‘Hoods. Meridian & Kuna | Boise Editorial Photographer

Boise Weekly’s Annual Manual spotlights local ‘hoods. And now I’m showing off the extra pics from my assignment of…

Meridian & Kuna

Have a (hyper) dog? Check out the Bark Park.

In case you missed the previous ‘hoods posts:

Boise & Garden City (Alive After Five)

Eagle & Star (Woodriver Cellars)

BW’s Coldest Beer in Boise | Boise Photographer

With the weather being incredibly mild up until the 4th of July weekend and with tons of Annual Manual deadlines obscuring my view, this year’s Coldest Beer assignments seemed to jump out of nowhere. I got the assignments Thursday and had them finished Monday morning. Thank goodness there were only 10 bars!

Highlights of these bar hopping assignments:

Got to drink Leinenkugel’s Summy Shandy on draft (it’s brewed with lemonade, people!)

Enjoyed fantastic people watching all around town.

Had time to write my birthday thank-you cards over a beer.

Used my brute strength to open a bar door being held shut by an incredibly drunk man (in broad daylight!)

Check out all the temp’s for Coldest Beer in Boise.

(Below the slideshow is a list of bars..)


In order of appearance:

The Village Pub

Woody’s Pub & Grill


Plan B Lounge

Outpost Cafe (in the airport)

Lane 21 (at Emerald Lanes)

The Fireside Inn

El Gallo Giro (Kuna)


The Boulevard Bar

Pumpkin Hunting 2010!

The time has come to freshen up this blog! I’ve decided to break in the new format with some fun photos from one of my absolute favorite fall activities — pumpkin hunting!! This year’s hunt included Nick, his sisters (Laura and Christine), and a friend of Laura’s.

Please, please comment and let me know if you prefer seeing all these astonishingly awesome photos in this slideshow form or the original layout. (Can’t remember what the original way of posting looks like? Click here!)

Gimme your honest feedback! In return I’ll give you an official raincheck for a high five the next time I see you. Pretty sweet deal….

Annual Manual. The Neighborhoods…

The Annual Manual came out recently, compliments of Boise Weekly. It is a great guide to Boise and the surrounding area. Grab one. Then go try something new!

Boise Bench

“The Bench is also home to the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue (11 N. Latah St.), in use since 1896. The building wasn’t actually constructed on the Bench but was moved there in 2003 from its original location on the corner of 11th and State streets in downtown Boise.” — Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

“Today the Bench is a neighborhood with a mix of 1950s bungalows and more modern dwellings along quiet residential streets punctuated by commercial corridors and retail hubs. In recent years, the Bench has become the place to go to find an ever-expanding variety of ethnic markets and restaurants.” –Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

“Its most famous landmark, the Boise Depot (2603 W. Eastover Terrace), has stood sentinel since 1925 and was once the gateway to the City of Trees. Though the trains are long gone, the depot is still a hub of the community, available for rental to brides with big budgets, as well as for special events.” –Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

Downtown Boise

“Since the city was founded in 1863, Boise’s downtown area has been the hub of both the economic and cultural life of the area. It added the title of governmental headquarters when it became the capital of the Idaho Territory in 1864.” –Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

Eagle & Star

“Each Saturday, the Eagle Farmers Market (at Second and State streets) draws shoppers from around the area to the downtown core, while mountain bikers flock to the impressive collection of new Foothills single tracks at the Eagle Bike Park (just off Horseshoe Bend Way).” –Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

East Boise

“Warm Springs Avenue is one of the historic jewels of the city, and its mix of elegant mansions and period homes were some of the first in the city to have geothermal heat. Hitching posts and stone steps along the curb are lingering reminders that horse-drawn carriages and wagons once ruled the streets.” –Deanna Darr (click for the full story)

“East Boise is also home to another favorite summer getaway: Idaho Shakespeare Festival (5657 Warm Springs Ave.). The amphitheater is located in a nature preserve, making the structure itself an attraction.

Continuing east, you’ll reach Lucky Peak Reservoir, where water sports rule and where the Greenbelt trail ends.” –Deanna Darr_(click for the full story)

Garden City

“The city—which is completely surrounded by Boise—was named for the gardens of early Chinese immigrants to the area. However for decades, it was also where the upstanding citizens of Boise would go to indulge their vices thanks to things like legal gambling and adult stores. But gone are the days of hourly hotel rates. The main drive, Chinden Boulevard, is still a mix of RV, boat and used-car dealerships, but now, wine, art and upscale condos are moving in, too.” –Deanna Darr (click for the full story)

“For decades, Garden City has been home to one of the largest and most anticipated events of the summer, the Western Idaho Fair held at Expo Idaho (5610 N. Glenwood St.). The fairgrounds area is also home to Boise’s boys of summer, the Boise Hawks minor league baseball team, which plays at Hawks Memorial Stadium (5600 Glenwood St.).” –Deanna Darr (click for the full story)

Meridian & Kuna

“More than a century ago, Meridian was incorporated with a population of 200, and the small village quickly became a hub of the state’s dairy industry. Thanks in part to the electric railway that connected the valley until 1928, farmers and dairymen were able to easily ship their goods to market. While most of the dairies, orchards and creameries are now gone, the city still marks its rural heritage with the annual Meridian Dairy Days festival.” –Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

“In recent years, Kuna has been transforming into a family sort of place as well, with more housing developments replacing farm fields. When the town was founded, it was the end of the railway line for miners going to or from Silver City in the hills south of the Treasure Valley.” –Deanna Darr_(Click for the full story)

Nampa & Caldwell

“As the population has grown in recent years, some Nampa residents have dedicated themselves to preserving the historic downtown core. The result is a charming area filled with boutique and vintage shops as well as restaurants'” –Deanna Darr (Click here for the full story)

“Quaint downtown Nampa is the up and coming popular kid when it comes to hip, local shopping. To cool off in the summer, Canyon County residents head to Lake Lowell, which is open to boaters mid-April through the end of September annually.” –Deanna Darr (Click here for the full story)


“Now though, the North End is back, drawing residents and visitors to places like Hyde Park, a quaint collection of boutique stores, businesses and popular restaurants (especially those with summer patios where diners can kick back with friends and their dogs).” –Deanna Darr (Click for the full story)

“The North End was one of the first areas of planned residential growth in the city, with new neighborhoods laid out in a grid system as the need for new homes grew.” –Deanna Darr (Click for the full story)

South Boise

“The area is also home to the World Center for Birds of Prey (5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane). The world-renowned center serves as the world headquarters for the Peregrine Fund, as well as the group’s captive breeding programs for endangered and threatened birds.” –DeannaDarr (Click here for the full story)

“The presence of the airport brought Gowen Field, home base for the Idaho Air National Guard, to South Boise, as well as the National Interagency Fire Center, the command post that oversees national wildfire efforts. During heavy fire periods of the summer, giant tanker planes can be easily spotted taking off from the Boise Airport, moving so slowly it seems miraculous that they stay aloft.” –DeannaDarr (Click here for the full story)

West Boise

“Now those two-lane roads are five lane traffic jams, and like a living creature, the two towns have grown together. What was once open farmland has become what is now referred to as West Boise.” –Deanna Darr (click here for the full story)

“What was once a large horse pasture is now the consumerism mecca of Boise: Boise Towne Square Mall (Milwaukee and Franklin streets). Numerous retail business and national chain restaurants have found homes in its shadow.” –Deanna Darr (click here for the full story)

Boise Weekly’s Coldest Beer 2010

‘Tis the season for cold beer and you’ll find the very coldest at the Longhorn Lounge in Kuna. 30.2 degrees.

See all 172 temperatures here.

The handsome lads in the picture below (on the left)? That’s my fella, Nick, and his dad, Larry.

Longhorn Lounge & Gil’s K-9

The Plank & Terrapin Station

Alterknit Lounge (In the Knitting Factory)

Gusto & Visual Arts Collaborative (VAC)

Q’s Billiards & Stubb’s Sports Bar

Crickets & Hooligan’s

O’Michael’s Pub & Grill

The Quarter Barrel