In 2015, beer and wine were king and queen in Boise and the Treasure Valley. Every other week another watering hole would swing open its doors for business, and it was in that season of brewers' yeasts and fruit presses that Meriwether Cider got its start, handing out samples, and selling bo…

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but it already feels like Christmas is bearing down on us unprepared shoppers like a gift- and cookie-laden freight train. Thankfully, if the deluge of digital and big box store ads is getting you down, Boise Weekly is here with a shopping guide filled with be…

French-inspired bistro Petite 4 is like something out of a fairy tale. Tucked away in a quirky, narrow space in unassuming strip mall in Boise's Bench neighborhood, it's one of the crown jewels of the city's dining scene. "Reservations," reads its website, are "highly recommended."

Just prior to this year's NCAA March Madness basketball tournament in Boise, an ESPN sportscaster told a national television audience, "While you're there, try Goldy's Breakfast Bistro. You'll thank me later."

Up North Distillery's Honey Spirits are the perhaps the most delicious line of liquors you've never heard of. Handcrafted in Post Falls from pure local honey (no grains), they're technically distilled mead wines and come in three styles: the classic Honey Spirit, which is cut to proof and bo…

Twenty years ago, Boise institution Dawson Taylor was more or less the only provider of quality coffee beans roasted in the City of Trees, or for that matter in the state. But just a few years after DT opened in 1995, Post Falls-based DOMA Coffee Roasting Company joined the party, and in the…

Drinking matcha is like sipping on regular green tea that's been turned up to 11; the brew is mixed using a powder made from whole green tea leaves, giving it a more intense herbal flavor and bigger antioxidant boost than the typical cup. It's also said to have a plethora of health benefits,…

Last December, Forbes ran an article titled "Here's Why You Should Turn Your Business Vegan In 2018," spotlighting the diet and lifestyle. It cited a plant-based food sector worth $3.1 billion and the explosion of dairy alternatives—expected to soar from 25 to 40 percent of the market over t…

It's hard to fathom a more difficult year for the region's refugee community. The City of Boise was thrust into the national spotlight in late June when nine refugees, including six children, were stabbed in a horrific attack at a local apartment complex. One of the children, a girl who was …

Blues legend John Lee Hooker cut the barroom classic "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" in 1960, but it was George Thorogood & The Destroyers' version, which came out in 1976, that got stuck in America's craw through near-continuous radio airplay. On days when things seem like they coul…

In simpler times, coffee was good because it was hot. Over the last few years, though, a trend has begun to emerge in Boise: local baristas talking about coffee the way sommeliers talk about wine and cicerones about beer. Even as coffee gets complicated, some companies have made it easier th…