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 […]

Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

NEVADA CITY IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR VIEWING FALL COLORS, in the leafy, Victorian neighborhoods surrounding the historic downtown and just outside of downtown. “Leaf peeping” venues near town include Hirschman’s Pond, redolent of a golden pond in New England; the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, honoring the contributions of native Nisenan; Independence Trail; the wild […]

Visit Nevada City for an endless summer

NEVADA CITY IS AN “ENDLESS SUMMER” destination. Located at 2,500-foot elevation, the days and evenings are cooler than in the Sacramento Valley. The Gold Rush-era town is home to the South Yuba River, known for its pristine swimming holes; Scotts Flat Reservoir, named one of the nation’s top spots for paddle boarding; and it is […]

Chef’s Notes: Farm to Fork, Treats, Tahoe Central Market, Carolines

FARM-TO-FORK DINNERS Our region is going to offer more farm-to-table dinners this summer. The third annual Nevada City farm-to-table banquet is August 16. It is downtown on Commercial Street, which has become a foodie paradise, thanks to the Nevada City Farmers Market, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. and now Wheyward Girl Creamery. At Lake […]

Apollo Olive Oil: To your health

FOR CENTURES, OLIVE OIL HAS BEEN prized for its health benefits. It contains antioxidants and polyphenols, proven to improve our health and longevity, according to the California Olive Oil Council. Olive oil also is an important part of the state’s heritage. Olive trees were first brought over by Spanish missionaries. In the past decade, nearly […]