Swing by a Sugar Shack 

For the sweetest of teeth

Guru Donuts.

Harrison Berry

Guru Donuts.

8. Do Some Donuts

click to enlarge Valentine's Donut at Guru. - LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman
  • Valentine's Donut at Guru.

For years, Guru Donuts was like a wisp of smoke, appearing at a stall at the Boise Farmers Market one week and at a community event the next. But from Kevin and Angel Moran's earliest days slinging fried dough at secret speakeasies, the goal has been to open a brick-and-mortar location. In February, Guru hung its shingle—in fact, a giant frosted donut—on Capitol Boulevard, where it now shares a space with Boise Fry Company. The new digs suit the donuterie well: the open layout allows early risers to watch donuts being crafted through the tall picture windows and an added coffee bar lets fans savor maple bars with a cup of Maps Coffee.

click to enlarge Janjou Patisserie. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Janjou Patisserie.

9. Pick Up a Perfect Pastry

With its spare interior and elegant furnishings, "Janjou Patisserie" could mean "iPhone store" in French. Gift bags line one counter while a polished espresso machine rests against an eggshell-white wall. A glass case seemingly impervious to fingerprints contains golden croissants bursting with buttery vapor, narrow wedges of cheesecake and Janjou's

click to enlarge Berry tart at Janjou. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • Berry tart at Janjou.
famously immaculate tarts. The pistachio amarena is packed with fleshy, slightly bitter cherries from Bologna, Italy, while the berry tart is piled high with raspberries dusted with confectioner's sugar. Each delicate creation is fortified with a dense crust and packed with creamy, slightly piquant filling. Everything that exits Janjou's kitchen looks like it belongs in the pages of Epicurean or Bon Appetit. Thankfully, the beauty isn't just crust deep.

click to enlarge The Cherry Jubilee cupcake, featuring Olive and Vyne's cherry Bordeaux balsamic vinegar, at Lilly Jane's Cupcakes. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • The Cherry Jubilee cupcake, featuring Olive and Vyne's cherry Bordeaux balsamic vinegar, at Lilly Jane's Cupcakes.

10. Creative Cupcakes

Lilly Jane's Cupcakes, a cutesy cupcakery with locations in Eagle and downtown Boise, recently partnered with Olive and Vyne, a shop that sells specialty olive oils and flavored vinegars. Some of their sweet-tart collaborations include the Huckleberry Hound, a chocolate cupcake topped with huckleberry balsamic-infused cream cheese, and the Cherry Jubilee, which uses Olive and Vyne's cherry Bordeaux balsamic vinegar.

11. Original Olive Oil and Boutique Balsamic

The Treasure Valley is now home to two shops that sling only specialty olive oils and vinegars. In Eagle, Olive and Vyne offers 26 varieties of premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, including a single varietal Chilean Arbequina extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic vinegar flavored with bittersweet chocolate and orange. In downtown Boise, Olivin Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom features more than 30 olive oils and vinegars, including Wild Mushroom and Sage infused olive oil and Sicilian lemon white balsamic. Bring your appetite, because both spots encourage ample sampling.

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