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A Day in the City

Last week, we made a drive into the big city to run some much-needed errands. First on the list: Jonathan’s appointment with an orthopedic specialist. After a series of tests, x-rays and an ultrasound, it was discovered that Jonathan is dealing with not one, but three painful spurs inside his left heel. Although doctors have tried for many months to take the less-invasive route, they have finally reached a point where they feel surgery is probably going to be necessary.

Jonathan has been in so much pain that a look of relief washed over his face when the specialist mentioned surgery to delicately remove the spurs. I seriously think he would have went in for surgery that very day if the doctor had allowed it, but he is encouraged to be moving forward!

Jonathan’s specialist is near downtown Boise, so after his appointment, we decided to enjoy a leisurely lunch and walk around town. Boise is by no means a bustling metropolis like Los Angeles, but what it lacks in size, it makes up in charming little details around almost every corner.

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Our first stop was lunch at one of our very favorites — Moon’s Café. Complete with a lunch counter, famous milkshakes and whimsical décor, Moon’s serves fabulous food with retro flair.

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For example —  a juicy Moon’s Cheddar Burger or a plate of mouth-watering Biscuits with Sausage Gravy. (not organic — but a delightful treat every now and then 😉 )

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After lunch, we most definitely needed to walk — so we spent part of our afternoon strolling down some of our favorites parts of the city.

A few of our favorite views —

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It didn’t take long before “Sweet Street” was brought up. Nicknamed for a sweet variety of shops all conveniently lined up together, Sweet Street happily greets you with City Peanut Shop, the Chocolat Bar and A Cupcake Paradise.

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Hmmm … where do we start?

We decided it would be best to limit our sweets to one shop and agreed on the Chocolat Bar this time around.

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How can I possibly decide which one to try?

Especially after we were given samples, and everything was delicious! I finally narrowed it down to a chocolate truffle — so rich, dense and tiny, yet I felt as if I had ate two chocolate bars. Ahh, the beauty of handmade truffles. I should have taken a picture, but that little truffle disappeared in a flash!

However, I can post a picture of the display case where I found my lovely treat — the soft brown ones on the middle shelf.

Oh little truffles, how I miss you!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our little walk through downtown Boise! I hope to share more pictures of Boise in the near future!

A huge thank you to my sweet daughter for being my talented photographer throughout Boise.

43 Comments

  1. Richard Crisman

    Great pictures. I am assuming Aviah was the photographer but let me know if it was she or Geneva. Whichever, they are taking after their great Uncle Jim and doing a great job.

    Love, Grandpa

    1. Yes, Aviah was the photographer, and she does a fabulous job! 😉 Geneva is starting to pick up on photography as well — mostly portraits of Marcie.

  2. A wonderful look at Boise and a beautiful group of photos! Very well done niece!!! I have been to Boise but did not get to look around and would love to make a summer trip. The drive there was breath taking! I hope Jonathan can get this surgery and feel better soon! Thanks so much what a lovely look at Boise! yumm to all of the food!

    1. Thanks so much, Auntie Lynn! 🙂 I hope some day we can visit Boise together! It’s a great city. Jonathan says thank you! xo

      1. I would love that! Last summer I wanted to take the kids so we will see xx

  3. Fascinating tour. Hope the heel is treated soon

    1. Thank you so much, Derrick! 🙂

  4. Oh I love those trips out with the family, so special. Glad your hubby’s heel is going to be sorted and that recovery will not be painful.
    All that delicious looking food Anna ! Oh my goodness, my tummy is rumbling 🙂 (News flash, I probably have stretched my stomach with all the food I have been eating lately, so therefore just have to eat more and more and more 🙂 ) Have a great day my friend. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynne! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day as well!!

  5. Boise looks like a great place to visit.

    1. I hope someday you and your lovely wife will have the opportunity to visit Boise, Darryl! We would love to take you out to dinner! 🙂

      1. What a kind and generous invitation!

        1. It would certainly be our pleasure! 🙂

  6. I’m glad Jonathan is going to get fixed. I was pretty relieved after they scheduled my hip replacement last year too. Boise is simply charming. I just loved the buildings and the shops that you saw on your walk. I don’t think I’ve ever been in Idaho but I’ve been to every state around it I think. Thanks for the tour!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! I hope you will come visit me in Idaho some day! I would absolutely LOVE to show you around Boise! 🙂

      1. You’re on Anna! If you ever pass this way, I’d love to have you too!

        1. That would be so lovely, Julie!

  7. I really need to get back to Boise – my aunt and uncle live there, so I really have no excuse!

    1. Oh that’s lovely! I hope you’ll have the opportunity to visit Boise soon — if you’re ever in the area, it would be great to meet you! 😉

  8. Thank you for sharing downtown Boise, Anna. It looks clean. Great photos. Look at those chocolate shoes! I’ve never seen them that size before. Wow! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Anna! 🙂 I know what you mean — I would love one of those chocolate shoes! 😉

      1. My pleasure, Anna. I can’t blame you. It would be an awesome gift to someone, especially one who loves shoes. 😀

  9. Seems like a very charming place with lots of yummy food!

  10. Lovely post Anna – and let me tell you – Sweet Street has to be my favourite! 🙂

    1. Yes, Sweet Street is probably my favorite as well! 😉 I hope someday you’ll have the opportunity to visit Idaho — I would love to meet you in person and show you around Boise! 😉

      1. That, my friend, would be wonderful!

        1. Yes, indeed!! 😀

  11. I like the homey look of Boise and the very sophisticated edibles you have there. Looks like a great place to live.

    1. Thank you so much, Teresa! It really is a great city … then a short drive away there is so much natural beauty and a wide variety of outdoor activities. 😉

  12. What a great town! I love the pictures Aviah! How fun, I’d love to stroll with you! So sorry for Jonathan though, how terrible. I’ll be praying!

    1. Thank you so much, Sadie! 🙂 We would love to have you and your family come stroll with us!! (Maybe when you get your camper! 😉 ) I know our families would have such a great time together!! Thanks so much for praying for Jonathan — we really appreciate it!

  13. I’m so glad to hear that Jonathan will soon have relief from all that terrible pain. Living with constant pain puts a real damper on life.
    Lovely photos of Downtown Boise, Anna. It looks a great place to go for a day out. Your lunch at Moon’s Cafe looks very tasty and very attractive, too. 🙂

    1. Great photos and a wonderful narrative. I would love to visit Boise. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thank you for the follow! I look forward to reading your blog as well! 🙂
        ~ Anna

    2. Thank you so much, Millie — I know Jonathan is really looking forward to getting his heel healed up properly. He hasn’t felt well when walking for many months. 🙁 He has an appointment with the surgeon next week. I’m delighted you enjoyed the photos — I would love to show you around Boise someday! 😉 xo

  14. Liz

    Sorry to hear about Jonathan’s heel and pain. I hope the surgery helps. Boise is beautiful. I love the chocolate Bar. Who wouldn’t mind eating fine, handcrafted chocolate. I am sure they taste awesome!

  15. Your day in the city sounds like it was fun! I do wish it was under different circumstances! My mother has heel spur, as well, and it’s so incredibly painful to watch!

    1. Thank you so much, Jasmine. Yes, I never knew heel spurs could cause such great pain. 🙁 I’m so sorry about your mother — is she looking at having surgery? It sounds like it’s a very delicate operation.

      1. So far she’s only done the steroid shots for temporary relief! They usually last a few months. It’s hard for her bc she works in a department store so I know she stands on her feet for hours at a time. She also bought orthopedic shoes which help relive some of the pressure!

        1. I know what you mean — Jonathan works in retail as well, so he is on his feet for most of the day in addition to extensive walking. So hard to see them in that kind of pain. 🙁

  16. Your daughter is a talented photographer and i feel like I know your city very well. Thank you for choosing the sweet street. It will definitely be the first place I visit and I think those chocolate shoes have my name on them! I hope Jonathan is feeling much better. Maybe a new pair of shoes will help ease the pain?

    1. Thank you so much, Clare! My daughter absolutely loves photography. 😉 Yes, I think you should definitely try the chocolate shoes! I think I will next time as well! Thank you so much for thinking of Jonathan — he’s scheduled to see a surgeon next week to see if he will be moving forward with surgery. Unfortunately, he’s tried a variety of specialty shoes over the last year or so without any relief from the pain. I never knew spurs were so painful. 🙁

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