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How the Treasure Valley’s Location and Culture Make It a Craft Beer Destination

Anyone living in Idaho with any experience discussing our state with anyone outside of our state has likely found that the conversation and associations are often pretty predictable. When people who aren’t Idahoans think of Idaho—if they do think of Idaho, and aren’t confusing us with Ohio or Iowa—they generally conjure up thoughts about potatoes or the state’s stunning natural beauty and wilderness.

 

Those things are all excellent associations that we should be proud of. However, despite a growing recognition, those outsiders’ thumbnail sketches of the Gem State still rarely include a mention of the reputation that the Treasure Valley is earning as something of a cultural diamond in the rough.

 

 

Despite that, it’s doubtful that any of us, while out of state, encounter non-Idahoans showering praise on the distribution of superior breweries in Garden City, Idaho. Although they’d have good reason to, as one of the most impressive ways that we’re distinguishing ourselves is a rapidly expanding selection of mainstream, niche, and specialty local breweries. Best of all, this malty influx has yet to sacrifice quality with the quantity of new tastes, styles, and varieties of beer it’s brought.

 

Cream of the Crops

 

Even the quickest scan of local breweries in Boise alone yields several tempting options. And it’s not just Boise. The craft brewery movement, while certainly not a rare phenomenon in much of the country, has positively blown up in the Treasure Valley. Excellent breweries now dot the landscape in Eagle, Garden City, Caldwell, and Nampa, and seemingly anywhere else in the area there are more than a handful of people and a building with sufficient space for some stills, a small kitchen, and some tables. With breweries like these to visit and also supplying area restaurants with great, local brews, happy hour in Meridian has changed forever.

 

It makes sense as the Treasure Valley is situated in and adjacent to the some of the most prolific hops-growing regions on the planet. And Idaho’s great swaths of rich farmland mean that there’s no shortage of the barley, malt, and other grains necessary for brewing beer. The geographic convenience of ingredients close at hand is complemented by the Boise area’s culture.

 

Our Cultural Connection

 

Although the greater Boise metropolitan area’s cultural evolution to a cultural destination has been more pronounced recently, this area has always been something of a secretly sophisticated city. That evolution has been an ever-changing slow burn since at least 1906 when Clarence Darrow, a man who knew a thing or two about commenting on the evolution of things, called Boise “the Athens of the sagebrush.”

 

The area has always been a hub for a diverse and adventurous population. The influx, settlement, and cultural legacy left and continuing to be left by Boise’s Basque, Irish, Chinese, and more recent African and Middle Eastern refugee populations, has turned out to be the perfect recipe for establishing a craft beer-appreciating population. Residents of the Treasure Valley are both diverse and down-to-Earth enough to appreciate, respect, and support a generation of entrepreneur brewers and the product of their craft. It speaks to the area’s inclination to seek out varieties of a comfortable commodity.

 

So whether you’re an old-time Treasure Valley local or a newcomer here for the first time, find a restaurant serving a Payette Brewing Co. “Mutton Buster” Brown Ale, or a Powder haus “Haus” Session Ale and get a far better education in our craft culture. Then order some sushi in Eagle Idaho area to go along with it. Better yet, check out the happy hour menu at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill to enjoy sushi, appetizer, and drink specials during the week as well as on weekends.

 

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

 

If you’re looking for a culinary experience in the Treasure Valley that’s as delicious as it is unique, you’re looking for Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian. They specialize in a fusion of complex Asian flavor profiles and classic American comfort food that’s not to be missed. Stop in for a happy hour or stay for great sushi in Meridian Idaho, customizable surf and turf plates, exotic drinks, and a fun atmosphere for a night out you’ll never forget.

 

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How to Experience an Unforgettable Winter in the Treasure Valley

Even before Idaho was designated a state, visitors have been drawn by our natural resources. Initially, that meant hard-scrabble trappers and miners seeking wealth in our vast stretches of pristine wilderness. These days the visitors tend to be a touch less gritty, but they’re still being lured to this uniquely beautiful place to take advantage of the natural wealth we host.

 

Less well-known is that the Treasure Valley offers not only a perfect home base from which to experience our matchless brand of winter fun but it is also an increasingly popular destination in its own right. The greater Boise metropolitan area’s burgeoning art, music, film, and food scene has attracted sufficient attention both nationally and worldwide. So much so that visitors are increasingly as likely to visit for the places to eat in Meridian as they are for the powder at Bogus Basin or Brundage Mountain.

 

 

Whichever of those options are more to your taste, you’ll find an unforgettable experience in the snow-dusted Treasure Valley.

 

Hot Springs

 

The geothermal activity responsible for Yellowstone’s world-famous geysers and thermal features has given Idaho one of the highest concentrations of hot springs in the country. That natural wealth of warmth means that visitors to the Gem State seeking a soak have a variety of options.

 

In fact, about two to three hours from Boise there are at least 14 hotsprings, most of which are open year-round for visitors. The springs range from developed, resort-level pools featuring paved parking, finefood, and a full bar, to a single natural basin surrounded by a ring of rocks at the end of a muddy hiking trail. And if you have never experienced a soak in a natural hot tub in the middle of winter, that alone is reason enough to visit Idaho.

 

Skiing

 

Idaho’s reputation for hosting some of the world’s best skiing is no secret. Here in the Treasure Valley we’re less than three hours from the slopes in Sun Valley, one of the most pristine, popular, and legendary skiing meccas for the global jet set for over 80 years.

 

As Idaho hosts a few dozen ski resorts, big and small, however, those looking to cut some powder closer to Boise can be doing so in under an hour. Just as the diversity of Idaho’s resorts is among the best in the world, so is the selection within them. A visitor to our slopes would be hard-pressed to find a resort that didn’t offer both runs for the first-timer to find their feet and harrowing black diamond pitches for the expert.

 

Winter’s Warmest Cocktails

 

As mentioned, although Idaho is considerably better-known for our green forests, blue ribbon trout streams, and white slopes than we are for our more cosmopolitan characteristics, that’s been changing. The Boise area has been undergoing something of a quiet renaissance for a while now.

 

Boise’s status as a fascinating place hosting a compelling mélange of cultural influences began over a century ago with Chinese, Basque, and Irish populations settling the area. More recently, we’ve seen a tech bubble that continues to expand at a steady, but impressive rate. Additionally, Boise is home to an internationally-recognized refugee resettlement program.

 

Boise is also a college town and the most geographically-isolated city of our size in the continental United States. The combination of small-town, down-to-Earth Idaho friendliness and charm with culturally complex, diversity-driven, artistic cosmopolitanism has made the Treasure Valley a truly unique and wonderful place to spend a winter holiday. Even if that holiday involves nothing more strenuous than experiencing happy hour in Meridian.

 

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

 

If you’re looking for a culinary experience in the Treasure Valley that’s as delicious as it is unique, you’re looking for Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian. They specialize in a fusion of complex Asian flavor profiles and classic American comfort food that’s not to be missed. Stop in for a happy hour in Eagle ID area, or stay for customizable surf and turf plates, exotic drinks, and a fun atmosphere for a night out you’ll never forget.

 

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The Ethnic Food You Need to Try in the Treasure Valley

There is a rich and diverse culinary culture and tradition in the Treasure Valley. Whether it’s sushi in Eagle Idaho or pho in Garden City, the following is just a fraction of the ethnic and cultural cuisine you should try in the Treasure Valley.
Basque

As Boise hosts the largest concentration of Basque people outside of the Basque Country, it has some stellar Basque food. The Basques are a distinct cultural, ethnic, and linguistic community that hails from the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Basque food is like Basque people—complex, welcoming, hearty, unique but with a dash of Spanish and French influence, and incredibly impressive.

Anyone who spends any time in the Treasure Valley and doesn’t try Basque out at least once will regret it. Try a chorizo dish, definitely get croquetas, and an order of fries. The potato has played a historical role in Basque cuisine, and it means that they cook a mean basket of fries.

Ethiopian and Eritrean

Arguably the chief contributor to the culinary renaissance being enjoyed by the Treasure Valley right now is Idaho’s internationally recognized and hugely successful refugee resettlement program. African refugees are one of the largest populations resettling here. Hence, incredibly tasty Ethiopian and Eritrean food.

Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant fare focuses on the presentation of beautifully spiced lamb, beef, chicken, crisp lettuce, turmeric-touched rice, and hearty sauces all served on injera bread. Injera is a soft bread made with teff flour in a fermentation process that achieves a sort of light, doughy, even spongy consistency. It’s hard to explain how good injera is and how unbelievably good it is when rolled around an Ethiopian or Eritrean delicacy.

Asian Fusion

The Treasure Valley has managed to cultivate a fusion subculture combining Chinese, Thai, and Korean culinary traditions with American comfort food in a unique and delicious way. Seek out an establishment that offers freshly rolled sushi prepared by master chefs as well as an array of sake and Japanese whisky for a not-to-be-missed happy hour in Meridian. Whether you want noodles and rice, a wok-fired stir fry, or to enjoy a hot pot, dining in Treasure Valley is sure to leave you satisfied.

Afghan

Kabobs. Sure, there’s Afghan cuisine that’s not kabob-based, but it’s hard to focus on that when kabobs are so delicious. Whether it’s lamb, chicken, or beef, served whole or ground “shami” style, it’s all marinated and spiced so you’re served some serious flavor. Before the kabobs, get an order of the savory sambosa turnovers. It’s all simply unlike anything you’ll get anywhere else.

That’s what’s so incredible about the Treasure Valley’s selection. It’s not just that it’s all so unforgettably good, but that it’s all simply unlike food you’ll get anywhere else. A diversity of cuisine that’s as varied and amazing as the people responsible for it. Bon appétit!

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian offers the best Asian restaurant experience in the Treasure Valley. Their menu features delectable food, exotic drinks, and a sparkling ambiance—the perfect setting for a quick lunch, happy hour drink, family dinner, or a special celebration. Stop by for the best happy hour and the most flavorful sushi in Meridian Idaho.

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Fun Asian Cultural Experiences in the Treasure Valley

Boise has been attracting an international population since its inception. In fact, local mining operations drew in so many Chinese laborers that Idaho Territory’s population was nearly 30% Chinese back in 1870. Subsequent immigration, including Idaho’s internationally recognized refugee resettlement program, has brought future Idahoans from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Bhutan, Thailand, and a number of other countries. That’s good news for residents of the Treasure Valley who have access to a number of exciting cultural experiences from dance groups to places to eat in Meridian. Enjoy this list of fun Asian cultural experiences in the Treasure Valley.
Trade Viet Market

Have you heard of star apples? If not, you’re not alone. The orange-sized fruit (not an apple) is available in Boise at the Trade Viet Market. This Asian grocery store has a selection of goods and produce from all over Asia. If you decide to pick up a star apple, the key is to massage them, break them open, and drink the nectarous, milky juice inside.

The Boise Traditional Chinese Dance Group

This dance group began as an after-school program for students from the Boise Modern Chinese School. The program was so popular that the number of dance classes quickly quadrupled and the official, performing dance group was formed. When the founder of the group, Hua Yan, is not teaching students classical Chinese dancing, the Chopstick Dance, Fan Dance, or the Tibetan Dance (among others, and all in handmade, traditional costumes), she is a multiple award-winning PhD molecular scientist for the J.R. Simplot company. Watching a performance is sure to be a memorable experience.

Japanese Whisky and Sake Sampling

This isn’t your average happy hour in Meridian. If you’re looking for a particularly special experience, visit a restaurant with a wide range of unique Japanese whiskies as well as sake to try. Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill offers a variety of American and Asian drinks, including a selection of not-to-be-missed fine Japanese whiskies. Enjoy some sake, sip some Japanese whisky, and order something tasty off of their mouthwatering sushi menu.

Ah Fong Apothecary

Dr. C.K. Ah Fong was a mining doctor who’d commonly travel 50 miles one way to tend to an ill or injured miner. In 1892, after a fire destroyed his home, office, and apothecary, he relocated to booming Boise City, Idaho, in the center of Idaho Territory’s largest Chinatown. He was a civil rights pioneer, successfully challenging the local medical board for refusing him a license to practice medicine in 1901 (despite having a medical degree), taking it all the way to the Idaho Supreme Court. Not only that, his son and grandson continued to serve the Treasure Valley until 1971, when the building his apothecary was located in was flagged for demolition. However, the contents of his apothecary have been largely preserved and can be seen as it was on display at the Idaho State Historical Museum.

So whether it’s history preserved, traditional Chinese dance, or a glass of Japanese whisky you’re interested in, the Treasure Valley has all that to offer and more.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian offers the best Asian restaurant experience in the Treasure Valley. Their menu features delectable food, exotic drinks, and a sparkling ambiance—the perfect setting for a quick lunch, happy hour drink, family dinner, or a special celebration. Stop by for the best happy hour in Eagle ID area and the most flavorful sushi in Meridian.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Sushi

Sushi is a Japanese dish that is prepared with vinegared rice (often containing some sugar or salt), and a variety of other ingredients such as seafood and vegetables. Sushi styles and presentations vary depending on the ingredients used and the establishment you’re dining in. Sushi is typically served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce to further enhance its taste and deliciousness, as well as help cleanse the palate.

Types of Sushi to Look for at a Sushi Restaurant

Sushi styles and tastes are determined by the ingredients and presentations the sushi chefs incorporate into the roll or dish. Sushi restaurants are specialized and experienced in preparing the best types of sushi that are suitable for everyone’s taste. If you’re looking to enjoy sushi in Meridian Idaho, below are some types of sushi you’ll want to consider trying.

Specialty Rolls

Specialty rolls are often more elaborate sushi dishes that may come topped with or contain extra-creative ingredients or sauces. For example, the specialty roll section of the sushi menu at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill in Meridian contains creative rolls like the Karma-kaze and The Baconator. The Karma-kaze includes tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and strawberries inside the roll and comes topped with seared tuna, ponzu, eel sauce, tobiko, and Thai basil. While the Karma-kaze has some flavors that might be considered sweet, The Baconator offers savory and spicy flavors. This specialty roll starts with Applewood bacon that is rolled with cucumber and avocado, from there the dish is topped with fresh ahi, tempura flakes, spicy mayo, and eel sauce. A garnish of cilantro completes this roll and helps tie the flavors together. Look for creative specialty rolls such as the ones listed above the next time you want to enjoy a special sushi experience.

Classic Rolls

Classic rolls are just that, classics that offer a dependable and familiar flavor. These popular rolls are often more simple than specialty rolls and feature fewer ingredients but commonly include seafood and an array of vegetables. Familiar classic rolls that you’ll often find on many sushi menus are the California Roll, which often contains a mix of crab, cucumber, and avocado, and the Philadelphia Roll, which typically contains smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.

Nigiri

When you mainly just want to taste the flavor of the raw fish in your sushi, nigiri is what you should order. Nigiri refers to thin slices of raw fish that are served on top of a small ball of rice. It’s not uncommon for the rice to have some wasabi sauce either on it or served alongside it. Common seafood found under the nigiri section of a sushi menu are salmon, shrimp, and a variety of tuna.

Sumo Rolls

A sumo roll is a hybrid of a traditional sushi roll and a burrito. It often contains seafood such as shrimp or ahi and vegetables such as spinach, jalapeno, or avocado, and is wrapped up with seasoned rice and soy paper and served with an array of sauces or glazes. Sumo rolls are delicious and tantalizing sushi varieties, especially if enjoyed with some traditional sake or Japanese whisky. Consider ordering a sumo roll the next time you’re enjoying sushi in Eagle Idaho or an area nearby.

A happy hour in Meridian is a great place to try out different kinds of sushi, especially if the happy hour you’re attending has specials on food such as classic sushi rolls. When out enjoying different types of sushi, consider pairing your dish with a traditional or flavored sake to further enhance the experience.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill is a restaurant in Meridian where “Modern Asian Meets American Comfort.” One of the best Asian restaurants in the Treasure Valley, this establishment features a wide array of delicious drinks and food, from sake and Japanese whisky to sushi and wok-fired classics. Visit Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill for a satisfying lunch, refreshing happy hour, or to celebrate your next special occasion.

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The Best Ways to Unwind in the Treasure Valley

Located in the Western United States, primarily in southwestern Idaho, the Treasure Valley is a hub for fun activities indoors and out and a great place to unwind. Both locals and visitors alike can benefit from this guide to relaxing activities in the Treasure Valley.

Below are some of the best, most calming ways to spend your time in the Treasure Valley. Whether you want to enjoy a happy hour in Meridian or float the Boise River, this list of fun activities will help you unwind.

Walk or Ride on the Boise River Greenbelt

Take a walk or ride your bike on the 25-mile long Boise River Greenbelt. This two-lane, paved pedestrian and cycling path provides stunning views of the Boise River as well as several parks. Among the parks you will come across as you ride or walk along the Boise River are Julia Davis Park, Boise River Park, and Ann Morrison Memorial Park. As you travel along the tree-lined path, consider stopping at some point to have a picnic at a local park alongside the Boise River.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal in Meridian

There are a lot of options to choose from when considering places to eat in Meridian, as the city features a variety of restaurants and an array of different cuisines. But since you’re in the Treasure Valley to relax, why not treat yourself to some delicious sushi and flavorful drinks? Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, in particular, is a delectable spot where you can order creative sushi, such as a sumo roll, which is basically a hybrid of a sushi roll and a burrito in the best way. This establishment also offers a wide array of flavored and traditional sake as well as Japanese whisky. The restaurant’s intimate atmosphere is a perfect place to unwind while enjoying good food and great drinks.

Float the Boise River

If you’re in the Treasure Valley in the summer months, it’s really worth your time to float on the Boise River. You can either rent or bring your own inflatable tube or raft to enjoy floating the 6-mile stretch of the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. This relaxing activity can take about 2-3 hours and promises beautiful views of both the Boise River and the surrounding area.

Sip Delicious, Local Drinks

Whether you’re enjoying a happy hour in Eagle ID or the surrounding area, the Treasure Valley never disappoints when it comes to local wines, beers, and more. Since you’re in the Treasure Valley to relax and unwind, look for a happy hour at an area establishment that serves local beverages, so you can benefit from drink specials and sip local brews. Some recommended local beers include the Sockeye Brewing ‘Hell-Diver’ Pale Ale, the Powderhaus ‘Haus’ Session Ale, and the Payette Brewing Co. ‘Mutton Buster’ Brown Ale, which are all made in Idaho.

Whether you enjoy some (or all!) of the activities above, you’re sure to be relaxed during your time in the Treasure Valley. Plan ahead to make the most of your relaxing time in this region, be it if you’re visiting for a weekend or get to live here year-round.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill is a restaurant in Meridian where “Modern Asian Meets American Comfort.” One of the best Asian restaurants in the Treasure Valley, this establishment features a wide array of delicious drinks and food, from sake and Japanese whisky to sushi and wok-fired classics. Visit Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill for a satisfying lunch, refreshing happy hour, or to celebrate your next special occasion.

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Happy Hour Drinks to Toast the End of Summer

There’s no better way to cheers the end of summer than with a boozy beverage in hand. Fortunately, there’s a great happy hour Meridian to be found that is sure to quench your thirst.

When you’re looking for places to eat in Meridian, keep an eye out for restaurants with happy hour specials and creative beverages. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of a busy day or week than surrounded by friends with a tasty drink and delectable appetizer in hand.

Here are some drinks you’ll want to enjoy as summer winds down to an end:

Creative Cocktails

You can’t go wrong ordering a Cosmo or a martini on a night out, especially if the restaurant you’re at has generous happy hour specials. But the best way to celebrate a summer happy hour is by ordering drinks that incorporate the bright, fresh flavors of the season. Blood orange is one such flavor and can be found squeezed into beverages or infused in a spirit such as vodka. Look for a spin on a classic lime margarita, perhaps served with ginger-lime syrup to add a great depth of flavor and elevate the summer standard. Feeling adventurous? Order a cocktail that incorporates sake—a cucumber sake is a refreshing way to end the day and is only made better when paired with the flavors of watermelon and fresh mint.

Rose

You haven’t truly toasted the season of summer unless you’ve done it with a glass of rose. This popular pink wine is made when a wine maker either presses red grapes immediately after harvest or simply blends a mix of red and white wine. Definitively the wine of the summer, a glass of rose can vary from quite dry to slightly sweet. Some restaurants might even serve what’s been coined “frose,” which is, you guessed it, your favorite summer wine blended with ice and optional flavoring until it reaches a slushy consistency, becoming frozen rose.

Hard Cider

Basically alcoholic apple juice, a crisp hard cider is the perfect way to end a long summer day. This beverage can range in flavor from dry like wine to sweet like apple juice and is not uncommon to find mixed with pears, pineapple, or berries to create a satisfying taste. If you find yourself at a happy hour Eagle ID and there’s a hard cider on tap such as the local brand Meriwether Cider, it’s really worth having a pour to experience the flavor firsthand.

About Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill has something for everyone and offers the best Asian restaurant experience in the Treasure Valley. This delicious dining establishment features delectable food, creative drinks, and a lively ambiance, providing an ideal setting for a quick lunch, happy hour, family dinner, or a special celebration. Satisfy your taste buds with their extremely popular Evil Jungle Princess or fulfill your appetite by taking on Ling’s Seafood Hot Pot.

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