Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
Hipsters are masters of irony. Let's take one of the reddest states in the union, and transform a college and government town into a land-locked micro Seattle or Bay Area facsimile. Boise and its food have been the center of attention in several food and travel mags lately. With this in mind, the author and his faithful traveling companion and co-gastro-adventurer left Bozeman for one of the West's other "B-towns."
Checking in to the Modern Hotel was like entering a crisp edition of Dwell magazine. The Modern is a refurbished mid-century motor court hotel that now houses not just clean Ikea-like rooms, but also likely one of the best old-school-is-new-school cocktail bars in the American west.
Ordering a beverage at the Modern's lounge is a bit of a process: do you want wine, beer, or something hand-made? Do you want a light pick-me-up fizz, or a stiff Manhattan? French 75 - or is it 66? Or something else entirely?
Pictured here is a Ramos Gin Fizz with a delightfully fluffy egg foam. Perfect. Also pictured is a simple glass of Rose of Cremant.
Need a foil for the fizz? Head over to the Boise Fry Company, where burgers are served "on the side." This small shop focuses on the fries. Pictured here are the purple potato fries and the very deluxe, duck-fat fried and truffle-salted "bourgeois fries." Fry heaven.
Also ironic is the Vietnamese population of Boise which influences other meal decisions, such as the Bahn Mi from the Baguette Deli. Although we failed to find time for a meal at one of the city's Basque restaurants, I did enjoy the Andalusian eggs from Goldy's.
Worth mentioning is Boise's Record Exchange and the city's considerable music scene, offering diners (and hipsters) something to do in between meals.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Jazz Tradition Listen on Posterous
I've always enjoyed the way drug commercials ask "isn't time you talked to your doctor about..." In that spirit, here is a new promo for The Jazz Tradition that will air on KGLT. Thanks to Brodie Cates' excellent work, I like the way it turned out.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
How do we roll in Bozeman? How about French and Mediterranean cafe's opening up in the same weekend, only two blocks apart? Take that, down economy!
The recently opened Chickpea Cafe offers traditional specialties like Baba Ganoosh, Hummus, and Falafel, all house-made. Pictured below is the Hummus Shawarma plate: roasted and seared beef and lamb over hummus, pickled vegetables, and pita. Not pictured is "Chickpea's Hot Sauce," a delicious peppery salsa of sorts that added lovely heat to the already tasty dish.
Recommendation: go with friends and order several dishes to share.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Tonight was pizza night, with provisions from our good friends at Bozeman's All Things Italian. The two home-made pies were made with "00" flour, and the bottle of 2007 Tuscan Bran Caia tasted like a million bucks.
The "00" crusts baked up thin, crispy, and chewy. For toppings one pizza was adorned with thin-sliced potatoes, Tallegio cheese, and Da Vino Salami from Salumi. The second slightly more traditional pie featured home-made roasted tomoto puree, hot soppressata, a few green olives, roasted mushrooms, and the requisite mozzarella.
Want some? Head over to All Things Italian to get the raw materials. Then get a dangerously hot oven and make a few hundred practice pies until you get the desired results. Buon appetito.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Francophile's delight: France has come to Bozeman. Okay, there is no Arc de Triumphe at the intersection of Main and Willson, but if you happen to stroll into the nearby Cafe Francais des Arts you might find yourself glancing out the window looking for Parisian landmarks and....wait...is that an oooooo--aaaaaa--ooooo--aaaaa siren of les sapeurs pompiers? No, but what you will hear is French-accented English at the counter and the delicate crisps-crunch of a fluffy croissant in your mouth. The apricot-brioche, crepe béchamel, and double espresso rounded out a delightfully lazy Saturday breakfast. Sandwiches, fresh bread, and other treats will have to wait for future (like tomorrow perhaps) visits.
Bienvenue a Bozeman Cafe Francais des Arts!