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Besides being a great way to while away an afternoon with or without a companion or visiting friend on vacation, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center is also a great place to pick up souvenirs. I mean, Boise is home to one of the largest Basque populations outside of the Basque country, and wandering around the Basque block is a must-see-and-do. You can get your Basque grub on at Bar Gernika or for a more fine-dining experience, at Leku Ona. The Basque Market features a great assortment of wines from the Basque country as well as other foodie items, cheeses, "pintxos" — and lunchtime paella made in front of your eyes twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. You can almost always catch some regulars speaking in Basque at the Basque Center bar, a language that is magical to hear, and a trip to the Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga House — Boise's oldest surviving brick home, built in 1864, is a step back into another time and culture.

So why not take a little piece home with you? The gift shop at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center has something for everyone and gift store manager Teresa Franzoia is happy to answer any of your questions about any of the items. Miniature Basque flag: $3.99. Refrigerator magnet: $5.99. 611 Grove St. in Boise.

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