Within the Dream Cafe you’ll find very real people.

The Dream Cafe in Bown crossing has a different menu & a different mission. Bethanne (the owner) joked that she should rename the cafe to “Second Chance Cafe” & more seriously added that everyone deserves that second chance. Aside from a kitchen & front staff crew made up of refugees, the cafe also employees a few women who were recently released from prison & currently live in a halfway house.

My Synopsis: Bethanne is proud of & thrilled with her staff. The locally sustainable cafe has a menu that sounds fresh, healthy & culturally rich. Plus, it is casual enough that you can order an espresso & relax in a comfy chair while reading the paper without being in anyone’s way. 

Read Tara Morgan’s article about this unique Boise restaurant. 

Dream Cafe

↑ Refugee Chefs — DilliRam Gaufam & Netra Neopaney ↓

Dream Cafe

↓ Servers & Brothers — Sarmad & Masar Jasim ↓

Dream Cafe

To Protect & Serve…most of the time.

Doug Scott was pulled over. He failed a sobriety test miserably, but there was not a trace of alcohol in his system according to a breathalyzer test. Even so, he was arrested & charged for a DUI. Nine or ten hours later, his wife (a nurse) was made aware of her husband’s situation. She posted bail & rushed him to St. Al’s where he received the care he need for the strokes he had been having. 

One thing is clear, neither side of this story would be a pleasant side to be on. 

Read Scott Weaver’s article, Crossroads, to get the full scope of both the Scott family’s side as well that of the Idaho State Police.

Doug Scott

↑ Doug Scott ↓

Doug Scott

↑ Doug Scott ↓

Doug Scott

↑ Laura & Doug Scott ↓

Doug Scott

↑ Laura & Doug Scott ↓

Doug & Laura Scott

A tea steeping good time in Meridian

Past a counter of chocolate, around a rack of pleasant greeting cards & beyond an immense amount of frilly floral decor you will find a hidden restaurant full of dozens of chatty women. They do not have a “women only” policy, but going to Miss Tami’s Cottage Expressions and Tea Room is a sure bet for a lunch free of men. 

My synopsis: When I first entered into Miss Tami’s Cottage it was a bit, uh, overwhelming. (Even the teapots have floral fabric on them!!) As I adjusted to this new environment I saw tea being poured between friends & mouth-watering food being delivered to tables; my senses adapted a bit. Now I daydream about what their Monte Cristo sandwich must taste like…

DeAnna Darr and Tara Morgan grace us with their reviews here

 Miss Tami's 

↑ Miss Tami’s Cottage ↓

Miss Tami's

↑ Miss Tami’s Cottage ↓

Miss Tami's

↑ Miss Tami’s Cottage ↓

Miss Tami's

↑ Miss Tami’s Cottage ↓

Miss Tami's

↑ Miss Tami’s Cottage ↓

Miss Tami's

No vacancy at Boise’s shelters

I instantly recognized the colorful mural when I saw it on their blog, but to be honest I had no clue where I had seen it. As it turns out, Interfaith Sanctuary is tucked between the River Street exit and the raised roads of I-184. 

After arriving at the Sanctuary, I was introduced to Laura Cook. She & another lady gave me a tour. They showed me around the women’s area, the family quarters, storage rooms & the dining area—across which they pointed out the entrance for the men’s bunks. The women’s area seemed full to the brim with color as well as chatty ladies & quiet readers.

Jack Van Valkenburgh writes about talking to Laura, “Sylvia” & the people who are trying to find a solution for the recovery of Boise’s mentally ill & substance abusers.

Interfaith Sanctuary

↑ Interfaith Sanctuary | Laura Cook ↓

Laura Cook

↑ Laura Cook ↓

Laura Cook