Guru Donuts

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.

Treats and Tragedies on the Road: The Embers Brew House (Joseph, OR)

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.

Blaze Pizza

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.

This is too cute not to share...

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.

Boise International Market (Kahve, Kibrom's and The Goodness Land)

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...