Colfax Avenue: Grass Valley’s up and coming neighborhood

IN THE FOOTHILLS, MOST VISITORS ARE drawn to the historic downtowns—in Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee. But off the beaten path, Grass Valley has an up-and-coming neighborhood called “The Avenue.” Located a few blocks east of downtown Grass Valley, the Colfax Avenue corridor is walkable, architecturally intriguing and dog friendly. It has plenty […]

Colfax Avenue: Grass Valley’s own “Midtown” for shopping and dining

NEW ORLEANS IS KNOWN FOR ITS Garden District—laid out in 1832 and home to Commander’s Palace, a culinary superstar. More contemporary “midtowns” are bustling in Sacramento and Reno. “A half dozen new gastro pubs, craft breweries and cocktail bars have recently opened” in Reno’s midtown district, as the New York Times wrote. Midtown is Sacramento’s […]

New Cowgirl Creamery Cookbook celebrates artisan cheeses

Founded in 1994, Cowgirl Creamery of Point Reyes Station, CA, has fueled the popularity of artisan cheeses in Northern California. Some longer-time cheese makers in California include Vella Creamery in Sonoma (founded in 1931), whose customers have included celebrities such as actor Carey Grant. We regularly eat Vella and Cowgirl Cheeses, among others. In our […]

Artisan Cheese Soup

On a cold day, you can’t go wrong with a fresh loaf of bread and this flavorful and rich soup. Here’s a recipe submitted by Straus Family Creamery. Our favorite artisan cheese shops in the foothills and Truckee-Tahoe include Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville (and in their “satellite stores” at the Pour House in Truckee, Obexer’s […]

BarkPorch Market in Grass Valley rivals any “big-city” deli

NOTHING BEATS THE SIERRA LIFESTYLE hiking, biking and fishing is right at your doorstep. But it can mean giving up the creature comforts of big-city living, including speciality food and wine selections. Enter Bryan Frost and Debra Hynson, who opened the Back Porch Market in Grass Valley three years ago. This pair of gourmands is […]

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