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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Check Out Chipotle's Cannes Award-Winning Ad

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM


At a glance, Chipotle and CAA Marketing's award-winning animated commercial, "The Scarecrow," looks like a refurbished installment of Wallace and Grommit: Its vivid, lo-fi color palate and Little Big World-ish animation style lend it a childish innocence. Set to Fiona Apple's cover of "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, there's a little Roald Dahl in there, too.

That innocence is almost immediately betrayed by heartbreaking images of farm animal abuse. While the titular scarecrow navigates his depressing, pre-fab world, he peeps behind a slipped slat of siding to find robot crows pumping a chicken full of growth hormones. While repairing a rooftop cow sculpture, he finds dairy cows, eyes pleading for freedom, stuffed inside. 

The commercial ends on a softer note, with the scarecrow discovering the joys of ethically sourced foods and selling them to the delighted denizens of an otherwise ticky-tacky world. 

CAA and Chipotle won two Grand Prix in 2012, and this ad won the same prize in the PR Lions contest June 16, but at 3:23, this is an ad better seen from your tablet or laptop screen than your television.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM


Nothing says "I love you" like a good burger. 

Tell dad how much you love him by taking him to The Counter for a burger on the house. If you teach a man to make burgers, he is obnoxious at barbecues your entire life. If you give a man a burger, you nip that in the bud, while still expressing gratitude. 

11 a.m. until 10 p.m. FREE. The Counter, 3505 E. Monarch Sky Lane, Meridian, 208-972-3393, thecounterburger.com.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM


When you hear the word scandal, you think of politicians behaving badly and investment tycoons partying on yachts courtesy of your grandmother's life savings. What you don't think of is olive oil—until now, that is. 

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition will illuminate the history of the substance when they discuss Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. You may never look at your cupboard the same way again.

6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org.
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Jun 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

BOISE STAGE STOP
  • Boise Stage Stop

Sunday drives are a nice way to ease into the upcoming week. So are motorcycle rodeos. 

Boise Stage Stop's Summerfest features the latter along with live music, food vendors and a car show. Welcome summer with a mini-vacation off of I-84, because you can.

10 a.m. FREE. Boise Stage Stop, 23801 S. Orchard Access Rd., Boise, 208-343-1367, boisestagestop.org. 
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM


You've made it through another week. If you're not headed out of town for Memorial Day, you may have yard work to do or couches to nap on. But it's OK to treat yourself sometimes. 

If you're a 2C resident or feel like taking a short drive, head to Lloyd Square in Nampa for Fourth Friday. Featuring food trucks, live music and drinks aplenty, you can welcome summer a little early and wear that new outfit you bought on clearance in winter knowing this special day would come. 

5:30 p.m. FREE. Lloyd Square, intersection of 14th and Front streets, Nampa. 
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM


Food—we all love it. It's a reason to wake up in the morning, something to do at night, and with all the varieties available, you can embark on culinary adventures every day and never eat the same thing. But sometimes, you need more. You walk by the cheeseburger joint or pizza place and know they just can't satisfy you at that moment. How about some octopus?

You can try that, along with other traditional Japanese fare, at the opening of the Genki Takoyaki food cart at PreFunk Beer Bar this evening. The cart will be a new addition to the Capital City Public Market beginning this Saturday so this is your chance for a special preview. 

4 p.m. Take cash. PreFunk Beer Bar, 1100 Front St., Boise, 208-331-3865, prefunkbar.com.
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM


For the seventh year, Peaceful Belly is hosting its Freaks of the Garden Sale at its farm on 13975-1/2 Broken Horn Road, off Dry Creek Road in Hidden Springs.

Today until 5 p.m., peruse more than 170 types of tomatoes, 80 types of peppers, squash, melons, eggplants, herbs and more. Unlike commercial agriculture, which concentrates on only a few varieties, Peaceful Belly's farm preserves the massive diversity of the plant world by raising unique and little known species.

Get yourself some tomatoes and do your part to keep agricultural diversity alive.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM


Friday night means eat out night. But sometimes, the selections available fail to impress. You've already had three cheeseburgers this week and if you see another fish taco, you're going to hurl. It's time to broaden your horizons. 

The Russian Food Festival offers authentic Russian dishes for your enjoyment. Admission is free, but the food is not, so bring your cash and plastic. To complete the evening, play a game of Tetris before and after dinner. 

Festival runs until 9 p.m. FREE. St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St., Boise, 208-345-1553, stseraphimboise.org.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, May 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM


Mothers play an important role in our lives. We literally wouldn't be here without them. They wipe our tears, discipline when necessary and embarrass us with nude baby pictures when significant others come to visit. A cynical view of Mother's Day would be that it is just another excuse for Hallmark to take your money. A more positive outlook is that one day a year is pretty easy, considering all moms do. 

Show her you love her with a grand buffet that requires no work except lifting a fork. The Grand Mother's Day Buffet at Eagle Hills Golf Course has everything covered, from sides to dessert, and you won't have to wash (or break) any dishes when it's all over. Also, keep that Hallmark card out of your pocket or else it will get bent beyond recognition.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. $23-$43. Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle, 208-939-0402, eaglehillsgolfcourse.com.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM


St. Patrick's Day isn't the only holiday where people celebrate a heritage that doesn't belong to them. Cinco de Mayo invites all to down margaritas, wear a sombrero and sing in Spanglish.

If you don't have party plans this evening, head to The Drink for mariachi music, grub and a photo booth. If the latter activity turns out well, you can update your Facebook profile picture and let everyone know you like to party. 

8 p.m. FREE. The Drink Waterfront Grill, 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, 208-853-5070, thedrinkboise.com.
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