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Indulge in culinary tours in Boise; celebrate Flying M’s 25th birthday

Enjoy a mini bruschetta bite from Wild Root Cafe, one of the stops on Indulge Boise’s Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour.
Enjoy a mini bruschetta bite from Wild Root Cafe, one of the stops on Indulge Boise’s Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour. Provided by Indulge Boise

Explore Boise’s historic culture, culinary art and the chefs who create it with Angela Taylor’s Indulge Boise Food Tours. Taylor, who was born and raised in Mountain Home, traveled the world and spent 20 years as an executive and consultant in the sports and entertainment industry before coming back home to delve into her tour business.

Known to business colleagues and friends as the “Ambassador of Idaho,” Taylor has put significant energy into dispelling myths about Idaho in hopes of proving the state is more than just potatoes.

“I felt a food tour would be the best way to help people discover all the cultural and culinary treasures here in Boise,” she said.

Taylor offers three different culinary tours.

▪  She first launched the Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour, which takes you through more than 10 tastings, snacks and bites from Downtown Boise eateries including the Basque Market, Bacon, Guru Donuts and Wild Root Cafe.

You’ll also learn the history of Boise landmarks such as Freak Alley Gallery and the Egyptian Theatre. The tour lasts approximately three hours over an easy mile-and-a-half stroll.

▪  The Capital City Sunday Brunch Tour offers tastings from Boise breakfast spots such as Moon’s Kitchen & Cafe and Waffle Me Up. The tour is only offered on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts roughly two and a half hours, covering just under a mile.

▪  Boise Booze + Bites Happy Hour Tour not only offers concoctions from the top mixologists in Boise, but will also teach you about the Prohibition Era in Idaho. Guests must be 21 and older to enjoy the alcohol pairing. However, non-alcoholic drinks will be available for those who want them. Stops include Bodovino, The Mode Lounge and Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Alehouse. The tour lasts approximately two and a half hours, and covers less than a mile.

Tickets start at $55 for adults, $42 for children. Alcohol pairing is $15 additional for 21 and older. Tasting locations are subject to change. Tours can be modified for those with allergies and who have vegan or vegetarian dietary needs. Make reservations at 505-9757 and IndulgeBoise.com. Private group tours are also available.

Flying M turns 25

Flash back to 1992: We met Barney for the first time, basketball great Michael Jordan led the Dream Team to Olympic gold in Barcelona and Boise got its first taste of the Flying M Coffeehouse.

Celebrate the eclectic coffeehouse’s 25th anniversary on Saturday, July 15, with 1992 espresso-drink prices all day and a party in the parking lot starting at 6 p.m. You’ll enjoy pizza from Guido’s Pizzeria, beer and wine from The Basque Market, Spoonthumb Ice Cream, Flying M Nitro Coffee, 1992 trivia games hosted by Minerva Jane and Evangeline and a reunion of your favorite baristas from the past.

Former owners Lisa Myers, who grew up in Nampa, her husband, Kevin, and Kevin’s college roommate Kirk Montgomery moved to Boise after college to open a coffee shop in Downtown. The shop outgrew its original storefront at 235 N. 5th St., where Guido’s is now, and moved to its current spot on the corner of 5th and Idaho streets in 1994.

In 1993, Lisa Myers started Valentine for AIDS, an annual fundraiser for people living with HIV/AIDS that inspires hundreds of artists to donate work to the silent auction. The fundraiser is one of the most popular arts events in Boise.

Longtime manager Kent Collins bought the business in 2011, while the Myerses refocused their attention on their second venture — The Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St., S., Nampa.

Now a cultural touchstone, the Downtown Flying M Coffeehouse’s funky and perfectly mismatched decor, gift shop, locally roasted coffee blends and friendly baristas continue to draw a loyal following.

Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

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