest Idaho, One Bite at a Time

Submitted by Foodie Traveler – Anne Iverson, Santa Monica

I decided to plan a Western Road trip and explore some of the states I hadn’t been too since moving to California from Illinois.  Montana, Wyoming and Idaho were on my list to visit with a good friend of mine. My Honda Pilot was gassed up and ready for adventure, for a month’s long journey of seeing, staying and eating in new territories!

The big surprise: IDAHO, I didn’t know what to expect, and thought, great, I will have some great tater’s cooked in every way possible. WOW, was I wrong, I found Idaho to be one of the most beautiful states I have every been too,  and definitely up to speed on the culinary scene. In Boise, we stayed at the historical Owyhee Plaza Hotel, which was terrific. The service was great, and we loved the location. 

We ate at several suburb Basque restaurants including Gernika Pub and Eatery, and the Leku Ona.  In the early morning, Boise has many coffee shops, to get your Mojo going before exploring the sites.  The Boise Train Depot is really fun to see, we spent time at the World Center for Birds of Prey, which has the biggest exhibit of Raptors I have ever seen. 

Boise has some terrific wineries, including the Ste. Chapelle Winery located on a hill, I bought some of the best Ice Wine, I have ever had there, and well priced too.  The Snake River, is worth exploring, the fishing is excellent, and I bought some pottery from a local vendor who sells pottery from her home on the river, I still drink my coffee from my special mug bought from there! 

If you are planning a vacation, include Idaho, and bring back some Huckleberry Hot Chocolate mix!

Upcoming Harvest Events
Paella on the Patio at The Basque Market on the Basque Block
Enjoy a heaping bowl of delicious seafood, chicken and chorizo paella with freshly baked bread. Arrive early to secure a seat and enjoy a glass of wine or a bubbly Spanish soda while watching the paella preparation, or take it to go. The paella disappears quickly so don’t be late! $8.00/person. Every Wednesday and Friday at Noon.

Harvest Moon Dinner, Saturday September 8,  from 6 – 10 pm under the stars on The Grove in Downtown Boise.


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