Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Top Ten Museums in the City of Caldwell

10. Oddfellows (I.O.O.F) Historical Collection 920 Grant St.
Situated in a stately building adjacent to Fairview Golf Course's 9th hole, the Oddfellows Museum showcases local history along with rare Oddfellow memorabilia.
9. History of the Caldwell Police Collection 110 5th Ave.
Conveniently located in the lobby of the Caldwell Police station, this collection holds photographs and items used by Caldwell Police officers in the past and present.
8. Whittenberger Planetarium Boone Hall at College of Idaho
Caldwell's only large-scale museum of the stars offers monthly presentations as well as seasonal displays.
7. Caldwell Library Online Collection flickr.com/caldwellhistory
Because this museum does not have a physical address, it can be visited by anyone in the world.
6. Van Slyke Museum Harrison Street in Memorial Park
This outdoor museum, located in Memorial Park holds artifacts which date back to the time of the Civil War. Unique farming equipment and two train cars filled with period articles give a unique view of the past. After relocation from their original sites, two of the area's oldest structures now rest within the museum.
5. Glen L. and Ruth Evans Gem and Mineral Collection. Boone Hall at College of Idaho
This museum houses many gems and minerals from southern Idaho, as well as from the far reaches of planet Earth.
4. Caldwell Train Depot Interpretive Center and Museum 701 Main
Located in the newly remodeled Union Pacific Depot, this museum holds local artifacts as well as an impressive model train display.
3. Rosenthal Gallery of Art Blatchley Hall at College of Idaho
With an extensive ethnography collection and several exhibitions per year, the Rosenthal is one of southern Idaho's premiere art galleries.
2. Our Memories / Indian Creek Museum 1122 Main
This vast museum, with over 30 rooms of historic and social significance is one of Idaho's largest destination museums.
1. Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History Boone Hall - College of Idaho
Nationally ranked as one of the top Natural History museums in North America, the Orma J. Smith Museum welcomes everyone from serious researchers to elementary school groups.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Top Ten Coffee Houses in the City of Caldwell

10. Moxie Java
-Back in the 90's and early 00's, Moxie, with its 2 stories of chill space was Caldwell's premiere coffee house. Things have changed a bit with their move to a new location a few years ago, but with convenient hours and a small chill space, Moxie is still a go-to spot for East Caldwell residents.

9. Dutch Brother's
-Now I know what you're thinking; This isn't a "Coffee House", But D.B. is open 24 hours a day. So if someone feels like a caffeine kick at 1 am on a Monday morning in January, this is their place.

8. Chukar Den
- The Chukar Den, is mainly known for its outside seating area next to Indian Creek. This outside chill area is the place to be on a clear day.  

7. Java Station
-Originally a drive through only coffee shop, Java Station's new building hosts a chill area along with a small home decor store. 

6. Jolts and Juice
-In spite of being in the middle of a strip mall, Jolts and Juice manages to maintain a top class chill space. 

5. Imelda's 
-In 2010-2012, Imelda's really pushed hard to be a City Destination coffee house. It hosted live music and had very convenient hours. However, in recent years, its focus has shifted to its food options. While Imelda's still serves coffee, (Its "Mayan Mocha" is legendary among coffee connoisseurs) Imelda's now, is better known among food connoisseurs. 

4. Gathering Grounds
-There are several Coffee Houses in the WVMC neighborhood, but Gathering Grounds attracts not just Medical Center workers. Patrons of Gathering Grounds come from all over the Caldwell area. Its chill space is not the most comfortable, but its homemade chocolate chip cookies cannot be beat. 

3. Copper Cafe
-With it's stunning views of Caldwell on top of the city's tallest building, Copper Caffe is a perfect spot to impress out of towners. Its hours of operation are not the most convenient, but it's chill space is world class. 

2. CHIcoffee
-CHIcoffee is a non-profit coffee house.  Coffee at CHIcoffee is made right and a cup of gourmet drip is only $1. It's hours of operation leave a bit to be desired, but if you want to get in on a good thing, CHIcoffee is the place to be. 

1. The Bird Stop
-With very convenient hours and multiple chill areas, The Bird Stop is what a coffee house should look like. As an added bonus, live music is a regular feature at the Bird Stop most weekend and weekday evenings. 

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Top 10 Restaurants in Caldwell, Idaho

Top 10 Restaurants in Caldwell:

10. Garbonzo's 
          One of the only restaurants to serve the Caldwell suburb of Valleyview. The atmosphere is basic, like the neighborhood surrounding this pizza destination. Garbonzo's pizzas are mostly toppings with minimal filler. 

9. Los Betos
          The atmosphere of this location is sparse, but when it's 2:30 am, it's better than the alternatives. 

8. Indian Creek Steakhouse
          This downtown fixture attracts rancher types from all over southern Idaho. I'm not sure if it's still on the menu, but this steakhouse knows how to prepare Rocky Mountain Oysters that are edible. 

7. Stewart's Grill
           Anyone wanting to rub shoulders with Caldwell's movers and shakers should consider being a regular Stewart's. 

6. Golden Palace
           With hours extending late into the evening, this reasonably priced restaurant is a favorite for those looking for a laid-back dining experience.   

5. West Valley Medical Center Cafeteria 
            Whether you are looking for a quick sandwich or expect a perfectly seared salmon steak prepared by a top chef, this is your place. 

4. Janitzio's 
            Convenient hours, friendly staff and homemade quality.

3. Orphan Annie's 
            Another favorite among the ranching/Country type. Popcorn is served with every meal. 

2. Bon Appetit
            It may be a bit obscure, and many are not even sure if it's open to the public, but those who know, know this is one of  the best places in Caldwell for a reasonable meal any time of the day. 

1. Copper Cafe
             Although this cafe has very limited hours, it makes up in atmosphere and view. (Perched on top of Caldwell's tallest building) 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rue des R├ęcollets - Paris (France)