Day 4: WHO KNEW?
It was 6am (PST) when we awoke, and given that we were quite eager to leave our budget motel, we got packed up and ready to go by 6:55am (PST). I guess that was the one thing with “sleep-eazy” motels like this – it was easy to check out and get out the door in no time.
So as the sun was rising and the full moon was starting to wane, we proceeded to go on our long drive back to Boise. The drive was pretty smooth as we were really in no hurry on this day. We had no real set agenda other than to meet up with Dana and Justin as well as to see their newborn daughter.
We did manage to make one quick stop at Baker City at 9:15am (PST) for a restroom break as well as to fill up on gas. I had completely forgotten that in the state of Oregon, all their stations were full service. So that explained why there was an attendant waiting for us to get out of the car and perform the fuel servicing as well as squiggying.
We’d eventually cross into Idaho (the third state on this drive since Walla Walla was in Washington and we had to cross through Oregon to get into the Snake River Plain) so we were back on Mountain Time.
By 11:30am, we finally arrived at Dana’s place.
We’d pass the next several hours eating takeaway Vietnamese banh mi for lunch while getting caught up on baby stuff as well as what it was like to move and live in Boise. We also talked about Dana and Justin’s other exploits when they lived in both Boulder, CO and Holland, MI. Indeed, these folks have seen quite a bit of America where most of us who have grown up in LA haven’t even considered.
It was great getting caught up with them as well as seeing Justin’s brother Chris and getting to hold Aubrey (the daughter), which brought Julie and I back to the days when Tahia was that little.
We’d eventually agree to reconvene and have dinner at this place called Tony’s Pizzeria Teatro, which seemed like an informal enough place to bring a baby to. From the reviews that Julie checked out, it seemed like a promising place to have some authentic Italian pizza.
So at 4:15pm, we finally checked into our Best Western Vista Inn at the Airport Motel to drop off our stuff, and then headed back out into downtown Boise. We’d eventually make it into Tony’s at 5:15pm, which was pretty quiet as it was quite an early start to dinner.
We ended up having a salad called Arrotiti (sp?) as well as 13″ pizza wheels of margherita, dolce vita, bianca, and stagiolini (sp?). All of them were good, and since both Justin and Chris were native New Yorkers, they also agreed that the pizza was very good. Justin actually called it “fancy pizza” as he was more used to the simple no frills margherita pizzas.
But at Tony’s we had one with goat cheese and Italian sun-dried tomatoes. There was another one with prosciutto. Of course the margherita was a measuring stick to see how it compared to Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Plus, the first one we had was arugula and some other toppings also with goat cheese.
The salad had mozarella cheese as well as capers, and that tasted real good. The bread that came with it was also very light and airy and quite tasty. We didn’t need to add olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
It was a good thing that all of us were there so we each ordered those different pizzas and did a family style type dining arrangement so we could try out the different flavors of pizza. If it was just Julie and I, we probably would’ve only gotten the margherita and not even have the chance to try out the other flavors.
Even amongst the five of us, we still left that place stuffed. According to Tony (the owner who prepared all the pizzas), he said the menu showed a timeline suggesting the place originated in Napoli (Naples) in the late 1800s, then moved to New York, Chicago, and eventually to Boise.
Who knew that we could have authentic Italian pizza in Boise, Idaho of all places?
Anyways, we left the restaurant at 7:30pm and decided to go for a stroll around the capitol building at the very end of Capitol St. We spent some time chatting some more while also playing tourist as everyone had their iPhones armed and ready to take photos in the area.
While we were doing this, we noticed there were quite a few high schoolers dressed in fancy clothes as apparently there must’ve been a high school prom or something. They definitely stood out.
After having our fill of the Capitol building, we read about Abe Lincoln as there was a statue of him talking about how he made Idaho a territory that would eventually lead to area becoming a state.
We then walked along 9th street where there were a bunch of restaurants within a few blocks of pedestrian-friendly streets. This part of town definitely had a bit of a different vibe than what we were used to earlier on when we visited Twin Falls and Meridien. Indeed, Boise seemed to have a bit of a younger and more active vibe. There were even some of the folks out here who seemed like we could’ve easily mistaken them for folks in Seattle or Portland. Perhaps it was the Boise State University proximity or something.
Finally at around 8:30pm, we decided it was time to get going as Aubrey needed to feed once again, and Julie and I had to get back to our motel and pack. Nonetheless, it was great to catch up with long time friends in Boise of all places, and with our body and soul being a bit revitalized from this impromptu and last-minute trip, we were ready to fly home to finally see Tahia again as well as take on the upcoming week in the rat race.
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