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Japanese culinary adventure: Tsukiji market & sushi-making class

Japanese culinary adventure: Tsukiji market & sushi-making class

A COOKING CLASS IS AN IDEAL way to explore local culture. Last fall we visited Tokyo and signed up for a sushi-making class, using fresh ingredients from a tour of the Tsukiji fish market, the world’s largest seafood market. Tsukiji also sells fresh fruit and vegetables. We toured the “inner market,”...

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Japan in the Sierra Foothills

Japan in the Sierra Foothills

THOUGH OUR REGION IS ABOUT 5,200 miles from Japan, we have some common ties. Examples include sushi, sake, Japanese artwork, Taiko drumming and theater. JAPANESE CUISINE Our region has some authentic Japanese restaurants including Kaido in Grass Valley, Sushi In The Raw and Sushi Q in Nevada City, and Hanami Sushi...

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Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

Food Trends: What’s hot for 2016

LOCAL SOURCING OF PRODUCE, meat and seafood are among the top restaurant trends for 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association’s annual culinary forecast. The survey, focusing on the responses of nearly 1,600 chefs, also identified continued interest in environmental sustainability as a trend. Locally...

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Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends. “The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the...

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Golden Era in Nevada City: a destination for craft cocktails

Golden Era in Nevada City: a destination for craft cocktails

IN THE OLD WEST, THE MOST POPULAR establishment in town was the saloon. It was the social gathering place. In Downieville, a popular saloon also served as the office of the Justice of the Peace. Saloon regulars often drank straight liquor, such as bourbon or rye. “If a man ordered a ‘fancy’ cocktail...

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Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee: KANE’S The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural...

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Nevada City: A “Snowless” Escape

Nevada City: A “Snowless” Escape

THOUGH KNOWN FOR ITS LEAF PEEPING, Victorian Christmas and pristine swimming holes in the South Yuba River, historic Nevada City also is an extraordinary winter getaway. Though usually below the snow line, Nevada City is only a one-hour drive to ski resorts on Donner Summit, including Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Royal Gorge,...

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A Home Away From Home: Goldtown Hideaway in Nevada City

A Home Away From Home: Goldtown Hideaway in Nevada City

TWO YEARS AGO, SAN FRANCISCANS MOLLIE Poe and Declan Hickey and their daughters, Skylar and Sabine, discovered the magic of Nevada City and opened the Goldtown Hideaway in the historic downtown. Just a year later, Mollie’s parents, Barbara and Ken, followed in their footsteps, opening The Madison House Bed &...

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Wine

“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

WE REGULARLY VISIT OUR REGION’S wineries to sip new varietals, taste from the...


Sierra Starr’s winemaker hosts a local wine professionals roundtable

Sierra Starr’s winemaker hosts a local wine professionals roundtable

LIKE A LITERARY ROUNDTABLE, a new generation of wine professionals in our region...


Placer Vintners win 46 medals in Chronicle wine competition

Placer Vintners win 46 medals in Chronicle wine competition

The largest competition of American wines in the world names the best of the best....


Amador Vintners’ “Behind the Cellar Door” wine tasting is March 5-6

Amador Vintners’ “Behind the Cellar Door” wine tasting is March 5-6

FANS OF AMADOR COUNTY wines will be treated to an assortment of Barberas, Syrahs,...


BriarPatch celebrates its 40th anniversary with food, wine and art

BriarPatch celebrates its 40th anniversary with food, wine and art

THE YEAR 2016 MARKS BRIARPATCH CO-OP’S 40th anniversary, leading to a year-long...


Grass Valley hosts Foothills Celebration for food and wine tasting on March 5

Grass Valley hosts Foothills Celebration for food and wine tasting on March 5

NOW IN ITS 15TH YEAR, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of...


Fine wine: A new offering at Tess’ Kitchen Store

Fine wine: A new offering at Tess’ Kitchen Store

TESS’ KITCHEN STORE IN HISTORIC Grass Valley has launched a wine program that...


Nevada City Winery: Rebirth of a classic

Nevada City Winery: Rebirth of a classic

NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR, NEVADA CITY WINERY is tightly connected with the town that...


Popie Wines: Now at historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis

Popie Wines: Now at historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis

POPIE WINES IS A BOUTIQUE winery creating award-winning wines in Loomis. Since the...


Tasting Notes: Wine 174, barrel tasting, turkey treats & pumpkins

Tasting Notes: Wine 174, barrel tasting, turkey treats & pumpkins

What’s New at the Wineries SIERRA STARR CAB FRANC HONORED Sierra Starr’s 2011...


The best beers for fall in the Sierra Foothills

The best beers for fall in the Sierra Foothills

OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH, Germany, attracts more than 6 million people annually who...


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Art

InConcert Sierra’s new season includes pianist Nikolaï Lugansky on March 14

InConcert Sierra’s new season includes pianist Nikolaï Lugansky on March 14

INCONCERT SIERRA RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR with a stellar lineup of performers, including...


The Center for the Arts bringing more world-class talent to the foothills this season: Jewel, Cohn, DiFranco and Cray

The Center for the Arts bringing more world-class talent to the foothills this season: Jewel, Cohn, DiFranco and Cray

The Center for the Arts is bringing more world-class talent to Grass Valley this...


Popular Broadway musical Hamilton coming to San Francisco in March 2017

Popular Broadway musical Hamilton coming to San Francisco in March 2017

The blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton is coming to the SHN Orpheum Theatre in...


What’s new in Placer County and Nevada County CA in Winter 2016

What’s new in Placer County and Nevada County CA in Winter 2016

Lake Tahoe Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4: Friday Night Tubing Tube under the lights this...


Sierra Stages: An imaginative 2016 season

Sierra Stages: An imaginative 2016 season

FOUR CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED PLAYS and musicals — “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by...


California Arts Council turns 40: foothills’ poet Snyder was first chair

California Arts Council turns 40: foothills’ poet Snyder was first chair

IN 2016, THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL in Sacramento celebrates 40 years. Much of its...


North Lake Tahoe celebrates its 35th annual SnowFest on March 3-13

North Lake Tahoe celebrates its 35th annual SnowFest on March 3-13

NORTH LAKE TAHOE CELEBRATES its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event...


Chinese New Year Festival February 21 in Nevada City

Chinese New Year Festival February 21 in Nevada City

COMMUNITY ASIAN THEATRE OF THE SIERRA presents the Nevada City Chinese Lunar New...


Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good...


Yuba Blue: Tales & Trails

Yuba Blue: Tales & Trails

“Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us a people.”...


Wild & Scenic Film Festival is January 14-18

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is January 14-18

Now in its 14th year, SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 14-18...


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