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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…

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Boise may be the seat of Idaho's culinary scene, but don't write off neighboring cities from your list while searching for a satisfying night out. A road trip to Eagle, one of Boise's swankier suburbs, takes just 25 minutes (do yourself a favor: Avoid rush hour) and will land you in a jewel …

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While plastic straws haven't yet gone the way of DDT, bithionol-containing makeup and grizzly bear hunting (a recent development courtesy of Federal Judge Dana L. Christensen of Montana), they've been well on their way since a worldwide explosion of anti-plastic straw sentiment this spring.

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For over 25 years, Idaho's Basque community has celebrated the patron saint of the Basques, St. Ignatius of Loyola, by hosting its midsummer San Inazio Festival in Boise's Basque Block. The festivities kick off with sporting events and performances by the Oinkari Basque Dancers, but the real…

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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,…

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In March, GQ ran a story with the headline "How Pop-Ups Took Over America's Restaurants," calling the advent of kitchen-shares and streetside stalls "the fastest-moving craze in food." As often happens, Boise lagged a bit behind coastal cities regarding this dining trend—but local food purve…

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Hovering over his two 37.5-pound bags of Washington-grown blackcurrants, Bardenay Distillery Manager Scott Probert looked like the proverbial kid on Christmas morning. His excitement was partly because the round, purple-black berries are rare in the U.S.—Probert explained that their producti…

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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."

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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 …

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