Our story about a group of parents campaigning for trick-or-treaters to stay in their own neighborhoods, rather than flocking to Harrison Boulevard (BW, News, "Commuting for Candy," Oct. 23, 2013) stirred a range of responses online. Here's a sample:
Warm Springs is just as bad. Although I live in the area, I don't send my kids out there... too crowded and dangerous with the steady stream of distracted drivers. My kids score twice as much candy in half the time staying on side streets and avoiding that zoo! I think people make the assumption that because Harrison and Warm Springs are affluent streets, the treats will be good. However, when you have to buy candy for 2,000 kids, the quality probably goes down.
I live off 15th [Street] and all the Harrison trick-or-treaters drive me nuts! If I don't rush home by 4, forget finding a parking spot anywhere near my house. Last year I sat out on my front porch and watched hundreds of kids on the street. Most walk by, ignoring all the decorations and racing toward Harrison. Very disappointing.
I lived off 13th and Bella [streets], just two blocks from Harrison Boulevard, and we didn't get any trick-or-treaters last year. It was kind of disappointing. When I was a kid, Harrison was definitely the place to go. A lot of the houses had larger candy bars, a lot of jack-o-lanterns to look at and many more decorations than your traditional neighborhood.
Live near Harrison Boulevard as well. I don't mind the lack of "trick-or-treaters" as I don't care to dedicate an evening to answering the door to mostly unenthusiastic and impolite children who ask, "How many can we take?" When did the expectation change to "how many?" When I was a kid you got "one" treat per house. We didn't think to ask for more than that.
The mammoth Village at Meridian just celebrated its grand opening, but not everyone is too excited about it--especially the food offerings (BW, Food, "Dining Options Abound in Village at Meridian," Oct. 23, 2013):
A monument to the Californication of Idaho. It fits in perfectly in Meridian.
--Just Another John Smith
I lost track of how many times "fusion" was used to describe the restaurants. Especially around here, fusion has come to mean: "We don't have the creative foresight to master a particular cuisine and go with it and will instead offer middling combinations of regional cuisines and be a jack-of-all-trades but master of none."
This isn't about creativity. This is about dumbing down the food to cater to the masses. Not to mention possibly steering people away from places that strive more for authenticity. Exactly what we don't need more of here.
You know why I'm a fan of places like Tango's and some of the pho places around here? Because they know what they're good at and stick with it. You take their food at face value or you don't. There's no pandering by offering a miso-sake glaze to put on your noodles or cabernet-chipotle cream for your empanada. The "everything but the kitchen sink" theory has more of a wow factor, but simplicity and expertise in one cuisine will stand the test of time and never become passe like these restaurants ultimately will.