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...

Café Zupas (preview night)

The Village at Meridian just keeps growing.  I was recently invited to a pre-opening event for Café Zupas, the newest eatery to take up residence.  It's primarily a sandwich place, so initially it seemed a strange choice to stick it right next door to Which Wich, another sandwich chain that's been part of the Village for quite some time now.  Luckily, what Café Zupas is doing is quite a bit different.

'Tis the season, after all...

Okay, I know this isn't the kind of post most of you were expecting, but bear with me.  The good people at Franz Bakery are doing their annual Spirit of Giving campaign, and asked me to help spread the word.  Go to and nominate someone who could use a little help holiday season.  40 nominees will be chosen to receive $500, which could obviously be a big help.  Additionally, if the person or family you nominated is chosen, YOU win a year's supply of bread from Franz.  And just to make things a little more interesting, if you retweet MY tweet about this at, you might just win a goody bag from Franz!

Treats and Tragedies on the Road: Salt Lake City, Day 3

When I travel, I always have a loose itinerary of places I want to eat at.  However, I do understand that not everyone shares my tastes or will necessarily be in the mood for a particular thing when it's available, though I'm usually pretty good at getting my way.  That having been said, I always have one must-go place every time I travel, one that I insist on checking out above all others.  I had just such a place in mind for this trip, and on our last morning in Salt Lake City, I would finally make it there.