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Bikini-Clad Coffee Spot Closes; Food To Be Found in Botanical Garden and Truck Rally

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos by making a sugar skull and snag some winter produce from the Boise Co-Op


Hotties Mochas and More is the latest in a (g)string of victims hit hard by the rigid economy. The pink shack perched on the side of Chinden Boulevard was once famous for its scantily clad bikini baristas, but the naughty lattes have sadly stopped flowing.

In its place, a new family owned coffee shack has sprouted up, with a white picket fence to prove its wholesomeness. All the Buzz coffee plans to clean up that flesh-flashing corner by offering an array of premium coffee and espresso drinks, Shangri-La Tea, smoothies and fresh grub cooked up by A Lively Chef.

All the Buzz celebrated its fully clothed grand opening on Sept. 24. For more information about All the Buzz, visit its Facebook page at

Speaking of buzz, you can get yours on at the Payette Brewing-sponsored beer garden at the Food Truck Rally on Thursday, Oct. 6. The rally will feature local mobile faves like Rice Works, Calle 75, Boise Fry Company, Archie's Place, B29 Streatery, Brown Shuga Soul Food and A Cupcake Paradise. After grubbing down, you can stick around to hear tunes from Hillfolk Noir, Steve Meyers and Thomas Paul.

If you want your chow a little more high-brow, head over to Idaho Botanical Garden on Friday, Oct. 7, for the Grow the Garden Party, which benefits the Children's Adventure Garden.

For $60 per person, you can sample a locally sourced menu from Bon Appetit, which includes plates like wild mushroom risotto cakes topped with lacquered bacon and shaved Ballard Truffle Cheddar, and smoked Idaho trout crostini with fresh dill Rolling Stone goat cheese and grilled kale chips.

The event runs from 5:30-10 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at or by calling 208-343-8649.

Now that your home garden is no longer growing--and gasping its last, wheezy breaths--you'll likely be relying on grocery stores more for your produce needs. Thankfully, Boise Co-op extended its business hours as of Oct. 1. You can now shop for produce and just about everything else you need from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Want a sweet way to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Reserve your spot in Dawn Larzelier's Mexican sugar skull-making workshop on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. For $5, Larzelier will show you how to fashion a homemade calavera to place on your Day of the Dead altar. The class will be held at 913 Warren St., near the intersection of Boise and Broadway avenues. For more info, call 208-570-4247 or email