Sierra Vintners’ Fall Wine Trail is October 12-13

  WITH 15 WINERIES AND OVER 40 VARIETALS, the Sierra Vintners wine region is an ideal location for wine enthusiasts to taste award-winning wines, meet the winemakers and enjoy a bucolic setting. Though Sierra Vintners is an emerging wine region, its historic roots have made it a century-old destination for visitors looking to explore the […]

Bottoms Up! Craft cocktails in the Sierra Foothills

GOLDEN ERA LOUNGE Golden Era serves perfect hand-crafted cocktails (with names such as “Miner’s Punch,” “Gold Rush Sour” or “Nevada City Swizzle”), as well as craft beers, local wines and homemade non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks. Weekend music includes piano or soft jazz. Nevada City. GoldenEraLounge.com LEFTY’S GRILL Lefty’s serves “the perfect cocktail.” Customers can order […]

Shaken, not Stirred: Cocktails in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee: GOLDEN ERA LOUNGE Golden Era serves perfect hand-crafted cocktails (with names such as “Miner’s Punch,” “Gold Rush Sour” or “Nevada City Swizzle”), as well as craft beers, local wines and non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks. Weekend music includes […]

Al Fresco Dining

Enjoyable outdoor dining spots in our region: TOFANELLI’S GOLD COUNTRY BISTRO Tofanelli’s handsome outdoor patio is a popular spot in the historic downtown. In summer, a stainless steel, slow-cook smoker is cranked up to offer barbeque ribs, chicken, tri-tip steak or pulled pork. 302 W. Main St., GV. Tofanellis.com IKE’S QUARTER CAFE Ike’s tree-covered patio […]

Craft Cocktails

SOUTH FORK VODKA A locally made vodka called South Fork Vodka was released this fall — the latest sign of the boom in craft distilleries. “South Fork Vodka is an elegant hand crafted vodka, distilled six times from American corn, and produced in small batches here in Grass Valley,” according to its owners. South Fork […]

Good Eats: What’s new in dining

OUR REGION IS HOME TO A GROWING and vibrant restaurant scene — from farm-to-fork dining to roadhouses to burger joints. Here are some restaurants and delis that are opening this fall: OL’ REPUBLIC ROADHOUSE The restaurant is serving lunch and dinner along with its award-winning beer at what had been the Old Five Mile House […]

Good Eats: Our booming culinary scene

SAN FRANCISCO HAS LONG BEEN Northern California’s culinary capital, but it is facing more competition. “Sacramento’s on the cusp of making it as a must-visit town for anyone who loves food,” Thrillist, the popular food and drink website, declared in January. “It’s the hub of America’s most abundant agricultural region and is finally attracting talent […]

Lefty’s Fry House: Fish & chips, beignets and more

LEFTY’S GRILL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH anniversary in the New Year, and its owners are expanding with a “Fry House,” featuring the restaurant’s signature fish and chips and imaginative new dishes. In 2008, two left-handed chefs, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, opened Lefty’s in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white […]

Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City reopens to well wishers after flood

Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City has reopened after being closed since January 8, when torrential rains repeatedly flooded Little Deer Creek and water engulfed the lower level of the popular eatery. We visited Lefty’s when it reopened on Wednesday night, visited with the affable owners and noticed some new menu items, including an imaginative fruit-and-cheese […]

Nevada City: home of handcrafted beer and cocktails

FEW FOOTHILLS TOWNS HAVE EMBRACED the boom in craft beers and cocktails more than Nevada City. The foothills town has two award-winning craft beer breweries—ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Brewery & Baking Co. for locals and visitors.** Ol’ Republic won a first place “best of show” award in the 2016 California State Fair commercial […]

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