Author Archives: Ed Simon

Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Meridian Keeps Classic Italian Meals Alive

Italian restaurants like Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Meridian have it tough. Since most people can cook spaghetti and meatballs or a frozen pan of Stouffer’s Lasagna, they assume Italian food is easy to cook. It is not, though; real Italian … Continue reading

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Fresh-made Breakfasts Are Tops at The Griddle

The Griddle is certainly one of the Treasure Valley’s most popular places for a quality breakfast. Fresh, delicious food and some creative spins on old favorites make it a good choice to go when you want something for a great … Continue reading

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Mr. Wok in Boise Serves Korean Cuisine to Warm Your Soul

Mr. Wok in Boise is one of a handful of Korean restaurants in the Treasure Valley. Korean food is known for two things—-their love of BBQ and their love of ban chan, which are basically appetizers/side dishes. Korean BBQ is … Continue reading

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Johnny Echols of ‘Love Revisited’ Talks About The 60’s and His Musical Life

Johnny Echols knew from a young age that he loved music. When he was young, his parents, along with his childhood friend Arthur Lee’s parents, moved to Los Angeles where both kid’s parents were teachers. Shortly after that, a neighbor … Continue reading

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Boise Fry Company Gives You Your Potatoes of Choice; Beer And Burgers Too

The Boise Fry Company is one of those places you might take for granted, as much a part of the landscape as say the Boise River. And just like the river, we need to float on by once in a … Continue reading

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Paddles Up Poké in Boise Offers Delicious Fresh Ingredients Hawaiian Style

Walk down any street in Hawaii and you’ll find a poké place just like Paddles Up Poké in Boise. Boise doesn’t have as many poké shops as Hawaii does, but they do have Paddles Up Poké. Convenient to businesses, the … Continue reading

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Budd Friedman’s New Book ‘The Improv’ Is The History of Stand-up Comedy

The history of stand-up comedy in the US would be a lot different without Budd Friedman. In his new book, The Improv, Budd, along with co-author Tripp Whetsell, tells about the evolution of stand-up, from the days of the Catskills … Continue reading

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Guido’s Original New York Style Pizzeria in Boise Keeps a New Yorker Happy

Sometimes you really need to bring an expert to do a proper food review. For Guido’s Original New York Style Pizzeria, I did just that. Who better than bringing a native New Yorker who grew up on New York Style … Continue reading

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Jonathan Cilia-Faro Is Bringing His Music to U.S., Recording With Don Most

Even to the most rock/pop centric music fan, there is something about an operatic tenor’s voice that moves the spirit. Jonathan Cilia-Faro knows this well, going from a rough childhood to becoming one of the top selling artists in Europe … Continue reading

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Tom Petty, Great Musician and Real Good Guy

In the mid to late 70’s I lived in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, in an area called Encino Park, north of Ventura Blvd. At the time, the “real” part of Encino hated to even call us Encino. Some went … Continue reading

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