More ethnic Basque—about 15,000 of them—live in Boise than almost anywhere else in the world. Obviously the Basque country of Spain and France have more. Argentina and Chile do, as well. In the U.S., the only city with a larger Basque population than Boise is Bakersfield, Calif. Boise’s Basque Block is home to the only Basque Museum and Cultural Center in North America (and one of only two in the world), a boutique hotel, a market, two restaurants and the country’s first (and only) Basque preschool. If you can catch a concert, lecture or exhibit at the museum (which includes Boise’s oldest brick building, a former boarding house that served as a home away from home for hundreds of young Basques in the late 1800s—most from the province of Bizkaia), and follow it with dinner at Bar Gernika, you’ll have an evening very well spent, one that you can’t experience anywhere else in the country. At the Basque Market and Deli, you can get soups, olive tapenade, port-poached figs, rice pudding, croquetas and squid in ink to go, or stock up on ingredients often used in Basque food like smoked paprika, turrones, and olives stuffed with lemon, piquillos, blue cheese or anchovies.
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