Way back in July of 2010, less than a month after I started this blog, I did a review of Boise Fry Company. I was still pretty new to this whole thing, it was only my seventh post, and I had no way of knowing how controversial and educational it would be. It was a mixed review, but all anybody seemed to take away from it was the negatives. I received some pretty angry messages from BFC's legion of fans, and a few very pleasant ones from the establishment's proprietor, the first time anyone associated with a restaurant contacted me about my review. When all was said and done, it was a great learning experience, and luckily nothing else I've done has generated the kind of heat that write-up did. I remark on this because that may be about to change. You see, much has changed since that BFC review. I've published a couple of hundred write-ups at this point. My photography skills have marginally improved. I'm pretty much over all the things that used to irritate me about going downtown for a meal. The eight year-old whose comments provoked such rage from a few fringe types turns thirteen next month, and yes, she's gotten less picky. A little, anyway. And we now have a specialty doughnut shop, something I've bemoaned the lack of since falling head over heels in love with Voodoo Doughnut.
I've been battling a nasty head cold this week, and consequently have been spending a lot of time lounging around looking through pictures from restaurants I'm way behind on writing up. Probably due to the way I feel and the time of year, the one that's leaping out at me is from a weekend trip I took at the tail end of the Summer. What I wouldn't give to be dining on a warm patio right now. Anyway, my family only ever really goes camping in Oregon, and at Wallowa Lake specifically. The roommate, her kids and I joined them for a few days, and decided to grab a bite in Joseph on our way out of town. We needed something that satisfied both children's palates and our own, and we found it at The Embers Brew House.
Recently, I was contacted with the offer of a couple of free pizzas to come and check out Blaze Pizza, one of the newer fast casual dining options at The Village at Meridian. Now I love the Village, and I love pizza, so this was a no-brainer. Little did I know that I would be adding Blaze to my small list of favorite pizza spots by the end of the meal.
I've mentioned a few times lately that I've been getting a lot of contacts from PR firms. Most of the requests come from people who have obviously never given my blog even a basic perusal, but occasionally an interesting offer will come through. Recently I was contacted by someone letting me know that Epicurean has recently added an Idaho variety to their line of state-shaped cutting boards. Yes, you read that correctly. I might have shrugged it off were it not for the fact that they offered to send one to me to write about or perhaps do a giveaway with. I was pretty disappointed to the response for the last giveaway I offered, so suffice it to say I'm keeping this thing for myself.
So the Boise International Market at Franklin and Curtis has actually been open for a little while. Like for two months now. But selfish jerk that I am, I didn't bother visiting them until the eateries started opening. This is gonna be a long one, but here's the short version: Go. It's very worthwhile, and it's open seven days a week from 11-8 (individual businesses may vary). And now, some details...