This Sunday, as a special deal for Labor Day weekend, patrons who show up in their PJs for Sunday brunch will get ten percent off. That has to be a first in the restaurant world.

While Boise Towne Square Mall has the distinction of being the only indoor mall in Boise at the present, there are two shopping centers also worth a mention. These two shopping centers are strip malls, and also quite popular with the locals.

CHINA DATE RANCH – This is a small working farm that is family owned and located in the Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley. You will find cottonwoods, willows, date palms, a wandering stream, and abundant wildlife in most spectacular scenery you could imagine in the desert. When visiting here it is best to try their date nut bread, cookies, or muffins. You may also take back home with you one of their own unique hand crafted gifts.

Big A-Listers like Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez have been known to frequent some of these same clubs; so you might get your chance to rub elbows with them. If not, you can go over to Lummus Park which opens (surprise, surprise) at 5am. You can watch the sun rise and get your second chance at watching some celebrities as some of them frolic in the surf, play volleyball or rollerblade on the boardwalk.

It surprises me each time I go to Little Italy just how many Italian restaurants are there. We considered Sabatino’s however we both weren’t impressed the last time we visited there. Amicci’s was packed with a line waiting outside. It concerned my date and I that it was billing itself as “very” dinner around me. With the word casual in quotations we weren’t sure what that meant so we passed it up. We checked out the menu at Rocco’s and Germano’s before throwing caution to the wind and just going over to Ciao Bella. There was no wait and were able to get a table on a Saturday night. It’s a cute little restaurant. I could see how this place could be considered romantic with its small atmosphere and linen napkins and tablecloths.

If you’re worried your child won’t like something healthy for them you should check out the menu first, they have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, ham and cheese sandwiches or even a hot dog.

Tremendous savings in the food budget can be made by cooking from scratch, compared to using pre-packaged, pre-processed convenience foods or eating at restaurants, even the cheapest and fastest ones. According to market research firms, there is a strong national trend of eating at home to save money.