5 Mexican food spots that spice it up in Twin Falls

Attention all fans of Mexican food.

Twin Falls is home to some incredible and authentic restaurants and taquerias.

So whether you’re in the mood for crispy tacos, enchiladas or a hefty burrito, there’s a spot for you. Here are five local favorites that will definitely spice up your next lunch or dinner outing.

Janitzio

This restaurant aims to please everyone’s cravings and it’s been at it for 14 plus years.

Each plate is prepared with super fresh ingredients and the perfect blend of spices. From classic dishes to specialty foods, diners will find flavorful foods from all categories.

Janitzio makes a variety of enchilada dishes, including Suiza, mole and several more. Burritos are made with hubcap-sized tortillas and packed with meats, rice, beans, pico de gallo and more.

Seafood, combination plates, fajitas, tostadas, tacos and other Mexican food favorites are also on the menu.

La Fiesta

La Fiesta gives all customers a reason for celebration.

This bustling eatery serves up your favorite Mexican dishes and incredible drinks in an energetic atmosphere.

Specials such as the platter, an impressive sample of starters, and the enchiladas tour let customers taste a little bit of everything.

Combination plates, seafood, meat dishes such as chile verde and chile Colorado, tostadas, salads, burritos and other tasty dishes are offered in several different combos.

La Casita

La Casita brings down the house with is incredible Mexican fare.

For more than 60 years, La Casita has filled the cravings and hearts of its customers with real Mexican flavors.

All combinations come with freshly made beans and rice. Enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, tamales, burritos and other staples can be mixed and matched.

Traditional Mexican sandwiches, known as tortas, are also made to order and come with rice and beans or soup and salad.

Garibaldis

The taste of Mexico is strong at Garibaldis Mexican Restaurant.

From sizzling fajitas to the complex molcajete and the simply delicious quesadillas, each dish bursts with bold, south of the border flavors.

The featured specials like the enchiladas, molcajete loco, tamales and tostadas de ceviche are loaded with fresh ingredients and will not disappoint.

KB’s

KB’s passion for cooking Mexican is apparent in its well-crafted dishes and salsas.

KB’s creates award-winning burritos with mouth-watering ingredients such as well-prepared salmon, fish, chicken, pork, shrimp and other meats. Don’t miss out on the Ketchum Burrito with your choice of meat, beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, rice, jalapeño and salsa.

You can also celebrate taco Tuesday with a special deal: three tacos for the price of two.

5 ice cream and frozen treat shops to visit in Twin Falls

On the lookout for a top-notch frozen treat?

Do you like traditional ice cream or are you up for something new?

You’ll find every kind of frozen dessert and some of the best ice cream around at these five local shops.

MICR – My Ice Cream Roll

For a new ice cream adventure, this is the place to try.

MICR creates rolled up ice cream that come in several fun flavors, such as cookie monster, Fruit Loops, peaches, chocolate and many more.

The entire family will love the process of rolled up ice cream and will savor every bite.

Cloverleaf Creamery

It’s you lucky day when you pick up some ice cream at Cloverleaf Creamery.

The shop uses old-fashioned techniques to create about 16 memorable ice cream flavors, including one of the richest chocolate ice creams you’ll ever try.

Visitors will enjoy ice cream that’s made twice weekly from locally sourced milk.

Culver’s

Rich and creamy fresh frozen custard is made throughout the day at Culver’s.

Customers can pick from a variety of frozen custard treats. Frozen custard is served in sundaes, mixers, shakes and in a cone or dish.

The frozen base comes in vanilla or chocolate and can be mixed in with various toppings, syrups and other sweet pairings.

Hot fudge, caramel, chocolate, mint, peanut butter, whipped cream and fresh fruit are among the many toppings.

Canyon Rim Creamery

This ice cream shop delivers on high-quality ice cream without any fillers.

Ice cream is made with local products for the freshest scoop around.

Some flavors you’ll find are strawberry, apple pie, bubble bear, chunky monkey, cotton candy, strawberry cheesecake and many more traditional flavors.

Kiwi Loco

More than 100 frozen yogurt flavors are on rotation along with dozens of fresh and sweet toppings.

Kiwi Loco makes nondairy, gluten free and other healthier options.

Families can join forces to purchase vacation home

Owning a second home might feel like a dream. Who wouldn’t want to have the luxury of a vacation home getaway? But the first thought might be: Is it affordable?

The good news is that it is totally doable with a little help from the family. Here are some considerations to keep in mind if you want to own a second home by partnering with those most dearest to you.

Splitting time

Everyone involved will have his or her own vision for how and when they will spend time at the home. Before you call dibs on the new family home for the first week of summer vacation, make sure to talk it out with the gang.

Clear up how the vacation home will be available to each person. Think about the holidays you will all want to share. Create a schedule where you can rotate time and holidays. Being on the same page about how and when the home will be occupied is key to everyone’s happiness and enjoyment of the new vacation home.

Renting it out

If you and your family do not plan on being at the home 100 percent of the time, then you got to think about renting it out.

Talk it out and see if everyone is warm to the idea. You can make the case that this is an opportunity to bring in cash and offset the costs of owning the second home. Everyone should agree on how the generated funds will be split among the owners and used toward the overall ownership costs.

Don’t forget to weigh the tax considerations, as well.

Sharing the cost

The biggest question is how the purchase of the second home impacts the family wallets.

A joint mortgage with family lessens the financial burden and can also improve the chances of getting approved for this investment of a lifetime.

A joint mortgage also translates into bigger buying power to find a home that checks every box. But, the financial details will need to be figured out before everyone plans a big party at the new home.

How will you split the mortgage? How will you pay for repairs and upgrades? What about taxes, insurance and the like? Figure it all out and consult with a financial expert. Once everyone is happy with the arrangement, put it down on paper with the aid of an attorney.

Selling the home

There may come a time when you’ll want to sell the home. That’s why it’s important to also discuss your exit strategy before even thinking about joining forces on buying a vacation home.

Consider how long you will want to invest in a second home, if it’ll be passed on to the next generation and other big questions before taking the leap. Other topics of discussion are: Will you be willing to sell a share to another family member? How many must agree before making a big financial decision? Can family members buy remaining shares of the home if someone leaves or passes on?

While it’s hard to think about, it’s important to talk about the possibility of a death occurring during ownership. It’s possible to divide the share equally among the other owners in the event of a death. Or, the share can be passed on to an heir in a tenant-in-common agreement.

As you can see, there are a lot of options and scenarios to ponder before buying a second home. Make sure all the big talks are happening and every rock is turned before agreeing to this once-in-a-lifetime chance of owning a vacation home with the people you love the most.

Housing inventory making comeback

After months upon months of home inventory shortages amid a frenzy real estate market, light is visible at the end of the real estate tunnel. Inventory is slowly improving and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The boost in home availability is helping home sales rebound following a minor setback over the last few months. Home sales jumped by 1.4 percent in May after four consecutive months of declines. Year over year, home sales leaped by nearly 23 percent. About 5 million homes were sold in June, which coincided with the increase in home availability. Inventory is up by 3.3 percent, totaling about 1.25 million available units in June.

The uptick in inventory is fueled by new home construction and more home listings by current homeowners. Meanwhile, home sales continue to outperform pre-pandemic levels.

The market is also bearing a 2.6-month supply, a slight improvement from earlier this year. On average, though, homes sold in about 17 days in June. Nearly 90 percent of all homes on the market sold in under 30 days. This performance aligns with previous months in 2021. First-time buyers accounted for about 31 percent of the real estate activity.

Low mortgage rates, a growing economy and a strong desire for homeownership are big reasons for the market’s ongoing success and fierce competition.

Even as housing inventory improves, standing out in today’s market remains a challenge. There are strategies, however, that future homeowners can implement right now to get ahead of the game. And it begins with the right team and right mortgage program.

Our team offers a wide range of game-changing real estate mortgage products, from fixed-rate, FHA, VA and other types, that can help you land the home of your dreams.

The FHA loan, for instance, is backed by the federal government and therefore is more accessible to more borrowers. With lenient terms, purchasing a home is made less stressful to more people. As an FHA borrower, you can come in with a lower down payment and reasonable credit standing to get approved.

A VA loan is another powerful tool available to individuals who proudly serve our country. The VA loan doesn’t require a down payment and is just as potent as any other loan on the market.

We also offer conventional loans with fixed or adjusted rate terms that can also put you ahead.

Please contact us today to learn more about the slowly shifting real estate market and the loan program that can help you achieve your goals of affordable homeownership.

Top places for breakfast and brunch in Twin Falls

Nothing quite beats a weekend morning out in and around Twin Falls.

Whatever you have planned for the day, get it started the right way with breakfast or brunch at one of Twin Falls’ favorite breakfast restaurants.

Buffalo Café

For the fluffiest breakfast biscuits and southwestern American fare, head over to Buffalo Café.

The fresh homemade biscuits and gravy dish is one of the more popular items on the breakfast menu. But there’s so much more, including huevos rancheros (Buffalo style), scrambles, chorizo, buttermilk pancakes, French toast and breakfast burritos, just to name a few.

Norm’s Café

Norm’s Café on Main Street is always a treat. Customers come back to this family-operated eatery that serves up American bites and all-day breakfast in a welcoming setting.

The velvety pancakes are mouth-watering and will make you feel right at home. Generous portions and great prices are two other reasons that so many people keep coming back.

The café also serves up omelets, chicken-fried steak, crepes, homemade donuts, cinnamon rolls and other breakfast comfort foods.

Yellow Brick Café

Follow your nose to Yellow Brick Café and prepare for a journey.

This restaurant uses wholesome and sustainable ingredients for all its handcrafted dishes. Here’s a sample of the menu: avocado mash and tomato, apple pie oatmeal, lemon ricotta pancakes, breakfast burrito and chicken chilaquiles, which comes with two eggs, black beans, cotija cheese, cilantro and freshly made tortilla chips.

The brunch menu changes every week.

Idaho Joe’s

Idaho Joe’s serves up a variety of American favorites in a relaxed setting.

For the omelet lovers, there are seven different combinations to pick from, such as the Denver, Baja and the chili and cheese, which is made with homemade chili. The restaurant also makes fresh-baked pies.

Skillets are also big at Idaho Joe’s. The country fried steak skillet has generous chunks of country fried steak, onions, hash browns and peppered gravy topped with two eggs.

Abracadabra’s Breakfast & Bistro

For a magical breakfast, there’s truly only one place to go.

Abracadabra’s is a unique breakfast destination where foodies go for generous portions and delicious foods. The popular Captain Crunch encrusted French toast comes with eggs and choice of protein.

Artisan baguette French loaves from Bigwood Baking Company in Ketchum are used for the variety of French toast creations on the menu.

Pancakes, scrambles and omelets are also available. For brunch time, don’t miss out on the salmon eggs benedicts, chorizo eggs benedict, steak and eggs or the chicken and waffles.

Job growth across Idaho soars over last couple years

Twin Falls ranked among the fastest-growing cities nationally for job growth, posting a nearly 1.5% employment expansion over the last two years despite the pandemic. Several other cities across the state also experienced a high level of job growth.

Twin Falls is also still doing a lot of hiring. According to the Idaho Department of Labor, there are over 1,000 jobs available within a 50-mile radius of Twin Falls.

Overall, job growth in Twin Falls ranks eighth best nationally in its category. Boise finished even higher, placing fourth in job growth for the large-city category. Idaho led the nation in job growth.

For perspective, during the two-year period at the beginning of the pandemic through March of this year, the nation shed more than 6 million jobs representing a 4.1% decrease.

Idaho, meanwhile, added 30,900 job during the same period. The study was compiled using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It ranked the top 50 cities for job growth and loss over the stretch of two years.

Pocatello, Lewiston, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Boise all ranked among the top 10 cities for job growth in the small, midsize and large city categories.