Postcard from Boise: Idaho’s capital has more than potatoes | 10/20/2019 | Staff
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The extent of what I knew about Boise was that it’s the capital of Idaho and that Idaho is synonymous with potatoes.

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Well, let me tell you: There is a lot more to Idaho’s capital city. In fact, you will be surprised not just by Boise, but Idaho writ large.

The culinary scene is emerging, thanks to a commitment by a growing number of restaurateurs to serving what I call honest food — that is to say, fare made from fresh, seasonal and local or regional ingredients. This is also evident in the large number of craft breweries and even Idaho’s wine industry. Yes, Idaho wine is very much a thing.

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It would be easy to attribute the culinary scene to Boise’s rapid growth. But the Gem State, as it’s called, is also booming. In fact, Idaho has been the country’s fastest-growing state for two consecutive years, according to the Census Bureau.

All this growth makes it unlike most other state capitals, which generally have an air of provincial backwater.

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There are several notable museums and cultural attractions to see.

These include the Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Museum, World Center for Bird of Prey, the small but interesting Basque Museum and Cultural Center and the Old Idaho Penitentiary Site with its castle-like architecture.

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My hands-down favorite? Zoo Boise.

Open year-round, it offers more than just a traditional zoo-going experience, thanks to an extensive partnership with the famed Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique that resulted in the creation of the Gorongosa National Park Exhibit. The recently opened exhibit added 2.5 acres and 20 new species of animals to the zoo. Be sure to also...
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